Venezuelan Commander Reminds Western Territorial Gangsters that Puppetician Trump Only Has Jurisdiction Over the Tyrant Paradigm in the Minds of Obedient US Citizens

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Doc Blynd explains, “In our system, tyranny must have an accomplice. The perpetrator by intent must be accommodated by the perpetrator by consent. The former initiates, the latter accommodates.” FUNKTIONARY defines the following:

citizens - those who instinctively seek permission or ask themselves whether or not they are allowed to do anything before they act. Citizens (serfs, subjects or slaves), possess a "ruled" mind-virus mentality (See: Citizenship & Slavery). 

tyrant-paradigm - the assertion or assent to certain concepts, idea, memes, words, patterns of thinking, attitudes, beliefs, and convictions that give rise to coercive political systems. It includes the notion that the tyrants (territorial gangsters) are so omniscient and omnipotent that they can prevent natural persons from living free. The words that constitute the tyrant paradigm are enemy outposts in your mind. Tyrants "own" the minds of their oppressed victims to the extent that victims hold contents of the tyrant-paradigm in the minds. The tyrant-paradigm consists of the "construction of systematic thought" and "the systematic pattems of thought" that give rise to coercive political systems. (See: The OCTOCON, Territorial Gangsters & Reactions)

Tyrants - there are none; only tyranny exists. How can one man or woman rule a multitude against their will except through mind-control and word-conditioning control? "Find out the exact amount of injustice any people accept, and you will find out the exact amount of injustice they receive." -Freddy D. "The evils of tyranny are rarely seen but by him who resists it." -John Jay, Castilian Days II, 1872. (See: Tyranny, Terms, "The Law," Dictatorship, Corporate State & Fascism)

territorial gangsters - individuals (masquerading as "the State" so-called) who skillfully use fraud, coercion, and terror to claim "jurisdiction" (so-called) over their victims who happen to be in some geographic territory. Territorial gangsters brainwash their victims (the pixelated populace) so that they will work for them not only like slaves but actually as slaves. (See: Stationary Bandits, Statutory Oppression, Jurisdiction, Allegiance, Involuntary Servitude, Slave & Tyrant-Paradigm) terrorism - the implementation of the principle/concept of limited liability. 2) "A system of government that seeks to rule by intimidation." -Funk & Wagnalls New Practical Standard Dictionary, 1946. All acts of terrorism, even those carried out by those outside of the fold of the machinations of Corporate State and its minions (territorial gangsters), are either political or religious expressions. One's man's ideology is another man's religion and vice-versa. Terrorism and the terrorists who carry it out is a kind of psycho-economic Thug-of-War—leaving the countless shattered lives of innocents in its wake. (See: Corporations, War, Corporate State, Territorial Gangsters, Patriot Act, Mononright, Wargasm, Racism White Supremacy, Cryptocracy, Sovereignty, Crimethlnc, Violence, Coercion, Oppression, BOP & Gangbanking)

Westernizing - the pathological meme of colonizing, killing and pillaging as an uncivilized attempt to civilize (only seen as civl by those not subject to or victims of the carnage), domesticate and conquer a people with force, fraud, violence, deception, obsessive truth and the (mis)rule of law. see Dumbocracy & Tyrant-Paradigm).

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Like the Constitution Says, ‘If You Run From the Cops You Lose All Your Rights:’ Video Shows White Fort Myers Deputy Elbow Handcuffed, Non-Resisting Latino Teenager in the Head

From [HERE] This white Florida cop is seen on video hitting a Latino teenager in the face

A sheriff’s deputy in Fort Myers, Florida is on administrative leave after video surfaced showing the law enforcement officer striking a teen in handcuffs.

The video, posted to Twitter on Thursday, shows two Lee County sheriff’s deputies holding 17-year-old Bienvenido Roman, who is in handcuffs, by the arms while apparently washing his face off with a hose.

A third deputy enters the frame of the video, approaches the teen, elbows him in the face and walks away. But the deputies had no idea that a citizen was video recording the entire encounter.

The Lee County Sheriff’s Office is now investigating the deputy, NBC2 reports.

Twitter user @brycherrera1 posted the video, tagging the Lee County Sheriff’s Office. “Explain this,” the Twitter user wrote.

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The sheriff’s office says that the video is under investigation. The deputies first attempted to arrest Roman in Fort Myers Shores last Tuesday, but the teen fled from the officers.

The deputy who was placed on administrative leave has been identified as Blake Grossi. [MORE]

White New Castle Cops Say Black Teen Smelled Like Weed so They Ordered Him Off his Dirt Bike. As he Complied They Tackled Him & Repeatedly Punched Him Yelling Stop Resisting as He Covered His Face

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From [HERE] and [HERE] The Delaware Attorney General has opened an investigation into the arrest of a 16-year-old Black boy in New Castle that was recorded on video.

Roger Brown was released from custody on Monday evening. The Delaware Attorney General has opened an investigation into the arrest of a 16-year-old boy in New Castle that was recorded on video.

Roger Brown was released from custody on Monday evening. Brown's family questions the officers' aggression while trying to subdue him Friday outside his home on Bellamy Drive, saying the officers repeatedly punched the teen.

Mary Fleming said while she was not there when her 16-year-old son was arrested, she has seen the video of two plainclothes officers struggling on the ground with Brown. "My son is trying to cover his face up while one officer is holding him down and one has his knee on his face and neck and is punching him repeatedly," said Fleming.

Coleen Palmer said her son, Jaiden who shot the video about 5 p.m. Friday night. She shared it with The News Journal on Sunday.

Palmer said her son had just gotten a new dirtbike and took it over to Roger's house to show it off. 

Roger’s mother, Mary Fleming, said her son and Jaiden are normally outside after school, playing basketball and hanging out, but Friday evening Jaiden brought over his new dirtbike.  

Roger was straddling the bike when police arrived and told him to get off it, Fleming said.

The bike did not have a kickstand, so her son stood up and was in the middle of walking the bike over to lean it against a tree when police tackled him to the ground, Fleming said.

The video begins with a New Castle County Police officer punching Roger in the face, while a second officer held the teen down. They tell him to "stop resisting." 

The teen initially tries to wriggle away from the officers, then covers his head with his arms. "He wasn't trying to throw punches. He was kind of trying to block himself, trying to push the cops off of him from punching him," Palmer said.

In the video, a uniformed officer appears and tells the teen recording the video to back away.

The teen said he decided to roll tape after police went after his friend.

"Roger was confused. He didn't know what was going on. The other cop ran up and grabbed him and threw him on the ground and started punching him," Fleming said.

New Castle County police said the cell phone video shows portions of the arrest. Police said the officers were responding to a quality of life call Friday evening and arrested the suspect they believed to be behind the incident.

Police said the call was regarding possible drug dealers along East Bellamy Drive.

Arriving officers found the teen, who they said smelled like marijuana.

Police said a struggle ensued when they tried to take the teen into custody. [Under arrest for what? custody for smelling like marijuana?]

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Colonel Vaughn M. Bond Jr of the New Castle County Police said in a statement, "Our officers are held to the highest standards of police conduct and the fact that an arrest was made does not negate the need for a complete and comprehensive review of this incident which is currently underway."

After their unlawful search, seizure and detention Police allege they discovered bags of marijuana, a scale, prescription pills and $1,000 on Brown. The white cops then charged him with:

  • resisting arrest

  • manufacturing delivering or possessing with intent to manufacture or deliver a controlled substance

  • two counts of misdemeanor offensive touching of a law enforcement officer

  • possession of a controlled substance

  • misdemeanor criminal mischief

  • possession of drug paraphernalia for marijuana

The family's attorney Chris Johnson says the video shows unreasonable force being employed to arrest a 16-year-old who weighs 130 pounds.

"If this officer used excessive force, which we believe he did, he needs to be held accountable and suspended and further action taken," said Johnson.

Lawsuit Claims Jail Employees Beat & Tortured Black Man Before Leaving him to Die in his Cell in Madison County Jail (Miss) after Misdemeanor Trespass Arrest

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From [HERE] The family of a Black man who died a day after being booked into the Madison County jail says his jailers beat and tortured him before leaving him to die in his cell, according to a lawsuit filed in federal court Tuesday.

The wrongful death suit alleges that after jail employees intervened in an altercation between Harvey Hill, 36, and another inmate during mealtime on May 6, 2018, they handcuffed him, beat him, used pepper spray on him and then threw him back into his cell. Hill, who was found in his cell the next day, was taken to Merit Central Hospital in Jackson, where he was pronounced dead.

“We say that was a custom and a practice that was tolerated by Madison County Detention personnel,” said Derek Sells of the New York and Mississippi Delta-based Cochran Firm, which is representing Hill’s family. “When one of the guards took offense at what prisoners did, they would beat them. And they would punish them in cruel and unusual ways in order to try and set an example.”

The lawsuit names Madison County and its sheriff Randy Tucker as a defendant in his suit, as well as several other jail employees. A spokesman for the Madison County Sheriff’s Department said Tuesday afternoon that it had not yet been served with the suit and could not comment on it at the time.

Attorneys for the family said a private investigator has secured eyewitnesses of the beating and that they believe video exists.

The altercation and alleged beating occurred the same day Hill was arrested on a misdemeanor trespassing charge, a conviction for which would have likely yielded only a $300-$500 fine, Carlos Moore, one of the attorneys, said.

A report in the Madison County Journal at the time said that Hill, identified in previous news reports as Harvey Terrill Turner, had been arrested by the Madison Police Department while sitting on a porch swing at a Madison home. The Journal reported that Hill had a previous conviction for sexual battery from 2001.

After Hill’s death, Hill’s former employer told the Journal that Hill had repeatedly visited his home that week but that “the pair had no ongoing feud and that there was no missing money. ”

At the time of his death, Tucker said Hill had gotten into an altercation with jail employees after becoming “erratic,” according to the Journal. Tucker said that Hill was first transported to Merit Health Madison in Canton the next day for possible cardiac arrest before he was taken to Jackson.

Moore said Hill’s was one of three suspicious deaths surrounding the jail last year. Moore contended Madison County has yet to release an autopsy report for Hill or two other people who died following stays at the jail in 2018, whose families he is also representing.

One of those people was Lanekia Brown, 37, who died shortly before Christmas. Brown was pregnant at the time, said her family, and had been in the jail since Nov. 26.

Another, Larry Thompson, 51, had his legs amputated after being released from the jail in November, and died shortly thereafter on Dec. 1, according to Moore.

Moore said he had been informed that the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Department of Justice are investigating Hill’s death.

Hill’s family and attorneys described him on Tuesday as a good man who cared deeply for his three pitbulls, Conflict, Oreo and Ears.

“He had a great heart,” said Hill’s sister, Katrina Nettles. “He would help anyone, he was just a sweetheart. And we just want justice. What he went though, he didn’t have to go through, and for that we want justice.”

Sarasota Authoritarians are Saying Anything to Justify Beating a Black Man Into a Coma After Traffic Stop: Video Shows 5 White Cops Hold Passenger Down as They Pile On & Crush Him to Make Arrest

From [HERE] The Sarasota Police Department is now investigating several of its own.

An internal affairs investigation was launched after a traffic stop Sunday night where, some say, the police department went too far.

On Monday, a video began circulating on social media.

In the footage, recorded by a witness, a man is seen on the ground surrounded by police officers.

The man in the video, 40-year-old Govinda Howell, was resisting arrest after a traffic stop, according to Sarasota police.

According to police, officers were traveling westbound on 23rd Street from North Osprey Avenue when they saw a vehicle stopped in the center of the road.  After stopping in the road, the vehicle began to travel west on 23rd Street in the eastbound lanes to the intersection of 23rd Street and Maple Avenue. 

Police say the car traveled through a stop sign, so a traffic stop was initiated.

Officers maintain that Howell refused to get out of the car, where he was a passenger. {and for what reasons would a passenger need to get out of the car after a routine traffic stop?]

They also claim he appeared to be reaching for something under the seat. Officers also say the man was extremely agitated and appeared to be under the influence of drugs and/or alcohol.

They also observed the man placing narcotics in his mouth and chew them.

However, Howell's family and those close to the investigation tell a very different story.

They claim Howell has bipolar disorder, is mentally retarded and was brutally beaten for no reason.  

Community activists spoke with WFLA and tell us that the 40-year-old is now fighting for his life in a coma at Sarasota Memorial Hospital.

"Somehow they ended up brutally beating this guy so bad that he ended up in a coma and we don't know if he's going to survive," said Sarasota activist Bryan Ellis. 

"We can stop this by demanding community oversight of the police, demanding real accountability and community control because that's what we need."

Elite Whites Use Non-Threatening Black Probots to Spread Their “Propagenda" that Any Blacks Opposing McNegroes Cory Booker & Kamala Harris are Either Russian Bots or Crazy

A    probot    is a propagandizing programmed robot who disseminates lies, distortions OR convenient mass truths composed by a superior overruling elite.

A probot is a propagandizing programmed robot who disseminates lies, distortions OR convenient mass truths composed by a superior overruling elite.

YOU CAN SPOT A PROBOT BY FOLLOWING THE MONEY TRAIL. Dr. Amos Wilson explains Most Black Americans are not mindful of the fact that the American press and mass media are privately owned, profit-making, White elite-controlled corporations. The press is one among other institutions, "and one of the most important in maintaining the hegemony of the corporate class and the capitalist system itself." Quoting Michael Parenti he states,

If the press cannot mold our every opinion, it can frame the perpetual reality around which our opinions take shape. Here may lie the most important effect of the news media: they set the issue agenda for the rest of us, choosing what to emphasize and what to ignore or suppress, in effect, organizing our political world for us. The media may not always be able to tell us what to think, but they are strikingly success­ful in telling us what to think about ....

It is enough that they create opinion, visibility, giving legitimacy to certain views and illegitimacy to others. The media do the same to substantive issues that they do to candidates, raising some from oblivion and conferring legitimacy upon them, while consigning others to limbo. This power to determine the issue agenda, the information flow, and the parameters of political debate so that it extends from ultra-right to no further than moderate center, is if not total, still totally awesome.”  

The same powerful elites that control the Democratic Party also control the media. Ishmael Reed tells us “the token Black, Hispanic and Asian American commentators are those found non-threatening to the media’s white subscribers and submissive to the editorial line coming from the top.”

From [TheIntercept] AMERICAN DESCENDANTS OF slaves identifying themselves with the hashtag #ADOS have been openly critical of 2020 presidential candidates Kamala Harris and Cory Booker over the past weeks.

Some prominent black political commentators are now speculating that these critics are Russian bots.

Angela Rye, a CNN political commentator and board member of the Congressional Black Caucus PAC, has said she believes that some ADOS arguments are not organic, but were “paid for by Russia.” She added that she’s “not saying everyone who uses the hashtag is a Russian bot,” but she does believe “it originated from Russian bots.” Rye went on to argue that the same is true of critiques relating to “some of the stuff around the crime bill” circa 2016 — presumably referring to critics of Hillary Clinton who questioned her support of the bill now widely understood to have caused overwhelming harm to black Americans.

On a segment of Joy Reid’s MSNBC show titled “how to spot a bot,” [above] Shireen Mitchell, founder of Stop Online Violence Against Women, argued that the ADOS hashtag is a way to identify foreign influence. “A lot of the ones that are pretending to be black people, black women in particular, who are focusing on black identity, have these sort of aspects in the ways that they’re talking about language,” she said. She went on to say that bots are posing as black Americans using “the vernacular or the language of someone that believes they are a part of our community” to claim authority to represent black Americans.

“This has become a challenge particularly for the Democratic candidates because obviously, in 2016, all this activity was directed to help Donald Trump, or to hurt Hillary Clinton, to do both,” Reid said. “So I’m wondering if this time the party is going to be a bit more prepared. Reid appeared to co-sign Mitchell’s claim, saying, “I did see a huge uptick of bot activity when Kamala Harris announced,” focusing on critics who argue that Harris “is not really black.”

THE CREATORS OF the hashtag ADOS — Antonio Moore, an attorney in California, and Yvette Carnell, a political commentator — are neither Russian nor bots and are demanding an apology.

Carnell told The Intercept that she thinks calling out ADOS is an effort to delegitimize the grassroots movement they’ve worked to cultivate and to “undermine a real debate that we have about Kamala Harris within the black community.” For years, Moore and Carnell have been doing regular YouTube and radio shows together where they discuss issues like reparations and the racial wealth divide under the lens of “native descendants of American slaves.”

“We thought that there wasn’t enough policy and policy initiatives, policy proposals for Americans who descended from slavery and had ancestors who lived through Jim Crow, reconstruction, all of that, so we came up with the hashtag American DOS or ADOS,” Carnell said, adding that they started the hashtag around two years ago.

Moore said that accusations like Reid’s are a McCarthyite tactic in the same vein as the attempts to publicly discredit Martin Luther King Jr. “It’s troubling, the lengths that these people will go to undermine authentic Black advocacy in order to prop up the Democratic establishment,” he said in an email. An MSNBC spokesperson declined to comment. 

Indeed, people of color who challenge the Democratic Party from the left are often erased or dismissed as somehow not being real [MORE] or filtered out aka being “Tavis Smilied.”

MCNEGRo [over one million sold-out] PUPPETICIANS WILL NEVER CHALLENGE THE SYSTEM OF RACISM WHITE SUPREMACY OR THE CORPORATE POLICE STATE b/c they are PART OF ITS NECESSARY ILLUSIONS.

MCNEGRo [over one million sold-out] PUPPETICIANS WILL NEVER CHALLENGE THE SYSTEM OF RACISM WHITE SUPREMACY OR THE CORPORATE POLICE STATE b/c they are PART OF ITS NECESSARY ILLUSIONS.

Unfortunately, both ADOS and establishment Black pundits and democrats are in complete agreement about the concept of “authority;” that someone or some people have the special right to rule over others in a so-called democracy. This illusory thinking misses the point that “authority” and its creation, Government, are forms of slavery or imprisonment.

According to statist belief “the people” have delegated powers to elected politicians and given them “authority” to create laws that people are forced to obey under the threat of physical force or legal coercion. [MORE]

Can you delegate a right to someone that you don’t have? Where does authority, the right to rule others, come from?

BW IS AWARE THAT THE CREATOR OF THIS VIDEO IS NOW A JESUSIZED GOP STATIST BELIEVER. BUT “EVERYTHING IS TEACHING US.” HERE, HIS FINGER WAS POINTING TO THE MOON - SO PAY NO ATTENTION TO THE FINGER

Undeceiver Larken Rose states, “Despite all of the complex rituals and convoluted rationalizations, all modern belief in “government” rests on the notion that mere mortals can, through certain political procedures, bestow upon some people various rights which none of the people possessed to begin with. The inherent lunacy of such a notion should be obvious. There is no ritual or document through which any group of people can delegate to someone else a right which no one in  the group possesses, And that self-evident truth, all by itself, demolishes any possibility of legitimate “government.” [MORE]

Rose states, “the belief in “authority,” which includes all belief in “government,” is irrational and self-contradictory; it is contrary to civilization and morality, and constitutes the most dangerous, destructive superstition that has ever existed. Rather than being a force for order and justice, the belief in “authority” is the arch-enemy of humanity.” 

Dr. Blynd states “authority is not a force but a farce.” “There is no freedom in the presence of so-called authority, i.e. outside of one's Self and Self-Nature.) He further states, authority is rule through coercion. Like the concepts of “race” or “political borders,” “government” and “authority”are also granfalloons or empty representation. FUNKTIONARY states, “the real threat to "authority" is the masses overcoming info-gaps and verigaps through self-knowledge and the proliferation of symbols of opposition, not crime or destruction of property.” [MORE] Government does not need to be abolished; merely rendered obsolete through seeing it for what it truly is—a prime manufacturer of poverty, brutal oppression, violence, coercion, conformity and fear.

The votary, white or Black, never wonders whether a world without masters is ever possible. Larken Rose explains, “there is a big difference between striving for a new, wiser, nobler master, and striving for a world of equals, where there are no masters and no slaves.

He states; 

"Among those who vote Democrat or Republican – or for any other party – no one recognizes the underlying problem, and as a result, no one ever gets any closer to a solution. They remain slaves, because their thoughts and discussions are limited to the pointless question of who should be their master. They never consider – and dare not allow themselves to consider – the possibility that they should have no master at all. As a result, they focus entirely on political action of one kind or another, But the foundation of all political action is the belief in “authority,” which is the problem itself So the efforts of statists are, and always will be, doomed to fail.

Even most people who claim to love liberty and to believe in “unalienable” rights allow the superstition of “authority” to drastically limit their effectiveness. Most of what such people do, in one way or another, consists of asking tyrants to change their “laws.” Whether activists campaign for or against a particular candidate, or lobby for or against a particular piece of “legislation,” they are merely reinforcing the assumption that obedience to authority is a moral imperative.”

According to FUNKTIONARY:

Statism - the belief "citizens"' and "states" exist and the memetic thought patterns supporting such beliefs. 2) the religion of oppression and domination coupled with the science of exploitation and sociopathic control. 3) the opiate of the so-called Elites. 4) a philosophy that idealizes majority rule gang force (authority) over individual authenticity (autonomy). 5) servitude over liberty and statutes over humanity. So long as "states"' are viewed and accepted as natural, normal, reality-based and inevitable, they will continue to violently abstract humans into extinction. Statism is mind control; people both unwillingly and willingly surrender their property (labor being one's most inviolable property) to men and women pretending to be "governors,"" "commissioners," and "presidents" etc. because they believe they are "citizens" of a so-called "state" and must pay their proverbial "fair share" to support such abstractions or fictions of law. Just using statism against itself proves bureaucrats never have a case regardless of what they "charge" someone with. "Statism and it's supporting political theology do not exist in people's minds to promote freedom or protect 'Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness:" it's pure mind control to divert our attention away from the actions of anti-social individuals (sociopaths) who are so desperate to "protect" us they are willing to kill us and steal our property." -Marc Stevens. (See: DOME. Beliefs, Landmine Legislation, Scrapitalism, Standing, Subject Matter Jurisdiction. Judicial Victimization, States. Holodeck Court, Allegiance. Anarchy, Society, Civilization, Citizens, Monopoly Capitalism The Golem, Government Paradox, Granfalloons, Corporate State. Government, Servitude. Stalinize, Property, Standing & Monopoly).

White FLA Authorities Charge 12 Yr Old Black Child with Misdemeanor After He Refused to Recite Pledge of Allegiance & Violated the Golden Rule; Blind Obedience to Authority

the primary goal of the public fool system is is to teach blind obedience to authority, falsify consciousness and provide training on how to best serve elites & help them solve their problems in a corporate police state and system of white domination.

the primary goal of the public fool system is is to teach blind obedience to authority, falsify consciousness and provide training on how to best serve elites & help them solve their problems in a corporate police state and system of white domination.

From [WashPost] A Black child is facing misdemeanor charges after a confrontation with his teacher that began with his refusal to recite the Pledge of Allegiance and escalated into what officials described as disruptive behavior.

The student, a sixth-grader at Lawton Chiles Middle Academy in Lakeland, Fla., east of Tampa, refused to stand for the pledge, telling the teacher that he thinks the flag and the national anthem are “racist” against black people, according to an affidavit. The teacher then had what appeared to be a contentious exchange with him.

If living in the United States is “so bad,” why not go to another place to live? Ana Alvarez, who was substituting at the school, asked the student, according to a handwritten statement from her.

“They brought me here,” the boy replied.

Alvarez responded by saying, “Well you can always go back, because I came here from Cuba, and the day I feel I’m not welcome here anymore, I would find another place to live.” She then called the district office because she did not want to keep dealing with the student, according to the statement.

Officials said the situation escalated. The student yelled at the dean and a school resource officer who came to the classroom, accused them of being racist and repeatedly refused to leave the room.

“Suspend me! I don’t care. This school is racist,” the student, who is black, told the dean as he walked out of the room with his backpack, according to the affidavit.

The student was later charged with disruption of a school facility and resisting an officer without violence.

The Lakeland Police Department said in a news release that the student was not arrested for refusing to recite the Pledge of Allegiance.

“This arrest was based on the student’s choice to disrupt the classroom, make threats and resisting the officer’s efforts to leave the classroom,” the release said.

The 11-year-old’s mother, Dhakira Talbot, was not immediately available for comment Sunday, but she told Bay News 9 that the teacher was wrong and that the school overstepped its authority by punishing her son, who was taken to a juvenile detention center and was suspended for three days after the Feb. 4 incident.

“I’m upset, I’m angry. I’m hurt. More so for my son. My son has never been through anything like this. I feel like this should’ve been handled differently. If any disciplinary action should’ve been taken, it should’ve been with the school. He shouldn’t have been arrested,” Talbot told the TV station, adding that she thought the charges should be dropped and that the school should be held accountable for its handling of the situation.

The affidavit stated that the student threatened to beat the teacher, but Talbot told Bay News 9 that her son did no such thing.

Polk County Public Schools spokesman Kyle Kennedy did not respond to requests for comment Sunday. He told the Ledger that students are not required to participate in the pledge. In fact, the Supreme Court ruled in 1943 in West Virginia State Board of Education v. Barnette that schools cannot require students to salute the flag or recite the pledge, citing First Amendment rights.

But Alvarez was not aware that the school does not require students to recite the pledge, the Ledger reported. Kennedy added that officials will look at improving training for substitute teachers and that Alvarez no longer works in the district.

According to FUNKTIONARY

Public schools - the instrument of Hidalgo (the "Greater System") and the "State" whereby readers, writers and counters are produced who are certified as qualified to understand orders and obediently carry them out... the tenth gang-plank of the Communist Manifesto. (See: Compulsory Schooling, Indoctrination & Formal Education)

Public Fool System - a place where children are having unprotected education. 2) a syndromatic exercise in conformity and blind obedience to so-called "authority" (disguised repression). 3) systematic planned violence meted out on children and young adults—held hostage and hostile—daily, hourly, quarantined from the natural rhythm of things in life through Pavlovian bells and shrink-wrapped prefabricated and curriculum and distorted history. 4) a training boot camp for life-long slavery and indentured servitude to gangbankers and the Corporate State in a society created and based in violence, governed by fear, propaganda, psychogenic money and power.

"education" - word-generated opinions combined with force for control over competent hue-mans. 2) coercive persuasion. 3) indoctrination and regimentation. 4) braindraining. 5) developing the powers and faculties of a person. "Developing the powers" means de-veloping, or dis-veloping the powers, which means to negate, or have a privative, or reversing force on the powers. •"The invisible capital which enables its possessors to remain, or to climb on, the backs of the uneducated and to fill their heads with prejudices useful for the maintenance of either the old or the new status quo. It's Squid Pro Row, baby. -Austin Powers. The whole machinery of "education" is to make you mechanical—devoid of intelligence—reduced to an academented drone or a conforming clone for the marketplace of "society." "True education is that which is experienced, tested and digested. What can be counted and recorded is not education." -Vinoba Bhave. What passes for "an" education is second-hand experiences, misconceptions filtered through memories and lies sold in units. True education is transformative, fluid and lifelong. (See: De-education, Experience, Academented, Knowledge Scrolling, Pedagogy, Democracy, Dead Knowledge, Transformative Education, Efficiency, Language, Develop, Envelope, School, Devotion & Learning)

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According to Larken Rose: The purported purpose of schools is to teach reading, writing, mathematics, and other academic fields of thought. But the message that institutions of “education” actually teach, far more effectively than any useful knowledge or skills, is the idea that subservience and blind obedience to “authority” are virtues. Simply consider the environment in which the majority of people spend most of their formative years. Year after year, students live in a world in which: 

• They receive approval, praise and reward for being where “authority” tells them to be, when “authority” tells them to be there. They receive disapproval, reproach and punishment for being anywhere else. (This includes the fact that they are coerced into being in school to begin with.) 

• They receive approval, praise and reward for doing what “authority” tells them to do. They receive disapproval, reproach and punishment for doing anything else, or for failing to do what “authority” tells them to do. 

• They receive approval, praise and reward for speaking when and how “authority” tells them to speak., and receive disapproval, reproach and punishment for speaking at any other time, in any other way, or about any subject other than what “authority” tells them to speak about, or for failing to speak when “authority” tells them to speak. 

• They receive approval, praise and reward for repeating back whatever ideas the “authority” declares to be true and important, and receive disapproval, reproach and punishment for disagreeing, verbally or on a written test, with the opinions of those claiming to be “authority,” or for thinking or writing about subjects other than what “authority” tells them to think or write about. 

• They receive approval, praise and reward for immediately telling “authority” about any problems or personal conflicts they encounter, and receive disapproval, reproach and punishment for trying to solve any problems or settle any disagreements on their own. 

• They receive approval, praise and reward for complying with whatever rilles, however arbitrary, “authority” decides to impose upon them. They receive disapproval, reproach and punishment for disobeying any such rules. These rules can be about almost anything, including what clothes to wear, what hairstyles to have, what facial expression to have, how to sit in a chair, what to have on a desk, what direction to face, and what words to use. 

• They receive approval, praise and reward for telling the “authority” when another student has disobeyed “the rules,” and receive disapproval, reproach and punishment for failing to do so. 

The students clearly and immediately see that, in their world, there are two distinct classes of people, masters (”teachers”) and subjects (”students”), and that the rules of proper behavior are drastically different for the two groups. The masters constantly do things that they tell the subjects not to do: boss people around, control others via threats, take property from others, etc. This constant and obvious double standard teaches the subjects that there is a very different standard of morality for the masters than there is for the subjects. The subjects must do whatever the masters tell them to, and only what the masters tell them to, while the masters can do pretty much anything they want. [MORE]

Judge Nullifies $37 Million Jury Award to Korryn Gaines’ Family: Cop’s Conduct was Not Unreasonable b/c the Law of Jungle [“Sovereign Immunity"] Applies to Government Interactions with People

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From [HERE] The family of Korryn Gaines is reeling after they not only lost their daughter, they lost a previous wrongful death award. As previously reported Gaines was killed during a 2016 standoff with police in her apartment that left her dead and her 5-year-old son shot and non-fatally injured.

Following that jurors found the police officer’s action “unreasonable” in the situation and awarded her family more than $36 million for medical and funeral expenses and pain and suffering.

$32 million was to go to her injured son Kodi, $300,000 was to go toKorryn Gaines’ father, $300,000 was to go to Korryn Gaines’ mother, and $4.5 million was to go to Korryn’s other child who was not present during the shooting.

Now however that’s all changed and Korryn’s family will NOT receive the money as promised.

Baltimore’s WJZ 13 reports that Mickey Norman, a Baltimore County Circuit Court Judge, has dismissed the family’s claims against the county, and against Corporal Royce Ruby Jr. who fatally shot Gaines.

Norman made the dismissal citing “Qualified Immunity” which shields law enforcement and government officials from civil liability when carrying out their duties. It also shields the officer “from liability for civil damages” since he was acting in his capacity as a county police officer.

“The evidence is clear,” said Judge Norman. “This Court has found that Corporal Ruby is entitled to qualified immunity and therefore, his shooting of Gaines was not unlawful.”

Things are not completely over however, the court will grant a new civil trial and attorneys for Gaines’ family are filing an appeal.

The shooting of Korryn Gaines occurred on August 1, 2016, in Randallstown, Maryland, near Baltimore,[1] resulting in the death of Gaines, a 23-year-old woman, and the shooting of her son, who survived. According to the Baltimore County Police Department, officers sought to serve Gaines a warrant in relation to an earlier traffic violation.

Under the Eleventh Amendment, state governments and officials, acting in their official capacities, are given sovereign immunity in many private actions brought against them, as well as many actions brought against the state in federal court. Such actions include most personal injury lawsuits. FUNKTIONARY makes it plain:

Sovereign immunity  - ''government" so-called, applying the law of the jungle to its relationship to the people. We are bound by the written law but those who wrote the law are bound by the law of the jungle. Makes you feel like a fool, doesn't it? Minority rule majority fooled? Surely, on earth as it is in heaven. Why would we ever allow "government" to assert the position that it is not bound by the same law that binds us? The answer is that we are fools sweet-talked by judges into believing that the "natural state of affairs" is to bind the people by law, and the "'government" by fiat. "Government" has replaced religion as the opiate of the masses using the Media as its subduing gasses (fumes of subterfuge). (See: CHAOS, Overrulers, Judicial System, Constitution, Law, Domestication, Justice, Economics, Civilization, Weitiko Disease & "Government") 

TV-Only Immigration Hearings for Incarcerated Non-Whites Spur Challenge in Lawless Court [the right to a meaningless, speedy trial]

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From [HERE] In George Orwell’s dystopian novel “1984,” the icon of the surveillance society was the “telescreen” – a closed-circuit device that “received and transmitted simultaneously.”

For hundreds of incarcerated immigrants, such a video portal has replaced traditional access to the court system and become their only hope for freedom.

Seeking to cut that feed and mandate human interaction in immigration cases, the Legal Aid Society filed a federal lawsuit Tuesday night with help from the Brooklyn Defender Services and Bronx Defenders.

“In-person hearings had long helped ensure detained immigrants an opportunity to fully access the courts and participate in their removal proceedings,” the 59-page complaint states. “The ICE NY Field Office had never previously engaged in a broad refusal to produce individuals for in-person hearings.”

Representing six anonymous clients, the civil rights groups claim that the switch to CCTV occurred “without warning” on June 27, 2018.

“Technical failures have been rampant, preventing detained immigrants from seeing, hearing, or understanding what is happening in the courtroom,” the complaint states. “These problems result in frequent delays and are compounded when detained immigrants require foreign language interpretation services or accommodations due to disabilities.”

A.Q., a green card holder who has lived in the United States since he was a toddler, claims that the video conference made him afraid to discuss possible persecution in his birth country because of his sexual orientation.

“The judge was therefore not able to properly evaluate A.Q.’s fear of returning to his country of origin or the weight of evidence that he presented,” the complaint states. “The court ultimately denied A.Q.’s petition under the Convention Against Torture on grounds that his claims were speculative.”

R.F.J., a gender nonconforming individual who identifies by plural pronouns, reported a similar experience during CCTV proceedings.

Attorneys also say immigrants with disabilities fare worse in video teleconferences.

The lawsuit quotes an immigration judge expressing concern for “due process and fundamental fairness” at the competency hearing for J.C., who is detained in New Jersey and has a cognitive disability.

“If he appears via video, I see a problem with that,” the judge said on Jan. 18 this year, according to the complaint. “I have to protect his constitutional rights, and I have an expert who told me that this guy shut down when he interviewed him because of certain technical type issues.”

The civil rights groups allege violations of the First and Fifth Amendments. ICE, the Department of Homeland Security, the Department of Justice’s Executive Office for Immigration Review, seven agency heads and an immigration judge are named as defendants.

ICE did not immediately respond to an email request for comment.

Immigration advocates note that ICE’s policy change followed the establishment of the New York Immigrant Family Unity Program, described in the lawsuit as a “first-in-the-nation” initiative to provide detainees with attorneys.

“Since 2013, NYIFUP has increased the rate of successful outcomes for detained immigrants by 1,100 percent, confirming that the services provided by NYIFUP attorneys reduce unnecessary detention and illegal deportations,” the complaint states.

Attorneys from that program say they represent roughly 35 percent of people facing proceedings before the Varick Street Immigration Court, which is subject to the new policy.

“When ICE stopped the in-person production of detained immigrants at the Varick Street Immigration Court, it was not only an affront to the dignity and humanity of our most vulnerable clients, but a direct assault on their fundamental due process rights to be present during their hearing and trials,” the Legal Aid Society’s attorney Jennifer Williams said in a statement.

ACLU Files Suit Against US Border Patrol Race Soldiers for Detaining 2 American Women Who Looked & Sounded “Illegal" b/c They were Non-White & Spoke Spanish

From [Jurist] The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) brought a lawsuit on Thursday against US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) on behalf of two women who were detained in Montana after a Border Patrol officer heard them speaking Spanish.

Ana Suda and Martha Hernandez, both US citizens, were in line to buy groceries at a convenience store when they were approached by a Border Patrol officer who asked where they were born and requested to see their driver’s licenses. After they handed him their identification, the officer detained the women for 30-40 minutes in the parking lot until back-up arrived, at which point they were released.

The ACLU’s complaint, brought in the US District Court for the District of Montana, alleges that the arrest was unconstitutional on two grounds. First, the ACLU argues that speaking Spanish does not constitute “probable cause” to justify an arrest and thus the officer’s conduct violated Fourth Amendment search and seizure provisions. Second, the complaint alleges that the arrest violated Suda and Hernandez’s right to equal protection under the Fourteenth Amendment because the officer “singled them out based on race, relying on their use of Spanish as a justification and proxy for race.”

The Immigration and Nationality Act of 1946 grants broad discretion to border patrol agents operating “within a reasonable distance from the border.” Havre, Montana, where the women were detained, is located 35 miles from the Canadian border.

CBP policy prohibits its officers from considering race or ethnicity when decided whom to interrogate or detain, but it does not currently restrict its agents from considering language. The ACLU’s complaint requests an injunction to prevent CBP agents from “stopping and/or detaining individuals on the basis of race, accent, and/or speaking Spanish, except where the seizure is based on a specific and reliable suspect description matching such characteristics.” The complaint also requests compensatory and punitive damages for Suda and Hernandez.

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4th Amendment Illusion. Lawless cops so frequently abuse their power that no one—no Black or Latino motorist, no juvenile, no adult, no professional of any kind—could make a compelling argument that “constitutional rights” afford any real protection from the government. Believe in them at your own risk.

Dr. Blynd explains, “an abstract fictional entity “government” cannot give you any rights, and even if reality was inverted to accommodate this illusion, anything functionaries of a government pretend to give you they can take away, and the definition of rights is inherent things that cannot be taken away.” FUNKTIONARY further states,

rights - fantasmatic or fictitious objects having no reality in actuality by those imagining as an identity being in possession of them. Rights are cultural gratuities perceived through various fantasy frames, recognized, and sometimes even created, by man's system of law to provide a modicum or pretense of civility under a system whereby their very undermining and violation is vouchsafed. [MORE]

The NFL Gives Up, Settles Case with Kaepernick: NFL Acknowledges that All 32 Teams [all owned by elite Whites] Colluded Against him in Retaliation for his Demonstration During the National Anthem

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From [HERE] In a stunning decision, quarterback Colin Kaepernick and safety Eric Reid have reached a financial settlement with the NFL in their joint collusion complaint against the league and will take no further action in the case. While sources declined to offer specifics for the decision, Yahoo Sports was told on prior occasions that Kaepernick and Reid would only settle the complaint if a lucrative financial agreement was reached between the players and the NFL.

The league and Kaepernick’s attorneys released a statement Friday saying the matter had been resolved confidentially. As part of that confidentiality, it is believed both sides signed a non-disclosure agreement agreeing not to speak publicly about details of the case or settlement.

On October 15, 2017, Kaepernick filed a grievance with the NFL Players Association (“NFLPA”), alleging that the all thirty-two NFL teams and their owners colluded against him in retaliation for his demonstration during the national anthem the previous year. Collusion at its core is collective action that restricts competition. Under federal law, particularly the Sherman Anti-Trust Act (the “Sherman Act”), collusion is prohibited; however, because of labor exemptions, what constitutes collusive, prohibited behavior in specific sports leagues varies based on the league’s negotiated collective bargaining agreement (“CBA”).

Articles 15 and 17 of the National Football League (―NFL‖) Collective Bargaining Agreement (―CBA‖). CBA Article 17, Section 1 states:

“No club, its employees or agents shall enter into any agreement, express or implied, with the NFL, or any other Club, its employees, or agents to restrict or limit individual Club decision making as follows: (i) whether to negotiate or not to negotiate with any player; . . . (iii) whether to offer or not to offer a Player Contract to any player; . . . or (v) concerning the terms or conditions of employment offered to any player for inclusion, or included in, a Player Contract.

According to the grievance complaint:

During the 2017 NFL season and continuing to the present, the NFL, by and through all NFL team owners, NFL employees, and team employees, have entered into and enforced, implied and/or express agreements to specifically deprive Claimant Colin Kaepernick from employment in the NFL, as well as from practicing with and/or trying out for NFL teams for which Mr. Kaepernick is eminently qualified. Respondents NFL and NFL Team Owners have colluded to deprive Mr. Kaepernick of employment rights in retaliation for Mr. Kaepernick’s leadership and advocacy for equality and social justice and his bringing awareness to peculiar institutions still undermining racial equality in the United States. Further, Respondents have retaliated against Mr. Kaepernick in response to coercion and calculated coordination from the Executive Branch of the United States government. Colin Kaepernick demands the prompt selection of a System Arbitrator pursuant to Article 15 of the CBA, expedited discovery including depositions and document production pursuant to Article 15, and a prompt Article 17 enforcement proceeding.“

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The league possesses both the resources for interminable court battles and the ego to never admit a mistake. The NFL spent millions and millions fighting Tom Brady over the inflation levels of a football. It spent millions and millions fighting the legalization of sports wagering, all the way to the Supreme Court. (Then when the league lost, it immediately cashed in, of course.) Nevertheless, against Kap and his claim that teams colluded against him, however … the NFL quit. [MORE]

“For the past several months, counsel for Mr. Kaepernick and Mr. Reid have engaged in an ongoing dialogue with representatives of the NFL,” the statement said. “As a result of those discussions, the parties have decided to resolve the pending grievances. The resolution of this matter is subject to a confidentiality agreement so there will be no further comment by any party.”

The agreement comes on the doorstep of the final hearing in the Kaepernick case, which was set to take place before arbitrator Stephen Burbank this month. Kaepernick had alleged the league conspired to keep him out after he began kneeling during the national anthem in 2016. Multiple NFL players adopted Kaepernick’s protest in 2017, hoping to draw attention to social justice and racial inequality issues. The actions sparked a political firestorm from President Donald Trump and the furor became such a central issue for the league for nearly one year that it instituted a rule that banned protests during the national anthem. That rule has since been shelved by the NFL and now appears to be dead, for all intents and purposes.

The NFLPA also released a statement Friday, supporting the settlement between the league and players.

“Today, we were informed by the NFL of the settlement of the Colin Kaepernick and Eric Reid collusion cases,” the NFLPA said. “We are not privy to the details of the settlement, but support the decision by the players and their counsel. We continuously supported Colin and Eric from the start of their protests, participated with their lawyers throughout their legal proceedings and were prepared to participate in the upcoming trial in pursuit of both truth and justice for what we believe the NFL and its clubs did to them. We are glad that Eric has earned a job and a new contract [from the Carolina Panthers], and we continue to hope that Colin gets his opportunity as well.”

Blurry Phone Video Shows Vallejo Cops Shoot Black Man 20x in Parking Lot: Cops Claim They Were in Danger when Aspiring Rapper Suddenly Woke Up & Reached for a Gun but Decline to Release Bodycam

From [HERE] and [HERE] A blurry cell phone video uploaded on YouTube shows the moment six Vallejo police officers shot and killed a local rapper who passed out behind the wheel of a vehicle in a Taco Bell drive-through line on Feb. 9., according to a witness.

The video starts with Rolly Gabun, of Vallejo, filming the Taco Bell scene from inside his car, saying aloud there were roughly seven police officers blocking the drive-through on Admiral Callaghan Lane. He records the flashing red and blue patrol lights.

When he wonders aloud why the man behind the wheel — later identified as Willie McCoy — doesn’t step out of the vehicle, police officers can be heard repeatedly shouting “put your hands up” before a barrage of gunfire rings out.

After more than 12 bullets are fired, officers can be heard demanding, “let me see your hands” and “put your hands up.”

McCoy, 21, of Vallejo, died at the scene.

“If the guy had a gun on his lap but woke up suddenly of course he would reach for it because he was probably shocked,” Gabun said. “Like it’s brutality at its finest because even after shooting him so many times they still gave commands!”

An officer can be heard telling dispatch soon after the shooting, “All officers are OK. He’s moving, but not responsive” before shouting to McCoy “show me your hands,” according to dispatch audio from Vallejo Police Department.

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Authorities in Vallejo responded to the fast-food restaurant about 10:40 p.m. Saturday after employees reported seeing a man “slumped over” in the driver’s seat of a silver Mercedes-Benz, police said.

The call began as a welfare check, but as officers approached the car, they saw a gun in the man’s lap, police said. Police said McCoy unresponsive. The car was locked, and the transmission was in drive, officials said. [MORE]

After some time, the man moved, and officers told him to keep his hands visible, police said. But authorities said he reached for the gun and officers, fearing for their safety, fired their weapons.

They later said the gun was a fully loaded 40 caliber semi-automatic handgun with an extended magazine. After several more officers arrived as back-up, they opened fire when, they said, McCoy awoke and reached for the gun.

Police in Vallejo, California, said in a news release that the six officers shot "multiple rounds" at the drivein the span of four seconds Saturday night in a Taco Bell parking lot. It's unclear how many bullets struck McCoy, but his family said they believe at least 20 may have hit his car based on the number of holes that witnesses counted at the scene.

"It seems like an execution," David Harrison, McCoy's cousin and manager, said Wednesday. "It looks like my baby cousin was executed by a firing squad."

Officials also declined further comment about any plans to release video from the incident and questions regarding police protocol. The department's police union did not immediately respond to an email Wednesday.

Harrison said he's not happy about a lack of information that has come out about his cousin's death and is awaiting the results of an autopsy and toxicology report.

"It doesn't take six officers to pump bullets through a car that's not going anywhere," he said.

A welfare check is also known as the community caretaking exception to the 4th Amendment right to be free from unreasonable searches, seizures and arrests. The idea behind community caretaking is that police do not always function as law enforcement officials investigating and ferreting out wrongdoing, but sometimes may act as community caretakers designed to prevent harm in emergency situations. [MORE]

Unwanted White Minnesota Cop Doesn't Serve Black People & Can't be Fired: Judge Re-Instates Public Ruler who Assaulted a Somali Teen & Told Him to Get Out the Park

From [HERE] and [HERE] In a ruling with broad implications for police discipline, the Minnesota Supreme Court has rejected Richfield's efforts to fire an officer who struck a Black teenager, saying the city must comply with an arbitrator who ruled in favor of the officer.

Richfield Police Officer Nate Kinsey was fired in 2016, about six months after he was caught on video striking a young Somali man on the back of the head and swearing at him, an incident denounced by the Somali Human Rights Commission. The teen was unarmed and not threatening the cop.

In the cellphone video on Twitter, an officer tells a 19-year-old to leave Adams Hill Park. The teen asks him why can't I be in a public park? Then the white officer mushes his face and pushes him. 

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Kinsey failed to report the use of force, as the police department required. The arbitrator argued Kinsey’s failure to report the behavior was only a “lapse in judgement.”

The Supreme Court decision, released Wednesday morning, was a closely watched test of the authority of labor arbitrators, who are held under Minnesota law to be the final judges of law and fact in disputes covered by many collective bargaining agreements.

Sean Gormley, executive director of Law Enforcement Labor Services Inc., the state's largest law enforcement union and the one representing Kinsey, praised the ruling.

"Binding arbitration is a pillar of collective bargaining; it is imperative that employers and unions respect and abide by these decisions, even when the outcome is unfavorable to one side or the other," Gormley said in a statement.

Kinsey, 43, of Cottage Grove, did not return a call seeking comment; a union spokesman said he intends to return to work as a police officer.

In her 10-page decision, Justice Anne K. McKeig [in photo] rejected the argument that Richfield's "public policy" interests in police discipline allowed it to override the arbitrator, who found that Kinsey's use of force was not excessive.

"No doubt many observers would find Kinsey's actions disturbing," McKeig wrote. "But state statute requires arbitration, and the City's contract with the Union gives the arbitrator the authority to decide what constitutes just cause for termination. Applying the statute and the language in the contract, and deferring to the facts as found by the arbitrator, we reverse the decision of the court of appeals."

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The dispute over Kinsey's firing arose at a time of public outrage over police use of excessive force on the job and concern over a perceived lack of accountability for police actions. The Minnesota Chiefs of Police Association weighed in on Richfield's side as the case moved through the courts, denouncing the arbitration system as "broken" with respect to disciplining officers.

Andy Skoogman, head of the Minnesota Chiefs of Police Association, said local leaders need greater authority to address disciplinary problems.

"We believe the state's highest court missed a unique opportunity to help law enforcement leaders across Minnesota improve the policing profession," Skoogman said. "Had the Supreme Court upheld the Minnesota Appeals Court ruling that the city was justified in its termination of officer Nate Kinsey, municipal leaders would have more leeway to terminate employees who fail to follow policy and display a pattern of disciplinary problems."

Richfield officials said Kinsey will undertake a "rigorous retraining program," including a comprehensive review of department polices on use of force and other topics and training on implicit bias.

Kinsey must also get his Minnesota peace officer's license reinstated by the Minnesota Peace Officer Standards and Training Board.

All White Jury Mocks Black Man with a One Dollar ($1 ) Award: White Rochester Cops Knocked Him Out of his Wheelchair & Assaulted Him at a Bus Stop b/c He Cursed at Them & Disturbed Their Peace

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From [HERE] Last week a federal jury mostly exonerated three white Rochester police officers involved in a highly publicized arrest six years ago of a Black man in a wheelchair.

Jurors found that the man, Benny Warr, was not wrongfully arrested and that two of the officers — Joseph Ferrigno and Mitchell Stewart — did not use excessive force.

The jury did conclude that the third officer, Anthony Liberatore, used excessive force in arresting Warr, but awarded Warr just $1 in what are known as nominal damages.

The phrase means jurors felt a legal wrong occurred but found no harm was done.

At the same time, the jury declined to award compensatory damages but voted to award punitive damages in the amount of $0, mocking him.

According to journalist Donna Jackel who observed the trial, the jury was all white. The 8 person jury was composed of seven women and one man.

Benny Warr, an African American with one functional leg, sued three members of the Rochester Police Department, the city of Rochester and a former police chief for wrongful arrest and excessive force.

Warr, who was 52 when the incident occurred on May 1, 2013, testified that he did not resist police, that he was quietly waiting for a bus, eating an ice cream, when arrested. (A police video shows him buying ice cream.) 

Warr testified that Officers Joseph Ferrigno and Anthony Liberatore maced him, threw him to the ground and struck him after he responded to an order to move by telling them he was just waiting for a bus. He said he lay in a fetal position while the officers “allegedly” beat him.

 A witnesses filmed a portion of the incident on her cell phone. It reveals that Liberatore and Ferrigno knocked Warr’s motorized wheelchair to the sidewalk, with him still in it. A second video, filmed by a revolving police surveillance camera, shows Liberatore bashing his right elbow into Warr’s head as the disabled man lay on the ground. (Both videos are posted on Youtube.)

“I thought they were going to kill me,” Warr told a reporter.

It took an ambulance approximately 25 minutes to arrive to transport Warr to the hospital. In federal court, a doctor testified Warr sustained three broken ribs that day.

Ferrigno and Liberatore testified Warr resisted their attempts to clear the corner, swore at them and swung his arms at them. Police officials said the officers were “clearing the block,” an action intended to prevent residents from congregating on street corners, so as to discourage customers from entering local businesses. 

Warr's attorney, Charles Burkwit, called the outcome "an inconsistent verdict."

"Obviously we were all in shock," Burkwit said. "What's the point of a making a punitive damages finding if you're not going to award any money?"

Warr brought his lawsuit against the officers, the city of Rochester and former Police Chief James Sheppard in 2013, about four months after his arrest. The allegations that Sheppard improperly supervised officers were dismissed at trial.

Police officers contended that Warr punched and fought them as they tried to arrest him for allegedly causing a scene by shouting profanities. Warr maintained that he did not resist, that he was quietly waiting for a bus when arrested, and that he was in a fetal position when allegedly beaten.

"While, the city agrees with this decision, I cannot comment further on this matter in the interest of protecting our taxpayers in the event of potential appeals,"  Corporation Counsel Tim Curtin said in a statement in which he also thanked the jury and city's legal team.

Burkwit said Tuesday that the jury seemed to ignore evidence that Warr suffered from post-traumatic stress after the incident. He also contended that "inflammatory" statements from the city's legal team, including mentioning that Warr had once been jailed despite a judge's ruling that the information not be mentioned at trial, may have influenced the jury.

"There was a lot of prejudicial and inflammatory information, which I think as a whole prejudiced Mr. Warr," Burkwit said.

Testimony at trial showed that Warr had previously suffered from chronic pain, and had also battled drug addiction, though, records indicated, he has been clean for years. He has worn a prosthesis on one leg since childhood.

Warr's arrest and the events that preceded it were caught on cellphone cameras and widely shared on social media, but there were strikingly different interpretations of what the video showed. A city Blue Light camera also captured some of the confrontation.

In his closing arguments last week, Burkwit said the video supported Warr's story and proved that the police had lied in their claims about the incident.

Meanwhile, city attorney Spencer Ash told jurors, "This video footage is an ally of ours," in his summation.

Warr resolved the criminal charges against him by agreeing to what is known as an "adjournment in contemplation of dismissal," which allows for charges to be dismissed after six months if there are no other charges during that stretch.

A police review board exonerated the officers of misconduct, a decision upheld at the time by Sheppard. 

However, Burkwit said, the jury's finding that Liberatore used excessive force showed the lapses in the city review, which determined just the opposite. 

"There's something to be said that the jury agreed ... that the city brushed this under the rug," he said.

Burkwit said he planned to ask the court to set aside the verdict.

"An appeal is always an option as well," he said. "Due to the shocking nature of the award, at this point we need to let a little time go by and let the court address the verdict."

Alabama’s Failure to Respond to Prison Crisis Claims Another Life: After an Assault Left a Black Man Paralyzed with Brain Injury He Had No Access to Therapeutic Care in Uncivilized Facility

From [EJI] On Sunday, the third incarcerated Alabama homicide victim in the last six weeks died from complications and inadequate medical care. This marks the 22nd homicide within Alabama prisons in the last two years and the 12th murder since 2018, a staggering homicide rate that is 10 times the national average. No significant reforms have been implemented to improve safety in the state's prisons during this time period and a serious crisis continues.

Jamie Prim, age 34, died Sunday due to complications from a serious assault at Fountain Correctional Facility in June 2018 that left him with a traumatic brain injury and paralysis. Mr. Prim was incarcerated for nonviolent offenses and was granted parole on November 29, 2018, to live under the care of his sister in Baldwin County. Mr. Prim died before the Alabama Department of Corrections could process his release.  

In the immediate aftermath of his assault at Fountain, doctors were hopeful that he could avoid permanent paralysis and regain motor function with physical therapy. However, Mr. Prim – who was classified for a minimum custody work release facility – was sent to St. Clair Correctional Facility, where EJI filed a class action lawsuit in 2014 following the failure of the Alabama Department of Corrections to protect men at the prison.  

At St. Clair, Mr. Prim had no access to therapeutic care and his condition worsened. He sustained further injuries to his brain after allegedly falling out of a bed at the prison, developed large bed sores, and had fluid in his lungs. Mr. Prim was admitted to Brookwood Hospital as a result of these complications and died there on February 10, 2019.

In early December, EJI released a report describing Alabama's prisons as the deadliest in the nation. Since then, prison violence and inaction from department leadership has claimed the lives of at least three more men: Jamie Prim, Terrence Andrews, and John David Teague.  

On December 29, 2018, Terrence Andrews was killed at St. Clair. Mr. Andrews had been transferred to St. Clair shortly before his death and was killed in a housing area known to have the most frequent and serious incidents of violence at the prison. 

On January 7, 2019, John David Teague was killed at Staton Correctional Facility. Mr. Teague was found unresponsive at 3:30 a.m. with multiple stab wounds and died from his injuries. 

The rate of prison homicides in Alabama exceeds 50 homicides per 100,000 people incarcerated – more than 10 times the national average from 2001 to 2014. No system-wide reforms, emergency response, or action has been implemented to disrupt lethal violence and improve security within Alabama's prisons.

The deaths of Jamie Prim, Terrence Andrews, and John David Teague make clear that Alabama's prison system is in crisis. The failure of department leadership and elected officials to urgently respond to this crisis puts the lives of incarcerated people and prison staff, and public safety, at serious risk.

All White Wisconsin GOP Forces Colin Kaepernick's Name Off Black History Resolution [that includes Condi Rice] to Create a Feel Good Black Historiography in Service of White Domination & Authority

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From [HERE] and [HERE] For the second time in as many years, Wisconsin lawmakers clashed on party lines over how to honor Black History Month as some Republicans objected to a resolution offered by the Legislature's Black Caucus, which is composed of only Democrats. 

There are no African-American Republicans in the Wisconsin Legislature. 

The state Assembly passed a resolution Tuesday to honor prominent black Americans during Black History Month in February — but only after Republicans blocked it until black Democratic lawmakers agreed to remove the name of quarterback Colin Kaepernick.

Democratic Rep. David Crowley of Milwaukee, who authored the resolution, called the episode "a textbook example of white privilege" and a "slap in the face."

"Many of these people that you don’t agree with will still be in the history books that your children and grandchildren will be reading," Crowley said on the Assembly floor.

Kaepernick, who was born in Milwaukee and lived in Fond du Lac as a young child, launched protests against racial inequality and police brutality by sitting on the bench during the national anthem before an NFL preseason game in 2016 and then began kneeling in 2016 during the national anthem to protest a system of injustice aka racism/white supremacy.

He is one of more than two dozen prominent black Americans proposed by the Legislature's black lawmakers to be honored during February, including former U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and baseball giant Reggie Jackson. 

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Other names proposed to be honored on Tuesday included Lucien H. Palmer, Wisconsin's first black legislator; Carolyn Stanford Taylor, Wisconsin's first black Superintendent of Public Instruction; Foundation for Black Women's Wellness founder Lisa Peyton-Caire and Beloit native and NFL coach Jim Caldwell.

Assembly Majority Leader Jim Steineke of Kaukauna [racist suspect in photo] said Republicans wouldn't support the resolution that included Kaepernick "for obvious reasons," referring to protests during the national anthem.

Democratic Rep. LaKeshia Myers of Milwaukee said Kaepernick "decided to take on ownership of a problem that he saw, which was police brutality."

"Whether you dislike the method that he used, understand that it is a part of America’s DNA — not just African-Americans' protest," said Myers, who was the lone vote against the resolution. 

Appeals Court Upholds Release of Grand Jury Record in the 1946 "Moore's Ford Lynching" Case- Mass Murders of 2 Black Couples by a White Mob, No One Ever Charged

From [HERE] The US Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit ruled on Monday that the District Court for the Middle District of Georgia appropriately ordered the release of grand jury records related to the Moore’s Ford Lynching of 1946.

The Moore’s Ford Lynching is considered to be the “last” mass lynching in American history. The Moore’s Ford Lynchings, also known as the 1946 Georgia lynching, refers to the July 25, 1946 mass murders by a white mob of four young African Americans: two married couples — George W. and Mae Murray Dorsey, and Roger and Dorothy Malcom — in Walton County. The couples were dragged from their cars and shot multiple times by a crowd of people. A grand jury was convened in 1946, which included 16 days of witness testimony. However, no one was charged for the murders.

Author Anthony Pitch had petitioned the court to release the grand jury records held at the National Archives in Washington, DC, to help with a book Pitch is writing on the event. The government objected to the release, arguing the court did not have the authority to do so, and historical significance is not sufficient to permit disclosure.

The appeals court found that a district court has an inherit authority to disclose grand jury records when “exceptional circumstances” exist. The exceptional circumstance must result in the need for disclosure exceeding the public interest in secrecy. The court looked at a list of nine factors that can be used for historically significant events to determine if an exceptional circumstance exists.

No defendant in the Moore’s Ford grand jury objected to the disclosure. The disclosure is also sought for a “legitimate, scholarly purpose.” The Moore’s Ford Lynching was also determined to have historical significance due to the ties to the national civil rights movements and ongoing media interest in the event. Due to the amount of time that has passed, the court found that “[t]here is no indication that any witnesses, suspects, or their immediate family members are alive to be intimidated, persecuted, or arrested.”

The district court is required to determine if any portions of the grand jury records should be redacted or omitted.

July 26, 1946 -- Loy Harrison (left), an Oconee County farmer, shows Sheriff J.M. Bond of Oconee County how the mob bound the hands of the two black male victims, George Dorsey and Roger Malcom, together before shooting them and their wives to death near Monroe, Ga., July 25, 1946. Harrison said the mob took the four victims from his car as he was driving to his farm. [   MORE   ]

July 26, 1946 -- Loy Harrison (left), an Oconee County farmer, shows Sheriff J.M. Bond of Oconee County how the mob bound the hands of the two black male victims, George Dorsey and Roger Malcom, together before shooting them and their wives to death near Monroe, Ga., July 25, 1946. Harrison said the mob took the four victims from his car as he was driving to his farm. [MORE]

Tradition says that the murders were committed on Moore's Ford Bridge in Walton and Oconee counties between Monroe and Watkinsville, and they are often referred to as the Moore's Ford lynchings. But the four victims were shot and killed on a dirt road in Walton County near the bridge.

The case attracted national attention and catalyzed large protests in Washington, DC and New York City. President Harry S. Truman created the President's Committee on Civil Rights and his administration introduced anti-lynching legislation in Congress, but could not get it past the Southern Democratic block. The FBI investigated in 1946 but was unable to discover sufficient evidence for the US District Attorney to prosecute anyone. Publicity about the case in the 1990s led to a new investigation starting in 2000 by the FBI and the state. The state of Georgia and the FBI finally closed their cases in December 2017, unable to prosecute any suspect.[1]

The lynching victims have been commemorated by a community memorial service in 1998 and a state highway marker placed in 1999 at the site of the attack in what is the first official recognition of a lynching in the state of Georgia. According to the 2015 report by the Equal Justice Initiative on lynchings in the Southern United States, Georgia has the second-highest number of documented lynchings.