Baltimore Police Van Sign: “Enjoy Your Ride Cuz We Sure Will”–The Root

for your contempt -> dehumanization file I guess: Just months after Baltimore resident Freddie Gray was fatally injured while being transported in the back of a police van, city officials are investigating a photograph of a sign inside the rear door of a similar transport vehicle that reads, “Enjoy your ride, cuz we sure will,” CNN reports. more … [Read more...]

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Police Shootings of the Mentally Ill: The Washington Post

from their series on killings by police: ...“I want to shoot the cops,” Page slurred to the dispatcher, prodding his stepdaughter to confirm that, yes, he had a gun. “I want them to shoot me.”Minutes later, Page’s death wish was granted. Two Clay County sheriff’s deputies arrived to find that he had taken a neighbor hostage. They opened fire, striking him five times in the torso and once in the head. Page’s gun later turned out to be a starter pistol, loaded only with blanks. His threats of … [Read more...]

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A Retraction, Re: Marriage. Too Bad, This Bit Had a Good Line in It.

So in an earlier post I wrote this: It's important that marriage--its norms and expectations, more than its explicit legal benefits--is one powerful cultural response to the fruitful/destructive volcanic force of eros, and especially heterosexual eros. It's important that out of the many cultural institutions that try to channel the lava, marriage is typically one of the gentlest. (That's often true even when a marriage culture is oppressive and misogynist--in those cases the alternatives are … [Read more...]

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“Army of Moms” On Patrol After Killing: DNAInfo

reports: ENGLEWOOD — An army of mothers started patrolling Englewood on Monday, gathering on corners after a shooting.Mothers Against Senseless Killings volunteers in pink shirts were sitting in folding chairs and leaning against a mailbox at 75th Street and Harvard Avenue on Monday, hoping to prevent a violent retaliation after the death of Lucille Barnes a week ago.“People are very emotional about it, and we don’t know what’s going to happen,” said Tamar Manasseh. “If people say there … [Read more...]

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Former Baltimore Cop Tweets the Corruption He Saw on the Force

The tweets are here (and as always it's a great mix of violence, systematic racism, and contempt--without the attitude and belief system that leads to crapping on suspects' beds, would you get as much beating and profiling? Dehumanization through humiliation is the core of torture, again some more) and here's an interview with the guy: ...Your tweets suggest that you were once part of what you consider to be the problem in policing, but that you had an awakening of sorts. What caused … [Read more...]

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“Doing Whatever It Takes to Create a Prison Garden”: Michele Scott

at the Marshall Project:I am a gardener in prison, if such a thing is possible. I tend a garden outside my housing unit — kneeling, kneading, watering. What I do for plants is very different from how this place handles me.more … [Read more...]

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“We Find Corpses: 5 Weird Truths of Cleaning Port-a-Johns”: Cracked, Again

Sorry to do this twice, but their personal-experience articles are such a mixed bag that I feel obligated to note when they find a real, uh, hidden gem: If you were an alien sent to Earth to study humans, what one profession would give you the best insight into how people work? Beat cop? Trash collector? Phone sex operator? Well, we've got a candidate here you would have never picked: The guy who cleans your port-a-potties.We talked to a guy who, every day, is elbow-deep -- sometimes quite … [Read more...]

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