open menu for early december

FERGUSON, MO - AUGUST 11: Police force protestors from the business district into nearby neighborhoods on August 11, 2014 in Ferguson, Missouri. Police responded with tear gas and rubber bullets as residents and their supporters protested the shooting by police of an unarmed black teenager named Michael Brown who was killed Saturday in this suburban St. Louis community. Yesterday 32 arrests were made after protests turned into rioting and looting in Ferguson. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)

surreal: ferguson, MO, august 11, 2014

The most recent one is here.  juliania linked to some NZ penguin videos at the bottom.  My only offering for today is there, but again:

‘North Carolina Police Officer Cleared in Fatal Shooting of Keith Lamont Scott’, telesur

“The district attorney concluded that the police officer acted lawfully in the killing of the Black man, which sparked riots in the North Carolina city.
The courts ruled Wednesday that no charges will be brought against Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police officer Brentley Vinson in the fatal September shooting of Keith Lamont Scott, his attorney said Wednesday, as he “acted lawfully.”

Jeeze Louise.

5 responses to “open menu for early december

  1. The officer testified that Scott appeared to be deciding which officer he intended to shoot and that that was a perceived threat to the officers. Officer perception of threat is what is giving them impunity in spite of video evidence.

    Hung jury in North Charleston SC in Schlager’s trial. Apparently at least one hold-out juror.

    And in the governor’s election, GOP is trying to steal it despite a 10,250 vote lead for Roy Cooper.

    http://www.wral.com/durham-seeks-more-time-for-vote-recount-state-says-no/16298030/

    • both scotus rulings on the issue agree (iirc) that if a po-po ‘reasonably believes that his life, or other lives are in danger: ‘kapow!’ i hadn’t even known of schlager’s trial. mustta had a good attorney?

      “I don’t know why that order was entered in that way, and I don’t know whose interest it is in for us to fail.” very polite/circumspect, but pregnant w/ meaning.

    • “During the trial Slager testified that he was in “total fear” of Scott, who he claimed had earlier tried to grab Slager’s taser. While the video shows Scott clearly running away and almost 30 feet from Slager when he shoots, Slager said “I fired until the threat was stopped as I was trained to do.”

      As news of the potential hung jury filtered out on Friday, many made note of the racial composition of the jury, made of up six white men, five white women, and one Black man.” telesur

      please don’t say later that the hold-out is the black man.

  2. Something is afoot Down Under with John Key’s resignation. Surprise and shock in Aotearoa would be putting it mildly. This from the Daily Blog yesterday:

    “The rumour as to why John Key has actually stood down is so large it swamps all other news stories.

    It is always incredibly difficult to get people willing to speak on the record, but TDB is doing everything in our power to bring the real story as to why Key has stepped down.

    There is so much to why Key has stepped down that is simply not being investigated.”

    And that is it. Numerous other articles there, but no-one’s tagged anything that ‘swamps all other news stories.’

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