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Lying cops exposed after video shows them severely injure man by sadistically tasering him in the back

Carlos Seals was harming no one and being entirely compliant when Richmond County deputies deployed a taser into his back causing him to fall backward and hit his head. Seals was severely injured during the fall and was forced top pay for his own medical treatment after deputies lied and said he deserved it.

According to the initial police report, deputies claimed Seals was being combative and would not comply. While Seals admitted to using profanity, the video shows he was not at all combative.

According to the police report, one of the deputies deployed his stun gun, but it didn't connect. It goes on to say that Seals is still combative so the deputy writes he reached for his stun gun and it connected. However, this was simply not true.

This attack happened on Aug. 30, 2015, and Seals has yet to receive a single penny for his more than $20,000 in medical expenses.

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Book 2

Henry Giroux on a United States at war with itself: "We no longer live in a democracy"

© Jared Rodriguez / Truthout
To transform our society into a democracy, we first have to dismantle the myth of democracy as currently defined.
"Too many people today accept the notion that their fate is solely a matter of individual responsibility, irrespective of wider structural forces," writes cultural critic and theorist Henry A. Giroux, in his new book, America at War with Itself. "This much promoted ideology, favored by the rich, suggests that human relations boil down to competition and combat. People today are expected to inhabit a set of economic relations in which the only obligation is to fight for one's own self-interest." This troubling trend is not only profoundly anti-democratic, but also works to eliminate structural, systemic and social concerns from public discourse, creating what Giroux has described as "organized powerlessness."

In the following interview, Giroux - a professor for scholarship in the public interest at McMaster University and a member of Truthout's board - explains the background to the war metaphor and deconstructs its everyday use in the US. Finally, he evokes a politics of possibility which begins by making visible the linkages among a vast array of issues that undermine democracy.


Powerful blast injures 2 in Budapest explosion, police evacuate central area

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A powerful blast struck a central area of the Hungarian capital Budapest late Saturday. Footage on social media shows a large police presence at the Oktogon intersection. Witnesses have reported several casualties.

At least two people have been injured in the blast, Hungarian Blikk daily reported, citing local emergency services.

Comment: Update: Budapest explosion: Attempted homicide against police officers, manhunt underway - prosecutor
The explosion that left two officers injured in Budapest late Saturday specifically targeted police forces, Hungary's national police chief, Karoly Papp, said at a press conference. He added that the man behind the blast is still at large.

Papp told Hungarian media that he has "no doubt" that police officers were explicit targets of the Saturday blast, adding that the alleged perpetrator was planning to "execute" the officers.

At the same time, the police chief did not confirm that the explosion was somehow related to terrorist activities, but stressed that all possible motives are still being considered at the current stage of the investigation.

Papp also said that police have been patrolling the area where the explosion occurred for the past 18 months. The route and the timing of the foot patrol were set, and the officers who were caught in the blast were not in the area merely by accident or out of coincidence.

The police chief also said that there was no proof that a specific police officer was targeted in the attack.

Police are now examining the footage from 145 CCTV cameras, Papp said, adding that several hundreds of police officers are also engaged in the manhunt for the suspected attacker. The police are offering 10 million forints ($37,000) for any information that leads to the arrest of the perpetrator.

According to police, the alleged perpetrator is a man in his early to mid-twenties and is approximately 170 centimeters tall. He was wearing a light-colored fisherman's hat, a dark jacket, blue jeans and running shoes. No photo or composite sketch of the suspect have been released so far.

The attacker detonated an improvised explosive device filled with nails on the ground floor of a store at the corner of Kiraly Utca (King Street) as police officers were passing by late on Saturday. A female officer sustained life-threatening injuries and remains in intensive care.

A male officer was also severely injured but is now in stable condition, Hungarian media report.


It was just a prank! Oklahoma mayor's husband caught on video participating in a KKK ceremony

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Tulsa, Oklahoma is currently caught up in a struggle over racism and police brutality against people of color. With the shooting death of Terence Crutcher by police happening just a few months after Officer Robert Bates in Tulsa was sentenced to four years in prison for "mistaking" his gun for a Taser and shooting Eric Harris dead as he ran from police, tensions have reached a boiling point.

Less than a year ago, an Oklahoma mayor's husband was caught on film participating in a KKK ceremony that he insists was just a Halloween prank. Although Mayor Teresa Sharp of Lahoma, Oklahoma insisted that the stunt was just part of a Halloween costume, a burning cross in the background of the white-robed, hooded, torch-carrying men discounted those explanations.


Police footage of Keith Scott murder released

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This video frame grab obtained September 23, 2016,taken by Rakeyia Scott, courtesy of Curry Law Firm, shows the moments after the shooting of Keith Lamont Scott in Charlotte, North Carolina.
Police bodycam and dashcam footage from the fatal shooting of African American Keith Lamont Scott in Charlotte on Tuesday has been released to the public amid an ongoing investigation.

Dashcam footage shows Scott coming out of his car and walking backwards away from it until he is shot. It is unclear from the footage whether Scott is holding a gun in his hand.

The bodycam video filmed by a uniformed officer was muted for about 25 seconds, and no altercations or shots can be heard in that time. Scott is only visible in several fuzzy frames, with the head of an officer covering most of the view. Afterwards, he is already lying on the ground, bleeding.

Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department (CMPD) has also released a detailed statement providing a police account of Scott's shooting.


Gerard Depardieu: 'France is populated by imbeciles making wine and stinky cheese for tourists'

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Larger-than-life actor Gerard Depardieu said his homeland France is becoming a playground for foreigners 'populated by imbeciles making wine and stinky cheese'
When asked during the interview if he considers himself French, Depardieu told Corriere della Sera today: 'No, I'm a citizen of the world.

'France is likely to become a Disneyland for foreigners, populated by imbeciles making wine and stinky cheese for tourists.

'There is no more freedom, people are being manipulated.'

Depardieu also took a swing at the film industry saying, 'cinema doesn't exist any more.

'There is a world of entertainment and people, terrorised by the Americans, don't know any more which language to speak.'

'There are 10 stars and they are all American. 'Their films are crammed with special effects... and the rest of the world of cinema is struggling to exist,' he added during the interview on the occasion of the release in Italy of his autobiography Innocent.

Heart - Black

Palestinian 13-year-old shot in Duheisha last month detained and medically neglected

A 13-year-old Palestinian who was shot and seriously injured last month by Israeli forces during a raid into al-Duheisha refugee camp in Bethlehem, and then detained from his home on Tuesday, remained in a dire medical condition, local sources reported on Thursday.

Ramzi Abu Ajamiyeh was detained from his home two days ago, during massive military raids across the occupied West Bank and East Jerusalem when 40 other Palestinians were detained, including six other minors. The raid into al-Duheisha early Tuesday morning also sparked clashes during which two Palestinians were shot and injured by Israeli fire.

Meanwhile, Ramzi was shot in both of his legs during a detention raid in the camp in the beginning of August, and he remained in a "difficult" medical condition as of Thursday as he was being held in Israel's Ofer military prison.

Local sources added that since the boy was shot, he has had to undergo six surgeries due to his injuries.


Two passenger trains collide in Algeria causing multiple injuries, at least one death

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At least one person has reportedly been killed and up to 60 have been injured after two trains collided in Boudouaou, Algeria, according to local media.

According to reports, the trains were travelling in the same direction when they collided.

"It's not a crash but a clash," Yacine Bendjaballah, director of the National Society Algerian railway (SNTF) said. "The two passenger trains were rolling in the same direction."


Police identify and arrest shooter who killed 5 at mall in Washington State

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Police have arrested the suspect who fatally shot four women on Friday, and one man in a Burlington, WA mall using a rifle. An officer identified the gunman on the streets of Oak Harbor city, detaining him without incident.

Later in the day, police gave details on the suspect. Arcan Cetin, a 20-year-old Turkish national and legal permanent resident in the US, was arrested for assault last year in Island County, according to KOMO News. The suspect was formally charged and will be booked into the Skagit County Jail, police officials added.

Cetin was arrested following intense manhunt in the area. Lt. Mike Hawley of the Island County Sheriff's Office, who detained Cetin, told KOMO News that he behaved "almost like a zombie."

"I said, 'You're under arrest' and he didn't say much - well, he didn't say anything at all," Hawley said.

Comment: Mall shooter kills five, manhunt underway in Burlington, Washington State


Cetin reportedly purchased three guns from his father before driving to Macy's, where ex used to work (she had quit 3 months ago). A former classmate told Daily Mail, 'I didn't think he'd take it as far as mass murder but I knew he was trouble.'

Fox: "The Seattle Times reported that Cetin faced three domestic violence assault charges in both Burlington and Island County, with the victim identified as Cetin's stepfather. The newspaper reports Cetin also was arrested for drunken driving."

Pocket Knife

Six stabbed near Emerson College campus in Boston, one suspect at large

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Six people have been stabbed in an attack on Tremont Street in Boston's Theater District early Sunday, local media said. Police told media one suspect is still at large, while they may have apprehended a second one.

One victim was critically injured and is in emergency surgery, according to the Boston Globe.

Two suspects are reportedly at large, according to a notification sent to students at Emerson College. Students were urged to report any "suspicious activity."

Police, however, told media they have one suspect in custody - the person was reportedly among those injured and "survived some wounds." But they are still looking for the other one.

Boston Police Superintendent Bernard O'Rourke said the suspect fled in the direction of Charles Street South.