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Category Archive for 'Police State'

Statistically speaking, policing is not a very dangerous job. It does not rank among the Top 10 most dangerous jobs in the country. And it’s getting safer. According to statistics collected by the FBI, 27 law enforcement officers were “feloniously killed” in the line of duty in 2013, down 44 percent from 2012. Seven were […]

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Via Balloon Juice. Hey, it worked the last time! September 17, 1992 — Thousands of off-duty police officers thronged around City Hall yesterday, swarming through police barricades to rally on the steps of the hall and blocking traffic on the Brooklyn Bridge for nearly an hour in the most unruly and angry police demonstration in […]

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White people are crazy

I just can’t imagine why else people would believe this: Most white Americans think their police departments treat black and white people equally — and some polling suggests recent events have left them more sure than ever. An NBC/Marist poll released Sunday found that 52 percent of whites, compared with just 12 percent of blacks, […]

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Matt Taibbi: The press and the people who don’t live in these places want you to focus only on the incidents in question. It was technically a crime! Annoying, but he should have complied! His fault for dying – and he was a fat guy with asthma besides! But the real issue is almost always […]

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Frank Serpico: Forty-odd years on, my story probably seems like ancient history to most people, layered over with Hollywood legend. For me it’s not, since at the age of 78 I’m still deaf in one ear and I walk with a limp and I carry fragments of the bullet near my brain. I am also, […]

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Good point

If this cop was really sorry, he’d admit he did something wrong: The widow of Eric Garner, the unarmed black man who died after being put in what officials called a police “chokehold,” Wednesday night angrily rejected a gesture from the officer that offered her his prayers and condolences. “Hell no. The time for remorse […]

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Even Redstate has a problem

From Redstate: Unfortunately for Garner, this will not help his family get justice as a Staten Island Grand Jury has decided not to indict Officer Daniel Pantaleo. This decision is really and truly baffling to me, and infuriating besides. I understand the vast majority of cops are good at their jobs and conscientious about protecting […]

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Who the hell knows if it’s for real? US attorney general Eric Holder announced a federal investigation into “potential civil rights violations” in the death of Eric Garner, just hours after news broke that a local grand jury had decided not to indict the New York police officer who placed Garner in a chokehold. In […]

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I was at the doctor’s office yesterday, checking Twitter. Suddenly, the whole feed lit up: No indictment in Eric Garner’s death. Cops can kill a black man on video, and still, nothing happens. And why? He wasn’t doing anything! They didn’t give him CPR. They let him die. And then we have 12-year-old Tamir Rice, […]

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