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A practical understanding of "reasonable suspicion" & "probable cause".

Don't know much about this guy but in this video he is 100% spot on! He does a wonderful job on this and it's well worth a look. I watched another video of his and he doesn't buy into the idea of Christians being under attack in the US, suggesting organizations use the idea of Christians being repressed to whip folks into a frenzy and to drive up revenues with wild sensationalism. So he is pretty reasonable on at least two issues. He is probably a libertarian when it comes to taxes and could be way off and a nut job on some other issues but on this issue he is spot on.

How To Handle An Illegal Traffic Stop "I Don't Answer Questions"

I am not necessary convinced this is the way to because it creates suspicion but he was well within his rights and it did shut things down because he gave them no openings or stumbles for them to blow out of proportion and make a lame arrest.

Have you ever been a victim of police misconduct?

This video is what got me thinking about this: http://www.democraticunderground.com/1017213517
I also live in Albuquerque where we have received national attention for our out of control, murderous cops.

I was going to separate misconduct from brutality but decided the poll would become too confusing.

Definition of Police Misconduct:

Types of misconduct include false confession, false arrest, falsified evidence, false imprisonment, intimidation, police brutality, police corruption, racial profiling, surveillance abuse, and off-duty misconduct. Others include:
Noble cause corruption, where the officer believes the good outcomes justify bad behavior
Selective enforcement (knowledge and allowances of violations by friends, family and/or acquaintances unreported)
Abuses of power (using badge or other ID to gain entry into concerts, to get discounts, etc.)
Police perjury (blatant lying under oath and/or to other authorities to cover wrongdoing)
Influence of drugs and/or alcohol while on duty
Violations by officers of police procedural policies

Note: I am including Asians in with whites below. If you have an issue with this let me know.

As a middle aged white male, the worst that has happened to me (don't really count this as misconduct) is police giving a bogus reason to pull me over to see if I was drunk. I use to have a regular route home from work on a state highway usually after 11:00 pm. Was constantly pulled over and they would say I had a tail light that was out or I was crossing the yellow line. One time they told me my tail light was out and I flat out told them that I didn't believe them because I had been told that several times and then would check at home and found no issues. I don't think I would have done that if I were black. I was already playing with fire calling the guy out. Anyway, the cop stumbled around with his words not knowing what to say then backtracked and said "That's how it appeared to me. Maybe I am mistaken? You are free to go, just be careful and get those break lights checked out to be safe!" However, I know if I was black I would have a much bigger fear of the cops. I imagine it's an issue across all races but extremely disproportionate when it comes to minorities.

Cops Caught Lying to The Judge

A prime example of the type of crap some cops try to pull extremely disproportionately with black folks. How often do they get away with this? Much, much more often than not.

Trucker Pulls Over Cop For Speeding and Gets a Confession

This is quite entertaining!

Video Captures EXACTLY How Cops Treat Black People

His DNA Was Shredded By 2 Atomic Bombs. So What Happened When He Had Kids?

This is absolutely fascinating! Well worth a listen!

Post-apocalyptic genetic mutants are one of our favorite ways of scaring ourselves. But this crazy story challenges some of our basic sci-fi assumptions about what happens to human DNA when it's exposed to gamma rays. Cuz it's not like some of us haven't already lived through a nuclear bomb, right? What about two?! Yes, that really happened. Nothing stranger than real life, people. Listen in!


Thoughts on this Op-Ed comment Re: Israel / Palestine

This seems quite well thought out to me but a lot of it is over my head with my limited knowledge of the issue. I am interested in seeing a discussion over it. Pros and Cons :

Long island 9 hours ago
As an American of Jewish background whose family lost hundreds in the Holocaust, my heart goes out to ALL innocent victims of this latest round of trauma and tears in the troubled history of Israel and Palestine. Blame and finger-pointing have only led to more conflict and death for the past 67 years. You are right in saying that there can be peace "without two states." It's time for the U.N. to implement the rest of Resolution 181 and establish a demilitarized State of Palestine in the West Bank under PLO control which recognizes Israel's right to exist before Hamas or an even more radical ISIS-like group succeeds in taking it over. The Warsaw Ghetto that Gaza has become must also be seized as a demilitarized, U.N. protectorate. Both Hamas and Israel are wrong; they each seek mutual destruction. Yes, "The Oslo accords are dead." Moreover, the U.S. has ceased to be "an honest broker" with its extreme pro-Israel stance backed by an unlimited supply of arms and intelligence that serve to fuel the current devastation in Gaza. The lesson from all the turmoil in the Middle East is and has been that protracted conflict leads to further radicalization. It's time now (and it is "running out") for a new approach led by the world community through the U.N.

It was a comment on this Op-Ed by Roger Cohen of the NYT: http://www.nytimes.com/2014/08/06/opinion/roger-cohen-start-with-gaza.html?_r=0

Israeli Soldiers Breaking The Silence on the Occupation of Palestine

This was posted a few years back but it's still worth a watch.

And this is the kind of stuff they are talking about and there are 100 more where this one came from:

Whoa: Times of Israel Op-Ed Advocates Genocide Against Gazans

And lest you think that the hed is the work of an irresponsible editor, it is not: Yochanan Gordon, a frequent contributor to the Times, lays out the case for the complete obliteration of not just Hamas, but of everyone — women, children, innocent civilians — who lives in the Gaza strip.

“Hamas has stated forthrightly that it idealizes death as much as Israel celebrates life,” he writes. “What other way then is there to deal with an enemy of this nature other than obliterate them completely?”

He goes on, emphasis ours:

News anchors such as those from CNN, BBC and Al-Jazeera have not missed an opportunity to point out the majority of innocent civilians who have lost their lives as a result of this war. But anyone who lives with rocket launchers installed or terror tunnels burrowed in or around the vicinity of their home cannot be considered an innocent civilian. If you’ll counter, that Hamas has been seen abusing civilians who have attempted to leave their homes in response to Israeli warnings to leave – well then, your beginning to come to terms with the nature of this enemy which should automatically cause the rules of standard warfare to be suspended.

In conclusion: “If political leaders and military experts determine that the only way to achieve its goal of sustaining quiet is through genocide is it then permissible to achieve those responsible goals?”

The blog post soon went viral due to the nature of the hed, and was quickly removed by editors — but not before we uploaded a PDF of the article (below).

The editorial was also printed in the Five Towns Jewish Times, a news outlet founded by Gordon’s father.

More: http://www.mediaite.com/online/whoa-times-of-israel-op-ed-advocates-genocide-against-gazans/
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