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Wed Jul 16, 2014, 11:20 PM

Imagine What We Could Buy If We Didn't Have to Spend Billions on Police Brutality Cases

"The numbers are shocking. "








Every few weeks, a newspaper somewhere in America reports on a million-dollar settlement paid out in a case of police abuse. Sometimes the figures are jarring. In 2012, Chicago gave Christina Eilman $22.5 million after police released the bipolar woman into a violent neighborhood, where she was beaten and raped. Earlier this year, the NYPD agreed to pay out $18 million to various defendants roughed up at the RNC convention in 2004.

Itís true that most cases result in far smaller payouts, but they can add up to nearly a billion dollars a year for just one city. Thatís eye-popping when you consider that state governments collectively spend roughly $10 billion on public assistance programs for the poor. When more money is spent consoling victims of brutality than providing assistance for low-income people, thatís both a fiscal and humanitarian crisis. "


Consider New York City. In 2012, taxpayers paid $152 million in claims involving the NYPD. That same year, Mayor Bloomberg voted to cut $175 million from childcare and afterschool programs, affecting 47,000 kids. Child programs not only provide relief to working families with maxed-out schedules, they are the best tools the city has to foster an equal society in the long term. Instead the city is spending money settling cases like the one last month involving Officer Eugene Donnelly, who drunkenly barged into a womanís home one night and ďbeat the hell out of her.Ē

The NYPD forecasts it will spend even more on such cases by 2016. "

* Prosecutors have an extreme reluctance to pick up cases of police abuse. Federal prosecutors decline around 95 percent of such cases for two main reasons: juries are mostly conditioned to side with the police, and various impediments are in place to make prosecution more difficult

http://www.alternet.org/civil-liberties/imagine-what-we-could-buy-if-we-didnt-have-spend-billions-police-brutality-cases

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Reply Imagine What We Could Buy If We Didn't Have to Spend Billions on Police Brutality Cases (Original post)
damnedifIknow Jul 2014 OP
JohLast Jul 2014 #1
SamKnause Jul 2014 #2
defacto7 Jul 2014 #3
SamKnause Jul 2014 #4
ErikJ Jul 2014 #5
Spitfire of ATJ Jul 2014 #6
QuestForSense Jul 2014 #7
Enthusiast Jul 2014 #8

Response to damnedifIknow (Original post)

Wed Jul 16, 2014, 11:25 PM

1. It staggers the mind.

 

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Response to damnedifIknow (Original post)

Thu Jul 17, 2014, 12:53 AM

2. Assbackwards.

Everything in the U.S. is assbackwards.

A government can not function when facts, data, and research are ignored and manipulated.

When the facts are purposefully ignored and manipulated repeatedly, the intent is clear.

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Response to SamKnause (Reply #2)

Thu Jul 17, 2014, 01:28 AM

3. You can say that again...

˙spɹɐʍʞɔɐqssɐ sı ˙s˙n ǝɥʇ uı ƃuıɥʇʎɹǝʌǝ

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Response to defacto7 (Reply #3)

Thu Jul 17, 2014, 01:32 AM

4. Indeed.

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Response to damnedifIknow (Original post)

Thu Jul 17, 2014, 01:35 AM

5. Or the MIComplex. $400 billion on F-35 that doesnt work

 

Enough to give every homeless person in America a $600,000 house.

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Response to damnedifIknow (Original post)

Thu Jul 17, 2014, 02:06 AM

6. Imagine what we could buy if we are AWARDED in a police brutality case.

 

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Response to damnedifIknow (Original post)

Thu Jul 17, 2014, 02:37 AM

7. Imagine how much it worse it would be if prosecutors brought more than 5% of these cases to court.

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Response to damnedifIknow (Original post)

Thu Jul 17, 2014, 04:16 AM

8. How ridiculous.

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