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Nevada judge orders violent neo-Nazi to cover racist tattoos to receive 'fair trial'

© Clark County Sheriff
Neo-Nazi Bayzle Morgan
Bayzle Morgan's head, neck and face are marked by racist tattoos. He also has a teardrop tattoo under his eye, which typically signifies that the person has killed someone, and a swastika in a clover under his other eye. But jurors saw none of that when he appeared in court this week because he had concealer covering them.

The act wasn't a desperate plot from a defense attorney aiming to get his client off, but rather a directive handed down by District Judge Richard Scotti. According to the Las Vegas Review Journal, members of the jury said they wouldn't be capable of deciding the case fair and impartially because of the way that Morgan looked. One juror was immediately dismissed after saying that she read about Morgan's makeup in the local news.

Each day a professional cosmetologist meets Morgan prior to the jury being brought into the courtroom and applies his makeup. It is then removed before he returns to the county jail.

Morgan is being charged with robbery after he allegedly stole a man's motorcycle at gunpoint. He also faces the death penalty in a different case he is accused of killing a 75-year-old woman days before the robbery. They say he broke into her home and hit her over the head with his gun so hard that the trigger guard broke on the weapon. He then allegedly shot her in the back of the head.
© Richard Brian/Las Vegas Review Journal

Comment: Is the same 'courtesy' given this sub-human extended to other defendants?


Bomb

Huge explosion at arms factory in Azerbaijan, people feared trapped

© AzadliqRadiosu / YouTube
Twelve people were hospitalized Tuesday after an explosion at an arms factory in the city of Shirvan in eastern Azerbaijan, a representative of a local hospital said.

"The twelfth person injured as result of the explosion has been delivered [to the hospital]. His condition is grave," the representative told RIA Novosti.

Six people have been critically injured in an arms factory explosion in the eastern Azerbaijan city of Shirvan, the Ministry of Healthcare of Azerbaijan Republic told RIA Novosti on Tuesday.

The victims have been transported to the Shirvan central hospital, their condition assessed as grave, the ministry's press service said.

Witnesses described hearing a loud explosion, followed by fire and intermittent blasts at the factory's warehouse facilities, said to belong to the Ministry of Defense Industry of Azerbaijan.

Residents of nearby areas were evacuated.

Comment: Twenty people are now in hospital. While a criminal investigation is said to have been launched, the defense ministry says the fire was initially caused by sparks ignited through the scrapping of old weapons. Azerbaijan is one of the few countries (including Russia and Iran) who spoke out in support of the Turkish government during the attempted coup last week.

Update: Azeri authorities say two people were killed in the explosion.


Snakes in Suits

Make them pay: Class action lawsuit lies ahead for DNC and Debbie Wasserman Schultz


Debbie Wasserman Schultz and Killary
First it was Hillary Clinton handling Top Secret national security matters in emails with the caution of a drunken sailor. Now it's emails leaked by Wikileaks showing that key officials at the Democratic National Committee (DNC) attempted to derail the Democratic campaign of Bernie Sanders in direct violation of the DNC's own Charter. Loose email lips are sinking a lot of ships in the Democratic corridors of power. And a lot more emails and depositions may be coming as a class action lawsuit filed in Federal Court gets underway.

Article 5, Section 4 of the DNC Charter mandates the following:
"The Chairperson shall be responsible for ensuring that the national officers and staff of the Democratic National Committee maintain impartiality and evenhandedness during the Democratic Party Presidential nominating process."

Comment: For more background on the vote-rigging and chaos that political animal Wasserman Schultz has brought to U.S. politics (as if it couldn't get and worse) see:


Pistol

Deadly force vs. rational thinking: What if American cops were trained to diffuse situations like their European counterparts?


British teenager throws gun to the ground (circled), halting what could have turned into tragic circumstances.
In the United States police kill people on average, every 8 hours. Very few of these deaths are ever ruled unjustified, even when police are caught on video killing unarmed people who pose absolutely no threat.

The escalation of deadly force by American police is unprecedented when compared to the rest of the first world.

So far this month, American police have killed 66 people.

By contrast, China, whose population is 4 and 1/2 times the size of the United States, recorded 12 killings by law enforcement officers in all of 2014.

More people were killed by American police in just the last thirty days than were killed in 2015 in Germany, England, China, Canada, France, Japan, Spain, Switzerland, and Iceland — combined.

Anyone see a problem with this?

According to recent reports, the police kill rate is nearly 30 times higher than that of the average citizen. Why?


Comment: One reason is that they are being trained by one of the most brutal and repressive forces in the world - the Israeli military.


In an interview with former LAPD cop, Alex Salazar, he explains to The Free Thought Project how police training teaches cops to quickly resort to deadly violence.

A police department in Phoenix, AZ even went so far as to propagandize the citizens by showing them part of this training, which is designed to show them the worst possible situations, leading to their virtual death every time.

"It has nothing to do with training. Every recruit, I don't care if they're an ex-badass Navy Seal... everyone dies," said Salazar.

Police are trained over and over again that they should be in constant fear of deadly assaults from all angles. They are essentially being trained to act as an occupying army, operating in America where the citizens are the enemy.

Instead of deadly force being a last resort, it's looked at as heroism in the line of duty.

Comment: How do cops without guns handle violence?


Handcuffs

Hate crimes rising in Britain but police are doing less to stop them

© Peter Nicholls / Reuters
The chances of police taking action against hate crime offenders have dropped over the past year, with victims now only having a one in four chance of seeing a perpetrator charged.

That figure is down from one in three in the previous year, according to data obtained by The Bureau of Investigative Journalism (TBIJ), which, using the Freedom of Information Act, obtained figures from 40 out of 43 police forces in England and Wales.

The total number of reported hate crimes has jumped by 20 percent over the past year, from 50,288 to 60,225, with 34 out of the 40 police forces recording a rise in offenses.

However, just 27 percent of hate crimes recorded by police resulted in a "positive" outcome such as a charge, summons, caution, or restorative justice in 2015/16. That's compared to 35 percent the year prior.

Red Flag

Flash mob robs Massachusetts convenience store

A flash mob ran into a convenience store in Boston's Roslindale neighborhood, ransacking the store and leaving within seconds.

The owners of Alfa Auto, a couple who have been in the location for 31 years, say nothing like this has ever happened to them.

Just after midnight, as they were getting ready to close, about 25 people rushed into the store, grabbing everything they could, ultimately taking about $200 worth of products.

As the owner came in, they all took off running.

Anyone with information should call Boston Police.


Quenelle - Golden

'Forget the lesser evil, fight for greater good': Jill Stein speaks to Bernie Sanders supporters at DNC (VIDEO)

© Bryan Woolston / Reuters
Green Party Presidential Candidate Jill Stein
Green Party presidential candidate Jill Stein made a direct appeal to Bernie Sanders supporters - and the Vermont Senator himself - during a Monday rally near the Democratic National Convention (DNC).

"Forget the lesser evil, fight for the greater good," Stein said, referring to her Democratic opponent Hillary Clinton while the crowd chanted "Jill, not Hill!"

"We are the revolution," she added.

In response to the DNC's apology to Bernie Sanders for the emails that caused chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz to step down this week, Stein said: "They did much more than say bad things. They sabotaged a revolutionary campaign."

She later told RT in an interview that her campaign's fundraising efforts have skyrocketed since Sanders endorsed Clinton ahead of the DNC.

Comment: Too bad this lady doesn't have a real chance to be President. She seems to be on point about nearly everything.


Camcorder

Georgia mother brutally beats, curses 16-year-old daughter live on Facebook; police investigating

© Via Facebook/Nia Green
Nia Green
A video live-streamed on Facebook shows a Georgia woman beating and cursing at her teenage daughter for posting provocative pictures online.


Comment: Warning: Video contains graphic material and language.



A later post that appears to be written by the mother, who has not been charged, says "I love my daughter with all my heart." But she says her daughter won't "disrespect me."


Savannah police say the daughter told them she feels safe in the home. Police spokesman Sonny Cohrs says there are no charges at this time, but he says the case has been referred to the state's child welfare department.

X

Explosion at Bosnian-Turkish paper factory kills 1, injures 5

© hayat.com.tr
Authorities say an explosion at a paper production company in the northern part of Bosnia has killed one worker and injured five others.

The blast in the factory's lye boiler occurred Tuesday morning and authorities are still investigating the cause.

Police spokeswoman Aldina Ahmic told media the workers were immediately taken to the hospital, where one of them died. Another worker is severely injured while four suffered light injuries.

The Natron Hayat factory is a Bosnian-Turkish joint venture. It was heavily damaged during Bosnia's 1992-95 war but postwar investment by Turkish partner Kastamonu Entegre company — which is a member of the Hayat Holding Group — has enabled the reconstruction of the factory, which now employs 900 people.

Pistol

Indianapolis police officer shot during traffic stop

An Indianapolis Metro Police Department officer was shot during a traffic stop on Monday. An occupant of the vehicle allegedly fired at the officer, whose condition is still unknown.

In a press conference Monday evening, IMPD's night watch commander Michael Jefferson told reporters, "The officer was hit in the leg, transported to Methodist hospital."

There was no comment on whether another officer was hurt. WRTV reported that the suspect died from injuries sustained from exchanging gunfire with police.

There was a chase reported between the suspect and the police. Rafael Sanchez of WRTV reported that the suspect's vehicle was driving on its rims at one point.

The chase came to an end around Indianapolis' Newton Avenue and Rural Street. There are unconfirmed reports that the suspect had a rifle.

Two officers were involved with the shooting. Sergeant John Perrine, Indiana State Police Public Information Officer for the Indianapolis District, tweeted that there was one"Officer shot and another injured."