Police brutality in Donald Trump’s USA


This 15 June 2020 video from the USA says about itself:

Distressing Video of Tulsa Police Violently Arresting Black Teen for Jaywalking | NowThis

In US news and current events today, Tulsa, Oklahoma police were filmed recently violently arresting a Black teenager for the mere crime of jaywalking.

As the Black Lives Matter protests, George Floyd protests, and Rayshard Brooks protests continue around the world, the horrors of police brutality, police violence, and police racism has become the most pressing issue of the day.

Amid calls to defund the police, abolish the police, and new laws of sweeping police reform, it’s hard to believe that, even with the eyes of the entire globe on them, police still continue to act violently and escalate situations, especially those involving people of color.

Crimes like sleeping in a Wendy’s drive-through and jaywalking don’t appear to require such a forceful response, yet police continue to assault and attack people wantonly.

Tulsa, as the site of the infamous Black Wall Street massacre, has been in the spotlight as the site of an upcoming President Donald Trump rally, but before President Trump even steps foot in the state, it’s clear that Tulsa has deep systemic problems it needs to address.

It looks as if, even before Trump arrives in Tulsa for one of his speeches inciting racist violence, police intimidates people to discourage protests against Trump in Tulsa.

This 15 June 2020 animated cartoon video by Mark Fiore from the USA says about itself:

Defunding Everything But the Police

Amid calls to “defund the police,” Donald Trump and most on the right have come out decidedly against transferring funds from law enforcement to social programs. They’re apparently fine with defunding everything else, though.

Education, environmental regulation and financial policing are just fine to defund of course. Something tells me that if people over at the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau or scientists at the EPA started wearing tactical gear and brutalizing people once in a while, Trump might become a fan.

Mark Fiore is not 100% right that Trump defunds everything but the police. The Pentagon budget for waging wars all over the world has never been as big as now.

Today, there was a demonstration against police racism in Apeldoorn, the Netherlands. On Friday 19 June, there will be a demonstration in Zutphen town in the Netherlands. 16 local girls, 16-20 years of age, have organised it.

Bengal tigers in Bangladesh, video


This 29 November 2019 video says about itself:

Swamp Tigers: Rare footage of the royal Bengal Tiger | Free Documentary Nature

This multi-award-winning film documents the life of the most elusive of cats, the royal Bengal, or ‘swamp tigers’ of the Sundarbans. Mike Herd’s painstaking dedication resulted in a mesmerizing film, which shows rare and intimate footage of the last true lord of the jungle. Elaborate night-sight equipment shows a tigress covering a carcass with leaves and we are truly unprepared for the many revelations that follow.

Black Lives Matter, everywhere


This 15 June 2020 video from the USA says about itself

The Killing of Rayshard Brooks: Atlanta Police Shoot Dead Unarmed Man Who Fell Asleep in His Own Car

Protests have erupted in Atlanta, where the police killing of unarmed African American man Rayshard Brooks in a Wendy’s parking lot has outraged residents. The autopsy revealed that Brooks was shot in the back as he was running away, and the death has been ruled a homicide by the county medical examiner.

Brooks’s killing comes as protests against racism and police violence continue across the country. The Atlanta police chief has already resigned, and the officer who shot Brooks has been fired. “What we saw happen to Mr. Brooks is, unfortunately, something that we continue to see repeated in our communities all across this country,” says Mary Hooks, co-director of Southerners on New Ground, which is part of the National Bail Out collective and the Movement for Black Lives. “What we continue to see is police being called in as first responders to things that they should not be showing up for.”

Protests erupt in Atlanta, Georgia after police fatally shoot fleeing man. By Matthew MacEgan, 15 June 2020. The Atlanta police chief resigned after officers killed Rayshard Brooks in the parking lot of a fast-food restaurant Friday night.

Demonstrators gather in front of Palmdale, California City Hall to demand an investigation into the death of Robert Fuller. [Josie Huang/KPCC/LAist via AP]

Thousands protest over suspicious hanging deaths of two black men in southern California. By Rafael Azul, 15 June 2020. Protesters rallied in Palmdale, California on Saturday demanding answers in the death of Robert Fuller, a 24-year-old black worker found hanging from a tree outside City Hall. … Fuller’s friends and family insist that Robert was not suicidal. “My brother was a survivor”, his sister Diamond Alexander told the Los Angeles Times. The newspaper also quoted other friends and family members, according to whom Fuller was a “peacemaker” who loved music and video games. A few days before his death, Fuller had attended a Black Lives Matter protest sparked by the May 25 murder of George Floyd in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

Tens of thousands protest in Paris against police killings of George Floyd and Adama Traoré. By Will Morrow, 15 June 2020. Tens of thousands filled the Place de la République in central Paris on Saturday afternoon to protest police violence and demand justice for the killings.

Protests against police violence and racism continue in New Zealand. By Tom Peters, 15 June 2020. Tens of thousands of people joined another day of protests as part of the global movement sparked by the murder of George Floyd by US police.

How kestrels live in Scotland


This 2019 video from Scotland says about itself:

The life of the common kestrel (film)

An amazing film following the full breeding season of a pair of kestrels in north Glasgow. Showing mating, eggs hatching and chicks being fed at several stages.

Music by Bensound.

Coronavirus disaster, worldwide news


This 15 June 2020 video says about itself:

Thousands of protesters in Brazil have marched in Sao Paulo to denounce the government’s handling of the coronavirus pandemic.

A smaller counter-rally was held in the capital, Brasilia, by supporters of President Jair Bolsonaro, who continues to downplay the outbreak.

The country has the second-highest number of COVID-19 deaths worldwide.

Al Jazeera’s Teresa Bo reports.

USA: Workers’ anger grows as auto companies continue coverup of COVID-19 in the factories. By Shannon Jones, 15 June 2020. General Motors and Ford have made it official policy not to report the number and locations of confirmed COVID-19 cases at their factories, while Fiat Chrysler has also apparently stopped reporting coronavirus cases.

New cases of COVID-19 reach 8 million with Latin America still to peak. By Benjamin Mateus, 15 June 2020. While the Western Hemisphere is currently the epicenter of the pandemic, there has been a new outbreak in China.

Over 1,170 COVID-19 deaths as pandemic surges in Bangladesh. By Wimal Perera, 15 June 2020. The Awami League government ignored warnings by medical experts who publicly opposed any lifting of the lockdown.

United States racist police violence and opposition


This 15 June 24020 video from the USA says about itself:

Police Anti-Bias Trainer Shot in Groin by San Jose Cops at Protest: “It’s Clear This Isn’t Working”

As protests against racism and police violence continue across the United States, we speak with Derrick Sanderlin, a San Jose community organizer who has spent years training police on avoiding implicit bias toward people of color, but an officer from the same police department shot him in the groin with a rubber bullet during a May 29 protest against racism and police violence, rupturing Sanderlin’s testicle and possibly affecting his ability to have children.

NEW FOOTAGE SHOWS POLICE OFFICER IGNORING PLEAS TO HELP GEORGE FLOYD Chilling new footage released by the attorney for the family of George Floyd shows one of the officers on the scene ignoring pleas from bystanders asking him to intervene. “He’s not f***ing moving,” one of several bystanders told then-Minneapolis police officer Tou Thao as then-officer Derek Chauvin pressed his knee into Floyd’s neck. The footage posted by Ben Crumb showed Thao ignoring repeated calls from bystanders to intervene and help Floyd, to check his pulse and to stop the assault. Thao does not. [HuffPost]

PROTESTS CONTINUE AFTER DEATHS OF MORE BLACK MEN The fatal shooting of a Black man by a white Atlanta police officer and the death of another Black man found hanging from a tree outside a city hall in California ignited new anti-racism protests over the weekend. Roughly 150 protesters marched outside the Wendy’s restaurant outside where Rayshard Brooks was shot, reigniting demonstrations that had largely simmered in the Georgia capital nearly three weeks after George Floyd died after a white Minneapolis police officer pressed a knee to his neck.  [HuffPost]

Beyoncé demands cops who killed Breonna Taylor be charged.

SNL alumn Jay Pharoah says cops pulled gun while he was exercising, and knelt on his neck.

Abolishing the police is a radical idea — that’s been around for over a century.

Why I Have Come to Support Defunding the Police, by Rabbi Sharon Brous.

Pull Up For Change calls on brands to address their role in white supremacy.

British Conservative PM Johnson’s racism, parody music


This 15 June 2020 satiric music video from Britain about Conservative Prime Minister Boris Johnson is called Borissey – Big Mouth Strikes Again (‘Racism Only’ version).

It is a parody of the song by Morrissey – Big Mouth Strikes Again.

It says about itself:

The Prime Minister is right – we must not erase our history.

LYRICS:

Libya, Libya I was only joking when I said
You could be like Dubai once you clear away all the dead
Take a joke, Libya

And Africans
Africans, it was just my inimitable style
When I called you piccaninnies with watermelon smiles
Just a bit of humour

And now I know just how those Sikhs felt
Now I know how all those Sikhs felt
When I turned up to their temple
And went mental
And banged on about whisky tariffs

Big mouth, la la la
Big mouth, la la la
Big mouth strikes again
I’ve every right to judge you based
Upon your race

Women in burkas
Women in burkas, it was really nothing when I joshed
That you all look like a letterbox
And a bank robber

And Obama
Obama, I was only joking when I mentioned
That you have an ancestral dislike of the UK
Because you’re Kenyan

And Burma – is it still called Burma?
Burma, I assure you I was only quipping
When I rocked up and recited Kipling

And Jews
Jews, I was only saying it in jest
When I wrote that you control the press
And rig elections

And Papa New Guinea
Papa New Guinea, I was only being playful
When I called you chief-killing cannibals

And Uganda
Uganda, I was only joking when I said…