In a scathing 60-page report, the Justice Department's Civil Rights Division says the St. Louis County Family Court has engaged in a pattern or practice of conduct that violates the constitutional rights of children caught up in the juvenile justice system.
Rob Duke's insight:
Yup, our dirty little secret is that the prosecution and court system are just as biased as the cops, but we have no riots because people don't have access to the courts in the same ways as the cops; and, courts have procedures to stand behind that mask the way the system operates in unfair ways:
1. who gets bail?
2. who gets good lawyers?
3. what happens if you get a good lawyer?
4. do some members of the defense bar have more clout than others?
5. who gets offered plea bargains?
6. who get the best plea deals?
7. who get squeezed to become informants (with the prosecutors consent)?
8. who gets property taken from them (and which is shared with the prosecutor)?
These are just some of the systems that act in a biased manner in the aggregate that pass muster because they follow due process, which doesn't mean equality....
At the last count there were 657,000 Russians behind bars, one of the world’s highest ratios of prisoners to population. “Our current, vile law-enforcement system”, she says, “still grinds people to a pulp and spits them out into their graves.” The frequency of deaths in custody amounts to a “Russian Ebola”. Tuberculosis is the commonest killer, she says, followed by HIV-AIDS, which may affect 75,000 prisoners. The offences for which Russians are most often imprisoned, she says, concern drugs.
..there's that 2 seconds when the prehistoric lizard guy is running your brain when the logical side is screaming stop and that lizard guy isn't listening to anything. I was at the Sacramento zoo and saw this mountain lion behind a glass wall pacing along back and forth: about every five minutes (time enough for the crowd to get bored and change places), the lion would lunge at the glass. Even though the glass was there and everyone's logical brain told them the lion couldn't get them, you should have seen them scatter (he got me, too, that's why I stood around to watch). It didn't matter for that first two seconds, though. People trampled children. Parents abandoned their kids. Big tough soldier dudes were practically hanging from the rafters they jumped so far. In the shootings I've been in (pretty minor), I experienced this muscle memory or lizard brain or whatever you want to call it. When I watch the video, that's what I think of....
• An officer who suddenly begins taking unnecessary risks on and off duty • A shift in attitude and demeanor, like a change from motivated and professional behavior to apathetic and flippant • Statements of hopelessness like, “None of this really matters anyway. I don’t even know why we try out here. We can’t really do anything anyway. This is a losing battle and I’m tired of it.” • Loss of interest in recreational things the officer used to like to do previously • The sudden use of “terminal”-type comments like, “Hey, you’ll take care of my family if something happens to me and I’m not here anymore, right?” or “Listen, if I end up dead I want you to make sure you tell so and so such and such,” etc. • Noticeable physical changes: weight loss, lack of usual hygiene, an exhausted appearance, etc. • Increased drinking or signs of drug use
The officer then asked Wilson for his ID. When Wilson asked for it back, the officer allegedly told him to step out of the car and he would give it to him. That's when Wilson said he started recording the encounter on his cellphone. The 30-second video, which shows the officer using foul language, went viral.
Rob Duke's insight:
The cops feel like they need to be able to go after the guys causing more problems--even when they don't have the probable cause (they apparently did on the passenger), but it seems that society is worried that cops will then not be constrained to be able to harass whoever they want...in the meantime, cops have to keep working; or there will be hell to pay from angry Mayor, City Manager, Chief and other middle managers.
As the social and political landscapes of cities across the country have changed, the hiring practices of local law enforcement agencies have needed to adjust their hiring policies to better reflect the racial and gender makeup of the communities they serve.
The Seattle Police Department has been criticized and praised for it's handling of demonstrations in Seattle this year. Now the department is creating a group of experts to review the department further.
Perhaps you haven't noticed a certain commonality among many of the recent violent incidents involving police officers and racial minorities: The troubles often arose from enforcement or investigation of petty offenses. Yes, laws are laws, and even relatively piddling ordinances should be obeyed. But when enforcement of petty stuff falls inordinately on certain populations and is calculated mainly to generate revenues for the municipality, something is wrong.
Rob Duke's insight:
Like it or not, Whren is the law and the Supreme Ct. said that they don't care how Chicken Shit the probable cause is as long as the officer has it. So, the problem isn't revenue, usually, it's the fact that people are being wound up to believe the cops aren't allowed to do something that the courts clearly said was allowed. My colleagues and I argued for a better standard last year in the following article:
A 37-year-old Mongols motorcycle club member will stand trial for the October killing of a Pomona police officer, a Los Angeles Superior Court judge ruled Wednesday.Judge M.L. Villar agreed to add a special gang allegation to the capital murder
Yeah, so what? They also have 5.08 M people in the whole country. That's not even one of our big cities....
We'd expect Norway to have had about 9.5 deaths in that same time based solely on population, but culture is also important. We can't compare a relatively homogeneous culture without the history of racial strife and economic strain to the U.S. culture.
Medina should have called for medical help when Trujillo slid to the floor. And he could have prevented the fight by asking for another officer's help or by allowing her to keep her shoes and belt by appointing some to monitor her in the cell, documents said.
Rob Duke's insight:
Always get help, but not too much help or we'll say you ganged up....
IDK, she pled guilty to assault on an officer for the kick in the face and the spitting (when they had trouble with her in the back of a patrol car), what do you think about this level of punishment?
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