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July 2, 2020

‘Beat it, little f***er.’ Officers laugh after shooting rubber bullets at protesters.

https://www.mcclatchydc.com/news/investigations/article243932047.html

Fort Lauderdale police officers laughed and celebrated after shooting protesters with rubber bullets at a May 31 George Floyd rally in Fort Lauderdale, newly released body camera footage shows.

“Beat it, little f***er,” Detective Zachary Baro, leader of a Fort Lauderdale SWAT team unit,can be heard saying after officers shot “less lethal” projectiles at a protester. The protester was walking away after tossing a tear gas canister back at the line of police.

A few minutes later, another officer, Jamie Chatman,came up to Baro behind the police line and asked if his body camera was off. Baro replied — incorrectly — that his camera was in “stand-by” mode and not recording. The two officers then began laughing and joking about the people they had shot with rubber bullets.

“Did you see me f**k up those motherf****rs?” one of the officers said.

“I got the one f***er,” the other replied amid laughter.

George Kirkham, a former police officer and professor emeritus at Florida State University, condemned the behavior captured on the footage.

“This is serious misconduct. This is people with badges acting like thugs,” Kirkham said. “It’s like a cancer. If you let it go, it will spread.”

Maglione did not respond to questions about whether Baro and Chatman had been placed under internal investigation or removed from duty.

The officers’ conduct was revealed in hours of footage provided by the Fort Lauderdale Police Department in response to a Miami Herald public records request. The footage bolsters protesters’ accounts that police aggression sparked the first documented confrontation between police and protesters.

Marchers hurled plastic water bottles after Officer Steven Pohorence rushed into a crowd of protesters and pushed a kneeling woman in the head. Police responded with a round of tear gas. Still, body camera footage shows that even after that, protesters quickly moved to reestablish peace.

“Please I am begging you, we’re peaceful,” one man can be heard yelling.

“Do you see this?” another man asked to the line of riot police pointing to the protesters taking a knee in the street. “We are going to stop this. We are going to be the generation that brings peace.”

After a few tense minutes, video shows police started to throw tear gas at the group again. Within 15 minutes of Pohorence shoving the woman, Baro had emptied his six-chamber rubber bullet launcher and had to reload, he can be heard saying in his body camera video. (Pohorence was charged with misdemeanor battery on Tuesday.)

“If you need it, give me a target,” Baro yelled to other officers from behind the line of police.

The comment stuck out to Robert Drago, a retired lieutenant colonel at the Broward Sheriff’s Office, who reviewed the footage.

“If you’re not seeing a threat, why are you asking for a threat?” Drago said. “That would almost lead you to believe that they were indiscriminately firing.”

Baro said in his incident report that he was firing rubber bullets at protesters throwing tear gas canisters and other objects.

“I understand what it’s like to have that adrenaline. I’ve been in a riot situation,” Kirkham said. “But that does not excuse that kind of verbiage and behavior. It suggests that the police think they can do whatever they want and get away with it.”

Other policing experts agreed.

“It’s unprofessional. They shouldn’t be laughing and joking about shooting and potentially hurting people,” said Philip Sweeting, former deputy chief of police in Boca Raton. “It reinforces the public’s distrust of the police. It shouldn’t be tolerated.”

Drago also criticized the behavior of Chatman, the officer who asked Baro if his body camera was off.

“It shows intent and then he makes inappropriate, unprofessional statements,” said Drago. “It’s not a carnival. This isn’t hit-three-times-and-get-a-stuffed-animal. It doesn’t seem like these officers had public safety in mind at all.”

Christina Currie, an attorney and chair of the Fort Lauderdale Citizens’ Police Review Board, said Chatman asking if the body camera was off posed a “grave concern.”

“It was pretty obvious the officers were comfortable about talking about turning the camera off,” Currie said. “It didn’t feel like the officer wearing the camera felt shocked about hearing that question. There need to be clearly articulated consequences for violations.”

Fort Lauderdale police policy on body cameras states that: “Once the [camera] is activated to record an interaction, it shall remain on until the event has ended.”

There is more at the link above.   The article clearly shows the police enjoying hurting the people, the police clearly are acting aggressively to establish their power and authority in a bullying thuggish manner.  These are not law officers anymore, they are a gang enforcing their desires through violence and paid for with tax payer money.  I hope people will read the article and understand this is a fight against the authoritarian police gangs who demand more and more of governments budgets and a progressive future.    Hugs

July 1, 2020

Houston Hospitals Transfer Patients, ICUs At Capacity

Filed under: Death, Fascism, Health, News, Political, Questions, Reason, Science — Scottie @ 18:55

Houston Hospitals Transfer Patients, ICUs At Capacity

Newsweek reports:

With novel coronavirus cases in Texas approaching nearly 161,900, hospitals in Houston, the county seat of Harris County, are moving patients to facilities outside the city in a bid to cope with the surge in COVID-19-related cases and lack of beds.

Harris Health System, which operates Houston’s Lyndon B. Johnson Hospital and Ben Taub Hospital, has transferred patients to the University of Texas Medical Branch in the cities of Galveston and Conroe as well as the Woodlands community in a scramble to find beds for patients, Houston’s ABC13 reported.

Harris County is home to the highest portion of the state’s total confirmed cases, with 31,422 infections, 20,300 of which are in Houston, according to the latest report Tuesday by Harris County Public Health.

There is more at that the link above.  I suggest people understand this is not over and is a huge problem, even if tRump thinks it is just going to go away.   Hugs

Testing Czar Says Surge Is Becoming Overwhelming

Filed under: Criminal, Death, Economics, Fascism, Greed, Health, News, opinion, Political, Questions, Reason, Science — Scottie @ 18:33

Testing Czar Says Surge Is Becoming Overwhelming

We are so fucked.   Hugs

Politico reports:

Brett Giroir, the coronavirus testing czar, said Wednesday that the United States’ coronavirus testing capacity is at risk of being overwhelmed in some states by a surge in new infections and increased surveillance efforts in nursing homes and jails.

“It is absolutely correct that some labs across the country are reaching or near capacity,” Giroir said. “Recent data from several states indicate rising infections and now an uptick in hospitalizations and death, even as other states and the great majority of counties are maintaining a low infection burden.”

How long until the faker in chief …

Trump Again Claims COVID Will “Just Disappear”

Filed under: Asshole / Jerk, Criminal, Death, Fascism, Health, News, Political, Questions, Reason, Science — Scottie @ 17:49

How can his cult believe this shit?   How can he expect the rest of us will?   Totally fucking  mind dead.   Hugs

Trump Again Claims COVID Will “Just Disappear”

The Independent reports:

Donald Trump has repeated a claim that the coronavirus is going to “just disappear”, a day after the United States announced a record number of new cases.

“I think we’re gonna be very good with the coronavirus. I think that at some point that’s going to, sort of, just disappear — I hope,” Mr Trump told Fox Business on Wednesday.

The president’s comments come as more than 48,000 coronavirus cases were announced across the country on Tuesday, the highest daily number since the pandemic began.

More at the links above.   Hugs

FL Sheriff Vows To Deputize All Gun Owners To Help Put Down Godless Black Lives Matter Protesters

FL Sheriff Vows To Deputize All Gun Owners To Help Put Down Godless Black Lives Matter Protesters [VIDEO]

The Florida Times-Union reports:

Clay County Sheriff Darryl Daniels vowed to put down any protests that aren’t peaceful with the full force of his office and with the help of gun-owning residents. Clay County Sheriff Darryl Daniels, no stranger to making viral videos appealing to tough-on-crime politics, released a video Tuesday that said he will make “special deputies of every lawful gun owner in this county” if he feels the county is overwhelmed by protesters.

The three-minute video shows Daniels standing in front of 18 deputies as he derides civil-rights protesters as godless disruptors and tells them to stay out of Clay County, a suburb of Jacksonville. Daniels, the county’s first black sheriff, is himself under investigation by the Florida Department of Law Enforcement related to an affair he had with a fellow officer back when he was at the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office and a subsequent false arrest of that officer.

Here’s the text of his rant:

Don’t fall victim or play victim to this conversation that law enforcement is bad, that law enforcement is the enemy of the citizens that we’re sworn to protect and serve.

We swore an oath, and in that oath, we swore to support, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States and the government, and that we’re duly qualified under the state’s constitution to hold office.

That means for me as a sheriff and these men and women as deputy sheriffs. And we end that with, ‘So help me God,’ but God is absent from the media’s message or Black Lives Matter or any other group that’s making themselves a spectacle disrupting what we know to be our quality of life in this country.

In Clay County we have a great quality of life. We have a great relationship with our community. But across this nation, not so much. I wanted to take a stand with these men and women who feel the same way as I do.

Lawlessness, that’s unacceptable in this country, that’s unacceptable in Clay County. And if you come to Clay County and you think for one second, we’ll bend our backs for you, you’re sadly mistaken.

I know what happens when lawlessness prevails. And in this day and time, God is raising up men and women just like the folks standing behind me who will have strong backbones and will stand in the gap between lawlessness and the citizenry we’re sworn to protect.

So, you can threaten all you want. You can say let’s go to Clay County or let’s go to some other peaceful county where problems don’t exist where relationships are great and not strained and where the people support their sheriff and support the men and women in uniform. And you’ll have something waiting you don’t want.

Yes, we’ll protect your constitutional rights as long as you remain under the umbrellas of peaceful protest or peaceful march.

But the second you step out from up under protection of the Constitution, we’ll be waiting on you and we’ll give you everything you want. All the publicity all the pain all the glamour and glory for all that five minutes will give you.

Is it a threat? Absolutely not. But someone has to step up in front of the camera and say enough is enough. Tearing up Clay County, that’s not going to be acceptable

If we can’t handle you, I’ll exercise the power and authority as the sheriff, and I’ll make special deputies of every lawful gun owner in this county and I’ll deputize them for this one purpose to stand in the gap between lawlessness and civility. That’s what we’re sworn to do. That’s what we’re going to do. You’ve been warned.

Sheriff Daniels, not incidentally, eventually plans to run for Congress. Clay County, according to local media, has not seen any significant protests.

As Florida Politics notes, this video is “red meat” in Daniels’ tight race to reelected as sheriff.

There is more including the video at the link above.   This whole idea that the police have the right to take violent action, military action, to be the aggressors against citizens, to be judge , jury , and executioner against the people is what is wrong with policing in our country.   When did the government of the people for the people become a ruled people under the wealthy enforced by armed thugs?  Polls show the US is a progressive country when every question is asked by it self.   Yet the old guard will not yield their power.   We really need change in the US.   Hugs

 

World hostage

Filed under: Cartoons, Drugs, Greed, Health, Memes, News, Political, Questions, Reason, Science — Scottie @ 13:51

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US buys up world stock of key Covid-19 drug remdesivir

Filed under: Drugs, Economics, Fascism, Greed, Health, News, Political, Questions, Reason, Science — Scottie @ 13:25

So much for having friends and allies around the world.   But I bet tRump shares his stash with Putin.   Hugs

https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2020/jun/30/us-buys-up-world-stock-of-key-covid-19-drug

No other country will be able to buy remdesivir, which can help recovery from Covid-19, for next three months at least

The US has bought up virtually all the stocks for the next three months of one of the two drugs proven to work against Covid-19, leaving none for the UK, Europe or most of the rest of the world.

Experts and campaigners are alarmed both by the US unilateral action on remdesivir and the wider implications, for instance in the event of a vaccine becoming available. The Trump administration has already shown that it is prepared to outbid and outmanoeuvre all other countries to secure the medical supplies it needs for the US.

“They’ve got access to most of the drug supply [of remdesivir], so there’s nothing for Europe,” said Dr Andrew Hill, senior visiting research fellow at Liverpool University.

The drug, which was trialled in the Ebola epidemic but failed to work as expected, is under patent to Gilead, which means no other company in wealthy countries can make it. The cost is around $3,200 per treatment of six doses, according to the US government statement.

The deal was announced as it became clear that the pandemic in the US is spiralling out of control. Anthony Fauci, the country’s leading public health expert and director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, told the Senate the US was sliding backwards.

“We are going in the wrong direction,” said Fauci. Last week the US saw a new daily record of 40,000 new coronavirus cases in one day. “I would not be surprised if we go up to 100,000 a day if this does not turn around,” he said. He could not provide an estimated death toll, but said: “It is going to be very disturbing, I guarantee you that.”

More at the link above.   Hugs

Swamped Arizona Hospitals To Begin Triaging Patients

Filed under: Death, Economics, Fascism, Greed, Health, News, Political, Questions, Reason, Science — Scottie @ 13:13

Swamped Arizona Hospitals To Begin Triaging Patients

Arizona Central reports:

Arizona’s state health director on Monday declared that hospitals could activate “crisis care standards” that guide the allocation of scarce resources to patients based on factors such as their likelihood for survival.

The announcement by Dr. Cara Christ, the Arizona Department of Health Services director, immediately was met with criticism by advocates for people with disabilities who say the state’s current Crisis Standards of Care could result in discriminatory denial of life-saving health care during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Activating crisis standards of care would, among other things, protect hospitals from legal liability for triaging patients, according to a set of guidelines that take into account a person’s likelihood of survival, the extent of their sickness and other factors.

Axios reports:

A petition from medical providers, signed by more than 1,100 people, asked state leaders to “utilize crisis care standards” because they say they are working under “a huge strain on an already stressed hospital system.”

The petition, which also calls for the stay-at-home order that expired in May to be reinstated, notes the Crisis Standards of Care Plan (CSC) is “something that most of us, when choosing our career, thought we would never be doing,” noting it was usually only implemented in extreme situations in the U.S., such as terrorist attacks.”

Arizona hospitals asked the state health department last Friday to formally activate the CSC. An Arizona Hospital and Healthcare Association spokesperson told 12 News, “Moving to crisis standards of care will allow consideration of regulatory waivers as well as additional liability protections.”

More at the link above.   They squandered the shut down, and now refuse to admit opening up too soon is going to kill people.    Hugs

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Filed under: Bigotry, Cartoons, Fascism, Greed, Hate, History, Memes, News, Political, Questions, Race, Reason — Scottie @ 13:07

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NBC News: The $600 federal unemployment benefit ends this month. GOP senators say enough already.

Filed under: News — Scottie @ 10:01

They do not understand that unemployment insurance doesn’t pay hardly anything and not anything like normal pay so people are unable to pay bills or buy food. Hugs

The $600 federal unemployment benefit ends this month. GOP senators say enough already.
Republican lawmakers contend the income boost has give people a reason not to go back to work.

Read in NBC News: https://apple.news/ABfjGOVhrRGq9pfH6WQ1-MQ

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Miami Herald: ‘Maggots and parasites.’ Indiana pastor blasts Black Lives Matter protesters

Filed under: News — Scottie @ 09:31

‘Maggots and parasites.’ Indiana pastor blasts Black Lives Matter protesters
Black Lives Matter demonstrators are “maggots and parasites,” Father Theodore Rothrock of St. Elizabeth Seton Catholic Church in Carmel, Indiana wrote on his church’s website. The diocese wants a clarification.

Read in Miami Herald: https://apple.news/AYDJjD6cYTt-7HFiKpaWGsg

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The Root: Colorado Police Officers on Leave After Photos at Elijah McClain’s Memorial Surface

Filed under: News — Scottie @ 09:29

Colorado Police Officers on Leave After Photos at Elijah McClain’s Memorial Surface
Several Aurora, Colo., police officers have been put on administrative leave and are being investigated after showing up in disturbing photos at a memorial for Elijah McClain, who died after an altercation with police in 2019. The memorial was held near the site of McClain’s detainment by police officers, which led to his death.

Read in The Root: https://apple.news/A1cnCYDnBQOCcUJy3N1ZZIw

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Newsweek: Woman Evicted After Hurling Racist Abuse at Black Soldier

Filed under: News — Scottie @ 09:26

Woman Evicted After Hurling Racist Abuse at Black Soldier
July 01, 2020

Read in Newsweek: https://apple.news/AFfkMQ5VCT1ma_4C_Lx_Wgg

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The never maskers do not know real hardship

The bullies do not want to behave nicely

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Privatizing the government screws the people while raiding the treasury for the wealthy

Filed under: Cartoons, Economics, Fascism, Greed, History, Memes, News, Political, Questions, Reason — Scottie @ 08:05

doing everything she can to create the theocracy she desires while enriching her self with no thought to others.

Covid – 19 is serious and recovery can include long term organ damage

Filed under: Cartoons, Death, Education, Health, Memes, News, Political, Questions, Reason, Science — Scottie @ 07:58

Shoe on the other foot?

Filed under: Bigotry, Cartoons, Health, Memes, News, Political, Questions, Reason, Religion, Science — Scottie @ 07:53

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