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The Absurdist Theatre of the NYPD

  • When NYPD officers turned their backs on de Blasio, they also turned their backs on us.
  • Being a cop showed me just how racist and violent the police are.

Kasai Rex, Daily Good

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15503314434_6c2d0d1703_o.jpg=s900x1300NYPD officers turned their backs on New York City mayor Bill De Blasio at Officer Rafael Ramos' funeral. Photo by Flickr user Tiocfaidh ár lá 1916.

Dec 31, 2014 | By now, you’ve likely heard the story of how Ismaaiyl Brinsley—who once testified in a Georgia court that he suffered from mental illness—began the morning of December 20th. He entered his ex-girlfriend Shaneka Thompson’s apartment in Baltimore County using a key he wasn’t supposed to have, then shot and critically wounded her. A trip on a Bolt Bus and several chilling posts to Instagram later, Brinsley ambushed two NYPD officers, Rafael Ramos and Wenjian Liu, killing the men as they sat in their squad car eating lunch, before turning his weapon on himself.

Though similar threats have streamed into the NYPD—mostly from idiotic trolls outside the N.Y.C area—the general public tends to agree that this tragedy was detrimental to the cause for an end to out-of-control police tactics. (That a few might share the wrong-headed sentiment that murdering any officer is acceptable—or even some sort of victory for “the movement”—is a testament to the deep-seated pain caused by police overreach and violence.) Most have rightly disavowed the actions of Brinsley, casting him as a lone actor with a troubled mind. 

Kasai Rex is a contributor to Daily Good 

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The NYPD's Work Stoppage Is Surreal, Matt Taibbi, Rolling Stone

  • In an alternate universe, the New York Police might have just solved the national community-policing controversy.
  • The Absurdist Theatre of the NYPD

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Being a cop showed me just how racist and violent the police are, Redditt Hudson, Washington (DC) Post  

There’s only one fix.

New Year’s Eve Protests Set To Shut Down Major Cities Across America

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  • Groups are planning similar events revolving around other cities’ New Year’s Eve traditions. A protest in Atlanta, for instance, will coincide with the ‘Peach Drop.’ Other demonstrations are being staged in Boston, Chicago, Cleveland, Houston, Los Angeles, San Francisco, St. Louis, and other cities, according to a list compiled by the New York group.
  • "...must continue and escalate..."

B. Christopher Agee, Western Journalism

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2014/12/nye.jpgDecember 29, 2014 | To cap off a year marked by race-based, anti-police demonstrations, a number of activist groups are banding together in an effort to stage significant protests in multiple cities this New Year’s Eve. One New York-based organization is taking the lead by organizing an event in that city scheduled to begin at 9 p.m. at Union Square and continue on to Times Square in time for the New Year countdown.

The Stop Mass Incarceration Network has invited nearly 4,000 individuals to attend what it is calling “Rock in the New Year with Resistance to Police Murder” and is encouraging other groups across the U.S. to stage similar protests.

An award-winning journalist, B. Christopher Agee spent more than a decade building a career in newspaper and radio. He is currently the senior staff writer at Western Center for Journalism. Chris is the author of two books and is a frequent guest on talk radio shows across the U.S.

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Being a cop showed me just how racist and violent the police are.

There’s only one fix.

Redditt Hudson, Washington (DC) Post

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2014-12-04T003205Z_01_JEY901_RTRIDSP_3_USA-NEWYORK-CHOKEHOLD.jpg&w=1484Police officers drag away a protester to take him into custody during a demonstration against the grand jury decision. (Jim Young/Reuters)

December 6, 2014 | As a kid, I got used to being stopped by the police. I grew up in an inner-ring suburb of St. Louis. It was the kind of place where officers routinely roughed up my friends and family for no good reason.

I hated the way cops treated me.

But I knew police weren’t all bad. One of my father’s closest friends was a cop. He became a mentor to me and encouraged me to join the force. He told me that I could use the police’s power and resources to help my community.

Redditt Hudson, a former cop, works for the NAACP and chairs the board of the Ethics Project. The views expressed here are his own.

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Giving the Torturers a Pass

  • During Watergate, senior U.S. officials went to jail for lying and obstructing justice. Many politicians have gone to prison for taking bribes and for corruption. But it's somehow unthinkable to prosecute Bush administration officials implicated in torture and murder.
  • Revelations in Senate torture report demand prosecutions

Marjorie Cohn, OpEdNews

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crimes%20are%20crimes%20mugshot%20button.jpg12/16/2014 | Reading the 499-page torture report just released by the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence was a disgusting experience. Even after many years of writing books and articles about the Bush torture policy, I was unprepared for the atrocious pattern of crimes our government committed against other human beings in our name.

One of the most hideous techniques the CIA plied on detainees was called "rectal rehydration" or "rectal feeding" without medical necessity -- a sanitized description of rape by a foreign object. A concoction of pureed "hummus, pasta with sauce, nuts and raisins" was forced into the rectum of one detainee. Another was subjected to "rectal rehydration" to establish the interrogator's "total control over the detainee." This constitutes illegal, cruel, inhuman and degrading treatment and a humiliating outrage upon personal dignity.

Marjorie Cohn is a professor at Thomas Jefferson School of Law and immediate past president of the National Lawyers Guild. She is author of  'The United States and Torture: Interrogation, Incarceration, and Abuse, and Cowboy Republic: Six Ways the Bush Gang Has Defied the Law and co-author of Rules of Disengagement: The Politics and Honor of Military Dissent. Her anthology, The United States and Torture: Interrogation, Incarceration and Abuse. Her articles are archived at www.marjoriecohn.com.

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Revelations in Senate torture report demand prosecutions, The Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR) 

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Obama’s paramilitary police: The “war on terror” comes home

  • The counterinsurgency methods developed for wars and occupations in Iraq and Afghanistan are increasingly being employed against the American people.
  • White House Forms Task Force to Address Police Brutality, Appoints Brutal & Abusive Cop to Lead It

Andre Damon, World Socialist Website (WSWS)

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ca29770c-e6a2-4551-8b3e-3b502fe4c9ba-460x276.jpeg3 December 2014 | The most significant outcome of the series of meetings with cabinet officials, police officers and “civil rights” leaders organized by the Obama administration on Monday was the president’s rejection of any measures to rein in the militarization of local police forces.

The meetings were held to provide the appearance of sympathy for popular anger over the failure to bring charges against the Ferguson, Missouri police officer who shot and killed unarmed teenager Michael Brown last August. But the reality was the opposite of the rhetoric.

Andre Damon: national secretary of the International Youth and Students for Social Equality (US)

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