And here’s another chapter in the perennial debate about conservatives: stupid or evil?
Paul Ryan offered his opinion on federal intervention in Ferguson:
"There is no problem with the federal government having a role," he said. "But in all of these things, local control, local government, local authorities who have the jurisdiction, who have the expertise, who are actually there are the people who should be in the lead."
He said that today. Has he literally been hiding under a rock?
At this point, the only reasonable conclusion is that the local authorities in Missouri and Ferguson are clueless and repulsive. Yet Paul Ryan thinks they should be given the lead to resolve a situation they themselves have created and escalated.
So….is Paul Ryan a dumbass?
I don’t think Paul Ryan is a dumbass, but he often sounds like one. In this instance, he’s chosen to ignore U.S. history and everything that has happened in Ferguson lately because it is evidence that not only conflicts with his ludicrous political philosophy, but destroys it.
But I don’t think it’s just a case of cognitive dissonance. No one who remains a libertarian past the age of 19 or so can be trusted because, in this country, quite a few self-described “libertarians” would be better described as neo-Confederates. Many of these same ‘libertarians’ are even bringing back antebellum classics like nullification.
No, Paul Ryan isn’t a dumbass. Paul Ryan knows what he’s doing.
— Eesha Pandit, “If You Are Black or Brown in America, Your Parents’ Warnings Can’t Keep You Safe”
A recent study shows that, for decades, police have been more likely to arrest and use force against protesters when black people are protesting.
At a rally against Israel’s bombing of Gaza over the weekend in Seattle, a shirtless man allegedly harassed protesters, yelled, picked fights, and used words like “towelhead.” When a security guard was called to the scene, however, he ignored this alleged instigator, macing and detaining a black bystander instead.
Non-black activists have a duty to protest, record/document, publicize, and follow-up on any suspicious, racist, or illegal police behavior toward black people (fellow activists or not) in the vicinity of a demonstration or act of civil disobedience.
- The idea that “if you didn’t do anything wrong, you don’t have anything to fear” does not hold true for black people. Most people who end up being exonerated for crimes they served time for, but didn’t commit, are people of color.
- Blacks routinely serve higher sentences than whites—for the same crimes.
- Once in custody, black men are rough-handled by police more often than whites.
- Racial profiling and bias in police departments across the country is well-documented.
- There are many well-known cases of police torture directed at blacks in prison, such as the dozens of black Chicago inmates who were systematically tortured over a span of 20 years.
Scientific studies shed light on how racial bias can influence witness testimony, like this finding that race can make people “see” guns, or a reach for a gun, where no weapon was present.
Asking why a black man with even the slightest bit of awareness of these facts wouldn’t fully cooperate with the cops is a bit like asking why William Wallace didn’t simply extend a warm welcome to the invading English forces. Here’s a better question: What are law enforcement agencies doing to heal their relationships with the black communities they’re supposed to protect and serve?
Let’s not forget that the charge of “resisting arrest” is oftentimes bullshit, something cops will either lie about or instigate by violently confronting people over very minor charges in order to give them a stronger case for arresting (or brutalizing) someone.
…In Nevada, Marky and dozens of his companions were armed: with sidearms, rifles, and at least one .50-caliber anti-vehicle rifle, the kind used in war zones to shatter engine blocks from up to a mile away. They were forthright about the type of disobedience they were willing—even hoping—to put into action. “One bullet at a time, straight in line,” another militiaman told me. “Destroy anything in sight.”
Needless to say, his hands were not raised in the air at the time.
Photo: Scott Olson/Getty Images
No one ever showed up. No tanks ever came to Bunkerville. No sound weapons, no tear gas, no flash grenades. No sniper rifles, except those in the hands of the civilians. The militiamen assembled freely, dispersed freely.
Not one of them is in jail. Not one of them is in Ferguson, either. But perhaps that goes without saying too.
We determine whether someone is a “patriot” or a “thug” by race and class, which are other ways of describing who has power and who doesn’t.
— Steve M., reminding us that Amadou Diallo and Rodney King were brutalized with what were basically glorified sticks. The pricey military gear makes it easier for the police to monitor and attack larger numbers of civilians at one time, but it’s the institution itself—its bigotry, authoritarianism, and lack of accountability to the public it professes to serve—that is the real problem.
The Ferguson police are a public service that’s spending a ton of money forcibly intimidating the residents and restricting media access and protecting their total impunity rather than suspending the officers responsible without pay and cooperating with an external inquiry. If ever there were a totally wasteful and self-interested government agency, it’s the Ferguson police right now. And there are so many pundits and think tanks and elected officials who make a career out of loudly criticizing misallocation of government resources, but somehow they’re all totally silent on this one.
The criminal justice system is working perfectly as far as those “as a taxpayer” people are concerned. They’re not the ones being harassed and assaulted by the police—the folks they’re scared of (black people, poor people, queer people, immigrants, etc.) are. These “as a taxpayer” types probably think outfitting cops with paramilitary gear so they can more effectively terrorize minorities is a great use of their tax dollars.
And the “misallocations” of government resources that these same people tend to be focused on are welfare programs for those same despised minorities. Agricultural subsidies that mostly benefit white farmers and artificially raise the cost of food? Fine. Food stamps to help struggling families afford to eat? NOT FINE WHAT ARE WE SOVIET RUSSIA
This just happened in Seattle. A group of nonviolent protestors in support of Palestine were being harassed by a WHITE MAN, this fucking mall cop comes out and maces and detains a black man WITH NO AFFILIATION TOWARDS EITHER GROUP. AN INNOCENT BLACK MAN JUST WALKING INTO THE WESTLAKE MALL. The protestors are actively telling the mall cop that he MACED THE WRONG GUY, that the black man did nothing wrong, and he still handcuffs him and DENIES him water to flush out his eyes being offered by the protestors. I’m so disgusted. I have been to this area and mall many times in my life and I no longer feel safe going. I hope to god he presses charges and that this scum sucking shitstain loses his job. I’m so scared right now. I’m so fucking scared. Source here, but let the video speak for itself.
I say fuck all cops because, rather than be critical and take a stand against their fellow officers, good cops are nowhere to be fucking seen when wild shit goes down.
No police officer, especially police chief, gets on the news or social media or some type of fucking platform and says shit about bad cops.
So fuck them.
Fuck them for standing in camaraderie with corrupt individuals.
A 24-year-old man has died after being shot by police during an encounter in the Florence neighborhood of South Los Angeles, officials said Tuesday. The incident began at 8:12 p.m. Monday when officers responded to a report of a shooting at the intersection of West 65th Street and South Broadway (map), said Lt. Ellis Imaizumi of the Los Angeles Police Department.
Eight minutes later, at 8:20 p.m., the officers stopped a man who was walking in the 200 block of 65th, authorities said. “A struggle ensued” and police opened fire, according to a statement from the Police Department.
The man was transported to a hospital where he underwent surgery, according to Officer Sara Faden, spokeswoman for the LAPD. He later succumbed to his injuries. No officers were hurt in the incident. It is unknown if the suspect has any gang affiliations, police said.
A woman who said she was the deceased man’s mother identified him as Ezell Ford. Tritobia Ford said her son was lying on the ground and complying with the officers’ commands when he was shot.
In the aftermath of the shooting, she said, police refused to inform her of where Ezell Ford was hospitalized. An LAPD supervisor at the scene of the shooting was unaware of anyone being denied that information, Faden said Tuesday.
An investigation into the shooting is underway. Anyone with information is asked to call the LAPD’s Force Investigation Division at 213-486-5230.
jesus fucking christ
"a struggle ensued" = pig speak for CYA
FAA just closed #Ferguson airspace “to provide a safe environment for law enforcement activities” http://tfr.faa.gov/save_pages/detail_4_2599.html …
Option A: Ferguson police are genuinely concerned that angry residents will start bombing them from private jet planes
Option B: The skies above Ferguson are being cleared for drones, police helicopters, etc. that will be used to monitor residents and disperse crowds with no regard to safety or civil liberties