Taxpayers Shell Out $175K for Brave Cop Fired by Dept. for Refusing to Kill a Man

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Weirton, WV — As TFTP reported last year, former Weirton police officer Stephen Mader sued the city after he was fired for not killing a suicidal man who needed help.

It was reported this week that Mader will be receiving $175,000 in a settlement as a result of his unnecessary firing.

“At the end of the day, I’m happy to put this chapter of my life to bed,” Mader said. “The events leading to my termination were unjustified and I’m pleased a joint resolution has been met.

“My hope is that no other person on either end of a police call has to go through this again,” said Mader, who still lives in Weirton with his family but now drives trucks for a living, according to WPXI.

As we reported at the time, on May 6, 2016, Mader responded to a domestic call about a suicidal person. When he arrived on the scene, Mader confronted 23-year-old Ronald D. Williams who was armed and mentally distraught.

Madar said that he began talking to the young man in his “calm voice.”

“I told him, ‘Put down the gun,’ and he’s like, ‘Just shoot me.’ And I told him, ‘I’m not going to shoot you brother.’ Then he starts flicking his wrist to get me to react to it.

“I thought I was going to be able to talk to him and de-escalate it. I knew it was a suicide-by-cop” situation,” Mader said, adding that, “He wasn’t screaming, yelling, he wasn’t angry. He just seemed distraught. Whenever he told me to shoot him it was as if he was pleading with me. At first, I’m thinking, ‘Do I really need to shoot this guy?’ But after hearing ‘just shoot me’ and his demeanor, it was, ‘I definitely can’t.’”

Mader showed incredible restraint in the situation, even though Williams was attempting to provoke a suicide by cop.

Sadly, as Mader began to reason with Williams and de-escalate the situation, backup arrived, and another officer immediately shot and killed Williams without a second of consideration.

To add insult to injury, Mader was fired for his restraint, and the officer who murdered Williams was cleared of all wrongdoing, showing that the police department is explicitly encouraging indiscriminate killings.

Now, Mader is understandably reconsidering his career choices and has filed a lawsuit against the city that employed him.

“I loved being a police officer. And for them to say because of this incident you’re not going to continue here was heartbreaking. It had me questioning myself, should I be an officer,” Mader told NBC.

West Virginia attorney and ACLU representative Timothy P. O’Brien is helping to bring the lawsuit against the city.

“The City of Weirton’s decision to fire officer Mader because he chose not to shoot and kill a fellow citizen, when he believed that he should not use such force, not only violates the Constitution, common sense and public policy but incredibly punishes restraint.

When given the tragic and far too frequent unnecessary use of deadly force, such restraint should be praised not penalized. To tell a police officer, when in doubt either shoot to kill or get fired, is a choice that no police officer should ever have to make and is a message that is wrong and should never be sent,” O’Brien said.

“There’s the thin blue line, and one of the ironies of this case is that as we’ve seen across the county how many instances police have used deadly force in circumstances where that force is questioned, but nothing is ever done. In most cases, you don’t see training or suspension. When you contrast with what Officer Mader did and how he’s been treated, and officers who’ve used deadly force and how they’ve been treated, it speaks volumes to why we have a problem with deadly force in this country,” O’Brien added.

Mader has no regrets and still believes he did the right thing.

“I wouldn’t change anything. Even after them saying that I failed to eliminate a threat and that it should have been handled differently, I still believe I did the right thing. And a lot of people think I did the right thing, too. I know it’s not just me,” he said. And he’s right, TFTP knows Mader did the right thing, which is why we’ve been reporting on it for two years.

Shooting and killing suicidal or mentally distraught people sadly seems to be the standard operating procedure for police across the country. We have covered countless cases over the years where officers have indiscriminately killed suicidal people instead of helping them out.

Obviously, if a family member makes a phone call to police because a loved one is suicidal, the last thing they want is for someone to get hurt, but when police arrive the situation tends to escalate quickly and result in violence.

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FSA Terrorists Shell Damascus Residential Neighborhood with Mortars

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Damascus Midan – Terrorists Indiscriminate Shelling

Terrorists from the Free Syrian Army in the Eastern Ghouta enclave has shelled al-Midan residential district in the Syrian capital Damascus injuring 4 residents and causing material damage in properties and vehicles.

The shelling is a clear breach of the ‘de-escalation zones’ agreement guaranteed by Russia, Turkey, and Iran in Astana, obviously, the Turks ruled by the Muslim Brotherhood sponsoring the terrorist groups in Syria are not up to their words, as usual.

Syrian General Command of the Army and the Armed Forces has declared on 22 July 2017 a cease of hostilities in a number of areas in Eastern Ghouta, Damascus Countryside according to the agreement on the ‘de-escalation zones’. The Syrian General Command has emphasized its absolute right to retaliate properly for any breach by the terrorist groups.

Al-Midan district has been systematically targeted by the different terrorist groups under the FSA umbrella and in different methods. One of the most heinous attacks was by an anti-Islamic Wahhabi terrorist blowing up his 7 years old daughter in al-Midan police station last January 2017, and twin suicide bombing last October 2017. Al-Midan is one of Damascus’s most popular mid-scale neighborhoods south of the city.

The FSA, or Free Syrian Army, is an umbrella of terrorist groups fighting the Syrian state since early 2011 killing Syrian people and destroying the Syrian infrastructure. The FSA is sponsored by a coalition of over 80 countries spearheaded by the creator of al-Qaeda Organization, the United States of America, financed by the Gulfies, and trained and hosted by Turkey, Israel, Jordan, Lebanon, and Kurdistan.Its members are imported terrorists from all sides of the globe where the US or any of its minions has influence in poor rural areas.

The FSA includes among its groups the two main notorious branches of al-Qaeda in the Levant: Nusra Front and ISIS, with Nusra Front keep rebranding to appear as a ‘moderate rebels’ group and ISIS is now on the run awaiting further US instructions.

One Syrian citizen was killed last Thursday and 7 others wounded when another group of the FSA fired mortars on the town of Jaramana near Damascus and the Sayyedah Zainab Bus Station. Other FSA attacks targeted Dweilaa, Qassaa, and al-Shaghuor residential neighborhoods in the Syrian capital. A mortar fired by the FSA hit al-Faihaa Sports Complex last week.

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Shell-dorado: Extremely rare gold-colored lobster pulled from sea off Northern France

Yann Duchesne plucked the gold-colored crustacean from one of his pots near Île Saint-Rion in Paimpol Bay on the Côtes-d’Armor last week and quickly ruled out making a meal of his discovery.

“It’s out of the question that he ends up on a plate, when you only meet one in your life. Like all that is rare, it must be seen,” Duchesne told Ouest France.

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According to the Lobster Institute at the University of Maine in the US, there is only one yellow lobster in 30 million. In cases of blue lobsters, the number rises to one in two million. Meanwhile, the rarest type is the albino lobster – the chances of finding one are around one in 100 million.

Duchesne’s yellow lobster has now been sold to the Grand Aquarium in nearby St Melo. “He is doing well and eats well,” said aquariologist Yann Guillouzo in an email to RT.com.   

Guillouzo said there has been a rise in the number of brightly colored lobsters found in European waters this year, with some having a rich blue and orange tint.

These types of lobsters had been rare because their bright exterior means they lack natural camouflage, making them susceptible to predators. Guillouzo believes the recent rise is down to the decline of natural predators, such as the conger eel, in areas where trawling occurs.  

“If there are fewer predators, they are less likely to be caught,” he said.

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First Look at Shell’s New Electric Car Charging Stations Being Deployed at Its Gas Stations






First Look at Shell’s New Electric Car Charging Stations Being Deployed at Its Gas Stations


September 27th, 2017

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Earlier this year, oil giant Shell announced that they would start deploying electric car charging stations in Britain and the Netherlands.

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WATCH: Taxpayers Shell Out $30K Because a Cop Thought Reciting Poetry on a Sidewalk Was Illegal

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Riverside, CA — The state of California has long since waged a war on anyone who dares attempt to make a dollar by performing on the street. While some of these ordinances are in place for public safety, others are outright asinine and are a clear violation of constitutional rights. The latest example of this violation comes out of the city of Palm Springs in which a woman was arrested for reciting impromptu poetry. But the victim of this oppression fought back — and won.

Amy Marschak is a published writer from Colorado who performs impromptu poetry in public. For her one-of-a-kind street performances, she dons a Victorian dress and she takes requests from her listeners. For example, a pair of lovers on their first date might ask her to compose a poem on the spot to describe their meeting and their feelings for one another.

She’s been featured on local news stations and has performed across the United States. She sets up no table, does not block any paths, and performs upon request.

On March 13, 2015, Marschak was detained and issued a citation by Palm Springs police officer, Erik Larson. Larson issued this citation because Marschak was performing poetry in a public area.

According to the lawsuit:

Larson stated that citizens were “not supposed to” perform on the streets of Palm Springs, and that street performing was “against the law…”

 

She was given a ticket by Defendant Larson that cited an ordinance prohibiting “sitting or lying” on a sidewalk (which she was not doing), later amended to a citation under the local ordinance that prohibits “obstructing” a public sidewalk (which she also was not doing). Around the same period of time, Plaintiff observed that other street performers were also being persecuted by Defendant Larson and other City of Palm Springs police officers on similarly spurious grounds.

After being issued a note of extortion by police for speaking words on a public sidewalk, Marschak felt violated. So, she retained an attorney and fought the ticket. She later won her case, however, Marschak then filed another lawsuit because she feared, rightfully so, that she will be arrested or cited again for reciting poetry on the sidewalk.

Palm Springs City Hall just settled that lawsuit as well and for Larson’s poor decision and lack of constitutional knowledge, the taxpayers were hit with a $30,000 bill.

According to the lawsuit, Marschak alleged her constitutional rights were violated. She was seeking to affirm and vindicate the fundamental constitutional rights of street performers to express themselves freely in the public areas of Palm Springs without fear of harassment by local police.

According to the Desert Sun, Marschak’s battle was a successful one—not just because of the settlement either.

As the Sun reports:

In return for Amy Marschak dropping her suit, City Hall agreed to “take steps to affirm” the rights of street performers, in part by sending a memo to police about those rights, according to the settlement agreement.

The city council is also revising the laws that led to the lawsuit in the first place.

“What specific changes are made is up to the city’s elected representatives,” said Tom Seabaugh, a civil rights attorney who represented Marschak. “But we did secure through this lawsuit a commitment from them that they will take steps to do better in the future.”

“I can imagine some people thinking that because nobody was injured, there were no broken bones and nobody died – why is she being paid?” Seabaugh added. “I think the answer is that constitutional rights are important, and there should be accountability and consequences for violating them. That’s one of the points we wanted to make, and we think we’ve made it.”

Marschak’s battle is a noble one as more and more street performers are finding themselves in legal trouble for doing nothing other than brightening people’s days as they walk by.

Last year the Free Thought Project reported on the story of a California man who was ticketed for juggling. Reporters with The Jones/Skelton Report, Joff and Alex, out of Santa Cruz, filmed police citing a man for juggling on the sidewalk. When Alex asked the officer if he was really citing the man for this non-offense, the officer confirmed that he was indeed citing the man for juggling — because throwing balls to yourself is banned in the Golden State.

The list of things in the United States to do that are illegal is ever increasing at an absurd rate. From walking across the street to riding a bicycle, ordinances across the nation, enforced through the barrel of a gun, continue to cause undue pain and suffering for otherwise innocent Americans on a daily basis. However, because of Marschak’s battle, at least poetry is safe—for now.

Source Article from http://thefreethoughtproject.com/citation-poetry-police-state-lawsuit/

Russian lawyer Veselnitskaya registered to a ‘shell’ firm, no website, phone or email


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Donald Trump, Jr. speaking with supporters of his father, Donald Trump, at a campaign rally at the Sun Devil Fitness Center at Arizona State University in Tempe, Arizona. (Gage Skidmore/Flickr)

(INTELLIHUB) — The Russian lawyer who met with Donald Trump Jr. and then Barack Obama’s Ambassador to Russia just 8-days after appears to be registered to a ‘shell’ law firm listed in a suburb of Moscow.

Natalia Veselnitskaya is listed as a managing partner of Kamerton Consulting which does not have a website, telephone number, or email listing, as reported by the Gateway Pundit.

Moreover, the publication notes: “Natalia Veselnitskaya was sitting with Obama’s Ambassador to Russia Michael McFaul during a Foreign Affairs Committee hearing, 8 days after cold-contacting Trump Jr. in Trump Tower.”

Additionally, the Russian lawyer was found to have posted a picture on Facebook from the inside Senator John McCain’s office.

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Shell recalls cardboard cutouts of female employee after groping pics emerge (PHOTOS)

The cutouts aren’t exactly provocative – they feature a female Shell employee wearing a red t-shirt bearing the company’s logo, along with black trousers and a black headscarf.

She appears happy, smiling with her thumb raised in the air.

However, it didn’t take long for some to make the cutouts more sexual, taking photos of themselves kissing the woman, holding her hand, and grabbing her chest and crotch.

Many of the pictures were posted on Facebook, prompting Shell to respond by calling the men’s actions “distasteful and suggestive acts.”

“We do not condone this disrespectful act, which is completely against the culture of Malaysians and Shell’s core values. We urge netizens and members of the public to refrain from sharing these images further,” Shell said in a statement, as quoted by AFP.

“The standee (cutout) will be removed from all our sites with immediate effect,” Shell added.

The woman featured on the cutouts has also spoken out, criticizing the men’s “extreme behavior.”

“They may just be joking, but I feel humiliated because that is still myself although it is just an image,” the woman, who was identified by local media as 25-year-old Shell employee Nor Shafila Khairusalleh, told mStar news outlet.

Shell has not said how many cutouts will be removed from the country’s petrol stations, but the company has more than 950 stations across Malaysia, according to its website.

Malaysia, where more than 60 percent of the population is Muslim, has seen a rise in religious conservatism in recent years.

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Rights campaigners blast inaction on Nigeria oil pollution

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An indigene of Bodo, in Nigeria’s Ogoniland region, tries to separate with a stick the crude oil from water in a boat at the Bodo waterways, polluted by oil spills attributed to Shell equipment failure, August 11, 2011

Shell’s efforts to deal with oil pollution in the Niger Delta remain “utterly ineffective” four years after a landmark UN report called for a $1 billion clean-up, rights campaigners said Thursday.

Amnesty International accused the company of failing to match the Nigerian government’s commitment to tackle spills in the Ogoniland area of the delta and urged the company to “dramatically” improve its clean-up operation.

“It is scandalous that Shell—which now wants the world to trust it to drill in the Arctic -– has failed to properly implement the UN’s expert advice on oil spill response after so long,” Mark Dummett, a human rights researcher for Amnesty said in a statement.

Environmental devastation in Ogoniland has for many come to symbolise the tragedy of Nigeria’s vast oil wealth.

Decades of crude production filled the pockets of powerful government officials and generated huge profits for oil majors like Shell, while corruption and spills left the people with nothing but land too polluted for farming or fishing.

Amnesty welcomed a trust fund to pay for the clean-up announced this week by President Muhammadu Buhari but said it would not succeed without major reforms from Shell.

“President Buhari’s initiative will fail, and the Ogoni people will continue to suffer, as long as Shell fails to make significant changes to the way it approaches oil spill clean-up,” Dummett said.

Shell has not pumped crude from Ogoniland since 1993, when it was forced to pull out because of unrest.

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Fishing boats are abandoned on Bodo waterways polluted by spilled crude oil allegedly caused by Shell equipment failure in Ogoniland, Nigeria, August 11, 2011

Two years later, environmental activist Ken Saro Wiwa, who had fiercely criticised Shell’s presence in Ogoniland, was executed by the regime of dictator Sani Abacha, one of the most condemned episodes in the region’s history.

‘Devastated by oil spills’

Nigeria returned to civilian rule in 1999 after Abacha’s death, but critics say the governments elected since have done little to improve pollution in the Niger Delta.

In August 2011, a United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) report said the area may require the world’s biggest-ever clean-up and called on the oil industry and Nigerian government to contribute $1 billion (around 920 million euros).

But Amnesty said its researchers investigating spill sites in the region had in the last few days found oil on the soil and in nearby water, in areas where Shell contractors were reported to have recently carried out remediation.

The trust fund announced by Buhari is to be overseen by the Ogoni people, the UN, the oil companies operating in Nigeria and the government, according to a statement released by the president’s office on Wednesday.

It said “stakeholders” would contribute $10 million to the clean-up but did not identify who this would be.

Spilled crude oil allegedly caused by Shell equipment failure floats at B-Dere waterways in Ogoniland, Nigeria, August 11, 2011
Spilled crude oil allegedly caused by Shell equipment failure floats at B-Dere waterways in Ogoniland, Nigeria, August 11, 2011

“Ogoniland has been devastated by years of and Shell’s clean-up operations have been utterly ineffective,” Dummett said.

“In 2011 UNEP highlighted numerous serious problems with the way Shell cleans up oil sites. But we have visited multiple sites and found lying all around. From what we are seeing, little has changed since then.”

In April 2013, Shell staff returned to Ogoniland for the first time in two decades to study how best to decommission their decaying assets in the region.

The company described the move as “a key step” in complying with the UNEP report.

Nigeria is Africa’s largest producer, pumping out roughly two million barrels a day, with crude accounting for more than 90 percent of its foreign exchange earnings.

Shell Petroleum Development Company of Nigeria (SPDC) did not immediately respond to a request for comment.


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Shell resumes offshore oil drilling in Arctic

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A ShellNo flotilla participant paddles in a kayak during demonstrations on May 16, 2015 in Seattle, Washington

Oil giant Shell has resumed offshore drilling operations in Alaskan waters, the company said Friday, after one of its icebreakers was delayed for nearly two days by protesters dangling from a bridge.

Greenpeace activists were suspended from a bridge and in kayaks in the water for more than 40 hours in an effort to block the Fennica icebreaker from traveling to the Transocean Polar Pioneer rig in the Arctic Ocean.

Shell said drilling operations resumed Thursday at 5:00 pm (0100 GMT Friday) at the “Burger J” prospect in the Chukchi Sea, off the northwest coast of Alaska.

It said work would continue after the 116-meter (380-foot) Fennica icebreaker arrived at the rig.

“In the days to come, the team aboard the Transocean Polar Pioneer will work to complete the top portion of the well in anticipation of drilling to total depth once the Fennica arrives on site,” the company told AFP in a statement.

“We remain committed to operating safely and responsibly and adding to Shell’s long history of exploration offshore Alaska.”

Fennica set off Thursday after it was blocked by the activists, including those suspended from a bridge in hammock-like devices. Other protesters were stationed on the bridge while some floated in kayaks in the water.

Greenpeace activists in kayaks try to block the departure of the Shell Oil "Polar Pioneer" rig platform as it moved fr
Greenpeace activists in kayaks try to block the departure of the Shell Oil “Polar Pioneer” rig platform as it moved from Elliott Bay in Seattle, Washington on a mission to drill in the Arctic, on June 15, 2015

A US judge on Thursday threatened to fine the protesters for every hour they continued to block the Shell icebreaker.

Later Thursday, all of the hanging protesters had evacuated the site, but Greenpeace said it would continue to fight Shell and urged US President Barack Obama to stop Shell’s exploration activities in the region.

“The 13 #ShellNo climbers have come off the bridge. Now all eyes are on President Obama to save the Arctic,” the organization said on Twitter.

In May, Obama authorized oil drilling in the Arctic, a decision that infuriated environmental groups.

Greenpeace denounced Obama, and urged people to sign an online petition to block offshore Arctic drilling on Thursday.

“It’s not too late. But we need to make our voices heard now,” the group said in a statement.

“Ask President Obama and the Department of the Interior to show climate leadership and protect the Arctic by rescinding Shell’s Arctic drilling lease.”

Obama has called US oil production an “important” source of energy in defense of his move to allow Shell to drill in the Alaskan Arctic.

It is not the first time Greenpeace activists have stood up against Shell. In mid-June, protesters in kayaks tried to block the departure of a giant Shell oil platform from Seattle and keep it from drilling in the Arctic.

It is the first time Shell has conducted exploratory in the Arctic since 2012, after facing several equipment and weather delays.

Fennica was in Portland for repairs after suffering an accident in the Arctic that left a hole in its hull.


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Shell freezes Alaska drilling until 2014

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