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Portland Police Under Fire over Friendly Texts with Far-Right Leader

In Oregon, Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler is calling for an independent investigation after newly revealed friendly text messages between a Portland police officer and the leader of a white supremacist group provoked backlash last week. On Thursday, Willamette Week reported that Portland police officer Jeff Niiya exchanged hundreds of messages with Joey Gibson, leader of the far-right group Patriot Prayer, including sharing information on upcoming protests organized by leftist, anti-fascist groups. Some have defended the friendly tone of the exchanges, saying it is a common police tactic, but others point to a track record in Portland of failing to hold far-right groups accountable while targeting anti-fascist protesters. Last August, Portland police found a group of Patriot Prayer members on a rooftop with a cache of guns right before a major white supremacist rally. No arrests were made of Patriot Prayer members—and Portland police instead fired rubber bullets at anti-fascist protesters at the march.

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Ebay Founder Pierre Omidyar is Funding a Global Media Information War

https://t.co/PtYoqQG8Dk

"Pierre Omidyar has become a politically sophisticated data monarch through his purchase of a media empire and national security state ties. And while he directs his fortune into many of the same politically strategic NGOs and media outlets that George Soros does in hotspots around the globe, he has never been subjected to the public scrutiny and often ugly attentions that dog Soros. And yet, Samantha Power, the former US ambassador to the UN and liberal interventionist guru, has explicitly praised Omidyar as someone who is following in his footsteps..."

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..turn the post into a thread.

Aristotleded24

More OPP officers died by sucide than on duty

What's the relevance? Whatever we may think of the institution of police, being a police officer is a tough job that takes a huge psychological toll on those who do it. That stress is no doubt a huge factor in police abuse (although not an excuse) because a person under that level of stress can only hold it in for so long before snapping. We hear a great deal about violence directed at police officers. That is because it is easy to use that issue to support restricing freedom in the name of safety. How can an officer suicide be scapegoated to the benefit of the ruling class?

To bring police unions into this discussion, since the police unions are supposed to be advocating for the interests of their officers, why don't we hear anything from them about protecting their psychological well being?

Unionist

Aristotleded24 wrote:

More OPP officers died by sucide than on duty

What's the relevance? Whatever we may think of the institution of police, being a police officer is a tough job that takes a huge psychological toll on those who do it. That stress is no doubt a huge factor in police abuse (although not an excuse) because a person under that level of stress can only hold it in for so long before snapping. We hear a great deal about violence directed at police officers. That is because it is easy to use that issue to support restricing freedom in the name of safety. How can an officer suicide be scapegoated to the benefit of the ruling class?

To bring police unions into this discussion, since the police unions are supposed to be advocating for the interests of their officers, why don't we hear anything from them about protecting their psychological well being?

I'm unimpressed by that CBC report. Maybe I should read Marin's full report?

How can a journalist write an article like this without asking themselves:

"What's the suicide rate for the overall population? Is it more or less than the OPP suicide rate?"

It's irresponsible and scandal-mongering to tell half the story.

I found this Stats Canada summary on suicide rates, from 2009. It put the male suicide rate that year at 17.9 per 100,000. I'm taking the "male" rate because I'm guessing that the vast majority of OPP officers are male (especially if we're looking back since 1989 - women were only first admitted in 1974). So if you multiply that rate by 30 (because Marin's study is since 1989), you get roughly 540 per 100,000 over 30 years. Marin says 23 officers (including retirees) have taken their own lives since 1989, while the current OPP has 8,000 in all. I'll take 8,000 as the annual figure, just because I don't have any other info. That means that for a population of 8,000, the 30-year rate (540 per 100,000) should have produced:

(8,000 ÷ 100,000) x 540 = 43.2 suicides.

I dunno, but sounds to me like those poor oppressed OPP folks are enjoying life to the fullest, compared to the rest of us.

If my math is wrong, please let me know. More importantly, "news" stories like this should be written more responsibly.

 

Aristotleded24

Marin estimates the number of officer suicides since 1989 to be 23.

I also don't know what "killed on duty" means. Does it refer to the number of officers murdered, or the total number of officers who die in the line of duty from such things like traffic accidents? That's another thing we don't often hear about.

It is true that there are professions that are far more dangerous than being a police officer. That does not mean that if it can be shown that police forces are not doing all they can to protect their members (and by "protect," I mean "look after their health and safety," not "turn a blind eye and refuse to hold them accountable for their misdeeds") that the problem shouldn't be addressed.

Unionist

Aristotleded24 wrote:

Marin estimates the number of officer suicides since 1989 to be 23.

Yes, I got that.

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That does not mean that if it can be shown that police forces are not doing all they can to protect their members (and by "protect," I mean "look after their health and safety," not "turn a blind eye and refuse to hold them accountable for their misdeeds") that the problem shouldn't be addressed.

The stats that I found and my calculations show that the rate of suicide among OPP officers is far less than the average of the male population as a whole. So what is there to address? I'd rather address issues like, say, disarming cops? Stopping racial profiling? Etc.

Aristotleded24

What is there to address? Maybe that when we talk about the dangers of being a police officer, certain dangers are played up because it allows governments to more easily control the population. But if an officer commits suicide or has serious mental health problems, how can the powers that be effectively turn that around to their advantage? There are also mental health hazards that officers come across that have nothing to do with criminal activity, for example traffic accidents, missing children, people who freeze to death, people who commit suicide (sometimes even in the officer's presence) and so on. But we only hear about the stresses of dealing with the "bad guys," even though dealing with "bad guys" is only part of a police officer's duties.

And since when does one come at the expense of the other? Why can't we provide better support for officers while at the same time holding officers accountable when they violate people's rights?

Unionist

A24: Did you get my point that police suicides are far less than the average? Did you wish to comment on that?

Aristotleded24

Unionist wrote:
A24: Did you get my point that police suicides are far less than the average? Did you wish to comment on that?

Fair enough, I'll concede that point.

My point: Stress that police experience on the job not direclty related to violent attacks is not discussed openly in large part because it is not convenient to turn that around in order to increase government control. Do you wish to comment on that?

Unionist

Aristotleded24 wrote:

My point: Stress that police experience on the job not direclty related to violent attacks is not discussed openly in large part because it is not convenient to turn that around in order to increase government control. Do you wish to comment on that?

That could very well be correct. I'm just not familiar with any information on such police stress. The article you linked provides none. If you have other sources, I'll gladly have a look and give an opinion. 

WWWTT

Unionist wrote:

If my math is wrong, please let me know. More importantly, "news" stories like this should be written more responsibly.

 

No there’s nothing wrong with your math! There’s nothing wrong with the stats you used either. All very logical. 

What you did is you found a real jem of an example of why the cbc is just another icm outlet. 

Way more construction workers have died in Canada than cops! I don’t need a stat either. I know this for a fact!

when I was working at the Portland’s power plant project in Toronto in 2008 (snc-lavelin project by the way!) an electrical apprentice died working on a panel. Real sad story because electrical apprentices aren’t allowed to work on live panels and his father was a foreman on the same job. Did the cbc do a story on it? If they did, it was buried and got next to no coverage. Same goes for most work related deaths. Oh but when a cop dies, whole fucking country is supposed to go into mourning. 

Thank you icm for telling me who’s lives are more important than mine!

Paladin1

WWWTT wrote:

Oh but when a cop dies, whole fucking country is supposed to go into mourning. 

 

Are we?

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America's Killer Kops (and vid)

https://t.co/rUtMUfaUuS

Bodycam footage shows Vallejo police shoot Willie McCoy while asleep in his car.

Our American 'friends' and their murderous piggery.

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I didn't know where to post this very disturbing article. This RCPM officer needs to be fired for his treatment of this young woman and his obvious misunderstanding of the term sexual assault.

Police briefly interviewed her and then she was brought into the West Kelowna RCMP detachment the next day for questioning with two ministry workers.

She said a male officer immediately took her into an interview room and started to barrage her with questions.

“I felt very alone in there,” she told APTN. “There was no parental support for me there at all. I was terrified.”

‘Were you at all turned on during this at all? Even a little bit?’ the officer said. “You understand that when a guy tries to have sex with a female and the female is completely unwilling it is very difficult.”

In one exchange, he appears to question how hard she tried to fight during the alleged assault.

“Go over again with me how did you try and get him to stop,” he said. “Did you scream ‘no’ did you say ‘get off me’, did you say ‘this was rape? I need you to stop?’”

https://aptnnews.ca/2019/05/13/were-you-turned-on-by-this-at-all-even-a-...

 

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New Zealand PM Leads Global Internet Censorship Campaign

https://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2019/05/18/chch-m18.html

"No one should be fooled by worthless assurances that these governments and corporate giants will protect 'freedom of expression'. What constitutes 'terrrorist' or 'extremist' material will be decided by the state agencies. The New Zealand prime minister, having been glorified in the media internationally for sharing 'kindness' and 'compassion' following the Christchurch shootings, has become one of the chief propagandists for censorship globally. More sweeping and permanent censorship mechanisms are being planned..."

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Canada's National Security Landscape Will Get A Major Overhaul This Summer

https://www.cbc.ca/news/politics/bill-c59-national-security-passed-1.518...

"Canada's national security architecture is about to undergo a major demolition and rebuild this summer, now that C-59 has received royal assent. The bill, which  after two years, passed through both houses of Parliament this week - gives Canada's signals intelligence agency new powers, although most of its new authority, will come into force down the road.

Once the prime minister and cabinet issue an order, the Communications Security Establishment will be permitted under C-59 to launch cyber-attacks (also called 'active cyber-operations') for the first time in Canadian history. Civil liberties groups have warned that a section of C-59 dealing with CSIS and datasets has the potential to usher in mass surveillance."

This dovetails nicely with the news release by Global Affairs Canada, after the recent official visit to Washington that the 'Prime Minister Announces Enhanced Cooperation With the United States.'

Moo...

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Canadian Spies Given New 'Disruption' Powers To Combat Foreign Influence in Elections

https://www.thestar.com/politics/federal/2019/07/04/canadian-spies-new-d...

"Canada's domestic intelligence agency sees its new 'threat reduction' powers as a tool to disrupt foreign influence including during the upcoming federal election campaign. Canada's intelligence community has already identified foreign operations targeting the country's 'democratic institutions' ahead of the Oct 29 election. The Communications Security Establishment, Canada's [FIVE EYES] cyber defence and espionage agency, has assessed it's 'very likely' that foreign actors will attempt to intervene in the election - although not of the scale [NOT] seen [Only alleged] in the 2016 US presidential election.

But civil liberties groups have expressed concerns about CSIS's ability to disrupt [alleged] threats with little public oversight - or even public knowledge - and these concerns are likely to be more pronounced when it comes to intervening during an election period. Cara Faith Zwibel, a director of the Canadian Civil Liberties Association said it's a 'fundamental concern' for her organization. 'We outside of the security agencies don't really know what they're doing..."

'Russiagate' - a gift that keeps on giving : although disproven still manufacturing international consent for police state enhancements which will ultimately be used against you. Let it be a lesson for chumps everywhere to learn the true costs of treating propaganda campaigns of intelligence agencies and msm as 'truth.' Dark official forces will always exploit your gullibility. Beware...

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American Apocalypse

https://www.counterpunch.org/2019/08/23/american-apocalypse/

"This is how you prepare a population to accept a police state willingly, even gratefully. Mark my words. There's trouble brewing..."

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Mapping the US Global Intelligence Network (and vid)

https://twitter.com/Suzi3D/status/1180488789363433475

Including Five Eyes Canada...

 

Campaign #1vs5i INFO

https://twitter.com/1vs5i/status/1184514340793307143

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Convicted Anti-Nuclear Activists Speak Out: “Pentagon Has Brainwashed People”

The seven Catholic peace activists who were convicted on October 24 for their symbolic protest against nuclear weapons at the Kings Bay Naval Base are now facing a two-to-three-month wait to hear their prison sentences. They could face more than 20 years in prison.

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Facing a Jury Without Opinions on Nuclear Risks

The jury that convicted the Kings Bay Plowshares 7 activists was self-avowedly apathetic about the risks posed to humanity by nuclear weapons, and the judge and prosecution worked together to prevent the defendants from sharing information or arguments to raise jurors’ consciousness on the issue.

“Our own lives are uncertain regarding the possible length of prison sentences,” defendant Martha Hennessy told Truthout in an exclusive interview. “But we rejoice in the fact that more scrutiny is being directed at the purpose of the Kings Bay Naval Base in southern Georgia.”

Sam Husseini, communications director at the Institute for Public Accuracy, a progressive nonprofit organization, attended the three-day trial. “It was a subtly but insidiously controlled courtroom with the judge and prosecution working hand in glove,” Husseini told Truthout. “The defendants were allowed to speak about their religious beliefs and to some degree how they relate to nuclear weapons. But it was all presented as subjective, and expert testimony on international law, and justification and necessity of urgent action were excluded.”.....

Aristotleded24

Saskatoon police officer re-instated:

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Jarett Gelowitz, the former constable who was fired from the Saskatoon Police Service amid criminal charges he was ultimately cleared of, is set to be welcomed back to the police service on Monday, sources have confirmed to CBC News. 

Gelowitz and the Saskatoon Police Service reached a draft agreement calling for his resinstatement on Saturday, two days before the Police Act hearing set to hear Gelowitz's appeal of his August 2018 firing. 

Gelowitz, 32, was dismissed last summer by Chief Troy Cooper as Gelowitz faced three criminal charges for on-duty assaults.

The police service said at the time that Gelowitz was not fit for duty and went on to describe three alleged assaults between November 2016 and April 2017. He had been on the force for 11 years. 

"Although the matters of the criminal code charges have yet to be completed through the judicial process, the decision to dismiss was made based on maintaining public trust," said a statement issued at the time of Gelowitz's firing.

One of those assault charges went to trial and Gelowitz was acquitted. Take a look at this case. The Saskatoon Police Service said themselves that this officer is unfit for duty. The chief wanted him gone. Now they have to take him back?

Paladin1

Police unions are pretty tough nuts to crack.

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Armored ICE Vehicle Sparks Panic In Queens During Firearms Bust

An ICE operation in Queens that involved the use of a military grade armored vehicle has sparked concern and confusion from local residents and elected officials.

As first reported by NY1 Noticias, the armored personnel carrier was spotted Wednesday morning on Forest Avenue near Norman Street in Ridgewood. Agents wearing ICE jackets were seen standing around the street, as a gunner stood watch in the middle of the vehicle.

An ICE spokesperson confirmed that one individual was taken into custody on an unspecified criminal arrest warrant. A spokesperson for Mayor Bill de Blasio said the agents were there as part of a federal investigation into a firearms suspect, who was allegedly found to have been hoarding "about 50 guns, including a machine gun, gun parts and ammunition."

The operation was carried out by Homeland Security Investigations (HSI), which is part of ICE, but distinct from the Enforcement and Removal Operations arm responsible for deporting immigrants. Still, neighbors said that a lack of information, combined with growing fears of ICE agents descending into communities, raised alarms on Wednesday.

"People feel terrorized," said Raquel Namuche, an organizer with the Ridgewood Tenants Union. "This happened right across from a youth program for children as young as four-years-old and there seemed to be no safety protocols in place. For people to leave their homes early in the morning and see a tank out on the street is just wild."

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Councilmember Antonio Reynoso also expressed frustration about the incident, pointing to constant fear in immigrant neighborhoods about the potential for raids and deportations. "I do not understand what necessitated ICE’s use of a tank other than the simple desire to instill fear amongst our community members," he said in a statement to Gothamist. "At this time, we must ensure that residents are connected to resources like the Immigrant Defense Project so that they are equipped to know their rights against ICE."

Aristotleded24

I've wanted to comment about this case for a long time.

Winnipeg family awarded damages after police unlawfully enter hotel room:

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The case dates back to Dec. 26, 2014, when Ola and Andrew Beaulieu took their two children — Kyra, 18, and Kyuss, 16 — along with Kyra's 18-year-old friend for a stay at a Winnipeg Clarion hotel as a late Christmas present.

Police arrived after staff and a hotel patron called 911, saying the family — and in particular Andrew, who had been drinking — was causing a disturbance.

Cellphone video recorded by the family showed the four officers arriving at the door of the hotel room.

In his ruling, the judge said the four officers — Const. Gary Douglas Powell, Const. James William Macumber, Patrol Sgt. Darren Cote and Const. Michelle Degroot — unlawfully entered the room, without a proper reason or warrant to do so.

This was a simple noise complaint. All the officers had to do was go to the room, tell the family to stay there, and if they had to come out again, then there would be arrests. After that, they could have gone to the front desk, explain to the hotel staff that they cannot enter the room, but to call back if the guests give them any more trouble, and they would come back and take the guests in. Very simple, and it would have freed them up to go after the dangerous criminals they say they need more resources to deal with. Instead, these officers not only lost the city hundreds of thousands of taxpayer dollars, but they have given the police service yet another black eye. Furthermore, if you read the news stories, one of the people involved said she will have problems trusting a police officer again. So future officers who had nothing to do with this behaviour will be tarnished by these actions. The police say they have a hard job? What makes that job even harder is the fall-out from doing things like this, especially when the officers involved are not held accountable.

Shameful! Disgusting!

 

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..no transcript for this video report. and as the report informs bonds aren't the only way corporations benefit from police brutality.

Wall Street Is Profiting From Police Brutality

Taxpayers are paying double for police brutality settlements thanks to cities and towns buying bonds from Wall Street to finance payouts for officer misconduct. San Diego cop watcher Kat from Irate Productions discusses recent police harassment of unarmed residents.

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Minneapolis police under fire after death of George Floyd

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The mayor of Minneapolis is calling for charges against the white police officer who knelt on the neck of 46-year-old George Floyd, a black man who died Monday after being restrained.

"Why is the man who killed George Floyd not in jail?" Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey said in a press conference Wednesday. "If you had done it, or I had done it, we would be behind bars right now."

The mayor did not specify what the charge should be but said that his determination was based on video of the incident.

The horrifying video spread quickly on social media Tuesday, showing the officer driving his knee into Floyd's neck as he repeatedly says he can't breathe.

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Police in the US Fire Tear Gas at Protest Against Brutal Memorial Day Murder

https://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2020/05/27/poli-m27.html

"You just killed that man!"

 

#GeorgeFloydWasMurdered

https://twitter.com/MaxBlumenthal/status/1265819136619417603

"I hope that American corporate media and govt officials who universally referred to US-backed Hong Kong separatists that firebombed police stations as 'pro-democracy demonstrators' will be consistent here."

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Minneapolis Erupts in Flames as Protesters Rage Against Police Killing of George Floyd

In Minnesota, parts of Minneapolis erupted in flames Wednesday night as residents took to the streets for a second night to protest the death of George Floyd, a Black man killed by police on Monday. A video circulated widely on social media earlier this week shows George Floyd gasping for air and telling the officers “I cannot breathe,” while a white officer named Derek Chauvin pinned him to the pavement with a knee to his neck. Three other officers stood nearby. All four officers have since been fired. The officers confronted Floyd after receiving a complaint that he tried using a counterfeit bill to buy groceries.

On Wednesday, protesters held a day-long demonstration outside the city’s 3rd Precinct police headquarters. Police fired tear gas, flash-bang grenades and projectiles in an attempt to disperse the crowd. Demonstrators also rallied outside the home of former officer Derek Chauvin.

On Wednesday night, the city requested help from the National Guard as a number of buildings were set ablaze. Meanwhile, Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey has called on prosecutors to file criminal charges against Chauvin.

Mayor Jacob Frey: “Why is the man who killed George Floyd not in jail? … George Floyd deserves justice. His family deserves justice. The Black community deserves justice. And our city deserves justice.”

The Star Tribune reports Derek Chauvin was involved in multiple police shootings in his 19 years on the Minneapolis police force and was the subject of a dozen police conduct complaints. Protests over the killing of George Floyd have also erupted in other cities, including Los Angeles, where demonstrators temporarily blocked traffic on Highway 101. We will go to Minneapolis after headlines.

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The Killing of George Floyd: The Aftermath

https://youtu.be/FdQb4dHFTTk

 

Cops Guarding The Murderer's Home

https://twitter.com/theelovelylayla/status/1265899290825818112

 

Politicians: Get Your Pigs in Order Or Else You Will Lose The Consent Of The Governed (and vid)

https://twitter.com/BenjaminPDixon/status/1266087813713461250

 

Statism:

"The brilliant idea that we give a small group of people the right to kidnap, imprison, harass, steal from, and kill people, so that we can be protected..."

 

Burn, Baby, Burn!

https://blackbirdpressnews.blogspot.com/2015/07/is-burn-baby-burn-marvin...

Aristotleded24

epaulo13 wrote:
The Star Tribune reports Derek Chauvin was involved in multiple police shootings in his 19 years on the Minneapolis police force and was the subject of a dozen police conduct complaints. Protests over the killing of George Floyd have also erupted in other cities, including Los Angeles, where demonstrators temporarily blocked traffic on Highway 101. We will go to Minneapolis after headlines.

Multiple police shootings? The odds of any individual officer having to shoot someone over the coruse of his or her career are quite small. How do several shootings involving this officer not raise any red flags with the department?

Aristotleded24

Meanwhile, closer to home:

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A constable with the Brandon Police Service is charged under the voyeurism section of the Criminal Code, which makes it an offence to secretly watch or record a person for a sexual purpose.

The charges were filed by the Independent Investigation Unit of Manitoba, which is mandated to investigate all serious incidents involving on- or off-duty police officers in Manitoba.

The IIU says he's accused of taking photos of someone without consent.

The other officer, a constable with the Manitoba First Nations Police Service, faces two counts of distributing photos and a video of a woman involved in sexual activity without her consent. It's alleged he sent images of the woman to two people without her knowledge.

Where did this come from?

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In 2017, a woman who was in a relationship with the Brandon police officer was sued for allegedly sending sexual images of another woman. The victim had alleged her photos were shared as "revenge and retaliation" because she had had an intimate relationship with the same officer. 

In court filings, the accused woman said the two officers who have since been charged by the IIU were to blame for sharing the sexual images of the victim.

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"It's kinda funny. Trump & the anti-China elements of the bourgeoisie & corporate media want to focus on China & the reactionaries in Hong Kong but instead it is images of Minneapolis & now other cities in the US in rebellion that are dominating the international press."

https://twitter.com/ajamubaraka/status/1266142054708654080

 

"WATCH: Minnesota prosecutor says video showing George Floyd's death is 'terrible' but says there's 'other evidence that does not support a criminal charge.' This is most likely going to set half of USA on fire overnight."

https://twitter.com/ASB_Breaking/status/1266137689700564992

josh

This was particularly horrific because the cop could see he was being filmed and didn't give a damn.  Continuing to intentionally asphyxiate Floyd until he had killed him.

Aristotleded24

Meanwhile a Toronto woman's family is questioning police after she fell from the balcony:

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What began as a 911 call for help for Regis Korchinski-Paquet ended in her death, her family told reporters at a news conference on Thursday.

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Speaking outside the apartment building, Singh said Korchinski-Paquet's mother called police around 5:15 p.m. ET to the family's apartment at 100 High Park Ave. after a conflict that left the 29-year-old in "distress."

"I asked the police if they could take my daughter to CAMH, and my daughter ended up dead," said Claudette Korchinski​​​​​​-Beals, referring to the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health in Toronto.

Police Chief Mark Saunders told reporters Thursday that officers received a "frantic" call reporting an assault and were at the scene within four minutes.

They arrived on the 24th floor where they met Korchinski-Paquet, her brother and mother in the hallway. As they made their way down the hall, Singh said, "words were exchanged" between Korchinski-Paquet and police.

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Within a minute or two, Singh said, the family heard commotion. Then, they heard Korchinski-Paquet cry out, "Mom help. Mom help. Mom help."

Moments later, there was silence. Police soon confirmed she was dead. 

"How can a call for assistance turn into a loss of life?" Singh said. 

The family's news conference comes after video of Korchinski-Paquet's mother and cousin emerged on social media alleging police pushed her from the balcony.

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Minneapolis Updates

https://twitter.com/EgyptianWeeknd

Celebrations as the Third Precinct Burns.

 

#StPaulRiots

https://twitter.com/hashtag/StPaulRiots?src=hashtag_click

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Live: Minneapolis Responds to Police Murder of George Floyd

https://twitter.com/UR_Ninja/status/1266185090226216960

No Justice No Peace. Right on Minneapolis!

 

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Protests Rage After Minneapolis Prosecutor Does Not Bring Charges Against Officers Who Killed George Floyd

Thousands took to the streets of Minneapolis Thursday as protests against the killing of an African American man by a white police officer rocked the city for the third night in a row. Demonstrators set fire to the Minneapolis Police Department’s 3rd Precinct, just hours after prosecutors said they were not yet sure if they would criminally charge Derek Chauvin, the white police officer who pinned George Floyd to the ground by his neck for eight minutes while Floyd gasped for air. In a video that has now been seen around the world, Floyd repeatedly gasps “I can’t breathe.” Four officers including Chauvin have since been fired, but not arrested. On Thursday, Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman was questioned about the delay in charging and arresting the officers.

Mike Freeman: “That video is graphic and horrific and terrible, and no person should do that. But my job, in the end, is to prove that he violated a criminal statute, and there is other evidence that does not support a criminal charge.”

Minnesota Governor Tim Walz called in the National Guard overnight as protests raged in Minneapolis and Saint Paul. This morning, Minnesota state police arrested CNN correspondent Omar Jimenez, along with his producer and camera crew, live on national television outside the charred remains of the 3rd police precinct. Minnesota Governor Tim Walz later apologized to CNN over the arrests, and the crew was released. After headlines, we’ll go to Minneapolis for the latest.

Scores Tear-Gassed, Arrested as Protests Against George Floyd’s Killing Spread to Other Cities

Around the United States, thousands of people took to the streets to protest the police killing of George Floyd. Here in New York, police arrested at least 70 people during a rolling protest that began in Manhattan’s Union Square. In Colorado, police fired tear gas and pepper balls at protesters who gathered at the state Capitol in Denver. One protester was intentionally rammed by a driver who plowed their SUV into a crowd of demonstrators. In Arizona, police declared an “unlawful assembly” Thursday and fired tear gas and pepper spray at hundreds who gathered at Phoenix City Hall. In Louisville, Kentucky, hundreds of protesters gathered downtown demanding justice for Breonna Taylor, a 26-year-old aspiring nurse who was shot to death by police inside her own apartment in March. At least seven people were injured by gunfire that erupted as demonstrators surrounded a police vehicle. It’s not known who fired the shots, though Louisville’s mayor said no police officers fired their weapons.

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As Pandemic Epicenter Shifts to Latin America, Gov’ts Use COVID-19 as Pretext for Police Repression

As the epicenter of the coronavirus pandemic shifts to Latin America, so too has the use of COVID-19 as a pretext for police repression. “We’re seeing that COVID-19, like other pandemics before it, magnifies structural discrimination. And sadly, it’s often the most marginalized that are the first targets,” says Louise Tillotson, co-author of a new Amnesty International report on the abuse. We also go to San Salvador to speak with journalist Jorge Cuéllar.

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Toronto Police Accused of Pushing Black Woman From Balcony To Her Death

https://twitter.com/JohnOCAP/status/1266052409849233410

"Relatives say the police pushed her off the balcony..."

#JusticeForRegis

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Former Minneapolis Police Officer Derek Chauvin Arrested Over George Floyd's Death

https://on.rt.com/ai7u

"The former police officer filmed kneeling on the neck of an African-American man who later died has been arrested, Minnesota authorities said. The arrest comes after two days of riots and looting in the Twin Cities. Derek Chauvin was taken into custody on Friday, local media reported. Chauvin has been charged with third-degree murder and manslaughter, local authorities announced..."

 

Protest, Uprisings and Race War

https://www.counterpunch.org/2020/05/29/protest-uprisings-and-race-war/

"The moralizing has begun. Those who have rarely been the target of organized police gangsterism are once again lecturing those who have about how best to respond to it..."

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"Police brutality and racist violence in the USA is not the odd isolated incident. It is systematic." (and vid)

https://twitter.com/timand2037/status/1266151118913933314

 

Compare US Police-State Racist and Inhuman Tactics With Those of Colonists in Occupied Palestine

https://twitter.com/timand2037/status/1266117301629120512

  Canadian politicians kowtow to both and even send their police for 'advanced training.'

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Large demo in New York of several thousand as well as in Washington, Atlanta and other US cities now underway...

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#JusticeForGeorgeFloyd

https://twitter.com/hashtag/JusticeForGeorgeFloyd?src=hashtag_click

'A Riot is the Voice of the Unheard!'

 

#GeorgeFloyd

https://twitter.com/hashtag/GeorgeFloyd?src=hashtag_click

The People United Will Never Be Defeated!

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CNN Center Atlanta now occupied. Lots of smishy-smashy.

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Mass Anger Erupts Throughout the US in Protest Against Police Murder of George Floyd

https://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2020/05/29/minn-m29.html

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Minneapolis: Unicorn Riot-Cam LIVE

https://twitter.com/UR_Ninja/status/1266550825113059329

"Police in Minneapolis didn't even seem to be pretending to try to enforce the 8PM curfew right now. People are marching, still angry..."

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#JusticeForRegis  Toronto rally/demo Saturday 2:00 pm Christie Pits park

https://twitter.com/globalnewsto/status/126672307762859218

"The protest, shared on social media under the hashtag #JusticeForRegis and organized by the group Not Another Black Life is set to begin at 2pm at Christie Pits park.

(Across from Christie TTC station)

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Black Alliance For Peace Calls For UN...

https://twitter.com/ajamubaraka/status/1266467743655739393

"The disproportionate death of Black people as a result of state neglect, the extra-judicial murders by the police and the threats from the US president against Black people represent a human rights crisis. BAP is calling on United Nations to intervene..."

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