Not super anonymous given that there are only 3 black faculty in Berkely's history department (that's assuming that those details in the letter are even true. Could have been thrown in to mislead people from identifying the true author). I'm sure the witch hunt will now ensue.
Last Edit: Jun 13, 2020 12:59:06 GMT -5 by Optimus
Congressional Democrats want to make it easier to identify and prosecute police misconduct; Joe Biden wants to give police departments $300 million. But efforts to solve police violence through liberal reforms like these have failed for nearly a century.
Enough. We can’t reform the police. The only way to diminish police violence is to reduce contact between the public and the police.
I’ve been advocating the abolition of the police for years. Regardless of your view on police power — whether you want to get rid of the police or simply to make them less violent — here’s an immediate demand we can all make: Cut the number of police in half and cut their budget in half. Fewer police officers equals fewer opportunities for them to brutalize and kill people.
This has been a rolling problem with the "Defund the Police" crowd, and it's not getting any better. There's absolutely no meeting of the minds on the messaging. Articles "explaining" what "defund the police" actually means are useless, because again it clearly means different things to different people. And articles like the above one only serve--imo--to galvanize opposition.
Yeah, I got into an argument with one of my more lefty friends the other day about this after he posted an ignorantly chastizing post for people to "do better" if they think that people saying "defund/abolish" the police literally mean that.
I tried to explain to him that it wasn't some "right wing conspiracy" and that some of these people literally do mean it (e.g., the morons yelling at the Minneapolis mayor last week, booing him and saying they were gonna vote him out of office b/c he said he doesn't support abolishing the police department). I think the cooler heads on the left have seen what a disaster that kind of slogan (and idea) is, so they're trying their hand at revisionist history in claiming that, "no, when we say 'defund/abolish the police, was we REALLY mean is...."
For all the times the far left has misused the term "gaslighting," it's a bit ironic that they're the ones literally engaging in it now with this "what we really mean..." spin.
Last Edit: Jun 15, 2020 18:45:02 GMT -5 by Optimus
Yesterday we discussed the four arrests associated with two attacks on New York police officers using Molotov cocktails. It is now being reported that one of the defendants arrested, Colinford Mattis, 32, is a furloughed Pryor Cashman associate. Mattis is a graduate of New York University and Princeton University. He was reportedly arrested with a second attorney in the attack. Mattis is accused of driving a van and passenger Urooj Rahman, 31, threw a Molotov cocktail. Rahman is reportedly a human rights lawyer but also recently lost her job. Update: The FBI now says that the two defendants sought to pass out Molotov cocktails.
Their mug shots indicate that, in the early morning hours of May 30, Mattis and Rahman may not quite have comprehended the trap they were in. Mattis looks startled, a little lost. Rahman wears a small smile, defiant. As lawyers immersed in social-justice struggles, they might have predicted the antagonism of their own government, but even so, the full force of federal prosecution was surely disorienting. The federal indictment, filed on June 11, makes a case for domestic terrorism. It charges Mattis and Rahman with conspiracy. It describes the police car as a vehicle “used in interstate and foreign commerce.” It categorizes the Molotov cocktail as “an incendiary device,” which, in the legal code, includes homemade bombs along with grenades and missiles. The use of this type of “destructive device” in a “crime of violence,” with which Mattis and Rahman were also charged, carries a minimum sentence three times what it would have been if they had instead used a gun.
To those on the progressive left, that makes for an illuminating, absurd contrast. In her video interview from May 29, Rahman makes the point herself, drawing a bright line between destruction of life and of government property. Her lawyer, Paul Shechtman, interprets the events of that night the same way. Mattis and Rahman approached “a vehicle that was empty and abandoned and not near a lot of people,” he says. “It was parked on the road, badly damaged by prior incidents. It had a real quality of saying ‘Fuck you’ to the police. If what they had done was write something on the police vehicle that was abandoned, you could say, ‘Get control of yourself. You’re a lawyer.’ This was one step further down the path but motivated by the same sense of frustration and anger and the sense of This never stops.” He adds, “I haven’t found anybody yet outside of the people who brought these charges who think that 45 years is an appropriate sentence. Or ten years. Or five years, given the background of these people, given the damage that wasn’t done.”
Awwww, the poor misunderstood babies, just making Molotov cocktails and driving around with them looking for targets to firebomb...
I hope they are made an example of. Even if they don't get 45 (which they likely won't, if convicted), I hope whatever the verdict is (it damn well better be guilty) that the punishment is severe enough to send a message to the other antifa and antifa-like jackasses out there.
The meeting was slated as a Minneapolis City Council study session on police reform.
But for much of the two-hour meeting, council members told police Chief Medaria Arradondo that their constituents are seeing and hearing street racing which sometimes results in crashes, brazen daylight carjackings, robberies, assaults and shootings. And they asked Arradondo what the department is doing about it.
"Residents are asking, ‘Where are the police’?” said Jamal Osman, newly elected council member of Ward 6. He said he's already been inundated with complaints from residents that calls for police aren’t being answered.
Just months after leading an effort that would have defunded the police department, City Council members at Tuesday’s work session pushed chief Medaria Arradondo to tell them how the department is responding to the violence.