I said as much in the Teen Vogue post, police purposefully pick out journalists and observers during protests. Safely documenting arrests and protests is an illusion, police can intimidate, harass and even attack at any point for any invented reason.
Yup. Steroid abuse is a symptom. White supremacy and toxic masculinity are the disease.
I’d say steroids are a symptom, not the actual disease; THAT would be sociopathy, quite often, mixed with racism and futile rage.
That cop was probably already a racist bastard who in normal conditions would have made a normal arrest. If he was on drugs or steroids, their side effects might have pushed it into excessive violence and inability to assess the risks involved to the point he lost any control with reality, that is, somebody dying under his knee.
The whole god damn structure of policing is fucking racist, dude. Stop making excuses.
That cop has a long history of violent behavior directed at minorities.
Not saying that steroid abuse isn’t involved, but primary blame has to go to the system that has been keeping him in uniform.
Steroids make regular racists murderously racist I guess.
Or maybe it’s the white supremacist power structure and the total lack of accountability.
Nah, definitely the steroids
It’s this simple: that cop KNEW what he was doing, at least at some level. The videos make that pretty starkly plain. It was premeditated murder, in my eyes, and he felt he’d get away with it. And sure enough, the waving of blue-clad arms is a blur in the air, as they try to make this go away… -.-’
When there’s a pandemic on that one of the symptoms is shortness of breath, it’s not kind to post such laughable statements.
Look, I get it. It’s comforting and easier to blame “this thing they do, that is different from me” and say it’s the problem. It’s harder to confront systemic injustices that many of us benefit from. But here’s the thing: racist and gendered violence exist outside of the spectrum of drug use and abuse. They existed before the availability of steroids. They were just as evil.
TW Racial Violence Below The Cut
People have been violently murdering other people in this fashion for all of history. Look at the history of lynchings and organizations like the KKK for something more modern. White people had fucking picnics around the corpses of lynched black people. They ate sandwiches and watched other people die violently, or had a glass of refreshing lemonade after doing the hard work of hoisting a person into a tree by a rope for the crime of having darker skin.
The steroids are not the problem. You could have a chemically clean police force tomorrow and this would still be happening. The problem is with white supremacy, toxic masculinity, the militarization of the police (including US v. Them doctrine) and the carceral state. Take those out (a much harder job, so I can see why it scares you) and steroids would cease to be a problem all on their own.
I’m not making excuses. Racism is a huge cultural problem, but we can’t ignore that giving the wrong people an uniform and a gun is what kills people. Over here in the EU racism is also rampant, much less among cops, at least compared to the US, still we have white cops beating and killing white people. Does it change something? Take away racism in the US and you still get violent cops that could pull you over and crush your face just because you wore the wrong shirt. There are two very different (although intersecting) problems here, we should deal with both.
As long as systemic racism exists, we get these results.
Look at the list posted here.
There are plenty of ways proposed there to discourage violent thugs from joining the police force, but “drug testing for steroids” doesn’t make the list at all.
Actually, quite a few (but not nearly all) precincts DO test for steroids. Sadly, though, we also get very little solid info on a) who fails, or b) what actually happens after (as opposed to the written rules), so it’s of questionable worth, to put it nicely.
Just another symptom of their utter lack of accountability.
That’s exactly why steroid testing is a low-priority item for people who think seriously about police reform in the U.S.
God damn that prosecutor. Unless that “other evidence” shows that Floyd had a third unrestrained arm that was actively wielding a hatchet, he can go fuck himself sideways. This violence is on his hands.
And, not for nothing, let’s not forget that the wails of anguish from Klobacher et al ring more than a little hollow at this point given she had the power to rein Chauvin in while this pattern of behavior was being set. She chose not to, because she wasn’t forced to, because there was no video. The only reason she (and a host of others) aren’t playing the “well, police have a hard job, so it’s not our place to second-guess these life & death decisions…” is because the public has seen the video. If there was no video, or if a Rahm Emanuel figure suppressed it sufficiently, these officers would be on patrol today.
Agreed! That prosecutor damn well needs far more of the shame and blame here, there’s plenty to go around.
Coming to this conversation late, but wanted to point out: seems as though the “vandalism” was initiated by agents provocateurs:
ETA: The above thread points out that after the AutoZone was vandalized, protestors were teakettled into it using tear gas canisters. No wonder it caught on fire.
Quit while you’re behind
Well fuck. Prosecutors charge for murder on less evidence than that every day.
ARGH. I’m concerned about virus transmission among the protestors. They are already part of vulnerable populations. It shouldn’t have changed their decison to protest, this isn’t like the stupid protests about stay-at-home orders. But I’m worried for them.
The fire was a bad idea, strategically. I know and understand why the protestors did it (if they did, more on that in a bit), but it has shifted the focus.
I’m glad it burned though.
The protestors may have set fires in the building but it went up so fast. I could see some retreating cops leaving some flammable shit around to help things along.
I’m pretty impressed with the mayor.
And Trump. Fuck that horrible little man.
Remember the good old days when video was considered near incontrovertible evidence of something happening? Body cams were supposed to help but somehow the courts still seem to be able to dismiss cell phone video as well as bodycam footage.