The thief-thief technique, as Noam Chomsky puts it, is when your hand is someone’s pocket and you point to someone else and say, “Thief! Thief!”, hoping everyone forgets you are the robber. It is used by petty crooks, tenth-rate lawyers, propagandists, the press and, when talking about race, by Whites and their hangers-on.
I have heard this technique used frequently. We need to call people out on this immediately when they use it. People want to deflect from the issue being discussed rather than have sympathy or consider solutions.
Bill O’Reilly is guilty of this and he is paid a fortune to deflect guilt for White America and attempt to put guilt on others. Donald Trump is guilty of this too.
Remember that group of women whose story went viral a few days ago because they were kicked off of a Napa Valley Train wine tour for laughing? They’re now getting the apology they deserve from the train’s CEO, Anthony “Tony” Giaccio.
On October 27, 2011, Baltimore police officer Joe Crystal witnessed two fellow cops beating up a drug suspect after the suspect, fleeing from the officers, kicked in the door of a home belonging to another officer’s girlfriend. After doing the right thing and turning in his fellow officers, Crystal was labeled a “snitch” and a “rat cop” by many other BPD officers and subjected to threats and intimidation — including having a dead rat placed on his car’s windshield. Eventually, in 2014 he bowed to the pressure and resigned from the Baltimore PD.
In this edited portion of a longer interview with The Young Turks’ Cenk Uygur, Crystal describes how today’s urban police forces have come to resemble street gangs, the difference between “us vs. them” urban policing and “customer service” policing that occurs in suburban areas, and wonders when police will start being given awards for challenging corruption in their own departments.
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In the chaotic last moments of John Berry’s life, Los Angeles County sheriff’s deputies attempted to pull him from his car and shot him with a Taser as a woman screamed at them to stop. Then came the gunfire that sprayed the windshield of his BMW . Minutes later, the 31-year-old was pronounced dead at the scene — the curb just outside his Lakewood home.
Janelle Monae and the Wondaland crew joined local #BlackLivesMatter, #BlackTransLivesMatter peeps and families of Bay Area people killed by police at the 24th and Mission BART plaza. It was powerful to hear names from the mouths of family members and cool to see what these folks are doing to combat police brutality. Good turn out and 2 hours of stories and performances led to this.