Indisputable proof that prosecutors and politicians are penalized when they hold police accountable

Indisputable proof that prosecutors and politicians are penalized when they hold police accountable: And when a prosecutor from Brandenburg’s office went to the scene and sought to attend an investigative briefing, as prosecutors had been doing for years as part of their collection of evidence, police wouldn’t let her in. They claimed that now that the DA’s office had filed criminal charges against a cop, they had a “conflict of interest” and should be excluded.

“Clearly, this could compromise the integrity of the investigation of this shooting,” an outraged Brandenburg told KRQE of the police department’s behavior.


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If the Ferguson Police Department is shut down, it'll be the second one for Darren Wilson

If the Ferguson Police Department is shut down, it'll be the second one for Darren Wilson: [dailykos.com] All of this begs some hardcore questions on what happens when entire departments, full of racism to their very core, are disbanded, but the officers are then allowed to dart off and get hired 3-4 miles down the road. Jeff Roorda, now the spokesman for the St. Louis Police Union, was fired as an officer outside of St. Louis for falsifying reports, but was then actually hired to become a police chief just a few miles away.

Shouldn't fired officers not be allowed to be in law enforcement any more? If your department is disbanded for racism and corruption, shouldn't it actually impact whether or not you are hired as an officer again?


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DOJ: Ferguson PD engaged in racially biased policing

DOJ: Ferguson PD engaged in racially biased policing: African Americans account for 67% of the population in Ferguson, but they accounted for 85% of the drivers stopped by police, 90% of the people issued tickets and 93% of the people arrested, a three-year examination of suspect stops found. When those cases reached the Municipal Court, authorities collected more fines for suspects' failure to appear than any other charge, mostly from the city's poorest and most vulnerable residents.

African Americans were more than twice as likely than white drivers to be searched during vehicle stops, but 26% less likely to have contraband, the review found.


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Fighting words: NDP MP takes aim at Indigenous Liberal candidates over anti-terrorism bill | APTN National NewsAPTN National News

Fighting words: NDP MP takes aim at Indigenous Liberal candidates over anti-terrorism bill | APTN National NewsAPTN National News: The Harper government’s proposed Bill C-51 passed second reading in the House of Commons Monday with votes from Conservative and Liberal MPs. The proposed bill will now go to a parliamentary committee for study.

The government is reportedly trying to impose a limit of three days for committee hearings on the bill. The bill proposes to endow police-like powers onto Canada’s spy agency and give police more leeway in determining when to counter perceived threats. Another measure proposed by the bill includes a crack-down on speech on-line interpreted as promoting terrorism.


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Shawn Vestal: NAACP leader confronts hate with confidence - Spokesman.com - March 3, 2015

Shawn Vestal: NAACP leader confronts hate with confidence - Spokesman.com - March 3, 2015: Dolezal picked up the package last Wednesday at the NAACP’s post office box. The large envelope included photographs of lynchings; images of a man and a woman aiming firearms at the viewer; a photo of a black criminal suspect that was used as target practice by Florida police, with the handwritten words, “Hey man, nice shot”; and references to several public presentations and issues that Dolezal has been involved in.

The package was directed to Dolezal in her role with the NAACP, she said, and not in association with her other work as a professor at EWU or as the chair of the citizens commission overseeing the police ombudsman.


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MKO eyeing nuclear waste as economic opportunity | APTN National NewsAPTN National News

MKO eyeing nuclear waste as economic opportunity | APTN National NewsAPTN National News: The Nuclear Waste Management Organization has removed two potential host communities from its list of sites.

Meanwhile, as APTN’s Dennis Ward reports, another First Nation organization has just signed a contract with NWMO.


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NSA Spy Target Challenges Warrantless Wiretapping Law | American Civil Liberties Union

NSA Spy Target Challenges Warrantless Wiretapping Law | American Civil Liberties Union: The ACLU's challenge was filed on behalf of Jamshid Muhtorov, the first criminal defendant to receive notice that he was surveilled under the FAA since the law was passed more than five years ago. Together with Mr. Muhtorov's lawyers at the Office of the Federal Public Defender of Colorado, the ACLU and the ACLU of Colorado filed a motion to suppress all evidence obtained or derived from the government's FAA surveillance of Mr. Muhtorov.


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NSA Spy Target Challenges Warrantless Wiretapping Law | American Civil Liberties Union

NSA Spy Target Challenges Warrantless Wiretapping Law | American Civil Liberties Union: The ACLU today joined a new challenge to the constitutionality of the FISA Amendments Act of 2008 (FAA) — the surveillance law that gives the NSA virtually unfettered access to the international phone calls and emails of U.S. citizens and residents. Disclosures over the last eight months have confirmed that the NSA is using the law to engage in dragnet surveillance, siphoning communications off the Internet backbone and also collecting them directly from companies like Facebook, Google, Microsoft, and others.

The ACLU's challenge was filed on behalf of Jamshid Muhtorov, the first criminal defendant to receive notice that he was surveilled under the FAA since the law was passed more than five years ago. Together with Mr. Muhtorov's lawyers at the Office of the Federal Public Defender of Colorado, the ACLU and the ACLU of Colorado filed a motion to suppress all evidence obtained or derived from the government's FAA surveillance of Mr. Muhtorov.


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Chapel Hill Shooter Obsessively Documented His Muslim Victims’ Parking Habits | Mediaite

Chapel Hill Shooter Obsessively Documented His Muslim Victims’ Parking Habits | Mediaite: The neighbors’ relationship became testier when Ms. Abu-Salha started spending time at the apartment after the engagement, said Mr. Barakat’s then-roommate, Imad Ahmad. In October, Mr. Hicks came knocking while they were cleaning up from a dinner party where they had played the board game Risk. He growled that they had woken up his wife, lifting his shirt to reveal a holstered gun. The students did not call the police, but there was little the authorities could have done if they had. Mr. Hicks had a concealed-carry permit…
Mr. Hicks was getting more aggressive. On Jan. 7, Ms. Abu-Salha texted her husband to warn guests not to park near the house when they came to visit. “I just got yelled at for it by that crazy neighbor who said we are only allowed two spots,” she wrote.


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Ind�genas detienen a militar en Cauca acusado de asesinar a un nativo | Noticias Caracol

Ind�genas detienen a militar en Cauca acusado de asesinar a un nativo | Noticias Caracol: Aborígenes dicen que no entregarán al uniformado hasta que Gobierno garantice que habrá justicia. Ejército afirma que fue un accidente.


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TPIC Honorary Fellow Reed Brody makes cases against dictators around the world •�Penn Law

TPIC Honorary Fellow Reed Brody makes cases against dictators around the world •�Penn Law: As Counsel and Spokesperson for Human Rights Watch, Brody is deeply involved in international litigation regarding “crimes against humanity.” He has worked in various high-profile cases, including those of Hiss�ne Habr�, Augusto Pinochet, and Jean-Claude “Baby Doc” Duvalier. In addition, he has authored four Human Rights Watch reports on U.S. treatment of prisoners in the “war on terror,” and his work has been featured in various prominent news outlets.

Brody began his lecture with an overview of international justice and its developments since the mid-twentieth century. “Unfortunately when you look back on [the twentieth century], it was bookended by genocides,” he said. “The Nuremberg trials after World War II held out this promise of “never again,” that the worst perpetrators of atrocities would be brought to justice, and that really didn’t pan out for the longest time.”


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Canadian fashion team's 'Dsquaw' line criticized for cultural insensitivity | Lifestyle from CTV News

Canadian fashion team's 'Dsquaw' line criticized for cultural insensitivity | Lifestyle from CTV News: Critics have also lashed out online at the duo, saying the line misappropriates aboriginal designs. Others called them out for blatantly stealing designs.
On a Facebook page, the label promotes Dsquaw as a “captivating play on contrasts: an ode to America’s native tribes meets the noble spirit of Old Europe.”


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Now They Know How Many Holes it Takes to Fill the Academy's Hall: Fact-Checking 'American Sniper' - The Constantine Report

Now They Know How Many Holes it Takes to Fill the Academy's Hall: Fact-Checking 'American Sniper' - The Constantine Report: American Sniper has turned out to be the dark horse in this year’s Oscar race, landing six nominations last Thursday despite being largely ignored by other awards shows. (It received no Golden Globe or SAG nominations.) Directed by Clint Eastwood and starring Bradley Cooper, the film is based on Navy SEAL Chris Kyle’s autobiography of the same name—which, in turn, is based on Kyle’s memory. The book will serve as “fact” for the purposes of this article, as it and conversations with Kyle were the film’s primary source material.


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Dispatches: Tunisia Blogger Jailing Shows Flaws In Legal System | Human Rights Watch

Dispatches: Tunisia Blogger Jailing Shows Flaws In Legal System | Human Rights Watch: Much has changed in Tunisia since the popular protests that forced President Zine el Abidine Ben Ali to flee the country in early 2011. Tunisia adopted a new constitution in January 2014 that was hailed as an important step towards consolidating human rights protections and re-establishing the rule of law. Yet, some repressive legal provisions left over from the Ben Ali dictatorship remain on the books and are now being used regularly by the authorities to trample human rights.

Ayari’s is a case in point. His prosecution was brought under article 91 of the military code, one of the relics of the dictatorship. This provision and other articles in the penal code have been used regularly to charge bloggers, journalists, and artists with vague accusations of “defamation against state institutions,” “insulting public officials,” and “harming public order and public morals.”


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George's Blog - A Few Thoughts

George's Blog  -- georgemallinckrodt.com

Regarding chemical agents, both Julie Jones and Inspector General Jeff Beasley
made assurances detailing a series of checks and balances to prohibit the
unauthorized gassing of inmates. Beasley implied there could be little unauthorized
use of chemical agents due to all the "internal controls." He
mentioned a "conspiracy" of many as a way to undermine these
controls. I submit that not only are there "conspiracies," but the
widespread falsification of reports regarding the punitive use of chemical
agents. In my unit, guards regularly backed up their criminal actions with
outright fiction.
I hear about punitive gassing of inmates practically every
week. I suspect thorough investigations would reveal startling malfeasance
regarding this widespread abuse. Please refer to news articles: After Florida inmate’s lethal gassing, claims of cover-up
and Inmate's gassing death detailed in Florida DOC
whistle-blower complaint.
Beasley on 2/2 said that involved officers were
either disciplined or resigned with regard to the gassing that resulted in
Jordan-Aparo's death. Why were these officers not charged with a crime? Where
was any real accountability? Transparency?


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NunatsiaqOnline 2015-03-03: NEWS: MLA takes Nunavut to task for opposing national MMIW inquiry

NunatsiaqOnline 2015-03-03: NEWS: MLA takes Nunavut to task for opposing national MMIW inquiry: In a statement earlier that afternoon, Ugyuk said keeping indigenous women and girls safety is a “shared national responsibility.”

And she also said the Nunavut government is committed to the framework that governments and indigenous representatives agreed to at the first-ever national roundtable held on Feb. 27.

But she did not say whether Nunavut supports a national inquiry, a demand made by numerous Aboriginal organizations, federal opposition parties and some non-Aboriginal public governments.


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Republican State Senator: Poor, "Colored" People Are More Likely to Commit Crimes - Slog - The Stranger

Republican State Senator: Poor, "Colored" People Are More Likely to Commit Crimes - Slog - The Stranger: Indeed, for many, poverty is at the root of their involvement in the criminal justice system in the first place, as shown in the Vera report, a recent ACLU lawsuit in Georgia, and elsewhere. As a result, an inability to pay these fees and fines needlessly keeps poor defendants in jail—or sends them back—while their richer counterparts walk free because they can afford proper representation. Adding to these injustices, as with so many criminal justice, economic, and social policies, the myriad problems with our jail system disproportionately harm communities of color.


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Russia Today faces inquiry over anti-western comments in Ukraine debate | Media | The Guardian

Russia Today faces inquiry over anti-western comments in Ukraine debate | Media | The Guardian: Ofcom was already investigating the channel’s 13 July programme The Truthseeker: Genocide in Ukraine, which was broadcast on the RT channel in Europe but not in the UK, and its 18 July documentary, Ukraine’s Refugees.

Separately, Ofcom launched two investigations into RT’s Syria coverage, both relating to its broadcast, The Truthseeker: Media ‘Staged’ Syria Chem Attack, on 23 March last year.

The regulator is also looking into graphic images of an Isis gunman shooting a row of people, broadcast on RT on 20 August last year.

An Ofcom spokesman said: “Ofcom has launched an investigation into whether this programme about the situation in Ukraine, which included anti-western comments, was duly impartial.”


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