June 15, 2017

Man who shot ultra-conservative legislator was Bernie Sanders volunteer, Sanders says violence is un-American. “Violence of any kind is unacceptable in our society and I condemn this action in the strongest possible terms.”   http://www.politico.com/story/2017/06/14/house-majority-whip-scalise-wounded-in-northern-virginia-shooting-reports-of-multiple-shots-fired-239539

Top U.N. human rights official denounces “staggering loss of civilian life” during U.S. coalition attack on Raqqa. “…the imperative to fight terrorism must not… be undertaken at the expense of civilians who unwillingly find themselves living in areas where ISIL (ISIS) is present.”   http://www.cbsnews.com/news/us-airstrikes-raqqa-staggering-loss-of-civilian-life-un-paulo-pinherio/

States like Kansas refusing to release police body camera video to the public. “North Carolina, Louisiana, South Carolina, and Kansas, among others, have now instituted counter-transparency body camera laws.”   https://www.theverge.com/2017/6/12/15768920/police-body-camera-state-secret

President Trump is reportedly under investigation by Russia probe Special Counsel for obstruction of justice. “The special counsel overseeing the investigation into Russia’s role in the 2016 election is interviewing senior intelligence officials as part of a widening probe that now includes an examination of whether President Trump attempted to obstruct justice, officials said.”   https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/national-security/special-counsel-is-investigating-trump-for-possible-obstruction-of-justice/2017/06/14/9ce02506-5131-11e7-b064-828ba60fbb98_story.html

London Grenfell Tower resident association says they have complained for years about fire hazards. “Regular readers of this blog will know that we have posted numerous warnings in recent years about the very poor fire safety standards at Grenfell Tower… ALL OUR WARNINGS FELL ON DEAF EARS and we predicted that a catastrophe like this was inevitable and just a matter of time.”   https://www.independent.co.uk/voices/grenfell-tower-fire-kensington-london-residents-kctmo-council-contract-ignored-poor-a7789276.html

DC police seeking dozens of Turkish security agents and Erdogan supporters over attack on protesters. “The U.S. official, who was not authorized to speak publicly to the matter and demanded anonymity, said DC police had identified 34 of 42 people who were involved in the fight, and are seeking their arrests.”   https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/courts_law/dc-police-say-2-arrests-made-in-turkish-embassy-melee-case/2017/06/14/aad23a24-5135-11e7-b74e-0d2785d3083d_story.html

Video shows Sylville Smith had thrown away his gun before officer fired fatal shot. “A black man killed by Milwaukee police after fleeing a traffic stop was unarmed and defenseless when an officer shot him “point blank,” a prosecutor told jurors Tuesday, while defense attorneys said the officer believed the man still had a gun.”   http://www.bdtonline.com/news/milwaukee-prosecutor-ex–officer-shot-man-point-blank/article_b4f4360b-f0ee-564b-85c7-df860f8bdd23.html

New Hampshire car theft suspect fatally shot after chase by state troopers, but police not releasing details of “encounter”. “Portsmouth police officials would not comment Wednesday about their previous interactions with Jones, or the incident which led to his death…”   http://www.unionleader.com/crime/man-killed-by-police-at-liquor-store-known-for-petty-crimes-20170614

Georgia man who went into 12 day coma after being tackled by police officer files excessive force lawsuit. “He put his hands in the air, but McClure tackled him to the road.”   http://www.timesfreepress.com/news/local/story/2017/jun/15/ellijay-police-officer-sued-excessive-force-c/433396/

Jail video, taser log reportedly missing in West Virginia excessive force incident. “Clarksburg Police Taser logs showed no firing of a stun gun, but forensics evidence — marking on the side of the woman’s torso that a retired state trooper from Pennsylvania said was consistent with a stun gun — was cited by Gentilozzi as key in getting the excessive-force verdict.”   https://www.theet.com/news/free/attorney-will-ask-troopers-for-probe-after-jury-finds-excessive/article_cd959a5b-1882-5622-89b9-f310c449f9bd.html

Pennsylvania man settles police beating lawsuit for $25,000. “O’Neill cleared one officer of wrongdoing but ruled that a jury had to decide what roles the seven remaining officers had in Torres’ arrest, whether four of them used excessive force and whether any is to blame for failing to intervene to stop the alleged assault.”   http://www.mcall.com/news/local/allentown/mc-allentown-police-excessive-force-settlement-20170613-story.html

Video reportedly surfaces of United ticket agent knocking 71 year-old man to the ground. “The encounter began when Tigner received a boarding pass that was illegible.”     http://www.chicagotribune.com/business/ct-united-airlines-passenger-incident-20170614-story.html

Pro-business groups reportedly pushing for Constitutional convention. “ALEC has drafted model Article V legislation… (calling) for a convention to “impose fiscal restraints on the federal government, limit the power and jurisdiction of the federal government, and limit the terms of office for its officials and for members of Congress.”   http://www.ibtimes.com/political-capital/koch-brothers-want-new-constitution-theyre-closer-you-think-2552039

U.S. citizen from Salt Lake City reportedly denied entry back into U.S. after visit to Kenya. “Abdi was barred from boarding a flight from Kenya’s Jomo Kenyatta International Airport, where he was returning to the United States with his wife and five children.”   http://www.rawstory.com/2017/06/utah-muslim-leader-barred-from-entering-the-us-after-trip-to-kenya-despite-being-an-american-citizen/

Egypt reportedly blocking internet news sites. “In Egypt, the government has blocked access to at least 48 news sites amid an increasing crackdown against journalists and human rights activists.”   https://www.democracynow.org/2017/6/14/headlines/egypt_blocks_access_to_48_news_sites_including_al_jazeera_huffington_post

June 15, 2017

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