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Weekly thread for news/updates/discussion of George Floyd protests - week of June 22

This thread is posted weekly - please try to post relevant content in here, such as news, updates, opinion articles, etc. Especially significant updates may warrant a separate topic, but most should be posted here.

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    spit-evil-olive-tips
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    Today's "some of those that work forces are the same that burn crosses" news: Fired Wilmington, North Carolina cop: “We are just going to go out and start slaughtering them f—— ni—–. I can’t wait....

    Today's "some of those that work forces are the same that burn crosses" news:

    Fired Wilmington, North Carolina cop: “We are just going to go out and start slaughtering them f—— ni—–. I can’t wait. God, I can’t wait.”

    He, along with two other officers have been fired from the department after dash-cam footage recorded two phone conversations — accidentally — and a supervisor conducting a routine audit of the videos found the disturbing content.

    Really chilling reminder of how much brutality has been going on behind the scenes for years and decades that we're only just dealing with now because of widespread use of recording devices.

    These conversations were only recorded by accident. This will send a message to racist cops that they should...step out of their patrol car and turn off their body camera before talking to their buddies about their desire to commit race-based genocide.

    Chief Williams took the following corrective actions for the three officers.

    • Termination of employment, not eligible for rehire with the City of Wilmington
    • Notification of the North Carolina Criminal Justice Education and Training Standards Commission in regards to the behaviors. These individuals should not be allowed to practice law enforcement again, he said.
    • Consultation with the District Attorney’s Office regarding these officers being used as witnesses in cases and reviewing any previous cases they might have testified in to determine any bias that might have been exhibited.

    So they won't be re-hired by Wilmington, and it's recommended but not enforced that they won't be re-hired by another police department within North Carolina. But, nothing stopping them from moving to another state and getting re-hired there. There is no federal database of bad cops, and unlikely to be one any time soon.

    Or, they could not move and just get a job as a private security guard, as one murderer in Tulsa did.

    11 votes
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    cfabbro
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    From Canada, another instance of the RCMP using excessive force during a "wellness check" came out today: Video in civil claim shows RCMP officer dragging student, stepping on her head after...

    From Canada, another instance of the RCMP using excessive force during a "wellness check" came out today:
    Video in civil claim shows RCMP officer dragging student, stepping on her head after wellness check

    And for those unaware of the issue:
    Recent deaths prompt questions about police wellness checks

    At least 4 people have died during police wellness checks in Canada since April

    10 votes
  3. spit-evil-olive-tips
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    A low-flying show of force - investigation / interactive graphics from the Washington Post about the military helicopters that buzzed protests in DC. Trump didn't 'send in the troops' - they were...

    A low-flying show of force - investigation / interactive graphics from the Washington Post about the military helicopters that buzzed protests in DC.

    Trump didn't 'send in the troops' - they were already there. Perspective from a former Marine who was involved in the military response to the 1992 LA riots. Making the point that an everyday police officer in 2020 is about as well-armed as those Marines were 30 years ago.

    Revealed: police unions spend millions to influence policy in biggest US cities

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  4. cfabbro
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    ‘I’m suffocating’: French delivery driver’s last words echo George Floyd case

    ‘I’m suffocating’: French delivery driver’s last words echo George Floyd case

    A French delivery driver who died after being arrested in Paris pleaded, “I’m suffocating” several times as police held him to the ground.

    Footage has emerged of 42-year-old Cédric Chouviat saying he could not breathe seven times in 22 seconds as officers pinned him to the ground.

    Four police officers are being questioned for “involuntary homicide” over the arrest near the Eiffel Tower in January that echoes the death of George Floyd in the US that has sparked worldwide protests and Black Lives Matter demonstrations.

    According to witnesses quoted by Le Monde, the officers held Chouviat, a father of five, in a chokehold, a restraint technique that was banned by the interior minister, Christophe Castaner, this month, then reinstated after complaints from police.

    Chouviat had a heart attack and was taken to hospital in a coma. He died two days later. A postmortem concluded that he had died from asphyxia, having sustained a “fracture of the larynx”.

    6 votes
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    Omnicrola
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    Dixie Chicks quietly changes their band name to "The Chicks" article doesn't add a lot, however their new music video that's described is pretty good : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xwBjF_VVFvE

    Dixie Chicks quietly changes their band name to "The Chicks" article doesn't add a lot, however their new music video that's described is pretty good : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xwBjF_VVFvE

    6 votes
    1. kfwyre
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      The list of names at the end is devastating.

      The list of names at the end is devastating.

      2 votes
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    Deimos
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    Good article (as always) by one of my favorite writers, Zeynep Tufekci: Do Protests Even Work? It sometimes takes decades to find out

    Good article (as always) by one of my favorite writers, Zeynep Tufekci: Do Protests Even Work? It sometimes takes decades to find out

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    1. skybrian
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      This is a long-standing question I've had, so I'm happy to see someone try to address it. The change in public opinion seems pretty clear. I would have liked to see more about the effects of...

      This is a long-standing question I've had, so I'm happy to see someone try to address it. The change in public opinion seems pretty clear. I would have liked to see more about the effects of "lifelong impact" on the protesters - that part seems under-explained.

      4 votes
  7. cfabbro
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    Update on the NASCAR noose incident: FBI concludes that Bubba Wallace not victim of hate crime over noose incident

    Update on the NASCAR noose incident:
    FBI concludes that Bubba Wallace not victim of hate crime over noose incident

    “The FBI report concludes, and photographic evidence confirms, that the garage door pull rope fashioned like a noose had been positioned there since as early as last fall,” Nascar said in a statement. “This was obviously well before the 43 team’s arrival and garage assignment.

    3 votes
  8. spit-evil-olive-tips
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    Crosscut (part of the local PBS affiliate here in Seattle) has been doing some great work: The time to abolish Seattle police was yesterday: Historical efforts to reform the city’s police...
    2 votes
  9. skybrian
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    Violence rises in Minneapolis, as debate over role of police rages [...] [...]

    Violence rises in Minneapolis, as debate over role of police rages

    At least 113 people have been shot since May 25, eight fatally, according to Minneapolis police, with hundreds of reports of gunfire across the city, including several shootings in broad daylight.

    [...]

    Mayor Jacob Frey has asked for additional law enforcement assistance from several regional and federal agencies, including the Hennepin County Sheriff’s Office, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, the FBI and the Secret Service, to help investigate and stem the bloodshed. A more robust law enforcement operation featuring the additional agencies was to begin Friday.

    “The violence and lawlessness that we’ve seen the last few days is not acceptable in any form,” Frey told reporters this week. “We’re going to restore order. We’re going to make sure that people throughout our city feel safe.”

    [...]

    Both Frey and John Elder, a police spokesperson, have described incidents in recent days in which police officers were pelted with bottles and rocks while responding to scenes, including a shooting last Friday near 38th Street and Chicago Avenue, the site where Floyd was killed.

    On Monday, Minneapolis Police Chief Medaria Arradondo pointedly praised community members and bar and restaurant employees working near the site of Sunday’s shooting for “protecting officers and shielding them” as they responded to the scene. Officers have been working in “unbelievable conditions,” Arradondo said, but they “continue to show up and continue to serve.”

    2 votes
  10. cfabbro
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    Vox released a pretty good video related to the protest demands yesterday: What "defund the police" really means

    Vox released a pretty good video related to the protest demands yesterday:
    What "defund the police" really means

    1 vote
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    Kuromantis
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    Meta but I feel this might be the point where we decrease the frequency of these posts like we did for COVID, it's been 6 days since one of these posts got more than 15 comments. Edit: Deimos agreed.

    Meta but I feel this might be the point where we decrease the frequency of these posts like we did for COVID, it's been 6 days since one of these posts got more than 15 comments.

    Edit: Deimos agreed.

    11 votes
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      cfabbro
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      Yeah, the news related to this (protests, police brutality/reform, racial injustices, etc) has really been slowing down lately and I have been struggling to find much to add here each day despite...

      Yeah, the news related to this (protests, police brutality/reform, racial injustices, etc) has really been slowing down lately and I have been struggling to find much to add here each day despite monitoring a ton of news sources. One recurring topic a week, just like we have with corona now, is probably enough unless something kicks a new round of protests off again. CC: @Deimos

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      1. Deimos
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        Done, I set it to post on Mondays at the same time as the coronavirus weekly thread. I edited the title/text of this one too - it'll be a bit off since this is from Tuesday, but doesn't really matter.

        Done, I set it to post on Mondays at the same time as the coronavirus weekly thread. I edited the title/text of this one too - it'll be a bit off since this is from Tuesday, but doesn't really matter.

        7 votes