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http://www.boston.com/news/local/rhode-island/2015/10/04/dunkin-donuts-employee-writes-blacklivesmatter-providence-police-officer-cup/Mdes3DDnZMnTFhIRw22FXJ/story.html?p1=Must_Reads_hp

Dunkin’ Donuts employee writes ‘#blacklivesmatter’ on Providence police officer’s cup
The union representing members of the Providence Police Department released a statement condemning the Dunkin’ employee’s actions.
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FBI, the organization behind the Martin Luther King assassination
will host a forum.....


Over 50 % of current FBI agents are former local cops.


3 stories

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http://www.wnyc.org/story/murky-ethics-fbis-counterterrorism-strategy/

FBI to host forum on race relations




6:31 AM, Oct 5, 2015
7:39 AM, Oct 5, 2015


The FBI will host a town hall meeting Thursday on race relations and how to approach interactions between the public and local law enforcement.

Among the questions the agency plans to address are: What should you do if you’re stopped by police? What should you do if you feel you’ve been treated unfairly? What defines excessive force?

Knoxville Police Chief David Rausch will participate in a panel discussion with other local law enforcement, KPD spokesman Darrell DeBusk confirmed Friday. He would not speak further about the event since it’s hosted by the FBI.

Repeated calls to the Knoxville Division of the FBI were not returned Friday.

The panel of law enforcement agencies will also include the Knox County Sheriff’s Office, the Tennessee Highway Patrol, the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation and the University of Tennessee Police Department.

TOWN HALL MEETING

What: Town hall meeting on race relations

When: 6-8 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 8

Where: Austin East Magnet High School, 2800 Martin Luther King Jr. Ave.

Who: Hosted by the FBI, with panel discussion to include representatives from the Knoxville Police Department, Knox County Sheriff’s Office, Tennessee Highway Patrol, University of Tennessee Police Department, Tennessee Bureau of Investigation and others

Thursday won’t be the first time local law enforcement and the public have come together for conversations on race in


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Martin Luther King Assassination Conspiracy Exposed in Memphis ...
http://www.ratical.org/ratville/JFK/Unspeakable/MLKconExp.html
There Police and Fire Director Frank Holloman (formerly an FBI agent for 25 years, ..... said he received at his back door from Earl Clark right after the shooting.
How the Government Killed Martin Luther King, Jr.
readersupportednews.org/.../16784-how-the-government-killed-martin-luth...
Apr 3, 2013 - ... Young and Dexter King, Jowers says after he heard the shot, Lt. Earl Clark, ... The corporate media says it was James Earl Ray who shot MLK, and .... at great length about how the government, through the FBI and the CIA, ...
US Gov't Found Guilty In Conspiracy To Assassinate MLK | News One
newsone.com › Nation
Jan 20, 2014 - The restaurant owner named Memphis Police Department Officer, Lt. Earl Clark as Dr. King's assassin, according to a press conference ...
Assassination of Martin Luther King, Jr. - Wikipedia, the free ...
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Assassination_of_Martin_Luther_King,_Jr.
Martin Luther King, Jr. was an American clergyman and civil rights leader who was fatally shot at the Lorraine ... 4 FBI investigation; 5 Funeral; 6 James Earl Ray.
Who Killed Martin Luther King? | Dissident Voice
dissidentvoice.org/2008/04/who-killed-martin-luther-king/
Apr 4, 2008 - That verdict exonerated James Earl Ray who had already died in prison. ... Apparently nobody, not the Mafia, the Memphis Police, the FBI, the CIA, .... MPD Lieutenant Earl Clark, now deceased, came out of the brushy area ...
How the Government Lies to Us: CIA and FBI Disinformation - MLK ...
Video for earl clark FBI mlk▶ 1:13:20
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GVnuqmjL4A4
Mar 25, 2014 - Uploaded by The Film Archives
How the Government Lies to Us: CIA and FBI Disinformation - MLK ... Jowers believed ...
TruthMove - MLK
http://www.truthmove.org/content/mlk/
The FBI, mafia, military intelligence, and Memphis Police Department are all ... and Memphis Police Department, James Earl Ray, Earl Clark (top marksman in ...

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Man alleges NYPD cop called him n-word repeatedly in suit

October 7 2015


http://m.nydailynews.com/new-york/man-alleges-nypd-called-n-word-repeatedly-suit-article-1.2388953



The NYPD sergeant called Diquan Fedee the slur more than once, the lawsuit alleges.

An NYPD sergeant repeatedly called a man walking in Brooklyn the n-word before arresting him on bogus charges that were later dismissed, a new suit claims.

Diquan Fedee says he was walking on Marcus Garvey Boulevard near Willoughby St. in Bedford-Stuyvesant on July 10 of last year and had not "not done anything remotely unlawful, and had no contraband of any sort on his person," papers read.

At 11:05 a.m., an unmarked police car approached and an officer inside the ride yelled, "Yo."

Fedee, 21, says in his suit filed in Manhattan Federal Court that he was on the phone and ignored the man who he later learned was a cop.

Four cops — who are not identified in papers — got out of the car and rifled through Feede's bookbag, papers say.

When Fedee said they weren't allowed to do that, an NYPD sergeant allegedly said "You hate the police, right ni----?"

The sergeant called Fedee the slur more than once, papers say.

One of the cops allegedly told Fedee to “turn the f--- around.”

A cop punched Fedee in the face, knocked him down, and then other officers put their knees in his back and handcuffed him, Fedee says.

During the confrontation, a cop put his hand around Fedee’s throat, the suit says.

At the 81st Precinct stationhouse, Fedee refused to answer cops’ questions, he says. Eventually the same sergeant — described as a bald middle-aged man —removed Fedee from the holding cell and took him toward the back
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http://nation.lk/online/2015/10/10/al-prentice-bunchy-carter-would-have-rode-with-nat-turner/

Al Prentice “Bunchy” Carter” would have rode with Nat Turner
By Norman (Otis) Richmond aka Jalali -
Oct 10, 2015

Huey P. Newton, the co-founder of the Black Panther Party, believed that culture itself would not liberate them | (41.media.tumblr.com)

“If Bunchy had been on the same plantation as Nat Turner you can believe he would have rode with Nat Turner. That’s the type of person Bunchy was.” Kumasi NBC television has resurrected Al Prentice “Bunchy” Carter” with a new series called ‘Aquarius’. The imperialist media has brought back both Carter and Charles Manson. Carter was an iconic black revolutionary from Los Angeles. Manson was a cold-blooded serial killer who led the Manson Family that murdered many in California. Somehow Hollyweird has united these two polar opposites for television. It is not that weird when we understand that these forces are part of the state whose job it is to keep Africa, Africans and all oppressed people confused.

Gerald Horne whose upcoming volume is “Confronting Black Jacobins: The U.S. the Haitian Revolution, and the Origins of the Dominican Republic” taught Carter’s daughter Danon at the University of California, Santa Barbara and has written extensively on Hollywood. Horne says Hollywood has done a number on Africans in America from “Birth of a Nation” to “Gone With The Wind” depicting black women as mammies, servants and sex objects. Linden Beckford, Jr. a graduate of Grambling University is currently writing a biography of Carter Unlike Huey P. Newton, Bobby Seale, Eldridge Cleaver and George Jackson, Carter has almost been forgotten from the history of Africans in America except for die hards. Yes, the Fugees (Wyclef Jean, Lauryn Hill, and Pras Michel) mention Carter on the 1996 soundtrack film “When We Were Kings” about the famous”Rumble in the Jungle” heavyweight championship match between MuhammadAli and George Foreman which took place in 1974. And yes M-1 and Stickman (dead prez) did “B.I.G. respect” a song on their Mix tape “Turn off the Radio’ that mentions Carter.

Who were Carter and John Huggins and why are they important for the 21st Century? Carter was assassinated on January 17th 1967 along with John Huggins (February 11, 1945 – January 17, 1969) at Campbell Hall at UCLA in Los Angeles.

It is a tragic coincidence in history that eight years before Carter and Huggins joined the ancestors the first democratically elected president of the Congo, Patrice Emery Lumumba, Joseph Okito, vice-president of the Senate and Maurice Mpolo sports and youth minister were killed by an unholy alliance of the CIA, Belgian imperialism, and other agents of imperialism headed by Mobuto Sese SekoNgbenduWaZaBanga aka Colonel Joseph Mobuto on January 17, 1961.

Carter and Huggins were gunned down by members of the cultural nationalist US Organization. An FBI memo dated November 29, 1968 described a letter that the Los Angeles FBI office intended to mail to the Black Panther Party office. This letter, which was made to appear as if it had come from the US Organization, described fictitious plans by US to ambush BPP members. The FBI memo stated that “It is hoped this counterintelligence measure will result in an ‘US’ and BPP vendetta.

Many feel that the leader of US, Ron Karenga was working for the other side. An article in the Wall Street Journal described Karenga as a thriving businessman-specializing in gas stations – who maintained close ties to eastern Rockefeller family and L.A’s Mayor. Sam Yorty pointed out Michael Newton in the volume, “Bitter Grain:Huey P. Newton and the Black Panther Party”. The Wall Street Journal article said, “Afew weeks after the assassination of Martin Luther King …Mr. Karenga slipped into Sacramento for a private chat with Governor Reagan, at the governor’s request. The black nationalist also met clandestinely with Los Angeles police chief Thomas Reddin after Mr. King was killed.”

At that moment in history many cultural nationalist maintained that the cultural revolution must take place before a political one could proceed. Huey P. Newton, the co-founder of the Black Panther Party countered with the view that, “We believe that culture itself will not liberate us. We’re going to need some stronger stuff.”

The Black Panther Party led by Newton and Bobby Seale was like the African National Congress of South Africa (ANC). It was an anti-imperialist alliance; many like Carter embraced revolutionary nationalism while others like Newton, George Jackson and Fred Hampton took a Marxist-Leninist-Maoist {MLM} position. Hampton openly said he was fighting for socialism leading to communism.

Carter was a firm supporter of the Native American struggle. It was
Carter who changed Elmer Pratt into Geronimo ji-Jaga Pratt (September 13, 1947- June 2, 2011) after the great Native American warrior.

Geronimo “the one who yawns”; (June 1829 – February 17, 1909) was a prominent Apache leader who fought against Mexico and Arizona for their expansion into Apache tribal lands for several decades during the Apache Wars. Geronimo replaced Carter as the Deputy Minister of Defense of the Southern California Chapter of the BPP after Carter was taken out. Carter left a memo saying his wish was for Geronimo to replace him.
While not an anticommunist, before joining the Party Carter was recruited by Raymond “Maasi”Hewitt to a Maoist study group called the Red Guard. I was a part of the same group however; Carter came in after I left Los Angeles. Carter was influenced by Jean-Jacquesm Dessalines of Haiti and DedanKimathi of the Land and Freedom Army (so-called Mau Mau). The Los Angeles Chapter under Bunchyleadership required that members take the Mau Mau Oath.

Here is the Mau Mau Oath
“I speak the truth and vow before God
And before this movement.
The movement of Unity,
The Unity which is put to the test
The Unity that is mocked with the name of “Mau Mau.
That I shall go forward to fight for the land,
The lands of Kirinyaga that we cultivated.
The lands which were taken by the Europeans
And if I fail to do this
May this oath kill me
May this seven kill me,
May this meat kill me”

Carter and a small segment of people who lived in my area of Los Angeles had an international world view. He was a legendary figure in my neighborhood. After he was released from p
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http://www.theneworleansadvocate.com/news/13655962-123/federal-magistrate-challenges-fbis-refusal


Federal magistrate challenges FBI’s refusal to name agent involved in New Orleans East fatal shooting


More than two years after an FBI agent fatally shot a man in New Orleans East, a federal magistrate said Thursday he knows of “no good reason” why the agent’s identity should continue to be shielded while the government defends his actions in a related wrongful-death lawsuit.

U.S. Magistrate Joseph Wilkinson Jr. summoned attorneys for the Justice Department and the family of Allen Desdunes — whose July 2013 shooting death remains shrouded in mystery — to appear before him next week and explain why the agent’s name should remain sealed more than a year into the civil litigation over Desdunes’ death.

“I am aware of no good reason, in fact or in law, why the name of this defendant should continue to be kept secret,” Wilkinson wrote in an order published Thursday. “If any particular provision of the Privacy Act, which the government apparently relies upon, stretches so far as to undermine the important public nature of the court’s public record, it has not been cited to me.”

Wilkinson’s order came a few days after The New Orleans Advocate published an article examining the conflicting practices of area law enforcement agencies on identifying officers involved in fatal shootings.

While the New Orleans Police Department and Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office routinely release the names of officers who use deadly force, the federal government has gone to great lengths to protect the name of the FBI agent who fatally shot Desdunes during a drug investigation.

The names of three other FBI agents and four New Orleans police officers involved in the case have been made public during the civil proceedings. But the agent who fatally shot Desdunes near a Motel 6 on the Interstate 10 Service Road has been referred to only as “John Doe #1” in court papers.

The lawsuit claims Desdunes was unarmed and that his death was racially motivated.

An FBI spokesman declined to comment on the case last week, citing the pending litigation. The Justice Department has said it will not charge the FBI agent for killing Desdunes, but the government has declined a Freedom of Information Act request seeking investigative reports about the incident.

Wilkinson, in his two-page order, said an earlier protective order he allowed in the civil case had been intended to facilitate out-of-court discovery between the parties, “not the perpetual sealing of (the agent’s) nam
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http://m.nydailynews.com/news/national/texas-councilman-stunned-arrested-defending-friends-article-1.2392950


Over 50% of FBI agents started out as local cops


Texas councilman stunned, arrested while defending friends
10/10/2015 11:33 PM ET

Prairie View, Texas, councilman Jonathan Miller was stunned by a Taser outside his home while confronting police questioning his friends.

A Texas city councilman was stunned with a Taser while on his knees and then arrested outside his Prairie View home Thursday night — the same agency whose officer helped arrest Sandra Bland.

The arrest involved a female Prairie View cop – one of the city's six-officer force – with ties to Bland's arrest alongside Texas Department of Public Safety in July, authorities confirmed.

Newly-elected Councilman Jonathan Miller identified himself as an elected official while stepping between Prairie View cops confronting four of his fraternity brothers practicing a step routine, local reports said.

The 29-year-old’s credentials, which includes a vote to rename a street in Bland's honor, didn’t prevent what Miller’s friend described as another example of excessive force in the Houston suburb.

“It went from me asking questions to me basically being put face down on the ground,” Miller told KHOU-TV.
Prairie View Councilman Jonathan Miller came to his friends' defense outside his home on Thursday night only to be stunned with a Taser. 
KHOU 11
Prairie View Councilman Jonathan Miller came to his friends' defense outside his home on Thursday night only to be stunned with a Taser.
The Prairie View councilman was then arrested on charges of resisting arrest and interfering wtih a public servant. 
KHOU 11
The Prairie View councilman was then arrested on charges of resisting arrest and interfering wtih a public servant.
A police body cam shows Councilman Jonathan Miller being detained. 
Prairie View Police Department
A police body cam shows Councilman Jonathan Miller being detained.
Police had stopped by Councilman Jonathan Miller's home to speak with four men outside in the front yard. 
Prairie View Police Department
Police had stopped by Councilman Jonathan Miller's home to speak with four men outside in the front yard.

A video of Miller’s 8:30 p.m. arrest shows Miller on his knees before being tased. Police contend that Miller pestered them with questions and refused to step back as they questioned his house guests about suspicious activity in the neighborhood.

He allegedly pulled away as officers lunged forward with handcuffs.

“As soon as they started pushing, I pulled out my camera, because if there's a camera the officer can't say my battery on my body cam went out or anything like that,” Brandon Woodson told KPRC-TV.

The female officer involved in Thursday’s arrest was not identified by Prairie View Police Chief Larry Johnson, but he said it was probable that officers in the small force would appear in other incidents.

Bland was found hanging in a Waller County jail cell on July 13, three days after her arrest. She was pulled over by a Texas state trooper for allegedly failing to use her turn signal, leading to a confrontation over a cigarette.

The only other officer involved with Bland's arrest was a female cop backing up Trooper Brian Encinia during the traffic stop.
One of the officers involved with Councilman Jonathan Miller's arrest was also involved in Sandra Bland's arrest.
Texas Department of Public Safety
One of the officers involved with Councilman Jonathan Miller's arrest was also involved in Sandra Bland's arrest.
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http://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2015/oct/13/tamir-rice-attorney-expert-reports-grand-jury-process




Tamir Rice family attorney says expert reports have 'tainted grand jury process'

Newly unearthed comments about deadly police shootings made by the two experts who defended an Ohio officer’s killing of Tamir Rice have intensified criticisms of prosecutors for selecting them to review the 12-year-old’s death.

One appeared to publicly cast doubt on whether the officer who killed Rice was at fault even before he was commissioned to write a report on the case, the Guardian has learned. The other had her interpretation of a key US supreme court ruling on police shootings rejected by the Justice Department as too generous to officers.

Attorneys for the family of Rice, who was killed by police officer Timothy Loehmann while holding a pellet gun in a park in Cleveland in November last year, said the pair of external reports had “tainted the grand jury process” that is considering criminal charges against Loehmann.
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“It’s clear to the Rice family that these so-called experts were selected to present a point of view to defend the officer’s conduct,” said Subodh Chandra, an attorney for the family.

Chandra said the unusual decision to request and publish the external reports by Timothy McGinty, the Cuyahoga County prosecutor, was “an unprecedented thing for a prosecutor to do on behalf of someone potentially facing a murder charge”.

McGinty, who is overseeing the grand jury process, released the two reports on Saturday. They were written by S Lamar Sims, the senior chief deputy district attorney for Denver, Colorado, and Kimberly Crawford, a retired FBI agent who teaches criminal justice at Northern Virginia Community College.
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Sims concluded in his report that Loehmann’s actions were “objectively reasonable” due to his stated belief that Rice was holding a real firearm and posed a threat. Crawford wrote that the shooting “falls within the realm of reasonableness” defined under the US constitution. McGinty said his office was “not reaching any conclusions” from the reports and would present all evidence to a grand jury.

The reports were swiftly condemned by activists who have campaigned for a criminal prosecution over the death of Rice, who was shot within a second of Loehmann arriving at Cudell Commons and leaping out of his patrol car.
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http://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2015/oct/15/fbi-record-police-killings-tamir-rice-eric-garner

Eric Garner and Tamir Rice among those missing from FBI record of police killings

Only 224 of 18,000 law enforcement agencies reported fatal shootings in 2014
Previously unpublished FBI data sheds new light on flawed voluntary system

New York Michael Brown Eric Garner
Emerald Garner, daughter of Eric Garner, right, cries while standing next to Esaw Garner, Eric Garner’s wife, center, and Lesley McSpadden, mother of Michael Brown, in April. Photograph:

Thursday 15 October 2015 08.42 EDT
Last modified on Thursday 15 October 2015 09.08 EDT


Killings by police that unleashed a new protest movement around the US in 2014, including those of Eric Garner, Tamir Rice and John Crawford, are missing from the federal government’s official record of homicides by officers because most departments refuse to submit data.
Analysis The tracking of police violence in the US may have reached a turning point
The past week has seen a series of comments regarding the state of documenting US police killings – and some clarity on how the government plans to do so
Read more

Only 224 of 18,000 law enforcement agencies around the US reported a fatal shooting by their officers to the FBI last year, according to previously unpublished data obtained by the Guardian, which sheds new light on flaws in official systems for counting the use of deadly force by police.

The Counted, an investigation by the Guardian to report all deaths caused by police in 2015, had already logged deadly shootings by officers from 224 different law enforcement agencies by 10 April this year. Crowd-sourced counts in 2014 recorded deaths at a similar higher rate.

Stephen Fischer, a spokesman for the FBI, said exclusions were inevitable because the program remained voluntary. “We have no way of knowing how many incidents may have been omitted,” Fischer said in an email.

Amid mounting pressure on public authorities to overhaul the recording of deadly incidents involving law enforcement, an extensive review of all data on “justifiable homicides” by police collected by the FBI from police departments between 2004 and 2014 found:

No police departments from the state of Florida reported any homicides by officers, meaning deaths caused by police in the country’s third-most populous state were not logged by the FBI. The New York police department, by far the country’s biggest, submitted data for just one year during the past decade.

The FBI records only basic personal details of each person killed and not information such as whether they were armed with a weapon – a critical factor in ongoing debates over the use of force by police around the country.

A chaotic approach was applied to recording other high-profile deaths over recent years. Some were logged, some filed to a separate category with general homicides without noting the subjects were killed by police, and others were ignored.

An increase in the number of homicides by police publicly reported by the FBI over the past five years was effectively matched by a rise in the number of individual departments reporting any homicides, casting doubt over purported trends in the data.

Details of other controversial deaths that prompted protests were entered incorrectly in the FBI database, damaging government efforts to monitor demographic information about people killed by police.

The analysis of raw FBI data was carried out as the US Department of Justice announced it was trialling a new open-source system for counting homicides by law enforcement. The system’s methodology closely resembles those of The Counted and a Washington Post record of fatal police shootings.
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http://www.theneworleansadvocate.com/news/crime/13710163-93/fbi-agent-involved-in-2013

http://www.theneworleansadvocate.com/news/crime/13710163-93/fbi-agent-involved-in-2013


FBI agent involved in 2013 shooting transferred to different division

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The FBI said Wednesday that an agent who fatally shot a man in New Orleans East more than two years ago remains employed by the bureau but has been transferred to a different division.

Agent John Sablatura requested to be transferred “for reasons unrelated to” the July 2013 fatal shooting of Allen Desdunes, said Craig Betbeze, a spokesman for the FBI’s New Orleans Field Office. “He remains an FBI employee in good standing,” Betbeze said.

While he has not faced criminal charges, Sablatura has been sued for wrongful death in Desdunes’ shooting. Desdunes’ family claims the agent fatally shot Desdunes at close range without provocation during a drug investigation.

The FBI has declined to comment on the shooting. A federal magistrate ordered the name of the agent to be made public earlier this week.
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see link for important bar graph

http://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2015/oct/15/fbi-record-police-killings-tamir-rice-eric-garner

Eric Garner and Tamir Rice among those missing from FBI record of police killings

Only 224 of 18,000 law enforcement agencies reported fatal shootings in 2014
Previously unpublished FBI data sheds new light on flawed voluntary system

New York Michael Brown Eric Garner
Emerald Garner, daughter of Eric Garner, right, cries while standing next to Esaw Garner, Eric Garner’s wife, center, and Lesley McSpadden, mother of Michael Brown, in April. Photograph:

Thursday 15 October 2015 08.42 EDT
Last modified on Thursday 15 October 2015 09.08 EDT


Killings by police that unleashed a new protest movement around the US in 2014, including those of Eric Garner, Tamir Rice and John Crawford, are missing from the federal government’s official record of homicides by officers because most departments refuse to submit data.
Analysis The tracking of police violence in the US may have reached a turning point
The past week has seen a series of comments regarding the state of documenting US police killings – and some clarity on how the government plans to do so
Read more

Only 224 of 18,000 law enforcement agencies around the US reported a fatal shooting by their officers to the FBI last year, according to previously unpublished data obtained by the Guardian, which sheds new light on flaws in official systems for counting the use of deadly force by police.

The Counted, an investigation by the Guardian to report all deaths caused by police in 2015, had already logged deadly shootings by officers from 224 different law enforcement agencies by 10 April this year. Crowd-sourced counts in 2014 recorded deaths at a similar higher rate.

Stephen Fischer, a spokesman for the FBI, said exclusions were inevitable because the program remained voluntary. “We have no way of knowing how many incidents may have been omitted,” Fischer said in an email.

Amid mounting pressure on public authorities to overhaul the recording of deadly incidents involving law enforcement, an extensive review of all data on “justifiable homicides” by police collected by the FBI from police departments between 2004 and 2014 found:

No police departments from the state of Florida reported any homicides by officers, meaning deaths caused by police in the country’s third-most populous state were not logged by the FBI. The New York police department, by far the country’s biggest, submitted data for just one year during the past decade.

The FBI records only basic personal details of each person killed and not information such as whether they were armed with a weapon – a critical factor in ongoing debates over the use of force by police around the country.

A chaotic approach was applied to recording other high-profile deaths over recent years. Some were logged, some filed to a separate category with general homicides without noting the subjects were killed by police, and others were ignored.

An increase in the number of homicides by police publicly reported by the FBI over the past five years was effectively matched by a rise in the number of individual departments reporting any homicides, casting doubt over purported trends in the data.

Details of other controversial deaths that prompted protests were entered incorrectly in the FBI database, damaging government efforts to monitor demographic information about people killed by police.

The analysis of raw FBI data was carried out as the US Department of Justice announced it was trialling a new open-source system for counting homicides by law enforcement. The system’s methodology closely resembles those of The Counted and a Washington Post record of fatal police shootings.






http://www.theneworleansadvocate.com/news/crime/13710163-93/fbi-agent-involved-in-2013

http://www.theneworleansadvocate.com/news/crime/13710163-93/fbi-agent-involved-in-2013


FBI agent involved in 2013 shooting transferred to different division

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The FBI said Wednesday that an agent who fatally shot a man in New Orleans East more than two years ago remains employed by the bureau but has been transferred to a different division.

Agent John Sablatura requested to be transferred “for reasons unrelated to” the July 2013 fatal shooting of Allen Desdunes, said Craig Betbeze, a spokesman for the FBI’s New Orleans Field Office. “He remains an FBI employee in good standing,” Betbeze said.

While he has not faced criminal charges, Sablatura has been sued for wrongful death in Desdunes’ shooting. Desdunes’ family claims the agent fatally shot Desdunes at close range without provocation during a drug investigation.

The FBI has declined to comment on the shooting. A federal magistrate ordered the name of the agent to be made public earlier this week.
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http://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2015/oct/16/stephen-lawrence-inquiry-hunts-police-alleged-to-have-shielded-killers

Stephen Lawrence
Stephen Lawrence: new criminal inquiry into claims police shielded killers

National Crime Agency sets up team to investigate claims of corruption within Met over teenager’s murder 22 years ago

http://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2015/oct/16/stephen-lawrence-inquiry-hunts-police-alleged-to-have-shielded-killers


Friday 16 October 2015 07.38 EDT
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A new investigation has begun into allegations that corruption in the Metropolitan police shielded the murderers of Stephen Lawrence, the Guardian has learned.

The National Crime Agency, Britain’s equivalent of the FBI, has been appointed to lead the hunt and has established a team of investigators. It will focus on the first police investigation carried out in 1993 into the murder of the 18-year-old by a racist gang.

Lawrence’s parents have always claimed that corrupt officers engaged in a conspiracy that helped thwart the hunt for the killers, which the Met officially denies.

His mother, Doreen, told the Guardian on Friday that her suspicions about corruption had grown over time.

She said: “We still believe that corruption played a part in keeping Stephen’s killers free. We have had to fight to get this far, so we can finally have a criminal investigation into the former police officers we suspect.

“We ask those that have any information, be they former police officers or criminals, to examine their conscience. They should come forward, so justice can be done. Police corruption has denied us, and others, justice. It is a denial of the trust the police and state have placed in them by citizens. Those who betray the trust placed in them, should face justice, whenever it catches up with them.”

The new inquiry into the corruption
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More importantly, however, in his two-hour presentation Minister Farrakhan said: I know you all think I killed Malcolm. If I killed Malcolm, do you think I would be here? See who was giving him mouth to mouth resuscitation? It was an FBI agent.

The idea elicits a Hollywood analogy in the movie "Shooter" starring Mark Walberg and Danny Glover. When the hero and the FBI agent went seeking wisdom from the old shooting expert, to the question, Who killed Kennedy? he responded, Those boys on the grassy knoll were dead within hours.

The FBI agent responded, You know this for sure? To which the expert responded, I still have the shovels in the back.

This sort of lends credence to the Ministers denial. Notwithstanding, Sonny Carson and Herman Ferguson both thought he did it. However, he may not have been at the Audubon to pull the trigger but to feign ignorance of the climate around Malcolm and the hit going down is not a tenable position.

Nevertheless, the Minister pointed out the Honorable Gentleman had married the lady and took care of his
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Should we shut down the FBI for assassinating
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YWCA to host forum on race relations
By Qcity Staff
October 19, 2015
Glenn H. Burkins

Glenn H. Burkins

Qcitymetro Editor Glenn H. Burkins will help headline a panel discussion next month about police and race relations in Charlotte.

Hosted by YWCA Central Carolinas, this free event also will include Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Maj. Bruce Bellamy and former FBI agent Quentin Williams.

The discussion is titled “Charting the Way Forward: Police and Race Relations in a 21st Century Charlotte.”

Space is limited, so register to attend.

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http://www.theguardian.com/sport/2015/oct/21/thabo-sefolosha-nba-player-injured-in-nypd-struggle-to-file-50m-lawsuit-against-city-and-police



NBA player injured in NYPD struggle to file $50m lawsuit against city and police

The Hawks’ Thabo Sefolosha, whose leg was broken in police struggle and who was acquitted of all charges this month, has filed a complaint per report
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Thabo Sefolosha was acquitted on all charges on 9 October. Photograph: Steven Hirsch/AP

Les Carpenter

Wednesday 21 October 2015 15.16 EDT



The attorney for Atlanta Hawks guard Thabo Sefolosha reportedly said his client will file a $50m lawsuit against the city of New York and eight police officers who arrested him in April. Sefolosha suffered a broken leg in the incident causing him to miss the remainder of the NBA season and the playoffs.

The New York Post reported that Sefolosha filed a complaint with the city’s comptroller claiming his injuries suffered during the arrest are “permanent in nature and continuing into the future”.

“Unfortunately he may not be dunking as much as he was before this happened,” the guard’s attorney Alex Spiro told the Post.
The silence over the Thabo Sefolosha trial is deafening ... and mystifying
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On 9 October, a Manhattan court found Sefolosha not guilty on three misdemeanor charges of obstructing government administration, disorderly conduct and resisting arrest. He had been arrested outside a New York nightclub 1Oak following a fight that left another NBA player Chris Copeland with stab wounds. Police said Sefolosha had resisted orders to move away from the crime scene. He testified that he had moved away after being ordered to do so and was arrested by an officer while he tried to give $20 to a man begging for money.

A scuffle ensued and Sefolosha was injured. His attorneys have said he was racially profiled by police who were physically and verbally abusive.

Prosecutors offered a plea deal in which Sefolosha would spend one day doing community service, but the player demanded the trial.


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San Jose officer who targeted Ferguson protesters in tweets is no longer with department
Black Lives Matter

Activists with Black Lives Matter protest in Los Angeles in June. The person on the left is holding a photograph of Ezell Ford, who was killed by L.A. police officers on Aug. 11, 2014. (Mark Boster / Los Angeles Times)
Veronica Rocha and Joseph SernaContact Reporters

A San Jose police officer who targeted Ferguson protesters using his personal Twitter account in December is no longer working with the department.

The San Jose Police Department on Thursday declined to say whether Officer Phillip White was fired, but confirmed he was no longer working for the city. The department
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In Search of the Black Panther Party: New Perspectives on a Revolutionary Movement


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Editor(s): Yohuru Williams, Jama Lazerow
Contributor(s): Jama Lazerow, Robert O. Self, Rod Bush, Bridgette Baldwin, James T. Campbell, Roz Payne, Joel Wilson, David Barber, Jeffrey O. G. Ogbar, Davarian Baldwin, Tim Lake, Edward P. Morgan, Yohuru Williams
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Controversy swirled around the Black Panthers from the moment the revolutionary black nationalist Party was founded in Oakland, California, in 1966. Since that time, the group that J. Edgar Hoover called “the single greatest threat to the nation’s internal security” has been celebrated and denigrated, deified and vilified. Rarely, though, has it received the sort of nuanced analysis offered in this rich interdisciplinary collection. Historians, along with scholars in the fields of political science, English, sociology, and criminal justice, examine the Panthers and their present-day legacy with regard to revolutionary violence, radical ideology, urban politics, popular culture, and the media. The essays consider the Panthers as distinctly American revolutionaries, as the products of specific local conditions, and as parts of other movements of the late 1960s and early 1970s.

One contributor evaluates the legal basis of the Panthers’ revolutionary struggle, explaining how they utilized and critiqued the language of the Constitution. Others explore the roles of individuals, looking at a one-time Panther imprisoned for a murder he did not commit and an FBI agent who monitored the activities of the Panthers’ Oakland branch. Contributors assess the Panthers’ relations with Students for a Democratic Society, the Young Lords, the Brown Berets, and the Peace and Freedom Party. They discuss the Party’s use of revolutionary aesthetics, and they show how the Panthers manipulated and were manipulated by the media. Illuminating some of the complexities involved in placing the Panthers in historical context, this collection demonstrates that the scholarly search for the Black Panthers has only just begun.

Contributors. Bridgette Baldwin, Davarian L. Baldwin, David Barber, Rod Bush, James T. Campbell, Tim Lake, Jama Lazerow, Edward P. Morgan, Jeffrey O. G. Ogbar, Roz Payne, Robert O. Self, Yohuru Williams, Joel Wilson

About The Author(s)

Jama Lazerow is Professor of History at Wheelock College. He is the author of Religion and the Working Class in Antebellum America.

Yohuru Williams is Associate Professor of History and Director of Black Studies at Fairfield University. He is the author of Black Politics/White Power: Civil Rights, Black Power, and the Black Panthers in New Haven.
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Lawyer aims to right a long-ago wrong
Originally published October 25, 2015 at 5:27 pm

Lawyer works to restore lost history and find justice for an American martyr.

Jim Emison’s voice gets tight and his eyes teary when he talks about Elbert Williams. “This man died because he wanted to be a real American, because he wanted to vote, and I want America to know him. He’s a real hero.” Emison is on a quest to make sure that happens, bringing to light some lost American history.

He was in Seattle this month for the first time since he mustered out of the Navy here in 1971. He came to speak at an event for blackpast.org, the history website created by recently retired University of Washington professor Quintard Taylor, who grew up in Haywood County, Tenn., where Elbert Williams was killed in 1940.

Emison and his family lived in neighboring Crockett County. His law practice included Haywood County, but he didn’t know about Williams. Emison’s grandfather was a judge, his uncle and father were lawyers, and they would have known the history but never spoke about it.

Emison learned only after he retired in 2011 and started working on an article about local history. There was a mention of an incident that led him to start digging. He’s working on a book about Williams’ death.

see link for full story
http://www.seattletimes.com/seattle-news/lawyer-aims-to-right-a-long-ago-wrong/

Haywood was a cotton county, which meant lots of enslaved people. When slavery ended, black people, who were the majority of the population, joined the party of Lincoln, voted and, along with a small number of whites who favored Reconstruction, ran the county. It was a brief moment of democracy. As everywhere, Reconstruction was short-lived. The North let white Democrats reassert themselves, intimidate the black population and reclaim dominance.

The last time a black resident registered to vote was in 1907, Emison said. Most black folks were working as sharecroppers, living on the same plantations, in the same shacks, doing the same work as their enslaved parents and grandparents.

But in 1939, 52 people who had had enough of being denied a basic right formed a local chapter of the NAACP to register black residents to vote. The leading white residents harassed the first president, had him arrested on phony charges and beaten, then burned his house down. He fled the night of the fire.

Ongoing terrorism caused about 22 black families to flee before Williams took the lead in the NAACP. Then a group of men, led by two police officers, came to his house and dragged him to jail in his pajamas. Three days later, his mutilated body was pulled from the Hatchie River, and it would be more than two decades before black citizens tried to vote again.

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Who really murdered Martin Luther King? | Green Left Weekly
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An hour later, Martin Luther King, ... (MPD) lieutenant Earl Clark. ... on the executive of which there was an FBI informer. Witnesses saw a man (Earl Clark) ...
Martin Luther King Assassination Conspiracy Exposed in ...
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NYPD union boss urges Tarantino film boycott over director's comments

Following remarks made by the film-maker at an anti-police brutality rally in New York on Saturday, the city’s largest police union has called for a boycott
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Quentin Tarantino marched in New York on Saturday on behalf of the families of victims of alleged police brutality. Photograph: Pacific Press/Zuma Press / eyevine



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Quentin Tarantino lost some fans over the weekend in New York – the city’s police.

The film-maker, whose eighth film The Hateful Eight open this December, has become the target of a boycott on the part of New York’s largest police union, after he was spotted taking part in a march against police brutality called Rise Up October on Saturday.

The Oscar-winning director flew in from California for the rally, which was attended by around 300 protesters.

— Simon Moya-Smith (@SimonMoyaSmith)
October 24, 2015

Quentin Tarantino marched with us today in #NYC in protest of police brutality & negligence. #RiseUpOctober pic.twitter.com/J0F1TQwUa0

According to the Guardian’s growing database, The Counted, more than 930 people have been killed by police in the US so far this year, of whom 436 were white, 226 black and 143 Latino.
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“This is not being dealt with in any way at all. That’s why we are out here,” Tarantino told AFP on Saturday. “If it was being dealt with, then these murdering cops would be in jail or at least be facing charges.”

In response, Patrick Lynch, president of the Patrolmen’s Benevolent
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Church leaders 'expected more of a response' to spate of fires near Ferguson

Reverend from one of six majority-black churches burned this month near St Louis said he expected more outreach from faith community
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Deacon Clinton McMiller, left, and Pastor David Triggs carry a cabinet back into the church after a fire at the New Life Missionary Baptist church in St Louis on 18 October. Photograph: JB Forbes/AP

Ryan Felton in St Louis


http://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2015/oct/27/st-louis-church-fires-ferguson-resposne



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Several weeks after a spate of fires begun at churches in north St Louis and with no known suspects, the Rev Rodrick Burton sensed “lethargy” in his community at the New Northside Missionary Baptist church.

Burton said he “expected more of a response” from the faith community to the fires, just several miles from Ferguson and six of seven in majority-black churches. Since 8 October, an alleged arsonist has targeted the cluster of churches in the city of 318,000, a series of incidents that has left investigators puzzled, with no suspect or known motive to date.

“A number of the congregation are people who lived through an era where church fires were not taken seriously by the authorities,” Burton told the Guardian of the New Northside working-class neighborhood. “I got folks from Arkansas, my mother’s from Alabama, for some of the people, they’re waiting to see what is the motivation [behind the fires].”

It’s too early to tell if race has played a part in the alleged arsonist’s motive, he said.

“But I say that it could’ve [done more] for race relations across this area … if people of the majority culture reached out and said, ‘We’re concerned about this happening in the African American community,’” Burton said.

Burton was heartened, however, by the response from the one majority white church affected by the fires, Shrine of St Joseph.
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Shrine of St Joseph, the one majority white church affected by the fires. Photograph: Ryan Felton for the Guardian

On Sunday, the Rev Dale Wunderlich asked congregants to consider a donation for the other damaged churches on the city’s north side. Volunteers passed out collection baskets that were promptly filled.
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Feds seek to pause civil lawsuit in Ga. gym mat death


http://www.cbsnews.com/news/feds-seek-to-pause-civil-lawsuit-in-georgia-gym-mat-death/


SAVANNAH, Ga. -- Federal prosecutors who have spent nearly two years investigating the death of Kendrick Johnson, the Georgia teenager who was found at school inside a rolled-up gym mat, want a judge to order a six-month halt to evidence-gathering in a civil lawsuit by the boy's parents.

Classmates found the body of the 17-year-old in a gymnasium at Lowndes High School in January 2013. Michael Moore, U.S. attorney for the Middle District of Georgia, announced a federal investigation on Oct. 31, 2013, after the sheriff's department concluded that the teenager died in a freak accident in which he got stuck upside down - and unable to breathe - in the upright mat.



Jacquelyn Johnson, center left, wipes a tear while speaking with her husband Kenneth, right, at a "Who Killed K.J." rally in memory of their son, Wednesday, Dec. 11, 2013, in Atlanta, Ga.
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Johnson's parents insist that someone killed their son. With the federal criminal investigation still unresolved, Johnson's family filed a wrongful death lawsuit earlier this year blaming two brothers for killing him. The lawsuit also says local and state investigators and school officials covered up the crime.

A $100 million wrongful death suit filed by Johnson's family earlier this year alleges the brothers - Johnson's schoolmates Brian and Branden Bell, ages 18 and 20 - were encouraged by their FBI agent father to "violently assault" Johnson, leading to his death.

In July, government agents executed search warrants at the Bells' home, Crimesider reported.

Paul Threlkeld, an attorney representing the Bell family, told Crimesider at the time that there's no evidence to indicate their involvement.

"The case is built solely on suspicion, innuendo and rumor, not evidence," Threlkeld said in a statement.

No charges have been filed in the case.

Court records show that the Justice Department filed legal motions Oct. 16 asking the presiding judge in the civil lawsuit to stop all depositions and other evidence gathering by attorneys in the case for 180 days.

Tom Withers, a former federal prosecutor who now practices criminal defense and civil law in Savannah, said the Justice Department sometimes intervenes in civil cases to protect a criminal case in which existing charges are awaiting prosecution. He said applying that strategy to the Johnson case, in which no one has been charged, "strikes me as bizarre."

"It strikes me as improper, quite frankly, that the government would be trying to stick its nose into the Superior Court case," Withers said. "They've had plenty of time to resolve their investigation. I've just never seen it before."

It's unclear exactly why federal authorities want to intervene in the wrongful death suit. The Justice Department's legal motions were heavily redacted by court officials before being made public. Withers said they likely deal with a grand jury investigation that is
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Role of DNA analysis in solving crimes
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In a criminal complaint against Heinrich, authorities say, "The predominant profile match to defendant

Authorities say DNA analysis helped them link Daniel Heinrich to a sexual assault case from Cold Spring back in January 1989.

The incident happened nine months before Jacob Wetterling's abduction. Thursday, authorities named Heinrich as a person of interest in Wetterling's case.

Heinrich, 52, of Annandale was arrested Wednesday and is now charged with five counts of possessing and receiving child pornography.

"As a result of the development of forensic technology, which did not exist at the time the evidence was collected, Danny Heinrich was determined to be the contributor of DNA on the clothing of the victim of the Cold Spring sexual assault," said Richard Thornton, FBI Special Agent in Charge of Minneapolis.

KARE 11 spoke with that victim, a man named Jared Scheierl, back in 2004 about what happened that night. At



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Former FBI Whistleblower Fred Whitehurst Weighs In on Hair ...
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FBI Scandal: Flawed Forensics Rampant, Impacted Many Cases ...
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Police unions Sustain Police Violence Epidemic

Since when did we decide that police officers should be above the law?

by William Boardman / November 1st, 2015

Two of the biggest police unions in the country are now on record in opposition to free speech. They are on record against constitutionally protected free speech that opposes the epidemic of police violence across America (more than 900 killed by police so far in 2015).

The current round of police union intimidation tactics started October 24, after filmmaker Quentin Tarantino spoke briefly to the “Rise Up October” protest, a “Call for a Major National Manifestation Against Police Terror.” The crowd of thousands marched peacefully up Sixth Avenue for two miles and included some 100 families impacted by police violence and killing. Police unions have reacted with violent rhetoric to Tarantino’s brief “speech,” which offered a non-specific truism (here in its entirety):

Hey, everybody. I got something to say, but actually I would like to give my time to the families that want to talk. I want to give my time to the families. However, I just do also want to say: What am I doing here? I’m doing here because I am a human being with a conscience. And when I see murder, I cannot stand by, and I have to call the murdered the murdered, and I have to call the murderers the murderers. Now I’m going to give my time to the families. [emphasis added]

The event centered on victims of police violence. There is no doubt that police have killed unarmed, innocent people. There is no doubt that a few cops have been convicted of murder. The reality of police violence is beyond dispute and longstanding. It goes with the territory, and responsible police leaders everywhere know perfectly well that part of their job is not only to keep their officers safe, but also, and arguably more important, to keep the public safe from their officers. The question is why they do so little about police violence.

In the aftermath of the Rise Up October rally, there were a reported 11 arrests, two of which on video show gangs of police roughing up single, unresisting men. Even though the demonstration was peaceful and had a lawful parade permit, police turned out in force. No police officers were reported hurt, except for their feelings.

Police union goes ad hominem with attack on First Amendment

The day after the rally, Patrick Lynch, president of the New York police union (Patrolmen’s Benevolent Association) went on the offensive, as he often does. He ignore the vast substance of the Rise Up October group and chose instead to make an ad hominem personal attack on Hollywood director Tarantino and his right to free speech. Lynch’s press release in its entirety:

It’s no surprise that someone who makes a living glorifying crime and violence is a cop-hater, too. The police officers that Quentin Tarantino calls ‘murderers’ aren’t living in one of his depraved big screen fantasies — they’re risking and sometimes sacrificing their lives to protect communities from real crime and mayhem. New Yorkers need to send a message to this purveyor of degeneracy that he has no business coming to our city to peddle his slanderous ‘Cop Fiction.’ It’s time for a boycott of Quentin Tarantino’s films.

Actually the police officers that Tarantino calls “murderers” are in fact murderers, which is why Tarantino called them murderers – because, although they are but a small percentage of the total police cohort, they have murdered people, mostly without significant consequence to themselves. On October 30, Lynch sent another press release featuring Tarantino’s father saying, “Cops are not murderers, they are heroes,” which is the police union party line. In reality, it should go without saying, most cops are neither murderers nor heroes. Like the first press release, this one also ignored the complaints of police brutality, but it omitted the proposed boycott, too.

Whistling much the same tune, Rupert Murdoch’s tabloid, the New York Post, covered the protest with open hostility. The paper made the editorial choice to run a picture of a demonstrator giving a cop the finger. And its story suggested that years of police violence were somehow beyond objection because a police officer was recently killed in the line of duty, even though there was no connection between the recent murder and the years of police abuse:

Just four days after the on-duty murder of a hero NYPD street cop, a rally in Washington Square Park against ‘police terror’ devolved Saturday into a raucous, law-enforcement gripe-fest.

Los Angeles police claim victimhood, too, and backs boycott

Craig Lally, president of the LA police union, the Los Angeles Police Protective League, jumped on the boycott Tarantino bandwagon on October 27 in a somewhat more nuanced press release [in its entirety]:

We fully support constructive dialogue about how police interact with citizens. But there is no place for inflammatory rhetoric that makes police officers even bigger targets than we already are. Film director Quentin Tarantino took irresponsibility to a new and completely unacceptable level this past weekend by referring to police as murderers during an anti-police march in New York. He made this statement just four days after a New York police officer was gunned down in the line of duty. New York police and union leaders immediately called out Tarantino for his unconscionable comments, with union head Patrick Lynch advocating a boycott of his films. We fully support this boycott of Quentin Tarantino films. Hateful rhetoric dehumanizes police and encourages attacks on us. And questioning everything we do threatens public safety by discouraging officers from putting themselves in positions where their legitimate actions could be falsely portrayed as thuggery.

While this statement begins with support for “constructive dialogue about how police interact with citizens,” that very formulation betrays an imagined dichotomy between “police” and “citizens.” Police need to think of themselves as our fellow citizens. Worse, Lally immediately moves into his own unconstructive dialogue, mischaracterizing what Tarantino said, launching another ad hominem attack on Tarantino, and completely evading the substance of the Rise Up October protest.

Worst of all, Lally reinforces the police-as-victim trope, which is a form of psychological denial. It’s not “inflammatory rhetoric that makes police officers even bigger targets,” its inflammatory behavior by police officers. Given the spate of police horrors since 1999, when NY police shot unarmed Amadou Diallo 41 times, it’s fair to wonder why police departments everywhere aren’t showing a whole lot more humility. Instead, the NY chief of police has given one of the four killers his gun back (after all four were found not guilty by a jury).

Amadou Diallo’s mother, Katiatoo Diallo, was a speaker in the Rise Up October protest. What she said was in stark and humane contrast to the whining victimhood of the police unions:

We are not bitter. I told the world then, the day when they stood up and told me that the four cops who shot my son had done nothing wrong, that it was the fault of my son, I said to you, I say to you now, I said it then: We need change. Amadou has died. It’s too late for him. But we have to prevent this from happening again. When you have tragedies like that, you need to learn what went wrong and correct it….

Law enforcement community should know that we are not against them. We even feel for those who were shot just recently in Harlem. We are not against them. We are anti-police brutality. We are not anti-cop, because we know some of them are doing good job. But we need to root out those who are brutalizing our children for no reason.

What should a police union be doing, anyway?

The core issue with police unions, teacher unions, and all other public employee unions is how to manage the inherent tension between the good of union members and the good of the public that pays their salaries. Police unions, because their members are empowered to use lethal force, should be especially sensitive to the public perception of what is in the public good. That is almost never going to include killing innocent, unarmed civilians.

In December 2014, NY police un
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Revolutionary activists have designated Nov. 2 “Assata Shakur Liberation Day,” marking the anniversary of one of the most courageous stances against U.S. tyranny in recent memory. On this date, in 1979, Assata Olugbala Shakur (s/n Joanne Chesimard) was sprung from the Clinton Correctional Facility for Women, a concentration camp in Union Township, N.J.

Despite some reports stating forensics evidence established that she did not touch any of the guns found at the scene and that the median nerve in her right arm was severed when she was shot, rendering it useless, Shakur was convicted March 25, 1977, of the first-degree murders of her comrade Zayd Malik Shakur and state trooper Werner Foerster, who were killed on the New Jersey Turnpike May 2, 1973. She was also convicted of several other related charges and sentenced to life.

On that tragic night, at approximately 12:45 a.m., Assata Shakur, Sundiata Acoli and Zayd Malik Shakur were pulled over in East Brunswick for an alleged faulty taillight. Shortly thereafter, Zayd Malik Shakur and Foerster lost their lives in a fierce gunfight, which left Assata Shakur and trooper James Harper seriously wounded. Acoli was later captured nearby, unscathed.

From 1973 to 1977, Shakur became synonymous with “falsely accused” after being indicted on a slew of dubious charges, ranging from armed robbery, attempted murder and bank robbery to kidnapping and murder, resulting in three acquittals and three dismissals.

“Assata was falsely charged on numerous occasions in the United States during the early 1970s and vilified by the media,” stated fellow Panther Angela Davis.

After she had been terrorized and tortured behind bars for six years, three Black Liberation Army comrades visited their “revolutionary mother hen” Nov. 2, using bogus IDs and Social Security cards to gain entrance. Once inside, they brazenly brandished concealed pistols, seized two guards and commandeered a prison van to flee the premises. They switched vehicles a few miles away and completed their escape without injury. The two hostages were released unharmed.

The FBI immediately launched a massive hunt, circulating wanted posters and raiding many Panther locations, to no avail.

Numerous “Assata Shakur Is Welcome Here” posters were highly visible throughout Black communities in the metropolitan area in response.

In July 1980, frustrated FBI director William Webster claimed that efforts to determine Shakur’s whereabouts were futile because of citizens’ refusal to cooperate.

Assata flew under the radar for several years before surfacing in Cuba in 1984, where President Fidel Castro granted her political asylum.

“They wanted to portray her as a terrorist, something that was an injustice, a brutality, an infamous lie,” Castro stated in a May 2005 television address, labeling her a victim of racial persecution.

Mutulu Shakur, Marilyn Buck, Sekou Odinga and Silvia Baraldini were charged with assisting in her escape a few years later. Ronald Boyd Hill was also held on related charges.

“Assata: An Autobiography” was published in 1987, detailing her accounts.

Throughout the years various law enforcement agencies and politicians have called for her extradition to the U.S. on May 2, 2005, the FBI classified her as a “domestic terrorist,” and increased the reward for her capture to $1 million. In 2013, Shakur became the first woman added to the FBI’s Most Wanted Terrorists list, and the bounty for her capture was doubled to $2 million.

President Barack Obama’s recent attempt to repair relations with Cuba has a few concerned. Last week, New Jersey Gov. and 2016 Republican presidential candidate Chris Christie urged the NY/NJ Port Authority not to conduct travel between Newark, N.J., and Havana until Shakur is captured.

“It is unacceptable to me as governor to have any flights between New Jersey and Cuba until and unless convicted cop killer and escaped fugitive Joanne Chesimard is returned to New Jersey to face justice,” Christie wrote to Port Authority Chief John Degnan. “I will not tolerate rewarding the Cuban government for continuing to harbor a fugitive.”

Original Black Panther, Brother Tarik countered, “American officials’ position regarding airplanes taking off and landing on American/Cuban soil will have no impact … Hands off Assata!”

For more information, visit assatashakur.org.
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Partner of officer charged with beating African American man replied affirmatively to text using racial epithet and encouraging violence, trial reveals
Floyd Dent takes part in a protest against police brutality outside the Inkster police department.
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A Detroit-area police officer who attempted to handcuff an unarmed man while his partner beat him sent racially charged text messages following the incident, it emerged this week.

Pressed during a trial over the incident Thursday, auxiliary police officer John Zieleniewski confirmed his response to a text exchange in March in which he was asked: “At least give me the satisfaction of knowing you’re out there beating up niggers right now.”

Zieleniewski responded: “lol, just got done with one.”

The text messages came out in the trial of William Melendez, known as “RoboCop”, who faces three felony charges and up to 10 years in prison for beating Floyd Dent during a traffic stop.

Melendez, a former police officer in the town of Inkster, repeatedly punched Dent in the head and placed him in a chokehold during the arrest on 28 January – a move captured on video that was later released to the media and sparked a criminal investigation.

Inkster has a population that is 73% black and a police force that is estimated to be 80-90% white.

Dent testified on Thursday that a former officer in the town of Inkster, William Melendez, approached his vehicle with his firearm drawn and said: “Get out the car or I’ll blow your motherfucking head off.” The 58-year-old said he didn’t resist officers who attempted to arrest him, despite earlier testimony that contradicted his remarks.

“I didn’t resist in any way,” Dent said on the witness stand in Wayne County circuit court Thursday.
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Dent said Melendez choked him so tight he struggled to breathe.

“After he choked me for so long, I gave up,” Dent, a quiet 58-year old with a round jaw and dolorous eyes, said.

The Wayne County circuit court judge overseeing the case, Vonda Evans, agreed to allow into evidence a s
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Austin-jaywalker

Two men had just crossed the street when they were rushed by several Austin police officers who shoved them against a wall, punching and kneeing them while telling them to stop resisting.

When asked what crime had the men committed, one of the cops looked up and said, “crossed against the light.”

Yes, that heinous crime of jaywalking, which is taken very serious in Austin as we learned last year when the city made international news after police beat up a jogger for jaywalking.

Last Thursday police in Austin, Texas, began a “pedestrian enforcement” activity near the campus of the University of Texas, where they stopped and warned or ticketed jaywalkers.

When law enforcement officers attempted to issue a jaywalking citation to a jogger, Amanda Jo Stephen, she refused to stop. Some witnesses say she didn’t hear the officers, as she was wearing earphones. Police contend that the officers were clearly visible to her.

One way or the other, according to reports, police chased her down and detained her, at which point she became unco-operative and refused to give her name. Several officers then placed her under arrest, and she was carried, screaming into a police car and taken to jail, where she was booked for jaywalking and “failure to identify”.

Austin Police Chief Art Acevedo quickly came to the defense of the arresting officers, saying they may have been rough with the female college student, but at least they didn’t rape her.

This person absolutely took something that was as simple as ‘Austin Police – Stop!’ and decided to do everything you see on that video,” Austin Police Chief Art Acevedo said at a press conference Friday, according to Austin NPR station 90.5 KUT.

“And quite frankly she wasn’t charged with resisting. She’s lucky I wasn’t the arresting officer, because I wouldn’t have been as generous. … In other cities there’s cops who are actually committing sexual assaults on duty, so I thank God that this is what passes for a controversy in Austin, Texas,” Acevedo said.

So yes, while beating up citizens up for jaywalking might seem a bit extreme, especially since jaywalking citations are supposedly meant for safety reasons, we should be grateful that they didn’t drag the young men into a back alley and sodomize them.

Instead, they dragged one of them into the street and handcuffed him.

But who knows what they would have done had the cameras not been there.
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