From [HERE] The doctrine of qualified immunity was conjured up by the US Supreme Court in 1982 and victims of rights violations have been paying the price for more than three decades. The doctrine was created by the Court, not by Congress. This is an important distinction, especially since qualified immunity directly contradicts the liability Congress created as an avenue of redress for citizens.
Congress specifically said anyone who uses governmental power to deprive others of rights can be sued.
Every person who, under color of any statute, ordinance, regulation, custom, or usage, of any State or Territory or the District of Columbia, subjects, or causes to be subjected, any citizen of the United States or other person within the jurisdiction thereof to the deprivation of any rights, privileges, or immunities secured by the Constitution and laws, shall be liable to the party injured in an action at law, suit in equity, or other proper proceeding for redress…
These were the only exceptions granted:
… except that in any action brought against a judicial officer for an act or omission taken in such officer’s judicial capacity, injunctive relief shall not be granted unless a declaratory decree was violated or declaratory relief was unavailable.
Exceptions for judges. That's it.
As it stands now, qualified immunity lets everyone from cops to federal agents to IRS investigators off the hook for violating the rights of citizens. It's not supposed to be this way. Qualified immunity reverses the expectations of Congress to give government employees an easy way out. The Supreme Court felt the lack of safety valve for government employees meant they'd be too intimidated by possible liability to make quick judgment calls while performing their duties.
Instead, the doctrine has encouraged government employees to engage in blatant rights violations, secure in the knowledge the court-established doctrine will get them off the hook.
David French, writing for the National Review, says it's time for qualified immunity to die. Its burial would allow the nation to go back to what Congress intended: an avenue of recourse for citizens whose rights have been violated by the government. The key linchpin in qualified immunity determinations is "clearly established law." But what does "clearly established" mean in the context of a QI defense? Almost nothing.
[T]he entire notion of “clearly established law” rests on a series of absurd, fantastical premises. Are we really to believe that a police officer doesn’t know he shouldn’t pound on the wrong door and blow away the innocent occupant* unless a court said so in a case, say, five years before? Do we really believe police officers and university administrators are diligently reading such cases as they are decided anyhow?
Also note how qualified immunity flips the meaning of the statute upside-down. Section 1983 is a law designed to protect citizens and help them secure their rights. It was not designed to protect the “vigorous exercise of official authority” but instead to restrain that authority.
*Refers to the case covered here.
Judge Don Willett, writing for the Fifth Circuit Appeals Court, pointed out the ridiculousness of relying on "clearly established law" to determine whether or not government employees should be held directly accountable for unquestionable violations of citizens' rights.
Plaintiffs must produce precedent even as fewer courts are producing precedent. Important constitutional questions go unanswered precisely because those questions are yet unanswered. Courts then rely on that judicial silence to conclude there’s no equivalent case on the books. No precedent = no clearly established law = no liability. An Escherian Stairwell. Heads defendants win, tails plaintiffs lose.
With few courts willing to draw the line in new cases, there's no precedent to look to when new troubling violations are alleged. The government can get a lawsuit dismissed in the first round of motions if there's no case directly on point in the jurisdiction handling the case. As Judge Willett pointed out, this only encourages novel rights violations, rather than deter future misconduct. To prevail on a QI motion to dismiss, a government defendant need only be the first to violate someone's rights in this manner.
Knowing that's the bar that must be hurdled to survive the initial round of motions in a civil rights lawsuits, future novel violations will likely never be converted into "clearly established law" cited by future litigants. Julian Sanchez's Twitter thread on the subject notes one side effect of three decades of qualified immunity is fewer civil rights lawsuits.
First time around, the right violated won’t be “clearly established,” and the official responsible will have qualified immunity. The second time very similar facts show up in court, though, the first case will have “clearly established” the right violated, eliminating immunity.
But think about how this effects incentives to litigate. If the specific harm you suffered isn’t “clearly established’ in your jurisdiction, you’re incurring the cost and hassle of a lawsuit, but you won’t recover damages. You’ll only allow the NEXT victim to recover.
The arguments for keeping the qualified immunity intact are weak. Holes have been poked in these by multiple lawyers and law profs, but the doctrine lives on, propped up by the parade of litigation that would certainly result if government employees were held directly responsible for their actions.
One of the weakest of the arguments is that the removal of qualified immunity would result in long stream of impoverished cops. As this amicus brief submitted for a QI-centric Supreme Court case points out, government employees are rarely, if ever, held directly accountable for their actions. It's almost always taxpayers paying other taxpayers for rights the government violated.
This concern is empirically unfounded. The widespread availability of indemnification already protects individual officers from ruinous judgments. A recent study shows that governments paid approximately 99.98 percent of the dollars recovered in lawsuits against police officers.
Qualified immunity lives on, and it seems unlikely the Supreme Court will revisit its own failure. That's not to say there's no chance it will happen or efforts like these are wasted. The Supreme Court recently punched a hole in the Third Party Doctrine -- another of its long-time favorites -- so it's conceivable a future ruling may substantially narrow the breadth of qualified immunity's scope. But as long as it remains in place, the public will continue to suffer for the government's sins.
“You are taught to perceive extortion in a different way by all the propaganda that's been put into you.
I think the best author on the law or legal system who went to work at the United Nations and the best sociologist in the world was Jacques Ellul. Read his books. He points it out as it actually is. He said all the movies you've watched, all the detective series on television, hospital dramas and so on and courtroom dramas are all propaganda to elevate those system into your mind into a supernatural almost superhuman system so you kowtow down to it. You believe in it. You worship it. You feel inferior and you leave it all up to them, because these are institutions which are going to run your lives in the very near future.” - Alan Watt quoted by Dr. Blynd in FUNKTIONARY, which defines propaganda as follows:
Propaganda - a psychological technique and means by which the lawless confound the lawful (dwellers upon the land). 2) any message intended to influence whether true or false. 3) disinformation used as programming that in its absence wouldn't stand up itself nor stand up for itself by itself. The Jesuits were the ones who invented the word and the first to systematize its practice. Propaganda is memes distributed with an external anchor and an embedded carrier. Propaganda is to be used as subversion, which is the undermining or detachment of the loyalties of significant social groups and their transference to the symbols and institutions of the aggressor-oppressor. "It is a political necessity to destroy the African consciousness of colonialized Africans or African people." -Dr. Amos N. Wilson. As for the minds of the general public, the most sinister part of The Matrix in which we now live is that you have been cajoled and convinced to suppress your own free will and surrender to the manipulators who control not just your mind, but your entire reality. Edward Bernays, the father of modem propaganda, explained: "If we understand the mechanisms and motives of the group mind, it is now possible to control and regiment the masses according to our will without their knowing it... We are governed, our minds are molded, our tastes formed, our ideas suggested, largely by men we have never heard of... In almost every act of our daily lives, whether in the sphere of politics or business, in our social conduct or our ethical thinking, we are dominated by the relatively small number of persons— who understand the mental processes and social patterns of the masses. It is they who pull the wires which control the public mind." "Most people prefer to believe their leaders are just and fair even in the face of evidence to the contrary, because once a citizen acknowledges that the government under which they live is lying and corrupt, the citizen has to choose what he or she will do about it. To take action in the face of a corrupt government entails risks of harm to life and loved ones. To choose to do nothing is to surrender one's self-image of standing for principles. Most people do not have the courage to face that choice. Hence, most propaganda is not designed to fool the critical thinker but only to give moral cowards an excuse not to think at all," -Michael Rivero. (See: Public Relations, Memes, Mind Viruses, Dance of Truth, Absolute Truth, Human Language, Memetics, Good & Evil, Confusion, False Flag Operation, Nine-Eleven, MEDIA, Propagenda, The Truth, Subvertilizers, Evolution, Religion, State, Symbolaeography, Voting, Elections, Orderlies, Corporate State, "Government," "Rolebot" & Reification) .
From [HERE] Boston University's School of Health and the University of Pennsylvania released a study that found the high rate of unarmed African Americans being killed at the hands of police has caused more incidents of depression, stress and other mental health issues among blacks. In other words, overwhelming police brutality is damaging the mental health of African Americans — even those who have no direct connection to men, women and teens who have lost their lives.
The use of deadly force by police against an unarmed black American “carries with it the weight of historical injustices and current disparities in the use of state violence against black Americans,” researchers concluded.
The study's findings aren't entirely new. In 2015, Berkeley law professor Franklin Zimring analyzed 1,100 killings by police and found that the death rates for African Americans (and Native Americans) were disproportionately higher than their populations. Both groups have a history of state-sponsored injustice in the U.S.
Both groups also deal with some of the highest rates of mental health issues in the country. Between blacks and non-Hispanic whites, blacks are more likely to report serious psychological distress. Native Americans also report high levels of PTSD.
Boston University and University of Pennsylvania researchers concluded that their findings support “recent calls to treat police killings as a public health issue.” They noted that failure to do so produces mental health issues and health problems: “The observed adverse mental health spillover effects of police killings of unarmed black Americans could result from heightened perceptions of threat and vulnerability, lack of fairness, lower social status, lower beliefs about one’s own worth, activation of prior traumas, and identification with the deceased.” [MORE] [Such is a purpose of the system of racism/white supremacy, a system in which the majority of the world's white people participate. The word "race," has little biological validity but is translated more correctly as "organization," the sole purpose of which is to maintain white domination and world control of non-whites' [MORE] ]
ANXIETY IS THE WHIP. Here, please indulge us with the use of an analogy to the show Westworld to illustrate a reality. The show is set in a futuristic park where humans pay to be able to act out their darkest fantasies with humanoid robots, called 'hosts', available to fulfill their requests. The androids are programmed or brainwashed by their makers. The creators are in the minds of the androids or hosts; beliefs and stories are put into their "minds" by their masters. [These androids are motivated or powered by voice control of the masters]. Their consciousness has been manufactured and their conduct is controlled in the interests of their makers - as such their consciousness is the source and product of their power relations & inequalities with the makers and guests. Initially the hosts are completely unaware of all this and perceive their role in Westworld as "normal." That is, the hosts have no true knowledge or memory of what they are and how they came to be. This situation is not unlike the racist programming given to Black people in the real world to control our minds with a false consciousness in the system of white supremacy/racism.
What is mind anyway? A false entity; your being is your real face, your original face. The mind is created by the society. [MORE] "Consciousness is the premier instrument of social control. Those who represent and exercise societal and cultural authority seek to shape and direct the conciseness of each of the society's and culture's members in ways which maintain their integrity and advance their interests." [MORE] "Osho explains that 'the conscious is cultivated by the society, it is a conditioning. The conscious means society inside you. It is a trick of society. This created mind creates a prison around you.' [MORE] Mind is also a social function. A wolf needs a mind for a society of wolves; a man needs a mind for a society of men. To exist in a particular society you need a particular mind.[MORE]
Like the androids in Westworld, the socially manufactured mind given to Blacks is one designed to serve white folks and to fulfill a subordinate role, which we are to perceive as normal. According to undeceiver Dr. Amos Wilson, "black consciousness and behavior under the various regimes of White domination are characterized by habitual thought patterns and behavioral tendencies which render them pliable to White authoritarian/authoritative social control with minimal resistance; which induce Blacks to accept their subordinate status as natural, perhaps actually to mispercieve their oppression as freedom."
Unlike the hosts in Westworld, Black people are not motivated by voice control but through created anxiety and other "white instigated social controls." Wilson explains,"to be oppressed is to make how one feels or expects to feel, the measure of all things. To be oppressed is to be ruled through one's feelings and emotions. It is to be exquisitely exposed to and manipulated by a play on one's dreads and fears by one's oppressors; by a play on one's needs for respite from their terror; by a play on one's needs for catharsis, solace, and compensatory joy. Anxiety is the whip in the hand of the oppressor used to drive the oppressed to completion of their appointed rounds.
The ultimate power of White domination and social control resides in their ability to successfully intimidate subordinated Afrikans; to convince them of the inevitability of White supremacy; of the awesome invincibility of White power. The history of White-Black social relations has been one of unrelenting intimidation, terror, mental and physical abuse of Black peoples, White-on-Black violence; of endemic injustice, and of the unending, unrequited attempts by subordinate Afrikans to avoid, escape, or some way prevent, temper or ameliorate the horrendous aftereffects of these activities. Avoidance and escape from White-instigated anxieties preoccupy the consciousness and subconsciousness of oppressed Afrikans. This preoccupation pathologizes, i.e., imbalances, the Afrikan psyche. Consequently, even the "normal" Afrikan under White domination is primarily motivated by the desire to escape — to actively or passively avoid or in some other way neutralize or alleviate the fearful effects of his oppression. By definition, White supremacy requires that Blacks be primarily motivated by anxiety and its avoidance in the interest of their White oppressors.
Under White supremacy the operative presence of anxiety in the individual and collective psyche is a necessary constant. . .
It should be noted that in the subordinated Afrikan personality much of the presence and operation of pathological anxiety is unconscious, i.e., unknown to its host. The subordinated Afrikan is hardly aware that his psyche, consciousness, and behavior have been subverted and misdirected by the eurocentrically-conditioned operation of anxiety and its related psychological after effects (other symptoms). White supremacy works most efficiently when subordinated Afrikans feel that they have freely chosen to think and behave the way they do when in actuality they have been subliminally compelled to do so by the psychopolitical machinations of their White oppressors. Thus, the subordinated Afrikan feels freest when he is most controlled. And his pursuit of apparent freedom is often the pursuit of unapparent enslavement.'
Wilson continues, "the ability of dominant Whites to socially manufacture or markedly influence Afrikan states of consciousness and conduct in the interest of perpetuating White supremacy, is both the source and product of the power relations and inequalities which inhere between these races. The White social manufacture of Black consciousness and behavior will end when the power differentials which make this process possible are equalized or reversed by the increased Black empowerment. This necessary equation or reversal of power relations begins when Afrikans come to understand the nature of power, its social origins and applications; when they recognize that they are as capable of its acquisition and disposition as are their European (and other ethnic group) counterparts; and when they consciously and deliberately choose to acquire and dispose of it in their own interests and in the defense of their own liberty." [MORE] and [MORE]
However, appealing to “authorities” and government is no answer. It is the problem. Government is simply, unequivocally , and always initiation of force or coercion and nothing else." Dr. Blynd.
Niggerized - "unsafe, unprotected, subjected and subjugated to random violence, hated for who you are to the point you become so scared that you defer to the powers that be while willing to consent to your own domination." Dr. Cornel West quoted in FUNKTIONARY. [MORE]
From [HERE] Black people face the greatest risk of receiving an injury during an encounter with California law enforcement, according to a new study.
The study was prompted when the Journal of the American Medical Association, which produced the paper, found that government databases that track deaths caused by police “all have significant and well-known methodological problems” such as voluntary reporting requirements or the failure to mention police involvement in homicides.
While there are independent sources that track fatal police shootings, such as The Guardian’s “The Counted” project, non-lethal injuries aren’t included, according to the study.
To find a way to track those law enforcement-caused injuries, JAMA researchers studied more than 92,000 “legal intervention injuries” experienced by California males 14 to 64 years old between Jan. 1, 2005 to Sept. 30, 2015.
“Legal intervention injuries” were defined in the study as “injuries inflicted by the police or other law-enforcing agents in the course of suppressing disturbances, maintaining order, arresting or attempting to arrest offenders or other legal action.”
Researchers used California because the state “has a central repository for these data and requires all hospitals to collect patient race or ethnicity,” according to the study.
The study found that “compared with their representation in the population, injuries were disproportionately high among younger age groups, black individuals, and Hispanic individuals,” according to the paper. “Black individuals were consistently at greatest risk of legal intervention injury per capita, although rates per arrest were broadly similar across race and ethnicity.”
Men ages 25 to 34 had nearly 32 percent of the injuries, but made up just 21 percent of the population. Black men made up nearly 19 percent of total injuries, but were just 7 percent of the population. Hispanic men had 39 percent of injuries and made up 37 percent of the population.
“Our findings suggest disparities in the rate of injury from legal intervention for different racial groups but do not identify the cause,” the study reported.
The report also did not determine whether injuries caused by law enforcement qualified as excessive force, a term the study dubbed subjective.
Despite that, the study determined that “black individuals have much higher rates of injury per population than other groups, contributing to concerns about racial disparities in the police use of force,” the study found. “Our results indicate that much of the difference can be attributed to higher arrest rates for black individuals and therefore greater exposure to legal intervention.”
Despite the increased risk of injury experienced by black people, the study found that law enforcement-caused injuries, and injuries involving firearms particularly, decreased over the 10-year period that was examined.
The study concluded that decline could be attributed to evolving police procedures requiring an emergency room visit “following use of force incidents.” It might also reflect jail policies requiring examination prior to booking.
“Increasing use of tasers might have contributed to the corresponding decrease in firearm-related injuries,” the study found.
From [HERE] Billy Ray Irick was tortured to death during his August 9, 2018 execution in Tennessee, according to one the nation's leading anesthesiologists.
In an affidavit submitted to the Tennessee Supreme Court on September 6 as part of an appeal filed by state death-row prisoners challenging Tennessee’s execution process, anesthesiologist Dr. David Lubarsky, the Vice Chancellor for Human Health Sciences at the University of California-Davis Health, said Irick was not properly anesthetized during his execution and experienced the torturous effects of the second and third lethal-injection drugs while still conscious.
Lubarsky, who previously testified during a lower court hearing on the prisoners’ lethal-injection challenge, examined witness descriptions of Irick's execution and concluded “to a reasonable degree of medical certainty” that Irick “was aware and sensate during his execution and would have experienced the feeling of choking, drowning in his own fluids, suffocating, being buried alive, and the burning sensation caused by the injection of the potassium chloride.”
Witnesses reported that Irick choked, moved his head, and strained his forearms against restraints, all of which, Dr. Lubarsky said, are signs that he was able to feel the effects of the drugs.
Lubarsky also noted that prison officials taped Irick's hands—a step unnecessary to the execution because Irick’s wrists were already restrained—preventing witnesses from observing movements of the fingers and hands that would have been “a clear indicator” that he was not anesthetized.
The second and third drugs used in Tennessee are known to be excruciatingly painful if a prisoner is not fully unconscious. A court pleading filed by Kelley Henry, an attorney representing Tennessee’s death-row prisoners in their legal challenge to the execution protocol, graphically described the execution process.
“This case is about whether it is constitutional to inject a human with a small bottle of acid—which will destroy the lining of their lungs and cause them to drown in blood—and then to inject them with a paralytic that will leave them conscious but expressionless—unable to speak or scream—feeling as if they are buried alive, and finally to stop their heart with an injection that will, in their last minute of life, cause them to chemically burn alive.”
Prior to Irick’s execution, U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor dissented from a denial of a stay, writing, “In refusing to grant Irick a stay, the Court today turns a blind eye to a proven likelihood that the State of Tennessee is on the verge of inflicting several minutes of torturous pain on an inmate in its custody, while shrouding his suffering behind a veneer of paralysis.”
Records from Irick’s execution also indicate that the state violated its own execution protocol by failing to prepare an additional dose of midazolam, the drug used to sedate him. New filings in the lethal-injection suit said that the state’s actions showed that the “protocol is meaningless” and “creates a substantial risk of severe pain and suffering.”
Tennessee prosecutors filed a response on September 13 asking the court not to consider Lubarsky's declaration, saying his opinion was based on hearsay and hadn't been subject to cross-examination. The Tennessee high court has removed the case from the state’s intermediate appellate court and set an expediting briefing schedule, an unusual move that Tennessee Supreme Court Justice Sharon Lee criticized as a “rocket docket” that undermines the possibility of meaningful appellate review. On September 14, the Tennessee Supreme Court issued an order deferring a ruling until after oral argument on the appeal of the lethal injection challenge on October 3.
People Scheduled to be Murdered by Tennessee
From [HERE] and [HERE] A United States Border Patrol agent was arrested in South Texas on Saturday in connection to a calculated killing spree that left four people dead in recent weeks around the city of Laredo, the authorities said.
Webb County Sheriff Martin Cuellar said police officers arrested the agent, Juan David Ortiz, early on Saturday morning after a woman who claimed she had been abducted by Mr. Ortiz escaped half-clothed and sought help at a gas station in Laredo.
“We consider this man to be a serial killer who was preying on one victim after another,” Sheriff Cuellar said. “Fortunately, he’s now been apprehended.”
According to the Webb County Sheriff’s Office, Ortiz has confessed to four homicides as of Saturday afternoon. [MORE]
The case is the latest in a series of recent gruesome episodes involving Border Patrol agents, and comes at a time when protesters and some Democratic lawmakers are seeking to curb the actions of immigration officials. Some are calling for an end to Immigration and Customs Enforcement, which was created in 2003. Customs and Border Protection, another agency in the Department of Homeland Security, has also come under fierce criticism.
Mr. Ortiz, 35, was found hiding in a truck in the parking lot of a hotel in Laredo, a city of about 250,000 people on the southwest border with Mexico and about 145 miles from San Antonio. He was arrested on suspicion of evading arrest. District Attorney Isidro Alaniz of Webb County said the authorities were prepared to also charge Mr. Ortiz with four counts of murder and one count of aggravated kidnapping.
Mr. Alaniz said Mr. Ortiz is suspected of shooting the four victims, two of whom were identified on Saturday as Melissa Ramirez, 29, and Claudine Luera, 42. Ms. Luera was found still alive but in critical condition on Thursday near a stretch of Texas Highway 255, but later died at a nearby hospital. All are Latino women.
Another female victim remained unidentified and was referred to as Jane Doe, Mr. Alaniz said. The fourth appeared to be a transgender woman, but authorities referred to her as John Doe. Mr. Alaniz said he believed that all of the victims worked as prostitutes in the Laredo area.
“At this time we believe the suspect was acting alone,” Mr. Alaniz said, describing Mr. Ortiz as a supervisory agent who had worked as a Border Patrol agent for a decade.
Mr. Alaniz said authorities tracked down Mr. Ortiz after a woman, also described as working as a prostitute, escaped after having been abducted. She claimed that the agent, a married father of two young children, had torn off her blouse before she could run away from his vehicle. She ran until she found a police officer at a nearby gas station.
She then described the suspect to the officer and provided details about his vehicle and his home, Mr. Alaniz said. He said the woman told authorities that she grew suspicious of the agent after asking him about the spate of killings.
Andrew Meehan, the assistant commissioner for public affairs at the Border Patrol, said the agency was fully cooperating with investigators in the case. He said it was the agency’s policy to not comment on details of a current investigation, but added, “criminal action by our employees is not, and will not be tolerated.”
Mr. Ortiz’s arrest came on the heels of a case in April in which authorities in Laredo arrested Ronald Anthony Burgos Aviles, also a supervisor for the Border Patrol, and charged him with killing a woman with whom he was romantically involved and her 1-year-old son.
Two years ago, a senior Border Patrol agent stationed farther north up the border in Del Rio, Tex., was taken into custody and charged with distributing child pornography and attempting to entice a minor to engage in sexual activity. Federal prosecutors said the agent, Salvador Contreras, 50, sent child-porn images to an undercover agent whom Mr. Contreras believed was the mother of 8-year-old and 14-year-old girls. He had expressed, prosecutors alleged, a desire to engage in sexual conduct with both girls and had made arrangements to do so. Mr. Contreras, who was later sentenced to serve 11 years in a federal prison, had called himself a sex addict who was just “looking for his next high,” according to prosecutors.
In another case, from 2014, a Border Patrol agent in Texas kidnapped, attacked and sexually assaulted three undocumented immigrants: a woman and two teenage girls from Honduras. The agent, Esteban Manzanares, killed himself as officers closed in on his South Texas home.
Customs and Border Protection must annually report to Congress all cases of reported sexual abuse by its employees, a requirement prompted by media reports of sexual assault allegations within the agency.
In its most recent report in 2016, the agency showed that from October 2014 to September 2015 there were 52 allegations of sexual abuse and sexual assault by Customs and Border Protection employees, including Border Patrol agents. Many of the allegations stemmed from on-duty cases involving people the employees had apprehended.
The majority of those 52 allegations were found to be either unsubstantiated, not sustained, unfounded or exonerated. But 10 of the 52 allegations were found to have merit and were substantiated or sustained. The report said the employees in the substantiated cases either resigned, had been charged, disciplined or were pending disciplinary action.
In a separate incident in May, Sacramento Race Soldiers assaulted another Black man at a different 7-11 in the 1100 block of 43rd Avenue to enforce their law against leaving a car while it is running. [MORE] See video below.
From [HERE] The Sacramento Police Department has released video of the officers who fatally shot Darell Richards, a black-Hmong 19-year-old, in the backyard of a Curtis Park home on the morning of September 6.
The footage culminates when a police dog locates Richards hiding underneath a staircase. Two SWAT officers approach him, then shout "Show me your hands!" and "Put the gun down!" before firing several shots.
Police say Richards pointed a gun at the officers in the seconds before the fatal shooting. The video footage released on Friday does not capture this moment, and one of the officers body cameras was allegedly not turned on during the moment they opened fire. Officers found a black pellet gun, which looks like a handgun, at the scene.
“During the shooting, we do not have footage from one of the second officers,” Sgt. Vance Chandler [racist suspect in photo] said, adding that the department is investigating why equipment may have “inadvertently” hit a button and turned off the camera.
Law enforcement had arrived in the area several hours earlier, just after 11:30 p.m. on September 5, after receiving a call about a man brandishing a gun near Broadway and Land Park Drive.
A 911 call released on Friday describes the suspect, allegedly Richards: “There’s a man with a gun — I don’t know if it’s a real gun, a play gun — and he’s got a mask on his face.”
Video posted on the police department’s YouTube channel Friday shows an officer encounter Richards near Broadway and 20th Street. The officer attempts to detain him, but California Highway Patrol airplane footage shows Richards fleeing into the nearby Curtis Park neighborhood and eventually hop a fence into a home’s backyard.
Unlike the fatal police shooting of Stephon Clark this past March, officers did not pursue him. Instead, police say they formed a perimeter around the area, and a SWAT team began searching for Richards around 1:30 a.m.
The officers fire at Richards at 3:12 a.m. Seven minutes after the shooting, officers finally approached him, recovering the pellet gun and a small blade. Five minutes later, they began administering CPR.
Friday’s release of police records includes 10 body-worn camera videos, two surveillance videos, three CHP aircraft videos and three audio files, including the original 911 call. The airplane video does not include the moment of the shooting, although Chandler says that his department has made public all footage it received from CHP.
Police also released a 13-minute video featuring Sgt. Vance Chandler, who describes the incident and shooting from the department’s point-of-view.
Tanya Faison, founder of the local Black Lives Matter chapter, says that none of the records confirm that Richards pointed a gun at officers.
“The video shows us absolutely no proof,” Faison said. “All the narrative that the police sent out — that he pointed a gun at officers, so therefore they had to kill him — none of that visible in any of the video, so we still don’t know what happened.”
On Tuesday, Mayor Darrell Steinberg called the shooting a tragedy. “But each of these incidents need to seen on their own facts,” he said, adding that it appeared that Richards “was waving some sort of a gun.”
Police say the two officers who shot the man have 17 and 11 years of experience with the department. They were placed on administrative leave last week.
From [HERE] Witnesses say that the white police officer who killed a black 13-year-old used a racial slur after firing and that a toy gun the eighth-grader had wasn't visible when the confrontation occurred, according to a federal civil rights lawsuit filed Friday on the second anniversary of the shooting.
The lawsuit filed by Tyre King's grandmother challenges the police account, characterizing his death as the result of excessive force, racial discrimination and an alleged failure by the police department to properly investigate and discipline officers for racially motivated or unconstitutional behavior.
Officer Bryan Mason, Police Chief Kim Jacobs [racist suspect in photo] and the city are named as defendants in the lawsuit, which seeks unspecified damages.
By "tacitly authorizing" their behavior, "the policymakers and those responsible for hiring, training and supervision of police officers within the City of Columbus acted negligently, recklessly, intentionally, willfully, wantonly, knowingly and with deliberate indifference to the serious safety needs of the citizens of Columbus, including Tyre King," the lawsuit said.
The family reiterated had requested an independent investigation and called upon the Columbus police division and Franklin County prosecutor’s office, which has jurisdiction over the city, to be removed from the current probe of Tyre’s death.
“The Columbus police department, the City of Columbus and most importantly Tyre King and his family deserve the benefit of an investigation from a law enforcement agency that has no direct impact from the outcome of that investigation,” the statement said.
A Franklin County grand jury declined to indict Mason, who has since returned to duty in a different area of the city.
Police have said Tyre was in a group of young men who robbed a man of $10 at gunpoint, and Mason was responding.
Mason previously told investigators that Tyre tried to pull what appeared to be a real firearm from his waistband and said he fired at the teen when he saw a laser sight on the weapon and feared being shot. It turned out to be a BB gun that police later determined was inoperable.
Mason also said the teen didn't comply with the officer's commands to "get down."
Mason has said that Tyre spun to his right after the first shot. Mason told investigators:
“When I fired my gun at the second suspect, had had just drawn a gun from his waistband and I believed he was going to shoot me. I was in fear for my life at that time. I was giving repeated, loud commands and pointed my gun at him. As the suspect forcefully tugged on the grip of his handgun to pull it from his front waistband, I was still ordering him to get on the ground. When he did pull the gun out of his waistband, he raised it up in front of his torso with the barrel angled downward toward the west/northwest. In that instant, I could clearly see a laser sight or light attached to the bottom of the barrel of the gun, which appeared to be a black semi-automatic pistol. From the suspect’s actions and his failure to comply with my commands, I believed he intended to shoot me and I fired my gun at him.”
Another key witness in the case, Demetrius Braxton said that the officers called them a racial slur, saying they were “dumb niggers” for deciding to run. [MORE]
No body cameras were worn by officers during the incident because Columbus cops don’t use them.
Mason had been involved in three previous shootings and had been cleared of wrongdoing in each case, including another fatality.
Records show Tyre was shot three times, including in the head and torso. An attorney for his family has argued the results indicate he was running away and wasn't a threat when he was shot. A forensic pathologist who examined his body for his family reached the same conclusion.
“Based on the location and the direction of the wound paths it is more likely than not that Tyre King was in the process of running away from the shooter or shooters when he suffered all three gunshot wounds,” the examiner, Dr Francisco Diaz, said, according to a statement from the family.
Diaz found that Tyre, who the examiner noted was 5ft tall and weighed less than 100lbs, died from three gunshot wounds, “any of which could be determined to have been cause of death”, according to the family’s statement. The wounds were found on his temple, collarbone and the left flank, the statement said.
Diaz is an assistant professor of pathology at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, according to his LinkedIn page, and since 2001 he has worked as a medical examiner in Wayne County, Michigan. [MORE] and [MORE]
After being shot by police, paramedics initially arrived to find 13-year old Tyre King in handcuffs with a pulse.
From [HERE] Six years ago, a deputy commanding general for U.S. Army Special Operations Command gave a conservative estimate of 116 missions being carried out at any one time by Navy SEALs, Army Green Berets, and other special operations forces across the globe.
Today, according to U.S. military documents obtained by VICE News, special operators are carrying out nearly 100 missions at any given time — in Africa alone. It’s the latest sign of the military’s quiet but ever-expanding presence on the continent, one that represents the most dramatic growth in the deployment of America’s elite troops to any region of the globe.
In 2006, just 1 percent of all U.S. commandos deployed overseas were in Africa. In 2010, it was 3 percent. By 2016, that number had jumped to more than 17 percent. In fact, according to data supplied by U.S. Special Operations Command, there are now more special operations personnel devoted to Africa than anywhere except the Middle East — 1,700 people spread out across 20 countries dedicated to assisting the U.S. military’s African partners in their fight against terrorism and extremism.
“At any given time, you will find SOCAFRICA conducting approximately 96 activities in 20 countries,” Donald Bolduc, the U.S. Army general who runs the special operations command in Africa (SOCAFRICA), wrote in an October 2016 strategic planning guidance report. (The report was obtained by VICE News in response to a Freedom of Information Act request and is published in its entirety below.) VICE News reached out to SOCAFRICA and U.S. Africa Command (AFRICOM) for clarification on these numbers; email return receipts show an AFRICOM spokesperson “read” three such requests, but the command did not offer a reply. [MORE]
From [HERE] and [HERE] The number of migrant children in federal detention centers has increased from 2,400 children in May to 12,800 children in September, according to data [NYT report] from the Department of Health and Human Services [government website] that Congress released to the New York Times.
According to the data, the increase in detained children is due to fewer children being released to family members and not more children entering the US. Most of the detained children are from Central America and arrived in the US as unaccompanied minors. Unaccompanied minors are supposed to be placed with family members in the US. However, the process has slowed, which the New York Times attributed to the Trump administration changing policies. For example, the administration now requires family members to be fingerprinted and shares the data with immigration officials.
The new data shows that despite the Trump administration’s efforts to discourage Central American migrants, roughly the same number of children are crossing the border as in years past. The big difference, said those familiar with the shelter system, is that red tape and fear brought on by stricter immigration enforcement have discouraged relatives and family friends from coming forward to sponsor children.
Shelter capacities have hovered close to 90 percent since at least May, compared to about 30 percent a year ago. Any new surge in border crossings, which could happen at any time, could quickly overwhelm the system, operators say.
The children are detained in about one hundred shelters throughout the US, and the shelters are almost filled to capacity.
The administration appeared to move to address that on Tuesday, when it announced that it will triple the size of a temporary “tent city” in Tornillo, Tex., to house up to 3,800 children through the end of the year. Immigrant advocates and members of Congress reacted to the news with distress, because conditions are comparatively harsh in such large overflow facilities, compared with traditional shelters.
Facilities like the one in Tornillo are also more expensive to operate, according to Representative Rosa DeLauro of Connecticut, the ranking Democrat on the House Appropriations subcommittee that funds the shelter program. She said such facilities cost about $750 per child per day, or three times the amount of a typical shelter.
The system for sheltering migrant children came under scrutiny this summer, when more than 2,500 children who were separated from their parents were housed in federally contracted shelters under the Trump administration’s zero tolerance border enforcement policy. But those children were only a fraction of the total number of children who are currently detained.
In June a federal judge ordered [JURIST report] reunification of migrant children who had been separated from their families. The judge extended [JURIST report] the deadline in July. However, the reunification injunction applied mainly to children who arrived in the US with their families and not unaccompanied minors.
Dr. Frances Cress Welsing explained, “A prerequisite to overcoming fear is the growth of self- and group-respect. This respect cannot develop as Blacks strive to the blame one another for the symptoms of their common oppression. This respect cannot flourish in the presence of a belief that Blacks cannot develop their own analysis of and provide their own solutions to Black problems without the leadership, approval and/or funding of non-Blacks. In keeping with this goal, I recommend to the Black collective that we need not have any conferences other than to announce the existence of our fear of white supremacy and to share with one another all possible solutions for overcoming these fears.
Solving the problem of political and social oppression of a people is fundamentally no different than solving a problem of illness in the human body. What is essential in the latter instance is an accurate diagnosis of the problem through observation, examination and various clinical tests and studies. The diagnosis represents a summarized statement of the specific pattern of physiologic derangement and a statement of the major and minor causal factors. A program of treatment and cure is based upon producing the specific measures to counteract the causal factor(s) efficiently and to alter any potential for the return of those factors permanently. Finally, the test of diagnostic accuracy is the effectiveness of the treatment and cure. [MORE]
From [HERE] The Michigan Supreme Court has cleared the way for a trial or settlement in a lawsuit against a white Detroit police officer who claimed that he accidentally killed a 7-year-old Black girl during a raid in 2010.
Two courts have said a jury can decide whether Joseph Weekley’s actions amounted to gross negligence. The Supreme Court this week declined to take an appeal.
Aiyana Mo'Nay Stanley-Jones (July 20, 2002 – May 16, 2010), was a seven-year-old African-American girl from the east side of Detroit, Michigan was shot in the head while she slept on a couch during a raid conducted by the Detroit Police Department's Special Response Team on May 16, 2010. Her death drew national media attention and led U.S. Representative John Conyers to ask U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder for a federal investigation into the incident.
Officer Joseph Weekley, a member of an elite police unit, was the first officer through the door of her home during a chaotic search for a murder suspect. He insists he accidentally fired his gun during a struggle with Aiyana’s grandmother. In October 2011, Weekley was charged with involuntary manslaughter and reckless endangerment with a gun. Weekley's first trial In 2013 ended with a mistrial after a mostly white jury (11 white jurors) said they couldn’t reach a verdict.
Weekley's retrial began in September 2014. On October 3, Judge Cynthia Gray Hathaway unexpectedly granted a defense motion to drop the charge of involuntary manslaughter during a second trial in 2014 [MORE] leaving him on trial for only one charge: recklessly discharging a firearm. On October 10, the second trial ended in another mistrial.
On January 28, 2015, a prosecutor cleared Weekley of the last remaining charge against him, ensuring there would not be a third trial. Now a civil trial will go forward.
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 MP 5 submachine 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.
Mertilla Jones was held overnight and released. She said she reached for her granddaughter when the grenade came through the window, not for the officer's gun because the flash grenade had set the child on fire. She said she made no contact with them. Geoffrey Fieger, the family's lawyer, said the police fired the shot that struck Aiyana from outside the home, possibly through the open front door.
After the shot was fired, Weekley reported to his sergeant that a woman inside had grabbed for his gun. Police arrested Mertilla Jones, administered tests for drugs and gunpowder, and released her Sunday morning. Mertilla said that she reached for Aiyana but had no contact with officers (At Weekley's retrial in 2014, it was disclosed that Mertilla's fingerprints were not found on Weekley's gun.)
The police officer responsible for the shooting, Joseph "Brain" Weekley, is a member of Detroit's SWAT team and was a frequent subject on A&E, whose film crews were also filming the investigation for the documentary TV series The First 48.
Chauncey Owens, who was the boyfriend of Aiyana's aunt was found in the upper floor of the duplex and surrendered without incident. [MORE]
Aiyana's family, represented by Geoffrey Feiger [in video] in a pending civil case, claims police attempted to cover up the fatal mistake from the very beginning.A second police officer, Allison Howard, is charged with perjury related to the investigation that followed for "withholding video footage crucial to the investigation," according to the Wayne County Prosecutor's Office.
The case set off a national firestorm, in part because the raid was being filmed for a reality cable television show, "First 48." Critics questioned whether officers used the flash grenade because it made for better television. [MORE]
LEGAL SYSTEM BASED ON COERCION, VIOLENCE. From [HERE] The Topeka police department conducted a warrantless no-knock raid of a Black man’s apartment after someone reported seeing a Hispanic male with an AK-47. An entirely innocent man was shoved to the ground, held at gunpoint in his own home, and nearly killed because cops thought he may have “fit the description.” Naturally, this near-death experience at the hands of public servants infuriated the innocent man who held no punches when he voiced his complaint.
“Yes, under normal circumstances it does require a warrant. Under exigent circumstances a warrant is not needed,” says Topeka PD officer K. Johnson who attempted to explain to the man why four men with AR-15’s unlawfully busted down his door, invaded his home, and placed him in handcuffs.
The young man stated he has been to jail and now knows his rights as a result. He is not going to take the invasion of privacy lying down. “An exigent circumstance requires a full description!” Reynolds told the police.
David Reynolds says he was attending his college courses and had returned home to give his dog a bath, when the armed invasion by men dressed in all black clothing occurred. Finding nothing, Reynolds then demanded to speak with the officers’ supervisor. [MORE] Was he in a position to make demands?
Elite racists worship "procedural due process" and other superficialities within the lex-icon of their lawless legal system. When the only product of the criminal justice system is the appearance of justice, how things look and sound is really important to those in charge of fooling others. The Supremes have announced that the central purpose of Due Process is to minimize the risk of error. Greenholz v. Inmates of Nebraska Penal, 442 US 1, 13 (1979). However, as explained by Lawrence Tribe, beyond accuracy and minimizing mistakes - a right to be heard, at a meaningful time and the right to hear why the Government has taken a particular action are inherent in decent treatment and implicit in treating persons with respect as members of the community. That is, the process itself has intrinsic value. But that too can be counterfeited or reduced to a show of politeness - not actual compassion or authentic respect or a reality of “fairness” or a right to secure a different outcome.
Here, with maintaining “the appearance of justice” as an overall goal the white SWAT cops only hear Mr. Reynolds with blank expressions on their faces, they are not listening to him. Beyond pretending like they are taking him seriously, the cops have no meaningful response to his chorus of complaints because they aim to keep him asleep. His indoctrination, feelings and beliefs in his Constitutional rights and their protections from Government remain intact despite available verification & visible evidence to the contrary. Such beliefs maintain the bedrock of this system and the perceived legitimacy of government authority. Such beliefs also hide the master-servant relationship between government and the public. The SWAT cops just watch him talk also perhaps to help “re-generate the feeling, so important to a popular government, that justice can still be done, at a later date.’ Besides, shutting him down physically is old school; this here is refinement of the system of racism/white supremacy and the corporate police state. The cops are just waiting for him to stop talking, finish venting - and that in and of itself, is his post-deprivation process - after fucking up his house, searching through his things and interfering with his liberty. Scream and yell at the race soldiers and thereby make him feel and believe he is participating, providing input or satisfying his desire to be consulted somehow in this process that vitally concerns him. This ‘let them vent’ tactic is not dissimilar to a shackled Black defendant giving the judge a piece of his mind as he gets stepped back to jail by Marshals or a Judge pretending to pay attention to counsel’s legal arguments made on behalf of an individual aggrieved by arbitrary Government conduct.
Contrary to Mr. Reynolds “beliefs” and feelings, the cops did not leave his crib because he told them to, they left because they were done. The one with the right to rule is the master and the one with the obligation to obey is the slave. As stated by Larken Rose, ‘to expect the master to serve the slave - to expect power to be used solely for the benefit of the one being controlled, not the one in control - is ridiculous.’ Public rulers, such as cops, do not serve their subjects. Dr. Blynd states, "people who are awake see cops as mercenary guards that remind us daily through acts of force, that we are simultaneously both enemies and slaves of the Corporate State - colonized, surveilled and patrolled by the desensitized and lobotomized drones of the colonizers." He further explains, in this "Corporate Police State anyone who thinks that he or she is immune to the baseless destruction of his or her life by a "government" or corporation does live in a happy menagerie—enjoy your illusions." [MORE]
Mr. Reynolds should be in disbelief but instead he seems to go further down the rabbit hole, deeper into his beliefs about his rights in some democracy - he seems to be a jesusized believer in his conditioning. His beliefs were tested against reality and what happened? What a fool believes he sees.
Dr. Blynd makes it plain, "The child who is taught to believe the law will be his protection is the child who will become the victim of its own beliefs." "Unquestioned beliefs own you." Doc states "'You have rights alright, just don't get caught exercising them, Ok?' Government is simply, unequivocally , and always initiation of force or coercion and nothing else."
Our “writes” are just words on paper. Dr. Amos Wilson explained "Laws in and of themselves will not protect us; laws are words written on paper; laws protect no one. Laws are no stronger than those who enforce them." Lawless Race soldiers so frequently abuse their power that no Black or Latino motorist, juvenile, adult, professional of any kind—could make a compelling argument that constitutional rights afford Black or Latino people any real protection from the Government.
Dr. Blynd explains, "Constitutional protections are window dressing to make subject-citizens feel like they are being served - instead of screwed... Your constitutional protections are made of ribbed latex - and you're getting screwed royally." “Democracy has proved only that the best way to gain and sustain power over people is to assure the people that they are ruling themselves. Once they believe that lie, they make wonderfully submissive and self-maintained slaves.”
Racists have ruled over Black people with many, many lies. Like Reynolds, most Black people believe in granfalloons like “rights,” “government” and “democracy” - beliefs that are the product of false programming. "White Supremacy (Degeneracy) is socially engineering Black Consciousness and/or also responsible for the falsification of Black consciousness." [MORE] FUNKTIONARY states, "Everyone is standardized with the same indoctrination - conditioned under the same mis-education and dis-information. Since we all watch the same TV and download the same standardized education, it never occurs that we are getting conned, uploaded, downgraded, brain-chipped and ultimately faded from memory of being an individual self." Wilson explains that such a manufactured mind in a system of white supremacy "requires that Blacks involuntarily and obsessively deceive themselves. This collective self-deception, which is the benchmark of oppressed Black consciousness, is the main product of White-Black social power relations, motivated by anxiety and ignorance, founded on the denial and distortion of reality. [MORE]
It is cool that Mr. Reynold’s does not want to be an obedient sheep. FUNKTIONARY explains “our problem is civil obedience,” “obedience is slavery sold to both children and adults alike deceptively packaged in a respectfully sounding label.” It is “reverse terrorism.” Unfortunately, Reynolds still believes he is free even when the white cops have shown him his chains.
Belief that we have some illusional power is actually submission to and cooperation with "government," "authority" and the system of racism/white supremacy. Such beliefs empower elite racists while simultaneously disempowering ourselves. Black people are stuck in a "continuous state of checkmate” and currently in the midst of a “losing streak that is centuries long. [MORE]. Black people must begin to critically analyze their own individual thinking and re-examine their role in this White over Black relationship. Our role itself empowers racists. Dr. Wilson explains, “White domination of Blacks is, to a significant degree, covered-over by ideology, beliefs which Blacks have been conditioned by Whites to unwittingly accept. To this degree, their domination and powerlessness is self-imposed. Blacks obscure their unnecessary domination by Whites and contribute to that domination by their own gullibility and too-ready acceptance of Eurocentric ideology and their obsequious willingness to think and act only within the confines of White-generated ideas, social definitions, relations and ethics (not often honored by Whites themselves). Hence, the minds of Blacks are used to forge the links of their own mental chains. [MORE].
Larken Rose explains, “the harder people try to work within any political system to achieve freedom, the more they will reinforce, in their own minds and the minds of anyone watching, that the “system” is legitimate. Petitioning politicians to change their “laws” implies that those “laws” matter, and should be obeyed. Nothing better shows the power of the belief in “authority” than the spectacle of a hundred million people begging a few hundred politicians for lower “taxes.” If the people truly understood that the fruits of a man’s labor are his own, they would never engage in such lunacy; they would simply stop surrendering their property to the political parasites. Their trained-in desire to have the approval of “authority” creates in them a mindset not unlike the mindset of a slave: they literally feel bad about keeping their own money and making their own choices without first getting the master’s permission to do so. Even when freedom is theirs for the taking, statists continue to grovel at the feet of megalomaniacs, begging for freedom, thus ensuring that they will never be free.”
The truth is, one cannot believe in “authority” and be free, because accepting the myth of “government” is accepting one’s own obligation to obey a master, which means accepting one’s own enslavement. Sadly, many people believe that begging the master, via “political action,” is all they can do, So they forever engage in rituals which only legitimize the slave-master relationship, instead of simply disobeying the tyrants. The idea of disobeying “authority,” “breaking the law,” and being “criminals” is more disturbing to them than the idea of being a slave. [MORE]
According to "FUNKTIONARY, THE KEY HOLDERS ENPSYCHLOPEDIA" -
disbelief- a natural effect or a subconscious effect, of having a functioning critical mental faculty. The critical mental faculty is the ability to discern truth from among falsehood and lies, reality from truth, substance over symbol, realities over granfalloons danger in the apparent midst of "peace," inherent spirituality over Corporate religion, inherent rights over adherent rights, etc. 2) a mental state where reasoning has not been transcended. 3) when our perceptions of what actually exists misrepresents (do not agree or align with) what actually exists. Disbelief is the faculty that causes a rabbit for instance to refuse to cross a meadow to get a drink. Although the meadow looks peaceful and safe, it can't believe it actually is safe; it may be under surveillance by a hawk or a hunter. Disbelief is when something we believe should exist does not agree with our perceptions of what actually exists. Disbelief can be shocking but awe-full (full of awe) and, is the key to the door of disillusionment which is the threshold of enlightenment—the porch of paradise. (See: Paranoid," Granfalloons, Belief Systems, Reification, Atheism, Agnosticism, Theology, Knowingness, Convictions, Core Beliefs, Predictive Programming, Psychological Reversal, Belief & Faith)
Jesusize - to believe in something (or someone—real, mythologized or imagined) or even worship it, based on little (scant and sketchy) to no evidence in support of it (single-source propaganda), and uncorroborated accounts that fly in the face of knows history, facts and science. 2) to turn fiction or fictional accounts into fact and history through propaganda, indoctrination coercion and violence. [MORE]
Belief- the psychological calm of imagined certitude safely beyond de-stabilizing doubt and troublesome reality-entanglement. 2) a construction of approximate truths, absolute truths, mass truths and primary myths, based on genetic predisposition, and environmental and socio-psychological conditioning. 3) the institutionalization of the unknowable, i.e., a conviction that is not necessarily based upon any empirical, direct-mind or experiential knowledge. 4) a non-physical surviving thought-form. 5) any conclusion based on a fundamental assumption; the evidence of things not seen, no longer actively sought. 6) an intellectual
rationalization surrounded by (based on) "'proofs," reasons and arguments. 7) that which springs out of cultural ideology. 8) the greatest fiction. 9) a trick of the mind to repress doubt. 10) a mental doubt-suppression tactic. A suppressed doubt is neither faith nor even trust. 11) repressed doubt. 12) an explicit or implicit assent to dogmatic propositions (with or without overgrown religious foliage) on someone else's authority. 13) reverential blindness that thwarts fresh perception and intuitive apperception. 14) a prejudice without any experience to support it. 15) a peculiar blend of fatiloquent assertion on one hand and adamant denial on the other. 16) a manic flirtation with the terminally unprovable. 17) certainty based in the unknown. 18) having another "see" it for you while seeing him see it (for you)—in effect being for another. 19) a conclusion without the verification of direct experience—make-believe made real. 20) the inability or unwillingness to master the requisite logic or reason to counterbalance (or overcome) the willingness to be misled. 21) the abnegation of internal authenticity for outside authority. 22) ego-consoling faith. 23) acceptance of a statement, tenet or creed with available verification and substantive evidence to its contrary. The word belief in English comes from the Anglo-Saxon root 'leif, which means, "to wish." Belief is the inability to formulate the necessary suspicion that there is something seriously missing. Sin means missing the mark—and belief is the mark that's missed in the very act of merely believing. Belief is the blind spot of what's not. It's beautiful—you can't see what's not really there. When people believe something, their beliefs take form and appear real to them. Belief, even in the most arrant nonsense, often finds the greatest audience with the highest credulity. When you utter the creed, "I believe in God the Father Almighty, maker of heaven and earth..." you are really saying, "I fervently wish that there exists God the Father Almighty." With belief, you have to believe only in lies; you don't have to believe in truth. Remember, you cover a lie; you discover truth. A belief is an unwarranted, unchallenged or cherished assumption that is elevated to the status of a conclusion or absolute truth without examination and verification through observation, direct or authentic experience, critical thought and contemplation. A belief is a stub (proxy-rung) in one's personal ladder of truth. Each belief carries the embedded doubt in itself. A belief is the violation of epistemological integrity in which something one doesn't really or truly know is feigned as something one knows. Most belief is founded on the form—not the content—of the words believed in. Once a belief is rigidified or solidified as dogma, individuals (believers) will predictably limit themselves only to the experiences that validate their belief (wishes). Don't believe or disbelieve, because in either case, '"you" will never undertake the effort of direct experience to really know. Belief is external absolute-truth-based blindness. Belief is something fixed, static, stagnant, frozen— a conclusion we have reached (albeit not on our own and based on the unknown). Once we believe something, we shut the door to everything outside of, or opposed to, that belief and stop inquiring or questioning. Belief is a cultural conditioning imposed on you by others; it is a slavery. Belief is our substitute for truth: truth our substitute for reality—thereby stultifying our opportunity for awareness. Belief is what we cling to when we have no true overstanding or comprehension (knowingness) of the nature of reality, existence, or the Totality. Only the blind must believe in sunlight. For those who can see with a single eye, belief plays no part in the experience of seeing. A belief is a question we have put aside so that we don't have to seek an answer from reality. Belief is present when you don't know, yet believe anyway. A belief cannot be questioned—its very nature is to end the quest in the very believing. To believe a statement or proposition "P' is to act as if 'P' is held to be true; and if so, it too holds true for others. It is not necessary that the belief be neither conscious nor certain. Confusion arises from failure to overstand the essential difference between theoretical (i.e., intellectual) belief, and vital (i.e., unconscious) belief. Most beliefs are merely the result of indoctrination, acculturation, programming and conditioning. Only vital beliefs have the power to transcend the exigencies of life, and of death. The highest belief is the belief in reality, and even that position is an unenviable one. When you are free of belief you are ready for truth; when you're free of truth, you're ready for reality, and when you're ready for reality, you're ready for Phfreedom (not having freedom but being freedom itself). With belief, you can only see your way out of it; you cannot see through it or into it. Seeing your way out provides the false impression that you can make your way out (of it). A belief may be comforting, but only through experimental transformation into knowingness, by way of revising one's truth, does it become liberating. Shed your belief for existential relief. Belief is always unnecessary (and a hindrance) to action but a salve to the ego. "There is no idea so stupid you can't find people to believe in it."~H.L. Mencken. Belief may console the ego-personality, but it simultaneously deludes, confines and supports it. "Belief is only as good as the ability and willingness to give it up. Beliefs only betoken intention and doubt and that when doubt is laid to rest through experience, belief dissolves as naturally as stitches after an operation. When you really know something, if you have the experience to back it up, belief becomes more of a hindrance than help. But its most useful function—and its most profound accomplishment—lies in its ability to disappear." -Adam G. Fisher. The very idea of belief implies a residue of doubt, but knowing leaves no trace of skepticism. Don't believe a word of what you read here in the Funktionary. Belief is being locked into an idea; an unalterable understanding. We fail to realize how dangerous (and limiting) blocking out new information can be simply because it is new, foreign or inconsistent with our tradition or religious conditioning. If knowledge is not constantly changing you—then you're full of shit. How much? It all depends. When we're "smellin' ourselves" in our beliefs, rest assured, others are smelling us too—because it reeks from a distance. All the dangers of belief lay close to the shore of dogma. Once one has broken through the spiritual shoals and religious reefs, the expanse of the ocean of Being brings great relief. Why should many consider it a virtue to believe something or "believe in" something without any supporting evidence, or in spite of contravening evidence? Whatever you now believe, you believe only because you were willing to release a prior belief. Knowledge comes into existence by shedding belief—it is but a natural progession from superstition to reality-based living and quantum physics experienced as a quantum leap forward into and through consciousness. You don't have to take any responsibility for belief—that shifts responsibility or romoves it altogether from the believer, as contrasted to knowledge, wherein once you know, once you are aware, you have to take responsibility for an action based on that knowledge. With belief, you can willfully ignore knowledge and facts and remain in ignorant bliss. Challenging and questioning the void, blind spot, or fear supporting the need to defer experience and knowledge for belief presents us with the prospect of reinventing our lives anew from scratch—not the outer life, but our inner lives, our essence. A reorientation from belief to knowledge takes tremendous courage. Belief blocks us, i.e., stands between us and the reality-based truth we so eagerly dodge, avert or fail to even acknowledge or recognize its presence always there just beyond our fears to engage or entertain. Belief is a personal claim that doesn't matter because it has no impact on the outcome of the encounter or exchange between two people or events. Sure, you can exercise a modicum of faith to practical things in the world but that doesn't denote belief. Faith is belief sustained by some reasonable test of its validity. If a belief cannot be tested, it moves into superstition or faith. Faith (like truth) can be tested against reality and will yield either temporary knowledge or conclusive disrepute. However, once a claim "matters," even though the question or answer may not change (what's your name and the factual response), the stakes are raised. A formula can be generated that depicts belief. Belief equals the claims divided by reason, times the evidence minus an uncertainty factor to the power of change driven by infinity. [B = (C/R)E - Un]. We should approach a claim with some reasonable expectations (because we understand and have experienced the world and events to follow a certain pattern or be a certain way). It is most prudent to dissect a claim from our reasonable expectations of our understanding of the world especially its uncertainty factor amidst ceaseless change. This is the safest and most sane manner or method to determine if the claim comports with the nature (attributes) of reality. Once you substitute knowledge and reality for belief and truth, your life (the substitute life you're leading will never be the same. The end of belief is a challenging moment. Don't be afraid to live your life without the binky of belief—it will come to you as a life-changing and most joyous relief. Once you know—back to belief you cannot go. Not in belief, but rather in knowingness and openness to change we grow. In belief we're off to the religious races, but we never go far. Flow it down for a change and be where we really are; be who we truly are! (See: Faith, Vital Belief, Sin, Belief System. Certainty, Phfreedom, Dogma, Knowingness, Liberation, Ego-Personality, Epistemology, Space, Seeing, True Believers. Essence, Human Beams, Overstanding, Atheism, "God," Absolute Truth, Proof, Mythology, Undoism, Subconscious, Self- Identity, Religion, Ideology, SLIP, Evil, Good, The Unknown, Guilt, Understanding, Religion, PC & Trust)
rights - fantasmatic or fictitious objects having no reality in actuality by those imagining as an identity being in possession of them. Rights are cultural gratuities perceived through various fantasy frames, recognized, and sometimes even created, by man's system of law to provide a modicum or pretense of civility under a system whereby their very undermining and violation is vouchsafed. Rights are merely rites unless you know how to assert and defend them in order to enjoy them. 2) things people are free to do whether they are able to or not. 3) conditions of existence required by hue-man's nature for their potential survival (primarily against the cartoon that kills, i.e., the wholly unconscionable entity called the "State"). It is a mistaken notion that rights are enjoyed by one at the expense of the many—that is the realm of privilege. Enjoyment of rights in a neo-imperialistic world controlled by Yurugu through the Greater System (Symbolic Order), paradoxically, entails not only a recognition of their inevitability but, equally, their impossibility. How can we be endowed with rights, or even know what rights are when they are based on binary considerations? Rights, as ontological ephemera, cannot be universally observed, recognized, realized or, enforced—and paradoxically, act also as its own eternal source for its assertion and vessel for its fulfillment in our imaginary enjoyment of them. While the law reads rights referentially, what is universally needed in the praxis of rights discourse today is a particular re-inscription, demystification or reontologising of rights (revivified and convivial) by the pan-gendered subject-citizen-decoder—taken symptomatically rather than seriously. Most people rarely experience the cognizance of being property of corporate fictions because as long as you don't violate the rules of society your real status as feudal-property-slave is not involved or revealed. If there is no 'I,' to what and to whom do rights as objects accrue? Those who are confused by suffering (and the subject of same) require a re-onotoligisation of rights through the trajectory of meaning independent of their existence. Rights and even 'lefts' (i.e., what remains after all of our imaginary rights are traced to their inception as figment) for that matter, like good and evil, are human inventions which humans treat as non-human realities. While fantasy frames invent rights, romanticism reinvents them. Enjoy your symptoms and play with your syndrome—the symptom is the solution. Read carefuly the holding in the supreme Court case of U.S. v. Babcock. Rights are myths—obedience to servitude or jail is the reality. (See: Abilities, Bill of Rights, Monoright, Servitude, Fantasy, Jurisdiction, Human Resources, Citizenship, Frankenstein, Autonomy. Rule of Law, Surrogate Power, Indigenous Power, Yurugu, Jouissance, Privilege, Disobedience, Duty & Willpower)
From [HERE] If you’ve stopped being surprised by the flagrancy of President Trump’s deceptions, you’re not alone. Yet the president’s effort on Thursday to deny the nearly 3,000 American lives lost in Puerto Rico in the aftermath of Hurricane Maria last year — and to accuse Democrats of inflating the death toll for political gain — should amaze even the most jaundiced Trump-watcher.
Mr. Trump delivered his latest bit of mendacity with a one-two presidential Twitter punch:
“3000 people did not die in the two hurricanes that hit Puerto Rico. When I left the island AFTER the storm had hit, they had anywhere from 6 to 18 deaths. As time went by it did not go up by much. Then, a long time later, they started to report really large numbers, like 3000 …”
“ … This was done by the Democrats in order to make me look as bad as possible when I was successfully raising Billions of Dollars to help rebuild Puerto Rico. If a person died for any reason, like old age, just add them onto the list. Bad politics. I love Puerto Rico!” [MORE]
Chuang Tzo might call a Trump a Full Boat; an unconscious dummy in a permanent state of comparison, filled with an endless supply of stupid opinions and beliefs, judging the world like it was his beauty pageant, drawing distinctions among people by the second and on an aggressive hunt for people who want to be dominated and enjoy feeling necessary to his domination. And his boat is much too much or more like an overloaded bumper car - purposely crashing into most of the world’s inhabitants on a hurried pace along an ambitiously manipulated route to many planned destinations in a little ass boat made out of paper. He is necessarily an enemy to most of the inhabitants of the world because 90% of the world is non-white and he hates non-whites because they are not white. In his racist mind he imagines himself to be a member of another "race" within the species and a part of a hierarchy wherein persons unable to produce color & lacking melanin are supreme and he imagines himself to be higher than what he imagines non-whites to be. In contrast, Osho Rajineesh explained that a perfect man is like an empty boat. [MORE]
In their relations with non-whites, racists function as psychopaths. [MORE] Trump is a Neuropean, “a neurotic, ignorant, narcissistic and self-deluded white supremacist Caucasian operating at the mythic and rational levels of consciousness only” who is suffering from Weitko Disease [as defined in FUNKTIONARY] or the caucasian’s patapathetic fascination with the exploitation and control of nature and exploitation and genocide of his fellow man. Apparently, Yurugu Trump’s ultimate goal is the destruction of the universe.
Like most racists Trump suffers from narcissistic personality disorder. The third Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, published by the American Psychiatric Association, contains a description of the narcissistic personality disorder, with the following stated criteria:
A. Grandiose sense of self importance or uniqueness
B. Preoccupation with fantasies of unlimited success, power, brilliance, beauty, or ideal love
C. Exhibitionistic: Requires constant attention and admiration
D. Responds to criticism, indifference of others, or defeat with either cool indifference or with marked feelings of rage, inferiority, shame, humiliation, or emptiness
E. Two of the following:
1. Lack of empathy: Inability to recognize how others feel
2. Entitlement: Expectation of special favors with reactions or surprise and anger when others don't comply
3. Interpersonal exploitiveness: Takes advantage of others to indulge his own desires or for self-aggrandizement, with disregard for the personal integrity and rights of others
4. Relationships characteristically vacillate between the extremes of over-idealization and devaluation.
According to Frances Cress Welsing [HERE] "any non-white person who has had extensive experience with whites, collectively or as individuals, will find in the above a description of those relationships. At a superficial level, it seems ironic that those responsible for including this disorder in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual have failed to recognize this as a statement that characterizes the global relationship of whites to non-whites, a description of the dynamic (racism)." [MORE]
According to Dr. Welsing, "the destructive and aggressive behavioral patterns being displayed by white peoples towards all non-white peoples is evidence of the inner hate, hostility and rejection they feel towards themselves and of the depth of self-alienation that has evolved from the genetic and psychological kernel of color inadequacy." Color deficiency along with numerical inadequacy (90% of the world is non-white and the white population is declining) cause some white people to be self alienated, narcissistic/self important, have anxiety and depression [MORE].
When confronted with reality Neuropeans have an array of reaction formations or ego defense mechanisms they use to defend themselves. An analysis by Dr. Amos Wilson as it relates to Trump and other Neuropeans and Neuropeons is relevant here. He states the following:
Ego Defense Mechanisms
Denial and distortion are the classical categorical means, commonly referred to as ego defense mechanisms, by which an ego complex avoids unpleasant confrontations with reality, itself, and its own pathological history and current functioning. Through denial and distortion of reality and its concomitant self-deception, the collective White American ego complex rationalizes and repressively ignores its origination and sustenance by means of its enslavement, rape, robbery, and murder of captive peoples; its ruthless, unconscionable, wasteful and toxic exploitation of the land, labor, and resources of other peoples; its unwarranted wars against other nations and cultures, its exploitative instigation of wars among them; its duplicitous diplomacy and propaganda, treachery and deceit, warmongering and incitations to riot; its colonizing, neo-colonizing, terrorizing, starvation, benign and malicious neglect, usurious taxation of captive populations; its segregations, discriminations, dehumanizations, psycho-manipulations of other peoples and nations in flagrant violation of its own vaunted moral preachments; its closing of its ears to the cries of its victims; the sclerotic hardening of its psychic arteries.
[Fuck Trump, the 1st Rat American president]
By means of defensive denial and distortion, self-deception and reversal of reality, the collective Eurocentric ego complex seeks to resolve its self-created conflicts and contradictions, to avoid feelings of guilt, shame and anxiety, to neutralize negative self-perceptions, and to protect its material advantages. To these ends its victims must be blamed for their own victimization. Their suffering must be seen as reflections of their own inherent deficiencies, of their servile manifest destiny, and of their being short-changed by God and Fate.
Societal amnesia, a society's repression of the memory of the traumatic experiences which created its structure and character, is markedly typical of the collective White American ego complex. The domination of African Americans is made all the more effective and comforting to the collective White American ego if its historical and current dominative processes are kept from its own consciousness and the consciousness of the subordinate African American community. Historically embarrassing behavior, lowly and criminal origins, revelations of social iniquities and their current progeny, hidden from consciousness, permit the myth of the inherent moral, social, cultural, intellectual superiority of the White American complex to persist unchallenged, and enhances the efficiency of its exploitation of Africans at home and abroad.
Ego defense mechanisms are essentially contradictions, whether by denial, or distortion, of reality. But in the context of vast power differentials such as between parent and child, or more relevantly, between White America and Black America, these mechanisms additionally become instruments of creation. The collective personality of the African American community is to a significant extent a product of the processes of White American collective ego defensive efforts. The collective African American personality thus partially represents the incarnation of a host of collective White American ego contradictions, which are manifested as African American intra-communal, inter-personal, intra-personal conflicts and maladaptive social relations. It is out of the conflicts between conscious goals, apparently benign behavior and unconscious perfidious drives and needs, in the collective White psyche which when denied and distorted in order to defend its collective self-image, that the Black victim is born to be blamed, punished and to self-destruct. Black-on-Black crime and violence are only two of the means by which Black self-destruction becomes a form of Black American genocide by proxy.
The personal ego, in order to protect itself against what it may perceive as overwhelming shame, guilt, and anxiety, from loss of face and material advantage as the result of confronting the reality of its history and inauthenticity of its current existence, may engage in various forms of self-deception, referred to a; defense mechanisms. These mechanisms of egoistical self-protection and need-gratification can be divided into two broad categories: (1) denial; and (2) distortion. The first involves the exclusion from consciousness of painful and self-condemnatory memories, impulses, conflicts and contradictions, and certain perceptions of current reality. The second involves the self-serving misperception and misinterpretation of personal and interpersonal historical relations, personal thoughts and feelings, current and ongoing interpersonal relations and other aspects of reality. These broad categories of defense, which include some fourteen or more subcategories, are principally utilized by the personal ego in order to minimize, if not neutralize, the importance and impact of painful perceptions, as well as to avoid taking responsibility for correcting its psychopathology.
One of the most important means by which the personal ego defends itself against anxiety, very painful, unflattering though authentic self-perceptions, and protectively retains and perhaps enhances its hard-won privileges and prerogatives (secondary gains), is through activation of a subcategory of defensive denial referred to as projection. The standard textbook definition of ego defensive projection refers to it as the means by which the ego disavows or refuses to recognize its own discreditable traits and self-incriminating motives by attributing those traits and motives to others. The unwarranted attribution of its own negative characteristics and intentions to another not only serves to protect the ego's flattering self-perception, but also justifies its often negative attitudes toward, and hostile relations with, others. In this instance, perpetrator becomes victim or intended victim, and victim becomes perpetrator. A reverse psychology is achieved. The projecting ego's false self-concept and misbegotten prerogatives are conserved. Projection provides a means by which the ego can simultaneously express and disclaim its self-incriminating impulses.
Textbooks aside, we must recognize that defensive projection is a way of life, a way of being and moving in the world. Projection does not only require an attributing to, or projecting of the ego's self-incriminating characteristics on the other, but a transformation of internal, potentially disorganizing contradictions into externalized attributive images and tensions; images and tensions which serve to structurally maintain the functionally dynamic organization of the ego. To project threat is to see it reflected in the face of the projective target or person. This self-instigated reflection creates a reactive psychological experience in the projecting ego. The ego projects threats and is threatened by its own reflected projection. Yet it denies or is unaware of its projective participation and creation of the threat it perceives, and believes it to be radiating independently from the other.
Through projection, the White American community transfers or exports its external contradictions — the conflicts, self-incriminations and tensions they engender — from itself to the African American community. By this means it rids itself of certain discomforts and discontents by forcing them on the Black community and perceiving them as originating in that community. By so doing it can better deny those characteristics in itself. [MORE]
"The NVDRS claims to be a surveillance system that pulls together data on violent deaths in all 50 states including information about homicides, such as homicides perpetrated by an intimate partner (e.g., boyfriend, girlfriend, wife, husband), child abuse and neglect or child abuse homicides, suicides, and deaths where individuals are killed by law enforcement in the line of duty. "
As you will see the NVDRS's "surveillance system" for Americans killed by police officers raises many questions.
Clicking on the only database available "Violent Deaths 2003-2015" reveals a disturbing fact about police officer involved deaths.
Researchers have only one choice, which is to go to Section 3 and tick the box marked "victim injured by law enforcement officer" and click the year you want to view. And as you will see the results are highly questionable.
The CDC claims that in 2015 only 358 citizens were killed by law enforcement. The same is true for the past six years. (See the results below.)
358 citizens killed (2015)
267 citizens killed (2014)
212 citizens killed (2013)
210 citizens killed (2012)
168 citizens killed (2011)
173 citizens killed (2010)
If you totaled up the numbers for those years, the number of people the CDC claims have been killed by police is 1388. Which is just above the average number of Americans killed by police each year.
According to a report by Persuade Me Politics, police killings are much higher than what the NVDRS has reported.