Turkey: 22 university students go on trial over ‘terror propaganda’

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Istanbul – Twenty-two students from a prestigious Istanbul university went on trial Wednesday on charges of spreading “terror propaganda” for staging an action on the campus opposing President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s military campaign in Syria.

Fourteen of the students have been held in jail since their initial detention in March when police stormed students’ dormitories at Bogazici University, in a case that has outraged activists.

Dozens gathered outside the main Istanbul courthouse as the trial got underway, unfurling banners such as “freedom for Bogazici” and “a right to education cannot be blocked”.

The accused face jail terms of up to five years if convicted on charges of propaganda for the outlawed Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK), Doguscan Aydin Aygun, lawyer for the students, told AFP.

Turkey earlier this year successfully carried out a major incursion into the Afrin region of northern Syria with allied Syrian rebels, ousting the Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG) militia which Turkey brands a terror group and branch of the PKK.

A day after Afrin was taken, a group of students opened a stand on the campus handing out sweets they dubbed “Afrin delight” in memory of the Turkish soldiers killed in the operation.

But another group however unfurled a banner reading “there’s nothing sweet about occupation and massacre,” in a show of protest.

President Recep Tayyip Erdogan then slammed the anti-war students as “terrorists”.

Turkish prosecutors accuse the students of seeking to discredit the army and the state by portraying them as an “occupier” and as an “illegitimate force that uses violence.”

Giving testimony in court, the students rejected the charges and denied shouting slogans in favour of the PKK.

“I didn’t praise violence or make terror propaganda,” accused student Sukran Yaren Tuncer told the judge.

“I shouted slogans like ‘shoulder to shoulder against fascism’ and ‘no war, peace now’. They are universal slogans and chanted in every demo.”

Authorities detained hundreds of people during the Afrin operation on terror propaganda charges for criticising the operation, raising new concerns about freedom of speech in Turkey.

Founded in the 19th century as Robert College, Bogazici University is considered a bastion of secular and Western-orientated education in Turkey.

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The key moments of the rugby rape trial

The trial lasted nine weeks and was the subject of intense media scrutiny over the period due to the high profile nature of the defendants.

Ulster rugby rape trial

    

Ulster Rugby Players Paddy Jackson and Stuart Olding have been found not guilty of the rape of a student at Belfast Crown Court.

The trial lasted close to nine full weeks and was the subject of intense media scrutiny over the period due to the high-profile nature of the defendants.

The complainant – a now 21-year-old female student – alleged she was raped from behind by Paddy Jackson, and during this attack, she was forced to perform oral sex on his teammate Stuart Olding, in the early morning of Tuesday 28 June 2016.

Jackson (26), from Oakleigh Park in Belfast and Olding (25), from Ardenlee Street, both denied the rape, while Jackson denied a further charge of sexual assault.

The woman also claimed that another man – Blane McIlroy (26) – then entered the bedroom, naked and with his penis in his hand, demanding sex.

McIlroy denied exposure while a fourth man, 25-year-old Rory Harrison, was charged with and denied perverting the course of justice and withholding information in the aftermath of the incident.

All four were found not guilty of all charges against them today by the jury of eight men and three women.

There were key pieces of evidence from the accuser, each of the accused and others throughout the lengthy trial which led to the verdict. Here are some of the important moments.

WhatsApp messages

WhatsApp messages sent by all parties to the trial to each other and others in the days following the alleged incident formed a large part of the case and were a key point of focus.

Messages between the four accused parties; between the accused parties and their friends; between the accuser and her friends; and between the accuser and Rory Harrison were all presented as evidence during the trial.

In her charge to the jury, Judge Patricia Smyth addressed the WhatsApp messages and what they signified.

“You may think some of the texts were offensive, or crude, or even derogatory,” the judge said.

It is important that you understand that even if a man holds a derogatory attitude of woman, that is not equivalent to the intention of having non-consensual sex.

On the morning and afternoon of Tuesday 28 June (the day after the alleged incident occurred), the four defendants were involved in a WhatsApp conversation with other people.

In this group chat, Olding said “we are all top shaggers”. Jackson commented “there was a lot of spitroast going on last night lads” with Olding likening what happened to “a merry-go-round at a carnival”.

In a separate WhatsApp conversation with another friend, when Olding was asked at 10.10am on 28 June – just hours after the alleged incident – “how was she?”, he answered at 10.57am “she was very very loose”.

It was also shown that later that day at 1.08pm, McIlroy posted a picture on a WhatsApp group called The Juicers which depicted him and three girls who attended the afterparty in Jackson’s.

The image shows McIlroy and the three friends either sitting on his knee or next to him.

He captioned the image ‘Love Belfast Sluts’.

And on 2.47pm that day, he sent another WhatsApp message to a friend which said:

Pumped a bird with Jacko on Monday. Roasted her.

Meanwhile, on that same morning the accuser was texting one friend:

“So I got raped by 3 Ulster f*****g scum”, and saying she wouldn’t go to the police because “they’ll say it was consensual… I was up for it, stupid little girl now regretting it”.

As well as this, Harrison had also sent the woman accusing a text after he dropped her off following the alleged incident:

Keep your chin up, you wonderful young woman.

Around noon that day, when she received a message from Harrison which asked “Feeling better today?”, she replied:

To be honest, no. I know you must be mates with those guys, but I don’t like them. And what happened was not consensual which is why I was so upset.

The woman had also texted two of her friends, telling them she had been raped by Ulster rugby players. Describing what happened to her in a text as the “worst night ever”, she told her friends she had been left with bruising.

She also texted:

“Second then a third guy tried to get involved… I was crying.”

And when her friend told her to go to the police, the woman replied:

I am not going to the police, Going up against the Ulster rugby. Yea because that’ll work.

She also told her friend:

Thing is I would report it if I knew they would get done. But they won’t. And that’s just unnecessary stress for me. It will be a case of my word against theirs.

She told the court that she was later persuaded by a friend to go to the authorities.

The woman reported the matter to the PSNI on Wednesday, 30 June 2016 – two days after the alleged incident.

Jackson and Olding were arrested that same day.

At this time, Harrison and McIlroy were texting. “The cops went straight to Les Kiss, which is f*****g ridiculous”, Harrison said to McIlroy, referring to the then-Ulster rugby manager.

He also texted:

This is ridiculous. Surely this is all going to get dropped.

McIlroy had asked Harrison if he remembered the accuser’s name.

Harrison told McIlroy her name, said “hopefully it will be thrown out” and told his friend she is “just a silly girl who has done something then regretted it”.

Harrison also messaged:

She is causing so much trouble for the lads.

Accuser’s evidence

The woman at the centre of the case spent seven days in the witness box in total – being questioned by the prosecution barrister who presented her allegations, on which the prosecution cases was based, as well as the barristers of each of the accused.

The woman lost her composure a number of times during questioning.

In her first day being questioned by the prosecution barrister, she told the jury that she told Jackson, “I don’t want this to happen”, but “he kept going”.

She gave evidence from behind a screen for the duration of proceedings and said that when Jackson’s teammate Olding entered the bedroom where she alleged she was being raped “my heart sank… I knew what was going to happen”.

The woman alleged that she had been raped at the same time by both men and that when Blane McIlroy entered the bedroom naked and with his penis in his hand, she said:

It was at that point that my fight instinct kicked in.

The woman had claimed she had kissed Jackson earlier in the night, and that had been “completely consensual”. She said she didn’t want things to go further.

The woman said she had gone upstairs later to retrieve her clutch bag, and had then been raped by Jackson.

She said he had raped her from behind. She said Olding had entered the room and she had “no, please, not him too”. The woman said she was forced to perform oral sex on Olding while Jackson raped her from behind.

She then said that McIlroy had entered the room naked and her survival instinct kicked in and she fled the room.

The woman was cross-examined by barristers representing the accused. It was put to her that what had happened between her and Jackson and Olding was consensual.

Brendan Kelly QC – representing Jackson – proposed to her that the activity between her and Jackson amounted to “mutual sexual touching”, she answered “that is completely incorrect”.

Kelly then said:

“Within a short period of time, Stuart Olding opened the door and entered the room. Why did you not say to Stuart Olding ‘Paddy Jackson is raping me, can you help?’, to which she replied “because it was obvious what Stuart Olding’s intention was as well”.

She denied she “motioned” towards Olding then performed oral sex on him, saying “that wasn’t how it worked out”, and reiterated her claim that any activity in the bedroom was “non-consensual”.

Later, she responded to Kelly’s line of questioning by saying:

Mr Kelly, I was raped. I don’t think I can make myself more clear.

Frank O’Donoghoe, the barrister representing Olding, also cross-examined the woman.

When asked why she didn’t ask Olding to assist when he walked into the bedroom by saying ‘help me, I’m being raped and I’m going to be raped again’, she replied:

It was quite clear what Mr Olding’s intention was as well. So much so that I turned to Patrick Jackson and said ‘please not him as well.’ This man was not going to help me. He was also going to rape me.

Accepting Olding didn’t verbally order her to perform oral sex, she said “there were no words exchanged … there was no consent established”.

Olding’s barrister further claimed that she “beckoned” him to stay, and “he did stay and you performed oral sex on him quite voluntarily and quite consensually”.

She replied:

I completely refute everything you have just said.

During this cross-examination, the woman was also questioned about the version of events she recounted to a doctor at the Rowan Centre, on the evening of 28 June, 2016.

O’Donoghoe pointed out that at no point did she mention she had been orally raped. Instead, the barrister said, she told the medic she had been vaginally raped three times.

She replied by saying that during the incident there were stages she didn’t know who was behind her raping her, and that she couldn’t remember all the details of the medical due to her shocked state.

When asked if she was exaggerating her state to explain an “utterly inconsistent history” given to the doctor, she told O’Donoghoe:

You are underestimating a state of shock you go into after you have been raped.

She was also cross-examined by Harrison’s and McIlroy’s barristers.

McIlroy’s barrister questioned her version of events, saying that she instigated sexual activity with McIlroy and performed oral sex on him “for a short period”, she replied:

None of that ever happened. I don’t know why your client is stating that it did.

In her the charge the jury this week, Judge Smyth told them to address the inconsistencies in the accounts given by the woman. She said inconsistencies in accounts were not uncommon in cases such as this.

She asked the jury to consider all these accounts and to determine “whether her evidence is true”, and once again told them distress and demeanour were not indicators of truthfulness.

Taxi Driver

A key witness for the prosecution was the taxi driver who took the woman home from Jackson’s house on the night of the alleged incident.

Harrison had accompanied the woman after the alleged incident and was consoling her as she cried in the taxi.

Giving evidence during the third week of the trial, the taxi driver was asked by Crown prosecutor Toby Hedworth QC how the young woman “appeared to be”. The witness told the court and jury:

The young woman definitely seemed very upset. She was crying and sobbing throughout the journey, and she didn’t really talk very much at all, bar telling me where she needed to go to.

When asked how she interacted with the male passenger – Harrison – the driver replied: “The gentleman in question was attempting to comfort the lady. He would have been holding on to her. I believe I remember, her head was placed on his chest and he was trying to comfort her.”

The driver also recalled Harrison having a conversation on his mobile phone, saying he heard “small snippets of conversation … I would explain it was sort of talking in code”.

When asked about what he heard, the driver said:

I recall him saying to the person on the phone ‘she is with me now, she is not good, I will call you in the morning’.

After the woman made a complaint to the police claiming she had been raped, an investigation was launched. The taxi driver told the court that after learning police wanted to talk to him, “it resonated with me and I knew straight away what it was in relation to”.

“It dawned on me, I went ‘oh yeah, it’s in relation to that night’. It all came together, the whole episode came together.”

“Walked in on a threesome”

Other witnesses in the case were other women who were present in the house around the time the alleged incident occurred.

One woman in particular opened the door in the room where the accuser and McIlroy and Jackson were at the time the alleged incident was supposed to have occurred.

In her charge to the jury, Judge Smyth called this woman a “key witness”.

Asking the jury to consider her impression about “what she had heard and what she had seen”, the judge reminded them of this young woman’s evidence both to police and to them.

Giving evidence at Belfast Crown Court on the third week of the trial, the witness was asked what she saw when she opened the door.

Explaining that she and her friend were ready to leave the party at around 4am, and were trying to locate their other friend, the witness said she heard “moaning” coming from a bedroom, thought her friend was in the room, and so opened the door.

From the witness box, she told the court she closed the door, turned to her friend and said:

I have just seen a threesome.

On the third week of the trial she told Brendan Kelly QC, the barrister representing Jackson that she “would not say that the female was distressed”.

Confirming to Kelly that she saw no signs of the woman in distress and that she didn’t think she had just witnessed a rape, the woman said:

I remember kind of laughing and telling [my friend] I had just walked in on a threesome.

And when asked by Kelly “did you have any concern when you left the room?”, she answered “no”.

She was also asked by Jackson’s barrister if she understood the term”frozen in fear”, to which she replied, “you can’t move because you are so scared”.

Kelly then asked if she felt the woman was “frozen in fear when you stood watching her on the bed?” She again said “no”.

The other two witnesses who attended the after party also gave evidence. One said to Jackson the next morning that her friend had walked in on a threesome, to which Jackson shook his head and said it didn’t happen.

Jackson denied using his penis and said this was because he couldn’t find any condoms.

When asked about the woman who walked in on the act and who described him having intercourse with the woman, Jackson said:

She is wrong. She is mistaken.

The accused give evidence

Jackson, Olding, McIlroy and Harrison also all took the stand at various stages throughout the trial.

All men firmly denied that they had done anything illegal on the night in question, but gave varying accounts of what had happened.

In his evidence, Jackson said that he and the woman had kissed in his bedroom before going downstairs. They had returned upstairs later, he said.

He said the woman had performed oral sex on him and later Olding had walked in. Jackson said that the woman started performing oral sex on Olding and that while she was doing this he (Jackson) had begun “touching her with my hands”.

Jackson denied using his penis and said this was because he couldn’t find any condoms..

Olding – for his part – said he had opened the door of the bedroom looking for somewhere to sleep. He said he had walked in on the woman and Jackson and she had motioned for him to stay.

Olding said that he closed the door and began kissing the woman on the bed.

Olding said then that he had lain down on the bed and she had performed oral sex on him “for between five and ten minutes”, he ejaculated and then left the room.

Meanwhile, McIlroy said under questioning that he had text Jackson saying “is there any possibility of a threesome?”, which went unanswered.

He then claimed that he had entered the room where Jackson and the woman were and he and her had started kissing. He said she performed oral sex on him briefly.

He then left the room to look for a condom, he said. When he returned, he said the woman was getting dressed.

His version of events was branded as “complete Fantasy Island” by the Crown barrister.

Under cross-examination from Hedworth QC, McIlroy was asked “has the penny not dropped that even your own friends have suggested your story is wrong?”

This was rejected by the defendant, who said: “I have told the truth from the word go.”

Harrison also faced questioning and denied that he had perverted the course of justice.

He was accused of, and denied, conducting a “verbal fencing match” whilst giving a witness statement to police in June 2016 and of “circling the wagon” with his friends when he became aware the woman had been upset due to non-consensual sexual activity.

When it was suggested to Harrison that after the woman was subjected to an ordeal in Jackson’s bedroom “you were delegated to get her home and look after her”, the defendant replied “that’s not right”.

This afternoon all four defendants were cleared of all charges at the trial following

deliberation by the jury.

Outside the court today, Paddy Jackson thanked his family, barristers and solicitors.

He said:

Out of respect for my employers I have nothing further to comment. Stuart Olding also issued a statement outside the court today:

“I want to start by thanking the judge and the jury for their time and patience throughout this long trial. I am very relieved that the jury has accepted my explanation as to what occurred,” he said.

“I want to acknowledge publicly that though I committed no criminal offence on the evening of the 28 June 2016, I regret deeply the events of that evening.

“I want to acknowledge that the complainant came to court and gave evidence about her perception of those events. I am sorry for the hurt that was caused for the complainant.

“It was never my intention to cause any upset to anyone on that night.

“I don’t agree with her perception of events and I maintain that everything that happened that evening was consensual.

“I have consistently told the truth to the police and the court when asked to account for my conduct.

“The Stuart Olding who has been portrayed over the past nine weeks in this trial is not the real Stuart Olding.

I am fiercely proud to represent my province and my country and I have worked very hard to achieve those goals.

I hope to be able to prove myself going forward in all aspect of my life. I would like to thank my legal team for their hard work and their belief in me throughout and finally to me family thanks you all for standing y me from the beginning

The other two defendants did not comment to the press.

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Sex offender awarded new trial after Texas judge used electric shocks to punish him

State District Judge George Gallagher

    

State District Judge George Gallagher of Tarrant County told a bailiff on three occasions to punish an uncooperative defendant with electric shocks, and now the sex offender’s conviction has been overturned and a new trial ordered.

Stun belts can be strapped around the legs of some defendants and used to deliver thousands of volts of electric shock in the instance a defendant turns violent or attempts to escape the courtroom. However, in the case of Terry Lee Morris, who was convicted in 2014 of charges of soliciting sexual performance from a 15-year-old girl, an appeals court found that Gallagher used electric shocks as punishment after Morris failed to answer the judge’s questions properly.

Gallagher, the District 396 judge since 2000, declined to comment, as did a spokeswoman with the Tarrant County district attorney’s office.

After enduring the 50,000-volt shocks, Morris was apparently too scared to return to the courtroom and actually did not attend the remainder of his own trial. He appealed his conviction, alleging Gallagher violated his constitutional rights by repeatedly shocking him for failing to answer questions while showing no signs of becoming violent or being a flight risk.

The Texas Eighth Court of Appeals in El Paso handed down its ruling on Feb. 28. Texas Lawyer first reported the ruling Tuesday. The ruling said judges are not permitted to shock defendants who won’t answer questions or don’t follow the court’s rules of decorum.

“While the trial court’s frustration with an obstreperous defendant is understandable, the judge’s disproportionate response is not. We do not believe that trial judges can use stun belts to enforce decorum,” Justice Yvonne T. Rodriguez said of Gallagher’s actions in the court’s opinion.

“A stun belt is a device meant to ensure physical safety; it is not an operant conditioning collar meant to punish a defendant until he obeys a judge’s whim. This Court cannot sit idly by and say nothing when a judge turns a court of law into a Skinner Box, electrocuting a defendant until he provides the judge with behavior he likes,” Rodriguez wrote.

Miller, 54, remains in the Wynne Unit in Huntsville. Besides the conviction that was overturned, he was convicted in 1992 of causing bodily injury to a child sentenced to 12 years to prison.

His attorney at the 2014 trial, Billy Ray, told the Star-Telegram that he was “scared to death of what Morris might do. I was scared of the way he was acting.

“But I felt kind of sorry for Morris,” Ray said. “I was trying to defuse Morris instead of telling the judge what to do. I felt that if I could have gotten Morris calmed down we could get through this thing.”

Morris had filed a lawsuit against Ray and wanted him to be recused as his attorney.

“Morris appeared to hate me but I think really he hated the situation more,” Ray said. “But you can’t leave a defendant just because you believe he hates you, that’s not the way it works. I was his second or third lawyer.”

‘Hit him again’

Gallagher ordered a bailiff to administer the electric shocks on the first day of his trial. When Gallagher asked Morris for his plea, guilty or not guilty. Morris refused to answer the question.

“Sir, before I say that, I have the right to make a defense,” Morris responded, according to the appeals court.

Morris told the judge he had a pending lawsuit against his defense attorney.

Gallagher became irritated and warned Morris about further “outbursts.”

“Mr. Morris, I am giving you one warning,” Gallagher said outside the presence of the jury, according to the appeals court. “You will not make any additional outbursts like that, because two things will happen: No. 1, I will either remove you from the courtroom or I will use the shock belt on you.”

Morris answered, “All right, sir.”

When Morris continued to talk, Gallagher instructed the bailiff to activate the stun belts around Morris’ legs.

Gallagher asked Morris twice more if he was going to follow the rules. When Morris did not provide a plea, Gallagher said to the bailiff, “Hit him,” according to the appeals court ruling.

The bailiff pressed the button that was to send the electric shock through Morris’ body. Gallagher asked him again if he was going to comply. Morris told him he had a history of mental illness. Gallagher ordered another shock.

“Hit him again,” Gallagher said.

When Morris contended he was being “tortured” for seeking a recusal, Gallagher, according to the appeals court, ordered the bailiff to do it again: “Would you hit him again?”

The appeals court said that 50,000 volts can have cognitive impairment effects on a defendant. Morris’ condition after the three shocks was not reported in the court’s opinion, however.

‘The shock collar didn’t work’

Ray, the attorney for Morris, told Texas Lawyer that he doesn’t believe the stun belts were actually functioning and that Morris was not really shocked.

“And oddly enough, the shock collar didn’t work,” Ray said. “That was the second trial I had where they didn’t hook the shock collar up properly. I know it says he was getting electrocuted, but they didn’t shock him.”

On top of that, Ray said Morris was behaving like a “loaded cannon ready to go off.”

Ray told the Star-Telegram that he said he was afraid that Morris “would do something that might have gotten him hurt a lot worse.

“And Judge Gallagher is not the kind of person who is mean to people,” Ray said.

However, El Paso’s Eighth Court of Appeals ruled that Gallagher shocked Morris as punishment and not for security reasons.

“Never before have we seen behavior like this, nor do we hope to ever see such behavior again,” Rodriguez wrote. “As the circumstances of this case perfectly illustrate, the potential for abuse in the absence of an explicit prohibition on non-security use of stun belts exists and must be deterred.”

Gallagher later stated for the record that he was concerned by Morris’ agitation and movements, suggesting he was within reach of a 200-pound wall-mounted courtroom video monitor that he could have pulled off and used to injure attorneys in the courtroom.

“It was based on the totality of his continuing escalation and his movements that the court ordered the shock belt be initiated,” Gallagher said at the time, according to Texas Lawyer. “It was done for the safety of the lawyers and all of the participants.”

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Cop on Trial After Video Showed Him Break Into Innocent Man’s Home, Taser, Beat Him in Bed

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Boyes Hot Springs, CA — Only in police state USA could an argument over a husband failing to notice his wife’s haircut end with police tasering and severely beating a man as he lies in bed. That is exactly what happened to Marine Corps veteran Fernando Del Valle — and he’s got the video to prove it. What is different about this case, however, is that the cop responsible for this bad behavior is now on trial.

This week, the trial for Deputy Scott Thorne begins. Thorne is charged with assaulting without lawful necessity during an alleged domestic violence incident at a Sonoma Valley residence in 2016.

According to Patch.com, during testimony in Sonoma County Superior Court this morning, a next-door neighbor said she called 911 about yelling and a commotion between Fernando Del Valle and his wife Kirsten Del Valle around 10:30 p.m. She said Kirsten sounded intoxicated and appeared to be the aggressor in the argument.

Aside from police being told that the female was the aggressor, they still entered the home and went after Del Valle—who was lying on a bed—when he was savagely attacked.

“He was beaten, Tased and subjected to a humiliating arrest in view of his neighbors,” the prosecutor said.

Thorne had a gun, Taser, baton, handcuffs and tear gas, “but he didn’t have the soft skills of patience and restraint,” and he used force without lawful necessity, Deputy District Attorney Robert Waner said, according to Patch.

On the night of September 24, Del Valle, 38, and Kirsten had some drinks and got into an argument after he failed to notice her haircut. The argument became heated but never once turned physical.

As Del Valle retreated into the bedroom and locked himself in, the couple’s screaming got the attention of the neighbors, who, in turn, called the police.

Just as the argument begins to calm down, cops burst into the couple’s home. Del Valle, who is trying to go to sleep in bed, is then woken up by the sound of Sonoma County sheriff’s deputies breaking down his bedroom door.

Before the video begins, the deputies allegedly order Del Valle to stand up.

That’s when Del Valle turns on his camera and warns the deputies, “I got you on video. Go ahead. Tase me.”

Remember, Del Valle had committed no crime and had harmed no one. Yet, here he is with three armed men in his bedroom threatening to inflict bodily harm on him. And, within seconds, that just what Deputy Scott Thorne, 40, did.

“Sir, I’m just laying here trying to sleep and you’re …,” Del Valle said. “I’m not standing up. I’m in my house. I’m sleeping.”

As Thorne steps forward, he’s seen on the video aiming his taser at the bare chest of Del Valle who is wearing only gym shorts. He then fires.

When the taser hits him, Del Valle can be heard screaming. At this point, the baton comes out, according to Del Valle’s attorney, and Thorne begins laying into the defenseless man in his own bed.

“He’s not doing anything!” his wife screams as the deputy continuously beats her husband over and over with his baton and taser.

The video then ends as Del Valle shouts repeatedly, “Call my lawyer!”

Del Valle was not able to record the entire encounter, but the beating continued well after it stopped.

According to the Press Democrat, a spokesman for Sheriff Steve Freitas at the time agreed the deputies’ three videos raised concerns from the start about excessive force.

Naturally, Thorne’s defense team is claiming that Thorne acted the way he did because he was in danger.

By not complying with the deputy’s commands to open the bedroom door and get out of the bed, Del Valle forfeited his right to privacy and staying in the room because of the potential for violence, Thorne’s attorney Chris Andrian said.

However, it is clear in the video that at no time did this half-naked man pose a threat to the cops who broke into his house.

As the Press Democrat revealed in their investigation, Thorne should’ve never been a cop as he’d been fired from previous jobs over his track record of excessive force.

However, none of that matters to Thorne’s attorney who is naturally defending the actions of this brutal cop.

“His position is he followed procedure,” Andrian said, noting that he acted in accordance with his training.

As for Del Valle, after he was severely beaten by Thorne — for no reason — he was then arrested and brought to jail. However, once police attempted to charge him with something, they realized they had no evidence of him committing a crime, so he was let go.

Del Valle’s lawyer, Izaak Schwaiger, said, in all, Del Valle was tasered 2 to 3 times and suffered at least 15 baton blows, causing neurological damage and a separated shoulder.

The Del Valles are set to give their side of the story later this week. Below is the disturbing video.

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SpaceX Begins Starlink Satellite Broadband Trial






SpaceX Begins Starlink Satellite Broadband Trial


February 24th, 2018

Via: cnet:

A pair of small satellites named for an adventurous Belgian cartoon character could serve as proof of concept for an ambitious global broadband service envisioned by Elon Musk.

After days of delays, a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket carrying the two small satellites, newly dubbed Tintin A and B by Musk (but known more formally as Microsat-2a and Microsat-2b), lifted off from Vandenberg Air Force base in California on Thursday morning.















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Nissan to Begin Easy Ride Trial in Japan






Nissan to Begin Easy Ride Trial in Japan


February 22nd, 2018

Via: Reuters:

Facing a future in which self-driving cars may curb vehicle ownership, Nissan Motor Co is taking its first steps to becoming an operator of autonomous transportation services, hoping to break into a segment set to be dominated by Uber Technologies and other technology firms.

In partnership with Japanese mobile gaming platform operator DeNA Co, the automaker will begin public field tests of its Easy Ride service in Yokohama next month, becoming among the first major automakers anywhere to test ride-hailing software developed in-house, using its own fleet of self-driving electric cars.















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CNN hosts a modern-day Salem Witch Trial: Angry Leftists shout "burn her!" at NRA spokeswoman Dana Loesch


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(Natural News)
The country’s leading agitprop network, CNN, held a “town hall” event earlier this week ostensibly to ‘have a conversation’ with politicians and the country’s largest gun-rights organization following another horrific school shooting — this one in south Florida.

Turns out the event was more Salem Witch Trial than conversation. It turned into a forum for angry Leftists to spew hate and venom at Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., and National Rifle Association representative Dana Loesch.

The Salem Witch Trial reference is not hyperbole, by the way.

The angry Left-wing hate that CNN facilitated against Loesch in particular culminated in some of the 5,000-plus attendees to the “town hall” rushing the stage at one point shouting “Burn her!”

Not even kidding.

In fact, the hate was so bad (aren’t liberals the ‘tolerant, peaceful’ ones?) that Loesch would tell an audience at the annual Conservative Political Action Committee meeting the next day that she had to be escorted out by private security.

Otherwise, quite literally, crazed, angry Leftists may have actually burned her right there on a stage that CNN built.

As reported by The National Sentinel, Loesch blasted CNN and the rest of the American Pravda media during her speech at CPAC for focusing, again, on exactly the wrong thing as it pertains to actually solving the growing epidemic of school shootings: A Republican senator and the NRA.

Oh, and guns. You know, instead of, say, the FBI for failing to act on two tips that shooter Nikolas Cruz was a threat and planning to do something like what he did.

Or, say, local police, who were called to a home where Cruz lived nearly 30 times in the days, weeks, and months before he allegedly killed 17 people at the Parkland, Fla., school.

Or, say, students themselves, many of whom knew Cruz and suspected he would someday become a threat.

And so on.

“I want to make this super obvious point,” Loesch said. “The government has proven that they cannot keep you safe. And yet, some people want all of us to disarm. You heard that town hall last night. They cheered the confiscation of firearms. And it was over 5,000 people.

“I had to have a security detail to get out,” she said of the Sunrise, Fla. event. “I wouldn’t be able to exit that if I didn’t have a private security detail. (Related: Elaborate MEDIA THEATER: CNN gun control town hall relied on “scripted questions” … 100% staged … fake news theatrics.)

“There were people rushing the stage and screaming ‘burn her.’ And I came there to talk solutions and I still am going to continue that conversation on solutions as the NRA has been doing since before I was alive,” she continued.

As is always the case with the Marxist Left, this particular incident does not come without massive hypocrisy.

During her speech, Loesch also noted that some of the very same people who call President Donald J. Trump an authoritarian-in-waiting now want him to do one of the most dictatorial things he could possibly do. “And then they also call Trump a tyrant but they say they want the president to also confiscate our firearms? Try to figure that one out,” Loesch said.

We can’t figure it out, Dana. It’s the Left; what they say and what they do most often makes little sense.

As The National Sentinel noted further:

Loesch also called out CNN for intentionally hosting such a rowdy event, where most attendees were only there to shout at her and [Rubio], not discuss practical solutions to school shootings.

She also called out the “legacy media” for refusing to hold similar “town halls” for “sanctuary cities” that lose citizens to illegal aliens or “grieving black mothers in Chicago,” where mostly young black men are gunned down daily.

None of that matters to the Communist News Network. They’ve got a witch to burn, no questions asked.

Read more of J.D. Heyes’ work at The National Sentinel.

Sources include:

TheNationalSentinel.com

RealClearPolitics.com

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