Do the police think Blake is a flight risk? ... Of course not. But they are not content to have nearly killed him by firing seven bullets into his back. They want to humiliate him, to make sure he knows they still have control over him. They want to cause him additional pain by limiting his movements (beyond being paralyzed). They want him to think about his helplessness every second of every minute of every hour of every day, to be reminded of it when he wakes up in the middle of the night.
The cruelty is the entire point.
Jacob Blake, currently paralyzed from the waist down, is handcuffed to his hospital bed, his father says https://t.co/jiio4PlfAd— philip lewis (@Phil_Lewis_) August 27, 2020
Why handcuff their paralyzed victim to his hospital bed? To serve as a reminder that when all is said and done, they'll be waiting, and their victim will be delivered unto them automatically, when the real punishment can begin. Police culture is nothing if not utterly sadistic.— Archibald Tuttle (@DeadPrecariat) August 27, 2020
In 61 I walked out if an exhibition game much like the @nba players did yesterday. I am one of the few people that knows what it felt like to make such an important decision. I am so proud of these young guys. It reminded me of this Pls RT @MSNBC @CNN pic.twitter.com/70VAIFxhtf— TheBillRussell (@RealBillRussell) August 27, 2020
If you don't remember Ariyana Smith, she was the first athlete in 2014- two years before @Kaepernick7 - to being the Black Lives Matter movement to a protest staged during the anthem. Hell of a story. https://t.co/Hk9hJHUatD— Dave Zirin (@EdgeofSports) August 25, 2020
***WNBA, MLB, NBA....add MLS to the list. Hope the non-sports-unions are paying attention. https://t.co/d0SWvDqlxI— Dave Zirin (@EdgeofSports) August 27, 2020
A Trump supporter could kill two people and the media would say that this "plays to his strengths" as a "law and order candidate." Wait... that *is* what is actually happening. Never say the so-called liberal media isn't a key cog in the gaslighting of America.— Dave Zirin (@EdgeofSports) August 27, 2020
They’ve spent all week telling us what a great guy this person is. But this is who he is: a corrosive, empty bigot without a moral compass. https://t.co/vq6D0YKgTI— Dave Zirin (@EdgeofSports) August 27, 2020