Posts Tagged ‘police’

Trump: 7 Shots in the Back is Like a Missed Putt

September 2, 2020

U.S. President, Commander-in-Chief, and celebrity golf cheat Donald Trump compared the police officer who shot Jacob Blake in the back seven times last month to a golfer who missed a simple putt:

“They can do 10,000 great acts, which is what they do, and one bad apple – or a choker, you know, a choker, they choke – shooting the guy in the back many times. But they choke, just like in a golf tournament, they miss a 3-foot putt.”

More:

“Trump compares police brutality to golfers who ‘miss a three-foot putt,’” Quint Forgey. Politico

“How to sort the good cops from the rotten: Ask them about Trump’s golf-putt metaphor,” Philip Kennicott, Washington Post

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Why U.S. Policemen Look Like Soldiers

July 29, 2020

Why are the police bringing military assault rifles to political protests? Where did they get them? A Vox video by Madeline Marshall, Adam Freelander, and Dion Lee.

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How Modern Policing Developed

July 23, 2020

Lewis Waller argues that the modern police force is rooted in Jeremy Bentham’s views on crime and deterrence, and the means of the powerful to protect themselves and their property.

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You have the right to this birthday. Do you understand this birthday?

June 13, 2016

You have the right to this birthday. Do you understand this birthday?
On June 13, 1966, fifty years ago, the Supreme Court ruled in Miranda v. Arizona and established guidelines safeguarding the rights of suspects in criminal cases, embodied in the “Miranda Warning.”

More:

“The Miranda warning is born 50 years ago today,” National Constitution Center

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Republicans: Welcome to Cleveland!

April 5, 2016

Republicans: Welcome to Cleveland!

The city of Cleveland is looking forward to hosting the 2016 Republican National Convention in July. The Cleveland Division of Police is buying snappy new uniforms, riot-control suits that look like samurai armor. Officers will wave hello to visitors with new 26-inch expandable steel batons with weighted tips, and 300 bicycle-riding armored cops will entertain the sidewalk throngs. Cleveland police will also decorate the streetscape with miles of interlocking steel crowd-control barriers.

Congress gave Cleveland $30 million for event security, so the Ohio town is really gearing up to greet the 50,000 visiting GOP conventioneers, including Donald Trump’s legion of goons, bikers, and KKK followers. Suburban law enforcement will lend officers to bring the Cleveland force up to 5,000, but maybe Governor Kasich can have his confetti bomber on call for emergency crowd immobilization, just in case.

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Hopscotch

April 2, 2016

On March 30th, Huntington Beach police officers found a mother and daughter living out of their car. While others found them housing, HPD Officer Zach Pricer cajoled the 11-year-old girl into a game of hopscotch.

More:

“Watch a middle-aged cop teach an 11-year-old homeless girl how to play hopscotch,”Jenny Starrs, Washington Post

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Eric Garner, July 17, 2014.

December 4, 2014

Eric Garner, July 17, 2014.

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Who Watches the Watchers? Thieves.

August 22, 2014

Who Watches the Watchers? Thieves.

“The high-security building housing Interpol’s South Africa office has been burgled for the fifth time in three weeks.”

— “South Africa: Interpol building raided five times,” BBC News

The International Criminal Police Organization, (INTERPOL) is an intergovernmental organization with 190 member countries facilitating international police cooperation.

 “Our high-tech infrastructure of technical and operational support helps meet the growing challenges of fighting crime in the 21st century.”

— INTERPOL website

 The Pretoria office certainly inspires confidence in that.

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Law & Order in America

August 19, 2014

Law & Order in America
If you go to Ferguson Missouri, don’t jaywalk or shoplift cigars. The punishment is summary execution. And don’t sit in your own car in your aunt’s driveway or you’ll be arrested. And police will stop you when you drive or walk away, too.

If you’re black, anyway. And not just in Missouri.

Related:

“Amnesty International Calls For Investigation Of Ferguson Police Tactics,” Mollie Reilly, The Huffington Post

“It’s not just Ferguson: America’s criminal justice system is racist,” Ezra Klein, Vox

“One nation under siege: Law enforcement’s shameful campaign against black America,” Jenn Rolnick Borchetta, Salon

“The ugly history of racist policing in America,” Dara Lind, Vox

“Existing While Black,” Martin Longman, Washington Monthly

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Hands Up, Don’t Shoot.

August 15, 2014

Hands Up, Don't Shoot

Stop reading about militarized police, reporter arrests, demonstrations, urban rage, segregated cities and police forces for a minute, and read this:

“Michael Brown didn’t die in the dark. He was eighteen years old, walking down a street in Ferguson, Missouri, from his apartment to his grandmother’s, at 2:15 on a bright Saturday afternoon. He was, for a young man, exactly where he should be—among other things, days away from his first college classes. A policeman stopped him; it’s not clear why. People in the neighborhood have told reporters that they remember what happened next as a series of movements: the officer, it seemed to them, trying to put Brown into a car; Brown running with his hands in the air; the policeman shooting; Brown falling. The next morning, Jon Belmar, the police chief of St. Louis County, which covers Ferguson, was asked, at a press conference, how many times Brown had been shot. Belmar said that he wasn’t sure: ‘more than just a couple of times, but not much more.’ When counting bullets,’“just’ and ‘not much more’ are odd words to choose.”

— “Why Did Michael Brown Die in Ferguson?” Amy Davison, The New Yorker

 Related:

“The Anger in Ferguson,” Jelani Cobb, The New Yorker

“It’s not just Ferguson: America’s criminal justice system is racist,” Ezra Klein, Vox

“The Death of Michael Brown and the Search for Justice in Black America,” Mychal Denzel Smith, The Nation

“We All Live in Ferguson,” Ryan Jacobs, Pacific Standard

“Ferguson, Mo. Emblematic of Growing Suburban Poverty,” Elizabeth Kneebone, Brookings Institution

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