Thursday, October 20, 2016

When policing is not done right we all suffer.

Image result for police training  imagesThe Field Negro education series continues.
The following  article was written by Luke Darby for GQ Magazine, and it's an interesting perspective of what is going on in police departments across the country. 
I have been saying this for awhile now, but law enforcement officers across the country need better training and a better understanding of the public they serve.
And if you think it's only black folks you would be wrong. Take a look at the case of Micah Jester 
Now to the article:
"Just under a month ago, something happened that seems to never happen in United States: a police officer shot an unarmed black man, and then was formally charged with first-degree manslaughter.
Terence Crutcher had been trying to get help with his car, broken down on a highway, when Officer Betty Jo Shelby shot him (as another officer tased him). She claimed that Crutcher was behaving suspiciously and failed to follow orders. While police didn’t find a gun on him or in the car, they did find a vial of PCP, and as of last week we know that toxicology reports say Crutcher had the drug in his system. Shelby’s attorney is claiming that the presence of PCP is the first bit of evidence that will prove that Shelby’s actions were justified.
The entire case is once again raising questions about drug laws, police training, and the relationship between cops and minority communities. Raeford Davis, who works with Law Enforcement Against Prohibition, a nonprofit group of judges and law enforcement agents, has been an outspoken advocate against the war on drugs and over-policing across the country. Davis served as a cop in South Carolina until 2006, and he was kind enough to talk to GQ about the epidemic. The following interview took place over two separate conversations and has been edited.

GQ: We’re in the middle of a huge national discussion right now about the relationship between police and minority communities. You’ve said elsewhere that, in your experience, cops aren’t individually racist, but they are actors in a racist system. Can you explain what that means?
Raeford Davis: That’s part of the disconnect, and that’s why you see law enforcement officers get so upset when they’re called out as just a bunch of racists. In North Charleston we had black leadership in my department, and Charlotte has a black chief. These guys would not tolerate overt racism. They work very hard to maintain a good rapport with the black community and they would get really upset when you did things to mess it up. However, they kind of operate under the same illusions. They put their murder and robbery rates over a map of the city and that’s mostly in poor and minority neighborhoods, and they say, “That’s why we’re there, it has nothing to do with race.” But we know that from the outset drug enforcement was just a covert continuation of Jim Crow-type oppression laws. The laws apply to everyone in theory, but we know they were used to target minority communities. Those efforts have a destabilizing effect on the community, and destabilized communities have more crime, then you have more police presence and activity, and that further destabilizes the community. No additional racism from individual officers is necessary.
Can you describe your training a bit?
In South Carolina they have a central police academy that everyone goes to. Training was eight weeks when I attended, and it has now been extended to 12 weeks. That short time frame by its nature ensures training will be very basic and focused on worst-case scenarios. The overarching theme when interacting with "subjects" is always maintain control no matter what. A great deal of your time is then spent training in physical control methods, use of force: how to shoot, how to strike, how to take a person down, and how to handcuff them in order to maintain that control.
And what about firearm training? Was there much concern about accidental discharge?
I was terrified that I would accidentally shoot myself or someone else. That weighed on my mind a lot. There’s a lot of emphasis on safety and procedure, and we spent time with a “firearms training simulator.” [Ed. note: Here is an example.] You interact with a video screen in shoot/don't shoot scenarios where the instructor can control the outcome the based on your responses. He can even fire ping pong balls at you to replicate being shot at. The simulators are great but they’re training just to shoot or not. I had to ask the instructor when it would be okay to not arrest someone or even press the situation because you think it might go bad for you or you were concerned about harming the person. My instructor said yes, and told me about a time when he pulled over a group of guys on a road and he was by himself and had no back-up. But I had to ask about that—it wasn’t actually covered.
When you first became a police officer, what sort of training did you get for de-escalating a potentially violent encounter?
Very little. My academy manual was approximately 1,500 pages long. Of that, maybe 10-20 pages cover effective communication and verbal de-escalation techniques. It wasn’t really until you got out with your field training officer that they would say, “Look you’ve got to talk to people and settle things without getting worked up.” In a lot of ways, when you got on the street you were unlearning a lot of thee worst case scenario training that you learned at the academy.
Were there any mechanisms in place to weed out people who weren’t suited for the job?
Most people wash out based on academic issues and obvious physical issues, like a bad knee, that would prevent them from performing their duties than anything else. As far as spotting over-aggressive or mentally unstable red flags, no, I didn’t see where that would come up and it certainly didn’t with my group. How people washed out from the academy beyond that would be off-campus problems, like getting a DUI or, as happened to one guy, getting into a road rage incident and flashing his badge and gun at people. But it’s the barrel that’s bad, regardless of the apples.
So, what are some of the things you learned about how to behave in those worst case scenarios?
We have this “use of force” continuum. It changes depending on the agency, but there’s a basic format. You can increase your level of response based on the reaction of the individual. You start off with your mere presence, then you have verbal commands, and if that doesn’t work you can put your hands on someone. If they pull back, then you can maybe use a pressure point technique. If they take a swing at you, then you can escalate to a baton. The main takeaway I got from my training concerning individuals armed with a knife or similar weapon was the "21 foot rule." Basically if you confront anyone with a knife and they get within 21 feet, you can shoot them.
Which means that if an officer wanted to, they could in theory escalate a routine traffic stop into a physical confrontation?
The number one concern is: are you lawfully present? Even if that’s an expired license plate on a car, you can say, “Yes, I’m lawfully present,” and from there you can work that use of force continuum up. And some officers manipulate it. While on its face the legal training appears to be a litany of what police can't do in order to respect subject rights, the result is officers know more about hundreds of confusing laws that you don’t know about, and it gives them the ability to reverse-engineer them to justify the virtually unlimited force and violence you see today. They can almost guarantee a suspect’s non-compliance. That’s what you see in a lot of these resisting arrest charges, an officer can subtly manipulate by doing something like giving people conflicting demands: “Put your hands up, don’t move,” for example. No matter what they do after that, you can say they didn’t comply. Or they might panic, and then it’s resisting.
In this case then you’ve described how something like a routine traffic stop could escalate to a physical confrontation. But what incentive would an officer have to manipulate the situation like that?
A lot of it is unconscious because you’re doing what you’re trained to do, but you’re doing it poorly. We also base law enforcement activity on arrests, which is the opposite of what we should be doing. Success should be measured by the absence of crime, not number of arrests. If you manipulate people into getting an arrest, you look like you solved a problem." [More]
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Wednesday, October 19, 2016

What are your thoughts about the final debate?

MORE DISCLAIMERSI just watched the final presidential debate, and if you are a trump fan I would like to send you a bottle of Tylenol for all the drinking that I am sure you are going to be doing tonight.

The big takeaway for me was trump saying that he would not accept the will of the American people if he lost the election. 

Anyway, I would like your thoughts on Donald and Hillary's big night.

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Don't tell Christopher that the elections are "rigged".

"An Idaho man grabbed two kitchen knives and threatened to “cut some n****rs” during a bizarre encounter with his black neighbors.

Christopher Gauthier, of Boise, came out of his home Friday morning with the knives as his neighbors were leaving for the day, reported the Idaho Statesman.

The victim said he loaded his two young daughters into his car for school, turned on the engine to warm it up and went back inside to get an item he’d forgotten.

That’s when the 38-year-old Gauthier ran outside, opened the car door and made a “scary face” at the girls, turned off the engine and ran back into his apartment with the neighbor’s keys.

The girls ran crying toward their home."

Lord have mercy!

Folks, just think what will happen with the rest of the Christopher Gauthiers out there if Donald trump loses this election.

 The man has already declared that the election is rigged, that the inner cities (black folks) are doing the bulk of the cheating, and that this will cause him and his people to be on the outside looking in come November.

Christopher is not alone, there are others out there on the trump- train who will become just as unhinged if their leader loses. What's really scary though, is this: Some of die hard deranged supporters even work in law enforcement.

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Monday, October 17, 2016

Billy made him do it.

Image result for billy bush imagesI wonder how many of you married guys out there could tell your better half that you did some inappropriate things because some dude half your age was "egging" you on.  I am willing to guess that not many. Of course not many of you happen to have millions (yes Donald, millions; not billions) of dollars laying around, either. 

I was listening to some of Melania trump's interview with CNN, and you have to kind of feel sorry for her. She actually blamed her husband's misogynist and sexist behavior on a man half his age.

Which begs the question: If Donald trump can be so easily be influenced by a lightweight entertainer, how can he stand up to world leaders with much more influence and gravitas?

Donald wasn't there during the interview, so you have to wonder what his people were thinking. Hillary stood right by Bubba's side as he did his best Shaggy impression after his numerous flings in the nineties. It's ironic that trump's wife is now doing the very thing that they accuse Hillary of doing: Standing by her man while Stevie Wonder can see what's really going on.  

Melania said some other interesting things as well:

"Melania Trump is suggesting that, as First Lady, she could be interested in leading an effort to combat bullying and negativity on social media.
Mrs. Trump - whose husband frequently uses social media to attack opponents - said in an interview Monday on CNN that she was worried about its impact on children.
She said she is concerned that her 10-year-old son Barron would be exposed to tough talk on Twitter and other social media platforms.
Donald Trump, of course, is frequently combative on Twitter.
Just earlier Monday, he took to the social media platform to unleash attacks on both sides of the aisle, targeting both Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton and House Speaker Paul Ryan and claiming the "dishonest" media was conspiring against him."
Ok Melania, so as First Lady you will not take on poverty, education, healthcare, world hunger or adult illiteracy. Your issue will be bullying on social media?
Well, for starters, you might want to holla at the man you were just defending.
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Sunday, October 16, 2016

The NPD candidate.

Image result for trump creepy images"Kernberg described malignant narcissism as a syndrome characterized by anarcissistic personality disorder (NPD), antisocial features, paranoid traits, and egosyntonic aggression. Other symptoms may include an absence of conscience, a psychological need for power, and a sense of importance (grandiosity)." ~Wikipedia~

I always thought that racism was at the core of Donald trump's evil and malevolence, but I was wrong.

Yes, everything we see and hear form him suggests that he very well might be a virulent racist, but that is not what makes Donald trump, in my opinion, the bad person that we know him to be.

What makes him a fundamentally bad person and human being is his malignant  narcissism  rooted in a sociopathic need to belittle others and bully his way to the top. It's why he believes that he can grab a strange woman "by the pussy", or stick his tongue down her throat without her permission. It's also why he believes that he can mock a disabled person in front of thousands of his supporters to get a laugh. He can, because he is Donald trump.

This should scare the living crap out of all of us with a brain, and the more I see of this guy the more terrified I am at the thought of him becoming the leader of the free world.

I am not going to go to the extreme and say that I will leave the country if he wins, because, quite frankly, I have always thought that the American political system is such that it can withstand even the most incompetent and potentially dangerous individual leading the executive branch. Although now, with trump, I am not so sure. He is already threatening to do some very undemocratic things if he wins.

I get why some people are terrified of  the thought of a president trump. The thought of a president trump taking us down the road to wherever his fickle and capricious mind wants to take us should cause everyone to lose sleep. No one will be safe in  Donald trump's America. Not minorities; not women; not children; not the disabled. White men who think that they will get "their country back" are in for a rude awakening. The only white man who will benefit from a trump presidency is...well... Donald trump.

I will leave you with some of his greatest hits.

Just some, because time and space would not permit me to give you all of them.

"1. “An ‘extremely credible source’ has called my office and told me that Barack Obama’s birth certificate is a fraud”
Trump was determined to ‘expose’ President Obama’s birthplace back in 2012, and even claimed to have sent investigators to Hawaii in the hopes of proving Obama wasn’t born in the United States.
2. “Robert Pattinson should not take back Kristen Stewart. She cheated on him like a dog & will do it again – just watch. He can do much better!”
Clearly Donald is a Team Edward kind of guy…
3. “Ariana Huffington is unattractive, both inside and out. I fully understand why her former husband left her for a man – he made a good decision.”
Trump always has charming things to say about successful, prominent women – but he stooped particularly low with this comment about Huffington Post founder.
4. “You know, it really doesn’t matter what the media write as long as you’ve got a young, and beautiful, piece of ass.” 
Trump proves (again) that he views a woman’s looks over anything else…
6. “I will build a great wall – and nobody builds walls better than me, believe me – and I’ll build them very inexpensively. I will build a great, on our southern border, and I will make Mexico pay for that wall. Mark my words.” 
Oh for goodness sake.
7. “When Mexico sends its people, they’re not sending the best. They’re not sending you, they’re sending people that have lots of problems and they’re bringing those problems with us. They’re bringing drugs. They’re bring crime. They’re rapists… And some, I assume, are good people.” 
Just another casually racial slur, then…
8. “Our great African-American President hasn’t exactly had a positive impact on the thugs who are so happily and openly destroying Baltimore.”
Don’t worry, his racist outbursts aren’t just directed at Mexico.
9. “If I were running ‘The View’, I’d fire Rosie O’Donnell. I mean, I’d look at her right in that fat, ugly face of hers, I’d say ‘Rosie, you’re fired.’”
Trump has infamously hated on Rosie O’Donnell, making crude, sexist and misogynistic remarks about her on multiple occasions.
10. “All of the women on The Apprentice flirted with me – consciously or unconsciously. That’s to be expected.”
Because of course, no woman can resist Trump’s charms. [Throws up on keyboard]
11. “One of they key problems today is that politics is such a disgrace. Good people don’t go into government.”
Well at least he’s showing some self awareness.
12. “The beauty of me is that I’m very rich.”
And not that fabulous barnet of yours?
13. “It’s freezing and snowing in New York – we need global warming!”
Definitely not missing the point…
14. “I’ve said if Ivanka weren’t my daughter, perhaps I’d be dating her.”
Possibly (/definitely) one of the creepiest things we’ve ever heard…
15. “My fingers are long and beautiful, as, it has been well documented, are various other parts of my body.”
16. “I have never seen a thin person drinking Diet Coke.”
We’re glad he’s so concerned about the obesity crisis.
17. “I think the only difference between me and the other candidates is that I’m more honest and my women are more beautiful.”
Women aren’t possessions, Donald. They can’t belong to you.
18. “You’re disgusting.”
To put this into context, Donald Trump said this to the opposing lawyer during a court case when she asked for a medical break to pump breast milk for her three-month-old daughter.
19. “The point is, you can never be too greedy.”
Campaign slogan = sorted.
20. “Sorry, there is no STAR on the stage tonight!”
n his Twitter liveblogging of the Democratic debate, Trump seemed to think he was watching a talent show rather than looking for the next POTUS.
21. “My Twitter has become so powerful that I can actually make my enemies tell the truth.”
We think Donald may be overestimating the power of Twitter.
22. “My IQ is one of the highest — and you all know it! Please don’t feel so stupid or insecure; it’s not your fault.”
Don’t worry, we won’t." [Source]

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Saturday, October 15, 2016


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I need a caption for this pic.

Example: No Rudy, I will not put my hand under your dress.

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Friday, October 14, 2016

So many women so little time.

Image result for trump women imagesI haven't seen so many women come forward in such a short period of time to condemn an alleged sexual predator since Bill Cosby' s accusers started coming forward to tell their stories. Apparently Donald's little fingers have been very busy. Dude was not kidding when he did the whole locker room "banter" thing with Billy Bush. (Memo to trump people: If your guy himself says that he does these things, it's a pretty safe bet to assume that he did actually do these things.)

Donald, of course, says that all of these accusations are false, and he trotted out a witness who he alleges was present at the scene of one of his encounters. But, as is always the case with poor Donald these days, there were some issues.

The Donald Trump campaign has finally produced evidence to supposedly refute one of the harassment claims against him. The only problem is the first thing that comes up when you Google this guy.
Jessica Leeds claimed to The New York Times that Trump groped her on an airplane decades ago, but the Trump camp has provided Anthony Gilberthorpe as their character witness to say this didn’t happen.
He explained, “I have only met this accuser once and frankly cannot imagine why she is seeking to make out that Trump made sexual advances on her. Not only did he not do so (and I was present at all times) but it was she that was the one being flirtatious.”
But, see, there’s that pesky little thing that comes up when you Google Gilberthorpe.
Former Conservative activist Anthony Gilberthorpe said he told Margaret Thatcher 25 years ago about what he had witnessed and gave her names of those involved.
His allegations that he saw top Tories having sex with boys comes after David Cameron launched a Government inquiry into claims of a cover-up.
Anthony, 52, said: “I am prepared to speak to the inquiry. I believe I am a key witness.”
Ok, let's scratch Anthony off the list of credible witnesses for trump.

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

"Make America grope again."

Image result for trump grope imageDonald tells so many lies that it's hard for us to keep up.

Some lies (like the ones about his weight and his wealth) are just products of his own ego run amok. Some lies, on the other hand, goes to a cover up of something that is far more malevolent and evil.

This exchange was with Anderson Cooper during the debate Sunday night.

"Cooper went back to the video.

"Just for the record, though, are you saying that what you said on that bus 11 years ago, that you did not actually kiss women without consent or grope women without consent?" Cooper asked.
Trump didn't quite answer the question.
"I have great respect for women," Trump said. "Nobody has more respect for women than I do."
Cooper pressed on.

"So for the record, you're saying you never did that?" he asked.
Trump again dodged the question.

"I said things that, frankly, you hear these things that were said, and I was embarrassed by it, but I have tremendous respect for women and women have respect for me," he said.

Cooper cut in, asking, "Have you ever done those things?"

Trump responded, "No I have not."'

Focus on that last line for a minute while you read the following:

'Three women accused Donald Trump of making unwanted sexual advances on them in reports published on Wednesday, just days after a salacious leaked tape showed Donald Trump bragging in 2005 about groping women under his celebrity status.
The allegations, made by Jessica Leeds and Rachel Crooks in The New York Times and Mindy McGillivray in The Palm Beach Post, came after Trump denied ever making unwanted advances when asked during Sunday's presidential debate.
Leeds told The Times she was on a plane next to Trump, who she had not yet met, in the early 1980s when the real-estate tycoon lifted her armrest and began touching her. She alleged that he grabbed her breasts and tried to put his hand up her skirt.
"He was like an octopus," she told The Times. "His hands were everywhere. ... It was an assault."
Leeds said she fled to the back of the plane, but never made a formal complaint. Instead she spoke with four individuals who The Times also interviewed to corroborate the claims.
The second woman, Crooks, said her incident occurred in 2005 — the same year as the damning leaked "Access Hollywood" tape was recorded.
Crooks, 22 at the time, said Trump began kissing her on the mouth after holding on to an extended handshake.
"It was so inappropriate," she told The Times. "I was so upset that he thought I was so insignificant that he could do that."
McGillivray alleged to the Palm Beach Post that Trump grabbed her rear in 2003.
"Donald just grabbed my ass!" she told a photographer with her at Trump's Mar-a-Lago resort." [Source]
I am surprised that Ms Leeds even felt his hands given the size of them and all, but I digress.
So who will you believe? The man who is so disgusting that not even his own daughter and a 12 year old girl can escape his salacious musings? Or a bunch of woman who would dare to speak out against one of the most powerful men in America?
I will let you decide.
I just hope that Hilary doesn't play tit for tat and bring them all to the next debate.
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