Remember “The Baby-sitters Club?” The last story in the series was published in 2000; but this week’s guest blogger, artist Kate Gavino, has illustrated what it would look like if the gang made it to 2014.
My second series as Mashable’s guest blogger: the Baby-sitter’s Club: 2014 edition.
Thanks to sustained pressure from the families of shooting victims, Wisconsin has passed a law requiring deaths in police custody to be investigated by outside organizations. It is the first of its kind in the nation.
This law requires that deaths involving police force be investigated by third parties, to avoid the legal system covering its own ass like it often does, and to ensure that officers who abuse their power are punished appropriately.
10 years ago, in Kenosha WI, there was a case where a 21 year old named Michael Bell was shot by the police after he was pulled over in front of his house for drunk driving. All police tapes of the in-car cameras and audio show the police unnecessarily roughhousing him. When one of the officers falsely shouted to the other that Bell took his gun, the other officer shot him fatally.
This happened in 2004. I remember all of these details because my dad was the one to clean up the footage and audio. Since then, the Bell family had been pushing for this very law. More incidents like this followed, local radio DJ’s gave our city the unnofficial motto “If the plows don’t kill you, the cops will.” Abuse of police force became a desensitized part of society around here.
It wasn’t until recently, now that floods of this same kind of story are being brought to light all over the country, especially in ferguson, that this law finally got passed.
I can’t say I’m proud of our state government for taking this fucking long to do this, but at least we’re the first toward some significant progress in this field.
This HR dept doesn’t negotiate with Terrorists.
The ending is worth clicking for.
I was 90% sure there was going to be a Comic Sans joke in there AND THERE WASN’T. MISSED OPPORTUNITY.
You know you’re a #bibliophile when you buy a larger purse just so you can fit more bookish related things in. Headphones for audiobooks and a paperwhite kindle!
What bookish thing do you carry with your to get through the day? #beats #paperwhite #purse
If your purse can’t contain your reading, it’s no good.
Part One of Maureen Johnson’s Shades of London novella, “The Boy in the Smoke”, is up on Wattpad now! Wherever you live, you can start reading it NOW, for FREE!
Ah, Maureen Johnson, fulfilling my basic human need to find out WHAT HAPPENS NEXT.