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The Militarization of U.S. Police: Finally Dragged Into the Light by the Horrors of Ferguson Photo credit: Scott Olson/Getty Images The intensive militarization of America’s police forces is a serious menace about which a small number of people have been loudly warning for years, with little attention or traction. In a 2007 paper on “the blurring distinctions between the police and military institutions and between war and law enforcement,” the criminal justice professor Peter Kraska defined “police militarization” as “the process whereby civilian police increasingly draw from, and pattern themselves around, the tenets of militarism and the military model.” The harrowing events of the last week in Ferguson, Missouri – the fatal police shooting of an unarmed African-American teenager, Mike Brown, and the blatantly excessive and thuggish response to ensuing community protests from a police force that resembles an occupying army – have shocked the U.S. media class and millions of Americans. But none of this is aberrational.
This is how racism takes root By now surely everyone knows the case of the eight men convicted of picking vulnerable underage girls off the streets, then plying them with drink and drugs before having sex with them. A shocking story. But maybe you haven't heard. Because these sex assaults did not take place in Rochdale, where a similar story led the news for days in May, but in Derby earlier this month. Fifteen girls aged 13 to 15, many of them in care, were preyed on by the men. And though they were not working as a gang, their methods were similar – often targeting children in care and luring them with, among other things, cuddly toys.
The Smoke-Filled Room If you were sitting in a waiting room and smoke began to billow out of a vent in the wall, you'd probably do something about it. At least, you'd report the problem to someone. Or maybe not. In a famous experiment conducted by John Darley and Bibb Latané during the 1960s, Columbia University students were invited to share their views about problems of urban life. Transitioning - 30 minuts Transexuality has generally been associated with the adult world, but increasing numbers of boys and girls, starting at a very young age, are clearly stating their discord with the gender assigned to them at birth. Some of these minors choose to make the transition, very early on, to the gender with which they feel identified. They are all part of the "new trans generation." The documentary "Transition. Transexual Minors" explores the subject through first-hand stories told by four young people who have taken this step: David (age 6), Estel (age 11), Raquel (age 14) and Mario (age 17).
Woman beaten by CHP officer speaks out to Eyewitness News For the first time, the woman who was beaten by a CHP officer on the side of the 10 Freeway is speaking out. Marlene Pinnock tells Eyewitness News Anchor Marc Brown she feared for her life as the CHP officer pummeled her in an incident that was captured on cellphone video. "I think he was trying to kill me.
The history white people need to learn Invariably, around February of each year, coinciding with Black History Month, you’ll hear people asking, “Why isn’t there a white history month?” Do these people mean we should condense all the American history centering around white people to just one month and devote the other 11 to people of color? Of course not. Phones turning us into apathetic bystanders, says top psychologist Smartphones are turning people into “apathetic bystanders” who would rather document unfolding events than help those in trouble, a London psychologist has warned. Dr Linda Papadopoulos said an obsession with filming incidents on mobile devices had turned people into “passive observers” instead of “active participants”. She made the comments after footage showing a man kung-fu-style kicking a female police officer into the path of a bus in the borough of Merton went viral online. Dr Papadopoulos told the Evening Standard: “Don’t just document — engage if you can help someone yourself, or by getting somebody. Be aware of your surroundings as an active participant, not just as a passive observer. Put the phone down, look around you sometimes.”
Kindness This EFL lesson is designed around a short film by Amy Krouse Rosenthal and Thought Bubble , and the theme of kindness. Students practise using vocabulary related to character, listening and speaking. Language level: Intermediate (B1) – Upper-intermediate (B2.1) Learner type: Teens and adults Time: 60 minutes Woman who appeared 'loaded' before she was beaten by CHP officer did not have drugs or alcohol in her system, her attorney says Marlene Pinnock, 51, did not have drugs or alcohol in her system when she was taped being repeatedly punched by a California Highway Patrol officer, her attorney Caree Harper saysDrivers who called 911 before the incident said Pinnock was barefoot on the shoulder of a freeway or attempting to cross lanes of traffic and appeared high or drunkOne caller said Pinnock appeared 'loaded' Harper said Pinnock has been diagnosed with bipolar disorder and was off her medications for roughly two to three months when the July 1 altercation occurredPinnock is suing CHP Commissioner Joe Farrow and Officer Daniel L. Andrew in federal court for civil rights violations By Associated Press Published: 22:30 GMT, 11 August 2014 | Updated: 15:16 GMT, 12 August 2014 An attorney for a woman seen on video being repeatedly punched by a California Highway Patrol officer said tests show she had no drugs or alcohol in her system. Scroll down for video
On the Killing of Jordan Davis by Michael Dunn - Ta-Nehisi Coates The irrelevance of black life has been drilled into this country since its infancy, and shall not be extricated through the latest innovations in Negro Finishing School. Marchers in Jacksonville, Florida, protest the verdict against Michael Dunn. (Reuters) I wish I had something more to say about the fact that Michael Dunn was not convicted for killing a black boy. Except I said it after George Zimmerman was not convicted of killing a black boy. Except the parents of black boys already know this.
An avoidable murder of a student caught on tape: the sickening power of the bystander effect On Sept. 17, the life of a 16-year-old high schooler in Long Island ended tragically in a violent brawl outside a strip mall. Khaseen Morris was told to show up outside the mall at a certain time by several others his age, after he was seen walking home the girlfriend of another boy. Morris showed up and was immediately attacked by a group of five teenagers. A senseless brawl erupted and Morris was stabbed repeatedly in the chest, dying later that night in the hospital. The tragedy of Morris’s murder extends beyond the senselessness of his violent death and the fact that an innocent young life ended so abruptly over a trivial adolescent dispute.
Educate the Heart This EFL lesson is designed around a short film called Educate the Heart and the themes of education and compassion. Students talk about education and compassion, categorise vocabulary, watch a short film and write a composition. Language level: Intermediate (B1) – Advanced (C1) President Obama releases statement on death of Michael Brown, Jr (KMOV.com) - President Obama released the following statement about the death of Michael Brown, Jr.: