This Week In Post-Racial America: Tased For Grand-Theft Snacking

Post-Racial America

Back in 2014, a Cleveland police officer shot and killed 12-year-old Tamir Rice, who was playing with a toy gun in a public park, which is not in fact a crime. This week, elsewhere in Ohio, Cincinnati police demonstrated an ongoing dedication to responsible law enforcement.

A Cincinnati police officer stunned an 11-year-old girl with a Taser on Monday, the city's police department said, setting off anger and driving officials to re-examine the department's use-of-force policy. The girl, who is African-American, was suspected of shoplifting food, Councilman Jeff Pastor said on Wednesday.

The girl, Donesha Gowdy, reportedly was putting some snacks into her backpack. The rapid-response right wing trolls on social media are probably already claiming that this was part of a gang initiation, but in non-racist reality, people go all Les Mis when they're desperate and hungry. We don't know Donesha's circumstances, so: also sometimes little kids thieve candy.

The officer, who is also black, was off duty and working a security detail for the Kroger grocery store where the incident happened, Mr. Pastor said.

If the police department paid me so little I had to work a second job at a grocery store, I wouldn't sweat the small stuff, but I guess the brother is loyal to whoever helps him keep the ESPN flowing regular. Still, man, you just electro-fried a little girl. Good luck getting a decent haircut ever again. Barber shops across the state will refer you on sight to the new guy with the shaky hands.

According to the Cincinnati Police Department's procedure manual, Tasers may be used on children as young as 7. But before using a stun gun, the manual says, officers must consider the severity of the crime and the risk of danger to others if the person is not quickly apprehended.

Any second-grade teacher might secretly fantasize about whipping out a Taser, but this is bonkers. Unless the kid is secretly the shapeshifting Batman villain Clayface, they can't possibly pose that much of a threat. I had an aunt who was really good at the yanking you by the scruff of your neck action. No Tasers (or jacket) required.

Cincinnati is 44 percent black, and America has a habit of only seeing black children as midget gangsters or tiny alien invaders from the planet Blackton. There's no way cops are crispy-frying little pigtailed Tiffany who walked out of Ann Taylor with a scarf she liked.

The 11-year-old snack food bandit was kind enough to leave a generous "I see nothing but stars" Yelp review of her Tasing experience.

"It hit my back real fast and then I stopped, then I fell and I was shaking and I couldn't really breathe," the girl, Donesha Gowdy, told NBC News in an interview alongside her mother. "It's just like you're passing out but you're shaking."

It's common for conservatives to ramble on about "black-on-black" crime to deflect any criticism of police brutality. The officer who lit up an 11-year-old girl like a Christmas tree is also black so maybe they'll care now. It's doubtful. Besides, there are grown-ass black women receiving far worse treatment in their view.

Great news, though! Candace Owens safely got some coffee elsewhere and returned home to her condo at the trendy "Sold Out Your Race For PEZ" building. Oh, and the little girl won't get sent up the river for basically turning into a deadly criminal because she hadn't eaten a Snickers. They had charged her with "theft" and "obstruction of justice." The "obstruction" was her trying to run away from the scary man who looked like someone who might Tase a child. The mayor asked the prosecutor to drop the charges. Just wait until Laura Ingraham hears about this namby-pampy liberal "catch and release."

Vice Mayor Christopher Smitherman also wants a full investigation, and, like [Gowdy's mother], wants the policy to change.

"Seven is too young; let's move it to 12," said Smitherman.

That's ... not actually encouraging. But I guess it solves the problem of what to get little Donesha for her next birthday. Well, I've got some space left. Let's check out some more depressing law enforcement hijinks.

In June, federal prosecutors unsealed an indictment alleging that Raimundo Atesiano, the former police chief of the tiny Miami-Dade town, had intentionally framed one black teenager for a series of burglaries in order to close out every unsolved robbery in Biscayne Park. His cops were told to frame random black people for crimes, according to three other officers — Charlie Dayoub, Raul Fernandez, and Guillermo Ravelo — who have already pleaded guilty to various crimes.

Now the teen who was framed in that case, known as "T.D." in most court records, has filed a federal lawsuit against Atesiano, the three cops, and the Village of Biscayne Park alleging that the group violated his civil rights and maliciously prosecuted him.

The cops straight-up framed black kids for crimes? They couldn't legitimately find candy and toy guns on them?

The report noted that prosecutors dropped the charges against T.D. in 2013 "after the State Attorney's Office noticed that the police arrest affidavits sounded eerily similar, including multiple instances in which a 'rear door pried open' in exactly the same way at houses the homeless teenager was supposed to have burglarized."

Despite the charges being dropped, prosecutors argue that T.D. "was incarcerated and unable to get a license" due to the violation of his civil rights by the Biscayne Park chief and officers.

The teen was wrongly imprisoned and likely prevented from voting without a license. This is where I refer everyone again to the documentary 13. Slavery in all but name requires only the immediate criminalization of vulnerable communities. It might end with the disgustingly shameless framing of people for crimes they didn't commit but it starts with what happened to Donesha Gowdy in a Cincinnati Kroger.

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Republicans are devouring each other's carcasses, and we are here for it! Especially when one of those Republicans is King Kris of the Kansas Votefucker Klan ... errr, Clan! It's been a week since Kansans cast their votes in the gubernatorial primary, and the GOP looks to be rolling up its sleeves for a slugfest.

As we type, Kobach leads by 298 votes out of more than 314,000 cast -- a whopping 0.00095 percent, if you round up! The Kansas GOP begged Donald Trump to stay out of the race and leave the field clear for sitting governor Jeff Colyer, who took over when Sam Brownback wandered off to bring Jesus to the Hottentots on behalf of the US government. Safe bet that Colyer would be gearing up for the general election now if President Twitterthumbs hadn't flapped his yap. So thanks for that, Donny!

No, really, THANKS!

Remember the hanging chad debacle in Florida? Now picture it in a landlocked state with more cows than people. It's like fantasy island for Devin Nunes, ALLEGEDLY.

Oh, but we are to kid!

After first insisting he wasn't going to recuse from the counting, Secretary of State Kris Kobach (one and the same!) wrote Colyer a fabulously bitchy letter agreeing to hand off the tabulation to his deputy, Eric Rucker. Colyer had made the shocking suggestion that Kobach delegate responsibility to the Kansas attorney general, rather than his own political appointee, and Kobach was stretched out on the settee with a fit of the vapors at the gross impropriety of it all!

I will not breach the public trust and arbitrarily assign my responsibilities to another office that is not granted such authority by the laws of Kansas.

After several anguished paragraphs, Kobach closed by remonstrating that Colyer was betraying his office by destroying the faith of Kansans in the sacred integrity of their electoral process.

As governor of Kansas, your unrestrained rhetoric has the potential to undermine the public's confidence in the election process. May I suggest that you trust the people of Kansas have made the right decision at the polls and that our election officials will properly determine the result as they do in every election.

Said the guy whose entire adult life has been dedicated to whipping up panic about millions of imaginary illegal alien voters.

So now these two princes can kick the crap out of each other WITH VOTES, specifically, provisional ballots cast by unaffiliated voters under the supervision of poorly trained poll workers. Kansas holds closed primaries, meaning only registered Republicans can vote to select the GOP candidate, BUT an unaffiliated voter can cast a vote by checking a box identifying as a Democrat or a Republican at the polling place. This was news to some poll workers, who mistakenly directed over one thousand unaffiliated voters to use provisional ballots without checking the box indicating party preference. Whoops!

So, will those provisional ballots be counted based on voter intent? Or tossed based on strict interpretation of the statute? And does Kansas law mandate tossing mail-in ballots that arrive without a postmark on Wednesday, since there's no forensic proof that they were mailed before midnight on Tuesday? And how disgusted will the Kansas electorate be when one of these assholes emerges from the melée holding the other one's scalp? And how many millions of dollars are going to be spent on litigating the Republican primary while this nice lady Laura Kelly, the Democratic minority whip of the Kansas Senate, is out campaigning for November?

Even before this debacle, Kobach looked significantly weaker against Kelly than Colyer, with self-funded Libertarian Jeff Orman threatening to throw a wrench in the works. The Wichita Eagle reports on a Remington Research Poll conducted in July:

In a Kelly-Orman-Kobach race, the poll puts Kelly and Kobach effectively in a dead heat — 36 percent for Kelly and 35 percent for Kobach, with Kelly's lead within the margin of error. Orman has 12 percent.

Colyer leads in a three-way race with Kelly and Orman, according to the poll. In that scenario, Colyer receives 38 percent of the vote, while Kelly gets 28 percent and Orman receives 10 percent.

Which is ONE POLL, in a deeply red state, but ... Kobach is a crap candidate who's likely to emerge from this fight with two black eyes and a pissed off base. If there's anyone who can blow this election, it's Kris Kobach.

Keep fighting, Kris! You can do it! (And now we need a shower.)

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