Kent State killing of US peace demonstrators, 1970


This video says about itself:

United States: Kent State Shooting

4 May 2016

In 1970 [on 4 May], the Ohio National Guard killed 4 students at Kent State University during protests against the Vietnam War.

Bloody Thursday: Today marks 47yrs since Battle For People’s Park in Berkeley, California: here.

Tamir Rice, Laquan McDonald killed, whitewashers lose elections


This video from the USA says about itself:

Black Lives Matter Voters Oust Tamir Rice Prosecutor

16 March 2016

Mostly lost in the Democratic and Republican primary contests last night, there were other races that deserve attention. Two of the prosecutors involved in some of the most high-profile cases of police brutality in recent years have lost their primary re-election battles. Cenk Uygur and John Iadarola, hosts of the The Young Turks, break it down. Tell us what you think in the comment section below.

“On Tuesday night, two major Midwestern prosecutors lost their jobs after provoking nationwide rage with their handling of cases in which police officers killed unarmed young black people. In Illinois, the loser was Cook County state’s attorney Anita Alvarez, who waited 13 months to bring charges against the Chicago police officer who shot Laquan McDonald 16 times in October 2014. In Ohio, it was Cuyahoga County district attorney Tim McGinty, who oversaw grand jury proceedings that led to no charges being filed against the officers responsible for the death of 12-year-old Tamir Rice.

Together the two results represent a major victory for the Black Lives Matter movement, whose organizers have now decisively demonstrated their ability to mobilize voters and change the direction of local politics. And while these two races were, technically, only Democratic primaries, the two candidates who won them are expected to take office with minimal or nonexistent opposition after the fall’s general election.”

Read more here.

Last Tuesday, the state’s attorneys in Cleveland and Chicago lost primary races to secure the Democratic Party’s nomination. The two prosecutors, Timothy McGinty of Cuyahoga County, Ohio and Anita Alvarez of Cook County, Illinois, had protected police from criminal charges in high profile killings. Both defeats were the result of widespread anger over police brutality: here.

Meteor seen in Ohio, USA


This video by Adrian Burns from Ohio in the USA says about itself:

Video of the 1/30/16 Meteor from Lancaster, OH

30 January 2016

Was headed east on Union St. in Lancaster, OH and saw it. Caught it on the dash cam, too. Very bright. Definitely waited for a boom.

See also here.

After 12-year-old Tamir Rice, United States police kill still more people


This video from the USA says about itself:

Video shows Cleveland police officer fatally shoot 12-year-old Tamir Rice

26 November 2014

Warning: This video may contain graphic images. Surveillance video captured Nov. 22, 2014 shows a Cleveland police officer fatally shoot 12-year-old Tamir Rice at the Cudell Recreation Center at Detroit Avenue and West Boulevard.

Tamir Rice of Cleveland would be alive today had he been a white 12-year-old playing with a toy gun in just about any middle-class neighborhood in the country on the afternoon of Nov. 22, 2014: here.

By Tom Eley in the USA:

After grand jury whitewash in Tamir Rice killing

More police murders across the US

30 December 2015

The grand jury decision Monday not to bring charges against the two police officers who killed 12-year-old Tamir Rice as he played in a Cleveland park on November 24, 2014 was preceded Sunday night by the police killing of a 34-year-old man outside his house in Tempe, Arizona and followed Monday evening by the killing of a 28-year-old man on a street near his home in Suffolk, Virginia.

Tuesday morning, police shot and killed a 50-year-old woman in Santa Nella, California. There was also a non-fatal police shooting of a man in his Lakeland, Florida home.

Police officer Timothy Loehmann, 27, gunned down Rice at a playground picnic area as the child was playing with a toy pistol. He and partner Frank Garmback, 47, offered no aid for four minutes as Rice lay bleeding to death and threw to the ground his 14-year-old sister when she tried to come to her brother’s aid.

Loehmann and Garback were dispatched to the scene after a caller warned that there was a “male black sitting on a swing and pointing a gun at people,” though the caller added that the individual was “juvenile” and the pistol “probably fake.” A YouTube video, viewed more than 1.2 million times, captured the brutal killing and leaves no doubt that the police are guilty of murder.

Local prosecutor Timothy McGinty, whose task was to determine whether or not there existed reasonable grounds for a trial, instead worked from the beginning to exonerate the police. Loehmann and Garmback were allowed to make self-serving and unchallenged statements to the grand jury. McGinty also recruited pro-police “experts” to provide testimony and discredited before the jury experts provided by attorneys representing the Rice family.

“My family and I are in pain and devastated by the non-indictment,” Samaria Rice, Tamir’s mother, said in a statement issued Monday. “Prosecutor McGinty deliberately sabotaged the case, never advocating for my son, and acting instead like the police officers’ defense attorney… I pray and hope that the federal government will investigate this case.”

Citing McGinty’s abuse of the grand jury process, the Rice family on December 14 called on the federal Department of Justice to conduct an investigation. The DOJ issued a brief statement Monday saying that an investigation under the auspices of its local office would continue. To date, the Obama administration has not brought federal charges against a single killer cop. The White House offered no comment on Monday’s grand jury ruling.

Police have taken the repeated exonerations, often in the face of overwhelming evidence, as in the Tamir Rice murder, as a green light for more violence. As if to underscore the point, within 24 hours of the grand jury ruling, the list of Americans murdered by police grew four names longer.

* Late Sunday night, 34-year-old Sean Mould was shot dead by police outside of his house in Tempe, Arizona. His wife, Sitharath Sam, called police on a non-emergency number when Mould, who had no police record, became verbally abusive after drinking alcoholic beverages for several hours.

The two officers sent to the scene gave Mould “commands to drop” what turned out to be a pocket knife, according to Tempe Police Lt. Mike Pooley. Pooley claims Mould, who was white, then “continued going toward the officers, at which time one of the officers did fire at least two rounds at the suspect.”

This version of events was contradicted by Sitharath Sam. “All I did was hear, ‘put your hands up’ and a shot,” she said. “He was a nice person, he wasn’t a violent person. Now he’s dead and he shouldn’t be portrayed like he is out against the police or to kill the police. January 5 he’s going to turn 35, and he’s not going to be with us anymore.”

The officer who killed Mould has been placed on paid administrative leave.

* Also in Arizona, authorities on Monday released the name of a man shot dead by police outside a Phoenix police precinct two days earlier. Police claim that Lonnie Niesen, 41, was throwing “rocks or bricks” at a police vehicle. Niesen was shot dead when he “refused to obey police orders and instead turned and suddenly threw something at one of the officers, striking him in the hand.” Family members said that Niesen, who was white, had stolen alcohol on Friday and had made suicidal statements. The officer supposedly hurt by Niesen was treated for minor injuries at the scene.

* On Monday evening, police shot 28-year-old Corey Achstein a few blocks from his Suffolk, Virginia, home. He died hours later at a nearby hospital.

Two police responded to a 911 call claiming that Achstein, who was also white, had a gun and was threatening a group of teenagers. Officers ordered Achstein to the ground and then shot him, based on the “actions of the suspect and concern for safety,” according to an official statement on the killing.

Police have yet to claim that Achstein was actually armed, or even that he threatened them. Achstein’s family insists he did not own a gun and family members say they “would be shocked if he had one on him,” according to a local news report. A weapon was supposedly recovered at the scene, but a city official has admitted that “officers are working [to] determine if it is real or fake.”

The officers involved in the killing, James Babor and Cheryl Abrigo, have been placed on administrative leave. The city has so far refused to release footage from body cameras the police were wearing at the time of the killing.

Achstein’s uncle said the young man’s mother is in grief. “It’s real hard on my sister,” he said. “That’s her only child, and we can’t get any answers from the police department on what happened.”

* On Monday night, a police officer shot and wounded a man in the doorway of his Lakeland, Florida home. Police say they were responding to a request from a woman who wished to take personal items out of the house. According to claims put forward by police spokesman Sgt. Gary Gross, the man, whose identity has not been released, was told to drop a handgun police had seen him carrying inside his home after observing him through the window. When he answered the door still armed, Officer Paul Dunn, 46, shot the homeowner, who, as of this writing, remained in critical condition at an area hospital.

* Early Tuesday morning, a Merced County, California Sherriff’s deputy shot and killed a 50-year old woman, Siolosega Velega-Nuufolau, after she waved a kitchen knife “in a threatening and aggressive manner” at the deputy. Sheriff Vern Warnke separately claimed that Velega-Nuufolau, who was a military veteran, had charged the deputy. Velega-Nuufolau, who evidently suffered from mental illness, was pronounced dead at the scene. It was the third police killing in Merced County in 2015.

Just since Christmas Eve, 16 Americans have been killed by police. This brings the running total for 2015 to at least 1,193, up from 1,108 in 2014, the year Tamir Rice was killed, according to a tally kept by killedbypolice.net. A separate count, kept by the Guardian newspaper, puts the number of dead at 1,127.

Persistent efforts have been made to portray the violence in purely racial terms, eliding factors such as growing social inequality, the militarization of the police, and the domestic impact of America’s endless wars overseas. But according to the Guardian count, 567 of those killed by the police were—like Mould, Achstein and Niesen—white. Nearly twice as many whites have been killed as the 292 African Americans, though, as a share of the population, blacks are killed at nearly 2.5 times the rate of whites, a ratio that roughly corresponds to the disparity in the black-white official poverty ratio.

Possibly, violence starting as racist anti-African American violence, may spread like cancer cells hurting other people as well. Like German nazi violence started against Jews, and then spread against Roma, Africans, Slavs, etc.

‘If black lives don’t matter, then eventually NO lives may matter’.

Tellingly, 27 percent of those killed in 2015 suffered—like Niesen and Velega-Nuufolau—from mental health problems.

The counts kept by killedbypolice.net and the Guardian are based on publicly known instances of police killings—in other words, cases where the police have been forced to admit they have killed an individual. No federal agency keeps a record of those killed by the police, and most municipalities do not require their police forces to report police killings to the FBI.

In a recent report, a regional Florida newspaper, the Daytona News-Journal, described the difficulties it faced in coming up with a list of people killed by police in the state for the years 2013 and 2014. “It took hundreds of public records requests, and combing through hundreds of media reports… to uncover how often police shot people in 2013 and 2014 in Florida,” the newspaper wrote. “Many agencies cooperated and turned over records, but others put up substantial barriers, charging hefty bills to provide the information and refusing to answer questions.”

The newspaper compiled a list of 162 fatal shootings in Florida in the two-year period, but wrote that “even that number is likely an incomplete picture because agencies don’t have to release records for cases that are still pending.”

12-year-old Tamir Rice killed, no indictment in Ohio, USA


This 28 December 2015 video from the USA is called NO INDICTMENT In Tamir Rice Case!

By Kim Bellware in the USA:

No Indictment For Cop Who Fatally Shot 12-Year-Old Tamir Rice

The decision came more than a year after the boy was killed while playing in a Cleveland park.

12/28/2015 02:07 pm ET | Updated 9 hours ago

An Ohio grand jury has declined to indict the Cleveland police officer who fatally shot Tamir Rice, an unarmed black 12-year-old, in 2014.

Cuyahoga County Prosecutor Timothy J. McGinty announced the decision Monday afternoon, 401 days after rookie patrolman Timothy Loehmann shot Rice at a park in Cleveland. The grand jury also declined to indict veteran officer Frank Garmback, who responded to the scene with Loehmann, on charges of negligent homicide and dereliction of duty.

Tamir’s family criticized the grand jury decision and in a statement accused McGinty of “abusing and manipulating the grand jury process to orchestrate a vote against indictment.” …

In statements filed with the Cuyahoga County Sheriff’s Office, both officers claimed they repeatedly yelled at Tamir to “show me your hands.” But surveillance video shows that Loehmann opened fire within two seconds of emerging from the police cruiser.

Jonathan Abady, an attorney for Tamir‘s family, said Monday they were “saddened and disappointed” by the decision not to indict the officers, but not surprised. The family also renewed their calls for the Justice Department to make an independent investigation into the case.

“It has been clear for months now that Cuyahoga County Prosecutor Timothy McGinty was abusing and manipulating the grand jury process to orchestrate a vote against indictment,” Abady said in the statement. “Even though video shows the police shooting Tamir in less than one second, Prosecutor McGinty hired so-called expert witnesses to try to exonerate the officers and tell the grand jury their conduct was reasonable and justified. It is unheard of, and highly improper, for a prosecutor to hire ‘experts’ to try to exonerate the targets of a grand jury investigation.”

(A timeline of the Tamir Rice shooting.)

Tamir’s family and their advocates have been highly critical of McGinty’s office during what they considered an unreasonably lengthy and biased investigation.

McGinty’s office released three expert reports over the past few months, all of which determined Tamir’s fatal shooting to be “reasonable.”

Critics claimed McGinty’s investigation was biased toward police, noting that his office hired people that included the police expert who testified at the trial of Michael Brelo, a Cleveland police officer who was cleared after he fired 15 shots into the car of two unarmed black motorists in an unrelated incident.

Lawyers representing Tamir’s family in a wrongful death suit against the officers and the City of Cleveland earlier this month released a report of their own that disputes the findings of the investigations commissioned by McGinty’s office.

The report from the Rice family’s expert said the shooting was “unreasonable” and that Loehmann reacted too quickly for there to be a “meaningful exchange” between the officer and Tamir before he was shot. …

The Justice Department said Monday it would continue its review of the case and “determine what actions are appropriate, given the strict burdens and requirements imposed by applicable federal civil rights laws.”

In May, the DOJ concluded an 18-month investigation into the Cleveland Police Department. Its scathing report found that officers in Cleveland routinely use unjustifiable force against not only criminals and suspects, but also innocent victims of crimes.

Attracting North American birds


This video from the USA is called Backyard Bird Watching – Northeast Ohio.

From the Audubon Society in the USA:

Want to Attract Beautiful Backyard Birds? Try These Tailored Recipes

Purple Finches prefer berries while chickadees go for pie crust. Learn the right combos for the right birds here.

This time of year, many a cook is scouring cookbooks, the internet, or their grandmother’s recipe cards for the best dishes to prepare and serve at the table. We would be remiss if we didn’t share some tried and true recipes for your backyard feeders as well. Just like that pecan pie is sure to get the kids back to the table, each recipe, cooked up by Madison Audubon Society, is tailored to your favorite feathered friends.

Northern Cardinal

Sunflower seeds
Crushed Peanuts
White Bread
Raisins
Bananas

Purple Finch

Sunflower Seeds
Crushed Peanuts
Raspberries
Blackberries

Woodpeckers

Sunflower Seeds
Crushed Peanuts
Apples
Oranges
Melon Seeds
Suet

Black-capped Chickadee

Sunflower Seeds
Shelled or Crushed Peanuts
Pie Crust

Mourning Dove

Sunflower Seeds
Bread Crumbs
Fruit
Cracked Corn

White-breasted Nuthatch

Sunflower and Pumpkin Seeds
Shelled or Crushed Peanuts
Suet

Blue Jay

Sunflower Seeds
Cracked Corn
Shelled or Crushed Peanuts

For tips on how to feed birds safely, check out these guidelines.