excessive force

Important Reading

Samaria Rice and her daughter Tajai, left, in Cleveland near where Ms. Rice's son Tamir, 12, was killed by a police officer. (Credit Michael F. McElroy for The New York Times)

It really should be required reading, this article from Shaila Dewan and Richard A. Oppel Jr. of The New York Times:

Seconds later, the boy lay dying from a police officer’s bullet. “Shots fired, male down,” one of the officers in the car called across his radio. “Black male, maybe 20, black revolver, black handgun by him. Send E.M.S. this way, and a roadblock.”

But the boy, Tamir Rice, was only 12. Now, with the county sheriff’s office reviewing the shooting, interviews and recently released video and police records show how a series of miscommunications, tactical errors and institutional failures by the Cleveland police cascaded into one irreversible mistake.

Yes, we have considered these aspects before, but, you know, just who the hell are we and why would we matter?

And Rachel Maddow covered some of these questions in December, but, you know, liberal media conspiraciess and all that. So now we have the New York Times.

Oh.

Right, then. Let’s just cut to the chase, since we all know what the FOX News headline would be: “No Second Chance: Racist msnbc Thugs Hate White People Who Are Trying Really Hard”.

Meanwhile, back in reality, yes, Dewan and Oppel’s article really should be required reading.

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Dewan, Shaila and Richard A. Oppel Jr. “In Tamir Rice Case, Many Errors by Cleveland Police, Then a Fatal One”. The New York Times. 22 January 2015.

NBC News. “‘The Rachel Maddow Show’ for Thursday, December 4th, 2014”. Transcript. NBCNews.com. 5 December 2014.

Why the Seattle Police Department is a Disgrace

There are a number of lectures that many might suggest go here, but virtually all of them are actually unnecessary, and thereby condescending.

You might recall that recently we noted that a woman had to shame the Seattle Police Department into doing their jobs, and how when they finally did they figured out they were looking for a serial sex offender.

The Seattle TimesA level 3 sex offender whose alleged groping of a Seattle woman on Oct. 12 resulted in a social media campaign to have police investigate the incident may be responsible for more than a dozen similar incidents, police said.

Seattle police on Tuesday said that more than a dozen women have contacted the Sexual Assault Unit to report that they had been groped by the same man, said department spokesman Drew Fowler. “Twelve to fourteen women have come forward to say that he also groped them,” said Fowler.

We owe great thanks to Julia Marquand, whose courageous efforts finally spurred the Seattle Police Department into doing their damn jobs.

And as to the lectures? There’s really only one left, and it’s pretty short:

Dear SPD:

Do your damn jobs, for once. You know, as opposed to bawling because you can’t be criminals.

The Seattle Police Department is an embarrassment not only to the Emerald City and Evergreen State, but to the police officers and departments, indeed the mere idea of the police, everywhere.

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de Leon, John. “Alleged Westlake groper accused of more than a dozen similar attacks”. The Seattle Times. 21 October 2014.

Johnson, Gene. “Judge tosses lawsuit by Seattle police officers”. KOMO News. 20 October 2014.