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There’s a huge problem with that viral photo being spread of the two adults passed out from a heroin overdose with a child in the background. The police department that snapped these photos offered no real solutions to the heroin epidemic. They didn’t provide any links, phone numbers, or other resources to help those in need. They don’t address the dozens of things that need to be addressed especially how law enforcement contributes to the cycle. From the post: 

“It is time that the non drug using public sees what we are now dealing with on a daily basis. The poison known as heroin has taken a strong grip on many communities not just ours, the difference is we are willing to fight this problem until it’s gone and if that means we offend a few people along the way we are prepared to deal with that.” 

Right… so all I’m getting from this stunt is that you want people to pat you on the back for being heroes and elevate your egos at the expense of a child’s pain. Addiction and those it harms is fucking real, they don’t need you to plaster their uncensored photo all over the internet. That child doesn’t need his photo to be shown to the world - his privacy was never even considered before his pain was posted for the whole world to weigh in on. 

Honestly the officers can say all day that they posted the photos to raise awareness or whatever bullshit they’re claiming but they were too busy praising themselves to actually bother posting resources or anything of substance. Like, you don’t have to post these images to start a conversation on child neglect and/or addiction. Doctors, nurses, EMTs, social workers, therapists, rehab workers, and a dozen other professions directly interact with addicts too and yet they manage to keep themselves from posting pictures like this every time they do their job. 



TW: Rape, violence, police abuse and murder

This is important. PLEASE WATCH & SHARE THIS. This is an interview we conducted with Baltimore Black Panther and community leader Reverend Annie Chambers about the murder of her grandchildren by the police, and the long history of violence against Black people in Baltimore. 

This interview was conducted back in 2012. I blame myself for the video cutting out after 47 minutes. The camera died and I didn’t have replacement batteries. Someone in the Baltimore area should reach out and follow up with Reverend Chambers if possible. 

What we’re seeing in Baltimore today is the culmination of years decades  centuries of continuous violence and oppression against Black people at the hands of police and White supremacy. 

Potential Can of Worms: "It's Discipline, Not Child Abuse"

So, there’s this video going around on my Facebook feed (I live in a pretty conservative area, so that might contribute to its popularity). It’s captioned “It’s Discipline/Not Child Abuse”. It’s a dramatic clip of two police officers approaching a house because of a recent call. Mom answers the door, is confused. Turns out the kid called the cops because “she hit me with this belt!” Further investigation reveals that the kid had skipped class, his mom found out, confronted him about it, he lied, and so she smacked him three times on the butt with a belt. One of the policemen pulls the kid aside, asking him questions: has this ever happened before (no), did she hit him anywhere else (no), did she use her hands or any other object (no). Kid says “That’s child abuse! I have rights!” which, apparently, he heard from his friends.

At this point, the officer proceeds to FLIP OUT. He says, “You don’t EVER call the cops on your mom!” and tells him he got some crappy advice from his “playground buddies”. At one point he hands the belt (which the kid had brought out as “evidence”) back to the mom and says “you know what, ma'am? Hit him again.” The whole thing culminates with the officer telling the kid “If this ever happens again, I’m going to come back here and take this big old belt [meaning his uniform belt] and use it on you.” Exit officers, screen cuts to black.

I have some thoughts about this, as copy and pasted from the post I made after sharing tis video.

While there is a key distinction between “child abuse” and “discipline” that I feel needs to be explored more fully, I feel like this video does a poor [read: absolutely horrible] job of actually addressing it.

1) The kid says he heard about child abuse and his rights from his friends, which means the authority figures in his life (parents, teachers, etc.) have not actually explained to him what abuse is and what forms it can take, as well as not explained to him what his rights are or what they mean in connection with other people. While that IS a huge topic, it is possible to explain and discuss such things at a developmentally appropriate level, and I honestly feel like such discussions should be freaking mandatory. Children and parents both should learn exactly what forms abuse can take so that they can be aware of it.

2) The policeman said, “Don’t you ever call the police on your mom!” What happens to the kid who actually *is* being abused? What happens when they see this, and hear, “It doesn’t matter what is happening to you, Never Call The Police. You will get in trouble for calling the police on your abuser, and the police will not help you.” While there are some kids who do not understand what abuse is and may overreact, we have a responsibility to make sure that the channels that are meant to protect the innocent remain open to the people that need them.

3) The mother’s actions may not have been abusive, but the police officer’s actions certainly were. No crime had been committed, as far as I understand it, and so verbally assaulting a minor and threatening bodily harm is wildly unacceptable. That is not his jurisdiction. The mother can make decisions on how to discipline her child, but a stranger with less than thirty seconds of information has no right to behave in such a manner. And it makes me angry to think that such behavior is being lauded, even in a rhetorical situation. We need discussions and understanding, NOT threats.

This has been another of My Opinions™. Good night.

How do women get sentenced to jail time for killing their abusive partners but cops that shoot unarmed children get to call ‘self defense’? She is literally fighting for her life and defending herself from being battered and beaten but she goes to jail instead of the racist trash pig that rolled up and gunned down a black kid in under two seconds. Right.

Right now we have a cop as a guest speaker at (Cosmetology) school. It’s mandatory to attend these things. Some of the things he talked about made me start to have a panic attack.

He is here to teach us about safety but I feel unsafe. He has joked about abuse and said he could shoot one of us before we could react.

Hes not funny. Im sure Ill be getting in trouble for complaining about it on Facebook/Instagram but WHY would they subject a school full of mostly women to this?

Why would they make us listen to a man victim-blame women and make jokes about traumatic things?