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Death by Cop: Black and White Issues

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  • U.S. police kill more Black women every year than the total of all civilians killed annually by their counterparts in western Europe’s largest countries. These sisters’ male relatives are slaughtered on an epic scale—with the connivance and consent of most of the Congressional Black Caucus, 80 percent of whose members voted to continue the militarization of local police when the issue came up for a vote on the full House floor in June of 2014.
  • Related: After Minneapolis police shooting of Justine Damond, it's time to decide who runs this town

Glen Ford, Black Agenda Report / Truthdig

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Front pages of Australian newspapers featuring the story of the fatal shooting of Australian Justine Damond in Minneapolis by a police officer. (Kristen Gelineau / AP)

Jul 20, 2017 | Although little is known about the circumstances of her fatal encounter with Minneapolis police, Justine Damond’s death is worldwide news, a “tragedy” that sparked protests from Minnesota to her native Australia. The 40-year-old yoga and meditation teacher set the process of her demise in motion by calling the cops, at about 11:30 on a Saturday night, when she heard what she believed was a sexual assault in progress outside the home she shared with her fiancé in a “quiet” neighborhood dotted with shops and cafes. Damond was standing in an alley outside her house, wearing pajamas, when a young Somali-born officer shot her in the abdomen, reportedly after hearing a loud noise.

Damond had come to the United States seeking “a new life,” according to friends. She is near-universally presumed to be innocent—which is almost certainly true, although the assumption is based almost entirely on her race and class. Minneapolis Mayor Betsy Hodges quickly announced she was “heartsick and deeply disturbed” by the shooting.

Glen Ford has had a long career as a radio host and commentator. In 1977, Ford co-launched, produced and hosted America’s Black Forum, the first nationally syndicated Black news interview program on commercial television. He is the co-founder Executive Editor of Black Agenda Report.

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After Minneapolis police shooting of Justine Damond, it's time to decide who runs this town, Richard G. Carlson, Minneapolis (MN) Star Tribune 

http://stmedia.stimg.co/ows_150041900567872.jpg?w=525 Justine Damond “was the bright light the world needed today,” cried out friend Denise Houser as she visited the makeshift memorial that was left at the scene where a Minneapolis police officer shot and killed Damond on Saturday night. Elizabeth Flores; Star Tribune  

  • I say it's us civilians, and we insist on the reforms the Police Department resists and its political patrons have shrunk from. 
  • Right now, as a lifelong Minneapolitan, I’m ashamed for my community.
  • Related: Sally Yates Rips Jeff Sessions’ Defense For Harsher Criminal Sentences
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After Minneapolis police shooting of Justine Damond, it's time to decide who runs this town.

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Justine Damond “was the bright light the world needed today,” cried out friend Denise Houser as she visited the makeshift memorial that was left at the scene where a Minneapolis police officer shot and killed Damond on Saturday night. Elizabeth Flores; Star Tribune 

  • I say it's us civilians, and we insist on the reforms the Police Department resists and its political patrons have shrunk from. 
  • Right now, as a lifelong Minneapolitan, I’m ashamed for my community.
  • Related: Sally Yates Rips Jeff Sessions’ Defense For Harsher Criminal Sentences

Richard G. Carlson, Minneapolis (MN) Star Tribune 

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http://evergreenedigest.org/sites/evergreenedigest.org/files/Defend%20Civil%20Liberties%20Graphic_1.jpg July 18, 2017 | Thomas Falloon, one of my paternal great-great-grandfathers, arrived here in Minneapolis from Ireland around the time of the Civil War. His daughter, my great-grandmother Priscilla, was born in Minneapolis in 1866. A maternal great-grandfather, Daniel Carroll, who arrived in the 1880s, was organizing labor unions in Minneapolis at the turn of the 20th century. His son, my grandfather William Carroll, was also a union organizer, and was there in the pitched battle between union men and law enforcement on First Avenue in 1934. I became an assistant public defender here in 1982 and retired in 2010. My two multiracial granddaughters are seventh-generation Minneapolitans.

We’ve been here for a long time. We’ve been progressives for a long time. And right now, as a lifelong Minneapolitan, I’m ashamed for my community.

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Richard G. Carlson, of Minneapolis, is a retired assistant Hennepin County public defender.

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Sally Yates Rips Jeff Sessions’ Defense For Harsher Criminal Sentences, Sam Levine, HuffPost 

  • “While there is always room to debate the most effective approach to criminal justice, that debate should be based on facts, not fear.”
  • Related: Smart on Crime: An Alternative to the Tough vs. Soft Debate
  • Related: Prison Reform: Justice vs. Revenge

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Sally Yates Rips Jeff Sessions’ Defense For Harsher Criminal Sentences

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  • “While there is always room to debate the most effective approach to criminal justice, that debate should be based on facts, not fear.”
  • Related: Smart on Crime: An Alternative to the Tough vs. Soft Debate
  • Prison Reform: Justice vs. Revenge 

Sam Levine, HuffPost

http://evergreenedigest.org/sites/evergreenedigest.org/files/Sally%20Yates.jpg06/24/2017 | Sally Yates, the former deputy attorney general who was fired by President Donald Trump in January, criticized Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ approach to fighting crime and accused him of distorting facts.

In a Washington Post op-ed, Yates rebuked Sessions for instructing Justice Department prosecutors to pursue the toughest sentences possible against criminal defendants. In a separate Post op-ed last week, Sessions accused the Obama administration of going easy on drug offenders and suggested its policies were responsible for a spike in crime. Sessions wrote he worried the United States was facing the start of a new upward trend in violent crime ― a claim that experts have questioned.

Sam Levine is an associate politics editor at HuffPost.

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Smart on Crime: An Alternative to the Tough vs. Soft Debate, Ed Chung, American Progress 

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  • The debate between being tough or soft on crime is rhetorical and has no value in the criminal justice conversation today.
  • Related: "We Don't Have the Rule of Law": Barrett Brown on Incarceration, Journalism and His Next Steps

 

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Prison Reform: Justice vs. Revenge, Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest 

  • It’s nearly impossible to claim that the current system, where inmates languish in long-term punishment centers and return to a world they’re even less prepared for than when they entered, is fair. And inmates know it.
  • Part 1: Justice v. Revenge: The Question Beneath the Question of Prison Reform 
  • Part 2: Virtue Ethics: Justice vs. Revenge

 

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Special Report | The Philando Castile Acquittal: Week Ending June 24, 2017

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"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

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Philando Castile Verdict a Painful Result of Laws Rigged to Protect Cops, Shaun King, New York Daily News / Common Dreams

According to American case law, if cops believe their life is in danger, it does not matter if it truly is or isn't, all they have to do is believe it. The decades old cases of Tennessee v Garner and Graham v Connor both shaped for future juries what police could and could not get away with.

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http://cdn.billmoyers.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/04/takingaboutrace_606x154b.jpgThousands March for Justice for Black People Killed by Cops, Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest

  • Part 1: There Is No Justice In America For Black People Killed By Cops
  • “The system continues to fail black people,” (Castile’s mother, Valerie,) said Friday after the verdict. 
  • Part 2: Thousands March In Saint Paul After Philando Castile Verdict
  • Protestors marched through the city after Officer Jeronimo Yanez was found not guilty of manslaughter.

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  • Jun 19, 2017 | To protect the White supremacy narrative, you all have been duped.
  • You’ve been lied to.

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This Lying, Murdering Whore Called America, Michael Harriot, the Root

  • 6/16/17 | I bet America celebrated a little bit. I bet she even smiled as Philando Castile descended into the infinite darkness, still loving her, confused and wet with pieces of his own brain fluid.
  • America is a bitch.

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https://www.blackagendareport.com/sites/default/files/styles/image-400x300/public/Baraka_MilitarizedCops.jpeg?itok=hfzzc5nz Philando Castile, Charleena Lyles: The Body Count in the U.S. War against Black People Continues, Ajamu Baraka, Black Agenda Report

Tue, 06/20/2017 | Add the name of Charleena Lyles, a pregnant woman from Seattle, to the list of victims of the U.S. State. Her name will soon move down the column, since killer cops “are inherent in the logic of repression that has always characterized the relationship between the U.S. racist settler-state and black people.” Killing Black people comes easily, especially at this stage of capitalism in which their labor is no longer needed.

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The week in patriarchy: the latest US shootings are an awful reminder of how normal they feel, Jessica Valenti, the Guardian

Friday 16 June 2017 | In a time when shootings are commonplace, this week didn’t necessarily feel remarkable. It felt normal and that makes me fear for my daughter

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https://theafricanamericanathlete.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/06/gregoryking-300x225.jpgCleveland Police Officer Bravely Cracks The ‘Blue Wall Of Silence’, Rickey L. Hampton Sr., African American Athlete

  • June 22, 2017 | On Wednesday, Cleveland police officer Gregory King testified in the 2015 shooting death of Brandon Jones that his partner, Officer Alan Buford, should not have shot Jones.
  • King said he was never in fear of his life from Jones, who was unarmed.

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Join a Grassroots Campaign to Fight Police Militarization, NationAction, the Nation

  • Last year, activists were able to kick Urban Shield out of Oakland. Now they’re fighting to get rid of this potent symbol of police militarization for good.
  • Establishing Policies to Restrict Military Recruiting in K-12 Schools

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