THE DAILY DYSFUNCTION: Of police overreach and mandatory ultrasounds | WisCommunity

THE DAILY DYSFUNCTION: Of police overreach and mandatory ultrasounds

Welcome to another, not-really-daily edition of all the news that's hissy-fit to print. It might seem unkind to mention these disturbing accounts on Christmas Eve, but no Christian should forget the violence and mindlessness that followed the original Christmas. Evil does not rest, nor should we.

Cautionary Tale No. 1: At, , an assistant professor at the Milwaukee School of Engineering, yesterday published a thorough examination (link below) of the Dontre Hamilton case, where a Milwaukee cop put 14 fatal shots into Hamilton, an unarmed black man with a history of mental illness. The Milwaukee County DA just ruled there was insufficient evidence to charge the ex-cop. The title os the piece: “It may out-Ferguson Ferguson”: Why Milwaukee’s police violence will horrify you." Carriere provides a larger context of police racism in the city and compares it to the events in Ferguson, Missouri and elsewhere. Forewarned is forearmed.

Cautionary Tale No. 2: Gov. Scott Walker in 2013 made it a state law that Wisconsin women seeking an abortion must go through an invasive ultrasound procedure and view the results beforehand. Now, a federal court has reaffirmed earlier, similar rulings in other states throwing out that kind of state interference in private medical decisions as unconstitutional. In yet another round of legal wrangling over conservative, pro-life attempts to regulate the constitutionally guaranteed right to abortion, the federal panel shot down North Carolina’s plan to force women to have an ultrasound before receiving an abortion. Walker said when he signed the bill that requiring pre-abortion ultrasounds "improves a woman's ability to make an informed choice." Thank you for that scientifically uninformed and politically overwrought opinion, non-Dr. Walker.

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December 24, 2014 - 11:21am