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Ted Rall – Cops: Too Crazy to be Trusted With Guns

We’re not supposed to question juries. They’re our peers. They put in long hours, working hard essentially for free. Most of all, they see all the evidence. We don’t. We have to assume that they know what they’re doing. Sometimes, however, a jury verdict relies on so many false assumptions, baseless assignments of privilege and twisted logic that you have …

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JARED KELLER – Police Killed Nearly 1,000 Civilians in 2015

LeGrier was murdered on Saturday. The 19-year-old engineering student was shot and killed by Chicago police officers, according to ABC 7 Chicago, after cops responded to a call around 4:30 a.m from LeGrier’s father saying his son was “acting crazy” and waving a baseball bat. LeGrier wasn’t the responding officers’ only victim; Bettie Jones, a 55-year-old anti-violence activist, mother of five, and LeGreir’s downstairs neighbor, was caught …

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Leid Stories – 12.17.15

Mistrial in Freddie Gray Case in Baltimore; Chicago Cop Faces Murder Charges in 16-Shot Killing
Leid Stories returns to its series on killer cops with major updates on two cases—the death last April of Freddie Gray, 25, a week after suffering severe spinal injuries while being transported to a Baltimore police stationhouse after a contentious arrest, and the killing of 17-year-old Laquan McDonald on Oct. 20 last year by Chicago police officer Jason Van Dyke.
A Baltimore judge declared a mistrial yesterday in the case against Officer William Porter, one of six officers charged in Gray’s death and the first to be tried, after a jury said it was hopelessly deadlocked in deciding four charges against him. In Chicago, Officer Van Dyke yesterday formally was charged with six counts of murder
“The People’s Attorney General” Alton H. Maddox Jr., who had predicted that Porter would walk because of tactical and legal errors by the prosecutor, discusses legal problems with both cases.

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Love Lust And Laughter – 12.08.15

Authors and relationship coaches Mali and Joe Dunn (www.thesoulmateexperience.com) were guests on the program again. This time we focused on Jealousy – which can show up in an instant and have you feeling insecure, embarrassed, angry, or even out of control. They offer a 23-day self-paced outline course called Overcoming Jealousy. This emotion can be an unpleasant but potent sexual intensifier in which anger is combined with insecurity. Flirtations can be especially unsettling for the possessive and insecure because they are concrete reminders that the flirter finds others sexually appealing and therefore might consider going further. There can be positive effects too: a mate’s desirability can be enhanced by outside confirmation. And then the primary partnership can take the energy home! But when one of them is upset, comfort/reassurance rather than ridicule is needed. Joe and Mali can show you how to harness the energy of jealousy to actually increase the passion in your relationship!

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Leid Stories – 12.03.15

Prosecuting Egregious Police Crimes: When the Law Is Out of Order
(Part 4: The Jamar Clark (Minneapolis) Case
Leid Stories concludes a series on legal issues and challenges involved in prosecuting police officers charged with killing civilians. Today’s installment focuses on a police killing that has sparked community outrage and protest since Nov. 15—the day Jamar Clark, 24, was shot in the head by a Minneapolis police officer during a highly contentious arrest. Eyewitnesses claim Clark was restrained and handcuffed when he was killed, but police say he tried to take an officer’s gun away from him.
“The People’s Attorney General” Alton H. Maddox Jr., who set many legal precedents litigating police-brutality and hate-crime cases in New York, discusses key legal issues in the case that are at the root of ongoing protests demanding a federal investigation.

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Leid Stories – 12.02.15

Prosecuting Egregious Police Crimes: When the Law Is Out of Order (Part 3: The Tamir Rice (Cleveland) and Jamar Clark (Minneapolis) Cases Continuing this series on the legal issues and challenges involved in prosecuting police officers charged with killing civilians, Leid Stories discusses developments in the efforts to bring to trial cops implicated in the shooting deaths of Tamir Rice, …

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Leid Stories – 11.25.15

Protests Over Police Killing in Chicago Met with Platitudes
Want Justice? Hold On to Your Cash This Holiday Season!
A police cruiser’s dashcam videotape that showed the brutal killing of 17-year-old Laquan McDonald by former Chicago Police Department cop Jason Van Dyke on Oct. 20 last year touched off a new round of protest yesterday after its court-ordered release. Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Police Superintendent Garry McCarthy were quick to call for calm and order, but local activists are demanding accountability and long-overdue justice in the case.
Leid Stories proposes a way that everyone can contribute to the cause of justice in our society: Hold on to your cash this holiday season.

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Tom Carter – World Socialist Web Site

With the death toll from police brutality continuing to mount, the US Supreme Court on Monday issued a decision expanding the authoritarian doctrine of “qualified immunity,” which shields police officers from legal accountability. When a civil rights case is summarily dismissed by a judge on the grounds of “qualified immunity,” the case is legally terminated. It never goes to trial …

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Leid Stories – 10.19.15

St Louis Nuclear Waste Dump Near Ferguson Threatened by Fire
The Tamir Rice Case: Are Legal Strategies Failing Once Again?
Investigative journalist Paul DeRienzo, who has been reporting on the catastrophic consequences of America’s military and corporate nuclear-development and waste-disposal operations and programs, reports that the City of St. Louis has come up with an evacuation plan, should a “catastrophic event” occur at a landfill, near Ferguson, containing radioactive waste.

“Much has been written about the poverty and deep-seated racism in Ferguson,” DeRienzo says, “but little has been said of the environmental racism” besieging the city.

Samaria Rice—the mother of 12-year-old Tamir Rice, who was shot and killed by a rookie police officer in Cleveland last Nov. 22—and lawyers representing the family on Friday called for an independent special prosecutor to handle the case. Cuyahoga County Prosecutor Timothy McGinty has not yet presented the case to a grand jury, but has released two “expert” reports concurring that the officer’s actions were “reasonable.”

Alton H. Maddox Jr., an expert on police-brutality cases, including cases that set a precedent for the appointment of special prosecutors, raises questions about the lawyers’ strategies.

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Lauren McCauley – Will BP’s Record Gulf Spill Settlement Amount to a Record Tax Break?

As the U.S. Department of Justice announced on Monday a final settlement with BP over the devastating 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill, groups are warning that the oil giant may still nab a substantial tax break under the deal. Attorney General Loretta Lynch said the $20.8 billion settlement agreement marks the “the largest settlement with a single entity in American history.” The …