What are the major systems that protect bad cops and hinder reform? (Hint: it’s a lot more than just qualified immunity)

The mission of the police union is to protect police jobs at all costs. They’re usually led by old-school types who are often the biggest opponents to any accountability. In Minneapolis, the Police Union president, Bob Kroll, is a very controversial figure. He is already vowing to fight to get the 4 officers involved in the death of George Floyd reinstated, and he, himself, has had 29 complaints against him as a cop.

Gen. James Mattis full statement on President Trump, the protests, James Madison, and using the military to clear peaceful protesters “for a bizarre photo op.”

Donald Trump is the first president in my lifetime who does not try to unite the American people—does not even pretend to try. Instead he tries to divide us. We are witnessing the consequences of three years of this deliberate effort. We are witnessing the consequences of three years without mature leadership.

“She didn’t prosecute a single one of them. Not one.”

In her first year alone, non-violent drug crimes resulting in prison terms doubled, with a full two-thirds ending in imprisonment. And while Minnesota’s record of extraordinarily vast racial disparities in imprisonment certainly didn’t begin with Amy Klobuchar’s tenure, during the eight years she served as chief prosecutor her insistence on longer sentences for less serious crimes actually drove up the number of prison inmates in the state by one-fifth, despite the fact that crime rates in Minneapolis had been dropping at least three years before she took office.

Ahmaud Arbery – 911 dispatcher to alleged murderer: “I just need to know what he was doing wrong.” AUDIO/(video with transcript) -911 CALLS-

911: Okay, what is he doing?
Caller: He’s running down the street.
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The second DA to recuse himself from the case was George Barnhill, and his letter doing so is such an atrocious example of victim blaming, ignoring evidence, and pure petulance that it should disqualify him from holding any public office, let alone any within the criminal justice system.

“How does a black person not get shot in America?”

“How does a black person not get shot in America?”

Black History, Hidden Figures, & learning through laughter: SNL Weekend Update

“Like, did y’all know a black man invented the traffic light? Maybe I would’ve respected those signals a little more if I knew they were coming from a brother.”

Florida appears to actually have gotten something RIGHT

I am admittedly always a bit terrified when I get any legal updates on any law having anything to do with Florida. Especially when the first sentence of that legal update … Continue reading Florida appears to actually have gotten something RIGHT

Fight Like a Girl: Angela Davis at the Women’s March on Washington

If you haven’t watched it, watch it. If you have watched it, watch it again.

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This is What BEAUTY Looks Like

This is what beauty looks like. This is what unity looks like. One. One. ONE. And congratulations, Hidden Figures. Great speech. Love always wins. Never doubt that. Never doubt that.