thepoliticalfreakshow:

Yesterday, the New Orleans Police Department announced that its officers will begin wearing cameras to record all of their interactions with the public. This video is an example of why that might be necessary.

The video above, which appeared on WorlstarHipHop yesterday, shows a Jeffersons Parish Sheriff’s Department officer forcing his way into a man’s home, pushing the man onto his couch, and handcuffing and arresting him, all while the man pleads “You’re scaring me” and “Why are you doing this?” The cop orders the bystander recording the interaction to “get out of here,” to which the bystander replies, “But this is my house!” At one point the man being arrested begins to panic, yelling “Please don’t shoot me!”

The Times-Picayune identifies the man who was arrested as Donrell Breaux, and says that Breaux was charged with “battery of a police officer, resisting arrest with violence, disorderly conduct and disturbing the peace.” Breaux says that he had a verbal dispute with a neighbor, and the officer who arrested him is a friend of that neighbor.

These sorts of videos are all too common . From sea to shining sea.

globalvoices:

Protests continue in several cities across Venezuela. Social networks, especially Twitter, have been flooded with images documenting the activities in each region.

Protests Continue Across Venezuela

(via thatdreamergal)

thepoliticalfreakshow:

An earthquake has struck near the South Carolina-Georgia line.

The US Geological Survey said the quake registered 4.4 on the Richter scale, and was 7 miles west-northwest Edgefield, South Carolina. Witnesses say they felt the quake in Atlanta.

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ISTANBUL — A passenger aboard a commercial airline flight from Ukraine to Turkey tried to hijack it to Sochi, Russia, on Friday after the Winter Olympics had started, but the plane landed safely in Istanbul and the hijacker — apparently deluded by the crew into thinking he was in Sochi — was taken into custody, Turkish news reports said.

dropthosegloves:

A short list of current happenings that are more important than Justin Bieber’s arrest:
An Indian village council sentenced a woman to be gang-raped as punishment for having a relationship they didn’t approve of.
Rep. Steve Pearce (R-NM) explains in his recent memoir that it is the wife’s role to “voluntarily submit, just as the husband is to lovingly lead and sacrifice.”
Political unrest in the Ukraine
There are known carcinogens in some of your favorite drinks.
The justice system once again confirmed that it’s okay for cops to kill unarmed law-abiding PoC for no reason. 
South Sudan has signed a truce.
There are still states that give parental rights to rapists.
A brain-dead woman is being kept alive, against the wishes of her family, because she’s carrying a severely disabled fetus.
Childhood poverty has reached record levels in America.
Mike Huckabee proves to everyone that he’s still a moron when it comes to women and birth control.
The weather is basically drunk right now. 
A bill in Montreal seeks to ban “overt and conspicuous” symbols of religion.
The inflation rate is 30% in Argentina
A second chemical was spilled in WV and the company didn’t admit to it until now.

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thepoliticalfreakshow:

The United States and Afghanistan have finalized an agreement that would allow U.S. troops to remain in the latter country through 2024. Secretary of State John Kerry announced the deal on Wednesday, and it now has to be approved by the Afghan government before it can take effect.

According to The New York Times, “the security agreement defines a training and counterterrorism mission in Afghanistan lasting at least 10 more years and involving 8,000 to 12,000 troops, mostly American.” 

In exchange, American forces are shielded from possible Afghan prosecution while in the country, and are allowed to conduct counter-terrorism raids on private homes as well.

The agreement is intentionally vague about a number of things, leaving open a few doors. For one thing, U.S. military assistance is not required if Afghanistan is attacked. The agreement only says that the U.S. ”shall regard with grave concern any external aggression.” Similarly, the deal allows for an American troop presence, but does not require one. Whether or not military members will be stationed in the country for another decade is currently unclear.

Afghanistan seems to have ceded a number of demands that appeared in earlier iterations. Earlier drafts prohibited any American action, but the current one allows it if it is supplementary to Afghan operations. On Tuesday, an aide to Afghan President Hamid Karzai said that it would not accept any agreement if President Obama did not apologize for military malfeasance during the war in Afghanistan. Secretary Kerry said that the current arrangement had been reached without Obama issuing a mea culpa.

 While the estimated 10,000 members of the U.S. military expected to be stationed in the country are immune from Afghan law, private contractors—military or otherwise—are not.

The current arrangement between the two nations is only to last through the end of 2014. If the Afghan government voting body, made up of more than 3,000 members, does not approve the agreement, the country will be left without codified American assistance.

(Source: thepoliticalfreakshow, via generalbriefing)

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michaelhayes:

Surreal Photo Of Egyptians At The Beach While City Burns In The Background
reuters:

Judge rules New York police’s ‘stop and frisk’ tactics unconstitutional: The New York City Police Department’s controversial “stop and frisk” crime-fighting tactics violate the U.S. Constitution, a federal judge ruled on Monday."No one should live in fear of being stopped whenever he leaves his home to go about the activities of daily life," U.S. District Judge Shira Scheindlin wrote.Photo: Demonstrators protest the New York Police Department’s “stop and frisk” tactic outside of Manhattan Federal Court in New York, March 18, 2013. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson

reuters:

Judge rules New York police’s ‘stop and frisk’ tactics unconstitutional

The New York City Police Department’s controversial “stop and frisk” crime-fighting tactics violate the U.S. Constitution, a federal judge ruled on Monday.

"No one should live in fear of being stopped whenever he leaves his home to go about the activities of daily life," U.S. District Judge Shira Scheindlin wrote.

Photo: Demonstrators protest the New York Police Department’s “stop and frisk” tactic outside of Manhattan Federal Court in New York, March 18, 2013. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson

unlimited-joy-and-pure-energy:

magpieandwhale:

Immigrants Reach Beyond a Legal Barrier for a Reunion

These photos are of Dreamers, children of immigrants without documents for this country, who were brought to the United States and never knew they were “illegal,” reuniting with their deported parents through a border wall in Nogales, Arizona.

If you have any reaction to these photos other than empathy, I don’t really want to know.

we divide an earth that does not ‘t belong to us & tell people where they can & cannot go.

(via thepoliticalfreakshow)

thepoliticalfreakshow:

Florida lawmakers will hold hearings this fall on the state’s “Stand Your Ground” self-defense law, which has become a lightning rod for criticism following the acquittal of George Zimmerman in the shooting death of unarmed black teenager Trayvon Martin.

The announcement on Friday by Will Weatherford, the speaker of Florida’s House of Representatives, marked the biggest concession yet by the state’s Republican leaders to protesters’ demands for a top-to-bottom review of the law, which allows people in fear of serious injury to use deadly force to defend themselves rather than retreat.

Since Zimmerman’s acquittal on July 13, Martin’s grieving parents, backed by African-American civic leaders, celebrities, students and political figures, including President Barack Obama and Attorney General Eric Holder, have all said the Stand Your Ground law needs to be re-examined.

Weatherford, in an opinion column published in the Tampa Tribune, said he had asked Representative Matt Gaetz, a fellow Republican who chairs the House Criminal Justice Subcommittee, to lead the hearings. Weatherford did not set a date for the hearings or say how long they would last.

"Across Florida, representatives are receiving calls, letters, visits and emails from constituents with diverse opinions on ‘Stand Your Ground,’" Weatherford said. “Passions are high, but every person has the right to express their views on this matter of great importance."

"It’s a critical step," said Phillip Agnew, who heads a group of young demonstrators calling themselves the Dream Defenders who have staged a nearly month-long sit-in outside Governor Rick Scott’s office in a bid to change the law. “We’re excited about having an open debate," he told Reuters.

Advocates of the law, the first of its kind in the country and now copied in more than 20 other states, say violent crime has fallen since it was enacted.

But critics see the self-defense law as emblematic of racial bias and unequal justice in America, since some studies have shown that defense claims made under the law are far more likely to be successful when the victim is black.

Two of the six jurors in the Zimmerman case have said the Stand Your Ground law left them with no option but to acquit him.

"Our evaluation of its (the law’s) effectiveness should be guided by objective information, not by political expediency," Weatherford wrote.

"Does the law keep the innocent safer? Is it being applied fairly? Are there ways we can make this law clearer and more understandable?" he asked.

Most U.S. voters support the “Stand Your Ground” laws, although the question of whether to retreat or use deadly force in self defense divides Americans along gender, racial and political lines, a national Quinnipiac University poll found on Friday.

The poll found that a strong majority of white voters and men support the laws, while black voters generally oppose them and women are almost evenly divided.

(Source: thepoliticalfreakshow)

brooklynmutt:

"Jaw-dropping aerial photo of the 160,000 Syrians forced to live in the Zaatari refugee camp in Jordan." - @HalaGorani

brooklynmutt:

"Jaw-dropping aerial photo of the 160,000 Syrians forced to live in the Zaatari refugee camp in Jordan." - @HalaGorani

"The report confirms that Osama bin Laden was not the evil mastermind guiding an international network of “linked” terrorist groups locked in a clash of civilizations as so many commentators have portrayed him over the past decade. The violent acts of terrorism erupting like brush fires across the Muslim world, the TTP in northern Pakistan, Boko Haram in Nigeria, and Al Shabab in Somalia, for instance, are a result of their own local and historical background, mainly the conflict between tribes on the periphery and the central governments."

What the Abbottabad report means for Pakistan: The Bin Laden report confirms the mutual disdain Pakistan and the United States maintain towards each other. by Akbar Ahmed for Al Jazeera. (via aljazeera)

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