This needs to end. Really, it is time for America’s own aristocracy to be subject to the law as written. Major celebrities and the super-rich are not accountable, it creates a double standard that reinforces the criminalization of poverty, and it is tearing apart the fabric of our nation.

This needs to end. Really, it is time for America’s own aristocracy to be subject to the law as written. Major celebrities and the super-rich are not accountable, it creates a double standard that reinforces the criminalization of poverty, and it is tearing apart the fabric of our nation.

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occupyallstreets:

UC Davis officials sued over pepper spraying

Three months after being pepper sprayed or allegedly roughed up by UC Davis campus police during an Occupy demonstration, 19 students and alumni Wednesday filed a federal lawsuit claiming that their free speech and assembly rights were violated in the controversial incident.

The suit names Chancellor Linda Katehi as a defendant, along with other campus administrators and police officers. It details allegations against campus police Lt. John Pike, who the suit says sprayed the seated or crouching protesters at close range, causing pain to their eyes and faces.

The students, who contend the university did not properly screen and train campus police, are seeking financial damages and policy changes in how the UC system handles protests.

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This is where the real change starts kicking in. Sure, protests in the streets are a necessary step, but it’s the settlements in the courtrooms that make the string-pullers pay attention.

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Fight the man. Live the struggle. Power.

Fight the man. Live the struggle. Power.

Prison Math

fuckyeahdrugpolicy:

“There are over 2 million people incarcerated in local, state, and federal prisons in the United States, an incarceration rate of 743 per 100,000 people, which is high for a democracy (the incarceration rate is 325 in Israel, 217 in Poland, 154 in England and Wales, 96 in France, 71 in Denmark, and 32 in India). The number of people in jail has increased dramatically since the 1980s. According to the Center for Economic and Policy Research, incarceration rates between 1880 and 1970 ranged from about 100 to 200 prisoners per 100,000 people. After 1980, the inmate population began to grow much more rapidly than the overall population and the rate climbed from about 220 in 1980 to 458 in 1990, 683 in 2000, and 753 in 2008.

This increase didn’t have anything to do with a rise in crime. It mainly reflected changes in the correctional policies that determine who goes to prison and for how long. In particular, it had very much to do with the war on drugs.

Nonviolent drug offenders now account for about one-fourth of all inmates in the United States, up from less than 10 percent in 1980. The costs, of course, are staggering: State correctional spending now totals $52 billion a year, consuming one out of 14 general fund dollars; spending on corrections is the second fastest growth area of state budgets, following Medicaid.

The real tragedy is that so many children’s lives are destroyed along with those of their incarcerated parents. Over 50 percent of inmates are parents with minor children, including more than 120,000 mothers and 1.1 million fathers. One in every 28 children has a parent incarcerated, up from 1 in 125 just 25 years ago. Two-thirds of these children’s parents were incarcerated for nonviolent offenses.”

Veronique de Rugy - ‘Prison Math’ and the War on Drugs | National Review

19 Things That School Children Are Being Arrested For In America

ethiopienne:

lost-and-searching-in-america:

19 Things That School Children Are Being Arrested For In America

#1 At one public school down in Texas, a 12-year-old girl named Sarah Bustamantes was recently arrested for spraying herself with perfume.

#2 A 13-year-old student at a school in Albuquerque, New Mexico was recently arrested by police for burping in class.

#3 Another student down in Albuquerque was forced to strip down to his underwear while five adults watched because he had $200 in his pocket.  The student was never formally charged with doing anything wrong.

#4 A security guard at one school in California broke the arm of a 16-year-old girl because she left some crumbs on the floor after cleaning up some cake that she had spilled.

#5 One teenage couple down in Houston poured milk on each other during a squabble while they were breaking up.  Instead of being sent to see the principal,they were arrested and sent to court.

#6 In early 2010, a 12-year-old girl at a school in Forest Hills, New York was arrested by police and marched out of her school in handcuffs just because she doodled on her desk. “I love my friends Abby and Faith” was what she reportedly scribbled on her desk.

#7 A 6-year-old girl down in Florida was handcuffed and sent to a mental facility after throwing temper tantrums at her elementary school.

#8 One student down in Texas was reportedly arrested by police for throwing paper airplanes in class.

#9 A 17-year-old honor student in North Carolina named Ashley Smithwick accidentally took her father’s lunch with her to school.  It contained a small paring knife which he would use to slice up apples.  So what happened to this standout student when the school discovered this?  The school suspended her for the rest of the year and the police charged her with a misdemeanor.

#10 In Allentown, Pennsylvania a 14-year-old girl was tasered in the groin area by a school security officer even though she had put up her hands in the air to surrender.

#11 Down in Florida, an 11-year-old student was arrested, thrown in jail and charged with a third-degree felony for bringing a plastic butter knife to school.

#12 Back in 2009, an 8-year-old boy in Massachusetts was sent home from school and was forced to undergo a psychological evaluation because he drew a picture of Jesus on the cross.

#13 A police officer in San Mateo, California blasted a 7-year-old special education student in the face with pepper spray because he would not quit climbing on the furniture.

#14 In America today, even 5-year-old children are treated brutally by police.  The following is from a recent article that described what happened to one very young student in Stockton, California a while back….

“Earlier this year, a Stockton student was handcuffed with zip ties on his hands and feet, forced to go to the hospital for a psychiatric evaluation and was charged with battery on a police officer. That student was 5 years old.”

#15 At one school in Connecticut, a 17-year-old boy was thrown to the floor andtasered five times because he was yelling at a cafeteria worker.

#16 A teenager in suburban Dallas was forced to take on a part-time job after being ticketed for using foul language in one high school classroom.  The original ticket was for $340, but additional fees have raised the total bill to $637.

#17 A few months ago, police were called out when a little girl kissed a little boy during a physical education class at an elementary school down in Florida.

#18 A 6-year-old boy was recently charged with sexual battery for some “inappropriate touching” during a game of tag at one elementary school in the San Francisco area.

#19 In Massachusetts, police were recently sent out to collect an overdue library book from a 5-year-old girl.

anyone wanna count how many of these kids are white? don’t worry, it won’t take long at all.

Best argument for home-schooling I’ve seen. I know some conservatards are keeping their kids home-schooled because they’re paranoid about Big Gummint brainwashing their youth, or they’re protesting standardized testing or they want the kids to have a religious education that leaves out evolution or whatever… best argument I’ve ever heard for it, was that you never know when some jumped-up dipshit is going to throw the book at your kid for acting like a kid.

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mothernaturenetwork:

How traffic surveillance is invading your privacyWhile they may be a crime deterrent, traffic cameras can range from $67,000 to $80,000 per intersection, a hefty price for the taxpayer.

Funniest part of this article:


But experts say that one of the biggest problems with parking sensors,  as with all of these devices, is the absolute right or wrong of it all.
 
"People get upset when there is 100 percent enforcement," Stanley said.  "That is something we will have to grapple with as a society."

HOLY CRAP YOU GUYS THIS IS SO UNFAIR YOU CAN’T BREAK ANY TRAFFIC LAWS AT ALL ANYMORE!!

mothernaturenetwork:

How traffic surveillance is invading your privacy
While they may be a crime deterrent, traffic cameras can range from $67,000 to $80,000 per intersection, a hefty price for the taxpayer.

Funniest part of this article:

But experts say that one of the biggest problems with parking sensors, as with all of these devices, is the absolute right or wrong of it all.
 
"People get upset when there is 100 percent enforcement," Stanley said. "That is something we will have to grapple with as a society."
HOLY CRAP YOU GUYS THIS IS SO UNFAIR YOU CAN’T BREAK ANY TRAFFIC LAWS AT ALL ANYMORE!!

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logicallypositive:

A chart showing the population density of prisoners in various countries. Notice the one red country on the entire chart: the USA

logicallypositive:

A chart showing the population density of prisoners in various countries. Notice the one red country on the entire chart: the USA

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