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Special Project | Cops Behaving Badly: Week Ending December 7, 2014

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  • Search  on the internet "police brutality" or "police excessive force."  If you search YouTube, there are many videos of cops acting WAY beyond their limits.
  • 10 New Items including:
    • White House Forms Task Force to Address Police Brutality, Appoints Brutal & Abusive Cop to Lead It
    • UN Calls Out US Police For Excessive Use Of Force Against Minorities
    • ‘Dangerous precedent’ – Ray McGovern on excessive police force
    • Pentagon Supplies School Districts with Assault Rifles and Grenade Launchers
    • Shoot first, ask later: Why the concept of “reasonable fear” is anything but reasonable
    • Video reveals police’s stunning double-standard for black Americans
    • Here's What Happens to Police Officers Who Shoot Unarmed Black Men
    • To Terrify and Occupy
    • When law enforcement is law and order’s biggest threat
    • Cops Behaving Badly, June 28,2014

Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest

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White House Forms Task Force to Address Police Brutality, Appoints Brutal & Abusive Cop to Lead It, John Vibes, The Free Thought Project

  • This chief has already cost the tax payers millions in settlements for hundreds of civil rights violations, and now he supposed to lead a committee to stop civil rights violations?
  • Ferguson Grand Jury's Huge Mistakes

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UN Calls Out US Police For Excessive Use Of Force Against Minorities, Ahiza Garcia, Talking Points Memo

  • "The excessive use of force by law enforcement officials against racial and ethnic minorities is an ongoing issue of concern and particularly in light of the shooting of Michael Brown. … This is not an isolated event and illustrates a bigger problem in the United States, such as racial bias among law enforcement officials, the lack of proper implementation of rules and regulations governing the use of force, and the inadequacy of training of law enforcement officials." --United Nations Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination
  • UN Anti-torture Panel Grills US Officials

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‘Dangerous precedent’ – Ray McGovern on excessive police force, Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest

  • Liberty activist and former CIA analyst Ray McGovern has been released by New York police, after spending hours behind bars. Joins RT to tell everyone what happened.
  • Part 1: Ray McGovern describes brutal arrest at Petraeus event 
  • Part 2: Petraeus Spared Ray McGovern’s Question

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Pentagon Supplies School Districts with Assault Rifles and Grenade Launchers, Andrew Emett, Nation of Change

  • Federal records confirm that schools throughout the U.S. have received surplus military-grade weapons and vehicles. But is there really a need for military-grade weapons on campus?
  • When law enforcement is law and order’s biggest threat

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Shoot first, ask later: Why the concept of “reasonable fear” is anything but reasonable, Falgunia A. Sheth, Salon

  • Courts say cops can shoot out of "reasonable fear." In America that entails a myth of race and gender neutrality
  • Video reveals police’s stunning double-standard for black Americans

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Video reveals police’s stunning double-standard for black Americans, Joanna Rothkopf, Salon

  • In a shocking video posted to YouTube, police tase and arrest a black man picking his kids up from preschool. 
  • “I’m not your brother!”
  • Justice Ginsburg: America Has A ‘Real Racial Problem’ 

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Here's What Happens to Police Officers Who Shoot Unarmed Black Men, Jaeah Lee and Katie Rose Quandt, Mother Jones

  • History appears to be in Officer Darren Wilson's favor.
  • When law enforcement is law and order’s biggest threat

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To Terrify and Occupy, Matthew Harwood, TomDispatch / Truthdig

  • One Nation Under SWAT
  • When law enforcement is law and order’s biggest threat

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When law enforcement is law and order’s biggest threat, Simon Maloy, Salon

  • The debacle in Ferguson represents a near-total breakdown of our civic institutions. Here's why that's so scary
  • All hell has broken loose. 
  • Cops Behaving Badly, June 28,2014

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Cops Behaving Badly, June 28,2014, Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest

  • Search  on the internet "police brutality" or "police excessive force."  If you search YouTube, there are many videos of cops acting WAY beyond their limits.
  • Part 1: A SWAT Team Blew a Hole in My 2-Year-Old Son
  • Part 2: US police departments are increasingly militarised, finds report
  • Widespread Police Misconduct and an Expanding Prison Population

White House Forms Task Force to Address Police Brutality, Appoints Brutal & Abusive Cop to Lead It

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  • This chief has already cost the tax payers millions in settlements for hundreds of civil rights violations, and now he supposed to lead a committee to stop civil rights violations?
  • Ferguson Grand Jury's Huge Mistakes

John Vibes, The Free Thought Project

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President Barack Obama and Attorney General Eric H. Holder, Jr. meet with Philadelphia Police Commissioner Charles Ramsey and Laurie Robinson, professor of criminology, law and society at George Mason University. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

December 3, 2014 | This week, President Obama gave a speech about police militarization, in light of the recent unrest in Ferguson, Missouri, and formed a committee that will supposedly be working to address police corruption and police brutality. However, one of his lead figures in this committee is Philadelphia Police Chief Charles Ramsey, a crooked cop who is notorious for using excessive force and making false arrests.

“If the president’s idea of reforming policing practices includes mass false arrests, brutality, and the eviscerating of civil rights, then Ramsey’s his man. That’s Charles Ramsey’s legacy in D.C. Obama should immediately rescind his appointment of Commissioner Ramsey, who is a mass violator of civil rights and civil liberties,” Mara Verheyden-Hilliard, Executive Director of the Partnership for Civil Justice Fund (PCJF), said in a recent statement.

John Vibes is an author, researcher and investigative journalist who takes a special interest in the counter culture and the drug war. In 2013, he became one of the organizers of the Free Your Mind Conference, which features top caliber speakers and whistle-blowers from all over the world. 

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Ferguson Grand Jury's Huge Mistakes, Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest

  • “This process is broken. The process should be indicted. It should be indicted because of the continuous, systematic result that is yielded by this process,” said Benjamin Crump, Michael Brown Family Attorney.
  • Part 1: Everything the Darren Wilson grand jury got wrong 
  • Part 2: Ferguson grand jury’s huge mistake: What the transcripts reveal about eyewitness testimony

 

Ferguson Grand Jury's Huge Mistakes

  • “This process is broken. The process should be indicted. It should be indicted because of the continuous, systematic result that is yielded by this process,” said Benjamin Crump, Michael Brown Family Attorney.
  • Part 1: Everything the Darren Wilson grand jury got wrong 
  • Part 2: Ferguson grand jury’s huge mistake: What the transcripts reveal about eyewitness testimony

Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest

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Part 1: Everything the Darren Wilson grand jury got wrong 

  • The lies, errors and mistruths that let Michael Brown’s killer off the hook
  • The prosecutor's document dump was designed for transparency. It shows how transparently flawed the process was.

Paul Rosenberg, Salon

St. Louis County Prosecutor's Office photo shows Ferguson, Missouri police officer Darren Wilson photo taken shortly after August 9, 2014 shooting of Michael Brown, presented to the grand jury and made available on November 24, 2014. (Credit: Reuters)

Wednesday, Nov 26, 2014 |The fix was in from the moment Darren Wilson shot and killed Michael Brown. Data is sketchy and incomplete, but police shoot scores of unarmed blacks every year, and rarely face significant consequences, so why should why shouldn’t Wilson get away with murder?  Still, at least giving the appearance of justice for all, and requiring Wilson to stand trial hardly seemed too much to ask—unless, of course, you were St. Louis County Prosecutor Bob McCulloch, who defended Wilson and attacked his accusers, the media and social media in a night-time press conference Monday that seemed perfectly timed and perfectly toned to elicit the most angry, unfocused and uncontrolled response possible.

As part of his theatre of openness and impartiality, however, McCulloch included a document dump which may have been intended to be overwhelming, and therefore ignored, but which has already proven sufficient to undermine McCulloch’s ludicrous posture of legal rectitude.

Paul Rosenberg is a California-based writer/activist, senior editor for Random Lengths News, and a columnist for Al Jazeera English.

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Part 2: Ferguson grand jury’s huge mistake: What the transcripts reveal about eyewitness testimony

A look at the investigation transcript illuminates a hugely problematic fact: This testimony cannot be trusted.

Paul Campos, Salon

ferguson_announcement.jpgSt. Louis County Prosecuting Attorney Robert McCulloch. (Credit: MSNBC)

Wednesday, Nov 26, 2014 | To read through the transcripts of the Ferguson grand jury investigation of the shooting of Michael Brown is to be reminded of how unreliable eyewitness testimony often is. We know a great deal of this testimony must be unreliable, because it’s so contradictory on so many key points.

In particular, in regard to what, from a legal perspective, is the single most important question in the case, various witnesses tell critically different stories. That question is whether Brown was running away from, or charging toward, or slowly staggering in the direction of, Darren Wilson, the police officer who shot at him 12 times, hitting him with seven bullets.

Paul Campos is a professor of law at the University of Colorado at Boulder.

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UN Calls Out US Police For Excessive Use Of Force Against Minorities

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  • "The excessive use of force by law enforcement officials against racial and ethnic minorities is an ongoing issue of concern and particularly in light of the shooting of Michael Brown. … This is not an isolated event and illustrates a bigger problem in the United States, such as racial bias among law enforcement officials, the lack of proper implementation of rules and regulations governing the use of force, and the inadequacy of training of law enforcement officials." --United Nations Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination
  • UN Anti-torture Panel Grills US Officials

Ahiza Garcia, Talking Points Memo

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c_fill,fl_keep_iptc,g_faces,h_365,w_652/bhvrageswaujhsjl9wb1.jpgAugust 29, 2014 | A UN committee said Friday that the United States should stop directing the use of excessive police force at American minorities, according to a Reuters report.

The recommendation comes in the wake of the recent fatal police shooting of unarmed black teenager Michael Brown in Ferguson, Mo., which has led to civil unrest and clashes between protestors and police.

The U.N.'s Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination (CERD) reviewed America's treatment of minorities and found that minorities, in particular African Americans, are discriminated against, Reuters reported.

Ahiza Garcia is a newswriter based in New York City. Before joining TPM, Ahiza interned and freelanced for Nightline, Fox Sports, and ESPN the Magazine.

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UN Anti-torture Panel Grills US Officials, John Heilprin, Newsmax

(US officials)  faced a barrage of questions from the 10-member UN Committee on Torture on how the (US) was dealing with rectifying and providing redress for acknowledged abuses during the "war on terror."

 

 

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