Police Brutality

Dirty Trickster Lives Matter


Conservatives are livid and up in arms over the way Roger Stone was arrested last month.

According to Stone, 29 FBI agents and U.S. Marshals were used in the pre-dawn raid to arrest Trump’s longtime adviser last month in Miami. Since this was conducted during Trump’s government shutdown, several of the agents volunteered for the assignment. Who wouldn’t want to arrest a guy with a Nixon tattoo on his back?

Fox News’ Judge Andrew Napolitano called it “Gestapo-like.” Senator and southern dandy Lindsey Graham sent a letter to the FBI demanding they justify their tactics. Sean Hannity wailed about the injustice.

Former Sheriff and pardoned criminal Joe Arpaio decried the use of armored vehicles, even though he once sent one piloted by Steven Seagal to bust a cockfighting ring. Seagal used the footage for a TV show and was later sued by the accused for killing his puppy during the raid. These conservatives are really hard on dogs.

Donald Trump, who once said police should bang criminals’ heads against the top of squad cars as they’re being placed in the back seats, was also upset.

Conservatives claim Stone was not a flight risk, doesn’t own a gun, and isn’t a danger to society. How can law enforcement be confident he’s not a gun owner or a flight risk? How can they be sure he wouldn’t destroy evidence? As for that “danger to society” thing; anyone who helps Russia install a national security risk like Donald Trump into the presidency is a danger to society.

Roger Stone compared his treatment to that of Osama bin Laden, who in case you don’t remember, is now dead and is lying at the bottom of the Indian Ocean. He also compared it to the arrests of El Chapo and Pablo Escobar. El Chapo is currently in prison and on trial, and Escobar, like bin Laden, is dead. The fact that Roger Stone is able to walk freely on the streets right now, breathe air, and issue stupid statements proves his treatment wasn’t anything like bin Laden’s, Escobar’s, or El Chapo.

Stone also said the agents terrified his wife and dogs. I wonder if Seal Team 6 traumatized bin laden’s dogs during their raid. It is nice that animal welfare is now a concern for Roger Stone, who once gave the Wicked Witch warning to a colleague against testifying against him and Trump, promising to get him and his little dog too.

They also complained that CNN was there to film the arrest and accused the FBI of tipping off the network. CNN says they were watching Stone’s home which is very believable as everyone, including Stone, was publicly expecting him to be arrested soon.

Stone is upset he wasn’t able to conveniently schedule his arrest, because rich white guys should be allowed the courtesy to choose how they’re arrested.

This outrage is very selective. Did any of these critics of the FBI defend Mike Brown, Eric Garner, Tamir Rice, or the hundreds of other public cases of police brutality against unarmed black men? Did they defend Trayvon Martin who was stalked for wearing a hoodie shortly before he was shot and killed by a wannabe vigilante?

It’s like how they’re upset over the descriptions the MAGA hat-wearing Catholic Covington kids received from the press and celebrities. One of them has hired a lawyer and is threatening to sue a list of news outlets and celebrities for libel, which conservatives are cheering. This is being applauded by the same conservative news outlets that accused David Hogg and other survivors of the Parkland shooting of being “crisis actors.”

Conservatives are so good at selective outrage; they should put in a bottle and market it. I’m sure it tastes like Kool-Aid.

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Milwaukee’s Best


One Milwaukee police officer was suspended 15 days for tasing NBA player Sterling Brown. Another received ten days, and a third received two. What do you want to bet that next season a player in the NFL will receive a longer suspension for kneeling in protest of police violence?

A police officer confronted Brown January 26, around 2:30 AM because his car was straddling two handicapped parking spaces in an empty lot at a Walgreens in Milwaukee. He called for backup and at least three more police cars arrive. After asking Brown questions the police tased him. Later, the police decided not to charge Brown.

The police department claimed Brown was confrontational, but they changed their story after releasing the video captured from an officer’s body camera. It took them four months to review the tape and release it to the public.

Did it take them four months to see they were wrong? No. It took them four months to decide how to take responsibility for their actions. This brings the question; how can we trust the police’s account when there’s not a recording?

Critics of kneeling athletes lie about the reason they’re protesting. The same people ignore the reason for the protests, which is police brutality toward black Americans. Donald Trump, as president has attacked black athletes, questioned their patriotism, has called for their firing while calling them “sons of bitches,” and said maybe they shouldn’t be in this country. Regarding the Sterling Brown situation and too many like it to mention, he’s been silent. But he does tweet on a daily basis about the perceived injustices he receives.

Maybe the people who don’t care that all Americans aren’t being treated equally shouldn’t be in this country.

The Milwaukee Bucks have supported Brown over this arrest. Brown is suing the police department and said he chose to speak up about the incident on behalf of Laquan McDonald, Stephon Clark and others in the black community who have died in encounters with police. With this campaign, Brown has an opportunity to be the most valuable player on and off the court.

No one should be tased, handcuffed, and arrested over what should have amounted to a parking ticket.

In his “I’ve Been to the Mountaintop” speech in 1968, Martin Luther King said, “Somewhere I read that the greatness of America is the right to protest for rights.” He was assassinated the very next day. Our president, who will never say anything close to the magnificence or bravery of King’s words, says people who protest for rights shouldn’t be in this country.

This is exactly why protests should continue.

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Rahm Matters


I grew up in several states. I was born in Texas but Louisiana was home. My mother also dragged me to Georgia, California and Illinois. My first memories are from living in Elgin which is about 50 miles from Chicago. I attended several games at Wrigley and was a Cubs fan before I even knew there were other teams. I will always be interested in what’s going on in the Chicagoland region.

Watching mayor Rahm Emanuel squirm underneath the political heat lamp is especially interesting.

Mr. Mayor Didn’t seem very interested in the police shooting of 17-year-old Laquan McDonald. This is where police shot McDonald 16 times, 14 times while he was on the ground. It took 13 months for the officer to be charged and the video to be released, which the mayor fought against. There was a rush to settle with the family before the officer responsible was even charged or there was a lawsuit (which sounds more like paying hush money than admitting guilt).

The mayor stated that he had not watched the video before it was released. Did he not have any interest in the case? His constituents have been yelling at him for over a year and he doesn’t get around to watch the evidence of what they’re screaming about? This is a leader?

After the video came out, proving the police union wrong with the self-defense defense, the mayor fired the police chief. That did not put an end to the calls for Emanuel’s resignation. If fact they’ve only increased. Now the Justice Department is going to investigate Chicago’s police force.

There really isn’t a procedure on the books to impeach a mayor (as Rahm is not going to resign). Now a state representative has introduced a bill in Illinois’ legislature to recall the mayor.

Rahm is not going to resign unless all his money backers tell him to. It will have to get very loud in Chicago before that happens. It may yet happen. The best route will be a recall vote. I don’t think the legislature is going to have any problem creating a law to recall Rahm. Soon it will be up to the voters.

But hey, go Cubs.

This cartoon was tedious to draw. A lot of cartoonists use a computer program to do the white lettering with a black background. I do it old school as it’s all by hand. I don’t do that because it’s better or out of a sense of morals or purity. I do it by hand because the computer drawing method doesn’t really work for me. I think a lot of cartoonists are doing amazing work on computers. It would be nice to never have to buy paper, pens, pencils or erasers again or have to wash correction fluid off my skin, clothes, and Beagle. After 25 years of doing this, I think I’m too old for new tricks and I really hate learning software stuff. I have very little patience.

When I started my career a cartoon would take four to five hours to draw. Over time it got down to two hours on average. For some reason it’s taking a lot more time for me to draw cartoons. I don’t think I’ve drawn anything this week in less than four hours. I gave myself additional work with this one because I originally just had the mayor’s name on the desk. While waiting for the toon to dry and walking Chubbs The Beagle, I got the idea to make the sign say “#RahmMatters.” That required more correction fluid, a separate sheet of paper (cheap copy paper for that purpose), and cut and pasting. The real pain in the butt was drawing the hashtag symbol and every “S.”

A colleague has been doing live streams of drawing his cartoons. I don’t know if readers would be interested enough to watch someone draw for two hours. It interests other cartoonists, who don’t have the two hours to watch. I wonder if my readers would be interested in seeing something like that from me. Doesn’t mean it’s gonna happen.

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Pulp Friction


I’m a huge fan of Quentin Tarantino. He’s an amazing film maker. Pulp Fiction did for movies what Nirvana did for rock music. It changed a lot. I love Reservoir Dogs, Jackie Brown, Inglorious Bastards, Django Unchained. I’m really looking forward to The Hateful Eight. I didn’t like the Kill Bills very much.

The man is an artist. He refuses to shoot in digital. He makes films on film. He bought a theater in Hollywood to show classic movies he loves. He loves his craft and that’s something I can respect.

I understand taste is subjective and a lot of people don’t like his movies. I get that. I get that a lot of people don’t like his politics. After this week police especially don’t like his politics.

Tarantino spoke at a rally in New York City against police brutality and said he stands with the murdered. Those comments really pissed off the cops and police unions all over the country have banned together to stage a boycott of Tarantino’s upcoming flick, The Hateful Eight.

To his credit, Tarantino has not apologized. And he shouldn’t. He mentioned murderers. He did not say all cops are murderers and has elaborated that is not what he’s saying. Good for him. He could have made his initial comments a little clearer but it’s not his fault people want to get their tighties in a bunch over words. This upsetting people over an opinion is something I’m familiar with. A lot of times people hear what they want to hear, especially when they want to play the victim.

Jim Pasco, the head of the national Fraternal Order of Police, told reporters that “something is in the works” against Tarantino. What does that mean? He elaborated a bit that the union’s plans “could happen any time” between now and the premiere of Tarantino’s new movie. Right when shutting up might be in the cop’s best interest he went on and said “We’ll be opportunistic. Tarantino has made a good living out of violence and surprise. Our officers make a living trying to stop violence, but surprise is not out of the question.”

How do you take something like that without a veiled threat of violence being something you want to hear?

The police don’t have to like what Tarantino said. But instead of getting upset with celebrities they should be upset with cops who are hurting their image. They should be upset that innocent people are dying at the hands of police and most of the time they would get away with it if it’s not caught on camera. They should put more effort into preventing cops from targeting minorities and killing unarmed black men and less into a stupid boycott.

I find that to be something much more worthy to get angry over.

Pass the popcorn.

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Slamming The Public’s Trust


While President Obama was speaking to the International Association of Chiefs of Police in Chicago on Tuesday, one sheriff who attended the event had to fly home early to deal with a police brutality situation.

Richland County Sheriff Leon Lott, in Columbia, South Carolina, had a situation where one of his officers slammed a 16-year-old student to the floor in a classroom.

Apparently the girl refused to stop using her phone and turn it over to her teacher and leave the class as she was instructed. An officer, who works at the school, came to the class and when she refused to comply she grabbed her, flipped her over, slammed her to the ground and then dragged her across the room. He arrested her and another student who protested the way he was treating the girl.

This was all caught on video. Three actually. In one, the sheriff pointed out that the girl hit the deputy. I saw the same video. It appears she swings while she’s going sideways in mid flip. Unless the girl has some secret ninja skills we’re unaware of then I don’t think she could have implemented a strategy to actually hurt the officer. Her “punch” which looked like a wild flail, was probably inadvertent and it seemed it barely touched the officer.

What bothers me in addition to the police brutality is the defense of the officer. It amazes me that people are saying if the girl had acted properly then the cop wouldn’t have had to abuse her. They also say we don’t have all the information.

What I find interesting about the cop defenders is that they want us to be patient for more details on the situation before we judge the cop, but they don’t need more information to judge the student. They take it on blind faith that she deserved a hard slam to the floor.

The officer is suspended and by the time you read this he may be a former cop. There’s an investigation and the sheriff promises to have a decision on Wednesday. He’s also asked the FBI to investigate, which is good as that will be independent of the local police department. The Justice Department wants a piece of the action too.

The cop should be arrested. He assaulted a child. Her non-threatening behavior did not warrant the officer’s reaction. I predict he will be fired and the department will be sued and they will settle out of court. The officer may be sued also and I still think he should face charges.

In addition to all this the student is black. Would the reaction be different if the girl was white? Yes. More white people would be upset, especially if the officer was black…or if it was a black teacher. Yeah, I said it. But, I honestly don’t know if there was a racial component to this. The officer, Ben Fields, is currently facing a charge accusing him of “recklessly targeting African-American students with allegations of gang membership and criminal gang activity.” He previously won another case where he was sued for excessive force.

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