Just catching up on news from home

Apparently, when there is poor communication between a family that has sought justice for their bullied 11 year old son and the courts…the correct response is to bring the victim to court in chains.

Do I need to mention that the kid is from the rez?

“He told me he didn’t understand what was going on. I could hear the tears, the fear in his voice…”

The DA responsible says the ruckus is unjustified, and “is a way to make Mille Lacs County look like it’s racist.”

Damn skippy. MN AG Lori Swanson has promised an investigation, but it sounds like CYA. The point is to “determine if the State has jurisdiction.” That’d better mean looking for a civil rights violation of the MN Constitution, but I’m not certain that it is.

“At the court hearing the next morning, in which the boy was brought into court in an orange jumpsuit, handcuffs and shackles, prosecutors announced that they wouldn’t press charges and that he was free to go.”

Because Guantanamo isn’t just for Cuba anymore.

“Davis-Deyhle said her son is different since the experience. He used to enjoy and do well in school; now, she said, he doesn’t want to go.

‘Nothing can take away the memory I have of my son in the prison uniform and shackles and handcuffs,” Davis-Deyhle said. “Nothing will take that from his mind. Nothing will make him forget how tight those shackles were.”‘

Recall the quotes from Taylor I posted the other day…the spectacle of militarized and hyper-aggressive police states cows those affected, trying to neutralize the ability of the citizen to stand up to the injustice of the state. Shock and awe is an extension internationally of what communities of color have known for years domestically.

“The American Civil Liberties Union is also seeking a government investigation, and Brunkow said the family is likely to file a federal civil rights lawsuit.”

I happen to know the good folks of the MN CLU, and to my friends there…

Go get ’em, and bring these racist suckers down.