@NCADP calls on us to view @USSupremeCourt’s #CruelAndUnusual death penalty decision as call to action

NATIONAL COALITION TO ABOLISH THE DEATH PENALTY:
AMERICANS SHOULD VIEW LETHAL INJECTION DECISION
AS CALL TO ACTION

Washington, DC—Following the Supreme Court ruling this morning in Glossip v. Gross that Oklahoma may use the drug Midozalam as they carry out executions by lethal injection, the National Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty released the following statement from its Executive Director, Diann Rust-Tierney:

“Today, the Supreme Court ruled that using a cocktail of illegal drugs, which has been proven to cause torture in the prisoners to whom it’s been administered, as a form of execution, is not ‘cruel or unusual’ punishment.

It’s hard to imagine what could be crueler than a prolonged, torturous death, or more unusual, given that 80% of the executions in the United States last year took place in just 3 states. [emphasis added]

“The death penalty is on the outs, with even conservative states like Nebraska outlawing the policy. Yet that message clearly hasn’t risen up to the highest Court in the land. That means our work is far from done.

“Americans from all walks of life must recommit ourselves to ensuring that policymakers, attorneys and, yes, the Supreme Court understand America doesn’t want or need the death penalty any more. That’s exactly the goal of the 90 Million Strong campaign, and the reason we feel confident that one day, not one more American will be put to death by the government.”

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Christy Setzer, President
New Heights Communications
(202) 506-6421 office
(617) 512-7572 cell
christy@newheightscommunications.com
@christyNHC

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Please join the 90 Million Strong effort to end all executions. Justice and vengeance are not even synonyms, let alone one and the same.

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… with liberty and justice, for some

Court Rules Police No Longer Have to Release Information about Corrupt Cops to the Public | The Free Thought Project

Maryland — In a damning blow to transparency, the Maryland Court of Appeals ruled that information related to police misconduct cannot be disclosed to the public and is exempt from the Maryland Public Information Act …

… According to the Baltimore Sun:

The question before the state’s highest court centered on whether citizens have a right to know the outcome and other information about an investigation once misconduct allegations are sustained. In a 5-2 ruling, the court said the law exempts personnel information from disclosure and does not differentiate between “sustained” and “unsustained” complaints.

This bogus secrecy applies to the actual victims in the complaints!

via Court Rules Police No Longer Have to Release Information about Corrupt Cops to the Public | The Free Thought Project.

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We are constitutionally guaranteed the right to petition for relief and redress. The words were not written as a gesture of goodwill. They were meant to have teeth.

Officers are getting away with assaults, false arrests, molestation, rape and murder, and in the face of the ever-escalating brutality, our courts have allowed yet more civil immunities from prosecution.

Civil immunities provide “liberty and justice for some” … which couldn’t be less patriotic.

https://youtu.be/L9WwrsW1_gI

Published on Jun 17, 2015

Two Anniston, Alabama, police officers, Josh Doggrell and Wayne Brown, attended a 2013 conference held by the neo-Confederate group the League of the South. Doggrell spoke at the conference—clips of which appear above.

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U.S. ‘Moderate’ Rebels Hard To Find.

Originally posted on THE ONENESS of HUMANITY:

by Jerry Alatalo

       WE THE PEOPLE (photo: hill-kleerup.org) WE THE PEOPLE
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What does it say about United States foreign policy in the Middle East when it has a hard time recruiting ‘moderate’ rebels to fight ISIS? According to recent reports, while the Pentagon had plans to train 5,400 rebels per year, less than 100 volunteers have stepped forward. Scott Bennett, the former counter-terrorism finance analyst who wants to testify before committees of the Senate and House of Representatives about Swiss bank accounts funding ISIS, believes nobody in the Middle East is going to fight for the United States.

In an interview by Press TV, Mr. Bennett shares his view that U.S. policy of intervention in the Middle East has cost trillions of dollars, unimaginable loss of life through war and bloodshed, and ruination of the United States’ reputation around the world. His recommended course for eliminating ISIS is U.S. coöperation with Syria, Iran, China, Russia and…

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@TheJusticeDept and @FBI needs to ask why @onetoughnerd and @SchuetteOnDuty won’t #FreeDavontaeSanford

Davontae Sanford
I posted the comment below to a Huffington Post article that featured videos of violence directed at incarcerated youths, as one of the videos appears to be of incarcerated innocent Davontae Sanford several years ago, when he was 16. Davontae didn’t learn that language he used in the video at home. His mother, Taminko, is a devout Christian whose faith has never wavered once, despite the godlessness of our justice system. She is just as certain that her faith alone will free her son as I am certain that it won’t … which is why I write post after post about Davontae. The language Davontae used is prison-taught. He was an immediate target of abuse by inmates and guards alike, being half-blind and developmentally delayed, on top of being so very young … he was 14 when Detroit police coerced a false confession from him. There is absolutely nothing that should trouble U.S. Attorney General Lorretta Lynch more than frame-ups that are held together by the superglue of public corruption, as the police, prosecutors and judges who will labor to keep an innocent incarcerated are capable of all manner of evil in every other aspect of their careers, and their personal lives.

Susan Chandler ·

Davontae Sanford, apparently the subject in one of the videos, was cleared on all involvement in the 2007 Runyon Street quadruple homicides by one of the actual shooters – hit man Vincent Smothers – in 2008.

Smothers has done more to try and free Davontae Sanford than any attorney or journalist. Davontae’s frame-up consisted of Detroit police coercing a false confession out of a mentally challenged suspect, just as they had done years earlier with Eddie Joe Lloyd, who was DNA exonerated after Michigan’s horrific prisons had taken an insurmountable toll on his health – he died within a few years of being freed.

The terms of Eddie Joe Lloyd’s settlement REQUIRED DETROIT POLICE TO RECORD INTERROGATIONS, and although that agreement was already in place, Detroit police claim they did not record their interrogating 14-year-old, half-blind, developmentally delayed Davontae Sanford. Davontae incorrectly identified the weapons used. He tested negative for gunshot residue. There was absolutely nothing that tied him to the drug related “hits,” and had a parent or guardian been present, there is no way that Davontae would have spent so much as a minute behind bars.

Michigan taxpayers have been defrauded of millions to continue to (often violently) persecute a disabled individual, with the permission of Governor Rick Snyder and Attorney General Bill Schuette. Again, Vincent Smothers’ credible confession, leading to recovery of one of the weapons involved, was in 2008.

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One (big) reason there are 22 Vet suicides per day

VA not accepting new patients in Atlanta. Action doesn’t start until 6:43.

Published on Jun 30, 2015

WTF?!?!?! How does the VA not accept new patients? Secretary McDonald will have to tell us how this works, this Veteran has been in the VA system for 10 years and just needs to be seen. He is still in the same state. WTF?!?!?!?!

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Fourth of July fireworks and flag waving don’t mean a whole lot to Vets who are thanked for their service with VA denials of service.

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Big Sugar Summit: Julia Hathaway, Is Big Sugar Burning Your Lungs?

Originally posted on cyndi lenz:

Big Sugar Summit: Julia Hathaway, Is Big Sugar Burning Your Lungs?

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Here is our amazing friend Julia Hathaway at the Big Sugar Summit!   I learned so much from her speech and now I know all the things that can be done with sugar cane if it is green harvested. Brazil and Australia do it!

We can green harvest too. Imagine something good  coming out  this whole mess!

http://sugarcane.org/sustainability/best-practices

Reduced Use of Agrochemicals

Application of pesticides on Brazilian sugarcane fields is negligible and use of fungicides practically nonexistent. Major diseases that threaten sugarcane are fought through biological control, introducing natural enemies to fight pests and advanced genetic enhancement programs.

Brazilian sugarcane growers also apply relatively few industrialized fertilizers, using on average 75 kilograms per hectare. That’s 50% less than the amount typically applied to corn in the United States and 30% less than what’s used…

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An opportunity to object to #NickelRides, #CowboyRides, #RoughRides

The Last Words Freddie Gray Ever Read? Baltimore Cops Leave Sadistic Messages Inside Police Vans | The Free Thought Project Nickel rides are a horrific police torture tactic where a suspect is handcuffed and placed in the back of a police van without restraints, and driven recklessly around town by police officers. This practice has also been called a “Rough Ride” or a “Cowboy Ride.” Last year, Nickel Rides became notorious in Philadelphia, after a court case revealed that police were using this tactic as a witness-free way to punish unruly, uncooperative, or arrogant suspects – without ever laying a hand on them. For rogue police, it was a literal way to deliver “street justice.” The practice was exposed through the lawsuit of a man named James McKenna, who was awarded $490,000 after he was able to prove in court that he was intentionally injured during his ride in a police van. via The Last Words Freddie Gray Ever Read? Baltimore Cops Leave Sadistic Messages Inside Police Vans | The Free Thought Project.

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James McKenna was awarded $490,000 after he proved he was intentionally injured in a Philadelphia police van.

Baltimore resident Christine Abbott sued after she was badly injured in a bumpy, police van ride; in the same year, Anthony Anderson’s death was ruled a homicide, caused by injuries sustained in a police van. Obviously, Baltimore had time to address their officers’ insanity prior to Freddie Gray’s April homicide. But they apparently still haven’t … Beth Ann Dulin claims she was subjected to a rough ride in June. She said that a message on the inside of a door said, “Welcome to the Baltimore Police Department, enjoy your stay!”

I hope that the pictures in the linked article aren’t real, but I fear they are, given Ms. Dulin’s claim … in one picture, a message on the inside door panel of a alleged police van door says:

Enjoy your ride, cuz we sure will!

The pictures were taken by a woman who understandably only wants to be known as Laura … she wasn’t in custody, she was a passerby.

Please help keep all future riders in Baltimore police vans safe. Please call and/or email the Baltimore Police Department and insist that they respect due process and human rights … innocent until proven guilty, and never, ever to be subjected to cruel and unusual punishment, even if guilty. Thank you.

Phone: 410-396-2411 E-mail: E-mail the Central District

[Note: holding officers accountable will likely lead to holding privatized transporters accountable, as well. Please see my previous post, “FL man tortured by privatized service.”]

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