In a marked shift from the Bush administration, President Obama’s Justice Department is aggressively investigating several big urban police departments for systematic civil rights abuses such as harassment of racial minorities, false arrests, and excessive use of force.
In interviews, activists and attorneys on the ground in several cities where the DOJ has dispatched civil rights investigators welcomed the shift. To progressives disappointed by Eric Holder’s Justice Department on key issues like the failure to investigate Bush-era torture and the prosecution of whistle-blowers, recent actions by the DOJ’s Civil Rights Division are a bright spot.
In just the past few months, the Civil Rights Division has announced “pattern and practice” investigations in Newark, New Jersey and Seattle. It’s also conducting a preliminary investigation of the Denver Police Department, and all this is on top of a high-profile push to reform the notorious New Orleans Police Department — as well as criminal prosecutions of several New Orleans officers.” —Obama cracks down on abuses by big-city police departments (via ryking)
We have only risk management. The spinning of the given moment’s scenarios.
Pattern recognition.” —William Gibson (via neuromaencer)
Sarah Palin, when asked by Fox News if the events on her upcoming tour would all be as loud as today’s motorcycle-filled procession.
Manufactured offense is not the same as pretend offense (which Yvain talks about in his article). Manufactured offense is very real – just as a manufactured couch is real. The reactions are genuine, and a person is not practicing any form of deception in claiming that they have these reactions. However, the reaction is learned and, more importantly, taught. This means that we have the opportunity to ask the question of how we should regard this practice of manufacturing this particular offense. Is the manufacture of this offense worthwhile? Should there be limits on the offenses that people are (at least socially) permitted to manufacture?
I think it would be quite easy to manufacture offense over the eating of pork. One could argue that the public displays of pork-eating, putting pork on the menus of restaurants, and having grocery stores sell pork products in the open is an insult to the beliefs of those who hold that it is wrong. It “rubs their nose” in the fact that others think that their beliefs are not only mistaken, but are not worthy of respect.
However, we say jointly as a community to any who would manufacture this offense, “Don’t go there. That’s an industry that we do not need. You may tell your people not to eat pork, but also tell them that they live among others who do not share their views, and to expect to encounter pork products on the store shelf and on the menus at restaurants. Tell your people not to take our decision to eat pork as an insult to your beliefs – one that demands violent retribution. Take it as expressing a difference of opinion, and you need to learn to live in peace with those who do not share your beliefs.”” —Manufacturing Offense (via eddieatthegov)
What are these crazy chairs?! Some sort of cybernetic beanbags? XD
It goes beyond that shit. “Isolated incidents” mean that it happens once or twice a month at worse.
I’d say there’s a case of really shitty police work weekly.
Imagine how cool it would be if we elected the police officers who patrolled our neighborhoods. To Protect and Serve would be more than some stupid fucking motto at that point!
Shit man, weekly? I think that’s being generous.
“Isolated incident” is a dark joke at this point. And why do people continually forget that the entire phrase is “a few bad apples spoil the bunch.” If they’re going to use the cliche, they might as well use the whole thing.