punkpedagogy:

ibibobo:

apihtawikosisan:

ladyatheist:

i-am-septima:

baddominicana:

poemsofthedead:

note-a-bear:

So there are groups that do this, they stay in highly policed areas on shifts and bring cameras and such, and record to make sure police brutality doesn’t escalate, and when it happens there’s evidence against it.

But that’s not the only way it can happen.

Every single person is entitled to watch an arrest go down as long as they are not obstructing or interfering. That means, if you see cops bumrush someone, even if that person is waving a gun, you are allowed, even legally permitted and encouraged to watch the events occur.

This is important white folks, because the cops work inyourservice. Oh sure, they’re supposedly in the service of “the common good” but we all know that means protecting white people.

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And now a story, when I was in high school, and my mom was working under a horrific principal, she was late to work one day because there was something going on in our neighborhood. Cops were gathered near our pharmacy and a guy was on the roof (it’s a little over one story, so he wasn’t a jumper or anything) and she stayed as long as she could and watched the scenario go down for a while. Not because she’s trifling. not because she’s nosy. But because she saw a POC and cops gathered and said to herself “I want to make sure this goes by the book.”

And that’s all it takes to be a cop watcher.

You acknowledge that you, as a white person, are in a relative position of safety and you watch. You bear witness, because your voice, unfortunately, carries more weight than ours in the criminal justice system.

Justice is not blind, nor should you be.

If there are cops, and they outnumber an individual, shit, even if it’s 1:1, it is your responsibility to keep an eye on the scenario and take down whatever information you can. And if it looks like something shady is going on, you areobligatedto call in to your local precinct and say “Listen, I saw X happen on Y, and it looked questionable.” And if you get a negative response, well, y’know what? You find out if there’s a civilian oversight committee. In NYC we have one, but they’re underfunded and continually being legislated against (currently there’s a statute of 18 months from the time of the event within which you have to file charges).

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If the prospect of keeping vigilant about cops scares you, imagine being a POC, and knowing that no matter what you do, you could be railroaded by a system that wants to not only disenfranchise you, but has no intentions of treating you as a human being.

Take your fears and shove ‘em down, because they’ll never be anything when compared to what we face on a daily basis.

AND YOU KNOW WHAT IS SO FUNNY??? THIS POST HAS SEVEN FUCKING NOTES. BECAUSE GIVING WHITE PEOPLE SOME INFORMATION AND TOOLS THAT THEY CAN ACTUALLY USE TO TAKE ACTION AS ALLIES IS NOT WORTH THEM LIKING OR REBLOGGING AND SHARING WITH EACH OTHER. IT’S NOT LIKE THEY ARE ACTUALLY GOING TO DO ANYTHING WITH IT! RIGHT? RIGHT? IT’S “FUNNY” CUZ IT’S JUST BLACK AND BROWN LIVES ON THE LINE ANYWAY.

word. we ALL have white followers. but they prefer to reblog jokes or pretty pictures or “universal” (read: non-racial shit) things. let it be a good, useful critique on them and their structures and their fucking bullshit. let it be a word of advice so they can stop being oppressive dicks and *crickets*

we all see you.

But seriously if y’all see some fishy arrests of PoC (or otherwise, for that matter) going down, it’d be great if you could help out as a witness.  ’Cause I can vouch personally for the fact that when PoC speak in each others’ favor, it is immediately disregarded as “helping a brother out”.

I have 2,433 followers. The very least you could do is stop and read this.

Watching the police has become such a habit, that I was sort of taken by surprise when my daughters asked me what I was doing the first time they were with me.  Why are we still, we should go?  They asked.  I said…sometimes the police need to know that people are watching them. 

We’d been walking down Sherbrooke, and what the hell, I’d forgotten it was May Day.  So there was a march, and the riot cops were out in all their insane scary bug-like armour.  And you could see them pushing the people in the march who were straggling.  My daughters asked why, and I couldn’t help it…the cops were already in earshot, but I said, “Some people feel good when they push other people around I guess.”

It made my daughters really nervous and when I thought about it, I was nervous too.  No, I don’t trust that the cops aren’t going to do something that is going to end up with me and my kids getting hurt.  I’ve been ‘rounded up’ before, and had the police driver of the van slam on the breaks every couple of seconds so those of us seated in the back would go flying all over the place. I got a nice bruise on the side of my face before they finally stopped and kicked us out because they needed the space for ‘worse rioters’.

But whatever.  Watching ‘regular’ police action is more important.  When a car screeches up, and two cops get out and they start getting physical with the three boys sitting on a bench, yes, you need to stop and stand there.  And yes, it’s scary.  Because the ability of police officers to use force and pretty much get away with whatever they want to do IS SCARY.  They have that power because it doesn’t get questioned enough.

I sincerely hope you personally have never experienced police brutality.  But you can watch it happen pretty much any hour of the day if you open your eyes. 

I can`t count the number of times I’ve heard of the police abusing their power, and you know what the number one deterrent is to ever holding them accountable?

Lack of witnesses.

The funny thing is…there are almost always witnesses.  Just not ones willing to give witness.

Know what rights you have in your state/county/city when it comes to filming police, and if there are exceptions for certain situations. In most places it’s legal, but in Illinois and a couple other places it’s a felony. Know what you’re allowed to do- I live on the WI/IL state line, and I’ve had WI cops try to intimidate me out of filming before.

When I was at a protest in Chicago (the eavesdropping law used to prosecute people who film cops was temporarily not enforced for the NATO summit) I remember seeing these 3 cops throw a guy on a wall in an L station. They were screaming at him “be a fucking man” and all sorts of other stuff as a group of us walked into the otherwise deserted station, and I pulled out my camera. Suddenly they were very polite, and then an NLG observer showed up and there was suddenly no problem at all with the guy. Conspicuously watching, and especially filming, CAN make an immediate difference.

the supreme court supposedly struck down anti-copwatching laws in 2012. check it out. it definitely *was* a felony, i remember all that. but i’m pretty sure i read that the supreme court deemed those shits unconstitutional.

http://www.infowars.com/supreme-court-upholds-right-to-film-police-even-in-illinois/

seriously though this shit is so important especially if you’re a white gentrifier. the police are a tool of gentrification. if you are a gentrifier and you have any analysis at all about the neighborhood you’re complicit in fucking over, you will be up on the cop activity and if there’s someone getting harassed or arrested you really need to stay and bear witness. not all the people getting displaced get to move to a shittier area. some folks who get displaced are arrested, then evicted for not paying rent or for doing “criminal activity” in their rented home. policing is part and parcel of the process of gentrification - which is a process of colonization and ethnic cleansing.

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We got to face some facts. That the masses are poor, that the masses belong to what you call the lower class, and when I talk about the masses, I’m talking about the white masses, I’m talking about the black masses, and the brown masses, and the yellow masses, too. We’ve got to face the fact that some people say you fight fire best with fire, but we say you put fire out best with water. We say you don’t fight racism with racism. We’re gonna fight racism with solidarity. We say you don’t fight capitalism with no black capitalism; you fight capitalism with socialism.

We ain’t gonna fight no reactionary pigs who run up and down the street being reactionary; we’re gonna organize and dedicate ourselves to revolutionary political power and teach ourselves the specific needs of resisting the power structure, arm ourselves, and we’re gonna fight reactionary pigs with INTERNATIONAL PROLETARIAN REVOLUTION. That’s what it has to be. The people have to have the power: it belongs to the people.

We have to understand very clearly that there’s a man in our community called a capitalist. Sometimes he’s black and sometimes he’s white. But that man has to be driven out of our community, because anybody who comes into the community to make profit off the people by exploiting them can be defined as a capitalist. And we don’t care how many programs they have, how long a dashiki they have. Because political power does not flow from the sleeve of a dashiki; political power flows from the barrel of a gun. It flows from the barrel of a gun!

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— Fred Hampton, Power Anywhere There’s People. Fred Hampton was murdered by the FBI while sleeping in his apartment on this day (December 4) in 1969. He was 21. (via tombomp)

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Anonymous said: Just wanted to send out a big "fuck you" to the Rochester PD for arresting three black teenagers for loitering while they were waiting for the school bus WITH THEIR FREAKING BASKETBALL COACH. This is some fucked-up shit.

thecurvature:

yoisthisracist:

Dear Rochester PD: go F yourselves to all heck.

My city, folks! Here’s a link to what happened.

Should note that Rochester PD apparently has a habit of arresting Black people who are waiting for buses for “loitering” — and as in the linked story from this last May, sometimes beating them for talking back.

note-a-bear:

junkyardvarren:

anarcho-queer:

Police Dog Attacks 5th Grader During “Stimulated Drug Raid” After Cops Planted Drugs on Him
Brazil, Indiana - Children were subjected to a “simulated raid” of a party so they could witness police searching citizens with dogs and look for reasons to arrest them in a “drug awareness” event. The idea went from bad to worse when one of the children was attacked by the police dog as it sniffed them for drugs.
This week is apparently “Red Ribbon Awareness week,” in which children across the country are told how important it is to keep up the status quo with drug prohibition. The Clay County Courthouse set up a police state demonstration for a group of 5th graders which involved a simulated police raid of a party involving searches and seizures using a vicious police dog.
With the goal of “educating the Clay County fifth-graders on drug awareness,” police crashed into a simulated party to search the attendees for narcotics. The children involved were told to hold very still while they were searched by police and their K-9.
Brazil Police Chief Clint McQueen revealed that police deliberately planted drugs on an 11-year-old boy in order to make the raid appear more realistic. According to the Brazil Times:
McQueen said a very small amount of illegal drugs were hidden on one of the juveniles to show how the dogs can find even the smallest trace of an illegal substance. He added all this was done “under exclusive control and supervision of members of the court and law enforcement.”
Dog handler, Ray Walters, issued a report that described the event that resulted in his dog attacking the 5th grader’s leg.
“As I got closer to the actors, Max [the dog] began searching the juveniles,” wrote Walters. “The first male juvenile began moving his legs around as Max searched him. When the male began moving his legs, (this is what) I believe prompted Max’s action to bite the male juvenile on the left calf.”
The unnamed boy was transported by ambulance to St. Vincent Clay Hospital for puncture wounds on his leg from where the police K-9′s fangs had ripped his skin open.

Are you fucking kidding me.

:|How in the fucking fuck

note-a-bear:

junkyardvarren:

anarcho-queer:

Police Dog Attacks 5th Grader During “Stimulated Drug Raid” After Cops Planted Drugs on Him

Brazil, Indiana - Children were subjected to a “simulated raid” of a party so they could witness police searching citizens with dogs and look for reasons to arrest them in a “drug awareness” event. The idea went from bad to worse when one of the children was attacked by the police dog as it sniffed them for drugs.

This week is apparently “Red Ribbon Awareness week,” in which children across the country are told how important it is to keep up the status quo with drug prohibition. The Clay County Courthouse set up a police state demonstration for a group of 5th graders which involved a simulated police raid of a party involving searches and seizures using a vicious police dog.

With the goal of “educating the Clay County fifth-graders on drug awareness,” police crashed into a simulated party to search the attendees for narcotics. The children involved were told to hold very still while they were searched by police and their K-9.

Brazil Police Chief Clint McQueen revealed that police deliberately planted drugs on an 11-year-old boy in order to make the raid appear more realistic. According to the Brazil Times:

McQueen said a very small amount of illegal drugs were hidden on one of the juveniles to show how the dogs can find even the smallest trace of an illegal substance. He added all this was done “under exclusive control and supervision of members of the court and law enforcement.”

Dog handler, Ray Walters, issued a report that described the event that resulted in his dog attacking the 5th grader’s leg.

As I got closer to the actors, Max [the dog] began searching the juveniles,” wrote Walters. “The first male juvenile began moving his legs around as Max searched him. When the male began moving his legs, (this is what) I believe prompted Max’s action to bite the male juvenile on the left calf.

The unnamed boy was transported by ambulance to St. Vincent Clay Hospital for puncture wounds on his leg from where the police K-9′s fangs had ripped his skin open.

Are you fucking kidding me.

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How in the fucking fuck

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lettherebecramp:

foreverliberal:

Justice for Tasered 8-Months-Pregnant Woman! 
Police in Chicago used a Taser on an African-American woman who is 8-months-pregnant because she parked in a handicapped parking space. 
Tiffany Rent parked there because she was trying to calm down her 3-year-old daughter. She tried to explain what happened but they wouldn’t listen, and gave her a ticket for $200.
The police, who had blocked her in, started insulting her — one told her to call Jesse Jackson — and Rent got into her car because she was scared. They tasered her through the window, and her boyfriend, Joseph Hobbs, had his elbow dislocated while trying to protect her. This all happened in front of her children. 
Rent and Hobbs were taken into custody and charged with resisting arrest and simple assault. Rent was taken to the hospital for treatment, and may have to deliver her baby early because of the stress.
Please tell the Chicago Police Department to do a full investigation of this incident and get justice for Tiffany Rent! 
Sign the petition here. Sources are here and here.
I don’t even know what to say. I am incredibly appalled and angry. Justice for Tiffany Rent!
— Brittany 

what the ACTUAL FUCK

lettherebecramp:

foreverliberal:

Justice for Tasered 8-Months-Pregnant Woman! 

Police in Chicago used a Taser on an African-American woman who is 8-months-pregnant because she parked in a handicapped parking space. 

Tiffany Rent parked there because she was trying to calm down her 3-year-old daughter. She tried to explain what happened but they wouldn’t listen, and gave her a ticket for $200.

The police, who had blocked her in, started insulting her — one told her to call Jesse Jackson — and Rent got into her car because she was scared. They tasered her through the window, and her boyfriend, Joseph Hobbs, had his elbow dislocated while trying to protect her. This all happened in front of her children. 

Rent and Hobbs were taken into custody and charged with resisting arrest and simple assault. Rent was taken to the hospital for treatment, and may have to deliver her baby early because of the stress.

Please tell the Chicago Police Department to do a full investigation of this incident and get justice for Tiffany Rent! 

Sign the petition here. Sources are here and here.

I don’t even know what to say. I am incredibly appalled and angry. Justice for Tiffany Rent!

— Brittany 

what the ACTUAL FUCK

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dumbthingswhitepplsay:

abaldwin360:

RICHMOND HEIGHTS • Anna Brown wasn’t leaving the emergency room quietly.

She yelled from a wheelchair at St. Mary’s Health Center security personnel and Richmond Heights police officers that her legs hurt so badly she couldn’t stand.

She had…

Life Lessons

karnythia:

Had a conversation with kid #1 (12 years old), about how to handle himself if he’s been stopped by the cops, or someone like Zimmerman. Somewhere in the middle of explaining how to protect his head & neck if a cop decided to kick his ass (happened to my husband when he was 13), and how to respond if a cop calls him a nigger (happened to me at 12) I had this sudden ridiculous urge to start screaming. I didn’t.

I kept talking to him, and he mentioned racist kids at his school & how there’s one teacher who lets them get away with it, but who threatens to write him up if he says anything back. And I asked him if he wanted us to get involved & he said no because he’d already handled it. How did he handle it? He told the teacher to go ahead & write him up and then they could all talk to the principal about the things she lets kids say to him. She left him alone after that so he doesn’t want me to come wreck shit.

Which…says a lot about my kid & about our family I guess, but the reality is that it’s good that he’s learning to defend himself against the system. And shit like that is why we stay in cities & don’t live in suburbs. My parents moved me to burbs in high school, and it was a lot more than one teacher turning a blind eye to racism. I don’t have any answers for other parents of young black males. None. I’m muddling through & hoping that this can all be life lessons he never needs to use.

But, his 19 year old cousin is planning to come over & talk to him about dealing with the cops because he’s been there and done that. And I just…we’re passing down through the generations life lessons on how to handle/avoid police brutality because it’s just that necessary. And people want to claim that America is post racial, or racism isn’t widespread. How many individual acts does it take to make up a system? How many beatings, rapes, & deaths will it take for that system to be acknowledged by everyone?

sonofbaldwin:

Cops kill black women and girls, too.

sonofbaldwin:

Cops kill black women and girls, too.

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karnythia:

5-Year-Old Handcuffed, Charged With Battery On Officer

strugglingtobeheard:

crankyskirt:

I was shaking with rage at one point watching the video. Fuck. Fuck.

And yet people are said to be overreacting when they say that there’s a war on against black and brown children.

Can’t even respond to this further, because all that’s coming to mind is a stream of cusswords and despair.

Your words are telling me this needs to be watched later. But shared nonetheless. 

The plan to straighten out a 5 year old with ADHD by having a police officer scare is horrible enough, but to then have the school lie to the mother about what happened & the cop zip tie the kid’s hands & feet? Yeah, tell me again about how post racial we are while a 5 year is treated like a criminal. I want this woman to sue & sue & sue because nothing about this was handled correctly. Special ed services are ot supposed to work this way & the school knows it. But, he’s black & male so I guess the fact that there are other, healthier, far more productive ways to intervene doesn’t matter. Also, do not read the comments on the article. Really, your blood pressure & your computer screen will thank you.

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It’s hard not to notice that once the right number of white folks are affected, people want to take to the street. Unemployment numbers are high? We’ve had high unemployment for years. People are living in or near the poverty line? Yeah — we know.

When minorities speak up and say there is an issue, we are told maybe we are doing something wrong. Perhaps we are targeted by the police because of what we are wearing. Perhaps we don’t look for jobs the right way. Maybe we aren’t educated enough. But now that it’s affecting other folks, now there’s a problem. Now we need to come together and fight the power. Someone tweeted at me that we need to come together and not point out silly differences like race because we’re in this together!

Ah.

Yes, we can — and have (there is support from various folks of color) — come together within this movement, but you can’t expect us to throw away “race” and ignore history. Even the violence that’s happening with the Occupiers right now is looked at differently because of race. You can’t be surprised that people have reservations about this when you look at how our issues have been dealt with before.

I’m not making an argument for ignoring the movement because a lot of the movement ignored us. But I am saying take a moment to walk away from your righteousness to understand that your newfound plight has been some people’s plight for generations.

We just didn’t have a catchy name for it.

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— elon james white, Dear OWS: Welcome to Our World (via monkeyknifefight)

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karnythia:

I’ve seen a lot of posts talking about OWS, police brutality, race, gender, & intersectionality. Many of those posts include links to the famous stories of police brutality. And those stories are important & should be told. But, by only talking about those stories I worry that we’re giving the…

adailyriot:

Never Forget Amadou Diallo

#policemurdervictim #innocentvictim #policebrutality #neverforget

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Anyone going to an OWS protest should take pepperspray with them.

karnythia:

velocicrafter:

malcolm-ecstasy:

If it’s used on you, use it on them.

considering how the police have treated people who were otherwise acting peacefully & unarmed, this is unequivocally the worst advice possible.

Let us be clear, anyone who does this runs the risk of dying. Because pepper spray is technically a chemical weapon & some cop will use that as an excuse to shoot. DO NOT DO THIS IF YOU WANT TO LIVE!

thinking about White people discovering police brutality via OWS

I think there’s a lot to be said for discussion of how the War on Drugs in the 1980s, and specifically how it replaced the War on Poverty (which was actually successfully lowering poverty rates in the US in the 60s and 70s), directly led to this mindless White trust in police.

When I was a little kid, I was afraid of the police, even though my parents never gave me (to my recollection) specific instructions on dealing with them, a luxury made possible by us being middle-class White people.  I do think I absorbed the attitude from them, though, and that it had a lot to do with them being former hippies.  My father frequently talks about how, living in Tucson, Arizona in the 1970s, the one thing you could count on unifying absolutely everyone was that they would side with you against the cops.

Even then, of course, POC had a lot more to fear from the police than White hippies, and brutality against White protesters was met with much more widespread shock and outrage; compare the national reaction to Kent State versus the lack thereof to Jackson State, less than two weeks later.

So this isn’t a new pattern, which makes it even more depressing how quickly the majority of White people lose the institutional memory that the police are not their friends.  For the most part, they can afford to.

squeetothegee:

I dunno… I grew up in the 80s, when urban crime was at an all time high, the War On Drugs was just ramping up, and White folks everywhere where scared shitless of the Black and Brown boogeymen coming to rape their women,steal their cars, and kidnap their kids. So everyone…