Police officers who shot Indian teen get medals by Brandon Ecoffey* | Last Real Indians: The officers have claimed that Mah-hi-Vist had threatened officers with a knife and that they were forced to shoot him.
The GoodBlankets say that the claims of officers do not reflect what they saw happen from their vantage point in the driveway where they say they could see in to the windows of the home. Custer County Sheriffs had been accompanied by two Oklahoma Highway Patrolmen in the final moments of Mah-hi-Vist’s as he was in the home with his girlfriend. Autopsy reports show that Mah-hi-Vist was shot 7 times, once in the head, and twice by a Taser gun.
“His girlfriend came running out on the yard screaming that they had shot him,” said Melissa GoodBlanket, the mother of Mah-hi-Vist.
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Did the Government of Ontario Lie to Stop a First Nation Elder’s Hunger Strike? | On First Nation Issues, Events, And Environmental Issues On The West Coast And World Events.: Many Grassy Narrows residents, including Fobister, still live with mild to severe mercury poisoning side effects. It’s a problem so severe and the effects so rare that this week, scientists from Japan are travelling to the area to study the effects on the people there. In fact, Japanese scientists were among the first to study those effects back in the 1960s.
Yet Fobister, who suffers from severe mercury poisoning, receives just $250 a month from the Mercury Disability Board. He’s one of the lucky ones. Recently, VICE reported that since its creation in 1986 the Mercury Disability Board processed 1,008 applications for benefits, but only 193 people are receiving compensation.
Israeli plan to build religious school in Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood approved: OCCUPIED JERUSALEM, (PIC)-- The Israeli municipal council in occupied Jerusalem approved on Thursday the construction of a religious school (yeshiva) in the predominantly-Arab neighborhood of Sheikh Jarrah in east Jerusalem.
According to the plan, a nine-story religious school will be built in the heart of this neighborhood.
The plan for the new yeshiva has been approved by the Jerusalem municipal planning and building committee about six months ago, but councilman and leftist Meretz Movement leader Yosef Alalu asked for the municipal council to reconsider the decision.
Irom Sharmila continues fast; rearrested days after her release: [fsrn.org] Authorities in India’s north-eastern state of Manipur have again arrested noted human rights activist Irom Sharmila just two days after her court ordered release. Sharmila has been on a hunger strike for 14 years demanding revocation of a draconian law that gives sweeping powers to Indian security forces to fight separatist movements. Sharmila is being held at a hospital for force-feeding. As Bismillah Geelani reports, the arrest has evoked strong criticism and renewed calls for repealing the law that many believe is encouraging human rights abuses.
Message from Leonard Peltier 08/28/2014... - Friends of Peltier: There needs to be grievance committees that are autonomous from the local D.A.’s where a person can voice their concerns and something will be done about it. There needs to be cadet programs so the youth can also be part of the judicial system; not just in prison, but as police and advocates for justice. The police forces of this country are totally ill trained for the task at hand they display their fear constantly in hurting people. violence is always caused by fear. In some cases it is the fear of violence itself, that causes violence. In some cases these officers are in fear of not being validated by their own fellow officers, if they don’t display their strength with violence. Either way, they need to be trained to a level that they are confident about who they are and what their responsibility is to the people they are supposed to serve. They need to be trained so that they have a relationship with the people that isn't a “WE VS THEM “ relationship.
Marley Shebala's Notebook � Naabik’iyati Committee accepts budget report from local governments: NAABIK’IYATI COMMITTEE MEMBER DELEGATE KATHERINE BENALLY
i first met with chapters in March and June. And i sent memo to Speaker Pro Temp Bates and when Bates showed up in Farmington at meeting with chapters, they asked for Bates to speak to them. Yes, they should have budget but the message is we want to be heard and taken seriously. So this is the message, no matter when message/idea made, even if eleventh hour, if that idea/message is for people then it is a great idea. i hope that this message/idea is integrated into your budget process. to all saying that this was last minute idea, we made request several months ago and received no response.
Indianz.Com > Native Sun News: Police officers who shot Indian teen get medals: In December of 2013, the GoodBlankets had called the police to their home after their son Mah-hi-Vist (18) had raised alarm after slipping in to what they have called an Oppositional Defiant Disorder episode.
“We called the police to protect him,” said his mother Melissa. “By the time the police had arrived he had calmed down and was in there with his girlfriend.”
The GoodBlankets were waiting in their car when police deputies first arrived at their home. According to them, two officers entered the home through a broken window and then within seconds exited through the same window. The GoodBlankets say that there was then a second entry that ended with the shooting of Mah-hi-Vist seconds after officers breached the house.
The officers have claimed that Mah-hi-Vist had threatened officers with a knife and that they were forced to shoot him.
Hamas claims victory, celebration across Palestine | World War 4 Report: Senior Hamas leader Mousa Abu Marzouq said Israel has agreed to open Gaza crossings to allow the flow of humanitarian aid and construction materials. Speaking to Ma'an News Agency, Abu Marzouq added that three more Gaza crossings will be operated in addition the Kerem Shalom and Erez crossings, which are already operating. Asked about the fishing zone, he said that Gaza fishermen (now confined to 3 nautical miles) would be allowed to reach as far as 6 nautical miles and the zone would be increased gradually until it is 12 nautical miles by the end of 2014. Reconstruction of the war-torn Gaza Strip will be discussed during a conference in Egypt next month, he added. The Palestinian national consensus government will be in charge of implementation.
Police Officers in Ski Masks Carrying Out Mass Arrests in East Jerusalem | Association for Civil Rights in Israel (ACRI)
Police Officers in Ski Masks Carrying Out Mass Arrests in East Jerusalem | Association for Civil Rights in Israel (ACRI): During the last two months, since the kidnapping and murder of 16-year old Mohammed Abu Khdeir on July 2nd, police forces have arrested more than 550 East Jerusalem residents, including 166 minors. According to testimonies collected by ACRI, dozens of masked police officers, wearing no visible identification, have been arresting Palestinian residents in various neighborhoods of East Jerusalem. Police regulations stipulate that, subject to extraordinary circumstances, police officers must have their faces uncovered, wear name tags on their uniforms, and clearly identify themselves before executing an arrest.
Sociologists Take Historic Stand on Racism and Police Brutality: [sociology.about.com] The "document” Dr. Maghbouleh refers to is an open letter to U.S. society at-large, that has been signed by over 1,400 sociologists, this author among them. The letter begins by pointing out that what transpired in Ferguson is born of “deeply ingrained racial, political, social and economic inequities,” and then specifically names the conduct of policing, especially in black communities and in the context of protest, as a serious social problem. The authors and signatories implore “law enforcement, policymakers, media and the nation to consider decades of sociological analysis and research that can inform the necessary conversations and solutions required to address the systemic issues that the events in Ferguson have raised.”