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Yet Another Black Man Shot to Death by Police Under Strange Circumstances in America

According to officers, [Charles] Smith was arrested for outstanding warrants, handcuffed and placed inside a patrol car before he managed to pull the cuffs to the front of his body, kick out the window of the vehicle and, police claim, draw a firearm. Police say Officer David Jannot, a 10-year veteran of the department, shot and killed Smith in self defense.
West Savannah residents are extremely skeptical about the police’s account for Smith’s death, which hinges on the assertion that Smith was in possession of a firearm despite being arrested, handcuffed and, presumably, searched by police before being placed in the back of a police cruiser.

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Yet Another Black Man Shot to Death by Police Under Strange Circumstances in America

According to officers, [Charles] Smith was arrested for outstanding warrants, handcuffed and placed inside a patrol car before he managed to pull the cuffs to the front of his body, kick out the window of the vehicle and, police claim, draw a firearm. Police say Officer David Jannot, a 10-year veteran of the department, shot and killed Smith in self defense.

West Savannah residents are extremely skeptical about the police’s account for Smith’s death, which hinges on the assertion that Smith was in possession of a firearm despite being arrested, handcuffed and, presumably, searched by police before being placed in the back of a police cruiser.

Activists and writers have long argued that there are “racist elements” or “racist injustices” embedded in our current crisis of mass incarceration. [Michelle] Alexander would have us push this claim much further, arguing that mass incarceration is “a stunningly comprehensive and well-disguised system of racialized social control that functions in a manner strikingly similar to Jim Crow.” She disarms the popular notion that it is somehow wrong to discuss a modern Jim Crow in the age of Barack Obama, noting that “no other country in the world imprisons so many of its racial or ethnic minorities. The United States imprisons a a larger percentage of its black population then South Africa did at the height of apartheid.” In Alexander’s rendering Jim Crow didn’t die so much as it mutated.

On a plane earlier this week, I watched The Wolf of Wall Street. The film’s outsized antics—public masturbation, the tossing of little people, lots and lots of Quaaludes—seemed too big for a seatback screen, or, for that matter, reality. As despicable as some of Jordan Belfort’s behavior was, I was able to occasionally laugh at Leonardo DiCaprio’s version of him knowing that, by now, more than 10 years after his real-life sentencing, Belfort has been sufficiently punished.

But in fact, that’s hardly the case: After pleading guilty to fraud and money laundering, Belfort was ordered in 2003 to pay out about $110 million to those he wronged. Since then, he’s only paid $11.8 million. He was also sentenced to four years in federal prison, but he only ended up serving just shy of two years.

Meanwhile, he’s thriving as a motivational speaker, and has made some money from selling the film rights to his life story…

Belfort’s relatively consequence-free story is only one of the more prominent ones in a parade of aggravating numbers reported on earlier this week by The Wall Street Journal. There’s still $97 billion out there in penalties that the Justice Department has failed to recover, and between September 2012 and September 2013, the department collected only 22 percent of penalties doled out. One particularly demoralizing figure was that the Commodity Futures Trading Commission had collected about a tenth of a percent of the $3.7 billion owed to wronged investors.

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nine photographs portraying quotes said to sexual assault survivors by police officers, attorneys, and other authority figures

more info about project unbreakable here

original tumblr here

previously: nine photographs portraying quotes said to sexual assault survivors by their friends/family

This is heartbreaking

this infuriates me.

fucking disgusting 

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I think it’s outrageous how apple can just take the liberty of installing music on our fucking phones without our consent… it’s like someone breaking into your house and hanging up an ugly picture in your living room in the hope that you’ll like it.