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Postby darshan » 22 Aug 2019 07:27

Fresno cop shown in video punching teen put on desk duty. Dyer promises full review
https://www.fresnobee.com/news/local/cr ... 25782.html
A Fresno police officer has been put on modified duty after body camera footage surfaced that showed the officer punching a teenage male several times in the face.

The officer, identified in a lawsuit as Christopher Martinez, is on desk duty and not allowed into the field, pending the outcome of an internal affairs investigation, according to Fresno Police Department Chief Jerry Dyer.

The incident happened eight months ago, but Martinez was placed on modified duty after Dyer viewed the video Tuesday night.

Parents sue Pearland ISD officials (whites) who colored boy's head with Sharpie
https://www.houstonchronicle.com/news/e ... 361853.php
The parents of a Pearland student whose head was colored with permanent marker by school administrators last spring have filed a federal lawsuit against the school district and are calling on the junior high school’s principal and one other official to resign.

The suit alleges the Berry Miller Junior High administrators, who said a design in the black student’s haircut violated the school’s dress code and used a Sharpie marker to color it in, discriminated against the boy, assaulted him, and violated the Civil Rights Act and Constitution.

“He’s going to remember this for the rest of his life, and it’s his eighth-grade year,” said Angela Washington, the boy’s mother, standing outside Pearland Independent School District’s administrative building at a Monday news conference. “I don’t want him having to deal with this. His middle school year is basically ruined.”

Dante Trice, the boy’s father, said Principal Tony Barcelona and Discipline Clerk Helen Day should resign.

“For sure, just because that’s their job,” he said. “They oversee everything.”

In April, seventh-grade student Juelz Trice, 13, went to school with a common fade haircut that included an “M”-shaped design.

Barcelona, then the assistant principal, told the 13-year-old they could color in the design or give him an in-school suspension, according to the lawsuit. “Under great duress,” the lawsuit states, Trice chose the marker.

The officials didn’t notify his parents of the situation, they said.

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Postby darshan » 25 Aug 2019 21:28

Blacks need to get off that white man’s religion and see how things change. There’s something to be said about being taken for granted.

Black man says he was 'humiliated' by police after false burglar alarm at his home
https://abcnews.go.com/US/humiliating-e ... d=65170182

An African American homeowner says he endured the "most humiliating experience of my life" when white police officers answered a false burglar alarm at his North Carolina home and ended up placing him in handcuffs at gunpoint and walking him to a police car in just his underwear as his neighbors watched.

"I was counting the seconds because I thought he was going to kill me," Kazeem Oyeneyin, 31, told ABC News on Saturday of the confrontation with police at his home in Raleigh. "He was shaking the gun. All he has to do is slip and hit that trigger and I'm dead."

Same religion doesn’t bring the equality and color blindness. Hispanic vs blacks. Would the whole episode have played out like this in public if parents were to be through and through white instead of lowly Hispanics?

Parents charged with hate crime after allegedly assaulting boy found in daughter's closet
https://abc30.com/parents-charged-with- ... t/5490792/

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Postby darshan » 27 Aug 2019 06:53

Judicial system that is highly questionable?

Jurors acquitted Mateen Cleaves, prosecutors say this video proved his guilt
https://www.wxyz.com/news/local-news/in ... -his-guilt

The surveillance video, which was played in court but not allowed to be broadcast while the trial was ongoing, was taken outside of the Knights Inn Motel in Grand Blanc. The struggle, prosecutors say, took place between 1:30AM and 2:00AM. It was released today by the Wayne County Prosecutor's office through a public records request.

The first clip shows Cleaves’ accuser walking away from the motel partially nude, followed closely by Cleaves in pursuit. Cleaves is seen wearing only socks.

The video shows Cleaves grab the woman, who we are not identifying, spin her around and pull her back towards the room she just tried to leave. She resists, bending her knees and trying to pull away.

The video has no audio.

Colleen Dowdall, a resident of the Knights Inn Motel on September 15, said she witnessed the struggle and testified during Cleaves’ criminal trial.

“She looked at me and she said: ‘Help me, help me, help me.’ And I had the phone in my hand and I told her I’m on the phone right now calling the police,” she said. “I looked Mateen in the eyes, he didn’t say one word."

13 minutes later, Cleaves accuser is seen on video again, this time running from the former MSU star who can be seen chasing her, then grabbing her with both arms and pulling her back to the room again.

The struggle continues until she ultimately falls to the ground. Seconds later, she is seen trying to pull away again. Once more, Cleaves pulls her back, wrapping both arms around her waist and pulling her back to the room.

Jurors ultimately sided with the former MSU star, deliberating for less than 3 hours before acquitting him of all charges.

In an e-mailed statement, Cleaves' attorney Frank Manley said the video was irrelevant.

"The video was presented in a Court of Law. A Jury found Mr. Cleaves Not Guilty of all charges," Manley wrote. "The complainant had her day in Court. The criminal matter is closed. Not Guilty remains Not Guilty."

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Postby darshan » 28 Aug 2019 07:53

In Mississippi Delta, Catholic abuse cases settled on cheap
GREENWOOD, Mississippi (AP) — The IHOP in Southhaven, Mississippi, was an unlikely place to settle a sex abuse claim against the Catholic Church. But in January a white official from the Franciscan religious order slid into a booth across from a 35-year-old black man and offered to pay him $15,000 to keep years of alleged abuse by another Franciscan secret.

As La Jarvis skimmed the four-page agreement, his thoughts flickered back more than two decades to the physical and sexual abuse he says he suffered at the hands of a Franciscan Friar at a Catholic grade school in Greenwood. He told Gannon he wasn’t sure $15,000 was enough.
At the time, La Jarvis didn’t understand that the agreement he signed is unusual in several respects. It includes a confidentiality requirement, even though American Catholic leaders have barred the use of non-disclosure agreements in sex abuse settlements.

In addition, the amount of money Gannon and the Franciscans offered is far less than what many other sex abuse victims have received through legal settlements with the Catholic Church. In 2006, the Diocese of Jackson, Mississippi, settled a handful of lawsuits with 19 victims, 17 of whom were white, for $5 million and an average payout of more than $250,000 for each survivor. More recent settlements have ranged even higher, including an average payment of nearly $500,000 each for abuse survivors in the St. Paul-Minneapolis archdiocese.

La Jarvis and two of his cousins, who have also reported that they were abused at Greenwood’s St. Francis of Assisi School, differ from most victims with sex abuse claims against the church because they are black, desperately poor and, until recently, never had a lawyer to argue their case.

The abuse they say they endured at the hands of two Franciscans, Brother Paul West and Brother Donald Lucas, included beatings, rape, and other sexual violations beginning when they were nine and 10 years old.

“They felt they could treat us that way because we’re poor and we’re black,” Joshua said of the settlements he and La Jarvis received.

Just 3% of American Catholics are black but the percentage in Mississippi is higher, in part because of missionary work by the Franciscans. The church lists 26 parishes in the Jackson Diocese, out of 101, where blacks have a significant presence.

Times were especially hard when La Jarvis and Joshua were fourth and fifth graders. At the time, Joshua’s mother was addicted to drugs, living on the streets of Greenwood, and his father had drifted away from home.

The family’s hardships presented a perfect opportunity for a sexual predator.

The Franciscan order was established in the early 13th century by St. Francis of Assisi to evangelize and work among the poor. Franciscan Friars based in Wisconsin have been traveling to Mississippi in their trademark brown robes and sandals to fulfill that mission among the Delta’s black citizens since the early 1950s.

John F. Hawkins, a civil attorney who represented victims in the 2006 settlement with the Jackson diocese, said he’s preparing to file a lawsuit on behalf of La Jarvis and Joshua, in which he will argue that the settlements they signed are not legally binding, in part because of the “extreme emotional and financial duress” they were under at the time they agreed to the deals.

Hawkins will be working against a backdrop of a Franciscan settlement much larger than the $15,000 payments received by La Jarvis and Joshua. In 2006, a Franciscan province based in Santa Barbara and the Los Angeles diocese paid $28 million to settle claims made by 22 victims, with an average payment of nearly $1.3 million.

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Postby g.sarkar » 28 Aug 2019 13:52

https://www.rediff.com/news/report/sikh ... kv-CHZdPc0
Sikh man stabbed to death in US
August 28, 2019 10:53 IST
'We feel very safe in the country, so whatever happened, this is unacceptable'
A 64-year-old Sikh man from India was stabbed to death by an unidentified person in the United States state of California while he was on his evening walk, according to a media report.
Parmjit Singh was attacked in Gretchen Talley Park in Tracy around 9 pm on Sunday. He died from his injuries, ABC News reported. Detectives say a passerby spotted the man bleeding on the ground and immediately called 911.
Police have launched a homicide investigation.
Police don't have any clear suspects just yet. On Monday, they asked for the community's help identifying a man captured on video hopping a fence and running away from the park around the time when the incident took place, according to the report. "We just need to figure out who that is, why they were in the area, what they may have seen and potentially any of their involvement in the incident," said Tracy Police Spokesperson Lt Trevin Freitas.
Singh was wearing a traditional Sikh turban as he always would for his walks twice a day. Some residents are worried Singh may have been attacked because he was Sikh. Police said they cannot say if it was a hate crime.
This is close to home. Tracy is a bedroom community to the Bay Area (Silicone Valley). As the price of homes in the Bay Area hit the roof, the middle class moved to smaller towns such as Tracy to buy a house and raise a family. There are many Indians living in that area. The price of houses is around half a million for a 4 bed room house. So, it is not a cheap run down area.

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Postby darshan » 28 Aug 2019 17:16

It's interesting to know what this is third Hindu/Sikh related crime that Google hasn't alerted me to. Only alerts that work very well are related to black, islam, Jewish, LGBTQ, and catholic. Of tens of alerts set up on various uncorrelated test machines, only few keywords work very well.

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Postby darshan » 30 Aug 2019 07:04

Namesake democracy where whites wrote all rules and regulations as land mines for blacks to walk into. If I were black, I would start with dropping white man’s forced religion.

In Florida, Fees, Fines From Felonies Means Disenfranchised
https://jjie.org/2019/08/28/in-florida- ... ranchised/
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — Ten years ago, Rosemary McCoy never would have imagined that today she’d be in a Jacksonville library, tears streaming down her face, as she tells a stranger how it feels to be disenfranchised.

Then she was a real estate professional with two decades’ experience, a wife, mother of two, an average, everyday citizen living a good life.

Today she scrapes by on meager wages earned collecting petition signatures. Thanks to felony convictions in 2015 on charges associated with renting homes without authorization, the 61-year-old’s former life is long gone. So are her voting rights.

Adding to her sense of injustice, McCoy was among those who gathered signatures to get Florida’s Amendment 4 on the ballot in 2018, which automatically restored voting rights to people with felony convictions (except murder and sex offenses) who have completed their sentences. When it passed, she was among the 1.4 million Floridians who believed they’d be able to vote.

Initially this was true. In April, she registered to vote. McCoy cast a ballot in Jacksonville’s municipal elections the following month.

Then the legislature enacted a law it claimed was necessary to interpret Amendment 4. That law, Senate Bill 7066, which passed strictly on party lines with Republicans for it and Democrats against, interprets “completion of sentence” to include payment of court fees, fines and restitution, or legal financial obligations (LFOs).

McCoy owes a little more than $7,000 in restitution. With an income of barely minimum wage, she may as well owe 10 times that amount.

Because of that debt, when Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis signed SB 7066 on the Friday before Independence Day, he took back her right to vote.

Rosemary McCoy is not alone. In fact, of the 1.4 million Floridians estimated to have been re-enfranchised when Amendment 4 passed overwhelmingly last November, as many as 80% were disenfranchised by that stroke of the governor’s pen.

McCoy’s debt is associated with restitution. Most would likely believe that restitution is straightforward, but tracking it is far more complicated than one might expect. As the Miami Herald reported, restitution differs by jurisdiction and even by judge. Sometimes court clerks collect; sometimes victims do. During imprisonment or probation, the Department of Corrections collects restitution. After probation, it’s often converted to a civil lien; then payments go to the clerk, the victim or a debt collector.

The state has no idea how much restitution is owed cumulatively, by whom and to whom. There is no state agency tasked with tracking the data. Many defendants themselves don’t know how much they owe.

Florida is among the states that charges often exorbitant fines to people convicted of crimes and civil infractions. Several estimates have found that roughly a million Floridians with felony convictions have court debt. Some owe hundreds of thousands of dollars.

They can appeal to convert it to community service hours, but McCoy points out that this typically requires hiring a lawyer with money that they just don’t have.

And now that debt also prohibits them from voting.

University of Florida political science professor Daniel Smith prepared a report analyzing the effect of SB 7066 on behalf of the ACLU. Based on court clerks’ data from 48 counties, he found that 82.4% of 375,256 people with felony records owe LFOs, rendering them ineligible to vote. If this ratio bears out across all 1.4 million Floridians with felony convictions who couldn’t vote before Amendment 4, then 1.15 million were disenfranchised by SB 7066.

“The public was unaware that this was happening to us. The public honestly thought that once you completed your sentence, it was over,” McCoy said. “They believed that all your rights would be restored.”

The ACLU is finding “enormous racial disparities” among those who still owe LFOs, Coodley said. “In some counties white people were twice as likely to have paid their fees,” he said. This means that black people are more likely to be disenfranchised due to LFOs.

There may also be debt on the books that’s decades old, following around people who have no idea that it’s owed. No one is sure.

What is clear is that fees and fines are big money. Last fiscal year, the court system collected $864 million, Florida Courts and Comptrollers reports. The Fines and Fees Justice Center reports that more than a billion dollars — $688 million in fines and $474 million in fees — was ordered. Of this, $298 million was unpaid.

So what happens to the unpaid LFOs? After 90 days, it can begin accruing interest in the form of a statutorily authorized surcharge of up to 40%. Some call this a “poverty penalty.” Clerks can collect or they can send the debt to private collections agencies. Advocates note that these agencies spend thousands in campaign donations and to lobby lawmakers.

The collection rate for all court debt (including that previously owed) was 74.25% last year, according to the Fines and Fees Justice Center. For civil traffic cases ($388 million in 2018), the collection rate was 91.93%. For other categories of offenses, the rate was much lower. Felonies’ collection rate was 20.55%; juvenile offenses 26.6%. Some classes of felonies, such as drug trafficking, have such a low collection rate that the debt is largely seen as uncollectible, Thomas said, which for some calls into question the fine’s purpose.

Fees are more consistent, but still burdensome and complicated.

The fee schedule reads like a manual in nickel and diming. A first-degree misdemeanor traffic charge, which carries a fine of up to $1,000 regardless of whether the defendant has been found guilty, could also include: a 5% surcharge on the fine, $17 for the crime stoppers trust fund, $3 for the crime stoppers fee, $50 in additional court costs, $10 for the clerk of court trust fund, $1 crimes compensation fee, $49 for the crimes compensation trust fund, $3 additional court cost clearing, $2 for local law enforcement education (mandatory with ordinance), $20 crimes prevention fund, $3 state radio system surcharge, $30 for the court facilities fund (mandatory with ordinance) and $65 in additional costs (mandatory with ordinance); for a grand total of up to $1,303, more than 30% higher than the fine itself.

Every year, Florida courts collect hundreds of millions of dollars, in what’s called “cash register justice.” But it wasn’t always this way. In the past there were court costs, and, in some cases, fines associated with civil and criminal violations. The 1980s drug war caused governments to feel the budgetary pinch of the rapidly burgeoning criminal justice system, said Thomas of the Fines and Fees Justice Center. Concurrently, the nation became ever more tax-averse.

In 1998 Florida landed on a solution: People who use the court system should pay to operate it. That year, the state passed a constitutional amendment mandating that fines and fees from civil and criminal defendants fund the court system. It went into effect in 2004.

Since then, fees and fines have grown exponentially. In addition to adding scores of fees like the 15-cent charge in juvenile cases, the legislature has vastly expanded the categories of offenses that include fines. Today, more than 100 carry a fine. A few are discretionary; most are mandatory. Drug charges carry some of the highest fines, which arguably makes some sense in light of the drug war’s role in increasing courts’ costs. However, given new understanding of addiction, many wonder if it still makes sense to even incarcerate drug users. Three of the four former inmates interviewed for this article have had drug charges.

Today the fees and fines fund not just the court system, but a whole lot more.

Poor people and minorities are more likely to be charged and convicted of crime. Black people comprise 17% of Florida’s population and nearly half of its prison population.

Court debt takes on new significance in light of the approximately 3 million Floridians living in poverty, according to U.S. Census Bureau and Welfare Info data. Adding further depth to the issue is the fact that there are significantly higher poverty rates among minorities. With a statewide poverty rate of 15.1%; nearly 25% of black people and 20% of Hispanics live in poverty, Welfare Info reports.

He stole $50 and got life without parole. 35 years later, he’s coming home.
https://www.washingtonpost.com/nation/2 ... edirect=on
The unusually harsh punishment was the result of Alabama’s Habitual Felony Offender Act, also known as the “three strikes law,” which was originally intended to crack down on repeat offenders when it was enacted in the 1970s. But Kennard wasn’t exactly a hardened career criminal when he was sentenced to life behind bars: His prior history consisted of being charged in connection with a break-in at an unoccupied gas station when he was 18, which landed him on probation for three years, AL.com reported.
The Alabama Appleseed Center for Law and Justice, a nonprofit legal advocacy group, took up Kennard’s case. The group noted that he had been an exemplary inmate who lived in the “honor dorm” — a faith-based housing unit where prisoners are subject to stricter rules — and hadn’t been cited for a disciplinary or behavioral infraction in over a decade. Carla Crowder, the organization’s executive director and Kennard’s attorney, argued in court on Wednesday that he would likely have been eligible for parole 20 years ago if he had been sentenced under the new standards, WIAT reported.

Blacks Left Behind by Three-Strikes Sentencing Reform
https://www.courthousenews.com/blacks-l ... ng-reform/
OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — More than 60 inmates, disproportionately black, are set to stay in Washington state prisons for life — left out of the latest in a multiyear wave of reforms easing tough-on-crime three-strikes laws around the United States.

At least 24 states, including Washington, passed such laws during the 1990s, embracing tough-on-crime rhetoric. But nearly half have scaled them back amid concern that habitual but less-violent offenders were being stuck behind bars for life with hardcore felons.

Washington’s 1993 three-strikes law was among the first and stands out as among the nation’s strictest. But lawmakers targeted it for reform this year with legislation removing second-degree robbery — generally defined as a robbery without a deadly weapon or significant injury — from the list of crimes qualifying for cumulative life sentences.

While the state’s original reform included a retroactive clause, making inmates sentenced under the old law eligible for resentencing, an amendment pushed by a prosecutors’ group cut out retroactivity. Washington governor and Democratic presidential contender Jay Inslee signed the changes into law April 29.

That means about 62 inmates convicted of second-degree robbery will be left serving life sentences, according to state records, even after judges stop “striking out” new offenders convicted of the same crimes. About half are black, despite African Americans making up only 4% of Washington’s population.

N.C. Supreme Court Hears Arguments On Racial Bias In Death Penalty Cases
https://www.npr.org/2019/08/26/75441057 ... alty-cases
In closing arguments in a death penalty trial, the prosecution told an all-white jury that a black defendant was "a big black bull."

In the case of a different black man, prosecutors justified excluding a black juror because he drank alcohol by calling him a "blk wino," whereas a potential white juror who drank was considered "ok" and a "country boy."

And in another courtroom exchange, a prosecutor grilled a black juror about whether he had trouble reading, but those same questions were never directed at other prospective jurors.

A decade ago, in 2009, the state's Democratic-controlled legislature passed a one-of-its-kind law called the Racial Justice Act that allowed death row inmates to challenge their punishment if they could show that race was a "significant factor" in being sentenced to death. Nearly every single person on the state's death row, including many white inmates, filed claims. But in 2013, North Carolina's newly elected Republican majority repealed the law, and all the pending cases later were voided.

Lawyers and researchers, though, had already begun to dig into how much race was an issue in death penalty trials in North Carolina. One study that examined death row cases in the state over two decades found that prospective black jurors were dismissed more than twice as often as jurors of other races.

That evidence, lawyers for the inmates say, should not be ignored.

Rachel Azanleko-Akouete On A Mission to Eliminate Racial Health Disparities
https://diversity.wisc.edu/rachel-azanl ... sparities/
Nearly all states have significant black/white infant mortality disparities, but Wisconsin has historically been one of the worst. In fact, the United Health Foundation indicated that Wisconsin’s black/white infant mortality rate disparity ratio of 2.9 is among the highest in the nation in its 2016 America’s Health Rankings.

Rachel Azanleko-Akouete, a public health nurse for Public Health Madison-Dane County, is on a mission to help change these disparity numbers. A passionate national and global policy advocate, she regularly educates elected officials so that they can make informed decisions. She firmly believes that good policies can undo what bad policies have created.

“As a black woman, college-educated, and middle-income, the birth outcomes are still comparable to a white woman who is not college-educated and who is low-income. That disparity is really sad,” Azanleko-Akouete tells Madison365 in an interview at Cargo Coffee on East Washington Ave. “Despite your educational background and despite your socioeconomic status, you still have poor outcomes as a black woman. What is leading to that?”

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Postby darshan » 30 Aug 2019 11:17

White parking lot protector lynched a black guy and US media and various organizations fell asleep. Not sure how they missed this lynch.

A white Florida man cited ‘stand your ground’ for shooting a black man. A jury found him guilty.
https://www.washingtonpost.com/nation/2 ... edirect=on
Late Friday night, a jury delivered the guilty verdict that Markeis McGlockton’s family never thought would come.

They had many reasons not to get their hopes up, family attorney Michele Rayner told The Washington Post. First, there were the 25 days it took to arrest the man who fatally shot 28-year-old McGlockton in a dispute over a handicap parking spot. There was the county sheriff who backed the shooter’s invocation of Florida’s controversial “stand your ground” law. There were parallels to the case of Trayvon Martin, the unarmed black teen whose shooter was acquitted in the same state after he claimed self-defense.

Drejka’s lawyers argued the Florida man acted reasonably in self-defense last year after McGlockton pushed him to the ground in the parking lot outside a Clearwater, Fla., convenience store. Prosecutors, however, pointed to video footage showing McGlockton backing away before Drejka shot him. He would collapse before his 5-year-old son.

Like Trayvon Martin, McGlockton was black and shot by a man who said he felt threatened. The judge in the case wrote that he did not consider race a factor in the killing, defense lawyers said. But Rayner framed McGlockton’s death as one of many unjustified killings of black men, mentioning not just Martin but also Michael Brown and Eric Garner.

She said McGlockton’s family was pained by the defense’s attacks on the victim’s character throughout the trial, saying that Drejka’s attorneys used racist tropes when they called McGlockton violent and badly parented. Defense lawyer John Trevena told The Post the accusations of racism are “absolutely absurd.”

Drejka, who did not testify, said in an interview with detectives played for jurors that he “always” carried his gun and had a “pet peeve” about the illegal use of handicapped parking, according to the Associated Press. He said he often scoured for handicapped stickers and placards at the convenience store, and authorities say he accosted a truck driver over the same spot earlier.

Prosecutors said Drejka should have called police rather than escalate the situation on his own last July.

“He is a parking lot vigilante,” prosecutor Scott Rosenwasser said Friday during closing arguments, the AP reported.

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Postby darshan » 30 Aug 2019 11:29

Even white people's dogs are racist. Who knew. That too in a strict christian upbringing. Gotta drop that white man's religion.

Dog 'doesn't like black people,' housekeepers are told as reason for not entering priest's house
https://www.nbcnews.com/news/nbcblk/hou ... k-n1044761
Two housekeepers alleged discrimination when one of them was kept from cleaning a church rectory in Tennessee after church staff said the priest's dog "doesn't like black people."

The dispute arose when housecleaners Emily Weaver, who is white, and LaShundra Allen, who is black, went in May to the rectory of the Rev. Jacek Kowal of Catholic Church of the Incarnation in Collierville.

Weaver was planning to train Allen as her replacement for cleaning the building but when the women asked to enter they were turned away by parish staff who said Kowal's German shepherd was not in its crate and "doesn't like black people," according to a letter the women sent to the diocese that was obtained by the Memphis Commercial Appeal.

The bishop said in the diocese's written response that a parish staff member told Weaver and Allen that she was concerned about them entering the rectory because Kowal's dog, named Ceaser, "is kind of racist."

The dog "had been threatened" in the past by a black person and was "somewhat more agitated initially around strangers with darker skin," the letter said, adding that Kowal was busy at a Mass that morning and had concerns that Ceaser would bite if he was not present to properly introduce the dog to Allen.

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Postby darshan » 31 Aug 2019 18:54

Louisville must bridge the wealth gap that separates the east, west and south
https://www.courier-journal.com/story/o ... 567118001/
I was 5 when I first remember hearing the words “Ninth Street Divide.”

They were said by then-principal of Kennedy Montessori, Opal Dawson. It was 2005, and I was with my parents at kindergarten orientation. Ms. Dawson had just thanked all the white parents in the cafeteria for crossing Ninth Street. As I progressed through my education, I became increasingly aware of the weight behind Ms. Dawson’s words.

Louisville is the country’s fourth most segregated city. Its history of intense redlining is no secret. When you look at the city’s original redlining map showcased by Joshua Poe, an urban planner and community organizer, the racism is blatant. City planners, bankers and real estate agents ensured that the city would be racially segregated for decades to come. In fact, the original redlining map lines up almost perfectly with current trends in race, income, poverty, and vacant and abandoned properties. It is clear that historic redlining contributed to the racial wealth gap that is only growing.

And redlining is not over. Families in western and southern Louisville still struggle to gain access to affordable capital and build credit. Small business owners in these areas still face barriers to accessing capital to grow and serve their communities. Banks still cannot or will not lend money to them. And access to banks is scant: In western Louisville, there is a banker for every 1,600 people, whereas in eastern Louisville, there is a banker for every 200 people.

Unfortunately, this sends many vulnerable individuals to predatory lenders who charge outrageous fees and interest rates, trapping those individuals in lifelong debt. Black families simply face an uphill battle when trying to build wealth in this country. In 2016, the median wealth of a black household was one-tenth that of a white household. The system is set up to prevent black and minority access to capital and perpetuate the racial wealth gap.

The Ninth Street Divide that Ms. Dawson mentioned is not a relic of the past; it is a very real and current divide that separates those with access to wealth-building from those without. This fact is not something that Louisville should accept, and it is not something I am willing to accept.

You're more likely to be busted for weed in Louisville if you're black
https://www.courier-journal.com/story/n ... 409913002/
Black drivers in Louisville were cited for possession of marijuana in 2017 at six times the rate of white people, even though national studies show both groups smoke it at virtually the same rate.

And while African-Americans make up less than one-fourth of Louisville’s population, they accounted for two-thirds of those charged with marijuana possession, the Courier Journal found in a review of 21,607 cases in which possession of marijuana was the most serious charge.

The Courier Journal found that even though overall citations for the offense have declined dramatically since 2010 — as police focus on more serious drugs and as pot use is increasingly accepted nationwide — the disparity by race has nearly doubled.

Elected officials who represent predominantly black West End neighborhoods say the disparities are astonishing and unfair.

“This is unacceptable for any reason,'' said Louisville Metro Councilwoman Barbara Sexton Smith, whose district extends from downtown to West 24th Street.

Disparities in Louisville marijuana arrest rates mirror those in other cities, where public officials have moved to reduce or end enforcement of marijuana possession laws out of concern about bias.

►In Philadelphia, the district attorney dropped 51 marijuana possession cases in April 2018 and announced that future cases would be dropped as well, saying his office would instead devote the resources to prosecute homicides.

►In New York, after the disclosure that black people were charged with marijuana possession at eight times the rate of white people, the mayor in June 2018 ordered police to issue summonses — the equivalent of a parking violation, rather than a misdemeanor, unless the suspect has past arrests or convictions. The Manhattan district attorney announced he would vacate marijuana warrants dating to 1978 because he found marijuana prosecutions “waste an enormous amount of criminal justice resources for no punitive, rehabilitative, deterrent or other public safety benefit.”

►In New Jersey, after a study found that black people were three times more likely to be charged with marijuana-related offenses than white people, lawmakers are considering a bill to legalize recreational marijuana and a companion measure to clear the criminal records of those with past convictions.

The Courier Journal's analysis mirrors the findings in a 2013 American Civil Liberties Union report, “The War on Marijuana in Black and White,” which showed black people nationwide were arrested at four times the rate of white people.

The study, based on FBI uniform crime reports and census data, found that black drivers in Kentucky were arrested at nearly six times the rate of white people, a greater disparity than in all but four other states

The gap was far wider in some Kentucky counties. Black drivers were 32 times more likely to be arrested for possessing marijuana than white people in Nelson County; 12 times more likely in Campbell County; 10 times more likely in Kenton County; and 3.5 times more likely in Jefferson County.

Here's how racism created West End poverty and how we can help
https://www.courier-journal.com/story/o ... 788988002/
If I believe that private individuals who lived before me and who held racist beliefs and ideologies that are abhorrent to me caused the lack of opportunity in West Louisville today, it’s easy for me to wipe my hands of any responsibility to try to do something about it. After all, I’m not to blame for what others have done in the past. But if I realize that my local, state and federal governments, my judicial system — local, state and federal police and courts — intentionally and unconstitutionally created this site and others like it west of 9th Street, then I am complicit in its creation. And I am called to respond.

Since after Reconstruction in the late 19th Century, the federal government not only allowed and facilitated segregation of neighborhoods by race, but it actively created ways of keeping blacks and whites from living together. In the 1920s, the government began an advertising campaign directed at whites only, encouraging them to move out of apartments and into single-family homes.

In the 1930s the Roosevelt administration made maps of cities, giving neighborhoods different colors based upon the perceived threat of foreclosure. Neighborhoods where the residents were mostly black were given the color red, indicating a perceived high risk. This legal residential system of apartheid, known as redlining, then became the basis upon which banks, builders and the government invested in and made loans to people moving into white neighborhoods while rejecting those who lived in areas where people of color lived.

Because black neighborhoods received low ratings in this system, their residents had no access to credit, mortgage insurance (which allows banks to take risks on homeowners with low down payments), wealth and capital for many decades. And while the notions of white supremacy that undergirded those systems of ranking neighborhoods were in part the fault of racist individuals, the federal government not only tolerated the system, but it helped create it.

FHA, which insures loans made to people without large down payments, actually required builders to add deed restrictions before they would insure the construction of homes in those areas. The all-white subdivision was created, and it has largely stayed in existence — and mostly segregated — ever since. Meanwhile, areas west of 9th Street were deemed too risky for builders, banks and the government. So, very few people could afford to build decent housing in the neighborhood. For many years, courts upheld discriminatory deed restrictions and police enforced them, allowing pickets, bombs and terrorism of black people who attempted to live in or around white neighborhoods. Indeed, the people who bombed Carl and Anne Braden’s home weren’t charged with a crime, but the Bradens were convicted of sedition and Carl spent time in prison.

Homeownership is the primary source of wealth in most families. Equity in homes allows people to pass wealth on to their children. It’s not difficult to trace the line from redlining in neighbors of color to a lack of wealth today. If you couldn’t get a loan to buy a home in a decent neighborhood, you either continued renting or you bought a home with expensive loan terms — and, either way, you never generated wealth.

Selling your home was next to impossible because any would-be purchaser would also not be able to find a loan. This cycle continued for decades, robbing people of opportunities and potential wealth. Add to that housing and wealth crisis the active and overt discrimination that occurred for decades in educational and employment opportunities, and the discriminatory judicial system (from racially biased arrests to convictions and sentencing), and it’s not difficult to see how the neighborhood at the corner of 30th and Muhammad Ali — and for that matter most of the neighborhoods west of 9th Street — was neglected and became as toxic as it is today.

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DHS bars congressional staffers from migrant detention centers after reports of rotten food, kid told to eat off floor
https://www.newsweek.com/dhs-block-cong ... rs-1456849
The Department of Homeland Security has prevented congressional staffers from the House Oversight Committee from visiting additional migrant detention facilities along the southern border after allegedly making troubling discoveries in recent weeks at other detention centers, according to a letter sent to DHS Acting Secretary Kevin McAleenan on Thursday.

The chairman of the panel, Democrat Elijah Cummings, wrote that in the past two weeks, a bipartisan group of committee staffers made visits to several facilities housing adults and children accused of illegally crossing the U.S.-Mexico border and heard concerning allegations from detainees. Afrer those visits, they were barred from conducting a second trip to see 11 additional facilities — a move that only creates further tension between the Trump administration and the committee as it continues to investigate the president's immigration policies.

Migrant detainees told the committee staffers that toddlers, including an infant, held at U.S. Customs and Border Patrol (CBP) facilities were being fed burritos — as opposed to age-appropriate food — and a child was told by a CBP agent to drink spilled soup off the floor before receiving more food. Additionally, the detainees said children were held in cold rooms without the appropriate clothing, parents weren't given enough diapers for young children and they were pressured into signing documents in English without translation, according to Cummings' letter.

Trump Denies Essential Right to Teen Girls In Detention
https://www.fatherly.com/love-money/tru ... an-rights/
On August 23, 2019, 19 states filed suit against the Trump administration after they chose to allow the indefinite detention of migrants, alleging rampant abuse in the migrant detention center system that the Trump administration flooded by engaging in family separation policies that still happen today. In the lawsuit, children said they were held in rooms that were too small for them to sit or lay down, they were over crowded, and they were woken nightly by “roll calls.” Some said they had to fight for food that guards threw on the floor. Another, equally disturbing detail emerged: Migrant teens revealed that, when menstruating, they were only allowed one pad or one tampon a day.

For the unaware, tampons and pads are medically required to be changed every four to six hours. Obviously, one tampon a day does not meet that medical requirement. After the migrant teens bled through that, they had to take it out or extend their usage of the period product at risk of developing Toxic Shock Syndrome, a condition that can kill people. People who get toxic shock can have fever, low blood pressure, and diarrhea, break out in a rash, get muscle aches, experience confusion, have seizures, and can die. A risk factor for developing TSS is having the flu. The administration recently announced it wouldn’t be giving people in detention flu vaccines.

To save themselves from this, the girls were forced to bleed through their clothes or use toilet paper, the latter of which is also in short supply at detention centers. When the girls bled through their pants, the lawsuit says guards did not offer them a chance to shower or change their clothes.

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A massacre of blacks haunted this Arkansas city. Then a memorial tree was cut down.
https://www.washingtonpost.com/history/ ... rial-tree/
The city of Elaine, Ark., has one eye gazing upon its gruesome past and another staring toward what it could be.

Elaine, with a population of about 500, made national headlines when a tree commemorating the death of more than 200 black people in 1919 at the hands of a white mob was chopped down last week. The Elaine Police Department and the Arkansas State Park are investigating the chopping, according to WMC-TV.

That dynamic, where black sharecroppers could have gained financial independence, created a panic among white plantation owners who would have been left with white workers who could not be controlled by Jim Crow laws of the era, said Nashid Madyun, director of the Southeastern Regional Black Archives and Research Center at Florida A&M University.

Many of the sharecroppers had gone off to war and returned with the expectation of being treated like citizens allowed to have grievances, Mitchell said. “The problem is the planters don’t see them as citizens. They see them as objects of exploitation,” he said.

The sharecroppers started meeting in churches to collect fees and dues for a lawyer and to organize.

Word spread, and a group of white men, some believed to be part of law enforcement, gathered at a church on Sept. 30, 1919. While there are different versions of whether the black sharecroppers or the white men outside the church fired the first shot, gunfire broke out, chaos followed and a white man ended up dead.

News of the death swirled around the area, stoking fears of a black uprising.

For days, mobs of white men killed at least 200 black people, with assistance from about 500 troops called on by Arkansas Gov. Charles Brough. Some scholars estimate the number of dead to be closer to 800.

Wells wrote that hundreds of white men were “chasing down and murdering every Negro they could find, driving them from their homes and stalking them in the woods and fields as men hunt wild beasts."

The violence raged for a week.

In the aftermath of the riot, 285 black people were arrested, and the Phillips County grand jury charged 122 black people with crimes ranging from night riding to murder. The first 12 men tried were convicted of murder and sentenced to death by electric chair. Their case, Moore v. Dempsey, would limit how much local governments could deny federal constitutional rights.

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Another US visa holder was denied entry over someone else's messages

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Postby Rony » 03 Sep 2019 20:28

No ‘Mixed’ or ‘Gay’ Couples, Mississippi Wedding Venue Owner Says on Video

“First of all, we don’t do gay weddings or mixed race, because of our Christian race—I mean, our Christian belief,” the woman tells Welch in the video.

“Okay, we’re Christians as well,” Welch replies.

“Yes ma’am,” the woman says.

“So, what in the Bible tells you that—?,” Welch beings to ask, before getting cut off by the apparent Boone’s camp employee.

“Well, I don’t want to argue my faith,” the woman says.

“No, that’s fine,” Welch replies.

“We just don’t participate,” the woman says.

“Okay,” Welch responds.

“We just choose not to,” the woman continues.

“Okay. So that’s your Christian belief, right?,” Welch asks.

“Yes ma’am.”

Mississippi Wedding Venue Refused Mixed Race Couple Citing 'Our Christian Race'

For Khyla Shumpert, who was born in Booneville and who identifies as mixed, the video recalled her experience growing up in Mississippi. "I wouldn't say people were blatantly racist to my face or even out loud, but people still talk and say things in private," she told Newsweek.

"It just shows that at the core of this discrimination is racism," she added.

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Alabama Dean Quits Because White People Can’t Handle the Truth
https://www.theroot.com/alabama-dean-qu ... 1837944211
A University of Roll Tide dean at the center of a controversy over a series of stunningly accurate tweets chose to resign from his position rather than succumb to the horrific fate of drowning in a sea of salty, pork rind-flavored hillbilly tears.

On Thursday, Jamie R. Riley, the University of Alabama’s assistant vice president and dean of students, handed in his resignation after less than seven months on the job, reports the university’s newspaper that also aptly describes the predominant hue of on-campus necks—the Crimson White. Riley’s departure comes after right-wing news outlets including Breitbart (no, I’m not linking to that bullshit) Dinesh D’Souza and Laura “I’m not a white nationalist, I just play one on TV” Ingraham, attacked the dean for old tweets dating back years that publicly accused white people of acting like...Well...White people.

While white people love that star-spangled scrap of polyester, for most of the history of the flag, it has stood for the oppression of black people. It flew on the ships that stole us from Africa. It was draped on the porches of the plantations where we toiled for free. It was affixed to the sleeves of the men that cracked skulls on the Edmund Pettus Bridge. It flies over the police department that employed the officer who killed Eric Garner and the jail where Sandra Bland was found dangling in a cell.

He’s right, it’s not that hard to see.

I do agree with alt-right newspaper and the Nazi host that this tweet is somewhat inappropriate. I think Riley’s math credentials should be reevaluated because the people who were happy to move on the land owned by the slaughtered Native Americans; who didn’t own slaves but blithely drank mint juleps as the African holocaust happened just off their porches; who stood on the second-to-last row at the town square during public lynchings; who watched their classmates spit on the black kids integrating their schools; who wished that that Rosa Parks lady would just sit her ass down so they could get home; who turned the TV when they saw Eric Garner choking; who will weep over a mistreated puppy but aren’t outraged or incensed every goddamned time a black person in America is assumed to be a criminal and sacrificed to the God of “I Feared For My Life”...

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Student journalists show who in Baltimore is hit hardest by climate change and why | Baltimore Brew
https://www.baltimorebrew.com/2019/09/0 ... e-and-why/
Over the summer, a platoon of student journalists descended on East Baltimore to explore the impact of the planet’s climate crisis on the people who live in the city’s hottest neighborhood: McElderry Park, as it turns out.

Armed with notebooks, cameras and temperature sensors, Code Red project reporters found that heat and humidity reached shocking levels in rowhouse living rooms and bedrooms.

At another home – where the reporters found the temperature averaged 99 degrees during a seven-day period in July – a mother was asked why she would not allow her three young sons to play outside in the evening to get a break from the heat.

“Drugs in the 400 block. Drugs and alcohol in the 500 block,” she explained.

After first reviewing the grim science documenting a warming planet and increasingly extreme weather patterns, the series drills down on Baltimore to illustrate how urban communities are already suffering disproportionately.

“Code Red: Baltimore’s Climate Divide” is a unique journalistic collaboration of the University of Maryland’s new Howard Center for Investigative Journalism and Capital News Service, along with other partners, including National Public Radio, Wide Angle Youth Media in Baltimore and WMAR television.

After their year-long review of data on everything from emergency room visits to tree cover – along with street reporting during the hottest July on record – the Code Red team comes away with a highly detailed and rather bleak picture of the city’s climate future.

Multiple data points show how climate change is hitting Baltimore especially hard – and hitting its poor residents of color even harder. Racial and economic disparity was one of the project’s major findings.

A mini-tutorial on the urban “heat island” effect, the project identifies the phenomenon as a major source of disparity.

Temperatures are higher in these pavement-heavy, tree-deprived areas – found disproportionately in the same majority-black, historically red-lined East and West-side neighborhoods where residents tend to be poorer, sicker and have shorter life spans.

If McElderry Park was the hottest part of Baltimore, according to 2018 climate data, Dickeyvillle, an affluent pocket of historic homes near Leakin Park, turned out to be the coolest.

“We wouldn’t need cooling centers if we had healthy neighborhoods,” state Delegate Robbyn Lewis is quoted saying in the piece.

The city’s coolest neighborhood (in that study using 2018 data) had 10 times more tree cover than its hottest neighborhood.

As Rising Heat Bakes U.S. Cities, The Poor Often Feel It Most
https://www.npr.org/2019/09/03/75404473 ... el-it-most

And Baltimore is not an extreme case. NPR analyzed 97 of the most populous U.S. cities using the median household income from U.S. Census Bureau data and thermal satellite images from NASA and the U.S. Geological Survey. In more than three-quarters of those cities, we found that where it's hotter, it also tends to be poorer. And at least 69 had an even stronger relationship than Baltimore, the first city we mapped.

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Rotten apples or a bad barrel? With so many abusive cops, the problem is much bigger than individuals who do wrong
https://www.finalcall.com/artman/publis ... rong.shtml
LOS ANGELES—Mobs of men roaming America in pairs or more have been killing and maiming Blacks and Latinos, raping women and girls, and stealing.

And, they were all cops.

Members of the Gun Task Force lied, stole, robbed and dealt in drugs and falsified time sheets for years before their capture.

Such egregious misconduct stems from the lie cops can do no wrong, unions that protect good and bad cops, secretive and protective police departments, prosecutors who fear going after cops, racism and a lack of unity in the face of wrongdoing under the color of law, argued advocates for police accountability and activists.

The Fraternal Order of Police (FOP) which consists of law enforcement officers across the country, boasts a membership of over 346,000 with over 2,000 chapters wields significant power and influence on how cops are dealt with. In Maryland, the FOP is very influential.

“Police unions play a significant role in Maryland politics, from campaign endorsements to influence peddling. According to public records, the largest police associations, including the Baltimore Fraternal Order of Police, donated $1,834,680 to state politicians over the last decade and retained several of the most prominent lobbyists in the state,” reported The Intercept in an article titled, “Baltimore Activists Recount How Police Unions Crushed Accountability Reforms.”

“The Maryland State FOP organized its members to show up in force during the hearing on the police reform bills. The Facebook page for the group shows officers packing the legislative room when the reform bills were debated,” the publication reported May 1, 2015.

Harry “Spike” Moss, a longtime activist based in Minneapolis, Minn., rejects the pro-police mythology. The dominate culture and judicial system of this country has a serious racist mentality tied to oppression dating back to the annihilation of the Indigenous people and enslavement of Blacks, he said.

“After the civil rights movement, they watched the sheriffs Down South be supported in their wrongdoing. They then told their people—skinheads, Klan, all Nazis, their race—join law enforcement,” Mr. Moss said.

They had a legal way to push White racists and White superiority on Black people, he said.

Blacks want to believe America is the land of the free, the home of the brave, so most are in culture shock after going into courtrooms seeking justice, he said.

“ ‘We’ve got witnesses! We’ve got proof! We’ve got cell phones! We’re gonna win!’ You go in there and you get your behind kicked, and your mind is blown away for life,” Mr. Moss said.

But if Blacks had enough sense to follow those with the right message, like Nation of Islam Minister Louis Farrakhan, they would have united generations ago and would not be preyed on by the enemy, Mr. Moss argued.

“We refuse to be one. We want to be the N-word. We want to be Negroes. We want to be spooks, coons. We want to be Vice Lords, Disciples, Crips, Bloods. We want to be everything but one,” he said.

Louisiana State Attorney General Jeff Landry did not file charges against officer Blane Salamoni, who fatally shot Alton Sterling in Baton Rouge in 2016, nor officer Howie Lake, II. Neither did the U.S. Justice Department, which conducted a separate investigation.

Officer Salamoni had a history of bad behavior inside and outside the department, but his actions only came to light as the Sterling family fought a civil case against the department and internal memos came to light.

Officer Lake was suspended for three days and Officer Salamoni was fired for violating department policies.

“That is not just. That man should have been brought to justice and he should have been arrested, and that did not happen,” said Abdul Rashid Muhammad of the Nation of Islam mosque in Baton Rouge. He is a spokesman for the Alton family and a relative.

“It’s the overt racism that has been used by the leader of our country and then it’s the intellectual justification of discrimination being used by our Senate and our Supreme Court,” Atty. Crump argued.

When a Black person is convicted of a crime, it seems like the system is perpetuated by making sure he’s locked up and they throw away the key, he said.

According to Cephus “Uncle Bobby” X Johnson, co-founder of the Love Not Blood Campaign, police misconduct has thrived, especially in California, due to rigid police union laws like the Peace Officers’ Bill of Rights. It grants protections and privacy regarding certain police personnel records.

An investigation by the Arizona Republic found little evidence exists in Phoenix Police Department records about wayward officers ever disciplined.

The police department had a practice of purging such files regularly.

Hundreds of officers in recent years were allowed to erase records of their misconduct from files kept by the department. The purging was standard for more than two decades under the police union’s contract, but the public was unaware of it. The contract also prohibited misconduct detailed in purged records from being considered in any future disciplinary investigations.

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3 Horn Lake men charged after beating black man, shouting racial slurs downtown, Memphis police say
https://www.commercialappeal.com/story/ ... 273956001/
Three men were charged after an alleged racist attack left a black man with 10 stitches from a large cut on his lip, according to Memphis police.

Michael Matheny, 20, Joshua Matheny, 24, and Christofer Elder, 28, all of Horn Lake, were charged with criminal attempt of robbery and civil rights intimidation.

According to an affidavit filed by Memphis police, the victim said on Sept. 2, he was walking into a parking garage at 110 Peabody Place when three men approached him saying "I've took one n*****'s shoes, I'm about to take another n*****'s shoes."

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In small Alaska city, Native women say police ignored rapes
NOME, Alaska (AP) — There’s not much that scares Susie. As an Alaska Native woman, she thrives amid sub-zero winters in her village near the Arctic Circle, and camps with her family each summer at the Bering Sea, catching, drying and smoking salmon to put away for winter.

But Susie is afraid to return to Nome. The man who raped her, she says, is still there.

“Just scares me, and I’m scared to see him, and thinking what he might do,” she says. “But I’m not scared in the village, or any other villages, because I know he won’t come.

“But Nome is like ... I don’t really like to overnight in Nome.”

He is a free man — no charges were filed against him. Susie reported to Nome police that she had been assaulted and went with the investigating officer to the hospital, where a forensic nurse was prepared to perform a sexual assault exam.

But the officer told the nurse not to bother, according to a hospital record that Susie released to The Associated Press .

“The Officer stated that he was going to cancel the exam because he had already talked to the suspect and the man admitted that he ‘had sex’ with the patient but that it was consensual,” the nurse wrote in the report. “Therefore the officer did not see a need for an exam.”

Susie’s story isn’t uncommon in Nome, a city of fewer than 4,000 full-time residents that serves as a regional hub for dozens of smaller villages across western Alaska’s Bering Strait region. Rape survivors and their supporters told the AP that the city’s police department has often failed to investigate sexual assaults or keep survivors informed about what, if anything, is happening with their cases.

Survivors and advocates contend that Nome police pay less attention and investigate less aggressively when sexual assaults are reported by Alaska Native women. More than half of Nome’s population is Alaska Native, largely of Yupik heritage or — like Susie — of Inupiaq heritage. All of its police department’s sworn officers are non-Native. It has one female sworn officer.

“Get on the Ground!”: Policing, Poverty, and Racial Inequality in Tulsa, Oklahoma

A Case Study of US Law Enforcement
https://www.hrw.org/report/2019/09/12/g ... udy-us-law

Isabella Shadrack (pseudonym), a schoolteacher, was leaving a friend’s home in North Tulsa with her 7-year-old daughter in the car when police signaled for her to stop. She pulled her car to the side of the road, knowing she had done nothing wrong and wondering why police were stopping her. She consoled her frightened daughter, telling her everything would be fine.

The officers eventually holstered their guns and let Shadrack leave, but she was badly shaken.

This encounter caused her to change driving habits so she could avoid going through North Tulsa, which she described as “over-policed.” Though she grew up in that section of town, which has the highest concentration of black residents in the city, and has friends and family there, she now stays away as much as possible. If police are behind her, she proactively pulls over to let them pass.

Her daughter suffered extreme anxiety for about a year after the incident, hyperventilating when she would see police cars, putting her fingers in her ears and telling her mother to slow the car. Her daughter told Shadrack that she would not want to go to the police if something happened because she worried that they might think she had done something wrong and might shoot her. Shadrack regrets that she cannot reassure her daughter that they would not harm her.

Shadrack’s experience with the police, as a black person, is not unusual in North Tulsa and in other parts of the city where black people and poor people live. In fact, Shadrack’s experience is not unusual for people of color throughout the country. Nor is it a new experience—the United States has a long history of unjustified police intimidation and violence, particularly directed against people of color and poor people.

Several killings of civilians by Tulsa law enforcement officers in recent years have received prominent local and national attention, especially the killings of Terence Crutcher and Joshua Barre. Crutcher, an unarmed black man, was killed by an officer on a North Tulsa street in video-taped incident. Barre was shot by both Tulsa Police and Tulsa Sheriffs who had followed him for about a mile without containing him as he walked to a store carrying two kitchen knives. These killings have sparked angry, though peaceful, protests. They have also prompted city-wide conversations about the role and conduct of police, and about inequalities in Tulsa. These conversations are part of a larger debate throughout the US about the role of police in addressing societal problems, and about how fairly police treat poor people and people of color.

Stand against the execution of Rodney Reed who maintains his innocence
https://www.innocenceproject.org/stand- ... death-row/
On July 12, the District Attorney in Bastrop County, Texas, filed a motion seeking to schedule Rodney Reed’s execution on November 20, 2019, for the murder of Stacy Stites. A crime he maintains he did not commit.
Conspicuously, the motion comes a day after the local newspaper published a piece where Reed’s family protested before the U.S. Supreme Court. They expressed that their fight to prove Reed’s innocence “is nowhere near over” following the Texas Court of Criminal Appeal’s decision to deny his appeal for a new trial. The same court has also denied DNA testing that could help prove Reed’s innocence. Reed, who has been on death row for more than 20 years, along with his legal team, family, and supporters will continue to challenge the states’ unjust decisions.

On July 15, the Innocence Project filed against the attempt to set an execution date because it “appears to have been filed in retaliation for Mr. Reed family’s legitimate exercise of their First Amendment rights and (2) falsely implies that an execution date will not interfere with litigation in the case.”

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Felicity Huffman Gets 2 Weeks in Jail for Gaming Educational System — Not So Long Ago, a Black Mom Wasn’t So Lucky
https://www.theroot.com/felicity-huffma ... 1838111418
With tears of misspent white privilege streaming down her face, actress Felicity Huffman was sentenced Friday to 14 days in prison for paying a fixer to change her daughter’s SAT scores in order to secure her a spot in the college of her choice.

In sentencing Huffman to 14 days in prison, community service, and a $30,000 fine, U.S. District Judge Indira Talwani rejected the actress’ request to be spared jail time.

However, Huffman’s sentence paled in comparison to that of another mother, a black woman from Connecticut named Tanya McDowell, who was sentenced to five years in prison for the crime of using a friend’s address to enroll her son in kindergarten in 2010, as The Hour explained in a 2017 story.

And yet another black woman, an Ohio mom named Kelley Williams-Bolar, spent nine days in jail in 2011 for a similar so-called crime — using her dad’s address to enroll her child in a better-performing school district. Her case, as the Akron Beacon-Journal reports, was referenced by federal prosecutors in Huffman’s case as they tried to get the judge to hand down a harsher sentence.

And it all skirts the real issues surrounding educational inequity in this nation: Not whether some wealthy, less-qualified high schoolers are allowed in to some of the nation’s most elite universities, but when will the quality of a child’s education not be predicated on her zip code, race or economic status?

And when will there truly be equal justice under the law?

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Texas man who beat Congolese girl so severely that she needed heart transplant gets life sentence - Face2Face Africa
https://face2faceafrica.com/article/tex ... e-sentence
Some good news has once again come out of some of the widely reported cases of mostly White persons attacking or harming Black people but often walking away without any prosecution.

This time, a truck driver in Texas, U.S., has been sentenced to life in prison after assaulting and causing bodily injury to then 12-year-old Dorika Uwimana.

Uwimana, who is now 14, was walking on the morning of April 9, 2018, to meet her school bus in Calmont Avenue and Laredo Drive in West Fort Worth when King II approached her, pretending to ask for help.

As she offered her assistance, King II proceeded to grab and choke the girl, a student at International Newcomer Academy. He forced her to the ground and beat her, but she was able to escape to the nearest school bus for help, Fort Worth Police Detective Pat Hinz told CBS affiliate KTVT.

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Postby darshan » 16 Sep 2019 01:01

Civil rights, hate crime trial of ex-police chief to open
CAMDEN, N.J. (AP) — Jury selection is scheduled to begin Monday for the federal trial of a white former New Jersey police chief accused of slamming a handcuffed black man’s head into a doorjamb.

Once a jury is empaneled, opening statements are expected Friday in the civil rights and hate crime trial of 62-year-old Frank Nucera, former Bordentown Township police chief.

Prosecutors allege that he approached the 18-year-old prisoner from behind in September 2016 and smashed his head into a doorjamb while the suspect was being escorted by two officers from a hotel. They allege a fellow officer then recorded him making a series of derogatory comments in which he used a racial slur.

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Thousands of Poor Patients Face Lawsuits From Nonprofit Hospitals That Trap Them in Debt
https://www.propublica.org/article/thou ... ebt#167645
Over the past few months, several hospitals have announced major changes to their financial assistance policies, including curtailing the number of lawsuits they file against low-income patients unable to pay their medical bills.

Investigative reports have spurred the moves, and they prompted criticism from a top federal official.

“We are learning the lengths to which certain not-for-profit hospitals go to collect the full list price from uninsured patients,” Seema Verma, the administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, told board members of the American Hospital Association on Tuesday, according to published remarks. “This is unacceptable. Hospitals must be paid for their work, but it’s actions like these that have led to calls for a complete Washington takeover of the entire health care system.”

The same month, NPR reported that Virginia’s nonprofit Mary Washington Hospital was suing more patients for unpaid medical bills than any hospital in the state. Dr. Marty Makary, a surgeon at Johns Hopkins University, and fellow researchers had documented 20,000 lawsuits filed by Virginia hospitals in 2017 alone. The research team found that nonprofit hospitals more frequently garnished wages than their public and for-profit peers.

In mid-August, The Oklahoman reported that dozens of hospitals across the state had filed more than 22,250 suits against former patients since 2016. Saint Francis Health System, a nonprofit that includes eight hospitals, filed the most lawsuits in the three-year span.

In the first week of September, The New York Times reported that Carlsbad Medical Center in New Mexico had sued 3,000 of its patients since 2015. That report was also based on findings from Makary, who just published the book “The Price We Pay: What Broke American Health Care — and How to Fix It.”

And this week, Kaiser Health News and The Washington Post chronicled how Virginia’s state-run University of Virginia Health System sued patients more than 36,000 times over a six-year span.

There is no federal law mandating that nonprofit hospitals provide a specific amount of charity care, nor is there readily accessible data measuring how aggressively each hospital pursues patients for unpaid bills. But consumer advocates say the revelations in recent coverage on hospitals’ litigation practices are troubling.

Nearly half of the nation’s 6,200 hospitals are nonprofits, meaning they are exempt from paying most local, state and federal taxes in return for providing community benefits.

In 2014, ProPublica reported on a small Missouri hospital that filed 11,000 lawsuits over a five-year span. In response, Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, opened an investigation, and the hospital forgave the debts owed by thousands of former patients.

In 2003, The Wall Street Journal detailed how Yale-New Haven Hospital in Connecticut had pursued a patient’s widow to pay off his late wife’s 20-year-old medical bills. The hospital canceled the debt following the article.

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Postby darshan » 21 Sep 2019 01:39

Nebraska inspector general: Corrections staffing, prison crowding headed in wrong direction
http://www.hastingstribune.com/news/sta ... d516a.html

Crowded conditions and the need for more staff, two problems that have plagued Nebraska prisons in recent years, were highlighted again in the annual report of state Inspector General for Corrections Doug Koebernick.

In addition, he addressed the spread of contraband, and efforts to get that under control, especially at the Nebraska State Penitentiary in Lincoln.

Koebernick touched on a wide variety of problems within the state Department of Correctional Services. Besides crowding, overtime and contraband, they included: turnover, assaults, suicides and suicide attempts, and double bunking.

Both Koebernick and Frakes have commented recently on the problems of contraband in the prisons. The number of incidents of inmates being under the influence of K2, a synthetic marijuana, for example, is "quite high" at the penitentiary.

* Nebraska has the 11th-highest racial disparity among inmates, with black offenders put in prison at a rate 8.7 times higher than white offenders.

* In 1978, the state's incarceration rate was 100 people per 100,000 residents. In 2016, that rate had climbed to 283 per 100,000.

* So far in 2019, two inmates have committed suicide while residing in a correctional facility. Koebernick is planning a separate report on suicide and attempted suicides later in the year.

* A recent audit by the American Correctional Association showed restrictive housing at the penitentiary does not provide the minimum square footage in either total cell space (80 square feet) or unencumbered space (35 square feet), but the prison was granted a waiver on the space. In light of this, Koebernick has again recommended that the practice of double bunking be ended.

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Postby darshan » 26 Sep 2019 06:26

Off-duty officer won't be charged in deadly Costco shooting
LOS ANGELES (AP) — An off-duty Los Angeles police officer will not be charged for fatally shooting a mentally ill man who had attacked him and his young son from behind in a California Costco, prosecutors said Wednesday.

In announcing a grand jury’s findings, Riverside County District Attorney Mike Hestrin said Officer Salvador Sanchez believed he had been shot in the head and a shooter was on the loose when he and his son were knocked to the ground in the unprovoked assault.

Hestrin said his office would not bring its own charges against Sanchez in the wake of the grand jury decision.

The encounter in the Corona warehouse store spanned just 3.8 seconds. Investigators relied on a single, poor-quality surveillance video and witness testimony — some of which had to be compelled through subpoenas.

Sanchez, holding his 1½-year-old son, was standing in line for food samples with his wife when French, without warning or provocation, knocked Sanchez and the child to the ground. Seconds later, prosecutors said, Sanchez fired 10 rounds from his handgun, believing his life and his son’s life were in immediate danger from an active shooter.

Four bullets struck French in the back and shoulder, one struck his mother in the stomach and another hit his father in the back, Corona police Chief George Johnstone said.

The gunfire prompted chaos inside the warehouse as terrified shoppers rushed to leave while police officers — who also believed there was an active shooter — ran inside.

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Postby darshan » 20 Dec 2019 20:42

Sikh cab driver viciously attacked and community groups suspect hate crime
https://indicanews.com/2019/12/19/sikh- ... ate-crime/
A Sikh man who was chocked and brutally attacked was left bleeding with bumps, cuts, and bruises in a 4 a.m. Sunday incident in front of his apartment complex in Richmond, California, according to Richmond Police spokesperson Sgt. Enrik Melgoza, who said a hate crime is not suspected despite reaction from the Sikh community.

Man charged with hate crime in attack on Sikh Uber driver
BELLINGHAM, Wash. (AP) — A Bellingham man has been charged with a hate crime after an attack on an Uber driver who wears a turban and is a follower of the Sikh religion.

KOMO-TV reports Grifin L. Sayers, 22, was charged this week in Whatcom County Superior Court with malicious harassment and assault.

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Postby darshan » 20 Dec 2019 20:59

Indian-origin teen sexually assaulted, killed in Chicago

https://m.hindustantimes.com/india-news ... vs5PI.html

A 19-year-old Indian-origin student was sexually assaulted and strangled to death at a campus parking garage in Chicago by a man on parole, police said on Monday, according to reports.

The woman came from Hyderabad and was an honours student at the University of Illinois in Chicago (UIC). She was found dead in the back seat of a family-owned vehicle on Saturday.

The 26-year-old assailant, Donald Thurman, was arrested on Sunday from a Chicago metro station. He is not associated with the university.

On Monday, he was formally charged with first-degree murder and aggravated sexual assault. He is scheduled to appear before a judge on Tuesday, media reports said.

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Man surrenders for killing Indian student in California
https://www.thehindu.com/news/internati ... 132965.ece

The suspect Eric Turner, 42, turned himself in on Saturday, the San Bernardino Police Department said.

A US national has surrendered to the police in San Bernardino and been arrested on charges of killing Indian national Abhishek Sudhesh Bhat early this week, the police said on Sunday.

The suspect Eric Turner, 42, turned himself in on Saturday, the San Bernardino Police Department said.

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Driving while Native American? You’re more likely to be searched by the Washington State Patrol

Twelve years ago, academic researchers working with the Washington State Patrol raised a warning flag: Troopers were searching drivers from minority communities, particularly Native Americans, at a much higher rate than whites. They recommended additional study.

That was the last time the State Patrol conducted a substantive analysis of the race and ethnicity of drivers searched by troopers.

Meanwhile, troopers continued to search Native Americans at a rate much higher — more than five times — than that of whites, an analysis by InvestigateWest shows. The Patrol also continued conducting searches at an elevated rate for blacks, Latinos and Pacific Islanders.

And yet when troopers did decide to search white motorists, they were more likely to find drugs or other contraband, records show.

The State Patrol did not dispute InvestigateWest’s findings.

Police Stops in 3 Ohio Cities: Are Black Residents, Neighborhoods Singled Out?
https://m.clevescene.com/scene-and-hear ... ingled-out

Once ticketed or stopped, police arrested blacks at a much higher rate than whites. Blacks made up 74% of all Cincinnati stop arrests, 70% of all Cleveland arrests during ticketed stops and 59% of traffic stop arrests in Columbus.

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Postby darshan » 22 Dec 2019 20:37

The city that allows people to get killed everyday just so rich can mint money. The whole city should have been shut down long ago till the rich realize valuation of human lives.

13 shot at Chicago memorial party; police questioning 2 they say were ‘shooting randomly at people’ as they were leaving
https://www.chicagotribune.com/news/bre ... story.html

At Least 4 Killed, 11 Injured in Chicago Weekend Shootings
In one incident, a 55-year-old man was shot and killed by a man who kicked in his door Saturday morning
https://www.nbcchicago.com/news/local/c ... s/2191901/

In Chicago, 2,594 people have been shot this year. That is 248 fewer than 2018.
https://www.chicagotribune.com/data/ct- ... story.html

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Postby darshan » 22 Dec 2019 21:09

Experts: Silence after Texas police shooting risks mistrust
DALLAS (AP) — A small Texas police department’s silence about what prompted an officer to fatally shoot a man in the head nearly three weeks ago deviates from how some other recent police shootings in the state were handled, and law enforcement experts warn it risks stirring public mistrust.

A preliminary autopsy released by the county found Dean was killed by a shot to the head and classified his death a homicide. Beyond that, there has been been no official account of the shooting, leaving open questions about how the two men came into contact and what led DeCruz to open fire.

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Possible, reportedly, allegedly, .....

Deadly Attack in New Jersey – Possible Link to Black Separatist Movement
https://www.splcenter.org/deadly-attack ... t-movement

One of the two people who attacked a kosher supermarket in Jersey City, New Jersey, this week and fought a prolonged gun battle with police reportedly published antisemitic and anti-police posts online and may have ties to a Black separatist movement known for harboring anti-white and antisemitic beliefs.

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Postby darshan » 22 Dec 2019 22:01

Urban naxal liberals of US must have missed this as noise. After all the black shall not kill white.

17-Year-Old Chrystul Kizer Faces Life in Prison for Killing an Accused Trafficker Who Allegedly Abused Her and Other Black Girls
https://www.theroot.com/17-year-old-chr ... 1840562154

For months, Wisconsin police were aware that 34-year-old Randy Volar had hundreds of child ***** videos, some of them showing girls who seemed as young as 12. They knew he had his own “home videos” showing him sexually abusing underage black girls—at least 20 recordings featuring about a dozen different girls, according to case files.

Chrystul Kizer, who was 16 at the time she met Volar, was one of those girls.

Chrystul Kizer eventually shot Randy Volar dead.

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Postby darshan » 24 Dec 2019 22:35

Stealing while black is never a good idea. No matter even if whites owe you for generations of slavery and what not.

U.S. Navy Sailor Faces Charges After Allegedly Stealing Body Lotion, Forced to Pay $200 Administrative Fee
https://atlantablackstar.com/2019/12/23 ... ative-fee/

A U.S. Navy chief petty officer will face a military judge next month over allegations she swiped a bottle of Versace body lotion from a Navy Exchange store in northern Florida, the Navy Times reports.

However, an attorney for Chief Boatswain’s Mate Kathy M. Tonnah insists her client is innocent.

Lt. Cmdr. Tracy High says Tonnah was perusing $84 gift sets at the Navy-run retailer in Jacksonville on June 2 when she spotted one containing perfume, shower gel and body lotion. She didn’t want to keep the gel, so she removed the item from the set she had and replaced it with a lotion from another set.

Tonnah paid for the modified set with two lotions, according to High, only to be “confronted outside and treated like a thief.” To make matters worse, the store reportedly forced the chief petty officer to pay an additional $200 in “administrative costs.”

The Navy’s handling of the case underscores a previously reported trend of Black service members facing harsher and more frequent punishments for minor infractions. A 2017 report by advocacy group Protect Our Defenders found that Black service members were more than twice as likely to face a court-martial or other forms of military discipline than white service members.

In the case of the Navy specifically, Black sailors were also 37 percent more likely to have disciplinary action taken against them in an average year.

“Military leadership has been aware of significant racial disparity in its justice process for years, and has made no apparent effort to find the cause of the disparity or to remedy it,” authors of the new report wrote.

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Postby darshan » 24 Dec 2019 22:43

Whites got the game figured out long ago. Lay down the records system, provide ability to to check the system, start generating records against blacks by rounding them up for one thing or another. If they don't prove themselves innocent then they go bankrupt and make whites richer. If they go for a judicial fight then blacks still go bankrupt and end up transferring their wealth to whites. No way to win. From real slavery to virtual slavery.

What's Behind the the Shocking Racial Disparity Among L.A.'s Homeless
https://www.lamag.com/citythinkblog/los ... ss-racism/

Black people make up only 8 percent of L.A. County’s population, but 42 percent of homeless Angelenos are black—a disparity that has been fueled by decades’ worth of systemic racism and discrimination, according to a new report from the New York Times.

South L.A., once the epicenter of black life in the city, has been ravaged by the housing crisis, with about 50 percent of the area’s black households experiencing severe rent burdens. In the ’50s and ’60s, many black families were restricted to neighborhoods like Crenshaw, Watts, and South Park due to the racist practice of redlining, which marked certain areas as “undesirable” for real estate investments and prevented those families from getting homes.

Later, as the cost of rose and more Latino residents moved into the area, and many black residents moved, leaving only the poorest families behind. While redlining was banned by the Fair Homes Act of 1968, racial discrimination in the city’s real estate market continues, with black homeownership falling 36 percent from 44 percent over the past 50 years.

Disparities in the criminal justice system have also contributed to the cycle of black homelessness. Only 6 percent of California’s population is black, as opposed to 30 percent of its prison population. Having a criminal records can make it far more difficult for an individual to find jobs and housing once they are released from jail.

“There is probably no more single significant factor than incarceration in terms of elevating somebody’s prospects of homelessness,” former Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority director Peter Lynn told the Times.

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Postby darshan » 24 Dec 2019 23:20

In Tennessee, a black person in $25 shoplifting at Walmart would have suffered more than this white guy.

NYPD Cop Who Burst Into Black Nashville Family's Home In a Drunken Rage, Threatened Them Gets Two-Week Sentence
https://atlantablackstar.com/2019/12/16 ... probation/

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