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Racism: pervasive, brutal, and really frickin bizarre October 4, 2015

Posted by Erin Ptah in News Roundup.
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People killed by police, 2015. 901 and counting.

“Historically, we are living in an era of police safety. Yet fatal encounters with law enforcement have become commonplace. The past month alone saw 103 people killed by law enforcement. In the first week of September, police killed more civilians than the total number of police officers killed so far this year.

“Take a look at the 10 Alabama counties with the highest percentage of non-white registered voters. Alabama, thanks to its budgetary insanity and inanity, just opted to close driver license bureaus in eight of them. In a state in which driver licenses or special photo IDs are a requirement for voting.”

“The footage shows a group of officers trying to apprehend several teenagers at the scene. A random white civilian is pictured pushing up against a black teen in handcuffs. One teen girl is crying on the ground after being pepper sprayed. Another girl is crying as a cop grabs the back of her neck and pushes her into a squad car.

Officers shoot two parents in the front of a car while their four-month-old is in the back seat. What is wrong with people.

“Yvette Smith called 911 for help. She opened the front door of her home and was almost instantly shot twice by police with an AR-15 assault rifle. The officers on the scene lied and said she was armed. The supervising officer doubled down on the lie and spread it in a press release.”

“A Long Island, N.Y., woman claims she spent eight days at a mental hospital, where she was injected with powerful drugs, after New York Police Department officers refused to believe a young black woman owned a BMW.

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