Deland, Florida police officer, James P. Harris, has been fired for running over Marlon Brown in his police cruiser. Cops started chasing Brown when a Volusia County deputy noticed he wasn’t wearing his seat belt. The cop has apparently not been charged with any crimes, but the investigation still isn’t over, so a miracle could still happen.
Remember that case of the Kern County Sheriff’s confiscating video of their deputies beating a David Sal Silva to death? Well, the coroner’s report now says that the guy’s death was an accident. Probably not surprising since the Kern County Sheriff, Donny Youngblood, just happens to also be the Kern County coroner. An independent autopsy is out of the question since Silva’s body was cremated.
According to the Star Tribune, Minneapolis has paid out $14 million to settle 95 police misconduct cases. Only eight of the 95 cases resulted in any officers being disciplined and, of the 12 costliest cases, no officers were disciplined. So, basically, cops who abuse their powers get a pass while taxpayers are left holding the bag. I doubt that Minneapolis differs from most large city police departments in that regard.
New York State chief judge Sol Wachtler was famously quoted by Tom Wolfe in The Bonfire of the Vanities that “a grand jury would ‘indict a ham sandwich,’ if that’s what you wanted.” Unless the accused is a cop…
The Court Martial of Bradley Manning begins today. This, like the leak of the Pentagon Papers by Danial Ellsberg, Manning will almost certainly be hailed as a hero in the future, but governments learn very slowly and Manning will continue to suffer as the public continues to be largely apathetic.
Meanwhile, the British government is considering talks with Ecuador to discuss the fate of Julian Assange who has been penned up in the Ecuadorian embassy in London to avoid extradition to Sweden relating to a rape investigation. Assange has agreed to return to Sweden if given a guaranty that he won’t be extradited to the U.S. as part of the Bradley Manning witch hunt. Assange is currently pursuing a remote campaign for the Australian Senate. The election will be held in September, 2012. [NOTE: The link for this story isn’t working because rt.com has been down a good part of the afternoon]
A 3-year-old deaf preschooler in Nebraska is being forced by the Grand Island school district to change the hand sign he uses for his name because it resembles a gun. “We are working with the parents to come to the best solution we can for the child,” a school spokesperson said.