If we see someone in serious trouble and we can help, safely, we should! This Ahole perpetrator, if convicted, needs serious prison time.
Excerpts from the Article:
When news first came out that a woman had been raped on a busy train in Philadelphia last week, it drew nationwide attention and outrage because police said bystanders did nothing to intervene. Police even went so far as to say that some citizens filmed the attack.
Now, the district attorney on the case is refuting that characterization.
At a press conference Thursday, Delaware County District Attorney Jack Stollsteimer said it’s not true that people sat on the train and “watched this transpire and took videos of it for their own gratification.”
Stollsteimer said witnesses who were on the Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority should come forward to share information about what they saw. He also stressed that it is not against the law in Pennsylvania to witness a crime and not intervene. Anyone who saw the attack would not be prosecuted, Stollsteimer emphasized.
The district attorney painted a picture, instead, of a “sparsely” crowded train, with passengers getting on and off throughout the interaction between the suspect and victim and eventual rape. He said people getting on and off the train might not have known what was going on at any given point and that they were witnessing a rape in progress.
He acknowledged there were two people who were believed to have filmed at least part of the incident, and he is in possession of one witness’s video. Stollsteimer also said CCTV footage from SEPTA shows the whole attack and will be convincing in the prosecution of the case.
The suspect, Fiston Ngoy, 35, allegedly harassed the woman, groped her and eventually raped her through more than two dozen train stops last week, authorities said. SEPTA authorities also said at a press conference earlier this week that officers responded within three minutes of the lone 911 call they received – from an off-duty transportation employee.
Police said they believed no one called authorities, and they were investigating whether any of the witnesses may have recorded the incident. Authorities said they were disturbed by the lack of intervention, claiming people had watched the assault happen.
“There were people witnessing the act with phones in their hands,” SEPTA Police Chief Thomas J. Nestel said at the press conference held Monday. “People were holding their phone up in the direction of this woman being attacked.”
“There was a lot of people, in my opinion, that should have intervened. Somebody should have done something,” Superintendent Timothy Bernhardt, of the Upper Darby Police Department, told The Philadelphia Inquirer. “It speaks to where we are in society and who would allow something like that to take place. So it’s troubling.”
Bernhardt stood alongside Stollsteimer as the top prosecutor contradicted the narrative that witnesses “callously recorded” the crime.
“People in this region are not, in my experience, so inhuman and callous human beings that they’re going to sit there and just watch this happen and videotape it, as one journalist said today, ‘for their own private enjoyment,'” Stollsteimer said.
He said people are more like a woman who, in a separate Wednesday night incident involving a sexual assault at a SEPTA stop, intervened to help the victim when she cried out for help.
“When people need help, people stand up and help,” he said.
Another good reason to expand the Court. Cops should be accountable, like everyone else.
Excerpts from the Article:
In two unsigned opinions Monday, the Supreme Court ruled in favor of police officers seeking qualified immunity from allegations of excessive force.
In both cases, the justices overturned lower court decisions that went against the officers.
The rulings — and the fact that no justice publicly dissented — suggests that the court is not willing, at least for now, to radically transform how it considers qualified immunity cases.
Qualified immunity is a legal doctrine, developed by the courts, that shields law enforcement from liability for constitutional violations including allegations of excessive force. In recent years, legal scholars, lawmakers and judges have criticized the doctrine, arguing that it is not grounded in the proper legal authorities and too often shields officials from accountability. Calls for the court to take a substantial new look at the doctrine intensified after the killing of George Floyd in 2020.
Under existing precedent, an officer is not liable, even if he or she violates the Constitution, unless it was “clearly established” by prior cases that the conduct at issue was unconstitutional. Critics say that bar is too high and forces those claiming excessive force to search for a prior case with nearly identical facts.
Last term, there were two instances where the court wiped away lower court opinions that had granted qualified immunity to government officials, leading some to believe the court was moving in a new direction to chip away at the doctrine.
But on Monday, the justices made clear that last term’s cases were outliers, and that the traditional framework could stand.
“Monday’s cases are further evidence that the Supreme Court is not going to reconsider the fundamentals of the doctrine and the justices are reaffirming the general idea that in most cases plaintiffs still need to find a nearly identical precedent to make their case,” said Jay Schweikert, a research fellow the Cato Institute who studies the issue.
“This means that until and unless Congress addresses qualified immunity, public officials can continue to violate people’s rights with impunity” Schweikert said.
If I had $5 for every article like this one which I have seen, I’d be wealthy. As I have said: “America has the best health care in the world … and the worst! The best can be found in hospitals across the nation, and the worst is in prisons and jails across the nation!” However, the whole country is deficient in MH care, and in prisons, there is no such thing. I have SEEN what we call mental health care in prison.
The local police department and the medical examiner called the prisoner’s death “natural causes”, because they do not want to acknowledge the rampant prison abuse; this is not unusual in such cases.
Excerpts from the Article:
A lawsuit filed by the family of a Washington woman who died while in jail in 2018 alleges inhumane confinement and deprivation of adequate medical care where she was held.
The death of Damaris Rodriguez, who was suffering from symptoms of psychosis, followed four days of “inexcusable neglect and appalling conditions at the South Correctional Entity Jail,” the lawsuit says.
On December 30, 2017, Rodriguez suffered from a mental health episode while at her home in the Washington city of SeaTac, a suburb of Seattle, according to the lawsuit. Rodriguez’s husband, Reynaldo, called 911 and requested medical assistance.
Damaris Rodriguez had previously suffered from bipolar disorder, and had recently developed a metabolic disorder that caused “psychosis symptoms,” the lawsuit says.
However, according to the family’s attorney, Nathan Bingham, law enforcement arrived before an ambulance and Rodriguez was arrested on suspicion of fourth degree assault against her husband. While officers were at the home responding to the call, her husband, however, insisted Rodriguez’s actions had not been intentional and that she was having a mental health crisis, repeatedly telling police that he did not want her to be arrested.
According to the lawsuit, Reynaldo “has trouble communicating about complex topics in English.” The King County Sheriff’s Office had determined the incoming call to be a domestic violence call and, according to Ryan Abbott with the King County Sheriff’s Office, with all domestic violence calls, Washington state law requires law enforcement to make an arrest if responding officers determine there is any kind of complaint of pain, or that an assault has occurred.
King County Sheriff’s deputies arrested Rodriguez and took her to the South Correctional Entity Jail (SCORE).
‘Starvation and sleep deprivation eventually took their toll’
Rodriguez spent four days alone in a cell, where video surveillance footage shows she was largely naked, surrounded by her own urine and vomit, and having what appear to be hallucinations, according to the lawsuit.
Attorney Nathan Bingham said though Washington court rules dictate that an arraignment take place before the end of the next business day, Rodriguez was never taken to court.
The lawsuit alleges that “starvation and sleep deprivation eventually took their toll,” and Rodriguez developed a metabolic condition called ketoacidosis, which leads to water intoxication. According to the complaint, corrections officers and medical staff knew of the danger of water intoxication, but did not conduct proper welfare checks, instead moving Rodriguez to a cell without a sink, where she later died on January 4, 2018.
The lawsuit alleges that Rodriguez died as a result of water intoxication. The King County Medical Examiner’s Officer determined her death to be a sudden death during excited delirium and has classified it as natural.
Attorney Nathan Bingham said there were numerous log entries on welfare checks that corrections officers signed off on which the lawsuit alleges never occurred, including an entry claiming that Rodriguez was offered and refused water almost an hour after she had stopped breathing.
The lawsuit claims that Rodriguez died, because the facility and their healthcare provider NaphCare, operate under “the perverse economic incentives of a for-profit jail. SCORE and NaphCare cut corners and make staffing policies and medical decisions based on their financial interests — not the health of their inmates.”
NaphCare, the company that helps correctional facilities like SCORE “manage their healthcare needs by offering an exceptional team of medical professionals,” responded with a statement saying, “Due to limited community resources, jails have become the largest providers of mental health care in the country. The correctional system is a difficult environment in which to treat or rehabilitate individuals living with serious mental illness. (…) Unfortunately, the jail population, particularly those with serious mental illness, are highly prone to sudden, unpreventable cardiac events. The King County Medical Examiner determined the cause of death in this instance to be sudden and natural. To date, there is no evidence in support of the statements regarding cause of death made by lawyers of the family.”
In a statement provided to KIRO, SCORE said that while in custody, Rodriguez “had been seen by medical and mental health personnel and was observed over the course of her stay by corrections staff and medical personnel. Upon finding her unresponsive, staff immediately initiated emergency procedures and began CPR. Unfortunately, the individual did not survive and was pronounced dead in the facility.”
According to the facility’s statement, an investigation into Rodriguez’s death was conducted by the Des Moines Police Department, which concluded that “no malicious criminal act” contributed to her death.
In their court filings, defendants have asked the court to dismiss the complaint, which they claim “provides a confusing, distracting, inflammatory, and unduly prejudicial backdrop.”
The victim, walking in circles in her cell:
Partial human remains found after Brian Laundrie’s possessions located in Florida park – too bad – kra
Based on my vast experience, I have no doubt that Brian Laundrie murdered little Gabby Petito. None. So I say “too bad” because he should have been arrested, convicted, and sent to rot in prison.
Now, what his parents have said makes no sense to me, and their role in his disappearance is being investigated. We shall see what happens. Did he tell them what he had done and then kill himself?
Excerpts from the Article:
What it appears to be human remains were found in the same area as personal belongings of Brian Laundrie, including a backpack.
The Sarasota County medical examiner’s office was called Wednesday to a Florida nature preserve where police recently discovered items belonging to Brian Laundrie, the department confirmed.
The medical examiners are responding to Myakkatchee Creek Environmental Par, which is adjacent to the Carlton Reserve where Launrie’s parents said he had left to go hiking over a month ago.
The park is now closed to the public, having reopened only Tuesday following a weeks-long search for the fugitive.
Laundrie, 23, is wanted for alleged bank fraud and is a person of interest, in the homicide of his girlfriend Gabby Petito, 22.
In mid-September, her body was found in Wyoming’s Grand National Park.
Laundrie’s parents, Chris and Roberta Laundrie, informed the FBI and the North Port Police Department Tuesday night that they intended to come to Mykkahatchee Creek Environmental Park on Wednesday morning to search for him, family attorney Steven Bertolino said.
Their first Newsletter by CCRC and National maps on expungement, pardoning, and voting rights restoration and MORE!
Their first Newsletter and National maps on expungement, pardoning, and voting rights restoration and MORE!
National maps on expungement, pardoning, and voting rights restoration = Obviously a great resource, thorough and informative. I read through it on Delaware, and these people have done their homework!
October 8, 2021
The Collateral Consequences Resource Center is pleased to unveil six new maps that visualize the Center’s research on national laws and policies for restoring rights and opportunities to people with a record. These maps are now available below and on the 50-state comparison pages (expungement, sealing & other record relief; civil rights; and pardoning). Each state can be clicked for a detailed summary of state law and policy.
The Center will keep these maps updated, along with the rest of the Restoration of Rights Project, with future changes to the law.
Coronavirus is a health issue, not a political one! Morons like Abbott in Texas are killing people, plain and simple; vote them OUT!
Excerpts from the Article:
Texas Gov. Greg Abbott (R) on Monday banned any entity in his state — including private businesses — from mandating coronavirus vaccines for workers or customers, expanding prior executive orders from his office that prohibited state government entities from imposing similar requirements.
Abbott’s move puts him at odds with some large corporations and with the Biden administration, which last month announced plans to require all employers with 100 or more workers to adopt vaccine mandates or testing regimens. A number of large private companies in Texas have issued mandates.
“If indeed the mandate now is everyone must be vaccinated or . . . tested once a week, we will obviously comply by that mandate,” Doug Parker, chief executive of Fort Worth-based American Airlines, said in a Washington Post Live interview in September.
“All along, as we’ve been going through this, we have been considering mandates and may have done one on our own. But what we wanted to do was do everything we could first to encourage everyone to do so,” he said. Dallas-based Southwest Airlines last week gave all employees until Dec. 8 to get vaccinated or face possible termination. (Many U.S. airlines also are government contractors, which must meet a Dec. 8 federal deadline for coronavirus vaccinations.) Telecom giant AT&T, also based in Dallas, in August ordered most of its management employees to get vaccinated by this week. Hewlett Packard Enterprise, headquartered in Houston, announced a similar move the same month.
Abbott called the Biden administration’s sweeping plan “yet another instance of federal overreach,” saying in his order that the administration is “bullying” private entities into vaccine mandates, hurting the livelihoods of Texans and threatening the state’s economic recovery from the pandemic.
Although the White House did not immediately reply to a request for comment, President Biden appeared dismissive of earlier legal threats by a group of Republican governors including Abbott over his vaccine mandates, saying, “Have at it.”
Violators will face a fine up to $1,000, according to the order, which will remain in effect until the Republican-dominated Texas legislature passes a law that formalizes it, Abbott said. The ban covers any person who objects to vaccination “for any reason of personal conscience, based on a religious belief, or for medical reasons, including prior recovery from COVID-19.”
But Abbott, who is fully vaccinated, still urged those eligible to receive a coronavirus vaccine to do so.
In July, Abbott restricted local governments and state entities from levying vaccine mandates. In March, he repealed mask mandates, an order that has since been overridden by some courts in the state.
Abbott is also facing political challenges from within his party, whose most vocal members have railed against vaccine and mask mandates. Don Huffines, a former Texas state senator who is challenging Abbott for the GOP candidacy in next year’s gubernatorial race, tweeted that Abbott’s move had been long overdue.
“Greg Abbott is a political windsock and today proves it,” he said. “He knows conservative Republican voters are tired of the vaccine mandates and tired of him being a failed leader.”
About 15 million Texans have been fully vaccinated, or just over half of the nation’s second-most populous state, according to The Washington Post coronavirus vaccination tracker. The United States as a whole has vaccinated about 56 percent of its residents.
Texas’s deaths and new daily infections have been gradually falling in recent weeks, after the state suffered increases in both tallies this summer amid the spread of the delta variant of the coronavirus.
The Color of Justice: Racial and Ethnic Disparity in State Prisons – lack Americans are incarcerated in state prisons across the country at nearly five times the rate of whites, and Latinx people are 1.3 times as likely to be incarcerated than non-Latinx whites
Sure not news to me, but it may be news to some of you. Racism, subtle, subconscious, and overt, permeates our criminal justice system.
Excerpts from the Article:
When former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin killed George Floyd by kneeling on his neck in 2020, the world witnessed the most racist elements of the U.S. criminal legal system on broad display. The uprisings that followed Floyd’s death articulated a vision for transforming public safety practices and investments. Almost one year later, Chauvin was convicted for Floyd’s death, a rare outcome among law enforcement officers who kill unarmed citizens. The fight for racial justice within the criminal legal system continues, however. The data findings featured in this report epitomize the enormity of the task.
This report details our observations of staggering disparities among Black and Latinx people imprisoned in the United States given their overall representation in the general population. The latest available data regarding people sentenced to state prison reveal that Black Americans are imprisoned at a rate that is roughly five times the rate of white Americans. During the present era of criminal justice reform, not enough emphasis has been focused on ending racial and ethnic disparities systemwide.
Going to prison is a major life-altering event that creates obstacles to building stable lives in the community, such as gaining employment and finding stable and safe housing after release. Imprisonment also reduces lifetime earnings and negatively affects life outcomes among children of incarcerated parents.1) These are individual-level consequences of imprisonment but there are societal level consequences as well: high levels of imprisonment in communities cause high crime rates and neighborhood deterioration, thus fueling greater disparities.2) This cycle both individually and societally is felt disproportionately by people who are Black. It is clear that the outcome of mass incarceration today has not occurred by happenstance but has been designed through policies created by a dominant white culture that insists on suppression of others.
At the same time, states have begun to chip away at mass incarceration. Nine states have lowered their prison population by 30% or more in recent years: Alaska, New Jersey, New York, Connecticut, Alabama, Rhode Island, Vermont, Hawaii, and California.3) This decline has been accomplished through a mix of reforms to policy and practice that reduce prison admissions as well as lengths of stay in prison.
Still, America maintains its distinction as the world leader4) in its use of incarceration, including more than 1.2 million people held in state prisons around the country.5)
Truly meaningful reforms to the criminal justice system cannot be accomplished without acknowledgement of its racist underpinnings. Immediate and focused attention on the causes and consequences of racial disparities is required in order to eliminate them. True progress towards a racially just system requires an understanding of the variation in racial and ethnic inequities in imprisonment across states and the policies and day-to-day practices that drive these inequities.6)
This report documents the rates of incarceration for whites, African Americans, and Latinx individuals, providing racial and ethnic composition as well as rates of disparity for each state.7) The Sentencing Project has produced state-level estimates twice before8) and once again finds staggering disproportionalities.
Black Americans are incarcerated in state prisons at nearly 5 times the rate of white Americans.
Nationally, one in 81 Black adults per 100,000 in the U.S. is serving time in state prison. Wisconsin leads the nation in Black imprisonment rates; one of every 36 Black Wisconsinites is in prison.
In 12 states, more than half the prison population is Black: Alabama, Delaware, Georgia, Illinois, Louisiana, Maryland, Michigan, Mississippi, New Jersey, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Virginia.
Seven states maintain a Black/white disparity larger than 9 to 1: California, Connecticut, Iowa, Maine, Minnesota, New Jersey, and Wisconsin.
Latinx individuals are incarcerated in state prisons at a rate that is 1.3 times the incarceration rate of whites. Ethnic disparities are highest in Massachusetts, which reports an ethnic differential of 4.1:1.
Eliminate mandatory sentences for all crimes.
Mandatory minimum sentences, habitual offender laws, and mandatory transfer of juveniles to the adult criminal system give prosecutors too much authority while limiting the discretion of impartial judges. These policies contributed to a substantial increase in sentence length and time served in prison, disproportionately imposing unduly harsh sentences on Black and Latinx individuals.
Require prospective and retroactive racial impact statements for all criminal statutes.
The Sentencing Project urges states to adopt forecasting estimates that will calculate the impact of proposed crime legislation on different populations in order to minimize or eliminate the racially disparate impacts of certain laws and policies. Several states have passed “racial impact statement” laws. To undo the racial and ethnic disparity resulting from decades of tough-on-crime policies, however, states should also repeal existing racially biased laws and policies. The impact of racial impact laws will be modest at best if they remain only forward looking.
Decriminalize low-level drug offenses.
Discontinue arrest and prosecutions for low-level drug offenses which often lead to the accumulation of prior convictions which accumulate disproportionately in communities of color. These convictions generally drive further and deeper involvement in the criminal legal system.
Click here to read the full report.
It really is good, hits the nail on the head, with humor. Hearing John Lithgow read it we can sense how profound it is!
Trump ordered to give deposition in 2015 case involving alleged assault during Trump Tower demonstration
I still can’t believe this lying P O S has not been arrested for something! This might bring him one step closer, because he surely will commit perjury.
Excerpts from the Article:
A New York judge has ordered former President Donald Trump to sit for a video deposition next week in a case involving an alleged assault during a 2015 demonstration outside of Trump Tower.
State Supreme Court Judge Doris Gonzalez has ordered Trump to appear for the deposition on Monday morning at the Trump Organization headquarters in New York City, “or in the event of illness or emergency,” on another agreed upon date before the month’s end.
The deposition comes two years after a New York appeals court judge paused an earlier ruling ordering Trump’s deposition.
“After defendants spent years unsuccessfully fighting to keep Donald Trump from testifying under oath, we will be taking his testimony in this case on Monday. We look forward to presenting this case, including Mr. Trump’s video testimony, to the jury at his trial,” said Benjamin N. Dictor, a lawyer for the plaintiffs.
The judge order the parties to appear in court for a pre-trial conference on October 25, according to a court order.
The litigation revolves around a 2015 lawsuit filed by a group self-described as “human rights activists of Mexican origin” who were protesting Trump’s rhetoric on immigration in front of Trump Tower in September of that year. The men allege that Trump’s then-head of security, Keith Schiller, hit one of the protesters, Efrain Galicia, in the head after Galicia tried to stop Schiller from taking their large cardboard signs, which read, “Trump: Make America Racist Again.”
A different New York judge earlier this month ordered Trump to answer questions under oath by December 23 in the defamation lawsuit brought by former “The Apprentice” contestant Summer Zervos. Zervos accused Trump of defamation when he denied her allegations of sexual assault. Trump has denied the assault.
There are so many wrongs in this world! I do not understand gays and transsexuals, it is unnatural. But they have a right to be that way. I commend Netflix for its policy of transparency.
Excerpts from the Article:
Netflix fired an employee who leaked “confidential” and “commercially sensitive” information regarding Dave Chappelle’s latest stand-up special, the company said Friday, after backlash from the LGBTQ community over recent onstage remarks made by the comedian were criticized as transphobic.
The firing of the employee, who was not publicly identified by the streaming giant, came days before a Netflix employee walkout planned in response to Chappelle’s special, “The Closer,” which has generated intense public furor in recent days for including comments by the comedian that LGBTQ advocacy groups say could incite harm against transgender people. The news was first reported by the Verge.
Netflix confirmed the person’s firing in a statement and said the employee had released data that appeared in a Bloomberg News article detailing that the company spent $24.1 million on Chappelle’s special. A review of the company’s internal access logs pinpointed the information to a single person, who “admitted that they downloaded and shared sensitive company information externally,” Netflix said.
“We understand this employee may have been motivated by disappointment and hurt with Netflix, but maintaining a culture of trust and transparency is core to our company,” Netflix said.
The firing occurs at a tenuous time for Netflix in the days since the release of “The Closer.” Advocacy groups such as GLAAD and the National Black Justice Coalition have condemned the special and demanded that it be removed from Netflix’s offerings. Jaclyn Moore, the showrunner of the Netflix series “Dear White People,” said last week that she would no longer work with the platform “as long as they continue to put out and profit from blatantly and dangerously transphobic content.”
Netflix had previously suspended three employees for crashing a digital meeting among the company’s executives. One of those employees, Terra Field, a software engineer who is transgender and criticized the Chappelle special on Twitter, said Tuesday she had been reinstated. Field voiced her displeasure with the news of her co-worker’s dismissal.
“I am furious about it,” she tweeted Friday.
During the special, Chappelle joked about transgender genitalia, said “gender is a fact” and told his audience he was on “team TERF,” an acronym for trans-exclusionary radical feminist. The comedian also defended J.K. Rowling, the author of the Harry Potter books, who has been criticized for making statements seen as transphobic. Chappelle has joked about the transgender community in the past, including in his 2019 special, “Sticks & Stones.”
Here’s the difference between sex and gender:
The Equality Act is a positive step forward for the LGBTQ community. But it came with swift backlash from conservative lawmakers. (Monica Rodman, Sarah Hashemi/The Washington Post)
Since it was released Oct. 1, the special, Chappelle’s sixth with Netflix, has at least 10 million views, according to the Associated Press. As of Saturday morning, “The Closer” was the fifth-most-watched show on Netflix. Although its Rotten Tomatoes score from critics is 43 percent, audiences gave the special a score of 96 out of 100.
Netflix CEO argues that Chappelle’s new special, criticized as transphobic, is too popular to cancel
GLAAD, a media watchdog group, accused the Chappelle program of having “anti-LGBTQ content” that violates Netflix’s policy to reject programs inciting hate or violence. The National Black Justice Coalition, a civil rights advocacy group, called on Netflix immediately to pull the special and “directly apologize to the transgender community.”
Ted Sarandos, the streaming giant’s co-CEO, has defended the comedian and has said the streaming platform will not remove “The Closer,” telling managers in an internal memo that the stand-up program doesn’t cross “the line on hate.” Sarandos cited “creative freedom” as one reason the company will not take it down. He acknowledged that although some people may find Chappelle’s stand-up to be “mean-spirited,” “our members enjoy it, and it’s an important part of our content offering.”
“Chappelle is one of the most popular stand-up comedians today, and we have a long standing deal with him,” Sarandos added in an Oct. 8 memo obtained by news outlets. “His last special ‘Sticks & Stones,’ also controversial, is our most watched, stickiest and most award winning stand-up special to date.”
In his defense of Chappelle, Sarandos mentioned the work of comedian Hannah Gadsby as part of the platform’s efforts to “ensure marginalized communities aren’t defined by a single story.” Gadsby lashed out at Sarandos on Friday, writing on Instagram that she preferred “if you didn’t drag my name into your mess.”