It’s more than ticket-fixing chatter investigators caught on their wiretaps: Cops are also heard talking trash about the people they’re paid to protect, sources said. The wiretap recordings at the heart of the probe captured conversations rife with racist and inflammatory remarks, sources told the Daily News.
“There’s overtly racist language,” said one source. “And it gets a lot worse than that.”
The shocking language could cause the scandal to spiral far beyond the 17 cops already indicted, tainting cases of hundreds of officers caught on tape, legal experts said. “If a Bronx jury hears a cop call someone a n—-r or an animal, everything else they say goes out thewindow,” said one veteran defenselawyer with a client who wasarrested by a cop implicated in the scandal.
The Bronx investigation – which began as a probe into a cop suspected of drug ties – quickly grew as officers were caught on tape discussing fixing tickets and other wrongdoing, prosecutors have alleged. In the end, 17 cops – many of them union delegates – were indicted on Friday. Dozens of others will likely face departmental charges, sources said, and some already have. (more…)
What if the Tea Party Occupied Wall Street?
Corporate media skip anti-corporate protests
In an action called Occupy Wall Street, thousands of activists took to the streets of Lower Manhattan on September 17. The protests are continuing, with demonstrators camped out on the Financial District’s Liberty Street in support of U.S. democratization and against corporate domination of politics (Adbusters, 9/19/11).
But you wouldn’t know much about any of this from the corporate media–outlets that seem much more interested in protests of the Tea Party variety. (more…)
NEW YORK (AP) — About 80 people were arrested Saturday as demonstrators who were camped out near the New York Stock Exchange marched through lower Manhattan, police said. The “Occupy Wall Street” protest is entering its second week. Demonstrators said Saturday they were protesting against bank bailouts and the mortgage crisis; some also held signs decrying Georgia’s execution of Troy Davis, who was put to death Wednesday for the 1989 slaying of an off-duty Savannah police officer.
At Manhattan’s Union Square, police tried to corral the demonstrators using orange plastic netting. Some of the arrests were filmed and activists posted the videos online. One video appears to show officers using pepper spray on women who already were cordoned off; another shows officers handcuffing a man after pulling him up off the ground, blood trickling down his face. (more…)
JACKSON, Ga. (AP) — The Supreme Court late Wednesday rejected an 11th-hour request to block the execution of Troy Davis, who convinced hundreds of thousands of people but not the justice system of his innocence in the murder of an off-duty police officer.
The court did not comment on its order, which came four hours after it received the request. Davis’ execution had been set to begin at 7 p.m., but the high court’s decision was not issued until after 10 p.m.
Though Davis’ attorneys say seven of nine key witnesses against him have disputed all or parts of their testimony, state and federal judges have repeatedly ruled against granting him a new trial. As the court losses piled up Wednesday, his offer to take a polygraph test was rejected and the pardons board refused to give him one more hearing.
Davis’ supporters staged vigils in the U.S. and Europe, declaring “I am Troy Davis” on signs, T-shirts and the Internet. Some tried increasingly frenzied measures, urging prison workers to stay home and even posting a judge’s phone number online, hoping people will press him to put a stop to the lethal injection. President Barack Obama deflected calls for him to get involved. (more…)
REMEMBER; THE EXECUTION IS SCHEDULED FOR WEDNESDAY SEPT 21.
It is amazing that they are trying to execute Davis today at 7pm on Wednesday. Its even more amazing if you see this and dont make a phone call.
Please make three (3) phone calls: Georgia Board of pardons (404) 656-5651 listen for operator and tell the operator what city you are calling from say: Free Troy Davis, too much doubt.
Call the White House switchboard and say urgent message for the President: If the GA Board of appeals does not free Troy Davis or grant new trial The President must pardon him. Prevent execution on Wed 21 of an innocent man.(202) 456-1414.
Call your congresspersons House and Senate and ask him/her to call the President and ask him to Pardon Troy Davis.
ATLANTA — The Georgia Board of Pardons and Paroles has denied Troy Davis clemency for the 1989 murder off-duty Savannah Police Officer Mark MacPhail. Davis’ attorneys and supporters made one last appeal on Monday. His family proclaimed their belief in his innocence and prayed that he would not be put to death for a crime they are convinced he did not commit.
“There’s doubt here,” said Davis’ sister Martina Correia. “You can’t make mistakes. You have to be sure because you can’t go backwards.” In the years since Davis’ conviction, several prosecution witnesses have either changed or recanted their testimony. The Georgia pardons board heard hours of testimony from both sides Monday. (more…)
Poster’s Note: … And this Negro, so apparently limited in political intellect, wanted to be president of Haiti? Smdh
Wyclef Jean who was denied a nomination to run for President in Haiti’s election because of his long love residence in America has professed his love for former Republican US presidential candidate Sarah Palin. During an interview at the Urban Zen Center in NYC, Wyclef stated,
“I have to tell you this: I am a huge fan of Sarah Palin. Cause she’s rad. She’s shrewd. She’s cool. Because at the end of the day, I’m for the people, because this is the United States of America…this is what America’s really about. Anyone should have the right to say, ‘Look I can do the job and this is what qualifies me to do the job.’….Now my wife probably will debate and disagree with me.”
“I’m not saying she could be the next president, you know, but there’s something about her. Heavy debates in my house. Whenever I say Sarah Palin, people think I’m crazy, but I like her, I do. I can like whoever. This is America, right?”
ATLANTA (AP)—A federal jury on Friday found that an upscale Atlanta restaurant did not violate the civil rights of an ex-NBA All Star and a friend who claimed they were expelled from the bar because they were black.
A panel of nine white members and three black deliberated just 15 minutes before deciding that Joe Barry Carroll and Joseph Shaw were not subject to racial discrimination. Their attorney Jeffrey Bramlett had been seeking at least $3 million in damages for the humiliation and embarrassment he claims his clients suffered when a security guard escorted them from the Tavern at Phipps in August 2006 after they refused to give up their seats to two white women. (more…)
Former Ravens DB Chris McAlister claims he is already broke Three-time Pro Bowl cornerback Chris McAlister(notes) has only been out of the game for a year, and already, he’s telling the court system that he’s broke. McAlister is locked up in a child support battle with his ex-wife Marlene, and is trying to get his child support payments lowered. He currently owes her $11,000 per month. In documents filed to the court, claims he can’t pay her because he doesn’t have any money. From TMZ:
In the docs, Chris — a 1st round NFL draft pick in 1999 who played in the league for 10 years — states, “I have been unemployed since 2009.
I have no income.” He adds, “I live in my parent’s home. My parents provide me with my basic living expenses as I do not have the funds to do so.”
This is a guy who’s only been out of the game for one year. Who’s giving him financial advice, Ric Flair? McAlister’s not even officially retired. He spent 10 years with the Ravens, and was once considered one of the best corners in the game. He was with the Saints, in 2009, but didn’t see a lot of playing time before being released. (more…)