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Officer who fatally shot Daunte Wright to be charged with second-degree manslaughter: DA

Kim Potter, the white police officer who shot and killed Daunte Wright, a 20-year-old Black man, during a traffic stop in Brooklyn Center, Minnesota, will be charged with second-degree manslaughter, authorities said Wednesday.

Potter was arrested at about 11:30 a.m. local time and was booked into the Hennepin County Jail, the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension said.

The Washington County Attorney's Office will file the second-degree manslaughter charge later on Wednesday, the state agency said.
Potter, a 26-year veteran of the Brooklyn Center Police Department, submitted her resignation on Tuesday following Sunday's fatal shooting. Brooklyn Center Mayor Mike Elliott said Tuesday that he had not yet accepted Potter's resignation.

Story here

People are already rallying around her, saying her police union will have a good defense against this. I believe they do, since black lives don't matter.

However, the defense is going to have to prove that Mr. Wright's dead was not caused by Ms. Potter's recklessness and carelessness. That will be a tough act the climb.
Posted by AZLD4Candidate | Wed Apr 14, 2021, 03:13 PM (0 replies)

I just learned something today from my trumper neighbor

I just got told by my Trumper neighbor that lived in Austin "Robert E Lee Drive" and and "Jeff Davis Way" were named after "not the general" and the "former Gov. of Arkansas." It isn't "Davis' fault that his parents gave him that name.

After picking up my jaw, I told him that Jeff Davis was the president of the confederacy, something every 5th grade social studies student knows, and if it weren't named after the general, I asked if it was named after one of the writers of the plays "The Night Thoreau Spent in Jail" and "Inherit the Wind." I then said I didn't know Texas appreciated theatre that much."

I learned that Texas really loves the acting and writing arts.

BTW, this all started when I smiled and said hello picking up a package on my front porch and he started yelling about my trying to change names of things here in Arizona that honest murderers of native Americans, like Wasson Peak, Oury Rec Center, anything Samuel Hughes, and Safford, AZ, the city.
Posted by AZLD4Candidate | Tue Apr 13, 2021, 02:38 PM (3 replies)

China encourages citizens to report critics via new 'snitch hotline' ahead of 100th birthday

China’s cyber regulator is encouraging people to snitch on each other for online speech critical of the ruling Communist Party or its official historical narrative ahead of the 100th anniversary of its founding.

Members of the public can ring a new hotline to report people who defame the Party, Chinese leaders, government policies, national heroes or “deny the excellence of advanced socialist culture,” according to a notice posted by the Cyberspace Administration of China.

People online “with ulterior motives” were “maliciously distorting, denigrating and negating the history of the Party,” said the regulator, which has vowed to crack down ahead of the Party’s centennial birthday in July.


The Red Guard is back and more repressive than ever.
Posted by AZLD4Candidate | Mon Apr 12, 2021, 02:08 PM (0 replies)

Position Paper - Police Reform

Due to this this incident, I believe I should announce my position on police reform.

I believe police must be held to the highest of standards due to the power and authority given to them with their position and their AZPOST certification.

I support the following:

A: Laws requiring bodycams to be on all officers with no ability for them to be turned off.
B: Updating AZPOST requirements to include de-escalation and human psychology training.
C: Qualified immunity must be abolished. Those who abuse their position as an officer must be held liable, as do those officers that give cover to those that abuse their position.
D: Treating AZPOST certification the same as teacher certification, where it can be suspended or revoked due to misconduct, where revocation is a lifetime revocation.
E: Updating hiring requirements, and making psychological assessments required for renewal of AZPOST certification.
F: Ending internal affairs and making all investigation of police misconduct run by a community police oversight committee when needed. No other job in the country investigates itself.
G: Turning all police resumes, records, and bodycam footage into public records, similar to teacher resumes in Arizona schools.

No more CYA of police agencies hiding their dirty laundry. Joel John believes, in his voting records, that police must be automatically respected. I believe that respect must be earned and trust my be re-established.
Posted by AZLD4Candidate | Fri Apr 9, 2021, 12:57 PM (0 replies)

Don't blame GA and TX. They are just making laws. And they need to be enforced

This will be the logic. That these laws reinforce majority rule and, just like the robots at the Border Patrol who hide behind "enforcing the law" and "call your Congressman, I'm just doing my job," the enforcers of these laws will follow the "just following orders and the law" defense.

I find this reprehensible.

Let's look at other laws that people said "I'm just doing my job" and "call your Congressman."

01: Alien and Sedition Act of 1799, where newspaper people could be arrested and jailed for criticizing the Adams presidency.
02: Indian Removal Act of 1830, where people were forced off their land by a psychotic president.
03: Fugitive Slave Act of 1850, which required people to capture fugitive slave, and prosecute those that knowingly didn't.
04: Black Codes after the Civil War, which started Jim Crow
05: Plessy v. Ferguson, that established separate by equal
06: Laws that prevented women to vote, which led to led to suffragettes being beaten for daring to vote.
07: Chinese Exclusion Act of 1882, which banned Chinese immigration
08: Asia Act of 1924, which banned all Asian immigration
09: Executive Order 9066, which put Japanese people into concentration camps during WW2
10: Anti Sodomy Laws that were used to prosecute and jail homosexuals
11: Anti vagrancy Laws that ARE used to prosecute and jail the homeless
12: Anti gay marriage laws that denied gay American citizens the ability to marry
13: Anti Abortion laws between 1973 that forced women into alley abortions or to use metal hangers
14: Anti-indecency laws that outlawed the F word, which outlawed the ability to say F the government legally
15: Volstead Act of 1920, that turned people into criminals for having a beer.

Using "well it's the law" has been abused too long. Henry David Thoreau spent a night in jail refusing to pay his taxes on a war trumped up by Napoleon of the Stump used as land grab. Stanton and Anthony went to jail to protect laws denying women the vote. King did too as it applied to black people. So did Gandhi when the British passed a law banning speaking out against war in India during WW2. So did Mandela when Apartheid was the law of South Africa.

Bad laws are passed by bad people, and bad police enforce bad laws because the cycle of bad is forever busy, and needs feeding.

We need to reject "the law is the law" in cases like the GA and TX and (soon to be) AZ neo Jim Crow. Javert complexes of "the law is the law and the law is not mocked" was BS in the defense of Nazis and the Japanese. . .it is BS here.

Law making is normally abused by one side
Posted by AZLD4Candidate | Thu Apr 8, 2021, 11:54 PM (2 replies)

Remember when the GOP accused HRC of running a sex trafficking ring out of a DC pizzeria?

Ummmmm. . .yeah.

About that. . .Ummmmmmmm. . .

Amazing how projection works.
Posted by AZLD4Candidate | Thu Apr 8, 2021, 10:05 PM (1 replies)

Opinion position - Gun Violence

Two mass shootings in one day. One in SC, one in TX. six dead, six hurt combined.

Yet Joel John will tell you the gun is more important than lives because "if you outlaw guns, only outlaws have guns." Yet both of these people were "good people" until they pulled the trigger.

We need common sense gun control laws, and need someone in Phoenix to tell the NRA to go pound sand if they continue down the line they always go.

When is enough going to be enough? Murdering children in schools didn't change things. Steve Scalice getting shot didn't change anything. Enough NRA talking points.

No more mass shooting. No more military grade weapons in the hands of people.

Joel John will say the gun means everything and is more valuable than people's lives.

If elected to the AZ House for LD4, this will be one of my priorities. Joel John doesn't represent us. He represents the NRA. He shouldn't be called John (R-Buckeye). He should be called (R-NRA).
Posted by AZLD4Candidate | Thu Apr 8, 2021, 08:07 PM (5 replies)

DHS watchdog finds widespread mistreatment of immigrants at ICE facility

DHS watchdog finds widespread mistreatment of immigrants at ICE facility

By Camilo Montoya-Galvez

Updated on: April 2, 2021 / 4:08 PM / CBS News

Immigrants held at an immigration detention center in Arizona were subject to widespread mistreatment last year, ranging from inadequate medical care to excessive punishment for peacefully protesting lax coronavirus mitigation efforts, an internal government watchdog found.

During a remote inspection of the La Palma Correctional Center in Eloy, Arizona, the Department of Homeland Security's Office of Inspector General (OIG) found violations that jeopardized "the health, safety, and rights" of detainees, according to a report published Thursday. Citing nearly 1,300 grievances from immigrants held at the detention facility, the internal watchdog said detainees depicted "an environment of mistreatment and verbal abuse."

Immigrants held at the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) detention center in Eloy, which is run by a for-profit prison company, told inspectors they held peaceful protests in April 2020 because they were concerned that staff was not providing them the necessary protective equipment to curb the spread of the coronavirus. The detention center's staff deployed pepper spray to quell one of the protests on April 13, according to Thursday's report and surveillance footage.

Short article. Call me shocked. No oversight, appeal process, lawyers, or ability to communicate with the outside world. And no one is trying to stop it to both documented and undocumented immigrants. With no ability to check them, that's grounds for more than just physical abuse.

Look at what the CBP did to my wife on Feb 27th at SEATAC Int'l Airport before they kicked her out, even those she has an American spouse and a valid, legally issued visa. I asked her, when she landed on her deportation plane in Shanghai, if those people sexually abused her as well as emotionally, mentally, and psychologically abused her. Luckily, they didn't.

ICE, CBP, Border Patrol, and the TSA needs a major overhaul and oversight. The rock needs to be kicked over immediately.

Posted by AZLD4Candidate | Fri Apr 2, 2021, 08:12 PM (3 replies)

DU members in LD4. Here is my online petition to get on the ballot


Let's get that odious Joel John out of office and make him a one term Representative in a district with a 56% Democratic tilt.

Let's put a DU firebrand into Phoenix to join Charlene Fernandez.

I need about 1900 signatures to submit to the Sec of State to get on the ballot.
Posted by AZLD4Candidate | Fri Apr 2, 2021, 02:46 PM (6 replies)

Position Paper - Initiative and Referendum


Initiative, Referendum, and Recall were added to the Arizona state Constitution to bypass the government in Phoenix if the people decided the government in Phoenix were either moving too slow or passing bills that people didn't like.

Prop 208 is now under attacks by the Republicans in the House. Here is my position and, if elected, I will propose this bill within the first seven days of office.

Any voter passed laws through election is the law, whether the legislature agrees or not. I support a law where any vote not to enact, disable, or fail to fund a voter-passed initiative would, at minimum, trigger an instant recall election, or, at maximum, be seen as an instant resignation by the legislative member that votes that way. The law would also add a disqualification for holding elected office to represent any part of Arizona for life. This applies to the governor as well.

No act of legislation should be used to overturn a voter initiative. That is for the courts. If the law violates the State Constitution, get a judge to issue an temporary injunction, then go to court to have it overturned. It should be illegal to draft legislation to overturn voter approved laws.
Posted by AZLD4Candidate | Sun Mar 28, 2021, 07:50 PM (0 replies)
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