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United Airlines controversy Hot Take™

First off, I want you to watch this video about the UC Davis Pepper Spray incident.

The cops were actively trying to leave before the students tried to stop them, threatened to stop “protesting peacefully”, and tried to keep them from getting their prisoners out of there safely. They weren’t just innocent kids minding their own business when the cruel, capsaicin-laced jackboot of The Man came down on them.

But most people saw the edited video first, which is just the pepper spray. Without the context, the cops look like the bad guys. I’ve seen people look at the full video and do logical backflips to make the evidence fit into their first impressions. These people use “peaceful protesters” a lot, even when they’re looking at the protestors openly threatening violence*.

So now you may be wondering “I see where you’re going here.Why do people keep saying the guy who got thrown off was a doctor? What does that have to do with anything?”

Well, a cynical person might think “well, that makes him seem more important”. Not true in this case. The doc said he couldn’t give up the seat because he had patients to see in the morning.

Seems reasonable. Except, wait; how would United actually confirm this?

Say he shows them emails on his phone. Those could be faked. And I’m not sure he could legally show them anyway, because they probably involve confidential medical records. And even if he did have patients, he could reschedule or give them to another doctor. United can’t be sure.

Now, did United have the right to do this? As I understand it, yes, yes they do. Because airlines apparently reserve the right to boot people off of planes, within certain restrictions (like compensation). Also, all legitimate instructions from cabin crew have to be obeyed, legally speaking.

Overbooking? Completely standard. Involuntary bumping? Over 100 a day.

So, injuries. Looks…looks pretty bad, honestly.

Unless you know that injuries, by definition, usually happen in a fight. Such as three dudes trained to subdue people engaging a middle-aged man in close-quarters with lots of hard edges around.

It’s like starting a fistfight on a park bench. And the bench is in your bathroom.

Specifically, the shower.

Maybe… maybe it’s just me, but I think that when cops come to physically remove me from the plane, I’d realize that I’m down to two choices.

1. Go quietly and get the first plane I can.
2. Physically resist, and be even later than the first option, because I’m in a hospital or a jail cell.

Our pal decided to go with door number 2.

Funny how no one seems to be talking about the fact that he tried to resist being taken off the plane. Even though it’s clearly on the video, no editing required.


Everyone is outraged for a week, makes a few memes, then gets over it. United loses stock price, for a while, then rebounds. Any legal action runs straight into a wall of expensive lawyers. United settles to make it go away, some thinkpieces blame this on Trump, and

The only reason this is news is because there was a video. If you want to complain, blame the rules and regulations that allow airlines to bump people off their planes in the first place. Blame overbooking. Blame thin profit margins. 

Blame the guy who refused to leave, even when the writing was on the fuselage wall.

idk why im thinking of this now but you know, it astounds me when people really believe the police have no bias or that most reporting has no bias when it comes to protestors like.. i think it just indicates theyve never been outside around cops at an action or just willingly believe the propaganda they get told. an example: a few months ago people got arrested at an action and some of my comrades went to jail support outside the police station for them. and the cops came out and started fucking with everyone and hitting the protestors and trying to pepper spray them but because of the wind they mostly just pepper sprayed themselves. (which was really funny but anyways) then the next day some news site runs a story on it and the headline is like “cops injured in clash with protestors” and then at the bottom they mention, in one line, that some protestors got injured too. so even though the cops started going after people first, hit people, tried to pepper spray them and then injured THEMSELVES the entire article looks like the protestors pepper sprayed the cops. and i would never even have known what actually happened if my friends werent there in person.. and obviously cops do this all the time but yeah dont fucking trust anything cops say and news sources really will try to twist things as much as they can

me and my boyfriend were leaving and theres a visually dead man on our sidewalk and we call an ambulance and in the meantime some random nobody comes up and kicks him to see if he’s dead which eventually makes him convulse which reveals a can of pink pepper spray under him and cops get there and they get him to snap to and eventually they get a name out of him and then this officer is like “YOURE THAT KID THAT WHEN YOU WERE IN MIDDLE SCHOOL WE ARRESTED YOU WITH A BB GUN”. this dead man was like 30. 


“We liked the Madonna image because we thought it was a symbol of a strong female, and that even though she has been battered, she is still standing and staring defiantly. Nothing is going to knock her down. It’s a perfect symbol of a strong female.”

Ethan Kath, The Guardian Interview, 2009

“Hopefully girls could learn from Alice. Hopefully she can wash away all the lessons from the mainstream media. I think she has the power to.”

Ethan Kath, NME Interview, 2012

“It was taken at a protest in Yemen. A boy was pepper-sprayed and beaten by cops and his mother thought that he had been killed in the fight. In that moment she’s found him and she’s crying from happiness because he’s still alive…The woman is the powerful one in this picture, the male needs her, and I like that.”

Ethan Kath RE: (III) album cover, NME, 2012


Last night my sister’s dog, Buddy, was pepper sprayed by cops. The dog and cops were separated by a 6-foot high fence that is meant to keep horses in. Buddy had done nothing but bark and had shown no signs of aggression. Cops later denied pepper spraying the dog. I understand that cops have a right to keep dogs at bay but through a fence? That’s just not right.

Update (12/20/14)

My family and I wanted to update you all with some more details and to thank you all for the support.

First off we wanted to add some other photos of Buddy to show his lovable and playful sides. I also wanted to add a picture of my sister with Buddy. The photo of my sister, Charlie, and Buddy was taken before they spent a day at a dog beach in California.

Buddy was rescued from a shelter this past summer and has found a home with lots of love in it.

Since the incident my sister has attempted to talk with the sheriff about the officers conduct but so far no action has been taken. We are still waiting to hear back from them again.

Buddy is doing better but he is still a little shy about going close to the fence. 

We also wanted to bring attention to the fact that the cops came to their house to take action on a warrant that was no longer valid. While they were there on this no longer relevant warrant they pepper sprayed this lovable guy through the fence leaving him in pain and discomfort for a good hour. Worse than that they have left Buddy with a distrust for people.

This type of behavior from officers is unacceptable! Help us spread the word by continuing to like, reblog, share, comment and pass the word on to anyone you know!

Last but not least we wanted to thank everyone who has liked and reblogged this post!! The support has been amazing!!

We will update this post as more information is available! 

The name’s Annie Edison, but people call me Psycho ‘cause I had a nervous breakdown in high school.


Denver protests this week. The police state is no joke, and we cannot sit idly by. As a Christian I believe I am called to join in solidarity with those who suffer systematic oppression. I am responsible to my fellow humans to do what I can for the cause of the marginalized.

In Denver, Christians were there.

Isaiah 1:17 “Learn to do good; seek justice, correct oppression; bring justice to the fatherless, plead the widow’s cause.”

Matthew 5:44 “But I say to you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you.”

(Also, I got pepper sprayed in the face. Not recommended.)

Media is in its element now–going after the Black community in Baltimore with articles denouncing the riots & photos of young Blacks demolishing police cars & pummeling riot cops with rocks. Black lawlessness on a rampage! Meanwhile 25-year-old Freddie Gray was laid to rest. And media quotes politicians & even his grieving family denouncing the riots.

Are we expected to join the chorus of denunciation & separate out the 10,000 peaceful protesters from the handful of rioters? If there are peaceful protesters it only means the cops haven’t yet taken their military arsenal after them, like in Ferguson. It just means they haven’t yet thrown out the Bill of Rights in Baltimore like they did in Ferguson. But they’re getting around to it beginning with that curfew. Then all 10,000 will be declared rioters & they’ll move in the National Guard.

There’ll be no denunciations here of Black youth who have endured decades of police harassment, seen Black teens around this country murdered by cops with impunity, saw the assassins of Trayvon Martin, Michael Brown, Eric Garner, Freddie Gray, & countless others walk away scot-free from justice. There’ll be no attempts to talk around the riots or portray the youth involved as the criminal element.

It’s very dangerous to be young & Black these days. If you wear your pants too low, if you lip off to the science teacher, if you smoke a joint, if you walk too fast or too slow, or loiter on a corner, you’re at risk of being harassed or assaulted. Or murdered for no good reason.

The problem is police violence, as part of the US war on Black youth, which has gone on for several decades without the media clamoring for justice but portraying the Black community as a war zone of lawless drug peddlers. The problem for youth is the compromised old guard of Black leadership who operate within the Democratic Party to silence Black protest against tyranny.

We leave the denunciations to others. We stand with the protesters in Baltimore. All of them. Without distinction. A new civil rights & Black power movement is emerging. A new leadership is emerging who will not truck with compromise. And that’s a glorious development we have no intention of parsing or denouncing.

Our fullest solidarity with the protesters in Baltimore. May Freddie Gray RIP. And may the unspeakable crime against him marshal in a new era of resistance to racism & tyranny.

This is a young man hit by pepper spray from riot cops. Is he a peaceful protester or a rioter?
By Mary Scully
(Photo by Shannon Stapleton/Reuters)

Watch on

Seattle Mall Cop Arrested and Maced a bypassing Black Man during a Israel protest that he wasn’t involved in.

From the description:

Mall Cop Ignores White Guy Screaming Racial Slurs; Maces African American Bystander Instead 
Innocent bystander pepper sprayed and arrested by Westlake security during protest in Seattle
Westlake Mall Cop Ignores Agitator, Maces African American Bystander at Israel Protest
Westlake security pepper spray & arrest innocent bystander after he’s harassed by pro Israel supporter during protest 
Mall cop gets a call for a white man with his shirt off harassing and assaulting random people and protesters on the street. Cop finds him and squaring off with a passerby that he had shoved a moment prior (black man). Cop maces and arrests black man.

Everyone that witnessed the event is yelling “dude you are arresting the wrong guy”. Cop ignores them. White man walks off.

Ashamed that this happened in my city…

Demonstrators protest the violence in Gaza during a pro Palestine rally in Seattle. As protestors lined the sidewalks in Westlake Park, a pro Israel supporter walks by, harassing the demonstrators, yelling in peoples faces, screaming obscenities, and racial slurs. After crossing the street and harassing another group of demonstrators, the man tore off his shirt and began walking towards the group with fists clenched. As someone who wasn’t a part of the demonstration walked by, the pro Israel supporter turned and said something as he passed. The man then turned around as if he was going to swing, but thought better of it. The pro Israel supporter squared off with him, but a Westlake security guard who was watching the interaction pulled out his pepper spray, and sprayed the innocent passerby, grabbed him by the arm and tried to wrestle him to the ground.

Here’s what’s happening, according to witnesses: A man employed by the private company Valor Security, which guards Westlake Center, is unloading a can of mace in the face of 25-year-old Raymond Wilford, who says he was on his way inside the mall to meet a friend.
You can see Garland’s full photo set of the incident here. What did Wilford do to deserve being pepper-sprayed in the face? The mall’s security director says the incident is under investigation and the company has no comment. Nor would he tell me the guard’s name.

According to a Seattle police report, the mall cop told officers that when Wilford “took an aggressive step towards him he deployed his pepper spray.”
Westlake Mall Cop Ignores Agitator, Maces African-American Bystander at Israel Protest…..