Following the police shooting of Sylville Smith, one of many Milwaukee residents protesting the killing says in an interview rebroadcast on “Democracy Now!” that police bear responsibility for the chaos rending black communities. The man being interviewed (pictured here) says he is Smith’s brother, Sedan.
Public officials are very selective about when violence and death matter. Massacres and terrorist incidents cannot be ignored, but the day-to-day toll from gun violence is often swept aside. Politicians who tout themselves as advocates of law and order don’t want to be unmasked as caring even more about their ratings from gun lobbyists.
An air traveler wrote the above phrase—a reference to the head of the Transportation Security Administration—on his carry-on bag, and the traveler ended up being detained by TSA personnel who told him that his free speech ends at the security gate.