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Gray’s Death Ruled a Homicide; Cops Charged With Murder, Manslaughter

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Freddie Gray’s death has been ruled a homicide by the Baltimore state attorney Marilyn Mosby. Six officers have been charged with a number of crimes, including second-degree murder, manslaughter, assault, misconduct, and false imprisonment. A warrant has been issued for their arrest.

Mosby said Freddie Gray’s arrest was illegal, and that he suffered a severe neck injury as a result of being shackled without a seat belt in the van.

From the Baltimore Sun:

Mosby said an investigation found officers placed Gray in wrist and ankle restraints and left him stomach-down on the floor of a police van as they drove around West Baltimore. Despite his repeated requests for medical attention, they did not provide it and continued to drive without securing him in the van, she said.

Officers on at least five occasions placed Gray in the van or checked on him and failed to secure him, she said. By the time they reached the Western District police station, he was not breathing and was in cardiac arrest, she said.

Officer Caesar R. Goodson, 45, who was driving the police van, was charged with second degree murder (maximum sentence of 30 years), three counts of manslaughter (10 years for two charges, three years for the other), second degree assault (10 years), and misconduct.

Officer William Porter, 25, was charged with involuntary manslaughter (10 years), second degree assault (10 years), and misconduct.

Lt. Brian W. Rice, 41, was charged with involuntary manslaughter (10 years), two counts of second degree assault (10 years each), two counts of misconduct, and one count of false imprisonment.

Officer Edward M. Nero, 29, was charged with two counts of second degree assault (10 years each), two counts of misconduct, and one count of false imprisonment.

Officer Garret E. Miller, 26, was charged with two counts of second degree assault (10 years each), two counts of misconduct, and one count of false imprisonment. And Sgt. Alicia D. White, 30, was charged with manslaughter (10 years), second degree assault (10 years), and misconduct.

“To the people of Baltimore and the demonstrators across America, I heard your call for ‘no justice, no peace.’ Your peace is sincerely needed as I work to deliver justice on behalf of this young man,” Mosby said near the end of the press conference.

The Baltimore police union has, of course, condemned the charges, saying “none of the officers involved are responsible for Freddie Gray’s death.”

Full video of the press conference, via Jezebel, is below.

UPDATE 1:26 pm: Five of the six officers are in police custody, according to Baltimore mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake.

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How the USA PATRIOT Act redefines “Domestic Terrorism”

Section 802 of the USA PATRIOT Act (Pub. L. No. 107-52) expanded the definition of terrorism to cover “”domestic,”” as opposed to international, terrorism. A person engages in domestic terrorism if they do an act “”dangerous to human life”” that is a violation of the criminal laws of a state or the United States, if the act appears to be intended to: (i) intimidate or coerce a civilian population; (ii) influence the policy of a government by intimidation or coercion; or (iii) to affect the conduct of a government by mass destruction, assassination or kidnapping. Additionally, the acts have to occur primarily within the territorial jurisdiction of the United States and if they do not, may be regarded as international terrorism.

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Serpico Gives First Camera Interview in Years: “Maybe all these Protesters aren’t really wrong”

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New York, N.Y. – The name Frank Serpico became synonymous with one of the biggest scandals in the history of the NYPD in the late 1960’s, after he exposed widespread corruption within the department, ultimately testifying before a grand jury after being injured in the line of duty.

Serpico is a retired American New York City Police Department (NYPD) officer who is famous for blowing the whistle on police corruption in the late 1960s and early 1970s, an act that compelled Mayor John V. Lindsay to appoint the landmark Knapp Commission to investigate the NYPD.

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Unity and defiance: Thousands converge on Paris in rally

The aftermath of the attacks remained raw, with video emerging of one of the gunmen killed during police raids pledging allegiance to the Islamic State group and detailing how the attacks were going to unfold. Also, a new shooting was linked to that gunman, Amedy Coulibaly, who was killed Friday along with the brothers behind a massacre at satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo in nearly simultaneous raids by security forces.

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Washington state man charged with threatening Ferguson police officer

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SEATTLE (Reuters) – A Washington state man was arrested on Tuesday on charges he made multiple online death threats against Darren Wilson, the white police officer who shot and killed an unarmed black teenager in Ferguson, Missouri, federal officials said.

Jaleel Tariq Abdul-Jabbaar, 46, of the Seattle suburb of Kirkland, made an initial appearance in federal court on Tuesday to face three counts of making interstate threats, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Western District of Washington.

It was unclear how Abdul-Jabbaar intends to plead and whether he will be assigned counsel or seek a private attorney, court officials said.

He is accused of posting a string of threats to his personal Facebook page targeting police officers, specifically Wilson. The criminal complaint quoted one of the postings as saying: “We the oppressed people need to kill this white cop.”

In another posting, he wrote: “We MUST arm ourselves against the white oppressors who wear guns and badges,” the complaint said.
Federal officials said Abdul-Jabbaar began making threats shortly after the Aug. 9 shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, an incident that touched off weeks of angry protests in the St. Louis suburb and calls for Wilson’s arrest.

A grand jury last week declined to indict Wilson on criminal charges, sparking demonstrations across the country over allegations of racial bias and police mistreatment of minorities.

Federal prosecutors said Abdul-Jabbaar’s online postings went beyond free and protected speech.

“Although we each have the right to express our views about the decision reached by the state grand jury in Ferguson, Missouri, we cannot tolerate violence or threats of violence that are intended to intimidate, and ultimately silence debate,” acting U.S. Attorney Annette L. Hayes said in a statement.

Wilson resigned from the Ferguson Police Department last week, saying part of his decision stemmed from possible backlash against fellow officers.

Making interstate threats is punishable by up to five years in prison.

(Reporting by Victoria Cavaliere; Editing by Cynthia Johnston and Eric Walsh)

FYI WHY IS WASHING STATE NAMED AFTER A EUROPEAN SETTLER COLONIAL “MASONIC-JUDEO-CHRISTIAN TERRORIST”???WAS/IS GEORGE WASHINGTON INDIAN MASS MURDERER AND A TERRORIST ENSLAVER OF BLACKS STOLEN FROM AFRICA??? WASHINGTON’S LATEST INDIAN VICTIM WAS JOHN T. WILLIAMS ASSASSINATED BY EUROPEAN SETTLER GOVERNMENT AGENTS WITH GUNS AND BADGES???

GEORGE WASHINGTON WAS/IS “THE “NORTH AMERICAN HITLER PROTOTYPE’??? HITLER EVEN COPIED HIS “FINAL SOLUTION” FROM WASHINGTON’S EUROPEAN COLONIAL SETTLER PLAN TO EXTERMINATE THEIR PEACEFUL NATIVE AMERICAN VICTIMS UNDER MANIFEST DESTINY / WHITE AMERICAN EXCEPTIONALISM”???

EUROPEAN COLONIAL SETTLER “JUDEO-CHRISTIAN TERRORISM IS ALIVE WORLDWIDE BUT DYING VIOLENT “CUT OFF ITS HEAD” DEATH??? EUROPEAN AMERICANS SHOULD GET ON THEIR KNEES AND THANK “RED COMMUNIST CHINA” FOR THE TRILLIONS OF DOLLARS IN LOANS YO HELP THE”FEDERAL RESERVE PRINT UP TRILLIONS OF DOLLARS OF FAKE “MONOPOLY MONEY”.

BY THE WAY WHEN ARE THE EUROPEAN COLONIAL SETTLERS GOING TO PAY FAIR REPAIR-RATIONS (REPARATIONS)” TO NATIVE AMERICAN “INDIANS” AND “AFRICAN AMERICANS” WHOSE DNA WAS STOLEN FROM AFRICA AND USE TO BUILD THE “COTTON IS KING” FOUNDATION OF EUROPEAN COLONIAL SETTLER ‘AMERICAN CRIMINAL GENOCIDAL CAPITALISM TERRORISM” IN THE NAME OF”GOD, GOLD AND GLORY”????? Omari Tahir, HISTORY TEACHER, WORLD TRAVELER (NORTH AMERICA,ASIA EUROPE AND AFRICA), Founder / president AFRICAN AMERICAN HERITAGE MUSEUM AND CULTURE CENTER,,AFRICATOWN SEATTLE