Cops

Seattle Police Likely To Defund Themselves Over Vaccine Mandate

Baby cops who are scared of needles will definitely protect you from violent criminals.

Time is running out for Seattle police to provide proof of vaccination so they can keep their cushy jobs. Mayor Jenny Durkan announced in August that all city employees would be required to vaccinate themselves against COVID-19. The deadline is October 18, a week from today, so it's too late to meet the requirement with the two-dose Moderna or Pfizer vaccines. However, they could still get the less-effective but one-dose Johnson & Johnson shot, but they probably won't. This isn't about procrastination.

As of October 5, a reported 38 percent of police operations staff hadn't submitted proof of COVID-19 vaccination. That includes 33 percent of police officers. It's a stark but not necessarily shocking contrast to the 81 percent of eligible King County residents who are fully vaccinated.

The overwhelming majority of city employees have complied with Durkan's order, which ensures there's a functioning city left to employ them. But cops are, generally speaking, entitled babies who don't believe the rules apply to them.

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Cops

Tim Scott So Sad His Good Buddy Cory Booker Was Gonna DEFUND THE COPS!

No, you shouldn’t believe this.

Last week, Senator Cory Booker finally realized his Republican colleague Tim Scott was giving Democrats the okey-doke on police reform negotiations. He wasn't interested in reaching a grand bipartisan bargain. He was just playing them for saps.

Scott has insinuated multiple times — in public, where Jesus can see him — that racism doesn't exist unless Democrats are responsible, so it's not a big shock the senator from South Carolina has an alternative view of reality (i.e. lies a lot). He's now claiming the bipartisan talks collapsed because Democrats insisted on “defunding the police," presumably replacing the police with zombie robot gangs. Sunday, he told Martha Brennan on "Face the Nation":

"We said simply this: 'I'm not going to participate in reducing funding for the police after we saw a major city after major city defund the police.' Many provisions in this bill that he wanted me to agree to limited or reduced funding for the police."

Brother Tim is mistaken. According to a Bloomberg CityLab analysis of 34 of the largest 50 US cities' finalized 2021 budgets, while New York and Los Angeles might have made some large cuts, more than half "actually increased spending or kept it unchanged as a percentage of their discretionary spending." Let's also keep in mind that the COVID-19 pandemic crushed state and city budgets. It's tough for everyone, not just cops.

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Cops

Senate Democrats Ordered Police Reform. Tim Scott Delivered A Sh*t Pie.

Bipartisan police reform’s inevitable failure was inevitable.

Police reform legislation has officially died in Congress. Wait, you never thought it was alive in the first place? Y'all so cynical. No, Donald Trump had assigned Senator Tim Scott from South Carolina the fun task of leading Democrats on a productive pursuit of their own tails. That was more than a year ago, during the brief window after George Floyd's murder when Republicans thought their voters might want them to pretend to care about Black lives.

However, this week, Scott and his fellow GOP negotiators rejected the final, bare-ass minimum version of the Democrats' proposal, which would have barred police from using chokeholds, cut back on the transfer of military-grade equipment more suitable for G.I. Joe than local police departments, and created a federal database on police officers' misconduct (a Sharper Image catalog of crappy cops).

Senator and suburban dream wrecker Cory Booker from New Jersey was the lead Democratic negotiator. He officially pulled the plug Wednesday:

After months of exhausting every possible pathway to a bipartisan deal, it remains out of reach right now, even after working collaboratively with and securing the support of policing groups like the Fraternal Order of Police and International Association of Chiefs of Police for our proposals.

Unfortunately, even with this law enforcement support and further compromises we offered, there was still too wide a gulf with our negotiating partners and we faced significant obstacles to securing a bipartisan deal. The time has come to explore all other options to achieve meaningful and common sense policing reform.
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Immigrants

Border Patrol / Slave Patrol, Tomato / Other Tomato

Abolish DHS.

A U.S. law enforcement officer on horseback wielded what appeared to be a lariat, whipping it close to the face of a man wading in the Rio Grande carrying a plastic bag of food.

That is not a description of slave patrols from the 1800s. It was the lede of a story by Reuters on Sunday. And a reminder that, actually, all administrations treat poor immigrants worse than they would treat animals. (Except maybe Trump, who I can only assume murders puppies for fun in his free time.)

At least one officer of the federal government cosplaying a slave catcher used a whip against the migrants. One officer on horseback yelled, "This is why your country's shit, because you use your women for this." The people that Customs and Border Protection officers were attacking were returning to the US with supplies for a group of thousands of people who have been living under a bridge in Del Rio, Texas. People living there say they are just trying not to starve to death.

Much like Susan Collins, the White House has expressed its concern.

The White House on Monday criticized the use of horse reins to threaten Haitian migrants after images circulated of a U.S. border guard on horseback charging at migrants near a riverside camp in Texas.

Border Patrol, on the other hand, is doubling down.

U.S. Border Patrol Chief Raul Ortiz said the incident was being investigated to make sure there was not an "unacceptable" response by law enforcement. He said officers were operating in a difficult environment, trying to ensure the safety of the migrants while searching for potential smugglers.

And, despite photographic and video evidence to the contrary, Secretary of Homeland Security Alejandro Mayorkas said at a news conference that the officers were whipping Hatians to "ensure control of the horse." That seems ... unlikely!

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