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To the 4 White Male Policemen Who Beat Me for Checking the Health of a Sick Black Man in Their Custody …

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  • Because pick on schizophrenics, you are picking on me.
  • Related: Police Shootings Won't Stop Unless We Also Stop Shaking Down Black People.

Ali Afshar, Human Development Project / Portside

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https://portside.org/sites/default/files/styles/large/public/field/image/policestick.jpg?itok=3hJUyJ_PSeptember 14, 2016 | You may or may not know that the incidence and relapse rates of schizophrenia in African-Caribbean males in Western countries has been reported as being much higher than equivalent white male cohorts. E.g.

We found remarkably high IRRs for both schizophrenia and manic psychosis in both African-Caribbeans (schizophrenia 9.1, manic psychosis 8.0) and Black Africans (schizophrenia 5.8, manic psychosis 6.2) in men and women. Fearon et al, 2006 

This knowledge was forefront in my mind when I saw a man in his twenties muttering to himself, handcuffed and surrounded by 4 white male police officers on El Camino, in Northern California. As a physician, I have a duty (shit, I swore an actual oath) to preserve the health of all humans. There was no way I was going to drive past this situation without making sure that guy was going to be fine.

Ali Afsha: Google Developer Platform. Advanced Trauma Life Support. Open Source. Abominator Class. 

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  • It is probably no coincidence that when you examine the recent rash of police killings, you find that the offenses the victims were initially stopped for were preposterously minor.
  • The dangers of turning police officers into revenue generators.
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A Crippled Supreme Court Awaits an Election in Which Hillary Clinton Is the Lesser Evil

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The next occupant of the Oval Office could name as many as four new justices to the U.S. Supreme Court. (Photo: Phil Roeder / CC BY-SA 2.0)  

The prospect of turning over the power to reshape the nation’s ultimate judicial body, and with it, the power to redefine the meaning and application of the Constitution, to a racist and xenophobic former host of a reality TV show may not be enough to suppress the urge to cough up your lunch at the prospect of voting for Clinton as the lesser evil. But, at the very least, it should get you to rethink the greater dangers of seeing Donald Trump take his reality show to the Oval Office.

Bill Blum, Truthdig / Common Dreams

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Sunday, October 02, 2016 | As the Supreme Court begins its new term on Oct. 3, an old adage comes to mind. It was first penned by the satirist Finley Peter Dunne in 1901. Purged of its original Irish brogue, the saying admonishes: “The Supreme Court follows the election returns.”

Never has Mr. Dunne’s observation seemed more on target than today. Since the death of Justice Antonin Scalia last February, the court has been evenly divided, 4-4, between its conservative and liberal members. The division has brought about a stasis in the court’s work, trimming the sheer number of new cases it has agreed to hear and causing it to avoid taking on the usual number of high-profile constitutional challenges.

Bill Blum is a former administrative law judge and death penalty defense attorney. He is a contributing writer for California Lawyer Magazine. His work has appeared in the Nation, the Progressive, (and) the Los Angeles Times.

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Body Cameras Are Betraying Their Promise

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  • They’re not transparent. They’re not independent. They’re not even turned on when they should be.
  • Related: Innocent? Don't talk to the police.

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https://cdn.theatlantic.com/assets/media/img/mt/2016/09/AP_16254534931658/lead_960.jpg?1475247367Sep 30, 2016 | When they were introduced to the American public two years ago, police body-cameras seemed like they might help everyone. Police departments liked that body cams reduced the number of public complaints about officer behavior. Communities and protesters liked that they would introduce some transparency and accountability to an officer’s actions.

 

Today, research suggests that body cameras significantly reduce the number of public complaints about police. But recent events subvert the idea that the devices help or increase the power of regular people—that is, the policed. Instead of making officers more accountable and transparent to the public, body cameras may be making officers and departments more powerful than they were before.

Robinson Meyer is an associate editor at the Atlantic, where he covers technology.

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Innocent? Don't talk to the police, James Duane, Los Angeles (CA) Times

Don’t talk to the police—except to tell them, respectfully, that you will not answer any questions and that you would like a lawyer.

Education Ruling: OK To Shut Out Disabled Kids?

Frightening is the underlying notion that the level of societal expenditures on an individual ought Beyond that, this notion could lead to a termination of benefits for the elderly, as well as the disabled. It is a notion out of the selfish and stern philosophy of Ayn Rand.

We must, as a society, reject such an approach. We need to focus on unlocking the potential of all our citizens. We need to focus on the contributions made by each of our neighbors. Only by helping those most in need can we create a just society.

Andrew Feinstein, Hartford (CT) Courant

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September 10, 2016 | Judge Thomas Moukawsher issued a monumental ruling Wednesday in the case of Connecticut Coalition for Justice in Education Funding v. Rell, finding that Connecticut's system of funding education is irrational and unconstitutional. As to his basic findings, Judge Moukawsher is to be applauded.

The excellent decision came, however, containing a very dark poison. Judge Moukawsher proposed that certain children with severe disabilities be denied a public education. He says, "The call is not about whether certain profoundly disabled children are entitled to a 'free appropriate public education.' It is about whether schools can decide in an education plan for a covered child that the child has a minimal or no chance for education, and therefore the school should not make expensive, extensive, and ultimately pro-forma efforts." He claims, inaccurately, that "no case holds otherwise, and this means that extensive services are not always required."

Andrew Feinstein of Mystic is a lawyer with a particular focus on special education.

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