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14 May 2015 @ 09:46 am
Collateral damage  
Before we had drones, the Philadelphia police bombed a house with dangerous people in it and let 60 other houses burn. Guess what sort of neighborhood.

Thanx to Radley Balko
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nancylebov: green leavesnancylebov on May 14th, 2015 03:47 pm (UTC)
Guess what color the mayor was. Have some details about how the decision to bomb the MOVE house was made.
The cops would have simply sent in a hostage negotiator. And if that didn’t work, they would have cut off access to electricity, water and food, and then waited the criminals out. And if that didn’t work, they would have sent in a professionally trained SWAT unit to storm that specific house with surgical precision. Goddamnit, even Osama’s house and neighborhood in Abbottabad weren’t firebombed. The Mayor, Police Commissioner, Fire Commissioner, Managing Director, and the cops—and especially the public— would not have approved, allowed or tolerated the burning down of a white neighborhood and the destruction of 61 white homes.

And don’t tell me some shit about the incineration of Osage not being racist simply because the Mayor and the Managing Director were black. It’s the victims that make it racist! They were black. And they lived in a black neighborhood. Furthermore, Powell, the bomb-dropping cop, was white. Moreover, William Klein, the cop who made the bomb, was also white. As eloquently stated by Bowser, “Goode and Brooks did not shoot 10,000 bullets into that house. They did not put military explosives into the bomb. They did not decide to let the bunker burn. And they did not shoot at children trying to escape the fire. I know none of that would have happened in a white neighborhood and so do you.” That’s exactly why the MOVE Commission pointed out, in one of its final official comments, that none of this would have ever happened “had the MOVE house and its occupants been situated in a comparable white neighborhood.”

Something I haven't seen in the retrospectives is that the 60 neighboring houses which were burnt out were replaced by extremely defective houses

Edited at 2015-05-15 12:47 am (UTC)
Michele Grantopadit on May 15th, 2015 03:09 pm (UTC)
Thanks for posting this. The Amtrak derailment updates have eclipsed pretty much any mention in the media (local or otherwise) of the 30th anniversary of the MOVE bombing.