Woman spared 12 years in prison by hospital video showing Aurora, Colorado police assaulting her instead of her assaulting them, but she was jailed for 8 days and lost her job. “If there had not been a video, Williams would have been forced to go to trial on a criminal charge where it would have been her story versus that of three police officers…” https://www.denverpost.com/2018/05/22/aurora-police-brutality-woman-kicked-in-head-settlement/
Medical examiner rules death of black Center for Disease Control epidemiologist was ‘suicide by drowning’. “Timothy Cunningham, 35, was last seen on February 12. His body was discovered in the Chattahoochee River in the northwestern part of the city on April 3.” https://edition.cnn.com/2018/05/23/health/cdc-worker-timothy-cunningham-cause-of-death/index.html You’ve got to be kidding. How does that work, he chained himself to a heavy object and threw it in the river? This sounds like a historic coverup FAIL.
Milwaukee police release video of tasering and arrest of black NBA player Sterling Brown, after he parked across the lines in a Walgreens parking lot in the middle of the night, which apparently involved five police cars. “What should have been a simple parking ticket turned into an attempt at police intimidation, followed by unlawful use of physical force, including being handcuffed and tased and then unlawfully booked.” http://www.espn.com/nba/story/_/id/23586406/video-shows-arrest-tasing-sterling-brown-milwaukee-bucks
FBI admits it massively inflated the number of encrypted cell phones tied to criminal acts. “The FBI’s assertion that 7,775 phones could not be opened by their investigators last year has always struck a discordant note with critics and privacy advocates, who noted that just a year earlier, the FBI had claimed the figure was 880.” https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/national-security/fbi-repeatedly-overstated-encryption-threat-figures-to-congress-public/2018/05/22/5b68ae90-5dce-11e8-a4a4-c070ef53f315_story.html
Ukrainian government accused of paying Trump lawyer $400,000 for White House meeting. “After the fee was paid to Cohen, he had a substantial meeting with Trump, followed by a photo op. One week later, Poroshenko’s government canceled a Ukrainian investigation into Trump’s former campaign manager, Paul Manafort, who is accused of receiving millions of dollars in illicit payments from pro-Russian interests in Ukraine.” https://qz.com/1286718/ukraine-paid-michael-cohen-to-set-up-a-meeting-with-donald-trump/
NFL announces new policy requiring players on the field to stand for the national anthem. “The policy subjects teams to a fine if a player or any other team personnel do not show respect for the anthem. That includes any attempt to sit or kneel, as dozens of players have done during the past two seasons to protest racial inequality and police brutality.” http://www.espn.com/nfl/story/_/id/23582533/nfl-owners-approve-new-national-anthem-policy Former NFL quarterback Sage Rosenfels questions new national anthem policy. “Forced patriotism is the opposite of freedom.” https://www.rawstory.com/2018/05/former-nfl-player-lays-waste-leagues-hypocrisy-american-flag-one-perfect-photo/ That’s right, North Korean have to cheer for the Great Leader and salute the flag – or else!
Myrtle Beach, South Carolina drug cops accused of routinely conducting ‘no knock’ raids after man gunned down by police files lawsuit. “Based on this testimony, which supports an inference of numerous alleged violations of the knock and announce requirement, the (Drug Enforcement Unit) had a widespread and persistent policy of executing search warrants without knocking and announcing and waiting a reasonable time before entering a private residence.” https://www.myhorrynews.com/news/local/horry_county/report-grand-strand-drug-agents-often-raided-homes-without-announcing/article_4614d30c-5ddd-11e8-88e8-f379e9fd540a.html
Man sues Springfield, Massachusetts police alleging roadside flashlight beating after he refused to exit his car. “The suit names Officers Christopher Collins and David Suchcicki, who are accused of striking Bernal, and 20 unidentified officers accused of either participating in the alleged beating or standing by without intervening.” http://www.masslive.com/news/index.ssf/2018/05/springfield_man_claims_he_was.html
Police thought Las Vegas was under a ‘Mumbai-style’ attack due to reports of multiple perpetrators, according to newly released documents. “The officer said it wasn’t known at that time if the ‘attack was expanding or not due to multiple reports coming in of explosive devices and secondary shooters’.” http://news3lv.com/news/local/lvmpd-releases-2100-pages-of-las-vegas-shooting-documents
Children detained by U.S. immigration authorities reported beatings and abuse. “Based on 30,000 pages of documents obtained through a records request, the report includes gruesome, detailed accusations of physical and mental abuse at the hands of officers.” http://www.newsweek.com/customs-and-border-control-beat-kicked-and-threatened-migrant-children-under-941385
Eleven protesters killed in India by police during two days of demonstrations against copper smelting plant. “Police said efforts to disperse the crowd of several thousand with a baton charge and teargas volleys failed before authorities used live ammunition.” https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/may/23/police-in-south-india-accused-of-mass-after-shooting-dead-protesters
Hong Kong’s government decides not to force employers to pay low wage employees for overtime. “Hong Kong has ended two decades of efforts to find a consensus on standardising working hours by deciding not to force bosses to pay overtime wages to low-income workers, settling for guidelines instead.” http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/community/article/2147471/letdown-overworked-hongkongers-government-ditches-standard It sounds like many low-income Hong Kong residents are salaried workers who receive the same monthly salary no matter how many hours they are required to work.
Hillary Clinton’s endorsement of Andrew Cuomo for governor of New York may backfire. “Of course, it’s possible Clinton’s name has become so toxic her opposition will actually help (Cynthia) Nixon, in which case, progressives should thank her.” https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2018/may/24/andrew-cuomo-hillary-clinton-cynthia-nixon-new-york-governor
Jury awards woman raped by security guard $1 billion. “Verdicts in the tens of millions of dollars, or even hundreds of millions, are not uncommon, Jeff Dion, director of the National Crime Victim Bar Association said in an email. But he had never heard of a $1bn verdict in a case with a single victim.” https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2018/may/24/this-shows-people-do-care-georgia-jury-awards-victim-1bn-in-damages
Customs and Border Patrol seized money for health clinic in Africa, wants nurse to waive her legal rights to get it back. “Anthonia’s case really demonstrates how abusive civil forfeiture is,” said one of her lawyers, Anya Bidwell, “because she’s an outstanding individual, she’s a US citizen, she wants to do good in the world and if she’s not safe from civil forfeiture then nobody is safe from civil forfeiture.” https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2018/may/24/us-customs-money-seize-texas-nurse-anthonia-nwaorie-lawsuit
Spanish rapper sentenced to 3 years in prison for lyrics that mention political violence (which the government calls ‘glorifying terrorism’), but he may have fled the country. “I’m not going to make it easy for them, it’s legitimate and an obligation to disobey this fascist state.” https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/may/24/spanish-rapper-valtonyc-begin-jail-term-vows-disobey-fascist-state
Bahrain allegedly cracked down on its opposition after Trump administration signaled its disinterest in the country’s internal affairs. “Less than 48 hours (after Trump’s meeting with Bahrain’s king), on May 23, 2017, Bahraini security forces raided the village of Diraz and opened fire at a sit-in…. Five people were killed, including a respected environmental activist, more than 100 were wounded, and 286 were arrested.” https://theintercept.com/2018/05/22/trump-torture-bahrain/
CIA torture program may have been aimed at providing justification for the invasion of Iraq, not about collecting real intelligence. “After a portion of the Senate Intelligence Committee report on torture was released in 2014 by Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) — against fierce opposition from the CI A — it became known that Ibn Shaykh al-Libi, captured in Afghanistan in 2001, testified (under torture) to just such a link between Saddam Hussein and Al Qaeda…. CIA agents questioned the validity of his statements from the start, however.” https://whowhatwhy.org/2018/05/23/cia-knew-torture-was-extorting-bad-intelligence-kept-doing-it-anyway/
Taylor, Michigan cops apparently beat man they mistook for a fugitive, but then claimed he was pulled over for stopping abruptly at a stop sign and turning into his driveway without signaling. “(Cody Meredith) said he never resisted officers and didn’t deserve to end up in the hospital.” https://www.clickondetroit.com/news/michigan/video-michigan-man-suing-police-department-over-rough-arrest-outside-his-home
Veteran pleads guilty to Ft. Lauderdale airport shooting, is sentenced to five consecutive life sentences plus 120 years, tells judge he doesn’t know why he did it. “I wasn’t thinking about it at the time. There were a lot of things going on in my mind, messages.” https://www.rawstory.com/2018/05/us-veteran-pleads-guilty-florida-airport-killings/ Insane or programmed to kill?
Man claims Laurel, Mississippi police officers beat him after he tried to evade (an unconstitutional) police checkpoint. “Police told Barnett to get down on the ground and when he did, they began kicking him…. The police then transported him to the South Central Regional Medical Center, where he was beaten more, (James) Barnett claimed.” https://abcnews.go.com/US/mississippi-police-officers-fired-alleged-police-brutality-incident/story?id=55355629
CIA reportedly infiltrated Barry Goldwater campaign, some say at Lyndon Johnson’s request. “(E. Howard) Hunt’s assets included a secretary on Goldwater’s campaign staff who provided advance copies of speeches and press releases.” https://www.politico.com/magazine/story/2018/05/22/cia-fbi-spy-presidential-campaign-trump-goldwater-218415
Judge in trial of Trump inauguration protesters rules that prosecutors withheld video evidence of protest planning meeting. “At pretrial hearing Wednesday afternoon, (Judge) Morin agreed that the prosecution had violated the ‘Brady rule’, which governs the state’s pretrial obligations to disclose exculpatory evidence, but declined to rule on the defense’s motions to dismiss the indictment or suppress the evidence. Morin will rule on those sanctions next week.” https://theintercept.com/2018/05/23/j20-trial-project-veritas-video/
Tony Blair claims he was unaware of rendition and imprisonment of tortured Libyan opposition activist and his wife. “I didn’t know myself about this case until after I left office, so I’m content to go along with (the May government’s) apology.” https://www.theguardian.com/politics/2018/may/22/tony-blair-refuses-to-apologise-to-libyan-torture-victim-abdel-hakim-belhaj
Rudy Giuliani reportedly represented pharmaceutical company that produces OxyContin. “Giuliani helped Purdue win a deal that limited future prosecution of the company, avoided prison time for its executives and permitted Purdue to continue doing business with the federal government, allowing Purdue to continue raking in billion-dollar profits.” https://www.democracynow.org/2018/5/23/headlines/the_guardian_giuliani_helped_oxycontin_maker_continue_drug_sales