• SaraNelson2013

    The population that I work with have an extremely high rate of resistance to the police.  What I find more interesting is how deep these feelings go.  If men in the center see other people doing something wrong, even something so small as spitting on the floor, they will not “snitch” on the person for fear of what will happen to themselves.  There is so much fear how the tables will turn against them that they would just rather not be involved in the situation.  I think the fear that surrounds the police and lack of accurate use of laws shuts down an entire portion of our population  to being helpful to others.!

  • ShannonLeeMcBride

    To Richard Lyon’s point – it IS discouraged to report rape/sexual violence. If we collectively decide not to cooperate with the evidently exceedingly corrupt system with regard to such things as drugs, petty theft, and other non-violent crimes – do we have to sign on to not cooperate with regard to violent crimes? So we handle assault and sexual violence on our own? Or is this still a place for reporting to the police? For making that 9-1-1 call? How about if one of the parties involved – especially the victim of violent/sexual assault is a member of the LGBTQ community? There seems to be a no specific/correct answer. Do we use our best judgement? If we are a witness, rather than a victim/participant in a criminal act, do we make the call, and then stick around to witness how the police handle it, just to make sure that real justice is served as much as it can be?

    Even when people report sexual violence, they are often made to feel victimized all over again, or asked questions about whether they encouraged the behavior, how they were dressed, if they were ‘asking for it’. 

    With regard to victimless crimes, I sort of feel like I may have already made the decision not to cooperate. The prison system is already so destructive, I see no point in adding another inmate into it. However, if I were to be sexually assaulted in way in which I couldn’t fight back in the moment, perhaps I would report. I don’t know.

  • Richard Lyongood to see ypou Richard

    yes it is true — all of it..it will be a dififcult chain to break

  • Richard Lyon

    I suppose that they still tell children in school not to be a tattletale. However, like so much else that one gets told at that age it doesn’t hold up in later life. You are entirely correct that the criminal injustice system depends on snitches, but there seems to be a very large pipeline of them. There is plenty of indoctrination in the media to encourage. There are of course a few notable exceptions. Reporting of rape is strongly discouraged.

  • KayWhitlock

    nancy a heitzegKayWhitlockhow about that.  Why are we not surprised?  And not surprised when informants recant and prosecutors refuse to listen?

  • KayWhitlockthank for that Kay.. the risks often far put-weigh the so-called perceived benefits.
    And flase Snitch info remains the #1 factor in death penalty”innocence” cases

  • KayWhitlock

    Also:  great infographics.  Thanks to the online paralegal programs.com

  • KayWhitlock

    “Drop a dime” informant initiatives turn us all into agents for the PIC.  Check out this New Yorker story on how police coerce juveniles into being informants – sometimes with lethal results the police walk away from.  http://www.newyorker.com/reporting/2012/09/03/120903fa_fact_stillman