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think-progress:

Police arrest young black politician for distributing voting rights leaflets.

Video of the arrest here.

thepoliticalfreakshow:

upporters of an Oklahoma City police officer who was charged with raping or sexually abusing eight black women have raised more than $7,000 for the 27-year-old cop.

Daniel Holtzclaw was arrested in August on charges of rape, forcible oral sodomy, sexual battery, and indecent exposure for allegedly sexually assaulting women while on patrol. He is being held on $5 million bond.

Friends and family of the three-year veteran of the Oklahoma City Police Department have created a Facebook page called “Justice for Daniel Holtzclaw.” They insist the criminal allegations against him are false, and have been using the page to try to sell shirts that read, “Free the Claw” and “#JusticeForDanielHoltzclaw.”

More than 500 people have “liked” the Facebook page.

Supporters of Holtzclaw have also launched a crowdfunding campaign on the websiteGoFundMe. The page was created by Holtzclaw’s sister, who hopes to raise $100,000 for her brother, according to MLive.com. The crowdfunding campaign has raised $7,390 so far.

“The pursuit of Justice will be lengthy, but with the support of Family, Friends, and the Community, Daniel Holtzclaw will be vindicated and justice will prevail,” the page states. “All funds raised will assist Daniel and his Family as they seek the JUSTICE Daniel Holtzclaw so rightly deserves.”

Prosecutors claim that Holtzclaw stopped women, who were all black and between the ages of 34 and 58, while on patrol and threatened to arrest them or physically harm them unless they exposed themselves, allowed him to fondle them, or had sex with him.

cultureunseen:

Charda Gregory abducted, humiliated, violated, restrained, scalped and tortured. 
If this were reversed, with black police officers who were sworn to uphold peace and justice but instead were documented victimizing a white woman (who was already a victim), this news would have trumped the Olympics!

Truncated version: drugged at a party, abducted to a motel, wakes up during unwanted sexual violation in a motel room full of strangers, fights like hell to escape, motel employee calls the authorities, she gets arrested for destroying motel property and it just gets worst from there.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IoBLolqUaNg 

Every officer who participated in it and even those who witnessed it and did nothing should be punished but instead they just fired the woman?
No rape kit, no police report on the people inside the motel room, no investigation of her claims, no accountability for missing motel entry records, no video from the motel but she gets detained for fourteen days?

(Btw, when did your tax dollars begin purchasing Abu Ghraib type water boarding chairs?)

(via iammyfather)

h/t: Charles Johnson at Little Green Footballs

holygoddamnshitballs:

Writing trolly things is one way to stay relevant…

Kevin Sorbo's insane, racist Ferguson rant: Calls protestors "losers" and "animals"(Credit: Richard Shotwell/invision/ap)

Kevin Sorbo has a few thoughts on Ferguson, and they are very, very, very bad (I guess that’s how a B-list actor manages to stay relevant these days?) The former “Hercules” star has penned a truly insane, horrible, racist rant on Facebook, calling the protestors in Ferguson “losers” and “animals.” Ferguson, a predominantly black community, is just one of the many that has experienced racial profiling by police who see black kids as thugs, and Old Herc apparently agrees with that sort of profiling.

Therefore, Sorbo can’t seem to understand why people are upset that police shot and killed an unarmed kid and then used excessive force against everyone who spoke out against it (including journalists who were there to report on it).

Read more at Salon  »>

h/t: Joan Walsh at Salon

thepoliticalfreakshow:

St. Louis sizzled Sunday, with relentless heat and crushing humidity driving nearly everyone indoors. Nearly everyone, that is, but a group of demonstrators who sweated beside a busy road for hours to say one thing: “I am Darren Wilson.”


The gathering began gaining steam in the early afternoon outside Barney’s Sports Pub in south St. Louis — a place many described as a popular police watering hole. At it’s peak, between 50 and 70 people crowded around a table as organizers said they had raised thousands of dollars for Wilson, who killed Michael Brown on Aug. 9. A brief press conference ended with the group reciting in unison, “we are Darren Wilson.”

Participants were not always anxious to talk to the media. An organizer named Mark — who said he was a police officer but declined to give his last name — explained that the point was to let Wilson know people “think he’s a good officer” and “have his back.” Many others at the rally also were reluctant to give last names and in some cases to appear in pictures. Only one man who spoke with BuzzFeed claimed any personal connection with Darren Wilson, but he did not provide his name and said only that he knew Wilson and knew that he was not a racist.

Still, many people were willing to speak about their participation. This is what they had to say:

“We’ll all see this in the end that it was a good shooting. You know, it was a good kill.” — Tina Morrison

"We'll all see this in the end that it was a good shooting. You know, it was a good kill." — Tina Morrison
Jim Dalrymple II

Morrison, who used to live in Ferguson, said Wilson was trying to protect himself because he believed his life was in danger. “And had I been terrified for my life I would have killed him too,” she explained, adding later that “I totally believe what he did was the right thing.”

Despite ongoing conflicting reports about what happened during the shooting, many at the rally shared Morrison’s view that Brown was in some way the aggressor, and that Wilson would ultimately be vindicated.

“He deserves to be innocent until proven guilty.” — Sara Wilson

"He deserves to be innocent until proven guilty." — Sara Wilson
Jim Dalrymple II

The call for due process was a common one at the rally, and Sara Wilson (who is not related to Darren) said almost no one is “seeking justice” for Darren. Sara Wilson added that Darren had been “crucified” before the facts had come out.

“It was derailed with race. Michael Brown could have been white. It didn’t matter, Darren Wilson was doing his job.” — Mary Kourik

"It was derailed with race. Michael Brown could have been white. It didn't matter, Darren Wilson was doing his job." — Mary Kourik
Jim Dalrymple II

Few, if any, at the rally believed race was a major factor in Brown’s killing. Many also believe others — protesters, the media, etc. — had incorrectly pushed race to the forefront. Kourik said that it was sad that Brown died, but that it was also sad Wilson had been treated unfairly. “I am Darren Wilson,” she said. “That could have very well been me the other day. It could have been any of us in that position.”

“It seems kind of one-sided. I mean the other side’s already got him convicted and he hasn’t had a say.” — Louie Puder

"It seems kind of one-sided. I mean the other side's already got him convicted and he hasn't had a say." — Louie Puder
Jim Dalrymple II

Many at the rally, including Puder, were frustrated by the media coverage of Brown’s death and the ensuing fallout. Puder said Brown may have been unarmed, but “he’s six foot four, 300 plus pounds, that’s a pretty lethal weapon there.”

Puder wore a blue shirt with a police-style logo printed on the front. It was common attire Sunday in St. Louis; the shirts were a fundraiser, and in the back of the bar near a pool table organizers Sunday were busy ironing logos on more shirts to meet high demand. Despite the ongoing DIY operation, the shirts still sold out, several attendees said.

“This is who I stand for, the people who stand for me.” — Robin Clearmountain

"This is who I stand for, the people who stand for me." — Robin Clearmountain
Jim Dalrymple II

Clearmountain was among those at the rally who cited the danger of police work as a reason to afford officers respect. Her connection to police goes back a lifetime; according to Clearmountain, 59, her father worked as a police officer who came to St. Louis to desegregate the department. She especially lamented a lack of respect for police among younger generations.

Clearmountain, who is black and Native American, was one of two people at the rally who was not white. The other person, a black man, declined to be interviewed.

“We’re out here to support Darren Wilson because he don’t have a voice.” — Ed Chambers

"We're out here to support Darren Wilson because he don't have a voice." — Ed Chambers
Jim Dalrymple II

Chambers and others at the rally said that Wilson had been driven into hiding by threats and fears for his safety. “He’s in hiding and that’s not right,” Chambers said. “That’s why we’re out here.” Chambers also agreed with others at the rally who said Brown was the aggressor. “There’s evidence showing that it’s more in support of the officer,” he said.

Toward the end of the day, Graham Stewart showed up with a sign with the words “end police brutality” written in large words. He stood across the street from the rally, which he called “upsetting.”

Toward the end of the day, Graham Stewart showed up with a sign with the words "end police brutality" written in large words. He stood across the street from the rally, which he called "upsetting."
Jim Dalrymple II

Stewart fought back tears as he described the rally across the street. “It’s really upsetting to me that this rally is taking place in my neighborhood,” he said. “It’s really upsetting to me that they seem to have the support of many of the people who live here, or who are at least driving by.” Graham went on to argue that those who are upset about Brown’s death want to make sure there’s an impartial investigation but aren’t sure that would happen under the current authorities. He added that he came out to show that not everyone in the neighborhood has a knee-jerk reaction to support police officers simply because they’re police officers.

Source: Jim Dalrymple II for Buzzfeed News

St. Louis County police officer Dan Page is best known for shoving CNN host Don Lemon while the journalist was covering the Michael Brown protests in Ferguson, Missouri. Page has since been suspended after video of his speech to a right-wing militia group, Oath Keepers of St. Louis and St. Charles, was brought to the attention of his superiors. In his speech Page claims to inside knowledge of a grand conspiracy against “Caucasian Christians.” However this is not the only time Page has expressed such views, as PRA has learned, he forcefully touted his claims on the TruNews radio show with Rick Wiles on July 10, 2014.

St. Louis County Officer Dan Page

St. Louis County Officer Dan Page

Wiles’ popular radio show is a combination of end-times prophecy and right-wing conspiracy theories. For example, this past week Wiles interviewed Walid Shoebat, who claimed, “Obama is destroying Christian America. That’s his assignment as a jihadist, it is to destroy Christian America.” Shoebat is a popular speaker on the end-times prophecy circuit, celebrated for his claimed inside knowledge of a Muslim jihadist infiltration of U.S. government. PRA has also reported extensively on Shoebat and his claims, including in our 2011 research report, “Manufacturing the Muslim Menace.”

According to a USA Today interview with St. Louis County Police Chief Jon Belmar, Dan Page joined the police force in 1979, but spent about nine of the last twelve to fifteen years deployed with the Army. Throughout the TruNews interview, embedded below, Wiles addresses Dan Page as Sgt. Major and discusses only his military career. Neither Wiles nor Page mentions Page’s tenure with the St. Louis County Police.

The TruNews radio show starts with a dramatic opening introducing, “Trunews, the only newscast reporting the countdown to the second coming of Jesus Christ, and now for the most powerful hour on radio, here is the end time newsman, Rick Wiles.” Following the introduction, Wiles launches into an introduction of Page as being in charge of U.S. Army special forces in Africa and having inside knowledge of a plot to create a global regime.

Page follows with an equally grandiose and unbelievable account of his military career, recounting military exploits including Vietnam, paratrooper training, training in Germany for psychological and asymmetric warfare, and a recent assignment as the senior enlisted adviser to the commanding officer of Africom. Page mispronounces the names of places and countries with which he is supposedly familiar, while claiming that his military experience has provided him with inside knowledge of a grand worldwide plot to end American sovereignty and a one-world government and military takeover.

Here are a few clips of the interview (the full and unedited version is at the bottom of this article):

Page claims (at about 21 minutes in) that the definition of terrorism has been changed by Homeland Security. Page states:

“It is a Caucasian male 18-65, one who supports the second amendment, one who believes in the second coming of Jesus Christ, one that is against illegal immigration and is against homosexuality and has a definition of traditional marriage. That is their definition of a terrorist.”

Wiles responds, “It has appeared for several years that the Obamanistas are purging the military of the patriots. Is that the case?”

Page then responds, “Yes, that’s absolutely true.” He also gives an account of “four-star generals and above” who he claims were removed by the Obama administration because “of their refusal to support military involvement in domestic affairs.” When Wiles asks Page why none of these generals have spoken out, he implies it is because they don’t want to lose their pensions. Wiles then asks if something significant is in the works for the year 2015. Page claims that he sat in on briefings from very high sources and learned that there is a timeline for orchestrated events that will create havoc worldwide and allow for the supposed globalist takeover.

Wiles also brings up the current influx of refugee children from South America into the United States, and asks Page if it is one of those orchestrated events. Page says it is, and that the wider scenario includes nuclear suitcase bombs, a planned North American Union, and, of course, further “demonization of Caucasian Christians.” Page expresses his belief that the flood of immigrant children is a clandestine operation with the purpose of programming American citizens for the eventual rounding up and imprisonment of their own children. In terms of the timeline for this conspiratorial takeover, Page states that he believes the takeover will be completed by 2017.

The interview closes with the following exchange (at 56:13 in the audio) about the inevitability of the coming one-world government takeover and loss of American sovereignty:

Dan Page: You have to put that [fear] aside] and make some decisions. God put the man in charge of his household to do two things—provide and protect his family. The males in this country are not doing that, they’ve abrogated that to the police department and somebody else to take care of it. It really grieves me to say, no, it can’t be stopped.

If we could get the men mobilized, to get politically active and hold the local and state officials responsible, we could change this. But I would give you some suggestions on this. Focus your attention at the county and state level, such as the sheriff’s office and things like that. Do not give any support to any federal, career politician. Do not donate to the Republican faction or the Democratic faction of the socialist party that we have in charge. Do not contribute anything to them. Stay at the state and local level. Then I think we have a chance.

Rick Wiles: The bottom line is Jesus Christ is our only hope.

Dan Page: I agree with that.

Rick Wiles: Unless this nation turns to Jesus Christ, nothing we do is is going to work.

Dan Page: Absolutely.

The St. Louis/St. Charles, Missouri Chapter of Oath Keepers has tried to distance the organization from the video of Page’s speech to them now that it has received national attention. However, the video rant, as well as the above interview, is compatible with the ideology voiced by leadership in the organization as well as a spin off of the group called the Constitutional Sheriffs and Peace Officers Association or CSPOA. Both groups have a mission of organizing their members to refuse to enforce federal laws that they believe are unconstitutional.

The St. Louis County Police department is one of the few county-controlled police departments in the nation. Most county departments are headed by elected sheriffs, who are viewed by the Oath Keepers and CSPOA as the supreme law of the land, with a constitutional mandate to counter the federal government, particularly concerning gun laws. Oath Keeper Richard Mack, the head of CSPOA, has described his organization of county sheriffs as the “army to set our nation free,” and claims to have about 500 county sheriffs who have signed on in agreement with their mandate .

Click here for the profile on CSPOA

Click here for the profile on CSPOA

Mack himself is a former sheriff, as well as a former lobbyist for Gun Owners of America  (GOA). The CSPOA 2013 convention was held in St. Charles, the county seat of St. Charles County, Missouri. Over an hour of the highlights of that convention can be watched at their website.

These highlights and other media of the Oath Keepers and CSPOA focus on the role of county sheriffs to stand against “executive orders to derail the Second Amendment,” as described in a letter sent to sheriffs around the country by the the Liberty Group Coalition (comprised of the CSPOA, Oath Keepers, GOA, John Birch Society, and the Tenth Amendment Center).

I have written previously about the CSPOA as part of the national movement promoting nullification and secession in a profile of the organization and in a longer article titled Nullification, Neo-Confederates, and the Revenge of the Old Right. As I wrote in the profile, the May, 2013, CSPOA conference featured religion-infused rhetoric against “tyranny” of the federal government. Speakers included former Constitution Party leader Michael Peroutka, GOA’s Larry Pratt, Joe Wolverton of the John Birch Society, U.S. Rep. Steve Stockman (R-TX), and Mike Zullo.

Zullo is Arizona Sheriff Joe Arpaio’s chief “birther” investigator. Part of the conference was dedicated to his latest revelations in this ongoing pursuit. Conference speakers also included several county sheriffs and Tea Party leaders. The highlight video opens with one of the few people of color in the movement, Sheriff David Clark of Milwaukee County.

PRA Fellow Frederick Clarkson has also written extensively about one of the speakers at the St. Charles CSPOA event, neo-Confederate leader and 2004 Constitution Party candidate for president, Michael Peroutka, who switched parties (presumably to gain credibility) and is currently a Republican nominee for the County Council in Anne Arundel County, Maryland. Peroutka is joined on the ticket by longtime ally and graduate of Peroutka’s course on the Constitution, Joseph Delimater, who is running for county sheriff.

Peroutka’s race for county council has already drawn national attention. Paul Rosenberg, writing at Salon, casts the Peroutka race in terms of the Republican Party’s race problem, as racist outbursts undermine the party’s efforts to become more diverse.

My article on nullification and Clarkson’s articles on Peroutka go into greater detail on the religious background of the philosophy behind organizing local and county leaders to lead a revolution against the federal government.

Unedited full version of Dan Page’s interview:

UPDATE: 

Dan Page was also interviewed on May 12, 2014 on the John Moore Radio Show.  At about 24:50 in this interview, Dan Page states, “You’ve got Sen. Claire McCaskill right now beating the podium about assaults in the military and probably 99.9% of these things are bogus.  One only need to look at a woman in a way she feels uncomfortable and that’s considered sexual assault in the military.” 

UPDATE #2:

On May 29th of this year, Officer Page appeared on the Caravan to Midnight radio program, and claimed that the public education system is full of Caucasian female school teachers who are teaching young Black males to hate White men. According to Page, those young Black men grow up to be willing to violently disarm White men.

h/t: Rachel Tabachnick at Political Research Associates

crooksandliars:

Fox's Jeanine Pirro Boots Two Black Lawyers Who Accused Her Of 'Distracting' From Brown's Death

Fox News host Jeanine Pirro kicked two African-American attorneys off of her show after they accused her of “distracting” from the death of slain teen Michael Brown by focusing on minor details of witness accounts.

On Saturday’s episode of Justice with Judge Jeanine, Pirro asked former St. Louis Mayor Freeman Bosley Jr. who is representing shooting witness Dorian Johnson, if his client was sticking to the story that Brown was shot while he had his hands up.

Bosley pointed out that an autopsy report was consistent with Johnson’s story.

"You know, there was a lot of misinformation that was put out there that might have fired up people for no reason," Pirro asserted.

"Yeah, it’s misinformation, and you shouldn’t be running with that," Bosley quipped. "Because if you take another look at the autopsy report, it shows that one of those shots could have been from the back."

After several minutes of sparring with Bosley, Pirro returned to questioning whether one of the shots came while Brown had his back to the officer.

"Your take on this now is that’s it’s possible that your client’s friend was shot in the back?" the Fox News host declared.

James Williams, who was also representing Johnson, noted that there had been “lots of misinformation, a lot of attempts to distract from the truth.”

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From the 08.23.2014 edition of FNC’s Justice With Judge Jeanine:

h/t: Olivia Cole at HuffPost Black Voices

h/t: Matt Wilstein at Mediaite

h/t: Brendan James at TPM

thepoliticalfreakshow:

The public Facebook group “Ferguson, Missouri Friends & Neighbors,” is an interesting window into the conversation some residents are having about the unrest in their town.

The public Facebook group "Ferguson, Missouri Friends & Neighbors," is an interesting window into the conversation some residents are having about the unrest in their town.

After the shooting death of Michael Brown, the usual community announcements gave way to an active forum for discussing — and criticizing — the attention Ferguson is receiving.

After the shooting death of Michael Brown , the usual community announcements gave way to an active forum for discussing — and criticizing — the attention Ferguson is receiving.

BuzzFeed blurred the profile images and names of the commenters.

The members of the group are not exclusively white, but white Ferguson residents appear to make up the bulk of the comments on the page.

The members of the group are not exclusively white, but white Ferguson residents appear to make up the bulk of the comments on the page.

Many of the members say that they do not believe the violent protesters are from Ferguson.

Many of the members say that they do not believe the violent protesters are from Ferguson.

“I do not believe we have a serious race issue here,” one Ferguson local wrote. “The violence over the last 10 days involving over 90% of nonresidents should say a lot.”

"I do not believe we have a serious race issue here," one Ferguson local wrote. "The violence over the last 10 days involving over 90% of nonresidents should say a lot."

In addition, Ferguson residents in the group expressed anger and frustration at the media presence.

In addition, Ferguson residents in the group expressed anger and frustration at the media presence.

Many posts are critical of Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson…

Many posts are critical of Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson...

Some blame them for perpetuating violence.

Some blame them for perpetuating violence.

In one post, St. Louis Alderman Antonio French, one of the key chroniclers of the protests in Ferguson, is called a “fool” and a “dumbass.”

In one post, St. Louis Alderman Antonio French, one of the key chroniclers of the protests in Ferguson , is called a "fool" and a "dumbass."

Despite the warning that comments “not in good taste” would be deleted, many of the posts on the page seem to be in violation of those guidelines.

Despite the warning that comments "not in good taste" would be deleted, many of the posts on the page seem to be in violation of those guidelines.

Some comments are racially charged.

Some comments are racially charged.

Even on seemingly innocuous posts…

Even on seemingly innocuous posts...

Comments inevitably return to the topic of race relations in Ferguson.

Comments inevitably return to the topic of race relations in Ferguson.

The group has also been highlighting good deeds in the community, that they say are being ignored by the media.

The group has also been highlighting good deeds in the community, that they say are being ignored by the media.

Many posting on the page express support for the Ferguson police force and Darren Wilson, the officer who shot Michael Brown.

Many posting on the page express support for the Ferguson police force and Darren Wilson, the officer who shot Michael Brown.

Some express distrust of MIchael Brown’s family and attorney.

Some express distrust of MIchael Brown's family and attorney.

Some responded to criticism about the racial makeup of the Ferguson police force.

Some responded to criticism about the racial makeup of the Ferguson police force.

The police department said it has 53 officers, three of whom are black.

“When did we stop calling them negroes?”

"When did we stop calling them negroes?"

“Our goal needs to be, not figuring out what happened to Michael Brown, but that it never happens again. That would be the best thing we could do to honor him.”

"Our goal needs to be, not figuring out what happened to Michael Brown, but that it never happens again. That would be the best thing we could do to honor him."

Source: Ellie Hall for Buzzfeed News

crooksandliars:

Facebook Friendships Challenged By Ferguson-Related Racism

Yep, hearing this from quite a few people lately. It’s hard to stay in a relationship with people when you see they’re not who you thought they were:

Angela Mitchell-Phillips’ predominantly white church had a “come to Jesus” moment on race last weekend.

Her minister leaned over the pulpit and said something like: As God is my witness, I better not ever hear of anybody in this parish calling another human being an ‘animal’.

The congregation turned pin-drop silent. Mitchell-Phillips looked around the pews.

“I bet somebody did it,” she thought. “I bet he saw it on Facebook. And I bet he was pissed.”

The moment points to how raw and tense the issue of race has become in St. Louis, and around the country, since Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson fatally shot 18-year-old, unarmed Michael Brown and the volatile days of protests since.

It can be hard enough when family members are yelling at one another in front of the television or met with stony silence at the dinner table. But it can be even worse when you come across a post or comment on social media that leaves you stunned.

It’s harder to have a meaningful conversation in a limited, public space like social media.

The aftermath of Ferguson has generated a rash of friend fallouts. Mitchell-Phillips posted a rant on Monday.

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h/t: Brian Tashman at RWW