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Thousands March Through Downtown LA To Protest LAPD Slaying Of Ezell Ford

EZELL FORD PROTEST

Joe Satran/The Huffington Post

If the truth be told, Los Angeles, New York City, Chicago, Detroit and other “urban” areas across the country have been experiencing this for decades.  Perhaps now in today’s social media world, more eyes and ears can hear about or witness the injustices and unite in helping to alleviate the problem.

Let me give you an example of something I witnessed in my teens.  A neighbor’s 14 year old son was sitting on their “stoop” on Thanksgiving Day when an officer approached him and told him to move.  At some point the officer shot and killed the kid.  He claimed in Court that he had some sort of seizure (that defense seemed to be successfully used in a lot of cases against police officers) and the officer was acquitted.

The Huffington Post

LOS ANGELES — Thousands of protesters marched through downtown LA on Sunday afternoon to demand justice for Ezell Ford, the 25-year-old black man who was shot and killed by two police officers while walking down the street near his home on Aug. 11.

Although the protest had been planned and publicized for 3 p.m., a group had already gathered outside the Los Angeles Police Department headquarters around 2:30. Many present carried signs calling for an end to police brutality and justice for Ezell Ford and other unarmed civilians killed by police officers. One particularly striking sign spelled out “F*** the Police” in multicolored glitter paint.

The protesters ranged wildly in age, race, ethnicity and creed. Evelina Poston said she’d driven an hour and a half from San Bernardino because she was so disturbed by the LAPD’s handing of the case. LA resident Sandra Nunez, who was there with her young daughter, said she had been inspired to come because her son is a black teenager.

“I not only fear gang members killing my son, I fear police killing my son,” she said. “I feel helpless, because I don’t know who will protect him from them.”

Another local, David Bryant, a former member of the Nation of Islam, had protested in exactly the same place in 1992, after the trial for officers who had beaten Rodney King.

“That was over 20 years ago — and here we go again. It’s deja vu,” he said. “But what else can you expect when you have prostitutes and cowards as politicians.”

Some of the protesters wore the Guy Fawkes masks that members of the techno-anarchist group Anonymous use as their symbol. One who identified himself as “Tank the Gemini” said his group has been involved in the fight against police brutality for several years and that he sees the Ford case as a particularly egregious example of an ongoing trend.

By 3:20 p.m., the group had swelled to several hundred people — too many to fit on the sidewalk outside police headquarters. One of the attendees, Kelly Kunta — a thin, bearded black man wearing a rastacap — started leading call-and-response chants calling for justice for Ford. The mood of the protesters became increasingly passionate as they joined in.

Soon, Kunta and several other activists started leading the group away from the LAPD headquarters on a march north on Main Street.

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FBI Arrests 18 L.A. Sherriff’s Deputies in Corruption/Inmate Abuse Investigation

It’s good to read how the tables can turn on the bad apples in law enforcement…

Daily Kos

One small blow, perhaps, to the burgeoning Prison Industrial Complex. From NBC News:

Nearly 20 L.A. current and former sheriff’s deputies were expected to be arrested Monday in connection with a two-year- federal probe into corruption and inmate abuse in the Los Angeles County jail system, law enforcement sources familiar with the investigation said Monday.Some 18 deputies, most still active in the department, were either arrested without incident or were expected to surrender Monday to agents with the Federal Bureau of Investigation, according to the sources. None of those arrested ranked higher than lieutenant.

The sources said that the deputies are alleged to have committed crimes that include use of force under color of authority and obstruction of justice. The investigation is ongoing, according to sources, but the arrests seem to culminate an investigation that included allegations that deputies tried to hide an informant who was providing information to the FBI while locked up after the deputies discovered the informant had a cell phone.

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According to the article, the informant was using his cellphone to provide the FBI with photos of the ongoing inmate abuse.

The article also says that much of the onus of these arrests will fall on L.A. Chief Sheriff Lee Baca, who is seeking a fifth term. In June, the Justice Department caught some of his deputies harassing and intimidating Blacks and Latinos in L.A.’s Antelope Valley district.

Christopher Dorner: cabin fire was not intentional, say police

I’ve been hesitant to write about this story due to some unresolved ambivalence on my part.

On one hand, I recognize completely that Christopher Dorner coldly murdered four people.  There is absolutely no justification for such actions by a sane and rational human being.  The question remains, however, was he sane and rational?  It seems to me Dorner had some serious psychological issues…yet…there was no talk of his psychological state.  Only that a big black ex-Navy sniper was running wild killing police officers.

This tweet summed it all up for me:

The Guardian

Sheriff’s office confirms pyrotechnic teargas canisters were launched into cabin but ‘we didn’t intend to burn it down’

Police have confirmed they started the blaze that engulfed Chris Dorner’s cabin but said the use of pyrotechnic canisters had not been intended to cause a fire.

“It was not on purpose. We didn’t intentionally burn down that cabin to get Mr Dorner out,” John McMahon, a spokesperson for San Bernardino sheriff’s department, told a news conference on Wednesday night.

The admission followed speculation and controversy over whether authorities started the blaze to trap and kill a fugitive who had killed four people and terrorised police in a bloody vendetta against California‘s law enforcers.

Forensic scientists have not yet positively identified the human remains recovered from the cabin following Tuesday’s siege but McMahon said his department had little doubt they belonged to Dorner, 33, a former LAPD officer. “We believe that this investigation is over at this point.”

Link to video: Christopher Dorner: ‘police discuss burn plan’ – audio

 

The LAPD stood down from high alert and resumed regular policing, marking the end of a week-long drama of shootouts, chases and the biggest US manhunt in living memory.

Riverside police buried officer Michael Crain, 34, a father of two gunned down last week, to the accompaniment of bagpipes after a funeral cortege was led by police motorcycles.

The San Bernardino sheriff’s department named the deputy who died in Tuesday’s siege as Jeremiah MacKay, 35, a married veteran of the force with a seven-year-old daughter and four-month-old son.

Witnesses filled in details of Dorner’s dramatic bid to escape the mountains of San Bernardino, where he had holed up for five days, but key questions were left unanswered.

A sheriff’s department spokesman declined to explain how deputies missed Dorner while he hid apparently for five days in a cabin five minutes’ walk from the command centre that was used to direct a dragnet of 200 officers.

In desperation authorities drummed up a $1m reward for information leading to his capture, thought to be the largest bounty in California’s history.

The search around the mountains east of LA had been winding down on Tuesday when two housekeepers entered the cabin. Dorner tied them up and made off in a stolen purple Nissan. One of the housekeepers freed herself and alerted authorities.

Fish and wildlife department officers intercepted the vehicle and gave chase. Dorner shot and hit their vehicle but caused no injuries. He crashed, then commandeered a silver Dodge Ram pick-up belonging to Angelus Oaks resident Rick Heltebrake. Dorner pointed a rifle at Heltebrake’s head and ordered him out.

“I did not feel like he wanted to hurt me,” said the local camp ranger. “It was clear I wasn’t part of his agenda and there were other people down the road that were part of his agenda. Unfortunately he found them and now we have one less sheriff’s deputy in San Bernardino.”

Dorner briefly shook off his pursuers by overtaking two school buses and leaving the highway, said Patrick Foy, a spokesman with the fish and wildlife department, but other units found him after he again crashed. He fled on foot to the nearest rental cabin and was swiftly surrounded.

Swat teams lobbed traditional teargas canisters into the cabin but as Dorner kept firing they switched to pyrotechnic ones. “It does generate a lot of heat. We introduced those canisters into the residence and a fire erupted,” said McMahon. Such devices were called burners, he said.

The spokesman’s insistence that the blaze was not intentional appeared to be put in question by an exchange between deputies at the scene during the scene. The exchange was heard on a police scanner and published by the journalist Max Blumenthal.

“We’re gonna go ahead with the plan with the burner. Like we talked about,” said one deputy. Minutes later another deputy’s voice said: “The burner’s deployed and we have a fire.” Social media buzzed with claims that police had sought to burn Dorner alive.

Ex-cop and murder suspect Christopher Dorner references journalists in manifesto

It will be interesting to see how this saga plays out.

Yes, he’s a very bad guy who shot innocent people and should be held accountable.  Yet, in reading about this guy I just wonder how he made it on the LAPD force to begin with.

He sounds like he is at least….mentally unstable.

Politico

Fugitive ex-cop Christopher Dorner — wanted in connection with a deadly shooting rampage in Southern California — wrote a rambling manifesto referencing a number of TV hosts and journalists.

In the document attributed to Dorner, the man accused of killing three people promises to “bring unconventional and asymmetrical warfare to those in LAPD uniform whether on or off duty” and also praises several journalists:

Chris Matthews, Joe Scarborough, Pat Harvey, Brian Williams, Soledad Obrien, Wolf Blitzer, Meredith Viera, Tavis Smiley, and Anderson Cooper, keep up the great work and follow Cronkite’s lead. I hold many of you in the same regard as Tom Brokaw and the late Peter Jennings. Cooper, stop nagging and berating your guest, they’re your (guest). Mr. Scarborough, we met at McGuire’s pub in P-cola in 2002 when I was stationed there. It was an honor conversing with you about politics, family, and life.

Willie Geist, you’re a talented and charismatic journalist. Stop with all the talk show shenanigans and get back to your core of reporting. Your future is brighter than most.

Revoke the citizenship of Fareed Zakaria and deport him. I’ve never heard a positive word about America or its interest from his mouth, ever. On the same day, give Piers Morgan an indefinite resident alien and Visa card.

Dorner also picks out dozens of celebrities and other figures in the document. The LAPD believes Dorner wrote the manifesto because of details in it that only he would know, The Associated Press reported on Thursday. A copy of the manifesto can be found at KTTV-Fox 11 News, the Fox owned-and-operated television station in Los Angeles.

And on Thursday, CNN reported that Dorner also sent a package to CNN’s Anderson Cooper. Inside the parcel was a hand labeled DVD with a post-it note reading in part “I never lie,” and a souvenir LAPD medallion shot through with bullet holes. The package arrived Feb. 1, but Cooper said it was not opened by him and he first learned of it today.