March 11, 2013
#MediaBlackout
anarcho-queer:

This is where Kimani was shot yesterday by the NYPD. Over 200 people gathered today to protest his death. Police escalated the situation and a riot broke out. Several store windows were broken and bottles + rocks were thrown at police.
Protesters will be gathering tomorrow as well, time and place is still being discussed. I’ll post an update as soon as there’s more news. 

#MediaBlackout

anarcho-queer:

This is where Kimani was shot yesterday by the NYPD. Over 200 people gathered today to protest his death. Police escalated the situation and a riot broke out. Several store windows were broken and bottles + rocks were thrown at police.

Protesters will be gathering tomorrow as well, time and place is still being discussed. I’ll post an update as soon as there’s more news. 

May 5, 2012
Fresno police drowned a man by tasering and hogtying him, then sticking a garden hose onto (his) face and mouth when he pleaded for water. He was murdered in front of his children.

beatyourselfup:

FRESNO, Calif. (CN) - Fresno police drowned a man by Tasering and hogtying him, then sticking a garden hose “onto (his) face and mouth” when he pleaded for water, the man’s two children claim in Federal Court.

The two minor children, I.R. and H.R., claim that in the summer of 2011 Fresno police restrained their father, Raul Rosas, at a friend’s house while responding to a domestic disturbance call.

The children say their father was not armed and “had not committed a crime.”

After an altercation with a John Doe officer, police pepper-sprayed Rosas and then Tasered him a “countless number of times,” the complaint states.
The children claim their father was Tasered “for eight to ten more minutes,” then he was “hogtied with his ankles tied to his handcuffs behind his back.”
The complaint continues: “Decedent was then slammed onto a table in the residence’s backyard face down. An officer was observed with his knee on decedent’s back while decedent was hogtied, handcuffed, and face down.

“Decedent stated that he couldn’t breathe and that he needed water; an officer ran water from a hose onto decedent’s face and mouth to the point of making it more difficult for decedent to breathe. Decedent tried to move his mouth away from the water and gasp for air. A witness yelled ‘He can’t breathe, you’re drowning him,’ but the officer continued running water over decedent’s face.

“After turning the water off, the Doe Officer(s) continued to press his knee against decedent’s back and continued to put pressure on it. Witnesses repeatedly asked officers to let decedent get up because he couldn’t breathe, but their cries for help were ignored.
“By now there were in excess of 15 deputies and officers on the scene.

“After some time passed, decedent had clear spit bubbles coming out of his mouth.

“Witnesses yelled at officers that decedent was not breathing and pointed to the clear spit bubbles but again were ignored. Doe officer claimed decedent was ‘faking it.’”

“Officers, after much pleading from witnesses, checked decedent’s pulse and discovered he had stopped breathing after not feeling anything when they touched decedent’s neck.

“Decedent had his handcuffs taken off and was untied and placed on his back on the ground. After some time had passed, an officer started doing chest compressions but none of the officers administered mouth-to-mouth resuscitation to the decedent. Ultimately a witness at the scene administered CPR to decedent.

“Some time later, an ambulance arrived and took over trying to revive decedent.”

Rosas’ children are represented by Brian Claypool of Pasadena.

They seek punitive damages for wrongful death, unreasonable search and seizure, due process violations, supervisory liability, negligence, battery, and violation of the Bane Act.

(via amodernmanifesto)

February 13, 2012

pantslessprogressive:

This weekend in Bahrain:

Thousands of security forces have been deployed around Manama in preparation for anti-government demonstrations on Sunday, Monday and Tuesday in Freedom Square (located in Miqsha, outside Manama) and near Pearl Square, where protests are banned. Activists say several security checkpoints were set up around Manama on Sunday. [APAFP]

I regret the events of last year. In a sense there is no ‘opposition’ in Bahrain, as the phrase implies one unified block with the same views. Such a phrase is not in our constitution, unlike say the United Kingdom. We only have people with different views and that’s ok.” - Bahrain’s King Hamad bin Isa al Khalifa, in an interview with Spiegel Online (h/t theamericanbear). King Hamad also called on Syria’s President Bashar Assad to listen to Syrian citizens, saying, “The best advice for him is from the Syrian people.” The full interview will be available Monday. [Spiegel]

“It’s just a case of manners. But when they shout ‘Down with the king and up with Khamenei’ that’s a problem for national unity.” - Bahrain’s King Hamad, in that same interview with Spiegel Online, according to Reuters. King Hamad referred to protesters’ “Down with Hamad” chants as “bad manners” and attempted to highlight a threat from Iran as a key concern. King Hamad also claimed the government’s strict emergency law is meant to protect women: “Also our women were very scared and it is the duty of a gentleman to protect women, so I had to protect them.” [Reuters/ Chicago Tribune]

Two American rights activists were expelled from Bahrain on Saturday after protesting in Manama, according to the Bahraini government. Both women are members of the group Witness Bahrain, which advocates for democracy in the island nation. A statement from the rights group said they were participating in a peaceful demonstration and were “dragged away by numerous security forces after sitting on the ground.” [Reuters]

During a pro-government rally in Bahrain, demonstrators who support the regime blamed Iran for the sectarian divide and the ongoing anti-government protests. One of the speakers at the rally also claimed the main opposition party al-Wefaq is the “voice of Iran,” according to the BBC’s Bill Law, who is in Bahrain. [BBC]

[Photos: Riot police come under fire from Molotov cocktails as they chase anti-government protesters in Sanabis, Bahrain on Sunday; An anti-government protester is treated Sunday in a house in Sanabis for birdshot pellet wounds sustained after protesters clashed by riot police. Credit: Hasan Jamali/ AP]

(Source: pantslessprogressive, via brosephstalin-deactivated201212)

February 3, 2012
ACLU Sues U.S. for Information on Targeted Killing Program

Terrifying

solitaryforager:

Our government’s deliberate and premeditated killing of American terrorism suspects raises profound questions that ought to be the subject of public debate. Unfortunately the Obama administration has released very little information about the practice — its official position is that the targeted killing program is a state secret — and some of the information it has released has been misleading.

Our suit overlaps with the one recently filed by The New York Times insofar as it seeks the legal memos on which the targeted killing program is based. But our suit is broader. We’re seeking, in addition to the legal memos, the government’s evidentiary basis for strikes that killed three Americans in Yemen in the fall of 2011. We’re also seeking information about the process by which the administration adds Americans to secret government “kill lists.” We think it’s crucial that the administration release the legal memos, but we don’t think the memos alone will allow the public to evaluate the lawfulness and wisdom of the program.

We know something about the fall 2011 strikes from media reports. On September 30, the CIA and the military’s Joint Special Operations Command (JSOC) jointly carried out the targeted killing of Anwar al-Awlaki, a U.S. citizen born in New Mexico, using missiles fired from unmanned drones in Yemen. A second U.S. citizen, Samir Khan, was killed in the same attack. Two weeks later, Anwar al-Awlaki’s son, Abdulrahman, a 16-year-old U.S. citizen born in Colorado, was killed in another U.S. drone strike elsewhere in Yemen. The administration has not adequately explained the legal basis for these strikes, and it has not explained the factual basis, either.

Soon after the fall 2011 strikes, we submitted a FOIA request to the CIA, Department of Defense, and Department of Justice (DOJ). Three months later, we have yet to receive a single document in response. Outrageously, the CIA and the DOJ Office of Legal Counsel responded by refusing to confirm or deny the existence or nonexistence of records responsive to our request. Essentially, these agencies are saying the targeted killing program is so secret that they can’t even acknowledge that it exists.

(Source: socialuprooting)

November 8, 2011
Another Man to be Executed in Texas in a few days Without DNA testing, Witnesses have Recanted

stfuconservatives:

bringtheruckuss:

Just like Troy Davis, Hank Skinner is scheduled to die with only days to live. November 9 is his execution date and he has been on death row since 1995. The star witness has recanted her testimony and others have implicated another man as the murderer of Skinner’s girlfriend and her two adult sons. Skinner has requested a DNA test to be conducted on all of the evidence, however, the request has been denied.  Of course, this is in Rick Perry’s ‘hang ‘em high’ Texas.

During his trial, the prosecution conducted DNA tests on the clothes Skinner was wearing, but for some reason decided against testing the rest of the evidence at hand, which includes a rape kit, the murder weapons, several hairs clutched in his girlfriend’s hand and a bloody windbreaker that strongly resembles that of the man accused by others as being the real killer.

The death penalty was established as a crime deterrent but only if the accused is guilty is beyond a reasonable doubt. The justice system has failed previously and will fail again in the future. History is repeating itself and the outcome may be determined after the typical partisan bickering which seems to prevail over our justice system, but time is short and a man’s innocence has yet to be determined through science.

Petition here:

http://www.change.org/petitions/withdraw-execution-warrant-and-grant-dna-testing-to-hank-skinner-2

(via stfuconservatives)

October 25, 2011
nezua:

thegermansmakegoodstuff:

U.S. drone strike kills 16 year old kid. He was an American citizen
News reports have been saying he was 21, but that’s a lie, his family says he was 16. Abdulrahman al-Awlaki was born in Denver in 1995. He was the son of Anwar al-Awlaki, a recruiter for al-Qaeda, who was targeted and killed in another drone strike last month. His father was also a U.S. citizen. Abdulrahman’s grandfather released a statement yesterday:

“To kill a teenager is just unbelievable, really, and they claim that he is an al-Qaeda militant. It’s nonsense. They want to justify his killing, that’s all.”

Abdulrahman’s 17 year old cousin was also killed. The family claims the attack targeted an outdoor barbecue, and several teenagers were killed.
Most reactions I’ve seen consider this a new precedent, in the way the U.S. handles its citizens. But this isn’t new. Government assassinations of U.S. citizens goes back to at least 1969, when the FBI murdered Fred Hampton in his bed as he slept.

god shed his waste on theeeee

nezua:

thegermansmakegoodstuff:

U.S. drone strike kills 16 year old kid. He was an American citizen

News reports have been saying he was 21, but that’s a lie, his family says he was 16. Abdulrahman al-Awlaki was born in Denver in 1995. He was the son of Anwar al-Awlaki, a recruiter for al-Qaeda, who was targeted and killed in another drone strike last month. His father was also a U.S. citizen. Abdulrahman’s grandfather released a statement yesterday:

“To kill a teenager is just unbelievable, really, and they claim that he is an al-Qaeda militant. It’s nonsense. They want to justify his killing, that’s all.”

Abdulrahman’s 17 year old cousin was also killed. The family claims the attack targeted an outdoor barbecue, and several teenagers were killed.

Most reactions I’ve seen consider this a new precedent, in the way the U.S. handles its citizens. But this isn’t new. Government assassinations of U.S. citizens goes back to at least 1969, when the FBI murdered Fred Hampton in his bed as he slept.

god shed his waste on theeeee

(via fuckyeahmarxismleninism)

September 22, 2011

pantslessprogressive:

Solidarity for Troy Davis - Atlanta, Georgia.

[Photos: Protesters gather around the Georgia Capitol building this week. Credit: AP Photo/David Tulis; AP; Jessica McGowan/Getty Images; AJ Reynolds/redandblack.com]

(Source: pantslessprogressive, via stfuconservatives)

September 22, 2011

This isn’t to take away white supremacist capitalist patriarchy’s murder of Mr Davis at all.  But since in theory people are thinking about the US killing some innocent people at the moment…. According to Lancet, between 2003 and 2006, “Operation Iraqi Freedom” resulted in 1.25+ MILLION excess deaths, half of the Violent, in Iraq.  .5 million from Sanctions before that.  Pinochet? 100,000 innocent chileans interned, tortured, or killed with CIA assistance.  Guerra Secco?  30,000 at least.  Lets wait on the numbers in Bahrain.  Or Libya.  Or… whoever is next.

September 21, 2011
"The decision to kill bin Laden outright was the clearest illustration to date of a little-noticed aspect of the Obama administration’s counterterror policy. The Bush administration captured thousands of suspected militants and sent them to detention camps in Afghanistan, Iraq, and Guantanamo Bay. The Obama administration, by contrast, has focused on eliminating individual terrorists rather than attempting to take them alive."

— The Atlantic

August 21, 2011
King's Torah splits Israel's religious and secular Jews

verbalresistance:

Recent protests in Israel highlight the differences between the country’s religious and secular Jewish communities.

Rabbis Dov Lior and Yacob Yousef were detained for questioning

Hundreds of right-wing Jews have taken part in demonstrations outside Israel’s Supreme Court over the brief detention of two prominent rabbis in the last few weeks.

There were clashes with police on horseback on the nearby Jerusalem streets and several arrests were made.

Rabbis Dov Lior and Yacob Yousef had endorsed a highly controversial book, the King’s Torah - written by two lesser-known settler rabbis. It justifies killing non-Jews, including those not involved in violence, under certain circumstances.

The fifth chapter, entitled “Murder of non-Jews in a time of war” has been widely quoted in the Israeli media. The summary states that “you can kill those who are not supporting or encouraging murder in order to save the lives of Jews”.

At one point it suggests that babies can justifiably be killed if it is clear they will grow up to pose a threat.

Israeli police investigating allegations of incitement had asked the rabbis to be voluntarily questioned, but took them into custody when they refused.

Both men have strong support among ideological Jewish settlers in the occupied West Bank, but the wider religious community also took up their cause.

The heated reaction to their arrests has highlighted tensions between religious and civil authority in Israel and sparked a debate over freedom of expression…

Read More: BBC News

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