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John Oliver makes many points that individuals have been making for the past 5-10 years.

In the wake of the shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, MO, John Oliver explores the racial inequality in treatment by police as well as the increasing militarization of America’s local police forces.


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From the ACLU:

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Discussion at reddit.

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The sheriff actually tried to fire this guy in 2007 for filing false reports. Are they going to wait until he kills someone before they get rid of him?

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Carlos Harris was out with his friend, Ryan Dominique, when police were called to the scene on reports of Dominique driving recklessly in the parking lot of Club Insomnia on Florida Blvd.

Dominique was subsequently arrested at which point officer Magee asked Harris to move his friend’s car.

When asked to move the car, Harris told Magee he was drunk and did not wish to do so. According to witness Aisha Loliss, Magee then “commanded him to move the car.”

More than 50 cameras, including multiple police dashcams, captured the various angles of what happened next. The videos show Harris driving the car into a police unit, pull forward and hit another car, then crash into the police car again.

The car was traveling forward away from him when Magee shot Harris from behind. One of the three shots Magee fired also hit a woman nearby in the wrist.

Harris was killed as a result of the shots. A toxicology report also showed that his blood alcohol level was .089 making his claim of being intoxicated true.

The police department has now settled with Harris’ family for $495,000. Magee was cleared of wrongdoing, has never been disciplined for his actions and is still patrolling the streets of Baton Rouge.

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In one ticket, the officer wrote that he found two people smoking marijuana and made them flip a coin to decide which person would be cited.

“(Suspect) lost the coin flip so he got the ticket while the other person walked. (suspect) was allowed to keep his pipe,” the ticket reads.

Not only is this officer power tripping, he is writing about it on the ticket, documenting his own abuse of power.

Seattle Police Chief Kathleen O’Toole said she reassigned the officer to administrative duty after learning that he had written nearly 80 percent of all the marijuana tickets issued in Seattle between January 1 and June 30.

An analysis released last month found that homeless people and African American males were more likely to be ticketed for public pot use than anyone else.

About 36 percent of those cited were African Americans, who are 8 percent of Seattle’s population according to the 2010 census. About 46 percent of those ticketed told police they lived in a homeless shelter, transitional housing or had addresses associated with homeless services.

“This officer’s conduct came to my attention shortly after my department released its first semi-annual report on marijuana enforcement, as required by the City of Seattle. The report is designed to provide another level of oversight for marijuana enforcement in our city and flag any anomalies or outliers in enforcement,” O’Toole wrote in the blotter post.


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