Prohibition - The lack of a solid popular consensus for the ban resulted in the growth of vast criminal organizations, including the modern American Mafia, and various other criminal cliques. Widespread disregard of the law also generated rampant corruption among politicians and within police forces.
Striking miner, George 'Geordie' Brealey, confronts a line of police officers while wearing a toy helmet at Orgreave coaking plant near Rotherham, Yorkshire. The subsequent outbreak of violence between police and pickets, known as the 'battle of Orgreave', was one of the most bloody and controversial of the 1984-85 miner's strike Photograph: Don McPhee
In July, New York police officer Daniel Pantaleo choked unarmed black man Eric Garner to death, in broad daylight, while a bystander caught it on video. That is what American police do. Yesterday, despite the video, despite an NYPD prohibition of exactly the sort of chokehold Pantaleo used, and despite the New York City medical examiner ruling the death a homicide, a Staten Island grand jury declined even to indict Pantaleo. That is what American grand juries do.
"Cops are not our friends." [follow this link to find a short clip and analysis, and use it to consider the NYPD's blatant racial profiling/stop-and-frisk practices in the context of mass incarceration: http://www.thesociologicalcinema.com/1/post/2013/01/an-inside-look-at-the-nypds-stop-and-frisk-policy.html]