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2020.08.31 22:21 TheAndredal Day 92 of "peaceful protests"

Sorry for the late post, work...
Portland is a mess, and it has been for many years. If this joke of a mayor doesn’t clean it up, we will go in and do it for them!
https://twitter.com/realDonaldTrump/status/1300421406849671168?s=19
This racially motivated attack won’t even be covered in the news.
https://twitter.com/stillgray/status/1300445807745757184?s=19
CHLORINE BOMB: 4 men in Denver are arrested and charged for attacking police officers with a chlorine bomb
Far left domestic terrorism is increasing in this country
https://twitter.com/ElijahSchaffestatus/1300277546903392257?s=19
R.I.P. - St. Louis Police Officer Tamarris L. Bohannon, 29, has died after being shot in the head while responding to a shooting call Saturday. The suspect is in custody.
https://twitter.com/Breaking911/status/1300266238162153472?s=19
Antifa has doxxed my entire family.
https://twitter.com/SpaceForceUSA_/status/1300152810449772544?s=19
Rioters, looters could lose unemployment benefits under new bill
https://twitter.com/JakobHalvostatus/1300214714123902979?s=19
The #antifa investigated for shooting the Portland Trump supporter is Michael Reinoehl. Last month he was arrested at another antifa riot for illegally carrying a loaded gun. He was let go. He then went on to allegedly kill Aaron Danielson.
My latest:
https://twitter.com/MrAndyNgo/status/1300341533229473794?s=19
Thread:
To those near the Kelly Building, this has been declared an unlawful assembly due to criminal activity. All persons must immediately leave the area by traveling to the WEST. Failure to adhere to this order may subject you to arrest, citation, and/or the use of (continued)
https://twitter.com/PortlandPolice/status/1300307339132583936?s=19
On 29 Aug., antifa clashed w/participants of a pro-Trump car caravan that drove into downtown Portland. Far-left rioters hurled projectiles at the cars & their passengers, & were hit w/pepper spray in return. Later, a caravan participant was killed.
https://twitter.com/MrAndyNgo/status/1300293556536369153?s=19
Antifa are gathered at Laurelhurst Park in SE Portland and are still thrilled over the deadly shooting yesterday (they baselessly call the victim a Nazi). Some are dancing in the park. Meanwhile on social media they are soliciting mass donations for more riot gear.
https://twitter.com/MrAndyNgo/status/1300286495178149888?s=19
With respect, this is bulls—, Ms Reid.
I thought after you embarrassingly blamed hackers for your past blog posts you’d be more careful about spreading baseless conspiracies. Even @MSNBC should be embarrassed to have you on staff.
https://twitter.com/MrAndyNgo/status/1300274387745034241?s=19
Exclusive: The victim of last night's deadly shooting in downtown Portland is Aaron Danielson, who went by Jay. His family has been informed of his death.
Portland Police have not released details about their investigation and the shooter is at-large. #PortlandRiots
https://twitter.com/MrAndyNgo/status/1300192368981807104?s=19
One of the Portland black bloc “street medics” blames police for the death of Aaron Jay Danielson. #PortlandRiots
https://twitter.com/MrAndyNgo/status/1300255963274817536?s=19
This Portland “aspiring model” is raising money off the death of Aaron “Jay” Danielson. She wants to buy riot gear.
https://twitter.com/MrAndyNgo/status/1300267538564050945?s=19
In response to the killing of the Trump supporter in downtown Portland, antifa accounts are soliciting for donations to buy more riot gear. They just received a shipment of bulletproof vests & want more.
They crowdfund on @CashApp & @venmo.
https://twitter.com/MrAndyNgo/status/1300147752173666304?s=19
As riots in the USA spiral out of control, Andy Ngô of The Post Millennial tells LBC they are showing Democrats to "tolerate and excuse violent rioting because it's done in the so-called name of racial justice."
@MaajidNawaz @MrAndyNgo
https://twitter.com/LBC/status/1300090212782137344?s=19
This wasn’t widely reported. On Wednesday night, around 700 black bloc militants and their supporters rampaged through Oakland, Cal. They chanted “death to America” while starting fires and smashing cars and buildings.
https://twitter.com/MrAndyNgo/status/1300200578367152129?s=19
This wasn’t widely reported. On Wednesday night, around 700 black bloc militants and their supporters rampaged through Oakland, Cal. They chanted “death to America” while starting fires and smashing cars and buildings.
https://twitter.com/MrAndyNgo/status/1300200578367152129?s=19
"If you kill one of us, it’s time for us to kill one of yours," said a speaker on a microphone at the BLM rally in Kenosha, Wisc. in support of rape suspect Jacob Blake. #BlackLivesMatter
https://twitter.com/MrAndyNgo/status/1300243510440808450?s=19
To the Mayor & the DA in Portland who said: “We do not support violence”. After reporting on violence/war around the world for more than 35 years, my question: why did you allow violence on your streets every night for so long? Will you stop it now? @tedwheeler @DAMikeSchmidt
https://twitter.com/laralogan/status/1300171339261771776?s=19
"Day 93 we won't stop"
On 28–29 Aug, antifa in Portland rioted outside the Portland Police union building again. They torched the front of the building using an accelerant. They shut down the road by setting dumpsters on fire in the middle of the street.
https://twitter.com/MrAndyNgo/status/1300228530836398081?s=19
Dan Zak Is the personification of a lazy & intentionally dishonest journalist
he tries to pass this off as smug elitist humor
But the truth is, he just doesn’t have what it takes to do real field work,
these “journos” live very pathetic lives
Buy his book though lol
https://twitter.com/ElijahSchaffestatus/1300502463959760898?s=19
These are the people arrested at last week’s Denver riots
Similarities: almost all are very physically unattractive
Most of them look psychological disturbed
Many appear to have low hygiene
Very similar to Portland Antifa arrest images in the soulless outward appearance
https://twitter.com/ElijahSchaffestatus/1300228463643832320?s=19
Breaking: SWAT Called out in Woodland Hills after someone from an apartment on #VenturaBoulevard shoots at pro-Trump caravan of cars. Tire on vehicle was shot out. No injuries. Suspect barricaded in apartment, per LAPD. ⁦@KNX1070⁩
https://twitter.com/EmilyValdezKNX/status/1300184268312686592?s=19
Portland Mayor @tedwheeler goes on divisive, lie-filled campaign-style attack on @realDonaldTrump to try and shift blame for recent violence and anarchy in his city onto the President. This is what failed leadership looks like. RESIGN!
https://twitter.com/FogCityMidge/status/1300181820080881664?s=19
"I'm going to the police" Kyle Rittenhouse is heard saying
On Gaige Grosskreutz livestream moments before shooting him in the arm & killing 1 other man
further supporting that Kyle was not on the offensive but trying to surrender when they attacked him
https://twitter.com/ElijahSchaffestatus/1300159227525300224?s=19
"I'm going to the police" Kyle Rittenhouse is heard saying
On Gaige Grosskreutz livestream moments before shooting him in the arm & killing 1 other man
further supporting that Kyle was not on the offensive but trying to surrender when they attacked him
https://twitter.com/ElijahSchaffestatus/1300159227525300224?s=19
BLM activist to Black DC Officer:
“black cops are always worse than the white ones”
“You’re about 10 shades too motherf*cken dark, they don’t want your black ass on the force either”
This is how anarchists bait police to a skirmish mixed with throwing objects at them
https://twitter.com/livesmattershow/status/1300471993398165504?s=19
Right now, activists holding jail support for protesters held this weekend from Saturday or Sunday night.
So far, I’m told the few already released had charges dropped.
Drinks, food, sanitation products, cigs, etc here for those released.
https://twitter.com/FordFischestatus/1300511544258834437?s=19
https://twitter.com/RichieMcGinniss/status/1300490867963199492?s=19
Gonna put these in your replies so your followers can see what downtown DC looked like 36 hours before your nonsensical tweet:
https://twitter.com/RichieMcGinniss/status/1300485420602580992?s=19
This is our Deputy Mayor in Tacoma, WA
https://twitter.com/KittyLists/status/1300503692274089984?s=19
Different locations, the videos are part of the thread
https://twitter.com/selfdeclaredref/status/1300196996234579970?s=19
https://twitter.com/selfdeclaredref/status/1300198933730385920?s=19
Gainesville
https://twitter.com/selfdeclaredref/status/1300212400864587777?s=19
Denver
https://twitter.com/selfdeclaredref/status/1300221663364087808?s=19
Providence
https://twitter.com/selfdeclaredref/status/1300226881900302336?s=19
LA
https://twitter.com/selfdeclaredref/status/1300233113734393856?s=19
Seattle
https://twitter.com/selfdeclaredref/status/1300234685029609473?s=19
Milwaukee
https://twitter.com/selfdeclaredref/status/1300236228613218305?s=19
Sandy
https://twitter.com/selfdeclaredref/status/1300240639242756098?s=19
Washington DC
https://twitter.com/selfdeclaredref/status/1300268173556580353?s=19
Portland had a lot of footage and violence
https://twitter.com/selfdeclaredref/status/1300293504523022337?s=19
Multiple DC rioters were dealt with quickly by MPD after talking big game and throwing unknown liquids at them tonight
This is usually how this goes:
Rioters call out police and throw objects at them
Police respond
Rioters then play victims for the cameras
https://twitter.com/livesmattershow/status/1300294098969071617?s=19
This is how rioters bait police to a skirmish:
You can clearly see DC rioters throwing objects filled will unknown liquids here
This is what most likely caused DC police to respond with non lethal munitions tonight
Police don’t open fire on people without cause
https://twitter.com/livesmattershow/status/1300299398426120196?s=19
Diva DC rioter requesting water to be poured on him because he’s “getting hard” after a skirmish with MPD
https://twitter.com/livesmattershow/status/1300306092329762817?s=19
A self proclaimed “non US citizen” BLM activist was urging listeners in the so called BLM Plaza tonight in DC to get politically “active” in the context of voting
It appears BLM has foreign agents influencing US voters for the 2020 Presidential election
https://twitter.com/livesmattershow/status/1300309230981971973?s=19
Portland thread
Passing out eggs to throw #Portland
https://twitter.com/KittyLists/status/1300299726340800513?s=19
For antifa's sake, let's hope the revolution doesn't involve needing to throw too many objects beyond 4-5 ft. 🥴
https://twitter.com/Texantana/status/1300286447581384704?s=19
Massive thread
https://twitter.com/Texantana/status/1300186222636290053?s=19
Washington DC footage
We’ve got a group marching out here in DC this evening. There are a lot of police officers following behind.
https://twitter.com/ShelbyTalcott/status/1300260763588792321?s=19
Another DC thread:
https://twitter.com/KittyLists/status/1300262854038233088?s=19
Commercial grade fireworks thrown at officers #DCProtests
https://twitter.com/KittyLists/status/1300284742982463488?s=19
LA thread
https://twitter.com/KittyLists/status/1300266143324676096?s=19
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2020.08.30 02:38 finnagains Kenosha WI: marches on as protesters describe 'kidnap' by federal agents after filling cans with gasoline (Guardian)

For many Kenosha residents, Saturday morning was starting like the five mornings since last Sunday, after a night of large, peaceful protests demanding justice and equality.
Hundreds took to the streets, some working to patch damage and doll up the blistered city, 40 miles south of Milwaukee in Wisconsin, on the shore of Lake Michigan, by painting rainbows and hearts on boarded-up businesses.
Others continued with marches in honor of 37yo Anthony Huber and 26yo Joseph Rosenbaum, two protesters shot dead when they attacked an armed 17yo who helped put out a dumpster fire protesters had ignited on the streets and caused chaos on Tuesday night.
A 17-year-old, white, vigilante and pro-police campaigner, Kyle Rittenhouse, from Antioch, Illinois, is in custody charged with two murders.
But for the more than 56 people related to the protests who have been arrested in Kenosha since Sunday night, the days have been anything but predictable.
On Friday evening, the National Alliance Against Racist and Political Repression (NAARPR) activist group, along with its Milwaukee and Chicago chapters, held a rally and press conference in Kenosha alongside local protesters who have been out on the ground all week. The protest called for community control of policing, limiting the scope of police power and an end to “repressive and inhumane jailing tactics” that disproportionately incarcerate Black Americans.
After the national guard and federal agents were deployed to the city, videos began to circulate on social media of what are believed to be federal agents in unmarked vehicles apprehending people.
Two of those apprehended were Kenosha residents and college students, Adelana Akindes, 25, and Victor Garcia, 23. They were at a gas station filling cans with gasoline to power generators to cook food for protesters, they claim.
Since released, they gave their accounts at the rally on Friday of being shoved into unmarked cars and transported to jail cells holding as many as 14 people – without ever being charged with a crime.
“What if no one knew I was in there? What if no one knew we were alive?” Akindes wondered aloud as she fought back tears while addressing the crowd.
Akindes, who was arrested late on Wednesday night, claims she was not allowed a phone call for more than 24 hours while she sat in jail. She described how the detainees were denied medical care, medicine and access to the bathroom.
When Garcia was arrested, he said he didn’t know if he was being taken away by an “armed, white supremacist militia group” or the police because none of his arresting officers wore any identification.
“They didn’t just arrest us,” he said. “ They kidnapped and abducted 30 of us [Wednesday] night. They picked the wrong people to do that to. They picked the wrong community to do that to.”
Frank Chapman, executive director of the NAARPR, urged the young protesters to press on with their campaign.
“What you’re doing here in Kenosha is working towards liberation for us all. There are more of us than there are them, remember that,” he told the rally.
Police on Wednesday had charged in Swat-style when a group of people filled cans at a gas station and then hopped into a minivan with Oregon plates.
A bystander’s video shows officers leaping out of black SUVs with guns drawn shattering the van’s window with a baton, unlocking the door, pulling people out and taking them into custody.
The group turned out to be members of Riot Kitchen, a Seattle-based organization that serves food at demonstrations. A woman hands flowers to a member of the Wisconsin national guard standing by as people gather for a vigil on Friday, following the police shooting of Jacob Blake. A woman hands flowers to a member of the Wisconsin national guard standing by as people gather for a vigil for Jacob Blake on Friday. Photograph: Brendan McDermid/Reuters Advertisement
Jennifer Scheurle, a director of the group, said her members were buying gasoline to power a generator for their food truck.
The Riot Kitchen members were charged with misdemeanor disorderly conduct, but all were free by Friday morning.
“We reject all claims that our crew was there to incite violence, set fires or build molotov cocktails,” said Scheurle. “Our non-profit organization has always been and will always be about feeding people.”
The American Civil Liberties Union on Friday called on Wisconsin’s governor, Tony Evers, and the state attorney general, Josh Kaul, to investigate the actions of law enforcement officers in Kenosha during protests. The shooting of Jacob Blake is already under state and federal investigation.
This week, however, the Kenosha police chief, Daniel Miskinis, asserted that more people will be arrested if they continued to break curfew, which begins at 7pm.
Miskinis also said that Tuesday night’s deadly shootings would not have happened if people were not out after curfew.
Kenosha alderman Anthony Kennedy, who spoke in support of Miskinis this week, told the Guardian that actions ranging from Blake’s shooting to the brutality against protesters and the mishandling of Kyle Rittenhouse, who walked to police lines and tried to surrender calling out, "I'm the shooter" with his hands in the air after numerous protesters attacked him.
“I was shocked and horrified and disgusted after seeing that video [of a black man being shot] especially given what we just saw with George Floyd,” said Kennedy. “But what I saw is not reflective of the professionalism I see when I interact with the police or when my constituents need them.”
Following the rally led by mainly Black and brown organizers and speakers, the organization led a march through the city with mainly white participants. About 15 cars followed behind as protesters marched through the residential neighborhood surrounding Kenosha county courthouse. Organizers handed out political education flyers and pamphlets to homeowners as they marched through the racially diverse middle-class neighborhood.
As the protest exited the housing neighborhood and made it to the courthouse as curfew approached, two large trucks carrying more than a dozen national guard troops drove through. Though a few protesters attempted to form a wall to stop the trucks, organizers reminded them that they weren’t there to escalate violence.
Kobi Guillory, an organizer with the Chicago NAARPR chapter and a recent college graduate, emphasized the importance of putting Kenosha residents at the center of the protests after the incidences of outside agitators causing trouble in the city.
“The easiest way to know what people want and need is to ask them, and what Kenosha organizers said they needed was more people,” he said. “They didn’t want anyone coming in here and escalating anything in their community.
“We saw the power in that when the national guard drove through the protest and they didn’t mess with us because there were so many people here. We have safety and power in numbers,” he told the Guardian.
The goal of the night was to leave their mark while making sure no one else had to endure mistreatment in Kenosha county jail, he said.
Akindes reminded the crowd that inequality in the criminal justice system and unlawful tactics for apprehending people at recent protests is widespread.
“There are so many people who are in [jail and prison] for years just because they’re Black, just because they’re Latino, just because they’re Indigenous,” Akindes shouted.
“Just because they’re not part of the capitalist, white supremacist class that runs this country.”
*The Associated Press contributed reporting.
https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2020/aug/29/kenosha-jacob-blake-protesters-police
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2020.08.26 11:47 finnagains Detroit MI: Police riot against peaceful protesters By Eboni Davis (r/Socialist_) 26 Aug 2020

On Saturday night, the Detroit Police Department (DPD) went on a rampage against continuing protests against police brutality in the city. Video (https://twitter.com/JNolish/status/1297637261966802944?s=20 ) of the attack shows DPD moving in on a crowd of peaceful protesters, shoving people to the ground, beating them with batons and shields, and dousing them in teargas.
Photos and videos of the attack went viral on social media, including images showing face-down, zip-tied protesters getting sprayed in the face with tear gas by cops. According to DPD, 44 people were arrested for “unlawful assembly” downtown as they blocked street traffic at Woodward Avenue and John R. All but one have since been released.
Detroit Police Chief James Craig told a press conference Monday that, in spite of several ongoing internal investigations of excessive force, there was no instance of such force Saturday night. While simultaneously admitting that force was necessary in order to “prevent a Seattle zone of lawlessness” from taking place, Craig and DPD spokeswoman Sergeant Nicole Kirkwood claimed that all accounts of excessive force were “completely false and inaccurate.”
Craig expanded the lie further, claiming that the information released on social media—apparently including video evidence of the attack—was put out as a “false narrative.” “Was force used?” he asked. “Absolutely. But there’s a difference between force being used and a determination if that force was excessive. … The bottom line is, we’re not going to have a Seattle here.” Kevin Kwart was offering protesters a safe place in his Woodward apartment building when Detroit police tackled and beat him on Saturday night. He was arrested and issued 3 tickets.
On Tuesday, the Detroit MetroTimes reported that legal observers, including a representative of the National Lawyers Guild (NLG), were assaulted by the police during the protest on Saturday. A statement from the NLG said, “One DPD officer beat a Legal Observer so severely with his baton that she could not move.” The statement went on, “When two other Legal Observers attempted to remove the injured LO out of harm’s way, another officer deployed pepper spray directly in all three of their faces.”
The Detroit chapter of the NLG has monitored demonstrations in the city for decades. They are present to observe neutrally and document police behavior to ensure First Amendment rights are not violated. The NLG representatives were attacked even though all of them were wearing neon green hats emblazoned with the words, “National Lawyers Guild LEGAL OBSERVER.”
The MetroTimes also reported on Monday that witnesses to the police rampage said five people were taken to the hospital with injuries. One of these was Alex Anest, a medic who was clubbed by a police officer with a baton and suffered a broken rib and collapsed lung. Anest said that the police “dragged me 15 feet across the sidewalk and cuffed me,” and denied him any treatment for his injuries while detaining him with a group of protesters. Anest was eventually let go and given a ride by other protesters to the hospital at 4 a.m.
Demonstrators held a meeting Sunday in the aftermath of the attack. Many were limping, in casts and covered in bruises from being brutalized. The protests over the weekend in Detroit were aimed specifically at the removal of federal agents from the city, while ongoing demonstrations in Detroit have been part of a broader movement against police brutality internationally since the May 25 murder of George Floyd.
In an ongoing effort to divide protesters against each other, DPD and the right-wing Detroit media continue to identify the cities where protesters are from. Claims of “outside agitators” are used in an attempt to whip up support for the police, in particular along racial lines.
The accusations about “outsiders” among the protesters was endorsed by Democratic Party Mayor of Detroit Mike Duggan several weeks ago at a press conference called to address the ongoing protests in the city. Responding to the demand by citizens for defunding the police department, Duggan said the “loudest voices” calling for cutting the police budget are coming from those who do not live in Detroit.
“You’ve got people who are largely from outside the city coming into Detroit and saying, ‘defund police,’ before going back home to the suburbs,” Duggan said. “We need more officers on the street, not fewer.” The police riot on Saturday is the product of Duggan’s policy of more police on the street.
Additionally, when President Trump announced plans to send an undercover Department of Homeland Security swat team to Detroit as part of a nationwide “law and order” initiative to assault protesters and build support among fascistic elements for his reelection campaign, Mayor Duggan did not object to support for federal crackdown in the city.
Duggan said on July 22, “I was talking to my fellow mayors across America about, there’s something about what’s been going on in the protests across the country that have emboldened people with guns in a lot of cities.” Mayor Duggan went on to say that what would help are ATF agents [Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives] and federal prosecutors to help the Detroit police deal with illegal guns in Detroit.
The DPD is not unique. Emboldened by support from the far-right Trump administration and insertion of federal agents into the city to crack down on protesters, police nationally are continuing to operate with impunity.
Just a week ago, the Trump administration’s Attorney General William Barr visited Detroit to review Operation Legend with Chief Craig. The pair boarded a US Army UH-72 Lakota helicopter ostensibly to tour the city, “and for something else I can’t tell you about,” Craig cryptically told a news conference afterward.
The operation is part of the Trump administration’s law-and-order initiative, using gun violence in the city as a pretext for intimidating and cracking down on protests.
Last year DPD looked on as a neo-Nazi attacked a woman at the Detroit Pride festival. Last weekend a Proud Boys rally drew fascists from across the country to Kalamazoo, where police intervention was delayed and to a large extent friendly to the neo-Nazis and their supporters.
Significantly, since the police assault on Saturday night, Mayor Duggan has not been heard from. No statement has been issued by the mayor’s office and Duggan has not been quoted by the local news media about the rampage.
Instead, local Democratic Party legislators, State Senator Stephanie Chang (1st District) and US Representative Rashida Tlaib (13th Congressional District), have stepped forward to call for an investigation into the police brutality against peaceful protesters in Detroit. Chang tweeted, “There should be a full independent investigation of this incident and the use of excessive force,” while Tlaib put the blame for the police violence on the Detroit Board of Police Commissioners.
Supporting the Mayor-in-hiding and the posturing of the other local Democrats, the Metro Detroit Democratic Socialists of America and other groups associated with the pseudo-left are falsely presenting the struggle against police violence as purely a racial matter. While they deny the class foundation of the police as an arm of the state that exists for the purpose of defending the private capitalist ownership of the means of production, these groups collaborate with the Detroit Democratic Party and are supporting the ticket of Joe Biden and Kamala Harris in the US presidential elections.
(Socialist_)
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2020.08.23 15:45 TheAndredal Day 84 of "peaceful protests"

This will be updated
Mass antifa vs. right-wing brawl at the Justice Center in downtown Portland. Numerous conservative groups held a pro-police rally but it was crashed by #antifa, who threw eggs, rocks, feces & urine. Both sides pepper sprayed each other for more than an hour. #PortlandRiots
https://twitter.com/MrAndyNgo/status/1297304794105647104?s=19
Conservatives (on the foreground) chant “USA!” in a stand off with #antifa after multiple brawls broke out at the pro-police rally in downtown Portland. #PortlandRiots
https://twitter.com/MrAndyNgo/status/1297306142561861633?s=19
People on the right-wing side smash the antifa truck with bats. Others shake the vehicle. A pepper spray battle then occurs. #PortlandRiots #antifa
https://twitter.com/MrAndyNgo/status/1297313784655052800?s=19
Antifa reinforcements arrive and they move in, pushing the right wingers back in the street battle outside the Justice Center in Portland. #PortlandRiots
https://twitter.com/MrAndyNgo/status/1297315307904569346?s=19
I’m not entirely sure what happened here but it looked like antifa were trying to throw a firework explosive at the right-wing side but it blew up in their faces instead. #PortlandRiots #antifa
https://twitter.com/MrAndyNgo/status/1297316802297380864?s=19
After additional comrades arrive, #antifa move in for a preemptive strike against the right-wingers. Another pepper spray and shield bashing fight occurs. #PortlandRiots
https://twitter.com/MrAndyNgo/status/1297318158483591168?s=19
The antifa mob chases a right-wing group that got splintered off after the pro-police rally. #Antifa trash the parking garage in the course of the attack. #PortlandRiots
https://twitter.com/MrAndyNgo/status/1297328838045601792?s=19
Portland Police confiscated a bucket of projectiles from antifa at today's riot. Condoms were filled with some unknown foul liquid and bottles were filled were urine. These were hurled at people at the right-wing rally in front of the Justice Center. #PortlandRiots
https://twitter.com/MrAndyNgo/status/1297337678510174208?s=19
Another angle of the antifa vs. right-wingers brawl in Portland by @savsays. #PortlandRiots
https://twitter.com/MrAndyNgo/status/1297339593218338816?s=19
A mob of antifa find and attack some Proud Boys who were trying to leave downtown Portland. One of the rioters brandishing a knife wants to fight a bat-carrying Proud Boy. They chase the men for blocks, throwing projectiles at them. #PortlandRiots #antifa #ProudBoys
https://twitter.com/MrAndyNgo/status/1297339713838182400?s=19
An #antifa mob find & chase down a Proud Boys group that got separated trying to leave downtown Portland. One masked woman goes up to punch a Proud Boy and is instantly knocked to the ground. #PortlandRiots
https://twitter.com/MrAndyNgo/status/1297341328607469568?s=19
ANTIFA have now over taken the Proud Boys and the Proud Boys are retreating
https://twitter.com/sav_says_/status/1297282343414054913?s=19
ANTIFA have backed a smaller group of proud boys into a parking garage
https://twitter.com/sav_says_/status/1297283788976697344?s=19
ANTIFA burns American flag as another fight breaks out
https://twitter.com/sav_says_/status/1297269351427395584?s=19
Chicago:
[email protected] has private police security guarding her home telling press they cannot film reports on the public streets surrounding
The same hypocrite mayor that gets behind BLM’s agenda to defund the police
Who does this mayor truly stand for?
https://twitter.com/livesmattershow/status/1297281346662957059?s=19
BLM activist in Chicago claims cops are hunting black people while Chicago Police protect and secure the demonstration here in Chicago
https://twitter.com/livesmattershow/status/1297321946082938881?s=19
Not sure whose job it was to make these.... 💩🎈 Just when we thought we had seen it all in over 80 days.
https://twitter.com/PortlandPolice/status/1297242620654006276?s=19
Update 1:
Antifa militants throw explosive fireworks at police outside the main Denver PD building. They’re inspired by Portland and Seattle antifa. #AntifaRiots
https://twitter.com/MrAndyNgo/status/1297508206168567810?s=19
Denver:
A protest in front of Denver Police headquarters is small but has escalated quickly. About 50 protesters are here right now, many with shields and helmets. A van pulled up and passed out shields to protesters. Protesters are at a standoff with a SWAT team now
https://twitter.com/MarcSallingestatus/1297364121621389312?s=19
A tree is on fire outside the courthouse. People are throwing rocks at a Sheriff’s Office van. Important to note, nearly all of the protesters have shields or helmets. Most are dressed in all black #9News
https://twitter.com/MarcSallingestatus/1297377794695913478?s=19
People are breaking every window they see. Someone came out of Quiznos with a drink in hand and said, “I needed a coke” #9News
https://twitter.com/MarcSallingestatus/1297378541219147777?s=19
Police put out another fire set in the middle of the road. The backdrop is the Denver city county building. The group breaking windows and setting fires is about 100 people. They’re moving throughout the city without any regard for the law #9News
https://twitter.com/MarcSallingestatus/1297380172673376256?s=19
Wow. Someone just picked up and threw a bicycle at a Denver police officer riding by on a motorcycle. I don’t think the officer was injured. DPD arresting the man now. This is getting dangerous. #9News
https://twitter.com/MarcSallingestatus/1297388672631713792?s=19
The owners of the Quiznos arrived to clean up. The restaurant is owned by a family. The whole family is out here cleaning up the damage now. They’ve owned it for 12 years, never seen anything like this. “I don’t even know where to start,” he told me #9News
https://twitter.com/MarcSallingestatus/1297396960949702656?s=19
Denver police say officers made 9 arrests tonight. 1 officer was injured, though we don’t know the extent of their injuries #9News
https://twitter.com/MarcSallingestatus/1297418279892520960?s=19
Female reporter:
https://twitter.com/sav_says_/status/1297321730877227008?s=19
Chicago:
ALARMING: #BLM is marching through resedential neighborhoods in Chicago pointing at “white people” in their residences
Yelling at them to come down then getting the crowd to scream at them
They are also blasting loud music,
Referencing burning down the gentrified buildings
https://twitter.com/ElijahSchaffestatus/1297335692255735810?s=19
Portland:
Large number of Portland ANTIFA back out for another night of protests in residential neighborhoods #NormandalePark
https://twitter.com/sav_says_/status/1297398881387335682?s=19
ANTIFA vehicle leading protest tells resident she can’t drive down the road due to ANTIFA marching through streets.
Resident screams “I want to go the f*ck home!” as she drives away
https://twitter.com/sav_says_/status/1297399565314691081?s=19
This is what happens when you don’t have a strong father figure in your life...or you choose women’s studies as your degree.
https://twitter.com/sav_says_/status/1297416798489292802?s=19
Portland ANTIFA announcing they will be traveling to Kentucky this week for Breonna Taylor also Washington DC in Sept. for the 50 day siege on the White House
https://twitter.com/sav_says_/status/1297416937136222211?s=19
North Carolina:
NORTH CAROLINA: officers confront Antifa who try to “de-arrest” those taken into custody by police
This is a new and alarming trend by criminals emboldened by the lack of consequences for their actions
https://twitter.com/ElijahSchaffestatus/1297420566832525313?s=19

PortlandRiots: Antifa brought a guillotine and toy bear to their violent protest. The teddy bear represents @tedwheeler, who they’ve threaten to hurt or kill because he’s the police commissioner & they blame him for not abolishing police.

https://twitter.com/MrAndyNgo/status/1297516946917691394?s=19
A leftist:
“No cops, no prisons. Total abolition” chants as the protesters mobilize this Saturday night #PortlandProtest #Portland
https://twitter.com/BGOnTheScene/status/1297389048168775680?s=19
“Take it to the streets, said f*** the police” chants as protesters move through another residential area in Portland #Portland #PortlandProtest
https://twitter.com/BGOnTheScene/status/1297390488811524096?s=19
“Let your neighbors know why you’re here.” The protest takes a pause as reports of police ahead force leaders to reroute #Portland #PortlandProtest
https://twitter.com/BGOnTheScene/status/1297392156412276736?s=19
Protesters call on people to let them into their houses and give them refuge as the movement progresses #Portland #PortlandProtest
https://twitter.com/BGOnTheScene/status/1297393453148512256?s=19
“Black Trans Lives Matter” chants as the protesters continue their march towards the police bureau #Portland #PortlandProtest
https://twitter.com/BGOnTheScene/status/1297394173784424450?s=19
The protesters are indeed getting people out of their houses and into the streets tonight #PortlandProtests #Portland
https://twitter.com/BGOnTheScene/status/1297394945750233088?s=19
The shield line is out front as reports of police put the protesters on high alert #PortlandProtest #Portland
https://twitter.com/BGOnTheScene/status/1297399476538155008?s=19
Standoff with police on a highway overpass in Portland #Portland #PortlandProtests #PortlandPolice
https://twitter.com/BGOnTheScene/status/1297399808341053441?s=19
Police hold a line at the south end of the highway overpass to prevent protesters from crossing over towards the bureau #Portland #PortlandProtest
https://twitter.com/BGOnTheScene/status/1297400971618729985?s=19
The protesters have brought out a guillotine to the streets #Portland #PortlandProtest
https://twitter.com/BGOnTheScene/status/1297404831003418624?s=19
Protesters have reconvened after police blocked the highway overpass, mobilizing in their vehicles directly to the Portland Police Bureau building #Portland #PortlandProtest
https://twitter.com/BGOnTheScene/status/1297411171566284802?s=09
A protester snatches a traffic cone from in front of the police cruisers #PortlandProtest #Portland
https://twitter.com/BGOnTheScene/status/1297412697902858240?s=19
Protesters wheel a guillotine into the street in front of the police bureau #PortlandProtest #Portland
https://twitter.com/BGOnTheScene/status/1297414058996453376?s=19
Hundreds of protesters have now converged on the police bureau, maneuvering around the police line that had prevented the march from crossing #Portland #PortlandPolice #PortlandProtest
https://twitter.com/BGOnTheScene/status/1297415084138835969?s=19
Like a cat with 9 lives (or 90), the snack van is back in action at the Black Lives Matter protest #Portland #PortlandProtest
https://twitter.com/BGOnTheScene/status/1297416892349468672?s=19
Protesters cheer as they burn American flags at the guillotine outside the police bureau #PortlandProtest #Portland
https://twitter.com/BGOnTheScene/status/1297421944799686658?s=19
“This is the 86th Use of Protest warning” Protesters mock the common police “use of force warning’ refrain, calling on them to stand down to the people #PortlandProtest #Portland #PortlandPolice
https://twitter.com/BGOnTheScene/status/1297423346036928512?s=19
Second unlawful assembly declaration of the day, this time out here in northeast Portland #PortlandProtest #Portland
https://twitter.com/BGOnTheScene/status/1297424386144624640?s=19
Riot declared on this Saturday night as police push the crowd through the neighborhood #Portland #PortlandProtest #PortlandRiots
https://twitter.com/BGOnTheScene/status/1297433320913907712?s=19
Smoke-filled residential neighborhoods in Portland again tonight as police fire crowd suppressants to disperse the protesters #Portland #PortlandProtests
https://twitter.com/BGOnTheScene/status/1297435594100862976?s=19
Smoke-filled residential neighborhoods in Portland again tonight as police fire crowd suppressants to disperse the protesters #Portland #PortlandProtests
https://twitter.com/BGOnTheScene/status/1297435594100862976?s=19
Protesters set ablaze a mattress and several construction signs in the middle of the street after the latest police dispersal #Portland #PortlandRiots #PortlandProtests
https://twitter.com/BGOnTheScene/status/1297443911846129665?s=19
“The new wave is Black Liberation, a.k.a. human liberation.” Protesters have lit a fire in an intersection south of the precinct #Portland #PortlandProtests
https://twitter.com/BGOnTheScene/status/1297445472945049600?s=19
Another mattress is added onto the street fire in Portland, shortly after 1 am here #PortlandRiots #Portland #PortlandProtests
https://twitter.com/BGOnTheScene/status/1297447061894258690?s=19
Police make another arrest, then run up on press trying to film #PortlandProtests #Portland #PortlandRiots
https://twitter.com/BGOnTheScene/status/1297449336901574658?s=19
Shields are yanked and more arrests made as police prioritize targeting those holding shields during their push #PortlandProtests #Portland
https://twitter.com/BGOnTheScene/status/1297451556594278400?s=19
Running double time with the police. Might be this summer’s most popular exercise program, police, protesters and press all included #Portland #PortlandProtest #PortlandPolice
https://twitter.com/BGOnTheScene/status/1297453454663643138?s=19
Portland Police storming out of the bureau to make some arrests #Portland #PortlandProtests
https://twitter.com/BGOnTheScene/status/1297456025319030785?s=19
A couple of the Portland Moms were knocked to the ground during the police rush #PortlandMoms #PortlandProtest #Portland #WallofMoms
https://twitter.com/BGOnTheScene/status/1297458147775447041?s=19
Andy Ngo:
Antifa rioters sprint through residential area of SE Portland as police try to disperse them following the attack on the Penumbra Kelly building. #PortlandRiots #antifa
https://twitter.com/MrAndyNgo/status/1297522316427984897?s=19
Norway:
Leftists mad about people speaking out against Islam and were violently attacked:
This is what happens when racists and islamophobes are allowed to speak in public on a Saturday, the leader gets attacked and police uses tear gas against teenagers
https://twitter.com/Syrcorax/status/1297266334850600967?s=19
Kill cops is sprayed in the city
https://twitter.com/piscesgutt/status/1296843539234553857?s=19
SIAN( stop islamization in norway) leader held hate speech in bergen yesterday with police protection. hundreds of demonstrators showed up and when some broke through the barricade the norwegian police tear gassed those who were behind barricade including children wtf
https://twitter.com/cockagecore/status/1297526636603219970?s=19
Several hundreds in counter-demo to a few from xenophobia-stoking SIAN in Bergen, SW Norway. After a while, some broke through police's protection of the hate-speech, so cops pepper-sprayed those that stayed behind barriers, incl children. SIAN-leader was hit. Pics: BT, NTB, NRK
https://twitter.com/b9AcE/status/1297154350138220544?s=19
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2020.08.19 00:29 500scnds [Table] I am Michelle Burrows, civil rights attorney who has spent the last 30 years suing police and prisons for abuse of force and the mistreatment of people. (pt 1)

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There was also a "guestbook" in the AMA.
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Can you compare the conditions at private prisons to states run prisons? I think having for profit prisons is one reason we are so over incarcerated This is a complicated question. The government has the legal obligation to provide humane and safe conditions of confinement. They cannot discharge this duty by using a private provider. This duty includes safe housing, medical care, and personal safety for everyone. Many governments bought into the pitch by private companies that they could provide incarceration for the government affordably. Private prisons are run by large corporate conglomerates. Their goal is to make money at any expense to the prisoner.
These private companies bid on providing jail services to local governments and sometimes state governments at a flat contract price (for a multi-year contract). For example a local county jail might contract with Conmed for medical care in jail and promise to provide standard of care medical services for a flat rate for the term of the contract. What happens is that the private provider cuts corners and stops providing services because these contracts let the contractor keep the unspent funds at the end of the contract term. So the less they spend the more they make.
The consequence is that they hire Correction Officers (COs) with no experience, with very little background checks, who have engaged in some of the most horrendous abuse of prisoners I've read about. Private providers also do not allow prisoners to allow prisoners to have expensive medical tests or evaluations, and often times medication. Private providers are still obligated to meet the 8th amendment standards on incarceration for prisoners and can be sued as a quasi-government entity for failure to provide humane and safe conditions of confinement.
My opinion as to why we are over-incarcerated rests in the history of mandatory minimum sentencing, three-strikes laws, incarcerating for non-violent crimes at very high rates, criminalizing addiction, and the proliferation of prosecutors who are allowed to have too much control over sentencing.
The solution?
Get rid of private prisons and jails. The incentive systems are flawed in that there's no incentive to reduce prison population. It's as cheap to incarcerate one as it is a million.
Repeal all mandatory sentencing measures as the Feds did. Repeal all three-strikes laws. Use alternative processes for drug crimes such as drug court and treatment programs. Do no prosecute mentally ill folks, try to achieve hospitalization and medical care instead of jail. Decriminalize or reduce criminality of low-level property crimes. And incentivize rehabilitation instead of punishment. Introduce programs such as education and jobs training into prisons, because 90% of all folks who are incarcerated are going to be released.
And finally, I would recommend removing the stigma for housing, jobs, and voting for those who have been convicted of felony crimes. The inability to get a job or housing after release, removes hope from those who have been incarcerated and takes away their incentive to become a functioning member of society.
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I know I’ve missed my window on our OP, but can someone help me understand the desire to repeal 3 strikes rules? I absolutely believe in repealing mandatory minimums and treating drug use as addiction rather than crime. But 3 strikes rules, especially if they have to do with violent crimes, seem more of a measure of separating a consistently violent person from potential victims. Now, I also believe that prisons should be accommodating, comfortable, safe living places (as far as is humanly possible), rather than harsh places where inmates are treated subhumanly or unkindly. But the single compelling apologetic for prisons is that some people seem to exhibit an inability to not harm others outside of constant supervision. And a three strikes law seems like a tool to help us identify them and protect them and others from their modus operandi. Is it possible that the problem with 3 strikes laws is that they are not strictly applied to violent crimes? I have a multi-level answer. Three strikes laws are not evenly applied. The third strike can be a minor act that is elevated to a felony by a prosecutor with absolute immunity. If the three strikes laws involved only serious personal crimes where someone was hurt, perhaps the premise of this post would be applicable. Because I agree. Some folks should not be out in the community. Some people just cannot be rehabilitated or are too mentally ill to be in the community and they are subject to being mistreated in prison - so we need some kind of in-between facility for mentally folks.
There are a number of serial sex offenders who simply should not be in the community. There is a category of sex offender that are simply too dangerous: violent rapists and child sex offenders. There will always be more victims if those types of offenders have access to victims. And they should not be in the community.
I believe that three strikes are also applied unevenly to communities of color. I would prefer a sentencing system where a judge can evaluate all of the circumstances of a crime and impose the appropriate sentence for that crime. Three strikes and mandatory minimums remove this discretion and give all of the power to prosecutors.
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What do you think of the hundreds of large corporations who make money from essentially slave labor from work performed by people who are incarcerated? Edit: After thinking on this, I'm updating with an answer.
Different states have different standards for inmate labor during custody. If the state has a policy that all inmates shall have a job and work during their incarceration they must pay them. Forcing folks to work without pay--once they've been incarcerated--is unlawful. However, the pay is pretty slim. There are a few corporations using inmate labor and quite a few state agencies. My view is that if corporations have somehow managed to get a government contract to use forced labor of inmates there is a great lawsuit in the making.
1. The corporation who acts as a "state employer" steps into the shoes of the government under what's called the "state action' rule and must comply with minimum wage and workplace safety issues.
2. The corporation who uses forced inmate labor probably negotiated that contract without proper bidding and violates any number of state and federal contracting laws.
In Oregon the use of inmate labor is heavily regulated and for the most part inmates love that work because it is the highest paid in the system.
If a citizen sees a cop harming someone what can they do? This question has been on my mind A LOT lately. Interesting you should ask. I just wrote a protester manual dealing with this issue.
Number 1: Don't interfere with the officer in any way. If he is making a legitimate arrest you could be charged with interfering with a police officer. And in fact, you will be if you try to interject yourself.
Number 2: If you fail the attitude test, you're probably going to get arrested. It will be bullshit and a night in jail sucks regardless of your innocence.
Number 3: Even if it is an unlawful arrest in most states you only have the right to resist if you are protecting yourself or your life. Even if you don't resist they may use excessive force and unfortunately you may get hurt. Which is why it's important that all police encounters be video tapes. You more or less should not or cannot do anything in the moment. Your only real option is to seek recourse after the fact.
Number 4: Let the officers know that you're there watching and video taping. I think that when officers know that they're being video taped they will address their behavior. But as we've seen the last two weeks, hundreds of police encounters are being video taped in every major city and that caution that police normally display is gone. They seem to have given up and just said "fuck it". This is unusual. This is really the first time that in America that mass protests have been documented in real time and posted for the world to see. I get the sense that the longer the protests have gone on, the angrier and more entrenched in their defensive positions the police have gotten. Hence you see the calls for defunding the police.
Number 5: Make sure people know where you are in case you get arrested. The police will take your cell phone from you and you may not ever get it back. So password protect it. Please password protect it. They cannot get into your phone without a warrant, a password insures this.
Number 6: If you are arrested you'll be handcuffed, all your property will be taken from you, and you will be put in custody for a period of time. Don't mouth off to the police, don't make it worse. DON'T TALK TO THE POLICE. Exercise your right to be quiet. Try to let someone know you've been arrested in whatever way you can. If you are hurt ask someone to take pictures of your injuries right away and try to make it to the hospital as soon as possible. The hospital will (a) make sure you're ok, and (b) provide additional official documentation of your injuries.
Number 6: If the police are shooting "less lethal" weapons, stay out of the way. I represented a gentleman who had his testicle shot off by a rubber bullet (in his words "I'm your uniballer case"). This was not a great experience, even though it was less than lethal. Less lethal can still kill. Police are taught not to shoot in the chest or head for that reason, but they miss.
It's no longer one victim, one city, one cop. It's now the entire country, thousands of victims, and thousands of cops. Which indicates to me a systemic problem with law enforcement methods today.
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As an attorney, do you advise against ever getting involved? In the case of George Floyd, if a civilian had come in and tackled the murderer, George Floyd would might still be alive. The civilian would be arrested, but isn't that a better outcome? And, how would such a situation likely play out in court? Cops use the "I was in fear for my life" all the time - frequently bogusly. Isn't "I feared for George Floyd's life" a legitimate defense against assaulting a police officer? This is a very important question. One I've thought of myself. Human beings tend to think in terms of self protection. You don't want to get involved in a police interaction because you might get hurt or shot. But if there is someone you can see that's being killed by the police in front of you, what choice are you going to make? If you interfere, you will be charged with a crime and arrested but you may save a man's life. And you can argue a legal defense in court that you were protecting another person's life. You might not win. But George Floyd might still be alive. This is more a humanitarian question than a legal question.
If you step in and you save someone's life like that, I will defend you.
Legally speaking, the George Floyd case is interesting. If you interfere, you don't have the hindsight that confirms that his life is in danger. But it took the police almost 9 minutes to kill him. So at some point between when he passed out and when the officers got off of him, you would probably have a reasonable defense in court. But legally it's clearly interfering with a police officer. I think that the George Floyd case may trigger more bystander inference than ever before.
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Here's what I've found, but maybe Michelle will have a better answer https://www.teenvogue.com/story/how-to-film-police-safely I love teenvogue! Those young writers are passionate and get the message out there. I hadn't seen this before - it's great! Think about your safety and your rights.
I've heard that one of the biggest problems with getting depositions from police officers is that numerous police officers will coordinate to get their stories straight before any kind of deposition. How serious a problem is that in your work? I start each case hoping the police will tell the truth, that they will man up and take responsibility for their actions. Honestly, 9 of 10 of my clients just want some acknowledgement of the wrongdoing and an apology. But law enforcement closes ranks when they are sued, they get together, compare their memories of the event. Sometimes there is a Grand Jury--In Oregon as in many states Grand Jury proceedings are secret. The Multnomah County DA convenes a grand jury for all police shooting death cases and publicizes the transcript.
In every "use of force" case in the larger departments I see "use of force" reviews--in shooting cases there is a criminal investigation by a multi-agency team of detectives and a Shooting Review Board. The agency always posts official press releases, sometimes the police post something about the shooting on social media. Sometimes old girlfriends have filed domestic violence claims or ex-wives will put information in the dissolution proceeding.
I always hire and use a forensic reconstructionist and usually a pathologist in death cases. I have used blood spatter experts, firearms experts and just about anyone I can think of to recreate that shooting scene especially if there are no videos of the event. If there are videos we get them cleaned up and slowed down--you would be amazed at what shows up on grainy dashcams. I interview everyone and depose every single cop involved in a case.
By the time I get to deposing the shooting officers, I know more about the shooting than they do. In Oregon officers do a "post shooting" walk through of the shooting. We don't get the transcript or report but we get pictures or a soundless video. These real time reconstructions create a much different picture than what officers will ultimately tell at deposition. You have to get them to provide false or misleading information in their deposition. I don't mean to be overly cynical but my experience at this point is that most officers I have deposed have lied, or "can't remember" a lot of information. For example, I have a shooting case now where two officers chased an unarmed young man into a darkened cul d' sac and shot him 12 times claiming he whirled on them after a fast foot chase with two knives, blades extended and lunged at them. All the shell cases from their weapons were over 25 feet in the opposite direction from where they claimed they were standing. The young man had been seen running with a cell phone moments before the shooting and one officer claimed he never saw the knives. Furthermore, the officers were left alone at the crime scene by themselves for almost 15 minutes and sent other officers away while they moved around the scene. Neighbors saw them moving the body and bending over the scene. The entire contents of the decedent's pockets were strewn on the ground and every single one of the 10 first responders including the shooting officer denied removing anything from the pockets. As my client's father said "What these things just magically flew out of his pockets while he's being shot to death". And three bullets came from the posterior angle--the back.
Clearly lies, clearly bullshit. But I will never get the officers to admit to lying. I can only point out the contradiction in evidence as opposed to their statements.
I guess my short answer--I expect them to lie. I spent weeks prepping for their depo and I just ask straightforward questions trying to get them to tell me a made up story.
Is it worth it, what you do? Do you have enough successes to make up for the emotional/mental toll of what you see/know? I had wanted to go into law, but my first instructor (undergrad) told me very bluntly that doing what she did (prosecutor) takes a massive emotional strength to get through some of the things you will become aware of. Do you get paid? I know this is a very stupid question, but I was wondering who funds help like you provide. Thank you for the work that you do. Do heros all have capes? I see this question as a bit of respite from answering questions about the cases I see. Thank you for asking. This work is not for everyone, I admit it. Sometimes I don't even think its for me. A long time friend of mine--a fabulous and stunningly good lawyer--just quit, he can't do it anymore. The desire to do good and make change is often greater than one's ability to do it. One famous lawyer in Seattle told me that I do "god's work". I believe the work is so very important--as we have seen these last few years watching the police go crazy.
If not us, then who?
I think I am reaching the end of my capacity to do this work. It is hard and it does build up. I work with other lawyers a lot, I am teaching some, I am writing more and I'm hoping that younger lawyers will be interested enough to pick this up. I'll give you any briefing, depositions, research and whatever knowledge I have to help. I'll whisper in your ear and wave my magic wand. I do switch between prison and police work when one gets too overwhelming. I just wrapped up ten rape/sex abuse cases in the women's prison against a prison nurse. That took a lot out of me so I'll do a couple of police cases for awhile.
Even if you get past the qualified immunity affirmative defense at the summary judgment stage, how do you get through to a jury when the cop says "I feared for my life" and "He reached for his waistband"? You do this kind of work, don't you? The top responses by a cop to your question: "He engaged in furtive movement", "He wouldn't show me his hands", "He lunged at me in a threatening manner", "He wouldn't obey commands", and yes "He reached for his waistband / pockets"
These cases are hard to prosecute because it's typically been the cops word against everyone else. Until this point in time juries gave a lot of deference to officers. They were our "heroes". In fact, The Culture Code, for cops was hero. But, with the advent of video that is changed. These last two weeks of real-time video of cops in action, I predict, will change juries view of that so-called hero.
What I do, I use forensic science to reconstruct shooting scenes so I can point out any and all inconsistencies with police testimony. I litigated a prison shooting case two years ago. A cop in a tower said that he could see my client stomping the head of the victim. We did a complete reconstruction on the prison yard and determined through science that the officer couldn't see anything. And then I showed the shooter went on comp-leave the next day, never returned to work, went on administrative leave and bought a winery with his comp settlement. So you have to create a villain, and he has to be bad. You should use science to disprove every lie or misstatement that cop makes, even the small ones.
If you can't use science, it's a much harder case. Unless there's a video. But there are always ways to attack the credibility of the officer. Including his past misconduct reports, eye witnesses, do the injuries match up with what the officer says, did his camera get conveniently turned off, was the person injured before he met the cop. The bottom line is if you only have the word of the cop against a private citizen, it used to be impossible to get past that. But the world has changed and you just keep fighting.
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i thought those are usually not admissible? Good catch.
Individual officers who are accused of misconduct and is investigated will have a file on each of those individual cases. Typically these are internal affairs investigations. These can be determined to be unfounded, sustained, or unproven.
In federal court in police misconduct cases I can get all past records of internal affairs or disciplinary matters involving the individual officer as part of discovery. They may or may not be admissible at trial. Admissibility at trial goes to: do these reports prove or disprove any issue at trial. If the police agency itself is a defendant and one of the claim is that they failed to supervise or there was a policy (official or unofficial) allowing the conduct then the disciplinary records are likely admissible. Similarly those past records of misconduct, if they are similar in pattern to the present case they can be admissible.
If the claim is a federal claim, it doesn't matter which court it's in. State court laws vary by state on evidentiary issues.
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So it is mandatory for lawyers to watch "My Cousin Vinnie"? How does it work if video was not admitted on a technicality? This and Perry Mason. My family won't watch lawyer shows anymore because I yell at the TV.
Dark Waters is actually a great movie on fighting against overwhelming and well funded evil, while never giving up.
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You're so awesome. We really appreciate your insight. Even though most of us in this thread and on this site probably already agree with you on almost every point, the details are what enable us to convince friends and family of the systemic problems in the prison and justice system. Edit: auto correct error Thank you so much! Keep fighting. Power to the people. We will win.
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xchris_topher: But also... I love it. freelancer042: Let's be real, son is helping because he's better at Reddit and thought that was a funny way to word it. This is true. Her original reply to my text about Reddit was: "What is Reddict?!"
-son
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Defer to the experts when your own knowledge is lacking. My son says he qualifies as a Reddit expert.
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Wow I've never had the AMA guest reply to me! If you have time, I have a question: Both my parents are attorneys, practiced for about 40 years each. Neither of them think the police are abusing their power or unjustly using force on the protesters. My father used to practice criminal law but does med. mal. and mediation now, my mom works in family law. I've shown them several of the videos of unprovoked police aggression, but they haven't budged. Is there any more you think I could do or show them to open their minds on this at all? Sounds like your folks are pretty entrenched in their views. If clear video evidence of these issues isn't enough to sway them, I'm not sure what will... But don't you give up!
In your opinion, how does the system remain so broken after years and years of talking about this stuff? Is it controlling interests or simply turning a blind eye? Really good question. I would honestly tear it all down and start over.
It remains broken because there's big money in law enforcement including providing equipment to each officer. For example, Taser, now Axon, worked for years to get Tasers on every officer and expensive training for each officer to be redone every two years. Now Axon is selling the uniform based video system they want all police departments to buy, and the expensive cloud-based video storage capabilities.
Each officer is required to carry a sidearm and some departments only allow them to carry one particular brand. Most departments have AR-15s for sniper shooting and the officers must be certified and trained on that. All of that riot gear you see cops wearing? Probably equals thousands of dollars per officer. Each one of these devices requires training, sometimes they go to Las Vegas and other venues on government dollars.
I'm not criticizing well trained officers or even a lot of the equipment that they have. But departments don't need all of the toys. And they're choosing training that emphasizes shoot-to-kill or "shoot until the threat stops". This mentality has produced a fear based system in politicians. Well armed cops are a sales tool for politicians: "If we don't arm our cops, we're gonna have thugs overtaking our city.", "Look at all pretty uniforms and shiny weapons that we're going to use to protect you.", and that's the lie. Instead of addressing problems like poverty, addiction, and mental health, we're throwing people in jail or killing them.
In my 30-some years, including some representing cops, I have found that cops are uniformly racist. I don't know if that's the egg or the chicken. They primarily arrest people of color, and so it reinforces a belief that color causes crime. And that's bullshit. Most cops do not have college education, have rarely traveled outside of where they work, most are white, and there is a fundamental group think in police departments. You do not snitch on a fellow cop. If you do, you become ostracized, and cops retaliate better than any other group on the planet.
Succinctly, the monetary incentive, racism, and group think contribute. But also, as social and financial disparity grow, so do our social problems, and we're asking police officers to be cops, social workers, mental health workers, and fix everything. We need to well fund addiction treatment, mental health housing, pay to get our kids educated in schools, and really look at the root of the problem. The wealthy really don't want to pay for the poor.
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Do you think that requiring cops to work alongside mental health workers and social workers would help? What about requiring more training in how to deescalate situations without using force? Yes to both! The city of Eugene (in Oregon) has a non-profit provider called Cahoots which the police call in mental health crisis / situations. It's brilliant.
My answer is yes. Either work alongside them or create multi-disciplinary teams to deal with street crime and domestic violence situations.
I want to do a bigger answer on de-escalation, but: police officers are trained to repel with the amount of force that they're faced with, but not more. The use of force is not a ladder. The officers are supposed to de-escalate when the force that they're facing is also reduced. For example, when someone is handcuffed sitting on a curb not doing anything, they can no longer use force against the detainee. Officers are also trained not to ever give up their control of a situation. So, if you call a cop a "motherfucker" that is disrespect and a loss of control, and they are taught to get control back. I've seen cops Taze someone to get them to shut up. I've seen officers choke someone to get them to shut up. I've seen cops engage in intentional "slip and fall" when putting suspects in the back of a vehicle because the suspect failed the "attitude test".
Hi, Michelle. I'm a transactional attorney based in Michigan. I don't have any background in crim pro beyond a 1L criminal law class; most of my expertise is in copyright and cyberlaw. Do you have any advice on getting more involved in fixing the system? I feel a moral obligation to help, but at the same time, I feel stymied by my lack of competence in the relevant subject areas and lack of connections to the people and organisations doing this kind of work. Thanks for your time and for the work you're doing! This is a complicated area of the law. Most civil rights lawyers who practice have been either criminal defense attorneys or prosecutors. It is important to understand the concepts that go into prosecuting a civil rights case. I would say that something like copyright or cyberlaw are very good foundations for 1st amendment work. Those deal with ideas, words, thoughts, and perhaps people impugning on those concepts. The 1st amendment deals with government restraining speech. To work with 1st amendment cases you have to understand what speech is.
However, 4th and 14th amendment work against law enforcement requires a strong knowledge of police practices, arrest procedures, and probable cause. This knowledge is hard to get simply from reading cases.
I would recommend volunteering with the National Lawyers Guild as a protest observer. Get involved in ACLU litigation on some of these issues. Volunteer with the Innocence Project to do investigation and research to become familiar familiar with what can happen in a bad arrest and prosecution case. Find a civil rights lawyer in your community and follow them around, read their pleadings, talk to them, and get familiar with what this work requires.
What is your opinion on the Portland Police Department’s response to protests in the following nights after the vandalizing of the Multnomah County Justice Center? It sucks.
I had hopes when they took a knee things were going to be different. What we have seen in these protests and vigils is what I've been seeing for 30 years. Law enforcement is so heavily armed they could be an occupying militia in our cities. They are also being trained to view all of us as the enemy. And so the response you see by the police is representative of their training, command structure, and a distancing from their real purpose in society.
I believe PPB acted like they always do in these situations and made it worse and caused greater harm. Most of the protests were simply peaceful folks walking to show their support for the rights and equality of African American citizens. Instead what we saw were the use of "less" lethal weapons, gas, and extreme physical force by robocops.
Law enforcement is only entitled to use force against citizens if force is being used against them. They are only entitled to use objectively reasonable force. Shooting a non-resistant protester holding a sign in the face with a projectile is not objectively reasonable.
While there were assholes present vandalizing a causing trouble, those individuals were easily distinguished from peaceful protesters. Vandalism and arson are crimes. Those individuals should be arrested. They still shouldn't be subject to extreme force. Everybody has the same rights. It is up to the police to assess each individual and each individual crime separately. They don't get to shoot me because some asshole is throwing rocks into a store. But the asshole is still protected from abusive police practices including excessive force.
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I hope at some point during your visit with us, you can talk a bit more about where these standards are codified. When I attended peace officer training to become a corrections officer, they taught "minimum force necessary to control a situation." That seems to be a thing of the past these days, but I am unfamiliar with whether to find standards in statutes, city codes, constitutional law, or departmental policy. Most of this is judge-made law.
1. A police officer may only use the amount of force objectively reasonable under the totality of the circumstances. This phrase comes from a supreme court case called Graham v. Connor. It is the bedrock of all police force cases. It has been virtually unchanged since 1989. This is about an African American with type one diabetes who had a low insulin reaction, was seen hurrying out of a store, which an officer determined was suspicious behavior. Graham was arrested and basically beaten for having an insulin reaction and being black.
2. The use of force is judged by events as they happen and as perceived by a "objectively reasonable officer". Not the officer involved in the use of force. You cannot use hindsight and it must be only the information known to the officer at the very moment that force was used. Other factors that can be considered to judge whether force was reasonable include: The crime being investigated, how many officers who are present, the size and age of the suspect in relation to the officer, what degree of force the suspect is using, and whether there are any weapons involved.
3. Many states also have statutes that define what kind of force an officer can use in an arrest. But these statutes cannot change, amend, or be less than the Graham v. Connor standard.
4. The same can be said for department standards and rules. These must comply with the Graham standard.
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If things are laid out this clearly how did the widespread unnecessarily violence become so prevelant? Is it really just years of white citizens looking the other way? I really sensed a change after 9/11. The Feds were handing out military grade equipment for free and the local police forces took the equipment. Even small police departments were creating SWAT teams and terrorist task forces. For example, the Pendleton, Oregon police department has a tactical response vehicle. It's a good 'ol boy ranching town with a population of about 16,000 people and they have a fucking tank...
I noticed that everybody was afraid after 9/11. Nobody knew where the bad guys were coming from. I hate to be cynical in retrospect, but they used the collective fear of the unknown, fear of terrorists, fear of the "brown people", fear of the immigrants, the fear of anyone who was attacking our identity as Americans and used it to build and abuse their power. And we let them. We were afraid.
And we never got control of it again. It's like we forgot what happens when we let the government get out of control. We chose to ignore these rules because we were afraid.
It's not like we were invaded and the change happened overnight. It was a slow process that we as a country allowed to happen. Many people, people of color, families at the border, etc, have had to suffer as a result and now we're at a tipping point where people are fighting back against our own government instead of the government fighting for us.
Thank you for posting your AMA. I have two questions, and I've tried to leave them open to your interpretation: (1) What are the top three civil rights with which you are most passionate to fight for, and why? (2) What's the #1 change you would make to the system, if you had the choice? Top three civil rights issues I'm passionate about:
1. Oddly, police shooting cases. I'm drawn to these because of the deep profound importance of what this means to our society. As I noted in a previous comment police officers are usually less than candid about these cases. I believe everyone has the right to know how these shootings take place. And we have the right to know about the officers who shoot people. These cases are complicated, fraught with emotion, and are usually politically charged. What better way for a cantankerous old lady to work out her frustrations.
2. Prison rape and sex abuse cases. I'm drawn to these cases for many of the same reasons I outlined above. But, on top of the importance of the issues I believe that vulnerable people who are incarcerated deserve and need greater levels of protection. I represent mostly women who are survivors of lifelong sex abuse, sex trafficking, or child porn and find themselves in prison believing that prison is the safest place they've ever been. Think about that. And then these women are raped by prison officials and have no way of reporting it and receive no treatment for it. These cases I do for my soul.
3. Prison medical cases. These cases are tough. I find it particularly repugnant that prison doctors and medical personnel will deny essential and life saving medical care to prisoners. This can often lead to death or irrecoverable damage. And the sheer indifference to suffering by prisoners is mind boggling. I don't make a lot of money on these cases but I feel like I'm saving lives and making a difference.
My number one change:
More transparency and accountability. Everything in these cases is done by the government who try to hide and disguise what happened. This is our government, they should be accountable to us. They should have to explain why they do these things and how they do it. I'm a little extreme on solutions, I believe police officers should have to undergo psych evals and have at least a 2 year college degree. I believe that all officers, to work the streets, should have mandatory body cams that are always on. If the camera gets turned off there should be mandatory disciplinary action. I believe that police unions are one of the biggest culprits behind our police culture today and if there was a legal way to get rid of them, I would do it.
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2020.08.13 19:38 yourmomsbroker If one video is staged, can't it all be staged?

Isn't it crazy how the video of Omar Jimenez getting arrested shocked the public (when it first appeared) and just looking back at it, looks incredibly fake. Link to CNN Vid
While I know we can all agree on its fake-ness, the results of it caused people to make assumptions without considering that it could be faked. Just look how awkward the "State Police" look when they are standing there in front of the cameraman, where are the protestors? Where are the firefighters putting out the building burning right in front of them? Let's not pretend that when people first seen the only black person out of the whole camera crew getting arrested, it triggered a racial-based response...

Let's talk about the "Viral video shows NYPD officers forcing protester into unmarked van" Video...
While the first reaction would be in disgust and anger, thus reaffirming the whole "Our fascist government is attacking us" claim, doesn't it come off sketchy in any way to you too? People are dressed in civilian clothing and using a minivan to nab someone off the street. But, on the inverse of that, wouldn't it be very easy to pay people to dress up like an Undercover Agent and "kidnap" another paid adversary? Can't civilians find prop-military geapolice-riot gear and just film themselves "abusing" other bad actors?
Military / Police Prop Sites:
https://www.militaryclothing.com
https://www.sharegrid.com/losangeles/l/120048-swat-riot-police-full-uniform-cop-props
^This one is kinda odd tbh, look at their members (Amazon, Disney, HBO, Facebook)
http://www.coppropshop.com
Speculation: I believe these cities (Portland, Seattle, NYC, Minneapolis, etc) are paying bad actors to make us believe that the police are targeting civilians, thus furthering the narrative that we should turn against our government. Why else would each mayor literally not give a shit about the property damage being done to their cities?
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The Seattle Police Department's $409 million budget was reduced by $3.5 million for the rest of the year
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The police are such babies
The cuts were made to top officers' salaries and eliminated the Navigation Team and SWAT Unit, according to KOMO.
"Why on Earth – for the people who've worked so very hard – would we ever consider not having the best of the best and compensating them fairly?" Best said at a press conference about the cuts last week.
lmao why don't you stop brutalizing people then
"nooooo not our grossly overpaid senior officers who oversaw brutalities with a smile, noooooooo not our units with the most civilian complaints"
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2020.08.08 03:19 amgv4qualitypills Cody Willis Spafford, killed by police (2014): a tragedy.

At 9:15 AM on April 3rd, 2014, Cody Willis Spafford entered Madison Park’s Wells Fargo Bank disguised by a brunette wig held on with a baseball cap, as well as white makeup and a false nose. (1) In one hand, he held a black rolling suitcase, and in the other, an airsoft pellet gun largely indistinguishable from an actual handgun. (2) Brandishing it at employees, he ordered them to empty their drawers of cash. Nervously, he repeatedly shouted at them to “hurry up” and claimed that he would shoot if he heard sirens. Witnesses would later describe him as extremely agitated, appearing high or mentally ill. (3)
It was later confirmed that Cody was high on heroin. After past struggles with substance abuse, he’d managed to go clean and move to Seattle for a fresh start. He would succeed in this, finding work as an oyster shucker at the extremely popular Ballard restaurant The Walrus and Carpenter in 2010, eventually moving up the ranks over the next four years to become sous chef and overall oyster program manager. (4) On his days off he was a regular at a variety of spots along Ballard Avenue. His friends and family knew him for his humility, work ethic, and endearingly juvenile humor (which “would have made him the coolest seventh grader ever,” according to good friend and fellow chef Alex Barkley). (5) By February of 2014, Cody, in a stroke of luck, had a once in a lifetime opportunity lined up to head his own kitchen at a new restaurant in New York City. (7) Everyone in his life supported the decision, and on the surface he was excited and optimistic, but this would mask his underlying money troubles, as well as a heroin addiction that he had somehow managed to keep a secret from even his closest friends and colleagues. (8) During his moving period, he notably also had received a DUI that promised to carry jail time. (9) The police shooting that would end his life was a tragic and horrific end as opposed to the help he desperately needed.
Ultimately, Spafford would direct employees to show him to the bank vault where he piled about $90,000 into his suitcase before fleeing the scene, speeding away in his car. (9) Five minutes later he would pass two women walking on McGilvra Boulevard East. They’d later report seeing him apparently wiping “something”, his disguise, off his face. (10)
Finally, at 9:26 AM, SPD would receive reports of Cody’s car having crashed and overturned, with Cody himself running away while supposedly pulling his suitcase with him and dropping articles of clothing. (11) Believing him to be armed, police officers, SWAT, and K-9 units, would descend on the area in an enormous manhunt, (12) but would fail to find Cody. As officers were returning to their cars however, (13) Cody was spotted in Seattle’s Denny-Blaine neighborhood on the massive former property of Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz (14) by Detective Jim Rodgers. Rodgers specializes in robbery cases and had been involved in two previous shooting incidents. (15) Rodgers and others would state they witnessed him run between two buildings on the property whereas they quickly followed him into a courtyard. Cody, however, would lose them, ultimately hiding on the roof of one of the property’s garage out of sight. (16) In response, the officers spread out, searching for him.
At this point, Rodgers, the only officer present with a rifle, claims he decided to scale one of the property’s retaining walls so as to apparently get a high vantage point from which he could cover his colleagues. The wall was adjacent to the garage Cody was hiding on, and Rodgers would move along it (17) until he suddenly spotted Cody supposedly holding an 8-inch knife and standing with his back to a separate wall at the far end of the garage roof. (18)
Rodgers would first alert his fellow officers and then order Cody to drop the knife, but Cody would refuse. Throughout the following, Rodgers remained the only one in view of Cody. (19) Following a brief exchange of words, Cody allegedly charged towards Rodgers, clutching his knife. With no non-lethal weapons on hand, the detective fired six to seven shots (20) killing Cody. (21) Rodgers was briefly placed on paid administrative leave during the investigation into Spafford’s death, as is commonplace in officer-involved shootings. His coworkers would later wonder why the larger Rodgers had not instead attempted to wrestle the weapon away from their 5’4” 125 pound friend. (23)
Reading through descriptions, we were confused as to several things. If Rodgers was on separate ground from Cody, a retaining wall as opposed to a garage roof, why did he employ lethal force? It’s possible that the retaining wall was right by the garage roof or within jumping distance, but this is not at all made clear in any articles. If the retaining wall in question was far away from the garage roof, it seems as if the shooting wasn’t justified. Again, the property grounds are large, and as far as we found using satellite imagery, it’s quite impossible to distinguish anything on the property as to be the garage and retaining wall in question.* Otherwise we want to ask why Rodgers felt the need to fire six to seven shots. Using several shots to disable a suspect is one thing, but six to seven seems excessive.
In the wake of the shooting, The Walrus and Carpenter, rather than disavow Cody, would instead celebrate him for how they remembered him, holding several nights of dining with all proceeds donated to a local charity devoted to drug abuse recovery efforts as well as leaving a trophy he’d won in a place of honor on their wall. Cody’s parents had asked them to leave it up, he’d won the trophy for shucking oysters. (23)
\If you are able to find anything in regards to the garage and retaining wall circumstances we would greatly appreciate hearing from you*
In-text Citations
https://www.seattletimes.com/news/bank-robber-shot-by-police-identified-as-popular-chef/
(1) (10) (14)
https://www.thestranger.com/slog/archives/2014/04/04/spd-says-detective-fired-six-or-seven-rifle-rounds-at-bank-robber-who-charged-with-knife
(2) (12) (15) (20)
https://www.seattlemet.com/news-and-city-life/2015/03/the-brief-extraordinary-life-of-cody-spafford-march-2015
(3) (4) (5) (7) (9) (13) (17) (23)
https://www.thestranger.com/seattle/the-secret-struggle-of-a-star-chef-killed-by-police/Content?oid=19234212
(18) (21) (22)
https://www.thestranger.com/slog/archives/2014/04/04/the-man-seattle-police-killed-yesterday-26-year-old-chef-cody-spafford
(8)
https://www.kiro7.com/news/details-emerge-dead-man-identified-madison-park-ba/82106398/
(11) (16) (19)
Other Sources
https://www.legacy.com/obituaries/saltlaketribune/obituary.aspx?n=cody-willis-spafford&pid=170555496
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2020.08.08 03:18 amgv4qualitypills Cody Willis Spafford, killed by police: a tragedy.

Time to get castigated again by out-of-state folk for writing about the police kekekekekkekekek
At 9:15 AM on April 3rd, 2014, Cody Willis Spafford entered Madison Park’s Wells Fargo Bank disguised by a brunette wig held on with a baseball cap, as well as white makeup and a false nose. (1) In one hand, he held a black rolling suitcase, and in the other, an airsoft pellet gun largely indistinguishable from an actual handgun. (2) Brandishing it at employees, he ordered them to empty their drawers of cash. Nervously, he repeatedly shouted at them to “hurry up” and claimed that he would shoot if he heard sirens. Witnesses would later describe him as extremely agitated, appearing high or mentally ill. (3)
It was later confirmed that Cody was high on heroin. After past struggles with substance abuse, he’d managed to go clean and move to Seattle for a fresh start. He would succeed in this, finding work as an oyster shucker at the extremely popular Ballard restaurant The Walrus and Carpenter in 2010, eventually moving up the ranks over the next four years to become sous chef and overall oyster program manager. (4) On his days off he was a regular at a variety of spots along Ballard Avenue. His friends and family knew him for his humility, work ethic, and endearingly juvenile humor (which “would have made him the coolest seventh grader ever,” according to good friend and fellow chef Alex Barkley). (5) By February of 2014, Cody, in a stroke of luck, had a once in a lifetime opportunity lined up to head his own kitchen at a new restaurant in New York City. (7) Everyone in his life supported the decision, and on the surface he was excited and optimistic, but this would mask his underlying money troubles, as well as a heroin addiction that he had somehow managed to keep a secret from even his closest friends and colleagues. (8) During his moving period, he notably also had received a DUI that promised to carry jail time. (9) The police shooting that would end his life was a tragic and horrific end as opposed to the help he desperately needed.
Ultimately, Spafford would direct employees to show him to the bank vault where he piled about $90,000 into his suitcase before fleeing the scene, speeding away in his car. (9) Five minutes later he would pass two women walking on McGilvra Boulevard East. They’d later report seeing him apparently wiping “something”, his disguise, off his face. (10)
Finally, at 9:26 AM, SPD would receive reports of Cody’s car having crashed and overturned, with Cody himself running away while supposedly pulling his suitcase with him and dropping articles of clothing. (11) Believing him to be armed, police officers, SWAT, and K-9 units, would descend on the area in an enormous manhunt, (12) but would fail to find Cody. As officers were returning to their cars however, (13) Cody was spotted in Seattle’s Denny-Blaine neighborhood on the massive former property of Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz (14) by Detective Jim Rodgers. Rodgers specializes in robbery cases and had been involved in two previous shooting incidents. (15) Rodgers and others would state they witnessed him run between two buildings on the property whereas they quickly followed him into a courtyard. Cody, however, would lose them, ultimately hiding on the roof of one of the property’s garage out of sight. (16) In response, the officers spread out, searching for him.
At this point, Rodgers, the only officer present with a rifle, claims he decided to scale one of the property’s retaining walls so as to apparently get a high vantage point from which he could cover his colleagues. The wall was adjacent to the garage Cody was hiding on, and Rodgers would move along it (17) until he suddenly spotted Cody supposedly holding an 8-inch knife and standing with his back to a separate wall at the far end of the garage roof. (18)
Rodgers would first alert his fellow officers and then order Cody to drop the knife, but Cody would refuse. Throughout the following, Rodgers remained the only one in view of Cody. (19) Following a brief exchange of words, Cody allegedly charged towards Rodgers, clutching his knife. With no non-lethal weapons on hand, the detective fired six to seven shots (20) killing Cody. (21) Rodgers was briefly placed on paid administrative leave during the investigation into Spafford’s death, as is commonplace in officer-involved shootings. His coworkers would later wonder why the larger Rodgers had not instead attempted to wrestle the weapon away from their 5’4” 125 pound friend. (23)
Reading through descriptions, we were confused as to several things. If Rodgers was on separate ground from Cody, a retaining wall as opposed to a garage roof, why did he employ lethal force? It’s possible that the retaining wall was right by the garage roof or within jumping distance, but this is not at all made clear in any articles. If the retaining wall in question was far away from the garage roof, it seems as if the shooting wasn’t justified. Again, the property grounds are large, and as far as we found using satellite imagery, it’s quite impossible to distinguish anything on the property as to be the garage and retaining wall in question.* Otherwise we want to ask why Rodgers felt the need to fire six to seven shots. Using several shots to disable a suspect is one thing, but six to seven seems excessive.
In the wake of the shooting, The Walrus and Carpenter, rather than disavow Cody, would instead celebrate him for how they remembered him, holding several nights of dining with all proceeds donated to a local charity devoted to drug abuse recovery efforts as well as leaving a trophy he’d won in a place of honor on their wall. Cody’s parents had asked them to leave it up, he’d won the trophy for shucking oysters. (23)
\If you are able to find anything in regards to the garage and retaining wall circumstances we would greatly appreciate hearing from you*
In-text Citations
https://www.seattletimes.com/news/bank-robber-shot-by-police-identified-as-popular-chef/
(1) (10) (14)
https://www.thestranger.com/slog/archives/2014/04/04/spd-says-detective-fired-six-or-seven-rifle-rounds-at-bank-robber-who-charged-with-knife
(2) (12) (15) (20)
https://www.seattlemet.com/news-and-city-life/2015/03/the-brief-extraordinary-life-of-cody-spafford-march-2015
(3) (4) (5) (7) (9) (13) (17) (23)
https://www.thestranger.com/seattle/the-secret-struggle-of-a-star-chef-killed-by-police/Content?oid=19234212
(18) (21) (22)
https://www.thestranger.com/slog/archives/2014/04/04/the-man-seattle-police-killed-yesterday-26-year-old-chef-cody-spafford
(8)
https://www.kiro7.com/news/details-emerge-dead-man-identified-madison-park-ba/82106398/
(11) (16) (19)
Other Sources
https://www.legacy.com/obituaries/saltlaketribune/obituary.aspx?n=cody-willis-spafford&pid=170555496
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2020.08.08 03:08 amgv4qualitypills Cody Willis Spafford, shot by police (2014): a tragedy.

At 9:15 AM on April 3rd, 2014, Cody Willis Spafford entered Madison Park’s Wells Fargo Bank disguised by a brunette wig held on with a baseball cap, as well as white makeup and a false nose. (1) In one hand, he held a black rolling suitcase, and in the other, an airsoft pellet gun largely indistinguishable from an actual handgun. (2) Brandishing it at employees, he ordered them to empty their drawers of cash. Nervously, he repeatedly shouted at them to “hurry up” and claimed that he would shoot if he heard sirens. Witnesses would later describe him as extremely agitated, appearing high or mentally ill. (3)
It was later confirmed that Cody was high on heroin. After past struggles with substance abuse, he’d managed to go clean and move to Seattle for a fresh start. He would succeed in this, finding work as an oyster shucker at the extremely popular Ballard restaurant The Walrus and Carpenter in 2010, eventually moving up the ranks over the next four years to become sous chef and overall oyster program manager. (4) On his days off he was a regular at a variety of spots along Ballard Avenue. His friends and family knew him for his humility, work ethic, and endearingly juvenile humor (which “would have made him the coolest seventh grader ever,” according to good friend and fellow chef Alex Barkley). (5) By February of 2014, Cody, in a stroke of luck, had a once in a lifetime opportunity lined up to head his own kitchen at a new restaurant in New York City. (7) Everyone in his life supported the decision, and on the surface he was excited and optimistic, but this would mask his underlying money troubles, as well as a heroin addiction that he had somehow managed to keep a secret from even his closest friends and colleagues. (8) During his moving period, he notably also had received a DUI that promised to carry jail time. (9) The police shooting that would end his life was a tragic and horrific end as opposed to the help he desperately needed.
Ultimately, Spafford would direct employees to show him to the bank vault where he piled about $90,000 into his suitcase before fleeing the scene, speeding away in his car. (9) Five minutes later he would pass two women walking on McGilvra Boulevard East. They’d later report seeing him apparently wiping “something”, his disguise, off his face. (10)
Finally, at 9:26 AM, SPD would receive reports of Cody’s car having crashed and overturned, with Cody himself running away while supposedly pulling his suitcase with him and dropping articles of clothing. (11) Believing him to be armed, police officers, SWAT, and K-9 units, would descend on the area in an enormous manhunt, (12) but would fail to find Cody. As officers were returning to their cars however, (13) Cody was spotted in Seattle’s Denny-Blaine neighborhood on the massive former property of Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz (14) by Detective Jim Rodgers. Rodgers specializes in robbery cases and had been involved in two previous shooting incidents. (15) Rodgers and others would state they witnessed him run between two buildings on the property whereas they quickly followed him into a courtyard. Cody, however, would lose them, ultimately hiding on the roof of one of the property’s garage out of sight. (16) In response, the officers spread out, searching for him.
At this point, Rodgers, the only officer present with a rifle, claims he decided to scale one of the property’s retaining walls so as to apparently get a high vantage point from which he could cover his colleagues. The wall was adjacent to the garage Cody was hiding on, and Rodgers would move along it (17) until he suddenly spotted Cody supposedly holding an 8-inch knife and standing with his back to a separate wall at the far end of the garage roof. (18)
Rodgers would first alert his fellow officers and then order Cody to drop the knife, but Cody would refuse. Throughout the following, Rodgers remained the only one in view of Cody. (19) Following a brief exchange of words, Cody allegedly charged towards Rodgers, clutching his knife. With no non-lethal weapons on hand, the detective fired six to seven shots (20) killing Cody. (21) Rodgers was briefly placed on paid administrative leave during the investigation into Spafford’s death, as is commonplace in officer-involved shootings. His coworkers would later wonder why the larger Rodgers had not instead attempted to wrestle the weapon away from their 5’4” 125 pound friend. (23)
Reading through descriptions, we were confused as to several things. If Rodgers was on separate ground from Cody, a retaining wall as opposed to a garage roof, why did he employ lethal force? It’s possible that the retaining wall was right by the garage roof or within jumping distance, but this is not at all made clear in any articles. If the retaining wall in question was far away from the garage roof, it seems as if the shooting wasn’t justified. Again, the property grounds are large, and as far as we found using satellite imagery, it’s quite impossible to distinguish anything on the property as to be the garage and retaining wall in question.* Otherwise we want to ask why Rodgers felt the need to fire six to seven shots. Using several shots to disable a suspect is one thing, but six to seven seems excessive.
In the wake of the shooting, The Walrus and Carpenter, rather than disavow Cody, would instead celebrate him for how they remembered him, holding several nights of dining with all proceeds donated to a local charity devoted to drug abuse recovery efforts as well as leaving a trophy he’d won in a place of honor on their wall. Cody’s parents had asked them to leave it up, he’d won the trophy for shucking oysters. (23)
\If you are able to find anything in regards to the garage and retaining wall circumstances we would greatly appreciate hearing from you*
In-text Citations
https://www.seattletimes.com/news/bank-robber-shot-by-police-identified-as-popular-chef/ (1) (10) (14)
https://www.thestranger.com/slog/archives/2014/04/04/spd-says-detective-fired-six-or-seven-rifle-rounds-at-bank-robber-who-charged-with-knife (2) (12) (15) (20)
https://www.seattlemet.com/news-and-city-life/2015/03/the-brief-extraordinary-life-of-cody-spafford-march-2015 (3) (4) (5) (7) (9) (13) (17) (23)
https://www.thestranger.com/seattle/the-secret-struggle-of-a-star-chef-killed-by-police/Content?oid=19234212 (18) (21) (22)
https://www.thestranger.com/slog/archives/2014/04/04/the-man-seattle-police-killed-yesterday-26-year-old-chef-cody-spafford (8)
https://www.kiro7.com/news/details-emerge-dead-man-identified-madison-park-ba/82106398/ (11) (16) (19)
Other Sources
https://www.legacy.com/obituaries/saltlaketribune/obituary.aspx?n=cody-willis-spafford&pid=170555496
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2020.08.04 17:17 RealFantasyWire 2019 Film Breakdown & 2020 Assessment: D.K. Metcalf


D.K METCALF 2019 FILM BREAKDOWN & 2020 Assessment

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Top 4 statistical performances:
wk 1 vs Bengals
wk 2 at Steelers
wk 9 vs Bucs
wk 17 vs 49ers

Week 1 vs Bengals
STATS

1st look:
His first regular reason catch was not a go route folks!
Efficient release and breaks into his slant with a pretty good burst.
#27 is draped over him but DK still catches it.

2nd look:
Fakes outside jab step and pulls it back inside to stack the DB.
This allows him to create separation on his crosser.
DK drags #27 for 5-6 yards before going down.

3rd look:
On 1st and ten, the Seahawks get aggressive and take a shot to DK
Here we get a glimpse of his long speed downfield creating a problem for DBs
Beautiful ball by Russ, and good ball tracking skills on display.
Awesome call and execution

4th look:
Labored release, particular breaking out of his jab step
Unable to get a step on the DB to have a chance at this ball.
Overthrown and incomplete.

5th look:
Average release, but he does a good job getting downfield on the scramble drill.
Absolute dime throw by Russ here.
DK is showing he can make catches in tight spaces and through contact.

SUMMARY:
Only 6 targets, but not too shabby at all for his NFL debut. gets in the endzone as well.

Week 2 at Steelers
STATS:

1st look:
It’s not the prettiest but it works!
Back shoulder throw towards the sideline. DK rotates clockwise which makes this harder on himself.
Extends his reach and comes down with it.

2nd look:
They go with the same route, this time on first down.
DK rotates clockwise on a back shoulder through and is unable to track the ball in time for a chance to catch this one.
Incomplete.

3rd look:
They continue to test the Steelers secondary downfield.
Not a fan of this release. comes off the snap intentionally slow.
A fake jab step inside or at least a head fake before accelerating downfield could have been more effective.
DB stays pinned to DK’s hip.

4th look:
1st and 10. appear to be a miscommunication between Russ & DK.
Russ wanted him to take this to the sideline on a back shoulder, instead, he goes downfield.

5th look:
Another shot downfield. Russ under throws this one.
DK draws an OPI call to keep the defender from a potential interception.

6th look:
Russ catches the blitz and finds DK as his hot read.
We get a good sense of DK raw power here. gains an additional 6 yards through contact before going down.
That stiff arm 👀

7th look:
They continually push the ball downfield without much success.
This was a highlight reel catch that he, unfortunately, couldn’t come down with.
He turns his body and high points the ball over #22. but the DB manages to swat the ball out of DKs possession.

8th look:
3rd and 4. And we get a glimpse of DK in the slot.
This works out perfectly as they finally connect on the deep shot for a touchdown.
A no-frills run down the field and beats his man to a well-placed ball in the endzone.
Touchdown.
Game set and match.

SUMMARY:
It was nice to see DK get work in the slot. I'd like to see more of this.
DK and Russ struggled to consistently connect on their sideline throws.
But on the plays that went well, he showed flickers of a dangerous deep threat.

Week 9 vs Buccanneers
STATS

1st look:
Starts with a curl route.
Creates a pocket to throw to by faking outside and rounding off his curl to box out the defender from having a chance at making a play on the ball.
DB uses the bailout technique which creates the space for DK. his long speed is respected.

2nd look:
Back shoulder attempt that once again does not connect.
This has proven to be an inefficient combo between Russ and DK so far.
#35 gets a hand on it.

3rd look:
A fun little reverse here!
Goes for 7 yards. Carroll is the type of coach that can get the ball to his playmakers. I’d like to see more of this.
Utilize DK’s raw power and stiff arm capabilities to punish DB’s.
Imagine Hines Ward-Esque utilization?

4th look:
This was a great throw and an impressive display of ball-tracking concentration and high pointing the football.
Poor spatial awareness and body control to keep his trailing step inbounds.
Ruled out of bounds. incomplete.

5th look:
2 point attempt here. this was a great play call schemed up by Carroll.
Pre-snap motion to fake an end-around RPO. DK crosses to find an open spot in the defense.
Easy conversion.

6th look:
His first catch was a slant, and we see a return of that here.
DB plays off, giving DK ample space to make the catch and turn upfield.
He’s pretty tough to bring down.

7th look:
A scramble drill, DK does a great job transitioning his slant downfield.
Unfortunately, Russ throws it a tad too deep. this could have been a TD if it connects.
Missed opportunity.

8th look:
2nd and 4 in the red zone.
DK runs a simple fade towards the pylon.
Russ throws it too far inside, incomplete.
DK forgetting route assignments or if its an accuracy thing with Russ?
If DK rounds his route this from a fade to an out, this is a TD.

9th look:
4 minutes in the 4th, tie game.
DK breaks out for an explosive touchdown on this crossing route. I’d like to see more of this from DK in Seattle.
Drives inside early, to steal inside leverage and get behind the secondary.
Outpaces his man to the endzone for a TD.

10th look:
Another crossing route, another chunk gain. Shakes off his defender's poor tackle attempt and steams his way forward for an additional 12 yards

11th look:
Bubble route to counter the off coverage TB is playing. he gets an easy 5 yards.
He fakes it inside before changing to the sideline.
Not very agile on feet.
Could have gone for more yards if he takes it to the sideline right away. preventing #54 from catching up.

12th look:
DK draws illegal contact on the defense here in overtime.
He runs into the DB when faking inside and creates contact as he shifts his direction downfield.
Had a chance at catching this. beautiful throw by Russ. Falls right into DK cradled arms but can’t hold on.

13th look:
In overtime.
The best route I’ve seen from him so far.
Stutter step and acceleration back downfield froze the DB. gains outside leverage.
Turns at the right moment for the catch
Great catch, great ball placement.
This puts Seattle in the red zone for a W in OT.

SUMMARY:
They may not be an efficient duo at this time. But they make plays when it matters most. Russ does a great job throwing DK open in spots to make plays.
His release needs diversity and burst to be a dangerous deep threat.

Week 17 vs 49ers
STATS

1st look:
This was a nice comeback route. Russ puts this in a terrific spot along the sideline.
Good body control and concentration by DK to catch this one.
Russ sails this a bit high, but it bounces right through DK’s hands.
Concentration through the catch needs work

2nd look:
3rd and 4.
Lackluster slant here. rounded it off and did not create a break in the route to try and create separation
He still had a chance at catching it since he did successfully box out the DB.
Tries to catch it with his body and it’s dropped.

3rd look:
DK labors himself downfield.
Decent job turning around but I like his hustle to come back to track the ball along the sideline.
Highpoints the ball and it's completed for a nice chunk gain.

4th look:
A better slant here. jabs and attempts to drive inward.
It's a pretty good route but an even better timing and placement by Russ here.
This is a good example of how elite QBs can elevate their receivers' play.
Good catch in tighter traffic.

5th look:
This one on Russ. great play scheme by the Seahawks
DK gets open on the crosser. his slow take off the line creates the illusion of a run. he sifts through traffic before accelerating across the field behind the backers.
Not a good throw here by Russ. incomplete.

6th look:
I commend Seattle for pushing the ball downfield to DK.
But these shots along the sideline are consistently incomplete.
A very tight window that Russ places in perfectly
Tough catch but it did touch his hands. unable to come down with it.

7th look:
This was a cool route. he fakes inside leverage with a rounded inside to outside path off his release.
Uses hips to accelerate towards the pylon.
Turns at the perfect time, highpoints the ball as well.
TD.

8th look:
Great timing route here. Russ throws this as DK starts his break towards the sideline
A routine catch here. DB never had a chance.

9th look:
DK’s best break out of his comeback route here.

10th look:
“just sprint down the sideline, turn around and find the ball”
The DB complacently tracks the ball. makes it easy for DK to catch this one.
Easy chunk play. DK drives through the tackle for an additional 4 yards.

11th look:
Yet another comeback route. Russ let’s this one sail high.
Incomplete.

12th look:
Good release here. incorporates a hop step, fakes outside leverage to stack the WR and he breaks it inside.
#41 recovers and makes a great play to swat the ball. Russ got this one out a tad late. DK also doesn’t attack the ball. incomplete.

FINAL THOUGHTS:
D.K is still very much of a raw prospect. there's no doubting his physical talents but at times he looks slower than his combine measurements would lead you to believe.
If he can get the game to slow down for him, he can make better decisions faster.
He has shown the ability for being a threat in the open field and his long speed is great. He has a knack for high pointing balls and getting his body turned to make plays.
Quicker releases, breaks out of his routes, and a diverse route tree needs to be expanded on in 2020.
It's clear the Seahawks are committed to incorporating him into the offense. let's hope they expand upon that in 2020.
Let's see them use him more like AJ Brown in Tennessee. Lot's of crossers, intermediate out routes.
Also, get him in space at the LOS on bubbles and swing passes.
I anticipate he will be a decent WR2 option with the occasional boom week. However, his current ADP does not afford you any value discounts.

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2020.07.31 21:49 andthedevilissix Seattle City Council's plan for police reform

Here's the meat, and the link
BLUEPRINT FOR DIVESTMENT
To achieve immediate cuts to SPD’s remaining 2020 budget, the City must reorganize the department to reduce its size, while reallocating its funds and positions to City departments and community organizations better suited to creating public safety and health. To be clear, these cuts would come from SPD’s budget for the last four months of the year, and would be phased in during the last four months of 2020. Some of these cuts would come from fully eliminating SPD functions, some would come from transitioning functions out of SPD that should never have been under police control to begin with, and others will come from hiring freezes and reductions in staffing.
All cuts previously identified by Mayor Durkan (totalling 20 million) should be transferred to the reinvestments named in this blueprint. The divestments named below expand on these cuts. Cuts could come from many places in SPD’s bloated budget, and should include the following actions:
• Freeze hiring. Any planned hiring, including for individuals in the training pipeline, should be cancelled.
• Eliminate funds for recruitment and retention, including bonuses for new hires.
• Remove the Office of Collaborative Policing, including Navigation Team. While some programs of this office, along with their administrative infrastructure, should be eliminated altogether, others could be moved to a civilian-controlled city agency. o Eliminate: Navigation Team, Community Outreach Administration
• Transfer out of SPD control: Crisis Intervention Response, Community Service Officers
• Eliminate spending on new equipment
• Eliminate Data-driven policing
• Eliminate spending on North Precinct Capital Project
• Eliminate Professional Services -Including:
§ Photo Enforcement
§ Sworn Hiring in HR
§ Recruitment and Retention
§ Community Outreach
§ Implicit Bias Training
§ Communications
• Cut SPD’s spending on Homeland Security (a misnamed unit that is mostly assigned to large events like Bumbershoot)
• Eliminate SWAT Team funding
• End contracts with private firms that defend SPD and the City against police misconduct lawsuits
• Eliminate SPD’s travel and training budget
• End overtime pay, including for Emphasis Patrols
• Reduce patrol staffing, with corresponding reduction in administrative staffing
• Transfer 911 dispatch out of Seattle Police Department to civilian control.
• Transfer traffic/parking enforcement out of SPD control.
• Transfer Office of Police Accountability out of SPD control.
• Transfer Office of Emergency Management out of SPD control
Another key quote:
City-wide dialogues about expanded notions of community safety will inform the roadmap City leaders need to move forward with further cuts to SPD’s budget. The funding from the City to support the research will allow people who are most directly impacted by police contact and surveillance to systematically produce their own solutions to guide the City’s next steps.
I don't know exactly what "expanded notions of community safety" means, but it does sound a little...doublespeaky.
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2020.07.29 13:53 graneflatsis Comprehensive list of Qanon related incidents

This is a chronological list of significant happenings involving Qanon. Please contribute additional instances, corrections or suggestions.
Doxxing, online threats
San Francisco, California on March 14, 2018
Reddit bans popular deep state conspiracy forum [CBTS_stream] for ‘inciting violence’
State Rep promotes, later dismisses Qanon
Charleston, South Carolina on April 19, 2018 - @March 21, 2019
State Rep Lin Bennett’s Qanon comments on facebook
Despite calling Qanon ‘legit,’ SC lawmaker says she no longer believes conspiracy theory
False child sex trafficking allegations, trespass
Tuscon, Arizona on May 31, 2018
Tuscon, Arizona on July 22, 2018
Conspiracy theories inspire vigilante justice in Tucson
“Lewis Arthur” of false sex-trafficking report arrested by TPD
Hoover dam armored car standoff
Kingman, Arizona on June 15, 2018
Suspect in Hoover Dam standoff writes Trump, cites conspiracy in letters
Q posts pic of man outside Avenatti's office
Newport Beach, California on July 30, 2018
Michael Avenatti seeks police help after mysterious conspiracy figure QAnon posts photo of man in black near his office
Presidential assassination threat
Tulsa, Oklahoma - Arrested July 31, 2018 in Berwick, Pennsylvania
Qanon referenced by man arrested for threatening to kill Trump
Arson of 23,000 acres
Riverside & Orange County, California on August 6, 2018
Ties to Qanon: California wildfire suspect posted about Qanon, other conspiracies
Better Story: Holy fire arson suspect pleads not guilty
Qanon supporter meets with US president
Washington, DC on August 23, 2018
A prominent conspiracy theorist met with trump at the White House
Cyberstalking & mass shooting threats
Cave Junction, Oregon on August 23, 2018
Oregon man charged for making threats to youtube employees promoted Qanon, other conspiracy theories
Doxxing, online threats
San Francisco, California on September 12, 2018
Reddit bans greatawakening, the main subreddit for Qanon conspiracy theorists
Swat member investigated and demoted
Broward County, Florida on November 30, 2018
South Florida Qanon cop gets demoted from Swat team
Former White House staff member promotes Qanon
Washington, DC on December 7, 2018
The Mooch tries out new role as Qanon troll
Councilwoman quotes Q drop in speech
San Juan Capistrano, California on December 12, 2018
SJC Councilwoman quotes “Qanon” in bizarre farewell speech
Murder
Seattle, Washington on January 6, 2019
Qanon-believing Proud Boy accused of murdering ‘Lizard’ brother with sword
Arson
Washington, DC on January 23, 2019
'Pizzagate' video was posted to youtube account of alleged arsonist's parents before fire
Murder
Staten Island, New York on March 13, 2019
Qanon conspiracy-believing mob boss killer’s confession to police ruled admissible
Detained migrants, felon in possession of firearms
Flora Vista, New Mexico on April 18, 2019
FBI arrests New Mexico border militia leader Larry Mitchell Hopkins
Online threats
Grass Valley, California on April 29, 2019
Qanon causes charter school to cancel fundraiser
Suicide
Bellemont, Arizona on May 13, 2019
Hollywood Qanon promoter dies after throwing himself off bridge
FBI field office calls Qanon a domestic terror threat
Phoenix, Arizona on May 30, 2019
FBI document warns conspiracy theories are a new domestic terrorism threat
Memo pdf
Qanon supporter attends White House summit
Washington, DC on July 11, 2019
Trump’s “social media summit” is a far-right troll convention
White House social media summit recap
Remarks by president Trump at the presidential social media summit
Qanon promoted at Trump rally
Cincinnati, Ohio on August 1, 2019
Qanon slogan spoken from Trump rally podium as FBI warns about conspiracy theory-related violence
Congressman promotes Qanon
Prescott, Arizona on August 12, 2019
GOP Rep pushes Qanon theory that British agents conspired with Democrats in coup attempt against Trump
Flynn & Papadopolous book then cancel Qanon conference
Atlanta, Georgia on Aug 14-17, 2019
Michael Flynn just pulled out of a Qanon-connected fundraiser
Teacher promotes Qanon in class
Mesa, Arizona on August 26, 2019
Mesa college fires professor who promoted Qanon conspiracy theory
Church vandalized
Sedona, Arizona on September 25, 2019
Qanon supporter charged with hate crime after attack on famous Christian church in Arizona
Judge emails journalist
Helena, Montana on November 12, 2019
Helena judge reprimanded by discipline board over Qanon email
Kidnapping plot
Parker, Colorado - Arrested in Kalispell, Montana on December 30, 2019
Qanon believer teamed up with conspiracy theorists to plot kidnapping, police say
Mass shooting, murdesuicide
Hanau, Germany on February 19, 2020
11 Dead
Paranoia, racism: German killer drew on conspiracy tropes
Kidnapping
Logan County, Kentucky on March 20, 2020
Qanon mom charged with kidnapping her kids
Extortion & hacking
Chandler, Arizona on March 31, 2020
Baby Qanon was just arrested
Train wrecking
Los Angeles, California on April 1, 2020
Train operator at Port of Los Angeles charged with derailing locomotive near U.S. Navy’s Hospital Ship Mercy
Mayor pro tem promotes Qanon
Colleyville, Texas on April 6, 2020
A bizarre conspiracy fantasy creeps into Texas politics: Candidates promoting ‘Q’
Death threats
Detroit, Michigan on April 14, 2020
Downtown Detroit realtor charged with threatening to kill Whitmer, Nessel
Link to Qanon
Death threat, illegal weapons
New York, New York on April 29, 2020
A Qanon devotee live-streamed her trip to N.Y. to ‘take out’ Joe Biden
Coup attempt
La Guaira, Venezuela on May 1, 2020
6 Dead, 13 Captured
Captured American mercenary appears to be really into Qanon
US President promotes Qanon 131 times
Washington, DC by May 11, 2020
Trump has repeatedly amplified Qanon twitter accounts. The FBI has linked the conspiracy theory to domestic terror.
Online threat
Chattanooga, Tennessee on May 17, 2020
Chattanooga software firm Transcard terminates employee after firestorm over Obama noose meme
Qanon follower confirmed as Director of National Intelligence
Washington, DC on May 21, 2020
Senate approves John Ratcliffe as top U.S. spy
Qanon with his 5 kids rams police cruiser, crashes into tree
North Hampton, Massachusetts on June 11, 2020
'We don't want to die': Father livestreams multi-town police chase with 5 kids in van
Link to Qanon
Pastor shows Qanon video, gives sermon on it
Grandville, Michigan on June 15, 2020
Pastor preaches discredited Covid-19 video to congregation
Follower refuses care for child, who dies
Fort Myers, Florida on June 23, 2020
Covid-19 death of Florida teen is tangled in politics
Mask exempt card creator follows Qanon
Laguna Niguel, California on June 25, 2020
The face mask exempt card con and the group behind it
link to Qanon
Attempted assassination of the Prime Minister of Canada
‎Ottawa, Canada on July 3, 2020
Armed man who allegedly stormed Trudeau's residence appears to have posted Qanon content
Former National Security Adviser posts Qanon oath video
Middletown, Rhode Island on July 4, 2020
Michael Flynn posts video featuring Qanon slogans
Vandalism
Scottsdale, Arizona on July 5, 2020
Arizona PR exec and Qanon follower films herself trashing rack of face masks in Target
Qanon running for Congress
Washington, DC on July 12, 2020
11 GOP congressional nominees support Qanon conspiracy
Online harassment
San Francisco, California on July 16, 2020
A helpful summary Of the Chrissy Teigen conspiracy theorist drama
Fox News & Eric Trump promote Qanon
New York, New York on July 25, 2020
Fox News host to Eric Trump: Qanon has 'Uncovered a lot of great stuff'
Other incidents
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2020.07.29 13:51 graneflatsis Comprehensive list of Qanon related incidents

This is a chronological list of significant happenings involving Qanon. Please contribute additional instances, corrections or suggestions.
Doxxing, online threats
San Francisco, California on March 14, 2018
Reddit bans popular deep state conspiracy forum [CBTS_stream] for ‘inciting violence’
State Rep promotes, later dismisses Qanon
Charleston, South Carolina on April 19, 2018 - @March 21, 2019
State Rep Lin Bennett’s Qanon comments on facebook
Despite calling Qanon ‘legit,’ SC lawmaker says she no longer believes conspiracy theory
False child sex trafficking allegations, trespass
Tuscon, Arizona on May 31, 2018
Tuscon, Arizona on July 22, 2018
Conspiracy theories inspire vigilante justice in Tucson
“Lewis Arthur” of false sex-trafficking report arrested by TPD
Hoover dam armored car standoff
Kingman, Arizona on June 15, 2018
Suspect in Hoover Dam standoff writes Trump, cites conspiracy in letters
Q posts pic of man outside Avenatti's office
Newport Beach, California on July 30, 2018
Michael Avenatti seeks police help after mysterious conspiracy figure QAnon posts photo of man in black near his office
Presidential assassination threat
Tulsa, Oklahoma - Arrested July 31, 2018 in Berwick, Pennsylvania
Qanon referenced by man arrested for threatening to kill Trump
Arson of 23,000 acres
Riverside & Orange County, California on August 6, 2018
Ties to Qanon: California wildfire suspect posted about Qanon, other conspiracies
Better Story: Holy fire arson suspect pleads not guilty
Qanon supporter meets with US president
Washington, DC on August 23, 2018
A prominent conspiracy theorist met with trump at the White House
Cyberstalking & mass shooting threats
Cave Junction, Oregon on August 23, 2018
Oregon man charged for making threats to youtube employees promoted Qanon, other conspiracy theories
Doxxing, online threats
San Francisco, California on September 12, 2018
Reddit bans greatawakening, the main subreddit for Qanon conspiracy theorists
Swat member investigated and demoted
Broward County, Florida on November 30, 2018
South Florida Qanon cop gets demoted from Swat team
Former White House staff member promotes Qanon
Washington, DC on December 7, 2018
The Mooch tries out new role as Qanon troll
Councilwoman quotes Q drop in speech
San Juan Capistrano, California on December 12, 2018
SJC Councilwoman quotes “Qanon” in bizarre farewell speech
Murder
Seattle, Washington on January 6, 2019
Qanon-believing Proud Boy accused of murdering ‘Lizard’ brother with sword
Arson
Washington, DC on January 23, 2019
'Pizzagate' video was posted to youtube account of alleged arsonist's parents before fire
Murder
Staten Island, New York on March 13, 2019
Qanon conspiracy-believing mob boss killer’s confession to police ruled admissible
Detained migrants, felon in possession of firearms
Flora Vista, New Mexico on April 18, 2019
FBI arrests New Mexico border militia leader Larry Mitchell Hopkins
Online threats
Grass Valley, California on April 29, 2019
Qanon causes charter school to cancel fundraiser
Suicide
Bellemont, Arizona on May 13, 2019
Hollywood Qanon promoter dies after throwing himself off bridge
FBI field office calls Qanon a domestic terror threat
Phoenix, Arizona on May 30, 2019
FBI document warns conspiracy theories are a new domestic terrorism threat
Memo pdf
Qanon supporter attends White House summit
Washington, DC on July 11, 2019
Trump’s “social media summit” is a far-right troll convention
White House social media summit recap
Remarks by president Trump at the presidential social media summit
Qanon promoted at Trump rally
Cincinnati, Ohio on August 1, 2019
Qanon slogan spoken from Trump rally podium as FBI warns about conspiracy theory-related violence
Congressman promotes Qanon
Prescott, Arizona on August 12, 2019
GOP Rep pushes Qanon theory that British agents conspired with Democrats in coup attempt against Trump
Flynn & Papadopolous book then cancel Qanon conference
Atlanta, Georgia on Aug 14-17, 2019
Michael Flynn just pulled out of a Qanon-connected fundraiser
Teacher promotes Qanon in class
Mesa, Arizona on August 26, 2019
Mesa college fires professor who promoted Qanon conspiracy theory
Church vandalized
Sedona, Arizona on September 25, 2019
Qanon supporter charged with hate crime after attack on famous Christian church in Arizona
Judge emails journalist
Helena, Montana on November 12, 2019
Helena judge reprimanded by discipline board over Qanon email
Kidnapping plot
Parker, Colorado - Arrested in Kalispell, Montana on December 30, 2019
Qanon believer teamed up with conspiracy theorists to plot kidnapping, police say
Mass shooting, murdesuicide
Hanau, Germany on February 19, 2020
11 Dead
Paranoia, racism: German killer drew on conspiracy tropes
Kidnapping
Logan County, Kentucky on March 20, 2020
Qanon mom charged with kidnapping her kids
Extortion & hacking
Chandler, Arizona on March 31, 2020
Baby Qanon was just arrested
Train wrecking
Los Angeles, California on April 1, 2020
Train operator at Port of Los Angeles charged with derailing locomotive near U.S. Navy’s Hospital Ship Mercy
Mayor pro tem promotes Qanon
Colleyville, Texas on April 6, 2020
A bizarre conspiracy fantasy creeps into Texas politics: Candidates promoting ‘Q’
Death threats
Detroit, Michigan on April 14, 2020
Downtown Detroit realtor charged with threatening to kill Whitmer, Nessel
Link to Qanon
Death threat, illegal weapons
New York, New York on April 29, 2020
A Qanon devotee live-streamed her trip to N.Y. to ‘take out’ Joe Biden
Coup attempt
La Guaira, Venezuela on May 1, 2020
6 Dead, 13 Captured
Captured American mercenary appears to be really into Qanon
US President promotes Qanon 131 times
Washington, DC by May 11, 2020
Trump has repeatedly amplified Qanon twitter accounts. The FBI has linked the conspiracy theory to domestic terror.
Online threat
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Chattanooga software firm Transcard terminates employee after firestorm over Obama noose meme
Qanon follower confirmed as Director of National Intelligence
Washington, DC on May 21, 2020
Senate approves John Ratcliffe as top U.S. spy
Qanon with his 5 kids rams police cruiser, crashes into tree
North Hampton, Massachusetts on June 11, 2020
'We don't want to die': Father livestreams multi-town police chase with 5 kids in van
Link to Qanon
Pastor shows Qanon video, gives sermon on it
Grandville, Michigan on June 15, 2020
Pastor preaches discredited Covid-19 video to congregation
Follower refuses care for child, who dies
Fort Myers, Florida on June 23, 2020
Covid-19 death of Florida teen is tangled in politics
Mask exempt card creator follows Qanon
Laguna Niguel, California on June 25, 2020
The face mask exempt card con and the group behind it
link to Qanon
Attempted assassination of the Prime Minister of Canada
‎Ottawa, Canada on July 3, 2020
Armed man who allegedly stormed Trudeau's residence appears to have posted Qanon content
Former National Security Adviser posts Qanon oath video
Middletown, Rhode Island on July 4, 2020
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Vandalism
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Arizona PR exec and Qanon follower films herself trashing rack of face masks in Target
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11 GOP congressional nominees support Qanon conspiracy
Online harassment
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Fox News & Eric Trump promote Qanon
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2020.07.17 16:01 autotldr Trump Sent Cops to Portland and They're ‘Kidnapping People Off The Streets’

This is the best tl;dr I could make, original reduced by 67%. (I'm a bot)
Federal law enforcement officials deployed by President Donald Trump to Portland, Oregon are, by all accounts, operating as if the city is a police state, according to multiple reports and videos.
In recent weeks, camouflaged federal officers from the U.S. Marshals Special Operations Group and the Border Patrol Tactical Unit, the Border Patrol's rough equivalent of a SWAT team, have been patrolling the city, which has seen ongoing protests since the death of George Floyd in police custody in Minneapolis in May. But in recent days, these federal law enforcement officers have escalated their tactics, using unmarked cars to grab protesters and arrest them, Oregon Public Broadcasting reported late Thursday night.
As a result, federal law enforcement has been in Portland since July 2, and they've also been deployed in at least two other cities, Seattle and Washington D.C., according to Willamette Week.
President Trump and administration officials have praised federal law enforcement's actions in Portland who've claimed that Portland officials and local police couldn't handle the protests.
Chad Wolf visited the city Thursday afternoon and in a statement, referred to federal action in Portland as a "Siege."
Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler and Oregon Gov. Kate Brown have also said they want the feds out of Portland.
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2020.07.14 22:02 amgv4qualitypills The Aaron Roberts Story or How One Cop Terrorized Generations of a Single Black Family

Writing this for something else, would appreciate feedback
To Whom It May Concern: I knew going into this incident that it was by all means a tragedy. This said, I thought at most I’d hit two pages; the shit simply did not stop. Nevertheless, I think the story is still incredibly worth hearing, so please do give it a chance. It might just give you a new perspective on Seattle.
On May 31st, 2001, at 11:13 PM, Aaron “Smokey” Roberts stepped away from Collins Gold Exchange, a smokeshop in the Central District. An autopsy would later find he had been high on cocaine, ecstasy, and heroin. He had just won the lottery. (1)
After waiting for an opening, Roberts would go on to back the Cadillac he was driving, his mother’s, out of the smokeshop lot. He did so across two lanes; almost instantly a police cruiser driven by Officer Greg Neubert and his partner Craig Price flashed its lights. Neubert would later claim he had to brake for Roberts and figured that he might have had a drunk driver on his hands (2) -- race had nothing to do with it. (3) Roberts’ older brother would later disagree: “it was a Cadillac and there was a black man driving it”, he would contend as the reason. (4)
This was not the first time Roberts had encountered Officer Neubert. On January 8th, 2000, Neubert had in fact booked Roberts for robbery/assault that would ultimately result in unlawful gun possession charges. He would later claim he hadn’t recognized him. (5) Roberts’s family would later contest this claim. (6)
Regardless, Roberts pulled over quickly, apparently so much so that Neubert thought it out of the ordinary. (7) Nevertheless, Neubert and Price approach Robert’s car. “Driver’s license, registration, and proof of insurance,” Neubert demanded. But Robert had nothing besides the car’s ownership record listed in his mother’s name, Deloris, stashed in the glove compartment. He told the officers the car was his girlfriend’s. Otherwise all he had to offer Neubert were various scraps, lottery tickets. Throughout the process, Neubert noticed the car was still running. He casually asked Roberts to turn off the car, to which Roberts shifted into park but left the motor running. The stop continued. At one point Roberts would address Neubert by name. Post-incident Neubert and Price would describe Roberts as having been pleasant, smiling, even, which is supposedly what made his subsequent actions so surprising to them. (8)
According to the officers, as Neubert was reviewing Roberts’ documents, Roberts suddenly grabbed Neubert’s wrist, pulled it towards him through his vehicle’s window, and then shifted into drive. The exact specifics are confused, but what we do know is this: Roberts vehicle would travel up and down the street with Officer Neubert in its driver-side window and Officer Price running alongside its passenger side. The scene was utter chaos, with the Cadillac moving, Aaron Roberts and Officer Neubert wrestling, and everyone screaming. By this time Office Price had drawn his firearm; Neubert, supposedly fearing for his life, would shout for him to fire multiple times before Price, jumping into the vehicle’s passenger seat, would finally do so, firing a single shot which fatally wounded Roberts. Shortly after, Neubert was thrown from the window as the Cadillac smashed into a planter on the side of the road. Supporting officers and medics would soon arrive, and Roberts would be transported to Harborview Medical Center, but he would die less than an hour later. Neubert received minor bruising and was released from Harborview the same night. (9)
At first, SPD would claim that the Roberts had sped his vehicle down the road at a rapid pace and, unable to keep up, had been dragged by it. This was later quietly dropped in favor of his being forced to run alongside the car. A witness, however, would state that even from a distance she could tell the car was rolling slowly, at walking speed. (10) Finally, in a statement several days after the incident, Neubert wrote that he had been pulled in halfway through the window by Roberts. (11)
Douglas Wilson, attorney for the Roberts family, would cast doubt on SPD’s first statements, cross-examining Neubert during the shooting’s inquest hearing.* Why was Neubert not seriously hurt, or even had his boots scuffed, if he had been dragged by Roberts’ car? “I guess what we’re kind of getting hung up on is the word ‘dragged’,” Neuber responded. “I’m in a stumbling motion, trying to keep up with the vehicle as I’m moving sideways.” (12) But this line of questioning would prove irrelevant as in the same inquiry, Neubert would go on to allege that all else aside, in reality he had been pulled in and then himself made the decision to jump in through the window under fear of losing his balance and falling under the car’s tires. (13)
Outside the inquest hearing, members of Roberts family would question the veracity of all of SPD’s various sequence of events, wondering whether Roberts would have even been able to grab and pull the about evenly weighted Officer Neubert alongside a moving vehicle. To clarify, Roberts was 210 pounds (14) to Neubert’s 215. (15)
Another allegation by Neubert was that Roberts, after he had pulled him in and set his vehicle down the road, had begun pummeling him, supposedly at this point now trying to knock him out of the vehicle with his elbow. By this point Roberts had apparently let go of Neubert’s wrist and Neubert was hanging on independently. Neubert, in the midst of all this was unable to reach his gun. (16)
Returning to the inquest hearing, Wilson would ask how Roberts could have possibly simultaneously steered, elbowed Neubert, and have shifted gears several times (as again, the car went up and down the street) all while Neubert had been halfway in through the car window obstructing him. (15) Furthermore he’d ask how Neubert could have possibly been unable to pull himself out of the Cadillac’s window if Price had been able to get in so easily. Wilson would argue that the police story was fabricated to present a telling favorable to the police and go on to suggest that first Neubert’s life was not in danger when Price had fired because the car was “not traveling at a high rate of speed at the time”, and that secondly Neubert had in all likelihood “initiated the confrontation by aggressively entering the vehicle”, implying that Roberts had only been responding to him. (17)
In this regard, Roberts’ family attempted to bring Officer Neubert’s controversial policing background before the jury. (18) The Stranger, for example, in the wake of the shooting, published a compilation of court documents arising from Neubert’s arrest cases as well as statements by residents of the Central District, Neubert’s beat, so to speak. While they noted that Neubert’s policing featured commendations from police supervisors and happy Central District business owners, their reporting overall found “an alarming picture of an officer who physically and verbally bullied civilians, gave faulty court testimony, and--similar to Neubert’s...account about being dragged by Aaron Roberts’ car--complained that civilians were attacking him.” Their report included, among many other accounts, Neubert threatening to let the Crips beat up and kill a youth he had arrested, forging a signature on a traffic citation, and alleging that a man had assaulted him with a pickup truck. The latter two incidents were decisively decided against Neubert; all were against black Seattle residents. Perhaps most controversial had been Neubert’s off-duty shooting and paralysis of a black drug dealer who had been carrying a gun-shaped cigarette lighter. (19) None of this came to light during the inquest hearing, however, as the judge at the pre-inquest hearing had ruled against it being presented. The only primary witnesses allowed were Officers Neubert and Price. (20) Roberts’ family is reported as having “scarcely concealed their disgust”, with his mother Deloris Roberts at one point walking out, stating “It’s hard to sit there and listen to it, I couldn’t take the lies.” (21) They saw the inquest process as a “system...set up to clear the officer and ignore their complaints.” (22)
In the end, the inquest hearing unanimously agreed that Officer Price had been in fear of great harm to himself or his partner when he shot and killed Aaron Roberts (the jury had not been asked whether or not the shooting was justified). (23) Moreover, both SPD’s internal police review and the King County Prosecutor determined that the shooting was justified and pursued no action. (24) Even the FBI, probing for civil rights violations in the shooting, found no foul play. (25) The inquest process had been paralleled by days of angry protests by Central District residents (26) which at its climax had seen the Mayor of Seattle at the time, Mayor Schell, get hit in the face with a bullhorn. But on the day of the inquest hearing’s final announcement, the streets were silent. On that day, in the black barbershop Earl’s Cut, KUOW spoke to black Central District residents under the condition of anonymity (at the fear of police harassment). What they found was a profound hopelessness: “No I’m not surprised, it’s kind of hit home. It’s like hey, whatever we do, it’s not going to do anything, the badge is always going to be the shield, that’s it.”, said one customer. “A rally isn’t going to do much to change that.” (27)
And you’d think this would end the entire bleak affair. Lisa Marchese, one of the lawyers for Neubert and Price, would state: “This kind of completes the circle of public inquiry...Now everyone can really heal from this and put it past them and move on.” (28)
Aaron was a former Garfield High student who had drifted in and out of trouble with the law since the mid ‘90s. By the time of his being killed, he had been released from his 43-month prison sentence that had been originally initiated by Officer Neubert as part of a work program, though he was no longer complying with it. He was beloved by his family. Above all, he was terrified of the police, keeping an armored vest stashed in his bedroom at the apparent possibility of their attempting to arrest him at his home. (29)
Neubert would go on to surface in local news again in 2007, coming under investigation alongside one other officer for their lying in statements and mishandling of evidence leading to the dismissal of a felony drug case. (29) He would be mentioned one final time in 2009 in a lawsuit by a German national against the city of Seattle, who alleged that Officer Neubert and another officer had exercised extreme negligence in firing upon a gunman in a crowded pedestrian area; she herself had been struck by a police bullet. Interestingly, one charge was that the city had been negligent for simply employing Neubert in the first place given the 2007 incident. The city would ultimately settle the lawsuit for $127,500. (30)
Around this period, Neuberg had been filing his own lawsuits. By 2007 he had unsuccessfully sued critics for defamation twice. (31) But more incredibly, Neubert, who had in his inquest hearing denied race’s place in the entire affair, would in fact reverse his stand only claiming that he was the one who had been the victim of a hate crime by Aaron Roberts. It started with his filing a city insurance accident report for injuries that he wrote had resulted from the “hate crime by Aaron Roberts against myself”, continuing with “He used his vehicle to assault me.” At the time, this measure succeeded, and he was paid $3,883. Neubert would then seek damages from Roberts’ mother’s car insurance company, though not yet alleging his belief of his being a victim of a hate crime. The claim was denied, and in 2003 Neubert subsequently filed a civil suit against both Washington State’s Department of Corrections and Deloris Roberts for negligence, the former for having allowed Roberts to escape from his legally binding work program and the latter for allowing Aaron Roberts to use her car on the night in question. In his suit’s deposition, Neubert wrote that his suit was based on the “actions [Aaron] took. The smiling at me while driving down the road, trying to physically harm me”, finishing with “It was almost sadistic to me.” (31) For Deloris, it was simply one of many blows Neubert had dealt her. “I think he’s a disgrace to the police. It’s like he wants to get a reward for muder,” she said to the Seattle Times. (32)
Returning once more to the murder, at the time of his father’s death, Aaron Roberts’ then 16-year-old son, Little Aaron, attempted to reach his father’s body as it lay in the street. He was taken into custody and released without charges.
Two years would pass and he would never speak about his father’s killing. Around that time, a SWAT team in Monroe would shoot a black man, Harold McCord Jr., seven times for having escaped from custody with a cardboard gun.
Several days later, Little Aaron walked to his great-grandparents house and shot himself in the head, dying instantly. When asked about her grandson’s suicide, Deloris Roberts said: “He was just my heart, and I blame it all on the police department, all of it.”
“Justice is just for them,” she said, referring to white people. (33)
\Neubert was able to become the subject of the inquest hearing, as opposed to Price the actual shooter, in a special pre-inquest hearing in which Judge Barbara Linde ruled in favor of the Roberts family that the inquest could have Neubert as its designated subject - see* Seattle Weekly: “Changing Story”
In-text citations
(1) (2) (5) (8) (9) (10) (14) (16) Seattle Weekly: "A shot in the dark"
(3) (4) (6) (7) (12) (15) (21) (26) (29) Seattle Post-Intelligencer: "Police officer gives account of Roberts' death"
(8) (11) (13) (17) (18) (20) Seattle Weekly: "Changing Story"
(19) The Stranger: Dangerous Disconnect
(22) (24) (28) Seattle Times: "No charges in shooting of Roberts"
(23) (27) KUOW 94.9 FM: "Inquest Into Aaron Roberts' Death Comes to an End"
(25) (31) Seattle Weekly: "Hate-Crime Allegation"
(29) "Seattle Times": Cops' alleged lie leaves 17 cases in jeopardy"
(30) (31) The Daily News: "City settles lawsuit filed by woman struck by stray bullet"
(32) Officer sues mother of man killed by police
(33) Seattle Times: "The sad story of Aaron Roberts gets even sadder"
Other sources
https://archive.seattletimes.com/archive/?date=20010726&slug=robertsattorney26m
https://www.latimes.com/archives/la-xpm-2001-jun-20-mn-12579-story.html
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2020.07.14 22:00 amgv4qualitypills The Aaron Roberts Story or How One Cop Terrorized Generations of a Single Black Family

Writing this for something else, would appreciate feedback
To Whom It May Concern: I knew going into this incident that it was by all means a tragedy. This said, I thought at most I’d hit two pages; the shit simply did not stop. Nevertheless, I think the story is still incredibly worth hearing, so please do give it a chance. It might just give you a new perspective on Seattle.
On May 31st, 2001, at 11:13 PM, Aaron “Smokey” Roberts stepped away from Collins Gold Exchange, a smokeshop in the Central District. An autopsy would later find he had been high on cocaine, ecstasy, and heroin. He had just won the lottery. (1)
After waiting for an opening, Roberts would go on to back the Cadillac he was driving, his mother’s, out of the smokeshop lot. He did so across two lanes; almost instantly a police cruiser driven by Officer Greg Neubert and his partner Craig Price flashed its lights. Neubert would later claim he had to brake for Roberts and figured that he might have had a drunk driver on his hands (2) -- race had nothing to do with it. (3) Roberts’ older brother would later disagree: “it was a Cadillac and there was a black man driving it”, he would contend as the reason. (4)
This was not the first time Roberts had encountered Officer Neubert. On January 8th, 2000, Neubert had in fact booked Roberts for robbery/assault that would ultimately result in unlawful gun possession charges. He would later claim he hadn’t recognized him. (5) Roberts’s family would later contest this claim. (6)
Regardless, Roberts pulled over quickly, apparently so much so that Neubert thought it out of the ordinary. (7) Nevertheless, Neubert and Price approach Robert’s car. “Driver’s license, registration, and proof of insurance,” Neubert demanded. But Robert had nothing besides the car’s ownership record listed in his mother’s name, Deloris, stashed in the glove compartment. He told the officers the car was his girlfriend’s. Otherwise all he had to offer Neubert were various scraps, lottery tickets. Throughout the process, Neubert noticed the car was still running. He casually asked Roberts to turn off the car, to which Roberts shifted into park but left the motor running. The stop continued. At one point Roberts would address Neubert by name. Post-incident Neubert and Price would describe Roberts as having been pleasant, smiling, even, which is supposedly what made his subsequent actions so surprising to them. (8)
According to the officers, as Neubert was reviewing Roberts’ documents, Roberts suddenly grabbed Neubert’s wrist, pulled it towards him through his vehicle’s window, and then shifted into drive. The exact specifics are confused, but what we do know is this: Roberts vehicle would travel up and down the street with Officer Neubert in its driver-side window and Officer Price running alongside its passenger side. The scene was utter chaos, with the Cadillac moving, Aaron Roberts and Officer Neubert wrestling, and everyone screaming. By this time Office Price had drawn his firearm; Neubert, supposedly fearing for his life, would shout for him to fire multiple times before Price, jumping into the vehicle’s passenger seat, would finally do so, firing a single shot which fatally wounded Roberts. Shortly after, Neubert was thrown from the window as the Cadillac smashed into a planter on the side of the road. Supporting officers and medics would soon arrive, and Roberts would be transported to Harborview Medical Center, but he would die less than an hour later. Neubert received minor bruising and was released from Harborview the same night. (9)
At first, SPD would claim that the Roberts had sped his vehicle down the road at a rapid pace and, unable to keep up, had been dragged by it. This was later quietly dropped in favor of his being forced to run alongside the car. A witness, however, would state that even from a distance she could tell the car was rolling slowly, at walking speed. (10) Finally, in a statement several days after the incident, Neubert wrote that he had been pulled in halfway through the window by Roberts. (11)
Douglas Wilson, attorney for the Roberts family, would cast doubt on SPD’s first statements, cross-examining Neubert during the shooting’s inquest hearing.* Why was Neubert not seriously hurt, or even had his boots scuffed, if he had been dragged by Roberts’ car? “I guess what we’re kind of getting hung up on is the word ‘dragged’,” Neuber responded. “I’m in a stumbling motion, trying to keep up with the vehicle as I’m moving sideways.” (12) But this line of questioning would prove irrelevant as in the same inquiry, Neubert would go on to allege that all else aside, in reality he had been pulled in and then himself made the decision to jump in through the window under fear of losing his balance and falling under the car’s tires. (13)
Outside the inquest hearing, members of Roberts family would question the veracity of all of SPD’s various sequence of events, wondering whether Roberts would have even been able to grab and pull the about evenly weighted Officer Neubert alongside a moving vehicle. To clarify, Roberts was 210 pounds (14) to Neubert’s 215. (15)
Another allegation by Neubert was that Roberts, after he had pulled him in and set his vehicle down the road, had begun pummeling him, supposedly at this point now trying to knock him out of the vehicle with his elbow. By this point Roberts had apparently let go of Neubert’s wrist and Neubert was hanging on independently. Neubert, in the midst of all this was unable to reach his gun. (16)
Returning to the inquest hearing, Wilson would ask how Roberts could have possibly simultaneously steered, elbowed Neubert, and have shifted gears several times (as again, the car went up and down the street) all while Neubert had been halfway in through the car window obstructing him. (15) Furthermore he’d ask how Neubert could have possibly been unable to pull himself out of the Cadillac’s window if Price had been able to get in so easily. Wilson would argue that the police story was fabricated to present a telling favorable to the police and go on to suggest that first Neubert’s life was not in danger when Price had fired because the car was “not traveling at a high rate of speed at the time”, and that secondly Neubert had in all likelihood “initiated the confrontation by aggressively entering the vehicle”, implying that Roberts had only been responding to him. (17)
In this regard, Roberts’ family attempted to bring Officer Neubert’s controversial policing background before the jury. (18) The Stranger, for example, in the wake of the shooting, published a compilation of court documents arising from Neubert’s arrest cases as well as statements by residents of the Central District, Neubert’s beat, so to speak. While they noted that Neubert’s policing featured commendations from police supervisors and happy Central District business owners, their reporting overall found “an alarming picture of an officer who physically and verbally bullied civilians, gave faulty court testimony, and--similar to Neubert’s...account about being dragged by Aaron Roberts’ car--complained that civilians were attacking him.” Their report included, among many other accounts, Neubert threatening to let the Crips beat up and kill a youth he had arrested, forging a signature on a traffic citation, and alleging that a man had assaulted him with a pickup truck. The latter two incidents were decisively decided against Neubert; all were against black Seattle residents. Perhaps most controversial had been Neubert’s off-duty shooting and paralysis of a black drug dealer who had been carrying a gun-shaped cigarette lighter. (19) None of this came to light during the inquest hearing, however, as the judge at the pre-inquest hearing had ruled against it being presented. The only primary witnesses allowed were Officers Neubert and Price. (20) Roberts’ family is reported as having “scarcely concealed their disgust”, with his mother Deloris Roberts at one point walking out, stating “It’s hard to sit there and listen to it, I couldn’t take the lies.” (21) They saw the inquest process as a “system...set up to clear the officer and ignore their complaints.” (22)
In the end, the inquest hearing unanimously agreed that Officer Price had been in fear of great harm to himself or his partner when he shot and killed Aaron Roberts (the jury had not been asked whether or not the shooting was justified). (23) Moreover, both SPD’s internal police review and the King County Prosecutor determined that the shooting was justified and pursued no action. (24) Even the FBI, probing for civil rights violations in the shooting, found no foul play. (25) The inquest process had been paralleled by days of angry protests by Central District residents (26) which at its climax had seen the Mayor of Seattle at the time, Mayor Schell, get hit in the face with a bullhorn. But on the day of the inquest hearing’s final announcement, the streets were silent. On that day, in the black barbershop Earl’s Cut, KUOW spoke to black Central District residents under the condition of anonymity (at the fear of police harassment). What they found was a profound hopelessness: “No I’m not surprised, it’s kind of hit home. It’s like hey, whatever we do, it’s not going to do anything, the badge is always going to be the shield, that’s it.”, said one customer. “A rally isn’t going to do much to change that.” (27)
And you’d think this would end the entire bleak affair. Lisa Marchese, one of the lawyers for Neubert and Price, would state: “This kind of completes the circle of public inquiry...Now everyone can really heal from this and put it past them and move on.” (28)
Aaron was a former Garfield High student who had drifted in and out of trouble with the law since the mid ‘90s. By the time of his being killed, he had been released from his 43-month prison sentence that had been originally initiated by Officer Neubert as part of a work program, though he was no longer complying with it. He was beloved by his family. Above all, he was terrified of the police, keeping an armored vest stashed in his bedroom at the apparent possibility of their attempting to arrest him at his home. (29)
Neubert would go on to surface in local news again in 2007, coming under investigation alongside one other officer for their lying in statements and mishandling of evidence leading to the dismissal of a felony drug case. (29) He would be mentioned one final time in 2009 in a lawsuit by a German national against the city of Seattle, who alleged that Officer Neubert and another officer had exercised extreme negligence in firing upon a gunman in a crowded pedestrian area; she herself had been struck by a police bullet. Interestingly, one charge was that the city had been negligent for simply employing Neubert in the first place given the 2007 incident. The city would ultimately settle the lawsuit for $127,500. (30)
Around this period, Neuberg had been filing his own lawsuits. By 2007 he had unsuccessfully sued critics for defamation twice. (31) But more incredibly, Neubert, who had in his inquest hearing denied race’s place in the entire affair, would in fact reverse his stand only claiming that he was the one who had been the victim of a hate crime by Aaron Roberts. It started with his filing a city insurance accident report for injuries that he wrote had resulted from the “hate crime by Aaron Roberts against myself”, continuing with “He used his vehicle to assault me.” At the time, this measure succeeded, and he was paid $3,883. Neubert would then seek damages from Roberts’ mother’s car insurance company, though not yet alleging his belief of his being a victim of a hate crime. The claim was denied, and in 2003 Neubert subsequently filed a civil suit against both Washington State’s Department of Corrections and Deloris Roberts for negligence, the former for having allowed Roberts to escape from his legally binding work program and the latter for allowing Aaron Roberts to use her car on the night in question. In his suit’s deposition, Neubert wrote that his suit was based on the “actions [Aaron] took. The smiling at me while driving down the road, trying to physically harm me”, finishing with “It was almost sadistic to me.” (31) For Deloris, it was simply one of many blows Neubert had dealt her. “I think he’s a disgrace to the police. It’s like he wants to get a reward for muder,” she said to the Seattle Times. (32)
Returning once more to the murder, at the time of his father’s death, Aaron Roberts’ then 16-year-old son, Little Aaron, attempted to reach his father’s body as it lay in the street. He was taken into custody and released without charges.
Two years would pass and he would never speak about his father’s killing. Around that time, a SWAT team in Monroe would shoot a black man, Harold McCord Jr., seven times for having escaped from custody with a cardboard gun.
Several days later, Little Aaron walked to his great-grandparents house and shot himself in the head, dying instantly. When asked about her grandson’s suicide, Deloris Roberts said: “He was just my heart, and I blame it all on the police department, all of it.”
“Justice is just for them,” she said, referring to white people. (33)
\Neubert was able to become the subject of the inquest hearing, as opposed to Price the actual shooter, in a special pre-inquest hearing in which Judge Barbara Linde ruled in favor of the Roberts family that the inquest could have Neubert as its designated subject - see* Seattle Weekly: “Changing Story”
In-text citations
(1) (2) (5) (8) (9) (10) (14) (16) Seattle Weekly: "A shot in the dark"
(3) (4) (6) (7) (12) (15) (21) (26) (29) Seattle Post-Intelligencer: "Police officer gives account of Roberts' death"
(8) (11) (13) (17) (18) (20) Seattle Weekly: "Changing Story"
(19) The Stranger: Dangerous Disconnect
(22) (24) (28) Seattle Times: "No charges in shooting of Roberts"
(23) (27) KUOW 94.9 FM: "Inquest Into Aaron Roberts' Death Comes to an End"
(25) (31) Seattle Weekly: "Hate-Crime Allegation"
(29) "Seattle Times": Cops' alleged lie leaves 17 cases in jeopardy"
(30) (31) The Daily News: "City settles lawsuit filed by woman struck by stray bullet"
(32) Officer sues mother of man killed by police
(33) Seattle Times: "The sad story of Aaron Roberts gets even sadder"
Other sources
https://archive.seattletimes.com/archive/?date=20010726&slug=robertsattorney26m
https://www.latimes.com/archives/la-xpm-2001-jun-20-mn-12579-story.html
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2020.07.14 21:51 amgv4qualitypills The Aaron Roberts Story or How One Cop Terrorized Generations of a Single Black Family

Writing this for something else, wanted to get some thoughts from an open forum
To Whom It May Concern: I knew going into this incident that it was by all means a tragedy. This said, I thought at most I’d hit two pages; the shit simply did not stop. Nevertheless, I think the story is still incredibly worth hearing, so please do give it a chance. It might just give you a new perspective on Seattle.
On May 31st, 2001, at 11:13 PM, Aaron “Smokey” Roberts stepped away from Collins Gold Exchange, a smokeshop in the Central District. An autopsy would later find he had been high on cocaine, ecstasy, and heroin. He had just won the lottery. (1)
After waiting for an opening, Roberts would go on to back the Cadillac he was driving, his mother’s, out of the smokeshop lot. He did so across two lanes; almost instantly a police cruiser driven by Officer Greg Neubert and his partner Craig Price flashed its lights. Neubert would later claim he had to brake for Roberts and figured that he might have had a drunk driver on his hands (2) -- race had nothing to do with it. (3) Roberts’ older brother would later disagree: “it was a Cadillac and there was a black man driving it”, he would contend as the reason. (4)
This was not the first time Roberts had encountered Officer Neubert. On January 8th, 2000, Neubert had in fact booked Roberts for robbery/assault that would ultimately result in unlawful gun possession charges. He would later claim he hadn’t recognized him. (5) Roberts’s family would later contest this claim. (6)
Regardless, Roberts pulled over quickly, apparently so much so that Neubert thought it out of the ordinary. (7) Nevertheless, Neubert and Price approach Robert’s car. “Driver’s license, registration, and proof of insurance,” Neubert demanded. But Robert had nothing besides the car’s ownership record listed in his mother’s name, Deloris, stashed in the glove compartment. He told the officers the car was his girlfriend’s. Otherwise all he had to offer Neubert were various scraps, lottery tickets. Throughout the process, Neubert noticed the car was still running. He casually asked Roberts to turn off the car, to which Roberts shifted into park but left the motor running. The stop continued. At one point Roberts would address Neubert by name. Post-incident Neubert and Price would describe Roberts as having been pleasant, smiling, even, which is supposedly what made his subsequent actions so surprising to them. (8)
According to the officers, as Neubert was reviewing Roberts’ documents, Roberts suddenly grabbed Neubert’s wrist, pulled it towards him through his vehicle’s window, and then shifted into drive. The exact specifics are confused, but what we do know is this: Roberts vehicle would travel up and down the street with Officer Neubert in its driver-side window and Officer Price running alongside its passenger side. The scene was utter chaos, with the Cadillac moving, Aaron Roberts and Officer Neubert wrestling, and everyone screaming. By this time Office Price had drawn his firearm; Neubert, supposedly fearing for his life, would shout for him to fire multiple times before Price, jumping into the vehicle’s passenger seat, would finally do so, firing a single shot which fatally wounded Roberts. Shortly after, Neubert was thrown from the window as the Cadillac smashed into a planter on the side of the road. Supporting officers and medics would soon arrive, and Roberts would be transported to Harborview Medical Center, but he would die less than an hour later. Neubert received minor bruising and was released from Harborview the same night. (9)
At first, SPD would claim that the Roberts had sped his vehicle down the road at a rapid pace and, unable to keep up, had been dragged by it. This was later quietly dropped in favor of his being forced to run alongside the car. A witness, however, would state that even from a distance she could tell the car was rolling slowly, at walking speed. (10) Finally, in a statement several days after the incident, Neubert wrote that he had been pulled in halfway through the window by Roberts. (11)
Douglas Wilson, attorney for the Roberts family, would cast doubt on SPD’s first statements, cross-examining Neubert during the shooting’s inquest hearing.* Why was Neubert not seriously hurt, or even had his boots scuffed, if he had been dragged by Roberts’ car? “I guess what we’re kind of getting hung up on is the word ‘dragged’,” Neuber responded. “I’m in a stumbling motion, trying to keep up with the vehicle as I’m moving sideways.” (12) But this line of questioning would prove irrelevant as in the same inquiry, Neubert would go on to allege that all else aside, in reality he had been pulled in and then himself made the decision to jump in through the window under fear of losing his balance and falling under the car’s tires. (13)
Outside the inquest hearing, members of Roberts family would question the veracity of all of SPD’s various sequence of events, wondering whether Roberts would have even been able to grab and pull the about evenly weighted Officer Neubert alongside a moving vehicle. To clarify, Roberts was 210 pounds (14) to Neubert’s 215. (15)
Another allegation by Neubert was that Roberts, after he had pulled him in and set his vehicle down the road, had begun pummeling him, supposedly at this point now trying to knock him out of the vehicle with his elbow. By this point Roberts had apparently let go of Neubert’s wrist and Neubert was hanging on independently. Neubert, in the midst of all this was unable to reach his gun. (16)
Returning to the inquest hearing, Wilson would ask how Roberts could have possibly simultaneously steered, elbowed Neubert, and have shifted gears several times (as again, the car went up and down the street) all while Neubert had been halfway in through the car window obstructing him. (15) Furthermore he’d ask how Neubert could have possibly been unable to pull himself out of the Cadillac’s window if Price had been able to get in so easily. Wilson would argue that the police story was fabricated to present a telling favorable to the police and go on to suggest that first Neubert’s life was not in danger when Price had fired because the car was “not traveling at a high rate of speed at the time”, and that secondly Neubert had in all likelihood “initiated the confrontation by aggressively entering the vehicle”, implying that Roberts had only been responding to him. (17)
In this regard, Roberts’ family attempted to bring Officer Neubert’s controversial policing background before the jury. (18) The Stranger, for example, in the wake of the shooting, published a compilation of court documents arising from Neubert’s arrest cases as well as statements by residents of the Central District, Neubert’s beat, so to speak. While they noted that Neubert’s policing featured commendations from police supervisors and happy Central District business owners, their reporting overall found “an alarming picture of an officer who physically and verbally bullied civilians, gave faulty court testimony, and--similar to Neubert’s...account about being dragged by Aaron Roberts’ car--complained that civilians were attacking him.” Their report included, among many other accounts, Neubert threatening to let the Crips beat up and kill a youth he had arrested, forging a signature on a traffic citation, and alleging that a man had assaulted him with a pickup truck. The latter two incidents were decisively decided against Neubert; all were against black Seattle residents. Perhaps most controversial had been Neubert’s off-duty shooting and paralysis of a black drug dealer who had been carrying a gun-shaped cigarette lighter. (19) None of this came to light during the inquest hearing, however, as the judge at the pre-inquest hearing had ruled against it being presented. The only primary witnesses allowed were Officers Neubert and Price. (20) Roberts’ family is reported as having “scarcely concealed their disgust”, with his mother Deloris Roberts at one point walking out, stating “It’s hard to sit there and listen to it, I couldn’t take the lies.” (21) They saw the inquest process as a “system...set up to clear the officer and ignore their complaints.” (22)
In the end, the inquest hearing unanimously agreed that Officer Price had been in fear of great harm to himself or his partner when he shot and killed Aaron Roberts (the jury had not been asked whether or not the shooting was justified). (23) Moreover, both SPD’s internal police review and the King County Prosecutor determined that the shooting was justified and pursued no action. (24) Even the FBI, probing for civil rights violations in the shooting, found no foul play. (25) The inquest process had been paralleled by days of angry protests by Central District residents (26) which at its climax had seen the Mayor of Seattle at the time, Mayor Schell, get hit in the face with a bullhorn. But on the day of the inquest hearing’s final announcement, the streets were silent. On that day, in the black barbershop Earl’s Cut, KUOW spoke to black Central District residents under the condition of anonymity (at the fear of police harassment). What they found was a profound hopelessness: “No I’m not surprised, it’s kind of hit home. It’s like hey, whatever we do, it’s not going to do anything, the badge is always going to be the shield, that’s it.”, said one customer. “A rally isn’t going to do much to change that.” (27)
And you’d think this would end the entire bleak affair. Lisa Marchese, one of the lawyers for Neubert and Price, would state: “This kind of completes the circle of public inquiry...Now everyone can really heal from this and put it past them and move on.” (28)
Aaron was a former Garfield High student who had drifted in and out of trouble with the law since the mid ‘90s. By the time of his being killed, he had been released from his 43-month prison sentence that had been originally initiated by Officer Neubert as part of a work program, though he was no longer complying with it. He was beloved by his family. Above all, he was terrified of the police, keeping an armored vest stashed in his bedroom at the apparent possibility of their attempting to arrest him at his home. (29)
Neubert would go on to surface in local news again in 2007, coming under investigation alongside one other officer for their lying in statements and mishandling of evidence leading to the dismissal of a felony drug case. (29) He would be mentioned one final time in 2009 in a lawsuit by a German national against the city of Seattle, who alleged that Officer Neubert and another officer had exercised extreme negligence in firing upon a gunman in a crowded pedestrian area; she herself had been struck by a police bullet. Interestingly, one charge was that the city had been negligent for simply employing Neubert in the first place given the 2007 incident. The city would ultimately settle the lawsuit for $127,500. (30)
Around this period, Neuberg had been filing his own lawsuits. By 2007 he had unsuccessfully sued critics for defamation twice. (31) But more incredibly, Neubert, who had in his inquest hearing denied race’s place in the entire affair, would in fact reverse his stand only claiming that he was the one who had been the victim of a hate crime by Aaron Roberts. It started with his filing a city insurance accident report for injuries that he wrote had resulted from the “hate crime by Aaron Roberts against myself”, continuing with “He used his vehicle to assault me.” At the time, this measure succeeded, and he was paid $3,883. Neubert would then seek damages from Roberts’ mother’s car insurance company, though not yet alleging his belief of his being a victim of a hate crime. The claim was denied, and in 2003 Neubert subsequently filed a civil suit against both Washington State’s Department of Corrections and Deloris Roberts for negligence, the former for having allowed Roberts to escape from his legally binding work program and the latter for allowing Aaron Roberts to use her car on the night in question. In his suit’s deposition, Neubert wrote that his suit was based on the “actions [Aaron] took. The smiling at me while driving down the road, trying to physically harm me”, finishing with “It was almost sadistic to me.” (31) For Deloris, it was simply one of many blows Neubert had dealt her. “I think he’s a disgrace to the police. It’s like he wants to get a reward for muder,” she said to the Seattle Times. (32)
Returning once more to the murder, at the time of his father’s death, Aaron Roberts’ then 16-year-old son, Little Aaron, attempted to reach his father’s body as it lay in the street. He was taken into custody and released without charges.
Two years would pass and he would never speak about his father’s killing. Around that time, a SWAT team in Monroe would shoot a black man, Harold McCord Jr., seven times for having escaped from custody with a cardboard gun.
Several days later, Little Aaron walked to his great-grandparents house and shot himself in the head, dying instantly. When asked about her grandson’s suicide, Deloris Roberts said: “He was just my heart, and I blame it all on the police department, all of it.”
“Justice is just for them,” she said, referring to white people. (33)
\Neubert was able to become the subject of the inquest hearing, as opposed to Price the actual shooter, in a special pre-inquest hearing in which Judge Barbara Linde ruled in favor of the Roberts family that the inquest could have Neubert as its designated subject - see* Seattle Weekly: “Changing Story”
In-text citations
(1) (2) (5) (8) (9) (10) (14) (16) Seattle Weekly: "A shot in the dark"
(3) (4) (6) (7) (12) (15) (21) (26) (29) Seattle Post-Intelligencer: "Police officer gives account of Roberts' death"
(8) (11) (13) (17) (18) (20) Seattle Weekly: "Changing Story"
(19) The Stranger: Dangerous Disconnect
(22) (24) (28) Seattle Times: "No charges in shooting of Roberts"
(23) (27) KUOW 94.9 FM: "Inquest Into Aaron Roberts' Death Comes to an End"
(25) (31) Seattle Weekly: "Hate-Crime Allegation"
(29) "Seattle Times": Cops' alleged lie leaves 17 cases in jeopardy"
(30) (31) The Daily News: "City settles lawsuit filed by woman struck by stray bullet"
(32) Officer sues mother of man killed by police
(33) Seattle Times: "The sad story of Aaron Roberts gets even sadder"
Other sources
https://archive.seattletimes.com/archive/?date=20010726&slug=robertsattorney26m
https://www.latimes.com/archives/la-xpm-2001-jun-20-mn-12579-story.html
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2020.07.04 12:10 -Ph03niX- Big Cop's corporate armorers

US cities spend 20-45% of their budgets on policing but cops run foundations that solicit millions from large corporations, which then take tax breaks for their donations.
The money goes into a slushfund used to procure off-the-books military and surveillance gear.
A pair of illuminating reports from Littlesis detail how these foundations turn corporations into deep-pocketed secret armorers for the largest, most violent police forces in the nation.
First, who gives and what is spent:
https://news.littlesis.org/2020/06/18/corporate-backers-of-the-blue-how-corporations-bankroll-u-s-police-foundations/
  • Houston PD: "SWAT equipment, LRAD sound equipment, and dogs for the K-9 unit"
  • Philadelphia PD: "long guns, drones, and ballistic helmets"
  • Atlanta PD: "a major surveillance network of over 12,000 cameras."
  • LAPD: "surveillance software from Palantir" ("by having the foundation purchase it for them, the LAPD was able to bypass…public meetings and approval from the city council")
Who gives:
  • BoA: "$200,000 to NYC Police Foundation, $51,250 to Atlanta Police Foundation, $25,000 to Boston Police Foundation, $10,000 to Los Angeles Police Foundation; smaller donations to the Yarmouth MA, Sarasota, Abilene, Duluth, Bellevue, and Sacramento & Glendale CA"
  • Goldman Sachs: "$250,000 to the Los Angeles Police Foundation in 2018, as well as $15,000 to the NYC Police Foundation."
  • Wells Fargo: "'partner' and donor to the Seattle Police Foundation, and it sits on the Atlanta Police Foundation’s board and sponsored its Blue Jean Ball"
  • Larry Fink, CEO of BlackRock: "co-chaired the NYC Police Foundation’s annual gala in 2017, 2018, and 2019"
  • SunTrust Bank: "$3 million to the Atlanta Police Foundation"
  • Commerce Bank of Washington: "partner and donor to the Seattle Police Foundation"
  • Target: "major contributions to police foundations across the country, including the NYC, Atlanta, and Seattle Police Foundations..$200K from Target helped the LA Police Foundation purchase sophisticated surveillance equipment"
  • Starbucks: "active donor to the Seattle Police Foundation and has a representative on its board. The company also recently donated $25,000 to the NYC Police Foundation"
  • Coca Cola: "long time donor to the Atlanta Police Foundation and pledged to give $2 million"
  • Walmart: "donates to the Washington D.C. Police Foundation"
  • Amazon: "sits on the executive committee of the Seattle Police Foundation’s board and is a partner and donor, but it donates to police foundations across the U.S. through its charitable program, AmazonSmile"
  • Motorola: Board seats on police foundations for Seattle, DC, Detroit; donor to Chicago foundation, and "profits from selling body cams, radios, and other products to police departments"
  • Verizon: Donor to Chicago and NYC foundations, "a board member of the Detroit foundation," "Platinum Partners of the National Sheriff’s Association, a law enforcement lobbying group"
  • Facebook, Google, and Microsoft: "partners and donors to the Seattle Police Foundation"
  • AT&T: "a deep-pocketed donor to the NYC Police Foundation"
  • Chevron: "has a spot on the Houston Police Foundation board"
  • DTE Energy: "donor to the Detroit Public Safety Foundation board"
Also implicated, sports teams: NFL’s Lions, NBA’s Pistons, MLB’s Tigers, Seattle Mariners, Seattle Seahawks MLB’s Tampa Bay Rays, NFL’s Tampa Bay Buccaneers, NBA’s Dallas Mavericks, and NY Mets
This "giving" doesn't just arm cops, it also helps corporations avoid taxes. Many of these same companies appear on an Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy list of notorious tax-dodgers, including profitable firms that nevertheless pay NEGATIVE taxes, getting cash subsidies.
https://itep.org/corporate-tax-avoidance-in-the-first-year-of-the-trump-tax-law/
Littlesis makes the connections between dark-money arms and cyberweapon purchases and corporate tax avoidance:
https://news.littlesis.org/2020/06/24/from-amazon-to-starbucks-corporations-avoid-billions-in-taxes-while-funding-police-foundations/
https://pluralistic.net/2020/07/01/bossware/#charitable-laundering
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2020.06.26 13:22 MMSTINGRAY Israel and the US police are linked

Israel and the US police are linked
I've seen several social media takes, and even actual articles, that are twisting the whole debate. For example Stephen Bush here
No one is saying Israel's security services are more responsible than the people who did it, they are saying that Israel has a part in a global network of oppressive regimes who basically fly under the radar by having a democracy and right allies.
Imagine the same story with Venezuela and Cuba or something, would all these wet blanket libs be saying the same then? No they would suddenly see the relevance of politically and ideologically aligned states sharing military and policing techniques and then one country using those methods, alongside others, in oppressing their own people.
What Bush and others are advocating for is a conspiracy of silence arround Israel where calling out even facts is somehow a conspiracy theory and means you are obsessed with Israel.
But the below is not a conspiracy theory or putting unreasonable blame on Israel, yet from reading Bush's version of things you'd be surprised that there was anything legitimate to talk about at all that wasn't a conspiracy! Bringing this up *must* mean you are on the left and then Israel is the heart of all ills.
Why is none of this aspect addressed or discussed by people despite it's clear relevance and not just being a "Israel bad" thing.
https://www.middleeasteye.net/news/israel-us-police-training-end-knee-neck-protests

Two decades of Israeli-US police cooperation includes training in racial profiling, counter terrorism and suppressing protests

The Israeli police force has tried to distance itself from any perceived similarities, issuing statements denouncing what happened and stating that its officers are not trained to use knee-to-neck techniques.
But photographs taken as recently as March have shown Israeli forces using the same restraint on unarmed protesters just yards from the Al-Aqsa Mosque in Jerusalem's Old City.
The damning imagery has revived complaints against US programmes that send American police officers to train under Israeli law enforcement and military officials, as nationwide calls for defunding and abolishing American police departments have taken hold.
Since the early 90s, hundreds of law enforcement officers, including police officers and agents from the FBI, CIA, and Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), have either been sent to Israel through police exchanges, or attended summits within the US that were sponsored by Israeli lobby organisations.
Police forces from Florida, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, California, Arizona, Connecticut, New York, Maryland, Massachusetts, Minnesota, North Carolina, Georgia, Washington state and others have participated in the training, including one that took place in Minneapolis, the city where Floyd was killed.
Leading human rights groups have denounced the exchange programmes, warning that Israeli police standards and tactics only serve to exacerbate racial profiling and police brutality in the US.
"With a long record of human rights violations, Israeli security forces are an incredibly problematic training partner," Patrick Wilcken, Amnesty International USA's researcher for arms control, security and human rights told MEE.
Micky Rosenfeld, an Israeli police spokesperson, rejected criticisms of the training scheme, telling MEE that the police exchanges in Israel provide American forces with valuable information on how to "prevent and respond" to attacks.
"The learning and sharing has saved many lives both in Israel and overseas throughout the years," Rosenfeld said.
"The organisations that are calling out, specifically in the US, against law enforcement learning and sharing are weakening the nation's preparedness to respond to terror attacks, hate crimes and extremists who break the law."

'Policy or practice?'

Since Floyd's death, second-degree murder charges have been levied against Derek Chauvin, the officer who had his knee to Floyd's neck, while the other three are facing charges of aiding and abetting.
Rosenfeld called the incident "sad" and said that "there is no procedure that allows an officer of the Israel police department to carry out an arrest by placing a knee on the neck of a suspect".
Still, before being fired and charged over the incident, all four officers had been employed by the Minneapolis Police Department (MPD), which participated in a 2012 training conference in Minneapolis that was held by the FBI and Chicago's Israeli consulate.
"Every year we are bringing top-notch professionals from the Israeli police to share some knowledge," Deputy Consul Shahar Arieli said at the time, as quoted by Mint Press News.
MEE reached out to the MPD several times to inquire as to whether Chauvin was one of the 100 Minnesota police officers that participated in the training. The MPD did not respond to requests for comment, but before he was fired Chauvin was a training officer at the department, having worked there for the past 18 years.
MEE also reached out to the Israeli consulate in Chicago for comment, but failed to receive a response.
For his part, Rosenfeld said that no training exchange with Israel's police forces would "involve such a measure" like the one Chauvin used against Floyd.
"It doesn't exist in any [Israeli] police textbook," he said.
But Fady Khoury, a Harvard Law School civil and political rights attorney with Adalah legal centre for minority rights in Israel, said textbooks and bylaws cannot negate the physical evidence of such tactics being used by Israeli officers on the ground.
"There is plenty of documentation out there of violent arrests that involve kneeling on detainees' heads and necks," Khoury said.
"We have seen this not only in the occupied territories when soldiers perform arrests, but inside Israel by police officers as well."
Days after Floyd was killed, Mohammad al-Qadi, a Palestinian marathon runner from the occupied West Bank, posted several pictures depicting uniformed Israelis arresting Palestinians by using knee-to-throat techniques similar to the one that resulted in Floyd's death.
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https://preview.redd.it/lho7ayfoo8751.png?width=1202&format=png&auto=webp&s=7cd9c3fc51c5c8cd843d45b4e8f1b00be67bd769
"Crazy how the same thing happens in Palestine but the world chooses to ignore it," al-Qadi said.
Khoury also pointed out that it is difficult for the public to know what is and is not allowed in terms of Israeli police tactics due to a lack of transparency within the law enforcement system.
"Since most of the [Israeli] police bylaws related to these issues are confidential, it is hard to tell if this a matter of policy or practice."
Like Rosenfeld, Minneapolis Police Chief Medaria Arradondo on Wednesday said Chauvin's use of force against Floyd was not part of any MPD training.
Since Floyd's death, chokeholds and neck restraints have been explicitly banned by the MPD. At least 12 other states have followed suit, rolling out measures to ban chokeholds.

'Two already repressive forces'

Still, while human rights activists have long denounced US and Israeli police exchanges, those speaking to MEE were quick to point out that the United States has its own history of police brutality and systemic racism.
"It is important to understand that US police have harmed Black people long before Israel existed, and that Israel harms Palestinians without any special training from the US," an activist whose work focuses on building Black-Palestinian solidarity told MEE.
Even so, these training exchanges with Israeli law enforcement "should be opposed", she said, "because they help two already repressive forces learn how to enhance state violence against populations fighting racism and colonialism".
Activists have spoken out against the training exercises since they gained popularity after the attacks on 9/11, with Israel marketing itself as a global leader in counterterrorism.
The exchanges with Israeli law enforcement and military have been paid for by public funds, as well as by an array of pro-Israel groups, such as the American Israel Public Affairs Committee, the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) and the Jewish Institute for National Security Affairs (JINSA).
JINSA alone has sent at least 200 American police officers to Israel for training in the wake of 9/11 and has hosted 10 conferences across the United States, with a combined attendance of over 10,500 law enforcement personnel.
Meanwhile, the New York Police Department (NYPD) even has its own branch in Israel, opened at the Sharon District Police Headquarters in 2012. In fact, the department's discriminatory Muslim surveillance programme was modelled in part after Israel's surveillance programme used on Palestinians in the West Bank.
The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) in 2003 also established a special office in Israel, which has institutionalised the relationship between Israeli and American law enforcement.
"I think we can learn a lot from other countries, particularly Israel, which unfortunately has a long history of preparing for and responding to terrorist attacks," Senator Susan Collins said about the special office during a congressional hearing at the time.
But campaigns looking to abolish police exchanges have highlighted that Israel has long been criticised by human rights groups across the world for its "extrajudicial killings" and "disproportionate use of force" against Palestinians.
Even the US Department of State has in the past cited Israeli police for carrying out "arbitrary or unlawful killings".
Khoury, who mainly represents protesters who have encountered police brutality, said it is uncommon for an Israeli officer or soldier "to be held accountable for the use of excessive force against Palestinian civilians".
"In fact, it is more accurate to say that it is rare for an investigation to be opened," he said.
"This is true in the context of the Palestinian citizens of Israel, and even more so when it comes to Palestinians living in the occupied territories, where excessive force is much more commonly used by both the police and the military."
Israeli forces killed hundreds of protesters in Gaza between 2018 and 2019 during the Great March of Return demonstrations, while thousands more suffered devastating gunshot wounds. Only one soldier - who shot and killed a plainly unarmed 14-year-old - was convicted of a crime. He was sentenced to one month in jail.
The day the United States moved its embassy to Jerusalem, Israeli forces killed 50 Palestinians protesting along the Gaza border fence and injured at least 2,400 others. No charges were levied as a result of the crackdown.
In addition to the thousands of Palestinians killed by Israeli forces in the field, since 1967 some 222 Palestinian have been killed while already in Israeli custody.

Campaigning against Israeli training

Because of Israel's notoriety for its excessive use of force tactics, many human rights groups have launched campaigns trying to end the US-Israeli police training programmes.
Jewish Voice for Peace (JVP), a grassroots anti-occupation group, has helped create several localised coalition campaigns working to stop the militarisation of US police forces, which especially focus on ending law enforcement exchanges with Israel.
After years of lobbying by one of those JVP coalitions, in April 2018, the City Council in Durham, North Carolina, voted unanimously to bar its police department from taking part in "military-style training" programmes abroad, becoming the first American city to bar police training in Israel.
That same year, another coalition of social justice groups backed by JVP succeeded in getting California's Alameda County Board of Supervisors to end its Urban Shield programme, which sponsored exchanges with Israel and other countries.
According to the programme's website, it was the world’s largest militarised SWAT training and weapons expo.
It had been funded in part by a $5.5m grant from DHS.
Nearly $75,000 was spent from the Urban Shield trust fund in 2010 on travel to Israel. Travellers included at least three top officials from the Alameda County Sheriff's office.
Police departments in Vermont and Massachusetts also withdrew from a trip to Israel organised through the ADL in 2018, following pressure from one of the JVP coalition groups.
"For the first time in 20 years, the all-expenses-paid trips to Israel where American law enforcement are trained by the Israeli military and police have run into a snag," JVP said in a statement at the time.

'Deepening relationships and loyalty'

The coalition group in Washington, Occupation Free DC, has also been working to end the DC Police Department's partnership with Israel, as well as the force's militarisation.
Scott Brown, an organiser with the group, said the training that takes place with Israel is as much about ideology as they are about tactics and equipment.
"The US and Israel are huge political and military allies, so they have a stake in deepening relationships and loyalty between them," Brown said.
"So when you're sending police departments there, that's what you're doing, you're deepening relationships in a way that builds up really strong support for Israel and its actions."
David Friedman, who was an ADL regional director, echoed that sentiment when talking about the so-called benefits of an ADL-funded trip of American law enforcement executives to Israel in 2015.
"[They] come back and they are Zionists," Friedman said. "They understand Israel and its security needs in ways a lot of audiences don’t."
That year's ADL trip included executives from US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), the US Marshals Service, the US Naval Criminal Investigative Service and the International Association of Chiefs of Police, and officers from the police departments of Chicago, Las Vegas, Austin, Seattle, Oakland and Miami-Dade.
In DC, Police Chief Peter Newsham and at least two other local commanders have taken part in the training exchanges, and organisers at Occupation Free DC suspect others from the department have gone as well.
"We don't know because of lack of transparency around these things whether another trip is being planned for the near future, but we definitely know that high profile officers have gone in the past," Brown said.
In 2017, DC councilman David Grosso sent a letter to Chief Newsham, denouncing a trip planned for the department.
"While I strongly believe in cross-cultural exchanges and the importance of training for our law enforcement officers, learning from military advisors is not what local law enforcement needs," Grosso wrote in his letter. "Indeed numerous watchdog organisations, Association for Civil Rights in Israel, Human Rights Watch and Amnesty International, have documented human rights violations by Israeli police and security forces.
"I am concerned that we are not doing enough to prevent the militarisation of law enforcement in the District of Columbia," he continued.
Allegations that American police training in Israel encourages police militarisation is among the many criticisms regularly levied against these exchange programmes.
The Pentagon has given American police departments more than $7.2bn worth of surplus military equipment over the past couple of decades, which amounts to about two years worth of the annual US foreign military aid Israel receives.
Meanwhile, Israeli police and military forces can be hard to tell apart in terms of weaponry and tactics, and its training of US police officers is also often directed by military officials.

Protests and Israeli 'riot control'

Arguments against militarisation have heightened amid the massive ongoing nationwide protests that were sparked in the wake of Floyd's death, with activists pointing to the many similarities in crowd control methods being used by American police forces during government crackdowns across the country.
US authorities - police and national guard - have tear-gassed peaceful gatherings, shot at protesters with rubber bullets (causing several people to lose an eye), mass arrested protesters, detained lawmakers, implemented curfews, and indiscriminately targeted journalists, all of which are tactics commonly used by Israel against Palestinians.
Despite the US and Israel's copious use of tear gas and pepper spray against protesters, both are considered chemical agents and are banned under international law for use in warfare.
Included in that ban is Israel's newest crowd control creation, "skunk water", which Israel first deployed against Palestinian protesters in 2008.
Sprayed via water cannons at protesters, the stench of the foul-smelling liquid stays for days on any surface that it touches, such as asphalt, buildings, clothes and even skin.
"The physical side effects of the skunk [water] may include nausea, skin rash, and vomiting," the ACLU said in a 2016 report.
Israel's so-called counterterrorism training sessions have included seminars on the benefits of the noxious-smelling water.
"The problem with this method is that it is indiscriminate, as it targets groups of protesters without distinction. In many cases, homes, individuals and businesses were harmed by its use despite not having taken any part in the protests in which it was used," Khoury told MEE.
While it has reportedly not yet been used by law enforcement in the US, the St. Louis Police Department began stockpiling skunk water after massive popular protests broke out in Ferguson in 2014 following a fatal police shooting of an unarmed Black teenager. The police department of Bossier City, Louisiana, has also purchased skunk water, according to records obtained by Defense One.
Private American security companies have also started advertising its potential use for "border crossings, correctional facilities, demonstrations and sit-ins".
Amid reports of police brutality during crackdowns on the recent nationwide protests in the US, Anthony Lorenzo Green, an advisory neighbourhood commissioner of DC's 7th Ward, pointed the finger squarely at Israel's training of American police.
Green shared a video posted by an activist who linked the crowd control methods DC police were using to those used by Israeli forces when he had been in the occupied West Bank last year.
"@DCPoliceDept are trained by the [Israeli army]. They don't want you to know that," Commissioner Green tweeted.
Amnesty USA's Wilcken said under the current circumstances, it is unsurprising that those shocked by the police's use of force are drawing such comparisons.
"Peaceful protesters across the United States find themselves under attack by police forces," Wilcken said.
"Harsh and violent tactics employed against demonstrators bring to mind security forces from other parts of the world that have employed similar and even harsher methods," he continued. "Israel is one such country."
Edit: Need to nip out but I think I've edited that well enough to be readable. And now I'm running late as I keep replying to 'one more' post, so gonna have to get back to you in a bit!
Basically anyone who's trying to make out there is no discussion to be had on this issue unless you are a nut who hates Israel is full of shit.
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2020.06.17 14:50 Venus230 "I Can't Breathe" ... because the putrid stench of Black Lives Matter authoritarianism is suffocating our entire nation

Are you feeling suffocated by the rank authoritarianism, lunacy and violence of Black Lives Matter? If you’re noticing that you can’t breathe, it’s probably because your nation is being turned over to an extremist, anti-American, atrocity-promoting criminal cartel run by violent thugs who now have the financial backing of nearly every major corporation and institution in America, from Google to Netflix.
The stench of a rapidly rising fascist movement — a modern-day obedience cult — is too horrendous to ignore. Right before our very eyes, we are watching America’s masses undergo mass media hypnosis that’s using contrived emotion to indoctrinate the sheeple into engineered fanaticism as a pretext for political revolution. Yes, it’s all staged, and even the rioters are mere pawns in this winner-take-all game that has all the echoes of a communist Cultural Revolution (with mass genocide against Christians and conservatives soon to follow).
Black Lives Matter is following in the footsteps of the Third Reich, and most Americans are now too terrified of the BLM enforcers to voice their dissent against the rank authoritarianism and lawlessness. The fascist, anti-American tech giants are censoring anyone who dares criticize the Black Lives Matter terrorists, and social media has been transformed into a celebration of left-wing violent terrorism and anti-white hatred and bigotry.
Just today, for example, a CHAZ occupier demanded that “all the white people” be rounded up inside CHAZ and put into work brigades. Yes, Black Lives Matter is now literally pushing for Whites to be turned into work slaves to serve Black people. Yet somehow this isn’t called racism or bigotry by the Left; it’s celebrated as “inclusiveness” and an admission of “white guilt.”
In another incident, a preacher who entered CHAZ and teach the word of Christ was choked and sexually assaulted by the Black Lives Matter terrorist mob that currently occupied CHAZ. From the article:
The very same people who are supposedly protesting police brutality — and chokeholds in particular — actually choked a preacher who didn’t obey their “orders” to leave because he was talking about God. He can be seen in a video being held face down by masked Antifa members in a chokehold.
In case you’re wondering how “racism” works in the minds of Leftists and Democrats, here’s a handy chart that explains everything:

Black Lives Matter has morphed into a dangerous OBEDIENCE CULT that now poses a clear and present danger to the United States of America

Tucker Carlson explains it brilliantly in the video below:
Black Lives Matter has changed the rules, and here’s their first rule: No criticizing Black Lives Matter. You can be fired from your job if you disobey.
Black Lives Matter now enjoys almost complete immunity from criticism. This is unprecedented for an American political movement.
Affirming the fundamental equality of all people is now considered hate speech. This is a dangerous moment. How did we get here?
Consider some of the other positions Black Lives Matter has endorse… the repeal of all immigration restrictions… the legalization of sex work… the forced reallocation of farmland… race-based reparations specifically “in the form of a guaranteed minimum income for all Black people.”
In St. Louis, every rioter arrested has been released without charges. In New York, hundreds were released without bail…
When the people in charge undermine the law, violence surges.
Is there a reason why the DOJ hasn’t filed federal conspiracy charges against the people who organized and led these riots?
If you can’t tell the truth when the truth actually matters, then nothing you say matters.

It’s time to declare Black Lives Matter a domestic terrorism organization and dismantle the entire operation

Much like Antifa, Black Lives Matter is a terrorist organization. It’s the mirror image of the KKK, except for the fact that both BLM and the KKK were organized and run by Democrats.
In essence, BLM is the militant wing of the radical Left. BLM relies on violence, threats and intimidation, and the “warlord” leader of the CHAZ zone in Seattle, a gang banger named “Raz,” has been photographed and filmed distributing AK-47 rifles to various left-wing youth who currently occupy the zone.
That’s right: Black Lives Matter is a gun-running terrorist organization pretending to be a civil rights group. And they demand the mass killing of police officers and white people.
https://www.naturalnews.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/06/Raz-Simone-AK-47.jpg
In the end, Black lives don’t matter at all to Democrats, except when it’s time for Blacks to vote. That’s the only time Black lives matter at all to the rich, White Democrats that keep Blacks trapped in a cycle of poverty and manufactured rage, falling right in line with the Left’s “divide and conquer” strategy for America:
https://www.brighteon.com/9a479718-6a0e-4f47-9794-21b9b03824ff

It’s time for America to take a stand against Black Lives Matter terrorist thugs and the complicit corporations and media cultists who brought BLM into power

If you’re having trouble breathing in America right now, maybe it’s because the stench of left-wing authoritarianism is too putrid to handle.
Soon, America will be in a civil war, all by design. The cities will be bloody war zones. Again, this is all by design. And if America doesn’t find the will to stand up and fight for survival, America will not survive this onslaught of emotionally-driven insanity and chaos.
https://www.brighteon.com/0cbeb6db-ea88-4660-8032-f99d993a552c
That’s why right now, several critical things need to happen:
1) The Mayor of Seattle and the Governor of Washington must be arrested and charged with treason, for colluding with an enemy invasion and occupation of America. Where is the DOJ on the rule of law?
2) The militant terrorists known as Black Lives Matter must be met with force and completely halted and dismantled, through the use of military force if necessary. After all, the U.S. military has the right and the power to defend America against treasonous enemies occupying inside U.S. borders.
3) All corporations that have donated money to Black Lives Matter or Antifa must have their CEOs arrested and charged with conspiracy to commit acts of treason against the United States of America. This includes left-wing media propaganda channels such as NBC News, CNN and MSNBC, all of which are actively engaged in fomenting riots and chaos as a tactic to destroy America and overthrow the national government.
4) Every law enforcement officer in America — including National Guard troops — must be given a “weapons free” order to allow them to defend themselves against potentially deadly weapons being deployed by the rioters. It’s time to allow police officers and National Guard troops to defend their lives when they are threatened by violent terrorists wielding deadly weapons.
5) The CHAZ section of Seattle must be cleaned out using SWAT snipers while National Guard troops rescue and set free the American Prisoners of War (POWs) who have been kidnapped and held hostage by Black Lives Matter in Seattle. This will restore law and order to the area and send a powerful message to other would-be terrorists that you don’t get to immunity from the law just because your skin is black.
If we are all truly equal under the law, then we must be held equally responsible for following the law. Yes, it’s common sense, but the radical left-wing lunatics who now seem to be in charge of every city in America are so far beyond reason or rationality that the only remaining way the government can communicate with them is probably through kinetic force.
It’s time to shut down the Black Lives Matter terrorists in America, and the only way that happens is by defeating those terrorists through the use of determined force. For if we don’t defeat them, America’s cities are already lost to anarchy, and no American citizen will ever be safe from the reach of the violent BLM terrorists who are holding this entire nation hostage with their reverse-racism crybully tactics.
With all that said, on the other hand we could just sit back and watch left-wing lunatics burn down left-wing cities, all while sipping a cup of Itoldyaso tea. After all, most of the people who have to deal with this left-wing lunacy are the same left-wing morons who voted for the very same Democrats who have surrendered their cities to terrorists. Maybe we should let them stew for a while in their own liberal sh#t before bothering to rescue them from their “utopia.”
After all, Black Lives Matter doesn’t have the balls to try to seize a farm anywhere in rural America, because that attempt would last no more than a few hours before they’d all be shot and killed by rural property owners wielding long-range rifles. If the DEMONrats want to burn their own filthy cities to the ground, why should we stop them?
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2020.06.14 07:03 graneflatsis Revised comprehensive list of significant Qanon related incidents

This is a chronological list of significant happenings involving Qanon. Please contribute additional instances, corrections or suggestions.
State Rep. Promotes, later Dismisses Qanon
Charleston, South Carolina on April 19, 2018 - @March 21, 2019
State Rep. Lin Bennett’s QAnon comments on Facebook
Despite calling QAnon ‘legit,’ SC lawmaker says she no longer believes conspiracy theory
False Child Sex Trafficking Allegations, Trespass
Tuscon, Arizona on May 31, 2018
Tuscon, Arizona on July 22, 2018
Conspiracy theories inspire vigilante justice in Tucson
“Lewis Arthur” Of False Sex-Trafficking Report Arrested By TPD
Hoover Dam Armored Car Standoff
Kingman, Arizona on June 15, 2018
Suspect in Hoover Dam standoff writes Trump, cites conspiracy in letters
Presidential Assassination Threat
From Tulsa, Oklahoma - Arrested July 31, 2018 in Berwick, Pennsylvania
QAnon Referenced by Man Arrested for Threatening to Kill Trump
Arson of 23,000 acres
Riverside & Orange County, California on August 6, 2018
Ties to Qanon: California Wildfire Suspect Posted About QAnon, Other Conspiracies
Better Story: Holy Fire Arson Suspect Pleads Not Guilty
Qanon Supporter Meets with US President
Washington, DC on August 23, 2018
A Prominent Conspiracy Theorist Met With Trump At The White House
Cyberstalking & Mass Shooting Threats
Cave Junction, Oregon on August 23, 2018
Oregon Man Charged For Making Threats To YouTube Employees Promoted QAnon, Other Conspiracy Theories
Swat Member Investigated and Demoted
Broward County, Florida on November 30, 2018
South Florida QAnon Cop Gets Demoted From SWAT Team
Former White House Staff Member Promotes Qanon
Washington, DC on December 7, 2018
The Mooch Tries Out New Role As QAnon Troll
Councilwoman Quotes Q Drop in Speech
San Juan Capistrano, California on December 12, 2018
SJC Councilwoman Quotes “QAnon” in Bizarre Farewell Speech
Murder
Seattle, Washington on January 6, 2019
Qanon-Believing Proud Boy Accused of Murdering ‘Lizard’ Brother With Sword
Arson
Washington, DC on January 23, 2019
'Pizzagate' video was posted to YouTube account of alleged arsonist's parents before fire
Murder
Staten Island, New York on March 13, 2019
QAnon Conspiracy-Believing Mob Boss Killer’s Confession to Police Ruled Admissible
Detained Migrants, Felon in Possession of Firearms
Flora Vista, New Mexico on April 18, 2019
FBI Arrests New Mexico Border Militia Leader Larry Mitchell Hopkins
Online Threats
Grass Valley, California on April 29, 2019
QAnon Causes Charter School to Cancel Fundraiser
Suicide
Bellemont, Arizona on May 13, 2019
Hollywood QAnon Promoter Dies After Throwing Himself Off Bridge
FBI Field Office Labels Qanon Domestic Terror Threat
Phoenix, Arizona on May 30, 2019
FBI document warns conspiracy theories are a new domestic terrorism threat
Memo PDF
Qanon Supporter Attends White House Summit
Washington, DC on July 11, 2019
Trump’s “Social Media Summit” Is a Far-Right Troll Convention
White House Social Media Summit Recap
Remarks by President Trump at the Presidential Social Media Summit
Qanon Promoted at Trump Rally
Cincinnati, Ohio on August 1, 2019
QAnon slogan spoken from Trump rally podium as FBI warns about conspiracy theory-related violence
Congressman Promotes Qanon
Prescott, Arizona on August 12, 2019
GOP Rep Pushes QAnon Theory That British Agents Conspired with Democrats in Coup Attempt Against Trump
Flynn & Papadopolous Book, Cancel Qanon Conference
Atlanta, Georgia on Aug 14-17, 2019
Michael Flynn Just Pulled Out of a QAnon-Connected Fundraiser
Church Vandalized
Sedona, Arizona on September 25, 2019
QAnon Supporter Charged With Hate Crime After Attack on Famous Christian Church in Arizona
Judge Emails Journalist
Helena, Montana on November 12, 2019
Helena judge reprimanded by discipline board over QAnon email
Kidnapping Plot
From Parker, Colorado - Arrested in Kalispell, Montana on December 30, 2019
QAnon Believer Teamed Up With Conspiracy Theorists to Plot Kidnapping, Police Say
Mass Shooting, MurdeSuicide
Hanau, Germany on February 19, 2020
11 Dead
Can we talk about the Trump-loving, QAnon-type who slaughtered 10 people in Germany?
Kidnapping
Logan County, Kentucky on March 20, 2020
QAnon Mom Charged With Kidnapping Her Kids
Extortion & Hacking
Chandler, Arizona on March 31, 2020
Baby QAnon Was Just Arrested
Train Wrecking
Los Angeles, California on April 1, 2020
Train Operator at Port of Los Angeles Charged with Derailing Locomotive Near U.S. Navy’s Hospital Ship Mercy
Mayor Pro Tem Promotes Qanon
Colleyville, Texas on April 6, 2020
A bizarre conspiracy fantasy creeps into Texas politics: Candidates promoting ‘Q’
Death Threats
Detroit, Michigan on April 14, 2020
Downtown Detroit realtor charged with threatening to kill Whitmer, Nessel
Link to Qanon
Death Threat, Illegal Weapons
New York, New York on April 29, 2020
A QAnon Devotee Live-Streamed Her Trip to N.Y. to ‘Take Out’ Joe Biden
Coup Attempt
La Guaira, Venezuela on May 1, 2020
6 Dead, 13 Captured
Captured American Mercenary Appears to Be Really Into Qanon
US President Promotes Qanon 131 Times
Washington, DC by May 11, 2020
Trump has repeatedly amplified QAnon Twitter accounts. The FBI has linked the conspiracy theory to domestic terror.
Online Threat
Chattanooga, Tennessee on May 17, 2020
Chattanooga software firm Transcard terminates employee after firestorm over Obama noose meme
Director of National Intelligence Follows Qanon
Washington, DC on March 21, 2020
Trump’s Pick for Intelligence Chief Follows a Slew of QAnon Accounts
Qanon With His 5 Kids Ram Police Cruiser, Crash into Tree
North Hampton, Massachusetts on June 11, 2020
'We don't want to die': Father livestreams multi-town police chase with 5 kids in van
Link to Qanon
Attempted Assassination of the Prime Minister of Canada
‎Ottawa, Canada on July 3, 2020
Armed Man Who Allegedly Stormed Trudeau's Residence Appears to Have Posted QAnon Content
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