Posts Tagged ‘Activism’

Police Killings on the Rise as NFL Owners Join Players in Protests

Tuesday, September 26th, 2017
Police in this country have so far killed 884 people this year, an average of 3.3 people a day, a slight rise from this time last year when they had killed 867 people, according to Killed by Police, a website that tracks these slayings.
Yet that fact seems to have gotten lost as NFL players continue to kneel in protest for the National Anthem, which led to President Donald Trump stating the following at a rally in Alabama Friday.
“Wouldn’t you love to see one of these NFL owners, when somebody disrespects our flag, to say, ‘Get that son of a bitch

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USDOJ Refuses to Allow Journalists into Jeff Sessions’ Press Conference Fearing Negative Coverage

Thursday, September 21st, 2017

The United States Department of Justice says it welcomes all journalists into their press conferences as long as they follow a short list of criteria listed on its website.
However, that turned out to be a lie as a pair of Portland journalists learned earlier this week.
The journalists were from Flossin Media, a black-owned, Portland-based digital magazine founded in 2004 that covers social justice issues as well as other general interest issues.
On Tuesday, they were trying to enter a press conference in Portland where United States Attorney General Jeff Sessions was going to denounce sanctuary cities like Portland who have

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WATCH: PINAC Correspondent Kicked Out of Free Speech Rally in Oregon

Sunday, September 17th, 2017

PINAC correspondent Mike Smith attended a free speech rally in Portland only to be physically thrown out by police.
Smith was at the Patriot Prayer rally at the waterfront last Sunday, which is a popular place in the Oregon city for events and protests. There were several other groups counterprotesting the Patriot Prayer group which is why police were there to keep the peace.
The police sectioned off an area for media personnel in the middle of the protests but when Smith attempted to enter the media area, cops told him he wasn’t allowed because he was a counterprotester. Smith repeatedly

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Street Vendor Raises $60,000 After Viral Video Showing California Cop Taking his $60 in Cash for Selling Hot Dogs without Permit

Tuesday, September 12th, 2017

A hot dog vendor seen in a viral video this weekend having $60 in cash seized by a California cop for trying to make some extra money selling hot dogs is getting support from online donors who’ve now contributed to over $60,000 to crowdfunding efforts set up on his behalf.
A petition to fire University of California police officer S. Aranas badge #76 has received over 33,000 signatures.
“I wasn’t stealing or drinking, I was just working to sustain my family,” said Beto Matias, who was being issued a ticket outside a football game at Memorial Stadium when University California at

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Watch: Idaho Police Arrest Man for Video Recording FBI Building

Wednesday, July 26th, 2017

Police in Pocatello, Idaho arrested a man for filming an FBI building from public property. It is becoming an all too common occurrence for officers to stop and detain citizens for recording police or law enforcement activity of any kind. But the aforementioned video recording is a First Amendment protected activity, so anyone has the right to do so.
In June Sean Johnson was doing a First Amendment audit on the Pocatello FBI building. The First Amendment gives everyone in America freedom of speech and freedom of press, which includes video recording. Johnson was on a public sidewalk across the

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Journalists Arrested for Interviewing Portland Police Officers and Local District Attorney

Tuesday, July 25th, 2017

Portland Oregon where journalists are arrested for attempting to interview Portland Police Officers and District Attorney.  Oregon Journalists Bob West and Eli Richey both have a colorful history as it relates to documenting the employees of Oregon Law Enforcement agencies, both have been arrested multiple times for various phony charges only to later have the charges dropped by the DA’s office sadly this is not the case this time.
As of Friday, July 21, 2017, Eli Richey is in custody with a $250,000.00 bond for six misdemeanors and Bob is free on his own recognizance with a promise to appear on

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Caught On Video : Portland Police Sergeant Chadd Stensgaard *The Cop with Wandering Hands*

Wednesday, July 19th, 2017

Contributed By Mike Bluehair,
Mike Bluehair
 
 
 
 
 

 
Meet Portland Police Bureau Sergent Chadd Stensgaard Badge #43480  watch him it seems that he Can’t Keep his hands off People.
This is not Sgt Stensgaard’s first moment in the spotlight, back in 2008 he had issues with parking after Portland attorney Eric Bryant filed a citizen’s complaint. Bryant had been eating sushi at the SanSai Japanese Grill at Northwest 21st Avenue and Hoyt Street about 8 p.m. when he saw Stensgaard park his marked patrol car in a no-parking zone, within a few feet of a crosswalk. As reported by Oregon Live 
A Public records request has been submitted for

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“365 Days and Holding–Human Rights Agencies Support US Human Rights Abuses”

Wednesday, July 19th, 2017

 

Contributed by Janet Phelan
365 Days and Holding….
It was a year ago today that I filed a request for precautionary measures with the Inter American Commission on Human Rights. The request asked for certain measures to be enacted for my safety and security—including that a guard be provided at my home for the periods of time I have to leave, in order to deter the repeated and illegal entries into my home.
Precautionary measures are considered to be emergency measures and the IACHR is mandated to deal with them as such. SEE THIS STORY
I’ve been waiting for a year for my

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Hermosa Beach Police Officer David Elliot’s Version of Excellent Customer Service On Display

Sunday, July 16th, 2017

What could have been a normal Saturday night in Hermosa Beach, California chasing calls for CATMAN of ONUS News Service, almost turned into a chest bumping and tough guy contest? When what would have a simple call to investigate suspicious activity (individual checking doors) turned into a perfect display of how exactly not to conduct yourself as a uniformed police officer.
David Elliot who pulled in over $112,000.00 of the City of Hermosa Beach Taxpayer’s monies in 2016, simply does not understand that interfering with the rights of the citizen is not part of the job description and that he should

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Homestead PD Still Doesn’t Know Photography Is Not A Crime

Thursday, June 15th, 2017
Homestead Police Department (HPD), in South Florida, has myriad problems respecting the First Amendment. I went to HPD this week to serve some officers in a civil rights suit, the story was covered earlier. While entering I discovered that HPD still has not learned that photography is not a crime.
I covered HPD officer John Frank, last year, him initially claiming that I could not take his picture. He quickly backed down once I started recording the video below. HPD adopting a policy such as shown in the sign above makes it understandable that some of their officers would fail to realize that photography is not a crime.

However, HPD officers such as Tony

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Florida Man Fights Extensive Public Records Request Abuse

Friday, May 26th, 2017

INTRODUCTION
 
The City of Homestead has a torrid reputation, and a pattern of willfully refusing to comply with the public records law. Homestead is a little town at the southern end of Miami-Dade County, rarely receiving the scrutiny it deserves as a cesspool of public corruption and maleficence.
 
I have used the records request process, as a pre-discovery method for investigating my civil rights claims. Homestead has failed to comply with the public records law on the majority of the nearly one hundred requests I have filed.
 
Homestead has a pattern and practice of unlawful noncompliance as it relates to the records law

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WATCH: Las Vegas Cops Arrest Journalist for Recording on Sidewalk

Monday, April 17th, 2017
Las Vegas police arrested a journalist Saturday who was video recording a protest against President Donald Trump, demanding that he release his tax forms.
Police say KLAS news videographer Nebyou Solomon was arrested for trespassing and obstructing because he was standing on the private property of the Fashion Show Mall, refusing to leave when ordered to do so, then refusing to identify himself.
But a short video of his arrest shows he was standing on a sidewalk outside the mall, which is generally considered public property because it is paid for and maintained by tax dollars.
However, Las Vegas has a long-standing habit

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Florida Sheriff Tells PINAC Reporter he has no Right to Protest Participation Award Ceremony for Deputies

Wednesday, April 5th, 2017

A Florida sheriff violated PINAC reporter Jeff Gray’s right to record public officials in a public setting during his silent protest at the department’s annual awards banquet, which was held at the tax-funded St. Johns Convention Center in St. Augustine last month.
But St. Johns County Sheriff David Shoar insisted it was “private property.”
“You go outside. And hold your sign,” Shoar told Gray, threatening him with arrest. “But you’re not going to stand in here and hold your sign. This is our party. This is our special night.”
“I’m standing here quietly holding a sign,” Gray responded, referring to his sign

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Trump’s Ban on Muslims Divides America and Creates Havoc at Airports Across the Nation

Monday, January 30th, 2017

Donald Trump has been President for less than 10 days and he has already caused mass chaos in airports across America. His executive order went into effect on Saturday which temporarily bans the entry of people trying to get into the United States coming from Iran, Iraq, Syria, Libya, Sudan, Somalia, and Yemen. Trump said during his campaign that in order to combat terrorism he wanted to ban Muslims from entering the United States.
The aforementioned countries are all predominantly Muslim nations.
But included in the new president’s executive order are VISA holders, green card holders, and permanent resident’s of the

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Stalking Away The First Amendment: Part 1

Friday, December 2nd, 2016
 
Homestead Police Department (HPD) has silenced the First Amendment with false stalking charges and restraining orders.
Their abuses leading to two of my three false arrest, and to me being served with four frivolous restraining orders.
Sadly, such abuses are not limited to Florida, and occur nationwide.
I have researched this new trick in the police playbook being used to stalk away the First Amendment.
PINAC presents this series as a case study on such stalking abuses in Florida and across the country.
Included are discussions on the federal subsidies which create disincentives to fixing the problem, and discussions on Florida stalking law related to

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Stalking Away The First Amendment: Part 1

Friday, December 2nd, 2016

 
Homestead Police Department (HPD) has silenced the First Amendment with false stalking charges and restraining orders.
Their abuses leading to two of my three false arrest, and to me being served with four frivolous restraining orders.
Sadly, such abuses are not limited to Florida, and occur nationwide.
I have researched this new trick in the police playbook being used to stalk away the First Amendment.
PINAC presents this series as a case study on such stalking abuses in Florida and across the country.
Included are discussions on the federal subsidies which create disincentives to fixing the problem, and discussions on Florida stalking law related to

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WATCH: Ohio Trump Supporter Tackles Anti-Trump Protester from Behind on Stairs

Tuesday, November 15th, 2016
It’s been six days since Donald Trump upset Hillary Clinton in the president election and there have been non-stop protests in cities and universities throughout the United States as well as reported violence between Trump supporters and protesters.
But until today, none of these clashes have been captured so vividly on video.
The video was recorded at Ohio State University Monday while an anti-Trump protester was standing on the stairs speaking to other protesters below through a bullhorn.
That was when a Trump supporter came running down the stairs and striking the protester from behind, sending him sprawling down the stairs.
According to

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WATCH: Trump Supporter Chased and Attacked by Protesters Over “Let’s Make America Great Again” Cap

Friday, September 30th, 2016
A man sporting a “Let’s Make America Great Again” cap signed by Donald J. Trump pulled up to an anti-police brutality protest in his $100,000 BMW in Southern California, only to be chased and attacked by protesters Wednesday.
Feras Jabro said he was merely expressing his First Amendment right to free speech, but it was obvious he was also trying his best to troll the protesters, who have been demonstrating against the El Cajon police killing of an unarmed mentally ill man.
And although he told protesters he was there to “support the cause,” he told his followers on Periscope that

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WITNESS: Charlotte Riot Police Did Shoot Protester, Deny Involvement Blaming Civilians

Thursday, September 22nd, 2016
Charlotte riot police shot a man protesting against police killing Kenneth L. Scott, and was himself severely injured by law enforcement using a firearm or riot weapon in full view of a criminal defense lawyer, a group of clergy and multiple eye-witnesses, but now officers deny involvement blaming civilians for the shots fired.
We interviewed Karhran Meyer, who is a North Carolina criminal defense lawyer, who is a key eye witness to the shooting.
The unnamed protester is on life support.
Initial reports said he died.
North Carolina residents have spent their second consecutive night protesting police brutality after Charlotte-Mecklenburg police shot and killed Keith

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FBI Unable to Prove Existence of Planned “Halloween Revolt” Ambush on Cops by National Liberation Militia

Saturday, October 31st, 2015

In a few hours as the sun sets and Halloween descends upon us, the streets of this country will turn into battlefields, pitting masked anarchists against uniformed cops, escalating this so-called War on Police, who are only trying to keep us safe.
That is, if you believe the FBI and the countless news sites that regurgitated its warning earlier this week about a group called the National Liberation Militia planning a “Halloween Revolt” this evening.
Never one to believe the hype, especially when it comes from unnamed FBI sources talking exclusively to the New York Post, we called out the warning

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Canadian Cops Intimidate Videographer by Crowding His Personal Space, Claiming it is Their Right

Friday, October 30th, 2015
Americans tend to think of Canadian cops as the kinder, gentler version of the short-tempered, trigger-happy, civil rights violating officers that make up much of the police departments in the United States.
But every once in a while, we are reminded that they can be just as bad.
Just over a week ago, we saw a video of a Canadian cop running over a dog several times before stepping out and shooting it to death in his attempt to keep the neighborhood safe from coyotes.
But that dog was somebody’s pet, a deaf, blind German Shepard/Australian cattle dog that had slipped through an

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New York Residents Celebrate Indigenous People’s Day, Italian-Americans Call For End of Columbus Day

Tuesday, October 13th, 2015
 
Yesterday, people in New York City rallied around Native Americans with a variety of actions, from Indigenous People’s Day celebrations that highlighted the diversity of native culture and recounted people’s histories of resistance, to a direct action that shut down the West Side Highway calling for an end to the present day state violence against indigenous peoples.
Simultaneously, an all-day on-line protest called “No More Columbus Days!” was taking place among New York City’s famous Italian American community, calling for an end to Columbus Day in general, and specifically the Columbus Day parade in NYC which can be contacted here.
In whole,

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BLM Ranger Kidnaps Family

Friday, October 9th, 2015
The only difference between an abduction case and a lawful arrest is that word, “lawful”.  On June 29th of 2015 a BLM Ranger working for The Dept. of Interior in Humboldt County, California stepped across the lines and abused his authority to retaliate against an activist family who was simply looking to enjoy a family camping trip after volunteering for a major local event.  This simple trip to BLM Land has manifested into a nightmare of abuse by both The Bureau of Land Management and the Humboldt County Law Enforcement Division, resulting in what most would construe as an

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Arkansas Cops Detain Men for Photographing Police Department While Open Carrying

Sunday, September 20th, 2015
Two Arkansas men wearing guns on their hips ended up detained after they started taking photos of a police department.
But it wasn’t the guns the Bald Knob cop was worried about as it is legal to open carry in Arkansas. Supposedly.
It was the photos.
“I’m not playing around,” said Bald Knob police officer Chester Wright after pulling up in his patrol car and coming to a screeching stop.
“Are we being detained,” asked Kalab White, a 22-year-old open carry advocate who regularly does audits on Arkansas police departments and their reaction to open carry.
Wright confirmed they were being detailed, ordering them both

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Texas Cops Arrest Man for Saying “Fuck You” Despite it Being Protected Speech

Saturday, September 19th, 2015
A Texas police officer warned a man that if he used one more curse word, he would be arrested.
“Fuck you,” responded Stephen Benavides. Not even giving it a second to think about it.
The Madisonville police officer, joined by his partner, wasted no time in grabbing him and taking him to jail.
The incident took place July 18 in Madisonville, a town of less than 5,000 about two hours outside of Dallas where  Benavides and others were recording cops in a gas station who had pulled over a driver when they were approached and harassed.
But the video was only uploaded today

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Ft. Lauderdale To Host Largest Transgender Conference In The Nation

Tuesday, August 25th, 2015
This story was originally published by our partner site SouthFloridaGayNews.com.
By Nicole Wiesenthal
The largest transgender conference in the nation has relocated to Fort Lauderdale to celebrate its 25th year.
The four-day Southern Comfort Conference (SCC) will be held at Bonaventure Resort and Spa, 250 Racquet Club Rd, Weston, from Sept. 29 to Oct. 6, bringing in between 600 and 700 transgender people, families and allies to Fort Lauderdale.
The SCC originated in 1991 as a way to provide an educational conference for the transgender community to speak with professionals that handle services in the transgender community, said Lexi Dee, the president of the SCC.

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Cyclists Ride 1,194 Miles To Honor Former UM Player Sean Taylor

Monday, August 24th, 2015
In 2007, Sean Taylor was murdered during an attempted robbery in his Miami home.
Now, almost eight years later, cyclists and community members are honoring him by riding 1,194 miles from Miami to Maryland – raising awareness and funds to open two community centers under his name.
Taylor was an American college and professional football player for the University of Miami and, later, a free safety for the Washington Redskins of the National Football League.
According to Angela Berry, one of the organizers for the Restored Order Project – a foundation dedicated to building the Sean Taylor Community Center, his death impacted

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An Autistic Athlete From West Broward Is Raising Money To Compete In International Tourney

Thursday, August 13th, 2015
An autistic West Broward High School student is making a big splash on the varsity swim team. But she needs help from others to take her passion to the next level.
Gina Grant, a junior at the school is using GoFundMe, a crowdfunding website to fundraise enough money to have her family accompany her to the INAS Global Games this September in Quito, Ecuador.
The quadrennial event will be held from September 20-27th and us considered one of the world’s largest sporting events for athletes with intellectual disabilities. Forty countries will be represented at the games, and Grant is representing the United States.
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