One of the Cabinet sent me this:
I entirely agree with you about most cops truly wishing to “protect and serve”… however…, I think that the country (it shows up in policing, amongst other places) is pretty screwed up when it comes to race. Basically, most of us expect the worst from our Black brethren, which becomes a self-fulfilling prophecy. Republicans might be happy to put all the people of colour on one end of the continent and cut them loose, but the problem isn’t going to go away until we talk more candidly about that legacy of slavery, plantation life, Jim Crow, etc. Each cop on the beat has to deal with this context as best he can, but it takes a real saint to be unaffected by the larger picture.
Most coppers are good guys… they’re doing an often-thankless job. By and large, cops are honest… unfortunately, violence is seeping through America, and the Republican Party is fostering it through extreme warmongering in foreign parts, excessive police force at home (militarisation of local cops), inordinate use of imprisonment (the USA is #1 in prisoners), and pandering to gun nutters. Libertarians are anarchists… anarchists aren’t bearded bomb-throwers in rags… they’re “respectable” banksters in suits! Anarchy is what the Republicans want… in such a system, even good men commit enormities. Ordinary people committed the Nazi war crimes… it CAN happen here, and let’s see that it doesn’t. Firstly, let’s support the good cops and stop them becoming “auxiliary soldiers”. If we don’t, our free society will become a Republican Anarchistic Libertarian Hell. It IS in our hands…
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On Tuesday, the Kemerovo Oblast Prokuratura said on their official website that cops in western Siberia face criminal investigation for declaring a local man dead, but he turned out to be alive and well. A 54-year-old local resident filed a complaint after the authorities denied him a state pension because they stated that he was dead. The confusion came about after cops misidentified another man who expired of tuberculosis on a Kemerovo street last month. Police make the mistake because they trusted locals’ testimony, so, they handed over the body to a funeral service for burial after nobody claimed it. Now, the officers who misidentified the dead man face a criminal case on negligence charges, punishable by up to three months behind bars. The SKP launched an investigation to identify the man buried last month.
15 October 2013
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Bears in the streets and tough cops… this week, two stereotypes about Russia came together in the coal-mining region of Kemerovo Oblast when local police marched a trio of hungry bear cubs from a central town square back into the nearby woods. According to a statement from regional police, late Thursday, a local woman in the town of Beryozovsky spotted one cub “calmly strolling down the street, looking for food in the garbage bins”. Five teams of officers soon arrived at the spot, only to find three bear cubs in the courtyards of nearby buildings. Police cordoned off the area; then, they “escorted the uninvited guests into the woods. They followed the bear cubs in their patrol cars and lit the way with their headlights. The trip took more than an hour”. The police speculated that the cubs might have been the orphans of a female bear fatally hit by a freight train in July on a nearby rail line.
20 September 2013
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On Wednesday, local police said that aggressive bears, starving because their natural food sources were destroyed by floods, are becoming a growing threat for villagers in the Russian Far East. According to Yevgeny Shukshin, police chief of Polina Osipenko Raion in Khabarovsk Krai, bears currently have difficulty finding their usual food… berries and salmon… because of floods. He said, “Chances of meeting a predator have increased. Hunger drives the animals closer to humans; it forces them to search for food in garbage dumps. More and more often, we’re informed of bears approaching villages”. In one such incident, police dealt with an aggressive bear, which dangerously approached a group of children picking mushrooms. At once, the cops tried to scare the animal off, but it ran towards them, so, they killed it. Due to the flooding, which has occurred over several weeks, an emergency was declared in four Far Eastern areas… Amur Oblast, the Jewish Autonomous Oblast (Birobidzhan), Khabarovsk Krai, and Primorsky Krai… as well as in the Sakha Republic (Yakutia). On Tuesday, Vladimir Pysin, Deputy Presidential Envoy to the Russian Far East, said that the overall damage is currently estimated at 30 billion roubles (900 million USD. 937 million CAD. 980 million AUD. 684 million Euros. 576 million UK Pounds). In three of the affected regions… Amur Oblast, the Jewish Autonomous Oblast, and Khabarovsk Krai… the floods affected 190 settlements with almost 9,500 buildings.
28 August 2013
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