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Missouri Cop who Pointed Gun at Photojournalist was in "Fear for his Life"

It didn’t take long for police in Missouri to justify one of their officers pointing a gun at a photojournalist and threatening to kill him, then telling him to “go fuck yourself” when asked for his name and badge number during the protests in Ferguson, an incident seen by thousands of people around the world who were watching the drama unfold on their computer screens through live stream.

St. Ann police officer Ray Albers was in fear for his life, his police chief, Aaron Jimenez, told the Huffington Post.

“He saw three to four suspects with bandanas on, and saw one of them raise a gun towards him,” Jimenez said. “That made him draw his weapon up to the crowd, and he was scanning and moving that weapon back and forth, trying to assess the scene. … Him seeing the gun in the crowd, he had every right to protect himself in fear of danger until he assessed the scene.”

Bottles of urine were being thrown at the officer, Jimenez said. In a YouTube video that captured the terrifying confrontation between protesters and Albers, people can be heard screaming “Don’t throw anything!”

If it were even remotely true that Albers spotted a raised gun pointed at him, he would not only have opened fire, he would have yelled out “gun!” and several other officers would also have opened fire.

And they would not have stopped firing until the suspects lay dead in front of them.

Instead, Albers was whisked away by fellow officers after telling a live streamer to go fuck himself.

It just goes to show you how far the Police PR Spin Machine will go to twist reality to fit their narrative.

More evidence that the only good cop is a dead one.

(Source: moralanarchism, via capitalismconcarne)

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tramampoline:

mynaturalsistas:

But are you paying attention to what’s going on??? My heart is so heavy….. so heavy…
An attorney for the family of John Crawford III, the man fatally shot by police in an Ohio Walmart store, says surveillance video contradicts the police department’s version of events. Officers say Crawford refused to drop the pellet gun he was holding, but the video allegedly shows them gunning him down “on sight.”
Crawford, 22, was shopping at the Beavercreek, Ohio store on Aug. 5 whenpolice responded to another customer’s report that Crawford was carrying an AR-15 rifle. He was actually holding a pellet air rifle he had just picked up from a shelf in the store’s toy department.
Attorney Michael Wright says he viewed surveillance video that shows Crawford was facing away from the cops and talking to his girlfriend on the phone when police spotted him, and didn’t have the toy gun raised. Hetold WDTN Crawford probably didn’t see or hear the officers before he was shot.
"John was doing nothing wrong in Walmart, nothing more, nothing less than shopping,"Wright said, according to Reuters.
#johncrawford #rip #justice #dontshoot

but then u have white people in target carrying actual rifles and no one does shit

More evidence that the only good cop is a dead one.

tramampoline:

mynaturalsistas:

But are you paying attention to what’s going on??? My heart is so heavy….. so heavy…

An attorney for the family of John Crawford III, the man fatally shot by police in an Ohio Walmart store, says surveillance video contradicts the police department’s version of events. Officers say Crawford refused to drop the pellet gun he was holding, but the video allegedly shows them gunning him down “on sight.”

Crawford, 22, was shopping at the Beavercreek, Ohio store on Aug. 5 whenpolice responded to another customer’s report that Crawford was carrying an AR-15 rifle. He was actually holding a pellet air rifle he had just picked up from a shelf in the store’s toy department.

Attorney Michael Wright says he viewed surveillance video that shows Crawford was facing away from the cops and talking to his girlfriend on the phone when police spotted him, and didn’t have the toy gun raised. Hetold WDTN Crawford probably didn’t see or hear the officers before he was shot.

"John was doing nothing wrong in Walmart, nothing more, nothing less than shopping,"Wright said, according to Reuters.

#johncrawford #rip #justice #dontshoot

but then u have white people in target carrying actual rifles and no one does shit

More evidence that the only good cop is a dead one.

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The Future of Abortion Is Here—No Clinic Needed | Alternet

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The word abortion usually conjures images of tile-floored clinics, doctors in white lab coats and waiting rooms full of anxious women. But one Dutch doctor is working to revolutionize access to the procedure, bypassing the clinic and turning to a novel method of delivery: the Internet.

In a powerful New York Times Magazine piece coming out this weekend, Emily Bazelon profiles Rebecca Gomperts, a Dutch doctor and abortion rights activist who runs Women on Web, a “telemedicine service.” The Amsterdam-based group connects with women in countries where abortion is severely restricted or illegal, providing them with medical advice, support and prescriptions for mifepristone and misoprostol, pills that are given to women during the first trimester in order to induce miscarriage. Some 2,000 women a month, from countries as far-flung as Chile, Saudi Arabia, Costa Rica and South Korea, contact Women on Web asking for help accessing the drugs, which are known as a medical abortion. When taken together, the pills are 95 to 98% effective—roughly the same effectiveness rate as the surgical procedure.

Once clients are in touch with the organization’s representatives and have paid for the medication according to a sliding scale, the process goes like this:

Their consultation is sent to one of the group’s five physicians for review.
After it has been approved, the doctor writes a prescription for mifepristone and misoprostol and sends it electronically to a drug exporter in India.
The exporter fills it and sends the medication to the women in a package with a tracking number so that delivery can be monitored.
Once the pills arrive, a Women on Web employee sends an email instructing the women how they should be taken and what side effects to expect.
Help-desk staff remain on call to follow up with women who have concerns during the procedure and to advise them how to avoid criminal charges if they require medical attention, but fear legal persecution.

Though it may seem radical to conceive of an abortion performed without any doctor visits or in-person care, the service offered by Women on Web has proved life-changing for women in countries where abortion is forbidden under any circumstances, such as Chile, or where women have lost loved ones to botched abortions, such as Uganda. As Bazelon points out, almost 40% of the world’s population lives in countries where abortion is either banned or severely restricted. Women on Web provides an alternative for women whose lives have been derailed by unintended pregnancies.

Gomperts refuses to operate in the US because there are safe abortion services available to women here (as she says, “This a problem the U.S. has to solve itself”). But the system she devised has attracted attention among abortion rights activists here, especially in remote regions of the country and areas where conservative legislatures have imposed strict new regulations that have forced clinics to close their doors. Experimental efforts to treat patients via videoconferencing, like one established by Planned Parenthood for women living in rural Iowa, were highly successful but were quickly suspended due to pressure from anti-abortion groups.

And so more than 40 years after Roe v. Wade was passed, self-administered abortions are on the rise in states like Texas, where the number of clinics fell from 44 in 2011 to only six this year thanks to unnecessarily strict new operating laws. Instead of keeping pace with science and technology and offering women safe, legal access to the procedure, the United States is criminalizing pregnant women and forcing them to take desperate, dangerous measures to end their pregnancies. In one case, in Indiana, Chinese immigrant Bei Bei Shuai was imprisoned for over a year after attempting suicide while pregnant and delivering a baby who didn’t survive.

According to the Guttmacher Institute, a nonprofit reproductive health organization, 47,000 women around the world die each year from unsafe abortions and millions more are injured. If family planning and access to contraception are fundamental human rights, as the United Nations declared in 2012, access to abortion services and the ability to decide if and when to have a child should be as well. The important work of organizations like Women on Web facilitates the ability of women to take their health in their hands and determine the course of their own lives.

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priceofliberty:

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Americans are afraid to talk about the NSA on social media, according to a new survey published by the Pew Research Center. Since Edward Snowden leaked thousands of documents detailing the agency’s massive surveillance program on U.S. citizens’ digital and wireless communications, Americans say they are far more willing to criticize the NSA in face-to-face discussions compared to online.

http://www.gamenguide.com/articles/12779/20140828/nsa-spying-news-over-half-of-americans-wont-talk-about-edward-snowden-and-the-government-agency-on-facebook-or-twitter.htm

Just knowing that total surveillance exists is having a chilling effect on American political speech. This is dangerous. People are censoring themselves online because they now know the government is collecting our digital information. But we shouldn’t be afraid or less willing to talk about these things just because we’re being watched. That’s exactly what they want.

Fuck the National Security Agency!

Up the ass and without lubrication …

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Liberty cannot be caged into a charter or
handed on ready-made to the next generation.
Each generation must recreate liberty for its own times.
Whether or not we establish freedom rests with ourselves.
Florence Ellinwood Allen (via moralanarchism)

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Distressing Video Captures EXACTLY How Cops Treat Black People

smh

More evidence that the only good cop is a dead one.

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