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“He committed two felonies: he was black, and he was running.” – Racism and Law Enforcement

No, the quote in the title of this post isn’t about Michael Brown

A parent's nightmare

A parent’s nightmare

Although Michael Brown’s tragic story and the subsequent events in Ferguson, MO are the most recent manifestations of this pervasive and long-standing attitude among those in law enforcement. A couple months ago I (unfortunately) spent some time with a former deputy. This person related a story about the time they shot a black man while on duty. While telling the story this person was laughing and showed zero remorse, noting, “He committed two felonies: he was black, and he was running.” The person then went on to talk about cuffing a black inmate to a large drain in the floor of a jail cell and leaving him there for several hours, and how there were cameras in the jail but all the cops knew where the blind spots were so they could rough up inmates without getting caught.

Never trust law enforcement

Always be on your guard and record any encounters with police if you can, because if it’s your word against theirs you’ll lose every time. Think I’m being paranoid? Time and time again (and again, and again, and again [<- text is followed by graphic video showing man being tasered to death in police custody; don’t watch it unless you have a strong stomach]… ok I’ll stop now since the point should be clear) we’ve seen police assault or kill innocent people, often with no charges or consequences after the fact. Before anyone says, “Not all cops are bad,” I suggest that anyone who witnesses this sort of behavior and covers for it is a bad person. If individual cops wish to be considered good then they need to start actively working against those who are breaking the law, abusing the authority of their positions, and murdering unarmed citizens. I will start to believe good cops actually exist when they show up in Ferguson, MO from neighboring towns, counties, and states–in uniform–and stand against the barbaric, twisted fucks who are currently terrorizing an entire community in the name of “law enforcement”. Until then, film the police, document everything, and continue to demand they be held accountable for their actions.

Badges don’t grant extra rights.

Pro-Lie

Protest Sign

I didn’t have any posterboard, so I had to improvise. Dry erase board covered in saran wrap, since it was raining (yay Portland!).

I happened upon an anti-abortion protest last week. There’s a Planned Parenthood across the street from the post office near my house. I have a PO box there, because I’m getting old and that’s what old people do.

These protesters had been there before, but for some reason I felt moved that day to show my disagreement with their message. I left the post office, went home, called Planned Parenthood and made a $10 donation. Then, I made the sign that you see to the right, and went back to stand right next to the demonstrators.

As I was walking up, one of the people holding a sign, a younger girl who looked to be in her 20s, turned and smiled at me. That smile disappeared little by little as she read each line, until she looked up at me and simply said, “Oh.”

I said hello, then stood about 10 feet to her left, so that the arrow would be pointing at her and the others standing at each corner of the intersection. We talked briefly, when I told her that I had to give them credit for having the dedication to stand out in the rain. “We get our power from the holy spirit,” she replied.

“Well, I’m an atheist, so I guess I’m just here because I feel like it,” I offered, trying very hard not to come off as sarcastic. I wonder if she thinks I’m here because of Satan, I thought, doing my best not to ask her. Abortion is a contentious subject, and I wanted to remain civil. Continue reading