Wesley

Wesley


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the greatest threat to the officers were their fellow officers -- at no point do we see Tyre Nichols harming any of the officers, however the officers managed to pepper spray themselves multiple times

think for a moment how different this incident would look if we *only* had the body camera videos. It’s that surveillance camera that told so much of the story

before the videos even begin: We're told this began with a traffic stop - why was he removed from the car? The officers involved were from so-called Scorpion squad. Any time you hear about a police "elite" squad it should raise suspicion -- these teams are often hotbeds of abuse

this excellent. worth noting was a zero percent chance of getting something like this published as straight “news” in 2014 or 15. Instead It would have been a piece full of police “experts” explaining how *actually what the cops did was reasonable”

there is no reasonable standard by which anything Coates has written would be inappropriate for a college level African American studies course

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in today’s WaPo: a reported essay about my friend and colleague @nhannahjones , the 1619 Project and the role of black journalists as historians

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NEWS: the Floyd family and Al Sharpton announce an they will hold a massive march on Washington in August to call for a federal policing equality act

19 police officers stood outside a locked elementary school classroom door for 40 minutes while a gunman slaughtered students inside who were desperately calling 9-1-1

It's pretty wild to see people who tried to disenfranchise millions of black voters and decried Raphael Warnock as a "radical marxist"...two weeks ago...posting MLK quotes today

Reminder: the debate at the core of all of this is anti-racist protesters saying police commit acts of violence with impunity and the police saying “no we don’t.” Judging by what you’ve seen in the last week, which side of the debate appears to you to be telling the truth?

Musk/Twitter is sucking up the media news oxygen, but msnbc abruptly canceling its highest rated weekend show - days before midterms - amidst bad faith harassment campaign against @TiffanyDCross  led by Tucker Carlson is a much bigger story than current level of coverage suggests

since this will come up a lot in media coverage of Tyre Nichols in Memphis: while I get that it seems narratively significant that the officers are black. Statistically, it is unsurprising. In tracking police violence, we never found that race of the officer made much difference

Elmo’s dad just provided the most concise explanation of protest that I’ve ever heard

as we learn more details about more ways police misled the public about Uvalde, remember: the vast majority of claims about individual crimes/police interactions that appear in media are based completely on the unconfirmed and uninterrogated word of unnamed police spokespeople

someone who worked for candidate Joe Biden - who had no governmental authority at the time - requesting tweets contain leaked nude photos of Hunter Biden - a clear TOS violation - is not only not a “violation” of the 1st Amendment, it’s in no way scandalous or noteworthy

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