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In July I shared a story of an incident in which my city’s police stormed a man’s house looking for drugs in the middle of the night and executed his two (understandably startled) dogs. One of the dogs was shot to death while fleeing in fear, and as I noted then, this isn’t an isolated incident. Just a few years ago, the Saint Paul Police killed another family dog…and forced handcuffed children to sit next to its bleeding corpse. The kicker? The raid wasn’t even in the right house!

Now, a new report has surfaced of SPPD brutality. This time, a young father named Chris Lollie was arrested while waiting to pick up his kids from school. The charges wereTrespassing, Disorderly Conduct, and Obstructing Legal Process,” and police claimed he refused to leave an area reserved for employees of the bank building he was in. However, not only were there no signs indicating that the location was private, but Lollie wasn’t even in the bank proper; he was in the skyway.

(For those who aren’t familiar with the skyway system, it’s a thing we have in St. Paul, Minneapolis, and some other Minnesota cities. Basically, it gets hella cold here in the winter, so they built enclosed sidewalks, or skyways, one or two stories up. In the downtown areas, the skyways form a whole second network of pedestrian roads, and once you get inside your office building—or whichever building is closest to your parking garage or bus stop or whatever—you can use them to move from building to building to get around the whole downtown area. It’s an easy way to go to lunch or meetings without having the snot in your nostrils freeze. I mention all that to say: Skyways are public spaces. You do not have to be an employee in the buildings they connect to use them. Lollie was not trespassing.)

Fortunately, Lollie had the presence of mind to capture his interaction with the SPPD on film. Here’s a transcript I’ve made of the first few seconds:

Lollie: So what’s your business with me right now?

Officer: I want to find out who you are, and what the problem was back there…

Lollie: There is no problem—that’s the thing.

Officer: So, talk to me, let me know, and you can be on your way.

Lollie: Let you know…why do I have to let you know who I am? Who I am isn’t the problem.

Officer: Because that’s what police do when they get called.

Lollie: Well, I know my rights, first off. Secondly, I don’t have to let you know who I am if I haven’t broken any laws. Like I told him, I’m going to New Horizons [School] to pick up my kids at 10 o’clock. I was sitting there for ten minutes…

As the officer brushes aside his explanation and continues to illegally demand he identify himself, Lollie cuts to the chase: “The problem is I’m black. That’s the problem. No, it really is, because I didn’t do anything wrong.”

Next, Lollie and the female officer he’s been walking and talking with meet a male officer. When Lollie politely asks the officer not to touch or obstruct him, because he has to go get his kids, the man immediately responds, “Well, you’re going to go to jail then.”

As the police initiate the arrest process—telling him to put his hand behind his back or “otherwise things are going to get ugly"—the camera visuals go black. Lollie continues to be heard pleading, still polite even while he’s assaulted, that he be allowed to go meet his children.

Next, they tase him.

If that’s not enough to convince you that this is gross police misconduct, seriously, take five minutes and watch the video. The calmness of his tone alone should make it obvious that there is no possible argument that the situation merited this kind of police action:

After multiple witnesses verified Lollie’s version of events, prosecutors dropped all charges against him. One woman who is also not an employee at the bank the skyway links noted that she regularly sits during her lunch break exactly where Lollie was sitting, but she has never been harassed by police. However, the SPPD continue to defend their actions.

At The Atlantic, Conor Friedersdorf points out how simple it would have been for police to resolve this situation without violence and an arrest had they cared to do so:

His story about getting his kids wasn’t merely plausible, given the man’s age and the fact that there was a school right there–it was a story the female police officer shown at the beginning of the video or the male officer shown later could easily confirm. 

Lollie is also absolutely correct that no law required him to show an ID to police officers. As Flex Your Rights explains, “Police can never compel you to identify yourself without reasonable suspicion to believe you’re involved in illegal activity,” and while 24 states have passed “stop and identify” statutes “requiring citizens to reveal their identity when officers have reasonable suspicion to believe criminal activity may be taking place,” Minnesota isn’t one of those states.

The female officer shown in the beginning of the video could easily have de-escalated the encounter by saying, “You’re right, sir, you have every right to refuse to show me identification, and if you’re just picking up your kids I’m so sorry to have bothered you. If you don’t mind, I just want to walk with you to confirm that your story checks out so I can inform the 911 caller of their error. That way we can make sure this never happens again when you’re just here to pick up your kids.”

Or she could’ve said, “Sir, I totally see why this is confusing–a lot of people would think so. Let me try to explain. That totally looks like a public seating area, but it’s actually private. Don’t you think they should have a sign saying so? Calling me may seem like an overreaction, but technically they can ask you to leave. You’re walking away now, so there’s actually no problem as long as you’re not going to go back. Are you? Okay, then we have no problem, have a wonderful day.”  

As Lollie is carried away post-tasing, he can be heard challenging the officers’ “legal” assault: "Who are you? You don’t rule me. I didn’t do anything wrong. I didn’t hurt anybody. I didn’t touch anybody."

If only the SPPD could honestly say the same.

That video that was being passed around yesterday

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I CAN'T AFFORD SCHOOL

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As you all know I have had my commissions open for a while, each time for a different reason and basically everything fell through and I feel like I have been jumpy and stuff, but now that things have finally settled I can tell you the extent of my…

So I have to pay a housing deposit and it’s like 500 bucks and it would be great to get some commissions or donations and stuff.

If not then reblog please! I’m so close to finish everything up and getting all of this done so I just need to worry about my loans and financial aid it would help me out lots.

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I actually think this was one of my favorite and most powerful scenes in the show. Kate Mulgrew expertly portrayed the hurt we’ve all felt at one point or another when we were ostracized by people we wanted so desperately to be accepted by and the fact that this feeling knows no boundaries of age.

I lost respect for Red after this

People who try to “fit in” bug the shit out of me

Be your damn self and people who like you will be your friend

It fucking sucks to be ostracized and bullied.  Not everyone is strong enough to endure it and ‘be yourself, people will like you anyway’ is a slap in the face while you’re going through it.  You’re already being yourself and people are taking the complete piss out of you.  There are some times you’re willing to do anything for a friend you can talk to.  High school behavior doesn’t stop in high school, either, this kind of situation can be applied to any stage of life in many situations, just ask Tumblr.

Some groups of people are just assholes and someone who’s trying to cope with it in the best way they know how isn’t any less deserving of respect.

I’d like to add that being yourself despite the crowd isn’t always a magical fix-it bullet where awesome people will notice you and materialize. Sometimes people are just stuck in environments where there just AREN’T any people who will be your friend, no matter how awesome you are.  In high school, I had trouble with my ‘friends’ and I did the ‘be yourself as hard as you can, because fuck trying to fit in’ thing. And it made the abuse worse. And I had kids ACTUALLY tell me that they wish they could be friends with me but they were afraid of being abused the way I was.

So, yes. Sometimes the best thing you can do is try to fit in. Sometimes it’s not. I wouldn’t go back and change my choice to be myself, but I certainly wouldn’t hold it against anyone for making a different one.

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Asexuality is an orientation in which a person does not experience sexual attraction to any sex and/or gender. They do not feel an intrinsic desire to make sex a part of their relationships with other people. However they may still be able to experience other types of attraction, and desire relationships with other people.

Check out the following websites to learn more about asexuality, join in on the community, and/or help increase asexual visibility and education.

Asexual Visibility and Education Network

International Asexuality Conference
(Worldpride Toronto 2014 Affiliate Event) (June 28, 2014)

Asexual Things (asexual vis/ed tumblr blog)

Reblog and boost, as my sister is asexual and is almost never understood.

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This Racism Happened in Murietta, California Today

This happened today: a protest in Murietta, California, turning back three buses of undocumented migrants from a Border Patrol Center, where they were expected to be processed. The buses eventually went to San Ysidro.

Via Latino Rebels

Fascism isn’t just growing in Ukraine and Europe. It’s here too.

This is why I wasn’t in a mood for fucking white people today. This is the first fucking thing I saw when I woke up. I don’t fucking care what you say, I don’t have time or patience for you gross ass people.

So much worse when it’s your city. When you’re associated with it. Knowing these people are near you. It’s sick

White people protesting means the busses don’t pass.

POC protests equal beatings, shootings, arrests.

How can white people do this to us?! How can you seriously think it’s your place to decide who gets to be here?!

I want to hurt a white person.

I’ll be the calm one and say this, Hate only breeds Hate, that being said, this still gets me super fired up, so not only do I understand this anger, I won’t hide others showing of it.  I just hope you all remember that a group of assholes don’t ruin the whole bunch.  Assholes come in many forms, and go by many names, so remember, don’t hate a group of people, just hate the assholes.

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Saving Face (2012), acid attacks on women in Pakistan

Meanwhile, in America, feminists are complaining about how dress codes are oppressive.

You idiots have never experienced oppression, and pray you never do, because this is what it looks like.

Are you…fucking…okay hold on for a moment!

Are you trying to take a very clear and serious message and then use it to brow beat on another issue.

NO! I’m not allowing it.  Oppression of any teir is wrong, plain and simple!  Now stop trying to take a very good message and use it to say some straight up childishness and go sit in the fucking corner.

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