Category Archives: Cops Behaving Badly

If uniformed officers are a bad idea at schools, what about Pride?

A 1981 issue of The Body Politic, a Toronto gay community newspaper, calling for protests against the police following a series of bathhouse raids known as Operation Soap. As Pride Week approaches in Toronto, I’ve noticed an uptick on my … Continue reading

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Cops Behaving Badly: An unholy alliance in Flint, Michigan

This is fucked up on so many levels: They were arresting town-hall attendees in Flint. Not for rioting or anything close to it, but for cussing during a moment of emotional agitation, and for wearing hats in a church (but … Continue reading

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LAPD…WTF???

Well, this was unexpected. Given its long-standing (and richly deserved) reputation for racism, the LAPD has taken a stance for good policing…for a change: The Los Angeles Police Department won’t change its stripes and help deport undocumented immigrants under President-elect … Continue reading

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The normalized sexual violence of Oktoberfest

Don’t drink the Kool-Aid. Or in this case, the Löwenbräu. I have a terrible confession to make: I’ve never been to Oktoberfest. Not just because I never happened to be in Germany when Oktoberfest is on (because every time I … Continue reading

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Brazil: Pious MP busted for pedophilia, caught red-handed

A military policeman tries to bribe one of his civil counterparts after the latter caught him red-handed with a naked child in his car in a parking lot. Story, via El País: On Saturday, military police reserve colonel Pedro Chavarry … Continue reading

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Bare breasts and burkinis: The hypocrisies of Manuel Valls and France

“Liberty Guiding the People”, by Eugène Delacroix, 1830. This image has been often conflated with that of Marianne, an allegorical figure representing the French Republic, who is typically not shown with bare breasts. And she has also been misused recently … Continue reading

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Who’s being excluded from Toronto Pride, again?

So, a gay (and rather white) police officer wrote an open letter today, complaining of his exclusion (as a cop, not as a gay man) from Toronto Pride, based on Black Lives Matter TO’s leadership role in the Pride weekend … Continue reading

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It was 6 years ago today…

…that jackbooted fascism broke loose on the streets of Toronto: “This ain’t Canada right now” shouldn’t be an excuse. The police are still making excuses for their behavior to this day, and their lies aren’t washing. Hold them accountable, people. … Continue reading

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Quotable: Samantha Bee on untested rape kits

“Remember, local elections are a lot like rape kits. No one really wants to pay attention to them, but if you bother to open them up, you might just get rid of someone who’s been screwing everyone in town.”

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Rape law in Germany: a veritable devil’s carnival of injustice

The memo that “Not All Men” have gotten, but which all men should get. Including white men in general, and Germans in particular. Hi, me again, harping about Köln, again. Or rather, translating yet another good Störenfriedas piece about just … Continue reading

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