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White And Asian People are “soft targets”. Go after Blacks and Latinos Instead

New York

‘I Got Tired of Hunting Black and Hispanic People’

Police Officers in Brooklyn filed discrimination lawsuit against the New York Police Department.

According to the New York Times, sworn statements, gathered in the last few months as part of a discrimination lawsuit, deal with a period between 2011 and 2015. But they are now emerging publicly.

Lt. Edwin Raymond is suing the Police Department for discrimination.Credit...Celeste Sloman for The New York Times
Lt. Edwin Raymond is suing the Police Department for discrimination.Credit...Celeste Sloman for The New York Times

The officers claim they faced retaliation from the New York Police Department because they objected to what they said was a longstanding quota system for arrests and tickets, which they argued mainly affected black and Hispanic New Yorkers.

Six officers said in their affidavits that Mr. Tsachas, now a deputy inspector, pressured them to enforce low-level violations against black and Hispanic people, while discouraging them from doing the same to white or Asian people.

“You are stopping too many Russian and Chinese,” one of the officers, Daniel Perez, recalled the commander telling him earlier this decade.

One officer, Aaron Diaz, remembered the same commander saying in 2012, “You should write more black and Hispanic people.”

According to the officers, the new commander at the time, who is now promoted, instructed officers to think of white and Asian people as “soft targets” and urged them to instead go after blacks and Latinos for minor offenses like jumping the turnstile, officers said in sworn statements.

“I got tired of hunting Black and Hispanic people because of arrest quotas,” one former officer, Christopher LaForce, said in his affidavit, explaining his decision to retire in 2015.

The New York Times article stated that Inspector Tsachas declined to comment when reached by telephone this week, but his union representative said the inspector denied the allegations of misconduct. The Police Department also declined to address the allegations.

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Italian Committee Chamber Flooded 2 Minutes After Politicians Reject Climate Change Amendments

(CNN) Veneto regional council, which is located on Venice's Grand Canal, was flooded for the first time in its history on Tuesday night -- just after it rejected measures to combat climate change.

The Italian city seen it's worst flooding there in more than 50 years. The council chamber in Ferro Fini Palace started to take in water around 10 p.m. local time, as councilors were debating the 2020 regional budget, Democratic Party councilor and deputy chairman of the environment committee Andrea Zanoni said in a long Facebook post.

Andrea Zanoni Facebook Post: LA LEGA DI ZAIA VOTA CONTRO I NOSTRI EMENDAMENTI SUL CONTRASTO AI CAMBIAMENTI CLIMATICI E DOPO DUE MINUTI L’AULA CONSIGLIARE VIENE SOMMERSA DALLE ACQUE.

Ieri notte in Consiglio Regionale stavamo discutendo la legge di stabilità relativa al Bilancio Regionale 2020 quando l’acqua verso le 22 ha iniziato, per la prima volta nella storia del Consiglio regionale del Veneto, ad allagare l’aula consigliare con il conseguente fuggi fuggi di tutti i consiglieri, assessori , funzionari, addetti al servizio legislativo e tanti altri.
Qualcuno potrebbe pensare che tutto ciò non fosse prevedibile, non è così! I numerosi e precisi bollettini sull’acqua alta e soprattutto le sirene in azione ci dicevano solo una cosa: evacuare Palazzo Ferro Fini. E invece il Presidente del Consiglio e i rappresentanti della Lega hanno voluto proseguire ad oltranza creando una serie di disagi aggiuntivi comprese le gravi difficoltà degli addetti ai servizi di trasporto via acqua che hanno dovuto azzardare anche manovre pericolose.
Intanto le acque invadevano tutto il piano terra di palazzo Ferro Fini defluendo come un torrente (il rumore era proprio quello) nelle zone piu’ basse come la sala mensa, la Sala del Leone, la sala Giunta, le cucine, la guardiola e purtroppo l’aula consigliare: l’aula dell’assemblea legislativa del Veneto.
Andavano sott’acqua tutti gli arredamenti, tappeti, seggiole ed in particolare molti apparecchi elettrici come le prese e i ventilconvettori.
L’alta marea, che ieri ha raggiunto 1 metro e 87 centimetri, a Venezia è dovuta tra i tanti fattori anche a quello dei cambiamenti climatici, con l’innalzamento dell’acqua dei mari, dovuta allo scioglimento dei ghiacciai a causa del surriscaldamento globale.
Ironia della sorte l’aula consigliare si è allagata due minuti dopo che la maggioranza Lega, Fratelli d’Italia e Forza Italia aveva bocciato i nostri emendamenti per contrastare i cambiamenti climatici.
Bocciati o respinti gli emendamenti che chiedevano finanziamenti per le fonti rinnovabili, per le colonnine elettriche, per la sostituzione degli autobus a gasolio con altri più efficienti e meno inquinanti, per la rottamazione delle inquinantissime stufe, per finanziare i Patti dei Sindaci per l’Energia Sostenibile e il Clima (PAESC), per ridurre l’impatto della plastica, ecc.. Tutti emendamenti presentati perché il bilancio di Zaia non contiene alcuna azione concreta per contrastare i cambiamenti climatici.
Non c’è immagine più significativa dell’acqua che allaga l’aula consigliare e fa fuggire i rappresentanti del Popolo veneto, per illustrare tutta l’inconsistenza e la nullità politica dell’attuale misera azione amministrativa di questo governo veneto guidato da Lega, Forza Italia e Fratelli d’Italia.
Completa questo quadro deprimente l’assenza, ormai abituale, di Zaia durante i lavori del Consiglio (non si è mai visto né ieri né lunedì) perché intento a darsi arie per la sua nuova proposta di legge sulla bandiera del Veneto. Il capoluogo del Veneto annega nelle acque e Zaia che fa? … pensa alla bandiera col leone del Veneto.
In compenso lo vedremo ancora lottare “pancia a terra” per la “partita” dell’autonomia del Veneto o meglio far finta di lottare perché, se ci riflettiamo, chiedere le 23 materie e dire o “cosi’ e niente” è il miglior modo per far fallire ogni intesa per l’autonomia.
Ben sa Zaia che dopo l’area Unesco del Prosecco, le Olimpiadi a Cortina (un governatore tutto “panem et circenses” ) gli resta solo l’obiettivo propagandistico dell’autonomia e senza di questa si ritroverebbe senza argomenti e dovrebbe finalmente occuparsi di cambiamenti climatici e sanità, materie che, visti l’impegno e i risultati, dubitiamo fortemente sia in grado di affrontare. Perciò chi glielo fa fare di disfarsi dell’ultimo specchietto per le Allodole da usare con troppi distratti e creduloni cittadini veneti ?
Gli stessi cittadini veneti che farebbero bene a pensare ai 7 miliardi di euro buttati su un Mose oggi ancora non funzionante: non ci resta che piangere. Se gli elettori del Veneto continuano a chiudere gli occhi la Lega di Zaia ci porterà tutti sott’acqua.
Andrea Zanoni

The League of zaia votes against our amendments on the contrast to climate change and after two minutes the room advise is submerged by the waters.

Last night in the regional council we were discussing the law of stability related to the regional budget 2020 when the water around 22 started, for the first time in the history of the Veneto Regional Council, to flood the classroom advise with the consequent Escape of all advisors, assessor, officials, legislative service and many others.
Someone might think this wasn't predictable, it's not! The numerous and precise bulletins on high water and especially the mermaids in action told us only one thing: evacuate palazzo ferro fini. And instead, the president of the council and the representatives of the league wanted to continue to-by creating a series of additional inconveniences including the serious difficulties of the people with water transport services that have also had to dare
Meanwhile the waters invading the whole ground floor of palazzo ferro fini pouring like a stream (the noise was just that) in the lowest areas such as the canteen room, the lion room, the junta, the kitchens, the guardiola and unfortunately the Room recommend: the classroom of the legislative assembly of veneto.
All furnishings, rugs, chairs and in particular many electrical appliances such as sockets and fan were underwater.
The High Tide, which yesterday reached 1 Meter and 87 centimeters, in Venice is due to the many factors also to that of climate change, with the rise of the water of the seas, due to the dissolution of glaciers due to overheating Global.
Irony of fate the room recommend flooded two minutes after the majority league, brothers of Italy and forza italia had failed our amendments to counter climate change.
Failed or rejected the amendments that asked for funding for renewable sources, for electric columns, for the replacement of diesel buses with others more efficient and less polluting, for the scrapping of stoves, to finance the pacts of mayors for sustainable energy And the climate (Paesc), to reduce the impact of plastic, etc.. all amendments presented because the budget budget does not contain any concrete action to counteract climate change.
There is no more significant image of water that floods the classroom to advise and makes the representatives of the veneto people escape, to illustrate all the inconsistency and political nullity of the current wretched administrative action of this veneto government led by lega, forza italia and brothers of ..
Complete this depressing painting the absence, now usual, of zaia during the work of the council (never seen neither yesterday nor Monday) because intent to be arias for his new proposal of law on the flag of veneto. The Capital of veneto drowns in the waters and zaia it does?... think of the flag with the lion of
We will still see it fighting " belly on the ground " for the " game " of the autonomy of veneto or better pretend to fight because, if we reflect, ask the 23 materials and say or " so and nothing " is the best Way to fail any understanding for autonomy.
Well known zaia that after the unesco area of prosecco, the Olympics In Cortina (a governor all "Panem et circuses") only remains the propaganda goal of autonomy and without this would be found without arguments and should finally take care of climate change and health , materials that, given the commitment and the results, we strongly doubt whether they are able to face So who makes you get rid of the last mirror for larks to use with too many distracted and gullible Venetian citizens?
The Same Venetian citizens who would do well to think about the EUR 7 billion thrown on a Moses today still not working: all we have to do is If the voters of veneto continue to close their eyes the league of zaia will bring us all underwater.
Andrea Zanoni

 

Italian Chamber Flooded
Italian Chamber Flooded

"Ironically, the chamber was flooded two minutes after the majority League, Brothers of Italy, and Forza Italia parties rejected our amendments to tackle climate change," the deputy chairman said.

According to CNN, among the rejected amendments were measures to fund renewable sources, to replace diesel buses with "more efficient and less polluting ones," to scrap polluting stoves and reduce the impact of plastics.
The regional council's spokesman Alessandro Ovizach confirmed to CNN that the council was flooded after discussing amendments to the 2020 budget -- without specifying which ones.
The council's president, the League's Roberto Ciambetti, rejected Zanoni's accusations in a statement to CNN.
"Beyond propaganda and deceptive reading, we are voting (for) a regional budget that spent €965 million over the past three years in the fight against air pollution, smog, which is a determining factor in climate change," said the statement.

 

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Black people are scared in America and that is the truth.

Many will tell you they are scared of mistakenly or even excessive force of gun use by the police that can cause their death. And this is not an exaggeration of reality. According to a new analysis of deaths involving law enforcement officers, getting killed by police is a leading cause of death for young black men in America. This analysis also showed that black women and girls are killed at higher rates than those who are white.

This comes with the latest murder of Atatiana Jefferson who was shot in her own home by a police officer in Fort Worth, Texas.

Atatiana Jefferson

This happened early Saturday morning on October 12th, 2019. Reports state that local police received a call from a neighbor who expressed concern due to the doors being opened and lights on in Atatiana’s house.

James Smith, neighbor who called the police

According to the neighbor, he just wanted police to check that all was well. The officer arrived on scene, passed the front door of the house, walked to the side of the house then opened the backyard’s gate. That’s when all hell broke loose.

He saw a figure through the window and shouted ‘Put your hands up. Show me your hands!’ before firing once through the window. This proved to be a fatal shot as Atatiana died at 2:30 am that morning. Reports indicate that she was up late playing video games. The officer did not identify himself before telling her to put her hands up. See footage below which is taken from the officer’s bodycam which showed what happened.

The Forth Worth Police Department said the officer thought he saw a threat before he drew his weapon. According to Atatiana’s 8-year-old nephew, Atatiana was just playing video games with him when they heard a noise outside. Atatiana went to investigate and that’s when she was shot. Up to the time of the writing of this article, there is a lot of ambiguity surrounding this case. But, it doesn’t matter how many ‘whys?’ there are; the fact remains that Atatiana Jefferson is dead and can never be brought back to life.

Atatiana Jefferson and Nephew
Atatiana Jefferson and Nephew

James Smith, the neighbor who called the police said, ‘I’m shaken. I’m mad. I’m upset. And I feel it’s partly my fault. If I had never dialled the police department, she’d still be alive.” One of the latest murders, Botham Jean, who was fatally shot in his own apartment by his neighbor who is a police officer, shook up America and the world. Now what happened to Atatiana have some black Americans tearful and fearful.

This begs the question ‘What future is there for many Black Americans?’. Here’s what some are saying on social media about the latest murder:

1. This is Atatiana Jefferson. She was 28 yrs old, a graduate of Xavier Univ. and lived w/ her nephew. A Fort Worth, TX cop shot and killed her thru her window as she stood peacefully and unarmed in her own home. Black people are subject to deadly force even when they stay home.’

2.Texas where a white dude can walk into a Walmart with body armor and an AK and it’s cool, a POC has a gun in their bedroom and it justifies being shoot by the police.

3. Atatiana Jefferson. A Black woman. A daughter. An aunt. A friend. A student. A caretaker. A person. A human being. A human being. A human being. A human being. #SayHerName #AtatianaJefferson

4. Yesterday, a white police officer in Texas assassinated Atatiana Jefferson, a Black woman, inside her own home. Her crime? Being at home with her door open & lights on. These are state-sanctioned lynchings of Black people by white cops.
#AtatianaJefferson #SayHerName #BLM

5. I’m tired of learning new names. I’m tired of Black people becoming hashtags instead of living full lives. I’m tired of the trauma. I’m tired of realizing we aren’t even safe in our own homes. I’m tired. Say her name: #AtatianaJefferson.

6. When we tell you we don’t have to be anything other than Black to be killed by those sworn to “serve and protect,” believe us. The first time. You’re denial continues to harm us, because the police keep killing us. Just for
existing.

7. 0.6 seconds. #AtatianaJefferson was shot by the Fort Worth Police just 0.6 seconds after yelling through her window. She didn’t even know the police were there. She was playing video games with a child on a holiday weekend. She broke no laws. Nothing. This is murder.

8. You might have thought that watching the #AmberGuyger trial play out in Dallas would impact the culture of the police department in neighboring Fort Worth. NOPE. This is a systemic problem; racism is woven into our police culture. And it’s lethal. #AtatianaJefferson

KevOnStage said: At this point in my life I may never call the police for anything.
Ever.

The fear is real, and it permeates the air for every black woman, man and child. It’s no surprise that many people are wondering ‘will I be next’? A question that makes staff at Jamaica Live pause long after the very last full stop to this article.

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Many people do not believe the police version of Joshua Brown’s death

We have all heard the tragic story of Botham Jean, an African American who was fatally shot in his apartment by now ex-police woman Amber Guyger. She entered his apartment claiming that she mistook it for her own and thought that Jean was an intruder.

The key witness in Guyger’s trial and Jean’s neighbour Joshua Brown was gunned down in his apartment complex just two days after testifying at Guyger’s trial. According to civil rights attorney, Lee Merritt, Brown shared that he “lived in constant fear that he could be the next victim of gun violence.”

Joshua Brown was just 28 years old.

Police have alleged that Brown’s death had nothing to do with his part in the murder trial. They claim it is instead as a result of a drug deal gone bad for which three suspects have been identified and warrants issued.

Publishing a post on twitter on Tuesday, October 8, 2019 the Dallas Police Department stated, “Through the dedicated work of the DPD homicide detectives, we have identified 3 suspects in the murder of Joshua Brown. Jacquerious Mitchell B/M age 20, Michael Mitchell B/M age 32, and Thaddeous Green B/M age 22.” Along with photos of both Green and Michael Mitchell, while Jacquerious Mitchell is currently hospitalized for gunshot wounds allegedly sustained in a confrontation between Brown and the three men on (Friday October 4, 2019) the night of his death and is also in police custody.

Joshua Brown, Key witness in the Amber Guyer Trial

According to ABC News, Assistant Chief Avery Moore told reporters “As you know there’s been speculation and rumors that have been shared by community leaders claiming that Mr. Brown’s death was related to the Amber Guyger trial and somehow Dallas Police Department was responsible. I assure you that it is simply not true,”

The DPD also added that after receiving “numerous tips” they searched Brown’s apartment and it is there that they found 12 pounds of marijuana, 149 grams of THC cartridges, and $4,157 in cash; this disputes Brown’s previous statements of his income being from owning and managing a small collection of Airbnbs.

The official version of Brown's murder has not gone down well with many in the public. There are many people who have made and voiced their own speculations, and many who believe that Brown was murdered for participating in the contentious trial in which his testimony led to the conviction of Guyger.

One twitter user wrote:

“He was executed for testifying. That’s why he was shot in his mouth, because his testimony helped convict the officer. To put fear in the public so that we know the consequences for testifying against police officers. That’s why he was executed. #JusticeForJoshuaBrown”

Other twitter users expressed:

  1. “I’m officially offended by how patently ridiculous this Dallas PD story is.

If Joshua Brown was a drug dealer, we woulda known already bc it would’ve come up during cross examination!

Also, Louisiana has plenty of weed. Zero people are driving 4 hours for weed.”

  1. “Ain’t no drug dealer in their right mind volunteering to testify on the police in a case that has nothing at all to do with them. Dallas PD ain’t give their cover-up no effort at all.”
  2. “Dallas PD claiming the black witness who testified against a white cop who murdered a black man in his own apartment and was then immediately shot to death was killed in a drug deal gone bad and had all this in his apartment WHILE TESTIFYING AGAINST A COP. That’s… something”
  3. “Dallas PD wants us to believe that 3 guys drove 4.5 hours from Louisiana to Dallas to buy weed, killed the guy who was going to sell it to them and then 1 of the snitched on his whole crew before being charged with capital murder? #JoshuaBrownWasLynched”
  4. “We’re expected to believe Dallas PD that Joshua Brown was shot *in the mouth* by other black men, over marijuana which they drove hundreds of miles to receive, days after his testimony helped put a Dallas PD officer in jail? This smells…

#JoshuaBrownWasLynched”

  1. “I need everyone who is questioning whether the government is covering up the murder of #Joshua Brown to just take like, a glance at black history.

This is what the government does. It’s what it always does. It’s a WELL documented pattern.

#JoshuaBrownWasLynched”

Though authorities have strongly disputed this claim there is still public turmoil, distress, and resentment, which support the theory that his testimony in the trial led to his death. Many were disbelieving about the DPD’s version of events, indicating on social media that their explanation sounded much like the “Sprinkle some crack on him” bit from Dave Chappelle’s 2000 “Killin’ Them Softly” stand up special; Browns lack of criminal history, and his recent involvement in the Guyger trial also adds to the list of reasons why many people think the story just didn’t add up.

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The 69 people found locked away in cages at a church in Trinidad believe to be “modern day slavery”

The 69 people found locked away in cages at a church in Trinidad are believed to be victims of "modern day slavery"
The 69 people found locked away in cages at a church in Trinidad are believed to be victims of "modern day slavery"

Trinidad and Tobago:

According to CNC3 Television, a pastor was among six people detained by police this morning, following the discovery of 69 people being held at an Arouca facility described as a “church”.

Trinidad and Tobago, Commissioner of Police Gary Griffith described the case as “virtual modern day slavery”. The scene was barbaric and there are 65 men and four women, all of which seem to have been tortured.

The sting operation, coordinated by Griffith and executed by the Special Operation Response Team (SORT) went to the church at around 11pm on Tuesday.

“We have now cracked what is the biggest situations pertaining to human trafficking in this country,” Griffith said in the interview with CNC3.

According to some reports, families would take their drug addicted or mentally challenged relatives to the facility for help. At the end of the treatment period, the managers would often advise that the addicts be kept for an additional period, at an additional cost. The ‘captives’ were not allowed to leave the location and security guards on duty were not allowed to take cell phones beyond the walls. One security guard was fired when he raised issue with the treatment of the caged individuals.

Taser guns and batons were seized at the property. Griffith said each case would be thoroughly investigated as it appeared that some family members were deliberately sending their loved ones to gain profit. The people found at the facility would also undergo thorough medical examinations as some claimed to have been there for years, said Griffith.

TTPS PRESS STATEMENT issued at 5.39a.m.

In a sting operation coordinated by the Commissioner of Police Gary Griffith and executed by the Special Operation Response Team (SORT), the Trinidad and Tobago Police Service (TTPS) has rescued sixty-nine (69) T&T citizens (65 men and 4 women) ranging in ages from 20 to their 60’s, all held captive, where most of them were in cages and some handcuffs.

The operation commenced at approximately 12:15am on Wednesday at a prominent church on Eastern Main Road, Arouca. Search warrants were issued pursuant to Section 13 Chap. 12:10 of the Trafficking in Persons Act, after a period of monitoring and investigations.

Commissioner of Police Gary Griffith, Deputy Commissioner of Police Operations (Ag.) Jayson Forde, the TTPS’s Victim and Witness Support Unit, Northern Division C.I.D. are also on scene as at 5:30am today, assisted by a medical unit comprising of doctors, nurses and ambulance attendants from the North Central Regional Health Authority, who are also conducting initial on-scene examinations of the rescued nationals.

As a result thus far, six peoples were arrested at the church which is supposed to be a rehabilitation centre. Reports were given to senior officers months ago about possible imprisonment of persons and Commissioner Griffith, who spearheaded the operation, is now investigating possible negligence of duties of officers. Subsequent reports will be issued in the near future.

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Millions of People Around the World Join the Climate Change Strike

How Have People Around the World Participated in the Climate Change Strike?

On September 20, 2019, millions around the globe united to participate in the biggest climate strike this world has ever seen. Inspired by a 16-year-old climate activist, Greta Thunberg, the movement which spans from September 20 – 27, 2019, has mobilized over 4 million people to demand that action be taken to address climate change.

Also called the Earth Strike, this protest is the third global strike and is timed to coincide with the  UN Youth Climate Summit (21 September) and the UN Climate Action Summit (23 September). The last day of this strike (27 September) also marks the anniversary of the publishing of Silent Spring; an environmental science book said to be key in commencing the environmentalist movement.

Greta Thunberg said in her speech where she urged US senators to heed climate change,

‘ I also have a dream: that governments, political parties, and corporations grasp the urgency of the climate and ecological crisis and come together despite their differences – as you would in an emergency – and take the measures required to safeguard the conditions for a dignified life for everybody on earth.’

                                                  What is Climate Change and How does it Affect Us?

Climate change refers to a significant long-term, large-scale change in Earth’s weather patterns and average temperatures and is said to be the biggest threat humanity faces.  The World Meteorological Organization recently reported that the past five 5 years have been the hottest five-year period ever recorded, concluding that the Earth has warmed by 1.1 degrees since pre-industrial times. This increase signals that addressing climate change entirely must be done immediately to keep Earth warming below 2°C, and ultimately below 1.5°C by 2100.

Impacts of climate change include deadly heatwaves, hurricanes, wildfires, increased sea levels, and droughts. Though climate change occurs naturally, human activities such as burning fossil fuels and cutting down trees which prevent CO2 and other heat-trapping gases from leaving the atmosphere. Hence, there is global warming.

Despite these alarming facts, many including governments, political parties and corporations have not acknowledged the urgency of climate change and have not implemented the measurements needed to safeguard Earth’s future. It has been reported that since January 1, 2018, Earth has 12 years to decrease emissions of carbon dioxide by 50 %. Therefore, the main purpose of this Earth Strike is to call on these entities to play their part in securing and protecting the Earth as to prevent immeasurable loss of lives and livelihoods.

How Have People Around the World Participated in the Climate Change Strike?

As little as 300 to as many as over a million joined the #climatechangestrike to march, protest, rally and demonstrate. Some schools even made the protest into an extracurricular activity. There were even clean ups and workshops. Countries that participated include Jamaica, Germany, China, Australia, United States, Bangladesh, Canada, Colombia, India, Mexico, Philippines, Russia, France, South Africa, Spain, Ukraine and so many more. See below video for snips of how different countries participated in this year’s Earth Strike.

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6 Year Old Black Girl Arrested For Tantrum.

Florida grandmother, Meralyn Kirkland was shocked when she received a phone call on Thursday, September 19, telling her that her 6-year-old granddaughter, Kaia Rolle had been arrested.  She immediately asked, “What do you mean she was arrested”? She was told that “there was an incident, and she kicked somebody, and she on her way.” Ms. Kirkland relayed her experience, in an Interview with News 6 Orlando.  Ms. Kirkland stated that she told the officer, that her granddaughter was suffering from Sleep Apnea, and that was most likely the cause, of Kaia’s outbursts. To which the officer responded “Well, I have Sleep Apnea, and I don't behave like that.”

Kaia is a first grader at Lucious and Emma Nixon Academy.  According to reports, Kaia was acting out, in class. She was subsequently sent to the principal's office. The report stated, a staff member grabbed her wrists to calm her down, and this is when Kaia allegedly kicked, the staff member. The school resource officer was called, and he arrested Kaia.

6 year old Kaia, was then handcuffed, put inside the back of a police car, and taken to a juvenile detention center. She was then booked, just like any other criminal defendant, she was fingerprinted, had a mugshot taken, and charged with a battery.  Ms. Kirkland explained that when she arrived at the juvenile detention center to pick up Kaia, she was told “we would have to wait a few minutes, because Kaia was being fingerprinted. "It hit me like a ton of bricks", Ms, Kirdland said. She was outraged that a simple tantrum by a little girl resulted in such a traumatizing experience, for her granddaughter, and her family. “No six year old, should be able to tell somebody that, they had handcuffs on them, and they were riding in the back of a police car, and taken to Juvenile Detention Center, to be fingerprinted, mug shot.”

It is now being reported, that the School Resource Officer, Dennis Turner, did not follow procedure, in this case. As well as with, the other 8 year old child, he arrested that same day.  According to Department Procedures, the School Resource Officer must obtain approval from a supervisor, before arresting, any child younger than 12.

According to News 6, officer, Dennis Turner, is now suspended and being investigated by internal affairs.

Kaia is back home with her family, has an upcoming Court Date, for the battery charge.

Leisa Amore

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Liberal Darling, Justin Trudeau, Caught in “Blackface”. Singing Jamaican Song in Afro.

Time Magazine broke the story, Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau,
wearing “Brownface" at an Annual Dinner & “Arabian Nights" themed costume party, at West Point
Grey Academy, in the Spring 2001.
Time Magazine broke the story, Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, wearing “Brownface" at an Annual Dinner & “Arabian Nights" themed costume party, at West Point Grey Academy, in the Spring 2001.

Justin Trudeau, Canada's Liberal Prime Minister is embroiled is an ever evolving Racial Scandal.

On Wednesday, September 17, 2019. Time Magazine broke the story, Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, wearing “Brownface" at an Annual Dinner & “Arabian Nights" themed costume party, at West Point Grey Academy, in the Spring 2001. The photo shows The Prime Minister, then a 29 year old teacher, at the elite private school, dressed as Aladdin. He was wearing an extravagant robe, a bejeweled turban, and his face, neck and arms are covered in brown makeup.  This photo, of the Prime Minister in “brownface" was featured in the West Point Grey Academy 2000-2001, Yearbook.

Trudeau, sandwiched between what appears to be two Sikh men was uncovered from the schools website archives.

Additionally, a high school talent show photo was released showing a young Trudeau, in black face and an Afro. He admitted to Singing the Jamaican folk Song, “Day O" popularized by Harry Belafonte at the talent show. Then yet another grainy video, was released by Global News, showing a young Trudeau on the beach, sometime in the early 90s, again in blackface, and waving at the camera making silly faces.

Trudeau, in black face and an Afro singing the Jamaican folk Song, “Day O"
Trudeau, in black face and an Afro singing the Jamaican folk Song, “Day O"

The Response from the general public and politicians have been shock and disappointment. This is the last thing that anyone would think, would befall, such an ultra liberal leader. Trudeau has been a champion for many liberal causes, such as racial diversity and racial justice, climate change, woman’s equality, as well as immigration reform.

After, the release of the Time Magazine article, Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, held a press conference on his plane, while campaigning for re-election on Wednesday evening, to address the escalating scandal. Speaking to Reporters Trudeau admitted that it is him in the photos. He took full responsibility for his past behavior, said that he was completely wrong for his actions. He said he was disappointed in himself, while stating unequivocally that his actions were indeed racist, even if he didn't know it at the time. When pressed by reporters, if he should step down, or what should be the consequences for his racist past. Trudeau stressed the importance of moving forward, in leading the country. On several instances, Trudeau redirected the reporters to his record, championing policies that benefit minorities and that he  appointed a young and diverse cabinet. When asked, if there were other Incidents of Racist behavior in his past, that might be uncovered, the Prime Minister, said “I think it's been plenty.” And again apologized saying “These are situations that I regret deeply.” Then quickly ended the press conference.

Many politicians and citizens of color, express hurt and disappointment that the Prime Minister had engaged in behaviors that mock and insult people who are already marginalized. Blackface in particular, has such a sordid history of being used as a tool of white supremacy.

There are confusion among some people and many are left to wonder, who is the real Justin Trudeau. The caring, empathetic leader of The Liberal Party, or the racist, hurtful boy/man, seen in black/brown face. Trudeau is asking for forgiveness from the Canadian people. One incident of blatant racism, may have been forgivable, but, three separate incidents of black/brown face, in subsequent decades. The most recent, when he was working as a teacher, and should have been setting an example for impressionable youth, under his guidance.

Leisa Amore.

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Crews in the Bahamas keep finding bodies. Can The Full Human Cost be Calculated?

Nearly, two weeks after Hurricane Dorian, (The most powerful hurricane ever to hit The Bahamas) the true human loss of life, remains unknown. Hurricane Dorian made landfall in The Bahamas, on Abaco Island on September 1, 2019, as a Category 5 storm, with sustained winds of 185/mph, and gusts up to 220/mph. This record breaking storm targeted, the two northernmost islands, in the archipelago, Abaco Island and Grand Bahama. Not only was this storm uncharacteristically strong, but it also uncharacteristically slow. As it remains stationary over these northern islands, for 48 hours, pounding them with high winds and high storm surges, destroying almost every structure in the process.

Rescuers carry a body found in the rubble. (Carolyn Van Houten/The Washington Post)

According to the Washington Post, the Bahamian government has been slow to raise its official death toll, which stood Monday September 9th in the evening at 50. The count did not include the bodies the teams on Great Abaco found during the day.

The Bahamas news media stated that Former Prime Minister Hubert Ingram suggested, that based on information he possess, hundreds of people have died. But, the police remained more conservative in their estimation. Police Commissioner Anthony Ferguson stated at a Press Conference on Thursday, that the official death toll is currently 50 people, and number of missing people has been reduced to 1300, down from the previous 2500 estimation. This is due to officials cross referencing the list of missing people, with the people, who are in shelters on the island of New Providence, and also with the citizens who have been able to evacuate to The US, with temporary travel documents.

An aerial view of floods and damages from Hurricane Dorian on Freeport, Grand Bahama on September 5, 2019. (AFP/Getty)

Many residents, officials and rescue personnel fear that the true human costs, will be in the hundreds or even in the thousands. Many residents tell stories of bodies being swept away, in storm surges and flooding, during the storm. The residents evacuating Abaco Island and the rescue volunteers, all speaks about the overwhelming smell of death, in the air. Recovery efforts are complicated by debris of all kinds, in the roads, boats, cars, rooftops, flung around by this catastrophic storm. This makes it difficult to reach to certain areas. The Abaco Island seems to have sustained the most severe damage. The neighborhood of Marsh Harbor, which was a community of mostly undocumented Haitians immigrants, living in shantytowns, is where most of the destruction and death is concentrated. The Majority of the confirmed deaths, are from this enclave on Abaco Island. Additionally, many of the remaining Haitian residents, fear leaving the Island, due to their undocumented status.

It will be some time, before the true human loss of life is calculated. The Prime Minister, Hubert Minnis has called for a National Prayer Breakfast on September 18, to remember all the lives lost, and flags will be flown at half mast. It will take years for the country to recover from this  cataclysmic disaster.

Leisa Amore

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San Francisco City Leaders Declare NRA ‘A Domestic Terrorist Organization’

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The Board of Supervisors passed a resolution on Tuesday September 3. 2019, urging other cities, states and the federal government to pass similar measures.

Supervisors say more than 36,000 people die in the United States because of gun violence every year.

The resolution states the NRA uses its wealth and influence to promote gun ownership and spread propaganda. It even accuses the organization of inciting gun owners to acts of violence. Supervisors are vowing to limit city and county business with groups that support the NRA.

The NRA said in a statement: "This is just another worthless and disgusting 'soundbite remedy' to the violence epidemic gripping our nation. The same kind of attack the NRA has confronted in New York. This is a reckless assault on a law-abiding organization, its members, and the freedoms they all stand for. We remain undeterred - guided by our values and belief in those who want to find real solutions to gun violence."

While the vote was mostly symbolic, city officials were ordered to “take every reasonable step to limit” business interactions with the NRA and its supporters.

According to CBS News, the resolution from the board of supervisors — and 11-member legislative group representing the city and county — is mostly symbolic, and does not have a direct impact on local policy.

Supervisor Catherine Stefani, whose district includes the Marina and Presidio neighborhoods, sponsored the resolution because of federal inaction in the wake of a mass shooting in nearby Gilroy where a gunman opened fire at the city’s famed Gilroy Garlic Festival, slaying three, injuring 20 before killing himself.

Since the late July shooting, there have been mass shootings in El Paso, Dayton and in Texas.

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