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I wasn't even looking for this. I came across it by chance, which -to me- represents a commonality of these events these days, and the acceptance of this by the public at large.

I'm talking about police shootings.

This seems to be the default response to any perceived threat. From children to 93 year old ladies, if you even LOOK like you might possibly be making a move than could possibly indicate you might be armed...


I am so sick of this. I expect this in Colombia. Not here.

What happened to "police negotiators?" Why couldn't this cop clear the area, call in medical personnel and someone to talk to her?

Until she fell asleep.

Budget cuts? Can't afford to screw around and waste time? She was going to die soon anyway??


I don't want to live on this planet anymore.

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  •  Tip Jar (10+ / 0-)

    "Wealthy the Spirit which knows its own flight. Stealthy the Hunter who slays his own fright. Blessed is the Traveler who journeys the length of the Light."

    by CanisMaximus on Sat May 31, 2014 at 06:57:00 AM PDT

  •  God Forbid You Should Be Naked and Mentally (4+ / 0-)

    ill. I recall a case of one such being blown away by multiple cops, must be back in the Reagan days, it was a long time ago. I've seen several deadly incidents like this over the years.

    We had a SWAT officer next to us for a while. In a town with the cheapest insurance rates for a day's drive around, because of our low crime rate. Not gated either, we're almost dead center at median US income. In the summers I would sleep out on the front porch, 30' from the sidewalk, about half the summer when I was having health issues and too much insomnia to foist onto Herself.

    But every few weeks he'd be going out in black body armor, once in a while the armored mini bus would be parked overnight. I'm reasonably certain there hasn't been a SWAT needing incident here since World War 2.

    We are called to speak for the weak, for the voiceless, for victims of our nation and for those it calls enemy.... --ML King "Beyond Vietnam"

    by Gooserock on Sat May 31, 2014 at 07:06:12 AM PDT

  •  The police don't shoot that often in Colombia. (1+ / 0-)
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    Just saying.

    It's not the side effects of the cocaine/I'm thinking that it must be love

    by Rich in PA on Sat May 31, 2014 at 08:15:07 AM PDT

  •  Police violence is a threat to all citizens. (0+ / 0-)

    That it is tolerated to any degree is alarming and flies in the face of our bullshit rhetoric about rights and constitutions and such. Our society is rife with those who think it is perfectly okay to deprive others of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. We are coming to the point where the police have all the power - even the power of life and death as pointed out in the diary, and the citizens have none. They say it's not a police state - but it is. Maybe not as in your face or brutal as other historical examples, but plenty brutal enough for me. And hardly a status quo that is in any way even remotely acceptable. Police violence against any citizen is a threat to every citizen. If you don't fear police abuse, you probably should. We tolerate it at our peril.

  •  It is not safe to be old or a woman, black or b... (0+ / 0-)

    It is not safe to be old or a woman, black or brown, homeless or have a home. It is only safe to be male, older, white and maybe from the top 3% income or be a cop who everybody knows. How is this different from other third world countries?

    If only cops were as hard on bankers and hedge fund manipulators as they are on the rest of us who can't afford to buy a politician, lawyer, judge or cop.

    What are they going to do when there aren't any more people to exploit?

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