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View Diary: Cops arrest, rough up, hold for 12hrs and charge woman with obstruction/resisting for jaywalking(!) (90 comments)

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  •  "something about her set off their perp-radar" (6+ / 0-)

    Couldn't possibly be that she was a woman of color, right? She must have done something wrong, evil jaywalker sans ID. All hail the wondrous police!

    Prudently respectful? Problematic sort of person? As if any citizen who doesn't offer to wash an officer's feet is unworthy of respect.

    "...we can all shut-up and go back to our caves." - Leonard Bernstein

    by progdog on Sun Mar 17, 2013 at 06:48:06 AM PDT

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    •  Said by way of explanation, not justification. (0+ / 0-)

      Observing a fact by explanation is not at all the same as citing it as justification.  I agree that the probability is strong that on balance, the police were vastly more out of line in the way they reacted to and handled the situation than anything the woman did.  The police tend to see things according to patterned categories of experience, sometimes quite incorrectly and even abusively.  They were probably primed to treat this woman poorly by the last dozen difficult encounters they'd had with sketchy street people, falsely viewing her as someone in this category.  Racism might, but not at all necessarily does, have anything to do with their reaction.

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