Interesting Links: June 7, 2015

Here are links to some interesting news articles that I came across today. They are about the reality of “american justice”- a concept best understood as an oxymoron.

Link 1: Texas officer suspended after pool party video shows him pulling gun on teens

Video posted to YouTube on Saturday shows one officer sprinting past the camera, falling and losing his flashlight, then running again.Teenagers are seen returning the flashlight to another officer, who responds politely, before the first officer returns and shouts: “On the ground! I told you to stay! Get your asses on the ground. I told you to stay!” The officer, who was not named when his suspension was announced, is then seen forcing a number of teenagers to lie on a grass verge and a sidewalk and telling others to “get your ass out of here”. Some teenagers are handcuffed. One teenager can be heard saying: “Sir, we just came from a birthday party, please.” Another says: “Officer, I can’t find my bag.” The officer replies: “I don’t care, sit down.” The officer is then shown talking to teenagers on the ground.

He then forces a group of bystanders to leave. One, a girl, does not comply and the officer wrestles her to the ground. When other teenagers surround him to remonstrate, he draws his gun. Two other officers move to restrain him, and the officer re-holsters the weapon. He then slams the girl back to the ground, shouting: “On your face!” As the officer appears to sit on the girl to keep her subdued, hectoring her all the while, a voice, possibly that of the person filming the incident, says the officer pulled a gun on the girl.“No I didn’t,” he says, pointing at the camera. “Now get your butts outta here.” The officer is later shown in close-up, lecturing two boys who are sitting on the ground. “You just did what everybody else did,” he says, “and what everybody else did was illegal. You did it and you got caught. Now you’re sitting here paying for it. “I asked y’all to sit,” he adds, “you didn’t and you became a part of the mob. You could’ve been the guys that were doing right and you weren’t, so now you’re sitting here in trouble.”

Link 2: Man Wrongfully Imprisoned For 3 Years With No Trial Commits Suicide

Last fall, I wrote about a young man named Kalief Browder, who spent three years on Rikers Island without being convicted of a crime. He had been arrested in the spring of 2010, at age sixteen, for a robbery he insisted he had not committed. Then he spent more than one thousand days on Rikers waiting for a trial that never happened. During that time, he endured about two years in solitary confinement, where he attempted to end his life several times. Once, in February, 2012, he ripped his bedsheet into strips, tied them together to create a noose, and tried to hang himself from the light fixture in his cell. In November of 2013, six months after he left Rikers, Browder attempted suicide again. This time, he tried to hang himself at home, from a bannister, and he was taken to the psychiatric ward at St. Barnabas Hospital, not far from his home in the Bronx. When I met him, in the spring of 2014, he appeared to be more stable.

His relatives recounted stories he’d told them about being starved and beaten by guards on Rikers. They spoke about his paranoia, about how he often suspected that the cops or some other authority figures were after him. His mother explained that the night before he told her, “Ma, I can’t take it anymore.” “Kalief, you’ve got a lot of people in your corner,” she told him. One cousin recalled that when Browder first got home from jail, he would walk to G.E.D. prep class every day, almost an hour each way. Another cousin remembered seeing him seated by the kitchen each morning with his schoolwork spread out before him.

Link 3: Watch Austin cop pepper spray man for filming an arrest

Around last call on Saturday night in Austin, Texas, a tourist from Los Angeles taped several white police officers tackling a black man in the middle of a busy street, confiscating the phone of a filming bystander, and then pepper spraying the man who’d been taping in the face. Jericho Tucker, a “video game player and online entertainer” was in Austin this weekend for the X Games, the Austin American-Statesman reports. Tucker and friends were walking along the city’s famously boozy 6th Street close to 1:30 AM on Sunday, when the group observed what appeared to be a team of white cops pinning a black man to the ground, handcuffing him, and taking him away. Tucker caught the confrontation on his camera phone, as well as footage of a police officer taking away a filming device from someone in the crowd, and then aiming burning liquid in his direction.

Tucker’s video shows officers picking a black man — who remains silent throughout the filming and whose crime is unclear — off the ground, and escort him in handcuffs away from a gathering mass of onlookers. Some police are on horseback, and use the horses’ bodies to push back the crowd from the street onto the sidewalk. “Hey, watch the fuck where you going with your fucking horses,” someone can he heard saying in Tucker’s video. And then, a cop smacks a camera phone from a man’s hand, and pepper sprays him in full view of Tucker’s lens.

What do you think? Comments?

  1. June 8, 2015 at 6:09 pm

    Lemme guess, your next post is going to tie things together and suggest that if guys don’t become snipers, they don’t necessarily go Brevik, they just go into a “career” in law enforcement….

    I have kinda talked about something similar before..

    https://dissention.wordpress.com/2014/08/02/what-i-really-think-about-human-beings-as-a-species-4/

    and

    https://dissention.wordpress.com/2014/08/13/what-i-really-think-about-human-beings-as-a-species-6/

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  3. The Plague Doctor
    June 10, 2015 at 3:49 am

    The recent increased aggressiveness and militarization of the police is necessary in preparation of the Keynesian Apocalypse, which has been scheduled for September 13th, 2015.

  4. June 10, 2015 at 4:45 am

    That pool party video pissed me off to no end. In the beginning, he’s rolling on the ground as if he’s a Call Of Duty video game character or some shit. The fight started because some white woman attacked one of the kids. I think it’s time for a crackdown on these inferior ex-cavemen.

  5. The Plague Doctor
    June 10, 2015 at 12:58 pm

    God has chosen an exact date for the Keynesian Apocalypse.

    The Global Economic Collapse will take place on:

    September 13, 2015.

    It will be the worst economic collapse in history.

    Stock markets will crash, banks will fail, currencies will collapse.

    There will be massive riots, strikes, demonstrations, looting, and shortages.

    Prepare yourself accordingly:…

    You have been warned!
    You have been warned!
    You have been warned!

  6. June 10, 2015 at 3:28 pm

    http://www.ianwelsh.net/the-enforcer-class/ Ian says here much of what you have.The decent cop who will stand up over mistreatment of the public by other officers will get what Chris Dorner got. It genuinely pissed me off when some jackass compared Dorner to Adam Lanza – Lanza was a little creep who went after the defenseless;Dorner if not a Hero was at least a decent and heroic man who went after other soldiers,people who he knew could fight back.

  7. Sam
    September 6, 2015 at 6:38 am

    I wonder if you people are even watching the same event. A bunch of people are having a party where they’re not even supposed to be. They jump fences and trespass to get in. When told to leave they attack the people that tell them to leave.

    The Police arrive and tell everyone to leave. The girl who got thrown to the ground was told numerous times to leave. She kept coming back and screaming at the officer. She was only thrown to the ground when she resisted being detained by the officer. If she would have left it would have never happened. When he threw her to the ground two young Men rushed the officer and he started to pull his gun. When they backed off he re-holstered it. He could have legally shot them. They were moving towards him fast.

    It’s amazing to me that people can trespass, create havoc and attack those who tell them not to trespass and somehow the trespassers are the aggrieved party.

    I’ve been very critical of the police. I believe they are just shooting people constantly for very little reason. Acting like they are God and violating peoples rights constantly but in this case the officer was just doing the best he could with a large mass of people who were screaming and yelling. They had no business being where they were in the first place.

    It’s my opinion that the training of the police is being taken over by Israeli’s and they are training them to treat us like Palestinians. None the less in this case the girl when told to go stood around and screamed at the officer making a tense situation worse. If she would have had any common sense at all she would have never been thrown to the ground. If she would have just sat down she would have never been thrown to the ground.

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