Remember the video of the St. Paul, Minneapolis police officer who violently kicked a defenseless man lying on the ground in the face after he had already maced him?
Well, the Olmsted County attorney's office have chosen not to charge the cop with any crimes because the man he was arrested allegedly was a bad man, he stood accused of allegedly "making threats to kill his ex-girlfriend."
According to the county attorney's office, if you stand accused of a crime, that apparently gives police carte blanche authority to kick you in the face.
"The courts have stated that to encourage responsible law enforcement, police officers are afforded a wide degree of discretion precisely because a more stringent standard could inhibit action," the [county attorney's office] statement said. "The law is designed to prevent after-the-fact second guessing about the actions of officers on the streets who may have to make the decision to act quickly."
Translation: Our costumes give us the power to break any law we want.
St. Paul Police Federation President Dave Titus said the decision [not to pursue charges] shows that officers acted in "good faith and according to their training."
So, what did he do that merits such a harsh sentence? Did he murder someone? Did he rape, pillage, and plunder? No. He grew medical marijuana. And, as is not uncommon in Montana, he had guns around as he did so.... (more)
Christopher Niezurawski, 36, pleaded guilty in DeKalb County State Court and was sentenced to 12 months, 10 days of which he’ll serve in jail, Sherry Boston, the county’s Solicitor-General, said in a press release.
AP's dangerous Iran hoax demands an accounting and explanation
posted 11/30/2012, 11:45 PM (Glenn Greenwald) [Category: Cover-Up/Deceptions] It's important to return to the story about AP's nuclear Iran "exclusive" which I wrote about yesterday. Although it was intuitively obvious that the graph trumpeted by AP as scary and incriminating of Iran's nuclear program was actually a farce, there is now new, overwhelming, very compelling scientific evidence that is the case. Whether as victim or recklessly culpable participant, AP helped perpetrate a dangerous hoax, and owes an explanation and accounting for what took place, including iden... (more)