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Cincinnati — Police Officer Indicted in Killing of Samuel DuBose

The funeral for Samuel Dubose at the Church of the Living God in Cincinnati on Tuesday.

University of Cincinnati police officer who shot man during traffic stop charged with murder

A University of Cincinnati police officer was indicted Wednesday on a charge of murder for fatally shooting an unarmed black man during a traffic stop earlier this month.

“It was so unnecessary for this to occur,” Joe Deters, the Hamilton County prosecutor, said at a news conference Wednesday.

Sam Dubose, 43, was shot and killed during a July 19 traffic stop by Officer Ray Tensing. The officer initially said he was dragged by Dubose’s car, leading to the shooting. Deters said that Dubose “was subdued,” adding that Tensing had his license plate number.

“This office has probably reviewed upwards of hundreds of police shootings, and this is the first time that we’ve thought this is without question a murder,” he said.

While a university police report stated that Tensing said he had been dragged by the car before shooting, Deters said that the officer not dragged. Rather, Tensing fell backwards after shooting Dubose in the head, Deters said.

Deters called the situation “a pretty chicken-crap stop” and a “senseless, asinine” shooting. He also said that if Dubose began to leave, the officer should have just let him go rather than shoot him in the head. An arrest warrant had been issued for Tensing, the prosecutor said.

“I’m treating him like a murderer,” he said. “They’re out to get him.”…

Just released Body Cam video shows officer shooting DuBose as he pulls away in his car.

 
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Posted by on July 29, 2015 in Domestic terrorism

 

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Pharrell Williams…”Freedom” and Prince …”Baltimore”

Enjoy the song – but check out the background and symbolism…

Prince’s song on Baltimore and the death of Freddy Gray…

 
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Posted by on July 23, 2015 in Music, From Way Back When to Now

 

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Another Day Another Unarmed Civilian Shot Dead

This isht is getting ridiculous.

University Of Cincinnati Cop Shoots, Kills Unarmed Black Man After Routine Traffic Stop

Police say the officer fired one shot as the man sped away.

An unarmed black man was shot and killed on Sunday by a white police officer after he was pulled over for a missing front license plate.

Samuel Dubose, 43, was stopped by University of Cincinnati officer Ray Tensing on Sunday evening, according to CNN. Tensing repeatedly asked Dubose for his driver’s license, but according to the Cincinnati Police Department, he refused and instead handed the officer a bottle of alcohol.

Then Tensing asked Dubose to get out of his car, which he also refused to do, according to police.

“There was a struggle at the door with Mr. Dubose in the vehicle and the officer outside the vehicle, and the vehicle sped away,” Cincinnati police Lt. Col. James Whalen told reporters, according to CNN.

Tensing fired one shot at the fleeing car, killing Dubose.

The Cincinnati Police Department, which is investigating the shooting, said that Dubose did not appear to have a weapon. Tensing was put on administrative leave pending the conclusion of the investigation.

Tensing was wearing a body camera, WLWT reports, but police have not released footage from it.

The University of Cincinnati Police Department did not immediately respond to a request for comment. A number listed for Audrey Dubose in Cincinnati was disconnected…

This is another killing like the one in South Carolina where the policeman killed a man running away on foot. There is no justification whatsoever to shoot a guy running away on the  basis of a minor traffic stop. Even if the officer had reasonable suspicion of drunk driving. He/She does not pose any immediate danger to the officer. If the victim was a student at the University, there are a lot of ways to catch him and punish him, including expulsion from the school. I mean college kids do sumb isht all the time. Admittedly Dubose was older – but would this cop have shot at a car full of drunk frat kids? What was the cop trying to prove?

I don’t know if the idiot cops who are doing this crap realize it – but at some point civilians arm themselves and shoot back. Doing this type of crap may well cost a good cop doing his job…His life.

 
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Posted by on July 22, 2015 in Domestic terrorism, The New Jim Crow

 

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The Fix is in! Chicago fires investigator who found cops at fault in shootings

Well…The fix is in in Chicago. Not really surprising considering he city’s history of police brutality and corruption. This isn’t a first, as we all saw this movie in Ferguson and a number of other places. Seems that big city cops are immune to the very laws they are supposed to enforce. A situation which isn’t true everywhere…But in far too many places.

 

City fires investigator who found cops at fault in shootings

A Chicago investigator who determined that several civilian shootings by police officers were unjustified was fired after resisting orders to reverse those findings, according to internal records of his agency obtained by WBEZ.

Scott M. Ando, chief administrator of the city’s Independent Police Review Authority, informed its staff in a July 9 email that the agency no longer employed supervising investigator Lorenzo Davis, 65, a former Chicago police commander. IPRA investigates police-brutality complaints and recommends any punishment.

Davis’s termination came less than two weeks after top IPRA officials, evaluating Davis’s job performance, accused him of “a clear bias against the police” and called him “the only supervisor at IPRA who resists making requested changes as directed by management in order to reflect the correct finding with respect to OIS,” as officer-involved shootings are known in the agency.

Since its 2007 creation, IPRA has investigated nearly 400 civilian shootings by police and found one to be unjustified.

WBEZ asked to interview Ando, promoted last year by Mayor Rahm Emanuel to head the agency. The station also sent Ando’s spokesman questions about sticking points between IPRA investigators and managers, about the agency’s process for overturning investigative findings, and about the reasons the agency had reversed many of Davis’s findings.

The spokesman said there would be no interview and sent this statement: “This is a personnel matter that would be inappropriate to address through the media, though the allegations are baseless and without merit. IPRA is committed to conducting fair, unbiased, objective, thorough and timely investigations of allegations of police misconduct and officer-involved shootings.”

The performance evaluation covered 19 months and concluded that Davis “displays a complete lack of objectivity combined with a clear bias against the police in spite of his own lengthy police career.”

Davis served in the police department for 23 years. As a commander, he headed detective units, the department’s Austin district and, finally, its public-housing unit. He retired from the department in 2004.

“I did not like the direction the police department had taken,” Davis said. “It appeared that officers were doing whatever they wanted to do. The discipline was no longer there.” …More

This one in Harrisburg,  Pennsylvania –

Cop Arrested After Video Shows Her Shoot Unarmed Man in Back Lying Face Down in the Snow

Harrisburg, PA– Hummelstown police Officer, Lisa J. Mearkle was charged with criminal homicide on Tuesday in the shooting death of 59-year-old David Kassick on February 2.

Mearkle shot Kassick as he laid face down on the ground in the snow, unarmed, during a routine traffic stop gone awry.

Mearkle had attempted to pull Kassick over for an expired inspection sticker, but the situation escalated when Kassick attempted to flee from the officer.

Eventually Mearkle caught up to the motorist close to his sister’s home where he was staying, but Kassick got out of the vehicle and fled on foot.  As he was attempting to run away, he was incapacitated by the officer’s taser which she held in her left hand. With her right hand, she unnecessarily pulled out her service gun and shot the unarmed man twice in the back as he lay face-down on the ground.

The 36-year-old officer claims that she shot the unarmed man because he would not show his hands and she was concerned he may have been reaching in his jacket for a weapon, but the recording from the deployed taser paints a different picture.

District Attorney Ed Marsico has stated that it appeared from the recording that Kassick was simply trying to remove the stun gun probes from his back before his life was taken.

“At the time Officer Mearkle fires both rounds from her pistol, the video clearly depicts Kassick lying on the snow covered lawn with his face toward the ground, furthermore, at the time the rounds are fired nothing can be seen in either of Kassick’s hands, nor does he point or direct anything toward Officer Mearkle,” the arrest affidavit reads….More

 

 
 

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Sarin Attacks in Syria

Initially developed during WWII by German industrial giant IB Farben as an insecticide, Sarin is a Phosphate based poison, which can be absorbed into the body by either breathing it in a gaseous form or coming into physical contact with is and absorbing it through the skin. An almost microscopic small drop of this stuff is enough to kill a grown man in under 10 minutes. Victims die through it’s attack on the nervous system, causing convulsions, uncontrollable shaking, and breathing issues.

It is formerly classified as a WMD and banned by virtually every country in the world. Sarin is neutralized by water – so if it is used as a weapon, rain quickly neutralizes it. It’s persistency is from several weeks to 3 months if not neutralized by weather. It is what is called a Binary – meaning two non-lethal parts combine to make the killing chemical. But by no means is it the most deadly chemical weapon. However, it is fairly easy to manufacture – making it a favorite of third rate second and third world regimes. In a desert environment like much of the Middle East, it can be used as an area denial weapon – effectively closing off avenues of approach by enemy troops without CBC protective clothing and masks for periods of 2-4 weeks. It is really nasty stuff, with a very high lethality rate.

CBS 60 Minutes brought some very graphic images to American Television last week, of a Sarin Attack which killed over 1400 men, women, and children in a Damascus suburb controlled by a rebel group. All told, about 400 children were killed in the attack, which apparently consisted of only 3 artillery shells full of the agent. This report isn’t the CBS report – but another which goes a bit deeper.

 
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Posted by on July 19, 2015 in General

 

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The Strange Case of Sandra Bland and Waller County, Texas Justice

The Story…

Texas sheriff involved in the death of Sandra Bland fired from previous post for racism

Sandra Bland died in police custody this past Monday. Visiting Texas from Chicago to interview for a college job at her alma mater of Prairie View A&M, she was pulled over for a routine traffic violation (failure to use her turn signal). Everything from that point forward screams racism and foul play, including her death in the Waller County jail Monday.

The first red flag is that Bland was officially arrested on Friday for assaulting a police officer. What we see from a bystander video is her telling the officers she is in pain and cannot hear after her head was slammed on the ground by the male arresting officer. The video is below.

We have now learned that Waller County Sheriff Glenn Smith, who made the first public comments about Bland’s in-custody death, was suspended for documented cases of racismwhen he was chief of police in Hempstead, Texas, in 2007. After serving his suspension, more complaints of racism came in, and Smith was actually fired as chief of police in Hempstead:

Council members are reviewing video of four arrests and detentions over the past month. The officers and police chief, who are the targets of the complaints, are white. Some residents are calling for a third of the city’s 15 person police force to be suspended, disciplined, or fired.

Allegations of racism have led to the Hempstead police chief being suspended and ordered to take anger management classes.

The Hempstead city council has been reviewing the case since last week and finally came to a decision at around 2am Tuesday. A number of residents have come forward with claims of racism by at least four white police officers.

The council reviewed the complaints, along with videotapes before making their decision to punish Chief Glen Smith. Some say it wasn’t enough. The chief says he respects the decision.

“My action during the arrest did not meet professionalism as it should with language and I’m not above policy and procedure, no more than any officer of this city,” said Chief Smith.

It would seem that once a law enforcement officer—a chief of police no less—is suspended and then fired for racism and abuse, his ability to serve in law enforcement would cease.

Texas: Trooper in traffic stop violated policy

A trooper who pulled over and later arrested a woman found dead in her jail cell was put on desk duty Friday for violating procedures, the Texas Department of Public Safety said.

Sandra Bland, 28, was arrested July 10, and after spending the weekend in the Waller County jail, she was found hanged in her cell Monday. Harris County’s medical examiner said the death was a suicide, but Bland’s family disputes the finding.

The FBI has joined the Texas Rangers in investigating the circumstances surrounding her death. The state Public Safety Department and Waller County district attorney have requested that the FBI conduct a forensic analysis on video footage from the incident.

In arresting Bland, the trooper “violated the department’s procedures regarding traffic stops and the department’s courtesy policy,” state public safety officials said Friday without specifying what procedures the trooper, whose name has not been released, had violated…

…But Elton Mathis, Waller County district attorney, said Friday that no cameras were in the jail cell where she was found dead. Cameras monitoring the hall outside her cell show no one entered or left it between the time she last spoke with deputies through an intercom system and when her body was discovered

“It appears she had used a trash bag to hang herself from a partition in the ceiling, which was used to give inmates privacy,” said Mathis, who also said Bland seems to have been the only female incarcerated in the jail at the time.

The Texas Commission on Jail Standards cited Waller County jail Thursday for not properly monitoring inmates but wouldn’t say whether its citation is related to Bland’s death. All inmates must be observed once every 60 minutes, and any inmate deemed suicidal must be observed in person every 30 minutes, Executive Director Brandon Wood said.

Smith said Thursday that jailers used an intercom to check on Bland less than an hour before she was found dead.

Sandra was arrested  after being stopped for not properly signalling a lane change – a standard DWB harassment scenario. In the arrest video, she is heard telling the Officers that they had slammed her head to the ground so hard, she couldn’t hear, which would seem to be good reason to have her checked out by a Medical Professional, prior to incarcerating her. In another video being circulated she can be heard telling the Officer to “keep his %**& hands off of her”. Which raises the question of why, for a minor traffic stop, which should have at worst, wound up in a ticket…Was the cop manhandling her?

As usual in every one of these cases, the racist right has gone into full defense mode of the cops, the first step of which is to “dirty up” the image of the victim. You know, the usual – ‘He was a thug”, “He had a rap sheet a mile long”, “He was violent”. Or in this case because the victim is a black woman – “She was mentally ill”, “She resisted arrest”…

Now, I saw the inside of a few jail cells back in the ’60’s demonstrating for Civil Rights or against the Vietnam War…

And for the life of me I don’t remember the sometimes nice, sometime not deputies conveniently leaving a rope over in the corner with a convenient metal bar across the ceiling, or a plastic bag with which the prisoner could suffocate themselves…

 
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Posted by on July 18, 2015 in The New Jim Crow

 

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NYC Pays $5.9 Million…For “Not Murdering Eric Garner”

In case you were in Siberia…The murder of Eric Garner by NYC Police…

Today…

New York City settles Eric Garner case for $5.9 million

New York City reached a $5.9 million settlement in the Eric Garner case Monday, nearly a year after he died in police custody.

“While we cannot discuss the details of this settlement, and the City has not admitted liability,” Comptroller Scott Stringer said in a release, “I believe that we have reached an agreement that acknowledges the tragic nature of Mr. Garner’s death while balancing my office’s fiscal responsibility to the City.”

Garner’s family, along with Reverend Al Sharpton will hold a press conference Tuesday morning to emphasize that “money does not establish justice.”

A video captured on July 17 showed Garner being stopped because he was selling loose cigarettes. He was held in what appeared to be an illegal chokehold. Eric Garner said “I can’t breathe” 11 times during the ordeal, before he lost consciousness. He was later pronounced dead at the hospital.

Garner’s family filed the claim against the city in October asking for $75 million. In January 2015, the grand jury decided not to indict the officer.

 

 
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Posted by on July 14, 2015 in Domestic terrorism

 

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