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Y’allQaeda Becomes WeJailedYa’

Looks like the leadership and membership of the Y’all Qaeda group which illegally invaded the Milheur National Wildlife Preserve are all going to be spending some time in socializing with the common folks in the Hoosegow. In the case of Cliven Bundy and his boys…Make that along time.

INDICTED: Federal grand jury pursues charges against Cliven Bundy over 2014 standoff

Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy was indicted by a federal grand jury on Wednesday with conspiracy, assault on a federal officer and obstruction of justice in connection with a 2014 standoff on federal land near his Nevada ranch, prosecutors said.

Bundy, along with four others, was indicted on 16 felony charges related to the armed standoff in Bunkerville in April 2014, the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Nevada said in a statement.

Prosecutors said Bundy had trespassed on federal public lands for more than 20 years, refusing to secure the necessary permits or pay the required fees the government charges ranchers to let their cattle roam.

The U.S. Bureau of Land Management sent armed rangers to his ranch to round up his cattle. In response, anti-government groups and other supporters rallied to Bundy’s defense.

Following an armed standoff, the federal agents ultimately backed down, citing safety concerns and returned the cattle they had seized.

“Persons who use force and violence against federal law enforcement officers who are enforcing court orders, and nearly causing catastrophic loss of life or injury to others, will be brought to justice,” U.S. Attorney Daniel Bogden said in the statement.

An attorney for Bundy could not be immediately reached for comment on Wednesday night.

Bundy was arrested earlier this month in Portland, Oregon where his sons Ammon and Ryan Bundy were being held after their arrests for leading a separate armed takeover of a federal wildlife refuge in the community of Burns.

Both Ammon and Ryan were also charged for participating in the Nevada standoff, along with Ryan Payne and Peter Santilli, according to the statement.

All were charged with conspiracy, carrying a firearm in relation to a violent crime, obstruction of justice, extortion, and assault and threats against federal law enforcement.

The charge of assault on a federal law enforcement officer carries a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison and a $250,000 fine. If convicted, the defendants would also have to forfeit at least $3 million worth of property secured through the crimes, the statement said.

 

 
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Posted by on February 18, 2016 in Domestic terrorism

 

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Creators of Fake Planned Parenthood Videos Indicted

It really is past time that the justice system goes after these scumbags that create fake videos destroying peoples lives. They let Jame O’Keeffe off with it when he manufactured videos of Acorn, and they let Brietbart get away with it destroying a woman’s life.

I think it’s time to lock the scum up in prisons with other criminals for a long, long time.

Creator of anti-Planned Parenthood videos faces felony charge

A Houston grand jury that was investigating accusations of criminal misconduct against Planned Parenthood on Monday instead indicted the leader of an anti-abortion group that recorded covert videos of the organization’s employees.

Harris County District Attorney Devon Anderson said David Daleiden, the director of the Center for Medical Progress, faces a felony charge of tampering with a governmental record and a misdemeanor count related to buying human tissue.

Sandra Merritt, one of Daleiden’s employees, was also indicted on a charge of tampering with a governmental record.

The grand jury cleared Planned Parenthood Gulf Coast of any wrongdoing.

“We were called upon to investigate allegations of criminal conduct by Planned Parenthood Gulf Coast,” Anderson said in a statement. “As I stated at the outset of this investigation, we must go where the evidence leads us. All the evidence uncovered in the course of this investigation was presented to the grand jury. I respect their decision on this difficult case.”

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott said, however, that the inspector general of the state’s Health and Human Services Commission and the Texas attorney general’s office would continue to investigate Planned Parenthood’s actions. “Nothing about today’s announcement in Harris County impacts the state’s ongoing investigation,” Abbott said in a statement. “The State of Texas will continue to protect life, and I will continue to support legislation prohibiting the sale or transfer of fetal tissue.”

The indictment did not reveal how the Center for Medical Process manipulated documents. But earlier this month, Planned Parenthood filed a federal lawsuit against the video creators, asserting the group broke several federal laws in its campaign to defame the health-care centers with mail fraud, invasion of privacy, illegal secret recording and trespassing.

A warrant for Daleiden was issued Monday evening, according to the Harris County District Clerk’s website.

Who are other people in the group that produced the videos who might also be guilty of felony crimes?

  • Troy Newman, listed as the center’s secretary, is president of the Kansas-based anti-abortion group Operation Rescue and has posed as a reporter to record conversations with abortion providers in the past.
  • Albin Rhomberg, the center’s chief financial officer, was arrested in 1991 for disrupting a church service during the inauguration of Gov. Pete Wilson, an abortion-rights Republican. In 2005, he led an unsuccessful attempt to pass a California ballot measure requiring doctors to notify parents or guardians before performing abortions on minors.
  • Nichole Surkala, who is listed as the center’s contact if it is sued, was convicted in California in 2007 of willful cruelty to her 12-year-old son, according to court papers. Police found she kept a horse and seven dogs in a house in Modesto that was filled with animal feces and rotting produce.
 

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Ga Cop Indicted on Felony Murder for Killing Unarmed Black Man

Ga Cops have killed 170 people since 2010. Apparently, this one was too brazen to cover up.

Georgia cop indicted on murder charges for shooting unarmed naked vet suffering from PTSD

Minutes before being shot to death. As an Air Force veteran who had been deployed to Afghanistan, Anthony Hill had been diagnosed with bipolar disorder and PTSD after returning from combat in 2012.

Instead of reaching for his pepper spray or his Taser, a DeKalb County police officer drew his gun and killed an unarmed veteran suffering from bipolar and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Charged with felony murder and several other charges on Thursday, the officer claims the unarmed veteran was aggressively charging towards him even though witnesses dispute his “official” version of events.

On March 9, 2015, residents called 911 to report a naked man crawling on the ground and acting deranged in the parking lot of their apartment complex.

As an Air Force veteran who had been deployed to Afghanistan, Anthony Hill had been diagnosed with bipolar disorder and PTSD after returning from combat in 2012. Experiencing side effects from his medication, including a locked jaw and swollen tongue, Hill had stopped taking his prescription drugs ten days before his death while waiting for a follow-up appointment at the V.A. to switch his medications.

Responding to the scene, DeKalb County Police Officer Robert Olsen shot Hill to death because he claimed the unarmed veteran was charging towards him. Although he was reportedly armed with a Taser and pepper spray, Olsen immediately drew his firearm and gunned down Hill even though witnesses assert the naked veteran had his hands up when the officer killed him.

According to law enforcement sources who wish to remain unidentified, cops are often trained to treat naked suspects as drug addicts high on PCP or bath salts. Although Olsen received training on how to handle people suffering from mental illness, the officer reportedly described the department as having failed “to train him and the other officers in the Department in identifying and deciphering nonviolent or nonaggressive psychological episodes versus the threat of a potentially violent encounter with a citizen high on PCP.”

Filing a wrongful death lawsuit, Hill’s family accused Olsen of having “a long and extensive history of aggressive conduct” and “propensity toward anger when dealing with members of the public.”

Earlier this month, DeKalb County District Attorney Robert James Jr. asked a grand jury to charge Olsen with felony murder, aggravated assault, violating his oath of office, and making a false statement. Although over 170 fatal police shootings have been recorded in Georgia since 2010, only one officer has been charged with the killing of a civilian. That charge was later dismissed.

Despite the fact that Georgia state law allows police officers to address the panel without any threat of cross-examination or a rebuttal by prosecutors, the grand jury chose to indict Olsen on Thursday. His charges include two counts of felony murder, one count of aggravated assault, one count of making a false statement, and two counts of violation of oath by a public officer.

Unable to differentiate between aggressive suspects on PCP and nonviolent mentally ill patients off their medication, cops have repeatedly taken the lives of innocent people suffering from mental disorders. Instead of giving them the attention and treatment that they deserve, we as a society have neglected the mentally ill and allowed the government to increasingly close down mental health facilities. After decades of denying treatment and shelter to patients suffering from extreme psychological disorders, they’ve been thrown onto the streets and into the hands of the trigger-happy cops. And we can no longer act like we aren’t responsible for what inevitably happens next.

 
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Posted by on January 23, 2016 in BlackLivesMatter

 

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Blue Criminals Matter Nov 16th

Covering the period from Nov 9th to Nov 16th. Sexual Assaults and rapes in blue.

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Houston, TX 3 officers pled guilty to ticket fixing; received deferred adjudication–convictions may be expunged http://ow.ly/UGunv 

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Update: Waynesburg, PA fmr officer pled guilty to assault for drunkenly breaking into apartment and assaulting man http://ow.ly/UGtRU 

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Update: Seabrook, NH fmr officer sentenced to 21 days in jail for assaulting inmate. http://ow.ly/UGtEB 

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Yukon, OK officer arrested for aggravated assault and battery against a woman in Oklahoma City. http://ow.ly/UGtbt 

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Jacksonville, FL sheriff’s officer arrested for smuggling contraband (magazines, cigarettes) into jail. http://ow.ly/UGsfl 

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Saline Co., AR fmr chief deputy sentenced to probation for waiving a fine in exchange for flooring in her kitchen. http://ow.ly/UGs3H 

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Lowndes Co., GA deputy pled guilty to collecting over $300k in disability from NJ while working law enforcement jobs http://ow.ly/UGrrS 

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U.S. Secret Service officer arrested in sting for sending explicit picture to person he thought was 14 yr old girl.http://ow.ly/UGqRd 

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Kissimmee, FL SRO arrested for assault of 13-year-old child; served notice for intent of termination.http://ow.ly/UGqtE 

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Nassau Co., NY fmr officer filed lawsuit for false arrest, She claims she was stopped and arrested b/c she is black. http://ow.ly/UGpyx 

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Michigan State Police officer arrested for solicitation in Lansing.http://ow.ly/UGoUv 

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Georgia Bureau of Investigation fmr agent was arrested for child molestation and related crimes.http://ow.ly/UGoKR 

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Bethel, AK fmr officer apprehended in Anchorage. He was wanted for sexual assault and misconduct.http://ow.ly/UGoyB 

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Billings, MT officer reprimanded for inappropriately requesting personal information from law enforcement database. http://ow.ly/UGo4Y 

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Update: Calhoun Co., MI deputy sentenced to probation and fined for DUI crash and weapons violation in June. http://ow.ly/UGnkZ 

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Pharr, TX officer arrested in connection w/ shoplifting and also assaulting loss prevention officer. http://ow.ly/UCMhK 

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Houston, TX officer arrested for smuggling people across US-Mexico border. http://ow.ly/UCLP7 

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St. Petersburg, FL officer resigned after 2 fellow officers accused him of using excessive force & lying about it http://ow.ly/UCL8v 

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Update: Albuquerque, NM board reinstated officer fired for having body cam off during fatal shooting of Mary Hawkes. http://ow.ly/UCIiJ 

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Indianapolis, IN officer arrested for domestic battery in January had charges dropped and was reinstated. http://ow.ly/UAu28 

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Denver, CO officer accused of having sex with intoxicated mentally challenged woman while on duty.http://ow.ly/UAtK8 

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San Antonio, TX officer suspended for threatening a woman in a nail salon. Video of incident released. http://ow.ly/UAtFq 

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San Mateo Co., CA deputy loses suspension appeal for dishonesty & faces criminal charges for smuggling contraband. http://ow.ly/UAtln 

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Alachua Co., FL deputy suspended during domestic violence investigation. http://ow.ly/UAt0h 

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Ely, MN officer charged with having sex with a teenager.http://ow.ly/UxTx3 

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Denver, CO ordered by jury to pay 80yr old blind man $400k for violent arrest at bus station in 2012. http://ow.ly/UxTks 

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Riviera Beach, FL officer charged w/battery for slapping phone out of the hand of disabled vet who was recording him http://ow.ly/UxSA8 

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FBI counterterrorism agent found guilty of second-degree assault on man in Chevy Chase, MD for incident off-duty. http://ow.ly/UxRLN 

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Shelby Co., TN captain arrested for interfering with a child-rape investigation against her son.http://ow.ly/UxRo3 

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Update: Madison, AL fmr officer’s 2nd federal trial for assaulting Indian man ended in mistrial. http://ow.ly/UxUD9 

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Detroit, MI officers (2) charged with embezzlement, larceny & misconduct for stealing from motorists. http://ow.ly/UxR8U 

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Update: Milwaukee, WI fmr officer will not face federal charges for shooting Dontre Hamilton. http://ow.ly/UxUdN 

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Washington, DC detective indicted for stealing more than $13k in bogus overtime. http://ow.ly/UxQY3 

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Update: Chicago, IL officer arraigned for firing gun at suburban officer and driving drunk. Next court date 12/1. http://ow.ly/UxQHU 

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Carteret Co., NC fmr deputy accused of indecent liberties with a child under 16.http://ow.ly/UxQad 

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USCBP (San Diego) agent arrested for fatally shooting boyfriend. She claims self-defense. Investigation ongoing. http://ow.ly/Uv4M2 

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Update: Minnesota trooper’s (vehicular) manslaughter charges dismissed b/c prosecutors violated his Garrity rights http://ow.ly/Uv48k 

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Moore, OK SRO is on leave and under investigation for alleged assault against an autistic 14 year old child.http://ow.ly/Uv3AW 

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Lubbock, TX officers (2) suspended for excessive force against auto theft suspect. http://ow.ly/Uv0kS 

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Colwyn, PA fmr officer pled guilty to stalking in Montgomery County. Faces murder & other charges in Delaware County http://ow.ly/UuZHK 

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Phoenix, AZ officer arrested twice in 3 days. First for domestic violence; second for sexual exploitation of minor.http://ow.ly/UuZcc 

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Fort Worth, TX officer arrested for DWI for riding his motorcycle. http://ow.ly/UuYTq 

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Mobile Co., AL detective arrested for DUI http://ow.ly/UuYHB 

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Austin, TX officers shown on video punching man they were attempting to arrest for jaywalking. Investigation ongoing http://ow.ly/UuXX1 

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Pittsburg, TX officer suspended after he was accused for role in unspecified February criminal case. http://ow.ly/Us6x3 

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Peach Co., GA deputy fired and arrested for sexting 17yo teen.http://ow.ly/Us7eR 

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Update: Hill Co., TX sheriff pled guilty to tampering in officer licensing scheme. Sentenced to deferred probation. http://ow.ly/Us6oq 

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Update: Bloomfield, NJ 2 officers face at least 5yrs for false swearing & misconduct for 2012 use of force & arrest http://ow.ly/Us5ln 

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Update: Raytown, MO fmr officer sentenced to two years’ probation for stealing drugs & jewelry from evidence room. http://ow.ly/Us4Wy 

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Update: Hummelstown, PA officer who fatally shot man in the back while he was on the ground acquitted of all charges http://ow.ly/Us347 

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Sangamon Co., IL liability committee recommends settling excessive force and false arrest case w/ woman for $150k. http://ow.ly/Us2xt 

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Update: Denton Co., TX fmr deputy sentenced to nearly 13 years for child pornography possession.http://ow.ly/Us2oH 

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Richmond, VA officer arrested for sexual assault against a child.http://ow.ly/Us1tl 

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Tuscaloosa, AL officers (3) suspended after tasing and arrest of university students at a party goes viral. http://ow.ly/UtbCV 

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Salt Lake City (Unified PD) fmr officer charged with forcible sexual abuse for actions against 17-year-old girl.http://ow.ly/Uot7d 

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University of North Dakota officer fired and charged with 10 counts of child pornography possession.http://ow.ly/UosVR 

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Houston, TX officer fired for ‘pacing’ motorists in his personal car when off duty and sending tickets via mail. http://ow.ly/Uoslb 

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Los Angeles, CA officer no longer with department after a shot was fired into a home and his gun was found at scene. http://ow.ly/UornG 

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Duval County, FL SRO suspended for conduct unbecoming for actions against a mother of a student. http://ow.ly/UoqLF 

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New York, NY officer arrested for off-duty assault of man at a Billy Joel concert in August. http://ow.ly/Uoq02 

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Thomas Co., KS sheriff faces multiple allegations of professional, criminal, and sexual misconduct.http://ow.ly/UoptJ 

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Kern Co., CA deputy faces charges for firing his gun outside casino. Fellow deputy pled guilty to aiding him. http://ow.ly/UooPb 

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USCBP (Douglas, AZ) fmr agent pled guilty to smuggling marijuana from Mexico. He will be sentenced in January. http://ow.ly/UonOd 

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Update:Memphis, TN officer remains suspended after grand jury did not indict for shooting death of Darrius Stewart. http://ow.ly/Uonrw 

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Lorain, OH officer suspended for 30 days for giving his wife credentials to access confidential police database. http://ow.ly/Uond5 

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Fort Smith, AR officer suspended w/o pay for 30 days after sexual harassment complaint filed by another officer.http://ow.ly/Uomur 

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Millburn, NJ to pay $455k in damages to fmr sergeant who was retaliated against for whistleblowing against officer http://ow.ly/UoiZg 

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Update: Chatham Co., GA deputies sentenced for death of Matthew Ajibade. One given 30 days in jail; other probation http://ow.ly/UohcC 

 
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Posted by on November 16, 2015 in BlackLivesMatter

 

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About the confederate Heri…Errrr….Terrorism

Once again denuding confederate “Heritage” flag flyers…

Terror Charges for Confederate Flag-Toting Group ‘Respect the Flag’

Fifteen fans of the rebel flag supporters have been charged with making terrorist threats during a July confrontation with black attendees at a Georgia birthday party.

“This is a child’s birthday party!”

A woman’s voice is heard on video shouting at a caravan of at least four pickup trucks, each flying Confederate flags, as they pass a party in Douglasville, Ga., the passengers allegedly hurling racial epithets at the attendees. Now 15 people associated with the Confederate flag-toting movement Respect the Flag have been charged with making terroristic threats that day.

Video from the July 25 incident caught the female voice shouting at the passing trucks—and one passenger saying the n-word. According to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, one of the armed men allegedly said “kill y’all [n-word].”

“One had a gun, saying he was ‘gonna kill the [racial slur],’” the birthday party’s host told the paper. “Then one of them said, ‘Gimme the gun, I’ll shoot them [racial slur].’”

The pro-Confederate flag group’s leader, Levi Bush, initially told the press that he and his colleagues “drive around and sell flags,” likely in response to the renewed controversy surrounding the flag following the June murder of nine black churchgoers in Charleston, S.C.

The Respect the Flag Facebook page includes a photograph of its members with a crudely made flag portraying the infamous battle symbol adjacent to President Obama’s face.

Bush told police that his group had been threatened by the birthday partygoers and that he and his friends had to hold off a group of “15 to 20 of them.”

But on Friday afternoon, a Douglas County grand jury found sufficient evidence to charge Bush and 14 others with violating Georgia’s Street Gang Terrorism and Prevention Act—a recent law aimed at helping prosecutors establish criminal links between gang members—and making terroristic threats.

According to county district attorney Brian Fortner, the two counts, both felonies, carry a maximum sentence of 15 and five years, respectively. Additionally, two of the 15 accused, Joe Eric Hood and Thomas Charles Summers, were charged with a misdemeanor battery offense related to an incident at a gas station the same day.

 

 
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Posted by on October 13, 2015 in Domestic terrorism, The New Jim Crow

 

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Congressman Chaka Fattah Indicted

Looks like another member of Congress is getting ready to join the Orange Jumpsuited Politician Group!

Rep. Chaka Fattah Indicted On Corruption Charges

WASHINGTON — Rep. Chaka Fattah (D-Penn.) was indicted on federal corruption charges on Wednesday in connection with fraud around his unsuccessful 2007 campaign for mayor of Philadelphia.

In a 29-count indictment, federal prosecutors charged that Fattah and his associates were part of a racketeering conspiracy that involved “several schemes” intended to further their “political and financial interests.”

Prosecutors said Fattah, who was elected to Congress in 1994, and four associates were involved in a scheme to borrow $1 million from a wealthy donor, disguising it as a loan to a consulting company. After losing the election, Fattah reportedly returned $400,000 in unused campaign funds to the donor, then engaged in a series of maneuvers — including the misuse of federal grant funds — to repay the outstanding $600,000.

In addition, the indictment alleges a number of improper dealings between Fattah and Herbert Vederman, a lobbyist and a former deputy mayor of Philadelphia who served as the finance director for Fattah’s mayoral campaign. Vederman continued to serve in that capacity until at least 2011 as he negotiated the campaign’s outstanding debts, according to the indictment.

Fattah allegedly accepted payments and other things of value from Vederman while doing him a number of personal and political favors. The congressman offered a job to Vederman’s girlfriend, the prosecutors say, and at another point signed and hand-delivered a letter to President Barack Obama urging him to give Vederman an ambassadorship.

Fattah and his wife, Renee Chenault Fattah, also allegedly used bribery proceeds to “close on a vacation home” in the Poconos by falsely disguising an $18,000 payment on the home as a sale of their Porsche to Vederman.

The indictment also alleges that Fattah used campaign funds to pay for his and his wife’s personal expenses, as well as his son’s student loans…More...

 
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Posted by on July 29, 2015 in Orange Jumsuit Politicians

 

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Getting the Criminals Off the Streets in DC…Means Arresting the Police

Big City…Big Crime. Corruption on the part of Civil employees is a threat in any government. When it is the Police though, it has an impact on community trust and impacts the ability of the good cops to do their job.

The District of Columbia has more policemen per capita than any city in the world. Between the dozen or so local and Federal Police Departments (FBI, Secret Service, Customs, ATF,  etc), quasi police organizations such as the Federal Protective Service, the Transit Police guarding the city’s bus and subway system, and a host of private police guarding various buildings and facilities – there are actually enough police in DC to station one on every street corner in the city…several times over. During the riots of 1968 after MLK was assassinated, they actually did that with some small help from the National Guard.

A pic of some of DC’s finest. Insofar as this poster knows, none of the Policemen shown in this picture has done anything untoward or illegal.

110 D.C. Police Officers’ Arrests Since 2009 Leads To Questions, Scrutiny

Police officials in the nation’s capital have been facing recent questions about headline-making arrests — not of hardened street criminals but of their own officers.

In a single month, one District of Columbia police officer was accused of taking semi-nude pictures of a 15-year-old runaway and another was charged with running a prostitution operation involving teenage girls. A third was indicted on an attempted murder charge, accused of striking his wife in the head with a light fixture.

Police say the arrests aren’t representative of the entire department, which includes about 4,500 officers and civilian employees. Still, more than 100 officers in the last five years have been arrested on charges ranging from traffic offenses to murder to money laundering, and the latest instances have increased concerns about training, supervision and accountability. The D.C. Council has set a hearing to discuss the problem and Police Chief Cathy Lanier has met with residents to assuage fears of a misbehaving department.

“We don’t think we have a department out of control, and I think that oftentimes is the image that is portrayed,” she said in an interview, noting that the majority of arrests are not for on-duty corruption but instead involve off-duty misconduct that is harder to police.

The hearing Friday will focus on how applicants are screened and what services are available to prevent alcohol abuse and domestic violence, two prevalent problems, said Councilmember Tommy Wells, who chairs the public safety committee.

“I think it’s extremely important that the public have confidence in our police force and we’ve had three high-profile cases of serious police misconduct, albeit generally off-duty,” Wells said.

Police department figures show the arrests of about 110 police officers, for both on- and off-duty conduct, since 2009. Many of the arrests involved traffic violations or involved cases that were dropped or ended in acquittal.

Among the most serious cases was Richmond Phillips, who received life without parole last year for the slayings of his mistress and baby daughter. Wendel Palmer was convicted last year of sexually abusing a girl who participated in his church choir, while Kenneth Furr received a 14-month sentence for an armed altercation that began after prosecutors say he solicited sex from a transgender prostitute.

Lanier has said many of the arrested officers were brought onto the force during a time of lax hiring standards and wouldn’t be qualified to serve today. She said that in some cases the arbitration process has required the department to rehire officers it fired. She said the department has dramatically tightened its recruitment practices to mandate polygraph exams and that only one of about 25 applicants is now hired.

The department also tracks warning signs like missed commitments and abuse of sick leave. And it requires officers to report off-duty arrests, which Lanier contends can make the numbers look worse than in cities that lack that requirement.

“I feel comfortable that our recruiting process, the background screening we do, is as tight as we can get,” Lanier said at the meeting. “But I also realize that there are people that are on the police department that came through at a time when there was not that strict background (check), and those are the people that we want to make sure that if they are involved in misconduct, that we weed those people out.”

But resident Khadijah Tribble, 42, told the chief she was unconvinced the misconduct was isolated.

“Aren’t these trends troubling and isn’t it worth our due diligence to do a thorough, independent investigation of this trend?” Tribble said in an interview.

Robert Kane, the director of the Drexel University criminal justice program who has studied police misconduct, said the number of arrests wasn’t necessarily shocking for a big-city police department.

At least 43 New York City police officers are known to have been arrested between 2011 and 2013 on charges including gun-running, drunken driving, perjury, a ticket-fixing scam and a cannibalism plot. A Los Angeles police officer was charged with stomping a handcuffed woman who later lost consciousness and died. Dozens of Memphis, Tenn., officers have been arrested in recent years.

Kane said that on-duty police misconduct can be reliably defined, off-duty misbehavior by officers is studied less often.

“We know what factors explain police misconduct, when police officers stop people and extort money from them,” he said. “What do we know about officers who walk into a liquor store when off-duty and rob it at gunpoint for some beer?”

In D.C., the first of the recent arrests was on December 2 when officer Marc Washington was charged with taking semi-nude pictures while on-duty of a teenage runaway who had just returned home. Authorities say after responding to the girl’s apartment, he directed her into her bedroom and told her to undress so he could photograph injuries. He was arrested after the girl alerted her mother, who contacted police. Soon after being released from jail, Washington was dead from an apparent suicide.

The following week brought the off-duty arrest of Linwood Barnhill Jr., a 24-year-veteran who was charged after police came to his apartment and found a 16-year-old girl who had been reported missing. The girl told police Barnhill had photographed her and offered to pay her to have sex with other men, allegations also made by a second teenager. His lawyer says Barnhill never threatened anyone.

Lanier acknowledged the arrests, especially for on-duty conduct, have shaken the department. But she said she hopes the sight of handcuffed officers sends a message to other officers who would break the law.

“We would like the officers to know that if there’s somebody in our midst that is committing criminal conduct and we become aware of it, we will lock them up,” Lanier said. “We don’t need somebody else to lock them up. We will lock you up.”

 
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Posted by on January 25, 2014 in The Post-Racial Life

 

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