Please sign and share the the petition to ban rubber bullet weapons.I don't know if it helps to sign, but spreading the word will. Show the graphic image to your friends and family who think that police brutality isn't real. https://www.change.org/p/united-nations-ban-the-use-of-inhumane-rubber-bullets?recruiter=86602986&utm_source=share_petition&utm_medium=twitter&utm_campaign=psf_combo_share_initial&utm_term=psf_combo_share_initial&recruited_by_id=87d58773-3d26-401b-bf63-564e7959d51d
I feel like this is an abuser trap - they're actually bringing more appropriate charges against Floyd's killers and they're about to point at us and yell if we continue protesting. More appropriate charges don't mean much if several months down the line, all of these guys get off with a tiny slap on the wrist, and especially because I feel like this was practice for how the authorities are going to deal with the election. And I can't be the only one who feels we need to continue protesting.
here's a fond memory: a few years back, a kitten got trapped in the alley behind my building. My wife and I called ASPCA and they told us to kindly get bent, so we called 311. They dispatched 2 cops, who proceeded to stomp their wet boots all over our apartment before spending 45 minutes failing to scale a fence, then they went back to the precinct.
Again: The city sent Big Meathead Gun Bois to rescue a kitten, AND THEY COULDN'T DO IT.
@trappleton Facebook (blergh) or Meetup. If you can find your local DSA chapter, they may have info (they work closely with community organizers here). if you know people who have organized other protests for economic equality or the like, they may have info too. different grassroots organizations dedicated to social justice are a good way to start. if you're not sure who is out there, look at who has endorsed progressive candidates in your city and go from there.
not bringing this up for any reason, but in dungeons & dragons, ball bearings are an easy way to control the battlefield against large groups of enemies by rendering large areas of difficult terrain
you can cite all the stanley milgram, stanford prison, psych 101 studies you want, but I don't think that gives a full explanation of the contemporary cop's psychology. the world we live in is one where the researcher is telling the participant, "DON'T TOUCH THE DIAL, YOU'RE KILLING AN INNOCENT PERSON," and the participant cranks it up to 11.
What even is the mind of a person who thinks that way? How do you explain tens of thousands of those people acting in concert?
HEY, rubber bullets aren’t made out of rubber.
they are metal bullets coated with a thin layer of rubber. the cops obviously know this. they aren’t non lethal. they are not meant for close range.
they were invented as a way to break up riots by firing the bullet at the ground with the intent to bounce into people’s legs without much injury and are expected to produce contusions, abrasions, and hematomas in those cases but they can kill.
police that are shooting them point blank at people's heads are shooting to kill.
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