Talking Points Memo - The head of the Cleveland Police Patrolman Union on Monday got into a tense on-air debate, calling the killing of 12-year-old Tamir Rice "justified" and arguing the child was "absolutely" a threat to the officer who shot him.
In an interview with MSNBC's Ari Melber, the union president Jeffrey Follmer criticized Cleveland Browns wide receiver Andrew Hawkins for wearing a T-shirt calling for justice in the killing. The union previously described the football player as "pathetic" in a statement.
But soon the conversation became heated. Follmer referred to the slain 12-year-old as "the male" throughout the interview and defended the officer.
"The video clearly shows, and by the officer's statement, that they were justified in the deadly force," Follmer said.
Youre saying that the video clearly shows that the 12-year-old boy was an imminent lethal threat to the officers? Melber asked.
Oh, absolutely. I dont know if you didnt see it, but yeah absolutely," the officer replied.
Melber stated that many have disagreed with Follmer's characterization of the video, which shows a police car pull up to Rice who was carrying a non-lethal pellet gun and shoot the boy dead within seconds.
Eventually, Follmer dismissed Melber's questions about excessive force and wrapped up the debate with a message to Americans.
"How about this: Listen to police officers' commands. Listen to what we tell you, and just stop," he said. "I think that eliminates a lot of problems."
"I think the nation needs to realize that when we tell you to do something, do it," he added.
New York cops shoot and kill many fewer people than cops in the rest of the country. And fatal shootings by the NYPD have fallen significantly over the years.
Nat Parry, Firedog Lake - If not a direct byproduct of the war on terrors excesses and the impunity that law-breakers at the highest levels of government enjoy, [the] feeling of powerlessness, insecurity and injustice is certainly closely related. Indeed, as far back as 2007, civil rights leaders were drawing these connections, in particular in a report prepared for the United Nations entitled In The Shadows Of The War On Terror: Persistent Police Brutality and Abuse of People of Color in the United States.
Since 9/11, the report explained, there have been dramatic increases in law enforcement powers in the name of waging the war on terror, while simultaneously, counter-terrorism policies have created a generalized climate of impunity for law enforcement officers, and contributed to the erosion of what few accountability mechanisms exist for civilian control over law enforcement agencies.
This has led to an erosion of public discussion and accountability with respect to the use of excessive force against people of color, while at the same time, systemic abuse of people of color by law enforcement officers has not only continued since 2001 but has worsened in both practice and severity, according to the report. As a representative of the NAACP put it, the degree to which police brutality occurs is the worst Ive seen in 50 years.
Even establishment publications such as the Wall Street Journal have noticed the troubling trend of rising police violence and its connections with the war on terror. As a feature article in WSJ put it in August 2013, the war on drugs and, more recently, post-9/11 antiterrorism efforts have created a new figure on the U.S. scene: the warrior cop armed to the teeth, ready to deal harshly with targeted wrongdoers, and a growing threat to familiar American liberties.
Freedom Force - The Rutherford Institute has come to the defense of an eighth grader at Sam Houston Middle School who was allegedly slammed to the ground by police, lain on until he was left gasping for air, then arrested and held in a detention center overnightall because he wore rosary beads in memory of his deceased brother to a school football game.
In challenging school officials and police over their treatment of Jacob Herrera, who had to be taken to a hospital as a result of the injuries inflicted by the arresting officer, The Rutherford Institute is asking the superintendent of the Amarillo Independent School District to rectify the situation by rescinding the schools ban on rosary beads, which clearly violates the First Amendment. Jacob did request and receive permission from the school principal to wear the rosary beads to the football game....
While at the game that evening, Jacob was approached by a police officer who ordered Jacob to either remove the rosary necklace or leave the property. When Jacob refused due to the principals permission, the police officer reportedly slammed him to the ground, laid on him until Jacob was gasping for air, and forcibly arrested the teenager.
Thereafter, Jacob was held in the detention center until following day, when he was released, but is still under restraints of his liberty due to conditions placed on his release by the County Court. In coming to Jacobs defense,
In a Facebook post headed "Kids will be Kids?", St Louis County police told parents to warn their children that if they prompted an emergency call by playing with toy guns in public, "police will respond as though it is a real gun".
Police departments spend nearly $3 billion per year to settle brutality & wrongful death claims.
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