People often have a right to resist when unlawfully excessive force is used against them. Certainly, nobody's expected to just sit there and passively allow themselves to be beaten to death or subjected to a use of force that would likely cause, or be expected to cause, great bodily injury. It's about protecting your Due Process right to life!
Thursday, December 04, 2014
Saturday, November 29, 2014
When civil unrest is due to corrupt governments and policies, it's circular and misguided to attack the ones resorting to the unrest. Fix the root of the problem: the corrupt justice system that lets cops be thugs and go unpunished. Of course nobody likes civil unrest, but that's a natural consequence of a lot of people being fed up. Writing to our reps doesn't work. Unfortunately, what "works" is if you're a big police union telling your rep that he/she won't be endorsed unless...
Posted by contributor at 1:31 AM
Wednesday, November 26, 2014
Here's a YouTube clip that shows a typical corrupt police tactic: yelling out a different version of events than what's actually occurring.
The tactic is intended to make viewers of audio or audio-video footage believe that a different version of events is happening than what can be seen or what witnesses say they saw.
Posted by contributor at 3:16 PM
After they put their health at risk in order to care for their patients, the Health Ministry blames them for spreading the virus and fines them--just the female nurses, that is.
Posted by contributor at 2:02 PM
Monday, November 24, 2014
I think there are many aspects of these so-called ISIS beheading videos that bring their credibility into question, and this guy makes a lot of good points. Note that he's not attempting to provide all the answers to the questions he raises: he's simply raising the questions and explaining what some of the possible incentives would be if indeed these videos are a sham.
Posted by contributor at 9:24 PM
Tuesday, November 18, 2014
Sometimes, as here, the question of whether police used excessive force in a situation can be easily answered without a trial.
Posted by contributor at 3:08 PM
Sunday, November 16, 2014
Tuesday, November 04, 2014
Saturday, November 01, 2014
Wednesday, October 29, 2014
OKCupid is free to ask any questions it wants, but it doesn't seem like a very wise marketing tactic to ask women if they have rape fantasies. I imagine that a lot of prospective users might have been victims at some point in their lives. It seems to me that if you want to increase the number of female users in a reasonably smart way, you wouldn't want to ask questions like that. Similarly, you might not want to ask people if they've had fantasies about being beaten or almost murdered while defending a sexual assault, etc.
Posted by contributor at 2:05 PM
Tuesday, October 28, 2014
Headline: One captured fighter says he was paid $2,000 to fight with ISIS in Syria for more than a year -- and he tells CNN's Ivan Watson he has scars to prove it. "I was shot in the stomach three times."
Let me get this straight, CNN. You want me to read this article because it's about a guy who was paid $2000 to fight with ISIS for over a year and because he told Ivan Watson that his scars from being shot in the stomach will prove that? Hmm. Ok...
Posted by contributor at 9:56 AM
Monday, October 27, 2014
Sacramento Sheriff and Local Media: Let's see how much mileage we can get out of this cop-killing story!
Following the recent shootings, there's already been plenty of talk of making immigration tougher, even though the shooter never went through the immigration process to come here. There's also been a lot of propaganda about how police have a tough job and how they put their lives on the line. The news is laden with people expressing appreciation and referring to police as heroes, in spite of all the other stories throughout the nation involving police killing people without just cause (Ferguson, etc.) or using other excessive force on them (like when they pepper-sprayed students in the face in Davis while they were sitting in a circle holding hands and being non-threatening).
Posted by contributor at 12:05 PM
Friday, October 24, 2014
U.S. Supreme Court cases are very clear that in order to stop and detain someone, the 4th Amendment requires that police must have reasonable suspicion to believe that a crime was committed and that the person being detained was involved in the criminal activity. The suspicion must be more than a hunch: it must be based on particular factors that implicate the specific person being detained.
Posted by contributor at 8:48 PM
Saturday, September 27, 2014
The Justice Department sent a letter to Ferguson cops this week after federal investigators saw many Ferguson cops wearing 'us-versus-them' bracelets and concealing their identities while on duty and in uniform. See the article in the link above. Among other things, the Justice Department said the bracelets had upset and agitated people and reinforce the very 'us versus them' mentality that many residents of Ferguson believe exists. The Justice Department also said, "The failure to wear name plates conveys a message to community members that, through anonymity, officers may seek to act with impunity."
Posted by contributor at 10:09 AM
Thursday, October 03, 2013
Sacramento Sheriff's Deputy Jeff Mitchell was allegedly gunned down October 27, 2006 while on a traffic stop in Sacramento County. Many insiders close to the investigation believe it was a suicide, but they won't say so publicly.