Tuesday, September 22, 2020

Attack the press

In normal times, we often see a gradual chipping away of basic rights like we’ve seen in the trials of Julian Assange, where a narrative, some of it true, a lot of it based on character assassination and outright lies, has been built over time, denying the publisher the presumption of innocence.

Utah police under investigation after shooting unarmed 13-year-old boy

"No matter the circumstances, what happened on Friday night is a tragedy, and I expect this investigation to be handled swiftly and transparently for the sake of everyone involved."

L.A. firefighter accepts suspension for punching handcuffed patient on video

The firefighter initially rejected the suspension before videos of the incident were released to the public.

7 officers suspended for causing death of handcuffed man in hood

“I failed to serve our community to fight injustice, to stand up to those in need, and ensure everyone has a fighting chance at life.”

Deputy fired and arrested for assaulting handcuffed woman on video

“His actions are unacceptable, and I will not have it from any of my deputies.”

The loan company that sued thousands of low-income Latinos during the pandemic

A monthslong investigation revealed that Oportun Inc., which was founded to help Latino immigrants build credit, routinely uses lawsuits to intimidate a vulnerable population into keeping up with high-interest loan payments — even amid COVID-19.

Elizabeth Warren and colleagues call for investigation into death of army sergeant

“We must do more than grieve the loss of SGT Fernandes—we must seek justice and answers for his family. That starts with a full and complete investigation.”

Sheriff resigns after caught on tape using racial slurs

In addition to the racial slurs, the sheriff can also be heard verbally abusing a woman for several minutes.

‘Wild and timely’ report details infiltration of far-right militias and white supremacist groups in...

"An especially harmful form of bias, which remains entrenched within law enforcement: explicit racism."

Vigilante violence is an American tradition

Democracy requires Americans to somehow be vigilant over the use of force in their midst—without themselves becoming vigilantes.