I’m all for the police serving and protecting (which most do), but I’m definitely NOT for the cops who are plundering and pillaging. Yet, that’s exactly what’s going on much of the time with civil forfeiture.
For a definition of what Oliver is talking about, head to 2:50. And then at 4:55, there’s the oh-so-terrible question police keep asking. But if you’re looking for an amazing new cop show starring Jeff Goldblum, 14:08 is the place to be.
Read more: http://upworthy.com/maybe-these-cops-didnt-realize-theyve-been-recorded-asking-the-same-question-but-john-oliver-did
Don’t believe there’s a racial element to the War on Drugs? As a former U.S. marshal and special agent for the Drug Enforcement Agency, Matthew Fog witnessed the astonishing inequity of the War on Drugs firsthand. This is his story.
Read more: http://upworthy.com/this-dea-agent-was-told-not-to-enforce-drug-laws-in-white-areas-yes-really
The Senate failed at their jobs today, refusing to give an up or down vote to background check legislation that specifically banned a gun registry while allowing for comprehensive checks.
“90% of Americans support universal background checks. Think about that. How often do 90% of Americans agree on anything?” —President Obama.
Here’s the full speech, if you’ve got time for the whole thing:
Every single senator should probably know what they’ve done. So I’d share this.
Read more: http://upworthy.com/president-obama-rationally-passionately-and-emphatically-calls-out-the-senate-for-ignoring-america
Today I give everyone in the world an amnesty pass. Maybe you weren’t sure what a sheik was or where Sikhs come from. Now you’ll know. And you can confidently, articulately condemn evil idiot white supremacists. Knowledge is power!
Read more: http://upworthy.com/sikh-vs-sheik-do-you-know-the-difference
When surveillance footage proves a report filed by a police officer was falsified, a teen who spent four months in jail is understandably upset about it. What’s worse, the police saw the footage a mere two days after the event and decided to do nothing to release the teen from jail. Instead of being innocent until proven guilty, it seems you’re guilty even AFTER you’re proven to be innocent.
Read more: http://upworthy.com/footage-a-cop-assaults-a-teen-then-falsifies-a-report-to-send-him-to-jail-for-4
When it comes to stuff like this, it’s probably best to have some scruples.
Here’s an article that explains how this loophole works, citing specific examples of how it can go horribly wrong. And this post, in which the author conducted an abbreviated version of the same experiment, boils the problem down to this punchy analogy:
“Requiring background checks in some places but not others is like locking three of your car doors, leaving one unlocked, and expecting that car to be secure.”
Universal background checks are sounding pretty reasonable about now, eh?
Read more: http://upworthy.com/they-recorded-125-phone-calls-what-they-found-made-my-stomach-turn
These kids in Chicago are basically living in a war zone and hear gunfire outside of their bedrooms as they fall asleep. In America, we can do better.
Read more: http://upworthy.com/these-kids-walk-some-scary-streets-every-day-a-former-gang-member-gives-them-a-place-to-feel-safe-mo2-5c
Here’s how one Norwegian prison creates a community of respect instead of one of degradation and fear. Watch the effect it has on the prisoners.
FACT CHECK TIME: The video claims that Norway’s murder rate is the lowest in the world. While murder rates fluctuate, Norway’s is usually just slightly higher than a small handful of other countries.
By the way, its slightly-higher-than-the-lowest-murder-rate rate is about a fifth of the U.S.’s.
Read more: http://upworthy.com/this-lovely-norwegian-town-exposes-the-public-to-murderers-rapists-and-child-molesters-2
First, he had his freedom taken away. Then, he nearly had his mind taken away, too.
Read more: http://upworthy.com/heres-what-5-years-in-solitary-confinement-does-to-a-person-its-not-pretty
I hope you never have to use this graphic in practice. Lots of people carry concealed weapons; here’s how to spot them.
Read more: http://upworthy.com/when-that-pants-bulge-is-not-what-you-were-expecting