Land of the free

I wonder when people are going to fix this:

The NYPD wants to take away your right to vote if you don’t obey them. It sounds extreme, but the recent push from the New York City Police Department to reclassify “resisting arrest” as a felony amounts to just that.

On Wednesday, NYPD Commissioner Bill Bratton had the audacity to urge state legislators to increasing the penalty for resisting arrest from a misdemeanor to a felony.

He argued that this is necessary, because New Yorkers need to be reeducated so they can “get around this idea that you can resist arrest. You can’t.”

But police routinely slap the “resisting arrest” charge on anyone and everyone they don’t like. Some of our reporters have documented this at an array of protests we have covered. The Beavercreek, Ohio police even backed a police SUV cruiser into an elderly woman and then brutally twisted her arm, bent her over a second cruiser and continuously yelled “stop resisting” like a mantra, even though dozens were witnessing and filming the compliant woman who never once offered the least bit of resistance to the officers.

Law enforcement expert and retired University of Nebraska-Omaha criminal justice professor, Sam Walker, explained the situation to local WNYC as follows:

“There’s a widespread pattern in American policing where resisting arrest charges are used to sort of cover – and that phrase is used – the officer’s use of force,” said Walker, the accountability expert from the University of Nebraska. “Why did the officer use force? Well, the person was resisting arrest.”

Reclassifying resisting arrest as a felony would mean depriving those convicted of this charge of the right to vote.

The United States is one of the strictest nations in the world when it comes to denying voting rights to those who have felony convictions. Nearly 6 million people in the United States have been denied the right to vote in some of the most recent elections, due to felony disenfranchisement. That means if you have too much of a certain leaf in your possession, you can’t vote any longer. If you bounce a check for $501 then you can’t vote any longer. But bounce one for $499 and you’re good, you can still vote. Now, if you are slapped with the dubious “resisting arrest” charge – which is often about as vague and undefinable as the charge of “disorderly conduct,” then the NYPD would also see you stripped of your right to vote.

3 thoughts on “Land of the free

  1. We allowed the Patriot Act to be passed so why wouldn’t we allow the oligarchy to put us all into cages and then tell us that it’s for our own protection?
    France is debating whether or not they strengthen their terrorism laws. One French politician suggested adopting the American Patriot Act as the template. His colleagues told him to shut up and sit down because France didn’t need to take such drastic action. They went on to say that France was free and should remain that way.
    Gives one pause doesn’t it?

  2. If resisting arrest is escalated to a felony then selling loosies justifies strangulation if the accused refuses to submit. Yeah they are THAT barbarian.

  3. NYPD is Out.of.Control!!!! Srsly – who in their right minds would entrust those goons with restraint using that kind of power.

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