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New Mexico police accused of deleting, editing cop shooting footage

A former records supervisor for the Albuquerque Police Department has alleged in a sworn affidavit that officials altered or deleted body-camera video showing police shootings in at least two cases.

Reynaldo Chavez alleged in his affidavit that SD memory cards from the cameras were easy to lose, and that he specifically witnessed assistant police chief Robert Huntsman say "we can make this disappear," while discussing an officer's body camera, New Mexico's In Depth reports. Chavez claimed that, in the case of the 2014 fatal police shooting of suspected car thief Mary Hawkes, body camera footage of three officers present during the incident was altered or partially deleted.


College bans US flag citing 'hate-based violence' post-Trump victory

A Massachusetts college has decided to remove an American flag amid struggles to stop "hate-based violence" that escalated since President-elect Donald Trump's victory. The flag was initially flown at half-staff, but that only triggered more disputes.

From now on, Hampshire College will not be flying American or any other flags, following the school president Jonathan Lash's decision.

After the November 8 election, the college has been lowering its American flag to half-staff to "acknowledge the grief and pain experienced by so many" as well as "to enable the full complexity of voices and experiences to be heard." After Trump's victory, some on campus have been calling the flag a symbol of racism and hatred.


Syrian Army assists three families in fleeing jihadist-held E. Aleppo

© Sputnik/ Mikhael Alaeddin
Seven civilians managed to leave the militant-held eastern districts of Syria's Aleppo on Tuesday, a local militia source told RIA Novosti.

The escape plan was elaborated with the help of the Syrian army, while the first ten people (two families, each consisting of five people) were evacuated from Aleppo under the same scheme on November 20.

"A group of civilians, consisting of seven people, reached positions of the Syrian army in the Suleiman al-Halabi neighborhood today, and they were later relocated to safer areas," the source said.

The Syrian government forces reportedly plan to take other steps aimed at rescuing civilians from the eastern neighborhoods of Aleppo, though no details are disclosed.

Comment: Here's footage of the two families who managed to escape the jihadists in eastern Aleppo on November 20.

One of the comments on YT: "They were led with instructions on the phone, by the Syrian military. They watched them through the scope and told them when and where to move."


London couple imprisoned for funding ISIS nephew fighting in Syria

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Mohammed Iqbal Golamaully and Nazimabee Golamaully
A South London couple have been imprisoned for funding terrorism after admitting they sent money to their nephew, an Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL) fighter in Syria. The pair also encouraged him to "eradicate" the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK).

Mohammed Iqbal Golamaully, 48, and his wife, Nazimabee Golamaully, 45 admitted they sent money, £219 (€256), to Zafirr Golamaully and pled guilty to funding terrorism, after originally claiming the money was for his university studies.

Zafirr Golamaully is a well-known IS fighter, who goes by the name Paladin of Jihad online. He left his family home in Mauritius in March 2014 and travelled to Syria.

Mohammed is originally from Mauritius and worked as a manager of a hospital, while Nazimabee is English and was a former IT consultant.

Comment: The UK needs to find scapegoats to remind the populace why they need them. When will those hypocritical governments that have been funding terrorists and killing innocent civilians face the consequences of their actions?


Creep out: New website makes visible its monitoring of your online actions and behavior

© USA Today
IF YOU think you are not being analysed while browsing websites, it could be time to reconsider. A creepy new website called clickclickclick has been developed to demonstrate how our online behaviour is continuously measured.

Dutch media company VPRO and Amsterdam based interactive design company Studio Moniker are the masterminds behind the site, which observes and comments on your behaviour in great detail.

The website — which is not harmful to your computer — contains nothing but a white screen and a large green button.

From the minute you visit the website, it begins detailing your actions on the screen in real-time.

Comment: Google creeps in, we creep out. While the tracking capabilities of the internet are worrisome, this site simply uses Javascript events to describe what you're doing on the page. It only seems creepy if you don't know anything about web programming.


Another crazy: Man upset about election results sets himself on fire

© Ohio
The department says the man, who was dressed in a U.S. Marine Corps uniform, walked into Angel Falls Coffee on South Highland Ave. yelling about the recent protests over the election results.

He then left the coffee shop and approached a passerby and handed the passerby his cellphone and asked him to video record him, according to the police report.

Police said the man grabbed a can of gasoline from his car and set himself on fire. A witness in a nearby business ran out and extinguished the flames.

The man was taken to an area hospital where he is being treated in the burn unit. He is in stable condition at Akron Children's Hospital Burn Center. Police said he has a long road to recovery.

Comment: Another 'victim' of the presidential election. What drives people to this extreme? Is it a transmittable psychosis?


Ukrainian neo-Nazis and ultra-nationalists use 'Day of Dignity and Freedom' to incite violence

© Valentyn Ogirenko / Reuters
Policemen and law enforcement personnel block activists of nationalist groups and their supporters, who mark the anniversary of the 2014 Ukrainian pro-European Union (EU) mass protests on the Day of Dignity and Freedom in central Kiev, Ukraine, November 21, 2016.
A rally being held on Kiev's central Independence Square, widely known as Maidan, to mark the third anniversary of anti-government protests that led to the coup in 2014, ended in scuffles between radicals and police. Between 400 and 1,000 people gathered on Maidan to join the rally dubbed 'Veche' or 'public assembly' on 'Dignity and Freedom Day' - a holiday marking the beginning of events in Kiev in 2013 that resulted in over a hundred deaths, and the ousting of the government.

Members of radical nationalist movements Right Sector and White Hammer were among the protesters. Some demonstrators tried to take tires to the square and set them on fire but police intervened preventing them from doing so. Clashes broke out between police officers and a group of masked youth after a call to "defend democratic values" because police were allegedly trying to break up "a peaceful rally."

According to Interfax, the protesters managed to take the tires away from police and set them alight at the square. Later, Ukrainian media reported that the leader of the far-right Organization of Ukrainian Nationalists (OUN), Nikolay Kokhanovsky, urged his followers to take tires to Maidan. The protesters who clashed with police, had reportedly been members of the OUN and another ultranationalist group, Right Sector. Later, Kokhanovsky called on protesters to go to the office of the head of All-Ukrainian Social Movement "Ukrainian Choice", Viktor Medvedchuk.


Al-Qaeda newspaper slams Steve Bannon, Breitbart

Turns out, the liberal media has a new partner in criticizing Donald Trump's appointment of Chief White House strategist Stephen Bannon—Al Qaeda.

Al Masra, a Yemen-based Al Qaeda weekly newspaper, devoted an entire article to Trump's appointment of Bannon, warning that he will bring "white race supremacy" to the highest levels of the White House.

"Stephen Bannon is considered a far-right person, and he is the executive chairman of the controversial far-right Breitbart website," the paper stated.

"He has already published racist titles against women, Jews, and Muslims. Bannon has changed Breitbart website into far-right forum for Neo-Nazis groups who believes in the white race supremacy and anti-Semitism," they continued.

The piece also suggested that Reince Priebus' appointment as chief-of-staff was a 'conciliatory move' aimed at appeasing Bannon's critics.

Comment: Breitbart responds: "Say what you will about al-Qaeda, but they can distill conventional political wisdom from the New York Times just like everyone else."


St. Louis police officer shot twice in face during ambush

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An officer was ambushed and shot in the face while sitting in his police car in St. Louis, leaving him in critical condition, according to the city's police department. A search is underway for the suspect. The attack occurred when a car pulled up to the officer's cruiser and someone from inside the vehicle opened fire before fleeing, St. Louis Police Chief Sam Dotson said, as cited by Reuters.

St. Louis Post-Dispatch reporter Christine Byers tweeted that the officer was shot twice in the face, citing a source. The officer has been identified as a 46-year-old male sergeant with 20 years of service in the police force. He was conscious and able to speak after the attack, according to Dotson, and remains in critical but stable condition.

St. Louis Mayor Francis Slay tweeted that he traveled to the hospital and was able to speak to the officer, noting that he is expected to survive. Slay also urged the "apprehension of the dangerous individual" who shot the officer.

The attack took place just hours after a similar ambush occurred in San Antonio, Texas, with an officer shot dead while writing a ticket for a traffic violation in his patrol car.


Woman distressed over election results posts false sexual assault claim on Facebook, wastes police resources

© Sputnik
A woman who claimed in a Facebook post that she was a victim of a sexual assault and that Kirkland Police responded but did not investigate, made it all up.

Police say the woman, who they did not identify, admitted she fabricated the entire event. She told police she posted the false claim because she was "distraught over the recent election."

On November 11, the Kirkland Police Department received an email from a concerned citizen. It was a Facebook post from a female who stated she was sexually assaulted. She said Kirkland Police responded but would not investigate the case or even file a police report.

After a weeklong investigation officials finally tracked down the author of the original post at her work in Kirkland.

During the interview, the woman admitted she fabricated the entire event, and no assault occurred, and the Kirkland Police were never called.

Comment: Why? What thought process makes lying about being sexually assaulted the seemingly logical thing to do in response to being upset about election results? The past 15 years have made a large portions of Americans clinically hysterical.