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Being the "Queen of Everything" (Mr. dixie is the Prince of What's Left) but................ Golden Retrievers RULE!!!

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The North Charleston Police Department has a shocking record of abuse allegations

South Carolina police have fired on 209 suspects over the past five years, but only a few have been charged and none have ever been convicted, according to The State, a South Carolina newspaper.
Based on a review of public records, the North Charleston Police Department has been sued 46 times since 2000 in federal court alone. Many of the suits have been unsuccessful. Some were written by hand from jail and immediately thrown out. Others ran into trouble over evidentiary and procedural obstacles. Taken together, however, the legal documents present a stunning account of police brutality in North Charleston, where the population is 47 percent black but the police force is about 80 percent white, according to the Times.

The article lists several exceedingly disturbing incidents.
Very reminiscent of Ferguson.

Another SC cop charged for killing another black man

AP April 07, 2015 - 6:49 pm EDT

COLUMBIA, South Carolina — A white police officer who shot a 68-year-old black man to death last year following a chase faces a felony gun charge, in addition to his indictment of misconduct in office.

North Augusta officer Justin Craven was charged Tuesday with discharging a gun into an occupied vehicle in the February 2014 death of Ernest Satterwhite, the State Law Enforcement Division said in a release.

The 25-year-old officer faces up to 10 years in prison and a fine of $1,000 if convicted.

Craven chased Satterwhite for 9 miles beyond city limits to the man's driveway in Edgefield County. After Satterwhite parked, the officer repeatedly fired through the driver-side door.

Record numbers turn out for Ferguson, Mo., municipal election;

Ferguson Election Result Changes The Face Of City Council

Voters showed up at polling places in record numbers for a municipal election in this St. Louis suburb on Tuesday, tripling the number of black representatives on Ferguson City Council by electing two black candidates.

Tuesday's election in Ferguson would have been historic no matter the outcome. Three incumbents decided not to run, leaving half of the council's six seats up for grabs. The council now has one black member who was not up for re-election, and two black candidates were vying for one of the open seats. That meant city council was assured to have at least double the number of African-Americans once the votes are counted.

All sorts of you know what has hit fan Re: SC cop killing unarmed black man.

UP date to this earlier post:

Cop has been arrested AND denied bail.
His lawyer has quit the case.
FBI and Justice Department's Civil Rights Division launch investigation

What is is about this particular shooting that made such a difference in how officials are reacting?

Is the blowback after Ferguson?
or the unquestionable clarity of the video of the shooting?

UPDATED: SC officer shoots black man in back, is arrested--family plans lawsuit

North Charleston, SC, police say officer Michael Thomas Slager is in custody after announcement he will be charged in Walter Lamer Scott's death.

There is footage, taken by a civilian. ( graphic.....https://)
Scott knocked a taser out of the cop's hands, then turned and jogged away. Cop emptied his gun, then handcuffed the prone victim.

North Charleston, SC, officer to face murder charge after video shows him shooting man in back, mayor says

North Charleston police officer was arrested on a murder charge Tuesday after video surfaced of the lawman shooting eight times at 50-year-old Walter Scott as he ran away.


Mug shot has been released now:

Breaking news says family asks for no violence and they plan lawsuit.

More than two thirds of people taking antidepressants 'may NOT actually have depression'

Doctors discover many do not meet the official criteria

Study analysed those taking selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs)
Found 69% did not meet the criteria for clinical depression
And 38% did not meet the criteria for other mental conditions like anxiety
Experts: 'Drugs are prescribed without an evidence-based diagnosis'

Antidepressants are also prescribed for other psychiatric disorders.

But the researchers found 38 per cent of those taking the drugs did not meet the criteria for obsessive compulsive disorder, panic disorder, social phobia or generalised anxiety disorder either.

almost all of the leaders of the Islamic State are former Iraqi officers of Hussain's reign.

including the members of its shadowy military and security committees, and the majority of its emirs and princes, according to Iraqis, Syrians and analysts who study the group.
They have brought to the organization the military expertise and some of the agendas of the former Baathists, as well as the smuggling networks developed to avoid sanctions in the 1990s and which now facilitate the Islamic State’s illicit oil trading.

“A lot of people think of the Islamic State as a terrorist group, and it’s not useful,” Hassan said. “It is a terrorist group, but it is more than that. It is a homegrown Iraqi insurgency, and it is organic to Iraq.”


85K raised for Washington florist who refused gay couple

This is a shop in Eastern Washington, which is a right wing part of the state.

Entire article:

RICHLAND, Wash. (AP) — A florist in eastern Washington state fined $1,000 for refusing to sell a same-sex couple wedding flowers and also facing a consumer-protection lawsuit has netted more than $85,000 in a crowdfunding campaign.

The Seattle Times reports (http://bit.ly/1GztB9a) that nearly half of the money on the gofundme.com page set up in February for 70-year-old Barronelle Stutzman came in the last several days.

Supporters compare Stutzman's benefit page to an Indiana pizza shop that raised more than $800,000 after closing when the owner said the shop wouldn't cater a gay wedding.

Stutzman, owner of Arlene's Flowers and Gifts in Richland, Washington, received the fine in Benton County Superior Court in March after refusing to serve a same-sex couple in 2013.
Stutzman says same-sex weddings go against her Southern Baptist beliefs.

Noted elsewhere in this forum: Pizza shop people got 800 Thousand so far.

Don't miss The BBC mini-series “Wolf Hall", Sunday night on PBS.

6 part series from the Hillary Mantel books.

Remember the lush costumes and colors from the Jeremy Irons series "Borgia"?
Even better in Wolf Hall.
excellent series.

Here's a review..

NYC I detective in Viral Uber Rant Video Apologizes...but loses his badge and position

NYC detective in unmarked car went all testosterone on a "foreign" Uber driver.
The cop apologized AFTER the the video went viral but that did not save the guy from consequences:

Cherry’s apology comes after the detective was stripped of his badge and gun and transferred out of the FBI's elite Joint Terrorism Task Force. Police Commissioner Bill Bratton also admonished Cherry after the video went viral online, saying “No good cop can watch that without a wince”, and the NYPD and independent Civilian Complaint Review Board have been investigating the exchange.

Don'tcha just love the sweet smell of justice in the morning?

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