Couldn’t have said it better myself;
“How is taking a Aboriginal woman who is intoxicated to your home after arresting her as a RCMP officer the start of a “relationship”? Not only is the act horrifying, but the reporting on this shows such a lack of understanding of rape culture – where is the conversation of consent? of power? Come on CBC do better.” – Farrah Khan
Full piece HERE
TW for Racism and continued police violence against Michael Brown
A retired LAPD officer held a fundraiser where about half of those in attendance were on the force. In the salon article below there is video of the following song being sung;
“Michael Brown learned a lesson about a messin’
With a badass policeman
And he’s bad, bad Michael Brown
Baddest thug in the whole damn town
Badder than old King Kong
Meaner than a junkyard dog.
Two men took to fightin’
And Michael punched in through the door
And Michael looked like some old Swiss cheese
His brain was splattered on the floor
And he’s dead, dead Michael Brown
Deadest man in the whole damn town
His whole life’s long gone
Deader than a roadkill dog.”
Just another ‘bad apple’? Looks like he’s not falling far from the ORCHARD
read more HERE
This situation is incredibly frustrating. It just further adds to the insurmountable pile of evidence that police as a system and institution need a total overhaul.
Mayor De Blasio supported the citizens right to legal and peaceful protest. He supports the NYPD but also wants to improve services (easy to forget policing is a public service) by addressing areas that can be improved, such as the handling of those presumed to be committing a crime, especially folks of colour.
This demonstration shows a lack of accountability and a lack of reflection. Zero ability to grow or see room for improvement.
How does it make sense to give more gun power and carte Blanche to an organization that sees itself above the very laws it has SWORN TO UPHOLD AND PROTECT???
“The week before the shooting of Ramos and Liu, the PBA leader suggested police officers sign a petition demanding that the mayor not attend their funerals should they die on the job.” —->are you kidding me? Why is it so terrible to want the same rights and fairness for every citizen, not just those wearing a badge?
Story is HERE
Another of many examples of officers coming forward to expose systemic flaws that are being actively upheld by high ranking members of police forces.
“Hundreds of hours of tape reveal how bosses threatened street cops if they don’t make enough stop-and-frisk arrests, “but also tell them not to take certain robbery reports in order to manipulate crime statistics,” according to the Voice. “The tapes also refer to command officers calling crime victims directly to intimidate them about their complaints.”
Full story HERE
The point Marion police department was forced to shut it’s doors after settling two lawsuits against it’s officers, as it can no longer afford police liability insurance.
One of two officers in the country was relocated twice before after violating civilians while on the job in other jurisdictions. Gross. Point Marion claims they had no idea about past accusations against the officer. WTF??
HERE is full video
“Every officer reading this knows it’s true. But what do we do? Nothing. We are trained to have answers, to hide weakness, and to control situations. We are the ones who respond when help is needed. So we cover it up. We hide our emotions, gloss over the problems and hope we can ride it out. Any attempt to seek out help voluntarily results in a stigma and is essentially a career killer for us. If we end up having an emotional breakdown and are ordered off duty, we are marginalized and abandoned. We have witnessed this happen to friends and colleagues before us.”
Anonymous, but frank and honest. While this career is a choice, sometimes I feel made for personal fulfillment rather than a desire to serve and protect, it’s important to have supports in place because the reality of this experience when lived professionally is quite difficult. Like most people in dominant culture, there is a stigma that comes when officers seek help, when showing any ‘weakness’, when dealing with increased signs of mental illness. The solution is not to shame these individuals then put them in a crisis situation with a deadly weapon. We’re all human and deserve compassion and a chance at understanding.
What are your thoughts?
opinion piece – for Ian’s sake
Innocent Man Forcibly Searched After Rolling Through A Stop Sign
“While stopped, Eckert was required to exit the vehicle by police officers intent on searching his car. Police claimed that a dog told them that Eckert’s seat smelled like narcotics and claimed that his butt cheeks appeared to be clenched.
Eager to get an arrest, police conspired to search Eckert’s anus for contraband. They took him into custody and got a judge to stamp out a search warrant for Eckert’s intestines.”
Even after being refused at a local hospital, 14 hours later Mr. Eckert’s rights and body have been severely violated. How does something like this happen? And of course, absolutely nothing found in his possession. And to add insult to injury the joke of a medical institution that facilitated this atrocity is now charging him $6000 in medical bills for this assault and they are threatening him with collections if HE doesn’t pay. What can we do about this? What can be done to support this man and others who experience similar abuses?
Police in Thailand Lay Down Weapons and Join with Protestors
Protesters rallying against the current prime minister and her brothers former government gain allies in the Thailand police who laid down their weapons and joined in peaceful protest with other citizens. Truly inspiring