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(not the first time something like this has happened...)
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Outrage in US as black man is shot in head while handcuffed in police car
And if you are being raped to death or robbed by home invaders the police are under absolutely no duty to come if you call them for help.
Chronicling this is a good idea. A long and agonizing list of police excesses is needed, nothing else moves politicians who see police as some kind of demographic they have to pander to. .
I was reading a book titled "Better Angels of Our Nature". By a professor, it claims violence is less prevalent than 100 years ago, and especially farther back in time than that.
Well, I don't want to debate that. I want to tell you the author meticulously analyzes violence by types. He says
are cowardly forms of violence.
That corrections officer didn't choose a career in the army. THAT would take a lot more courage.
Medical examiner declares Carter death "suicide."
Note: A simple analysis of the "crime scene," the police car, would go a long way to settling the question. If it was a suicide, the inside roof of the cruiser would be splattered with blood. It would probably also have a dent from the bullet. Illustrating this could have settled the issue right off the bat. Interesting that it instead has never been brought to light.
Also, in the video released by the Jonesboro police to demonstrate the feasibility of shooting oneself while cuffed (philosophers-stone.co.uk/wordp...-head/ ), the most natural positioning of the weapon would result in an upward and slightly forward right-to-left trajectory of the bullet. Only with additional maneuvering and an akward grip (pulling the trigger with the thumb), do they demonstrate how the slightly downward and slightly rearward trajectory noted in the autopsy report be achieved. Granted, a simple adjustment of the angle of the head might also produce such a trajectory, but the most natural positioning does not seem to conform with the trajectory noted in the autopsy.
But hey... Treyvon gets shot by a private citizen, allegedly in self-defense, and the media goes hog wild and Obama gets on TV to grandstand about how "if [he] had a son, he would look like Treyvon." Carter gets shot in the head, under *far* more questionable circumstances, while in the custody of an agent of the state, and there's nary a peep.
Cops can do what they do because they have become a cohesive subculture of cops and right wing cop supporters who are eager to be their pal. Even though they are pretty solidly middle class they prefer towns and neighborhoods with proportionally a high population of police. I lived in the town next to a "cop-town" in N.J., a place called Clark, openly segregationist, had the highest police officer population in the state. These police worked in all of the neighboring towns and towns further away, this was the place they returned to, to fraternize with each other and a few freinds from their high school days, a few ex-cops that become buisiness owners, like construcion contractors.
You see, they live in a bubble. It's not merely that they go to inner city neighborhoods like an occupying force of troops in Iraq with no real connection to the community they police, they go into middle class neighborhoods with the same mindset and a great deal more contempt towards the citizenry than most people realize. It's very easy when you become that isolated, when the only people you know and care about are other cops... that your choices aren't about right and wrong anymore... it's more like what happens between soldiers in a unit whose only loyalty is to their brothers in arms. As far as they are concerned none of the rest of us qualify as really human, we are enemy.
They store a lot up. It's strange when you hang out with some and listen to them talk with one another, you find that they have the same contempt of computer geeks as they do towards homies, which surprised me. A lot of their contempt is directed towards young people who are not the type of person who'd be a police officers' son or one of their pals (dressed like jocks), it doesn't really matter what their social class is as long as they are not rich kids with connected parents. They might not be able to get away with the things they would do to adults that they regularly do to young people. In the meanwhile they also receive a lot of contempt from the well educated middle class who know the limits of their legal power and can actually give them a little legal trouble in return. They are not very well liked as a group, even if individually some of them might be very well liked.
This will not get better until the pattern of isolation is broken. I don't know if it will be possible in all cases, it is best to start with rookies and particularly those who are entering the force from the outside (did not have families in the force) because they are more likely to be treated like outsiders by other cops. We need to open up our homes, our lives, our freindship to the police that allow us to do this. It will be 1000x harder for a police officer with connections to average every day people who are non-police, who feel loved, who see the people they care about reflected in the general public no matter where they go... to abuse people so. Once you allow yourself to be open to another's humanity, brutality becomes almost impossible and if brutality is engaged in when one does see the humanity in those they feel forced to brutalize "under orders" they will be ruined on the inside by guilt afterwards and are more likely to report themselves and others in the police. They are more likely to stop other police, calm them down, stand up... with feeling community backing.
There is a lot of difficulty in this. The police from the multigenerational police families are not a very open society and it is unlikely you'll get to hang out in a cop-down bar to make some new friends.
And I know it goes against every fiber of a normal person's being to want to befreind a group of people that is arrogant, insular, suspicious, unlikely to treat anyone decently upon first meeting them... but where there is an opportunity do the opposite of what comes natural, befriend police. Don't make a big deal about lecturing them on politics or police abuses, just be the freind of any police officer you can be. It will prevent brutality.