2019-04-05: News Headlines

STAFF (2019-04-05). Cop Caught on Camera Assaulting a Pizza Worker, City Won't Say if He's Still on the Force. therealnews.com Despite promise of reforms the Baltimore Police Department continues to keep personal records secret, even when an officer is convicted of a crime…

Mark Gruenberg (2019-04-05). Tens of thousands demand release of Mueller report with backup evidence. peoplesworld.org WASHINGTON—Shades of Watergate. In late 1973, GOP President Richard Nixon tried to shut down the Watergate investigation by arbitrarily firing Special Prosecutor Archibald Cox, padlocking the prosecutor's offices and canning a top official, William Ruckelshaus, who refused to fire Cox. Another Nixonite, Robert Bork, did so. Cox responded that whether the nation would be governed …

Jeff Hauser (2019-04-05). Warren's Plan to Rein in Tech Companies. counterpunch.org America's cops on the competition beat have grown lazy. They are not enforcing antitrust laws passed during the first Gilded Age to level a playing field tilted by powerful corporations for their own benefit; that's why America is stuck in a second Gilded Age of economic inequality. These officials have been lulled to sleep by More

ACLU (2019-04-05). Willie McCoy Should Be Alive Today. aclu.org We need use of force bills to pass in California and nationwide to change police standards. | The events that led to the murder of Willie McCoy by City of Vallejo police began with a 911 call came from a Taco Bell employee. In the recording, the employee sounds perplexed: "I have a person unresponsive to car horn honks in my drive-through," he said. He then added, "He's unresponsive. I've already had, like people try to knock on the window. I have no idea what's going on." The dispatcher sent out Vallejo police officers for what's known as a "wellness check." Officers arrived…

Emily Apple (2019-04-05). An ex-soldier cleared of terrorism charges for fighting Daesh is detained by police returning from holiday. thecanary.co Jim Matthews, a former soldier cleared of terrorism charges for joining the fight against Daesh (ISIS/ISIL) in Northern Syria has accused the UK police … | Read more An ex-soldier cleared of terrorism charges for fighting Daesh is detained by police returning from holiday | By Emily Apple

teleSUR (2019-04-05). UN Torture Expert Urges Ecuador Not to Expel Assange. telesurenglish.net Fears over Julian Assange's expulsion from the Ecuadorean Ambassy in London have been growing over the past few days, following threats by Ecuadorean President Lenin Moreno that he will "make a decision in the short term" on the situation of the Wikileaks editor. | RELATED: | INA Papers: The Corruption Case Against Ecuador's President Lenin Moreno | The Ecuadorean President argued Tuesday that the Wikileaks founder has "repeatedly violated" the terms of his asylum in th…

Eoin Higgins, staff writer (2019-04-05). 'Stop Lying to Young Jews': Protest by Anti-Occupation Jewish Activists Targets Birthright Tours. commondreams.org Fifteen people were arrested Friday in New York when hundreds of activists from the Jewish advocacy group If Not Now blocked access to the entrance of Birthright, the Sheldon Adelson funded organization that takes young Americans Jews on tours of Israel to instill within them support of that country's war on the Palestinian people. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Jessica Corbett, staff writer (2019-04-05). As Rumors Swirl, UN Expert Warns Extraditing Julian Assange to US Would Violate Human Rights Protections. commondreams.org While Ecuador denies plans to revoke Julian Assange's political asylum, a top United Nations human rights official has vowed to investigate fresh rumors, noting that if the WikiLeaks founder is expelled from the Ecuadorian Embassy in London, he likely would be arrested by British authorities and extradited to the United States. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Pamela Drake (2019-04-05). The Coalition for Police Accountability Files Motion to Intervene in OPD Federal Oversight. indybay.org Nine members of the Coalition for Police Accountability have joined in a Motion to Intervene in federal oversight of the Oakland police department. A NSA status conference is scheduled with Judge Orrick for April 3 at 3: 30pm at the United States District Court in San Francisco.

Consortium News (2019-04-05). WikiLeaks Says Assange Will Be Arrested in "Hours to Days" theantimedia.com (CN) — WikiLeaks warned Thursday that its founder "will be expelled within 'hours to days'" from Ecuador's London embassy and that Ecuador has an agreement with Britain to have him arrested. President Lenin Moreno will use the pretext of a scandal engulfing his presidency to oust Assange, a "high level source" in the Ecuador government told WikiLeaks. …

teleSUR (2019-04-05). Saudi Arabia Arrests Supporters of Imprisoned Women Activists. telesurenglish.net Saudi Arabia has arrested eight people, including two dual United States-Saudi citizens, in an apparent crackdown on supporters of women activists whose trial has drawn Western condemnation, rights groups said Friday. | RELATED: | Saudi Arabia Executes Nigerian Woman Over Drug-Related Charges | The 11 women on trial had campaigned for the right to drive and…

ACLU (2019-04-05). I Was Arrested and Detained for Passing Out Fliers Near a Courthouse. aclu.org The government has no business criminalizing political speech just because it happens outside a courthouse. | In the land of the free, people still get arrested for speaking out about what they believe in., , A little over a year ago, I was arrested and detained for 10 hours in New York City because I was handing out leaflets advocating jury nullification. I was arrested under a state law that makes it a crime to talk about judicial proceedings within 200 feet of a courthouse. I filed a First Amendment lawsuit because political speech shouldn't be a crime, no matter where it takes place. | Jury nullification is a…

amnesty (2019-04-05). TUNISIA: WHERE RUNNING FROM POLICE CAN BE DEADLY. amnesty.org

Rachel M. Cohen (2019-04-05). A Black Woman Said She Was Afraid of the Police. A Nearly All-White Disciplinary Panel Said We Don't Believe You. theintercept.com A New Jersey state ethics panel has recommended a six-month suspension for a school board member whose tense 2018 encounter with a cop went viral.

Middle East Eye (2019-04-05). US Officially Revokes ICC Prosecutor's Visa Over Afghanistan Probe. theantimedia.com (MEE) — The United States has revoked the visa of the chief prosecutor of the International Criminal Court (ICC), following a warning by the US that they would deny entry to those investigating war crimes by American forces. Fatou Bensouda, who has served in the role since 2012, previously requested ICC judges in November 2017 that she …

Democracy Now! (2019-04-05). Headlines for April 5, 2019. democracynow.org Congress Approves Resolution to End U.S. Support for War on Yemen, Report Blames Ethiopian Crash on Boeing 737 MAX Software Failure, Boeing CEO Apologizes for Crashes That Killed 346 People, Trump Threatens Mexico with Auto Tariffs over Migration, Migrants Say Mexico Is Denying Humanitarian Visas Under U.S. Pressure, 280 Arrested in Texas ICE Raid as Trump Heads to Border, Rogue Libyan General Advances on Tripoli, Mozambique Faces Food Emergency as Cholera Cases Mount, House Reauthorizes Violence Against Women Act Over NRA Objections, Trump to Nominate Herman Cain to Federal Reserve Board, Trump Pushed for Speedy…

STAFF (2019-04-04). Baltimore Emphasized Policing Over Recreation, and it Failed. therealnews.com The rise of police spending at the expense of recreation centers is under fire from community activists as Baltimore continues to grapple with record levels of violence…

STAFF (2019-04-04). Hopkins Students Sit-In to Oppose University's Private Police and ICE Contract. therealnews.com The protestors say they will occupy Hopkins until officials end the militarization of its campus…

Democracy Now! (2019-04-04). The Invisible People: France's Yellow Vest Revolt Against Macron & Elites Reaches 20 Weeks. democracynow.org Yellow vest protesters took to the streets of Paris on Saturday for the 20th straight week of anti-government demonstrations, in spite of the French authorities' crackdown on the movement. Last month, the French government deployed military forces and banned protesters from marching on the Champs-Élysées and in other areas, after clashes with the police, nearly 200 arrests and damage to businesses by some protesters. Police used tear gas and water cannons on crowds in Paris. More than 33,000 demonstrators nationwide joined the demonstrations Saturday, down from nearly 300,000 in November, according to government…

Consortiumnews (2019-04-04). The Tale of a 'Deep State Target'. consortiumnews.com Daniel Lazare reviews George Papadopoulos's book about his misadventures with a nest of intelligence agents. By Daniel Lazare Special to Consortium News Now that Russian collusion is dead and buried thanks to Special Prosecutor Robert Mueller, the big question is… Read more →

ACLU (2019-04-04). We Are Fighting Maricopa County's Rampant Prosecutorial Misconduct. aclu.org The Arizona Supreme Court has a chance to address the way prosecutors use and abuse their power and hold them accountable. | The Arizona Supreme Court will soon consider the misconduct of one of Maricopa County Attorney Bill Montgomery's top prosecutors: Juan Martinez. Martinez gained national notoriety when he prosecuted Jodi Arias for murder in 2008, but his aggressive and often unethical conduct was well-known in Arizona well before then…

ACLU (2019-04-04). State Data Law Heightens Privacy Protection for Virginians. aclu.org This week a judge in Fairfax County banned police from creating privacy-eroding databases using information gathered from license plate readers. | Powerful new technologies make mass surveillance easier than ever for law enforcement. One such technology, automatic license plate readers (ALPRs), capture location data that can reveal people's religious, political, sexual, medical, and social activities. For years, law enforcement agencies across the country have collected and stored this data with very little oversight and few legal…

Consortiumnews (2019-04-04). BREAKING: Assange 'Will Be' Arrested in 'Hours to Days,' WikiLeaks Says. consortiumnews.com WikiLeaks has quoted a "high-level" Ecuadorian government source as saying that Julian Assange could be imminently expelled from Ecuador's London embassy and that Quito has an agreement with the UK to arrest him. By Joe Lauria Special to Consortium News… Read more →

splcenter (2019-04-04). SPLC seeks release of detained journalist whose work challenged ICE, a year after he was arrested. splcenter.org Memphis journalist Manuel Duran filed a habeas petition yesterday, seeking his immediate release from detention.

Human Rights Watch (2019-04-04). Egypt: Deported Dissidents Missing. hrw.org (Beirut) — Egyptian authorities should reveal the whereabouts of at least five Egyptian dissidents who were deported to Egypt in recent weeks, Human Rights Watch said today. Malaysian authorities deported at least four men to Egypt in early March, and Turkey deported one man in January.

Democracy Now! (2019-04-04). Headlines for April 4, 2019. democracynow.org Republican "Nuclear Option" Will Speed Confirmation of Trump's Judges, House Committee Authorizes Subpoena for Full Mueller Report, House Committee Asks IRS for Six Years of Trump's Tax Returns, Immigrant Activist Claudio Rojas Deported Ahead of Miami Film Premiere, Suspect in New Zealand Mosque Massacres to Face 50 Murder Charges, Australian Senator Censured over "Appalling" NZ Massacre Remarks, White Power Graffiti Found Near Site of Highlander Center Fire, Felony Charges Dropped Against African-American Victim of Dallas Attack, Blast at Texas Chemical Plant Kills 1, Injures 2, Trump Falsely Claims That Windmil…

Akela Lacy (2019-04-04). ICE Is Teaming With North Carolina Republicans to Fight Pro-Immigrant Sheriffs. theintercept.com The First Amendment to the Constitution serves as something of a gauge for our national priorities. Embedded in there is the right of the people "to petition the government for a redress of grievances." | But what if the government itself is aggrieved? No government agency feels more under siege lately than U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, and in North Carolina, it's helping the government do something about that. | Over the course of four days in February, federal immigration officials arrested more than 220 u…

Human Rights Watch (2019-04-03). Azerbaijan: Youth Activist Freed, Then Re-arrested. hrw.org (Berlin) — Azerbaijani authorities re-arrested a youth activist two weeks after he was pardoned for a bogus drug conviction and freed, Human Rights Watch said today. | The activist, Bayram Mammadov, is a member of NIDA (Azeri for "Exclamation Mark"), a youth opposition movement that typically is highly critical of the government. He had been serving the10-year sentence since May 2016 on bogus drug possession charges after spraying satirical graffi…

Kevin Gosztola (2019-04-03). Supreme Court Deems Torture Of Prisoners During Executions Permissible. shadowproof.com The U.S. Supreme Court ruled Missouri may use lethal injection against a prisoner with a medical condition that will cause him to choke to death on his blood.

Fight Back (2019-04-03). Activists in Oshkosh, WI host vigil for Amber Evans. fightbacknews.org Oshkosh, WI – On March 31, local activists and members of United Action Oshkosh (UAO) held a vigil to honor and commemorate the life and work of activist Amber Evans. | Evans, whose body had been identified a week prior after being pulled from the Scioto River in Columbus, Ohio, was a 28-year-old organizer involved heavily with movements such as Black Lives Matter, the Juvenile Justice Coalition, the People's Justice Project, and local anti-fascist projects. | Gathering in the Opera House Square in downtown Oshkosh, attendees of the vigil held a moment of silence for two minutes, symbolizing the two months…

ACLU (2019-04-02). America's Pretrial System Is Broken. Here's Our Vision to Fix It. aclu.org We envision a country where pretrial incarceration is all but eliminated. | Every year, millions of people are arrested, required to pay money bail they cannot afford, separated from their families and loved ones, or subjected to long periods of incarceration based on the mere accusation of a crime. This all occurs while people are presumed innocent under the law. Black and brown people, their loved ones, and those without the economic resources to thrive suffer the worst harms. | Yet while there is broad consensus that our money bail system is in dir…

Human Rights Watch (2019-04-02). France Can Offer Justice to Corruption Victims. hrw.org | | A picture taken on February 14, 2012 on the Avenue Foch in Paris shows a truck at the entrance of Paris residence of the son of Equatorial Guinea's President Teodoro Obiang, being searched by French police as part of a corruption probe. | © 2012 Eric Feferberg/AFP/Getty Images | A Paris criminal court recently convicted Equatorial Guinea's vice president in absentia of laundering more than US$120 mi…

Democracy Now! (2019-04-02). Headlines for April 2, 2019. democracynow.org Whistleblower: WH Security Clearances Reversed Despite Serious Concerns, Senate Shoots Down Disaster Relief Bills as Fight over Puerto Rico Aid Intensifies, Trump: GOP Planning "Really Great" Healthcare Plan for After 2020 Election, U.K.: Lawmakers Shoot Down 4 Brexit Options as Impasse Continues, Algeria: Pres. Bouteflika to Resign as Protesters Call for Systemic Changes, West Bank: Israelis Shoot and Kill Palestinian Man During Raid, Brunei: U.N. Raises Alarm as LGBT Community Threatened by Death Penalty Law, SCOTUS Rules Against Man Who Says Lethal Injection Would Feel Like Torture, U.S.-Mexico Border Shutdown…

Democracy Now! (2019-03-29). Headlines for March 29, 2019. democracynow.org NY Sues Sackler Family, Purdue & Other Drug Cos. for Profiting from Opioid Crisis, Dems Press AG William Barr on 300+-Page Mueller Report, HUD Sues Facebook over Discriminatory Housing Ads, Puerto Rico Gov. Rosselló to Trump: "I'll Punch the Bully in the Mouth", Philippines: Rappler Founder Maria Ressa Arrested for 2nd Time, Venezuela: Gov't Bans Opposition Head Guaidó from Running for Office, Saudi Authorities Temporarily Release 3 Women Activists, Somalia: At Least 15 People Killed in al-Shabab Attack, Egyptian Activist Alaa Abd El-Fattah Freed After 5 Years in Prison, U.K.: Lawmakers to Vote on Key Text Two We…

Democracy Now! (2019-03-28). Fighting Racial Bias in an Age of Mass Murder: Prejudice from the Coffee Shop to Charlottesville. democracynow.org As avowed neo-Nazi James Alex Fields pleaded guilty Wednesday to 29 counts of hate crimes in a federal court for plowing his car into a crowd of anti-racist protesters in Charlottesville in August of 2017, we look at a new book that addresses the tragic event, as well as the rising number of race-based mass shootings, hate crimes and police shootings of unarmed men in the past several years. It also examines cases of discrimination against African Americans for simply sitting in coffee shops or trying to vacation in Airbnb-hosted homes. Professor Jennifer Eberhardt is the author of "Biased: Uncovering the Hidden…

splcenter (2019-03-28). Solitary Confinement: Inhumane, Ineffective, and Wasteful. splcenter.org Around the world and increasingly in the United States, there's a growing consensus that solitary confinement of incarcerated persons is, at best, an ineffective and inhumane practice with little or no carceral benefit and, at worst, outright torture.

James Kilgore (2019-03-27). Mass Incarceration Since 1492: Native American Encounters With Criminal Injustice. shadowproof.com Critical accounts of police abuse and mass incarceration overlook structural violence visited upon Native peoples for centuries, and how it relates to and differs from Black peoples' experiences.

splcenter (2019-03-26). A message to SPLC supporters. splcenter.org My name is Bryan Fair. I'm an African-American professor of constitutional law.

unitedEditor (2019-03-25). Discrediting the Yellow vests: why Macron will not resign so easily. uwidata.com In France, on Saturday, March 23, the Yellow Vests held another demonstration — Act XIX. According to the French Ministry of Internal Affairs, at least 40,500 people protested across France (5000 of them in Paris). Clashes with the police occurred in Nice, Lyon, Toulouse, Montpellier and Paris. 19th week of #GiletsJaunes protests across France 'Peaceful …

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