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Last Thursday we had an intense discussion covering police brutality. We discussed how Civilians not only have "Rights" but also "Responsibilities" you can't expect one without the other. Further, you can't exercise your rights if you don't actually know them. Finally, every punch, choke hold, Taser attack, and gun shot from a police officer is NOT Police Brutality! Those leather holsters and duty belts that hold a number of weapons and tools are not for decoration. They are to be used whenever necessary to control and manage situations. Handcuffs aren't made for comfort and a choke hold is not meant to be affectionate so every video you see of a police officer doing their job to preserve the law while also protecting and defending their own safety is NOT Police Brutality.
Police Brutality IS however, as Revolutionary and Activist Christina Stockbergerand a number of callers so raw and richly defined it: A criminal act by deviant thugs in uniforms with weapons, and government authority to wreck havoc in communities. Using excessive, and/or cruel or brutal force more than is necessary to control a situation. When using guns, Tasers, batons, and forms of intimidation such as guns, rape, threats etc. beyond the call of duty. Police Brutality is also often fueled by racist beliefs and hatred
Join us for Part 2 as we finish this discussion and gain the perspectives of police officers and past victims.
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