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February 7, 2020

Video Shows Controversial Use Of Force Inside An ICE Detention Center

This is beyond being a national disgrace and an indictment against the US and the people doing this to these immigrants.   Remember these people are not criminals, they are asylum seekers which is legal under US and international laws.   At most crossing the border illegally is a misdemeanor level crime.  The guards are clearly treating these people like hardened violent criminals and they lied about what they did even though there was video they knew about.  That shows they are aware their actions were wrong, they are racists, and they figured their bosses would be OK with their actions.  They were correct.    I am so angry I can hardly type.   This is the country we have become!   This is how we will be remembered.   For everyone who claims we are not on the same road as fascist Germany in the late 1930’s think about the progression.  We have gotten use to the idea of concentration camps for the brown people.   We have gotten use to separating brown children from brown parents, some sold by white christian groups to white people.    We have become use to hateful bigotry and abuse of those who are not-white heterosexual males.    We have become use to a president who is a criminal using his office to reward himself and his henchmen who prevent any accountability happening to him.  We have become OK with massive force used on people unable to fight back.   We have become use to armed white people in the streets.  We have become use to an authoritarian militarized police force with almost unlimited powers to stop and question anyone because they want to.   What have become use to a police state mentality where the police can detain a person and make them miserable without charging them with a crime and then claim suspicion.  We have become use to the unlawful detentions of US citizens returning to the country by ICE and the interrogations of them about their support for current administration, the seizing to copy while examine their phones and devices,  all without a warrant or legal right to do so.    We have become use to guilt by association and job function for defending immigrants or the vulnerable.  We have become use to ICE breaking the laws claiming to be police officers and trying to snatch suspected illegal immigrants off the streets, out of their cars, and from their homes in some cases leaving little children alone without care or supervision.    We have become use to the changing of known history to fit the narrative of a minority group ruling our country.  We have become use to the enforced observance of rituals of patriotism and religion demanded by government and religious leaders.  We have accepted “in god we trust” being posted in schools, religious objects of one religion only in public spaces and government buildings, the demand by the fascist armed minority to both pledge allegiance to the country ( meaning their dear leader and their views only ) and then their Christian god in prayers.    This is the country we have become and it is getting worse.   We had better take it back this election or history has shown what comes next.    Sad worried angry hugs.   

When detainees arrive at the facility, they’re given a handbook that states explicitly, “Detention is NOT prison.” Immigration detention is where the government holds people while deciding whether to deport them, and most detainees have no criminal record. But this group said the conditions felt like those of a penitentiary.

Surveillance footage obtained by NPR shows what happened next.

Detention officers spent several minutes speaking to the detainees, telling them to return to their bunks. They waived a canister of pepper spray in front of them, then attempted to physically move the detainees.

The video shows the detainees trying to remain seated with their arms linked. But detention officers would later claim they were inciting a “rebellion” and “assaulting” staff.

Detention officers then sprayed pepper spray at the men at least three times and forcibly removed them from the tables.

As they visibly recoiled from the spray, some of the detainees were pushed into walls, pulled to the ground or dragged on the floor by guards.

Afterward, though not seen on camera, five of the detainees were placed in hot showers. Hot water, however, can worsen the painful burning effect from pepper spray, something an internal oversight office at the Department of Homeland Security noted in a review of the incident.

“I couldn’t take it,” Isaac Antonio Lopez Castillo, one of the detainees, later testified in a deposition. “I was even throwing up from the pepper gas.”

All eight detainees were then sent to “segregation” — ICE’s term for solitary confinement — for 10 days for “engaging in or inciting a group demonstration.”

As NPR reported in January, a previously confidential government inspection found that the facility was failing to meet many of the government’s own standards for solitary confinement, mental health treatment and medical care. The report also found that staff at Adelanto had retaliated against detainees.

Immigration attorneys and advocates say the conditions at Adelanto are emblematic of problems throughout an immigration detention system that has come to increasingly rely on firms like GEO to help enforce the Trump administration’s hard-line immigration policy.

However, the inspector faulted Adelanto for failing to provide cold water when it came time to clean the spray off the detainees, writing that “warm water will exacerbate the burning effect of the OC pepper spray.”

“Our clients fled violence and persecution in their home countries, believing they would find safety and security in the United States,” said attorney Rachel Steinback in a statement. “Instead, they were subjected to inhumane treatment at Adelanto — and were violently punished for daring to complain.”

The detainees’ attorneys cited GEO’s own use-of-force policy, which considers pepper spray a “major use of force.” According to the policy, officers can only use “major” force when, “Imminent and immediate danger to employees, inmates, or other persons exist.”

“We just wanted to speak and we wanted to be heard,” said one of the strikers, Julio Cesar Barahona Cornejo. “At no time did I raise my hands to try to hit them or anything.”

Their actions, they say, were met with hostility, then physical force, then pepper spray.

According to the lawsuit, one of the detainees broke his nose and had his tooth knocked out after he was pushed into a wall. GEO’s attorneys say it is “uncertain” whether the detainee’s nose was broken during the incident, because he didn’t report it to a doctor that day.

“What they did to us, you don’t even do that to an animal,” said another detainee, Josue Vladimir Cortez Diaz.

In his deposition, Lopez Castillo said he had sought asylum in the U.S. to escape violence from gangs and police in El Salvador. But after his experience in immigration detention, he said he changed his mind about America.

“Not even in my country was I treated as bad as they treated me in the United States,” said Lopez Castillo.

“They treated me worse than trash when all I was trying to do was start a life.”

There is a lot more at the link above including many sick harassing demeaning threatening practices used against the immigrants the government claim are not in jail, but are being treated like hardened criminals by racist guards.   Hugs

February 6, 2020

Active shooter drills

Filed under: Cartoons, Criminal, Education, Gun Control, Memes, News, Political, Questions, Reason — Scottie @ 05:38
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February 5, 2020

Way to easy to grab your gun. Gun control now!

Filed under: Criminal, Gun Control, News, Questions, Reason, Sad — Scottie @ 06:08

The man who confronted the urinating man about 7:30 a.m. ended up shot in the face and transported to a hospital. “They got in a dispute because one of them was urinating in a yard, or in a street,” Burch said. “Either one was inappropriate. That started an argument.”

The man angry about the public urination went to his vehicle, got a gun and began firing shots, Burch said.

The other man, who had finished urinating, went to his vehicle and also retrieved a gun and returned fire.

“The one who was mad about the guy peeing is the one who fired the first shots and he got shot,” Burch said. “It’s not life-threatening. He’s shot in the face. He walked himself to the helicopter.”

A grand jury may have to decide if it was a case of self-defense by the urinating man, he said.

“He was being shot at first,” Burch said. “This is out in the county; there wouldn’t be an ordinance about urinating in public. It’s more common decency than anything.”

Neither free nor brave

Filed under: Cartoons, Fascism, Gun Control, Memes, News, Political, Questions, Reason — Scottie @ 05:30

February 1, 2020

A government for and by the people … nope

Filed under: Cartoons, Criminal, Fascism, Gun Control, Memes, News, Political, Questions, Reason — Scottie @ 11:26

January 23, 2020

Why not use …

Filed under: Cartoons, Gun Control, Memes, News, Political, Prayers, Questions, Religion — Scottie @ 08:21

January 21, 2020

What part of well-regulated do they not understand

Filed under: Cartoons, Criminal, Fascism, Gun Control, Memes, News, Political, Questions, Reason — Scottie @ 04:55
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What part of well-regulated do they not understand?

You would think these elite gun rights activists would be fairly well versed in laws of the state they are in. At a minimum the laws that are considered Class 6 felonies. Code of Virginia 18.2-422

Also MLK was assassinated by a racist with a gun

Filed under: Bigotry, Cartoons, Criminal, Gun Control, Hate, Memes, News, Political, Questions, Race, Reason — Scottie @ 04:41

The fragility of conservative whiteness.

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January 20, 2020

Daily morning cartoon / meme roundup: Fooling the people

 

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January 19, 2020

Say what?

January 14, 2020

Involuntary Celibates are an ‘emerging domestic terrorism threat’: Texas warns of an ‘Incel Rebellion’

Filed under: Bigotry, Criminal, Gender, Gun Control, Hate, News, Questions, Sex — Scottie @ 10:07

Involuntary Celibates are an ‘emerging domestic terrorism threat’: Texas warns of an ‘Incel Rebellion’

“Although not a new movement, Involuntary Celibates (Incels) are an emerging domestic terrorism threat as current adherents demonstrate marked acts or threats of violence in furtherance of their social grievance,” the report noted. “Once viewed as a criminal threat by many law enforcement authorities, Incels are now seen as a growing domestic terrorism concern due to the ideological nature of recent Incel attacks internationally, nationwide, and in Texas.”

“What begins as a personal grievance due to perceived rejection by women may morph into allegiance to, and attempts to further, an Incel Rebellion. The result has thrust the Incel movement into the realm of domestic terrorism,” the report explained.

“The violence demonstrated by Incels in the past decade, coupled with extremely violent online rhetoric, suggests this particular threat could soon match, or potentially eclipse, the level of lethalness demonstrated by other domestic terrorism types,” the report warned.

January 9, 2020

I’m just asking for democracy

January 2, 2020

Daily morning cartoon / meme roundup: Election year

Filed under: Cartoons, Criminal, Fascism, Gun Control, Memes, News, NRA, Political, Questions — Scottie @ 02:58

 

Slide 25 of 47: Bill Bramhall/New York Daily News

The cartoonist's homepage, courier-journal.com/opinion

The cartoonist's homepage, pnj.com/opinion

Slide 6 of 47: The News in Cartoons

Slide 9 of 47: Chan Lowe/Tribune Content Agency

Slide 17 of 47: The News In Cartoons

Slide 31 of 47: The News in Cartoons

Slide 33 of 47: Walt Handelsman/The Times-Picayune The Advocate

Slide 40 of 47: Phil Hands/Wisconsin State Journal

Slide 44 of 47: Drew Sheneman/The Star-Ledger

Slide 46 of 47: David Horsey/Seattle Times

The cartoonist's homepage, citizen-times.com/voices-views

The cartoonist's homepage, www.usatoday.com/opinion/

The cartoonist's homepage, www.usatoday.com/opinion/

The cartoonist's homepage, courier-journal.com/opinion

The cartoonist's homepage, pnj.com/opinion

The cartoonist's homepage, pnj.com/opinion

The cartoonist's homepage, www.usatoday.com/opinion/

The cartoonist's homepage, pnj.com/opinion

The cartoonist's homepage, www.usatoday.com/opinion/

The cartoonist's homepage, pnj.com/opinion

 

January 1, 2020

Daily morning cartoon / meme roundup: Trump’s achevements

A look back at the big issues and events of the past decade through the eyes of America's top cartoonists.

(cartoon by Dave Granlund)

(cartoon by Rob Rogers)

(cartoon by Steve Sack)

Dec. 30, 2019

The cartoonist's homepage, www.usatoday.com/opinion/

A look back at the big issues and events of the past decade through the eyes of America's top cartoonists.

A look back at the big issues and events of the past decade through the eyes of America's top cartoonists.

A look back at the big issues and events of the past decade through the eyes of America's top cartoonists.

A look back at the big issues and events of the past decade through the eyes of America's top cartoonists.

A look back at the big issues and events of the past decade through the eyes of America's top cartoonists.

A look back at the big issues and events of the past decade through the eyes of America's top cartoonists.

A look back at the big issues and events of the past decade through the eyes of America's top cartoonists.

A look back at the big issues and events of the past decade through the eyes of America's top cartoonists.

 

December 30, 2019

American Mass Killings Reached a Record High in 2019. Most Were Carried Out With Guns.

Filed under: Criminal, Gun Control, News, NRA, Political, Questions — Scottie @ 08:51

https://www.esquire.com/news-politics/a30351252/mass-killings-record-2019/

A database compiled by the Associated Press, USA Today, and Northeastern University revealed that 2019 set a grim new record—there were more mass killings in America than in any year since at least the 1970s. Of the 41 mass murders, 33 were carried out with guns, and in total, 211 people were killed in these attacks.

The database defined “mass killings” to include all attacks that left four or more people dead. The institutions began tracking these murders in 2006, but used research from years past to determine that 2019 saw more mass killings than any other year in at least four decades.

 

The statistics for mass shootings, defined as shootings in which four or more victims, excluding the gunmen, are shot, are even more grim. So far, there have been 412 mass shootings in 2019, an average of more than one each day. And with three days left in the year, it’s possible that the number could climb even higher.

Criminologist James Densley told AP that different eras are often marked by crime trends, as the 1970s and ‘80s were by serial murders. “This seems to be the age of mass shootings,” said Densley.

December 29, 2019

Daily morning cartoon / meme roundup: Republican privilege

Filed under: Cartoons, Criminal, Fascism, Greed, Gun Control, Memes, News, NRA, Political, Questions — Scottie @ 04:03

Jan. 3, 2013

Oct. 24, 2019

Oct. 8, 2019

Jan. 8, 2019

June 7, 2018

March 20, 2018

March 21, 2017

Feb. 28, 2019

Sept. 13, 2018

March 30, 2015

March 9, 2015

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XX

 

December 28, 2019

Daily morning cartoon / meme roundup: Putin’s puppet

Filed under: Cartoons, Criminal, Fascism, Gun Control, Memes, News, NRA, Political, Questions — Scottie @ 07:28

(cartoon by Dave Granlund)

(cartoon by Nick Anderson)

April 14, 2019

 

December 27, 2019

Daily morning cartoon / meme roundup: Is the US a democracy anymore

Filed under: Cartoons, Criminal, Economics, Fascism, Greed, Gun Control, Memes, News, NRA, Political, Questions — Scottie @ 06:25

April 2, 2014

Sept. 15, 2016

July 7, 2017

(cartoon by Dave Granlund)

Jan. 9, 2013

Jan. 31, 2013

July 21, 2015

June 22, 2016

 

(cartoon by Kevin Kallaugher)

Oct. 16, 2019

(cartoon by Mike Peters)

July 12, 2019

July 12, 2012

July 16, 2013

Aug. 7, 2018

December 21, 2019

Your gun is more likely to kill/injure your kid [or your spouse] than a ‘bad guy’ entering your home

Filed under: Cartoons, Children, Family, Gun Control, Memes, News, NRA, Political, Questions — Scottie @ 05:45
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Your gun is more likely to kill/injure your kid [or your spouse] than a ‘bad guy’ entering your home.

Lock up your guns.

December 16, 2019

Republican’s #WarOnWomen and #WarOnStudents and #WarOnChildren are all sustained through GOP blueprint for gun violence drafted by NRA.

Filed under: Cartoons, Criminal, Food, Gun Control, Health, Memes, News, NRA, Political, Questions — Scottie @ 06:54
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Republican’s #WarOnWomen and #WarOnStudents and #WarOnChildren are all sustained through GOP blueprint for gun violence drafted by NRA.

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