Dissecting Society

Jul 23
anarcho-queer:

Family Files Lawsuit Against NYPD Officers After Being Pepper Sprayed In Subway With Toddler & Infant
Three NYPD officers have been named in a lawsuit alleging they “needlessly, and without warning pepper-sprayed a mother, father and their three small children," including a 5-month-old baby, in a New York City subway station in August, 2012.
The suit, filed last month by Marilyn Taylor, claims that Officers Maripily Clase, Suranjit Dey and Jermaine Hodge approached Taylor and her family after she used the station’s service entrance to push the stroller carrying her 2-year-old child onto the subway platform — arousing suspicions that she had skipped paying the fare.
According to the complaint filed by Taylor’s attorney, and available at Gothamist:

During this stop, the aggressive language and demeanor of the officer defendants caused the Minor Children to become scared and upset. Ms. Taylor responded to her four-year-old daughter’s question as to whether she was going to be okay by leaning over to tell her daughter that, “everyone is going to be okay.”
At this point, defendant DEY unloaded pepper-spray into Ms. Taylor’s face. The spray caused Ms. Taylor to reel backwards, nearly falling off the platform, and to fall to her knees, blinded and in pain. The pepper-spray struck Mr. McClain [Taylor’s husband] as well, resulting in pain and discoloration of his left eye.
The Minor Children were also struck by the pepper-spray, causing them to scream and cry in fear and pain, and sending [the two-year-old] into fits of vomiting.


Taylor was then cuffed and detained by the officers, according to the lawsuit, and pushed down the station’s stairwell in “an unreasonably forceful manner that caused bruising to Ms. Taylor’s wrists and lower back," after which she was taken to Central Booking for her arraignment.
The complaint says that Taylor and McClain have both dealt with eye problems in the months since the incident, and that their children suffered severe psychological trauma. Additionally, the complaint alleges that the officers proceeded to harass and intimidate the family outside the station where the incident occurred in the weeks that followed.
The NYPD didn’t immediately respond for comment on the lawsuit.
The police department, which was the subject of heated criticism after an officer famously pepper-sprayed peaceful protesters at Occupy Wall Street in 2011, has also been embroiled of late in a number of other controversies — in particular, a stop-and-frisk program largely targeting New York’s minority populations, and the disputed shooting and killing of 16-year-old Kimani Gray.

anarcho-queer:

Family Files Lawsuit Against NYPD Officers After Being Pepper Sprayed In Subway With Toddler & Infant

Three NYPD officers have been named in a lawsuit alleging they needlessly, and without warning pepper-sprayed a mother, father and their three small children," including a 5-month-old baby, in a New York City subway station in August, 2012.

The suit, filed last month by Marilyn Taylor, claims that Officers Maripily Clase, Suranjit Dey and Jermaine Hodge approached Taylor and her family after she used the station’s service entrance to push the stroller carrying her 2-year-old child onto the subway platform — arousing suspicions that she had skipped paying the fare.

According to the complaint filed by Taylor’s attorney, and available at Gothamist:

During this stop, the aggressive language and demeanor of the officer defendants caused the Minor Children to become scared and upset. Ms. Taylor responded to her four-year-old daughter’s question as to whether she was going to be okay by leaning over to tell her daughter that, “everyone is going to be okay.”

At this point, defendant DEY unloaded pepper-spray into Ms. Taylor’s face. The spray caused Ms. Taylor to reel backwards, nearly falling off the platform, and to fall to her knees, blinded and in pain. The pepper-spray struck Mr. McClain [Taylor’s husband] as well, resulting in pain and discoloration of his left eye.

The Minor Children were also struck by the pepper-spray, causing them to scream and cry in fear and pain, and sending [the two-year-old] into fits of vomiting.

Taylor was then cuffed and detained by the officers, according to the lawsuit, and pushed down the station’s stairwell in “an unreasonably forceful manner that caused bruising to Ms. Taylor’s wrists and lower back," after which she was taken to Central Booking for her arraignment.

The complaint says that Taylor and McClain have both dealt with eye problems in the months since the incident, and that their children suffered severe psychological trauma. Additionally, the complaint alleges that the officers proceeded to harass and intimidate the family outside the station where the incident occurred in the weeks that followed.

The NYPD didn’t immediately respond for comment on the lawsuit.

The police department, which was the subject of heated criticism after an officer famously pepper-sprayed peaceful protesters at Occupy Wall Street in 2011, has also been embroiled of late in a number of other controversies — in particular, a stop-and-frisk program largely targeting New York’s minority populations, and the disputed shooting and killing of 16-year-old Kimani Gray.

Jul 14

U.S.A: Where abortion is murder and the murder of Black people isn’t.

Jul 14

REMINDER THAT CECE MCDONALD IS STILL IN JAIL FOR *ACTUALLY* DEFENDING HERSELF AGAINST RACIST, TRANSPHOBIC NEO-NAZIS WHO WERE TRYING TO MURDER HER AND HER FRIENDS

Jul 14

quote That child had every right to be where he was. That child had every right to do what he was doing, walking home. That child had every right to be afraid of a strange man following him, first in his car and then on foot. And did that child not have the right to defend himself from that strange man?

Jul 14

stay-human:

They gave a woman twenty fucking years for firing warning shots against an abusive husband and the man who killed a black child walks free. That is American justice.

Jul 12
workingamerica:

Meet Dominic Ware. When he saw his Walmart coworkers being targeted for standing up, he took action.
He went on strike in early June. But instead of respecting his right to speak out, Walmart has fired Dom and 16 of his coworkers within just the last month!
He’s still fighting back. Sign his petition to stand with him: http://action.changewalmart.org/endyoursilence

workingamerica:

Meet Dominic Ware. When he saw his Walmart coworkers being targeted for standing up, he took action.

He went on strike in early June. But instead of respecting his right to speak out, Walmart has fired Dom and 16 of his coworkers within just the last month!

He’s still fighting back. Sign his petition to stand with him: http://action.changewalmart.org/endyoursilence

Jul 12

quote The Western arrogance of feeling that it has everything to teach others and nothing to learn from them is not just.

Martin Luther King Jr., “Why I am Opposed to the War in Vietnam,” 1967

the MLK that’s never quoted; real reasons why he was assassinated

17 Martin Luther King Jr. Quotes You Never Hear

(via kemetically-afrolatino)

Jul 12

quote I will no longer apologize, either for my faith or my complexion. It is not my job to convince you to distinguish me from the violent sociopaths that claim to be Muslims, whose terrorism I neither support, nor condone. It is your job. Just like when a disturbed young white man shoots up a movie theatre or a school, it is my job, as someone with a conscience, to distinguish them from others. It’s not my job to plead with you to shake my hand without cringing, nor am I going to applaud you when you treat me with common decency; it’s not an accomplishment. It’s simply the right thing to do. Honestly, it’s not that hard.

— Seema Jilani (x)
Jul 05
angrywomenofcolorunited:

hoe-im-gay:

this is just great.

This person is my hero.

angrywomenofcolorunited:

hoe-im-gay:

this is just great.

This person is my hero.

Jul 05
shoomlah:

If I were to write a children’s book about derailing on the internet it would totally have whales in it

shoomlah:

If I were to write a children’s book about derailing on the internet it would totally have whales in it

Jul 05

bu-hashem:

History 101

Jul 05

smallmoth:

everyones entitled to their own opinions, like “mario kart isnt good” or “i do not favor the color green”, but youre not entitled to thinking im undeserving of basic human rights, and youre not entitled to the belief that because of someones identity (whether it be sexual, racial, cultural, gender, or anything else) they deserve to be harmed. you are not entitled to be oppressive. this isnt something you can disagree with, because it isnt an opinion, i am merely stating facts

Jun 13

general psa:

jcatgrl:

freedom of speech means that the government is not allowed to tell you to shut the fuck up. it doesn’t mean that i am not allowed to tell you to shut the fuck up.

Jun 13

quote Police tell a different story. Miami-Dade Police Detective Alvaro Zabaleta said it was just after 11am when officers apparently saw Tremaine body slamming another teenager onto the sand. Police reports say they then realised that no fight was going on, but Detective Zabaleta told CBS Miami that Tremaine refused to take officers to his parents and they were forced to leave their ATV to detain him as he started to leave the beach area. According to the police report, Tremaine became combative and clenched his fist as police went to hold him. ‘He attempted to pull his arm away, stating, “Man, don’t touch me like I did something,”’ the report ways. Detective Zabaleta said Tremaine’s actions indicated he was ‘resisting officers’ and meant he had to be taken into custody. ‘Of course we have to neutralize the threat,’ said the detective. ‘When you have somebody resistant to them and pulling away and somebody clenching their fists and flailing their arms, that’s a threat.’

Moment police choke a 14-year-old with puppy after he gave them ‘dehumanizing stare’ | Mail Online

So…police openly admit they slammed on the ground, choked, arrested, and charged with resisting arrest a 14-year-old playing on a beach with his friend and a 6-week-old puppy doing absolutely nothing wrong, and we’re supposed to believe they were neutralizing a serious threat? A threat to what exactly? A reality where black children are allowed to play on a public beach and it not be a problem?

There is a petition you can sign here to have the charges dropped. I can’t believe they haven’t been dropped already.

(via robot-heart-politics)

Jun 13

Public Shaming: Racist Basketball Fans PISSED a Mexican-American Boy Dared to Sing Their National Anthem →

strugglingtobeheard:

tofuboots:

aleimina:

10 year old Mariachi singer Sebastion de la Cruz was thrust into the national spotlight last year on America’s Got Talent. Tonight, he was once again seen by the nation as he sang the national anthem at Game 3 of the NBA finals in San Antonio where the Spurs took on the Miami Heat.

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As you can see, patriotic Americans were NONE TOO PLEASED that a Mexican (don’t tell these people he’s Mexican AMERICAN) sang the United States national anthem - a song so beautiful that bald eagles usually cry whenever they hear it but not tonight because a Mexican sang it.

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“#GoHome.” He’s already home. He lives in San Antonio. The same San Antonio where the majority of the population is Mexican.

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OK THERE, “THE GREAT WHITE.”

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“I’m highly upset that THIS MEXICAN KID is singing the anthem.” lmao. Wait a few years Grace and tell us how you feel when the majority of the country is Hispanic. I look forward to hearing from you then!

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San Antonio may already be your own personal hell if that’s how you feel about Mexicans, Blake.

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Correction: YOU ain’t. All of the United States ain’t racist white males like you, Thomas.

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lmao, DESTIN WHITE. If “what has the world come to” is your reaction a little Mexican boy singing the anthem, just you wait! Hint: your world won’t be WHITE.

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And, now, for my favorite tweets: people asking why is this Mexican/illegal/foreigner/etc. singing “OUR/MY ANTHEM”…

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“Our anthem!” Our racism!

Ya’ll gonna be mighty hurt to find out 90% of Spurs fans are taco eatin’, Mexico hailin’, sometimes Spanish speakin’, definately Tex-Mex spittin’, super brown BEANERS and I couldn’t be prouder to have a tiny Mariachi be on national TV to piss all your flat-as-pancakes gringo asses off.

^^^^ this is America where we don’t even realize what Texas always was and always will be. So terrible. That child is adorable as hell