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‘We don’t second-guess police officers’

Tamir Rice, a 12-year-old boy, was killed by a policeman in Cleveland last November. He had a toy gun. But even if the gun had been real, and loaded, Rice could not have been accused of a crime because Ohio is an “open carry” state.

Surveillance video showed that Rice was gunned down less than two seconds after the police arrived.

After a 13-month investigation, a grand jury failed to return indictments against either of the two officers involved in the incident. As prosecutor Timothy McGinty declared, “We don’t second-guess police officers.”

More info:
What Everyone Should Know About The Police Killing Of Tamir Rice (2002-2014)
How A Prosecutor Managed To Blame A 12-Year-Old For Getting Killed By A Cop
Bernie Sanders wants federal probe of Tamir Rice case: ‘We need to take a hard look’ at police use of force

Protesters Shut Down Streets After Cop Who Killed 12-Year-Old Boy Goes Free

“All I wanted was someone to be held accountable. But this entire process was a charade,” said Rice’s mother, Samaria Rice, in a statement Monday evening. “I pray and hope that the federal government will investigate this case.”


This Time Someone Got It on Video

In South Carolina, a police officer has been charged with the murder of an unarmed man shot in the back and killed while running away – the entire incident caught on video. The officer claimed self-defense, but he was lying. The incident began as a routine traffic stop.

The authorities in this case are doing the right thing. But what if there was no video?


Report: Police Killings Rank Second In Utah Homicides

Hunt police shooting protest

The Salt Lake Tribune:

Through October, 45 people had been killed by law enforcement officers in Utah since 2010, accounting for 15 percent of all homicides during that period.

A Salt Lake Tribune review of nearly 300 homicides, using media reports, state crime statistics, medical-examiner records and court records, shows that use of force by police is the second-most common circumstance under which Utahns kill each other, surpassed only by intimate partner violence.

Is this a problem? Until recently, I believed that the rules governing the use of deadly force in self-defense were the same for law enforcement officers and ordinary citizens. The media attention that has been focused on the issue of police shootings of unarmed suspects has revealed that, in practice, wearing a badge allows far more latitude. Police officers hardly ever face criminal charges for using their guns.

There has been very little effort to systematically track shootings by police. Fatal Encounters and the Deadspin Police-Shooting Database are two efforts to remedy the lack of data.

More info:
Police Shot Darrien Hunt 6 Times In The Back (October 29)
Equal Justice Under the Law – NOT (August 14)
Why Cops In Britain And New Zealand Don’t Carry Guns


Police Shot Darrien Hunt 6 Times In The Back

Last month, 22-year-old Darrien Hunt was shot and killed by police in Saratoga Springs, Utah, while carrying a toy sword. The Utah State Medical Examiner’s Office autopsy confirms that six bullets hit Hunt in the back. Contrary to what was implied in the original police report, a toxicology analysis concluded that Hunt had no drugs in his body.

Susan Hunt told the Deseret News: “They killed my son because he’s black. No white boy with a little sword would they shoot while he’s running away.

“Those stupid cops thought they had to murder over a toy. This is my baby. This is my family. And they ruined my family.”

Again, we have to wonder what they were thinking. Why shoot an unarmed citizen who is running away? Assuming the police believed they had no choice but to use deadly force, why not shoot ONE TIME?

Finally, somebody needs to educate the police about cosplay.

At the time of his death, Hunt was wearing an outfit that bore a striking resemblance the Japanese anime character Mugen, from the series Samurai Champloo. The weekend prior to his death, Salt Lake City hosted the annual Comic Con event at which attendees dress up as comic book characters in a practice known as “cosplaying.”

Prosecutors won’t file criminal charges in this case. Darrien Hunt’s family plans a civil suit against the police.


Nelson Mandela Died Today

Nelson Mandela:

Born Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela in Transkei, South Africa, the civil rights activist would become the linchpin in South Africans’ move to end the country’s notorious apartheid regime. The impact of his efforts — to reconcile generosity with pragmatism and to find the common ground between humanity’s higher values and his own aspiration to power, as journalist John Carlin once described them — would ultimately reach well beyond South Africa’s borders, and earn him a Nobel Peace Prize in 1993.

If you haven’t read it, I recommend the book Mandela’s Way.



You have the right to spread them

I have been waiting for the libertarian rights defenders who hate the activist courts to post something about this. Maybe mention it in another thread. A top post maybe. A simple link to one of these pro constitution websites they all hang out on. A screed about keeping the government out of our lives. Anything really. But nothing yet.

Maybe they are all shy? Maybe I just need to get it started for them?

OK, maybe this can kick it off. The highest court ’round has decided the cops can strip search you pretty much on a whim. Where is all the protest? Being forced to buy insurance is socialism and if two guys you have never met want to marry, society will be destroyed, but if the courts say the long arm of the law can perform cavity searches without cause, well that is just good government?

Can we at least teach the cops how to perform exams and combine it with the ACA?


Is NDAA here to end occupy?

Well it seems like there is a possibility that the NDAA is reactionary to occupy. And now that I look at it, it’s starting to make sense. First of all, we have to look at the threats that the US has in this day and age. First we should look at terrorism. Al Qaeda in it’s former shell is for all intents and purposes, dead. Bin Laden was killed, most of the leaders were either captured or killed. So where is the terrorist threat? We haven’t had one since 9/11 and now they have this National Defense Authorization Act. Is it anything new? No. Infact this bill has been enacted for the past 48 years. The difference with this year’s version is the obvious allowance of US troops to arrest civilians and detain them forever. That is an extreme jump from last year. But where is the terrorist threat that caused it?

Well here is the cynical theory. It’s occupy. For 3 months, protestors have been protesting against both government and corporatism. The media tried to slam them, that didn’t work. They removed the camps, that didn’t work. They tried police brutality, it backfired on them. The occupy protests are widespread, they are numerous, they are well organized and they are able to outsmart the government. Where else can they go? Well this is where I think the NDAA comes in. It is a bipartisan legislation that has passed with a 2/3rds majority in both chambers of congress. Which means that Obama has to sign it. Though fortunately it seems like he is holding off on that. Now you would think this theory is crazy. It is and I don’t want to believe it. However I am questioning what else is going on and why even the most liberal of congressmen and senators voted for this bill. I mean unless there is an imminent nuclear threat about to plague us, then there is no other reason to go to such extreme measures.

There is however a light at the end of the tunnel on this. Let’s assume that the NDAA passes and it is targeted against Occupy. If the government starts to brand protestors as terrorists and haul them off, people will get pissed. Then let’s assume the protests turn into a riot and soldiers shoot some protestors like they did at Kent State, then there is no hope for the government. Very few people will trust them. So why do such a thing? Well this is where it gets scary. I assume that with the approval rating of 9% (It’s probably way lower now), congressmen are in the stages of grieving just like if they are dying or they lost someone. They are probably seeing their last term anyway. So why not fight it? For them, it could very well backfire, but then again. What will happen if it backfires? Lose the election? They are already going to lose in great numbers anyway. People are pissed. So I assume that this is either a final fuck you to the people or it is a final sollution to end their opposition. Obama threatened to veto the bill, but it passed in such margin, he can’t. The only hope really is SCOTUS and these are the same justices who ended the limit on campaign donations.


What non-lethal rounds do to a person

With the abuses that police officers have committed; and especially when Fox News talking heads insist on ridiculous ideas like pepper spray is a food, it’s hard to ignore the weapons that are used by the police. A good way to show the effectiveness of the non-lethal weapons can be evident in this video.



Now obviously the video above is used for the value of slapstick humor. However with the video, it is apparent that these weapons are excruciatingly painful to the victim. Even then pepper spray in the video was only a canister used by civilians. It was a lot weaker than the one used by the officer at UC Davis. When it comes to non-lethal rounds, I believe that a police officer has every right to use such methods when his life or well-being is in danger and if someone attacks an officer and gets hurt, then they have nobody to blame but themselves. However I assume you all have seen the video of the protestor getting shot with a rubber bullet or the video of the college students getting maced out of their circle. Neither of those situations involved protestors putting anyone’s life or well-being in danger. In no way should those have been used in either situation.


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