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Bill Cosby Charged With Rape

It is not like you couldn’t see this coming after the Cosby lawsuit last week against his accusers.

Bill Cosby charged with sexually assaulting Pennsylvania woman in 2004

For the first time, Bill Cosby will face criminal charges in connection with an accusation of sexual assault, Montgomery County prosecutors in Pennsylvania announced on Wednesday.

Prosecutors charged Cosby with aggravated indecent assault, a felony, First Assistant District Attorney Kevin Steele said in a morning press conference. The single charge stems from an alleged sexual assault in early 2004.

“Today, after examination of all the evidence, we are able to seek justice on behalf of the victim,” Steele said. The charges were filed thanks to new information uncovered in July, Steele said, noting that the incident remains within the 12-year statute of limitations.

The felony charge came at the conclusion of a second investigation into allegations that the comedian drugged and assaulted former Temple University employee Andrea Constand 12 years ago.  Constand first accused Cosby of assaulting her in 2005. At the time, prosecutors declined to press charges.

On the evening in question, Mr. Cosby urged her to take pills that he provided her and to drink wine, the effect of which rendered her unable to move,” Steele said to reporters, later saying the pills rendered the victim “frozen,” and  “paralyzed.” That was when Cosby allegedly committed aggravated indecent assault, the first degree felony for which he was charged on Wednesday…

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Posted by on December 30, 2015 in Domestic terrorism, Giant Negros


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Prescription Rip-Off Artist Arrested and Charged With Securities Fraud

Martin Shkreli is a rip-off artist, who made money most lately by buying the rights to to certain prescription medications, and the raising the price of those medications to astronomical levels. It seems he also has quite a history in investment fraud.

The DOJ is fitting Martin Shkreli for a well earned Orange Jumpsuit

CEO Who Price Gouged HIV Drug Arrested

Martin Shkreli was arrested by the FBI in New York on securities fraud

Martin Shkreli, a lightning rod for growing outrage over soaring prescription drug prices, was arrested in New York by the FBI on Thursday on securities fraud charges involving his former hedge fund and a pharmaceutical company he previously headed.

Shkreli, who is now chief executive officer of Turing Pharmaceuticals and KaloBios Pharmaceuticals Inc, was charged in a federal indictment related to his time managing hedge fund MSMB Capital Management and heading biopharmaceutical company Retrophin Inc.

The indictment, filed in Brooklyn, New York, also charged Evan Greebel, a former partner at law firm Katten Muchin Rosenmann who was Retrophin’s outside counsel.

Brooklyn U.S. Attorney Robert Capers is scheduled to hold a press conference with officials from the Federal Bureau of Investigation and U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission at noon EST (1700 GMT) to announce the charges, his office said.

Reuters witnessed Shkreli’s arrest at the Murray Hill Tower Apartments in midtown Manhattan. Law enforcement including Federal Bureau of Investigation agents could be seen escorting Shkreli, who was wearing a hoodie, into a car.

FBI spokeswoman Kelly Langmesser confirmed the arrests of Shkreli and Greebel.

Shares of KaloBios fell 53 percent at $11.03 in the premarket before trading in them was halted. Retrophin, which said in a statement that it had fully cooperated with the government investigations of Shkreli, was nearly unchanged in early trading.

Turing and KaloBios declined to comment. A lawyer for Shkreli did not immediately respond to requests for comment. Efforts to reach Greebel were not immediately successful, and a lawyer could not be immediately identified.

A privately held startup, Turing sparked controversy earlier this year after news reports that it had raised the price of Daraprim, a 62-year-old treatment for a dangerous parasitic infection, to $750 a tablet from $13.50 after acquiring it.

The charges predate Turing and relate to Shkreli’s management of New York-based hedge fund MSMB Capital Management, whose closure he announced in 2012, and his time as CEO of Retrophin from 2012 to 2014.

The indictment said Shkreli made false representations to MSMB investors to draw in $3 million in investments.

After MSMB suffered devastating trading losses in 2011 and ceased trading, Shkreli for months sent fabricated updates to investors touting profits of as high as 40 percent since inception, the indictment said.

He also solicited $5 million from investors for another fund, MSMB Healthcare Management LP, while concealing his performance managing MSMB Capital and a prior fund and providing investors an inflated valuation of his then-private firm Retrophin, the indictment said.

To pay back the MSMB funds’ investors, Shkreli and Greebel misappropriated $11 million in Retrophin assets through settlement agreements and sham consulting deals, according to the indictment.

The case mirrors a lawsuit Retrophin filed in August against Shkreli in federal court in Manhattan for $65 million, claiming he had used his control over Retrophin to enrich himself and pay off MSMB investors’ claims.

Shkreli has denied the allegations.

The case is separate from the ongoing drug pricing controversy that had in recent weeks enveloped Shkreli and Turing Pharmaceuticals.

At least two separate Congressional probes have been launched since September on the pricing issues of Daraprim, which had long been available as a generic drug used to treat toxoplasmosis in AIDS patients. Turing is under investigation by the New York state attorney general for antitrust concerns.

At a Senate hearing on drug pricing last week, a doctor who treats babies with life-threatening toxoplasmosis testified that a course of treatment with Daraprim went from about $1,200 to no less than $69,000.

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Posted by on December 17, 2015 in American Greed


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Faux News Sycophant Arrested for Online Death Threats

These are the sort of people that Fox News and right wing politicians whip up into a frenzy…Futher they allow folks like this to freely spew hate and racism on their website to incite violence by others.

BUSTED: Feds arrest unhinged Fox News fan who spewed death threats against liberals and Obama

A Washington state man with a history using Fox News’ website to call for the murder of liberals – including President Barack Obama – has been taken into custody by U.S. Marshals, according to the Sacramento Bee.

Scott Anthony Orton, 57, of Puyallup,  admitted to federal investigators that he is the man behind the online name “Joseywhales” who made the violent threats. Orton reportedly told authorities his intent was to “wake people up” by painting ” a mental picture with words. I’m a wordsmith. That’s what I do.”

Orton, who claims he is a copywriter, recently posted threats against the staff and executives at StemExpress,  a company that supplies medical researchers with blood and tissue. StemExpress was one of the targets in the Planned Parenthood videos created by the anti-abortion group Center for Medical Progress that has already been linked to the shooting at a Colorado Springs Planned Parenthood.

In the comment section on Fox Nation, Orton wrote,“Kill StemExpress employees. I’ll pay you for it.”

Including the name of an executive of the firm, he later added, “Someone needs to double tap the [executive] of StemExpress. She lives in Placerville CA.” and “I think I’ll take a little trip to Placerville this weekend. I hear there’s some good hunting down Placerville way …”

Alerted to the threats, federal investigators received the full cooperation of Foxs New who helped them identify Orton as the comment poster.

In an interview in his home on Nov. 24, Orton admitted that he was the person behind the threats.

A further investigation shows that this may not have been Orton’s first foray into threats of violence against the public and national figures.

In June of this year, Newshounds captured screenshots of someone using the name “Joseywhales” threatening the life of black Baltimore state attorney Marilyn Mosby after she pledged to prosecute Baltimore police officers over the death of Freddie Gray.

“I’ll pay ten thousand dollars to the one who fires the shot that takes out Marilyn Mosby,” Joseywhales wrote, adding later,”Federal employees would be a lot more respectful if they knew that we knew where they live and where their kids go to school.”

Two years ago, reddit commenters captured Joseywhales threatening President Obama, writing:”Hey barack: ever see a skull explode?” and “Hey barack. You should hang by your neck until you feet quit kickin.”

In 2011, Charles Johnson at Little Green Footballs grabbed shots of Joseywhales on a Fox Nation thread about the  Fast & Furious gun-running investigation, threatening former Attorney General Eric holder.

“N i g g a r Holder, you are a d e a d man. You are a d e a d man walking. We got us a d e a d man walking here. D e a d man walking,” Joseywhales wrote.

Despite a request by federal authorities that Orton be held without bail, a federal magistrate judge ordered him set free on an unsecured appearance bond. He is expected to appear in a Sacramento courtroom on Dec. 29.

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Posted by on December 15, 2015 in Faux News


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Chicago Cop Who Murdered Laquan McDonald to be Charged

Another Killer Cop in Chicago looks like he is headed to trial for the killing of a 17 year old black kid.

Coroner’s Report shows the 16 shots which hit Laquan McDonald in the front and back, when he was on the ground by Officer Jason Van Dyke


Reports: Chicago police officer to be charged with murder of black teen shot 16 times

A white Chicago police officer is expected to be charged with murder in the 2014 shooting death of an African American teenager caught on dash-cam video, sources close to the investigation told the Associated Press, the Chicago Tribune and the Chicago Sun-Times Monday night.

Unnamed officials told the news organizations that Officer Jason Van Dyke is expected to appear at a bond hearing at noon Tuesday at which time he is also expected to be charged with murder. His lawyer has said that the officer’s actions were lawful.

“He believed in his heart of hearts that he was in fear for his life…he was concerned about the lives of [other] police officers,” Daniel Herbert told reporters last week.

If Van Dyke is indicted, the case will mark the first time a Chicago police officer has been charged with first-degree murder for an on-duty fatality in 35 years, according to the Tribune.

These reports come just a week after a judge ruled that the footage of the shooting must be released to the public by Wednesday.

Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s administration has been accused of withholding incriminating evidence over the course of a 13-month investigation into the incident.

Like so many deaths at the hands of police, Laquan McDonald’s seemed at first destined to be mired in an unending he-said, she-said.

The Chicago Police Department initially stated that McDonald, a 17-year-old African American, “lunged” at officers with a knife in a Burger King parking lot. The department’s longtime spokesperson, Pat Camden, said at the scene that McDonald posed “a very serious threat,” leaving one officer no choice but to lodge a fatal bullet into the teenager’s chest.

Reporters and a few witnesses were skeptical of this account, especially after the Cook County Medical Examiner announced that McDonald in fact had “multiple” gunshot wounds. An autopsy later revealed that McDonald had been shot 16 times, in different places all over his body.

Jamie Kalven, the freelance journalist who first obtained the autopsy through a Freedom of Information Act request, called these details “the silent testimony of Laquan McDonald’s corpse.”

Gunshot wound of the left scalp. Gunshot wound of the neck. Gunshot wound of the right upper leg. And so on.

At least two bullets appeared to have gone through McDonald’s back.

The medical examiner described a “well-developed, well-nourished” young man with dreadlocks and several tattoos. One on the right arm read “Quan”; another on his right hand read “Good Son”; a last on the other hand depicted a pair of dice accompanied by the catchphrase “YOLO,” short for “You Only Live Once.”…Read the Rest of this developing story here

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Posted by on November 24, 2015 in BlackLivesMatter, The New Jim Crow


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Blue Criminals Matter – Nov 9th

One of the things that has been exposed by BLM and other folks looking at Police Accountability is the level of criminality within the Police Forces themselves. It is a pretty common theme in most TV Police drama that the officers are affected by their jobs, and some seek refuge in drinking. What is not discussed, is there is a criminality level within the Police Forces which appears to statistically mirror the general population…If not worse.


Decided to post the Police Criminality incidents, and results on a weekly basis as a feature. Perhaps it will stimulate a conversation, if not, in some small way, help tear down the wall of invincibility relative to accountability.

  1. ‏@NPMRP 8m8 minutes ago – Kern Co., CA deputy faces charges for firing his gun outside casino. Fellow deputy pled guilty to aiding him.
  2. ‏@NPMRP 37m37 minutes ago – USCBP (Douglas, AZ) fmr agent pled guilty to smuggling marijuana from Mexico. He will be sentenced in January.
  3. ‏@NPMRP 1h1 hour ago – Update:Memphis, TN officer remains suspended after grand jury did not indict for shooting death of Darrius Stewart.
  4. ‏@NPMRP 2h2 hours ago – Lorain, OH officer suspended for 30 days for giving his wife credentials to access confidential police database.
  5. ‏@NPMRP 2h2 hours ago – Fort Smith, AR officer suspended w/o pay for 30 days after sexual harassment complaint filed by another officer.
  6. ‏@NPMRP 3h3 hours ago – Millburn, NJ to pay $455k in damages to fmr sergeant who was retaliated against for whistleblowing against officer
  7. ‏@NPMRP 3h3 hours ago – Update: Chatham Co., GA deputies sentenced for death of Matthew Ajibade. One given 30 days in jail; other probation
  8. ‏@NPMRP 4h4 hours ago – Lafayette Parish, LA deputy arrested for OWI and speeding.
  9. ‏@NPMRP 4h4 hours ago – USCBP (Brownsville, TX) agent charged w/ murder and other charges related to organized crime & trafficking.
  10. ‏@NPMRP 5h5 hours ago – Marksville, LA marshals (2) charged with 2nd deg murder for shooting death of six year old boy.
  11. ‏@NPMRP Nov 4 – Suffolk Co., NY will pay $95,000 to Long Island man beaten by a deputy.
  12. ‏@NPMRP Nov 4 – Los Angeles Co.,CA settles lawsuit with woman who was raped by on-duty deputy for $6,000,000
  13. ‏@NPMRP Nov 4 – Suffolk Co., MA deputy arrested for assaulting teen.
  14. ‏@NPMRP Nov 4 – Phoenix, AZ officer arrested for family assault.
  15. ‏@NPMRP Nov 4 – Conway, AR fmr officer arrested for child pornography possession.
  16. ‏@NPMRP Nov 4 – Louisiana Dept of Public Safety officer arrested for attempted murder in connection with the shooting of a woman.
  17. ‏@NPMRP Nov 4 – Cook Co., IL deputy convicted of domestic violence and sentenced to 30 days in jail
  18. ‏@NPMRP Nov 3 – Watervliet, NY officer charged w/ participation in a drug ring. Another’s home was searched in unrelated issue.
  19. ‏@NPMRP Nov 3 – Bardstown, KY officer fired for interference in missing person case that involved his brother.
  20. ‏@NPMRP Nov 3 – England, AR officer fired and arrested for falsely claiming he was shot during traffic stop.
  21. ‏@NPMRP Nov 3 – Lynchburg, VA officer indicted for obtaining money by way of false pretenses.
  22. ‏@NPMRP Nov 3 – Update: East Cleveland, OH 2 officers pled guilty to ripping off $1000s from drug dealers. Will testify against 3rd.
  23. ‏@NPMRP Nov 3 – Update: Los Angeles Co., CA fmr sergeant sentenced to eight years for beating a handcuffed jail visitor. ‏@NPMRP Nov 3 – USCIS officer pled guilty to concealing relationship w/ foreign national in security clearance investigation.
  24. ‏@NPMRP Nov 3 – Update: Jersey City, NJ officer acquitted for fatal hit-and-run in 2013:
  25. ‏@NPMRP Nov 3 – San Juan, TX officer suspended after rollover crash that left several injured. Use of alcohol is suspected.
  26. ‏@NPMRP Nov 2 – Glendale, CA officer arrested for drunkenly assaulting officers in Burbank.
  27. ‏@NPMRP Nov 2 – Columbus, MS officer fired and two others were suspended for their roles in fatal shooting of Ricky Ball in October.
  28. ‏@NPMRP Nov 2 – Mercer Co., NJ officer suspended and charged for accessing database and sharing mugshot of suspect shot by officers
  29. ‏@NPMRP Nov 2 – Lafayette Parish, LA deputy arrested for smuggling drugs into the jail.
  30. ‏@NPMRP Nov 2 – New York, NY settled lawsuit against deaf and mute woman who was wrongly arrested for $750,000.
  31. ‏@NPMRP Nov 2 – Update: Ramsey Co., MN fmr deputy pled guilty to selling merchandise to pawn shop that was criminal evidence.
  32. ‏@NPMRP Nov 2 – Los Angeles Co., CA deputy pled not guilty to assault & battery against a bartender for 2014 bar fight.
  33. ‏@NPMRP Nov 2 – Newark, NJ officer suspended and arrested for pointing his gun at a man in an off-duty incident.
  34. ‏@NPMRP Nov 2 – Austin, TX fmr officer has manslaughter case dismissed by federal judge who cited immunity.
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Posted by on November 9, 2015 in BlackLivesMatter


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Louisiana Officer Charged In SUV Shooting KIlling 6 YO Boy

This one has an interesting twist, which explains the rapid charging of the officers involved…

2 Louisiana Officers Charged With Second-Degree Murder in Killing of Boy, 6

The young victim – Jeremy Mardis

Two police officers have been arrested on charges of second-degree murder in connection with the shooting death of a 6-year-old boy during a pursuit of his father in a sport utility vehicle in central Louisiana, the state police said Friday.

The officers, Norris Greenhouse Jr. and Lt. Derrick Stafford, who were placed on administrative leave after the chase on Tuesday, also face charges of attempted second-degree murder, Col. Michael Edmonson, superintendent of the Louisiana State Police, said during a news conference on Friday.

The father, Chris Few, who was driving, was critically injured in the shooting. Mr. Few’s son, Jeremy Mardis, was killed after the police opened fire on the S.U.V.

The coroner said the boy was struck several times in the head and chest. An autopsy was performed on Wednesday, but a final report was not expected to be ready for eight weeks.

“He didn’t deserve to die like that and that’s what’s important,” Colonel Edmonson said Friday. “That little boy was buckled in the front seat of that vehicle and that was how he died.”

Colonel Edmonson said that over the past 72 hours, investigators had studied footage from body cameras, interviewed witnesses and listened to 911 recordings. He promised a “methodical and detail oriented investigation.”

He declined to say why the police began pursuing Mr. Few’s vehicle, or what caused them to open fire.

Describing the body camera footage, Colonel Edmonson said, “I can tell you as a father it was one of the most disturbing things I have witnessed.”

Two other police officers were involved in the chase, in addition to Officer Greenhouse and Lieutenant Stafford, the superintendent said, but he declined to say whether either of the other officers was suspected of wrongdoing.

He said investigators would follow the case “wherever this takes us” and that the state police had seized guns from all officers present during the shooting.

All four are officers with the Marksville, La., police who work part time as city marshals.

Norris Greenhouse Jr., left, and Lt. Derrick Stafford.

So THAT’s what it takes to see justice when a policeman wrongly kills a citizen.

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Posted by on November 7, 2015 in BlackLivesMatter, The Definition of Racism


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Police Misconduct

You would think Officers of the Law would be beyond theft, wife abuse, and murder… But they are human, too.

The above?


Just to make that point there is a site which tracks cases of Officer Misconduct among the Police

Here are the 20 reports of police misconduct tracked from Friday, August 28 through Tuesday, September 8, 2015 which were condensed from a Twitter Feed:

  • Charlotte County, Florida: A deputy was fired and arrested for using a law enforcement database to find information about women. He has been accused of harassment.
  • Update: Charlotte-Mecklenberg, North Carolina: The officer who fatally shot Jonathan Ferrell will not face second trial after his first ended in a hung jury.
  • New York, New York: The City paid $57,500 to a plumber who was wrongfully arrested for carrying an illegal knife.
  • Montgomery, Alabama: An officer was arrested along with his wife for an episode of domestic violence.
  • Garfield, New Jersey: An officer arrested was for DUI after crashing a car while he was off duty.
  • Massachusetts Bay Transit Authority (Boston): An officer was arrested for assault at a stadium. She was already on leave for domestic violence and also has been named in a civil rights suit against the agency.
  • Millis, Massachusetts: An officer was fired and arrested for fabricating a story about a shootout and firing his weapon into his own cruiser that had caught fire after hitting a tree.
  • Update: Baltimore, Maryland (First reported 05-01-15): The City has agreed to pay the family of Freddie Gray $6.4 million to settle a wrongful death lawsuit.
  • Corning, Arkansas: An officer was arrested on drug and database misuse charges.
  • Update: El Paso County, Texas (First reported 05-08-14): A now-former deputy was indicted for fondling a woman in custody.
  • New Ulm, Minnesota: The police chief was arrested for domestic
  • Mounds, Illinois: The police chief resigned after being suspended for his actions in a bar fight.
  • Fox Lake, Illinois: The police chief resigned after he was suspended for an altercation with a
  • Update: Eagle County, Colorado (First reported 10-08-14): A deputy was sentenced to 90 days in jail and 90 days of work release after he pled guilty to two misdemeanors stemming from an alleged sexual assault. He also must register as sex offender.
  • Update: Fairfax County, Virginia: The prosecutor will not seek charges in the tasing death of Natasha McKenna while in custody.
  • Update: Clovis, California (First reported 08-25-15): An officer will not face criminal charges after domestic violence arrest. He remains on paid leave while he faces administrative charges.
  • Columbus, Ohio: A now-former officer was indicted for stealing $90,000 in veterans’ benefits after her mother passed away.
  • San Francisco, California: A now-former officer was arrested for grand theft and embezzlement.
  • Florida State Police: Twelve officers were fired, forced into retirement, or disciplined for participating in a bogus overtime scheme.
  • Santa Clara County, California: Three deputies were placed on leave and arrested after the jailhouse death of 31-year-old inmate Michael Tyree. The autopsy revealed the cause of death was blunt force trauma.

This is today’s Twitter feed of misconduct (crime)...

Interesting, but Fox Lake, Il was where an officer was just murdered.

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Posted by on September 9, 2015 in The Post-Racial Life


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