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Montgomery County (MD) executive recounts his own police profiling incidents

http://www.washingtonpost.com/local/md-politics/montgomery-county-executive-recounts-his-own-police-profiling-incidents/2014/12/11/cc65aa28-80a8-11e4-81fd-8c4814dfa9d7_story.html?hpid=z4



On Nov. 3, as part of his election-eve ritual, Leggett, a Democrat who was running for a third term, placed campaign signs at about 20 polling locations. About 10:30 p.m., he said, he pulled up to the Good Hope Community Neighborhood Recreation Center, near his Burtonsville home in eastern Montgomery. He was alone — without his official security detail — and dressed casually in a sweater, jeans and baseball cap.

As he placed a sign beyond the 100-foot “no electioneering” perimeter, a Maryland-National Capital Park Police car pulled up. The community center is on county park land, patrolled by the police. Leggett said that a white officer emerged and began addressing him in what he called a loud and disrespectful tone.

“He jumps out and starts yelling at me. ‘What are you doing here? You can’t come here.’ He was screaming and yelling at the top of his voice about why I was there . . . in a very derogatory manner,” Leggett said.

Leggett said he did not identify himself but explained that there was an election the next day and that the officer would likely see others putting up signs. He said he also told the officer that there was no need to take such a tone.


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Montgomery County (MD) executive recounts his own police profiling incidents

http://www.washingtonpost.com/local/md-politics/montgomery-county-executive-recounts-his-own-police-profiling-incidents/2014/12/11/cc65aa28-80a8-11e4-81fd-8c4814dfa9d7_story.html?hpid=z4

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On Nov. 3, as part of his election-eve ritual, Leggett, a Democrat who was running for a third term, placed campaign signs at about 20 polling locations. About 10:30 p.m., he said, he pulled up to the Good Hope Community Neighborhood Recreation Center, near his Burtonsville home in eastern Montgomery. He was alone — without his official security detail — and dressed casually in a sweater, jeans and baseball cap.

As he placed a sign beyond the 100-foot “no electioneering” perimeter, a Maryland-National Capital Park Police car pulled up. The community center is on county park land, patrolled by the police. Leggett said that a white officer emerged and began addressing him in what he called a loud and disrespectful tone.

“He jumps out and starts yelling at me. ‘What are you doing here? You can’t come here.’ He was screaming and yelling at the top of his voice about why I was there . . . in a very derogatory manner,” Leggett said.

Leggett said he did not identify himself but explained that there was an election the next day and that the officer would likely see others putting up signs. He said he also told the officer that there was no need to take such a tone.


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post in GD needs to be ahem, examined....

http://www.democraticunderground.com/10025940200#post39

santroy79 (167 posts)
39. I know people will hate this

but police shooting by race might have something to do with this government data:

A 2012 study by the Department of Justice’s Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention revealed that in 2010 black youths committed six times more murders, three times more rapes, 10 times more robberies and three times more assaults than did their white counterparts.

Similar statistics were released by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) in the “Uniform Crime Reports.” They determined, “In the year 2008, black youths, who make up 16% of the youth population, accounted for 52% of juvenile violent crime arrests, including 58% for homicide and 67% for robbery.” By contrast, the only categories where white youths surpassed blacks were in liquor law violations and driving under the influence.

Sony hack would have challenged government defences – FBI

http://www.theguardian.com/technology/2014/dec/12/sony-hack-government-defences-fbi

The cyberattack that crippled Sony Pictures, led to theft of confidential data and leak of movies on the internet would have challenged almost any cyber security measures, the US Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) has said.

The FBI’s investigation into the attack has found that the level of sophistication of the software used by the hackers was “extremely high” and that the attacks were “organised and certainly persistent.”

“In speaking with Sony and separately, the Mandiant security provider, the malware that was used would have slipped or probably got past 90% of internet defences that are out there today in private industry and challenged even state government,” Joseph Demarest, assistant director of the FBI’s cyber division told a US Senate hearing.

While security analysts have said that preventing sophisticated and well-funded cyber criminals from breaking into a company is very hard indeed, researchers have criticised Sony Pictures for its poor data security, which allegedly saw login details stored in unencrypted spreadsheets.

CALIFORNIA IS GETTING RAIN, TIME TO PARTY ! WOOT !

Chicago Tribune!: Obama faces vile insults like no other president has

http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/opinion/commentary/ct-obama-lincoln-bin-laden-muslim-perspec-1212-jm-20141211-story.html

(yes I know it's not an official editorial)

I've been thinking lately about the persistently vituperative and insulting attacks on President Barack Obama since 2008. It is, of course, commonplace in American politics for presidents to be lambasted for their policies, their programs, their values and even their personal quirks. Sometimes the tone crosses the line.

John Adams was accused by a political opponent of "swallowing up" every "consideration of the public welfare ... in a continual grasp for power." James Madison was demeaned as "Little Jemmy" because he was short. James Buchanan, who once declared that workers should get by on a dime a day, came to be mocked as "Ten Cent Jimmy."

John Tyler, who assumed the presidency after the death of William Henry Harrison, was ridiculed as "His Accidency." Congressman Abraham Lincoln castigated President James Polk as a "completely bewildered man." Opponents of Woodrow Wilson's reinstitution of the draft in World War I accused him of "committing a sin against humanity." Critics of Franklin Roosevelt's New Deal attacked him as an "un-American radical."

Richard Nixon was famously known as "Tricky Dick," and of course he was not "a crook." At the height of the Vietnam War, Lyndon Johnson was excoriated by his opponents as a "murderer" and a "war criminal."

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here is my fantasy/wish

That hundreds and hundreds of PoC, as well as other minorities sign up here and begin actively posting. Until the jury system is dumped or at least radically reformed, this is the only way that any kind of under the radar racism can be counteracted. Right now, unless someone says something really obvious or uses the n-word, everything goes.

Thanks, I'm doing my best

As I said, I know it's not enough, but it is my best. We non-PoC need to take your (the AA community) word on what is racist and what is not. I think the AA community IS the expert. That's how I see it. It's pretty simple to me. Very simple.

Tell Congress: I’m counting on you to support the Older Americans Act!

http://www.aarp.org/politics-society/advocacy/info-2014/where-aarp-stands-older-americans-act.html

The link does not correspond to the text, because the text was in a direct email to me from AARP. Sorry for the discrepancy and thanks kindly DU'er who notified me to my bad link.


For nearly 50 years, the Older Americans Act (OAA) has been providing critical services to millions of seniors – from making sure they have healthy meals to helping caregivers get the support they need, it supports programs that families rely on every day.

Every year it's been up for renewal, Congress has voted to continue these programs. But this year, some members of Congress have held up a vote while they argue over the budget. With session ending today, we must act now to keep the pressure on Congress to take swift action.

Your senators can push the committee considering this legislation to act. Tell them to support the Older Americans Act!

An open letter to African-Americans who have left DU (xpost from AA)

http://www.democraticunderground.com/?com=view_post&forum=1187&pid=10278

Please come back, if you can forgive the past. If things were too much in the past and it's impossible, I certainly understand completely.

I will do my best to support you. I know it will not be enough, but I will do my best. The Democratic Party and the progressive movement need you, and everyone! To be crystal clear, I want them to come back, personally, because I value them and their POV.
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