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Loretta Lynch: Sandra Bland's Case Highlights 'Frustration' With Law Enforcement

The U.S. attorney general calls for a re-evaluation of police tactics.

 
 
 

The arrest and death of Sandra Bland in police custody demands a close re-evaluation of policing tactics and justifies the “frustration” that people of color feel toward law enforcement, Attorney General Loretta Lynch argued on Sunday.

“The one thing that has come out of this tragic, tragic situation -- the loss of life of this young woman -- has been a discussion about specific police techniques,” she told MSNBC’s Andrea Mitchell, according to a transcript of the broadcast shared with The Huffington Post. “Many of the things that we see police departments doing across the country, frankly, is working on exactly the type of techniques that would have been helpful here. As part of my community policing tour, I’ve talked to officers who have said, one of things that they have appreciated most is training in de-escalation tactics, to sort of get away from the classic let’s just stop and arrest or chase and arrest, and figure out how can we calm a situation down.”

 

In the interview, which will air on Monday, Lynch also said that Bland’s case highlights the frustration and fear that people of color face when dealing with police but hoped that reforming policing tactics would mitigate those concerns.

 

“Many people see this situation escalating, and I think it shows the frustration that many minority communities feel when they feel that, you know, maybe it wouldn’t have escalated in a different community,” Lynch said. “I hope that that can bring this situation to light as well, so that people understand the frustration that many minority members feel when they’re stopped by the police.”

 

Earlier this year, the Department of Justice launched a pilot program that funds trainings for local police forces to build better relationships with the communities they serve. Lynch said that these strategies, if implemented more widely, could help minority communities feel more secure when dealing with police. 

 

“We see situations where officers will reach out to young people and work with them. They’ll go into the classrooms with them. And so we’re hoping that these examples can be models for other police departments. But we’re also hoping that community leaders can work with police departments to build these connections so that we can all tell our children how to respect authority, but not to be afraid of police.”

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Originally Posted by Kocolicious:

Loretta Lynch: Sandra Bland's Case Highlights 'Frustration' With Law Enforcement

The U.S. attorney general calls for a re-evaluation of police tactics.

 
 
 

The arrest and death of Sandra Bland in police custody demands a close re-evaluation of policing tactics and justifies the “frustration” that people of color feel toward law enforcement, Attorney General Loretta Lynch argued on Sunday.

“The one thing that has come out of this tragic, tragic situation -- the loss of life of this young woman -- has been a discussion about specific police techniques,” she told MSNBC’s Andrea Mitchell, according to a transcript of the broadcast shared with The Huffington Post. “Many of the things that we see police departments doing across the country, frankly, is working on exactly the type of techniques that would have been helpful here. As part of my community policing tour, I’ve talked to officers who have said, one of things that they have appreciated most is training in de-escalation tactics, to sort of get away from the classic let’s just stop and arrest or chase and arrest, and figure out how can we calm a situation down.”

 

In the interview, which will air on Monday, Lynch also said that Bland’s case highlights the frustration and fear that people of color face when dealing with police but hoped that reforming policing tactics would mitigate those concerns.

 

“Many people see this situation escalating, and I think it shows the frustration that many minority communities feel when they feel that, you know, maybe it wouldn’t have escalated in a different community,” Lynch said. “I hope that that can bring this situation to light as well, so that people understand the frustration that many minority members feel when they’re stopped by the police.”

 

Earlier this year, the Department of Justice launched a pilot program that funds trainings for local police forces to build better relationships with the communities they serve. Lynch said that these strategies, if implemented more widely, could help minority communities feel more secure when dealing with police. 

 

“We see situations where officers will reach out to young people and work with them. They’ll go into the classrooms with them. And so we’re hoping that these examples can be models for other police departments. But we’re also hoping that community leaders can work with police departments to build these connections so that we can all tell our children how to respect authority, but not to be afraid of police.”

So in the end its not about the fukkin racist police and racial profiling but its about blacks stooping, grinning and scratching the ground when a cop stops, harass and arrest blacks on bullshit. She is not going to do a gaddam thing. Except betray black kids with nice cops in school but the same shit in the streets so black kids are more compliant when cops arrest them on bullshit and put them on long sentences so her fukkin friends in the prison industrial complex will have a consistent product to make profits and reliable slave labor pool.  

 

That other COON before her did NOTHING and this COON will not left a finger in behalf of the black community. There are glaring holes in the Sandra Bland case and a serious crisis of police harassment and deaths by cops targeting the black community...but its about blacks cosigning to having less rights than whites when blacks are stopped by the police? 

 

FBI Says Racist Organizations Have Been Infiltrating Police Departments For Years

http://countercurrentnews.com/...partments-for-years/

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Originally Posted by Momentum:
Originally Posted by Kocolicious:

Loretta Lynch: Sandra Bland's Case Highlights 'Frustration' With Law Enforcement

The U.S. attorney general calls for a re-evaluation of police tactics.

 
 
 

The arrest and death of Sandra Bland in police custody demands a close re-evaluation of policing tactics and justifies the “frustration” that people of color feel toward law enforcement, Attorney General Loretta Lynch argued on Sunday.

“The one thing that has come out of this tragic, tragic situation -- the loss of life of this young woman -- has been a discussion about specific police techniques,” she told MSNBC’s Andrea Mitchell, according to a transcript of the broadcast shared with The Huffington Post. “Many of the things that we see police departments doing across the country, frankly, is working on exactly the type of techniques that would have been helpful here. As part of my community policing tour, I’ve talked to officers who have said, one of things that they have appreciated most is training in de-escalation tactics, to sort of get away from the classic let’s just stop and arrest or chase and arrest, and figure out how can we calm a situation down.”

 

In the interview, which will air on Monday, Lynch also said that Bland’s case highlights the frustration and fear that people of color face when dealing with police but hoped that reforming policing tactics would mitigate those concerns.

 

“Many people see this situation escalating, and I think it shows the frustration that many minority communities feel when they feel that, you know, maybe it wouldn’t have escalated in a different community,” Lynch said. “I hope that that can bring this situation to light as well, so that people understand the frustration that many minority members feel when they’re stopped by the police.”

 

Earlier this year, the Department of Justice launched a pilot program that funds trainings for local police forces to build better relationships with the communities they serve. Lynch said that these strategies, if implemented more widely, could help minority communities feel more secure when dealing with police. 

 

“We see situations where officers will reach out to young people and work with them. They’ll go into the classrooms with them. And so we’re hoping that these examples can be models for other police departments. But we’re also hoping that community leaders can work with police departments to build these connections so that we can all tell our children how to respect authority, but not to be afraid of police.”

So in the end its not about the fukkin racist police and racial profiling but its about blacks stooping, grinning and scratching the ground when a cop stops, harass and arrest blacks on bullshit. She is not going to do a gaddam thing. Except betray black kids with nice cops in school but the same shit in the streets so black kids are more compliant when cops arrest them on bullshit and put them on long sentences so her fukkin friends in the prison industrial complex will have a consistent product to make profits and reliable slave labor pool.  

 

That other COON before her did NOTHING and this COON will not left a finger in behalf of the black community. There are glaring holes in the Sandra Bland case and a serious crisis of police harassment and deaths by cops targeting the black community...but its about blacks cosigning to having less rights than whites when blacks are stopped by the police? 

 

FBI Says Racist Organizations Have Been Infiltrating Police Departments For Years

http://countercurrentnews.com/...partments-for-years/

Isn't she mainly talking about "reforming policing tactics"?

Blacks in America have always suffered death by Klan; the colors just transferred from white robes and pointy hats to blue uniforms and helmets.

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There's NEVER going to be a Kwame Ture or Malcolm X type African (if there are any more even in existence) running anything with positions of authority in America, they'd never live to finish their term as we all know or should.

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Originally Posted by NSpirit:
I think it's a good sign. Did Eric Holder even get this far?

Eric Holder actually published a report exposing that cops in Ferguson was targeting and racially profiling the black community and he called for training too. 

 

Its just talk, it has NOTHING TO DO WITH TACTICS or TRAINING. Fire and do not rehire racist cops, put them in jail when they murder and assault citizens, until that happens no extra training or whatever is going to change a thing because these cops are violent out of hate. They use excessive force out of hate. 

Originally Posted by Momentum:
Originally Posted by NSpirit:
 

Its just talk, it has NOTHING TO DO WITH TACTICS or TRAINING. Fire and do not rehire racist cops, put them in jail when they murder and assault citizens, until that happens no extra training or whatever is going to change a thing because these cops are violent out of hate. They use excessive force out of hate. 

 

You are exactly right.  It has NOTHING to do with needing any freaking "training" or looking at police "tactics"; so, yeah, all she's doing is talking and saying nothing, staying on the freaking safe-side while thousands of Black people are being LYNCHED in this country. And the only reason she's even saying one word about it is because she was actually asked and had to respond, otherwise, she hadn't said a damn thing so far about Police committing acts of Terrorism against Black people in America and Police LYNCHING Black people in America, or even the fact that Police are even murdering Black children in America.  

 

Freaking Patronizing Bullshit!

 

 

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Experts: Report shows Sandra Bland may have used pot in jail

 

 
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HEMPSTEAD, Texas (AP) -- An initial toxicology report for Sandra Bland, who died in a Texas jail cell three days after her arrest during a traffic stop, raises the possibility that she may have used marijuana while in custody, two experts said.

 

The amount of THC, one of the active components of marijuana, in Bland's system was 18 micrograms per liter, according to the report released Monday. That's more than three times the legal limit for drivers in Colorado and Washington, states that permit the recreational use of marijuana.

 

"I don't think it's possible to rule out the possibility of use while in jail," said University of Florida toxicology professor Bruce Goldberger, who reviewed the report for The Associated Press. Bland was impaired by marijuana at the time of her death, Goldberger said.

 

Bland, a black 28-year-old from suburban Chicago, was found dead in the Waller County jail on July 13. Authorities have said Bland hanged herself with a garbage bag, a finding that her family disputes. She was in custody after a traffic stop for failing to use a turn signal escalated into a physical confrontation with a white state trooper.

See photos of Bland and the investigation:

 

Robert Johnson, chief toxicologist at the Tarrant County medical examiner's office in Fort Worth, Texas, told the AP that a THC level as high as Bland's suggests she "either had access to the drug in jail or she was a consistent user of the drug and her body had accumulated THC to the point that it was slowly releasing it over time."

 

But, Johnson added, "I have never seen a report in the literature or from any other source of residual THC that high three days after someone stops using the drug."

 

Goldberger, who is also the president of the American Board of Forensic Toxicology, said Bland had a "remarkably high concentration" of THC for someone who had been in jail for three days.

 

He noted that while chronic users who stop using the drug will have higher concentrations than non- chronic users, "the concentrations do not persist at this level, at least in my opinion." He defined chronic as someone who uses cannabis daily, sometimes repeatedly.

 

Waller County District Attorney Elton Mathis declined to comment Monday on the toxicology report, saying final findings were still being prepared.

However, one of his prosecutors, Warren Diepraam, said last week that he wouldn't rule out the drug being smuggled into the jail.

 

"It may be relevant as to her state of mind to determine what happened on the street," Diepraam said. "It may be relevant to her state of mind to determine how or why she committed suicide."

 

The attorney representing Bland's family, Cannon Lambert, didn't return a message from AP seeking comment on the toxicology report.

 

Meanwhile on Monday, it was announced that a committee of outside attorneys will assist Mathis in investigating Bland's death.

 

"I don't know if we'll ever get an answer to all the questions," said attorney Lewis White of Sugar Land, one of the committee members. "But our job is to get answers. There are going to be answers some people don't like."

 

The panel will have full access to all evidence in the case and the authority to subpoena witnesses, according to White and another member of the committee, attorney Darrell Jordan of Houston.

 

The committee will make recommendations on possible criminal charges to Mathis, White said. If Mathis disagrees with them, the lawyers on the panel will have the authority to present their findings to the grand jury reviewing Bland's death, he said.

 

Two other lawyers are expected to be appointed soon. Both White and Jordan are black, and will be dealing with a case that has received international scrutiny and questions about whether Bland was treated differently due to her race.

 

The Texas Rangers and the FBI are both reviewing the case. Jordan said he hoped to "provide another set of eyes" and credited Mathis for opening up the investigation to extra scrutiny.

QUESTION!!!  Where are OUR black EXPERTS?  Another question.  When has marijuana been a substance to incite SUICIDE?  If so, there would be a lotta DEAD people....right?  Cuz we know WHITE people smoke mary jane too.  This is what I mean when I say that when it comes to killing a black person....white folks will say ANYTHING to distract the TRUTH.  Just like that dude in Mississippi a couple of years ago who was found hanging from a tree.  It was deemed suicide.  Now how black folks are gonna kill themselves in a land where lynchings of blacks are traditionally a white man's sport?

 

 It the same psychological game massa is playing with Sandra Bland's death i.e. oh it was the marijuana she smoked in jail that led to her suicide.....so. to play their game...the next questions.   How did she get marijuana?  How was she able to smoke marijuana in the presence of several police officers?  Didn't they smell it?  Does any of this MAKE sense?  No.  Cuz who in their right mind is gonna commit a crime in JAIL? First.  And secondly....isn't the police station an area where it is secured with cameras and officers around the clock?  And aren't they monitoring those cameras?  I can't imagine officers walking around the station smelling marijuana and NOT doing anything about it.  That would make them incompetent allowing crime to be performed right in front of them.  So they gonna have to come with something else.  Otherwise, this is a STRAIGHT OUT homicide.   But!

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Sandra Bland's Arrest Was So Messed Up, Even Fox News Sees It

"The Nightly Show" host Larry Wilmore couldn't believe it.

Something unusual happened on Comedy Central’s "The Nightly Show" on Thursday: Host Larry Wilmore found himself agreeing with Fox News about Sandra Bland’s arrest.

 

Wilmore first lamented CNN’s coverage of Sandra Bland, a 28-year-old black woman from the Chicago area who was found dead on July 13 in a Waller County, Texas, jail cell three days after being arrested. Wilmore noted that CNN effectively blamed Bland for escalating the incident leading up to her arrest.

Then, Wilmore turned to Fox News, which he expected to be even worse. “I’m not sure if I can watch,” Wilmore said, shaking his head. But instead, he was pleasantly surprised to see two Fox legal analysts unequivocally condemn Bland’s arrest and imprisonment.

 

“Wow,” Wilmore responded, chuckling. He expanded on that shock with some explicit language: “This is how you know how fucking crazy a situation is: when I totally agree with white people who are talking about race on Fox! That’s how crazy this is.” 

 

Wilmore also expressed surprise that even Donald Trump condemned the arrest.“You've got to be shitting me,” Wilmore quipped.

“Even Trump agrees! OK, we have lost cabin pressure, you guys,” he said.

 

“Something ain’t right! Put your mask on first.”

 

Those were light moments in an otherwise intense episode. Wilmore, who made his name as “senior black correspondent” for "The Daily Show" before launching "The Nightly Show" in January, frequently focuses on contemporary issues of race. He has not lacked for material in recent months as the country has witnessed a series of high-profile incidents highlighting the tension between law enforcement and the African-American community.

 

But at times on Thursday, Wilmore seemed to be at a loss for laughs. His emotion was palpable.

 

“I mean how do you go from not signaling a lane change to sitting in a jail cell with a $5,000 bond?” Wilmore asked in his opening monologue. “That is not a setup for a joke. Someone needs to give me a fucking answer.”

 

Wilmore was visibly upset after reviewing the dashcam video footage of  Texas State Trooper Brian Encinia arresting Sandra Bland, after escalating what had been a routine traffic stop.

“Here is what I saw: I saw a woman who complied with everything the officer asked of her. Then it got confusing because he asked her to put out her cigarette, but then offered to light her up by pointing a taser at her head,” Wilmore said, his voice breaking.

 

On Thursday, Warren Diepraam, a Waller County prosecutor, presented the preliminary results of an autopsy showing that Bland had committed suicide by hanging. The prosecutor’s office has been treating Bland’s death as a possible homicide until it is satisfied that there is proof to the contrary. Diepraam offered few details on the circumstances leading to Bland’s suicide, but he made sure to note that Bland had marijuana in her system at the time of her death.

 

Bland’s case has sparked national controversy as African-American activists -- and now, a wide array of political figures -- have questioned the mysterious circumstances of her death in custody. The 52-minute dashboard camera video of Bland’s traffic stop for failing to use a turn signal that escalated into an arrest and struggle, released by the Texas Department of Public Safety on Tuesday, has only added to the sense that Bland is the victim of racially motivated mistreatment by the police.

Originally Posted by Kocolicious:

QUESTION!!!  Where are OUR black EXPERTS?  Another question.  When has marijuana been a substance to incite SUICIDE?  If so, there would be a lotta DEAD people....right?  Cuz we know WHITE people smoke mary jane too.  This is what I mean when I say that when it comes to killing a black person....white folks will say ANYTHING to distract the TRUTH.  Just like that dude in Mississippi a couple of years ago who was found hanging from a tree.  It was deemed suicide.  Now how black folks are gonna kill themselves in a land where lynchings of blacks are traditionally a white man's sport?

 

 It the same psychological game massa is playing with Sandra Bland's death i.e. oh it was the marijuana she smoked in jail that led to her suicide.....so. to play their game...the next questions.   How did she get marijuana?  How was she able to smoke marijuana in the presence of several police officers?  Didn't they smell it?  Does any of this MAKE sense?  No.  Cuz who in their right mind is gonna commit a crime in JAIL? First.  And secondly....isn't the police station an area where it is secured with cameras and officers around the clock?  And aren't they monitoring those cameras.  I can't imagine officers walking around the station smelling marijuana and NOT doing anything about it.  That would make them incompetent allowing crime to be performed right in front of them.  So they gonna have to come with something else.  Otherwise, this is a STRAIGHT OUT homicide.   But!

Its such a bold face lie, its a slap in the face lie and the case is filled with lies with glaring holes and misconduct. So that means its a cover up which means that Sandra Bland was murdered. 

 

But here is the question, why can't the DOJ see what most see is a conspiracy in the Waller PD? Why USAG gracefully move on to tactics and training yet none of the glaring lies and discrepancies do not give her pause for an Federal investigation? Her actions also betray the trust of African Americans. Her graceful words that assumes that Sandra Bland killed herself and got high on weed while she was in jail exposes the DOJ helping Waller PD to put this case to bed.  

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Who gave her the pot? Wasn't her purse confiscated along with her car? When she was yanked almost, out of her car she didn't have her purse with her. Who's to say she wasn't dead when she was put in the cell and someone placed the pot into her system?? Who really knows the TRUTH about Sandra Bland? How long is it going to take for the "folks" in charge to solve this death sentence this young woman received?

 

Do all the black women realize that any one of us could have been Sandra Bland driving along that damn Texas road??

 

What's wrong with the white cops seated in the police departments of the country?  Why are they treating us like we're ISIS?? Where'd this damn hatred they harbor against come from??  What's going to be done about this?  "We've come so far, but we have farther to go" is played the fuck out. What, another 500 years???  Does anyone have that long; will the planet still be in existence??

 

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Brotha Momentum wrote:  

 

But here is the question, why can't the DOJ see what most see is a conspiracy in the Waller PD? Why USAG gracefully move on to tactics and training yet none of the glaring lies and discrepancies do not give her pause for an Federal investigation? Her actions also betray the trust of African Americans. Her graceful words that assumes that Sandra Bland killed herself and got high on weed while she was in jail exposes the DOJ helping Waller PD to put this case to bed.  

 

  Great insights my brotha.  Ah I think YOU should run for the DOJ office.  Seriously.  Cuz  being graceful with words haven't a thang to do with all the senseless murders of blackfolks.  It's almost like the racists are putting a black face in the media to calm down the black public...except that it's NOT WORKING. Hello Black People?!!  You who!!! It's TIME to represent.  Cuz these idiots think we are FOOLS.    This reminds me of an Al Jolson's steppin fetchit performance.  But!

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Sista Norland wrote:  
Do all the black women realize that any one of us could have been Sandra Bland driving along that damn Texas road??

 

 Even in Cali while driving I can't help but continue to look in my rear view mirror when I see the po po.  The national police targets are now genderless when it comes to black people.  Black women are not given a get outta jail card anymore.  The police will slam them on the ground as hard as they would a man.  So we should consider that whenever stopped.  But!

Shit, these white men are beyond vicious, called "cops". They're beyond insane; what's so horrendous about this shit, they're allowed to kill ours with no repercussions. They think we're stronger than bulls, is it possible they're harvesting our organs or something?? Dick Gregory mentioned this on youtube. If they can do something with dead fetuses in the organ department, anything's possible.  White folks always have a fascination with DEATH in so many damn ways. Vampires, Frankenstein, every story on TV on every channel. Want a war with anyone darker than them anywhere in the world. If we really knew what transpires in America, we'd probably have a black stampede out of this "Greatest Country of Their Minds" on foot, destination:  Any damn where we can watch beautiful birds fly, with green grass, trees, squirrels, some nice soothing music and some PEACE.

 

I'm tired of all this HATRED. The sperm hit the fuckin' egg, i slid down the chute and at about age 4, I noticed I had a brown arm. Had no idea before then. It's been on ever since. I didn't send a letter to Washington, D.C. asking could I visit this place; I slid here with all the necessary shit I needed to LIVE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

 

If I don't look like you, that shit goes both ways. We come here all different colors, all different types of hair, get naked, same equipment with heaps short changed top and bottom. Leave the darker brothers and sisters ALONE!!!!! Couldn't pick the fuckin' cotton, it is what it is!!!!!

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Originally Posted by Kocolicious:

Sista Norland wrote:  
Do all the black women realize that any one of us could have been Sandra Bland driving along that damn Texas road??

 

 Even in Cali while driving I can't help but continue to look in my rear view mirror when I see the po po.  The national police targets are now genderless when it comes to black people.  Black women are not given a get outta jail card anymore.  The police will slam them on the ground as hard as they would a man.  So we should consider that whenever stopped.  But!

Hey, I see a cop its been a habit of mine for decades watching asshole cops are going to make a U on me or if I pass a parked asshole cop I'm watching if he moves. That is just general principle. 

 

A couple weeks ago I was leaving an appointment and decided to drive through the neighborhood to get to a main street, I passed a cop going the opposite direction and I be damned he made an U. I was lucky because the street was a boulevard and he made the U at the intersection. So by the time he made the U there was a decent amount of distance between us. I came to an intersection and made a left and quickly got to the main street and made a right. But I know damn well if I continued without making that left he would have pulled up on me. I have nothing to hide but we know that does not mean a thing to asshole racist cops. He may have stopped me and try to harass and manipulate me into an arrest.

 

About a year ago I passed a tow truck on a median and then an asshole cop and he pulled right behind me, all up on me. It was about 1am so I pulled into a closed but well lit gas station and parked as if I was getting gas. Sometimes the pumps are still on and will work with credit cards and so I proceeded to try to pump gas. The asshole cop got out of his car and asked me if I had been drinking. I said no. He said that I did not use my turn signal when I pulled in the gas station and I said, when you got behind me that made me nervous because I knew you had no cause to do that, I was driving normal like I always do. Then the cop asked if I was sure that I have not been drinking. I said I have not been drinking. I added that I was out to fill my tank because I had to be somewhere before 8am and I did not want to waste time filling my tank on my way across town. So he said let me see your gas gauge and I said sure. I turn my ignition on and he saw I had less than a quarter tank. Then he said next time use your turn signal and moved on. He was an early 30 something tall slim cop with dirty blond hair. 

 

I stayed pissed for weeks I knew what that muthafugga was trying to do. 

You have to assume all white cops are bonafide racists and all black cops are coons. 

 

I have 2 trucks, an old one that is in great condition and a nice later model truck but in both cases I was in the older truck. They are picking on blacks who appear defenseless and lower income. 

Question:  You mean to tell me NO ONE smelled marijuana from Bland's cell? 

 

 

 

If in fact, she smoked marijuana as they claim.  It's impossible to be in a cell like this and not smelled illegal activity; This is proof they are lying. Another question.  Why are our black lawyers, the legal advocate for justice?  Again...where are they?  Clearly this is a cover up.  But!

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*snip* But we’re also hoping that community leaders can work with police departments to build these connections so that we can all tell our children how to respect authority, but not to be afraid of police.”

 

This suggests (IMO) that black children are disrespecting police officers and somehow responsible for police brutality.

 

Now, that's some nasty smelling bullish*t!

 

Stop hiring racists & psychopaths.

Brotha Momentum wrote:  

Hey, I see a cop its been a habit of mine for decades watching asshole cops are going to make a U on me or if I pass a parked asshole cop I'm watching if he moves. That is just general principle. 

 

A couple weeks ago I was leaving an appointment and decided to drive through the neighborhood to get to a main street, I passed a cop going the opposite direction and I be damned he made an U. I was lucky because the street was a boulevard and he made the U at the intersection. So by the time he made the U there was a decent amount of distance between us. I came to an intersection and made a left and quickly got to the main street and made a right. But I know damn well if I continued without making that left he would have pulled up on me. I have nothing to hide but we know that does not mean a thing to asshole racist cops. He may have stopped me and try to harass and manipulate me into an arrest.

 

About a year ago I passed a tow truck on a median and then an asshole cop and he pulled right behind me, all up on me. It was about 1am so I pulled into a closed but well lit gas station and parked as if I was getting gas. Sometimes the pumps are still on and will work with credit cards and so I proceeded to try to pump gas. The asshole cop got out of his car and asked me if I had been drinking. I said no. He said that I did not use my turn signal when I pulled in the gas station and I said, when you got behind me that made me nervous because I knew you had no cause to do that, I was driving normal like I always do. Then the cop asked if I was sure that I have not been drinking. I said I have not been drinking. I added that I was out to fill my tank because I had to be somewhere before 8am and I did not want to waste time filling my tank on my way across town. So he said let me see your gas gauge and I said sure. I turn my ignition on and he saw I had less than a quarter tank. Then he said next time use your turn signal and moved on. He was an early 30 something tall slim cop with dirty blond hair. 

 

I stayed pissed for weeks I knew what that muthafugga was trying to do. 

You have to assume all white cops are bonafide racists and all black cops are coons. 

 

I have 2 trucks, an old one that is in great condition and a nice later model truck but in both cases I was in the older truck. They are picking on blacks who appear defenseless and lower income. 

 

  Wow!  That's deep my brotha.  And unfortunately a great point. A realistic point and real life testimony for many black folks these days.  You look across the world and only see "defenseless and lower income" folks targeted by those who feel like they are some how better [and always they are of "lighter" skin].  The same thang experienced here.  It is beyond jealousy and envy....it is pure evil and hatred.  And the fact that not only were we the first human beings but we brought civilization to their barbarism.  i.e. neanderthal cultural system.

 

It is a gene....a "hate" gene that is embedded in these group of folks that is passed down generationally-which in my view explains their innate hatred and desire to destroy us.  There is no gratitude toward us for pulling them out of wilderness....only destain.  Slavery is something they invented for their society...it was NEVER ours until they invaded us.  So combining our gene pool with them has elevated their intelligence somewhat ....and they can't stand knowing that we are responsible for their "thinking" out of the darkness process.  So...it is their inherit goal to deface our contribution entirely so there will be no history of our super intellect legacy[they stole].  And the only way they can do that?    Exactly!  But!

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Over 4,000 reported arrest-related deaths in past decade

 

A number of controversial deaths of people of color in police custody, including those of Sandra Bland in a Texas jail cell and a Native American activist Rexdale W. Henry in Mississippi, have thrown a spotlight on police brutality within the confines of prisons. However, additional data indicates that the problem is actually much worse. 

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A Little-Noticed Supreme Court Case Could Deny Justice For Sandra Bland

The court in June immunized jail officials who failed to prevent an inmate's suicide.

Attorney Cannon Lambert [left), along with Sandra Bland's mother, Geneva Reed-Veal (center), and sister Sierra Cole, held a news conference on Aug. 4, 2015, in Houston.

Sandra Bland's mother, Geneva Reed-Veal, wants a federal court in Texas to get to the bottom of what happened to her daughter, whose traffic stop and jail cell death have become a fresh rallying cry for #BlackLivesMatters activists.  

This week, Reed-Veal filed a civil-rights lawsuit against Texas and Waller County officials, accusing them of violating Bland's rights from the moment state trooper Brian Encinia stopped her car last month until she was found hanging in her jail cell a few days later.

 

Reed-Veal's lawsuit goes to great lengths to avoid the word suicide. The term appears only once in the 46-page document -- an oblique reference to a claim by Waller County Jail officials that Bland told them she had “previously attempted to commit suicide.” But if pending investigations confirm that Bland killed herself, Bland's mother may amend her lawsuit to allege jail officials failed in their duty to protect her daughter. And if that happens, a little-noticed ruling the Supreme Court issued in June -- with facts as grim as those presented in the Bland case -- may damage Reed-Veal's chances.

 

In Taylor v. Barkes, all nine justices shut down a lawsuit by family members of Christopher Barkes, a Delaware man who took his own life within a day of being arrested for violating probation. Jail officials' failure to set up safeguards to keep him from hanging himself, the court ruled, was not a violation of his civil rights.

 

Barkes had a history of “suicidal ideations” and had attempted suicide on several occasions. This and a fuller mental-health picture were contained in Barkes’ probation file. But the intake nurse at the Howard R. Young Correctional Institution in Wilmington, Delaware, had no access to it, and Barkes only told her about one of these attempts. There also was evidence that the nurse didn’t use the latest version of a standard suicide screening form, and that a qualified mental-health professional should have conducted the screening instead.

The night before his death, Barkes called his wife and told her he "can't live this way any more," and planned to take this life. The next morning, while still in custody, he hanged himself.

 

This failure to properly screen Barkes and take steps to prevent his suicide, his family charged, amounted to cruel and unusual punishment -- a violation of his Eighth Amendment rights.

 

But a unanimous Supreme Court disagreed. “No decision of this court establishes a right to the proper implementation of adequate suicide prevention protocols,” the court said in a short, unsigned opinion that was decided without briefing or oral arguments. “No decision of this court even discusses suicide screening or prevention protocols.”

In other words, Barkes had no right to be kept alive while in custody.

 

If that sounds harsh, it’s because the dirty little secret of the case is that it was less about “a troubled man with a long history of mental health and substance abuse problems,” as the court put it, and more about the controversial doctrine of qualified immunity, a legal shield the Supreme Court created decades ago to protect government officials accused of constitutional wrongdoing.

 

The law of qualified immunity is thorny and rife with controversy. But as characterized by the court, its purpose is as simple as it is overarching: It “protects all but the plainly incompetent or those who knowingly violate the law” from being sued. And not just any law, but “clearly established” law at the time of the violation.

 

Plaintiffs seldom overcome this legal bar. And here, since there was no law or “clearly established” right in 2004, when Barkes died, mandating Delaware jail officials institute methods that would protect people like him from themselves, no violation occurred. That is, everything the jail did or did not do in its dealings with Barkes was perfectly reasonable and lawful at the time.

 

“In short,” the Supreme Court wrote, “even if the institution’s suicide screening and prevention measures contained the shortcomings that (Barkes’ relatives) allege, no precedent on the books in November 2004 would have made clear to (jail officials) that they were overseeing a system that violated the Constitution.” 

 

What’s troubling about this ruling -- beyond overlooking the reality that jails pose a higher suicide risk than other forms of confinement -- is that it leaves unsettled whether jail officials today have a constitutional duty to keep people in custody from killing themselves. By leaving the issue relegated to 2004, the justices effectively immunized jail officials in the Barkes case, but failed to say when, if ever, it will be "clearly established" that people -- including Bland andothers like her -- have a right to survive in a jail cell.

 

That right matters: The same day Bland’s mother filed her lawsuit, the Bureau of Justice Statistics announced that suicide is the most common type of death in local jail

This law protects the racist institutions of cops, jailers & other, period!  This law says there is no accountability with impunity.

 

However, Sandra's case is different in that her rights were violated the minute the officer pulled her out of the car.  He had no right to do that… he had no right slamming her head to the ground, as well as causing the other injures she suffered. 

 

I feel bad for the family of the man in the article who committed suicide, he seemed to be a mentally troubled individual [I assume he was black], but he made a comment to a loved one about committing suicide and had the medical history to go along with it, although I wholeheartedly disagree with the law.  

 

They still should've given him reasonable care given his mental state.

 

The history of police brutality toward black people jailed for minor traffic violations, coupled with the ongoing practice of police officers falsifying records, should count for something, in Sandra's case.

 

Hell, it should've counted for something in the Barkes' case.  

 

The total [systematic] disregard for black life should piss everybody off -- all the way to the voting polls. Black people should not vote for any candidate unwilling to address the blatant annihilation of African-Americans in this country.

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