Posts Tagged ‘damncops’

The Grant case isn’t over yet. Some comfort (small and cold, though it may be) may be on the way. The Justice Department may be ready to intervene. Highly unlikely, considering the justice department’s record of making grand declarations, and then doing nothing once the news cycle ends. Still, I feel like if Eric Holder had his way, things would actually happen. On a multitude of fronts.

 The article also shares some other news — some good, some bad. The good?

Federal officials planned to begin their civil rights investigation after the conclusion of the state case against Mehserle, who faces sentencing Aug. 6.

Involuntary manslaughter convictions call for two to four years in prison. But since the jury also found Mehserle used a gun during the crime, the judge could tack on an additional three to 10 years — an option Oakland officials hope would quell additional unrest in the city.

The bad? Probation is still a possibility, though a distant one.

To appeal to the judge to consider the gun enhancement at the August 6 sentencing, write to:

Judge Robert J. Perry
Clara Shortridge Foltz Criminal Justice Center
210 West Temple Street
Los Angeles, CA 90012

You can also call (213) 974-5394. Regardless of the misleading voicemail, this is for Perry’s court.

Grant Mural

Noah Berger/AP

Last week, Johannes Mehserle was convicted of involuntary manslaughter in the shooting death of Oakland native Oscar Grant in the early hours of Jan 1, 2009. He was found not guilty of voluntary manslaughter and second-degree murder charges. Involuntary manslaughter convictions carry a sentence of two to four years.

I’m surprised he was found guilty of anything. And that makes me angry. Or rather, I should be angry, but I’m so used to these injustices that I can’t muster up the rage. So I’ll just say a few things:

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So, police in Illinois arrested a man on suspicion of grand theft auto and attempted to send him “back to Mexico.” The only problem? Dude’s American. They refused to believe him, even after he provided a birth certificate showing he was born in the US colony of Puerto Rico. Hey, if it’s good enough for the president…

Seriously, Arizona. Bad idea.

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Aiyana

I really don’t have the strength for this today.

Overzealous cops with the tactical maneuvering skills of a bull on roller skates? Check

Drunk on their own power and self-importance? Check

Rush to blame the victim and her family?

Check.

“Wrong door raids”- alright, everyone is hopefully clear that this was NOT the wrong door. As it is quickly mentioned above, this family WAS harboring the suspect (who murdered a 17 year old boy in front of his girlfriend), who was then apprehended. Aiyana did no wrong here. Neither did the Detroit police.

(And knowing Detroit, fuck, I’d do flash raids before entering *anywhere*.)

Check.

if “grandma” had been a little more interested in getting the murderer out of her house, instead of fighting with the police officer, her granddaughter would be alive today.

lets get something straight by the way. I hate cops. but in this case, they were justified. . . now the poor bastard who’s gun went off is going to have this on his head for the rest of his life. . . all because this woman was a grade A bitch.

and the community action trying to deify this little girl is WAY over the top too. claiming that she was an “all A honor roll student” is LAUGHABLE. when was the last time you saw an honor roll in a grade school…. I’ll give you a hint… there aren’t any.

either way, grandma is to blame, not the cop

 Check.

It is too early to jump to conclusions on what happened there, but having a child die in that situation is terrible. One thing I would like to know is why was she sleeping on the couch at that time? Anyone else think that is a little strange? Why would a child that age not be in their own bed at 12:40am on a school night?

I don’t have anything else to say.

Poster Boy: NYPD

Art by Poster Boy

When my friend Lina tipped me off to the case of a shooting incident involving a Philadelphia cop, she did so in an email simply titled “asshole.” For a second, I was like “well, fuck you, Lina.” But I read on, all the same.

It turns out Sergeant Robert Ralston, a white guy, shot himself and blamed it on a black assailant. An age-old tale, not worth getting the pulse up over, no? But let’s go over the details again. This isn’t like the recent case of Conrad “The Player” Zdzierak, or even the eons-old practice of white ladies crying rape at the hands of black men. In those cases, there was at least a utilitarian point to the racial Red Herring. Zdzierak would be absolutely ineligible as a suspect the instant he ditched the mask, and the white ladies had to explain their unladylike sexuality somehow — victimhood was more acceptable than sexual agency in women of that era.

Susan Smith wanted her kids out of the way so she could land a rich husband. Even Ashley Todd could argue she really just wanted her guy to win. And Lindsay? Well, she’s just fucking Lindsay. (more…)

Seattle Brutality Footage - May 2010

Last week, a group of riot-squad officers responded to a call stating that a group of Latino males had carried out a robbery outside a Seattle area club. As they patrolled the area in search of the perpetrators, they found a group that matched the description of the suspects.

The officers rounded up the suspicious individuals, made them lie face-down on the asphalt, and in response to what must have been the threat of severe harm from one prostrate perpetrator, stomped on his head, hand, and legs. (more…)