The lesson to be learned by this latest police murder.

March 18th, 2018.
Stephon Clark is in his grandmother's backyard, talking on his cell phone, just like any American citizen is free to do, when two police officers fired twenty shots at him, eight of which took his life, because they saw "black man with a gun, er a crowbar, oh wait, something or the other in his hand."

March 28th, 2018.
Peaceful protests were carried out on both coasts.

March 2nd, 2019.
After waiting an entire year for the public awareness to blow over, the Sacramento prosecuting attorney quietly announced that no charges were being filed against the police officers who murdered an innocent man in cold blood.

July 3rd, 2019.
Stonechild Chiefstick, aka "Stoney" was gunned down in front of children and families gathered at the annual 3rd of July Fireworks show in Poulsbo, Wa. He was allegedly attacking the officer who shot him with a screwdriver, though camera footage was conveniently lost at the very moment Stoney allegedly drew his screwdriver. witnesses have come forward who have testified that Stoney had a screwdriver in his back pocket as he was fleeing the officer who shot him from behind. This completely contradicts the police narrative. There were hundreds of witnesses.

August 14th, 2019.
Peaceful protests were carried out by members of tribes across the nation in the town of Poulsbo.

April 17th, 2020.
After waiting nine months for the public awareness to blow over, the Poulsbo prosecuting attorney quietly announced that no charges were being filed against the cop who murdered an innocent man in cold blood.

May 25th, 2020.

May 26th, 2020.
NON Peaceful protests erupted across America. A Minneapolis police precinct was torched:

A protester runs in front of the burning Third Precinct building of the Minneapolis Police Department on Thursday. (Julio Cortez/AP)

Property was destroyed:

Police were assaulted

May 29th, 2020.
Unable to wait nearly a year until after public awareness blows over to announce that no charges will be filed, the Minneapolis prosecuting attorney, under pressure from the relentless and escalating violence from the protestors, announces that Officer Chauvin will be charged with 3rd degree murder. The three other police officers are not charged.

May 30th, 2020.
The NON peaceful rioting continues. Violent protestors reported across America.

Violent protests continues for the next three days despite intimidating threats by Trump and the threat of deadly force by police departments. The situation is escalating.

June 3rd, 2020.
The Minneapolis prosecuting attorney, unable to wait nearly a year until public awareness blows over to announce that 3rd degree murder charges mean they can't bring charges against the other three police officers involved, is forced, in the face of escalating VIOLENCE to announce that Chauvin will be charged with 2nd degree murder allowing them to charge all four officers for their cold blooded murder of an innocent man.

June 4th, 2020.
Minneapolis City Council considering disbanding their police force. Real change. Real transformation.

This is where cold stone reality meets non violent idealism.
Are you learning your lesson?

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RantingRooster's picture

Until the 1% feel the heat of poverty or death, nothing will change.

Lessons Learned:

I literally have only my cat left. As long as I can find her a home, I got nothing left to loose and I'm willing to go out with a bang! Crazy

One can make all the demands you want, but with out a credible threat, to put the heat of poverty or death behind your demands, they fall on deaf ears.

If voting worked, it would be illegal.

No government agency is our friend!

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"Men who look upon themselves born to reign, and others to obey, soon grow insolent; selected from the rest of mankind their minds are early poisoned by importance;" - Thomas Paine, Common Sense

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Showing just a very few of the times cops have murdered someone and probably lying about why they did and then watching as the attention on the story drops off before they drop the charges. I guess after Rodney King’s cops got off from being held accountable nothing that happens today should surprise us. I can not even imagine how it makes the families feel when that happens. And seeing so many videos of cops killing people when they didn’t have to well what are people supposed put their anger and anguish?

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"It seems to me that the problem is that group party interests, in this case, are placed above the interests of the entire society and the interests of people,"

There is no such thing as non violence. Choosing to do nothing is violence. If we had used violent protests after Stephon Clark, there may not have been the death of George Floyd. By preaching non-violence, people of privilege allowed the murders to continue.

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@Battle of Blair Mountain

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The current working assumption appears to be that our Shroedinger's Cat system is still alive. But what if we all suspect it's not, and the real problem is we just can't bring ourselves to open the box?

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@Battle of Blair Mountain

...because the case was tried in Federal Court and televised.

In 1989 (Reagan years, natch) the Supreme Court made police brutality legal.

You can read about it here:

https://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2019/08/how-courts-judge-po...

Thousands of deaths and injuries caused by police later, the Supreme Court still refuses to revisit that decision.

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Human salvation lies in the hands of the creatively maladjusted.

— Martin Luther King

when the railroad was being built there were a lot of transient railroad construction workers - no families, no roots. This attracted a lot of petty crime. The police force was very corrupt. Criminals paid off the police routinely to look the other way while homes were burgled and drunks were rolled - everything was allowed just as long as no one was killed. Eventually people got sick of it. The entire police force was fired and totally honest police were hired in their place. The result was an epidemic of unsolved murders. The inexperienced but uncorruptable police forced the criminals to resort to violence while not having the knowledge base to solve the resulting murders. After a time the old police were rehired. The situation ended when the railroad was completed.
This is nothing like the present situation, but perhaps the differences should be examined. We all have heard the criticisms - police live in suburbs and drive around in cars. They know little to nothing about the communities they police. They are essentially never punished for their misbehavior. Many are combat veterans, having vastly different training and experience. Civilian police training is highly problematic - cops are trained to give testimony designed to sound impartial and professional - in essence to lie convincingly, (I was a taxi driver. As such I witnessed something like 200 traffic trials. I never heard a police officer tell the truth, except by coincidence)thus they are always believed.
Then take our pop culture. Television perpetuates a myth about our police. Every tv cop show starts with a criminal performing some heinous crime, usually with a gun. For 50 minute the community is helpless, then in the last ten minutes the hero (with a badge) shoots the bad gut and all is well with the world - until the next atrocity. I believe that this started as just lazy writing, but it quickly turned into outright propaganda.
Something terrible happened around 1960. Watching the policeshows and war movies of the 1950s one sees a refreshing realism, which is totally lost in the 60s. Take Perry Mason as an illustration: in the first season or two Berger and Tragg are the enemy - totally unethical. For Mason to win he not only had to defeat a malicious prosecution, he had to reveal the true killer; do the job the police and D.A. refused to do. But soon Berger and Tragg became Watsons, inadequate allies that benefited from Mason's brilliance. Mason was transformed from the hero into a super cop. A similar thing happened when Dragnet went from radio to television. Joe Friday morphed from a paragon of good (super competent) policing to an uncontradictable authority figure. By the 70s this was universal. As a further illustration look at the gender stereotyping - What is the gender ratio of murder victims on television? 10 - 1 female? 20? When a male is killed on television he is usually himself a criminal or a bank manager killed in a robbery or some such. In real life the ratio of male to female murder victims is 7 - 2 male. But male victims do not carry the emotional impact of female victims. (who are almost always young and attractive) This is not just lazy writing, it is intentional.

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of this, but it makes me think a central repository/listing of each and every killing should be kept and posted. I like lists. It's what I think the news should do daily: print lists of the number of XYZ items by state, or county and tell one of the stories in each category. One story has a greater impact than throwing statistics up, but we do need to know the full scope of a lot of things we only glimpse.

I feel the same way about people who die in front of ERs because...no health insurance.

While I was against the Vietnam war, going to the memorial wall evokes such visceral sorrow, disgust and anger, that just having those names etched in black stone is enough.

We really need to keep our eye on the ball: this is about the routine killing, harassment, wounding, colonies of black, brown and poor people in our country.

There have been many good ideas on communities coming together to help each other and ways to house the homeless, but imo the ptb are very uncomfortable with people coalescing, making things better, together.

We were asked by a Scottish woman who is an expat in France, when the US thought it could go anywhere and interfere with the process of another country. (Who made us king of the world?) So many people in countries around the world have thought at least until recently, that the US was the shining light on the hill. We have quietly disagreed, and encouraged the young ones who want to go to the US to take delight in their own countries. They cannot believe there is no social safety net.

Finally, to end this disjointed comment: those CEOs and corporate spokespeople who are saying they are with the protesters are virtue signaling unless...they put their money where their phony comments come from. Advocate Medicare for All - it's better for business. Raise the salaries of their own employees - I'm looking at you Walmart. Take care of their employees - I'm looking at you Amazon.

If they mean what they say they will actually do things for those who make their billions for them.

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A society grows great when old men plant trees in whose shade they know they shall never sit. Allegedly Greek, but more possibly fairly modern quote.

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