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Thoughts for today, #171 …. “Not mutually exclusive”!!


It Is What It Is


~~June 10, 2015~~ 


I strongly believe that policemen do their job while risking their lives. Their loved ones stay at home expecting them to return safe but always have the lingering thought in the back of their minds. For this, we thank both the law enforcement officers and their families.

Yet, too many cases are coming to the forefront that makes the public question the status of the police departments all over the country.

We grieve for each and every one that loses their lives in the line of duty. Yet, because of the nature of their work, they should be held to high standards.

This statement sums up for us how we can respect all law enforcement officers yet also question what is happening and has happened at the time of this writing.




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Astronaut Lives Matter

Did the title get your attention?

This post is about the butcher, the baker, the candlestick maker; astronauts, postal carriers, dog trainers, window washers, construction workers, truck drivers, assembly line workers, bankers, insurance adjusters and all other careers. It asks, are jobs the same as lives?

“Black lives matter” is a response to inequalities. In fact, it’s a response to historical inequalities. Black Lives Matter is an ideological and political intervention in a world where Black lives are systematically and intentionally targeted for demise.

police lives matterThere is opposition that responds, “Police lives matter.” When the opposition responds by using a career choice, it resounds with hypocrisy, double-standards, and ignorance. All lives matter and human life should not be valued by job titles.

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DOJ releases scathing report on Cleveland police

The Fifth Column

DOJ releases scathing report on Cleveland police Demonstrators block Public Square in Cleveland, Nov. 25, 2014. (Credit: AP/Tony Dejak)


On Thursday afternoon, the Department of Justice released a report highlighting a pattern of incompetence among Cleveland’s police officers. The report comes as the city receives national attention for the shooting death of 12-year-old Tamir Rice at the hands of a cop who had previously been deemed mentally unfit for the job.

The report reads: “We have concluded that we have reasonable cause to believe that the [Cleveland Division of Police] CDP engages in a pattern or practice of the use of excessive force in violation of the Fourth Amendment of the United States Constitution. We have determined that structural and systemic deficiencies and practices–including insufficient accountability, inadequate training, ineffective policies, and inadequate engagement with the community–contribute to the use of unreasonable force.”

The Huffington Post’s Ryan J. Reilly and Dana Liebelson report:

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