718 posts categorized "Public Safety"

May 06, 2014

SPLC: Man Who Tried to Kill Hundreds at Gay Bar Pleads Guilty to Arson Only

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(Seattle police photo)

David Neiwert at Southern Poverty Law Center reports:

The man who tried to kill a crowd of 750 people packed inside a popular Seattle gay bar by setting it afire on New Year’s Eve has pleaded guilty to a federal charge of arson. Despite some evidence that he was motivated by hatred of LGBT people, Musab Mohammad Masmari will not face federal hate crime charges....

The plea agreement specifies that prosecutors will only seek a five-year prison sentence for the crime. However, prosecutors told KOMO-TV that the judge was free to ignore their recommendations and sentence Masmari to a prison term ranging up to 20 years.

May 02, 2014

NYPD Cops Can't Stop Getting Drunk And Shooting At People

HuffPo reports.

I'm so glad that Phil Eure, who has done such a solid job as director of DC's Office of Police Complaints, faces a problem-free police force as he heads to NYC to become Inspector General of NYPD.

GLOV, HIPS launch violence response hotline

Lou Chibbaro at the Blade reports:

The local groups Gays and Lesbians Opposing Violence (GLOV) and Helping Individual Prostitutes Survive (HIPS) are jointly launching a new 24-hour, seven-days-a-week LGBTQ Violence Response Hotline, according to GLOV spokesperson Matt Corso.

“LGBTQ individuals who are victims of a violent crime, such as intimate partner violence, domestic abuse, bias or hate motivated violence, police misconduct, sexual assault or pick-up violence can call the hotline to speak with a trained volunteer to receive immediate crisis support and ongoing assistance or referrals to LGBTQ competent service providers in the Washington, D.C. area,” Corso said in a statement to the Blade.

Congrats and thanks to GLOV and HIPS. There was a crisis hotline many years ago that fell by the wayside. Very good to have a new one.

April 29, 2014

Tom DeLay salutes Cliven Bundy

Brian Tashman at Right Wing Watch reports:

On his Washington Times Radio show last Wednesday, former House GOP leader Tom DeLay reiterated his defense of Cliven Bundy, arguing that the Nevada rancher — who has repeatedly lost in the courts and refuses to recognize the existence of the United States government — doesn’t have to obey the law on land use.

“He doesn’t owe the federal government anything because he doesn’t recognize that the federal government can come take his livelihood away from him and he’s standing up for the rule of law, the real law, the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution, and fighting against what is happening to him,” DeLay said.

This is the former House Majority Leader. All you can do is shake your head.

April 25, 2014

White Supremacist Suspect in Kansas Mass Shooting Was Once Arrested "Mid-Act" with Black Male Prostitute

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Slate reports.

This exemplifies Rosendall's Law:

Whenever any person displays vehement and obsessive hostility toward gay rights, it shall be a rebuttable presumption that he or she has unresolved personal issues such as repressed homosexuality, an estranged gay spouse, or a gay child.

This case is an interracial variant. He denounces and attacks the thing he most desires.

April 13, 2014

On a day of silence, an anti-gay message

One anti-gay student interviewed said something familiar: he has no problem with people being gay as long as they don't go parading about the school. Translation: It's okay to be gay as long as you're completely invisible and don't organize to stop bullying.

April 03, 2014

GLAA renews call to repeal 'Prostitution Free Zones'

Gay and Lesbian Activists Alliance
Fighting for equal rights since 1971
P.O. Box 75265, Washington, DC 20013
(202) 667-5139 • equal@glaa.org

April 3, 2014

To:Councilmembers Tommy Wells, Mary Cheh, Jack Evans, Anita Bonds, Muriel Bowser
Cc:Councilmember David Grosso, Council Chair Phil Mendelson
Subject:Please repeal Prostitution Free Zones

Dear Members of the Committee on the Judiciary and Public Safety:

It has come to our attention that Councilmember David Grosso is preparing to introduce a bill to repeal so-called Prostitution Free Zones. It will likely be referred to your committee.

We strongly support repeal of PFZs, as we have previously testified.

The use of Prostitution Free Zones (or PFZs) facilitates discriminatory police profiling of transgender people.[1] It is also a constitutionally questionable practice. As our colleagues from the DC Trans Coalition note:

  1. The Attorney General has determined that PFZs can't be defended in court and are likely unconstitutional.
  2. MPD has suspended PFZ implementation and is working to rescind its PFZ general order.
  3. Eliminating PFZs is a step toward reducing violence against sex workers.
  4. PFZ repeal makes sense from a public health perspective.

We agree with the 2005 testimony of Stephen M. Block, then legislative counsel for ACLU of the Nation's Capital, concerning the bill authorizing temporary PFZs that was then under consideration. I will summarize some of his citations.

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Breitbart contributor calls for 'slaughtering Muslims in the streets'

Joe Jervis reports on the latest example of the barbarism to which the radical right is trying to push the nation. Here the culprit is Breitbart contributor Patrick Dollard. Very scary.

March 31, 2014

Letter to the Archbishop of Canterbury

I emailed the following this morning. You may wish to send your own message.

From:Richard Rosendall
Date:Monday, March 31, 2014
To:Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby, contact@lambethpalace.org.uk
Subject:Please denounce rally statements by Archbishop Ntagali

Dear Archbishop Welby:

I have been reading the Twitter feed from Ugandan gay rights leader Frank Mugisha on the rally held today in that country celebrating the Anti-Homosexuality Act:
https://twitter.com/FrankMugisha

One of the speakers at the rally is Anglican Archbishop Stanley Ntagali. He celebrated the Ugandan church's having cut ties ten years ago with the Episcopal church in America over homosexuality. His statements, as reported by Mugisha, include "Homosexuality is the devil's agenda in Uganda," and "We have to be focused, without fear to fight the battles facing us, battles facing our families."

Ntagali is effectively endorsing persecution and murder. He should be expelled from the Anglican Communion. Your predecessor was so afraid of schism that he allowed the African bishops to behave disgracefully with no consequences, and even pandered to their threats over the participation of Americans at the Lambeth conference. But a problem like the aggressive bigotry and inhumanity of the African bishops cannot be dealt with by avoidance. What is the point of keeping someone at the table who is poisoning the food?

I appreciate that you have publicly argued with Ntagali over the treatment of gay people by the church. You have stated that some gay couples have loving, stable, and monogamous relationships, and that we deserve the "best pastoral care and friendship," but you still support the Church of England's opposition to active homosexuality (that last phrase is according to the BBC). I am sorry, but this will not do. To be merely tolerated and told we must embrace lifelong celibacy is not acceptance and is not humane. Our love and its expression are as good as anybody else's. We are a threat to no one. We are entitled to equal protection as citizens.

I urge you at a minimum to denounce the participation and remarks by Archbishop Ntagali at the anti-gay rally in Uganda, and not to put a facade of unity before the rights of LGBT people whom some Anglican leaders are persecuting.

I have been in contact in recent days and weeks with persecuted and hunted Ugandan friends. I am grateful to hear from them at all, as it means they are still alive. Asylum efforts are not enough, because most LGBT Ugandans will remain in their country, whose leaders avoid addressing real problems in favor of scapegoating a minority. Words fail in expressing my admiration and respect for Frank Mugisha, who holds his head up and speaks out despite being in grave danger. Please add your respected voice for decency in the face of this mounting horror.


Yours sincerely,

Richard J. Rosendall
Washington, D.C.

March 28, 2014

Eure picked as IG for NYPD

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NYT reports that Philip K. Eure, the founding director of the D.C. Office of Police Complaints, has been chosen to head the new office of Inspector General for the New York Police Department.

Phil has done a fine job at OPC, and has been great to work with. We will certainly miss him here in D.C., but we congratulate him on his new appointment and wish him all the best. It will be a challenge finding someone to fill his shoes.

(Hat tip: Jason Terry. Photo of Philip Eure via Linkedin)

March 10, 2014

Black Lesbian Couple Found Dead in Galveston County, Texas

Horrific news from Texas.

GLAA submits testimony on Office of Police Complaints

Date:March 10, 2014
To:Tommy Wells, Chair
Committee on Public Safety and Judiciary
From:Rick Rosendall, President
Gay and Lesbian Activists Alliance
Subject:Testimony on Office of Police Complaints

Please include this as testimony for the record on the Performance Oversight Hearing held by your committee on March 7, 2014.

I am Rick Rosendall, President of the Gay and Lesbian Activists Alliance, which has been fighting for LGBT equality in the District since 1971.

The independent Office of Police Complaints (OPC) grew out of the recommendations of a task force in the late 1990s in which I represented GLAA. OPC employs the best practices of citizen oversight of law enforcement, with the goal of improving public confidence in the police. OPC Executive Director Philip K. Eure and his staff have shown expertise, integrity, and a commitment to fairness for all – not just those who file complaints, but those against whom they are filed, and the wider community from which both are drawn.

The Office of Police Complaints (OPC) released its Annual Report for Fiscal Year 2013 on March 4. As it summarized in its news release:

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March 05, 2014

Office of Police Complaints issues annual report for FY13

The D.C. Office of Police Complaints continues to do independent review of citizen complaints of police abuse. OPC issued its annual report on March 4.

March 02, 2014

D.C. activists critical of MPD actions that led to transgender woman's arrest for an expired driver's license

John Riley at Metro Weekly reports a disturbing story that illustrates a continuing problem of DC police profiling of transgender people, especially trans women of color.

February 28, 2014

Twice as Good

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(Richard Sherman's winning NFC championship play. Photo by Jonathan Ferrey/Getty Images)

My column this week, "Twice as Good," discusses why the fight to overcome racial privilege is an LGBT issue. Here's an excerpt:

When an All-Pro cornerback from the NFL's best defensive squad [Richard Sherman] needs to have his 3.9 GPA from Stanford cited to stop white people's quivering, we have a problem. Though not fatal for Sherman as it was for [Trayvon] Martin and [Jordan] Davis, [the racially charged treatment of him] showed the same instant demonization, the same culturally assigned otherness.

Why is this an LGBT issue? For one thing, African-Americans have been among the most prominent out gay people in pro sports: Brittney Griner in the WNBA, Jason Collins in the NBA (who just signed with the Brooklyn Nets), Michael Sam before the NFL draft. All lacked the privilege taken for granted by white heterosexual men. Facing greater bias, they summoned greater strength. As the Scandal character Olivia Pope is told by her father in the TV drama, "You have to be twice as good as them to get half of what they have." Many black overachievers grew up hearing this.

But it is not just that black and gay overlap. We must work together to defeat those who exploit fear and hatred to gain power. This requires refuting their lies repeatedly over time. The images of Sam's athletic prowess are a powerful antidote and promise a historic moment come May.

In related news, this just in from the Williams Institute: New Report Finds Similar Patterns of Racial Disparities Among Individuals in Same-Sex and Different-Sex Couples.

February 26, 2014

D.C. police release long-awaited report on MPD handling of hate crimes

Chief Cathy Lanier of the Metropolitan Police Department has released the long-awaited report on police handling of hate crimes. The effort was led by the D.C. chapter of the Anti-Defamation League. Thanks to GLOV, DCTC, and our other coalition partners for pressing for its release. More later, once I have a chance to read it. Right now I'm running to the Stein Club endorsement meeting on D.C. Council candidates.

(Hat tip: Tom Sherwood)

February 05, 2014

$1 million bail set for Seattle arsonist

Capitol Hill Seattle reports that a suspect has been arrested in the New Year's arson attack at the gay nightclub Neighbors in Seattle; one million dollars bail has been set; and the FBI is investigating hate crime charges.

Another missed birthday

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Today another birthday passes that Trayvon Martin did not live to see. He would be in college now. But it wasn't just one prejudiced man that killed him. It was a culture of fear stoked by hate groups, exploited by politicians and gun manufacturers, and fed by the media. He or Jordan Davis could have been one of the teens I mentored or gave academic advice. They have so much to offer, their minds just beginning to mature and stretch in new directions, and out of the blue at any moment a seething hatred they did not earn can snuff them out. We have to push back against the hatred. We have to find more helpers to overcome it. Helping to nurture a young mind is the closest I will ever come to parenting. I don't want to outlive these kids. They deserve so much better from us than mourning.

The arbitrary pursuit of deadly confrontations by people emboldened by a gun and lubricated by a sense of untouchable privilege is itself a kind of drive-by shooting. For such a person to refer to others as thugs is like the leaders of the Catholic Church decrying others as child molesters. Clean up your own house first. We must confront this hypocrisy more forcefully in a creative and nonviolent way. We must touch our fellow citizens. And while we're at it, stop the arsonists like Fox News. But the media provide so much distraction, bread and circuses as the old phrase goes, that waking people from their complacency is a tall challenge.

Click here to see the set of draft policy principles developed by NAACP known as "Trayvon's Law." In summary:

  • Ending racial profiling;
  • Repealing stand your ground type laws;
  • Creating law enforcement accountability through effective police oversight;
  • Improving training and best practices for community watch groups; and
  • Mandating law enforcement data collection on homicide cases involving people of color.

January 17, 2014

Marine Corps Tweets Out MLK Weekend Warning: ‘Don’t Be A Lone Shooter’

Think Progress reports.

Un-effing-believable.

January 03, 2014

GLAA releases candidate questionnaires, LGBT policy brief

Gay and Lesbian Activists Alliance of Washington, DC
P.O. Box 75265
Washington, D.C. 20013
www.glaa.org

For Release:
Friday, January 3, 2014
Contact: Rick Rosendall
202-328-6278


GLAA releases candidate questionnaires, LGBT policy brief


The Gay and Lesbian Activists Alliance of Washington, D.C., today launches its 2014 Election Project and releases its questionnaires for Mayoral and D.C. Council candidates plus its LGBT policy brief, "Building on Victory."

GLAA President Rick Rosendall stated, "GLAA gathered input from a wide range of local LGBT advocates including the DC Center, DC Trans Coalition (DCTC), Gays and Lesbians Opposing Violence (GLOV) and others. The result is 'Building on Victory,' the most comprehensive single document advancing LGBT issues in D.C."

On January 3, 2014, GLAA will email its questionnaires and policy brief to candidates in the April 1 D.C. primary election. The deadline for receipt of candidate responses is February 6, after which GLAA will assign ratings to the primary candidates (on a scale of -10 to +10) based on their questionnaire responses and their records on LGBT issues. GLAA does not endorse candidates in partisan elections.

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December 31, 2013

Sad anniversary on a celebratory night

This was the night five years ago when Oscar Grant was fatally shot on the Fruitvale Station platform by BART police in Oakland. His story, as told by young film director Ryan Coogler, moved a lot of people this year. Here is to his memory and to the cause of equal protection and justice for everyone.

December 04, 2013

White Dallas Man Shoots 8-Year-Old Black Boy Playing Tag

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(Photo: KTVT screenshot)

Lynette Holloway at The Root reports:

Donald Maiden Jr., who celebrated his 8th birthday on Sunday, is struggling to recover at a Texas hospital after a 46-year-old white man shot him in the face on Tuesday, as the child played a game of tag outside his apartment complex, according to the Raw Story. Police have not been able to determine a motive.

Witnesses told police that 46-year-old Brian Cloninger had been seen waiving a handgun at people prior to the shooting, The Dallas Morning News reported.

Police reports said that Cloninger was seen standing beside his pickup truck as the boy was bleeding, and a witness asked him if he shot the boy.

"Yes, I shot that kid," Cloninger reportedly said.

Dear God. Why do some people hate so much? To harm a child. It just boggles the mind. And an awful lot of these stories come from Florida and Texas. When politicians and people in the media stoke this for votes or ratings, they are helping to pull the trigger. If all the haters woke up dead tomorrow, maybe then we could rebuild our country into a civilized place.

December 03, 2013

Rabbi Mizrachi: all gays must be stoned to death

Rabbi Yosef Mizrachi, who was raised in Israel but founded the Kiruv Organization in New York in 1995, smirks as he explains that the Torah allows no room for mercy or distinctions: all who commit the sin of homosexuality must be stoned to death.

(Hat tip: Joe Jervis)

Russian neo-Nazis attack Ukrainian X-Factor contestant

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(Alexander Bohun)

Joe Jervis reports on the latest anti-gay attack by a Russian neo-Nazi group that films its humiliating assaults (which I won't show here):

According to a report filed by Spectrum Human Rights, the Russian anti-gay and neo-Nazi group Occupy Pedophilia has posted a video that shows the torture and humiliation of Alexander Bohun, who recently appeared on Ukraine's version of X Factor. A Russian news site reports that Bohun had responded to a personal ad posted on the social media site VK, only to find the thugs waiting for him.

November 19, 2013

November 20, 22 - Transgender Day of Remembrance and Day of Action

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(Washington Blade file photo by Michael Key)

The Transgender Day of Remembrance will be observed in D.C. in a service on Wednesday, November 20 at the Metropolitan Community Church at 474 Ridge Street, NW, from 6-9 pm. For more info, call 202-638-7373.

Also, Casa Ruby will host a Transgender Day of Action on Friday, November 22 from 6-9 pm at The Next Step Charter School, 3047 15th St. NW. For more info, email corado@casaruby.org.

Metro Weekly writes about the 2013 TDOR:

Transgender activist Earline Budd, one of the chief organizers of the event, says several musical groups, including the Gay Men's Chorus of Washington's a cappella group Potomac Fever, gospel singer Shirley Hughes and Company, and the AGAPE choir of Unity Fellowship Church, will participate in the three-hour service.

Organizers have also confirmed that Mayor Vincent Gray (D) and D.C. Fire Chief Ken Ellerbe will also attend, as will Alvin Bethea and Judean Jones, the parents of Deoni Jones, a young transgender woman killed while waiting at a Northeast D.C. bus stop in February 2012. The service will make special mention of the JaParker Deoni Jones Birth Certificate Equality Amendment Act, which was signed into law by Gray, and will honor the D.C. Council and advocates who helped to pass the law providing residents more control over their official documents with regard to gender identity.

The TDOR website states:

The Transgender Day of Remembrance serves several purposes. It raises public awareness of hate crimes against transgender people, an action that current media doesn't perform. Day of Remembrance publicly mourns and honors the lives of our brothers and sisters who might otherwise be forgotten. Through the vigil, we express love and respect for our people in the face of national indifference and hatred. Day of Remembrance reminds non-transgender people that we are their sons, daughters, parents, friends and lovers. Day of Remembrance gives our allies a chance to step forward with us and stand in vigil, memorializing those of us who've died by anti-transgender violence.

I note that the above-referenced birth certificate equality law has taken effect after completing its congressional review period. So there will be something to celebrate this year, in addition to mourning those we have lost due to senseless hate and violence, and committing to continuing the struggle for justice and a city that values all its people.

November 18, 2013

Girlfriend to deputies: George Zimmerman pointed a shotgun at me

Rene Stutzman reports at the Orlando Sentinel:

George Zimmerman was arrested Monday after he cocked and pointed a shotgun at his girlfriend, shattered a glass-top table, then pushed her out of the house and barricaded himself inside after she ordered him to move out, according to the Seminole County Sheriff's Office.

He surrendered peacefully a few minutes later and was hauled off to jail, where he was being held without bail on domestic-violence and aggravated-assault charges.

It was the second time in three months that the former Neighborhood Watch volunteer, who was acquitted of murdering 17-year-old Trayvon Martin, was handcuffed after being accused of domestic violence and threatening a woman with a gun.

One suspects that someone whose life is more valued in Florida than Trayvon's will have to die before Zimmerman is stopped once and for all. I cannot get out of my mind the photo of Trayvon lying on the ground, his lifeless eyes staring up as if in disbelief. There still has not been justice for him, and this is intolerable.

November 15, 2013

Alec Baldwin's homophobic outbursts

Andrew Sullivan writes:

Baldwin is not just an actor; he hosts a political show on MSNBC. He behaves as a political actor with his support of various causes, all of them noble. He has set himself up as a pro-gay progressive. If we concede the point that because you are somehow formally pro-gay, it doesn’t matter if you hurl murderous homophobic threats against people in public, then we have sold our soul.

Maybe Baldwin is pro-gay as long as he gets to be the top. Maybe his analyst needs to point this out to him. Or his accountant.

I admire Baldwin's acting and find him likable in interviews. He appears to be a smart and thoughtful guy. And I can sympathize with him for the constant harassment by paparazzi. But by this time he should have worked out a response that does not include homophobic and misogynistic epithets and violent threats. In any case, he has done this too many times to pass it off as a mere lapse. And Andrew is right that we must not be enablers.

Neo-Nazi Christians riot in Poland, torching cars and rainbow diversity arch

Al Jazeera reports. I would caution people not to say that the rioters are not Christians. They are a fringe group, but they do, unfortunately, represent one (very ugly) face of Christianity.

November 05, 2013

South African Student Tortured by Putin’s Anti-Gay Thugs

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Melanie Nathan reports. I can't bear to embed the disgusting video, but if you have the stomach for it you can follow the link. This is one example of the depraved cruelty Putin has unleashed. Who can watch Olympics after this?

Ron Paul in Richmond: 2nd Amendment is for when he loses an argument

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Happy election day. James Hohmann at Politico reports on Ron Paul's visit to Richmond on Monday night to stump for Ken Cuccinelli.

When Ron Paul claims the 2nd Amendment is for "rebellion against tyrannical governments," what he means is that he has a right to shoot you when he loses an argument. Meanwhile, his son Rand is exposed as a serial, incorrigible plagiarist (more examples keep cropping up), and his response is to shoot the messenger.

For these guys, guns are the equivalent of tax cuts for George W. Bush — the answer to everything! Well pardon me, but when a guy goes to Richmond and talks about nullification and resorting to guns if he doesn't get his way, I can't help thinking of that nice man General Sherman. (Though this time around I am inclined to Let Them Leave.)

November 04, 2013

Antigay Attack in St. Petersburg

The Advocate reports.

October 26, 2013

Daubenmire: Not Allowing Christians To Bully Gays Is A Form Of Bullying Against Christians

Right Wing Watch shares this video from "Coach" Dave Daubenmire that illustrates the topsy-turvy perspective of the anti-gay right: Not letting them bully us constitutes bullying them. Their religious freedom entitles, indeed obligates, them to trample everyone else's religious freedom by imposing their religious views on everyone else using the power of the state.

October 24, 2013

Camenker: Victims Of Gay Bashing Had It Coming

The above audio clip is from Linda Harvey's interview with Brian Camenker of MassResistance. Click here for more.

October 17, 2013

Unsolved Black LGBT Murders & Attacks

NoMoreDownLow.TV reports:

On this special edition of the award winning web series NoMoreDownLow.TV, we remember the victims of violent murders, attacks and hate crimes in the African American same gender loving community. We are only able to touch the tip of the iceberg of the homicides in an effort to bring awareness to the public and hopefully change the culture that leads to these horrific crimes against humanity. More information can be found at:
www.NoMoreDownLow.TV.

(Hat tip: Donald Burch III)

Happy SpiritDay - against bullying

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I have nothing purple to wear, but happy Spirit Day - and thanks to my many fellow advocates who work to stop bullying. Here is an essay I wrote on the subject: "Strange Fruit".

October 14, 2013

Justice, Jamaican-style

Our friend Nico Tynedale shares this video of a man, who is accused of murder, being shot by police while on the ground. Nico comments:

Good Lord!.. my heart cries out!.. I am baffled by the reports made by the police department compared to that showed in this video.. because at nooo! point I could relate in this video that before the officer pulled his gun that the man attacked him. This is clear evidence of police brutrality and brings to question how many reports the police department have fabricated when it comes to similar cases. Guilty or not the fact that the man was already on the ground it was clear enough that if they wanted to cuff him and take him in for questining they had him where they need him but instead they beat him and shot him to death... MURDER!!!!

Well, thank God nothing like that happens here in the good old U.S. of A.! Oh, wait.

Police harassment and racial profiling, Philadelphia, 27 Sep 2013

Imagine your freedom suddenly and arbitrarily being taken away by an above-the-law cop who of course invents a right not to be videotaped. This incident happened in Philadelphia. The cop's racial bigotry becomes quite plain. This abusive behavior turns the law into an obscenity.

October 13, 2013

Rios cites shoddy book to call Matthew Shepard murder a 'complete fraud'

Brian Tashman at Right Wing Watch writes:

Not only did American Family Association talk show host Sand Rios plug the ex-gay movement and warn that gay people are trapped in “a powerful web of deceit” during her Values Voter Summit speech yesterday, but she also cited Stephen Jimenez’s shoddy reporting on the Matthew Shepard case to call his murder a “complete fraud.” She lamented that schools host the play The Laramie Project to teach tolerance to students and said that Shepard’s murder was a result of a “drug deal gone bad.”

Luke Brinker at Media Matters debunks the Jiminez book.

October 09, 2013

Church Depravity Watch: Archbishop blames divorced parents for pedophilia

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Check out the latest example of moral leadership from the princes of Holy Mother Church.

Apparently crimes by priests against children are the fault of everyone but those who commit them, facilitate them, and cover them up. Reforming the Roman Church will be like cleaning the Augean Stables.

(Hat tip: Joe Jervis. Photo: CNS/Karen Callaway, Catholic New World)

October 04, 2013

Alex Jones is already calling shots at U.S. Capitol a false flag attack

Media Matters shares this video of conspiracy theorist Alex Jones jumping to his usual conclusions.