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Monday, April 27, 2015

NONVIOLENCE AS COMPLIANCE by Ta-Nehisi Coates

THE CASE AGAINST THE BALTIMORE POLICE
"Over the past four years, more than 100 people have won [CIVIL] court judgments or settlements related to allegations of brutality and civil rights violations. Victims include a 15-year-old boy riding a dirt bike, a 26-year-old pregnant accountant who had witnessed a beating, a 50-year-old woman selling church raffle tickets, a 65-year-old church deacon rolling a cigarette and an 87-year-old grandmother aiding her wounded grandson ....


And in almost every [CRIMINAL] case, prosecutors or judges dismissed the charges against the victims—if charges were filed at all. In an incident that drew headlines recently, charges against a South Baltimore man were dropped after a video showed an officer repeatedly punching him—a beating that led the police commissioner to say he was 'shocked.' "

Sounds a lot like the directed verdict that set Dante Servin free in the Rekia Boyd case.


 CLICK HERE TO READ MORE AT THE ATLANTIC http://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2015/04/nonviolence-as-compliance/391640/