As the outrage winds have swirled around the NYPD's decision to turn their backs to Bill De Blasio at the funeral of murdered officer Rafael Ramos, some in the police force's corner have been compelled to bend in the other direction. This weekend, both NYPD commissioner Bill Bratton and semi-professional police state spokesperson Rudy Giulinai distanced themselves from the police protest, with Bratton calling the demonstration "inappropriate." They are right, but for the wrong reasons.
Friends of a 32-year-old Idaho woman who died suddenly of a brain aneurysm last month said they were shocked to find that her family had cut her hair short and dressed her in a suit for her open-casket funeral, presenting her as a man. Jennifer Gable, a trans woman born with the name Geoffrey, had been presenting as a woman for the past few years.
[Afghan men attend the burial of Afghanistan's influential Vice President Mohammad Qasim Fahim during his funeral procession in Kabul, Afghanistan, on Tuesday. Fahim, a leading commander in the alliance that fought the Taliban who was later accused with other warlords of targeting civilian areas during the country's civil war, died on Sunday. Image via Massoud Hossaini/AP.]