Police violence & protest links

This visualization documents cases of police brutality or misconduct during the nationwide protests following the murder of George Floyd by a Minneapolis police officer. This is not comprehensive — these are only a few hundred cases Tweeted by individuals and compiled by Greg Doucette.”

Showing Up For Racial Justice, “part of a multi-racial movement is to undermine white support for white supremacy and to help build a racially-just society.”

#8CantWait: “Data proves that together these eight policies can decrease police violence by 72%.” Look up your city, find out which ones it’s missing, call your reps. It’s a project by Campaign Zero, an organization led by black activists that’s been analyzing police departments and pushing for data-driven reform since 2015.

March 2016: “Americans are afraid of many threats to their lives – serial killers, crazed gunmen, gang bangers, and above all terrorists – but these threats are surprisingly unlikely. Approximately three-quarters of all homicide victims in America are killed by someone they know. And the real threat from strangers is quite different from what most fear: one-third of all Americans killed by strangers are killed by police.

And before diving into all the heavier articles from this month, here’s a light one:

June 2: “Eight Viacom networks went off the air for eight minutes and 46 seconds on Monday night in a tribute to George Floyd […] Nickelodeon took a more kid-friendly approach to the social justice campaign, using an orange background (the network’s signature shade) with the message: “Nickelodeon is going off the air for 8 minutes and 46 seconds in support of justice, equality, and human rights.”” (I keep seeing people summarize this as if Nick aired the horror-movie version. Nope, the kids’ network aired a perfectly-appropriate kid-safe alternative.)

May 29: “Hafsa, the daughter of owner Ruhel Islam, announces that the restaurant caught fire, and she thanks those who apparently attempted to guard the restaurant from further damage. However, she says, the Islam family will “rebuild and recover.” ‘Let my building burn, Justice needs to be served, put those officers in jail’.”

May 29: ““I never heard, ‘Get down, freeze, I’m an officer,’” [the witness] told the news station. “I never heard nothing. I just heard gunshots.”” Justice for Tony McDade.

May 31: “The ongoing protests following the killing of George Floyd were caught up in violence again on Saturday, as police all over the country tear-gassed protesters, drove vehicles through crowds, opened fire with nonlethal rounds on journalists or people on their own property, and in at least one instance, pushed over an elderly man who was walking away with a cane. Here are some of the ways law enforcement officers escalated the national unrest.”

June 1 (Teen Vogue): “While people are inclined to whip out their phones and film when they see something alarming happening, those videos are not always recorded in a way that can be used as evidence in a legal proceeding or to support advocacy tactics. […] To help you film safely, ethically, and effectively, see the guidance below.”

June 1: “Setting the patronizing tone to the side—“when we riot,” Lord give me strength—comments like these articulate a hierarchy of values that has chaperoned many Clevelanders to the very brink of their breaking points. Anyone waving a sign and chanting “No Justice, No Peace” on Lakeside Saturday might have been inclined to remind Budish that the communities they hold most dear have been ravaged, too: not by riots but by publicly funded police departments.

June 2: “Facing a slew of media requests asking about how protests might be a risk for COVID-19 transmission, a group of infectious disease experts […] drafted a collective response. In an open letter published Sunday, they write that ‘protests against systemic racism, which fosters the disproportionate burden of COVID-19 on Black communities and also perpetuates police violence, must be supported.'”

June 4: “Hence, the frustration seen in the streets of these cities is not new, has continually been brewing for decades, and is a result of perpetual discrimination in many aspects of American society, including but not limited to:” [A roundup of introductory links about systemic Racism Problems.]

June 5: “I, indeed, was one of several individuals physically hit and struck by Chicago police on Sunday as they clashed with protestors. [..] The interest in this incident likely stems from my position working toward police accountability. And that it seems ironic that someone in a public-facing position could also become a victim of police aggression. This is the duality I live with as a Black man in America, even one who is privileged to be part of systems of power. I am not exempt from what any other Black man faces on the streets.”

June 5: “Police marked the start of Pride month with fresh violence against peaceful queer spaces. Police attacked LGBTQ+ bars in Des Moines and Raleigh this week, simply because those bars were providing medical assistance to those wounded by police.”

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