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Why Is No One Talking About the NYPD Shooter’s Other Target?

Posted by on Dec. 28, 2014 at 2:40 PM
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Shaneka Thompson

New York City’s police commissioner is laying blame for the Saturday shooting of two of the city’s police officers at the feet of protesters participating in #BlackLivesMatter actions. Patrick Lynch, the head of the police union, claimed there’s “blood on the hands” of Mayor Bill de Blasio, who, Lynch has said, didn’t do enough to disavow and put an end to local protests.

None of this is surprising, unfortunately. The tragic killing of two officers by an emotionally and psychologically unstable shooter is being used to further the political goals of an establishment that’s been challenged through effective, largely nonviolent protest. Despite that movement’s focus on the criminal justice system as a whole, from policing to the role of district attorneys and the grand jury system, police leadership and rank and file are using this moment to claim victim status, ramping up rhetoric and participating in symbolic moves such as officers and union leaders turning their backs on de Blasio during a public appearance over the weekend.

What’s equally predictable and disappointing is the near-erasure of Shaneka Thompson from the story of Ismaaiyl Brinsley’s shooting spree. Thompson is the 29-year-old ex-girlfriend whose Maryland apartment Brinsley entered before shooting her in the stomach and leaving her to scream for help. “I can’t die like this. Please, please help me,” she is reported to have shouted as she banged on a neighbor’s door. According to news reports, Thompson is a health insurance specialist with the Veterans Administration and an Air Force reservist. Brinsley took her phone with him as he headed north to New York, using it to post self-incriminating rants to Instagram before killing Officers Ramos and Liu and, finally, himself.

Thompson is hospitalized and was, as of Sunday, in critical but stable condition. She is also the latest in a series of women who have been brutalized by men whose violence only became notable when they took on targets deemed more important, more relevant to a national or international debate already in play. On Monday Muna Mire, a former Nation intern, noted on Facebook similarities between Thompson and Noleen Hayson Pal, slain ex-wife of Man Haron Monis. Monis is the gunman behind the sixteen-hour standoff in an Australian café that earlier this month left three people (including him) dead. He had a history of violence against women and at the time of the café attack was out on bail on charges including dozens of counts of sexual assault. He had also been charged with being an accessory to the murder of his ex-wife, with whom he had a custody dispute. He allegedly conspired with a girlfriend, who then set Pal on fire and stabbed her eighteen times. To frame that hostage crisis as one simply driven by religious fanaticism leaves out a key element: Monis seems to have been quite sick and is alleged to have used women’s bodies as a place to target that sickness.

Monis had been charged with these crimes recently, but he wasn’t due back in court until February. This past weekend, Baltimore police started tracking Shaneka Thompson’s phone, which Brinsley had in his possession, around 6:30 am, less than an hour after she was shot. According to The New York Times, they knew Brinsley’s whereabouts, but didn’t contact New York police until after noon. They faxed a wanted poster to a Brooklyn precinct just after 2 pm.

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There may well be legitimate reasons why law enforcement could not have apprehended Brinsley earlier, even though they knew his whereabouts as he traveled north from Baltimore to New York. But in both this case and the Sydney incident, there seem to have been assumptions that public safety was not at risk despite the allegations and evidence of violence against women. Why does the threat level and stoking of public fear skyrocket when a madman is thought to be tied to an ideology that’s generally hated in the mainstream—anti-police sentiment or Islamic fundamentalism—but not when that madness has threatened a woman’s life or safety?

Salamishah Tillett raised a similar question during the trial of George Zimmerman, who had been accused of molesting a cousin as a child and of abusing a former fiancée before killing Trayvon Martin. As Tillett wrote, “Zimmerman’s attorneys successfully argued that those acts were inadmissible or irrelevant. But these accusations offer us other truths: that violence against girls and women is often an overlooked and unchecked indicator of future violence.”

It’s predictable that some opponents of police reform want to use Brinsley’s shooting spree to discredit and mischaracterize the #BlackLivesMatter movement and any politician who hasn’t tried to stamp it out. Let’s not go an equally predictable route and ignore that a woman bore the brunt of Brinsley’s instability first, before he went on to commit the type of crime that media and law enforcement consider worthy of their full attention.

http://www.thenation.com/blog/193577/why-no-one-talking-about-nypd-shooters-other-target#

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D-Town
by Silver Member on Dec. 28, 2014 at 5:28 PM
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Probably not nearly as newsworthy because he didn't start ranting to the world "I'm going to kill me some women today." There weren't crowds of people demanding to see dead women. 


Also people know the cycle of domestic violence. They know how the system responds to domestic disputes. They don't always agree with it. They may not agree with the choices of the abuser and the victim, but they at least make an effort to understand hot it all works. That doesn't happen with police officers. When people don't understand the concept of "don't point a gun at the police or you'll get shot yourself" it becomes news when some moron does just that. It is even bigger news when some asshole does what so many of you wish to see and don't have the guts to do it yourselves ....i.e. kill a cop. 

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thebride
by on Dec. 29, 2014 at 9:02 PM
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Because she's black the media doesn't sell newspapers with black women on the front page
adorkablemommie
by Bronze Member on Dec. 30, 2014 at 12:01 AM
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No one cares about dead black women. We are considered a cultural pollutant by whites. They consider us to be worthless welfare queens that have many children with many different men. So why would they talk about one of us? I'm sure there are even a few people here that figure she's just one less leech on the system and care not about her family who are left behind and mourning. She's not as important as two white men, she's just another black on black shooting. 

AdrianneHill
by Silver Member on Dec. 30, 2014 at 3:22 AM
No one cares about beaten women period. White or black, men (and women) see a woman in an abusive relationship as complicit in her own suffering and therefore not really deserving sympathy or assistance.
MomTiara19
by Silver Member on Dec. 30, 2014 at 8:56 AM
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Because the NYPD wants to make the killer a sole cop hating murderer.

Never mind he also killed his girlfriend and was arrested 9 other times unrelated to cop hate.

The guy was sick/mentally ill,had access to a gun and wanted attention.It is terrible what he did to the police officers.Yet it is also terrible Garner lost his life and left behind kids,his mom,wife and kids.

 

greenie63
by Bronze Member on Dec. 30, 2014 at 12:03 PM
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The man was very sick. She lives in Owings Mills Maryland where I live. The news here is updating daily with her medical progress. Hopefully she'll make a full recovery but psychologically I can't imagine being in her shoes.
tanyainmizzou
by on Dec. 30, 2014 at 12:18 PM
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Quoting adorkablemommie:

No one cares about dead black women. We are considered a cultural pollutant by whites. They consider us to be worthless welfare queens that have many children with many different men. So why would they talk about one of us? I'm sure there are even a few people here that figure she's just one less leech on the system and care not about her family who are left behind and mourning. She's not as important as two white men, she's just another black on black shooting. 





Both of the officers were white? Are you discussing a different police shooting?
denise3680
by Gold Member on Dec. 30, 2014 at 12:36 PM

 which shooting are you talking about, because the ones in this are Latino and Asian:/  and according to white people they don't count as white on any given day:/

Quoting tanyainmizzou:
Quoting adorkablemommie:

No one cares about dead black women. We are considered a cultural pollutant by whites. They consider us to be worthless welfare queens that have many children with many different men. So why would they talk about one of us? I'm sure there are even a few people here that figure she's just one less leech on the system and care not about her family who are left behind and mourning. She's not as important as two white men, she's just another black on black shooting. 

Both of the officers were white? Are you discussing a different police shooting?

 

143myboys9496
by Gold Member on Dec. 30, 2014 at 12:38 PM
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Having a bad hair day? Your self loathing seems pretty significant, maybe you should seek counseling. 

Talk about beating the proverbial dead horse. 

So getting shot ONLY affects black women? Or are you saying that no one cares this girl was shot by her bf? Which honestly, is a bold faced lie. 

Let's ignore the face that Al Sharpton, on the heels of Lynch's shooting spree, attempted to spin the media tides toward him. THAT'S OK though.

Quoting adorkablemommie:

No one cares about dead black women. We are considered a cultural pollutant by whites. They consider us to be worthless welfare queens that have many children with many different men. So why would they talk about one of us? I'm sure there are even a few people here that figure she's just one less leech on the system and care not about her family who are left behind and mourning. She's not as important as two white men, she's just another black on black shooting. 


143myboys9496
by Gold Member on Dec. 30, 2014 at 12:40 PM

She's giving her opinion on why Lynch shooting his gf didn't get the media attention the shootings of the police officers did. 

Doesn't matter that the cops were Asian and Latino..it's all whitey's fault....wait for it...

Quoting denise3680:

 which shooting are you talking about, because the ones in this are Latino and Asian:/  and according to white people they don't count as white on any given day:/

Quoting tanyainmizzou:
Quoting adorkablemommie:

No one cares about dead black women. We are considered a cultural pollutant by whites. They consider us to be worthless welfare queens that have many children with many different men. So why would they talk about one of us? I'm sure there are even a few people here that figure she's just one less leech on the system and care not about her family who are left behind and mourning. She's not as important as two white men, she's just another black on black shooting. 

Both of the officers were white? Are you discussing a different police shooting?



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