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Cops Detain 15-Year-Old Girl For 90 Minutes Over MetroCard Flop

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Some might ask what does this post and a previous post about police brutality toward minorities have to do with politics.  Let me suggest to those who might ask this question that… it has everything to do with it.

News One

Alexis Sumpter, a 15-year-old Harlem girl, was detained by New York Police Department (NYPD) officers for more than 90 minutes because they thought she illegally used a student metro card, the New York Daily News reports.

On July 27, Sumpter swiped her MetroCard at the 125th Metro station in Harlem and sat on a platform bench as she waited for the A-Train to arrive. Several plainclothes cops approached her, saying that she illegally swiped the card because they believed she was over 18 years of age.

Sumpter told them that she was 15 years old, but could not provide ID because it was recently stolen at a party she attended.

The cops, she says, did not buy her story and cuffed her. Sumpter told The Post that the officers were quite aggressive:

“They called me liar,” she remembers. “Then they grabbed me by my arms and flung me up the stairs. I kept saying, I’m only 15 — why are you guys doing this?

“They said they didn’t owe me an explanation,” she said.

The officers on the scene called her father who vouched for her age, but they were not convinced. The teen’s mother, Marisol Sumpter, was then called. She raced to the scene with her daughter’s birth certificate and only then was the girl released.

Watch her video here…

The entire ordeal lasted 90 minutes, a fact that puzzles the teen’s mother.

“I definitely think it was over the top,” said Marisol Sumpter, 32, who works in real estate. “They used physical force that was not necessary.”

 

The Alexis was treated at a local hospital because she says the handcuffs caused swelling on her wrists. She no longer takes the A-train, hoping the change in travel will help her avoid the officers that detailed her. She was neither arrested nor given a summons.

 

“I don’t want to see them again,” she said. “I don’t want to have to go through that again.”

 The NYPD is investigating the case.

For more on this story, please go to the New York Daily News.

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Romney gets caught lying about Obama, military voters

Mitt Romney is counting on his followers to be ignorant and complacent.

He thinks those Fox News viewers (the same people who will vote for him) will believe anything he says, and he’s probably right.  The fact is he’s a bold-face liar that doesn’t deserve the Presidency.

John McCain was an honorable and worthwhile adversary back in 2008.  Romney is a sleazy wannabe politician who has the corrupt values of a Wall Street Banker…

The Rachel Maddow Blog

After spending the last several months paying attention to Mitt Romney’s habitual dishonesty at a granular level, I’ve become largely inured to his more routine, casual lies. Some of the deliberate falsehoods are just too common to get upset about.

But once in a while, Romney tells a lie so blatant and offensive that it raises questions anew about the candidate’s character and what standards of decency he’s prepared to abandon to advance his ambitions.

As Rachel explained on the show on Thursday, voting rights in Ohio have been a mess in recent cycles, and new voter-suppression tactics imposed by state Republican lawmakers are inviting “chaos” at the polls this fall. Of particular interest is a state policy that restricts early-voting rights: active-duty troops can vote up to three days before Election Day, but no one else.

To that end, President Obama’s campaign filed a lawsuit a few weeks ago, asking a federal court to “restore in-person early voting for all Ohioans during the three days prior to Election Day.” Three weeks later, Romney came up with a new response to the lawsuit, posting this message to Facebook:

“President Obama’s lawsuit claiming it is unconstitutional for Ohio to allow servicemen and women extended early voting privileges during the state’s early voting period is an outrage. The brave men and women of our military make tremendous sacrifices to protect and defend our freedoms, and we should do everything we can to protect their fundamental right to vote. I stand with the fifteen military groups that are defending the rights of military voters, and if I’m entrusted to be the commander-in-chief, I’ll work to protect the voting rights of our military, not undermine them.”

Got that? Obama wants all eligible Ohio voters, including servicemen and women, to have the same ability to vote, which Romney says, in writing, means Obama is trying to “undermine” the troops’ ability to vote.

This is as loathsome a lie as Romney has told all year — and given his record, that’s not an easy threshold to meet.

Continue reading here…

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