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The Brutality of Police Culture in Baltimore


The Brutality of Police Culture in Baltimore

Years of abuses are every bit as egregious as what the Department of Justice documented in Ferguson, Missouri, and as deserving of a national response.

APR 22, 2015

In Baltimore, where 25-year-old Freddie Gray died shortly after being taken into police custody, an investigation may uncover homicidal misconduct by law enforcement, as happened in the North Charleston, South Carolina, killing of Walter Scott. Or the facts may confound the darkest suspicions of protestors, as when the Department of Justice released its report on the killing of Michael Brown.

What's crucial to understand, as Baltimore residents take to the streets in long-simmering frustration, is that their general grievances are valid regardless of how this case plays out. For as in Ferguson, where residents suffered through years of misconduct so egregious that most Americans could scarcely conceive of what was going on, the people of Baltimore are policed by an entity that perpetrates stunning abuses. The difference is that this time we needn't wait for a DOJ report to tell us so. Harrowing evidence has been presented. Yet America hasn't looked.

I include myself.

Despite actively reading and commenting on police misconduct for many years, I was unaware until yesterday that the Baltimore Sun published a searing 2014 article documenting recent abuses that are national scandals in their own rights.

A grandmother's bones were broken. A pregnant woman was violently thrown to the ground. Millions of dollars were paid out to numerous victims of police brutality.


Police: Death Toll From Nepal's Earthquake Jumps to 3,218; More Than 6,000 Injured

Source: Reuters

Police: Death toll from Nepal's earthquake jumps to 3,218; more than 6,000 injured

Read more: http://www.breakingnews.com/topic/earthquake-in-south-asia-april-25-2015/

School Offers Readmission to Girl Battling Leukemia

Source: CBS News

School offers readmission to girl battling leukemia

Apr 26, 2015 8:23 PM EDT

DETROIT -- The mother of a Michigan girl dismissed from a Catholic school for not meeting academic and attendance standards during leukemia treatments said Sunday that her daughter has been invited back but will attend a public school for now.

Barbara McGrath told The Associated Press St. Joseph Middle School officials informed her that Rose McGrath could return to the Battle Creek school but postponed a meeting to discuss concerns until later this week to allow for "a cooling off period." Barbara McGrath said that her daughter is attending Lakeview Middle School and that she can't say whether Rose will return to St. Joseph until she determines if issues can be resolved.

"It sounds like they're not going to pass her anyway, even if she goes back," Barbara McGrath said of her 7th-grade daughter, who is in remission but still recovering from treatments for acute lymphoblastic leukemia diagnosed in 2012. "I don't see her being able to go back there and being successful."

The school wrote in a letter addressed to Rose's father and provided to the AP by the family that officials worked with her but absences "hampered her academic performance." It adds that the 12-year-old had attended 32 full days this academic year out of 134 days as of April 13, but Barbara McGrath says that doesn't include "numerous" partial days.

Read more: http://www.cbsnews.com/news/school-offers-readmission-to-girl-battling-leukemia/

BREAKING: Magnitude 7.9 Quake Hits Nepal; 1,910 Confirmed Dead

Source: USGS / Associated Press / NPR

More Than 1,000 Confirmed Dead In Nepal After Powerful Earthquake

APRIL 25, 2015 7:54 AM ET

Authorities in Nepal say at least 1,130 people are dead following a powerful earthquake not far from the capital Kathmandu, where homes and ancient temples collapsed amid the intense temblor and strong aftershocks.

Dozens of people in three neighboring countries were also killed and at least eight were reported dead on Mount Everest and perhaps dozens more trapped by a quake-triggered avalanche that hit the world's tallest peak at the height of the climbing season.

The death toll was likely to continue to rise perhaps dramatically as more information comes in from remote and isolated region affected by the magnitude 7.8 quake. The Associated Press says that the earthquake "shook several cities across northern India, and was felt as far away as Lahore in Pakistan, Lhasa in Tibet, and in Dhaka, Bangladesh." Kathmandu's international airport was shut down following the temblor, the news agency says.

"We need support from the various international agencies which are more knowledgeable and equipped to handle the kind of emergency we face now," Nepal's Information Minister Minendra Rijal was quoted by the BBC as saying.



Nepal quake death toll reaches 1,805

APR. 25, 2015 9:36 PM EDT

KATHMANDU, Nepal (AP) Nepal's Home Ministry says the death toll from Saturday's devastating earthquake has reached 1,805.

The latest toll puts the overall regional fatalities at 1,865.

Home Ministry official Laxmi Dhakal said Sunday that at least 4,700 people have been injured in the magnitude 7.8 earthquake.


@AP: BREAKING: Nepal police official says at least 1,910 have died, including 721 in Kathmandu, in the quake


Read more: http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2015/04/25/402160910/7-8-quake-hits-nepal-toppling-buildings-killing-at-least-138

@BreakingNews: 7.5 magnitude earthquake hits Nepal - USGS


@BreakingNews: Buildings down, roads out after major earthquake hits Nepal earthquake, CNN-IBN reports - @cnnbrk http://t.co/IJ29j3NWto/s/Vqwl

Al Arabiya English Verified account ‏@AlArabiya_Eng

#BreakingNews Tremors felt in New Delhi and other cities in North India: witnesses
11:53 PM - 24 Apr 2015

@BreakingNews: Earthquake in Nepal upgraded by USGS to 7.9 magnitude, 2km deep, casualties taken to hospital - USGS, @AP http://t.co/IPArewzUkc/s/53M4


Magnitude-7.9 quake hits Nepal; heavy damage

APR. 25, 2015 3:14 AM EDT

KATHMANDU, Nepal (AP) A strong magnitude-7.9 earthquake hit near Nepal's capital of Kathmandu before noon Saturday, causing extensive damage with toppled walls and collapsed buildings, officials said.

Nepal's Information Minister Minendra Rijal told India's NDTV station that there are reports of damage in and around Kathmandu but no immediate word on casualties.

He said rescue teams were on the scene.

The epicenter was 80 kilometers (49 mile) northwest of Kathmandu, he said. The Kathmandu Valley is densely populated with nearly 2.5 million, with the quality of buildings often poor.

An Associated Press reporter in Kathmandu said a wall in his compound collapsed and there was damage to nearby buildings.

The U.S. Geological Survey revised the magnitude from 7.5 to 7.9 and said the quake hit at 11:56 a.m. local time (0611 GMT) at Lamjung a shallow depth of 11 kilometers (7 miles).

Preliminary magnitude 5.5 earthquake reported 157 miles west of Ferndale, CA

Source: USGS

@BreakingNews: Preliminary magnitude 5.5 earthquake reported 157 miles west of Ferndale, Calif. - @USGS http://t.co/DDLc1dAJSz/s/LH-z

Read more: http://earthquake.usgs.gov/earthquakes/eventpage/us200028pe#general_summary

TOM THE DANCING BUG: The Great Meritocracy Race

Boing Boing Link: http://boingboing.net/2015/04/22/tom-the-dancing-bug-the-great-2.html

TOM TOMORROW: Hey, Kids! It's Officer Friendly!

DAILY KOS LINK: http://www.dailykos.com/story/2015/04/13/1376893/-Cartoon-Hey-kids-It-s-Officer-Friendly?detail=hide

BREAKING: Jury Finds Tsarnaev Guilty (All 30 Counts) in Boston Marathon Bombing

Source: Reuters

Jury finds Tsarnaev guilty in Boston Marathon bombing

BOSTON | Wed Apr 8, 2015 2:31pm EDT

By Scott Malone and Elizabeth Barber

BOSTON (Reuters) - The jury hearing the Boston Marathon bombing on Wednesday found Dzhokhar Tsarnaev guilty of killing three people and injuring 264 in the April 15, 2013 attack on the city's best-attended sporting event, as well as fatally shooting a police officer four days later.

Tsarnaev, 21, was tried on a sprawling 30-count indictment, with 17 of the charges carrying the death penalty. The jury that found him guilty will now decide whether to sentence him to death or life in prison without possibility of parole.

Jurors spent just over 11 hours evaluating Tsarnaevs guilt in two days of deliberations, following 16 days of testimony.

Defense lawyers have admitted that Tsarnaev committed the crimes of which he stands accused but said he did so at the bidding of his older brother Tamerlan, 26, who died following a gunfight with police in Watertown, Massachusetts.

Read more: http://www.reuters.com/article/idUSKBN0MZ0ZI20150408

South Carolina Mayor: White Officer Who Fatally Shot Black Man in the Back Has Been Fired

Source: Associated Press

South Carolina mayor: White officer who fatally shot black man in the back has been fired

Associated Press 9 minutes ago

NORTH CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) South Carolina mayor: White officer who fatally shot black man in the back has been fired.

Read more: http://news.yahoo.com/south-carolina-mayor-white-officer-fatally-shot-black-170533048.html


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