You know, since we're still in the wake of the Brock Turner affair, and we're discussing what is a rape case, it would be nice if we could start regarding prison rape as the real and common thing it is.
And considering how many people get jailed for being in the wrong place, or for toking, you can be sure that plenty of people are getting their psyches wrecked and their bodies shredded for no real terrible heinous crime.
For those who've experienced it (or it's snarky little brother, military rape, of which men are also the majority of victims), it's really just a shitty thing that happens and not a thing to wish on anyone, even worst enemies.
In the 20th century, religious endorsement was used to death that way.
A couple of black humor pieces I wrote compared the things that Satan endorsed in the 20th century (Rock and Roll, the sexual revolution, women's lib) and the things that God endorsed in the 20th century (The MX missile, Nuclear escalation, destruction of the Soviet Union).
The point was to showcase (and take advantage of, for humor's sake) the religious hyperbole of the time.
Satan turns out to back some pretty sweet issues. God just wants to nuke everyone.
Our US prisons are pits of despair. Safety, protection from elements, food, television and medical care cannot be taken for granted, and are often intentionally withheld for our inmates. They are almost universally pits of crime and abuse, which is made worse since we've have presumption of guilt and such a high conviction rate, we probably have more than fifty percent innocent in our prisons.
Plenty are serving more than a murderer would because of mandatory minimums on drug busts. Our incarceration rate of our population conspicuously speaks to our prison problem, as does the rate at which convicts die in it.
Our corrections system teems with crimes against humanity. A suitable revenge for those who created it, but personally, I long for a society that doesn't punish or exact revenge, but can effectively rehabilitate.
Maybe it's a pipe dream, but really we're approaching Bastille / Work-camp level quality of life in our prisons. Any change is more likely to improve than not.
...makes it a bad example for anything. Consider how stingy they have been with any data at all, I would find such an audit dubious at best.
Most police-on-suspect gunshots and murders are not reported, which is made conspicuous by the fact that they're mandated to do so by federal law. The FBI, which is supposed to consolidate those reports has been disobeying for some years now. It is why we have to rely on non-profit organizations to match coroner reports and news reports, and when there is no news, often police kills just... disappear.
In a violent situation, there are no good guys with guns, but that especially includes government agents with firearms, who are above the laws that might disincentivize ordinary murderers. They are free to, and in fact encouraged to kill with impunity.
Um... this is a process that shouldn't be legitimate. A diagnosis and treatment are both consent mandatory, which means that the doctor has to explain in advance what the treatment is, and at any time the patient can request a different treating physician, or elect not to be treated.
If this was forced on her without consent, then there should be solid grounds by which to sue the doctor and the hospital for malpractice.
Even if state agents don't need to observe Cervantes' rights, the hospital and any practicing medical personnel do.
Then civilians would have access to whatever hardware they could afford, up to and including nuclear weapons (though there's no real reason to want one), and they wouldn't be penalized or punished through inventing their own.
The basis of it is that civilians, police and soldiers are all cut from the same cloth. If we can trust one of these groups with a certain power or dangerous object, then we can trust them all, and if we can't trust one with a power then we can't trust any.
The police don't merely have guns, but they have the power to murder with limited consequences, hence they not only will resort to killing sooner, or at their pleasure, but also are losing discipline (e.g. fire restraint). In a similar vein our SWAT teams are organized more like volunteer fire departments and used to invade ordinary houses rather than (their original intent) hostage-barricade situations.
You're right in that the people needed to defend our rights in order for us to retain them, though preferably through peaceable means (such as pressure through the system). Our right to own and bear arms has always been a threat to encourage the system to keep peaceable means of redress effective.
The problem remains that most people just want to live their lives, and our constitutional framers didn't take into account that people generally are apathetic until circumstances become such that they can no longer ignore it. We suck at the eternal vigilance that freedom requires.
But this is not to say we don't deserve it, just that we haven't figured out how to make it work. Our apathy is true not just of Americans, but human beings the world over. Ultimately, we need to find a way to get the people to govern themselves despite themselves, because really at some deep down level we all want to be members of a small tribe of hunter-gatherers who doesn't have to interact with anyone else outside.
The old-timers on the bench are of another era where police appeared to be honest protectors of the public good.
It's an illusion that's getting shattered with the growing ubiquity of personal video cameras.
Those friends of mine old enough to remember the 20th century and who were unfortunate enough to grow up on the wrong side of the streets (and with the wrong shade of skin) are pretty consistent in their stories of how the oppressive police dystopia prevailed in their neighborhoods.
After all, no warrants, no consent, no justification. Just a determination to find contraband that wasn't actually there.
If they argue good faith, then this incident should be raised every single time the DoJ ever claims good faith, ever, when Dr. Martinez under orders of the CBP forcibly raped Ashley Cervantes in good faith.
We need to start teaching the contemporary response and justice system to our third-graders.
You know, when kids are old enough to start learning government.
~ Our three-tiered justice system (Us serfs beneath the law, the justice system for those who can lawyer up, and the police and officials above the law) ~ Police departments work more like Prussian Freikorps in that they solve problems by annihilating anyone who disagrees with them. Also they'll take whatever they want and kill anyone who objects. ~ Our prison system which is not only teeming with rape, violence, insufficient care and inmate abuse and forced labor, but also holds the largest inmate population per capita of any nation in the world.
At this point, street gangs may be safer, more humane responders and enforcers of justice than any agencies of the state.