before u harass non binary teens for their pronouns pls consider the following:
- get a fucking life
Mariah Carey and 50 Cent are tied for worst first pitch in history
In July I shared a story of an incident in which my city’s police stormed a man’s house looking for drugs in the middle of the night and executed his two (understandably startled) dogs. One of the dogs was shot to death while fleeing in fear, and as I noted then, this isn’t an isolated incident. Just a few years ago, the Saint Paul Police killed another family dog…and forced handcuffed children to sit next to its bleeding corpse. The kicker? The raid wasn’t even in the right house!
Now, a new report has surfaced of SPPD brutality. This time, a young father named Chris Lollie was arrested while waiting to pick up his kids from school. The charges were “Trespassing, Disorderly Conduct, and Obstructing Legal Process,” and police claimed he refused to leave an area reserved for employees of the bank building he was in. However, not only were there no signs indicating that the location was private, but Lollie wasn’t even in the bank proper; he was in the skyway.
(For those who aren’t familiar with the skyway system, it’s a thing we have in St. Paul, Minneapolis, and some other Minnesota cities. Basically, it gets hella cold here in the winter, so they built enclosed sidewalks, or skyways, one or two stories up. In the downtown areas, the skyways form a whole second network of pedestrian roads, and once you get inside your office building—or whichever building is closest to your parking garage or bus stop or whatever—you can use them to move from building to building to get around the whole downtown area. It’s an easy way to go to lunch or meetings without having the snot in your nostrils freeze. I mention all that to say: Skyways are public spaces. You do not have to be an employee in the buildings they connect to use them. Lollie was not trespassing.)
Fortunately, Lollie had the presence of mind to capture his interaction with the SPPD on film. Here’s a transcript I’ve made of the first few seconds:
Lollie: So what’s your business with me right now?
Officer: I want to find out who you are, and what the problem was back there…
Lollie: There is no problem—that’s the thing.
Officer: So, talk to me, let me know, and you can be on your way.
Lollie: Let you know…why do I have to let you know who I am? Who I am isn’t the problem.
Officer: Because that’s what police do when they get called.
Lollie: Well, I know my rights, first off. Secondly, I don’t have to let you know who I am if I haven’t broken any laws. Like I told him, I’m going to New Horizons [School] to pick up my kids at 10 o’clock. I was sitting there for ten minutes…
As the officer brushes aside his explanation and continues to illegally demand he identify himself, Lollie cuts to the chase: “The problem is I’m black. That’s the problem. No, it really is, because I didn’t do anything wrong.”
Next, Lollie and the female officer he’s been walking and talking with meet a male officer. When Lollie politely asks the officer not to touch or obstruct him, because he has to go get his kids, the man immediately responds, “Well, you’re going to go to jail then.”
As the police initiate the arrest process—telling him to put his hand behind his back or “otherwise things are going to get ugly"—the camera visuals go black. Lollie continues to be heard pleading, still polite even while he’s assaulted, that he be allowed to go meet his children.
Next, they tase him.
If that’s not enough to convince you that this is gross police misconduct, seriously, take five minutes and watch the video. The calmness of his tone alone should make it obvious that there is no possible argument that the situation merited this kind of police action:
After multiple witnesses verified Lollie’s version of events, prosecutors dropped all charges against him. One woman who is also not an employee at the bank the skyway links noted that she regularly sits during her lunch break exactly where Lollie was sitting, but she has never been harassed by police. However, the SPPD continue to defend their actions.
At The Atlantic, Conor Friedersdorf points out how simple it would have been for police to resolve this situation without violence and an arrest had they cared to do so:
His story about getting his kids wasn’t merely plausible, given the man’s age and the fact that there was a school right there–it was a story the female police officer shown at the beginning of the video or the male officer shown later could easily confirm.
Lollie is also absolutely correct that no law required him to show an ID to police officers. As Flex Your Rights explains, “Police can never compel you to identify yourself without reasonable suspicion to believe you’re involved in illegal activity,” and while 24 states have passed “stop and identify” statutes “requiring citizens to reveal their identity when officers have reasonable suspicion to believe criminal activity may be taking place,” Minnesota isn’t one of those states.
The female officer shown in the beginning of the video could easily have de-escalated the encounter by saying, “You’re right, sir, you have every right to refuse to show me identification, and if you’re just picking up your kids I’m so sorry to have bothered you. If you don’t mind, I just want to walk with you to confirm that your story checks out so I can inform the 911 caller of their error. That way we can make sure this never happens again when you’re just here to pick up your kids.”
Or she could’ve said, “Sir, I totally see why this is confusing–a lot of people would think so. Let me try to explain. That totally looks like a public seating area, but it’s actually private. Don’t you think they should have a sign saying so? Calling me may seem like an overreaction, but technically they can ask you to leave. You’re walking away now, so there’s actually no problem as long as you’re not going to go back. Are you? Okay, then we have no problem, have a wonderful day.”
As Lollie is carried away post-tasing, he can be heard challenging the officers’ “legal” assault: "Who are you? You don’t rule me. I didn’t do anything wrong. I didn’t hurt anybody. I didn’t touch anybody."
If only the SPPD could honestly say the same.
That video that was being passed around yesterday
can we please discuss what the fuck is wrong with pennsylvania
Shironeko spending the afternoon with the cute girl from next door, who happens to be Kuro’s mother.
Im in lidl and i just picked up a really manky bunch of bananas to look at it and a man came up behind me and whispered “glad my banana doesnt look like that” right in my ear and now im hiding in the bread section
This man has now stolen something from lidl and they are chasing him down the street
The only sort of pictures you should be reblogging of Jennifer Lawrence
have unfollowed 20+ blogs on here already and i will unfollow anyone else who reblogs nude photos taken NON-CONSENSUALLY from these women. it is sexual violation (fueled by the objectification of women) and anybody who participates that is the literal scum of the earth
This is something I have not been talking about on my blog very much because it’s been so detrimental to my mental health for such a long time that I am only now ready to speak up.
My private and confidential medical records were released without my consent which lead to my short term disability appeal being denied due to ‘issues by bisexuality’. I am now in debt to Canada Post for the amount of $8990.
I have included a more detailed explanation of what happened in the read more link below.
I am in the process of hiring a lawyer to help me combat the ableist, homophobic, and irresponsible mistreatment of myself and my case. I can not do this without your help.
If you want to donate but don’t have a credit card, you can donate to my paypal in the sidebar on my blog and I will add your name and donation amount to the GoFundMe page as an offline donation.
Thank you to everyone who has donated so far, or reblogged this post. I am so, so, so thankful.
This is literally such bullshit…
1. You left out this little tidbit on ur blog, but on the gofundme page you say that the lawyer’s consultation fee is ONLY $211 dollars while the retainer fee “MIGHT BE” in the thousands. For those who don’t know, a retainer fee is the amount of money you pay to keep the lawyer working on your case IF he or she decides it’s a worthwhile and can be won. How is a retainer fee even in the question when they haven’t even accepted your case? You don’t need $2000 for a consultation. If they don’t think it’s worth their time, you would have received $1788.13 for sitting on your chunky dunk ass… dont even think about changing anything in your read more because i have it all screencapped and so do many others.
Heres the Gofundme screencap:
"the retainer fee is EXPECTED to be in the thousands”
2. “Little did I know, the doctor who gave the insurance company my medical record (about prescriptions and continued support for medical leave) had also given them my confidential mental health worker’s notes.
Every patient is Canada is entitled to sign a PIPEDA document before seeing a physician. This document is basically the Canadian version of HIPAA and it covers the doctors ass from being sued. The insurance needed that info and are allowed to use the notes from your psychiatrist to validate your mental health claim. You gave them permission. It was not out of their jurisdiction.
3. You say your boss randomly called the police on you for no reason to see if you were “healthy”. In order to make a short-term disability claim, you need to first inform your boss about your illness/claim i.e. mental health issues/previous suicidal thoughts. Why wouldn’t she call the police after you were telling her these crazy things? It wasn’t random chance that she did that. Your boss had reason to believe you were in danger. She also needed to cover her ass. If she didn’t do anything after you disclosed that information to her SHE could be sued if you killed yourself. Your mother was contacted because she was on your emergency contact list, once again that was not a violation of privacy since you signed the document. How else would she have gotten her number?
In addition, you know police don’t break down doors unless there is no answer. You didn’t answer your mother or the police so your door was broken down. This makes perfect sense since they had reason to believe you were in danger.
THIS IS THE MOST IMPORTANT THING AND THE BASIS OF YOUR UNWARRANTED DONATIONS
4. You say that your appeal was denied “due to the fact that [you] [were] not straight” giving reference to how the report wrongly states that you have “issues by bisexuality" even though you included that (your struggling with your sexual identity/bisexuality) in your appeal
“A month later I received a letter in the mail saying my appeal had been denied on the basis that there was not sufficient medical records to show I was experiencing symptoms of depression, anxiety, and struggling with my sexual identity.”
YOU INCLUDED “STRUGGLING WITH [YOUR] SEXUAL IDENTITY” IN YOUR APPEAL THAT YOU MADE YOURSELF AND THAT IS WHAT THEY ARE RIGHTFULLY REFERRING TO. YOU STATED THAT YOUR BISEXUALITY AND COMING TO TERMS WITH IT WAS CAUSING YOUR ISSUES! NOT THE PERSON WRITING THE REPORT! THEY ARE NOT BEING HOMOPHOBIC IN ANY DEGREE! YOU ARE BLAMING SOMEBODY FOR REPEATING VERBATUM WHAT YOU TOLD THEM REGARDING YOUR “PROBLEMS”. YOU ARE PUTTING YOUR OWN WORDS IN SOME ELSES MOUTH.
You say that “the report includes no less than 7 completely irrelevant references to my sexuality and frames them as an excuse to invalidate the very real and dangerous mental health issues I have struggled with for the past year. Keep in mind that all of this information was collected illegally without my consent.”
It was completely legal.
They don’t need your “consent” when you yourself wrote YOUR OWN APPEAL to provide evidence for your short-term disability case. Maybe somebody should sue you for defamation.
this gofundme scheme isn’t based on your “struggles”, youre just playing oppressed for being a bisexual white male in Canada and are willing to reach to the stars to slander people for money.
im sorry to the people that have donated to this bullshit cause but maybe if you complain to the employees at gofundme, you can get your donations refunded.
what do you call a tiger with glasses on?
a scientist tiger
You can like wearing sundresses and lace and still be nonbinary.
You can like wearing pantsuits with ties and still be a woman.
You can like wearing floral patterns and still be a man.
Gender identity is valid. Gender expression is subjective. Gender norms are bullshit.
albus severus potter, you were named after two of my most problematic faves
just saw a post accusing Obama of working for the government