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Don't blame me, I voted for the other guy. (Politics General)

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I’ve met turks who supported Erdogan. Then again this was like..10 years ago so I don’t know if thise same people still follow him.
…My parents also happen to like Erdogan… sigh
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How about that George Santos guy, huh?
Wow, the New York Democratic Party kind of shit the bed in the midterms.
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Can we demote Wyoming to a territory? Like when scientists demoted Pluto to a dwarf planet?
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Since the state of Tennessee is about to publish the graphic footage of a man being murdered by Memphis police, his family and friends are urging people to see him as he was in life. As such, here is this video of him skating.
Tangential to that news, the cops themselves are anticipating a massive backlash. Heard from Chad Loder on Mastodon that cop shops all over the US are calling all their officers up for overtime.
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There’s this new statue that is on a New York courthouse in homage to Ruth bader ginsberg and her fight for abortion. the video I linked to previously was from a YouTube channel called “little light studios” demonizing it literally and it’s not the only one doing so. I’m not going to be surprised when some crazy fundie tries to destroy it one day.
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If this rekindles the energy of 2020, I’d be surprised and delighted. Though as I said before I won’t hold my breath.
And if I had to guess how the Thin Blue Line fuckheads plan to spin this, chances are they’ll focus on the cops in question being Black.
But the wiser of us know that the race of each individual cop is irrelevant when the issue is the institution of policing itself.
Repeal and replace that shit. It’s been generations past due.
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Watched the video. Straight up murder.
You could argue Floyd was a victim of callous negligence, but this… nobody can argue jack shit. Plain simple deliberate execution.
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U mad?
As expected protests are breaking out everywhere, but in Memphis the protests ended peacefully, as the family of Tyre requested.
And yeah there’s no defending this incident.
HeadlessHorselessHorseman

If this rekindles the energy of 2020, I’d be surprised and delighted. Though as I said before I won’t hold my breath.
And if I had to guess how the Thin Blue Line fuckheads plan to spin this, chances are they’ll focus on the cops in question being Black.
But the wiser of us know that the race of each individual cop is irrelevant when the issue is the institution of policing itself.
Repeal and replace that shit. It’s been generations past due.
On the one hand, there’s no clear and obvious racial symbolism for protesters to rally around like there was with George Floyd. A white cop killing a black man by kneeling on his neck? You couldn’t have staged those optics.
But the sheer speed with which the rest of the Memphis PD disavowed everyone involved, and the way they all but begged people not to riot before releasing the video, is incredibly telling. Blacks being held to higher standards probably does play a role, but even that only gets you so far; most of the Memphis PD is black, as far as I know.
There’s no way to make this look like something other than what it is; five muscular guys beating a helpless, restrained civilian to death for no reason. It’s what you’d see in a stereotypical Charles Bronson vigilante action movie to show how Dangerous Criminals Have Taken Over The Neighborhood.
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What it brought to my mind, more than George Floyd or Rodney King, was the Rampart scandal of the 1990s.
The LAPD had an elite anti-gang unit called CRASH (Community Resources Against Street Hoodlums). Each precinct had its own CRASH unit, and after a number of incidents in 1997-98, it was discovered that the Rampart Division unit had gone completely off the rails. Violent as hell. Corrupt as hell. Cops with gang ties. It was a whole thing. Over 100 convictions were overturned. The city paid $125 million in settlements. One officer spent two years in federal prison. The affair inspired the TV show The Shield (indeed, the show’s working title was Rampart), and a fictionalized version of CRASH appears in Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas as the main antagonists.
Now I say all this because the guys who whacked Tyre Nichols, and I think “whacked” is the right term here, were part of a similar unit called SCORPION (Street Crimes Operation to Restore Peace In Our Neighborhoods–they love their acronyms). And while they surely aren’t as bad as CRASH, for the simple reason that they’ve only been around since 2021, I suspect we’ll find out that this traffic stop was closer to the rule than the exception. There are already reports that the unit has a history of excessive force complaints. And the Memphis PD’s Facebook page brags about SCORPION making arrests for guns or drugs off traffic stops, which is decidedly easier when you can invent a pretext to pull someone over as they did here.
Any time you take a bunch of cops, dress them up as a crack commando unit, and give them a mandate to stop violent crime by any means necessary, they’re gonna go mad with power almost immediately.
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NWA, back in the days (Fuck tha Police got released in 1988), also pretty much spelled out not to expect any kind of racial sympathy: “Black police showin’ out for the white cop”, indeed.
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Any time you take a bunch of cops, dress them up as a crack commando unit, and give them a mandate to stop violent crime by any means necessary, they’re gonna go mad with power almost immediately.
I honestly wish more was done to reform law enforcement in the US. With how many times we hear cops killing people, including in cases where they injure someone who isn’t a threat, we barely see any changes to prevent further police brutality from transpiring.
That, and we essentially see how militarized the police have become, with them getting military hardware and training, they’ve become more and more aggressive when it comes to policing the streets. And in some cases, they look like an occupying force rather than peace keepers.
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Holy shit.
If it wasn’t already clear enough just how corrupt the police institution is, then this pretty much solidifies it.
Absolutely f##king disgusting.
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The first occurred in 1998, when BMI standards shifted a few points. Formerly, one needed a BMI of 27 (for women) or 28 (for men) to be classified as overweight, but the new standard lowered the cutoff to 25 points. Twenty-nine million Americans instantly became overweight without gaining an ounce. Under the new guidelines, doctors could prescribe them diet drugs or recommend weight loss surgery.
A nationwide panic rose; headlines screamed about a new plague of fat people whose bodies were ticking time bombs destined to deliver death and destruction at any moment. Stock footage of fat people ambling about in public, filmed from the neck down to protect their identities (and more effectively dehumanize them), became a common sight on television news as bony broadcasters droned about the horrors of the Obesity Epidemic. Curiously, hardly any of the reports on this sudden increase in overweight/obese Americans bothered to mention the BMI standard shift.
This isn’t relevant to the killing of Tyre Nichols, but this bit came up in an article and - Sheesh.
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