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The Racism & Social Injustice Catch-All
"The citizens betrayed us!"

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(11-05-2019, 03:12 PM)Iron Maiden Wrote: A Milwaukee man was left with second-degree burns after someone threw battery acid in his face and accused him of being in the country illegally:

The family of the attacker said he was a Marine Corps vet, but there's no record of him serving:

Quote:The Marine Corps says it has no record of service for Clifton A. Blackwell, the 61-year-old Milwaukee man arrested on Saturday night for allegedly throwing battery acid on a Hispanic man while asking him, "Why did you come here and invade my country?"

The Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel and Associated Press previously reported that Blackwell, 61, was a Marine Corps vet based on comments from both his mother Jacqueline, 83, of California, and brother Arthur, 63, of Colorado.

But a Marine Corps spokeswoman, Yvonne Carlock, told Task & Purpose that the service "did not have a record matching the info they provided for the perpetrator."

Blackwell was arrested on Saturday night in south Milwaukee after allegedly throwing battery acid on 42-year-old Mahmud Villalaz, a U.S. citizen who immigrated from Peru, following a dispute over how the latter had parked his truck, the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel reports.
A conspiracy theory blaming Muslims for the Notre Dame fire inspired a gunman to shoot people at a mosque last week:

Quote:When the Notre Dame Cathedral caught fire in April, far-right pundits and extremists quickly spread groundless accusations that Muslim attackers started the blaze. Last week, a former far-right political candidate who had embraced that conspiracy theory went to a mosque in the French city of Bayonne and tried to set it on fire. He shot two Muslim men who confronted him.

Claude Sinké, an 84-year-old former local candidate for France’s far-right National Rally party, faces multiple charges including arson and attempted murder for the attack. He told investigators it was an act of revenge for the Notre Dame fire.

French civil rights groups have said that the nation’s politicians have failed to treat rising Islamophobia with the gravity it deserves. And although French President Emmanuel Macron called the Bayonne mosque shooting and arson a “heinous attack,” prosecutors did not charge Sinke with any terrorism offenses. 

“These actions [amount to] a terrorist act because Claude Sinké wanted to kill Muslims for political and ideologic reasons,” said Méhana Mouhou, the lawyer representing the victims injured from the attack told HuffPost.

Mouhou said the victims, who are 78 and 74 years old, are still hospitalized. At least one of the victims is paralyzed in his right arm and right leg, the lawyer said. 

Prosecutors have not yet detailed what sources led Sinké to believe the Notre Dame fire was set by Muslims. But in France and many other countries around the world, far-right pundits and politicians seeking personal and political gains have helped stoke disinformation campaigns that demonize Muslims, Jews and other minority groups, often resulting in violence. 
“I don’t mean it in a negative way," said the guy who screamed out, "White power," and added a racial slur:

Quote:A high school football coach in North Carolina resigned on Sunday after posting a video on social media in which he yelled “White power!” and then added a racial slur.

John Hoskins, a 32-year-old assistant coach at Knightdale High School, said he was celebrating a team victory with a group of friends, who he says were both black and white, when he also said, “I still love you, n*****s!”

For some reason, Hoskins decided to shout the slur at a bar and post a video of it on Instagram. 

Hoskins later deleted the video but not before it was shared with school administrators.

Although he admitted it looked bad, Hoskins insisted he didn’t mean anything offensive by it.

“Just to set the record, I’m not racist,” Hoskins told local station WTVD-TV on Tuesday. “I don’t mean it in a negative way.”

Hoskins didn’t let the chance for self-pity slip away either.

“Fifteen seconds of fame in the wrong way. I’ve ruined the last 12 years of my career,” he said.

Still, Hoskins decided the best thing to do was to resign from the team, which he did with a one-sentence note sent to the coach and school administrators.
Texas prepares to execute a black man amid a flood of new evidence pointing to his innocence:

Quote:Deke Pierce was wearing civilian clothes as he took to the lectern in a narrow press room inside the Texas Capitol in Austin last month, but it was still obvious that he was a cop. He stood with his feet wide and his arms slightly away from his body, a stance molded by years in a uniform encumbered by heavy gear. He was there to make an extraordinary announcement: He and 12 other members of law enforcement with more than 250 years of combined experience had filed a friend-of-the-court brief with the U.S. Supreme Court in favor of a Texas death row prisoner named Rodney Reed, slated for execution on November 20.

“We each care deeply about the criminal justice system and the rule of law. While that often means holding wrongdoers accountable, it is the equally important goal of the criminal justice system to avoid punishing the innocent,” Pierce told a group of reporters. “Not only would moving forward with Mr. Reed’s execution be cruel and immoral, it would also undermine the rule of law and the legitimacy of the very system we as law enforcement officers swore to uphold.”

Their brief argues that Reed’s conviction was tainted by common problems in law enforcement — forensic errors, “weak facts,” tunnel vision, and “community pressure that can distort an investigation.” The officers argue that in this case there is “uniquely compelling” evidence that Reed is innocent.

Pierce and his fellow officers join an increasing number of high-profile voices calling for a stay of execution and a thorough review of Reed’s case as a stream of new witnesses continue to come forward with revelations that cast doubt on Reed’s conviction; there is one who now says another suspect confessed to the crime that put Reed on death row. Reed’s lawyers, including his long-time attorney Bryce Benjet of the Innocence Project, have asked various courts to intervene, among them the U.S. Supreme Court. Those actions remain pending as the clock ticks down toward the execution date.

While Pierce and his colleagues understand “as well as anyone the need for finality in criminal cases,” they wrote, where “there is a significant risk of executing an innocent man, that need for finality must yield to the needs of justice.”

Much, much more at the link.
Hell yeah, John:

Quote:Singer John Legend was on hand to lend support Friday as 18 former felons were granted the right to vote in what Miami officials called a simple and streamlined process.

The ceremony in a Miami-Dade County courtroom was meant to show that ex-felons can regain their voting rights, even if the Republican-controlled state Legislature enacted a law requiring them to pay any fees, fines and restitution first.

Florida voters approved constitutional Amendment 4 last year aimed at allowing about 1.4 million ex-felons to vote. The Legislature's subsequent law put the financial requirements in place, landing the issue before the Florida Supreme Court which heard oral arguments earlier this week.

Legend said he backs efforts to allow former felons to fully regain their place in society.

"It's so beautiful to see," Legend told reporters. "So many people take it for granted, this right to vote. When you lose it, it makes you realize how important it is."

"It just shows you how important democracy is, how precious democracy is," he added. "It's important for all of us to be included in that."

The Grammy winner held a fundraiser Thursday night for the Florida Rights Restoration Coalition, which is mounting a statewide effort to help former prisoners obtain the right to vote.
A long read on cancel culture:

Quote:One night during Mike’s freshman year at a New York state college, he and a group of friends were headed to a party downtown. As they were waiting for their Uber, someone cracked a political joke, and then the casual conversation turned confrontational. One of Mike’s friends asked his roommate, D, if he was a Trump supporter.

D had a history of making the group uncomfortable. Mike and their mutual friend Phoebe said that he would make sexist, homophobic and racist remarks in past hangouts.

D said he did support the president — an anomaly in their liberal friend group — and “blew up” at the friend who asked the question. When the friend tried to change the subject, he became more upset. Mike stepped between the two to defuse the situation. “He got in my friend’s face, and that was the last straw,” Mike said.

He tried to cool D down; it didn’t work. D called Mike a homophobic slur, multiple times. The group split up. Mike didn’t return to his dorm that night, staying at a friend’s place instead.

“Even before this, we could tell, if I weren’t roommates with him, we wouldn’t have been friends,” Mike said. “So that was the breaking point for me, him saying that when I was sticking up for him.”

D left an apology note on Mike’s desk, which mostly tried to “justify his actions,” Mike said. “That set in my mind that he didn’t really feel bad about what he did,” he said. “He just felt bad for himself, that he would be looked at in a different light.”

A couple of days later, Phoebe, Mike and D sat down and D repeated the apology. Phoebe and Mike heard him out but said it didn’t clear him of wrongdoing and that he would have to demonstrate that he was different now. Both said that while D appeared sad about losing his friends, tearing up during their discussion, he didn’t show remorse.

Other friends didn’t accept the apology. “We wouldn’t tolerate it anymore, we cut him out of our lives,” Phoebe said.

Thus canceled, D moved from sadness to frustration and anger, Phoebe said. He grew “very bitter,” she said. She noticed that he had unfollowed and blocked the group on Snapchat and other social media a few weeks later.

“He did feel bullied by this whole canceled idea,” she said. “But in this case, no one felt bad doing it, because he didn’t really take responsibility for a lot of the things he said.”
A viral video of a police officer handcuffing and citing a black man for eating at a train station has sparked an "eat-in" protest in California:

Quote:BART riders angered by a viral video showing a man being handcuffed and cited by police for eating as he waited for a train staged an “eat-in” protest at Embarcadero Station on Saturday.

Photos and videos posted to Twitter showed about a dozen people, including BART Director Janice Li, eating sandwiches and pork buns on the station’s platform, in a protest against the Nov. 4 arrest at the Pleasant Hill station that is now being investigated.

Videos of the encounter have racked up more than 1 million views on Facebook and Twitter since they were posted Friday. They show a man, identified by KTVU as Steve Foster of Concord, being stopped and later handcuffed by BART police officers as he holds a sandwich.

When Foster accuses an officer of singling him out, the officer replies, “You’re eating.”

Agency officials said video of the encounter has been sent to the independent auditor who oversees BART police, as well as the department’s chief.

BART said the man was stopped for eating in the system, which is against state law, and that Foster was handcuffed when he refused to provide his name for the citation.

To many who sharply criticized the BART officer’s actions, though, the encounter seemed to be a racially motivated case of an overzealous officer policing a rule many riders don’t think twice about breaking. Foster told KTVU he believed he was stopped because he is black. The officer who stopped him is white.

Others complained that BART has problems that are far more important than people eating while on trains and platforms.
Here's a very detailed report on California police officers who were arrested and convicted of crimes but are still on the force:

Quote:More than 80 law enforcement officers working today in California are convicted criminals, with rap sheets that include everything from animal cruelty to manslaughter.

They drove drunk, cheated on timecards, brutalized family members, even killed others with their recklessness on the road. But thanks to some of the weakest laws in the country for punishing police misconduct, the Golden State does nothing to stop these officers from enforcing the law.

Those are among the findings of an unprecedented collaboration of newsrooms, including McClatchy, which spent six months examining how California deals with law enforcement officers who break the law. 

Today, we’re unveiling that review, along with a unique searchable database of hundreds of current and former officers convicted of a crime in the past decade — the largest record of criminal activity among police in California ever compiled.

The review found 630 officers convicted of a crime in the last decade — an average of more than one a week. After DUI and other serious driving offenses, domestic violence was the most common charge. More than a quarter of the cases appear never to have been reported in the media until now. And nearly one out of five officers in the review are still working or kept their jobs for more than a year after sentencing.

It’s a small percentage of the 79,000 sworn officers across the state. But exactly how many cops with convictions are still on the beat today — or even the number of officers convicted over the last decade — is far from clear. Hindered by some of the strictest secrecy laws in the country, California residents don’t really know who is carrying a gun and patrolling their streets.
Arresting kids between the ages of 12 and 15 without notifying parents is not a good look:

Quote:On Halloween night, a group of young teens and tweens from the Red Hook Houses were trick-or-treating in Carroll Gardens and Cobble Hill. The neighborhoods are a popular spot for a lot of children, and that means a lot of candy, said one 14-year-old who goes by the nickname Dibo.

Around 8 p.m., Dibo and his friend Anthony, 15, had joined up with a group of other kids when they noticed they were being followed by a couple of uniformed police officers. Dibo didn’t yet know it, but earlier in the night another teen, a 15-year-old boy, reported being punched, kicked and robbed of his cell phone in Carroll Park. (Gothamist is withholding the minors' last names.)

That report would lead to three of Dibo’s friends, all black and one as young as 12, taken into police custody and handcuffed for hours without being able to talk to their parents. They were ultimately released after midnight with no robbery charges against them.

As Dibo and Anthony tell it, their group was crossing Court Street, a commercial drag, toward Cobble Hill Cinemas when multiple police cars rushed toward them from different directions, including at least one car being driven the wrong way. Dibo already had a bag heavy with candy while Anthony was just getting started on trick-or-treating, he said.

Some of the cop cars were unmarked. Several officers — about a dozen, according to witnesses — jumped out. A few of the officers were in plain clothes. Dibo and Anthony admitted they ran, along with other kids.

“The way that they jumped out of the car — everybody was scared,” Dibo said.

Anthony said that officers had their handcuffs out and ready when they sprang from the car.

“It was dramatic for all of us,” Anthony said. “Nothing like that ever happened before.”

The Halloween police encounter came a week after NYPD officers used aggressive tactics against a group of teenagers at the Jay Street subway station. One episode, caught on video, shows one police officer punching two teenagers. Advocates and elected officials openly questioned the appropriateness of the officers’ actions and called for more deescalation training.


Quote:Anthony was then brought to the 76th Precinct station house, along with the other two boys, where he remained handcuffed to a bench for more than three hours.

Anthony’s mother, Tiffany Aloyo, said she never heard from police about her son’s whereabouts. She said she learned of her son’s arrest when Raymond called her.

When Aloyo got to the precinct, she said she was not allowed to see or talk to Anthony. She waited with the parents of the other two boys, neither of whom had been contacted by police at that point either, Aloyo said. Instead, the parents heard about the incident from the boys’ friends.

“First they were saying that someone was robbed for a cell phone,” said Aloyo. “Then, they really wasn’t talking. They really wasn’t giving us no information. They just said they was waiting for the juvenile system to give them the okay to release them to us.”

Aloyo said that when Anthony was released, police officers told her there were no charges. They left the precinct with no paperwork — no police report, no business card, no record of charges. Another parent, who did not want to be interviewed on the record, confirmed that he did not receive any documentation about the incident either.

The NYPD said it sought a misdemeanor charge of “obstructing governmental administration” against three of the boys, and said the boys’ parents were notified after they were arrested.

Aloyo said she had not heard about the charge. The city’s Law Department, which handles juvenile cases, would not comment on whether it would pursue charges against the boys.

The NYPD has not made any other arrests for the cell phone robbery.

The day after the incident, Anthony didn’t go to school. He had gotten home late, his wrist was sore and he was traumatized, Aloyo said.

For her part, Aloyo said she was upset. She suspects that the boys were racially profiled. But she hinted that a police encounter with young black men could have ended differently.

“I’m just glad my baby is safe,” she said.
There's a proposed ballot measure in Arizona that would limit future minimum wage increases, and it's funded by the payday lending industry because higher wages are bad for business:

Quote:It may seem axiomatic, but it's rarely stated out loud: Businesses that rely on poor people need the economic system to keep churning out poor people to survive. You almost have to applaud the payday lending industry for finally making this explicit in Arizona.

A proposed constitutional amendment that looks likely to hit the ballot there next year would limit future increases to the minimum wage, may claw back scheduled increases already set to take effect, and eliminate a week of paid sick leave. One of the payday lending industry’s leading trade associations has bankrolled the measure, making plain the connection between a lack of income and the spread of predatory financial services. “It’s pretty incredible,” says Rodd McLeod, who works with Arizonans for Fair Lending, which is fighting the proposed ballot measure. “We need people to be poor in order to continue to make money.”

The ballot measure is actually a response to consumer advocates’ effort to eliminate high-dollar loans in Arizona. In 2008, the state soundly rejected payday lending; as an industry-backed ballot measure, Proposition 200, would have allowed those types of low-dollar, short-term, easy-to-roll-over loans, and it was defeated by a 60-40 popular vote. But payday lenders found an outlet nonetheless: About half of them switched their business model to auto title loans. These are similarly low-dollar loans that use as collateral a borrower’s car title. Typically, these loans run for two-to-four weeks, and the annual percentage rate (APR) can be as high as 204 percent in Arizona.

According to figures from Arizonans for Fair Lending, one in three state borrowers end up extending their auto title loan, creating a cycle of debt. One in five wind up having their vehicle repossessed. Title loan borrowers spend $254 million per year in interest, an analysis from the Center for Responsible Lending found.

After years of work, Arizonans for Fair Lending filed a ballot measure for the November 2020 election that would restrict car title loans in the state, reducing the permitted APR from 204 percent to 36 percent, making it equal to the maximum interest rate for other consumer loans in the state. “Usury is always wrong,” said Stephany Brown, president of the Society of St. Vincent de Paul in Tucson, in a statement after the announcement of the ballot measure.

The lenders then struck back, and then some. Their initiative, a proposed constitutional amendment known as the “Arizona Economic Freedom Act,” is intended to “prohibit the government from dictating price terms in transactions between private persons.” In the lending realm, that means that the state government could not set any limits on interest rates for financial services—not at 36 percent, not at 204 percent. If it passed, it would override the Arizonans for Fair Lending ballot measure, because it would be written into the constitution. Payday loans would still be banned, but auto title and other lenders would be permitted to run wild, with no limits on their interest rates.
So workers getting higher wages? Bad.

CEOs whording all the wealth? Good.

Sounds about white.
"Why did she do it?"
"Why are you the fucking Police?"

Huh, and here I was thinking that class warfare and the exploitation of labor (all the way back to the dawn of agriculture) were aspects of the human condition, when of course, it's all whypeepo's fault.
(11-12-2019, 12:34 PM)turingmachine75 Wrote: Huh, and here I was thinking that class warfare and the exploitation of labor (all the way back to the dawn of agriculture) were aspects of the human condition, when of course, it's all whypeepo's fault.

well, I mean--yeah.
"Why did she do it?"
"Why are you the fucking Police?"

(11-12-2019, 05:33 PM)ska oreo Wrote: So workers getting higher wages? Bad.

CEOs whording all the wealth? Good.

Sounds about white.
(11-12-2019, 12:34 PM)turingmachine75 Wrote: Huh, and here I was thinking that class warfare and the exploitation of labor (all the way back to the dawn of agriculture) were aspects of the human condition, when of course, it's all whypeepo's fault.

well, I mean--yeah.

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(11-08-2019, 04:58 PM)Iron Maiden Wrote: Texas prepares to execute a black man amid a flood of new evidence pointing to his innocence:

Here's a big update:

The Republican politician who represents the community where the killing for which Rodney Reed faces the death penalty took place issued a letter calling for Reed's execution to be delayed:

And even the conservative Federalist thinks the execution should be halted:

Quote:In just one week from today, on Nov. 20, the state of Texas is set to be guilty of judicial murder by executing Rodney Reed, a man some believe to be innocent. Reed has been in prison since 1996, after he was convicted of the rape and murder of 19-year-old Stacey Stites.

While exhausting his appeals, he has maintained his innocence for more than 20 years. Now, celebrities and members of Congress from Rihanna and Oprah Winfrey to Sens. Ted Cruz and Kirk Watson have banded together in a noble attempt to stop his killing.

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott and the Texas Board of Pardon and Paroles have a moral duty to grant a reprieve of execution to Rodney Reed to ensure he is truly guilty before possibly making the grave mistake of executing an innocent man.
Georgia killed Ray Cromartie last night, despite new evidence of innocence and untested DNA evidence. The crime in question happened in 1994.  The state didn't see a reason to delay the execution just a matter of months to conduct DNA testing:

Quote:The lawyer for Ray Cromartie ripped the state of Georgia following Wednesday night's execution of the convicted killer, who was "repeatedly" denied requests for DNA testing.

Cromartie, who was 52, was pronounced dead at 10:59 p.m. at the state prison in Jackson after he was given his lethal injection. He did not make a statement, but had previously maintained he was not the shooter in the 1994 slaying of Richard Slysz at a convenience store in Thomasville.

“It is so sad and frankly outrageous that the state of Georgia executed Ray Cromartie tonight after repeatedly denying his requests for DNA testing that would have proven he did not kill Richard Slysz,” lawyer Shawn Nolan said in a statement. “In this day and age, where DNA testing is routine, it is shocking that Georgia decided to end this man’s life without allowing us, his attorneys, access to the materials to do these simple tests.”

Nolan added that even the victim’s daughter “repeatedly asked that the state conduct this testing.”

Elizabeth Legette, Slysz’s daughter, said in Tuesday’s statement to the Journal-Constitution that "I have not been treated with fairness, dignity, or respect, and people in power have refused to listen to what I had to say. I believe this was, in part, because I was not saying what I was expected to say as a victim.”
The downside of tonight's elections in Louisiana:

Quote:Sid Gautreaux, the Republican sheriff of East Baton Rouge Parish, easily won re-election on Saturday. He received 70 percent against two Democratic challengers in this blue-leaning parish, which is Louisiana’s largest jurisdiction.

Gautreaux, who has been in office since 2007, oversees a jail that has had a string of deaths, and last month reports revealed a higher death toll than previously known.

He is also one of only three Louisiana sheriffs, out of 64, who have joined ICE’s prized 287(g) program, which deputizes local law enforcement to act as federal immigration agents within local jails. His opponents had vowed to end this agreement amid local organizing against it.

In Ascension Parish, Sheriff Bobby Webre easily won a full term. His office faces a lawsuit filed by the ACLU of Louisiana after Webre’s predecessor held a U.S. citizen for days to review his immigration status. The ACLU alleges a systematic policy of detaining Latinx residents, and one of Webre’s challengers told the Political Report last month that this is part of an “all-out war on Hispanics.” Webre has said he would defend his department.

“My big take-away is that sheriffs and local law enforcement are still not a salient issue in Louisiana, compared to other places [that voted] in 2018,” said Mirya Holman, a political science professor at Tulane University (in New Orleans) who studies sheriffs. 

In 2018, numerous longtime sheriffs lost their re-election bids in campaigns that centered on their ties with ICE. 

But the 2019 elections for sheriff have indeed been quieter affairs. Even when issues that sheriffs control (like immigration policy) resonate in national politics and structure its partisan fault lines, that has not translated this year in local arenas, in Louisiana or elsewhere. 
Synagogue attacks in the Midwest were orchestrated by an 18-year-old Nazi in New Jersey, according to a criminal complaint filed last week.  Acts of violence were also planned:

Quote:Federal authorities allege that a member of a far right network orchestrated the vandalism of synagogues in Michigan and Wisconsin last September.

Richard Tobin, 18, of Brooklawn, New Jersey, allegedly led other members of the group to paint the synagogues with neo-Nazi slogans and insignia as part of what he called “Operation Kristallnacht”, in reference to the Nazi pogrom in Germany in 1938.

In a criminal complaint filed in Camden, New Jersey, last Tuesday, and unsealed Wednesday, an FBI agent stated that Tobin, from his home in New Jersey, directed members of the group’s “Great Lakes Cell”, hundreds of miles away, to deface synagogues with fascist and antisemitic propaganda.

A synagogue in Hancock, Michigan, was daubed with swastikas and SS symbols on 21 September. The next day, a synagogue in Racine, Wisconsin, was defaced with an antisemitic slogan and the runic insignia associated with a network known as The Base, which reproduces symbolism “adopted by Nazis after 1923 to memorialize members who died in Hitler’s failed Beer Hall Putsch”, according to the complaint.

The complaint further alleges that through “online platforms and encrypted online messaging applications and chat rooms”, the group had discussed “the recruitment of prospective members, the creation of a white ethno-state, acts of violence against minorities (including African-Americans and Jewish-Americans) … military training camps, and ways to make improvised explosive devices (‘IED’)”.

According to the complaint, under questioning Tobin admitted that he had organized the vandalism, his membership of the group, claimed that he had considered “suicide-by-cop” and suicide bombings, and had said that it would be “pretty straightforward” to carry out a bombing like Timothy McVeigh’s in Oklahoma City in 1995.

He also said that his antipathy to black people he saw in a mall had made him want to “let loose” with a machete. The complaint details Tobin’s alleged online interchanges with alleged co-conspirators in the midwest without naming them.
Doug Evans, the Mississippi district attorney who has tried Curtis Flowers for murder six times, was hit with a lawsuit filed by the NAACP Legal Defense Fund on behalf of every eligible black juror in the district. The lawsuit claims Evans' office strikes black jurors at alarmingly high rates:

Quote:Mississippi District Attorney Doug Evans was hit with a proposed class action lawsuit today on behalf of every Black person eligible to serve on a jury in his district. The complaint, filed in federal court, claims his office strikes Black jurors at alarmingly high rates.

Evans, who presides over seven counties, drew a harsh rebuke from the U.S. Supreme Court in June, when the justices reversed Curtis Flowers’s murder conviction on the grounds that Evans intentionally excluded African Americans from the jury in Flowers’s sixth trial. Flowers was accused of killing four people in a furniture store in Winona, Mississippi, in 1996, but has always maintained his innocence. 

Evans tried him six times. Several of his convictions were overturned by courts because of jury bias or prosecutorial misconduct; others ended in mistrials. A trial court ruled that the district attorney illegally struck a Black juror in Flowers’s second trial, and the Mississippi Supreme Court found that Evans eliminated Black potential jurors during the jury selection process in his third trial. 

The lawsuit, filed by attorneys with the NAACP Legal Defense Fund and the Roderick and Solange MacArthur Justice Center, claims that since Evans became lead prosecutor for Mississippi’s Fifth Circuit Court District in 1992, he and his assistants have struck prospective Black jurors 4.4 times more frequently than white jurors, “a rate that is unparalleled in any available study.” 

“The honor and privilege of jury service is a defining feature of what it means to be an American citizen,” the complaint states. “When state or local officials bar a citizen from service because he or she is Black, that discriminatory act is no mere indignity. It is an assertion that the prospective juror is inferior—a second-class citizen who cannot be entrusted with the responsibilities of full citizenship.”
Newsday sent people undercover with hidden cameras to go house hunting on Long Island in a three-year probe.  The investigation uncovered widespread evidence of unequal treatment of minorities.  Asians were affected 19% of the time, Hispanics were affected 39% of the time and black people were affected 49% of the time:

Quote:In one of the most concentrated investigations of discrimination by real estate agents in the half century since enactment of America’s landmark fair housing law, Newsday found evidence of widespread separate and unequal treatment of minority potential homebuyers and minority communities on Long Island.

The three-year probe strongly indicates that house hunting in one of the nation’s most segregated suburbs poses substantial risks of discrimination, with black buyers chancing disadvantages almost half the time they enlist brokers.

Additionally, the investigation reveals that Long Island’s dominant residential brokering firms help solidify racial separations. They frequently directed white customers toward areas with the highest white representations and minority buyers to more integrated neighborhoods.

They also avoided business in communities with overwhelmingly minority populations.

The findings are the product of a paired-testing effort comparable on a local scale to once-a-decade testing performed by the federal government in measuring the extent of racial discrimination in housing nationwide.

Regularly endorsed by federal and state courts, paired testing is recognized as the sole viable method for detecting violations of fair housing laws by agents. 
A Trump fan who doesn't want Muslims in the U.S. government pleaded guilty to federal charges for threatening to kill Rep. Omar:

Quote:A western New York man pleaded guilty Monday to threatening to kill U.S. Rep. Ilhan Omar of Minnesota.

Patrick Carlineo entered the plea Monday in Rochester, admitting to charges that carry up to 10 years in prison. His sentencing is set for Feb. 14.

U.S. Attorney James Kennedy Jr. said the case highlights that free speech rights carry the responsibility “that individuals not make threats to harm lawmakers simply because they may disagree with them.”

Omar, a Democrat, is among the first Muslim women in Congress. Her office had no immediate comment on Carlineo’s plea.

Prosecutors say the 55-year-old called Omar’s office March 21, told a staffer the congresswoman was a “terrorist” and threatened to shoot her.

Carlineo later told the FBI that he is a patriot, hates people he perceives to be radical Muslims in the U.S. government, and loves Republican President Donald Trump, according to a criminal complaint.

Carlineo’s lawyer, Sonya Zoghlin, says Carlineo is passionate about his political beliefs and his right to express them.

“He has taken responsibility for using threatening and inappropriate language to express those beliefs in this instance,” she said in an email, adding that Carlineo never intended to harm Omar and never made any plans to do so.

Carlineo’s plea included admitting he illegally had guns. He’d been barred from possessing them after a 1998 felony criminal mischief conviction, prosecutors said.
(11-19-2019, 01:40 AM)Iron Maiden Wrote: A Trump fan who doesn't want Muslims in the U.S. government pleaded guilty to federal charges for threatening to kill Rep. Omar:

Rep. Omar has shared her letter regarding the conviction:

Quote:Sharing my full letter on the the sentencing of Patrick W. Carlineo, a man convicted of threatening my life. 

We must apply a system of compassion to criminal justice. 

Who are we as a nation if we respond to threats of political retribution with retribution ourselves?


Philadelphia's police union attacked a newspaper for featuring an ad by Malcolm Jenkins, a black football player.  The union's response ended with a question wondering if a survey of drug dealers would be coming next from the newspaper:

Off-duty cop working as a security guard stops two African-American men because of "suspicious behavior." This is after observing them pay for their purchases.

While this has a fairly happy ending (fucker was fired from both jobs), it's frighteningly easy to imagine this going a whole different way.

Here's the actual video, for those who can't read the story:

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An airman accused of spreading white-nationalist propaganda has been demoted but remains in the military:

Quote:For years, Cory Reeves allegedly posted hundreds of messages on a secret online forum for white supremacists under a pseudonym. In now-public posts, Reeves appeared to swap workout routines and diet tips with his like-minded internet friends; he also appeared to paper his town with far-right propaganda, participate in white-nationalist group meetups and share racist memes.

All the while, the Air Force master sergeant kept his apparent role in the white-nationalist group Identity Evropa quiet as he served in the military in Colorado Springs.

But in March, anti-fascist activists in Colorado used a massive leak of chat logs to identify the airman. The chat logs, from now-defunct Discord servers, revealed how Reeves had allegedly spent his spare time spreading white-nationalist propaganda and socializing with other members of a group then known as Identity Evropa. The Air Force Times reported in April that the military branch launched an investigation into Reeves' alleged white-nationalist ties. In August, the Denver Post noted the airman was still serving at his master sergeant rank despite the 729 Discord posts, written between October 2017 and March 2019, that appeared to lay out his white-nationalist sympathies.

The investigation recently came to a head when the Air Force demoted Reeves in September but officially allowed him to remain on active duty despite hundreds of online posts linking him to a white-nationalist group. The Air Force Times first reported Reeves' fate last week.

"The Air Force has completed its investigation," Lynn Kirby, a spokeswoman for the Air Force, told The Washington Post in an email late Tuesday. "Racism, bigotry, hatred, and discrimination have no place in the Air Force. We are committed to maintaining a culture where all Airmen feel welcome and can thrive."

The episode highlights a growing concern about active-duty military and veterans joining the ranks of white-supremacist organizations. The leaked Discord chat logs, published by the nonprofit media collective Unicorn Riot in March, led journalists and activists to expose members of the Air Force, Army and Marine Corps as members of Identity Evropa, which has been labeled a hate group by the Southern Poverty Law Center.

Yeah, but, if "racism, bigotry, hatred, and discrimination have no place in the Air Force," then why is he still there?
I won't post it, but if you click the link you'll see an anti-Semitic graphic used on whatever show Glenn Beck's on nowadays:

Quote:That is a real graphic from Glenn Beck's show.
Maybe just read the description below and not watch the video from this Sydney cafe.  It's really bad:

Quote:Trigger Warning: Hateful anti-Muslim slurs and horrific violence against a pregnant Muslim woman.
Worker who raised alarm before New Orleans hotel collapse to be deported -
I was in a horror-comedy called BLACK HOLLER. It's now on Prime Video. Check it out!
Members of Germany's far-right populist AfD visited Syria to prove that the country is a "safe country of origin" for migrants:

Quote:Members of Germany's far-right populist party Alternative for Germany (AfD) met with representatives of the Syrian government in Damascus on Friday. The meeting took place as part of a visit by the anti-immigration party to prove that Syria is a "safe country of origin" for migrants to be sent back to.

The AfD said in a statement that their goal for the trip was to "assess concretely the situation in Syria in person as well as to have a dialogue over the situation surrounding the Syrian people and the current state of the peace process."

The party, which has been described as anti-Islam, has long pushed for the deportation of Syrians currently living in Germany.

Friday's meeting also touched on a potential economic partnership between Germany and Syria. The AfD delegation had talks with the Syrian tourism, finance and foreign ministers who serve under President Bashar Assad, according to the DPA news agency.

Senior AfD politician Steffen Kotre tweeted a link to a video saying that his party wants to send 70,000 refugees back to Syria and end sanctions against Assad's government.
People incarcerated in West Virginia prisons will soon be charged $3 an hour to read books and $15 an hour for video visitation with their families. 

Prisoners in West Virginia are paid between 4 and 58 cents an hour for their labor.

Quote:Inmates at several West Virginia prisons are getting free electronic tablets to read books, send emails, and communicate with their families—but there's a catch.

Any inmates looking to read Moby Dick may find that it will cost them far more than it would have if they'd simply gotten a mass market paperback, because the tablets charge readers by the minute.

Under a 2019 contract between the West Virginia Division of Corrections and Rehabilitation (WVDCR) and Global Tel Link (GTL), the company that is providing electronic multimedia tablets to 10 West Virginia prisons, inmates will be charged 3 cents a minute to read books, even though the books all come from Project Gutenberg, a free online library of more than 60,000 texts in the public domain.

The WVDCR says the tablets provide access to educational materials, incentives for good behavior, and an easy way to stay in touch with loved ones. But the Appalachian Prison Book Project, a nonprofit that offers free books and education to inmates, says the fee structure is exploitative.

"If you pause to think or reflect, that will cost you," says Katy Ryan, the group's founder and educational coordinator. "If you want to reread a book, you will pay the entire cost again. This is about generating revenue for the state and profit for the industry. Tablets under non-predatory terms could be a very good thing inside prisons. GTL does not provide that." 

According to the contract, detailed by Appalachian Prison Book Project, using the tablets will cost $0.05 per minute (currently discounted to $0.03) to read books, listen to music, or play games; $0.25 per minute for video visitations; $0.25 per written message; and $0.50 to send a photo with a message.

The Prison Policy Initiative estimated in 2017 that wages in West Virginia prisons range between $0.04 and $0.58 an hour.
Yup, that math checks out.
If you're happy, you're not paying attention.

Originally Posted by JacknifeJohnny: 
Glad that you guys worked that out amongst yourselves.

More proof that the jail system is only to make money off of black people.
"Why did she do it?"
"Why are you the fucking Police?"

That's not true. It's also designed to systemically dilute black people's ability to influence the ballot box.
This guy hates the system so much, he's dependent on it:

Quote:A fan of Charles Manson and follower of Hitler, James Mason published essays in the 1980s that now act as the inspiration for a militant neo-Nazi group linked to multiple murders in the U.S.

“Revolutionary discipline must mean that WE will be the single survivor in a war against the System,” Mason wrote in 1985. “A TOTAL WAR against the System.”

But nowadays, Mason isn’t waging war with the system. He is, in fact, dependent on it.

The 67-year-old white supremacist lives in a government subsidized apartment in Denver and eats at soup kitchens.

In a brief interview last week, a few days after he was spotted picking up a meal at a city-run center for “homeless and hungry seniors,” Mason said he sees no contradiction between his writings and his lifestyle.

“Guerilla warfare, man. Guerilla warfare,” Mason told NBC's Denver affiliate KUSA. “You’ve gotta take what you have to get what you need.”

Mason’s old writings have gained new life with the rise of the Atomwaffen Division, a white supremacist group bent on overthrowing the government through terrorist acts and guerrilla warfare tactics.

The extremist organization, whose name means “atomic weapons division” in German, formed in 2015 in the now defunct neo-Nazi online forum Iron March. Experts say it’s a largely decentralized group, small in size but large in ambition.


Quote:“The enemy today is the U.S. Government itself and it is, by every standard of measure, the most evil thing that has ever existed on earth,” Mason wrote in a newsletter published in August 1980.

“Can you picture a scenario like this: that great 'Silent Majority' has at last gotten fed up, found its wits and given the Nazis or the Klan a voter mandate,” he wrote in a latter section. “The Jews, the Blacks, and the assorted fanatic Reds, etc. least of all to mention the entrenched Capitalist System manned largely by sick, liberal Whites give up, say it was a fair fight, shake hands and turn it all over to us. It's just too crazy to contemplate.”

Mason had largely faded into obscurity in the past two decades, but his writings are now seen as helping to fuel a rise in far-right extremism across the globe.

Authorities in Germany and the U.K. told NBC News that Mason is influential among radicals in both countries. A British intelligence official said Mason’s writings served as inspiration for multiple far-right extremists who were arrested for unspecified crimes.

The FBI declined to comment.

Mason’s newfound relevance marks a sudden turn in the life of a man whose days of notoriety seemed long behind him.

“James Mason was a dried up, has-been neo-Nazi who then had his work get reappropriated and given new life especially by groups like Atomwaffen,” Mendelson said.

She described him as a “key figure within this movement and this subculture.”


Quote:He now lives in a red-brick apartment complex in the heart of Denver. The building is open to people who qualify for “subsidized Section 8” housing, according to postings in the lobby. Building management confirmed that all of the apartments are designated for recipients of Section 8 vouchers, a federal subsidy that helps low-income people pay their rent.

Mason’s apartment has become a magnet for Atomwaffen members. Photos posted online show Mason posing with various young men, some dressed in Nazi regalia and wearing skeleton face paint, in front of swastika flags.

One of Mason's neighbors said she wondered about all of the men heading up to his apartment.

"At first when he had young men coming up there, I thought maybe he was a pervert, to be honest with you," said the 64-year-old neighbor, who spoke on condition of anonymity.

The neighbor described Mason as "quite the gentleman" and said he helped with the yard work and eagerly took part in activities like the building's Thanksgiving gathering. But the neighbor said she was stunned when one day last summer she saw signs posted nearby with Mason's photo and a message saying a neo-Nazi lived in the neighborhood.

The neighbor went online and found his writings. "For someone who doesn’t like the government, you’re living in government housing," she said. "That right there kind of throws me."

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