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Burger King Confirms Chicago Police Deleted Video Of McDonald Shooting

Source: Crooks And Liars

On the heels of dashcam footage of the Laquan McDonald shooting released today, other news is coming out about how Chicago police worked to suppress video proving he was shot without justification.

According to NBC News Chicago, 86 minutes of security video was missing after the shooting, after police ran through and reviewed it but before any official investigation had been opened, and Burger King has confirmed that it was deleted by police reviewing the video.

After the shooting, according to Jay Darshane, the District Manager for Burger King, four to five police officers wearing blue and white shirts entered the restaurant and asked to view the video and were given the password to the equipment. Three hours later they left, he said.

The next day, when an investigator from the Independent Police Review Authority asked to view the security footage, it was discovered that the 86 minutes of video was missing.

Read more: http://crooksandliars.com/2015/11/burger-king-confirms-chicago-police



Here's a link to the original NBC Chicago report, with further details:

http://www.nbcchicago.com/news/local/Alvarez-Addresses-Missing-Minutes-From-Security-Video-in-Laquan-McDonald-Case-353209051.html#ixzz3sRjNiZEE

Earlier this year, a Chicago-area district manager for the food chain told NBC5 Investigates that Chicago police officers deleted footage from the security camera.

The 86-minutes of missing video runs from 9:13 p.m. to 10:39 p.m., according to the lawyers for McDonald’s family. McDonald was shot at approximately 9:50 p.m...

...In a statement, a spokesman for the IPRA said: "We have no credible evidence at this time that would cause us to believe CPD purged or erased any surveillance video."

But according to Darshane, both the cameras and video recorder were all on and working properly the night of the shooting.
Posted by friendly_iconoclast | Wed Nov 25, 2015, 01:10 AM (44 replies)

Can we call him Trumpolini now? n/t

Posted by friendly_iconoclast | Mon Nov 23, 2015, 12:31 AM (7 replies)

Proportionally, Massachusetts has half again as many concealed handgun licensees as Texas

Note: this OP was inspired by research done in response to Kang Colby's OP:
http://www.democraticunderground.com/1172181197

"Gun Ownership in MA Increases 66% since 2010"


Yes, you read that correctly- if the figures I've found are accurate, 3% of the residents in
'gun-happy' Texas had concealed handgun licenses in 2014.

At the same time, 4.7% of the residents of Massachusetts (a state well known for
strong gun control) have the equivalent license


Here's what I found, with sources:

https://www.txdps.state.tx.us/rsd/chl/reports/ActLicAndInstr/ActiveLicandInstr2014.pdf

TEXAS DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC SAFETY
REGULATORY SERVICES DIVISION
CONCEALED HANDGUN LICENSING

Active License/Certified Instructor Counts
As of December 31, 2014

Active License Holders: 825,957


http://quickfacts.census.gov/qfd/states/48000.html

Texas Population, 2014 estimate 26,956,958-

which means that
ca. 3% of Texans (or 1 in 33) had concealed handgun licenses

https://www.bostonglobe.com/metro/2015/04/20/gun-laws-tightened-mass-number-permits-spiked/KDbdE52Cvdf4xNfIL4r0hN/story.html

Statewide, the number of active Class A licenses — the so-called license to carry category that broadly includes the right to carry a concealed weapon — grew nearly 12 percent between 2013 and 2014. That was a significantly greater jump than in past years, a Globe review of data from the Firearms Records Bureau found.

Overall, the number of active gun licenses of all types grew 5 percent, with a total of 355,272 in the state last year...

...With about 318,000 licensees in 2014, the Class A license was the most popular in the state


http://quickfacts.census.gov/qfd/states/25000.html

Massachusetts Population, 2014 estimate 6,745,408



If the Globe's figure are correct, ca. 4.7 % of Bay Staters (or 1 in 21) have a Class A (concealed carry) licenses. If Texas had as many in proportion, there would be 1,219,977 CHL holders there
Posted by friendly_iconoclast | Sun Nov 22, 2015, 12:54 AM (2 replies)

I've been getting a '1930s vibe' lately, and it's growing stronger. Anyone else?

Europe, the Middle East, the South China Sea are all flashpoints now.
As bad as things are now in the world, I fear they will become far worse shortly.

I devoutly hope I'm wrong- but I am afraid that I am not...
Posted by friendly_iconoclast | Sat Nov 21, 2015, 07:23 PM (16 replies)

No mention of "75% of members support Clinton" in a letter from my SEIU local

Just that the leadership voted for it:


http://campaign.r20.constantcontact.com/render?ca=4a64eabe-5738-4c7e-a5c2-d8c43c1895a0&c=24c13e90-4602-11e3-ad04-d4ae52806b34&ch=26c43a80-4602-11e3-ad3a-d4ae52806b34

Dear 1199 Member,

Over the past several months, more than 22,000 members of 1199 had conversations with each other and filled out surveys about the issues that matter to us most as healthcare workers. Through this process we created our "Action Platform" of priority issues that we will fight for so every candidate hears our voice and we can improve our lives: good jobs, quality healthcare for all, social justice, immigration reform and a healthy planet.

In order to win the goals in our Action Platform, we must have a leader on our side in the White House. That is why the elected leaders of 1199 voted to support SEIU's endorsement of Hillary Clinton today. Throughout the endorsement decision-making process, we sent a clear message that we strongly urge Secretary Clinton to not only continue supporting a $15 minimum wage on the state and local levels, but also to expand that support to the federal level for all working people. In the richest country in history of the world, we must ensure that hard work is rewarded, that working people can provide their children with a better future, and that we can build a fair and inclusive economy.

1199SEIU's executive leaders had met recently with both Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders, and expressed our urgent priorities to them. From those meetings, we felt confident that both candidates strongly supported our issues, but that Secretary Clinton outlined the most effective strategy for winning the general election.

We admire and respect Senator Sanders, and applaud his message of fairness and economic justice. But above all, we cannot under any circumstances let anti-worker, right-wing politicians gain control of the White House, in addition to controlling the Senate, Congress and the Supreme Court. That consolidation of power by the extreme right-wing would be a catastrophe for working people, women, people of color, immigrants, youth, seniors, the LGBTQ community, and for America's standing in the world. The right-wing agenda is focused on accumulating more wealth and power for the top 1%, while leaving everyone else behind.

Secretary Clinton has the commitment, skills and experience to move our country forward, and the most effective strategy to win the presidency. Therefore, we support SEIU's decision to endorse Hillary Clinton, and we will ensure the priority issues of healthcare workers, our patients, our families and our communities are heard loud and clear. Together, we will fight for a country that works for working people, with security, opportunity and dignity for all.

In Unity,
George Gresham, President
1199SEIU United Healthcare Workers East
Posted by friendly_iconoclast | Fri Nov 20, 2015, 02:47 PM (7 replies)

No mention of "75% of members support Clinton" in a letter from my SEIU local

Just that the leadership voted for it:


http://campaign.r20.constantcontact.com/render?ca=4a64eabe-5738-4c7e-a5c2-d8c43c1895a0&c=24c13e90-4602-11e3-ad04-d4ae52806b34&ch=26c43a80-4602-11e3-ad3a-d4ae52806b34

Dear 1199 Member,

Over the past several months, more than 22,000 members of 1199 had conversations with each other and filled out surveys about the issues that matter to us most as healthcare workers. Through this process we created our "Action Platform" of priority issues that we will fight for so every candidate hears our voice and we can improve our lives: good jobs, quality healthcare for all, social justice, immigration reform and a healthy planet.

In order to win the goals in our Action Platform, we must have a leader on our side in the White House. That is why the elected leaders of 1199 voted to support SEIU's endorsement of Hillary Clinton today. Throughout the endorsement decision-making process, we sent a clear message that we strongly urge Secretary Clinton to not only continue supporting a $15 minimum wage on the state and local levels, but also to expand that support to the federal level for all working people. In the richest country in history of the world, we must ensure that hard work is rewarded, that working people can provide their children with a better future, and that we can build a fair and inclusive economy.

1199SEIU's executive leaders had met recently with both Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders, and expressed our urgent priorities to them. From those meetings, we felt confident that both candidates strongly supported our issues, but that Secretary Clinton outlined the most effective strategy for winning the general election.

We admire and respect Senator Sanders, and applaud his message of fairness and economic justice. But above all, we cannot under any circumstances let anti-worker, right-wing politicians gain control of the White House, in addition to controlling the Senate, Congress and the Supreme Court. That consolidation of power by the extreme right-wing would be a catastrophe for working people, women, people of color, immigrants, youth, seniors, the LGBTQ community, and for America's standing in the world. The right-wing agenda is focused on accumulating more wealth and power for the top 1%, while leaving everyone else behind.

Secretary Clinton has the commitment, skills and experience to move our country forward, and the most effective strategy to win the presidency. Therefore, we support SEIU's decision to endorse Hillary Clinton, and we will ensure the priority issues of healthcare workers, our patients, our families and our communities are heard loud and clear. Together, we will fight for a country that works for working people, with security, opportunity and dignity for all.

In Unity,
George Gresham, President
1199SEIU United Healthcare Workers East
Posted by friendly_iconoclast | Fri Nov 20, 2015, 02:45 PM (10 replies)

Moms Demand Action matches Trump's stupidity with some of their own

<Sigh>. Seems *everybody* with an axe to grind jumps to exploit tragedy:



Just like we united to mourn all lives lost to airliner violence after 9/11?



Posted by friendly_iconoclast | Mon Nov 16, 2015, 06:56 PM (17 replies)

Prosecutor And Cop Lose It Over Idea Of Over Idea Of Needing A Conviction To Take Property

X-posted from Civil Liberties

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/oklahoma-civil-asset-forfeiture_56461dd1e4b045bf3deedb11?ncid=txtlnkusaolp00000592



Law enforcement officials in Oklahoma are distraught about a bill to reform civil asset forfeiture.

Nick Wing
Senior Viral Editor, The Huffington Post

Posted: 11/13/2015 06:21 PM EST | Edited: 11/13/2015 06:24 PM EST

Oklahoma might be best known as a home to Sooners, Cowboys and country music fans, but a local prosecutor and police officer say the state will be welcoming violent drug cartels if a Republican lawmaker gets his way.

State Sen. Kyle Loveless has been trying to muster support this year for a bill that would reform a controversial law enforcement tool known as civil asset forfeiture. Using the practice, police and prosecutors in the state work together to permanently seize cash and property -- including cars, homes and businesses -- based on the suspicion that it's connected to criminal activity.

Proponents maintain that civil asset forfeiture is an important crime-fighting tool, often saying it lets them attack the profits of drug traffickers even when there's not a clear criminal link. But it gives authorities the power to take property without charging its owner with a crime, much less securing a conviction. In Oklahoma, the state isn't even required to provide definitive proof of the alleged criminal ties before taking control of the property, selling it and giving the money back to the departments involved in the case.

Loveless sees this as a fundamental violation of people's rights to due process and property and says the lax standards have gotten innocent people in Oklahoma caught in the civil asset forfeiture net. On Thursday, he sparred with Tulsa County District Attorney Steve Kunzweiler and Eric Dalgleish, a major at the Tulsa Police Department, over the merits of his bill to require a criminal conviction to permanently take someone's property.


Podcast available here:

PC and Eddie with State Senator Kyle Lovelace, DA Steve Kunzweiler, and TPD officer Major Dalgleish on civil asset forfeiture reform

http://www.1170kfaq.com/podcasts/patcampbell/347010772.html
Posted by friendly_iconoclast | Mon Nov 16, 2015, 03:51 PM (2 replies)

Prosecutor And Cop Lose It Over Idea Of Over Idea Of Needing A Conviction To Take Property

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/oklahoma-civil-asset-forfeiture_56461dd1e4b045bf3deedb11?ncid=txtlnkusaolp00000592



Law enforcement officials in Oklahoma are distraught about a bill to reform civil asset forfeiture.

Nick Wing
Senior Viral Editor, The Huffington Post

Posted: 11/13/2015 06:21 PM EST | Edited: 11/13/2015 06:24 PM EST

Oklahoma might be best known as a home to Sooners, Cowboys and country music fans, but a local prosecutor and police officer say the state will be welcoming violent drug cartels if a Republican lawmaker gets his way.

State Sen. Kyle Loveless has been trying to muster support this year for a bill that would reform a controversial law enforcement tool known as civil asset forfeiture. Using the practice, police and prosecutors in the state work together to permanently seize cash and property -- including cars, homes and businesses -- based on the suspicion that it's connected to criminal activity.

Proponents maintain that civil asset forfeiture is an important crime-fighting tool, often saying it lets them attack the profits of drug traffickers even when there's not a clear criminal link. But it gives authorities the power to take property without charging its owner with a crime, much less securing a conviction. In Oklahoma, the state isn't even required to provide definitive proof of the alleged criminal ties before taking control of the property, selling it and giving the money back to the departments involved in the case.

Loveless sees this as a fundamental violation of people's rights to due process and property and says the lax standards have gotten innocent people in Oklahoma caught in the civil asset forfeiture net. On Thursday, he sparred with Tulsa County District Attorney Steve Kunzweiler and Eric Dalgleish, a major at the Tulsa Police Department, over the merits of his bill to require a criminal conviction to permanently take someone's property.


Podcast available here:

PC and Eddie with State Senator Kyle Lovelace, DA Steve Kunzweiler, and TPD officer Major Dalgleish on civil asset forfeiture reform

http://www.1170kfaq.com/podcasts/patcampbell/347010772.html
Posted by friendly_iconoclast | Mon Nov 16, 2015, 03:47 PM (4 replies)

Attempts at shaming only work when you have credibility with those being shamed

So why are gun control advocates going this route? Gun owners already see them as
somewhere between used car dealers and the more mendacious sorts of TV preachers.

There's no doubt that some of them really think that they can
get gun owners to 'see the light and hear the call' , but to be honest- most of it
seems like a pro forma desperation move, or an attempt to establish
a rep with the like-minded.


Posted by friendly_iconoclast | Sat Oct 24, 2015, 02:50 AM (22 replies)
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