President Donald Trump politicized the death of his chief of staff’s son to slur his predecessor — and it appears he may not be telling the whole truth.
Trump claimed Monday that President Barack Obama did not call the families of slain service members, and he suggested Tuesday that the former president had disrespected retired Gen. John Kelly by neglecting to call when his Marine son was killed.
“You could ask General Kelly if he got a call from Obama,” Trump said.
It’s not clear that Obama offered condolences to Kelly by phone, but CNN’s Jeff Zeleny said the retired general and his wife joined first lady Michelle Obama at her table during a White House breakfast for Gold Star families in 2011.
“President Obama engaged families of the fallen and wounded warriors throughout his presidency through calls, letters, visits to [Arlington Cemetery], visits to Walter Reed, visits to Dover, and regular meetings with Gold Star families at the White House and across the country,” a former White House official told Politico.
Second Lt. Robert Kelly was killed at age 29 while leading a platoon in Afghanistan in November 2010, and his father delivered a speech four days later about military sacrifices and the troops’ growing isolation from society.
His father has largely avoided speaking publicly about his family’s loss since then, and asked the Marine Corps officer who introduced him ahead of that impassioned speech not to mention his son.
“We are only one of 5,500 American families who have suffered the loss of a child in this war,” Kelly told the Washington Post six years ago. “The death of my boy simply cannot be made to seem any more tragic than the others.”
The family of a 15-year-old girl in Stockton, CA says that hospital staff dismissed the girl’s complaints of chest pain twice and ignored signs of the blood clots that ended up killing her.
TheRoot.com said that Yunique Morris’ family believe the fact that she was black played a role in doctors’ refusal to take her seriously when she said she was ill and in pain.
Weeks ago, the 15-year-old cheerleader at Weston Ranch High School went to San Joaquin General Hospital, said her grandmother Wanda Ely.
Ely told Fox 40 News that the doctor at San Joaquin diagnosed Yunique with chest-wall pain, gave her pain medicine and antibiotics and sent her home.
“Her health just started going downhill,” Ely said. “It got to the point where she couldn’t even go up and down a flight of stairs without getting out of breath.”
Days later Yunique returned to the hospital and saw the same physician, who insisted that the girl was merely experiencing inflammation and that more serious intervention was not needed.
Days passed and the teen grew more and more ill.
Then last Thursday, she sent her mother a frantic text message that said, “I NEED TO GO TO THE HOSPITAL, I JUST PASSED OUT, I’M THROWING UP NOW.”
Yunique’s older brother rushed her to San Joaquin’s emergency room where doctors diagnosed her with multiple blood clots in her chest and rushed to save her life. Their efforts were in vain, however. Hours later, Yunique was dead.
Racial disparities are a fact of life — and death — for black patients in the U.S. healthcare system.
The death of a pioneering judge found in the Hudson River is being treated as “suspicious” by the NYPD — which has a special contingent of cops investigating how she wound up in the water, The Post has learned.
“We’re looking at it as a suspicious death at this point,” NYPD spokesman Stephen Davis said.
“We haven’t found any clear indications of criminality, but at this point we can’t say for sure. We’re hoping if anyone could shed any light into the hours before her disappearance, it would help us establish what happened.”
Investigators have spent days poring over surveillance video in a vain attempt to trace the final movements of Court of Appeals Judge Sheila Abdus-Salaam last week, sources said Tuesday.
Extra cops have been assigned to find and review additional video from stores, residential buildings and mass transit, sources said.
“The problem is that where she lives, there’s a dozen ways of going anywhere,” one source said.
She was last seen alive by a deliveryman who handed her a package at her apartment the morning of April 12, sources said, and she was reported missing by her husband after he got a call around noon saying she hadn’t shown up at work.
Her body was found floating in about three feet of water near 132nd Street around 1:45 p.m., sources have said.
The Medical Examiner’s Office hasn’t determined the cause and manner of her death, but sources said an autopsy found water in her lungs, suggesting she was alive when she went into the river.
Some slight bruising was found on her neck, but her eyes didn’t show the type of bleeding consistent with strangulation, sources said.
There were no signs of forced entry or a struggle in her apartment at 113 W. 131st St., and she left behind her car, pocketbook, cash, MetroCard and cellphone, which are possible signs of suicidal intent, source said.
Without any evidence that Abdus-Salaam voluntarily jumped into the water, NYPD brass are “worried a video could pop up where a guy has her in headlock, or is dragging her, and it’s not a suicide,” a source said.
“God forbid someone a year from now says, ‘I killed the judge and this is how I did it,’” and police don’t have the evidence to support or refute that claim, the source added,
“That’s why they’re sending out these notices. It’s to cover their bases.”
There is an epidemic out there in Trump Country. And it is killing more white, rural and suburban kids than all the black-on-black crime than any of the cities…Over three times as many and growing every year.
The Chumph’s budget cuts, and Paul Ryan’s Chumpcare assure that more of these kids will be dying, because of cuts (or outright dropping) in addiction treatment, availability of overdose drugs, and availability of counseling.
These kid’s parents voted for Trump…And in doing so killed their own children.
An Ohio father who lost two of his three children to heroin overdoses said he received a letter celebrating their deaths that was postmarked from a condominium complex owned by President Donald Trump.
Roger Winemiller shared his family’s story earlier this month with the New York Timesand WCPO-TV, and he got an anonymous letter about a week later that called for the repeal of Obamacare and referred to Trump, the TV station reported.
“It’s wonderful that junkies overdose and die,” the letter reads. “That is the only way we can rid America of all those low-life scum. I am so happy that your children did their part in reducing the drug population.”
The writer suggested that the Republican plan to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act would break the grip of heroin addiction in many parts of the U.S.
“We should look forward to the repeal of filthy Obamacare,” the letter reads. “When we reduce mooching, those thieves will quickly die when they lose medical access.”
The Wayne Township father lost his 31-year-old daughter to overdose March 26, 2016, and her older brother died from overdose nine months later. His surviving son, Roger T. Winemiller, has also struggled with drug addiction but is currently in recovery.
“It’s a perfect example of what we face here in this nation,” Winemiller said. “The type of people who are too heartless and self-centered to realize that addicts are beautiful people, and they are someone’s son or daughter. If they had a chance to talk to a recovering addict and see how vibrant they are, how intelligent, they might think differently.”
The letter was marked with a Trump Palace return address, but an employee told WCPO that the Trump Group-owned residential property had never had a resident whose name matched the sender’s signature.
Warren County, where Winemiller lives, backed Trump over Hillary Clinton in November’s election by a 67-29 spread — a much higher margin that Ohio’s overall 52-44 tilt toward the Republican candidate.
The southwestern Ohio county, like many others that backed Trump, is struggling with an epidemic of heroin addiction.
A recent task force report found Warren County, an exurban community between Cincinnati and Dayton, had seen a double- or triple-digit increase in opioid heroin overdoses and deaths.
Drug overdose was listed as the cause of death in 20 fatalities in 2014, up from 11 in Warren County a decade before, and shot up to 60 in 2015, according to medical authorities.
About 70 percent of those addiction cases start with prescription drug use in the home, but some addicts move on to heroin — which is both cheaper and more powerful.
A post-election analysis by historian Kathleen Frydl found a strong correlation between the opioid epidemic and counties in Ohio and Pennsylvania that swung from President Barack Obama in 2012 to Trump in 2016.
Twenty-six Ohio counties reported 20 or more drug overdose deaths per 100,000 people in 2015, and there was a 10 percent surge in all but two of those counties in support for Trump compared with Republican Mitt Romney in 2012.
There was a corresponding 10-percent or more drop in Clinton support compared with Obama in the previous election — and the shift was big enough for five of those counties to flip from Democrat in 2012 to GOP in 2016.
All but four of 33 high-overdose counties in Pennsylvania followed the same trend.
Another study by Penn State sociologist Shannon Monnat found Trump’s overperformance in Rust Belt counties correlated with other public health crises — including drug and alcohol addiction and suicide.
Rogers was awarded the Congressional Gold Medal in 2007
The last member of the original Tuskegee Airmen, Willie Rogers of St. Petersburg, Florida, died Monday. He was 101 years old. The Airmen were members of the first African-American military aviation squadron in U.S. armed forces history.
“He didn’t like a lot of fuss,” said Clinton Glover, Rogers’ nephew. “He was humble. That’s who he was.”
Rogers was drafted into the U.S. Army in 1942 and served as a member of the logistics team in the 100th Air Engineer Squad and the Red Tail Angels. During a mission in Italy, Rogers was shot in the stomach and leg by German soldiers in January 1943. He spent three months in a London hospital recovering from his wounds.
On April 29, 1945, following Germany’s surrender and the liberation of the Dachau concentration camp, Rogers, along with other American troops, took inventory of the camp.
Former President George W. Bush welcomed the Tuskegee Airmen’s 300 surviving members to the White House in 2007 and awarded each of them the Congressional Gold Medal. Neither Rogers nor his daughters, Felicia Rogers and Veronica Williams, attended the ceremony, and they didn’t even know about their father’s participation with the group until 2012.
The Tampa Bay Times reported that “part of the reason for that silence, he’d tell his family, was because his work was on the ground in logistics and administration, not in the sky where the heroics took place.”
Six years later in November 2013, Rogers received his Congressional Gold Medal. Besides that award, Rogers’ portrait was placed in the St. Petersburg Museum of History, and he received the keys to the cities of Lakeland and St. Petersburg, Florida.
“He would always say there were many who deserved attention more, but were not here to receive it,” Williams said.
Rogers lived in St. Petersburg after the war and opened his own business — Rogers Radio Sales and Services. He was born in Apalachicola, Florida, in 1915.
From 1942 to 1946, approximately 15,000 men and women participated in the Tuskegee Institute during World War II. The U.S. military trained civilians as part of the Tuskegee Experience, starting in May 1940 when students completed their pilot training program.
The Tuskegee Airmen would turn out to be one of the most successful fighter units in U.S. history — fighting in more than 200 combat missions and never losing a single bomber to enemy fire. No other group can claim that achievement.
Although African-Americans were often discriminated against while serving in the military, Rogers was still able to put that into perspective.
“He could give dates, names, locations of events from the war,” Williams said. “But he didn’t like to give specifics about what occurred to him. He saw things that were bad. And he experienced treatment because he was African-American that wasn’t fair.
“He recognized that we as a people, and he as a black man, have come a long way, but that there is still more to go. But in God’s eyes, there is no color, he’d say. We are all one and he lived by the greatest commandment — to love one another.”
Joyce Curnell, a 50-year-old black woman from South Carolina, died in jail last summer less than two weeks after a much more widely reported but similar-sounding incident: the suicide of Sandra Bland. Bland had been pulled over in Texas for failing to signal a lane change; Curnell had been arrested on a bench warrant related to a shoplifting incident from four years earlier. Both women were dead within days of being booked. Together, their cases appeared to be part of a pattern: Black people, and black women in particular, were dying in local jails after being locked up on minor charges. During the month of July 2015 alone, three other such cases were reported.
On Wednesday, the Curnell family filed documents indicating their intention to sue the medical contractor for the Charleston County jail, which they accuse of depriving Curnell of water and medical attention despite unambiguous indications that she was unwell.
There are at least two shocking aspects to the story as described in the documents.
The first is that Curnell was arrested as a direct result of checking into a hospital emergency room. According to Curnell family lawyers, Curnell had been complaining of nausea and vomiting when she was taken to an ER in an ambulance and diagnosed with gastroenteritis. It was during her two-hour stay at Roper St. Francis Hospital that, as the Post and Courier puts it, “it was discovered” that there was a bench warrant for her arrest stemming from a little more than $1,000 in unpaid court fees. How exactly that discovery was made is unclear—do police in Charleston run people’s names for outstanding warrants when they check into hospitals?—but it resulted in the arrival of deputies from the sheriff’s office who took Curnell directly to jail after she was discharged by doctors.
The second shocking aspect of Curnell’s story is that, according to Wednesday’s court filings, she spent her night in jail vomiting continuously but was not given proper medical attention. Instead, the documents allege, jail staff provided her with a trash bag because she could not make it to the bathroom. She was found dead the next day.
The case will likely turn on what the family can prove about the exact cause of Curnell’s death, and what the nurses at the Charleston County Detention Center did and did not do during the 27 hours that Curnell was in custody. The basic allegation, as stated in Wednesday’s court filing, is that Curnell died “because she was deprived of water” and denied the medication that had been prescribed to her during her hospital stay.
One key thing to note is that the target of the legal action here is not the Charleston County Sheriff’s Office, but the private medical company that is contracted to provide medical care to all Charleston County detainees. That company, the Carolina Center for Occupational Health, stands accused of ignoring jailhouse staff when they asked for Curnell to be examined.
The Post and Courier reported that three telephone calls and an email to the contractor went unreturned Wednesday. A representative of the Charleston County Sheriff’s Office, which runs the jail where Curnell died, told the paper he had just learned of the court filings and declined to comment.
Gynna McMillen was brought into the Lincoln Village Regional Juvenile Detention Center in Elizabethtown, Kentucky, on January 10, 2016, after police were called to her mother’s house about a “domestic incident.” The next morning she was found unresponsive in a cell. What happened to her? Why is she dead after less than 24 hours in the detention facility? These are questions being asked by Gynna’s family and others concerned about the deaths of Black people in police custody.
Slowly, investigators are releasing information, and what we know so far is horrifying. Gynna McMillen, a 16-year-old Black girl, died in a detention center where staff used martial arts to restrain her when she refused to remove her sweatshirt. Gynna McMillen died while isolated in a cell. Gynna McMillen died alone: No one followed the protocol to check on her every 15 minutes.
Black children have always faced disproportionately brutal treatment in jail. “Opportunities Lost: Racial Disparities in Juvenile Justice in Kentucky and Identified Needs for Systems Change,” a 2009 issue brief written and published by Kentucky Youth Advocates, details disproportionate contact with children of color at every level of the juvenile legal system, from complaints against youth to arrest and detainment. Despite representing only 9.5 percent of the Kentucky youth population, African-American youth are more than twice as likely as white youth to have complaints filed against them, four times more likely to be detained during any point in court processing and more than four times as likely to have their cases referred to adult courts.
In 2013, the rate of African-American youth detained in juvenile detention, correctional and/or residential facilities was 495 per 100,000, the highest of any racial or ethnic group, according to National Kids Count data. For African-American girls specifically, the rate was 78 per 100,000, according to the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention.
While the arrest rate has declined for boys in the juvenile legal system, it has not fallen as sharply for girls. African-American girls represent 33.2 percent of girls who are detained, although they are only 14 percent of the population. Many incarcerated girls have experienced one or more traumas, including abuse, poverty, mental illness and being funneled through child welfare systems. Instead of receiving the help they need, girls are routed into the juvenile legal system because of their victimization. Sometimes, their response to trauma is itself criminalized. As Monique Morris wrote in America’s Wire, African-American girls are often criminalized for qualities associated with survival, such as being loud and defiant….Read The Rest Here…
“My brother, hero and best friend Maurice White passed away peacefully last night in his sleep,” Verdine White said in a statement on Earth, Wind & Fire’s Facebook page. “While the world has lost another great musician and legend, our family asks that our privacy is respected as we start what will be a very difficult and life changing transition in our lives. Thank you for your prayers and well wishes.”
White was born in Memphis, Tennessee on December 19, 1941. The famed singer, producer and drummer founded Earth, Wind & Fire in the 1960s. The Grammy-winning band produced many well-known hits, among them “Shining Star,” “Boogie Wonderland, “That’s The Way Of The World” and “September.”
“Everybody knows that he has Parkison’s,” Verdine said in 2013. “Thank you for your prayers and wishes. It was a pivotal moment for the three of us, having to go out without him and he gave us his blessings.”
Darren Rainey was an inmate in the Dade Correctional Institution in Miami, Florida. Like a number of inmates he suffered from mental illness, in his case schizophrenia, a severe disease which can cause episodes of hallucinations and erratic and irrational actions by the victim. He apparently had an episode while lock in his cell, where he stripped himself naked and defecated on himself. The guards decided to teach him a lesson by locking him in a shower located in a different part of the prison bypassing the showers in the unit where he was held, and turning the hot water on – where he was left for the better part of a day. He was scalded to death by the hot water.
There are a couple of issues here – including the fact that there are regulations on the hot water temperature when working with patients (or prisoners) who have mental issues, just as the doctors and government tells you when having a baby – you should turn the hot water heater in your house down to 10-20 degrees below the standard setting of 135 to prevent accidental scalding. Testimony by other prisoners at Dade claim that the other showers (the ones they didn’t put Rainey in) were the ones where the temperatures had been set to safe levels – and the one he was locked in was particularly hot.
Darren Rainey was locked in a scalding jail shower and when he came out, his skin melted off. The wait for an autopsy took years. The wait for justice continues.
For a man who died in a shower, officials were in a hurry to cremate his body.
Miami cops showed up at the doorstep of Andre Chapman in 2012 with news: his younger brother Darren Rainey died after “he collapsed in the shower” inside Dade Correctional Institution in Miami, Florida.
Chapman didn’t even know his schizophrenia-stricken brother had been moved to Miami.
And while he was forced to come to grips with the sudden loss, Chapman said he was already being pushed by a Miami-Dade County Medical Examiner’s officer to cremate his brother’s remains.
“I asked the man ‘What does his body look like?’ He says, ‘It looks fine,’” Chapman told The Daily Beast.
“This was before I found out he was put in the shower and scalded to death.”
After getting that news, Chapman called the same official who had prodded him to quickly cremate his brother—in other words, destroy the evidence.
The window to exhume Rainey’s body and perform an independent autopsy was closed once his corpse was cremated.
Chapman could only go off the officer’s word.
“After I found out I called him again: ‘Do you remember what I asked you?’
“And this time he had amnesia or something. He didn’t remember,” Chapman said.
According to a preliminary medical report, his brother’s 50-year-old body was far from “fine.” The report noted that Rainey’s body temperature when it was pulled without a pulse from the correctional facility’s shower was a volcanic 104.9 degrees Fahrenheit.
“Mr. Rainey was burned over 90% of his body, skin was hot/warm to touch and skin comes off when touched,” a note from the medical report included in Chapman’s federal lawsuit filed on Nov. 5, 2014 against the Florida Department of Corrections said.
he Miami Herald, whose years-long work by Julie K. Brown uncovered Rainey’s suspicious death, reported Friday he apparently suffered no “thermal” injuries, or burns, on his body, according to law-enforcement sources. Instead, the medical examiner ruled the cause of death as “accidental” as a result of “complications” from schizophrenia, heart disease, and “confinement” in the shower back on June 23, 2012.
That’s all that Chapman knows about what happened to his brother, medically speaking, because it’s taken an unbelievable three years for the medical examiner’s office to complete their report on Rainey’s death. Now that it’s finally finished, Chapman has been barred from learning about the results.
“I’m deeply bothered, man,” Chapman said. “They’re playing a game here. I’m just in the dark with this now. They don’t want to come clean.”
When the death certificate came it might as well have been written in wingdings.
“I have never gotten an autopsy; and on his death certificate it’s ‘death unknown.’”…Read The Rest Here…
This one sounds like the Hospital screwed up big time. It probably would have made too much sense to have the woman, who was complaining of being unable to breathe sit in the Emergency Waiting area where she could be under observation by the medical staff on duty…
The Florida State chapter of the NAACP said they “strongly believe the death was due to negligence by the police department and hospital.”
A woman who refused to leave a hospital when doctors discharged her died after she was forcibly removed by police, authorities said Tuesday.
Barbara Dawson, 57, collapsed Monday while being escorted in handcuffs from the Liberty Calhoun Hospital, where she went to seek treatment for breathing difficulties, said Blountstown Police Department chief Mark Mallory. Mallory said an officer had arrested Dawson for disorderly conduct and trespassing.
An autopsy on Dawson has been performed and the results should be released Wednesday, Mallory said. Florida Department of Law Enforcement officials have been called in to investigate, department spokesman Steve Arthur said. He declined to comment further.
Mallory said that the officer who arrested Dawson removed the handcuffs after she collapsed and escorted her back into the hospital.
“We were told by a doctor once she got back in the hospital that her vital signs were good and it was their decision to readmit her,” he said. He said dashcam footage from the officer’s car does not show the incident but does pick up the audio.
Hospital officials did not return telephone calls Tuesday night. Ruth Attaway, administrator and CEO of the hospital, was quoted by The Tallahassee Democrat as saying that staff did everything they could to save Dawson.
While doctors initially thought Dawson was stable and should be released, she felt like she was still having breathing issues and wanted to stay, said Tallahassee attorney Daryl Parks, who is representing Dawson’s family.
“The most reasonable thing to do is to let her sit there and be able to settle down until she felt well. Instead, she is forcibly removed and put in cuffs,” Parks said. “The early facts of this case should cause a great concern for everyone.”
Authorities will announce that a northern Illinois police officer whose shooting death led to a massive manhunt in September killed himself, an official briefed on the crime investigation told The Associated Press.
The Lake County Sheriff’s Office has called a Wednesday news conference to announce “conclusive results” of the investigation. The official spoke to the AP Tuesday night on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to brief the media.
The investigation into the death of Lieutenant Charles Joseph Gliniewicz determined that the Fox Lake officer died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound, other media outlets reported Tuesday, all citing anonymous sources.
A spokesman for the Lake County Sheriff’s Office, Christopher Covelli, declined any comment Tuesday evening. The office said in a statement that it would not comment until the news conference.
Gliniewicz, a U.S. army veteran affectionately known as “G.I. Joe,” radioed on Sept. 1 that he was chasing three suspicious men on foot. Backup officers later found his body 50 yards from his squad car.
Authorities said in October that the officer, 52, was shot with his own weapon.
He was struck by two rounds, one that hit his ballistic vest with the force of a “sledgehammer” and another that pierced his upper chest, Lake County Major Crimes Task Force Commander George Filenko said at the time.
After Gliniewicz’s shooting, a massive manhunt ensued, with hundreds of officers searching houses, cabins and even boats on a chain of area lakes. Authorities released a vague description of three suspects, though no one was ever arrested.
Flags flew at half-staff in honor of the 30-year police veteran after the shooting in Fox Lake, a close-knit community of 10,000 residents located about 50 miles north of Chicago. Signs with the officer’s picture hung in storefront windows.
The tattooed officer with a shaved head was described by those who knew him as tough when needed, but also as sweet and a role model to youngsters aspiring to go into law enforcement.
Authorities say an Illinois police officer who killed himself in what they say was an elaborately staged suicide embezzled money from a police program for seven years.
Lake County Major Crimes Task Force Commander George Filenko led the investigation into the Sept. 1 shooting death of Fox Lake police Lieutenant Charles Joseph Gliniewicz.
Filenko said Wednesday that Gliniewicz had been stealing and laundering money from the Fox Lake police explorers club, which he oversaw. He says Gliniewicz spent thousands of dollars of the money to pay for personal purchases, mortgage payments and travel, among other things.
On the day he died, Gliniewicz radioed that he was chasing three suspicious men. His death led to a large manhunt, but no arrests were made.
A South Carolina police officer won’t face any charges in the shooting death of an unarmed man during a drug bust.
Prosecutors declined to charge Seneca Police Lt. Mark Tiller in the July 26 shooting death of 19-year-old Zachary Hammond as he attempted to drive away from the officer in the parking lot of a fast food restaurant.
Investigators finally released dashboard camera video, which shows Tiller park his patrol car directly behind the car where Hammond and a friend, Tori Morton, were eating food while on a first date.
Video shows the officer get out of his patrol car and draw his gun as Hammond backs up and attempts to drive around the approaching Tiller.
“Hands up, stop, stop, stop,” the officer screams at Hammond.
The officer gets close enough to Hammond’s car to place his hand on the hood before he can turn the wheel and switch gears to drive forward past the officer — who is leaning into the open driver’s side window with his handgun drawn.
Hammond continues driving as the officer keeps his hand on the car’s hood, and Tiller steps back once — out of the car’s path — and opens fire twice less than 6 seconds after getting out of his patrol car in the Hardee’s parking lot.
An independent autopsy found that Hammond had been shot twice, once in the left shoulder from behind and once in the left side of his chest.
A witness said Tiller pulled Hammond’s body from the car, went to the rear of his patrol car and pulled something out that he placed under the slain driver’s body.
The initial police report did not mention the shooting, which Chief John Covington said was justified because Tiller believed Hammond intended to run him over.
Chrissy Adams, the 10th Circuit Solicitor, announced Tuesday that she would not charge Tiller at the state level, saying the officer’s actions were justified.
“What may seem ‘reasonable’ to any of us who are not in the heat of the moment or at risk of losing our life is a far cry from an officer actually being in a tense situation where he or she is force to make a split second decision while facing a criminal assailant,” Adams said in a statement….The Rest Here…
Gun crazies have been driving American policy through fear and extortion for a long time. Americans are the most armed country in the world outside of perhaps the Congo. This has gone above and beyond people who are legitimate sportsmen to supporting mass murders and gun crazies.
It needs to stop.
And before the gun nuts start squealing, I am a gun owner, ex competitive shooter, own a small collection going back to the 1860’s… And grew up hunting and fishing.
But I never needed a machine gun to kill a rabbit. See no need to constantly run around armed… And am sick and tired of his being the only country in the world which is not involved in an internal war…
Where folks can’t even go to school, drive down the street, or go to Church safely.
That’s right, despite all the caterwauling by the racist right about “black on black crime”, the simple fact of the matter is that drunk white folks in Wyoming kill more people percentage wise than black folks in many cities.
Those who said they have driven within two hours after drinking any alcohol report an average of 11 such trips in the past year (males 14.4 vs females 5.9 trips). Whites account for 84 percent of all monthly trips, while this groups comprises 77 percent of the 16 to 64 year old population. The percentages for monthly alcohol trips and population are: Blacks — 5 and 9 percent; Hispanics — 5 and 7 percent; Asian Americans — 1 and 2 percent; and Native Americans and Eskimos — 3 and 2 percent. About 3 percent of whites, 2 percent of Blacks, 2 percent of Asian and 7 percent of American Indian/Eskimos age 16-64 report being stopped by the police for suspicion of drinking and driving.
What this feeds isa high DUI rate in rural and suburban areas.
In one popular explanation for the mass exodus from urban America over the last several decades, people left the city because the city wasn’t safe. In suburban and rural America, by contrast, the cars drive slower down cul-de-sacs, random crime is less common, and gunfire is scarce. You’ve probably heard this before.
Here, however, is the data: Yes, homicide-related death rates are significantly higher in urban parts of the country. But that risk is far outweighed by the fact that you’re about twice as likely to die in a car crash in rural America than you are in the most urban counties. Nationwide, the rate of “unintentional-injury death” – car crashes, drownings, falls, machinery accidents and the like – is about 15 times the rate of homicide death. Add together all the ways in which you might die prematurely by intentional or unintentional injury (as opposed to illness), and your risk of death is actually about 22 percent higher in the most rural counties in America than in the most urban ones.
All together, your risk of injury death actually goes up the more rural the community where you live.
This finding comes from a new study by researchers from the University of Pennsylvania and the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, published in theAnnals of Emergency Medicine. The study looked at every injury death in America between 1999 and 2006 (excluding death by terrorism – the researchers considered Sept. 11 too much an outlier to contribute to our understanding of these public-health patterns). That number totaled 1,295,919 deaths. Each was tagged to the county where the injury took place, with counties classified on a 10-step continuum from urban to rural.
The main finding inverts many of our assumptions about danger and place: “When considering all mechanisms of injury death as an overall metric of safety,” the authors write, “large cities appear to be the safest counties in the United States, significantly safer than their rural counterparts.”
On the below two illustrations from the paper, the map of population density by county (top) directly contrasts with the map of death rates (bottom):
Across the whole population, the top three causes of death were motor vehicle crashes, firearms and poisoning. But start to break these numbers down by region, age group and even race, and the picture gets more interesting. Motor vehicle crashes, for example, lead to 27.61 deaths per 100,000 people in the most rural counties. But that number is just 10.58 deaths per 100,000 people in the most urban counties.
Other risks you might expect are more common in rural areas, like injury from machines and environmental events like flooding, animal attacks or exposure to the cold. As for guns, the risk of firearm-related death is actually pretty consistent across the country, population-wide. But firearm deaths are significantly higher in rural areas for children and people over age 45. In the city, they’re much higher for people aged 20 to 44.
Race also played a curious factor. Rural counties with large black populations had lower risk of injury death than rural counties with fewer blacks. For Latinos, the pattern was the opposite.(BTx3 thinks it’s the crazy white folks on Youtube effect)
The new drug flakka, which comes in the form of pink or white crystals, has grabbed media headlines over the last few months because of the drug’s side effects, which causes users to act in dangerous, even violent, behaviors. But what is flakka and why should we be so worried about it?
Flakka can be snorted, eaten, injected, or vaporized. It is a cousin of “bath salts,” which are an emerging family of drugs containing one or more synthetic chemicals related to cathinone, an amphetamine-like stimulant found naturally in the khat plant. But flakka is considered more addictive. It is also more dangerous than cocaine, and similar to, but cheaper than methamphetamine. Flakka, which gets its name from the Spanish slang for skinny woman, “la flaca,” also goes by the street name gravel.
Flakka’s side effects are concerning. There’s potential for permanent brain and psychological damage, as well as damage to the kidneys. The biggest danger with flakka is its potency. Just 0.003 ounces (0.1 grams) is a typical dose, making it incredibly easy to overdose. Overdosing can lead to symptoms of heart-related problems, violent behavior, spikes in body temperature and paranoia. It can also create feelings of incredible strength; some users even refer to feeling like the Incredible Hulk, which can put the individual into dangerous situations, for example:
A man from Florida stormed the Ft. Lauderdale police station in a panic, kicking and throwing rocks at a storm door, in an attempt to break it down and get inside because he thought he was being chased
A man was impaled by a fence as he tried to run into a Florida police department because he thought he was being pursued. He miraculously lived
Police shot and killed an armed Ft. Lauderdale man who was high on flakka after he took a woman hostage and held a knife to her throat
A teenager ran through the streets naked, covered in blood, yelling that she was Satan
A woman blacked out on a crowded street and abandoned her baby
This past December, 34-year-old Ft. Lauderdale resident Bobby Henry Jr. posted a video titled “Flocka Is Destroying USA” that shows a young woman getting drenched by the rain, apparently oblivious to her surroundings.
“This is what flakka is doing in our hood,” he says in the clip.
Four months later, the common spelling of the drug has changed, but flakka poses no less of a threat — especially among South Florida’s most impoverished residents.
“A lot of people don’t have anything to live for,” Henry told Fusion. “Crack-heads are out and flakka-heads are in.”
WHAT IS FLAKKA?
The drug, which can produce powerful hallucinogenic effects comparable to those produced by bath salts, has garnered national attention in past week or so, with the Drudge Report linking to three different stories on its apparent newfound prevalence. One man was found running naked through the streets of Ft. Lauderdale, and another tried to break into the streets of police headquarters.
But Henry, who says he sees users in front of his custom jewelry office all the time, says it’s actually been around for “a long time,” and that it’s just another synthetic drug like crystal meth that dealers have given a new name to.
“It’s a cheap drug—it’s a cheap, powerful drug,” he said. “It gives them a high they can’t get from smoking weed or cocaine. They don’t have to spend so much money to get a good high.”
WHY IS IT CALLED “FLAKKA?” DOES IT HAVE ANYTHING TO DO WITH WAKA FLOCKA FLAME?
There’s no evidence that flakka is named after the Atlanta rapper, but nobody really knows where the name comes from. It could be a variation of “la flaca,” a Spanish slang phrase meaning “skinny girl.” Or it could simply be random.
For what it’s worth, Henry of Ft. Lauderdale says it’s random. “It’s just some crazy name for the way [it] makes you feel,” he says. “There’s no way of telling [where the name came from], they just put a cool name with it, and once it [got] going…today’s youth ran with it.”
WHERE DID IT COME FROM?
One of the first online mentions of the drug appears to have been last August, on the blog of a drug treatment center. Even by then, the writer warns that it has begun “causing havoc on the streets in the southern states, especially Florida” thanks to its cheap price. Flakka can be snorted, injected, smoked, or taken orally…
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“We have seen it predominantly in the low income areas of the city which are represented by several races and both genders,” he said. “This drug is not used by any specific race or gender, but its effects are quite dangerous to the user.”
WHAT ARE ITS HEALTH EFFECTS?
In a recent presentation on the drug, John Cunha, an emergency-services physician at Holy Cross hospital in Broward County, said that users consider flakka to be the new crack or heroin, echoing Henry’s remarks. He compared the worst-case after effects of the drug to what can happen, in rare instances, to someone who runs a marathon, wherein muscle tissue starts to decompose and break down into the blood stream. That can lead to kidney failure and death.
“[Users] think they’re getting a combination drug that will allow them to find a happy medium,” he said. “They’ll get enough but not too high, and low enough but not too low, so that it balances out. This is the common myth on the street, that this flakka drug is crack and heroin, or crack and meth, or meth and heroin mixed together. Unfortunately it’s neither.”
Jim Hall, an epidemiologist at the Center for Applied Research on Substance Use and Health Disparities at Nova Southeastern University, told CBS that flakka use leads to a state of “excited delirium.” He added, “The individual becomes psychotic, they often rip off their clothes and run out into the street violently and have an adrenaline-like strength and police are called and it takes four or five officers to restrain them. Then once they are restrained, if they don’t receive immediate medical attention they can die.”