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[Shocking] Police Routinely Violate Rights Of "The Blacks" in Ferguson

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  1. Rocketman95

    Rocketman95 Hangout Boy

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    I can see how happy you are using the deaths and injuries policemen to further your crusade on this message board. You aren't worthy of anyone trying to debate issues with you in this state of mind. I would recommend stop, reflect and really take a microscope to your life. Hopefully you'll find whatever it is that makes you take joy in these situations just so you score political points on a message board and remove it from your sad life. I, for one, will be praying for you.

    I hope the shooters are caught soon and brought to justice. I truly pray that somehow all the tragedy that has gone on in that town can be reversed and something good can come out of all this.
     
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  2. FranchiseBlade

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    So you claim.

    Have you shown any evidence?

    Have you shown any reason why the report made and factual instances that create a pattern in Ferguson are inaccurate?

    Or do people who are sophisticated, intellectual, and even-keeled not need to see evidence to believe the claims of others?

    Do the intellectual, even-keeled, sophisticated have an added instinct that just allows them to know these things and don't require any evidence or examples?

    So in your world, intellectual, sophisticated, and even-keeled people just go with what sounds right to them and leave it up to the lesser educated, emotional, and unscrupulous members of society to rely on actual evidence. What a strange world that is that you live in.
     
  3. Sweet Lou 4 2

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    quite the contrary, you have a racist righty saying it's ok to discriminate against poor blacks because they act like animals.
     
  4. CometsWin

    CometsWin Breaker Breaker One Nine

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    Incredible.

    The Shocking Finding From the DOJ's Ferguson Report That Nobody Has Noticed
    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/natha...uson_b_6858388.html?ncid=txtlnkusaolp00000592

    In the city of Ferguson, nearly everyone is a wanted criminal.

    That may seem like hyperbole, but it is a literal fact. In Ferguson -- a city with a population of 21,000 -- 16,000 people have outstanding arrest warrants, meaning that they are currently actively wanted by the police. In other words, if you were to take four people at random, the Ferguson police would consider three of them fugitives.


    That statistic should be truly shocking. Yet in the wake of the Department of Justice's withering report on the city's policing practices, it has gone almost entirely unmentioned. News reports and analysis have focused on the racism discovered in departmental emails, and the gangsterish financial "shakedown" methods deployed against African Americans. In doing so, they have missed the full picture of Ferguson's operation, which reveals a totalizing police regime beyond any of Kafka's ghastliest nightmares.

    The Department of Justice's 102-page report is a rich source of damning facts about the Ferguson criminal justice system. But tucked halfway in and passed over quickly is a truly revelatory set of figures: the arrest warrant data for the Ferguson Municipal Court.

    It turns out that nearly everyone in the city is wanted for something. Even internal police department communications found the number of arrest warrants to be "staggering". By December of 2014, "over 16,000 people had outstanding arrest warrants that had been issued by the court." The report makes clear that this refers to individual people, rather than cases (i.e. people with many cases are not being counted multiple times). However, if we do look at the number of cases, the portrait is even starker. In 2013, 32,975 offenses had associated warrants, so that there were 1.5 offenses for every city resident.

    That means that the city of Ferguson quite literally has more crimes than people.

    To give some context as to how truly extreme this is, a comparison may be useful. In 2014, the Boston Municipal Court System, for a city of 645,000 people, issued about 2,300 criminal warrants. The Ferguson Municipal Court issued 9,000, for a population 1/30th the size of Boston's.

    This complete penetration of policing into everyday life establishes a world of unceasing terror and violence. When everyone is a criminal by default, police are handed an extraordinary amount of discretionary power. "Discretion" may sound like an innocuous or even positive policy, but its effect is to make every single person's freedom dependent on the mercy of individual officers. There are no more laws, there are only police. The "rule of law," by which people are supposed to be treated equally according to a consistent set of principles, becomes the "rule of personal whim."

    And this is precisely what occurs in Ferguson. As others have noted, the Ferguson courts appear to work as an orchestrated racket to extract money from the poor. The thousands upon thousands of warrants that are issued, according to the DOJ, are "not to protect public safety but rather to facilitate fine collection." Residents are routinely charged with minor administrative infractions. Most of the arrest warrants stem from traffic violations, but nearly every conceivable human behavior is criminalized. An offense can be found anywhere, including citations for "Manner of Walking in Roadway," "High Grass and Weeds," and 14 kinds of parking violation. The dystopian absurdity reaches its apotheosis in the deliciously Orwellian transgression "failure to obey." (Obey what? Simply to obey.) In fact, even if one does obey to the letter, solutions can be found. After Henry Davis was brutally beaten by four Ferguson officers, he found himself charged with "destruction of official property" for bleeding on their uniforms.

    None of this is even to mention the blinding levels of racism, which remain the central fact of police interactions in Ferguson and nationwide. The overwhelming force of this violent and exploitative policing system is directed at the African American population. In 2013, 92 percent of Ferguson's arrest warrants were issued against African Americans, and black Fergusonians were 68 percent less likely than others to have their court cases dismissed. The racism is so blatant and comprehensive that the DOJ concluded that "Ferguson law enforcement practices are directly shaped and perpetuated by racial bias." Considering the qualified and colorless language typically deployed in government documents, this is an astonishingly forceful statement.

    Ferguson's racism has been central to the media coverage of the release of the DOJ report. But in a certain way, by focusing entirely on disparate racial impacts without examining the sheer scale of the brutal state juggernaut, one misses crucial facts. MSNBC listed as the DOJ's number one "most shocking" finding the fact that "at least one municipal employee thought electing a black president was laughable." But the existence of racist views in the department is not the most shocking fact, not by a country mile. Rather, endemic racism in policing comes standard. However, that racism occurs in the wider context of an ever-enlarging interlocking system of administrative bureaucracy and police violence.

    The other pitfall in analyzing the Ferguson report is to see it as being about Ferguson. There are 19,492 municipal governments in America, and the chances that Ferguson happens to be the worst are extremely slim. In fact, there is strong evidence that in the world of better funded, more militarized, more technologically advanced police departments, Ferguson is simply a high-profile case study. While the Ferguson nightmare may dwarf the problems in cities like Boston, American policing is so out-of-control that Ferguson-style practices can occur on at least some level in almost every department.

    It's hard to believe, but the Ferguson police department's massive deliberate racism only represents one of its problems. The DOJ report shows not just a racist criminal justice system, but one in which the very act of being alive has been made a crime, and in which nearly every resident is wanted by the law at every moment of every day.
     
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    <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>BREAKING: Arrest made in connection with shooting of two police officers in Ferguson, Missouri; police to brief at 2:30pm ET</p>&mdash; NBC Nightly News (@NBCNightlyNews) <a href="https://twitter.com/NBCNightlyNews/status/577161203665018880">March 15, 2015</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script>
     
  6. Liberon

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    Every major city in America, including Houston, says hi.
     
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    I guess this guy actually had his hands up so he wasn't shot.
     
  8. Remii

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    Black Americans are not protected by the constitution.
     
  9. StupidMoniker

    StupidMoniker I lost a bet

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    100% of the people arrested for the police shooting are black. What kind of racist bull**** is this??? Have the Ferguson PD learned nothing? I am disappoint. :(
     
  10. DCkid

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    Police: Suspect arrested in shooting of two officers in Ferguson

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/police-suspect-arrested-in-shooting-of-two-officers-in-ferguson/2015/03/15/eb3140c2-cb38-11e4-8a46-b1dc9be5a8ff_story.html?hpid=z4
    ...

    McCulloch said that Williams “is a demonstrator” and that he had also attended other protests in Ferguson — although he did not say how many. “He’s been out there on other occasions, part of the demonstrations,” McCulloch said at a news conference.

    That assertion, if proved true, could have a significant impact on Ferguson and its demonstrators — whose leaders have stressed a commitment to non*violent methods.

    ...
     
  11. Rocket River

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    It cannot protect those it was never meant to include

    Rocket River
     
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  12. HamJam

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    Couldn't it protect them at least three-fifths of the time?
     
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