Odds or Onions Challenge XV

Can you pick The Onion without hovering your mouse over the links?

Not much of a challenge really, but if you just looked at the headlines you’d have an easy 50 / 50 shot at being wrong.

Head of police chief group regrets law enforcement’s role in black oppression

The head of the biggest group of police chiefs in the US apologised on Monday for the role law enforcement has played in the country’s historical persecution of African Americans and other minorities.

Terrence Cunningham, the president of the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP), said police needed to understand that deep and intergenerational mistrust had been caused by officers being the “face of oppression” during a “dark side” of American history.

“For our part, the first step in this process is for law enforcement and the IACP to acknowledge and apologise for the actions of the past and the role that our profession has played in society’s historical mistreatment of communities of colour,” said Cunningham. Cunningham, who is the police chief of Wellesley, Massachusetts, made his remarks to fellow law enforcement executives gathered in San Diego for the annual convention of the IACP, a 123-year-old association of about 18,000 senior police officers in dozens of countries. His statement was the deepest public expression of regret by a law enforcement official of his standing since unrest over police treatment of African Americans spread across the US after an officer fatally shot Michael Brown, an unarmed black 18-year-old in Ferguson, Missouri in 2014.

Cunningham on Monday lamented that police officers had in the past been duty-bound to enforce laws “ensuring legalised discrimination or even denying the basic rights of citizenship”. …l

Warning On Police Body Camera Footage Cautions Viewer They About To See Pretty Much Exactly What They’d Expect

KANSAS CITY, MO—Providing a brief warning before the footage began playing, several lines of text that preceded a three-minute video clip from a police officer’s body camera reportedly informed viewers Monday they were about to see pretty much exactly what they’d expect.

“Warning: This video contains precisely what you think,” read the text that appeared against a black background for several seconds at the start of the video, cautioning those watching that they could not, by this point, claim to be surprised by what they were about to witness.

“You’ve all seen enough of these, so you know the drill by now. Okay, here it comes.”

The message concluded by warning viewers that this, sadly, would not be the last video like this they’d ever see.