Chicago Police Department Proposes New Use of Force Policy

Under the proposed new policy, deadly force could only be used to prevent immediate threat of death or great bodily harm; officers are asked to de-escalate situations and not use force unless “all other reasonable alternatives have been exhausted.”Police would be required to offer medical aid to those injured in use-of-force incidents, and officers would be required to intervene if they see another officer violating department policy.The policy includes the need for independent justification every time a tool such as a stun gun or baton is used in force.

Source: Chicago Police Department Proposes New Use of Force Policy

Atlantic Coast Prepares for Evacuations as Hurricane Matthew Approaches

The National Hurricane Center isn’t saying that Matthew will make landfall in Florida, but the cnter of the storm will get very near the Atlantic Coast. As of Wednesday afternoon, the storm was 70 miles south of the Bahamas, and 400 miles from West Palm Beach, Florida.A hurricane warning was in effect for nearly 260 miles along the Interstate 95 corridor, from the northern edge of Miami-Dade county to the Daytona Beach area.

Source: Atlantic Coast Prepares for Evacuations as Hurricane Matthew Approaches

Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Sergeant Shot in Lancaster, Calif

Reports initially said that two sheriff’s deputies had been shot and wounded, but that was later changed to one.The unnamed sheriff’s sergeant was transported Antelope Valley Hospital and listed in grave condition. Lancaster Mayor R. Rex Parris told the LA Times that the sergeant had been shot in the face. He did not name the officer.Students at Antelope Valley College reported hearing the gunshots, and the college issued a shelter-in-place order. Students were advised to avoid the area and wait for further instructions. Other schools in the area were also locked down.

Source: Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Sergeant Shot in Lancaster, Calif

Flint Residents Hit With Bacterial Illness as Water Crisis Continues

The Genesee County Health Department released a statement(.pdf) noting the increase in shigella, the bacteria that causes the illness, and said that it is spread through a fecal-oral route. This means that the bacteria leaves one person’s body through the stool, and is spread to others through contaminated hands, surfaces, food, or water.Residents of Flint have been relying on bottled water for drinking, but personal hygiene habits have changed in light of the water contamination crisis. Many residents rely on baby wipes, which they are able to get for free at bottled water distribution centers, as a substitute for washing their hands

Source: Flint Residents Hit With Bacterial Illness as Water Crisis Continues

LAPD Releases Video Surveillance Video in Carnell Snell Shooting

The 45-second clip, which LAPD posted to its YouTube channel, shows a suspect reported to be Carnell Snell Jr in a shopping center. The young man paces back and forth in front of shops before crouching down behind an SUV. An object believed to be a handgun is removed from his waistband. The young man hesitates, then puts the item back in his waistband and runs along the walkway in front of the shops in the center before turning down a path out of view of the cameras. A few seconds later, an officer can be seen following him on foot.

Source: LAPD Releases Video Surveillance Video in Carnell Snell Shooting

Ark. Lawmaker Arrested for Filming the Police; Charges Later Dropped

Officers said they attempted to speak with Walker, but he kept talking over them “in an antagonistic and provocative manner” Officers eventually moved away from Walker and went back to the traffic stop where the passenger in the vehicle, Gary Gregory, 24, was found to have a failure to appear warrant. As police began the arrest of Gregory, Walker and Kushukuru reportedly approached the vehicles involved in the traffic stop.

Source: Ark. Lawmaker Arrested for Filming the Police; Charges Later Dropped

AT&T CEO Delivers a Rousing Speech on Racial Tension in American Society

“If two very close friends of different races don’t talk openly about this issue that’s tearing our communities apart,” Stephenson said, “how do we expect to find common ground and solutions for what’s a really serious, serious problem?”

Source: AT&T CEO Delivers a Rousing Speech on Racial Tension in American Society

Calif. Adds New Mandatory Sentences for Convicted Rapists

California Assemblyman Evan Low (D-Campbell) and Assemblyman Bill Dodd (D-Napa) introduced Assembly Bill 2888, which prohibits a judge from granting probation “if a person is convicted of rape, sodomy, penetration with a foreign object, or oral copulation if the victim was either unconscious or incapable of giving consent due to intoxication.

Source: Calif. Adds New Mandatory Sentences for Convicted Rapists

Congress Hands President Obama His First Veto Override

the House voted 348-77, and the Senate voted 97-1, well over the two-thirds majority needed to overcome the president’s objection to a bill which would allow the families of 9/11 victims to sue Saudi Arabia for aiding or financing the attacks. Senator Harry Reid (D-NV) was the only ‘no’ vote, and neither Tim Kaine (D-Va) nor Barry Sanders (I-VT) participated in the vote. In the House, 59 Democrats and 18 Republicans voted against the veto.

Source: Congress Hands President Obama His First Veto Override

No Disciplinary Action for Law Professor’s ‘Run Them Down’ Tweet

“In short, no disciplinary action will be taken against Professor Reynolds. The tweet was an exercise of his First Amendment rights,” College of Law dean Melanie D. Wilson said in a statement. “Nevertheless, the tweet offended many members of our community and beyond, and I understand the hurt and frustration they feel.”

Source: No Disciplinary Action for Law Professor’s ‘Run Them Down’ Tweet

UT sees it one way, USA Today sees it another. Kudos to the paper for handling it the right way.

Reynolds claims people “misunderstood” his tweet, but i’m thinking his message was pretty fucking clear.

U.N. Panel Says the U.S. Owes Black People Reparations

Colonial history, a legacy of enslavement, and segregation are among the chief reasons reparations are owed to African Americans, according to a report put out by a U.N. group. The United Nations’ Working Group of Experts on People of African Descent, which reports to the U.N. High Commissioner on Human Rights, presented its finding to…

Source: U.N. Panel Says the U.S. Owes Black People Reparations

Georgetown takes steps to correct a slave owning past

In 1838, a debt-ridden Jesuit university sold off 272 slaves in order to remain financially solvent. That institution, now known as Georgetown University, is seeking to make amends for its historical ties to slavery.

The New York Times reports that in a speech given on Thursday, Georgetown’s president John J. DeGioia outlined the university’s plans to do penance for its past sins, including a public apology, and preferential admissions for descendants of the slaves that were sold for profit.

John J. DeGioia, president, Georgetown University
John J. DeGioia, president, Georgetown University

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Abdul-Jabbar: Insulting Colin Kaepernick says more about our patriotism than his – The Washington Post

What should horrify Americans is not Kaepernick’s choice to remain seated during the national anthem, but that nearly 50 years after Ali was banned from boxing for his stance and Tommie Smith and John Carlos’s raised fists caused public ostracization and numerous death threats, we still need to call attention to the same racial inequities. Failure to fix this problem is what’s really un-American here.

Source: Abdul-Jabbar: Insulting Colin Kaepernick says more about our patriotism than his – The Washington Post

It’s my birthday weekend!

I’m feeling love from so many places right now. People genuinely want to spend time with me for my birthday, and that is so amazingly humbling. It is always good to be reminded that you are loved, and people value you. I’m on my way to the beach to be a mermaid with a group of friends. Enjoy your Saturday.