Friday, June 23, 2017

"What Rape Culture?"

[TRIGGER WARNING: RAPE, VICTIM BLAMING, POLICE HARASSMENT, SUICIDE]

In other news about narratives that repeat themselves over and over and over without anyone learning anything or any change happening, a woman was harassed by her community and local "justice" department until she committed suicide because she reported a powerful white man who raped her.

How Accusing A Powerful Man of Rape Drove A College Student To Suicide

The victim was clearly drugged, as she blacked out after an amount of beer that she said would normally have not caused her to even get drunk. She doesn't even remember how she ended up in the rapist's car. He brought her to his room and prevented her from leaving when she told him she had to leave to rejoin her friends and did not consent to sex.

“I said, I really need to go, I have friends that are waiting,” she told police when they first interviewed her at the hospital. “He didn’t really take that.” Eventually, Megan said, she “felt like just letting him have sex with me was the only way he would let me go.”

This is rape by coercion. But Alabama's archaic rape laws don't recognize that as rape.

Under Alabama’s archaic rape law, victims must prove they “earnestly” resisted their attackers, and the investigator who interviewed Megan quickly decided she hadn’t fought back against Bunn — she hadn’t “kicked him or hit him," he explained. His investigation would conclude that no rape occurred.

An officer's hands might be tied by state law, but what he did next is horrific beyond all reason. First he pressured her to drop the charges by basically telling her that she wasn't raped until she was emotionally exhausted.

Eventually, Jones returned to Megan’s rape allegations. “Based on your statements to me, you said that you never resisted him,” he said. 
“I did resist him,” Megan said, listing the ways she did, from repeatedly telling Bunn she wanted to leave to turning away when he kissed her. “I wanted to go home,” she said. “He didn’t take me home.” 
“Look at it from my side,” Jones replied calmly. “You never kicked him or hit him or tried to resist him.” 
A few minutes later, Megan said she didn’t know if she wanted to press charges after all.
“I want to be done,” she said. “I just want to move on.”

Real easy to be calm as a man who will very likely never experience rape. Piece of shit.

Actually, before this, Jones started questioning the victim about why she did what she did in order to escape after T.J. Bunn Jr. raped her.

Megan told police that, in a panic, she climbed through Bunn’s second-story window, jumped onto a gate and then to the dark, unfamiliar street below. When she realized she didn’t have her keys, she started frantically searching for them, even climbing back into Bunn’s room and then out again. Next, she checked Bunn’s Mercedes, where she found his wallet and a pistol. She grabbed $3 in case she had to take a cab and the gun “for safety,” she told investigators. Megan didn’t know how to handle guns, she’d later explain, and she accidentally fired it before dropping the weapon to the ground. Finally, a friend picked her up. They arrived at Tuscaloosa’s DCH Regional Medical Center around 2:40 a.m.

For this, Officer Jones decided to pursue charges AGAINST HER, the victim. Her behavior, to him, wasn't an indication that she had just undergone a horrific trauma that causes erratic behavior and panic. It made her a criminal. Because she broke into her rapist's car and took her rapist's gun to protect herself from further assault and took a measly $3 that the rapist never would have missed while living in his fucking castle.

Of course, officers treated the rapist as though he was half child half king of the world.

“This is something...I’m gonna ask the question...it’s gotta be asked,” Hastings said, fumbling a bit. When police arrived at Bunn’s house early Thursday morning, how come Bunn said no one had been at his house the night before? 
“At that time, to be honest with you, I didn’t recall,” Bunn said. 
“Scared?” Hastings asked. 
“Of course, yeah, sure,” Bunn said. “Still scared.” 
“You ended up collecting your thoughts, and coming around, and that’s when you remembered you had her over there?” Hastings said. 
“Right,” Bunn said.

The cop is fucking guiding the rapist to the right words in order to explain away his lies after the victim was grilled by the police and treated like a criminal and pressured to drop charges.

Then the rapist uses the trumped-up charges against his victim to intimidate her into dropping her case.

When Hastings left the room for a moment, Bunn told his lawyer in a whisper that he’d drop the charges against Megan if she dropped hers. 
“I won’t pursue her if she doesn’t pursue me, but I will play hardball if she does,” he said.

World, meet rape culture. A white man and the son of a powerful white man has his asshole licked by police while the victim is treated like shit until she drops the charges.

But she didn't. This brave woman filed a civil suit after the district attorney told her there wouldn't even be a grand jury hearing because her case didn't fit the "legal definition" of sexual assault. During this time, she was diagnosed with PTSD and struggling in school due to constant anxiety and fear. Her therapist then dropped her because she was apparently a friend of the Bunns. Then things got even worse.

But although Megan and her family were told her criminal case wouldn’t move forward, the district attorney’s office eventually decided to present it to a grand jury after all. There was a catch. In a package deal, the grand jury would also rule on felony charges against Megan for breaking into Bunn’s car and stealing his gun. Internal documents from September 2015 imply authorities didn’t intend to fight too hard on Megan’s behalf: Investigators noted they found “no sexual assault occurred.”

"Justice system" my ass. The defense and police are supposed to do everything they can to get justice. Unless it's a woman accusing a powerful white man of rape, of course.

After that, the victim dropped her civil suit, withdrew from school, and moved home to Texas. That is where she killed herself, just after filling out intake forms for a mental hospital repeating over and over that she was "better off dead" and that she had been raped and bullied by the police.

According to these police, they are blameless in this death, because they were following Alabama law.

The authorities weren’t just required to follow Alabama rape law, Hood said — they were “legally obligated” to investigate the felonies Megan admitted to committing during her interview. Her mental state at the time didn’t matter. Nor, apparently, did the fact that she soon after went to the hospital and told her story to police. 
“Although she did not ‘realize’ she committed a crime does not negate the fact that she ‘did’ commit the crimes,” Hood said.

How many times have we heard men excused for their sexual crimes because they "didn't know" that what they were doing was rape? Ignorance of the law is no excuse... unless you're a rapist.

And for the final injustice, the rapist, his family and friends, and the police who investigated her case will all go on thinking that they must have done right, that the victim wasn't raped even though the event caused her distress to the point that she killed herself. And I'm sure police conduct around her case had nothing to do with that either, right, pigs? I wish I could hope that it eats them up inside and they can't sleep at night, but I know it won't, and I know they'll sleep soundly. Because they don't care about women, they don't care about rape victims, and in fact unless they keep their mouths shut they're better off dead, yeah?

This is rape culture, and this is why I fight it.

SEATTLE PD WHAT THE FUCK

[TRIGGER WARNING: MURDER, GUN VIOLENCE, POLICE BRUTALITY]

I was beginning to have some hope for the Charleena Lyles case (read: murder) when I heard that an SPD sergeant or whatever had called the shooting unacceptable and that there was going to be a hearing by the city council on the incident (read: murder). And now THIS.

Seattle Police Flack Talks About the Charleena Lyles Shooting While Playing Video Games




We see Whitcomb control an avatar through a fantasy world, jumping around a space shuttle and running by electrical orbs, while discussing a tragedy that left four children without a mother. Whitcomb recounts the day of Lyles' death in detail, from the radio call in which officers can be heard talking about her mental health, to the fatal shots that went off with her children in the room. At the same time, we see a man running around in a cape, with a gun slung on his back. To be fair to Whitcomb, he doesn't engage in any combat in this particular episode of the game, mostly just running around the virtual world. 
During a phone call two days ago, Whitcomb told me that the death of Lyles is one of the worst moments in the department's history. "Dude, we are suffering," he said. "This mom with little kids, that is going to tear apart your soul."

YOU'RE NOT SUFFERING YOU'RE PLAYING VIDEO GAMES YOU FUCKING FUCK.

It's bad enough that the SPD has a fucking Twitch channel at all, called "Fuzzfeed206" (ugh), because this is obviously a way to try and reach young people by appearing "hip" and convince them that the police is on their side and try to get them to join. The military has been doing the same thing with video games for decades.

But to use your Twitch channel, playing a SHOOTER, to talk about your police murdering a pregnant mother of four? And you dare to say that YOU are the ones suffering?

Black people are suffering. Black women are suffering. Carleena's family is suffering. Charleena's children are suffering. Charleena's neighbors are suffering. I read a Facebook post yesterday asking people not to come around the memorial at the apartment complex where she was murdered because the children who live there are asking if their mothers are next. They are suffering. You are a bunch of murderous pieces of shit and if you really cared you'd quit the force and quite police work altogether but you don't care about anyone but yourself and your fellow murderous cops.

Fuck you, Seattle police. All of you.

Thursday, June 22, 2017

Gif of the Day



I'm old.

Cops Drag Disabled Protesters Out of Mitch's Office

In other "cops are shit" news:

WATCH: Capitol Police Drag Disabled Protesters Out Of McConnell's Office

Senate Republicans have finally released a version of their healthcare bill. It was written in complete secrecy by 13 Senators, all of them wealthy. Of course, it's devastating to the 75 million Americans on Medicaid, does away with preexisting conditions, and is a boondoggle to the rich. 
MSNBC Live cut to show footage of protesters being removed by the Capitol police at Speaker Mitch McConnell's office. Co-hosts Ali Velshi and Stephanie Ruhle commented on the destructive aspects of the secret Senate bill that was just released. 
The protesters were chanting, "No cuts to Medicaid!," as they were being pulled out of the hallway.

First of all, these protesters are awesome. Second of all, Mitch McConnell is the devil, and shame on those cops for obeying orders to drag disabled people away when they're fighting for their lives. Many of these people literally rely on Medicaid to survive and WILL DIE from the cuts proposed by Trumpcare.

Also, the Senate version is still horrifying. In fact, the cuts to Medicaid in this bill are even deeper than the ones in the House version. It still eliminates any Planned Parenthood funding and slashes mental health care funding. If we can't stop this, so many people will die.

If they pass this, I actually hope more of them get shot.

Protesters Arrested on Inauguration Day Need Justice

[TRIGGER WARNING: POLICE BRUTALITY, SEXUAL ABUSE, RAPE]

Protesters who were arrested in D.C. during the crowning of Lord Dampnut are still facing felony charges, despite many of them having committed no crime at all. Groups of protesters were rounded up that day for being near antifa and anarchist activists who committed the devastating crime (sarcasm) of breaking some shit companies' windows and maybe knocking a trash can over. They were mass arrested and left in cells over night. Many reported being left without food or water in those cells. Others report much worse.

D.C. cops used ‘rape as punishment’ after Inauguration Day mass arrests, lawsuit says

An officer ordered Horse, fellow plaintiff Milo Gonzalez, and three others to take their pants off before grabbing their testicles and then inserting a finger into their anuses while “other officers laughed,” the complaint alleges. Horse is a photojournalist, one of six reporters initially arrested and charged whose cases have been dismissed. 
“I felt like they were using molestation and rape as punishment. They used those tactics to inflict pain and misery on people who are supposed to be innocent until proven guilty,” Horse said. “It felt like they were trying to break me and the others — break us so that even if the charges didn’t stick, that night would be our punishment.”

This is fucking sick. This is what police culture gets you. People either become cops because they're heartless monsters who want the freedom to abuse and murder people without consequences or they become those heartless monsters after they become cops. And fascism makes the problem infinitely worse. Anti-protester sentiment helped those cops rape these men. If there were any justice, the cops would be thrown in jail themselves, for life. But that won't happen.

The vast majority of people arrested that day are still facing bogus, guilt-by-proximity felony charges. As though felony charges for "property damage" weren't bogus enough. This is 100% an intimidation tactic. Protest and we'll ruin your life. Protest in a way that actually at all threatens us and we'll definitely ruin your life and the lives of anybody around you. And maybe we'll rape you in the process.

This is fascism. This is fascism and disgusting to a point that it makes me not want to live anymore.

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Gif of the Day



I laughed so hard.

The Moral Horror of the Senate Trumpcare Situation

I need to stop and talk for a second about just how fucked up it is that the Senate Republicans are trying to jam through their shit version of Trumpcare without even letting the public see it. These are supposed to be our representatives, but they won't even let us see the bill because they know that we, the people, will hate it. And we'll come out against it just like we did with the House bill, only that will make it so much harder for the Senate bill to pass because they don't have the same majority in the Senate.

But just. This is a huge bill that will affect everybody, cause some 25 million people to lose their health insurance, and is a death sentence for some of those people. I personally know people who will go bankrupt and/or die if Obamacare is taken from them. And I can't save them. I don't have tens of thousands of dollars or more sitting around. All I can do is sit around and wonder how in the fuck did we get here?

This massive of a bill, a bill determining our access to healthcare, and they won't let us see it. They're only going to give the Democrats 10 hours to review it. Because they know it's going to fuck us all over. And they don't care. They don't care about even pretending to give a fuck about us anymore. They're over there working to fuck us over as fast as possible. They want to write up this bill that might as well be called "Fuck Over the Poors and Give Ourselves All the Money and Power" behind closed doors and they're going to try and cram it through before we can even gather up our defenses to try and stop them.

They're fucking evil. They're villains. They know what they're doing is wrong and they're doing it anyway. They know people will die and they're killing us anyway. They know we don't want this and they're imposing it upon us anyway. These are not our representatives. They don't represent us. They've stopped even pretending. Isn't this supposed to be that tyranny thing that people were freaking out about over the eight years of the Obama presidency? But instead of trying to give us affordable healthcare they're taking it away. All to give the rich billions in tax cuts.

Why are we letting them do this to us? Why are we letting them get away with this? Why are we letting these evil people rule us?

Monday, June 19, 2017

Gif of the Day



The loop on this is so impressive.

So Like 50 Terrible Things Have Happened

[TRIGGER WARNING: MURDER, DEATH, POLICE BRUTALITY, GUN VIOLENCE, RAPE, HATE CRIME]

Over the past week and I can't even deal.

79 people died in an apartment building fire in London because the people living in it were poor so everybody ignored all the complaints and warnings that the building was unsafe.

Philando Castile's murderer was acquitted, proving that even direct video evidence of a straight up murder for no reason by a cop isn't enough to get him convicted of anything.

Bill Cosby's trial ended in a deadlocked jury and mistrial. I guess the prosecution is going to keep pursuing it and hopefully this will give them more time but I fucking hate that anyone would vote him not guilty when he admitted to drugging multiple women under oath.

The wrongful death suit filed by Kendrick Johnson's family was dismissed.

A 17-year-old Muslim girl was found dead, likely beaten to death with a bat. A man has been charged with murder.

And in local news, the Seattle police murdered a pregnant mother of four who was also a mentally ill black woman after she called them for help during an attempted burglary. Once again, police kill someone who needed their help. They said she had a knife, but there were two of them, and for some reason couldn't even use a taser or just leave. She was several months pregnant and her children were home. An audio recorder was just released in which you can hear a child wailing after five gun shots are fired.

I'm so sick of this. I can barely get myself to report on all this horror. I can hardly read about it. It's so much. And I'm white! I honestly don't know how black people deal.

I'm gonna go to the Black Lives Matter march this Friday to protest this murder. Prepare to hear about an intense police presence and probably tear gas and shit, stuff that's way more than anything ever used at any other protest in Seattle. Because black people = scary, right police? Fuck you.