URGENT: Stop strip, scanner, and dog searches

URGENT: Stop strip, scanner, and dog searches

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The CA Dept of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) just proposed regulations mandating use of dogs, scanners, and traumatizing strip searches for people coming into a prison for a contact visit with a loved one. 

“They want to be free to pursue the maintenance of the SHU torture units and the expansion of the prison industrial complex (and the ever-growing portion of the public’s tax dollars) without the prospect of legitimate criticism and the voice of opposition.” -Prisoner in Corcoran State Prison SHU

We need your help to stop this human rights violation before 5pm today!

They have given the outrageous period of only five days for public comment on this deeply unjust policy.

Several months ago, due to your your principled action in writing to the Dept of Corrections regarding the proposed censorship regulations, they shelved those regulations!

I’m writing to ask you to do it again! 

As a family member, it is a serious violation of my human rights to be forced to be humiliated in order to see my brother and give him family support.

There’s been more family involvement in the prison system over the last three years than ever before, and we’re challenging what they’re doing. People are watching and they don’t like that – it’s not as easy to get away with abuses of power.

Please weigh in and speak out about these regulations TODAY, Sept. 23rd.
The comment period closes at 5pm tonight.

It is absolutely crucial to act immediately, and show them we can mobilize some serious opposition.

Share this with everyone you know who might also want to send a letter.

Thank you for everything you do. Marie Levin

Prisoner Hunger Strike Solidarity Coalition
A member of Californians United for a Responsible Budget

Michael Brown Memorial Burns In Ferguson Missouri, As Ferguson Police Stand By And Watch.

Originally posted on MrMilitantNegro™:


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Mike Brown Memorial Burned Down

Mike Brown memorial burns

By Brandie Piper, KSDK

FERGUSON, Mo. – A memorial for 18-year-old Michael Brown who was killed by a Ferguson police officer last month burned down Tuesday morning.

Capt. Jeremy Corcoran with the Ferguson Police Department says the fire started on Canfield Drive around 6:45 a.m. He says when firefighters arrived they found a small area where items had been gathered for a memorial had been burned.

Two portable water extinguishers were used to put the fire out.

The cause of the fire has not been determined, but there is evidence candles were used within the memorial.

Photos of the damage:

Chief Jackson released the following statement about the fire:

“We’re all saddened by the fire that was reported at one of the Michael Brown Memorials this morning and are trying to obtain as much information as possible to determine what happened…

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Michael Brown’s Parents in Atlanta To Push For Police Body Cameras

Originally posted on GOOD BLACK NEWS:

The family of slain teen Michael Brown, who senselessly died early last month at the hands of Ferguson, Mo., police officer Darren Wilson, are now in Atlanta to kick off a nationwide effort to arm police with body cameras, according to WSB-TV.

Brown’s parents, Lesley McSpadden (pictured right) and Michael Brown Sr. (pictured), are trying to get legislation, the Michael Brown law, passed that will require officers to sport body cameras while on duty.

According to the couple, if Wilson would have been wearing the body camera, there would be no questions as to the tragic turn of events that led to their son’s murder. Wearing cameras have been associated with dramatic reductions in use of force and complaints against officers.

The couple attended a rally on Sunday that was held at a Baptist church in Atlanta. The pair reportedly felt Atlanta was a great place to start with…

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    About 10,000 people in the United States may be wrongfully convicted of serious crimes each year, a new study suggests. The results are based on a survey of 188 judges, prosecuting attorneys, public defenders, sheriffs and police chiefs in Ohio and 41 state attorneys general. The study also found that the most important factor leading to wrongful conviction is eyewitness misidentification. These findings are included in the new book Convicted But Innocent: Wrongful Conviction and Public Policy (Sage Publications, 1996). The book was written by C. Ronald Huff, director of the Criminal Justice Research Center and the School of Public Policy and Management at Ohio State University; Arye Rattner, professor of sociology at the University of Haifa, Israel; and the late Edward Sagarin, who was a professor of sociology at City College and CityUniversity of New York. The survey asked respondents to estimate the prevalence of wrongful conviction in the United States. About 72 percent estimated that less than 1 percent — but more than zero — of convictions were of innocent people. Based on these results, Huff estimated conservatively that 0.5 percent of the 1,993,880 convictions for index crimes in 1990 were of innocent people. (Index crimes, which are reported by the FBI, are murder and non-negligent manslaughter, forcible rape, aggravated assault, robbery, burglary, larceny-theft, motor vehicle theft and arson.) That would result in an estimated 9,969 wrongful convictions. Huff said he thinks that number is probably low…

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How Rich Old White Men Are Taking Lunch Money Away From Inner-City Black Kids

Originally posted on ChildreninShadow.wordpress.com:

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Cop suspended over Facebook post branding Ferguson protesters ‘rabid dogs’

Cop suspended over Facebook post branding Ferguson protesters ‘rabid dogs’

Demonstrators protest against the fatal shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson (Reuters / Joshua Lott)

Demonstrators protest against the fatal shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson (Reuters / Joshua Lott)

​A police officer in a St. Louis suburb has been suspended over a series of Facebook posts, insulting Ferguson protesters, who have been rallying in condemnation of the shooting of an unarmed black teenager by a white police officer.

Crowdfunding campaign for officer who shot unarmed teenager spurs controversy

The police department in Glendale, Missouri, announced in a Friday statement that it had suspended police officer, Matthew Pappert, due to “several very concerning and inappropriate posts on his personal Facebook page.”

I’m sick of these protesters,” one of the posts says. “You are a burden on society and a blight on the community.” The screenshots of an apparently deactivated account have been obtained by The Daily Caller.

These protesters should have been put down like a rabid dog the first night,” Pappert says in another post.

The Glendale police learnt of the posts on Friday morning and immediately launched an investigation into the matter, according to a statement by Police Chief Jeffrey Beaton, who specified the views expressed in the posts were not shared by the department.

The matter is being taken very seriously and a thorough internal investigation will be conducted to determine why the posts were made,” the statement added.

A press photographer, covering the Ferguson protests, recognized Pappert as one of the police officers summoned to the scene to handle the unrest. The journalist recalled Pappert threatening journalists with a night stick.

He was ready to swing at us,” the photographer told AFP.

Watchdog groups slam Ferguson police ‘harassment’ of reporters

Mathew Pappert is not the only police officer suspended amid the Ferguson protests.

Another St. Louis-area police officer, Dan Page, was also suspended on Friday over a controversial YouTube video. It was likely done two years ago, but got into the spotlight recently, after a CNN reporter Don Lemon, who complained of Page pushing him, brought it to the department’s attention.

I personally believe in Jesus Christ as my lord savior, but I’m also a killer. I’ve killed a lot. And if I need to, I’ll kill a whole bunch more. If you don’t want to get killed, don’t show up in front of me, it’s that simple,” Page says in an hour-long presentation, which also includes incendiary comments on minority groups, women, liberals and politicians.

The case of Page, a 35-year veteran of the police department, will now be reviewed by the internal affairs unit.

With the comments on killing… that was obviously something that deeply disturbed me immediately,” St. Louis County Police Chief Jon Belmar told the St Louis Post-Dispatch.

Earlier this week, a suburban St. Louis police officer, Ray Albers, was suspended indefinitely for threatening to kill protesters and journalists in Ferguson, Missouri. He was caught on camera while pointing a rifle in the crowd’s direction during a demonstration this week.

18-year-old Michael Brown was shot and killed by a police officer on August 9 in Ferguson, a St. Louis suburb. Brown’s death sparked massive protests in the area. Many of those ended in clashes with police using tear gas and rubber bullets to disperse the rallying crowds.

St. Louis Police Academy Promotes ‘Highly Entertaining’ Course On Michael Brown Shooting

Originally posted on The Fifth Column:

St. Louis County Police Chief Jon Belmar addresses reporters.

St. Louis County Police Chief Jon Belmar addresses reporters |CREDIT: AP PHOTO/SID HASTINGS

You won’t believe what the police brass in St. Louis are doing now…in the wake of the Michael Brown shooting in Ferguson

Think Progress

The deadly police shooting of Michael Brown, an unarmed teenager, in Ferguson prompted nationwide outrage and weeks of protests. But police in the area apparently still have a lot to learn.

The St. Louis County And Municipal Police Academy, which encompasses Ferguson, is offering a “Continuing Education” course in October entitled “OFFICER-INVOLVED SHOOTING — YOU CAN WIN WITH THE MEDIA.” The class is billed as “fast-paced class is jam-packed with the essential strategies and tactics, skills and techniques” and includes a “detailed case study of Ferguson.”

Learning about how to manipulate the media after a police officer shoots someone can be a blast, according to a flier produced by the…

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