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Trump Authoritarianism: How Far Will Democrats Allow Him To Go?

Trump Executive Order, August 8, 2020

With 2020 being the year of the Coronavirus; national vote-by-mail in November has become a very hot topic, and President Donald J. Trump has consistently, and falsely been claiming that vote-by-mail will lead to massive voter fraud, with zero evidence. This comes from the man who said in an interview with Fox News that if we had vote-by-mail, “you’d never have a Republican elected in this country again“, which is likely true, as voter suppression is the only reason Republicans have held onto power for so long.

Over the weekend, Trump signed four executive orders, covering, a moratorium on evictions and foreclosures, a deferral on student loan payments, and an extension to the federal unemployment benefits, albeit at half the previous rate, just $300 a week, and a deferral of payroll taxes from September 1, 2020, until December 31, 2020, including potential tax forgiveness for that time period.

On the face of it that sounds good, except that anything budgetary has to be passed by Congress, more than likely, these executive orders are illegal and unenforceable. The big one is the payroll tax deferment; which means, being deferred, it has to be paid back at some point, more than likely robbing people of part or all of their tax refunds. Yes, the memo linked above mentions tax forgiveness, but it only states the Secretary of the Treasury shall explore avenues, on tax forgiveness, not a guarantee of forgiveness.

But, the most concerning thing is that Trump openly said “If I’m victorious on November 3rd, I plan to forgive these taxes and make permanent cuts to the payroll tax”. This will be disastrous for the 20% of US citizens who rely on social security in one form or another, just to survive, which will affect more Republican voters than Democrats, as red states are often the poorest, least affluent states.

Moving on to the US Postal Service, which is now overseen by a Trump donor, Louis DeJoy, who promptly made big changes to the USPS, which will no doubt slow ballots and services in general, before firing or reassigning 23 USPS executives. It gets worse, Trump straight up said that he plans to withhold funding for the USPS in an effort to stop, or at least hinder the USPS ability to send out and return mail-in ballots.

Trump said; “They want $25 billion for the post office. Now, they need that money in order to have the post office work so it can take all of these millions and millions of ballots. Now, in the meantime, they aren’t getting there. But if they don’t get those two items, that means you can’t have universal mail-in voting because they’re not equipped to have it.”, continuing, “If we don’t make a deal, that means they don’t get the money. That means they can’t have universal mail-in voting. They just can’t have it.”

Republicans are known for their voter disenfranchisement, gerrymandering, and voter suppression, but Trump’s actions are a complete subversion of the voting system, manipulating the postal service to stop people from exercising their constitutional right. And, what will the Democrats do? lip service, ultimately doing nothing, just like they did for the past 3 1/2 years. The impeachment was a joke, the articles of impeachment were weak, Democrats had 10 times more damning charges they could have brought.

At this point, I have zero faith that our Congress, no matter whether red or blue, are willing to represent the people and do what is best for the United States of America and it’s citizens. There is even concern that if Trump loses, he will refuse to leave office; and the military won’t forcibly remove him from the White House. I really hope that our military will do the right thing and uphold their constitutional oath.


Formula 1 British Grand Prix 2020

F1, Apologies, Something Went Wrong

Sky F1 commentator Martin Brundle said “It was a bit of a slow-burner, but what an extraordinary end”, I disagree, it was not a slow burner, it was a real snoozer, so much so that I was drifting in and out of consciousness for much of the race, only waking up for the final three laps, when the drama started.

As I pointed out previously, the only time we don’t have a Mercedes 1-2 is when the Silver Arrows have a mechanical or technical issue or one of the drivers makes a mistake. Mercedes are so far ahead in terms of pace and reliability that no other team can even get close, and Valtteri Bottas, albeit a good driver, is no match for Lewis Hamilton, so the inter-team battle is even dull, at least Rosberg challenged Hamilton.

Maybe if we had Max Verstappen in a Mercedes alongside Hamilton, F1 would be better, but I doubt that as long as Hamilton is at Mercedes, the German team will never pair him with an equal. Yes, I do believe Verstappen is Hamilton’s equal and would take the battle to the British driver, and would trade race wins with Hamilton. Bottas has his moments but is not consistent, Hamilton is 3 – 1 up in terms of 2020 wins.

The British Grand Prix in the year 2020 will never be remembered for anything other than both Mercedes suffering tire failures in the final three laps of the race. Which will raise the issue of tire reliability, bringing back memories of 2013, when Pirelli suffered multiple tire failures at the 2013 British GP.

The other talking point; is should Red Bull Racing have pitted Verstappen for new soft tires to go for the fastest lap, which the Dutchman did claim, or stay out and see if Hamilton suffered the same tire failure as Bottas did a couple of laps earlier. It’s easy to say in hindsight, but at the time, it was probably the correct decision, as Verstappen was experiencing similar tire wear to the Mercedes drivers.

Talking about F1 in general, given that we’ve had 10 years of just two teams dominating, Red Bull, 2010 – 2013, then Mercedes 2014 – present. I’m starting to think maybe F1 should become a spec series, and let the driver skill be the determining factor, rather than having the best car, which has been the issue for the past 10 years. I know most people will not agree, but F1 has gotten so boring, something has to happen.

Finally, I have the F1TV “apologies, something went wrong” as my featured image as I thought it was ironic with the current lack of competition. Literally, this is what I saw when I visited f1tv.formula1.com at about 11:30am, US central time, trying to watch the British GP on demand. I did manage to get past this by clicking “2020 Season”, but the irony, F1 is still broken despite Liberty Media buying F1 four years ago.


3 Races Into The F1 Season And ZZZzzz

Formula 1! 3 Races In, And ZZZzzz

Just over a month ago, I canceled my $80/yr subscription to F1TV, due to a general lack of interest on my part, after years of one team dominating the sport, and the fact that I have not at all missed Formula 1, even with the significantly delayed start to the season, with the first race happening July 3rd through 5th.

Now, three races into the season with the fourth, Silverstone, coming this weekend, I feel no different, having watched full delayed coverage of the Austrian, Styrian, and Hungarian Grand Prix’, which resulted in three Mercedes victories, one for Bottas and two for Hamilton. It could have easily been three 1-2’s, but for Hamilton’s time penalty for causing a collision with Alex Albon at the Austrian GP, and Bottas’ terrible start, almost jumping the lights at the Hungarian GP, dropping to 7th, but recovered to 3rd.

I used to write race reports on this here blog for the majority of races, but this season, I have not at all felt the urge to do so, not even remotely. I have not bothered watching any race live, watching the race as much as two days after broadcast, when I found a couple of hours to spare. The midfield battle has kept me interested enough to decide to subscribe to F1TV Access, for $2.99 per month, which is replays only, no live coverage, which is absolutely fine by me as I have rarely watched live in the past two years.

The following is not related to my personal interest in F1, but Lewis Hamilton needs to STFU about Black Lives Matter. Not that I don’t support BLM, but Hamilton has been bleating about drivers not kneeling before the race, at every race, criticizing his colleagues and the sports management. F1 has its own #weraceasone anti-racism program, but it seems that Hamilton wants everyone to follow his lead,  wearing a different shirt to everyone else, which kinda flies in the face of the ‘We Race As One’ slogan.

It’s great that Hamilton is using his significant social and media platform to highlight the injustice that black and colored people are facing around the world. But I feel that he should not be trying to shame others into following his lead, it’s not F1 driver’s job to fight racism or any sports job to fight racism. Honestly, the only way F1 could fight racism is to take the sport away from countries like the United States, where racism is such a problem at an institutionalized level, but that will never happen.

Back to F1TV, during the first live broadcast at the Red Bull Ring, the Austrian GP, F1TV still had streaming issues, despite being in year 3 of the service. This did not affect me as I never watched the race live, but Liberty Media/Formula 1 gave me an extra two weeks of F1TV Pro, so I can now watch both Silverstone races, the British GP and the 70th Anniversary GP, instead of one, before my Pro subscription expires.

Final thought; maybe F1 could just hand Mercedes the constructors title, and Lewis Hamilton, the drivers’ title, as it’s not like Bottas has the skill to beat his six-time world champion teammate on the race track. Then have a B championship, with Mercedes sitting out the remainder of the season, so we actually don’t know which team will win the race. The thought of another four months of easy Mercedes wins is galling.


Kaiko, the bunny has passed!

Kaiko, the rabbit as young bunny

Yesterday afternoon, our pet rabbit Kaiko passed away after a short illness. We bought Kaiko as a dwarf bunny nine years ago, being told she wouldn’t grow any bigger than she was when we took her home from the store. This turned out to not be true, she grew to be huge, roughly 4 times larger than we were told by the pet shop assistant, which sadly affected her lifespan as larger bunnies live shorter lives.

Ultimately, this didn’t matter as Kaiko quickly became a loved member of our family. Kaiko had an amazing temperament, she loved to be handled, and was great with our kids. Although she was a fussy eater, not eating the majority of the food mix we bought and had the quirk of not liking fresh vegetables, she would refuse to eat lettuce or carrots, unlike all previous rabbits I have had over the years.

About two weeks ago, we noticed while handling her, she had lost a significant amount of weight, but she still seemed to be eating. At this point, we figured that she was coming to the end of her life, as she was almost nine years old. Kaiko took a turn for the worse last Tuesday when I noticed her laying oddly, Kaiko seems to have had a stroke as she could not move the left side of her body, leaving her immobile.

From this point, we were giving her water via a plastic kids’ syringe for medicine, to try to keep her hydrated and as comfortable as possible. Kaiko kept fighting, but stopped taking water on Saturday, and she had passed by early Sunday afternoon. I shed more tears for Kaiko than I did my father when he passed, but I also had a better relationship with my rabbit than I did my father, I miss Kaiko terribly, seeing the empty space where her cage lived ever since we moved into this house, seven years ago.

Kitty, Seven of Nine

A couple of weeks before Kaiko’s passing, we had a new arrival in the Lewis household, introducing Seven of Nine, Tertiary Adjunct of Unimatrix 01, or Seven for short, yes, we do name all our pets after Star Trek characters. Getting a second cat was unplanned, my wife went to work to make a phone call and came back with a kitten, initially I did not want another cat, but my wife and daughter ganged up on me, and right now, Seven is under my desk sleeping next to my computer, having wormed her way into my heart.


Electoral Colleges – Time For Them To Go!

Time For One Voter = One Vote

Today, the United States Supreme Court ruled that states can punish electors for voting against the popular vote result for their assigned state. This was brought before the court because, in 2016, ten state electors, out of 538 went rogue and voted against the popular vote. The problem is the use of ‘ can ‘, this indicates to me that it’s the states’ choice, not a requirement to take action or disqualify that elector.

But, that is not what this article is about, this writeup is about the electoral colleges and the lack of direct representation of the people, or you could call it voter suppression. The problem I see is that each state regardless of land area or population carries the same weight in a presidential election. Literally, the 29 least populous states have roughly the same population of just California and Texas. The 578k people residing in Wyoming have the same weight as California with 39.5m people, does that seem democratic?

Yes, I know that the US is a Democratic Republic, in which power is given to the states, which makes me wonder how united the states are; because laws can be very different from state to state, but I digress. I believe in 2020, we should have direct voting, one eligible voter, one vote. it’s messed up that 23% of voters are enough to elect a president, assuming that everyone who could, voted in the general election.

If all states had a similar population, I would not have such a massive issue with this; but the difference in population between the smallest state, by population and the largest, by population is 38,933,464 people, Wyoming has just 1.46% of the population of California, or to put it another way, each Wyomingite has the same voting weight as 68.27 Californians. In my mind, this is complete lunacy.

So, what I would like to see is an amendment to the constitution, abolishing the electoral colleges, in favor of a system where everyone’s vote is equally weighted, i.e. the national popular vote. This is not because of Trump, although I have to admit, it has brought it to the fore. I have held this position since I learned about the electoral college system when I came to the United States some 12 years ago now, it’s crazy for one voter to have the same voting power as 68 1/4 voters in another state.

I know a lot has to happen for an amendment to become a reality, but I believe in the future as younger, progressive politicians are elected into state and federal legislature, we have a chance of getting the required 34 states (2/3) needed to call a convention, and then maybe get the 38 states (3/4) required to ratify an amendment. I reside in a state in which there are just 36,598,909 fewer people than California, and I still hate the system, despite having 13.5 times voting power than my brother-in-law, in California.

PS: I have been amazed by the number of people defending the electoral college system on social media. I don’t understand why anyone would want to support something that suppresses YOUR vote.


Why Wait To Mandate Wearing A Mask Until Now?

Why Wait To Mandate Wearing A Mask Until Now?

On Monday, June 29, 2020, the Kansas Governor’s Office announced that ‘most’ people in Kansas will be required to wear a mask when in public spaces from 12:01am on July 3, after a spike in cases in Kansas over the past few weeks since Gov. Laura Kelly’s Ad Astra: A Plan To Reopen Kansas entered phase 3.

My question is; why now? why was wearing a mask not mandated before now, during the statewide lockdown, when the cases were at their highest, or when reopening commenced? It defies logic to reopen the state and not mandate mask-wearing until two months after Gov. Kelly’s reopening plan started.

Kansas is not the only state to see a spike after reopening their respective states, and now mandating wearing a mask in public spaces. I understand that governors want to reopen their economies and get people back to work, but the decision making has been suspect. I expected such stupidity from states with Republican governors, but I hoped for better in Kansas with a Democrat governor, but it seems not.

It was even dumber to try to mandate mask-wearing over the 4th of July weekend. I looked outside at people setting off fireworks, all standing close together and NOT wearing a mask. And then there is the super dumb “my body, my choice” brigade, in regard to wearing a mask, which, ironically is also so-called “pro-life” conservatives, more than likely, seems that life doesn’t matter after it leaves the womb.

Doctor’s warned that a second wave was likely if people did not wear a mask and practice social distancing. And the people of Wichita certainly did not heed those warnings, I would estimate as many as 70% of people I saw out in public over the past 2 months were not wearing a mask. So, again, I ask why was wearing a mask not mandated before wave 1.5 kicked off, it seems common sense to me.

People may be back at work now, but how long before a second shut down happens? And that’s even before a true second wave, we are still on the first wave, hence wave 1.5, as the first wave never ended. It was on the decline with the lockdown, now that those states are reopening, we are seeing infection rates rise again, with Florida leading the charge with 10,000 daily cases and 57,000 new cases nationwide.

But as long as Wall Street is prospering, then the death of 132,000 Americans is acceptable. And then we have Donald J. Trump, the person that we laughingly call the President of the United States who is on record as saying “if we stop testing right now, we’d have very few cases” while refusing to wear a mask at public engagements, attempting to get tens of thousands of his followers to congregate in a big arena.


Finally, Liverpool Are Premier League Champions!

Liverpool - 2019/20 Premiership Title Winners

It’s been 30 years since Liverpool’s last English top-flight league title, winning the old Division 1 title in the 1989/1990 season for the 18th time, since then, Liverpool has come close a number of times, but never managed to win the Premier League title since it’s inception in the 1992/93 season. That is, until this season, with a dominant performance, securing the Premiership title with seven games remaining.

Liverpool fan’s hearts were breaking when COVID-19 hit, and the football season was suspended, with the potential of the season being voided, despite Liverpool only needing two more wins to secure the title, when the Premier League was suspended due to the Coronavirus. For months, football fans were put on hold, while the FA went back and forth on how to proceed. Thankfully, the FA did the right thing in the end, playing the remaining games behind closed doors, after months of uncertainty due to COVID-19.

I understand and agree that people’s lives are more important than any sport, but it is devastating for every Liverpool fan, to see their team put on a football masterclass in the 2019/20 season to have it potentially ripped away with just two more wins needed to secure Premier League title glory.

Liverpool did get the job done in two games, although the first game back, the Merseyside derby was a disappointment, resulting in a no-score draw at Goodison Park. The Reds made up for that disappointment, with a 4 – 0 victory at Anfield against Crystal Palace, but that was not enough to claim the title. Then the news came in that Manchester City lost to Chelsea, meaning that City could no longer mathematically catch the Reds. It’s a real shame that Jürgen Klopp’s Liverpool could not celebrate the title win in front of a packed out Anfield, but the long wait is over, LFC are Premier League champions.

Will Liverpool return to the glory days of the 70s and 80s and win multiple league titles? I don’t know, but I am quietly hopeful that under Jürgen Klopp’s leadership, Liverpool can return to being a true force in English football, where teams fear coming to Fortress Anfield. ***whisper of a dream***


COVID-19 has made me realize how little F1 interests me in 2020!

I have Canceled My F1 Subscription

I have canceled my subscription to Formula 1’s F1TV Pro service, because by the time the F1 season starts over the weekend of July 3rd in Austria, a full four months after the season was supposed to start. I have not at all missed F1. 10 years ago, I would be Jonesing for the season to start, but over the past four to five seasons, I have been apathetic at best, due to the lack of competition and predictable nature of the sport. I kept watching out of habit, I was not really paying attention to the race for most of its duration.

Last season was particularly bad in terms of my interest, I watched one race live, the rest were watched on-demand, and even then, I only watched the highlights. When a 30-minute highlight show features very few actual highlights, watching a 1 hour, 40 minute race would be unbearable. The idea of paying $80 per year to watch races live, when it holds near to zero interest for me is just a waste of money.

My subscription does not expire until August 10, 2020, so I have access to five races in three countries, which I will probably just watch the highlights, to see if I have any interest at all in 2020, then I might subscribe to F1TV Access, which gives me access to on-demand programming after the live race for just $2.99 per month or $26.99 a year. I feel that F1 is not worth $79.99 a year for me at this time.

I feel that F1 in its current form is going in the wrong direction, Liberty, F1’s owners need to open up the formula, like we had in the 80s, when racing was genuinely exciting to watch. Unlike today, where the leading team, Mercedes need to have some sort of drama for another team or driver to win a race.

German free-to-air broadcaster RTL has declined to renew its deal with F1 after lackluster viewing figures over the past five years, despite having multiple Germans in the sport, and the rising fees demanded by Formula 1. So it looks like F1 in Germany will be subscription only from 2021, which, like the UK, will have a very negative effect on the sports viewership, with so many people not willing to pay to watch F1.


New “Photo Theft” Email Scam/Malware Distribution

Photo Copyright Email Scam

Late last night, I received a message on my work Email address claiming that one of our properties was using photos without permission from the photographer, “Mel Davis”, threatening legal action if we did not “delete” the photos. The Email message also featured a link to a Google Sites webpage, which downloaded a JavaScript (.JS) file. I clicked the link using a virtual machine because no-one should open a link in an email from someone they don’t know on the everyday computer they use. Even on a Virtual Machine, I did not run the file, although I have to admit I was kinda curious about what it would do.

The first of these Email’s happened to target one of our community websites where the photos featured came from a third party, due to the property being a significant distance from where I am based out of, so we commissioned some photos from a third party company. This is the reason I looked into it, then a second came in for a community website, where I know for sure that all the photos are 100% legal, as I took them myself, which is my preference, to avoid this kind of bullshit from third-party photographers.

I cannot remember the exact file name, but it was something like “phototheft_evidence.js”, As soon as I saw it was a JavaScript file, I deleted it; and closed down the VM. There is no reason for anyone to download a .js file, it’s something that runs from a web server, on the client-side to do something interactive on a webpage. But JavaScript can also be used for nasty stuff like malware, viruses, and ransomware. Bottom line, never click any links in an email from anyone you don’t know.

The Email reads as follows, with the links redacted; the second Email is in the featured image above;

Hi,

This is Melinda and I am a certified photographer.

I was discouraged, to put it nicely, when I came across my images at your web-site. If you use a copyrighted image without my approval, you should be aware that you could be sued by the owner.

It’s illegal to use stolen images and it’s so filthy!

Take a look at this document with the links to my images you used at <link redacted> and my earlier publications to get evidence of my legal copyrights.

Download it now and check this out for yourself:

https://sites.google.com/<redacted>

If you don’t delete the images mentioned in the document above within the next few days, I’ll write a complaint on you to your hosting provider stating that my copyrights have been infringed and I am trying to protect my intellectual property.

And if it doesn’t work, you may be pretty damn sure I am going to report and sue you! And I will not bother myself to let you know of it in advance.

Both messages had a phone number attached, which I will not publish, as I suspect it’s a random number and I don’t want the person who owns that number getting bombarded with phone calls. The names and Email addresses used were Melinda Davis (Mphotographer292@yahoo.com), and Melika Robinson (Melphoto796@hotmail.com). Both messages were the same, except for some small wording changes.

Being someone who is webmaster for literally hundreds of website and listings, I see all sorts of scams in my Email, but this is the first time I have seen someone trying to scam or infect computers with malware, using a cease and desist of photography that has not been licensed from the photographer. As a photographer myself, I protect my work, that is why I took the time to even look into it, as the company who we paid, might not have had the correct licensing deal with the person who actually took the photos.

A bit of advice, if you do use a photographer, ask for a contract which details what is agreed to in terms of number and type of photos. Also, the contract should detail the usage rights, where you can use the photos and the timeframe in which you can use them. In the majority of cases, the photographer will retain the copyright to the photos. If you don’t have a legal contract, you leave yourself open to a photographer coming back to you later demanding more money to continue using the photos or even taking legal action. A photography contract is designed to protect both the client and the photographer.

To be clear, most photographers are honest, hard-working people, but there are some unscrupulous photographers out there, so insist on a contract and read it in its entirety, to protect yourself.


How does removing or destroying history help POC today?

Will toppling these statues change anything for black Americans?

Over recent weeks, ever since the murder of George Floyd, we have been seeing statues of people involved with slavery being toppled by protestors in the US and Europe, or they have been removed by local authorities. Also, classic brands like Aunt Jemima and Uncle Ben, which yes, are inherently racist are being renamed, but honestly, will this change anything in 2020, will 1/3 of Americans suddenly become accepting of people of color? realistically no, if anything it will cause these racist assholes to double down, making the life of people of color even more difficult, because their racist heroes have been toppled.

My take is, lets put history in context, instead of glorifying it, I don’t believe we should ever destroy history, we should learn from it. Americans seem to have very short memories, it amazes me how quickly anger dies down after a mass shooting, especially those that involve children, and every time a black person is killed by police, which results in zero action being taken. I really hope that these multi-racial protests continue; to force our lawmakers into making real change, not platitudes to appease the masses,, this is what I see the removal of statues and renaming brands as, no real change will come of it.

#DefundThePolice

I was watching the TYT Juneteenth special and Cenk Uygur posed the question is “defend the police” a good slogan for political change. In my opinion, I agree with Cenk’s assessment that the term “defund”, for most people means, to stop funding, i.e. abolish the police. Or even worse, put funding of law enforcement in the hands of private equity, we already have private prisons, so private police is not a big leap. I do understand that “defund the police” is a term to reallocate funds to other services to lift the African American, and poor communities up and out of poverty, creating a level playing field for everyone.

Politically, running a “defund the police” campaign is political suicide, not everyone is like me, a person that does their research to understand the issues. Most people hear soundbites like “defund the police” from the mainstream media, who rarely go more in-depth than repeating the soundbite, and automatically think abolish the police. This is why independent media and social media is so important to get the facts out there, mainstream media will not tell you the whole story unless it suits their bottom line.

The youth are the people who follow independent media and are active on social media, this is why so many 16 to 30-year-olds of all races are out on the streets protesting. But the reality is that most of the voter base is 40 plus and the idea of no police scares them, especially coupled with the mainstream media propaganda that black men are dangerous and black women are just “angry black women”. I think people campaigning for change in regard to race and policing needs to be smarter with their slogans if they want any desperately needed change for POC, the poor and even the middle class this November.

I understand that the black and brown community are angry, I’m angry, as a British white man, albeit with a black wife and bi-racial kids living in the USA, that people of color are still fighting the same damn battle, 56 years after the Civil Rights Act of 1964. But straight-up anger, destroying the history that so many older white Americans hang onto, will only hinder progress. Obviously, the rebranding of Uncle Ben and Aunt Jemima is a business decision, to protect their bottom line, these CEOs don’t give a damn about the black community, I don’t really consider this progress in regard to race relations in the United States.

I desperately want change, on many fronts, changing police culture, change American culture and attitude in general, changing our government to represent the people, not the corporations and wealthiest Americans. I am thankful that my kids are light-skinned enough, to more than likely not have to worry about being killed by police, being shot in the back, like Rayshard Brooks and Andres Guardado. But, I do not take that for granted, so I will teach my kids to be careful around law enforcement.

A few bad apples, really?

I think we can comprehensively dispel the myth that there are “a few bad apples” in police forces across the US. Two Buffalo, NJ police officers aggressively pushed a 75-year-old man, Martin Gugino to the ground, who was no threat to them, then walked over him as he was lying unconscious and bleeding from his ear, later, Gugino was confirmed to have a fractured skull. The two officers, Robert McCabe and Aaron Torgalski, were charged with second-degree assault, and all 57 members of the police riot response team resigned in protest, to be clear, all 57 did not quit the police, just the riot response team.

In the Rayshard Brooks shooting,, where the officer, Garrett Rolfe, who killed Brooks was fired and charged with murder. His fellow officers proceeded with a sick-out in solidarity with Rolfe. A few bad apples, you say? if you say that, you’re full of shit. Police officers shoot a black man in the back, and they get all bent out of shape because the officer has to face the music. Any officers that support’s murder, just because the person committing the crime wears a badge, should quit now, the whole barrel is bad, not a few bad apples, just look at the avalanche of evidence from the past few weeks since the murder of George Floyd, we have video after video of police assaulting people exercising their 1st amendment right.