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The Rising American Police State
It is shameful to see The United States of America, a nation born of liberty, a nation whose citizens have the constitutionally guaranteed right to protect themselves and their property with arms, turn into the police state that it has. Police raids have been increasing in frequency, 40,000 per year by one estimate in 2001, more than 50,000 in 2005, according to Peter Kraska, a criminologist at Eastern Kentucky University in Richmond, and likely more raids in the years since. Common targets of these raids are nonviolent drug offenders, bystanders, and wrongly targeted civilians. Many victims of these wrongful raids have their homes invaded in the middle of the night, and it is a common claim that the police do not identify themselves correctly, or at all, before entering.
The results of these raids are unnecessary violence, abusive and unlawful actions against nonviolent individuals, and drug offenders who are guilty of nonviolent crimes. The police in the US have become accustomed to shooting first instead of asking questions, and lying later instead of taking responsibility.
Adam Arroyo, an Iraq war veteran, had his home wrongfully invaded, during which the police executed his 2 year old pit-bull, Cindy, during an attempted drug raid. Another man in Utah was shot and killed within seconds of his parents home being stormed in the night. When the police raided the home, the man had unfortunately been holding a golf club in his hands, which apparently was threatening enough to the police officers to warrant execution. It seems reasonable that he would have been holding a golf club, or some sort of object, seeing as his home was being invaded in the middle of the night. I guess you could exercise your right to protect your life, and property if you feel you are being violently raided, but it might result in an unfortunate trigger-finger attack from the police.
Another unfortunate case of mistaken identity occurred when a 61 year old man was shot at least 3 times, after police wrongfully entered his home to execute a drug raid. His wife believed that their home was being invaded, when she claimed that the police didn’t properly identify themselves. Even more, a lawsuit filed in federal court in Minneapolis accuses the local police department of shooting the dog of the Franco family, during a raid. The suit claims that the children were also forced by police, to sit next to their lifeless pet for over an hour.
Posted by FreakinDJ | Fri Aug 15, 2014, 06:35 AM (1 replies)
Where are all the defenders of Police shooting 13 yr old boys now
What happened to all the "You can't blame all cops for the actions of 1 bad cop" or in this case 1 Bad Police Department
Every week we learn of yet another unarmed innocent citizen gunned down and the cop walking away free of charges and returned to duty -WITH A GUN. You want to defend that ...
THIS THE RESULTS OF THE SUPREME COURT 1998 DECISION
and this is not going to end well until the Supreme Court reverses that decision
Posted by FreakinDJ | Thu Aug 14, 2014, 06:33 AM (73 replies)
and given the very loose interpretation the courts give the phrase "I was in Fear" we must truly consider these people "Victims"
There in a section dedicated to "police abuse" he read a statistic he regarded as probably exaggerated: that 25 percent of all law enforcement shootings involve unarmed suspects. That launched him on a long and continuing quest for more details about officer-involved gunfights that has turned up a series of surprising - and disturbing - findings.
Not only did the ACLU statistic turn out to be not as far off as he imagined but Aveni has made other unexpected discoveries - pertaining especially to hit ratios, low-light shootings, multiple-officer confrontations, mistaken judgment calls and less-lethal technology - that have convinced him police firearms training needs a significant overhaul.
Posted by FreakinDJ | Wed Aug 13, 2014, 10:18 PM (1 replies)
Dash cam video evidence - multiple witnesses - the victim pleaded with the police officer NOT to be ordered to drive the car - then the officer shoots him 5 times killing him because he complied with the officers orders
When will the Supreme Court give the citizens of the country relief from abuses of the Supreme Courts 1998 decision
Of course the officer claimed "I was in FEAR" and was cleared of all wrong doing and is now back on duty - WITH A GUN
On March 6th, 2011, Baton Rouge police officer Christopher Magee shot and killed Carlos Harris, 21, in the parking lot of Club Insomnia off Florida Boulevard. Harris was at the bar with a friend, Ryan Dominique, the night he was shot.
Leading up to the incident, police were called to the scene related to Domingue driving recklessly in the parking lot. As events unfolded and he was taken into custody, Magee either told or asked (accounts differ) Harris to move Dominique's car despite witnesses saying Harris told Magee he was drunk.
Harris was shot while moving the car after he smashed into various vehicles in the parking lot, including police cruisers. Magee said at the time he was worried for his safety, and those around him, so he opened fire. Harris was shot dead. Magee also suggested Harris had some sort of weapon.
"He told he was drunk... commanded him to move the car," witness Aisha Loliss
Dash cam video
The dash cam video shows Magee cold blooded execution of Harris
While the Supreme Court authorized the suspension of our Constitutional Rights - I don't believe they intended to allow the police to obtain the role of Judge, Jury, and Executioner
Posted by FreakinDJ | Thu Aug 7, 2014, 10:18 AM (17 replies)
In 2005, over half of the rural population in El Salvador was living on less than U.S. $2 dollars per day (Programa de las Naciones Unidas para el Desarrollo 2003: 42). The harsh reality of economic subsistence obligates children in El Salvador to contribute to their family’s survival. Employers providing this frail economic lifeline inevitably acquire control over the children. This economic control is a prominent aspect of contemporary slavery and is manifested through violence or exploitation. The enslavement of children in El Salvador not only steals their youth and opportunity to receive an education, but it also places innocent beings into a dangerous work force.
Children in Nicaragua are engaged in the worst forms of child labor, especially in hazardous work in agriculture and commercial sexual exploitation.(2-6) Children work in hazardous conditions producing crops such as coffee, bananas, tobacco, and African palm.(7-13) Children have been found working in dangerous conditions in the production of oranges, rice, and sugarcane, although the extent of the problem is unknown.(2, 7, 8, 10, 12) These children often carry heavy loads, use dangerous tools, and are exposed to hazardous pesticides and fertilizers.(7, 8)
Children also work long hours risking injury in tasks such as breeding livestock, crushing stone, extracting pumice, mining for gold and collecting shellfish.(2, 7, 8, 10, 12, 13) Children are employed as domestic servants in third-party homes in which they may face long hours and are often subjected to abuse.(2, 3, 15, 16) Some children engage in construction, which may expose them to intense heat and dangerous machinery.(7, 13, 17) Children may also work as bus drivers’ assistants, often riding precariously on the exterior of vehicles or entering and exiting moving vehicles.(6, 13) Children work as street vendors and street performers at traffic lights, which may expose them to multiple dangers, including severe weather, vehicle accidents, physical and psychological risks, and crime.(2, 8, 12, 13, 16, 18, 19) Some children work as garbage scavengers and are exposed to toxic substances.
Posted by FreakinDJ | Thu Jul 10, 2014, 11:17 AM (3 replies)
For us here in the US it seems unimaginable to send off our children as young as 11 years old to a foreign country never to be seen again. For the parents of these children it is a decision of love and compassion and just maybe the only chance the child possibly has to see adulthood
In a Countries where the Wealthy Ruling Elite, and "Moneyed" Multi-National Corporations write the rules through a Corrupt Government the working class or peasant farmer class doesn't stand a chance
“This disease eats our kidneys from inside us,” Martinez said. “We don’t want to die, and we feel grief because we already know that we’re hopeless.”
Martinez’ illness stands at the heart of a lethal mystery — and legacy of neglect by industry and governments, including the United States, which have resisted pleas for aggressive action to spotlight the malady and find a remedy. Wealthier nations are more focused on spurring biofuels production in the region’s sugarcane industry and keeping up the heavy flow of sugar to U.S. consumers and food manufacturers than the plight of those who harvest it.
So many men have died in some parts of rural Nicaragua that Maudiel Martinez’s community, called The Island, now is known as the Island of the Widows — La Isla de las Viudas.
Ecuador: Widespread Labor Abuse on Banana Plantations
Human Rights Watch found that Ecuadorian children as young as eight work on banana plantations in hazardous conditions,
Ecuador is the world’s largest banana exporter and the source of roughly one quarter of all bananas on the tables of U.S. and European consumers.
Carolina Chamorro told Human Rights Watch that after aerial fumigation, “I felt sick twice. I was ten years old. . . . I began to shake.” She said that she thought she was going to faint and told her boss, who sent her home. Cristَbal Alvarez, a twelve-year-old boy, also explained, “That poison - sometimes it makes one sick. Of course, I keep working. I don’t cover myself. Once I got sick. I vomited had a headache . . . after the fumigation. I was eleven years old. . . . I told my bosses. They gave me two days to recover.”
coffee pickers have to pick a 100-pound quota in order to get the minimum wage of less than $3/day. A recent study of plantations in Guatemala showed that over half of all coffee pickers don't receive the minimum wage, in violation of Guatemalan labor laws. Workers interviewed in the study were also subject to forced overtime without compensation,
If you want it to stop don't treat the symptoms - treat the disease
Don't allow these Corrupt Profiteers to continue to exploit the indigenous peoples of these countries and profit by it
Posted by FreakinDJ | Thu Jul 10, 2014, 09:23 AM (99 replies)
From the Child labor in the Sweat-shops of New York in the early 1800s to the Border Children of 2014 - My how we've changed - NOT !!!
From Flyers being handed out in the streets, to dis-information being taught in their schools. South of the border countries are attempting to forsake their moral responsibilities to care for and educated their children - in the name of "Profit"
These same countries are increasingly exporting goods to Western Countries and around the world. Because of Government corruption and the "Stranglehold" placed on it by the Wealthy Ruling Elite, and Multi-National Corporations in those countries, rather then educate and care for those children funded through taxation, they choose to forsake their responsibility altogether. Through a campaign of propaganda designed to make the parents believe the child's only chance in life is to cross the border illegally into the United States.
Where obviously for a lack of proper English speaking skills and a proper education the child will only grow up disadvantaged and doomed to a life of minimal paying jobs at best.
That's not treating the problem - that's exploiting those children twice
The Parent in the Room needs to take action
Goods from these countries needs to be abandoned on the docks not allowed to be processed into this country. The only way to grab the attention of the Corrupt Government, the Wealthy Elite, and Multi-National Corporations causing this crises is to speak to them in a language they can understand. And by effecting their profits - only then do these children have a chance.
If anyone here thinks that this is anything less then an organized effort to Dump these children on the US - then you really need to get in touch with reality.
Posted by FreakinDJ | Wed Jul 9, 2014, 11:12 AM (13 replies)
Source: Wayne Freedman KGO
SANTA ROSA, Calif. (KGO) --
The rage over the shooting of a teenager in Santa Rosa last fall has not passed. Activists claim there are too many police shootings and too many victims, including 13-year-old Andy Lopez who was killed while carrying an Airsoft rifle made to look like a real AK-47.
The Andy Lopez Memorial is ever-changing and becoming a community symbol in Santa Rosa. On Tuesday, citizens lodged yet another protest but this time not with their feet and not with their voices. Instead, they're using words, in a letter to the Department of Justice asking for an investigation of Andy's killing and 60 others since the year 2000.
"It means for them to come here and investigate what's going on, to be an oversight when the local officials won't oversee law enforcement themselves," explained attorney Izaak Schwaiger.
On the vacant lot in Santa Rosa where weeds grow taller and the memorial weathers in the hot sun, numbers on the sign count the days. If not for killing of 13-year-old Andy Lopez by Deputy Eric Gelhaus, Santa Rosa might not have come to this. But it has been eight months since the shooting without a decision by District Attorney Jill Ravetch about whether to press charges.
Read more: http://abc7news.com/137710/
Posted by FreakinDJ | Wed Jun 25, 2014, 03:09 AM (2 replies)
Washington state man struck by cop car, dragged down street
Emanuel Andrade, 22 — a U.S. Army soldier and father-of-two — was lying in a Tacoma street when a marked police car suddenly ran him over and dragged him down the street early Saturday. Footage from a home security camera shows the cruiser inching its way down the street just before the victim was struck.
A young father-of-two was in critical condition after he collapsed in a Washington state street and was run over by a police cruiser, officials said.
Emanuel Andrade, 22, was lying in the street after he stumbled while trying to get behind the wheel of a car in Tacoma early Saturday — just moments before the police car struck him and dragged him down the block, KIRO-TV reported.
Shocking footage from a home security camera shows Andrade, a U.S. Army soldier stationed at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, sprawled in the street as the marked cruiser inches its way down the street.
Read more: http://www.nydailynews.com/news/national/shocking-video-shows-washington-state-man-struck-car-dragged-street-article-1.1834098#ixzz35ZwvcBdB
Get this - the Cop was rewarded with PAID Administrative Leave (FREE Vacation Time)
Posted by FreakinDJ | Tue Jun 24, 2014, 01:34 PM (14 replies)
Source: McKenzie Romero, Deseret News
SALT LAKE CITY — A grieving dog owner wants the officer who shot his pet to be fired.
Sean Kendall and his attorney met with six Salt Lake City police representatives for about two hours Monday to discuss the June 20 shooting. The Sugar House man said he didn't get the result he wanted from the meeting, though he called it a step forward.
"I want justice for my dog that was wrongfully killed in his own backyard," Kendall said. "I want to educate law enforcement so this doesn't happen again."
Both sides said they hope they can come to an agreement without a lawsuit.
Read more: http://www.deseretnews.com/article/865605681/Sugar-House-man-wants-officer-fired-for-shooting-dog-in-his-backyard.html
So let me get this straight
The Cop trespasses onto this guy's property, shots his dog in the head and then walks away like its all part of the job
Looks like they have set up a Justice for Geist Facebook page
Posted by FreakinDJ | Tue Jun 24, 2014, 01:25 AM (29 replies)