Minneapolis, MN — When police officers smell a plant in the land of the free — take cover — as they are now authorized to kidnap, cage, beat, and/or kill you. An innocent couple found this out the hard way while they were getting gas late Monday night.
A woman, who goes by the name Mixie, is now filing a complaint against the Minneapolis police department after they left her battered and bloody while harassing her over a plant.
According to police, the stop originated because Mixie’s boyfriend ‘fit the description’ of a wanted felon. The fact that police were wrong and Mixie’s boyfriend was not the man they were looking for is irrelevant, however, as once they initiated the wrongful stop, cops then claimed they smelled pot.
Mixie told KARE 11 how an officer “pushed me to the ground, chipped my tooth, now my face looks f***ed up.”
Even though the cops were wrong, the couple was still detained and arrested — because they smelled a plant.
According to Mixie, the officers held them at gun point as they attempted to comply. She thinks they were the subject of racial profiling.
“They started shouting, ‘Put up your hands,’” she said. “We were very scared. This all happened within like 30 seconds to like a minute to where they pulled out a gun. They thought he was somebody else who had a felony warrant and basically all I can say about that is it was racial profiling. They pretty much admitted that at the end by letting us go with a citation.”
By going to the media, Mixie is hoping to raise awareness to make sure this type of irresponsible and brutal action does not happen again.
“That’s my goal through all of this,” she said. “We need more accountability so this doesn’t happen to anyone else.”
After cops beat her, Mixie was issued two citations: one for interfering with the legal process and one for cannabis. Mixie was then brought to the ER for her injuries where doctors told her she might have a concussion.
Naturally, the Minneapolis police department is attempting to justify their brutal incompetence by noting that they smelled marijuana. However, they have announced that the incident is under investigation — as is standard procedure when cops leave small young women bleeding and concussed.
Minneapolis police say their Internal Affairs Unit is conducting a use of force review. They issued a statement on the incident:
“On August 14th, Fifth Precinct Officers pulled over a vehicle, believing the driver had a felony warrant issued for his arrest. Both the driver and passenger refused to follow officer’s directives. After multiple requests for the driver to exit the vehicle, the driver unlocked the vehicle doors. Officers then removed the driver from the vehicle and in doing so smelled the odor of marijuana emanating from within the vehicle. The officers then attempted to remove the passenger from the vehicle to conduct a search for unlawful contraband.
The female passenger ignored the officer’s requests to exit the vehicle and was eventually pulled from the vehicle as she was now obstructing the officers from conducting a search of the vehicle. During the process of removing the passenger she was taken to the ground and placed in handcuffs. Officers then observed that the passenger had an injury to her face and summoned medical attention.
Officers requested a supervisor respond to the scene and conduct a use of force review. This is standard protocol and the force review process is still being conducted by the Minneapolis Police Department’s Internal Affairs Unit. Body camera footage from multiple officers documents the incident from beginning to end. Suspected marijuana was recovered from the vehicle. The passenger refused medical attention before she was cited for obstructing the legal process and possession of marijuana.”
In the land of the free, pumping gas with your significant other can end in your harassment and physical assault, and this will be referred to as ‘justice.’
Source Article from http://thefreethoughtproject.com/cops-said-smelled-pot/
Corporate media are once again creating scary headlines about the supposed dangers of cannabis — and, as usual, their hype amounts to the proverbial ‘nothingburger.’
CNN recently blared the headline: “133% leap in children admitted to ER for marijuana, study finds.” The article referred to a study in France of children under six being admitted to the ER for cannabis ingestion over an 11-year period, as well as the number of calls to poison control centers.
“From 2004 to 2014, 235 children were admitted to ERs with cannabis intoxication, and there was a 133% increase in the admissions rate for it. The number of calls to poison control centers related to cannabis exposure in children increased by 312% in the same period.”
This represents an average of 21 children every year going to the ER, in a country with a population of 66 million people. This is not to downplay the danger of a child becoming temporarily comatose after eating a piece of hash. However, the rate of occurrence is so low that it does not warrant fear-mongering. Nor does it justify halting the progress toward freedom to use a plant people have known for thousands of years.
France’s population was about 61 million in 2004 at the beginning of the study timeline, growing to 65 million in 2014 — meaning that we would expect more ER visits and poison control center calls with more population growth. But CNN makes no mention of a statistical correction for population growth.
Parents should do all they can to keep any kind of psychoactive substance or drug out of the hands of children, but the actual numbers relating to cannabis do not justify being trumpeted as fodder for prohibitionist paranoia.
Cannabis remains illegal in France, so any uptick in ER visits there – regardless of degree – have no relevance to legalization efforts in the U.S. and elsewhere.
In a legal framework, cannabis products are more likely to be packaged to deter accidental ingestion, and manufacturers are putting more effort into this. Unsafe, nondescript packaging is another dangerous product of the black market, caused by prohibition.
The ominous tone of CNN’s article is even more absurd when we consider that other common household items pose a far greater threat to children – including crayons, diaper paste, toothpaste and energy drinks.
If the MSM wants to make people aware of real dangers, it should focus on that fact that 160 children go to the ER every day after accidentally overdosing on prescription drugs, pain relievers or vitamins. That’s 60,000 kids every year.
Risk of cardiovascular death in adults?
Last week, media seized on a study linking cannabis use to an increased risk of death from hypertension. One site even suggested “Marijuana ‘may be worse than cigarettes for cardiovascular health’” in its headline.
The study, published in the European Journal of Preventive Cardiology, did not rely on any clinical or experimental research. It was simply a comparison of data from the 2005 U.S. National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey, and mortality data from 2011 for the same group of people.
Authors looked at who said they had “ever used” cannabis from the 2005 study, then compared their mortality to those who said they had never used cannabis. They controlled for high blood pressure but did not take into account diet and exercise. They also assumed “that those who said they had used marijuana in 2005 continued to do so,” and that most of the pot was smoked.
Hardly a model of scientific rigor.
As Paul Armentano of NORML wrote:
“Those participants who fessed up to having engaged in past pot use were then automatically classified by the study’s researchers as current users of the drug, despite the fact that no evidence exists to corroborate this claim.
Even more problematically, to calculate the estimated duration of each subject’s marijuana use, researchers simply subtracted the age participants first reported trying pot from their current age.”
Armentano goes on to reference other, more comprehensive longitudinal studies contradicting the alleged link between cannabis use and declined cardiovascular health. Somehow these studies didn’t bear mentioning in other media articles.
If it weren’t enough to stigmatize cannabis with non-existent health risks, MSM attempted to negate one of the main benefits of medical cannabis — in contradiction of the scientific consensus.
Reuters, Fox, CNN, CBS and others ran the headline: “Little evidence shows cannabis helps chronic pain or PTSD.” They relied on two research reviews from the Veterans Health Administration, which has been under heavy pressure to allow medical cannabis to be prescribed for treatment of chronic pain and PTSD.
It’s probably no coincidence that the VA is now being directed by an executive full of virulent drug warriors stuck in the 1950s. The VA press secretary wouldn’t even tell reporters who the lead authors of the study were.
Somehow these mysterious VA researchers came to a different conclusion than the National Academy of Sciences, which performed an exhaustive study of the research research and published their findings earlier this year.
According to the NAS report:
“One of the therapeutic uses of cannabis and cannabinoids is to treat chronic pain in adults. The committee found evidence to support that patients who were treated with cannabis or cannabinoids were more likely to experience a significant reduction in pain symptoms.”
Corporate media may claim they are doing their due diligence in reporting on dubious studies, but instead of providing context or proper analysis they simply craft a misleading headline. In doing so, MSM allows those with vested interests in prohibition to keep on spouting disinformation.
Source Article from http://thefreethoughtproject.com/cannabis-msm-reefer-madness/
On Monday, protesters — reacting to the violence in Charlottesville over the weekend — brought a ladder and some rope to North Carolina and tore down a near century old statue of a Confederate soldier. Unsurprisingly, nothing changed. However, the Durham Police Department and the Durham County Sheriff’s Office announced that they will be seeking criminal charges for those involved in the destruction of the statue.
Watching people wage violence against their fellow human in the name of protecting or tearing down some arbitrary government artifact is as disheartening as it is frustrating. The future cannot be changed by attempting to erase the past.
A statue holds no magical power to make people racists. If anything, the monuments to former racists serve as reminders that the state can and always will be open to the influence of bigotry — and only the state has the power to enforce racism.
An ignorant racist is exactly that — however, if society grants that ignorant racist a political position or a badge and a gun, this ignorant racist now has power over you. Removing or keeping a piece of concrete will never change this.
Jim Crow laws weren’t overturned because people went around town tearing down statues.
Racist government laws were brought to an end because people refused to obey them. Had Rosa Parks used her time and energy lobbying to take down a statue instead of disobeying a racist law, rest assured Browder v. Gayle, which ruled that segregated buses were unconstitutional, would’ve never happened.
Had the Civil Rights Movement in the 1950s not organized the Montgomery Bus Boycott, rest assured, desegregation would’ve taken much longer.
Society has the amazing ability to force positive change through nonviolent and nondestructive means. However, all too often, we let emotions rule our thoughts and take to yelling and fighting in the streets and destroying property. This only serves to create more divide and empower the ranks of the racists.
If we really want to put the brakes on a racist system, fighting with other citizens (even if they are devout racists) will never work.
Boycotts, refusal of service, shaming, exposing — these are the tools we as citizens have against other citizens who are spreading hate and racism.
One amazing private solution to racism actually just happened on Tuesday in Washington. Richard Spencer, the ostensible leader of the white supremacists, was forced to hold his press conference in his own house because businesses refused to allow him to rent their hotels. This campaign of public shaming and refusal of service is far more effective than tearing down a statue or attempting to use the government to ban hate speech.
But what do we do when the state is perpetuating a racist system and prolonging the suffering of minorities? Again, the answer to that question is not to tear down a statue, but to realize where the power of this racism rests.
In America, the area of government that is most responsible for maintaining a racist system, allowing racist actors to oppress their targets with impunity, and perpetuating the suffering and plight of millions through the persecution of morally innocent individuals — is the war on drugs.
Without a doubt, the war on drugs fuels the racist system by targeting minorities and the poor. It serves to increase interactions between police—who are often caught joining the force to act out their racist desires—and the citizens.
The drug war, from the police departments to the court systems, unequivocally targets and punishes minorities harder for the same victimless crimes for which their white counterparts receive slaps on the wrist.
As TFTP reported last year, a scathing report in Harper’s Magazine, written by Dan Baum set the record straight and relieved all doubt over the intentions of the drug war. John Daniel Ehrlichman, counsel and domestic policy chief to President Richard Nixon, came clean on the real reason behind the war on drugs — to criminalize blacks and hippies.
According to Baum, he tracked down Ehrlichman in 1994 at his engineering firm in Atlanta, Georgia.
“You want to know what this was really all about?” Ehrlichman bluntly asked Baum of the war on drugs. “The Nixon campaign in 1968, and the Nixon White House after that, had two enemies: the antiwar left and black people. You understand what I’m saying? We knew we couldn’t make it illegal to be either against the war or black, but by getting the public to associate the hippies with marijuana and blacks with heroin, and then criminalizing both heavily, we could disrupt those communities. We could arrest their leaders, raid their homes, break up their meetings, and vilify them night after night on the evening news. Did we know we were lying about the drugs? Of course we did.”
To this day, the racist intentions behind the war on drugs serve to further oppress black communities. The war on drugs is still creating criminals out of otherwise innocent individuals who’re caught in possession of arbitrary substances, removing their opportunity for employment by giving them criminal records, and guaranteeing a difficult future within the working class.
It is no coincidence that the ACLU refers to the drug war as the new Jim Crow.
As Graham Boyd wrote in 2001, in a report in NACLA:
The war on drugs subjects the United States to much of the same harm, with much of the same economic and ideological underpinnings, as slavery itself. Just as Jim Crow responded to emancipation by rolling back many of the newly gained rights of African-Americans, the drug war is again replicating the institutions and repressions of the plantation. And like slavery and Jim Crow, the drug war garners appalling levels of support. Each has its own rhetoric, each its own claims to unassailable legitimacy. The brutality of slavery was justified on economic and paternalistic grounds. Jim Crow pretended that separate but equal treatment sufficed, even as blacks faced daily lynchings and every form of overt discrimination. The drug war claims morality and protection of children as its goals, while turning a blind eye to the racial injustice it promotes. And with all three systems of oppression, much of society sits idly by, accepting the rhetoric that later will seem so unbelievably corrupt. We will one day understand that the war on drugs was a war on people and communities.
If we really want to deal a blow to this racist system we must strike the root. The drug war is one such root. Until we eliminate the cause of this strife, tearing down all the statues in the world will do nothing. Until we realize that we are financing our own oppression and refuse to support the government programs that keep us in the days of Jim Crow, the tyranny will remain.
It is high time we realize this real solution to this real problem before the entire country is so divided that we enter a new American civil war.
Euclid, OH — Following the release of a video which went viral showing police assault a motorist who was allegedly driving with a suspended license, many members of the city of Euclid, Ohio are demanding answers from police.
Dozens of protesters have taken to the street outside city hall in an apparent effort to express their disapproval of the traffic stop which, according to the video, showed police beating a man for nearly four minutes.
Richard Hubbard III is the man receiving the beat down by police. He was subsequently arrested, as TFTP reported, on resisting arrest and driving with a suspended license charges.
It’s unclear if the violent arrest was racially motivated, but in the minds of some residents, there is hardly a doubt. Rian Brown, one of the protest organizers, explained his reason for protesting outside city hall:
The reason I am here is because of the failure of leadership…The city government fails to respond to black folks. This is nothing new. This is something we are seeing all across the country.
The protest was timed to coincide with a Euclid Community Relations Task Force meeting, which took place after the gathering. According to Cleveland.com, once the meeting started, residents did not hold back their disapproval of the way police handled Mr. Hubbard:
Those in attendance scolded the city’s leadership and the police department for not protecting communities of color equally and questioned whether the task force would actually listen to residents.
The city’s residents are also still reeling from an officer-involved shooting which left Luke O. Stewart dead, killed in March about 7 a.m. on East 222nd Street near Milton Avenue. Stewart, 23, was shot after officers responded to investigate a suspicious vehicle found in the area. Tierra Stewart, Luke’s sister is still in disbelief. She addressed leaders at the community meeting saying:
I don’t understand how they just kill somebody and don’t say nothing…It’s just not fair. My brother has two small kids who look for their father every day. All we can tell them is ‘the police killed him’… I’m just outdone.
Euclid Mayor Kirsten Holzheimer Gail attended the meeting, took notes, remained silent, and later commented to members of the media:
I can understand the frustrations that they have…This was a starting point. I want to be able to understand that better. The police are under an enormous stress and the community is under stress when we have safety issues.
Gail reminded the community that both incidents are under investigation. However, for residents who have been rocked by not only the killing of an apparently innocent man, but have witnessed a man be beaten by police, answers are apparently not coming soon enough.
As TFTP has reported on numerous occasions, police often investigate themselves when citizens are killed or beaten, often siding with their own officers, clearing them of all wrongdoing. It’s often only when citizens are outraged, participate in citizens review boards, or vote out their sheriffs that change takes place.
TFTP will continue to monitor the proceedings of the investigation in Euclid and we will bring you updates as they become available.
As you watch the video below, remember that this was not over a murder, a rape, or a robbery. The man being attacked by police in the video below was beaten and arrested for driving with a suspended license — like due to the fact that he’s been preyed on consistently and mounted so many citations for victimless crimes that he is unable to get the ban lifted on his driving privileges.
In the land of the free, poor people and minorities serve as easy targets for revenue collection. However, if you make one wrong move or even flinch during your extortion, you will be dealt with by police using extreme prejudice.
Below is the video of protesters taking over Euclid City Hall.
Original cellphone footage of the stop.
Source Article from http://thefreethoughtproject.com/euclid-anger-dashcam-shows-cops-pulverize/
While the United States government has pushed for increasing mass surveillance over the years, the latest requests from the Department of Justice could set the Trump Administration apart from its predecessors as it demands the IP addresses of at least 1.3 million people who visited an anti-Trump website.
In a blog post published by the web hosting provider DreamHost, it confirmed that it has been working with the DOJ for several months “to comply with legal process, including a Search Warrant (PDF) seeking information about one of our customers’ websites,” and it is now attempting to challenge the request, in order to ensure users’ privacy.
The website in question is disruptj20.org, which DreamHost described as “a website that organized participants of political protests against the current United States administration.” Although the host claims to have “no insight into the affidavit for the search warrant” because the records are sealed, it noted that “the DOJ has recently asked DreamHost to provide all information available to us about this website, its owner, and, more importantly, its visitors.”
DreamHost noted that in addition to the 1.3 million visitor IP addresses, the DOJ’s demands include “contact information, email content, and photos of thousands of people—in an effort to determine who simply visited the website.”
“DreamHost, like many online service providers, is approached by law enforcement regularly to provide information about customers who may be the subject of criminal investigations. These types of requests are not uncommon; our legal department reviews and scrutinizes each request and, when necessary, rejects and challenges vague or faulty orders.”
More than 200 people were indicted on felony rioting charges in connection with the DisruptJ20 protests that were scheduled around President Trump’s inauguration in Washington on Jan. 20.
As a result, the DOJ is now claiming that it needs access to records and information on the website and its owner, along with IP addresses that could be used to identify at least 1.3 million visitors, on the basis that those visitors could be guilty of “coordinating illegal behavior.”
However, DreamHost is fighting back, and arguing that the information DOJ is requesting “could be used to identify any individuals who used this site to exercise and express political speech protected under the Constitution’s First Amendment. That should be enough to set alarm bells off in anyone’s mind.”
In a legal statement opposing the request, DreamHost’s general counsel, Chris Ghazarian, said the search warrant “not only aims to identify the political dissidents of the current administration, but attempts to identify and understand what content each of these dissidents viewed on the website.”
By publicizing its fight with the DOJ, DreamHost is following in the footsteps of Apple when it alerted the public about its battle with the FBI in March 2016. A hearing on the case of DreamHost vs. DOJ is scheduled for Friday in Washington.
“The internet was founded—and continues to survive, in the main—on its democratizing ability to facilitate a free exchange of ideas. Internet users have a reasonable expectation that they will not get swept up in criminal investigations simply by exercising their right to political speech against the government. We intend to take whatever steps are necessary to support and shield these users from what is, in our view, a very unfocused search and an unlawful request for their personal information.”