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Politics and sports, peas in a pod

No matter how powerful the SEC teams are, the days when the politics and culture of sports and the NFL are that of “good ol’ boys” from the South are gone. by Wade Rathke Pearl River…

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Police officers pepper spray a woman next to the Colorado State Capitol as protests against the killing of George Floyd continue on May 30, 2020 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo: Michael Ciaglo)
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Federal Judge bars Denver cops from using chemical weapons on protesters

Condemns police conduct as ‘disgusting,’ “Citizens should never have to fear peaceful protest on the basis of police retaliation, especially not when protesting that very same police violence.” by Jake Johnson, staff writer  Saturday, June 6…

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Police officers in Buffalo, New York walk by the motionless body of 75-year-old Martin Gugino as he bleeds from his ear after being attack attacked by officers during a protest on June 5, 2020. (Photo: Screengrab/WBFO)
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Toxic Culture of Police Departments Decried after 57 Buffalo officers resign in support of two in unit who attacked elderly man

“So is 57 officers resigning at once just a few bad apples?”   by Eoin Higgins, staff writer Friday, June 5 Fifty-seven officers in the Buffalo Police Department’s Emergency Response Team resigned Friday from their positions…

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For demonstrators in Washington on Tuesday, the death of George Floyd was evidence of the same structural racism that has also led to African Americans dying from coronavirus at more than twice the rate of others. (Julien Henderson)
Posted in Coronavirus Justice News Pro Publica Social Justice

On the minds of Black Lives Matter protesters: A racist health system

Black lives are being lost to COVID-19 at twice the rate of others. For protesters we talked to, that’s one more reason to be on the street. “If it’s not police beating us up, it’s us…

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New York Supreme Court Judge rules protesters can be detained indefinitely

“This is suspension of habeas corpus, it is unconstitutional,” said Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. by Jake Johnson, staff writer Friday, June 5 A New York State Supreme Court judge on Thursday rejected a petition seeking the immediate…

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Defying curfews and police brutality in relentless push for justice, uprising over killing of George Floyd keeps growing

“Essential workers are exempt from the curfew, and what we are doing here is essential.” by Jake Johnson, staff writer Thursday, June 4 Refusing to be cowed by militaristic intimidation tactics, mass arrests, draconian curfews, and…

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Three other police officers to be charged for murder of George Floyd, after nearly 10,000 arrested during week of protest

“All you had to do was arrest three more.” by Eoin Higgins, staff writer Wednesday, June 3 This is a developing story… Check back for possible updates… Minnesota attorney general Keith Ellison is expected to officially…

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Senator unveils plan to bar use of US Military force against protesters

‘We Need to Put Guardrails in Place’ “I thought that would seem obvious to everyone. But as we take up the NDAA next week, I’m going to be pushing to ensure the president can’t treat the…

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ACLU lawsuit accuses police in Minnesota of ‘targeting and attacking journalists’ covering George Floyd protests

“We are facing a full-scale assault on the First Amendment freedom of the press,” said an ACLU attorney. “We will not let these official abuses go unanswered.” by Jessica Corbett, staff writer Wednesday, June 3 The…

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‘Do the right thing’: veterans call on National Guard members to refuse to deploy against protesters

Over 17,000 Guard members have been “activated for civil unrest” in 23 states and Washington, D.C.   “It is asinine for a rich man hiding in a bunker to ask these troops, most of whom probably…

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Posted in Abuse of power Analysis Justice Kaiser Health News Politics

Police using rubber bullets on protesters that can kill, blind or maim for life

Liz Szabo, Kaiser Health News June 2, 2020 In cities across the country, police departments have attempted to quell unrest spurred by the death of George Floyd by firing rubber bullets into crowds, even though five…

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Posted in Abuse of power Justice Policing The Conversation US Military

Militarization has fostered a policing culture that sets up protesters as ‘the enemy’

Teaching cops to think like soldiers and learn how to kill has been part of a training program popular among some police officers. Sheriffs deputies in riot gear move in on protesters in Los Angeles, California….

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Three police officers kneel on George Floyd during his killing as another stands by. (image: screenshot)
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Independent autopsy finds George Floyd death result of ‘sustained forceful pressure’

“What we found is consistent with what people saw. There is no other health issue that could cause or contribute to the death.” by Eoin Higgins, staff writer Monday, June 1, 2 PM MST The family…

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Despite Claims from officials, demonstrators say police, not protesters, are real ‘outside agitators’

“Police are rioting across the nation.” by Eoin Higgins, staff writer Monday, June 1 While city and state officials around the country over the weekend repeatedly cited “outside agitators” as being responsible for property destruction during…

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Trump tells Governors to ‘use the military’ and throw demonstrators in jail ‘for 10 years’

by Jake Johnson, staff writer Monday, June 1 This is a developing news story… Check back for possible updates… President Donald Trump ripped U.S. governors in a conference call Monday morning for failing to do enough…

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Posted in Justice Op/Ed Social Justice

Don’t let cops join our protests

Cops who turn marches against police violence into parades don’t actually want substantial changes to policing. This piece is a commentary, part of The Appeal’s collection of opinion and analysis. by Derecka Purnell, The Appeal Sunday…

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After Trump stokes tensions, fresh clashes between police and protesters in US Capitol

‘Insanity Outside the White House’ “I call upon our city and our nation to exercise great restraint even while this President continues to try to divide us,” said DC Mayor Muriel E. Bowser in response to…

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Watch: This Is What It Looks Like When the Response to Protests Against Police Violence Is… More Police Violence

Driving SUVs into demonstrators. Firing paint-ball rounds at people on their own front porch. Pushing an elderly man to the ground.       These were just a few of the incidents witnessed as a militarized…

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Police violence changes riot impacts

We’ve seen this before by Wade Rathke Sunday, May 31 Pearl River   Riots are often studied, but little understood. They are unpredictable by definition. Why does a riot erupt in one place, but not another…

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Elaine race massacre

Pearl River   Cities throughout America are erupting once again over the extra juridical killing of a black man by the police. Some voices are calling for calm, while President Trump calls for chaos. The “powers…

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Ronald Scott, a central neighborhood resident for more than 10 years, takes a photo of the memorial mural over flowers and banners laid in the memory of George Floyd outside of Cup Foods on May 29, 2020, during the fourth day of protests over his death in Minnesota, Minneapolis, United States. Floyd, 46, a black man, was killed Monday when a white officer kneeled on his neck, despite Floyd's repeated pleas of "I can't breathe."
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‘If you want to end unrest, end the conditions that create it,’ declares Ocasio-Cortez amid nationwide protest

Instead of calls for things to simply calm down and “go back to normal,” said New York Congresswoman, “let’s create a new world—one where all people are held to the same standard of the rule of…

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‘Watershed moment in election law’ as judge rules ‘modern day Poll Tax’ in Florida unconstitutional

Advocates for restoring the voting rights of people with past convictions welcomed the ruling as “a powerful reminder that no one can trump the U.S. Constitution.” by Jessica Corbett, staff writer Monday, May 25 Civil liberties…

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Posted in Analysis Coronavirus Homelessness Jails Poverty Safety Net The Conversation

What the coronavirus crisis reveals about vulnerable populations behind bars and on the streets

  by  Stephanie Hartwell, Wayne State University; Ijeoma Nnodim Opara, Wayne State University, and Sheryl Kubiak, Wayne State University The notion that COVID-19 is an equal opportunity killer has crumbled. The health and economic fallout from…

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Historic power struggle between Trump and Congress to be reviewed by Supreme Court

  by Stanley M. Brand, Pennsylvania State University Saturday, May 9, 2020 On May 12, the Supreme Court will hear argument in two cases concerning congressional demands, known as subpoenas, for materials that President Donald Trump…

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