tw: police brutality

There is something chilling and totalitarian about this insistence that cops have the right to do as they wish without what amounts to public oversight. What is it they fear? After all, the officer who is being videotaped can protect himself by doing one simple thing: his job.
—  Leonard Pitts Jr

Many thanks to @queercapwriting for encouraging me to write this. Tw for racism, police brutality.

If you asked 14-year-old Maggie Sawyer the worst thing about living in Blue Springs, Nebraska, it’d probably be working in this fucking diner. On top of her boss being a lazy asshole, she has to spend seemingly never-ending shifts serving burgers to the bratty white kids from school whose parents were rich enough not to need them to work.

Her mom always reminds her not to talk back – how they need all the money they can get right now – but after four months of kids refusing to eat food from a plate that she’s touched, or deliberately leaving the table in an atrocious state just so they can laugh as they watch her clean it from the parking lot, she privately cries on the bus home most nights and arrives at work with her stomach twisted around all the jeers she sees coming.

All for $7.25 an hour plus tips. Except that she never gets any tips - apart from scrawled messages of “Go home” on the docket, if they were feeling particularly generous.

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Why should kids be taught to hate the police? Because there are 2.3 million people in jail in the US right now and every single one was put there by a fucking cop. Some people talk about good cops and bad cops, but a good cop, a cop doing their job properly, still puts nonviolent drug users in jail for many years, totally ruining their lives as they lose their jobs, houses, cars, romantic partners, access to college, and become substantially less employable upon release. A cop doing their job properly still gives homeless people tickets for vagrancy which they obviously can’t pay and when a warrant is issued as a result an officer doing their job properly arrests those homeless people. An officer doing their job properly peppersprays and arrests environmental protesters so that logging companies can clear-cut old growth forests. An officer doing their job properly is evicting a family from their home as you read this because the parents’ jobs were shipped overseas so that the bosses could make eight figures a year instead of seven. Those people will become homeless, vagrancy tickets will be written, warrants will be issued… And then there’s the “bad ones”.

Sacking Rome: A Magazine for Vandals, issue one

nicely put.

About the Phoenix AZ Trump Protest

You might see news reports of what went down at the protest, and I have already seen false narrative going around, and I just want to say what really happened.
I have been to nearly every Phoenix protest since the election, and this was one of the biggest (second only to the Women’s March). There were thousands of protesters- so many you could barely walk-and all were peaceful. We all stood crammed in a massive crowd in 110 degree heat but it couldn’t have been a more friendly community of people.
I cannot stress enough how peaceful everything was.
When it came time for the Trump rally to end, the police formed a line in front of the convention center facing the protesters, all decked out in riot gear.
I was standing at the front of the barricade and I saw everything that went down. I was there in the middle of it. I watched it all go down, and I have no reason to lie about it.
COMPLETELY UNPROVOKED AND WITHOUT REASON, police began firing pellets at the feet of the barricades. One extremely misguided protestor tossed a near empty water bottle over the barricade (And everyone around him immediately as at him to stop) in response but that one water bottle was enough for the police to immediately start unloading tear gas bullets on the crowd.
The cops gave absolutely NO warning, and made NO attempt to peacefully de-escalate the situation.
They fired with so much excess that the clouds of tear gas quickly filled the streets. There was also use of rubber bullets and flash bang bombs.
This was all over a water bottle.
I have been seeing people claiming that rocks and bricks were being thrown and that protester were attacking Trump supporters, all of which is completely untrue.
The Phoenix Police Department used completely unjustified and excessive use of force on a crowd of peaceful protesters.
This is what a fascist society looks like.
In memory of Kiwi Herring, the 18th known transgender person killed this year
"Her neighbor was homophobic and made fun of her," her sister-in-law said.

Earlier this week, Kiwi Herring, a 30-year-old transgender woman from Mississippi, was shot and killed by police in St. Louis, Missouri. This makes her the 18th trans person we know to have been murdered in the U.S. in 2017. 

Police had been called to her home after reports of an incident of violence, where she reportedly cut a neighbor with a knife and also cut one officer on the arm. Kiwi’s family said the neighbor had a history of harassing and threatening her for being who she was. 

On Wednesday, dozens of people held a candlelight vigil for Kiwi and then took to the streets to protest her murder when a car drove into a group of the protesters. Thankfully, nobody was killed or seriously injured (three people sustained minor injuries), but it’s still a horrible addendum to an already tragic time for Kiwi’s family and community. The driver has been arrested. 

“Kiwi was harassed and executed and it’s a horrible feeling,” said Herring’s sister-in-law, Crevonda Nance. […] 

Nance claims Herring had been a victim of ongoing harassment, which came to a head Tuesday morning.

“The neighbor was homophobic and made fun of her,” Nance said. “We couldn’t understand why he was so angry and why he cared about Kiwi’s sexual orientation.” […]

“Kiwi was a slim-bottomed woman,” Nance said. “She did not look like she could hurt a fly. She probably was hysterical, but we feel excessive force was used.”

O’Toole said that as a matter of policy, the officers are on administrative leave, pending the investigation.

Terrible, terrible story. Rest in peace and power, Kiwi. 

Darren Baptiste is a Professional App Developer from Canada and recently he decided to help bring awareness to the very serious issue of Police Brutality. The relationship between the police and the Black Community has never been good. The Police enforce laws of a system that aids the agenda of White supremacy and a country founded on racism and murder. 

Darren has experienced countless cases of Police Brutality in his lifetime and ever since the emergence of the internet anyone can see the atrocious cases of brutality on YouTube. Darren is wise enough to know that the Police cause a lot of the issues and use their badge, gun and law as protection when they brutalize people in the Black Community. A Black Person’s word means nothing against a Cops word in court. The “Cop Watch” app begins shooting automatically once it’s opened, and as soon as recording is stopped, instantly uploads to YouTube. At the same time, an email is sent to a community-based Network for the Elimination of Police Violence , with the videographer’s location and a URL for the video. This app provides evidence in the favor of our people to help combat a serious issue. Baptiste designed the app to feature the “Eye of Horus” as a symbol of protection. Salute to Darren for taking a stand against Police Brutality. Written By: @Champion_Us

anonymous asked:

Hi! The police in my magical universe question people under a truth spell that causes pain if people lie. My MC has already discovered that it reacts if he's wrong about something, and it can send him into a spiral of wanting to say whatever will make it stop, except lying doesn't help. The culture doesn't regard it as torture, but after reading your blog I think it might be. How should I deal with it in the future? What might be some unacknowledged effects abolitionists can point to? Thanks!

There’s no might about it. This is torture and the entire premise is entirely based on torture apologia and justifying torture.

Everything about this concept is rooted in misunderstandings about torture: things that aren’t just wrong but are actively harmful to torture victims and encourage torturers.

Honestly? I don’t think this is fixable.

Truth serums do not work. Causing a person pain makes them much less likely to tell the truth. Causing a person pain makes them much less likely to remember the truth. Torturers (and indeed machines like MRIs and ‘lie detectors’) can not accurately distinguish truth and lies. Torture does not compel people to cooperate with their torturers, it actually seems to make them much less likely to cooperate.

Every individual one of these concepts you’re using is a false and damaging idea used to justify torture in the real world.

Let me be clear: this is not your fault and this does not mean you are a bad person.

All of these ideas are presented as true both in popular fiction and more worryingly in a lot of news reports. Accurate information on torture is incredibly hard to find. That’s why I’m here and that’s definitely not your fault.

But the unfortunate result of that is that you’ve already built a world on torture apologia.

You’ve got a police department built entirely on torture. A department that you’re showing as effective rather than imploding with the officers slaughtering each other (which is not an exaggeration this can happen when departments allow torture).

You’re using magic as an excuse for a ‘truth serum’ that sounds exactly like the fantasy drugs and machines torture apologists describe in writings that justify torture. Writings they use to support inflicting pain on people and administering unnecessary drugs without the person’s consent. Whether the magic system in your world would support this is irrelevant when the argument and proposed use is identical to justifications of real world abuse. 

You’re showing inflicting pain as an effective way of getting truthful information. As an integral part of your plot. That is justifying torture.

And as a result I don’t think I can help you.

There is no redeeming this. You can remove the torture apologia by completely rewriting your story and that is what I’d advise you to do.

For this to come anywhere near respectful to the victims of torture you need to remove the ‘truth serum’ element and any connection between inflicting physical pain and a victim giving the police truthful, accurate information.

You would then need to portray the police as torturers: with all the mental health problems, inability to actually solve crimes, arbitrary murder and injustice across the country that suggests.

You would need to show the suffering all the victims experience. Not just physically in the moment but the lasting psychological damage they endure. And this would have to apply to every single person the police torture, which from what you’ve said means everyone they’ve talked to.

I can not, in good conscience help you patch this up. A few tweaks in future stories and a later ‘abolitionist’ movement is not enough.

Not when the reality is that most torturers are never charged and victims wait ten years to see a specialist doctor.

I’m sorry. But this is torture apologia and if you want my help the concept needs to be entirely rewritten.

I hope you understand and can see why. Whatever you decide to do next thank you for reading the blog and for reaching out and asking about your story. I know that’s not easy and I do appreciate you taking that step.


Fruitvale Station

I saw “Fruitvale Station” today. You know at first I was sad and crying, a lot. Like…

But now I am upset. The man who killed Oscar Grant only got two years and only served eleven months of that sentence for MURDER! You can get up to five years in jail for tax evasion, you can get anywhere from 5 - 50 years for drug possession and yet this murderer got 2 years when there was video evidence of his crime and multiple witnesses to testify against him? 

Am I the only one who sees something wrong with this picture? He claims he mistook his taser for his gun.

One: how much training do police officers get? Shouldn’t they get enough training that they DON’T EVER mix up their taser with their gun? Isn’t that the FIRST thing they learn?

Two: He held his gun for at least 15-20 seconds before shooting, why didn’t he recognize that it was his gun in that time? 

Three: All of the police officers were unnecessarily rough with them and used racial slurs and wouldn’t even try to get the story or tell them if they were being charged with anything. Thankfully those officers were fired but do you think there were any measures put in place to make sure something like that didn’t happen again? 

What do you think? Hell no. I’m just so pissed the fuck off right now. This man dies and leaves behind his young daughter, mother, sister and girlfriend because these cops were feeling their power a bit too much and decided to profile the black and hispanic people they saw even though the white guy on the train started it and the man who kills him spends eleven months and then gets on with his life while others suffer the consequences of that particular group of cops’ stupidity and prejudice.


“It was like something from the civil war”: the 30th anniversary of the Battle of Orgreave

On June 18, 1984, at the height of the UK Miner’s strike, the National Union of Mineworkers arranged what was intended to be a routine mass picket at the British Steel coking plant in Orgreave, South Yorkshire.

Instead, 8000 miners and 5000 police officers – although these numbers are disputed, especially on the side of the police, who may have brought as many as 10,000 men – fought for hours in what has since become one of the most controversial events in recent British history.

In the intervening thirty years, the police involved, (and their superiors), have been accused of brutality, assault, perjury, collusion, perverting the course of justice, and abuse of public office. Not a single miner charged was convicted, and South Yorkshire Police had to pay thirty-nine of those arrested £425,000 in an out of court settlement. It is widely believed by many to be one of the most glaring examples of state violence in contemporary Britain.

The miner’s strike defined its decade. Following the revelation in March 1984 that the government intended to close twenty coal mines, with seventy to follow, mass walk-outs and strikes started immediately. The strike is usually seen as the most important domestic event of the era, as the defeat weakened union power in Britain immensely, and set the stage for five more years of Thatcherite rule.  

The tiny village of Orgreave in South Yorkshire had a population almost exclusively employed in the mining industry. Arthur Scargill, the strike leader, considered the Orgreave coking works to be crucial to the success of the strike, and, after finding out that the plant was having more coal delivered than the amount that had been agreed, sent picketers from all over the country to prevent coal being delivered to the plant. The formation of such lines to prevent delivery was standard practice during the strike.

Initially, the strike was business as usual. The strikers played football, and many removed their shirts. When the lorries arrived to fetch more coal, the order was given for the ‘push’, where miners charged at police lines in an attempt to break them. There was some back and forth for some time, and deployment of mounted police. All of this was reasonably standard for picket action.

However, the police did something new to the UK, and deployed riot police, armed with batons and short shields, and wearing riot gear. The miners panicked, although eventually calm was restored, and space was cleared for the lorries to get through. What happened next is subject to much debate, but what is certain that the miners retreated and were chased by police. The miners were outnumbered and forced to run across a railway line, and some had to climb down the embankment of the bridge, and across the rails. 

It is not disputed that the miners threw stones at the police. But it is widely asserted by the miners that the police response to what amounted to minor resistance was immense and brutal. The miners allege that the police had deliberately pulled picketers out of the crowd to beat them. They charged them with horses and and continued to hit and kick them after their arrest.

Photographs taken at Orgreave show numerous picketers being dragged away bleeding, sat on by officers, and police beating picketers who were not resisting. It has been asserted that the police tactics were the first usage of the deeply controversial kettling technique in the UK. The iconic photograph of Lesley Boulton, a member of Women Against Pit Closures and an unarmed woman, raising her hand to defend herself against a mounted police officer with a baton, became the defining image of the picket.

Ninety-five strikers were charged with riot and unlawful assembly. Riot carried a mandatory life sentence. One of the defendants, Arthur Critchlow, said that he was beaten after arrest by two officers armed with truncheons, and that during his trial he believed utterly that “the state could do what they wanted.” Ultimately, all the trials collapsed, but no officer was ever charged with misconduct. Michael Mansfield QC, who defended many of the miners, said that the evidence given by South Yorkshire Police was “the biggest frame-up ever.”

So: you’ve read all this, and you’re asking, but why does this matter? Because the Battle of Orgreave was a turning point for Britain, and not for the better. Protest became more difficult after Orgreave. Thatcher used the police force more and more as her personal army, to deal with what she considered to be a dangerous revolutionary movement that needed to be crushed at all costs. Thirty years after Orgreave, officers who beat unarmed fifteen year old boys in the street have never faced discipline. Even police officers involved in the Battle claim that it was a travesty. A BBC investigation found widespread evidence that commanding officers in the South Yorkshire Police deliberately fabricated evidence, and that dozens of written “statements” given by officers present at Orgreave were identical.

We are all, in a sense, Thatcher’s children. We live in the shadow of what she destroyed. It is inconceivable that it should take thirty years for basic justice to be done, but that is the world she left us. Hopefully we will finally get an inquiry. But do not believe anyone who tells you that we need to move on from Orgreave. We never got a chance to move on from Orgreave. The working class of Britain have lived with the consequences of Thatcher’s regime for thirty years. Stop being frustrated that people won’t stop harping on about the past, and recognise that you might be angry if it took thirty years for justice to be done. The miner’s strike ended, but the systematic attack, degradation, and smearing of the working classes in Britain have not, and that’s why Orgreave matters. We are all Thatcher’s children. That means you, too.

anonymous asked:

Hello, if its not much trouble, can I know what type of methods of torture are there that involves heat & cold? In my story I want to make 2 characters suffer of cold temperatures of the environment, but I also want their torturers to make them suffer for fun (they are considered slaves to the torturers). Making them endure more cold or heat. I hope this makes sence ^-^U Have a nice day~ and thanks for all the help that you provide ♡

It does make sense yes.

This sort of torture is pretty common the world over and I tend to lump it in with neglect or bad cell conditions. That might be an error on my part and I’ll certainly consider changing my tagging system to reflect that. There are a lot of temperature tortures about and as a result this is probably going to be a pretty brief overview.

Most of the time this sort of torture is pretty simple: torturers make the victim’s cell as inhospitable as possible.

In your story (ie a cold environment) that means removing any means of heating the cell, not providing adequate blankets or clothing and (often) keeping the cell wet.

Torture in Germany by Allied troops after World War 2 used temperature fairly frequently. It varied from neglect based (cells not being heated during the winter) to rather more elaborate methods. Cobain describes men being forced to spend the day scrubbing an unfurnished cell with cold water then having to sleep on the wet (and literally freezing) floor. He also describes showers being used as a form of temperature torture with victims forced to stand in freezing water for hours at a time, and guards preventing them from leaving or drying off.

These are fairly standard forms of using naturally cold temperatures to inflict pain.

In naturally hot places cells can similarly be kept uncomfortably hot, with no ventilation or means of cooling down. Police departments have also used central heating systems, furnaces and electric lighting to inflict painfully high temperatures on prisoners.

European troops in particular have also used the weather in conjunction with stress positions to increase the pain a victim is in. In India the English (and others) made sure stress positions were conducted in full sunlight and the British in particular often used metal objects which heated in the sun. The French use of the ‘silo’ stress position (a form of forced crouching in a pit) was often used in particularly hot areas and arranged so that the victim would be subjected to extreme heat.

The Nazis are known to have arranged forced exercise of their victims in sub-zero temperatures when the victims weren’t given enough clothing to protect them from the weather.

The Japanese during World War 2 doused prisoners in water and left them outside to test the effects of hypothermia on human beings.

Russian gulags (both before and during the Soviet era) were notorious for forcing prisoners to work in freezing conditions without adequate clothing and keeping prisoners in freezing buildings.

The French also used this against Toussaint L’Ouverture, the Caribbean general who freed Haiti. He is believed to have died from the extremely low temperatures in his unheated mountain cell.

All of these are pretty low tech and they tend to be long term rather than something inflicted in the moment. Like starvation this isn’t something that happens over hours but over days or weeks.

More recently I’ve heard a few accounts of prisoners being tied to large blocks of ice. This doesn’t seem to be nearly as widespread as simply taking away someone’s blankets though.

For your story I’d suggest going with the simplest methods: an unheated cell with no blankets and no adequate clothing.

That could then be added to with occasional ‘showers’ where the guards force the character under cold water in order to hurt and humiliate them. The characters could be stripped for the ‘showers’ or they could be forced to go in fully clothed which would then make them cold and wet for the rest of the day. The guards might also pour some sort of filth over them during these ‘showers’ and then force them back under the water in order to get ‘clean’ (this comes up in a couple of survivor accounts).

That gives you a scenario which combines long term torturous neglect with shorter periods of abuse. You might also want to have a look at my Masterposts on psychological effects of torture.

That’s…pretty much all I’ve got at the moment, but given how widespread these practices are I should put together a Masterpost on them for future reference. You should probably also have a look at ScriptMedic’s blog for more information on hyper and hypothermia.

I hope that helps :)



Kwadir Felton was 18-years-old when he was shot in the head by undercover Newark New Jersey Police Officer Timothy McVicar. Kwadir went blind and has a cyst on his brain as a result of the damage done by the gunshot wound. The officer stated that in 2010 he was sitting in a car during a drug investigation when he heard a live round click into a handgun that’s when he shot Kwadir who he said was aiming a gun at him. Kwadir was then arrested and charged with a long list of crimes from “Conspiracy and intent to distribute to aggravated assault." 

Kwadir says that he was unarmed and never carried a gun and that the officer shot him for no reason. In December of 2013 Kwadir was found Guilty on all the charges he recieved even though the officer was caught contradicting himself with his testimony and admitted to tampering with evidence. Officer McVicar admitted to moving the gun before CSI arrived after stating that he didn’t touch anything. Since the incident Kwadir has also been harassed and made fun of by police as they drove by and he sat on his front porch. He and his Mother broke down after hearing the verdict of guilty and they are now looking for a new trial because the overwhelming evidence is in his favor. Kwadir tried to kill himself from loss of desire and  the depression of losing his eye sight along with the pain of the cyst on his brain. Kwadir fought through it and gained confidence back and he now aspires to teach the blind one day. In America the "War on Drugs” is really a War on Black people as it unfairly targets us more so than anyone else. Also historically the word of a Black person doesn’t mean shit against a system that’s always been racist. This type of thing happens all the time and you never hear about it. In this case Kwadir survived and has  evidence on his side which is not how it usually goes when these atrocities happen and they try to cover it up. He would normally just get killed and written off as another Black criminal who deserved it and viewed as if his Life wasn’t worth shit anyway. That’s far from True though, So before you judge wipe your eyes and see shit for what it really is. Written By: @Champion_Us  #SanCophaLeague #Racism #PoliceBrutality
Duggan killing lawful, says jury

It’s easy to forget when you live in Britain that the police are savages, and it is still a racist power structure. The stories of the US normally appear in our papers: we tutted at the Trayvon Martin case, we berate the stop-and-search policies of New York. But Britain is not a post-race culture, and this is exemplified by the fact that the police have been allowed to get away with what is accurately being described as an execution. 

 "When Mr Duggan received a fatal shot, did he have the gun in his hand? A majority of 8 to 2 said no, he did not have a gun in his hand.“ 

The man was unarmed and the police fired at him. No matter the other facts, an unarmed black man was gunned down. It’s important to remember that no matter what country they are in, police are pigs. They are not to be trusted and they will always abuse their power. This makes me physically sick.