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Meet the Full-Service Social Media Secretary for Prisoners

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How Renea Royster gives prisoners access to the digital world.

Maurice Chammah, The Marshall Project

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06.28.2016 | Early one May morning, Renea Royster arrived at her son’s apartment, pulled out her laptop, and scrolled through the dozens of messages from prisoners that had collected in her inbox overnight. She began her daily grind of copy-paste — moving messages sent via CorrLinks, an email service available to federal inmates, to the Facebook pages they had paid her to create in their names.

Renea read out a post that one of her clients had asked her to put on his Facebook page. It was a paean to Hillary Clinton. “Everybody stops and looks her way, and when she talks everybody shuts up and listens,” she read aloud to her son Phil, who chuckled. “That’s the other type of shit that makes me hard-up! Go Hillary! You are one bad bitch!”

Maurice Chammah is a staff writer. His work has appeared in the New York Times, the Atlantic, and elsewhere. He was a finalist for a 2014 Livingston Award for a story on the decline of the death penalty, and a 2011-2012 Fulbright fellow in Egypt. He plays the violin and has toured with the band Mother Falcon.

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David Perry on Disabilities and Police Violence

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The disability community is routinely marginalized in the media; in this case, the absence makes life-saving responses harder to get at.

David Perry, Fairness & Accuracy in Reporting (FAIR)

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http://fair.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/07/WheelchairProtest-300x200.jpgJuly 29, 2016 | This week on CounterSpin: Media present the debate over police violence in black communities as almost hopelessly fraught, as it’s tied up with the country’s history of white supremacy and racial division. That can’t explain the unwillingness to address another increasingly undeniable reality: the frequency with which law enforcement use of force involves people with disabilities, and the particular factors at work in those interactions. The disability community is routinely marginalized in the media; in this case, the absence makes life-saving responses harder to get at. We’ll talk about police use of force and disability with journalist and professor David Perry.

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Video Shows How British Police React to a Teen with a Toy Gun — Putting US Cops to Shame

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  • For the naysayers who think that this case is an isolated act of heroism, think again. The lack of deadly force is so common by police in European countries that it’s not only been documented multiple times, but it’s been caught on film multiple times.
  • It is high time this country looks closely at the way it trains its police force.
  • Related: How do police handle violence in countries where officers don’t carry guns?

Matt Agorist, Free Thought Project

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The escalation of deadly force by American police is unprecedented when compared to the rest of the first world.

So far this month, American police have killed 66 people.

Matt Agorist is an honorably discharged veteran of the USMC and former intelligence operator directly tasked by the NSA. This prior experience gives him unique insight into the world of government corruption and the American police state. 

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How do police handle violence in countries where officers don’t carry guns? Olivia Goldhill, Quartz 

  • It doesn’t help that the law in the United States gives fairly wide scope for police violence. Under the European Convention of Human Rights, police can only shoot if it’s “absolutely necessary” in order to achieve a legitimate law enforcement purpose. Meanwhile, in the US, police officers can shoot if there’s “reasonable” perception of a grave and imminent threat, which is a far more subjective standard.
  • Related: Good Cops Turn In Their Own Officer After He’s Caught on Dashcam Beating Handcuffed Man

 

How do police handle violence in countries where officers don’t carry guns?

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  • It doesn’t help that the law in the United States gives fairly wide scope for police violence. Under the European Convention of Human Rights, police can only shoot if it’s “absolutely necessary” in order to achieve a legitimate law enforcement purpose. Meanwhile, in the US, police officers can shoot if there’s reasonable” perception of a grave and imminent threat, which is a far more subjective standard.
  • Related: Video Shows How British Police React to a Teen with a Toy Gun — Putting US Cops to Shame
  • Related: Good Cops Turn In Their Own Officer After He’s Caught on Dashcam Beating Handcuffed Man

Olivia Goldhill, Quartz 

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Police don't need guns to be effective. (Reuters/ David Moir)

Another week, another police shooting in the United States. So far this year, 569 people have be killed by US police, according to The Guardian’s count. Police brutality is a horrific normality and, in more ways than one, black men being shot by police has become the modern-day equivalent of lynching.

But, of course, it doesn’t have to be this way. A police officer does not have to shoot to kill and, in several countries, a police officer does not even have to carry a gun. In Norway, Iceland, New Zealand, Britain, and Ireland, police officers generally do not carry firearms. In one of these countries, Iceland, it’s legal for citizens to carry guns—and there’s an estimated rate of 30 privately-owned guns per 100 people.

Olivia Goldhill is weekend writer for Quartz, with a focus on philosophy and psychology.

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Video Shows How British Police React to a Teen with a Toy Gun — Putting US Cops to Shame, Matt Agorist, Free Thought Project 

  • For the naysayers who think that this case is an isolated act of heroism, think again. The lack of deadly force is so common by police in European countries that it’s not only been documented multiple times, but it’s been caught on film multiple times.
  • It is high time this country looks closely at the way it trains its police force.
  • Related: How do police handle violence in countries where officers don’t carry guns?

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Good Cops Turn In Their Own Officer After He’s Caught on Dashcam Beating Handcuffed ManJustin Gardner, The Free Thought Project

  • While this handcuffed man’s actions may have been questionable, there are plenty of incidents during which cops stood by and watched their fellow cops beat non-violent, and even innocent individuals without saying anything. Good cops turning in the bad ones is a huge part of the solution to bridging the divide in America, and the officers who were unafraid of crossing the blue line deserve to be recognized.
  • Related: A Former Police Chief: Put Down the Big Stick

 

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