I started this entry last week.
I couldn't find the correct hook for the start of the entry.
As it sat in my drafts - I could not, for the life of me, figure out why there are not more people writing about this.
A section of our law enforcement - out of control
moving in the same direction as the RepubliCON party
- disregard for the people who pay their salaries
- protecting those who pay them the mo$t.
Then today on Salon - the correct hook came - two snips:
SWAT teams raiding poker games and trying to stop underage drinking? Overwhelming paramilitary force is on the rise
Perhaps the best insight into the mentality the police brought to the DNC protests could be found on the T-shirts the Denver police union had printed up for the event. The shirts showed a menacing cop holding a baton. The caption: DNC 2008: WE GET UP EARLY, TO BEAT THE CROWDS. Police were spotted wearing similar shirts at the 2012 NATO summit in Chicago. At the 1996 DNC convention in Chicago, cops were seen wearing shirts that read: WE KICKED YOUR FATHER’S ASS IN 1968 . . . WAIT ’TIL YOU SEE WHAT WE DO TO YOU!This default militaristic response to protest ...
Incidentally, the publications and advocacy groups who have recently expressed concerns about police militarization include ThinkProgress, Wired, Salon, MSNBC, and Democracy Now— …So long as partisans are only willing to speak out against aggressive, militarized police tactics when they’re used against their own and are dismissive or even supportive of such tactics when used against those whose politics they dislike, it seems unlikely that the country will achieve enough of a political consensus to begin to slow down the trend.
I strongly recommend reading the entire article on Salon
This conversation needs to be happening more than it is.
This conversation needs to be happening more than it is.
Virginia (my emphasis)
Elizabeth Daly's terrifying ordeal has gone viral. In April, the 20-year-old college student and her friends were jumped by a team of undercover agents from the Virginia Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control. The girls were jumped in the parking lot of a grocery store because the agents mistook a case of bottled water they'd purchased for alcohol. One agent pulled a gun as another jumped on the hood of Daly's car.Incredibly, Daly was arrested, jailed and charged with assaulting a police officer because in fear, she attempted to flee her attackers, and apparently grazed one of them with her car. Daly spent a night in jail and, incredibly, didn't have the charges against her dropped until last week.
team of undercover agents
AKA Not wearing uniforms
mistook a case of bottled water
The girls were jumped in the parking lot
One agent pulled a gun as another jumped on the hood of Daly's car
team of undercover agentsAKA Not wearing uniform
Daly was arrested, jailed and charged with assaulting a police
In April, ... and, incredibly, didn't have the charges against her dropped until last week
Health Care Activist Arrested at Governor Corbett’s Mansionfor Chalking on Sidewalk – That’s Right, Chalking…by Sean Kitchen • June 27, 2013As reported on the Raging Chicken Press last night, a dozen uninsured health care activists staged a sit-in inside the state capitol for medicaid expansion. If Governor Tom Corbett does not expand medicaid, his actions will leave over 700,000 Pennsylvania citizens uninsured and will cause the state economy to lose billions in economic windfalls.Late last night, the demonstrators were escorted out of the capitol, and afterwards some of the demonstrators went back to governor’s mansion to continue their demonstration. However, while at the Governor’s mansion, a health care activist – AJ Marin – was arrested for “chalking” on a public sidewalk. According to his citation, he was arrested for writing a “derogatory remark about the governor on the sidewalk.” The “derogatory” comment that AJ was arrested for stated: “Governor Corbett has health insurance, we should too.”
AJ was arrested for stated: “Governor Corbett has health insurance, we should too.”
On a public sidewalk
In front of the Governor’s mansion
SAN DIEGO — The mayor called the case "stupid" and a jury swiftly said it shouldn't stick, taking the eraser to vandalism charges for a man who wrote anti-bank slogans on San Diego sidewalks.A Superior Court jury deliberated for five hours after a four-day trial before acquitting Jeff Olson Monday of the 13 misdemeanor charges that could have brought 13 years in jail and $13,000 in fines.Olson, 40, was charged with scrawling messages like "Shame on B of A" and `'No thanks, big banks" in water-soluble chalk on sidewalks outside San Diego Bank of America branches from April to August 2012. He included a drawing of an octopus reaching for dollar bills."It's washable chalk, it's political slogans," Filner said last week. "I think it's a stupid case. It's costing us money."
a jury swiftly said it shouldn't stick
A Superior Court jury deliberated for five hours
Also on the web by Right Wing Nut Jobs as
74 Year Old Viciously Attacks State Troopers74-Year-Old Woman Violently Assaults Two Texas DPS Troopers
Trooper Grabs 74-Year-Old Woman And Then Arrests Her After She Hits Him With Her Purse For Being RoughPublished 1, July 4, 2013According to reports, a 74-year-old woman was arrested for assaulting an officer after the Lt. Governor ordered the gallery to be closed. Troopers then encountered Martha Northington who did not move fast enough out of her chair.In the arrest affidavit, officers reportedly said that Northington resisted by grabbing her seat. However, Northington appears to reach down to pick up her purse. The officer then grabs her roughly and yanks her out of her seat. She protests that the trooper is hurting her and appears to tap or hit the trooper with her purse. She is immediately arrested.
Now remember – this 74 year old women is sitting in a f#@king chair when this all began.
sitting in a f#@king chair
The video does not show any serious striking of the officer, though she appears to lightly hit him with her purse not her hand. She was reportedly charged with Assault on a Public Servant, a third degree felony. A felony.
"She was reportedly charged with Assault on a Public Servant, a third degree felony"
If convicted – she won’t be able to vote.
Convenient way to try and get rid of liberal voters.
Convenient way to tell the public - stay home where you belong and let the white men run the country.
By Matthew ArtzOakland TribuneOakland -- The city has agreed to pay more than $1 million to settle claims from 12 Occupy protesters -- including a man who filmed a police officer who shot him in the leg with a lead beanbag -- injured during 2011 protests.The City Council announced the $1.17 million settlement Tuesday night, resolving the first of several police misconduct lawsuits Oakland faces from Occupy protests.