July 7, 2017

Trump implies that Islamic extremists and “the creep of government bureaucracy” threaten the continued existence of Western civilization. “Do we have the desire and the courage to preserve our civilization in the face of those who would subvert and destroy it?”   https://www.nytimes.com/2017/07/06/world/europe/donald-trump-poland-speech.html

Missouri’s governor says he will cancel St. Louis minimum wage hike because the city’s $10 minimum wage “will take money out of people’s pockets”. “A new bill in the Missouri Legislature (would allow Gov.) Greitens to prohibit any cities from creating their own minimum wage alongside the state minimum wage.”   http://www.businessinsider.com/missouri-governor-lowers-minimum-wage-2017-7

Twelve arrests so far outside U.S. Senator Jeff Flakes’s office in Phoenix during Trumpcare protests. “”Jeff Flake arrests grandmas,” Cindy Gains, 62, yelled from the back of a police car after her arrest.”   http://www.azfamily.com/story/35827699/police-arrest-5-at-sen-flakes-phoenix-office

G20 clashes began after German police tried to enforce dress code on protesters. “Police told the Telegraph that violence ensued after protesters donning black face masks refused officers’ requests to remove them.”   https://www.commondreams.org/news/2017/07/06/beneath-dramatic-g20-clashes-deep-demand-better-world

19 states sue Secretary of Education DeVos over student loans. “Since day one, Secretary DeVos has sided with for-profit school executives against students and families drowning in unaffordable student loans.”   https://www.commondreams.org/news/2017/07/06/protect-students-profit-school-predators-19-states-sue-betsy-devos

After unhinged NRA video, activists to hold Women’s March Against the NRA. “Organizers of the Women’s March on Washington—which took place the day after Donald Trump’s inauguration and inspired solidarity marches in hundreds of cities across the globe—are planning a protest against the National Rifle Association for July 14, in response to a video published to the NRA’s Facebook page last month.”   https://www.commondreams.org/news/2017/07/06/we-will-not-be-intimidated-organizers-announce-womens-march-against-nra

Republicans allegedly slipped “dark money” protection clauses into spending bills. “The provisions prevent the IRS from examining or defining the nebulous rules that govern those groups, which are not required to disclose their donors.”   http://www.ibtimes.com/political-capital/how-republicans-protect-anonymous-donors-their-dark-money-groups-2562201

Woman says she was harassed by Oath Keepers at local mall. “For an organized group of people who claim to want to defend against infringement of their rights, they certainly had no qualms violating mine.”   http://www.rawstory.com/2017/07/they-had-no-qualms-violating-my-rights-ohio-mom-says-gun-militia-demanded-10-to-walk-through-mall/

Rick Perry trolled after “supply and demand” remark. “You put the supply out there and the demand will follow.”   http://www.rawstory.com/2017/07/must-have-taken-econ-at-trump-u-internet-roasts-rick-perrys-latest-economically-illiterate-statement/

Documents from lawsuit against Trump alleging he used illegal immigrants resurface, may be released. “The transcript and court brief were part of a lawsuit filed in 1983 by a union worker alleging that Trump — long before he moved into the White House — exploited undocumented Polish workers who demolished the building where Trump Tower now stands.”   http://www.nydailynews.com/new-york/lawyer-finds-lost-records-trump-tower-immig-labor-lawsuit-article-1.3301025

Map of Australia notes 150 places where aboriginal people were massacred. “The exact number of indigenous deaths since Australia’s settlement has long been debated, but the map is the first to detail evidence of more than 150 massacres involving almost every aboriginal clan between 1788 and 1872.”   http://news.trust.org/item/20170706090917-jkpp8/   Using the power of the internet, I couldn’t find a map like this for the U.S. Anybody need a topic for their American history or geography thesis?

Twitter lawsuit against government gag orders allowed to proceed. “The U.S. government had failed to show the kind of “clear and present danger” that could possibly justify restraints (on) Twitter’s constitutional right to talk about surveillance requests, U.S. District Judge Yvonne Gonzalez Rogers in Oakland, California, said in a written order.”   https://www.reuters.com/article/us-twitter-lawsuit-idUSKBN19R30R

National City, California agrees to pay $1.5 million to man shot in elbow during traffic stop to settle accidental police shooting lawsuit. “After stopping, officers ordered Flores to place his arms outside of the driver’s side window. Flores did so.”   https://www.sandiegoreader.com/news/2017/jul/06/ticker-man-15-million-police-shoot/

Bakersfield, California police officer cleared after fatally shooting unarmed, 73 year-old man with dementia five times. “A search of (Francisco) Serna afterward didn’t turn up a weapon, just a faux wood crucifix.”   http://www.bakersfield.com/news/police-shooting-of–year-old-francisco-serna-found-within/article_17fe3510-d8cc-5c94-90f6-9ae53fc3cb89.html

Video shows Mesa, Arizona police beating black jaywalker.   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FkIgWrlYy8g

Bartow, Florida police accused of releasing police dog on wrong man. “Family says police had the wrong guy, that it was really Wright’s little brother who violated probation.”   http://www.fox13news.com/news/local-news/265726744-story   Video here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=skK0B9HNt2Q

Ogden, Utah man riding bike on wrong side of road suffers three broken ribs and punctured lung during arrest. “That will teach you not to run, won’t it?”   http://fox13now.com/2017/06/29/man-sues-ogden-police-officer-after-suffering-broken-ribs-punctured-lung-during-arrest/

Charleston, West Virginia police ask judge to drop excessive force lawsuit stemming from incident in which officers allegedly pointed their weapons at and pistol whipped wrong teenager. “In the lawsuit against the two officers, 15-year-old X’Zane Watts alleged that the two officers failed to identify themselves as police when they pointed guns at him and his toddler cousin and began screaming profanities at them.”   http://www.wvgazettemail.com/news-cops-and-courts/20170630/cpd-attorneys-file-motion-to-dismiss-excessive-force-lawsuit-against-officers

No charges to be filed against East Hartford police officers who reportedly stunned broken window suspect for 20 seconds before he died. “The medical examiner ruled Maldonado’s death a homicide, saying he died of “cardiac arrhythmia following precordial electric shock and blunt injury to the head”.”   http://www.live5news.com/story/35772768/prosecutor-no-crime-committed-by-officer-in-mans-death


July 7, 2017

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