Trump’s racist ‘Scottsboro’ false accusations fall flat


This video from the USA says about itself:

13 Feb 2012

The Scottsboro Boys were a group of nine black teenagers accused of rape in the 1930s South. The blatant injustice given to them during their trial lead to several legal reforms. Watch as Emory’s Associate Professor of African American Studies, Carol Anderson, discusses what happened to these boys both during and after their trial.

In the 1930s in Alabama in the USA, the African American ‘Scottsboro boys’ were falsely convicted for supposedly having raped white girls. Only long after the Scottsboro boys had died, authorities admitted the sentences were wrong.

In 1949 in Florida in the USA, the African American ‘Groveland Four‘ were falsely convicted for supposedly having raped a white girl. Only long after the Groveland Four had died, authorities admitted the sentences were wrong.

Recently, in Maryland in the USA, two Latin American boys faced similar false accusations, including by new United States President Donald Trump. Fortunately for these two, it looks like they will not get false convictions, annulled only decades after their deaths.

By Eric London in the USA:

Maryland prosecutors drop false rape charges against immigrant boys witch-hunted by Trump

6 May 2017

The decision by Maryland prosecutors to drop charges against two immigrant youth charged with raping a classmate exposes the Trump administration’s efforts to whip-up a violent anti-immigrant hysteria to advance his plans for mass deportation.

According to the Washington Post, Montgomery County prosecutors dropped the charges because they uncovered evidence proving the alleged victim was not telling the truth.

“The original charges cannot be sustained and prosecution is untenable” because of “substantial inconsistencies,” a prosecutor said.

In March, 18-year-old Henry Sanchez Milian and 17-year-old Jose Montano—both undocumented immigrants—were arrested after a 14-year-old classmate told police and school officials the two boys pushed her into a bathroom, forced her to undress, and assaulted her. Prosecutors announced they would seek life sentences for the two boys, and Montano, a minor, would be tried as an adult. A judge ordered that both be held without bail, ruling that they were “dangerous” and “flight risks.”

Shortly after the boys were charged, officials published details of the young men’s lives, including the fact that they were living in the US without documentation.

The Trump administration threw the full weight of the state against the two boys, amplifying their case as proof that immigrants are “rapists” and “criminals,” as Trump previously claimed.

Just days after their arrest, Immigration and Customs Enforcement officers targeted and arrested Montano’s 43-year-old father, Adolfo Sanchez-Reyes, placed him into deportation proceedings, and locked him up in an immigrant detention center.

Press Secretary Sean Spicer announced in a nationally televised press conference: “It’s horrendous and horrible and disgusting what this young woman in Rockville [Maryland] went through.” He said Trump’s mass deportation plan was a priority “because of tragedies like this” and that “immigration pays its toll on our people.”

Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos said, “As a mother of two daughters and grandmother of four young girls, my heart aches for the young woman and her family at the center of these terrible circumstances.”

Fox News’s Ainsley Earhardt said those who fail to denounce immigrants are “telling our little girls that this little girl’s life doesn’t matter as much as these illegal immigrants’ lives matter because they don’t want to spread a negative story.” A Fox guest said immigrants “are raping and killing our people.” Breitbart featured banner headlines about the “Rockville Rape,” claiming the story “generated national outrage.”

This campaign mobilized extreme-right wing forces and was aimed at sparking acts of violence against immigrants. A spokesman for the school district said he was receiving many phone calls from people who threatened that “they’re going to shoot up the illegals in our school.”

In fact, the boys are innocent. According to prosecutors, text messages sent by the 14-year-old classmate show she planned on having consensual sex with the two boys and had sent them lewd photos. In addition, security video and medical and computer records were inconsistent with the girl’s accusations.

Prosecutors are still charging the boys with possession of child pornography because of the photos the girl voluntarily sent. Andrew Jezic, an attorney for Sanchez-Milian, called the charges “selective prosecution of elective promiscuity,” and said that sending lewd text messages “is hardly uncommon behavior for teenagers.”

The two immigrant youth have spent the last several weeks in jail—a tragic climax of their thousand-mile escape from their violent homelands.

Jose Montano was born in El Salvador, where he was orphaned as a child. He made the journey to the US in roughly August 2016 as an unaccompanied minor, but was stopped at the border. He had been living in the US for just seven months before his arrest. Henry Sanchez Milian is from Guatemala and entered the US also as an unaccompanied minor in July 2016.

The boys were both in ninth grade, likely because they received little formal education in Central America and were held back in the US, where ninth graders are typically 14 years old. Both face likely deportation and now have a drastically reduced likelihood of winning asylum. Lawyers say the two were fleeing persecution at the hands of dangerous drug cartels, which torture and murder thousands and specifically target young men.

This case is the latest in a string of attempts to whip-up a tough-on-crime fervor against individuals accused of sexual crimes to advance the right-wing political aims of the ruling class. At the New Year 2016 celebration, police in Cologne, Germany claimed immigrant men sexually assaulted “dozens” of German women in an attempt to generate antipathy toward refugees fleeing war in the Middle East.

Freddie Gray killed, police not prosecuted


This video from Maryland in the USA says about itself:

‘We’ve Become Accustomed to the System Doing Nothing for the Killing of Black People

26 May 2016

Baltimore activists chart a path forward after the not guilty verdict in the trial of Officer Edward Nero.

THE family of Freddie Gray is frustrated and disappointed with the acquittal Thursday of Baltimore Police Officer Caesar Goodson Jr. on all charges related to Gray’s death, family attorney William H. ‘Billy’ Murphy said: here.

Baltimore Circuit Judge Barry G. Williams on Monday morning found Lieutenant Brian Rice not guilty of all charges relating to the detention and death of Freddie Gray. Rice is the fourth police officer to be tried in relation to Freddie Gray’s death, two others of whom have been acquitted and one whose trial ended with a hung jury: here.

Freddie Gray killed in the USA, no justice


This video from the USA says about itself:

23 May 2016

Thom rants on Freddie Gray, Timothy Foster, and the injustice of our justice system for black men.

This video from the USA says about itself:

What Would Happen If The Freddie Gray Case Had Happened In Reverse?

23 May 2016

Thom asks what it would have looked like if the Freddie Gray case involved six black men trying to perform a citizens’ arrest on a police officer? Would those men be convicted? Would they still be alive?

This video from the USA says about itself:

A Black Man Reacts to Freddie Gray Ruling – Take Their Badge!

24 May 2016

Caller Charles shares his feelings about the Freddie Gray ruling and says that cops involved in these incidents should lose their badge.

Freddie Gray killed, policeman not convicted


This video from Maryland in the USA says about itself:

23 May 2016

On Monday May 23, 2016 the verdict is expected in the case of a Baltimore police officer charged in the arrest and death of 25-year-old Freddie Gray. Officer Edward Nero is accused of assault, misconduct in office and reckless endangerment. Prosecutors say the 30-year-old arrested Gray without cause and was negligent in that he didn’t buckle the handcuffed Gray.

Gray passed on April 19, 2015, a week after his neck was broken while sitting in the back of a police van while he was handcuffed while not buckled in. Critics believe that Officer Nero deliberately left Gray unbuckled to subject him to a form of police brutality known as a “rough ride”, in which the handcuffed and unbuckled victim is thrown around in the back of the car due to aggressive driving.

From Julia Craven in the USA:

Judge Finds Baltimore Police Officer Not Guilty In Death Of Freddie Gray

Edward Nero was one of six officers involved in the arrest of 25-year-old Freddie Gray, who died in police custody last year.

05/23/2016 11:03 am ET | Updated 40 minutes ago

Baltimore Police Officer Edward Nero was found not guilty on Monday for his alleged role in the death of 25-year-old Freddie Gray a year ago.

Nero, 30, was facing misdemeanor charges of second-degree assault and two counts of misconduct in office for his part in Gray’s arrest. He was also charged with reckless endangerment for shackling Gray and placing him in a police van without buckling his seatbelt. He pleaded not guilty to all charges.

Nero is the second of six officers to stand trial in connection to the death of Gray, a black man who sustained a fatal spinal cord injury in police custody on April 12, 2015. Gray died from his injuries a week later, on April 19, sparking citywide protests against police brutality. …

Baltimore Police Officer William Porter was the first to stand trial, in December, but the jury could not reach a verdict. Unlike Porter, Nero opted for a bench trial.

The verdict in Nero’s case could trickle down to the remaining trials, according to Barry Slotnick, a criminal defense attorney.

USA: Supreme Court Rules Prosecutors Violated The Constitution When Excluding Black Jurors. Selection of an all-white jury in a Georgia capital case was “motivated in substantial part” by race: here.

USA: ‘MACHINE BIAS’ “There’s software used across the country to predict future criminals. And it’s biased against blacks.” [Pro Publica]

Freddie Gray killed, activism in Baltimore, USA


This video from Maryland in the USA says about itself:

Full video: #FreddieGray Case Spurs Activism and Action in Baltimore Classrooms

18 May 2016

The Baltimore High School students that staged a mock trial for the Freddie Gray case discuss how the events of the past year have impacted their relationship with police, the legal system and the war on drugs.

A US Department of Justice (DoJ) report released Wednesday revealed that the Baltimore Police Department (BPD) has engaged in widespread violations of constitutional rights. These include unjustified stops and searches; arrests without proper cause; racial profiling; use of excessive force; sexual discrimination; and retaliation against actions protected by the First Amendment: here.

Tyrone West, death and cover-up in the USA


This video about Baltimore, Maryland in the USA says about itself:

Before there was Freddie Gray, there was Tyrone West

2 May 2016

A new report has challenged the official account of the death of Tyrone West, who died in police custody under questionable circumstances in 2013.

Justice for Tyrone West: here.

Report: Heart condition didn’t cause Tyrone West’s death in custody: here.

Tawanda Jones, sister of Tyrone West (second from left), who died while in police custody in 2013, takes part in the march to protest the death of Freddie Gray who was in police custody. (photo: Kim Hairston / Baltimore Sun)

Tyrone West’s sister calls for independent investigation of case, cites new information: here.

Baltimore, USA police shoot child for toy gun


This video from the USA says about itself:

A Tale of Two Police Shootings

29 April 2016

Jaisal Noor: Professor Lawrence Brown says the police shooting of 14-year-old Dedric Colvin on the anniversary of the Baltimore Uprising raises questions of how much has changed since the death of Freddie Gray in police custody one year ago.

Dedric Colvin: Baltimore teen shot by police ‘told officers gun was fake’: here.