Featuring: Two Sides to a Story’s Coverage of Kelly Thomas Protest

February 9, 2014


2-hour video uploaded to youtube last night by Troy Turton

Sunday, February 9, 2014

Good morning:

Two Sides to a Story has been attending the demonstrations seeking justice for Kelly Thomas, the mentally ill (schizophrenia) and homeless young man who was suffocated and beaten to death by police officers at the Fullerton (CA) Transit Center.

The event was captured on video by a security camera and spliced together with audio recordings of the officers’s statements during the incident. The audio was captured by the body microphones that each officer was wearing.

Spliced together the recording of the incident lasted about 32 minutes.

The jury incredibly acquitted the officers.

Two Sides deserves accolades aplenty for her persistence and reporting.

Here are her comments about yesterday’s march in Hollywood.

I.

It was a fun protest, though carnivalesque in the way that downtown Hollywood is – definitely a big city feel. At one point a limo stopped and some familiar young face peered out, took photos and waved. Some actor or musician, I think.

LAPD bicycle cops lined the streets sans riot gear, unlike the Fullerton PD, who remained invisible until they decided to put on their show of force. Most of the folks arrested in Fullerton have a hearing on February 18.

I left early tonight, just after a lot of the more peaceful protestors left. Kelly’s mom and dad each gave a speech and honored an LAPD police captain, who seemed friendly and supportive, or at least trying to be, considering LAPD’s bad record and all the “jail killer cops” chanting.

Anonymous and the young anarchists in black were cranking up after the hippies and mainstream folks left, and last I saw them, they were, baiting cops and spoiling for a fight. I wouldn’t be surprised if someone got arrested later on.

II.

Here’s what the protest looked like from a distance. Far from being 5000 souls, but there may have been about 500 during the first two hours. We were allowed to march up Hollywood Blvd for a few blocks and then back to this spot near Hollywood and Vine.

III.

Oh, just remembered – they made the police chief or captain an honorary member of Kelly’s Army – that was interesting.

I should be saving these photos and pasting them to place everyone can see them – too tired. Easier to look for some other links.

IV.

Here’s a CBS video with a few details about the protest – many of these protestors are involved in going all over the state and trying to raise awareness about police brutality.

Citizen journalism via the internet is an extremely powerful tool to use in uncovering and seeking justice for criminal acts and official corruption.


2013 in review

February 8, 2014

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2013 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

The Louvre Museum has 8.5 million visitors per year. This blog was viewed about 1,500,000 times in 2013. If it were an exhibit at the Louvre Museum, it would take about 64 days for that many people to see it.

Click here to see the complete report.


Friday Night Review

February 7, 2014

Friday, February 7, 2014

Good evening:

We have two days of actual trial completed, including the opening statements.

Don’t forget we have court tomorrow 9 am to 5 pm EDT. The jury asked to be in session tomorrow and also volunteered to be in session on Sunday, but the judge declined that request.

Guess they don’t like being sequestered.

I think some fun is in order, so let’s see what y’all think about how the trial is going and mix in some music and comedy.

Y’all know that I bow down to the master, Gerry Spence. Here he is opening a can of whup ass at a demonstration in Ann Arbor sometime in the late 80s.

Yes, he can do this stuff off the cuff.

Notice his pacing, pauses and mesmerizing voice.

This is our 880th post


Michael Dunn Trial Day 2

February 7, 2014

Friday, February 7, 2014

Good morning:

We will be live blogging the trial via live stream hosted at the Global Grind.

Tip: Open 2 pages or windows in your browser.

Shape each one to half size.

Open our blog in one window and the grio in the other.

Then you watch and type simultaneously.

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Michael Dunn Trial, comment thread, opening statements now

February 6, 2014

by Crane-Station

I am going to ask for help from readers om this thread, because Fred is very sick.

The Live Stream is here: http://globalgrind.com/2014/02/06/jordan-davis-michael-dunn-murder-trial-day-1-livestream-video/

Opening statements happening now. Looks like Corey is not giving them, thank God, although I just tuned in and could be wrong.

Please join our discussion!


Sheriff Arpaio out-desecrates alleged inmate flag desecrators

February 5, 2014

Sheriff Joe Arpaio - Armed and Dangerous
image by DonkeyHotey on flickr

by Crane-Station

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Sheriff Arpaio out-desecrates alleged inmate flag desecrators

Bigot and bully Sheriff Arpaio, runs the Maricopa County jail system that includes several Phoenix-area jails, and he is at the center of yet another controversy: feeding a group of 38 inmates a bread and water diet that he may extend beyond a seven day period, at his whim and depending on how well his supporters respond to his egregious behavior.

County jails are designed to hold inmates for short periods of time. However, jails are now the new lucrative prisons, especially for nonviolent (mostly minor drug offenders). In other words, the county jail, or, the ‘new prison’ not only holds inmates who should be in the penitentiary; it receives monies from the state for each jail inmate who actually belongs in prisons. In November, Arpaio placed 38 inmates on a bread-and-water punishment diet, because he claimed that these inmates, in different cells, in different locations, apparently, did all sorts of awful things to flags he had placed in cells.

In response to what he perceived as disrespectful behavior, Arpaio, true to form and crook that he is, stomped all over the 8th, 6th and 14th Amendments to the constitution for which the very flag stands. There are specific procedures DOC has published for alleged offenses ‘on the inside’ that are much like an arrest, citation and due process on the outside, with categories of offenses ranging from Category 1 (ie, faking an illness) to Category 7 (ie, assaulting an officer). The inmate has a right to face his accuser, know his offense and supporting evidence, be represented by counsel (usually a jailhouse lawyer who is better than many lawyers on the outside), and have a hearing before a disciplinary ‘judge,’

The bread-and-water 38 inmates were apparently afforded no due process, no right to representation or hearing, no formal process. However, the accused inmates are now publicly known not only as criminals, even though they may have not yet been tried or convicted of any original charges, but it’s even worse than that- they are traitors, possibly even terrorists. This may be why their names are not readily available- some, if not all may be pre-trial detainees.

At any rate, Arpaio enjoys a double advantage in his latest use of inmates (and trumped up allegations) to pander to his base as he aspires to political office if he chooses to do so: one, he pockets the extra meal money coming from the state, just as he pockets the money for that extra meal he is supposed to be feeding his inmates. Arpaio’s inmates receive only two meals. All other prison inmates, and all other jail inmates receive three meals a day, and the state reimburses the jails for these meals, intended for class D jail inmates and not for Arpaio’s pockets. Second, he has chosen the hottest of topics to do his latest bread-and-water (likely lucrative, for him, stunt): patriotism. Quite ironic for someone who could give a shit less about what the flag actually stands for.

Arpaio’s laundry list of egregious schemes and behavior reads like someone who has just slept with the devil. It now seems that he so over-reached on the illegal immigration cash-cow that even the DOJ cut him off from warehousing, abusing, and otherwise racial profiling purely for profit and nothing else. He had to quick come up with another publicity stunt, lest he lose supporters, who might be upset about the money he will lose, as fast as he loses illegal immigrants to CCA facilities.

There is much turnover in jail cells, and a lot more carved on the walls, much of it surprisingly anatomically correct and verbally to the point, such as “Kill fuck die” carved in block. Not every inmate is responsible and it is nearly impossible to tell who did what. Arpaio’s placement of American flags in the cells is a violation of fire code, for one, but violation of anything never seems to bother this madman, whose actions can have an effect on whether or not someone gets a fair trial or is granted parole, because, ‘Oh God, aren’t you the treasonist terrorist who destroys American flags?’

This is why we have due process, even inside our prisons. Inmates are not widgets to be used for the political gain of a thieving madman. And you watch: he didn’t cut those phones and commissary- because he is making bank from those things.

No court in the US ever sentences people to 1) solitary or 2) indefinite punishment diets. Also, according to the US Supreme Court, ruling on free speech, ‘flag burning’ is not a crime. This is strict whim of a sick man with a political agenda. Read the list of Arpaio horrors here.


Dunn Jury Selection Day 3

February 5, 2014

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Good morning:

I am still sick with the flu and can barey type.

I recommend following jury selection on twitter

#DunnTrial

Comment here.


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