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Thursday, December 04, 2014

Resisting Arrest or Resisting the Use of Excessive Force?

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!

Saturday, November 29, 2014

Attacking the Civil Unrest Instead of the Reason for It

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...

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

"Stop resisting!" "Why are you trying to take my gun?!"

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.

Coronavirus Cases Increasing Among Nurses in Saudi Arabia


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.

Monday, November 24, 2014

Are the ISIS Beheading Videos a Sham? A Plausible Theory Not in the Mainstream Press...

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.


Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Florida Cop Breaks 14-year-old Girl's Arm at School While She's On the Phone with Her Mother

Sometimes, as here, the question of whether police used excessive force in a situation can be easily answered without a trial.

Sunday, November 16, 2014

Something About These ISIS Beheading Stories Doesn't Add Up

I'm still skeptical: 
     1) who's behind creating these stories? 
     2) to what extent are they credible?






Tuesday, November 04, 2014

Saturday, November 01, 2014

Hmm...


Similarly, is the U.S. paying men (and women) to fight in Syria? Is Israel? And aren't we also dropping millions of dollars of weapons and supplies to the rebels? How dare Iran [allegedly] get involved rather than do as we say and not as we do!

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

OKCupid asks female users whether they have rape fantasies



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. 

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Like Fur Coats?

This is where fur comes from.

CNN's Twisted Headlines


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...

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). 

Friday, October 24, 2014

Shameful Police Conduct in Sacramento



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.

Saturday, September 27, 2014

Ferguson Cops Wear 'Us-Versus-Them' Bracelets and Remove Their Name Tags

http://news.yahoo.com/justice-department-tells-ferguson-police-stop-wearing-bracelets-004135604.html

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."

Thursday, October 03, 2013

Corruption and Sacramento Sheriff's Deputy Jeff Mitchell

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.