Browsing: The Police State

‘Republican lawmakers in North Dakota are taking aim at protesters with a handful of bills that would make another pipeline protest far more dangerous.

The oil-friendly legislature argues that its constituents are frustrated over the protests, which led federal authorities to halt construction of the $3.8-billion Dakota Access Pipeline as thousands of protesters braved cold weather and violence for months.

A bill that state GOP Rep. Keith Kempenich introduced would exempt drivers from liability if they accidentally hit a pedestrian, according to the Bismarck Tribune. House Bill 1203 was written up in direct response to groups of protesters blocking roadways, Kempenich told the paper. He claims protesters were seen jumping out in front of vehicles.’

Read more: North Dakota Bill Would Protect Drivers Who ‘Accidentally’ Hit And Kill Protesters

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‘In a September 2014 report prepared for the United Nations Committee Against Torture, a grassroots effort called We Charge Genocide documented that, “Young people of color in communities across Chicago are consistently profiled, targeted, harassed, and subjected to excessive force by the (predominantly white) [Chicago Police Department]—leaving far too many physically injured, killed, and emotionally scarred.”

The investigation, led by directly impacted Chicago residents, determined that between 2009 and 2011, 92 percent of all CPD Taser uses targeted black or Latino people. Black residents are 10 times more likely to be shot by the CPD than their white counterparts, the probe found, and thousands of misconduct complaints are going systematically disregarded.’

Read more: Chicago Police Assaulted Children, Got Away With Murders: DOJ Report Echoes What Residents Have Long Known


‘Very few Americans are aware of the truth behind the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Few books have been written about it, unlike other significant assassinations, especially JFK’s. For almost fifty years there has been a media blackout supported by government deception to hide the truth.

And few people, in a massive act of self-deception, have chosen to question the absurd official explanation, choosing, rather, to embrace a mythic fabrication intended to sugarcoat the bitter fruit that has resulted from the murder of the one man capable of leading a mass movement for revolutionary change in the United States. Today we are eating the fruit of our denial.’

Read more: ‘Orders to Kill’ Dr. Martin Luther King: The Government that Honors MLK with a National Holiday Killed Him


‘The Israeli military has violently suppressed a Palestinian protest rally calling for the release of the bodies of those killed by the regime’s forces in the occupied West Bank city of Bethlehem.

Israeli troops fired tear gas, sound bombs and rubber-coated steel bullets at the demonstrators as they arrived at the northern entrance of Bethlehem near the Israeli apartheid wall on Sunday afternoon.

The protesters were seen carrying mock coffins and Palestinian flags during the march and chanting slogans against Israel’s violations of Palestinian rights.

Activists and relatives of the Palestinian victims addressed the protesters before the start of the march.’

Read more: Israeli forces attack ralliers urging return of Palestinian bodies


‘Bahrain has executed three anti-regime Shia activists over their alleged role in a 2014 bomb attack, amid widespread public anger against the death verdicts.

Catherine Shakdam, director of Shafaqna Institute for Middle Eastern Studies, believes the Al Khalifah is a “despicable” and “illegitimate” regime which feels empowered and entitled to conduct murder.

“I do not really care what kind of justification they are going to use or what legality they are going to involve trying to portray this [execution] as some kind of an act of justice. This is not an act of justice. This is an act of murder, repression and genocide,” the analyst told Press TV in an interview on Sunday.’

Read more: Executing activists, takes Al Khalifah monarchy closer to its end: Expert


‘The latest prison riot in northern Brazil is thought to have claimed the lives of more than 30 people, police sources say.

Police investigator, Otacillo de Medeiros, gave the latest death toll on Sunday, after leaving Alcacuz Penitentiary Center near the northeastern city of Natal in Rio Grande do Norte state.

“There are probably more than 30 dead” after the overnight massacre at the riot-hit jail, the police official said.’

Read more: Brazil prison riot ‘probably’ killed over 30, police say


‘One of the many side stories that has been lost in the chaos of the Trump transition is the fact that far-right Islamophobe Frank Gaffney has been serving as a foreign policy adviser. Considering President-elect Donald Trump’s views about Muslims, this isn’t too surprising.

Trump’s shallow understanding of the issue of Islamist extremism has obviously been gleaned from the right-wing fever swamps and Gaffney owns that end of the bog. (The Southern Poverty Law Center has posted a full Gaffney dossier.)

But with all the excitement over Trump’s various mounting scandals, Gaffney’s influence has flown under the radar, at least until this week. That’s when one of his close associates went to Capitol Hill to testify at his CIA director confirmation hearing. That’s right, Trump’s nominee to run the Central Intelligence Agency, Rep. Mike Pompeo of Kansas, is a Gaffney guy.’

Read more: Meet Mike Pompeo, the Far-Right Christian Zealot Who Will Lead Trump’s CIA

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‘Police in a Chicago suburb have finally released a dash-cam clip that shows several officers violently attacking and pinning down an African American PhD student falsely accused of stealing his own car.

“This is my vehicle, sir. I have evidence. . . . I purchased this vehicle January 23, 2015, from Libertyville Chevrolet,” said the victim Lawrence Crosby at the time of the incident as his voice was captured by the dashboard-camera video,” read a Washington Post report Saturday, noting that police in the affluent city of Evanston still handcuffed and arrested the black student despite verifying that he owned the vehicle.

Police released the dash-cam video earlier this week, the report says, detailing the half-hour encounter that triggered a civil lawsuit against police by Crosby and yet another debate on race and policing in the city, located just north of Chicago.’

Read more: New video shows US police beating and arresting black man over stealing own car

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