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Body cameras don't change police conduct: Washington, DC study

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The adoption of body cameras by Metropolitan Police Department officers in Washington, DC had no discernible effect on reducing citizen complaints or use of force by the officers, according to the latest study by the MPD.

"We found essentially that we could not detect any statistically significant effect of the body-worn cameras," says Anita Ravishankar, a researcher with the Metropolitan Police Department and member of a policy research group working for the city government Lab @ DC.

The study ran for a year and half, from June 2015 through December 2016, and had a control group and a treatment group of over 1,000 officers each. Researchers looked at police use of force based on officers' self-reported incidents, civilian complaints, policing activity and judicial outcomes.

"Across each of the four outcome categories, our analysis consistently point to a null result," the report said. "We are unable to reject the null hypotheses that the BWCs [body-worn cameras] have no effect on police use... because our study has a large enough sample size to detect small effect sizes."

Comment: See also:
Not good enough: DC police body camera policy altered after deadly shooting goes unrecorded
Protests shut down streets in DC to demand justice for Terrence Sterling


Attention

Ukrainian oligarch's daughter skips red light signal and kills six people, including schoolgirl

Alyona Zaitseva, the 20-year-old daughter of the Ukrainian multi-millionaire energy tycoon Vasily Zaitsev, has killed at least six people, schoolgirl including, after jumping a red light at a pedestrian crossing.

According to police, whole carnage was in the streets of the Ukrainian city of Kharkiv when her speeding Lexus struck a VW Touareg on Wednesday.

The Lexus completely overturned and landed on its wheels before mowing down people that were waiting on the pavement at a pedestrian crossing.

The dead included a 15-year-old schoolgirl.

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Five arrested in connection with white supremacist Richard Spencer's speech at University of Florida

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Tyler Tenbrink, 28, of Richmond, Texas, and 30 year old William Fears and 28 year old Colton Fears of Passadena, Texas.
Five arrests were made Thursday in connection with an event that self-described white supremacist Richard Spencer held at the University of Florida campus in Gainesville.

Three men were arrested for their alleged role in a shooting incident following Spencer's speech, according to the Gainesville Police Department. The three suspects "engaged in an argument with another group of people that turned violent with gunfire," police said in a press release today.

The three individuals -- Tyler Tenbrink, 28, William Fears, 30, and Colton Fears, 28 -- are all from Texas, according to police.

The police report for Tenbrink states that while in a car, the suspects pulled up to the victims and one of the three men shouted "Hail Hitler and other chants" before "an argument ensued." According to police, Tenbrink got out of the vehicle with a handgun and threatened to kill the victims, while the two other men encouraged him to shoot them. Polie said Tenbrink fired a single shot that "thankfully missed the group" and hit a nearby building.

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Physically disabled and suffering from PTSD, a US veteran is saddled with loan forgiveness taxes

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A wounded and disabled veteran had his student loans forgiven, only to be hit with a tax bill he can't pay.
Will Milzarski put his life on the line for his country hundreds of times during his two tours in Afghanistan.

So when he got home, wounded and unable to work, the government forgave his student loans.

Then the IRS handed the Purple Heart recipient a huge tax bill that's now threatening his livelihood.

'The U.S. Army already took a lot of my blood'

Milzarski led troops on 244 combat missions, including 43 engagements with the enemy.

He was struck in the face with a ricocheted bullet which caused traumatic brain injury. Milzarski also suffers from post-traumatic stress disorder and hearing loss.

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Ohio newspaper apologizes for photo of Trump with a Hitler mustache

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A local Ohio newspaper is doing damage control after it published a photo of President Trump with a mustache resembling Adolf Hitler.

WRGT reports that the Wapakoneta Daily News of Wapakoneta, Ohio, published the image in Monday's edition of the paper before realizing the unfortunate resemblance.

The newspaper's publisher issued a statement apologizing for the incident on Facebook and the Wapakoneta Daily News website:

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Despite Trump pardon, Arizona judge won't wipe out guilty verdict for Joe Arpaio

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Joe Arpaio's lawyer Jack Wilenchik said he plans to ask the judge to reconsider her ruling and, failing that, will likely appeal.
A federal judge has ruled that President Donald Trump's pardon of former Arizona Sheriff Joe Arpaio ends his prosecution for criminal contempt of court, but does not wipe out the guilty verdict she returned or any other rulings in the case.


In her order Thursday, Phoenix-based U.S. District Court Judge Susan Bolton rejected arguments from Arpaio's lawyers and Justice Department prosecutors that the longtime Maricopa County sheriff was entitled to have all rulings in the case vacated, including the guilty verdict the judge delivered in July after a five-day trial.

"The power to pardon is an executive prerogative of mercy, not of judicial recordkeeping," Bolton wrote, quoting an appeals court ruling. "To vacate all rulings in this case would run afoul of this important distinction. The Court found Defendant guilty of criminal contempt. The President issued the pardon. Defendant accepted. The pardon undoubtedly spared Defendant from any punishment that might otherwise have been imposed. It did not, however, 'revise the historical facts' of this case."

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German Intelligence: ISIS children coming back to Europe from war zones could become next generation of jihadists

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Children returning from war zones controlled by Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL) in Syria and Iraq could grow up to be a new generation of jihadists, the chief of German intelligence has warned.

Some 950 people from Germany have left to join IS, 150 of whom have died, according to the Office for the Protection of the Constitution (BfV). However, as the militants rapidly lose ground across the Middle East, women and children - who make up around 25 percent of this group - are expected to flee, creating a new security risk, the BfV chief said on Wednesday.

"We see the danger of children who socialized with and were indoctrinated by jihadists returning to Germany from the war zones," said Hans-Georg Maassen. "This could allow a new generation of jihadists to be raised here."

IS is known to make use of children in its propaganda, showing videos of minors being trained to be jihadist fighters as well as carrying out executions. A number of these children were brought over by their parents to live in the terrorist group's self-styled caliphate.

Evil Rays

European NGO attacks RT: Labels guest commentators 'useful idiots who undermine Western democracy'

An NGO called the European Values Think-Tank has published a report on RT featuring an extensive list of US and European public figures who have been accused of "undermining western democracy" just by appearing in RT shows.

The report, claiming to be an "overview of RT's editorial strategy and evidence of impact," comes with an Excel list of 2,327 people who have appeared on RT over the last four years. The names are carefully arranged in seven categories, including US politicians, UK politicians, European politicians and so on, and are arranged in alphabetical order. The list mentions the shows the guests appeared on, the total number of their appearances, and gives hyperlinks to all the relevant episodes.

The report states that appearing on the network is counterproductive and makes the guest a "useful idiot" to a "hostile foreign power." Expressing one's opinion on RT is considered by the NGO as equivalent to "complicity with the Russian propaganda machine."

Although the list looks like a really thorough effort at cataloguing all of the RT guests, it's got a number of strikingly weird blunders. For example, UK Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson is there, but only the link attached leads to a satirical show featuring someone impersonating him. Meanwhile, US Senator John McCain's daughter is mistaken for the senator himself and "Politicking with Larry King" is unexpectedly referred to as "Politicking with Larry David."


Comment: Looks like the "European Values Think-Tank" doesn't value accuracy very much. It was probably slapped together in an hour just so some neocon nincumpoop could quote from it.


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Liberal madness: College student permitted to officially change his personal pronoun to "His Majesty"

Like most colleges have done in the past months, on Tuesday, administrators of the University of Michigan Ann Arbor announced a new campus policy which effectively allowed students to select their own personal "preferred pronouns". The school informed the entire campus community, students and teachers alike, that they are obligated to adhere to these new rules. Punishment will be handed out to individuals who disobey the rules.

"The University of Michigan is committed to fostering an environment of inclusiveness. Consistent with this value, the University has created a process for students to designate pronouns with the University and have those pronouns reflected on class rosters this fall," reads an email sent by the administration to students and teachers.

Comment: If you're actually on board with this sort of thing, please see this for your own sake, as well as for those you love.


Wedding Rings

Older couples unable to escape wildfires embrace a last time

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FILE - In this Oct. 16, 2017 file photo, a mailbox, one of few items left at the site of the destroyed home in Napa, Calif., where Sara and Charles Rippey died in a fast-moving wildfire, shows a pink and black polka dot ribbon that indicates a fire crew has visited the location. The vast majority of those who died in the Northern California wildfires were in their 70s and 80s including several couples who died together.
Some had just celebrated marriages of half a century or longer. They spent their time volunteering and playing with grandchildren. A few had lived through both world wars.

The vast majority of the 42 people found dead so far in the wildfires that have ravaged Northern California were senior citizens, most older than 70. Several were couples who died together, including childhood sweethearts who had grown old together.

Comment: May they all RIP! Our condolences to the families.