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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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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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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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There are no good cops.

If your uncle brother cousin husband says he’s a good cop, tell him to prove it. Tell him to turn in his shield and fight the police with the rest of us. Otherwise, he’s a simply a bad cop. Because there are no good ones.

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If you didn’t know before we had countless videos of cops beating up white people, you should now be able to come to the same conclusion as the rest of us who have followed or been the victim of police violence: cops are bad.

“But my uncle brother father cousin is a pol–“

He’s bad.

“But I’m a cop and I–“

You’re bad.

Let me explain using Republicans.

When I was growing up in the rural Deep South, I had friends who were from Republican families. I went to their house after school, went to their birthday parties, and had dinner with their families. When I got old enough to understand politics, my friends were old enough to understand politics, and some of them were still Republicans. The older I got, the fewer Republican friends I had, but even through the Obama administration, I still knew two or three people who were Republicans. Maybe we weren’t good friends, but I knew them well enough that their number was in my phone, we’d interact on social media, and maybe we’d have a drink together every once in awhile.

See, in my naivete, I thought you could be a Republican and be a good person, and I could be a Democrat and be a good person, and we could discuss issues and have a disagreement and still be friends. You can disagree with people you like and still maintain the relationship. Even now, in 2020, years into the Trump Reign of Terror, I do believe there are a lot of Republicans through the years who were actually good people who simply disagreed with most of the Democrats’ platform on how the country should be run.

You are not a good Republican in 2020. There’s no way to justify what your President has done and what your political party has done to support him and still pretend that you are a good person. You’re some combination of racist, bully, hypocrite, and bigot. There’s just no way around that at all. You can not be a part of an organization whose only goal is to make people suffer and still say you’re a good person. You can be a good former Republican, but you cannot, as a current member of the GOP, claim to be a good Republican regardless of what you personally do in the course of being a part of the GOP. If you were a good person, you would renounce their policies, leave their party, and join the rest of us who are trying to take them down in order to make the world a better place.

You cannot call yourself a good cop when you are part of an organization whose sole purpose is to intimidate, terrorize, and brutalize.

Who are these good cops supposed to be anyway? Is it the three cops in Minneapolis who didn’t actually murder anybody…but didn’t stop their buddy from doing so? Is it the 57 cops in Buffalo who didn’t actually push an elderly man down…but walked by him while he bled on the ground and then resigned from the force in solidarity with two cops who got suspended after video went viral that they pushed him?

If there were any good cops, we wouldn’t have any bad ones. The vague definition of a good cop would be someone who follows the law and protects their community the best they can. That would include turning in bad cops for abusing that community, and they don’t do that. You cannot claim to be a good cop if your allegiance is to your shield over your community.

I do think you can be a good person who becomes a cop. I wasn’t sure about it, but the other day I was talking to a friend (a straight white Southern guy I worked with years ago) and he let me know he used to be a cop. I had no idea, because to me, he didn’t fit anything I thought I knew to be true about cops. He’s liberal, open-minded, intelligent, and non-threatening. And he left the force because he couldn’t change how evil it was.

Sometimes, it’s like white Americans live in a different country from everyone else. There is a lot they never see, not because they don’t want to, but because they never looked. Some of them don’t care to ever look and some simply have no concept of how bad it is so they have no reason to go looking for it. You don’t know what you don’t know until somebody tells you you don’t know it, so to speak. I think many good people who want to be cops don’t know how bad it is. They know that cops kill people, but they live in communities that receive a steady stream of “the cop feared for his life” and they have no reason not to believe that narrative. They haven’t lived anything else, and everything we see, from Hollywood to the news, tells us that Black people are very dangerous. The remaining portion of those good people who want to become cops do have an inkling of how terrible law enforcement is, but they come from a “change starts on the inside” mentality. A lot of us out here fighting the police still believe that to a certain extent, that good people should not resign from terrible organizations, because those good people are needed behind enemy lines in order to make those organizations better.

You cannot save the police. You cannot plant enough “good people” behind the blue line and expect them to change the culture of law enforcement. Every cop in this country who thinks they’re a good person should resign immediately, and that’s what they’ve been doing all along.

Good people who think they can be good cops quit when they realize they cannot in fact be a good law enforcement officer, which is part of the reason we’re left with the worst cops left on the force. Right now we’re seeing NYPD officers turning in their letters of resignation on a daily basis, because you cannot be a good person and belong to an evil organization that beats people for fun.

If your uncle brother cousin husband says he’s a good cop, tell him to prove it. Tell him to turn in his shield and fight the police with the rest of us. Otherwise, he’s a simply a bad cop. Because there are no good ones.

Correction, 6:05pm

I misread the information about the Buffalo police department.

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