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Baby Bou Bou, Opie the dog and wounded behavioral therapists: Why Americans are fed up with the cops

Officer Friendly — the iconic image of the neighborhood cop who smilingly greets residents as he protects them from 'bad guys' — now exists, for the large part, only in the American collective memory, having been replaced some fifteen years ago by an authoritarian, militarized soldier.

And though that collective memory is powerful enough many Americans remain beguiled of police — perhaps too uncomfortable to acknowledge Officer Friendly's disquieting metamorphosis — a growing number of people realize that with the militarized transformation came the attitude and tactics to match.

Because of that discrepancy in perspective, a bitter disconnect took root between those who insist the authority in a badge means police literally do no wrong and advocates, activists, academics, and family and friends of law enforcement victims, who warn quite the contrary is true.


County officials use faulty test kits to incite fear about THC in water supply — scientists say it's impossible

On Thursday, the residents of Hugo, population 750, started getting calls from local officials about the drinking water. They were told it was contaminated and to avoid drinking the water or letting their pets drink it, and even to avoid bathing in it.

The purported danger came not from lead or arsenic or E. coli or any of the usual contaminants, but THC, the psychoactive ingredient in cannabis.

Colorado is one of four states that have legalized recreational cannabis use as well as medicinal, although Hugo has not permitted any cannabis facilities to be built in their jurisdiction.

The sheriff's office issued a dire warning: "At this time, investigators are assessing the situation with state and federal authorities. Bathroom usage is still safe, but until more information is known to us, out of an abundance of caution, avoid drinking Town of Hugo water."

Comment: See also: Colorado town warned against drinking water after tests reveal presence of THC

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The subprime U.S. economy disintegrating due to subprime auto, housing, bond and energy debt

The U.S. financial system continues to disintegrate even though most Americans hardly notice. The system is being gutted from the inside out... much the same way a chronic disease weakens a patient even before any symptoms are felt. However, we are already experiencing painful symptoms as U.S. economic indicators continue to weaken.

Here are just a few of the recent headlines:

Energy Giant Schlumberger Fires Another 8,000 As "Market Conditions Worsen" in Q2

The Financial System Is Breaking Down At An Unimaginable Pace

Potential Crisis Triggers Continue To Pile Up In 2016

Just In Time— - Big Wall Street Housing Investors Cashing-Out On Housing Bubble 2.0

Corporate Bond Defaults Hit Highest Rate Since Financial Crisis

These are just some of the recent headlines pointing to BIG TROUBLE AHEAD. However, the U.S. financial system is in dire shape due to the SUBPRIMING of the entire economy. Today, anyone can purchase a car for little or nothing down and finance it for 84 months. The U.S. housing market is also in the same predicament.

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Woman gets out of car at Chinese Wildlife Park and is mauled to death by tiger

Siberian tigers at a Chinese wildlife park have mauled a woman to death while badly injuring one of her companion when they stepped out of their car.

Tigers at the Beijing Badaling Wildlife World pounced on one of the woman when she steeped out of her private car. Another woman tried to help her but was badly injured when she was attacked by another tiger, local media reported on Saturday.

Video of the incident suggested park rangers in a vehicle were on the scene within seconds, but they were unable to save the woman.

The local Yanqing district government has confirmed the tiger attack, saying the injured woman is being treated for her injuries.

Visitors are allowed to drive in their private vehicles in the wildlife park but are not allowed to step outside.

Source: Press Trust Of India


FBI conducts no-warrant, no-knock raid of RNC peaceful protesters

On the morning of the third day of the Republican National Convention several activists were the victims of a no-knock, warrantless house raid conducted by the FBI, DHS, and local police.

Despite months of media coverage promising some of the most violent and chaotic protests at the Republican National Convention, the political circus came and went with very little fanfare. The numbers of protesters were drastically lower than the numbers put forth by organizers and the deadstream media.

Aside from a few arrests for the legal act of burning the American flag there was not much dramatics and in reality, the $50 million "security grant" used to increase security around the city of Cleveland was largely wasted. The majority of the cops were left standing around wondering why the heck they were following around a handful of mostly peaceful protesters. However, there was one incident involving federal and local law enforcement blatantly violating the rights of activists who were in town for the Republican National Convention.


Transgendered peeping tom arrested for filming girl in Target dressing room

A 43-year-old man named Sean Smith, who self-identifies as a woman named Shauna Smith, was arrested at an Idaho Target store after an 18-year-old woman trying on swimsuits saw Smith reach over the wall of her dressing room with his cell phone.

Smith was charged with a count of felony voyeurism after police reviewed Target's surveillance footage. He was booked as a male.

This is one of many cases of women being preyed upon in Target dressing rooms across the country ever since the company announced its new bathroom/changing room policy in April that allows anyone to use any bathroom or changing room at Target stores, regardless of biological sex. It's the first time the perpetrator claims to actually be transgender; the rest so far appear to have been men who identity as men going into women's dressing rooms and trying to film women changing to peep at them simply because, well, Target basically allows it now.

Comment: Peeping tom perverts descend on Target dressing rooms thanks to their 'gender inclusive' policies


Graffiti mural 'kill more cops' on L.A. freeway

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A reader has e-mailed Breitbart News an image showing a graffiti mural reading "KILL MORE COPS" along Interstate 5 in Los Angeles, a major commuting route in the San Fernando Valley just north of Burbank and Hollywood. According to an e-mail from the reader, who took a photo of the graffiti in the midst of traffic, "It is right at the Sheldon exit, northbound side of the 5 freeway near Van Nuys CA. I have seen it for the last 3 days but not sure when it was first up. It is on a fence next to another wall."

The graffiti comes in the wake of several murders of police officers, associated with the Black Lives Matter movement. Earlier this month, five Dallas Police Department officers were killed by a sniper at a Black Lives Movement rally. A week ago, three more officers were killed in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.

Baton Rouge had seen intense protests after police shot and killed a black man, Alton Sterling, who had allegedly been threatening a homeless man at a convenience store, and who had been wrestled to the ground at the time he was shot, where he allegedly reached for his gun as officers tried to subdue him.

Los Angeles has a particularly sensitive history with hostility toward police, following the videotaped beating of a black motorist, Rodney King, in 1991 and the subsequent riots in 1992 when officers were acquitted. Recently, the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) has faced scrutiny and protest over several deaths at the hands of police, including that of Ezell Ford and Redel Jones. Mayor Eric Garcetti has, in contrast to several other mayors, offered unequivocal support for law enforcement during the past few tumultuous weeks.

Joel B. Pollak is Senior Editor-at-Large at Breitbart News.

Comment: The signs of escalating tension and public unrest over lethal police action are everywhere. Question why.

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Sydney school bans clapping as it may offend the 'sensitive'

To "respect members" of the "school community" that might be "sensitive to noise," Elanora Heights Public School in Sydney, Australia has now adopted a "silent cheering" policy at assemblies.

"When you attend an assembly, teachers will prompt the audience to conduct a silent cheer if it is needed," the school noted in an emailed statement (below).


Cop tases innocent man, then tells him he's under arrest

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Chardrick Mitchell is suing Blytheville, Ark., Officer Stephen Sigman, whom he said used excessive force in a Fourth of July Taser attack.
The body cam video from a Blytheville police officer was released this week showing a glaring case of excessive and unnecessary force with a taser. The victim in the video has since filed a lawsuit against the department.

According to police documents, the officer was responding to a non-violent domestic argument. Chardrick Mitchell's ex-girlfriend called police on July 4 after she alleged he wouldn't let her into his apartment to get her clothing she left inside.

When officer Stephen Sigman showed up, he asked Mitchell for his name and told him to let his ex-girlfriend in to get her things. According to the court documents, Mitchel "politely refused."

Mitchell was seen in the video yelling at the woman. However, no crime was committed and it was unclear whether or not his ex-girlfriend actually had any of her property inside his house.


Continuing Islamic State violence: Bomber hits Baghdad police checkpoint


A suicide bomber has struck a police checkpoint in the Iraqi capital, Baghdad, killing and wounding many.

Casualty figures in the July 24 attack remain unclear, with agencies quoting Iraqi officials as saying between six and 12 people were killed, with as many as two dozen injured.

A medical official told the AP news agency that three of the dead were police officers.

The Islamic State terrorist organization issued a statement claiming responsibility for the attack, which happened at an entrance to the primarily Shi'ite district of Kadhimiyah.

The Islamic State terrorist organization claimed responsibility for a blast in the capital on July 3 that left more than 290 dead. It also took responsibility for an attack on a Shi'ite shrine in Balad a few days later that left 40 dead.