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Civil rights attorneys: Oakland police situation is 'intolerable,' department 'backsliding' - Story | KTVU
Federal monitor calls Oakland chief's findings 'disappointing,' 'myopic'

Here are some of the highlights:

Use of force: Oakland had been in compliance with its use of force policy and reporting since 2015. But in 2018, the court "re-activated" this task because there were concerns that the department was mishandling its recent use of force case and investigations. Between 2012 and 2017, the department's data showed a 75 percent drop in use of force cases, and in October 2018, those reported use of force cases dropped another 23 percent. An audit was launched to find out if this sharp drop was really true.
It turned out, they weren't, at least according to a "damning report" released last month by the police department's Office of Inspector General, Chanin and Burris wrote. The audit found that police have been "systematically" underreporting cases and not turning on their body cameras to support their positive statistics.

City response: "Some findings were disappointing," the city conceded in its court filing. But the city also noted that the inspector general's audit shows that the department "caught and swiftly corrected a reporting problem stemming not from failing structures or corrupt culture, but from policy and training ambiguities. As when the (Independent Monitoring Team) looked at this issue, OIG's findings did not show that officers used unwarranted force."
Oakland  police  OPD  racism  violence  monitor 
9 weeks ago by Quercki
Study: Police use-of-force among leading cause of death for...
For young men of color, police use-of-force is among the leading causes of death, according to a study from the University of Michigan, Rutgers University and Washington University.

Police use-of-force—which includes asphyxiation, beating, a chemical agent, a medical emergency, a Taser, or a gunshot—trails accidental death, suicide, other homicides, heart disease and cancer as a leading cause of death for young black men, who have the highest risk of being killed by police, according to the study.

About 100 in 100,000 black men and boys will be killed by police during their lives, while 39 white men and boys per 100,000 are killed by police, findings in the study show. This means black men are about 2.5 times more likely to be killed by police than white men.

"It's a striking number," said study co-author Michael Esposito, a postdoctoral researcher in the Survey Research Center at the U-M Institute for Social Research. "There have been arguments about how widespread of a problem this is. We didn't have a good estimate about whether it's a few cases that received a lot of media attention.
police  violence  Black  male  death  data 
10 weeks ago by Quercki
Can police data predict how ‘bad apple’ officers influence their fellow cops? New study says yes. - Chicago Tribune
For years, researchers and police officials across the country have mined data such as arrest and shooting records to examine how criminals influence each other’s behavior — and in the process try to predict who might be the next gunman or victim.

A study to be released Thursday takes the same approach but looks at whether data on police themselves can help determine if officers with complaints of using excessive force can influence a colleague’s chances of being accused of similar conduct.

The answer is yes, said the study’s co-author, Andrew Papachristos, a Northwestern University sociologist who has done extensive work on studying networks of gun offenders, including in Chicago.
police  violence  data  solution  Oakland  Riders  Kirkpatrick 
11 weeks ago by Quercki
Oakland police under-reported uses of force, especially on people of color, audit finds - SFChronicle.com
An internal Oakland police audit found that officers failed to report using force against a suspect in more than one-third of instances studied in 2018, and all of those unreported incidents involved a non-white suspect.

The audit, completed by the department’s Office of Inspector General and released this week, expands on previous internal and external reports that found that the departments’ celebrated decline in use-of-force incidents was likely exaggerated.
Oakland  police  violence  lies 
11 weeks ago by Quercki
Open Forum: Exaggerating California crime to protect their livelihoods - SFChronicle.com
California has seen seven years of transformative justice system reforms: AB109, enacted in 2011, lowered the prison population; Proposition 47, approved by voters in 2014, reduced certain nonviolent crimes to misdemeanors; Prop. 57, passed in 2016, gave more people a chance at parole and reduced prosecutors’ power to try children in adult court; and, in March, Gov. Gavin Newsom declared a moratorium on the death penalty.

California’s crime rate, meanwhile, is near historic lows.
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But to listen to the politicians and law enforcement officials leading the charge against California’s recent reforms, the state is in crisis. Kern County Sheriff Donny Youngblood claims that reform will inevitably drive up crime; Fresno Police Chief Jerry Dyer asserts that California voters are “uninformed” and that “weak laws” will drive up violence; and Assemblyman Jim Cooper, a Sacramento County Democrat and Sheriff’s Department veteran, says law enforcement is under attack. This doom-and-gloom chorus calls for a return to the era of tough-on-crime, dumb-on-safety policymaking.
police  violence  crime  statistics  liars 
june 2019 by Quercki
Oakland Is Slowly Solving America's Rising Gun Violence Trend | HuffPost
As major cities throughout the United States have struggled to deal with rising gun violence over the years, one community in California is seeing a reversal of the trend in its own backyard.

Oakland has cut its annual homicides and nonfatal shootings by nearly half since 2012, a huge drop for what used to be considered one of the more violent cities in the U.S., according to a new report by the Giffords Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence.
























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The reduction is no random miracle but rather an overwhelming effort made by the entire Oakland community to address some of America’s daily gun violence in a city whose communities of color also deal with intergenerational poverty, housing segregation and systemic racial oppression.
The Oakland Ceasefire Initiative
Oakland  gun  violence  murder  solution 
june 2019 by Quercki
2 Women Charged With Sexual Battery Of Trans Woman In North Carolina Bar : NPR
A transgender woman says she was sexually assaulted in a North Carolina bathroom last month, according to police records.

Jessica Fowler, 31, and Amber Harrell, 38, have both been charged with sexual battery and second-degree kidnapping in connection with the alleged incident on Dec. 9 at a bar in downtown Raleigh.

In a 911 call released by police Tuesday, the woman – who is not named, but identified herself to the dispatcher as transgender — described harassment and physical attacks that began in the bathroom of Milk Bar and continued out into the main part of the venue.
transgender  violence  bathroom  women 
january 2019 by Quercki
Sandy Stone on Living Among Lesbian Separatists as a Trans Woman in the 70s - Broadly
Sandy Stone, has a unique tale of survival situated at the heart of 1970s radical lesbian feminism.

Throughout the 70s, Stone was part of the famous radical feminist music collective, Olivia Records. But her presence did not go unchallenged. She describes attending a community meeting only to be met with an angry swarm of trans exclusive radical feminists (TERFs) assembled for the sole purpose of expelling her from her own collective simply because she was assigned male at birth. TERFs posit that biological sex characteristics are immutable, that gender is determined by genitals at birth, and that trans women are gynephiliac fetishists invading women’s spaces with male privilege. Some women had travelled from across the country to participate in Stone’s public shaming and intended expulsion.
Olivia_records  lesbian  history  trans  TERF  violence 
december 2018 by Quercki
Oakland to Pay $60,000 After Police Officer Slapped 14-Year-Old Girl | East Bay Express
According to attorneys for the girl's family, a female police officer had told the girl she could remain in the car with her little brother while police arrested Williams and Singleton and secured the area.

But then officer Anthony Martinelli approached the car and ordered the girl to get out. The girl refused the order. In response, Martinelli grabbed her and pulled her out of the vehicle. Then, according to the girl's attorneys, "while an unidentified officer handcuffed [p]laintiff, [the girl] questioned [Martinelli's] actions. Due to [p]laintiff’s questions and in violation of the First Amendment, [d]efendant Martinelli brutally punched [p]laintiff in the face."

The City of Oakland doesn't dispute that Martinelli pulled the girl out of the vehicle and struck her, but the city's version of events differs in that Martinelli allegedly hit her with an open hand only to grab her attention, not to injure her.
Oakland  police  violence 
december 2018 by Quercki
In the United States, right-wing violence is on the rise - The Washington Post
Over the past decade, attackers motivated by right-wing political ideologies have committed dozens of shootings, bombings and other acts of violence, far more than any other category of domestic extremist, according to a Washington Post analysis of data on global terrorism. While the data show a decades-long drop-off in violence by left-wing groups, violence by white supremacists and other far-right attackers has been on the rise since Barack Obama’s presidency — and has surged since President Trump took office.

This year has been especially deadly.Just last month, 13 people died in two incidents: A Kentucky gunman attempted to enter a historically black church, police say, then shot and killed two black patrons in a nearby grocery store. And an anti-Semitic loner who had expressed anger about a caravan of Central American refugees that Trump termed an “invasion” has been charged with gunning down 11 people in a Pittsburgh synagogue, the deadliest act of anti-Semitic violence in U.S. history.
violence  massacre  GOP  right-wing  Trump 
november 2018 by Quercki
4 Laws That Could Stem the Rising Threat of Mass Shootings - Scientific American
—Require permits to purchase
—Ban individuals convicted of any violent crime from gun purchase
—Make all serious domestic violence offenders surrender firearms
—Temporarily ban active alcohol abusers from firearms
guns  violence  massacre  solution 
november 2018 by Quercki
Study: Oakland's Ceasefire Program Curbs Shootings, Homicides
Violent crime is down overall in Oakland. Between 2011 and 2017, shootings with victims went from 710 to 340, a 52 percent drop.

Dr. Anthony A. Braga of Northeastern University and a team of researchers, however, compared areas of Oakland where Ceasefire was used and neighborhoods where it was not. The study, “Oakland Ceasefire Impact Evaluation,” also took into account population trends in Oakland and crime data in other California cities.

Among the key findings: Ceasefire is credited with a 31.5 percent drop in homicides involving a gun since it began in 2013. Shootings involving both gang members and non-gang members significantly decreased, but the decline was steeper among gang members. For example, Braga said the number of gang shootings in the two years before Ceasefire compared to four years after it was implemented dipped 43 percent. Non-gang member shootings were down 23 percent over the same period.

Of 12 cities throughout the state examined, the study authors said only two other cities, San Francisco and Stockton, experienced such significant reductions between 2010 and 2017. Richmond, East Palo Alto, Fresno, Sacramento and Long Beach were among the other cities.
Oakland  ceasefire  gun  violence  solution 
november 2018 by Quercki
Fact Check: Is This an Image of Susan B. Anthony Being Beaten by Cops?
The image, however, is not of Susan B. Anthony or from the 1800s. Instead, it was the Daily Mirror’s front page photograph on November 19, 1910, the day after Black Friday when roughly 300 English women, protesting for voting rights, marched to the House of Commons in London.

Some have suggested that the image is of the women’s rights activist Ada Wright; however, the Daily Mirror does not identify the woman and TWS Fact Check could not find solid evidence that Wright is right.

While the image is of a suffragette being accosted by the police, the caption misidentifies the person and date.
women  vote  suffrage  police  violence  England 
october 2018 by Quercki
Levi Strauss CEO: Business Leaders Must Take on Gun Violence | Fortune
Levi Strauss & Co. president and CEO Chip Bergh speaks during the Fortune Global Forum on November 3, 2015 in San Francisco. Bergh says business leaders need to take action on gun violence to help prevent more tragedies like Parkland.
Levi Strauss & Co. president and CEO Chip Bergh speaks during the Fortune Global Forum on November 3, 2015 in San Francisco. Bergh says business leaders need to take action on gun violence to help prevent more tragedies like Parkland.
Justin Sullivan—Getty Images
By Chip Bergh September 4, 2018

In November 2016, I wrote an open letter requesting that gun owners not bring firearms into our stores, offices, or facilities, even in states where it’s permitted by law. This was following an incident in one of our stores in which a customer accidentally shot and injured himself while trying on a pair of jeans. While that was bad, it could have been worse: The bullet could have killed him, another customer, or one of our employees.

In the days after I published that letter, I received threats to our stores, our business, and even on my life. It was unsettling. But these personal attacks pale in comparison to the threats that activists and survivors from Parkland, Sandy Hook, and daily incidents of gun violence face every time they speak up on this issue.

As president and CEO of a values-driven company that’s known the world over as a pioneer of the American West and one of the great symbols of American freedom, I take the responsibility of speaking up on the important issues of our day very seriously. We can’t take on every issue. But as business leaders with power in the public and political arenas, we simply cannot stand by silently when it comes to the issues that threaten the very fabric of the communities where we live and work. While taking a stand can be unpopular with some, doing nothing is no longer an option.

That’s why Levi Strauss & Co. is stepping up our support for gun violence prevention.
gun  violence  Levi  corporations 
september 2018 by Quercki
Police chief's son charged in brutal attack on Sikh man / Boing Boing
One of two teen boys who kicked and beat a Sikh man in Manteca, California, turned out to be a local police chief's own son.

Tyrone McAllister, 18, the son of Union City, California, police Chief Darryl McAllister, was one of the two arrested, police in the city of Manteca, California, said.

The other suspect was identified as a 16-year-old boy whose name was withheld because he's underage. The two were taken into custody Wednesday for investigation of attempted robbery, elder abuse and assault with a deadly weapon, Manteca police said.
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violence  hate  Sikh  Manteca  Union_City  CA  2018 
august 2018 by Quercki
In “Blindspotting,” Two Artists Go Home to Examine the True Costs of Gentrification – Mother Jones
Layered with gripping monologues and meditations on police brutality, the film confronts race relations in a gentrifying city where police brutality has remained a front-and-center issue for almost a decade. Blindspotting serves as the latest silver screen homage to Oakland, premiering just weeks after Sorry to Bother You, the highly-acclaimed satire by filmmaker Boots Riley, and five years after Ryan Coogler’s Fruitvale Station, which documented the story of Oscar Grant, who was shot and killed by a white BART police officer. The Fruitvale station shooting was an inflection point for rising tensions between the police and communities of color in Oakland, and the duo says it heavily influenced the film.
Oakland  movie  police  violence 
july 2018 by Quercki
Today's "lone wolf" killers are actually a pack / Boing Boing
Their beliefs all pivot around the same poles: A matter-of-fact contempt for women and minorities, and a radioactively bitter sense that white guys ought to be easily and widely recognized as inherently superior to every other group. This commonality between their worldviews shouldn't be surprising, because -- as David Perry notes in Pacific Standard -- these supposedly "lone wolf" mostly-white-guy killers in recent years are, in fact, all in loose communication with each other online.

"They're reading the same websites, talking to each other, and killing the same targets. The lone wolves are actually a pack," as the headline reads, and as Perry goes on to write ...

These murders, mostly committed by white American men, reveal patterns, but they're not evidence of some kind of single, secret organization dedicated to committing white-supremacist violence.
White  male  violence  misogyny 
may 2018 by Quercki
When Cucks Revolt: my Account of #MiloatCal
I was at the UC Berkeley protest of Milo Yiannopoulos and I am super tired already of all the news reports I’m seeing with a vastly altered timeline or the tweets I’m seeing painting the various Nazi agitators are “just kids with opinions” so I wanna clear some shit up real quick.
Nazis who got beat up that I witnessed:
-”Eddie Brock”, who I witnessed getting into peaceful protesters faces yelling “FASCISM”, flailing in attempts to hit them, filming them (especially anyone filming him back— one person did knock “Eddie’s” phone out of his hand, and another protester, while “Eddie” screamed in his face, gave him his phone back). “Eddie” was not, however, beaten up by protesters over by the door we were initially guarding, even though he was being very violent and aggressive. He got beaten up about 20 minutes later, somewhere between the generator being knocked over and the fire starting. He was giving thumbs up about it, so I assume he had given informed consent and got what he wanted. For him to whine about it later is precious.
-The MAGA hat guy — so this dude was near the UCB building with a lot of space around him (not in the crowd proper) when he actually pulled a knife on my friend while she was about 3 feet away. He got surrounded and punched for about 5 minutes before he was knocked out. Considering he *drew a knife on someone, a woman at that*, he committed an act of aggression for no goddamn reason and I have no fucking tears for him being beaten the crap out of.
nazi  violence  U.C.  Milo 
april 2018 by Quercki
Police officer fired for not shooting black suspect wins $175,000 compensation | The Independent
A former police officer who claimed he was fired for not shooting an armed black suspect during a standoff has settled a wrongful termination suit with his former department for $175,000 (£126,000).

“At the end of the day, I’m happy to put this chapter of my life to bed,” said Stephen Mader, 27, in a statement. He was also granted a pledge that his former employer would not prevent him from obtaining a new job in law enforcement elsewhere.

Mr Mader was the first officer to respond to an incident, when he arrived at a home in Weirton, West Virginia, on 6 May 2016, where he found Ronald Williams, 23, distraught and wanting to commit “suicide by cop,” according to his lawsuit. Williams pleaded with Mr Mader to shoot him. However, after determining that Williams did not pose an immediate threat to him or fellow officers, despite holding a gun, he tried to negotiate with him.
police  violence  solution 
april 2018 by Quercki
Step-by-step analysis of what police "de-escalation" looks like / Boing Boing
A man had just killed ten people, and injured many more, by driving into them with a van -- and he was apprehended by a single police officer who never fired a shot.

Today, the New York Times has a detailed, step-by-step reconstruction of how Toronto constable Ken Lam did this. It turns out he executed, nearly perfectly, the de-escalation techniques that Toronto police training has in recent years emphasized -- training designed specifically to prevent the jittery, screaming, confrontational police encounters we've seen too often in the US, which end in dead-and-unarmed suspects.
police  violence  solution 
april 2018 by Quercki
Why feminism and racism have a lot to do with the gun debate - CNNPolitics
Cullors: I think so. I've been pretty impressed with the Parkland students who've listened to young black students and brown students, mostly poor students who've been saying, you know, "our issues matter, too." And many of the Parkland students who've gone to Chicago and then met up with the black youth, to talk about gun violence. Um, one of the young men, was quoted saying, our issues, as in white people's issues, are being amplified over black people's issues, it's just a matter of race, and I thought that was so powerful, because they're listening to the young black and brown students who are saying, you know, we deserve to be a part of this larger media conversation, part of this larger public dialog and outcry to save the lives of young black and brown people too. So that has been so impressive. And I point that out because it's important for us to name our victories and I think that narrative shift has happened because black people have said, "hey, wait a second, like, let's be a little bit more complicated about how we're talking about this gun violence issue," and the Parkland students have heard it and have been amplifying.
gun  violence  school  shooting  BlackLivesMatter  intersectionality 
april 2018 by Quercki
Gun-Violence Protests Drew an Estimated 1 Million Students - WSJ
By Arian Campo-Flores
Updated March 15, 2018 7:41 a.m. ET
At 10 a.m., 1,000 students walked out of Stuyvesant High School in New York City. An hour later, 2,800 filed out of Curie Metropolitan High School in Chicago. An hour after that, 1,000 went to the capitol in Boise, Idaho. And an hour after that, 1,000 walked out of Hamilton High School in Los Angeles, with signs that read “Am I next?”

In a wave across the country Wednesday morning, students voted with their feet to protest government inaction on gun control. Nearly 1 million students took part in protests, which included...
gun  violence  children  protest  locked_article 
march 2018 by Quercki
Cop charged with assault after beating "jaywalking" pedestrian / Boing Boing
Leaked footage of a police officer repeatedly punching a pedestrian led to charges for Christopher Hickman, the Asheville, NC cop who also lost his job after the attack on August 24 last year. Hickman claimed that Johnnie Jermaine Rush was jaywalking and had assaulted him when challenged, but bodycam video showed a more sinister incident in which Hickman, who is white, told his black victim "you are going to get fucked up hard core", chokes him, repeatedly strikes his head with his fist, then tases him.

"I beat the shit out of his head," Hickman says on the recording. "Not gonna lie about that."

The police chief, Tammy Hooper, has also offered to resign.
police  violence  Asheville_NC  Christopher_Hickman 
march 2018 by Quercki
North Carolina police officer faces charges after beating, choking and tasing suspected jaywalker - CNN
(CNN)A western North Carolina police officer who resigned after a body camera video shows him hitting and using a Taser on a man suspected of jaywalking will face preliminary charges of assault, the Buncombe County District Attorney's Office said Thursday.

Senior Police Officer Christopher Hickman, 31, was removed from patrol duty a day after the incident last August and resigned from the Asheville Police Department in January, the same day he was to be terminated, according to a timeline of the case released by the Asheville City Council.
On Thursday, a judge issued a warrant for Hickman's arrest on one count each of assault by strangulation, assault inflicting serious injury and communicating threats.

Christopher Hickman was removed from patrol duty a day after the incident last summer.
Asheville Mayor Esther Manheimer said Hickman has been taken into custody. It is unclear whether Hickman has an attorney.
police  violence  Christopher_Hickman  Asheville_NC 
march 2018 by Quercki
Have your representatives in Congress received donations from the NRA? - Washington Post
Have your representatives
in Congress received
donations from the NRA?
Since 1998, the National Rifle Association has donated $4.23 million to current members of Congress. Explore below to see how much money has been donated to members of Congress in your state.

By Aaron Williams
Updated Oct. 5, 2017
gun  violence  massacre  murder  shooting  congress 
february 2018 by Quercki
What’s Missing from #MeToo and #TimesUp: One Indigenous Woman’s Perspective
it is happening at an alarming rate today. Both the land, water, and Indigenous women have been ‘othered’ and devalued in our society. Native American women are 2.5 times more likely to experience sexual assault and rape than any other ethnic group and the unsolved cases of Murdered & Missing Indigenous Women (#MMIW) are staggering. Extractive industries play a major role in this violence and I encourage you to visit www.landbodydefense.org for a report and toolkit on how to support these resistance efforts. Another resource on MMIW community-led work is at It Starts With Us.
This patriarchal worldview of how we relate to Mother Earth and to the non-human is so toxic that academics are referring to it as a new epoch — the Anthropocene. Under a patriarchal, colonialist mindset we find ourselves consuming and polluting the natural resources of our Mother Earth at a rate that is exasperating climate change and threatening life on this planet. Yes, TIME. IS. UP. Time is up for unjust patriarchal systems. Period.
#TimesUp  #MeToo  colonialism  violence  women  climatechange 
january 2018 by Quercki
The Right To Bear Arms vs Everything | hoodfeminism
We know the red flags already for these incidents. History of domestic violence? No weapons for you for 5 years. Mandatory therapy & testing. Note, current law requires a conviction, but most cases of intimate partner violence don’t result in even misdemeanor convictions that would trigger the lifetime ban. For every “I would never give up my gun.” person spouting off? You’re part of the problem. You help normalize mass violence because you make it so easy for the tools to commit it to be accessed.
gun  violence  massacre  prevention  control  ** 
october 2017 by Quercki
Say No to 'The New Normal' -- Five Things You Can Do About Gun Violence | BillMoyers.com
1) Change Our Culture
2) Stop Investing in Guns

The Campaign to Unload has done a brilliant job of pressuring large private equity firms, hedge funds and other investors to get out of the business of guns
3) Make Corporations Get Off the Sidelines
4) Make Politicians Uncomfortable
5) Use Your Voice
gun  violence  murder  massacre  howto  solution 
october 2017 by Quercki
America’s unique gun violence problem, explained in 17 maps and charts - Vox
This chart, compiled using United Nations data collected by Simon Rogers for the Guardian, shows that America far and away leads other developed countries when it comes to gun-related homicides. Why? Extensive reviews of the research by the Harvard School of Public Health’s Injury Control Research Center suggest the answer is pretty simple: The US is an outlier on gun violence because it has way more guns than other developed nations.
gun  violence  murder  massacre 
october 2017 by Quercki
‘You like that?’: St. Louis cops savagely beat handcuffed filmmaker while wife watched, suit says – ThinkProgress
Hours after reporters watched black-clad riot cops chant “Whose streets? Our streets!” at dispersing protesters, O’Toole boasted to press cameras that “police owned the night,” comments which Mayor Lyda Krewson (D) would criticize days later.

It all may have seemed hollow posturing and harmless banter. But a new lawsuit illustrates the very real abuses that such a domineering mentality from law enforcement can foreshadow. O’Toole’s cops allegedly beat, taunted, and repeatedly maced a handcuffed filmmaker that Sunday night, singling the Kansas City man out from a herd of arrestees to punish him physically for recording them. Drew and Jennifer Burbridge sued the city on Tuesday, alleging the kind of unprofessional, illegal mistreatment at police hands that’s routinely drawn protesters into American streets in recent years.
St._Louis  police  brutality  violence 
september 2017 by Quercki
St. Louis Police Have Declared an All-Out War on Protesters, Media and Even Themselves
Police have declared a semistate of martial law and have resorted to arresting normal citizens not involved in the protests. On Sunday, cops kicked Air Force Lt. Alex Nelson in the face, pepper-sprayed him and arrested him outside his home in St. Louis, according to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

“It’s our street,” said the 27-year-old Air Force officer. “I hear the police say it was their street, but it’s literally my street. I have coffee on that street, and I own property on that street. We were not active protesters. We were looking into the neighborhood to observe events that were unfolding.”

A tourist in town for a U2 concert alleges that he was arrested when he walked outside his hotel, and a documentary filmmaker claims that he was knocked unconscious when officers kicked him, threw him to the pavement and bound him with zip ties. Drew Burbridge says he tried to inform officers he that was a member of the media, to no avail.

A “White Allies Only” protest on Saturday took place outside a Billy Joel concert with no arrests, but later the same day, a protester recorded this video of cops choking and attacking peaceful demonstrators at a St. Louis mall:
St._Louis  police  violence 
september 2017 by Quercki
Cops Mace Protesters as Scene in Downtown St. Louis Intensifies | News Blog
A protest over the acquittal of former St. Louis cop Jason Stockley briefly intensified early this afternoon, with cops using mace on protesters at Tucker and Spruce in downtown St. Louis.


An estimated 200 or 300 people are in the streets downtown, angry over Judge Timothy Wilson's ruling this morning that Stockley is not guilty of the murder of Anthony Lamar Smith. More than 100 police are also reportedly on the scene.
St._Louis  police  violence 
september 2017 by Quercki
Hillary Clinton On 'Fresh Air': I Am 'Optimistic About Our Country, But I Am Not Naive' : NPR
What implications did all those chants of "lock her up" have for your security, your personal security?

It was a constant challenge for the Secret Service and for what they call "threat assessment." It was something that I was aware of. I had a few times people jumping over ropes and rushing the stage and a few really nasty, threatening things said in a crowd. But what really was unhinged were the online attacks. And they weren't just directed at me, they were directed at anyone — particularly women — who went online and said they were supporting me.

If they identified themselves as a supporter of mine, they were attacked from both the left and the right. They were often subjected to the most vile Twitter responses, YouTube comments you can imagine. It was just so horrific to see the horrible things being said and the threats that were being made, physical threats, to my supporters.
Hillary  misogyny  violence 
september 2017 by Quercki
St Louis Police Officer Caught On Camera Breaking Out Culpepper's Restaurant Window
St Louis police officer caught on camera breaking out Culpepper’s Restaurant window
The act of vandalism was caught on camera by Chris Phillips who later posted the video to his Facebook

Witnesses claim law enforcement officers broke out at least one other window in the area

It is believed that the officer broke the window to later blame the incident on protesters in the area
police  violence  St._Louis  black  murder  demonstration 
september 2017 by Quercki
CrimethInc. : Anti-Fascism Is Self-Defense : A General-Purpose Flier
Anti-fascism means defending our communities from racists, xenophobes, homophobes, transphobes, and other bigots. Anti-fascist organizing requires no special skills. It isn’t limited to any one political identity.

Far-right groups don’t actually want dialogue. They aim to spread paranoia to escalate the ongoing violence against marginalized people. Anti-fascists aim to deny them any platform for doing this, even when fascists use code words instead of openly identifying themselves. The issue is not “free speech”—it is whether we stand idly by while they recruit for violent attacks.

We must confront the fascist menace. Organizing against them doesn’t make them stronger; fascists have gained momentum precisely because they’ve met so little opposition recently. Everyone must be free to decide for himself or herself how to go about resisting fascism. The far right claims that anti-fascists are the same as fascists because they meet force with force. But just as a firefighter is not a fire, an anti-fascist is not a fascist.

Police are part of the problem. They kill a thousand people every year; they imprison and deport millions, disproportionately targeting people of color, tearing apart families and communities. When police coordinate with racist militias to run security at far-right rallies, this is not an aberration, but an example of the normal relationship between police and fascists. The US government is already implementing the fascist agenda more effectively than a group like the KKK ever could.
Antifa  Fascism  selfdefense  violence  victim-blaming 
september 2017 by Quercki
Who Is Killing American Women? Their Husbands And Boyfriends, CDC Confirms. | HuffPost
It is already well-established that women in the U.S. are far more likely to be killed by an intimate partner than by any other group of people. As HuffPost previously reported: It’s not strangers, friends or acquaintances who pose the biggest threat to women’s lives. It’s the men they date and marry. 

Around three women a day are murdered by an intimate partner, and in many cases, children and others are also killed. The majority of mass shootings ― defined as four or more people fatally shot, not including the perpetrator ― involve domestic violence.

The CDC found that firearms were used in 54 percent of all female homicides. Limiting access to guns for those subject to a domestic violence protective order could serve as a preventative measure to help reduce deaths, it said.
women  violence  murder  domestic_violence 
september 2017 by Quercki
ACLU of California Statement: White Supremacist Violence is Not Free Speech | ACLU of Northern California
Media Contact: (415) 621-2493 (press@aclunc.org)

“Our country’s greatest strengths are the diversity of its people and the principles of equal dignity and inclusion that unite us all. There are troubling events planned in our state in the coming weeks. This is an incredibly painful and difficult time for millions of Californians. For those who are wondering where we stand – the ACLU of California fully supports the freedom of speech and expression, as well as the freedom to peacefully assemble. We review each request for help on a case-by-case basis, but take the clear position that the First Amendment does not protect people who incite or engage in violence. If white supremacists march into our towns armed to the teeth and with the intent to harm people, they are not engaging in activity protected by the United States Constitution. The First Amendment should never be used as a shield or sword to justify violence.”

- Abdi Soltani, Executive Director of the ACLU of Northern California

- Hector Villagra, Executive Director of the ACLU of Southern California

- Norma Chávez-Peterson, Executive Director of the ACLU of San Diego & Imperial Counties
first_amendment  free  speech  violence  ACLU 
august 2017 by Quercki
The Opposite of Rape Culture is Nurturance Culture | Dating Tips for the Feminist Man
To completely transform this culture of misogyny, then, men must do more than ‘not assault.’ We must call on masculinity to become whole and nurturing of self and others, to recognize that attachment needs are healthy and normal and not ‘female,’ and thus to expect of men to heal themselves and others the same way we expect women to ‘be nurturers.’ It is time men recognize and nurture their own healing gifts.
men  culture  rape  violence  peace  Love  solutions  feminism 
june 2017 by Quercki
Greg Gianforte and the Lesser Part of Valor - The Atlantic
It is not 1856, but these are the politics of a false valor forged by fear. It is the undercurrent of a politics that defends grown men who stalk black teenagers in the night and then gun them down when they raise their hands in their own defense; it is the politics that rationalizes Ohio police shooting a 12-year-old boy with a toy gun without so much as a chance to surrender; it is the politics of mass deportation and Muslim bans and Blue Lives Matter bills. It is the political logic of frightened people who need to tell themselves they are brave. This is not valor; it is the celebration of violence against those who cannot respond in kind.
violence  snowflake  first_amendment  Trump  journalism 
may 2017 by Quercki
State Department protests Turkish guards' beating of demonstrators in Washington - LA Times
“We are communicating our concern to the Turkish government in the strongest possible terms,” the State Department said in a statement. “Violence is never an appropriate response to free speech.”

Police said two people were arrested and 11 others, including a police officer, were injured. Police said they are working with the State Department and Secret Service to identify Erdogan guards who they believe instigated the melee.
demonstration  Turkey  violence  free  speech 
may 2017 by Quercki
Intimate Partner Homicide is An Epidemic Killing Thousands: Why Aren’t We Fighting It At The Source?
As Huffington Post domestic violence reporter Melissa Jeltsen points out, deaths at the hands of intimate partners receive far less attention than those caused by terrorism, despite the former being far more pervasive. "There have been 71 deaths due to extremist attacks on U.S. soil from 2005 to 2015," she writes. "Compare that to the drumbeat of women killed by their intimate partners, which number three daily.” But while ISIS is an obvious target for male politicians, fighting sexism— which takes the life of so many women around the world daily— is not. You can’t promise to bomb the shit out of sexism, or close the borders to misogynists in order to keep the threat out. The threat comes from within: from inside the country, and from inside our very own homes. Men are killing women by the thousands, and here we are demonizing Muslims.


When a terrorist attack occurs, there is always a great deal of hand-wringing if it is discovered that the perpetrator was on a terrorist watch list, that the attack was preventable. But intimate partner violence is one of the most preventable, predictable crimes there is. If there were a national watch list for domestic homicide threats, Cedric Anderson would have been on it. According to the NY Daily News, Anderson had a comprehensive history of violence against women, and had threatened to take his violence to the next level before: in 1997 his ex-wife Natalie sought a restraining order after he threatened to kill her, their kids, and himself. 
domestic_violence  murder  male  violence  terrorism 
april 2017 by Quercki
(16) Bethesda Temple Church Apostolic Faith Inc. - Posts
Bethesda Temple Church Apostolic Faith Inc.
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To all who have inquired about the relationship of Bethesda Temple to Cedric Anderson and Karen Smith:
Neither Mr. Anderson or Ms. Smith were members of Bethesda Temple, or regularly attended services at our church. However, they did rent our church for their January wedding.
Our hearts go out to their families and friends, and the families and friends of all affected by yesterday's tragedy.
We at Bethesda Temple mourn with you, and pray that God's perfect peace will surround all who come to Him for comfort, and heal their broken hearts.
John 16:33: "I have told you these things so that in Me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation. But be of good cheer. I have overcome the world."
San_Bernardino  murder  domestic  violence  Cedric_Anderson 
april 2017 by Quercki
Sex-differences and ‘domestic violence murders’* | Karen Ingala Smith
Combining data for the three years from 2011/12 to 2013/14, the ONS tell us that of 57 men killed in partner/ex-partner homicides, 21 of them, over a third, were killed by a man.  Of these 21 men killed by men in the context of partner/ex-partner homicides, 14 of them were killed by a lover’s spouse/love rival.  Of 249 women killed in partner/ex-partner homicides over the same 3 years, 247 were killed by a man, one by a woman (in one case the primary suspect is listed as unknown).  None of the female victims of partner/ex-partner homicide were killed by the spouse of their lover or an emotional rival. Similarly, no male victims of partner/ex-partner homicide were killed by a female spouse of their lover or a female emotional rival. Not only are men killed in the context of an intimate relationship less likely to be killed by their actual partner or ex-partner, they are much more likely than women to be killed by someone of the same sex.
murder  domestic_violence  statistics  male  violence 
march 2017 by Quercki
How anti-Vietnam War activists stopped violent protest from hijacking their movement
Today’s protest organizers and participants can learn much from our experiences on the frontlines a half century ago.

A good place to start is to consider the Weathermen, the most prominent of the counterparts to the Black Bloc in our day. As proponents of violent street tactics, the Weathermen capitalized on an aspect of the ‘60s counterculture that glorified violent revolution. Posters displaying romanticized images of Che Guevara, Viet Cong soldiers (especially women fighters) and Black Panthers with guns were plastered on many walls.

The Weathermen didn’t just spout revolutionary rhetoric. One of their most memorable actions was what they proclaimed as the “Days of Rage.” They urged people to join them in Chicago in early October 1969 to “Bring the War Home.” They recruited extensively among white working-class youths to come to the city with helmets and such weapons as clubs, prepared to vandalize businesses and cars as well as assault police. They believed their action would help provoke an uprising against the capitalist state.
blackbloc  violence  vandalism  protest 
march 2017 by Quercki
Making safety pins work - Google Docs
Making safety pins work

If you are one of the many Americans, Canadians, or Britons who would like to stand with vulnerable populations against hatred and violence, you may have on a safety pin to indicate that you are a safe person and ally. But this will need to be backed up with action should you encounter a violent or hateful incident. Avoid freezing up; check out these resources to help keep others (and yourself) safe. Most of these resources are designed for regular people without training as first responders or counsellors. A few are aimed at teachers but have useful tips for anyone who wants to know what to do in a crisis.
safety  listening  violence  racism 
january 2017 by Quercki
UK Transwoman Athlete admits to Triple Stab Attack on Sports Officials who discovered he was Male | GenderTrender
Former British Women’s Fell Running Champion Lauren Jeska confessed in court today to committing a vicious premeditated triple stabbing attack on British sports authorities last March at Alexander Stadium.

“Women athlete who tried to murder sports official was transgender and facing review into medals”, reports the UK Mirror Online:

“Sean Kyne, District Crown Prosecutor from West Midlands Crown Prosecution Service, said: “Lauren Jeska had a disagreement with British Athletics officials which escalated and rather than resolve the matter through the appropriate channels, she armed herself with a number of knives, drove from her home in Wales to Birmingham and launched a premeditated and savage attack on the victim which resulted in the victim and his colleagues sustaining a number of life threatening injuries.”

 

“Fell Runner Lauren Jeska tried to kill British athletics official because she feared the body would revoke her titles over transgender status” The Telegraph reports:

“Lauren Jeska, 42, admitted attempting to murder former professional rugby player Ralph Knibbs, 51, during a hearing at Birmingham Crown Court yesterday. 

It is understood a review was being planned into her status as a female athlete because she had been born a man. Her titles could have been in doubt if UK Athletics ruled that she had had an unfair advantage while competing against women, sources suggested.

The Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) and West Midlands Police confirmed Jeska was a transgender athlete after the hearing.

She also admitted two counts of having a knife in a public place and two of assault causing actual bodily harm.
transgender  violence 
september 2016 by Quercki
Lafayette shooter John Russell Houser: History of domestic violence and hatred towards feminists.
As my colleague Ben Mathis-Lilley noted today at Slatest, there were 14 other gun-based murder-suicides in the past week in this country, resulting in the loss of 36 lives. If you look down the list of the killings, an unmistakable pattern pops out: “shot and killed his 37-year-old wife ... shot and killed his ex-wife ... shot and killed his 62-year-old wife ... shot and killed his 23-year-old girlfriend ... ” and so on. Most of these killings involve men killing women that they were in relationships with, had lost relationships with, or likely wanted relationships with but were rejected. This last week also featured a bizarre story of a woman who not only survived being kidnapped and raped by a man but also saw her boyfriend and a random other man killed in the rapist-murderer's rampage.

Hearing that some man's entitled attitude toward women led him to kill is so common that it hardly counts as newsworthy. We don't know exactly why Houser shot up a theater that was showing a movie written by an unapologetic feminist, but this moment should still be a wake-up call about the problem of misogynist violence in our culture. If we're not going to talk about gun control, then let's talk about how to get fewer men to see guns as the solution to their inchoate rage at women. 
men  murder  women  misogyny  violence  guns 
august 2016 by Quercki
Not All Men? Well, actually… – Medium
Give me a break. Let’s stop pretending violence just happens to women, or it’s just the way things are, or that we don’t know where women’s collective injuries are coming from.
Commence the dreaded questioning process!
“Women are raped” — yes, but by whom?
“Women are beaten” — yes, but by whom?
“Women are impoverished” — yes, but by whom?
“Women are unfairly represented in the media” — yes, but by whom?
“Men get raped/beaten/murdered too!” — yes, but by whom?
It’s okay, you can say it. It’s men. If you’re going to talk about the victims of violence, you need to talk about the perpetrators.
I understand why women don’t want to challenge men this directly. We share this planet with them. And there aren’t many things scarier than the prospect that half the human population can’t be trusted.
male  violence  men  sexism 
august 2016 by Quercki
About the Data: What Our Reporters Analyzed to Learn About Officer-Involved Killings in Oakland | East Bay Express
For this week's cover story, the Express analyzed statistics and data sourced and compiled by FatalEncounters.com, one of the most comprehensive databases available that tracks incidents of lethal force by law enforcement.

The site's founder, D. Brian Burghart, is a journalist based in Reno, Nevada. He uses crowdsourced data, public-records requests, and information from the Department of Justice to update his growing database, which as of this month includes more than 14,000 incidents nationwide since 2000.

Burghart said he began the Fatal Encounters in 2012 as a journalist, not as an activist, with a goal to counteract what he saw as the media's tendency to accept law enforcement's narrative in instances of deadly force.

Specifically, he was confused by how traditional media at once discredited officer-involved-killings data, typically provided by government agencies, but also used that allegedly inferior data in stories. "But they never did anything about the lack of data," Burghart said.

That's when he decided to create a national database of fatal incidents. "I figured if the editor of a small weekly [paper] in Reno could do it in his spare time, the big media would get on board," he said.
police  murder  violence  data 
august 2016 by Quercki
Law Enforcement Killed 90 Oakland Residents Since 2000, And 74 Percent Were Black | East Bay Express
The most alarming discovery: 74 percent of Oakland residents killed by law enforcement between 2000 and 2016 were Black men and women.


More Black residents were killed by police in Oakland than in any other California city besides Los Angeles, which is nearly ten times larger.

Although Oakland has one of the largest Black populations in the state, the percentage of Black fatalities by law enforcement is greater than in U.S. cities nearly as diverse, including New York City, Long Beach, and Boston.

This analysis is based on reporting and statistics from the award-winning website Fatal Encounters (see "About the Data" for more about the statistics and information analyzed in this story).

Nearly all Oakland residents were slain by cops in high-poverty communities in the city's flatlands, the East and West Oakland neighborhoods below Interstate 580. Residents in these areas also demonstrate the East Bay's lowest life expectancies, employment levels, and educational attainment, according to the Alameda County Public Health Department.
BlackLivesMatter  police  violence  Oakland  data 
august 2016 by Quercki
Police Gunning Down A 73 Year-Old Woman During A Weapons Class Was No Accident -- Jim Wright Explains It All (VIDEO)
THERE. ARE. NO. ACCIDENTS. WITH. GUNS.

Full stop. There are no accidents with guns.

There are no accidents with guns.

This was NOT an accident.

This was negligent homicide.

This is in point of fact the very definition of negligent homicide according to Florida statute 782.07:

(1) The killing of a human being by the act, procurement, or culpable negligence of another, without lawful justification according to the provisions of chapter 776 and in cases in which such killing shall not be excusable homicide or murder, according to the provisions of this chapter, is manslaughter, a felony of the second degree, punishable as provided in s. 775.082, s. 775.083, or s. 775.084.
This was not an accident. This is manslaughter.

There should have been NO, repeat NO, live weapons of any kind in a class involving “simulated lethal force.” This is NOT my opinion, this is a standard, universal safety protocol in any class of this nature, civilian, law enforcement, or military.

Under no circumstance should live weapons EVER be used in such a demonstration. Officers carrying live service weapons should have been required to safe and secure those weapons under supervision BEFORE entering the classroom. Checked and double-checked.

I have taught this very class myself, many times, and the only weapons used in a classroom like this should be simulated rubber training aids. Orange guns. Period. No exceptions. Ever. For EXACTLY THIS GODDAMNED REASON RIGHT HERE.

The police officers involved are guilty of negligent homicide and reckless endangerment.

Whoever authorized this class without providing AND ENFORCING sufficient safety protocols is complicit. Police Chief Lewis.

Everybody involved in this death should be held accountable to the fullest extent of the law.
police  murder  gun  violence 
august 2016 by Quercki
CRITICAL ISSUES IN POLICING SERIES Guiding Principles on Use of Force © 2016 by Police Executive Research Forum
Why We Need To Challenge Conventional inking
on Police Use of Force,
by Chuck Wexler......................................................................... 4
A Focus on Mental Illness and Non-Gun Incidents.............................................5 What Use-of-Force Statistics Tell Us.......................................................................6 e Research and Conferences of Police O cials Behind is Report.............8 Key Insights from PERF’s Work ............................................................................13
Sidebar: How Professional Policing Standards Can Become Legal Standards.................18 Enhancing O cer Safety and Wellness ................................................................22
Sidebar: O cer Wellness Is Fundamental to O cer Safety and E ectiveness:
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Sidebar: Camden’s Ethical Protector Program Is Similar to the PERF 30,
by Camden County, NJ Police Chief J. Scott omson .....................................................31
PERF’s 30 Guiding Principles on Use of Force ........................ 33
police  violence  force  training  de-escalation  solution 
july 2016 by Quercki
An incomplete list of responses to pro-gun arguments in my Facebook feed. — Medium
“You can’t change the constitution.”
Yes you can. It’s called a fucking amendment.
“But it’s in the bill of rights.”
Good news: we don’t have to change a thing! 2nd amendment here: “A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.” “Well regulated militia.” “WELL REGULATED.” REGULATING GUNS IS IN THE FUCKING CONSTITUTION. Those guns, also, used to be musket things. Super hard to load and reload. Not like an AR-15, which is a weapon designed for modern combat and war. Designed to kill people. Not hunt deer. Not protect a house. To. Kill. Groups. Of. Humans.
“Background checks/assault weapon bans are a slippery slope — if you start there, where does it end?”
People invoke this shit like it is logical truth. The deep, poetic irony here is that slippery slope is a logical fallacy — you are actually calling yourself out for being wrong by saying it.
Secondly, no it is not. This gunman, was on an FBI watch list. He beat his wife. By all accounts, he had a history of mental illness. His father was a vocal and public Taliban supporter. Pretty sure those are the types of things that would maybe, probably, come up on a background check. But if you would like to defend the right of mentally unstable, wife-beating assholes to own an AR-15, then by all means invoke your freedom of speech—which is actually in the Bill of Rights—and alienate yourself from good people.
gun  guns  violence  regulation  law 
june 2016 by Quercki
Overcompensation Nation: It's Time to Admit That Toxic Masculinity Drives Gun Violence | Alternet
There is a common theme here: Toxic masculinity.

Every time feminists talk about toxic masculinity, there is a chorus of whiny dudes who will immediately assume—or pretend to assume—that feminists are condemning all masculinity, even though the modifier “toxic” inherently suggests that there are forms of masculinity that are not toxic.

So, to be excruciatingly clear, toxic masculinity is a specific model of manhood, geared towards dominance and control. It’s a manhood that views women and LGBT people as inferior, sees sex as an act not of affection but domination, and which valorizes violence as the way to prove one’s self to the world.
male  violence  Orlando 
june 2016 by Quercki
Profile of a Murderer
The bad news is that the group that belongs to this profile of violence is so large. The good news is that there are so many who belong to the group that if the men who are offended by their association with violence step up, the world could be a radically different place.
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I wish I could offer a solution, but the problem is so pervasive it’s hard to even know where to start. The only entry point I see is with the men who are willing to own the problem, who understand that it isn’t enough just to not rape or murder anyone. Maybe they can model for their brothers how you go about admitting that you might not know, or might not need to be at the head of the table or the center of the conversation. Maybe they can choose to lay down arms and publicly declare that the ability to do harm does not define them. Maybe they can hold their brothers accountable for violent speech as well as violent actions. Maybe they can start sentences with “I may be wrong, but it seems to me that….” Maybe they can practice naming their emotions without feeling that they need to act on them. Maybe they can practice listening—just listening to what the other person has to say without the need to impose their own opinion or knowledge.
men  murder  massacre  violence 
june 2016 by Quercki
Home - Oakland Police Beat
Data Dump: 3,014 Oakland Police Officer Awards, 2007-2013
Apr 29, 2014 | Data
The Oakland Police Department gives out hundreds of awards every year, for everything from good driving to fostering innovation to courageous action.
Oakland  police  database  violence  crime 
june 2016 by Quercki
Oakland Rejects Police Discipline in 74 Percent of Review Board Cases - Post News Group
A new report from the city’s Citizens’ Police Review Board (CPRB) reveals that the Oakland City Administrator dismissed or modified the review board’s recommended discipline against police officers in 74 percent of the allegations that the CPRB sustained in 2015.
 
 
The allegations most frequently filed with the board were excessive force, failure to act and verbal misconduct. The most commonly sustained allegations were for failure to properly supervise, failure to act and verbal misconduct.
 
14 percent of 432 allegations were sustained, 22 percent were exonerated and 23 percent were unfounded. Only 125 were assigned for investigation in the courses of the year.
 
Ultimately, the board resolved 42 complaints, forwarding “31 disciplinary recommendations for sustained allegations to the City Administrator,” according to the report.
 
“The City Administrator upheld eight, disagreed with 17 and upheld six in part,” the report said.
 
“This is about par for the course,” said Rashidah Grinage of the Coalition for Police Accountability.
 
What typically happens, Grinage said, is that the review board makes a finding, sometimes after a hearing that weighs the evidence and speaks to officers and witnesses.
 
Police board recommendations are reversed in most of the cases when they are forwarded to the City Administrator, who makes a decision after hearing what the Oakland Police Department has to say. “As long as the City Administrator is in the mix, this is result we’re going to get,” she said. “This shows why we need a police commission with (decision-making) authority.”
 
“The only way to do this is through changing the Oakland City Charter. The City Administrator has to come out of the equation,” Grinage said. “Reforms cannot depend on personality. Reforms have to be structural.”
 
By press time, the City Administrator’s office did not respond to the Oakland Post’s questions.
Oakland  police  violence  data 
may 2016 by Quercki
The Daily 202: Liberal allies turning on Bernie Sanders after Nevada donnybrook - The Washington Post
Talking Points Memo’s Josh Marshall: “Sanders is telling his supporters that he can still win, which he can't. He's suggesting that the win is being stolen by a corrupt establishment, an impression which will be validated when his phony prediction turns out not to be true. Lying like this sets you up for stuff like happened over the weekend in Nevada.”

Mother Jones’ Kevin Drum: “Before this campaign, [Sanders] was a gadfly, he was a critic of the system, and he was a man of strong principles. He still is, but he's also obviously very, very bitter … By all objective measures he did way better than anyone expected and had far more influence than anyone thought he would, and he should feel good about that. Instead, he seems more angry and resentful with every passing day.”

The Atlantic’s Clare Foran: “As the Sanders campaign presses forward, it must carefully consider whether the senator’s ambition for a political revolution is a goal best achieved by actively stoking the anger of his supporters—and, in a sense, encouraging them to tear it all down.”
Bernie_Sanders  Nevada  violence 
may 2016 by Quercki
Bernie Sanders's war with Nevada Democrats, explained - Vox
This weekend's Nevada state convention wasn't the 1968 Democratic National Convention in Chicago — when antiwar activists nearly tore the city apart over a brokered presidential nomination — but you could be forgiven for mistaking it as such.

There were death threats against Democratic Party officials. There were chants decrying electoral fraud. A state party chair was forced to flee the convention floor amid shouted obscenities, a physical fight, and thrown chairs.

The scenes were so ugly that on Tuesday Bernie Sanders denied allegations from Nevada party officials that his supporters had demonstrated a "penchant for violence." But Sanders also endorsed the heart of the protesters' key grievances, likely intensifying their feeling that they had been cheated by Nevada officials.

"It is imperative that all state parties treat our campaign supporters with fairness," Sanders said in a statement. "That was not the case at the Nevada convention. At that convention the Democratic leadership used its power to prevent a fair and transparent process from taking place."
Bernie_Sanders  Nevada  violence 
may 2016 by Quercki
Gun Violence Archive
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The Gun Violence Archive is an online archive of gun violence incidents collected from over 1,500 media, law enforcement, government and commercial sources daily in an effort to provide near-real time data about the results of gun violence.

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Gun Violence Archive (GVA) is a not for profit corporation formed in 2013 to provide free online public access to accurate information about gun-related violence in the United States. GVA will collect and check for accuracy, comprehensive information about gun-related violence in the U.S. and then post and disseminate it online, primarily if not exclusively on this website and summary ledgers at www.facebook.com/gunviolencearchive. It is hoped that this information will inform and assist those engaged in discussions and activities concerning gun violence, including analysis of proposed regulations or legislation relating to gun safety usage.

GVA is not, by design an advocacy group. The mission of GVA is to document incidents of gun violence and gun crime to provide raw, verified data to those who need to use it in their research, advocacy or writing.
guns  violence  data  database  murder  statistics 
april 2016 by Quercki
The Kentucky gun owner who developed his own count of gun violence in the US | World news | The Guardian
“We have two rules at Gun Violence Archive,” Bryant said. “One is accuracy; that’s paramount. And the other is discretion.”

In some cases, categorizing an incident can be more difficult than confirming it happened. Bryant steers clear of race, an element included by other independent efforts to track aspects of gun violence, such as officer-involved shootings. Bryant also doesn’t want to get caught up in political debates that have nothing to do with guns, such as abortion. If a pregnant woman is shot and killed, for example, she counts as one death in the archive.

“To me, a life begins when you get a piece of paper with your name on it,” Bryant said.

Although the government keeps tabs on violent crime, it doesn’t track violence for the sake of understanding the role of guns. The FBI tracks violent crime and breaks down incidents by the type of weapon involved, such as knife or gun. But the data are reported by local law enforcement, and widely considered an incomplete assessment of gun violence. The most comprehensive government data on gunshot victims is maintained by the Centers for Disease Control.
gun  violence  data  database 
april 2016 by Quercki
Should Misbehaving Cops Be Shielded From Public Scrutiny? | L.A. Weekly
In the aftermath of a police shooting, the police hold a monopoly on information. In the case of the LAPD, the department's media relations section will generally issue a press release, in which cause and effect are not always clear.

"At this location the suspect's vehicle and the patrol vehicle collided and an officer-involved shooting occurred."

"One officer deployed a TASER device at the suspect and an officer-involved shooting occurred."

"The officers attempted to detain the suspect and an altercation occurred between the two officers and the suspect. During that physical altercation an Officer-Involved Shooting (OIS) occurred."

A week or two later, the department will release the name of any officers who fired shots, in accordance with a 2014 ruling from the California Supreme Court. Any further detail must wait nearly a year for a report from the Police Commission. That report omits the names of the officers — even the ones who have already been identified by the department — and substitutes Officer A, Officer B, etc.

The underlying investigation remains secret, as does the commission's deliberation about it.
police  violence  media  transparency  popups 
april 2016 by Quercki
Exclusive: Former Black Panther leader Elaine Brown files assault lawsuit against Oakland Councilwoman Desley Brooks - EastBayTimes.com
By David DeBolt, ddebolt@bayareanewsgroup.com
POSTED:   04/14/2016 08:12:16 PM PDT | UPDATED:   ABOUT 18 HOURS AGO

OAKLAND -- City Councilwoman Desley Brooks and the city were sued Thursday by a former Black Panther leader who claims the longtime elected official unleashed "a tsunami of criminal ... violent conduct" against her during an assault last fall and that the city has ignored Brooks' propensity for violent outbursts.

The $7 million lawsuit filed by Elaine Brown in Alameda County Superior Court alleges fresh details of an altercation on Oct. 30 between the two prominent Oakland figures inside Everett & Jones Barbecue, a restaurant near Jack London Square popular with city leaders.


Elaine Brown, former Black Panther Party chairman, speaks at an event at the Third Baptist Church in San Francisco, Calif., Sunday, Dec. 14, 2014. (Susan Tripp Pollard/Bay Area News Group) (SUSAN TRIPP POLLARD)
"This conduct shows a person who is totally out of control, void of reason and ... shows no sense of compassion," Brown's attorney, Charles Bonner, said Thursday. "In a civilized society, people do not act in this manner when they have a political disagreement. They reason with each and agree to disagree."

The lawsuit pits one strong advocate for the city's African-American community against another -- and each is considered a political firebrand. Brown, 71, led the Black Panthers from 1974 to 1977 and recently has worked on a plan to transform a West Oakland lot into a farm and affordable housing employing former prison inmates. Brooks, 54, has not shied away from controversy since joining the City Council in 2002 while fighting for her East Oakland district.
Desley_Brooks  Elaine_Brown  Black  Oakland  African-American  politics  violence 
april 2016 by Quercki
Rebecca Solnit: The Case of the Missing Perpetrator | Literary Hub
If detective fiction is the literature of disillusion, then there’s a much more common literature of illusion that aspires to deceive and distract rather than clarify.

A perfect recent example is the Center for Disease Control’s new and widely mocked guidelines to drinking. They are like a detective novel run backward—if you read them with conviction, you’d become muddled about what a woman is and how violence and pregnancy happen and who is involved in those things. On the other hand, if you read more carefully, you might know why the passive tense is so often a cover-up and that the missing subject in a circumlocutionary sentence is often the guilty party.

What is a woman? According to the CDC, all women are in danger of becoming pregnant. “Drinking too much can have many risks for women,” their chart tells us, and itemizes them for “any woman.” “Injuries/violence” top the list and “unintended pregnancy” brings up the rear. “Drinking too much can have risks for women including… any alcohol use for women who are pregnant or might be pregnant.” Medical professionals should “advise a woman to stop drinking if she is trying to get pregnant or not using birth control with sex.” This in a few deft, simple strokes reduces all women to fertile females in their breeding years who have what you might call exposure to fertile men. It denies the existence of many other kinds of women and the equal responsibility of at least one kind of man. Maybe it denies the existence of men, since women seem to get pregnant here as a consequence of consorting with booze, not boys.
CDC  Rebecca_Solnit  alcohol  pregnancy  violence  lies 
february 2016 by Quercki
Oakland investing millions in projects to help stem violence - San Francisco Chronicle
A slew of nonprofits and public agencies will share $6.37 million in taxpayer funding next year to curb violence in Oakland, mostly by providing jobs and social services in neighborhoods that are beset by crime.


The money derives from Measure Z, a parcel tax and parking surcharge that Oakland voters approved in November 2014 to improve public safety. It provides $24 million a year to help staff the Police Department and fund community-based violence-prevention programs. Organizations that competed for funding had to show they would steer youth and young adults into productive lives, while helping break a cycle of violence and trauma in Oakland.

Among the grant recipients was Youth Alive, a group that reaches out to youth in the hospital after they’ve been stabbed or shot, or right after they’ve been released from juvenile hall. It was awarded more than $1 million, the lion’s share of which will go toward a collaboration with Oakland California Youth Outreach, to mediate conflicts that erupt in the streets.

The Mentoring Center secured $620,000 in funds to provide intensive case management and conflict mediation, partly in conjunction with Communities United for Restorative Youth Justice. The Family Violence Law Center was granted $450,000 to help survivors of domestic violence and assist with restraining orders. The Center for Employment Opportunities received $320,000 in job-training funds for young adults, ages 18 to 35.

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Staff from the city’s Human Services Department — which has an arm called Oakland Unite that manages public safety funds — recommended awarding 30 grants in all, allocating the money to 24 nonprofit and public agencies, out of 44 that applied. The City Council approved those awards Tuesday.
Oakland  violence  budget  solutions 
december 2015 by Quercki
NLG Files Civil Rights Lawsuit Over Berkeley Police Brutality Against Black Lives Matter Protesters and Journalists : Indybay
The December 6 protest was a March Against State Violence calling for justice for Michael Brown, Eric Garner, and other unarmed Black people who have died at the hands of white police officers. "The march was largely peaceful," explained civil rights attorney Jim Chanin. "But the Berkeley Police assumed the worst and almost immediately began hitting people in an indiscriminate manner. This was illegal, and unnecessarily exacerbated tension between police and protesters. It showed a complete lack of appreciation for the fact that the demonstrators were exercising their constitutional right to speak out on very serious issues: police racist killings and the failure of our criminal justice system to hold officers accountable."

The lawsuit follows the recent revelation that Berkeley Police stop data shows a striking pattern of racial profiling against Black and Latino residents, with Blacks and Latinos far more likely than White Berkeleyites to be stopped and searched, and that those stops and searches were far more likely to be for no reason than stops of Whites. (See Berkeley Police Department Data Reveals Stark Racial Disparities)

The plaintiffs include a San Francisco Chronicle photographer, Sam Wolson, who was clubbed on the head as he knelt to take a photo. Wolson remarked that "I was really surprised and disappointed, by the whole situation. If you can't have media safely holding all parties accountable then the whole system breaks down."

Cindy Pincus, a minister, was also hit on the head as she bent down to help another woman who had fallen. "The response by police was so disproportionately violent to the peaceful gathering of protesters. We were indiscriminately beaten even as we tried to lawfully retreat. I suffered once; this is what our brown and black citizens suffer every day."

Cal student Nisa Dang was clubbed from behind while she was urging other demonstrators to be peaceful. Later that night, the police forced her and others to march from Berkeley to the Oakland border. "The officers hit and jabbed us with their batons and shot tear gas canisters at our backs to forcibly make us keep moving south. They didn't stop their violent tactics until we got to Oakland. Those of us who had been forced into Oakland then had to walk all the way back to Berkeley to return to the safety of our homes."

Curtis Johnson was visiting from Los Angeles and happened on the demonstration. "I had only been with the march for about ten minutes when I was shot in the knee with an impact munition," he said. "There was no warning." Mr. Johnson was shot by Hayward officers who were providing mutual aid to Berkeley.
BlackLivesMatter  Berkeley  police  violence  lawsuit 
november 2015 by Quercki
Berkeley, police sued over Black Lives Matter protest - SFGate
A group of protesters and journalists filed a federal civil rights lawsuit against the city of Berkeley on Sunday, claiming police used “malicious and oppressive” force when trying to quell a chaotic Black Lives Matter protest in December.
Eleven people, including a Berkeley city employee, several UC Berkeley students, a seminary student and a freelance photojournalist on assignment for The Chronicle, are seeking damages, saying police violated their First Amendment rights and injured them during the Dec. 6 protest.
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Berkeley city employee Moni Law, 55, one of the plaintiffs in the case, said an officer clubbed her in the back from behind while she urged demonstrators to step back from the police line.
“Just because you have a badge doesn’t mean you have a license to hurt people,” Law said at a news conference Monday in Berkeley announcing the lawsuit.
The suit, filed in San Francisco federal court by attorneys from the San Francisco Bay Area Chapter of the National Lawyers Guild, seeks unspecified damages from the city and police officials.
“Berkeley police responded brutally, clubbing peaceful protesters and journalists, often from behind, some in the head, indiscriminately and unnecessarily, and used profligate amounts of tear gas without justification,” attorneys for the plaintiffs wrote in the complaint.
Police arrested six people — including two mentioned in Sunday’s lawsuit — and said some demonstrators threw bricks, pipes, rocks and bottles at officers. One officer suffered a dislocated shoulder, police said shortly after the incident.
Scores of protests
Berkeley police officials declined to comment on the suit Monday.
The turbulent night through the streets of Berkeley came three days after a grand jury in New York declined to indict officers in the choke-hold death of Eric Garner and weeks after no charges were filed in the police killing of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Mo. The Berkeley demonstration came amid scores of protests throughout Oakland and San Francisco in late fall and winter.
Evan Sernoffsky is a San Francisco Chronicle staff writer. E-mail: esernoffsky@sfchronicle.com Twitter: @EvanSernoffsky
BlackLivesMatter  police  violence  lawsuit 
november 2015 by Quercki
Man beaten by Alameda County deputies in S.F. may lose use of arm - SFGate - Linkis.com
A man who was beaten with batons by two Alameda County sheriff’s deputies in a video-recorded arrest in San Francisco’s Mission District last week may permanently lose the use of at least one arm, said the city public defender’s office.
Stanislav Petrov, 29, had surgery Thursday to place metal rods and plates into his arms, which were crushed by the deputies’ batons in a beating that ignited public outcry and a criminal investigation.
Surveillance-camera footage showed the deputies, who have not been identified, tackling Petrov to the ground at the corner of Clinton Park and Stevenson Street around 2 a.m. Nov. 12. They punched him and then repeatedly clubbed him with their batons, even after he appeared to surrender with his hands on his head.
The video was released by the San Francisco public defender’s office after a concerned witness brought it to the office. Tamara Aparton, an office spokeswoman, said Thursday that Petrov, who is still at San Francisco General Hospital, may not regain the use of most of his fingers, as his joints and wrists were shattered in the beating.
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Sgt. J.D. Nelson, a spokesman for the Alameda County Sheriff’s Office, said the internal investigation that his agency launched after learning of the video is ongoing, with the deputies on paid administrative leave.
police  violence  Alameda  county  SF  20151119 
november 2015 by Quercki
‘Reminiscent of Rodney King': San Francisco cops investigated after video release of savage beating of man
A spokesman for the Alameda County Sheriff’s Office, Sgt. J.D. Nelson, attempted to excuse the vile behavior of the cops caught on video by claiming that the beating with police batons was the result of a 38-minute car chase; as if that would justify the cops’ actions.

Forwarding the police narrative, Nelson said deputies approached a man sitting in a stolen car at 1:30 a.m. on Thursday, at which time the man knocked down and injured one deputy while attempting to ram two police cruisers, disabling one. At this point the second officer was able to give chase in a damaged patrol car, Nelson said.

“Then we start on a 38-minute chase that went from San Leandro, to Oakland, through the streets of Oakland, onto the freeway, over the Bay Bridge and through downtown San Francisco and finally onto Stevenson Street, where the man crashes his car and gets out and starts running,” Nelson said.
To further attempt to justify the beat down, Nelson said that police believed the man was armed and that police recovered a gun, but didn’t know where the gun was found.

It must be noted that a common police tactic, used as a means of providing legitimacy for violent actions, is to carry “throw away” weapons. These weapons have their serial numbers removed, are concealable, and are often used in circumstances where disciplinary action would result. In essence, they’re a “get out of jail free” card for cops.

In addition to all the other excuses for beating the man with batons, the deputies claimed that they believed the man to be on drugs and that they were unsure what he was capable of doing, according to Nelson.
police  violence  Alameda  county  sheriff  20151113 
november 2015 by Quercki
Alameda County sheriff probes beating of man in S.F. seen in video - SFGate
The Alameda County sheriff launched an investigation Friday after a video showing two deputies tackling and beating a man on the ground in San Francisco’s Mission District went public, raising questions whether there was an excessive use of force.
The San Francisco Public Defender’s office released the video Friday night after witnesses to the arrest contacted them with concerns. Public Defender Jeff Adachi said the two deputies clearly used excessive force in an encounter that was “reminiscent of Rodney King.”
The video shows the deputies chasing after a man at the corner of Clinton Park and Stevenson Street at about 2:05 a.m. Thursday. One deputy jumps on the man, knocking him down, and goes on to punch him twice while he was still on the ground.
He gets off as the second deputy pulls out his baton, and uses it to strike the man on the head. The video jumps 10 seconds to both deputies using their batons on the man as he struggled on his knees and screamed for help.
The video jumps once more to show the man on his knees with his hands on his head, and one deputy pushing him to the ground so he and the other deputy could continue hitting him with their batons.
police  violence  Alameda  county  sheriff  20151113 
november 2015 by Quercki
5 facts exposing the media's lies about police shootings
Despite what the media would have you believe, 2015 is actually the safest year for police officers in 20 years. Meanwhile, police killings of citizens are at a 40-year high.

While citizens and social justice groups are seeking to curtail the trend of growing police brutality and state-sanctioned murder, police supporters around the country are seeking to debunk these reports with a combination of marketing, cherry-picked statistics, and misplaced nationalism formerly reserved for members of the military.

The following five graphics combined show how serious the problem of growing police violence has become, and explain the false-narrative that has been constructed to convince America to ignore the problem:
police  violence  media  data 
october 2015 by Quercki
How A Brutal Beating Became The Symbol Of Oakland's Gentrification Struggle - BuzzFeed News
In a recent interview with BuzzFeed News, Burris said his client spent two weeks in the hospital being treated for injuries to his face and head. “He’s also had a lot of equilibrium problems,” Burris said. “And there’s some issues with his teeth, which were loosened from being slammed.”
The security guard has been described by several witnesses and regular Whole Foods shoppers as a large glowering black man who wears sunglasses, a point some have pointed to to defuse racial tensions around the incident. “My sense is this isn’t a racial thing,” said Mirviss, the physician.
But Brooks, who also founded the Anti-Police Terror Project group in Oakland, connected the security guard’s alleged assault to broader patterns in and around her neighborhood. “It goes in line with the ways in which people of color are being pushed out of Oakland,” she said. “I moved into a black neighborhood five years ago. I’d now I say I live in a white neighborhood with black folks with it.”
Whole_Foods  Oakland  violence  beating  gentrification 
october 2015 by Quercki
FBI Report Says Americans Less Violent than Ever, Except for Police - Counter Current News
While violence among citizens has dropped, violence against citizens carried out by police has been rising sharply.

According to the FBI’s annual Uniform Crime Report, 461 felony suspects were shot by police last year, which is the highest number seen in decades. These numbers are likely unreported as well, and only includes felony suspects, so it is possible that this figure is much higher than the study suggests.

Another interesting angle is that in the same time period gun sales soared across the country, which seems to support the idea that more people owning guns actually contributes to making society a safer place.
violence  crime  police  links 
october 2015 by Quercki
NYPD steal black woman banker's BMW, commit her when she asks for it back / Boing Boing
Brock woke up inside the Harlem Hospital psychiatric ward. For eight days, doctors and medical staff repeatedly injected Brock with sedatives and forced her to take lorazepam and lithium after misdiagnosing her as bipolar and delusional. According to medical records, doctors also repeatedly attempted to coerce her into denying she owned a BMW, was a banker, and has President Barack Obama as a follower on Twitter.

But according to her lawsuit, Brock does own a BMW. She has worked at Citibank, Chase, and Astoria Bank. And the 32-year-old black woman with no history of mental illness actually does have President Obama as a follower on Twitter.

After eight days, doctors released Brock without giving her any explanation. She received a hospital bill for $13,637.10 even though Brock was misdiagnosed and held there against her will. Earlier this year, she filed a lawsuit against the city of New York, the unidentified police officers, and Harlem Hospital for violating her constitutional rights under the Fourth and 14th Amendments.

Given the fact that cops have the legal authority to shoot unarmed people, conduct body cavity searches without reasonable suspicion, detain journalists, and choke suspects to death, apparently throwing sane people into psych wards can now be added to the list.
BlackLivesMatter  police  violence  DWB 
october 2015 by Quercki
A New Way to Tackle Gun Deaths - The New York Times
Daniel Webster, a public health expert at Johns Hopkins University, notes that in 1999, the government listed the gun stores that had sold the most weapons later linked to crimes. The gun store at the top of the list was so embarrassed that it voluntarily took measures to reduce its use by criminals — and the rate at which new guns from the store were diverted to crime dropped 77 percent.

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But in 2003, Congress barred the government from publishing such information.

Why is Congress enabling pipelines of guns to criminals?
guns  solutions  murder  violence 
october 2015 by Quercki
County supervisors OK Urban Shield funding despite opposition | News | PleasantonWeekly.com |
About $2 million of that pot of money helps pay for Urban Shield, a program that the Alameda County Sheriff's Office has hosted for nine years that trains law enforcement officers, firefighters and paramedics on how to respond to natural disasters as well as man-made disasters such as explosions

and mass shootings.

Members of Stop Urban Shield and other groups urged the Board of Supervisors to stop funding the training event, alleging that it emphasizes SWAT teams as the response to emergencies and focuses of worst-case violent scenarios.

Brian Hofer of the Oakland Privacy Working Group said he believes Urban Shield is really "a war games exercise" that stresses assassination game scenarios.

But the board still voted to approve the increase in funds, which Ahern said represent "a regional approach to shared risk and risk mitigation directly related to terrorism and disaster preparedness."

After the meeting, Hofer and other Urban Shield opponents said they will now focus on urging city councils in Alameda County, including those in Berkeley and Oakland, not to allow police officers in their cities to attend Urban Shield unless de-escalation and negotiation techniques are emphasized over assault practice drills.
Urban_Shield  police  violence 
october 2015 by Quercki
Artist Shot, Killed While Working on West Oakland Community Mural | KQED Arts
Ramos was painting a mural sponsored by the Attitudinal Healing Connection of Oakland (AHC), a nonprofit dedicated to building healthy communities by breaking cycles of violence through arts, creativity and education. Through their Oakland Superheroes Mural Project, AHC pairs professional muralists with local middle school students to design and execute murals inspired by envisioning the students as superheroes.


Sketch for a portion of the West St. mural. (Courtesy: Attitudinal Healing Connection of Oakland)
According to AHC Executive Director Amana Harris, Ramos was “a really good kid who loved art” and was a victim of the violence he sought to end through his work.

Fellow muralist Frederick Alvarado, who worked with Ramos on the first Oakland Superheroes Mural Project, remembers him as a “good fellow” who loved skateboarding and crabbing at night.
Oakland  shooting  mural  violence 
september 2015 by Quercki
The pope should not grant sainthood to a brutal missionary | Rose Aguilar | Comment is free | The Guardian
Under Serra’s leadership, soldiers violently captured California’s Native Americans, forced them into labor and imprisoned them until they died. According to Castillo’s exhaustive research, they were beaten, flogged and placed in shackles that didn’t allow them to bend their knees for days. If they grieved over the loss of loved ones, they were whipped. Mothers who had miscarriages were not allowed to mourn; instead, they were accused of having abortions and then forced to hold a carved figure of an infant while standing outside of a mission church.

“Women are never whipped in public, but in an enclosed and somewhat distant place that their cries may not excite a too lively compassion, which might cause the men to revolt,” wrote a shocked French admiral Captain Jean-Francois de Galaup during a visit to Mission Carmel in 1786.

Castillo estimates that very few Californians today are aware of this brutal history, which he says has been “deliberately falsified by the state of California.” Fourth graders are taught that Serra was a peaceful man who cared for the indigenous population. Tourists who visit the state’s missions learn that Serra’s relationship with Native Americans was based on mutual respect.


Junípero Serra's brutal story in spotlight as pope prepares for canonisation
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Seeing Serra glorified on historical monuments, school, highway and road signs, and statues, including one inside of the United States Capitol building, is a painful reminder for Native Americans of this tragic history. In May, Pope Francis referred to Serra as “one of the founding fathers of the United States.” How can this be when hundreds of thousands of people lived here for generations before he arrived?

To see Serra canonized will only deepen generations of trauma among Native Americans. “It is an illness that persists in many of our tribal members today,” writes Valentin Lopez, Chair of the Amah Mutsun Tribal Band of the Coastanoan/Ohlone people in the forward of Cross of Thorns. “Issues of alcoholism, drug addiction, suicide and poverty among our people are directly linked to this history.”
Junipero_Serra  violence  Native_American 
september 2015 by Quercki
1 Black Man Is Killed Every 28 Hours by Police or Vigilantes: America Is Perpetually at War with Its Own People | Alternet
Police officers, security guards, or self-appointed vigilantes extrajudicially killed at least 313 African Americans in 2012 according to a recent study. This means a black person was killed by a security officer every 28 hours. The report notes that it's possible that the real number could be much higher.  

The report, entitled "Operation Ghetto Storm", was performed by the Malcolm X Grassroots Movement, an antiracist grassroots activist organization. The organization has chapters in Atlanta, Detroit, Fort Worth-Dallas, Jackson, New Orleans, New York City, Oakland, and Washington, D.C. It has a history of organizing campaigns against police brutality and state repression in black and brown communities. Their study's sources included police and media reports along with other publicly available information. Last year, the organization published a similar study showing that a black person is killed by security forces every 36 hours. However, this study did not tell the whole story, as it only looked at shootings from January to June 2012. Their latest study is an update of this. 
BlackLivesMatter  killing  black  men  police  violence  murder  African-american 
september 2015 by Quercki
Mental health first aid
Mental Health First Aid — a public education campaign that teaches community members how to identify, understand and respond to signs of mental illness and substance use disorders before problems become crises. Since then, as a volunteer with CPSA, he has taught the 12-hour course more than a dozen times, sharing the program's message with members of his church, high school students, Indian Health Service staff and others.
The goal isn't to train people to be mental health experts or encourage them to make diagnoses, Lange emphasizes. Instead, he says, the program teaches them to be alert to "little red flags going up" and then offer help.
"We're more of a bridge, just like CPR or first aid," says Lange. "If someone has a cut, you give them immediate attention, then make sure they get professional help."
Originally developed in Australia, Mental Health First Aid is now being adopted in some parts of the United States and other countries around the world. President Barack Obama's plan to reduce gun violence calls for providing Mental Health First Aid training to teachers and other adults who interact with young people. Legislation introduced in Congress earlier this year would also support Mental Health First Aid implementation. And while some psychologists have questioned whether the training's evidence base is as robust as it should be, initial evaluations have shown that the program effectively reduces stigma, increases knowledge of mental illness and boosts confidence about responding appropriately to an emerging problem or a crisis. More wide-scale evaluations are underway.
mental  health  first_aid  emergency  emergencypreparedness  police  violence 
september 2015 by Quercki
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