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Another in a long list: Man tased by California police dies during struggle with officers

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A man has died after Pasadena, California police officers tased him twice and used physical force during an early Friday morning callout that he requested himself.

Reginald Thomas, 36, dialed 911 for help, according to Shainie Lindsay, the mother of four of Thomas' children who has another on the way.

Thomas was "dysfunctional," suffered from bipolar disorder and had multiple interactions with the police before, according to Lindsay, but in this instance: "He called the police on himself. He wanted help," said Lindsay to KTLA.

Comment: Read more on the effects of tasers:

Bad Guys

Witness to El Cajon protest says police shot at and tear gassed innocent bystanders

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As Thursday's protest in California ended with police firing pepper balls at demonstrators, RT talked to a witness who says it was a beanbag used by law enforcers which caused the large bruise on her face. Next time, she will not be just a bystander, Richelle Washabaugh said.

Protests have been ongoing in El Cajon, San Diego County, since Wednesday, after it emerged that a police officer fatally shot 38-year-old Alfred Olango, an unarmed black man with an apparent history of mental health problems. On Thursday night, police used pepper balls on another small rally and detained two men, after the crowd started throwing glass bottles at the officers.

RT spoke with Richelle Washabaugh, a woman who was in the area on Thursday night. Richelle says she and her friends had no part in the protests, but nevertheless were set upon by police officers. Richelle was hit by a so-called 'bean bag', a police baton round considered less harmful than rubber bullets but that can still cause damage.

Comment: Man behaving 'erratically' killed by El Cajon police near San Diego


No aid with maternity or abortions: Most state laws drive families with children to poverty - report

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Nearly all state lawmakers not only limit women's reproductive rights to abortion but deny their residents paid family and medical leave, and paid sick days, according to new analysis. Those policies drive 13 percent of US families with a new born into poverty, which disproportionately affects women of color.

"When a woman who was denied abortion coverage cannot keep her job because her employer refuses to make reasonable accommodation for her pregnancy - no paid sick day for prenatal appointments or well-baby care - no paid family and medical leave to use after giving birth - the deck is truly stacked against her," said Debra L. Ness, President, National Partnership for Women & Families in a released statement.

The state-by-state report is issued to coincide with the 40th anniversary of the Hyde Amendment, a federal law which prevents taxpayer funding of abortions in federal health programs. The law is renewed every year by both Republican and Democratic presidents.

Comment: Republican vice presidential candidate Mike Pence has said that Roe v Wade, the 1973 Supreme Court decision that legalized abortion in the US, will be overturned should Donald Trump become president.

Trump said in April that he would support a ban on abortion, but with some exceptions for victims of rape and to save the life of a mother. A month prior, however, he had said that a woman who undergoes an abortion should receive some kind of punishment.

Evil Rays

Nonlethal weapons touted for use on citizens: Air Force secretary says they should be used for domestic crowd control

Nonlethal weapons such as high-power microwave devices should be used on American citizens in crowd-control situations before they are used on the battlefield, the Air Force secretary said Tuesday.

Domestic use would make it easier to avoid questions in the international community over any possible safety concerns, said Secretary Michael Wynne.

"If we're not willing to use it here against our fellow citizens, then we should not be willing to use it in a wartime situation," said Wynne. "(Because) if I hit somebody with a nonlethal weapon and they claim that it injured them in a way that was not intended, I think that I would be vilified in the world press."

Comment: Maybe nonlethal weapons are not so nonlethal.

The microwave drug: The effects of Electromagnetic Radiation

Arrow Down

Only one month into the school year and cops have already tasered at least four children

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At least four students have been tased by police officers just over a month into the school year, adding their cases to some worrisome statistics: Since 2011, nearly 100 US children have been tased by school-based officers.

An electroshock weapon was last used on a 15-year old student at Middleton High School in Wisconsin on September 22. The teenager reportedly spotted people he knew trying to enter the school during lunch time. He became agitated and got into a fight with the group, with whom he'd previously had problems. Police tried to break up the fight and at one point, one of the officers shocked the 15-year-old with a Taser.

Weeks before that case, a school-based police officer tased two female students when deputies at a Florida high school tried to break up a fight.

Comment: As the article states, there could be far more incidences, as both police and school officials have been known to try to keep such events quiet by threatening students for speaking out, and erasing student recordings of police violence.

Terrorizing students: The US Police State and the criminalization of children


El Cajon police release video footage of cops gunning down Alfred Olango

In the wake of the recent police killing of Alfred Olango, for allegedly holding a vaping device in a threatening manner, violent protests broke out in El Cajon last night as police continued to refuse to release video of the shooting.

On Friday, after a night of violence, the El Cajon police department relented and decided to release the footage of the killing to the public.

Prior to the shooting, Alfred Okwera Olango "was not acting like himself", according to his sister, allegedly walking into traffic on Broadway in the San Diego suburb. She repeatedly called for assistance early Tuesday afternoon, with two El Cajon Police officers responding to the call, and finding Olango behind a restaurant, said Chief Jeff Davis, according to the Los Angeles Times.

Che Guevara

Reality Check: Charlotte protesters are NOT 'from out of state' - They're locals upset with police killing them

Not 'outsiders', not paid 'agitators', and not 'Soros puppets' - Locals peeved with the police shooting them dead
Reality Check: 70% of protesters arrested in Charlotte were from out of state? Ben Swann brings forward the facts behind those numbers and why these protests are not "astro-turf":

Comment: In the end, if you're not with the protesters, then you're with Hillary and the Establishment.

(And yes, Soros and others are there in the background, attempting to infiltrate, subvert or redirect protesters towards violent riots, but that doesn't mean their cause is unjust.)

Heart - Black

Man goes on killing spree in China, murders 17 neighbors to cover up murdering his parents

Police say a villager in southwest China killed his parents and then 17 neighbors in an attempt to cover up his crime, the official Xinhua News Agency reported Friday.

An investigation found that Yang Qingpei argued with his parents over money on Wednesday evening and killed them, Xinhua said. Fearing he would be identified as the killer, he then murdered 17 neighbors in the village of Yema, it said, citing police in southwestern Yunnan province where the village is located.

Xinhua didn't say how Yang, who is 26 or 27, allegedly killed the villagers.


Thinking dangerously in the age of normalized ignorance

What happens to a society when thinking is eviscerated and is disdained in favor of raw emotion? [1] What happens when political discourse functions as a bunker rather than a bridge? What happens when the spheres of morality and spirituality give way to the naked instrumentalism of a savage market rationality? What happens when time becomes a burden for most people and surviving becomes more crucial than trying to lead a life with dignity? What happens when domestic terrorism, disposability, and social death become the new signposts and defining features of a society? What happens to a social order ruled by an "economics of contempt" that blames the poor for their condition and wallows in a culture of shaming?[2] What happens when loneliness and isolation become the preferred modes of sociality? What happens to a polity when it retreats into private silos and is no longer able to connect personal suffering with larger social issues? What happens to thinking when a society is addicted to speed and over-stimulation? What happens to a country when the presiding principles of a society are violence and ignorance? What happens is that democracy withers not just as an ideal but also as a reality, and individual and social agency become weaponized as part of the larger spectacle and matrix of violence?[3]

Comment: It's worth clicking through to read "the economics of contempt" article. Here's a fabulous gem:
As usual, Obama confessed no regrets, offered no apologies, copped to no transgressions against any of the battered ideals of the Great Society, even as that very week his administration quietly surpassed the mark of deporting two million undocumented immigrants. (Predictably, Michelle tweeted a few days later that she and Barack just loved the new Cesar Chavez movie.) What Obama doesn't say outright, but surely believes, is that the brawny liberalism of LBJ is passé, a relic of a bygone political tradition, the legislative ruins of a former age. The president is, of course, the grinning face of neo-liberalism, an ideology that rejects legislative cures for the magical elixir of financial incentives and market-driven remedies. How's that working out for you, Detroit?
We hope he isn't arguing for the pre-switch "brawny liberalism", you know - when liberal democrats were racist? We think perhaps he's forgotten his history.

The forces normalizing and contributing to such violence are too expansive to cite, but surely they would include: the absurdity of celebrity culture; the blight of rampant consumerism; state-legitimated pedagogies of repression that kill the imagination of students; a culture of immediacy in which accelerated time leaves no room for reflection; the reduction of education to training; the transformation of mainstream media into a mix of advertisements, propaganda, and entertainment; the emergence of an economic system which argues that only the market can provide remedies for the endless problems it produces, extending from massive poverty and unemployment to decaying schools and a war on poor minority youth; the expanding use of state secrecy and the fear-producing surveillance state; and a Hollywood fluff machine that rarely relies on anything but an endless spectacle of mind-numbing violence. Historical memory has been reduced to the likes of a Disney theme park and a culture of instant gratification has a lock on producing new levels of social amnesia.


Arkansas State Rep. who pushed for law to film police gets arrested for filming police

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An Arkansas politician who helped pass state legislation protecting people who film the police, has been arrested for... filming the police.

Representative John Walker was arrested by Little Rock police on Monday for filming the arrest of a driver and his passenger following a traffic stop and charged with "obstruction of government relations".

"I'm just making sure they don't kill you," said Walker to the driver being pulled over and subsequently arrested for an outstanding warrant, according to the police report.

"I ordered Walker several times to leave or be arrested. Walker replied 'arrest me' at which point I did," wrote the arresting officer.