Dear Christina Fallin

I don’t know who even is Christina Fallin but this is a very nicely put article about cultural appropriation.

You know how I show respect? I listen. I listen hard, I listen deeply, and I listen constantly. I listen to stories, I listen to histories, I listen to learn, and I listen to hear when I’ve misstepped. I listen so I can become a more complete human being.

Know Police Know Brutality

This isn’t really helping. I need some chips.


Things get bloody when cops arrest 84-year-old jaywalker

 NYPD gets tough — waaaaaay too tough — on jaywalking

Disturbing news out of New York City… Over the weekend, an elderly man was hospitalized after being left bloody and violently arrested by police on the Upper West Side. His crime? Jaywalking, apparently.

Cops leave elderly man a bloody mess after he jaywalked

Early Sunday morning, a 26-year-old woman died after being hit by a car on the far west end of 96th Street — the third pedestrian fatality to happen on the block in eight days. By that afternoon, NYPD officers were out in full force in the area, aggressively handing out tickets to jaywalkers in an effort to discourage unsafe street crossing. In the case 84-year-old jaywalker Kang Chun Wong, the cops got waaaay too aggressive.

According to the New York Post, the trouble began when cops spotted Wong crossing against the light at the intersection of 96th Street and Broadway, and attempted to give him a ticket. There appears to have been a language barrier, and when Wong started to walk away, the situation quickly devolved into what became a bloody mess:

“The guy didn’t seem to speak English. The cop walked him over to the Citibank” near the northeast corner of 96th and Broadway, said witness Ian King, a 24-year-old Fordham law student.

“He [the officer] stood him up against the wall and was trying to write him a ticket. The man didn’t seem to understand, and he started walking away.”

That’s when the officer and several colleagues converged on the senior citizen, who was left badly beaten and bloodied.

“The cop tried to pull him back and that’s when he [the pedestrian] began to struggle with the cop,” King said.

“As soon as he pushed the cop, it was like cops started running in from everywhere.”

I don’t care what the hell happened. There’s very little excuse for roughing up an elderly man. If you’re handing out jaywalking tickets to make a point about pedestrians putting themselves in harm’s way, I can tell you about one guy who was definitely harmed on Sunday afternoon. The 84-year-old guy who was knocked to the ground, handcuffed and hospitalized for a head wound.

Wong was charged with obstruction of government administration, disorderly conduct and resisting arrest.


Know Police Know Brutality

I’ve been meaning to write something in-depth about cops for a while. Like a decade or so. You know force myself to say something more articulate than just- God I hate cops! They are the fucking worst! Make myself read Our Enemies In Blue so I can back up my disgust with historical facts. Compile a lists of mundanely horrific examples of past and present police behavior. Make some propaganda choosing from the endless stream of images of cops brutalizing people of color.  Listen to some Rage Against The Machine or Ice-T while I do it. And as privilege would have it, I have lots of time to do those things and be righteously pissed about it. Meanwhile, however, they keep trudging forward in their ruthless pursuit of to protect and serve.

How does one stand up under so many layers of oppression?

This Happened: Detroit Cop Responding to Domestic Violence Call Charged With Raping Victim

by Abby Zimet

Detroit police officer Deon Nunlee, 40, was charged on three counts of second-degree criminal sexual conduct, one count of assault with intent to penetrate, and one count of misconduct while on duty after he allegedly raped a woman who called 911 saying her boyfriend had assaulted her. At the home, Nunlee took the woman upstairs while his partner stayed downstairs with the boyfriend. He denied the charge but was arrested when a positive DNA test came back from a rape kit; he has been put on desk duty, but not fired, because innocent until proven guilty etc. Nunlee is the third Detroit cop charged this month with misconduct, though he definitely wins the grossly dubious prize.

“I’m troubled,” said Detroit Police Chief James Craig. “This is not what our police officers do.” (except sometimes)