Charlotte, USA anti-police brutality protesters in jail


This video from the USA says about itself:

California Cop Who Shot Unarmed Black Man Was Demoted in 2015 for Sexually Harassing Female Officer

29 sep. 2016

The El Cajon police officer who shot Alfred Olango dead has been at the center of controversy before. Last year, Richard Gonsalves was sued for sexual harassment after making lewd propositions and texting explicit photos to his subordinate officer. He was demoted to officer from sergeant. Gonsalves was just served with a second suit in August of this year, after the harassment continued. Despite the lawsuits, Gonsalves remained on the force. We speak to Dan Gilleon, attorney for the family of Alfred Olango and Officer Christine Greer, the plaintiff in a sexual harassment lawsuit against Richard Gonsalves.

From the Charlotte Uprising site in North Carolina, USA:

URGENT ACTION NEEDED

We demand an immediate end to repression of demonstrators in Charlotte!

Call/Email CMPD, Mecklenburg County Sheriff, Mayor Roberts, Attorney General Roy Cooper, & Governor Pat McCrory

Jail Liaison – Karla Gary
OFFICE PHONE: 980-314-5550
EMAIL: Karla.Gary@mecklenburgcountync.gov

Public Information Manager – Anjanette Flowers Grube
OFFICE PHONE: 980-314-5170
CELL PHONE: 704-634-5072
EMAIL: Anjanette.Grube@mecklenburgcountync.gov

Mayor Jennifer Roberts
Phone: 704-336-2241
email: mayor@charlottenc.gov

Governor Pat McCrory
Phone: (919) 814-2000
Phone:(919)733-4240
email: governor.office@governor.ncmail.net

Attorney General Roy Cooper
Telephone: (919) 716-6400
info@roycooper.com

Since demonstrations began against the police murder of Keith Lamont Scott, police in Charlotte have been mass arresting protesters & legal observers, using chemical weapons, and violating their most basic rights.

Jamil Gill (aka King Mills), who many around the country and the world know for his on the ground livestreams from the first nights of protest, has been a particular target of police repression ever since the protests began. He was arrested and issued an outrageous bond of $320,000, which the movement fought and reduced to a still obscene amount of $162,000.

He was bonded out early in the day on September 28, and subsequently REARRESTED by police as he ate lunch! This is a clear attempt to intimidate and harass Gill, and an attempt by the state to silence and have a chilling effect on the rest of the movement.

During demonstrations on September 21, police attacked the protests and killed 26 year old Black man Justin Carr. Continuing their targeting Black and Brown people and a total lack of transparency by the CMPD, they are falsely accusing Raquan Borum for Justin’s death.

The police have continued to violate arrestee’s legal rights by:

Instructing the National Guard and police to blockade the jail (at least three times since the uprising began) to prevent the release of arrestees whose bond was paid
Using bogus excuses like fire drills, ‘suspicious packages,’ and even characterizing our jail solidarity team gathering at the jail as a ‘protest’ to lock down the jail for hours
Intentionally delaying the release of arrestees
Not publishing arrestees’ names online, impeding our ability to provide them legal support

We need you to call and email the jail, Charlotte and state officials and demand that they stop violating arrestees’ rights!

Script for call or email –

“Hello –

My name is _______ and I am a resident of ________. Can I speak to ?

I am calling to demand that you stop the repression of demonstrators in Charlotte.

We demand an end to the attacks on Jamil Gill! Stop the arrests of all protesters!
We demand that an independent investigation of the killing of Keith L Scott and the Charlotte Mecklenburg Police Dept!
We demand that you stop purposefully obstructing the release of arrestees!
We demand that all the charges against those who have been arrested are dropped!

Hands off #CharlotteUprising! The whole world is watching, and we won’t stop until our demands are met and the people get justice!

By Charlotte Uprising – 09/29/2016

Louisiana police release video of officers killing six-year-old Jeremy Mardis in 2015: here.

California police kills unarmed African American


This video from the USA says about itself:

UNARMED Black Man KILLED After Being SHOT By El Cajon Cops For “ACTING ERRATICALLY”

27 September 2016

A black man was shot in an encounter with police in southern California Tuesday afternoon prompting angry community members to gather around the scene demanding answers as his sister stood by crying hysterically.

El Cajon Police say they were called to a parking lot at the Broadway Village Shopping Center at 1pm after being told a 30-year-old man was acting ‘erratically,’ NBC San Diego reported.

Rob Ransweiler, El Cajon Police spokesman, said the man did not comply with officers demands and the encounter ended with an officer-involved shooting. It’s unclear if more than one officer opened fire.

The unidentified man was taken to Sharp Memorial Hospital and is listed in critical condition. …

A video shared to social media by Rumbie Mubaiwa shows a woman, identified as the victim’s sister, crying hysterically in the parking lot after witnessing her brother being shot.

She can be heard saying: ‘I called you to help me but you killed my brother.

‘Why couldn’t you guys tase him? Why why why why?’

Police officers can be seen approaching the woman in the video to question her.

‘I called so many times to help him,’ she said. Maria Medina, an employee at Los Panchos in El Cajon, which is located about 15 miles east of San Diego, said that she was inside the eatery working when she heard the shooting happen.

She said that officers came into the restaurant and confiscated everyone’s cell phone after the shooting.

Median added that one of her coworkers who had her phone taken by police had recorded video of the shooting.

However, El Cajon police tweeted that no phones were ‘confiscated.’

An employee working at a hair salon inside the shopping center told 10News that they heard the gunfire and went outside to see what had occurred.

‘I heard three gunshots – there was a black man on the ground and two officers standing around him,’ the witness said.

Some witnesses claimed that the man had his hands up in the air at the time of the shooting, but El Cajon police tweeted: ‘The investigation just started, but based on the video voluntarily provided by a witness, the subject did NOT have his hands up in the air.’

Dozens of people who gathered at the strip mall where the shooting happened began chanting ‘Black Lives Matter‘ and ‘Hands up, don’t shoot.’

In May, El Cajon City Council members approved the purchase of 88 body cameras. However, the El Cajon Police Chief Jeff Davis said that he was hoping to have the cameras in use by the start of 2017.

San Diego City Councilwoman Myrtle Cole tweeted: ‘My heart goes out to the family & loved ones of the victim at the El Cajon shooting today. I pray that he survives.’

The shooting in El Cajon comes just three days after the video showing the September 20 police shooting of Keith Lamont Scott in Charlotte, North Carolina was released.

A police officer in Tulsa, Oklahoma shot and killed 40-year-old Terence Crutcher six days after Scott’s shooting.

In the Tulsa shooting, officer Betty Shelby has been charged with manslaughter and if convicted, she faces up to life in prison.

Crutcher’s and Scott’s deaths have sparked protests across the country, as people question the law enforcement officers’ actions.

This is a developing story, please check back for updates.

From Reuters news agency in the USA:

Police Fatally Shoot Black Man In San Diego Suburb, Sparking Protests

The man later died after being taken to the hospital.

09/28/2016 04:48 am ET

An unarmed black man has died after being shot by a police officer in El Cajon in southern California on Tuesday, the local police department said, appealing for calm as local media reported crowds had gathered at the scene of the shooting.

The death comes less than two weeks after black men in Charlotte, North Carolina and in Tulsa, Oklahoma, were shot dead by police, sparking protests. In Charlotte, rioting prompted the authorities to impose a state of emergency.

Similar deaths have added to a torrent of accusations over racial bias in U.S. law enforcement and calls for greater police accountability for the killings of black people.

The El Cajon Police Department said two officers had responded to a call regarding a man walking in traffic. He refused their instructions to remove his hand from his pocket and then pulled out an object from his pants and pointed it at them, the department said in a statement.

The officers then simultaneously shot and Tasered the man who died after being taken to the hospital, the department said.

During a news conference hours after the shooting, El Cajon Police Department Jeff Davis said no weapon was found on the scene. He did not say what exactly the man pointed at the unidentified officers.

The incident prompted crowds of people to gather throughout Tuesday night at the scene and at the El Cajon Police Department, where they demanded information about the shooting, according to local media.

Video emerged on social media purportedly showing the moments after the incident at the scene. In the video, a woman, who claimed to be the man’s sister, is heard saying that she called police.

“Oh my God. You killed my brother. I just called for help and … you killed him,” the unidentified woman said as she sobbed.

A bystander voluntarily provided investigators cell phone video that captured the incident, police said.

Police released a still photo from the video that depicted what appeared to be two officers pointing weapons at an individual who was pointed an object at them. At least one of the officers in the photo appeared to be white.

A study released in July shows police used force on black people at rates more than three times higher than for whites.

THE RAMPANT ABUSE OF LAW ENFORCEMENT DATABASES “Police officers across the country misuse confidential law enforcement databases to get information on romantic partners, business associates, neighbors, journalists and others for reasons that have nothing to do with daily police work, an Associated Press investigation has found.” [AP]

USA: The federal government will finally start collecting nationwide data on police shootings.

“The Police Killings No One Is Talking About”: Native Americans Most Likely to Be Killed by Cops: here.

Strange mammoth discovered in California, USA


This video from the USA says about itself:

Strange Mammoth Skull Discovered In California Baffles Scientists

18 September 2016

A unique fossil discovery has baffled scientists as they dig through a California Island looking for clues about human migration and mammoth extinction.

Deep within centuries of dirt, the team uncovered a well-preserved complete mammoth skull on Santa Rosa Island that they say exhibits features unlike any of its kind.

The skull is not large enough to be identified as a Columbian mammoth, yet not small enough to qualify as a pygmy – experts hope the creature’s fossilized teeth will reveal its true identity.

‘This mammoth find is extremely rare and of high scientific importance,’ Just Wilkins, a paleontologist at The Mammoth Site in South Dakota, said in a statement.

‘It appears to have been on the Channel Islands at the nearly same time as humans.’

‘I have seen a lot of mammoth skulls and this is one of the best preserved I have ever seen.’

Mammoths roamed North America some two million years ago, with Columbian mammoths appearing a million years later.

It is believed that the Columbian mammoths migrated to the Channel Islands during the past two ice ages when sea levels were lower and the island land mass was closer to the mainland coast.

Over time, descendants of the migrants downsized from approximately 14 feet to a six feet tall pygmy form, becoming an endemic species known as Mammuthus exilis.

The scientific team is particularly curious about the newly-discovered mammoth’s tusks.

The right tusk protrudes 1.4 meters in a coil characteristic of an older mammal, while the shorter, sloped left tusk is more typical of a juvenile.

From Science Alert:

Palaeontologists can’t explain the strange mammoth skull found in a California park

Its tusks don’t make sense.

BEC CREW

19 SEP 2016

An exceptionally well preserved fossil of a complete mammoth skull has been unearthed on a tiny island off the coast of California, and it’s got palaeontologists rethinking how these massive animals might have lived alongside humans.

Dated to 13,000 years ago, the skull was uncovered near a stream on Santa Rosa Island – part of California’s Channel Islands National Park. That date is important, because it happens to coincide with the age of the Arlington Springs Man – the oldest human skeletal remains found in North America.

“This mammoth find is extremely rare and of high scientific importance,” said one of the team, Justin Wilkins, a palaeontologist from the Mammoth Site museum in South Dakota.

“It appears to have been on the Channel Islands at the nearly same time as humans,” he adds. “I have seen a lot of mammoth skulls and this is one of the best preserved I have ever seen.”

Based on an analysis of the skull, the team suggests that new type of mammoth could have been roaming the Channel Islands with some of its earliest human inhabitants.

The remains of the Arlington Springs Man were also discovered on Santa Rosa Island – about 42 km (26 miles) off the coast of Santa Barbara, California.

Archaeologists have placed his life at the end of the Pleistocene, when the four northern Channel Islands formed one mega-island called Santarosae.

We know from previous evidence that mammoths roamed the continent of North America approximately 2 million years ago, and a species called the Columbian mammoth (Mammuthus columbi) managed to swim to Santarosae between 20,000 and 40,000 years ago.

But this skull doesn’t look like a Columbian mammoth’s.

Over several thousand years, these Columbian mammoths rapidly evolved to suit their new island lifestyle, and shrunk from 4.2 metres tall to 1.8 metres, and their features became so different, a new species arose – the more diminutive pygmy mammoth (Mammuthus exilis), the smallest mammoth in the world.

But this skull doesn’t look like a pygmy mammoth’s either.

The team explains that the skull is not large enough to be a Columbian mammoth’s, but it’s not small enough to be a pygmy mammoth’s. So the two most likely explanations is that this is a juvenile Columbian mammoth, or it could represent a transitional species that was partway through evolving from Columbian to pygmy.

Of course, the juvenile scenario would be a whole lot easier to explain, except for the fact that its tusks are all weird.

“The right tusk protrudes 1.4 metres (4.5 feet) in a coil characteristic of an older mammal, while the shorter, sloped left tusk is more typical of a juvenile,” they explain.

Instead, this could be the first evidence that there were two sets of Columbian mammoth migrations to Santarosae.

“The discovery of this mammoth skull increases the probability that there were at least two migrations of Columbian mammoths to the island – during the most recent ice age 10 to 30,000 years ago, as well as the previous glacial period that occurred about 150,000 years ago,” says one of the team, Dan Muhs, from the US Geological Survey.

It’s important to note that this is pure speculation right now – the team has only done preliminary measurements and analyses on the skull, and will need to prepare their findings for peer-review in the coming months.

But this strange skull could be our first glimpse into how these incredible extinct creatures used their trunks as snorkels not once, but twice, to get a taste of that sweet, sweet island life.

Californian tidewater gobies two species, not one


This video says about itself:

California Wildlife — Tidewater Goby

3 November 2013

Classified as a Protected (Vulnerable) species by the IUCN.

Bolsa Chica Ecological Reserve & Wetlands, Huntington Beach, California, USA

From Science News in the USA:

California’s goby is actually two different fish

Southern version gets its own name

By Amy McDermott

6:00am, September 6, 2016

It’s official: The southern tidewater goby is a thing. And it’s chubbier and nubbier than its northern cousin.

Endangered tidewater gobies live in California’s seaside lagoons. Ranging roughly the entire length of the state, the fish used to be considered one species. But a new study confirms that gobies living in Northern and Southern California are physically different, and now the southern swimmer has its own name: Eucyclogobius kristinae.

The northern goby, E. newberryi, is sleeker and longer than its southern counterpart. The southern fish has more girth and more nubby sensory organs exposed atop its head, researchers report July 27 in PLOS ONE.

Differences in DNA, found in earlier studies, suggest that the fish separated over a million years ago, probably because of geology. Tidewater gobies can dart from pool to pool in the rainy season but can become isolated by outcrops of rock or kelp. Today, the southern goby is found only in three coastal pools in San Diego’s Camp Pendleton. The fish used to range north from San Diego County about 200 kilometers, says geobiologist David Jacobs of UCLA, who codiscovered the new species. As coastal cities grew, the goby lost habitat. Now that the southern species has its own name, Jacobs says, California is more likely to give it extra protection.

American western scrub-jay split into two species


This video from the USA says about itself:

Woodhouse’s Scrub Jay (Aphelocoma woodhouseii) Sitting on a Branch – Colorado – April 29, 2016

From the Cornell Lab of Ornithology in the USA:

Farewell, Western Scrub-Jay!

We have an important update for you those of you living in the Western Scrub-Jay’s range: this species was recently split into two distinct species. Perhaps you have noticed differences between the “coastal” form (now the California Scrub-Jay) and the “interior” form (now Woodhouse’s Scrub-Jay); the California Scrub-Jay is darker and described as having a bold personality, while the Woodhouse’s Scrub-Jay is paler, has a thinner bill, and tends to be more shy and inconspicuous.

The American Ornithologists’ Union has been considering this split for several years. The split became official after genetic research demonstrated that the two species rarely interbreed where they come into contact with each other in western Nevada. In most of California, and all of Oregon and Washington, you will be reporting California Scrub-Jays from now on. If you live in Nevada, Arizona, Utah, Colorado, New Mexico, or Texas, then Woodhouse’s Scrub-Jays are the scrub-jays you’re seeing.

What do you need to do?

In most cases, nothing. As always, NestWatch will only show you geographically-relevant species when you are entering your nests, so unless you live in the small range of overlap in western Nevada, your species menu will highlight the appropriate choice. We will soon be updating historical nest records to reflect this change, so you do not need to edit previous records. We could really use photos of both species’ nests and eggs, so we’re asking everyone with photos to please share them with us.

Birds nesting in California, new research


This video from the USA says about itself:

26 May 2013

This film is condensed from about a three hour fledging experience of Western Bluebirds being coaxed from their nest box. Both parents are seen feeding the nestlings but in between the feedings they perch nearby, sometimes with food and sometimes not, and try to coax the nestlings to leave the safety of the only home they know. You will hear the parents call to the nestlings and see they nestlings chirping back. You will also hear many other bird species in the background including Ash-throated Flycatcher, California Quail, Mourning Dove and Acorn Woodpecker.

There were also Violet-green Swallows checking out the nest cavity before the first nestling ever fledged. Once it leaves the nest, you will see the young bluebird perching for the first time in a nearby oak tree, the second nestling soon to follow. I watched three of the five nestlings fledge but had to leave before the last two left the nest box.

From the Cornell Lab of Ornithology in the USA:

Nest Box Occupancy Indicates Good Habitat Quality in California

The state motto of California is “Eureka! I have found it!” Perhaps that’s what a Western Bluebird thinks when it finds that perfect nest box in a good habitat. New research from the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, conducted in California’s oak woodlands, reveals that five species of cavity-nesting birds—Western Bluebird, House Wren, Oak Titmouse, Ash-throated Flycatcher, and Violet-green Swallow—divvy up the nesting habitat according to their specific vegetation preferences and, in the process, improve nesting success.

The researchers found that nest box occupancy rates were a good indicator of nesting success, which has management implications for the declining Oak Titmouse population. This work furthers our understanding of habitat preferences and the role that humans can play in the distribution of nest boxes. Read a brief summary of the research here.