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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

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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4 Disabled People Dead in Another Week of Police Brutality

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Supporters hold up signs during a 2014 protest in support of Kelly Thomas, a mentally ill homeless man who died after a violent confrontation with Fullerton police. (AP Photo / Mark J. Terrill)

  • 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.

David M. Perry, The Nation

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http://cdn.thinkprogress.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/06/30163700/Police-Have-Not-Been-Held-Accountable3-1125x635.jpg September 22, 2017 | Magdiel Sanchez, a 35-year-old Latino man, was sitting on his porch in Oklahoma City on Tuesday night as two law-enforcement officers approached his house. He got up and walked toward them, when, according to news reports and a statement, the officers noticed he was holding a metal pipe. They started giving him “verbal commands” to lie down, then one fired his Taser and the other shot him in the chest with his sidearm. Sanchez died. Officers later claimed not to have heard neighbors shouting that Sanchez was deaf and couldn’t hear their commands.

The police were there because allegedly Sanchez’s father had been in a hit-and-run (injuring property, not people, if the accusations are true). Sanchez carried the pipe, neighbors said, to ward off dogs. He was deaf and reportedly developmentally disabled. In a statement, the ACLU said, “Magdiel Sanchez was shot at his own home, without having committed any crime, and in front of neighbors who knew he was deaf trying to communicate to the police that what they were about to do was wrong.”

David M. Perry is a journalist and historian. His blog is How Did We Get Into This Mess.

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It's Time for People with No Country to be Unapologetically Selfish and Intolerant, Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest 

  • Part 1: No country for people with disabilities
  • The United States of America would become no country for those with disabilities — even as those savings are handed over to those who already live luxurious lifestyles. (These cuts) would make this a country in which children and adults with disabilities are no longer welcome.
  • Part 2: It’s Time for Disabled People to be Unapologetically Selfish and Intolerant
  • If you’re wondering why I’m asking you to be these things, the answer is very simple: you are a real person, not an idea or concept.
  • Related: Special Project | Disability: Disabled, Shunned and Silenced in Trump’s America

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Thurgood Marshall: Activist, judge and the story for racial justice in America

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  • The first African American to sit on the highest court is the subject of a film that retells his relentless and epochal quest to achieve racial justice in America.
  • Related: Death by Cop: Black and White Issues

Tom McCarthy, The Guardian

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http://i.huffpost.com/gen/209360/thumbs/s-SCALES-OF-JUSTICE-large.jpg   Sunday 8 October 2017 | By the time the US supreme court banned the death penalty in cases of adult rape, in 1977, Thurgood Marshall had been a justice on the court for 10 years. He wrote a brief concurrence in the case, Coker v Georgia, citing his opposition to the death penalty, which then as now disproportionately targeted African American men.

Marshall’s experience with capital rape cases, and specifically with cases of black men accused of raping white women, was uniquely deep. For while the later decades of his career found Marshall enrobed as the country’s first African American supreme court justice, in his early years he had virtually lived from a suitcase, crossing the country as an activist lawyer known for defending innocent black men from a system of white justice that craved their freedom and their blood.

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Death by Cop: Black and White Issues, Glen Ford, Black Agenda Report / Truthdig 

  • 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.

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Battlefield America, Not the Rule of Law, Is the New Normal.

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  • Part 1: Dangers Are Coming to the Rule of Law
    • Has President Trump ever focused his variegated thought processes long enough to read the Constitution end to end?
  • Part 2: Battlefield America Is the New Normal.
    • We’re Not in Mayberry Anymore.

Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest

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Part 1: Dangers Are Coming to the Rule of Law, by Andrew J. Napolitano

Has President Trump ever focused his variegated thought processes long enough to read the Constitution end to end? “No way” is the betting favorite.

Andrew J. Napolitano, lewrockwell.com / Straight Line Logic 

https://img.washingtonpost.com/wp-apps/imrs.php?src=https://img.washingtonpost.com/blogs/wonkblog/files/2016/02/JailJobs1.jpg&w=1484August 31, 2017 | Amid the bad news this summer of racial tensions in Charlottesville and biblical-like floods in Houston and preening saber rattling between Pyongyang and Washington, a dangerous below-the-radar trend has been developing about which all who believe that the Constitution means what it says should be concerned. It is the reckless influence upon local law enforcement coming from the Trump administration.
Here is the back story.

Andrew J. Napolitano is an American syndicated columnist whose work appears in numerous publications, such as Fox News, The Washington Times, and Reason. 

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Part 2: Battlefield America Is the New Normal.

  • If you turn the police into a military unit, who do they fight? Pat yourself on the back if you guessed the American people. “If we’re training cops as soldiers, giving them equipment like soldiers, dressing them up as soldiers, when are they going to pick up the mentality of soldiers?”— Arthur Rizer, former police officer
  • We’re Not in Mayberry Anymore.

John W. Whitehead, The Rutherford Institute / Straight Line Logic  

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While the nation has been distracted by a media maelstrom dominated by news of white supremacists, Powerball jackpots, Hurricane Harvey, and a Mayweather v. McGregor fight, the American Police State has been carving its own path of devastation and destruction through what’s left of the Constitution.

We got sucker punched.

John W. Whitehead is an attorney and author who has written, debated and practiced widely in the area of constitutional law and human rights.

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