Several long term Dothan law enforcement officers, all part of an original group that initiated the investigation, believe the public has a right to know that the Dothan Police Department, and District Attorney Doug Valeska, targeted young black men by planting drugs and weapons on them over a decade. Most of the young men were prosecuted, many sentenced to prison, and some are still in prison. Many of the officers involved were subsequently promoted and are in leadership positions in law enforcement. They hope the mood of the country is one that demands action and that the US Department of Justice will intervene.
The police are supposed to help the helpless. Not oppress the helpless.
If you can’t imagine the injustice of having someone in a position of trust routinely violating that trust and framing you, destroying your entire future (for that’s what any conviction — voided or not — will do), then you lack empathy and are part of the ongoing problem.
Every single thing that African Americans said about their oppression — all that was disbelieved because it seemed unbelievable — is now being borne out as being true.
“They’re always going the wrong way. We live on a one-way street and there’s a couple restaurants up on the corner, and when they deliver, they come up the wrong way quite often. I don’t want to hit them (with my car).”
Meanwhile, he’s probably one of the people ordering from the damn restaurants and would scream like a child if the scooterist took the long, legal way and his precious Yuppie food got cold.
Electric scooters and electric bikes should be fully legal in NYC. This garbage of keeping them illegal has been going on for too long.
Most delivery people are non-white, so if I wanted to be a foaming at the mouth Marxist deconstructionist, I could scream that this is sheer racism. But it’s not. It’s bureaucratic smugness and laziness.
None of the people in power have a need for them, so why should they care about those who do?
What do we get instead of private, legal ownership of electric scooters and electric bikes? Miles and miles of public land being devoted to the private company of Citibike. Where people have to pay to ride.
NYC should have devoted those miles of public land to public bicycle parking. But the hell with the public interest in NYC, let’s give priority to shit that makes money and can generate bribes.
If the “all-American” chi-chi Upper East Sider whites suddenly got an interest in electric scooters and electric bikes, you can be damn sure the politicians would jump to accommodate them.
One afternoon this past April, a Florida mom and dad I’ll call Cindy and Fred could not get home in time to let their 11-year-old son into the house. The boy didn’t have a key, so he played basketball in the yard. He was alone for 90 minutes. A neighbor called the cops, and when the parents arrived—having been delayed by traffic and rain—they were arrested for negligence.
They were put in handcuffs, strip searched, fingerprinted, and held overnight in jail.
It would be a month before their sons—the 11-year-old and his 4-year-old brother—were allowed home again. Only after the eldest spoke up and begged a judge to give him back to his parents did the situation improve.