The tale of the police dashcam video has now helped clear a Bloomfield, New Jersey man who faced a multitude of charges.
It’s the video that prosecutors say they never saw when the pursued criminal charges against 30 year-old Marcus Jeter . In the video, his hands were in the air. He was charged with eluding police, resisting arrest and assault. One officer in the video can be seen throwing repeated punches.
Sarah Wallace: “It this tape hadn’t surfaced?”
Marcus: “I’d be in jail.”
This video was only turned over by Bloomfield police after Jeter’s attorney filed a request for records; at the time prosecutors were insistent that Jeter do prison time.
"The first plea was 5 years," said Jeter.
This is why we need dashboard and body cameras everywhere.
The most terrifying part of this to me was the one who kept yelling “stop trying to get my gun” and “stop resisting arrest” when Jeter was literally standing there with his hands up in terror being beaten by the three of them.
Obviously he was partly playing to the recording, but there’s a kind of deeply creepy self-delusional aspect to it, also — like he’s convincing himself of this narrative. I’m sure that’s how a lot of this happens — that cops really do convince themselves that they’re in danger, or defending themselves, or upholding justice, even when that is insane when you look at it from outside.
FWIW, having looked at a bunch of reviews, the G1W dashboard cam looks like a good bet if you want to try and get one for your own car. It’s ~$50.
HOW THE FUCK DID THE PERCENTAGE GO UP FOR WHITE PEOPLE
IN WHAT UNIVERSE DOES A POLICE OFFICER SHOOTING AN UNARMED BLACK KID (AND THEN ATTEMPTING TO COVER IT UP AFTER THE FACT) CONSTITUTE EQUAL TREATMENT IN THE JUSTICE SYSTEM
LIKE WHO LOOKS AT THAT AND GOES “WELL, BEFORE I THOUGHT THAT THERE WAS RACISM IN OUR JUSTICE SYSTEM, BUT THEN THIS SHIT HAPPENED AND NOW I SEE THAT IT’S PERFECTLY EQUAL”
WHAT THE FUCK
This increase can be explained by an interesting social phenomenon called ‘denial.’
They benefit from not knowing.. and from believing in myths.
Comparing beliefs before and after Michael Brown’s murder and the surrounding revelations of racism that have sprung out of it, white people, as a demographic believe, MORE THAN EVER BEFORE, that the criminal justice system treats whites and blacks equally.
That is, MORE white people believe the criminal justice system treats black equally now than they did before Michael Brown’s death.
In essence, for white people, blatant systemic oppression and the murder of an unarmed young black man gives them even more reason to believe blacks are treated fairly by the system.
This confirms an earlier study that said the more you tell white people that the system is inherently racist, the more they supported harsher punishments for black people: http://thinkprogress.org/justice/2014/08/07/3468368/study-white-people-support-harsher-criminal-laws-if-they-think-more-black-people-are-arrested/
Marinate on these inhumanities for a second.
Today, Ferguson is prepared to “keep it moving.”
Every day I see more things from Ferguson that are so inspiring despite all the shit that’s happening there. Like these people will do anything to ensure that their voices are not silenced. Not allowed to stand and protest? Fuck it, we’ll ride our bikes with our hands up in the air. You go, Ferguson.
- The protests are being held in order to achieve universal suffrage in Hong Kong. Although democracy had been promised for 2017 in 2008, China announced this August that Hong Kong people would only be able to vote from a pool of 2-3 specially selected candidates (all of whom…
In the old days, NFL owners were rich men who accepted the risk of losing money as the cost of doing business. Thanks to the popularity of the game, the NFL and its owners—with the collusion of politicians—have created what amounts to a risk-free business environment. According to Long’s data, a dozen teams received more public money than they needed to build their facilities. Rather than going into debt, they turned a profit.
The perfect example: Seven of every ten dollars spent to build CenturyLink Field in Seattle came from the taxpayers of Washington State, $390 million total. The owner, Paul Allen, pays the state $1 million per year in “rent” and collects most of the $200 million generated. If you are wondering how to become, like Allen, one of the richest humans on earth, negotiating such a lease would be a good start.
In New Orleans, taxpayers have bankrolled roughly a billion dollars to build then renovate the Superdome, which we are now supposed to call the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. Guess who gets nearly all the revenues generated by Saints games played in this building? If you guessed all those hard-working stiffs who paid a billion dollars, you would be wrong. If you guessed billionaire owner Tom Benson, you would be right. He also receives $6 million per annum from the state as an “inducement payment” to keep him from moving the team.
That’s the same amount Cowboys owner Jerry Jones would pay each year in property taxes to Arlington, Texas, where his fancy new stadium is located. Except that Jones doesn’t pay property taxes because, like many of his fellow plutocrats, he’s cut a sweetheart deal with the local authorities.
Public funding of stadiums and arenas makes me so goddamn angry.
I love the idea of sports. I really really do. In a Sports Night, height of physical human achievements kind of way at least. But the MONEY that gets sunk into sports blows my fucking mind all the fucking time. And it’s not even just the stadiums, though that’s fucking insanity on its own.
I have MAJOR ISSUES WITH THE PAY AND GLORIFICATION OF SPORTS PLAYERS! But they earned it! They worked hard! Yeah. They did. But they probably were also financially and socially privileged by their interest in sports. Many of them likely didn’t feel those budget cuts while they were in school because they were IN SPORTS, which are usually the last things to have their budgets cut. Not just in high school, but also in college.
SPORTS MAKE MUCH MONEY FOR UNDERFUNDED SCHOOL SO UNDERFUNDED SCHOOL GIVE MONEY TO SPORTS DEPARTMENT, WHICH THE SPORTS PEOPLE CAN THEN GIVE TO THEIR PLAYERS IN SCHOLARSHIP FORM SO THEY CREATE MORE SPORTS PLAYERS TO PLAY THE SPORTS AND HOPEFULLY SOMEDAY BRING GLORY UPON ALL WHO WALK THE HALLOWED HALLS OF THE STATE UNIVERSITY. OR PAY FANCY COACHES TO MAKE BETTER SPORTS TEAM. OR HELP PAY FOR FANCY SPORTS FACILITIES ONLY USED FOR SPORTS.
You think the theater department at a public college is getting enough money (out of the budget and from their own “sales”) to give out full rides to students who aren’t even studying as theater majors?
So sports are culturally spreading the word of their greatness while financially fucking the cities they occupy and raking in the profits from the sports fans they helped fucking breed in our public school systems.
This is why I HATE the Saints, boycott anything related to them, and remind fans that they, as an entity, were going to ditch a recently Katrina devastated New Orleans for a city willing to pay for their expensive tastes. I have no loyalty for trash that has no loyalty to their home city, albeit adopted (most players are transplants who moved to the city, got fat, and lost their ability to play the game that they’re paid to play)