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Sandra Bland Laid to Rest; First Black Judge in Waller County Demands Sheriff Resign

“Hundreds gathered Saturday to remember Sandra Bland at the suburban Chicago church she attended for decades before moving to Waller County, Texas, where she was set to begin a new job but was then discovered dead in her jail cell after a traffic stop escalated into an arrest… We go to Texas to discuss the history of racial profiling in Waller County, and police relations with the African-American community, with DeWayne Charleston, who served as the first African-American judge in Waller County, Texas. He also responds to how Bland was arrested and the investigation into her death has been handled, and calls on Sheriff Glenn Smith to resign…” — Democracy Now!


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JoAnn Chateau

JoAnn Chateau likes progressive politics and loves the canines. She sometimes writes fiction about Chester (the Alpha Bichon) and his friends -- with a dash of humor and dab of Poli-Sci. JoAnn's views and insights are tinted by her past profession in Counseling, Christian theological studies, and Library and Information Science training. Retired now, JoAnn enjoys the creative life.


  • The militarization of police is happening all over. We are not the enemy, we are their employer and this has to stop.

  • Not to deny this is a horrendous tragedy, but if you get “lippy” to a cop in Miami, Florida no mater what your gender or race you are going down hard and quick. You better “jump” and “yes sir” because that cop is going to win every time. They also think an umbrella looks exactly like an AK47 and will gun you down in a flash.

    • I don’t doubt it, Carl. No matter how ‘militarized’ the police become – they should stop treating people like trained soldiers. Civilians don’t ‘snap to attention’ and ‘never question why.’

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