Sunil Dutta, a 17-year veteran of the Los Angeles Police Department responds to the police actions happening in Ferguson.
Pretty scary that he doesn’t even recognize that this type of police mentality is a problem.
I really don’t understand how they expect anyone to respect their authority when they’re now nothing more than a gang of thugs.
On the one hand, as a customer service person, I can respect that cops have an extraordinarily hard job. They are like customer service people for life itself. They are like every difficult return and shitty sexist remark out there multiplied tenfold. They take all the mickey. They have to fix so much of what isn’t fixable. It would be frustrating. It already is frustrating for me, and I do way less than they do.
But like, when I get angry at customers, the thing is, I can’t then shoot them in the head six times and then get off scot-free because I’m a barista. My every act of force is not justified by citing my duty to uphold my cafe’s rules. I exist under the law, so unfortunately, no shooting, tasing, pepper spraying, or batons are in my nightmare customers’ futures. ‘By any means necessary’ does not apply to me. Even if I’m intimidated or being talked down to. Even if I’m at the end of my rope.
Kinda sucks that these guys somehow don’t exist under the same laws I do. Seems like a kind of a dangerous fringe benefit.
It began simply enough. Commuting home from my work at Reno’s alt-weekly newspaper, theNews & Review, on May 18, 2012, I drove past the aftermath of a police shooting—in this case,that of a man named Jace Herndon. It was a chaotic scene, and I couldn’t help but wonder how often it happened.
I went home and grabbed my laptop and a glass of wine and tried to find out. I found nothing—a failure I simply chalked up to incompetent local media.
A few months later I read about the Dec. 6, 2012, killing of a naked and unarmed 18-year-old college student, Gil Collar, by University of South Alabama police. The killing had attracted national coverage—The New York Times, the Associated Press, CNN—but there was still no context being provided—no figures examining how many people are killed by police.
I started to search in earnest. Nowhere could I find out how many people died during interactions with police in the United States. Try as I might, I just couldn’t wrap my head around that idea. How was it that, in the 21st century, this data wasn’t being tracked, compiled, and made available to the public? How could journalists know if police were killing too many people in their town if they didn’t have a way to compare to other cities? Hell, how could citizens or police? How could cops possibly know “best practices” for dealing with any fluid situation? They couldn’t.
The bottom line was that I found the absence of such a library of police killings offensive. And so I decided to build it.
a comment on the article:
past year, 33 police officers were killed by firearms, where as the amount of “justifiable homicides” by police is over 300. In Seattle in 2012, 20% of the homicides in the entire city that year were committed by police officers. That’s fucked and that’s institutional.
A different kind of cissexism.
"trans women of color have so much representation and visibility now, look at Laverne Cox!"
yes of course how could i be so foolish, remembering all the massive amounts of screentime and character development she got in season 2 of OitNB
Archival print on Kodak metallic paper 11x17
The campaign is still up and people are still able to donate. They just “deleted” the comments
So basically all they’re doing is hiding the obvious racism involved, making it even harder for people to show how the existence of the fund is inherently bigoted in nature.
Amazing. Talk about pretending to work for one group while stabbing them in the back.
So fyi to everyone, find another crowd funding website to use!
'All the Wild Horses' by Andrew McGibbon
And all the wild inspiration… I’m such a sucker for insane colours and lightnings!