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Not a single pro-life person that I have met is truly pro-life. They’re pro-forced pregnancy. Pro-forced birth. Anti-abortion. Anti-choice. But not pro-life. Else, they would be in Ferguson holding signs. They would counter bullying as though, quite literally, our children’s lives depend on it. They would promote support for mothers, for poor children, for food stamps, for education. They would advocate for gun control, rehab programs, helping the homeless and sick, and suicide prevention. They would fight police brutality, domestic violence, gang violence, the death penalty, hate crimes, human trafficking, the prison industrial complex, every single war, and anything else that kills people. But they don’t. You’ve heard it all before, but I’ll say it again. Nothing–not one single element–of the so-called ‘pro-life movement’ is actually about protecting the living and extending the lives of people.
—  Death Sentence

WACO: (May 17, 2015) Rival motorcycle gangs turned a local restaurant into a shooting gallery Sunday afternoon and when the gunfire was over, 9 people were dead and 18 were injured. Police initially said three gangs were involved, but later said factions from at least five gangs took part in the shootout. Police and troopers said the fight quickly escalated from fists and feet to chains, clubs and knives, then to gunfire. Gang members were shooting at each other and officers at the scene fired their weapons, as well. “It is one of the most violent scene I’ve seen in my 34 years as a police officer in Waco,” a officer said.

#TwinPeaksShooting #WacoThugs

Heartwarming! This Police Officer Wasn’t Sure How To Reach Out To The Black Youth In His Community So He Put A Pumpkin In Front Of The Park Where They Hang Out Sometimes

In the south Chicago neighborhood of West Englewood, young people and police have a historically strained relationship. But local officer Andrew Hennessy wants to change that. That’s why he took his best guess at what would make for a powerful gesture of mutual understanding and put a pumpkin in front of the park where he sees black teenagers hanging out sometimes.

Talk about going beyond the call of duty!

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IN BLACK AND WHITE: Policing Double Standards at Teenage McKinney Pool Party Versus Biker Gang Shootout in Waco:

  • “On Monday, reactions continued to sink in after stunning video footage emerged showing white police officers in McKinney, Texas, assaulting a group of unarmed black pool-goers Friday night. In the video, Eric Casebolt and fellow officers confronted the kids, allegedly after a complaint that they were using a local community pool without permission. At one point, Casebolt pulled his gun on a number of teenagers and at another, used excessive force to immobilize Dajerria Becton, a 15-year-old girl in a bikini.” MIC: http://bit.ly/1KS70EY
  • “This shocking video shows a Texas cop slamming a black girl to the ground at a pool party” VOX: http://bit.ly/1AZ0Eno
  • “Local Homeowners Defend Texas Cops Who Brutalized Black Teens At Pool Party” THINK PROGRESS: http://bit.ly/1QHbct1

[A]fter the killings of Officers Liu and Ramos of the NYPD, New York City mayor Bill de Blasio tweeted “When police officers are murdered, it tears at the foundation of our society. This heinous attack was an attack on our entire city.” On July 18th, the day after Eric Garner, a longtime New Yorker and father of six, was choked to death by NYPD officer Daniel Pantaleo, the mayor of of the Big Apple had only this to say: “On behalf of all New Yorkers, I extend my deepest condolences to the family of Eric Garner.”

In his condolences there was no mention of a “heinous attack” against the actual people of New York City. There was no mention of the “tearing at the foundation of our society” either. Still further, in the case for the police officers, de Blasio went as far as to use the word “murdered” long before a shred of evidence was provided. Yet in the face of video footage (that pesky thing called evidence) of Eric Garner’s actual murder at the literal hands of an NYPD officer, de Blasio showed no “outrage”, only platitudinous sentiment.

Such reactions are typical, but there is nothing shocking about them when we understand that our society operates on a clearly defined, yet often unarticulated, hierarchy of violence, and that the function of politicians and police is to normalize and enforce that violence. Thus, as an institution, police act as state-sanctioned gangs charged with the task of upholding the violent, racist hierarchy of white supremacist capitalism and, whenever possible, furthering a monopoly of power where all violence from/by those higher on the hierarchy upon those lower can be normalized into business as usual.

Any deviation from this business as usual, any resistance — the threat of force displayed in massive protests after Garner’s death, or any displacement of state power whatsoever — by those lower on the hierarchy upon those higher is met with brutal repression. This is why cops are always present at protests. It is NOT to “Keep the peace.” We have seen their “peace” — tear gas, rubber and wooden bullets, mace, riot gear, sound cannons, and thousands of brutal cops leaving dead bodies. They are not there for peace, but rather to maintain at all times the explicit reminder of America’s power hierarchy through the brutalization of black and brown bodies above all others.

This is why de Blasio offered worthless platitudes to Eric Garner’s family instead of outrage or solidarity. To him, as heinous as choking an unarmed black person to death is, it was business as usual.