Jeff Davis 8 - Between 2005 and 2009, the bodies of eight young women, who were all either involved with drugs or sex work, were discovered in swamps in the area of Jennings, Louisiana. Most of the young women knew one another with some being related by blood. They were identified as:
Lynn Lewis, 28
Ernestine Marie Daniels Patterson, 30
Kristen Gary Lopez, 21
Whitnei Dubois, 26
Laconia “Muggy” Brown, 23;
Crystal Shay Benoit Zeno, 24
Brittney Gary, 17.
Necole Guillory, 26,
The cause of death was difficult to determine in a couple of the deaths due to extreme decomposition but it’s generally believed that they were all murdered. Two of the victims’ were discovered with slit throats. The deaths were mishandled by authorities from the onset with an abundance of evidence being “lost.” A number of witnesses even named local police officers as suspects in the deaths. It was also reported that the women were informants for police before their deaths and had even provided information regarding the other victims before being killed themselves. The case still remains unsolved to this day, with many believing the police to be involved while others believe it to be the work of one sadistic serial killer.
Prisons do not disappear social problems, they disappear human beings. Homelessness, unemployment, drug addiction, mental illness, and illiteracy are only a few of the problems that disappear from public view when the human beings contending with them are relegated to cages.
Our intern Sydnee chose Policing The Black Man, edited byAngela J. Davis and designed by Oliver Munday, as her July Book Cover Crush.
This essay collection analyzes the ways the criminal justice system impacts the lives of African American boys and men at every stage of the criminal process. The art stuck out to me because I didn’t see what the cover image was depicting until the third or fourth time I looked at it.
For the first version of the cover, Munday says “I tried a typographic
direction, finding a common link in the ‘c’ of both words, which failed to
evoke true feeling in its effort to be clever.”
“Additional versions,” like the one below, “had illustrations which started to seem effective, but weren’t dire enough.The
presence of police needed to be understood as ominous, imposing,” Munday adds.
Munday says this idea contributed to the final cover, below.
can be a physical incursion – a pair of forcefully cuffed hands, a gun drawn,
death – but also something more insidious: fear engendered by the crawling cop car,
the extended look of scrutiny. Policing so often relies on psychology. It is an
encroachment on the mind.”
where can i learn/read more about anti-police politics, the abolishment of police, etc? my major requires me to take a policing course next semester and i want to be well-read so i don't blindly absorb pro-police rhetoric
This is very true. Obviously we don’t want to define people based on labels, but we can use labels to help us understand things.
The UC Davis police department always emails us crime alerts. One time they sent one out about some physical assault, and mentioned that the suspects were black or had dark skin or something. This caused an outrage in some people, who brought the issue to Facebook. Their point was that emphasizing that the suspects were Black would only perpetuate the stereotype. But a very valid point was that the purpose of identifying the skin color was so we are able to identify the suspect. Because, especially in a place like Davis where there aren’t even that many Black people, saying they were Black narrows it down so much. We know it’s not some random Asian dude. But even if it was an Asian dude, we would point that out so we can be aware. Obviously would be way harder to find them since we have so many Asians but it helps distinguish who we’re looking for. This is ONE example as to why I think labels like gender, race shouldn’t be completely ignored.
While I’m on the soapbox, race doesn’t define people, but at the same time it does. Obviously you shouldn’t discriminate against a race, that’s fucked up for sure. But, you don’t need to go as far to say “I don’t see color”. Because people are defined partly by their culture. People celebrate their color and uniqueness.
That’s all. I’ll stop before I end up saying something that’s actually politically incorrect on accident.
A Timeline of Naru’s Childhood/Life Before the Start of the Series
0 years old - The twins are born in Boston, Massachusetts, in the United States.
7 years old - In the beginning of winter, Nuptadi dies. Near the end of winter, the twins’ mother dies and their father leaves. The twins are sent to live at an orphanage.
8 years old - The twins are adopted by Martin & Luella and move to England.
9-10 years old - Gene’s abilities are discovered. Naru accompanies Gene to experiments at SPR. In September, shortly before turning 10, Naru meets magician Jean Vianney. Naru begins studying magic tricks.
11 years old - Naru’s abilities are discovered. Naru participates in experiments for a year. Naru begins assisting the police in missing person cases.
12 years old - Naru becomes the youngest member of SPR, begins exposing fake psychics. Naru’s psychometry & PK go out of control, leaving him bedridden. Naru meets Lin and begins training in Qigong.
13 years old - SPR creates specialized research institute, begins full-scale systematic investigative research.
14 years old - Naru joins the Fieldwork Laboratory, is taught how to ghost hunt by Madoka.
15 years old - “The System of the Unexplained Phenomena” is published and Naru is awarded his honorary doctorate. In the winter, Naru takes his GCE exams. Naru is accepted into Cambridge University. In the summer, Gene goes to Japan and is killed. A search request is filed with the Japanese police.
16 years old - The Japanese police fail to find Gene. In January, Naru & Lin go to Japan to search for his body.
On 27th August 2013, Mona Nelson was sentenced to life in prison for the brutal murder of 12 year old Jonathan Foster.
On Christmas Eve of 2010, Jonathan’s mother was working and as a result he was left home alone that day. When she arrived home, it was discovered that her son had disappeared and a panicked search for the young boy ensued. Just four days later, Jonathan’s burnt remains were discovered at the bottom of a ditch in a northeastern region of Houston, Texas. It was thereafter determined that he had been tortured to death with a device similar to that of a blowtorch.
Surveillance footage which later emerged showed Nelson’s truck near to where Jonathan’s body was found and her dumping what appeared to be a container, and a witness also confirmed that the vehicle seen on the tape was similar to that identified at the Foster’s family home that day and identified Mona Nelson as its driver. It was also acknowledged that traces of Nelson’s DNA were found in various places on the Looney Tunes sweatshirt that Jonathan was wearing that day.
A motive for the killing was never identified, but Mona Nelson maintains that Jonathan’s stepfather, David Davis, had asked her to dispose of a container but she was entirely unaware about what was inside. After 12 hours of questioning by the police, Davis admitted he had become physically violent with Jonathan’s mother in the past but loved her son as a father would and never put him in harm’s way. He was ultimately ruled out as a suspect.
Angela Davis and Assata Shakur’s Lawyer Lennox Hinds Denounce FBI’s Adding of Exiled Activist to Terrorist List
Davis: “It seems to me that this act incorporates or reflects the very logic of terrorism.[…] I can’t help but think that it’s designed to frighten people who are involved in struggles today. Forty years ago seems like it was a long time ago. In the beginning of the 21st century, we’re still fighting around the very same issues – police violence, health care, education, people in prison.”
Hinds: “We believe that putting Assata Shakur on the FBIs Ten Most Wanted list is designed to inflame the public and to characterize her as a terrorist when none of the acts alleged relates to terrorism.” […] “This is a political act pushed by the state of New Jersey, by some members of Congress from Miami, and with the intent of putting pressure on the Cuban government and to inflame public opinion […]There is no way to appeal someone being put on the terrorist list.”
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