Thursday, August 4, 2016

This is Terrifying

[TRIGGER WARNING: POLICE BRUTALITY, ABLEISM]

So apparently I was wrong on a couple details from the Korryn Gaines case. Firstly, apparently Gaines was the one asking her five-year-old son who was outside and what they were doing, and the child said the police were trying to kill them. At first I felt like it was fucked up and abusive to coach a child to say that, but then I realized that this is what black women face in this country. She was only preparing him for a future of police constantly looking for reasons to kill him. And as the murderer of Tamir Rice taught us, they have to start young.

Also, the police didn't interfere with Gaines' social media accounts after the standoff.

Facebook deactivated Korryn Gaines' account during standoff, police say

“We did in fact reach out to social media authorities to deactivate her account, to take it offline, if you will,” the Baltimore County police chief, James Johnson, said on Tuesday. “Why? In order to preserve the integrity of the negotiation process with her and for the safety of our personnel [and] her child. Ms Gaines was posting video of the operation as it unfolded. Followers were encouraging her not to comply with negotiators’ request that she surrender peacefully.” 
He added that it took more than an hour from the time police contacted Facebook for the account to be taken down. He said the account had not been deleted and that it would now be used as evidence.

So they tried to cut off Gaines' connection to her supporters before they killed her. Gaines had been actively documenting the standoff and posting videos, and now all that evidence is inaccessible to the public and will end up in the hands of the police, if it isn't already.

I am so scared for all the rest of the Black Lives Matter leaders right now. How long until this happens again? The same thing happened with the Black Panthers. The police and FBI worked to systematically target, frame, and murder their leaders until there was nobody left to keep them together. The only difference today is the existence of social media and phone videos, and police are clearly trying to control those as much as possible.

Also, anyone talking about Gaines being mentally ill as though that justified her murder can go fuck themselves. How can you not be mentally ill being black in this country? How can you not end up with an anxiety disorder at the very least? Probably PTSD? If Gaines had a mental illness, then that's the fault of us white people and the police.

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