2019-04-07: Social Media Postees

amnesty | amnesty.org | 2019-04-07

Pensacola community reacts to Escambia County cops' illegal entry
Sarah Brummet, Estevan Hernandez, RJ Hightower, and Mallory Luana | liberationnews.org | 2019-04-06
Police arrest and manhandle Black man without a warrant.

Trump Administration Revokes ICC Prosecutor's Visa Over War Crimes Probe
STAFF | truthout.org | 2019-04-06
In a move human rights defenders decried as "shameful," the Trump administration revoked the visa of the International Criminal Court's chief prosecutor this week for trying to investigate alleged war crimes committed by American forces in Afghanistan. | "What we can confirm is that the U.S. authorities have revoked the prosecutor's visa for entry into the U.S.," Prosecutor Fatou Bensouda's office said in a statement. The decision, per her office, shouldn't interfere with her travel to the United Nations headquarters in New York City. | "Wa…

When It Comes to the Death Penalty, the Supreme Court Legalized Torture Long Ago
Liliana Segura | theintercept.com | 2019-04-06
Months before the U.S. Supreme Court sparked fresh outrage over the death penalty by upholding the planned execution of a man who risks drowning in his own blood, Justice Stephen Breyer invited Missouri Solicitor General D. John Sauer to consider the matter "as a person rather than a lawyer." | It was November 2018. Oral arguments in Bucklew v. Precythe were about halfway done. The issue at hand: Russell Bucklew, condemned to die for a murder and rape committed in 1996, suffered from a rare medical condition calle…

US Extradition of Assange Would be Violation of International Law: UN Special Rapporteur
Oscar Grenfell | globalresearch.ca | 2019-04-06
Following WikiLeaks' warning yesterday that Julian Assange faced imminent eviction from Ecuador's London embassy, widespread opposition has emerged to the illegal plans to terminate his political asylum. | Nils Melzer, the UN Special Rapporteur on torture, issued a statement calling …

Trump visits border to step up attack on immigrants
WSWS | wsws.org | 2019-04-06
Trump's visit took place two days after Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents arrested 280 immigrant workers in a raid on an electronics plant in Texas.

Defend Julian Assange!
WSWS | wsws.org | 2019-04-06
The Socialist Equality Party (Australia) condemns the stepped-up preparations to expel Julian Assange from London's Ecuadorian embassy and to force him into the custody of the British police. WikiLeaks reported today that it has information, from a source in the Ecuadorian state, that Assange's eviction from the building, where he sought asylum in 2012, will occur "within hours or days."

'Shameful': Trump Admin Revokes ICC Prosecutor's Visa Over Probe of Potential US War Crimes in Afghanistan
Jessica Corbett, staff writer | commondreams.org | 2019-04-06
In a move human rights defenders decried as "shameful," the Trump administration revoked the visa of the International Criminal Court's chief prosecutor this week for trying to investigate alleged war crimes committed by American forces in Afghanistan. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

April Fool's gag goes awry as YouTuber arrested for impersonating officer (VIDEO)
RT | rt.com | 2019-04-06
What was originally planned as a hilarious April Fool's prank seriously backfired for one YouTuber after he was arrested for impersonating a police officer in Sarasota, Florida. | …

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

Warren's Plan to Rein in Tech Companies
Jeff Hauser | counterpunch.org | 2019-04-05
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…

Willie McCoy Should Be Alive Today
ACLU | aclu.org | 2019-04-05
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…

Tens of thousands demand release of Mueller report with backup evidence
Mark Gruenberg | peoplesworld.org | 2019-04-05
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 …

US Officially Revokes ICC Prosecutor's Visa Over Afghanistan Probe
Middle East Eye | theantimedia.com | 2019-04-05
(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 …

US Officially Revokes ICC Prosecutor's Visa Over Afghanistan Probe

A Black Woman Said She Was Afraid of the Police. A Nearly All-White Disciplinary Panel Said We Don't Believe You
Rachel M. Cohen | theintercept.com | 2019-04-05
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.

An ex-soldier cleared of terrorism charges for fighting Daesh is detained by police returning from holiday
Emily Apple | thecanary.co | 2019-04-05
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…

As Rumors Swirl, UN Expert Warns Extraditing Julian Assange to US Would Violate Human Rights Protections
Jessica Corbett, staff writer | commondreams.org | 2019-04-05
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…

WikiLeaks Says Assange Will Be Arrested in "Hours to Days"
Consortium News | theantimedia.com | 2019-04-05
(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. …

WikiLeaks Says Assange Will Be Arrested in "Hours to Days"

Tampa Bay students rally against Trump's wall and demand protections for undocumented students
Fight Back | fightbacknews.org | 2019-04-05
Tampa, FL – The Tampa Bay chapter of Students for a Democratic Society (SDS) held a rally April 3 to stand against the U.S.-Mexico border wall and demand protections for immigrant students at the University of South Florida (USF). One of these protections is non-deputization of campus police to enforce immigration policy. The event featured a mock border wall, symbolizing the recent attacks on immigrants by the U.S. government. | "USF needs to stand by its undocumented and immigrant students to make its claims of diversity true. USF has to become noncompliant with federal agencies like the Department of Homeland…

I Was Arrested and Detained for Passing Out Fliers Near a Courthouse
ACLU | aclu.org | 2019-04-05
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…

Baltimore Emphasized Policing Over Recreation, and it Failed
STAFF | therealnews.com | 2019-04-04
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…

State Data Law Heightens Privacy Protection for Virginians
ACLU | aclu.org | 2019-04-04
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…

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

The Invisible People: France's Yellow Vest Revolt Against Macron & Elites Reaches 20 Weeks
Democracy Now! | democracynow.org | 2019-04-04
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…

We Are Fighting Maricopa County's Rampant Prosecutorial Misconduct
ACLU | aclu.org | 2019-04-04
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…

The Tale of a 'Deep State Target'
Consortiumnews | consortiumnews.com | 2019-04-04
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 ?…

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

ICE Is Teaming With North Carolina Republicans to Fight Pro-Immigrant Sheriffs
Akela Lacy | theintercept.com | 2019-04-04
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…

BREAKING: Assange 'Will Be' Arrested in 'Hours to Days,' WikiLeaks Says
Consortiumnews | consortiumnews.com | 2019-04-04
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 ?…

Azerbaijan: Youth Activist Freed, Then Re-arrested
Human Rights Watch | hrw.org | 2019-04-03
(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…

Activists in Oshkosh, WI host vigil for Amber Evans
Fight Back | fightbacknews.org | 2019-04-03
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…

Supreme Court Deems Torture Of Prisoners During Executions Permissible
Kevin Gosztola | shadowproof.com | 2019-04-03
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.

America's Pretrial System Is Broken. Here's Our Vision to Fix It
ACLU | aclu.org | 2019-04-02
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…

43 Years: Meet the Man Held in Solitary Confinement Longer Than Any Prisoner in U.S. History
Democracy Now! | democracynow.org | 2019-03-29
Albert Woodfox is a former political prisoner who was held in solitary confinement for 43 years until he won his freedom just over three years ago. Now he is traveling the world and joins us in studio to discuss his new memoir, "Solitary: Unbroken by Four Decades in Solitary Confinement. My Story of Transformation and Hope." ‚Ä®‚Ä®In it, he writes about his childhood and how his mother struggled to keep the family cared for, how as a teenager and young man he was in and out of jails and prisons, and how he became radicalized when he met members of the Black Panther Party and went on…

Headlines for March 29, 2019
Democracy Now! | democracynow.org | 2019-03-29
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…

Fighting Racial Bias in an Age of Mass Murder: Prejudice from the Coffee Shop to Charlottesville
Democracy Now! | democracynow.org | 2019-03-28
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…

Solitary Confinement: Inhumane, Ineffective, and Wasteful
splcenter | splcenter.org | 2019-03-28
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.

Mass Incarceration Since 1492: Native American Encounters With Criminal Injustice
James Kilgore | shadowproof.com | 2019-03-27
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.

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

Discrediting the Yellow vests: why Macron will not resign so easily
unitedEditor | uwidata.com | 2019-03-25
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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