On April 19, 26-year-old Mario Gonzalez, a father living in Oakland, California, died after what Alameda police originally called a “medical emergency.” Gonzalez, according to police, had suffered this emergency after a “scuffle” with police, who were attempting to arrest Gonzalez for not being able to produce identification. On April 27, the City of Alameda posted an hour-long video of the events from one of the police officers’ body cameras. As with most of these tragic stories, what the police initially told Gonzalez’s family does not line up with what is on the video.
Of course, “justice system” was simply shorthand for much of what many white people unquestionably believe about their beloved country. Cops fear for their lives; Kyle Rittenhouse was just protecting small businesses; there were good people on both sides of the white supremacist march in Charlottesville; and the Capitol insurrectionists were legitimately upset over an election (unless, of course, they were Antifa in disguise). To that they might want to add: Derek Chauvin was just doing his job. But a jury decided that he wasn’t, and that verdict challenged the most dangerous and pervasive myth in America: White violence can usually be justified, especially when the perpetrator happens to be wearing a uniform.
Outrage erupted and the phrase “She’s 9” was trending on social media early Monday after body-cam video footage emerged of police in Rochester, New York violently abusing a 9-year-old girl—including handcuffing her and then pepper-spraying her in the face while in the back of a cruiser. “This is your last chance, or pepper spray’s going in your eyeballs,” one female officer tells the young girl, handcuffed and sitting on the edge of the police car’s back seat during events that took place Friday. According to reporting, the police had responded to a family dispute but what resulted was a horrifying scene of multiple officers abusing a clearly traumatized and emotionally distressed young girl. “I want my dad,” the girl can be heard crying to the female officer. The girl later says, “No! You said you were gonna pepper-spray me. No, please, stop!”‘These Officers Should Be Fired and Indicted’: Outrage After Rochester Police Pepper Spray Handcuffed 9-Year-Old Child | Common Dreams News
The world’s highest incarceration rate is the USA.
“Policing is just one way to reduce violent crime,” Sierra-Arévalo said. “And we know that it also creates tremendous negative impacts. It’s the most blunt instrument for reducing crime, and it’s the one we keep relying on.”
Contrary to the image of brutal and repressive communists, police in Cuba offer an instructive example for activists in the United States. Police live in the cities they patrol. They generally treat citizens with respect. As I documented in my book Dateline Havana, police beatings of criminals are rare and police murders are nonexistent. Cuba has one of the lowest crime rates in Latin America.
MI5 is given Carte Blanche on Mayhem.(ODT)
Amid the squabbling over audit standards and the fineries of interpretation, it is always open to government to simply insist all companies over a certain size report fully and uniformly. This might do the Big Four out of some business but it would bring the tax dollars in. After all, if business people wish to enjoy the protection of the corporate veil, with that should come accountability and transparency. Otherwise, just don’t incorporate.
However the are ready to surrender and negotiate with the biggest Corporations and those named in the Paradise Papers and ask what they want to pay (ODT)
What never seems mentioned is the research that indicates that more mass or multiple killings have occurred by those not deemed terrorist. terrorism is it seems is a category devoted to murders by Muslims whether organized or not. Further research shows the murders are increasingly lone wolf, committed by people on drugs and with poor histories of mental health factors that in fact have been known.
The categorizing of terrorism in a way that seems to be exclusively Muslim merely raises the fact that in a post racist world where differences aren’t division. The LNP since John Howard have used race, religion and ethnicity to promote division in a world were they only give lip service to a multiracial and cultural Australia. (ODT)
One world-weary father whose son was caught in the middle of such an event where police used capsicum spray to disperse the crowds suggested it was a graphic illustration of how the world had changed: ‘‘I grew up listening to Sergeant Pepper’s – he grew up being pepper-sprayed by a sergeant.’’
The shooting happened weeks after police in northern California killed Stephon Clark, an unarmed father who was standing in his family’s back yard. Though Yarber’s killing has not prompted massive rallies, both shootings have shone a harsh light on the way police continue to aggressively use lethal force in black communities, even in a liberal state where the Black Lives Matter movement has long protested against police violence and racism.
The disability pensioner is pinned down. He is in his own front yard and he is helpless.
Minutes earlier, the police have arrived at John’s home in Preston in Melbourne after his psychologist called triple zero to say she was worried about his deteriorating mental health.
Like many Palestinian citizens before him, Israeli police insist on holding Maysam Abu Alqian responsible for the beating he took in broad daylight. The beating of 19-year-old Maysam Abu Alqian by plainclothes Border Police officers…
It’s fantastic. It’s the maiden speech of Mhairi Black, the absurdly young new member of the British parliament, from the Scottish National party.