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July 11, 2015 1:17 PM   Subscribe

The Invisible Man: The End of A Black Life That Mattered Or how Charly Keunang finally went home.
posted by stagewhisper (8 comments total) 13 users marked this as a favorite
Charly tries to say, "Listen."

Martinez says, "No, it doesn't work like that." To Volasgis he says, "Partner, give me the Taser."

Christ. No wonder cops shoot so many people. When it's acceptable to escalate and dominate to the exclusion of all else it's kind of amazing they don't shoot more.
posted by rtha at 1:53 PM on July 11, 2015 [2 favorites]

Tasers: billed as an alternative to shooting people; actually used as an alternative to talking to them.
posted by Sing Or Swim at 2:47 PM on July 11, 2015 [14 favorites]

You have the right to remain silent, but you don't have the right to explain your situation. I could barely read this, the whole thing is sad.
posted by gucci mane at 2:58 PM on July 11, 2015 [1 favorite]

posted by palomar at 3:52 PM on July 11, 2015 [1 favorite]

I've been trying all afternoon to think of how to say what I want to say. I so rarely do it, but palomar showed me the error of my ways on the period tonight. It's for when you have so much to say you don't even know where to begin.

posted by ob1quixote at 6:01 PM on July 11, 2015 [1 favorite]

Homelessness is growing here in Los Angeles, but it's not the familiar form of the mentally ill and drug addicted who set up tents on the streets of Skid Row, out in front of the rescue missions with their paucity of beds. Tent cities are spring up in the river beds and under freeways, inhabited by people who used to live in the neighborhoods where they now camp. They watch out for one another, walk to visit friends and relatives, regroup after the city comes in and throws all their possessions into dumpsters. They do not want to live on Skid Row. Would you?
posted by Scram at 6:26 PM on July 11, 2015

posted by Made of Star Stuff at 10:06 AM on July 12, 2015

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