ACLU Study: Black People Make up 47% of D.C.’s Population but Accounted for 86% of all Arrests in the District — 10 times the arrest rate of [gentrifying] white [liberal] residents

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From [HERE] Black residents in the District are disproportionately arrested for minor violations, despite making up less than half of the population, according to a study by two watchdog groups.

Black people make up 47% of D.C.’s population but accounted for 86% of all arrests in the District — ten times the arrest rate of white residents, according to a study by D.C.’s ACLU office and the advocacy group, Open the Government.

D.C. police arrest data from 2013 to 2017 shows that more than 16,000 people were arrested for low-level crimes such as driving without a permit, possessions of an open container of alcohol, public marijuana consumption, gambling and noise complaints. The data covers the entire District — not just high crime areas.

While only 34% of the District’s black commuters travel by vehicle, 78% of all people arrested for driving without a permit were black. according to the data. The disparities in arrests and traffic stops are likely a result of discriminatory decisions being made by officers, the study suggests.

D.C. police only recently began tracking the race of the individuals its officers stop as required under the 2016 Neighborhood Engagement Achieves Results Act, or the NEAR Act.

“MPD waited more than two years before taking any steps to comply with that statute,” said the study.

It was in response to a lawsuit from ACLU-DC that D.C. police began “attempting to put the NEAR Act into effect … Thus, almost three years after the NEAR Act was enacted, MPD continues to thwart inquiries into why it arrests so many Black people for offenses like driving without a permit.”

Additionally, 80% of people arrested for having an open container of alcohol were black; the percentage of black arrestees for public consumption of marijuana reached 80% through the five-year period. Out of the 667 people arrested for gambling, 99% of them were black; from the 412 people arrested for noise complaints, 76% of them were black, the study showed.

Kevin Donahue, the Deputy Mayor for Public Safety and Justice, said D.C. is addressing some issues, such as directing officers to issue citations instead of arrests for more crimes.

The study also calls on Mayor Muriel Bowser, who has supported more police funding, to instead support more transparency within the police department. The two advocacy groups also say a repeal of criminal statutes that disproportionately target people in poverty are necessary to address racial disparities.

Bodycam Footage Released in Bench Trial of White Rochester Cop who Stalked & Attacked Christopher Pate as He Walked Down the Street in “Mistaken," Unlawful Arrest

From [HERE] The bench trial against a Rochester police officer accused of beating a man began on Wednesday.

Officer Michael Sippel is charged with misdemeanor assault.

Officer Michael Sippel and fellow RPD officer Spenser McAvoy were accused in a wrongful arrest case, which alleged that the two beat Christopher Pate on May 5, 2018. Pate said after providing his identification to the officers, he was grabbed, had a stun gun used on him, then was handcuffed and subsequently punched in the face, causing occipital bone and jaw fractures, as well as other damage to his mouth.

The case was determined to be one of mistaken identity, and all charges were dropped by Rochester City Court Judge Maija Dixon.

Christopher Pate, 37, said he was approached by white officers in an unmarked vehicle at Fulton Avenue and Bloss Street around 4:45 p.m. on May 5. Officers claimed that Pate matched the description of an individual on their "most wanted" board.

Pate said that after he provided his identification and proved he wasn't the person they were seeking, the officers continued to escalate the situation and initiated a physical confrontation.

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According to Pate, the officers tased and handcuffed him then punched him repeatedly, breaking bones in his face.

“I saw the officer on top of him, beating him," said Tina Davis, who saw the incident happening right outside her front door on Fulton Avenue, near Bloss Street. "The guy was yelling and asking him why are they beating him, because he wasn’t resisting or anything, because he wasn’t. From that point on, they took him down to the ground and was on top of him and being real aggressive.” [MORE]

A grand jury decided to drop charges against McAvoy, but found the evidence against Sippel was enough to charge him. 

In court on Wednesday, the judge reviewed body camera footage of the incident which was made public for the first time. It shows the encounter Pate had with the two officers last May including blood on the ground and the moment he was tased. Said video is above.

During [Mock] Disciplinary Trial for White Cop who Murdered Eric Garner, NYPD Training Head Said a Chokehold was Used & Coughing Shows Breathing was Restricted

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From [ABC] The head of the NYPD's recruit training says video shows that a restraint technique used on Eric Garner in 2014 "meets the definition of a chokehold." Inspector Richard Dee testified Tuesday at Officer Daniel Pantaleo's internal trial, nearly five years after Garner's pleas of "I can't breathe" became a rallying cry against police brutality. Dee also says that coughing heard on the video indicates Garner's breathing was restricted by the hold. Dee says recruits are explicitly warned that chokeholds are banned, and they are instructed to disengage when they realize they're using a chokehold. Pantaleo is accused of hastening Garner's death. His lawyer says the officer used an approved technique known as a "seat-belt hold," but Dee says there is no record of Pantaleo's receiving training in that move. On Monday, protesters blocked traffic on the FDR Drive as the disciplinary trial got underway. [MORE]

The medical examiner who performed an autopsy on Eric Garner testified Wednesday that a police officer's chokehold set into motion "a lethal sequence of events," but she said even a bear hug could've hastened his death given Garner's fragile health. Hemorrhaging in Garner's neck muscles was indicative of a chokehold that set off an asthma attack and led to him going into cardiac arrest following a confrontation with New York City police officers in 2014, Dr. Floriana Persechino said. 

She testified at the disciplinary hearing for Officer Daniel Pantaleo, narrating along at times with graphic autopsy photos that have never previously been seen in a public forum.

Persechino said a bystander's video of the confrontation only helped confirm her findings that the officer had wrapped his arm around Garner's neck, obstructing his breathing. The NYPD banned chokeholds in the 1990s because they can be deadly. [MORE]

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White Clovis Cops Conduct a Suicide "Welfare Check" by Breaking into an Apt w/Guns Drawn &Turning a K9 Dog Loose During Terroristic Assault on Latino Man who Had Not Committed a Crime

From [HERE] A white Clovis police officer is accused of using excessive force during a welfare check.

Video from a Clovis Police Department officer’s lapel camera shows three officers in the hall of an apartment complex. 

They are pleading with Dan Lucero to open the door.

“We aren't here to hurt you,” an officer is heard saying. “I assure you of that.”

After about two minutes, the video shows the officers grow impatient and enter Lucero's apartment with the guns drawn.

A police K-9 was then deployed and attacked Lucero.

“In this case, we don't have any threat to officers, to citizens, to anybody,” said Lucero’s attorney, Matt Coyte. “The man in talking to them. You should respond with conversation, not with force at all."

The dog left wound on Lucero’s leg, which were treated at a regional trauma center.

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“They need to reassess use of force, among all officers, in particular Mr. Aguilar,” Coyte said.

Lucero’s attorney singles out officer Brent Aguilar because he's been accused of excessive force in the past. 

Aguilar is listed in four federal lawsuits that allege excessive force, at times by wrongfully deploying his police dog on innocent people.

“It's not an isolated incident,” Coyte said. “It was done on purpose and that's a problem.

KOB 4 reached out to the Clovis City Manager for comment, but did not hear a back. “We aren't here to hurt you,” an officer is heard saying. “I assure you of that.”

After about two minutes, the video shows the officers grow impatient and enter Lucero's apartment with the guns drawn.

A police K-9 was then deployed and attacked Lucero.

“In this case, we don't have any threat to officers, to citizens, to anybody,” said Lucero’s attorney, Matt Coyte. “The man in talking to them. You should respond with conversation, not with force at all."

The dog left wound on Lucero’s leg, which were treated at a regional trauma center.

“They need to reassess use of force, among all officers, in particular Mr. Aguilar,” Coyte said.

Lucero’s attorney singles out officer Brent Aguilar because he's been accused of excessive force in the past. 

Aguilar is listed in four federal lawsuits that allege excessive force, at times by wrongfully deploying his police dog on innocent people.

“It's not an isolated incident,” Coyte said. “It was done on purpose and that's a problem.

KOB 4 reached out to the Clovis City Manager for comment, but did not hear a back. 

US Media [privately owned, profit making White-elite controlled corporations] Coverage of Venezuela & it’s Push to Install an Unelected Elite Puppetician Reaches All-Time Low

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From [MINT PRESS] As famed Latin American author Eduardo Galeano once wrote, “every time the US ‘saves’ a country, it converts it into either an insane asylum or a cemetery.” Of course, as we look over the wreckage left by the US in countries such as Iraq, Afghanistan, Libya, Somalia, Syria, El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras, we see that this statement is demonstrably true. And yet, now that the US is poised for another intervention, this time in Venezuela, the press is right there again to cheer it along.

Analyzing 76 total press articles of the “elite” press from January 15 to April 15, 2019, Fairness & Accuracy In Reporting (FAIR) could find not one voice that opposed Trump’s regime plans in Venezuela. Meanwhile, 54 percent openly supported these plans.  Of course, this should not be all too surprising given the press’s usual complicity in past US war efforts — e.g., by pushing such war lies as the Gulf of Tonkin, the killing of babies in Kuwait, the WMDS of Iraq and the alleged Viagra-fueled rapes in Libya.  The current war lies are coming fast and furious from such outlets as CNN which lied about seeing Maduro forces lighting aid containers on fire at the Colombian border (it was in fact opposition forces which did so as the NYT admitted two weeks later), and which claimed that US puppet Juan Guaido actually won the presidential election against Nicolas Maduro when in fact Guaido never even ran for president.

What is quite stunning, however, is the total unanimity of the press in uncritically covering and supporting the ongoing coup in Venezuela. This is baffling because the same press outlets which have been rightly critical of Trump for all of his stupidity, lying and meanness, have suddenly found him brilliant, true and benevolent when it comes to Venezuela. This is particularly remarkable given that his partners in this crime are Neo-Con John Bolton; former CIA Director Mike Pompeo who recently joked that the CIA’s true motto is “We lied, We Cheated, We Stole”; and convicted liar Elliott Abrams.  As for Abrams, he is infamous for his role in the illegal funding of the Nicaraguan Contras; his covering up of the El Mazote massacre in El Salvador in which around

And yet, somehow, we are to believe from our “free” press that this band of rogues is going to deliver democracy and human rights to Venezuela.  Never mind the fact that Trump himself is President after losing to Hillary Clinton by nearly 3 million votes, and that the US, in the words of former President Jimmy Carter, no longer has a functioning democracy.  As for Venezuela, on the other hand, Carter has said that its electoral system is “the best in the world.”

Meanwhile, this same captive press incessantly tells of us of all the deprivations and travails in Venezuela while refusing to explain how, as UN Expert Dr. Alfred de Zayas has concluded, this state of affairs is largely the result of brutal US sanctions.   Recently, respected economist Jeffrey Sachs co-authored a report showing that, since August of 2017, over 40,000 Venezuelans have died due to the US sanctions which have deprived Venezuela of food and life-saving medicines.   But few would know any of this because the voices of de Zayas and Sachs are never heard in the mainstream press.

Also unheard are any of the 6 million Venezuelans who voted for Nicolas Maduro in May of 2018, many of whom turn out for massive pro-government demonstrations.  Instead, the press gives ink and air time only to mostly white, well-off and English-speaking individuals who support the opposition, giving the false impression that Maduro has no support.

Moreover, in Orwellian fashion, the press refuses to call the current push for a military uprising in Venezuela a “coup,” while the same time referring to Maduro invariably as “repressive” and as a “dictator,” and his government as a “regime.”

In short, instead of giving two sides of the story, the press gives us one, ignores crucial facts and tells us how we should be viewing the situation in Venezuela.  This is not journalism at all, but naked propaganda, and it is shameful.

The fact that, despite all of the US pressure and threats, and despite all of the lies, the Venezuelan people have not risen up en massein support of Juan Guaido – a man 80 percent of Venezuelans never heard of until he declared himself president with the US’s urging – should tell one that things are not as we are being led to believe.  What we are seeing in Venezuela is but another attempted coup made in the USA, and it is the same type as the ones that brought such scoundrels as General Pinochet to power in Chile.  But one would never know this from our trusted press which has decided that it is the mouthpiece for the State Department instead of a check on a President and a nation run amok.

Fed Ct Prevents Evidence from Being Used Against Black Man: Cops Must Get a Warrant to Track a Car w/a GPS Tracker Installed by Car Dealer for Repossession for Missed Payments

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From [HERE] If police officers want to use a dealer-installed GPS system to track a driver, they need to get a warrant. That was the ruling Monday by US District Judge Gary Feinerman who ruled in favor of a Black man accused of stealing a watch who was caught because the getaway car, a silver 2003 Lexus RX, had a tracking device installed by the dealer. The issue before the federal court was not the robbery itself, but whether police violated the law by turning to a third party to obtain GPS location data on a motorist without a warrant.

Police in Hinsdale, Illinois, were anxious to solve the March 17, 2017, heist of Razny Jewelers. Three armed men had burst in the store and walked out with Patek Phillipe, Tudor and Frederique Constant watches worth a total of $200,000. They then drove away from a back alley in a silver Lexus SUV. The face of one of those involved was caught on surveillance video, giving the police a big lead in the search for the culprits. 

Police eventually found a Lexus matching the getaway car's description that belonged to Devinn Adams, who was married to Tobias Diggs. Adams had bought the Lexus from a used car dealer, Headers Auto Sales, which installed a GPS tracker on the car so it could be repossessed if the loan payments were not made on time. Headers was more than happy to give the police detectives access to the system that tracked the Lexus, which showed the vehicle belonging to Adams had been in the alley behind the jewelers during the robbery. That was bad news for Tobias Diggs and two other associates who were arrested and charged with the crime.

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Diggs caught a break, however, because the police failed to obtain a warrant before accessing the GPS location data. In 2012, the US Supreme Court's Jones decision said police had to obtain a warrant before attaching a GPS tracker to a car. Prosecutors insisted that this case was different, since Diggs was not the car's owner and the tracker was already installed by a third party. The judge was not persuaded.

"Given the privacy concerns implicated by the detailed and comprehensive record of Diggs's movements captured by the Lexus's GPS tracker, the fact that the police obtained the information from a third party does not overcome Diggs's claim to Fourth Amendment protection," Judge Feinerman ruled. "Neither Diggs nor Adams voluntarily turned over the GPS data to Headers, and the government has not identified any decision specifically authorizing law enforcement to gather information from a third party to which the information was not voluntarily provided."

Since the judge found the location data was collected illegally, he ordered the evidence suppressed. A status hearing has been scheduled for June 10 to work out what this means for the rest of the case. A copy of the ruling is available in a 250k PDF file at the source link below

San Francisco Approves the “Stop Secret Surveillance Act" to become 1st Municipality to Ban the Use of Facial Recognition

From [indybay] At the May 14 meeting of the San Francisco Board of Supervisors, the City of SF became the 10th jurisdiction in the country to adopt a comprehensive oversight protocol for the acquisition and use of surveillance tech. The Stop Secret Surveillance Act, sponsored by Supervisor Aaron Peskin and co-sponsored by Supervisors Norman Yee, Hilary Ronen, Matt Haney and Shamann Walton, requires board approval of existing and new equipment, use polices and civil rights impact reports to be created for each methodology and annual reports summarizing use, all available to the public.  

San Francisco's Stop Secret Surveillance Act also bans the use of intrusive facial recognition software by the City, which has been demonstrated to be dangerously inaccurate and racially biased. San Francisco has become the first municipality in the nation to ban its use. 

Oakland Privacy initiated discussions with Supervisor Peskin's office about bringing surveilllance transparency to California's 4th biggest city in April of 2017. Two years later, after the passage of San Francisco's Privacy First ballot initiative and the spread of facial recognition technology via Amazon's marketing of Rekognition to law enforcement, San Francisco has moved ahead and forged into new ground to protect resident's privacy and give them voice in how they are watched.  

OP co-coordinator and Media Alliance director Tracy Rosenberg commented: "SF's ban on facial recognition is a demonstration that just because we can do something doesn't mean that we should. Sometimes the disadvantages outweigh the benefits. But the most important thing is that now San Francisco has a transparent process to have these discussions going forward and will put rules in place to prevent abuse and misuse and protect human rights - in public."  

San Francisco joins Santa Clara County, Oakland, Berkeley, Davis, Palo Alto, the Bay Area Rapid Transit District, Seattle, Nashville, Laurence, Somerville, and Cambridge in implementing surveillance transparency protocols, which give communities direct control over how much surveillance tech is used in localities and how it is used and allows for meaningful debate on the balance between security and freedom.  

Facial Recognition Now a Routine Policing Tool in the “Surveillance State" that Incorrectly Identifies Non-White People More Frequently than Whites

From [HERE] In August 2017, a woman contacted the Arapahoe County Sheriff’s Office in Colorado with what seemed like a simple case: After a date at a bowling alley, she’d discovered $400 missing from her purse and asked the manager to review the surveillance footage, which showed her companion snatching the cash while she bowled a frame.

But despite the clear evidence, the search for the bowling companion floundered. The woman knew only his first name. He’d removed his profile from the dating site on which they’d met. His number, now disconnected, was linked to a hard-to-trace “burner” phone. Security video captured his car in the parking lot, but not its license plate.

The investigator, Tara Young, set the case aside to work on others. It sat on a shelf until early 2018, when she ran into a colleague who was testing out the department’s new facial recognition system.

Young gave the officer a picture of the bowling companion taken from the victim’s cellphone. He plugged it into the software and up popped a mugshot of a man who looked a lot like the date thief.

It was Young’s first experience with facial recognition, one of the most powerful and controversial technological innovations of the 21st century. It gave her dormant case new life, and showed her its potential to transform policing.

Her investigation “would have been at a dead end without the facial recognition,” Young said. “It’s huge.”

A disputed tool goes mainstream

The technology-driven revolution in policing is unfolding in big cities and small communities around the country, as more police departments purchase facial recognition software. The government “facial biometrics” market — which includes federal, state and local law enforcement — is expected to soar from $136.9 million in 2018 to $375 million by 2025, according to an estimate by market research firm Grand View Research. Driven by artificial intelligence, facial recognition allows officers to submit images of people’s faces, taken in the field or lifted from photos or video, and instantaneously compare them to photos in government databases — mugshots, jail booking records, driver’s licenses.

Unlike DNA evidence, which is costly and can take a laboratory days to produce, facial recognition requires little overhead once a system is installed. The relative ease of operation allows officers to make the technology part of their daily work. Rather than reserve it for serious or high-profile cases, they are using it to solve routine crimes and to quickly identify people they see as suspicious.

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But these systems are proliferating amid growing concern that facial recognition remains prone to errors — artificial-intelligence and privacy researchers have found that algorithms behind some systems incorrectly identify women and people with dark skin more frequently than white men — and allows the government to expand surveillance of the public without much oversight. While some agencies have policies on how facial recognition is used, there are few laws or regulations governing what databases the systems can tap into, who is included in those databases, the circumstances in which police can scan people’s photos, how accurate the systems are, and how much the government should share with the public about its use of the technology.

Police praise the technology’s power to improve investigations, but many agencies also try to keep their methods secret. In New York, the police department has resisted attempts by defense attorneys and privacy advocates to reveal how its facial recognition system operates. In Jacksonville, Florida, authorities have refused to share details of their facial recognition searches with a man fighting his conviction for selling $50 of crack. Sometimes people arrested with the help of facial recognition aren’t aware that it was used against them.

Because police don’t treat facial recognition as evidence for presentation in court, the technique does not often turn up in public documents and has not been the subject of many judicial rulings. Its use, and spread, are difficult to track.

The companies that build the technology are also grappling with the implications of its use. Amazon has given its facial recognition system to police departments to try out, sparking protests from employeesshareholders and artificial intelligence researchers. Microsoft says it has resisted requests to sell its products to police, and has called for government regulation. Axon, the largest maker of body cameras in the United States, has taken out patents for facial recognition applications but says it is not pursuing them as it consults with an artificial-intelligence ethics board.

At the same time, companies are creating even more advanced systems that will allow police to identify people from live video footage, such as body cameras, rather than just still images. It is only a matter of time before such technology is available for police to buy. [MORE]

Study Challenges Myth that the Death Penalty Brings Victims’ Families Closure & finds that “people who punish others in the hopes of making themselves feel better actually feel worse"

From [DPIC] Proponents of capital punishment have long argued for the death penalty on the grounds that it brings closure to family members of homicide victims. But science suggests that achieving closure through execution may be a myth, says family and child therapist Linda Lewis Griffith (pictured) in a May 6, 2019 column in the San Luis Obispo Tribune, and that capital punishment may actually make matters worse.

To underscore that point, Griffith cites studies in the Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin and the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology that found “subjects who were given the opportunity to vent their hostilities had higher levels of aggression and anger than those participants who did nothing at all” and “people who punish others in the hopes of making themselves feel better actually feel worse.” The death penalty, she says, “keeps victims involved in the tragedy for years, even decades, as multiple hearings, appeals and trials drag on.” As a result, family members “feel stuck in a time warp, being repeatedly re-traumatized by the legal system and accompanying media coverage.” In cases in which the death penalty is eventually carried out, “[e]xecutions do not offer emotional catharsis as many would suggest.” Instead, Griffith says, “executing perpetrators actually increased family members’ feelings of emptiness because it didn’t bring back their loved ones.”

A University of Minnesota study published in 2007 attempted to quantify the extent to which victims’ family members achieved closure as a result of capital punishment. The study found that only 2.5% of victims’ family members—roughly one in 40—reported achieving closure, while 20.1% said the execution did not help them heal. A 2012 study published in the Marquette Law Review compared the emotional well-being of survivors in Texas, a death penalty state, and Minnesota, a life without possibility of parole state. The study found that “victims in Minnesota experienced greater control over the sentencing process,” while the “drawn out, elusive, delayed, and unpredictable” capital appeals process in Texas “created ‘layers of injustice, powerlessness, and in some instances, despair’” for family members.

Given these studies, Griffin believes that life without possibility of parole offers “[a] more emotionally satisfying solution” for victims’ families than does the death penalty. “Instead of proceeding with archaic and inaccurate information, let’s consider the data and do what really works best” for victims’ families, she says.

'Our No 1 Priorities are Our Own Survival & Surveilling Blacks:' White Baytown Cop Claims He Had to Shoot Black Woman to Death b/c She Took His Taser During a Struggle. Cops Keep Bodycam Secret

Black woman yells ‘I’m pregnant’ before white cop shoots her 5 times [“I’m Pregnant” = Please Don’t Shoot.] From [HERE] and [HERE] A Black woman was shot and killed during an altercation with a white police officer Monday night in Baytown, Texas, after she resisted arrest and grabbed the officer's Taser, police said.

An officer in Baytown, a city of about 76,000 people east of Houston, was patrolling an apartment complex when he recognized a woman who lived there that he knew had prior warrants, police said.

When police tried to arrest the woman, whom they identified as Pamela Turner, 44, she resisted arrest, said Lt. Steve Dorris, a racist suspect Baytown police spokesman [in photo].

The officer was "forced to deploy his Taser" on the woman, but it wasn't "effective," Dorris said. The woman grabbed the Taser and used it on the officer who was trying to arrest her.

Turner's actions "forced the officer to draw his duty weapon and fire multiple rounds at the suspect, who was struck at least one time," Dorris said.

Dorris said he believes the officer was wearing a body cam, but the video will not immediately be released as the investigation continues.

She was declared dead at the scene, police said. The Harris County district attorney's office is assisting in the investigation.

In a blurry Snapchat video of the incident, Turner told the officer that she was pregnant. Police told NBC News on Tuesday that she was not pregnant, although they did not specify how they knew, and autopsy results have not been released. [Yurugu doesn’t get it. whether she was pregnant or not is not the point; when she yelled out she was pregnant she was asking for mercy, trying to get the white cop to not shoot her. It is another way of saying please don’t shoot].

Her family told NBC's Houston affiliate KPRC that she had two children, both in their 20s.

Witnesses at the apartment complex told KPRC that the woman was "not a bad person" and that she would "just walk around, smoke her cigarettes and walk her dogs."

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A witness wearing white clothing is clearly visible in the video -standing close to the incident.

Another neighbor, Taylin Inniss, said that she heard the shots and that when she learned that someone had been killed at her apartment complex, she did not believe it.

"They must've had a couple of words. Things went a whole different way, and he shot her, and I really feel for the family, and I hope they get some type of justice," Inniss said. "I just pray for them, honestly, because life is short nowadays."

Baytown police are not naming the officer who shot the woman. They said he has worked as an officer for 11 years.

Rather than Defend Its Make-Believe Claims in the Anthony Weber Case LA County Settles Suit for $3.75M: White Cop Shot Black Man whose hands were visibly empty, Denied Medical Care & Lied About It

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From [CBS] The County of Los Angeles Board of Supervisors approved a $3.75 million settlement in a federal civil rights lawsuit against sheriff’s deputies in the shooting and killing of a 16-year-old Black boy, authorities announced Tuesday.

Deputies shot and killed Anthony Weber on Feb. 4, 2018, near the 1200 block of 107th Street in South Los Angeles after a foot chase ensued after police told Weber not to move.

Authorities responded to the area after hearing reports of a young man pointing a handgun at a motorist.

Arriving deputies said they saw Weber at an apartment complex that was as a known gang hangout and claimed that that he a handgun tucked into his waistband.

The deputies reported that as they were approaching Weber, he began to run from them.

When one of the deputies was about five to ten feet behind him, he turned and looked at the deputy “as if he was acquiring a target” and reached for his waistband, according to the summary.

One of the deputies then fired 13 shots at Weber.

“Both deputy sheriffs immediately drew their duty weapons, pointed at (Weber), and the first deputy sheriff yelled, `Let me see your hands!”‘ the summary stated.

They "could clearly see" a handgun in his waistband, the summary said.

Considering it was nighttime, the level of detail given by one deputy of the gun was unusual [or in-credible]. He said it was a Smith & Wesson M&P semi-automatic pistol with black Talon grips and a red dot sight.

No weapon was ever found by investigators at the scene. Authorities have said that they believe the weapon may have been picked up by a passerby after a large crowd formed after the shooting occurred.

According to the Sheriff’s Department, a gun matching the description of the one alleged to be in Weber’s possession when he was killed was later retrieved in a residence search of an alleged gang associate [that is, the gun was possessed by someone else - without more, such facts have no relevance to this case].

Weber’s parents filed a lawsuit with Los Angeles federal court in May of 2018 claiming that Weber was unarmed when he was shot.

The complaint said, ‘At the time of the shooting he posed no imminent threat of death or serious physical injury to anyone especially since he was unarmed and his hands were visibly empty when he was fatally shot.

After shooting Weber multiple times, the police did not timely summons medical attention for Weber, who was bleeding profusely and had obvious serious injuries, and police also did not allow and prevented responding medical personnel on-scene to timely render medical aid/assistance to him.

After the shooting the officers involved made false statements to investigators and made false statements to the media in attempts to justify the shooting of an unarmed 16 year-old kid.’ [MORE]

“Anthony Weber committed no crime,” attorney Gregory Yates said last May. “He was unarmed and posed no threat to anyone. These deputies acted as judge, jury, and executioner when they fired multiple shots at an innocent kid.”

Sherrif’s deputies denied these claims - but settled the case for millions.

“Anthony was a devoted, loving son and young father whose life was tragically cut short,” co-lead counsel Dale K. Galipo said last May. “We intend to prove that under the color of authority, the deputies engaged in excessive force and violated the young man’s constitutional rights.”

In the aftermath of the shooting, the courtyard of the apartment complex where he was shot “was flooded with people who were trying to get to the subject and the deputies,” according to a sheriff’s statement released following the shooting.

The board approved the settlement on the advice of counsel who cited the risks and uncertainties of going to trial.

Like the Constitution says If You Flee from Cops They Can Brutalize You: Lawsuit Claims White Sacramento Cop Intentionally Ran Down Black Teen with SUV, Striking Him on the Sidewalk

From [HERE] Citing a “string of recent excessive force incidents” by Sacramento police, a prominent civil rights attorney is suing the city over an incident last July during which a white police officer intentionally struck a 16-year-old boy with his SUV.

The police claim the boy was fleeing officers after being stopped for riding a bicycle at night without lights. At the time of the incident the boy was not on the bike - but standing on the sidewalk when he is rundown.

Oakland attorney John Burris filed the lawsuit in federal court in Sacramento alleging excessive force, assault, battery and negligent infliction of emotional distress by the officers involved in the July 22, 2018, incident in the 900 block of Eleanor Avenue.

The teen was stopped at about 10 p.m. for bicycle code violations, including riding at night without lights, and fled during questioning, police said. A police SUV pursuing him struck the teen on a sidewalk, sending him onto the hood and then knocking him back several feet.

The incident sparked a tense standoff as police formed a skirmish line to keep angry citizens at bay while they tended to the teen, who is described in the suit as suffering “serious injuries to his legs and body and emotional distress.”

Police later released body cam and car video of the incident and said the vehicle was traveling at 27 mph when it struck the teen. Police spokesman Vance Chandler said at the time that the crash was “an unintended collision” and that the officer was driving “too fast to make that turn.”

City officials declined to comment, saying they had not yet been served with the lawsuit.

The suit seeks general, special and punitive damages, and claims that the teen, identified only as “D.B.,” and his mother, Renea Mcentee, who heard the crash and came out to find her son calling her name, “suffered extreme emotional distress.”

The lawsuit also notes that Sacramento police have been involved in a series of high-profile use-of-force incidents, including the July 2016 Joseph Mann case in which officers tried to hit the mentally ill man with their car, then shot him to death, and the March 2018 shooting death of Stephon Clark, an unarmed black man who ran from officers.

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Out of a Gang of White NYD Cops who Murdered Eric Garner, 1 Faces Only the Loss of his Job in an Administrative Trial: White Atty says Black Man Died from Obesity Not Chokehold & Suffocation

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From [AP] Nearly five years after Eric Garner's pleas of "I can't breathe" became a rallying cry against police brutality, a disciplinary trial began Monday for the New York City police officer accused of hastening his death with a banned chokehold.

The start of Officer Daniel Pantaleo's internal trial, which could lead to his firing, sparked protests in the streets and evoked emotional reactions from Garner's family in the hearing room as video of the July 2014 confrontation was played.

The police watchdog agency bringing the case featured the video prominently at the start of the two-week trial, using the cellphone footage of Garner being grabbed and pulled to the ground to shield against alternate explanations and concerns about the credibility of the man who recorded it.

"His last words, 'I can't breathe,' tell you who caused his death," Jonathan Fogel, a lawyer for the watchdog Civilian Complaint Review Board, said in an opening statement.

Pantaleo's lawyer, Stuart London, countered that the video shows the officer using an approved technique known as a "seat-belt hold" to restrain Garner and that he is being made to be a scapegoat in a politically charged atmosphere.

Ramsey Orta, a friend of Garner's who shot the video of the confrontation, conceded during cross-examination that Pantaleo's arm wasn't around Garner's neck when he uttered, "I can't breathe."

"We know he wasn't choked out because he is speaking," London said.

The lawyer called it a common misconception that the phrase was uttered when the officer's hands or arms were around Garner's neck. Garner made the plea while lying on the sidewalk as officers were trying to handcuff him, London said.

London said Pantaleo had pulled the much larger Garner to the ground because he feared they would crash through a plate-glass window while tussling against a Staten Island storefront. Garner, who was 43, weighed 350 pounds and suffered from asthma since childhood.

"Mr. Garner died from being morbidly obese," London said in his opening statement, describing him as a "ticking timebomb."

The police department's disciplinary process plays out like a trial in front of an administrative judge, but the purpose is to determine whether Pantaleo violated department rules. The final decision on any punishment lies with the police commissioner, with penalties ranging from the loss of vacation days to firing.

Pantaleo, 33, has been on desk duty since Garner's death. He denies wrongdoing and does not face criminal charges.

Two police officials involved in an internal affairs investigation into Garner's death testified that they found Pantaleo likely violated department rules and that a request for disciplinary charges was made in January 2015.

The police department put the disciplinary matter on hold while federal prosecutors weighed a possible civil rights case against Pantaleo. The department decided to move forward with the discipline case last year as the federal investigation appeared to have stalled.

Garner's sister, Ellisha Garner, left the courtroom wailing as Orta's video played. Garner's mother, Gwen Carr, also walked out. She had tears streaming down her face as the Rev. Al Sharpton escorted her to the hallway.

Back in the courtroom later, Ellisha looked away and pressed her fingers into her ears to block the sound as the video was played again. [MORE]

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No Accountability for Broward Cop who Assaulted Black Teen at School: Speaking for his Masters, Black Proxymoron says the 'Use of Chokehold was Appropriate & They Will Not Investigate Themselves

According to FUNKTIONARY:

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)

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From [HERE] The parents and the attorney of a 17-year-old Blanche Ely High School student are demanding action in response to a Broward Sheriff’s deputy allegedly using excessive force on the teen during an encounter back in February.

However, according to NBC Miami, Sheriff Gregory Tony is standing by his deputy, saying that the use of force was appropriate and announcing that there will be no internal investigation.

At a news conference on Monday, attorneys for Jordan Bennett said that the teen was in the midst of a verbal argument with another student on Feb. 21, when the officer tackled the teen, slamming his head to the cafeteria floor. Some of the incident was captured on cellphone footage.

Bennett had to be taken to the hospital, where he received stitches, leaving a scar on his forehead.

“Don’t tell me that you could not take my client who engaged in a verbal altercation with another student without leaving a permanent scar on his forehead. I don’t buy it, the people of Broward County don’t buy it, and enough is enough,” attorney Jasmine Rand said at the press conference. “If you keep coming for our babies, we’re going to keep [coming] for your badges, period.”

Rand also accused the deputy of putting Bennett in a chokehold, something which the Sheriff stepped around.

“What you’re seeing in that video is the deputy on top of this young man, holding him down. So there was no full execution of a chokehold in the sense of what we’re accustomed to seeing. He was holding him down,” Tony insisted.

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“The allegations that were made today by Mr. Bennett’s attorney are not consistent and they’re not accurate with what video footage shows, what the deputy’s actions were and what is articulated in the report,” Tony added.

The sheriff said that there will be no internal affairs investigation into the deputy’s action. The deputy, who remains unidentified, has been with the sheriff’s office for over 20 years.

“If my deputies step out of line and they violate policies and protocols, if they breach and use any form of excessive force, they will be held accountable,” Tony said. “But when they are right, I will also stand here and tell you that.”

Chocolate Suburbs & Vanilla Cities in a 90% Chocolate World: Study says Whites are Increasingly Moving into Black neighborhoods [dislocation is mandatory in the System of White Supremacy]

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From {NY Times] In the African-American neighborhoods near downtown Raleigh, the playfully painted doors signal what’s coming. Colored in crimson, in coral, in seafoam, the doors accent newly renovated craftsman cottages and boxy modern homes that have replaced vacant lots.

To longtime residents, the doors mean higher home prices ahead, more investors knocking, more white neighbors.

NYT Times Study says Whites are Increasingly moving into Black neighborhoods [racial dislocation is a major part of the System White Supremacy in a 90% Non-White World]

Here, and in the center of cities across the United States, a kind of demographic change most often associated with gentrifying parts of New York and Washington has been accelerating. White residents are increasingly moving into nonwhite neighborhoods, largely African-American ones.

In America, racial diversity has much more often come to white neighborhoods. Between 1980 and 2000, more than 98 percent of census tracts that grew more diverse did so in that way, as Hispanic, Asian-American and African-American families settled in neighborhoods that were once predominantly white.

But since 2000, according to an analysis of demographic and housing data, the arrival of white residents is now changing nonwhite communities in cities of all sizes, affecting about one in six predominantly African-American census tracts. The pattern, though still modest in scope, is playing out with remarkable consistency across the country — in ways that jolt the mortgage market, the architecture, the value of land itself.

In city after city, a map of racial change shows predominantly minority neighborhoods near downtown growing whiter, while suburban neighborhoods that were once largely white are experiencing an increased share of black, Hispanic and Asian-American residents. [MORE]

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What's a "minority" when 80% of Residents are Black or Latino? Racist Police Director who Routinely Called Staff NGHRS Quits After Providing Contemptuous "Public Service" in Elizabeth (NJ)

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From {NYT] The top law enforcement official in Elizabeth, one of New Jersey’s largest and most diverse cities, resigned on Tuesday after an inquiry found that he had routinely referred to police officers in his department using racist and sexist slurs.

The official, James Cosgrove, who has led the police force in Elizabeth since 1998, had faced mounting pressure to step aside following an investigation by the Union County prosecutor’s office that began after a lawyer for several police officers filed complaints.

The state’s attorney general, Gurbir S. Grewal, had demanded that Mr. Cosgrove resign.

Mr. Grewal pointed to the prosecutor’s findings, which have not been publicly released, but “concluded that, over the course of many years, Director Cosgrove described his staff using derogatory terms, including racist and misogynistic slurs.” Mr. Grewal also ordered an examination of the culture of the Elizabeth Police Department.

The city’s mayor,  J. Christian Bollwage, who had refused to discuss the findings of the two-month investigation, on Tuesday issued a news release announcing that he had accepted Mr. Cosgrove’s resignation. As a political appointee, Mr. Cosgrove could only be removed by the city’s mayor.

Until Tuesday, Mr. Bollwage’s only public comment came on Twitter. On Monday, he attacked a news report, which he called a “character assassination.” Mr. Bollwage was scheduled to meet Tuesday with the attorney general, whose office is now overseeing the investigation, a spokesman said.

Over the years, Elizabeth has transformed from a largely white working-class city into an overwhelmingly minority community, where more than 80 percent of its roughly 130,000 residents are Hispanic or black.

The controversy involving Mr. Cosgrove was the latest chapter in what community groups and residents say are long-running tensions between the police and people of color that reflect similar conflicts across the country.

“It’s critical that the city government take action to ensure that the Police Department reflects the value of our city,” said Sarah Cullinane, the director of Make the Road New Jersey, an Elizabeth-based organization that helps immigrant and minority communities and had called for Mr. Cosgrove’s resignation. [MORE]

After a Gang of Wake County Cops Stomp & Bash Kyron Hinton w/Flashlights, Fists, Guns & K9 Dog Bites 21 times, 1 White Cop Pleads Guilty to Misdemeanor w/No Jail Time. Dead Black Man Gets $80K

BOO-HOO. YURUGU SAD HE GOT CAUGHT

BOO-HOO. YURUGU SAD HE GOT CAUGHT

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System of Injustice in a Demockery: According to the NewsObserver Wake County Sheriff’s Deputy Cameron Broadwell pleaded guilty Monday to misdemeanor charges in the case of siccing a K-9 dog on an unarmed man last year. It was a rare conviction for an officer in the line of duty and it was weak considering the facts and evidence. The trial had already been underway and apparently the cop struck a deal before jurors heard all the evidence and had deliberated.

Broadwell will permanently surrender his law enforcement certification as part of his plea. Superior Court Judge Paul Ridgeway, who is also white, gave Broadwell a suspended 45-day jail sentence for his plea, placing him on unsupervised probation.

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In April 2018, officers responded to a 911 call reporting a man standing in the middle of Raleigh Boulevard, possibly holding a gun. A state trooper and four Raleigh police officers found Kyron Hinton screaming and waving his arms near the intersection of Yonkers Road, holding a cell phone in one hand and his genitals in the other. They formed a circle around him and waited, one officer holding a Taser behind his back. [Here, we know a white journalist in his feelings is writing this article and is caught up in the presence of color/the phenomenon of “race.”. How could Kyron “possibly be holding a gun?” unless he had a 3rd arm? Remember racists imagine Blacks to be a different species! lol.]

Hinton initially was charged with disorderly conduct, resisting a public officer and assault on a law enforcement animal, but Wake prosecutors dismissed all charges against him.

According to police, they received a series of calls about a man walking down Raleigh Boulevard around 10 pm. When police responded to the area, they found Hinton.

First on the scene was the North Carolina Highway patrol, followed by Raleigh police. In a video shown to jurors last week things remained calm as officers talked to Hinton until Wake County Deputy Cameron Broadwell arrived on the scene with his police dog, Loki.

Hinton was peacefully standing there, talking with deputies when deputy Broadwell decided the time for talking was over. Without cause or provocation, Broadwell begins shouting at Hinton to get on the ground.

“Get on the ground now or you’re gonna get bit,” the deputy calls out. “Get on the ground or you’re gonna get bit. Get on the ground or you’re gonna get bit.”

Hinton appears confused and frightened and does not immediately get on the ground. At this point, Broadwell forces the dog to bite Hinton and as he goes down, Broadwell begins punching Hinton in the face.

“Get him, get him, get him!” Broadwell screams as more than a half dozen cops pile on top of this unarmed man.

The chaos and gore was so horrific that even one of the officers yelled, “Get that f—king dog out of here!”

Hinton, who was clearly distressed, can be heard saying “Yahweh help,” and “God is good.”

After nearly five minutes of dog biting and beating, the dust settled and police attempted to justify the pseudo lynching they just dished out.

“He wouldn’t get on the ground,” Broadwell said, claiming that he thought the situation was a 10-80, police code for a chase in progress. But there was no chase, and Hinton—although he may have been in a diminished mental state—was simply talking with police, who had him entirely surrounded.

“I sicced my dog on him while he was in the middle of the street,” the deputy tells another officer as he breathes heavily, catching his breath. “My dog bit him in the side. I’ve got to take pictures of the dog bite. I got to get my camera, man.”

During a portion of the video, Broadwell is heard saying, “I’m glad my radio broke, man. I punched him in the face while Loki was biting him.”

Another officer then says, “hey,” as if to warn him he was being recorded on body camera.

Broadwell then responds, “Yeah, yeah, it’s fine. I gave him a chance to get down on the ground.”

For walking down the road, Hinton was severely beaten, mauled by a K9 and hospitalized for several days. He suffered 21 dog bites all over his body, a broken nose and a fractured eye socket.

Broadwell was charged with felony assault. Those assault charges were dropped in exchange for the deputy pleading guilty to willfully failing to discharge duty.

Troopers Tabithia L. Davis and Michael G. Blake were fired for their role in the beating and they have been charged with assault inflicting bodily injury and willfully failing to discharge duties. Their patrol sergeant, R.W. Goswick was also placed on administrative leave for his role in instructing the troopers to cover it up. The trooper was captured on video telling his officers to lie.

Dashcam video from the scene captures Goswick telling Davis, Blake, and another trooper Zachary C.Bumgardner to lie on their statements and report “no use of force on our part.”

Goswick would conclude—in spite of the horrific video showing otherwise and officers admitting to the abuse—that all the troopers did was “assist in holding the man down” and “that nobody threw any punches.”

“The actions of Mr. Broadwell on that evening were unnecessary, excessive and against the policies of his agency,” District Attorney Lorrin Freeman said. “Today marks a big day in this community. We appreciate the acceptance of responsibility.”

Hinton’s mother Vicki has said her son has long suffered from mental health trouble along with drug and alcohol problems. Still, she said, watching the video of her son getting bitten left her “heartbroken for America.” She fled the courtroom as it played Thursday.

Hinton died in February from causes unrelated to the dog assault, a day after receiving an $83,000 settlement from Wake County. Freeman said evidence in the case has been changed by Hinton’s death, making a felony conviction uncertain. The priority was making sure Broadwell no longer served in law enforcement.

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“We count this as a victory,” said Diana Powell, executive director of the Raleigh community group Justice Served. “He will never be able to put a dog on another human being.” [spoken like an obedient citizen-slave. A costumed orderly commits an unprovoked series of felonies on a Black man and only loses his job?]

Freeman said she will urge Wake County Sheriff Gerald Baker to adopt a no-bite policy for K-9 dogs, using them only to apprehend violent criminals. Baker said Monday that the policy is already under review.

On Monday afternoon, the sheriff’s office announced that Broadwell had officially been terminated.

The case marked a rare prosecution of an on-duty law-enforcement officer, both in Raleigh and nationwide.

Freeman, who tried the case personally along with Assistant District Attorney Patrick Latour, could recall only one other recent example: Markeith Council, the Wake County detention officer convicted of involuntary manslaughter in 2013 for fatally beating inmate Shon McLain.

Nationally, only 54 law-enforcement officers faced charges in fatal shootings between 2005 and 2015, out of thousands of such incidents, according to a 2015 Washington Post report.

Broadwell’s attorney Rick Gammon said the deputy had no prior excessive-force complaints. But he had a choice between protecting his family and risking a felony conviction. He criticized the deputy’s prosecution, saying he was motivated only by protecting the public.

“My advice to any and all law enforcement officers is they need to get another line of work,” Gammon said. “This is just the beginning.”

The deputy choked up as he admitted his guilt, his voice breaking as he spoke to the judge.

“He has been punished, your honor,” said Broadwell’s attorney, Joe Zeszotarski. “He has given up his career. It was what he always wanted to be. It was what he always wanted to do.”