We’ve sadly gotten used to the “police shoots family dog” stories, but here’s a new (and even more grisly) twist:
A Staten Island woman has sued the city claiming police entered her St. George home without a warrant, beat her family and killed her beloved pet parakeet, according to court documents.
Last year, Evelyn Lugo’s bird, Tito, was thrown from his cage after it was knocked off a dresser as cops came into her Corson Avenue home, the Daily News first reported.
The officers then stepped on the bird intentionally, killing it, court documents say.
Officers also beat two of Lugo’s sons, her daughter and a family friend, the lawsuit claims.
Because parakeets are so threatening.
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In 1992, there were 812 arrests for possessing a small amount of marijuana in New York City.
In 2012, there were 39,230.
85% of those arrested were black or Latino even though whites and minorities use marijuana at the same rates.
Here’s a story of a beloved art teacher who was subjected to arrest for having “a marijuana cigarette” they found on the ground on the same block as him. The next day, he was suspended from teaching.
“They took my life. They took what I love to do the most.”
Now, though his case was dropped, he has been banned from ever teaching again at the school he helped to found.
— Miya Jan, a 28-year-old farmer who found the the burning frame of his cousin’s blue pickup truck after a U.S. drone strike in Afghanistan. Inside, he said, he recognized the mangled remains of his brother, his brother’s wife and their 18-month-old son. Jan and other villagers say 14 people were killed in the attack; U.S. and Afghan officials place the toll at 11. | Afghans describe relatives’ deaths in recent U.S. drone strike
Evening, tumblr. I’m up too late. With Netflix (duh).
All joking aside, this is an incredibly revealing quote. And you know what? In 2001, it might have worked.
Maybe if most of us didn’t have the modern internet — constant access to a wide variety of news sources and commentary — we wouldn’t instantly dismiss the President’s blatant lie about domestic surveillance.
Maybe if we weren’t at an all time high of public opinion in favor of minding our own business internationally (whjle building friendly trade relations abroad), we wouldn’t care about our government savaging the rest of the world’s privacy.
Maybe if trust of government hadn’t been on a steady decline of 40 points in the last decade (currently just 19% of Americans trust the government), we’d simply accept this line at face value.
Maybe we’d buy this spin.
But it’s not 2001, and only the most absurd Democratic partisans can take this statement from the President as a convincing or moral.
For the rest of us, it’s a three-sentence encapsulation of an imperial presidency with no respect for the rights or wishes of American citizens — and the rest of the world.