Broward County: Christopher Krickovich filmed punching, pepper-spraying teenager

That teen’s phone bounced onto the pavement. A 15-year-old went to pick it up and, in a widely circulated video shot by a bystander, he did so in front of a deputy wielding pepper spray. The deputy triggered the spray at the teen’s face, and he only made it a few steps before the deputy threw him to the ground.

Another deputy, Christopher Krickovich, straddled him, smashed his forehead into the asphalt several times and punched him in the head. The teen extended his arms.

…Later, the officer said he responded to the call as an active-shooter scenario, even though no shots were fired. [A lack of ability to exercise judgement  like this should be grounds for firing. Incompetence should never ever be rewarded, let alone accepted as justification for egregious violence and abuses of pwer.]

…“Oftentimes, training doesn’t get to the philosophical root to explain to officers why you need to do X, Y or Z,” Klinger said. “Rather, it’s just, ‘Do X, Y or Z.’ It’s very easy for officers to misapply.”

Klinger added: “If there is a problem with the particular use of force, and [deputies] were doing what they were trained to do and told to do, you can’t criticize them.” [What? Watch me… If an officer cannot use reason and critical thought well enough to be responsible for their own choices and actions they not only have no business wearing a badge they are a danger to the community they are charged with protecting.]

Broward County: Christopher Krickovich filmed punching, pepper-spraying teenager – The Washington Post

This random and uncalled for level of unrepentant violence and bullying is what parents invite into their communities when they give approval to law enforcement officers in school. The child was lucky not to be shot dead.

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Senator states that nurses “probably play cards for a considerable amount of the day” in amending rest breaks bill

Senator states that nurses “probably play cards for a considerable amount of the day” in amending rest breaks bill | Washington State Nurses Association

sigh….

Throwback Tuesday: Computer scientists say they have strong evidence election was rigged against Clinton in three key states

In Wisconsin, Ms Clinton received 7 per cent fewer votes in counties that depended on electronic-voting machines compared to countries that used optical scanners and paper ballots, and consequently Ms Clinton may have lost up to 30,000 votes. She lost Wisconsin by 27,000 votes.

Computer scientists say they have strong evidence election was rigged against Clinton in three key states | The Independent

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‘Could You Draw A Dot Within 50 Miles Of Your House?’: Why The U.S. May Have A Geography Literacy Problem | Here & Now

Spann thought there was something technically wrong with the maps he was posting. But after getting the help of a group of social scientists, he found that most people just can’t find their house on a map.

This is a dangerous problem, he says. A significant number of Americans live in tornado-prone areas, and others may be dealing with different environmental threats, like flooding, earthquakes or tsunamis.

…A large part of the problem is smartphones, which have GPS systems that give turn-by-turn directions. People don’t [use and read]  maps anymore, he says.

‘Could You Draw A Dot Within 50 Miles Of Your House?’: Why The U.S. May Have A Geography Literacy Problem | Here & Now

sigh…

 

 

Tampons Confiscated, Guns Allowed as Texas Senate Debates Abortion

Tampons Confiscated, Guns Allowed as Texas Senate Debates Abortion – The Atlantic

Seems like some members of the Texas State Troopers need to lose their freaking jobs.

If the decision was based on the need to protect legislators the fact that guns were allowed through strongly suggests a willful dereliction of duty.

Any other rational for the decision to confiscate birth control and feminine sanitary products but not actual weapons indicates crass prejudice.

At best, it was insensitive and wholly unprofessional but whether it was gross incompetence or malicious abuse of power, the troopers involved should be relived of their badges.

2,000 Leaked Photos Show the Cruelty of an Alabama Prison. Should They Be Published?

2,000 Leaked Photos Show the Cruelty of an Alabama Prison. Should They Be Published? – Mother Jones

Honestly not sure what the question is.

Does the New York Times (or any new organization) really refrain from publishing images that the subjects of the photos might not like? Truly I have never heard that they do so.

Is the fact that some people won’t get it a reason to not say something? (Um, no…)

Should journalists not cover stories that they think the public won’t 100% be on board with? (Um, no…)

It seems to the peanut gallery that he only real reason not to publish these photos is is an ediotial decision not to support victims of injustice.