Posts tagged Police brutality

Your authorization says shoot your nation

NewsOne recently published an interview with an anonymous Black cop on the NYPD, where they asked him for his thoughts on police brutality and racism in the wake of a string of high-profile stories about overkill shootings, grown-ass male cops appropriately punching 17 year old black girls in the face over suspected jaywalking, etc. The fact that the cop being interviewed happens to be Black ends up contributing basically nothing to the interview — so, hey, it turns out that Black police think and act like police, and they generally defend their colleagues and their own professional interest in being able to inflict violence with impunity. But the interview is interesting for a few things: a really amazing display of cognitive dissonance; an amazing exercise in unintended irony; and one of the few times you’ll see a cop actually come out and just say it in public.

First, the cognitive dissonance. When NewsOne asked him about race relations at the NYPD, Officer Anonymous says his gang brothers like to tell racist jokes to their colleagues, and discriminate against people based on their appearance, taking signs of urban Black culture as being (in and of themselves) evidence that somebody ought to be treated like a criminal, up to and sometimes including targeting, harassing and arresting people over how they look:

Officer: . . . If anything, the only thing I could comment on is that some officers believe there is a certain ‘look’ that most perpetrators have and that tends to be those who follow the trends of urban Hip Hop culture. That would consist of cornrows, saggin jeans, earrings, fitted caps, etc.

So, if a cop fits this mold in his civilian clothes, they often joke ‘you look like a perp.’ I believe some of them try to mask it behind a few smiles, but they really believe that. Though, many do fit this ‘profile’, at least in the communities I’ve worked in, it’s still an unfair generalization.

Newsone: Have you seen officers unfairly target individuals who look like this?

Officer: As I said earlier, though its wrong and not right as law enforcement, I have seen that type of behavior and at times [it’s] led to arrests.

Then he says he’s never encountered any racism from his superiors or fellow officers:

Newsone: Have you ever encountered any racism from your superiors or fellow officers?

Officer: I have not.

Elsewhere in the interview, he’s asked about the recent 46-shot overkill police shooting in Harlem, where NYPD cops lit up Angel Alvarez at a late-night part — hitting him 21 times, killing Luis Soto (the main they were supposedly intervening to save) with 6 gunshots, and hitting 3 bystanders, and one of their fellow cops, in the process. (This is, of course, the same city government police force that lit up Sean Bell (50 shots, killing an unarmed man) and Amadou Diallo (41 shots, killing an unarmed immigrant who was holding a wallet so that he could show the cops his ID). Officer Anonymous wants us to go easy on the Gangsters in Blue, and wait until Official Sources tell us what to believe about what happened.

Newsone: What about the recent event in Harlem where a cop shot a man 21 times?

Officer: A lot of the facts haven’t come out yet. Many in the department are mad because the media is so quick to paint us as the bad guys. I suggest people wait until all the facts come out.

Newsone: But you can understand the rush to judgment in a city like New York where Louima, Diallo, and Sean Bell occurred?

Officer: I do understand that, but think about all the other incidents where people jumped the gun and were wrong about us.

Gosh, that’s tough.

It must be so hard for the police, what with how people get the situation wrong, and jump the gun.

Further down, NewsOne asks Officer Anonymous about the NYPD’s standing policy of subjecting random people of color to unreasonable searches and seizures. It’s not often that a police statist will come out and just lay certain things on the line; but here we go. Emphasis mine.

Newsone: What do you think of the NYPD’s stop and frisk policy?

Officer: The stop and frisk policy is an important tool in helping the department curb serious offenses.

Newsone: I disagree. It is a violation of our civil rights.

Officer: It is, but at the same time, crime would have never gone down in the Giuliani era to now if it weren’t for these small measures.

Officer Anonymous goes on to say Sometimes you have to do things that may not be approved by the public to make everyone safer. By which he means that police should roam the streets with unchecked power to stop and search anyone they damn well please — for no reason at all — in open contempt of the civil rights of their victims. The same racist-ass, hyperviolent, power-tripping, domineering, twitchy police who have proven themselves more than willing to beat up anyone who questions their actions, to torture those who won’t comply with their arbitrary bellowed orders, to open fire into a crowd at late-night parties, and to light up unarmed men with dozens of shots during routine stops. Does that make you feel safer on the streets of New York City?

Monday Lazy Linking

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<li><p><a href="http://reason.com/blog/2010/07/23/born-in-flames-meets-gandhi"><em>Born in Flames</em> Meets <em>Gandhi</em> Jesse Walker, <cite>Jesse Walker: Reason Magazine articles and blog posts.</cite> (2010-07-23)</a>. <q>My kinda feminism: In March, the Indian upper parliament passed a historic affirmative-action bill. If approved by the lower house, the law would reserve 33 percent of all parliamentary seats for women. You might think this would be well-received by rural women in India. But they long ago gave up...</q> <em style="font-size: smaller">(Linked Friday 2010-07-23.)</em></p></li>
<li><p><a href="http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/reason/HitandRun/~3/YUfEoMSoPLU/capitalism-it-fails-us-now">"Capitalism," It Fails Us Now. Jesse Walker, <cite>Hit &amp; Run</cite> (2010-07-22)</a>. <q>As Michael Moynihan notes below, there's an effort afoot to rebrand "capitalism" as "free enterprise." On the face of it, I like the idea. Capital is going to be a central part of any modern economic system, whether or not there's a lot of government intervention. By contrast, the phrase...</q> <em style="font-size: smaller">(Linked Saturday 2010-07-24.)</em></p></li>
<li><p><a href="http://eyeofthestorm.blogs.com/eye_of_the_storm/2010/07/youd-have-to-say-that-this-approach-to-education-reflects-the-basic-strictures-or-canons-of-squishy-totalitarianism-its-squi.html">you&#39;d have to say that this approach to education reflects the. Captain Capitulation, <cite>eye of the storm</cite> (2010-07-21)</a>. <q>you&#39;d have to say that this approach to education reflects the basic strictures or canons of squishy totalitarianism; it&#39;s squishy in that it doesn&#39;t torture or exile you: it works to transform consciousness from the ground up so that actual physical coercion is redundant. not only that, but the approach...</q> <em style="font-size: smaller">(Linked Sunday 2010-07-25.)</em></p></li>
<li><p><a href="http://meloukhia.net/2010/07/but_the_nice_officer_is_just_here_to_help.html">But The Nice Officer Is Just Here To Help. s.e. smith, <cite>this ain&#39;t livin&#39;</cite> (2010-07-22)</a>. <q>Let me tell you about the time that I was presenting as male, was arrested, and was jailed with male prisoners. Actually, let me not. Let me talk, instead, about the widespread and rather touching belief that law enforcement officers are ‘here to help,’ and why it is that so...</q> <em style="font-size: smaller">(Linked Sunday 2010-07-25.)</em></p></li>

Monday Lazy Linking

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<li><p><a href="http://jessewalker.blogspot.com/2010/06/archeology-of-liberty-mises-institute.html">THE ARCHEOLOGY OF LIBERTY: The Mises Institute has posted a ton. Jesse, <cite>The Perpetual Three-Dot Column</cite> (2010-06-11)</a>. <q>THE ARCHEOLOGY OF LIBERTY: The Mises Institute has posted a ton of old issues of Liberty in pdf form. My writing appeared in Liberty from late &#39;91 through early &#39;97, and I was a staffer there from mid-&#39;93 to the end of &#39;96. So I&#39;ve got a lot of old...</q> <em style="font-size: smaller">(Linked Saturday 2010-06-12.)</em></p></li>
<li><p><a href="http://sheldonfreeassociation.blogspot.com/2010/06/free-bradley-manning.html">Free Bradley Manning! Sheldon Richman, <cite>Free Association</cite> (2010-06-12)</a>. <q>SPC Bradley Manning, a 22-year-old intelligence analyst stationed at Forward Operating Base Hammer in the vicinity of Baghdad, was arrested two weeks ago for having supposedly sent Wikileaks the “Collateral Damage” video of US troops shooting Iraqi civilians.Justin Raimondo has the full story here.As Mike Gogulski notes in the comments,...</q> <em style="font-size: smaller">(Linked Saturday 2010-06-12.)</em></p></li>
<li><p><a href="http://blogofbile.com/2010/06/03/the-anthony-gregory-song-video/">The Anthony Gregory Song Video. <cite>blog of bile</cite> (2010-06-12)</a>. This is a world of magic and delight. <em style="font-size: smaller">(Linked Saturday 2010-06-12.)</em></p></li>
<li><p><a href="http://reason.com/blog/2010/06/06/obama-theory-of-the-month">Obama Theory of the Month. Jesse Walker, <cite>Jesse Walker: Reason Magazine articles and blog posts.</cite> (2010-06-06)</a>. <q>Is Barack Obama a secret Muslim? communist? immigrant? extra in the video for &quot;Whoomp (There It Is)&quot;? Gawker weighs the evidence.</q> <em style="font-size: smaller">(Linked Saturday 2010-06-12.)</em></p></li>
<li><p><a href="http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/willwilkinson/VeUZ/~3/ycPb3V0aXbc/">Inconsistent Idealization in Rawls. Will Wilkinson, <cite>Will Wilkinson</cite> (2010-05-26)</a>. <q>Section 42, “Some Remarks about Economic Systems,” in John Rawls’ A Theory of Justice is peculiar, especially the discussion of public goods problems. Rawls cites James Buchanan and Mancur Olson as authorities on the nature these problems. However, these are political economists working from assumptions about behavior that Rawls specifically...</q> <em style="font-size: smaller">(Linked Sunday 2010-06-13.)</em></p></li>
<li><p><a href="http://sheldonfreeassociation.blogspot.com/2010/06/any-doubts-about-which-is-roguest.html">Any Doubts about which is the Roguest Nation? Sheldon Richman, <cite>Free Association</cite> (2010-06-13)</a>. <q>From Physicians for Human Rights:In the most comprehensive investigation to date of health professionals' involvement in the CIA's "enhanced" interrogation program (EIP), Physicians For Human Rights has uncovered evidence that indicates the Bush administration apparently conducted illegal and unethical human experimentation and research on detainees in CIA custody. The apparent...</q> <em style="font-size: smaller">(Linked Sunday 2010-06-13.)</em></p></li>
<li><p><a href="http://blogofbile.com/2010/06/13/unarmed-student-shot-by-police/">Unarmed Student Shot by Police. bosco, <cite>blog of bile</cite> (2010-06-13)</a>. <q>On March 11th, 2010 police officers raided Derek Copp’s apartment, shined a flashlight in his eyes and shot him in the chest. The raid was concerning an alleged sale of $60 worth of marijuana. The officer is currently facing a felony charge with a maximum penalty of four years. It...</q> <em style="font-size: smaller">(Linked Sunday 2010-06-13.)</em></p></li>

Friday Lazy Linking

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<li><a href="http://reason.com/blog/2009/11/06/this-is-the-modern-world">This Is the Modern World. Jesse Walker, <cite>Jesse Walker: Reason Magazine articles and blog posts.</cite> (2009-11-06)</a>. <q>This month&#39;s edition of Cato Unbound tackles one of the most interesting questions historians have: Where did modernity come from? Stephen Davies leads off with a revision and synthesis of several classical liberal theories about the issue; his essay has attracted a friendly critique from Jack Goldstone, one of the...</q> <em style="font-size: smaller">(Linked Friday 2009-11-13.)</em></li>
<li><a href="http://reason.com/blog/2009/11/03/queer-victorians">Queer Victorians. <cite>Jesse Walker: Reason Magazine articles and blog posts.</cite> (2009-11-13)</a>. It turns out that there was far more public discussion of same-sex conduct in the early Victorian period than previously thought. Perhaps not surprising that so much was missed: the earlier studies were based on press indexes and keyword searches. But most of the words that we use to describe homosexuality (among them, "homosexuality") date from the medicalizing discourse in the late Victorian period. It's not that it wasn't being talked about; it's that researchers were searching in the wrong language. <em style="font-size: smaller">(Linked Friday 2009-11-13.)</em></li>
<li><a href="http://eyeam4anarchy.blogspot.com/2009/11/uncle-sam-goddamn-by-brother-ali.html">Uncle Sam Goddamn by Brother Ali. Kelly W. Patterson, <cite>Las Vegas Anarchoblogs</cite> (2009-11-12)</a>. <q>This might just be the most kick ass song ever recorded. It's a show tune, but the show ain't been written for it yet. Hopefully, a team of writers somewhere is working on that.</q> <em style="font-size: smaller">(Linked Friday 2009-11-13.)</em></li>
<li><a href="http://cherylcline.wordpress.com/2009/11/02/re-daddy-issues/">Re:  Daddy Issues. cherylcline, <cite>der Blaustrumpf</cite> (2009-11-02)</a>. <q>In “Daddy Issues,” Dennis Perrin wonders why we offer our presidents not merely obedience but also filial piety: What is it that makes Americans feel a family connection to the presidency? Yes, we are indoctrinated from birth about our unique goodness, our special qualities; and yes, the president is viewed...</q> <em style="font-size: smaller">(Linked Friday 2009-11-13.)</em></li>

Monday Lazy Linking

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<li><a href="http://www.nokia.com/press/press-releases/showpressrelease?newsid=1349562">Nokia Sues Apple, Claims iPhone Infringes on Slew of Patents. <cite>Daring Fireball</cite> (2009-10-24)</a>. In which government-imposed patent monopolies once again promote science and the useful arts by rewarding innovative research and development. <em style="font-size: smaller">(Linked Saturday 2009-10-24.)</em></li>
<li><a href="http://www2.timesdispatch.com/rtd/news/state_regional/article/would-be_bounty_hunters_nab_innocent_woman_in_bristol/301205/#When:16:42:26Z">Would-be bounty hunters nab innocent woman in Bristol. <cite>State &amp; Regional Politics for Richmond Times-Dispatch</cite> (2009-10-25)</a>. 1. The bounty hunters didn't just "nab the wrong woman." They strip-searched and sexually assaulted her. 2. As a result, these three rampaging rapist thugs are facing arrest and multiple charges of abduction, robbery, and sexual battery. As well they should be -- and I hope they rot. But care to guess how many charges they would be facing if they really were on that government police "drug task force" they pretended to be on, and did exactly the same thing to exactly the same innocent woman?<br><br>(If your guess is "any," guess again.) <em style="font-size: smaller">(Linked Sunday 2009-10-25.)</em></li>
<li><a href="http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/thesexist/~3/AU3j8nYQApw/">Sexist Beatdown: The Happy Hooker, Or Why Doesn’t Steven Levitt Suck Dick  For a Living? <cite>The Sexist</cite> (2009-10-25)</a>. In which Econo-Creep Central Junior Partners Levitt and Dubner examine the economics of sex work with a sample size of N=2. <em style="font-size: smaller">(Linked Sunday 2009-10-25.)</em></li>
<li><a href="http://econlog.econlib.org/archives/2009/09/soviet_shoes.html">Soviet Shoes, by David Henderson. <cite>EconLog</cite> (2009-09-30)</a>. <q>I mentioned in Tuesday's post that one of my favorite passages from Scott Shane's Dismantling Utopia is the passage about shoes. Commenter Bill asked me for the passage. Here it is: My informal survey suggested that some of the longest lines in Moscow were for shoes. At first I assumed...</q> <em style="font-size: smaller">(Linked Sunday 2009-10-25.)</em></li>
<li><a href="http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/nostatecom/~3/T8sg0doO5-A/">Miroslav Pašek’s work, in pictures. Mike Gogulski - nostate.com, <cite>Anarchoblogs in English</cite> (2009-10-23)</a>. <q>A couple of post-police attack photos, taken on 6 September 2009, the day after. Bruising to right upper arm showing finger impressions of Miroslav Pašek Slovak State Police hired thug Miroslav Pašek has learned how to inflict great pain with his hands while leaving few if any marks on the...</q> <em style="font-size: smaller">(Linked Sunday 2009-10-25.)</em></li>
<li><a href="http://www.marginalrevolution.com/marginalrevolution/2009/10/how-an-insurance-mandate-could-leave-many-worse-off.html">How an insurance mandate could leave many worse off. <cite>Marginal Revolution</cite> (2009-10-26)</a>. In which it is discovered that forcing working folks to pay for big corporate health insurance, whether they want to or not, and whether they can afford to or not, might turn out to prop up big corporate health insurers at the expense of working folks. <em style="font-size: smaller">(Linked Monday 2009-10-26.)</em></li>