Cops

Virginia State Trooper Roughs Up, Arrests Black Woman For Driving While Not Drunk

Same shit, different day.

Juanisha C. Brooks was driving home last March on the Capital Beltway when the flashing lights of an emergency vehicle appeared behind her. She thought it was an ambulance, but she wasn't so lucky. When she realized a cop car was pulling her over, she stopped on the first side street. What happened afterward is immediately familiar to most Black people.

Virginia State Police Trooper Robert G. Hindenlang refused to tell Brooks why he'd pulled her over, but instead insisted she leave her car so he could show her, like it's a hidden camera series called "Most Outrageous Traffic Stops." It's late at night and probably safer for everyone involved, especially the woman who isn't armed, that Brooks remain in the car, but Hindenlang was on a power trip.

Hindenlang's dashboard camera video shows the trooper unlocking Brooks's door and dragging her out of the car, while she “loudly pleaded with him to stop." (That's an instinctive human reaction, but honestly, it probably just get cops off.) He pressed her against the car and handcuffed her.

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News

You Won’t Believe Why There’s No Ambassador On This Consular Ship! Tabs, Tues., May 4, 2021

Come and get your Tabs!

North Carolina police killed Andrew Brown Jr. 12 days ago and his family had to bury him without actually knowing why he was killed. The absurd delay is because of an even more absurd state law. (Vice)

Shantanu Nundy, chief medical officer of Accolade, and Marty Makary, a professor at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, argue in this op-ed that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention should provide guidance sooner rather than later about when companies should bring workers back to the office. (Washington Post)

Remote work is a necessity for most parents as long as children aren't in school full time. President Joe Biden is still shooting for a grand reopening this fall. (CNN)

Hey, look at that, downtown Seattle isn't dead like a common parrot. It was just resting during the pandemic and is now reportedly “roaring back" as the demand for office space increases. (Seattle Times)

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Politics

Susan Collins Has Some Concerns. Again.

It's your Sunday show rundown!

There is something utterly fascinating about the current state of the Republican Party. Not fascinating in the way you can marvel at the beauty of an Aurora Borealis, but they way you'd stare at an 18-clown-car pile-up.

The GOP is currently separated into two distinct camps: Donald Trump's loyal "we shall rise again" sycophants and the traditional Republicans who refuse to admit they lost their party when they decided "crazy but electable" was better than "principled yet obsolete." A perfect example of this is Maine's Republican Senator, Susan Collins.

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Crime

DC Cop Michael Fanone Pretty Sick Of F*ckers Rewriting History Of January 6 Attack

He would call them fuckers, because he cusses like a Wonkette.

Not long after the January 6 domestic terrorist attack on the Capitol, which was incited by former president Donald Trump, a DC Metro Police officer named Michael Fanone gave a memorable interview where he talked about insurgent rioters who actually listened to his appeals to their humanity and tried to help save him from the rest of the terrorists, saying, "Thank you, but fuck you for being there."

They had "grabbed [his] helmet, pulled him to the ground and dragged him on his stomach down a set of steps." They beat him with a flagpole. A man named Daniel Rodriguez is charged with shooting him with a stun gun, which caused him to have a minor heart attack. They had screamed "We got one!" and "Kill him with his own gun!" He ended up with a brain injury and PTSD.

Fuck you for being there, indeed.

In March, a man named Thomas Sibick was arrested in Buffalo, New York, for brutalizing Fanone at the Capitol, and also stealing Fanone's badge and his radio. The badge was found where Sibick had left it, which was in his backyard, where he buried it.

Fanone gave CNN's Don Lemon an interview last night, and he is still pissed. He's especially pissed at people like Donald Trump and Republicans — to be clear, he didn't name names — who are trying to rewrite the history of January 6. To restate the obvious (these are Wonkette's words), what happened that day was a terrorist attack Trump incited and elected Republicans egged on, as they jerked off to Trump's fascist Big Lie fantasies about winning an election he actually lost.

Now we'll let Fanone speak:

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