Study of D.C. police shows body cameras have no apparent effect on excessive force complaints. “We found essentially that we could not detect any statistically significant effect of the body-worn cameras.” http://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2017/10/20/558832090/body-cam-study-shows-no-effect-on-police-use-of-force-or-citizen-complaints What the story doesn’t tell us is how many more excessive force investigations, news stories and successful lawsuits have occurred thanks to police body cameras. My educated guess, at least nation-wide, is “a lot”.
Three charged after man fired pistol during confrontation with Gainesville anti-Spencer protesters. “According to the Alachua County sheriff’s arrest report, Colton Fears, 28, and William Fears, 30, of Pasadena, Texas, encouraged Tenbrink to shoot, yelling, “I’m going to f– kill you,” “Kill them” and “Shoot them”.” http://www.philly.com/philly/news/nation_world/3-charged-in-shooting-after-richard-spencer-speech-20171020.html
Judge hears evidence in lawsuit against St. Louis police department. “Lawyers have yet to argue their case in person in front of Perry, but the ACLU says in court filings that police improperly declare crowds to be unlawful assemblies and order them to disperse and the rules for doing that are unconstitutionally vague.” http://www.stltoday.com/news/local/crime-and-courts/st-louis-police-say-their-protest-response-lawful-and-appropriate/article_0a8cec3c-221c-56e1-92e9-18c689fc4200.html
Writer says industry switching to robots to cut labor costs, not to shorten your work week or to free humans from doing dirty, dangerous jobs. “They’re creating a robot economy in order to displace you and me with inexpensive machines that don’t demand higher wages or health care, don’t take sick days or vacations, and don’t organize unions, file lawsuits, or vote for pro-worker politicians.” https://www.commondreams.org/views/2017/10/20/are-you-ready-corporate-americas-robot-economy
Critics point out hypocrisy of George W. Bush’s concern about “cruelty and bigotry”. “The Iraq War was worse than anything Donald Trump has done (so far).” https://www.commondreams.org/news/2017/10/20/hypocritical-bs-critics-slam-establishments-applause-war-criminal-george-w-bush
Trump deserves our respect, says Vladimir Putin. “I believe that the president of the United States does not need any advice, because one has to possess (a certain amount of) talent and go through (a process) to be elected, even without having (experience in such an important) administrative (position).” https://www.cbsnews.com/news/putin-says-americans-dont-show-trump-enough-respect/ Let’s make Putin sound like a robot! Does CBS News use Google or Bing Translate?
Members of Congress press for more details on deaths of U.S. soldiers in Niger. “Frustration over the lack of answers spilled into public view on Thursday, as the Arizona senator John McCain suggested the issue “may require a subpoena”.” https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2017/oct/20/donald-trump-niger-ambush-frederica-wilson
Two NYPD detectives reportedly claiming that sex with detained suspect, who says she was raped, was consensual. “While it is against department policy to have sex on duty, the law does not preclude consensual sex between an arresting officer and a person in their custody.” https://theintercept.com/2017/10/20/brooklyn-teen-police-rape-consent/ You gotta be kidding!
Americans putting off marriage, having children, buying homes due to debt. “About 56 percent of 18- to 35-year-olds say they’ve put off a major life event because of their loan payments, compared to 45 percent of in-debt Americans overall, according to a Bankrate.com survey released Wednesday.” http://www.ibtimes.com/millennials-student-debt-means-postponing-life-events-marriage-home-buying-2040044
Florida’s private schools reportedly receiving $1 billion in state guaranteed scholarships (aka “school vouchers”) with few rules and little oversight. “One Orlando school, which received $500,000 from the public programs last year, has a 24-year-old principal still studying at a community college.” http://www.orlandosentinel.com/features/education/os-florida-school-voucher-investigation-1018-htmlstory.html
Even conservatives want John Kelly to apologize for false FBI building accusation. “The president demands that the people who work for him go out and do his bidding at the expense of their own moral authority,” Hoover said. “This is where Kelly, sort of, lost that.” https://www.rawstory.com/2017/10/even-conservative-erick-erickson-is-calling-on-gen-kelly-to-man-up-and-apologize-for-attacks-on-rep-wilson/
South Carolina police officer uses taser on unarmed, 86 year-old man, hospitalizing him. “Chatfield’s family’s attorney, Justin Bamberg, said that it simply defied belief that an 86-year-old dementia patient was such an apparent threat that he needed to be Tasered.” https://www.rawstory.com/2017/10/cops-taser-86-year-old-unarmed-black-man-for-his-own-safety-leaving-him-in-intensive-care/
Struggle reportedly going on within Trump administration over release of JFK assassination documents. “A relatively small fraction—the 3,100 documents that the public has never seen, as well as the full text of more than 30,000 files previously released only in part—have been held back until now…. Under the law, however, everything must be released, in full, by next Thursday unless Trump decides otherwise.” http://www.politico.com/magazine/story/2017/10/20/trump-block-release-jfk-kennedy-assassination-files-documents-215732
Nobel Prize-winning Chilean poet Pablo Neruda did not die of cancer after coup, say researchers. “According to (his driver) Mr Araya, the day (Neruda) died he called to say he had been injected in the stomach while he was asleep, and to come to the hospital quickly.” http://www.bbc.com/news/world-latin-america-41702706