it is a sign of our time that somehow a tragedy where the news of 19 fourth-graders being massacred can somehow get worse as the days go on—
Federal agents who went to Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas, on Tuesday to confront a gunman who killed 19 children were told by local police to wait and not enter the school — and then decided after about half an hour to ignore that initial guidance and find the shooter, say two senior federal law enforcement officials.
—via NBC News
i am completely depleted of energy being able to rant about this shit, all i can hope is that journalists stop giving cops a free pass when it comes to their account of situations—any of them. there are literal gangs in the lasd & it’s just kind of accepted. cops literally have to shoot someone on camera for the media to scrutinize police at all, and it’s always just ‘one bad apple’ excuses.
the fact is, most journalists have become part of the authoritarian class that needs to be abolished (‘held accountable’) for their standard procedures. they enable this violence by moving on from it. they enable state inaction by aligning into partisan circles. they get the story wrong by accepting whatever is said from behind a podium & ignoring whatever is said from the streets.
this is all so exhausting because 19 dead kids is somehow not the worst part of the story, just the most tragic. that alone should signify exactly how broken this society truly is.