Police just trying to protect black folk from ourselves.
Posted by Der on February 3, 2023, 6:48 am
Another state sanctioned racist murder.
You Don’t Stop Police Killings by Calling them ‘Fatal Encounters’
It’s hard to find words after yet another brutal police killing of a Black person, this time of 29-year-old Tyre Nichols in Memphis, Tennessee, captured in horrifying detail on video footage released last week. But the words we use—and in that “we,” the journalists who frame these stories figure critically—if we actually want to not just be sad about, but end state-sanctioned racist murders, those words must not downplay or soften the hard reality with euphemism and vaguery.
Yet that’s exactly what the New York Times did in recent coverage. In its January 28 front-page story, reporter Rick Rojas led with an unflinching description of the brutal footage, noting that Nichols “showed no signs of fighting back” under his violent arrest for supposed erratic driving.
Yet just a few paragraphs later, Rojas wrote: “The video reverberated beyond the city, as the case has tapped into an enduring frustration over Black men having fatal encounters with police officers.”
People get frustrated when their bus is late. People get frustrated when their cell phone’s autocorrect misbehaves. If people were merely “frustrated” when police officers violently beat yet another Black person to death, city governments wouldn’t be worried, in the way the Times article describes, about widespread protests and “destructive unrest.”
By describing protest as “destructive,” while describing state-sanctioned law enforcement’s repeated murder of Black people as “Black men having fatal encounters with police officers,” the Times works to soften a blow that should not be softened, to try to deflect some of the blame and outrage that rightfully should be aimed full blast at our country’s racist policing system.
That linguistic soft-pedaling and back-stepping language was peppered throughout the piece, describing how police brigades like the “Scorpion” unit these Memphis police were part of are “designed to patrol areas of the city struggling with persistent crime and violence”—just trying to protect Black folks from ourselves, you see—yet they mysteriously “end up oppressing young people and people of color.” Well, that’s a subject for documented reporting, not conjecture.
When a local activist described himself as “not shocked as much as I am disgusted” by what happened to Tyre Nichols, the Times added, “Still, he acknowledged the gravity of the case”—as if anti-racist activists’ combined anger, sorrow and exhaustion might be a sign that they can’t really follow what’s happening or respond appropriately.
Folks on Twitter (1/28/23) and elsewhere called out the New York Times for this embarrassing “Black people encounter police and somehow end up dead” business, but the paper is apparently happy with it. So much so that the paper came back a few days later with an update (2/1/23), with the headline: “What We Know About Tyre Nichols’ Lethal Encounter With Memphis Police.”
In it, Rojas and co-author Neelam Bohra wrote in their lead, “The stop escalated into a violent confrontation that ended with Mr. Nichols hospitalized in critical condition. Three days later, he died.”
Journalism school tells you that fewer, more direct words are better. So when a paper tells you that a traffic stop “escalated into a violent confrontation that ended up with” a dead Black person, understand that they are trying to gently lead you away from a painful reality—not trying to help you understand it, and far less helping you act to change it.
"Education" in Ireland consisted of being beaten by the nuns as a child. Then being beaten by the Christian Brothers and later being beaten by the priests in Secondary School. Never heard of any "fatal beatings" but if there had been they would surely have been hushed up. They were all monsters.
I've only glanced at your "liberal" links - people mocking Assange is something I find very painful to read.
There's a lot of shite in this world.
I probably need a holiday.
Corporal punishment has long been a British obsession.
..black Fort Detrick bioresearch lab technician Fantahun Woldesenbet executed/silenced by military/security hit squad whilst sitting in the driver's seat of his car in the middle of Fort Detrick in April 2021 - NOT as officially claimed "after he exited his vehicle and brandished a weapon".
But press helicopter images/photos prove incontrovertibly that he was killed by a hail of bullets fired directly through the windscreen - driver's side(link to photos below).
First: watch the on-the-day press call("presser") in which a dumb, careless but confident hound-dog of a black military Detrick spokesman - aka cover-up clown - absurdly states that the equally black Woldesenbet was killed "after he exited his vehicle and brandished a weapon"(yeah - that favourite cops' cop-out yarn..).
At 16' 25" the confident but careless, insuffiently rehearsed black Detrick military spokesman states that Woldesenbet "exited his vehicle" and at 14'44" states "he brandished a weapon". He also - oops - accidentally but correctly - refers to Woldesenbet as the "victim" at 31' 26":
Note too that the local non-military civilian police force in the "City of Frederick" where Fort Dertrick lies/is located issued an unusual statement the day after Woldesenbet's killing stressing that they were not involved in the shooting. Covering their backs and backsides no doubt in case the ugly incontrovertible truth ever leaked out...
And now here are those truth-exposing(ssh!) close-up, on-the-day helicopter photos taken by "Chopper4" news photographer Brad Freitas and posted on Twitter on the day of the execution/cover-up (and never removed/censored away) - showing clearly that the black biolab technician was incontrovertibly shot directly through the windscreen/windshield(see circle of bullet-holes, driver's side) while still seated in the driver's seat of his car. And that's also obviously why there are no blood-stains at all on the tarmac around his car:
Some Black Lives/deaths clearly don't matter at all to that 100% of "alternative" media voices and sources who still fecklessly refuse to even utter the words "Fantahun Woldesenbet" - let alone(sssh!) "Fort Detrick".
Press call / presser video - a few hours after the execution by Detrick firing squad: At 16' 25" the confident but careless black spokesman states that Woldesenbet "exited his vehicle" and at 14'44" states "he brandished a weapon". He also - oops - accidentally but correctly - refers to Woldesenbet as the "victim" at 31' 26":