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Here's Why Twitter's Lighting Up With Fireworks Conspiracy Theories

Over the past few weeks cities all around the United States have been reporting an increase in fireworks. And it's quickly becoming clear that murmurs on Twitter aren't just hearsay or the result of quarantine-induced noise sensitivity. According to Gothamist, fireworks complaints in New York City have increased by a whopping 230% since last year. And Twitter users have begun theorizing that the increase may actually be due to something more sinister. 

The most widely circulated theory right now is that the increase in fireworks leads back to the police, or even that the CIA is supplying fireworks to rowdy teens as a sort of psychological operation to deprive citizens of sleep and desensitize them to the sounds of warfare. One such thread comes from writer Robert Jones Jr., who tweets as Sons of Baldwin. Other conspiracy theories suggest that police are supplying and setting off fireworks and ignoring complaints to make themselves feel needed in the wake of calls to defund them. And there's been a lot of weird police activity that backs up this attitude - take this bizarre show from police vehicles in Harlem - at 3am. 

While some of the tweets we've been seeing mock and meme the theories, they're being taken seriously enough to inspire inquiries from investigative journalists and have even led to a writer having to apologize for retweeting speculation on the matter. Many people seem to think the explanations are a simple combination of inexpensive surplus fireworks (due to Covid-19 cancellations) and, well, let's face it: fireworks are fun. And while the theories may seem far-fetched, they're a hell of a lot more entertaining than anything pertaining to 5G. So we're happy to watch the truth unfold - whatever it may be. 

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Guy Shadows A Cop For A Night In This Eye-Opening Twitter Thread

As protesters continue to march through the streets for racial justice, the general public has started to wake up to the realities of policing in America. This Twitter thread, written by University of Florida writing professor Sean Trainor, details a night he spent shadowing a police officer classmate, only to discover just how corrupt the system is.

Let's just say, if you were undecided on the policing system before, this thread might make up your mind.

Interesting Twitter thread from a guy who spent a night riding along with his classmate who was a police officer | Sean Trainor @ess_trainor long time ago younger and dumber did police ride-along with high school classmate who had gone on become cop one most chilling and radicalizing nights my life Thread
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Austin PD Roasted For Forging Thank You Notes

You'd think that the police would be extra careful right now as protesters around the country call for their departments to be defunded. But Texas' Austin PD has proved that assumption wrong. The department tweeted some photos of thank you cards and letters from local supporters to show love for the appreciative correspondence. They wanted to show their followers that they still have the support of the city. But people on Twitter were quick to notice that most of the cards were written in the same handwriting - and had zero postage. 

Twitter users were quick to roast the fabricated cards, which feel especially insensitive when considering the violent shootings of protesters last week. When Gizmodo reached out to the police department, their explanation was this: 

"Many of you have inquired about the cards that were posted on our social media pages," Austin PD wrote to Gizmodo. "The cards were from several community members to include kindergartners and Austin families, who wanted to show support for APD officers. Two people, who organized delivering the cards in person, addressed the envelopes with a "Thank you," so our officers would open the notes to receive encouragement during these difficult times. That is why the front of the envelopes appear to have the same handwriting." All the letters were, APD stated, delivered at the same time this past Thursday."

Gizmodo noted that this explanation is, well, pretty sus. Schools are not open in Texas, and the same goes for most of the country. When pressed for more details about the alleged senders, the police department declined to identify, and backpedaled saying that "some of the writers were kindergarten-aged." We may never know the truth behind this situation. But you can come up with your own theories based on the tweets below. 

Funny tweets about how Austin PD forged thank you letters and thank you cards in an attempt to show they have support in the city of Austin Texas | Lukiss @LucasChitty absolutely dying at fact APD forged dozens thank letters and didn't even bother change up handwriting on ANY THEM. OAustin Police Department O @Austi. 1d can't express enough grateful are serve Austin. Our officers have been working around clock during these unprecedented times and thank everyone who took time write and make our
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Twitter Thread: How Dave Chappelle Taught A Comedy Crowd About The History Of Black People And Police

As anti-racism protests continue to be held around the United States following the deaths of George Floyd and Breonna Taylor, many people are receiving some serious education in the area of race relations and the way police treat people of color. Given the climate, comic Kenny DeForest thought it was the right time to share this story from 2015. Dave Chappelle was a surprise guest at one of DeForest's shows at the Knit in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, and the crowd (who may have been hoping for a standard set) received a sobering and eye-opening story about the history of black people and police in the US. By the end, even people who initially made light of his tale were humbled and grateful for the experience. It feels very relevant right now, and is a testament to the fact that it is possible to change minds.

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Twitter Thread Calls Out Hypocrisy Of 'Woke' Brands' Black Lives Matter Posts

As the country nears a week of protests following the murders of George Floyd and Breonna Taylor by police, there's been an influx of people and brands showing their support on social media. #BlackoutTuesday, which happened yesterday, was probably the largest show of virtual solidarity yet. The "movement," which was mostly on Instagram and Twitter, called for the "muting" of usual programming such as work promotions, art, and lifestyle posting. To show support, many people and brands began posting black squares to their timelines, as an attempt to highlight black voices and information regarding police brutality. Early in the day there was a backlash regarding the apparent censorship of these very voices - it seemed many social users were hashtagging #Blacklivesmatter and creating a literal blackout of important movement information. But as @RespectableLaw, a progressive lawyer who supports working families, pointed out in a fascinating Twitter thread, there are other problems with the squareposting.

Many big brands, from Nike to Microsoft, were eager to adopt the passive show of support. At first glance, it's nice to see corporations take the side of the people who make them profitable. @RespectableLaw, however, took to Twitter to show how many of these brands have extremely shady and inhumane business practices. Most of them have used child labor. There may not be such a thing as ethical consumption right now, but it's important to realize that brands are not your friends - and they have a lot of work to do before their passive shows of solidarity are taken seriously,.

Twitter thread from lawyer about hypocritical brands posting about black lives matter, microsoft, reese's, hershey's, prada | Respectable Lawyer @RespectableLaw Microsoft built products using cobalt extracted by 8-year-old mining slaves Democratic Republic Congo. Microsoft O @Microsoft 22h #NewProfilePic Today will continue uplift voices Black and African American community at Microsoft | Respectable Lawyer @RespectableLaw Reese's Peanut Butter Cups are made using cocoa extracted by 8- year-old
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Miserable people often want everyone else to be miserable too, as was clearly the case with this Karen who decided to ruin a street performance for everyone else!

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Lawrence Kansas Police Department Tackles Coronavirus With Humor

Most people are already aware of the hilarity of the Lawrence Kansas Police Department's Twitter account. Their blunt yet funny way of delivering basic messages, like "Don't do crimes" has gained them somewhat of a cult status on the internet. And their response to the Coronavirus outbreak is predictably on brand. In addition to imploring that people wash their hands, the police department also provided Twitter with a thoughtful reminder that people should not be hoarding supplies like toilet paper and ground beef. 

Funny tweets from the Lawrence Kansas PD about coronavirus response | LAWRENCE POLICE Lawrence Police @LawrenceKS_PD ART KS Ask yourself "is this enough toilet paper last until August and then do not buy much toilet paper. Also, don't steal toilet paper violates no crime order.
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Fourteen Cute And Funny Posts From The New Zealand Police Facebook Page

Okay, so the New Zealand police officially have the best and cutest Facebook page, full of puppies and memes galore. And while we do get slight "fellow kids" vibes from them, we're willing to give them a pass for being so damn adorable. Check out their official Facebook page here!

Funny Facebook posts from the New Zealand police Facebook page | New Zealand Police couldn't not dollypartonchallenge LINKEDIN INSTAGRAM FACEBOOK TINDER. Yes should. Should wear seatbelt? yes yes but yellow pie chart blue and yellow
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