Slavery Is Not Dead in America!!!

Thank You Harold Smith
Kristeen Hernandez aka Lady2Soothe

Jail

Slavery is alive and well, and absolutely thriving in the American prison industrial complexes. The 13th Amendment of the US Constitution reads: “Neither slavery nor involuntary servitude, except as a punishment for crime whereof the party shall have been duly convicted, shall exist within the United States, or any place subject to their jurisdiction”. Section 26 of the Colorado State Constitution reflects this as well. The language in either document has not been amended, repealed, or deleted to date. Many people reading these words do not believe this to be fact. It is I promise. The big difference between today’s slavery and the slavery of old, is that in 2016 it is not racially discriminatory; if you break the law, no matter your race, creed or color, and are convicted-you ARE and WILL BE until your release a Slave of the State, and you will be treated as such. I broke the Law in Colorado, and according to the constitution, I am a slave to Colorado. It is the LAW!

That said, the simple fact is that I have done ALL of my TIME for the offense I was convicted of, so, how is it possible I’m still on this plantation? I am still in prison because an old law gave my physical custody and control to the State of Colorado for a sum of 48 years. My human rights are secondary to the State’s claims on my body. They own me, pure and simple.

Right is right, and wrong is wrong. No matter whom it is. Whether it is me, or the State of Colorado, the fact remains the same: I did wrong when I broke the Law, I fully admit and regret that fact. However, under current Colorado Law, it clearly spells out that I have already PAID IN FULL for my actions. And deservedly so. That is JUST, and RIGHT. But what is so WRONG is that after nearly 19 years (3 years OVER the maximum penalty for the crime, and nearly 4 years since the Law was revised) the executive and legislative representatives for the people of the State of Colorado callously see fit to still hold me prisoner. This is Wrong and Unjust! This is tragic! This is Slavery in all its glory. This is allowed to stand, I believe in my heart, because the public does not know about it.

I’ve learned over the years most Americans are fair and just, and when they recognize Injustice they fight to get justice. Which is why, with my extremely limited resources, I am utilizing social media as best I can, from prison. I NEED YOUR HELP!! I think if you, the public knew my story you would be appalled. My family and I are. We are just so small and insignificant in this battle for my freedom against the State of Colorado. Will you help us please?

Some people who read this may be offended by my use of the term “slavery” to describe my situation, to them I would humbly say “No offense intended”, yet what other institution in our nation’s history do you know of, besides slavery which permits the State sanctioned bondage of human beings against their will? The current criminal justice system not only permits this, but in my case, -even after I have served ALL of my time-lets me sit in prison, and does nothing about it, actively ignoring this Injustice.

Our nation is one of laws, the foundation of a democratic society. Our people and our laws make this a great nation I love dearly, the greatest nation on God’s green earth. I am proud to be an American, but I need to be a FREE proud American. When I am released, I want to earn back all of my rights as an American citizen, and all that it entails, including, and especially, my right to vote. I need to have a voice in the Laws which affect me and my loved ones. When the laws of the land are no longer relevant, or applicable, the State Legislature changes the law in the interest of justice. This has already happened in my case. But they did not make it retroactive, which is why I am still in prison.

I am asking the Colorado State Legislature to pass legislation for RETROACTIVE APPLICATION OF House Bill 12-1213, and C.R.S. 18-1.3-801 (5) to my convictions. This action would release me from prison forthwith. I am also petitioning Colorado State Governor John Hickenlooper (he signed HB 12-1213 into law) to commute my prison sentence to 16 years’ time served. Which would also release me from prison forthwith. If you have not already done so, please visit my Facebook @JFHIC.

If you are a believer in Justice for All, PLEASE SIGN the COLORADO AMENDED HB 12-1213 RETROACTIVE APPLICATION: IMMEDIATE RELEASE FOR HAROLD SMITH PETITION.

Change

https://www.change.org/p/john-hickenlooper-colorado-amended-hb-12-1213-retroactive-application-immediate-release-for-harold-smith?recruiter=24396900&utm_source=petitions_show_components_action_panel_wrapper&utm_medium=copylink&recuruit_context=copylink_long

If you or anyone you know can help I would truly appreciate any and all input or even a friendly letter of support. And please re-post this to your social media pages asking your friends to sign and re-post.

Many thanks from the bottom of my heart, and blessings for taking the time to read my message.

Respectively, Harold Harold L Smith-Headshot

Harold L. Smith
DOC # 81050 Unit A4-4
Buena Vista Minimum Correctional
PO Box 2005
Buena Vista Colorado 81211

160 million MORE White people in the U.S. than Black people

Kristeen Hernandez aka Lady2Soothe

Expendable

Granted police killed nearly twice as many Whites as Blacks in 2015, but according to U.S. census data out of the 323,730,000 people listed as US citizens, there were nearly 160 million MORE White people in the Unites States than there were Black people.

According to the July 2015 United States Census Bureau White people made up 71.1% of the U.S. population while Black people comprise only 13.3 % of the population; however Black’s accounted for 37% of murder victims by police compared to only 7% of White murder by police victims signifying Blacks are 3.5 times more likely to be executed by police; five times higher per-capita.

1,134 people were killed by police in 2015; at least 102 unarmed Black people, nearly two every week. Roughly 1 in 3 was identified as unarmed, though the actual number is likely higher due to underreporting. Of all the unarmed people murdered by police, 42% were young Black men, 25% were unarmed, compared with 17% of White people, even though Black males made up only 6% of the Black population. Therefore young Black men were assassinated at a rate disproportionate to the percentage of U.S. population. Additionally Black people were found to be twice as likely to NOT to be armed with a weapon.

Only 10 of the 102 cases in 2015 where an unarmed Black person was killed by police resulted in officer(s) being charged with a crime, and only 2 of these deaths resulted in convictions of the officers involved. Only 1 of 2 officers was convicted for their involvement and sentenced to 1 year in jail and allowed to serve his time exclusively on weekends while the other is still awaiting sentencing.

71% of LEO killed in 2015 were killed by White men. Seventy-one percent of police who’ve been shot and killed this year weren’t murdered by Black men with cornrows or hoodies. They weren’t gunned down by Latinx gang members in low-rider drive-bys. Those stereotypes would be all too convenient; instead, AND 71% of police who’ve been shot and killed so far in 2016 have been killed by good old-fashioned White men.

So far in 2016 police have assassinated 509 people; 238 Whites, 123 Blacks, 79 Latinx, 69 Unknown victims. 484 were male, 25 female, 124 suffered from mental health conditions and 35 were confirmed unarmed. About 6 percent of fatal shootings this year have been captured by body cameras, yet police most frequently refuse to publicly release video. In more than half the cases in which body-cam footage was available, police declined.

Although the FBI is charged with keeping statistics on shootings they do not collect the data; law enforcement agencies provide it to the FBI, which then compiles the reports. Even though it’s mandatory for police dept.’s to forward their stats, most don’t and so far the FBI hasn’t enforced their rule which is a sad post analysis of FBI data which shows fewer than half of the nation’s 18,000 police departments report their incidents to the agency.

More than 3,700 people have been killed by U.S. police since May 1, 2013

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The Keys To “Success” Should Not Be Rooted In Anti-Blackness: On Internalized Racism And Despising Black Hair As Access To Employment

Reprinted with permission RELANDO THOMPKINS-JONES, MSW, LLMSW

Keys

When Toni Morrison said that racism keeps you from doing your work she was absolutely correct.

“The function, the very serious function of racism, is distraction. It keeps you from doing your work. It keeps you explaining, over and over again, your reason for being. Somebody says you have no language, so you spend twenty years proving that you do. Somebody says your head isn’t shaped properly, so you have scientists working on the fact that it is. Someone says you have no art, so you dredge that up. Somebody says you have no kingdoms, so you dredge that up. None of that is necessary. There will always be one more thing.”
~ Toni Morrison

I was trying to be productive the other day when I came across this tweet from Steve Perry:
Steve

Although some “professionals” out here who work with Black children think they have their best interests in mind, their actions can do damage to the child’s self-esteem, especially if they have not addressed their own internalized racism and how it influences their work.

I’m calling for a stop to all these “experts” out here who peddle the idea to Black kids that success means becoming less of who you are.

“Experts” who tell Black children that their hair is unacceptable. You need to stop. And priding yourself on how many “lives you’ve touched” is nothing to celebrate if Continue Reading https://notesfromanaspiringhumanitarian.com/the-keys-to-success-should-not-be-rooted-in-anti-blackness-on-internalized-racism-and-despising-black-hair-as-access-to-employment/#comment-9278

The Five Eyes Nation: Not what you think

Kristeen Hernandez aka Lady2Soothe

One Nation

The Five Eyes Nation, (FVEY), is an intelligence alliance comprised of Australia, Canada, New Zealand, the UK and the US, bound by the multilateral UKUSA Agreement, a treaty for joint cooperation in signals intelligence. The “Five Eyes” term is shorthand for “AUS/CAN/NZ/UK/US EYES ONLY” classification level.

The “Five Eyes” community is part of an extensive alliance of Western democracies sharing signals. These allied include countries NATO members, other European democracies such as Sweden, and allies in the Pacific, specifically Singapore and South Korea.

People just looked the other way when street cams (surveillance cameras) were installed virtually everywhere, tracking online activities of people who are just exercising their rights to civil protest. This information is collected even on individuals who haven’t committed crimes. “Pre-operational surveillance” using a camera or binoculars, “counter-surveillance efforts” people who double back, evasive driving or changing your appearance are used. Any of these seemingly innocent behaviors by a citizen can lead the police to write up a secret file on an individual and upload it into a database accessible to every law enforcement agency in the country “just in case”.

Police argue military equipment makes them safer, no matter what the cost to community relations by making its way from the department of defense to police departments around the country.

How do they do it?
Devices on planes mimicking cellphone towers are used to target criminals, but also sift through thousands of other phones. The U.S. Marshals Service program operates Cessna aircraft from at least five metropolitan-area airports, with a flying range covering most of the U.S. population. Planes are equipped with DRT’s (dirtboxes) which are cell site simulator, or a phone device mimicking a cell phone tower.

The DRT device is designed to create a signal strong enough within a short range that it forces dormant mobile phones to automatically switch over to it to detect and locate cell phones and thus collect information, and can be used to jam phones. Cellphones are programmed to connect automatically to the strongest cell tower signal. The device being used by the U.S. Marshals Service identifies itself as having the closest, strongest signal, even though it doesn’t, and forces all the phones that can detect its signal to send in their unique registration information. These devices can locate up to 10,000 targets and can process multiple analog and digital wireless devices all at the same time. They’re even capable of intercepting and recording digital voice data. capable of breaking encryption on communications from 200 cellphones simultaneously across state-of-the-art 4G LTE frequencies used for rapid data transmission by the latest generation of smartphones.
Cellbrite: “a portable, handheld, field proven forensic system for the quick extraction and analysis of 95% cell phones, smart phones and PDA devices,” capable of extracting “information such as phone book, pictures, video, text messages, and call logs.”
Kingfish: a Stingray-like device that is “portable enough to be carried around in a backpack.”
Stargrazer: “an Army system developed to deny, degrade and/or disrupt a targeted adversary’s command and control (C2) system,” “can jam a handset and capture its metadata at the same time it pinpoints your target’s location. But watch out — the Stargazer may jam all the other phones in the area too — including your own.”
Cyberhawk: capable of gathering “phonebook, names, SMS, media files, text, deleted SMS, calendar items and notes” from 79 cell phones.
Stingray: drains the targeted device, as well as raise’s signal strength. As long as a phone is on, it could be targeted.

These tools are part of the militarization of police; the use of technology with eavesdropping capabilities, without a warrant is “a clear violation the Fourth Amendment.”

This is what you lose in your pursuit to be “protected”’.

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END NOTES:
The Five Eyes Nations
Australia monitors South Asia and East Asia.
Canada monitors the Russian and Chinese interior while managing intelligence assets in Latin America.
New Zealand: responsible for the western Pacific and maintains listening posts in Southeast Asia, Waihopai Valley , Tangimoana.
UK: Europe, European Russia, Middle East and Hong Kong.
US is focused on the Middle East, China, and Russia, in addition to the Caribbean and Africa.

Interrogating Suspects by Employing Psychological Manipulation

Kristeen Hernandez aka Lady2Soothe

psychological

THE REID METHOD uses advanced psychological and coerciveness techniques which appear simple on the surface, but have been likened to “brainwashing” by criminal defense attorneys. This method of questioning suspects is to assess their credibility in a three-phase process beginning with Fact Analysis, followed by the Behavior Analysis Interview (a non-accusatory interview designed to develop investigative and behavioral information), and followed by the Reid Nine Steps of Interrogation.

However Reid Method technique been proven it can elicit false confessions from innocent persons, especially children, the mentally ill and foreign language speakers.

An interrogator trained in psychological manipulation first talks with the subject a while and attempts to develop rapport prior to initiating any questioning. The interrogator may feign interest in some of the suspect’s hobbies or in the suspect’s lifestyle. By acting in such a manner, the interrogator leads the suspect to believe that he and the interrogator are similar in many ways. Once the suspect begins talking about any topic, it is harder for the suspect to stop talking about other topics–including crimes he may have committed. Suspects who like their interrogators and feel compelled to talk because they are already within the throes of conversation find it much harder to lie….

KINESIC INTERVIEWING: The next stage of the operation involves getting a “baseline” of the suspect’s normal behavior when asked non-stressful questions. These questions appear to be innocuous on the surface, but are not. The interrogator watches the subject’s facial expressions and body language prior to, during and after the suspect answers the question giving the interrogator a very good idea of how the suspect acts when he answers questions truthfully.

NEUROLINGUISTIC INTERVIEWING:
involves asking a suspect two types of questions. One set of questions requires the suspect to remember data, and the other requires the suspect to use his cognitive processes. The interrogator then watches the suspect’s body language to determine what type of changes take place when the suspect thinks of information, as opposed to remembering it.

Innocent people tend to answer questions differently than guilty suspects. a guilty suspect will show deceptive body language. experience has shown the police that the people who commit crimes will seize upon any excuse to mitigate the reason they committed a crime i.e. Victim Blaming. If the subject shows a propensity to blame his crime on someone else, or states that the crime was probably a mistake, these themes will be used later on.

NINE STEPS OF INTERROGATION
1. Direct confrontation. Advise the suspect that the evidence has led the police to the individual as a suspect. Offer the person an early opportunity to explain why the offense took place.
2. Try to shift the blame away from the suspect to some other person or set of circumstances that prompted the suspect to commit the crime. That is, develop themes containing reasons that will psychologically justify or excuse the crime. Themes may be developed or changed to find one to which the accused is most responsive.
3. Try to discourage the suspect from denying his or her guilt.
4. At this point, the accused will often give a reason why he or she did not or could not commit the crime. Try to use this to move towards the confession.
5. Reinforce sincerity to ensure that the suspect is receptive.
6. The suspect will become quieter and listen. Move the theme discussion towards offering alternatives. If the suspect cries at this point, infer guilt.
7. Pose the “alternative question”, giving two choices for what happened; one more socially acceptable than the other. The suspect is expected to choose the easier option but whichever alternative the suspect chooses, guilt is admitted. There is always a third option which is to maintain that they did not commit the crime.
8. Lead the suspect to repeat the admission of guilt in front of witnesses and develop corroborating information to establish the validity of the confession.
9. Document the suspect’s admission or confession and have him or her prepare a recorded statement (audio, video or written).

The interrogator who utilizes these methods has a highly structured plan going into the interrogation. These techniques can be taught to virtually anyone. Even ordinary police officers are taught to use them in everyday police work.

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Pleading the Fifth and Understanding Your Miranda Rights

Kristeen Hernandez aka Lady2Soothe

Free

Pleading the Fifth allows a witness to decline to answer questions which might otherwise incriminate him or her without penalty. The Miranda Warning sets an acceptable preventative measure for those well-established rights.

When the Supreme Court created the Miranda warning, its purpose was to shield people in police custody from being forced to make statements which would later be used against them at trial. At its heart, the Miranda warning is a “procedural safeguard” an extra lock on the door so to speak.

Before Miranda, police induced confessions through torture, deprivation of food and water, lies and other cruel and inhumane treatment. After Miranda, police were force to incorporate the Miranda Warning; although most often police downplay the warning with a routine and casual announcement hoping you’ll let down your guard.

Keep in mind, an officer has the right to ask you questions; YOU HAVE THE RIGHT TO DECLINE TO ANSWER.

People often blurt out admissions in the heat of the moment or let the police bait them into admissions. 80 percent of people don’t invoke their Miranda Rights do so because they feel they’ll antagonize the police further by stating “I refuse to answer any questions until I see my attorney.” However, the best advice is quite simple: Be cooperative, courteous, well-mannered, provide identification, but say nothing other than to request a lawyer.

When you’re asked why you refuse to answer; courteously REPEAT “I refuse to comment or provide an answer.” The reason you’re asked this is because, once you answer you’re contradicting yourself by providing an answer, they’re psychologically programming and conditioning you to answer even more questions. The Fifth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution provides that no person shall be compelled in any criminal case to be a witness against himself or herself. Outside the context of detention or arrest, a person has no duty to answer any questions by police at all; and if judicial compulsion is sought by the State, the person can still invoke his or her Fifth Amendment right against compulsory self-incrimination, and refuse to comply.

It’s been proven juveniles who do not keep silent in nearly 90 percent of interrogations, often do not understand the Miranda Warning and therefore don’t take advantage of it. Some have misconstrued the warning to mean that they should stay silent (quiet and respectful) except to answer questions. They talk to police in order to comply with the authority figure in the room. People with mental disabilities are less likely to understand the Miranda Warning as are people who speak English as a 2nd language. Also a recent study showed people who have been hit by a Taser most likely suffer from a cognitive impairment affecting memory and ability to process information.

The traditional Miranda Waring ends with a question along the lines of “do you understand these rights as they have been read to you”. A suspect must affirmatively respond they understand these rights – courts will not interpret silence as a sufficient acknowledgment of the Miranda warning. YOU MUST VERBALLY STATE and WRITE on the document BEFORE affixing your signature “I DO NOT WANT TO BE QUESTIONED WITHOUT AN ATTORNEY PRESENT.” When a prisoner demands a lawyer ALL QUESTIONING MUST STOP IMMEDIATELY since a lawyer would probably not be immediately available, prepare to sit for a very long time.

June 17, 2013, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled an individual must specifically invoke the Fifth Amendment right to “remain silent”, otherwise silence can be used against him or her in court. In that case, a murder suspect refused to sign an acknowledgment of his Miranda Rights, then later made statements that were used against him in his conviction for the crime. The Court ruled the burden was on the suspect to invoke his Miranda Rights, and hisxfailure to sign the acknowledgment essentially amounted to a waiver of those rights.

The police like to play games with prisoners and are legally allowed to lie, cheat and trick alleged suspects into making false confessions or unwise statements. Under the Reid Method criminal interrogation and confessions gained by falsely accusing suspects by treating them aggressively and telling lies about the amount of evidence proving their guilt. Such exaggerated claims of evidence, such as video or genetics (DNA), led to potentially innocent suspects becoming overwhelmed. Also people sometimes make statements hoping for leniency by rating out friends or family only to be told their statements were not good enough and will now be used against them. Keep in mind you WILL NOT be able to talk yourself out of the jam, SAY NOTHING.

If you receive a request to go to the police station to answer questions, or if the police come to you and ask questions, you DO NOT have to answer and can politely decline. You can assume, though, that if the police really want to talk to you, they’ll come up with ‘probable cause’ and either arrest you (requiring that you be read the Miranda Warning) or they’ll get a search warrant if they feel you are in possession of evidence a crime has been committed.

The Miranda warning is just that, a WARNING. Don’t make matters worse for yourself. When in doubt, shut up. Even if you desperately want to talk, shut up anyway. There is very little, if anything, you can say to help yourself. Most of what you say will hurt you because the police lie, twist, turn and manipulate your words.

Remember once a suspect waives their Miranda Rights, police use psychological and coerciveness techniques to obtain confessions and incriminating statements by implementing a high-stress, hours-long interrogation. The police are authorized to lie to the suspect about witnesses, physical evidence and even identification line-ups. The suspect, exhausted and confused after hours of questioning, may confess just to make the interrogation end.

MIRANDA WARNINGS DON’T ALWAYS APPLY
There are two very basic prerequisites before the police must issue a Miranda warning to a suspect:
1. The suspect is in police custody
2. The suspect is under interrogation
3. It’s crucial to understand these prerequisites because if you aren’t formally in police custody, and you aren’t being interrogated, the police don’t have to give you a Miranda warning. This, in turn, means that the police can use anything you say until those two requirements are fulfilled as evidence against you.

EXCEPTIONS TO THE MIRANDA RULE give police a real incentive to violate the rule. Moreover, they mean suspects have to protect themselves. Suspects who think what they say can’t be used against them at trial because they weren’t given Miranda warnings need to understand improperly obtained statements may well be admissible in evidence.

• Public safety. In dangerous situations, the “public safety” exception allows police officers to question suspects about weapons without giving a Miranda warning. If the interrogation leads the police to a weapon, it can be used against the suspect at trial. (N.Y. v. Quarles, U.S. Sup. Ct. 1984.)
• Tangible evidence. Dangerous situation or not, any tangible evidence (such as a threatening note or the loot from a robbery) that the police learn about through questioning that violates Miranda can generally be used against a suspect in court. (U.S. v. Patane, U.S. Sup. Ct. 2004.)
• Witness. If a statement taken in violation of Miranda leads the police to another witness, that witness can testify against a suspect at trial. (Michigan v. Tucker, U.S. Sup. Ct. 1974.)
• “Inevitable discovery.” If the police would have eventually found tangible evidence on their own, the evidence can be used against a suspect at trial even if the police actually found out about it during questioning that violates Miranda.

Honey Bee Sting

Kristeen Hernandez aka Lady2Soothe

Bee

I always seem to get stung while in the pool without even realizing there’s a been one on me! Ouch, right on the muscle AGAIN!!!

Honey bees are the only species of bees to die after stinging. When a honey bee stings a person, it cannot pull the barbed stinger back out. It leaves behind not only the stinger, but also part of its abdomen and digestive tract, plus muscles and nerves. This massive abdominal rupture kills the honey bee.

The larger drone bees, the males, do not have stingers. The female worker bees are the only ones that can sting, and their stinger is a modified ovipositor.

The sting consists of three parts: a stylus and two barbed slides (or lancets), one on either side of the stylus. The bee does not push the sting in but it is drawn in by the barbed slides. The slides move alternately up and down the stylus so when the barb of one slide has caught and retracts, it pulls the stylus and the other barbed slide into the wound. When the other barb has caught, it also retracts up the stylus pulling the sting further in. This process is repeated until the sting is fully in and even continues after the sting and its mechanism is detached from the bee’s abdomen; it can’t pull the stinger back out. It leaves behind not only the stinger but also part of its digestive tract, plus muscles and nerves. This massive abdominal rupture is what kills the bee.

But there’s an advantage for the bees in this. Even after you swat the bee away, a cluster of nerve cells coordinates the muscles of the stinger left behind. The barbed shafts rub back and forth, digging deeper into your skin. Muscular valves pump toxins from an attached venom sac, and deliver it to the wound – for several minutes after the bee is gone.

The sting’s injection of apitoxin (a bitter colorless liquid; its active portion a mixture of proteins, which causes local inflammation and acts as an anticoagulant) A honeybee can inject 0.1 mg of venom via its stinger into the victim and is accompanied by the release of alarm pheromones from a gland near the sting chamber, a process which is accelerated if the bee is fatally injured. When a bee stings you, it gives off a mixture of alarm pheromones. Release of alarm pheromones may attract other bees to the location, where they will likewise exhibit defensive behaviors and excite the other bees, who will open their mandibles, protrude their stingers, and sting anything that moves close to them until there is no longer a threat, typically because the victim has either fled or been killed.

These pheromones do not dissipate or wash off quickly, and if their target enters water, bees will resume their attack as soon as it leaves the water. The alarm pheromone emitted when a bee stings another animal smells like bananas.

The process of leaving behind a body part as a form of defense – in this case, part of the abdomen – is called autotomy (the casting off of a part of the body).

When I was 6 Years Old I Gave My First Blowjob

Kristeen Hernandez aka Lady2Soothe

By Anonymous
Artwork by Mayka

Blowjob

The anonymous author is speaking in metaphoric language based on the testimony of entire nations of women; this is the experience of their collective.

When I was six years old, I gave my first blowjob.
“It’s a game”, said He. “Don’t you want to play?”
It was too big, and I threw up on him.
He said I’d do better the next time.

When I was seven years old, I watched a group of fellow second graders cheer as a boy in my class tried to kiss me. He hugged me from behind, giggling all the while.
I threw sand in his eyes, and was sent to the Principal.

When I was eight years old, I had an elderly teacher ask me to stay behind in class. He carried me on his shoulders, and called me pretty.
“Teacher’s Pet!” my friends declared, the envy visible on their faces.
They ignored me at lunch that day.

When I was nine years old, an older girl on the school bus would ask me to lift my skirt up for her. She was pretty and kind, and told me that I could only be her friend if I did what she said.
I wanted to be her friend.

When I was ten years old, a relative demanded that he get a kiss on the cheek every time we met. He was large and loud, and I proceeded to hide under my bed whenever I learnt that he was visiting.
I was known as a rude child.

When I was eleven, my auto-man told me that we would only leave if I gave him a hug every day.
He smelled like cheap soap and cigarettes.

When I was twelve years old, I watched as a man on the street touched my mother’s breast as he passed us. She slapped him amidst the shouts of onlookers telling her to calm down.
She didn’t calm down.

When I was thirteen years old, I exited a restaurant only to see a man visibly masturbating as he walked towards me. As he passed, he winked lasciviously.
My friends and I shifted our gazes down, aghast.

When I was fourteen, a young man in an expensive car followed me home as I walked back from an evening class. I ignored his offer to give me a ride, and I panicked when he got out, only to buy me a box of chocolate that I refused. He parked at the end of my road, and didn’t go away for an hour.
“It turns me on to see you so scared.”

When I was fifteen, I was groped on a bus. It was with a heart full of shame that I confided in a friend, only to be met with his anger and disappointment that I had not shouted at the molester at the time when it happened. My soft protests of being afraid and alone were drowned out as he berated my inaction. To him, my passiveness and silence were the reasons why things like this continue to happen.
He did not wait for my response.

When I was sixteen, I discovered that Facebook had a section of inbox messages named ‘others’, which contained those mails received from strangers, automatically stored as spam. Curious, I opened it to find numerous messages from men I had never seen before. I was propositioned, called sexy, asked for nudes, and insulted.
Delete message.

When I was seventeen, I called for help as a drunken man tried to sexually harass me in a crowded street.
The people around me seemed to walk by quicker.

At eighteen, I was told that sexism doesn’t exist in modern society.
I was told that harassment couldn’t be as bad as us women make it out to be.
That I should watch what I wear.
Never mind you were six, never mind you were wearing pink pajamas.
That I should be louder.
But not too loud, a lady must be polite.
That I should always ask for help.
But stop overreacting, there’s a difference.
That I should stay in at night, because it isn’t safe.
You can’t get harassed in broad daylight.
That I should always travel with no less than two boys with me.
You need to be protected.

That it can’t be that hard to be a girl.

I am now nineteen years old.
I am now tired.

Know you 4th Amendment Rights

Kristeen Hernandez aka Lady2Soothe

4th Amendment

If police flag you down, pull over immediately, turn off your car, and place your hands on the wheel. If the officer asks for your license, registration and insurance give it to him/her. If you’re ordered to exit the vehicle, do so immediately. But if the officer tries to use your traffic violation as a basis for a further investigation, minor traffic violations (e.g. speeding, broken tail-light or expired registration) these ARE NOT CONSIDERED PROBABLE CAUSE.

Most police are able to exploit a major loophole to the probable cause search requirement by tricking you into giving up your constitutional rights. REMAIN SILENT: What you don’t say can’t hurt you but anything you do say can and will be used against you. Don’t announce you know your rights. They consider it a challenge.

Police attempt to make you admit to breaking a law “You don’t mind if I have a look in your car?” is the LEGAL LOOPHOLE the officer wants to snare you with; it’ll sound like a command, but it’s only a suggestion. If you decline they’ll say “What do you have to hide?” Don’t fall for this manipulation trick. If necessary, repeat your refusal. By using psychological intimidation techniques and demoralizing scare tactics they’re obligating YOU to prove your innocence. Remember it’s their job to prove you’re guilty; it’s NOT your job to prove you’re innocent.

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Most avoidable police searches don’t occur because police have probable cause. They occur because people are hoodwinked and intimidated into consenting to search REQUESTS. The 4th Amendment protects your RIGHT TO REFUSE, but it doesn’t require police to tell you about your right to refuse. Consenting to searches AUTOMATICALLY makes the search legal in the eyes of the law. When you’re pulled over, don’t try to figure out whether or not the officer has probable cause. YOU ALWAYS HAVE THE RIGHT TO REFUSE SEARCHES and you can say “Officer, I know you’re just doing your job, but I don’t consent to searches.”

“STOP AND IDENTIFY” statutes are statutory laws in the US authorizing police to legally obtain the identification of someone whom they REASONABLY suspect has committed a crime. If the person is NOT REASONABLY SUSPECTED of committing a crime, they are NOT REQUIRED TO PROVIDE IDENTIFICATION, even in states with stop and identify statutes.

The FOURTH AMENDMENT (Amendment IV) to the US CONSTITUTION is the section of the BILL OF RIGHTS PROHIBITING UNREASONABLE SEARCHES AND SEIZURES and REQUIRES any warrant to be JUDICIALLY SANCTIONED and SUPPORTED BY PROBABLE CAUSE.

Unless you’re detained or arrested, you may terminate the encounter anytime. But don’t wait for the officer to dismiss you. Ask “Am I free to go.” If the officer threatens to call in a K-9 unit, ask “Officer, are you detaining me, or am I free to go?”

Not only can this line can help withdraw you from an encounter, it also deflects any of the officer’s probing questions or threats. If the officer says; “If you cooperate with me, everything will go easy for you.” Respond by stating “I don’t consent to any searches” or “Am I free to go?” If you’re let go, leave immediately. If the officer’s answer is unclear, or if you’re asked additional questions, repeat “Officer am I free to go?”

If you are not free to go, you are officially detained as they might have some reason to suspect you of a crime, and you may be arrested. In such a situation upon questioning say “I chose to remain silent. I would like to see an attorney.” NEVER rely on the police to inform you of your right to remain silent and/or secure a lawyer. Upon on further questioning if necessary, but say nothing else. REMEMBER ANYTHING YOU SAY CAN AND WILL BE USED AGAINST YOU.

Miranda Warning

CONSENSUAL
Police may approach a person and ask questions. The objective may simply be a friendly conversation; however, the police also may SUSPECT INVOLVEMENT in a crime, but lack “SPECIFIC AND ARTICULABLE FACTS”.

REASONABLE SUSPICION
Police may BRIEFLY detain a person if they have reasonable suspicion the person has committed, is committing, or is about to commit a crime or reasonably suspect may be armed and dangerous.

ARREST
A detention requires only that police have REASONABLE SUSPICION a person is involved in criminal activity. However, to make an arrest, an officer MUST HAVE PROBABLE CAUSE to believe the person has committed a crime.

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TERRY STOP
A brief detention of a person by police on REASONABLE suspicion of involvement in criminal activity but SHORT OF PROBABLE CAUSE TO ARREST. A person detained can be questioned but is “NOT OBLIGED” to answer, REFUSAL TO ANSWER FURNISHES NO BASIS FOR AN ARREST.

The Supreme Court of the United States states police may briefly detain a person they reasonably suspect is involved in criminal activity; the Court also held police may do a LIMITED search of the suspect’s outer garments for weapons IF they have a REASONABLE and ARTICULABLE (legal standard) SUSPICION the person detained MAY be “ARMED AND DANGEROUS”.

To have reasonable suspicion to justify a stop, POLICE MUST BE ABLE TO POINT TO “specific and articulable facts” indicating a crime has been, is being, or is about to be committed.

The search of suspect’s outer garments, also known as a pat-down, must be LIMITED to what is necessary to discover weapons; however, pursuant to the “PLAIN VIEW” doctrine, police may seize contraband discovered in the course of a frisk, but ONLY if the contraband’s identity is immediately apparent.

TRAFFIC STOPS
A traffic stop is, for practical purposes, a Terry Stop; for the duration of a stop, driver and passengers are “seized” within the meaning of the Fourth Amendment. The U.S. Supreme Court has held drivers and passengers may be ordered out of the vehicle without violating the Fourth Amendment’s proscription of unreasonable searches and seizures.

Drivers and passengers may be searched for weapons upon REASONABLE SUSPICION they are armed and dangerous. If police reasonably suspect the driver or any of the occupants may be dangerous or the vehicle may contain a weapon to which an occupant may gain access, police may perform a protective search of the passenger compartment without a warrant, probable cause, or the driver’s consent. Police may not search the vehicle unless under the “PLAIN VIEW” doctrine to seize and use as evidence weapons or contraband visible from outside the vehicle.

“LET ME SEE YOUR ID.”
In the United States there’s no law requiring you to carry a government ID. But in 24 states police may require you to identify yourself if they have reasonable suspicion that you’re involved in criminal activity.

Police DO NOT have to Inform You of Your Charges
It is a common misapprehension that police officers are required to tell you why you’re being arrested or what offense you’ve committed when you’re being arrested. However ALL arrests without a warrant must be supported by PROBABLE CAUSE, no matter which state you’re in. So every legal arrest must be based on probable cause that a suspect has committed a crime. Still, there is no general requirement that, at the time of arrest, an officer has to share this probable cause assessment with the arrestee. A person arrested must be given a probable cause hearing, ordinarily within 48 hours of their arrest.

REMEMBER: You have the right to remain silent, ANYTHING and EVERYTHING you say or do will be exaggerated, misquoted, twisted and used against you. Pleading the Fifth and Understanding Your Miranda Rights

YOUR RIGHT TO TAKE VIDEOS AND PHOTOGRAPHS
The law in 38 states plainly allows citizens to record police, as long as you don’t physically interfere with their work. Twelve states—California, Connecticut, Florida, Illinois, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Montana, Nevada, New Hampshire, Pennsylvania, and Washington—require the consent of all parties for you to record a CONVERSATION. All but 2 —Massachusetts and Illinois—have an “expectation of privacy provision” to their all-party laws in which courts have ruled does not apply to on-duty police (or anyone in public). In other words, it’s technically legal in those 48 states to openly record on-duty police.

When in outdoor public spaces where you are legally present, you have the right to capture any image that is in plain view. That includes pictures and videos of federal buildings, transportation facilities (including airports), and police officers.

If a police officer says “What are you doing?” say “Officer, I’m not interfering. I’m asserting my First Amendment rights. You’re being documented and recorded offsite” while remaining calm. They might follow up by asking, “Who do you work for?”Tell them you’re an independent filmmaker or a citizen journalist with a website/blog/YouTube show. Whatever you say, don’t lie—but don’t let police trick you into thinking the First Amendment only applies to mainstream media journalists. It doesn’t.

VIDEOTAPING
1. HOLD YOUR CAMERA PHONE SIDEWAYS (LANDSCAPE VIEW)
2. DON’T POINT YOUR CAMERA LIKE A GUN
3. DON’T SHARE YOUR VIDEO WITH POLICE
4. PROTECT YOUR PASSCODE WHICH IS ESSENTIAL FOR PRESERVING VIDEO IN CASE POLICE ILLEGALLY DESTROY OR CONFISCATE YOUR CAMERA PHONE.
5. USE A LIVE STREAMING APP IF POSSIBLE AS OFFICERS WILL OFTEN LIE IN ORDER SEIZE YOUR PHONE WITHOUT A WARRANT BY STATING WITNESSES ARE ALLOWED TO LEAVE AT ANY TIME BUT ARE NOT ALLOWED TO TAKE THEIR PHONES AS THE PHONE MAY CONTAIN EVIDENCE.

STAND BACK
If you’re approaching the scene of an investigation or an accident, police will order you to move back. Depending on the circumstances, you might become involved in an intense negotiation to determine the “appropriate” distance you need to stand back to avoid “interfering”. If you feel you’re already standing at a reasonable distance, say something to the effect of; “Officer, I have a right to be here. I’m filming for documentation purposes and not interfering with your work.” It’s up to you to decide how far back you’re willing to stand in order to avoid arrest.

IF YOU”RE INSIDE TURN YOUR TV or MUSIC OFF

“STOP RECORDING ME. IT’S AGAINST THE LAW, YOU’RE VIOLATING MY CIVIL LIBERTIES”
Respond “Officer, with all due respect, state law only requires permission from one party in a conversation. I don’t need your permission to record so long as I’m not interfering with your work.” Or “Officer, I’m familiar with the law, and the courts have ruled it doesn’t apply to recording on-duty police.”

PLEASE NOTE: A person is guilty of obstructing governmental administration when he intentionally obstructs, impairs or perverts the administration of law or other governmental function, or prevents or attempts to prevent a public servant from performing an official function, by means of intimidation, physical force or interference, or by means of any independently unlawful act.

PLEASE NOTE: Wording and interpretation by state, county or city may vary and a substantial allegation furnishing identity at the time of a stop would give police a link in the chain of evidence needed to convict the individual of a separate offense.

VIDEOTAPING ON FEDERAL PROPERTY
If protective service officers harass you while filming on federal property, you may remind them of a recently issued directive informing them that there’s NO PROHIBITION AGAINST PUBLIC PHOTOGRAPHY AT FEDERAL BUILDINGS.

Click here to print a Foldable Wallet Card
“WHAT TO DO IF YOU’RE STOPPED BY POLICE” http://www.nyclu.org/files/publications/Palmcd_2014_police_nyclu.pdf

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75 massacres of 50 or more people before 1989

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Before we begin spreading lies that the Orlando Florida Massacre is the deadliest mass terrorist attack in US history with 50 deaths; let us not forget the 75 massacres of 50 or more before 1989

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1. Small Pox Blankets were intentionally distributed to Indian Tribes, and before running its course killed thousands
2. 1325 Crow Creek massacre 486 known dead were discovered at an archaeological site near Chamberlain, South Dakota. The victims and perpetrators were unknown groups of Native Americans.
3. 1539 Napituca Massacre Hernando de Sotohad 200 executed, in the first large-scale massacre by Europeans on what became American soil.
4. 1540 Mabila Massacre Choctaw retaliated against Hernando de Soto’s expedition,killing 200 soldiers, as well as many of their horses and pigs, for their having burned down Mabila compound and killed 2,500 warriors who had hidden in houses of a fake village.
5. 1541 Tiguex Massacres Spanish attacked Tiguex Indians burning at the stake 50 people who had surrendered.
6. 1599 Acoma Massacre Juan de Oñate led a punitive expedition against the natives in a three-day battle at the Acoma Pueblo, killing approximately 800.
7. 1601 Sandia Mountains Spanish troops destroyed 3 Indian villages approximately 900 Tompiro Indians were killed.
8. 1610 Paspahegh Massacre Lord De la Warr sent 70 men to attack the Paspahegh Indians. They destroyed their main village near Jamestown, killing between 16 and 65 people.
9. 1622 Jamestown Massacre Powhatan killed 347 English men, women and children
10. 1623 Pamunkey Peace Talks The English poisoned the wine at a “peace conference” with Powhatan leaders, killing about 200; they physically attacked and killed another 50.
11. 1673 Mystic Massacre English colonists John Mason River in present-day Connecticut, where they burned the inhabitants in their homes and killed all survivors, for total fatalities of about 600–700.
12. 1643 Pavonia Massacre governor, William Kieft. Kieft and Corlears Hook attacked, 129 being killed.
13. 1644 Massapequa Massacre John Underhill’s men killed more than 100 Indians
14. 1644 Pound Ridge Massacre Dutch, attacked and burned a sleeping village of Lenape, killing about 500 Indians.
15. 1675 Bloody Brook Massacre Indian warriors ambushed and killed 60 soldiers
16. 1675 Great Swamp Massacre Colonial militia attacked a Narragansett fort near South Kingstown, Rhode Island. At least 40 warriors were killed and 300 women, children and elder men burnt in the village.
17. 1676 Massacre at Occoneechee Island Nathaniel Bacon turned on his Occaneechi allies and his men destroyed three forts within their village on Occoneechee Island, on the Roanoke River near present-day Clarksville, Virginia. Bacon’s troops killed one hundred men as well as many women and children.
18. 1676 Turner Falls Massacre Captain William Turner and 150 militia volunteers attacked a fishing Indian camp at present-day Turners Falls, Massachusetts. At least 100 women and children were killed in the attack.
19. 1676 Rhode Island Major Talcott attacked a band of Narragansetts on Rhode Island, killing 34 men and 92 women and children.
20. 1777 Paoli massacre Patriots under command of General Anthony Wayne 200 under command of General Charles Grey.
21. 1680 Pueblo Revolt Pueblo warriors killed 380 Spanish settlers
22. 1989 Lachine massacre 1,500 Mohawk warriors attacked the small settlement of Lachine,New France and killed more than 90 of the village’s 375 French
23. 1689 Zia Pueblo Governor Jironza de Cruzate destroyed the pueblo of Zia, New Mexico. 600 Indians were killed and 70 survivors enslaved.
24. 1690 Schenectady Massacre French and Algonquins destroyedSchenectady, New York, killing 60 Dutch and English settlers, including ten women and at least twelve children.
25. 1692 Candlemas Massacre 200-300 Abenaki and Canadiens killed 75, took 100 prisoner
26. 1704 Apalachee Massacre Carolina Governor James Moore launched a series of brutal attacks on the Apalachee villages of Northern Florida. They killed 1000 Apalachees and enslaved at least 2000 survivors.
27. 1704 Deerfield Massacre Abenaki,Kanienkehaka, Wyandot and Pocumtuck killed 56 civilians and more than 100 as captives.
28. 1805 Canyon del Muerto Antonio Narbona massacred 115 Navajo Indians
29. 1813 Fort Mims Massacre of Creek Red Sticks attacked Fort Mims, Alabama, killing 400-500 settlers,
30. 1813 Battle of Tallushatchee 900 Tennessee troops under General John Coffee, and includingDavy Crockett, attacked an unsuspecting Creek town. About 186-200 Creek Warriors were killed, and an unknown number of women and children were killed, some burned in their houses.
31. 1813 Hillabee Massacre under General Andrew Jackson 65 Creek Indians were shot or bayoneted.
32. 1813 Autossee Massacre Georgia Militia General Floyd attacked a Creek town on Tallapoosa River, in Macon County, Alabama, killing 200 Indians before setting the village afire.
33. 1832 Battle of Bad Axe Soldiers under General Henry Atkinson and armed volunteers killed around 150 Indian men, women and children
34. 1833 Cutthroat Gap Massacre The Osage tribe attacked a Kiowa camp west of the Wichita Mountains in southwest Oklahoma, killing 150 Kiowa Indians.
35. 1835 Dade Massacre Seminole killed almost all of a command of 110 American soldiers
36. 1836 Goliad massacre mass killing ordered by Antonio López de Santa Anna.
37. 1840 Colorado River Volunteer Rangers under Colonel Moore massacred 140 Comanches
38. 1840 Clear Lake Massacre Salvador Vallejo massacred 150 Pomo and Wappo Indians
39. 1846 Sacramento River Captain Frémont’s men attacked a peaceful band of Indians (probablyYanas) on the Sacramento River in California, killing between 120 and 200 Indians.
40. 1847 Storming of Pueblo de Taos American troops attacked the heavily fortified Pueblo of Taos with artillery, killing nearly 150, some being Indians. Between 25 and 30 prisoners were shot by firing squads.
41. 1850 Bloody Island Massacre Nathaniel Lyon and his U.S. Army detachment of cavalry killed 60–100 Pomo Indians
42. 1851 Old Shasta Town Miners killed 300 Wintu Indians
43. 1852 Bridge Gulch Massacre 70 American men led by Trinity County sheriff William H. Dixon killed more than 150 Wintu people
44. 1853 A posse of settlers attacked and burned aTolowa rancheria at Yontocket, California, killing 450 Tolowa during a prayer ceremony.
45. 1853 Howonquet Massacre Californian settlers attacked and burned the Tolowa village of Howonquet, massacring 70 people.
46. 1855 Harney Massacre US troops under Brigadier General William S. Harney killed 86 Sioux, men, women and children. About 70 women and children were taken prisoner.
47. 1857 Mountain Meadow Massacre Local Mormons approached the Baker-Fancher wagon train with a white flag and a promise they would lead them to safety – but instead shot and knifed 120
48. 1858 – 1859 Round Valley Massacres White settlers killed 150 Yuki Indians and California militiamen massacred 240 Indians on the Eel River. On 1 May, Major Johnson reported that six hundred Yukis had been massacred by white settlers “in the last year”.
49. 1859 Pit River Massacre White settlers massacred 70 Achomawi Indians (10 men and 60 women and children)
50. 1860 Massacre at Bloody Rock 65 Yuki Indians were surrounded and massacred by white settlers
51. 1860 Indian Island Massacre white settlers killed between 200 and 250 Wiyot Indians
52. 1861 Horse Canyon Massacre 240 Wailakis Indians murdered
53. 1862 Tonkawa Massacre 240 of 390 Tonkawa murdered
54. 1863 attack near Preston, Idaho, at the confluence of Bear River and Beaver Creek, is considered the largest single-incident massacre of Indians in the American West with 490+ Northwestern Shoshone Indians murdered.
55. 1863 Lawrence Massacre Pro-Confederate Guerrillas killed civilians and burned a quarter of the town of 185 -200
56. 1863 Bear River Massacre Col. Patrick Connor led a United States Army regiment killing 280 Shoshone men, women and children near
57. Draft Riot 115 people lost their lives
58. 1864 Sand Creek Massacre Colorado Militia attacked a peaceful village of Cheyenne, killing at least 160 men, women and children
59. 1864 Oak Run Massacre California settlers massacred 300 Yana Indians who had gathered near the head of Oak Run, California for a spiritual ceremony.
60. 1864 Fort Pillow massacre 277 Federal black troops killed by Confederate soldiers.
61. 1864 Saltville massacre Wounded/captured Federal black troops by Confederate soldiers and guerrillas
62. 1865 Bloody Point Massacre 65 settlers were massacred by Modoc Indians
63. 1868 Battle of Washita River 140 – warriors, “some” women and a few children killed. 53 women and children taken hostage.
64. 1870 Marias Massacre 173 Piegan, mainly women, children and elderly.
65. 1871 Camp Grant Massacre 144, with 1 survivor at scene and 29 children sold to slavery. All but eight of the dead were Apache women or children.
66. 1872 Skeleton Cave Massacre 76 Yavapai Indians men, women and children killed.
67. 1873 Colfax massacre 83 -153 Blacks killed at courthouse and as prisoners afterwards
68. 1877 Thibodaux massacre as many as 300 killed, 5+ injuries to striking black sugar-cane workers.
69. 1890 Wounded Knee 130-250 Sioux murdered. 1890 South Dakota Home Guard militiamen ambushed and massacred 75 Sioux at the Stronghold, in the northern portion of Pine Ridge Indian Reservation.
70. 1917 East St. Louis Massacre 200-700 deaths.
71. 1918 237 Black Sharecroppers Were Murdered In Arkansas
72. 1919 The Arkansas Massacre 854 deaths.
73. 1921 The Tulsa Massacre 300-3000 deaths
74. 1921 Greenwood Massacre 300 killed 800 wounded. One of the nation’s worst incidents of racial violence.
75. 1923 The Rosewood Massacre 150 deaths.

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Colorado House Bill HB 12-1213

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CONCERNING THE PENALTY FOR A PERSON WHO ESCAPES FROM A PLACE OF CONFINEMENT OTHER THAN A COUNTY JAIL OR CORRECTIONAL FACILITY
Escape from a Colorado State Dept. of Correction facility or halfway house CANNOT be used to extend a sentence.

Details on Colorado House bill HB 12-1213, introduced Jan. 30 2012 and last acted on May 17, 2012. When this bill was signed by Governor Hickenlooper it rendered such an adjudication inapplicable to a person who is convicted of escape or attempt to escape from a place *other* than a county jail or a correctional facility.

My name is Harold Smith

MY STORY
I was convicted of aggravated robbery and habitual criminal in June 1998. Aggravated robbery is a Class 3 felony which carries a maximum sentence of 16 years in prison. However, I had 2 Class 5 non-violent prior felony convictions. The first was possession of a dangerous weapon which I was sentenced to 2 ½ years in the Colorado Department of Corrections in 1993. I was allowed to go to the half-way house in May 1994. I walked away (escape) in September of that year. I was charged with, and convicted of escape, and sentenced to one (1) year DOC and one (1) year parole. This was the second felony used to adjudicate me a habitual criminal. I was on parole for the first escape when I caught the aggravated robbery January 26, 1998 which makes me ineligible for executive clemency. The punishment for aggravated robbery is 16 years was multiplied by 3 which extended my sentence to 48 years. Those are the facts of my case.

THE INJUSTICE
In 2012 Colorado Representative Rhonda Fields sponsored House Bill 12-1213 (hereinafter referred to as HB 12-1213) which states “AN ESCAPE SHALL NOT BE USED TO ADJUDICATE A PERSON HABITUAL CRIMINAL”. Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper signed HB 12-1213 into law May 17, 2012, however it is not retroactive. I am still in prison due to a law which is no longer relevant or applicable in cases such as mine. In other words I have completely served my time plus additional time for the crimes I’ve committed, which would have subsequently allowed me to be the free and the socially productive man I’ve evolved into today.

I have been lobbying Congress for four (4) years in an attempt to have this law sanctioned as retroactive. I’ve been in contact with State Representative Jovan Melton who assured me he was 90% positive retroactivity would be enacted by legislature as expressed in a formal document by the beginning of April 2016.

Unfortunately the Retroactive Amendment of HB 12-1213 did not materialize as State Representative Jovan Melton expected as he was unable to secure endorsement by Speaker of the Colorado House of Representatives Dickey Lee Hullinghorst who refused to even consider the proposed new bill during an election year.

Ironically, the passage of the Amended HB 12-1213 Bill for retroactive application would only affect myself and 5 other people. Only 6 people would be released immediately from the Colorado Department of Corrections statewide.

Representative Jovan Melton has assured me the newly Amended HB 12-1213 Bill will be one of the first five (5) bills introduced to the upcoming January 2017 session and maintains he does not have to submit the bill to the Speaker of the House providing it is one of the first 5 bills proposed. Rep. Melton is convinced Amended HB 12-1213 will pass the House and Senate and signed into law.

Meanwhile as we await the Jan. 2017 session, Rep. Melton suggested I compose a letter to Governor Hickenlooper, addressing it directly to Rep. Melton at his office which he would personally hand deliver to Governor Hickenlooper, which I did in April. I was to explain the circumstances of my incarceration which has been extended three fold past my conviction sentencing. I was to remind the Governor he signed HB 12-1213 “an escape shall not be used to adjudicate a person habitual criminal” into law and as the Governor undoubtedly believed people such as myself are not habitual criminals. It was also recommended I ask the Governor to review the injustice of over-sentencing, over-criminalization, sentencing reform, prison and reentry reform which at this point is unnecessarily harsh and contributes to prison overcrowding while ballooning the state prison budget, and rectify this injustice by commuting my sentence to the original 16 years as time served.

I have family and friends out in the real world who love, respect and are proud of me but it’s not enough to push though the governmental red tape. If you or anyone you know can help I would truly appreciate any and all input, or even a friendly letter of support.

Many thanks and blessings for taking the time to read my message
Harold

FOR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION You can reach Harold at:

Harold L. Smith
DOC #: 81050
Buena Vista Minimum Center
PO Box 2005
Buena Vista, CO 81211

PLEASE CLICK HERE to sign my Change.Org Petition so we may forward it to Governor Hickenlooper, our only option for Executive Clemency as he is the one who signed Amendment to HB 12-1213 into law. Change.Org Petition: Colorado Amended HB 12-1213 Retroactive Application Immediate Release for Harold Smith

COLORADO LEGISLATORS

Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper
136 State Capitol Bldg.
Denver, CO 80203-1792
Fax:(303)866-2003
Tel:(303)866-2471
email: https://www.colorado.gov/governor/share-your-comments
https://www.colorado.gov/governor/

Representative Jovan Melton
Email:jovan.melton.house@state.co.us
200 E Colfax Ave, Denver, CO 80203
(303) 866-2919
http://jovanmelton.com/

Michael Bennet (D) Senior Senator
Denver Metro Office
1127 Sherman St., Suite 150
Denver, CO 80203
Phone: 303-455-7600
Toll Free: 866-455-9866
https://www.bennet.senate.gov/?

Cory Gardner (R) Junior Senator
1125 17th Street, Suite 525
Denver, CO 80202
P: (303) 391-5777
F: (202) 228-7171
https://www.gardner.senate.gov/contact-cory/email-

Diana DeGette (D) House Rep. District 1
600 Grant Street, Suite 202,
Denver, CO80203
(202) 225-4431
https://degette.house.gov/contact/send-me-an-email/email-me

Jared Polis (D) House Rep. District 2
1644 Walnut St.
Boulder, CO 80302
Phone: (303) 484-9596
Fax: (303) 568-9007
http://polis.house.gov/contact/boulder.htm

Senator Mark Udall
Email: Senator_Mark_Udall@markudall.senate.gov
20510 Westminster, CO 80031
Phone: 303-650-7820

Michael Bennet (D) Senior Senator – 127 Sherman St #150, Denver, CO 80203
Scott Tipton (R) House Rep. District 3 – 225 North 5th Street, Suite 702, Grand Junction, CO 81501
Ken Buck (R) House Rep. District 4 – 7505 Village Square Dr. Suite 207, Castle Pines, CO 80108
Doug Lamborn (R) House Rep. District 5 – 1271 Kelly Johnson Boulevard, Suite 110 Colorado Springs, CO 80920
Mike Coffman (R) House Rep. District 6 – Cherry Creek Place IV; Suite 305 3300 S. Parker Road Aurora, CO 80014
Ed Perlmutter (R) House Rep. District 7 – 12600 West Colfax Avenue, Suite B400, Lakewood, CO 80215

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Mandatory Voting

By Lady2Soothe
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Voting Stats

A little over a year ago in March 2015 Obama, whose major policy achievement is mandatory health insurance, said “maybe voting should be mandatory. It would be ‘transformative’ and ‘completely’ change the political map in this country.”

Let’s face it, the USA is not a democracy ruled by the majority (citizen’s rule) where one person equals one vote; the USA is a Republic where the government promises to act in the interests of the people but aren’t accountable to them.

What is it about dropping that little piece of paper into a ballot box? No matter how well-informed a person is, their vote has no chance of affecting the outcome of an election. Casting a ballot won’t produce smarter policies or worthier Presidents; it’s all rigged; predetermined before the candidates are even publicly announced.

Mandatory Voting / Compulsory Voting is a violation of our Constitutional Right to Freedom of Choice. Requiring citizens to present themselves at the polls is restricting my Constitutional Right to Freedom of Movement; therefore I have a fundamental right to move away from the process. Since the government cannot force someone to speak, how can they force someone to vote? Remember “Voting is your voice” and “Vote to be heard”. The contradictory premise forcing me to speak with my vote in order for my voice to be heard or else I’ll be penalized. Therefore the only alternative to *Compulsory Voting/ Mandatory Voting * is to spoil the ballot by checking off every box in protest to avoid retribution.

Refusing to vote is voting; and exercising my right to vote means exercising my right not to vote. I refuse to pretend my rights are theirs to give to me.

#LetOurVoicesEcho #Voting

 

The “Big Six” Delivery System

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It’s important to examine form as well as function when considering the media. There are 1,500 newspapers, 1,100 magazines, 9,000 radio stations, 1,500 TV stations, 2,400 publishers. Rupert Murdoch, Sumner Redstone and Arthur Ochs Sulzberger Jr. own the “Big Six” which equals 90% of all media, GE – NEWS CORP – DISNEY – VIACOM – TIME WARNER and CBS; these corporations control Agriculture, Oil, Chemical, and the Pharmaceutical by creating the expectance of War – all linked together through TV Programing, Movies, News Delivery Services, Commercials etc. by framing their agenda’s, manipulating any given circumstance, factual or implied into pre-formed perspectives with the intent to influence by indoctrinating the public to their way of thinking, framing ideas into easy steps starting from our earliest cartoon viewing, then continuing as we progress though life at each age or learning level, watching, reading, listening.

Regardless of the delivery system, media is the defining factor for economic consumption and consumer direction. We become subservient by the illusion and conditioning of peer pressure integrated by the ideology which is promoted over and over. People are programmed to emulate what they perceive as the norm; therefore we conform to media’s way of reasoning by indirect guidance, coaching, shepherding and brainwashing into the culture of war.

Black vs. White: is the RACE War – Organic vs. GMO/Chemical: is the Pesticide War – Fracking vs. Conventional Drilling: is the Oil War – Prescription Drugs vs. Alternative Medicines (Pharmaceuticals): is the War on Sickness – Men vs. Women: is the War of the Sexes – NRA vs. Gun Control: is the 2nd Amendment War – Christianity vs. Atheists/Agnostics/Muslim etc.: is the War on Religion. It takes media Literacy to comprehend and decipher how each of these issues affects us as men or women with our distinctive ethnic backgrounds. The principals of these *Wars* are established by invisible borders to cultivate and gain control of the public sector.

Gender defining by media is the ideas, characteristic and perception of how a product is marketed….. Masculine equals strong, feminine equals weak; transgender may consolidate both masculine and feminine. Accordingly media is geared to the gender targeted as a prospective sale – clothing, sports gear, vitamin supplements, building materials, kitchen appliances, military force, environmental issues, vaccines, and how these products impact personal and political ideologies and lifestyles.

The intersectionality of men and race as in Black Lives Matter is trivialized by those insisting All Lives Matter when in fact historically Black men are 21 times more likely to be killed by police than White men. The disproportionate rate of incarceration is 1 in every 15 Black men to 1 in every 106 White men. Intersectionality to women and domestic violence is countered with “there is domestic violence against men too” minimizing assaults against women, yet 29% of women in comparison to 10% of men are victims.

There is ONLY one RACE, the HUMAN RACE, yet typically people mistake genetics, DNA, nationalities and ethnicity equating skin color, hair texture, eye shape, facial contours, body structure, athletic ability, speech patterns, socioeconomic status, male and female as a means to categorize society. It’s important to analyze and evaluate how each in, and of themselves collectively influence one another.

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Kossola ‘Cudjo’ Lewis (c. 1841–1935)

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The man known as Cudjo Lewis (ca. 1841-1935) was the last survivor of the Clotilda, the last recorded slave ship to the United States, which arrived in Mobile on Sunday July 8, 1860, illegally and under cover of night, 52 years after the country had abolished the international slave trade. Cudjo helped found the Mobile settlement African Town (known today as Africatown) with other formerly enslaved companions from the Clotilda. He gained some small fame at the end of his life when his story was recounted in several articles and a book.

Cudjo Lewis was born Oluale Kossola in the modern West African country of Benin to Oluale and his second wife Fondlolu. He was the second of four children and had 12 stepsiblings. He was a member of the Yoruba people, more specifically the Isha (a Yoruba sub-group), whose traditional home is in the Banté region of eastern Benin. Kossola was born into a modest family, but his grandfather was an officer of the town’s king. Kossola and his siblings had a happy and active childhood. At 14, he began training as a soldier and learned how to track, hunt, camp, shoot arrows, throw spears, and defend his town, which was surrounded by four tall walls. The teenager was also inducted into Oro, a secret Yoruba male society whose role is to police and control society. At age 19, Kossola fell in love with a young girl he saw at the market, and at his father’s urging underwent initiation that enabled young men and women to get married. In April 1860, in the midst of Kossola’s training, Ghezo, the King of Dahomey, and his army attacked the town, killed the king and many of the people, and took the rest of the townspeople prisoner.

Kossola and his companions were marched to Abomey, Dahomey’s capital, then on to Ouidah on the coast, where they were held for three weeks in a slave pen known as a barracoon (a prison where captives were held before being sent across the Atlantic). Then he and 109 others from various regions of Benin and Nigeria boarded the slave ship Clotilda, captained by Mobile ship builder William Foster and embarked on the journey across the Atlantic Ocean, known during the slave trade as the Middle Passage. During his 45 days on the ship, Kossola suffered from terrible thirst and the humiliation of having been forced on board naked.

Cudjo Lewis in African Town in Mobile Alabama was enslaved by James Meaher, a wealthy ship captain and brother of Timothy Meaher, the man who had organized the expedition. James Meaher was unable to pronounce Kossola’s name, so the young man told his new owner to call him Cudjo, a name given by the Fon and Ewe peoples of West Africa to boys who are born on Monday. During his five years of enslavement, the young man worked on a steamship and lived with his shipmates under Meaher’s house, which was built high above the ground.

In 1865, with general emancipation, Cujdo regained his freedom and took the name Lewis. He married Abile, a young woman who also had been on the Clotilda. Like their companions, the couple’s objective was to return home, but when they failed to raise enough money for the trip, they decided to stay in Alabama and create a town of their own. Because Timothy Meaher had been responsible for their ordeal, they decided to ask him for reparations in the form of free land. Cudjo was chosen as the spokesman. Meaher refused their demand, and they purchased land from him and others and established African Town on a hill north of Mobile. Cudjo worked as a shingle maker but after being injured in a train accident in 1902—for which he sued the railroad company—he became African Town’s church sexton.

He and his wife had five sons and one daughter. To mark their attachment to their culture, they gave American and Yoruba names to four of them and Yoruba names only to two. Sadly, all of the children died young: Celia/Ebeossi died of sickness at 15, Young Cudjo was killed by a deputy sheriff, David/Adeniah was hit by a train, Pollee Dahoo disappeared and was probably killed, and James/Ahnonotoe and Aleck/Iyadjemi died after short illnesses. Abile passed away in 1908, just one month before Aleck died. Cudjo again suffered the loss of his family.

Cudjo Lewis financial hardship forced Cudjo to sell several plots of land. By the early 1920s, all his companions from the Clotilda had passed away, leaving him as the only survivor. During the last years of his life, he achieved some fame when writers and journalists interviewed him and made his story known to the public. Alabama-born author Zora Neale Hurston filmed him, and he is thus the only known African deported through the slave trade whose moving image exists. Cudjo Lewis died of age-related illness on July 26, 1935, at about 94. Although he had always wanted to go back home, he was buried among his family in the Africans’ cemetery that opened in 1876. Today, a tall white monument marks his grave. Some of his descendants still live in Mobile.

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Wake Up amerikkka

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To keep America great you must be racist….you must promote slavery, either of self, others or both. You must support segregation in some form and genocide in another. To keep America great you must allow a conquering people to educate your children and mold them into their image. If you can’t mold them into your image you must force them to believe they are substandard, less than. To keep America great, you have to endorse destruction of land and ownership of water. You have to accept some are above and others are below. You have to accept an immoral unjust system to use violent force against those who oppose any ideal which made amerikkka great in the first place. To keep amerikkka great you must use segregation to cultivate peace with violence. You must use nationalism and fear to remain in control. To keep amerikkka great you must create a ruling class who decides which form of education you are ALLOWED to know and what is an acceptable way to combat the ruling class based on their rules, in their game on their timeline in their jurisdictions, codes and regulations. This is known as democracy. This is its real definition. So when you vote, you don’t vote for a human who is different from another, you vote for a new owner who not only controls your actions and circumstances, but your entire mind. Your vote only means you accept this contract of your mind, body and spirit to be governed and controlled by an entity who doesn’t care if you live or die.

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If you wish to keep slaves, you must have all kinds of guards. The cheapest way to have guards is to have the slaves pay taxes to finance their own guards. To fool the slaves, you tell them that they are not slaves and that they have Freedom. You tell them they need Law and Order to protect them against bad slaves. Then you tell them to elect a Government. Give them Freedom to vote and they will vote for their own guards and pay their salary. They will then believe they are Free persons. Then give them money to earn, count and spend and they will be too busy to notice the slavery they are in.
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Satan and the Politician

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While walking down the street one day a politician is tragically hit by a truck and dies. His soul arrives in heaven, standing in front of the pearly gates he’s is met by St. Peter at the entrance. Saint Peter looks at him for a second, flicks through his book, and finds his name.

“So, you’re a politician…” “Well, yes, is that a problem?” “Oh no, no problem. But we’ve recently adopted a new system for people in your line of work, and unfortunately you will have to spend a day in Hell. After that however, you’re free to choose where you want to spend eternity!”

“Wait, I have to spend a day in Hell??” says the politician. “Them’s the rules” says St Peter clicking his fingers, and WOOMPH, the guy disappears… The politician awakes, curled up with his hands over his eyes, knowing he’s in Hell. Cautiously, he listens for the screams, sniffs the air for brimstone, and finds… Nothing. Just the smell of, is that fabric softener? And cut grass, this can’t be right?

“Open your eyes!” says a voice. “C’mon, wakey wakey, we’ve only got 24 hours!”. Nervously, he uncovers his eyes, looks around, and sees he’s in a hotel room. A nice one too. Wait, this is a penthouse suite… And there’s a smiling man in a suit, holding a martini. “Who are you??” The politician asks. “Well, I’m Satan!” says the man, handing him the drink and helping him to his feet. “Welcome to Hell!” “Wait, this is Hell? But… Where’s all the pain and suffering?” he asks. Satan throws him a wink. “Oh, we’ve been a bit mis-represented over the years, it’s a long story. Anyway, this is your room! The minibar is of course free, as is the room service, there’s extra towels next to the hot-tub, and if you need anything, just call reception. But enough of this! It’s a beautiful day, and if you’d care to look outside…”

Slightly stunned by the opulent surroundings, the man wanders over to the floor-to-ceiling windows through which the sun is glowing, looks far down, and sees a group of people cheering and waving at him from a golf course. “It’s one of 5 pro-level courses on site, and there’s another 6 just a few minutes’ drive out past the beach and harbor!” says Satan, answering his unasked question.

So Satan and the politician head down in the elevator, walk out through the glittering lobby where everyone waves and welcomes the man, as Satan signs autographs and cheerily talks shop with the laughing staff.  As he walks out, he sees the group on the golf course are made up of every one of his old friends, people he’s admired for years but never met or worked with, and people whose work he’s admired but died long before his career started. And out of the middle of this group walks his wife, with a massive smile and the body she had when she was 20, who throws her arms around him and plants a delicate kiss on his cheek. Everyone cheers and applauds, and as they slap him on the back and trade jokes, his worst enemy arrives, as a 2 foot tall goblin-esque caddy. He spends the day in the bright sunshine on the course, having the time of his life laughing at jokes and carrying important discussions, putting the world to rights with his friends while holding his delighted wife next to him as she gazes lovingly at him.

Later the politician and his wife return to the hotel for dinner and have an enormous meal, perfectly cooked lobster and caviar, drank champagne, and danced. They return to their penthouse suite, and spend the rest of the night making love like they did on their honeymoon. After 6 hours of intense passion, the man falls deep into the 100% Egyptian cotton pillows, and falls into a deep and happy sleep…

The man is woken up by St Peter. “So, that was Hell. Wasn’t what you were expecting, I bet?” “No sir!” says the man. “So then” says St Peter “you can make your choice. It’s Hell, which you saw, or Heaven, which has choral singing, talking to God, white robes, and so on”. “Well… I know this sounds strange, but on balance, I think I’d prefer Hell” says the politician. “Not a problem, we totally understand! Enjoy!” Says St Peter, and clicks his fingers again.

The man wakes up in total darkness, the stench of ammonia filling the air and distant screams the only noise. As he adjusts, he can see the only light is from belches of flame far away, illuminating the ragged remains of people being tortured or burning in a sulphurous ocean of putrid smells. A sudden bolt of lightning reveals Satan next to him, wearing the same suit as before and grinning, holding a soldering iron in one hand and a coil of razor-wire in the other. “What’s this??” He cries. “Where’s the hotel?? Where’s my wife??? Where’s the minibar, the golf-courses, the pool, the restaurant, the free drinks and the sunshine???”

“Ah”, says Satan. “You see, yesterday, we were campaigning. But today, you voted…”

Pigmentary Demarcation: Systematic Discrimination and Inhumane Treatment Defined by Skin Color

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Bigots have no shortage of language to express their small-mindedness; it’s a well-honed vernacular in a country still struggling with race even decades after constitutionally protected equality was established… When you’re accustomed to privilege, equality feels like oppression and as Toni Morrison said “In this country American means White. Everybody else has to hyphenate.”

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Aetna Ins. Co. of Hartford CT. newspaper ad informing the public they’ve moved to a new location but are still offering “Negro Slaves for Sale”

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RACE describes categories assigned to demographic groups based on observable PHYSICAL CHARACTERISTICS such as SKIN COLOR, HAIR TEXTURE, LIP, NOSE and EYE SHAPE.

ETHNICITY refers to the SOCIAL CHARATERISTICS people may have in common, such as language, religion, regional background, culture, foods, etc. Ethnicity is revealed by the traditions one follows, a person’s native language, and so on.

NATIONALITY is the legal relationship between a person and a country.

RACISM is systematic discrimination because of race. It is the belief all members of each race possess characteristics or abilities specific to that race, especially so as to distinguish it as inferior or superior to another race or races. Prejudice, discrimination, or antagonism directed against someone of a different race based on the belief that one’s own race is superior. Racism was established long before nationality and religious bigotry existed.

In ancient Egypt there were no vowels; Negro was represented as N-G-R and pronounced en-jer, which is auditory for GOD. Therefore N-G-R: NEGRO translates to Devine Being or God. Moving forward to 735 BC Rome where the language of Latin came into use; Nigrum or Negro (pronounced neg-ro) meaning the color black originated as a neutral term referring to people with black skin.

(1280-1337) African ruler Mansa Musa was the fourteenth century emperor of the Mali Empire. Mansa Musa established religious freedom. Education was free and encouraged. He even established a university. People came from all over the world to study at this famous university. When Muslim scholars visited Mali, they were surprised at the people’s clothes. About 90,000 men on duty at any one time to guard the gold mines and Traders always stopped at Mali as they knew they would be welcomed, fed, housed, and safe because of Mansa Musa’s generosity. Trade with Mali was always good for the traders who had come so far. Mansa Musa traveled with 100 camels, each carrying 300 lbs of gold. After adjusting for inflation, he was worth $400 billion in today’s currency which is more than Bill Gates and Warren Buffet combined, with $200 billion left over for good measure.

Skipping forward many centuries to the 1500’s and progressing through the mid 1800’s, the Atlantic Slave Trade transported over 10 million African’s; nearly 15% of slaves were captured in the River Niger Delta Region in West Africa and delivered to the coast to be sold at European trading ports. It is believed these slaves were called Niger’s (pronounced Ni-gir) to differentiate them from other regions such as the Congo, Angola or Cameroon.

Word alterations in the US and the negative connotations they elicit as a description of a “negro or “N,” with no value attached to the word itself. During the period of subjugation the words “N” or “Black” was situated in front of a first name to distinguish a slave from a White person with the same first name establishing the pigment demarcation line, thus becoming an intentional derogatory term to belittle and degrade.

The racial formation and derogatory use of the “N” word is not much different than plantation owners feeding slaves as cheaply as possible with poor quality leftover waste foods and scraps as a means of a complex social, economic and political system to control and punish. African slaves were extremely creative with their provisions which evolved into the distinct cuisine, Soul Food; the correlation and racial project being, by using the “N” word by Blacks in today’s culture; it is now elevated to a level of sophistication, thereby negating the disparaging intent.

Nigga vs Nigger is a representation of homophones with the “N” word defining peoples’ who are economically, politically, socially enslaved and dominated under the rule of oppression by the use of racial formation, or as Voltaire claimed “The negro race is a species of men different from ours as the breed of spaniels is from that of greyhounds”. While the word “nigga” is a phrase used in the Black community to define brotherhood, friendship, affections and at times even animosity, it’s the latter of the two which many Black’s chose to use as a term of endearment.

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FUGITIVE SLAVE ACT
Fugitive slave laws were laws passed by the United States Congress in 1793 and 1850 to provide for the return of slaves who escaped from one state into another state or territory. The idea of the fugitive slave law was derived from the Fugitive Slave Clause which is in the United States Constitution (Article IV, Section 2, Paragraph 3). It was thought forcing states to deliver escaped slaves to slave owners violated states’ rights due to state sovereignty and was believed that seizing state property should not be left up to the states. The Fugitive Slave Clause states escaped slaves “shall be delivered up on Claim of the Party to whom such Service or Labor may be due”, which abridged state rights because retrieving slaves was a form of retrieving private property. After the compromise of 1850, the Supreme Court made slavery a protected institution and arranged a series of laws allowing slavery in the new territories and forced officials in Free States to give a hearing to slaveholders without a jury. Northerners felt like this was a kidnapping process.

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Massachusetts had abolished slavery in 1783, but the Fugitive Slave Law of 1850 required government officials to assist slavecatchers in capturing fugitives within the state.

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The enslavement of African’s in the America’s by the nations and people’s of Western Europe created the economic engine which funded American Capitalism

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Slaves were punished for a variety of reasons, most of the time it was for working too slow or running away

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The White Christian and moral influences have not only done little to prevent the Negro from becoming a criminal they deliberately shut him out of society.

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Cudjo Lewis (1841 – 1935) is considered the last survivor of the last slave ship to enter the United States. He was born around 1841 to a Yoruba family in the Bantè region of Dahomey (today Benin).

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According to news sources “HE” made that nigger wear a bell for a year and took it off on Christmas as a present “It sho did make a good Nigger outta him”

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Goldsboro NC … His pants have been pulled down and he was castrated.

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Delaware 1907: Two prisoners in pillory and another tied to a whipping post below.

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Young children were not immune from field work 6 days a week from dawn to dusk

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Wet Nursemaid: She was free, technically, and paid a wage of about 10 dollars a month. However, she was basically enslaved. She saw her own children once every 2 weeks, meaning she couldn’t use her own body to provide nourishment for her own children. To feed white children when you are racially oppressed by the white race was traumatizing to say the least. Negro nurses typically worked 14-16 hour days. She had to be at the child’s beck and call to feed and bathe this baby and take care of any older children in the household. It was dehumanizing and robbed her of her dignity.

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Gordon, or Whipped Peter, was a slave on a Louisiana plantation who escaped from slavery in 1863. He would go on to serve as a soldier in the United States Colored Troops. Harper’s Weekly published photos of Gordon’s scarred back, the result of his time in slavery. The photos helped make slavery more real for those living in the North and accelerated the Union cause in the war.

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African-Americans made up less than 1 percent of the North’s population but were 10 percent of the Union Army. Black men weren’t allowed to join the army until 1863. About 180,000 Black men, more than 85 percent of eligible African-Americans in the Northern states, fought. While White soldiers earned $13 a month, Black soldiers earned only $10 — and then were charged a $3 clothing fee that lowered their monthly pay to $7. The highest paid Black soldier made less than the lowest paid White one. After protesting by refusing to accept their wages and gaining support from abolitionist Congressmen, Black soldiers finally received equal pay in 1864 — paid retroactively to their enlistment date.

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Andrew Chandler and his slave Silas Chandler who accompanied his master to war as a “bodyguard.” This tintype is the only one of its kind showing a Confederate soldier with his slave. It was proven Silas was a slave through his pension records and he had not been set free or bought his freedom prior to the war and the Chandler family had not donated the land upon which Silas founded a church for former slaves after the war. The weapons in the famous photograph were props likely given to them just for the picture. READ MORE

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Whites Used Blacks as Alligator Bait

In 1908 the Washington Times reported that a keeper at the New York Zoological Garden baited “Alligators With Pickaninnies” out of their winter quarters. In the article two “small colored children happened to drift through the reptile house among the throng of visitors” and they were “pressed into service.” The alligators “wobbled out as quick as they could after the ebony mites, who darted around the tank just as the pursuing monsters fell with grunts of chagrin into the water.” The alligators were “coaxed” into their summer quarters by “plump little Africans”

The practice has been documented in at least three movies: “Alligator Bait” (1900) and “The ‘Gator and the Pickaninny” (1900). And the story of two black boys who served as alligator bait was told in “Untamed Fury” (1947).

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Postcard depicting the lynching of Lige Daniels, Center, Texas, USA, August 3, 1920. Lyniching Blacks 2

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Washington was accused of raping and murdering Lucy Fryer, the wife of his white employer in rural Robinson TX . Washington a mildly mentally challenged was tried for murder in Waco, in a courtroom filled with furious locals. The trial lasted about one hour and after four minutes of deliberation, the jury’s foreman announced a guilty verdict and a sentence of death. After his sentence was pronounced, he was dragged out of the court by observers, they put a chain on his neck and lynched him in front of Waco’s city hall. Over 16,000 spectators, including city officials and police, gathered to watch the attack. There was a celebratory atmosphere at the event, and many children attended during their lunch hour. Members of the mob castrated Washington, cut off his fingers so he couldn’t climb the chain, and hung him over a bonfire. He was repeatedly lowered and raised over the fire for about two hours. After the fire was extinguished, his charred torso was dragged through the town and parts of his body were sold as souvenirs. A professional photographer took pictures as the event unfolded, providing rare imagery of a lynching in progress. The pictures were printed and sold as postcards in Waco.

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There’s a note attached to a body which reads: “Let this be a warning to you niggers to let white people alone or you will go the same way”

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Tuskegee Overview

Tuskegee Syphilis Experiment

The Tuskegee syphilis experiment was an infamous clinical study conducted between 1932 and 1972, ran for forty years in Macon County, Alabama during the mid-20th century, is one of the more appalling and deceitful of the bunch.by the U.S. Public Health Service to study the natural progression of untreated syphilis in rural African American men who thought they were receiving free health care from the U.S. government.

Public Health Service enrolled six hundred Macon County men, 399 with syphilis and 201 who weren’t infected, to be part of the study. None of the men actually knew what the study was for. They were lured in with the promise of “free health care,” something that none of them had, and treatment of “bad blood,” a general localized term that encompassed several different afflictions, including anemia, fatigue, and other venereal diseases.

The men were told that they were going to get free medical exams, meals, and burial insurance. For those who actually had syphilis, they were never informed of their diagnosis nor given any treatment for it. Additionally, very painful and unnecessary spinal taps were performed on many in the study.

Subjects of the Tuskegee Syphilis Experiment were never administered nor offered penicillin as treatment. The study administrators wanted to watch the progression of the disease as the men got sick and, in many cases, died for the forty years the study went on even though for much of it a relatively effective treatment was available. All total it’s estimated that 128 of the men died either directly from syphilis or complications related to it, 40 infected their wives (and in some cases possibly others), and there were 19 of the men’s children born with congenital syphilis.

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When asked why they had to receive several “back shots” (spinal taps) researcher’s repeatedly lied to the men, claims the shots were “therapeutic” when in fact the spinal taps gave insight to the infection from the spine canal to the brain.

Cousins Recall Emmett Louis Till’s Murder
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A poster rallying White voters to oppose enfranchisement allowing African American’s to vote

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CollageSeptember 10, 1963 a white student had been photographed wearing a sign on his shirt that read “Keep West End White.” On either side of the word “Keep” appeared two Confederate flagsLittle Rock School

Patricia Marcus“Birmingham, ALA., Sept. 11, 1963 —CAR WINDOW SMASHED—One of two Negro girl students who desegregated West End High School in Birmingham sits in car and is partially framed by broken auto window. A rock was hurled through the window as the Negro girls were leaving the school area after class this afternoon. (APWirephoto) 1963”

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Explaining White Privilege to a Broke White Personhttps://letourvoicesecho.wordpress.com/2015/12/02/explaining-white-privilege-to-a-broke-white-person/

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Jim Zwerg

In 1961, the Congress of Racial Equality (CORE) began to organize Freedom Rides. The first departed from Washington DC and involved 13 black and white riders who rode into the South challenging white only lunch counters and restaurants. When they reached Anniston, Alabama one of the buses was ambushed and attacked. Meanwhile, at an SNCC meeting in Tennessee, Lewis, Zwerg and 11 other volunteers decided to be reinforcements. Zwerg was the only white male in the group. Although scared for his life, Zwerg never had second thoughts. He recalled, “My faith was never so strong as during that time. I knew I was doing what I should be doing.”

The group traveled by bus to Birmingham, where Zwerg was first arrested for not moving to the back of the bus with his black seating companion, Paul Brooks. Three days later, the riders regrouped and headed to Montgomery. At first the terminal there was quiet and eerie, but the scene turned into an ambush, with the riders attacked from all directions. . “Mr. Zwerg was hit with his own suitcase in the face. Then he was knocked down and a group pummeled him” The prostrate activist was beaten into unconsciousness somewhere around the time a man took Zwerg’s head between his knees while others took turns pounding and clawing at his face. At one point while Zwerg was unconscious, three men held him up while a woman kicked him in the groin. After it seemed that the worst of the onslaught was over, Zwerg gained semi-consciousness and tried to use the handrails to the loading platform to pull himself to his feet. As he struggled to get upright, a white man came and threw Zwerg over the rail. He crashed to the ground below, landing on his head. He was only the first to be beaten that day, but the attack on him may have been the most ruthless. Zwerg recalls, “There was nothing particularly heroic in what I did. If you want to talk about heroism, consider the black man who probably saved my life. This man in coveralls, just off of work, happened to walk by as my beating was going on and said ‘Stop beating that kid. If you want to beat someone, beat me.’ And they did. He was still unconscious when I left the hospital. I don’t know if he lived or died.”

Zwerg was denied prompt medical attention because there were no white ambulances available. “I suppose a person has to be dead before anyone will call an ambulance in Montgomery” were Jim’s words as he lay in the hospital bed after being brutally beaten. He remained unconscious for two days and stayed in the hospital for five days. His post-riot photos were published in many newspapers and magazines across the country. After his beating, Zwerg claimed he had had an incredible religious experience and God helped him to not fight back. In a 2013 interview recalling the incident, he said, “In that instant, I had the most incredible religious experience of my life. I felt a presence with me. A peace. Calmness. It was just like I was surrounded by kindness, love. I knew in that instance that whether I lived or died, I would be OK.” In a famous moving speech from his hospital room, Zwerg stated, “Segregation must be stopped. It must be broken down. Those of us on the Freedom Ride will continue…. We’re dedicated to this, we’ll take hitting, we’ll take beating. We’re willing to accept death. But we’re going to keep coming until we can ride from anywhere in the South to any place else in the South without anybody making any comments, just as American citizens.”

 

Snake Oil History

Thank you Rudy TwoMoon

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If you think the worst thing to happen in amerikkka history was the 1913 fed reserve takeover. …..then you don’t understand history whatsoever.

Let me remind you of the great manifest destiny times starting in, oh say, 1492 and ending……..maybe someday in the future.

1978 (yes i said 1978 and not 1878) was the year it became legal for 1st nations to practice our spiritual beliefs without fear of jail time …..(but let me share a secret, we weren’t all let out of prison until 1982-83 because the states didn’t want to let us people out, for profit purposes and of course just to keep us contained).

Ya know, prior to 1913 we kinda had a hard time with amerikkkans. Ya know, the casual genocide, land takes, re-education, forced religion, biological warfare, reservations, food rationing, eugenics, buffalo and fish exterminations, imprisonment for being born, ya know, the same ol bullshit that occurs when a militarized occupying force invades another’s homeland.

If you actually believe Americas problems occurred because of some federal reserve took over the white man’s stolen property and replaced it with false promissory notes of no value, then you may have been educated by the same militarized occupying force used on us, and un-education on your part should be highly considered.

Man Belongs to Earth

Authored by Rudy TwoMoon
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“Mother Earth can live without us, but we can’t live without her”…….might be a lie you have been programmed to believe. No, I don’t think this statement true. Out of fear, terror and the need to survive, we would destroy all that is left just to live just a little bit longer. We would claw and sever the last ounce of blood and die with her.

We do have a reason on this planet, and it may be in trade to provide life giving force to another. We at one time had agreed to be the oxygen to plants. Maybe our medicines were given to us for their survival.

How many millions of plant lives have gone extinct because the Redwood trees darkened the forest? What if trees at some point taught us basket weaving so we would always keep a space for their long term survival? What if they said to us, “without you keeping these spaces open for us to grow, another will move in, and one day we will be no more. We will make you a deal. We teach you how we may better your lives, to use us in a way for your survival, that we may live as long as you live.”

Maybe our actions have the potential to assist. Maybe you are important to the eco system on this planet. Maybe someone has taught you to regurgitate this statement for the purpose of self-defeat…

Accept without ego you have a rightful place on this wonderful planet. Accept you are important and can give….. by just being.

~something to think about.

Deadly Selfies

Lady2Soothe

 

Twelve people died during selfie accidents compared to eight people which were killed in shark attacks.

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There are many more deaths which did not make news headlines. An aid to the Russian interior minister, reported that “dozens of selfie – related deaths” have occurred in Russia alone.

– An American woman fell to her death while taking a selfie with her boyfriend on a cliff in South Africa.
– Two Russian men were killed while taking a selfie with a hand grenade.
– Three Indian students were killed by an oncoming train while taking selfies on train tracks.
– A Romanian teenager was electrocuted when she was taking a selfie on top of a train and touched a high-voltage wire.
– A Russian teen was also electrocuted after touching live wires while taking a selfie near railway tracks.
– A Russian woman shot herself in the head while trying to take a selfie with a gun.
– A woman in Moscow City died falling from a bridge, where she was trying to take a selfie.
– A teenager in Houston, Texas, fatally shot himself while taking a selfie with a gun.
– A Japanese tourist died falling down the stairs while taking a selfie at the Taj Mahal.

So many of us have a camera full of selfies and continue to document our every move. It’s completely understandable so many of us do so since we are influenced by popular apps such as Instagram and Facebook. Sharing and taking photos allows us to share our creativity and express ourselves. I have seen so many teenagers going out of their way to take cool photos in dangerous places or try to impress their friends.

Learning to pose for selfie’s makes a bigger impact in how you look in your photo than any app can provide. A search for #selfie on Instagram returns over 122 million photos. However, sometimes it can be difficult to take a flattering photo of yourself while also holding the camera. Here are some “selfie” posing tips.

10 QUICK SELFIE TIPS
Tip #1: Experiment with Angles
Tip #2: Adjust Your Shoulder Placement
Tip #3: Stand in the Light
Tip #4: Pose with Something New
Tip #5: Do Something Interesting
Tip #6: Accessorize
Tip #7: Express Yourself
Tip #8: Take a Full-Body Shot
Tip #9: Release Your Camera’s Shutter the Easy Way
Tip #10: Extend your Neck Forward

Apparently selfie’s with wilds animal is the new in-thing and Alex Gomez decided he wanted to get in on the trend. So he went with Tip’s # 4, 5 and 6 in a field behind the house at his family’s ranch in Lake Elsinore CA Alex decided to pose for a selfie with an angry 4 ft. rattlesnake wrapped around his neck; the snake bit him on the hand so he threw it to the ground then ran to a neighbor’s home and called 911 who transported him to the hospital where he was treated with anti-venom.

Alex told the media “I was going to take it off my neck and do something else with it, but it turned sideways, and it sunk its one tooth into … my hand.” Alex was released from the hospital but still faces the possibility of losing the use of his arm or worse still having his thumb amputated as the skin on his hand and arm is now rotting away.

Alex got his selfie but the hospital bill was $153,161.25… I wonder which hurt more, the snakebite or the hospital bill???

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Alternate History – The Great Depression Hobo Style

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Hobo train Graffiti

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Be careful not to call a vagrant or homeless person a hobo — although this is exactly what the word means, it’s considered an offensive term. The end of the nineteenth century brought the start of the word hobo in the Western US. No one is certain where hobo originated. One possible origin is the English word “hawbuck”, meaning “country bumpkin,” while another is the common working man’s greeting or call during the building of the railroads “ho, boy!”

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Hostility against hobos was high across the nation. Teen hobos were discriminated against, as they were widely viewed as bums, liabilities, and bad influences. Most parents forbade their children to speak with the teen wanderers, and most people shunned them and turned them away.

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Furthermore, hostility toward African American hobos was even higher. Residual prejudices, especially in the South, played a role in aggressive acts against black hobos. Lynchings still occurred, and it was risky for African American hobos to travel through southern states.

“If it was white kids, they fared better. If it was black ones, you did not,” states African American hobo boy, Clarence Lee. “Some [landowners] would turn you down and some of them didn’t want you on their premises to go ask for nothin’. But a white one [teenage hobo] was treated much better. They might let them stay in a house with them, but me, I could sleep in a barn with the mules and hay… My worst fears was bein’ shot by some farmer who didn’t want you around.”

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Hobo Ben Fowler wrote, “These three fellas started working a con game so I told them to leave us alone. One of them jumped up and gouged me with a big, long pocket knife and then they took off. If the wound in my chest had been a quarter of an inch deeper I would have died right there.”

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December 1938 Napa Valley CA

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hobo 33Five men in a “hobo camp,” 1913

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Hobo 28Depression 1929, Hard Time, “Hobo Nickle”

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Hobo 27Hobo life during the great depression Library of Congress

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Hobo 6A railroad worker with a club called a “hobo nightstick” straddles train cars

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Hobo 13Atlanta Georgia

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Read more about Hobo Life

ORIGINAL HOBO NICKEL SOCIETY A Dictionary of Old Hobo
http://www.hobonickels.org/alpert04.htm
THE AMERICAN HOBO – RIDING THE RAILS DURING AMERICA’S GREAT DEPRESSION, 1929 – 1942 by Mandy Youngguist
http://www.mandymnewman.com/2012/05/american-hobo_3202.html

 

Flint Residents Told Their Children Could Be Taken Away If They Don’t Pay For City’s Poison Water

Thank you John Vibes

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Flint, MI – As the water crisis in Flint deepens, it is becoming apparent that the effects of the lead-infested water are not just a health hazard, but the situation has the potential of ruining many more lives outside of the poison issue. There is no denying that the water in Flint is undrinkable and that it is contaminated with lead and other substances, and it is clear the government of Flint is responsible for the problem.

However, the city’s government continues to charge people for the poison water and then threatening to foreclose their home or take their children if they refuse to pay. Michigan law states that parents are neglectful if they do not have running water in their home, and if they chose not to pay for water they can’t drink anyway, then they could be guilty of child endangerment. Activists in Flint say that some residents have already received similar threats from the government if they refuse to pay their bills.

Flint residents have recently filed class action two lawsuits calling for all water bills since April of 2014 to be considered null and void because of the fact that the water was poisonous.

“We are seeking for the court to declare that all the bills that have been issued for usage of water invalid because the water has not been fit for its intended purpose,” said Trachelle Young, one of the attorneys bringing the lawsuit said in court.

“Essentially, the residents have been getting billed for water that they cannot use. Because of that, we do not feel that is a fair way to treat the residents,” Young added.

Recent estimates have indicated that it could take up to 15 years and over $60 million to fix the problem, and the residents will be essentially forced to live there until the problem is solved. Despite the fact that the issue is obviously the government’s responsibility, they have made it illegal for people to sell their homes because of the fact that they are known to carry contaminated water. Meanwhile, residents are still left to purchase bottled water on their own, in addition to paying their water bill.

Although this problem is finally getting national media attention in Flint, they aren’t the only city with contaminated water supplies. In fact, a recent report published by The Guardian showed that public water supplies across the country were experiencing similar issues.

This crisis highlights the many dangers of allowing the government to maintain a monopoly on the water supply and calls attention to the fact that decentralized solutions to water distribution should be a goal that we start working towards.

Who are the Real Robbers?

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Author Anonymous
Robbery

During a robbery, the bank robber shouted to everyone in the bank: “Don’t move. The money belongs to the State. Your life belongs to you.”

Everyone in the bank laid down quietly. This is called “Mind Changing Concept” Changing the conventional way of thinking.

When a lady lay on the table provocatively, the robber shouted at her: “Please be civilized! This is a robbery and not a rape!”

This is called “Being Professional” Focus only on what you are trained to do!

When the bank robbers returned home, the younger robber (MBA-trained) told the older robber (who has only completed Year 6 in primary school): “Big brother, let’s count how much we got.”

The older robber rebutted and said: “You are very stupid. There is so much money it will take us a long time to count. Tonight, the TV news will tell us how much we robbed from the bank!”

This is called “Experience.” Nowadays, experience is more important than paper qualifications!

After the robbers had left, the bank manager told the bank supervisor to call the police quickly. But the supervisor said to him: “Wait! Let us take out $10 million from the bank for ourselves and add it to the $70 million that we have previously embezzled from the bank”.

This is called “Swim with the tide.” Converting an unfavorable situation to your advantage!

The supervisor says: “It will be good if there is a robbery every month.”

This is called “Killing Boredom.” Personal Happiness is more important than your job.

The next day, the TV news reported that $100 million was taken from the bank. The robbers counted and counted and counted, but they could only count $20 million. The robbers were very angry and complained: “We risked our lives and only took $20 million. The bank manager took $80 million with a snap of his fingers. It looks like it is better to be educated than to be a thief!”

This is called “Knowledge is worth as much as gold!”

The bank manager was smiling and happy because his losses in the share market are now covered by this robbery.

This is called “Seizing the opportunity.” Daring to take risks!

So who are the real robbers here?

There’s Something About Mary: Unmasking a Gun Lobby Mole

Thank you David Corn, James Ridgeway, and Daniel Schulman
Lady2Soothe

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Mary McFate was a prominent gun control activist. Mary Lou Sapone was a freelance spy with an NRA connection. They are the same person. A Mother Jones investigation.

This is the story of two Marys. Both are in their early 60s, heavyset, with curly reddish hair. But for years they have worked on opposite ends of the same issues. Mary McFate is an advocate of environmental causes and a prominent activist within the gun control movement. For more than a decade, she volunteered for various gun violence prevention organizations, serving on the boards of anti-gun outfits, helping state groups coordinate their activities, lobbying in Washington for gun control legislation, and regularly attending strategy and organizing meetings.

Mary Lou Sapone, by contrast, is a self-described “research consultant,” who for decades has covertly infiltrated citizens groups for private security firms hired by corporations that are targeted by activist campaigns. For some time, Sapone also worked for the National Rifle Association.

But these two Marys share a lot in common—a Mother Jones investigation has found that McFate and Sapone are, in fact, the same person. And this discovery has caused the leaders of gun violence prevention organizations to conclude that for years they have been penetrated—at the highest levels—by the NRA or other pro-gun parties. “It raises the question,” says Paul Helmke, the president of the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence, “of what did she find out and what did they want her to find out.”

Using her maiden name, McFate, Sapone began posing as a gun control activist in the mid-1990s. Bryan Miller, the executive director of Ceasefire New Jersey, a grassroots gun control group, recalls first meeting her in the summer of 1998. The NRA was holding its annual convention in downtown Philadelphia, and the event drew the usual bevy of protesters. Among them was a middle-aged woman then living in Pennsylvania who made a point of introducing herself to Miller. In the following years, Miller would remember this encounter well, as he watched McFate rise from a street protester to a figure known nationally within his movement. She became a leader of Pennsylvanians Against Handgun Violence and later a board member of Ceasefire Pennsylvania. According to staffers at several gun violence prevention groups, she worked on the Million Mom March in 2000, when hundreds of thousands of people demonstrated in Washington, DC, to demand stricter gun laws. She joined the board of Freedom States Alliance, a network of nine state-based gun control organizations. At States United to Prevent Gun Violence, a nationwide coalition of anti-gun groups, she was the director of federal legislation, an unpaid position that placed her in charge of the outfit’s lobbying efforts in Washington. In that role, she collaborated with national organizations including the Brady Campaign and the Violence Policy Center.

In 2005, McFate ran for a board position at the Brady Campaign, which would have placed her in the inner sanctum of the nation’s most prominent gun control group. On her ballot statement, she described herself as a “community activist and motivational speaker,” “a former presidential scholar,” and a recipient of the “Public Service Council’s Community Champion Award in 1999.” And she pitched her credentials for the position: “I believe my volunteerism over 30 years to nonprofit organizations with disparate program goals has given me practical insights on what strategies are most effective…My experience with broad coalitions working together for societal change has proven to me that our organization is on the right track to make our neighborhoods safer and to give our children their full life potential.”

McFate lost the election, but she did not give up. Several months ago, she told Paul Helmke that she was interested in an appointed board position for the Brady Campaign. (Helmke recalls that he was concerned about placing her on his board because she was already deeply connected to other groups. “I didn’t push the idea,” he says.) In 2007, she attended a summit convened by the International Association of Chiefs of Police that aimed to develop a strategy for reducing gun violence. As an advocate working with both state and national groups, she was privy to the gun control movement’s community’s internal deliberations and in a position to know what was happening throughout the movement. “She’s been active in everything and involved in every single major gun violence prevention organization,” says Barbara Hohlt, executive director of States United to Prevent Gun Violence.

Despite her supposed commitment to the cause, her friends and colleagues in the gun control community considered McFate something of a curiosity. Among other things, she had a tendency to drop in and out of contact, explaining away her absences by saying she had been vacationing aboard luxury cruise liners. When the Brady Campaign’s communications director, Paul Hamm, occasionally asked her to talk to the media about gun issues, she adamantly refused. “I would say, ‘Please, Mary.’ She would say, ‘No, no, no, I don’t want to.'”

Looking back, gun control advocates who worked with McFate can now see what might have been faint warning signs. A few weeks ago, Hohlt says, she had what she considered an odd encounter with McFate when the pair was making preparations to take part in a conference call with other gun control advocates. Rather than face a long-distance charge for the call, McFate, who lives in Florida but was in New York City at the time, insisted on dropping by the offices of New Yorkers Against Gun Violence to participate in the discussion. Given that McFate appeared to be well off financially—she was always offering to travel to meetings and conferences, including NRA conferences, with no concern for cost—Hohlt couldn’t understand why she was demanding to come to this office for the call just to save a few bucks. Nor could she fathom why McFate often pushed to share a hotel room with other gun control advocates at conferences and events when she seemed able to afford accommodations of her own. Hohlt also thought it unusual that McFate served on the boards of several organizations simultaneously, since there was, as Hohlt puts it, “a certain amount of competition between all the groups.” But she never doubted McFate’s devotion to gun control.

Though McFate’s colleagues viewed her as a friend, some found it strange that they knew virtually nothing about her life outside the movement. She never explained the source of her personal wealth. And Toby Hoover, the executive director of the Ohio Coalition Against Gun Violence and an activist who worked with McFate since the mid-1990s, says, “She never talked about what she had done prior to this work. I didn’t even know if she had a husband or kids.” Ceasefire New Jersey’s Bryan Miller adds, “She doesn’t talk about her family. I know nothing about her personal life other than that she lives in Sarasota, Florida. For my closest friends in this movement, who also know Mary, it was a matter of low-level discussion that we didn’t know anything about her.”

There was good reason for that.

Outside the gun control world, Mary Lou Sapone was, as Mother Jones has previously reported, a for-hire operative who spied on citizens’ groups for corporate clients. Property and phone records indicate that the two names belong to the same person. Last week, a reporter for Mother Jones called the Sarasota phone number that McFate had given her gun control allies and asked the woman who answered if she was Mary Lou Sapone. “Yes,” she responded. But Sapone then refused to answer any questions about Mary McFate or her work for gun control. She quickly hung up—and did not respond to subsequent calls and emails.

During Sapone’s ascent through the ranks of the gun control movement, she worked for the NRA, according to a business associate. In a 2003 deposition, Tim Ward, who had been president of the Maryland-based security firm Beckett Brown International, said that the NRA had been “a client” of Sapone’s. (As a subcontractor for BBI, Sapone had planted an operative within an environmental group in Lake Charles, Louisiana.) According to Ward, at his request Sapone had introduced BBI to the NRA in early 1999. And that introduction quickly paid off. Billing records obtained by Mother Jones indicate that between May 1999 and April 2000, the NRA paid BBI nearly $80,000 for various services.

In another 2003 deposition, Jay Bly, a former Secret Service officer who worked for BBI, was asked what type of work the security firm had done for the NRA, and he responded, “Those are very sensitive issues, and I’m just not comfortable going into it. I’m really not.” Later in the deposition, Bly said, “I did a number of different things for the NRA in the area of investigation, the area of personal protection, in the area of event security, in the area of intelligence gathering, okay?”

Ward, during his own deposition, explained what a typical BBI intelligence-gathering operation would entail: “We used informants that we would send to public rallies that these people were holding, public demonstrations. These informants developed relationships where they could pick up a phone up and call in to find out where the next event was, where it was going to be held…They are usually very eager to have somebody come and tote banners and scream and shout.” According to Bly’s testimony, he and Ward continued their intelligence-gathering operations for the NRA after BBI acrimoniously disbanded around 2001 and Ward opened his own security firm, Chesapeake Strategies. (These depositions were taken during a lawsuit filed against former BBI officials by John Dodd, the firm’s primary investor.)

In his deposition, Ward identified Sapone’s contact at the NRA as Patrick O’Malley. From the late 1990s until 2002, O’Malley was the deputy executive director of the Institute for Legislative Action, the NRA’s political arm. And according to billing records from BBI (which in 2000 changed its name to S2I Corporation), O’Malley was BBI’s liaison at the NRA. Recent emails indicate that in 2007 and 2008 Sapone was working with O’Malley, who lobbied for the NRA after leaving the ILA and went on to work for a government relations firm retained by his former employer. In recent years, O’Malley has served as the executive director of the Ballot Issues Coalition, an organization composed of hunting-rights groups, including the NRA.

O’Malley did not respond to numerous messages left at his office and home. Asked about Sapone, James Jay Baker, who was executive director of the NRA’s ILA when O’Malley was its deputy executive director, says, “I don’t have anything to say about any vendors at the NRA.” Baker notes, “We got information from whatever sources we can,” but he maintains that he was not aware of any infiltration of the gun control movement. Baker, now managing director of Ogilvy Government Relations, a high-powered lobbying shop, is currently registered as a lobbyist for the NRA. (After leaving the NRA in 2002, both O’Malley and Baker joined the Federalist Group, a lobbying firm that was acquired by Ogilvy in 2005.) Contacted repeatedly, the NRA declined to comment on its past or present relationship with Sapone, BBI, or Chesapeake Strategies.

Informed of McFate’s true identity, her friends and associates in the gun control community expressed shock and anger. “That astounds me,” says Barbara Hohlt. Of McFate’s ability to maintain her cover, she adds, “She was very, very good. Everybody knew her for years and trusted her.” Brian Malte, director of state legislation at the Brady Campaign, says, “Oh my…Of all the people.” Kristen Rand, legislative director of the Violence Policy Center, remarks, “This is totally bizarre.” And she adds, “I would find it hardest to believe this about her. She comes across as kind of dense—or she’s putting on a good act.”

McFate’s (now former) colleagues note that she was well-positioned for many years to provide the NRA—or any other gun rights groups—the plans, secrets, and inside gossip of practically the entire gun violence prevention movement. “She had access to all the legislative strategy for every major issue for years,” says Rand. Another gun control advocate who worked with McFate and asked not to be identified recalls, “She was one of those rare people. As a volunteer, she wanted to know more and more about what people were working on.” With intelligence gathered by McFate, Ceasefire New Jersey’s Miller says, the gun lobby could “learn a lot: what the grassroots of the gun violence prevention movement intended; where our priorities are shifting; which legislation we would be promoting or fighting against and what sort of effort we would be putting into that; who our targeted legislators would be; what states and districts we deemed important enough to put an effort into; our messaging, what our messaging would be before we put it out there.”

Hohlt recalled several recent episodes in which McFate maneuvered to place herself in the middle of issues important to the NRA and others in the gun lobby. One occurred this spring, when the London-based International Action Network on Small Arms was trying to persuade American gun control groups to attend a July meeting at the United Nations on small-arms control. (A 2001 UN conference ended up establishing a program weaker than gun control advocates had desired, thanks to the intervention of the Bush administration, which had been lobbied by the NRA.) States United to Prevent Gun Violence had never before been involved with international gun control issues. And to participate in the UN meeting, it had to apply for credentials. Hohlt says McFate pushed her to file for them. Hohlt did so, and McFate ended up being able to learn what the anti-gun forces were planning for the UN session—including the delegates they intended to lobby, and the arguments they would highlight.

McFate also took a keen interest in a gun matter currently under consideration by the Department of the Interior, Hohlt says. At the urging of the gun lobby, the agency has been mulling whether to change its regulations to allow people to carry loaded and concealed guns into national parks under certain circumstances. (At the moment, a gun carried into a national park must be unloaded and kept apart from ammunition.) The National Parks Conservation Association and current and former National Park Service officials have been fighting the proposed rule change. “When Mary heard about this,” Hohlt recalls, “she immediately asked to be on the email list [of the opponents] and she also got on the phone calls. So she now knows the strategy of the people trying to fight this.” Similarly, when Mayors Against Illegal Guns, a group organized by New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg, mounted a campaign against the NRA-backed Tiahrt amendment—legislation advanced by Rep. Todd Tiahrt (R-Kan.) and first passed by Congress in 2003 that prevents the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives from sharing gun-tracing data—McFate, according to Hohlt, made certain to participate in conference calls during which strategy for beating back the bill was discussed. “Whenever an issue comes up, she manages to get on the email list,” Hohlt says.

The McFate operation, says Miller, “would confirm for me the way that the gun lobby works, which is no rules, no question of fairness or honesty. Anything that they can do they will do to protect the profits of the gun industry.” He notes that his organization has experienced low-level attempts at penetration in the past—a pro-gun advocate once posed as a would-be volunteer to get on his group’s mailing list—but nothing on this scale.

Shocked to learn that McFate was a spy, gun control advocates have pondered the obvious questions: How did she manage to fool everyone for so long? How much money did she earn for being a mole? To whom in the gun lobby did she report? The NRA? The firearms manufacturing industry? Did her covert effort extend beyond mere intelligence gathering? Did she manage to shape the decisions and actions of anti-gun groups to the gun lobby’s liking? And was she the only one?

While Sapone was a spy with a big secret, as McFate she led a relatively high-profile life. In Sarasota, Florida, McFate heads the local chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution. She has served as a substitute teacher at a local military academy, and once joined a coalition of residents who fought to save a 112-acre forest from development. Several years ago, McFate cofounded an organization called Lead Our Leaders, which boasted the “audacious mission” of changing “the way politics is done in America” by creating “a mechanism for the American electorate to effectively communicate their policy instructions to our elected leaders.” A 2005 profile of her in the Sarasota Herald-Tribune began, “Mary McFate wants to save the world.” (She told the paper, “I’m an optimist by nature.”) During a short-lived attempt at blogging, she wrote a small number of postings using the handle “SolutionGal” and touted her Lead Our Leaders effort. (She stopped blogging in February 2006, and the website of Lead Our Leaders is no longer active.)

Sapone’s earliest known private intelligence operation occurred in the mid-1980s, when she served as an operative for Perceptions International, a Connecticut-based security firm. Working for Perceptions, which has since been shuttered, she infiltrated the animal rights community for US Surgical Corporation, a target of activists who objected to its testing on dogs. According to a 1989 article in New England Business, Sapone appeared on the animal rights scene in 1986 and quickly became “involved in at least a half dozen animal rights groups.” She “made a point of getting to know all of the key people in the movement,” and “traveled around the country to most protests, meetings and conferences.” At meetings, activists would later say, Sapone advocated taking illegal or violent action to advance the movement. She befriended a 33-year-old activist named Fran Trutt, who in November 1988 would be arrested for planting a remote-controlled pipe bomb near the parking space of US Surgical chairman Leon Hirsch. According to Trutt, on her way to carry out the bombing she lost her nerve and placed a call to Sapone, who convinced her to follow through with the plan—a fact that prompted activists to accuse Sapone of acting as an agent provocateur. (Another Perceptions International operative, Marcus Mead, drove Trutt to US Surgical on the day of the attempted bombing.)

In the 1990s—while working within the gun control community as McFate—Sapone formed her own intelligence-gathering business. And she enlisted family members for its operations. “In our business, it’s my daughter-in-law, Montgomery Sapone [who] does all the analytic reports, forecasting, and white papers,” Sapone wrote to a client in an August 1999 email obtained by Mother Jones. “She produces a very professional product.” Sapone continued, “We are warning our clients that activist groups are moving towards ballot initiatives…And it’s easy for groups like Greenpeace to emotionally shape a looming crisis in a 10 second TV spot 2 days before a referenda election. My daughter Shelley specializes in that aspect of our business. We are doing a lot of work now to help clients in the 2000 election.”

A resume that Montgomery Sapone used around 1999 describes her role within Mary Lou’s business: “Collect and analyze intelligence on European activities of major international environmental organization for a company specializing in domestic and international opposition research, special investigations, issues management and threat assessment. Write weekly intelligence update on European animal rights and eco-terrorist activity. Assist in confidential litigation support research.” Sapone’s son Sean, a Brown- and Harvard-educated paratrooper who served with the 82nd Airborne Division, was managing director of this firm, which at one point was called Strategic Solutions Group LLC and maintained an office in Washington, DC. According to a Strategic Solutions Group invoice sent to BBI in November 2000, Montgomery Sapone—a Harvard law school grad and Yale-trained anthropologist—once billed the security firm $400 for four hours of her time, which included a “visit to target’s office.”

Sapone made her gun control work a family affair as well. Around 2003, Montgomery volunteered at the Brady Campaign, according to Becca Knox, the group’s research director. Occasionally, Montgomery would also sit in for her mother-in-law at Washington strategy meetings attended by officials of the gun control movement, according to the Violence Policy Center’s Kristen Rand. And Sean Sapone once offered to help Rand’s group on a campaign against the civilian use of .50 caliber rifles, Rand recalls. But after attending one meeting, Sean Sapone never followed through.

These days, Sean and Montgomery Sapone are better known as Sean and Montgomery McFate, a successful Washington couple whose current bios make no mention of any past intelligence-gathering or opposition-research work. Sean is currently the program director of the national security initiative at the Bipartisan Policy Center, a Washington think tank boasting an advisory board composed of four former Senate majority leaders: Howard Baker, Bob Dole, George Mitchell, and Tom Daschle. An expert on military affairs, he previously worked for Amnesty International and for military contractor DynCorp. According to an online biography, he helped to organize “the first major legal arms shipment to Liberia in 15 years.” Montgomery has made a name for herself as one of the primary architects of the US military’s human terrain program, which teams social scientists with military units in Iraq and Afghanistan to help soldiers better understand the local culture. (The controversial program has been sharply criticized by the American Anthropological Association, which fears it may cross an ethical line, and has been described by detractors as “mercenary anthropology.”) Now a top Pentagon adviser, Montgomery also contributed to the Army’s Counterinsurgency Field Manual drafted under the guidance of General David Petraeus.

Montgomery McFate did not respond to an email request for comment. Nor did Mary Lou Sapone’s daughter, Shelley McGonnigal. During a brief phone call, Sean McFate told Mother Jones, “I’m familiar with what you are doing. But I don’t want to talk to the media.” Asked to explain his mother’s double life as Mary McFate and Mary Lou Sapone, he said, “You have to talk to Mary Lou.” Then he hung up.

You Don’t Have the Right to Remain Silent

Thank you Brandon L. Garrett
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In a case called Salinas v. Texas that hasn’t gotten the attention it deserves, the Supreme Court held that you remain silent at your peril. The court said that this is true even before you’re arrested, when the police are just informally asking questions. The court’s move to cut off the right to remain silent is wrong and also dangerous—because it encourages the kind of high-pressure questioning that can elicit false confessions.

Here are the facts from Salinas: Two brothers were shot at home in Houston. There were no witnesses—only shotgun shell casings left at the scene. Genovevo Salinas had been at a party at that house the night before the shooting, and police invited him down to the station, where they talked for an hour. They did not arrest him or read him his Miranda warnings. Salinas agreed to give the police his shotgun for testing. Then the cops asked whether the gun would match the shells from the scene of the murder. According to the police, Salinas stopped talking, shuffled his feet, bit his lip, and started to tighten up.

At trial, Salinas did not testify, but prosecutors described his reportedly uncomfortable reaction to the question about his shotgun. Salinas argued this violated his Fifth Amendment rights: He had remained silent, and the Supreme Court had previously made clear that prosecutors can’t bring up a defendant’s refusal to answer the state’s questions. This time around, however, Justice Samuel Alito blithely responded that Salinas was “free to leave” and did not assert his right to remain silent. He was silent. But somehow, without a lawyer, and without being told his rights, he should have affirmatively “invoked” his right to not answer questions. Two other justices signed on to Alito’s opinion. Justice Clarence Thomas and Justice Antonin Scalia joined the judgment, but for a different reason; they think Salinas had no rights at all to invoke before his arrest (they also object to Miranda itself). The upshot is another terrible Roberts Court ruling on confessions. In 2010 the court held that a suspect did not sufficiently invoke the right to remain silent when he stubbornly refused to talk, after receiving his Miranda warnings, during two hours of questioning. Now people have to somehow invoke the right to remain silent even when they’re not formal suspects and they haven’t been heard the Miranda warnings. As Orin Kerr points out on the Volokh Conspiracy, this just isn’t realistic.

The court’s ruling in Salinas is all the more troubling because during such informal, undocumented, and unregulated questioning, there are special dangers that police may, intentionally or not, coax false confessions from innocent suspects. I have spent years studying cases of people exonerated by DNA testing. A large group of those innocent people falsely confessed—and many supposedly admitted their guilt even before any formal interrogation. Take the case of Nicholas Yarris, who was exonerated by DNA testing in 2003, after 20 years in prison. He had been convicted and sentenced to death in Pennsylvania for the murder of a woman found raped, beaten, and stabbed near her abandoned Chrysler Cordoba.

When informally questioned, police said, Yarris volunteered that he knew the victim had been raped, and that the victim’s Chrysler had a brown “landau” roof (a vinyl fake convertible look). That was a striking detail, especially since the police had kept it out of the press. No tape was made of the interrogation. The police didn’t even produce notes. And now that DNA has cleared Yarris, we know his confession was false, and that he must not have volunteered the fact about the car roof at all.

The Supreme Court’s decision in Salinas encourages the kind of loosey-goosey, and easily contaminated, police questioning that led to Yarris’ wrongful conviction. Salinas may very well have been guilty of the two murders. But in many cases, as in this one, there are no eyewitnesses and not much other evidence of guilt: That is why the police may desperately need a confession. And that makes it crucial for them to handle interrogations and confessions with the utmost care. The court appreciated none of the pressures police face, and how they can squeeze an innocent suspect. Alito and the other conservatives were not troubled that there was no video to confirm that Salinas was in fact uncomfortable as well as silent. If Salinas had answered the question by exclaiming that he was innocent, could police have reported that he sounded desperate and like a liar? The court’s new ruling puts the “defendant in an impossible predicament. He must either answer the question or remain silent,” Justice Stephen Breyer said in dissent (joined by the other three liberal-moderates). “If he answers the question, he may well reveal, for example, prejudicial facts, disreputable associates, or suspicious circumstances—even if he is innocent.” But if he doesn’t answer, at trial, police and prosecutors can now take advantage of his silence, or perhaps even of just pausing or fidgeting.

Questions first, rights later is the approach the court’s majority now endorses. And by giving the police more incentive to ask questions informally, the new ruling will also undermine the key reform that police have adopted to prevent false confessions: videotaping entire interrogations. Why not try to trap a suspect before the camera starts rolling? In only a few cases like Yarris’ will there be DNA to test. The likely result of the court’s embrace of shoddy interrogation tactics: more wrongful convictions.

Pledge of Allegiance

Thank You Rudy TwoMoon
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One act doesn’t justify another. To stand for that flag says you agree to the useless murdering of another under the guise of false pretenses. To use a human who is wounded is a form of guilt ridden propaganda used to side track this issue and is the lowest form of mind control….and implies to the youth murder is justified if your government pays for it. Do not get me wrong, I’m so offended the government has used, abused and murdered it’s own, I will never stand for that flag or anything it represents. The amount of disregard and disrespect for human life of this flag should never be honored by anyone ever again.

This flag is committing war against its own nation right now, abusing elders and youth, poisoning food, water and land, enslaving through banking and forced pharmaceutical mandated laws, all the while protecting the criminals from us with more laws, enslaved and genocided it’s original residents, built all its prison industrial complexes for its current residents based on laws which made the human a criminal in the first place and justifying all this as freedom.

We are living a delusion. We are absolutely delusional to honor such a piece of filth and lies. We are throwing our children at bullets to continue this way of life.

My Best Christmas Ever

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My best Christmas ever was the first we spent in Colorado 1981. We were so broke we couldn’t afford anything. My oldest son was 11 at the time and late Christmas Eve he and his best friend crossed a busy street to the abandoned Christmas tree lot, climbed the fence, grabbed a tree and tossed it over and ran like the wind before the cops caught them. All night long the 2 boys cut snowflakes out of lined school paper. Christmas morning I walked into my empty living room and there before me stood the most beautiful Christmas Tree covered in paper love.

 

 
2015 Christmas from my oldest son Rudy TwoMoon who handcrafted this beautiful necklace

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San Bernardino False Flag

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Splashed across every online news outlet “San Bernardino Shooters Syed Rizwan Farook 28 and Tashfeen Malik 27 Shoot and Kill 14 Injure 21. One Suspect still on the loose” Dec. 2, 2015 10:59 am PST, at the Inland Regional Center in San Bernardino CA Dept. Health Training Event and Holiday Party, (rented by an outside private 3rd party) with approximate 80 employees in attendance including Syed Farook. 3 shooters, Farook and Malik and a 3rd unknown assailant, wearing non-armored black tactical outfits and ski masks and armed with military style semi-automatic pistols and rifles opened fire on attendees. After the shooting, the couple fled in a rented SUV. San Bernardino SWAT team was conducting its monthly training exercise a few blocks away and was able to arrive within 14 minutes wearing protective gear. The gunfire lasted under a minute before both perpetrators were killed.

I’m not a conspiracy theorist and coincidence is not conspiracy, but I believe this was a FALSE FLAG: Two days prior to the shooting SWAT announced “Victor Valley College officials would like to inform students and area residents there will be an “active shooter” training exercise on the VVC campus on Monday, November 30th. There will be significant police presence at this time.”

I find it highly suspect SWAT was suited up and ready to go and still training 2 days later, AND when did police begin training with live ammo? They don’t! How many vehicles are needed in a training exercise? There were an unprecedented number of governmental vehicles, around 400 on the scene (many federal).

As for news coverage MSNBC reported “It looks like the 3 actors” and “the 3 actors have been caught”, When has mainstream media ever labeled a suspect an actor or were they was the speaking literally or figuratively? When it’s consistently repeated, no they don’t.

Sally Abdelmageed works at the Inland Regional Center saw the attackers enter the building “three men, dressed in all black, military attire with vests on holding assault rifles and one of them opened up the door to building three… and he… opens up the door to building three and … he… starts to spray, shoot all over into the room… I couldn’t see a face, he had a black hat on (mask) and uh, from my view all I could see was a black hat (mask) and long sleeve shirt… black cargo pants with zippers on the sides, big puffy pockets, he had a huge assault rifle and extra ammo… I just saw three dressed exactly the same…. their skin tone looked white. They looked like they were athletic build. They appeared to be tall.”

There are a couple of problems when it comes to the police version. It was broadcast for everyone to lock their doors and stay inside; then police announced they’d caught a “suspect” and subsequently let him go. That would mean the third man is still at large, running loose but he’s no longer mentioned, he’s just been forgotten, swept under the rug like there was no 3rd person. Then there’s Tashfeen Malik who wasn’t male, athletic, or tall. Tashfeen was short, small and only weighed 90 lb.

By Dec. 4th the house had already been cleared by the FBI. Since when does law enforcement wind up an investigation in 48 hours and leave evidence behind? And for that matter who leaves their social security card, driver’s license and passports out in the open? Coincidentally ALL terrorists just happen to leave important documents sitting out in the open, just lying around and FBI wouldn’t remove them for processing. Yeah, right.

The Macy’s card on the table would be documented and numbers run to see what was purchased. The Quran would have been seized to check for fingerprints, notes, or highlighted passages AND it was conveniently printed in English. Photos of friends and associates weren’t seized – what if they were in on the shooting? Its come-on knowledge shredded documents are confiscated, taken to the lab where countless hours are invested putting bits of paper back together like a jigsaw puzzle, yet a trash basket was partially full and the scanner which captures and stores images indefinitely were also left behind. The FBI examines crime screens with a fine tooth comb because everything in that apartment is EVIDENCE but there was no fingerprint dust on the walls or any of the furniture. Real law enforcement collect of hair, fluid, and fiber samples, meticulously cataloging everything, then transporting the evidence back to the lab where Forensic Scientists would run tests. Law Enforcement wouldn’t leave a residence unsecured for anyone to access; more often than not forensic personnel would go back for a second, third, fourth and even more times check to make sure nothing was missed yet “Inside Edition” was able to pay $1,000 to landlord Doyle Miller who used a crowbar to open the door and allow reporters and photographers inside. Eyewitnesses claim the landlord was whisked away in an FBI van immediately following media departure.

I also find it odd that Michael Wetzel’s (man with 6 kids) wife Renee learned of the shooting she immediately alerted the Facebook support group which she belongs. Celia Behar the co-founder opened a GoFundMe account stating “She (Renee) started crying” “She just felt so much relief that there was such a cushion.” Common, whose first reaction to the death of their husband would be to get on Facebook? And in the photograph CNN publicized, what’s going on with the daughter in the pink dress? Her arm around her brother looks nothing like her other arm! Bad Photoshop?

Gunmen enter into known gun free zones and while it does make for a compelling argument, the advent of crisis and guns leads to an even bigger melee if the average Joe/Jane carried. It’s very apparent these shootings are less random and are actively being planned in order to traumatize the public into thinking the state can only protect us with their militarized police forces because our own guns and self-defense skills won’t neutralize an active shooter.

Media calling “suspects actors” and ignoring the missing 3rd gunman allows me to recognize the telltale signs media has played into, and are even party to in these hoaxes knowing full well they’re protected by H.R. 5736 section (b) “Dissemination of Information” legalizing propaganda published by mainstream news as long as there is the possibility at least one non-US-citizen will eventually read it.

Why Such Secrecy about Private Military Contractor’s Men Working the Event? – Craft International Security Consultants
http://thiscantbehappening.net/node/1718
Breaking ‘Craft Intl Mercenaries Carried Out San Bernardino Shooting’
http://beforeitsnews.com/blogging-citizen-journalism/2015/12/breaking-craft-intl-mercenaries-carried-out-san-bernardino-shooting-2525728.html
http://www.presstv.ir/Detail/2015/12/08/440834/Craft-International-mercenaries-San-Bernardino-shooting</span>
Video evidence crime sceen
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-vza1oZ0Mc0
San Bernardino Shooting Hoax Suspect’s Sister Breaks Her Silence For Money
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kvoRJs5Xn0U

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Minority Incarceration and Media’s Societal Engineering

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I’ve finally completed my Race and Gender in the Media Class and below is my final essay!!!

Societal Engineering of repetitive media messages focusing on minorities, particularly Blacks as nefarious thugs fail to take into account the majority of penal inmates are comprised of non-violent offenders. Covert strategy applied through media cautionary tales reaching the largest potential audience’s constant barrage of psychological programming is designed to perpetuate a constant state of anxiety, fear and apprehension.

Most people are totally unaware of the level of manipulation by indoctrination they’re subjected through content delivery. Antisocial messages embedded within episodic situational programming encourage and change audience attitudes by altering emotional arousal patterns under the guise of entertainment intended to influence cerebral behavior. This systematic pattern dominates mass media which is dependent on advertising revenue and political support which the media are incapable from detaching.

Jurors have been pre-conditioned through media to view handcuffed Black men entering courtrooms dressed in orange as guilty by reason of skin color. In 1984, nineteen year old Black youth [1]Darryl Hunt, from Winston-Salem, North Carolina, was convicted of the rape and murder of Deborah Sykes despite the fact there was no physical evidence tying him to the crime. Darryl was sentenced by an all-white jury to life in prison. Ten years later DNA testing cleared Darryl, however even after being exonerated Darryl spent an additional nine years in prison. After 19 years Hunt was released in 2004.

[2]Mandatory sentencing policy data reflect Black offenders are incarcerated at 5.6 times the rate and receive considerably longer sentences than White offenders. Nearly 1 million of the total 2.3 million incarcerated population is Black, and 1 out of every 12 Black males between the ages of 30 and 34 are behind bars, compared with 1 in 60 White males of the same age group; herein lays the contradiction of mind control; Widely published National statistics present these figures “With the help of politicians and news media, criminal and Black has become so interchangeable that social psychology experiments testing implicit racial bias have found Whites view Blacks as less trustworthy, more violent, and innately criminal.”[3]

Repetitious lies, distorted messages, faulty analogies and circular reasoning formulated by politicians, produced by corporate media, and generated though news, television and broadcast agencies as factual is the systematic broken record technique of brain washing. “mind control is possible through the covert exploitation of the unconscious rules that underlie and facilitate healthy human social interactions. Common social rules can be used to prey upon the unwary” [4]. If something is repeated often enough the brain is mentally restrained and prone to suggestion and cannot differentiate between fantasy and reality. To underestimate coercive persuasion by hypnotizing millions of people into believing most if not all Black men are thugs and criminals deserving of prison, and most if not all White men are decent and pure, deserving of second chances is not fair, nor is it balanced, impartial or constitutionally legal which does not allow for due process and equal protection or representation under the law.

Legal assistance and attorney affordability are not synonymous. At the present time there are roughly 650,000 people around the country currently locked down in local jails, and nearly 70 percent of them haven’t been convicted of any crime. Among those awaiting trial, many are stuck behind bars because they can’t afford bail, they’re products of a system which regularly forces legally innocent people to serve time. Black men customarily don’t have the funds to retain high powered legal counsel many Whites are afforded such as in the case of the Affluenza Kid Ethan Couch [5], therefore are subjected to inferior services of disinterested, overworked, incompetent or inexperienced underpaid court-appointed attorneys who typically invest less than 15 minutes reviewing charges and interviewing clients. Without quality representation there is virtually no chance of acquittal.

In the majority of movies and TV, Whites are the saviors, the leaders, the smartest, boldest, sincerest; portrayed fighting with words and logic. Blacks are portrayed as smack talking, drug dealing liars and thugs who fight with guns. White screenwriters haven’t developed Black characters in meaningful ways so their lives and deaths mean nothing, confirming Black lives really don’t matter. Media repeatedly controls our thoughts by using violent imagery.

How impartial and unbiased can a juror be whose been inundated by a system of media propaganda significantly influencing, disrupting and compromising their collective freedom of choice, and can this process be routed out or determined during Voir Dire?

When media’s mind controlling contempt for Black men manifests as acceptable practice, it clarifies the extensive mistreatment and the disproportionately 20% longer mandatory prison sentencing for Black defendants than White defendants.

[1] “Darryl Hunt.” – The Innocence Project. N.p., n.d. Web. 21 Oct. 2015.
[2] Mauer, Marc, and Ryan S. King. Uneven Justice: State Rates of Incarceration By Race and Ethnicity (n.d.): n. pag. Web.
[3] Cox, Robynn. “Where Do We Go from Here? Mass Incarceration and the Struggle for Civil Rights.” Economic Policy Institute. N.p., n.d. Web. 21 Oct. 2015.
[4] Cialdini, Robert B. Influence: The Psychology of Persuasion. New York: Collins, 2007. Web.
[5] Wikipedia. Wikimedia Foundation, n.d. Web. 21 Oct. 2015. Ethan Couch

Christmas Cards

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Inmate Letter

If anyone has a few extra Christmas cards these guys could sure use a nice note to cheer up their holiday and it would be much appreciated… If you’re not comfortable using your own return address feel free to use:
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PO Box 36
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Thank you

 

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No doubt about it. Satisfaction’s guaranteed!!!

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As the saying goes “You’ll never have a second chance to make a first impression” and first impressions mean just about everything or at least they’re 90% of one’s judgment, so hopefully this introduction will spark your interest and possibly be the beginning of a new friendship with no finish line. However, just in case my profile pic didn’t wholeheartedly grab your attention let me tell you a little something about myself. CLICK HERE TO KEEP READING ABOUT Akira

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Waiting on the Lord

Afrow-001I’ve been lonely for a long, long time, for the last seven years to be exact. I’d really like to have a companion to share my hopes, thoughts and dreams with. CLICK HERE TO KEEP READING ABOUT Afrow

 

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A born and raised Richmond Virginia Gentleman

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Hi, my names’ Brandon, I’m 22 years old, I’m about 165 pounds and I’ve been locked up since CLICK HERE TO KEEP READING ABOUT Brandon

 

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Hello Free world!

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My names is Joseph aka “JoJo”, I’m 33 years old and looking to meet a nice woman had has a good head on her shoulders and a warm heart. I’m a caring man seeking long term friendship.  CLICK HERE TO KEEP READING ABOUT “JoJo”

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I am a Libra for those ladies interested in the constellations! 

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I’ll say this, I have never done nothing like this before so I’m just going to jump right in it when it comes to me CLICK HERE TO KEEP READING ABOUT Leonard 

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A Journey of a Thousand Miles

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I want to establish a line of communication with a friend CLICK HERE TO CONTINUE READING ABOUT Antony

 

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It’s been awhile since I’ve been graced with the presence of friendship.

William ThumbDuring a time when the country is distracted with concerns on employment, healthcare and ending the wars of the world. One soul suffering the distress of loneliness is but a whisper in a tornado, it gathers no attention. But I cannot abandon my heart, which brings me to your front door. CLICK HERE TO CONTINUE READING ABOUT William
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Free again through your correspondence

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I must say it’s truly a blessing to have such good women in the world who don’t look down on a man for the mistakes he made in his past. CLICK HERE TO CONTINUE READING ABOUT Deonta

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Intellectual Man

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Seeking a pen pal
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I’m originally from Michigan but I’ve also lived in Omaha Nebraska and Las Vegas. I’m currently seeking a pen pal and will answer any and all letters. CLICK HERE TO CONTINUE READING ABOUT Jeffrey

Explaining White Privilege to a Broke White Person

Thank you Gina Crosley-Corcoran

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Years ago some feminist on the Internet told me I was “privileged.”

“THE F&CK!?!?” I said.

I came from the kind of poor that people don’t want to believe still exists in this country. Have you ever spent a frigid northern-Illinois winter without heat or running water? I have. At 12 years old were you making ramen noodles in a coffee maker with water you fetched from a public bathroom? I was. Have you ever lived in a camper year-round and used a random relative’s apartment as your mailing address? We did. Did you attend so many different elementary schools that you can only remember a quarter of their names? Welcome to my childhood.

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So when that feminist told me I had “white privilege,” I told her that my white skin didn’t do shit to prevent me from experiencing poverty. Then, like any good, educated feminist would, she directed me to Peggy McIntosh’s now-famous 1988 piece “White Privilege: Unpacking the Invisible Knapsack.”

After one reads McIntosh’s powerful essay, it’s impossible to deny that being born with white skin in America affords people certain unearned privileges in life that people of other skin colors simply are not afforded. For example:

“I can turn on the television or open to the front page of the paper and see people of my race widely represented.”

“When I am told about our national heritage or about ‘civilization,’ I am shown that people of my color made it what it is.”

“If a traffic cop pulls me over or if the IRS audits my tax return, I can be sure I haven’t been singled out because of my race.”

“I can if I wish arrange to be in the company of people of my race most of the time.”

If you read through the rest of the list, you can see how white people and people of color experience the world in very different ways. But listen: This is not said to make white people feel guilty about their privilege. It’s not your fault that you were born with white skin and experience these privileges. But whether you realize it or not, you do benefit from it, and it is your fault if you don’t maintain awareness of that fact.

I do understand that McIntosh’s essay may rub some people the wrong way. There are several points on the list that I felt spoke more to the author’s status as a middle-class person than to her status as a white person. For example:

“If I should need to move, I can be pretty sure of renting or purchasing housing in an area, which I can afford and in which I would want to live.”

“I can be pretty sure that my neighbors in such a location will be neutral or pleasant to me.”

“I can go shopping alone most of the time, pretty well assured that I will not be followed or harassed.”

“If I want to, I can be pretty sure of finding a publisher for this piece on white privilege.”

And there are so many more points in the essay where the word “class” could be substituted for the word “race,” which would ultimately paint a very different picture. That is why I had such a hard time identifying with this essay for so long. When I first wrote about white privilege years ago, I demanded to know why this white woman felt that my experiences were the same as hers when, no, my family most certainly could not rent housing “in an area which we could afford and want to live,” and no, I couldn’t go shopping without fear in our low-income neighborhoods.

The idea that any ol’ white person can find a publisher for a piece is most certainly a symptom of class privilege. Having come from a family of people who didn’t even graduate from high school, who knew not a single academic or intellectual person, it would never occur to me to assume that I could be published. It is absolutely a freak anomaly that I’m in graduate school, considering that not one person on either side of my family has a college degree. And it took me until my 30s to ever believe that someone from my stock could achieve such a thing. Poverty colors nearly everything about your perspective on opportunities for advancement in life. Middle-class, educated people assume that anyone can achieve their goals if they work hard enough. Folks steeped in poverty rarely see a life past working at the gas station, making the rent on their trailer, and self-medicating with cigarettes and prescription drugs until they die of a heart attack. (I’ve just described one whole side of my family and the life I assumed I’d be living before I lucked out of it.)

I, maybe more than most people, can completely understand why broke white folks get pissed when the word “privilege” is thrown around. As a child I was constantly discriminated against because of my poverty, and those wounds still run very deep. But luckily my college education introduced me to a more nuanced concept of privilege: the term “intersectionality.” The concept of intersectionality recognizes that people can be privileged in some ways and definitely not privileged in others. There are many different types of privilege, not just skin-color privilege, that impact the way people can move through the world or are discriminated against. These are all things you are born into, not things you earned, that afford you opportunities that others may not have. For example:

Citizenship: Simply being born in this country affords you certain privileges that non-citizens will never access.

Class: Being born into a financially stable family can help guarantee your health, happiness, safety, education, intelligence, and future opportunities.

Sexual orientation: If you were born straight, every state in this country affords you privileges that non-straight folks have to fight the Supreme Court for.

Sex: If you were born male, you can assume that you can walk through a parking garage without worrying that you’ll be raped and then have to deal with a defense attorney blaming it on what you were wearing.

Ability: If you were born able-bodied, you probably don’t have to plan your life around handicap access, braille, or other special needs.

Gender identity: If you were born cisgender (that is, your gender identity matches the sex you were assigned at birth), you don’t have to worry that using the restroom or locker room will invoke public outrage.

As you can see, belonging to one or more category of privilege, especially being a straight, white, middle-class, able-bodied male, can be like winning a lottery you didn’t even know you were playing. But this is not to imply that any form of privilege is exactly the same as another, or that people lacking in one area of privilege understand what it’s like to be lacking in other areas. Race discrimination is not equal to sex discrimination and so forth.

And listen: Recognizing privilege doesn’t mean suffering guilt or shame for your lot in life. Nobody’s saying that straight, white, middle-class, able-bodied males are all a bunch of assholes who don’t work hard for what they have. Recognizing privilege simply means being aware that some people have to work much harder just to experience the things you take for granted (if they ever can experience them at all).

I know now that I am privileged in many ways. I am privileged as a natural-born white citizen. I am privileged as a cisgender woman. I am privileged as an able-bodied person. I am privileged that my first language is also our national language, and that I was born with an intellect and ambition that pulled me out of the poverty that I was otherwise destined for. I was privileged to be able to marry my way “up” by partnering with a privileged, middle-class, educated male who fully expected me to earn a college degree.

There are a million ways I experience privilege, and some that I certainly don’t. But thankfully, intersectionality allows us to examine these varying dimensions and degrees of discrimination while raising awareness of the results of multiple systems of oppression at work.

Tell me: Are you a white person who’s felt uncomfortable with the term “white privilege”? Does a more nuanced approach help you see your own privilege more clearly?

Thank you Gina Crosley-Corcoran

Breastfeeding in Public

Thank you Ashley Kaidel
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This was on my Fackbook Newsfeed today and I wanted to share the courage of Ashley Kaidel the woman/mother!

Earlier today I posted this picture of my son and I breastfeeding uncovered in a public restaurant. In the picture, it appears I’m staring off into the distance. In reality, I’m staring into the eyes of a woman staring at me. She is looking at me with disgust and shaking her head with judgement in an attempt to shame me and indirectly tell me without words that I am wrong and need to cover myself.

Let me make my reasoning clear on why I post pictures of my son and I publicly breastfeeding uncovered.
I don’t mean to say “Everyone should breast feed without a cover. Show the world your boobs!” If a mother is more comfortable covering herself because SHE feels better doing so, then I totally support that.

With that being said, the reason I post these types pictures is for the mother that tried breastfeeding uncovered once and she got shamed, she got stared and pointed at, she got nasty comments, she got asked to leave the room, she got asked to cover up.

Number one, breast feeding mothers are protected under federal law to breast feed any way, any how and any where they’re allowed to be in all circumstances otherwise. Number two, you should not ever feel shamed, belittled, embarrassed or wrong for feeding your baby the way nature intended. I do this for the person that has the mentality “Boobs are to be covered. They’re for your husbands eyes only.

They’re intimate. It’s a personal/private thing to feed your baby. Cover up out of respect. My kids don’t need to see that. Walk out of the room.” and any other derogatory, close minded comments and sentiments alike.

Again, breasts were made to sustain your baby’s life before they were made to bring pleasure to any other man, woman, partner or spouse. Their sole purpose is to make food and dispense it straight into a baby’s mouth. There is nothing weird about this and there’s no difference in me feeding my baby with my breast than you feeding yourself with a spoon.

Secondly, it is exponentially unfair and selfish to ask a mother and baby to exclude themselves from a table or event or gathering because you’re for some reason uncomfortable with how she feeds her child. No person should be isolated and shunned because they’re eating, especially when you yourself are eating while ridiculing how someone else is eating. Is it not certainly easier to avert your eyes from a displeasing sight rather than suggest or demand a mother and child remove themselves from your presence? How pompous and selfish is this? Just look away. It’s simple to do so. No harm done at all.

Lastly, your children need to see breastfeeding for the same reason you do. They need to acknowledge, comprehend and appreciate that breast milk and breast feeding is and should forever be the first and best choice for both mom and baby. Formula and bottles are a trend.

Breastfeeding is not. Your 11 year old daughter watching me nurse may say “Mom, why is that baby sucking her boobie?” But as a parent and human being that understands, respects and appreciates anatomy and mothers, your reply should only and always be “because that’s the way babies eat.” Hopefully it encourages your daughter to grow up with the goal to breast feed and experience the incredible bond and invaluable benefits it comes with.

So again, I don’t post this for attention. I don’t post this because I think everyone should nurse uncovered. I post this to give mamas encouragement. And to encourage others to make breastfeeding mothers feel accepted and supported; not alienated, ridiculed and judged.

Signed,
a badass breastfeeding (uncovered) mama.

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What If We Are The “Bad Guys? by Irwin Ozborne

Thank you Irwin Ozborne
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“We Were Told to Just Shoot People, and the Officers Would Take Care of Us” – Iraqi War Vet

“Why did you shoot me?” Asked a six-year-old child “That’s not fair. I’m just a girl. I do not do anything, I just had my doll in my hand. Why you shoot me?”

“I was just riding in my car with my family and I got injured so I had to have surgery,” said the child, “…because I got shot [by the] American people.”

She lived, but her family members are a couple of the 165,000 Iraqi civilians killed in the Iraq War since 2003. However, that number is quite low and only based on reported information. However, household surveys are far more accurate and estimate between 400,000 and 650,000 deaths.

“I guess while I was there, the general attitude was, A dead Iraqi is just another dead Iraqi,” said Spc. Jeff Englehart, 26, of Grand Junction, Colorado

“I remember one woman walking by,” said Jason Washburn, a corporal in the US Marines who served three tours in Iraq. He told the audience at the Winter Soldier hearings that took place March 13-16, 2008, in Silver Spring, Maryland, “She was carrying a huge bag, and she looked like she was heading toward us, so we lit her up with the Mark 19, which is an automatic grenade launcher, and when the dust settled, we realized that the bag was full of groceries. She had been trying to bring us food and we blew her to pieces.”

Disclaimer of Cognitive Dissonance:

Before reading any further, I would like to inform the reader that this article will likely provoke strong emotional reaction and some will find it offensive. In fact, I already am aware of many of the negative remarks that will arise, so I will just address them now.

I do not hate the troops and I do not hate people associated with the military. Quite the contrary, I feel badly for them because they are being brainwashed, manipulated, and used to fight bogus wars under the disguise of protecting our freedom; when in reality they are only fighting to secure financial interests for the elite and corporations. Then when they return with PTSD, injuries, mental health, addiction, unemployment, homelessness, anger, and violence, they VA does not provide the services they need. They are treated like pawns to profit those at top.

Not all the troops misbehave and you are focusing on the minority. This true, the majority of the troops are good people who follow orders. However, the orders that they are following are destructive and evil. Many of Hitler’s Gestapo were probably good people following orders, but they will always be viewed as evil by association.

How can you not support them, when they are protecting your freedom? They do not protect my freedoms. All military interventions since World War II, have been solely to secure resources from third world nations to help profit American businesses. This is all done under disguises of threats – such as the Cold War with no clear enemy and the threat of Communism; the War on Drugs with no clear enemy; and the War on Terror.

Death threats and Personal Attacks: I can handle personal attacks, as that just shows me that you have nothing to argue the statements of the article. However, death threats are always quite ironic. The death threats come from veterans or military supporters because they have so much love for their country. They tell me that they dedicated their lives to protecting my freedoms. First, see number three, you did not protect my freedoms. And second, if you care so much about my freedoms, you should be happy that I am exercising them. To threaten to end my life for stating my point of view is not protecting my freedom, that is actually imposing that I am not allowed these freedoms unless it follows a certain point of view.
Immediately after World War II, the United States has been intervening in countries as a means to making the world safe for American corporations; enhancing financial statements of defense contractors and members of congress; preventing the rise of any society that might serve as a successful example of an alternative to capitalism.

In 1953, the United States overthrew the Iran government after they tried to nationalize and profit off their own resources, oil. This led to oppression and torture of the Iran people, while foreign powers took over control of their oil.

Similarly in Guatemala, the democratically elected government was seeking to nationalize the United Fruit Company. The United States turned this into a death field under the disguise of Soviet threat, in reality had huge commercial interests in the United Fruit Company.

The same things happened if you were neutral in the Cold War, you would soon get paid a visit by the United States to provide you “Freedom.” It happened in Italy, Greece, Albania, Indonesia, and the list goes on. Of course the Korean War and Vietnam Wars in which our history books seem to miss. The “Secret Wars” in Cambodia, Laos, and Thailand during the Vietnam War.

In the Congo, their first democratically elected president called for economic liberation which was later deemed as communism. Eleven days later he was assassinated by the request of President Eisenhower. The area is one of the richest in the world with natural resources, but the people live in extreme poverty as there is constant genocide in the area as people work in the mines to sell diamonds and cobalt to Western powers.

This list goes on-and-on (Indonesia, Chile, Nicaragua, Libya, El Savlador, Haiti, Panama, Iraq, Afghanistan, etc.) with more than 70 different countries in which we have intervened with in the past seventy years. That is on average of one country per year we have invaded for nearly a century to support American interests, not protect my freedoms.

Supporting the Troops:

Supporters of the war in Iraq should do some outside research as to what is really happening without just blindly supporting the troops because they are American. In 2007, WikiLeaks revealed footage of U.S. Soldiers killing 12 civilians and wounding two children. However, this was clearly not an isolated incident as Kelly Doughetery, former director of Veterans Against the War, explained:

“The abuses committed in the occupations, far from being the result of a ‘few bad apples’ misbehaving, are the result of our government’s Middle East policy, which is crafted in the highest spheres of US power.”

Abeer Qassim al-Janabi, was a 14-year-old girl who was gang-raped by U.S. Soldiers while they killed her family before ending her life. It was all pre-meditated, and they targeted her because there was only one male living in that house.

“During the time me and Barker were raping Abeer, I heard five or six gunshots that came from the bedroom,” Sgt. Paul Cortez admitted, “After Barker was done, Green came out of the bedroom and said that he had killed them all, that all of them were dead.”

“Green then placed himself between Abeer’s legs to rape her,” he added, “When Green was finished, he stood up and shot Abeer in the head two or three times.”

The entire crime took about five minutes and the girl knew her parents and sister had been shot while she was being raped.

Then Chris Kyle writes a book referring to the Iraqis as the ‘savages’? Before this fictional book is turned this into a propaganda film used to promote further killings.

This is what we are supporting when we say “We Support the Troops.” We are supporting systematic and barbaric killings of many innocent people, to provide for a war that benefits corporations and rich politicians. The Yellow Ribbon we proudly display to show our pride is the modern-day Swastika, showing our support for savagery.

There have been a few cases in which this makes mainstream media. In Afghanistan, an army squad commander led a “Kill Team” in which they killed civilians for sport and collected body parts as trophies. And in 2006, the Al Ishaqi massacre in Iraq included the killing of 11 innocent civilians including five children and four women. The Pentagon portrays this as part of an operation directed at Al Qaeda.

However, so many more every-day occurrences never reached the headlines. A boy with both his arms lost, a dead baby on the pavement, or cars full of dead families that were trying to escape the war zone.

But what happens, when you are an eye-witness to these slayings and reveal the information to the American public? You get sent to prison. Bradley Manning, released thousands of documents to WikiLeaks providing evidence of U.S. torture, abuse, and soldiers laughing as they killed civilians. Did the soldiers get punished? No, but Manning was sentenced to prison for 35 years for exposing the truth.

The Haditha killings in 2005, left 24 civilians dead – including women, elderly and children – who were shot multiple times from close range and were unarmed. The court case drug on for six years before six officers had charges dropped, another found not guilty, and the eighth was convicted of negligent dereliction of duty and sentenced to lowering his rank.

In a few interviews with Marines it was later said that so many civilians were found dead after being killed by unknown factions in the Iraq conflict that civilian deaths seemed routine, and one sergeant testified that he would order his men to shoot vehicles that failed to stop at military checkpoints even if it were possible that children could be in the car.

One of the wars most iconic photographs is that by Chris Hondros’s image of Samar Hassan, age 5, covered in blood screaming after just witnessing her parents being blown away by U.S. Soldiers, as well as her 11-year-old brother severely injured. Her brother then went to the United States for treatment, and was later killed by insurgents in retaliation for going to the United States for treatment.

Then there is three-year-old, Dalal, is sitting in her home with her family in late March of 2003. At three-years-old, we are still exploring the world and trying to figure out how things work. But, for Dalal, she would figure out more truth about how the world works at age three, than most Americans will learn in a lifetime. Her home was hit with a missile, which killed her brother and injured her mother. She also lost her right leg that day.

And Omar, age 7, was traveling to Bahgdad to visit relatives when they came upon confused U.S. troops who opened fire. Omar’s father was shot twice in the back trying to rescue his son. He got him out of the car, but could not rescue his wife – Omar’s mother – as she burnt to death.

“My whole family was devastated by what was happening,” said Omar’s father, “The most devastating was losing my wife.”

The United States refers to these losses of life as “collateral damage.”

An estimated four-percent of Iraq’s population has been killed due to the war since 1991 and that does not include the ongoing poverty, starvation, disease, cancer from depleted uranium and birth defects. That “collateral damages” sounds more like genocide.

Khalid Hamdan Abd lost two of his sons, three cousins, and has his infant daughter wounded with 17 pieces of micro-shrapnel in one eye and 11 pieces of micro-shrapnel in the other eye, and a detached retina. He was brought to America by a group called nomorevictims.com in which they helped provide surgery for his infant daughter to prevent her from going blind. He states:

“It is kind of scary to go back, because even if you are just driving your car peacefully in the street, you might be shot by the American troops for no reason.”

These stories don’t even begin to include the families being wiped away by drone strikes in Pakistan. An estimated 200 children have been killed due to drone strikes in which one 16-year-old states, “we no longer like when skies are blue, because drones don’t fly in gray skies.”

President Obama refers to drone strikes as “targeted killing”; however, they have targeted 41 men, which has resulted in the deaths of 1,147 others.

Buried deep in the $800-billion defense budget, the Pentagon agreed to add in five million dollars to fund families killed by American airstrikes. I guess the next logical step, would be to admit to the ongoing war crimes committed daily in these wars.

Part 5) Unarmed Victim Archive of Law Enforcement Murders 1,000 – 1,250

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Currently, there is no national database documenting the murders of un-armed people by police, security guards, self-appointed vigilantes or bounty hunters. Although not all victims found here were weaponless, the fatal murdering of the unarmed: whether they are of ethnic origin, disabled, mentally ill, homeless or their sexual orientation, by Police Departments across the country is unjustified, and the vast majority of officers involved are not being held accountable.

I believe ALL those listed below regardless of whether they were in the process of perpetrating a crime, in a gang, drug possession, incarceration, resisting arrest, alluding, a weapon thrown aside, mentally ill or just happened to be at the wrong place at the wrong time, they are all victims. Victims who loved and were loved. This memorial is dedicated to all the Mothers and Fathers, Sons and Daughters, Husbands and Wife’s, Grandparents, Sisters and Brothers, Nieces and Nephews, Girlfriends, Boyfriends, Lovers, Friends and Neighbors who have lost someone at the hands of law enforcement. For all the heartbreak, shed tears, unanswered questions, lies and grief for a life unfulfilled, to you I give honor, for “there but for the grace of God go I”. May you find peace in knowing their bloodshed will not go unnoticed nor will their life be forgotten.

As we remember victims of violence let us remember the sadness of loss. May that sadness be transformed into compassion for the victim and their loved ones. May the fear struck in us by the power of tragedy give way to reverence at the unending power of unconditional love. May we uncover the energy of our anger and use it to right what is wrong in our own behavior toward one another and to challenge the mindsets and systems which enable and promote violence. May love gently wipe the tears from our eyes and remove the fear from our hearts. Look with favor upon the families and friends who mourn the victims and comfort those who are in grief and despair, that peace, the fruit of justice and charity may reign for each of us gathered here today. For all victims of crime, abuse, harassment and all who commit acts of violence; from those who speak harsh words in anger, to those who hate others who are different from themselves, to those who take the life of another, may we learn to act justly, love tenderly and walk humbly.

My definition of Unarmed
Please keep in mind I am only able to research and write bio’s on 5-7 victims per day. Each bio is verified through multiple sources, photos are retrieved, copied, cropped. Each bio is written and condensed close as possible to a single paragraph, many have links to READ MORE. Each name, age, state and ethnicity are entered into 3 data bases and then, after all pertinent information has been gathered I individually post to the website. Therefore each bio takes anywhere from 30 to 60 minutes to complete.

It is at my discretion as to what I consider as being unarmed. If the person has a weapon but is unable to use it because it’s under a seat, knocked to the side, fallen to the ground, in someone else’s possession etc. I consider that person unarmed. If someone is shot in the back, I consider that person unarmed. If there appears to be questionable circumstances surrounding the death, I consider that person unarmed. If the person is mentally ill and can be contained without using deadly force, I consider that person unarmed. Even if the person is a felon and has a violent criminal history, yet fits into any of the above categories, that person is still considered unarmed. If someone is in the commission of a crime, yet fits into any of the above categories, that person is still considered unarmed. If ANYONE can be contained without using deadly force, I consider that person unarmed.

There is no reason, in my opinion to shoot someone when police manage to apprehend and incarcerate extraordinarily dangerous serial killers/ mass murderers/spree killers and vigilantes/bounty hunters yet cannot manage the capture of citizens of ethnic lineage without executing them.

However, if someone is shooting, holding a weapon or hurting someone (including an officer) and there is absolutely no other way to control them, I consider that person armed. Mind you, I credit witness statements far above police reports.

I DO NOT believe Law Enforcement reports. Lies the police tell that are so familiar anyone can recite them: “Reached for waist band”; “Pointed hand at police in a threatening manner.” “Backed the car toward officers” “Lunged at me” “Had a black object in hand” “Tried to grab gun” “Officers of the Un-Peace” or “Un-Peace Officers” Campaigns were formed against the “Blue Code” supposedly making it more visible to the public eye have taken place but all they seem to be doing is allowing the police to police the police and the police. Police are liars, period. So please don’t think I would even consider relying on their statements. The code of Blue Silence is too real to be ignored, and has been proven over and over again to be the real badge of the law.

As for Grand Juries they’ve been bought and paid for in more cases than can be counted. There is something fundamentally unfair about a grand jury system which doesn’t reflect the racial, political and ethnic diversity of the community it serves and the people it indicts.

Visual map displaying accounts of extrajudicial killings of people of colour beginning in 2012 https://maps.google.com/maps/ms?msid=215510872499841685660.0004c577c714cfc6b9ef1&msa=0&dg=feature

Unfortunately due to the ongoing killings by Police and Vigilantes/Bounty Hunters claiming Stand Your Ground (Castle Doctrine) this list will continue to grow. Please keep in mind each victim is double and triple checked for accuracy, therefore it takes approximately 40-60 minutes to complete each bio, including editing, separating into 4 data bases and posting online to the appropriate page(s). This website is an extremely time consuming endeavor, yet a true labor of love, but often mentally overwhelming and occasionally must be set aside as I regroup. If you have a family member, friend or know of someone killed at the hands of Law Enforcement or Bounty Hunters/Vigilante(s) please leave their name, age, state, date of death etc. by replying in the comment box; they will be given top priority on the next post and you will receive links to their location(s). Completed bio’s on this page have ** # and 1, 2, 3 or 4 behind the entry denoting the part/page where the bio can be found. Due to lack of space ((#)) signifies mental disorders, including but not limited to Suicide.

This Is What It’s Like To Be An Unarmed Black Man In America

Santos RodriquezSantos Rodriquez 12 H/M Dallas TX July 24, 1973 – Yanked by Police Officer Darrell L. Cain and another Officer Santos and David Rodriguez were pulled from their grandfather’s home in the middle of the night. Shoeless and in handcuffs Santos along with his 13-year-old brother, David were driven to a vacant lot behind a Fina gas station where a vending machine had been robbed of $8. The handcuffed boy denied he’d taken the change. As Officer Darrell Cain continued to interrogate Santos he attempted to force a confession Russian roulette-style by placing his .357 Magnum pointed at Santos’ left ear. The second time he placed the gun to Santos’ head he pulled the trigger, it fired and Santos died instantly. Police Officer Darrell L. Cain was sentenced to only five years in prison for murder with malice and was released after serving half the term. SMU scholarship has been named after Santos Rodriguez http://thescoopblog.dallasnews.com/2015/03/smu-scholarship-named-after-santos-rodriguez-12-year-old-killed-in-73-by-dallas-cop.html/ . It took 40 years, one month and 28 days, before Dallas City Hall Dallas’ top official at last offered an apology. http://www.dallasnews.com/news/community-news/south-dallas/headlines/20150724-mourners-remember-dallas-boy-killed-by-police-42-years-ago.ece

Darrin “Dagwood” HannahDarrin “Dagwood” Hannah 45 B/M Waukegan IL Nov. 13, 2011 – Hannah was arrested and subdued by police when they were called to his apartment over a domestic dispute. Pictures taken after his arrest show severe injuries to his face. Reportedly, the police also tasered Hannah. He was immediately taken to a hospital, where he died from his injuries a week later. After the autopsy the coroner said that Hannah’s sickle cell anemia was aggravated by fists and stun guns used during his arrest so that the official cause of death was changed from undetermined to homicide. http://chicago.cbslocal.com/2013/01/22/death-of-man-tasered-by-police-ruled-homicide/

Jeremy John LinhartJeremy John Linhart 30 W/M Findlay OH June 9, 2015 – Linhart was the only passenger in a car that was stopped by police at about 3:05 a.m. in the 800 block of West Sandusky Street, for a “regular traffic violation.” During the traffic stop, the driver and the passenger were “removed from” the vehicle, the chief said. The passenger then allegedly tried to get back into the vehicle, at which time the officer interfered and the victim was shot during a struggle, the chief said. Findlay police do not use dashboard or body cameras. https://www.toledoblade.com/Police-Fire/2015/06/09/Findlay-officer-involved-in-shooting.html

William Dick IIIWilliam Dick III 28 N/M Confederated Tribes Colville Reservation Tonasket WA April 4, 2015 – Unarmed Dick, who had allegedly robbed a hitchhiker at gunpoint earlier in the day, fled from officers in his van. He eventually crashed into a tree and ran away. After being caught he was tasered and handcuffed, and stopped breathing soon after.
http://www.seattletimes.com/seattle-news/coulee-dam-man-dies-following-taser-incident/

Dominick Ray WiseDominick Ray Wise 30 B/M Culpepper VA March 30, 2015 – Wise was believed to be intoxicated and was walking erratically in the middle of the road. Police attempted to get him on the sidewalk and the interaction eventually escalated to a scuffle. One officer had his nose broken. Police used a Taser on Wise and he became unresponsive shortly after. http://www.fredericksburg.com/news/crime_courts/culpeper-man-dies-after-being-tasered-by-police/article_46debc2a-d727-11e4-a18f-5b06a6f5b1bd.html

No Photo Available-001Darnell Hutchinson 32 San Leandro CA Oct. 9, 2011 – Hutchinson was reportedly scaring customers and refusing to leave Nation’s Giant Hamburgers, a restaurant in San Leandro. He was acting paranoid, thought someone was following him, and saying he needed to use someone’s phone. When officers tried to take him into custody, the police claim he resisted, and one of the officers used a taser on him. It is unclear how many times the taser was used. Hutchinson was placed in handcuffs, and immediately became unresponsive and his health deteriorated. He was taken by ambulance to an East Bay hospital, where he was pronounced dead. http://www.mercurynews.com/breaking-news/ci_19097286

Gerald E. HallGerald E. Hall 34 B/M Oklahoma City OK Sept. 26, 2011 – Police took him into custody at a convenience store after Hall allegedly attempted to pour charcoal lighter fluid on an apartment building nearby then barricaded himself in the store restroom when police arrived. As officers tried to arrest Hall they claim he became combative and fought with them. Tased repeatedly Hall became unresponsive then taken to Integris Baptist Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead.
Six police officers were involved in the incident. http://truthnottasers.blogspot.com/2011/09/oklahoma-man-dies.html

Anastasio Hernandez RojasAnastasio Hernandez Rojas 42 H/M San Diego CA May 28, 2010 – Rojas a California resident since age 18 longtime San Diego resident; tortured to death by federal officers at a Border Patrol station as he resisted being deported.
Tortured to death by California Border Patrol. http://soboco.org/border-patrol-brutality-since-2010/

No Photo Available-001Ross Anthony 25 Dallas TX June 9, 2015 – Anthony was “exhibiting erratic behavior” when he was found inside a parked vehicle. Numerous citizens called 911 reporting the behavior of Mr. Anthony, who police say was “running into the traffic lanes, approaching vehicles and banging on the windows of nearby businesses.” According to the statement, Dallas Fire-Rescue paramedics drove past the scene along the 5400 block of North Jim Miller Road, near Samuell Boulevard, and tried to help him. But he wasn’t interested, police say: “He banged his fists on the hood of the ambulance and entered into another citizen’s vehicle as officers arrived on scene.” Police say the officers tried to coax him out of the car, at which point he cracked the door open “slightly” allowing officers to reach in and grab him. After officers ordered him to exit the vehicle, police claim there was a struggle, and extra help was requested. Sgt. Ned Charles, Officer James MacDonald, Sgt. Daniel Cordero and Officer Paul Kessenich was the officer who deployed and used his Taser on Anthony. When Anthony began exhibiting signs of medical distress he was taken to Baylor University Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead. http://www.wfaa.com/story/news/local/dallas-county/2015/06/09/man-dies-after-dallas-police-deploy-taser/28726075/

Roberto Pérez PérezRoberto Pérez Pérez 63 H/M San Diego CA Jan. 13, 2011 – Beaten while in detention for trying to re-enter the U.S. and died due to lack of proper medical care. California Border Patrol http://soboco.org/border-patrol-brutality-since-2010/

Nicholas ThomasNicholas Thomas 23 B/M Cobb County GA March 24, 2015 – Officers claim Thomas fled from the Goodyear store where he worked in a customer’s vehicle when they attempted to serve him a warrant. Police say Thomas was driving towards them and that they feared for their lives, prompting them to fire on the car. Witnesses dispute Thomas was attempting to flee, and some say the vehicle was not moving at all. Thomas was dealing with legal issues related to an alleged assault of a police officer a year earlier. http://fusion.net/story/109439/atlanta-police-shooting-why-cops-shouldnt-shoot-at-moving-cars/

Joseph TassinariJoseph Tassinari “Smokn Joe T” 63 W/M Glendale AZ March 24, 2015 – Tassinari, a Vietnam veteran, was wanted for allegedly brandishing a weapon during an incident earlier in the day. According to police, Tassinari refused to comply with orders from an officer who had arrived at his residence. He was tasered and then allegedly reached for his waistband before being shot dead. http://www.azcentral.com/story/news/12-news/2015/03/25/12news-officer-involved-shooting-glendale-joe-tassinari/70463988/

No Photo Available-001Ryan Keith Bolinger 28 Des Moines IA June 10, 2015 – An officer had pulled over a driver for an unrelated traffic stop. A few minutes later, another car pulled up alongside so close that the officer couldn’t open the car door. The driver of the other vehicle (Bolinger ) got out and danced around, before getting back in his car. Police followed. The pursuit was low-speed, about the speed limit, and lasted about two minutes. he driver did a U-turn and stopped abruptly and the police officer swerved to miss the car, stopping in front of the vehicle, as another police vehicle pulled up. the driver of the other car got out and moved toward the police car that had just arrived. The officer in that vehicle opened fire and shot Bolinger in the torso. He was declared dead at a hospital.
http://www.desmoinesregister.com/story/news/crime-and-courts/2015/06/10/fatal-shooting-officer-involved-merle-hay-urbandale/28779873/

Troy BoydTroy Boyd 36 W/M Pike County MS March 15, 2015 – Boyd was accused of riding a quad bike erratically with a machete strapped to the back of his bike. Officials claim one of the deputies who responded to the call opened fire when Boyd allegedly tried to run them over with the bike.
http://www.msnewsnow.com/story/28529112/suspect-on-4-wheeler-shot-killed-by-pike-county-authorities?clienttype=generic

Antonio PerezAntonio Perez 32 H/M Los Angeles CA March 12, 2015 – Police said they opened fire on Lopez when he reached for his waistband while fleeing on foot after his vehicle crashed. He was a suspect in a burglary and was driving a stolen car. No weapon was discovered. http://www.presstelegram.com/general-news/20150313/foot-pursuit-in-unincorporated-walnut-park-ends-in-fatal-deputy-involved-shooting

Thomas Allen Jr.Thomas Allen Jr. 34 B/M St. Louis MO Feb. 28, 2015 – Allen was in a passenger in a vehicle that had been pulled over for not signaling and for making an illegal left turn. Allen was searched, found to have no weapons and was allowed back in the car. While officers questioned the driver, Allen got into the front seat and tried to drive away. One officer got into the passenger’s seat as Allen tried to get away, and wrestled with him before shooting him. http://www.stltoday.com/news/local/suspect-in-wellson-police-shooting-dies-of-wounds/article_7572d365-c0d0-515f-a2d5-bc6ab6a2265d.html

No Photo Available-001Francisco Manuel Cesena 40 H/M San Ysidro Port of Entry CA Dec. 24, 2014 – While he sat in a holding cell, U.S. Customs and Border Protection agents checked his record. It showed Cesena was wanted on a warrant and was considered armed and dangerous. The decedent was sitting on a bench when he suddenly got up, hurdled the gate to the agents’ desk and began physically attacking the agents.” He was forced to the ground. Multiple agents fired Tasers at Cesena and tried to restrain him for nearly 10 minutes, according to the report. He was then handcuffed, and one agent appeared to put something over or around his mouth. Eight minutes later Cesena was found unresponsive and he later was pronounced dead at a local hospital. http://www.utsandiego.com/news/2015/jun/09/border-crossing-death-francisco-cesena/

Amilcar Perez-LopezAmilcar Perez-Lopez 21 H/M San Francisco CA Feb. 26, 2015 – Police said Perez-Lopez wielded a knife while trying to steal a bike. Plainclothes officers shot him when he allegedly ignored their demands to drop the knife, which protesters later said he wouldn’t have understood because he did not speak English. Witnesses reportedly contradicted the police account, saying Perez-Lopez was trying to get his phone back from the owner of the bike. http://www.sfgate.com/crime/article/S-F-police-shoot-suspect-in-Mission-District-6104854.php

Danny A. ElrodDanny A. Elrod 39 W/M Omaha NE Feb. 24, 2015 – Officers Lugod, Bradley Bornhoft, Nicole Geyza and Patricia Pope made contact with Danny Elrod, the suspect in the Family Dollar robbery, in the parking lot of Sports Car Garage. The officers allegedly gave Elrod loud verbal commands to show his hands and to get on the ground, which Elrod refused to comply with. Elrod reportedly climbed onto the hood of one of the vehicles parked in the parking lot and continued to be non-compliant. Geyza deployed a taser, but it was ineffective. Unarmed Elrod was being pursued in connection to a robbery at a Family Dollar store. Police claim Elrod told them he had a weapon and reached for his waistband several times. His wife claims to have seen the entire incident and says he raised his arms. Omaha Police Officer Alvin Lugod shot Elrod 6 times. http://www.ketv.com/news/new-details-released-in-mondays-officerinvolved-shooting/31458074

Adam ThomasAdam Thomas 27 W/M East Hemet CA Nov. 8, 2014 – Adam Thomas had accepted a job as a solar panel installer and was staying at a friend’s house. Brandon Thomas said a witness told him a neighbor came to the house to complain about teenagers racing cars up and down the street. His brother was indoors trying to sleep but came outside and asked what was going on. His brother was shot five times during a confrontation with the armed suspect. Police arrived to find Adam Thomas, suffering from multiple gunshot wounds. Officer John Demery, 40, an off-duty U.S. Border Patrol agent and Hemet resident, has been arrested on suspicion of homicide.
http://ktla.com/2014/11/08/off-duty-border-patrol-arrested-after-east-hemet-shooting-leaves-1-man-dead/

No Photo Available-001Glenn D. Norman 46 /M Osage Beach MO Oct. 4, 2011 – Norman reportedly broke into a home and struggled with the owner of the house. The owner called the police and Norman left the residence. Police found Norman in the neighborhood and, after he resisted arrest. Sheriff deputies electrocuted Norman until he stopped breathing. Several minutes later, he began having troubles breathing. Paramedics were called. He was pronounced dead on the scene by an on duty Lake Regional Emergency Room physician. http://www.connectmidmissouri.com/news/story.aspx?id=670662

Ruben VillalpandoRuben Villalpando 31, Grapevine TX Feb. 20, 2015 – Villalpando was pulled over after leading Officer Robert Clark on a chase. Dashcam video shows the officer ordering Villalpando to stay where he is, as he slowly shuffles towards Clark’s police cruiser with his hands on his head. Villalpando is shot dead just after he walks past the camera’s view. http://thescoopblog.dallasnews.com/2015/05/tarrant-county-grand-jury-declined-to-indict-in-grapevine-police-involved-shooting-of-mexican-immigrant.html/

Betty Diane SextonBetty Diane Sexton 43 W/F Gastonia NC Feb.17, 2015 – Sexton was shot when she ignored instructions to drop a gun, according to authorities. She had called the police to help her remove ‘unwanted house guests’. Relatives said Sexton was attempting to lower her weapon yet two witnesses agreed with the police account. http://myfox8.com/2015/02/22/answers-wanted-after-mother-shot-killed-by-officer-at-nc-home/

Jonathan PierceJonathan Pierce 37 W/M Port St. Joe FL Feb. 11, 2015 – Port St. Joe Police have released a statement that they arrested a Pierce and transported him to the station. The case is being investigated as an “officer involved in a shooting At 7:39 p.m. EST, the man died while in police custody.
http://www.starfl.com/news/local-news/four-months-no-answers-in-officer-involved-shooting-1.490090

Candace L. BlakleyCandace L. Blakley 24 W/F No. Augusta SC June 13, 2015 – pronounced dead at the scene from a fatal gunshot wound, the Aiken County coroner confirmed that the shooting victim was Deputy Matthew Blakley’s wife, 24-year old, Candace L. Blakley. Deputy Blakley was arrested early Sunday morning on charges of Involuntary Manslaughter and he was taken to the Aiken County Detention Center where he awaits a bond hearing.
http://www.nbc26.tv/story/29316181/off-duty-aiken-county-deputy-arrested-in-connection-with-north-augusta-shooting-charged-with-involuntary-manslaughter-for-allegedly-shooting-wife

Boren FamilyKelley Boren 32 W/F Lindon UT Jan. 16, 2014 – Kelly Boren had been repeatedly drugged, raped and videotaped by husband Police Officer Joshua Boren allegedly called her a bad mother. She responded by threatening to take the children. Lindon police officer Joshua Boren shot and killed his wife, two children and mother-in-law before killing himself. Joshua Boren used his police-issued handgun to shoot and kill his wife, two children, and mother-in-law in January. Joshua Boren then placed the bodies of his wife and children on his bed, lying side-by-side, lay down next to them and took his own life. The body of mother-in law Marie King was found in another room. http://www.deseretnews.com/article/865606440/Officer-who-killed-family-had-dark-side-struggled-since-childhood.html?pg=all

Boren FamilyHaley Marie Boren 5 W/F Lindon UT Jan. 16, 2014 – Kelly Boren had been repeatedly drugged, raped and videotaped by husband Police Officer Joshua Boren allegedly called her a bad mother. She responded by threatening to take the children. Lindon police officer Joshua Boren shot and killed his wife, two children and mother-in-law before killing himself. Joshua Boren used his police-issued handgun to shoot and kill his wife, two children, and mother-in-law in January. Joshua Boren then placed the bodies of his wife and children on his bed, lying side-by-side, lay down next to them and took his own life. The body of mother-in law Marie King was found in another room. http://www.deseretnews.com/article/865606440/Officer-who-killed-family-had-dark-side-struggled-since-childhood.html?pg=all

Boren FamilyJoshua Boren Jr 7 W/M Lindon UT Jan. 16, 2014 – Kelly Boren had been repeatedly drugged, raped and videotaped by husband Police Officer Joshua Boren allegedly called her a bad mother. She responded by threatening to take the children. Lindon police officer Joshua Boren shot and killed his wife, two children and mother-in-law before killing himself. Joshua Boren used his police-issued handgun to shoot and kill his wife, two children, and mother-in-law in January. Joshua Boren then placed the bodies of his wife and children on his bed, lying side-by-side, lay down next to them and took his own life. The body of mother-in law Marie King was found in another room. http://www.deseretnews.com/article/865606440/Officer-who-killed-family-had-dark-side-struggled-since-childhood.html?pg=all

Marie King Marie King 55 W/F Lindon 2014 – UT Jan. 16, 2014 – Kelly Boren had been repeatedly drugged, raped and videotaped by husband Police Officer Joshua Boren allegedly called her a bad mother. She responded by threatening to take the children. Lindon police officer Joshua Boren shot and killed his wife, two children and mother-in-law before killing himself. Joshua Boren used his police-issued handgun to shoot and kill his wife, two children, and mother-in-law in January. Joshua Boren then placed the bodies of his wife and children on his bed, lying side-by-side, lay down next to them and took his own life. The body of mother-in law Marie King was found in another room. http://www.deseretnews.com/article/865606440/Officer-who-killed-family-had-dark-side-struggled-since-childhood.html?pg=all

No Photo Available-001Howard Cooke 30 York PA Sept. 28, 2011 – Cooke allegedly ran from a vehicle which had been pulled over by a police officer. Cooke was not the driver. Police chased him and used a stun gun on him, which was initially ineffective. When he was caught, the officers drive-stunned him again. He was arrested and while in custody, became unresponsive. He was taken to York Hospital, where he was pronounced dead. http://www.wgal.com/r/29334069/detail.html)

David KedraDavid Kedra 26 W/M Plymouth Township PA Sept. 30, 2014 – Trooper Kedra was killed during a firearms training exercise at the Montgomery County Public Safety Training Complex. Evidence indicates that the bullet was accidentally discharged by another member of the force. The bullet hit trooper Kedra in the chest. He was rushed to Temple University Hospital and died a short time later. State trooper Richard Schroeter accused of recklessly using a firearm that led to the death of a fellow trooper waived his formal arraignment. Schroeter reportedly testified he did not perform all of the necessary safety checks on the weapon and believed it was unloaded. http://www.lehighvalleylive.com/breaking-news/index.ssf/2014/09/pennsylvania_state_trooper_sho_2.html

Thomas A SmithThomas Alfred Smith Jr. (police officer) 42 Oakland CA Jan. 22, 2014 – a group of four members of BART’s detective unit and several members of Dublin Police and Alameda County Sheriff’s departments, converged on the Park Sierra Apartments, at 6450 Dougherty Road. Wearing bulletproof vests, the group were there to search of an apartment belonging a suspect in several robberies on BART property. The suspect, whom officials did not name, was already in custody and was not inside the apartment at the time. The officers began their search by knocking twice on the door. Each knock went unanswered, but the door was unlocked, so several of them stepped inside. Not knowing whether anyone was inside the apartment, the officers followed protocol and entered with their guns drawn. Smith was accidentally shot and killed by a fellow officer during a search Tuesday afternoon at a robbery suspect’s Dublin apartment. http://www.mercurynews.com/breaking-news/ci_24962932/bart-police-sergeant-shot-and-killed-by-fellow

William Alberto WilkinsWilliam Alberto Wilkins (Police Officer) 29 B/M Oakland CA Jan. 2001 – Officer William Wilkins was pursing an auto thief near 89th Avenue when Officers Andrew Koponen and Timothy Scarrott arrived as Wilkins drew his weapon on the suspect. Both officers fired several times, killing Wilkins, after they said he ignored orders to drop the weapon. http://www.sfgate.com/bayarea/article/Friendly-Fire-Fells-Oakland-Officer-Two-rookies-2965432.php

Luis Phillip RodriquezLuis Phillip Rodriquez 44 H/M Moore OK Jan. 20, 2014 – Officers were investigating a domestic abuse call outside the Warren Theater. The report shows an officer approached Rodriguez and asked for his identification but “he wasn’t giving it to him” then “Luis stepped back, crossed his arms and tried to walk around” the officer. Police reported that Rodriguez was “taking an aggressive stance” that they “interpreted as a fighting stance. Other officers eventually “stepped in to get Luis under control. Security footage shows an officer using knee strikes and other active counter measures to release Rodriguez’s arms so he could be handcuffed.Allegedly Rodriquiz stopped breathing” at the scene but “he was stabilized” at the hospital, where Rodriguez eventually “stopped breathing again and died” after receiving a CT scan. Oklahoma Medical Examiner said back in April that Rodriguez died from a cardiac arrhythmia due to physical restraint and that his body had signs of a struggle that would not have been enough to kill him. Beat to death by 5 Moore PD http://www.news9.com/story/25831448/da-clears-moore-officers-of-wrongdoing-in-in-custody-death

No Photo Available-001Mark D. McCullaugh Jr 28 ((#)) Inmate Akron OH Aug. 20, 2006 – Deputies used a Taser stun gun, shackles and a full can of pepper spray during the struggle, and a jail nurse injected McCullaugh with drugs in a further effort to calm him . McCullaugh was shackled in a hogtied position, choked to death within ”minutes” of being sprayed with ”a large amount” of pepper spray. McCullaugh’s death was a homicide caused by asphyxia from multiple blunt-force blows and the ”combined effects of chemical, mechanical and electrical restraint,” including an unspecified anal injury. An order requires Kohler to delete the words “homicide” due to “multiple restraint mechanisms with beating and anal penetration,” as well as any reference to death by “asphyxia due to the combined effects of chemical, mechanical and electrical restraint” from McCullaugh’s death certificate and autopsy report. Five deputies face charges for McCullaugh’s death. Deputy Stephen Kendrick is charged with murder. http://www.charlydmiller.com/LIB12/2008McCullaugh2006DeathArticles.pdf

Bradford T. GibsonBradford T. Gibson 36 Isabella County MI Sept. 24, 2011 – Gibson struggled with police and was tasered twice outside a Wayside bar, according to a police report. He had reportedly been grabbing women in the bar. About an hour after he arrived at the Isabella County Jail, he died. (http://www.clarecountyreview.com/2011/09/msp-investigating-isabella-inmate-death/)

Jorge AzucenaJorge Azucena 26 H/M Los Angeles CA Sept. 7, 2013 – Azucena had briefly led officers on a chase on the night of but was cornered and submitted to arrest. He told officers that he had asthma and was having trouble breathing. Officers on scene, and later in a South Los Angeles jail, ignored his pleas for medical help. By the time paramedics were called, Azucena was slumped in a jail cell.Azucena died about 40 minutes after he was taken into custody by Los Angeles police officers after running a red light in South Los Angeles. A coroner’s autopsy found that an asthma attack had probably been the cause of death and classified it as an accident. Los Angeles ordered to pay $1.35 million to Azucena’s mother. http://www.latimes.com/local/lanow/la-me-ln-lapd-asthma-death-settlement-20150331-story.html

No Photo Available-001Dennis S Hyde age unknown ((#)) /M Akron OH Aug. 20, 2006 – Officer John Ross and Officer Anthony Kelley were dispatched to a burglary in progress. Hiding in the basement Hype began ranting about the devil and began projectile vomiting. Officers repeatedly asked Hyde to keep his hands above his head which he didn’t do, instead picking up a vase as if to throw it. Officer Ross aimed his taser and ordered Hyde to drop the vase and get down on the ground, 2 taser prongs hit hit in the chest. Hyde became completely out of control. Three more taser devises were deployed. Once subdued Officer Ross applied the taser devise directly to Hyde’s skin. Hyde was then handcuffed and shackled. Hyde became unresponsive and died. Judge Schneiderman’s decision of an alternative explanation for cause of death for Dennis S. Hyde as “excited delirium syndrome” or “agitated delirium.” http://cironline.org/sites/default/files/legacy/files/TaserOhioRuling.pdf

Darnell BensonDarnell Benson 40 B/M ((#)) San Francisco CA April 3, 2015 – Around a quarter past 10:00 in the morning, the Department of Emergency Management was called by an unidentified resident of an Apartment Complex. Allegedly Darnell was on the balcony of one of the apartments exhibiting non-violent behavior which nevertheless was a cause for concern. Sgt. Feliks Gasanyan and Officers John Norment Robin Odum Christopher Dunne and Cory Foss arrived on the scene. Allegedly Darnell had a conversation with a maintenance man and made a declaration he was “just minding his own business.” Benson transported by Officer Tommie Bartley. It is apparent based upon this behavior that the SFPD had no intention of taking Darnell somewhere where he could receive medical assistance. At the Sheriff’s Department is when things began to unravel. Darnell, for reasons unknown, was taken into County Jail 1, strip searched, and triaged by Jail Psychiatric Services, a non-profit company contracted with the City for in-custody psychiatric care. The triage nurse determined Darnell fit the criteria for a 5150 (involuntary psychiatric hold) and, based upon their protocols, he was refused admittance to the jail and diverted to where he should have originally been taken, San Francisco General Hospital. Here the details become fuzzy. As Darnell was escorted from CJ1 to the sally port of the jail, a conflict arose between Darnell and his captors. We know Officers Tommie Bartley, Cory Foss and Robin Odum were involved in this conflict. Moments later, Sherriff’s Deputies were called for backup, and those officers were joined by Officers Jonathon Lucchetti, Paul Lujano, Sgt. Feliks Gasanyan of the SFPD. EMTs provided by American Medical Response arrived and found Darnell in a four-point restraint forced into a prone position – essentially hog-tied –with four officers holding him. As many as seven people were involved in the altercation. Darnell’s hands and feet were shackled, his face was also covered. EMTs administered the maximum 5mg dose of Versed, a powerful tranquilizer that can cause breathing difficulties and has a common side effect of amnesia. He was bruised and bleeding from his mouth. Darnell was taken to San Francisco General Hospital in this state, but his heart gave out. Paramedics attempted to revive him, but he never came back and was declared dead three days later, April 6, 2015, at SF General Hospital, where he had been on life support.
http://sfbayview.com/2015/06/rip-darnell-benson-while-under-fire-for-previous-transgressions-sf-law-enforcement-quietly-kills-again/

Sandra Guadalupe Maldonado SimpsonSandra Guadalupe Maldonado Simpson 33 H/F Midland TX Dec. 18, 2014 – it all started with a 911 call with no one on the other end that originated from a home on Crenshaw Drive. That’s where they found 34-year-old Sgt. Chad Simpson from the Midland Police Department dead from a gunshot wound. “Sandra was taken to Midland Memorial Hospital following the shooting where it was announced that she was believed to have died. Shot by husband Officer Chad Simpson http://murder-suicide.blogspot.com/2014_12_01_archive.html

Keara CrowderKeara Crowder 29 Memphis TN Nov. 19, 2014 – Memphis Officer Jaselyn Grant returned from her shift and then waited for Crowder and her son to arrive. Crowder’s son told police the two women were verbally arguing for several hours when Grant placed two guns on a TV stand and said, “we’re gonna settle this now.” Grant picked up a gun and pointed it at Crowder’s son, at which time Crowder picked up the other gun and told her son to run. The affidavit states Crowder hit Grant in the head with the gun. The 12-year-old told police as he was running he heard several gunshots and turned to see Grant shoot at him. A verbal argument escalated, and that’s when investigators say Grant shot Crowder three times. Crowder, married Grant in Illionis, was taken to Regional Medical Center in critical condition. She was pronounced dead just after 2 p.m. The 12-year-old boy was not injured. http://wreg.com/2014/11/19/woman-shot-multiple-times-in-southeast-shelby-co/

No Photo Available-001Kwang Tae Lee 61 A/M and Richard Kim Dublin CA 49 Aug. 1, 2005 – Alameda County Sheriff’s deputies responded to a domestic disturbance at the home of Kim, a Korean American. They found Kim’s brother-in-law, Kwang Tae Lee, holding a knife. According to a police statement, Lee did not drop the knife after being asked to do so repeatedly by police. Community members said Lee had been drinking and did not speak English. Police shot Lee several times and one of the shots hit and killed Kim, who was standing behind a door nearby. After the shooting occurred, Kim and Lee’s wives were placed in a hotel room and told not to leave. Police officers told the women the next morning that they had to vacate the room if they didn’t pay for it. The police were never charged. http://newamericamedia.org/2010/11/cop-involved-killings-cases-show-just-how-rare-mehserle-sentence-is.php

No Photo Available-001Richard Kim 49 A/M Kwang Tae Lee 61 Dublin CA 49 Aug. 1, 2005 – Alameda County Sheriff’s deputies responded to a domestic disturbance at the home of Kim, a Korean American. They found Kim’s brother-in-law, Kwang Tae Lee, holding a knife. According to a police statement, Lee did not drop the knife after being asked to do so repeatedly by police. Community members said Lee had been drinking and did not speak English. Police shot Lee several times and one of the shots hit and killed Kim, who was standing behind a door nearby. After the shooting occurred, Kim and Lee’s wives were placed in a hotel room and told not to leave. Police officers told the women the next morning that they had to vacate the room if they didn’t pay for it. The police were never charged. http://newamericamedia.org/2010/11/cop-involved-killings-cases-show-just-how-rare-mehserle-sentence-is.php

Jeremy LakeJeremy Lake 19 W/M Tulsa OK Aug. 6, 2014 – Lisa Kepler and Lake were walking back from Guthrie Green and were in the street in front of their home when a black SUV pulled up, and Shannon Kepler stepped out. An argument occurred between Lake and Shannon Officer Kepler who reportedly was with Kepler’s daughter, after he told Kepler that he was her daughter’s boyfriend. Lisa Kepler said her father shouted at her and that as Lake attempted to introduce himself, Shannon Kepler shot Lake. Lake had been shot in the chest and neck from about 3-feet away. Lisa Kepler said she had attempted to stop the shooting but then ran and hid behind a large rose bush in the front yard as her father fired a shot at her that missed and told authorities it was her dad who was the triggerman. Josh Mills, 23, a friend of Lake’s, said he was also at the scene during the shooting. He said Shannon Kepler also fired a shot at Lake’s 13-year-old brother, who was sitting on the front porch. The bullet ricocheted and grazed the boy in the upper arm Shannon Kepler, 54, a 24-year veteran of the Tulsa Police Department, was booked into the Tulsa Jail on first-degree murder and shooting with intent to kill complaints. His wife, Gina, 48, also a Tulsa police officer, was jailed on an accessory to murder. http://www.tulsaworld.com/homepagelatest/police-report-tulsa-officer-fatally-shoots-daughter-s-boyfriend/article_c99c71e0-c77a-5c55-8b6a-30ca3a4f0b84.html

Briana OjedaBriana Ojeda 11 H/F Brooklyn NY Aug. 27, 2010 – Briana Ojeda was suffering an asthma attack on Aug. 27, 2010, as her panicked mother drove the wrong way down Henry St. in Cobble Hill. She was headed toward Long Island University in a desperate attempt to get help for her daughter. Officer Alfonso Mendez pulled her over just three blocks away and refused her request to call an ambulance, the mom said. The cop, instead, began writing her a summons. As little Briana’s condition worsened, the officer ignored the mother’s begging for help. “Mendez refused, stating that he ‘didn’t do CPR,’ The girl later died at the hospital. http://www.nydailynews.com/new-york/brooklyn/family-briana-ojeda-died-asthma-attack-coward-suspended-delaying-girl-hospital-article-1.1139036

Bianca DavisBianca Davis 23 B/F St. Martin Parish LA June 14, 2015 – 18 year old twin brothers have been arrested, accused in a shooting Sunday morning in St. Martin Parish that killed former Ragin’ Cajuns basketball player Bianca Davis. A security guard at the party said he witnessed the shooting and it was a police officer, NOT the Sophus brothers, who shot Davis. “He wasn’t aiming to shoot at anybody,” Dequincy Lewis, security guard at the party, said of the officer he claims fired the fatal shots. “(He came) around the corner shooting wildly thinking he was shooting at the people shooting at that truck but he made a mistake and hit that girl.” Lewis said the officer tried to collect the shell casings so there would not be any evidence. The security guard added there are other people who witnessed what happened who have come forward since he spoke out. http://www.katc.com/story/29326120/two-under-arrest-in-bianca-davis-death

No Photo Available-001Raul Guevara Jr. 30 H/M Los Angeles, CA Jan. 22, 1984 – Guevara Jr. was taken into police custody for possession of stolen property when he allegedly began struggling with Officers who were attempting to recover a telephone receiver he’d snatched off a wall in his cell block. After a taser shock failed to subdue him a jailer used a chokehold across his throat. 4 additional jailer wrestled Guevara to the floor, again placing him in a chokehold while other jailer restrained Guevara with handcuffs and shackles. As he was being loaded onto a gurney Guevara stopped breathing and died. A Los A Los Angeles Police Department review of the incident found that the chokehold was used in violation of department policy. No disciplinary action was taken. The Los Angeles City Council voted to pay $585,000 to settle two lawsuits filed by the family of an inmate at Van Nuys Jail who died after being subjected to a chokehold that was banned from use by police. http://articles.latimes.com/1986-04-03/local/me-2748_1_police-officers

Jermaine BenjaminJermaine Benjamin 42 B/M ((#)) Indian River County FL June 16, 2015 – After frantic 911 calls were made requesting an ambulance and stating a man was “tripping” and “acting crazy.” Deputies arrived on the scene within four minutes to control the scene before paramedics arrived. 42-year-old Jermaine Benjamin was “out of control” when deputies arrived. Family members claim a deputy who was subduing Benjamin put his knee into the back of Benjamin’s neck and kept his face pressed against the ground. “By the time they turned him back over, he was gone,” Benjamin’s cousin, Lateesia Jordan. Deputies performed CPR on Benjamin until paramedics took over and rushed him to the hospital. Benjamin was pronounced dead at the hospital less than an hour later. http://www.wpbf.com/news/tripping-man-dies-after-being-subdued-by-deputies/33612230

Tamra SeidleTamra Seidle 51 W/F Neptune NJ June 18, 2015 – Officer Sergent Phillip Seidle chased his ex wife down as she drove with their 7 year old daughter making her crash into another vehicle. A that point, Phillip Seidle drew his service pistol, a 40 caliber glock, and fired several shots into the side of his ex wifes vehicle. From there Seidle then positioned himself in front of the vehicle and fired several more shots in the windshield while their 7-year old was inside of the car. Tamra Seidle was rushed to the hospital where she was pronounced dead. Officer Phillip Seidle eventually surrendered to law enforcement after attempting to take his own life. The couple has 9 children ranging from ages 7 to 24. Reports are not very clear, as some seem to say that all shots into the car were made before police arrived, while others, and some videos, appear to show that Seidle fired additional shots into the car after having held the gun to his own head after police arrived. http://www.veooz.com/news/2JHCLC7.html

Keaton FarrisKeaton Farris 25 ((#)) W/M Inmate Coupeville, WA April 7, 2015 – Farris was arrested for failure to make a court appearance in connection with a charge of cashing a $350 forged check in January. He had no prior criminal convictions. Farris died of dehydration and malnutrition after spending 13 days in the jail. Originally from Lopez Island, “He died of dehydration. I’m angry at anybody who could have saved his life. Malnutrition and dehydration aren’t quick. He suffered. And that is something I have a really hard time with,” said his mother, Tiffany Ferrians. “It’s agonizing to me to think of what he went through, to my core.” Jail records make it clear Keaton was experiencing extreme mental health problems behind bars. He refused to communicate with jail staff, and a doctor who evaluated him concluded Farris had become “quite psychotic.” But no one communicated to family members that Keaton was suffering from any physical health problems. And the parents were denied visitations with their son. They said jail staff told them a visit would “aggravate” Keaton. Farris’s parents said their son was not given his medications while behind bars. http://www.king5.com/story/news/local/investigations/2015/06/18/island-county-jail-death-keaton-farris/28899369/

Jaquill FieldsJaquill Fields 23 B/M Paterson NJ June 17, 2015 – “We was just walking up the street, a car came and hit us both,” said the victim’s brother Ameem Fields. “Smacked me into the wall, smacked him straight up the street.”was struck crossing the street. He was taken to St. Joseph’s hospital where he died of his injuries. Officer Jose Urena is charged with knowingly leaving the scene of a motor vehicle accident resulting in death. “I couldn’t believe it. I couldn’t believe it. And to find out it’s a Paterson police officer left the scene instead of trying to help him,” said Uncle Henry Mottley. “He couldn’t try to save one more life? He hit two people, and you couldn’t stop to see what’s going on?” Authorities arrested Officer Urena but he is free on bond after pleading not guilty. http://7online.com/news/paterson-officer-arrested-after-deadly-hit-and-run/790125/

No Photo Available-001Richard T. Holcomb 18 Akron, OH May 28, 2005 – Taser death. No additional information
http://truthnottasers.blogspot.com/2008/04/what-follows-are-names-where-known.html

Shawn Watashe 55 Osage Male Osage Nation OK May 1, 2015 – Officer Stewart left the scene of the crash after hitting Watashe, later he returned during the early stages of the investigation and told Tulsa police he was not sure whether he had hit something in the road. Officer Stewart was arrested and booked into the Tulsa Jail about and released about an hour later. http://www.tulsaworld.com/homepagelatest/former-osage-nation-police-officer-charged-in-fatal-hit-and/article_2018b0fd-6d37-5c73-b37a-b7cd8e757dd3.html

Maurice HamptonMaurice Hampton 37 B/M Atlanta GA June 2011 – Maurice Hampton run a stop sign. Hampton then got out of the car and ran, and when Atzert caught him a struggle started. Atzert said Hampton grabbed Atzert’s baton, at which point, Atzert fired. Atzert claims Hampton fled his vehicle on foot and that he gave chase, leading to a physical altercation. Aztert says Hampton grabbed a baton he was beating him with and then continued to run. Atzert then repeatedly shot Hampton in the back as he fled. An eyewitness said Hampton did not have a baton in his hand and was unarmed when Atzert shot him in the back as he fled. However the DA refuses to drop murder charges against cop cleared by grand jury. http://truthvoice.com/2015/06/grand-jury-acquits-atlanta-cop-in-slaying-of-fleeing-black-man/

No Photo Available-001Salvador Zepeda Alarcon 18 H/M Los Angeles CA Nov. 30, 2008 – Alarcon was coming from a party. Deputies Ramos and Manfree, on duty in a marked patrol car, responded to a call of shots fired in the vicinity of Floral Street in East Los Angeles. When the deputies were on Humphreys Boulevard, they saw decedent running in their direction. The deputies stopped their car and exited. The deputies fired their service weapons, killing decedent. The deputies reported that they observed decedent retrieve what appeared to be a handgun from his waistband. Jenni Bravo stated she lived on Humphreys Boulevard and went outside her house at approximately 2:00 a.m. when she heard gunshots. She saw a body lying on the street in front of her house but did not see a gun. She went back in the house to put on a sweater. When she went back outside she saw a gun lying on her front lawn, close to the body. Multiple neighbors witnessed the police kill him and then plant a gun on him. Murdered by the Sheriffs in East Los Angeles in cold blood a block away from his home. http://copwatchlosangeles.blogspot.com/2009/02/press-release-justice-for-salvador.html

Adam BoschAdam Bosch 29 W/M Norco CA July 7, 2013 – Deputy Steve Lycopolus pulled him over at an am/pm gas station. Lycopolus claimed that he opened fire because Bosch was driving toward him and was going to hit him and another deputy on the scene. However gas station surveillance footage shows Bosch was not driving toward a deputy when he was shot. The two deputies involved were on either side of the car, out of danger, and fired from the side and back of the car as it moved away. Deputies tampered with the surveillance video in an attempt to cover up the shooter’s actions. Riverside County will pay $1.5 million to settle a wrongful death lawsuit brought by the family of a man killed by a sheriff’s deputy. http://patch.com/california/lakeelsinore-wildomar/rivco-pay-out-15-million-wrongful-death-suit

Matthew BolickMatthew Bolick 30 W/M ((#)) East Grand Rapids MI Nov. 16, 2009 – Bolick was delusional and hearing voices when he smashed through the front window of his family’s home. Authorities arrived at the behest of Bolick’s father, who feared his son may harm himself, but officers claim Bolick reacted violently to their attempts to defuse the situation that led them to repeatedly use of a taser to subdue him. Bolick soon died inside his parents’ house. The family’s attorney William Mills said police violated Matthew Bolick’s constitutional rights by failing to be prepared to deal with someone suffering an obvious psychotic episode. http://www.mlive.com/news/grand-rapids/index.ssf/2015/03/family_to_settle_taser_death_l.html

Edward BucknerEdward Buckner 53 diabetic ((#)) Chattanooga, TN Nov. 17, 2009 – recently lost his job, his house and he was depressed. He was being treated at Erlanger Hospital for dehydration due to diabetes. After treatment the the folks at Erlanger Hospital were releasing him to Moccasin Bend mental health facility. When it was time to leave, his wife, Alice Buckner, says he told her he just wanted to go home. “He simply did not want to go back to Moccasin Bend,” Buckner says.” Police say while they were trying to put Buckner in the van, he got combative with Erlanger Hospital and Hamilton County corrections officers. They wound up shocking him with a Taser. Once they subdued him, officers then loaded the 53-year-old into the van. But when they got to Moccasin Bend, Buckner was unresponsive. Officers drove him back to Erlanger. He was pronounced dead. Shane Webb, the same officer accused of shocking Buckner with a Taser, was fired in 2005 for using a Taser to stun two people while they were handcuffed.
http://electronicvillage.blogspot.com/2009/12/taser-death-edward-buckner-chattanooga.html

Cau Bich TranCau Bich Tran 25 A/F San Jose CA July 13, 2003 – The police had come to her neighborhood because they had received reports of an unsupervised child in the street. According to one report, Tran had also called 911 because one of her children was locked in a room in her home. Within moments of the arrival of the police, Tran was fatally shot in the chest. She had been gesturing with a vegetable peeler, called a “dao bao,” that is commonly used in Asian cooking, toward the locked bedroom door. The officer thought Tran—who was speaking to him in Vietnamese—was holding the dao bao as a weapon, did not identify himself or ask her to put down the dao bao, and fatally shot her. Tran’s partner was in the same room and witnessed the killing, while her children screamed in the next room. She was 4’9″ tall and weighed less than 100 pounds. The officer was acquitted by the grand jury. The family awarded $1 million http://www.sfgate.com/bayarea/article/SAN-JOSE-1-8-million-settlement-in-killing-by-2558796.php

Rodolfo “Rudy” CardenasRodolfo “Rudy” Cardenas 43 H/M San Jose CA July 2004 – A stakeout team Officer Walker was part of mistook an uninvolved passing driver, Cardenas, for a wanted parole violator, who was said to be using drugs and possessing guns and to have been accused of murder. When the team attempted to stop Cardenas’ SUV so they could question him, he sped away. Cardenas ditched the van in downtown San Jose and fled on foot. Occupying several undercover cars, the team followed in what was described as a “wild, Smokey and the Bandit” pursuit through crowded San Jose streets. The chase ended when Cardenas’ vehicle skidded to a stop across the mouth of an alley that flanked a retirement center. The suspect fled down the alleyway on foot and Walker ran after him. He was gunned down in a downtown San Jose alley— shot in the back— by a state narcotics agent. The agent claimed he thought Cardenas had a gun, but the only weapon they found— a pocket knife— was in his pants pocket. One of his rounds entered the lower right of Cardenas’ back and exited front left. The agent was tried in the killing on voluntary manslaughter charges but was acquitted.
http://newamericamedia.org/2010/11/cop-involved-killings-cases-show-just-how-rare-mehserle-sentence-is.php

No Photo Available-001Abelino Montoya 18 H/M Las Vegas NM Feb. 14, 1998 – Suspected of a traffic violation, Officers Joseph Mantelli and Steve Marquez claimed that after a car chase fired to protect himself and his partner from being rammed by Montoya’s truck , Officers Joseph Mantelli fired a shot. Marquez also fired a single shot that did not strike Montoya. A judge threw out the murder charge against Marquez. Mantelli was convicted of manslaughter and other charges and was sentenced to 12 1/2 years in prison, but a state appeals court threw out the conviction. He later pleaded no contest to manslaughter and was sentenced to time served – about three years. Marquez is now a deputy sheriff; Mantelli is out of law enforcement. Las Vegas paid $4 million in cash and land to Montoya’s family in a settlement.
http://www.sfgate.com/news/article/History-of-recent-cases-of-cops-charged-with-3250914.php

No Photo Available-001Cammerin Boyd 29 B/M San Francisco CA May 5, 2004 – A woman had alleged that Boyd had tried to kidnap her and her child. Police claimed that Boyd, whose legs had been amputated below the knee following a previous car chase by the CHP 11 years earlier, had allegedly pointed a gun at them. But witnesses to the killing said that Boyd had his hands in the air in an attempt to surrender. Officer Timothy Painewas never charged and a federal jury exonerated the city in a wrongful death lawsuit filed by Boyd’s mother and children. http://archives.sfexaminer.com/sanfrancisco/jury-deliberating-on-sfpd-wrongful-death-suit/Content?oid=2151103

Edwin BattagliaEdwin Battaglia 19 B/M Morehouse Parish LA June 22, 2015 – Battaglia had been at the jail for more than week after . He surrendering on bond and booked on synthetic drug charges. He started exhibiting bizarre behavior last night and was placed in a holding cell away from general population where he was monitored on camera and by guards, He became unresponsive Monday morning and an ambulance was dispatched. He was pronounced dead at the prison.
http://www.thenewsstar.com/story/news/local/2015/06/22/morehouse-inmate-dies-monday-prison/29133405/

No Photo Available-001Faith Pines 68 Wash. DC April 28, 2015 – Officer Chatara Sophia Johnson, a security guard licensed by the D.C. police department had initially called police to say that the car involved in the hit-and-run; she’d been using a 1999 Mercedes owned by her brother-in-law, and someone had stolen it from a parking lot . Ms. Pines, who lived in Fort Washington, was leaving United Medical Center and witnesses told police Ms. Pines was hit by a tan Mercedes Benz driving 50 to 55 miles per hour in a 30 mile-per-hour zone. When police told her that the car had been involved in a very serious crash, she said she knew nothing about it. About two hours later, police found the car, parked and unoccupied more than five miles from the site of the crash. The following afternoon, Johnson’s brother-in-law, who owns the car, contacted police to say Officer Chatara Johnson had been driving the car the night before and had hit a pedestrian. Officer Johnson later admitted she had been the driver, and the car had not been stolen. Johnson subsequently confessed to hitting Pines and then driving to a friend’s house. The friend suggested that Johnson claim her car had been stolen. Officer Johnson claims she tried to brake when she saw Pines crossing the street but couldn’t avoid hitting her, then drove off leaving Ms. Pines lying in the road. Ms. Pines died early the next morning of her injuries. http://www.washingtonpost.com/local/crime/dc-special-police-officer-charged-in-fatal-hit-and-run-accident/2015/05/21/24f80e00-fff3-11e4-8b6c-0dcce21e223d_story.html

No Photo Available-001Jimmy Payne Jr. 51 Clayton OH June 30, 2015 – June 13th Officer Mark Gau was leaving a Shell gas station and made a left turn onto Ohio 49 despite the fact there was a “no left turn” sign posted at the driveway where he exited. Officer Gau’s cruiser turned west onto 49 near Hoke Road and collided with the Kawasaki headed east on Ohio 49. The Kawasaki caught fire during the collision. Payne was pronounced dead 17 days later at Miami Valley Hospital.
http://www.daytondailynews.com/news/news/local/man-hit-by-clayton-officer-in-crash-has-died/nmphk/

Spencer Lee McCainSpencer Lee McCain 41 Baltimore MD June 25, 2015 – McCain an “estranged associate” of Shannon Sulton, who lives in the condominium, Sulton’s mother, Rochelle Byrd, placed the 911 call after one of her grandchildren called her. Byrd told The Baltimore Sun that McCain was the father of Sulton’s three children. She said McCain and her daughter had been a couple off and on for years, but McCain “wasn’t that social” and she didn’t know him well. Keith Lewis, who has lived next door for five years, said he has heard yelling and screaming from the home several times, and was awakened by noise early Thursday. “Something hit the wall, I woke up. I heard yelling. The babies were crying. It sounded like begging and pleading. … “Five to 10 minutes later, I saw cruisers. I saw the officers pull up out front. It quieted down, and I drifted back to sleep. Then I heard her yelling again. I heard the door get booted, and then all hell broke loose. I heard probably 10 shots.” McCain was unarmed http://www.baltimoresun.com/news/maryland/crime/blog/bs-md-co-police-involved-shooting-20150625-story.html

Douglas BuckleyDouglas Buckley 45 W/M Stockton CA July 2, 2015 – Buckley was outside his home at just before 1 a.m., when police arrived. His wife had asked for help from officers, saying her husband was intoxicated and making threats. Buckley’s wife, Barbara Buckley told responding officers. Three times “There are BB guns in the house, but they’re toys, they’re fake. They look real, but they’re fake”. As Buckley stood in a side yard, brandishing the two BB guns, two Brockton police officers shot Buckley in the abdomen. He was pronounced dead just after 2 a.m. at Signature Healthcare Brockton Hospital. http://www.wickedlocal.com/article/20150702/NEWS/150708999

Ronald ShoupRonald Shoup 48 W/M ((#)) Inmate DE Feb. 27, 2014 – Shoup was committed to Sussex Correction Institution Feb. 20 following his fifth DUI arrest and other charges. Shoup was going through alcohol withdrawal symptons while in prison and was agitated and uncooperative. Shoup was moved to SCI’s infirmary Feb. 25, and the next day, staff forcibly administered medication because Shoup was agitated and risked hurting himself or the medical staff. At 5 a.m. Feb. 27, a mental health observer checked on Shoup and saw him stop breathing. Medical staff administered CPR; Shoup was taken to Beebe Healthcare where he died at 9:25 a.m.The Medical Examiner has ruled his death a homicide caused by multiple blunt force injuries. His certificate of death reads, “Sustained lethal trauma while being restrained multiple times by prison response team.” http://www.talkdelaware.com/showthread.php?22527-Delaware-inmate-dies-of-beating

Allen K. HernandezAllen K. Hernandez 23 H/M Homedale ID June 25, 2015 – Hernandez walked about a quarter-mile to a River Road home after he was involved in a minor car crash just before 3:30 a.m.. The residents of the house say he let himself in. “He may have knocked, but nobody heard him”. Hernandez asked a man inside the home if he could use the phone. When the man agreed, Hernandez dialed 911, telling a dispatcher he wanted to go home, then hanging up. Hernandez next asked for a ride, and to borrow another resident’s cellphone. The residents said no, and told Hernandez he needed to leave. As the three people who lived in the house walked Hernandez to the door, he darted away from them and tried to retrieve one of the resident’s cellphone. When the residents blocked his path, he grabbed a frying pan from the kitchen and tried to hit a man with it. A fight ensued, and a Homedale Police officer, an Owyhee County deputy and a member of the Owyhee County Posse responded to the house to find the men holding Hernandez down on the ground. The officer, deputy and posse member took over restraining Hernandez, who was still combative. He said the deputy had one knee on Hernandez’s shoulder and was trying to stop him from banging his own head against the kitchen floor. “All of a sudden, there was a big gasp and he stopped breathing in the middle of screaming” . http://www.ktvb.com/story/news/crime/2015/06/25/allen–hernandez-owyhee-sheriff/29283099/

No Photo Available-001Richard T. Holcomb 18 Akron, OH May 28, 2005 – Taser death. No additional information
http://truthnottasers.blogspot.com/2008/04/what-follows-are-names-where-known.html

William Slade SullivanWilliam Slade Sullivan 44 W/M Florence TX Aug.18, 2014 – Sullivan had been drinking at Rick’s Cabaret, a strip club. Sullivan was a longtime “VIP customer,” and employees had taken Sullivan’s keys from him earlier in the evening with the intention of driving him home, but returned the keys so Sullivan could charge his cellphone and call a friend to take him to a nearby hotel. Sullivan’s long-standing and disabling back condition was well known and visible to anyone who looked at him, the lawsuit stated. His handicap placard was displayed on his rearview mirror. Sullivan was sitting in his car March 21 charging his phone when six Round Rock police officers tried to arrest him. Officers pulled their weapons and began yelling, “Get out of the car, Before Sullivan was able to respond, he was forcefully pulled from his vehicle and slammed on the ground, causing injury to his back and spine, which resulted in quadriplegic paralysis. Sullivan was not able to speak and was breathing with a ventilator when he was first hospitalized. His lungs also were filling with fluid. Sullivan became a quadriplegic after multiple officers used “extremely aggressive use of force” during a driving while intoxication arrest March 21 six officers for the large number of injuries Sullivan received. http://kdhnews.com/news/lawyer-florence-man-dies-from-arrest-related-injuries/article_d13c5c94-27f8-11e4-81c1-001a4bcf6878.html

Dale StahlDale Stahl 57 W/M ((#)) Inmate Airway Heights Corrections Center Spokane County Jail WA 2014 WA April 7, 2012 – 1st reprted death in the Spokane County Jail – Stahl was a “brittle diabetic,” someone whose Type 1 diabetes frequently caused large swings in his blood sugar level. He died April 7, 2012, after he was restrained for a long period of time after suffering hypoglycemic shock. Rather than call 911, corrections officers treated it like a behavioral issue. Guards restrained him chest down on the floor with guards holding him down. ix corrections officers got him under control they continued to hold him in the prone position. After 14 minutes of struggling, with their knees pressing down on his back, Stahl went limp. At that point corrections officers called 911, but they continued to hold him on the floor and didn’t attempt to treat him. A jury awarded $8 million to the family. http://www.spokesman.com/stories/2015/apr/18/inmates-family-gets-8-million-jury-award/

No Photo Available-001Unidentified Male Inmate Spokane County Jail WA 2014 – 2nd confirmed death at Spokane County Jail . Several mentions on various newsites but no additional information. http://www.spokesman.com/stories/2015/jun/17/inmate-death-is-third-in-six-weeks-at-spokane/

No Photo Available-001Benites Sichiro 39 Inmate Spokane County Jail WA Jan. 27, 2015 – 1st reported death at Spokane County Jail in 2015 3rd in 2 yrs -Sichiro was booked into jail on January 27th shortly after midnight and at the time had bruising on his face from a pre-arrest assault. On the morning of January 29th , Sichiro began exhibiting signs of alcohol withdrawal and jail medical staff requested he be moved from his second-floor cell to a first-floor cell near the officers’ station where his health could be more closely monitored. Sichiro allegedly refused to exit his cell and fought with corrections officers. He continued to fight and was carried to a new cell. Sichiro again fought with corrections officers, and while they were attempting to restraint him he stopped breathing. Staff claim to have administered CPR until paramedics arrived and the inmate was transported to a local hospital. Sichiro underwent surgery for an internal injury and subsequently died. http://www.khq.com/story/4797501/fbi-investigates-death-of-spokane-county-jail-inmate

John EverittJohn Everitt 46 W/M ((#)) Inmate Spokane County Jail WA May 4, 2015 – 1st death in Spokane County Jail in 2015 4th in 2 yrs. Everitt had a substance abuse problem and had been trying to get jail staff to take him to the hospital so he could receive a narcotic. Jail staff examined him and found no medical issue, and claim Everitt decided to try to make himself pass out so he would have to be taken to the hospital. http://www.spokesman.com/stories/2015/may/13/jail-inmate-dies-shortly-after-arrest/

No Photo Available-001Lorenzo Hayes 37 B/M Spokane County Jail WA May 4, 2015 – 2nd inmate who died the Spokane County Jail in less than 2 weeks 5th in 2 yrs. Stevens in 5 weeks After receiving a report of a man and woman arguing. Police were told the man had possibly hidden a gun. Officers were able to determine there was a domestic violence no-contact order in place and the suspect was in violation of that order. Officers said that the order also made it illegal for the suspect to possess firearms. While en-route to jail, police said the man began kicking, and police notified jail staff that they should “prepare for an uncooperative male,” the news release said. Jail staff took him into the booking area while he was handcuffed. Police said the man still was uncooperative, so jail staff were preparing to place him in a restraint chair when he had a “medical emergency.” he went into cardiac arrest while guards tried to restrain him. Police said the suspect violated the no contact order, but family members disagree saying this was the suspect’s home and that he was not the one who violated it. “He lives here, this is his home. His children live here, the woman had no reason to be here”. http://www.spokesman.com/stories/2015/may/14/spokane-inmate-dies-at-hospital-shortly-after/

No Photo Available-001Scott M. Stevens 53 Spokane County Jail WA June 17, 2015 – 3rd inmate who died the Spokane County Jail in less than 5 weeks 6th in 2 yrs. Stevens was arrested on suspicion of stealing a handbag from a Spokane Valley Mall department store. Stevens died alone in a jail cell Friday night. A corrections officer conducting a cell check found Stevens not breathing and immediately began life-saving efforts which were allegedly unsuccessful. http://www.spokesman.com/stories/2015/jun/17/inmate-death-is-third-in-six-weeks-at-spokane/

Caroline SmallCaroline Small 35 W/F Glynn County GA June 18, 2010 – Dimed in for reportedly using drugs in a mall parking lot days after her divorce was finalized, Small led police on a chase that never exceeded 35 miles per hour. The police lay strips on the ground that punctured and totally deflated her tires. According to the reporting for the story, the police had her trapped. Police cars were on two sides of her car, a utility pole was directly behind her, and a shallow ditch was at another side. She crept forward. Police fired eight bullets. A recording captured officers talked about how true their aim was, how they saw the woman’s head explode. One of the police vehicles that had Small trapped left out, a case of virtual evidence tampering to match the evidence tampering that had happened on the scene. Nothing happened to the police officers.
http://www.nola.com/crime/index.ssf/2015/07/police_shootings_investigation.html

Christian SiqueirosChristian Siqueiros 25 Montclair CA July 3, 2015 – Officers were summoned about someone behaving strangely.Police claim Siqueiros started to fight with officers, forcing them to take him into custody. Soon after, the 25 year old Siqueiros coincidently suffered a heart attack. He was taken to Montclair Hospital Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead. http://www.dailybulletin.com/general-news/20150703/man-dies-while-in-montclair-police-custody

Rashod McNultyRashod McNulty 36 B/M Westchester NY Jan. 29, 2013 – McNulty, who was arrested in a federal drug sweep of dozens of suspected Yonkers gang members, was awaiting sentencing after pleading guilty to a single drug sale. McNulty complains of chest and stomach pains. They chalked his discomfort up to indigestion — he told them he’d eaten raw sausage. And even when he collapsed and was unresponsive on his return to the cellblock, the nurse in charge thought he might be faking. “That’s the oldest trick in corrections,” nurse Paulette Smith was quoted as saying after McNulty stood up when she said he would be going back to the clinic. She sent him into his cell.Cellblock guard Kevin Grant arranges for other correction officers to escort him to booking nurse Josh Boggi who calls Dr. Raul Ulloa to describe symptoms. Ulloa prescribes Zantac and Mylanta. McNulty taken to old jail clinic to receive medication. Tells nurse Paulette Smith while squealing in pain he doesn’t want to die. Returned to booking for monitoring. McNulty indicates he is feeling better. Boggi checks with Smith and she approves his return to cell. McNulty collapses upon returning to cellblock and is unresponsive. Smith and Boggi respond. McNulty gets up when Smith indicates he will go back to clinic. She sends him back to cell instead. Grant does periodic checks of McNulty; the inmate responds each time but indicates he is in pain. An ambulance wasn’t called until more than 40 minutes later, after McNulty was found unconscious on his bed. McNulty does not respond to Grant. Smith returns to cellblock. Begins CPR, requests automated external defibrillato but waits several more minutes before she told anyone to call 911 and asked for an automated external defibrillator.. But even that wasn’t going to save him — the ambulance had to come from Yonkers, so it was more than 25 minutes before a paramedic got to McNulty. Empress dispatches ambulance from Yonkers. The ambulance arrives at the jail. Another paramedic gets to cell. Ambulance leaves jail with McNulty. Ambulance arrives at Westchester Medical Center. McNulty pronounced dead at the hospital. Smith claimed in a report a day after McNulty died that she was never told he had complained of chest pain. But another nurse, Diane Jordan, wrote that she heard McNulty in the clinic complain of “burning in his chest” and talking to the officer and Smith, “at times crying and complaining about his discomfort.” Boggi detailed his account in an email to Alexis Gendell, Correct Care’s health services administrator at the jail. He wrote of feeling uncomfortable with Smith’s decision to return McNulty to the cell after he had collapsed. He wrote that Smith called him at home four hours after McNulty died and reminded him they were all nurses and needed to stick together. When she tried calling him again several times that evening, he didn’t answer. http://www.lohud.com/story/news/local/2015/07/06/rashod-mcnulty-correct-care-solutions-westchester-county-jail-inmate-death-new-york-state-commission-correction/29781597/

William Dale McIntireWilliam Dale McIntire 60 W/M Tampa FL June 28, 2015 – McIntire had just left a nearby bar when he was hit. He said bar patrons who were there told him his father was walking upright and appeared fine. A Tampa police officer was behind the wheel of an unmarked car what authorities have called a hit-and-run accident. Witnesses reported seeing a dark sport utility vehicle hit the man. DNA taken from blood on the bottom of a police car matched that of McIntire. http://www.tampabay.com/news/publicsafety/accidents/tampa-man-says-police-officer-was-driving-car-that-ran-over-his-father/2236686

No Photo Available-001Larry Donnell Gardner 32 B/M Burke County GA Aug. 17, 1984 – A Deputy saw Gardner walking down the street and knew there were active warrants on him. When the deputy approached Gardner ran. When the deputy caught up with Gardner a struggle ensued. During the scuffle the deputy deployed a taser to Gardner. At the County Jail Gardner complained of being hot and short of breath, an ambulance was called but Gardner collapsed and died. Allegedly the taser was found to be inoperable and the coroner claimed Gardner died of sickle cell anemia and hyperthermia. http://truthnottasers.blogspot.com/

Jermaine McBeanJermaine McBean 33 B/M Broward County FL July 31, 2013 – The shooting officer said the 33-year-old computer engineer had nothing in his ears that would have stopped him from hearing the police commands, and the detective in charge of the investigation said police at the scene confirmed McBean was not wearing headphones and and said they were found in his pocket. in May, a photo taken by a witness and only recently disclosed shows McBean was in fact wearing earbuds when he was shot. In addition, another witness — a driver who called 911 in alarm when he saw McBean walking down the street — told NBC News that he never pointed the air rifle at police. Michael Russell McCarthy, 58, said McBean had the Winchester Model 1000 Air Rifle he had just bought at a local pawn shop balanced on his shoulders behind his neck, with his hand over both ends. He was turning around to face police when one officer began shooting, McCarthy said. “McBean couldn’t have fired that gun from the position he was in. There was no possible way of firing it and at the same time hitting something,” McCarthy said. “I kind of blame myself, because if I hadn’t called it might not have happened.” http://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/fbi-reviewing-police-shooting-florida-man-jermaine-mcbean-n388571

No Photo Available-001Dean Bucheit 64 W/M Marina Del Rey CA Feb. 9, 2015 – Bucheit was struck by an off-duty Los Angeles Police Officer driving a bomb squad vehicle on a foggy, unlit stretch of highway. The incident was described by police as an accident and a tragedy. http://www.latimes.com/local/lanow/la-me-ln-lapd-bomb-squad-vehicle-kills-pedestrian-20150209-story.html

Jonathan SandersJonathan Sanders 39 B/M Stonewall MS July 8, 2015 – Sanders was exercising his horses in Stonewall when Officer Kevin Herrington pulled him off and choked Sanders with a flashlight. Sanders’ girlfriend, Charita Kennedy, says Sanders had his horse buggy equipped with the proper lights and wasn’t violating any laws. She says Sanders told the officer he could not breathe after he began choking him, and he died there on the scene. She says then Sanders was taken to the hospital where his family was not allowed to see him. http://www.wtok.com/home/headlines/New-Details-in-Stonewall-Death-Investigation-313047501.html

Michael DonaldMichael Donald 20 B/M Mobile AL 1981 – In 1981 – Josephus Anderson, an African American charged with the murder of a white policeman in Birmingham, was tried in Mobile, where the case had been moved. There were indications that the jury was struggling to reach a verdict. At a meeting on Wednesday, within Unit 900 of the United Klans of America, members complained that having African-American members on the jury was the reason it had not convicted Anderson. Bennie Jack Hays, the second-highest-ranking official in the United Klans in Alabama, said: “If a black man can get away with killing a white man, we ought to be able to get away with killing a black man.” On Friday, a mistrial was declared. That same night Klan members burned a three-foot cross on the Mobile Countycourthouse lawn. After a meeting, Bennie Hays’ son, Henry Hays (age 26), and James Llewellyn “Tiger” Knowles (age 17), armed with a gun and rope, drove around Mobile looking for a black to attack. At random, they spotted Michael Donald walking home after buying his sister a pack of cigarettes. They kidnapped him, drove out to another county and a secluded area in the woods, attacked him and beat him with a tree limb. They wrapped a rope around his neck, and pulled on it to strangle him, before slitting his throat and hanging him from a tree in a mixed neighborhood. Sometimes referred to as the last recorded lynching in the United States because his two attackers hanged his body from a tree. His two attackers were convicted of murder; one was sentenced to death and executed in 1997, and the younger man sentenced to life in prison after pleading guilty and testifying against his partner. Murdered by vigilantes. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Michael_Donald

Roman Duckworth Jr.Roman Duckworth Jr. 28 B/M Taylorsville MS April 6, 1962 – On April 9, 1962, Roman – serving at the time in Maryland – received word his wife was struggling with the birth of Cordero’s younger sister. The Army granted Roman emergency leave. He climbed on a bus, taking one of the front seats. When the bus arrived in Taylorsville, the driver told police a sleeping black man had dared to sit in the front of the bus – a simple measure of convenience and equality that at the time was off-limits for blacks. “The next thing he knows, the police are slapping him in the face to wake him up and dragging him off the bus. They started beating him with billy clubs, and he struggled to protect himself, and he goes down trying to get up to get them off him.” Not far from the bus, Roman Ducksworth was shot to death by Officer Kelly. Ducksworth’s killing was ruled a justifiable homicide and no charges were brought against Officer Kelly. Officer Kelly claimed that he was defending himself from Ducksworth.http://www.syracuse.com/kirst/index.ssf/2013/02/post_429.html

No Photo Available-001Yi Tzu Chen 43 A/F San Jose CA 2001 – Chen was killed by an off-duty San Jose police office when he rammed his cruiser into her stalled car on the freeway in Fremont. The California Highway Patrol reported that the officer was going 86 miles per hour in a 65 mph zone and was primarily at fault. The officer was initially charged with vehicular manslaughter, but police attorneys convinced prosecutors to dismiss charges. Chen’s husband filed a wrongful death lawsuit after the CHP report, but no settlement was made public. http://newamericamedia.org/2010/11/cop-involved-killings-cases-show-just-how-rare-mehserle-sentence-is.php

Larry TrentLarry Trent 54 W/M Inmate Kentucky River Regional Jail Hazard in July 9, 2013 – Trent was in jail on a DUI charge. Video surveillance shows Trent at one point lying in the hallway with a live taser underneath him. Trent sustained “blunt impact” to his head and body. Trent was beaten very bad in the groin, in his head, and he had boot prints across his chest. Deputy Jailers Damon Hickman and William Howell are accused of beating Trent to death. Kentucky River Regional Jail Administrator Tim Kilburn “We do a lot for our community that people don’t realize,” he said. “We don’t want one negative incident to define everybody here at the jail.” “I believe the boys made a mistake. And even them personally, I don’t think you can define those two individuals based on what happened spur of the moment.” http://www.wkyt.com/wymt/home/headlines/Two-years-later-Family-remembers-Eastern-Kentucky-inmate-who-died-in-jail-313041271.html

Frank Jerome SmartFrank Jerome Smart 39 Inmate Allegany PA Jan. 5, 2015 – Smart had been jailed on theft and related offenses
Smart took anti-seizure medication twice daily and called her from the jail to ask for help getting health care workers there to give him the medication.had been lying on the floor, with saliva and blood dripping from his mouth, shortly before he was restrained. “Numerous” times he “resisted [medical workers’] assistance to him” and his behavior became more “aggressive,” according to those records. Ms. Harris has said he was having a seizure at the time.
http://www.post-gazette.com/local/city/2015/07/10/Physical-restraint-cited-in-inmate-s-death/stories/201507090188

Timothy LeiningerTimothy Leininger 27 W/M ((#)) Inmate Allegheny County Jail PA May 15, 2015 – David Yankura, a psychiatrist at Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic, asked Pitt police Officer Mallory Skrbin “what would happen if an individual was charged with terroristic threats,” she wrote in a criminal complaint. Dr. Yankura and a colleague told the officer that Mr. Leininger was brought to Western Psych that day for an evaluation and became “agitated”. The worker reported that Mr. Leininger told him he wouldn’t go to a shelter. “I’m gonna stab Becky, and I’m gonna smash you,” Mr. Leininger said, and “jumped up from the couch, clenched his fists and arms, stepped towards” the worker.” Court records show that Mr. Leininger was evaluated by a psychiatrist a month after the arrest. She cleared him with recommendations, including that he comply with a treatment plan and live with his mother. Efforts to get him out of jail and home pending trial culminated in a hearing. Leininger had been rushed to the hospital, unresponsive and in cardiac arrest after a “medical emergency” at the jail. Died in the same jail as Frank Jerome Smart
http://www.post-gazette.com/local/region/2015/05/22/Allegheny-County-inmate-s-death-is-third-so-far-this-year/stories/201505220234

No Photo Available-001Monty Crawford Jr. 23 ((#)) Inmate Allegheny County Jail PA May 15, 2015 – Died of suspicious circumstances on the same day and jail as Timothy Leininger. http://www.post-gazette.com/local/region/2015/05/22/Allegheny-County-inmate-s-death-is-third-so-far-this-year/stories/201505220234

No Photo Available-001Timothy Haskell 49 West View PA April 9, 2015 – Haskell had been charged with prohibited acts He died of acute peritonitis due to colon perforation, and the death was ruled natural. Died in the same jail as Monty Crawford, Timothy Leininger and Frank Jerome Smart. http://www.post-gazette.com/local/city/2015/07/10/Physical-restraint-cited-in-inmate-s-death/stories/201507090188

Avery Cody Jr.Avery Cody Jr. 16 B/M Los Angeles CA July 5, 2009 – The teen was walking back from lunch at a fast-food restaurant with three friends in July 2009 when two deputies stopped the group. Cody and another boy bolted. Sheriff’s officials say Cody turned mid-sprint and pointed his gun at Reyes before the deputy shot. Though a revolver was recovered at the scene, attorneys for Cody’s family said in court that the gun didn’t belong to Cody, hinting that it was planted. Witnesses in the civil case have testified that they didn’t see Cody holding a gun but say he may have been holding a cellphone. The video, according to the attorney, showed Deputy Sergio Reyes touching Cody’s body after he shot the youth in the back, even though Reyes said in sworn statements that he never touched the body. The surprise evidence was the second instance in which the deputy’s account of the 2009 shooting and its aftermath appeared to be contradicted by video evidence. It is believed the reason gunpowder residue was detected on the teen’s hands was because Reyes rubbed them to make it appear that Cody had been armed. http://articles.latimes.com/2011/jul/04/local/la-me-lasd-shooting-settlement-20110704

Anthony RodriquezAnthony Rodriguez 24 H/M Inmate Alameda County CA May 4, 2015 – Nearly 15 hours after a riot at a Northern California prison, guards found a missing inmate sawed nearly in two, with his abdominal organs and most chest organs removed, his body folded and stuffed into a garbage can in a shower stall a few doors from his cell. after inmates were ordered locked in their cells following a brawl between 58 inmates in his housing unit. Three prisoners and one correctional officer were injured in the fight, and Thornton said an inmate-made weapon was recovered. She declined to describe it. Despite the riot and resulting investigation, Rodriguez was not discovered missing until a head count at 4:30 p.m. Thornton said officials initially assumed he had escaped. Investigators are looking into whether the riot was created to conceal the slaying or allow someone to move the body. Died while in the custody of Police http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2015/07/10/inmate-was-cut-nearly-in-two-nicholas-rodriguez_n_7773774.html

No Photo Available-001José de Jesús Deniz-Sahagún 31 H/M Eloy Detention Center Phoenix AZ June 15, 2015 – Deniz-Sahagú a Mexican national had been transferred to ICE custody after he tried to enter into the United States on May 15. Mexican national who died in custody at Eloy, prompted the protest. Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials issued a statement at the time saying that Deniz-Sahagún was found dead in his cell and did not show signs of injury, but detainees who joined the strike Saturday said guards beat him and locked him up in solitary confinement before he died. Detainees also claim a 4 men died in custody at Eloy since Sept. 30, 2014, but ICE has refused to acknowledge the deaths. “They’re outraged because they’re the ones who heard him scream for mercy” Among those refusing food in protest is Sandra Ojeda’s husband, a migrant from Mexico who was detained at Eloy May 6. Ojeda said her husband could hear Deniz-Sahagún yelling before he died. Several detainees wrote letters in Spanish saying that two men had died rather than one and that Deniz-Sahagún was “brutally beaten” and placed for days in solitary confinement before his death. One letter speculates that Deniz-Sahagún committed suicide after being placed in solitary confinement. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2015/06/13/eloy-hunger-strike_n_7577154.html

Anthony Dewayne WareAnthony Dewayne Ware 35 B/M Tuscaloosa AL July 10, 2015 – A man someone reported a man wanted for attempting to elude police was spotted then ran away from Tuscaloosa Police officers. When police caught up with the suspect in the woods and he resisted arrest. Officers sprayed the suspect with oleoresin capsicum (OC) spray and were able to handcuff him. He collapsed as officers walked him out of the woods. He was given CPR by officers on the scene and medical personnel were called to respond. The man was taken to DCH Regional Medical Center in Tuscaloosa, where he was pronounced dead. http://www.al.com/news/tuscaloosa/index.ssf/2015/07/suspect_dies_after_tuscaloosa.html

Richard KokenosRichard Kokenos 27 Warren, MI Sept. 16, 2011 – Kokenos was reportedly trying to contact his mother via telephone, going from house to house in a neighborhood. When police responded, they say he was slamming his body in a house. Officers handcuffed and placed him in a patrol car. When he attempted to break out of the squad car, one of the officers attempted to stop him by shocking him with a taser gun, according to a television report. http://www.macombdaily.com/articles/2011/09/18/news/doc4e7617e828c67564447672.txt?viewmode=fullstory)

Nicholas KoscielniakNicholas Koscielniak 27 ((#)) W/M Lancaster NY Aug. 30, 2011 – Koscielniak was allegedly involved a violent – disturbance. Police say they arrived and found Koscielniak out of control and assaulting another adult male. An “electronic control device” was used to control his violence, but was unsuccessful. He became unresponsive after being put on an ambulance gurney. He had been put on the gurney for ambulance transport to the hospital for a mental health evaluation. He was pronounced dead in Sisters Hospital St. Joseph Campus, Cheektowaga. He allegedly died from “excited delirium.” http://online.wsj.com/article/AP4df51ca0e8584bc7b2eef77fcee6f701.html

No Photo Available-001Hugh Locklear Jr. 21 Gaston County Jail Inmate NC Aug. 28, 2004 – Prison Health Services, a company contracted by the jail, failed to provide Hugh Locklear Jr., 21, his epileptic-seizure medication and didn’t monitor his condition. Locklear Jr., repeatedly asked for medication to control his epilepsy and never received any. Hugh collapsed in his cell Aug. 28, turned blue and made gurgling sounds. A seizure disorder caused the death of a Gaston County jail inmate according to the state Medical Examiner’s Office., Locklear died later that day at Gaston Memorial Hospital. He was the second Gaston inmate to die at the jail in August raising some questions about the Tennessee-based company that oversees the jail’s medical care. The medical examiner’s report found that “the history of an untreated seizure disorder provides a sufficient cause of death” but that “there is nothing in the history to suggest foul play.” http://www.privateci.org/north_carolina.htm

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Nyal “Bud” Brown 77 W/M Prairie Township OH July 13, 2015 – Deputy sheriff Brian G. Fritz was in an SUV was allegedly driving with lights and siren shortly after 9 a.m. on his way to help another deputy who was chasing a suspected drunken driver when a van driven by Brown pulled in front of the deputy. The impact spun the van and Brown was thrown from his vehicle killing him. http://www.dispatch.com/content/stories/local/2015/07/13/fatal-crash-on-hilltop.html

Malik WilliamsMalik Williams 19 B/M Bergen County NJ Dec. 10, 2011 – Williams turned himself into police about 1:20 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 10, 2011, he may have thought he’d be processed at the police department and released. Williams had learned he was wanted on a warrant for aggravated assault involving his girlfriend. But as police likely told him, he’d be fingerprinted, photographed and sent to the Bergen County jail. As officers continued the booking process, Williams ran out a back door. Officers trailed him to a residential garage. When officers opened the garage door, they found that Williams had armed himself with “tools.” Authorities have not said what type or types of tools Williams had armed himself with. Two officers opened fire, striking and killing the teenager. Here’s what Bergen County Prosecutor John Molinelli released in a statement: The police officers attempted to enter a side door to the garage but found the door to be barricaded shut. The police officers then opened up the bay door and encountered Williams who is alleged to have armed himself with tools, presumed to have been gathered from the garage. Upon encountering Williams with the tools in his hands, the police officers fired at Williams, striking him numerous times. After the killing, Williams’ family announced through their attorney that they planned to file a wrongful death lawsuit. They reached out to the Rev. Al Sharpton for support.
http://morbidnewjersey.com/2011/12/14/malik-williams-garfield/

No Photo Available-001Ricardo Diaz-Zeferino 35 H/M Gardena CA June 2, 2013 – Police responded to a call about a bicycle stolen from outside a CVS drugstore. A police dispatcher mistakenly told officers the crime was a robbery, which typically involves weapons or force. A sergeant responding to the call saw two men riding bicycles near the store. The men were friends of the man whose bike had been stolen and were helping him search for his bike. Mistaking them for the thieves, the sergeant stopped the men. Diaz Zeferino, whose brother owned the stolen bicycle, ran up to join the other two men as police detained them. Diaz Zeferino was struck eight times. The second man shot, Eutiquio Acevedo Mendez, was hit once in the back. The grainy videos, captured by cameras mounted in two patrol cars, show three men mistakenly suspected of stealing a bicycle standing in a street under the glare of police lights. With their weapons trained on them, officers scream at the men to keep their hands up. While two of the men remain motionless, Ricardo Diaz Zeferino appears confused by the officers’ instructions. He drops and raises his arms repeatedly, showing the officers his hands and stepping backward and then forward a few paces. A laser dot from an officers’ pistol can be seen on his shirt. After Diaz Zeferino removes a baseball cap from his head, officers standing to the side of the men unleash a volley of gunfire. The videos show Diaz Zeferino collapsing to the ground, along with one of his friends, who was wounded. Gardena’s attempts to prevent the public from viewing the shooting met with defeat Tuesday, when a federal judge ordered the release of the recordings. The city settled a lawsuit over the shooting for $4.7 million. GRAPHIC VIDEO http://www.latimes.com/local/lanow/la-me-ln-federal-judge-orders-release-of-videos-20150714-story.html#page=1

Nigel SmithDamion Nigel Smith unknown age B/M DeKalb GA Aug. 24, 2006 When Officer Jeff Hittle, who had ONLY graduated from the academy 1o days before stopped Smith in Ellenwood, Smith said he had no driver’s license.”The officer attempted to place the subject into handcuffs, and he pushed the officer and fled on foot,” Grangent said. A backup officer arrived and both officers chased Smith, who turned and confronted them, Grangent said. When Smith refused to obey their orders, the officers subdued him with pepper spray and batons, Grangent said. He said Smith lost consciousness while fire-rescue personnel were evaluating him after he was subdued. Smith was taken to a local hospital, where he later died in the hospital after being hit with a baton and sprayed with pepper spray in August 2006. An officer had chased him on foot after stopping his car. Dies in police custodyhttp://m.ajc.com/gallery/news/local/police0328/gxRr/

Deon StudiemyerDeon Studiemyer 19 B/M DeKalb GA Aug. 2006 – Studiemyer was shot by an off-duty officer who said the young man was breaking into his home was shot to death by an off-duty DeKalb County police officer. http://m.ajc.com/gallery/news/local/police0328/gxRr/

Youwus VilpreYouwus Vilpre unknown age B/M DeKalb GA Oct. 2006 – Officials from law enforcement agencies gatherrd outside the Lithonia apartment where federal agents trying to serve an arrest warrant shot and killed Youwus Vilpre was wanted in connection with robberies and homicides in Florida. Youwus Vilpre was killed near Lithonia after pointing an object at agents. The item turned out to be a shoe. http://m.ajc.com/gallery/news/local/police0328/gxRr/

Larry Bernard Pitts IILarry Bernard Pitts II 22 B/M DeKalb GA Aug. 15, 2006 – Shot 19 times. DeKalb County Police crime scene investigator Greg Waters was fired from the DeKalb County Police on April 17 for stealing $200 in cash that was found at the scene and mishandling of money found at a crime scene but he will not face criminal charges. http://larrypittsfoundation2006.org/home0.aspx

No Photo Available-001Judy McDaniel Woodle 41 Inmate Guilford County Jail NC April 30, 2007 – Woodle died inside her cell from what was determined to be a strangulated left femoral hernia. She had spent six days in jail awaiting trial on petty theft charges and was taking anti-diarrheal and pain medication for what was thought to be an ovarian cyst. Steve Bowden, an attorney for Woodle’s family, said the matter was resolved this week. “I’m not allowed to reveal the terms. I’m just happy the family was able to get this resolved”. The family reached a settlement with the national company that provides health care to inmates. Neither the attorney representing the family of Judy McDaniel Woodle nor a spokeswoman with Prison Health Services would discuss details of the settlement. http://www.privateci.org/north_carolina.htm

Makiah and Michaelangelo JacksonMakiah Jackson 3 and brother Michaelangelo Jackson 6 Decatur GA June 24, 2015 – Officers Richard Billingslea, Steven Fultz, and Hakeem Patterson were right on the rear of Lorennzo Harris vehicle when the police car bumped their tail a little bit, and the car flew up in the air,” a direct eyewitness standing with Makiah at the time told VOD during a community vigil June 26. “There was no need for the police to be that close. I yelled ‘WATCH OUT’ but it was too late. When the car hit them, both of them just looked at me. They screamed. It just keeps re-playing in my head.” Coincidently the dashboard camera in the police car was mysteriously not operable, even though the cops were “Special Ops,” and that police were not able to find a gun they claimed they saw in the car being chased. http://usatoday30.usatoday.com/news/nation/2008-07-17-400436623_x.htm

Makiah and Michaelangelo JacksonMichaelangelo Jackson 6 and sister Makiah Jackson 3 Decatur GA June 24, 2015 – – Officers Richard Billingslea, Steven Fultz, and Hakeem Patterson were right on the rear of Lorennzo Harris vehicle when the police car bumped their tail a little bit, and the car flew up in the air,” a direct eyewitness standing with Makiah at the time told VOD during a community vigil June 26. “There was no need for the police to be that close. I yelled ‘WATCH OUT’ but it was too late. When the car hit them, both of them just looked at me. They screamed. It just keeps re-playing in my head.” Coincidently the dashboard camera in the police car was mysteriously not operable, even though the cops were “Special Ops,” and that police were not able to find a gun they claimed they saw in the car being chased. http://usatoday30.usatoday.com/news/nation/2008-07-17-400436623_x.htm

No Photo Available-001Yolanda Patterson 28 Inmate Gastonia NC Oct. 2004 – Yolanda Patterson died of a cocaine overdose, an autopsy determined. She went into cardiac arrest at the jail. The State Bureau of Investigation is still looking into the two deaths. The jail’s medical care is provided by Prison Health Services of Brentwood, Tenn., which has come under fire in other states. The company has been criticized in two reports by New York state in recent years, and last week, Florida’s Palm Beach County terminated a contract with PHS. Gaston officials renewed the county jail’s contract in late August. They said they weren’t aware of PHS’s troubles in other states but have been satisfied with the level of care it has provided. http://www.privateci.org/north_carolina.htm

Deng ManyounDeng Manyoun 35 B/M Louisville KY June 13, 2015 – Officer Nathan Blanford pulled over and spoke briefly with Manyoun who started to walk off, then supposedly grabbed a metal flagpole, lunged toward the officer and started swinging. The officer stepped backward and ordered the man to drop the pole. But he continued to swing. The officer fired two shots in self-defense. The man was taken by ambulance to the University of Louisville Hospital, where he later died. Kenneth Williams, who was questioned by police and said he was an eyewitness to the altercation, and Manyoun did not swing the pole at the officer. Others at the scene, who refused to give their names, repeated the same story. Williams said the officer had his hand on his gun while questioning the suspect and he thinks the officer made the man feel threatened shortly before the man picked up the pole. “I’d feel scared too if he was trying to talk to me with his hand on his gun”. Multiple witness corroborated Williams statement. http://gazette.com/officer-fatally-shoots-man-swinging-flag-pole-in-louisville/article/feed/243327

No Photo Available-001Abraham Sanchez 33 H/M Lynwood CA Oct. 18, 2008 – Police claimed Sanchez “reached for his waistband,” then said “a jagged, 8-inch piece of concrete was recovered at the scene.” Detectives investigating the officer-involved shooting reported that two deputies assigned to the Century station had been flagged down by an informant who told them someone was breaking into a nearby business. Once at the location, investigators said the deputies told them that they found the front window broken. At that point, the deputies said they called for backup. During this time a male Hispanic suspect exited the front of the business through the broken window”. When the deputy ordered the suspect to stop, they claim Sanchez quickly reached into his waistband and began removing what appeared to be a weapon. Sanchez, who had been shot in the torso, was taken to a hospital, where he was pronounced dead early the next morning.http://www.youth4justice.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/09/LA-County-Law-Enforcement-Use-of-Force-2007-2014-Final.pdf

Joe CharboneauJoe Charboneau 31 Sioux Male Spirit Lake Nation Fort Totten ND June 18, 2015 – Charboneau’s mother, Alverda Charboneau, said she was told police were responding to a report of drugs. But she said she still doesn’t know why police pulled the trigger. Turned over to the FB http://www.wdaz.com/news/crime/3768448-update-officer-involved-shooting-spirit-lake-nation

Fritz SevereFritz Severe 46 B/M Miami FL June 11, 2015 – Information given to the officer on the phone was that the homeless man was armed with a metal object. Witness Natalia Zea “there was a confrontation with two officers and a homeless man, and that one officer shot the man five times when the homeless man wouldn’t drop a metal stick he was holding. The man shot by the officer, witnesses said, did not lunge at the officers but would not drop the stick when he was asked. The shooting happened in front of 50 kids and that many started “hollering, screaming and running.” The man was transported from the scene to Jackson Memorial Hospital. The Florida Department of Law Enforcement, the lead agency in the investigation have approximately 40-60 witnesses. http://miami.cbslocal.com/2015/06/11/witnesses-police-officer-shoots-homeless-man-five-times-in-miami/

Sandra BlandSandra Bland 28 BF Waller County Texas July 13, 2015 – Bland was pulled over Friday for improper signaling a lane change, according to Waller County Sheriff’s Department officials. They say she was charged with “Assault on a Public Servant” and taken into custody by a Texas Department of Public Safety trooper. “After he pulled her out of the car, forced her and tossed her to the ground, knee to the neck, and arrested her,” says her friend Malcom Jackson. Bland’s friends say she had been with her family in suburban Chicago over the July 4th holiday, and drove to Texas for a job interview at her alma mater, Texas Prairie View A & M. Family members say she got the position and was to begin working in student outreach today. In the video of the arrest, an officer is heard telling the bystander taking the video to leave. In the video he shot, Bland is heard saying, “You just slammed my head into the ground. Do you not even care about that? I can’t even hear!” Then, as she is taken into custody, she repeats, “You slammed me into the ground and everything.”Bland was found dead in a Waller County, Texas, jail cell on Monday at 9 a.m. after being arrested for allegedly assaulting a police officer during a routine traffic stop, the I-Team has learned. Authorities say her death appears to be suicide. Her friends and relatives say they do not believe the official version of what happened and say this is a case of foul play in a county with a history racial intolerance. Video of Bland’s arrest. The video shows police on top of Bland, who is on the ground with several officers restraining her as she questions why they are being so rough. The video was shot by a bystander Friday morning, three days before she died in police custody. Police claim Bland died by “self-inflicted asphyxiation” and found her hanging in the jail cell. http://abc7chicago.com/news/road-trip-for-suburban-woman-ends-in-jailhouse-death/853139/

Adam ColliersAdam Colliers 25 W/M Snohomish County WA Sept. 4, 2010 – Officer Whipple got there first and saw Colliers standing in the doorway of a house, wearing shorts and a tank top. Colliers yelled something and ran toward him. Whipple didn’t understand and told him to stop, but Colliers was still running, flailing his arms, and making “some statement about the devil.” Whipple ordered Colliers to sit, which he did, in the middle of the street, where he continued to speak incoherently and move from side to side. Whipple called Officer McGee and told him he thought Colliers was having a bad reaction to drugs. He then ordered Colliers to lie on his stomach and put his hands out to the sides. Colliers lay on his stomach but didn’t put his hands out. McGee arrived and reported seeing Colliers had glazed eyes and foam at the edges of his mouth, and he was unintelligible. The two tried to cuff the young man, but he resisted, pulling his arms away. So McGee deployed a taser into Colliers’ chest. Colliers screamed and still struggled, lying on the ground and putting one arm out instead of both, and fighting the attempt to cuff him, so McGee deployed the taser again. That didn’t work either, and the officer threatened to use the taser a third time if he didn’t take his hands out from under his body and place them behind his back. McGee said Colliers was acting as if the officers “were not even there.” When McGee thought it looked like Colliers was going to try to stand up, he put his knee on Collier’s back and applied the taser directly to his body. This time it seemed to work. McGee got the arm out from under Colliers’ body, punched him with a closed fist three times in the ribs, and the two officers called to report the use of the taser. Then they noticed that Colliers wasn’t breathing. They rolled him over and administered CPR, but Colliers was pronounced dead at Valley General Hospital. An autopsy concluded that he’d died of heart attack. http://www.monroemonitor.com/2013/09/03/mother-of-man-killed-in-2010-taser-incident-sues-county/

No Photo Available-001Adam Perez 31 H/M Harlem NY Nov. 18, 2005 – An NYPD cruiser struck and killed Perez a pedestrian early morning in Harlem, while the police car was rushing to a report of an officer in trouble. The marked police car hit Perez with such force he dented the hood and smashed the windshield. Perez was pronounced dead at St. Luke’s Hospital less than a half-hour after the collision. Adam Perez lived a block away from the accident. http://www.keepandbeararms.com/news/nl/display_day_archive.asp?d=11%2F19%2F2005

MerleMerle “China” Africa 40 B/F Political Inmate Cambridge Springs DOC Pittsburgh PA March 13, 1998 – Merle and the other MOVE 9 prisoners–Debbie, Janine, Janet, Delbert, Phil, Mike, Chuck and Edward Africa–were imprisoned almost 20 years ago for a crime they did not commit. On August 8, 1978, hundreds of heavily armed police attacked a MOVE house located in the Powelton Village section of Philadelphia. They pumped thousands of gallons of water and tear gas into the house and opened fire on the MOVE members inside, trying to force them out. During the hail of police gunfire, cop James Ramp was killed with a single bullet in his back. Nine members of MOVE–who became known as the MOVE 9–were framed for the murder of this cop. And each was sentenced to 30 to 100 years in prison. Merle Africa and the other MOVE 9 are on the list of political prisoners for the Jericho ’98 Amnesty Campaign. Prison administrators first claimed she died of “tumors.” They later revised the reason for her death to “natural causes.” http://revcom.us/a/v19/940-49/949/merle.htm

Travis O’Neill AllenTravis O’Neill Allen W/M Bellaire TX July 15, 1995 – In the early morning of July 15, the Bellaire Police Department received a 911 call about a possible intruder at 4407 Acacia, Bellaire, Texas. When three police officers they claim to have discovered Travis within the residence lying on the ground, bleeding profusely. At that time, one of the officers, Daniel Shelor, departed, leaving only Leal and Upshaw. Travis subsequently was shot in the back by Leal and died from this injury. http://www.leagle.com/decision/199897227FSupp2d945_1876

Charles David MarshallCharles David Marshall 49 ((#)) Houston TX June 21, 2015 – Marshall was allegedly threatening to kill himself when police arrived as his residence. Police say when they made contact with Marshall he was holding a power drill and threatening to commit suicide. Marshall is alleged to have refused to drop the power drill, instead walking towards officers. Police shot Marshall multiple times and he died at the scene. http://theantimedia.org/every-person-killed-by-american-police-in-the-month-of-june/

No Photo Available-001Bruce Seward 42 ((#)) Hayward CA May 28, 2001 – Seward, a car salesman, was naked on a bench and had appeared unconscious at first, but he woke up and grabbed the officer’s nightstick. According to police, the officer pepper-sprayed Seward twice, but to no effect, then shot him once in the chest when the man continued to brandish the nightstick. Seward was taken to Eden Medical Center in Castro Valley with a gunshot wound in the chest. He was pronounced deadThe officer, an eight-year BART veteran who formerly worked as an Alameda County sheriff’s deputy and an East Bay Regional Park police officer, was cleared of wrongdoing by the department. http://newamericamedia.org/2010/11/cop-involved-killings-cases-show-just-how-rare-mehserle-sentence-is.php

Lucilla Chila AmayaLucilla “Chila” Amaya 35 San Francisco CA March 7, 1998 – The call to the Police was a non-emergency call for aid. The father and niece were safely locked in a bedroom and her brother was outside trying to assist with a peaceful end when the shots were fired. Chila was shot through a locked wrought iron security screen door 5 times because Cpl. Richard Tod Woodward believed she was going to kill everyone in the house. He had been on duty almost 13 hours and on the scene less than ten minutes. The Police had declined several suggestions made by Chila’s brother. She was in her own home and the family feared she may intentionally harm herself. She cried and screamed as she was overwhelmed with emotion. Not recognizing this as a human emotion or a human right, Cpl. Woodward shot and killed
http://redwoodcurtaincopwatch.net/files/StolenLivesPHOTOS.pdf

William Dale JeffriesWilliam Dale Jeffries 57 W/M Weston WV July 17, 2015 – Weston police officer Eric Riddle responded to a complaint from a woman saying a man was urinating around her place of business. Riddle arrived to find 57-year-old William Jeffries intoxicated. Riddle reportedly asked Jeffries to submit to a breath test, but Jeffries refused and leaned against the police cruiser. According to Weston Police department Chief Randall Posey, Riddle decided he needed to get Jeffries under control. But when he tried to do so, Jeffries jerked away and a scuffle ensued that ended with Jeffries hitting his head on the police cruiser. His neck was fractured. EMS transported him to Stonewall Jackson Memorial Hospital and then to Ruby where he died 16 days later. http://www.wdtv.com/wdtv.cfm?func=view&section=5-News&item=EXCLUSIVE-Weston-Man-Dead-Police-Officer-on-Administrative-Leave-24479

Howard Robert RobbinsHoward “Robert” Robbins 69 W/M Lincoln County KY Jan. 16, 2015 – Robbins died after a police cruiser hit him as he walked along a Lincoln County highway as he was going to a friend’s house across the road. Stanford officer Travis Richardson was on his way in to start his night shift, the veteran cop’s cruiser collided with Robbins.
http://www.lex18.com/story/27867821/pedestrian-dies-after-police-cruiser-hits-him-in-lincoln-county

Kindra Darnell ChapmanKindra Darnell Chapman 18 B/F Inmate Homewood City Jail AL July 14, 2015– Police claim Chapman stole a cell phone from another individual on the street. Chapman was last seen alive at 6:30 p.m on Tuesday, when staff conducted an initial welfare check. At 7:50 p.m., just over an hour after she was booked into the facility. Jailers returned to find Chapman unresponsive and authorities claim she hanged herself. She was later pronounced dead at a local hospital. Sept. 3, 2015 Officer Stephen Rankin was indicted on a first-degree murder charge The 18-year-old was the second unarmed man shot dead by Rankin in Portsmouth. An autopsy indicated Chapman was not shot at close range. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/kindra-chapman-death_55a9063fe4b04740a3dfa844?

No Photo Available-001Gregory Hooper 37 B/M San Francisco CA Feb. 2, 2002 – An off-duty officer got into a fistfight with Hooper, a street vendor who had turned his life around after a stint in state prison. Eyewitnesses reported that after the fight ended, the officer shot the unarmed Hooper four times in the chest at point-blank range. At least three witnesses told the San Francisco Chronicle that the officer—who had a record of off-duty misconduct, having been cited previously by the Office of Citizen. No charges were brought. http://newamericamedia.org/2010/11/cop-involved-killings-cases-show-just-how-rare-mehserle-sentence-is.php

Johnny Ray AndersonJohnny Ray Anderson 43 B/M Los Angeles July 6, 2015 – Anderson’s wife, Kathleen Anderson, said she and her husband had been squatting in the abandoned home behind the yard where the fatal shooting happened, and that he jumped the fence into the yard because he didn’t want deputies to see him. Residents at the home reported a man was knocking on their door trying to get inside. Kathleen Anderson said he had been fixing a bicycle shortly before the shooting and that he did not have a weapon on him at the time of the incident. http://ktla.com/2015/07/06/alleged-prowler-who-was-possibly-unarmed-is-fatally-shot-by-sheriffs-deputies-in-hawaiian-gardens/

No Photo Available-001Dario ‘Chi Chi’ Tena 45 H/M Yonkers NY March 21, 2014 – Eight Yonkers cops crowded onto the narrow landing outside Apt. 3 on the top floor of 141 School St. It was just before 8 pm, and they were about to execute a search warrant targeting a suspected drug dealer. It was a seemingly routine raid that turned anything but ordinary. Moments after police busted down the door, the tenant lay dying four stories below. Within weeks, the lies two of the officers had told to get the warrant were uncovered by Internal Affairs. And a year later, those cops’ law enforcement careers ended after they pleaded guilty to perjury. The only officer who saw Tena’s fatal exit out the bedroom window was Neil Vera, the admitted perjurer whose rogue investigation led to the ill-fated raid. “As I reached the rear bedroom doorway I observed the same Hispanic male that was running in the hallway extend his arms straight out and leap out the bedroom window,” Vera wrote in his report six days after the incident. “I yelled. ‘He jumped out the back window’.” Tena suffered skull and rib fractures and a severe cut to the back of his head when he landed in the rear yard 32 feet below. He was pronounced dead more than an hour later at St. Joseph’s Medical Center in Yonkers. Authorities admit the police did not have Tena’s name before they raided the apartment; that the target of the raid had been a Richie Polanco. Medical examiners seemed to rely on that account when initially ruling the death a suicide. The autopsy report reveals the word “suicide” crossed out, replaced by “unknown circumstances”. Next to that were the initials KA, for Chief Medical Examiner Kunjlata Ashar, and the date 10-14-14 – a week after the officers were indicted. http://www.lohud.com/story/news/investigations/2015/07/17/dario-tena-fatal-fall-mystery/30236581/

Woodrow Player IIIWoodrow Player III 22 B/M Los Angeles CA July 13, 2009 – Player III was shot several times by Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department deputies and died on July 10 in the 11200 block of Berendo Avenue in Westmont.
Civil rights leaders called for a federal investigation. Player was shot as he ran from deputies in the 11200 block of Berendo Avenue about 8:45 p.m. Friday, authorities said. Investigators said they recovered a gun from Player’s car, but witnesses said he was unarmed when deputies shot him in the back. http://homicide.latimes.com/post/woodrow-player-iii/

No Photo Available-001Walter William DeLeon 48 H/M Los Angeles CA June 19, 2015 – The victim was allegedly trying to flag down officers with the LAPD’s Security Services Department on Los Feliz Boulevard. Officers said the man had a towel wrapped around his arm as if he needed help. When they pulled over to investigate, the unidentified man extended his arm toward the officers. The officer exited the vehicle and quickly said, ‘drop the gun, drop the gun’ and an officer involved shooting occurred. A passing motorist recorded police arresting the man, who appears to be bleeding from the head, and posted the video online. The officers are seen turning over his body, revealing a massive amount of blood on the back of his head and clothing. Instead of providing medical assistance, they are seen handcuffing him. Police are attempting to claim DeLeon was doing a suicide by cop but the family says otherwise. Walter DeLeon SURVIVED SHOT IN HEAD BY LAPD OFFICER IN LOS FELIZ SPEAKS OUT
DeLeon is alive after being in a two-week coma and undergoing nine surgeries. Now he has a permanent disability. The 49-year-old handyman was out for a walk along Los Feliz Boulevard. Officers said he looked like he was hiding a gun. “Our initial statement was that Mr. DeLeon approached the police car in an aggressive manner with his hands, or hand, wrapped in a piece of cloth,” LAPD Cmdr. Andrew Smith said. “How threatening can I be toward them with a bottle of water and a towel?” supporting witnesses” He was nowhere near these cops. He was not doing anything provocative,” “And then during that time, I needed help and I was going to ask the police something and I had the towel to dry my forehead,” he said. The former handyman lost one eye and his hearing in one ear is gone. “He can’t go to the restroom by himself. He can’t feed himself. He can’t dress himself,”
http://abc7.com/news/man-survives-shot-in-head-by-lapd-officer-in-los-feliz-speaks-out/1024019/
http://ktla.com/2015/06/19/man-shot-during-confrontation-with-police-in-quiet-los-feliz-neighborhood/

No Photo Available-001John Lindsey Myers 15 B/M Troutman NC Dec. 29, 2003 – John Lindsey Myers 15 B/M – David Wayne Summers 14 B/M – Quentin Maurice Reed 18 B/M – Antonio Miller 13 B/M – Domnick Hurtt 17 B/M – Erica Stevenson 15 B/F – Antoinette Griffin 13 B/F Officer Keith Bills began chasing a 2001 Dodge Intrepid after he saw it weaving in its lane on U.S. Highway 21. The chase ended just after midnight when the car, which had allegedly been stolen hit an embankment, flipped and landed in a creek. The pursuit was captured on a video camera installed in Officer Bills’ patrol car. All seven teens died. http://www.cbsnews.com/news/cops-7-teens-killed-in-stolen-car/

No Photo Available-001David Wayne Summers 14 B/M Troutman NC Dec. 29, 2003 – John Lindsey Myers 15 B/M – David Wayne Summers 14 B/M – Quentin Maurice Reed 18 B/M – Antonio Miller 13 B/M – Domnick Hurtt 17 B/M – Erica Stevenson 15 B/F – Antoinette Griffin 13 B/F Officer Keith Bills began chasing a 2001 Dodge Intrepid after he saw it weaving in its lane on U.S. Highway 21. The chase ended just after midnight when the car, which had allegedly been stolen hit an embankment, flipped and landed in a creek. The pursuit was captured on a video camera installed in Officer Bills’ patrol car. All seven teens died. http://www.cbsnews.com/news/cops-7-teens-killed-in-stolen-car/

No Photo Available-001Quentin Maurice Reed 18 B/M Troutman NC Dec. 29, 2003 – John Lindsey Myers 15 B/M – David Wayne Summers 14 B/M – Quentin Maurice Reed 18 B/M – Antonio Miller 13 B/M – Domnick Hurtt 17 B/M – Erica Stevenson 15 B/F – Antoinette Griffin 13 B/F Officer Keith Bills began chasing a 2001 Dodge Intrepid after he saw it weaving in its lane on U.S. Highway 21. The chase ended just after midnight when the car, which had allegedly been stolen hit an embankment, flipped and landed in a creek. The pursuit was captured on a video camera installed in Officer Bills’ patrol car. All seven teens died. http://www.cbsnews.com/news/cops-7-teens-killed-in-stolen-car/

No Photo Available-001Antonio Miller 13 B/M Troutman NC Dec. 29, 2003 – John Lindsey Myers 15 B/M – David Wayne Summers 14 B/M – Quentin Maurice Reed 18 B/M – Antonio Miller 13 B/M – Domnick Hurtt 17 B/M – Erica Stevenson 15 B/F – Antoinette Griffin 13 B/F Officer Keith Bills began chasing a 2001 Dodge Intrepid after he saw it weaving in its lane on U.S. Highway 21. The chase ended just after midnight when the car, which had allegedly been stolen hit an embankment, flipped and landed in a creek. The pursuit was captured on a video camera installed in Officer Bills’ patrol car. All seven teens died. http://www.cbsnews.com/news/cops-7-teens-killed-in-stolen-car/

No Photo Available-001Domnick Hurtt 17 B/M Troutman NC Dec. 29, 2003 – John Lindsey Myers 15 B/M – David Wayne Summers 14 B/M – Quentin Maurice Reed 18 B/M – Antonio Miller 13 B/M – Domnick Hurtt 17 B/M – Erica Stevenson 15 B/F – Antoinette Griffin 13 B/F Officer Keith Bills began chasing a 2001 Dodge Intrepid after he saw it weaving in its lane on U.S. Highway 21. The chase ended just after midnight when the car, which had allegedly been stolen hit an embankment, flipped and landed in a creek. The pursuit was captured on a video camera installed in Officer Bills’ patrol car. All seven teens died. http://www.cbsnews.com/news/cops-7-teens-killed-in-stolen-car/

No Photo Available-001Erica Stevenson 15 B/F Troutman NC Dec. 29, 2003 – John Lindsey Myers 15 B/M – David Wayne Summers 14 B/M – Quentin Maurice Reed 18 B/M – Antonio Miller 13 B/M – Domnick Hurtt 17 B/M – Erica Stevenson 15 B/F – Antoinette Griffin 13 B/F Officer Keith Bills began chasing a 2001 Dodge Intrepid after he saw it weaving in its lane on U.S. Highway 21. The chase ended just after midnight when the car, which had allegedly been stolen hit an embankment, flipped and landed in a creek. The pursuit was captured on a video camera installed in Officer Bills’ patrol car. All seven teens died. http://www.cbsnews.com/news/cops-7-teens-killed-in-stolen-car/

No Photo Available-001Antoinette Griffin 13 B/F Troutman NC Dec. 29, 2003 – John Lindsey Myers 15 B/M – David Wayne Summers 14 B/M – Quentin Maurice Reed 18 B/M – Antonio Miller 13 B/M – Domnick Hurtt 17 B/M – Erica Stevenson 15 B/F – Antoinette Griffin 13 B/F Officer Keith Bills began chasing a 2001 Dodge Intrepid after he saw it weaving in its lane on U.S. Highway 21. The chase ended just after midnight when the car, which had allegedly been stolen hit an embankment, flipped and landed in a creek. The pursuit was captured on a video camera installed in Officer Bills’ patrol car. All seven teens died. http://www.cbsnews.com/news/cops-7-teens-killed-in-stolen-car/

Jarmaine DardenJarmaine “DJ” Darden 34 Fort Worth TX May 16, 2013 – SWAT men in helmets and black uniforms sprinted through the yard with shotguns and pistols already drawn. A cop with a large steel battering ram instantly went to the front door and smashed it in without hesitation. From a first-person perspective, the video shows cops running into the home, aggressively screaming and aiming guns. In a video obtained by WFAA, an officer holding a shotgun literally sweeps his barrel past everyone he sees in the living room. First a large man sleeping on the couch, then a tiny female child dressed in blue, a woman in purple, and three men seated at a round table. Darden had been startled awake by the intrusion, received particular attention from police. Darden, a large man who weighed over 300 pounds, was having physical difficulties after being forced to the ground with several officers on top of him. He was physically unable to breathe in that position due to his asthma condition, heart disease, and the weight of the police officers. “They physically pulled him off the couch because, he was asleep,” explained his mother, Donna Randle. “They pulled him off the couch and they tried to put him on his stomach. He can’t breathe on his stomach. He don’t even lie on the bed on his stomach.” Officers characterized his futile struggle to breathe as being “met with resistance.” At least five officers piled on top of him, exacerbating his breathing problem. Video also shows Mr. Darden being tasered at least twice, not because officers feared for their safety, but as a compliance tool. His body was painted with red laser dots, before a pop was heard as the sharp prongs of the device were thrust into his flesh. Sixteen seconds later, police jolted him again. Each jolt lasted for 5 seconds. Witnesses said he was not resisting at all, only trying to breathe. “He had his hands behind his back the whole time. But me and about five other people were hollering the whole time, ‘He cannot breathe like that. Please handcuff him on his side. But they ignored us and Tased him.” They sat in the ambulance about 10 minutes before it moved. And then it rolled away, no lights, no sirens.” Darden was pronounced dead at the hospital. It took months for the medical examiner to declare an official cause of death. It was announced Darden died of “natural causes.” No culpability was placed on the officers’ use of force or the multiple electrical shocks. Officially, it was just a coincidence that he died during the raid. http://www.policestateusa.com/2014/jermaine-darden-swat-raid/

No Photo Available-001Robert Kenkel 38 ((#)) O’Fallon MO June 22, 2015 – Police were called to a home because a man was standing in the street yelling for the police to be called. When officers arrived the man’s mother said she was concerned for both of their safety because he was acting very paranoid, having hallucinations, exhibiting signs of manic behavior and speaking incoherently at times, Kenkel told police he would go to the hospital for an evaluation. When medics arrived to transport the man, he voluntarily got into the ambulance but fled as the ambulance was traveling down the road. Officers began looking for the man and heard him screaming “help me” but he ran from police. Kenkel was found in rear yard of a home. According to police, the man was acting paranoid and as though he would assault the officers. Officers ordered the man to the ground and he complied. While officers were attempting to handcuff him, police claim, he began trashing and violently kicking at the officers. The officers attempted to calm him down. According to police, the man, who had not yet been identified, suddenly became quiet and ceased resistance. Officers put him on his side but he was not responding. Kenkel did not have a pulse and CPR was started by police. Medics responded to the scene and transported him to the hospital, where he was later pronounced dead. According to medics, when they originally arrived on the scene they noticed the man had an increased heart rate while in a resting position.
http://www.kmov.com/story/29378460/autopsy-results-pending-for-man-who-died-while-resisting-arrest-police-say

Willie SamsWillie Sams 21 B/M Miami-Dade FL Feb. 5, 2014 – Just before 1 a.m. Police responding to a domestic dispute call jolted Sams with a Taser. An hour later, doctors at Northshore Medical Center pronounced Sams dead. An encounter occurred between the officers and Mr. Sams. The officers deployed an electronic control device, striking Mr. Sams. [Miami-Dade Fire Rescue] was called to the scene and Mr. Sams was taken to North Shore Hospital, where he was pronounced deceased. The medical examiner’s office said it continues to wait on blood work and toxicology findings before determining a cause of death. http://www.miamiherald.com/news/local/community/miami-dade/article1960861.html

Desmond RudolphDesmond Rudolph 18 B/M Louisville KY May 1999 – Rudolph by white male LMPD officers Chris Horn and Paul Kincade for no apparent got the KKK out to celebrate the success of Louisville’s finest. Desmond Rudolph was shot at 22 times, hit 10 times, from the back, with 6 bullets exploding in his head, with all bullets being fired by both Chris Horn and Paul Kincade’s guns. Rudolph was shot up while he was driving his own Chevrolet Blazer, driving away in an alley. The Chevrolet Blazer eventually stops running in a ditch against a telephone pole in that alley. Rudolph died 4 days later. http://thekentuckyrevolution.blogspot.com/2013/10/a-louisville-kentucky-timeline-1833-2012.html

Shelley AmosShelley Amos 56 b/f DeKalb County GA Feb. 19, 2011 – Office Kristina Hambie was driving 74mph in a 35mph zone and crashed her patrol car into a Nissan Altima. Both passengers in the Nissan, Shelley Amos and Cheryl Burton, died in the crash. Police Officer Kristina Hambie sentenced to 10 Years For Fatal Crash
http://patch.com/georgia/decatur/former-dekalb-police-officer-sentenced-10-years-fatal-crash

Cheryl Blount-BurtonCheryl Blount-Burton 51 DeKalb County GA Feb. 19, 2011 – Office Kristina Hambie was driving 74mph in a 35mph zone and crashed her patrol car into a Nissan Altima. Both passengers in the Nissan, Shelley Amos and Cheryl Burton, died in the crash. Police Officer Kristina Hambie sentenced to 10 Years For Fatal Crash
http://patch.com/georgia/decatur/former-dekalb-police-officer-sentenced-10-years-fatal-crash

No Photo Available-001Ronald Boone 20 B/M Los Angeles CA Jan. 29, 2008 – Wrongful Death List
https://www.prisonlegalnews.org/news/publications/la-county-police-wrongful-death-list-2007-2014-youth-justice-2014/

PHOTO Troy Goode 30 W/M Southaven MI July 19, 2015 – Goode and his wife were leaving the Widespread Panic concert at Snowden Grove Amphitheater as it began. “He was under the influence and so the wife began to drive them home”. At some point on Goodman Road Edwards said Goode got out of the car and began running around. Southaven Police said they were called to a shopping complex on Goodman around 7:45 p.m. on Saturday. Police say they “attempted to detain the subject who began to resist and run from them again. He was eventually restrained by Officers and transferred to an awaiting ambulance to be transported to the hospital.” “They showed up in force and subdued him,” Edwards said. “They hogtied and put his face down on the stretcher.” Edwards claimed a witness heard Goode scream that he could not breathe. “The police took him off and next thing that we know he was a Baptist Hospital”
http://wreg.com/2015/07/19/lawyer-man-was-hogtied-by-police-before-death/

Michael SaffiotiMichael Saffioti 22 W/M Inmate Snohomish County WA July 2, 2012 – Saffioti failed to make a court date on a misdemeanor charge for pot possession. In July of last year, he surrendered himself to Snohomish County, Washington authorities, who promptly jailed him. (The streets of Snohomish County were a little safer that day.) When it came time for breakfast the following morning, Saffioti is seen on video having a conversation with a guard while holding his tray. Presumably, he was inquiring about any dairy products in the meal. Saffioti had a severe allergy. He’s then seen taking a few bites of some oatmeal. Within a few minutes, Saffioti was back at the guard desk, using his inhaler. He asked to see a nurse. Instead, he was sent to his cell. Over the next half hour, the video shows other inmates looking in Saffioti’s cell as he jumped up and down. The legal claim says he pressed his call button and was ignored, the guards told him he was “faking.”About 35 minutes after he ate, a guard found Saffioti unconscious in his cell. The guard called for help and Saffioti was dragged out. Nurses arrived and performed CPR. Everett firefighters took over and rushed Saffioti to the hospital where he was pronounced dead a half hour later. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/11/06/todays-drug-war-outrage-m_n_4225995.html

Jesse SperryJesse Sperry 23 W/M Madison County Indiana April 6, 2014 – A 1996 blue Buick Century driven by 22-year-old Rebecca Marie Sperry of Pendleton was struck from behind by a 2004 GMC Yukon SUV driven by 41-year-old Police Officer James D. Foutch of Anderson. According to witnesses, the impact of the hit forced the Buick off the road and into a nearby utility pole. The force from the vehicle snapped the utility pole in half and brought power lines down onto the vehicle. Jesse Sperry, 23, Rebecca’s husband, was pronounced dead. Off-duty Police Officer Foutch was arrested and booked into the Madison County Jail in a warrantless arrest. He was held on $20,000 bond. According to Bell, Foutch faces a charge of driving while intoxicated causing death, a Class B felony. Investigators believe Foutch also had prescription pills in his system. http://www.heraldbulletin.com/news/local_news/edgewood-officer-faces-felony-charges-after-fatal-accident/article_7e7e0f87-c31f-5a6f-9c53-a8750b31140b.html

No Photo Available-001Jason Nathaniel Cunningham 26 B/M Inmate Smyrna DE April 16, 2014 – Cunningham failed to post bail on charges including attempted motor vehicle theft and resisting arrest. Cunningham was in good health when he eneted Vaughn Correctional Center where he was placed in a “four-point restraint” and left unmonitored in a cell. He was found dead there later that day. http://delawarepublic.org/post/aclu-sues-details-delaware-inmates-2014-death

Eurie StampsEurie Stamps 68 B/M Framingham MA Jan. 5, 2011 – Police were looking for 2o-year-old Joseph Bushfan and Dwayne Barrett. Police allege an undercover officer had purchased drugs from the two men earlier that evening. Bushfan was arrested minutes before the raid when he came out of the apartment. Barrett didn’t reside at the residence. But the police went ahead with the raid, anyway. They took a battering ram to the door, set off a flash grenade, and forced their way inside. As the SWAT team moved through the house, screaming at everyone to get on the floor, Officer Paul Duncan approached 68-year-old Eurie Stamp. was watching a basketball game in his pajamas when the police came in. By the time Duncan got to him in a hallway, he was lying face-down on the floor with his arms over his head, as per police instructions. Duncan would later tell investigators that for his own safety, he decided to restrain Stamps, even though he was following instructions, and wasn’t the suspect. As Duncan moved to pull Stamps’ arms behind him, he says he fell backwards, somehow causing his gun to discharge, shooting Stamps. The grandfather of 12 was shot dead in his own home, while fully complying with police orders during a raid over crimes in which he had no involvement. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/05/14/raid-of-the-day-eurie-sta_n_3273127.html

Sherman ByrdSherman Byrd 24 B/M Philadelphia PA June 4, 2015 – Police say they got a call that a person had been robbed of their cell phone and cash by a man with a gun. “Members of the Delaware County Sheriff’s Office were in the area doing a warrant sweep. They heard the radio dispatch and they encountered the 24-year-old suspect. the man took off on his bike and led police down narrow alleyways. They say near the intersection of 13th and Keystone the suspect fell off his bike and was run over by a city police vehicle. Authorities say a gun was found at the scene. The man died at the hospital. http://philadelphia.cbslocal.com/2015/06/04/police-cruiser-hits-kills-man-fleeing-officers-in-chester/

No Photo Available-001Alan Edward Dunnagan 68 Winston-Salem NC May 23, 2015 – The crash happened May 13 about 10 p.m. at the intersection of Reynolda and Polo roads. According to a misdemeanor criminal summons, Officer John William Leone Jr. is accused of failing to stop at an intersection and yield the right-of-way while facing a traffic signal “emitting a steady or strobe red circular light for traffic in the defendant’s direction of travel.” Leone’s police cruise collided with Dunnagan’s pickup truck, the N.C. Highway Patrol said. Leone suffered minor injuries. Dunnagan died May 23 from injuries suffered in the crash. http://www.journalnow.com/news/crime/winston-salem-police-officer-charged-in-may-crash-that-killed/article_39fae0f2-20e1-11e5-80f5-834092178189.html

Dakota BrightDakota Bright 15 B/M Chicago IL Nov. 11, 2012 – Dakota was returning to his grandmother’s place when Grand Crossing District officers approached him. Officials said they ordered Dakota to drop the gun in his hand, but he started to run. Dakota then turned and pointed the weapon at them, authorities said, prompting officers to fire in his direction. Dakota was shot in the back of his head and then he was handcuffed and left lying in a backyard for 4- to 5-hours. CPD officials released the reason for Dakota staying on the scene for so long was to “find” the very gun that Dakota allegedly pointed at an officer. The ambulance was flagged off so he was denied medical attention that may have saved his life. There was no gun on him at all. The officer’s name was never released. http://www.copblock.org/74184/looking-for-justice-my-son-was-killed-by-chicago-police/

Samuel DuboseSamuel Dubose 43 B/M Cincinnati OH July 19, 2015 – White Police Officer Ray Tensing pulled over Dubose for a missing front license plate. Allegedly Tensing repeatedly asked Dubose for his driver’s license, but Dubose allegedly refused and instead handed the officer a bottle of alcohol. Then Tensing asked Dubose to get out of his car, which he also refused. There was an alleged struggle at the door with Mr. Dubose in the vehicle and the officer outside the vehicle, the vehicle supposedly sped away. Tensing fired one shot at the fleeing car, killing Dubose. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/cop-shoots-kills-unarmed-black-man_55af9a7de4b0a9b948530a26?

No Photo Available-001Unidentified Female 51 inmate West County Detention Richmond CA April 25, 2015 – Antioch woman was among several female inmates receiving medical treatment at the medium-security facility at around noon Saturday when she became unresponsive. She was pronounced dead at the scene after receiving CPR from prison staff.
http://www.sfgate.com/crime/article/Inmate-dies-at-West-County-Detention-Facility-6224324.php

Dontae L. MartinDontae L. Martin 34 Harrison Township OH July 23, 2015 – Deputies responded to 318 Springbrook Dr. after a 911 call at 12:43 a.m. Thursday in which the caller said a maroon Grand Prix smashed into a green car. “There’s a car that smashed into my neighbor’s car and I don’t know if there’s somebody in there,” the 911 caller said. “The windows are tinted. I don’t know if they’re passed out or drunk or what, but somebody needs to come here ASAP.” When asked by a dispatcher if anyone was injured, the caller responded: “Don’t know. We can’t tell. We don’t want to go up to their cars without police. We don’t know what’s going on inside that vehicle. Montgomery County Sheriff”s Office deputies after they said the man appeared to have a handgun in his hand as he exited a crashed vehicle. The black male, taken by ambulance to Grandview Hospital where he was pronounced dead. http://www.whio.com/news/news/crime-law/harrison-twp-shooting-believed-to-involve-deputies/nm5KW/

Darius StewartDarius Stewart 19 B/M Memphis TN July 7, 2015 – Police said unarmed Stewart was a passenger in a car stopped by Officer Connor Schilling for a headlight violation. Stewart was placed in the back of a squad car without handcuffs as the officer checked on two active warrants for Stewart from Iowa and Illinois. The officer returned to the squad car to handcuff Stewart after a warrant was verified. Stewart allegedly kicked the door, attacked the officer and began hitting the officer with the handcuffs. the officer then shot Stewart with his duty weapon. Office Schilling was suspended a year ago for a DUI arrest. Criminal charges were dismissed, but he received 18 suspension days without pay. Police said Schilling also has one closed excessive/unnecessary force case. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2015/07/22/memphis-cop-shoots-darius_n_7852516.html?cps=gravity_5055_-4857061514953833337

No Photo Available-001Erick Emmanuel Salas Sanchez 22 H/M El Paso TX April 30, 2015 – Police responded to a burglary call at 9:11 p.m. in the 300 block of Jesuit Drive, and when officers arrived at the home, authorities said they came in contact with a man they believed was the suspect. Sanchez’s mom, Celia Sanchez, said in Spanish her son was not burglarizing their home at all. She said she and her son were at home when police officers suddenly arrived and asked her to come out. She said that is when her son began to shout at police. The officers, she said, used a Taser on her son and then shot him soon after. Her son was then handcuffed. http://www.elpasotimes.com/news/ci_28023272/el-paso-police-officer-shot-and-killed-burglary

Robert PeterkinRobert Peterkin 51 W/M Inmate Charlotte Correctional Punta Gordo FL June 4, 2015 – Cecelia Martin, Peterkin’s sister, received a call from the prison chaplain. “He told me to get to Lee Memorial Hospital as soon as possible because my brother had injured himself and it was an ‘un-survivable’ injury”. Martin said she was told all other questions would be answered by the prison warden, who told her Peterkin had been working on a plumbing detail with two other inmates when a corrections officer spotted a cell phone on the utility cart. What reportedly happened next is strange, she said. Rather than call for assistance, Martin said she was told the guard left her brother and the other inmates alone for 13 minutes. When the officer returned, Peterkin was found hanging. At the hospital, Martin said she was told the incident occurred about 11 a.m., so she wants to know why she was not notified until 5 1/2 hours later. “When I got to the hospital, my brother was on a breathing machine and handcuffed to the bed”. She started to talk to him but was told by a nurse to leave him alone because she was causing him to have seizures. “He was squeezing my hand”. Peterkin told his eoldest sister that if anything should ever happen to him, that they should go after prison. “He said nothing will be like it appears to be”. That conversation happened only a month before his death. Peterkin is at least the seventh inmate to have died of unexplained causes since 2013 while in custody in Charlotte Correctional Institute. http://www.bradenton.com/2015/07/24/5909510_death-at-florida-prison-under.html?rh=1

Hugo PinellHugo “Yogi Bear” Pinell 71 H/M Folsom Prison CA August 12, 2015 – The San Quentin Six Political Prisoner 42 years in prison – 34 of them in solitary confinement. Hugo was a student and comrade of the legendary Black Panther Field Marshal, the late George Jackson, with whom he worked to organize other Black prisoners against the racist violence and prison conditions of the ‘60s and ‘70s. In 1965, Pinell was convicted of rape in San Francisco, sentenced to life imprisonment, and placed in San Quentin State Prison. He turned himself in when he had been falsely accused of rape, pleaded guilty (as a young man not knowing how to handle the false accusations and the system) because everyone (his family, etc.) was telling him it would be the best way to handle this, instead of continuing to fight. To serve a short sentence then be released. The day after Pinell was released from 34 years of solidarity confinement, Officials allege two inmates stabbed Pinell and he quickly succumbed to his wounds and was pronounced dead. Prison officials knew Pinell would be targeted for murder due to his history. “He has been a target from just about every group in prison because of his notoriety and what he did years ago.”. At the time of his death, Hugo had been locked behind bars for 50 years, yet his spirit was unbroken. http://sfbayview.com/2015/08/beloved-political-prisoner-hugo-yogi-bear-pinell-feared-and-hated-by-guards-assassinated-after-46-years-in-solitary/

Gilbert FloresGilbert Flores 41 H/M San Antonio TX Sept. 1, 2015 – Deputies responded to a domestic disturbance call. “He kind of just put his hands in the air,” Thomas told the station. “After he put his hands in the air, they shot him.”A bystander’s video, released exclusively to the San Antonio station KSAT, shows Gilbert Flores, 41, appearing to raise his hands in the air before two officers fire rounds into the suspect, killing him. The Bexar County Police Department is now criticizing the station for airing the video. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/hands-up-killed-texas-cops_55e5b650e4b0b7a9633a3094

No Photo Available-001Jeffory Tevis 50 W/M ((#))Tuscaloosa AL Aug. 12, 2015 – An unidentified officer confronted Tevis at an apartment complex on Thursday after receiving a call that Tevis had threatened a neighbor. Police later said it appeared that Tevis, who was wounded when the officer found him, was “suffering from a mental episode and had engaged in self destructive behavior immediately prior to the arrival of the Tuscaloosa police officer.” Following a brief interaction, police say Tevis began to fight with the officer. During the struggle, the officer deployed his stun gun, which proved ineffective. Then, from a distance of 24 feet, Tevis began charging at the officer with a large metal spoon, according to police and witnesses. The officer fired two shots, striking Tevis in the abdomen. The officer was wearing a body camera but was conveniently not turned on. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/tuscaloosa-police-killing-body-camera_55dc73ebe4b04ae49704603a?kvcommref=mostpopular

Jamycheal MitchellJamycheal Mitchell 24 B/M ((#)) Portsmouth VA Aug. 19, 2015 – Mitchell had been held in Virginia jail without bail for nearly four months, accused of stealing a Mountain Dew, Snickers bar and a Zebra Cake from a 7-Eleven. Mitchell, who had mental health problems, was discovered lying on the floor of his cell by guards. While his body is still awaiting an autopsy, senior prison officials said his death was not being treated as suspicious. http://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2015/aug/28/jamycheal-mitchell-virginia-jail-found-dead?CMP=twt_gu

Sarah Lee Circle BearSarah Lee Circle Bear 24 Lakota/F – Inmate Brown County Jail Aberdeen SD July 6, 2015 – Witnesses stated that before being transferred to a holding cell, Circle Bear pleaded to jailers that she was in excruciating pain. Jail staff responded by dismissing her cries for help, telling her to “knock it off,” and “quit faking.” Inmates cried out for the jail staff to help Circle Bear, to which they eventually responded by picking her up off of the floor, dragging her out of the cell, and transferring her to a holding cell. Circle Bear was later found unresponsive in the holding cell. http://indiancountrytodaymedianetwork.com/2015/07/28/manning-sarah-lee-circle-bear-died-while-police-custody-family-seeks-justice-161204

Charlie AlvarezCharlie Alvarez 25 H/M Weatherford TX Feb. 7, 2015 – When Weatherford police found a man shirtless lying on the ground they took him to jail, suspecting he was drunk. Less than a day later Alvarez was dead but from internal bleeding. Police Chief Mike Manning. does not blame the officer who first suspected Alvarez of simply being too drunk to stand, and wasn’t in need of immediate medical attention. “He told him to get out of the street, told him to stand up. He said, ‘I can’t stand up. So Alvarez was ordered to “roll out of the street, so he rolled himself over.” The officer was able to get Alvarez into his patrol car and take him to the Parker County Jail on suspicion of public intoxication. But once there, Manning said, a jail intake officer balked, saying Alvarez “needed to be checked out medically before they would accept him as a prisoner.” An ambulance was already en route when Alvarez then began complaining that he could not breathe, needed water, and collapsed. He was first taken to a hospital in Weatherford, then rushed to Plaza Medical Center in Fort Worth, where he died. Alvarez’s mother, and his father, said they can’t keep from wondering whether their son would still be alive if an ambulance had been called sooner. As his mother held back tears while talking about how she and her family feel strongly that her son died as the result of an assault. http://dfw.cbslocal.com/2015/07/27/a-grieving-mothers-question-to-police-wouldnt-you-get-him-medical-treatment-before-an-arrest/

No Photo Available-001Felix Kumi 61 Mt. Vernon NY Aug. 29, 2015 – Kumi was a bystander standing behind a suspect in an illegal gun investigation when he was struck twice by an undercover officer from the NYPD Firearms Investigation Unit. http://www.lohud.com/story/news/local/westchester/mount-vernon/2015/08/28/mount-vernon-shooting-incident-involving-nypd-injures/71333390/

No Photo Available-001Jason Hale 29 Hunters WA Aug. 19, 2015 – An incident began when deputies responded to a “domestic situation at a temporary Red Cross shelter for fire evacuees which had been set up. Red Cross spokesman Colin Downey said Red Cross employees called the police after they were told there was a man with a gun outside.A deputy pulled up alongside Hale and got out of his car. He then tried to restrain Hale by “bear hugging” him. Hale “twisted away” and kept walking down the roadwas shot in the back of the neck as he walked away. Witness accounts contradict the official statements from law enforcement. “I never saw a gun be pulled, there was no fire exchange,” said Annette Herbert, a Hunters area resident. “He did not threaten the police officer. He was walking away. The deputy called out to Hale twice telling him to stop or he would ‘shoot’ if he continued walking. At that point, Herbert said the deputy shot at Hale at least twice. Just a few seconds passed between the deputy’s final warning and the shooting”. Hale was shot once in the left side of his neck. The bullet entered the back of his jaw. http://www.spokesman.com/stories/2015/aug/26/witnesses-say-man-killed-stevens-county-deputy-was/

Thomas R. RameyThomas R. Ramey 64 and wife Barbara V. Ramey Luray VA May 25, 2015 – A Virginia State Police trooper M.R. Leeds was traveling west on Route 211 when a vehicle traveling eastbound passed him at an excessive rate of speed. The trooper allegedly activated his lights and sirens and made a U-turn in an attempt to catch up with the vehicle and initiate a traffic stop. As the trooper proceeded east on Route 211, he struck the 1965 Buick of Thomas R. Ramey and his wife Barbara as it pulled out from Wallace Avenue to cross over Route 211. Ramey and his wife, Barbara both died at the scene. http://www.shenvalleynow.com/news/article/luray_couple_dies_in_memorial_day_crash

Thomas R. RameyBarbara V. Ramey 64 and husband Thomas R. Ramey Luray VA May 25, 2015 – A Virginia State Police trooper M.R. Leeds was traveling west on Route 211 when a vehicle traveling eastbound passed him at an excessive rate of speed. The trooper allegedly activated his lights and sirens and made a U-turn in an attempt to catch up with the vehicle and initiate a traffic stop. As the trooper proceeded east on Route 211, he struck the 1965 Buick of Thomas R. Ramey and his wife Barbara as it pulled out from Wallace Avenue to cross over Route 211. Ramey and his wife, Barbara both died at the scene. http://www.shenvalleynow.com/news/article/luray_couple_dies_in_memorial_day_crash

No Photo Available-001Lori Renee Knowles 37 B/F Atlanta GA July 24, 2014 – Lori Renee Knowles called 911 for help. “I took too many pills, and I need help right now,” she’s heard screaming into the phone during her 911 call. Her husband Ken was rushing to their Henry County home to help her, and also called 911. “She is bipolar and she takes medication. She told me she took too much of her medication,” Ken pleaded. “Please don’t hurt her.” But his pleas were too late. Police had already shot his wife, just seconds before his call. They had forced their way into the home when Lori didn’t answer the door. She allegedly had a gun at her side and the officers claim they tried to get her to comply with orders to show her hands, but she made an offensive movement towards the weapon.
http://www.wsbtv.com/news/news/local/2-investigates-170-officer-involved-shootings-happ/nm7Wj/

James Thomas BushJames Thomas Bush 20 St. Claire MI July 22, 2015 – Bush was riding a motorcycle that allegedly *collided* with a police car driven by an officer who was making a U-turn. This police admit this was not the result of a police pursuit. Bush passed away at St. John Hospital in Detroit, Michigan.
http://www.macombdaily.com/government-and-politics/20150722/update-fatal-motorcyclist-police-car-collision-under-investigation

No Photo Available-001Michael Newby 19 B/M Louisville KY Jan. 3, 2004 – On 46th and Market Street in Louisville’s West End at 11:45pm, Michael Newby was murdered by plain clothes white male McKenzie “Menace” Mattingly who was entrapping Michael Newby at Discount Liquor by trying to sell him crack cocaine, and when Michael Newby rejected McKenzie Mattingly’s “drug deal gone bad”, Mattingly immediately pulled out his firearm, and surprised Newby by claiming he was the police. Michael Newby immediate took off and ran down the street in his tennis shoes. Then the crack dealing plain clothes officer McKenzie Mattingly shot Michael Newby 3 times in the back, killing him. http://thekentuckyrevolution.blogspot.com/2013/10/a-louisville-kentucky-timeline-1833-2012.html

Mitchell Brad MartinezMitchell Brad Martinez 37 H/M Inmate Vero Beach FL June 3, 2015 – died four days after Indian River County deputies found him unconscious in a transport van. A video shows Martinez getting into a van on its way to jail from court. At one point in time it looks like they were signaling the person taking care of the video to stop the video. Before Martinez gets in the van, it appears the video freezes, so you don’t see what happens next. In the next clip released by the sheriff’s office, you see paramedics trying to revive an unconscious Martinez after he was removed from the van. http://www.wptv.com/news/region-indian-river-county/vero-beach/mitchell-brad-martinez-indian-river-county-inmate-found-unconscious-is-now-dead

Zachary HammondZachary Hammond 19 W/M Seneca SC July 26, 2015 – Zachary Hammond was in a Hardees parking lot on a first date when he was fatally shot, both bullets entered Hammond’s body from the back by a police officer in his car during a drug bust of his girlfriend, Tori Morton who was eating an ice cream cone . Police claim the officer was a victim of “attempted murder” by Hammond, who was driving the vehicle. According to Seneca Police Chief John Covington, Hammond was driving the car “toward the officer” who was trying to make the stop. The official police report never mentioned the two gunshots that killed Hammond. According to the autopsy, the second bullet proved to be fatal, entering from the back of Hammond’s left side and passing through his chest, piercing his lungs and heart. Tori Morton’s verbatim statement as she wrote it: “Pulling into Hardee’s parking lot, Zach and I were sharing a chocolate dipped ice cream cone from McDonald’s and as we were pulling into a parking spot. The police SUV was lighted up in blue flashing lights.
The two officers got out and had they’re gun drawn, yelling that he would blow our (expletive) heads off and immediately started firing. As the shots rang the car moved and rolled forward and along the curb until another cop car crashed into the back of Zach’s car to stop us. Ad the surrounded the car they started yelling, “Where’s the gun? Get the gun” Zach was already dead and then they drug (sic) us out of the car and onto the ground and the officer that stood me up — he put the car in park. “When we pulled into the parking spot not fully in the spot and the car still in drive the police exited they’re (sic) SUV and came and aimed weapons towards each of our windows and were in arms length aimed at Zach and shouting ‘We’re going to blow you (expletive) heads off. Continue reading Tori’s statement
http://www.wyff4.com/news/Passenger-in-unarmed-teen-s-car-describes-deadly-police-shooting/35105190

No Photo Available-001Neil Vandeputt 25 Lacey NJ July 5, 2015 – At 3:25 a.m., Lacey Township Police Officer Andrew Slota was responding to a call and traveling east on Lacey Road when his patrol car hit Vandeputt. Slota swerved to avoid hitting Vandeputt, Della Fave said, but the victim was hit by the front passenger side of the patrol vehicle. Slota’s vehicle then struck a utility pole on the westbound side of the road, eventually coming to a rest in a bank parking lot adjacent to the roadway. http://www.nj.com/ocean/index.ssf/2015/07/on-duty_lacey_police_officer_strikes_kills_man_cro.html

No Photo Available-001Shelly St. Romain Mayeux 31 W/F Avoyelles Parish LA March 21 2015 – Shelly St. Romain Mayeux wife of former police chief of Evergreen. Fire Marshal’s Office, said fire investigators immediately became suspicious about the circumstances of the fire and noted husband Charles Mayeux was acted suspicious at the scene. Investigators brought Charles Mayeux in for questioning and took his clothing as evidence. During the investigation into his wife’s death, investigators noticed discrepancies in some of Charles Mayeux’s financials. They uncovered evidence he allegedly filled up his personal vehicles using a village gas account. Charles Mayeux was also booked into the parish jail on six counts each of theft and malfeasance in office stemming from that investigation. His bail has been set at $350,000. http://www.katc.com/story/29502167/former-evergreen-police-chief-arrested-in-wifes-death

Patrick D. EnnisPatrick D. Ennis 50 W/M Omaha NE Sept. 7, 2015 – Police found Ennis standing at a stair railing, clenching his fists. Officers told Ennis to place his hands behind his back. At first he appeared to cooperate, then returned his hands to the front of his body. “Officers claimed they utilized strength techniques in order to place Mr. Ennis in handcuffs. Ennis appeared to have difficulty breathing. An officer allegedly removed the handcuffs and began CPR. Paramedics took him to Nebraska Medical Center where he died two days later.
http://www.omaha.com/news/metro/man-who-had-trouble-breathing-while-being-arrested-has-died/article_6868fb7c-54f8-11e5-bf00-0f25174cd9cb.html

No Photo Available-001Lorenzo Matthews 21 B/M DeKalb GA Sept. 12, 2006 – The officers said the 21-year-old Matthews emerged into darkness from an apartment and ran at them with what they thought might be a weapon in his hand. The grand jury said the shooting by one of the officers, identified as T. Thompson, was not justified because Thompson fired when Matthews was running away and fired again during a foot chase in which Matthews did not present a clear threat. http://policecrimes.org/forum/viewtopic.php?t=3603

Tyler TaborTyler Tabor 25 W/M Adams County Inmate Colorado May 17, 2015 – Tabor was a heroin user, told his parents he was afraid to detox in jail. Tabor for years had battled opiate addiction, had just wanted to get right with the law.”He wanted to turn himself in,” Tabor’s mother, Michele McLean, said last week of a traffic warrant her son was facing in Larimer County. “But he knew he had to detox first because he said he wouldn’t make it out of the jail alive. According to an inmate “he was on the floor of his cell screaming for help. He was throwing up before his death and was unable to hold medication in his hand.” An autopsy report determined Tabor died of dehydration from a lack of water. Dehydration is a complication in severe opiate withdrawal cases due to uncontrollable vomiting which can last days. http://www.denverpost.com/news/ci_28556178/after-4-adams-county-jail-deaths-3-months

No Photo Available-001Donacio Rendon 43 Lubbock TX Sept. 24, 2011 – Rendon, according to a 911 call, on drugs and acting crazy. Deputies arrived and he was found hiding under a nearby house. Rendon fled from the deputies but was eventually caught shocking him with a taser. After being placed into custody, he was subdued a second time after he tried to escape. He became unresponsive and was taken to University Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead. (http://lubbockonline.com/crime-and-courts/2011-09-26/sheriffs-office-tells-name-taser-death?v

Paul CastawayPaul Castaway 35 ((#)) Lakota Sioux Denver CO July 12, 2015 –Police shot and killed a man they say charged at them with a knife. But witnesses and surveillance video say otherwise. It shows Paul Castaway, 35, coming up from behind a white mobile home, through a black iron fence onto the street and around a wooden fence, which is a dead end. He then turned back around onto the street with a knife to his neck the whole time, when an officer shoots him. Lillian Castaway, the victim’s mother, said her son struggled with alcoholism and schizophrenia. He poked her in the neck with the knife, she said. “I called the police for help, not to kill my son,” she said. “They shot him while the knife was still to his own throat.” Lillian Castaway said she had watched the video. She said it appeared her son tripped over a speed bump while holding the knife to his neck. The video seems to not match what police say happened. Denver police said Castaway charged at two officers with a long knife before he was shot and killed. They say he had just threatened his mother with a knife at her nearby apartment. “Next thing, we heard three shots. I walked outside and I saw two officers handcuffing a man,” said a neighbor, http://kdvr.com/2015/07/13/witnesses-surveillance-video-provide-conflicting-information-in-deadly-police-shooting/

No Photo Available-001Bruce Dean Stafford 55 Henderson County Jail NC July 14, 2015 – Hendersonville police brought Stafford to the jail and allegedly there was a brief scuffle as Stafford was being booked and he collapsed. Apparently jail staff as well as Hendersonville firefighters and the county EMS tried to revive Stafford. He was taken to Pardee Hospital where he was pronounced dead. http://www.wfmynews2.com/story/news/local/2015/07/14/man-dies-at-nc-jail-after-scuffle-with-officers/30132769/

Stacey GayStacey Gay 48 W/M Inmate Colquitt County Jail GA Sept. 16, 2015 – Deputies were dispatched, when they arrived, Gay was in a semi-truck owned by Benjamin Cannon and refused to come out. Cannon told officers he had told Gay multiple times to let go of the steering wheel and get out of the truck. Two deputies removed Gay — who allegedly “physically resisted our actions and was arrested ” from the truck. Gay had not been booked because jail personnel were waiting for him to calm down before going through processing. Gay had been held in a single-inmate holding cell since his arrival at the jail some time after his arrest. According to authorities “He was combative,” he said. “They put him in a holding cell (where he) stayed the rest of the day and that night, checking on him periodically. The night shift found him dead in the holding cell.” There was no evidence of physical trauma or foul play and the body has been sent to a Georgia Bureau of Investigation crime laboratory for an autopsy. http://www.moultrieobserver.com/news/local_news/inmate-death-under-investigation/article_d679fe1c-5d91-11e5-a6b3-b38f089bc87f.html

No Photo Available-001Cecil D. Lacy 50 Am. Indian Tulalip Reservation Sept. 18, 2015 WA – A Sheriff’s Office deputy was responding to reports of a man walking in the roadway, When officers arrived they detained the man, and placed him in protective custody in order to remove him from the road. Allegedly he man began fighting with officers while they tried to place him in the patrol car, and became unresponsive during the altercation. Officers attempted to revive him with CPR until medical aid arrived, but he died at the scene.
http://www.komonews.com/news/local/Officials-Man-dies-during-altercation-with-police-in-Tulalip-328375921.html

David StojcevskiDavid Stojcevski 32 W/M Roseville MI June 10, 2014 – After being arrested for failing to pay a $772 traffic ticket. Medical officers at the jail were informed Stojcevski required Xanax, Klonopin and Oxycodone when they booked him, yet never provided them to him, even after he was found “twitching on the floor” and pleading “for necessary medical care and treatment.” Deputies looked on via a 24-hour camera mounted in Stojcevski’s cell as he withered away for 17 days, having been denied the medications he’d been prescribed (and was taking prior to his incarceration) to manage his drug withdrawal. When Stojcevski began hallucinating — a symptom of benzodiazepine withdrawal — he told officers he felt “all his organs” had been removed and his “arms [had been] shredded,” leaving “10 percent of his heart.” Instead of receiving medical care, the suit claims he was placed on suicide watch, where he was stripped naked for his own safety, and officers looked on via a 24-hour-a-day camera. There, the suit says, “defendants … monitored, watched and observed David spend the final ten days of his life suffering excruciating benzodiazepine withdrawal symptoms.” http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/family-sues-after-man-dies-while-in-jail-for-unpaid-parking-ticket_56044469e4b00310edfa778b

Samuel HarrellSamuel Harrell 30 B/M Inmate Fishkill Prison NY April 23, 2015 – Inmate witnesses said that Mr. Harrell, 30, was handcuffed and thrown to the ground by a large group of officers, including some from a contingent known around the prison as the Beat Up Squad. The officers then “proceeded to punch, kick, stomp and jump on Mr. Harrell’s face, head, neck, back, sides and legs. Two officers then threw Mr. Harrell’s limp, lifeless body down the stairs.” Several inmates, including Lucas Renfrow, were “physically and verbally threatened” by guards after witnessing the death. Luscas Renfrow ““When I turned the first landing, Sam’s body fell in front of me”. The officers, he said, “weren’t carrying him, they were throwing him down the stairs.” Mr. Renfrow said he was then confronted by an officer whom he identified as Bryan Eull. “Officer Eull comes and grabs me by my neck and shoves my face into the corner and tells me, ‘Yo, you didn’t see nothing,’ ” Mr. Renfrow recalled. “ ‘If I hear you say anything,’ he says, ‘you’ll be in the same condition that he is. You’ll never go home.” http://www.nytimes.com/2015/09/10/nyregion/-2015-09-10-nyregion-fishkill-correctional-facility-inmate-speaks-out-about-abuse-as-family-sues-over-death.html?_r=1

Coy Wayne WalkerCoy Wayne Walker 41 W/M Parker County TX May 23, 2015 – Walkers mother called 911 asking for help in dealing with her son, who was destroying things in their homeAfter a Taser was used on him and before and after he was placed in handcuffs. Walker’s parents, Herb and Judy Walker, who witnessed the incident, say one deputy beat, choked and jumped on Walker’s back and neck while he was lying handcuffed on the floor having a seizure. The autopsy report states: Walker had neck injuries that included a fractured hyoid bone as well as blunt force trauma to his head, face, torso and upper and lower extremities. A grand jury decided not to indict the officers.
http://www.weatherforddemocrat.com/news/no-indictment-in-case-of-man-s-in-custody-death/article_13c21d84-597f-11e5-8d95-4fb7dc6c51f6.html

No Photo Available-001Lucas Markus 33 W/M Schuylkill PA Sept. 5, 2015 – Markus was running up and down the street yelling and trying to get into passing cars. Upon their arrival, troopers made contact with Markus, but police said he did not respond to verbal commands. Markus was then Tasered. As Markus was being handcuffed, police said he went into cardiac arrest. Troopers allegedly called for an ambulance and began CPR. Emergency personnel arrived, and Markus was transported via air to a Reading-area hospital, where he was pronounced dead.
http://www.mcall.com/news/breaking/mc-schuylkill-county-man-dies-after-arrest-20150905-story.html

No Photo Available-001Ronald Petruney 49 Washington County PA Nov. 21, 2009 – Police claim officers had been trying to help Petruney when they found him in a confused state of mind, but that he became combative. Police say Petruney swung at one officer and bit another at least three times. Police filed aggravated assault and other charges against him. Petruney died at Washington Hospital. http://www.poconorecord.com/article/20091121/NEWS/911219986

No Photo Available-001Kiethedric Hines 31 B/M Rockford IL Aug. 10, 2008 – Unarmed Hines died after being tasered by police. His death is the 2nd death after tasering in the City of Rockford in less than two months. https://fivehusbands.wordpress.com/2008/08/12/grim-statistics-taser-deaths/

PHOTO Gunner Page 2 months old W/M Jackson TN Sept. 2, 2015 – The child’s father, Police Officer Christopher Warren Page has been charged with first-degree murder and aggravated child abuse. Page’s son Gunner suffered life-threatening injuries on Sept. 2 at his Puryear home and died five days later, TBI officials said. Investigators “developed information leading to Page as the individual responsible for his son’s death” http://www.nydailynews.com/news/crime/tenn-police-officer-charged-murder-baby-son-death-article-1.2373867

No Photo Available-001Damon Barnett 44 Fresno County CA Sept. 13, 2011 – Barnett was reportedly running in and out of traffic. Deputies contacted him on the road, tried to get him to safety, but, according to the deputies, he would not cooperate. They then used a taser to try to calm him down. He was taken into custody and then taken to the hospital, where he died a short time later. http://www.ksee24.com/news/gallery/Man-Dies-After-He-is-Tased-by-Law-Enforcement-129779078.html

No Photo Available-001Roger Redden 52 W/M Soddy Daisy TN Feb 2, 2009 – officers responded to a domestic incident at 9921 Dayton Pike and found Mr. Redden naked, talking out of his head and breaking things. When officers attempted to talk to him, he mumbled and did not make eye contact while stumbling around the room. Police called for an ambulance and tried to put a restrictive suit on Mr. Redden, but he refused. Medics and police then attempted to hold Mr. Redden down to strap him to a stretcher to transport him to a hospital, but he became combative and would not follow officer commands. Officer Daniels then deployed her Taser seven times, stunning him in the left thigh/leg area, left upper arm and underneath his left arm. Following the stuns, Mr. Redden remained combative and uncooperative. He then was handcuffed to the stretcher. Redden died 18 days after the officer used a stun gun on him.
Tased to death http://www.timesfreepress.com/news/local/story/2009/may/08/report-exonerates-soddy-daisy-police-officer-taser/218856/

Curtis GarlandCurtis Garland 36 B/M Dallas TX June 23, 2014 – Garland died in an East Texas prison following an asthma attack, but fellow inmates are telling a disturbing tale of a man who suffered for hours while begging for his life. When Garland was sentenced to 12 years in prison in 2012 for family violence, he was prepared to serve his time. But as a severe asthmatic, surviving in the un-air conditioned Beto Unit in humid East Texas, Garland would require constant breathing treatments and medical attention. On June 10 of last year, Garland’s asthma flared up. He was taken to the prison clinic, where he was given a breathing treatment and released. Two weeks later, on June 23, he had another severe attack. Garland’s breathing got progressively worse and by 10:35 p.m. that night, according to his autopsy, “advanced cardiac life support measures were initiated.” He was transferred to a local hospital, where he was pronounced dead. n the weeks that followed, mail began arriving at the family home. Letters from inmates, one after the other, all of them alleging Curtis Garland Jr. died a horrible death spanning the course of six hours. According to one inmate, “At approximately 4:20 pm, I spoke with an officer and told him that Garland couldn’t breathe and needed to go to the infirmary.” The inmate said the officer “never called.” At 9 p.m., another inmate said, “I noticed Curtis was having a hard time breathing. I told him he needed to get to the infirmary as soon as possible.” Curtis told him the nurse “refused to see and treat him.” An hour later, another inmate wrote, “Curtis was by the fan. He was trying to get some air. Curtis said he felt like was going to die.” At 10:30 p.m., still another inmate wrote, “I saw Curtis leaning on the fan, trying to catch his breath. I heard someone yell that Curtis needed help and fast. The officer said […] ‘it can wait’. Everyone involved was screaming and desperately begging the hallway officer to open the gate.” Former inmate Marchello Faulker, who was with Garland as he died, recalls the final moments.”And I laid him there and I said, ‘Man, you need your asthma inhaler,'” Faulkner said. “He said he couldn’t breathe, man, and he was turning purple all over.” Faulkner said that while the guards were telling him to get away, Garland was dying in his arms. “He said ‘Cho, I’m fixing to die, man,’ and I said, ‘Man, I don’t know what to do.'” “It took these people 30-plus minutes to get down and help this man out, and he laid down and died there in the hallway, and they tried to say that ‘No, he died at the hospital. No. Y’all killed this man.”
http://www.wfaa.com/story/news/local/investigates/2015/09/25/family-former-inmates-seek-truth-texas-prison-death/72780952/

No Photo Available-001Tyree Sinclair Edwards 32 Corpus Christi TX Sept. 11, 2011 – Edwards, according to police, attacked or charged two officers and started a fight. He ran away, and police used pepper spray and a taser on him. He collapsed after being handcuffed, and was taken to Doctor’s Regional Hospital where he was pronounced dead. http://electronicvillage.blogspot.com/2011/09/taser-deathtyree-sinclair-corpus.html

No Photo Available-001Stephen Cunningham 47 Tacoma WA May 11, 2015 – Earlier in the day 48-year-old Stephen Cunningham was in an altercation with a man. The man left. When the police knocked on Stephen’s door his mother says he thought that the man had returned. Stephen answered the door with a gun in his hand. Stephen had a concealed carry permit. The gun he carried was legal. It’s reasonable that a gun owner might answer his door with a gun in his hand if he expected trouble.
http://tacomastories.com/2015/05/11/fourth-tacoma-homicide-of-2015-stephen-cunningham/

No Photo Available-001Ab-Raheem Muhammad 36 B/M DeKalb GA Aug. 2006 – The police report said that Muhammad had pushed an officer against a wall who had come to investigate a report of trespassing in an apartment complex Muhammad was unarmed when he was shot in the head and killed during a confrontation with a DeKalb police officer, according to the AJC. A DeKalb County Internal Review Board later ruled that either Muhammad had pulled the trigger while attempting to shoot the officer or that the gun went off during a struggle. Iffat says that the police report does not make sense and questions how her brother could have shot himself in the face. http://m.ajc.com/gallery/news/local/police0328/gxRr/

No Photo Available-001Shakir Hanson Harris B/M DeKalb GA Sept. 2, 2006 – No additional information. Officer Brown later said loudly in a staff meeting that he ordered slain suspect Shakir Hanson Harris’ body moved “because I wanted to destroy trace evidence to help the officer”. http://policecrimes.org/forum/viewtopic.php?t=3603

No Photo Available-001Adesola Adesina 34 WA DC March 23, 1993 – An off-duty D.C. police officer working as a security guard at the Greyhound Bus terminal on First Street NE tried to arrest a cabdriver for failing to display a taxi license. Officer Troy Ray, 24, a three-year member of the force, ran about 35 feet in an effort to block the fleeing taxi driver at the exit ramp of the station parking lot. A police news release said the officer feared for his life and fired one shot into the taxi’s windshield as the car drove toward him, then two more into the driver’s window after the cab struck him. A bullet deflected off the cabdriver’s arm into his chest. Adesola Adesina, 34, was pronounced dead later that day. The officer was treated for cuts and bruises and released. The U.S. attorney’s office declined to prosecute. http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-srv/local/longterm/dcpolice/deadlyforce/police2_carside.htm

No Photo Available-001Arden Westcott Unknown age B/M NV Oct. 29, 1986 – Officer Crinklaw testified that, on the morning of October 29, 1986, approximately 3:30 a.m., he received a radio dispatch informing him that an intrusion alarm had sounded at the Keystone Pharmacy. When Crinklaw arrived at the pharmacy, he saw Westcott crouched near the building’s rear door apparently attempting to break into the building. Upon seeing Crinklaw, Westcott ran toward the far east corner of the building and then back toward the west end of the building. As Westcott reversed course, Crinklaw saw something reflect in Westcott’s hands.   Crinklaw then got out of his car, chased Westcott, and yelled for him to stop. As the chase continued, Westcott turned his upper torso and began to bring his hand back towards Crinklaw. Crinklaw testified that, at that point, he believed Westcott had a gun, and that Westcott would shoot him in his attempt to get away. Officer Crinklaw fired two shots, one of which killed Westcott.   Crinklaw immediately went to Westcott’s body and found no gun. Westcott was carrying only two screwdrivers and a hammer. After the shooting, police officers questioned Crinklaw about the shooting. When asked whether “the subject turned in his direction,” Crinklaw replied:  “If you’re asking me whether or not he turned in a menacing manner, no.”Crinklaw also admitted that he “didn’t know” if he was “in fear,” and that he “did not know” if Westcott had a gun in his hand. http://caselaw.findlaw.com/us-8th-circuit/1014870.html

No Photo Available-001Dario ‘Chi Chi’ Tena 45 H/M Yonkers NY March 21, 2014 – Eight Yonkers cops crowded onto the narrow landing outside Apt. 3 on the top floor of 141 School St. It was just before 8 pm, and they were about to execute a search warrant targeting a suspected drug dealer. It was a seemingly routine raid that turned anything but ordinary. Moments after police busted down the door, the tenant lay dying four stories below. Within weeks, the lies two of the officers had told to get the warrant were uncovered by Internal Affairs. And a year later, those cops’ law enforcement careers ended after they pleaded guilty to perjury. The only officer who saw Tena’s fatal exit out the bedroom window was Neil Vera, the admitted perjurer whose rogue investigation led to the ill-fated raid. “As I reached the rear bedroom doorway I observed the same Hispanic male that was running in the hallway extend his arms straight out and leap out the bedroom window,” Vera wrote in his report six days after the incident. “I yelled. ‘He jumped out the back window’.” Tena suffered skull and rib fractures and a severe cut to the back of his head when he landed in the rear yard 32 feet below. He was pronounced dead more than an hour later at St. Joseph’s Medical Center in Yonkers. Authorities admit the police did not have Tena’s name before they raided the apartment; that the target of the raid had been a Richie Polanco. Medical examiners seemed to rely on that account when initially ruling the death a suicide. The autopsy report reveals the word “suicide” crossed out, replaced by “unknown circumstances”, a week after the officers were indicted. http://www.lohud.com/story/news/investigations/2015/07/17/dario-tena-fatal-fall-mystery/30236581/

No Photo Available-001Alvin Haynes 57 Inmate San Francisco CA Jan. 26, 2015 – Inmate Haynes was in custody after a probation violation. His death in custody is under investigation since there was no clear medical history explaining his death. http://www.sfgate.com/bayarea/article/Inmate-dies-in-S-F-County-Jail-confrontation-6041938.php

No Photo Available-001Maykel Antonio Barrera 37 B/M Miami FL Feb. 28, 2014 – Police said the incident began after they knocked on an apartment door at aSouth Miami-Dade home Barrera answered, words were exchanged. Then when Barrera tried to slam the door shut, a scuffle started, police said. Miami-Dade Police Detective Alvaro Zabaleta said one officer was injured near the doorway before Barrera took off and police gave chase. An officer fired a Taser in the direction of Barrera. Barrera was slowed enough for police to take him into custody. Barrera’s condition started “to deteriorate” on his way to Jackson. Barrera was pronounced dead at the hospital. http://www.miamiherald.com/news/local/community/miami-dade/article1960861.html

No Photo Available-001Adrian Reynolds 34 B/M Louisville, KY Jan. 6, 1998 – 32 year old Jailer Timothy “The Hulk” Barnes for no apparent reason in the basement of the Hall of Justice in Cell 6 came along with 4 other Jefferson County Jailers, whose names were unreported murdered Adrian Reynolds by stomping his head into the cold concrete basement floor with boots many times. http://thekentuckyrevolution.blogspot.com/2013/10/a-louisville-kentucky-timeline-1833-2012.html

No Photo Available-001Robert Whitlow 45 B/M Louisville KY March 13, 1997 – White male LMPD officer Rodney J. Estes invaded 45 year old Black man Robert Whitlow’s home and shot him twice with a submachine gun, which was “the result of his own intentional misconduct”. http://thekentuckyrevolution.blogspot.com/2013/10/a-louisville-kentucky-timeline-1833-2012.html

No Photo Available-001Rodney Abernathy 37 B/M Louisville June 25, 2000 – 4 Black LMPD officers, Derrick Leachman, Fred elm, Willie Williams, and Maurice Hendricks murdered Abernathy in Chickasaw park at 3am in the morning. According to EMS workers, Rodney Abernathy was being treated for “injuries that were self-inflicted with an automobile jack”… perhaps the vehicle fell on him? Or maybe the jack was kicked? The description is not clear on what Abernathy was allegedly doing. One report says that Rodney Abernathy had gotten into a car wreck at Chickasaw park, and then he began hitting himself in the head with a car jack. After the workers were treating Rodney Abernathy, for some unexplained reason, Abernathy starts lunging and charging at the LMPD officers. The LMPD officers all sprayed Rodney Abernathy’s eyes with pepper spray, and hit him with their baton club strikes, and then shot unarmed 37 year old Rodney Abernathy 15 times out of 24 rounds shot total at 3am in the morning. Rodney Abernathy died of a bullet wound to the head. http://thekentuckyrevolution.blogspot.com/2013/10/a-louisville-kentucky-timeline-1833-2012.html

No Photo Available-001Clifford Lewis Jr. 18 B/M Louisville KY Jan. 9, 2001 – In Louisville’s West End, for some unknown reason, many white male plain clothes LMPD police officers pulled out their pistols, and surrounded a surprised 18 year old Clifford Lewis when he was in the White Owl Liquors parking lot. Clifford Lewis drives away in a minivan or SUV, allegedly running over the leg of one of the plain clothes white. White male Johann Steimle jumped Clifford Lewis Jr., with 4 or more other plain clothes LMPD officers, driving plain undercover cars randomly jumped/wolf pack’d Lewis, who was unarmed, had no contraband on him, and not committing any crime, shot the 18 year old young man with 13 bullets ripping through Lewis’s body, with 4 of the shots going into Lewis’s back, and several shots after he was wounded, defenseless, and was near death. Lewis was also shot in the face, and chin, which the LMPD did to make sure that the wounded Clifford Lewis was dead. LMPD said that Clifford Lewis was reaching into his waistband, even though he’s in a minivan/SUV… how can they see where he’s reaching? http://thekentuckyrevolution.blogspot.com/2013/10/a-louisville-kentucky-timeline-1833-2012.html

No Photo Available-001Stefan Anton 56 San Francisco CA Aug. 19, 2013 – Anton was naked and unconscious when he was brought to St. Rose Hospital in Hayward after his arrest during a traffic stop on July 21, 2013. Anton never regained consciousness and died on Aug. 19, 2013. An autopsy by the Alameda County coroner concluded that Anton died of “cerebral insufficiency due to anoxic encephalopathy,” or brain damage caused by a lack of oxygen, as well as cardiac arrest “during a physical altercation and physical restraint.” The circumstances leading up to Anton’s death, including how he sustained his injuries, haven’t been explained. http://www.sfgate.com/crime/article/Suit-filed-over-death-of-man-in-San-Leandro-6396022.php

No Photo Available-001Antwan D. Bryant 20 Louisville KY Feb. 2001 – Louisville, Kentucky, 20-year-old was killed by an LMPD officer when the driver of the car he was riding in allegedly ran over a cop’s feet during a traffic stop. The cop shot at the driver but killed Antwan. http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/news/802533/posts

No Photo Available-001Jason Cravens B/M October 30, 2001- Cravens was outside of his apartment and allegedly carrying a rifle and goes into his apartment. LMPD Officer Clayton Patton, fires a single shot at Cravens in the stomach. Cravens was taken to University of Louisville hospital, where he died shortly after. http://thekentuckyrevolution.blogspot.com/2013/10/a-louisville-kentucky-timeline-1833-2012.html

No Photo Available-001Marshall Mably 42 B/M Louisville KY Aug. 22, 2002 – Mably was shot 16 times in his car by white Caucasian male LMPD officers James Kaufling and Jefferson Atkins, then afterwards, LMPD officers tampered with evidence by planting a BB gun on Marbley. Mably was shot 16 times in his car by white Caucasian male LMPD officers James Kaufling and Jefferson Atkins, and then afterwards, several witnesses stated LMPD officers tampered with evidence by planting a BB gun Marbley. Marbly was shot with pepper bombs and sprayed with pepper spray, and they considered using a fire hose to getting Marshall Marbly out of his car, while he sat in the “death trap” in the driver’s seat, as a member of Louisville’s VIPER squad described the vulnerability of that position in the car, as a recent police brutality trial.
http://thekentuckyrevolution.blogspot.com/2013/10/a-louisville-kentucky-timeline-1833-2012.html

No Photo Available-001James Edward Taylor 50 B/M Louisville KY Dec. 5, 2002 – Allegedly, Brian Luckett and Michael O’Neil say they overheard a woman’s scream coming from Taylor’s apartment, whose door had been cracked open for an unexplained reason. Allegedly, there were several people in the apartment, and there were crack pipes and vodka bottles lying around. Officer Michael O’Neil arrests and handcuffs Taylor and sits him down on a chair. Officer Brian Luckett leaves the apartment to get more handcuffs. According to Officer Michael O’Neil, Taylor pulled out a 3 inch blade, or a box cutter, and stood up from his chair, and started lunging at him, with his hands still in handcuffs behind his back, with the intent to stab him. Officer Michael O’Neil’s reaction to this was to shoot James Edward Taylor 12 times, into the front of his body, murdering Taylor in cold blood at point blank range. Detective Says He Shot Handcuffed Man 12 Times In Self Defense
http://thekentuckyrevolution.blogspot.com/2013/10/a-louisville-kentucky-timeline-1833-2012.html

Jeremy McDoleJeremy McDole 28 B/M Wilmington DE Sept. 23, 2015 – Paralyzed from the waist down, wheelchair-bound, and a full-time resident of a local nursing home, Jeremy McDole could hardly be seen as a dire threat to many people. But for Delaware police, shooting him was their only choice. Jeremy McDole was as stationary and immobile as a man could be and would appear to be the perfect candidate—if deemed a threat—for some type of non-lethal force. But police seemed prepared to blow him to bits from the moment they saw him. At 0:07 in the video, it’s clear that police spot Jeremy for the very first time. Two seconds later a gunshot goes off and voices in the video state that police shot Jeremy. Less than a minute later, he’s surrounded by police, shot repeatedly, and is clearly dead. McDole’s Mother, Phyllis McDole. “He wasn’t bothering anybody. He didn’t have a weapon or anything,” “He stood up and pulled his pants up and sat back down and put his hands on his lap and they opened fire on him.They shot my son so much he fell out of the wheelchair,” she said breaking into tears. “He fell out the chair and on the ground. He wasn’t armed. He didn’t have a gun. He died by himself. He died alone.” GRAPHIC VIDEO http://www.dailykos.com/story/2015/09/25/1424814/-Disturbing-ethical-questions-abound-as-Delaware-police-shoot-and-kill-paralyzed-man-in-wheelchair#

No Photo Available-001Michael Wade Evans 56 Fayetteville NC Aug. 24, 2011- According to witnesses, acting strangely in front of a restaurant and tried to jump into the path of passing cars. During a struggle with three police officers Evans collapsed after being shocked with a taser and then died. http://www.wral.com/news/news_briefs/story/10060649/

Roger Allen ChandlerRoger Allen Chandler 41 W/M Great Falls MT Aug. 17, 2011 – Chandler was reportedly acting violently inside his residence. Officers used a taser on him when he burst out of a trailer, and again when he continued to be combative. He became unresponsive and died in Great Falls hospital. (http://helenair.com/news/man-who-was-involved-in-scuffle-with-police-dies-in/article_c6c8f6fc-c90d-11e0-94b2-001cc4c03286.html)

No Photo Available-001Joseph Novoa Lopez 49 H/M Santa Barbara CA Aug. 11, 2011 – Lopez allegedly caused a disturbance at his residence by destroying his room and throwing items out of the window. One officer shocked Lopez with a taser multiple times to subdue him. He died at Santa Barbara Psychiatric Health Facility. (http://www.independent.com/news/2011/aug/16/man-dies-after-bizarre-incident-new-faulding-hotel/)

No Photo Available-001Gregory V. Kralovetz 50 W/M Kaukauna WI Aug. 6, 2011 – Kralovetz reportedly yelled for help early in the morning. Police arrived and found him running nude down the road. They called an ambulance, but he became combative and ran away. Police used a taser to subdue him. He died at St. Elizabeth Hospital 45 minutes are paramedics rushed him away in an ambulance. (http://wtaq.com/news/articles/2011/aug/08/autopsy-monday-for-kaukauna-man-in-possible-drug-related-death/)

Everette HowardEverette Howard 18 B/M Cincinnati OH Aug. 6, 2011 – Howard was allegedly acting agitated and angry in his dormitory hallway. Campus police at one point asked him to back off. When he did not, they used a stun gun (taser) to subdue him. Howard couldn’t be revived after going into cardiac arrest. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/08/08/everette-howard-universit_n_920800.html

No Photo Available-001Debro Lamont Wilkerson 29 B/M Manassas VA Aug. 6, 2011 – Wilkerson was being treated for a medical emergency when police say he became combative with paramedics. He then lunged at an officer, who deployed a taser. The taser was deployed again when he lunged at the officers again. He eventually became very passive, and his vital signs began to deteriorate. He was taken to the hospital, but was later pronounced dead. (http://www.serpefirm.com/debro-wilkerson-manassas-man-dies-taser-police.aspx)

Kevin CampbellKevin Campbell 39 B/M Tallahassee FL April 15, 2011 – Tallahassee Police were called out as Campbell was running up and down the steps, and in and out of his apartment, and then into a woman’s apartment, uninvited. TPD says they got into a struggle with Campbell, and they ended up tasing him to get the situation under control. He was then taken to Tallahassee Memorial Hospital where he died. Witnesses on scene say Campbell was yelling to police – saying that he was not resisting arrest and asking for a drink of water. Taser Claims Death Caused by ‘Cocaine-Related Excited Delirium’
http://www.mywifiext.com/

Pierre AbernathyPierre Abernathy 30 B/M San Antonio TX Aug. 3, 2011 – Abernathy was, according to police, driving the wrong way down Interstate 10. When police tried to pull him over, he led them on a slow speed chase to his mother’s house and became extremely combative. A family friend said that multiple tasers were used. Abernathy stopped breathing several minutes after the confrontation. He was transported to Westover Hills Santa Rosa Hospital where he was pronounced dead. (http://www.kens5.com/video/yahoo-video/Man-dead-after-rumble-with-San-Antonio-police-126760813.html)

No Photo Available-001Donald Murray 39 Westland MI July 30, 2011 – Murray allegedly broke into the home of an elderly woman and attacked her. Police were called, and when Murray resisted, a taser was used on him. Murray began experiencing labored breathing and one of the officers performed CPR on him. He was taken to Garden City Hospital for treatment but was pronounced dead on arrival. (http://www.danielromanolaw.com/Romano-News/Mom-questions-sons-death.shtml)

Philip QuinnPhilip Quinn 30 ((#)) W/M St. Paul MN Sept. 25, 2015 – Quinn had recently been released from the hospital for mental health issues. “There were a bunch of police officers in our alley looking for a guy who was freaking out and going crazy,” neighbor Scott Lehn said. Police couldn’t find him and left. They were called again by Quinn’s mother after he started cutting himself, leading up to a deadly confrontation. “Whatever was in his hand, he would not drop,” the fiancé’s sister said. “My sister [Quinn’s fiancé] said he was given a command and within seconds afterward she heard four to six shots.” http://minnesota.cbslocal.com/2015/09/24/family-st-paul-man-dead-after-being-shot-by-police/

No Photo Available-001Mathew Kelley 27 Tulsa OK July 10, 2011 – Kelly was allegedly harassing two individuals, so police were called. When they arrived, they said Kelley resisted arrest, so he was tasered twice. The police saw blood on Kelley and took him to a hospital, but he died in the backseat of the patrol car. http://www.stwnewspress.com/local/x967732554/Taser-use-questioned-by-Oklahoma-lawmaker

No Photo Available-001Amir Nossoughi 32 Springfield MO July 9, 2011- Joshua reportedly attempted to break into the Battlefield City Hall, and was taken into custody. The police say he acted erratically, so they tasered him. He was taken to Cox South Hospital, where he was pronounced dead two hours later. (http://republicmonews.com/news/springfield-man-s-death-in-battlefield-suspicious/article_62c7e6aa-acab-11e0-9236-001cc4c03286.html)

Talia BarnesTalia Barnes 28 B/F Erie PA July 3, 2011 – Barnes died after being tasered by Erie police. A lawsuit filed in May 2013 alleges that police violated Barnes’ constitutional rights and caused her death with a taser, disputing the county medical examiner’s report saying Barnes died of a drug overdose. According to the lawsuit Barnes was arrested on July 1 and taken to the Erie police station. It says that at 9:45 p.m. police tasered her multiple times and collapsed. It says Barnes was taken to a nearby hospital at 9:55 p.m. where she remained “unresponsive” and died on July 3, 2011. The police did not inform the coroner or the medical examiner that Barnes had been shocked with a taser at any point and they ruled the death as resulting solely from the drugs in Barnes’ system. (http://www.goerie.com/lawsuit-erie-police-use-of-taser-killed-woman)

No Photo Available-001Alvaredo Flores-Bravo 46 H/M Marysville CA July 5, 2011 – Flores-Bravo allegedly stabbed a store clerk with scissors during a dispute over cigarettes. Officers found him in a field and Flores-Bravo ignored requests to drop the scissors. A taser was fired at him. Police weren’t sure if both prongs of taser wire hit him, so another officer tasered him again in drive-stun mode. He became unresponsive and taken to Rideout Memorial Hospital where he was later pronounced dead. ( http://www.appeal-democrat.com/articles/gil-108124-deputies-taser.html)

Elbert ThorntonElbert Thornton 55 B/M Inmate West Tennessee State Penitentiary June 12, 2013 – Authorities claim Thorton died a natural death, some said he died in his sleep, others said he died of a heart attack. However an autopsy performed by the Lauderdale County Medical Examiner and sources tell a different story. They tell a story of beatings, of burnings, of broken bones, of deceit. They tell the story of a suffering 55-year-old man, dead as the result of multiple traumatic and thermal injuries. When Thornton died, he died with recently broken ribs, a broken breastbone, severe burns to his genitals, an odd laceration” on an intimate part of Thornton’s genitals, and numerous bruises on Thornton’s head and what “appeared to be whip marks” on his upper abdomen and shoulders. Thornton died with at least 39 linear abrasions and scars on the front of his body and roughly 27 more on his back. They range in length from less than 1 inch to foot-long “healing scars” on his chest and back, according to a diagram in the autopsy. He had clotted blood below the skin on his head, known as a “subdural hematoma.” His breastbone was broken. Nine ribs on the left side of his body and 10 on the right side were either broken or healing after being fractured. There was blood in both of his lungs. An 18-inch-by-6-inch bruise covered the inside of his left arm. He had matching 5-inch-by-3-inch severe burns on the inside of both legs. The burns caused blistering, in some areas killing the skin. The severe burns extended to many areas of his genitals. That includes a “full thickness” burn on his penis; Neysa Taylor, a spokeswoman for the Department of Correction, said she couldn’t release Thornton’s medical records, even to family. But she said Thornton had “multiple medical issues,” had recently spilled hot water on himself and had “fallen several times” at some point before his death. She hinted the falls might have been the result of seizures. “If I had blunt force trauma, you would assume I was beat up. But I could have fallen out of bed,” Taylor said. The state says 72 inmates died a natural death from July 2012 to June 2013. They say Elbert Thornton is one of them. http://www.tennessean.com/story/news/crime/2015/09/26/mystery-still-surrounds-death-inmate-no-81738/72687894/

No Photo Available-001Steven Hayes 55 Bay TX Nassau June 29, 2011 – Hayes was reportedly causing a disturbance at a Hilton Hotel. Police arrived and attempted to place Hayes in protective custody, but they claim Hayes became violent. They attempted to taser him multiple times to no effect, so additional units had to come to subdue him. Hayes appeared distressed, stopped breathing, and went into cardiac arrest. He slipped into a coma at an area hospital, and died shortly after being taken off life support. (“Nassau Bay TASER victim dies,” ABC 13, July 10, 2011) http://abclocal.go.com/ktrk/story?section=news/local&id=8242157

No Photo Available-001Delric East 40 Silver Spring MD June 28, 2011 – East drove his vehicle into a barrier and allegedly became agitated and began to fight rescue personnel. A taser was used to subdue him. East was taken to an the emergency room at Suburban Hospital and died at 11:30 p.m. (http://www6.montgomerycountymd.gov/Apps/Police/News/NA_details.asp?NaID=6004)

Mansur Ball-BeyMansur Ball-Bey 18 B/M St. Louis MO Aug. 21, 2015 – While Officers were executing a warrant Police claim two men armed with guns fled out the back door as officers were about to enter the house. Officers allege Ball-Bey was armed with a firearm with an extended magazine, and the other suspect, a man in his mid- to late-teens, was armed with two guns and was in possession of crack cocaine. As the two men fled, officers in the alley near the house ordered them to stop and drop their weapons. Police say Ball-Bey then turned and pointed a gun at the officers. Police statements clash with statements from Ball-Bey’s with witnesses say Ball-Bey was unarmed. Ball-Bey was shot in the back.
http://www.ksdk.com/story/news/local/2015/08/21/autopsy-mansur-ball-bey–shot—back/32106449/

Howard HammonHoward Hammon 41 Middleburg OH June 13, 2011 – Officers tasered Hammon after he allegedly resisted arrest following a fender-bender crash. Chief John Maddox said two tasers were used to subdue him after one failed to knock him Hammon down. He stopped breathing while waiting for an ambulance and was later pronounced dead at Southwest General. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VdkXzMAGbo4

No Photo Available-001Otto Kolberg 55 Waycross GA June 22, 2011 – Kolberg crashed his car into a tree, but when deputies came to help, he allegedly became combative; kicking, biting and hitting crews that were trying to help him—so they used a taser gun on him. Kolberg became unresponsive and died a short time later at the hospital.
http://www.wctv.tv/news/headlines/124451104.html

Isabella ChinchillaIsabella Chinchilla 16 W/F and friend Kylie Lindsey 17 Carol County GA Sept. 26, 2015 – Two teenage girls were killed late Saturday when their car was sideswiped by a Georgia State Patrol trooper in west Georgia. The trooper, identified as Anthony J. Scott, was travelling north on U.S. 27 in a 20144 Dodge Charger patrol car when the teen’s vehicle turned in front of him and he struck the right side of the Nissan as it tried to turn onto Holly Springs Road. The impact from the crash forced both vehicles off the road. Two male teenagers — Dillon Lewis Wall, 18, and Benjamin Alan Finken, 17, both of Douglasville — were in the Nissan and were taken to Grady Memorial Hospital with injuries. Both girls were sitting in the back seat. Lindsey was not wearing a seat belt and was ejected from the vehicle, according to Perry. http://www.ajc.com/news/news/local/2-teenage-girls-killed-in-carroll-county-crash/nnpdq/

Kylie LindseyKylie Lindsey 17 W/F and friend Isabella Chinchilla 16 Sept. 26, 2015 – Two teenage girls were killed late Saturday when their car was sideswiped by a Georgia State Patrol trooper in west Georgia. The trooper, identified as Anthony J. Scott, was travelling north on U.S. 27 in a 20144 Dodge Charger patrol car when the teen’s vehicle turned in front of him and he struck the right side of the Nissan as it tried to turn onto Holly Springs Road. The impact from the crash forced both vehicles off the road. Two male teenagers — Dillon Lewis Wall, 18, and Benjamin Alan Finken, 17, both of Douglasville — were in the Nissan and were taken to Grady Memorial Hospital with injuries. Both girls were sitting in the back seat. Lindsey was not wearing a seat belt and was ejected from the vehicle, according to Perry. http://www.ajc.com/news/news/local/2-teenage-girls-killed-in-carroll-county-crash/nnpdq/

No Photo Available-001James Doe 31 Broward County FL June 6, 2011 – Doe was asked by police to leave his girlfriend’s apartment after the two had an argument. Doe complied, but returned an hour later, at which time police were called again. An officer arrested Doe and placed him in the backseat of his cruiser. Although he was detained, he reportedly kicked inside the police car, and was then tasered. He died in the police car shortly after being tasered. http://miami.cbslocal.com/2011/06/06/bso-investigates-death-of-suspect-in-custody/

Ervin Leon EdwardsErvin Leon Edwards 38 B/M West Baton Rouge, LA Nov. 26, 2013 – Police were questioning Edwards about an argument with his girlfriend and then began harassing him over his “sagging pants” t. He was arrested moments later and brought to the West Baton Rouge jail. As Edwards was being arrested, for seemingly no reason, he began to voice his discontent. Nonetheless, officers still managed to restrain him and bring him to jail. During the arrest, police threatened to taser Edwards at which point his girlfriend begged them not to because of Edward’s high blood pressure. What happens next can only be described as gross criminal negligence on behalf of Port Allen Police. This incident happened in November of 2013, but video of the incident has only recently been released to the public. What it shows is disturbing. The video starts as Edwards is dragged into an isolation cell by a half-dozen officers. He appears to have his hands restrained behind his back at this time. As police were apparently attempting to restrain him further, Edwards can be seen struggling. However, at no point, does he appear to pose a threat to the myriad of cop boots on and around his body. At this point, we can see that one officer applies his taser to the buttocks of Edwards, and the man goes completely limp. Instead of checking on the man, who is now obviously unconscious, the officers slowly backed away from the body and left the cell. One officer is seen pulling the pants from Edwards limp body before closing the door. Several minutes pass before anyone even looks into the isolation cell, Edwards never moved. More time passes; a second person looks into the cell, says nothing. Edwards body remains in the same position. A third glance into the cell finally results in officers checking on Edwards. Unfortunately, any emergency life-saving techniques at this point were futile. The fact that the subject appeared unresponsive, perhaps unconscious on the floor as the officers withdrew from the cell, should have resulted in an immediate request for medical intervention and a quick determination of whether there was a pulse or breathing. If not, CPR should have been started immediately. The cause of death was classified as “undetermined” by death investigators. “Acute cocaine and phencyclidine (PCP) intoxication in association with restraint by law enforcement,” was listed on his autopsy report.
http://thefreethoughtproject.com/cops-arrest-man-sagging-pants-tase-him-leave-face-cell-died/

No Photo Available-001Duane Kevin Chapman 44 Santa Barbara CA June 2, 2011 – Chapman got into an argument with his girlfriend. Police were called. Chapman reportedly attempted to stab the police officer, so the officer tasered Chapman. Chapman was taken to Cottage Hospital, where he later died. http://www.independent.com/news/2011/jun/02/disturbance-suspect-dies-hospital/

Andre SheffieldAndre Sheffield 14 B/M Miami FL Feb. 19, 2015 – Andre, who was sent to the detention center after running away from a youth corrections program — where he was held after breaking into a neighbor’s home. Brevard County Juvenile Detention Center’s East Module, complaining of a headache and stomach pain, soiling himself, limping, walking strangely sideways and falling over, as if he had no control over his 14-year-old body. Registered nurse Karen Rainford gave him Tylenol. He died hours later. Andre died at DJJ’s Brevard County lockup of bacterial meningitis, an inflammation of the protective membranes of the brain. Andre had complained of a headache and stomach pain, soiled himself, limped and fell over in the hours before he died, and six DJJ staff members were disciplined for their role in his death.
Andre is at least the third delinquent youth to die in Florida since 2003 of medical conditions that are not fatal with appropriate medical care. The Medical Examiner’s Office determined that Andre died of bacterial meningitis, an inflammation of the protective membranes covering the brain. http://www.miamiherald.com/news/state/florida/article24017809.html

Kerry WashingtonKerry Washington 39 B/M inmate Jefferson Parish LA April 29, 2006 – While being held in the now-closed House of Detention, Washington got into a fight with other inmates who were able to pop open their cells using hard objects like toothbrushes. OPSO knew inmates could unlock their cell doors for months prior to Mr. Washington’s death. After breaking up the fight, deputies first took Washington to the disciplinary tier, where they said he started to act erratically, after which they transferred him to the psychiatric tier. While they attempted to strap him down to a table in five-point restraints, Washington stopped breathing. He was pronounced dead at Tulane Medical Center an hour later. “The OPSO employees testified that no one kicked, beat, or laid on Mr. Washington,” Love said. “However, (he) had lacerations, contusions, a tooth knocked out, abrasions to his neck, back, face, head, chest, lips, side of head, left shoulder, right scapula, right shoulder, his abdomen, both knees, his foot and deep lacerations across his stomach. “OPSO employees were aware that the improper administration of restraints could cause harm.” Sheriff Marlin Gusman is “100 percent” liable and ordered to pay $665,000 to Washington’s family, finding that deputies caused him “horrific pain and suffering” and showed “deliberate indifference” to his constitutional rights. http://www.nola.com/crime/index.ssf/2015/10/sheriff_marlin_gusman_100_liab.html

Kerry WashingtonElord Revolte 17 B/M Miami FL Aug. 27, 2015 – Miami Beach police officers arrested Elord after he and one or more companions allegedly stole a cellphone. Elord was taken to the lockup, where he remained while prosecutors evaluated whether they wished to file charges against him as an adult. Four days after being arrested in August, teenager Elord Revolte left the Miami lockup on a stretcher, beaten to a bloody pulp by as many as 20 other incarcerated teens. He died with too many injuries to name. Five officers including supervisors inside of the jail have been fired for falsifying reports and bribing kids with drinks and snacks to brutally beat one another. Sometimes it was for payback. Other times it appears the officers did it just as a cruel, cheap form of entertainment. Whatever the case, officers are literally using $1 honey buns to entice kids to beat and kill one another. when his short-term foster mother described the practice in detail to a reporter, who then asked the public defenders in Miami-Dade and Broward counties if they were aware of it. The next day, an assistant public defender told Osborne, his boss, that detainees at the Miami lockup — most of whom are represented by their office — had disclosed being offered honey buns by guards looking for someone to hurt another detainee. “When I asked [the lawyer], ‘Why honey buns?’ he stated these kids are incarcerated, so they don’t get anything like that in here. In here, a honey bun is like a million dollars,” Osborne told the Herald. “I will put a honey bun on your head if you don’t do what I say,” one detainee quoted a guard to his lawyer. “Sometimes it’s Skittles,” Osborne said. “It’s not always honey buns. Sometimes it’s Snickers. If they really want a child hurt, and they really want to ensure a kid will do it, the big treat is any kind of fast food, like a cheeseburger.” Elord, who was not sent to the hospital until a day after his beating
http://www.miamiherald.com/news/special-reports/florida-prisons/article37157142.html

Deven GuilfordDeven Guilford 17 W/M Eaton County MI Feb. 28, 2015 – Guilford, 17 was driving to his girlfriend’s house after playing basketball at his church, was one of three drivers to flash their brights at the officer to get him to dim his lights, Eaton County Sheriff’s Sgt. Jonathan Frost Frost stopped all three drivers. Five minutes after Guilford was pulled over, the teen lay dead in the snow on the side of the road, struck by seven bullets. The county prosecutor said the teen fought with the deputy and was killed in “justifiable self-defense.” Guilford’s parents said in a statement that video taken by the deputy’s body camera turned their “confusion” to “outrage.” Guilford asked for the officer’s badge number and questioned why he was being stopped — things within his rights to demand. Frost, the suit says, escalated the exchange at every stage and ultimately used excessive force. Guilford did nothing wrong in flashing his high-beams at the officer. Frost’s “entire course of action was illegal and in violation of Deven’s constitutional rights The Eaton County prosecutor declined to bring criminal charges against Frost in June, releasing photographs he said showed injuries the officer sustained during a struggle with Guilford. The prosecutor also noted that Guilford’s body showed the presence of THC
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/teen-flashed-brights-dead-family-lawsuit_5620005ce4b028dd7ea73d53

No Photo Available-001Kirklin Woodridge 29 Marrero LA May 18, 2011 – Woodridge was arrested after being pulled over for suspicion of driving under the influence of narcotics. Police say he resisted arrest, so an officer tasered him. He was taken to West Jefferson Medical Center, where he died a short time later. (http://forums.catholic.com/showthread.php?p=8613407)

Daniel Lynn MittelstadtDaniel Lynn Mittelstadt 56 W/M Boundary County IN May 16, 2011 – Mittelstadt reportedly blocked a road with his car. He was said to be naked at the time. An officer arrived and tasered him. Mittelstadt started having trouble breathing, so the officer performed CPR on him. He was pronounced dead later at a hospital. (http://www.ktvb.com/news/regional/Man-dies-after-being-tased-officer-will-not-be-charged-128177363.html)

Robert ChambersRobert Chambers 19, B/M Warner Robins GA Jan. 24, 2011 – Chambers made the 50-minute walk from his mother’s home to the Five Star Nissan dealership, where he’d often ask for work detailing cars. He also expected a call that day about a job at a local grocery store. Chambers was non-confrontational. He always avoided violence. He never even really got into trouble, for God’s sake, and in a town where police arrested twice as many blacks as whites, Chambers, an African-American, had no criminal history. Just a few minutes away from Wells’ home, her son’s body lay in the dirt, blood pooling from his head. Next to him was a gun, which a Houston County officer said Chambers had dropped before the officer fatally shot him. Aside from the cop, who was unhurt, no one saw what happened. It was the second time that month that someone had broken into the home Robert Brown shared with his son, Antoninus White. On Jan. 12, 2011, a thief had made off with three guns and a Playstation 3. So when Brown, came home on Jan. 24 to see his front door pried open, he knew it had happened again. He called the police. Houston County Deputy Eugene Parker arrived at the residence at around 8:40 a.m. Brown told Parker he’d heard someone run out the back door, but he didn’t get a look at the suspect. Nearby Deputy Steven Glidden heard a call on the radio about a nearby burglary., Glidden asked his supervisors for the green light to assist Parker. He got it. Thirty minutes later, a short three-minute walk from Brown’s house, Glidden searched a wooded area near Feagin Mill Middle School. Glidden turned a corner on the dirt path, and saw a black teen walking alone. In a later deposition, he said Chambers had an “oh crap” look on his face. Glidden claims to have told Chambers to remove his hands from his jacket pockets. “What’s goin’ on, why?” Chambers asked. In his deposition, Glidden described how claims he repeated his command, but Chambers didn’t listen. Instead, he kept walking toward Glidden until the two were within a couple feet of one another. Chambers stepped to the right, as if to pass, his hands finally leaving his pockets. But out of the corner of his eye, Glidden saw something: the butt of a black semiautomatic pistol in Chambers’ left pocket. Glidden says he lunged after the weapon with his right hand, and a struggle ensued. When Glidden felt Chambers reaching for his service weapon, Glidden shot him with a Taser, but the electric rods couldn’t pierce through Chambers’ winter jacket. A camera on the Taser began recording, but it coincidently got knocked out of Glidden’s hand and didn’t capture much. A ccording to Glidden, he still managed to get Chambers to the ground. Seconds later, the teen got up, flinging his jacket down. The video recorded Glidden yelling for Chambers to get down. At some point, the gun Chambers had in his left jacket pocket fell out onto the ground — but Glidden didn’t realize that. Chambers started to run away. Chambers ran toward a residential neighborhood. The teen still had a gun, Glidden thought, as he lifted his weapon and fired. A single round struck Chambers in the back left side of his head. “He stiffened and fell to the ground.” There were fingerprints that were never analyzed, a gun that didn’t match up to reports and another possible suspect in the burglary, among other inconsistencies. Ongoing lawsuit.
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/robert-chambers-georgia-shooting_561c0f1de4b0e66ad4c8d5bf

Allen KephartAllen Kephart 43 W/M San Bernardino County CA May 11, 2011 – Kephart died after a San Bernardino County sheriff’s deputy used a taser to subdue him after a traffic stop. Kephart was pulled over after he allegedly ran a stop sign. A Sheriff’s Department spokeswoman said Kephart got out of his car and became combative and uncooperative. She said the deputy attempted to place him under arrest and tasered him. Kephart’s father said his son was tasered eight times by two officers, after slamming his son to the ground. Kephart was taken to a local hospital, where he was declared dead. http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/lanow/2011/05/man-dies-taser-san-bernardino-county-sheriffs-deputies.html

Corey JonesCorey Jones 31 B/M Houston TX Oct. 18, 2015 – Jones a church going, licensed to conceal carry citizen in need of help, gunned down by police officer. had pulled over to tend to his failing car, was “confronted” by a plain-clothed police officer who never identified himself, was fired at five times and died shortly thereafter, with no dashboard or body cameras recording the incident. Jones was shot three times by a police officer on the side of the highway at 3 a.m. Sunday morning.
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/vince-wilfork-friend-killed-cop-justice_562a95bae4b0aac0b8fcf6c9

Daniel McDonnellDaniel McDonnell 40 W/M West Babylon, NY May 6, 2011 – McDonnell was in a police station cell when, according to police, he began acting irrationally. Police tasered him twice. He then experienced respiratory distress and was taken to a hospital where he was pronounced dead. http://newyork.cbslocal.com/2011/05/07/prisoner-shot-twice-in-cell-with-taser-dies/

No Photo Available-001Ronald Armstrong 43 ((#)) Pinehurst NC April 23, 2011 – Armstrong was being taken into custody based on an involuntary mental health commitment order. Armstrong allegedly resisted and fought with Pinehurst officers. An officer used a taser on him. Armstrong then collapsed and stopped breathing. He was taken to Moore Regional Hospital where attempts to revive him were unsuccessful. http://thepilot.www.clients.ellingtoncms.com/news/2011/apr/25/sbi-investigating-death-robbins-man-pinehurst/

Amonderez P. GreenAmonderez P. Green 18 B/M Normandy MO Oct. 28, 2015 – Normandy Police claim after they were called in to help find a “suicidal subject” whose family was attempting to calm him down, Green fired at the officers. When officers attempted to speak to him, he allegedly removed a gun from his waistband and began firing at them. After deploying a Taser to no effect, the officers returned fire. The teen fled, and another gunshot was heard out of the officers’ sight, the officers then reportedly found him on the ground, unresponsive. HOWEVER A woman who says she witnessed the shooting, but asked to remain anonymous due to concerns about safety and the potential repercussions of speaking publicly, said she saw two officers on the scene with the teenager. Looking out her window, she saw Green — who was wearing a red, orange and yellow jacket turn to face the officers, who were just six or seven feet away from him, when one of the cops shot him in the face. “We heard approximately six gunshots ring out. “He was right at eye level as [the officer] shot him”. “It was not a suicide. At all.” Dominique Clemons, who says she witnessed the incident from about three houses up the street, also says the police shot the teen. “While he was running, he turned around to face the police and that’s when he got shot in the face, I saw his body drop. They shot him in the face, his whole right side of his face was gone, his top lip was gone.” In a video of the scene that Clemons reposted on Twitter, a gunshot can be heard, as well as a man yelling “don’t shoot me” and “don’t kill me, oh God.” Deron Smith told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch that he saw Green running from the officers, but that he didn’t appear to be holding a gun because he was using two hands to scale a fence. While the shooting took place in Normandy, several witnesses said some police on the scene were wearing Ferguson uniforms. A spokeswoman for the Normandy Police Department told St. Louis Public Radio that while Ferguson officers were present, it was a Normandy officer who fired at Green.http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/man-near-ferguson-shoots-at-police-before-shooting-self-cops-say_56313017e4b063179910b686

Franklin HoogendornFranklin Hoogendorn 18 Inuit Male Sitka AK Sept. 2014 – In front of a Sitka bar, where the underage Hoogendorn had been trying to buy buy drinks. Schmitt says Hoogendorn was combative when officers initially approached him, and the struggle continued as he was taken into custody. Video shows two officers and a jailer escorting Hoogendorn into a Sitka jail cell, handcuffed behind his back, stripping him down to his underwear, and tasering him multiple times in the thigh while holding his arms and legs together behind his back in a move that is sometimes called “hog tying.” After the three officers leave Hoogendorn prone and immobile on a plastic pad, stripped to his underwear, one of them utters a slur, it’s not racial, but it’s unprofessional. Two of the three officers involved in the Hoogendorn arrest had been involved in disciplinary action for excessive use of force. Sitka police chief Sheldon Schmitt says one officer disciplined for using a taser against a man in Roswell, New Mexico, who subsequently died. Schmitt says the allegations against the second Sitka officer involved a shooting. http://www.alaskapublic.org/2015/11/02/teen-inmate-hog-tied-tasered-repeatedly-in-sitka-jail/

No Photo Available-001Adam Spencer Johnson 33 Orlando FL April 22, 2011 – Johnson died after police tasered him. They say he acted irrationally outside of a movie theater. When officers found him, they tried to restrain him. Johnson began to resist violently, and he was tasered by officers. Johnson was handcuffed, and became unresponsive on the ground. Officers began CPR, and paramedics were called. Johnson was pronounced dead at the hospital. http://www.theledger.com/article/20110422/NEWS/110429788

Charles AlvarezCharles Alvarez 25 H/M Weatherford OK Feb. 2015 – Alvarez found him collapsed in the street in the early-morning hours. The jail surveillance video provides chilling detail of Alvarez’s arrival to the jail, including Alvarez falling to the ground as he gets out of a patrol car. Initially, jail staff seem dismissive of the young man’s subsequent pleas for help. “Yeah, you’re talking …you can breathe,” one jailer told Alvarez. Another one told the slumped-over Alvarez: “You’re doing just fine.” Police and jailers claim they thought he was just drunk – not deathly sick. More than 20 minutes pass before one of the jailers brings in an oxygen tank. A half-hour after Alvarez’s arrival to the jail, the staff begin to pull off his jail-stripes uniform and place him back in civilian clothes. It’s about then that someone mentions getting outside help. Yeah, go ahead and have an ambulance come up here to the jail,” said one jailer. But before paramedics could arrive, Alvarez was on the floor, non-responsive, and jailers – now realizing Alvarez was in dire need of medical attention– were applying chest compressions in an effort to revive him. He was pronounced dead later that same day at a Fort Worth Hospital, due, according to the autopsy report, from a lack of oxygen to the brain, hemorrhaging and “multi-organ failure.” Alvarez’s family, as well as police, now believe that when he was found that early February morning, he was not simply drunk, but had been beaten and thrown into the street. Weatherford Police Chief Mike Manning has told the I-Team an internal investigation found that Alvarez’s arresting officer did nothing wrong when he took him to jail, rather than immediately calling for an ambulance. “While the result of the event was tragic, it has been investigated and reviewed, and there has been no question of improper conduct during Mr. Alvarez’s presence at the jail.” http://dfw.cbslocal.com/2015/11/05/a-prisoners-dying-plea-i-need-a-doctor-please-help-me/

Michael RobinsonMichael Robinson 33 B/M Caruthersville MO Aug. 14, 2015 – police arrested Michael Robinson, 33, in the early morning of Aug. 14 on an outstanding child support charge, he looked healthy, according to his family. Twenty-four hours later he was hooked up to all kinds of machines and almost brain dead. “His brain was swelling, and his eyes were full of fluid until I had to ask the doctors and nurses that were on call, please tape my brother’s eyes up because they have popped out of his head,” his sister Angela Wilson said. His loved ones said Robinson, a severe diabetic, died because the Pemiscot County jail refused to give him the medical attention he needed. “If your glucose level is 700, that’s deadly. My brother’s glucose level was 2500,” said his sister LaKeisha Robinson. “When I got into the visiting area, he had his head laid down on the table and couldn’t hold his head up. He was disoriented, jaws sunk in, eyes glazed over,” Robinson’s fiancee Clara Clevenger said. she told officers he needed insulin, but she claims they didn’t believe her and thought he was just trying to get out of jail. They promised to monitor him. One of the inmates who shared the cell block with Robinson backs the family’s story “He said his head was feeling real funny. Like he couldn’t stay up or whatever,” the former cellmate, who asked we not identify him, said. “They just kept on telling him he wasn’t going anywhere because they were tired of his games.” The former inmate said Robinson didn’t go anywhere until later that night. Where he was taken next is up for debate. “He threw up everywhere on the floor. Just weak. So, they took him up out of there,” the cellmate said. “He was curled up on the floor like a baby.” Robinson’s family believes surveillance video from inside the jail shows Michael begging for help for more than a day as his organs shut down. The former inmate said Robinson didn’t go anywhere until later that night. Where he was taken next is up for debate. “He threw up everywhere on the floor. Just weak. So, they took him up out of there,” the cellmate said. “He was curled up on the floor like a baby.” Robinson’s family believes surveillance video from inside the jail shows Michael begging for help for more than a day as his organs shut down. http://wreg.com/2015/11/05/mid-south-family-says-jailers-denied-now-dead-inmate-his-insulin/

No Photo Available-001David Hamm 33 Caruthersville MO Aug. 4, 2015 – Hamm died in the jail just two weeks before Robinson; an autopsy shows/claims he died from natural causes. http://www.forensic-news.com/autopsy-ordered-following-inmate39s-death/

Meaningful Prison Reform

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Originally posted at http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/pages/frontline/criminal-justice/locked-up-in-america/senators-seek-to-curb-federal-prison-sentences-for-drug-crimes/

Corrections officer Travis Conklin, right, looks on as prisoners move through the state prison Thursday, March 3, 2011 in Jackson, Ga. Conservative legislators who once heralded strict three-strikes laws and other tough measures that led to bloated prisons are now considering what was once deemed unthinkable: Reducing sentences for some drug and non-violent offenders. (AP Photo/David Goldman) Corrections officer Travis Conklin, right, looks on as prisoners move through the state prison Thursday, March 3, 2011 in Jackson, Ga. Conservative legislators who once heralded strict three-strikes laws and other tough measures that led to bloated prisons are now considering what was once deemed unthinkable: Reducing sentences for some drug and non-violent offenders. (AP Photo/David Goldman)

Senators Seek to Curb Federal Prison Sentences for Drug Crimes

October 1, 2015, 4:09 pm ET by Sarah Childress

A bipartisan group of senators unveiled a comprehensive proposal on Thursday that would reduce federal prison sentences for nonviolent drug offenders and seek to cut down on recidivism.

The bill would be among the most significant criminal justice reform legislation in decades. It comes as support for reform has been growing on both sides of the aisle, both because of the overwhelming financial burden of mass incarceration and a push among legislators towards…

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Spring Valley High School Police Violence

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The department looked at cellphone videos taken from the classroom and interviewed witnesses’ concluding “the maneuvers Deputy Ben Fields used in the confrontation were ‘not acceptable’, Deputy Fields has been fired”.

Richland County Sheriff Leon Lott said Fields had no prior complaints against him during his seven years at Spring Valley, however students called Deputy Fields “Officer Slam” and Fields has been sued twice for excessive force. Sheriff Lott was caught in another lie when he said “she only suffered a rug burn”. However according to her attorney “she has a cast on her arm, she has neck and back injuries”.

Sheriff Lott went on to say “people shouldn’t “lose sight” that the student’s unruly behavior set off the incident” What she did doesn’t justify what our deputy did. It doesn’t justify his actions, but she needs to be held responsible for what she did”. Sheriff Lott is blaming the victim for the violence and excusing Fields with the Wife Beater defense! “She made me hit her!” “It was her fault”

At least 2 other students were arrested; Niya Kenny police claim was also “contributing to the chaos “witnessed the officer put his arm around her classmate’s neck”. One of the 3 teens who recorded the incident was also arrested. A student with the last name of Robinson said “The girl was new to the class and she didn’t talk to anyone… None of the class even knew what she’d done. The teacher asked her for her phone, but she said “no”. An administrator was called to the room and told her to get out of get up, but she didn’t. “She really hadn’t done anything wrong” “She said that she had took her phone out, but it was only for a quick second.” Even though she didn’t comply the girl was apologetic. Deputy Fields was called to the classroom and had another student move her desk, then Fields shut off the victim girl’s computer and moved it out of the way. Robinson got a bad feeling so he began videotaping. Deputy Fields told the girl “will you move, will you move.’ She said ‘no I have not done anything wrong. Then Fields said I’m going to treat you fairly. And she said ‘I don’t even know who you are”. Moments later, Fields viciously attacked her.

FOX News interviewed Mark Fuhrman, I’m sure most people remember him; the disgraced former detective and convicted felon of the LAPD; the cop who botched the O.J. Simpson evidence and is infamous for a 1985 taped interview with screenwriter Laura Hart McKinny “Yeah we work with niggers and gangs. You can take one of these niggers, drag ’em into the alley and beat the shit out of them and kick them. You can see them twitch. It really relieves your tension. We had them begging that they’d never be gang members again, begging us.” He said that he would tell them, “You do what you’re told, understand, nigger?”

Fuhrman’s response to Deputy Field’s attacking the student videotape “He verbalized, he made contact, he verbalized, he was polite. He requested her. He verbally did that. The next level is he put a hand on her. She escalated it from there. He used soft control. He threw her on the ground, he handcuffed her. He didn’t use mace. He didn’t use a Taser. He didn’t use a stick. He didn’t kick her. He didn’t hit her. He didn’t choke her. He used a minimal amount of force necessary to effect an arrest.”

If a parent had been recorded abusing their child in this manner police would have hauled the parent off to jail and Child Protective Services would place the child in Foster Care.

Its good Deputy Fields was fired, now he needs to be prosecuted to the full extent, sent to prison and placed in general population.

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Minority Incarceration and Media’s Societal Engineering

Lady2Soothe Santa Monica College Race and Gender in the Media Mid-Term Essay Draft
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The Societal Engineering of repetitive media messages focusing on minorities, particularly Blacks as nefarious thugs fail to take into account the majority of penal inmates are comprised of non-violent offenders. The covert strategy applied through film, news, and broadcasting’s cautionary tales reaching the largest potential audience with its constant barrage of psychological programming are designed to perpetuate a constant state of anxiety, fear and apprehension.

This concept has been employed with jurors pre-conditioned through media to view handcuffed and shackled Black men entering courtrooms dressed in orange jumpsuits as guilty by reason of skin color. For example; In 1984, nineteen year old [1]Darryl Hunt, a Black youth from Winston-Salem, North Carolina, was convicted of the rape and murder of Deborah Sykes a white woman despite the fact there was no physical evidence tying him to the crimes. Even with no evidence, Darryl was sentenced by an all-white jury to life in prison. Ten years later, DNA testing proved Darryl never committed the rape or murder and was cleared of all crimes. However even after being exonerated Darryl spent an additional nine years in prison until a man named Willard Brown confessed to both acts. After 19 years in prison, Hunt was finally released in 2004.

[2]Mandatory sentencing policy data reflect Black offenders are incarcerated at 5.6 times the rate and receive considerably longer sentences than White offenders. Nearly 1 million of the total 2.3 million incarcerated population is Black, and 1 out of every 12 Black males between the ages of 30 and 34 are behind bars, compared with 1 in 60 White males of the same age group; and herein lays the contradiction of mind control; Widely published National statistics present these figures and [3]“With the help of politicians and the news media, criminal and Black has become so interchangeable that social psychology experiments testing implicit racial bias have generally found Whites view Blacks as less trustworthy, more violent, and innately criminal” Where Do We Go from Here? Mass Incarceration and the Struggle for Civil Rights – by Robynn Cox

Repetitious lies, distorted messages, faulty analogies and circular reasoning formulated by politicians, produced by corporate media, and generated though news, television and other broadcast agencies as factual is the systematic broken record technique of brain washing. [4]“mind control is possible through the covert exploitation of the unconscious rules that underlie and facilitate healthy human social interactions. Common social rules can be used to prey upon the unwary” Influence: The Psychology of Persuasion, by Social Psychologist Robert Cialdini 2007. If something is repeated often enough the brain is mentally restrained and prone to suggestion and cannot differentiate between fantasy and reality. To underestimate coercive persuasion by hypnotizing millions of people into believing most if not all Black men are thugs and criminals deserving of prison and most if not all White men are decent and pure, deserving of second chances is not fair, nor is it balanced, impartial or constitutionally legal and does not allow for due process and equal protection or representation under the law.

But what constitutes the Fourteenth Amendment’s Constitutionality by legal definition? [5]The Fourteenth Amendment guarantees, no state shall “deprive any person of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law.” [6]Sixth Amendment: In all criminal prosecutions, the accused shall enjoy the right to a speedy and public trial, by an impartial jury of the State and district wherein the crime shall have been committed, which district shall have been previously ascertained by law, and to be informed of the nature and cause of the accusation; to be confronted with the witnesses against him; to have compulsory process for obtaining witnesses in his favor, and to have the assistance of counsel for his defense. And the [7]Eighth Amendment: Excessive bail shall not be required, nor excessive fines imposed, nor cruel and unusual punishments inflicted.

However legal assistance and attorney affordability are not synonymous. Black men generally don’t have the funds to retain the high powered legal counsel many Whites are afforded such as in the case of the [8]Affluenza Kid Ethan Couch, and are therefore subjected to the inferior services of disinterested, overworked, incompetent or inexperienced underpaid court-appointed attorneys who typically invest less than 15 minutes reviewing charges and interviewing clients. Without quality representation there is virtually no chance of acquittal.

In the majority of movies and TV, Whites are the saviors, the leaders, the smartest, boldest, sincerest, and are portrayed fighting with words and logic. Blacks are portrayed as smack talking, drug dealing liars and thugs who fight with guns. White screenwriters haven’t developed Black characters in meaningful ways so their lives and deaths mean nothing, confirming Black lives really don’t matter. The media repeatedly controls our thoughts by using violent imagery.

How impartial and unbiased can a juror be whose been inundated by a system of media propaganda significantly influencing, disrupting and compromising their collective freedom of choice, and can this process be routed out or determined during Voir Dire?

When media’s mind controlling contempt for Black men manifests as acceptable practice, it clarifies the extensive mistreatment and the disproportionately 20% longer mandatory prison sentencing for Black defendants than White defendants.

[1] “Darryl Hunt.” – The Innocence Project. N.p., n.d. Web. 21 Oct. 2015.
[2] Mauer, Marc, and Ryan S. King. Uneven Justice: State Rates of Incarceration By Race and Ethnicity (n.d.): n. pag. Web. .
[3] Cox, Robynn. “Where Do We Go from Here? Mass Incarceration and the Struggle for Civil Rights.” Economic Policy Institute. N.p., n.d. Web. 21 Oct. 2015. .
[4] Cialdini, Robert B. Influence: The Psychology of Persuasion. New York: Collins, 2007. Web..
[5] “14th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution: Civil Rights (1868).” Our Documents -. N.p., n.d. Web. 21 Oct. 2015.Web..
[6][7] “The Bill of Rights: A Transcription.” National Archives and Records Administration. National Archives and Records Administration, n.d. Web. 21 Oct. 2015. .
[8] Wikipedia. Wikimedia Foundation, n.d. Web. 21 Oct. 2015. Ethan Couch.

How Alex’s Lemonade Stand Went From A Dream To A Multimillion Dollar Legacy

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After Alex was diagnosed with neuroblastoma, she held a lemonade stand to raise money for cancer research. Now, that little stand has become a full-fledged foundation has raised millions.
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/alexs-lemonade-stand-legacy_561fdf10e4b0c5a1ce62693b

When 8-year-old Alex appeared on “The Oprah Winfery Show” in 2004, she told Oprah how she made her lemonade. “I use Country Time Lemonade”

Country Time lemonade flavor drink mix is a Kraft product. Kraft split itself off into two companies Mondelez International as a marketing strategy by combining the words “world” and “delicious”. Kraft decided the grocery business would retain the Kraft name, Mondelez International manages snack brands. Kraft and Mondelez International are owned by ConAgra.

Circular reasoning: The Company who gives people cancer are profiting off the people with cancer by selling to the people who will get cancer by consuming their cancer causing products.

ConAgra, one of the largest processed food manufacturers in the world, and include brands Hunt’s, Healthy Choice, Marie Callender’s, Orville Redenbacher, Slim Jim, Reddi-wip, Egg Beaters, Hebrew National, P. F. Chang’s, and Bertolli recently conducted a series of studies on food, which it presented at the 2014 Experimental Biology conference. any “study” published by a Big Food giant like ConAgra is likely to be anything but objective — and the “results” only serve to further its profit line.

• ConAgra concealed the use of GMOs in their products and utilizes unethical practices to sell their cancer causing foods.
• ConAgra was found guilty of “health code violations and bacterial contaminations at its food processing facilities, which have endangered consumers and in some cases been linked to deaths.”
• ConAgra has had significant problems in regards to factory farming, consumer health and safety, and genetic engineering.
• PETA found turkeys were routinely abused in the Butterball turkey slaughter.
• ConAgra continues to offer food products containing genetically modified ingredients including a line specifically marketed for children called Kid Cuisine.
• The company also donated $71,100 to defeat Oregon’s initiative requiring the labeling of GMOs.
• In July 2002, ConAgra Foods recalled nearly 19 million pounds of ground beef from its Greeley, Colorado, processing plant. At least 47 people died and 28 more people in seven states fell ill after eating beef contaminated with E. coli.
• Con Agra fined $1.5 million to settle charges of hiring discrimination
• ConAgra scored only a six out of 100 in “The Climate Counts Company Scorecard Report.” The report judged companies on their commitment to reversing climate change. The creation, manufacturing, and transportation of goods greatly contribute to pollution.
• Under pressure from investors former chairman and CEO of ConAgra, Bruce C. Rohde, resigned from his position in September 2005. Rohde earned more than $45 million in his eight years as CEO, plus a $20 million retirement package despite overseeing a 28 percent decline in company stock and the laying off of 9,000 workers.
• In 2006, CEO Gary M. Rodkin Gary M. Rodkin earned $9,573,444 in total compensation. That is equivalent to earning $184,104 per week.
• Feb. 22, 2007 confirmed peanut butter tested positive of salmonella
• ConAgra is teaming up with Monsanto and Friends to block your right to know what’s in your food

Vaccine Doctor LIST – Doctors who explain clearly why vaccines aren’t safe or effective.
1. Dr. Nancy Banks – http://bit.ly/1Ip0aIm
2. Dr. Russell Blaylock – http://bit.ly/1BXxQZL
3. Dr. Shiv Chopra – http://bit.ly/1gdgh1s
4. Dr. Sherri Tenpenny – http://bit.ly/1MPVbjx
5. Dr. Suzanne Humphries – http://bit.ly/17sKDbf
6. Dr. Larry Palevsky – http://bit.ly/1LLEjf6
7. Dr. Toni Bark – http://bit.ly/1CYM9RB
8. Dr. Andrew Wakefield – http://bit.ly/1MuyNzo
9. Dr. Meryl Nass – http://bit.ly/1DGzJsc
10. Dr. Raymond Obomsawin – http://bit.ly/1G9ZXYl
11. Dr. Ghislaine Lanctot – http://bit.ly/1MrVeUL
12. Dr. Robert Rowen – http://bit.ly/1SIELeF
13. Dr. David Ayoub – http://bit.ly/1SIELve
14. Dr. Boyd Haley PhD – http://bit.ly/1KsdVby
15. Dr. Rashid Buttar – http://bit.ly/1gWOkL6
16. Dr. Roby Mitchell – http://bit.ly/1gdgEZU
17. Dr. Ken Stoller – http://bit.ly/1MPVqLI
18. Dr. Mayer Eisenstein – http://bit.ly/1LLEqHH
19. Dr. Frank Engley, PhD – http://bit.ly/1OHbLDI
20. Dr. David Davis – http://bit.ly/1gdgJwo
21. Dr Tetyana Obukhanych – http://bit.ly/16Z7k6J
22. Dr. Harold E Buttram – http://bit.ly/1Kru6Df
23. Dr. Kelly Brogan – http://bit.ly/1D31pfQ
24. Dr. RC Tent – http://bit.ly/1MPVwmu
25. Dr. Rebecca Carley – http://bit.ly/K49F4d
26. Dr. Andrew Moulden – http://bit.ly/1fwzKJu
27. Dr. Jack Wolfson – http://bit.ly/1wtPHRA
28. Dr. Michael Elice – http://bit.ly/1KsdpKA
29. Dr. Terry Wahls – http://bit.ly/1gWOBhd
30. Dr. Stephanie Seneff – http://bit.ly/1OtWxAY
31. Dr. Paul Thomas – http://bit.ly/1DpeXPf
32. Many doctors talking at once – http://bit.ly/1MPVHOv
33. Dr. Richard Moskowitz – http://bit.ly/1OtWG7D
34. Dr. Jane Orient – http://bit.ly/1MXX7pb
35. Dr. Richard Deth – http://bit.ly/1GQDL10
36. Dr. Lucija Tomljenovic – http://bit.ly/1eqiPr5
37. Dr Chris Shaw – http://bit.ly/1IlGiBp
38. Dr. Susan McCreadie – http://bit.ly/1CqqN83
39. Dr. Mary Ann Block – http://bit.ly/1OHcyUX
40. Dr. David Brownstein – http://bit.ly/1EaHl9A
41. Dr. Jayne Donegan – http://bit.ly/1wOk4Zz
42. Dr. Troy Ross – http://bit.ly/1IlGlNH
43. Dr. Philip Incao – http://bit.ly/1ghE7sS
44. Dr. Joseph Mercola – http://bit.ly/18dE38I
45. Dr. Jeff Bradstreet – http://bit.ly/1MaX0cC
46. Dr. Robert Mendelson – http://bit.ly/1JpAEQr

Hundreds more doctors testifying that vaccines aren’t safe or effective, in these documentaries….
1. Vaccination – The Silent Epidemic – http://bit.ly/1vvQJ2W
2. The Greater Good – http://bit.ly/1icxh8j
3. Shots In The Dark – http://bit.ly/1ObtC8h
4. Vaccination The Hidden Truth – http://bit.ly/KEYDUh
5. Vaccine Nation – http://bit.ly/1iKNvpU
6. Vaccination – The Truth About Vaccines – http://bit.ly/1vlpwvU
7. Lethal Injection – http://bit.ly/1URN7BJ
8. Bought – http://bit.ly/1M7YSlr
9. Deadly Immunity – http://bit.ly/1KUg64Z
10. Autism – Made in the USA – http://bit.ly/1J8WQN5
11. Beyond Treason – http://bit.ly/1B7kmvt
12. Trace Amounts – http://bit.ly/1vAH3Hv
13. Why We Don’t Vaccinate – http://bit.ly/1KbXhuf

Jerry Brown Signs Automatic Voter Registration In California

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Advocates see the bill as a way to help millions of unregistered Californians.
The way automatic registration works is relatively simple: Eligible citizens are registered to vote when they show up at a Department of Motor Vehicles office to obtain a driver’s license or state ID. The DMV gives the eligible voter a chance to opt out if they prefer not to register. If the person does not opt out, the DMV electronically transfers their voter registration information to the Secretary of State’s office, rather than making election officials enter data by hand from paper registration forms. (The federal National Voter Registration Act of 1993 already requires states to give eligible voters the opportunity to register to vote when they apply for a new or renewed driver’s license.)

I’m a registered voter, I even voted for Jerry Brown but this is going way too far; it was MY choice to register, I made a conscious decision with eyes wide open, however NO ONE has the right or authority to sign me up for anything without my express consent or permission any more than they have the right to tell me who to sleep with.

If you aren’t outraged at this violation of your privacy maybe you haven’t considered the ramifications of losing your Freedom of Choice; how the right of individuals to determine their own actions will ultimately cost you.

Once you’ve been automatically registered to vote, you are in a Centralized Personal Profile Database detailing your name, date of birth, address, phone number, demographic information including ethnicity/race, religion, income and family. Credit score’s, medical and/or psychiatric history, rent or mortgage and tax brackets, insurance carriers and claims, banking information, financial institutions, investments records, volunteer organizations and special interest groups, clubs and memberships, political party affiliation and voter history, shopping habits and of course any criminal history including but not limited to parking tickets and a host of other personalized information giving the government carte blanc to deliberately distribute, sell or be allowed to be intentionally or unintentionally hacked.

As a survivor of domestic abuse you don’t want your abuser getting information through a private investigator buying or hacking their way into a database. Maybe you just want to stay off-grid; again you don’t want to be found. There are a myriad or reason’s not to be automatically registered having all your personal information stored in one place.

Every interaction with a government agency, or business, gathered and collected from a wide array of sources generates information about you, accumulating in a more refined and detailed file. By blindly following and adopting civil management ideologies you’re shifting your right to privacy over to the government and endangering your privileges as a free US Citizen and throwing your freedom of choice right out the window.

The 1974 Federal Right to Privacy Act states in part: “No agency shall disclose any record which is contained in a system of records by any means of communication to any person, or to another agency, except pursuant to a written request by, or with the prior written consent of, the individual to whom the record pertains”. Is it not enough the number on the ballot is printed on a perforated stub which is torn off and placed on a ring before the ballot is cast into the ballot box. Stubs allegedly prove an elector has only voted once and is theoretically anonymous. But are they? A simple desire for privacy should be justification enough; however Gov. Brown just moved free choice further out of your reach.

Stop being influence by media propaganda and politicians making it easier for the government to manipulate and control you with their smoke and mirror canned institutionalized soft interventions thought.

By voluntarily registering to vote we demonstrate our ability to exercise our right to free choice, or at least we used to until this bill was signed.

In ancient Egypt there were no vowels

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Egypt

In ancient Egypt there were no vowels; Negro was represented as N-G-R and pronounced en-jer, which is auditory for GOD. Therefore N-G-R: NEGRO translates to Devine Being or God. Moving forward to 735 BC Rome where the language of Latin came into use; Nigrum or Negro (pronounced neg-ro) meaning the color black originated as a neutral term referring to people with black skin.

Skipping forward many centuries to the 1500’s and progressing through the mid 1800’s, the Atlantic Slave Trade transported over 10 million African’s; nearly 15% of slaves were captured in the River Niger Delta Region in West Africa and delivered to the coast to be sold at European trading ports. It is believed these slaves were called Niger’s (pronounced Ni-gir) to differentiate them from other regions such as the Congo, Angola or Cameroon.

Word alterations in the US and the negative connotations they elicit as a description of a “negro or “N,” with no value attached to the word itself. During the period of subjugation the words “N” or “Black” was situated in front of a first name to distinguish a slave from a White person with the same first name establishing the pigment demarcation line, thus becoming an intentional derogatory term to belittle and degrade.

I believe the racial formation and derogatory use of the “N” word is not much different than plantation owners feeding slaves as cheaply as possible with poor quality leftover waste foods and scraps as a means of a complex social, economic and political system to control and punish. African slaves were extremely creative with their provisions which evolved into the distinct cuisine, Soul Food; the correlation and racial project being, by using the “N” word by Blacks in today’s culture; it is now elevated to a level of sophistication, thereby negating the disparaging intent.

Nigga vs Nigger is a representation of homophones with the “N” word defining peoples’ who are economically, politically, socially enslaved and dominated under the rule of oppression by the use of racial formation, or as Voltaire claimed “The negro race is a species of men different from ours as the breed of spaniels is from that of greyhounds”. While the word “nigga” is a phrase used in the Black community to define brotherhood, friendship, affections and at times even animosity, it’s the latter of the two which many Black’s chose to use as a term of endearment.

One can’t pretend there isn’t a double standard; Blacks can say the “N” word without social consequence however when Whites use the “N” word it’s denoted as racial prejudice. The Gangsta Rap culture with popular songs such as Snoop Dogg’s “Doggy Style” Tupac’s “I’d Ratha Be Ya N.I.G.G.A”, Ice Cube’s “My Summer Vacation” and a myriad of other crowd-pleasing music genre have caused Whites, who are statistically the largest consumers of hip hop to feel justification to convert the “N” Word in lyrics to lifestyle linguistics without ever contemplating historical detriment or connection to deprivation, segregation, discrimination etc.

Thug is the new “N” word is repulsive and offensive yet it’s becoming an acceptable racial slur to describe Black men, especially young Black men. It’s alarming when Black youth are considered gangsters because of their apparel. The connotation, despite denotations are detrimental from both a mental standpoint and a safety point of view as exhibited by the monumental number of unarmed young Black men killed as a result of racial and Ethnic Profiling.

Please be assured this is absolutely not about promoting hate or the blaming of White’s. Also understand the difference between Indigenous White and Banker White….. The Banker White has never created a definition for who they are. Banker White meaning the Global Elite which is dominated by a small group of corrupt, power-hungry figures centered around the privately owned U.S. Federal Reserve who control the wealth of the world.

They’ve given us a definition for every race except for the split in theirs. The Banker White hides its identity inside the Indigenous White. This confusion causes strife, because no one knows how to properly separate the two. No one seems to understand, WE, the people are our own SLAVERY ENFORCERS for the Banker Whites.

Racism isn’t by choice but by programming. Most people of color see and understand this…….while most Whites don’t…..they have never been trained to hate their own color. They have never had to fight themselves due to imagery. This is White Privilege/White Entitlement. I don’t necessarily mean this in a bad way, just take notice. This is why people of color have never recovered from the brutality of America; we’ve never been allowed the chance. How can one recover when one race is always portrayed as clean and sin free and the other dumb and violent? How can we recover when we aren’t allowed to love ourselves without guilt?

Why is it “All Lives Matter” the most when Blacks and Natives try to speak out against injustice? Why didn’t All Lives Matter just 2 yrs. ago when we were being arrested and gunned down and before the NDAA didn’t include Whites? Why now? What about during the crack epidemic? Aids epidemic? Where were Whites when Trayvon’s murderer was being celebrated? Where were they when we demanded the release of Leonard Peltier? How can All Lives Matter when they’re just using this phrase to ignore other colors because privilege is being stripped away? How can All Lives Matter when they stand on this land regurgitating freedom for all while calling us primitive or ignorant? All Lives DON’T Matter…..what matters is to speak out louder, above us so we can’t be heard, because if you really believed that, you would allow us to speak for once.

I bring up these issues not to shove entitlements in the face of White America, but because entitlements are actually slavery to ourselves, gifted to us out of convenience, or through an educational media system which eternally lies. Face it, we/you, your parents and grandparents have been used as a weapon for the state.

Systemic racial profiling and nationwide police violence threaten the lives of Ethnic Americans – youth and adults EVERY day. Abuse against all people(s) regardless of race, color, national origin, homeless, religion, age, sexual orientation or manner of clothing is becoming abundantly rampant. Discriminatory racial profiling by police is nothing new and is huge in law enforcement, risking the lives of many innocent people.

Racial profiling whereby law-enforcement, intelligence, or homeland security personnel factor the race or ethnic characteristics of any given *suspect* into their respective decision making process. This practice became particularly controversial toward the end of the 20th century when civil rights leaders charge profiling was rooted in racism and the targeting, disproportionately and unjustly of Blacks and other non-white minorities.

As of Oct. 7, 2015 909 people have been killed by police since Jan. 1, 2015. Were they all Black? No, but Black males, age 15 to 19, are killed at a rate of 31.17% per million, while just 1.47% per million White males in that age range died at the hands of police. Young Black males are at a far greater risk of being shot dead by police than their white counterparts – 21 times greater.

The Art of Adolf Hitler

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The TV series “10 Things you didn’t know” explores historical subjects, revealing secrets and interesting details about people, places and events not generally known to the public.

Keep in mind, by no means am I an advocate, fan or supporter of Adolf Hitler or his elimination ideals, however that has never prohibited me from my interest in who and why he advanced to the position of dictator.

Hitler was a puny, less than handsome momma’s boy who feared Jewish blood ran through his veins. He was a high school drop-out, an ineffectual soldier lacking leadership skills and had the reputation of being a coward. He authored Mein Kampf, and of course was the Leader of the Third Reich masterminding the annihilation of six million Jews.

But what I didn’t know was Hitler was a gifted artist rejected from the Academy of Fine Arts Vienna because he couldn’t draw people. Virtually homeless and starving on the streets of Vienna, Hitler produced hundreds of paintings, renderings and postcards. He was considered an unsuccessful artist and consequently joined the army birthing his rise to Führer of Nazi Germany.

Numerous Hitler paintings were recovered after World War II and auctioned off for tens of thousands of dollars. The U.S. Army seized much of his art which is still being held by the U.S. government.

Such a waste of talent.

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Knowledge vs Pornography

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Tennessee Mom Calls Book On Cervical Cancer Cells ‘Pornographic’

Henriette Lacks
Jackie Sims, a Knoxville TN mother of a 15 year old son wants The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks book banned; her discourse is “I consider the book pornographic” The critical thinking skills of other parents in the district worry this one mother’s objection to the book will threaten the experience for all the students.

The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rachel Skloot is an easy to read, expertly detailed biography describing the great-granddaughter of slaves. The intersectionality in 1951 is a 37 year old Black woman, Henrietta Lacks suffering from a painful “knot on my womb” who sought treatment at John Hopkins Charity Hospital in Baltimore MD. She was diagnosed with cervical cancer, however prior to beginning the treatment program, the doctor cut two dime-size samples of tissue; one cancerous, one healthy from her cervix, without her knowledge or consent. The tissue was given to a scientist who had been attempting to establish a continuously reproducing, or immortal, human cell line for use in cancer research. The lab technician tagged an abbreviation of Henrietta Lacks’ name on the sample tubes. “HeLa” These cells were able to accelerate the way to test effectiveness of the Salk polio vaccine.

Today an estimated 50 million metric tons of HeLa cells have been sold and distributed generating billions of dollars to corporate industry and over 76,000 research articles written citing the use of HeLa cells. Henrietta Lacks died nearly 65 years ago and was buried in an unmarked grave and until recently; she now rests next to her mother’s headstone in the family cemetery in Clover VA. Never has any research institution, university, or company given any money to the poverty-stricken Lacks family.

Although important, my view of the book is not the issue; my argument is in the censorship of this or any book.

Ms. Sims prejudicial plans for ultimate domination of censorship and dictating her ideology on other people’s children in the self-righteous conviction she has the sole authority, rational and interpretative skills to define pornography in literature. By projecting her skewered philosophy on others she evidently believes teenagers don’t have the capacity to understand the difference between scientific research information/knowledge and erotica.

Interestingly this article comes just in time for “Banned Books Week” an annual event held the last week of September which draws attention to and focuses on the damage of censorship by spotlighting the value of free and open access to information.

With a greater number of people becoming progressive in the past few years, many previously censored books have been dropped from banned book lists and are no longer considered controversial, for example; Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird and The Diary of Anne Frank, both bring to light prejudice, the corrupt judicial domination system, and what it means to be different, therefore being subjected to intolerance and discrimination.

Literature is art and no singular person or group should be able to decide what should or should not be read. The First Amendment guarantees our right to free speech, which includes the right to read and write books, which to some is potentially too violent, hateful, or offensive. However a good education depends on protecting the right to read, inquire, question and think for ourselves.

Some words may offend but much worse is having no words at all.

America was built on the back of Native Americans and Blacks.

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USA

As most of you know I’m taking a class at Santa Monica College on Race and Gender in the Media. One of the assignments is to reply to another student on a post they’d made on something they’d seen in the media and their view on the topic.

Naturally I won’t reveal their name or post their entire comment but I did respond to the following:

“because of the whites with their rich history that we are where we are today. For example, the founding of the United States of America. They created the best country in the world by giving everyone freedom and a voice”

Yes, it’s absolutely something to be proud of thanks to the Illegal Immigrant White Settlers, America can boast to hold the title of having the largest genocidal depopulation in the world killing 90% of the 100 million plus No. American Indians, wiping out 500 1st Nation American Tribes, and a 200,000 year old civilization disappearing.

An estimated 80 million 1st Nation Peoples died in the years following the European invasion, due to diseases brought to this continent by White Europeans including, but not limited to bubonic plague, chicken pox, pneumonic plague, syphilis, cholera, diphtheria, influenza, measles, scarlet fever, smallpox, typhus, tuberculosis, and whooping cough.

“Indian Removal”, “clearing” “ethnic cleansing” the military’s slaughter of tribal villages, bounties on native scalps; White Settlers distributing 100 thousand blankets intentionally contaminated with smallpox to 1st Nations people. The massive slaughtering of buffalo in the 1800s, “Take away food, you take away the means of survival” ; an estimated 31,000,000 buffalo were killed between the years of 1868 and 1881 with only 500 buffalo left by the year of 1885.

The Trail of Tears alone recorded only 4,000 of the estimated 25,000 deaths. Massacres carried out by Illegal Immigrant White Settlers and Military exterminated an additional 23,000 plus Indians’.

It was illegal to practice our religious beliefs until Aug. 11, 1978 when the American Indian Religious Freedom Act was passed to protect and preserve the traditional religious rights and cultural practices of American Indians, Eskimos, Aleuts and Native Hawaiians; which included, but was not limited to, access to sacred sites, freedom to worship through ceremonial and traditional rights, and use and possession of objects considered sacred; HOWEVER these laws were not implemented until 1983, a full 5 years later. Meanwhile 100’s of natives stayed in prison while Whites continued to steal our land for uranium fracking and oil.

“They created the best country in the world by giving everyone freedom and a voice”

………………………………………………BECAUSE OF:…………………………………………
“The unique way the United States unites its citizens through their differences”
https://letourvoicesecho.wordpress.com/2015/07/14/the-unique-way-the-united-states-unites-its-citizens-through-their-differences-2/

America was built on the back of Native Americans and Blacks; these are things EVERY White American should be ashamed of, certainly not proud of.

By the way, the term “Final Solution” was not coined by the Nazis. It was Indian Affairs Superintendent, Duncan Campbell Scott, Canada’s Adolph Eichmann, who in April 1910 plotted out the planned murder to take care of the “Indian problem”.

101 Massacres – 23,000 plus, 1st Nation Peoples Exterminated by White Settlers and Military
 https://letourvoicesecho.wordpress.com/100-massacres/

Frida Kahlo

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In celebration of National Hispanic Heritage Month which began Sept. 15th and runs through Oct. 15th I’d like to honor Latina artist, political activist, author and true unconventional nonconformist Frida Kahlo (July 6, 1907 – July 13, 1954). Frida is the epitome of intersectionality. Born of mixed heritage (father Hungarian/German – mother Spanish/Mestizo) she was best known for her series of 55 self-portraits, as she put it “I paint myself because I am so often alone and because I am the subject I know best” produced 200 paintings, numerous drawings and vibrant surrealist renderings heavily enveloped in symbolic representations of physical and psychological wounds rooted in the suffering of more than 30 surgeries. “I never painted dreams. I painted my own reality.”

Way ahead of her time Frida has been described as: “…one of history’s grand divas…a tequila-slamming, dirty joke-telling smoker, bi-sexual that hobbled about her bohemian barrio in lavish indigenous dress and threw festive dinner parties for the likes of Leon Trotsky, poet Pablo Neruda, Nelson Rockefeller, and her on-again, off-again husband, muralist Diego Rivera.”

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Frida Kahalo Quotes

“I drank to drown my sorrows, but the damned things learned how to swim.”

“Feet, what do I need them for
If I have wings to fly.”

“I don’t paint dreams or nightmares, I paint my own reality.”

“I love you more than my own skin and even though you don’t love me the same way, you love me anyways, don’t you? And if you don’t, I’ll always have the hope that you do, and i’m satisfied with that. Love me a little. I adore you.”

“I hope the exit is joyful and i hope never to return.”

“Nothing is worth more than laughter. It is strength to laugh and to abandon oneself, to be light. Tragedy is the most ridiculous thing.”

“I paint flowers so they will not die.”

“I paint myself because I am so often alone and because I am the subject I know best.”

“Nothing is absolute. Everything changes, everything moves, everything revolves, everything flies and goes away.”

“I think that little by little I’ll be able to solve my problems and survive.”

“I paint my own reality. The only thing I know is that I paint because I need to, and I paint whatever passes through my head without any other consideration.”

“They are so damn ‘intellectual’ and rotten that I can’t stand them anymore….I [would] rather sit on the floor in the market of Toluca and sell tortillas, than have anything to do with those ‘artistic’ bitches of Paris.”

“I wish I could do whatever I liked behind the curtain of “madness”. Then: I’d arrange flowers, all day long, I’d paint; pain, love and tenderness, I would laugh as much as I feel like at the stupidity of others, and they would all say: “Poor thing, she’s crazy!” (Above all I would laugh at my own stupidity.) I would build my world which while I lived, would be in agreement with all the worlds. The day, or the hour, or the minute that I lived would be mine and everyone else’s – my madness would not be an escape from “reality”.”

“I tried to drown my sorrows, but the bastards learned how to swim, and now I am overwhelmed by this decent and good feeling.”

“The most important thing for everyone in Gringolandia is to have ambition and become ‘somebody,’ and frankly, I don’t have the least ambition to become anybody.”

“I want to be inside your darkest everything”
― Frida Kahlo, The Diary of Frida Kahlo: An Intimate Self-Portrait

“They thought I was a Surrealist, but I wasn’t. I never painted dreams. I painted my own reality.”

“i was born a bitch.
i was born a painter.”

“There have been two great accidents in my life. One was the train the other was Diego. Diego was by far the worst.”

“Take a lover who looks at you like maybe you are a bourbon biscuit.”

“You deserve the best, the very best, because you are one of the few people in this lousy world who are honest to themselves, and that is the only thing that really counts.”

“At the end of the day, we can endure much more than we think we can.”

“pain, pleasure and death are no more than a process for existence. The revolutionary struggle in this process is a doorway open to intelligence”
― Frida Kahlo, The Diary of Frida Kahlo: An Intimate Self-Portrait

“Traté de ahogar mis penas… pero las condenadas aprendieron a nadar.”

“My painting carries with it the message of pain.”

“I love you more than my own skin.”

“I drank because I wanted to drown my sorrows. But now the damned things have learned to swim ,and now decency and good behavior weary me.”

“No moon, sun, diamond, hands —
fingertip, dot, ray, gauze, sea.
pine green, pink glass, eye,
mine, eraser, mud, mother, I am coming.”
― Frida Kahlo, The Diary of Frida Kahlo: An Intimate Self-Portrait

“I paint self-portraits because I am so often alone, because I am the person I know best.”

“There is nothing more precious than laughter”
― Frida Kahlo, The Diary of Frida Kahlo: An Intimate Self-Portrait

Lady2Soothe

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As a child of the 50’s I watched cartoons without so much of a thought to anything other than pure entertainment. This was just the way it was; men with pitch-black skin and huge smiles devouring enormous wedges of watermelon or greasy bubble lips drooling over platters of sizzling fried chicken. They spoke in thick over the top southern dialect while picking cotton, the pink palms of their hands highly contrasting the dark skin of their bodies. At regular intervals cotton sacks were dropped, plows cast aside, banjos grabbed and enthusiastic dancing commenced.

I’m not an extremist looking to find fault with the *true evil* meaning hidden in a cute cartoon but I have to ask myself does the “Dark Stormy Cloud” only dole out what we consider dangerous animals? I have to wonder why yet again a dark entity is signified as being risky or threatening… All animals are wonderful but even kitties, puppies and bunnies bite; nonetheless those baby animals are being handed over by happy White clouds and although Mr. Dark Cloud appears embarrassed, he hands over a baby alligator, a bighorn sheep, a porcupine and an electric eel, all considered dangerous animals.

Why is dark skin considered unattractive? Why is black considered evil and white an expression of beauty and luxury? Is it because in the Bible, John 3:20 “Everyone who does evil hates the light, and will not come into the light for fear their deeds will be exposed”? While white denotes clear, pure and good, unstained, genuine and honorable, black evokes dark shadows, nightmares, vampires, wicked witches, villains, the boogie man and things that go bump in the night.

Are we now just sugar coating bigotry from a bygone era, disguising racism, intolerance, xenophobia and stereotypes as cute fluffy clouds?

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“IF” All Lives Matter

Co-authored by Rudy TwoMoon and Lady2Soothe


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All Lives SHOULD Matter but if you believe All Lives actually do Matter ask yourself this; how much did it take to buy you away from reality?

Why is it “All Lives Matter” the most when Blacks and Natives try to speak out against injustice? Why didn’t all lives matter just 2 yrs. ago when we were being arrested and gunned down and before the NDAA didn’t include Whites? Why now? What about during the crack epidemic? Aids epidemic? What about now with Palestine? Where were you when Trayvon’s murderer was being celebrated? Where are you when we demanded the release of Leonard Peltier? What about 17 year old Kendrick Johnson who suffocated after being stuffed face down in a wrestling mat at his Valdosta school in 2013. How can all lives matter when they’re just using this phrase to ignore other colors because privilege is being stripped away? How can All Lives Matter when they stand on this land regurgitating freedom for all while calling us primitive or ignorant? All lives don’t matter…..what matters is to speak out louder, above us so we can’t be heard. So go fuck your “All Lives Matter” stance……because if you really believed that, you would allow us to speak for once.

If All Lives Matter there wouldn’t be any need to protest killing unarmed Black and Indigenous men, women, boys and girls. If All Lives Matter, people would never have been enslaved, oppressed, sexualized, brutalized, or discriminated against for their ethnic origin, disability, mental illness, homeless, sexual orientation, financial stability or any and all real or imagined indiscretions. They would not have been abused, harassed, made war upon and killed.

If All Lives Matter why was there a Biological Warfare of Blankets for Eruption of the Smallpox Epidemic: One of the most infamous and well documented North American Indian population from an estimated 12 million in the year 1500 to barely 237,000 in the year 1900 represents a “vast genocide” . . . , the most sustained on record. Native Americans had undergone the “worst human holocaust the world had ever witnessed, roaring across two continents non-stop for four centuries and consuming the lives of countless tens of millions of people… Col. Jeffrey Amherst to Col. Henry Bouquet “You will do well to try to inoculate the Indians by means of smallpox blankets, as well as to try every other method that can serve to extirpate this execrable race. I should be very glad your scheme for hunting them down by dogs could take effect.”

NO… All Lives Do Not Matter, because if they did nearly 500,000 military personnel between 1861 and 1865 would not have died in the U.S. Civil War nor approximately 210,000 US civilians have died violent deaths as a result of wars caused by elected political deviants.

If All Live Matter why was the 1930’s Tuskegee syphilis experiments performed so scientists could study poor Blacks in Alabama by intentionally infecting them venereal disease? Or how come the Rockefeller Foundation paid Johns Hopkins Hospital to experiment with STD’s on the inmates, prostitutes and poor of Guatemala from 1945 to 1956?

If All Lives Matter why do so many people want convicts to rot in jail, why do they support the death penalty?

If All Lives Matter why is there so much Gay bashing and assaults on members of the LGBT community? Why are there hate crimes perpetrated on just the *perceived* notion of sexual orientation and gender identity?

If All Lives Matter why take away Food Stamps and Health Care from children? If All Lives Matter there would be no sickly children dressed in torn clothing begging for food on street corners.

If All Lives Matter why are low income elderly kept locked away in substandard senior care facilities with uncaring, abusive and corrupt staff?

If all Lives Matter why is there so much sex trafficking and sexual exploitation? There are approximately 800,000 people trafficked across international borders annually and, of these, 80% are female and 50% of them are minors.

If all Lives Matter why are college and university administrators so eager to keep campus rape and sexual assault numbers artificially low and seldom report the crime to authorities? Why are the victims’ being threatened with expulsion for speaking out?

If all Lives Matter there would be no men standing over trashcan’s warming their hands over fires and sleeping in cardboard boxes.

If all Lives Matter why are so many women hiding in dark dirty trash filled alley’s protecting shopping carts filled with their worldly belongings?

If All Lives Matter there would be no mentally ill locked away and forgotten in unsanitary asylums?

If All Lives Matter how come families are denied affordable housing and forced to live in squalid rodent infested ghettos?

If All Lives Matter why are town officials allowing their water systems to be poisoned?

If All Lives Matter why are there Weapons of Mass Destruction designed to blow up entire cities?

If All Lives Matter why are 1.4 million U.S. Veterans homeless? And If All Lives Matter why are 22 War Veterans committing suicide every day due to lack of mental health care?

If All Lives Matter 48% of Sierra Leones children between the ages of 5 to 14 wouldn’t be subjected to child labor nor would Chinese children work under extremely hazardous conditions 12 hours a day, 7 days per week.

I could go on and on pointing out how Lives Don’t Matter, because IF ALL LIVES MATTERED, I wouldn’t have anything to dispute, bitch or write about.

Enlightened people are allowing this planet and its people’s to be killed with neglect of action. Groups are plotting and committing acts of violence while mediating and “just” thinking good thoughts. Defense isn’t violence, but the schools, media, religion, laws (all corporate owned mind you) new age movement and police want you to believe it is. You have the right to question, know and act against violence! Do you realize land rape is violence? Animal abuse is rape, is this not a violent act? Oil spills, poisoning of food water and natural resources not violence? Yoga mats are made from violence. Our technology is made from violence. Our foods are especially made from violence and rape. It can’t be thought or prayed away. We have to make deliberate changes in our lives. Government will never change it for us, especially when government is violence in all its symbolism and imagery.

This is the exact same bullshit we keep forcing on victims. A lot of people have and do benefit from *White Privilege*, but way too many others don’t. People are getting fucked over, the world over by men sitting at tables, figuring out another way to keep colors from communicating with each other.

Some people’s comfortable livelihood absolutely relies on others pain through homelessness, starvation, anger, death, war, poison, incarceration, destruction, drug addiction and depravity.

For those of you, who feel “All Lives Matter” or as White Republican Sen. Rand Paul wants, “Innocent Lives Matter”; please ask yourself who these lives matter to; certainly not the *Powers That Be* because the government is the bulletproof glass protecting corporations simply because we the public are a commodity to be banked on, traded and discarded when no longer of use.

Russell Means

PS from Rudy and Lady2Soothe: I’m sorry to those I sometimes offend, and I’m also not sorry for speaking out the truths as I see them. Sometimes we have to be offended because it contradicts the world as we’ve been brought up to see. And sometimes I make a statement that doesn’t include you whatsoever. I’m just doing my best to unlearn illusions and break habits that are contradictory to life for this entire planet. My belief is; we all have the right to know what the choices are, how these choices are forced on us and who’s behind the illusion of these choices and forced circumstances. Again, if you feel these posts don’t pertain to you, realize they may to someone else. Again, I apologize if I have offended you. My offences are because I do care about you and the world around you.

Comprehending the depth of bigotry and degradation Black’s and Indigenous peoples suffer daily ain’t calling for killing. Not all lives do matter, nor am I worried about sounding impoliticly correct. There are child rapists who deserve to die. There are those who wage war on all of us. There are those who continue ownership of slavery. Some lives don’t matter anymore. Fuck them.