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"…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.




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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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Black and Unarmed: A Growing List…

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This is legitimately terrifying.

isn’t it? and people wonder why my ass don’t like going new places

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This is happening right now in my country Venezuela. All around the country Militaries are killing people just because we are defending what is Good. We want justice! We were doing a pacific protest and then they came and started to shoot and use gas against people and the government says that people need to show respect for the militaries.  People are being seriously injured and murdered. Respect? Democracy? Peace? NICOLAS YOU ARE NOT MY PRESIDENT YOU COWARD.



Let’s add to that that no International entity recognizes the election’s results and are asking for a recount, yet the CNE allowed Maduro to take the oath (wich was supposed to be on the 19th). The CNE’s president is leaving the country now.

We’re officially in a dictatorship.

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Egypt clashes continue for yet another day, despite Morsi declaring a state-of-emergency and preparing to arrest hundreds of citizens. Morsi continues to become more violent, more brutal and more repressive in his response to Egyptian citizens critical of his tyranny.
January 28, 2013

Police tear-gassed protesters in Cairo on Monday as clashes still gripped Egypt despite a declared state of emergency aimed at suppressing democracy in the region. The citizens on the street meanwhile reject president Morsi’s call for a dialogue as unrest enters its fifth day. They’ve done that before and know that Morsi is interested only in usurping more power from the people.

The violent unrest across Egypt rages on despite a 30-day state of emergency in Egypt starting Monday evening that President Morsi declared yesterday, as protesters pose a larger threat to Morsi’s power grab.

Morsi also set curfews from 9pm to 6am in the three most cities of Port Said, Suez and Ismailia where protesters are most loudly demanding democracy and transparency from the state. Further unrest is anticipated as many refuse to be repressed by the restrictions.

Many people believe a curfew will also be imposed on the capital, where police continue to brutally attack and fire teargas at protesters in Tahrir Square. A bystander was shot dead in clashes near the iconic venue, AFP reported Monday morning. Protesters are reporting that he was shot dead by government forces.

Thousands of people took to the streets of Port Said later on Monday to attend funerals of the most recent victims of police violence and repression. Reuters reported that mourners waved teargas canisters at television cameras to demonstrate that it is the brutal repressive police force who is to blame for the murder of Egyptian citizens.

Talks rejected

As the violence continues leaving now some 50 people dead, Egypt’s main opposition group, the National Salvation Front, has rejected President Mohamed Morsi’s calls for senior politicians and groups to join a national dialogue, saying it “could only lead to a dead end.” Recent interactions with Morsi have shown that he has no interest in fostering democracy in the region.

Speaking after the emergency meeting Monday afternoon, leading member of the coalition, Mohamed ElBaradei, said the proposal by the Islamist leader was “cosmetic and not substantive.”

The National Salvation Front will only attend talks, ElBaradei stressed, if a list of conditions laid by the opposition is met.

Earlier, smaller opposition groups also rejected president Morsi’s offer to negotiate because “the dialogue is a waste of time if the president doesn’t take responsibility for the bloody events.” They will not allow Morsi to get away with unapologetic, violent murder against citizens fighting for democracy.

Shortly after the state of emergency was declared, some 200 people marched in the streets of Ismailia, Reuters reported citing witnesses. “Down with Morsi, down with the state of emergency,” they chanted.

There have been reports of male mobs groping and assaulting isolated women in Tahrir Square amid the unrest. Twenty-five cases of sexual assaults by officers and others trying to suppress female protesters have been reported over the last few days. Some have been stripped naked and one was raped, local women’s rights campaigners told The Guardian.

Egypt’s cabinet later approved a draft law to give the army the power to arrest civilians. A cabinet source told Reuters that the army would “behave like a police force,” meaning detainees would go to a civilian, rather than a military court.

However, Cairo-based journalist Bel Trew told RT that there “have already been calls for protests to break this curfew starting at 8pm [Monday night], they say, in defiance of the president.”

“Security forces are now able to arrest citizens and detain them for up to 30 days without charges. So we’re likely to see a wave of arrests across those three cities as people violate the curfew and clash with police,” she said.

Rallies have been taking place in Cairo, Alexandria, Suez and half a dozen other places as citizen outrage continues to spread like wildfire. Protesters have taken to the streets in greater numbers following Saturday’s death sentence verdicts over a stadium stampede last February.

On Sunday, thousands turned out for the funerals of 35 rioters who were killed in previous Port Said protests on Saturday. Teargas was fired and gunfire was shot into the funerals. In Cairo, there was so much teargas in the air that Cairo journalist Bel Trew was struggling to get her words out.


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