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Re: SNAP to RIOT IN #ferguson
« Reply #75 on: April 29, 2015, 08:44:08 PM »
The US is not a civilised country.

The problem IMHO is that the FSoA is TOO "CIVILIZED".

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Re: SNAP to RIOT IN #ferguson
« Reply #76 on: April 29, 2015, 09:02:30 PM »
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K: I and hundreds of millions of law abiding people do not want to live side by side with this violence.

From the glimpses of what they were looting, they wanted toilet rolls and Nike runners - the sort of things they could buy for themselves if they had a job or at least unemployment benefits.  So the solution would seem to be to find them employment to equal things out in society, not to confront them with more violence.  Of course you would have to tax the richest a bit more to pay for it, but that's what happens in civilised countries.

Look at those police shooting statistics posted a few back.  Look at the imprisonment rate per capita.  Look at the inequality and tell me this is the right way to solve the problem.  The US is not a civilised country.
       When I tried to explain this problem of "the richest" I was called a fascist.  so knowing how intelligent and well informed you are, Palloy, I am sure you can figure it out. and I am all for taxing the truly richest more, not the upper middle class, but those who have a choke hold on the whole shebang, like Sheldon Adelson and George Soros and Nathan Rothschild. Until you do away with those guys and their underlings and quislings, you will not be able to get anywhere with so called equality. Are you up for it yet?   Karpatok

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Re: SNAP to RIOT IN #ferguson
« Reply #77 on: April 29, 2015, 09:07:57 PM »
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The US is not a civilised country.

I agree 100%.  :emthup: :emthup: :emthup:

There is no danger of the barbarians breaking though the gates; THEY ALREADY RUN THIS COUNTRY!  :(
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« Reply #78 on: May 01, 2015, 02:07:54 AM »


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In Every City In America There Are People Ready To Riot, Loot And Set Things On Fire



Baltimore Riot - YouTube ScreenshotThe city of Baltimore has been transformed into an “absolute war zone“, and the governor of Maryland has declared a state of emergency as the rioting in “Charm City” continues to escalate.  The funeral for Freddie Gray has unleashed a firestorm of violence, and none of it is going to do anyone any good.  To their credit, some of the leaders of the African-American community are standing up and loudly condemning the violence.  They know that smashing cars, throwing rocks at police and looting stores is not going to solve anything.  But just like we saw in Ferguson, there are lots of people out there that are ready to riot, loot and set things on fire at the drop of a hat – all they need is an opportunity.  The social decay that has been eating away at the foundations of our society for generations is now manifesting in some very ugly ways.  We have raised an entire generation of young people in a “value free” environment, and now we are getting to experience some of the consequences of our foolishness.  And what we are witnessing in Baltimore right now is just the start.  Eventually, we are going to see scenes like this all over the nation.



Thanks to social media, the violence that we saw in Baltimore on Monday is being broadcast to the entire planet.  The whole world is getting a really good look at what the decline of America looks like.  The following is how the New York Times described what took place…




Angry youths could be seen surrounding a police cruiser and smashing its windows in what police described as an organized attack by criminals — not demonstrators. Cars were set on fire, and stores’ windows were smashed in. Heavy smoke poured out of a CVS drugstore, which had earlier been overrun by looters. Several other businesses, including a liquor store and a check-cashing shop, were also looted.




You can find some incredible photos of looting in progress right here.  Do those young people believe that they are actually doing something constructive that will make a difference in our society?  Of course not.  They are opportunists that are taking advantage of the chaos to commit crime.



And you know what?  A lot of older African-Americans were absolutely disgusted by what they were seeing.  The following is just one example




Barbara Taylor, 60, has lived in the neighborhood near the store for 15 years. As she spoke, a group of teenagers carrying cases of soda and Arizona Iced Tea walked by. “All I can see is crime,” said Taylor. “The people doing this don’t live around here. They’re kids coming in to our neighborhood and breaking it apart. There is no reason for this.”




Of course the biggest targets on Monday were police officers.  It is becoming extremely dangerous to be a police officer in America today, and this is something that I wrote an entire article about recently.  During the violence on Monday, seven police officers were seriously injured.  At least some of the injured had broken bones, and one was described as being “unresponsive”




“We have seven officers who were injured during the course of this,” said Baltimore Police Capt. Eric Kowalczyk. “They have broken bones, one of them is unresponsive. This is not okay. Our officers went out to that situation to make sure that the people who live in that community were safe and we’re going to continue to do what we can to make sure that those people stay safe.



“It’s a group of lawless individuals,” Kowalczyk said of the rioters. “What we know is that they are a group of criminals with no regard for the people in the community.”




Later on Monday, we found out that a total of 15 police officers had received some sort of injury during the course of the day.  To say that the streets of Baltimore have become a “war zone” is not an overstatement in the least.



This is what America is becoming, and this is only just the beginning.  As I mentioned yesterday, I went on the record publicly regarding my belief that civil unrest was coming specifically to Baltimore during a speech I gave on the evening of April 11th.  That was about a week before Freddie Gray died.  But little did I know that it would start happening before the end of the month.  The following are some tweets that contain scenes from the violence that we witnessed on Monday…




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Make sure to watch that last video.  It shows a man literally being dragged out of his store and ruthlessly beaten by a gang of young thugs.  Because of the decisions that we have made as a society, this is what the future of our country is going to look like.  This is something that I have been warning about for years, and now it is here.



So let us mourn for America, because the nation that so many of us love is slipping away a little bit more every single day.



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Re: SNAP to RIOT IN #ferguson
« Reply #79 on: May 01, 2015, 03:42:48 AM »
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Make sure to watch that last video.  It shows a man literally being dragged out of his store and ruthlessly beaten by a gang of young thugs.  Because of the decisions that we have made as a society, this is what the future of our country is going to look like.  This is something that I have been warning about for years, and now it is here.

So let us mourn for America, because the nation that so many of us love is slipping away a little bit more every single day.

Fear, baby, fear. Cower under your bed.

But Mission Accomplished, though. Sure pushed the opposition to the TPP off the front pages, didn't it? And the best news is that we have no shortage of young black men to murder without consequence...

Want to mourn for your country? THERE is the real Waterloo.
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6 Baltimore Gestapo Charged with Homicide in Death of Freddie Gray
« Reply #80 on: May 02, 2015, 12:46:42 AM »
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It appears the situation in Baltimore just got a lot more serious as MD State Attorney Marilyn Mosby states:

  • *CHARGES FILED AGAINST 6 BALTIMORE PD POLICE OFFICERS
  • *MARYLAND ATTNY: "WE HAVE PROBABLE CAUSE TO FILE CRIMINAL CHG"
  • *MARYLAND ATTNY: "GRAY'S DEATH WAS A HOMICIDE''

Furthermore:

  • *MARYLAND ATTNY: GRAY INDICATED HE COULDN'T BREATHE WHEN CUFFED
  • *MARYLAND ATTNY: GRAY HAD LAWFULLY POSSESSED KNIFE
  • *BALTIMORE CITY STATE'S ATTORNEY MARILYN MOSBY SPEAKS W/PRESS
  • *MARYLAND ATTNY: POLICE FAILED TO ESTABLISH PROBABLE CAUSE
  • *MARYLAND ATTNY: GRAY ILLEGALLY ARRESTED
  • *GRAY WASN'T SEAT BELTED WHEN PLACED IN POLICE WAGON
  • *MARYLAND ATTNY: GRAY HAD FLEX CUFFS PUT ON, NO SEAT BELT
  • *GRAY SUFFERED NECK INJURY AS A RESULT OF BEING UNRESTRAINED
  • *MD ATTNY: POLICE DIDN'T RENDER, REQUEST MEDICAL ATTN. FOR GRAY
  • *MD ATTNY: POLICE GROSSLY NEGLIGENT WHEN MAKING OTHER STOP
  • *MD ATTNY: GRAY UNRESPONSIVE ON FLOOR; MEDICAL HELP NOT PROVIDED
  • *MD ATTNY: 2ND DEGREE MANSLAUGHTER CHARGES, OTHERS, FILED
  • *MD ATTNY MOSBY APPEALS FOR PEACE

Mosby's announcement on the steps of the War Memorial Building was greeted with cheers and applause. She said she told Gray's family that "no one is above the law," and so as The Baltimore Sun details, the six Baltimore police officers involved in the arrest of Freddie Gray – who died last month after being injured in police custody – have been charged criminally, State's Attorney Marilyn Mosby announced Friday.

Officer Caesar Goodson Jr., 45, who was the driver of a police van that carried Gray through the streets of Baltimore, was charged with second-degree murder, manslaughter, second-degree assault, two vehicular manslaughter charges and misconduct in office.

 

Officer William Porter, 25, was charged with involuntary manslaughter, second-degree assault and misconduct in office.

 

Lt. Brian Rice, 41, was charged with involuntary manslaughter, second-degree assault and misconduct in office.

 

Sgt. Alicia White, 30, was charged with involuntary manslaughter, second-degree assault and misconduct in office.

 

Officer Edward Nero, 29, was charged with second-degree assault and misconduct in office.

 

Officer Garrett Miller, 26, was charged with second-degree assault, misconduct in office and false imprisonment.

Warrants were issued for the arrest of all six officers. It wasn't immediately clear where the officers were on Friday morning.

Mosby said Gray was improperly arrested on April 12 because officers had no probable cause to detain him.

 

In a detailed recounting of the events, Mosby described Gray being repeatedly denied medical attention by police officers, even as he asked for medical help and later was unresponsive in a police van.

 

Gray suffered a "severe and critical neck injury" as a result of being handcuffed, shackled and being unrestrained in the van.

 

Mosby said an investigation found officers bound Gray's wrists and ankles and left him stomach-down on the floor of a police van as they drove around West Baltimore. Despite his repeated requests for medical attention, they did not provide it and continued to drive without securing him in the van, she said.

 

Officers on at least five occasions placed Gray in the van or checked on him and failed to secure him, she said. By the time they reached the Western District police station, he was not breathing and in cardiac arrest, she said.

 

Mosby said her office did a "comprehensive, thorough and independent" investigation that began April 13, the day after Gray was injured.

 

"My team worked around the clock, 12- and 14-hour days," she said.

Mosby called on the public to remain calm.

"I heard your call for 'no justice, no peace,'" she said. "Your peace is sincerely needed as I work to deliver justice on behalf of this young man."

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Here is a full list of charges, as released by the Office of the State's Attorney for Baltimore City.

Officer Garrett E. Miller

  1. Assault/second degree (10 yrs.)
  2.  Assault/second degree (10 yrs,)
  3.  Misconduct in office (8th Amendment*)
  4.  Misconduct in office (8th Amendment* )
  5.  False imprisonment (8th Amendment* )

Sgt. Alicia D. White

  1. Manslaughter (involuntary) (10 yrs.)
  2.  Assault/second degree (10 yrs.)
  3.  Misconduct in office (8th Amendment*)

Officer Caesar R. Goodson Jr.

  1. Second degree depraved heart murder (30 yrs.)
  2.  Manslaughter (involuntary) (10 yrs.)
  3.  Assault/second degree (10 yrs.)
  4.  Manslaughter by vehicle (gross negligence) (10 yrs.)
  5.  Manslaughter by vehicle (criminal negligence) (3 yrs.)
  6.  Misconduct in office (8th Amendment* )

Officer William G. Porter

  1. Manslaughter (involuntary) (10 yrs.)
  2.  Assault/second degree (10 yrs.)
  3.  Misconduct in office (8th Amendment*)

Lt. Brian W. Rice

  1. Manslaughter (involuntary) (10 yrs.)
  2.  Assault/second degree (10 yrs.)
  3.  Assault/second degree (10 yrs.)
  4.  Misconduct in office (8th Amendment*)
  5.  Misconduct in office (8th Amendment*)
  6.  False imprisonment (8th Amendment*)

Officer Edward M. Nero

  1. Assault/second degree (10 yrs.)
  2.  Assault/second degree (10 yrs.)
  3.  Misconduct in office (8th Amendment*)
  4.  Misconduct in office (8th Amendment* )
  5.  False imprisonment (8th Amendment*)

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Re: SNAP to RIOT IN #ferguson
« Reply #81 on: May 03, 2015, 04:38:22 AM »
In this mornings news from New York a suspect adjusted his waistband and found a firearm. He then shot an officer in the head. The officer is now in an induced coma. And you wonder why cops always shoot when a suspect goes for his waistband.

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Police War on Blacks in the FSoA
« Reply #82 on: May 05, 2015, 06:22:19 PM »
Have police departments across the US declared war on black people?

 

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Published time: May 05, 2015 17:02


 

 

 


A demonstrator is taken into custody after a citywide curfew in Baltimore, Maryland May 2, 2015. (Reuters/Eric Thayer)

A demonstrator is taken into custody after a citywide curfew in Baltimore, Maryland May 2, 2015. (Reuters/Eric Thayer)

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This is the claim being made by Ferguson Action, a grassroots campaign formed in the wake of the death of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri in August 2014.

Organizers from the group declared recently that, “The war on Black people in Baltimore is the same war on Black people across America. Decades of poverty, unemployment, under-funded schools and police terrorism have reached a boiling point in Baltimore and cities around the country."

The scenes of civil unrest in Baltimore over the death of Freddie Gray – the latest in an alarming number of young black man to end up dead at the hands of the police or while in police custody – broke with a recent pattern of non-violent protest and attempts to gain justice and redress through the system. Despite six of the cops involved in the Freddie Gray case being charged with Gray’s homicide, it remains to be seen whether the unrest in Baltimore is a one-off event or a deepening of a developing crisis that appears to have no end in sight.

 

According to figures compiled by the Free Thought Project – a US justice advocacy group – 136 people had been killed by the police across the country. It’s a figure that makes sober reading when we break it down into one victim every eight hours, or three per day. No other industrialized nation compares in this regard, highlighting the extent to which social cohesion in a country that extends itself in lecturing other nations around the world on human rights is near non-existent.

That said, those included in the aforementioned number of victims of police violence are not only black people, and it is a fact that more white people have been killed by the police than black, until of course we break that statistic down to factor in the proportion of black victims from the population as a whole.

It would be a mistake to put this crisis down to a few rogue and racist cops. It runs much deeper than that, exposing the ugly truth of a society that operates according to the maxim of all against all. In other words, the culture of racism and brutality that pervades increasingly militarized police departments is a symptom of the foundation of injustice upon which the nation and its institutions rest. Rather than the land of the free, the United States of America is the land of cruelty and barbarity, a corporate dictatorship under which the poor and dispossessed are locked out of society, denied healthcare, housing, education, and life chances compatible with a humane system of government and economy.

 

Homeless U.S. army Vietnam War veteran Frank Victor, 63, smokes a cigarette on skid row in Los Angeles on Veterans Day, California (Reuters/Lucy Nicholson)

Homeless U.S. army Vietnam War veteran Frank Victor, 63, smokes a cigarette on skid row in Los Angeles on Veterans Day, California (Reuters/Lucy Nicholson)

The corollary to this is a male prison population of over two million that is disproportionately black, making the US, a country that makes up just 5 percent of the entire world's population, home to a quarter of the entire world’s prison population. This in itself is a withering indictment of a nation that extends itself in claiming exceptionalism based on its self-appointed status as the land of the free. This view is based on a belief that the majority of crimes are a product of poverty, alienation, and social exclusion. The black American novelist, Ralph Ellison, in his most famous novel – ‘Invisible Man’ – opines that, “Crime is an act of unconscious rebellion.”

In the US in 2015 there is much to rebel about.

I saw it for myself during a recent visit to Los Angeles, a city where the sheer number of homeless human beings is simply staggering. Everywhere I went I came across them shuffling up and down the street mumbling to themselves, carrying their earthly belongings in plastic bags or, if they’re lucky, pushing them in a shopping kart.

 

This huge colony of homeless people exists in the entertainment capital of the world, home to Hollywood, where the mythology of the American dream projects the lie that poverty and social exclusion are products of individual failure rather than systemic failure, while material wealth and success is a measure of human worth and moral rectitude. It is of course a lie, one that has succeeded in acting as a smokescreen to conceal the widening and deepening cracks in the nation's foundations.

Those suffering under the weight of this system should not expect to receive any succor from Washington anytime soon.

On the contrary, here resides a political culture and political class slavishly devoted to the rights, interests, and advancement of corporations and their very rich executives, shareholders, and investors – i.e. the rich. The by-product of this culture has been the normalization of social and economic injustice, which as mentioned is the foundation of a foreign policy of war, military intervention, and the blithe disregard for international law and national sovereignty as and when those aforementioned corporate interests dictate.

Some may question the validity of linking US foreign policy to the state of its society at home, but they'd be wrong. Both are inextricably linked, forging a circular relationship of injustice, violence, leading inexorably to atomization and crises. Malcolm X put it best when he said, “You can’t understand what’s going on in Mississippi if you don’t understand what’s going on in the Congo.

In the US class and race constitute two sides of the same coin. Black people make up around 13 percent of the population, which translates to just over 30 million people, the majority of whom can trace their roots in the country to slavery, with the argument gaining traction that the plantation still exists for young black males today in the shape of a vast network of Federal and State correctional facilities.

No justice, no peace and black lives matter are the clarion calls of a movement that has emerged in response to a wave of violence committed by police departments viewed increasingly as forces of occupation rather than law and order.

Who will guard the guardians?

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Ferguson Prosecutor Determined To Convict Activists Finally Resigns
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Ferguson Prosecutor Determined To Convict Activists Finally Resigns
Her resignation comes after a wave of courtroom losses.

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Stephanie Karr has been the target of many public protests in Ferguson. 

ST. LOUIS — After pressure from the media and community activists, Ferguson’s relentless part-time head prosecutor Stephanie Karr has announced her resignation.

In a letter to city officials Monday, Karr wrote that she would resign with a “heavy heart,” saying the decision was “thoughtfully deliberated” with family and colleagues, but ultimately hers alone.

“I have greatly enjoyed my work with the city of Ferguson,” Karr wrote.

Karr has worked in Ferguson since 2004, where she has held conflicting roles as both the city’s attorney and prosecutor. As attorney, she was involved with Justice Department negotiations to help reform the city’s predatory ways, but as city prosecutor, Karr gained a reputation for crusading against Ferguson arrestees.

After the DOJ’s investigation into the city following the death of Michael Brown, an unarmed black teenager who was fatally shot by a white officer in 2014, several officials stepped down, including the city manager, court clerk, police chief, municipal judge and police officers. Yet Karr remained, even though the DOJ specifically mentioned some of her unfavorable actions in the report.

Another report, commissioned by the DOJ, found that several police agencies responded to the Ferguson unrest with intimidation and prevented people from expressing their constitutional rights. Despite the dozens of arrests that occurred over that time, even those with video evidence, Karr still pursued the cases. Over the past year and a half, Karr asked at least two defendants if they said “fuck the police” during the Ferguson protests, and categorized some protesters as violent. As a result, community activists launched “Stop the Karruption” protests that oftentimes disrupted Ferguson City Council meetings.

Despite a number of public protests against Karr, she continued to make decisions that polarized the city by race. In February, Karr blocked Laverne Mitchom, who is black, from getting sworn in to her council seat despite council members voting 3-2 in Mitchom’s favor. Karr told residents a supermajority vote of 4-1 was needed. The ACLU wrote a letter to Karr, threatening to send a court order if she didn’t comply with the city charter and allow Mitchom her seat.

Karr lost several Ferguson-related cases last week and even dismissed one while maintaining the defendant “clearly violated” municipal code by not following a police officer’s orders, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported. Like many others, the defendant had been going to court for more than a year over the charge.

When she isn’t trying cases with sometimes questionable charges in Ferguson, Karr works for Curtis, Heinz, Garrett and O’Keefe, which does municipal work and is one of several law firms that profits off of poor people in St. Louis County.

According to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Karr and lawyers from her firm, who are also employed by the city of Ferguson, were paid more than $40,000 this year in prosecutor fees.

Karr will continue to serve as prosecutor until the position is filled. Ferguson will hire a new person for each of Karr’s positions.

 
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