A Louisiana bill that labels crimes targeting police, firefighters, or other first-responders as hate crimes, on par with targeting someone for their race or religion, passed through the state Senate on Tuesday. The proposed legislation is now heading to the Governor John Bel Edwards’ desk for approval.
A federal version of this bill has been dubbed the “Blue Lives Matter” bill, a term based on the Black Lives Matter movement, which seeks to stop brutal violence used by police.
House Bill 953, which aims to add all first-responders to the list of protected classes under the state’s hate crime law, breezed through the state Senate, with a vote of 33-3. Governor John Bel Edwards is now expected to sign the bill into law.
Proponents of the bill have cited a perceived rise in violence against police, despite the fact that the pro-police website, Officer Down Memorial Page, which tracks the deaths of law enforcement in the line of duty, reports that line of duty deaths are down 20% this year.
In comparison, Killed by Police, a database which has been tracking people killed by law enforcement in the United States since 2013, has tracked 438 deaths at the hands of police since January 1.
The many critics of the Louisiana bill have contended that adding professions to the list of protected classes undermines the purpose of hate crime laws. Under current Louisiana law, hate crime protections only apply to race, age, gender, color, religion, ancestry, national origin, disability, creed, sexual orientation or organizational affiliation.
“‘Law enforcement officer’ means any active or retired city, parish, or state law enforcement officer, peace officer, sheriff, deputy sheriff, probation or parole officer, marshal, deputy, wildlife enforcement agent, state correctional officer, or commissioned agent of the Department of Public Safety and Corrections, as well as any federal law enforcement officer or employee, whose permanent duties includes making arrests, performing search and seizures, execution of criminal arrest warrants, execution of civil seizure warrants, any civil functions performed by sheriffs or deputy sheriffs, enforcement of penal or traffic laws, or the care, custody, control, or supervision of inmates,” the bill states.
Those convicted of felonies involving hate crimes face an additional five years in prison and fine of up to $5,000 added onto their sentences. For misdemeanors determined to be hate crimes, an additional $500 fine and/or up to six months in prison is tacked on.
The New Orleans chapter of Black Youth Project 100 released a statement describing the legislation as “an insidious attempt to destabilize our First Amendment rights as community members who hold the police, and others sworn by oath to serve and protect, accountable.”
“We have to stop this malicious trend before it starts — we cannot allow the gains of the civil rights movement to be squandered away by police officers scrambling to avoid criticism from their constituents.”
“The Young Turks” host Cenk Uygur was removed from a flight by American Airlines after he recorded the airline stranding passengers for hours.
American Airlines kicked a well-known reporter off a flight after he complained about it being delayed while live streaming inside a terminal at Los Angeles International Airport Saturday.
Cenk Uygur, who hosts the liberal-leaning Young Turks online news show, was told the “captain didn’t feel comfortable” with him getting on the flight.
He was escorted away by a police officer, whom he said apologized to him for having to remove him.
But it was only after he posted his initial video to YouTube where it went viral that he was informed by American Airlines that he had been removed from the flight for video recording.
Turns out, American Airlines introduced a policy in December 2014 forbidding passengers from video recording its employees on planes and inside terminals, including ticket counters, which obviously includes an customer service interactions.
The policy came in place after several instances on other airlines where passengers uploaded videos of interactions with rude employees, sparking national embarrassment for the airline.
So American Airlines figured it would save itself that embarrassment by removing Uygur for recording during a four-hour delay for a flight from Los Angeles to Miami.
But that plan may have just backfired on them as they did not appear to be aware of his online clout, which resulted in dozens of readers contacting the airline to complain about his removal.
Management at @AmericanAir just kicked me off a flight to Miami because I complained the flight was delayed for 4 hours. Never got on plane.
Meanwhile, the Transportation Security Administration has long allowed videography at security checkpoints, even though screeners many times like to pretend otherwise.
Uygur ended up having to switch to JetBlue to make his flight to Florida, apparently flying into Fort Lauderdale because JetBlue does not fly into Miami International Airport, which was his original destination.
“Hey Guys- Guess what Just Happened” TYT host Cenk Uygur says in the video Below
“They Kicked me off the Plane.”
Here We Go Again Folks Back at it at LAX
According to Cenk Uygur it all started over him video taping a disturbance a another young man who they would not let board the plane.
After he boarded, he says a supervisor and cops removed him because the captain didn’t feel comfortable with him on board.
Never a quitter … Cenk was back at LAX Saturday morning to find another flight to Miami.
Today the systematic police oppression of minorities continues, as South Carolina appears to have set the bar at a new low. A black couple was pulled over for driving a new car with new vehicle plates. There is nothing illegal about this, but the officer’s dash cam clearly shows that this is the reason for pulling them over. Let’s suppose that he was just checking to see if the car was really a new purchase.
After handing the driver her license and sales receipt back, the dash cam shows the officer telling a male passenger to get out of the car. He cuffs him, searches him, and tells him that he is bringing in a drug dog to walk around the car. Then, he tells the man he is “going to pay for this one, boy.” While they are conveniently off camera.
The dog is brought in and apparently smells drugs so the cop rips the car apart but finds nothing. The dog cannot find anything either. The officer is convinced that the man must have drugs. Why? Because, according to the officer, he remembers dealing with him while he was working in a drug unit, years ago.
Off camera, the officer decides to do a more aggressive search and runs his hands up into the passenger’s rectum hard enough that he can feel what the passenger says is a hemorrhoid. The officer says that it can’t be a hemorrhoid because it’s too hard and he’s had hemorrhoids and knows that’s not what they feel like. The man insists and objects to the search.
Dear South Carolina police officers: Reasonable suspicion and probable cause aren't suggestions. That's the law. https://t.co/mWbzkrFpEA
The officer can be heard radioing in the event and says that he has to let the couple go because even though he pulled his pants and underwear down and took pictures of the man’s rectum he could not get a visual and the man must have the rock cocaine inside of him.
“He said it was a hemorrhoid. It ain’t no… it was a rock. It was a rock of crack. It’s gotta be a rock. He’s got it up in his butt…I got nothing else to go on. Nothing. Yeah, we’re gonna have to cut him loose here.”
The man asked the officer why he did all of this. The officer said it was because he “knew” him.
The man asked the officer if he had seen how many years it’s been since he’d been in trouble, stating that he has kids now, and the woman driving the car is his wife.
The officer told him that drug dealers and users have kids, too. Then he told him to get the car detailed so other dogs don’t “hit” on it. He then thanks them and leaves.
Footage of the Full Traffic Stop bellow.
Originally Published on Apr 2, 2016
WATCH Above- Police ‘sexually assault’ black couple during roadside cavity search . Two South Carolina residents are suing the City of Aiken and its department of public safety over what they say was an illegal cavity search in broad daylight.
The Aiken Standard reports Elijah Pontoon and Lakey Hicks filed the lawsuit last September. It was moved to federal court in November.
“Black man subjected to “illegal” public cavity search by white police officers” suit alleges that white police officers subjected an African American man man to a humiliating anal search, and that they also partially stripped searched his wife, all in open public, on nothing more then suspicion that they might possess illegal drugs. A formal complaint supported by the video evidence alleges, and court records confirm that on the 2nd day of October, 2014 police officers performed and illegal search and an extra judicial anal cavity search on a black South Carolina man in search for what they claim could of been a “hard rock of Crack” in Mr. Hick’s anus.
Although it is true that Hicks has a criminal record that includes past drug charges, he’s had a clean record since 2006. He told Medlin that he has kids now, indicating that his past actions don’t reflect on his present condition. Medlin claimed he remembered Hicks and had dealt with him on previous occasions, which gave him reasonable suspicion to perform the search.
“You’ve got something here right between your legs. There’s something hard right there between your legs.”
The lawsuit, filed by both Hicks and Pontoon, names Medlin, along with several other officers and the Director of the ADPS officers, as defendants. Court documents show that the defendants are accused of improper search and seizure and improper actions.
The South Carolina police officers are being sued under the Federal law and Federal Causes of action, and Hicks and Pontoon are seeking punitive damages. The Director of ADPS and the City of Aiken are being sued under the State law causes of action, although no punitive damages are being sought against them. According to the lawsuit, Pontoon and Hicks say they were illegally stopped by officers for a paper car tag and searched without consent. In addition to the cavity search, the complaint says a female officer exposed Hicks’ breasts on the side of the road, with a search performed in the presence of three male officers. South Carolina Police Search: Cops Perform Illegal Cavity Search During A Routine Stop SC New York taxi drivers to be banned from flirting with or ejaculating on passengers cabs stopped speeding Capt. David Turno said in a statement that the city denies the allegations. Turno wasn’t available Saturday for further comment.
Head of St. Louis County police Jon Belmar stated that plain-clothed detectives received fire on Sunday evening. The suspect ensued into a chase where the officers shot the man whom had his identity withheld. The police chief went on to describe the condition of the suspect as “unstable”.
The man shot was tracked throughout the protest as police believed he was armed. The police have stated this man approached them and fired a stolen 9mm pistol at them randomly.
Belmar then indicated that the 6 – 12 year veteran police officers are on administrative leave and didn’t sustain “serious” injuries.
Acting head of the Ferguson Police Department Andre Anderson was speaking to CNN when around 20 shots were fired and in fact recorded during the interview.
St. Louis County police head Belmar, told a news conference the following morning on Monday that a second shooting had erupted in the town of Ferguson. The incident allegedly involves two groups from the West side of Florissant Avenue and had happened just before Harris Jr. were shot by police.
Belmar added that 40 and 50 shots were fired in an exchange between the two groups, and the incident he described as “remarkable” lasted around 45 seconds. He defined the point of distinguishing the shooters from actual protestors, stating “They were criminals. They weren’t protesters,”.
If you still have questions about last year’s shooting don’t worry, we’ve already got you covered with a WRC video below.
The drastic nationwide militarization of police has been justified with the breakdown in social “peace”. View the video above for sources and detail but the first Ferguson event in total, was a total problem-reaction-solution. Those at the helm of power allowed a problem to boil until the cusp of explosion, once that occurred the reaction was stimulated with the old methodology of race division; the police state is the solution.
If you are within the area of these events unfolding, please don’t participate in any rioting or criminality that may ensue as a result of this tragedy. That is exactly what those at the center of this thing want. What better way to propagate and ensure the continuity of a police state if you get the people to want it themselves?
This video explains the ultimate truth about where we are on this planet, right now. It’s something that is appropriate for this situation, and may put things into perspective, you never thought possible. Thank-you for reading.