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Kimani Gray’s Mother Speaks Out

In #BrooklynProtest, Anonymous, News, Occupy, Police Brutality, USA, USA, Viral Videos, World Revolution on March 14, 2013 at 9:15 PM

 

03/14/2013

Days after her 16-year-old son was killed by police officers on an East Flatbush street, Carol Gray spoke to reporters, telling them that she’s “been through a lot, the past couple of days. I just buried my oldest son a little over two years ago, to a car accident, and I haven’t even found closure yet, and now, I have to place my younger boy in the same hole that his older brother’s in… Take a look at my life, and understand what I’m saying to you. I’m the mother of a teen. A teen that’s been a regular teen, as you say. They’re young, they make stupid moves.”

Police said that on Saturday night, at around 11:30 p.m., two Brooklyn South Anti Crime plainclothes officers had been on patrol when they noticed young males near 473 East 52nd Street. According to the NYPD’s statement, the cops noticed one—Kiminai Gray—”break away from the group upon noticing the police. The male… adjusted his waistband and continued to act in a suspicious manner. The officers exited their unmarked auto and attempted to engage the suspect, who turned on them, and pointed a .38 caliber revolver at the officers. Both officers fired at the suspect, striking him about the body.”

Police Commissioner Ray Kelly had said, “We have three [civilian] witnesses, two of which said that one of the officers shouted ‘Don’t move’ and ‘Freeze.’ Two witnesses also said they heard officers say, ‘What do you have in your hands?’” However, one witness claims that the teen wasn’t armed.

Kimani had previous arrests and was reportedly a member of the Bloods. Carol Gray said today, “As a mother… I want to speak of Kimani. Kimani Gray is my son. My baby. My 16-year-old baby… He’s not the public’s angel, but he’s my angel and he’s my baby and he was slaughtered and I want to know why.” She said, “He has a curfew, sometimes he’s late. Whatever time he gets there, I’ll be real happy to seem him” and pointed out that he wasn’t “at a robbery site, not at the murder scene, Kimani was killed in front of his best friend’s house, after leaving a sweet 16 party.”

A report from the medical examiner’s office said that Kimani had been hit seven times by the police officers’ bullets, three of them in the back. Carol Gray asked for justice and wondered, “Why was Kimani been murdered, and slaughtered? Why was Kimani begging for his life? Why was Kimani saying [those things] if he had a weapon? … He’s my angel, and my baby, and he was slaughtered, and I want to know why. After the first shot, why the second bullet, why the third bullet? … Just walk in my shoes, please, and understand my grief… I want justice, for his civil rights, for being an American citizen.”

City Council Member Charles Barron said they weren’t going to address the violence during vigils on Monday and Wednesday nights (the Grays have condemned the violence through a spokeperson), but did say that justice would help, “The best way to stop violence in our community is that—no pleas for peace are going to do it, just justice.”

Via Gothamist

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Aboriginal Corrections Report Finds “Systemic Discrimination”

In News on March 9, 2013 at 7:16 AM

02/08/2013

Aboriginal people are so vastly over-represented in Canada’s federal prison system that current policies are clearly failing them, according to a new report by the Office of the Correctional Investigator.

The report found “no new significant investments at the community level for federal aboriginal initiatives. No deputy commissioner dedicated solely to and responsible for aboriginal programs, planning, implementation and results. And worst of all, no progress in closing the large gaps in correctional outcomes between aboriginal and non-aboriginal inmates,” Howard Sapers, the correctional investigator for Canada, said during a news conference in Ottawa.

 

The report was tabled in the House of Commons Thursday morning — only the second special report ever written by the investigator since the office’s creation 40 years ago.

The trail of many social policies which have marginalized one group of our population “defines systemic discrimination,” Sapers said.

“It’s not that anybody designed the CSC programs to be discriminatory but in fact, there are differential outcomes between aboriginal and non-aboriginal inmates,” Sapers said.

The correctional investigator pointed to what he called “alarming” statistics.

“There are just over 3,400 aboriginal men and women making up 23 per cent of the country’s federal prison inmate population,” Sapers said.

“In other words, while aboriginal people in Canada comprise just four per cent of the population, in federal prisons nearly one in four is Métis, Inuit, or First Nations.”

Sapers found almost 40 per cent increase in the aboriginal incarcerated population between 2001-02 and 2010-11.

Additionally, aboriginal inmates are sentenced to longer terms, and spend more time in segregation and maximum security. They are less likely to be granted parole and are more likely to have parole revoked for minor problems.

“If I were releasing a report card on aboriginal corrections today, it would be filled with failing grades,” Sapers said.

“The overrepresentation of aboriginal people in federal corrections and the lack of progress to improve the disparity in correctional outcomes continues to cloud Canada’s domestic human rights record,” Sapers said.

The correctional investigator called on CSC to implement the following actions:

  • To appoint a deputy commissioner for aboriginal corrections.
  • The development of a long-term strategy to increase opportunities for the care and custody of aboriginal offenders by aboriginal communities, and the re-allocation of adequate funds for these purposes.
  • The creation of more community-based healing lodges and permanent funding for them, equal to CSC facilities.
  • Ongoing training of CSC staff to ensure adequate understanding of aboriginal people, culture and traditions.
  • New and enhanced measures to ensure aboriginal leadership and elders are equal partners in the delivery of community release and re-integration program and services.
  • The immediate hiring of more aboriginal community development officers.
  • Improving and streamlining the process around accepting and monitoring released offenders into aboriginal communities.

REPORT: Spirit Matters: Aboriginal People and the Corrections and Conditional Release Act

Sinkhole Swallows Florida Man in Home

In News, USA, Viral Videos on March 2, 2013 at 8:51 AM

 

03/02/2013

A man has vanished under the earth, sucked in into a sinkhole that suddenly opened under his bedroom in a suburban Tampa home. Authorities warn that the sinkhole is unstable and dangerous, as it may grow further.

The hole, estimated to be 20 feet across and 20 feet deep, sucked 37-year-old Jeff Bush, along with his bed, television and dresser into the ground as it broke through the concrete floor of his bedroom late Thursday evening.

As Bush was declared dead on Friday, his brother described as he jumped in to try to save his sibling that he “heard him hollering my name to help him,” said Jeremy Bush.

“I feel in my heart he didn’t make it,” Bush told Tampa TV station WFTS. “There were six of us in the house, five got out.

 

When the emergency team got to the scene “all they could see was a part of a mattress sticking out of the hole,” said Hillsborough County Fire Rescue Chief Ron Rogers.

County administrator Mike Merrill described the home as “seriously unstable,” warning that more lives could be lost if people continue to occupy the house, as the soil around it is very soft and the sinkhole is expected to expand.

 

Six people, including a 2-year-old child, were inside the house at the time of the incident.

Limestone caverns place Florida in a sinkhole prone zone. A 400-foot sinkhole near Orlando in 1981 swallowed up five sports cars, two businesses and a three-bedroom house. More than 500 sinkholes have been reported in Hillsborough County since 1954.

UPDATE: First Look Down Seffner, Florida Sinkhole (Raw Video)

Fmr. Press Sec. Gibbs: “One of the First Things They Told Me Was ‘You’re Not Even to Acknowledge the Drone Program”

In Barack Obama, Drones, News, Other Leaks, Politics, USA, Viral Videos on February 25, 2013 at 5:32 AM

 

02/25/2013

Joining MSNBC’s Chris Hayes on Sunday morning’s Up, former White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs admitted that he was told by members of Barack Obama’s administration “not to admit” that a drone warfare program exists. Gibbs shocked MSNBC’s panel guests by the admission that Obama was already focused on hiding the drone program from the press even before he took office in 2009.

“When I went through the process of becoming press secretary, one of the first things they told me was ‘you’re not even to acknowledge the drone program,” Gibbs said. “You’re not even to discuss that it exists.”

“Here’s what’s inherently crazy about that proposition: you’re being asked a question based on reporting of a program that exists, right? So, you’re the official government spokesperson acting as if the entire program – pay no attention to the man behind the curtain,” Gibbs added.

Coroner: Dorner Died of Gunshot Wound to Head

In LAPD Manhunt, News on February 15, 2013 at 9:13 PM

 

02/15/2013

San Bernardino sheriff’s officials Friday addressed the media for the first time since Christopher Dorner’s remains were identified.

Capt. Kevin Lacy of the San Bernardino County Sheriff-Coroner said a 6-hour autopsy showed that Dorner died of a single gunshot wound to the head.

“During the autopsy yesterday, the doctor who conducted the process, concluded that the cause of death was a single gunshot wound to the head,” Lacy said, adding that officials are not yet ready to comment on whether the wound was the result of a self-inflicted wound or another round.

“We will tell you that while we’re still compiling the information and putting our reports together, the information that we have right now seems to indicate that the wound that took Christopher Dorner’s life was self-inflicted,” Lacy said.

Officials also explained Friday that the charred remains were found in a basement of the burned-out cabin.

They were positively confirmed on Thursday as that of Dorner in a dental examination. Dorner’s California driver’s license was found near his body inside the leveled Seven Oaks property.

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