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Bigotry and the killing of children

He was a kid by any standard and especially if you have raised teenagers.

And now the bigots are spreading all across the internet to insert disinformation and doubt about what truly happened. A kid was shot and killed in the street like a dog and the officers so intent and making sure he died refused to allow anyone to attempt to resuscitate or even call for an ambulance for him

Maybe your version of nirvana is all white or all black or what ever color you please or a mixture like we have now. But just how does the killing of children fit in that vision of nirvana.

We should all be deeply disturbed by the treatment of any child (barely legal adult) in this manner

I've been in some war torn ass backwards 3rd world countries during my time in Uncle Sam's Army many many years ago. And the one thing I found so universal and so human (even in a place where bodies could lay in the streets for days if not weeks) was the absolute care, and protection given to children in need from complete strangers. No hesitation, no fore thought - just an immediate response to help a child in need

Where in the F___ have we gone so very very wrong

The U.S. Supreme Court Is Marching in Lockstep with the Police State

The U.S. Supreme Court Is Marching in Lockstep with the Police State

The U.S. Supreme Court was intended to be an institution established to intervene and protect the people against the government and its agents when they overstep their bounds. Yet as I point out in my book A Government of Wolves: The Emerging American Police State, Americans can no longer rely on the courts to mete out justice. In the police state being erected around us, the police and other government agents can probe, poke, pinch, taser, search, seize, strip and generally manhandle anyone they see fit in almost any circumstance, all with the general blessing of the courts.

Police officers can stop cars based only on “anonymous” tips. In a 5-4 ruling in Navarette v. California (2014), the Court declared that police officers can, under the guise of “reasonable suspicion,” stop cars and question drivers based solely on anonymous tips, no matter how dubious, and whether or not they themselves witnessed any troubling behavior. This ruling came on the heels of a ruling by the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals in U.S. v. Westhoven that driving too carefully, with a rigid posture, taking a scenic route, and having acne are sufficient reasons for a police officer to suspect you of doing something illegal, detain you, search your car, and arrest you—even if you’ve done nothing illegal to warrant the stop in the first place.

You want me to believe with all the eaves dropping surveillance equipment they have today there is such a thing as "anonymous"

Police have free reign to use drug-sniffing dogs as “search warrants on leashes,” justifying any and all police searches of vehicles stopped on the roadside. In Florida v. Harris (2013), a unanimous Court determined that police officers may use highly unreliable drug-sniffing dogs to conduct warrantless searches of cars during routine traffic stops. In doing so, the justices sided with police by claiming that all that the police need to do to prove probable cause for a search is simply assert that a drug detection dog has received proper training. The ruling turns man’s best friend into an extension of the police state.

Police can break into homes without a warrant, even if it’s the wrong home. In an 8-1 ruling in Kentucky v. King (2011), the Supreme Court placed their trust in the discretion of police officers, rather than in the dictates of the Constitution, when they gave police greater leeway to break into homes or apartments without a warrant. Despite the fact that the police in question ended up pursuing the wrong suspect, invaded the wrong apartment and violated just about every tenet that stands between us and a police state, the Court sanctioned the warrantless raid, leaving Americans with little real protection in the face of all manner of abuses by police.


Shredding the Constitution in the name of Security - the founders of this country must be ashamed of what we've done

Was it legal for Darren Wilson to shoot Michael Brown?

Was it legal for Darren Wilson to shoot Michael Brown?

The department also released documents about the circumstances of the shooting — suggesting that Brown was the primary suspect in a "strong-arm robbery" of a convenience store shortly before Wilson encountered him. However, in a later press conference that same day, the Ferguson Police Chief clarified that officer Wilson did not know about the robbery at the time of his initial contact with Brown. Rather, Wilson stopped the teenager for walking in the middle of the street

So what are the standards by which Wilson will be judged for killing Michael Brown? There are plenty of guidelines for use of force by police, but it often boils down to what the officer believed when the force was used — something that is notoriously difficult to quantify — regardless of how much of a threat actually existed. We talked to two experts to break down the fraught issue.

Constitutionally, "police officers are allowed to shoot under two circumstances," says Klinger. The first circumstance is "to protect their life or the life of another innocent party" — what departments call the "defense-of-life" standard. The second circumstance is to prevent a suspect from escaping, but only if the officer has probable cause to think the suspect's committed a serious violent felony.

It's most likely, however, that the whole question is moot. From the Ferguson Police Department's statements on the afternoon of August 15th, it doesn't sound like Wilson even knew about the robbery at all. In that case, there's no way for him to claim that he was justified in keeping a violent felon from fleeing, because he didn't even know Brown was a suspect in a crime at all.


Be prepared to see a lot of lying going on in the coming days / weeks

Police need to stop shooting down our children like dogs in the street

If they can't get they're act together some one is going to do it for them.

Personally - I will vote against any politician that raises the police budget ever again - Dem or Republican

Waistband Shootings

Last Thursday, a San Diego Police Department detective fired into a home before serving a drug warrant, wounding two men. The detective apparently attempted to knock on a window, causing the window to shatter. She then says she saw one of the men reaching for a gun. There were six people inside the house. None of them had a gun.

•Last month, deputies from the San Diego County Sheriff’s Department shot and killed 33-year-old Michael Napier while serving a drug warrant. Napier was in the garage working on a bicycle when the police confronted him. They say they opened fire when he appeared to reach for his waistband. Police later reported that Napier was unarmed.

•Last April, police in El Cajon, a town in San Diego County, fatally shot homeless man Raymond Lee Goodlow after attempting to pull him over for riding his bicycle on a sidewalk. Police say they fired because Goodlow reached into his waistband. He was not carrying a gun, although they did apparently find two knives in other parts of his clothing.

•In another “waistband” shooting, a San Diego Police Department Officer shot and killed Angel Miguel Lopez, a fugitive parolee, last January when he fled as a SWAT team descended on the house where he was hiding out. Lopez is the least sympathetic of these victims—he had a long record, including a prison stint for armed robbery. But in the coverage of the shooting, I’ve yet to discern whether or not he was actually armed.


The Rising American Police State

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.


Where are all the "Police Apologist" now

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 ...


and this is not going to end well until the Supreme Court reverses that decision

Remember over 25% of ALL police shooting victims are UNARMED

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.


Police Officer orders drunken man to move care - then shoots him dead for it

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

The Free Trade Agreements has forced their children to our borders

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.


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