Saturday, October 11, 2014

Daily Show's Samantha Bee's On Non-existence of Stats On Police Shootings & More

Today's Items:

Daily Show Samantha Bee's satirical piece about Stats on police shootings do not exist
Unarmed teen hit in face by police
white woman protects black man from police
Black teen pepper sprayed in his own home
baby injured by police with a flash bang grenade
Swat team kills innocent man in his own home

First off a satirical look at how police forces in the USA are not required to keep stats on police shooting civilians and the DOJ has no interest in such numbers. Congress, White House , Obama ,DOJ all MIA.
Either the attitude is that civilians killed accidentally or on purpose with just cause or not is of no importance to the government or they just don't believe that this data should be seen by the public.Transparency is not something local police departments or the US federal government is interested in. This of course just adds fuel to the controversy over police shootings and gives ammunition to conspiracy theorists of various sorts.

“The Daily Show” uncovers a disturbing truth about police shootings (October 7, 2014)
Published on 8 Oct 2014
“The Daily Show’s” Jason Jones and Samantha Bee filled in for Jon Stewart on Tuesday night.
Bee was naturally miffed that Jones got to take the host position behind the desk. So, she took matters — and the segment — into her own hands, churning out report on how many civilians were shot by police last year.
What she found was rather disturbing: Nobody seems to know how many people were shot by police last year — not even Nate Silver — and records are woefully off due to a broken system. Want to know how bad it is? Watch Bee’s report below:

And in related news regarding police racism and racial profiling in the USA :Sad but true it took a white woman who is an attorney to prevent police from abusing and or arresting innocent black man . She did a good deed but what does the incident say about racism and white privilege in America.

" D.C. police investigating burglary stop man" Washington Post,Oct. 7, 2014

and see: "White woman defends innocent black man from US police" by Anthony ZurcherBBC News, Oct. 8, 2014

And the NYPD involved in another case of police brutality and the use of excessive force :

VIDEO: NYPD Officer Hits Unarmed Teen in the Face With His Gun by Murray Weiss,DNAinfoNewYork, Oct. 7, 2014

BROOKLYN — Two NYPD officers are under criminal investigation after punching and using a gun to bash a 16-year-old suspect in the face despite the teen raising his hands to surrender, according to a video obtained by DNAinfo New York.
The surveillance footage obtained exclusively by “On The Inside" shows the two officers catch up to marijuana suspect Kahreem Tribble after a brief chase in Bedford-Stuyvesant.
As the teen stops running, one officer throws a punch at his face. Then, as the suspect raises his hands, the other officer hits him with his gun.
Tribble was arrested for possessing 17 small bags of marijuana and disorderly conduct on Aug. 29. At his arraignment, he pleaded guilty to a violation and was released with cracked teeth and bruises.

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Also see: NYPD cops caught on video punching, pistol-whipping teen 10/07/14 by Trymaine Lee

In another police racial profiling incident:


 The parents of a Wake County high school student are outraged that police pepper-sprayed him inside their home after a neighbor mistook him for an intruder. It happened Monday afternoon on England Avenue in Fuquay-Varina. Ricky and Stacy Tyler have fostered 18-year-old DeShawn Currie for about a year. The Tylers, their three young children and DeShawn moved to Fuquay-Varina in July. They said while they're still getting to know their neighbors, it's hurtful someone would assume DeShawn was a burglar just for going about his normal routine of walking home after school.  "He's my baby boy just as much as my other three children are," said Stacy. She left the side door to their home unlocked Monday for DeShawn, who was coming home early from school.  Fuquay-Varina police said when a neighbor saw DeShawn walk in; they called 911 to report a break-in. Soon, three officers were inside the house, all to DeShawn's surprise. 
 ...Eighteen-year-old DeShawn Currie was walking into his foster parents’ unlocked side door after school Monday afternoon, when a neighbor called 911 to report what they perceived to be a burglary on the residential block in Fuquay-Varina, North Carolina. When cops arrived, they walked inside the house and ordered Currie to put his hands up, as Currie, confused, questioned what he had done wrong. Cops responded by pointing to a picture on the wall that showed several white children together, implying that Currie, black, did not belong.
By the time Currie’s foster mother Stacy Tyler came home, EMTs were treating Currie in the driveway for having been pepper sprayed in the face by the officers, WTVD reports. Police said in a statement they pepper-sprayed Currie because he would not follow orders. Stacy and Ricky Tyler had been fostering Currie for about a year, and have done all they can to show Currie that he is just as much a member of their family as the other three children.
 “Everything that we’ve worked so hard for in the past years was stripped away yesterday in just a matter of moments,” Ricky Tyler told WTVD. Currie said he wasn’t sure if he would be able to move past the incident.
Also see:  "Black Teen Pepper-Sprayed By Cops After Entering His White Foster Parents’ Home"

 and add another to the pile of dead : " Meet 59-year-old David Hooks, the latest drug raid fatality " by Radley Balko Washington Post, Oct. 6, 2014
 Phillip Smith at the Drug War Chronicle sums up the news reports detailing the latest casualty in the never-ending U.S. war on drugs.  A Georgia SWAT team shot and killed an armed homeowner during a September 24 drug raid sparked by the word of a self-confessed meth addict and burglar who had robbed the property the previous day. No drugs were found.
David Hooks, 59, becomes the 34th person to die in US domestic drug law enforcement operations so far this year.
 and story & video from article at "David Hooks' family investigating his death " by Sophia Danner-Okotie, 13WMAZ

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And update via on infant targeted by police with a flashgrenade:   " OUTRAGE: After Disfiguring Toddler in Botched Drug Raid, Cops Face No Charges Officers tossed a flash grenade in a baby's crib, burning him badly." by Zaid Jilani at, Oct. 8, 2014
a SWAT team of police officers in Habersham County, Georgia raided the home of the Phonesvanh family. The raid was a “no-knock” operation, meaning that the police entered the house unannounced. During the course of the raid, police threw a stun grenade threw a stun grenade into a baby's crib, badly burning toddler Bounkaham Phonesvanh who was hospitalized in a coma. No one living in the house had any drugs.
Young Bounkham Phonesvanh eventually came out of the coma, but was left with a disfiguration. He is also in need of intensive ongoing medical care, including ongoing facial and chest skin grafts, which could amount to nearly a million dollars. The county has refused to pay for it.
The boy's family hoped that at least the court system would deliver some justice. But on Monday, a grand jury in Habersham County decided to bring no charges on any of the officers involved. The attorney for the family told the press they were “devastated” by the decision. Since the raid took place, a diverse coalition of activists has sought to reform the use of “no-knock” raids in Georgia, bringing together both tea partiers and progressive lawmakers, similar to the coalition formed after the Ferguson protests.

And so it goes,

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