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[article in The Economist!]
Never in the civilised world have so many been locked up for so little
Jul 22nd 2010 | Spring, Texas
THREE pickup trucks pulled up outside George Norris’s home in Spring, Texas. Six armed police in flak jackets jumped out. Thinking they must have come to the wrong place, Mr Norris opened his front door, and was startled to be shoved against a wall and frisked for weapons. He was forced into a chair for four hours while officers ransacked his house. They pulled out drawers, rifled through papers, dumped things on the floor and eventually loaded 37 boxes of Mr Norris’s possessions onto their pickups. They refused to tell him what he had done wrong. “It wasn’t fun, I can tell you that,” he recalls.
Rough Justice [article in The Economist!]
America locks up too many people, some for acts that should not even be criminal
Jul 22nd 2010 | Spring, Texas
IN 2000 four Americans were charged with importing lobster tails in plastic bags rather than cardboard boxes, in violation of a Honduran regulation that Honduras no longer enforces. They had fallen foul of the Lacey Act, which bars Americans from breaking foreign rules when hunting or fishing. The original intent was to prevent Americans from, say, poaching elephants in Kenya. But it has been interpreted to mean that they must abide by every footling wildlife regulation on Earth. The lobstermen had no idea they were breaking the law. Yet three of them got eight years apiece. Two are still in jail.
On the morning of August 16, 2010 at 10:20 a.m. came this wording over the scanner. "car load of Mexicans at Hwy. 162, mile marker 19". Later it turns out there were only 3 people in the car, or at least they only called in with the names of 3, who happened to be clear all the way round. It all sounds like now we are going to pull an Arizona and do racial profiling on dark skins. There was not a reason for the stop, such as no brake light, driving erratic or anything, just the 'car load of mexicans.'
The cop on the scanner is from the Mendocino County Sheriff's Department.
After spending nearly a month in segregation at the Federal Corrections Unit in Waseca, MN, Marie has been reclassified and transferred to the female CMU in Carswell, TX. Helen Woodsen has been imprisoned there for many years.
As of August 6, 2010, Marie Mason is at the federal prison in Carswell, Texas.
The District Attorney can request the California Attorney General's office to do the investigation into Robert Garth's death .* In the Daniel Sylvester taser execution in Del Norte, DA Riese requested the AG conduct the investigation. This has at least provided the appearance of more impartiality.
*Not sure what sort of pressure would be needed on Gallegos to request the outside investigation; not sure how much better an AG investigation is (the only satisfaction we got from it in Del Norte was that there are permanent records at the state level and that Del Norte had to squirm a bit. Still, that's something.). The only benefits I can see for pushing for external investigations is that the AG's office may eventually become so tired of doing them, stronger local internal oversight policies may be imposed and "shoot-first" behavior may be reduced, if they think they'll have to answer to DOJ agents.
[This happened on the same day that the Mendo Sheriff's Deputies also shot
and killed Angel Hernandez Farias. http://redwoodcurtaincopwatch.net/node/517]
My name is Anna Renee White. I am 25 years old. I am from Willits, Ca. and
currently a full time college student at Humboldt State University. When I am
not busy working, in classes or doing homework- you would usually find me at
the beach with my pit mix Tonka. He was my best friend.
Recently my best friend was unfairly taken away from me.
On July 27, 2010 the local Mendocino county law enforcement agencies
came to my parents home in Willits to serve a search warrant and question my
parents about an acquaintance of theirs. They obtained the search warrant
because a criminal they had been surveillancing for a couple of months stopped
by my parent’s home frequently to have my dad fix his vehicles. My father is
This is from a July 6, 2005 PLAZOID. The Plazoid was a brilliant independent, self-published pamphlet/zine that circulated in Arcata in the mid 2000's.
SOON Nazi authorities and the police began to consign members of other groups to the new camps: homosexual men arrested as criminal offenders; Jehovah's Witnesses who refused to obey demands to cease their activities; women accused of prostitution; people labeled "asocial" because they were homeless, begged, or for some other reason did not fit into Nazi society.
Eureka Cops Plan Raids of Houseless People's Sleeping Spots ; Raids Will VIOLATE Human & Constitutional RightsSubmitted by copwatch on Sat, 07/17/2010 - 11:22am
The word is that raids will begin on Monday, July 19th. Cops hunt down outside-sleeping people every night, but these raids will be broad-sweeping and perhaps more orchestrated.
These raids will violate the rights of the houseless people. There are no legal, free-of-charge places to sleep in Eureka (or Arcata), so there are no options for almost all people who have no shelter except to sleep where they can find a hidden piece of ground. Then ya gotta be able to protect yourself from the rain, wind, cold, dew.
This is not a new situation. But all too often, people who are housed dismiss the reality of the situation by simply saying, "Well, there are homeless shelters for them to go to." That is completely INACCURATE.
The manslaughter verdict returned against former BART (Bay Area Rapid Transit) cop, Johannes Mehserle, for the videotaped murder of Oscar Grant, sent hundreds of protesters back into the hot streets of Oakland, California, Grant's hometown.
The corporate media scratched its collective head, essentially asking 'Why protest when the guy was convicted?"
The protesters knew, however, that the court system bent heaven and earth to return the lightest verdict possible; involuntary manslaughter' and that Mehserle faces a possible sentence of probation to a maximum of 4 years in prison.
They knew that Mehserle got a non black jury, hundreds of miles from Oakland.
They knew that each of those hundreds could've been Oscar Grant, unarmed, shot to death on tape and the same thing would've happened.
Of course, the corporate media doesn't get it.