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Brickbats: July 2021

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The state of Pennsylvania has agreed to pay $475,000 to settle a lawsuit brought by the family of a man run over by a bulldozer as he was being chased by Pennsylvania State Police. The police had caught Gregory Longenecker growing a handful of marijuana plants on public land. He fled into some dense bushes, and police used a Pennsylvania Game Commission bulldozer to chase him. His body was found beneath the treads of the bulldozer.

Two former mortuary technicians of the New York City Office of Chief Medical Examiner face federal charges of fraud. Prosecutors say they took credit and debit cards from dead people and made thousands of dollars of purchases. Willie Garcon is accused of using cards from multiple dead people to buy $6,500 worth of items, including plane tickets to Florida. Charles McFadgen allegedly used five dead people's credit cards to buy $13,500 worth of goods, mostly from CVS stores.

Male students at Brauer College, a public school in Australia that serves grades 7–12, were required to stand during a recent assembly and apologize to female classmates "for the behaviors of their gender that have hurt or offended girls and women," according to Jane Boyle, the school's principal. Some parents said they were angry that their sons were forced to apologize for things they did not do. "In retrospect, while well-intended, we recognize that this part of the assembly was inappropriate," said Boyle.

Salisbury, North Carolina, police officer James Hampton has resigned after a local TV station broadcast video of him lifting his K-9 partner by the leash, slamming the dog into the side of a patrol car, and hitting the dog.

In England, an employment tribunal has ruled that Nuffield Health discriminated against fitness instructor Ali Burton on the basis of her disability. Burton's disability is a phobia of bodily fluids, including sweat. Burton said she became anxious when a supervisor asked her to pick up some sweaty towels. She said that when she refused, he told her to put on some gloves and pick them up. When she still refused, she said he mocked her by picking them up, holding his arms out, and putting them in the bin.

Bodycam video footage showed several Seattle police officers waking Howard McCay from a nap in his home and ordering him at gunpoint to lift his shirt up to show he had no weapons on his person. Then the officers ordered him to kneel on the floor with his hands on his head, where they handcuffed him. McCay hadn't done anything wrong. Someone had seen the door to his house open and called 911 for a welfare check. McCay has since filed a lawsuit against the city.

Peel Public Health in Ontario, Canada, has advised parents whose children must quarantine because of at-school exposure to COVID-19 to keep them almost entirely confined to a separate room apart from the rest of the family for 14 days. Other health care experts warned these guidelines are impractical and could cause psycho-logical trauma to any child forced to abide by them.

The Florida Highway Patrol has recommended that prosecutors rescind a $166 ticket issued to a driver who crashed trying to avoid a sofa in the road. The driver was traveling on I-95 when the sofa fell off a truck in front of her vehicle. The driver swerved to avoid the sofa, and her vehicle hit the median and overturned. A trooper ticketed the driver for failure to drive within a single lane.

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  1. > and police used a Pennsylvania Game Commission bulldozer to chase him

    Let me guess, the police can do no wrong, this Black dude would still be alive he had showed respect.

    Let me guess, he was breaking the law so the cops were justified in squashing him with a bulldozer.

    Let me guess, the Thin Blue Line is all that stands between us and eebil anarchists bulldozing people.

    Let me guess, don't blame the police for the actions of a single bad cop even though the cop culture is to defend all bad cops all the time.

    Did I manage to get them all?

    1. You lost me at "game commission bulldozer." Usually a game commission bulldozer isn't handy when you need one.

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    2. The guy was actually white (and looked a bit like Tim Curry to me) that's why there weren't nationwide protests after his death and you only know about it because you read it on Brickbat

      1. some of us saw this on the news when it happened, the media could barely keep from laughing

  2. 'Illustration' is too academic.
    'Art: Peter Bagge' works better.

  3. I'm sure that this just means that I'm inadequately sensitive, but if a person has a phobia of sweat, "fitness instructor" might not be the best career option.

    "I have a terrible fear of flying."

    "Also, I'm a flight attendant."

    1. Agree. Not discounting the total wankery of English courts, the idea that someone would choose a career as a fitness instructor when they have a phobia against sweat is a profoundly British thing.

      1. If only Monty Python was till around of course they would be canceled for triggering or some such thing

        1. They live (and hopefully forever) on Netflix. Sadly, although I seen John Cleese's other works listed on Britbox, they had no Python, no Benny Hill, and no Dave Allen. As The Kinks put it: There Is No England Now."

  4. "Other health care experts warned these guidelines are impractical and could cause psycho-logical trauma to any child forced to abide by them."

    Hmmm yeah I'd say living in Canada is torture enough.

  5. Killdozer 2: Electric Boogeloo was filmed on location in Pennsylvania.

  6. With multiple cases like these why police don’t just make it a policy that they don’t do wellness checks? How this became their job in the first place eludes me, it’s your friend, family member or neighbor you do it.

    1. Some times family live far away and like in my case i don't know my mothers neighbors to call in case something is amiss.

  7. Was Jane Boyle forced to apologize to the male students in front of their parents and the female students for being a cunt?

  8. The driver was traveling on I-95 when the sofa fell off a truck in front of her vehicle. The driver swerved to avoid the sofa, and her vehicle hit the median and overturned. A trooper ticketed the driver for failure to drive within a single lane.

    I can see that. Some of these guys are like braindead robots PROCEDURE ... CHECK ... POLICY .... CHECK .... PROCEDURE ... CHECK... and so on and so on.

    1. The Trooper is an asshole and should have been named and shamed.

  9. No links to the news. Just cut and paste from the printed magazine. Sad. THERE MUST BE LINKS IN THE DIGITAL VERSION.

  10. Killdozer 2: Electric Boogeloo was filmed on location in Pennsylvania.

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