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#1 Sep 8, 2013
When we speak of state violence, we tend to think of overt acts of physical violence against the body: the death penalty, police brutality or warfare being classic examples. Violence, however, is not relegated only to the application of pain, but can also include the limiting of physical and psychological freedom. As such, imprisonment is a significant act of violence, and is, along with the ability to take a life through capital punishment or warfare, a significant power afforded to states. Financial sanctions may cripple a person economically, but if they are still free to walk the streets, play with their children or engage in the many simple acts that make up the day-to-day existence of a human being, then that person still retains the core elements of dignity and humanity.
#2 Sep 8, 2013
ARE YOU TIRED OF COMPLAINTS BEING IGNORED? ARE YOU TIRED OF SEEING EMPLOYEES NOT WORKING WHEN THEY ARE SUPOSE TO BE TO GET THAT PAY CHECK THAT OUR TAXES PAY? ARE YOU TIRED OF ALL THE FAVORITISM,HARRASSMENT,AND DISCRIMINATION?
#3 Sep 8, 2013
If the message of the Anti-Drug Abuse Act of 1986 was that the poor and minorities needed learn their place in an America ruled by white elites, then what is the message being sent in relation to Manning, Swartz and the two Anonymous hackers in the UK? Much the same as in the case of crack versus powder, actually. While the US and UK make geopolitical hay out of their commitment to free speech and democracy, dissenters and activists must learn their place. They are useful to the neoliberal project in that they show that moderate dissent is tolerated; but once that dissent crosses the line ????
#4 Sep 8, 2013
The government exists since the beginning of the first states, to serve landlords, capitalists, usurers, bureaucrats and assorted other rentiers not to serve us.
The NANNY state, by its very nature, is executive committee of an economic ruling class. Trying to reform government through outsider review is like trying to reform the Mafia.
Corrupt stallions in blue using the brass to brutalize innocent citizens.
The Brute Force:
A brood of violent lawbreakers perpetrating as the law abiding. LOL
#5 Sep 8, 2013
Organize Copwatch programmes that visually record the interaction of the police with members of the community. The Black Panther Party was the originator of the practice of observing and recording the action of the police. We should acquire the audio-visual resources to document acts of police violence. The negative reaction of many cops on being filmed interacting with the public is an indication that they might have something to conceal from us.
#6 Sep 8, 2013
Based on our experience of colonialism, white supremacy, patriarchy and capitalist exploitation, we are quite aware of the fact that the police serve and protect the interest of socially dominant groups. We have the scars, memories of loved ones and comrades maimed or killed or the presence of the police in our communities as an occupation army as objective and wise teachers of the true role of the police in an oppressive society.
The killing of Trayvon Martin and the acquittal of his killer, George Zimmerman, after a trial in Florida, inspired outrage and mobilization among Afrikan people and others of good conscience across North America.
#7 Sep 8, 2013
The issue of racial profiling by police briefly grabbed the attention of the press in June of 1999 when New Jersey Governor Christine Todd Whitman fired the head of the state police after he accused blacks and Hispanics of being more likely to be drug dealers and therefore deserving of heightened police scrutiny. Whitman earned glowing coverage for her swift action.
In fact, Whitman had sedulously ignored the problem ((((can't discuss MISCONDUCT))) for most of her term, insisting that racial profiling was not a practice of the state police. Even after two New Jersey state troopers fired eleven shots into a van carrying four black men on their way to a basketball clinic in 1998, Whitman clung to her contention that the action was not racially motivated. In 1995, a New Jersey state judge threw out charges against fifteen black drivers who, the judge concluded, had been pulled over without cause. During the trial it emerged that on a 26-mile long stretch on the southern part of the New Jersey Turnpike minorities accounted for 46 percent of the drivers stopped, even though they accounted for only 15 percent of suspected speeders.
Whitman also kept her mouth shut when Emblez Longoria, a New Jersey state trooper, filed suit against his department claiming that she was being pressured to make illegal stops of black and Hispanic drivers in order to fulfill his arrest quotas. Longoria, who is Hispanic, alleges that he was denied promotions and harassed by his superiors when he refused to pull over drivers using racial profiling. Ultimately, the Governors hand was forced by the racist remarks of Col. Carl Williams, the head of the New Jersey state police. Responding to a report showing that 75 percent of all motorists arrested on the New Jersey Turnpike in the first two months of 1997 were minorities, Williams told the Newark Star-Ledger that cocaine and marijuana traffickers were most likely to be either black or Hispanic. Williams was canned, but that was it. The investigation of his Department was put into the hands of Attorney
General Peter Verniero, who has fiercely denied that New Jersey cops use profiling. Black leaders in New Jersey demanded that Vernieros investigation be taken up by an independent panel.
But Whitman refused and instead nominated Verniero (who obediently buried the troublesome issue) for a spot on the New Jersey Supreme Court.
But racial profiling is neither new nor isolated to the Garden State. Criminology has had these genetic typing obsessions as far back as eugenicists such as Cesare Lombroso, who attempted to define criminal types through head shapes and other physical characteristics. Particularly influential in the US was Earnest Albert Hooten, a Harvard professor of anthropology and appalling racist who published The American Criminal in 1939.
Now these racist theories have pervaded the policing system of the United States from coast-to-coast. To be a black driver in America is to invite police scrutiny, as thousands are daily singled out for groundless pull-overs,pretext stops, and subjected to intrusive, warrantless searches and abusive treatment by police.
#8 Sep 8, 2013
(((((((Now these racist theories have pervaded the policing system of the United States from coast-to-coast. To be a black driver in America is to invite police scrutiny, as thousands are daily singled out for groundless pull-overs,pretext stops, and subjected to intrusive, warrantless searches and abusive treatment by police.))))))))
((((((((((SCREAM POLICE BRUTALITY))))))))))
((((((((((LIKE A RAPE VICTIM ABOUT HER SEXUALLY PERVERSE CONTRL FREAK ATTACKER))))))))))
#9 Sep 8, 2013
In April of 1997,Aaron Campbell was pulled over by sheriffs deputies on the Florida Turnpike. The deputies ordered Campbell from the car, forced him to the pavement, drenched his face with pepper spray and arrested him. Campbell was a major in the Metro-Dade County police department and had identified himself as a policeman when he was pulled over. The Orange County deputies later said Campbell had been stopped for having an obscured license tag and for making an illegal lane change.
As is so often the case, the pretext for the profiling is the drug war, itself an ill-disguised form of state-sponsored racism. Nowhere has this kind of racial typing in the name of drug interdiction been used as aggressively as in Maryland, where since at least 1988 it has been the policy of the state troopers to pull over, detain and search drivers for drugs and guns, using a race-based drug courier profile. According to the testimony of a Maryland State Trooper, those race profiles explicitly targeted:1) young, black males wearing expensive jewelry; 2) driving expensive cars, usually sports cars; 3) carrying beepers; and 4) in possession of telephone numbers.
Nelson Walker, a native of Liberia and a student at the University of North Carolina. In April of 1995, Walker was stopped on Interstate 95, purportedly for failure to have his seatbelt buckled. The trooper who pulled him over insinuated that his 1990Infiniti was too nice a car for Walker to be driving and ordered Walker and his passenger out of the car. Drug-detecting dogs were called for and then the car was searched for over an hour and a half. Walker and his friend, Mecca Agunabo I, were made to stand in the rain for nearly two hours while the car was searched.
When Agunabo said he needed to get out of the rain because he had just recently recovered from a bout with pneumonia, the trooper threatened to arrest him. In a search for drugs, the troopers rummaged through the mens luggage and other personal belongings. Then the troopers largely dismantled Walkers car, tearing out a door panel, the back seat and part of the sunroof. No drugs were found. One of the troopers went to his cruiser and returned with a screwdriver, which he handed to Walker saying,Here, youre going to need this.
#10 Sep 8, 2013
Im not trying to justify myself, Salcedo said in the sworn statement,Im just trying to have a clear conscience, since I regret the harm that I have caused.
When you gonna be a TRUTH TELLER ?
#11 Sep 8, 2013
A lawyer for a Queens woman who says she was illegally held as a material witness in 2008 is now pressing to hold prosecutors accountable, seeking to find them personally liable. She scored a considerable victory in her effort this week when a three-judge panel on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit held that prosecutors in the case were not entitled to absolute immunity from her lawsuit, and ordered the case to be reconsidered by a district court.
#15 Sep 9, 2013
SWINE CAUGHT in LIES.
Nancy Jackson says she was wrongfully arrested in 2009 and now the same cop is trying to discredit her as she sues over the original incident.
An NYPD cop is fabricating a story that he was stalked by a woman he once collared to undermine her claim of wrongful arrest, the womans lawyer said Sunday.
Police Officer John Dammacco testified last week that he is actually the victim in a suit filed in Brooklyn by plaintiff Nancy Jackson, 46, who is accusing him and three other cops of false arrest and other civil rights violations.
"She was stalking me," Dammacco insisted last week. "I didn't know if Miss Jackson knew my schedule, how long she was following me, if she knew when my wife was home by herself.
NOTHING BUT A LYING PUNK!
#17 Sep 10, 2013
Lots of good info.
#18 Sep 10, 2013
Prosecutorial misconduct is the dirty little secret that plagues our justice system. It is distressingly common but is rarely sanctioned. Prosecutors who have been caught withholding or fabricating evidence typically continue their careers unimpeded and often receive subsequent accolades, raises and promotions.
#19 Sep 10, 2013
((((((((((SCREAM POLICE BRUTALITY))))))))))
((((((((LIKE A RAPE VICTIM ABOUT HER SEXUALLY PERVERSE CONTRL FREAK ATTACKER))))))))
#20 Sep 11, 2013
Face-breaking Florida cops under investigation for DUI arrest
Tallahassee cops slammed Christina West face first into squad car and the street when the tiny 44-year-old slipped out of her handcuffs. The woman suffered a broken orbital bone, scrapes and bruises. State Attorney Willie Meggs called the incident 'disturbing' after viewing the dashcam video.
Read more: http://www.nydailynews.com/news/national/face...
a picture is worth a thousand words
#21 Sep 11, 2013
Officer suspended for escalating confrontation, excessive force
Police chiefs discipline addresses the type of issues raised by the Department of Justice when it found Seattle officers too often resort to excessive force.
#22 Sep 11, 2013
The cops mocked West as she screamed.
You went from a misdemeanor to a felony, one cop said.Congratulations.
The two men slammed her face down on the trunk of the squad car, and then yanked her to the ground.
I can say I intend to pursue just compensation for Ms. West, Conrad told the Democrat.And I can say I intend to do it relentlessly. I intend to make the police department pay for this. This is wrong. And they need to pay for it.
It also shows DISTURBING use of force against a completely non aggressive arrestee. It is my belief that the city of Tallahassee will soon face a liability lawsuit based on the content of the video.
Read more: http://www.nydailynews.com/news/national/face...
S/N: No wonder liars desire to HIDE camera footage.
#23 Sep 12, 2013
#25 Sep 14, 2013
A State Police trooper was charged with aggravated assault in the beating of a rookie squad mate in an elevator at the Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa in Atlantic City one night last month, The Star-Ledger has learned.
The injured trooper, who was reportedly punched in the face repeatedly, suffered a concussion, a chipped tooth, a broken eye socket and torn tendons in and around his eye, which required reconstructive surgery, according to court records.
The comments on this story--quite telling.
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