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View Diary: The USA Is Not a Police State, IMO (299 comments)

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  •  Try talking to (11+ / 0-)

    John Williams of Seattle who was whittling while walking across a street and shot in the back 5 times by Seattle police.
    Of course, you can't, because getting shot 5 times in the back tends to kill people, and it killed him.  

    Or try talking with Oscar Grant (yeah, same problem).

    Here, this guy may still be alive.  I have no ideal what his condition is.  This one hasn't gotten much attention.

    Peruse these diaries.

    Maybe it's not the very definition of a full blown "police state," but it's not as if police don't shoot first and ask questions later here.  They just tend to do it less with cameras rolling.  What's new is that police violence is getting some more main stream attention.  What's also new is that with attention, they aren't shooting live bullets, which is a good thing.  It struck me during the Tony Balogna etc earlier incidents, they know cameras are rolling; they think they're being restrained in just running people over and clubbing and pepper spraying kettled, passive protesters.

    "On their backs were vermiculate patterns that were maps of the world in its becoming. Maps...of a thing which could not be put back. Not be made right again."

    by middleagedhousewife on Sun Nov 20, 2011 at 01:48:31 PM PST

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