Stop saying the police did they best they could in that situation. There is a clear split opinion of the police interviews among the people I know. The average person sees the police being polite, friendly, calming, interviewing them separately and concludes they did as well as anyone could do in that situation. For myself and other abuse survivors, it is a field littered with red flags. We see recognizable profiles in Gabby, Brian, and even certain officers. And this is retriggering for survivors to watch a very young woman humiliated, at the end of emotional limit driven there by her partner. A woman is dead, and offering police a trophy of participation while saying ’I bet they feel bad’ is not the right focus.
Instead, this is a rare opportunity to say ’How can we analyze the footage of the interview techniques and the dispatch exchanges to make sure this is less likely to happen again in the future?’ Move past the impulse to make noises of support for the police’s behavior and insist they did the best they possibly could. Because that declares to victims everywhere there is no room for improvement for enforcement agencies handling volatile assaults in process, even in worst-case scenarios. Victims already tend not to involve police, and this is a window explaining to the community why that is. Having an officer tell you it’s your fault is NOT an exceptional circumstance. Saying uncritically that they did a great job slams closed doors of inquiry that desperately need to remain open. Because there are countless women like Gabby in similar circumstances. This is not an exception. It is endemic and the enforcement agencies are failing to hold abusers accountable.
I see her anguished face and feel my own long past emotional turmoil with a sharpness. Her humiliation at being pushed to the edge of her emotional limit by someone she loved. Her taking all the blame and holding herself fully accountable for her actions as well as all of his. And then her fiancé making jokes about her being crazy and the officer uncritically accepting his judgment. An officer definitively saying she was the only abuser in the relationship. And I remember how it felt when it was somehow less painful to imagine I was responsible for the abuse and the assaults than that my partner chose to do this. We are Gabby.
-“Julia Hawthorne,” DV survivor and writer as interviewed by Verily Magazine.
May 13, 2021 - Immigration cops tried to arrest two men in Glasgow, Scotland, on the day of Eid. A huge crowd of locals in the area of Pollokshields, chanting “these are our neighbours, let them go!”, turned up and boxed the police van in for seven hours, withstanding attempts by police to break through the crowd, until the cops were forced to let the two men go. [video]/[article]
Metropolis has one of the least corrupt police departments in the DCU, because some sneaky bastard reporter who looks like a nerdy lumberjack keeps sniffing out and exposing all the racists in the department. (This is because Superman, while not always listening, can always hear when one of them to start saying racist things and once he does he immediately starts investigating as Clark.)
Who watches the watchers? Some hulking bespectacled doofus, apparently.
Members of the Red Lake Nation sent out to perform a ceremony on their treaty lands, but were assaulted & arrested. They chose treaty lands at the mouth of a pipeline Enbridge is has been trying to lay (With pushback and even sabotage from water protectors). Treaty rights surpass all federal and state laws, but Enbridge and their badge wearing guard dogs don't care.
This is Alex Golden Wolf explaining (they've since been arrested, their venmo & the bailout account are below).
Update from Red Lake Treaty Camp now:
Alex Golden Wolf, Two spirit Indigenous leader of the white Earth Nation was violently arrested out of ceremony before the completion of the ceremony. Alex is a staff carrier, and a care taker of Indigenous Children, she helps with language and art skills at Camp Migizi.
Today at Red Lake Treaty Camp indigenous leaders gathered at sunrise to do ceremony in front of the gates of the construction site where Enbridge is drilling under the Red Lake River in order to lay an oil pipeline on land protected by treaty rights. This sacred ceremony was interrupted by police with no regard for indigenous traditions. Along with Alex Golden Wolf, around 20 indigenous leaders and allies who formed a peaceful blockade around those in ceremony where arrested.
Red Lake Treaty Camp is currently under blockade by the police, with no one allowed in or out. A water protector who locked down to the drill this morning was extracted and work has begun again.
Water protectors are being threatened. Treaty rights are being trampled on. Indigenous two spirit folks are being assaulted. Stop Line 3.
Red Lake Treaty Camp Bail Fund: @Stars_On_Stone
Photo: Chris Trinh [ig @christhaotrinh]
They need you!!! We all need you!! The best way you could help right now is to SHOW UP. I can't stress that enough! PLEASE GO IF YOU CAN. Short of that PLEASE spread awareness, share this post, follow The Lakota People's Law Project, Red Lake Treaty Camp, donate to the bail funds and call, email the people below!
The funniest part about the “bad apple” flavor of cop apologia is that the cops disagree
Every time a pig kills an unarmed innocent person and has any kind of trial or review, the defense is always that he’s a good man, he was doing his job perfectly, the entire institution of the police stands behind him and his actions, and the murder of innocent people is an unavoidable consequence of the existence of police, if not an intentional aspect of their job description. They literally tell everyone that innocent people will continue to be killed as long as cops exist and there’s nothing that can be done to stop them, and then they expect you to be okay with that
Cops want to make it very clear to you that if you condemn one cop, you condemn all cops. Maybe you should trust them
a black woman named zoe amira posted a video on youtube. this video is an hour long and filled with art and music from black creators. it has a ton of ads, and in result will rack up a ton of revenue. 100% of the ad revenue from the video will be dispersed between various blm organizations, including bail-out funds for protesters. it will be split between the following, dependent on necessity
brooklyn bail fund
minnesota freedom fund
atlanta action network
columbus freedom fund
louisville community bail fund
black visions collective
richmond community bail fund
the bail project inc
nw com bail fund
philadelphia bail fund
the korchhinski-parquet family gofundme
george floyd’s family gofundme
reclaim the block
turn off your adblocker and do not skip ads. between each time watch 3-5 other videos (mix it up) before restarting. this will ensure you aren’t marked as spam by youtube. mute the tab if you need to focus elsewhere but don’t mute the video itself. and let. it. play.
youtube will donate to blm for you.
please, please reblog. for people who don’t have money to spare, this is incredibly important information to have.