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Motel 6 Chain Sued For Releasing Guest Information to Feds

Friday, January 5th, 2018

Motel 6 is known for being a cheap motel.
But now the national chain is being sued by Washington State Attorney General Bob Ferguson for handing over thousands of motel guest’s information to federal officials.
Several Motel 6 locations in Washington routinely provided U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) with confidential guest information, some of which occured on a daily basis. Some guest were even arrested based on the information provided.
PINAC News obtained the lawsuit which was filed on Wednesday in Seattle. The lawsuit details how since 2015 Motel 6 gave 9,000 guest’s information to ICE without any search warrants being issued for the information.
Motel 6 responded to the lawsuit saying: “[The information released was limited to] the local level without the knowledge of senior management. Motel 6 takes this matter very seriously, and we have and will continue to fully cooperate with the Office of the State Attorney General.”
Initial allegations from The Phoenix New Times pointed to Motel 6 locations in Arizona that were giving information to ICE. When Ferguson heard of the allegations in Arizona, he launched his own investigation into Washington Motel 6 locations that engaged in the same practice.
In fact, Motel 6 employees from Washington locations told Ferguson that “ICE agents circled any Latino or Latina-sounding names on the guest registry, and returned to their vehicles.” The agents would then run background checks on the circled names without any reasonable suspicion or probable cause.
“Washingtonians have a right to privacy, and protection from discrimination. I will hold Motel 6 accountable and uncover the whole story of their disturbing conduct,” Ferguson said.
The attorney general noted in the lawsuit that Motel 6 used unfair and deceptive business practices and violated Washington state privacy laws, while also noting that Motel 6 engaged in discrimination based on nationality. The Washington State Supreme Court considers guest information

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Washington Cop Sentenced to Jail for Pepper Spraying Restrained Man

Wednesday, March 22nd, 2017

Nick Hogan was such an abusive douche of a cop that not even his fellow officers liked him, calling for his termination last year after it was discovered he was having an affair with one of their wives.
So it is unlikely they are bothered by the fact that the Washington cop was sentenced to nine months in jail Tuesday for pepper spraying a man who was restrained in a gurney inside a hospital in 2011.
Hogan, who was a Tukwila cop at the time, claimed the restrained victim had “triggered his threat response” by taunting him after Hogan had delivered three “knee strikes” to his head before shoving and tackling him inside the hospital, prompting protests from hospital staff.
But his superiors did not buy that excuse, asking Hogan why didn’t he just walk away from the man who was physically unable to hurt him considering he was strapped to a gurney, according to the Seattle Times.
Hogan, who had already cost the city of Tukwila $425,000 in previous excessive force lawsuits, including one where he purposely broke a man’s ankle, then forced him to walk on it, was fired in 2012 for the pepper spraying incident.
But he then landed a job 30 minutes away with the Snoqualmie Police Department despite the fact that his well-publicized history of abuse against African-American men led to his application being rejected by several other agencies, including the Seattle Police Department.
Even his fellow cops at the Tukwila Police Department, who are also known to be abusive, said they did not like working with him because he had a tendency to escalate situations.
And it didn’t take long for his abusive tactics to surface at the Snoqualmie Police Department where he ended up placed on paid administrative leave four times for different abuse incidents, costing taxpayers almost $35,000 for his

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WATCH: Washington Cops Taser Naked Man Attacking Cars During “Exited Delirium” Episode

Friday, December 2nd, 2016

Dash cam video captured a Washington cop tasering a naked man during what they say was an “excited delirium” episode, after receiving a call about the man jumping through a window and attacking cars.
The naked man’s roommate told Bellingham police officers the suspect was “on some kind of narcotic.”
The incident took place on October 8. The video was released in November.
At around 11:50 a.m., a caller reported a man to dispatchers in his 20’s with cuts to his body, bleeding after attacking a car.
Police claim that prior to arriving, the man tore off windshield wipers from the caller’s car and used it to attack other cars nearby.
After arriving on-scene, a Bellingham cop’s body cam footage shows him following the naked man to a neighboring house and radio “fight,” according to Bellingham Police Spokesman Bob Vander Yachtd.
The naked man does his best version of a pole dance in the neighbor’s front yard with the cop standing ready to taser him.
Body cam footage then shows the naked unarmed man running straight towards the cop.

Seconds later, the officer deploys a taser on the man, hitting him twice, and the man falls face-first from the front porch of the neighbor’s house onto the concrete walkway.
Shortly after, another officer arrives in time to assist with subduing the man and they handcuff him.
Cops at the scene quickly call an ambulance for the man. Emergency personnel expressed concern that the naked man was in a state of ?excited delirium.”
The cop who tasered the unknown man wearing nothing but his birthday suit was treated for a nose injury and was reported in stable condition.
Bellingham police have not identified the naked man and said his condition is unknown, although they’re treating it as a medical issue.
“At this time, we’re treating this as a medical problem and the man is not being held

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Washington Cops Shoot and Kill Mentally Ill Pregnant Native American Mother during “Wellness Check”

Monday, October 24th, 2016

Washington cops responding to a “wellness check” at the home of a pregnant Native American woman in Washington on Muckleshoot tribal lands shot and killed the mother of three, claiming she had a handgun when they arrived on Friday.
“It’s really upsetting because it was a wellness check,” said Danielle Bargala, Renee Davis’ foster sister.
“Obviously, she didn’t come out of it well.”
But her sister says Davis was an avid hunter who owned hunting rifles, but not a handgun, according to the New York Daily News.
One of 23-year-old Renee Davis’ relatives called the sheriff’s department after receiving a text from her saying she wasn’t doing well who might be suicidal and armed with a rifle.
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Davis reportedly suffered an ongoing battle with depression.
King County Sheriff Deputies in Washing shot 23-year-old Native American Renee Davis, a pregnant mother of three.
Sheriff’s records show two deputies responding to the call encountered the young mother with a handgun and her two children inside the home when they arrived around 6:30 p.m. that evening.
Nobody answered when deputies knocked on the door of her home, but they said they could see two children inside.
The two deputies entered the home anyway to conduct a “wellness check” and reportedly found her with a handgun.
Both deputies fired into her several times, killing her. But the department has not released how many times she had been shot.
Neighbors arrived at the scene after learning Renee Davis had been fatally shot by King County Sheriff Deputies.
Medics arrived to the scene, but Davis was pronounced dead.
A spokeswoman for the King County Sheriff’s Office Sgt. Cindi West  said, “deputies responded to the house. They knocked on the door; nobody answered. They tried repeatedly to get somebody to come to the door; nobody did. But they could see the two kids running around inside the house. They entered the house to do a welfare check to check on the woman

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Florida primaries eyed: Representation of few, or the many?

Sunday, September 25th, 2016

It took just 14,496 votes to win his closed Democratic primary for one of Florida’s 27 congressional seats. Now Darren Soto is virtually assured of going to Capitol Hill, unlikely to face a strong Republican challenge this November in his safely Democratic district.
The state senator snared the votes of just 2 percent of the Orlando area district’s 750,000 residents, beating three other candidates in last month’s closed-party, winner-takes-all primary. Only registered Democrats could cast ballots in Soto’s race and the small percentage of them likely decided the contest before the general election.
It’s a scenario repeated regularly in Florida’s state and congressional races in districts firmly controlled by one or the other of the two major parties. Now such outcomes are prompting calls to reform Florida’s primary system so more voters have a say in who represents them.
“That’s a question that comes up often,” said Pamela Goodman, president of the Florida League of Women Voters. Her group is studying the primary system and will make recommendations next year to lawmakers on broadening the electoral process.
Florida is one of only nine states with a strict closed primary system, which prevents independent and minor party voters from casting primary ballots. Proponents say political parties should have the sole say in who they nominate, but critics say closed primaries exclude a large swath of voters, particularly as the number of independent voters grows.
Until 16 years ago, Florida primaries weren’t even over until a candidate won a ballot majority. If no primary candidate received at least 50 percent plus one vote, the top two met in a runoff to decide who reached the general election.
But then-Florida Gov. Jeb Bush eliminated the runoff in 2002, a year he was seeking re-election and two years after his brother George W. Bush carried the perennial swing state by

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Dr. Marc J. Yacht: Continuing hatreds embody true cost of war

Monday, October 12th, 2015

Wars never end.
The bullets may stop but the hatreds continue. Any family that’s lost a son, daughter, wife or husband will never end their anguish or forget those responsible for their loss.
Both sides remember.
That’s why the march to war must be carefully considered with all alternatives on the table. Such was not the case in Iraq, Vietnam, and Korea.
Generations of hatred are triggered by war and last longer than faded photographs. If we all examined conflict through the loss of one soldier or civilian and senses the effect on loved ones, perhaps there would be an end to war.
I was 4 years old when my grandmother’s early-morning visit told of my cousin Eugene’s death in an Air Corps training accident. The year: 1944. I still remember the weeping and wailing of family members devastated at Eugene’s demise. My aunt never recovered from losing her son and spent the remainder of her life in and out of mental institutions. One death!
The Civil War never ended. The battles are over, the bullets stopped flying but be assured, the hatreds and conflicts continue.
Two books are worth reading: “Neo-Confederacy,” edited by Hague, Beirich, and Sebesta  and “Kingdom Coming” by Michelle Goldberg.  Although their emphasis is different, they explore the history and growing influence of the conservative religious right.
The contemporary Neo-Confederacy movement made its mainstream appearance in 1995. The authors Thomas Fleming and Michael Hill, two of the founding members, published the “New Dixie Manifesto” that appeared in The Washington Post. Espoused were, home rule for “Southerners”; states’ rights and devolved political power; local control over schooling, in opposition to federal desegregation decrees; removal of federal funding and initiatives from Southern states; Christian tradition in opposition to modernity; support for Confederate symbols.
The manifest further expressed that Southerners are maligned as “racist” and “anti-immigrant” by hypocritical,

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Martin Dyckman: Legislators should consider the Iowa example

Tuesday, September 15th, 2015

In the far from perfect world of politics, there’s a place that in one respect is as near to perfection as anyone could expect.
The state legislature redistricts itself, yet both parties accept the outcomes as fair, the resulting elections are unusually competitive and the courts don’t have to get involved. Gerrymandering is for the history books, not the current events pages
That’s obviously the extreme opposite of what happens in Tallahassee, Florida’s capital of confusion, chaos and conspiracy.
The model state is Iowa, home of the world’s most overrated political caucuses and the most respected redistricting system.
Like every other state, Iowa is required to remap its congressional and legislative districts after every decennial federal census so as to keep the populations as equal, or nearly equal, as possible.
In states such as Florida, this is done under the control of the majority party, which uses its power to strengthen itself at the minority’s expense. That’s if they don’t get caught slyly but shamelessly gerrymandering like the Florida Senate did.
California, New Jersey, Arizona, Montana, Idaho, Hawaii and Washington have independent commissions to carry out both their congressional and legislative redistricting process. There are mixed opinions as to how truly independent these commissions are.
Six other states let their legislatures redistrict Congress but have independent commissions to keep the lawmakers from rigging their state constituencies.
Iowa is unlike any of the others. The Legislature and governor have the last word on both sets of plans, but – this is important – they do not have the first word.
There, the map-drawing is the job of highly skilled and highly professional people, demographers and cartographers usually, who work for the state’s Legislative Services Agency. There are strict standards against gerrymandering for the sake of a party, an incumbent, or a potential candidate.
A bipartisan commission is appointed every 10 years

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