Enforcers category archive
Different Strokes at Different Folks 0
Eric Foster tells a tale or people, pigment, and perception.
“An Armed Society Is a Polite Society” 0
Once again, politeness becomes child’s play.
Too many guns and too much stupid is a lethal mixture.
I suspect that I am not alone in avoiding watching the video of five Memphis, Tennessee, police officers murdering Tyre Nichols. I can be aware of it without subjecting myself to experiencing it in a (quasi-)first-hand manner.
Commenters routinely point out that both the victim and the perpetrators were black. Some would use this to argue that racism was not a factor, as if to pretend that America’s history of institutionalized and societal racism somehow does not insidiously affect everyone in some way or another.
At Psychology Today Blogs, Kevin Cokley considers this event and its implications. Here’s a short excerpt (emphasis added); the entire piece is worth you while.
Let’s be clear that just because the police officers are Black does not mean that institutional racism was not involved. One of the lessons we should learn from this is that Black people can be pawns in the perpetuation of institutional racism. This is one of the reasons why focusing on individual acts of racism is an insufficient intervention for ending anti-Black racism. Racism is embedded in institutional culture, policies, and practices. It was acceptable to all five officers to brutalize Tyre and to the other officers who were privy to their actions. This speaks to the culture of policing that is all too prevalent in many police departments.
(Broken link fixed.)
B-b-b-but everyone knows they all look alike.
Jesus, Mary, and Joseph.
Grasping at a Broken Straw 0
The Las Vegas Sun editorial board if we can’t get rid of the guns, we have to get rid of the prejudice.
I reckon their hearts are in the right place.
And, in other news, pigs, wings.
To Protect and Service 0
Chicago cop vacations in the Sunshine State and turns into Florida Man.
We are a pathetic excuse for a polity.
Crime and Punishment 0
What Atrios said.
Misdirection Play 0
Methinks Solomon Jones is onto something.
Blind Justice 0
Honest to Pete, you can’t make this stuff up.
The Profilers 0
B-B-B-But he fit their profile.
The EFF speaks out about new Arizona law designed, to put it bluntly, to shield misbehaving police from accountability. Here’s how they describe the law; follow the link for their detailed discussion of its inimical implications.
The new law makes it a crime, punishable by up to a month in jail, to record videos within eight feet of law enforcement activity. The law was signed by Gov. Doug Ducey in July and is scheduled to take effect Sept. 24.
Several news organizations and the American Civil Liberties Union of Arizona sued last month to prevent the law from going into effect, arguing it “creates an unprecedented and facially unconstitutional content-based restriction on speech about an important governmental function.”
And in related news . . . .
“But he fit my profile . . . .”
He Must Be Guilty 0
After all, he fits the profile.
Facebook Frolics 0
The lede from the report speaks for itself.
Facebook gave a Nebraska teenager’s Facebook messages to police investigating an alleged abortion, leading to criminal charges for the teen and her mother, Forbes reported.
Per the story, a warrant was involved.
Remember, the internet is a public place, even those parts of it that would have you think are private.
And “social” media isn’t.