PACK HATHAWAY COURT FRI. DEC. 18: DEMAND ORIGINAL JURY DECIDE FATE OF WATER SHUT-OFFS PROTESTERS

Members of the Homrich 9, arrested for blockading water shut-offs trucks.

Members of the Homrich 9, arrested for blockading water shut-offs trucks.

From: Detroiters Resisting Emergency Management 

December 15, 2015

 Judge Michael Hathaway during hearing on Tigh Croff, who killed a homeless man running away from him.  Hathaway said in chambers  he would have done the same thing and gave the defendant probation. What he will do about Detroiters living without water?

Next court appearance related to the Homrich water shut-off blockade comes this Friday (12/18) at 9am Frank Murphy Hall, 5th floor in Judge Michael Hathaway’s courtroom.

By proper procedures this case should not be in front of him at all, but this motion is that he should be recused from the case for substantive reasons of pre-judgment and bias. He is the one who stayed the jury from deliberation because, without evidence, notification, or opposition, the head of Duggan’s law department, Butch Hollowell told him that the trial “had gone off the rails.” It is unlikely that this case will get to the jury if the arguments are heard by him. It’s time again to fill the courtroom.

VOD: Diane Bukowski and Cornell Squires of the Voice of Detroit were present at the Dec. 1 hearing during which Hathaway argued with supporters of the Homrich 9 that he had legitimately shut down the 36th District Court jury trial at the request of “Mayor” Duggan’s top aides, including Butch Hollowell. See http://voiceofdetroit.net/2015/12/02/judge-michael-hathaway-seizes-water-protest-verdict-from-black-detroit-jury-halts-trial/.

Diane Bukowski under arrest Nov. 6, 2008.

Diane Bukowski under arrest Nov. 6, 2008.

Bukowski was also unjustly convicted of two felonies in front of Hathaway in 2009 for doing her job  as a reporter for the Michigan Citizen under the First Amendment. She was covering the high speed Michigan State Trooper case which killed two Black men, James Willingham and Jeffery Frazier on Detroit’s east side on Nov. 6, 2008, the day of President Barack Obama’s first election.

The troopers were not charged, although they drove at high speeds without lights and siren through a residential neighborhood with three elementary and schools in close proximity, at 3:30 p.m. Judge Hathaway was extremely biased throughout her trial, even granting a prosecution motion to exclude First Amendment consideration. http://freedianebukowski.org/.

THERE IS NO WAY JUDGE MICHAEL HATHAWAY WILL RECUSE HIMSELF FROM THE HOMRICH 9 CASE. WHILE THIS CASE WENDS ITS WAY THOUGH LEGAL BYPATHS, WHAT WILL DETROITERS DO TO SAVE THE THOUSANDS OF FAMILIES WHOSE WATER HAS BEEN SHUT OFF, AND THE THOUSANDS MORE WHO WILL CONTINUE TO BE SHUT OFF, ACCORDING TO THE RECOMMENDATIONS OF A BLUE RIBBON PANEL?

Rally against Emergency Manager in Benton Harbor 2012.

Rally against Benton Harbor Emergency Manager 2012.

LOOK TO FERGUSON, BALTIMORE, CHICAGO AND ELSEWHERE, FOR A PEOPLE WITHOUT WATER WILL DIE AS SURELY AS THE HUNDREDS NOW BEING KILLED BY POLICE THROUGHOUT THE U.S. THIS IS NOTHING BUT GENOCIDE! FIGHT BACK BY ANY MEANS NECESSARY!

http://voiceofdetroit.net/2014/11/15/detroit-bankruptcy-plan-genocide-in-usas-largest-black-majority-city-rich-get-95-9-poor-get-13-5/


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VIDEO SHOWS L.A. COPS PUMPING BULLETS INTO CRAWLING MAN, NICHOLAS ROBERTSON, KILLING HIM

December 13, 2014

Fusillade of bullets pumped into man after already shot by LA Sheriffs

Nicholas Robertson with his daughter, one of three children.

Nicholas Robertson with his daughter, one of three children.

LYNWOOD, Calif. — Two sheriff’s deputies fired their weapons at least 25 times and a man — reportedly wielding a gun — was killed Saturday in Lynwood outside Los Angeles.

The shooting occurred about 11 a.m. in the area of Long Beach Boulevard and Magnolia Avenue, Deputy Sara Rodriguez of the L.A. County Sheriff’s Information Bureau told CBS Los Angeles.

The man was pronounced dead at the scene.

At a press conference on Sunday, officials said the suspect’s name is Nicholas Robertson, a 28-year-old from Compton. Relatives told CBS Los Angeles he is a father of three.

Officials said at the press conference would only say Robertson had “prior contact with the judicial system,” but declined to provide details.

Nicholas Robertson crawling as cops pump bullets into him.

Nicholas Robertson crawling as cops pump bullets into him.

The incident was on the motel-lined commercial street, about seven blocks south of the 105 Freeway.

Authorities said deputies were dispatched to the area following reports of a “man with a gun” and “shots fired” call. Robertson is accused of shooting his gun into the air and acting erratically.

A graphic cellphone video of the incident appears to show two officers firing as many as 33 times at the suspect, reports CBS News’ Chris Martinez.

Early in their confrontation, Robertson falls to the ground and after a short interval he is seen crawling on his stomach as he is repeatedly struck by additional gunfire from police.

The suspect was described by various callers as a black male wearing a checkered shirt.

Deputies approached the suspect in front of a busy Arco station. They said the suspect refused multiple orders to drop his gun.

Authorities also said the suspect pointed his weapon — a loaded .45 — at deputies.

At their Sunday afternoon press conference, Los Angeles officials say video shows the suspect had his gun on him during the entirety of the incident.

Earl Ofari Hutchison

Earl Ofari Hutchison

Community activist Earl Ofari Hutchinson and other civil rights activists on Saturday accused police of using excessive force. They also asked for a fast-track investigation into the shooting by L.A. County District Attorney Jackie Lacey.

“The shooting of Robertson comes on the heels of the Chicago Police videotaped release of the shooting of Jacquan McDonald and is eerily similar,” Hutchison said, “You have a suspect that’s on the ground and subdued yet officers still keep pumping bullets into him. This is both reckless and excessive use of force. And given tension in the community over these types of shootings it makes it even more urgent that Lacey conduct a full, fast and impartial investigation and quickly release her findings.”

CBS Los Angeles spoke to Robertson’s friends and family at the scene.

“They shot him in his shoulder, and he was crawling to this gas station,” said Pamela Brown, Robertson’s mother-in-law.

She doesn’t believe Robertson had a gun and she doesn’t understand why deputies fired so many rounds.

A makeshift memorial set up Sunday, Dec. 13, 2015, for a man who was shot and killed by Los Angeles County Sheriff's deputies Saturday near a gasoline station, in Lynwood, Calif. A black man who was fatally shot by Los Angeles deputies kept holding a gun as he lay dying on the ground, authorities said Sunday in response to questions about why they continued to fire on the man after he fell to the pavement. (AP Photo/Ringo H.W. Chiu)

A makeshift memorial set up Sunday, Dec. 13, 2015, for a man who was shot and killed by Los Angeles County Sheriff’s deputies Saturday near a gasoline station, in Lynwood, Calif.

“He left three kids behind,” she said, “Two daughters and a son. What? They could have Tased him, or anything.”

Several people gathered at the scene calling the shooting unjustified and accusing the deputies of excessive force.

In a statement. LA County Sheriff Jim McDonnell said, “I want to assure the public that the Sheriff’s Department takes deputy-involved shootings very seriously and this investigation will be handled with the utmost professionalism and integrity. In this modern age of cellphone video and instant analysis on the internet I would ask that we keep in mind that a thorough and comprehensive investigation is detailed and time intensive. Our number one priority is public safety.”

Meanwhile, Brown said even though it won’t bring her son-in-law back, she wants answers.

“I’m not mad at them,” she said, “but you should have handled this in a different way.”

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PROTESTS SHUT DOWN DETROIT BANKRUPTCY FORUM, RUN RHODES, DUGGAN, SNYDER OUT; RACISM V. CITY CITED

DAREA and others at DIA fest for Judges Rhodes and Rosen, receiving the Dennis W. Archer award Nov. 19, 2015.

DAREA and others at DIA fest for Judges Rhodes and Rosen, receiving the Dennis W. Archer award Nov. 19, 2015.

Crowd stands up, presents their own report on how bankruptcy has destroyed Detroit

Runs Judge Rhodes, “Mayor” Duggan, Ric-tator Snyder Out

Protester shouting “Black Lives Matter” immediately ejected; racism a key issue in bankruptcy dismantling of largest Black-majority city

#Detroitbankruptcy, #JudgeStevenRhodes, #DetroitmayorMikeDuggan, #GovRickSnyder, #StephenHenderson, #DAREA, #MoratoriumNow, #PuertoRicodebt, #InsideOut, #BlackLivesMatter, #BlacklivesmatterDetroit, #StopwaronBlackAmerica, #DetroitWaterDepartment, #Watershutoffs, #Waterislife, #OurWaterOurVote, #DetroitWater, #Right2Water, #Saveourchildren, #Standupnow, #Beatbackthebullies, #SaveDetroit

By Jean Vortkamp

December 11, 2015

(VOD Photos from earlier bankruptcy protest at DIA by DAREA and other groups; VOD editor unable to attend Dec. 10 due to totaled car.)

A coalition of protesters rallied outside the Detroit Institute of Arts.

Outside DIA Nov. 19, 2015

I wanted to share with you what happened last night at the “Detroit Bankruptcy: One Year Later” event at Wayne State University’s Community Arts Auditorium.

Outside the event DAREA (Detroit Active and Retired Employees Association) and Moratorium Now protested and spoke the truth into the warm night air. The student group of the National Lawyers Guild had bitingly funny carnival games about the bankruptcy like “guess the quote” from Orr etc. as you walked into the building.

The program started with Inside Out, a literary program for youth, who did a questionable spoken word poem about the bankruptcy – it was disturbing to see children indoctrinated that the bankruptcy is giving Detroit new beginning and its just “complicated”. As Bill said, Hitler did that to children too.

DIA, Nov. 19, 2015

DIA, Nov. 19, 2015

I know they are making teens at the local EAA school do projects on the developer Richard Baron’s Detroit Future City gentrification plan. These racist psychopaths probably think its funny. There was the media partnership members in what looked like a police line-up, which was introduced by a woman from the Knight Foundation and a guy from the Ford Foundation, showing off all those who are down with it in the second tier media.

Outside DIA Nov. 19 protesters harassed wealthy attendees.

Outside DIA Nov. 19 protesters harassed wealthy attendees.

The event was hosted by Stephen Henderson and some white TV lady. Stephen Henderson’s Pulitzer for his bankruptcy coverage taught me that a Pulitzer is the prize from the greedy pigs for spinning it the way they want. Snyder came out, booed onto the stage, talking about how emergency management was a last resort, shared sacrifice of pensioners, the income stabilization fund for the pensioners is so successful, how he had been working on Detroit for a few years blah blah blah crap.

Attendees had to be escorted in to DIA event, past children of retirees.

Attendees had to be escorted in to DIA event, past children of retirees.

Many brave people stood up, interrupted and spoke to the real issues like poisoning the children of Flint and those of us who were less brave heckled, booed and hissed from our seats. He was then booed as he walked off the stage. Shirley Lightsey who heads up the phony DRCEA, allegedly representing pensioners but which sold them out, spoke to how she was not going to say too much because of the audience.

The lady from Michigan Public Radio was asked if water rates would go up with that bullshit Great Lakes Water Authority. The audience answered yes. Then came Judge Rhodes who seemed to say in a convoluted way (as usual with the little man) that they were going to come after the pensions again and how municipal bankruptcy is something so so good for cities.

DIA protest Nov. 19, 2015.

DIA protest Nov. 19, 2015.

Someone shouted that he was going to make millions off bankrupting Puerto Rico. A man in the VIP section laughed and so did Rhodes. It is so openly a farce at this point. People are heckling and then one lionhearted young man stands up and won’t shut up and says how emergency management is for only black cities, 100,000 people have lost their homes and starts to chant “BLACK LIVES MATTER.”

Dennis W. Archer runs in with wife Trudy skulking behind him Nov. 19.

Dennis W. Archer runs in with wife Trudy skulking behind him Nov. 19.

We all started to clap and chant. The police go after him. Judge Rhodes does his signature run away – like he did when Pastor Bill yelled out about Jones Day and Bank of America at the bankruptcy trial and when a protester serenaded him at the DIA entrance. More of us should have stood up and spoken out. I regret I just heckled.

Duggan was up next and I think I saw that jackal Nolan Finley lurking behind the curtain. But after all the moderators from the pig’s press had admonished the audience for their bad behavior as if we were children instead of adults telling the truth, Stephen and white lady threatened to stop the event. And they did. Perhaps Nolan and Mike sensed they were about to be publicly shamed and they were scared.

At the end of the day, the Knight Foundation and the Ford Foundation got to see their work dissolve while it was being livestreamed. This dog and pony show about the “success” of municipal bankruptcy (in my opinion, RICO) was a disaster for them. WDET and their bullshit media bankruptcy partnership was shamed beyond recognition. The young people there were phenomenal and it is so heartening to see them stand up and speak out.

As Lory said as we left, we shut it down.

Protests Halt Forum With Detroit Bankruptcy Judge

Wall Street Journal Bankruptcy Blog

By Katie Stech

Dec. 10, 2015

Protester denounces Snyder from audience, cutting his speech shot. WSWS photo

Protester denounces Snyder from audience, cutting his speech short. WSWS photo

 DETROIT–Detroit protesters shut down a public forum meant to celebrate the city’s progress since it emerged from bankruptcy protection exactly one year ago, showing that many residents are still raw over the deep cuts made to their to health-care benefits and monthly pension checks.

Wall Street Journal photo outside WSU event Dec. 10, 2015.

Wall Street Journal photo outside WSU event Dec. 10, 2015.

Organizers behind “Detroit Bankruptcy: One Year Later,” held Wednesday evening at Wayne State University, ended the program in the middle of a segment with former bankruptcy judge Steven Rhodes, who presided over the city’s historic case. Mayor Mike Duggan, who had been scheduled to speak, didn’t get to take the stage.

As part of the bankruptcy process, Judge Rhodes ruled that city’s money-saving plan, which cut $7 billion in debt, is fair. His decision brought to a close the largest municipal bankruptcy in U.S. history.

Protesters harass wealthy whites going to see Rhodes and Rosen Nov. 19, 2015.

Protesters harass wealthy whites going to see Rhodes and Rosen Nov. 19, 2015.

Judge Rhodes was booed throughout his interview during the forum; so was Gov. Rick Snyder. The Detroit News reported that protesters were angry over the pension cuts, water shutoffs and the control of city’s leadership during the financial crisis.

Before being cut off by the forum’s organizers, Judge Rhodes did get a minute to clarify controversial statements from an earlier interview in which he said that bondholders fared worse than the city workers with pension cuts. (He said his assessment didn’t factor in the health-care cuts, just pension cuts.)

Wealthy white male rushes past protesters Nov. 19.

Wealthy white male rushes past protesters Nov. 19.

“If you’ll give me just a second here, I’m going to agree with those of you in the audience…who are concerned that we contracted democracy in the city of Detroit,” Judge Rhodes said above shouting from the audience.

Earlier in the night, moderator and local journalist Stephen Henderson scolded the disruptive audience, saying “this is not Detroit behavior.”

Detroit News reporter Christine Ferretti, who covered the event, wrote about the final tense minutes of the forum on Twitter.

When he cleared Detroit to leave bankruptcy, Judge Rhodes urged those who fought the changes to try to move past their anger and help city leaders execute a $1.4 billion revitalization.

Outside DIA Nov. 19, 2015.

Outside DIA Nov. 19, 2015.

The 680,000-resident city filed for bankruptcy on July 18, 2013, to try to negotiate cuts to $18 billion in debt, blaming tax revenue that fell after the real-estate crash and the city’s population decline.

Throughout the case, Detroit leaders fought pressure from some Wall Street creditors and others to sell the city’s valuable art collection to repay a greater portion of the city’s debt. Federal mediators helped negotiate a deal to use more than $800 million from private foundations and the state of Michigan to avoid that sale and make the cuts to city’s worker pensions less severe.

City leaders eventually came up with a plan that called for the $1.4 billion reinvestment in removing blighted buildings and boosting police and fire services in the city.

When he approved that plan, Judge Rhodes said he realized that some residents weren’t happy about the bankruptcy. Some protested outside the federal courthouse, and he even gave them a daylong hearing to vent.

Write to Katy Stech at katy.stech@wsj.com. Follow her on Twitter at @KatyStech

Related articles from VOD, other papers:

http://voiceofdetroit.net/2015/10/09/rally-v-bankruptcy-imposed-layoffs-union-busting-in-detroit-water-all-city-depts-tues-oct-13/

http://voiceofdetroit.net/2015/10/06/detroit-retirees-vow-to-continue-fight-after-u-s-district-judge-dismisses-bankruptcy-appeal/

http://voiceofdetroit.net/2015/06/16/authority-approves-bankruptcy-theft-of-detroits-water-system-retirees-begin-referendum-campaign/

http://voiceofdetroit.net/2015/03/17/should-rhodesrosenorr-be-jailed-for-failure-to-report-bankruptcy-fraud-to-proper-authorities/

http://voiceofdetroit.net/2015/03/02/detroit-long-term-debt-rises-300-in-bankruptcy-retirees-fight-back-with-protest-court-appeals/

http://voiceofdetroit.net/2015/02/21/rhodes-says-detroits-unique-racial-composition-led-to-bankruptcy-ignores-cops-fraud/

http://voiceofdetroit.net/2015/02/03/retirees-carry-on-the-battle-for-detroit-appealing-bankruptcy-to-higher-court/

http://voiceofdetroit.net/2015/01/23/detroit-workers-retirees-filing-briefs-in-8-appeals-of-citys-bankruptcy-plan/

http://voiceofdetroit.net/2015/01/12/detroit-retirees-announce-federal-appeal-of-bankruptcy-call-for-massive-support/

http://voiceofdetroit.net/2015/01/07/appeal-of-detroit-bankruptcy-accepted-in-u-s-district-court-press-conf-thurs-jan-8-10-am/

http://voiceofdetroit.net/2014/12/14/leaving-bankruptcy-detroit-takes-on-1-28-billion-of-new-debt/

http://voiceofdetroit.net/2014/11/20/judge-denies-all-but-pa-436-lawsuit-equal-protection-claim-after-detroit-bankruptcy-over/

http://voiceofdetroit.net/2014/11/15/detroit-bankruptcy-plan-genocide-in-usas-largest-black-majority-city-rich-get-95-9-poor-get-13-5/

AND MANY MORE: just put “Bankruptcy” in VOD search engine.


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RUSSIA LAUNCHES MISSILES AGAINST ISIS IN SYRIA FROM SUBMARINE; SAYS U.S. ATTACKED SYRIAN GOVT. TROOPS

InfoWars:  U.S. created ISIS, Russia dominates effort to defeat it

Associated Press (unless identified as AP, photos and videos in this story have been added from various sources by VOD).

By VLADIMIR ISACHENKOV

December 9, 2015

Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad greets Russian President Vladimir Putin in 2006.

Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad greets Russian President Vladimir Putin in 2006.

MOSCOW (AP) — Russia has unleashed another barrage of airstrikes against [ISIS] targets in Syria, including the first combat launch of a new cruise missile from a Russian submarine in the Mediterranean Sea, the country’s defense minister said Tuesday.

The Kalibr cruise missiles launched by the Rostov-on-Don submarine successfully hit the designated targets in Raqqa, Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu reported to President Vladimir Putin. The submarine was in a submerged position during the launch, he added.

Putin noted that the new cruise missile can be equipped with both conventional and nuclear warheads, adding he hopes that the latter “will never be needed.”

Shoigu said Tu-22 bombers flying from their base in Russia also took part in the latest raids, performing 60 combat sorties in the last three days.

© AP Photo/ Russian Defense Ministry Press Service In this photo made from the footage taken from Russian Defense Ministry official web site on Friday, Dec. 4, 2015 an aerial image of what they purport shows an airstrike on an automobile caravan.

© AP Photo/ Russian Defense Ministry Press Service In this photo made from the footage taken from Russian Defense Ministry official web site on Friday, Dec. 4, 2015 an aerial image of what they purport shows an airstrike on an automobile caravan.

He said the targets destroyed in the latest wave of Russian airstrikes included a munitions depot, a factory manufacturing mortar rounds and oil facilities belonging to “terrorists.”

Shoigu said the Russian military had informed Israel and the United States about the airstrikes before launching them. A U.S. defense official, speaking on condition of anonymity because he wasn’t authorized to discuss the matter publicly, confirmed that Russia notified the U.S. in advance.

The U.S. official said at least 10 cruise missiles were launched from Russian surface ships in the Caspian Sea and at least one missile was fired by a Russian submarine in the eastern Mediterranean.

Above: Earlier footage from InfoWars on Russian airstrikes on ISIS; U.S. role in creating ISIS and Russia’s dominant role in defeating it.

Russia has carried out its air campaign in Syria since Sept. 30, using warplanes at an air base in Syria’s coastal province of Latakia, as well as navy ships and long-range bombers flying from their bases in Russia. While Moscow said its action has been focused on the Islamic State group, the U.S. and its allies have criticized Moscow for also striking moderate rebel groups opposed to Syrian President Bashar Assad.

Downing of Russian SU 24 over Syria by Turkey.

Downing of Russian SU 24 over Syria by Turkey.

Shoigu told Putin that Syrian army forces had overtaken the area near the border with Turkey where a Turkish jet shot down a Russian warplane on Nov 24. He showed Putin the plane’s flight recorder, which he said Syrian and Russian troops had recovered from the crash site.

Putin ordered the flight recorder to be studied in the presence of foreign experts, adding that the data will show the plane’s flight path.

Moscow’s relations with Ankara have been badly strained over the downing. Turkey said it shot down the aircraft after it violated Turkey’s airspace for 17 seconds despite

AP Photo/Russian Defense Ministry Press Service In this photo made from the footage taken from Russian Defense Ministry official web site on Friday, Dec. 4, 2015 an aerial image of what they purport shows an airstrike.

AP Photo/Russian Defense Ministry Press Service In this photo made from the footage taken from Russian Defense Ministry official web site on Friday, Dec. 4, 2015 an aerial image of what they purport shows an airstrike.

Turkey denounced the incident as a provocation and summoned the Russian ambassador to protest.

Russia has insisted the warplane had stayed in Syria’s airspace, and responded by deploying long-range air defense missiles at its air base in Syria and introducing a slew of economic sanctions against Turkey.

Turkey's President Tayyip Erdogan

Turkey’s President Tayyip Erdogan

“We had treated Turkey not only as a friendly country, but as an ally in the fight against terrorism, and we couldn’t expect such a mean, treacherous stab in the back,” Putin said.

Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova dismissed Turkey’s complaint about a sailor on a Russian navy vessel pictured on its deck with a portable air-defense missile while the ship was cruising across the Bosporus.

Zakharova responded Tuesday by saying the Russian crew had the right to protect its vessel and insisted that the action didn’t contradict the Montreux Convention, which sets international rules for using the Turkish straits.

Russia’s Foreign Ministry also voiced concern Tuesday about the reported bombing of a Syrian army camp without addressing the U.S. claim that Russia was responsible for the bombing.

Above: commentary on Deir el-Zour bombing; Russia says U.S. responsible

The Syrian government blamed aircraft from the U.S.-led coalition for targeting the army camp in the eastern city of Deir el-Zour on Sunday night, killing three Syrian soldiers and wounding 13. The U.S. denied the claim, and a senior U.S. official military said Washington was “certain” it was a Russian airstrike that had hit the camp. The official spoke on condition of anonymity because he wasn’t authorized to discuss the issue publicly.

U.S. Pres. Barack Obama leads western coalition attacking Syria, which supports anti-Assad rebels.

U.S. Pres. Barack Obama leads western coalition attacking Syria, which supports anti-Assad rebels.

Without commenting on the U.S. claim, Russia’s Foreign Ministry on Tuesday said it has “serious concerns” about reports of the coalition strike in Deir el-Zour. It said the incident was rooted in the U.S.-led coalition’s reluctance to coordinate with Damascus on its campaign against the Islamic State group.

The ministry also mentioned a coalition strike in Syria’s province of Hassake that reportedly involved civilian casualties.

“These incidents show that the situation on the front against IS in Syria and Iraq is getting more tense,” the ministry said, adding that the Turkish military’s deployment to a base near Mosul in Iraq without Iraqi government sanction has added to the tensions.

Map shows Syria's key location.

Map shows Syria’s key location.

“We consider such presence unacceptable,” the ministry said.

U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, Samantha Power, said Washington expects Turkey to operate in coordination with the Iraqi government.

“We have urged political dialogue between the Iraqi government and that in Turkey,” Power said. “Our belief is that just as we operate in close coordination with and with the consent of the Iraqi government that all countries should do that.”

She voiced hope that the Turkish deployment could “be done in that manner where a sovereign government is making judgments about which capabilities are deployed and making sure that it has visibility into everything going on in its country.”

Dmitri Trenin, director of the Carnegie Moscow Center, said that while Russia so far has said ‘no’ to Iraq’s request for help in fighting IS, that attitude may change. He added that the arsenal Russia has put on the ground in Syria signals Moscow’s intention to have a lasting military presence.

“It’s not going to be a short operation, it’s not going to be a short war,” Trenin said. “Russia is there for a long haul.”

AP National Security Writer Robert Burns in Washington, Edith M. Lederer at the United Nations and Kate de Pury in Moscow contributed to this report.

Related:

http://voiceofdetroit.net/2015/09/30/russia-confirms-start-of-anti-isis-airstrikes-in-syria/

http://voiceofdetroit.net/2015/02/19/the-u-s-empire-and-isis-a-tale-of-two-death-cults/

http://voiceofdetroit.net/2015/02/09/the-covert-origins-of-isis-united-states-cia-in-libya-syria-iraq-afghanistan/


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#13TASERHITS: PHILIP COLEMAN, COLLEGE GRAD, ACTIVIST, DEAD AT HANDS OF CHICAGO’S KILLER COPS

Philip Coleman was a college graduate, activist

‘Philip was a board member of Rainbow/PUSH and was very passionate about helping people. He fell ill and needed help, and instead of getting help he got death.’–Rev. Jesse Jackson

By Jason Silverstein

New York Daily News

December 8, 2015

Philip Coleman and his mother. He was accused of attacking her during what his family says was a mental breakdown.

Philip Coleman and his mother.

The Chicago Police Department is under fire once again after releasing yet another video showing the death of a black man in custody — one that took three years to finally emerge.

The long-buried footage of Philip Coleman’s fatal confrontation behind bars emerged Monday night amidst continuing protests and probes over two videos showing the deadly police shootings last year of two black men.

KING: CHICAGO’S POLICE DEPT IS MOST CORRUPT IN NATION

The Coleman video, from December 2012, shows a group of guards waking up Coleman, 38, and surrounding him while he sits in a cell for assaulting his mother during an apparent psychotic episode, the Chicago Tribune reported.

After an apparent confrontation — which cannot be heard on the audio-free video — the six guards swarm Coleman on his cot and repeatedly shoot him with a Taser. The end of the clip shows guards dragging Coleman’s lifeless body by his arms down a hall.

Philip Coleman speaking as activist with Rainbow:PUSH.

Philip Coleman speaking as activist with Rainbow:PUSH.

Coleman later died in a hospital after a bad reaction to an antipsychotic drug doctors gave him, and his death was ruled an accident. But an autopsy revealed he also suffered severe trauma from the guard barrage, with more than 50 bruises and abrasions all over his body.

The guards shot Coleman with a Taser 13 times and beat him with batons, according to Coleman’s family lawyer. The alleged beating is not seen in the video.

Coleman’s death drew little attention when it happened, and the footage was not released. The guards later said they feared for their safety after Coleman attacked erratically. Police last year cleared them of any wrongdoing and ended an internal investigation.

But after the video’s sudden release Monday, Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel swiftly condemned the department.

“I do not see how the manner in which Mr. Coleman was physically treated could possibly be acceptable,” he said in a statement.

Guards cart Philip Coleman to hospital, where he died.

Guards cart Philip Coleman to hospital, where he died.

“While the Medical Examiner ruled that Mr. Coleman died accidentally as a result of treatment he received in the hospital, it does not excuse the way he was treated when he was in custody. Something is wrong here — either the actions of the officers who dragged Mr. Coleman, or the policies of the department.”

Emanuel did not announce specific actions for the case but implied a new investigation would begin.

The video appeared near the end of one of the police department’s most embattled days during an increasingly tense year. The Justice Department on Monday launched a civil rights investigation into the force, centered on newly released video showing Officer Jason Van Dyke shooting 17-year-old Laquan McDonald 16 times last October.

Dorothy Holmes, mother of Ronald Johnson, weeps after cop who killed her son is not charged.

Dorothy Holmes, mother of Ronald Johnson, weeps after cop who killed her son is not charged.

Also on Monday, the department cleared Officer George Hernandez for the fatal shooting of 25-year-old Ronald Johnson, just eight days before McDonald’s death. That shooting, which was also caught on camera, sparked similar outcry to McDonald’s death.

The McDonald video led to a first-degree murder charge for Van Dyke, the firing of the city’s top cop and fierce protests in the streets of Chicago. Activists and relatives of the victims have accused Chicago cops of covering up for a pattern of racist, deadly tactics.

jsilverstein@nydailynews.com

#PhilipColeman, #13taserhits, #16shots, #LaquanMcDonald, #WeChargeGenocide, #Beatbackthebullies, #Blacklivesmatter, #BlacklivesmatterDetroit, #PoliceBrutality, #Stoppolicemurders, #Policestate, #StandUpNow, #StopWaronBlackAmerica, #Jailkillercops

Related:

http://voiceofdetroit.net/2015/11/26/16shots-laquan-mcdonald-protests-shut-chicagos-magnificent-mile-on-black-friday/

http://report.wechargegenocide.org/ (Report to UN on Chicago killer cops)


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EX-DEPUTY ON TRIAL AFTER ‘NO-KNOCK’ RAID THAT SEVERELY INJURED “BABY BOU-BOU” IN GEORGIA

AP Photo/Don Schanche Bounkham Phonesavanh, center, better known as Baby Bou Bou, along with mother Alecia Phonesavanh, and father, also named Bounkham Phonesavanh, pose for a photo on Sunday, Dec. 6, 2015,
AP Photo/Don Schanche/ Bounkham Phonesavanh, center,  known as Baby Bou Bou, with mother Alecia Phonesavanh, and father, also named Bounkham Phonesavanh, on Sunday, Dec. 6, 2015.

 

Raid similar to that in which Detroit’s Aiyana Jones, 7, was killed

DECEMBER 7, 2015

From multiple sources

Flash-bang grenade landed in "Baby Bou Bou's" crib.

Flash-bang grenade landed in “Baby Bou Bou’s” crib.

ATLANTA — Nikki Autry, former Habersham County deputy sheriff and special agent of the Mountain Judicial Circuit Criminal Investigation and Suppression Team (“NCIS”), faces trial today on charges that she used false information to get a warrant for a “no-knock” drug raid that severely injured a toddler when a flash grenade detonated in his playpen, in May, 2014.

The grenade blew 19-month-old Bounkham Phonesavanh’s chest and face open, burning him and causing possible brain damage. He has had multiple surgeries since the raid.

The boy’s mother, Alecia Phonesavanh, said Autrey “ruined our family’s life by not doing her job properly.”

Autry, who has since resigned from the sheriff’s office, pled not guilty. Her attorney said she never “intentionally” misled the judge.

In an indictment July 22, 2015, federal prosecutors said Autry relied on untested informants who purchased crystal meth from an unknown person outside the house where Bou Bou and his family were living temporarily. One informant claimed there was unusual foot traffic around the house, a claim which prosecutors said was never verified.

Bou Bou Phonesavah in hospital after firebang explosion in his crib.

Bou Bou Phonesavah in hospital after firebang explosion in his crib.

The indictment said in part, ” . . . .a brand new NCIS informant and two of his associates—his wife and a roommate—went to a residence located in Cornelia, Georgia. The informant’s roommate, who was not officially working with NCIS, approached the residence and allegedly purchased a small quantity of methamphetamine from an individual unknown to him who was standing outside the residence. There was no police surveillance to verify the purchase. Shortly afterwards, Autry presented an affidavit to a Habersham County magistrate judge falsely swearing that the NCIS informant made the purchase and that the NCIS informant was ‘a true and reliable informant who has provided information in the past that has led to criminal charges on individuals selling narcotics in Habersham County.'” (Full document at Former Habersham County Deputy Sheriff Charged for Her Role in Flash Bang Grenade Incident.)

Acting U.S. Attorney John Horn said, “Without [Autry’s] false statements, there was no probable cause to search the premises for drugs or to make the arrest. And in this case, the consequences of the unlawful search were tragic.”

The toddler’s family has so far been awarded $964,000 in a settlement with Habersham County’s Board of Commissioners. Lawsuits are still pending against other counties that took part in the multi-agency task force raid.

Marchers in Detroit in July, 2010 protested the killing of 7-year-old Aiyana Jones in a no-knock raid of the home where she, her grandmother and great-aunt, mother, father and two baby brothers, along with other family members were staying.

Marchers in Detroit in June, 2010, including Jewel Allison and her daughter Honesti, of New York City,  protested the police no-knock raid killing of 7-year-old Aiyana Jones on May 16, 2010, at the home where she, her grandmother and great-aunt, mother, father, two baby brothers, and cousins were staying. She was shot in the head immediately after a flash-bang grenade was thrown on top of the couch where she and her grandmother Mertilla Jones were sleeping. Detroit cop Joseph Weekley was charged with involuntary manslaughter and reckless use of a firearm. He eventually walked free after several mistrials orchestrated by the prosecution, defense and Judge Cynthia Gray Hathaway, former wife of Judge Michael Hathaway. Photo: Herb Boyd

 


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JUDGE MICHAEL HATHAWAY SEIZES WATER PROTEST VERDICT FROM BLACK DETROIT JURY, HALTS TRIAL

Baxter Jones (in wheelchair) and Marian Kramer (red t-shirt) are among defendants in Homrich blockade case.

Bill Wylie-Kellerman (l), Baxter Jones (in wheelchair) and Marian Kramer (red t-shirt) are among defendants for blockading Homrich entrance July 18, 2014.

City prosecutor: “They talked about living like animals because their water was shut off, and our ability to get a fair trial was thrown out.”

 Hathaway: “If I hadn’t stopped the trial, you would have had a verdict today.”

 “Can the people of Detroit even get justice?” Alesa Peatross-Smith

Over 45,000 household water shut-offs in Detroit so far this year, more coming under Great Lakes Water Authority 

#Beatbackthebullies, #Waterisahumanright, #StopDetroitGenocide, #BlacklivesmatterDetroit, #OurWaterOurVote, #DAREA, #DetroitWater, #Stopwatershutoffs, #Right2Water, #saveourchildren, #StandUpNow, #StopWaronBlackAmerica, #Waterislife, #Stopcourtfascism

By Diane Bukowski 

December 1, 2015 

Wayne County Circuit Court Judge Michael Hathaway

DETROIT – Wayne County Circuit Court Judge Michael Hathaway today snatched a verdict on charges against water shut-offs protesters out of the hands of an all-Black jury in 36th District Court, halting the trial before District Court Judge Ruth Ann Garrett indefinitely. His ruling came in the wake of the Nov. 19 conviction of cop William Melendez by a majority-Black jury in Wayne County’s Third Circuit Court for nearly killing Black motorist Floyd Dent.

Closing arguments were to begin yesterday in front of Judge Garrett in the cases of Rev. Bill Wylie-Kellerman and Marian Kramer of the Michigan Welfare Rights Organization. They and five others are charged with disorderly conduct for putting their bodies on the line to block city contractor Homrich Wrecking’s trucks from going out to shut thousands of Detroiters’ water off July 18, 2014.

The defendants had requested a jury trial, trusting that Detroiters, who make up jury panels at that court, would hear their cry for justice in this, the nation’s largest and poorest Black-majority city. Former City Councilwoman JoAnn Watson was among their witnesses in the case.

“I have a note from my doctor that says I must have water, which I turned in to the water department. But they said I was still 60 days past due,” Rochelle McCaskill told UN rapporteurs during their Detroit tour in 2014. She said she suffers from MRSA, a contagious antibiotic-resilient infection that can become life-threatening. McCaskill said she must bathe three times a day and frequently wash her clothing to prevent infecting her loved ones. She said she almost died from sepsis last year.

Detroiter Rochelle McCaskill, whose water was shut-off, told UN rapporteurs in 2014  she suffers from MRSA, a contagious antibiotic-resilient infection that can be life-threatening. McCaskill must bathe three times a day and frequently wash her clothing to prevent infecting her family. She said she almost died from sepsis last year.

“If I hadn’t stopped the trial, you might have had a verdict in the case today,” Hathaway told a packed courtroom. “I’m not sure civil disobedience is a defense to a criminal action. The focus has to be on the city’s motion for a mistrial and whether Judge Garrett properly denied that motion.”

City prosecutors in Hathaway’s court said they made the motion for a mistrial after two additional witnesses testified.

“They talked all about living like animals because their water had been shut off,” city prosecutor Elizabeth Mullen said. “Our ability to get a fair trial was thrown out the window.”

Hathaway said Melvin ‘Butch’ Hollowell, the city’s corporation counsel under “Mayor” Mike Duggan, and his second-in-command Doug Baker came to his court yesterday, Nov. 30, to argue for his intervention, and he issued an order halting the 36th District Court trial. Kramer’s attorney Julie Hurwitz said neither of Duggan’s two top lawyers had attended even one minute of the 36th District Court trial, which has gone on for 10 days.

Butch Hollowell, new house "N," helps "mayor" Mike Duggan move into his office.

Butch Hollowell, new house “N,” helps “mayor” Mike Duggan move into his office.

“Yes, it was an ex parte hearing,” Hathaway admitted. “I’m not absolutely certain my order could not have been entered ex parte.” (“Ex parte” refers to a judge conferring only with one side in a court contest.)

Neither the defendants nor their attorneys were informed of the motion the city filed and arguments held before Hathaway Nov. 30. Judge Garrett received a copy of Hathaway’s order only after her jury was dismissed for the day, attorney Hurwitz said. Garrett ruled against the motion for a mistrial, but had not even had a chance to issue her written order before Hathaway suspended the trial.

“This is crazy,” Cassandra Ford, present in the crowd, said during a break. “What is wrong with that judge [Hathaway]? We don’t have any representation in the courts anymore. Why did he interfere at all? The defendants’ rights were denied.”

Cassandra Ford (center) and

Cassandra Ford (center) and Alesa Peatross-Smith (at her left) with Atty. John Royal after court hearing. “Where is the justice?” asked Ms. Peatross-Smith. Photo: Cornell Squires

“Where is the justice?” Alesa Peatross-Smith added. “Can the people of Detroit even get justice—that’s the question. The Mayor has his pockets full of the money from the demolition contractors. They crucified Kwame, now Duggan needs to be crucified.”

Hathaway became notorious in the 2009 case of homeowner Tigh Croff, who chased and shot 52-year-old Herbert Silas, a grandfather of 13, down the street from his house after suspecting him of intending to break in.

Judge Hathaway gave Tigh Croff probation for manslaughter in killing of grandfather he suspected was going to break into his home.

Judge Hathaway gave Tigh Croff probation in killing of grandfather he chased down street.

“I told him he was going to die and I shot him,” Croff testified. In chambers, Hathaway told both the prosecution and defense attorneys he would have done the same thing. Hathaway reduced Croff’s charges from second-degree murder to manslaughter, which carries up to 15 years in prison. He later sentenced him to probation on that charge.

In the present case, Hathaway ordered that Judge Garrett issue her written order regarding the city’s motion for a mistrial immediately, and that city prosecutors file an application for leave to appeal her order within 24 hours afterwards.

Attorney John Royal, President of the Detroit chapter of the National Lawyers’ Guild, filed an extensive brief with Hathaway opposing his ruling halting the 36th District Court trial. He and Hurwitz contended that Michigan Court Rules barred Hathaway from taking over the case without a proper interlocutory appeal. Hathaway has been ruling on earlier appeals in the case for unknown reasons.

As defendants blockaded Homrich entrance July 18, 2014, tens of thousands of protesters rallied downtown.

As defendants blockaded Homrich entrance July 18, 2014, tens of thousands of protesters rallied downtown.

“Michael Hathaway ruled that he has jurisdiction in this case because he thinks he has jurisdiction,” Royal told the crowd of supporters afterwards. “If Judge Hathaway declares a mistrial, it means the trial is over and a new trial has to be scheduled. The city doesn’t want this to go to a verdict because it’s afraid of an acquittal. The City Law Department is clearly acting in close collaboration with Duggan.”

Protesters after arrest July 18, 2014.

Protesters after release July 18, 2014.

Royal said an appeal would be costly and take months, if not years.

The City is also clearly afraid that an acquittal in the 36th District Court case will open the floodgates for thousands of Detroiters to take direct action to stop water shut-offs which are increasing in the city every day, creating a horrific threat to public health. The United Nations has already condemned Detroit’s shut-off actions.

The Detroit Water & Sewerage Department and the Great Lakes Water Authority, created under the Detroit bankruptcy, are planning to begin a “joint partnership” Jan. 1, 2016. The GLWA would eventually have control over all DWSD matters including rates, contracts, and water shut-offs, among other issues.

Sue McCormick, newly appointed GLWA CEO, said in her monthly report Nov. 19 that 18,622 residential accounts have been permanently shut-off for “illegal” usage, from January 1 through Oct 31, 2015.

Homrich employee shuts water off to Detroit home.

Homrich employee shuts water off to Detroit home.

“Since May 11, 2015, the Department has posted 56,317 door hangers notifying customers of pending shut-off of services,” McCormick said. “A total of 29,433 of those customers have either paid their bills, or entered into a payment plan agreement.”

That of course leaves 26,884 households in imminent danger of shut-off in addition to the thousands who have already lost water service. According to Demeeko Williams of the Detroit Water Brigade, the majority of customers he sees are not able to keep up with their payment plans.

The Authority has already declared that, come hell or high water, its “Water Resident Assistance Program” (WRAP) is not and never will be the income-based water affordability, no-shut-offs plan that thousands have demanded over the last two years.

Blocked in the courts, Detroiters will have to decide whether they will be shut-off from a life necessity for themselves and their families, or shut off Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder, “mayor’ Duggan, racist white bankruptcy and circuit court judges, and other politicians, BY ANY MEANS NECESSARY.

Angry courtroom crowd listens to attorney John Royal explain their options after hearing 12/1/15.

Angry courtroom crowd listens to attorney John Royal  explain their options after hearing 12/1/15. Photo: Cornell Squires.

Related: The Coalition to Save the Detroit Water & Sewerage Department is continuing its petition campaign to get the GLWA takeover on the city’s ballot, and take shut-offs out of the hands of a regional authority hostile to Detroit. 

Protesters blockade entrance to DIA as Bankruptcy Judge Steven Rhodes and Chief Judge Gerald Rosen are given the Dennis W. Archer award.

Protesters blockade entrance to DIA as Bankruptcy Judge Steven Rhodes and Chief Judge Gerald Rosen are given the Dennis W. Archer award.

All petition circulators are asked to turn in what they have collected so far at DAREA meetings, held at Nandi’s Knowledge Café at 12511 Woodward Ave. on the 1st Monday of the month at 11:30 am, and at St. Matthews and St. Joseph Church at Woodward and Holbrook on the third Wednesday of every month at 5:30 p.m.

For more information on the this campaign, including links to petitions themselves, fliers, and instructions for circulating, see:

http://voiceofdetroit.net/2015/09/19/alert-still14-weeks-to-stop-detroit-water-take-over-more-shut-offs-rate-hikes-lay-offs-pollution/

http://voiceofdetroit.net/2015/07/10/regional-water-czars-plan-permanent-shut-offs-to-large-parts-of-detroit-while-increasing-rates/

The Coalition needs to collect a total of 15,000 valid petition signatures meaning it must collect at least twice that to allow for invalid signatures. Signers must be Detroit residents who are registered voters. CIRCULATORS DO NOT HAVE TO BE DETROIT  RESIDENTS.

The Coalition’s Facebook Page is at: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Coalition-to-Save-Detroits-Water-Sewerage-Department/1443509195955743?fref=ts

Other related articles:

http://voiceofdetroit.net/2014/08/03/detroit-water-shut-offs-city-takeover-still-on-full-blast/

http://voiceofdetroit.net/2015/11/08/layoffs-flood-detroit-water-dept-risk-public-health-rising-debt-higher-rates-more-shut-offs/

http://voiceofdetroit.net/2015/09/19/alert-still14-weeks-to-stop-detroit-water-take-over-more-shut-offs-rate-hikes-lay-offs-pollution/

http://voiceofdetroit.net/2015/06/16/authority-approves-bankruptcy-theft-of-detroits-water-system-retirees-begin-referendum-campaign/  

http://voiceofdetroit.net/2015/05/27/detroit-shuts-water-off-again-violating-un-declaration-when-will-city-rise-up/ 

http://voiceofdetroit.net/2015/05/22/stop-water-shut-offs-now-cancel-detroitwater-debt-ireland-demands-no-water-charges/

http://voiceofdetroit.net/2014/11/15/detroit-bankruptcy-plan-genocide-in-usas-largest-black-majority-city-rich-get-95-9-poor-get-13-5/

http://voiceofdetroit.net/2014/10/26/we-charge-genocide-detroit-water-shut-offs-foreclosures-focus-of-un-visit/

http://voiceofdetroit.net/2014/09/10/detroit-bankruptcy-great-lakes-water-authority-to-steal-largest-asset-of-largest-u-s-black-city-4/

http://voiceofdetroit.net/2014/08/21/near-catastrophic-failure-of-detroit-sewage-pumps-caused-detroit-floods-toledo-water-crisis-city-retirees-say/

http://voiceofdetroit.net/2015/03/02/detroit-long-term-debt-rises-300-in-bankruptcy-retirees-fight-back-with-protest-court-appeals/ 

Baltimore mural after fiery rebellions in wake of police killing of Freddie Gray. Baltimores

Baltimore mural after fiery rebellions in wake of police killing of Freddie Gray. Baltimore’s city government is also carrying out mass water shut-offs.

 


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CLEVELAND POLICE SHOOTING OF TAMIR RICE UNJUSTIFIED, EXPERTS SAY

Still frame from enhanced video prosecutors have developed, attempting to show Tamir Rice's killing was justified.

Still frame from enhanced video prosecutors have developed, attempting to show Tamir Rice’s killing was justified.

EXPERTS DISAGREE WITH NEW ATTEMPT TO JUSTIFY KILLING

“. . . unreasonable and unjustified use of deadly force.” Expert Roger Clark

“. . .reckless tactical decision making.” Jeff Noble, former CA deputy chief

BY Graham Rayman, Rich Schapiro

NEW YORK DAILY NEWS

November 28, 2015

Tamir Rice, 12 when killed by Cleveland cops Nov. 22, 2014. No grand jury verdict has yet been rendered.

Tamir Rice, 12 when killed by Cleveland cops Nov. 22, 2014. No grand jury verdict has yet been rendered.

Two independent experts have concluded that the fatal police shooting of Tamir Rice was unjustified, the Daily News has learned.

The 12-year-old boy was carrying a toy gun on Nov. 22, 2014 when he was gunned down in a Cleveland park by a cop who opened fire seconds after hopping out of his patrol car.

“The shooting of Tamir Rice was inconsistent with generally accepted standards and norms in police practices and … it was an unreasonable and unjustified use of deadly force,” reads a report written by law enforcement expert Roger Clark. “The killing of this child was completely avoidable and preventable, and should never have occurred.”

Roger Clark

Roger Clark

[VOD: Roger A. Clark is a decorated 27-year-veteran cop who led a major-crimes task force in Los Angeles as a sheriff’s lieutenant before retiring in 1993. He has testified regarding the use of excessive force in many cases.]

The boy’s mother Samaria Rice, who is slated to testify before the grand jury on Monday, said the reports validated what she’s believed all along. She specifically pointed to the experts’ emphasis on the officers opening fire within two seconds of coming upon her son.

Tamir Rice, 12, was carrying a toy gun on when he was gunned down in a Cleveland park by a cop.

“Nobody, not a child, not an adult, can do anything in less than two seconds,” the 38-year-old mom said. “They didn’t give it any time to at least see what was going on.”

Samaria Rice at site of son's killing in Cudell Rec Center park.

Samaria Rice at site of son’s killing in Cudell Rec Center park.

Rice family lawyer Earl Ward sent the reports to Cuyahoga County prosecutor Timothy McGinty Friday as the lengthy grand jury investigation into Rice’s death limps along.

The reports contradict two others released by McGinty’s office last month that concluded the two cops, Timothy Loehmann and Frank Garmback, acted reasonably. McGinty claimed he pushed out the reports in the interest of transparency, but Ward has argued it was part of a calculated effort to muddy the grand jury process.

Timothy Loehmann

Timothy Loehmann

Frank Garmback

In a letter to McGinty that accompanied the reports, Ward said he understands they “will likely not undo the damage already done to the grand jury process.”

 “But we think it important to consider the testimony and findings of true experts to explain why this killing was unjustified,” it adds.

Ward also reiterated his call for McGinty to recuse himself from the case in favor of an independent prosecutor — a request that the Cuyahoga County prosecutor has dismissed.

The shooting of Rice was set in motion when a 911 caller reported seeing a youth in a park with a gun that was “probably fake.” The dispatcher failed to tell the two responding officers those two key pieces of information.

Jeff Noble

Jeff Noble

A grainy surveillance video captured the officers arriving at the scene and Loehmann opening fire, striking Rice once in the chest. “The record is uncontested that Tamir was not acting aggressively nor was he threatening or endangering anyone at that time,” Clark wrote in his report.

Jeff Noble, a former deputy police chief in the California cities of Irvine and Westminster, sharply criticized the two responding cops in his 18-page report.

“Officers Garmback and Loehmann engaged in reckless tactical decision making that created the danger, thus the use of deadly force was excessive, objectively unreasonable and inconsistent with generally accepted police practices,” Noble wrote.

Part of Tamir Rice anniversary protest in Cleveland, Nov. 22, 2015. Photo by Yvette Johnson.

Part of Tamir Rice anniversary protest in Cleveland, Nov. 22, 2015. Photo by Yvette Johnson.

Also Saturday, McGinty’s office released enhanced video stills of the fatal police encounter that killed Rice. (See still frame from video above.)

The most revealing of the 326 frames offer a crisp narrative of the seconds leading up to Rice’s death, with the officers in their patrol car quickly closing ground on him.

Text accompanying the images suggest that Rice’s movements could have appeared threatening to the responding officers.

“Rice moves toward police vehicle 5 seconds before police vehicle stops,” reads the narrative accompanying one photo.

Yvette Johnson

Yvette Johnson (l), Kevin Kellom (r), parents of Detroit police victim Terrance Kellom; Mertilla Jones (center), grandmother of Aiyana Jones, 7, killed by Detroit police, attended Cleveland rally.

The next few clips capture the moments before Rice is gunned down. “Rice moves forward and lowers arm to waist,” it reads. “Vehicle still in motion. Passenger door opens.”

“Rice’s shoulder and arms move upward,” the text accompanying another clip reads. “Vehicle still in motion…Loehmann exits vehicle.” The following still shows Loehmann standing a mere few feet from Rice, the officer’s gun pointed directly at the boy. “Rice reacts to gunshot,” the text reads.

Brooklyn man recounts pain of losing son at Tamir Rice rally

Nicholas Heyward, in gray and red jacket, at rally for Tamir Rice held in Nicholas Naquan Heyward Park in Brooklyn, NYC Nov. 22, 2015. AARON SHOWALTER/FOR NEW YORK DAILY NEWS

Nicholas Heyward, in gray and red jacket, at rally for Tamir Rice held in Nicholas Naquan Heyward Park in Brooklyn, NYC Nov. 22, 2015. AARON SHOWALTER/FOR NEW YORK DAILY NEWS

On the subject of what it takes to be a police officer, Nicholas Heyward has a simple rule.

“If I was a police commissioner and you shoot an innocent, you cannot be on my force,” Heyward said.

Nicholas Naquan Heyward, 13 when he was killed by NYPD in Brooklyn, NYC 20 years ago.

Nicholas Naquan Heyward, 13 when he was killed by NYPD in Brooklyn, NYC 20 years ago.

More than 20 years have passed since Heyward’s son 13-year-old, Nicholas, was shot to death by a cop while playing cops and robbers in a Brooklyn housing complex.

Yet the pain is as real and fresh as it is for mothers and fathers of today’s Black Lives Matter movement.

Heyward was one of about 100 demonstrators outside Brooklyn’s Barclays Center Sunday afternoon protesting police brutality, and commemorating the one-year anniversary of the death of Tamir Rice, a 12-year-old boy shot to death by police in Cleveland.

Like many who waved signs, held banners or led chant, Heyward said he was frustrated with the pace of the Cleveland grand jury’s investigation.

“It’s painful,” Cleveland said, blinking back tears. “My son’s case was closed in three months. It don’t take that long. And this was on film.”

Like Tamir, Heyward’s son was playing with a toy gun when he fatally crossed paths with a cop responding to a call.

Mural at Nicholas Naquan Heyward Park

Mural at Nicholas Naquan Heyward Park in Gowanus Housing Project, where the 13-year-old was killed in 1994.

“They don’t like to use the word ‘murder’ but here were innocent human beings,” Heyward said.

About 20 police officers shadowed the demonstrators as they marched from the arena to the Gowanus Housing Project, where Heyward’s son was killed in 1994.

At the Barclay’s Center, several cops stood in body armor, while others held rifles to guard the subway entrance to the arena.

Organizers said there were no arrests.

Protesters remember Tamir Rice, Aiyana Jones, children killed by cops in Cleveland and Detroit, during rally in Brooklyn, NYC Nov. 22, 2015.

Protesters remember Tamir Rice, Aiyana Jones, children killed by cops in Cleveland and Detroit, during rally in Brooklyn, NYC Nov. 22, 2015.

EXCLUSIVE: Tamir Rice’s mother still waiting for justice

PROTESTERS FOR TAMIR RICE MARCH THROUGH TRAFFIC ON THE MANHATTAN BRIDGE

BELOW: ORIGINAL VIDEO OF TAMIR RICE KILLING, INCLUDING BRUTAL ARREST OF HIS SISTER AFTERWARDS AS SHE TRIES TO HELP HIM. VIDEO SHOWS HOW LONG HE LAY DYING AS COPS FAILED TO HELP, AND BEFORE EMS ARRIVED. THE CHILD DIED FROM LOSS OF BLOOD FROM ONE GUNSHOT WOUND. HE COULD HAVE BEEN SAVED!

#TamirRice, #NicholasNaquanHeyward, #TerranceKellom, #AiyanaJones, #saveourchildren, #StopPoliceKillings, #StopPoliceGenocide, #StopWaronBlackAmerica, #PoliceState, #PrisonNation, #StandUpNow, #Beatbackthebullies, #Jailkillercops, #Blacklivesmatter, #BlacklivesmatterDetroit


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#16SHOTS: LAQUAN MCDONALD PROTESTS SHUT CHICAGO’S ‘MAGNIFICENT MILE’ ON ‘BLACK FRIDAY’

Video above: Protesters marching down the streets of Michigan Avenue demanding justice on Black Friday, Nov. 27, for Laquan McDonald, 17, shot 16 times by former Chicago cop Jason Van Dyke in October, 2014.

Above: released video, published on Youtube by Chicago News.

Teen shot 16 times, 9 in the back, by cop with 18 previous complaints, including use of racial epithets, excessive force

CPD took no action for over one year, finally charged Van Dyke with first-degree murder

CPD hid 5 police dashcam videos from public eye, erased 86 minutes of BK video–should entire command be charged with conspiracy and obstruction of justice?

19 Black men and children killed by Chicago police in 2014

#16shots, #LaquanMcDonald, #WeChargeGenocide, #Beatbackthebullies, #Blacklivesmatter, #BlacklivesmatterDetroit, #PoliceBrutality, #Stoppolicemurders, #Policestate, #StandUpNow, #StopWaronBlackAmerica, #Jailkillercops

(Below: excerpts from various media outlets)

Laquan McDonald, 17

Laquan McDonald, 17

Nov. 27, 2015 — (Reuters) On one of the busiest U.S. retail days, thousands of people took to Chicago’s most prestigious downtown shopping district on Friday to protest last year’s shooting death of a black teenager by a white policeman and the city’s handling of the case.

About 2,000 people with signs reading “Stop Police Terror” gathered in a cold drizzle for the march on Chicago’s “Magnificent Mile” on the Black Friday shopping day . . . .

Organizers said the rally would be a show of outrage over the fatal shooting of Laquan McDonald, 17, and what they see as racial bias in U.S. policing.

The police officer who shot McDonald 16 times, Jason Van Dyke, 37, was charged with first-degree murder hours before a graphic video of the shooting was made public on Tuesday.

The protesters chanted “Stop the cover up, 16 shots,” as they marched along Michigan Avenue. (Reuters)

Above: protesters demanded release of youth leader, poet Malcolm X. London from police custody; invaded stores, restaurants/Ruptly TV

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Chicago cop Jason Van Dyke, charged with first-degree murder.

Chicago cop Jason Van Dyke, charged with first-degree murder.

For months, Chicago leaders had feared that the release of the video could provoke the kind of turmoil that rocked cities such as Baltimore and Ferguson, Missouri, after young black men were slain by police or died in police custody.

Van Dyke was the subject of 18 civilian complaints over 14 years, including allegations that he used racial epithets and excessive force, police and court records show.

Complaints against police are not uncommon. But the number filed against Van Dyke was high compared with other officers. At least one person he arrested was later awarded $350,000 indamages in a lawsuit.

Van Dyke’s lawyer, Daniel Herbert, did not return a message left Wednesday by The Associated Press.

Eyewitnesses to shooting not interviewed by police

Malcolm X. London, among youth leaders of days of protest in Chicago.

Michael Robbins, an attorney for McDonald’s family, said several citizens who witnessed McDonald’s shooting reported that officers ordered them to leave the scene under threat of arrest without ever interviewing them. Other witnesses reported that detectives later badgered them for insisting that McDonald hadn’t threatened officers before he was shot, Robbins said.

Robbins said one man who was stuck in traffic with his son saw the shooting unfold right in front of him. He followed police orders to leave, but when a police union spokesman later described in television news reports that McDonald had purportedly lunged at Van Dyke with a knife, the man came forward to challenge the account, Robbins said.

“To tell an occurrence witness who observed a fatal shooting to leave and not even ask them to identify themselves is incomprehensible,” Robbins said.

Four other police videos of the killing exist

Chicago protesters battled police Nov. 25, 2015

Chicago protesters battled police two days earlier, Nov. 25, 2015

Chicago Tribune

“The other DVDs released by the city show:

•A video of Van Dyke’s squad car following McDonald through the lawn of a Burger King restaurant and pulling up alongside him as he walked down the center of Pulaski.

•Another video of a squad car arriving at the shooting scene moments after McDonald crumpled to the ground. The video shows the teen appear to move slightly in the street with streams of blood trailing from his body.

•Two other videos from a pair of other police vehicles that drove up near the incident but appeared to be quickly dispatched to help set up a perimeter and control traffic.”

Burger King manager believes Chicago cops deleted surveillance footage after Laquan McDonald shooting

New York Daily News

Burger King is seen at beginning of police dashcam video.

Burger King is seen at beginning of police dashcam video.

A district manager at a Chicago Burger King claims police wiped more than an hour of surveillance footage from the chain’s servers after last year’s shooting that killed Laquan McDonald, according to a report.

Several detectives barged into the Burger King demanding the password to access surveillance footage that would have captured the crucial minutes before and after Officer Jason Van Dyke opened fire on the 17-year-old, killing the black teen, the Chicago Tribune reported.

The fatal shooting on Oct. 20 would not have been captured on the restaurant’s cameras pointed toward the parking lot, but the video may have shown what court documents described as McDonald brandishing a knife in the parking lot.

Activists gather outside Burger King where police allege McDonald brandished 3-inch knife.

Activists gather outside Burger King where police allege McDonald brandished 3-inch knife.

By the time those officers and a member of the department’s technical support left the restaurant after lingering for about three hours, Jay Darshane contends 86 minutes of footage recorded from 9:13 to 10:39 p.m. vanished from their computer.

Van Dyke shot McDonald 16 times at about 9:50 p.m. a short distance from the Burger King.

Darshane brought up his concern over the missing footage while testifying before a grand jury earlier this year, but did not go public with his belief until this week.

“I was just trying to help the police with their investigation … I didn’t know they were going to delete it,” Darshane told the Chicago Tribune..

Autopsy drawing shows 16 bullets that entered Laquan McDonald.

Autopsy drawing shows 16 bullets that entered Laquan McDonald.

The Other Laquan McDonalds: More Questionable Killings by Chicago Police

Daily Beast

Chicago cops killed 19 males last year. Autopsies, police statements, and media reports for several of those killings do not add up.

Laquan McDonald was one of 19 men killed by the Chicago Police Department last year. As national media turns its attention to the city following the release of video showing McDonald being killed in what prosecutors say was an act of first-degree murder by Officer Jason Van Dyke, the 18 other homicides will go uncovered.

For the past year The Daily Beast has been investigating killings by Chicago police to determine whether the police and press versions of events line up with autopsy reports; whether the Independent Police Review Authority has completed its investigations into the deaths; whether witnesses have spoken to police and IPRA investigators. Simply put: We want to know if there are more Laquan McDonalds.

Warren Robinson, 16

Warren Robinson, 16, shot 17 times by Chicago police July 4, 2015. A 14-year-old was killed by police the same week.

CHICAGO On July 5, 2014, not far from the intersection of 87th and Morgan on Chicago’s South Side, Warren Robinson hid under a car. Maybe he was uncooperative, as police have said. Maybe he was defiant, or aggressive, or pissed off or any number of emotions that can course through the mind of a 16-year-old boy. Or maybe he was just scared, because the police were about to pump 17 bullets into his 5-foot-9, 135-pound frame.

Whatever the case, police say they recovered a .38-caliber semi-automatic pistol from Robinson. The cops there had guns too, and they used them to shoot Robinson as he climbed out from underneath the car, [allegedly] refusing to drop his piece.

Robinson is the only person shot by Chicago police more times than McDonald was last year. In all, it took 109 Chicago police bullets to kill McDonald, Robinson, and the other 17 men, a Daily Beast review of autopsy reports found.

‘WE CHARGE GENOCIDE’ — CHICAGO REPORT TO UN ON POLICE KILLINGS

Photo from "We Charge Genocide" report on Chicago police submitted to the United Nations.

Photo from “We Charge Genocide” report on Chicago police submitted to the United Nations. (See link below).

http://report.wechargegenocide.org/

 


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