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To Protect and Serve ~ Norm Stamper

 

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  • How to Fix America’'s Police
  • A vivid, well-written, vitally important book.
  • Related: Special Report | Curbing Police Brutality

Kirkus Reviews 

June 7, 2016 | Most of the nation's approximately 18,000 police departments receive scathing criticism from one of their own: an author who began as a San Diego beat cop in 1966 and rose to become a police chief in Seattle.

Stamper follows up his first book (Breaking Rank: A Top Cop's Exposé of the Dark Side of American Policing, 2005) with a more contemporary—and more critical—account. He concludes that police departments as currently structured—akin to military units with force as a dominant characteristic—must be rebuilt. The author recognizes that almost every police agency includes a majority of uniformed officers and plainclothes detectives who place polite, effective service above brute force. However, he maintains, the rogue cops, although a minority, too often exercise undue influence, infecting everybody with their negative attitudes toward minority and mentally ill citizens, who deserve respect rather than stigmatizing.

The author does not shy away from specific incidents of unarmed citizens killed by police; he explains, for example, why Michael Brown should never have died in Ferguson, Missouri.

Norm Stamper is an American former chief of police and writer known for his role as Chief of the Seattle Police Department ( 1994-2000) responsible for Seattle's response to the protests of the WTO Ministerial Conference of 1999, which eventually led to his resignation.

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Special Report | Curbing Police Brutality, Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest 

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    • Even with eyes watching, some cops continue to cross the line.
  • Part 2: The Fraternal Order of Police Must Go
    • The nation’s largest police organization pursues policies that have deadly consequences for communities of color.

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Special Report | Curbing Police Brutality

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  • Part 1: New study finds body cameras do not curb police brutality

  • Even with eyes watching, some cops continue to cross the line.
  • Part 2: The Fraternal Order of Police Must Go
  • The nation’s largest police organization pursues policies that have deadly consequences for communities of color.

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Part 1: New study finds body cameras do not curb police brutality

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Even with eyes watching, some cops continue to cross the line.

Rachel Leah, Salon

10.24.2017 | Since the death of Mike Brown in 2014, high-profile police killings of unarmed black people spurred a national debate over excessive police force and accountability. In response, many police departments adopted body cameras as a solution, whether by choice or whether by mandates from their municipalities.

But a study conducted in Washington, D.C. found that body cameras had little impact on an officer's behavior.

Rachel Leah: a culture writer for Salon, who also writes about race and criminal justice. She holds an MA in journalism and Africana studies from NYU.

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Part 2: The Fraternal Order of Police Must Go

The nation’s largest police organization pursues policies that have deadly consequences for communities of color.
Paul Butler, The Marshall Project / the Nation

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October 11, 2017 | “A pack of rabid animals.” That’s how John McNesby, president of the Philadelphia Fraternal Order of Police, described local Black Lives Matter activists who picketed outside the home of a Philly cop who shot black suspects in the back on two separate occasions. After the officer was suspended, the local FOP had a fund-raiser for him, with proceeds from the $40-per-ticket event going toward the officer’s living expenses.

McNesby made the remarks at a Back the Blue rally in August, and caught heat for his choice of words. It wasn’t the first time. Another Philly cop made headlines last year for having a tattoo of a spread-winged eagle under the word “Fatherland.” McNesby defended the cop’s apparent shout-out to the official emblem of the Nazi Party, saying the tattoo was “not a big deal.”

Paul Butler, a former federal prosecutor, is the Bennett Boskey Visiting Professor at Harvard Law School and the Albert Brick Professor in Law at Georgetown University. He is the author of Chokehold: Policing Black Men.
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Hate Groups Attack Southern Poverty Law Center, and Some Journalists Pile On

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“Last week I did a monologue on the Southern Poverty Law Center and they took issue, yes 'issue,' with me, with some of the statements made on the show, including a joke, a joke, that they do virtually no law,” Fox News' Greg Gutfeld said in a heavily sarcastic tone. / Fox News / YouTube

  • Far-right groups attacking the SPLC claim that the group has lost its credibility because it has targeted groups such as the Family Research Council and others on the far right.
  • Related: The New York Time’s Assault on Press Freedom

Sharona Coutts, Rewire

http://www.globalresearch.ca/wp-content/uploads/2015/04/propaganda-lies.png Sep 19, 2017 | Late last Friday night, Greg Gutfeld, a presenter on Fox News, had to do something that made his face crinkle with revulsion.

He had to apologize to the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC), the nation’s leading nonprofit tracking hate groups and extremists. Most recently, the organization has also been the target of a concerted campaign to discredit it by the very far-right groups it tracks. That campaign is being amplified by the right-wing media, including Fox News.

Sharona Coutts is an investigative reporter, and Vice President of Investigations and Research at Rewire. She has exposed fraud and abuse in areas including pension funds, financial firms, for-profit colleges, aged-care, and New York City schools. Her work has appeared in the New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, nationally-syndicated radio programs, as well as dozens of other publications.

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The New York Time’s Assault on Press Freedom, Daniel Lazare, Consortium News

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  • The New York Times, which once postured as the champion of a free press, now is seeking crackdowns on news that the public gets from the Internet under the guise of combatting “Russian propaganda.”
  • Related: Special Report | A Free and Open Internet: The Latest from the Frontlines, Week Ending October 28, 2017

John Kelly’s Historical Amnesia About the History of the Civil War and Slavery Is a Tool of White Supremacy

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  • Part 1: John Kelly’s Civil War history fail speaks to a much bigger problem
  • Kelly only said what many white Americans believe: Slavery wasn’t that important and the Southern cause was “noble.”
  • Part 2: Historical Amnesia About Slavery Is a Tool of White Supremacy
  • Where we have (mostly) condemned slavery, we as a country have refused to condemn its defenders.

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Part 1: John Kelly’s Civil War history fail speaks to a much bigger problem

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Kelly only said what many white Americans believe: Slavery wasn’t that important and the Southern cause was “noble.”

Chauncey DeVega, Salon 

11.01.2017 | If White House chief of staff John Kelly had any self-respect or integrity he would be embarrassed right now. Despite his distinguished service as a Marine Corps general, Kelly apparently jettisoned such values when he went to work for President Donald Trump.

During an interview on Laura Ingraham's new Fox News show on Monday night, Kelly told the host that he viewed Confederate general Robert E. Lee as  “an honorable man. ... He was a man that gave up his country to fight for his state, which 150 years ago was more important than country. It was always loyalty to state first back in those days. Now it’s different today. But the lack of an ability to compromise led to the Civil War, and men and women of good faith on both sides made their stand where their conscience had them make their stand.”

Chauncey DeVega is a politics staff writer for Salon.

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Part 2: Historical Amnesia About Slavery Is a Tool of White Supremacy

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Where we have (mostly) condemned slavery, we as a country have refused to condemn its defenders.

Mychal Denzel Smith, the Nation

August 15, 2017 | n 1983, President Ronald Reagan signed into law the observance of Martin Luther King Jr.’s birthday as a federal holiday, but I didn’t celebrate it by that name until the year 2000. My family moved to Virginia Beach, Virginia, in 1993, where my father, a lieutenant in the US Navy, was stationed after a three-year deployment to Naples, Italy, which is where I started school. Second grade was my introduction to the American school calendar and the set of holidays that would be welcomed vacations from the classroom. As a seven-year-old, I didn’t think to ask anyone why January 15 marked Lee-Jackson-King Day.

The Commonwealth of Virginia began observing the January 19 birthday of Confederate General Robert E. Lee around 1889, and in 1904 added to this the recognition of General Thomas Jonathan “Stonewall” Jackson’s birthday (January 21). Up until 1983, it was known as Lee-Jackson Day. That year, in accordance with the new federal law, Virginia began observing Martin Luther King Day, only the Virginia legislature voted to combine it with the nearby Lee-Jackson Day, giving us Lee-Jackson-King Day, which I celebrated for seven years of my life.

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The Huddled Masses Were Never Welcome

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Uniting immigrants and the native-born is an urgent imperative for the left. To do so, we must collectively reject not just the toxic politics of Trumpism but also the more subtle poison of liberal nationalism.

Kevin Young, Counterpunch

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September 5, 2017 |Trump adviser Stephen Miller made headlines last month when he openly repudiated the words at the base of the Statue of Liberty: “Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free.” This Emma Lazarus verse is regularly regarded as the embodiment of U.S. generosity toward migrants and refugees. Schoolchildren learn it, and many commentators have invoked it to denounce the current administration’s attempts at ethnic cleansing. But while Trump’s xenophobia is extreme, it’s well within the historic parameters of anti-immigrant policy in this country.

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Noble rhetoric notwithstanding, the “huddled masses” have rarely been welcomed into the United States. Our economic and political system has always depended upon the exclusion or subordination of certain people based on class, race, gender, religion, and other factors, and our immigration laws have played a central role in preserving these inequalities. Resisting racism requires that we confront not just Trumpism but the broader elite consensus of exclusion and exploitation.

Kevin Young teaches history at the University of Massachusetts Amherst.

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How Hate Goes ‘Mainstream’: Gavin McInnes and the Proud Boys

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So what are McInnes’ beliefs? And where do they fall within the range of the far right? Stephanie Keith / Getty

In Rewire’s three-month investigation of the far right, McInnes emerges as one of the main leaders of the so-called alt-lite, one faction on the far-right spectrum of politics that believes in the threat of “white genocide;” maintains that Islam and Muslims endanger “Western” civilization; attacks feminism and women’s rights; and denigrates immigrants who are not white.

Sharona Coutts, Rewire 

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Aug 28, 2017 | Gavin McInnes, the 47-year-old co-founder of VICE Magazine, announced last week that he will be going “mainstream.” The new venture—the details of which he says he’ll reveal in about a month—will apparently include television, radio, the internet, and books.

Announcing his departure from the Rebel Media, one of the right-wing outlets for which he worked until last week, McInnes said, “I’m going to be a multi-media Howard Stern-meets-Tucker Carlson, if that makes sense.” As for who his new employers are, McInnes said he couldn’t announce it yet, but that it was “gonna be huge.”

Sharona Coutts is an investigative reporter and Vice President of Investigations and Research at Rewire . She has exposed fraud and abuse in areas including pension funds, financial firms, for-profit colleges, aged-care, and New York City schools. Her work has appeared in the New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, nationally-syndicated radio programs, as well as dozens of other publications.

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Christian nationalism can no longer be ignored. Roy Moore’s win proves it. Jack Jenkins, Think Progress  <>
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“We have to return the knowledge of God and the Constitution of the United States to the United States Congress.”

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Battlefield America, Not the Rule of Law, Is the New Normal.

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  • Part 1: Dangers Are Coming to the Rule of Law
    • Has President Trump ever focused his variegated thought processes long enough to read the Constitution end to end?
  • Part 2: Battlefield America Is the New Normal.
    • We’re Not in Mayberry Anymore.

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Part 1: Dangers Are Coming to the Rule of Law, by Andrew J. Napolitano

Has President Trump ever focused his variegated thought processes long enough to read the Constitution end to end? “No way” is the betting favorite.

Andrew J. Napolitano, lewrockwell.com / Straight Line Logic 

https://img.washingtonpost.com/wp-apps/imrs.php?src=https://img.washingtonpost.com/blogs/wonkblog/files/2016/02/JailJobs1.jpg&w=1484August 31, 2017 | Amid the bad news this summer of racial tensions in Charlottesville and biblical-like floods in Houston and preening saber rattling between Pyongyang and Washington, a dangerous below-the-radar trend has been developing about which all who believe that the Constitution means what it says should be concerned. It is the reckless influence upon local law enforcement coming from the Trump administration.
Here is the back story.

Andrew J. Napolitano is an American syndicated columnist whose work appears in numerous publications, such as Fox News, The Washington Times, and Reason. 

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Part 2: Battlefield America Is the New Normal.

  • If you turn the police into a military unit, who do they fight? Pat yourself on the back if you guessed the American people. “If we’re training cops as soldiers, giving them equipment like soldiers, dressing them up as soldiers, when are they going to pick up the mentality of soldiers?”— Arthur Rizer, former police officer
  • We’re Not in Mayberry Anymore.

John W. Whitehead, The Rutherford Institute / Straight Line Logic  

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While the nation has been distracted by a media maelstrom dominated by news of white supremacists, Powerball jackpots, Hurricane Harvey, and a Mayweather v. McGregor fight, the American Police State has been carving its own path of devastation and destruction through what’s left of the Constitution.

We got sucker punched.

John W. Whitehead is an attorney and author who has written, debated and practiced widely in the area of constitutional law and human rights.

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My Enemy Hugh Hefner's Contradictory Feminist Legacy

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  • Part 1: Hugh Hefner Was My Enemy
    • Are we really O.K. with the reality that our girls are being raised in a world that Mr. Hefner made? I’m not.
  • Part 2:The Contradictory Feminist Legacy Of Playboy’s Hugh Hefner
    • The “revolution” he sparked was primarily in service of men’s desires — and specifically his own.
  • Related: Around The World, Girls Are Taught The Same Limiting Lesson

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Part 1: Hugh Hefner Was My Enemy

Are we really O.K. with the reality that our girls are being raised in a world that Mr. Hefner made? I’m not.

Susan Brownmiller, New York (NY) Times 

https://static01.nyt.com/images/2017/09/29/opinion/29brownmillerWeb/29brownmillerWeb-master768.jpgSept. 29, 2017 | On March 26, 1970, I accepted an invitation to appear on “The Dick Cavett Show” to talk about a new movement I was involved with called Women’s Liberation. I knew that our young movement was suspicious of activists who sought media attention, so I roped my friend Sally Kempton, a talented writer, into coming with me. I don’t recall if we knew ahead of time who the principal guest that evening would be. He turned out to be Hugh Hefner.

We were slotted for 15 minutes near the end of show, after the psychologist Rollo May and before the final number by Grace Slick and Jefferson Airplane. With Mr. Hefner still sitting on stage, Mr. Cavett began by asking us to define Women’s Liberation. “Hugh Hefner is my enemy,” I replied. “Women aren’t bunnies, they’re not rabbits, they’re human beings,” I added. Then, addressing Hugh Hefner directly, I said, “The day you come out here with a cottontail attached to your rear end …”

Susan Brownmiller is the author of “Against Our Will: Men, Women and Rape” and six other books.

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Part 2:The Contradictory Feminist Legacy Of Playboy’s Hugh Hefner

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The “revolution” he sparked was primarily in service of men’s desires — and specifically his own.

Emma Gray, HuffPost 

09/28/2017 | Hugh Hefner’s life and legacy are rife with contradictions. 

The founder of the Playboy empire, who died Wednesday at age 91, is hailed as a sexual revolutionary, a supporter of LGBTQ and abortion rights, a mogul and an icon who paved the way for modern ideas about sex-positivity. He’s also a man who built his extensive empire by capitalizing on idealized images of women’s bodies; a man who had a rotating cast of live-in young “girlfriends” who, by at least one account, were kept under his control.

As The New York Times’ Brooks Barnes put it in 2009: “To his supporters, [Hefner] is the great sexual liberator who helped free Americans from Puritanism and neurosis. To his detractors, including many feminists and social conservatives, he helped set in motion a revolution in sexual attitudes that have objectified and victimized countless women and promoted an immoral, whatever-feels-good approach to life.” 

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Around The World, Girls Are Taught The Same Limiting Lesson, Emily Peck, HuffPost

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  • A groundbreaking new study reveals that harmful gender stereotypes are drilled into kids, from the U.S. to India to Egypt, at a heartbreakingly young age.
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