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Utah police now responsible for more killings than street gangs and drug dealers

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Police officers have been responsible for more homicides in the state of Utah since 2010 than gangs or drug dealers, a new report has revealed.

Of the nearly 300 homicides in the state in the past five years, from the beginning of 2010 through October 2014, Utah police have killed 45 of those victims, or 15 percent, according to a review of records - ranging from media reports and crime statistics to medical-examiner and court documents - by the Salt Lake Tribune. Police account for more killings than gangs, drug dealers or from child abuse, the newspaper reported, but less than spouse or dating-partner fatalities.

A fatal police shooting that occurred on Saturday was not counted and remains under investigation, the Tribune reported.

"The numbers reflect that there could be an issue, and it's going to take a deeper understanding of these shootings," said Chris Gebhardt, a former police lieutenant and sergeant who worked in Washington, DC and Utah. "It definitely can't be written off as citizen groups being upset with law enforcement."

Comment: There is no "could be", it definitely is an issue.

In addition, almost all uses of deadly force by police have gone unpunished by county prosecutors across the state. Only one fatal police shooting since 2010 was ruled unjustified - but that criminal charge was later dropped by a judge.

Comment: Goon cops have gone wild all over America.


"Why they need us": Terror attack on Britain 'inevitable'

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Britain faces an "almost inevitable" terror attack by radicalized fanatics who have recently been "militarized" by the Islamic State (formerly ISIS), top security and police officials warn.

In separate speeches on Monday, both Home Secretary Theresa May and senior Metropolitan Police officials said the terror threat posed by jihadists who have returned to Britain from Iraq and Syria is the most serious the nation has ever faced.

Comment: Call it blowback from NATO's own terrorist activity. But the threat of terrorism is required to keep the wars going.

Speaking to MPs, May warned Britain faces the most serious threat to its security from prospective terrorists since before or after the September 11 attacks on the US in 2001.

Possible terror attacks could manifest as a 'lone wolf' beheading in a public street or crowded shopping center - or as a crude, homemade bomb made from fertilizer.

Comment: Interesting scenarios. Could practice drills be in the planning?

These most recent warnings echo the cautionary words of top security personnel, who earlier this month told parliament the state's levels of terrorist activity are so acute that a terror attack in the near future is almost certain.

Comment: If the increased security measures fail to be as strong as the powers-that-be want them, you can be sure there will be a "terrorist attack" to hammer home why these security measures are needed.


#TangoDown: Anonymous closes Cleveland City government website over 12yo shooting death

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The Hacktivist collective Anonymous have launched an attack on the official site for the City of Cleveland after 12-year-old Temir Rice was shot dead by local police for carrying a BB gun.

In a video released on Monday, Anonymous lambasts Cleveland City Police, whose alleged inability to train their officers properly is said to have led to the tragedy.

"This rookie officer apparently was not trained. The police department he works for is to blame for this lack of appropriate training. Officers are equipped with many non-lethal options such as Taser guns. Why did he not use a Taser on this child? Shooting him in cold blood was not necessary with these non-lethal options available," a statement from the collective said.

Comment: This shooting is another tragic incident involving police use of excessive force. Will shutting down Cleveland's website change anything?

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Sydney mother charged with trying to kill baby left in drain

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This photo released by New South Wales Police shows a newborn baby who was found Sunday, Nov. 23, 2014 abandoned in a drain in the Sydney suburb of Quakers Hill, Australia.
A 30-year-old Sydney mother has been charged with trying to kill her newborn son by abandoning him in a roadside drain for five days before passers-by heard his cries, police said Monday.

The week-old baby was in serious but stable condition in Westmead Children's Hospital a day after cyclists found him in a 2.5-meter (8-foot) deep drain beside the M7 Motorway in the suburb of Quakers Hill, police said in a statement.

His mother, Saifale Nai, did not appear in court to answer the attempted murder charge. Her lawyer did not enter a plea and the magistrate formally refused her bail.

Nai will remain in custody until her next court appearance on Friday. She would face a potential maximum sentence of 25 years in prison if convicted.

"Police will allege the baby, believed to have been born on Monday (Nov. 17), was placed into the drain on Tuesday," the police statement said.

Andrew Pesce, a gynecologist, obstetrician and former president of the Australian Medical Association, said such an ordeal could leave a newborn with long-term problems such as brain damage.

"There would still have to be some concerns about the baby," Pesce said.
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Classic psychopathic thinking: Michael Eric Dyson exposes Giuliani

Michael Eric Dyson and Rudy Giuliani appear on NBC (screen grab)
During Sunday's Meet the Press, former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani and Georgetown Professor Michael Eric Dyson got into a racially charged shouting match over black-on-black crime statistics, culminating with charges of "white supremacy" by Dyson.

The conversation centered around race relations, crime, and police officers' actions in light of the situation in Ferguson. Host Chuck Todd showed an infographic noting various U.S. cities that have a disproportionate number of white police officers to black citizens and remarked how that could lead to many of those cities becoming "future Fergusons."

Giuliani took exception to the focus of this report and pointed out the pink elephant in the room. "I find it very disappointing," he said, "that you are not discussing the fact that 93 percent of blacks in America are killed by other blacks... I would like to see the attention paid to that that you are paying to this and the solutions to that."

Comment: Maybe not so much "white supremacy" but rather a case of psychopathic thinking by blaming the victim in order to carry out the militarization of the police force. Also notice Giuliani refuses to address the discussion topic directly but deflects the focus to a different topic.


Vox Populi: Anti-Putin propaganda not working; just read the reader comments!

There's a reason people love Putin. In fact, there are many! See below for just a few.
Anyone who follows the news regularly, knows that the media has done everything in its power to smear Vladimir Putin and to demonize him as a tyrant and a thug. Fortunately, most people aren't buying it.

Yes, I've seen the polls that say that Putin and Russia are viewed "less favorably" than they were prior to the crisis in Ukraine. In fact, here's a clip from a recent PEW survey which seems to prove that I'm wrong:
"Across the 44 countries surveyed, a median percentage of 43% have unfavorable opinions of Russia, compared with 34% who are positive.

Negative ratings of Russia have increased significantly since 2013 in 20 of the 36 countries surveyed...

Americans and Europeans in particular have soured on Russia over the past 12 months. More than six-in-ten in Poland, Germany, Italy, Spain, France, the U.S. and the UK have an unfavorable image of Russia. And in all but one of these countries negative reviews are up by double digits since last year, including by 29 percentage points in the U.S., 27 points in Poland, 24 points in the UK and 23 points in Spain." (Russia's Global Image Negative amid Crisis in Ukraine: Americans' and Europeans' Views Sour Dramatically, PEW Research)
These results strongly suggest that the public blames Moscow for the fighting in Ukraine and (presumably) agrees with the prevailing storyline that Putin is a vicious aggressor who seized Crimea in order to rebuild the Soviet Empire. The problem with the PEW survey is that the results are based random samples of nationwide face-to-face or telephone interviews.

Why is that a problem?

Comment: It's heartening to know that people are seeing through the anti-Putin bullshit that's everywhere these days. For people with a conscience, it's hard not to feel responsible for the dirt and slime thrown at Putin daily. So show your support: comment, write, talk. Show the lying bastards we're not going to take it anymore. And if you feel like we do, take a moment to show your support for what Putin's doing by signing: Dear Putin.

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U.S. rapper faces life in prison for album cover

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Like countless artists before him, San Diego-based rapper Brandon Duncan's new album features a picture of a gun and bullets on its front cover. However Duncan, who raps under the name Tiny Doo, could be the first artist to go to jail for his choice of album art.

Duncan faces 25-years-to-life on gang conspiracy charges brought against him this week, according to the Los Angeles Times.

Prosecutors will reportedly look to prove that the album art "willfully promotes, furthers, or assists in any felonious criminal conduct by members of that gang."

"That gang" refers to the San Diego Lincoln Park gang, of which Duncan is a member, according to San Diego police. According to the Times, at least 15 Lincoln Park gang members have been charged in a recent string of shootings in the city.

Yet Duncan's attorney, Brian Watkins, told the paper that his client is innocent and the evidence against him insufficient.

"It's no different than Snoop Dogg or Tupac," Watkins said. "It's telling the story of street life. If we are trying to criminalize artistic expression, what's next, Brian DePalma and Al Pacino?"

Citizen warns that 12-yr-old child's toy gun on playground is FAKE, cops shoot and kill child anyway

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The person who called 911 on the boy CLEARLY WARNED the dispatcher that the child's toy gun was "fake." Despite this warning, police shot and killed the boy. Listen to the audio below.

Cleveland, Ohio - A rookie police officer has just shot a 12-yr-old child to death on a playground.

The child was playing with a toy BB gun.

Police claim that the toy looked real and that they were "forced" to shoot the child.

However, the community and the boy's family say that the cops were trigger-happy.

They believe that the cops were trigger-happy for several reasons:

1) The citizen who called 911 on the boy clearly warned the dispatcher that child's toy gun was fake(raw recording below). This means that warning was given ahead of time from which any reasonably sane and intelligent person can extract two facts: (a) we are dealing with just a child, not an adult, and (b) the child's toy is fake.

2) The boy did not act aggressively toward the police - there was no verbal or physical confrontation. He never at any time pointed the toy at officers. He was merely playing on the playground.

Home-school parents tasered, pepper-sprayed, handcuffed, for "messy house" as kids watched

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Nodaway County, Missouri - Last week, Jason and Laura Hagan, of New Hampton, Missouri filed a lawsuit against the Nodaway County Police for a SWAT team raid against their family, where tasers and pepper spray were used by the invading officers. The lawsuit is the newest fight in the family's lengthy legal battle with the county over the raid, which took place in 2011.

The case began years ago when Child Protection Services (CPS) agents were sent to the home because they were homeschooling their children and they reportedly had a "messy house."

According to the complaint filed last week, the family was harassed by CPS agents on multiple occasions and one day, they refused to let the agents inside their home. The agent then called Chief Sheriff's Deputy David Glidden and Sheriff Darren White of the Nodaway County police department.

When the officers arrived at the home they were told by Jason Hagan that they were not allowed to enter his property without a court order. Glidden responded by forcing his way into the home and spraying both Jason and Laura in the face with pepper spray.

Next, Glidden uses his taser on Jason, shooting him in the back with the weapon. Horrified, Laura shut the door to separate herself and her husband from the officer, who triggered the taser 3 more times through the closed door, as the barbs were still stuck inside of Jason.

Bighorn sheep escapes its captors at Los Angeles zoo, only to be hit by car

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A bighorn sheep escaped from the Los Angeles Zoo at Griffith Park on Saturday and dashed around the hills in the park for hours before it ended up on a residential street where it was struck by a car and died, a zoo spokeswoman said.

The sheep got free from its enclosure and darted through an area where zoo visitors were gathered. It escaped the zoo, probably by jumping a fence, and scampered around the hills of the park, said zoo spokeswoman April Spurlock.

The animal was loose for about three hours before it was struck by a car on a residential street near the Greek Theatre, she said. The concert venue is about 2 miles southwest of the zoo, on the other side of Griffith Park.

Comment: This is one of the unfortunate consequences of keeping animals penned up in confined spaces - it's a prison for them. Recently zoo animals are becoming rebellious and some are turning on their captors. Perhaps these incidences are symbolic of the human population that is becoming fed up with the ever spiraling control of their psychopathic masters.