New video in Michael Brown saga sparks more – protests
Michael Brown – Ferguson, Mo
The latest video in the Michael Brown case has sparked some new protests and the video by the way according to some news sources is unconfirmed as entirely accurate.
What’s more is that according the family of Brown, the video proves that the police lied, which it all reality it does not prove anything other than Michael Brown was dealing drugs.
So let’s get to the details of the video;
According to Director Jason Pollock,the video shows Brown did not rob the store before being stopped by police.
What it does show however, in rather graphic detail is Brown giving the store clerk drugs in a brown bag in exchange for cigarillos.
Brown was shot hours later, several hours later and this is where details about the supposed robbery get sketchy.
Brown handed the clerk back the cigarillos during the drug exchange, he went back to the store hours later leaving some to suspect he went to retrieve his much previously earned cigarillos.
The St. Louis County Police Department, the video was not pertinent to the investigation into the shooting of Brown because Darren Wilson stopped Brown for walking in the street, not the robbery call.
The video by the way is not a new thing, the full unedited version of the video was handed over to police, the FBI and also the Brown family early on into the investigation.
The video simply had nothing to do with the actual shooting of Michael Brown, if anything it only makes the argument that he was an innocent young man who had been unfairly shot by police that much weaker.
Cristal M Clark
Denver Cop runs over K9 Partner – manages to keep job
Denver Police Department
The K9 German Shepherd lost a piece of her ear and also recovered from other non-life threatening injuries and has since returned to duty.
The individual responsible for her injuries as it turns out happened to be her partner, one Thomas J. McKibben.
Thomas says that he inadvertently threw one of her toys underneath his vehicle, he ordered the dog into her kennel inside of the car, pulled forward not realizing that he did not secure the latch on her kennel so the dog happily jumped out to retrieve her beloved toy, thus getting hit by the vehicle, which happened back in December.
Thomas lost an entire vacation day and has subsequently been reassigned.
Thomas by the way happens to be the second officer to be disciplined this year for the mistreatment of an animal.
While it sounds as if he was negligent, I doubt that he purposely or negligently caused harm to his K9 partner, it seems as if this was purely an accident and not negligent at all.
That accident is one that anyone could have had, at anytime.
I am all for disciplining an officer who did something so as to cause blatant harm to another including his or her K9 partner, however, this was not blatant and was in fact, a complete accident.
I say this a lot but police are just like the rest of us. They make mistakes and sometimes they even make horrible mistakes.
We too often mistakenly put them upon a pedestal and our expectation is that they are better than we are in that, they are superior, mistake free and absolutely perfect compared to the rest of us.
Because of how we view the police, when an officer makes a mistake, they never seem to be able to escape it or live it down.
It really is all about perception, which sometimes needs a little tweaking when it comes to how society views police.
Cristal M Clark
WikiLeaks vs The CIA & the tech industry
US Central Intelligence Agency
On Tuesday March the 7th, 2017 WikiLeaks released in great detail the CIA’s playbook so to speak, of cracking digital communications. Which by the way has been confirmed as pretty accurate by insiders.
What’s more is that many suspect WikiLeaks could not have gotten the intel without the help of someone who is or was on the inside.
So now, naturally of course the hunt is on for the individual or individuals who might have been responsible for just handing over the CIA’s playbook.
When news broke however, many American’s were nonchalant about it, meaning that most in fact were not shocked in the least. It was just like any other beautiful day in the neighborhood.
Since the dump, Julian Assange has lost a little face as well as far as the tech community is concerned.
The Vault 7 dump details just how the CIA uses modern technology and our reliance on it in an effort to do what the CIA should be doing, in case anyone missed it, they are a spy agency and as such, they spy on individuals both domestically and internationally.
Many american’s already assume that our government is spying on us or finding ways rather to do such a thing, save for some of these catchy headlines:
“After CIA lead Intel Security releases detection tool for EFI rootkits” – PCWorld
“The CIA could probably hack your smartphone. Here’s why they likely won’t” – Vox
“WikiLeaks’ CIA hacking dump sends tech firms scrambling for fixes.” – Reuters
And my personal favorite so far:
“Could the CIA really hack cars for assassinations?” – The Washington Post
The highlight of the WikiLeaks dump however shows a clear and consistent breakdown from the inside with regards to information seeping out from our most trusted intelligence agencies.
Which in and of itself is very troubling because clearly the breakdowns and the leaks keep coming forth with the help of those on the inside.
That leaves the biggest question of all, can the CIA find those that participated from the inside or not?
They didn’t seem to notice the intel leaving with the source before it was handed over to WikiLeaks.
Cristal M Clark
FBI Director James Comey – You are stuck with me America
Director of the FBI – James Comey
Today during a Boston Cyber Security Conference, our very own FBI director one James Comey informed the world that we are stuck with him for the next roughly 6 ½ years.
His announcement comes just days after he passionately refuted Donald Trump’s claims that the FBI broke the law and at the discretion of former President Obama wire tapped Trump’s phones during the 2016 election.
Despite James pushing back against Trump’s claims, James still has the full support of Donald Trump.
So what if anyone tapped Trump’s phones, we seem to have bigger issues at hand with everything that WikiLeaks just released yesterday, most of which has been confirmed as accurate.
In short, we seem to be experiencing a bit of a problem with sensitive and secret intel just strolling out the doors of some of our most so called secure and trust agencies here in the US.
Tapping Trump’s phones during the election pales in comparison.
What’s more is that Donald is a ranter, the type of guy that goes off without any forethought on the matter and just rants straight off the cusp so tapping his phone would not have garnered any intel whatsoever.
One has to wonder, did Donald make yet another false claim because he simply wants attention?
Personally, I am leaning towards yes because he wants everyone to worship him as the hero who saved America.
Which so far, he happens to be failing at.
He has been quite successful at dividing american’s however.
Sadly, being an inhumane individual will not garner him the worship that he so desires and wildly like a child accusing the FBI of breaking the law is a mistake that Trump would be smart to avoid in the future.
In any case, we can all still sit back and continue to watch Trump dig himself that big grave he keeps working on.
Cristal M Clark
Florida ending permanent felon disenfranchisement?
Florida Supreme Court
The Florida supreme court today heard arguments about whether or not to allow voters to decide on the Voting Restoration Amendment.
It is estimated that more than 1.6 million Florida residents, including nearly 1 in 4 black’s are currently barred from the polls in Florida due to the state’s strict disenfranchisement law.
If the Florida Supreme Court is agreeable to the Amendment voters in the state will vote in 2018 to allow former felons the rights to vote. Only those convicted of murder or felony sexual offenses would still be unable to vote in the state should the Voting Restoration Amendment pass.
Florida by the way currently has one of the most strict felon disenfranchisement laws in the country.
Aside from Florida, Kentucky, Virginia, and Iowa permanently bar those with felony convictions from voting for life unless they seek clemency which no one ever really truly gets.
The problem with permanent felon disenfranchisement is that we instill into the minds of criminals that doing the time, paying the fines, taking the classes, the parole, the probation, the therapy and community service are all paying the debt they owe to society.
They are still disenfranchised for life regardless. They are unable to vote in some states, while other states make them jump through hoops in order to vote.
The other problem with disenfranchisement is that it bars some former felons from the ability to gain employment, something they need in order to become what we tell them they need to become.
Contributing members of society.
Without jobs, housing and certain rights they can never be contributing members of society.
We are taught that we sentence criminals so as to teach them a lesson and to prevent them from committing more crimes.
They are sentenced to jail in an effort to reform them.
That is what we are taught is happening through the sentencing process of our Judicial systems.
The reality is that is not what happens and these individuals face a lifetime sentence after released from jails and prisons.
While the intention is well meant, the truth is the entire system is designed to disenfranchise criminals on a permanent basis regardless of type of crime committed, age the crime was committed, years they spent after said crime staying out of trouble and the like.
For a former felon it doesn’t matter how much time has passed, being disenfranchised is a lifetime sentence.
A small step in the right direction is to fix that and in states that bar former felons from voting, giving those who have not committed sex crimes or violent crimes the ability to vote after they have done the time and paid the debt to society, is in fact a step in the right direction.
Sure we can all sit back and be judgmental and say things like “well they should have never broken the law in the first place.”
True and fair however, taking away the rights of someone for life who has not committed certain sexual or violent types of crimes is, actually a crime in and of itself.
Cristal M Clark