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Band-aids Don’t Fix Bullet Holes or Budgets

What a week in Washington and beyond.

Mohamed Noor was ultimately charged in his alleged slaying of Justine Damond last July. Besides third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter charges (and a maximum 35 years in prison), the 32-year-old finally earned a termination from the Minneapolis Police Department. Which is interesting, because police chief Janee Harteau was forced out within a month of the incident:

Summer Part 2: August Agony!!! Looking Back: July 18: Crime and Punishment

Neither Noor [alliteration or repetition coming up? you decide] nor his partner Matthew Harrity had their body cameras running when Noor allegedly shot Damond across Harrity from the patrol car’s passenger seat.

Harrity (with whom Noor is now court-ordered not to associate) testified to a grand jury last month.

Although the Minnesota police union reported 35 to 40 Minneapolis police officers were initially subpoenaed, apparently no one talked, prompting a grand jury. Noor’s own first conversation with the law was reportedly Tuesday night when he surrendered. The prosecution noticed:

Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman blamed stonewalling by the Minneapolis police for the eight-month delay in charging Noor.

“This would have been done a good deal quicker if we had gotten cooperation,” he said at a news conference Tuesday after Noor was charged.

Noor made $400,000 bail Wednesday after a night in jail.

[His attorney Thomas Plunkett is either the Mafia don on the left or the unkempt man on the right.]

Council for Minnesotans of African Heritage director Justin Terrell opined that the Somali-American Noor’s treatment for shooting a white Australian woman is disproportionately punitive and rooted in racism.

Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman described how Minneapolis Police officer Mohamed Noor reached across his partner's body and shot Justine Ruszczy

Freeman (above, accusatory pointing) was reportedly reluctant to resort to a grand jury because the public detests secret proceedings and, well, police in Minnesota lately racked up multiple high-profile casualties:

Christmas Special: Mohamed Noor and Justine Damond Updates

Speaking of which, somewhat lost in the highly-publicized “March for our Lives” this weekend was the Sacramento police slaughter of 22-year-old Stephon Alonzo Clark, who was reportedly breaking windows. The law cornered the father of two in his grandparents’ backyard and delivered 20 rounds of ammunition when they mistook Clark’s cellphone for a gun.

Stephon Clark was shot and killed by Sacramento Police on Sunday night.

Police released video from their heat-seeking tactical chopper:

We can see Clark enter the yard (the cursor on the screen immerses the pilot in a video game hunting experience)…

…then get dropped by the officers:

There was some disagreement as to whether the officers announced their identities. Because that’s the biggest problem here.

Sacramento police guidelines posted on the department’s website do not specify that officers must identify themselves when encountering suspects. Sacramento police spokeswoman Linda Matthew said she did not believe such a policy existed.

Jim Pasco, executive director of the National Fraternal Order of Police, said that policies for departments vary across the country, but it would be impractical under such circumstances to expect officers to identify themselves.

“If you’re in a chase and everybody’s running, there isn’t a lot of talking back and forth going on,” he said.

According to Capital Public Radio, who have the body cam footage:

The video also confirms that law enforcement and first responders waited more than 5 minutes to approach Clark after the shooting. When they did, they put him in handcuffs before performing medical treatment.

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After several months on the back burner, Trump’s decision to bar transgender Americans from serving in the military has been resurrected, this time with the approval of Defense secretary James “Jim” Mattis.

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Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg reluctantly provided his first public admission of wrongdoing since he attempted to drum up “empathy” for Hurricane Maria victims with a virtual reality tour of Puerto Rico’s utter destruction last October:

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The overpriced Q-tip (below) is prepared to testify to Congress on the evil workings of Cambridge Analytica.

The short version: a Facebook app offered users to sign away rights to their personal information (and that of online “friends”) to take a personality quiz. That data was used by Cambridge’s right-wing customers to assist in Trump’s election.

[reason notes the same privacy-usurping approach via third-party Facebook app–“Graph API“–successfully sealed Obama’s 2012 re-election campaign. Because Obama was a Democrat, the ploy was revolutionary, not fascist.]

However, the social media platform apparently pledged to pull the plug on Graph API and disallow further mass collection from millions of unwitting Americans in April 2015. Oops.

Facebook lost $50 billion over the past week.

Zucks admitted to selling out the ignorant masses–and finally offered an apology–via a medium long extinct to all but nostalgic elites and non-internet households: print journalism.

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TSA‘s competence was on full display Friday night when Costa Rican customs found 58 grams of marijuana, edibles, pipes and cannabis oil the crack security squad at Fort Lauderdale International Airport apparently missed in New England Patriots safety Duron Harmon‘s luggage.

[Most of the weed was in a can of Arizona Iced Tea–peach flavor! Given the TSA’s notorious beverage ban at security, Harmon must have checked the suitcase.]

Harmon was shipped back to the states. According to the C’Rican Fiscal Control Police, who were on alert for “spring break” travelers,  “[w]e want to prevent undesirable people from entering the country.”

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TSA will reclaim its investigative dominance with a new regulation: forcing passengers to remove electronic tablets from carry-on luggage in addition to laptops. A spokeswoman boasted the new harassment, which was [PUN ALERT] pilot tested in 10 airports last year (and apparently met with little resistance!) is part of “the first broad-scale changes to TSA screening procedures in the security checkpoint in more than 11 years.”

Clearly she forgot the revolutionary “which line do I get to stand in” randomizer app:

Swipe Left for Overfunded Incompetence–UPDATED

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And Congress plowed ahead with its latest spending blitz to meet an appropriations deadline. The damage: $1.3 trillion, which keeps the Feds afloat for six more months.

In the Senate, more Democrats than Republicans voted for Mitch McConnell‘s latest pork-stuffed financial condemnation of the country’s younger generations. Notably, McConnell’s fellow Kentuckian Rand Paul (a “no”) allowed the 65-32 vote without a procedural holdup similar to his protest just a few weeks prior (the last time a temporary, last-second spending patch was scraped together by the cancerous Federal installation that ran out of other people’s money over $21,000,000,000,000 ago).

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Jim Risch (R-ID) (“no”) almost dinged McConnell’s dwindling pride by striking a provision renaming a wildlife refuge after a former political rival of Risch. Priorities.

Idaho GOP Sen. Jim Risch (Jesse Tinsley / The Spokesman-Review)

(The rival is reportedly the recently deceased former Democratic Beehive State governor Cecil Andrus.)

But the House had already passed the bill 256-157 (more “no” votes came from the majority party, just like the Senate), and an unnamed member objected to the modification.

(Of note, Congress had a two-week vacation starting Friday evening.)

On Thursday night Paul live-tweeted his attempt to read the 2,200-page bill, which was provided to both houses of Congress about 48 hours before the funding deadline. He reportedly got through 600 pages.

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McConnell heralded the measure as “the end of disproportionate and harmful cuts to Department of Defense funding […] the largest year-on-year increase in defense spending in fifteen years.”

Other reactions included no-voters John Kennedy (R-LA) (“a great dane-sized whiz down the leg of every taxpayer”) and Bob Corker (R-TN) (“one of the most grotesque pieces of legislation I can remember”).

Buried in the bill was a $48.8 million increase in the Senate budget. The House upped their budget by $10.9 million.

 

Thanks to our sources:

https://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/ex-minneapolis-police-officer-charged-justine-damond-killing-makes-bail-n858876

https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2018/feb/16/police-partner-of-justine-damonds-killer-testifies-at-grand-jury

http://www.startribune.com/minneapolis-police-officer-mohamed-noor-turns-himself-in-on-charges-in-justine-damond-killing/477405923/#1

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-california-police-policy/california-police-shooting-of-unarmed-black-man-forcing-look-at-policies-idUSKBN1H003T

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-california-police-policy/california-police-shooting-of-unarmed-black-man-forcing-look-at-policies-idUSKBN1H003T

https://www.recode.net/2018/3/21/17149964/facebook-ceo-mark-zuckerberg-congress-data-privacy-cambridge-analytica

Zuck apologizes for Cambridge Analytica scandal with full-page print ad

https://www.necn.com/news/sports/New-England-Patriots-Duron-Harmon-Marijuana-Costa-Rica-477819263.html

https://www.usatoday.com/story/sports/nfl/2018/03/24/duron-harmon-marijuana-costa-rica-arrest-detained/455944002/

https://news.co.cr/new-england-patriots-player-duron-harmon-attempts-to-enter-costa-rica-with-marijuana/71750/

https://www.govtrack.us/congress/votes/115-2018/s63

http://thehill.com/homenews/senate/379883-senate-approves-13-trillion-spending-bill-sending-to-trump?userid=115887&utm_source=&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=14308

House OKs Spending Bill to Fund Government, but 90 Republicans Vote No

http://freebeacon.com/politics/congress-gives-bonus-omnibus/

Christmas Special: Mohamed Noor and Justine Damond Updates

Minneapolis police dismantled a memorial to Australian national Justine Damond, who was killed by MP officer Mohamed Noor in July. The display was erected in front of the MP 5th precinct on December 23.

Summer Part 2: August Agony!!! Looking Back: July 18: Crime and Punishment

Multiple sources describe the responsible party, California-based Identify Evropa, as a hate group and white nationalist group.

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They have 25,000 followers on “Twitter,” and reportedly helped organize the deadly white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, VA last August.

“We cannot allow any memorial and anything like that to be put up at that location.”–John Elder, Minneapolis police.

Noor is still refusing to interview with the police for his role in Damond’s death. Instead, Minnesota’s Bureau of Criminal Apprehension is seeking “voluntary interviews” of all officers involved. Several (including Noor, apparently) have lawyered up.

mike freeman confronted about damond charges Freeman: I Cant Charge MPD Officer Yet In Damonds Shooting Death

Mike Freeman (above), the Hennepin County attorney, promised to decide whether he would criminally charge Noor by the end of 2017. However, when pressed by the group Twin Cities Coalition for Justice 4 Jamar at a December 13 holiday party hosted by Minneapolis Regional Labor Federation, Freeman blamed Minneapolis police for not cooperating with his investigation. He maintained Noor is not obligated to answer Freeman’s questions, and suggested Noor’s partner, Matthew Harrity, “just gave [investigators] shit.”

Freeman later apologized to investigators and said his comments were ill-advised.

TCCJ4J appear to be a police accountability group whose Facebook mission reads in part: To get the police who killed Jamar Clark prosecuted. We also will take on any injustice that we feel we can wage a successful campaign against.

Jamal Clark, 24 (below), was fatally shot by two white Minneapolis police officers while allegedly interfering with their assistance to an assault victim in November 2015.

Jamar Clark

The ensuing citizen reaction resulted in five non-fatal shootings of protesters from national social justice group Black Lives Matter outside the Minneapolis 4th precinct police station by Allen Scarsella (below). He received fifteen years in prison after prosecutors successfully proved he was a racist.

Allen Scarsella

Freeman announced in March 2016 he had insufficient evidence to charge Clark’s shooters, Mark Ringgenberg and Dustin Schwarze, as the investigation found Clark attempted to take Ringgenberg’s firearm. Just before clearing the officers, Freeman ended the use of grand juries in police-involved shootings.

Fox9 notes that relinquishing grand jury control of police shootings unfortunately cost the legal system power to subpoena police.

It’s quite a time to live in Minnesota:

Summer Part 2: August Agony!!! Looking Back: June 16: Philando Castile Update

Judicial Watch on Somali Immigrants

Thanks to our sources:

http://thehill.com/blogs/blog-briefing-room/news/366444-police-remove-memorial-erected-by-white-nationalist-group-in

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-42482921

https://www.usnews.com/news/best-states/minnesota/articles/2017-12-25/minneapolis-police-remove-memorial-from-hate-group

Freeman: I Can’t Charge MPD Officer Yet In Damond’s Shooting Death

http://www.fox9.com/news/137-days-later-responding-officers-still-to-be-interviewed-in-damond-killing

http://www.startribune.com/no-charges-against-police-in-jamar-clark-shooting-death/373979481/#1

https://www.minnpost.com/politics-policy/2015/11/updated-what-we-know-about-shooting-five-protesters-and-jamar-clark-investig

http://www.startribune.com/hennepin-county-attorney-to-provide-update-into-jamar-clark-inquiry/372229891/

Man Gets 15 Years For Shooting 5 Black Lives Matter Protesters

Summer Part 2: August Agony!!! Looking Back: July 18: Crime and Punishment

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Mohamed Noor (above) offered condolences via his defense attorney to the family of Australian/American dual citizen Justine Damond (below), who Noor fatally capped on July 15.

Noor is maintaining his silence and continues to exercise his legal right not to be interviewed by investigators probing Ms Damond's death 

(Ms. Damond’s actual surname was Ruszczyk, but she reportedly took her fiancé Don Damond’s name before their marriage–scheduled for August 2017. We’re going with “Damond.”)

The 40-year-old yoga instructor reportedly called “9-1-1” (twice!) that Saturday evening to notify police of a suspected assault behind her home.

Apparently, Damond ran up and “slapped” the back of the patrol car, whose lights were off as it moved through the alley looking for the assailant. (Noor’s partner, one-year veteran Matthew Harrity, was driving, and described being “startled” by the noise.)

At that point, Noor fired from the passenger seat, across Harrity’s body and into the abdomen of Damond, who was at the driver’s side window.

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According to Associated Press,

Noor was one of several Somali-Americans hired by the department in recent years as part of the city’s public effort to diversify so it better reflects the city.

On July 25, Minnesota Public Radio obtained a search warrant (???) from Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension that revealed:

“Upon police arrival, a female ‘slaps’ the back of the patrol squad … After that, it is unknown to BCA [Bureau of Criminal Apprehension] agents what exactly happened, but the female became deceased in the alley.”

Sensitive!

Interestingly, Minnesota is the only state that requires a two-year college degree of all police officers. (Most departments prefer a four-year degree, according to Associated Press.)

Noor, 31, with a four-year degree in business administration and economics from Augsburg College, completed the certificate program recommended for non-criminal justice degree holders looking to get into law enforcement (see below).

Judicial Watch on Somali Immigrants

According to the Star Tribune, Noor completed a seven-month “accelerated police cadet program” in 2015.

James Densley, criminal justice teacher at Metropolitan State University, told the Star Tribune: “The cadet program is rigorous, no doubt, but it is also an immersive paramilitary experience, taught by practitioner faculty without advanced degrees, and I suspect it leaves students with a limited view of the profession.”

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Minneapolis Police Department has reportedly run into difficulty filling police officer slots after (darthfrankthetank.com fully recognizes there are plenty of outstanding “public servants” across the country that do not necessarily take government jobs solely for the benefits, especially those that will presumably be paid to their families should the applicant lose their life in a riskier “public service” job such as police officer) [a] pension change that spurred a wave of retirements among peace officers statewide in 2014.

According to Star Tribune, advocates commend the “fast-track” cadet program as “a way to attract more diverse people with broader life experiences.”

Critics believe it is lacking in instructing common sense approaches to slowing down confrontations and defusing hostile situations.

Nate Grove of the Minnesota Peace Officer Standards and Training Board maintains the fast-track curriculum includes “teaching and modeling de-escalation techniques.”

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Of note, Noor is obliged to offer any information possible to the internal investigation if he wants to keep his job. And that information will by definition never make it to the courtroom, according to Daily Mail:

[Under] the Garrity Warning in Minnesota […] public employees under internal investigation are given the option to provide information or face disciplinary action.

‘Because you are being required to provide information under the threat of disciplinary action, the information you provide, and any evidence resulting from the information you provide, cannot and will not be used against you in any subsequent criminal proceeding,’ the warning reads.

CNN reported:

Department records indicate [Noor] had three complaints filed against him, the details of which are not public. One was closed without any disciplinary action and two are still open.

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Chief Harteau answers media questions.

Police Chief Janee Harteau (above, center), reportedly the first female, first lesbian and first Native American head of Minneapolis Police Department, resigned at the request of Mayor Betsy Hodges.

Hodges was shouted out of her press conference announcing Harteau’s replacement, Assistant Chief Medaria “Rondo” Arradondo (below, white shirt), on July 21.

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Harteau said of Noor’s credentials the day before she was forced to resign: “We have a very robust training and hiring process. This officer completed that training very well, just like every officer. He was very suited to be on the street.”

On July 24, CNN reported Damond’s fiance and other family hired Robert Bennett to sue the city. Mr. Bennett most recently negotiated a settlement for the family of another Minnesota resident killed by a local government employee: Philando Castile.

Related:

Summer Part 2: August Agony!!! Looking Back: June 16: Philando Castile Update

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Also on July 18, an otherwise law-abiding father of four was wrenched from his Ohio home and deported to Mexico. Crime: not a citizen.

PHOTO: Jesus Lara Lopez, 37, of Willard, Ohio, comforts his sons before he is deported back to Mexico, July 18, at Cleveland Hopkins International Airport. (Lisa DeJong/The Plain Dealer via Barcroft )

Jesus Lara Lopez, 37,  had been in America for 16 years, working and paying taxes. Immigration authorities got their opening to harass him through a police tip in 2008 after [Lopez] was stopped by police for driving without a license.

Lopez was then allowed to remain in America and authorized to work, despite a federal judge ordering his removal in 2011.

However, federal authorities dribble out favors to maintain a veneer of benevolence: Lopez scored a stay in 2014.

“[I]n a further exercise of discretion, the agency has allowed [Lopez] to remain free from custody to finalize his departure plans. The agency will continue to closely monitor his case to ensure compliance.”

ICE spokesperson Khaalid Walls. [our emphasis]

Many Americans should be able to relate to Lopez, if only through their kitchen cabinets:

The New York Times reported in June that Lopez worked “the graveyard shift packing Milano cookies and Goldfish crackers” at Pepperidge Farm.

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Lopez’ work permit came through third-party company Spherion, who hired him for Pepperidge Farm in October 2016.

His wife and children set up a Go Fund Me page to support the family Lopez left behind in Willard, OH.

Related:

Tears at the Airport

 

Thanks to our sources:

https://www.yahoo.com/news/minneapolis-officer-allegedly-shot-justine-191820294.html

https://www.yahoo.com/news/personnel-records-minnesota-officer-shot-woman-221652854.html

http://www.cnn.com/2017/07/21/us/minneapolis-police-chief-resigns/index.html

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-4737564/Justine-Damond-U-S-Mohamed-Noor-never-face-charges.html

http://www.startribune.com/minneapolis-police-face-questions-about-noor-s-fast-track-training/436057173/

http://www.cnn.com/2017/07/18/us/mohamed-noor-minneapolis-police/index.html

http://www.cnn.com/2017/07/24/us/minneapolis-justine-ruszczyk-attorney-robert-bennett/index.html

https://www.yahoo.com/gma/ohio-father-4-bids-farewell-deportation-mexico-171004765–abc-news-topstories.html

http://www.cleveland.com/metro/index.ssf/2017/07/jesus_lara_lopez_prays_for_a_miracle_after_deportation_to_mexico_photos.html