Thursday, March 30: ACAB Roundup
Every day there's another horrifying headline or two
Here’s a brief summary of some of the open corruption and abuses of power committed by law enforcement officers in this country. Remember that this is just a taste of what police are doing and getting away with every single day. An aperitif of their aggressive and murderous behavior, if you will.
The head of the San Jose cop union was busted this week for allegedly smuggling fentanyl into the country. Joanne Marian Segovia, the 64-year-old executive director of the San Jose Police Officers’ Association, used her home computer and police union equipment to facilitate the mailing of synthetic opioids. Segovia illegally imported fentanyl over an eight-year period to orchestrate a national drug ring that disguised packages of pills as wedding gifts, makeup and chocolate. For context, opioid overdose deaths have reached epidemic levels across the country, particularly in San Francisco. Since 2019, more than 2,000 people in the city have died, often after overdosing on the synthetic opioid fentanyl. I’m no math expert, but I’m guessing correlation might be related to causation in this case.
Meanwhile, also in California, prosecutors charged seven California Highway Patrol officers (and a nurse) with involuntary manslaughter this week in connection to the 2020 death of a man who screamed “I can’t breathe” as multiple officers restrained him while trying to take a blood sample. The man, Edward Bronstein, was pulled over on suspicion of driving under the influence of methamphetamines, a crime apparently punishable by death without trial. Each of the officers faces one count of involuntary manslaughter and one felony count of ‘assault under the color of authority’, whatever that means. If convicted, they could get up to four years in prison. Their crimes truly deserve a punishment far worse than any judge could give them.
Following up on yesterday’s coverage of Chicago Police’s open bias in the upcoming mayoral election, this article provides helpful context of how the police force has historically rejected any efforts to reform their murderous and torturous methods. In summary, Chicago’s “fraternal order of police” (lowercase to indicate deep disdain) has, without exception, openly opposed any proposed police reform and effort to obtain transparency. These are indeed the worst kind of people.
Israeli Protests Against Daddy: After Ol’ Joey Biden openly criticized apartheid Israel’s judicial overhaul plan, the living sludge collection/prime minister Benny Netanyahu said that foreign pressure would not influence his decisions. Funny, I don’t recall that same energy when it came to taking American tax dollars ($3.8BILLION) to fund the ongoing occupation of Palestine. If the apartheid state is so ready to put on its big boy pants, it should start by funding its own raggedy little army
Indonesian FIFA Decision: Indonesia was stripped of hosting rights for the upcoming Under-20 World Cup this week, just eight weeks before the start of the tournament. The decision followed a meeting in Doha, Qatar between the Indonesian soccer federation president and Gianni Infantino, the president of FIFA. Of course the source of the conflict is the participation of apartheid Israel. The settler-colonial nation qualified last year for its first Under-20 World Cup, but its participation in the official draw for tournament groups provoked political opposition this month. Indonesia is the world’s most populous Muslim-majority nation and refuses formal diplomatic relations with Israel, while publicly supporting the Palestinian cause. Solidarity with the Indonesian homies, this is what it looks like to stand up for what you believe in
Egg-flation: Remember how the price of eggs shooting up this year was allegedly because of “shortages”? Well, surprise surprise, turns out that was a lie. Cal-Maine Foods, the largest egg producer in the US, recently reported that their revenue doubled and profit surged 718% last quarter because of sharply higher egg prices. The company calls it record profits, but in reality we call this ~price gouging~. Cal-Maine reported its average selling price for a dozen eggs in the quarter ending February 25 of this year was $3.30, more than double the average of $1.61 a year earlier. But doubling of revenue was nothing compared to its profits: Net income jumped from $39.5 million a year ago to $323.2 million. Might be time to boycott eggs
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