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Police Kill Unarmed Former Football Player Who May Have Been Seeking Help After A Car Crash

Jonathan Ferrell, 24, walked half a mile to find help. Instead, the unarmed man was fatally shot by an officer of the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department.

Also:

The Charlotte Observer reports that the car crash was so severe that Ferrell likely had to “pull himself out” of the wreckage. He then walked to the nearest house, about a half mile away, to seek assistance. But the local resident whose home Ferrell arrived at was frightened that he was attempting to burglarize her after not recognizing him.

The resident then made a 911 call and three officers arrived at the scene.According to police accounts, Ferrell, who is African-American, acted “aggressively” and charged towards the officers.

Please, try to tell me race had nothing to do with this. Go ahead. A skinny white kid running towards the cops, grateful that someone was coming to help, would have fared far better. If I’d just been in a terrible accident, I might run towards police as well, thinking they were there to help. 

At least the officer who shot him has been charged with voluntary manslaughter after investigators determined the use of lethal force was “excessive”.

(Source: think-progress)

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Homelessness is not a crime. I’ve got to have the legal right (to question or take anyone into custody). We can’t just take people to somewhere they don’t want to go. I can’t do that. I won’t do that.

Interim Police Chief Ruben Santiago taking a stand on the city council’s plan to criminalize homelessness in downtown Columbia, S.C. by pushing the homeless to a shelter just barely in the city limits. 

According to The State, Santiago also said his department cannot transport homeless adults to the riverfront shelter to get services nor will police tell them they would be charged with a nuisance offense should they refuse. The law, which is likely unconstitutional, aims to bus the homeless out of the downtown area to a shelter that would have infrequent transportation services and require signing in and out. 

Filed under South Carolina Homelessness economy politics news Ruben Santiago Police law lawblr poverty discrimination injustice

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Cops to hand out Doritos at Seattle pot festival

Not The Onion. Remember kids, even if Officer Friendly gives you a bag of Doritos, he’s not your friend. 

Filed under Seattle Police marijuana News Drugs Doritos

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Connecticut State Police: BOLO issued for possible suspect vehicle [Gray Honda CRV, Massachusetts plate, 316 ES9]

CONNECTICUT STATE POLICE UPDATE RE BOSTON BOMBING CASE

    Since the tragic bombing that took place in Boston on April 15, the Connecticut State Police has monitored all intelligence related to this investigation.

   Today, April 19, 2013, the Connecticut State Police received information from the Boston Investigation that a suspect vehicle could POSSIBLY be occupied by a wanted suspect.

   The vehicle is described by BOSTON AREA AUTHORITIES;  the SUSPECT MAY BE OPERATING A

 

GRAY, HONDA, CRV

REGISTRATION: 316 ES9 Massachusetts

   Connecticut Troopers are posted strategically in our State and continue to communicate with Massachusetts authorities.

   THIS CASE REMAINS UNDER INVESTIGATION.

 

###END###

LT. J.  Paul Vance


UPDATE: BOSTON POLICE HAVE REPORTEDLY RECOVERED THE VEHICLE ABANDONED, 10:29 AM EDT

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Does America Really Need More Cops in Schools?

This genuinely worries me — other schools who’ve experienced mass shootings had armed police or guards, and that did not stop a shooter. What about the Foot Hood shooting on a military base? This article is posing a very valid question about a concept I see many supporting, even those “gun-grabbing lefties” folks vilify.

Are more police the answer? To me, no — not when children are handcuffed for what used to be solved through a different kind of detention. Plus, I feel like schools should resemble a prison only if the school is in an actual prison. Read this article and decide for yourself.

Filed under Education Politics News Cops Police schools security gun control

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On white privilege:

White privilege is when I get pulled over by the cop while blaring Killer Mike, he loses the swagger with which he walked up to the car and says, laughing, “You’re not who I was expecting.”

White privilege is when he tells me he’s running my license as a formality and not that he’s checking for wants and warrants — he didn’t even ask if I have any.

White privilege is him assuming I’m a college student and not just up to no good, even though I was in a rich neighborhood.

White privilege is when I get respect and a warning, instead of disrespect and handcuffs.

Filed under racism white privilege police a daily reminder to check your privilege

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Tampa Authorities Empty Jail In Anticipation Of Mass Arrests At GOP Convention

Adam Peck at ThinkProgress writes:

Thousands of Republicans from around the country will descend upon Tampa, Florida next week for the Republican National Convention, and if recent history is any guide, so too will hundreds of protesters.

To prepare, Hillsborough County Sheriff David Gee has ordered the Orient Road Jail, a 1,700 bed prison in Tampa, emptied, relocating some inmates to another nearby prison and releasing others on bond. The entire facility has been transformed into a one-stop booking, detention, and bond-issuance center capable of handling large numbers of arrests, which begs the question: will Tampa police keep demonstrators on a short leash?

Will they? Yes.

Is that right? No.

As Peck and others have pointed out, excessive use of force is a persistent problem, particularly at the GOP convention in Minnesota in 2008 and New York in 2004. As an attendee of the GOP convention, it will be bizarre to be on the other side of the “free speech zone” — which, by its very existence, demonstrates the almost Orwellian Newspeak surrounding security measures.

Truthfully, I’m more worried about Hurricane Isaac than any potential violence inflicted by demonstrators. But I fear violence may be inflicted upon them. I encourage demonstrators to download the ACLU Police Tape app, encourage them to write the numbers for ACLU and National Lawyers Guild on their person in Sharpie, and to know their rights as demonstrators and when dealing with law enforcement

Yes, the GOP has the right to have a convention — no one will dispute that. But protesters have the right to be free of police harassment, intrusive surveillance, and brutality. I hope the mistakes of Minnesota and New York will not be repeated. 

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This is an example of white privilege

"What is white privilege?" 

I receive this question in my ask box at least once a month. Either that, or the statement that it doesn’t exist. 

Well, let me give you an idea. 

I went to Cheyenne this weekend to a political meet and greet, then decided to meet up with some pals at a dive bar that evening. I was heading down Pershing St. through a residential neighborhood, window down, smoking a cigarette, and listening to Dead Prez. Loud. It was dusk and nice and cool, so why not?

Suddenly, two cruisers pulled up behind me. Mind you, I was going maybe 31 in 30. I slowed to exactly 30. One officer pulled up beside me on the driver’s side in a 20 mph zone, and rolled down his passenger side window. He peered into the driver’s side of my car. His compadre was right on my bumper. The cop next to me flicked off his flashight, stuck his hand out of the driver’s side window, and waved back at the other officer, who proceeded to back off. They fell back, and within a block, they were both gone.

Why is this an example of white privilege? As analyzed by a pal of mine, Daymon, who is a person of color and went to high school in Cheyenne:

"1. Your first thought was that you were speeding, not driving while Black. Like me. That’s the flank move. Assuming they’re gonna need backup because your ass IS GETTING PULLED OVER.

2. You never turned the music down or anything. Why would you? It’s not like it suddenly made you more Black, unlike me. And by that, I mean a dangerous, suspicious Black man in a mostly white neighborhood. I’m probably there to do something to their daughters, you know? Doesn’t matter I was a loan officer in town when I moved back. A professional. Who lived in that neighborhood. I was just a snazzy-dressed uppity negro in a nice car daring to roll through their neighborhood.

3. When they found out you were white, you got a golden ticket instead of one for noise ordinance. I know a bunch of guys who got tickets for noise in white neighborhoods, even though we had our shit lower than their precious lily-white Ashleys and Dakotas listening to Eminem or some shit emo. If it had a beat, and you’re Black, obviously you’re a gangsta looking to deal those kids dope.

4. You wondered what the hell happened and shrugged it off. I don’t get that luxury. 

In summary, congratulations, you’re white. Please move to the front of the line.”

I would imagine he’s not the only man who’s experienced this, nor the only person of color. And that, my friends, is an example of white privilege and its not-so-subtle benefits. I feel like an asshole for not recognizing it off the bat for what it was — like I said, I thought I was getting a speeding ticket.

And anyone who claims we live in post-racial America, well, I invite you to drive down Pershing Ave. listening to hip-hop — or another major residential street in a “nice” neighborhood. Daymon said he’s been pulled over on that street every single time he’s been home to visit family, even when listening to NPR — as he said, “it isn’t the stereo, it’s the skin, but listening to loud hip-hop isn’t going to plead my case for being a ‘legitimate’ Black man. This shit doesn’t happen in Denver. As much.”

Do it. See if you get flanked. Two cops having a bad night, a good night, or yet another example of systemic racism? You can probably guess where I stand.

Cheers,

Meg

(Source: cognitivedissonance)

Filed under Wyoming racism white privilege privilege Cheyenne police law enforcement injustice politics

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The best app, hands down. It has tips on what to do when confronted by law enforcement in various situations, and the ability to discretely record audio and video.

If you’ve ever had an encounter with the police that you wish you could record, here’s your ticket.

A word of caution: Some states and municipalities prohibit recording police and/or recording third parties. Know the law in your state and your city. However, and this is my non-legal opinion, it’s better to be safe than sorry when encountering possible police hostility/brutality.

The best app, hands down. It has tips on what to do when confronted by law enforcement in various situations, and the ability to discretely record audio and video.

If you’ve ever had an encounter with the police that you wish you could record, here’s your ticket.

A word of caution: Some states and municipalities prohibit recording police and/or recording third parties. Know the law in your state and your city. However, and this is my non-legal opinion, it’s better to be safe than sorry when encountering possible police hostility/brutality.

Filed under police ACLU Know your rights app smartphone civil rights Police tape

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PA City Defies Court Order; Reduces Police Officers, Firefighters’ Pay To Minimum Wage

You have to read it to believe it. Scranton, Penn. claims to be broke and has lowered the pay of all city workers to $7.25. That means firefighters and police officers risking their lives for the citizens of Scranton will do so for $7.25/hr. 

It’s insulting and disgusting to think that’s even close to a fair wage. It is impossible to live on minimum wage. That’s $290 a week, about $1,160 a month, and $15,080 a year — before taxes, and for a forty hour work week. Here’s the kicker:

Congressional Republicans repeatedly blocked efforts to extend aid to the states that would have helped shore up their budgets and keep these workers on payroll.

Take a bow, GOP, and ask yourselves: Do you want that police officer responding to your emergency call or the firefighter rushing into your burning house wondering if it’s worth it for $7.25/hr? 

I sure as hell wouldn’t.

Filed under Pennsylvania Police Labor Organized labor politics economy firefighters minimum wage living wage Scranton Inequality GOP public sector public employees