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She did not commit suicide (and that must be some strong garbage bag to hold that kind of weight).
A true injustice and yet another example of why police departments needs to be more selective on who they hire.
There's something wonky with the video. There are points where the video and audio are not in sync. The tow truck driver repeatedly gets in and out of his truck or where the same cars are looping back and forth. The officer audio feed cuts out about 2/3 of the way through...right where...
This mother-fucking popinjay popo is telling somebody (commanding officer?) that he tried to de-escalate the situation, lies about the actual chain of events, and tries to figure out whether the most appropriate charge is resisting arrest or assault. This is beyond maddening.
The Black Panther Party for Self-Defense was started to monitor police behavior and resist to police brutality. Forty-mother-fucking-nine-years later we still need the Panthers. And that is as tragic as it is disgusting.
The director of Selma says it was altered.
Sometimes I hope that you get shot by a reckless law enforcement officer.
All of these things are minor and might sound like quibbles to someone who wants to be on the cop's side, but these all completely contribute to tension between cops and civilians, they all serve to send people the message that the cops are in control of them, and they're all avoidable if cops are instilled with the attitude that they're there to help people, not exert arbitrary control and crush their faces into the sidewalk if they get lippy in response.
Fact is, she could have and we would never have known about it because it would not have escalated into her arrest (rightly or wrongly) and she would still be alive to today and her family would still have her.
But that's all moot now, we might as well consider this incident already Fergusonized.
Guess that's Fergusonized.
So many commenters here and elsewhere on the internet are basically saying "black people just need to let cops stomp on their dignity harder, then this sort of thing wouldn't happen." Makes me sick.
That is the best joke I have ever heard! Thank you!
Yes, she was unnecessarily combative. I wouldn't talk to a cop like that myself but he started the conflict and intentionally escalated it at every opportunity. Admittedly, she made it easy for him to escalate it but being rude to a cop is not illegal. Being rude to a cop is not a reason to pull someone from a car, it's not a reason to handcuff, arrest, throw her to the ground or anything else. You can be rude to cops all day. You shouldn't, because you shouldn't be rude to people in general, but that's not justification for arrest and abuse.