police brutality


Mike Pence’s Dramatic Exits   Recently updated !

Mike Pence did a little performance art at a football game on Sunday. Then a bunch of other news happened.

I’m still trying to do a comic about Puerto Rico, but jokes are my wheelhouse and there’s nothing funny about the ongoing disaster in our colony.

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Harvard’s Future Fellowships

Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government rescinded Chelsea Manning’s fellowship, but kept a bunch of goons.

The only prestigious honor I’d accept from Harvard is free double cheeseburgers from Charlie’s Kitchen.

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The Customer Compliance Cops

We heard all about United Airlines roughing up a passenger who refused to “volunteer” the seat he paid for, but the goons who did it were security and Chicago Police.

The line between privatized security and police forces is becoming increasingly thin, and corporations are now putting arbitration clauses in their contracts and user agreements to get around the justice system.

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Hide and Seek with ICE

Immigration and Customs Enforcement has been at the center of some pretty awful news this week.

A woman in Texas who was seeking a protective order against her abusive partner was arrested at the courthouse  after said abusive partner tipped ICE off to her immigrations status.

In Virginia, ICE agents ambushed men leaving a church’s hypothermia shelter. The list goes on and on.

The cruelty of this regime’s raids and detentions are heart wrenching, but let’s not pretend previous administrations were anything but callous either.

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The Self-Appointed Protest Referee

The Self-Appointed Protest RefereeColin Kaepernick is protesting and drawing attention to the epidemic of unprosecuted police brutality by sitting out (kneeling out since this cartoon was drawn) the national anthem. Everyone outraged about his free speech is talking about patriotism, respecting veterans and arcane flag etiquette instead of systemic racism because it’s easier to change the subject.

The Santa Clara Police Department proved Kaepernick was correct by throwing a tantrum and explicitly stating they have the power to choose who they protect and serve. Hopefully the protest continues and the discussion expands beyond Kaepernick to the actual issue of police brutality he’s trying to highlight.

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7 Steps Toward Police Reform

7 Steps Toward Police ReformLast week, the murders of Alton Sterling and Philando Castile gripped the nation and began another round of protests against police brutality. Then the brutal attack on Dallas police officers happened and everyone flipped out. I’m going to go out on a limb and say every murder is bad and deserves outrage. The tragedy of systemic, institutionalized, and rarely-prosecuted murders is that the sheer frequency of them makes us numb, and don’t make headlines unless a gruesome video goes viral on social media.

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Policing After Utah v. Strieff

Policing After Utah V. StrieffThe understaffed Supreme Court session came to a close this week. The results were a mixed bag, but the Utah v. Strieff decision was the most egregious. It allows for illegally obtained evidence to be used against citizens. The majority said a cop’s instincts are good enough to get around the cumbersome bits of the Fourth Amendment that require probable cause and warrants.

The decision could also nullify over twenty years of Law & Order reruns.

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Officer Hall Monitor

Officer Hall MonitorFootage of a school police officer (euphemistically called a “resource officer”) assaulting a student in a classroom went viral last week and sane people were appalled. If I learned anything from posting cartoons about police brutality, it’s that police emotions are more delicate and volatile than any hormone-addled teenager’s. Even the babies running for the Republican nomination can take a little constructive criticism before they take their debate ball and go home.

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