Alameda County, California – When the president of a police union shot and killed an unarmed 16-year-old girl and her unborn child, there were a number of things he did wrong leading up to her death, which included failing to turn on his Body Camera. But the one thing he did right in the eyes of law enforcement was to donate a significant amount of money to an influential campaign fund.
Sgt. Jeremy Miskella, president of the Fremont police union, donated $10,000 to the campaign of Alameda County District Attorney Nancy O’Malley in November, and she returned the favor by clearing him of all wrongdoing in the fatal shooting of Elena Mondragon, according to a report from the East Bay Express.
Mondragon was shot and killed by Miskella and Fremont Detective Joel Hernandez in March 2017 while she was sitting in the passenger seat of a car with her cousin and two of their friends. The officers had been stalking the group, claiming that one of its members, Rico Tiger, was a suspect in multiple armed robberies.
Tiger later said that because the officers were dressed in plainclothes and driving an unmarked car, the group did not realize they were police and they began to increase their speed when they saw that the officers were following them because they thought they were being robbed.
Miskella and Hernandez responded by opening fire and unloading their AR-15 rifles on the car. Instead of hitting their target, which was Tiger, they killed Mondragon and her unborn child. Tiger was then charged with Mondragon’s murder, and it now appears as though he will be the one who faces the punishment for the officers’ reckless actions.
In addition to conducting surveillance on the group and failing to turn on their Body Cameras even though they were planning to confront Tiger, Miskella and Hernandez were also aware that they were following a car filled with teenagers, and when they opened fire on the vehicle, they did so with the knowledge that one of the innocent teenagers would be shot.
In response to accusations that a campaign donation from the Fremont Police union made her decide to clear its president of all wrongdoing in the shooting, O’Malley told the East Bay Express that her decision was unbiased and that the officers had not broken the law.
“The police and people in the community that care about public safety, that care about stability, that care about leadership, that care about the truth and that when putting out information, that it is accurate information, those are the people who are supporting me and have given me contributions,” O’Malley said. “This is a law enforcement job and we work with the police. As I said before when police do something that is against the law, they either get fired or they get prosecuted.”
While O’Malley apparently sees nothing wrong with accepting donations from the officers she is investigating, her opponent in the race for district attorney, Pamela Price, argued that there was a serious conflict of interest.
“There’s an actual conflict and then there’s the appearance of impropriety,” Price said. “And I will say to you when we have a district attorney that accepts $10,000 from the Fremont Police Officers Association and then clears the Fremont police officers of killing an unarmed 16-year-old child in a car, that’s the appearance of impropriety.”
Mondragon’s family has now filed a lawsuit against the city of Fremont and its police department. In a statement reported by NBC Bay Area, John Burris, an attorney for the family, criticized the fatal decisions made by the officers.
“Shockingly, officers engaged in a series of egregious tactical errors and contravened their training and basic common sense, which resulted in an outrageous loss of innocent life,” Burris said.
He also called out the Alameda County District Attorney for charging Tiger with Mondragon’s murder—while refusing to file charges against the two officers who actually killed her and who “acted with reckless disregard for department policy, safe tactics and human life.”
Miskella and Hernandez have returned to their jobs, O’Malley now has an additional $10,000 in her campaign fund, and it appears that the only people paying for the reckless actions of the officers and the failure of the justice system are the teenager who is facing time in prison for a murder he did not commit and a family that is grieving the loss of Elena Mondragon and her unborn child.
The move is latest in a growing feud between Russia and the United Kingdom after the poisoning of a former Russian spy and his daughter — with Prime Minister Theresa May saying there is “no alternative conclusion” than Russia being responsible.
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In an upcoming interview with the BBC – a broadcaster rocked by repeated claims of pay inequality – the nine-time Wimbledon winner is expected to reveal she received approximately £15,000 (US$21,000) for her commentary gig. McEnroe, a three-time Wimbledon winner, is rumored to have received between £150,000 and £200,000.
Navratilova has called out the publicly funded media outlet for being misleading their employees. She claimed the BBC told her she was being paid similar to men doing a similar job. She commented: “We’re not being told the truth, that’s for sure… It’s still the good old boys’ network… The bottom line is that male voices are valued more than women’s voices.” She added that her agent will now push for a higher pay rate.
The BBC has attempted to explain themselves, saying McEnroe’s work was “a different scale, scope and time commitment.” It stated that their roles were not equal, therefore pay parity was not required.
“Along with Sue Barker, John is regarded as the face of our Wimbledon coverage,” a representative said. “He is a defining voice within the BBC’s coverage. He is widely considered to be the best expert/commentator in the sport, highly valued by our audiences and his contract means he cannot work for another UK broadcaster without our permission. His pay reflects all of this – gender isn’t a factor.”
The BBC says that McEnroe has featured 30 times for its Wimbledon coverage. This is in contrast with Martina’s 10 appearances.
The gender pay gap debate was sparked with the publishing of a list of the BBC’s top earners and their salaries. Only a third of those were women, and the top slots belonged to men – with the highest being breakfast DJ Chris Evans who earned between £2.2 million and £2.25 million in 2016/2017.
It led to action by 40 of the BBC’s biggest females names, who famously penned an open letter to upper management. Names attached included Clare Balding, Emily Maitlis and Claudia Winkleman.
This initiative prompted promises of changes to the BBC’s pay structure. Findings discovered that in general men were paid nearly 10 percent more than women. Some 500 people were judged to have had a smaller wage due to their gender.
BBC China Editor Carrie Gracie quit her role in an effort to oppose the pay gap, returning to her previous position in the BBC newsroom. Ex-presenter Maxine Mawhinney is understood to be thinking about bringing a lawsuit over pay disparity.
Fran Unsworth, BBC director of news and current affairs, said: “We don’t think we have acted illegally in regard to equal pay. That doesn’t mean, however, there won’t be instances and cases where there is inequality and we need to address those.”
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When Democrats called for gun control last week, Republicans insisted that simply placing a “ban” on certain weapons would not stop mass shootings. This week, Republicans are coming out in support of President Trump’s plan to push for stricter punishments—including the death penalty—for drug dealers, proving that the “ban” on drugs has not worked and the false “left vs. right” paradigm is being used once again to create a hypocritical divide that will only lead to more government.
Democratic Reps. David Cicilline and Ted Deutch introduced the Assault Weapons Ban of 2018 last month, which would make it “unlawful for a person to import, sell, manufacture, transfer, or possess, in or affecting interstate or foreign commerce, a semiautomatic assault weapon.”
Their direct target was the Armalite AR-15 rifle, which was reportedly used by suspected gunman Nickolas Cruz to shoot and kill 17 people at a high school in Florida on Feb. 14. While there were a number of other glaring factors that contributed to the attack, such as the psychotropic medication Cruz was taking, the dozens of calls to Cruz’s home that were ignored by police, and the multiple credible reports that were ignored by the FBI, the focus has instead been on the weapon Cruz used.
When the calls for a complete ban on “assault weapons” as politicians and the media have branded them, did not work, the focus shifted to pushing for an increase in the age requirement to purchase a gun.
Trump did show support for pushing for more government agencies to submit records to the National Instant Criminal Background Check System, which would result in more individuals losing their Second Amendment rights for infractions unrelated to violence, and before they had ever had their day in court—a dangerous measure supported by both Democrats and Republicans.
However, Trump flip-flopped on his support for the Democrats’ idea of raising the age limit on gun purchases. On Twitter, he wrote, “On 18 to 21 Age Limits, watching court cases and rulings before acting. States are making this decision. Things are moving rapidly on this, but not much political support (to put it mildly).”
….On 18 to 21 Age Limits, watching court cases and rulings before acting. States are making this decision. Things are moving rapidly on this, but not much political support (to put it mildly).
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 12, 2018
After refusing to support a ban on guns and a ban on 18-year-olds purchasing guns, knowing it would have little effect, Trump is now pushing for an increase on a ban that has failed miserably and has cost American taxpayers an exorbitant amount of money over the years—the ban on drugs.
Trump’s new plan to combat the opioid crisis—which arguably would not exist if the War on Drugs did not exist—will give more power to the police state and will include stricter punishments, which could go as far as approving the death penalty for drug dealers, according to a report from Politico.
The calls for stricter punishments for drug dealers are receiving the support of many Republicans who do not understand why the War on Drugs has failed or how it has corrupted the justice system.
“I haven’t looked at it relative to the president’s proposal, but I have looked at it over the years with the frustration that U.S. attorneys sometimes face where they can get a whole bunch of the henchmen for murder, but they can’t get the kingpin for something that’s more than you know, 20 years, 10 years, or less,” Republican Rep. Darrell Issa told the Weekly Standard.
Trump is also not the only one who supports the death penalty in drug cases—some members of Congress are actually considering it as a legitimate idea. Republican Rep. Chris Collins told Politico that he fully supports the idea.
“I’m all in on the capital punishment side for those offenses that would warrant that,” Collins said. “Including drug cases. Yep.”
The idea that a ban on guns would prevent all mass shootings is the same as the idea that a ban one drugs would prevent all future drug use. Citizens are not robots, and just because the government deems something “illegal” does not ensure that every individual will comply with the new laws. In fact, the ones who do comply and give up the guns they were using to protect their homes are often the ones who experience the most harm when the ones who do not comply come to rob them.
All Trump had to do was look at the state he considers his good friends in Saudi Arabia to see how ineffective killing people over drugs is.
As Drugabuse.com notes, the sale of drugs in Saudi Arabia almost always results in the death penalty. Saudi Arabia and judicial authorities are not inclined to make exceptions. Alcohol use is illegal in Saudi Arabia, and possession or use of alcohol or drugs can be punished by public flogging, fines, lengthy imprisonment, or death.
In spite of Saudi Arabia killing countless people for ingesting and selling substances deemed illegal by the state, an ever-expanding epidemic of drug addiction and overdoses currently grips the country.
Both Republicans and Democrats will attempt to persuade the public that they should ban guns or increase the ban on drugs because it keeps citizens safe and prevent deaths. But while they are busy using an emotional plea and trying to sell the public on the short-term results of their plans, they fail to mention the long-term consequences, which will result in citizens becoming less safe and having less freedom because they surrendered their most essential rights with the false belief that it would increase their safety.
Hillary Clinton required brief medical attention this week after suffering a minor head injury during her trip to India.
The former Democratic presidential candidate was treated at Goyal Hospital in Jodhpur on Wednesday, according to institution CEO Suresh Goyal. Goyal says Clinton was at the hospital “for about 15-20 minutes.”
According to the Times of India, Clinton fractured her hand when she slipped in the bathtub at a luxury hotel.
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“We did a CT scan and X-ray and found a hairline fracture around the wrist area. She was advised to take rest for few days and use a crepe bandage for support,” a doctor reportedly said to the outlet on the condition of anonymity.
Clinton was captured on video tripping down some stairs during a palace visit earlier this week — a video that spread like wildfire throughout social media.
The former U.S. secretary of state commented on President Trump during a speech in New Delhi last weekend, saying he has an “affinity for dictators.”
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The bodies of at least 14 migrants, including four children, have been recovered near Agathonisi island in the Aegean Sea, after a wooden boat sank, according to the Greek coast guard, cited by media. Two women and one man managed to reach the shore. An estimated 21 people were on the boat, the rescued migrants said.
Bitcoin dropped below $8,000 after news that US tech giant Google is going to ban cryptocurrency advertising.
According to CoinMarketCap data, as of 05:25 GMT, Bitcoin fell by 14 percent to $7,909. At Bitfinex crypto-currency exchange trading platform, its value dropped by 13.8 percent to $7,847, at Binance — by 14.8 percent to $7,835.
On Wednesday, Google said it would ban advertisements related to cryptocurrencies across its ad platforms in June as part of an effort to protect “the ads ecosystem.”
The move follows similar measures taken by Facebook in January, which banned all ads for cryptocurrencies and initial coin offerings (ICOs), stressing that “ads must not promote financial products and services that are frequently associated with misleading or deceptive promotional practices.”
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