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  • AnonymousNobody is shooting our kids, because our kids respect authority and do not get into physical altercations with policemen - white, black, or anything else. The 18 year old that was shot was black, but was also a threat to the officer that killed him. If you knew anything about the criminal justice system which you clearly do not you'd try alittle harder to think about the facts of the case instead of supporting a social justice flaw that this particular shooting has no evidence of enforcing.
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    Oh, golly, Anon. You have certainly made up some salient points there. If only I weren’t such a clearly ignorant little so-and-so, talking out of her depth! If only I were the kind of person who took care to back up her points with actual research! If only I were the kind of person who kept data on hand because she knew poorly-informed douchebags would be showing up with their fairy tales sooner or later.

    OH, WAIT!

    I’m a fucking journalist.

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Officers have tanks now. They have drones. They have automatic rifles, and planes, and helicopters, and they go through military-style boot camp training. It’s a constant complaint from what remains of this country’s civil liberties caucus. Just this last June, the ACLU issued a report on how police departments now possess arsenals in need of a use. Few paid attention, as usually happens.
 
The worst part of outfitting our police officers as soldiers has been psychological. Give a man access to drones, tanks, and body armor, and he’ll reasonably think that his job isn’t simply to maintain peace, but to eradicate danger. Instead of protecting and serving, police are searching and destroying.
 
If officers are soldiers, it follows that the neighborhoods they patrol are battlefields. And if they’re working battlefields, it follows that the population is the enemy. And because of correlations, rooted in historical injustice, between crime and income and income and race, the enemy population will consist largely of people of color, and especially of black men. Throughout the country, police officers are capturing, imprisoning, and killing black males at a ridiculous clip, waging a very literal war on people like Michael Brown.

America Is Not For Black People (via wilwheaton)
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