#285 by joeshikspack
Wed Dec 03, 2014 5:15 pm
https://news.vice.com/article/obamas-ca ... not-enough

Obama's Call for 50,000 Police Bodycams Is Smart — But Not Enough

Of all the things President Barack Obama could have proposed in response to the growing rage nationwide at police violence and racism — and impunity for both — he proposed something smart. The plan to spend $75 million to equip 50,000 cops with body cameras amounts to significant recognition that trust in police has been decimated. The cops need watching, and even the president knows it. ...

Bodycams by no means assure an end to police brutality and impunity. There is a link empirically borne out between transparency and accountability, but transparency does not entail accountability. Consider that ample videos — from civilian cell phones to surveillance cameras to police dashcams and bodycams — have presented clear and shocking examples of police brutality without affecting impunity. [Examples: BART passenger Oscar Grant, the fellow murdered while holding a BB gun in Walmart, John Crawford and the 12-year-old Cleveland kid with a pellet gun executed immediately as a cop exited his cruiser, Tamir Rice. - js]

<strong>It is a dangerous and supremely powerful institution that can successfully, in the determinations of our justice system, assert its own truths in contradiction to video evidence.</strong>

Watching cops through mandatory bodycams or citizen cell phone cameras helps lessen instances of misconduct — but only within a context that considers Darren Wilson's shooting dead of 18-year-old, unarmed Mike Brown to be within the parameter of acceptable police conduct. Wilson, with the force of the justice system behind him, can go on network television and say, with confidence, that he was doing his job correctly when he ended Brown's life. For those who agree with such a framework, Obama's order for bodycams and better training will likely seem sufficient. For those who see a deeper problem of state-sanctioned police violence and racism, the struggle will continue long after the bodycams roll out.


http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?opt ... ival=12727

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Say, here's something that Obama might do. He could actually take care that the laws are faithfully executed. There's a federal law, the Violent Crime Control and Law Enforcement Act that hasn't been enforced for 20 years. Perhaps Obama could get around to that:

http://www.politico.com/magazine/story/ ... H3ZGmfQqO5

The Great Police Violence Cover-Up

no one knows for sure how serious the problem is—now, or then—because there simply are no reliable national data on police violence in the United States. The data are lacking because police departments keep almost all those numbers to themselves, in defiance of a 20-year-old federal law—the Violent Crime Control and Law Enforcement Act—requiring the Justice Department to compile an annual report on “the use of excessive force” by police.


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Ukraine parliament votes in new government, fresh ceasefire hopes fade


http://www.truthdig.com/report/item/no_ ... a_20141201

Dennis Kucinich: No to War, Hot or Cold, With Russia

U.S.-Russia relations have deteriorated severely in the past decade and they are about to get worse, if the House passes http://b.3cdn.net/kucinich/a8bb3ba91389f98e95_pym6iikbh.pdfH. Res. 758.

NATO encirclement, the U.S.-backed coup in Ukraine, an attempt to use an agreement with the European Union to bring NATO into Ukraine at the Russian border, a U.S. nuclear first-strike policy, are all policies which attempt to substitute force for diplomacy.

Russia’s response to the terror unleashed by western-backed neo-nazis in Crimea and Odessa came after the local population appealed to Russia to protect them from the violence. Russia then agreed to Crimea joining the Russian Federation, a reaffirmation of an historic relationship.

The Western press begins its narrative on the Crimea situation with the annexation, but completely ignores the provocations by the West and other causal factors which resulted in the annexation. This distortion of reality is artificially creating an hysteria about Russian aggressiveness, another distortion which could pose an exceptionally dangerous situation for the world, if acted upon by other nations. The U.S. Congress is responding to the distortions, not to the reality.

Tensions between Russia and the U.S. are being fueled every day by players who would benefit financially from a resumption of the Cold War which, from 1948 to 1991 cost U.S. taxpayers $20 TRILLION dollars (in 2014 dollars), an amount exceeding our $18 trillion National Debt.

With wars re-igniting in Afghanistan and Iraq, and Syria being a staging ground for an ongoing proxy war between the great powers, the U.S. treasury is being drained for military adventures, our national debt is piling up, and we are demonstrably less safe.


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UN Security Council Negotiating Controversial Israel-Palestine Resolution


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French parliament votes to recognize Palestine as a state


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French Lawmakers Vote to Recognize Palestine


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In US-Supported Egypt, 188 Protesters Are Sentenced to Die Days After Mubarak is Effectively Freed


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Ohio Lawmakers Want to Remove Transparency on Executions, So Capital Punishment Can Resume


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Keiser Report: Russell Brand for London Mayor!


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UPS pregnancy discrimination case weighed by US supreme court


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The US is still the only developed country that doesn’t guarantee paid maternity leave


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Criminal Records Create Endless Cycle of Poverty, Says Report


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No wonder landowners are scared. We are starting to learn who owns Britain


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