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Watch: Philly cops throwing people without masks off the bus.

Wouldn’t it be easier to just GIVE people a mask if they’re not wearing one? Yes, but the police are antsy to finally be able to manhandle someone now that there are fewer opportunities with people staying in their homes and off the streets.

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Raise your hand if you are 100% certain what the current directive is regarding masks.

I’m not. I had to go get groceries this morning and decided to throw a bandanna in my pocket just in case because I saw tweets from other cities where people had been refused entry by businesses if they weren’t covering their face. I’m not sure what the word is in NYC but I saw another tweet that said anytime you’re in public you’re supposed to be covering your face. I’m not sure what counts as covering your face because when this started, they said everyone wears masks wrong anyway, and then they said wearing bandannas and or scarves won’t do anything, and then they said maybe you should wear masks even though you all do it wrong, and then they said but we’re running out of masks so the bandannas we said were useless are actually better than nothing.

Given that we don’t have a federal government taking charge, that every municipality is handling this differently, that the CDC and the WHO frequently post information in conflict with one another, how do we expect every person to know if they’re supposed to wear something, and if so, what?

Apparently in Philadelphia, you have to know, especially if you ride the bus. Even though the Philly transit website just this morning said riders don’t have to wear a mask and currently says “other facial coverings” do count, if you are riding the bus in Philly you have to be aware that the cops are requiring you to wear a mask. If you don’t know, you could be kicked off the bus by a cop wearing no covering at all, possibly stranding you in the middle of nowhere.

Who’s spreading more germs here? The cop yelling in a confined area with nothing on his face, or the people riding with their mouths closed, covering their faces with scarves and jackets?

And if you don’t exit the bus — because maybe you’re late for work, maybe you’re far from home, maybe you have no idea where you are — you will be physically dragged outside by bored cops with nothing to do.

Wouldn’t it be easier to just GIVE people a mask if they’re not wearing one? Yes, but the police are antsy to finally be able to manhandle someone now that there are fewer opportunities with people staying in their homes and off the streets. The police are never here to protect or serve or assist. They’re here to enforce and assault. Even in the middle of a pandemic, when the most human and most sensible option is to help someone, they still resort to brute force, humiliation, and intimidation.

Cops are garbage. Period.

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These fireworks aren’t normal.

If you know people who are setting off fireworks, either unprompted or at the suggestion and with the aid of some organization, urge them to stop.

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I’ll just preface this by saying the fireworks don’t bother me at all. I don’t have a pet or kids and I don’t have a job to wake up for. Plus, one of my roommates is generally a loud person, so I wear earplugs and turn my noise machine up — there could be an actual war going on outside and I wouldn’t know about it.

But is there a war going on outside? These aren’t normal fireworks. I’ve lived in NYC for 12 years, and ten of those have been in predominantly Black & Brown neighborhoods — Bushwick, BedStuy, Harlem — where fireworks in the summer are normal. I’ve heard them every year I’ve been here. Between Memorial Day and Labor Day, people randomly shoot off cheap little fireworks.

I started pointing it out online and to my friends as a joke a couple of weeks ago, because it was genuinely funny to me. Why are so many people around the country hearing fireworks but NOBODY actually KNOWS anyone who is shooting them off? Black people across the country are very connected. If our cousin, friend, neighborhood nuisance, unemployed cookout uncle, etc. was setting off fireworks EVERY night between 10pm and 3am, we’d be talking about it. Noise complaints in New York City are up 230x the normal for this time of year, but almost no one knows an actual culprit.

Firework complaints across New York City rose by 236 times this month compared to the same time period last year, as New Yorkers question where the explosives — some of them seemingly high-grade — are coming from and who’s behind the endless evenings of pyrotechnic displays.

From June 1st to June 19th, there have been 6,385 total 311 complaints about fireworks—up from just 27 during the same time period last year. The complaints have been rising throughout June, most notably in the past week. Juneteenth saw the highest number of complaints—a day of celebrations but also protests against police brutality, concluding with fireworks overnight.

Observers have noticed it’s not just more complaints this summer, but some incidents feature high-quality displays not typically operated by casual fireworks consumers.

(cont. Gothamist)

After weeks of this every night across the country, it’s not funny anymore. A lot of people stumble across my page on a weekly basis, and only one has admitted to setting off fireworks with her kids. That’s not normal. And now we’re realizing more and more that none of this is normal.

Tell me how “effective” this response is to noise complaints. If people are calling in about loud sounds and flashing lights, you send cop cars to parade around with loud sounds and flashing lights?

 

Fireworks are loud and bright and they’ve been going off for hours each night. If the cops wanted to catch them, they could absolutely do that, but a tense community on edge is a good thing to them.

So now we’re arguing with each other over the fireworks. Some people say the cops are doing it and some people answer “no I saw kids in my neighborhood doing it” and nobody believes each other instead of recognizing that multiple things can be true.

Kids and families are setting off normal summer fireworks.

Officials are setting off fireworks.

Officials and instigators are supplying high quality fireworks for people to set off.

If you know people who are setting off fireworks, either unprompted or at the suggestion and with the aid of some organization, urge them to stop. It’s the people against the police, not the people against each other calling on the police to stop it. That’s what they want and we don’t need trigger happy bullies in riot gear responding to noise complaints on our streets.

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Moundsville, WV has a ridiculous new military vehicle.

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Moundsville has a population of around 9,000 people and less than 20 crimes a year.

Defund the police.

I bet their teachers have to buy crayons for the students but they got this monstrosity for what? To secure the local Huddle House?

Defund the police.

I know they didn’t pay for it (the government gives out crap like this to police departments for free!) but what kind of relationship do you think the police will have with the local community when they see cops out here living their warzone fantasy in a town that isn’t even big enough to have an Applebee’s? If the government wants to hand out free stuff, how bout some Healthcare?

Defund the police. That includes the federal government. Stop giving them military equipment.

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Imagine a world where an armed officer isn’t the answer to everything.

When all you have is a hammer, everything looks like a nail.

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Imagine this with me for a moment. A guy falls asleep after drinking. He’s in line for Wendy’s because he’s needing some…

Posted by Father Nathan Monk on Monday, 15 June 2020

When all you have is a hammer, everything looks like a nail.

When you are dressed to literally kill, your reaction in any given situation is more likely to be violent.

We call 911 for a man sleeping in his car, for a domestic disturbance, for a hostage situation, for a mental health episode, for a lost child in the mall, etc. And the same person shows up, with a few weeks of training and dressed to literally kill. Why is a guy with a gun showing up if your child gets stuck in a tree and can’t climb down?

It makes no sense. And this is why we have to defund the police. They are not trained to do all of the jobs we ask of them and they DON’T WANT TO BE TRAINED. Cops don’t want to be social workers. Cops want to rough up some bad guys, so to them, every situation is a potential opportunity to rough up some bad guys.

I don’t want part of my paycheck going to a guy who hopes I respond the wrong way to his question so he can hurt me. I want part of my paycheck going to someone who sees a man sleeping in his car and helps him get back home.

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