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Militarization of American police: Wyoming sheriff says grenade launcher needed for riot control in 25-inmate jail

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The Goshen County, Wy. Sheriff's Office owns a 1327 40mm Single Launcher
Sheriff Don Murphy told the Casper Star-Tribune that the county bought the grenade launcher from Wyoming weapons manufacturer Defense Technology.

"We would use it in situations when less-lethal force is justified to get the situation under control," Lt. Jeremy Wardell said. "That tool gives us an option not to use lethal force."

Wardell said the weapon is similar to pepper spray or a Taser. Officials said deputies could use the launcher to fire tear gas in a hostage situation. But Goshen County has not had a large fight or break out in 15 years, according to Wardell, who oversees the jail.

The riot-control weapons provide temporary incapacitation through blunt trauma, according to the Federation of American Scientists. The 40-millimeter weapon files a single grenade.

Comment: Police forces across America no longer serve communities as peace officers. Communities are their enemy!


Liberia: Life at the epicenter of the Ebola outbreak

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Health workers in Liberia haul away the body of a person suspected of dying of Ebola.
As of this week, the Ebola outbreak in West Africa is known to have infected more than 5,700 people and taken more than 2,700 lives. Yet those figures could be dwarfed in the coming months if the virus is left unchecked. On Tuesday, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported that the total number of infections could reach 1.4 million in Liberia and Sierra Leone by January 2015. Though cases have been reported in five countries, nowhere has been harder hit than Liberia, where more than half of the Ebola-related deaths have occurred.

The outbreak has crippled Liberia's economy. Its neighbors have sealed their borders and shipping has all but ceased, causing food and gas prices to skyrocket. Schools and businesses have closed down, and the country's already meager health care system has been taxed to the breaking point. Meanwhile, as panic grips the country, crime has risen steadily and some reports suggest that Liberia's security forces are among the perpetrators. To get a picture of how dire the situation is on the ground, we got in touch with Abel Welwean, a journalist and researcher who lives outside of Monrovia. He conducted a handful of interviews with Liberians in his neighborhood in the second week of September and also provided his own harrowing story of what life is like in the country.

Italy stages Ebola evacuation drills - Las Vegas nurses union says U.S. not ready, an outbreak would be 'pure pandemonium'

The patient, a slight woman in her 30s, lay motionless on the stretcher as a half-dozen men in biohazard suits transferred her from a C-27J cargo plane into an ambulance and then into a mobile hospital isolation ward, never once breaking the plastic seal encasing her. The exercise put on Wednesday was just a simulation of the procedures that would be used to evacuate an Ebola patient to Italy. But for Italian military, Red Cross and health care workers, it offered essential experience, especially for those on the front lines of the country's sea-rescue operation involving thousands of African migrants who arrive here every day in smugglers' boats. Italian authorities and medical experts insist that the risk of Ebola spreading from Africa to Europe is small, given that the virus only spreads by direct contact with infected blood or other bodily fluids. They say Italy's first case of Ebola will probably be an Italian doctor or missionary who contracts the disease while caring for patients in Liberia, Sierra Leone or Guinea - the three hardest-hit countries - and is airlifted home for treatment.

Yet concern runs high: EU health ministers who met this week in Milan spent an entire session discussing Ebola and the EU. They concluded that, while the risk of the disease coming to Europe is low, the EU must improve coordination and prevention measures to better diagnose, transport and treat suspected cases. "There is an emergency," said Dr. Natale Ceccarelli, who heads the infirmary at the Pratica di Mare air force base south of Rome, where the training course was staged. "If one person is infected, he infects everyone."

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Livestock incinerator imported from Europe to cremate corpses from Ebola plague - 'I've never seen this amount of bodies before'

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MSF staff prepare to carry a woman into the Ebola clinic in Monrovia, Liberia.
Scale of Ebola outbreak in Western Africa leaves staff of frontline health agency with grim decisions over who to treat and who to turn away

Like every other volunteer who serves with Médecins Sans Frontières, Stefan Liljegren joined up to help the sick and destitute. In 15 years with the agency, he has been everywhere from Afghanistan and Kosovo through to South Sudan and East Timor, the hard and often dangerous work compensated for by the knowledge that he is saving lives.

His latest mission, in Ebola-hit Liberia, offers rather less job satisfaction. As field co-ordinator of MSF's new 160-bed Ebola treatment centre in the capital, Monrovia, one of his tasks is to decide which of the sick people who arrive outside the clinic's gates should get treatment. Such is the scale of the outbreak that for every 20-30 new patients the clinic admits each day, the same number are often turned away - despite the likelihood that they will go home and infect their relatives.

"This is by far the most difficult challenge that I have ever faced," the 44-year-old Swede told The Telegraph during a brief break from his work in the sweltering humidity of Liberia's monsoon season. "Every day I have been faced with impossible choices, and decisions that are inhuman to make. Having to tell someone that they can't come in when they are screaming and begging to do so is an indescribable feeling, especially when you know they may go back to families who might well then get sick themselves."

Outside the clinic an hour earlier, a grisly scene demonstrated Mr Liljegren's point. Resting face down in the mud was the body of Dauda Konneh, 42. He had been lying there dead since daybreak.

"He was vomiting a lot and had symptoms like Ebola, so we put him in a pick-up truck and took him here for treatment," said one young man outside. "When we got here last night, he was still alive, but the clinic would not accept him. He died at dawn today."



1000 nurses and health care workers stage protest in Las Vegas: 'Ebola could easily come to our shores and we are not ready!'

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Nurses protest along Las Vegas Boulevard Wednesday, Sept. 24, 2014
Hundreds of nurses have staged a protest rally in Las Vegas, Nevada, warning that US hospitals aren't ready for an Ebola outbreak and demanding more action by authorities against a possible epidemic in the US.

About 1,000 nurses and healthcare workers attended the Planet Nurse convention on Wednesday, chanting slogans to raise awareness about the increasing danger and death from Ebola.

The protesters highlighted the lack of training, equipment and isolation rooms where suspected Ebola-infected patients in the US could be quarantined. They also took part in what they called a "die-in" by laying on the ground in imitation of dying Ebola victims.

Ebola "can easily come to our shores, and we're not ready," said Julia Scott, a registered nurse from Largo Medical Center in Florida who was attending the rally.

Comment: And it is because no one will be able to help you when Ebola hits your community that it is of utmost importance that you educate yourself as much as possible about this horrifying epidemic. Your knowledge might save your life or that of a loved one one day:

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LAPD Cops busted, laughing and "fistbumping" as they handcuffed nurse

Several Los Angeles police officers are under investigation after being caught on camera beating and repeatedly body-slamming a woman during what was a routine traffic stop in Tujunga.

Surveillance footage of the incident was first obtained by local NBC LA. It shows the officers pushing her into a squad car, then giving congratulatory fist bumps to each other, celebrating their abuse of the woman.

The woman, Michelle Jordan, is a 34-year-old mother and registered nurse who is from Sunland, California. She went public Tuesday, opening up about her experience. Now she is filing a personal complaint against the officers, according to local KTLA.

Sources from within LAPD tell the Los Angeles Times that Jordan was pulled over at a Del Taco restaurant because officers saw her talking on a cellphone while driving. Officials then claim that Jordan defied the officers' orders to remain in her car and began challenging them, according to the Times.

The officers then arrested her, slamming her body to the ground twice. Jordan's lawyer, Arthur Corona, described her a "defenseless woman in a sundress" and asks why officers felt the need to use such aggressive means against his client.

Sy Nafiz, another attorneys for Jordan, said "If anyone on the street attacked an innocent woman, they would be in jail. We expect the LAPD officers to be held to the same standard."

Grand Jury declines to indict officers involved in fatal shooting of man in Walmart

John Crawford III
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This undated photo provided by the family of John Crawford III shows Crawford, right, with his mother, Tressa Sherrod.
Announcement comes after Ohio grand jury declines to indict the two police officers involved in killing of John Crawford III

The US government is to review the fatal police shooting of a man carrying a BB rifle in a Walmart store in Ohio, after a grand jury in the state declined to indict the officers involved.

The Justice Department's civil rights division and the FBI will carry out a "thorough and independent review of the evidence" relating to the death of John Crawford III in Beavercreek last month, it was announced on Wednesday.

Carter Stewart, the US attorney for the southern district of Ohio, said in a statement that authorities would "take appropriate action if the evidence indicates a prosecutable violation of federal criminal civil rights statutes".

The announcement came soon after a request from Ohio's governor, John Kasich, and attorney general, Mike DeWine, for the federal authorities to review the case. An attorney for Crawford's family described the decision not to bring charges in the case as "absolutely incomprehensible".

A special grand jury in Greene County announced on Wednesday that it would not indict the officers involved in shooting Crawford in the Walmart in the suburb of Dayton, on the evening of August 5.

"Now that the state criminal investigation has finished, it is an appropriate time for the United States Department of Justice to look into whether any federal laws were violated during this shooting," DeWine said in a statement.

The grand jury considered charges of murder, reckless homicide and negligent homicide, according to special prosecutor Mark Piepmeier. It heard from 18 witnesses and watched surveillance footage of the incident recorded inside the store.

Kasich, the Ohio governor, said in his own statement after the decision: "After talking with the attorney general and watching the video myself, I agree with his decision that a review by the US department of justice is appropriate."

Michael Wright, the attorney for Crawford's family, said in a statement on Wednesday that they were "disappointed, disgusted and confused". He said: "They are heartbroken that justice was not done in the tragic death of their only son."

'Flood Wall Street' ends with mass arrests of protesters

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New York City police officers arrest a man taking part in the Flood Wall Street demonstration in Lower Manhattan, New York September 22, 2014.
Just one day after the world's largest climate-related protest, thousands of more rebellious activists risked detainment to shut down part of New York City's financial district to demand action against global warming. More than 100 people were arrested.

United under the "Flood Wall Street" banner, some 2,000 demonstrators streamed into New York's financial district Monday afternoon and promptly sat down in the streets. The sit-in, which organizers said was aimed at confronting "corporate polluters and those profiting from the fossil fuel industry,"completely shut down traffic in the area for nearly eight hours.

Around 7:30 p.m., the New York Police Department (NYPD) began arresting protesters en masse and charging them with disorderly conduct. Earlier in the day, several arrests were made, with one witness telling RT pepper spray was used in at least one circumstance.
Multiple people are being arrested at once now #FloodWallStreet

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Activists, many of whom took part in the Occupy Wall Street protests three years ago, did not have a permit for the demonstration from the NYPD, meaning they risked arrest for participating. National Lawyers Guild members sprinkled through the crowd handed out legal advice to those at the scene, taking down names and even helping people set aside bail money.

Comment: While it's always good to see people express their first amendment rights, these individuals need to get up to date on the what's really happening with climate change. The world is cooling, NOT warming:

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Seattle to fine residents, businesses for wasting too much food - Good idea!

Seattle wants its residents to compost food scraps so much the city will begin fining homes, apartment buildings and businesses that throw away too much food mixed with their garbage, according to new rules passed by the city council.

Starting in January, trash collectors "can take a cursory look each time they dump trash into a garbage truck," the Seattle Times reported. From the start of the year until the end of June, residents whose trash consists of at least 10 percent food waste or certain paper products will receive a warning from Seattle Public Utilities (SPU), the Associated Press said.

On July 1, the fines will begin.

Single-family homes will face a $1 fine on their next garbage bill if they don't comply with the new rules. Trash collectors will enter the violation into a computer system their trucks already carry, and will leave a ticket explaining the details of the fine on the garbage bin.

Comment: The huge amount of food that are thrown away every day while people are starving in our world is a disgrace. It's time people were reminded of that.


American Justice: NYC man wrongfully imprisoned for 23 years dies days before false imprisonment lawsuit begins

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A New York City man who served 23 years in prison for a crime he did not commit died unexpectedly over the weekend only three days before proceedings were slated to begin concerning his $124 million false imprisonment federal lawsuit.

William Lopez, 55, died on Sunday from an asthma attack, his lawyer told reporters this week. A pre-motion conference pertaining to his case had been scheduled for Monday, and proceedings were set to begin on Tuesday; the hearings have since been postponed until a representative could be appointed to the estate, attorney Dennis Kelly told the Associated Press.

Lopez served nearly a quarter-century in prison for murder before a judge threw out the conviction in January 2013 and said the case had been "rotten from Day 1."

"[W]hat is far from close in the court's view is that Lopez has been wronged by the State of New York,"Judge Nicolas Garaufis said early last year, citing in his 57-page decision, among other contributing factors, "an overzealous and deceitful trial prosecutor," "a series of indolent and ill-prepared defense attorneys" and "a bewildering jury verdict."

"In short, the prosecution's evidence was flimsy to begin with and has since been reduced to rubble,"Judge Garaufis wrote. "The result is that a likely innocent man has been in prison for over 23 years. He should be released with the State's apology."