The NYPD tried to start a hashtag outpouring of positive memories with their police force.
If this were ever a bad idea, it was probably the worst idea for arguably the most corrupt police force in America.
What the person running the Twitter account probably failed to realize is that most people’s interactions with the cops fall into a few categories:
1. You are talking to them to get help after you or someone you knew was robbed, beaten, murdered, or sexually assaulted.
2. You are getting arrested.
3. You are getting beaten by the police.
In category 1, you are probably not going to be like, “Oh, let me take a selfie with you fine officers so I can remember this moment,” and the other two categories are not things that the NYPD would like people on social media talking about. Additionally, the people who use Twitter a lot (and who aren’t Sonic the Hedgehog roleplayers) are the type who love fucking with authority figures. In any case, #myNYPD quickly became a trending topic in the United States, largely because people were tweeting and retweeting horrific images of police brutality perpetrated by New York City cops.
Unarmed, clearly non-violent student brutally pepper-sprayed.
73 were arrested over the weekend as police used outrageous tactics against college students enjoying a pre-St. Patrick’s Day party.
A youtube Video by levin00, shows how brutality and oppression are quickly becoming the goto tactics of Police State USA. It also shows that what the media is saying about this event is all wrong.
The video clearly shows kids having fun, NOT being violent or destructive.
Then the storm troopers show up in their black uniforms, with rubber bullets and pepper spray. The jackboots rolled trough campus laying waste to the wasted.
These are college kids doing what college kids do, and they were treated like enemy combatants. This was completely uncalled for! The violent tendency of the state has got to be reined in.
When will enough be enough? These cops need to be held accountable, as well as the one’s that sent their vicious attack dogs out to wreak havoc.
In other news, NMSU PD now has an MRAP.
Ukrainian [woman] explains why Ukrainian people are fighting
Some like to point to clashes like this - or like in Venezuela - of overtly criminal states violently attacking their own citizens as reason to not complain about our relatively superior situation. “Look how much worse it is in X country,” they tell us.
But comparatively better does not necessarily mean good, any more than suggesting that a fork in the eye is good because it’s better than a knife in the gut. Furthermore, the question such people must answer is: are we trending toward or away from such violent oppression? With the NSA and stop-and-frisk and the TSA and the militarization of police and the type of martial law response we’ve recently seen in Los Angeles and Boston and extra-judicial drone-killing of citizens and indefinite detainment without due process, I think the answer is obvious.