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  3. Bobby Lashley should have had a match with Brock by now. A guy his size and his experience in MMA should have been a no-brainer to have him go against Brock but for some reason WWE just won't do it. But instead they had him in an interracial affair storyline with Lana and and having trash segments. Some people may like that sort of crap storylines(apparently Vince loves it) but it was cringeworthy. If you're going to do crappy storylines, at least make sure someone is benefiting from it. Instead what happens is WWE buried everyone involved.. Rusev got buried and Lashley got buried, even though Lashley 'won' in their feud. Nobody came out a winner in that mess.
  4. I remember after the react buttons were added on here how the same people that have defended ichy's trolling and abuse of the react buttons, made a stink about Proud abusing the like button and liking almost every post from a right leaning poster on here. Pepperidge Farm remembers
  5. Well it undercuts the argument of whether a taser is a deadly weapon when under Georgia law it can still be grounds for an aggravated assault charge, which is considered a felony.
  6. read all of the article at: The DA in Fulton County Paul Howard charged two black police officers who were fired almost 2 weeks ago with aggravated assault when the former officers tased two people and removed them from their vehicle. Now the same DA is wanting the officer that shot and killed Rayshard Brooks charged with some kind of murder charge.
  8. Nevertheless, it remains true that black people are killed at a rate disproportionate to their percentage of the population. Does this decisively demonstrate racial bias or murderous animus on the part of American law enforcement? Blacks represent about 13 percent of the US population but about a quarter of victims in cop killings. Whites constitute about 62 percent of the population but only half of those killed by the police. With slight fluctuations, these trends have been broadly consistent. However, these figures are not necessarily evidence of police racism. According to the Washington Post‘s database, over 95 percent of the people fatally shot by police officers in 2019 were male, and no serious-minded person argues that this is evidence of systemic misandry. So what, then, accounts for the disproportionate representation of black men among those killed by cops? The socioeconomic gap between blacks and whites is doubtless an important contributing factor. Police are called to poor neighborhoods more often, so poverty makes someone more likely to encounter law enforcement. From the 1970s through the 1990s, many conservatives argued that too many black people were on welfare. Liberals and progressives replied that, firstly, more white people were on welfare and that, secondly and more importantly, a greater proportion of the black population is on welfare because a greater proportion of black people are mired in poverty. In this context, former Washington Post journalist Wesley Lowery observed that black people are about two-and-a-half times more likely to be killed by cops than their representation in the population would predict. Today, the percentage of black people living in poverty is about two-and-a-half times that of whites (22 percent and nine percent, respectively, in 2018). This disparity in poverty rates means black people are also disproportionately represented in rates of violent crime. Poverty can lead to dangerous survival choices that include lucrative criminal activity. Furthermore, outstanding warrants can cause suspects to flee law enforcement when stopped for other trivial infractions. This disparity cannot explain every fatal police shooting, including some of the most notorious examples, such as the shootings of Tamir Rice and Philando Castile. Nevertheless, the tragedy remains: Higher aggregate crime rates lead to more encounters with police officers overall which increases the likelihood that a proportion of those encounters will get out of hand. Entrenched socioeconomic disparities should concern us all, and are as intolerable as cop murders. But the idea that the police murder out of racist animus is much less clear than we are often led to suppose. This is not to say that race has nothing to do with policing issues in America. Black people are disproportionately more likely to be pulled over for drug searches, a disparity that, interestingly, disappears after dusk when officers cannot easily identify the race of a driver. Black people are also more likely to be verbally abused by police during interactions. Contrary to his expectations, Harvard economist Roland Fryer has found that while white men are actually more likely to be killed by cops, black people are more likely to be handcuffed, pushed against the wall, and treated with weapons drawn. Blacks are still somewhat more likely than whites to suffer physical and verbal abuse from the cops even when the behavior of the suspect is taken into account. Findings like these contribute to a general sense that cops treat black people as an enemy. Racist bias may well play a role in these statistical discrepancies in treatment. Certainly, this perception was as central to the protests in Ferguson, Missouri as the shooting of Michael Brown. If, upon close examination, that turns out to be the case, then this must obviously be addressed. The acrid relationship with police is among the main reasons that so many black people feel like aliens in their own nation. If a new generation of black people could grow up without the sense that the cops are their enemy, America would turn a corner on race and finally break its holding pattern. Police officers are too often overarmed, undertrained, and low on empathy. Some police officers are surely racist and act like it. But it does not follow that white cops routinely kill black people in tense situations out of racist animus. This scenario may seem plausible—I believed it until only a few years ago. But there are times when facts are counterintuitive, and it is important to get the facts right and to analyze them with clear eyes and a clear mind (the enlightening work of criminologist and ex-cop Peter Moskos is helpful in this regard). Rhetoric has a way of straying from reality, and to get where we all want to go, it is reality that we must address. John McWhorter is a contributing editor at the Atlantic and teaches linguistics at Columbia University. You can follow him on Twitter @JohnHMcWhorter.
  9. I'd say this country has gotten less amped up on terrorist attacks in the last few years when actually talking about terrorism. A lot of the more recent terrorist attacks have shifted from talking about terrorism into talking about gun control and trying to implement more gun control laws because the terrorist used guns to carry out the attacks. 2015 San Bernadino: 2016 Pulse nightclub:
  10. Unfortunately George Floyd and Eric Garner aren't counted by the Washington Post because they weren't shot by police. Both were restrained to the point of not breathing. We don't know the data on unarmed black people killed by police that are not shot. It may be wishful thinking on my part, but if 249 black people are shot and killed by police, I'd like to believe the number of black people killed by police of other types of force is lower than the 249 that are shot by police. But again we don't have the data on that so nobody can act like that data is on their side when we don't have it. The number though has dropped for unarmed black people being shot and killed by police. I don't think perpetuating an exaggerated narrative of open season or genocide against blacks is helping the conversation. Nobody has said that black people being killed by police doesn't matter or isn't an issue. People trying to pass the issue off as open season or genocide, when at least for police shootings the data is not even close to that, are only inflaming tensions. I think that's why so many don't even like to engage this topic simply because of the rhetoric and people entrenched in it that anybody that disagrees even to a degree with their view is called racist.( I'm not saying you've done this).
  11. I'm not accusing you of arguing this but I'd like to ask do you think that black people in confrontations with police who are armed shouldn't be getting shot or killed? Because the Washington Post broke down the statistics with armed and unarmed. The overall number of black people being shot and killed may have remained steady but the number of unarmed black people being shot and killed by police have dropped since 2015. I think that is an important point because listening to folks talk about police shootings, they swear that black people are being gunned down for being black and it's gotten worse. But the numbers don't actually back that up. Can the numbers be a little skewed, sure, but I don't believe that of the 249 black people shot and killed by police in 2019 that somehow even half of those are intentionally being mislabeled as being armed to make cops not look as bad. There were 15 unarmed black people shot and killed by police in 2019. There were 48 police officers that were killed by felonious acts in 2019.
  12. In the case of George Floyd, I do think the police officers would have tried to cover it up. Even with video and witnesses, the cop who had his knee on Floyd's neck didn't seem to care that what he was doing was being seen and recorded. So I have very little doubt that he would have tried to cover it up without video evidence. But most police aren't like that. Of those 15 unarmed black people shot and killed in 2019, several of those cases either had body cam evidence or witnesses that corroborated the officer's account that resulted in the officers not being charged. So even the 15 number can actually be considered lower if you're taking into account that there was evidence/witnesses to justify some of those police shootings. Now in the cases where there wasn't body cam or witnesses then you can absolutely doubt the police's story or question their finding some type of weapon at the scene. Obviously without evidence or witnesses you can say there should have been more police officers criminally charged. But that's still doesn't add up to being open season or genocide being done by cops against black americans. I'm not accusing you or saying you're doing it, but I wish those in the media and those with the loudest voices on this topic would actually look at the data that we have and not just dismiss anything that doesn't support their view. I wish we had more data for all types of force by police that result in death, not just for police shootings. But even the data we have for police shootings doesn't support the exaggerated framing of the issue.
  13. The Washington Post has been tracking police shootings since 2015 and created a database. Obviously the database doesn't account for things like choke holds or knees on someone's neck that result in death, just police shootings. The database can be broken down by race, gender, state, age, year of shooting, and whether they were armed or unarmed. In 2015 there were 38 unarmed black people shot and killed by police. As of June 8, 2020, the 2019 total is 15 unarmed black people shot and killed by police. There were also 25 unarmed white people shot and killed by police in 2019. here is the link to the Washington Post database: If you listen to some people in the media and especially the attorney for the Floyd family, Ben Crump, you would really think it's open season on black people in the U.S. or there's a genocide occurring by the police against black people. If you actually look into the cases of those 15 unarmed black people that were shot and killed in 2019, a majority of them attacked the police officers prior to being shot. And in a couple of the cases, although they were listed as unarmed, there are local articles linked by the WashPo that stated that guns were found at the scene of the shootings. They were not just gunned down for being black. One of the officers that shot and killed one of the 15 unarmed black people in 2019 was also black. Only 2 of the police officers that shot and killed unarmed black people in 2019 were criminally charged. Most of the police officers were not charged, including the black police officer I just mentioned.