Violent Threats Online and Police Inaptitude

For women* experiencing online abuse, a further cause of frustration is the inability (or disinterest) of police to do anything about it. As writer Anna Merlan detail in theis great piece for Jezebel, it’s not necessarily because it is impossible to act against harassers online, but because (local) police do not care/are not skilled enough. …

kittenspine: police are blaming social media because we’ve hit a point in social media where mass amounts of people are being made aware of events via first person accounts, through photos and videos and live streams  of course they’re blaming social media because social media is making it harder to lie and hide the truth  …

[Tweet by @DrJaneChi: Before you call Ferguson a “war zone” remember that one side is shooting & the other has their hands up.] Valid. In my mind, I’ve been comparing the images coming out of Ferguson with images of military coups in places like Thailand or Egypt: A highly militarized “police” cracking down, extremely violently, …

The worst part of outfitting our police officers as soldiers has been psychological. Give a man access to drones, tanks, and body armor, and he’ll reasonably think that his job isn’t simply to maintain peace, but to eradicate danger. Instead of protecting and serving, police are searching and destroying. If officers are soldiers, it follows …

isabelthespy: nezua: mohandasgandhi: More and more US schools have police patrolling the corridors. Pupils are being arrested for throwing paper planes and failing to pick up crumbs from the canteen floor. Why is the state criminalising normal childhood behaviour? If this was protocol while you were in school, how many of you would have been …

What Sez Me: My Latest Letter to the President

whatsezme: Mr. President, Did you see the footage from the pepper spray attack by the police on UC Davis students? How does this make you feel as the President to see your citizens treated like this? How would you feel if this happened during your days as a community organizer? Are you waiting to see …