Never Forget: Strange Fruits Grow On Southern Trees

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Southern trees bear a strange fruit,
Blood on the leaves and blood at the root,
Black body swinging in the Southern breeze,
Strange fruit hanging from the poplar trees.

Pastoral scene of the gallant South,
The bulging eyes and the twisted mouth,
Scent of magnolia sweet and fresh,
And the sudden smell of burning flesh!

Here is a fruit for the crows to pluck,
For the rain to gather, for the wind to suck,
For the sun to rot, for a tree to drop,
Here is a strange and bitter crop.

 

 

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NEVER FORGET: America’s Terrorism Of Communities of Color

FailureToListen.com wants Communities of Color to NEVER FORGET!  #BlackVotersMatter and #BlackLivesMatter

To that end, a gallery of images on police brutality, slavery, and torture will serve as reminders of our fight for justice. Eventually, I hope to put the images and videos on a decentralized public blockchain for history.

Mid-term elections are fast approaching. Communities of color will be deluged with politicians from both sides scaring you to vote for them. Already Trump found a group of black pastors willing to sell their souls and congregation to him. Don’t trust them, and they do not speak the word of the Lord if they take orders from the devil.

As usual, the Democrats will take black voters for granted, promising us nothing but expecting loyalty and our votes. They will use black celebrities to corral our votes.

What has the Democratic party done to deserve the loyalty of communities of color over the last several decades? Democrat sponsored legislation supporting a war on drugs and mass incarceration have destroyed families of color. Liberal Democrat supported media portray black men as super predators. To make matters worse, Democrats profit from private prisons and the mass incarceration of people of color.

Black lives do not matter to either party but #BlackVotersMatter tremendously. It’s time we use our votes to build our communities. We need candidates who will hold police and white all accountable for their racist crimes. Vote for candidates who prioritize issues of inclusivity or issues that are relevant to communities of color.

To end police brutality and reduce mass incarceration, society needs laws that make it criminal and also shameful, unethical and inhumane for any system to produce those outcomes.  The criminal justice system in its current state rewards racial profiling and police brutality.   Every time an innocent person or a suspect of a misdemeanor dies or winds up imprisoned then dead, that death often deemed justified, means financial gain to the US prison-industrial complex.  It’s a complex composed of different arms of a system that feeds on taxpayers and the bodies of prisoners through mass incarceration. The more prisoners, the more profit for everyone who is part of the prison-industrial-judicial complex.

Also, the courtroom, a significant portal of entry into that complex is exceptionally biased so much so that cases involving people of color result in a culture that is unsympathetic and hostile to the majority of innocent people of color.

The Democrats’ use of healthcare will sway voters since the GOP are bent on repealing the ACA. There is another issue that is emblematic of Trump and his supporters. The issue is racism, in particular, structural racism and it is relevant to communities of color.

The industrial-prison-judicial complex is an example of structural racism that is destroying communities of color. It’s executing a slow genocide by stripping people of color of human rights then using their bodies for profit,  crimes, experiments, and sexual exploitation.

If Democrats want the Black vote or the Latino vote or POC  vote, let them make our children’s lives and safety a priority and a major party theme this midterm election.

In addition, here is an incomplete list of action steps that can cut police brutality and incarceration rates.

  1. End the use of excessive or lethal force at traffic stops and on 911 calls for help
  2. Mandatory drug testing after cops harm or kill a suspect
  3. Mandatory body cam. A fine and temporary suspension without pay if body cam was off during an incident of excessive use of force.
  4. All suspensions will be without pay
  5. Psychological screening of all police on hiring, biannual routine testing and after use of excessive force.
  6. People who call the police because a person is black or an immigrant will be fined and a clear path to civil suit available.
  7. All contractors hired to support the prison-industrial-judicial complex will be held accountable for poor outcomes to prisoners under their responsibility.
  8. Mandatory reports of all deaths and injuries while in police custody or imprisoned.

What are the relevant issues in your community?

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What is Probable Cause? | Fourth Amendment

The recent epidemic of police violence aroused my interest in the law. My interest peaked when I noted specific instances of police officers making medical decisions. In reviewing the law, in particular, probable cause, I found nothing granting law enforcement medical licensure or the right to practice medicine. Therefore, I went deeper into what probable cause is and the Fourth Amendment, which has been forgotten in the midst of justifications for multiple warrants, police violence, and murders, as well as unlawful detention of innocent people.

What is probable cause?

Probable cause is the the burden of proof police officers and courts must demonstrate to make an arrest. Judges sign arrest warrants before an arrest, but often do so within 48 hours after the arrest to prevent unreasonable delay and not be in violation of the Fourth Amendment.

Probable cause is based on suspicion that an accused person is more likely to have committed a stated crime based on information gathered. Videos suggest there is no information gathering, and police officers have overstepped their bounds tremendously. Law Enforcement no longer abides by the rules of the law or the Constitution.

The following images around the web suggest police often have no probable cause for many arrests and also document their excessive use of force. More often than not, this force is violent, and it causes irreparable physical harm, mental disabilities, and even death.

Law enforcement professionals are violating Americans’ Constitutional rights. At minimum, they have opened themselves up to additional liability by making medical decisions. So, why is there not more outrage being expressed by our politicians? Where are the checks and balances of American government—the lifestyle that we arrogantly ram down the world’s throat?

There are many cases in which families seeking help for their loved ones who struggle with mental illness end up seeing those loved ones incarcerated or murdered by local police on arrival to the scene.

What probably cause existed  for this officer to repeatedly punch this middle age woman in the face?  Or taser a baby? Or murder Eric Garner? Or repeatedly shoot and murder an acutely suicidal unarmed teenager? Or shoot Mike Brown when his hands were in th air?


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FOURTH AMENDMENT

Fourth Amendment

All the activities in this section are based on the Fourth Amendment.”The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.” Fourth Amendment, U.S. Constitution

FOURTH AMENDMENT

http://www.uscourts.gov/educational-resources/get-involved/constitution-activities/fourth-amendment.aspx



What is a probable cause hearing?

Justification for Arrest

The Fourth Amendment requires courts to confirm that an arrest is supported by probable cause either before or shortly after officers take a suspect into custody. A judge or magistrate’s signing an arrest warrant serves this purpose, but most arrests don’t involve warrants.

No Unreasonable Delay

As a general rule, a probable cause determination within 48 hours of arrest satisfies the Fourth Amendment. (County of Riverside v. McLaughlin, 500 U.S. 44 (1991).)

of an arrests, if not the fourth amendment was violated.

http://www.nolo.com/legal-encyclopedia/what-probable-cause-hearing.html



Investigating rape crimes, Part 2: Evidence collection and analysis

http://www.policeone.com/police-products/investigation/evidence-management/articles/139768-Investigating-rape-crimes-Part-2-Evidence-collection-and-analysis/

However, even if investigators know the victim’s assailant and make an arrest shortly after the crime based on probable cause, it’s still critical all evidence protocols described in this article be followed. Arrest only requires probable cause. Conviction in court requires a much higher standard: proof beyond a reasonable doubt. Experienced investigators know the variables under which an arrest is initially made can change for various reasons: the evidence does not support the initial claims of the victim or witnesses, people change their versions of what they initially say occurred, the perpetrator claims sex was consensual and so on. Our system of justice relies heavily on tangible evidence, because emotion or perception does not affect it and logical conclusions can be drawn from the science supporting what the evidence represents.

For Full Article:    Investigating rape crimes, Part 2: Evidence collection and analysis

http://www.policeone.com/police-products/investigation/evidence-management/articles/139768-Investigating-rape-crimes-Part-2-Evidence-collection-and-analysis/



The Evidence Needed Before a “‘True
Bill” May Be Voted
It is the responsibility of the grand jury to
weigh the evidence presented to it. This
is usually done without any explanation
offered by the person being investigated
by the government, in order to determine
whether this evidence persuades that
there is probable cause to believe that
a crime has been committed and that
the person being investigated was the
person who committed it. Remember
that the grand jury is not responsible for
determining whether the person being
investigated is guilty beyond a reasonable
doubt, but only whether there is sufficient
evidence of probable cause to justify
bringing the that person to trial. Only the
evidence presented to the grand jury in
the grand jury room may be considered in
determining whether to vote an indictment.

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USA Justice or Human Rights Abuse

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