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Gift of freedom: how Obama's clemency drive tackled aftermath of 'war on drugs'
Last April, two months after Ramona Brant walked free from prison having served 21 years of a life sentence for a first-time non-violent drug offense, she found herself outside the Busboys and Poets restaurant in Washington as a convoy of limousines drew up. A tall black man got out of the central vehicle and greeted her with the immortal words: “Hey Ramona, come on, I’m taking you to lunch.” “I was no good, I couldn’t think,” Brant recalls. “This is the person who used his executive power to say ‘Enough is enough, you can go home now’. Then he invites me to lunch. I couldn’t believe this.” By the end of lunch, Brant had composed herself sufficiently to make Obama a heartfelt promise. She told him that she would not allow his name to be tainted by anything she did that would send her back to prison. “I will honor you with my freedom,” she said. “And that is what I have done.”
End Of 'Wet Foot, Dry Foot' Means Cubans Can Join Ranks Of Undocumented
It conveys a selfless commitment to equal treatment, and translates roughly like this:
Either we all get the bed, or we all get the floor.
Among many immigrants in the U.S., there's been a feeling that when it comes to the spoils of U.S. immigration policy, the government has given Cubans the bed all to themselves, while it has relegated others – Mexicans, Haitians, Central Americans — to the floor. This is because of the so-called "wet foot, dry foot" policy, which since 1995 has granted Cubans who touch American soil a privilege not afforded other immigrants who come without a visa: the right to stay and get on a fast-track to citizenship.
Black pastors rally in Washington for AG nominee Jeff Sessions
WASHINGTON — A group of black pastors Monday criticized African-American opponents of attorney general nominee Sen. Jeff Sessions for demonizing the Alabama Republican, instead characterizing him as someone who shows “respect and care for people of all races.”
The ministers are holdout Sessions supporters in a much larger crowd of opponents among Southern black clergy and African-American and civil rights groups, including the North Carolina Southern Christian Leadership Conference, the Alabama NAACP and the activist group PICO, which uses congregations and churches to help in community organizing.
“There is an attempt by some to demonize people and call them racist when there is actually no proof for it,”
Evangelical Bishop Harry Jackson said at a Capitol Hill news conference.
“Let me say clearly, Sen. Sessions is not a racist.”
“There is an attempt by some to demonize people and call them racist when there is actually no proof for it,” Evangelical Bishop Harry Jackson said at a Capitol Hill news conference. “Let me say clearly, Sen. Sessions is not a racist.”
Israel-Palestinian conflict: Summit warns against unilateral actions
Representatives of nations at a conference aimed at kick-starting peace talks between Israel and the Palestinians have warned that neither side should take unilateral actions. In a statement, delegates at the summit in Paris also restated their commitment to the two-state solution. But they shied away from criticising President-elect Donald Trump's suggested US embassy move to Jerusalem. Palestinians welcomed the conference, but Israel called it "rigged". Neither side was invited to participate in the day-long summit, which was attended by 70 nations, but they were were invited to hear the conclusions.
This led the UK government to question how effective the conference, which it decided to attend in "an observer status", could be in solving the conflict.
A UK Foreign Office statement said it had "particular reservations" about a conference "intended to advance peace between the parties that does not involve them", adding that it had not signed up to the communique.
Jennifer Holliday Pulls Out of Trump Inauguration, Apologizes to LGBT Community (Exclusive)
Kamiyah Mobley: 'Tears of joy' for stolen baby's family
The grandmother of a girl stolen more than 18 years ago as a newborn baby has described her "tears of joy" at discovering that she is alive and well. Velma Aiken told the BBC it was a good feeling to know that Kamiyah Mobley was "all right and looking good". Ms Mobley was abducted in July 1998 from a hospital in Jacksonville, in the US state of Florida. DNA tests confirmed her identity. The woman she thought was her mother was charged with kidnapping. The Jacksonville Sheriff's Office said Ms Mobley appeared in good health, a "normal 18-year-old woman".
The office said it had acted on 2,500 tips since the abduction and received one last year to @MissingKids that eventually broke the case.
Video shows police tackling and beating a black man suspected of stealing a car. It was his
“This is my vehicle, sir,” he said, his voice captured by the dashboard-camera video.
“I have evidence . . . I purchased this vehicle Jan. 23, 2015, from Libertyville Chevrolet.”
It wasn’t enough. The officers placed him in handcuffs in the driveway of a church, two blocks from the police station in Evanston, Ill.
Police released the dash-cam video earlier this week, detailing the half-hour encounter that sparked a civil suit from Crosby and a discussion about race and policing in this city of 75,000, just north of Chicago. The video includes footage from the dash cam of one of the officers involved in the altercation. But it’s also synced with video of a personal dash cam Crosby kept running in his car.
Protesters shut down Milo Yiannopoulos event at UC Davis
Thirty minutes before the Breitbart tech editor was scheduled to speak, the UC Davis College Republicans canceled the controversial talk after consulting with the university's
police department and student affairs officials.
Former pharmaceutical executive, Martin Shkreli had also been scheduled to speak at the event.
"I am deeply disappointed with the events of this evening," said Interim Chancellor Ralph J. Hexter. "Our community is founded on principles of respect for all views,
even those that we personally find repellent.
As I have stated repeatedly, a university is at its best when it listens to
and critically engages opposing views, especially ones that many of us find upsetting or even offensive."
Trump rips 'all talk,' 'no action' civil rights icon Lewis
and "no action" after Lewis said Trump was not a "legitimate" president. "Congressman John Lewis should spend more time on fixing and helping his district, which is in horrible shape and falling apart
(not to mention crime infested) rather than falsely complaining about the election results.
All talk, talk, talk - no action or results.
Sad," Trump tweeted Saturday, which happened to fall on the weekend of the Martin Luther King Jr. federal holiday.
Lewis -- an ally of King who was brutally beaten by police in Selma, Alabama, in 1965 while marching for civil rights -- represents a Georgia district that includes most of Atlanta.
On the campaign trail, Trump regularly decried crime in urban areas while pledging to revitalize neighborhoods primarily populated by black Americans.
John Lewis to skip inauguration, says Trump not a 'legitimate president'
Assad linked to Syrian chemical attacks for first time (Reuters exclusive)
International investigators have said for the first time that they suspect President Bashar al-Assad and his brother are responsible for the use of chemical weapons in the Syrian conflict, according to a document seen by Reuters.
A joint inquiry for the United Nations and global watchdog the Organisation for the
Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) had
previously identified only military units and did not name any commanders or officials.
Now a list has been produced of individuals whom the investigators have linked to a series of chlorine bomb attacks in 2014-15 - including Assad, his younger brother Maher and other high-ranking figures - indicating the decision to use toxic weapons came from the very top, according to a source familiar with the inquiry. The Assads could not be reached for comment but a Syrian government official said accusations that government forces had used chemical weapons had "no basis in truth".
No U.S. charges for S. Carolina ex-deputy seen throwing student
The U.S. Justice Department on Friday said it would not bring federal civil rights charges against a former sheriff's deputy seen in a 2015 video flipping a South Carolina high school student out of her chair and tossing her in a classroom.
The department said that while it looked at whether former school resource
officer Benjamin Fields
used unreasonable force, there was no evidence to indicate that he willfully deprived the student of her civil rights.
The widely seen video of the arrest by the white officer of the black student in
October 2015 at Spring Valley High School in Columbia
raised questions of possible
racial bias and reignited concerns that the proliferation
of police in U.S. schools could criminalize behavior once handled more quietly by
"This decision is limited strictly to an application of
the high legal standard required to prosecute the case under the federal civil rights statute,"
the department said in a statement.
"Mistake, misperception, negligence or poor judgment are not sufficient to establish a federal criminal civil rights violation," it said.
Fields was then a Richland County sheriff's deputy assigned to the school.
The girl had refused educators' orders to put away her phone and leave the class, authorities said after the incident Fields
was fired shortly after the video went viral.
he filed an employment discrimination lawsuit against the Richland County
the school district and others,
Attorney Scott Hayes told local media that Fields felt vindicated. Hayes was not immediately available for comment. In September, a South Carolina prosecutor decided against criminally charging Fields.
Special Report: Across the U.S., police contracts shield officers from scrutiny
In late 2013, a San Antonio police officer stood accused of handcuffing a woman in the rear of his police car and then raping her. The same officer had remained on the force despite prior sexual misconduct complaints and other brushes with the law.
• A majority of the contracts call for departments to erase disciplinary records, some after just six months, making it difficult to fire officers with a history of abuses.
• Nearly half of the contracts allow officers accused of misconduct to access the entire investigative file – including witness statements, GPS readouts, photos, videos and notes from the internal investigation – before being interrogated.
• Twenty cities, including San Antonio, allow officers accused of misconduct to forfeit sick leave or holiday and vacation time rather than serve suspensions.
• Eighteen cities require an officer’s written consent before the department publicly releases documents involving prior discipline or internal investigations.
• Contracts in 17 cities set time limits for citizens to file complaints about police officers – some as short as 30 days. Nine cities restrict anonymous complaints from being investigated.
Report says Chicago police violated civil rights for years
CHICAGO — Chicago police have violated the constitutional rights of residents for years, permitting racial bias against blacks, using excessive force and shooting people who did not pose immediate threats, the Justice Department announced Friday after a yearlong investigation.
Officers endangered civilians, caused avoidable injuries and deaths and eroded community trust that is "the cornerstone of public safety," said Vanita Gupta, head of the Justice Department's civil rights division.
The federal report blamed "systemic deficiencies" within the department and the city, including insufficient training and a failure to hold bad officers accountable for misconduct.
The findings come just days before a change in administration, from a White House that has strongly backed the federal review process to President-elect Donald Trump's, whose commitment to the system is unclear.
The Justice Department began investigating the nation's third-largest police force in December 2015 after the release of dashcam video showing a white officer shooting a black teenager named Laquan McDonald, who was hit 16 times as he walked away from police holding a small folded knife. The video of the 2014 shooting, which the city fought to keep secret, inspired large protests and cost the city's police commissioner his job.
Paul Ryan tells undocumented immigrant he doesn't want to deport her
(CNN)House Speaker Paul Ryan was asked point-blank Thursday by a woman whose parents brought her to the US as an undocumented immigrant at age 11, and who has remained in the country for 21 years since: "Do you think that I should be deported?"
"I can see that you love your daughter and you're a nice person who has a great future ahead of you, and I hope your future's here," Ryan responded during a CNN town hall in Washington moderated by Jake Tapper.
President-elect Donald Trump has pledged to repeal President Barack Obama's executive actions that allowed undocumented immigrants brought into the country as children and their families to remain in the country without fear of deportation. Ryan said lawmakers are talking with Trump's transition team about those immigrants -- and said Trump's focus is on violent criminals and building a US-Mexico border wall.
US man pays tax bill using five wheelbarrows of coins
In rare demonstration, thousands protest power cuts in Gaza
GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip — Thousands of people took to the streets on Thursday to protest chronic power cuts in the Hamas-ruled Gaza Strip, in one of the largest unauthorized protests in the territory since the Islamic militant group took power a decade ago. Hamas has shown little tolerance for dissent, and it moved quickly to contain Thursday's demonstration. Police fired in the air to disperse a crowd of stone-throwing protesters and blocked journalists from the area. A day earlier, Hamas-run authorities arrested a local comedian who made a viral video lamenting the power shortages during the cold winter season.
As a younger lawyer, Loretta Lynch prosecuted New York police officers who sodomized a Haitian immigrant in a precinct bathroom. As attorney general, she's broadened her focus to go after entire police departments for unconstitutional practices.
Supreme Court declines to block first US execution of 2017
The Supreme Court declined to block the lethal injection of a Texas inmate convicted of killing two men over a drug deal, allowing the first execution of the year in the United States to proceed later on Wednesday unless there is a last-minute appeal.
At the Top..., Your aloud to Commit Crimes,
Lie, Steal, Cheat, with impunity
Gun Violence Should Be Treated As A Public Health Crisis, Study Says 1/8/17
Hypocracy in Law Creation
Hypocracy in saving lives intentions
Why Some Problem Cops Don't Lose Their Badges 1/1/17
Top Down Poor Character Traits
allow flawed to remain employed
Video appears to show Texas police shooting man walking away 1/1/17
Video Evidence Nullifies
Speculation or Hesitation
You Say You're An American, But What If You Had To Prove It Or Be Deported? 12/25/16
Trump's Immigration position
proves to be irony
How Not to Get Killed by a Police Officer
with a cop".
If you can imagine..., as a parent, having to train your child on how to "Drive a Car",
Black American's have the responsibility to train their children, especially... their Son's, on how to behave when interaction with a cop,
in order to avoid being killed, a task required since 1886, after the abolishment of slavery.
a documentary that provides a great look into the 50 years after slavery was abolish, and the resulting life of former Slaves,
who had to exist in a "extremely" racist America.
American Racist Foundation
has been exposed to the world by the election of TRUMP.
If you are "IGNORANT" of Trump's family racist past and your an American Citizen, then it's your fault,
because you have qualified as a fool.
When you stand in front of a judge, and you do not know the law,
the judge "faults you" for your ignorants of the laws
and sentences you accordingly,
with no consideration because you didn't know.....
same here with
Igrnorance to Racism.
IMAGINE FREE EDUCATION!..
What would you study?
EDUCATION is the EQUALIZER
On earth, ones level of education can boost one from any lower caste system of living. Education is the equalizer and the ability to attain higher education can provide the road out of a life of
poverty, harsh living conditions, and the struggles of not being able to afford a decent life of living well.
Psychological Incapable should be scrutinized before given authority
The Temperment and Mentel Competence
This mistake often leaves the door open for the possibility that a hired person that has mental conditions, or people who have a propensity to resolve confrontation with verbal, and physical aggressiveness, will find themselves on a video slamming a "child", or sitting on top of a child "punching" the child relentlessly.
The lack of any type of accountability for those who sit at the top of the chain, who are often incapable of managing, or organizing... change that lead to quality vetting...,
ensures that all lower ranking chain links standards are far short of their bare minimums.
Quality begins at the top, and all flaws at the top,
piss poor performance at a system level.
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