- "I can't keep up with the number of people whose existence is being reduced to a hashtag, at the rate cops are realizing their GI Joe fantasies." --Anon
- Part 1: Five myths about America’s police
- Part 2: 10 ways the system is rigged to protect cops who kill
- Special Project | Cops Behaving Badly: Week Ending December 7, 2014
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Part 1: Five myths about America’s police
Here are five common misconceptions about policing today.
Radley Balko, Washington (DC) Post
Police officers at a Brooklyn Bridge exit ramp during protests on Thursday against the decision to not indict an officer for the chokehold death of Eric Garner. (John Minchillo/Associated Press)
December 5, 2014 | America’s police forces are in the spotlight. After the police shooting deaths of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Mo., and 12-year-old Tamir Rice in Cleveland, as well as this past week’s decision by a grand jury not to indict the officer caught on video choking New York resident Eric Garner, who later died, Americans from the White House to the streets are debating or protesting police militarization, body cameras, lethal force — and whether enough is done to hold bad cops accountable.
It’s essential that we base these discussions on good data and sound presumptions. Police officers are human and fallible, just like the rest of us. How they behave and react in the aggregate is a product of the policies, procedures and guidelines set by police leadership, elected officials and ultimately the public. Here are five common misconceptions about policing today.
Radley Balko is the author of “Rise of the Warrior Cop: The Militarization of America’s Police Forces” and blogs for The Washington (DC) Post at The Watch.
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Part 2: 10 ways the system is rigged to protect cops who kill
Officers like Daniel Panteleo and Darren Wilson aren't anomalies. Our police force can murder with impunity.
Steven Rosenfeld, AlterNet / Salon
As passions and protests flared on the streets of New York City following a Staten Island grand jury’s decision Wednesday not to indict the white NYC police officer whose chokehold and rough arrest killed Eric Garner, an unarmed black man, a key question emerges: why is the justice system so biased against holding abusive officers accountable?
The answer is both simple and complex. On the simple side, the system is substantially rigged in favor of letting officers off the hook for using excessive force in the line of duty—especially if they say they needed to protect themselves. On the complex side are how the various stages of the process tilt toward covering up what abusive police have done, as well as biases built into the legal system that shield police from prosecution.
Steven Rosenfeld covers national political issues for AlterNet, including America's retirement crisis, democracy and voting rights, and campaigns and elections. He is the author of "Count My Vote: A Citizen's Guide to Voting" (AlterNet Books, 2008).
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Special Project | Cops Behaving Badly: Week Ending December 7, 2014, Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest
- Search on the internet "police brutality" or "police excessive force." If you search YouTube, there are many videos of cops acting WAY beyond their limits.
- 10 New Items including:
- White House Forms Task Force to Address Police Brutality, Appoints Brutal & Abusive Cop to Lead It
- UN Calls Out US Police For Excessive Use Of Force Against Minorities
- ‘Dangerous precedent’ – Ray McGovern on excessive police force
- Pentagon Supplies School Districts with Assault Rifles and Grenade Launchers
- Shoot first, ask later: Why the concept of “reasonable fear” is anything but reasonable
- Video reveals police’s stunning double-standard for black Americans
- Here's What Happens to Police Officers Who Shoot Unarmed Black Men
- To Terrify and Occupy
- When law enforcement is law and order’s biggest threat
- Cops Behaving Badly, June 28,2014