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Rethinking Immigration: Moms Will Do Whatever it Takes to Protect Their Kids - RH Reality Check

Rethinking Immigration: Moms Will Do Whatever it Takes to Protect Their Kids - RH Reality Check | Tasers and Drones: Abuse of power in law, justice, and national security | Scoop.it
As Congress works to pass a new immigration law, legislators must realize that neither a border nor the threat of detention will keep a determined parent from trying to reach a child who needs her care.
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Republicans push tougher penalties for attacks on prosecutors

Republicans push tougher penalties for attacks on prosecutors | Tasers and Drones: Abuse of power in law, justice, and national security | Scoop.it
ake spitting on prosecutors a felony.

It's already a felony for someone to throw or expel bodily substances at emergency medical technicians, first responders, law enforcement officials, firefighters or ambulance operators.

The GOP bill would extend that protection to prosecutors, who currently can only charge people with disorderly conduct for the act.

Democrats say tougher penalties won't stop attacks that are often tied to mental illness.
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Social justice group raises concerns over Dept. of Corrections policies

Social justice group raises concerns over Dept. of Corrections policies | Tasers and Drones: Abuse of power in law, justice, and national security | Scoop.it
A statewide social justice group came together in Madison Thursday night to share concerns about the prison system in Wisconsin.

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Alcohol-Related Deaths Highest In 35 Years - NCADD Blog Roll

Alcohol-Related Deaths Highest In 35 Years - NCADD Blog Roll | Tasers and Drones: Abuse of power in law, justice, and national security | Scoop.it
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention(CDC,) there were 30,000 American deaths from alcohol-induced causes in 2014.
The CDC report notes that the deaths included alcohol poisoning and cirrhosis, liver damage primarily caused by d

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After the Black Hawks Arrived: In Somalia, a History of US Meddling Continues

After the Black Hawks Arrived: In Somalia, a History of US Meddling Continues | Tasers and Drones: Abuse of power in law, justice, and national security | Scoop.it
The official reason for the US presence in Somalia is to fight the perennial war against terrorism. The real reason is oil.
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This Canadian Lab Spent 20 Years Ruining Lives | VICE News

Four years ago, Yvonne Marchand lost custody of her daughter.

Even though child services found no proof that she was a negligent parent, that didn't count for much against the overwhelmingly positive results from a hair test. The lab results said she was abusing alcohol on a regular basis and in enormous quantities.

The test results had all the trappings of credible forensic science, and was presented by a technician from the Motherisk Drug Testing Laboratory at Toronto's Sick Kids Hospital, Canada's foremost children's hospital.

"I told them they were wrong, but they didn't believe me. Nobody would listen," Marchand recalls.

Motherisk hair test results indicated that Marchand had been downing 48 drinks a day, for 90 days. "If you do the math, I would have died drinking that much" Marchand says. "There's no way I could function."

The court disagreed, and determined Marchand was unfit to have custody of her daughter.

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Colita Fiorenzi's comment, February 8, 2:53 AM
This article is maddening. You would think that if they were coming up with completely and utterly ridiculous conclusions, that someone would've stepped back and said "wait a second, is it me or is this wrong".
Mary Grubbs's comment, February 8, 11:38 PM
Being a mother of five I could not even imagine what it would be like to not see my children almost every day, let alone being taken away from me for something I didn't do. It makes me cringe that justice can have such a blind eye at times. I all for protecting the welfare of children, many go unnoticed unfortunately, so when time, energy, and money is used on a false belief that the science couldn't be wrong then it's criminal. The bond between a child and parent is so vitally important and when you break that bond it can have lasting negative affects upon the child for the rest of his or her life. I hope these people get things resolved and families that were wrongfully accused can begin to heal.
Michael Westmoreland's comment, February 9, 3:02 AM
3. They can’t even tell how many tests were false?!?! Marchand was showing 48 drinks a day on tests!?!? This is insane how is this not being talked about on an international scale among the all social classes? I have all these questions in mind, but as the article pointed out the people simply believed a professional organization would know what they are doing. Despite Marchand’s test results showing she should be killing herself every day. Kind of makes me thing about government run programs are there checks and balancing systems to prevent such great abuse of power. I wouldn’t be surprised to find out if there were other powerful organizations across broad categories getting away with such conduct.
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Police Brutality Archive | The Free Thought Project

Police Brutality Archive | The Free Thought Project | Tasers and Drones: Abuse of power in law, justice, and national security | Scoop.it

MI governor poisons a city; Ted Nugent threatens the pres; Armed thugs occupy a federal bldg. We get this instead: https://t.co/SgsQFcxomH


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Denver jail death shines light on problems with common restraint tactic

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Officials release surveillance footage of homeless man who died because of ‘complications of positional asphyxia’, according to the medical examiner


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Criminal Justice Reform Act is No Alternative to Broken Windows Policing

Criminal Justice Reform Act is No Alternative to Broken Windows Policing | Tasers and Drones: Abuse of power in law, justice, and national security | Scoop.it
Monday morning the City Council will begin consideration of a series of bills, called the Criminal Justice Reform Act, which would limit the use of criminal penalties to manage a variety of low level “quality of life” offenses such as public drinking, park code violations, noise, and public urination. City Council Member Vanessa Gibson, chair of the public safety committee, said she hopes these changes will reduce the problem of excessive criminalization in communities of color, a sentiment echoed by Council Member Rory Lancman, chair of the courts committee, on WNYC radio last Friday. Lancman noted that too many areas of the city have experienced overpolicing and overcriminalization.

The Act, being spearheaded by Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito,  already has broad support in the Council and the endorsement of NYPD Commissioner Bill Bratton, and thus, Mayor de Blasio. It's encouraging that political leaders in New York City are exploring ways of reducing the impact of the criminal justice system on communities of color, but this package of reforms is at best a baby step, and at worst, may open the door to more racially discriminatory police actions.

The bills, if passed, would create new civil penalty options for these offences by allowing police to choose between a criminal summons and a civil one when encountering an offender, a choice made based on departmental guidelines. The criminal codes remain on the books per Bratton’s insistence, which he says is necessary so that officers can demand identification, conduct searches, and perform background checks.

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Angry relatives protest at Regina bail hearing for Kevin Goforth | News Talk 650 CKOM

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Emotions boiled over into angry shouts outside a Regina courthouse as a bail hearing was held for a man accused of manslaughter in the death of a little girl. 37 year old Kevin Goforth is accused of the manslaughter of four year old June Alexus Dawn Goforth. His wife Tammy Lynn, 35, faces the same charges. Kevin Goforth appeared Thursday afternoon via video link. He kept his head down, never looking at the camera.

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Dark times at the Palin home: Track Palin’s domestic violence arrest report paints a bleak picture

While Sarah Palin endorses Donald Trump—one reality TV star to another—things at home go very wrong
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I lost my freedom in detention!

This week, Juvenile In Justice concludes the features on two adults who spent much of their childhood lives in detention.Jose Vidrio shares his experience of being in and out of the juvenile ...

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Guns now allowed in Texas’ state-run psychiatric hospitals

Guns now allowed in Texas’ state-run psychiatric hospitals | Tasers and Drones: Abuse of power in law, justice, and national security | Scoop.it
Licensed gun owners can now bring their firearms into Texas’ 10 state psychiatric hospitals.

Until this year, guns were banned at the state-run facilities, which house people with serious mental illnesses. No one — visitors, delivery people and the like — could bring firearms anywhere on the hospitals’ campuses. Even local law enforcement officers, who were allowed to bring their weapons into the facilities, regularly lock up their guns before entering Austin State Hospital out of an abundance of caution. That isn’t expected to change.

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Exclusive: U.S. Considers Ending Program That Lures Cuban Doctors To Defect

Exclusive: U.S. Considers Ending Program That Lures Cuban Doctors To Defect | Tasers and Drones: Abuse of power in law, justice, and national security | Scoop.it

The U.S. government is considering putting an end to a program that encourages Cuban doctors and nurses on overseas assignments to defect, a senior aide to President Barack Obama said, in a gesture emblematic of improving U.S.-Cuban relations.

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Settlement For Prisoners With Mental Illnesses Seen As Victory - EagleCountryOnline.com

Except in a few, exceptional circumstances, people with mental illnesses in Indiana prisons will no longer be placed in solitary confinement.

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Leading the March Towards Criminal Justice

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“Each of us is more than the worst thing we’ve ever done. My work with the poor and the incarcerated has persuaded me that the opposite of poverty is not wealth; the opposite of poverty is justice....

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Truthout | Fearless, Independent News and Opinion

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Mass Incarceration Since 1492: Native American Encounters With Criminal Injustice

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These are actual tiny child handcuffs used by the US government to restrain captured Native American children and drag them away from their families to send them to boarding schools where their identities, cultures and their rights to speak their Native languages were forcefully stripped away from them. (Photo: US government)


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Community Village Sites's curator insight, February 7, 4:49 PM

U.S. police still handcuff children


And migrant children, if not handcuffed, are certainly incarcerated in detention centers. 

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The Stories Tamir Rice Makes Us Remember - The New Yorker

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My relationship to guns could never be the same as that of my white friends.

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King: Police brutality costs taxpayers billions

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Instead of actually doing the hard work to reduce police brutality, governments seem completely content to simply foot the bill for it.


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At least 200 children, some as young as 11, have been victims of 'revenge porn' in past nine months

At least 200 children, some as young as 11, have been victims of 'revenge porn' in past nine months | Tasers and Drones: Abuse of power in law, justice, and national security | Scoop.it
Police deal with almost five cases a week where intimate photos of under-18s are shared without consent, figures obtained by The Telegraph reveal At least 200 children, some as young as 11, have been victims of "revenge porn." 

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"Zero-tolerance policy?" They knew this would happen and they did NOTHING until it became a national outrage. Nor did our useless government.

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Gangster turned good, gives back to society

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PETALING JAYA: A young man, driven by anger and violence, ends up on the wrong side of the law. After years of incarceration, including stints in solitary...

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The militarization of our police is a problem

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At this point, Canadians everywhere have grown accustomed to skyrocketing, and sometimes unsustainable, police budgets. Municipalities all across the country have to deal with the fact that fiscal responsibility just does not seem to apply when it comes to the police. That’s a problem. But there’s a bigger problem underway in Canada: the steady mil

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​Is Police Corruption Inevitable in the War on Drugs? | VICE | United States

The black market for drugs creates all sorts of twisted incentives for agents of the law.


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Archie Bunker's Editorial on Gun Control

From the "All in the Family" Season 3 premiere, entitled (appropriately) "Archie and the Editorial." It aired over 40 years ago.

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7 of 2015’s most outrageous drug war killings

Drug law enforcement operations in the US killed people at the rate of more than one a week last year
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