If a police officer’s job is to uphold and enforce the law — literally their one and only job description — and you knew that almost half of police officers think they’re above the law, what does that say? If half of them admitted it on a survey how many more do you think actually feel this way?
What if I told you half of doctors don’t care about patient well-being, or half of farmers don’t care about growing crops, or half of our presidents dislike the public?
The law in itself is super problematic and terrible, but if on top of that police officers don’t even adhere to that at the very least, what does that tell you about the justice system?
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The Wall Street Journal reports that NYPD’s Stop-and-Frisk reached an all time high last year (2011) with just about 684,330 stopped and questioned. What is more alarming is that 87% of those folks happen to be Black and
HispanicLatino. Here are some stats:
And who was it that got stop-and-frisked the most? 92 percent of those stopped were males, and 87 percent of those stopped were black or Hispanic, a glaring disparity considering blacks and Hispanics make up only 59 percent of the city’s population.
Just 12 percent of those stopped were arrested.
“Last year alone, the NYPD stopped enough totally innocent New Yorkers to fill Madison Square Garden more than 30 times over,” NYCLU Executive Director Donna Lieberman said in a statement. “It is not a crime to walk down the street in New York City, yet every day innocent black and brown New Yorkers are turned into suspects for doing just that. It is a stunning abuse of power that undermines trust between police and the community.”
This reminds me too of studies done to find out whether having Confederate flags (or the ten commandments, for that matter) hung in or outside courthouses affected biases in juries.
You can already guess what the answer was.
But all you have to do is look at the entire fucking world outside and who it conditions us to judge.
And you can look at how good we are at fighting our conditioning. Look at anon.
Look how well we formulate our own ideas.
The judiciary system is the perfect illustration of how racial prejudices shape reality and are enact to create oppression. For instance although blacks and Latinos consume less drug than whites, they are far more likely to be stopped, searched and charged with drug-related offences. This is FACT!
Moreover talking about the bias of judges, police officers and prosecutors, I have found this very interesting video:
“A Stanford University Psychologist addresses the Harvard University Law School where she describes several experiments that suggest White males & police officers subconsciously perceive Black Males as criminal and less than human. The results provide evidence of a strong automatic bidirectional association between Blacks & Crime. The image of a Black male can trigger unconscious thoughts of crime and thinking of crime can trigger unconscious thoughts of Black people. The simple presence of a Black Male may unknowingly cause thoughts of crime and violence attributed to that person. Other topics discussed include: Racial Profiling, Suspect Lineups, Death Penalty Sentencing, & the Association with Blacks & Animals.”
This is how white supremacy manages to turn the prejudice ‘Black people are criminals’ into a (false and biased) ‘reality’.
When every single actor of a system is prejudiced against one, one is destined to fall prey of that system.
Detroit— The Michigan Supreme Court will hear arguments next week from two city emergency dispatchers seeking dismissal of lawsuits against them for treating as a prank a 5-year-old’s call about his mother’s collapse from a fatal heart attack.
Robert Turner dialed 911 twice Feb. 20, 2006, and both calls were logged by dispatchers as pranks.
A patrol officer dispatched after the youth’s second call three hours later to chastise him instead discovered Sherill Turner, 46, dead on the floor of her apartment.
Dispatcher Sharon Nichols was found guilty by a jury in 2008 of neglect of duty. Her criminal conviction was believed at that time to have been the first of its kind in the nation. She lost her job and was sentenced to one year of probation, 100 hours of community service and $450 in fines and court costs.
Similar charges were dismissed during the criminal trial against the second dispatcher, Terri Sutton, because although she accused the boy of “playing on the phone,” she sent an officer to his home.
The boy’s relatives sued, alleging wrongful death and intentional infliction of emotional distress.
New York City: Emergency picket to drop all charges on Occupy Wall Street arrestees, City Hall, October 3, 2011.
Photos by redguard
WHAT THE FUCKING FUCK ALL?
He was 14 yrs. 6mos. and 5 days old —- and the youngest person executed in the United States in the 20th Century
George Junius Stinney, Jr. [b. 1929 - d. 1944]
In a South Carolina prison sixty-six years ago, guards walked a 14-year-old boy, bible tucked under his arm, to the electric chair. At 5’ 1” and 95 pounds, the straps didn’t fit, and an electrode was too big for his leg.
The switch was pulled and the adult sized death mask fell from George Stinney’s face. Tears streamed from his eyes. Witnesses recoiled in horror as they watched the youngest person executed in the United States in the past century die.
Now, a community activist is fighting to clear Stinney’s name, saying the young boy couldn’t have killed two girls. George Frierson, a school board member and textile inspector, believes Stinney’s confession was coerced, and that his execution was just another injustice blacks suffered in Southern courtrooms in the first half of the 1900s.
Stinney was accused of killing two white girls, 11 year old Betty June Binnicker and 8 year old Mary Emma Thames, by beating them with a railroad spike then dragging their bodies to a ditch near Acolu, about five miles from Manning in central South Carolina. The girls were found a day after they disappeared following a massive manhunt. Stinney was arrested a few hours later, white men in suits taking him away. Because of the risk of a lynching, Stinney was kept at a jail 50 miles away in Columbia.
Stinney’s father, who had helped look for the girls, was fired immediately and ordered to leave his home and the sawmill where he worked. His family was told to leave town prior to the trial to avoid further retribution. An atmosphere of lynch mob hysteria hung over the courthouse. Without family visits, the 14 year old had to endure the trial and death alone.
Frierson hasn’t been able to get the case out of his head since, carrying around a thick binder of old newspaper stories and documents, including an account from an execution witness.
The sheriff at the time said Stinney admitted to the killings, but there is only his word — no written record of the confession has been found. A lawyer helping Frierson with the case figures threats of mob violence and not being able to see his parents rattled the seventh-grader.
This is horrifying. This is so horrifying. Oh my god.
The FBI is teaching its counterterrorism agents that “main stream” [sic] American Muslims are likely to be terrorist sympathizers; that the Prophet Mohammed was a “cult leader”; and that the Islamic practice of giving charity is no more than a “funding mechanism for combat.”
At the Bureau’s training ground in Quantico, Virginia, agents are shown a chart contending that the more “devout” a Muslim, the more likely he is to be “violent.” Those destructive tendencies cannot be reversed, an FBI instructional presentation adds: “Any war against non-believers is justified” under Muslim law; a “moderating process cannot happen if the Koran continues to be regarded as the unalterable word of Allah.”
I saw Ackerman post on Twitter today that he was going to break a big scoop on Rachel Maddow today and this is huge. This is the training police/FBI agents get on Islam and then we wonder why they entrap so many Muslims. They’re being taught that Muslims are a subversive force who are dominated by their religion and incapable of rational thought. I could go on about Orientalism, racism, and idiocy, but I think it speaks for itself.
And it pisses me off so much, because this is only being said about Islam, yet they preach so fucking much about being persecuted and being in the minority. Really guys? Cry me a motherfucking river.