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Apocalypse, New Jersey: A Dispatch From America's Most Desperate Town

By Matt Taibbi
December 11, 2013 10:10 AM ET
The first thing you notice about Camden, New Jersey, is that pretty much everyone you talk to has just gotten his or her ass kicked.

Instead of shaking hands, people here are always lifting hats, sleeves, pant legs and shirttails to show you wounds or scars, then pointing in the direction of where the bad thing just happened.

"I been shot six times," says Raymond, a self-described gangster I meet standing on a downtown corner. He pulls up his pant leg. "The last time I got shot was three years ago, twice in the femur." He gives an intellectual nod. "The femur, you know, that's the largest bone in the leg."

"First they hit me in the head," says Dwayne "The Wiz" Charbonneau, a junkie who had been robbed the night before. He lifts his wool cap to expose a still-oozing red strawberry and pulls his sweatpants down at the waist, drawing a few passing glances. "After that, they ripped my pockets out. You can see right here. . . ."

Even the cops have their stories: "You can see right here, that's where he bit me," says one police officer, lifting his pant leg. "And I'm thinking to myself, 'I'm going to have to shoot this dog.'"

Read more: http://www.rollingstone.com/culture/news/apocalypse-new-jersey-a-dispatch-from-americas-most-desperate-town-20131211#ixzz2nb0AwE6a

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Miami Area Police Chief Resigns Amid Racial Profiling Charges

Police chief Matthew Boyd of the Miami Gardens Police Department resigned yesterday amid charges that officers racially profiled both customers and employees at a local convenience store. According to the Miami New Times, one employee was arrested 419 times for trespassing in the past five years.

The Florida chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) two days ago called on the Department of Justice to investigate “a systemic pattern and practice of intimidation by officers … against African American residents…”.

Miami Gardens, with a population of about 100,000, is a majority black suburb of Miami. It has one of the highest crime rates in the country.


I would hazard a guess that the crime rate was so high precisely because his police officers were so busy racially profiling innocent citizens that the criminals had carte blanche to operate at will.

Merry Cthulhumas!

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