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Entries in police harassment (7)

Monday
May172010

Detroit Police Kill 7-Year-Old Girl in "No-Knock" Raid

Seven-year-old Aiyana Jones was asleep on her grandmother's couch when at 12:40 a.m. Sunday Detroit police executed a "No-Knock" warrant on the duplex where she lived. In all the confusion -- it's a no-knock so the police just throw a flash bomb grenade in your house and break down the door, guns drawn -- Aiyana's grandmother either got in a confrontation with or bumped into a police officer and it lead to the officer's gun being fired, hitting Aiyana in the neck as she slept.

How many different kinds of messed up is this?

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Wednesday
Apr282010

Question of the Day: Arizona's Tough Anti-Immigration Law

I'm sure it's going to be "fun times" for anyone brown with an accent living in Arizona. Perhaps they can start sewing scarlet "Cs" to their chest to let the cops know that they're citizens before they get the pat down. Or at least that's what I'm envisioning in a state with a more than 30 percent Hispanic population. That means, in general, there are just a lot of legal people there who happen to look exactly like the folks who may be illegal who can all be detained, legally, by the police. All based solely on how they look thanks to a new law passed in Arizona. It's a legal form of racial profiling that will only just affect nearly 2 million people. No big! You know? Unless you're a citizen of Arizona and the United States who feels that they shouldn't have to roll around with their birth certificate or other proof of being a citizen around.

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Sunday
Dec202009

'You Don't Bring A Gun to A Snowball Fight'

One of the recurring jokes I have with my friends since first visiting and then moving to Washington, D.C. is how because we live in the Nation's Capital it's a bit like living in a constant police state. It's understandable, to a point. I really don't get why the cops think they need to have the lights flashing all the time or why there was a giant spotlight beaming into the night's sky on Friday at the 7-11 on Eighth and Maryland, but, whatever. I'd lived under the "shoot first, ask questions later" regimes of cruel Kern County Cowboy Justice in Bakersfield, Calif. and the "shoot you in the back just 'cause" justice of St. Louis, Mo. What really could be that different? Cops are cops everywhere, right? Right?

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