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Tue Dec 30, 2014, 06:22 AM

The Absurdist Theatre of the NYPD


The Absurdist Theatre of the NYPD

by Kasai Rex
December 29, 2014 at 14:15


By now, you’ve likely heard the story of how Ismaaiyl Brinsley—who once testified in a Georgia court that he suffered from mental illness—began the morning of December 20th. He entered his ex-girlfriend Shaneka Thompson’s apartment in Baltimore County using a key he wasn’t supposed to have, then shot and critically wounded her. A trip on a Bolt Bus and several chilling posts to Instagram later, Brinsley ambushed two NYPD officers, Rafael Ramos and Wenjian Liu, killing the men as they sat in their squad car eating lunch, before turning his weapon on himself.

Though similar threats have streamed into the NYPD—mostly from idiotic trolls outside the N.Y.C area—the general public tends to agree that this tragedy was detrimental to the cause for an end to out-of-control police tactics. (That a few might share the wrong-headed sentiment that murdering any officer is acceptable—or even some sort of victory for “the movement”—is a testament to the deep-seated pain caused by police overreach and violence.) Most have rightly disavowed the actions of Brinsley, casting him as a lone actor with a troubled mind.

Despite this common-sense stance, the department has been “on edge” in the wake of the deaths of Officers Ramos and Liu. (Were they not on edge before all this happened? If not, what kind of mood lead to the November 20th killing of unarmed Akai Gurley in a Brooklyn project stairwell by rookie cop Peter Liang; or the heavy-handed, militaristic response to protests earlier in December; or the laundry list of prior allegations of brutality and general wrongdoing by NYPD officers?)

Just three days ago, cops expressed their discontent by hiring a plane to fly above New York City, bearing a banner stating “De Blasio Our Backs Have Turned to You.” This wild stunt would foreshadow a throng of cops actually turning their backs on de Blasio at the funeral of Officer Ramos in a truly remarkable scene. The deaths of Ramos and Liu were undeniable tragedies. However—given de Blasio’s recent calls for the suspension of large-scale, peaceful protests of Eric Garner’s death-by-NYPD-chokehold (and the non-indictment of the officer responsible)—this display by those sworn to protect and serve careens into the realm of the absurd. ......................(more)

The complete piece is at: http://magazine.good.is/articles/brinsley-nypd-turned-their-backs-on-us



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marmar Dec 2014 OP
tblue37 Dec 2014 #1
ellenrr Dec 2014 #2
Cha Dec 2014 #3
malaise Dec 2014 #4
xchrom Dec 2014 #5
Helen Borg Dec 2014 #6
pangaia Dec 2014 #7

Response to marmar (Original post)

Tue Dec 30, 2014, 06:58 AM

1. KnR. nt

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Response to marmar (Original post)

Tue Dec 30, 2014, 07:12 AM

2. great article. good points. nt

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Response to marmar (Original post)

Tue Dec 30, 2014, 07:26 AM

3. "Just three days ago, cops expressed their discontent by hiring a plane to fly above New York City,

bearing a banner stating “De Blasio Our Backs Have Turned to You.” This wild stunt would foreshadow a throng of cops actually turning their backs on de Blasio at the funeral of Officer Ramos in a truly remarkable scene."

That's right.. how could I forget about the "rented airplane" with the stupid banner?!

This faction of the NYPD has been soooo beyond Absurd!

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Response to marmar (Original post)

Tue Dec 30, 2014, 07:37 AM

4. Good article

Rec

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Tue Dec 30, 2014, 08:09 AM

5. du rec.

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Tue Dec 30, 2014, 08:54 AM

6. Rogue cops. Keep an eye on them.

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Tue Dec 30, 2014, 09:01 AM

7. There is something else going on behind the scene...

We see only the smoke.

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