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Internal NYPD documents reveal officer training on involuntary hospitalizations

Source: Politico

NEW YORK — Two NYPD officers patrolling a Queens public housing complex spot a woman outside in a tank top and slippers muttering incoherently to herself. The woman says the street is her home, but the temperature is expected to drop below freezing later that day. How should they respond?

The hypothetical scenario is among five posed to police officers in a 15-minute presentation on situations that may warrant involuntary hospitalization. The training was prepared to brief patrol officers on Mayor Eric Adams’ recent directive that people may be forced to undergo psychiatric evaluation when a mental illness is seemingly preventing them from meeting their own basic needs, putting them at risk of harm.

The presentation slides are also incorporated in a 9-minute video that describes when someone experiencing mental illness should be brought to the hospital against their will and walks officers through a step-by-step protocol.

The records were obtained by the New York Civil Liberties Union in a lawsuit filed in March against the NYPD and shared with POLITICO.

Read more: https://www.politico.com/news/2023/06/02/internal-nypd-documents-reveal-officer-training-on-involuntary-hospitalizations-00099816

"Some People Deserve to Starve"

Some People Deserve to Starve: A Biblical View of Work and Welfare

Of course, Christians are supposed to be at the tip of the spear in alleviating poverty, especially when it comes to other believers. That doesn’t mean, however, that we are under any obligation to help indolent bums.

Such people are not entitled to our generosity.

They have chosen the path of poverty, to paraphrase Proverbs 10:4.


DOW up +676; FTSE, DAX, Hang Seng all up

Can’t imagine why…..

Gov. Kim Reynolds signs law restricting Iowa State Auditor Rob Sand's powers.

Des Moines Register

Iowa State Auditor Rob Sand will soon be barred from taking state agencies to court to force them to turn over documents and will be blocked from accessing certain types of personal information under a law Gov. Kim Reynolds signed Thursday.

Sand is the only Democrat elected to statewide office in Iowa. Reynolds is a Republican.

The law passed the Iowa Legislature last month with only Republican support. It will take effect July 1 with Reynolds' signature.

Democrats argue Republicans are tying the hands of their political opponent because they don't like the way Sand does his job.

Having coffee with Rob today; expect to get more details.

TUNE IN: Remarks from the President - TONIGHT at 7:00 PM ET

Please tune in at 7:00 PM EST at Whitehouse.gov/live for a live feed of President Biden addressing the nation on averting default and the bipartisan budget agreement.

This will include ASL interpretation for accessibility during the speech and full video, remarks transcript, and highlights after the address.

Rob Sand (Iowa State Auditor; prospective 2026 Gov candidate) will be on Chris Hayes this evening.

Angela Alsobrooks holds 2024 MD-Senate campaign rally with Congressman Hoyer's endorsement

WJLA Washington

SUITLAND, Md. (7News) — Prince George's County Executive Angela Alsobrooks on Thursday held a rally to provide an update on her U.S. Senate race with an endorsement from Congressman Steny H. Hoyer (MD-05).

Last month, Alsobrooks announced she will run for the U.S. Senate seat that will be opening with the retirement of Sen. Ben Cardin.

nough people in the US Senate who live like, think like and look like the people they're supposed to represent. My Great-Grandma told me, 'if you don't like something, go farther and do better.' I'm proud to say I'm running for the Senate. Let's go farther together," she said in May.

On Thursday, Hoyer announced his endorsement for Alsobrooks.

"Ever since I first met Angela, I've known that she is one of the exceptional leaders that I have met in over 50 years. That is why I proudly, proudly and with great conviction, offer my endorsement to Angela Alsobrooks for the United States Senate," Hoyer said.

"You are no longer the Lord's Chicken"


NH Executive Councilor Cinde Warmington launches campaign for governor

WMUR Manchester

The only Democrat on New Hampshire's Executive Council is launching a campaign for governor.

Councilor Cinde Warmington is the first Democrat to officially enter the race. Since being elected in 2020, Warmington has been an outspoken defender of reproductive rights, fighting against Republican efforts on the council to reject public health contracts for abortion providers.

Warmington told News 9 that housing and workforce shortages would be top issues in her campaign.

"Fundamentally, this campaign is about freedom. Freedom for women to make their own health care decisions, freedom for workers to earn fair wages, freedom for parents to send their kids to school without fear of gun violence. Freedom for small businesses, freedom for everyone to thrive," Warmington said.

Someone's getting a stern Truthing to....

8 years for DeSantis? Trump says he only needs 6 months for rapid change: ‘You should vote against him’

URBANDALE, Iowa. (FLV) – Former President Donald Trump said at a campaign stop Thursday in Iowa that he would only need six months to turn the U.S. around.

Trump, having already served out a full four-year term as president, would only be allowed to serve one more term if he is sworn into office in 2025.

Gov. Ron DeSantis, on the other hand, would have the opportunity to run for reelection in 2028, should he become president, and serve through 2032.

“I’ve been watching DeSanctus go out and say, ‘I’ve got eight years. It’s going to be eight years,'” Trump said. “Let me tell you something right there. You should vote against him.”

“It will take me six months to have it totally the way it was,” the former president said to applause. “We’ll have it fast. It’s drilling, it’s the wall and it’s getting criminals out of our country that have been allowed to come in so freely.”



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