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The Washington Post decided to publish a ridiculous piece by a totalitarian police officer whining about all of the civilians who keep running in front of his gun. It includes lines like:

"Even though it might sound harsh and impolitic, here is the bottom line: if you don’t want to get shot, tased, pepper-sprayed, struck with a baton or thrown to the ground, just do what I tell you."

and:

"An average person cannot comprehend the risks and has no true understanding of a cop’s job."

(As Ta-Nehisi Coates put it, “the argument of all despots.”)
It ran the same morning as this incredible front-page photo in the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. Since the Washington Post article had a picture that really underplayed the authoritarian-gift-from-god approach of its author, I thought I’d suggest a little mash-up.
Incidentally, the Washington Post’s letters to the editor address is letters@washpost.com and their ombudsman (the person you might contact to say “why in the name of humanity did you run such an article?”) is ombudsman@washpost.com.

The Washington Post decided to publish a ridiculous piece by a totalitarian police officer whining about all of the civilians who keep running in front of his gun. It includes lines like:

"Even though it might sound harsh and impolitic, here is the bottom line: if you don’t want to get shot, tased, pepper-sprayed, struck with a baton or thrown to the ground, just do what I tell you."

and:

"An average person cannot comprehend the risks and has no true understanding of a cop’s job."

(As Ta-Nehisi Coates put it, “the argument of all despots.”)

It ran the same morning as this incredible front-page photo in the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. Since the Washington Post article had a picture that really underplayed the authoritarian-gift-from-god approach of its author, I thought I’d suggest a little mash-up.

Incidentally, the Washington Post’s letters to the editor address is letters@washpost.com and their ombudsman (the person you might contact to say “why in the name of humanity did you run such an article?”) is ombudsman@washpost.com.

obey:

The community and protestors in #Ferguson standing up to looters and protecting businesses - what the media won’t show you

obi-wankenblowme:

This is a collection of Tweets from military veterans reacting to the police response in Ferguson. 

And if this shit doesn’t scare you, I don’t know what will.

"Police officers, security guards, or self-appointed vigilantes extrajudicially killed at least 313 African-Americans in 2012, according to a recent study. This means a black person was killed by a security officer every 28 hours."

- Adam Hudson, A Black Man Is Killed in the U.S. Every 28 Hours By Police

A significant portion of those killed, 68 people or 22%, suffered from mental health issues and/or were self-medicated. The study says that “[m]any of them might be alive today if community members trained and committed to humane crisis intervention and mental health treatment had been called, rather than the police.”

(via unquietpirate)

This is the full section on “Mental Health Issues” from the study:

"A significant proportion of the 313 were killed because they suffered from mental health problems and/or were self-medicated (intoxicated) and behaved in ways the police thought they could not control.

  • 68 people or 22% had diagnosed mental health problems or had been self-medicating. Many of them might be alive today if community members trained and committed to humane crisis intervention and mental health treatment had been called, rather than the police.
  • 12 people or 4% behaved in ways that indicated they had mental health problems and/or were self-medicated, even though these conditions were not explicitly documented. The number of people with mental health problems or people who were “high” is probably much higher than this estimation. Too many of the 313 killed people behaved in ways that might be labeled “crazy.”
  • Whether the percentage of people with mental health problems who are killed by police is 22%, 26%, or 50%*, we must conclude that police kill an unacceptable number of people because they “feel threatened” and perceive they cannot control them.”

*The footnote for the 50% statistic reads: “A recent article by Natasha Lennard at (x) reported that 50% of those killed by police were mentally ill. But that conclusion is based on a convenience sample of only a few cities and states. It also includes people of all races. It is possible that the disproportionately fewer number of white people who are shot include a higher percentage of mentally ill and a lower percentage of people whose deadly encounters begin because of ‘walking while Black’ or ‘driving while Black.’”

The study also goes on to mention that “56 (19% of 313) deadly encounters began with calls to 9-1-1 to seek help with emotionally disturbed household members.”

On a different note, the title of the article is misleading: it states that a black man is killed every 28 hours by police, while the full report highlights that 23 of the 313 black people killed were women, which I think is important not to overlook.

The full report is here.

(via madvocate)

october-eightyeight:

mizoguchi:

brentknepper:

It’s been an incredibly difficult five days with what’s happened in what I look at as my back yard. Last night watching the live feeds of what was happening in Ferguson, MO was absolutely unbelievable and I spent the entire night refreshing twitter feeling total shame and despair.

Today though, across the country there were little glimpses of light at this very dark tunnel. Being consumed by this level of anger feels exhausting, and take that with an incredibly huge grain of salt because that’s just what I with the privilege of being a white male am capable of feeling. I’m not capable of comprehending the real pain. At today’s NMOS14 demonstration in Chicago, an incredible number of people gathered on short notice. The assembly was peaceful. We listened to people express their hurt, their hope, their anger, and their drive to change things. Once my camera died (again, short notice on this rally), I biked straight to my computer to share the solidarity- if only here in Chicago.

I know this isn’t really the stuff I normally post on here, but I figure the one time I’m literally crying while taking pictures is probably a good time to post stuff. My gratitude goes to everyone organizing today, and not just here but everywhere.

More from the event including pictures here

im glad i attended. it was a really powerful event. hard not to cry.

A message from Anonymous
I really want to do something about Ferguson but I live states away and have no money to fund anything. Do you know of any petitions or SOMETHING I can do, because I've tried my hardest to get the word out, we new to reach out to these people. I feel like we aren't doing enough there has to be something.

yungfeminist:

Okay there’s a lot of different posts with multiple links each on how to help and some of them overlap so I’m just gonna compile all the relevant links I can think of here:

Contact the Ferguson Police Department and seek information on those being detained, the protests, legal procedures, etc.

Ferguson Police Department
Email (taken off the site)
222 S. Florissant Road Ferguson, MO 63135
Ph: 314-522-3100 Fx: 314-524-5290

  • DO NOT reblog photos of Mike Brown’s body lying on the street. His family has requested that these photos not be spread around. Please respect their wishes.

Very importantly, stay alert. Read everything you can on the subject. The reports on The New York Times, Al Jazeera, and other news outlets are very limited, especially because the police in Ferguson are going to great lengths to keep reporters out. Seek out what you can online and from first hand sources, if you know anyone in the area. Listen to the stories of those who have been affected by this tragedy and other similar ones. Educate yourself as much as you possibly can so you can help make sure the right people are heard.

myqween:

happening now in Union Square: peaceful demonstration for police brutality and the killings of our black children. chanting “hands up, don’t shoot.” 8/14/2014

incoherent-clarity:

SIGNAL BOOST A 25 year old black man was shot and killed this Tuesday. He is allegedly well-known by the police because, as his cousin puts it, “… mentally, he has complications. Every officer in this area, from the Newton Division, knows that — that this child has mental problems.”
In south LA, a cop was responding to a call on a disturbance in the area.Ezell Ford was walking down the street with his mom when the cop told him to get on the ground. He did. As he was on the ground, complying with police orders, the cop shot him in the back. Ezell died during emergency surgery. I urge everyone in the LA area to join this protest.

incoherent-clarity:

SIGNAL BOOST
A 25 year old black man was shot and killed this Tuesday. He is allegedly well-known by the police because, as his cousin puts it, “… mentally, he has complications. Every officer in this area, from the Newton Division, knows that — that this child has mental problems.”

In south LA, a cop was responding to a call on a disturbance in the area.Ezell Ford was walking down the street with his mom when the cop told him to get on the ground. He did. As he was on the ground, complying with police orders, the cop shot him in the back. Ezell died during emergency surgery.
I urge everyone in the LA area to join this protest.

galaxys4:

Signs from national moment of silence for victims of police brutality held in Lafayette square in New Orleans, and the sign used by Ferguson protestors “don’t shoot me” held up by gatherers