White Utah Cop Pointed a Gun at a 10 Yr old Black Boy’s Head to Niggerize & Threaten to Kill Him as He Played in the Front Yard. After his White Mom Confronted the Cop, He Left w/o Saying Anything

Niggerized - "unsafe, unprotected, subjected and subjugated to random violence, hated for who you are to the point you become so scared that you defer to the powers that be while willing to consent to your own domination."    Dr. Cornel West    quoted in   FUNKTIONARY  .

Niggerized - "unsafe, unprotected, subjected and subjugated to random violence, hated for who you are to the point you become so scared that you defer to the powers that be while willing to consent to your own domination." Dr. Cornel West quoted in FUNKTIONARY.

From [HERE] A mother wants an independent investigation Friday after she says a Utah police officer pointed a gun at her 10-year-old Black son's head in what she calls a racially motivated incident. Jerri Hrubes said at a news conference that she saw a white Woods Cross officer pull his gun on her son, DJ Hrubes, who is black, while he was playing on his grandmother's front lawn Thursday.

She said her son didn't have any toys or objects in his hand. The officer told DJ to put his hands in the air and get on the ground, she said. When DJ asked the officer if he did something wrong, she said the officer told DJ not to ask questions.

Hrubes said she raced outside of the house and screamed at the officer, "What are you doing? This is a 10-year-old child."

She said the officer didn't respond and got in his car and left.

Hrubes said she called dispatch right away to complain about the officer's actions, and the officer returned to the house later in the day. She said he apologized and DJ hugged him and said it was OK. She said her son doesn't "have a mean bone in his body" and is mentally delayed and has issues with his sight.

[Apology is always political. “It is a trick.” “A plea bargain in disguise.” Apology is not accountability. What is a felony threat?]

She teared up recounting the encounter and said she's thankful she taught DJ growing up to heed the commands of officers.

"I support all police officers. I see good in them," Hrubes said. "But, I do not support putting a child of 10-years-old at gunpoint with no explanation. . . Does he look like he's 30? Does he look like he's 18? No." [a very obedient white woman

FUNKTIONARY explains that Obedience is “slavery sold to both children and adults alike deceptively packaged in a respectfully sounding label. 4) reverse terrorism. You can compel obedience but you cannot compel responsibility or respect.”]

She said she doesn't necessarily want the officer fired, but wants an outside review and has filed a formal complaint. She appeared alongside attorney Karra Porter at the news conference, but said she's not considering any legal action at this time.

Hrubes, who is from Montana, said she was visiting her mother in the town where she grew up: West Bountiful, a suburb of Salt Lake City. She said the incident changes how she feels in Utah, a state where African Americans account for just 1.4% of the state's population, according to U.S. Census figures.

"As a white mother to a black son, I don't feel safe in West Bountiful anymore," Hrubes said. "That changed after yesterday. I do not feel that he is safe. He has not left my sight. It just doesn't feel like it used to."

Lex Scott, founder of Black Lives Matter in Utah, said her organization is demanding that the officer be fired or they will protest outside the police agency's offices. She said the group also plans to file a complaint with the FBI's civil rights division.

"Holding a gun to the head of a 10-year-old will traumatize that kid for life," Scott said. "The only apology we will accept is if this officer is terminated."

Negro Rolebot at Dallas HS Cut the Mic of Valedictorian Speaking on “Victims of injustice," Trayvon Martin & Tamir Rice at Graduation Ceremony

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Censorship - the rape of the hue-man mind. Take away the word “fuck” and you take away the right to say, “fuck the government.” - Lenny Bruce as quoted in FUNKTIONARY, which also defines:

Negro - a man or woman of Afrikan descent living in pathological mental state of cultural abstinence and historical amnesia— one who wants to impress his or her oppressor while ignoring the effects and plight that his or her accommodationist posture inures. 2) a Hanky-head. 3) an indigenous-to-the-land (American) Afrikan who does everything in his or her power to suppress or pretend that he or she is other than someone of recent Afrikan descent. 4) ethnicity-denying, assimilated and confused Afrikans indigenous to America. 5) one who truly believes he or she is white American—masquerading in black face. Mirror, mirror on the wall, who's a Negro after all? (See: Snigger, Rentellectual, McNegro & Negropolitan)

'If You Try to Help Black People & Criticize Government Authority You Might Get’ Censored by a Racist or One of His Negro Rolebots. From [HERE] A high school valedictorian in Dallas is claiming her principal cut the microphone during her graduation speech on Saturday, after she addressed the loss of “victims of injustice,” Trayvon Martin and Tamir Rice.

In the now viral video posted on Twitter, Rooha Haghar, is seen tapping her microphone and waiting for sound to return in what the school called a technical difficulty. But, as classmates cheered her on, Haghar says she watched Emmett J. Conrad High School principal Temesghen Asmerom signal staff turn off the mic.

“My valedictorian speech was cut short because I said the names of black children who had become victims of police brutality,” Haghar captioned the video. “Our principal signaled for my mic to be turned off as soon as I said ‘Trayvon Martin and Tamir Rice’ and played it off as a technical difficulty. Pathetic.”

In addition to mentioning Martin and Rice, Haghar tweeted that she intended to talk about “kids across the globe affected by war, famine, persecution and child labor” and remind her classmates that they have “an obligation to your community, and to the world at large.”

According to an official statement given to CNN, the Dallas Independent School District is currently investigating the incident.

Racist Authoritarians at Illinois Prison Remove Over 200 ‘Black Books’ from Prison Library. Most are books about Race or are Critical of Government

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Government is all about control of your mind. From [HERE] When she found out that staff at the Danville Correctional Center had removed more than 200 books from a library inside the prison’s education wing, Rebecca Ginsburg said she felt a pit in her stomach.

“I felt sick,” she said. Ginsburg directs the Education Justice Project, a college in prison program that offers University of Illinois classes to men incarcerated at the Danville prison in east-central Illinois. In late January, prison staff removed dozens of titles from two rooms that serve as the program’s library.

Those titles include books like “Visiting Day,” a children’s book about visiting a parent in prison by author, Jacqueline Woodson. Also included among the removed books are two titles written by African-American scholar Henry Louis Gates Jr., a book by philosopher Cornel West, “Up From Slavery” by Booker T. Washington, and “Mapping Your Future: A Guide to Successful Reentry 2017-2018” written by the college in prison program’s reentry team.

A majority of the books removed from the program’s library are about race. The list includes books by Frederick Douglass, Franz Fanon, DuBois, etc.

Outgoing Illinois Department of Corrections director John Baldwin said he learned about the book removal after a University of Illinois administrator called him to ask about it. He said he received an explanation from the Danville prison warden.

“Somehow, a lot of books got into the institution without going through our review process. That was our fault,” Baldwin said. “We let books in and some of them maybe shouldn't have been, some of them are very good books.”

Multiple emails obtained by Illinois Newsroom show that at least a portion of the books that were removed were approved by prison staff to enter the facility. The removed books also came into the prison at different times and in different years, and were brought in with other books that weren’t removed from the EJP library by prison officials earlier this year.

When asked how staff at the prison identified the books that weren’t subjected to a review process, Baldwin said, “I don’t know how the facility found that out. I have no idea.”

FULL LIST OF BOOKS REMOVED FROM THE DANVILLE PRISON

Like no other prison room

EJP just marked it’s 10th anniversary. Over the course of the last decade, Holly Clingan said volunteers and EJP participants have invested their time and resources in a library made for and largely operated by incarcerated EJP students. Clingan has volunteered with the program for the last five years helping students manage the library inside the prison.

“So the students are actually student librarians,” said Clingan. “They catalog. They maintain the spaces. They check books in and out. They help with research questions, guide the other students that are in program to the resources.”

Before the books were removed, Clingan said the collection included about 4,000 titles spread across two rooms. Ginsburg said the rooms “look like no other rooms inside the prison.” The walls are painted shades of blue and green, there are plants, and posters on the wall — some depicting EJP students giving presentations, she said.

Ginsburg said the program created the library because the general prison library lacked the breadth and variety of nonfiction and fiction books EJP students require to successfully complete their coursework. Last year, Illinois Newsroom reported that the prison system spent less than $300 on books for prison libraries and educational programs across more than two dozen facilities in 2017.

Clingan said it’s become increasingly difficult, however, to get reading material into the prison.

“It takes sometimes months for the resources for our courses to be cleared through the clearance process,” she said. “Sometimes we're not allowed to teach particular courses because the materials are considered controversial.”

Last fall, Ginsburg said the issue came to a head. Several titles, including “Uncle Tom’s Cabin,” “Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, an American Slave,” and W.E.B. DuBois’ “The Souls of Black Folk” were submitted for consideration but ultimately denied.

Ginsburg said even books that were allowed to be brought into the facility were held by prison staff for weeks, delaying the start of EJP’s spring semester.

Then, in mid-January, the entire program was suspended for an unknown reason, she said. That’s when staff at the prison entered the program’s library and removed 202 titles from the shelves.

Censorship, restrictions nationwide

Illinois isn’t the only state to place restrictions on how or what prisoners can read.

State prison systems in WashingtonMaryland and Pennsylvania recently placed restrictions on book donations — and prison officials in all three states reversed these policies after public outcry. State officials said they were concerned about illicit substances entering prisons on the pages of donated books.

The Arizona Department of Corrections recently banned a book by a former federal prosecutor that focuses on racism in the criminal justice system. The department argued that the book posed a threat to security in the prison.

When asked what would constitute inappropriate content, Baldwin, referred IN to the agency’s publication review policy. The policy states that material that is sexually explicit or otherwise “obscene,” facilitates communication between offenders, encourages hatred, violence or other criminal activities, or is “otherwise detrimental to security, good order of the facility” may be disapproved.

Both Ginsburg and Michael Tafolla believe race, however, is at the root of the book removal in Danville. Tafolla participated in the EJP program during the last four years of a two-decade long prison sentence.

He grew up in Chicago, and was sent to prison on a murder conviction when he was 18 years old. Tafolla was released from prison last year.

He said books never caused riots or fights at the prison. Instead, Tafolla said, the books he read in EJP classes and on his own time led to greater self-awareness, and helped him reject a life of violence and crime.

“Prisons are filled by mostly black and brown (people),” said Tafolla. These books seem to be empowerment for not only black and brown, but directed towards black and brown, learning their history, learning who they are, giving them self identity, self worth and awareness of what their people, their generations have been through.”

He said that’s what books like these did for him; they helped Tafolla understand how he wound up in the cycle of mass incarceration. But he said he thinks there’s a reason prison staff don’t want incarcerated men reading empowering material.

“If people like me that come from poverty stricken neighborhoods learn how to be much more and value ourselves, we're going to be less likely to be breaking the law or doing other at-risk things,” Tafolla said. “If that happens, then less people are going to go to prison. Less people go to prison, that means there's going to be less prisons… That means that a lot of people are going to be out of jobs in the future.”

Tafolla is now a case manager for the Chicago-based Precious Blood Ministry of Reconciliation. He works with at-risk young adults ages 18 to 28 years old to mitigate violence and help them heal from past trauma.

The Freedom To Learn Campaign

Ginsburg, who directs EJP, said the Danville prison warden recently invited her to submit the books that were removed from the prison through another review process. She said she plans to take up the offer, but she’s skeptical that prison officials in Danville will provide a fair review of the books.

“The appeals process can't consist of us submitting the books, again, to the person who approved their removal in the first place,” she said. “That's not a principled review process.”

Meanwhile, Ginsburg and other advocates for expanded access to education inside Illinois prisons plan to launch an advocacy effort dubbed “The Freedom To Learn Campaign.”

Among other things, the group is asking state lawmakers for increased transparency and fairness for book approval policies in state prisons. They want procedures and criteria that protect against arbitrary and capricious acts of censorship, in addition to an appeals process.

State Rep. Carol Ammons, an Urbana Democrat, said she was disconcerted when Ginsburg showed her the list of removed books.

“I said, ‘Are they removing all black books?’ I was totally taken aback by the list of books, and what their objection is to the books,” Ammons said. Reading about the history of slavery, post-emancipation and the black experience in the United States “is an important part of developing an African-American person that is whole in society. So, if you take that away from them, you have, in essence, denied their very nature, their humanity… you can’t tell them that they don’t deserve to know what happened to them,” she added. [MORE]

"F--- y’all. I ain’t done nothing wrong." Latino Man Locked Up 44 Days for Refusing to Give His Cellphone Password to Tampa Cop, Prosecutor & Judge after a Marijuana Joint was Found in His Car

“Rights are myths—obedience to servitude or jail is the reality”      -    FUNKTIONARY   .  While the 4th Amendment allegedly protects against unreasonable searches, seizures and arrests, the so-called 5th Amendment, according to the Supreme Court, protects everyone, including innocent people, from the need to answer questions if the truth might be used to help create the misleading impression that they were somehow involved in a crime that they did not commit.  BELIEVE  that at your own risk. persons who are awake  know  “your rights” only exist on the thought standard; you have rights only if an authoritarian agrees you do.

“Rights are myths—obedience to servitude or jail is the reality” - FUNKTIONARY. While the 4th Amendment allegedly protects against unreasonable searches, seizures and arrests, the so-called 5th Amendment, according to the Supreme Court, protects everyone, including innocent people, from the need to answer questions if the truth might be used to help create the misleading impression that they were somehow involved in a crime that they did not commit. BELIEVE that at your own risk. persons who are awake know “your rights” only exist on the thought standard; you have rights only if an authoritarian agrees you do.

Do Non-White People Have the Right to Remain InnocentFrom [HERE] William Montanez is used to getting stopped by the police in Tampa, Florida, for small-time traffic and marijuana violations; it’s happened more than a dozen times. When they pulled him over last June, he didn’t try to hide his pot, telling officers, "Yeah, I smoke it, there's a joint in the center console, you gonna arrest me for that?"

They did arrest him, not only for the marijuana but also for two small bottles they believed contained THC oil — a felony — and for having a firearm while committing that felony (they found a handgun in the glove box).

Then things got testy.

As they confiscated his two iPhones, a text message popped up on the locked screen of one of them: “OMG, did they find it?”

The officers demanded his passcodes, warning him they’d get warrants to search the cellphones. Montanez suspected that police were trying to fish for evidence of illegal activity. He also didn’t want them seeing more personal things, including intimate pictures of his girlfriend.

So he refused, and was locked up on the drug and firearms charges.

Five days later, after Montanez was bailed out of jail, a deputy from the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office tracked him down, handed him the warrants and demanded the phone passcodes. Again, Montanez refused. Prosecutors went to a judge, who ordered him locked up again for contempt of court.

“I felt like they were violating me. They can’t do that,” Montanez, 25, recalled recently. "F--- y’all. I ain’t done nothing wrong. They wanted to get in the phone for what?”

He paid a steep price, spending 44 days behind bars before the THC and gun charges were dropped, the contempt order got tossed and he pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor pot charge. And yet he regrets nothing, because he now sees his defiance as taking a stand against the abuse of his rights.

“The world should know that what they’re doing out here is crazy,” Montanez said. The police never got into his phones.

While few would choose jail, Montanez’s decision reflects a growing resistance to law enforcement’s power to peer into Americans’ digital lives. The main portals into that activity are cellphones, which are protected from prying eyes by encryption, with passcodes the only way in.

As police now routinely seek access to people’s cellphones, privacy advocates see a dangerous erosion of Americans’ rights, with courts scrambling to keep up.

“It’s becoming harder to escape the reach of police using technology that didn’t exist before,” said Riana Pfefferkorn, the associate director of surveillance and cybersecurity at the Center for Internet and Society at Stanford Law School. “And now we are in the position of trying to walk that back and stem the tide.”

While courts have determined that police need a warrant to search a cellphone, cops and prosecutors simply pretend the question of whether police can force someone to share a passcode is far from settled,. Last month, the Indiana Supreme Court heard arguments on the issue. The state supreme courts in Pennsylvania and New Jersey are considering similar cases.

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According to the NACDL, “the Supreme Court recognized in Riley v. California that cell phones are unlike other types of physical objects. 134 S.Ct. 2473 (2014). Instead, the Court held, they are minicomputers that contain the most intimate details of life. Due to their immense storage capacity, combined with the many distinct types of private data they contain, the Court held that the Fourth Amendment requires law enforcement to get a warrant to search a cell phone, even incident to arrest. But if a device is locked or encrypted, can law enforcement compel a suspect to unlock or decrypt it?

While the lawfulness of a device search is a Fourth Amendment issue, the Fifth Amendment privilege against self-incrimination is the central safeguard against compelled decryption. To successfully assert this right, the act of decryption must be compelled, incriminating, and “testimonial.”

The act of decrypting a device may be “testimonial” under the Fifth Amendment if it explicitly or implicitly conveys the fact that certain data exists or is in the possession, custody, or control of an individual. See In Re Grand Jury Subpoena Duces Tecum, 670 F.3d 1335 (11th Cir. 2012). Such an “act of production” may itself be incriminating or effectively concede the “existence, possession and control, and authenticity” of potentially incriminating evidence on a device. Id. at 1343. This analysis often hinges on the type of lock employed.

Courts have generally found that compelling individuals to provide their numeric or alphanumeric passcode is potentially testimonial under the Fifth Amendment, as it forces the defendant to reveal “the contents of his own mind.” In Re Grand Jury Subpoena Duces Tecum 670 F.3d at 1345; see also U.S. v. Apple MacPro Computer, 851 F.3d 238 (3d Cir. 2017). It is analogous to compelling production of the combination to a wall safe, which is testimonial, as opposed to surrendering the key to a strongbox, which is not. See Doe v. U.S., 487 U.S. 201, 220 (1988).” [MORE]


[NBC article continues] - As this legal battle unfolds, police keep pursuing [unlawful] new ways of breaking into cellphones if the owners don’t cooperate — or are enlisting help from technology firms that can do it for them. This has put them at odds with cellphone makers, all of whom continually update their products to make them harder for hackers or anyone else to break into.

But the hacking techniques are imperfect and expensive, and not all law enforcement agencies have them. That is why officials say compelling suspects to unlock their cellphones is essential to police work. Making the tactic more difficult, they say, would tilt justice in favor of criminals.

“It would have an extreme chilling effect on our ability to thoroughly investigate and bring many, many cases, including violent offenses,” said Hillar Moore, the district attorney in East Baton Rouge, Louisiana, who got the FBI’s help in breaking into a cellphone belonging to a suspect in a deadly Louisiana State University fraternity hazing ritual. “It would basically shut the door.”

Clashes over passcodes

In the part of Florida where Montanez lives, authorities are guided by a case involving an upskirt photo.

A young mother shopping at a Target store in Sarasota in July 2014 noticed a man taking a picture of her with his phone while crouching on the floor. She confronted him. He fled. Two days later, police arrested Aaron Stahl and charged him with video voyeurism.

Authorities got a search warrant for Stahl’s iPhone, but he wouldn’t give them the passcode, citing his Fifth Amendment right not to incriminate himself. A trial judge ruled in his favor, but a state appellate court reversed the decision in December 2016, saying Stahl had to provide the code. Facing the possibility of getting convicted at trial and sentenced to prison, Stahl agreed to plead no contest in exchange for probation.

While Stahl did not provide the passcode in the end, prosecutors still rely on the precedent established by the appellate ruling to compel others to turn over their passcodes under the threat of jail.

“Up until that point you could be a pedophile or a child pornogropher and carry around the fruits of your crime in front of law enforcement officers, prosecutors and judges and taunt them with fact that they couldn’t get the passcode,” said Cynthia Meiners, who prosecuted Stahl at the 12th Judicial Circuit State’s Attorney’s Office. “You could say, ‘I’m a child pornographer and it’s on my phone but I’m not giving you my passcode because I would be incriminating myself.’”

But that ruling only holds in a few counties of Florida. Elsewhere in the country, skirmishes remain unresolved.

In Indiana, police officials are trying to force a woman to share her passcode as they investigate her for harassment, saying she was making it impossible for them to obtain key evidence. The woman’s lawyer says authorities haven’t said what evidence they think is in the phone, raising concerns about a limitless search.

Her appeals reached the state Supreme Court, whose ruling could influence similar cases around the country. Attorneys general in eight other states filed a brief in support of the police, warning against a ruling that “drastically alters the balance of power between investigators and criminals.”

The stakes are similar in New Jersey, where a sheriff’s deputy accused of tipping off drug dealers to police activities has refused to hand over passcodes to his iPhones. The state Supreme Court agreed in May to hear the case.

These clashes aren’t limited to the use of passcodes. Police have also tried to force people to open phones through biometrics, such as thumbprints or facial recognition. Legal experts see the Fifth Amendment argument against self-incrimination as more of a stretch in those cases. The law has generally been interpreted as protecting data that someone possesses — including the contents of their mind, such as passcodes — but not necessarily their physical traits, such as thumbprints. Still, some judges have refused to sign warrantsseeking permission to force someone to unlock their phone using their face or finger.

The rules on compelled decryption are more lenient at the U.S. border, where federal agents have given themselves wide authorityto search the phones of people entering the country ─ and have reportedly spent hundreds of thousands of dollars on third-party hacking tools.

“Depending on where you are in the country, there is different case law on what police can do,” said Andrew Crocker, a senior staff attorney at the Electronic Frontier Foundation, a civil liberties nonprofit.

In some states, there is no authoritative court ruling, leaving law enforcement authorities to decide for themselves. Virginia falls into that category. Bryan Porter, the prosecutor in the city of Alexandria, said he has told local police it’s OK to try to force someone under the threat of jail to open a cellphone by thumbprint or face. But demanding a password seems to go too far, he said.

Criminals shouldn’t be able to inoculate themselves from investigations, Porter said. “But it kind of rubs me the wrong way to present a piece of paper to someone and say, ‘Give us your passcode.’”

‘What they were doing to me was illegal’

In Tampa, Florida, where Montanez was arrested last year, judges still rely on the 2016 ruling against Stahl by the Second District Court of Appeals. That is what prosecutors cited when they tried to force Montanez to give up his passcodes.

But Montanez’s lawyer, Patrick Leduc, argued that, unlike Stahl’s case, police had no reason to search the phone, because it had no connection to the offenses he was charged with. The “OMG, did they find it?” text message — which turned out to be from Montanez’s mother, who owned the car and the gun in the glove box — was meaningless, Leduc said. He warned of a police “fishing expedition” in which authorities could search for anything potentially incriminating on his phone.

While sitting in lockup for contempt, Montanez’s resolve not to give up his passcodes hardened. “What they were doing to me was illegal and I wasn’t going to give them their business like that,” he said.

“They told me I got the key to my freedom,” he added. “But I was like, ‘F--- that.’”

But the experience shook him. “I ain’t the toughest guy in the world, but I can protect myself. But it was crazy,” he said. “Bad food, fights here and there, people trying to take your food.”

At the same time, the drugs and gun case against Montanez was crumbling. Laboratory tests on the suspected THC oil came back negative, voiding that felony charge and the gun charge related to it. That left prosecutors with only minor pot charges. But he remained in jail on the contempt charge while his lawyer and prosecutors negotiated a plea deal.

In August 2018, after Montanez had spent more than five weeks in jail for refusing to provide the passcode, an appellate court dismissed the contempt case on a technicality. The court invited prosecutors to try again, but by then the passcode’s value had diminished. Instead, prosecutors allowed Montanez to plead no contest to misdemeanor drug charges and he was freed.

When he was released, Montanez carried a notoriety that made him feel unwelcome in his own neighborhood. He noticed people looking at him differently. He was banned from his favorite bar.

The police keep pulling him over, and he now fears them, he said. He finally left Tampa and lives in Pasco County, about an hour away.

“Yeah, I took a stand against them,” he said. “But I lost all that time. I gotta deal with that, going to jail for no reason.’

Mass. Court to Review Cops’ Warrantless Use of License Plate Reader Cameras to Record Your Movements & Put Together a Map, a Pattern & Predict where you’re Going to Be

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From [HERE] Massachusetts’ highest court will soon review the legality of controversial surveillance technology that state and local law enforcement use to track vehicles in real time, collecting voluminous data on motorists not suspected of any crime.

Police departments in Massachusetts in recent years have installed an undisclosed number of cameras across the state that automatically photograph the license plate of each passing vehicle, and compile data, including the location date and time, in a massive database — all without obtaining warrants or court orders.

The practice has raised a host of legal and privacy concerns, along with questions about how the data is used and stored. Plate reader technology has proliferated across the country in recent years, and remains unregulated in many states, including Massachusetts. Now, the matter is headed for a showdown in the Supreme Judicial Court.

“It’s clearly a very controversial issue facing courts throughout the nation now,” said Martin W. Healy, chief legal counsel of the Massachusetts Bar Association. “You can see people are struggling with this technology and how to allow it to flourish without offending the individual’s right to privacy.”

Late last month, SJC Justice Scott L. Kafker took a rare step in ordering an appeal of a Barnstable County drug trafficking case to go before the court’s full bench. A defendant in the pending criminal case was identified and tracked using plate readers.

Healy said the case will be “precedent-setting,” no matter the outcome. “Eventually, we’ll see this issue addressed by the US Supreme Court.”

Authorities in Massachusetts say they use the plate readers to track either the historical or real-time movements of violent suspects or drug traffickers, for example, or to find missing and abducted people.

“The technology is an important tool in our overall capability to locate vehicles and suspects connected to serious offenses, ranging from potential criminal activity to terrorist threats,” said State Police spokesman David Procopio.

But civil liberties advocates and some lawmakers have raised privacy concerns and questions about the constitutionality of police using the technology. They’ve also expressed concern over the technology’s use by private companies, including car repossession firms and parking lot operators, and the practice of other businesses, such as banks, insurers, and private investigators, buying data from brokers.

Kade Crockford, director of the Technology for Liberty Program at the ACLU of Massachusetts, called the technology “a threat to every person’s freedom to go about their daily life without a government official keeping a record of their every movement.”

Procopio acknowledged plate readers are in use “throughout” the state but would not say where or how many. He said “case law establishes that appropriate use of [plate reader] technology is constitutional” and that the agency uses the system for law enforcement purposes.

Some are installed at fixed locations, he said. Others are on cruisers or portable equipment.

It’s unclear how many agencies use the technology, but 60 municipal, county, and state law enforcement agencies can access and submit data to a statewide database containing troves of information captured by plate readers, according to documents obtained by the Globe through public records requests.

State public safety officials say that data is stored for one year, with older information purged daily. No agencies outside the state have access, officials say.

The Massachusetts Port Authority says it uses the technology at Logan Airport for public safety and security reasons and at airport parking facilities “for business-related purposes,” including “locating customer vehicles.”

The technology is also deployed on either side of the Bourne and Sagamore bridges — allowing law enforcement to record the plate of every vehicle that drives onto or off Cape Cod.

Those cameras were installed more than three years ago by State Police. Their existence came to light only recently through an opioid trafficking case in Barnstable Superior Court.

The case was the result of a long-term investigation in which police used a mix of historical and real-time plate-reader data captured by the Cape bridge cameras to track and eventually arrest two men after an alleged drug deal. Each man was indicted on felony drug charges.

Defense attorney Paul A. Bogosian argued in court that the way police used the technology violated several laws, including state and federal constitutional protections as well as federal laws surrounding the privacy of electronic communications.

Bogosian said police should have obtained a search warrant or a court order before using the plate reader to track the vehicle of his client, Jason McCarthy, over a prolonged period, similar to legal requirements for cellphone location data. Under a US Supreme Court ruling in 2018, law enforcement officials now generally need a warrant to collect cellphone location data.

In March, Massachusetts Superior Court Judge Robert Rufo ruled that license plates don’t come with the same privacy expectation as cellphone data, and the two sets of bridge cameras don’t show the same detailed trail of movements a cellphone might.

Bogosian appealed Rufo’s ruling to the SJC.

“It’s Big Brother being able to have information that predicts your location,” Bogosian said in an interview. “They’re able to put together a map and a pattern and predict where you’re going to be on a certain day.”

Cape & Islands District Attorney Michael O’Keefe, whose office is prosecuting the Barnstable case, pointed out that the case involves plate readers at a fixed location.

“This doesn’t allow for someone to get the same information they would from putting a [GPS] device on a car and tracking it everywhere it goes,” O’Keefe said. “We could put an officer at either end of the bridge to do the same thing.”

O’Keefe said he did not know how many plate-reading cameras there are in Massachusetts, but said he doesn’t believe they’re widespread.

Chelsea Police Chief Brian Kyes, president of the Massachusetts Major City Chiefs of Police Association, said local law enforcement began using the technology about a decade ago. He said it’s a valuable tool for protecting the public and he hopes the SJC will allow law enforcement to keep using it.

“While privacy concerns should always be considered . . . in this instance those concerns do not outweigh the potential benefits,” Kyes said in an e-mail.

Compounding privacy concerns: The technology — and the humans who use it — can make mistakes.

Massport internal audits in 2017 found cameras at Logan Airport were failing to accurately capture about 40 percent of plates leaving parking facilities. One audit said plans to install “state-of-the-art” cameras should lower the misread rate to about 25 percent.

Iowa Ct says the Smell of Marijuana by Itself is Probable Cause for a Search: Cop Claimed to Smell Marijuana on a Black Man 30 Ft Away, Walking by Cruiser [Judges Believe anything Cops say]

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If Judges Believe Almost Anything Cops say then Almost Any Stop is “Lawful.” From [HERE] “Iowa Supreme Court precedent holds that the odor of marijuana emanating from a person, by itself, when detected by a police officer, who has adequate knowledge and training to recognize the smell, constitutes probable cause. The district court incorrectly found otherwise and improperly granted Carter’s motion to suppress.” State v. Carter, 2019 Iowa App. LEXIS 588 (June 5, 2019). [MORE] The case involved the stop of Melton Ray Carter, a Black man.

According to the 6/5/19 opinion of the Iowa Court of Appeals,

On August 30, 2017, Sioux City Police Officer Christopher Eral was sitting in his police vehicle and filling out paperwork with the window partially open. He observed a male, later identified as Carter, walking past his patrol car at a distance of thirty to forty feet. As Carter did so, Officer Eral detected an odor he recognized as marijuana.1 The officer did not smell the marijuana odor until Carter walked by, and there was nobody else in the area who could plausibly have been the source of the odor.

Officer Eral radioed that he was going to be out of his patrol vehicle with an individual, exited his patrol car, and then walked toward and called out to Carter. As Officer Eral and Carter approached each other, the officer detected the odor of marijuana coming directly from Carter’s person. Officer Eral asked Carter for consent to search, which Carter denied. Officer Eral advised Carter that he was going to search Carter due to the odor of marijuana coming from his person. Carter admitted to Officer Eral that he had marijuana on his person, which the officer located in Carter’s left pants pocket during the search. 2 Officer Eral arrested Carter for possession of the marijuana.

In a majority of states that have addressed the issue courts have held that an officer’s detection of the odor of marijuana, standing alone, constituted probable cause. The plain smell doctrine falls under the plain view and plain touch doctrine of the illusional 4th Amendment. The warrantless seizure of evidence in the plain view of an officer may be upheld if (1) the officer was lawfully present at the situs and (2) the item seized was immediately recognizable as evidence. (Terry) Horton v. California, 496 U.S. 128, 136-37 (1990).

Travel Advisory for Black People Living within Free Range Prison: Black Drivers in Missouri are 91% more likely to be Stopped than Whites. Racial Profiling Law Imposes No Real Consequences for Cops

From [HERE] Driving while black in Missouri is becoming an even more perilous proposition.

Two years after the NAACP issued a travel advisory warning black motorists of the potential problems with traveling through Missouri, a new report finds that in 2018, black drivers in Missouri were 91% more likely to be pulled over than white motorists. The number was 75% in 2016 and 69% in 2015. [MORE]

The Kansas City Star states, “Our state has long had an abysmal record on racial disparities in vehicle stops, but Missouri keeps finding ways to regress further, the latest annual report released by Attorney General Eric Schmitt’s office shows.”

The ACLU has called on the Missouri legislature and Gov. Mike Parson to support the Fourth Amendment Affirmation Act to move beyond data collection to actually requiring consequences for officers who engage in racial profiling.

Racial profiling by police is already outlawed in Missouri. But the law imposes few, if any, consequences for officers or departments that violate the statute. [MORE]

The above is not entirely accurate about the travel advisory. NAACP’s travel warning was issued after Missouri’s racist suspect, Republican Governor Eric Greitens approved a measure that required people to explicitly prove their race, sex or other protected status actually motivated their boss or colleague to mistreat them to win an employment discrimination case. [MORE] The ill conceived “warning” was more symbolic politics designed only for appearances by the “Negro Anglo-American Corporate Preserve” [follow the money trail] and had no impact on the state, the governor’s future or changing the behavior of racists. In fact, racists in Missouri were probably happier that less Black people might come through the state.

DOC BLYND EXPLAINS THAT “CELL PHONES” ARE COMMUNICATION DEVICES THAT INMATES USE TO TALK TO ONE ANOTHER AND TO THOSE OUT IN THE BIGGER PRISON.

DOC BLYND EXPLAINS THAT “CELL PHONES” ARE COMMUNICATION DEVICES THAT INMATES USE TO TALK TO ONE ANOTHER AND TO THOSE OUT IN THE BIGGER PRISON.

The above article discusses the potential remedy by state law. However, racial targeting or unlawful stops, searches and seizures are also actionable violations of the 4th Amendment. The Supreme Court has ruled that the stop of a moving vehicle is clearly a seizure within the meaning of the 4th Amendment. A motorist has the general right to be free from arbitrary State intrusion on his freedom of movement in an automobile. The Supremes have explained 'the citizen who has given no good cause for believing he is engaged in (criminal) activity is entitled to proceed on his way without interference.’ The legitimacy of a stop of a motor vehicle requires the government to prove that a police officer had a reasonable and articulable suspicion that the motorist had been or was engaged in unlawful activity. 'The police officer must be able to point to specific and articulable facts which, taken together with rational inferences from those facts, reasonably warrant that intrusion. . . vehicles cannot be stopped in officers' unrestricted discretion; there must be at least reasonable suspicion that suspects have violated the law.

But people who are awake know better.

In reality, race soldiers so frequently abuse their power that no one can make a compelling argument that so-called constitutional rights afford Black & Latino people any real protection from cops on the street. Black & Latino men especially face an omnipresent threat of being stopped and searched by cops without legal cause anytime, anyplace.

BLACK STATE PROSECUTOR PULLED OVER FOR NO VALID REASON BY WHITE COPS IN FLORIDA. [MORE]

Your “writes” are just words on paper. Your “rights” exist on the thought standard - you have rights if a police officer thinks you have rights. Such rights then dwell in a “consensus reality” - “a movie comprising belief, expectation and the magic of agreeing. 2) an aggrieved upon hallucination.” [con-sense-us]

As explained by undeceiver Dr. Amos Wilson: "Laws in and of themselves will not protect us; laws are words written on paper; laws protect no one. Laws are no stronger than those who enforce them."

The only thing upholding the 4th Amendment is your belief in it. According to Dr. Blynd:

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]

White Lives Matter: Black Cop Sentenced 12 Yrs after Recklessly Shooting White Woman [Compare w/White Cop who Intentionally Shot Laquan McDonald 16 times & may Serve Only 3 Yrs]

We know that white cops rarely even face prosecution when they intentionally harm or kill Black or Latino people. In Death of a Dark Nation” Anon explains, “It is just as rare for a black police officer to use excessive force against a white person.

In fact, the authors were unable to find a single instance of a black police officer shooting or killing an unarmed white person in the history of modern law enforcement. This is not surprising but it is absolute proof that the black individual operating within a system of white supremacy cannot mistreat whites even if he or she is wearing a uniform, a badge, and carrying a gun." [MORE

Note than Anon is also necessarily saying that it is even more rare for a Black cop to get away shooting or killing an unarmed white person. BW can only find 2 perhaps 3 episodes [Dillion Taylor in Utah and allegedly Ofc Christopher Dorner in LA] involving a Black cop shooting an unarmed white person in the history of modern law enforcement. The cop who shot Taylor was not charged. If you know of any others let us know.

Similarly, prominent researchers have documented a pattern of discrimination in the application of the death penalty based on the race of the victim, race of the defendant, or both, in nearly every state that uses capital punishment. Blacks who murdered whites were found more likely to be sentenced to death than those who murdered blacks." [MORE] and [MORE] In fact, the Baldus study found that Blacks are 22 times more likely to be put to death when the victim is white.Since 1977, the overwhelming majority of death row defendants (77%) have been executed for killing white victims, even though Blacks make up about half of all homicide victims. [MORE

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Starbucks Fast “Justice” b/c White Lives Matter.

From [HERE] Black Minneapolis police officer Mohamed Noor was sentenced to 12 and a half years in prison on Friday for the 2017 shooting death of Justine Damond, an unarmed white woman he shot one time.

Judge Kathryn L. Quaintanc, racist suspect in photo, sentenced Noor just over a month after he was convicted of third-degree murder for Damond’s death.

Though it is rare for a police officer to be charged in a fatal on-duty shooting — Mr. Noor was the first Minnesota officer in decades convicted in such a case.

Shortly before midnight on July 15, 2017, Damond dialed 911 to report hearing a possible sexual assault in an alley near her home in the city’s upscale Fulton neighborhood.  

Noor and his partner, Matthew Harrity, responded to the call in their squad car. Noor later testified that he heard a loud bang on the vehicle before seeing a woman raise her arm near one of the car’s rolled-down windows. Other testimony during Noor’s trial suggested Damond, who was unarmed, approached the squad car from the darkened alley to speak with the officers.

Noor fired his gun, hitting Damond in the abdomen one time, saying he did so to protect his partner.

“I fired one shot,” Noor said at his trial, according to The Guardian. “My intent was to stop the threat and save my partner’s life.” At his trial, Mr. Noor said he feared for his life when he saw Ms. Ruszczyk approaching his cruiser and made a split-second decision to shoot. “She could have had a weapon,” Mr. Noor said in court.

Lawyers for Mr. Noor have acknowledged that Ms. Ruszczyk in fact posed no threat. She had been holding a cellphone and standing outside a rolled-down window of the squad car when she was shot.

Prosecutors, however, argued Noor acted “recklessly” by firing at an unknown person without issuing a warning.

[Noor was convicted of “depraved heart murder” which is an unintentional killing which results from an act done with a wanton and willful disregard of unreasonable risk to human life. Extreme gross negligence substitutes for the intent. No bright line separates depraved heart from criminal negligence involuntary manslaughter; it is a matter of degree of negligence. Noor has already filed an appeal. The filing states, “the evidence at trial failed to support finding that Mr Noor acted with a depraved heart.” [MORE]

The NY Times stated, “She was unarmed, wearing pajamas and holding nothing but a glittery cellphone.”  

“This was an obscene act by an agent of the state,” her father, John Ruszczyk, said, in a statement that was read aloud in court. “The killer should be held accountable. That sort of behavior is intolerable.”

And so it was done. Poof, like that, killer cop is gone for white folks. No need for teddy bears, chanting, protests, rapping, candles, yelling no justice no peace etc. “Justice” was done Starbucks quick. 1) Cop was quickly sentenced about a month after his trial. 2) Three days after the trial Minnesota quickly settled the civil suit for $20 million. 3) In fact, within one week of the shooting, Minneapolis Police Chief Janee Harteau was forced out, and 4) the mayor lost her reelection bid. Also, 5) less than two weeks after the shooting, Minneapolis acting police chief Medaria Arradondo announced that police officer body camera usage would now be mandatory during all calls and traffic stops.] and 6) white folks held Black cop accountable sending a message to all Black people about their white over Black system.

Racism white supremacy is all about power [a relationship between whites and Blacks] not just mere bigotry.

The above is a complete contrast to the so-called justice applied in cases involving Black victims of police misconduct and government authority.

Wrong Complexion For Blue Protection,” read the sign of one man who joined several protesters outside the courthouse on Friday.

In another police violence sentencing earlier this year, white Chicago cop Jason Van Dyke was sentenced to six years and nine months in prison for the 2014 murder of Laquan McDonald. Van Dyke, 40, will likely serve slightly more than three years. His sentence is based on his second-degree murder conviction, which only requires 50 percent of a sentence to be served. [MORE]

Unlike the negligent shooting of the white woman, shot one time by Officer Noor, white cop Van Dyke intentionally shot Laquan McDonald 16 times — 15 of them after the teenager was already on the ground. Then he lied about it.

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The Marshall Project found that

  • when a white person kills a black man, the killer is eight times more likely to face no legal consequences (compared to homicides involving other combinations of "races"). 

  • In 1 in 6 of these killings, there is no criminal sanction, according to an examination of 400,000 homicides committed by civilians between 1980 and 2014. That rate is far higher than the one for homicides involving other combinations of "races." The disparity remains no matter the circumstances and has persisted for decades. [MORE]

In almost 17% of cases when a black man was killed by a non-Hispanic white civilian over the last three decades, the killing was categorized as justifiable, which is the term used when a police officer or a civilian kills someone perceived to be committing a crime or in perceived self-defense. Overall, the police classify fewer than 2 percent of homicides committed by civilians as justifiable.

The disparity persists across different cities, different ages, different weapons and different relationships between killer and victim. The researchers analyzed 400,000 homicides committed by civilians between 1980 and 2014, using FBI data provided by police departments. They looked at information on each killer and victim's location, age, race, ethnicity, and gender. [CONT]

According to the Brookings Institute,

  • although black males make up only 7% of the entire population they constitute 34% of all unarmed persons killed by police.

Such is the nature of racism white supremacy, a global system of vast unequal power & conditions between whites and Blacks. As explained by Neely Fuller, racism is not merely a pattern of individual and/or institutional practice; it is a universal operating "system" of white supremacy and domination in which the majority of the world's white people participate. [MORE]

Racism = A System of Survival. According to Dr. Frances Cress Welsing, racism is a system of white behavior and survival: "I say that this [genetic annihilation] is the fundamental motivation of people who classify themselves as White, whether it is conscious and/or subconsciously determined. In other words: what the White Collective is doing on the planet is engaging in behaviors—in economics, education, entertainment, labor, law, politics, religion, sex and more—in order for them to survive on the planet, by any means necessary. FUNKTIONARY defines it as:

Racism White Supremacy - psychopathic degeneracy. 2) "The local and global power system and dynamic, structured and maintained by persons who classify themselves as white, whether consciously or subconsciously determined, which consists of patterns of perception, logic, symbol formation, thought, speech, action and emotional response, as conducted simultaneously in all areas of people activity (economics, education, entertainment, labour, law, politics, religion, sex and war); for the ultimate purpose of white genetic survival and to prevent white genetic annihilation on planet earth—a planet upon which the vast majority of people are classified as non-white (Black, Brown, Red and Yellow) by white skinned people, and all of the nonwhite people are genetically dominant (in terms of skin coloration) compared to the genetic recessive white skin people." -Dr. Francis Cress Welsing, MD. [MORE]

Created for their survival, the operating system of white supremacy controls everything non-white people have or need. To racists, white supremacy domination and oppression of all non-white people is essential for global white genetic survival. Welsing describes white supremacy as a global, terroristic power system.

Anon explains racism is the COLLECTIVE behaviors of a group. A white individual within a system of racism/white supremacy has the implicit or explicit support of that system IF they choose to practice racism.

Collective power is the institutions and systems that benefit one group at the expense of another group, and allow one group to dominate another group in all areas of human activity.

For example, when a white policeman shoots an unarmed black man (50 times), his fellow officers, the police chief, internal affairs, the union, the media, the prosecutor, the judge, and the jury will support, defend, and finance that white police officer’s “right” to shoot (murder) an unarmed black person. That is white collective power.

Welsing further explains, “Within the historic framework of Western civilization and culture (the civilization and culture organized to prevent white genetic annihilation), all white peoples have the spoken or unspoken mandate to participate actively in their collective struggle for global white genetic survival. This specifically means, of necessity, the murder and slaughter of Black and other non-white males whenever it is felt within the white collective to be necessary and, therefore, justified.” [MORE],

After Turning Himself in on a Traffic Warrant, a Black Veteran Died in PA Police Custody. His body was Returned to his Family with His Throat, Heart and Brain Missing

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From [CNN] and [MORE] Two days before he died, Everett Palmer Jr. called his brother, Dwayne, to tell him he was on his way from Delaware to New York to visit him and their sick mother. But first, he said, he wanted to resolve an outstanding DUI warrant from an incident in 2016 in Pennsylvania to make sure his license was valid for the drive to see his family.

The phone call was the last time the family would hear from the 41-year-old US Army veteran and father of two.

On April 9, 2018, two days later, the family was told that Palmer had died in police custody at the York County Prison. Fourteen months later, the Palmers say they still don't know what really happened. But they are suspicious because when Palmer's body was returned to them, his throat, heart and brain were missing.

"This entire case smacks of a cover-up," civil rights attorney Lee Merritt told CNN by phone.

The family hired Merritt to help find answers because so far, they have been unable to get them on their own, they say. Merritt says prison and county officials have not been cooperative with providing an official manner of death.

Representatives for the prison could not be reached for comment Friday.

An initial autopsy by the York County Coroner's Office stated Palmer died after an incident "following an excited state" during which he "began hitting his head against the inside of his cell door" and was restrained. The report says Palmer became agitated as a result of "methamphetamine toxicity." A probable "sickling red cell disorder" as listed as a contributing factor.

According to his family, Palmer never had any health problems leading up to his death. They also say the autopsy report of him hitting himself are completely out of character.

The York County Coroner's Office updated its autopsy results on July 28, 2018, to include a manner of death, which it listed as "undetermined." The autopsy report says details of the autopsy may be corrected as more information becomes available.

The family says Palmer did have "some history of drug use," but never meth. Prison processing reports made available to the family provided no indication that Palmer was under the influence or had any drug paraphernalia listed in his items when he arrived.

"He would have had to receive (the meth) in the jail itself. We don't believe that happened," Merritt said.

Palmer's body was returned to his family, but it was only after the family hired their own independent forensic pathologist that they discovered Palmer's body was missing three body parts.

"It's not unusual to take organs out of a body during an autopsy, especially if you believe they were subject to trauma. The highly unusual part is to misplace them," Merritt said.

For seven months, the family could not track down Palmer's brain, heart or throat. They say they were told by the York County Coroner to check with the funeral home for the body parts.

"The funeral home says they hadn't touched the body," Merritt said.

The family says they were later told by the coroner that the body parts were at an independent lab. However, the lab, Merritt says, has refused to hand over the parts, citing an ongoing investigation.

Merritt says the family believes the body parts will reveal details of how Palmer died. "But we haven't been able to get them back yet," Merritt said. "His constitutional rights are being violated."

CNN reached out to the York County District Attorney's Office for comment. Kyle King, the chief administrator and spokesman for the district attorney, told CNN by phone, "The office of the district attorney does not comment on pending or ongoing investigations."

When asked how long an investigation into a case like this typically takes, King said, "Every investigation is unique." He did not answer when asked why, more than one year after Palmer's death, there is still no official determination about his cause of death.

Multiple calls to the Pennsylvania State Police, which is listed as the investigating police agency on the autopsy, were not returned. A voicemail message left with the York County Coroner's Office also went unanswered.

Of the five children in the Palmer family, Everett Palmer Jr. was like the glue that kept the family bond strong, his brother Dwayne said. He was a "gentle giant," tall and muscular, and served as a US Army paratrooper. An avid sports fan, especially of basketball, Palmer was often found working out in the gym or helping others achieve their goals as a personal trainer.

Palmer also enjoyed being a DJ and had a very "eclectic taste in music," preferring heavy metal, according to his brother, Dwayne. He may have looked imposing, his brother says, but he loved to smile.

"He joked around a lot. He was the life of the family," Dwayne Palmer said. "He wasn't a perfect person, but certainly not somebody that's a rabble-rouser, fighting, starting trouble or anything like that. He was a loving person."

Speaking from his home in New York, Dwayne says the family just wants to know what happened. He says the information they have been given so far is scant.

"We don't believe anything (officials) are telling us at this point," he said. "It's a tremendous loss for our family. We are devastated."

According to the autopsy report, on the morning of his death, Everett Palmer Jr. was taken to a medical clinic where he was noted to be unresponsive. He was transferred to York Hospital, where he was pronounced dead at 5:46 a.m.

"If he was being processed for something that he did wrong in terms of the DUI -- he should be held accountable for that -- but it shouldn't be a death sentence, certainly inside of a jail," his brother added. "We know that there are good people in that prison system. We appeal to them to come forward and share what they know."

The Palmer family has put in a Freedom of Information Act request for any video recordings from the York County Prison while Palmer was in their custody.

"It's been over a year and we want some answers. He was delivered back to us without organs. We want closure," Palmer said. "If something criminal happened, and I believe something criminal did happen, we want the people that was involved in that to be held accountable."

Did White Prosecutor Tank the Grand Jury for White Cop who Shot Thomas Yatsko to Death? [the Appearance of Justice, Not the Reality of it, is essential to maintaining our Belief in the hallucination]

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“Prosecution is about locking black people up,” not locking up cops. From [HERE] A Cuyahoga County grand jury has declined to indict Cleveland police Sergeant Dean Graziolli in the January 2018 shooting death of 21-year-old Thomas Yatsko outside of the Corner Alley in University Circle where Graziolli was working off-duty security. 

In a statement, Franklin County Prosecutor Ron O'Brien, a racist suspect republican who served as special prosecutor in the case at the request of Cuyahoga County Prosecutor Mike O'Malley and who reviewed the investigation conducted by the Cuyahoga County Sheriff's Department, said: 

"On January 13, 2018, Sergeant Graziolli [racist suspect in photo below] was working at the Corner Alley in Cleveland, Ohio when he encountered Yatsko and another individual who were removed from the establishment for fighting. Yatsko returned to the patio of the Corner Alley later and a confrontation with Graziolli ensued. Yatsko punched Graziolli several times in the face according to witnesses. Graziolli pulled his firearm and warned Yatsko to stop but then fired twice as Yatsko moved toward him again. Yatsko was treated immediately at the scene and then transported to the hospital but he was pronounced deceased later that evening. Prosecutors requested that the relevant instructions on Use of Deadly force by police officers be given by a Judge of the court. All available evidence was considered, including eye witness testimony, video surveillance from the Corner Alley, and the officer's statement." 

[A person may use deadly force in self-defense if s/he actually and reasonably believes at the time of the incident that s/he is in imminent danger of death or serious bodily harm from which s/he can save himself/herself only by using deadly force against his/her assailant.]

Does that sound like someone who was motivated to prosecute or zealously obtain justice for the people he “serves?” If the racist suspect prosecutors believed the above facts and the white cop to be credible then why convene a grand jury in the first place? [lex-icon- “law as image - the appearance of justice (the form) over the substance of justice via truth and law over humanity.”] He sounds like an attorney who does not want to prosecute a cop. He sounds more like a defense attorney. It is difficult to obtain details about the process used by O’Brien because the white media has a general lack of curiosity in such matters involving Black lives and do their part to uphold the decision of a white cop to execute a Black man. What is collective white power?

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A wrongful death civil lawsuit filed by Yatsko's family in April 2018 remains pending. That suit alleged Graziolli used excessive force and failed to attend to Yatsko after the shooting. Graziolli, who was moonlighting as a security guard, shot Yatsko outside the Corner Alley on Euclid and Ford avenues. Staff threw Yatsko and another employee out of the bar after a confrontation between them occurred. Yatsko was on the sidewalk talking to another patron about how he was going to get home, the lawsuit said.

Graziolli identified himself as a Cleveland officer, approached the 149-pound Yatsko "outside in an aggressive and belligerent manner, swore at him and told him to leave the area," according to the lawsuit.

Yatsko told Graziolli he was looking for a way home and at one point asked the officer for his help, the lawsuit says. Graziolli continued to curse at Yatsko, according to the lawsuit.

Moments later the two men got into a fight. Graziolli later fired two shots into Yatsko’s neck, killing him, according to the Cuyahoga County Medical Examiner. No weapon was found on Yatsko, according to police and the lawsuit. According to the lawsuit Yatsko did not lunge at Graziolli after he pulled out the weapon.

A witness who called 911 from the bar pleaded with the officer to "leave him alone" because he was cooperating, the caller told a dispatcher.

The dispatcher cut off the caller's description of what happened next, but said "he could have wrestled him to the ground." The caller, however, said that police officer got into a fight with a customer and shot him.

She said nurses who were at the bar tried to treat Yatsko to stop the bleeding.

The lawsuit accuses Graziolli of failing to provide or attempt to provide Yatsko with any emergency medical care or attention.

“Rather, Defendant Graziolli yelled at bystanders and patrons to notify 911 that he was a Cleveland police officer," the lawsuit says. "Bystanders repeatedly asked and instructed Defendant Graziolli to put his firearm away. Without rendering any aid to Thomas, Defendant Graziolli went back inside the Corner Alley Uptown bar and restaurant."

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After starting the fight with the smaller Black man, Graziolli suffered several injuries, including cuts and bruises on his head, face and body. [MORE]

Graziolli, a sergeant since 2002, most recently in the Fifth District, pleaded guilty in 2014 to eight first-degree misdemeanor counts of falsification. Investigators found that he was at home when he claimed to be working on eight days between Oct. 14 and Nov. 1, 2012.

‘We’re from the Government, We’re Here to Force You to Accept Our Service:’ 5 White Madison Cops Assault a Non-Resisting, Non-Consenting Black Teen in Order to Provide/Coerce Mental Health Treatment

According to FUNKTIONARY:

government paradox - Government is men and women providing services on a compulsory basis—pay and obey or get shot. "To be legitimate they would have to drop their guns and provide their services on a voluntary basis. However, the moment they do so, they cease to be a government. That's quite the conundrum." —Marc Stevens. (See: Statism, Nations, Slavery, Standing, Jurisdiction, State, Unalienable Rights, Freedom, Predictive Programming, Education & Citizens) [MORE]

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From [HERE] The Madison Police Department is launching an internal investigation after receiving reports that officers used excessive force while responding to a call about a 17-year-old boy. 

Police were called at 11:05 a.m. Wednesday for reports of a teen using threatening behavior consistent with someone in a mental health crisis, according to a police report written by MPD public information officer Joel Despain.

When officers arrived, they were aware that the boy was under a mental health commitment and planned to take the boy into protective custody and transport him to a local hospital for further evaluation, Despain wrote. 

According to the police report, the teen refused to comply with officer requests and resisted handcuffing. Police said there was a physical struggle and one officer struck the boy several times in an attempt to restrain him. The report said the boy also spit on the officers, which forced officers to use a mesh spit hood. 

After officers gained control, they transported the boy to a local hospital where he was medically cleared and subsequently conveyed to Winnebago Mental Health Institute as part of the terms of his commitment. Police said the boy did not report any injuries and showed no visible injuries after the encounter. One of the officers suffered thumb and rotator cuff injuries, according to the report. 

[after committing assault against him] Police said there is probable cause to charge the boy with multiple criminal offenses and a decision to pursue the charges will be deferred until he receives further mental health evaluation and assessment. 

Brandi Grayson, a friend of the boy's mother, shared three videos of the incident on Facebook with the mother's permission. The videos show snippets of the interaction with police, but do not show the incident in its entirety. Grayson described the videos as violence against a black child and said police were not aware that they were being recorded during the exchange. 

Grayson said police were contacted by staff at West High School who reported the boy for using foul language and being disrespectful. She said the teen then left the school and went home, which is where police responded to. 

Madison Metropolitan School District spokesperson Rachel Strauch-Nelson said that part of Grayson's account of the call is inaccurate. Staff at West High School did not request any police involvement in any situation and there were no calls to West High School on Wednesday, Strauch-Nelson said. 

The MPD internal investigation into the interaction is ongoing, according to the report. The incident was turned over to the Professional Standards and Internal Affairs Unit. 

Racist Judge who told a Black Man Charged w/Assaulting a White Man who Called Him NGHR, “You were never a slave, but you take offense to it," Failed to Win Retention Vote, Leaving Bench

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Nigger - "A non-white person who is subject to the system of White Supremacy." -Neely Fuller Jr. 

From [HERE] A criminal court judge in suburban Chicago who told a black defendant he shouldn’t be offended by the N-word because he was never a slave will be leaving the bench at the end of June.

Associate Judge Richard Schwind failed to win retention in a vote by circuit judges in Cook County, Illinois, report WBEZ and Injustice Watch, which co-published its story with the Chicago Sun-Times. He was the only judge who wasn’t retained among 138 associate judges.

A vote of 60% of the circuit judges is needed for retention of an associate judge.

Schwind had made the remark last year to a black defendant accused of punching a white man who called him the N-word. “You were never a slave, but you take offense to it. And I understand that. But the bigger man walks away,” he said.

Defendant Deon Lindsey admitted hitting his ex-girlfriend’s white brother, but said he was provoked because the man called him the N-word. According to a transcript obtained by WBEZ, Schwind told Lindsey the N-word is an “ignorant term.”

“You take offense to a word that—you, you were never a slave, but you take offense to it,” Schwind continued. “And I understand that. But the bigger man walks away. You don’t resort to violence. That’s why society is the way it is now.”

Lindsey was sentenced to a year of probation and 80 hours of service in an alternative work program. [MORE]

WBEZ had broke the news on Schwind’s comment to a black defendant. Last week, the broadcast station reported that Schwind had told a prostitution defendant in 2017 that she had to get out of Illinois because she was a health risk.

“You go to California, do it in California, do it in Tennessee, do it anywhere but Illinois,” he said. “If you want to continue selling your body for money, that’s up to you, that’s your decision, but stay out of Illinois. You are a definite health risk to anyone you come in contact with.”

Earlier in the hearing, Schwind told the defendant that she had “an awesome set of fingernails” and asked who paid for her manicures.

Circuit judges in Cook County elect and then vote on whether to retain associate judges, who have shorter terms and are paid less than circuit judges, Injustice Watch reported in a previous story. Circuit judges are elected and retained in public elections.

At least 20 years have passed since a Cook County associate judge failed to win retention, WBEZ reported.

According to a Chicago Bar Association recommendation against retention, Schwind had made statements to minority litigants appearing before him that are “insensitive, improper and evidence bias.”

Writing in support of Schwind, Judge Stephen Kozicki said he had an “excellent reputation for honesty and fairness.”

The Chicago Bar Association also recommended that a second judge not be retained, but he won the retention vote anyway. The bar association said the judge, Luciano Panici, “exhibits a casual attitude regarding whether the state has met the burden of proof” and expressed a belief that nearly all the defendants who appear before him are guilty.

Panici had argued that his rating was “clearly erroneous.”

Would-be clients with White-sounding Names got 50% More Lawyer Responses in California. Yale University Study says Lawyers were Less Likely to Respond to Emails from People Perceived to be Black

From [HERE] Lawyers in markets with less competition might be more likely to racially discriminate against clients seeking legal representation, a Yale researcher has concluded.

Yale University lecturer and postdoctoral associate Brian Libgober drew that conclusion from a series of studies in which he sent emails requesting representation to lawyers in private practice.

Lawyers in California were less likely to respond to emails from apparently black clients, while lawyers in Florida did not differ much in their response.

In two combined studies of California lawyers, Libgober found that clients with white-sounding names were receiving 50% more replies than clients with black-sounding names. There was no statistically significant difference in response rates in Florida.

In an article summarizing his findings written for the Lewis and Clark Law Review, Libgober suggests that the reason could involve competition for work. According to the Bureau of Economic Analysis, there are about 20% more lawyers per capita in Florida than in California. In addition, Florida lawyers earn less on average.

Those statistics suggest that competition among lawyers for clients is greater in Florida than in California, he says. “A hungry lawyer will serve just about anybody,” Libgober told the ABA Journal. “A lawyer flush with work may play favorites in selecting clients on matters on a lot of dimensions. For some, that may include race and gender.”

In the California study, Libgober used the names “Darnell Jackson” and “Latoya Jackson” to signal that a potential client was black, and he used the names “Brad McCarthy” and “Laurie McCarthy” to suggest that a potential client was white. The emails identified the sender as a medical sales representative and asked for representation in a DUI case.

Libgober sent the emails to two batches of 96 criminal defense lawyers who were certified in criminal law. When he combined findings from the two study batches, he found that clients with white-sounding names were receiving 50% more replies.

In a follow-up study that he conducted in Florida, emails were sent to 899 small-firm lawyers seeking representation in either a criminal case involving a misdemeanor driving offense, a divorce, or a personal-injury matter. The lawyers were identified as black or white, and male or female.

The senders of the email were identified as “Latasha Francois,” “Tasha Dorsey,” “Terrance Williams,” “Maurice Henry” (all deemed to be black-sounding names, at varying levels), “Anthony Holley,” “Sam Nash,” “Nicole Horton” and “Tabitha Morgan” (the white-sounding names, in varying degrees). [more]

“Law Cropping:" Low Wage Lawyers by Day, Uber Drivers, Bartenders and Other McJobs by Night

White MD Cop Believed Black Legal Aid Attorney was the Defendant and Detained Him. A Maryland attorney showed up for work only to be detained at gun point after being mistaken for his client, who had an open warrant. Rashad James was racially profiled, detained, questioned and accused of impersonating an attorney.

Educated & Trained to Serve Some Aspect of the White Supremacy System. From [NY Times] Her story is a familiar one in the gig economy era: She works several odd jobs like delivering food for Grubhub and UberEats, or helping people with their tax returns.

But Danielle happens to have a full-time job: She is a staff attorney for the Legal Aid Society in New York.

The same goes for Julia Boms, a colleague who began working at Legal Aid last year. On any given day, Ms. Boms might be found in an arraignment court, handling a misdemeanor case. On weekends, she might be tending bar — a past-life job she thought she had left behind.

She is committed to sticking with Legal Aid. “A lot of people are like, ‘In a few years, you’ll go private,’” said Ms. Boms, 28. “But I went to school to do this.”

Ms. Boms and many of her Legal Aid colleagues are lawyers by day, representing those who most need, but can least afford, legal services. Then, out of financial necessity, they become bartenders, dog walkers or Uber drivers by night.

The Legal Aid Society, the nation’s oldest nonprofit legal services organization, offers law school graduates starting salaries of $53,582, which increase to $62,730 upon admittance to the bar, according to an internal document.

The overall median salary for first-year associates at private law firms in 2017 was $135,000, according to the National Association for Law Placement.

Legal Aid executives said the relatively low salaries were a barrier to recruiting and retaining strong lawyers.

They said they were not seeking private-sector salaries. Their goal is to reach pay parity with lawyers in the city’s Law Department, which pays roughly $108,000 to its lawyers with 10 years of experience. Legal Aid attorneys with similar experience earn about $90,000.

At a recent City Council hearing, Legal Aid officials highlighted the pay disparity, and asked Council leaders — who have proposed giving city-funded legal services organizations an extra $15 million in the 2019-20 budget to help close the pay gap — to boost the increase to $50 million.

“We see this very much not as making sure the lawyers themselves get paid well for their own sake, but for the sake of their ability to provide the excellent representation to our clients,” said Janet Sabel, the chief executive and attorney-in-chief of Legal Aid.

“The job is hard because you’re seeing a lot of sadness, a lot of pain,” Ms. Sabel said. “You’re seeing people kept in cages, you’re seeing clients whose houses are covered in mold, you’re just seeing really, really sad things. We want people to have time off.”

The issue of low pay for public defenders has drawn the attention of Senator Kamala Harris of California, who is seeking the Democratic nomination for president.

Ms. Harris said last month that she would introduce a bill, the Ensuring Quality Access to Legal Defense Act, that would establish pay parity between public defenders and prosecutors across the nationwithin five years.

Mayor Bill de Blasio, a Democrat who is also running for president, has been noncommittal on whether he supports giving Legal Aid lawyers a raise.

A mayoral spokesman, Raul Contreras, said that “conversations with the Council about this issue are ongoing.”

As many as a third of Legal Aid lawyers in New York choose to work additional jobs, according to Jared Trujillo, the president of the Association of Legal Aid Attorneys, who pointed out that two-thirds of its staff attorneys come to Legal Aid with significant student loan debt, some owing $200,000 or more.

One such lawyer is Danielle, who asked to be identified only by her first name to speak candidly about her situation.

As the primary wage earner for her family, Danielle needs to earn enough money to cover rent, food, her family’s cellphone plan, loan payments, car maintenance and any other unforeseen expenses.

“Anything little thing that happens — I get tickets on my car and I got to pay that, or you know, a toll fee or something like that — anything like that, it just ends up throwing me off,” she said. “It makes it hard to be able to save anything.”

She said she typically will stay at the office until 7 p.m., and then do a few hours of work with Grubhub or UberEats, waiting until most parking-meter restrictions have lifted. She sometimes works a midnight-to-4 a.m. shift, to take advantage of the Uber’s higher pay for early-morning hours.

During tax season, she finds clients on the West Coast, so she can work with them on the phone after her Legal Aid work is done.

“I have family members that I support, so it’s been very hard for me,” Danielle said. “I’m out here freaking doing deliveries with three degrees.” [MORE]

Elites at YouTube to Remove Thousands of Videos Pushing "Extreme Views" & Videos Challenging the Official Police Version of Events of “Mass Shootings" Parroted by Elite Media

SCREEN SHOT OF ALLEGED RACIST SERIAL MURDER FROM RED SILVER J’s CHARLESTON HOAX VIDEO. SAID VIDEO PROVIDES A THOUGHT PROVOKING, THOROUGH & CRITICAL ANALYSIS OF THE OFFICIAL GOVERNMENT STORY PARROTED BY THE VESTED INTERESTS. BUT YOUTUBE WASN’T HAVING IT. HE HAS SELF DEPORTED HIS POLITICAL VIDEOS FROM YOUTUBE SEE IT BELOW.

SCREEN SHOT OF ALLEGED RACIST SERIAL MURDER FROM RED SILVER J’s CHARLESTON HOAX VIDEO. SAID VIDEO PROVIDES A THOUGHT PROVOKING, THOROUGH & CRITICAL ANALYSIS OF THE OFFICIAL GOVERNMENT STORY PARROTED BY THE VESTED INTERESTS. BUT YOUTUBE WASN’T HAVING IT. HE HAS SELF DEPORTED HIS POLITICAL VIDEOS FROM YOUTUBE SEE IT BELOW.

From [NYT] YouTube announced plans on Wednesday to remove thousands of videos and channels that advocate neo-Nazism, white supremacy and other bigoted ideologies in an attempt to clean up extremism and hate speech on its popular service.

The new policy will ban “videos alleging that a group is superior in order to justify discrimination, segregation or exclusion,” the company said in a blog post. The prohibition will also cover videos denying that violent incidents, like the mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Connecticut, took place.

YouTube did not name any specific channels or videos that would be banned.

“It’s our responsibility to protect that, and prevent our platform from being used to incite hatred, harassment, discrimination and violence,” the blog post said.

The decision by YouTube, which is owned by Google, is the latest action by a Silicon Valley company to stem the spread of hate speech and disinformation on its site. A month ago, Facebook evicted seven of its most controversial users, including Alex Jones, the conspiracy theorist and founder of Infowars. Twitter barred Mr. Jones last year.

The companies have come under intense criticism for their delayed reaction to the spread of hateful and false content. At the same time, President Trump and others argue that the giant tech platforms censor right-wing opinions, and the new policies put in place by the companies have inflamed those debates.

The tension was evident on Tuesday, when YouTube said a prominent right-wing creator who used racial language and homophobic slurs to harass a journalist in videos on YouTube did not violate its policies. The decision set off a firestorm online, including accusations that YouTube was giving a free pass to some of its popular creators.

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In the videos, that creator, Steven Crowder, a conservative commentator with nearly four million YouTube subscribers, repeatedly insulted Carlos Maza, a journalist from Vox. Mr. Crowder used slurs about Mr. Maza’s Cuban-American ethnicity and sexual orientation. Mr. Crowder said his comments were harmless, and YouTube determined that they did not break its rules.

“Opinions can be deeply offensive, but if they don’t violate our policies, they’ll remain on our site,” YouTube said in a statement about its decision on Mr. Crowder.

The back-to-back decisions illustrated a central theme that has defined the moderation struggles of social media companies: Making rules is often easier than enforcing them.

“This is an important and long-overdue change,” Becca Lewis, a research affiliate at the nonprofit organization Data & Society, said about the new policy. “However, YouTube has often executed its community guidelines unevenly, so it remains to be seen how effective these updates will be.”

YouTube’s scale — more than 500 hours of new videos are uploaded every minute — has made it difficult for the company to track rule violations. And the company’s historically lax approach to moderating extreme videos has led to a drumbeat of scandals, including accusations that the site has promoted disturbing videos to children and allowed extremist groups to organize on its platform. YouTube’s automated advertising system has paired offensive videos with ads from major corporations, prompting several advertisers to abandon the site.

The kind of content that will be prohibited under YouTube’s new hate speech policies includes videos that claim Jews secretly control the world, that say women are intellectually inferior to men and therefore should be denied certain rights, or that suggest that the white race is superior to another race, a YouTube spokesman said.

Channels that post some hateful content, but that do not violate YouTube’s rules with the majority of their videos, may receive strikes under YouTube’s three-strike enforcement system, but would not be immediately banned.

The company also said channels that “repeatedly brush up against our hate speech policies” but don’t violate them outright would be removed from YouTube’s advertising program, which allows channel owners to share in the advertising revenue their videos generate.

In addition to tightening its hate speech rules, YouTube announced that it would tweak its recommendation algorithm, the automated software that shows users videos based on their interests and past viewing habits. This algorithm is responsible for more than 70 percent of overall time spent on YouTube, and has been a major engine for the platform’s growth. But it has also drawn accusations of leading users down rabbit holes filled with extreme and divisive content, in an attempt to keep them watching and drive up the site’s use numbers.

“If the hate and intolerance and supremacy is a match, then YouTube is lighter fluid,” said Rashad Robinson, president of the civil rights nonprofit Color of Change. “YouTube and other platforms have been quite slow to address the structure they’ve created to incentivize hate.”

In response to the criticism, YouTube announced in January that it would recommend fewer objectionable videos, such as those with conspiracy theories about the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks and vaccine misinformation, a category it called “borderline content.” The YouTube spokesman said on Tuesday that the algorithm changes had resulted in a 50 percent drop in recommendations to such videos in the United States. He declined to share specific data about which videos YouTube considered “borderline.”

“Our systems are also getting smarter about what types of videos should get this treatment, and we’ll be able to apply it to even more borderline videos moving forward,” the company’s blog post said.

Other social media companies have faced criticism for allowing white supremacist content. Facebook recently banned a slew of accounts, including that of Paul Joseph Watson, a contributor to Infowars, and Laura Loomer, a far-right activist. Twitter bars violent extremist groups but allows some of their members to maintain personal accounts — for instance, the Ku Klux Klan was barred from Twitter in August, while its former leader David Duke remains on the service.

Twitter is studying whether the removal of content is effective in stemming the tide of radicalization online. A Twitter spokesman declined to comment on the study.

When Twitter barred Mr. Jones, he responded with a series of videos denouncing the platform’s decision and drumming up donations from his supporters.

YouTube’s ban of white supremacists could prompt a similar cycle of outrage and grievance, said Joan Donovan, the director of the Technology and Social Change Research Project at Harvard. The ban, she said, “presents an opportunity for content creators to get a wave of media attention, so we may see some particularly disingenuous uploads.”

“I wonder to what degree will the removed content be amplified on different platforms, and get a second life?” Ms. Donovan added.

Under the Chinese Government's Religious Crackdown & Overall Effort to Control Thought, Buddhist & Taoist Temples are being Demolished or Forced to Undergo a “Metamorphosis"

The original appearance of Momosheng Temple; the “Momosheng Temple” signboard was replaced with a sign reading “Folk Culture Park”; the religious paintings above the entrance was replaced with the political slogans about “Core Socialist Values”; the incense burner was destroyed.    Many businesses have been forced to change their names, eliminating any references to faith, even if the signs were not meant to be religious at all. [   MORE   ]

The original appearance of Momosheng Temple; the “Momosheng Temple” signboard was replaced with a sign reading “Folk Culture Park”; the religious paintings above the entrance was replaced with the political slogans about “Core Socialist Values”; the incense burner was destroyed.

Many businesses have been forced to change their names, eliminating any references to faith, even if the signs were not meant to be religious at all. [MORE]

According to Bitter Winter, Religious suppression has become an essential political mission for the CCP. Officials on the grassroots level, like village-level Party functionaries, are demanded to play an active role in crackdowns on the religionists because of their first-hand knowledge of the ways of residence in these small communities. But first of all, Party members are disallowed to have even the slightest connection to religion and are punished for any misstep in controlling religious activities. [MORE]

Biter Winter explains, Under the CCP’s religious crackdown, Buddhist and Taoist temples are being demolished or forced to undergo a “metamorphosis.”

The crackdown on Buddhist and Taoist temples continue, according to multiple reports received by Bitter Winter from Hubei and Henan provinces. We receive these reports almost daily. Here are some examples we are able to document with pictures and videos.

As if it isn’t bad enough that government officials ordered the destruction of two incense burners and prohibited the burning of incense ever again at Momosheng Temple in Chahe town, under the jurisdiction of Honghu city in central China’s Hubei Province, they added insult to injury by turning the temple into a play-place. Officials ordered that two mahjongg tables be placed inside and a sign reading “Folk Culture Park” hung outside.

If these instructions weren’t followed, the temple would be demolished. This was in mid-January.

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On April 19, more than 10 personnel from Honghu city’s United Front Work Department came to the temple to conduct an inspection, before which, the temple’s owner was ordered to move out the Bodhisattva statues, remove the religious symbols outside the temple, and post political slogans above the temple’s entrance.

“Convert the temple into an entertainment venue and let villagers play mahjongg inside. There mustn’t be any more burning incense or worshipping Buddha,” the official told the temple’s owner, as local believers reported to Bitter Winter.

To avoid the temple being demolished, the temple’s owner didn’t resist and was forced to spend 6,000 RMB (about $ 870) to convert the temple. Seeing their place of Buddhist worship turn into a casino, believers were indignant, but didn’t dare say anything.

Temple forcibly isolated from outside world

In March, Jade Emperor Palace—a Taoist temple in Yucheng county in central China’s Henan Province—was listed by the government as a demolition target. Since the temple was popular with believers, local village officials were afraid of retribution and didn’t try to demolish it—they ordered the temple’s owner to do it himself; he refused.

Under pressure from higher levels of government, the village’s Party secretary finally negotiated and agreed with township government officials to block off the temple with galvanized iron sheets, in effect, hiding the temple from sight. It took five days to set up the barricades around the temple, at a price of roughly 90,000 RMB (about $ 13,000).

Taoist temple, built at a cost of 9 million RMB, sealed off

On April 20, Sanguan Temple, located in Chahe town under the jurisdiction of Hubei’s Honghu city, was also shut down. The temple was built in 2018 at a cost of nearly 9 million RMB (about $ 1.3 million) and funded by the temple’s owner and villagers. It survived less than a year before it was sealed off by the government.

That day, officials from the city’s United Front Work Department ordered the temple’s owner to remove statues of deities, under threat of demolishing the temple. The officials also prohibited people from burning incense, sealed off the entrance to the temple and demanded that the Eight Trigrams on either side of the entrance be removed.

The temple owner had no choice but to comply.

A local believer told Bitter Winter that the temple has continuously been cracked down on since last October. The local government ordered Sanguan Temple to be demolished on the grounds that its directional road stele was too close to the village committee premises. In order to preserve the road stele, which cost 100,000 RMB (about $ 15,000), the temple’s owner was forced to change the name “Sanguan Temple” on the stele into the name of the village “Yongxing Village.” [MORE]

“I Don’t See Any Protests:" Speaking to His Stupid Neuropeon Believers, Trump Cries “Fake News" as 75,000 March in London

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Undeceiver Dr. Blynd explains in FUNKTIONARY: Believer - one who accepts that which has no basis in reality. 2) a person who enjoys being deceived. A believer does not seek—just accepts theologies and/or ideologies. 3) one who is addicted to vanity and/or chained to convention with conviction. 4) one who lives in a cloud of illusions, confounded by language and its deceptions. Believers are people who make their lives subjective slaves to a mere belief—engineered my limited and fragmented understanding and fostered by erroneous conclusions based solely on effects and appearances. A true believer would rather believe in something and be wrong than not believe in it and be right. 

dumfuxx - those who are terminally stuck-on-stupid—who buy into the stupid part of anything—attached to their stupidity.

dummies - creatures that obliviously accept and protect the parameters imposed on them by their unavowed or avowed enemies. (See: Cowards, Dupe-lification, Dummy Return, Reality Boxes, Knowledge Vacuums & Orglings)