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The Only Thing That Matters

Posted by Michelle Moquin on September 27th, 2016

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Bizarre. There’s no other word to describe it. Ok, maybe there is but that is the first word that came to my mind. I’m sure you watched the debate. These are my rants and thoughts in no particular order:

Trump lied over and over.

Lester Holt had to hold his tongue and that bugged me. But really, there was nothing he could do. There wasn’t much Clinton could do either. Trump lied so much that we would never have gotten to the issues if we just talked about how much Trump was lying, and called him out on it every single time.

But what really drove me insane was how many times Trump went overtime and Holt didn’t do anything! And how many times Trump interrupted!? Too many times to count. I kept saying out loud, “Lester, just interrupt the motherfucker and tell him to stop babbling and shut the fuck up so we can hear Clinton.” Yeah, I was frustrated. Ugh. My better side did not show up.

Trump was unprepared, incoherent, and completely incapable of answering any questions that gave us any idea of his plans. I learned absolutely nothing from him except that he is an insane, infantile, bully, and as we all know, a Lying Sack Of Shit. Please add your thoughts here too.

Trump claims Clinton is not presidential. And he is?! Trump is blatantly insane – did you catch his crazy demeanor? He was constantly in motion – drinking water, twitching, continuous face contortions, sniffing his nose, sighing, and pursing his lips, leaning in, outbursts, interrupting. Did I say interrupting? Got any more to add?

I’m embarrassed. Actually no, I’m not embarrassed. However, I would think anyone voting for him would be. He is not fit to be presidebt…oops president. Go back to reality TV  - That’s where you belong.

And did I mention Lies? LIES Lies lies…And people call Clinton a liar. Why are they not calling out Trump who lies ALL OF THE TIME? What about telling Clinton that she’s “not nice?” Hellooo…do you remember saying horrific things about women, OTW’s, not to mention your racist and sexist remarks? This is such typical republican hypocrisy, why would Trump be any different? His supporters aren’t either. They are more vitriolic and down on Clinton calling her a liar, evil…you name it. But they seem to give good ole Donald a pass on EVERYTHING.

Trump questions whether Clinton has stamina to be president. A sexist remark in my opinion. Clinton spent 11 hours testifying during the Benghazi hearings in Congress, +++…we all know Clinton has stamina. She’s proved it time and time again. What about his stamina? He couldn’t even last 90 minutes during the debate. By the end of the first hour he looked exhausted, dazed, and having a hard time focusing.

And he had the gaul to question Clinton’s temperament. Wha’at?? Need I go on? And I haven’t even said anything about the issues. This was the most bizarre (and frustrating) debate I have ever seen. There was so much weirdness and disconnectedness between the questions asked of Trump and his answers, and Lester…I’ll say it again…”Why didn’t you just Tell Trump to shut the fuck up?”

Sigh. I’m not saying anything about the debate that no one else didn’t notice, including the Trump supporters. Yes, Clinton crushed his ass. There is no doubt, he got trumped – she won. There was a few drop the mic moments, but the only people who noticed were Clinton supporters. I almost missed them myself because I was so distracted by Trump’s behavior.

You think she would be a shoo-in after this debate, right? Any logical person would see that. But logic doesn’t play here. I’d be surprised if the needle moved more than slightly to the left after this one. Sure some on the fence are now seeing the insanity of Trump but I wouldn’t keep my fingers crossed that many will. Why? Because no matter what happened during the debate it all boils down to this, something that he and his supporters all know:

If racism got in the way with what people wanted to do, Trump would be out.

If sexism got in the way with what people wanted to do, Trump would be out.

If having no qualifications to be president got in the way with what people wanted to do, Trump would be out. 

If caring about what’s best for the country got in the way with what people wanted to do, Trump would be out.

If truth got in the way with what people wanted to do, Trump would be done. But…the truth is, Lies don’t matter. Truth never gets in the way with what people want to do. Racism doesn’t either. Sexism doesn’t either. Qualifications don’t either. And I’ll throw in logic too. Because it’s evident that people aren’t being logical about what’s best for the country or Trump would be done. 

The truth is the only thing that matters is COLOR. In the end whites are going to vote color. They may be shouting the mantra “Make the Country great again,” but under their breath they’re saying “Keep the country white.”

That is the only logical reason that Trump is still in the running and why he is polling so close to Clinton. 

And that is why Clinton is no shoo-in. If this truth scares you, then do something. I HOPE my sisters in this country wake up, woman-up and take their position and power. This election is no joke. It is a must that Clinton win. Oh…We do have our work cut out for us.

Readers: I know you want to give your two. I’m done. The forum is open.

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“mni Wiconi.”**

Posted by Michelle Moquin on September 26th, 2016

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**Water is life.

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/SB, Abeque, and all the indigenous peoples:  Thanks for posting your concerns. I knew very little about this pipeline. However I did more reading and what I have read really concerns me.

Our Native Americans have suffered through so much from the massacre and genocide of 12 million peoples, to robbing them of their lands, to displacement of their children (really, kidnapping!) into foster homes, taking them away from their culture, their language, their traditions and their families.

And now this.

When a young Native American girl saysthe oil industry keeps pushing for it because they don’t care about our health and safety. It’s like they think our lives are more expendable than others,’ looking at history, she is correct.

We have built several holocaust museums that condemns Germans. And yet it is another issue to build a museum that confronts our own genocide. There isn’t a museum that confronts the genocide that was perpetrated by our own ancestors towards Native Americans or towards African Americans.

Even in Washington, the Native American museum doesn’t address the genocide but rather a sort of a “historical amnesia”. We have no problem pointing the fingers at others who have done such atrocities, but when it comes to ourselves, when we can’t even examine, not to mention document,  who we are and what we have done in our own country, it is truly sickening.

And now this.

Energy Transfer Partners demolished Native American burial grounds damaging irredeemable ancient cairns and stone prayer rings, and attacked the peoples with dogs and pepper spray. Did they even care?

An earlier plan that would cut the pipeline across the Missouri River upstream from Bismarck, North Dakota, was rejected to avoid contaminating the state capital’s water source, yet they had no issue building the pipeline downstream to the present contested crossing, where the Standing Rock Sioux says they’ll be the ones who suffer in the event of a spill. 

Considering that from 2012-2013 alone, there were 300 oil pipeline breaks in the state of North Dakota, my guess is the Native Americans have every right to be concerned over the safety of their water, and their livelihood, and every right to want to protect their land.

It’s obvious that the livelihood of the Native Americans aren’t valued as much as whites when you consider their horrific past and present day treatment.

Lawrence O’Donnell speaks well to this:

I know I’m digressing here but, like the murders of African American men, and our shouts of “Black Lives Matter,” cops killing blacks is the modern day lynching, could this pipeline be the modern day genocide? Ok before you go off on me, because I know that sounds radical and far-fetched – and I don’t mean to sound like a fear-monger, but biological warfare was used against the Native Americans in the past.

Yes, genocide may not be intentional but after what happened in Flint Michigan (A 2011 study on the Flint River found it would have to be treated with an anti-corrosive agent for it to be considered as a safe source for drinking water. Adding that agent would have cost about $100 a day, and experts say 90% of the problems with Flint’s water would have been avoided.), my feeling is, nothing is beyond the white man and the atrocities he will commit to his fellow humans when money is the motivating factor. The way OTWs are grossly and continuously mistreated in this country, I wouldn’t throw that question into the trash just yet.

Isn’t it about time we treated our Native Americans with the respect, care, and humaneness that they deserve? Like all OTWs who don’t see the light of justice, my heart goes out to them. I stand in support of them with them.

Here’s a recent write from the Huff Po:

The Super Twisted History Of The Dakota Access Pipeline

Signs hang from heavy machinery after protesters stopped construction on the Energy Transfer Partners Dakota Access oil pipeline near the Standing Rock Sioux reservation in Cannon Ball, North Dakota

Archaeologists from institutions including the Smithsonian and Chicago’s Field Museum joined opposition to Energy Transfer Partners’ project this week, accusing it of destroying burial grounds.

Completion of the Dakota Access oil pipeline seemed almost inevitable. But then the Obama administration stepped in this month and offered a respite to the medley of Native Americans, environmentalists and Midwestern landowners who oppose it.

Three federal departments announced that work would stop on a pivotal section of the 1,172-mile pipeline in North Dakota while they second-guessed how the Army Corps of Engineers approved most of the project in July. The move was applauded by critics, who say the pipeline could pollute drinking water from the Missouri River and destroy land that’s culturally important to Native Americans. Many also object to the energy company acquiring land from family farmers in Iowa via eminent domain.

The controversy stems from a series of government decisions since 2014, when Energy Transfer Partners announced a plan to carry 570,000 barrels of crude per day from the Bakken oil fields in North Dakota to existing infrastructure in Illinois.  A look now at those choices explains why thousands demonstrated against the pipeline and dozens were arrested near the Standing Rock Sioux’s reservation and in Iowa in the summer.

“They’ve been using backdoor process to get the pipeline approved,” said Dallas Goldtooth, an activist with the Indigenous Environmental Network. “The antiquated permitting process was not designed for mega fossil fuels projects.”

New pipeline opponents emerged this week, when archaeologists from the Smithsonian, Chicago’s Filed Museum and other institutions wrote a letter to President Barack Obama this week. The letter criticized the Energy Transfer Partners’ “recent destruction” of Sioux burial grounds.

But construction rushes ahead, apart from a section near an encampment of hundreds of Native American protesters. It stands at 60 percent complete, according to a memo from Energy Transfer Partners CEO Kelcy Warren to employees this month.

Critics say the following moves explain why the pipeline looks to them like an environmental hazard and a government boondoggle.

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The Dakota Access Pipeline would stretch 1172 miles, from North Dakota oil fields to an existing Illinois pipeline.

Oil Spills, Climate Change Concerns

Critics say that the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers used a lenient environmental review that didn’t adequately examine the potential for oil spills or the impact on climate change.

Getting the federal agency’s approval was essential because the pipeline would cross its rivers and waterways 202 times.

The Army Corps granted permission to an environmental assessment relied on skewed data from Energy Transfer Partners, according to attorney Carolyn Raffensperger. The assessment made alternatives to the pipeline, such as using railroads to move the oil, which sound costlier and it came to other conclusions that underestimated the environmental risks, said Raffensperger.

Pipeline spills happen nearly every day in the U.S., federal data shows. The environmental assessment didn’t address what damage a Dakota Access leak could cause, Raffensperger said.

“The approval process for pipelines is fatally flawed,” said Raffensperger, who’s litigating against the pipeline’s use of eminent domain in Iowa.

Critics argue the pipeline should have been vetted through a more rigorous environmental impact statement. The Army Corps says on its website that option would only be available if the environmental assessment had turned up anything troubling.

“The [agency] drafted an Environmental Assessment) to determine if the placement and operation and maintenance of the pipeline on federal real property interests have potential to cause significant environmental effects,” it states. “If there is such potential, the [Army Corps] will prepare an Environmental Impact Statement.”

The Army Corps has shown some concern for negative consequences if hazardous materials were to get loose elsewhere.

It rejected an earlier route that would cut across the Missouri River upstream from Bismarck, North Dakota, partly to avoid the risk of contaminating the state capital’s water source. But it was remapped downstream to the present contested crossing, where the Standing Rock Sioux says they’ll be the ones who suffer in the event of a spill.

“We have designed the state-of-the-art Dakota Access pipeline as a safer and more efficient method of transporting crude oil than the alternatives being used today, namely rail and truck,” said Energy Transfer Partners CEO Kelcy Warren in a memo to employees last week that the company released to the press.

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‘Loophole’ Speeds Up Project

Out of all the local, state and federal agencies with some jurisdiction over the project, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers had the most influential input, although only 37 miles of pipeline would exist inside its territory. Its approval came last in the review process.

Sierra Club lawyer Doug Hayes said the Army Corps exploited “a loophole” opened by Obama’s energy priorities to push the pipeline through the review process. Hayes is litigating against the use of eminent domain to seize property from land owners along the pipeline’s route in Iowa.

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers subjected the pipeline to what’s called the Nationwide Permit 12 process and narrowly looked at “several hundred” waterways crossing essentially as independent projects, rather than judging it as one, massive structure, Hayes said. This permit program was designed for small structures like boat ramps and mooring buoys that affect fewer than half an acre of the Corps’ jurisdiction.

As far as we can tell, it was only used for truly minor pipeline projects” until Obama called for the expedited approval of the Keystone XL pipeline in 2012, he said.

The project should have been subjected to what’s known as a 404 permit, a part of the Clean Water Act that considers the impact from projects like airports, dams and mining exploration, according to Hayes and other opponents.

The Army Corps declined to answer The Huffington Post’s queries about the pipeline because of ongoing litigation, but material on its website said the agency could only evaluate the sections on its land, rather than the pipeline in its entirety.

“For this project, [the Army Corps] has jurisdiction over a very small portion of the overall pipeline and may not regulate where it does not have jurisdiction,” the site post states.

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The Standing Rock Sioux tribe has accused Energy Transfer Partners of deliberately destroying important artifacts, including graves shortly after historical sites were identified.

3 Federal Agencies Called Out The Army Corps

Long before the protesters garnered the support of celebrities including Leonardo DiCaprio and Pharrell Williams, three government offices expressed dismay at the Army Corps’ decision making.

The Environmental Protection Agency, the Department of the Interior and the Advisory Council on Historic Preservation in March wrote separate letters raising the possibility of water contamination and destruction of historic sites in terms echoing the Standing Rock Sioux, The Associated Press reported in April.

They were concerned that tribes along the route had not been properly consulted and called on the Army Corps to go ahead with a formal environmental impact statement.

Those fears were realized earlier in September, according to the Standing Rock Sioux, who accused the company of deliberately destroying important artifacts, including graves shortly after the historical sites were identified.

Protesters entered the company’s land in response, where security guards reportedly used pepper spray and dogs to disperse them.

“They went out of their way to desecrate this land,” said Allison Renville, who was at the protest camp that day and grew up on the Sisseton Wahpeton Oyate reservation in South Dakota. “People were really upset. We were kind of shocked that it was even happening.”

Energy Transfer Partners insists that it is culturally sensitive to what might be underground and has denied encountering anything significant. The company has also claimed that protesters have attacked its workers, though spokeswoman Vicki Granado refused to provide specifics of any alleged altercation “for security reasons.”

The company’s chief executive wrote in a memo that multiple archaeological studies “found no sacred items along the route.” Environmental worries are likewise overhyped too, he wrote, as other pipelines crisscross the region. There are 25 crude oil and natural gas pipelines in North Dakota, according to the state’s pipeline authority.

Farmers’ Land Taken for Pipeline

In Iowa, protesters have fumed over the state’s use of eminent domain to force landowners to sell land that Energy Transfer Partners needs to build the pipeline. Police arrested more than 40 demonstrators for alleged trespassing at a construction site on Sept. 17.

Farmland cannot be seized through eminent domain in the state, attorneys said, unless it’s for a project with a public benefit like a highway or sewer line. Despite opposition, the Iowa Utilities Board in March determined that “the proposed pipeline will promote the public convenience and necessity.”

Among the roughly two dozen property owners at the time fighting the eminent domain order were a man trying to preserve land in his family since 1898, a family of turkey farmers and a woman who grows crops like blueberries, rhubarb and asparagus.

“We do not think there’s any public benefit from this at all,” said Kari Carney, executive director of 1000 Friends of Iowa. “The process was really sort of rammed through.”

Energy Transfer Partners claims that the pipeline will annually generate $129 million in property and income taxes.

As a financial precaution, the Iowa Utilities Board said its approval was contingent on the pipeline’s parent companies, which also includes Sunoco Logistics and Phillips 66, to put up money in the event the pipeline causes an emergency in Iowa.

An Iowa Utilities Board spokesman declined to comment due to ongoing litigation.

The next steps

Though the Obama administration froze work on one section of the project near the Standing Rock Sioux, construction continues elsewhere as much of the route is on private land.

Other tribes have joined the Standing Rock Sioux, who have a lawsuit pending against the Army Corps over the approval process. Some Iowa landowners have sued the state for its use of eminent domain.

The wildcard may be what decision the Obama administration reaches. Though the president was earlier a proponent of the Keystone XL pipeline, he rejected it last year. The statement the Department of Justice, the Army and the Department of Interior issued last week announcing work would not proceed near the tribe raised the question of whether the administration has undergone a transformation on projects like this.

“This case has highlighted the need for a serious discussion on whether there should be nationwide reform with respect to considering tribes’ views on these types of infrastructure projects,” the joint statement said.

If the pipeline comes to fruition, Energy Transfer Partners stands to reap huge benefits as other companies have abandoned plans for competing pipelines in the area.

“We got so lucky,” CEO Kelcy Warren told Bloomberg last year. “All of our competition vaporized.”

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Readers: Where do you stand? Thoughts?

The first Debate between Clinton and Trump is tonight 9:00 PM EST. Don’t forget to watch it.

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If Black Lives Truly Mattered…

Posted by Michelle Moquin on September 25th, 2016

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Zen Lill, Helena, et al: This write interested me. Although we will never know what was truly said when thugs with guns shoot black men because unfortunately they appear to shoot to kill, leaving the cop and his/her fellow officers as the only ones able to give an account of the story.

Helena: First of all, I am so sorry for your brother, and for what you had to go through. I hope you and yours are doing well. Secondly, you touched on this briefly, and I think it is a very important point to look at.

We keep talking about whether the cop shooting a black man is justified, but what we haven’t really talked about is what happens when the shooting is over, and the person who was just shot is lying there in their own pool of blood.

Then what is happening? This write delves into just that question.

From the Huff Po:

Rakeyia Scott’s Slip Of The Tongue Is A Window Into The Poignancy Of Police Shootings

“Did y’all call the police?” Keith Scott’s widow asked officers as her husband lay dying.

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In this image taken from video recorded by Keith Lamont Scott’s wife, Rakeyia Scott, on Tuesday, Charlotte-Mecklenburg officers squat next to Keith Lamont Scott as Scott lies face-down on the ground.

CHARLOTTE, N.C. ― When Rakeyia Scott saw cops surrounding her husband, Keith Scott, she immediately worried they might shoot him. She pulled out her cell phone camera.

The horrifying video she captured has now been seen millions of times. One poignant moment, however, stands out.

As officers huddle around her dying husband, she shouts out: “Did y’all call the police?”

Call the police. It’s what one does, or is supposed to do, when a crime has been committed, when someone is in need of help. The idea that the police exist to protect and serve is so powerful that it broke through the reality of what she had just witnessed: police shooting her husband to death.

She quickly caught her mistake. “I mean, did y’all call the ambulance?”

Given the nonchalant attitude officers betrayed as Keith Scott lay on the pavement bleeding, she didn’t wait for an answer and took it upon herself to call 911.

The reaction of the Charlotte-Mecklenburg officers to a man dying at their feet was strikingly familiar. The ubiquity of cellphone, dashcam and surveillance video has transformed the way the public understands police violence. But as scene after scene unfolds on shaky screens and in grainy contours, another element of the violence is beginning to come into focus: the pattern of officers seeming to show no concern for the person they have shot, often fatally.

The nonchalance around the injured and the dying is stunning in its own way.

(I could not embed video here so click on the photo to watch the video on the Huff Po.)

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Set aside the question of whether any particular shooting was justified, either legally or morally. Perhaps it was. Perhaps the officer had no other choice. Even in such a situation, though, the officer has just exercised the most terrifying of powers ― the use of lethal force against another human being. And yet no care seems to be taken of that human being.

Consider another recent police shooting caught on video: that of Charles Kinsey, who survived. Kinsey, a black behavioral therapist in North Miami, Florida, was trying to help a man with autism who was sitting in the street blocking traffic. A cellphone video shows Kinsey himself lying on the ground with his hands in the air. He was trying to explain to police that the other man had a toy truck and not a gun, contrary to what a 911 caller had reported.

One of the officers fired three times, hitting Kinsey in the leg. Then Kinsey said he was handcuffed and left bleeding on the street for 20 minutes before an ambulance arrived.

And this was a case in which the police understood, right from the start, that the man they shot was the victim.

Letting the body lie where it falls is a fairly common trend in these high-profile police shootings. After Baton Rouge, Louisiana, police shot and killed Alton Sterling, a 37-year-old black man, on July 5, the officers appeared rattled by what had happened. But as for Sterling, they said to “just leave him,” according to a witness.

In Ferguson, Missouri, officers left Mike Brown’s body in the street for four hours, an indignity that protesters have referred to often.

Cedrick Chatman was shot four times, within 10 seconds, as he ran from officers on the south side of Chicago. Then they handcuffed the dying teen, and an officer placed his boot on top of him.

After officers shot 12-year-old Tamir Rice in Cleveland, the child was still alive. Even when police realized he was just a kid with a toy gun, they still failed to offer basic medical assistance. (They have since said they thought his toy gun was real and were afraid for their lives.) Instead, when his 14-year-old sister, T.R., ran toward him crying out, “My baby brother, they killed my baby brother,” one of the officers tackled her. She tried to get up and crawl toward her dying brother, but the second officer dragged her down. She was handcuffed and put in the backseat of a car, left to watch her brother continue to bleed while the officers did nothing.

“When Tamir’s mother, Samaria Rice, heard about the shooting and rushed to the park, the officers refused to release T.R. into her custody and told her she had to choose between going to the hospital with her fatally wounded 12-year-old son and staying with her handcuffed 14-year-old daughter, who was in the back of the car with the very same officers who had shot her son,” the Rice family’s lawyers have since written.

On Dec. 28, an Ohio grand jury chose not to indict the officer who fatally shot Tamir.

When a Tulsa, Oklahoma, reserve deputy accidentally shot 44-year-old Eric Harris, he was already being subdued by other officers. “Oh shit, he shot me!” Harris says in the video. “I’m losing my breath.”

“Fuck your breath,” one officer says in response, among the last words Harris would ever hear.

If black lives truly mattered, police would make an attempt to save the dying. If black lives truly mattered, the dead would be afforded more dignity. It is this lack of caring for a fellow human being in his last moments, over and above the violence itself, that reinforces the belief that black lives don’t matter.

After shooting LaQuan McDonald, Chicago police officer Jason Van Dyke can be seen in video meandering about the crime scene. When North Charleston, South Carolina, police officer Michael Slager shot and killed Walter Scott, he casually walked toward his body. Later, more officers stand around Scott, and it takes some time for any of them to check for a pulse.

Videos of police behaving nonchalantly after shooting white people have also come to light. Andrew Thomas, driving drunk, flipped his car and his passenger was thrown from the vehicle. Paradise, California, police officer Patrick Feaster witnessed the crash and pulled up behind them. Instead of attending to the passenger or helping Thomas out of the car, he simply drew his weapon, aimed, fired and struck Thomas in the neck, all in a matter of seconds. Then he radioed that the driver was refusing to exit the car, not mentioning for 11 minutes that he had shot him.

Almost instantly after confronting Kajieme Powell in St. Louis, police shot him. Then they rolled over his body to put him in handcuffs. “They’re putting him in cuffs. He’s dead. Oh my God,” one bystander can be heard saying in a video. “Now they cuffin’ him, he’s already dead.”

In fact, in reviewing nearly every publicly available video of a police shooting over the past year or so, it is close to impossible to find footage of an officer aiding the person who has been shot.

Video of 25-year-old Freddie Gray’s arrest shows him screaming out, possibly in pain, as he is placed in the back of a Baltimore police van. Knowledge of what happened inside the van is limited, at best. But prosecutors argued in cases against several of the six officers charged in Gray’s death that not buckling his seatbelt was a mistake, whether intentional or not, that contributed to the severity of his injuries. William Porter, whose first trial ended in a mistrial, has also been accused of failing to ensure that Gray was provided immediate medical assistance once he requested help.

That lackluster response, as much as the rough ride, might have cost Gray his life.

It’s this nonchalance that gives weight to claims that too many police officers are operating more like law enforcement warriors than like public servants dedicated to the protection of others. Couple this with officers’ unwillingness to publicly shoulder any moral responsibility in these deaths, and we can only conclude that they believe those on the receiving end of police violence have invited death upon themselves.

When social activists like Colin Kaepernick protest police violence against black people, the black-on-black crime rate is often raised in response. But Rakeyia Scott’s powerful slip of the tongue ought to show people who couldn’t see it before why that response is so offensive, and why police violence itself carries a unique resonance. The police are supposed to be the ones you call for help. Learning that they are, instead, the perpetrators of violence, flips everything upside down.

If police officers want to convince the public they value black lives as much as any others, they need to start acting like the life they just took matters to them. They need to call the police.

Video produced by Amber Ferguson.

This is the third version of this article published by HuffPost. We’ll continue to update it and publish new versions until police officers begin responding to their own shootings by aiding the people they’ve just shot.

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Readers: I cannot imagine being in the presence of a loved one that has just been shot, and I am left not able to do anything except watch these cops let him bleed to death on the street, while I watch. Horrific. No phone call to an ambulance, no concern for human life. 
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Abie: I’m sorry. I found your first post (Abeque) in my spam folder. I check there every few days to see if someone is there that shouldn’t be there. Although I also checked there for any of your friends and didn’t see them in the spam, so I’m not sure why they are having a challenging time posting. That is just how it is sometimes. I don’t necessarily think it is your name or your friends’ names, being the reason you can’t post. Sorry. I hope it is not too inconvenient. I appreciate you and your friends commenting here.

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Social Butterfly: Thanks for posting your video. I don’t remember reading your comment before. My apologies. Lately, with the political climate, and all of these murders, it is challenging to pick and choose what to post when there are so many important topics, including the Dakota access pipeline, to cover. Thanks for the reminder.

Taylor: Thanks for the tip. How about you explaining it to the readers?

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OHIO VOTERS: You Need To Read This!

Posted by Michelle Moquin on September 24th, 2016

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Mike, TM: I know that you already posted this, thank you. However, I think it is that important to post it again.

Readers: I will repeat Mike’s comment:

OTWs in Ohio unless you want to lose that state including the members they will send to both houses of Congress, you had better get registered now so that you can vote in November. They are now moving to cut off the date you can register which will enable you to vote in November.

This is your heads up. The republicans are trying to steal the state by eliminating same day registration and voting, and early voting. If you want to have a voice in this election, don’t wait –GET REGISTERED NOW. And spread the word.

Here’s the write from Think Progress:

Supreme Court kills last hope of restoring key early voting week in Ohio

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The Supreme Court rejected a petition from Ohio Democrats Tuesday morning to restore a crucial week of early voting known as “Golden Week,” the only time voters can register to vote and cast a ballot in a single visit.

About 60,000 Ohioans voted during Golden Week in 2008 and 80,000 did so in 2012. In 2008, black voters were 3.5 times more likely to use Golden Week as white voters. In 2012, they were more than five times as likely.

The Court gave no rationale for their decision and there were no written dissents released, though justices may have disagreed behind the scenes.

Though a federal district court ruled in May that the cuts were “unconstitutional” and ordered the state to restore Golden Week, a federal appeals court overturned that decision in August, siding with Ohio Republicans who sought to cut this opportunity. A dissenting judge on that court criticized the ruling and argued that the early voting cut “imposes a disproportionate burden on African Americans” who disproportionately depend on that week to vote.

The Democratic Party then appealed, pleading with the federal court to stay the ruling until after the 2016 presidential election, in which the swing state of Ohio is expected to play a decisive role.

Because Ohio does not offer same-day voter registration on Election Day, and because the Governor is refusing to implement online voter registration until after the election, the Supreme Court’s ruling effectively eliminates the possibility for one-stop voting this November.

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Black Doctor: Thanks for your post. I’ve never heard the term “racial trauma” but the name is to the point and doesn’t leave one guessing what that would mean. I have no doubt that many OTWs are suffering from it. How could they not when their race is constantly having to deal with racism on a daily basis coming from so many avenues? The effects are devastating, and one can only imagine how difficult it is to overcome. My heart hurts for so many. I wish there were more that I could do.

Peace out.

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Flap Your Lips Friday

Posted by Michelle Moquin on September 23rd, 2016

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This write from the Huff Po shows how a cop can murder an unarmed black person and his fellow cop buddies, aka thugs with guns, will allow him to plant a gun at the scene. How many times do you think this has happened?

Cop Says He’ll ‘Kill This Motherf****r’ In Video Of Fatal 2011 Shooting

Jason Stockley, no longer on the St. Louis police force, faces a murder charge.

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In this photo taken from video footage published by the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, St. Louis police officer Jason Stockley, left, points an unauthorized AK-47 at drug suspect Anthony Lamar Smith’s vehicle on Dec. 20, 2011.

New video footage has surfaced of a 2011 deadly shooting for which a former St. Louis police officer is facing a murder charge, showing the cop during a high-speed pursuit threatening to kill the man he was chasing. Relatives of the slain man, who was black, have accused the cop of planting a gun after the killing.

Videos obtained and published this week by the St. Louis Post-Dispatch show the entire December 2011 incident, including police dashcam footage of Officer Jason Stockley’s attempted arrest of 24-year-old drug suspect Anthony Lamar Smith, the ensuing high-speed pursuit and the fatal shooting that led to a first-degree murder charge this year.

Stockley, who left the police force in 2013, has claimed he fired his weapon in self defense after Smith reached for a revolver police said was found in the vehicle, according to Post-Dispatch reports. Smith’s family, however, maintains that Smith was unarmed and that the gun was placed in his car after the fact.

Tests of the weapon showed only Stockley’s DNA, officials said. The officer said he handled the weapon to unload it after the shooting, the St. Louis newspaper reported.

Stockley was charged with murder in May ― more than four years after the shooting ― in light of new, undisclosed evidence. In August, a federal judge ordered that the records related to the shooting, including video, audio recordings and reports, remain sealed.

The newspaper said it obtained the videos from someone not involved in the legal proceedings.

Warning: The following video may be disturbing to viewers.

As seen in the video above, the incident begins in a restaurant parking lot, where officers attempt to arrest Smith following a suspected drug deal. When Smith flees in his vehicle, Stockley opens fire.

Stockley and fellow officer Brian Bianchi then pursue Smith, reaching speeds of more than 80 mph. Around the 4:10 minute mark of the video, Stockley says he’s “going to kill this motherf****r, don’t you know it.”

Soon after, Stockley tells Bianchi, who’s driving, to “hit him, hit him right now!” Bianchi rams Smith’s sedan with a police SUV, and Stockley jumps from the passenger seat and runs up to the suspect’s vehicle. Seconds later, he fires five shots into the vehicle, killing Smith.

The Post-Dispatch video shows separate footage taken by a witness, which the paper first published in June. That footage shows Stockley return to his vehicle two times, first to place an unauthorized, personally owned AK-47 into the back seat, and later to rummage through a duffle bag. After Smith’s body is dragged from the car, Stockley gets into the front seat, where he stays for roughly 30 seconds.

The Post-Dispatch reports Stockley is free on $1 million bail secured by the St. Louis Police Officers’ Association. A hearing in his murder case is reportedly scheduled for Oct. 3.

In 2013, the St. Louis Board of Police Commissioners paid a $900,000 settlement as part of a wrongful death suit filed on behalf of Smith’s young daughter.

Find the full report by the St. Louis Post-Dispatch here.

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This undated file photo provided by the St. Louis Police Department, shows former St. Louis police officer Jason Stockley, who was charged in May 2016 in the Dec. 20, 2011, death of 24-year-old Anthony Lamar Smith, a black man who was a drug suspect and was shot and killed after a high-speed chase. 

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Readers: It took 4 years to uncover the truth, thanks to cell phones and new evidence.

Thoughts? It’s Friday, you know what to do.

Blog me.

Irene: Yeah they wanted him to die. In my opinion, the cops most always want the black man they are shooting to die. They are not aiming to shoot a leg to incapacitate. The thugs want him dead so they can plant drug, guns, and make up stories. A dead man can’t talk and tell his side of the story.

Lisa: Ignorance and lockstep behind their husbands. Either way, they are giving up their power to men by not learning, and just following along.

Rebecca: This really saddens me. Kids should not have to go to school and have a discussion like this. And yet, I’m glad that it is being talked about amongst the students and the staff. Kids need to express their feelings, ask all the questions that are rolling around in their brains, vent if needed, and of course, cry. I never had to go through such horror as a child. No child should have to. And no black person should have to live with the fear of being senselessly killed when a cop pulls him over. Nia: Your comment says it all.

Toni: Yep, even at the expense of the country going to the proverbial hand-basket of shit. Well..it will certainly give plenty for people to bitch about if it does happen. I have faith that it won’t but I certainly don’t like what I’m seeing. Thanks for using your head and voting in your best interest and the best interest of the country. Hillary does need to kick some big ass and we need to get to the polls and take the Senate back. You got it correctamundo. Our country depends on Clinton’s SCOTUS nomination and the Senate’s confirmation.

Delores: I have total faith you can flip em.

Alycedale: Have I told you lately that your comments are just cracking me up? May I borrow your recent? I have a man I want to use them on.

Social Butterfly: I’ve seen it now, thanks to you. That is exactly what I keep saying. Along with the fact that I would be so embarrassed if I were a Trump voter and admitting it to anyone. But that’s the deal, if you were embarrassed you wouldn’t be voting for the scum. So you just walk around saying ignorant shit like Miller, while being an embarrassment to intelligent women like yourself.  Regardless of the reasons, this country is polarized when it comes to political opinions and choices this election season.

We have out work cut out for us. 

Happy Friday!

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