I suppose there are two possible explanations for cops having such higher rates of violence against their partners, relative to the general population.
First, it could be that people with a tendency to violent and abusive behavior disproportionately gravitate towards law enforcement work, because of something specific to their personality types.
Secondly, it could be that the conditions of the job put cops on a violent hair-trigger, which they can’t easily turn off after going home.
But either way, the results are the same, and the results are the problem. Something has to be done, beginning with figuring out ways to break down the bullshit blue brotherhood (and it is mostly, still, a “brotherhood”) that protects abusive officers, whether their abusiveness transpires at home or on the job and in the streets.
Cops Beat Their Wives & Girlfriends At Nearly Double The National Rate
Over the past few weeks, the future of the open internet has come into sharp focus, as the FCC’s 2010 open internet rules were struck down in court, and then plans for new rules from the FCC came into public view. Amidst fears that the internet is f**ked, debate has raged about what…
Defending the Open Internet
Oakland is as its always been. There are not street lights. There are white educators making a difference. There is sunshine. There is coffee. Yet it is slow. There are drugs. There are drugs and whiskey. ”The Bay” pride permeates everything. There are non profits. There are start ups. There are…
Running from the city that we come from
This trend started from the bottom of Oakland and now it’s here in North Oakland and Berkeley. When Oakland Unseen asked Jamal if he got it from his old friends in East Oakland, he replied “No, new friends.” Asked if he likes living in Alameda County, he replied, “Yolo,” which we can…
Oakland Unseen: Oakland teen can’t stop quoting Drake
When Ben McBride first started trying to understand Oakland’s violence he spent some time with kids who were deeply involved in it. This was around 2006, when Oakland had over 140 murders. McBride wasn’t living in Oakland then.
“I met one young guy and I asked him, because I was really…
Oakland Hot Spot: “Yeah, I’d shoot ’em…”
I’m not sure if I should be laughing or crying, I feel like both reading this. I’m really glad this is a satire piece, but then maybe I’m wrong and this is for reals. Either way the point is legit.
Iron Chef America contestants are known for having to creatively overcome difficult cooking challenges, such as making a dessert with eel. But few episodes have been as difficult as having to make gourmet dishes using only ingredients found in the West Oakland food desert.
Oakland Unseen: Iron Chef films toughest show yet in West Oakland food desert
(Some will say this is not the time. I disagree. This is the time when every mixed emotion needs to find voice.)
Since his arrest in January, 2011, I have known more about the events that began this spiral than I have wanted to know. Aaron consulted me as a friend and lawyer. He…
Lessig Blog, v2: Prosecutor as bully
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