Australian police used multiple lawyers as informants
WSWS | wsws.org | 2019-02-09
Two revelations this week point to the systemic police use of defence lawyers as informers to secure the conviction of their own clients.
WATCH: Woman knocks 15-foot crucifix in CA church during 'vandalising spree'
RT | rt.com | 2019-02-09
A 23-year-old woman was arrested after CCTV cameras caught her brazenly vandalizing a California church in the middle of the day by toppling a huge crucifix and tearing down art, causing more than $15,000 worth of damage. | …
Public Hearing on Policing in the Homeless Community: Oakland
Oakland Police Commission | indybay.org | 2019-02-09
Taylor Memorial Church | 1188 12th St., Oakland, CA…
Larry Krasner Responds to Progressive Critics: Mumia Abu-Jamal Appeal Is "Incredibly Complex and Nuanced"
Eoin Higgins | theintercept.com | 2019-02-09
Larry Krasner has come under fire for fighting an appeal from incarcerated activist Mumia Abu-Jamal, who was convicted in 1982 of killing a police officer. | The post Larry Krasner Responds to Progressive Critics: Mumia Abu-Jamal Appeal Is "Incredibly Complex and Nuanced" appeared first on The Intercept.
Preserving the Radical Legacy of the Black Panthers: Save Fred Hampton House
Community Ready Corps, Accomplices and Allies | indybay.org | 2019-02-09
First Congregational Church of Oakland | 2501 Harrison Street | Oakland, CA 94612…
New Evidence Emerges of Possible Wrongdoing by Trump Inaugural Committee
Shared by Anton Woronczuk | truthout.org | 2019-02-09
A spokesman confirmed that the nonprofit 58th Presidential Inaugural Committee paid the Trump International Hotel a rate of $175,000 per day for event space — in spite of internal objections at the time that the rate was far too high. If the committee is deemed by auditors or prosecutors to have paid an above-market rate, that could violate tax laws prohibiting self-dealing, according to experts. | Tax law prohibits nonprofits from paying inflated prices to entities that are owned by people who also control or influence the nonprofit's activities. | "Every legitimate nonprofit is very concerned with this…
Rape Victim Lands Behind Bars in Tunisia
Human Rights Watch | hrw.org | 2019-02-09
| Imagine seeking police assistance after being gang raped — and finding yourself behind bars. This is what happened to 22-year-old A.F., who was arrested on charges of homosexual conduct after he went to a police station in the southern Tunisian town of Sfax in January to report the assault. | Instead of treating A.F. as a victim in need of support, police detained him and subjected him to a forced anal examinationat a local hospital. These unscientific and invasive "exams," in…
It's Not Just Ralph Northam–Anti-Blackness is 'Vintage Americana'
Rann Miller | progressive.org | 2019-02-08
It's Black Lives Matter at School Week, but black children in continue to suffer because America isn't ready to confront its anti-blackness.
New Bill Limits When California Police Can Use Deadly Force
ACLU | aclu.org | 2019-02-08
State legislators must pass legislation to stem California's wider epidemic of police violence and to specifically protect communities of color. | As a nation, we must address the brutal reality and deadly consequences of police violence. We have seen far too many people, particularly Black and brown people, killed by police. We have seen too many families and communities shattered by loss and tragedy. Enough is enough. We must limit when police officers can use deadly force and take someone's life. | Current laws in California fail to protect against unnecessary killings by police officers. Officers here –…
Federal Prosecutors Are Circling Trump's Inaugural Committee
STAFF | truthdig.com | 2019-02-08
A spokesman confirmed that the nonprofit 58th Presidential Inaugural Committee paid the Trump International Hotel a rate of $175,000 per day for event space — in spite of internal objections at the time that the rate was far too high. If the committee is deemed by auditors or prosecutors to have paid an above-market rate, that could violate tax laws prohibiting self-dealing, according to experts. | Tax law prohibits nonprofits from paying inflated prices to entities that are owned by people who also control or influence the nonprofit's activities. | "Every legitimate nonprofit is very concerned with this,"
Honoring Frank Robinson's legacy
Al Neal | peoplesworld.org | 2019-02-08
Wouldn't it be incredible sport fans if we could say racism in the big leagues ended the day Jackie Robinson Broke the color line? Or when then the first African-American major league manager was hired? Or…or. or… There were countless moments in history where the scourge of racism in sports could have been defeated. There …
Paris Live: Who Will Protect Us From the Police ?
James Graham | counterpunch.org | 2019-02-08
We sat on the steps of the Madeleine while the sirens skrieked and the scene unfolded like a ritual with no humans, like one of those unhappy films about the future where everything moves in choreographed, hypnotic motion, the narrative pulsing to a high pitch of danger and fear. You would have thought that Paris…
Argentine Footballer Emiliano Sala's Body Found, World Mourns
teleSUR | telesurenglish.net | 2019-02-08
English authorities have confirmed on Thursday that the body rescued from the plane found in the English Channel is that of Argentine professional footballer Emiliano Sala. | RELATED: | 'The Last Goodbye,' Argentine Record-Signing Sala Feared Dead | The information was given by the Dorset Police after the remains of the plane in which Sala was traveling, alongside pilot David Ibbotson, were found on February 3. Sala and Ibbotson were flying from the French city of Nantes to Cardiff…
Amazon Facial Rekognition App Sets Off Alarm Bells
Alexander Rubinstein | mintpressnews.com | 2019-02-08
Jeff Bezos' ties to the national security state through Amazon Web Services are formidable, but the triple-digit billionaire's furnishing of surveillance tools to the police state are no less disturbing. | The post Amazon Facial Rekognition App Sets Off Alarm Bells appeared first on MintPress News.
On the Front Lines of the Climate Change Movement: Mike Roselle Draws a Line
Jeffrey St. Clair, Joshua Frank | counterpunch.org | 2019-02-08
The beard is graying. The hair is clipped military-short. He is a large man, oddly shaped, like a cross between a grizzly and a javelina. It's Roselle, of course, Mike Roselle–the outside agitator. He and a fellow activist have just spread an anti-coal banner in front of a growling bulldozer in West Virginia on a cold February morning in 2009. He's in this icy and unforgiving land to oppose a brutal mining operation and will soon be arrested for trespassing. Massey Energy, the target of Roselle's protest, is the fourth largest coal extractor in the United States, mining nearly 40 million tons of coal in Ken…
Swiss Prosecutors Squander Opportunity to Counter Kleptocracy
Human Rights Watch | hrw.org | 2019-02-08
In December 2016, authorities seized a yacht reportedly worth $100 million from Teodorin Obiang, the president's eldest son and vice president, as part of an ongoing Swiss investigation into money-laundering. | © 2009 Madmack66 (Wikimedia Commons) creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/ | The son of the president of Equatorial Guinea, Teodorin Nguema Obiang, who is also vice president, kept a US$100-million superyacht in the Netherlands and 25 exotic cars in Switzerland. The yacht is worth more than Equatorial…
NYPD Orders Google to Stop Showing People Where Cops Are At
The Mind Unleashed | theantimedia.com | 2019-02-08
(TMU) — The New York Police Department (NYPD) sent a cease and desist letter to Google last week, demanding that the company stop allowing its customers to report police checkpoints using their GPS apps. The report mentioned Google Maps and Waze, the popular GPS app that allows users to share information about hazards on the road, …
NYPD Orders Google to Stop Showing People Where Cops Are At
Indonesia: Free Three Papuan Activists
Human Rights Watch | hrw.org | 2019-02-08
Yanto Awerkion (far left) detained in the Timika police station in September 2017 for his role in organizing a petition calling on the UN to organize a referendum in Papua. | (Jakarta) — Indonesian authorities should release and drop treason charges against three Papuan activists for peaceful advocacy in the Papua mining town of Timika, Human Rights Watch said today. The Indonesian government is currently imprisoning at least nine people…
Sudanese Teacher Beaten to Death by Police: Investigator
teleSUR | telesurenglish.net | 2019-02-08
A Sudanese teacher arrested after protests last week died due to injuries caused by a "solid object," according to the head of a state investigations committee citing a medical report Thursday. | RELATED: | Sudan's Al-Bashir Bows to Pressure, Will Release Reporters | The announcement came as hundreds of people gathered across the capital — responding to a call by activists for a "procession for victims of torture and arrests" — in some of the biggest anti-government rallies in week…
Macron Tactics Against Yellow Vests Have Nothing to Do with Public Safety, Everything to Do with Global Politics
Vanessa Beeley | mintpressnews.com | 2019-02-07
"We will not kneel, we will not fear reprisals, we will keep protesting until the end," said one Gilet Jaune protester to me on Saturday as the police tore into the crowd, scything people to the ground and trampling them underfoot. | The post Macron Tactics Against Yellow Vests Have Nothing to Do with Public Safety, Everything to Do with Global Politics appeared first on MintPress News.
In Her First Race, Kamala Harris Campaigned as Tough on Crime — and Unseated the Country's Most Progressive Prosecutor
Lee Fang | theintercept.com | 2019-02-07
Kamala Harris won her first election the old-fashioned way: big money, police endorsements, and fearmongering about crime. | The post In Her First Race, Kamala Harris Campaigned as Tough on Crime — and Unseated the Country's Most Progressive Prosecutor appeared first on The Intercept.
Hickey family demands parliamentary inquiry into TJ's death 15 years ago
pip.hinman | greenleft.org.au | 2019-02-07
On February 14, the family and supporters of TJ Hickey will meet at the park they have named after the young Kamilaroi man, 15 years after he was murdered by the NSW police. | On that tragic day in 2004, TJ was riding his bike in Redfern, unaware of what was going to happen next. Constable Michael Hollingsworth started to pursue him. At the corner of Phillip and George streets, the police car was so close that in the cul de sac between the two towers it rammed the bike. TJ was thrown off the bike and on to the spiked fence…
Spanish state vs Catalonia: putting a political trial on trial
stuart_m | greenleft.org.au | 2019-02-07
On February 12, the trial of 12 Catalan politicians and social movement leaders involved in the October 1, 2017 independence referendum is set to begin in the Spanish Supreme Court. | The leaders face sanctions as harsh as 25 year's jail for their alleged offences — rebellion, sedition and embezzlement of public funds. | It is the first of three trials. Other defendants, including former police chief, José Lluís Trapero, will face the National High Court. Those members of the Catalan parliament who allowed discussion and voting on the referendum enabling law will face the High Court of Justice of Catalonia…
Call the meme police: BuzzFeed wants to ban tweets that offend Democrats
RT | rt.com | 2019-02-07
2019 hasn't started well for BuzzFeed, After false articles and staff layoffs, the clickbait-merchant-turned-liberal-news-outlet has now taken to trying to ban memes that offend America's Democratic party. | …
Brazil: Bill Could Shield Abusive Police
Human Rights Watch | hrw.org | 2019-02-06
A military police armored vehicle passes by a person killed by police on April 7, 2016 in the Jacarezinho favela. Military police killed tow other people during the same raid. | © 2016 Carlos Cout | (Sà£o Paulo) — A bill unveiled by Jair Bolsonaro ¥s government in Brazil on February 4 could be used to let police officers who kill people in unjustifiable circumstances evade punishment, Human Rights Watch said today. | "The new bill could spur an incr…
Pressure Mounts on Prosecutor to Drop Controversial Case Against Black Police Chief
Shared by Hezvo Mpunga | therealnews.com | 2019-02-05
After the Maryland Court of Special Appeals overturned the misconduct conviction of Pocomoke's first black police chief Kelvin Sewell, the ACLU of Maryland submitted a petition urging Special Prosecutor Emmitt Davitt not to retry the case | The post Pressure Mounts on Prosecutor to Drop Controversial Case Against Black Police Chief appeared first on The Real News Network.
Youth and College Director Tiffany Dena Loftin Recognized by NBC
Austyn Ross | naacp.org | 2019-02-04
This #BlackHistoryMonth NBC BLK recognized 10 women shaping their environment and altering the lives of those in their communities. Our Youth and College Director, Tiffany Dena Loftin, was recognized for using her voice and talent to make sure young black people's lives matter. Loftin has been raising her voice since she was an undergraduate at […] | The post Youth and College Director Tiffany Dena Loftin Recognized by NBC appeared first on NAACP.
The Same Media That Opposed Democracy in South Africa Now Warn Against It in Israel/Palestine
Gregory Shupak | fair.org | 2019-02-01
Richard Neely wrote in the New York Times ( 9/20/81), "Whites are not just potentially at war against nonwhites — everyone is potentially at war against everyone else," suggesting the inevitable demise of Asians in South Africa under a one person, one vote system. | When apartheid reigned in South Africa, Western media commentary frequently suggested that if a one person, one vote system were adopted, black South Africans would massacre whites, oppress them or force them to flee. The same line of…
A Modern-Day Lynching?: "Always in Season" Looks at 2014 Hanging in NC & Legacy of Racial Terrorism
Democracy Now! | democracynow.org | 2019-02-01
As we mark the beginning of Black History Month, we look at "Always in Season," a disturbing new documentary that examines lynching in the United States both past and present. It interviews Bryan Stevenson, founder of the Equal Justice Initiative, which built the National Memorial for Peace and Justice in Montgomery to remember the more than 4,000 African Americans lynched in the United States. It also looks closely at the case of Lennon Lacy, a 17-year-old African-American high school student who, on August 29, 2014, was found hanging from two belts attached to a wooden swing set in a largely white trailer park…
Extremists Go Knocking on Dems' Doors – Police Are Returning the Favor
Nick R. Martin | splcenter.org | 2019-01-31
The staff for an Arizona congressman asked the U.S. Capitol Police on Wednesday to look into the extremist group Patriot Movement AZ (PMAZ) after its leaders posted photos and video of the congressman's house and information about security measures for the property.
Feds File Hate Crime Charges in Tree of Life Shooting, Cite Antisemitic Posts on Gab
splcenter | splcenter.org | 2019-01-30
Federal prosecutors are saying overtly for the first time that the man charged with killing 11 people at the Tree of Life Synagogue did so because he's antisemitic and his intended victims were Jewish.
Venezuela: Dozens Arrested in Short-Lived National Guard Mutiny
Paul Dobson | venezuelanalysis.com | 2019-01-21
The National Guardsmen who rebelled in Caracas early Monday morning have been arrested and are reportedly providing information to authorities.