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Martin and Davis are two of at least 26 children and teens who have died in Florida Stand Your Ground cases. Stand Your Ground laws that have proliferated in at least 20 states are associated with vigilantism, authorizing violence by individuals who perceive a “reasonable” imminent threat to their life, without any duty to attempt retreat. But they have also taken the lives of a dramatic number of young victims. Out of 134 fatal Florida cases analyzed by the Tampa Bay Times in which the Stand Your Ground defense was raised or played a role, 19 percent saw the deaths of children or teens. Another 14 involved victims were 20 or 21. And another 8 teens were injured in nonfatal cases. The Tampa Bay Times last updated its database last year, and there have likely been more such deaths since.
Here are some of the young Florida victims:
The youngest was nine-year-old Sherdavia Jenkins, who was killed in the crossfire of a dispute in which the defendant unsuccessfully raised the Stand Your Ground defense.
18-year-old Daniel Amore was stabbed to death by his 31-year-old legal guardian Kunta Grant, after Amore punched him during a dispute. Grant was given Stand Your Ground immunity by a judge.
19-year-old Christopher Araujo was shot by Norman Borden, who said “he was walking his dogs when three men in a Jeep shouted threats at him and warned they had bats as weapons. Borden went into his home and came back out armed. He told his friends to leave the area. The Jeep returned, and Borden said they tried to run him down. He pulled a gun and shot five times through the windshield, then nine more times after the Jeep hit a fence post and stopped.” A judge denied the Stand Your Ground motion, but Borden was acquitted by a jury of first-degree murder and other related charges.
18-year-old Carlos Mustelier was shot to death, after he and his 16-year-old friend approached Thomas Baker jogging, and one took a swing at him. Thomas responded “You wanna play games? You wanna play games?” and fired eight shots. The surviving teen said they planned to rob Baker, but neither was armed. A Hillsborough County prosecutor opted not to charge Baker.
19-year-old Christopher Cote was killed by his neighbor, after a dispute over walking his dog on his new neighbor’s property. When Cote came back, unarmed, to talk to 62-year-old Jose Tapones about the dispute, Tapones answered the door with a shotgun, stepped outside onto the lawn, and shot Cote twice. A judge declined to grant Tapones Stand Your Ground immunity during his first trial, but was granted a new trial and acquitted the second time around.
Some of these defendants were granted immunity; others were not. But the Stand Your Ground law can come into play in a number of ways. First, law enforcement officers sometimes use the Stand Your Ground law as a basis for not charging the shooter to begin with. That was initially the position of police who cited the law in not arresting Martin’s killer, George Zimmerman, for more than a month. Second, many defendants who are charged request a special Stand Your Ground hearing and may be granted immunity by a judge before even going to trial. Third, defendants may raise the Stand Your Ground defense during the trial as a basis for acquittal. And fourth, as evidenced by the George Zimmerman case, the language of the Stand Your Ground law may be incorporated into the jury instructions and factor into the jury’s decision, even where the defense is not explicitly raised by the defendant.
“A teen who was playing loud music, which is what my teens do. That is sort of the attitude of the teenager,” Watts told ThinkProgress. “You don’t have the right to kill an innocent unarmed teen.”
Posted by marble falls | Sun Feb 9, 2014, 07:42 PM (8 replies)
Afghan civilian deaths climb
February 8, 2014 9:37 PM
KABUL, Afghanistan -- Civilian deaths in the conflict in Afghanistan rose sharply last year, nearing the record levels of bloodletting reached in 2011, according to U.N. statistics released Saturday.
The annual report showed that more women and children died in conflict-related violence than in any year since 2009 as more ground combat occurred in populated areas and insurgents increased their use of improvised bombs in public places.
The statistics were a grim reversal from 2012, which saw civilian deaths decline for the first time in six years. The total of 2,959 deaths recorded by the U.N. in 2013 was a 7 percent rise from 2012 and brought the number of civilians killed since 2009 to more than 14,000. An additional 5,656 Afghan civilians were injured in 2013, a 17 percent increase from 2012.
Posted by marble falls | Sun Feb 9, 2014, 07:19 PM (0 replies)
Texas grand jury refuses murder indictment on man who killed deputy on no-knock raid
By George Chidi
Saturday, February 8, 2014 21:04 EST
A grand jury in central Texas refused Wednesday to indict a man on murder charges after he killed a sheriff’s deputy who stormed his house while executing an early-morning no-knock warrant looking for marijuana in December
Henry Goedrich Magee will still face a charge for possession of marijuana while in possession of a deadly weapon, but prosecutors failed to convince the grand jury that Magee was out of line when he went for his gun while he thought he was being burglarized, ABC reported. Burleson County Sgt. Adam Sowders died during the drug raid, executing a search warrant at Magee’s rural home northwest of Houston.
“In my opinion, the Burleson County Sheriff’s Office did nothing illegal by securing and executing a “no knock” search warrant that day,” said Julie Renken, 21st Judicial District Attorney, in a statement. “I believe the evidence also shows that an announcement was made. However, there is not enough evidence that Mr. Magee knew that day that Peace Officers were entering his home. The events occurred in a matter of seconds amongst chaos. The self-defense laws in Texas are viewed in the mindset of the actor, not the victim, which allows for tragedies to occur when one party is acting lawfully, but it can be reasonably seen as a threat of deadly force by another.”
Just think - a no knock warrant for pot????? There is no need for no knock warrants.
Posted by marble falls | Sun Feb 9, 2014, 09:38 AM (16 replies)
Friday, 07 Feb 2014 10:20 AM
By Melanie Batley
After a barrage of complaints on social media from foreign journalists documenting farcical hotel conditions at the Sochi Winter Olympics, a top Russian official hit back, saying Western visitors are deliberately trying to sabotage Russia's image, and he has the footage from shower spycams to prove it.
"We have surveillance video from the hotels that shows people turn on the shower, direct the nozzle at the wall, and then leave the room for the whole day," Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Kozak told The Wall Street Journal.
For days journalists at the games have complained of incomplete construction, inadequate plumbing, dysfunctional toilets, hotel rooms without doorknobs, and suspiciously colored tap water.
In response to criticisms of the substandard accommodation conditions, Kozak said, "We've put 100,000 guests in rooms and only gotten 103 registered complains and every one of those is being taken care of."
A spokesman for Kozak later told the Journal that the official misspoke, and there were no surveillance cameras inside hotel bathrooms.
Reported on a lot of sources including:
Posted by marble falls | Sat Feb 8, 2014, 09:09 AM (5 replies)
A federal grand jury has indicted two Los Angeles County sheriff’s deputies who are accused of punching, kicking and pepper-spraying a chained inmate and then lying to cover up the alleged abuse.
The charges in the February 2009 incident at the Men’s Central Jail in downtown L.A. were announced Friday by a spokesman for the Department of Justice.
Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department deputies Joey Aguiar, 26, and Mariano Ramirez, 38, were due for arraignment March 6 but were not in custody Friday.
The indictment, issued late Thursday, came less than two months after federal authorities announced charges against 18 sheriff’s officials in a collection of five cases that stemmed from an investigation into alleged civil rights abuses at county jails. One of the federal cases accuses sheriff’s officials of attempting to obstruct an FBI investigation into the alleged abuse.
Aguiar and Mariano Ramirez allegedly used illegally force against an inmate who was in handcuffs and a waist chain. They’re accused of striking him with a flashlight in addition to beating, kicking and pepper-spraying him.
Both defendants were charged with conspiracy to violate civil rights, deprivation of rights under color of law and falsification of records.
A jail chaplain witnesses the alleged beating described in the indictment and filed a report and made a sworn statement to the ACLU about, the Los Angeles Times reported. The chaplain was not mentioned in the indictment.
Read more: http://ktla.com/2014/02/07/2-l-a-county-sheriffs-deputies-beat-handcuffed-inmate-federal-indictment/
Posted by marble falls | Fri Feb 7, 2014, 07:47 PM (3 replies)
Is the frequency of police brutality increasing?
Friday, December 14, 2012 by: J. D. Heyes
(NaturalNews) Some observers think police brutality may be on the rise, as a pair of recent court cases would appear to indicate, but more than anything, the cases - and a pattern of police behavior since the so-called "war on terror" began - definitely project a growing police state mentality among civil servants charged with serving the public.
Perhaps the most famous instance of police misconduct in recent history is the L.A.P.D. beating of the late Rodney King. A construction worker who was on parole for robbery, he became known nationally after a video showing him being beaten by several officers following a late-night car chase on March 3, 1991 made headlines.
But there have been a number of cases since then, and while the vast majority are not nearly as high profile, when taken together, they could be the foundation of darker days ahead.
Case in point
Such concerns are rooted in cases like this recent one in near Rockford, Ill., a mid-sized city located on both banks of the Rock River in far northern Illinois. There, police have been accused of using a taser on a suspect before beating him for telling a friend she could refuse to take a field sobriety test, then allegedly accusing the man of assaulting an officer.
According to federal court papers, the plaintiff, Craig Clark, has named the Village of Pecatonica, which is west of Rockford, and Officer Douglas Hendricksen, as well as Winnebago County Sheriff's Deputy Joseph Broullard, in a suit.
Clark has claimed that he was leaving a bar in the town of Durand, which is also west of Rockford, with a female friend when his car was stopped by Broullard. While the deputy ran the female friend's identification and called for back-up, Clark went back into the bar, court papers said.
"Plaintiff was standing on the rear porch of the bar when defendant-Officer Broullard-started administering the field sobriety test to Colleen," the female friend, the papers said. "Plaintiff yelled out to Colleen that she could refuse the field sobriety test."
When he did so, the deputy allegedly began to yell at Clark. "At this time, defendant-Officer Hendricksen approached plaintiff on the porch and pointed his taser at plaintiff." The papers say that Clark was not taking an aggressive stance towards the officers, but that Hendricksen told Clark he was placing him under arrest.
"Really?" Clark said, according to the papers. "Defendant-Officer Hendricksen then fired his Taser at plaintiff," says the complaint, which then said Hendricksen drew his asp from his belt and began striking Clark - an act that Broullard allegedly did nothing to stop.
The complaint says that Hendricksen told Broullard that Clark had taken his Taser, though Broullard had allegedly dropped it.
"Defendant-Officer Broullard struck plaintiff in the face with his fists and elbow," according to the complaint before Hendricksen used a Taser on Clark once again.
Did Clark get beaten, tased and arrested because he really deserved it, or because the officers involved just didn't think he had a right to speak his mind? And if what he said was against some statute, did it warrant the violent treatment?
Patterns of behavior
Those questions, and others, scream for answers, as you read about other recent cases of alleged police brutality:
-- In Nashville, two brothers recently filed suit in federal court against officers they say assaulted them; one brother says he was assaulted by the officers for videotaping them assaulting his brother.
-- An officer assigned to a Dolton, Ill., school physically assaulted a 15-year-old special needs child in 2010, all of which was caught on surveillance camera, ostensibly because the boy's shirt was not tucked in. That same officer was later accused of rape.
-- Officers in St. Paul, Minn., maced a 30-year-old suspect then kicked him, apparently for asking why he was being arrested, earlier this month.
-- An undercover Greenville County officer tased and punched an 18-year-old in the face 13 times. Though at a known drug house, it did not appear as though the suspect was giving the officer much grief prior to his beat down.
-- A security camera from a nearby Del Taco restaurant caught L.A.P.D officers (a pattern here in and of itself?) roughly handling Michelle Jordan, after being pulled over on a routine traffic stop (she was texting on her cell phone while driving). Post-arrest images showed bruises on her face and body after being mishandled by police.
-- From the March 6, 2012, edition of the Chicago Tribune: "Eugene Gruber was drunk, hostile and uncooperative when he walked into the Lake County Jail, but a day later, he was paralyzed, had a broken neck and barely registered a pulse after an encounter with guards, records show." He died four months later.
Posted by marble falls | Fri Feb 7, 2014, 07:37 AM (7 replies)
Courtney Silvera, age 10, was eating cereal at 7 a.m. on Jan. 30, 2013, when the police knocked on the door. They were looking for his mother's ex-boyfriend, who had possibly violated an order of protection. His grandmother, who is suffering from brain and lung cancer, answered the door but had difficulty understanding the cops' reason for being there, New York's Daily News reports. So Courtney grabbed his mom's cellphone and began recording the conversation.
One cop didn't like that, so he kicked the boy in the shin, breaking his leg, according to a complaint filed in Brooklyn Federal Court and seen by the Daily News.
"The police had come to our house before , and he's fascinated by the police; he looks up to them," Courtney's mom, Krystle Silvera, 30, a nursing student at Long Island University, told the Daily News in an exclusive interview.
According to the suit, Silvera's pierced breast popped out of her bra while she was being restrained.
"The officer flicked the piercing. he flicked the ring up with his finger on my right breast," she told the Daily News. "He said, 'Is this what mothers look like these days?' My neighbors saw me naked. It was degrading. I can deal with the embarrassment of what did to me in front of my neighbors, but the hardest thing is explaining to my kids that not all police are bad."
Silvera was charged with assaulting the cops and was released two days later on $1,500 bail. She would later plead guilty to disorderly conduct, the Daily News reports.
Once she returned home, she noticed that her son's leg was bruised and swollen. Courtney was taken to the hospital, where an X-ray showed that his leg was fractured.
An NYPD spokeswoman told the Daily News that the Internal Affairs Bureau has opened an investigation based on the allegations in the suit.
Although Courtney's leg was fractured, his dream of one day being a detective hasn't been broken. "I told my mom being a detective would be cool," he told the Daily News. "I want to be a better detective than the one who did this."
Read more at the Daily News.
Posted by marble falls | Thu Feb 6, 2014, 11:25 AM (149 replies)
Big Sugar is worse than you thought!
Posted by marble falls | Tue Feb 4, 2014, 05:20 PM (0 replies)
HELENA, Mont. — A state senator pleaded not guilty Monday to allegations that he pushed his wife and then fought a police officer who tried to arrest him.
Sen. Jason Priest posted a $1,500 bond after the Red Lodge City Court hearing, in which he appeared by video conference, and was released from the Yellowstone County Detention Facility.
The 45-year-old Republican was booked into the jail on suspicion of partner or family assault and resisting arrest at a Red Lodge residence Saturday night.
A police citation says Priest pushed his wife away and fought an officer who was attempting to arrest him. The officer identified himself several times and told Priest to stop resisting, the citation said.
City Attorney Hope Freeman said she did not know whether anybody had been injured. She said officials were investigating whether Priest also pushed another family member.
She could not provide additional details, and Priest did not return a call for comment. He said in court he had retained Billings attorney Vern Woodward, who also did not return a call for comment.
Red Lodge Police Chief Richard Pringle did not return calls for comment.
Along with setting the bond, Judge Steve Muth ordered Priest to have no contact with his wife and to stay away from firearms, Freeman said.
Montana Senate President Jeff Essmann said Monday the allegations are a matter of serious concern and he intends to speak with Priest soon.
“I will ask Sen. Priest to step back from his legislative duties and discuss his continued participation in the business of the Montana Senate from the perspective of what is in the best interests of his family, himself, and his constituents,” the Billings Republican said in a statement to The Associated Press.
Priest was elected in 2010 to a four-year term and is the chairman of the Senate Public Health, Welfare and Safety Committee, though he is not on any of the interim committees that are meeting between legislative sessions.
He has not yet filed with the Secretary of State’s office to run for re-election this year, though he has until March 10 to do so.
Priest was one of the leaders of a conservative faction in the Senate last year that split with more moderate Republican legislators.
Priest also is a founder of a nonprofit group called Montana Growth Network that champions conservative causes and helps like-minded candidates.
Posted by marble falls | Mon Feb 3, 2014, 09:08 PM (1 replies)
Clark County, Ind., Drug Court Held Inmates without Due Process
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CCDC Vic #1
Clark County, Ind., Drug Court sentenced at least two people to longer-than-allowed stays in the Clark County jail, only to have lost track of them. In total, 32 days were unlawfully required between the two victims, but their stays equaled 369 days — all because the court failed to keep them on the court’s agenda and the County Sheriff failed to follow procedures in tracking inmates’ incarceration times and statuses.
Both victims, Destiny Hoffman and Jason Ray O’Connor live in Jeffersonville and were independently held by order of District Court No. 2 Judge Jerry Jacobi who declared they both be held
“until further notice from the court.”
The incarceration errors were found during a routine examination of old case files. Clark County Deputy Prosecutor Michaelia Gilbert wrote and submitted two separate court motions for immediate hearings, but Jacobi ordered their release instead.
Hoffman and O’Connor reportedly were denied a hearing and legal representation but incarcerated simply on the judge’s whim. When asked by the court why she didn’t question her status and lengthy stay, Hoffman declined responding, possibly because of a possible civil suit against the court, the county and potentially the corrections officers involved.
Of O’Connor, Gilbert’s motion stated:
“As of Jan. 24, 2014, the defendant has remained in the custody of the Clark County Jail without due process hearing as the Clark County Drug Treatment Court has failed to bring the defendant to court for any hearings regarding the status of his case and has failed to notify the Clark County Jail that the defendant is eligible for release.”
At least one employee has been fired over the incidences, and at least one employee was placed on unpaid suspension, pending further investigation.
The suspended employee claimed he was merely following the court’s orders.
One county employee to have been fired was Susan Knoebel, the director of the Clark County Drug Court Program.
Judge Jacobi declined comment on these Constitutional violations, stating only that there is an ongoing investigation.
Indiana State Police confirmed that and admitted that some court employees may be facing criminal charges.
Posted by marble falls | Sat Feb 1, 2014, 07:43 PM (0 replies)