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I’d bite too. June 21, 2015

Posted by Erin Ptah in News Roundup.
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People killed by police, 2015. 530 and counting.

Sure, there are some looters during anti-racism protest, but you have to remember not to judge an entire group for the actions of a few bad-apple police officers.

“Just how large of a threat do New York City’s cops pose to its citizens—especially those who live in public housing? Large enough that the city’s housing authority ordered its employees to wear bright orange vests on the job, just in case an NYPD officer in a dark project stairwell mistakes a worker for a resident and shoots him dead. ” (No clue how actual residents are supposed to protect themselves.)

“The deputy has [a 13-year-old child] on the ground in a choke hold and tases him as he screams out in agony. Since shocking him once wasn’t enough for the deputy, he tased him again for good measure, according to Johnny Daza, 18, who posted the video to Facebook.” Later, we see this guy complaining about how the kid bit him. If I was being pinned, choked, and electrocuted by an adult man, I’d bite too.

“Right-wing extremists averaged 337 attacks per year in the decade after 9/11, causing a total of 254 fatalities, according to a study by Arie Perliger, a professor at the United States Military Academy’s Combating Terrorism Center.”

And that was from an editorial released June 16. Kudos to the NYT for giving attention to this situation as a general rule, not just in response to the June 17 terrorist attack in Charleston.

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