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LA School Police Department (LASPD) has obtained 61 (sixty one) M16 assault rifles, three grenade launchers and even a mine-resistant armored vehicle (MRAP) 

[No Guns in School really means No Guns in White Schools] From [HERE] The branch of the Los Angeles police assigned to securing the city’s schools is deployed with an almost military-grade arsenal, recently disclosed documents have revealed. Under a Defense Department program known as the 1033 Program that provides police with surplus military gear, the Los Angeles School Police Department (LASPD) has obtained 61 M16 assault rifles, three grenade launchers and even a mine-resistant armored vehicle (MRAP).

The LASPD’s haul wasn’t the only one by special school police forces, though it was the largest by a wide margin. San Diego’s school police have their own MRAP, while the LA suburb of Baldwin Park picked up three M-16s.

The weapon acquisitions, first revealed by the site MuckRock, were apparently made all the way back in 2001, although the MRAP was obtained this past summer.

Steve Zipperman, chief of the LASPD, told the Los Angeles Times that the assault rifles, originally capable of firing hundreds of rounds per minute, had been converted into semi-automatic weapons used for training in the event of a school shooting, and that the MRAP was intended for a possible crisis situation where police would have to move groups of children.

Zipperman also tried to assure citizens that the department had no plans to use the grenade launchers, whether for firing explosives or non-lethal weapons like tear gas. The launchers, he said, are available in case the LASPD is called upon to assist the LAPD during emergency situations, though he said such a request has never been made.

Following the public disclosure of the the weapons’ existence, Zipperman has indicated the department is rethinking its possession of them.

The increased use of military equipment by domestic police departments has come under increased public scrutiny in recent months, in particular following protests in Ferguson, Mo., over the shooting death of Michael Brown. Police in Ferguson were subjected to widespread criticism over their use of military gear, armored vehicles, and heavy weapons to contain rioters in the city.


LA Mayor Supports LAPD Use of Drones for "hot pursuits" and "emergency situations" 

From [HERE] A few days after Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti signaled his support of a state bill that would allow limited use of drone technology by law enforcement agencies, a community group was protesting at City Hall Monday in opposition to what it called the “militarization” of LAPD and the proposed police use of drones. In photo, Garcetti is seen wearing his US Navy camouflage while speaking at an event in 2012. The now-mayor of Los Angeles gave the military notice that he would move to inactive status, Garcetti announced last year [MORE].

Members of the Stop LAPD Spying Coalition and the Drone-Free LAPD, No Drones, LA! Campaign held banners and signs on City Hall’s south steps beginning at about 9 a.m.

Supporters of the group said the risk of the police abuse is too great to allow LAPD to use the two drones it owns, the Los Angeles Times reported shortly after the campaign was launched last month.

The drones were obtained in May from the Seattle Police Department but had been locked up in federal care while the department crafts a police for their use.

In a news release sent out just minutes before the planned protest Monday, the Los Angeles Police Commission said the LAPD’s two Draganflyer X Unmanned Aerial Vehicles had been transferred Friday from federal custody to that of the LAPD’s Office of Inspector General. The drones won’t be used until the Police Commission has approved their use, according to the statement.

“I want to assure all that there has been no decision that UAV’s will be utilized in the city of Los Angeles,” said commission President Steve Soboroff in the release.

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NYC Prosecutors Seek Only Probationary Sentence for Cops who Beat Black Teen in Bronx Alley 

Just do what you're told brother. The refinement of white supremacy requires the use of racial shadowboxing, wherein Black people programmed in service of white domination are put in high places to do the work of racists. In the criminal justice system, the deceptive result is the appearance of justice. Here, Bronx District Attorney Robert T. Johnson stands behind racist suspect Raymond Kelly. Recently, brother Johnson also sought no charges for guards at Rikers Island who strapped 2 inmates to gurneys, took them to a clinic in a mental health unit and beat them so badly "that blood splattered the walls" and witnesses described feeling sick to their stomachs. [MORE]

From [HERE] Two police officers were convicted on Monday of misdemeanor attempt assault in the 2011 beating of a Black teenager in an alley near their Bronx police precinct station house, the district attorney’s office said. The two officers, Jose Ocasio and Joseph Murphy, were seen on surveillance video punching and kicking the teenager, Tyre Davis, in the head, face and body shortly after 3 a.m. on Feb. 18, 2011.

The video, uncovered in the course of an Internal Affairs Bureau investigation into the assault, helped lead to the conviction of both Officer Ocasio, 31, and Officer Murphy, 29, on charges of attempted assault, a misdemeanor, and harassment, a violation.

The Bronx district attorney, Robert T. Johnson, will ask for probation for the officers at their sentencing next month, his office said.

Earlier on the night of the assault, Mr. Davis, who was 17 at the time, had been arrested and charged with disorderly conduct stemming from "blocking street traffic", prosecutors said.

Inside the 46th Precinct station house, near the Grand Concourse, Mr. Davis argued with both Officer Ocasio, who arrested him that night, and Officer Murphy, who prosecutors said had had contact with Mr. Davis the week before.

After Mr. Davis was given a summons and released, the officers followed him down the block and around a corner into an alley at 210 East 181st Street. It was there that a surveillance video camera recorded the assault, which left the teenager with swelling and abrasions to his face and head. He returned home and told his mother about the attack; she reported it to the police.

His lawyer in his civil lawsuit claims the officers beat the teen "with a level of viciousness and bodily disregard that most people would not use against a dog." [MORE] The teen said, one punched him in the right ear, the other in the forehead. He said he fell and hit his head on a brick wall during the 30-second attack. "I thought I was going to die," he said. [MORE]


Baltimore Cop on Video Sucker Punching Black Man in Bogus Arrest for Loitering - $35 Million lawsuit filed 

From [HERE] and [MORE] Kollin Truss, a Black man is seeking $35 million after he says a Baltimore police officer, Officer Vincent Cosom beat him up for no reason at all.

The video tape shows the victim being punched in the face repeatedly. The officer throws looping haymaker blows that land to the face or head of Truss. Apparently, the two had words in a liquor store after the cop asked him to leave the store. The officer waited for him outside and shortly thereafter approached him and sucker punched him. The officer claim he had probable cause to arrest Truss for loitering.

In a statement of probable cause, when Cosom asked him to leave, he says Truss stated `[expletive] you. I will see you when I get outside.”  

Truss was charged with misdemeanors, including assault, resisting arrest, disorderly conduct and alcohol intoxication. The charges were dropped. [MORE]


Harvard Professor says racism is to blame for the slow response to the Ebola outbreak

From [HERE] Why has the global response to the Ebola outbreak been so slow? “I think it’s racism,” says Dr. Joia Mukherjee.

“I think it’s easy for the world — the powerful world [10% or less is white], who are largely non-African, non-people of color — to ignore the suffering of poor, black people," says Mukherjee, a professor at Harvard Medical School and chief medical officer at the Boston-based non-profit Partners in Health.

Race isn't the only reason she believes it's easy to dismiss the issues. "I think it’s also classism," she says. "These are not countries that contribute massively to the global economy, so it’s easy to just otherize this problem."

For Mukherjee, the notion that "it’s not going to impact us" is short-sighted, both from a health standpoint and a moral one.

"First of all, it may very well impact us if we don’t get it under control," she points out. "But, perhaps more importantly, from a humanity perspective — not a humanitarian, but humanity perspective — we’re one humanity. And the suffering of people in Liberia or Sierra Leone is no different than suffering where I live in terms of impact on a mother, a father, on brothers and sisters.”

Along with a small team of doctors and operations staff, Mukherjee will depart for Liberia on Monday. She and a team from Partners in Health will begin laying the groundwork for an ambitious, multi-year project aimed at stopping the Ebola outbreak in the region.

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[$7.33 an hour] The danger of being pushed off public assistance [experiments in white supremacy]

Patricia Brown wipes her brow while checking for job related emails on the tablet she holds in her hand. Beside her is a pile of clean laundry that she will fold. Brown had just returned by bus from the Center for Workforce Innovation in Richmond.

From [HERE] The federal government established a 60-month lifetime limit on cash public assistance in 1996 as part of welfare reform. In the early years, when the economy boomed, the welfare rolls plummeted nationally. They have continued a steady decline since. In Virginia, the TANF roll has fallen 61 percent. It is now at its lowest point, even after a rise during the Great Recession.

Most — about 67 percent – enrolled in the commonwealth’s welfare-t0-work program did, indeed, find work, though no one is tracking how many have remained employed. This is generally true elsewhere  in the country and, in that sense – healthy, unmarried mothers find work — welfare reform has been a success. This is not the same thing as saying these mothers – and some fathers – have left poverty. The average hourly wage of those who went immediately from welfare to work over roughly the past two decades in Virginia? $7.33 an hour. [MORE]


So Called War on "ISIS" is a "Sure bet Payday" for Defense Industry

From [HERE] It’s far too soon to tell how the American escalation in the sprawling, complex mess unfolding in Iraq and Syria will play out. But this much is clear: As the white elite's military machine hums into a higher gear, it will produce some winners in the defense industry.

New fights mean new stuff, after all. And following the U.S. withdrawal from Iraq and Afghanistan—and the belt-tightening at the Pentagon imposed by steep budget cuts—military suppliers are lining up to meet a suddenly restored need for their wares. Presenting his vision for expanding the confrontation with the terrorist group ISIS in a speech to the nation on Wednesday night, President Obama outlined a program of intensified airstrikes designed to keep American troops away from the danger on the ground. So defense analysts are pointing to a pair of sure-bet paydays from the new campaign: for those making and maintaining the aircraft, manned and unmanned, that will swarm the skies over the region, and for those producing the missiles and munitions that will arm them.

“The drone builders are going to have a field day,” says Dov Zakheim, who served as Pentagon Comptroller during the George W. Bush administration. That could mean a tidy profit for privately held General Atomics, maker of the Predator drone, the granddaddy in the category and still widely in use, as well as the second-generation Reaper, designed to carry 3,000 pounds worth of bombs. And to help survey vast expanses of desert, the military will rely on the Global Hawk, made by Northrop Grumman NOC 0.53% to hover at altitudes as high as 50,000 feet for up to four days at a time. Those vehicles will likely be making use of the Gorgon Stare. This sensor, developed by privately held Sierra Nevada, is capable of scoping a 4-kilometer diameter by filming with nine cameras. [MORE]


Whose economy are you talking about? Economist Predicts Poverty Rate Increase

From [HEREJared Bernstein, who is a senior fellow at the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities in Washington and a former chief economist to Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr., predicts that the poverty rate has increased. He wrote the following: 

On Tuesday, the Census Bureau will tell us whether the share of population that’s officially in poverty went up, down or stayed the same in 2013. There’s tons of other data in the release, like the change in the real income for the median household and information on health insurance coverage.

Because the data is a year old, financial markets ignore it. But political markets pay a lot of attention, as do policy analysts and advocates who work on poverty and middle-class economics. And, of course, these being the early days of the Affordable Care Act, the health coverage data will doubtless also get a close look. My own interest is that of the policy wonk who focuses on the nexus between the overall, or macro, economy and living standards of middle- and low-income families.

It’s an important set of numbers. Although one must always be careful not to read too much into one year’s data, 2013 represents the fourth full year of an economic recovery that officially began in the second half of 2009. Yet this recovery has been uniquely unforthcoming for the poor, the unemployed and even many people in the middle class.

Poverty, as officially measured, has held steady at about 15 percent of the population since 2010, and unfortunately, I expect it to do so again this year. I expect the real median household income to do a little better, up by maybe 1 percent.

Why, if I’m right, should the poor and middle class have gained so little by Year 4 of the recovery? That relates to the answer I tend to give when someone asks me how the economy is doing: Whose economy are you talking about?

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Using the Ferguson Grand Jury to Run for Cover, White Prosecutor has not prosecuted a single police shooting in 23 Years  

Expect Racism [white supremacy] From [HERE] One might give racist suspect St. Louis County prosecutor, Robert McCulloch the benefit of the doubt, if not for his background. His father was a police officer killed in a shootout with a black suspect, and several of his family members are, or were, police officers. His 23-year record on the job reveals scant interest in prosecuting such cases. During his tenure, there have been at least a dozen fatal shootings by police in his jurisdiction (the roughly 90 municipalities in the county other than St. Louis itself), and probably many more than that, but McCulloch’s office has not prosecuted a single police shooting in all those years. At least four times he presented evidence to a grand jury but — wouldn’t you know it? — didn’t get an indictment.

One of the four: A 2000 case in which a grand jury declined to indict two police officers who had shot two unarmed black men 21 times while they sat in their car behind a Jack in the Box fast-food restaurant. It was a botched drug arrest, and one of the two men killed hadn’t even been a suspect. McCulloch at the time said he agreed with the grand jury’s decision, dismissing complaints of the handling of the case by saying the dead men “were bums.” He refused to release surveillance tapes of the shooting. When those tapes were later released as part of a federal probe, it was discovered that, contrary to what police alleged, the car had not moved before the police began shooting.

McCulloch apparently hasn’t learned from that. His spokesman, asked by The Post’s Wesley Lowery about those remarks, said the slain men “should have been described as ‘convicted felons’ rather than ‘bums.’ ”

Lowery gained national attention last month when he was unjustly detained by Ferguson’s out-of-control police while covering the demonstrations. He has since asked McCulloch’s office for a list of cases in which prosecutors pursued charges against a law enforcement official. McCulloch’s office ultimately came up with only one case over 23 years that The Post could verify of the prosecution of a white officer for using inappropriate force against a black victim, and it wasn’t a shooting.

But if McCulloch lacks credibility, he apparently has political clout. This could explain why Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon — like McCulloch, a Democrat — is refusing to appoint a special prosecutor. This could also explain Democratic Sen. Claire McCaskill’s statement in support of McCulloch.

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White Detroit SWAT Race Soldier Cop to face Retrial for Killing 7 year old Black Girl [11 whites on jury last time]

From [HERE] A member of an elite Detroit police unit is set to stand trial again for killing a seven-year-old girl during a 2010 raid on her house that was captured on video by a reality TV crew.

Nobody alleges that Officer Joseph Weekley intended to kill Aiyana Stanley-Jones, who had been sleeping on a couch near the front door when officers burst through around midnight in search of a murder suspect. But prosecutors charged him with involuntary manslaughter because they believe he handled his submachine gun recklessly, causing the girl’s death. Weekley is white and Jones was Black.

Jury selection starts on Monday in Wayne County court, 15 months after Weekley’s first trial ended with the mostly white jury [11 white] unable to agree on a verdict. [MORE]

The night Aiyana Jones was killed, Detroit police's Special Response Team were searching for murder suspect, Chauncey Owens, who was engaged to Aiyana's aunt, in connection with the May 14, 2010, murder of 18-year-old Jerean Blake. Weekley was a member of this SWAT unit. After obtaining a search warrant, police kicked in the front door of the home on Lillibridge, where Owens was thought to be hiding. 

They threw a flashbang grenade into the downstairs flat of a multi-family home about 12:40 a.m. and Weekley was accused of firing the bullet that struck and killed the girl, who was sleeping on the couch in the front room of the home. The "flash-bang" light-emitting grenade was meant to distract suspects. 

Weekley was first through the door, with a shield in one hand and a gun in the other. He claims he accidentally pulled the trigger when Aiyana’s grandmother, Mertilla Jones, grabbed his submachine gun. She denies that she interfered in any way.

During Weekley’s first trial, a fellow officer, Shawn Stallard, testified that he did not see anyone struggle with Weekley. He said Detroit police are trained to push away anyone who tries to grab an officer’s gun or to move the weapon in a “J’’ shape to keep control of it.

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Color Envious LAPD Detain Black Actress: White Cops assumed she was a prostitute, b/c she was kissing a white man in his car

Reaction Formation is a mental defense sometimes used by white people when they come into contact with non-white people. "Non-whites always will have something highly visible that whites never can have or produce — the genetic factor of color." [MORE] This psychological response "converts something desired and envied but wholly unattainable, into something discredited and despised [imagine midgets and tall persons in a height challenged society]. The whites, desiring to have skin color but unable to attain it, claimed (consciously or unconsciously) that skin color was disgusting to them, and began attributing negative qualities to color - especially to blackness." [MORE] Here, white cops could not understand why an upstanding white man would be intimate with a Black woman in public. 

From [HERE] An Black actress who played the slave CoCo in Quentin Tarantino’s movie Django Unchained has claimed she was handcuffed and detained by white police officers in Los Angeles who assumed she was a prostitute, because she was kissing her white boyfriend in his car.

Daniele Watts, who is black says she was “humiliated” by the incident, which she said occurred in the Studio City neighbourhood on Thursday. She also plays a Black cop on the show Weeds. [She was not humiliated by playing Coco?] 

Watts posted photographs of the encounter on her Facebook page, one highlighting a bloody injury to her wrist she said was caused by handcuffs, another showing the actor in tears, standing next to a low wall with her hands restrained behind her back and a white officer questioning her.

The incident began, Watts said, when a member of the public called the police [probably a white person - white people act as an auxillary police force with regard to non-whites, especially Black & Latino males. They are watching you and if you do anything that makes them uncomfortable they will use their I-Phones to call the cops.] apparently upset at the couple’s public display of affection [and maybe in a state of reaction formation].

An officer demanded to see identification from Watts, 28, and her boyfriend Brian Lucas, a white man who is a celebrity chef.  Lucas complied but Watts refused and walked away, saying she was under no obligation to show it. [that was ignorant. To the extent that you might be dealing with a racist cop - you must comply with their just and unjust commands. Legal truths aside, your reality is white supremacy and you are powerless in this racist environment, esp. in this kind of one on one street encounter. Besides, police do have the discretionary authority to demand identification and can detain to investigate if you refuse. Of course, if there is a legal basis you can take legal action later on - if you're still alive to do so. But as a victim of white supremacy in this situation, your main goals should be to avoid death, injury and greater confinement in the present moment. Maybe that wasn't the case in the fake slave world created by the racist suspect who made Django, but it should have been. Many slaves understood their environment and mastered the skill of communicating with the oppressor.] 

In a Facebook post, Watts wrote: “Today I was handcuffed and detained by 2 police officers from the Studio City Police Department after refusing to agree that I had done something wrong by showing affection, fully clothed, in a public place.

“When the officer arrived, I was [confused by reality] standing on the sidewalk by a tree. I was talking to my father on my cell phone. I knew that I had done nothing wrong, that I wasn’t harming anyone, so I walked away.”

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Latino unemployment rate allegedly declines [from 7.9 to 7.8] But Millions More Not in Labor Force, Says Report

From [HERE] The U.S. Latino unemployment rate has declined based on the Bureau of Labor Statistics' August report, but the number of people employed and not in the labor force depicts a different picture.

According to the August report, 7.5 percent of Latinos are unemployed, or 1.9 million people. In comparison to July's report, 7.8 percent of Latinos were unemployed. According to the National Council of La Raza, "unemployed" refers to individuals who are available to work, have made an effort to find a job or are expected for a call back from a layoff but are not working.

Among Latinos over the age of 16, 23.5 million are working or temporarily absent from their jobs. The total sum of Latinos unemployed and employed, or part in the civilian labor force, is 25.4 million. However, 13.1 million Latinos are categorized as "neither employed or unemployed."

"The latest report from the U.S. Department of Labor shows lower-than-average employment growth in August compared to the last 12 months, but better outcomes for Latino workers who benefitted from job growth in key industries," noted NCLR's "Monthly Latino Employment Report."

The Latino unemployment rate decline has been attributed to job growth in job sectors with relatively high Latino participation. Industries such as administrative and waste services, which gained 23,000 overall employees including other ethnicities, food services and restaurants with 22,000 hires and construction adding 20,000 workers.

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White Media Ignores White Cop Accused of Raping and Assaulting 8 Black Women while on Duty - Instead focuses on Simple Assaults by Black Running Backs 

"Black male criminality plays a very important role in defining the collective White American ego and personality." [If it did not support white domination then it wouldn't be on your TV]. [MORE]  From [HERE] The president of the Oklahoma NAACP has written a letter to the U.S. attorney general requesting a federal hate crimes and civil rights investigation into alleged sexual assaults on black women by Oklahoma City police officer Daniel Ken Holtzclaw.

Holtzclaw, 27, of Oklahoma City, was arrested Aug. 21 and accused of groping and raping several black women during a series of attacks that occurred from February through June while he was on duty patrolling the city’s northeast side.

Police have said there are at least eight alleged victims.

Holtzclaw was charged with 16 felonies, including two counts of first-degree rape, four counts of sexual battery, four counts of forcible oral sodomy, four counts of indecent exposure, one count of first-degree burglary and one count of stalking. Holtzclaw denies the allegations, his attorney, Scott Adams, has said. Last week a white judge reduced his $5 million dollar bond to $500,000, which he paid and was released. The same judge found that Officer Holtzclaw researched his target victims and tracked them down before assaulting them.

Holtzclaw is also a defendant in a wrongful death suit filed earlier this year on behalf of Black man, Clifton Armstrong. The suit claims that Hotzclaw killed Armstrong during a violent arrest in which he hogtied Armstrong with seat belts and handcuffs. [MORE]


No Charges No Arrest for White Cop in Murder of Michael Brown - but now Ferguson Race Soldier Cops wear bodycams 

From [HERE] and [MORE] The mostly white police force in Ferguson, Missouri, have begun wearing body cameras after weeks of unrest over the shooting death of an unarmed black teen by a white officer. Ferguson Police Chief Tom Jackson, racist suspect in photo, told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch the cameras have been well received by officers. "They are really enjoying them," he said. "They are trying to get used to using them."

Cameras do not stop white supremacy, which means system of white domination. White supremacy is racism because it is the only functional racism there is - as there is no place in the world where non-whites dominate whites -even though the world is 90% non-white. "Racism is a power group dynamic, i.e., a defined group cooperatively via legacy institutions exerting structured, systematic injustice and power over another group. Racism is not individualistic, but institutional, cultural, economic, political, linguistic, self perpetuating and systematic. Racism is economic discrimination by a group against another for the purpose of subjugation and/or maintaining the imbalance of power through cooperative control and oppression." [MORE]  

Community activists and local clergy on Tuesday renewed calls for the arrest of the officer who fatally shot an unarmed teen, in a case that set off days of riots and violence in this St. Louis suburb.

The parents of Michael Brown, the slain 18-year-old, stood with members of the Ferguson chapter of the National Action Network, the family's attorney and local clergy at a news conference outside the Ferguson Police Department to echo the earlier demands by the Rev. Al Sharpton that Officer Darren Wilson be arrested and indicted.

Representatives of the groups said Wilson should be arrested, charged, photographed and indicted based on new witness statements and evidence in the case. They are calling for the St. Louis County Police Department to make the arrest because they took over the investigation from the Ferguson police.

"We believe there is enough evidence to arrest Officer Darren Wilson," said the Rev. Carlton Lee, NAN chapter president. "If probable cause is enough to arrest civilians, then it is enough to arrest police officers.

"We're wondering why Darren Wilson has been granted immunity. He is a criminal. He killed an 18-year-old, college-bound, unarmed young man."


Philly DA Greedy Forfeitures [of freedom] Injunction Motion