OK Senator Resigns After Being Arrested for Engaging in Child Prostitution



OKLAHOMA CITY (CN) — The Oklahoma state senator charged last week with felony child prostitution resigned Wednesday, though Ralph Shortey’s exit will not change the balance in the Republican-dominated state Senate.

Ralph Shortey, R-Oklahoma City, was arrested last week and charged with hiring a 17-year-old boy for sex after meeting him on Craigslist.

Police charged the 35-year-old married father of four with engaging in child prostitution, engaging in prostitution within 1,000 feet of a church, and transporting a minor for prostitution — all felonies.

The Senate stripped him of his authority a week after police found him in the suburb of Moore on March 9 with a teenager at a hotel.

Shortey’s bail was set at $100,000. He is to appear at an initial court hearing Friday.

“I appreciate the service the men and women of the Oklahoma Senate provide, and I recognize the need for the business of the Senate to proceed without distraction for the remainder of the legislative session,” Shortey wrote in his March 22 resignation letter.

According to the criminal information charging document, Shortey offered teenager J.M. “money in exchange for sexual contact” within 1,000 feet of First Christian Church.

Police said the encounter was preceded by the boy sending Shortey an online message that he needed money for spring break.

“The defendant replied, ‘I don’t really have any legitimate things I need help with right now. Would you be interested in “sexual” stuff?’” according to a sworn affidavit by a Moore police officer. “JM responded ‘Yes.’ The conversation goes on with both discussing logistics and how and where JM and the defendant are going to meet. JM tells the defendant ‘Hey keep updated cause I want you bad daddy.’ The defendant responds, ‘I’m gonna fuck you like a good little boy if you keep calling me daddy.’ The message included a smiley face emoji after boy.”

Police say they found a box of condoms in Shortey’s backpack and a bottle of lotion in the teenager’s backpack in the hotel room.




The boy said he’s met Shortey on a Craigslist personal encounter listing and that they have known each other for a year. Police said a “strong odor of marijuana” came from the hotel room and they found a green plastic container labeled “Colorado Retail Marijuana.”

Oklahoma lawmakers swiftly condemned Shortey after the charges were announced. In a 43-0 vote on March 15, senators approved a resolution accusing Shortey of “disorderly behavior.”

In a statement to Oklahoma media Wednesday, Shortey asked for privacy and said he would defend himself against the charges.

Shortey, whose voting history includes support of bills targeting gay and transgender people, was re-elected in November to his fourth term.

His resignation is effective immediately.

Despite his resignation, Republicans still dominate the Oklahoma Senate, 33 to 6, with one vacancy.

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OK Senator Resigns After Being Arrested for Engaging in Child Prostitution



OKLAHOMA CITY (CN) — The Oklahoma state senator charged last week with felony child prostitution resigned Wednesday, though Ralph Shortey’s exit will not change the balance in the Republican-dominated state Senate.

Ralph Shortey, R-Oklahoma City, was arrested last week and charged with hiring a 17-year-old boy for sex after meeting him on Craigslist.

Police charged the 35-year-old married father of four with engaging in child prostitution, engaging in prostitution within 1,000 feet of a church, and transporting a minor for prostitution — all felonies.

The Senate stripped him of his authority a week after police found him in the suburb of Moore on March 9 with a teenager at a hotel.

Shortey’s bail was set at $100,000. He is to appear at an initial court hearing Friday.

“I appreciate the service the men and women of the Oklahoma Senate provide, and I recognize the need for the business of the Senate to proceed without distraction for the remainder of the legislative session,” Shortey wrote in his March 22 resignation letter.

According to the criminal information charging document, Shortey offered teenager J.M. “money in exchange for sexual contact” within 1,000 feet of First Christian Church.

Police said the encounter was preceded by the boy sending Shortey an online message that he needed money for spring break.

“The defendant replied, ‘I don’t really have any legitimate things I need help with right now. Would you be interested in “sexual” stuff?’” according to a sworn affidavit by a Moore police officer. “JM responded ‘Yes.’ The conversation goes on with both discussing logistics and how and where JM and the defendant are going to meet. JM tells the defendant ‘Hey keep updated cause I want you bad daddy.’ The defendant responds, ‘I’m gonna fuck you like a good little boy if you keep calling me daddy.’ The message included a smiley face emoji after boy.”

Police say they found a box of condoms in Shortey’s backpack and a bottle of lotion in the teenager’s backpack in the hotel room.




The boy said he’s met Shortey on a Craigslist personal encounter listing and that they have known each other for a year. Police said a “strong odor of marijuana” came from the hotel room and they found a green plastic container labeled “Colorado Retail Marijuana.”

Oklahoma lawmakers swiftly condemned Shortey after the charges were announced. In a 43-0 vote on March 15, senators approved a resolution accusing Shortey of “disorderly behavior.”

In a statement to Oklahoma media Wednesday, Shortey asked for privacy and said he would defend himself against the charges.

Shortey, whose voting history includes support of bills targeting gay and transgender people, was re-elected in November to his fourth term.

His resignation is effective immediately.

Despite his resignation, Republicans still dominate the Oklahoma Senate, 33 to 6, with one vacancy.

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SWAT Raids Man’s Home over $100 in Pot, Shoot Him 57 Times, Paralyze Him, Then Lie About It



Radley Balko, of the Washington Post, writes a regular column for the newspaper called “The Watch.” Author of Rise of the Warrior Cop: The Militarization of America’s Police Forces,” Balko blogs about criminal justice, the drug war, and civil liberties. In one of his latest pieces on badge abuses, the author addressed, once again, the near homicide of a low-level Myrtle Beach, South Carolina drug dealer (Julian Betton) at the hands of police. Here’s his summary of the incident.

Julian Betton’s offense was to sell $100 worth of pot to a friend. For that, South Carolina police battered down his door, fired 57 shots at him and hit him nine times, leaving him paralyzed and without the use of several major body organs. The cops then lied about the circumstances of the raid to make it seem as if Betton deserved every bullet. When Betton awoke from a coma, his leg was shackled to the hospital bed. Prosecutors then charged him with several felonies — enough of them to put him in prison for the rest of his life, should he survive his injuries. For those two sales of pot totaling $100, Betton will not only be saddled with paralysis and debilitating injury, he’ll also have a felony record. The cops who broke down his door, filled him with bullets and then lied about what had happened will suffer no punishment at all.

What Balko’s synopsis doesn’t reveal, is that there were a series of cover-ups the police raid team engaged in, and what might seem like a team effort to coordinate their stories in the aftermath of the planned conflict. First, the team did not seek after, nor secure a no-knock raid warrant. Betton’s high-definition security footage reveals the police officers made no such effort to knock on the door, which is required by law, even though their police reports stated they did knock and announce their presence.

Secondly, the footage also reveals the team was not dressed as SWAT team members are typically dressed, used unmarked cars, and moved so swiftly in an effort to breach the door with a battery ram, that Betton’s neighbor actually thought a robbery was taking place. The confusion over the identity of the intruders, their no-knock breach of the front door, and the swiftness at which they moved, may have given Benton cause to arm himself, something for which Balko says he would have been justified.

At any rate, the attempt to coordinate a cover-up appears to have continued, with each officer on the scene turning on their body cameras only after they shot the marijuana dealer 57 times. Betton’s wounds were described by Balko.

He ended up losing his gallbladder and parts of his bowel, colon and rectum. The bullets also damaged his liver, small intestine and pancreas. His lung partially collapsed. His left leg was broken. One of his vertebrae was partially destroyed; two others were fractured. He’ll never walk again or be able to have kids of his own. He’ll also need to use a colostomy bag for the rest of his life.

No one disputes the shooting took place, but because each member of the team turned on their body cameras at the same time, no footage of the actual shooting exists, only the aftermath has been recorded. That may mean the officers later had someone delete the footage, or it may mean they simply forgot to turn on their cameras and only did so after the shooting occurred. The latter is not very likely. After all, why would each member of the team decide to turn on their cameras only after the shooting happened? The answer may also mean they were instructed to do so.

Police say Betton fired at the police raid team as they penetrated his home, which gave them just cause to engage the cannabis dealer with their deadly fire. But ballistics tests later confirmed Betton had not fired his handgun at all, a conclusion which means the police either lied about him firing his sidearm or believing that he had. Balko theorized Betton would have been a fool to have even pointed his small handgun at the direction of the intruders, given the overwhelming firepower with which the team was equipped. He wrote that in taking the evidence against the department’s official position in the shooting — that they lied about knocking, were dressed as criminals would, used unmarked vehicles, and then conveniently turned on their body cameras only after the event took place — the police must be lying about the entire incident.




Betton pleaded guilty this week to possession and distribution of 100 dollars worth of marijuana. And in what could be an indictment on the official police narrative, the prosecutor dropped all gun charges against the now handicapped man. As a result, the low-level weed dealer will likely win his civil suit against the MBPD, causing the taxpayers to saddle the costs associated with the near fatal assassination of a pot dealer. The South Carolina Law Enforcement Division (SLED) investigated the shooting and, predictably, cleared all the officers involved in the shooting.

As The Free Thought Project has observed on multiple occasions, police often lie when raids go bad, often meaning when the mark doesn’t die. The subsequent investigations almost always occur internally, meaning the police actually investigate themselves and are almost always cleared of any wrongdoing. The resulting lawsuits end up costing the citizenry millions in tax dollars and the cycle of police on citizen violence continues when it could all be prevented.

The raids over an innocuous plant should never occur. Marijuana needs to be legalized throughout the country, police need never to conduct a no-knock raid, and body cameras should run 24 hours a day, seven days a week, and all court cases judgements for victims of police brutality be paid for out of police officer pension funds. Only then will there be less police involved shootings.

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SWAT Raids Man’s Home over $100 in Pot, Shoot Him 57 Times, Paralyze Him, Then Lie About It



Radley Balko, of the Washington Post, writes a regular column for the newspaper called “The Watch.” Author of Rise of the Warrior Cop: The Militarization of America’s Police Forces,” Balko blogs about criminal justice, the drug war, and civil liberties. In one of his latest pieces on badge abuses, the author addressed, once again, the near homicide of a low-level Myrtle Beach, South Carolina drug dealer (Julian Betton) at the hands of police. Here’s his summary of the incident.

Julian Betton’s offense was to sell $100 worth of pot to a friend. For that, South Carolina police battered down his door, fired 57 shots at him and hit him nine times, leaving him paralyzed and without the use of several major body organs. The cops then lied about the circumstances of the raid to make it seem as if Betton deserved every bullet. When Betton awoke from a coma, his leg was shackled to the hospital bed. Prosecutors then charged him with several felonies — enough of them to put him in prison for the rest of his life, should he survive his injuries. For those two sales of pot totaling $100, Betton will not only be saddled with paralysis and debilitating injury, he’ll also have a felony record. The cops who broke down his door, filled him with bullets and then lied about what had happened will suffer no punishment at all.

What Balko’s synopsis doesn’t reveal, is that there were a series of cover-ups the police raid team engaged in, and what might seem like a team effort to coordinate their stories in the aftermath of the planned conflict. First, the team did not seek after, nor secure a no-knock raid warrant. Betton’s high-definition security footage reveals the police officers made no such effort to knock on the door, which is required by law, even though their police reports stated they did knock and announce their presence.

Secondly, the footage also reveals the team was not dressed as SWAT team members are typically dressed, used unmarked cars, and moved so swiftly in an effort to breach the door with a battery ram, that Betton’s neighbor actually thought a robbery was taking place. The confusion over the identity of the intruders, their no-knock breach of the front door, and the swiftness at which they moved, may have given Benton cause to arm himself, something for which Balko says he would have been justified.

At any rate, the attempt to coordinate a cover-up appears to have continued, with each officer on the scene turning on their body cameras only after they shot the marijuana dealer 57 times. Betton’s wounds were described by Balko.

He ended up losing his gallbladder and parts of his bowel, colon and rectum. The bullets also damaged his liver, small intestine and pancreas. His lung partially collapsed. His left leg was broken. One of his vertebrae was partially destroyed; two others were fractured. He’ll never walk again or be able to have kids of his own. He’ll also need to use a colostomy bag for the rest of his life.

No one disputes the shooting took place, but because each member of the team turned on their body cameras at the same time, no footage of the actual shooting exists, only the aftermath has been recorded. That may mean the officers later had someone delete the footage, or it may mean they simply forgot to turn on their cameras and only did so after the shooting occurred. The latter is not very likely. After all, why would each member of the team decide to turn on their cameras only after the shooting happened? The answer may also mean they were instructed to do so.

Police say Betton fired at the police raid team as they penetrated his home, which gave them just cause to engage the cannabis dealer with their deadly fire. But ballistics tests later confirmed Betton had not fired his handgun at all, a conclusion which means the police either lied about him firing his sidearm or believing that he had. Balko theorized Betton would have been a fool to have even pointed his small handgun at the direction of the intruders, given the overwhelming firepower with which the team was equipped. He wrote that in taking the evidence against the department’s official position in the shooting — that they lied about knocking, were dressed as criminals would, used unmarked vehicles, and then conveniently turned on their body cameras only after the event took place — the police must be lying about the entire incident.




Betton pleaded guilty this week to possession and distribution of 100 dollars worth of marijuana. And in what could be an indictment on the official police narrative, the prosecutor dropped all gun charges against the now handicapped man. As a result, the low-level weed dealer will likely win his civil suit against the MBPD, causing the taxpayers to saddle the costs associated with the near fatal assassination of a pot dealer. The South Carolina Law Enforcement Division (SLED) investigated the shooting and, predictably, cleared all the officers involved in the shooting.

As The Free Thought Project has observed on multiple occasions, police often lie when raids go bad, often meaning when the mark doesn’t die. The subsequent investigations almost always occur internally, meaning the police actually investigate themselves and are almost always cleared of any wrongdoing. The resulting lawsuits end up costing the citizenry millions in tax dollars and the cycle of police on citizen violence continues when it could all be prevented.

The raids over an innocuous plant should never occur. Marijuana needs to be legalized throughout the country, police need never to conduct a no-knock raid, and body cameras should run 24 hours a day, seven days a week, and all court cases judgements for victims of police brutality be paid for out of police officer pension funds. Only then will there be less police involved shootings.

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A Federal Court Just Ruled Cops Can Go to Wrong House, Kill Innocent Homeowner and Walk Free



Lake County, FL — A disturbing precedent has just been set in a federal appeals court which ruled in favor of police who knocked on the wrong door at 1:30 am, failed to identify themselves, and then repeatedly shot the innocent homeowner until he died.

The homeowner, 26-year-old Andrew Scott had committed no crime when officers came to his home that night on July 15, 2012. Police were actually in search of a person they witnessed speeding on a motorcycle when they began banging on Scott’s door.

Deputy Richard Sylvester was the officer who saw the speeding motorcycle while on patrol. Sylvester initiated a pursuit but lost sight of it after the motorcycle sped off. For some reason, Sylvester believed the motorcycle driver was armed, might be wanted by another police department, and had been spotted at a nearby apartment complex, according to the police reports.

Sylvester, along with three other deputies, arrived at the apartment complex and began knocking on doors close to where the motorcycle was parked. They started with apartment 114 which was occupied by Scott and his girlfriend Amy Young who were playing video games and had zero connection to the motorcycle, the driver, or any illegal activity at all.

According to a press release from the Rutherford Institute, assuming tactical positions surrounding the door to Apartment 114, the deputies had their guns drawn and ready to shoot. Sylvester, without announcing he was a police officer, then banged loudly and repeatedly on the door, causing a neighbor to open his door. When questioned by a deputy, the neighbor explained that the motorcycle’s owner did not live in Apartment 114. This information was not relayed to Sylvester.

Clearly troubled by someone pounding on his door at 1:30 am Scott grabbed his legally owned pistol and went to open the door. When he opened the door, he was immediately startled by the shadowy figures aiming guns at him and retreated into the apartment. At this point, Sylvester immediately opened fire on the retreating man, firing six shots, three of which struck Scott, killing him.

“Drew and I loved each other and he died protecting me,” said Young.

A lower court ruled in favor of Sylvester and blamed Scott for legally protecting his own home with a pistol against overzealous and apparently trigger-happy cops who failed to identify themselves as such.




Scott’s family appealed the lower court’s ruling only to be shut down again. The US Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit ruled in favor of the police, yet again, that Sylvester was protected by “qualified immunity,” reasoning that the use of excessive force did not violate “clearly established law.”

The decision was split, with four judges dissenting with the majority’s ruling. In a strongly worded dissent from the judges, they noted the dangerous nature of this precedent.

First, under no standard was it reasonable for the police to kill Mr. Scott when he answered the knock at the door to his home. He was not suspected of any crime (much less a violent crime) and he was standing inside his own house without threatening them. Second, the police were not engaged in a permissible “knock and talk” when they killed Mr. Scott. Their aggressive tactics crossed far over the line from a consensual visit into a warrantless raid. When it upheld these rulings by the District Court, the panel (and now a majority of this Court) gave a pass to dangerous, unconstitutional police actions in a way that makes it more likely that tragic police shootings will continue to occur.

“Government officials insist that there is nothing unlawful, unreasonable or threatening about the prospect of armed police dressed in SWAT gear knocking on doors in the middle of night and ‘asking’ homeowners to engage in warrantless ‘knock-and-talk’ sessions,” said constitutional attorney John W. Whitehead, president of The Rutherford Institute and author of Battlefield America: The War on the American People. “However, as Andrew Scott learned, there’s always a price to pay for saying no to such heavy-handed requests by police. If the courts continue to sanction such aggressive, excessive, coercive ‘knock-and-shoot’ tactics, it will give police further incentive to terrorize and kill American citizens without fear of repercussion.”

In the land of the free, those who claim they have sworn to protect you, can come to your house and kill you, and face no consequences. This is why police in America kill more citizens than anywhere in the rest of the world. This is why people protest. This is why people are angry.

Source Article from http://thefreethoughtproject.com/federal-court-just-ruled-cops-can-go-wrong-house-kill-innocent-homeowner-walk-free/

A Federal Court Just Ruled Cops Can Go to Wrong House, Kill Innocent Homeowner and Walk Free



Lake County, FL — A disturbing precedent has just been set in a federal appeals court which ruled in favor of police who knocked on the wrong door at 1:30 am, failed to identify themselves, and then repeatedly shot the innocent homeowner until he died.

The homeowner, 26-year-old Andrew Scott had committed no crime when officers came to his home that night on July 15, 2012. Police were actually in search of a person they witnessed speeding on a motorcycle when they began banging on Scott’s door.

Deputy Richard Sylvester was the officer who saw the speeding motorcycle while on patrol. Sylvester initiated a pursuit but lost sight of it after the motorcycle sped off. For some reason, Sylvester believed the motorcycle driver was armed, might be wanted by another police department, and had been spotted at a nearby apartment complex, according to the police reports.

Sylvester, along with three other deputies, arrived at the apartment complex and began knocking on doors close to where the motorcycle was parked. They started with apartment 114 which was occupied by Scott and his girlfriend Amy Young who were playing video games and had zero connection to the motorcycle, the driver, or any illegal activity at all.

According to a press release from the Rutherford Institute, assuming tactical positions surrounding the door to Apartment 114, the deputies had their guns drawn and ready to shoot. Sylvester, without announcing he was a police officer, then banged loudly and repeatedly on the door, causing a neighbor to open his door. When questioned by a deputy, the neighbor explained that the motorcycle’s owner did not live in Apartment 114. This information was not relayed to Sylvester.

Clearly troubled by someone pounding on his door at 1:30 am Scott grabbed his legally owned pistol and went to open the door. When he opened the door, he was immediately startled by the shadowy figures aiming guns at him and retreated into the apartment. At this point, Sylvester immediately opened fire on the retreating man, firing six shots, three of which struck Scott, killing him.

“Drew and I loved each other and he died protecting me,” said Young.

A lower court ruled in favor of Sylvester and blamed Scott for legally protecting his own home with a pistol against overzealous and apparently trigger-happy cops who failed to identify themselves as such.




Scott’s family appealed the lower court’s ruling only to be shut down again. The US Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit ruled in favor of the police, yet again, that Sylvester was protected by “qualified immunity,” reasoning that the use of excessive force did not violate “clearly established law.”

The decision was split, with four judges dissenting with the majority’s ruling. In a strongly worded dissent from the judges, they noted the dangerous nature of this precedent.

First, under no standard was it reasonable for the police to kill Mr. Scott when he answered the knock at the door to his home. He was not suspected of any crime (much less a violent crime) and he was standing inside his own house without threatening them. Second, the police were not engaged in a permissible “knock and talk” when they killed Mr. Scott. Their aggressive tactics crossed far over the line from a consensual visit into a warrantless raid. When it upheld these rulings by the District Court, the panel (and now a majority of this Court) gave a pass to dangerous, unconstitutional police actions in a way that makes it more likely that tragic police shootings will continue to occur.

“Government officials insist that there is nothing unlawful, unreasonable or threatening about the prospect of armed police dressed in SWAT gear knocking on doors in the middle of night and ‘asking’ homeowners to engage in warrantless ‘knock-and-talk’ sessions,” said constitutional attorney John W. Whitehead, president of The Rutherford Institute and author of Battlefield America: The War on the American People. “However, as Andrew Scott learned, there’s always a price to pay for saying no to such heavy-handed requests by police. If the courts continue to sanction such aggressive, excessive, coercive ‘knock-and-shoot’ tactics, it will give police further incentive to terrorize and kill American citizens without fear of repercussion.”

In the land of the free, those who claim they have sworn to protect you, can come to your house and kill you, and face no consequences. This is why police in America kill more citizens than anywhere in the rest of the world. This is why people protest. This is why people are angry.

Source Article from http://thefreethoughtproject.com/federal-court-just-ruled-cops-can-go-wrong-house-kill-innocent-homeowner-walk-free/

Report: US Airstrikes Slaughter 230 Innocent Civilians in a Single Night in Mosul



Mosul, Iraq — Reports coming out of Iraq this week are downright terrifying with local media reporting up to as many as 230 innocent civilians slaughtered in US coalition airstrikes — in a single night.

According to the Kurdish media company, Rudaw, 137 people – most believed to be civilians – died when a bomb hit a single building in al-Jadida, in the western side of the city on Thursday. Another 100 were killed nearby.

As the British Telegraph reports, the casualties were “mostly women and children,” and “were pulled from three adjoining houses in the Jadida neighbourhood of west Mosul overnight Wednesday and into Thursday morning, according to witnesses.”

“There was so much bombing, and so many deaths,” an elderly woman said of the strikes.

“Pieces of human flesh were flying in all directions.”

According to Antiwar, Central Command said that they were “aware of the loss of life” and were carrying out “further investigation,” while insisting that all of their strikes against Mosul overnight “comply with the Law of Armed Conflict.”

Centcom also reported that “military forces conducted nine strikes consisting of 67 engagements coordinated with and in support of the government of Iraq against ISIS targets.”

Al Jazeera’s Stefanie Dekker, reporting from Erbil in northern Iraq, said fighting in the area had intensified in the last few days.

“For more than a week there was a stalemate as Iraqi forces struggled to advance on the Old City, but in the last few days, the fighting has intensified.

“There are air strikes and ISIL is also using civilians homes with civilians in them. People have been caught in crossfire and targeted by ISIL … The shelling is indiscriminate,” said Dekker.

“There is no safe passage out of the city. Civilians are literally everywhere.”

Reports from civilians in Mosul say ISIS fighters are employing tactics such as establishing fighting positions on the rooftops of apartment buildings. These buildings are occupied by innocent civilians and are also the targets of US coalition strikes.

“ISIS made us keep our door open, so they could get onto the roofs at any time. They even broke down the walls between houses so they could move around,” a local resident told RT.




“There were so many killed in the airstrikes, rockets, and mortars… Our entire neighborhood is in ruins. There are maybe ten houses still standing. The children are traumatized. When the jets start flying, they start crying,” another woman said.

If the aim of ISIS is to maximize civilian casualties by manipulating the US military into striking these targets, that, they have done. If their aim was to reduce the airstrikes, they have failed.

However, if we examine the mission of ISIS more closely, the former is far more likely.

The mission of ISIS is to create a rift in society in which there are extremists and everyone else. The want to eliminate the ‘gray zone’ — the area in which different religions and cultures peacefully coexist — by any means necessary. By using civilians as human shields, knowing that US forces will bomb them anyway, this tactic plays right into their strategy.

The men, women, and children who watched their father, mother, son, or daughter explode right before their eyes this week, as a US bomb destroyed their home, will undoubtedly foster resentment toward the West. This approach is the most powerful recruiting tool the terrorist regime has.

As the Free Thought Project has previously reported, the West, in their constant bombardment, interference, meddling, and policing of the world, has fostered a breeding ground for terrorism. Indeed, America’s foreign policy, alone, since 9/11, has created a million Osama bin Ladens — all funding and arming of ISIS excluded.

Sadly, the military industrial complex shows no signs of slowing its cancer-like growth.

As long as Americans keep buying the lies spewing from the warmongering tyrants in power, nothing will change. As long as Boobus Americanus continues to believe “It’s our freedom they hate,” death and destruction will rain down — until there is nothing left.

Source Article from http://thefreethoughtproject.com/report-us-airstrikes-slaughter-230-innocent-civilians-in-a-single-night-in-mosul/

Report: US Airstrikes Slaughter 230 Innocent Civilians in a Single Night in Mosul



Mosul, Iraq — Reports coming out of Iraq this week are downright terrifying with local media reporting up to as many as 230 innocent civilians slaughtered in US coalition airstrikes — in a single night.

According to the Kurdish media company, Rudaw, 137 people – most believed to be civilians – died when a bomb hit a single building in al-Jadida, in the western side of the city on Thursday. Another 100 were killed nearby.

As the British Telegraph reports, the casualties were “mostly women and children,” and “were pulled from three adjoining houses in the Jadida neighbourhood of west Mosul overnight Wednesday and into Thursday morning, according to witnesses.”

“There was so much bombing, and so many deaths,” an elderly woman said of the strikes.

“Pieces of human flesh were flying in all directions.”

According to Antiwar, Central Command said that they were “aware of the loss of life” and were carrying out “further investigation,” while insisting that all of their strikes against Mosul overnight “comply with the Law of Armed Conflict.”

Centcom also reported that “military forces conducted nine strikes consisting of 67 engagements coordinated with and in support of the government of Iraq against ISIS targets.”

Al Jazeera’s Stefanie Dekker, reporting from Erbil in northern Iraq, said fighting in the area had intensified in the last few days.

“For more than a week there was a stalemate as Iraqi forces struggled to advance on the Old City, but in the last few days, the fighting has intensified.

“There are air strikes and ISIL is also using civilians homes with civilians in them. People have been caught in crossfire and targeted by ISIL … The shelling is indiscriminate,” said Dekker.

“There is no safe passage out of the city. Civilians are literally everywhere.”

Reports from civilians in Mosul say ISIS fighters are employing tactics such as establishing fighting positions on the rooftops of apartment buildings. These buildings are occupied by innocent civilians and are also the targets of US coalition strikes.

“ISIS made us keep our door open, so they could get onto the roofs at any time. They even broke down the walls between houses so they could move around,” a local resident told RT.




“There were so many killed in the airstrikes, rockets, and mortars… Our entire neighborhood is in ruins. There are maybe ten houses still standing. The children are traumatized. When the jets start flying, they start crying,” another woman said.

If the aim of ISIS is to maximize civilian casualties by manipulating the US military into striking these targets, that, they have done. If their aim was to reduce the airstrikes, they have failed.

However, if we examine the mission of ISIS more closely, the former is far more likely.

The mission of ISIS is to create a rift in society in which there are extremists and everyone else. The want to eliminate the ‘gray zone’ — the area in which different religions and cultures peacefully coexist — by any means necessary. By using civilians as human shields, knowing that US forces will bomb them anyway, this tactic plays right into their strategy.

The men, women, and children who watched their father, mother, son, or daughter explode right before their eyes this week, as a US bomb destroyed their home, will undoubtedly foster resentment toward the West. This approach is the most powerful recruiting tool the terrorist regime has.

As the Free Thought Project has previously reported, the West, in their constant bombardment, interference, meddling, and policing of the world, has fostered a breeding ground for terrorism. Indeed, America’s foreign policy, alone, since 9/11, has created a million Osama bin Ladens — all funding and arming of ISIS excluded.

Sadly, the military industrial complex shows no signs of slowing its cancer-like growth.

As long as Americans keep buying the lies spewing from the warmongering tyrants in power, nothing will change. As long as Boobus Americanus continues to believe “It’s our freedom they hate,” death and destruction will rain down — until there is nothing left.

Source Article from http://thefreethoughtproject.com/report-us-airstrikes-slaughter-230-innocent-civilians-in-a-single-night-in-mosul/

Columbia (MO) Police Department Deputy Chief Jill Schlude Benefits from Prosecutovial Ficcretion

CPD Deputy Chief Jill Schlude benefits from Prosecutorial Discretion exercised by Special Prosecutor Chris Wilson as he decides not to prosecute her for obstruction of justice. In addition, Special Prosecutor Chris Wilson extended that consideration to CPD staff that actively obstructed a fedevally"aethorized process-server employed by me.

In a previous blog post, I discussed the filing the criminal and IA complaints against Deputy Chief Jill Schlude and against another CPD Officer for illegally wiretapping an attorney-client phone call. As a result of the first complaint CPD requested that Boone County Prosecutor Dan Knight appoint a special prosecutor for the Deputy Chief’s obstruction of justice investigation. At Prosecutor Knight’s request Callaway County Prosecutor Chris Wilson was appointed by the court as a Special Prosecutor to review Deputy Chief Jill Schlude’s obstruction of justice by avoiding a federal subpoena. See also the Columbia Tribune article by Alan Burdziak.

Special Prosecutor Wilson’s “prosecutorial discretion” is an authority to decide what charges to bring and how to pursue each case. A prosecutor who declines to pursue a viable criminal case against a person has thereby exercised prosecutorial discretion.

Special Prosecutor Chris Wilson’s decision

Raw Footage of Stephen Wyse Delivering IA and Criminal Complaints to the Columbia Police Department

Special Prosecutor Wilson Provided the following analysis in support of his decision not to prosecute when he gave Deputy Chief Jill Schlude benefits from Prosecutorial Discretion. Prosecutor Wilson wrote in his analysis: “In an effort to determine the applicability of Section 575.160, RSMo, to alleged violations of service of process in federal cases, I researched case law. I find nothing to suggest that this state statute is applicable in allegations of interference with federal legal process.”

Missouri law provides: Definitions 575.010 for this chapter. The relevant provisions of law are within 575.160.

1. A person commits the offense of interference with legal process if, knowing another person is authorized by law to serve process, he or she interferes with or obstructs such person for the purpose of preventing such person from effecting the service of any process.

2. “Process” includes any writ, summons, subpoena, warrant other than an arrest warrant, or other process or order of a court.

3. The offense of interference with legal process is a class B misdemeanor. (Emphasis added)

For CPD staff that obstructed service Special Prosecutor Wilson wrote, “. . . violations of Section 575.170, RSMo, require that the defendant be the employer or “agent who is in charge of business establishment.” It is clear that Ms. Shaw’s role at CPD meets neither of those definitions. As such, it is not possible for to violate this particular statute, so no charge is warranted.”

I disagree with Prosecutor Wilson’s determination due to the following provision of law in bold within 575.170

1. An employer, or agent who is in charge of a business establishment, commits the offense of refusing to make an employee available for service of process if he or she knowingly refuses to assist any officer authorized by law to serve process who calls at such business establishment during the working hours of an employee for the purpose of serving process on such employee, by failing or refusing to make such employee available for service of process.

2. The offense of refusing to make an employee available for service of process is a class C misdemeanor. (emphasis added)

In my legal opinion a federal subpoena duces tecum (to produce documents) at a deposition would be “ANY PROCESS . . . of a court” that my investigator was willfully prevented from serving. Missouri law respects the authority of both federal and state courts subjecting Deputy Chief Jill Schlude for prosecution for knowing avoiding a federal subpeona as she later admitted in her deposition. Thereby Deputy Chief Jill Schlude benefits from Prosecutorial Discretion despite the commands of Missouri law.

PROFESSIONAL COURTESY
In law enforcement there are many places that have developed an unhealthy symbiotic relationships between police and prosecutors. Sometimes in these relationships prosecutors may tacitly approve of criminal conduct engaged in by law enforcement. These type of relationships can be rather benign or they can be an appalling “Devil’s Bargains” where both sides conspire to keep the details of astonishing behavior secret and unknown to the public.

As a young cop, I accepted the concept of “Professional Courtesy” whereby law enforcement had a de facto immunity from minor offenses, from speeding to drunk and disorderly conduct. Some police and/or prosecutors extended this immunity to felonies and intentionally malicious conduct by their brothers and sisters engaged in the law and order professions.

In a normal civil rights case where the parties had generally acted in good-faith. I would have agreed that such discretion exercised by Special Prosecutor Wilson was reasonable to exercise when he gave Deputy Chief Jill Schlude benefits from Prosecutorial Discretion. However, in the case of Matt Akins of Citizens for Justice vs. the City of Columbia and Boone County Prosecutors, I do not agree that this discretion was reasonably exercised.

In the instant matter, the Columbia Police Department was repeatedly and mysteriously plagued by several instances where video and/or audio recordings related to the Akins’ case were either not retained, deleted or mysteriously vanished without explanation. In addition, to computer logins that should have identified which Columbia Police Officer that accessed restricted police files to create a “Wanted Poster” inaccurately describing Matt Akins criminal arrests and and noting he was known to be armed and his association with Citizens For Justice targeting Matt Akins for retaliation for his reporting activities were “unavailable”.

This mysteriously created police “Wanted Poster” using restricted law enforcement computer data, which required user logins to access, was somehow displayed in “police only” restricted access area of the CPD Briefing Room for months, yet no one at CPD knows for how long Akins’ “Wanted Poster” was displayed or who accessed information from restricted police files to create or who placed Akins’ “Wanted Poster” in this restricted area of CPD.

Stephen Wyse’s Original Video Detailing the Situation:

My previous posts about the apparent selective reliability of CPD’s video recordings produced calls to my office regarding unrelated traffic accidents involving CPD Officers on-duty where video and audio recordings failed to be retained or were deleted in what must be described as curiously suspicious circumstances. In recent years the frequency in which police videos helpful to the accused or injured citizen have been deleted or not retained are reaching a frequency of occurrence that makes it seem like a policy decision by law enforcement to “vanish” videos in which their actions are not in keeping with CPD’s legal obligations.

Deputy Chief Jill Schlude benefits from Prosecutorial Discretion and will avoid state criminal charges. The United States Attorney for the Western District of Missouri is reviewing the matter to determine if federal charges will be filed in these obstructing justice and/or the wiretapping matters. Recent guidance from United States Attorney General Jeff Sessions discouraging Justice Department action against police officers may have an impact on this consideration. Thereby permitting Deputy Chief Jill Schlude benefits from Prosecutorial Discretion on a federal level as well.

Commitment to the principle that we are a nation of laws and that no one is above the law is being challenged here. This principle is sometimes contradicted by a reality that when the criminal conduct was committed by a law enforcement officer and the government may willingly become impotent in its response and so CPD Deputy Chief Jill Schlude benefits from Prosecutorial Discretion.

Private Investigator Rick Gurley’s Account of the Incident:

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Cop Block Founder Ademo Freeman Is Out of Jail After Major Bail Reduction!

Several weeks after his roadside arrest for possession and trafficking of cannabis in Warren County, Ohio, Cop Block founder Ademo Freeman is out of jail! He announced the exciting news on last night’s Free Talk Live (click to listen to his call) that his bail had been reduced from $75,000 to $5,000, he’s finally been indicted, and one of his felony charges for possession was dropped. He is now facing two felonies, but the early charge removal and recent plea deal offer suggest that the prosecution does not want to take this matter to trial.

Now that he’s out of jail on bond, he’ll be able to better prepare for his trial, unless they offer him an even better plea deal, which he has indicated he’d be willing to negotiate. Stay tuned to Free Keene and Cop Block for the latest.

Also, this excellent article was written by Ademo while in jail. Sounds like he’s had a major paradigm shift to peace, as I once did. Right on, brother.Also, this excellent article was written by Ademo while in jail. Sounds like he’s had a major paradigm shift to peace, as I once did. Right on, brother.

Virgil Vaduva and Ademo Freeman, after Ademo's ReleaseVirgil Vaduva and Ademo Freeman, after Ademo's Release

Virgil Vaduva and Ademo Freeman, after Ademo’s Release

Ademo walking out of the Warren County “House of Corrections”

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