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  •  Women's lives are accounted of little value, and (13+ / 0-)

    women's testimony is systematically discounted.

    Who are on the streets of Cleveland with open eyes? Apparently not the Cleveland police. They’re paid to do that job. Where are they — at Progressive Field?
    Apparently neighbors reported over the years seeing the face of a small child at the window, and seeing a naked woman in a dog collar crawling around on all fours in the backyard.  The police say they can "find no record" of those telephone calls.

    Yeah, right.  Women of color called the police when they saw a terrified naked boy run screaming down the hallway of the apartment building where Jeffrey Dahmer lived, but their testimony was discounted.  Who believes gossipy women, after all?

    Discounting women's voices and views is what's endemic in American society.  I see this even in my domestic life.  I can tell my husband something such as the right way to find a building exit, and he ignores me.  Then he discovers I was right but says the discovery was his own--just because he ignores what I say.  I'm quite used to it.  I think most women are.

    "Religion is what keeps the poor from murdering the rich."--Napoleon

    by Diana in NoVa on Mon May 13, 2013 at 05:06:00 AM PDT

    •  At alternet (8+ / 0-)

      Why Cops Bust Down Doors of Medical Pot Growers, But Ignore Men Who Keep Naked Girls on Leashes

      Earlier this year, men wearing black ski masks whipped out their guns and raided the home of 62-year-old Cathy Jordan, a medical marijuana patient and activist in Florida. They seized 23 of her plants, two of which were mature enough to be used for her medicine. Police officers with the Manatee County Sheriff's Department, the team of armed men, made no arrests, but later charged Jordan and her husband with marijuana cultivation. A district attorney later dropped the case.

      In Colorado this year, a 13-person SWAT raid on two medical marijuana users began with a kicked-in door and a flash bang grenade.

      "They acted like they were coming for a big terrorist," Chuck Ball, one of the patients, told KRDO. "They came in here, drug me across the kitchen floor and handcuffed me," he said. "They kept telling me to shut up."

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      In the first place, federal cash giveaways make police departments' reactions to drug cases much more swift and severe.

      “The statistical demands of the drug war and the grants that come from the federal government --- all they do is incentivize our local police to chase drugs and chase seizures so they can supplement their budgets," Downing said. "We call that 'policing for profit.'”

      Furthermore, allowing military training of local police has “turned our police into drug warriors,” instead of “police officers and peace officers.”

      Priorities, as always.
    •  Roldo Bartimole is a heroic journalist (1+ / 0-)
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      a gilas girl

      in Cleveland. It's interesting to read his articles about the failures of the Cleveland politicians and police over the years and how such journalism has not pleased his employers. Link

      The spirit of liberty is the spirit which is not too sure that it is right. -- Judge Learned Hand, May 21, 1944

      by ybruti on Mon May 13, 2013 at 07:20:48 AM PDT

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