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My dear Daggers, I know it's summer and there's a lot of fun stuff going on. Why, there's the Olympics and Mitt Romney making an ass of himself overseas and bigots slingin' chicken and what not, but I thought it might be pertinent to highlight how some of the citizens of Anaheim have been enjoying their summer:
So, here's the rundown: the cops approached a group of young guys in an Anaheim neighborhood. One runs. The cops shoot him in the back. He was unarmed. The residents of the neighborhood come out of their houses to see what's going on, which is that one of their neighbors has been shot by police. Understandably upset about this development, the citizens of this Anaheim neighborhood are then greeted in the traditional 21st Century American tradition, with suppressive violence. Yeah, that's cops shooting rubber bullets into a crowd of women and children in strollers. Yeah, that's a stroller on the ground right next to the guy being chewed on by a K-9 "unit."
The increasing militarization of police in America is something that has continued unabated for the last 20 years under administrations Republican and Democrat along with the increasing privatization of our prison system. Here's an image that was taken a couple of days ago:
This is not a soldier in Baghdad. This is a police officer guarding the gates of Disneyland., the "Happiest Place on Earth." You know, just like America is the land of the free and the home of the brave.
As with the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, we are seeing behavior on the part of so-called authorities that illustrates very clearly what is expendable to them - namely people - and what is not - namely property. This trend continues unabated because we let it. Because we do not demand better of our "leaders" when they fail so egregiously. Because there's no accountability for cops who think that their gun is the first-best response to any given situation. Because we respond so reliably as voters to "tough on crime" horse shit when elections roll around.
Anyway, I hear there's horses in the Olympics. Dancing. And there's top hats. No, not on the horses, on the rider. Yeah, they wear a top hat while riding a horse as it dances. No, it doesn't make sense to me either, but it's supposed to be damned majestic.