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  1. except coke vs crack. look at the amounts for mandatory minimums... powder cocaine - 5 kilograms crack - 280 grams not less than 10 years; not less than 20 years if the offense results in death or serious bodily injury or if the offender has a prior felony drug conviction; and a mandatory term of life imprisonment if the offender has a prior felony drug conviction and the offense resulted in death or serious bodily injury or if the offender has two or more prior felony drug convictions or for smaller amounts: powder cocaine - 500 grams crack - 28 grams not less than 5 years; not less than 10 years, if the offender has a prior felony drug conviction; not less than 20 years if the offense results in death or serious bodily injury; and a mandatory term of life imprisonment if the offender has a prior felony drug conviction and the offense resulted in death or serious bodily injury.76 https://www.everycrsreport.com/reports/R45074.html#ifn60 previously this gap was 1:100 In 2003, whites were 7.8% and Blacks more than 80% of defendants sentenced under crack cocaine laws, even though 66%+ of crack cocaine users are white or Hispanic. https://www.aclu.org/other/cracks-system-20-years-unjust-federal-crack-cocaine-law a good read and will help give insight to the disproportionate numbers of black people incarcerated for drug crimes based of fear and myths. do you know how First Nations ended up on reserves? Do you know know anything about what happened in 1885? They (rcmp) are the problem.
  2. right because people who are coming down off crystal meth are easy to deal with or the person with dementia/alzheimer's or the person in a metal health crisis or the person who just woke up in the hospital and doesn't know whats happening.. yep they're all so easy to deal with but nurses deal with them all the time. at least in medical/obs wards in hospitals
  3. https://www.courier-journal.com/story/news/crime/2020/06/10/breonna-taylor-shooting-louisville-police-release-incident-report/5332915002/ I have only outrage.
  4. that's part of it, plus things like helping people with mental health problems. imo cops aren't really the right people to be responding to someone in crisis, but in most places that's who responds, maybe with an EMT, but still it's not good... people end up getting killed in that situation.
  5. I think it would cost less than all those cops in riot gear at all these protests, plus all the tear gas/rubber bullets/pepper balls/detaining and transporting all the protesters/ OT for cops. It's about funding priorities and with many forces it seems to be more equipment/officers... they could probably do more with current staffing levels and less new equipment. Pairing those reforms you mention with looking at many interactions as public health issues rather than criminal will probably be the compromise most places will come to.
  6. It could. But it could also make it a lot better. The way policing is happening now is not the best and there needs to be a serious change. One angle is from a Public Health view. The American Public Health Association has called law enforcement violence a public health problem since 2018 and has put forward some base level plans on dealing with it: they go on to detail numerous studies that indicate the harm that police interactions have with people over time. https://www.apha.org/policies-and-advocacy/public-health-policy-statements/policy-database/2019/01/29/law-enforcement-violence that is what is being asked/done here are quotes from the articles I linked earlier: RE:Regina RE:LA
  7. this is a thing here too, though not quite as loose as in some parts of the US. https://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/national/civil-forfeiture-often-a-provincial-cash-grab-new-report-finds/article29072771/ this is from a 2016 article I know that sask expanded their laws in 2019...
  8. There's a petition to defund the Regina police...it's not that big but there are problems between the police and certain poor mostly indigenous neighbourhoods in the city and there have been a lot of calls for reform over the years. https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/saskatchewan/defund-regina-police-service-petition-1.5601462 The LAPD is having it's budget cut by $150M, but they have a budget of 2B... https://ktla.com/news/l-a-police-union-calls-garcetti-unstable-after-mayors-comments-calling-officers-killers/ I think it will be interesting to see what comes of these moves, along with in Minneapolis.
  9. I think this was filmed a few days ago, but the main points still stand.
  10. so you're saying the exception proves the rule? except that you can ask many of those "successful" black people if they've ever been pulled over for something as dumb as the cop thinking they couldn't afford the car they were driving because of the colour of their skin. Also it shouldn't matter what your job is (or even if you have one) what should matter is that police in many cases act very aggressively towards people who are black for no reason other than the colour of their skin. These protests are about seeking justice for those killed and a change in policing overall. https://www.nytimes.com/2015/10/25/us/racial-disparity-traffic-stops-driving-black.html https://www.theglobeandmail.com/opinion/driving-while-black-in-canada/article38107157/
  11. Lets not forget the protests in Louisville are also about Breonna Taylor who was killed by police during an "no knock raid".
  12. had to dig out the bass. this was my fave song to play in hs. had barely touched it since... I'm so rusty but what a joy.
  13. well thanks for the honesty and consideration. this game if it's really like the show, I might be more active...idk I did love this show when it first came out.
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