Two stories about bad policing in the news today: Do we need the police?

The LA Times reports that in North Carolina, a man was killed by police after seeking help for having been in a car accident. The man’s name is Jonathan Ferrell, and he was a former football player for  Florida A&M University. The same day, The New York Post reports that police shot two innocent women […]

Another police killing: What if there were no police?

The latest police failure is the story of a police officer in Houston, Texas, who shot and killed a man, who was a double-amputee, who was in his wheelchair. [Story at CNN: here] The man had been threatening the officer with what turned out to be a pen. Below is my essay, previously published at […]

Thurs 9/20/2012: Vigil for Kevin Callahan (man killed by Suffolk County Police)

Kevin Callahan Memorial Service Update 9/21/2012: Photos from the event at Flickr: here. (If you are on FaceBook, you can share the reflections and photos here: FB Event page for Kevin’s Memorial: here.) Candlelight Vigil to commemorate the life of Kevin Callahan Thursday, September 20, 2012 7 pm Liberty Park, Selden, Long Island, NY (On […]

A thought on the Anaheim Police shooting…

So, the police and the politicians in Anaheim are claiming that they need time to do an investigation of the shooting deaths. That is a usual government-powers trick, where the whole incident could fade away, until people don’t remember, or have less chance at justice. But, if they can’t really respond, or tell what happened, […]

Family of Selden man killed by police files lawsuit and receives press attention in Newsday

Background story at onthewilderside: here. Join the Stand Up for Kevin FaceBook page: here. (excerpt) from Newsday Kin to file suit vs. cops in fatal shooting June 13, 2012 The family of a Selden man killed by police last year will file a federal lawsuit against the Suffolk County Police Department Thursday, alleging officers used […]

NYPD Arrests NYCLU Legal Observer at Occupy Wall Street event

KW writes: The police must learn to change. The police must learn to respect people who are protesting. And, police departments should learn to fire police officers who are caught doing wrong. In addition, the public should have easy ways to recall politicians like Mayor Bloomberg and Police Commissioner Ray Kelly, who allow bad cops […]

Drum roll, please…Winner of The Strip Search Limerick Contest

Strip-Search For Poetry: A Limerick Contest For The Supreme Court The results are in for the contest we held to create limericks about the Supreme Court’s horrible decision on strip searches, which has decimated the 4th Amendment of the Constitution.  With this recent decision, any person who will be held in the “general population” in […]

A Poetic Scene On Wall Street: 14 arrests and one, really loud poet!

Follow on Live Video At www.ustream.tv/wearechange What a wonderful, beautiful, symbolic scene! Alex Carvalho is a poet-occupier who was arrested for starting a Mic Chec (which I think was a poem). As he was being arrested,  and carried away by two policemen, he shouted “Poetry will never die”. Now he is in the paddy wagon […]

Strip-Search For Poetry: A Limerick Contest For The Supreme Court

Update 4/24/2012: The winner has been announced! See the post at onthewilderside: here. Five men of the court were quite rude, Giving rights to police very lewd. Well fair’s fair, I dare say. I’ve decided this way: We should make them hold court in the nude. Americans should be outraged by the April 2, 2012 […]

Zimmerman’s community has never ” registered with USAonWatch®-Neighborhood Watch program”

The National Sheriffs’ Association (NSA) registers Neighborhood Watch programs and they have nothing for Zimmer’s community.

Occupy Wall Street update: (Who did NYPD target last night?)

Sunday morning, January 1, 2012: I think this site is now streaming live in NYC: http://www.livestream.com/occupynyc2 Occupy Wall Street folks were definitely active until 5am on the streets. I think they are still gathered as of late morning, Sunday, January 1, 2012. Last night was a busy night in NYC. Hundreds of thousands of people […]

Foley Square: Occupy Wall Street tells Prez and Attorney General: No Immunity Deal for Crooks

Update, Saturday at 3:46pm: Police…are blocking sidewalks, shoving people, using netting. Please go support occupiers at Foley Square or at least observe on Live Stream. We must watch over our democracy! Occupy NYC Live Stream: http://www.livestream.com/occupynyc (Live comes in and out, in between, showing a meeting room scene) Global Revolution Live Stream for NYC: http://www.livestream.com/occupywallstnyc […]

Happening now in NYC: Occupy Wall Street march against “Stop and Frisk” policy

Tonight, Friday, 10/21: Gathering at Columbus Circle around midnight for a concert with Pete Seeger; his grandson, Tao Rodriguez-Seeger; Arlo Guthrie; and Suzanne Vega. See Live Stream’s below for possible coverage. _____________ Images of march happening (Friday afternoon) in Harlem: Global Revolution Live Stream: here and/or NYC Live Stream: here Update at 2:52pm: Some people […]

Man dies while in federal custody

KW writes: I think it is important for justice, and for all of our future safety, that when a person dies under suspicious circumstances, related to governmental custody or governmental actions, all citizens take notice. (excerpt from) Washington Post Feds say TV pitchman…dies in apparent suicide 2 days before trial PHOENIX — A U.S. Marshals […]

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