Americans are abused and killed on a daily basis by increasingly militarized law enforcement, yet officers almost never see punishment, said RT’s Lee Camp, as a wave of anger and unrest over police brutality sweeps the US.
“We are not actually having the real discussion about why our police are all over the place, like an infestation, and armed to the teeth and ready to kill. That is not normal, that is not how most countries do it,” Camp said, citing research showing that between 900 and 1,000 people are killed by the police in the US annually. They rarely face charges, with only one percent of police-involved killings resulting in any indictment.
Watch the full episode of Moment of Clarity with Lee Camp:
Benjamin Crump did not specify if the body of George Floyd will be carried across the nation to accompany multiple funerals; however, in a Facebook interview today the attorney for the Floyd family announced he and the team have organized three funerals and a viewing over five days in three states.
According to Benjamin Crump [Video at 20:45]:
- There will be a nationally televised public memorial service in Minneapolis, MN, on Thursday June 4th from 1pm to 3pm.
- There will be an additional nationally televised public memorial service in North Carolina, Saturday June 6th from 11am to 3pm
- There will be a nationally televised viewing and memorial service in Houston, TX, Monday June 8th 12pm to 6pm
- There will be a nationally televised public funeral in Houston, TX, Tuesday June 9th, 11am EDT.
… Additionally, Benjamin Crump stated presidential candidate Joe Biden will attend the funeral services in Houston Texas on June 9th.
Somewhere along the road of America’s development, corporations were
blessed with not only ‘personhood,’ but with the power to sanction what
sort of messages were permissible to enter the public realm. Let’s be
clear: This sort of corporate control, which borders on pure fascism, has no place in a democracy.
the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution for this
fundamental human right, inscribed into law over 200 years ago
“Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion,
or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of
speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.”
The primary source of our current plight is that the Founding Fathers had no idea to what degree corporations would come to dominate every square inch of our public and private lives. Had they been somehow forewarned of the approaching pirates just over the horizon with serious political axes to grind, there is no doubt they would have adjusted the Constitution’s sails to prepare for the invasion. Alas, such farsightedness was far beyond the psychic powers of any individual at the time.
Today, the situation with regards to corporate power has become so out of control that only the ‘person’ of the corporation is truly endowed by its creator with the full power of speech. These omnipotent ‘arbitrators of truth’ – i.e. their truth – are now controlled by five kingdoms (down from its previous six thanks to the marriage between Viacom and CBS) known as Comcast, Walt Disney, News Corporation, Warner Media and ViacomCBS, each one of which has many dozens of obedient subsidiaries under their wing.
These platforms, protected under Section 230 of the Communications
Decency Act of 1996, are designed as vehicles for posting ideas, however
wild or even conspiratorial they may appear to some observers. In other words, the platforms are not traditional publishers in the sense that they are legally responsible for the content that appears on their
sites. In the event that they ban or alter the meaning of the content, they are liable to lose the protections they have been granted under Section 230. So long as the user of the platform is not calling for violence, their views, according to the First Amendment, have every
right to be heard.
Those privileges enjoyed by the social media titans were called into question this week when none other than President Donald
Trump had his social media posts challenged by Twitter – twice.
…if the U.S. president is having trouble securing his freedom of speech, the chances for the average person is practically nonexistent.
Comment by tonytran2015: 1/-Karma is in operation. 2/-Guns kill or Police Violence kills? Ban guns or ban Police Violence?
At least 100 Minnesota police officers attended a 2012 conference* hosted by the Israeli consulate in Chicago, the second time such an event had been held.
There they learned the violent techniques used by Israeli forces as they terrorise the occupied Palestinian territories under the guise of security operations.
The so-called counterterrorism training conference in Minneapolis was jointly hosted by the FBI.
Israeli deputy consul Shahar Arieli claimed that the half-day session brought “top-notch professionals from the Israeli police” to share knowledge with their US counterparts.
Israeli forces broke necks
But in a chilling testimony, a Palestinian rights activist said that when she saw the image of Derek Chauvin kneeling on Mr Floyd’s neck, she was reminded of the Israeli forces’ policing of the occupied territories.
The report was released this morning by the Hennepin County medical examiner, which has jurisdiction over the US city.
Mr Floyd died after being pinned down by a police officer, who knelt on his neck, on May 25.
The updated report from the examiner states that Mr Floyd died from a loss
of blood flow due to compression on his neck while being restrained by
Under “other significant
conditions” it said Mr Floyd suffered from heart disease and hypertension, and listed fentanyl intoxication and recent methamphetamine use.
Earlier, the lawyers for Mr Floyd’s family released the findings of a separate autopsy which determined Mr Floyd died of “asphyxia from sustained pressure” on his neck and back.
Comment by tonytran2015: 1. It appears that Australia has been dead set on Population Replacement in Australia. This is just part of “the bigger picture”, First Nation People are only among many to be replaced. 2. The World needs more of German general Dietrich von Choltitz, the last Nazi governor of Paris.
Now to Western Australia
Mining giant Rio Tinto has destroyed something so ancient in WA it’s hard to fathom with a human brain.
Two rock shelters, recognised as one of Australia’s oldest known Aboriginal heritage sites — with evidence of human occupation from over 46,000
years ago — were destroyed last weekend.
Rio Tinto, operating legally under a law written in the early 1970s, detonated the shelters to extend its Brockman 4 iron ore mine.
Rio knew the site was thousands of years old and it had delayed destruction
of the rock shelters to allow excavations to be carried out and for cultural artefacts to be salvaged.
But archaeologist Dr Michael Slack, who led the excavations in 2014, found
several “staggering” artefacts, including grinding and pounding stones
believed to be the earliest use of grindstone technology in Western
Australia, and a 28,000-year-old kangaroo leg bone sharpened into a pointed tool, which appeared at the site up to 10,000 years earlier than in other sites.
He also uncovered a 4,000-year-old belt made of plaited hair, whose DNA
was associated with today’s Puutu Kunti Kurrama and Pinikura traditional
His excavation dated human occupation in the region scores of thousands of years earlier than previously thought.
“What we found were some really important discoveries,” he said.
“And so significant in that respect, that it’s one of those sites you only excavate once or twice in your career.”
How can we put the loss into perspective? Can our brains comprehend deep time?
According to historians, written language was invented around 5,500 years ago. The Great Pyramid of Giza, the oldest of the seven wonders of the ancient world, was constructed around 4,500 years ago.
So go back a further 40,000-odd years.
Peter Stone, a world-renowned archaeologist and UNESCO chair in Cultural
Property Protection and Peace at Newcastle University in the UK, said
the destruction of the rock shelters was comparable to the Islamic State’s destruction of Palmrya.
“It’s a tragedy that sits up there with all sorts of sites; the Palmyras, Mosuls and Bamiyan Buddhas of this world,” he said last week.
Is anyone responsible?
Western Australia’s Aboriginal Heritage Act hasn’t been updated since the 1970s.
Since mid-2010, mining companies operating in WA have applied 463 times for
leases that grant permission to destroy or disturb heritage sites and none has been refused.
Rio Tinto received legal
approvals and ministerial consent in 2013 to conduct the detonations after consulting traditional owners and allowing archaeological
WA’s Treasurer and Aboriginal Affairs Minister, Ben Wyatt, says the WA
Government is hoping to modernise the Aboriginal Heritage Act.
And Burchell Hayes, a traditional owner of the Puutu Kunti Kurrama people,
said his people were sad that something they had a deep connection to had been destroyed.
“We can’t undo what’s already happened, but what we can do is try and go back to Rio Tinto and talk to them on how we can protect the remaining sites in that area,” he said.
Where does that leave us?
It makes one think of a story from World War II.
In the final days of the German occupation of Paris, a German general called Dietrich von Choltitz, the last Nazi governor of the city,
refused a direct order from Adolf Hitler to obliterate major landmarks in the city.
If it weren’t for his disobedience, the Eiffel Tower, the Notre Dame, and other buildings and bridges would have been blown to smithereens.
Why didn’t he do it?
He believed Hitler had become insane by that stage and the destruction would have been militarily futile.
But he also had an affection for the city’s history and culture.
George Floyd, a black man whose death Monday sparked ongoing protests and Derek Chauvin, identified by local media as the officer who was videotaped kneeling on Floyd’s neck for minutes shortly before his death, worked at the same nightclub near Minneapolis’ Third Precinct for a whole year and may have had overlapping shifts, according to the club’s owner, though it’s unclear if the two men knew each other.
Read more here at Forbes
Comment by tonytran2015: It appears that Australia has been dead set on Population Replacement in Australia. This is just part of “the bigger picture”, First Nation People are only among many to be replaced.
- Rio Tinto expressed deep regret over the blast to Indigenous Affairs Minister Ken Wyatt in a private phone call
- Mr Wyatt says a lawyer for traditional owners contacted his office last week to ask for the Federal Government to intervene
- Permission to blast the site was signed off in 2013
Two sites in the Juukan Gorge were destroyed last weekend
by mining company Rio Tinto, after being approved for destruction in
2013, despite significant archaeological discoveries that were made in
The blasting of the sites was one of the
worst destructions of an archaeological site in recent memory according
to Peter Stone, the UNESCO chair in Cultural Property Protection and
Peace at Newcastle University in the UK.
Minister says traditional owners called his office in 11th-hour bid to stop blast
Indigenous Affairs Minister Ken Wyatt has confirmed he was contacted by legal
representatives of traditional owners trying to stop the destruction of 46,000-year-old cultural sites in the Pilbara.
Mr Wyatt said his office received a call at the 11th hour, a few days before Rio Tinto blasted the site, asking the Federal Government to step in and prevent it.
He said his office provided
advice to a lawyer representing traditional owners about how to access
“Commonwealth provisions” but said he did not step in to stop the blast.
“I was advised that the call had occurred, and that advice had been given
and that the lawyer was proceeding with the advice given,” he said.
Comment by tonytran2015: Guns kill or Police Violence kills ?
George Floyd died at the hands of uniformed officers, proving yet again that the US has the “deadliest police culture,” the like of which is nowhere to be found in the modern world, his family lawyer told RT’s Ruptly video agency.
Public outrage over police brutality – fueled by the arrest and death of African American man George Floyd in Minnesota – is wreaking havoc across US cities.
Lee Merritt, a civil rights attorney and one of the counsels for the Floyd family, told Ruptly that the country’s law enforcement agencies stand out as notorious among their foreign counterparts.
“America has the deadliest police culture in the modern world. There is no nation on the planet that kills and incarcerates more of its people,” he said.
Merritt and his partner attorney Ben Crump will push for “comprehensive police reform” in Washington, DC together with the families of Floyd and Ahmaud Arbery, another African American shot dead while jogging near Brunswick, Georgia.
Comment by tonytran2015: America is already a divided society with many factions and the unrest has to come. The death of George Floyd is only a triggering event. People should also ask Police Violence culture kills or Guns kill ?
The Pentagon said it has put military units on a four-hour recall status to be ready if requested by Minnesota’s Governor.
Protesters set police cars ablaze, smashed businesses’ windows and skirmished with baton-wielding officers in streets from Atlanta to Los Angeles, as anger over George Floyd’s death spread across the country. Some city
authorities, bracing for more violence, called in the National Guard to beef up overwhelmed forces.
Mr Trump said on
Saturday that states and cities must get “much tougher” on anti-police
protests or the Federal Government would step in.
“Liberal Governors and Mayors must get MUCH tougher or the Federal Government will step in and do what has to be done, and that includes using the
unlimited power of our Military and many arrests,” he said in a tweet.
In Minneapolis, the city where Mr Floyd died after a white police officer pressed a knee into his neck and kept it there for more than eight minutes,
Minnesota Governor Tim Walz fully mobilised the state’s National Guard
and promised a massive show of force to help quell unrest that has grown
“The situation in Minneapolis is no longer in any way about the murder of George Floyd,” Mr Walz said.
“It is about attacking civil society, instilling fear and disrupting our great cities.”
Washington, too, had the guard on call to support the Secret Service in managing a
crowd of protesters that had gathered outside the White House, which was locked down in response.