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  1. Many of you may know that the D.C. Police kettled (i.e. Indiscriminately arrested) over 200 people during Trump's inauguration, including members of the press and street medics. Although the D.C. Police are supposedly one of the better forces when it comes to respecting the freedoms of protesters, there is ample evidence to suggest otherwise, especially now that some J20 defendants are claiming that they were raped and sexually assaulted after being kettled: https://thinkprogress.org/aclu-sees-dc-cops-over-inauguration-arrests-971b821c9480 It speaks volumes about our twisted values as a country when people are more outraged by a smashed Starbucks window than rapist cops.
  2. PLEASE read about the murder of this innocent child, Jordan Edwards. I am heartbroken, angry, and devastated to be starting yet another thread like this! My comments are in italics. Jordan was leaving a party with his brothers, when this former police officer shot him in the head for no reason (other than, likely because he's black). His own brothers watched him die. The family says the shooting has scarred Jordan’s brothers, who were with him when he died. “When they dream, they see Jordan, with smoke coming out of his head from the shot. That’s what they were forced to see,” Charmaine Edwards told the Daily News Thursday. Let that sink in. From CNN: He might be the last person you'd expect to die in a police shooting. Straight-A student. Talented athlete. Product of a two-parent home. Yet 15-year-old Jordan Edwards is dead -- the latest unarmed black male to be killed during an encounter with the police. <snip> Jordan Edwards was a freshman at Mesquite High School, near his home in Balch Springs, Texas, a suburb of Dallas. He had good grades and played quarterback and receiver on the football team. Head coach Jeff Fleener, who would have coached the teenager next year, said Jordan had an incredible effect on his teammates. "He was an amazing young man that had a way to make everyone around him feel better," Fleener wrote on Twitter. "He had such an impact on all of us and we refuse to let anyone tarnish that." From this NYT article: As a car with five black teenagers inside drove away from the house, Mr. Oliver, who is white, fired his AR-15 rifle, fatally striking Jordan Edwards, a freshman at Mesquite High School, in the head, according to the police and the law firm representing the Edwards family. <snip> A lawyer for the Edwards family, S. Lee Merritt, reflected this week on Mr. Oliver’s past. “I think we see two things out of military-trained policemen,” he said. “Sometimes, you get some of the best policemen out there. They’re calm, they’ve learned to operate in the battlefield. They’ve been extensively trained, a lot more than your average officer. And at other times you have officers who are dealing with the effects of being in a war zone, the post-traumatic effects.” “As I learn more about this officer,” Mr. Merritt continued, “he seems to be one who had some problems. It should have been dealt with and it should have been identified a long time ago.” Here is the statement released by Jordan's family: “We also ask our community and supporters to respect our wishes to refrain from protest, rallies, vigils, marches, etc. until after we have laid our son to rest. We need time to exhale. To allow Jordan’s death to be our own loss before we share this loss with the world. Though we understand what his life and death means symbolically, we are not ready to make a martyr of our son. Again, thank you for supporting us through this heart wrenching time.” Oliver, the trigger-happy ass hole who shot him, has been charged with capital murder.
  3. What in the holy hell. Just barbaric and disgusting. https://www.nytimes.com/2017/04/10/business/united-flight-passenger-dragged.html?_r=0
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