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  •  Like so many things in this country... (19+ / 0-)

    ...having a critical discussion about rampant and widespread police abuse in this country is largely "off the table."  For the most part, it's viewed as a hot potato by the press, politicians on both sides of the fence, and others with the credentials to drive a responsible analysis.

    Virtually all conservatives and a wide swath of other Americans view police authority as sacrosanct despite a constant barrage of police corruption and abuse stories that pop up almost daily.  

    Sadly, I don't know if there will ever be a tipping point on dealing with police corruption and abuse of authority in this country.

    "Self-respect is the keystone of democracy"

    by neverontheright on Sun Aug 04, 2013 at 02:51:32 PM PDT

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    •  I agree with the tipping point concern (5+ / 0-)

      There is enough diffusion of action to keep opposition atomized or at least an easy target for attack by the gatekeepers.

      The drug war has been very successful in atomizing resistance among the communities most affected by it. Michelle Alexander points this out in her most important work, The New Jim Crow.

      Who else is going to care?

      As long as incidents occur on an individual level, or in sequestered communities or to "radical" movements, the bulk of Americans will succumb to police rhetoric before questioning their actions.

      It's not happening to them, so the targets must be legitimate.

      And with all the demands of life in America, if it's not bleeding on your doorstep, when and how is anyone going to actually be able to do something about it?

      collards, meat, butter, sourdough, eggs, cheese, raw milk

      by Tirge Caps on Sun Aug 04, 2013 at 05:11:28 PM PDT

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    •  If we ever reach that tipping point (0+ / 0-)

      it will result in unthinkable bloodshed.  Complete anarchy, and the collapse of this country.  Better that the tipping point be avoided before that happens.

      I'll believe corporations are people when one comes home from Afghanistan in a body bag.

      by mojo11 on Mon Aug 05, 2013 at 06:37:14 AM PDT

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