Tag: Police

America Needs a Blue Flu for Citizens’ Rights

Conner Drigotas | @CDDrigotas

The phrase “Blue Flu” describes a unique phenomenon: when mass numbers of police officers call out sick in a coordinated manner to protest a public policy. In states where police are legally prohibited from striking this has been a tool used by officers to leverage political power and enact change in government.

This is not a new tactic; in the past, it has been a means to promote the interests of police officers exclusively. In New York City, 1971, twenty-thousand police officers coordinated calling in sick to pressure public officials into giving officers higher pay and increased benefits – at the expense of the citizens’ bottom lines. The city acquiesced, and taxes went up. Police have used the Blue Flu in cities across America to fight for law enforcement causes. It’s time we have one in defense of citizens’ rights and for the protection of police officers who are asked every day to enforce laws that pit them against the citizens that they swore to protect and serve.

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JUSTICE: Detroit Pays $60,000 After Cops Gun Down Dogs

Joe Trotter | @thetrottspot

Police acting on a narcotics search warrant burst into Nikita Smith’s home and executed three of her dogs, including one locked in a bathroom (WARNING: graphic images).  Now the city is paying out $60,000 to settle the civil rights case Smith filed against the city.

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Police Brutality Kills 10x More People than Mass Shootings

Ryan Lau | @RyanLau71R

In today’s America, mass shootings are a very unfortunate reality. Each event a tragic stain on our history, it can be difficult to fathom exactly how to solve the problem. A pattern follows, and the country begins a discussion of solutions involving gun control, which some empirical data suggests will not work. Even then, however, we’re missing a critical cause of American deaths that kills even more people than mass shootings do: police brutality.

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The Police Force is Turning America into a Military​ State

Ellie McFarland | @El_FarAwayLand

On Tuesday, April 30th, the courts finally convicted the Minneapolis police officer who killed Justine Ruszczyk. After a month-long trial, the shooter, a jury convicted “Mr. Noor” on charges of third-degree murder and manslaughter. These together carry a maximum sentence of around 35 years, but he will likely not receive it.

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Haymarket Police Forces Residents to Buy City Decal or Face Fine

Emily Merrell | United States

Effective April 11th, 2019, the town of Haymarket in Virginia issued a new policy. The Haymarket Police Department’s Facebook page posted a video of Haymarket Police Chief Lands. He announces the new policy. All town residents will be required to purchase a decal sticker, which they can get at the town hall, and display it on their cars.

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