NCFOM and #BlackLivesMatter

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  • 23 Jul 2015 at 12:56 pm #7367

    Candy Minx

    Since the movie won an Oscar and the novels release…the real life problem with law enforcement being too dangerous a job…not only for old men, but young people has only become more clear. The records and civil resistance of posting video of the police state and police brutality (and vigilante Trayvon Martin story) is just more pronounced. The videos are racking up like Cosby’s drug induced rapes.

    “The DOJ’s report has made us all familiar with the details: the constant pressure on police to issue as many citations as possible for minor infractions (such as parking or seat-belt violations) and the equal pressure on the courts to make the fines as high as possible; the arcane court rules apparently designed to be almost impossible to follow (the court’s own web page contained incorrect information); the way citizens who had never been found guilty—indeed, never even been accused—of an actual crime were rounded up, jailed, threatened with “indefinite” incarceration in fetid cells, risking disease and serious injury, until their destitute families could assemble hundreds if not thousands of dollars in fines, fees, and penalties to pay their jailers.

    As a result of such practices, over three quarters of the population had warrants out for the arrest at any given time. The entire population was criminalized.”

    ‘”I’m infuriated and everybody else should be infuriated as well,” Sharon Cooper, Sandra Bland’s sister, said at a press conference at DuPage African Methodist Episcopal Church in Chicago on Wednesday.
    Cooper said she watched the video of Bland’s arrest in it’s entirety and thought the officer’s actions were unnecessary, blaming his bruised ego.
    “I simply feel like the officer was picking on her,” Cooper said. “Not once did he ever say he felt threatened, but when you tell me you’re gonna ‘light me up,’ I feel extremely threatened and concerned and I’m not gonna get out my car.” ‘(From Huff Post)

    Is this insanity?

    Posting these videos and #BlackLivesMatter is part of resistance. There are a few things going on, including that the police are actually terrified to do their job….which is getting the bad guys. Getting the bad guys is too frightening. That is what the movie “No Country For Old Men” was about…that fighting the crime here is so dangerous…the cops are afraid to do it.

    The easy, safe route is using driving infractions…which are about as serious as chewing gum in school (GAWKER metaphor) as a way to monitor, bully intimidate and trap people. In a place where there aren’t jobs, where alienation and failure is the only option for so many people…we get a police state and terroism. It’s no secret. It’s not a mystery. We need valuable , solid forms of making a living in the United States. And we need people to learn to treat each other with respect…or at least tolerance.

    The thing is…if crime is the only viable option for making a living…who is going to fight crime? Who is going to risk their lives? Who is going to go up against the white collar criminals and the drug lords? No body. No body is going against them.

    Watching the dialogue with the woman he originally pulls over then Sandra Bland…this shows how it’s all kinds of people who are unhappy and angry in the United States. This man is playing out his anger, pride and hate. For sure. What he does with her is a “double bind”. A double bind is a controlling system. Once they got off on the wrong foot with each other…he probably wouldn’t have stopped for anything. He is easy to “profile”…what is upsetting to me is why aren’t his supervisors and the people who work at the police academies profiling these new recruits? They aren’t profiling them or sorting through applicants and rookies….because no one wants to fight crime. People are afraid to fight crime…therefore the academies have to accept cowards and powered people. No one else would do the job.

    If you get a chance…watch how he treats another female driver. He almost seems to be flirting or testing her. He asks a few questions that a customer officer might ask. Is he truly interested in her? Or is he hoping to scare a woman driver….in order to get a better “take”. By take I mean….tickets, warnings, violations and raise money for all the infrastructures that are falling apart. If we taxed the %1 we might be able to pay for roads and bridges and city structures and programs. But we don’t tax the rich appropriately here…so money has to be raised in some manner. The politicians aren’t coming down on law enforcement because they are the rich, and they need to pay the bills for the cities and states. This is a collapsing nightmare. THE WIRE; America is broken.

    23 Jul 2015 at 1:11 pm #7368

    Candy Minx


    Okay so…I have participated in god knows how many training workshops in my life. I just could not even begin to count. Workshops for cultural tolerance, workshops for women, workshops for recovery, workshops for wonder, workshops for marching in the streets, workshops for talking, workshops for non-threatening language, workshops for diversity, workshops for sensitivity, workshops for first aid…
    I mean a lot of workshop. So last night I’m really looking forward to the training for civil disobedience. The facilitator ask, “Give us some suggestions on how we can do civil resistance”. I put up my hand and say “we can choose where we spend our money” She says good. I put up my hand again “We can speak out when someone says something insensitive”. She was “yes, thats good”. No one is saying anything….so I put my hand up again “We can make moral decisions based on compassion”. She writes down on the board…”speaking”. She writes down on the board “boycotting”….and then she asks another question and finally some other people put up their hands. The first guy says “we can shame people” the next person says “we can destroy property”….and I see…wow. She is writing on the board every poetic dirty bird-dogging thing people are saying . (I had to google “bird-dogging” and realized thats an adage for what Michael Moore did in ROGER AND ME) I had no idea that the game was so tight right now. I spoke to our facilitator a few times on my own during the training in the breaks. I was like, “You mean I can take a picture of you?” “you get PAID to do this training!!??” Last night I was putting my camera on the floor and taking picture of feet because I was so scared everyone would get arrested! LOL. I spent my whole life trying not to go to jail…and these folks are learning how to wear several layers of clothes (jail is cold) eat a lot of food the day before protest (one meal a day in jail) and to wear depends (long wait for bathroom break in jail) it was truly a humbling and disturbing experience. Everybody is gonna owe big time to these folks on the Karma Scale.

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