Tag Archives: law enforcement

David Banner on the Shooting of Trayvon Martin: “We Have to Get Some Type of Legislation Now.”

Gulf Coast hip hop impresario David Banner drops some straight knowledge re: Trayvon, race, and class in the US of A in this BlackEnterprise.com interview: “The fact [is] we have to get some type of legislation now. “What do we … Continue reading

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G20 Aftermath Shakes Canadian Democracy: Public Inquiry NOW.

(Originally posted at Comments From Left Field) At this past weekend’s G20 Summit, Toronto the Good was transformed into Toronto the Garrisoned. Almost from the moment the summit began, 25,000 mostly-peaceful protesters faced a riot gear clad phalanx of security … Continue reading

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UWO, London Ontario Police Violently Assault Student

by matttbastard This hits a bit too close to home — seriously: Officials at the University of Western Ontario in London [my hometown -- mb] are defending the violent arrest of a student that was captured on video and posted … Continue reading

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The Return of ‘Lawful Access’

by matttbastard Well, isn’t this lovely: The Conservative government is preparing sweeping new eavesdropping legislation that will force Internet service providers to let police tap exchanges on their systems – but will likely reignite fear that Big Brother will be … Continue reading

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matttbastard at GlobalComment

by matttbastard The fine folks @ GlobalComment have graciously published an opinion piece written by yours truly on the recent fatal shooting of BART passenger Oscar Grant. A sample: Cold. Blooded. Murder. What else can you call what occurred on … Continue reading

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PSA: A call for action on trans rights in Tennessee

by matttbastard Via The Tennessee Transgender Political Coalition: For Immediate Release: Dated December 27, 2008 Another Transgender Woman Shot in Memphis On Christmas Eve, a Memphis television station reported the shooting of Leeneshia Edwards in Memphis. She becomes the third … Continue reading

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“It was like pheasant season in South Dakota. If it moved, you shot it.”

by matttbastard Apologies for getting to this a bit late: More from ProPublica’s A.C. Thompson here, here and here. Also blogging on this: Womanist Musings Jack and Jill Politics All About Race Vivir Latino Think Progress Slant Truth First Draft … Continue reading

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This Year’s Whitewash Model: “Sudden Death Following Restraint”

by matttbastard Because ‘excited delirium’ is, like, so 2007. Jesus wept. Related: Alison has more regarding the Criminal Justice Branch ruling on the 2007 death of Robert Dziekanski (shorter: “It was his own goddamn fault that he died!”); make sure … Continue reading

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Obey DNC: Denver Riot Cop Viciously Assaults, Arrests Code Pink Protester

by matttbastard To paraphrase The Strokes, “Mile High city cops/they ain’t too smaaart”: The Rocky Mountain News: A police officer was videotaped Tuesday shoving a CodePink protester hard to the ground without any apparent sign of provocation. Footage of the … Continue reading

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Obey: Black, Gay, and Female? Talk About a Prime Target For Protection and Service.

by matttbastard Via Renee: Elle nails it: What I noticed about the video (aside from the cops jerking a young woman off a public bus and injuring her for a damned finger sign) was how police brutality has led us … Continue reading

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