Aug 21

Law Enforcement Gone Wild for 8/21

We’ve got a pretty notable, and increasing, problem with the law enforcement culture in the U.S.  It’s not anything new, but we should be past this right now.  This series isn’t designed to go after good cops, it’s all about the bad cops, the bad in the legal system, and miscarriages of justice carried out by the system.

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<li><a href=”http://crooksandliars.com/2014/08/case-you-thought-cops-were-serving-and”>In Case You Thought Cops In Ferguson Were Serving And Protecting | Crooks and Liars</a>
<li><a href=”http://indiancountrytodaymedianetwork.com/2014/08/19/sd-police-say-tazing-8-year-old-native-girl-was-justified-family-sues-156464″>SD Police Say Tasing 8-Year-Old Native Girl Was Justified, Family Sues – ICTMN.com</a>
<li><a href=”http://www.dailykos.com/story/2014/08/21/1323475/-The-case-of-Michael-Brown-Missing-police-reports-anonymous-sources-and-shoddy-journalism”>The case of Michael Brown: Missing police reports, anonymous sources and shoddy journalism</a>
<li><a href=”http://thinkprogress.org/justice/2014/08/21/3474119/one-of-the-two-officers-who-killed-a-man-in-wal-mart-is-back-to-work/”>One Of The Two Officers Involved In Fatal Wal-Mart Shooting Is Back At Work | ThinkProgress</a>
<li><a href=”http://www.dailykos.com/story/2014/08/20/1323240/-Former-Ferguson-police-officer-accused-of-brutality-is-now-on-the-City-Council”>Former Ferguson police officer accused of brutality is now on the City Council</a>
<li><a href=”http://crooksandliars.com/2014/08/ferguson-cop-who-killed-mike-brown-shot”>Ferguson Cop Who Killed Mike Brown Shot More Bullets Than The Entire British Police Force Did Last Year | Crooks and Liars</a>
<li><a href=”http://www.mediaite.com/online/nypd-accused-of-covering-up-death-of-student-hit-by-police-cruiser/”>NYPD Accused of Covering Up Death of Student Hit by Police Cruiser | Mediaite</a>
<li><a href=”http://www.mediaite.com/online/graphic-cell-phone-video-shows-st-louis-police-shooting-knife-wielding-man/”>Kajieme Powell St. Louis Police Shooting Graphic VIDEO | Mediaite</a>
<li><a href=”http://www.mediaite.com/online/watch-cop-aims-rifle-at-ferguson-protestors-yells-i-will-fcking-kill-you/”>WATCH: Cop Aims Rifle at Ferguson Protestors, Yells ‘I Will F*cking Kill You!’ | Mediaite</a>
<li><a href=”http://allhiphop.com/2014/08/20/cnn-don-lemon-national-guard-soldier-used-n-word-in-ferguson-video/”>CNN’s Don Lemon: National Guard Soldier Used N-Word In Ferguson (VIDEO) | AllHipHop.com</a>
<li><a href=”http://feministing.com/2014/08/20/90-year-old-holocaust-survivor-arrested-at-ferguson-protest/”>90-year-old Holocaust survivor arrested at Ferguson protest</a>
<li><a href=”http://hiphopandpolitics.com/2014/08/20/ferguson-police-draw-guns-rosa-clemente-talib-others/”>Ferguson: Police Draw Guns on Rosa Clemente, Talib & Others – Hip-Hop and Politics</a>
<li><a href=”http://crooksandliars.com/2014/08/one-cops-advice-submit-us-always-and-no”>One Cop’s Advice: Submit To Us Always And No One Gets Hurt | Crooks and Liars</a>
<li><a href=”http://www.mediaite.com/tv/st-louis-police-officers-shoot-and-kill-23-year-old-knife-wielding-man/”>St. Louis Police Shoot and Kill Knife-Wielding Black Man | Mediaite</a>
<li><a href=”http://www.mediaite.com/online/cop-maybe-shouldnt-have-posted-this-fake-michael-brown-photo-to-facebook/”>Marc Catron Posts Fake Michael Brown Photo on Facebook | Mediaite</a>
<li><a href=”http://www.dailykos.com/story/2014/08/19/1322841/-Tear-gas-stun-grenades-flying-in-Ferguson-after-uh”>Tear gas, stun grenades flying in Ferguson after … uh …</a>
<li><a href=”http://www.dailykos.com/story/2014/08/19/1323020/-Police-to-Al-Jazeera-I-ll-bust-your-head-right-here”>Police to Al Jazeera: ‘I’ll bust your head right here’</a>
<li><a href=”http://crooksandliars.com/2014/08/experts-police-shootings-point-need”>Experts: Police Shootings Point To Need For ‘Systemic Change In Policing’ | Crooks and Liars</a>
<li><a href=”http://www.dailykos.com/story/2014/08/18/1322668/-Arrested-at-gunpoint-for-smoking-cigarette-in-aunt-s-driveway-during-Ferguson-curfew”>Arrested at gunpoint for smoking cigarette in aunt’s driveway during Ferguson curfew</a>
<li><a href=”http://www.mediaite.com/tv/watch-cops-physically-push-cnns-don-lemon-during-tense-ferguson-protest/”>Cops Push CNN Don Lemon In Ferguson Protest VIDEO | Mediaite</a>
<li><a href=”http://www.dailykos.com/story/2014/08/18/1322752/-Ferguson-officers-arrest-Getty-photographer-others”>Ferguson officers arrest Getty photographer, others</a>
<li><a href=”http://www.policestateusa.com/2014/oakland-officer-robert-roche/”>Oakland officer reinstated with back pay after throwing grenade at unconscious man, bystanders | Police State USA</a>
<li><a href=”http://www.policestateusa.com/2014/michelle-meeker/”>Police stage realistic hostage drill on nursing home, terrorize unsuspecting staff | Police State USA</a>
<li><a href=”http://www.policestateusa.com/2014/victoria-faren-forfeiture/”>Government seizes elderly woman’s savings when she tries to fly with cash | Police State USA</a>
<li><a href=”http://www.policestateusa.com/2014/pierre-police-taser-child/”>Police taser 8-year-old girl when babysitter calls for help | Police State USA</a>
<li><a href=”http://www.policestateusa.com/2014/san-jose-shooting-cordless-drill/”>Mentally-ill California woman shot by police while holding cordless drill | Police State USA</a>
<li><a href=”http://www.policestateusa.com/2014/louise-milan/”>Indiana grandmother suffers violent SWAT raid after a neighbor uses her wireless internet | Police State USA</a>
<li><a href=”http://www.policestateusa.com/2014/danielle-wolf/”>South Carolina mother arrested for cussing in front of her kids | Police State USA</a>
<li><a href=”http://www.dailykos.com/story/2014/08/18/1322614/-Authorities-leak-that-Michael-Brown-may-have-smoked-pot”>Authorities ‘leak’ that Michael Brown may have smoked pot</a>
<li><a href=”http://thinkprogress.org/health/2014/08/18/3472348/non-lethal-weapons-health-effects/”>What The Police’s ‘Non Lethal Weapons’ Can Do To Human Bodies | ThinkProgress</a>
<li><a href=”http://thinkprogress.org/health/2014/08/18/3472389/alabama-prison-tb-outbreak/”>Alabama Prisons Are Facing A Record-Breaking Tuberculosis Outbreak | ThinkProgress</a>
<li><a href=”http://www.mediaite.com/tv/get-the-fck-out-of-here-ferguson-police-threaten-reporter/”>‘Get the F*ck Out of Here!’ Riot Police Threaten to Shoot Reporter in Ferguson | Mediaite</a>
<li><a href=”http://crooksandliars.com/2014/08/more-teargas-guns-and-military-weapons”>More Teargas, Guns And Military Weapons In Ferguson Tonight | Crooks and Liars</a>
<li><a href=”http://thinkprogress.org/justice/2014/08/17/3472255/browns-denied-request-to-see-video/”>Mike Brown’s Family Asked To See Robbery Footage Before Police Released It To Media, But Were Ignored | ThinkProgress</a>
<li><a href=”http://www.dailykos.com/story/2014/08/15/1321904/-Ferguson-police-beat-a-man-and-then-charged-him-with-destruction-of-property-for-bloody-uniforms”>Ferguson police beat a man and then charged him with ‘destruction of property’ for bloody uniforms</a>
<li><a href=”http://www.dailykos.com/story/2014/08/14/1321675/–Watch-police-attack-peaceful-Michael-Brown-protesters-yet-silent-for-Clive-Bundy-armed-militia”>Watch police attack peaceful Michael Brown protesters yet leave Clive Bundy armed militia alone</a>
<li><a href=”http://crooksandliars.com/2014/08/woman-claims-darren-wilson-told-her-shut”>Woman Claims Darren Wilson Told Her To ‘Shut The F*ck Up’ | Crooks and Liars</a>
<li><a href=”http://www.dailykos.com/story/2014/08/15/1321972/-Ferguson-Police-Chief-Wilson-did-not-know-Brown-was-a-robbery-suspect-when-he-killed-him”>Ferguson Police Chief: Cop didn’t know unarmed teenager was a robbery suspect when he killed him</a>
<li><a href=”http://thinkprogress.org/justice/2014/08/15/3471753/south-carolina-woman-arrested-for-dropping-an-f-bomb-in-a-grocery-store/”>South Carolina Woman Arrested For Cursing In A Grocery Store | ThinkProgress</a>
<li><a href=”http://www.dailykos.com/story/2014/08/14/1321538/-The-U-S-militarization-of-police-displayed-in-Ferguson-has-been-going-on-across-America-for-decades”>The U.S. militarization of police displayed in Ferguson has been going on across America for decades</a>
<li><a href=”http://www.dailykos.com/story/2014/08/14/1321564/-New-witness-steps-forward-in-Michael-Brown-shooting-provides-new-video”>New witness steps forward in Michael Brown shooting, provides new video</a>
<li><a href=”http://www.dailykos.com/story/2014/08/14/1321579/-Tear-gas-banned-in-warfare-Outside-our-borders-nbsp-anyway”>Tear gas banned in warfare. Outside our borders, anyway.</a>
<li><a href=”http://thinkprogress.org/justice/2014/08/14/3471088/the-most-outrageous-police-tactics-in-ferguson/”>The Most Outrageous Police Tactics In Ferguson | ThinkProgress</a>
<li><a href=”http://crooksandliars.com/2014/08/two-national-reporters-arrested-roughed”>Two National Reporters Arrested, Roughed Up By Ferguson Police – Updated | Crooks and Liars</a>
<li><a href=”http://crooksandliars.com/2014/08/st-louis-county-cops-attack-peaceful”>St. Louis County Cops Attack Peaceful Protesters In Ferguson | Crooks and Liars</a>
<li><a href=”http://crooksandliars.com/2014/08/alderman-arrested-24-hour-jail-hold”>Alderman Arrested, On 24-Hour Jail Hold In Ferguson | Crooks and Liars</a>
<li><a href=”http://crooksandliars.com/2014/08/st-louis-cops-shot-tear-gas-al-jazeera”>St. Louis Cops Shot Tear Gas At Al Jazeera Film Crew | Crooks and Liars</a>
<li><a href=”http://www.dailykos.com/story/2014/08/13/1321345/-White-guy-starts-fight-black-guy-gets-pepper-sprayed”>White guy starts fight, black guy gets pepper sprayed</a>
<li><a href=”http://www.mediaite.com/online/police-near-ferguson-shoot-and-critically-injure-suspect/”>Police Near Ferguson Shoot and Critically Injure Another Teen | Mediaite</a>
<li><a href=”http://allhiphop.com/2014/08/13/by-the-numbers-black-residents-in-ferguson-disproportionately-stopped-by-police/”>By The Numbers: Black Residents in Ferguson Disproportionately Stopped by Police | AllHipHop.com</a>
<li><a href=”http://www.mediaite.com/online/watch-video-emerges-of-police-firing-tear-gas-at-ferguson-residents/”>WATCH: Video Emerges of Police Firing Tear Gas at Ferguson Residents | Mediaite</a>
<li><a href=”http://thinkprogress.org/justice/2014/08/12/3470567/why-theres-a-no-fly-zone-over-ferguson-missouri/”>Why There’s A No-Fly Zone Over Ferguson, Missouri | ThinkProgress</a>
<li><a href=”http://www.mediaite.com/tv/lapd-shoot-and-kill-black-man-while-he-reportedly-lay-on-ground/”>LAPD Shoot and Kill Ezell Ford Laying on Ground | Mediaite</a>
<li><a href=”http://crooksandliars.com/2014/08/ferguson-cop-caught-tape-calling”>Ferguson Cop Caught On Tape Calling Protesters ‘F*cking Animals’ | Crooks and Liars</a>
<li><a href=”http://www.mediaite.com/online/ferguson-police-withholding-name-of-officer-who-shot-michael-brown/”>Ferguson Police Withholding Name of Officer Who Shot Michael Brown | Mediaite</a>
<li><a href=”http://www.dailykos.com/story/2014/08/12/1320952/-Police-haven-t-interviewed-key-eyewitness-in-Michael-Brown-shooting”>Police haven’t interviewed key eyewitness in Michael Brown shooting</a>
<li><a href=”http://www.dailykos.com/story/2014/08/12/1320930/-Missouri-police-fire-tear-gas-and-rubber-bullets-at-people-protesting-the-shooting-of-unarmed-teen”>Missouri police fire tear gas and rubber bullets at people protesting the shooting of unarmed teen</a>
<li><a href=”http://crooksandliars.com/2014/08/ferguson-police-officers-slam-pregnant”>Ferguson Police Officers Slam Pregnant Woman To Ground | Crooks and Liars</a>
<li><a href=”http://crooksandliars.com/2014/08/surprise-eyewitness-michael-brown-shooting”>Surprise! Eyewitness To Michael Brown Shooting Contradicts Cops’ Story | Crooks and Liars</a>
<li><a href=”http://thinkprogress.org/justice/2014/08/05/3467407/inside-new-yorks-largest-jail-teens-are-subject-to-brute-force-and-rampant-solitary-confinement/”>In New York’s Largest Jail, Teens Face ‘Brute Force’ And Intimidation That Horrifies Even Prosecutors | ThinkProgress</a>
<li><a href=”http://crooksandliars.com/2014/08/nj-cop-obama-doesn-t-follow-constitution”>NJ Cop: Since Obama ‘Doesn’t Follow Constitution, We Don’t Have To’ | Crooks and Liars</a>
<li><a href=”http://crooksandliars.com/2014/08/police-fatally-shoot-ohio-man-walmart-over”>Police Fatally Shoot Ohio Man In Walmart Over Fake Gun In Toy Section: ‘It’s Not Real’ | Crooks and Liars</a>
<li><a href=”http://crooksandliars.com/2014/08/witnesses-jaywalking-teen-killed-after-mo”>Witnesses: Jaywalking Teen Killed After MO Police Told Him To ‘Get The F*ck On The Sidewalk’ | Crooks and Liars</a>
<li><a href=”https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xdBxY7phgd4&feature=youtube_gdata”>Six Cops Arrested, Facing Life In Prison – YouTube</a>
<li><a href=”https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IU3fh7PqTWA&feature=youtube_gdata”>Shocking FBI Malpractice Uncovered – YouTube</a>
<li><a href=”https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XVGf0qAQjnU&feature=youtube_gdata”>? No, the NYPD Should Definitely Not Choke a Pregnant Woman – YouTube</a>
<li><a href=”https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tyQYWCiyyBA&feature=youtube_gdata”>? Police Drag Naked Woman Out Of Apartment, Then Arrest Her – YouTube</a>
<li><a href=”http://sports.yahoo.com/news/cop-once-drew-gun-squirrel-195825404–ncaaf.html”>Cop once drew gun on squirrel-hunting QB Winston – Yahoo Sports</a>
<li><a href=”http://thinkprogress.org/justice/2014/07/28/3464726/homeless-vehicle-alameda/”>Video Shows Cop Ticketing Homeless Veteran For Sleeping In His Vehicle | ThinkProgress</a>
<li><a href=”http://crooksandliars.com/2014/07/another-botched-execution-another-red”>Another Botched Execution In Another Red State — Arizona | Crooks and Liars</a>
<li><a href=”http://thinkprogress.org/justice/2014/07/22/3462849/at-least-34-of-newark-pedestrian-police-stops/”>At Least 3/4 Of Newark Pedestrian Police Stops Had No Constitutional Basis, Justice Department Finds | ThinkProgress</a>
<li><a href=”http://www.dailykos.com/story/2014/07/22/1315753/-Keeping-kids-in-kennels”>They’re keeping kids in kennels</a>
<li><a href=”http://crooksandliars.com/2014/07/border-official-points-loaded-gun-boy”>Border Official Points Loaded Gun At Boy Scout’s Head For Taking A Picture | Crooks and Liars</a>
<li><a href=”https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FZqXfIn6RfY&feature=youtube_gdata”>? Elderly Veteran Arrested & Thrown Out County Board Meeting – YouTube</a>
<li><a href=”http://www.mediaite.com/online/ca-cop-resigns-after-uproar-over-video-joking-about-running-cyclists-over/”>CA Cop Resigns After Uproar over Video Joking About Running Cyclists Over | Mediaite</a>
<li><a href=”http://thinkprogress.org/justice/2014/07/21/3462192/almost-all-of-the-defendants-in-atf-drug-stings-are-minorities/”>Almost All Of The Defendants In ATF’s Fake Drug Stings Are Minorities | ThinkProgress</a>
<li><a href=”http://thinkprogress.org/justice/2014/07/18/3461602/nypd-choke-hold-man-dies/”>Man Dies After Being Put In Choke-Hold By NYPD | ThinkProgress</a>
<li><a href=”https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s3ZOu__nVHg&feature=youtube_gdata”>? NYPD Kills Man For Selling Untaxed Cigarettes – YouTube</a>
<li><a href=”https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1lskbcJKzlo&feature=youtube_gdata”>Police Lieutenant Gets Away With Violating The Law. Surprised? – YouTube</a>
<li><a href=”http://crooksandliars.com/2014/07/az-sheriff-tips-protesters-stop-invasion”>AZ Sheriff Tips Protesters On ‘Invasion’ Of 40 Child Refugees Invited To Ranch | Crooks and Liars</a>
<li><a href=”http://crooksandliars.com/2014/07/two-fl-cops-resign-after-fbi-identifies”>Two FL Cops Resign After FBI Identifies Them As KKK Members | Crooks and Liars</a>
<li><a href=”http://thinkprogress.org/justice/2014/07/11/3458959/florida-gassed-to-death-killed-by-scalding-hot-water/”>Florida Inmate Reportedly Gassed To Death, Another Killed By Scalding Water | ThinkProgress</a>
<li><a href=”http://thinkprogress.org/justice/2014/07/09/3457566/how-this-california-police-officer-escaped-charges-for-shooting-a-13-year-old-dead/”>How This California Police Officer Escaped Charges For Shooting A 13-Year-Old Dead | ThinkProgress</a>
<li><a href=”http://crooksandliars.com/2014/07/wtf-virginia”>VA Cops Want 17-Year-Old To Have An Erection So They Can Identify Sexter | Crooks and Liars</a>
<li><a href=”http://crooksandliars.com/2014/07/why-cops-get-away-rape”>Why Cops Get Away With Rape | Crooks and Liars</a>
<li><a href=”http://thinkprogress.org/justice/2014/07/05/3456686/california-highway-patrol-beat-woman/”>Video Catches Cop Viciously Beating Woman On The Side Of The Road | ThinkProgress</a>
<li><a href=”http://thinkprogress.org/justice/2014/07/01/3455155/idaho-university-will-start-arming-its-campus-officers-to-protect-students-from-new-gun-law/”>Idaho University Will Start Arming Its Campus Officers To Protect Students From New Gun Law | ThinkProgress</a>
<li><a href=”http://thinkprogress.org/justice/2014/07/01/3455133/detroits-top-civil-rights-attorney-falsely-accused-of-shoplifting-in-alleged-racial-profiling-case/”>Detroit’s Top Civil Rights Attorney Falsely Accused Of Shoplifting In Possible Racial Profiling Case | ThinkProgress</a>
<li><a href=”https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OIsPXDIitSQ&feature=youtube_gdata”>? Dash Cam Footage Of Cop Assaulting Female Professor – YouTube</a>
<li><a href=”http://thinkprogress.org/economy/2014/06/30/3454874/michigan-prisons-aramark-contract/”>Private Contractor For Michigan Prisons Repeatedly Failed To Give Prisoners Enough Food</a>
<li><a href=”http://thinkprogress.org/justice/2014/06/28/3454416/arizona-professor-body-slammed-by-police/”>Arizona Professor Body Slammed By Police During Jaywalking Stop, Now Charged With Assaulting Officer | ThinkProgress</a>
<li><a href=”http://crooksandliars.com/2014/06/another-house-taken-another-reason-why-we”>Another House Taken, Another Reason Why We Should Repeal Drug Forfeiture Laws | Crooks and Liars</a>
<li><a href=”http://thinkprogress.org/justice/2014/06/25/3452927/california-moves-to-ban-inmate-sterilization-after-dozens-of-women-are-illegally-sterilized/”>California Moves To Ban Inmate Sterilization After Dozens Of Women Are Illegally Sterilized | ThinkProgress</a>
<li><a href=”http://www.dailykos.com/story/2014/06/25/1309321/-Open-thread-for-night-owls-SWAT-flashbangs-toddler-and-puts-a-hole-in-his-2-year-old-chest”>Open thread for night owls: SWAT flashbangs toddler and puts a hole in his 2-year-old chest</a>
<li><a href=”http://crooksandliars.com/2014/06/supreme-court-rules-warrantless-cell-phone”>Supreme Court Rules Warrantless Cell Phone Searches Are Unconstitutional | Crooks and Liars</a>
<li><a href=”http://www.shakesville.com/2014/06/four-year-old-tells-truth-saves-day.html”>Shakesville: Four-Year-Old Tells the Truth; Saves the Day</a>
<li><a href=”http://crooksandliars.com/2014/06/albuquerque-pd-uses-cop-who-shot-someone”>Albuquerque PD Uses Cop Who Shot Someone To Infiltrate And Film Anti-shooting Protest | Crooks and Liars</a>
<li><a href=”http://crooksandliars.com/2014/06/cop-killed-no-knock-raid-when-resident”>Cop Killed In No-Knock Raid When Resident Shoots Him | Crooks and Liars</a>
<li><a href=”http://thinkprogress.org/justice/2014/06/21/3451634/audit-confirms-illegal-sterilizations/”>California Prisons Illegally Sterilized Dozens Of Women, Audit Finds | ThinkProgress</a>
<li><a href=”http://thinkprogress.org/justice/2014/06/12/3447645/lawyers-systematically-rate-black-judges-less-favorably-study-finds/”>Lawyers Systematically Rate Black Judges Less Favorably, Study Finds | ThinkProgress</a>
<li><a href=”http://thinkprogress.org/justice/2014/06/12/3448306/missouri-officials-likely-intimidated-prison-employee-who-sought-to-halt-execution-federal-judge-finds/”>Missouri Officials Likely Intimidated Prison Employee Who Sought To Halt Execution, Federal Judge Finds | ThinkProgress</a>
<li><a href=”http://thinkprogress.org/justice/2014/06/13/3448720/indiana-extended-inmates-sentence-for-doing-what-prison-staff-told-him-to-do/”>Indiana Punished Inmate With More Time Behind Bars For Doing What Prison Staff Told Him To Do | ThinkProgress</a>
<li><a href=”http://thinkprogress.org/justice/2014/06/17/3449803/23-year-old-with-mental-illness-killed-by-portland-police/”>Portland Police Shoot Dead 23-Year-Old With Mental Illness | ThinkProgress</a>
<li><a href=”http://www.dailykos.com/story/2014/06/12/1306445/-The-new-debtors-prisons-Pennsylvania-mother-dies-while-jailed-for-truancy-fines”>The new debtors prisons: Pennsylvania mother dies while jailed for truancy fines</a>
<li><a href=”http://feministing.com/2014/06/20/quick-hit-california-investigates-sterilizations-of-prisoners/”>Quick Hit: California investigates sterilizations of prisoners</a>
<li><a href=”https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GSWDNXfXeOY&feature=youtube_gdata”>? Cop Slashes Captured Dog’s Throat – YouTube</a>
<li><a href=”http://crooksandliars.com/2014/06/law-enforcement-agencies-continue-obtain”>Law Enforcement Agencies Continue To Obtain Military Equipment, Claiming The United States Is A ‘War Zone’ | Crooks and Liars</a>
<li><a href=”https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0AG_-EXd9Es&feature=youtube_gdata”>? Handcuffed Man Murdered By Police Officer (Disturbing Video) – YouTube</a>
<li><a href=”https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e9-z4oXNikA&feature=youtube_gdata”>? Cop Caught Filming People On The Toilet – YouTube</a>
<li><a href=”http://crooksandliars.com/2014/06/woman-force-stripped-pepper-sprayed-left”>Woman Force-Stripped, Pepper Sprayed, Left Naked For Hours In Indiana Jail (Video) | Crooks and Liars</a>
<li><a href=”http://thinkprogress.org/immigration/2014/06/10/3446832/cbp-head-internal-affairs-out/”>Border Agency Removes Watchdog Head As Hundreds Of Abuse Allegations Are Ignored | ThinkProgress</a>
<li><a href=”http://crooksandliars.com/2014/06/former-judge-west-virginia-sentenced”>Former Judge In West Virginia Sentenced In Political Corruption Case After Wrongly Imprisoning A Man | Crooks and Liars</a>
<li><a href=”http://thinkprogress.org/health/2014/06/08/3446286/arizona-prison-health-lawsuit/”>Arizona Prisons Ignored Medical Needs And Let Sick Inmates Die, Major Lawsuit Claims | ThinkProgress</a>
<li><a href=”http://thinkprogress.org/justice/2014/06/08/3446294/oregon-cyclist-tased/”>Oregon Cyclist Says Cops Beat And Tasered Him For Biking While Black | ThinkProgress</a>
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Jul 08

Why Dems Will Win in 2016 (And 2020 and Probably 2024, Too)

I’m making this prediction right now and I’m going to stick with it. Barring a major scandal by a Democrat, or a complete change in the way the Republican Party works, I am predicting that NO Republican candidate can defeat ANY Democratic candidate for president in 2016 and 2020, and probably not in 2024, either.

Here’s why: the Electoral College. Here is a look at where the states stand in recent presidential elections and what category they’re likely to fit into:

Certain R (147)

Alabama 9 (over 60% R in last 3 elections)
Alaska 3 (over 55% R in last 4 electiosn)
Arkansas 6 (Over 54% R in last 3 elections)
Idaho 4 (Over 60% R in last 4 elections)
Kansas 6 (Over 55% R in last 4 elections)
Kentucky 8 (over 55% R in last 4 elections)
Louisiana 8 (Over 55% R in last 3 elections)
Mississippi 6 (Over 55% R in last 4 elections)
Nebraska 5 (Over 55% R in last 4 elections, BUT Obama one divided CD vote in 2008, getting one electoral vote, could happen again)
North Dakota 3 (Over 58% R in 3 of last 4 elections)
Oklahoma 7 (Over 60% R in last 4 elections)
South Carolina 9 (Over 55% R in 3 of last 4 elections)
South Dakota 3 (Over 58% R in 3 of last 4 elections)
Tennessee 11 (Over 57% R in last 3 elections)
Texas 38 (Over 56% R in last 4 elections)
Utah 6 (Over 63% R in last 4 elections)
West Virginia 12 (Over 55% R in last 3 elections)
Wyoming 3 (Over 65% R in last 4 elections)

Likely R (41)

Arizona 11 (Under 55% R last 4 elections)
Georgia 16 (Under 53% R last two elections)
Indiana 11 (Under 55% R in last 2 elections, Obama won in 2008)
Montana 3 (55% in 2012, but only 50% R in 2008)

Toss-Up (72)

Florida 29 (Hovers around 50% mark, but D registrations significantly outnumber Rs and the gap is growing, R votes outnumber Ds in only one of the last 5 presidential elections)
Missouri 10 (Under 55% R in last 4 elections)
North Carolina 15 (Hovers around 50%, Obama lost in 2012, but won in 2008)
Ohio 18 (Hovers around 50%, Obama won twice, but so did George W. Bush)

Certain D (179)

California 55 (Over 60% D last 2 elections, hasn’t voted R since 1988)
Connecticut 7 (Over 54% D in last 4 elections, hasn’t voted R since 1988)
Delaware 3 (Over 59% D in last 2 elections, hasn’t voted R since 1988)
DC 3 (Over 90% D in last 2 elections, hasn’t voted for an R ever)
Hawaii 4 (Over 70% D in last 2 elections, hasn’t voted R since 1984)
Illinois 20 (Over 55% D in last 4 elections, hasn’t voted R since 1988)
Maine 4 (Over 54% D in last 3 elections, hasn’t voted R since 1988)
Maryland 10 (Over 55% D in last 4 elections, hasn’t voted R since 1988)
Massachusetts 11 (Over 60% D in at least the last 5 elections, hasn’t voted R since 1984)
New Jersey 14 (Over 55% in 3 of last 4 elections, hasn’t voted R since 1988)
New York 29 (Over 58% D in at least last 5 elections, hasn’t voted R since 1984)
Rhode Island 4 (Over 59% D in at least last 5 elections, hasn’t voted R since 1984)
Vermont 3 (Over 59% D in last 3 elections, hasn’t voted R since 1988)
Washington 12 (Over 56% D in last 2 elections, hasn’t voted R since 1984)

Likely D (106)

Colorado 9 (Over 50% D in last 2 elections)
Iowa 6 (Under 55% Dem in last 2 elections, R only won once since 1984)
Michigan 16 (Over 54% D in last 2 elections, hasn’t voted R since 1988)
Minnesota 10 (Under 55% D in at least last 5 elections, hasn’t voted R since 1972)
Nevada 6 (Under 55% last election, 55% in previous, voted R in 2004)
New Hampshire 4 (Under 55% D in last 3 elections, hasn’t voted R since 2000)
New Mexico 5 (53% D in 2012, 57% in 2008, voted R in 2004)
Oregon 7 (Over 54% in last two elections, hasn’t voted R since 1984)
Pennsylvania 20 (Under 55% D in at least last 5 elections, hasn’t voted R since 1988)
Virginia 13 (Hovers around 50%, Obama won twice, but so did George W. Bush)
Wisconsin 10 (Under 55% D in all but one of last 5 elections, hasn’t voted R since 1984)

First up, the basic math: If Democrats win all of the states that they won in both 2008 and 2012, they can’t lose, no matter what the Republicans do.  But more importantly, if they win all the states that are certain or likely D (something that should be relatively easy to do), they can’t lose.  This is regardless of any issue, any candidate or anything like that.  What Republicans have to do to win is win all of their standard states, all of their leaning states, all of the toss-up states AND peel off Michigan or at least two other likely D states.

This will be almost impossible in the next two election cycles for several reasons:

1. Demographic trends in almost every state of importance favor Democrats.  The fastest-growing population groups all vote overwhelmingly Democratic and those numbers are growing even more Democratic over time, particularly with African Americans, Hispanics, college-educated, and people who work in cities.  Republicans have also pursued, with vigor, policies that target Hispanics and women, likely making both turnout and vote totals for the Democrat rise amongst those groups.

2. The Democrats have fewer weak states that the have to defend.  They can lose one or two “likely” states with no problem if they pick up one or more toss-up states or peel of a “likely R” state.  And some of those likely R states are primed for a pick off because of the same demographic trends mentioned in #1.  It’s likely that in 2016 or 2020, at least one of those states votes D at least once.

3. The spending patterns favor the Dems heavily.  We saw this in recent elections, where McCain and Romney gave up in states they needed to win because they couldn’t spend enough money and had to focus the resources on holding states that they were supposed to win easily.  Dems don’t have to spend much to defend California or New York, but Republicans will have to spend more to keep Texas and North Carolina and a few others.  With outside money, the Republicans will certainly spend more overall, but it remains to be seen that they’ll spend it wisely or effectively.  They certainly haven’t done so in presidential elections in a long time, maybe since the 1980s.

4. The Dems simply have many more paths to victory.  Republicans can’t lose any of the toss-up states.  Without Florida and Ohio and North Carolina they have NO viable path to the White House.  Dems can lose all of those and still win in a landslide.

5. Literally nothing else matters.  The Electoral College is very specific and unless the rules are changed, which Republicans have tried and failed in recent years, they have no path to victory, regardless of who they nominate or how much they spend.  People that think that elections are about swing voters aren’t paying attention to the data.  The data clearly shows that elections are about turnout and our system encourages much higher turnout in presidential election years.  Higher turnout means more Democrats in almost every state and pretty much means that barring something major, no Republican can beat any Democrat in 2016 and probably several elections after that, no matter what the media tells you.

None of this is to suggest that Democrats shouldn’t run good campaigns and fight for all those votes.  Obviously Congress matters, as we’ve seen unprecedented obstruction from Republicans and gerrymandering pushes Congress in the Republican direction.  Also state and local offices matter a lot in our federalist system.  Nothing can help those lower offices more than a great presidential campaign, so it’s all important, it’s just not likely that Republicans will occupy the White House any time soon, unless we royally fuck things up.

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Jun 06

Law Enforcement Gone Wild

We’ve got a pretty notable, and increasing, problem with the law enforcement culture in the U.S. It’s not anything new, but we should be past this right now. This series isn’t designed to go after good cops, it’s all about the bad cops, the bad in the legal system, and miscarriages of justice carried out by the system.

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Jun 06

Good News

We always hear about the bad news and the big losses, but there are a lot of positive things happening, too, and it’s good to focus on them from time to time.

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Jun 06

Gun News

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Jun 06

The Politics of Hate – The Rest

2008 was a rough election. Not just in that it was so long and so close, but that it was loaded with hate and hate-filled attacks on people based on their race, patriotism, gender or other things. Few, if any, of these attacks had any legitimacy or were based upon anything remotely like evidence. Conservatives recognize that this happened, but they say it was done equally by both sides. Complete nonsense, this was an overwhelmingly one-sided affair. Since the election, things have gotten significantly worse, as the Republican party has devolved into the party of hate. These posts will catalog the hate-filled rhetoric of the Republican Party and its conservative allies on a daily basis.

Attacks on People With Disabilities

Calling for American Failure

False Attacks on People’s Patriotism or Americanism

Falsely Calling Liberals Socialist or Communist

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Jun 06

The Politics of Hate – Violence or Threats of Violence

2008 was a rough election. Not just in that it was so long and so close, but that it was loaded with hate and hate-filled attacks on people based on their race, patriotism, gender or other things. Few, if any, of these attacks had any legitimacy or were based upon anything remotely like evidence. Conservatives recognize that this happened, but they say it was done equally by both sides. Complete nonsense, this was an overwhelmingly one-sided affair. Since the election, things have gotten significantly worse, as the Republican party has devolved into the party of hate. These posts will catalog the hate-filled rhetoric of the Republican Party and its conservative allies on a daily basis.

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The Politics of Hate – Sexism

2008 was a rough election. Not just in that it was so long and so close, but that it was loaded with hate and hate-filled attacks on people based on their race, patriotism, gender or other things. Few, if any, of these attacks had any legitimacy or were based upon anything remotely like evidence. Conservatives recognize that this happened, but they say it was done equally by both sides. Complete nonsense, this was an overwhelmingly one-sided affair. Since the election, things have gotten significantly worse, as the Republican party has devolved into the party of hate. These posts will catalog the hate-filled rhetoric of the Republican Party and its conservative allies on a daily basis.

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The Politics of Hate – Religious Hatred

2008 was a rough election. Not just in that it was so long and so close, but that it was loaded with hate and hate-filled attacks on people based on their race, patriotism, gender or other things. Few, if any, of these attacks had any legitimacy or were based upon anything remotely like evidence. Conservatives recognize that this happened, but they say it was done equally by both sides. Complete nonsense, this was an overwhelmingly one-sided affair. Since the election, things have gotten significantly worse, as the Republican party has devolved into the party of hate. These posts will catalog the hate-filled rhetoric of the Republican Party and its conservative allies on a daily basis.

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Jun 06

The Politics of Hate – Racism

2008 was a rough election. Not just in that it was so long and so close, but that it was loaded with hate and hate-filled attacks on people based on their race, patriotism, gender or other things. Few, if any, of these attacks had any legitimacy or were based upon anything remotely like evidence. Conservatives recognize that this happened, but they say it was done equally by both sides. Complete nonsense, this was an overwhelmingly one-sided affair. Since the election, things have gotten significantly worse, as the Republican party has devolved into the party of hate. These posts will catalog the hate-filled rhetoric of the Republican Party and its conservative allies on a daily basis.

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The Politics of Hate – Homophobia

2008 was a rough election. Not just in that it was so long and so close, but that it was loaded with hate and hate-filled attacks on people based on their race, patriotism, gender or other things. Few, if any, of these attacks had any legitimacy or were based upon anything remotely like evidence. Conservatives recognize that this happened, but they say it was done equally by both sides. Complete nonsense, this was an overwhelmingly one-sided affair. Since the election, things have gotten significantly worse, as the Republican party has devolved into the party of hate. These posts will catalog the hate-filled rhetoric of the Republican Party and its conservative allies on a daily basis.

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Jun 06

The Politics of Hate – Fearmongering

2008 was a rough election. Not just in that it was so long and so close, but that it was loaded with hate and hate-filled attacks on people based on their race, patriotism, gender or other things. Few, if any, of these attacks had any legitimacy or were based upon anything remotely like evidence. Conservatives recognize that this happened, but they say it was done equally by both sides. Complete nonsense, this was an overwhelmingly one-sided affair. Since the election, things have gotten significantly worse, as the Republican party has devolved into the party of hate. These posts will catalog the hate-filled rhetoric of the Republican Party and its conservative allies on a daily basis.

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Jun 06

The Politics of Hate – Disruption of Legitimate Events

2008 was a rough election. Not just in that it was so long and so close, but that it was loaded with hate and hate-filled attacks on people based on their race, patriotism, gender or other things. Few, if any, of these attacks had any legitimacy or were based upon anything remotely like evidence. Conservatives recognize that this happened, but they say it was done equally by both sides. Complete nonsense, this was an overwhelmingly one-sided affair. Since the election, things have gotten significantly worse, as the Republican party has devolved into the party of hate. These posts will catalog the hate-filled rhetoric of the Republican Party and its conservative allies on a daily basis.

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Jun 06

The Politics of Hate – Defense of Bad Guys

2008 was a rough election. Not just in that it was so long and so close, but that it was loaded with hate and hate-filled attacks on people based on their race, patriotism, gender or other things. Few, if any, of these attacks had any legitimacy or were based upon anything remotely like evidence. Conservatives recognize that this happened, but they say it was done equally by both sides. Complete nonsense, this was an overwhelmingly one-sided affair. Since the election, things have gotten significantly worse, as the Republican party has devolved into the party of hate. These posts will catalog the hate-filled rhetoric of the Republican Party and its conservative allies on a daily basis.

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Jun 06

The Politics of Hate – Comparison of Liberals or Democrats to Bad Guys

2008 was a rough election. Not just in that it was so long and so close, but that it was loaded with hate and hate-filled attacks on people based on their race, patriotism, gender or other things. Few, if any, of these attacks had any legitimacy or were based upon anything remotely like evidence. Conservatives recognize that this happened, but they say it was done equally by both sides. Complete nonsense, this was an overwhelmingly one-sided affair. Since the election, things have gotten significantly worse, as the Republican party has devolved into the party of hate. These posts will catalog the hate-filled rhetoric of the Republican Party and its conservative allies on a daily basis.

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The Politics of Hate – Attacks on Poor People and Working Families

2008 was a rough election. Not just in that it was so long and so close, but that it was loaded with hate and hate-filled attacks on people based on their race, patriotism, gender or other things. Few, if any, of these attacks had any legitimacy or were based upon anything remotely like evidence. Conservatives recognize that this happened, but they say it was done equally by both sides. Complete nonsense, this was an overwhelmingly one-sided affair. Since the election, things have gotten significantly worse, as the Republican party has devolved into the party of hate. These posts will catalog the hate-filled rhetoric of the Republican Party and its conservative allies on a daily basis.

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Jun 06

Update

Haven’t posted in a month or so, but I didn’t lose track of the stories that happened during that time, I’ve been tracking them all and they’ll be posted shortly, but there are so many I’m going to have to break them up into individual posts.

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May 02

The Day in Gun News for 5/2

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The Politics of Hate for 4/11

2008 was a rough election. Not just in that it was so long and so close, but that it was loaded with hate and hate-filled attacks on people based on their race, patriotism, gender or other things. Few, if any, of these attacks had any legitimacy or were based upon anything remotely like evidence. Conservatives recognize that this happened, but they say it was done equally by both sides. Complete nonsense, this was an overwhelmingly one-sided affair. Since the election, things have gotten significantly worse, as the Republican party has devolved into the party of hate. These posts will catalog the hate-filled rhetoric of the Republican Party and its conservative allies on a daily basis.

Attacks on People With Disabilities

Attacks on Poor People and Working Families

Calling for American Failure

Comparison of Liberals or Democrats to Bad Guys