Activists outraged over claims the Austin police department failed to follow procedures for an apparent mental health crisis when they shot David Joseph
NYPD Officer Peter Liang found guilty of manslaughter in fatal shooting of Akai Gurley in Brooklyn housing development
Akai Gurley, father of a 2-year-old girl, was shot in a stairwell of the Pink Houses in Brooklyn.
Akai Gurley (l.) was shot in a stairwell of the Pink Houses in Brooklyn. Peter Liang (r.) leaves the courtroom after the jury’s verdict on Thursday….
February 11, 2016
Bringing Native American Stories to a National Audience
Journalists must move past stereotypes to forge deeper connections with an underrepresented population
On a cold winter’s night, a few minutes after 6 p.m., police in Rapid City, South Dakota were called to a house in the Lakota Community Homes development where Allen Locke and his family were living. Locke, 30, was drunk, his wife said, and she wanted him out of the house until he sobered up.
The responding officer, Anthony Meirose, found Locke on the kitchen floor. As Locke…
View original post 530 more words
Teen’s killing by Austin police raises questions about mental health protocol
The CountedHi Annamaria, Thanks for reaching out. We’ve included this case in our database: http://www.theguardian.com/…/the-counted-police….
The Guardian has been counting the people killed by US law enforcement agencies since 2015. Read their stories and contribute to our ongoing, crowdsourced project
theguardian.com|Von Jon Swaine
“The toxic metal had robbed them of gray matter in the parts of the brain that enable people to pay attention, regulate emotions and control impulses. Lead also had scrambled the production of white matter that transmits signals between different parts of the brain, largely by mimicking calcium, an element that plays a critical role in brain development….”
How The Flint Water Crisis Could Send An Entire Generation To Prison
CREDIT: AP Photo/Roger Schneider
&amp;lt;iframe src=”//www.googletagmanager.com/ns.html?id=GTM-MDDZPF” height=”0″ width=”0″ style=”display:none;visibility:hidden”&amp;gt;&amp;lt;/iframe&amp;gt;
The current juvenile justice system in Flint is already rife with problems. It doesn’t have money to repair a detention center with non-functioning mechanical systems. Teenagers who are 17 years old are tried and sentenced as adults and housed with older offenders. Thousands of kids are arrested in school for minor disciplinary infractions.
Having represented a death row prisoner who grew up in Michigan — who I am firmly convinced might not have committed his crimes had he not been subject to lead poisoning during his formative years — I strongly encourage all death penalty supporters to look at the water disaster in Flint, and reconsider their stance.
Writer Carimah Townes detailed some disturbing facts about lead poisoning’s devastating impact in a recent report for Think Progress:
Lead poisoning causes mental retardation, shortened attention spans, and other behavioral disorders in children. It specifically damages the section of the brain that manages impulses and emotions. And recent research has linked childhood lead poisoning to violent crime. A study of children in Chicago found a shocking correlation between aggravated assault rates over time and exposure to lead. A similar study of young adults in Cincinnati who had lead poisoning in their blood as babies and small children, had a higher risk of arrest depending on how much lead they were exposed to.
Scholarly publications, as well as articles published in several news outlets over the last few weeks have all come to the same startling conclusion: Lead exposure in early childhood has the very real consequence of exponentially magnifying the chances that an innocent child – probably poor and probably black – will someday grow up and land in a jail cell.
This is the crux of what activist Robert Ruiz wrote in an article for The Examiner a few years ago. Ruiz explained the link between lead poisoning, mental illness and the prison-industrial complex:
Exposure to lead results in all types of abhorrent, aberrant behavior noted in those who disproportionately swell the minority population of our prison industrial complex. In poverty stricken areas – almost all of the South of this nation for certain – it is pervasive.
But it’s even worse than that: A poor, disenfranchised child of color, exposed to excessive lead in the United States during their childhood, could, just like my former client, as easily wind up on death row as he (or she) could serve time behind bars.
Photo by NIGERIA-UNREST-ISLAMISTS