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  1. “Maybe.” Seems like the varying witness stories (again, ONE witness who said he heard police, and hasn’t been cross examined by ANYONE) should be tested at trial....not tossed out without them even getting to be vetted because the grand just no billed on the homicide charges.
  2. Msudipshit was on the ground in Saudi getting ready for Desert Storm, and heard about the cotton bowl v Miami. I was AT the fucking Cotton Bowl v Miami. I unquestionably suffered more.
  3. I’ll take a guess as to what it means. If you’re making a pot of chili, and realize the cat just walked by and took a big shit in it....do you fish it out and call it good? Do you add more chili powder to drown out the stench? Or do you actually accept that the batch is unfixable, it’s ruined, and you toss it out, and start over to make a new pot? While I get the sentiment, the challenge is that we can’t just toss current PDs out on their ass and install a new one. It’s not practicable, even though it might actually be the best move in numerous places. So, we’re stuck with broken systems, and we have to try to fix them. But we won’t, because BLM are communists or something. Which means we have to keep backing the same shitty and racist police.
  4. I truly don’t get it. I really don’t, except that it involves a failure/inability to step out of yourself and realize there are completely different experiences out there. Which is not an uncommon human path...but we can do better. Nearly 400 years of treating blacks people as less than fully human, fully American. And we don’t think there continues to be an enormous institutional hangover from that? Seriously? It’s preposterous NOT to think so. And then layer on one of our most broken systems, law enforcement...and again, come on. Why do we spend 1000x more energy denying the issue and doing all we can to distract and deflect....instead of just fucking working to fix it?
  5. I truly don’t get it. I really don’t, except that it involves a failure/inability to step out of yourself and realize there are completely different experiences out there. Which is not an uncommon human path...but we can do better. Nearly 400 years of treating blacks people as less than fully human, fully American. And we don’t think there continues to be an enormous institutional hangover from that? Seriously? It’s preposterous NOT to think so. And then layer on one of our most broken systems, law enforcement...and again, come on. Why do we spend 1000x more energy denying the issue and doing all we can to distract and deflect....instead of just fucking working to fix it?
  6. You’re overstating it. It’s not definitively proven - the very source you cited says that “it looks promising.” And it does. But we’re dealing with a novel situation with difficult to wrangle data. So, “looks promising” is where we are. And that’s good. It points toward us continuing to move towards in person schooling, and continue to monitor those results. The data looks good - promising - but don’t overstate it.
  7. It would have started with no stupid warrant in furtherance of the pointlessly destructive war on drugs....and about 50 different things going forward from there. Shitty systems and processes and shitty laws lead to shitty outcomes and deaths and destruction. From start to finish. Bad systems. Bad laws. Bad results. There’s only two options here: injustice because the law didn’t work, or injustice because it did. I’m still not sure which is worse.
  8. We can’t fix every man’s heart. But we can do a lot to fix the systems and institutions that work for us. If those systems don’t protect bad actors and racists, then their power to do harm is greatly diminished.
  9. Like any sickness, address the underlying condition, and you reduce/eliminate a shitload of the awful symptoms and outbreaks. Healthy, functioning, and just societies don’t collapse into massive civil unrest over and over. We should acknowledge the serious problems we have, and all work together to become one of those kind of societies. I mean, we’d end up with not just an absence of bad results, but we’d actually produce a good one - wouldn’t that be cool?
  10. Nothing good is going to come of this tonight. We keep doing awful things, and perpetuating awful systems...leading to the same outcome over and over and over. It’s a merry go round of shit, and it only spins faster.
  11. WTF? Again, your projection is strong, but who in the fuck around here is HAPPY that this shit is going to go down? I’ve spent post after post saying it fucking sucks, and we should do everything we can to address the catalysts. I don’t want to see another broken window, burned building, or shot cop. The surest way to assure that outcome is to have and apply just and fair rule of law. Why am I hung up on how a weapon is carried? Because I’ve been around firearms for nearly 50 years, and I’m not a fucking moron - I know the difference between carrying a weapon and brandishing one. And someone brandishing one is a fucking threat. That’s the whole goddamned point. And we have two shot cops. Shit just keeps getting fucking worse. This fucking merry go round of cruelty and idiocy just keeps spinning faster. I just want it to stop.
  12. Yeah. Because there's no better outcome to your day than shooting someone. That's a good day.
  13. Haven't read it. But I do recommend The New Jim Crow -- while about our more current systems and issues, it gives a good broad historical perspective. I truly don't know why it's so hard for us to acknowledge and accept that our greater social and governmental systems royally fucked over black people for literally hundreds of years, and only in the last few decades have we done anything to dismantle those systems and remedy a mountain of past injustices.....or why we can't acknowledge that some shitty systems that were constructed and entrenched for centuries might still exist and still require major work to fix.
  14. A white guy wouldn't have made an appreciable difference to me, at least -- it's all about the approach and engagement itself. With a punisher tattoo....yeah, that actually would have had my spidey-sense tingling. Because that tattoo means something, and it sure isn't "de-escalate, try to avoid hurting anyone, and feel incredible, human remorse when you do." So, you're right to observe that messaging matters. When cops wear visible messages that say "I'm here to fuck you up," that poisons the situation from the very beginning. It's kind of like responding to any question from your wife with "why are you interrogating me?" You may not have done a damned thing wrong, she may not have even been trying to bust you for something....but now, the entire dynamic has changed, and we all know that you aren't going to be happy with the outcome. So, yeah. Cops shouldn't show up with a punisher tat, or an AR that says "you're fucked" on it, shit like that. As for the race aspect, and why a white guy being involved here wouldn't matter, nobody is saying that all shitty cop interactions are because of race, or all good ones are in spite of race. We're observing what we all know to be true -- COLLECTIVELY, police and policing culture is harder on black people than it is on white people. Sure, there's the case where the cop was nice to the black kid, and the case where the cop was an utter dick to a well-dressed white boy. But across the board, we all know the black guy is going to be pulled over more, is going to be hassled more, is going to be subjected to lazy and broad "you meet the description" shit more, etc. Individual cases are individual cases, though. Look at each one through the lens of the circumstances, and if the culture of policing helped create those circumstances, look at that, too.
  15. The bolded is the problem. It's not about blame. It's about being responsible going forward. You and I are privileged -- and yeah, that's in part due to a system that's been fucked up since 1619. But that's not the point. The point is that with our privileged position comes outsized power, and that power gives us an outsized responsibility in making sure that today's systems, and tomorrow's systems, are better for everyone. So, it doesn't fucking MATTER whether you and I broke it. It's broken, and we're the people who can fix it. So we need to. But the pushback is so overwhelming, including denial that there's even systemic problems (seriously, read that damned letter from that Louisville cop and tell me it's not Exhibit A in "holy fucking shit, what a fucked up culture cops have"). Again, we can barely get out of the starting gate, because if you can't even agree on what the problems are, you sure as shit can't solve them.
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