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Serpico’s still angry about police in Americaserpico featured

Only a few years ago, a cop who was in the same 81st Precinct I started in, Adrian Schoolcraft, was actually taken to a psych ward and handcuffed to a gurney for six days after he tried to complain about corruption – they [other cops] wanted him to keep to a quota of summonses, and he wasn’t complying. No one would have believed him except he hid a tape recorder in his room, and recorded them making their demands. Now he’s like me, an outcast.

 

43 years after he was shot at the scene of an arrest then left to die by his fellow officers, the now-78-year-old Frank Serpico is still refusing to keep schtum about the state of the police in the USA. In the article we’ve linked to above, Serpico discusses his wealth of knowledge on US policing over his lifetime and up to today, his status as a hero to some but persona non grata to others, and the six simple rules that could restore some lawfulness to US law enforcement.

 

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US budget funds war and repression

Attached to the funding bill are hundreds of policy measures, many of them added at the last minute with no public discussion and, in many cases, without most congressmen or senators even being aware of what was being proposed before they rubber-stamped the bill. These include, most notoriously, the repeal of a major section of the Dodd-Frank legislation that sought to place some restrictions on the speculative activities of the banks following the 2008 financial crash.

more than 80 cents out of every dollar in the funding bill, is devoted to killing, spying on, imprisoning or otherwise oppressing the people of the world, including the American people.