Let’s use police brutality civil lawsuits to fund police reform

I just found out there is a spreadsheet of the hundreds of videos of police brutality across the country. Activists Create Public Online Spreadsheet of Police Violence Video It’s horrific. It made me sad and angry. After my outrage I thought “What can we do with this resource to drive change?”

People are already using the videos to change laws and public opinion. That’s a great, but in our country you also need money to fund change and to fight the powerful, well-funded groups who don’t want change.

When I saw the videos I knew they could also be used to get money from civil lawsuits and that money could be used to drive police reform actions.

When I mentioned this idea to people they quickly pointed out that the money doesn’t come out of the police department budget. It’s all covered by the cities’ insurance polices. That’s when I fell into Helpless Defeatist mode. What yanked me out of HD mode was something I learned from listening to Sam Seder talk to trial lawyers like Mike Papantonio on Ring of Fire:

Here is Ring of Fire episode 543: We Know the Police Can do Better;

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If it wasn’t tear gas, what was it? I look into Kayleigh’s teargaslighting.

I coined a new term. Teargaslighting.

A version of gaslighting designed to sow seeds of doubt in the media on their definition of the chemical agents used to disrupt protesters.

“Trump Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany used teargaslighting on CNN’s Jim Acosta when he asked about how Trump cleared out the peaceful protesters outside St. John’s Church for his photo op.”

Here’s the clip of McEnany teargaslighting.

Keep watching past the 30 second mark. I know what she was doing with her “teargaslighitng’ but I wondered, if it’s not her specific definition of tear gas, what was it? What I found was educational and disturbing.

The cops, military and the bureau of prison’s riot squads probably used something from a company called PepperBall. I watched their training videos and then combined them in this editorial video of what happened outside St. John’s Church.

On their website the company showed scenarios of the product use in housing projects, hospitals and prisons. Note the use of drones to disperse chemical agents. Is that next?

This product can cause real problems, especially with people who have compromised respiratory systems, here’s the product safety sheet.

INHALATION: If breathing is difficult, . . . → Read More: If it wasn’t tear gas, what was it? I look into Kayleigh’s teargaslighting.

Teargaslighting

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GOP Response to Trump’s Tear Gassing Photo Op, “I’m late for lunch.”

Every wonder what Republicans say when asked about Trump’s horrible actions? This thread has multiple examples. From Kasie Hunt @NBCNews Capitol Hill Correspondent.

Sen. Ron Johnson, R-Wis., on the president’s photo op at St. John’s last night: “Didn’t really see it.”

— Kasie Hunt (@kasie) June 2, 2020

Elected politicians know how to dodge questions from reporters. There are trained in multiple techniques. Constituents who challenge them sometimes can get a different response, but most politician know how to give non-answers. And the press accept it without digging.

Some politicians will try to look like they care while supporting Trump. Others are all in on Trump’s “dominance.” We know who those Republicans are and they are expected to give a quote to support Trump.

But we often read about Republicans that say bad things about Trump in private but the press won’t identify them. This gives the politician the best of both worlds, they get to look concerned to the press, but still look like a public lackey to Trump.

It’s time to blow the cover on some of these people. But access journalists aren’t going to do it. My recommendation?

Regular citizens should . . . → Read More: GOP Response to Trump’s Tear Gassing Photo Op, “I’m late for lunch.”

Who Wore It Better?

Original art by Pia Guerra @PiaGuerra. First posted March 13, 2017 https://hkstudio.tumblr.com/

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Ace Speedway in North Carolina. Home of Death Race 2020?

These people won’t protect their own lives. Few masks. No social distancing. I have family, friends and work colleagues in North Carolina. I worry about their health. I don’t know how to protect them from deadly public health failure and mistakes made by Trump and others in their state. What can I do to help them?

After I saw the photos from this event I wrote letters to local reporters in North Carolina who covered the non-mask wearing, non-social distancing observing fans at the opening of Ace Speedway in North Carolina on May 23rd.

Subject: Will you follow up on your story on May 23, at Ace Speedway?

Hi Jeff and Andrew:

I’m following up on your Winston Salem Journal story at Ace Speedway on May 23rd. (News Observer story) and I saw the photos. Few masks. 100’s of people close together. Will you be doing a follow up?

Race fans in line to purchase tickets at the Ace Speedway on Saturday, May 23, 2020 in the rural Alamance County community of Altamahaw near Elon, N.C. Photo by Robert Willett News Observer. Composite by Spocko. Data source: NBC News

You might have seen photos and news reports . . . → Read More: Ace Speedway in North Carolina. Home of Death Race 2020?

Why are conservatives marching into death & misery?

For answers to this question listen to a great interview with Rebecca Solnit by Chris Hayes for the podcast: Why Is This Happening? Finding solidarity in a disaster with Rebecca Solnit: podcast and transcript

I recommend people listen to this not just to understand why conservatives are acting this way, but also because she describes all the good ways ordinary people in communities normally respond to disasters vs how movies and media portray them.

She uses her research into the 1906 earthquake and then talking about the flooding from levy failure after Katrina for the book A Paradise Built in Hell: The Extraordinary Communities That Arise in Disaster. (5:00)

Rebecca Solnit. Author of A Paradise Built in Hell: The Extraordinary Communities That Arise in Disaster

REBECCA SOLNIT: …the hundredth anniversary of the San Francisco earthquake and fire was coming up in 2006, around 2004, I got involved in a few projects to think about what had happened, started looking really closely at what happened, and then realized that the earthquake didn’t do that much damage. Institutional authorities, treating the public as an enemy to be controlled, and making bad decisions was actually the most destructive force. And in . . . → Read More: Why are conservatives marching into death & misery?

Mask It or Casket? How to Push Mask Wearing In Retail.

There needs to be a national campaign to support mask wearing. It needs to come from certain types of national organizations and be directed at corporations.

From Piotr Szyhalski’s Daily COVID-19 Reports See more of this brilliant work here

To make it work there needs to be movement on multiple fronts with support from people with various types of expertise and influence. This needs to happen because of the massive failure at the national political level to protect lives during a pandemic.

One place to support mask wearing is at the retail level. This piece in the New York Times points out why:

Who’s Enforcing Mask Rules? Often Retail Workers, and They’re Getting Hurt

The risk of a violent reaction now hangs over jobs already fraught with health perils. May 15th by Neil MacFarquhar

“Why aren’t you wearing the mask?” Jesse asked the customer on a recent day at a store in Rancho Palos Verdes, Calif. “I am not here to question what you believe in. These are the rules. I am just asking you kindly to wear the mask.”

The customer, Genevieve Peters, who was recording the entire exchange, refused. “We are in America . . . → Read More: Mask It or Casket? How to Push Mask Wearing In Retail.

Michigan Police will arrest anti-lockdown protesters who brandish guns

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On May 13th Michigan State police put out a video explaining what protesters can expect at the planned protest at the State Capitol on May 14th. They explain in a video that there will be a significant police presence, troopers wearing masks, cops on bikes, K9 units, a mobile command center, and some “different vehicles” to help create a safe environment.

The police asked everyone to adhere to the social–six feet–distancing and said, “please bring your face covering.” They also explain that they will be arresting people who brandish guns.

Here’s a Facebook link to the whole video. I’m glad they communicated this information. The police made a decision before the last two protests on how to act. They let people break the social distancing laws. This is the third organized protest. The time for “extreme discretion” of violations of social distancing is over. The police know how to cite and arrest people. They know how to take precautions to prevent infecting themselves and others while doing it.

The media will look to see if people openly carrying guns will be arrested. But those not carrying a deadly weapons could be carrying a deadly virus.

I’ll be watching . . . → Read More: Michigan Police will arrest anti-lockdown protesters who brandish guns

County With 2nd Most COVID Deaths In CA Rescinds Pandemic Orders

Riverside County has the 2nd most COVID cases & deaths in California but its supervisors just voted to rescind public health orders. Here are the details from the Desert Sun. It’s outrageous. It’s should make your blood boil.

(Left) David Werksman, 51, County Sheriff’s deputy died from COVID-19. Survived by his wife and three children. (Right) Deputy Terrell Young, 52, a 15-year veteran and the department’s first to die from COVID-19.

Maybe the supervisors forgot about the death of Deputy Terrell Young, 52, a 15-year veteran and the department’s first to die from COVID-19. He leaves behind his wife of 31 years and four children.

Perhaps they need to see the photo of David Werksman, 51, a Riverside County Sheriff’s deputy who was with the department for 22 years. Better yet, the supervisors should hear from his wife and three children who are still alive.

Of course these deaths happened WAY back in April, so I guess they become just another number. Here is the video of the procession of Werksman’s funeral. Do the supervisors need to know that this hits more than old people? Here’s the story of 21 year old Valeria Viveros, who worked as . . . → Read More: County With 2nd Most COVID Deaths In CA Rescinds Pandemic Orders