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hey, stop resisting//don’t shoot, don’t shoot! i said stop resisting//don’t shoot, don’t – pow!
excessive force used all the time – sets precedents to fall in line for those often left behind to fend for themselves with their mental health and addiction sometimes combined. and how does it not overwhelm when those in crisis see guns drawn, unable to respond to acts or demands yelled at them aggressively while they are vulnerable.
when Kelly Thomas was harassed, the cop gloved up threatened to smash him and he reacted back in self defense that went from 1-on-1 to 2-on-1 to 6-on-1. and yet those cops they were set free, that beating upheld legally, with fists, batons, and tasers to the face they killed him while he screamed out for his father, “please help me!”
when Paul Boyd met the VPD, he did not know what gravity would befall him at that scene as he clung tightly to a bike chain to protect himself from all the screaming. and when he fell into the street, haunted by things they could not see (unarmed!), crawled on his hands and knees towards the help that he needed, they retreated and shot him in the face.
and this is how we help those who’ve found themselves vulnerable we just put them in the ground
as Naverone wandered away, multiple calls they had been made about his mental state that should have raised some questions about how he wound up so dismayed oh – and when he entered that Safeway and stabbed himself repeatedly, the transit cop could see he needed help and to be talked to like a person and not murdered openly.
and this is how we help those who’ve found themselves vulnerable we just put them in the ground
so how do they deescalate and still keep 21 feet away – claim that they have done the best they can, used every tool available while their subject was neutralized within 3 minutes time.


from Self​-​Critical Theory, released September 13, 2016


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