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Unarmed Black Man, Ezell Ford, Shot by Police in Los Angeles

by on Aug.15, 2014, under News Events

Family members claim that Ford was complying with officers and was lying on the ground when he was fatally shot.

Posted: Aug. 13 2014 8:15 AM
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Ezell Ford, 25, was unarmed and, according to his family, was lying on the ground when he was fatally shot by a Los Angeles police officer Aug. 11, 2014.KTLA SCREENSHOT

While the country is still reeling from the news and aftermath of the fatal shooting by police of unarmed Ferguson, Mo., teen Michael Brown, KTLA is reporting that a 25-year-old mentally challenged man was shot and killed in Los Angeles while lying on the ground. His family says he was complying with officers. He was also unarmed.

According to the news station, Ezell Ford, 25, was only blocks from his South Los Angeles home Monday when officers stopped him. Police claim that it was an “investigative stop” but have not stated why Ford was being investigated. According to police, a struggle ensued and police “opened fire,” indicates a Los Angeles Police Department news release issued Tuesday and viewed by the news station.

Ford was taken to the hospital and underwent surgery, but he died from his injuries, according to the news station.

A police spokesman told the news station that officers received minor cuts during the incident and didn’t need medical attention, but a statement released by the LAPD indicated that no officers were injured.

Ford’s family tells a very different story. They claim that Ford was shot while he lay on the ground complying with the officers.

A witness who did not want to give his name, but told the news station that he was Ford’s cousin, also said that Ford was mentally disabled. “They laid him out, and for whatever reason, they shot him in the back, knowing, mentally, he has complications. Every officer in this area, from the Newton Division, knows that—that this child has mental problems,” the man said. “The excessive force … there was no purpose for it. The multiple shootings in the back while he’s laying down? No. Then when the mom comes, they don’t try to console her … they pull the billy clubs out.”

Ford’s mother, Tritobia Ford, told the news station that when she arrived at the scene to try to get information about her son, she was pushed to the ground. She also claims that police wouldn’t tell her what happened to her son or where he had been hospitalized.

Police officials told the news station that they were unaware of any information being withheld from Ford’s mother.

“My heart is so heavy,” Tritobia Ford told KTLA. “My son was a good kid. He didn’t deserve to die the way he did.”

News of Ford’s death was shared on social media, and KTLA reports that a rally is being organized for 3 p.m. Sunday at LAPD headquarters.

Civil rights leader Earl Ofari Hutchinson, president of the Los Angeles Urban Policy Roundtable, told the news station that several black activists are calling for a meeting with LAPD Chief Charlie Beck over Ford’s shooting.

“The killing of Ezell Ford—coming on the heels of the Michael Brown killing in Ferguson, Missouri—again raises the issue and problem of tense police-community relations,” Hutchinson said in a statement viewed by KTLA. “This is the sole reason we have called for a meeting … to get all the facts in the shooting and for assurances that the shooting will be subject to the most rigorous review to determine if there was any wrongdoing in Ford’s death.”

Read more at KTLA.

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These lousy ass cops don’t care about you israelites they will continue to gun you down like animals

by on Aug.12, 2014, under News Events

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Military equipment flowing to local law enforcement raises questions

by on Jan.27, 2013, under News Events

Military equipment flowing to local law enforcement raises questions

Military equipment flowing to local law enforcement raises questions photo
Jason Getz / AJC
An armored truck is seen in the Sandy Springs Fire Station No. 4
Military equipment flowing to local law enforcement raises questions photo
Cobb County has two armored vehicles. One was military surplus and the other the police department bought using grant money.

By Rhonda Cook

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

The southeast Georgia town of Bloomingdale is tiny but well-armed.

Metro Atlanta police departments and sheriff’s offices have armored trucks and personnel carriers in their arsenals.

And the Carroll County Sheriff’s Office has in its possession four grenade launchers should there be a need to send canisters of tear gas or bean bags into a volatile situation.

All donated surplus military equipment available to law enforcement agencies nationwide — large and small.

Some people are upset that there are local law enforcement agencies armed with such weapons of war.

But the agencies that got the guns, armored vehicles and grenade launchers say it sends a message to would-be criminals: Officers “are armed to meet any threat,” so criminals should just stay away, said Bloomingdale Police Chief Roy Pike.

“Having the equipment precludes having to use it,” Pike said. “In the 20 years I’ve been here, we haven’t had to use deadly force against anybody.”

From the so-called 1033 program operated by a U.S. Department of Defense unit, Pike’s department of 13 officers acquired a grenade launcher for shooting tear gas, two M14 single-shot semi-automatic rifles and two M16 military-style rifles converted to semi-automatic from automatic.

The Defense Department established the 1033 program in the late 1990s to provide state and local law enforcement agencies with weapons, helicopters, armored vehicles, body armor, night vision equipment, surveillance equipment and protective gear. It also provides such things as surplus .45-caliber handguns and first-aid supplies.

Several local law enforcement officials said if their agencies had to buy the stuff, they’d just do without most of it. But since it’s donated, they find a place for it.

There is no cost to local taxpayers since they’ve already paid for the equipment with their federal taxes.

According to the most recent inventory by the Georgia Department of Public Safety, $200 million in surplus military equipment and weapons is in the hands of 600 Georgia law enforcement agencies, large and small.

Some say it’s an example of the militarization of police departments.

“I think military-grade weapons should be restricted to just that, the military. If local police run into a situation where someone is using those types of weapons, then call in the National Guard,” said LaShanda Hardin, who lives in Clayton County.

The Cato Institute, a Washington-based think tank that promotes individual liberty and limited government, believes the military surplus program should be shut down, said Tim Lynch, director of the criminal justice project.

“When this equipment is given away, police departments start saying, ‘Let’s grab it.’ ” And once the equipment is in the hands of law enforcement, “we have militarized units going into the community in situations where they aren’t warranted,” Lynch said.

“This is one of the most alarming trends in American policing,” Lynch continued. “We used to call them peace officers and they would treat people … with more respect and civility. We’re getting away from that. We’re getting into these military tactics and mindset that the people they (police) come into contact with are the enemy … and part of this is the militarized units in police departments.”

According to state records, the Georgia Department of Corrections has one armored truck and the state Department of Homeland Security has seven armored vehicles.

State records also show agencies that have benefited from the program include:

  • The Waycross Police Department, which has two armored personnel carriers and 16 M15 rifles.
  • The Cartersville Police Department, which has an armored personnel carrier and 17 M14 rifles.
  • The Doraville Police Department, which has an armored personnel carrier.
  • Newnan PD, which has an armored personnel carrier, 15 M16s and 12 M14s.
  • Clayton County PD, which has a helicopter, an armored truck, 11 M16s and five M14s.
  • Cobb County PD, which has an armored truck, 106 M16s and eight M14s. Cobb also has a second armored vehicle, which it bought using federal grant funds.

 

Other agencies with armored trucks include the Sandy Springs and Pelham police departments and the Gordon, Morgan, Oconee, Pickens and Walton county sheriffs offices.

According to state records, the U.S. Department of Defense has put the value of the armored personnel carriers at almost $245,000 each and the armored trucks at around $65,000 each. State records did not assign a value to the rifles or the grenade launchers.

The agencies who have them say they save lives, and there is a waiting list of agencies that want armored vehicles as well as weapons.

“It gives the … SWAT guys a protection to where they can get closer to the folks shooting at them,” said Don Sherrod, director of excess property for the Georgia Department of Public Safety, which oversees the program for the DOD. “When you pull up in something … and the bullets start bouncing off, they (criminals) give up.”

Cobb County Police Department SWAT uses its two armored vehicles to extricate people from a “hot zone” or to get officers closer to a “volatile situation.”

Capt. Craig Dodson of the Carroll County Sheriff’s Office said the agency has grenade launchers that have not been used, but they are held in reserve for scenarios that require deputies to fire tear gas canisters or non-lethal bean bags. He said the agency also has not yet used any of its 65 M16 semi-automatic rifles from the program.

“Our goal is to try to equip every patrolman in the law enforcement division with a rifle,” Dodson said.

“The M16 … gives you more capability to penetrate body armor or to make long-distance shots if you are not able to get closer. … It’s a safety blanket. We ask people to go out and do a job, and we want to give them the tools to be safe and do the job.”

But regardless of what law enforcement officials contend, Kimberly Binns, a multimedia designer who lives in Decatur, is alarmed by what military-grade firepower could mean for law-abiding citizens.

“I do not see the need for police departments to have such an extended arsenal,” she said.

Candace Garrett Daly, a Cobb County homemaker, is equally unnerved.

“What are we headed to?” Garrett asked. “Whatever it is seems to be already in motion at a breakneck speed. The police are preparing for an enemy. My question is, ‘Who is the enemy?”

Data specialist Kelly Guckian and staff writer Ernie Suggs contributed to this article.


By the numbers

About 600 Georgia police agencies are participating in a program with the U.S. Department of Defense that allows them to acquire surplus military weapons and vehicles. A by-the-numbers look at the program.

Military-style rifles (M-14, M-16): 3,532

Grenade launchers: 8

Armored trucks/personnel carriers: 26

Unaccounted for weapons: 26

Total value of the weapons, vehicles: $200 million

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US struck with yet another shootout, 2 police officers killed in Kansas(more judgement for you devils)

by on Dec.17, 2012, under News Events

Bystanders watch as police investigate the scene of a shooting outside a grocery store in Topeka, December 16, 2012.

Bystanders watch as police investigate the scene of a shooting outside a grocery store in Topeka, December 16, 2012.
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Two American police officers have been shot dead in the state of Kansas amid a spate of deadly shootings across the United States.

The incident took place outside a grocery store in the city of Topeka on Sunday when a gunman opened fire on the officers investigating a suspicious vehicle, a police statement said.

Corporal David Gogian, 50, and Officer Jeff Atherly, 29, were shot in the head and died later at a local hospital. Police have launched an investigation into the incident.

Police say they are looking for a 22-year-old man identified as David Edward as the main shooting suspect. Edward is “armed and extremely dangerous,” according to the police statement.

“We’re taking all the tips we can get,” said police spokeswoman Kristen Veverka.

The incident came just two days after a 20-year-old, identified as Adam Lanza, killed twenty children and six women at an elementary school in Newtown, Connecticut.

Addressing a memorial service on Sunday for the victims of the Friday shooting in Newtown, US President Barack Obama vowed to curb gun violence in America, saying the country is not doing enough to protect its children.

Obama is being pressured to tighten the country’s gun laws after the Newtown tragedy. Critics argue Obama’s gun control record illustrates consistent failure to act.

The United States has notoriously lax gun control laws and the highest rate of gun ownership in the world; an average of 88 percent of the people in America possess firearms, according to a 2007 Small Arms Survey.

The US has experienced several mass killings this year including the Colorado cinema shooting in July, which left 12 dead and 59 injured, and the August killing spree at a Sikh temple, which left seven dead.

In another shooting spree, a gunman fired at least 50 shots in a parking lot outside a mall in Newport Beach, California on Saturday, causing panic among the shoppers. No one was injured during the incident.

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Senate Unanimously Passes 2013 NDAA; Power to Arrest Americans Remains

by on Dec.11, 2012, under News Events

Joe Wolverton, II, J.D.
The New American

Just after 5:00 p.m. Tuesday, the Senate did it again. By a vote of 98-0 (two senators abstained) lawmakers in the upper chamber approved the Fiscal Year 2013 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA). Not a single senator objected to the passage once again of a law that purports to permit the president, supported by nothing more substantial than his own belief that the suspect poses a threat to national security, to deploy the U.S. military to arrest an American living in America.

As The New American reported, an amendment to the 2013 version of the defense spending bill passed by the Senate clarified the right to trial of “citizens and permanent legal residents” detained under the relevant sections of the revamped measure.

The amendment, known as the Feinstein-Lee Amendment, was cosponsored by Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), Mike Lee (R-Utah), and Rand Paul (R-Ky.). In an interview Tuesday with The New American, spokesmen for Lee and Paul admitted that the amendment did not go far enough in the defense of due process, but said it was a step in the right direction.

“Colored by our experience with the due process amendment to the NDAA we offered in 2012, we knew that we would have nowhere near the number of votes needed to pass an amendment that guaranteed due process for all persons detained under the NDAA,” explained Doug Stafford, chief of staff for Rand Paul.

Stafford and Rob Porter, general counsel for the office of Senator Lee, reiterated that they recognize that the Feinstein-Lee Amendment was not the ideal attack on the indefinite detention provisions of the NDAA. Senators Lee and Paul believe, the spokesmen assured The New American, that “the full panoply of due process rights should apply to all persons, not just American citizens.”

For now, however, the NDAA 2013 is almost law, and the president’s power to send troops to arrest Americans living in America remains intact and unabridged. That is rightfully terrifying to constitutionalists, journalists, and any other American who fears being kidnapped by the military and indefinitely detained.

Yes, the Feinstein-Lee Amendment explicitly guarantees the right of a trial by jury to American citizens, but it also explicitly authorizes the president to indefinitely detain them, a substantial step beyond even last year’s NDAA and the Authority for the Use of Military Force (AUMF), upon which it builds.

Despite this despicable extension of despotic powers so unconscionable and unconstitutional, The Hillreported after the Tuesday’s vote that this year’s NDAA passed so overwhelmingly because of the “the lack of controversial issues this year.”

Most senators were equally gleeful.

Prior to the vote, Senator Carl Levin (D-Mich.) bragged that he was “so proud our committee could keep the tradition of passing for 51 times a defense authorization bill.”

This was, in fact, only the second time in half a century that an annual defense spending bill has passed unanimously.

Last week, President Obama threatened to veto the bill because it “trespasses on his power.”

As reported by the online Huffington Post:

Among the issues the president’s Office of Management and Budget singled out were some of the controversial military detainee provisions, although it did not take issue with language passed in last year’s bill that lets the military hold American civilians without trial.

Instead, the White House complains about ongoing restrictions on its ability to transfer prisoners from the Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, prison base for terrorism suspects, which are reasserted in section 1031 on the bill.

Despite promises to shutter the notorious detention facility, this year it celebrated its 10th year of operation.

Ostensibly, raising the bar for transfer of prisoners from Gitmo riles the president, thus his threat to reject the NDAA.

As for his power, that is rightly set forth in Article II of the Constitution, not in the NDAA or any other act masquerading as law passed by an oligarchy masquerading as the people’s representatives.

The president, Congress, and the courts would be wise to remember the words of Alexander Hamilton fromFederalist, No. 33:

If a number of political societies enter into a larger political society, the laws which the latter may enact, pursuant to the powers intrusted [sic] to it by its constitution, must necessarily be supreme over those societies and the individuals of whom they are composed…. But it will not follow from this doctrine that acts of the larger society which are not pursuant to its constitutional powers, but which are invasions of the residuary authorities of the smaller societies, will become the supreme law of the land. These will be merely acts of usurpation, and will deserve to be treated as such. [Emphasis in original.]

Undaunted, inveterate warmonger Senator Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) addressed the Senate following the defeat of the amendment calling for increased restrictions on the transfer of prisoners out of Guantanamo, explaining the reasons for need to deny due process to people he earlier called “crazy bastards.”

“Simply stated, the American people don’t want to close Guantanamo Bay, which is an isolated, military-controlled facility, to bring these crazy bastards that want to kill us all to the United States,” Graham said. “Most Americans believe that the people at Guantanamo Bay are not some kind of burglar or bank robber. They are bent on our destruction. And I stand with the American people that we’re under siege, we’re under attack and we’re at war.”

“Some of my colleagues in this body have forgotten what 9/11 is all about,” Graham continued. “The people who attacked us on 9/11, in that prison, want to destroy our way of life. They don’t want to steal your car. They don’t want to break in your house. And we’ve got a military prison being well run, so I think the American people are telling everybody in this body, ‘Have you lost your mind? We’re at war. Act like you’re at war.’”

What Graham fails to mention, however, is that the Constitution gives Congress the exclusive power to declare war — something it has not done since World War II.

Graham and his cohorts in the war wing of the Republican Party (John McCain chief among them) are content not only to abdicate their constitutional authority to declare war, but to betray their oaths of office wherein they vowed to “preserve, protect, and defend the Constitution.”

Finally, although the denial of due process to all persons and the retention of the totalitarian power granted the president to deploy the U.S. military to arrest citizens without charge are by far the most loathsome and illegal provisions of the 2013 version of the NDAA, there are other sections equally worthy of condemnation.

For example, Section 1203 authorizes the secretaries of Defense and State:

(1) To enhance the ability of the Yemen Ministry of Interior Counter Terrorism Forces to conductcounterterrorism operations against al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula and its affiliates.

(2) To enhance the capacity of the national military forces, security agencies serving a similar defense function, other counterterrorism forces, and border security forces of Djibouti, Ethiopia, and Kenya to conduct counterterrorism operations against al Qaeda, al Qaeda affiliates, and al Shabaab.

(3) To enhance the capacity of national military forces participating in the African Union Mission in Somalia to conduct counterterrorism operations against al Qaeda, al Qaeda affiliates, and al Shabaab.

Funding limits of $75,000,000 in each area are set in the bill. How will this money be spent? For “provision of equipment, supplies, training, and minor military construction.” Looks like expansion of the drone war just got a huge kickstart.

The bill will now be sent to a House-Senate conference committee. Despite differences in the versions of the measure passed by the two chambers, it is all but certain that the right words will be spoken in the right ears, and the president will once again sign this year’s NDAA into law. As one GOP staffer told The Hill, “While there are difference between the bills, there doesn’t appear to be anything that is insurmountable or will keep the conference committee from resolving the differences.”

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Arrested for chalking

by on Aug.16, 2012, under News Events

Police in American cities are cracking down on chalk artwork, but not
all of them – only those Occupy (continue reading…)

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Journalist facing 21 years in prison for recording police

by on Aug.08, 2012, under News Events

Ademo Mueller, the journalist behind a popular activism site copblock.org, is facing 21 years in prison for publishing conversations with (continue reading…)

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Scott Olsen: ‘Occupy Wall Street must force changes’

by on Aug.08, 2012, under News Events

RT’s Anastasia Churkina talks to Occupy activist and war veteran Scott Olsen on the state of affairs in the US (continue reading…)

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Scott Olsen: ‘Occupy Wall Street must force changes’

by on Aug.08, 2012, under News Events

RT’s Anastasia Churkina talks to Occupy activist and war veteran Scott Olsen on the state of affairs in the US (continue reading…)

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