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Series | No link between homeless villages and crime rates, Guardian review suggests.

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D’Arion Daniel plays with ZyCorey in Othello Village, a village of tiny homes for homeless people in Seattle. Photograph: Jenny Riffle for the Guardian

  • Guardian study of two US cities finds crime is likelier to go down than up in neighborhoods that host city-sanctioned encampments.
  • Related: Dear Liberal America: The FBI Is Not Your Friend -- And It Never Has Been.

Thacher Schmid, the Guardian

 



Wed 23 May 2018 | They stood in a rainy parking lot under fir trees, 60 homeless men and women, young and old, patient and weary. The glow of a single lightbulb outside the “office” – a shack of plywood, duct tape and plastic sheeting – illuminated their faces.




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It was the 9pm check-in at a homeless village called Right 2 Dream Too in Portland, Oregon. The code of conduct was read aloud. Then the roll call began: one by one, people showed ID and stepped through the chain link fence, towards portable toilets, bedrolls, warmth, sleep and safety.
Thacher Schmid <https://www.theguardian.com/profile/thacher-schmid> is a Portland (OR)-based journalist who writes about poverty and music.

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https://www.alternet.org/sites/default/files/styles/story_image/public/story_images/edgar-hoover.jpg?itok=_2wcbtVQDear Liberal America: The FBI Is Not Your Friend -- And It Never Has Been. Lucian K. Truscott IV, Salon

The love and kisses tour of J. Edgar Comey has put a smiling face on an agency known for hardball and duplicity.
 

 

 

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Dear Liberal America: The FBI Is Not Your Friend -- And It Never Has Been

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The love and kisses tour of J. Edgar Comey has put a smiling face on an agency known for hardball and duplicity.

Lucian K. Truscott IV, Salon / AlterNet

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April 21, 2018 | Have you been watching the roundelay of appearances former FBI Director James Comey has made this week on his tour to promote his book, “A Higher Loyalty: Truth, Lies, and Leadership”? On Tuesday, he was on the "The Late Show With Stephen Colbert" on CBS, the same day his book was released. Colbert did everything but ruffle his hair, sharing a paper cup of red wine with him, seeming to commemorate the beverage Comey poured for himself aboard a private government jet returning to Washington on the day he was fired on May 9, 2017. Colbert teased him. Comey demurred. Hilarity ensued.

Thursday night he was on the "The Rachel Maddow Show" on MSNBC, an appearance that was promoted in advance like she had scored a visit from Beyonce. Maddow’s interview with Comey was subdued and actually appeared to reveal a few nuggets of news, but Comey spent a lot of time answering questions with a frown and a painfully reluctant, “That’s another one I can’t answer.” 

Lucian K. Truscott IV has had a 50-year career as a journalist, novelist and screenwriter, covering stories such as Watergate, the Stonewall riots and wars in Lebanon, Iraq and Afghanistan.

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From the Archives | Envisioning An America Free From Police Violence and Control

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  • In “The End of Policing,” Alex S. Vitale argues that police reforms implemented in the wake of Michael Brown’s death in Ferguson, Missouri — from diversity initiatives to community policing to body cameras — fail to acknowledge that policing as an institution reinforces race and class inequalities by design.
  • Related: 4 Disabled People Dead in Another Week of Police Brutality
  • Related: Special Report | Killing Him While He's Dead; This Didn't Have to Happen.

Rashmee Kumar, the Intercept

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https://cdn-ed.versobooks.com/images/000010/546/9781784782894-5a539d7f727ddb71411f1c7ca7930d80.jpg October 15 2017 | Images from the mass protests in St. Louis last month against the acquittal of a white former police officer in the fatal shooting of Anthony Lamar Smith felt like déjà vu: raised fists, Black Lives Matter signs, swarms of police armed in full riot gear. But this time, as police made arrests on the third night of protests, they began to chant “Whose streets, our streets” — a refrain that, stolen from the voices of protesters, mutated into an unsettling declaration of power, entitlement, and impunity.

So far this year, 773 people have been fatally shot by police, according to the Washington Post, while independent databases that include other causes of death by police report tolls above 900. In the three years since the flashpoint of Michael Brown’s shooting in Ferguson, Missouri, pushes for reform have reverberated through all levels of government, most notably from former President Barack Obama’s policing task force. And yet, much like gun violence itself, police brutality in the United States remains stuck on repeat. A new book published last week goes beyond the rhetoric of reform to interrogate why we need police at all.

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4 Disabled People Dead in Another Week of Police Brutality, David M. Perry, the Nation 

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  • Police don’t need better training; they need to stop treating noncompliance as justification for violence.
  • Related: It's Time for People with No Country to be Unapologetically Selfish and Intolerant.

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Special Report | Killing Him While He's Dead; This Didn't Have to Happen. Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest

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  • Part 1: Killing Him While He’s Dead
    • The problem isn’t that so many people are hurt and angry; the problem is that more aren’t.
  • Part 2: Sacramento Police Said They Were Making Changes. Then They Killed Stephon Clark.
    • This Didn't Have to Happen.

 

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'If black shoot them', former Kentucky acting police chief told recruit.

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Disturbing exchanges were uncovered between a Jefferson County assistant chief and a recruit during an unrelated investigation. Photograph: Alamy Stock Photo

  • Court documents described a pattern of ‘racist and threatening’ messages from the assistant chief Todd Shaw, who was fired in November.
  • Related: To Protect and Serve ~ Norm Stamper
  • Related: Weekend Read - It’s past time for white supremacy to die.

Jamiles Lartey, the Guardian

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Mon 22 Jan 2018 | The former acting chief of a Kentucky police department instructed a police recruit to shoot black teenagers on sight if caught smoking marijuana, according to court documents.

“Fuck the right thing. If black shoot them,” assistant chief Todd Shaw wrote in response to a younger officer’s query, part of what the Jefferson County attorney’s office described as a pattern of “highly disturbing racist and threatening Facebook messages” from Shaw.

Jamiles Lartey is a reporter for Guardian US

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To Protect and Serve ~ Norm Stamper, Kirkus Reviews

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  • A vivid, well-written, vitally important book.
  • Related: Special Report | Curbing Police Brutality
     

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Weekend Read - It’s past time for white supremacy to die, Heidi Beirich, Southern Poverty Leadership Conference (SPLC)

  • This weekend we're bringing you an editorial by our Intelligence Project Director Heidi Beirich from our latest Intelligence Report, reminding us that if we want to reverse a trend that saw hate groups rise for the third year in a row, we must dismantle the white supremacy that's embedded so deeply in American society.
  • Related: Hate Groups Attack Southern Poverty Law Center, and Some Journalists Pile On

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