Wednesday, November 25, 2015
Over a year ago, Chicago Police Officer Jason Van Dyke shot and killed Laquan McDonald. The shooting was captured on police video.
In spite of the media’s lawful request for access to that video, Chicago police and prosecutors kept the video of the October 2014 incident out of public view, claiming that releasing it to the public would jeopardize their investigation.
Posted by contributor at 10:00 AM
Saturday, November 21, 2015
"Whatever people think of this incident, it does not reflect the daily things we do in our community to make it a better place," according to Sgt. Ray Kelly of the Alameda County Sheriff's Department.
No, but it reflects something that occurs far too often by law enforcement officers in the United States: the use of criminally excessive force attended and demonstrated by a seemingly flagrant willingness to disregard the U.S. Constitution.
See full story at: http://www.cnn.com/2015/11/21/us/stanislav-petrov-alameda-county-sheriffs-video/index.html
Posted by contributor at 2:31 PM
Thursday, November 19, 2015
This is not a stadium full of terrorists folks! These are mainstream, ordinary citizens, just out to watch a game. But you'd better turn down your volume if you want to hear them express sympathy for France by participating in "a moment of silence," because they're not having any of it. How many minds in that stadium have the bombs (in Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Syria, Palestine, Lebanon, Yemen) changed? Maybe that lack of silence is the result of our military policies. Are we making the world safer, or actually just making more people angry?
Posted by contributor at 10:48 AM
Wednesday, November 18, 2015
Gee, do you think maybe he got a little upset about being targeted in those French airstrikes last month? I gotta think that an airstrike directed towards anyone would cause a huge incentive for the person targeted to exact a harsh retaliation. But maybe the French expected something different from this guy (like perhaps a swift raising of the white flag...)?
Posted by contributor at 3:54 PM
Tuesday, November 17, 2015
Since only the states of California, Hawaii and Paradise are willing to take them, the pressure's gonna be on...
Posted by contributor at 11:32 AM
Saturday, November 14, 2015
Friday, November 13, 2015
In other words, a man whom the U.S. alleges was responsible for various beheadings is now allegedly dead, so we (including the U.S.) no longer need to concern ourselves with the search for him (except perhaps to convince skeptics that he's dead).
Posted by contributor at 11:49 AM
Friday, November 06, 2015
Wednesday, November 04, 2015
Compare that CNN article with the one below involving Sacramento Sheriff's Deputy Jeff Mitchell, which mentions suspicious circumstances very similar to the case involving Joe Gliniewicz. Will the media eventually dig into the similarities in the Mitchell case?
Posted by contributor at 9:55 AM
Monday, December 29, 2014
The body of a Filipina nurse who died in Saudi Arabia in November 2014 after being infected with the coronavirus remains in a freezer in a Riyadh hospital because none of the major airlines are willing to fly it to the Philippines.
Posted by contributor at 4:36 PM
Thursday, December 04, 2014
There are many cases in which people have a right to resist when unlawfully excessive force is used against them. For example, nobody's expected to just sit there and passively allow themselves to be beaten to death by police or subjected to a use of force that would likely cause, or be expected to cause, great bodily injury. The right to resist such force is about protecting one's Due Process right to life.
Posted by contributor at 11:32 PM
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
Tuesday, November 04, 2014
Saturday, November 01, 2014
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!
Posted by contributor at 10:50 AM
Tuesday, October 28, 2014
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.