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LITERALLY how can this petition possibly still be struggling to break 70k signatures?? are you against more measures to keep cops from killing black people in the streets? in their own homes? please signal boost this petition to all your social media sites.

This is the petition literally:

"Petitioning President Barack Obama:  Please Enact New Federal Laws to Protect Citizens from Police Violence and Misconduct"

Signal boost the shit out of this.

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"Happy" World Cup, Brazil.

(Here are some sources.)

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salem police have shot two people dead this month & yesterday a 13 year old was illegally arrested and interrogated in my hometown for a drawing he did in class, ‘lol’





"…Rialto’s randomised controlled study has seized attention because it offers scientific – and encouraging – findings: after cameras were introduced in February 2012, public complaints against officers plunged 88% compared with the previous 12 months. Officers’ use of force fell by 60%.”

— California Police Use of Body Cameras Cuts Violence and Complaints | The Guardian

This should be a federal law.




Signal Boost.

This post has 26k notes, but there’s less than 8k signatures on the petition and it ends in eight days, y’all. Get signing.

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On This Day in 2011: December 10 — Mustafa Tamimi succumbs to his wounds after being shot directly in the face with a tear gas canister from close range by an Israeli soldier during a demonstration in Nabi Saleh the previous day. He was 28.


Photo: Mustafa Tamimi. (Credit: ActiveStills)

Witnesses say the soldier was less than ten meters away when he fired, causing severe damage to the orbital region of Tamimi’s face.

“Half of his face was destroyed, pretty much. It looked really, really bad and he lost a lot of blood,” said Lazar Simeonov, a photographer that was in the village at the time. “I am not sure he will make it.”

This photo is extremely graphic

Ola Tamimi, Mustafa’s sister, is seen in the third photo just after her brother was shot.

Family and friends of Tamimi found no comfort the next day, funeral day, when the Israeli army fired tear gas on some of the mourners, beat unarmed demonstrators, and arrested seven activists (bottom two photos). Jonathan Pollak, an Israeli activist and close friend of Tamimi had to be carried away after he was choked unconscious by an Israeli soldier. Thousands lined Ramallah’s streets for the procession. 


Photo: Ola Tamimi weeping on the day of her brother’s funeral, Ramallah. (Credit: @iRevolt)

Demonstrations in Nabi Saleh have been taking place for three years now, protesting against the theft of Palestinian land in the form of the nearby illegal Israeli settlement of Halamish and a water spring belonging to Palestinians that Israeli settlers have occupied for themselves, an action the Israeli government supports.

More from Nabi Saleh:

Photos: Haim Scwarczenberg / Lazar Simeonov / Anne Paq / Lazar Simeonov / Anne Paq / AP

To this day no one has been charged for the murder of Mustafa Tamimi.

His father passed away in October without seeing justice for his son. He said:

“Sometimes my wife and I can’t go to sleep and we stay awake the whole night crying and comforting one another. It’s not good to keep crying and mourning our son the martyr. I keep telling my wife we must be strong, this is a blessing, an honor to have a martyred son, but sometimes I feel like I don’t believe what I’m saying and my heart feels so heavy with grief.” He looked at me wearily, but not fatalistically, I convinced myself. “Thank God for everything.”

Update: Two years later, Israel’s Military Advocate General rules no regulations were breached when a soldier fatally shot Mustafa Tamimi with tear gas from close range. This decision sends Israeli soldiers and officers the unequivocal message that, should they kill unarmed civilians, they will not be held accountable. (via +972mag - Read full article)

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I’m not angry or upset about anything in particular at the moment, but I thought I’d take a little time to write something out that had been bugging me about allies. It’s certainly not all-encompassing or totally comprehensive, but I hope it’s something I’ve been…


my mom has been a cop for over 20 years and she is the one who constantly warns me about police aggression and young male cops and told me that if you’re ever alone on a rural road and a cop throws their lights on to put on your four ways and drive to the next gas station before stopping because so many cops are scum and it’s not worth the chance of getting hurt. the fact that SHE feels the need to tell me this shit scares me to death

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A Black man holding a wallet is more likely to be shot by the police than a White man holding a gun.

In 2002, a study by Joshua Correll and colleagues, called The Police Officer’s Dilemma, revealed a phenomenon also known as shooter-bias 

The study found that people hesitated longer to shoot an armed white target (and they were more likely to accidentally not shoot). Participants were quicker and more accurate with black armed targets but there were more “false alarms” (shooting them when they were unarmed). These effects were present even though participants did not hold any explicit discriminatory views and wanted to treat all targets fairly.

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These effects were present even though participants did not hold any explicit discriminatory views and wanted to treat all targets fairly”

You’ve got to be kidding me. That’s total bullshit. If you’re going to shoot an unarmed black person and then claim to not have discriminatory views …What a crock of shit. 

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Yeah, that’s the most contradictory statement… like, let’s be honest here.

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Okay, HERE is a working link to the actual study via PubMed, HERE are the other articles published with funding from the same grant, and HERE is the article that is quoted above as it appears in The Society Pages. It was written by Lauren McGuire, who paraphrased the results of the study and kinda missed a couple of things.

Participants - the abstract does NOT specify whether subjects were police officers or not - “made the correct decision to shoot an armed target more quickly if the target was African American”, and “decided to ‘not shoot' an unarmed target more quickly if he was White.” [emphasis mine]

Also, the third stage of this research “showed that the magnitude of bias varied with perceptions of the cultural stereotype of African Americans as dangerous, and with levels of contact [with the stereotype], but not with personal racial prejudice.” How the authors quantify perceptions of the stereotype, levels of contact with it, and “personal racial prejudice” is not specified in the abstract.

The fourth part of the study showed “equivalent levels of bias among White and African American participants in a community sample.” The community is not specified, but could conceivably be a city police department, civilians within a particular city or town, a group of each, etc.

All of the above quotes are taken from the (two mysteriously different) abstracts on the PubMed and PsycNET articles. Here is where you can buy the full .pdf article for $11.95 (I can’t buy it rn b/c i have to get textbooks soon u_u)

I hope that clears some things up? Fact-checking is my hobby :V

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