I'm sitting at Starbucks, which I rarely do. It's hard to knit there. I lot of people still find it weird for a man to be knitting in public. But, for us fellas that knit, it's nothing short of ordinary.
You brace for the confrontation, a shaky grip on your weapon. In the moments before you go down for the count, shot multiple times by the strangers who have invaded your home, you get a good look at your attackers. It's the police.
I'm going to tell you precisely how I invented... and then built an awesome 10' X 10' backyard / outdoor movie screen all by myself in about 15 minutes... for less than $50 dollars on Sunday October 13th, 2013 - with no formal plans and just a single trip to the hardware store.
Between the Armored Personnel Carriers locking down main streets in major American cities or Special Weapons and Tactics and Special Forces units canvassing our country, if we're not careful, this militarization of our domestic policing will make-over America, and fast.
While one can sympathize with the police officer on the street who has a "perp" in hand with enough evidence to arrest him -- surely, a low bar -- the prosecutors' role is far more complex. They must make the case stick.
Since the charges against him are wholly baseless, what then could possibly explain them? An esteemed journalist now sits in a Moroccan jail not because he did anything wrong, but because the Moroccan regime is bent on re-asserting its own authority, clamping down on any signs of protest.
When those who harm animals are held accountable for the full extent of the injuries they cause, it sends a clear message that our society and our legal system is starting to take the lives of animals seriously.
The sheer volume of stops conducted, the magnitude of the city's investment in these tactics and the intensity of Mayor Bloomberg's commitment to them have, unfortunately, established New York City as a poster child for discriminatory policing.