[Any act by Blacks which appears to defy White authority or control is a problem to Racists] Black Woman Asked for Waffle House Manager, Instead Neuropeon Waitress Called White Cops to Drag Her Out

From [HERE] The treatment of a 25-year-old black Mobile woman who was arrested early Sunday morning inside a Waffle House in Saraland by white Saraland Police officers is quickly driving outrage in Alabama and beyond.

Chikesia Clemons, whose arrest was captured on graphic video that is currently going viral on social media, will be speaking to members of the Mobile County NAACP Branch Sunday afternoon. Several community members held a sit-in protest Sunday afternoon in the parking lot of the Waffle House where the incident took place.

The whole episode should never have happened, Clemons's mother, Chiquitta Clemons-Howard, told AL.com on behalf of her daughter Sunday afternoon.

The new cellphone video, which was captured early Sunday by Clemons's friend Canita Adams, depicts Saraland Police officers speaking briefly with Clemons before pulling her down off a chair and onto the tile floor of the Waffle House.

Three white officers stand over Clemons as they pull on her arms and try to flip her over so she can be arrested. In the course of the altercation, her clothes are pulled down to reveal her breasts as white patrons continue to eat in the background.

"What are you doing?" Clemons asks at one point, to which an officer responds, "I'll break your arm, that's what I'm about to do."

She was ultimately arrested at about 2:45 a.m. and booked on charges of disorderly conduct and resisting arrest, according to Clemons-Howard, who said she paid Clemons's $1,000 bond Sunday morning.

The whole incident was precipitated by a dispute over plastic utensils.

Clemons asked for plastic utensils while placing an order at the Waffle House on Industrial Parkway in Saraland early Sunday morning, and was told by a female employee that plasticware costs 50 cents, according to Clemons-Howard.

When Clemons and Adams told the employee that they had not been charged for utensils when they purchased food from the same Waffle House the night before, the employee canceled the order, Clemons-Howard said. At that point Clemons asked for the contact information of the Waffle House district manager who oversees the Saraland location.

"They didn't even ask her to leave, she was waiting for them to give her the district manager's card so she could file a complaint on one of the waitresses," Clemons-Howard said. "When they went to go get the card, that's when the police showed up. The officer should've come in and said we need you to leave."

What happened after that was a miscarriage of justice, according to Clemons-Howard. [MORE]

"The Servant's Court." Video Catches White Judge [Master] Degrading [Slave] Black Woman in Wheel Chair - Detained 3 Days on 1st Offense, Denied Medicine/Food in Jail, Died After Release

'Nigger I'm In a Rush.'  From [HERE] and [HERE] A white South Florida judge resigned on Friday after being recorded berating a Black woman in a wheelchair who was having trouble breathing due to multiple medical conditions, and died just three days later.

The racist suspect Broward County Circuit Court Judge Merrilee Ehrlich gave defendant Sandra Faye Twiggs, 59, who was in her court facing misdemeanor charges following a family dispute, a verbal beat-down in a video dated April 15.

Three days later, the defendant died.

Judge Merrillee Ehrlich has resigned, although it is unclear when that resignation was provided and when it becomes effective.

News of the death of Sandra Faye Twiggs, 59, surfaced Friday.

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The courtroom rant last Sunday was so over the top that Broward's elected public defender, Howard Finkelstein, demanded that Judge Merrilee Ehrlich be banned from the criminal courthouse.

"It is not appropriate for anyone to endure that kind of treatment," said Finkelstein's chief assistant, Gordon Weekes. "All that was required was a bit of patience, and a bit of respect to allow this lady to speak, to gather herself and to breathe."

Instead, Twiggs died, "and never had the opportunity to have her dignity restored," Weekes said.

Twiggs suffered from asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, also called COPD. She ended up under arrest after squabbling with her 19-year-old daughter.

“My mom is gone and there is nothing I can do about it,” said Michelle Ballard, the daughter. “I’m now a teenager who will have to bury her mother.”

Said Carolyn Porter, a family friend of Twiggs: “She came home so devastated she couldn't catch her breath.”

Porter told the Miami Herald that once Twiggs was released from jail and taken back home, she was starving, dizzy and borderline breathless. She had trouble getting her medications in the jail, Porter said.

Anna Twiggs, the woman's sister, found her dead in her bed Wednesday morning, the day after she was released, Porter added.

Sandra Faye Twiggs had never been in trouble before when the Lauderhill Police Department charged her on April 13 with scratching her daughter during a domestic dispute that began with a disagreement over a fan. Two days later, Twiggs was wheeled into Ehrlich's courtroom. She was coughing and gasping for breath.

Twiggs suffered from asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, or COPD.

In a video of the April 15 encounter, Ehrlich appears to the left in a split screen, and Twiggs is shown seated in a wheelchair, barely visible above a lectern at the North Broward satellite courthouse. Ehrlich asks Twiggs whether she and her daughter, the alleged victim, live in the same house.

Twiggs tries to answer the question, which requires more than a "yes" or "no" because the 19-year-old doesn't live with Twiggs full-time. Mid-sentence, Ehrlich snaps at her: "Excuse me! Don't say anything beyond what I am asking you!" Clearly exasperated, Ehrlich asks Twiggs' lawyer, who is in a different location during the video hookup, to make Twiggs stop talking.

As Twiggs coughs and holds her head, Ehrlich speaks to deputies, who are off-screen: "Can someone there give her water as a kindness?" But the judge's anger continues to boil over. Twiggs tries to tell the judge that she needs medical treatment for her pulmonary problems.

The judge erupts: "Ma'am, I am not here to talk to you about your breathing treatments!"

Again, Ehrlich prevails upon Twiggs' lawyer to teach her better courtroom manners. "Will you say something in the microphone so that she can hear you and you can give her instructions about propriety in the court?" the judge says. "I'm not going to spend all day with her interrupting me," Ehrlich says.

"You've already said too much!" the judge yells later, as Twiggs tries to answer another question.

After disposing of Twiggs' case, Ehrlich's next defendant is a 30-year-old Fort Lauderdale woman charged with misdemeanor domestic battery. A police report says the woman allegedly pushed and slapped a man and then pulled his t-shirt, causing it "to stretch out and slightly tear."

The woman is worried about who will care for her 9-month-old baby while she is in jail. She begins to sob and shake. "Don't talk! You have an attorney here talking for you!" Ehrlich shouts. "Ma'am, be quiet or be removed! Be quiet!

In a letter to Broward's chief judge, Jack Tuter, Finkelstein wrote that Ehrlich "demonstrated aggressive and tyrannical behavior and revealed her lack of emotional fitness to sit on the bench," during the back-to-back hearings. He called the judge's behavior "shocking, and an embarrassment to Broward County."

The Herald was unable to reach the judge Friday evening.

Said Porter, the family friend: “Yes people go to jail but they don’t have to be treated like animals because they're in jail. ... That courtroom, that jail cell was the last life she lived — that's the way she lived the last days of her life.”

Video Shows Black Man Slowly Backing Away from Barstow Cops when they Opened Fire 30X in Walmart Parking Lot

White Cops Cite Their Right to Use Unnecessary Deadly Force for Revengeance. Lee Merritt, an attorney for the family, said Yarber, who was known by the nickname “Butchie”, was not armed and that the car posed no danger to officers when they began spraying him with bullets.

“They saw a car full of black people sitting in front of a Walmart, and they decided that was suspicious,” said Merritt. “They just began pouring bullets … It’s irresponsible. It’s dangerous. It’s mind-boggling, the use of force.” [MORE]

From [HERE] and [HERE] The family of an unarmed black man who died in a hail of police bullets at a Walmart parking lot is still looking for answers -- days after video surfaced that captured the cacophony of gunfire from police officers shooting into the car he was driving.

Diante Yarber, a 26-year-old father of three, was behind the wheel of a black Ford Mustang when Barstow police officers fired more than 30 rounds into the vehicle earlier this month.

"There's no justification for what they did to him," Nakia Little, Yarber's sister, told ABC News station KABC. "It's like I'm in a twist between anger and hurt."

Little's anguish comes as video emerged showing officers repeatedly firing into the vehicle on April 5. They responded to a call "regarding a suspicious vehicle" after a car was reported stolen earlier, according to the Barstow Police Department.

When the officers arrived to perform a traffic arrest at the store's parking lot, officers exited their cars and "commanded the driver to exit his vehicle," according to a Barstow Police Department release.

Police say Yarber -- who was in the vehicle with three passengers, all of whom survived -- "accelerated forward toward the officers, and then accelerated in reverse towards officers and striking another patrol vehicle," according to the release.

Meanwhile, the video, posted online by attorney S. Lee Merritt on this Facebook page , shows the Mustang apparently pinned between two marked Barstow Police Department cruisers and then slowly reversing into one of them as a fusillade of bullets can be heard firing. In the video, rapid gunfire can be heard as a black car appears to drive slowly in reverse.

Merritt has been retained by the family and has already declared that they are going to pursue a lawsuit for Yarber's shooting death, according to KABC.

"Video evidence shows the black Ford Mustang Yarber was operating backing slowly away from police when they opened fire," he told the station.

He also told KABC that the officers' "firing over 30 rounds into a car occupied by four unarmed pedestrians in a crowded Super Walmart parking lot in the middle of the day was massively irresponsible and reckless."

Police labeled the incident an “assault” on an officer, but Dale Galipo, an attorney representing the 23-year-old woman hit in the car, said the investigation so far has revealed Yarber was unarmed and that officers were not in the path of the vehicle, which means they should never have discharged their weapons, let alone fire a barrage of bullets.

Galipo said his client was struck by at least two shots and suffered “serious injuries”, adding, “She’s still in a state of shock.”

Yarber was also driving his cousin’s car at the time, which was never reported stolen, said Aleta Yarber, Diante’s aunt, who said she has since retrieved the car and that it did not appear it had rammed into police vehicles. Police did not respond to inquiries about the claims that Yarber was a car theft suspect.

Ruby Hawkins, Yarber’s sister, said local police often harassed her brother and that the officers should face criminal charges for killing him. “They are the biggest criminals. They are bullies with badges … I don’t know how you can fear for your life with a person that is moving away from you.” [MORE]

Police argued the footage of the Mustang slowly reversing into the police cruise only shows the moments after Yarber allegedly rammed the squad car.

Anthony Riley, a public information officer for the Barstow Police Department, said in the statement that one officer involved suffered non-life-threatening injuries.

A woman in the Mustang struck by the gunfire was airlifted to Loma Linda Medical Center, according to the statement. The other two men in the car exited the vehicle and were detained by Barstow Police.

Yarber's family released footage of the gunshot-riddled Mustang showing bullet holes on the cracked front windshield. The camera also pans over the side window where the interior of the car is completely destroyed in the aftermath of the shooting. [MORE]

Fired Black Deputy who Shot Unarmed Black Man to Death in Houston was Just Following Master's Orders

From [HEREThe deputy who shot and killed an unarmed black man in Houston has been fired, according to the Harris County Sheriff's Office.

Cameron Brewer was fired in connection with the fatal shooting of Danny Ray Thomas on March 22, a statement from the HCSO said, after a disciplinary committee recommended his termination to Sheriff Ed Gonzalez. Brewer, who is also black, was placed on administrative leave after the shooting.

The committee said that Brewer, who had a Taser, violated the agency's use of force policy when he shot Thomas after he found him "behaving erratically and walking in the intersection with his pants around his ankles," the statement said.

Brewer could not be reached for comment. But the Harris County Deputies' Organization, which says it's representing Brewer, said in a statement it disagreed with Gonzalez's decision to fire the deputy.

"HCDO stands behind Deputy Brewer, who made a split-second decision," the statement said.

CNN previously reported that witnesses saw Thomas walking through the intersection with his pants down, hitting cars as they passed. Brewer, who was on patrol, came upon the scene and attempted to stop Thomas.

But when Thomas was confronted, he ignored Brewer's commands to stop and walked towards the deputy, the HCSO statement said, prompting the deputy to fire a single gunshot that fatally wounded the 34-year-old.

At the time of the shooting, Thomas' sister told CNN affiliate KPRC she didn't believe the deputy needed to use lethal force against her brother.

"You clearly could have Tased him," Markeeta Thomas said. "He wasn't trying to shoot you. He wasn't trying to do anything."

Testi-Liar White Cop Changed Autopsy Report from "Homicide" to "Accident" of Latino Man Strangled to Death in Chokehold by San Joaquin "Police"

[MORE]  Police say that during a traffic stop near South El Dorado and East Clay streets on March 7, Cordova-Cuevas ran from his vehicle and then fought with officers, prompting their use of physical force and a stun gun to subdue him. Bentley disagreed.

“We’ve obtained statements from two witnesses that confirmed that Abelino was outside of the vehicle on the sidewalk with his hands up continually advising the officer that he was unarmed,” Bentley said.

He believes a stun gun was used repeatedly on AbelinoCordova-Cuevas and that a chokehold — banned by most police departments — was used that strangled him. His firm hired a forensic pathologist to conduct an independent autopsy, and those findings point to injuries consistent with asphyxiation and strangulation. [MORE]

Instead of Charging "US Citizen" with a Crime or Releasing Him, Gangster Government Holds Unidentified Non-White Man in Undisclosed Iraq Prison & Seeks to Transfer him to Unknown Country

A federal judge in Washington blocked the government on Thursday from immediately transferring to another country an American citizen detained by the U.S. military in Iraq.

The ruling from U.S. District Judge Tanya S. Chutkan temporarily halting the planned transfer to an unnamed country came within a half-hour of an 8 p.m. deadline, at which point the government would have been free to make the handoff.

Attorneys for the man, held without charges for seven months, had challenged the move, saying the U.S. government lacks the legal authority to transfer him to a third country.

The Justice Department appealed Friday to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit.

“Petitioner’s motion for a preliminary injunction is hereby granted,” Chutkan wrote in a one-paragraph order, enjoining the Defense Department “from transferring petitioner from U.S. custody.”

The order said Chutkan would issue a public, redacted opinion after consulting with the detainee and the government’s attorneys on classified or sensitive information to be withheld.

[U.S. says it will send American ISIS suspect held 7 months in Iraq to another country]

The U.S. military has held the unidentified man as a suspected member of the Islamic State since he was turned over to American forces on Sept. 14 after he was captured in Syria at a rebel Syrian Democratic Forces checkpoint and declared his U.S. citizenship. The man, who grew up in Saudi Arabia and is a dual citizen, was questioned for U.S. intelligence purposes, but American officials have said they lack admissible evidence to charge him with a crime.

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White Over Black System of Unequal Power & Conditions: Black Households are 13% of the Population but Hold Less than 3% of Nation’s Total Wealth

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The racial wealth gap is large and shows no signs of closing. Recent data from the Survey of Income and Program Participation (2014) shows that black households hold less than seven cents on the dollar compared to white households. [MORE]

From [HERE] A new report highlights the role of America’s underlying economic structure in producing racial inequality, challenging conventionally held myths that behavioral changes are the key to close the gaping wealth gap between white and black Americans.

The report dismisses beliefs that black individuals and communities can gain equal economic footing with whites largely by changing their behavior — actions that might include seeking higher education, working harder or being more entrepreneurial, making better financial decisions, assuming more “personal responsibility” and learning better social habits. The researchers, from Duke University’s Samuel DuBois Cook Center on Social Equity, contend that without transformative economic policy, changes in the racial wealth gap will only widen.

The Duke researchers suggest that confronting the root causes [system of white supremacy/racism] of racial inequality, such as the long exposure of racial groups to lack of access to resources and blockades on wealth accumulation, should be the focus going forward, not the false narrative that African Americans are poor because of cultural/behavioral deficiencies like hard work, effort, or ambition.

The statistics are stark: black households constitute nearly 13 percent of the country’s population but hold less than three percent of the nation’s total wealth. According to the Federal Reserve Board’s 2016 Survey of Consumer Finances, black households hold less than seven cents on the dollar compared with white households. As the Duke researchers find, white households living near the poverty line generally hold about $18,000 in wealth, while black households living under similar conditions hold a median wealth near zero.

The data reveals that even when blacks and whites are on equal footing when it comes to educational attainment, salary history or home ownership, black families still lag significantly behind. In comparing families with the same level of higher education (bachelor’s degree or postgraduate degree), for example, white families remain more than three times as wealthy as black.

Even starker is data that shows that black households with a head with a college degree are more “wealth-poor” than white households with heads who never got a high-school diploma — a dilemma related not to investment in education, according to Federal Reserve researchers, but “resource availability” and different household composition between white and black households.

The major sources of wealth for most of the country’s super-rich are inheritances and in-life transfers, according to William “Sandy” Darity Jr, one of the Duke researchers and a Duke University Professor of Public Policy, African and African-American Studies. Darity contends that the relentless disadvantages of post-slavery life for African Americans — violence, Jim Crow laws, “redlining” and discrimination — have kept generations of African Americans from accruing the type of wealth that whites in the top one percent have today.

Solutions like black banking, while important for some reasons, are not enough to close the racial wealth gap either, the Duke researchers contend.

White Justice Dept Attys Doubt an All White Jury They Empanel Would Convict White NYPD Cop[s] who Murdered Eric Garner in Broad Daylight in System of White Supremacy

WHITENOLOGY LESSON: YOU Can be Legally Executed by White Cops Anytime, Anyplace in Racist System. Since White NYPD Cops Murdered Eric Garner — Only Person Punished is the Latino Man [Ramsey Orta] Who Filmed It. The other whitenology message here is if you try to help Black people you run the risk of being placed in greater confinement, losing "your liberty", livelihood or getting injured or killed or filtered out [Kaepernicked]

In 2015, the white Staten Island district attorney, voted not to bring criminal charges against Officer Pantaleo. Orta, who was a witness at the grand jury, also revealed the fact that the entire grand jury in the Garner case was all-white. Yes, an all white jury in NYC, the Blackest city in the country. A fact that the white mainstream media omitted from history in their effort to advertise justice. [MORE

WHAT IS WHITE COLLECTIVE POWER? It was Never About One Cop. A Gang of White Cops Murdered Garner by smothering and pouncing. "Have you ever see one lone white man lynch one lone Black man? Have you ever seen it done without a gun?"  [MORE] And a gang of white journalists, jurists and voters support what their genocidal white cops did.

From [HERE] Federal civil rights prosecutors have recommended charges against a New York police officer in the 2014 death of Eric Garner, three current and former officials said, but top Justice Department officials have expressed strong reservations about whether to move forward with a case they say may not be winnable.

Mr. Garner died on a Staten Island street after the police officer, Daniel Pantaleo, used a chokehold to subdue him. Officers had confronted Mr. Garner, who was unarmed, over accusations of selling untaxed cigarettes. His final gasps of “I can’t breathe,” captured on a cellphone video, became a rallying cry for protesters around the country.

In recent weeks, career prosecutors recommended civil rights charges against Officer Pantaleo and sought approval from the deputy attorney general, Rod J. Rosenstein, to seek an indictment, according to the officials. Mr. Rosenstein has convened several meetings that revealed divisions within the Justice Department over whether to move forward. No decision has been made, but one law enforcement official said that, based on the discussions so far, it appeared unlikely that Mr. Rosenstein would approve charges.

Attorney General Jeff Sessions has also been briefed on the case and could weigh in after Mr. Rosenstein makes his own recommendation, officials said.

The death of Mr. Garner, along with the shooting death a month later of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Mo., and several other high-profile police encounters ignited the most significant debate over the use of force by police officers since the beating of Rodney King in Los Angeles in 1991.

The federal inquiry into Mr. Garner’s death dragged on for years and has divided the Justice Department investigative team since the Obama administration. Prosecutors in New York argued against bringing charges, while civil rights prosecutors in Washington said it represented a clear case of excessive force. In the final months of the administration, the attorney general at the time, Loretta E. Lynch, sided with her civil rights chief, Vanita Gupta, and authorized prosecutors to build a case for indictment.

Mr. Garner’s mother, Gwen Carr, said on Friday that Justice Department officials had promised to tell her when a decision was made. “I haven’t heard anything,” she said. “I’m hopeful. But we’ll never know until there’s a decision.”

The fate of the investigation has been uncertain under the Trump administration. Mr. Sessions has rolled back efforts to use his civil rights team to investigate unconstitutional police practices and force changes on entire departments. He said that approach, favored by the Obama administration, unfairly tarnished good police officers and contributed to racial unrest.

But Mr. Sessions has also promised to hold officers accountable for abuses. “Just as I am committed to defending law enforcement who use deadly force while lawfully engaged in their work, I will also hold any officer responsible breaking the law,” he told the National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives last year. [MORE]

Who Polices ICE Cops when they Bribe, Steal or Conduct Warrantless Arrests, Searches? White Folks' Secretive Non-White Immigration Revenge Courts Not Set Up for Public Accountability

Early one winter morning last year, Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents were scouting the last-known address of a fugitive they had labeled Target #147 when they happened upon Isabel Karina Ruiz-Roque.

A turkey farmworker for over a decade, Ruiz-Roque had kept her head down and her record clean, never once encountering los ICEs, as she called them. Then two federal agents rapped on her car window and flashed a photo of the immigration fugitive they believed to be her York County neighbor. Ruiz-Roque, 34, said she did not know the woman, and they told her not to worry, that she was not their target.

Two weeks later, during an enforcement operation that prized big arrest numbers, the agents returned and demanded she let them into her Hanover apartment house to search for #147. When she refused, they arrested her instead, and drove her, handcuffed, to a Rite Aid parking lot to scan her fingerprints, she said.

There, after finding the record of an old apprehension at the border, they made a stunning proposition, according to a sworn statement she filed in immigration court: They would ignore their discovery and let her go if she paid them off.

They suggested $2,000 to $3,000, according to her statement. She told them she did not have that kind of money. And so they transported her to the York County Prison, the primary detention center for immigrants in Pennsylvania, to face deportation.

Unlike most immigration detainees, Ruiz-Roque was able, through her sister, to secure a lawyer to fight her removal. He would try to air her bribery allegation in court. But the secretive immigration justice system is not set up for public accountability.

An investigation by ProPublica and the Philadelphia Inquirer found numerous cases in which ICE agents and police officers allegedly engaged in racial profiling, conducted warrantless searches, detained people without probable cause, fabricated evidence, and, in this one extreme instance, solicited a bribe.

But in none of these cases have agents or officers been put on the stand to respond to the allegations.

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Black Teen's Life Did Not Matter to White Prosecutors: Petition Says They Withheld Evidence & Knew White Cops Coerced Confession to Obtain Death Verdict

 Racist suspect Assistant District Attorney [got fired] Hugo Holland speaks during a news conference on Aug. 12, 2016,   One recent study  found that killers of white victims in Louisiana are over five times more likely to be sentenced to death [murdered by the State] than killers of black victims.  Another recent study  found that four out of every five death sentences in the state since 1976 have been reversed, and for every three people the state has executed since then, one person sentenced to death has been exonerated. [ MORE ]

Racist suspect Assistant District Attorney [got fired] Hugo Holland speaks during a news conference on Aug. 12, 2016,  One recent study found that killers of white victims in Louisiana are over five times more likely to be sentenced to death [murdered by the State] than killers of black victims. Another recent study found that four out of every five death sentences in the state since 1976 have been reversed, and for every three people the state has executed since then, one person sentenced to death has been exonerated. [MORE]

From [HERE] Forty-four former state and federal prosecutors and Department of Justice officials—including former U.S. Attorney General Michael Mukasey—have asked the U.S. Supreme Court to grant a new trial to Corey Williams (pictured), saying that Caddo Parish, Louisiana prosecutors violated their duty to ensure that “justice shall be done” by withholding exculpatory evidence in a murder case that sent an intellectually disabled teenager to death row.

Williams’s petition alleges that police and prosecutors knew that Williams had been framed by the actual killers, that police coerced him to falsely confess, and that the prosecution deliberately withheld witness statements given to police that could have helped Williams prove he had been framed.

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No physical evidence linked Williams to the 1998 robbery and murder of Jarvis Griffin, who was delivering a pizza to a Shreveport home. Several witnesses said they saw Gabriel Logan, Nathan Logan, and Chris Moore (nicknamed “Rapist”) steal money and pizza from Griffin, while the sixteen-year-old Williams was simply standing outside at the time.

The victim’s blood was found on Gabriel Logan’s sweatshirt; Nathan Logan’s fingerprints were found on the empty clip of the murder weapon; and Moore was in possession of some of the proceeds of the robbery. Only Moore claimed to have seen Williams commit the killing. Williams, who had intellectual disability caused by severe lead poisoning from regularly eating dirt and paint chips as a young child and who as a teenager still repeatedly urinated himself, initially told police he had nothing to do with the killing. But after six hours of police interrogation, Williams confessed to the murder. After detectives presented the older men with Williams’s confession, their stories changed to corroborate it.

At trial, Caddo Parish prosecutor Hugo Holland [in photo] presented the confession and Moore’s testimony as evidence of WIlliams' guilt. Then, having withheld from the defense police statements that implicated his witnesses in framing Williams, Holland ridiculed the defense claim that Williams had been framed, calling it “the biggest set of circumstances concerning a conspiracy since John Kennedy was killed in 1963.”

The prosecutors’ amicus brief in support of Williams states that “[t]he prosecutor’s goal is not only to strive for a fair trial, but also to protect public safety by ensuring that innocent persons are not convicted while the guilty remain free.” It stresses that this is a case in which, “[h]ad the statements not been withheld, there is a reasonable probability that the verdict would have been different.” Ben Cohen, Williams’s longtime lawyer, said that “[w]hat the prosecutor and the police did is outrageous. They knew Williams was innocent and they just went forward anyway.... They don’t think his life matters.” Eleven men have been exonerated from Louisiana's death row since the 1970s, including the Caddo Parish exonerations of Glen Ford and Rodricus Crawford. All eleven cases involved police and/or prosecutorial misconduct. Holland himself has been implicated in withholding witness statements in another capital prosecution showing the defendant had not participated in the killing. Holland was forced to resign his position as an assistant district attorney for Caddo Parish in 2012 after he and another prosecutor were caught falsifying federal forms in an attempt to obtain a cache of M-16 rifles for themselves through a Pentagon program that offers surplus military gear to police departments. Williams was released from death row after the U.S. Supreme Court decided Atkins v. Virginia, barring the death penalty for persons with intellectual disability, and is currently serving a life sentence.

(Radley Balko, The Watch: Lawyers want Supreme Court to hear claim that a Louisiana prosecutor withheld evidence in death-penalty case, Washington Post, April 12, 2018; Michael Kunzelman, Lawyers: Prosecutors withheld evidence of teen’s innocence, Associated Press, April 7, 2018; Radley Balko, The Watch: How a fired prosecutor became the most powerful law enforcement official in Louisiana, Washington Post, November 2, 2018; Mark Joseph Stern, How to Frame a Man for Murder, Slate, December 22, 2015; Andrew Cohen, The Corey Williams Story, Brennan Center for Justice, December 17, 2015.) Read Corey Williams’s petition for writ of certiorari and the former prosecutors’ amicus brief. See Prosecutorial Misconduct and Intellectual Disability

Less Able to Sell Fear & Safety, Thugged Out NYPD Cops Try to Justify Their Existence In the Face of Super Low Crime Rate

  IF GOVERNMENT ALREADY CONTROLS YOUR THINKING (STATISM IS MIND CONTROL) why must they also constantly surveil us? 

IF GOVERNMENT ALREADY CONTROLS YOUR THINKING (STATISM IS MIND CONTROL) why must they also constantly surveil us? 

What to do when Racist Belief & Gov Psy-ops Conflict with Reality? [Invent More Bullshit] FUNKTIONARY explains that Statism is mind control. It states, "Statism - the belief "citizens"' and "states" exist and the memetic thought patterns supporting such beliefs. 2) the religion of oppression and domination coupled with the science of exploitation and sociopathic control. 3) the opiate of the so-called Elites. 4) a philosophy that idealizes majority rule gang force (authority) over individual authenticity (autonomy). 5) servitude over liberty and statutes over humanity." [MORE]

From [HERE] In East New York, Brooklyn, a police observation tower still hovers over the intersection where a 16-year-old boy was gunned down on his way home from playing basketball last November.

It was one of a string of killings toward the end of the year in the 75th Precinct, an area long scarred by violence that gained notoriety in the 1990s as New York City’s “killing fields” and regularly logged over 100 murders a year. Even as crime has plummeted across the city — and in the 75th — the precinct has remained among the deadliest. Last year, the police tallied 11 murders, the second most in the city.

But so far this year, something remarkable has happened in the 75th Precinct — or, more precisely, not happened: No one has been killed.

The 129-day stretch without a murder, dating back to Dec. 12, is the longest in the precinct since the Police Department began keeping modern records in 1993.

The police, residents and activists offer various explanations for the long pause in deadly violence.

In other city neighborhoods that were hotbeds of violence and dysfunction, like Harlem and Washington Heights, crime declines have coincided with demographic shifts brought on by gentrification and economic uplift [huh? written by a racist suspect. Crime down city wide, not just where rich white liberals live at (Crime in New York City Plunges to a Level Not Seen Since the 1950s DEC. 27, 2017). But those kinds of changes have been slow to reach more distant places like East New York, a predominantly black and Latino neighborhood that still struggles with severe poverty and leads the city in robberies this year.

Police officials say the zero murder toll this year is one of the results of efforts to go after guns and gangs concentrated in area housing projects, often with the help of community ties. Since 2016, the police and other law enforcement agencies have confiscated 535 guns in the 75th Precinct and charged 843 people, a quarter of whom were believed to have gang ties.

As a result, the police said, the 75th precinct, as of Sunday, has also had only five shootings, half as many as last year. And robberies, which ticked up last year, are once again declining, with 144 through Sunday, compared to 169 at the same time last year, according to the Police Department.

“When you take the gang out of commission,” Inspector John Chell, the commander of the 75th Precinct, said on Thursday, “these are the residual effects.” Murders in the city overall continue to drop, down 10 percent from last year at this time.

Andre T. Mitchell, the founder of ManUp! Inc., an anti-violence group that sends workers into the streets to mediate conflicts before they erupt into violence, said the community also deserved credit for helping to reduce tensions, and that elected officials should be praised for providing financial and social resources. [MORE]

A large number of Amazon workers rely on food stamps for assistance

Over the past year, U.S. cities and states have been tripping head-over-heels in an effort to be the host of the next Amazon headquarters. Last year, New Jersey approved an incentive package that would give Amazon tax breaks worth $7 billion if it moved to Newark. Philadelphia has offered $2 billion in tax exemptions over 10 years, Georgia $1 billion, and Maryland a whopping $8.5 billion.

But while state lawmakers continue to one-up each other in the race to host Amazon’s new HQ, a very different picture has emerged at the lower rungs of the company, where warehouse employees are so underpaid that they already incredibly reliant on state subsidies to survive.

According to the New Food Economy, Amazon ranks high on the list of employers with massive numbers of employees enrolled in SNAP (the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, otherwise known as food stamps). In Ohio, around one in 10 Amazon employees uses SNAP; in Pennsylvania, about one in nine. In Arizona, nearly one in three Amazon employees is enrolled in the food stamp program.

Later this year, Amazon will start accepting food stamps for online grocery orders, from which it stands to benefit enormously as one of the nation’s top retailers. That means the company will be the recipient of government assistance (in the form of tax breaks and incentives) while its own workers are forced to rely upon that same program to survive.

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[Whitenology Lesson 023: Racists Apologize For Their Own Benefit, Reform Their Own Image & Avoid Conflict] William & Mary Apologizes for It's History of Slavery, Discrimination

[Whitenology Lesson 023: Racists Apologize For Their Own Benefit, Reform Their Own Image & Avoid Conflict] William & Mary Apologizes for It's History of Slavery, Discrimination

The William & Mary Board of Visitors passed a resolution Friday that apologizes for the college’s use of slave labor and its past discrimination.

The apology was included in a resolution to extend the Lemon Project, which explores the college’s role in perpetuating slavery and racial discrimination. It is named for a man named Lemon, who was enslaved by the college in the 19th century.

“The board profoundly regrets these activities, apologizes for them, expresses its deep appreciation for the contributions made by the African-American members of its community to the vitality of William & Mary then, now and for all time coming, and commits to continue our efforts to remedy the lingering effects of past injustices,”  William & Mary President Taylor Reveley read from the resolution at a meeting of the Board of Visitors.

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19 Years After Columbine, Obedient Drone Kids Petition Their Masters To Take Away More of Their "Freedoms"

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From [HERE] At schools across the country yesterday, students are getting up from their desks and walking out when the clock strikes 10 a.m. They're participating in the National School Walkout, part of the movement that has taken hold among students to call for action to end gun violence.

Today marks 19 years since the shooting at Columbine High School in Littleton, Colo., in which two white high school students shot and killed thirteen people.

It's also been a little more than two months since the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla.

In Washington, D.C. students gathered in front of the White House with signs. And at 10 a.m., they began the walkout with 19 minutes of silence, in remembrance of the Columbine massacre. [MORE]

Undeceiver Dr. Blynd explains the following in FUNKTIONARY

obedience - a Self-Other irreversible relationship in which there is only communication (mind-to-mind), i.e. no contact, and an imbalance of power. 2) the highest form of the power-fear systemic. 3) slavery sold to both children and adults alike deceptively packaged in a respectfully sounding label. 4) reverse terrorism. You can compel obedience but you cannot compel responsibility or respect. Everyone should have a say in waking-up to (or waking up from) whatever they have been programmed to obey. It is difficult to reduce to obedience anyone who has no wish to command. If you can't read very well and follow it up with the absence of critical thinking skills, then obey your masters and oppressors until you can—for your own survival. Life is more trouble-free when you obey. If you speak TV-English, by all means obey the beast, if you like freedom of movement with your slavery. TV's ought to have warning labels: "Use of this device can be hazardous to your freedom.'" How can you take a man seriously who watches T.V. obediently, drinks habitually and desires freedom too?

The historian Howard Zinn is clear on the role obedience has played on our conditions throughout the centuries. "[Civil disobedience] is not our problem. Our problem is civil obedience. Our problem is that numbers of people all over the world have obeyed the dictates of the leaders of their government and have gone to war, and millions of people have been killed because of this obedience. ...Our problem is that people are obedient all over the world in the face of poverty and starvation and stupidity, and war and cruelty. Our problem is people are obedient while the jails are full with petty thieves, and all the while the grand thieves are running the country. That's our problem." More atrocities are commited in the name of economics than in the name of hate, ideological or religious intolerance. (See: Authority, God, Atrocities, Conditioning. TV, War, The COMB, Control, Power, Violence. Religion, Should. Duty, Hatred, Other, Inhumanity, Communication, Programming, Indoctrination, Poverty, Gangbanking, Education, Unlearning. Force. Orderlies, Police, Force Continuum. Judicial Tyranny, Residency, Labor, Property, Servitude, Critical Thinking, Holodeck Court, Questioning, Pulpit. TUFF. Authenticity. Fear & Authoritarians).

A Mass Shooting: At Least 63 Black People Gunned Down by Cops in 2018. Are You Next? [keep the piece]

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Gun Control in a Police State? Racism/White supremacy is a terroristic white over Black system of vast unequal power, unequal conditions and domination.

From [HERE] 60 black men across the United States and 3 black women have been shot and killed by "law & forcement" in 2018 alone, according to The Washington Post database of police shootings. Last year 223 Black people were killed. Last year researchers at Harvard found that police-related deaths are woefully underreported.

Research on police killings in 2015 and 2016 done by the Guardian using open source news reports shows the chance of being killed by police per million citizens is 10.13 for Native Americans, 6.66 for African Americans, 3.23 for Latinos, 2.9 for Caucasians, and 1.17 for Asians. This means Native Americans are five times more likely to be killed by police, and African Americans more than twice as likely to be killed.

The Guardian further noted that the risk and danger specifically to young black men is significantly higher than their Caucasian counter parts.

Black males aged 15-34 were nine times more likely than other Americans to be killed by law enforcement officers last year, according to data collected for The Counted, an effort by the Guardian to record every such death. They were also killed at four times the rate of young white men. According to Daily Kos:

There is of course the argument that police aren’t just randomly killing Americans (although in certain quarters that is precisely the argument) and that they should have the right to defend themselves and the public against those would harm them or the public. This begs the question: how much danger are they subjected to in the line of duty? Well, the job of being a police officer isn’t even among the top 10 most dangerous jobs in America, with an average of 19 fatalities per 100,000 officers. That rate lags behind logging workers (116 fatalities per 100,000), commercial fishermen (91 fatalities per 100,000), aircraft pilots and flight engineers (71 per 100,000), and farmers and ranchers (41 per 100,000). The total number of police fatalities averages around 130 deaths per year, placing them in third place in total numbers. 

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However, the majority of police fatalities are from accidents and other events, not felonious assaults or homicide by the public, which is closer to 40-50 deaths per year or a rate of 5.33 fatalities per 100,000. That’s slightly lower than the overall U.S cities homicide rate of 5.80 per 100,000, so the average cop really isn’t in any more danger of being murdered than the average citizen.

Contrast that with the above numbers of unarmed people killed by police, based on estimates generated by the Guardian (~20% of 20,624 estimated BJS police homicides) and most of them likely did not present any genuine danger to the officers or the public. That brings us to about 4,124 unarmed people killed by police since 2001, while police themselves suffered an average or 40-50 homicides per year (totaling about 764) during the same time frame. That means police killed five times as many unarmed citizens than the number of their own ranks who are murdered by the legitimate “bad guys” within the public.

A 5 to 1 ratio is far more than an unreasonable margin of error: it’s downright insane, which is exactly the point. And again, according to the Guardian, those unarmed people are more than twice as likely to be black. [MORE]

  Chancellor Williams  and  Dr. Cress Welsing  have both explained that most Blacks 'continue to live in a dream world where they believe that singing, dancing, marching, praying and hoping will solve their problems.' [ MORE ]  The Teddy Bear Code is  " protest " actually in  cooperation with and voluntary submission to    white supremacy/racism   .

Chancellor Williams and Dr. Cress Welsing have both explained that most Blacks 'continue to live in a dream world where they believe that singing, dancing, marching, praying and hoping will solve their problems.' [MOREThe Teddy Bear Code is "protest" actually in cooperation with and voluntary submission to white supremacy/racism.

What is my chance of being victimized in a mass shooting or active shooter incident? Almost 0%. According to the FBI, this type of shooting is the rarest of all types of shooting. [MORE] An American’s lifetime odds of dying in a mass shooting committed in any location is 1 in 11,125; of dying in a car accident is 1 and 491; of drowning is 1 in 1,133; and of choking on food is 1 in 3,461). Criminal victimization in American schools has collapsed in tandem with the overall crime rate, leaving U.S. classrooms safer today than at any time in recent memory. [MORE

The majority of gun deaths in America aren’t even homicides, let alone caused by mass shootings. Two-thirds of the more than 33,000 gun deaths that take place in the U.S. every year are suicides. People who commit suicide and people who commit mass shootings both tend to be white and male, [MORE]

You’re 55 times more likely to be killed by a police officer than a terrorist. This number does not account for "race," which means the number is probably higher. [MOREOne-third of all Americans killed by strangers are killed by police. 

Police have killed twice as many Americans since 9/11 than ISIS and al-Qaida combined

Time Magazine noted in 2013 that the chance of dying in a terrorist attack in the United States from 2007 to 2011, according to Richard Barrett – coordinator of the United Nations al Qaeda/Taliban Monitoring Team – was 1 in 20 million

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According to belief system assassin Dr. Blynd, firearms are the best kind of insurance against the agents of the Corporate State and those who firmly believe they are sovereign (unaccountable - acting with impunity and immunity).  FUNKTIONARY explains:

gun ban - the precursor to servitude. Enslavement is like old age; it creeps up on you. Banning guns to reduce crime is like banning sex to reduce rape. If guns supposedly cause (or encourage) crime, why are we arming police officers? The same people who fear firearms in the hands of the people also fear information in the minds of people. Information bans (censorship) only affect people who desire to think for themselves. The methodology of the gun-grabbers is simple; pick any group, and with the help of the press, abolish their rights. Then pick another group and abolish their rights, etc. [MORE]

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Instead of Rendering Aid After Shooting at Black Man 20 Times, Testi-Liar Sacramento Cops Automatically Created False Narratives for the Cameras, "Can You Hear Us?" & Other White Li[n]es

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From [HERE] Video footage released Monday by the Sacramento Police Department shows that officers waited almost five minutes after firing their weapons to approach Stephon Clark to deliver medical aid out of apparent concern that he was armed and playing dead as he lay motionless in his grandmother's backyard.

The revelations come after the department released more than 50 new video recordings showing the massive law enforcement response to the March 18 shooting of the unarmed black man, which sparked weeks of demonstrations and heightened already simmering tensions between police and the city's black community.

Clark was shot at 20 times by two police officers investigating reports of somebody breaking into cars. The officers chased Clark to the backyard, where, authorities say, he turned and advanced toward the officers while holding what they thought was a firearm. Only a cellphone was found at the scene.

The new material — which follows the earlier release of footage that captured the shooting — starts as other officers respond to the break-in call and continues until fire officials pronounce Clark dead, the Police Department said. It covers 23 in-car camera videos, 28 body-worn camera videos, a sheriff's helicopter video and two 911 audio clips.

In the many videos reviewed by reporters, there's little discussion of the actual shooting. In them, the officers don't acknowledge that Clark was unarmed.

One exchange is recorded by the body cameras of two police officers, a male and a female, as they approached the backyard after the shooting, joining the two officers involved.

"He have a gun?" the approaching male officer says. The two officers respond, saying a weapon hasn't been secured.

"I don't see it," one says. "He hasn't moved at all."

The officer who just arrived remarks that Clark has one hand by his face. Moments later, they shout at Clark.

"Hey! Can you hear us?" a male officer says.

"Police Department, can you hear us?" another male officer says.

"We need to know if you're OK," the female officer says. "We need to get you medics but we can't go over to get you help unless we know you're, you don't have your weapon."

She suggests to her colleagues that next unit bring a non-lethal weapon: "Let's have the next unit get, just bring a non-lethal in case he's pretending."

Later, in the background of the recording, one of the officers says, "Like this, something in his hands, it looked like a gun from our perspective."

Seconds later, they begin moving toward Clark's body. A cellphone is on the ground next to him. The officers handcuff him and one begins chest compressions.

A use-of-force expert who reviewed some of the footage at the request of The Times said the cautious approach — even after backup arrived — isn't unusual and reflects officers' concern for their own safety.

"One officer says he cannot see the young man's left hand on the ground," said Ed Obayashi, a Plumas County sheriff's deputy and shooting expert.

Officers all fear a suspect playing possum, or pretending to be dead, he said. They may have also been concerned about another person in the house, he added.

Obayashi said the officers called for a less-lethal weapon because they had strength in numbers. "If he pulls a gun, they can shoot. But if he pulls out a knife, they can use less lethal," he said.

In another video, a group of officers discuss muting their cameras.

In it, an officer walks up to a dark scene near a worship center and says, "Oh, fancy seeing y'all here."

He approaches a few other officers standing in a circle.

"Muted?" someone asks. "Yes, sir," a few reply.

"Muted?" the asker says again.

"Yeah," a few reply.

The officer wearing the camera says, "Wait." Then there's a beep and the sound goes off.

The Police Department is already under scrutiny for officers' use of the mute button in the first batch of recordings released, with some expressing concern that the agency is not being transparent. Policies on muting cameras vary between agencies. A policy implemented in Sacramento after the shooting requires officers to indicate why they're turning off the microphone.

The videos also show officers interviewing neighbors, including a man whose rear sliding door had been broken.

Sgt. Vance Chandler said the department will look at whether the medical aid rendered and the muting of body cameras was appropriate under the circumstances.

The incident began when Sacramento police officers responded to the 7500 block of 29th Street after receiving a call about a man breaking into vehicles. The crew of a Sheriff's Department helicopter spotted a man in a backyard and directed police officers toward him.

Deputies told police that the man had picked up a "toolbar" and broken a window to a home. The man then was seen running south, toward the front of the house, where he stopped and was looking into another car, police said. Following deputies' directions, officers entered the front yard of a home and saw the man along the side of the residence.

Police said that the officers ordered the man to stop and show his hands, but that he ran toward the back of the home. They chased him to the backyard, where, authorities say, he turned and advanced toward the officers and was shot.

Osho: 'Positive Thinking is Simply the Philosophy of Hypocrisy - Keeping it Unreal'

The philosophy of positive thinking means being untruthful; it means being dishonest. It means seeing a certain thing and yet denying what you have seen; it means deceiving yourself and others.

Positive thinking is the only bullshit philosophy that America has contributed to human thought – nothing else. Dale Carnegie, Napoleon Hill, and the Christian priest, Vincent Peale – all these people have filled the whole American mind with this absolutely absurd idea of a positive philosophy.

And it appeals particularly to mediocre minds.

Dale Carnegie’s book, How to Win Friends and Influence People, has been sold in numbers just next to the Christian Bible. No other book has been able to reach that popularity.

The Christian Bible should not be a competitor in fact, because it is more or less given free, forced on people. But Dale Carnegie’s book people have been purchasing; it has not been given to you free. And it has created a certain kind of ideology which has given birth to many books of a similar kind. But to me it is nauseating.

… Dale Carnegie started this whole school of positive philosophy, positive thinking: Don’t see the negative part, don’t see the darker side. But by your not seeing it, do you think it disappears? You are just befooling yourself. You cannot change reality. The night will still be there; you can think that it is daytime for twenty-four hours, but by your thinking it, it is not going to be light twenty-four hours a day.

The negative is as much part of life as the positive. They balance each other.

After Dale Carnegie, the great name in the tradition of this positive thinking is Napoleon Hill. Think and Grow Rich is his greatest contribution to the world – a beautifully written book, but all crap.

Think and grow rich… you don’t have to do anything, you only have to think in absolutely positive terms and riches will start flowing towards you. If they don’t come, that simply means that you have not been thinking absolutely positively.

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White Party [GOP] Puppeticians in Senate Vote To Roll Back Rules Aimed At Protecting Blacks & Latinos From Higher Auto Lending Rates

White Party [GOP] Puppeticians in Senate Vote To Roll Back Rules Aimed At Protecting Blacks & Latinos From Higher Auto Lending Rates

From [HERE] and [HERE] The U.S. Senate approved a measure Wednesday that would roll back policies designed to protect minority car buyers from discriminatory loan terms. Republicans passed the bill by a narrow margin, and it now moves on to the House. Senator Jerry Moran, racist suspect in photo, a Republican from Kansas sponsored it. 

The policy was issued in 2013 by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. Congress is using a new interpretation of the Congressional Review Act to change it. This unprecedented tactic could reverse thousands of regulations that Congress dislikes.

In the auto loan marketplace, pricing isn’t transparent so it’s easy for dealers to take advantage of unwitting consumers.

“African-Americans and Hispanics in particular — have systematically been charged a higher markup on auto loans than White borrowers,” a study found.

The Republican-led Senate voted, 51-47, on a resolution to eliminate the measure. The House is expected to vote the same way as early as next week. President Trump has said he would sign the legislation to eliminate the policy. [MORE]

In 2013, to help address discrimination in the auto loan market, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau issued guidance recommending steps for auto finance companies to take to ensure that they are operating in compliance with fair lending laws. The Equal Credit Opportunity Act (ECOA) prohibits creditors from discriminating in any aspect of a credit transaction on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, marital status, or age. Auto finance companies that make their loans available through auto dealers have been found to have violated the ECOA by allowing dealers to increase the loan rates of borrowers of color more than for white borrowers for reasons unrelated to creditworthiness.

But a resolution was filed in the Senate to use the Congressional Review Act to undo that guidance. That would be a huge mistake and would put Congress on the side of those who charge more for loans on the basis of race.

For more than two decades, there has been clear evidence that discretionary dealer mark-ups result in African-Americans and Latinos paying extra -- that is, paying interest and fees higher than are justified by the evidence of their creditworthiness, and higher than the price charged to similarly situated white borrowers. The auto finance lenders that actually make the loans and control the terms on which the dealers offer them may violate the ECOA if they facilitate such disparate impacts by giving the lenders the unfettered discretion to mark up the interest rates charged to different borrowers.

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Suit Says Non-White Immigrants allegedly forced to work in detention [family destruction] centers for $1 a day

From [HERE] Detainees held at a privately-operated immigration detention center in Georgia are forced to work at the facility for pitiful pay and are threatened with serious harm if they refuse to “volunteer” to work, according to a class-action lawsuit filed Tuesday against the private prison operator CoreCivic.

According to the lawsuit filed on behalf of current and formerly detained immigrants, the CoreCivic-operated Stewart Detention Center in Lumpkin solicits “volunteers,” or immigrants detainees, to “mop, sweep, and wax floors; scrub toilets and showers; wash dishes; do laundry, clean medical facilities; and cook and prepare food and beverages” for the nearly 2,000-detainee population. Detainees are then paid between $1 and $4 per day and occasionally slightly more for double shifts. The lawsuit states that immigrant detainees reportedly do not have a choice to refuse because the facility has a “policy of threatening detained immigrants until they comply.”

“CoreCivic then threatens detained immigrants who refuse to work with serious harm, including the deprivation of privacy and safety in open living quarters, referral for criminal prosecution, and, ultimately, the sensory and psychological deprivation of their humanity resulting from solitary confinement,” the lawsuit charged. “Under these circumstances, no labor is voluntary – it is forced.”

The class action plaintiffs include two current and one former kitchen workers who work as part of the “Voluntary Work Program” at Stewart where they are usually paid between $1 and $4 per day and can be paid as much as $8 per day when they work more than 12 hours a day.

The lawsuit — which was filed by Project South, the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC), Law Office of R. Andrew Free, and Burns Charest LLP — was intended to end the operator’s “forced labor scheme and remedy the unjust enrichment resulting from CoreCivic’s illegal labor practices.”

“The prison corporation CoreCivic is exploiting the labor of detained immigrants to enrich itself–last year its revenues were nearly $1.8 billion. It must be stopped,” Azadeh N. Shahshahani, the Legal & Advocacy Director at the Atlanta-based advocacy group Project South, told ThinkProgress in an email Tuesday. [MORE]