Radley Balko

Radley Balko

Journalist/investigative reporter. Author: Rise of the Warrior Cop. Co-author: Cadaver King and the Country Dentist. @radleybalko@mastodon.social

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In addition to the racism and general loathsomeness, Fuentes is just a weird little dude.

The Democratic mayor of the largest city in the country lied about bail reform, and it may have cost Democrats control of the House.

Incredible story. Especially resonant after watching the Falwell Jr. documentary last night.

The audio makes it so much worse. Also, he’s the chairman of the local Republican Party.

New from me: This ought to be a big scandal. It's now clear that for years, Little Rock cops were conducting dangerous, illegal drug raids. One detective recently also admitted to destroying evidence about how he obtained the warrants for those raids.

This went on from at least 2014 though 2019, and possibly earlier. We're talking about hundreds of raids, here. Cops waged them, judges approved them. They were all illegal. And as far as I can tell, no one has ever been disciplined.

Yikes. Florida sheriff holds press conference with new right-wing school board chairman to call for more severe discipline of students. Sheriff then laments that children no longer fear having "the cheeks of their ass torn off."

Context: This is the county where Moms for Liberty -- one of the leading pushers of book banning and the "groomer" panic -- is headquartered. The new school board was swept in with their support.


Fearmongering works: OK violent crime rate: 458 per 100K NY violent crime rate: 364 per 100K OK murder rate: 7.25 NY murder rate: 4.11 % of Oklahomans who say crime is most urgent issue: 5 % of New Yorkers: 28

TIL that as the CO river dries up, AZ is leasing its largest underground aquifer to the Saudis, who are growing water-intensive alfalfa, which is then shipped back to S.A. to feed cattle. Market rate for the lease is $5 million/yr. Saudis pay $86K.

Fox News had the Indiana AG to say he’s opening a criminal investigation of the doctor in the 10 year-old abortion story. They then aired the doctor’s photo. They’re either actively trying to get her killed, or just don’t give a damn that they’re putting her in danger.

College swim team takes bathroom break on the way back from a road trip. Local deputies spot the team’s only black member, tackle him, put a gun to his head, threaten to kill him. They later claim they mistakenly thought he’d taken the bus hostage.

GOP: He didn't do it. Trump: I did it. GOP: He didn't mean to do it. Trump: I wish I'd done it sooner. GOP: He did it for benign reasons. Trump: I did it for the worst reasons. GOP: He's sorry. Trump: I'm never sorry. GOP: He's chastened. Trump: I'm doing it again tomorrow.

NYC is: -- 25% black -- largest black population in U.S. -- One of our most diverse cities. Whites are now a minority. -- A sanctuary city, with ~500K undocumented immigrants. It's also: -- The safest big city in America. Crime is at a 50-year low.

Hospital security officers detained a black man they suspected of “casing” a parking garage, beat him, and told him to never come back. He was a patient, looking for his car. He’d been receiving treatment for kidney failure.

In 2015, Kenosha cop Pablo Torres shot and killed a man armed with a bucket. It was his first day back after another shooting 10 days earlier. He had a 200-page disciplinary file, with 9 excessive force complaints. The Kenosha police union paid tribute to him with this billboard.

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