“How I Became a Police Abolitionist.”

Purnell’s deeply personal story of shattered innocence and shattered bones at the end of a policeman’s gun was shared widely among top journalists and activists. “I started her article thinking abolition was impossible and ending thinking it must happen,” the president of a social justice think tank at Harvard wrote on Twitter, quoting his mother. “This is a beautifully written piece,” the Atlantic’s constitutional law editor agreed. “Derecka is the future,” an activist journalism executive declared.

h/t Instapundit

29 Replies to ““How I Became a Police Abolitionist.””

  1. Ah, yes. The Dan Rather style “journalism.” Fake but accurate. Promote the narrative at all costs.

    Too bad Derecka got fiction confused with non-fiction. Also, too bad this world includes things called “social justice think tank” and “activist journalism executive.”

    1. Never let the “white” constructs of “facts”, “truth” and “details” get in the way of a good story. I learned that from a Federal Institution of the United States of America … the Smithsonian Institution

      1. You piqued my curiosity. Can you elucidate?
        To change the subject, COVID-19 has turned Liverpool’s season for the ages into just a run of the mill very good season. No century, and just that one championship. I don’t blame the lads for letting go of the gas pedal just a wee bit after clinching the championship. It’s hard to get restarted without a feeling it’s just friendlies, especially with the lineup keeping changing. The keeper, in particular, seems to be off form. He’s now just one of the best ones in the league, rather than heads and shoulders above everyone else. But then, it’s really an opportunities to give the regular subs a chance to start.

        1. I was recalling yesterday’s post …


          Although I read the African American Re-education Museum removed the exhibit, display, or whatever it was …

          Tactics are always at the forefront of top level soccer clubs. And tactics include; watching the scoreboard, watching player breakdowns, keeping substitutes happy with playing time … all of the above. Risking meaningless losses are definitely part of the tactics. These CHI-COM COVID matches are being played at a higher frequency than the busiest Boxing Day Holiday schedule … and next season looms with nary a break. I simply see the tactics shifting to … next season. A massive advantage of rested, healthy players Liverpool will have for next season.

          Definitely training ground matches … and a wonderful opportunity to experiment with player combinations and formation/tactical changes. It’s all good for Liverpool 🙂

          1. I forgot, the black museum is part of Smithsonian. We visited D.C. soon after it opened, and it took a lot of self control for me not to throw up.
            As to your comment there about ebonics, dialectic differences don’t have to be racial. In “My Fair Lady”, Professor Higgins famously claimed to be able to identify someone within two blocks of where they lived in London by his speech. British detective stories written from Victorian to before the Second World War for some reason emphasized the difference with different spelling for dialogue. But no one is proud not to be able to speak the Queen’s English. I think of Ebonics like Cockney. It is a sign of lack of formal education.
            Regional differences are another matter. I am proud of my Cantonese heritage. When I lived there, classes in Hong Kong were taught in Cantonese. Truth be told, it is a form of ebonics, but it is fully functional, and I would not like to see it disappear. The last time I was in Guangzhou (nee Canton), just before the Beijing Olympics, I found the lingua franca was still Cantonese, despite the Communists insisting on Mandarin in schools all these years. Heck, they still speak Cantonese in Singapore. But if I were to try to speak Mandarin, I am apologetic that my Mandarin is so horrible, as a typical Cantonese.
            Aside: Being Cantonese is one more reason why I feel an affinity for d’Artagnan and Cyrano de Bergerac. They are both Gascoignes. Descriptions of their personality and of Gascony in general lead me to believe Gascony is much like Guangzhou province in its relationship to the nation, remote, poor, but proud and stubborn. (Of course, for Guangzhou, not now.)
            Back to soccer. I should know Klopp couldn’t care less about the century. Heck, he really doesn’t even care about the FA Cup. So all you said is true. And they are playing two matches a week, every week, after the restart. I am sure I know how Klopp feels about THAT. And if the players are not playing at the same speed, I am sure that’s what they are told by the management.

  2. Another liar-journalist. Quel surprise.

    Since January I’ve not subscribed to any news services on television nor have I picked up a newspaper. Facebook links to the media provide more than enough baloney for one’s diet.

    I used to think Wexit would lighten my mood. But I think I’m just getting old and grumpy. Still want to separate though. Sorry I know that’s a different topic.

    1. Welcome to the club. I did what you did 10 years ago. Be sure to also eliminate all forms of advertising from your life as well. No cable. No newspapers. No flyers. Satellite radio. It is an incredible sense of freedom knowing that no one can influence your opinion. On the downside you will realize that most people are idiots hopelessly locked into a prison inside their own minds.

      You will enjoy responding To people who say “did you see on the news…” with a comment about how they have lost your trust and you banished them from your life.

  3. So Dereka made it up.
    Yawn. I’m surprised a gang rape by white college kids wasn’t involved….maybe next time.
    The more interesting point is why the easily exposed lie for obvious agitprop purposes? Because lying doesn’t matter to the left. They regard lies as just another tactic because they believe the non-left is IMMORAL and anything is therefore justified.
    Wait until they get further down that road, re-education camps (called something else) for recalcitrant adults are possible, they already own the kids through the existing education system, job’s half done.

  4. I believe this is one of those ‘As Seen on TV’ events. Too much entertainment distorts reality and creates false memories. When I was young I believed George Adamski.

  5. Journalism’s not quite dead yet.

    Like the Rolling Stone Magazine story “A Rape On Campus”, your should always ask yourself “Does this ring true?” If it does not then you don’t reject the story but start checking facts.

  6. Speaking truth to power is what got Jesus crucified.

    Derecka Purnell is a lawyer. You get ahead in the legal profession by being a born liar.

    She doubtless tried out several versions of this story on gullible juries, no doubt while defending cop-killers who were obviously guilty as sin and had nothing but the police brutality canard standing between them and being put down like the animals they are.

    Was it true? If it got her client off, did it matter?

  7. I don’t think that the criminals and scumbags understand. The police aren’t there to protect us from from criminals. They’re there to protect THE CRIMINALS from a vengeful public!
    Steal from me when there isn’t any police? I GUARANTEE you won’t like the consequences when I catch up with you!

    1. And not just the street thugs. The rich bastards who brought the thugs to north America in the first place.

      I agree—in the absence of a police force, a well-regulated militia could have solved both problems easily, and British North America would be far freer and more prosperous than it is today.

      Our masters are upset in part because over time police forces recruited men who actually took the goal to serve and protect the common people seriously, and weren’t content to keep the people from reminding bankers that the laws against theft and fraud were not suggestions.

  8. I am going to preach to the choir.
    An ideal society has laws restricted by limits imposed by rules which form the bedrock of that society. In the U.S. it is the Constitution.
    Politicians are elected to enact and administer those laws to ensure the rights of the citizens. The biggest difficulty should be the resolution of opposing claims of rights. The rare cases where both sides seem credible, the claims are resolved by the courts by the established rules.
    Even as a warehouse hires nightwatchmen, cities, states, and the federal government each hire special units to make sure the laws are followed. In the cities they are usually called the police.
    The police are what the cities make them. In fact, they are relatively a recent thing. The model of the modern police force was created by Sir Robert Peel for London less than two centuries ago, after whom the policemen were called “Bobbies.” Until IIRC about twenty years ago, the Bobbies did not even carry firearms. But then, the citizenry was much more law abiding on the whole. They were very successful in reducing the crime rate in London, and filled a void between anarchy and paramilitary rule by the nobility.
    “Abolishing” the police would mean recreating that void, to the detriment of the average citizen. It works out to be the same as abolishing all civil laws. I suppose the people who advocate it envision enforcement of civic order, if it can be called that, by a recreation of the Nazi Brown Shirts, be they Antifa or BLM or whatever. But what may actually result in opposition may be the creation of private police forces, as the city council of Minneapolis itself has done, beholden to private interests and not laws, vigilante groups as in the Old West, or worse, permanent occupation by the state militia. The best we can hope for in that scenario may be the latter, which is still a bleak prospect. We will be living in the Old West under martial law. I cannot imagine any ordinary law abiding citizen would agree to any of that as opposed to a normal police force, under stricter control if necessary.

    1. I guess we’ll soon hear from Minneapolis about the ‘gun fight during a Lutheran chorale’.

  9. While the story is a bit too lurid to be believable, the Federalist’s research doesn’t actually debunk it. From the sparse description it sounds a lot more like a personal grudge than a typical officer-involved shooting, which means “of course it was never officially reported” is an easy defense.

    A 12 year old shot in the arm with a Beretta 92D is not going to get better on his own. Had the Federalist checked local hospitals, or even asked the two local rec enters if they’d ever dug a 9mm slug out of a wall in the basketball court, they’d have a more solid refutation.

    Personally, I think it probably happened but it wasn’t a cop. The description (“angry that his cousin hadn’t used a sign-in sheet”) sounds a lot more like the kind of reaction you’d get from a street rat trying not to lose face.

  10. “it does not appear to have ever happened”–should be on the masthead of pretty much every modern newspaper

  11. “We got too many gangsters doing dirty deeds
    Too much corruption, and crime in the streets
    It’s time the long arm of the law put a few more in the ground
    Send ’em all to their maker and he’ll settle ’em down
    You can bet he’ll set ’em down
    ‘Cause justice is the one thing you should always find
    You got to saddle up your boys, you got to draw a hard line
    When the gun smoke settles we’ll sing a victory tune
    We’ll all meet back at the local saloon
    And we’ll raise up our glasses against evil forces singing
    Whiskey for my men, beer for my horses
    Whiskey for my men, beer for my horses”