April 13, 2019

Jury awards $3.6 million to Colorado grandmother arrested during a welfare check, who was then repeatedly tasered while strapped into a restraining chair. “This jury sent them the loudest, clearest message,” said David Lane, the Denver civil rights attorney who represented O’Neal. “We the people are not going to put up with constitutional violations from law enforcement officers.”   https://www.denverpost.com/2019/04/10/fremont-county-sheriff-lawsuit-naked/

Felony charges dropped against high school student after school releases security videos of her arrest, officers had claimed they were attacked. “An unarmed, 16-year-old girl was beaten, kicked, punched and Tasered by Officers Johnnie Pierre and Sherry Tripp at Marshall High School.”   https://www.yahoo.com/gma/surveillance-video-shows-chicago-police-dragging-female-student-094726420–abc-news-topstories.html

Ukrainian hackers post personal info of U.S. law enforcement officers. “The hackers breached three sites associated with the FBI National Academy Association, a coalition of different chapters across the U.S. promoting federal and law enforcement leadership and training located at the FBI training academy in Quantico, VA.”   https://techcrunch.com/2019/04/12/police-data-hack/    I find it interesting that when you try to Google this story, there are zero hits. It doesn’t exist. But ABC News covered it too!   https://abcnews.go.com/Technology/wireStory/hacker-group-posts-hundreds-law-officer-records-62373159

After Trump administration’s corporate tax cuts, twice as many companies are paying no federal tax. “According to the report, some of the companies that avoided paying any federal income taxes in 2018 include tech giant Amazon, pharmaceutical company Eli Lilly, television streaming service Netflix, a number of airlines and publishing group Gannett.”   https://thehill.com/policy/finance/438376-report-finds-twice-as-many-companies-will-avoid-paying-taxes-this-year-as-in

Democrats talk Green New Deal but vote in favor of helping Europe frack its own natural gas. “If Democrats are supporting bills that say fracked gas and fracked gas infrastructure should be developed in Europe then they are flying in the face of their own climate policy.”   https://www.pastemagazine.com/articles/2019/04/house-democrats-voted-for-a-natural-gas-and-fracki.html

27 more graves likely discovered at Florida reform school, bringing the total to 77. “The school, one of the largest reform institutions in the country, shuttered in June 2011 after the U.S. Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division confirmed students had been abused.”   https://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/more-two-dozen-possible-graves-found-florida-reform-school-n993851

President Trump accused of telling Homeland Security official that he would pardon him if he faced charges for sealing the southern border. “(Kirstjen) Nielsen had earlier refused to carry through with Mr. Trump’s desire to close the border, telling him it was illegal. But the president encouraged (Kevin) McAleenan to disregard Ms. Nielsen and enforce the move himself.”    https://www.nytimes.com/2019/04/12/us/politics/trump-border.html

Mark Zuckerberg receiving about $20 million in security from Facebook. “Nearly $20 million went toward security for Zuckerberg and his family, up from about $9 million the year prior.”   https://www.reuters.com/article/us-facebook-compensation/facebook-spends-226-million-to-keep-mark-zuckerberg-safe-idUSKCN1RO2KH

100 years ago today, British troops opened fire on thousands of unarmed protesters in Amritsar, India. “In 2013 David Cameron became the first serving British prime minister to visit Jallianwala Bagh. He described the episode as ‘deeply shameful’ but stopped short of a public apology.”   https://sg.news.yahoo.com/britains-shame-1919-amritsar-massacre-023101701.html

Last batch of ‘Dirty War’ files to be released by State Department. “The release marks the culmination of a nearly two-decade project to release information on violence and disappearances of dissenters after a 1976 coup that installed the dictatorship, which the United States initially supported.”   https://uk.reuters.com/article/uk-argentina-usa-rights/u-s-declassifies-final-tranche-of-records-on-argentina-dirty-war-idUKKCN1RO20M

Political consultant sentenced to three years of probation for representing Ukrainian political party without registering as a lobbyist. “(Samuel) Patten pleaded guilty in August, admitting he did public relations and lobbying work for the Opposition Bloc, the same pro-Russian political party that worked with (Paul) Manafort.”   https://www.courthousenews.com/lobbyist-given-probation-in-case-tied-to-mueller-probe/

Texas Supreme Court rules that state doesn’t have to reveal where it gets its execution drugs. “It is necessary to withhold the identities of these businesses and their employees from public disclosure to ensure their physical safety.”  https://www.courthousenews.com/texas-high-court-keeps-shroud-on-execution-drug-suppliers/   Veterinary drug companies? Mexican cartels? Concocted in-house by employees of the Texas Department of Corrections? Sorry, it’s a secret.


April 13, 2019

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