August 7, 2016

Former New York City police commissioner allegedly says Black Lives Matter protests are “silly and they are not going to impact on anything”. http://www.nydailynews.com/news/politics/raymond-kelly-calls-black-lives-matter-protesters-silly-article-1.2741159

ANC loses major local elections in South Africa for the first time since fall of apartheid regime. http://www.bbc.com/news/world-africa-36997461

Low compliance among police officer with body camera policies, many cities have no penalties for “forgetting” to turn them on. http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/nationworld/ct-police-shooting-body-cam-usage-20160806-story.html

Government releases drone strike guidelines after lawsuit, says only to be used if “near certainty” of target and of not killing bystanders, activists question if policy is actually being observed. http://www.bloomberg.com/politics/articles/2016-08-06/drone-attack-policy-released-by-u-s-government-after-lawsuit

Green Party officially nominates Jill Stein as presidential candidate. http://www.chron.com/news/houston-texas/article/Green-Party-nominee-Jill-Stein-9126966.php

High tech car thieves used laptop computer to steal 100 Houston area trucks and SUVs. http://www.houstonchronicle.com/news/houston-texas/houston/article/Police-Suspects-used-laptops-to-steal-cars-in-9123735.php

Los Angeles police officers claim in lawsuit that continued desk duty after their fatal shooting of Ezell Ford is based on racial discrimination and retaliation. http://www.latimes.com/local/lanow/la-me-ln-lapd-lawsuit-retaliation-ford-shooting-20160803-snap-story.html

Federal judge tosses anti-trust lawsuit filed by Libertarian and Green parties demanding to be included in presidential debates. http://www.politico.com/blogs/under-the-radar/2016/08/judge-rejects-suit-against-presidential-debate-commission-226720

Arkansas voter registration purge list reportedly incorrectly flagged 4,000 voters as felons. http://www.newsobserver.com/news/business/article93912487.html

Shawn Lucas, the man who served lawsuits on the DNC on behalf of Sanders supporters, found dead. http://www.theepochtimes.com/n3/2133063-report-shawn-lucas-man-who-served-dnc-found-dead/

Clinton, Trump race narrows to less than 3% in latest poll. http://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-election-poll-idUSKCN10G2BQ

Eight killed, 84 shot at Mexican teacher protest in Nochixtlan, Oaxaca in June. http://www.latimes.com/world/mexico-americas/la-fg-mexico-protest-deaths-20160728-snap-htmlstory.html

Large number of civilian casualties reported during siege of Manbij in Syria. http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/middle-east/war-against-isis-us-led-coalition-accused-of-killing-civilians-using-scorched-earth-policy-in-syria-a7174736.html

Economist Joseph Stiglitz resigns as chair of “Panama Papers” committee after announcement that the group’s eventual anti-corruption report is to be kept secret. http://www.dw.com/en/joseph-stiglitz-withdraws-from-panama-inquiry-over-intransparency/a-19453868

Rensselaer County police officers suspended, may be fired, after reportedly chasing and intentionally running over groundhog with golf cart. Unclear if groundhog was armed or if officers felt threatened.  http://www.rawstory.com/2016/08/we-finally-found-out-what-will-get-a-cop-fired-and-you-wont-believe-what-it-is/

Chicago police reportedly fired “about five shots” at fleeing unarmed car theft suspect Paul O’Neal  during foot chase. https://news.vice.com/article/fatal-shooting-of-black-teen-shows-policing-culture-still-a-problem-in-chicago

 

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August 7, 2016

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