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#290146 - 07/22/16 04:42 PM Re: Who will protect Main Street, USA from militarized police forces? [Re: matthew]
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I had seen that pic before. All lives do matter - which is the point of Black Lives Matter. Maybe it is this simple: black lives matter too. Get the picture?
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#290149 - 07/22/16 04:58 PM Re: Who will protect Main Street, USA from militarized police forces? [Re: NW Ponderer]
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Originally Posted By: NW Ponderer
I had seen that pic before. All lives do matter - which is the point of Black Lives Matter. Maybe it is this simple: black lives matter too. Get the picture?


Somehow I don't think they do.
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#290506 - 07/28/16 11:25 AM Re: Who will protect Main Street, USA from militarized police forces? [Re: matthew]
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Baltimore prosecutors drop all remaining charges in Freddie Gray case

I'll put my surprise face on now... mad

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The criminal case in the death of Freddie Gray has ended with the top prosecutor failing to convict any of the six police officers involved in the arrest last year that sparked riots in the city and fueled nationwide debate over fatal police encounters involving black men.

Facing a judge who repeatedly said there was insufficient evidence in the cases, the Baltimore state’s attorney, Marilyn Mosby, on Wednesday dropped criminal charges against three officers still awaiting trial. A judge found three other officers not guilty after separate trials in May, June and July.


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#290508 - 07/28/16 01:06 PM Re: Who will protect Main Street, USA from militarized police forces? [Re: matthew]
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#290915 - 08/06/16 10:39 AM Re: Who will protect Main Street, USA from militarized police forces? [Re: matthew]
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Black Activists Don’t Ignore Crime

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IT has become a standard conservative talking point: Black activists focus on police brutality but ignore violent crime in black neighborhoods. Last month Rudy Giuliani said on Fox News: “If they meant ‘Black Lives Matter,’ they would be doing something about the way in which the vast majority of blacks are killed in America, which is by other blacks.”

Claims like Mr. Giuliani’s aren’t just offensive or misplaced — they’re demonstrably wrong. While Black Lives Matter receives deserved attention, countless grass-roots organizations — many of which were founded by bereaved black women — are doing remarkable work to prevent and reduce crime. They protest violence, testify at city council hearings, press for gun-control reform and collaborate with politicians, faith-based organizations and, yes, even the police.


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#291052 - 08/11/16 11:01 AM Re: Who will protect Main Street, USA from militarized police forces? [Re: matthew]
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So yeah. We're all good... sick

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THERE IS THE woman being publicly strip-searched after being stopped for a missing headlight. There are the officers coercing sex from prostitutes in exchange for avoiding arrest, planting drugs on people they stopped, cursing “shut the [censored] up bitch” because they are “the [censored] law.” There is the supervisor telling officers “to arrest ‘all the black hoodies’ in a neighborhood.” There are officers using templates for arrests where they only had to fill in dates and names — the words “black male” were already inked in.

Running to 163 pages, the Department of Justice report on the ongoing abuse inflicted upon African Americans by the Baltimore police is full of stories like these.


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#291105 - 08/13/16 06:54 PM Re: Who will protect Main Street, USA from militarized police forces? [Re: Ezekiel]
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Community policing can work - NYT Opinion.
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The benefits are manifest. In its first year, the partnership unit posted the department’s steepest crime reductions and has sustained those drops ever since. For nearly two years after the start of the program, three housing projects that had once suffered several killings a year did not have a single murder. And in Watts, there have been no shootings by the partnership officers in over five years.

The true test of guardian policing, however, is during a crisis. This is when the reservoir of trust saves lives — as it did three weeks ago, after a Los Angeles police officer killed a young man who was shooting at the police.

Angry members of the community demanded an emergency meeting with the police. At the end of the painful session, a former gang leader concluded that the death was extremely sad, but “if you shoot at the cops, you should expect to die.” Other attendees handed officers rosaries, and they apologized for earlier “kill the cops” talk after rumors that officers had fired when the young man was surrendering.
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#291108 - 08/13/16 07:10 PM Re: Who will protect Main Street, USA from militarized police forces? [Re: matthew]
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A different and more "on the ground" point of view:

NEW NYPD COMMISSIONER’S FOCUS ON COMMUNITY POLICING IS A DISTRACTION, NOT A SOLUTION

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“When New Yorkers know their local officers and trust their local officers, we are all safe as a city,” the mayor said following the announcement that Commissioner William Bratton would be resigning. “In times like these, we have a responsibility to provide our nation with a model for respectful and compassionate neighborhood policing. … If we want to keep all New Yorkers safe, policing must be of, and for, and by the people.”

But members of these communities say that knowing their local cops won’t stop them from getting killed by the police. Trust must be earned through accountability, they say, not optics. Advocates for radical change to the country’s policing culture have become increasingly critical of community policing as a meaningless, politically expedient catchphrase that is used to deflect attention from deeper problems within police departments.


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