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A man with special needs is speaking out after he was left badly bruised by police.
Twenty-two-year-old Gilberto Powell, who has Down Syndrome, is left with horrible bruises and scars on his face after he had an encounter with police outside his home. "That's my son. That's my baby. I really love this little boy. He's my love," said Powell's mother, Josephine.
...It is far too easy to blame the police officer or tactics. What is happening, however, is that we as a society are building people who 'harden their hearts' to the plight of others. And this kind of outcome is to be expected as they travel this road.
What I have said above will sound brutal to some, but it is hard to deny. The number of violent responses to each other and to the least of us continues to increase in this country. And the reason for it is that we have worked to devalue life.
It's funny because this is the mantra right-wingers use often to highlight the 'horrible outcomes of abortion law' and so forth, but in the end, those who are doing the most damage are those who have decided that labeling people as 'takers' and 'mooches' and the like devalues the way we treat each other.