Protests Go Global as Ethiopians March Against Police Brutality in Tel Aviv

from Common Dreams

Several thousand people, mostly hailing from Israel’s large Ethiopian population, took to the streets of Tel Aviv on Sunday to protest racism and police brutality against ethnic minorities.

According to reports, marchers blocked highway traffic chanting and bearing signs which read: “A violent policeman must be put in prison” and “We demand full equal rights.”

The protest was sparked by the release this week of a video which shows an Ethiopian-Israeli man in an IDF uniform being beaten by police. Demonstrators are demanding an investigation into the attack and are calling for an end to what they say is an epidemic of brutality against Israel’s minority populations.

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392 People Killed by Police from Jan 1, 2015 thru April 30 2015

by Scott Creighton

Jan10 left us a link to a story about 388 flags planted on the lawn at Harvard University. They were flown upside down and each one signified someone who had died this year at the hands of the police.

There is a website, killedbypolice.net which names each and every person killed by police in the United States. This year there have been 392 killed so far (January (91) ,February (85) ,March (115) ,April (101) )

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Freddie Grey UPDATES: Secret Witness Says “I didn’t hear nothing” – Internet Trolls Feeding Racial Divide

by Scott Creighton

UPDATE: Of course… the same ones who are now pretending to be black rioters posting bullshit Tweets all over the place ARE THE SAME ONES THEY USED TO POST THE #PURGE CRAP! That’s f’in obvious and I didn’t even think about that.

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See what happens when your secret witness is no longer a secret?

The secret witness mentioned in the Washington Post article I wrote about yesterday has been identified. His name is Donte Allen and as soon as he was released from police custody, he made his way to the press to report the Washington Post article clearly misrepresented his comments on that short ride he took with Freddie Grey.

But let’s back up a little bit. Let’s take these developments one at a time:

  1. Freddie’s Rough Ride
  2. Secret Witness Not So Secret Anymore
  3. Internet Trolls Inflaming Racial Hatred

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Protests grow in Baltimore in defiance of police-military siege

(“Authorities and the media are seeking to condition the population to accept routine police state measures and the suspension of democratic rights.” Yep. That’s the ticket)

by Jerry White, WSWS

Thousands of workers and students demonstrated in Baltimore Wednesday, defying the military-police crackdown in the city of 622,000.

Solidarity protests, including those demanding the removal of the National Guard from Baltimore, spread to other cities, including New York City, Milwaukee, Minneapolis and Washington, DC.

While the police murder of 25-year-old Freddie Gray was the trigger of social opposition, the outpouring of protests is driven by deeper social causes.

In addition to police violence, angry youth on the streets of Baltimore spoke out against deteriorating schools, impoverished neighborhoods, poverty level jobs and the vast social chasm that has produced “two Baltimores”—one for the rich and powerful, the other for the poor. They complained of the indifference of the political establishment in the city, which has long been dominated by a corrupt layer of African American Democratic Party politicians.

As the immense class tensions that characterize American society are beginning to rise to the surface, the ruling class is responding with violence and repression…

Much of the media coverage Wednesday was characterized by a self-congratulatory tone over the success of the military-police crackdown and the supposed popular support for the dispatch of armed troops

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U.K. police force accidentally admits it spied on journalists

from The Daily Dot

A U.K. police force has accidentally released documents revealing that it has used controversial anti-terror laws to spy on journalists who had not committed any crimes.

The Cleveland Police “erroneously” sent information to industry paper the Press Gazette indicating that it had used the Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act (RIPA) to obtain telecoms data while searching for a journalist’s source, the the Press Gazette reports—and asked the publication to delete the documents when they realized what they had done.

Press Gazette has refused to do so, arguing that “there is a strong public interest in disclosing it.”

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Ferguson Reexamined

by Paul Craig Roberts, Sputnik

Few, if any, of the correct questions were asked in the grand jury hearing to decide whether policeman Darren Wilson would be indicted for killing Michael Brown.

The most important unexamined question is whether police are trained to use force immediately as a first resort before they assess a situation or determine if they are at the correct address. Are the police trained that the lives of police officers are so much more valuable than the lives of possible suspects, or a houseful of people into whose residence a heavily armed SWAT team enters, that police officers must not accept the risk of judicious behavior when encountering citizens? If this is the case as all evidence indicates that it is, then the police when they gratuitously murder members of the public are merely doing what they have been trained to do. As police are trained to use violence as a first resort, the police cannot be held accountable when they do.

There are a large number of videos available online that show that the first thing that police do when they arrive is to use force.

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Denver Police Beat Man, Trip His Pregnant Girlfriend, Then Try to Delete the Evidence

from Alter Net

One of the ways reformers are trying to reduce the use of excessive police force is by requiring police officers to wear body cameras. Cities like Cleveland are moving toward requiring more officers to wear cameras to ensure accountability.

But a case out of Denver shows that not all police are so keen to be recorded. This past August, a group of police officers attempted to arrest David Nelson Flores for suspected drug possession. When he stuffed a sock in his mouth and refused to open his mouth, one of the officers struck him in the head repeatedly. “Those were the hardest punches I have ever heard, said Levi Frasier, a bystander who witnessed the beating.

But police did not limit their use of force to Flores. They also tripped his girlfriend, who was almost eight months pregnant at the time. Luckily for Flores and his girlfriend, Frasier recorded the entire incident on his tablet. But the police took his tablet and deleted the video. At least they thought they deleted it. When Frasier got home he discovered the video file reappeared once the tablet synced with the cloud server…

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