okay but when you have holocaust survivors and people who were activists during the civil rights movement supporting mike brown and then KKK members and neo nazi’s supporting the officer you should be able to figure out which side is the right one.
I don’t want to argue that police officers don’t deserve common courtesy and respect during our daily interactions with them, but Sunil Dutta, who I posted a quote from earlier, is so completely wrongheaded in his conclusions that it’s stunning. It’s a blank check for police misconduct disguised as pragmatic advice.
The most salient (and enraging) paragraphs:
I know it is scary for people to be stopped by cops. I also understand the anger and frustration if people believe they have been stopped unjustly or without a reason. I am aware that corrupt and bully cops exist. When it comes to police misconduct, I side with the ACLU: Having worked as an internal affairs investigator, I know that some officers engage in unprofessional and arrogant behavior; sometimes they behave like criminals themselves. I also believe every cop should use a body camera to record interactions with the community at all times. Every police car should have a video recorder. (This will prevent a situation like Mike Brown’s shooting, about which conflicting and self-serving statements allow people to believe what they want.) And you don’t have to submit to an illegal stop or search. You can refuse consent to search your car or home if there’s no warrant (though a pat-down is still allowed if there is cause for suspicion). Always ask the officer whether you are under detention or are free to leave. Unless the officer has a legal basis to stop and search you, he or she must let you go. Finally, cops are legally prohibited from using excessive force: The moment a suspect submits and stops resisting, the officers must cease use of force.
But if you believe (or know) that the cop stopping you is violating your rights or is acting like a bully, I guarantee that the situation will not become easier if you show your anger and resentment. Worse, initiating a physical confrontation is a sure recipe for getting hurt. Police are legally permitted to use deadly force when they assess a serious threat to their or someone else’s life. Save your anger for later, and channel it appropriately. Do what the officer tells you to and it will end safely for both of you. We have a justice system in which you are presumed innocent; if a cop can do his or her job unmolested, that system can run its course. Later, you can ask for a supervisor, lodge a complaint or contact civil rights organizations if you believe your rights were violated. Feel free to sue the police! Just don’t challenge a cop during a stop.
Ask Abner Louima how that goes. Sure, he lived, and he won his suit, but at what cost? Or ask Oscar Grant—you can’t: He was shot in the back while being restrained. The officer was convicted of involuntary manslaughter, but how is that enough?
And those are two cases of police misconduct where someone was actually brought to justice. Think of the thousands of others that weren’t. White police officers killer killed at least two black people a week between 2006 and 2012. The blood that’s being spilled has counted for nothing, changed nothing. How sickening is that? More than 600 dead, and nothing to show for it.
Billy Bragg’s version of “The Internationale” has a striking line: “Freedom is merely privilege extended unless enjoyed by one and all.”
Right now, it is very much not enjoyed by one and all; do we need any further demonstration of that? Dutta needs to lecture police in St. Louis County about their role in the community, and the way they interact with citizens, rather than lecture the public to be nicer to the police. It’s clear that in America today, a young black man can be shot whether he’s courteous or not, whether he’s resisting or not. That’s the greater problem, and the idea that the problem is anything other than that would be laughable if it weren’t so deadly serious.
Do what the officer tells you to and it will end safely for both of you. —
I’m a cop. If you don’t want to get hurt, don’t challenge me. - The Washington Post
In which a cop who proclaims to side with the ACLU completely fucking misses the picture.
Judge: Iowa medical board can halt telemedicine abortions - TheGazette -
Meanwhile, in Iowa, a board that no-one elected and has no accountability, voted to end the delivery of Mifepristone via telemedicine, and a judge just approved it. This means some women will have to travel hours to obtain a legal medical procedure, because a board disregarded all the evidence that says tele-med abortions are just as safe as in-person ones.
webeyondthewall said: At the same time, look at the way the numbers moved (in the poll you posted). Every group showed an increase in "raises important issues about race" and every group showed a decrease in "too much attention being paid to race" except black people as a whole. The numbers are striking, but the numbers are also moving, and that's important.
A very good point about [the numbers I posted yesterday](http://jamietie.com/post/95142803335/those-are-some-striking-numbers).
Those are some striking numbers.
Orangeburg massacre - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia -
Thanks to the presence of the national guard, there’s been a push to draw Kent State parallels with the situation in Ferguson.
This is because we learn history from Neil Young songs.
For reference, this is an abbreviated list of massacres committed by police or the National Guard against U.S. citizens*.
The Lattimer Massacre was the violent deaths of 19 unarmed striking immigrant anthracite coal miners at the Lattimer mine near Hazleton, Pennsylvania, on September 10, 1897. The miners, mostly of Polish, Slovak, Lithuanian and German ethnicity, were shot and killed by a Luzerne County sheriff’s posse.
The Ludlow Massacre was an attack by the Colorado National Guard and Colorado Fuel & Iron Company camp guards on a tent colony of 1,200 striking coal miners and their families at Ludlow, Colorado, on April 20, 1914. Some two dozen people, including women and children, were killed.
The Hanapepe Massacre (also called the Battle of Hanapepe since both belligerents were armed) happened on September 9, 1924. Toward the end of a long-lasting strike of Filipino sugar workers on Kaua’i, Hawai’i, local police shot dead nine strikers and fatally wounded seven, strikers shot and stabbed three sheriffs to death and fatally wounded one; a total of 20 people died.
The Columbine Massacre, sometimes called the Columbine Mine Massacre, occurred in 1927, in the town of Serene, Colorado. A fight broke out between Colorado state police and a group of striking coal miners, during which the unarmed miners were attacked with machine guns. It is unclear whether the machine guns were used by the police or by guards working for the mine. Six strikers were killed, and dozens were injured.
The Río Piedras Massacre occurred on October 24, 1935, at the University of Puerto Rico in Río Piedras. Local police officers confronted and opened fire on supporters of the Puerto Rican Nationalist Party. Four Nationalist Party members were killed, and one police officer was wounded during the shooting.
The Ponce massacre was an event that took place on Palm Sunday, March 21, 1937, in Ponce, Puerto Rico, when a peaceful civilian march turned into a police shooting that killed 19 Puerto Ricans and wounded over 200 others. Most of the killed where shot in their backs. The march had been organized by the Puerto Rican Nationalist Party to commemorate the abolition of slavery in Puerto Rico by the governing Spanish National Assembly in 1873 and to protest the U.S. Government’s imprisonment of the Party’s leader, Pedro Albizu Campos, on sedition charges.
In the Memorial Day massacre of 1937, the Chicago Police Department shot and killed ten unarmed demonstrators in Chicago, on May 30, 1937. As the crowd marched across the prairie towards the Republic Steel mill, a line of Chicago policemen blocked their path. The foremost protestors argued their right to continue. The police, angered, fired on the crowd. As the crowd fled, police bullets killed ten people and injured 30. Nine people were permanently disabled and another 28 had serious head injuries from police clubbing.
The Orangeburg Massacre refers to the shooting of protesters by South Carolina Highway Patrol Officers in Orangeburg, South Carolina near South Carolina State University on the evening of February 8, 1968. The approximately 150 protesters were demonstrating against racial segregation at a local bowling alley. Three of the protesters, African American males, were killed and twenty-eight other protesters were injured.
The Kent State shootings (also known as the May 4 massacre or the Kent State massacre) occurred at Kent State University in the US city of Kent, Ohio, and involved the shooting of unarmed college students by the Ohio National Guard on Monday, May 4, 1970. The guardsmen fired 67 rounds over a period of 13 seconds, killing four students and wounding nine others, one of whom suffered permanent paralysis.
The Jackson State killings occurred on Friday May 15, 1970, at Jackson State College (now Jackson State University) in Jackson, Mississippi. On May 14, 1970, a group of student protesters against the Vietnam War, specifically the United States invasion of Cambodia, were confronted by city and state police. Shortly after midnight, the police opened fire, killing two students and injuring twelve.
*I’m deliberately leaving out massacres by the regular Army or those committed outside the U.S. by Americans. I also left out two incidents, the MOVE attack in Philadelphia and the Waco siege because both were armed standoffs that ended with the deaths of innocents. I leave it to the reader to decide whether they should be counted.
"If you do what the police tell you do — if you’re not doing anything wrong, and the cops ask you to do something, then you’re not going to have nothing to worry about," said Michael Bates, 33. —
Group Rallies In Support Of Darren Wilson, Police Officer Who Shot Michael Brown
I’ll take “Things a white person says” for $500, Alex.
Tell that to John Crawford who wasn’t even given time to put the air rifle he was holding down.
I’ve been bouncing around the idea of a free mini-conference in the Twin Cities (also aiming for internet connectivity so as to involve those that can’t travel) for Millennials, and I’d like some input for panel ideas!
**The conference would be focused around providing Millennials a safe community space to discuss issues affecting our generation, specifically relating to the economy and job market. The goal of the conference would be to brainstorm action-oriented ideas to enact change to better the circumstances we find ourselves in, and to provide a sense of agency to replace the hopelessness and powerlessness a lot of us feel right now.**
I’m looking for potential venues right now in the Twin Cities, and the basic idea is three rooms that can fit maybe 25-50 people each. Either a half or a full-day conference, depending on the level of interest and what upfront costs would be for the venue. 40 minute panels with a 15-20 minute break between.
This would break it down into three tracks with 4 (half-day) or 8 (full-day) panels each.
I think it’s important to focus on intersectionality in this conference, because the media image of Millennials tends to skew very strongly Gold Star Ambassador* Upper-Middle Class White People. I don’t just want there to be panels on intersectionality (though there definitely need to be), but I want to attempt to build a committee to join me in the planning process so I’m not the White Girl trying to direct things I’m not qualified to.
Here are some of my panel ideas, for starters:
- Mental health and the workplace
- Race and job-hunting
- Tattoos, piercings, haircuts, other nontraditional appearances and the workplace
- Financial independence and stigma against returning home
- Cost of education, free education alternatives
- Your value as a person based on economic productivity, and whether this will change in our society in the future
- Changing public perception of low-wage/service industry jobs
- Utilizing the “overeducation” problem in unique ways
- Parents unwilling and/or unable to help financially when you’re underemployed or unemployed
- Homelessness and near-homelessness in our generation, and housing alternatives
- Providing goods/services that are valuable to society as a whole, but not getting paid for them
- Side gigs: Making ends meet while un/underemployed
- Organized community action: Where Occupy Wall Street failed and what could be done better to enact policy changes
- Social media and societal change/community organizing
- Various ways to combat the media image of Millennials as lazy, unproductive, apathetic, money-obsessed, unprofessional, etc
- Fandom as a tool for social change?
Please reblog to spread the word! To add ideas, please comment, reblog, message me, whatever you’d like. I’m so excited about this, and I hope other people will find it to be a useful tool.
*Gold Star Ambassador: Usually upper-middle class, neurotypical, straight, white or white-passing, cisgender, no criminal record, excessively polite when reacting to problematic comments, able-bodied, highly educated, English-speaking, etc.
I think this is a cool idea, and I can personally vouch for Jackie’s conference-planning chops.
James Baldwin on “looting” (via x).
James Baldwin dropping some knowledge here.
Filed under: Singularly bad ideas.