Hooray, more holiday cheer! A set of boobs other than Sara X’s has been getting into the Christmas spirit: The Lowell, Michigan Police Department. I KID. They seem very nice and not at all boob-ish.
Lowell police officers started wearing body cameras on dispatches last October, and have since seen public complaints about the police decrease. This December, though, they came up with a new use for the cameras: Recording themselves on dispatches, giving Lowell residents exactly the presents they wanted for Christmas. Nearby officers were listening in on the dispatches, waiting for the residents to say what they still had to get for Christmas, then bought those items and ran them out to the cruiser. Keep reading »
Most people don’t protest. Hell, even a lot of the people who want to protest don’t protest, and there are a lot of valid reasons for that. But if you haven’t done it, it’s easy to look at demonstrations from the outside and see people who are rowdy, disruptive, entitled to any kind of behavior, who’ve bought into outdated rhetoric and worked themselves into a tizzy about “the man.” It’s especially easy because that’s the narrative the news media tells about protests, especially when the news media confuses protests with riots all the time.
Take this, for example: Do you assume that the same people who have been holding candlelight vigils and die-ins in Ferguson and Saint Louis were also the people who burned cars and shops on the night of November 24, when Darren Wilson’s non-indictment was announced? If so, why? Where did you get that impression? Personally, I assume there’s some overlap, but I also know that experienced protest organizers know better than to destroy things or direct people to do so if they care deeply about their issue and want to keep organizing. Keep reading »
“You fucking stupid bitch,” a man screamed followed by the slam of a car door. Feet thumped and the passenger door swung open. The incoherent pleas of a woman could be heard.
Then the loud sound of skin making contact with skin reverberated through the late night, down the empty street. My brother, sister and I rushed to our window to peak through the blinds to see what was happening. My fingers pulled the blinds down and I peeped out into the darkness; I could see a young, dark-skinned woman, crying and begging like a sinner seeking forgiveness at the feet of a Jesus statue for some unknown, unrighteous sin. Except, the man standing in front of her wasn’t frozen in stone. With all the force he could muster, he launched a kick that landed square in her stomach.
“Call the cops,” my brother ordered. Keep reading »
Today, peaceful protesters — the protesters people have been calling for after a night of looting, burning, and destruction following the no-indictment decision for Darren Wilson on Monday — gathered in Saint Louis, Missouri to demonstrate in the city’s downtown area. DeRay McKesson, a Ferguson protester who has been particularly active on Twitter over the last three months, documented the demonstration.
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The University of Wisconsin Madison Police Department posted an article this week about safety tips on campus and, of course, people are manufacturing reasons to get mad about it.
I really do mean manufacturing. These are really simple and effective safety tips that are not aimed specifically at women or the issue of campus rape. The only offensive thing about the article was the original title, “Shedding the Victim Persona: Staying Safe On Campus.” Once it was brought to the UWPD’s attention that “victim persona” unduly puts blame on victims for the crimes committed against them, they changed the title (albeit not the URL) to “Tools You Can Use: Staying Safe On Campus.” Voilà. They did their part to correct bad language. When contacted about the article, they stood by it as useful information for everyone. Keep reading »