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BREAKING: Denver deputies owe $4.6M for excessive killing of Marvin Booker

DENVER, COLO.- A jury reviewing the case of Marvin Booker v Denver County Sheriff's deputies has awarded $4.6 Million to the Booker estate for the excessive force that caused his homocide. Is this justice? Not yet, but it is a huge victory against police brutality at a moment when cities across the nation are errupting in protest and police officers have yet to be charged with wrongdoing. The five deputies who killed Marvin Booker have now been found culpable. The next step would be criminal charges. BTW, after the verdict was read, the five were given an armed escort out the back door away from the courtroom audience. Next time let's see that happen in shackles.

US torture industry defends its murder of Marvin Booker at Denver federal courthouse

DENVER, COLO- Well, you've almost missed the most compelling courtroom drama this side of television. Although even on TV you don't see a judge having to repeatedly admonish the audience to refrain from reacting with audible incredulity at the clueless ambivalence, awkward dissembling, and brazen lies being told on the stand by sheriff deputies and their witnesses concerning the death of Marvin Booker, 56, in their custody on July 9, 2010. National law enforcement experts have been flown in to defend the Denver Sheriff's Department policies. It's been quite a laugh and the jury seems wise to the scheme. Closing arguments begin Friday. If you've followed the Denver Post coverage you can skip the next paragraph, but those who've been packing the federal courtroom these past three weeks can assure you, you haven't been treated to the half of it. 41005

Okay then, self-congratulations to you for thirty years of justice and peace!

How about those journeyman activists throwing their social justice experience around like it's inviolate because they've been at this longer than the whippersnappers trying to rock their slow boat to China. They know what works after thirty years of utter failure, and they'll admit to not a single inkling that their nonconfrontational passivism has only accelerated injustice and war. By what aggrandized blindness to irony can they congratulate themselves for their contribution to justice and peace? I don't care that they decorate themselves like the dumb soldiers above whom they hold themselves, but hear this: don't you dare coopt the enthusiasm of your youngers, or obstruct their path because their fresh directions offend you.

14 yr-old Philip Chism, black, charged as adult because Trayvon Martin

George Zimmerman's MO has nothing on the US justice system. High school freshman Philip Chism is accused of murdering Boston teacher Colleen Ritzer. Though he's only 14, Chism is being arraigned as an adult. The media is playing it down but Philip Chism is black. You'd think somewhere in America, district attorneys want to prosecute an African American juvenile AS A juvenile because, you know, Obama and shit. Neatly bookending this story today, white felon and Kennedy kin Michael Skakel, has been granted a retrial. Skakel was 39 when the law finally caught up with him, but Skakel was TRIED AS A JUVENILE (AT 39) because he was 15 when the murder was committed. In a further flaunting of priviledge, the judge granted Skakel a retrail because the judge decided his original defense must have been inadequate. That should set quite a precedent for anyone who's been failed by a public defender, which would be EVERYBODY! But probably this precedent will only apply to everybody who's white, and a Kennedy.   Grace is only afforded to juveniles who are white, consistent with Western disregard for the children of the Global South whose adult worklife begins even before puberty.

Florida open season on black teenagers

George Zimmerman has been found NOT GUILTY of chasing and shooting dead a black teenager for being a "fucking punk". Now what? George W. Bush got away with murder, he and Zimmerman are peas in the same simian-eyed pod. Yes a Mack Truck might have been as good as a guilty verdict against lynch mob of one Zimmerman, but that was yesterday. Today the system is broken. Will "Justice For Trayvon Martin" be served by calling for Zimmerman's blood? For the jurors'? Our society is racist, the justice system corrupt. To root out injustice, let's start with those who exploited the Zimmerman pony show, distracting the public from concurrent Supreme Court malfeasance and the kangaroo court assassinating Bradley Manning. If Manning is declared guilty, we've no use for any authority. But let's ask, what public outcry could go beyond the reaction that is clearly expected and as such, orchestrated?

Private security protects authorities from public, also from public justice

"Former Pakistani military ruler Pervez Musharraf and his security team pushed past policemen and sped away from a court in the country's capital on Thursday to avoid arrest after his bail was revoked in a case in which he is accused of treason." Obviously that's what a private security team is for. Dethroned Egyptian despot Mubarak proved it takes only a presidential physician to divert an accused mass murderer to a hospital instead of jail. Could such private Praetorian guards be protecting America's criminal political class from federal law enforcement? We don't know because we have yet to charge any of them.

Rogue vigilante Chris Dorner burned at the stake by angry hooded white men

Tuning in to developments with fugitive cop-killer Chris Dorner in Big Bear on Tuesday, I half expected a televised denouement like Fahrenheit 451, where impatient viewers were given a contrived final scene, fitting the short arc of the average attention span for corporate media fodder. As I recall, that renegade fireman watched his pursuers stage his capture/demise, because authorities favored truncating a felon-on-the-lam narrative lest it generate a deviant hopeful following; it didn't matter if the criminal really escaped. Could Ray Bradbury have envisioned the expectations which reality TV has created to satiate real blood lust? 38425

Lance Armstrong setback for Team America, retroactive, so totally unfair

You can see why Lance Armstrong fans are upset. Even President Obama is satisfied not to look back, why should the sports-doping authority? Lance Armstrong beat their drug tests fair and square, what right have they to retest his blood and urine samples, based on the probable cause of mounting witness testimonies, and now that superior tests can detect his workarounds? IF Team America ever cheated, it was fair and square. All our ducks in a row. If US proof of Saddam Hussein's Weapons of Mass Destruction turned out to be fabricated, it was fabricated to the standards required by veracity tests of the time. No fair revisiting spilt lives. If Barack Obama took the USADA's lead, he could rid American politics of all the Neocon cheats who still dominate the airwaves today. If Obama wanted to get lying, cheating, or taking unfair advantage out of the system. But breaking the rules, international law for example, the disproportionate use of force being a cherished national specialty, is the American Way.

Steve Bass to get his day in court, but he can’t say what he was doing or why, & above all he can’t mention “Occupy”

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo.-- Municipal Court Judge Spottswood W. F. Williams heard a final motion today before the AUGUST 10 trial of Occupier Steve Bass, charged with violating the city's camping ban. The prosecution motioned to forbid from trial, "discussion of political, economic, or religious beliefs or ideology as a purported justification for the alleged acts", and even "arguments related to the belief that the defendant's conduct was constitutionally protected", and in true Colorado Springs fashion, the judge GRANTED the city's motion! YES THAT'S RIGHT, now if Bass wanted to say he wasn't "camping," he can't say what else you would call it! In effect, Defendant Bass is prevented from explaining WHY he was occupying, or even THAT he was occupying, because saying "OCCUPY" is expressly forbidden. The judge will play it by ear whether to make an exception for himself during "voir dire" if selecting impartial jurors might require asking their opinion of "Occupy". That's IF BASS GETS A JURY AT ALL, because next, Judge Williams prompted the city prosecutor to research whether Bass was entitled to a jury of his peers for the infraction of camping... 36040

What do ‘we’ stand for?

An 'Anonymous' reader says that he/ she has had trouble figuring out just what Not My Tribe writers seem to be for. I personally find that hard to believe since we all the time have already patiently explained most of what we support and don't support, yet here we aim to please so I will briefly list out a few items that are generally what I, at least, am for. 33723

Sgt Robert Bales hidden away, as George Zimmerman walks out of jail

Oh Lack of Justice USA! Military and cop impunity reigns supreme everywhere now, and the Right Wingers talk of us a being 'free', 'free'as the wind! BULLSHIT! I defy anybody to find some recent any recent info about Robert Bales and how 'the prosecution' is doing, AND what they are doing in his case? And the effort to turn George Zimmerman's cold blooded killing of Trayvon Martin into a plea about his own supposed victimhood reminds us of the sickening display of Norwegian Right Wing psychopath Anders Breivik's claim to be a victim of 'multiculturalism'. Zimmerman executed Trayvon and now the authorities are prepping the stage to let him walk free once again.... 'legally'. Justice in the US, like Democracy itself, just doesn't much exist. I'm totally fed up and sick of the Right Wing talking about soldiers and cops supposedly 'keeping us free'.

Justice for Trayvon Martin rally held in Acacia Park

From the Black community of Colorado Springs comes glimmers that intelligent life can be found in Colorado Springs after all! Channel 13 reports... Colorado Springs Call For Justice Hundreds Attend Rally In Honor Of Trayvon Martin ...If this rally had been better publicized, one feels sure that it would easily have had twice the attendance. Justice Now for Travon Martin! Arrest his assassin immediately!

Meredith Kercher not white enough to extricate from Italian justice imbruglio

Or was it because she was British and not American? In WHERE-DA-WHITE-WOMEN-AT NEWS, American white fixation Amanda Knox and cohort have been set free in Italy, leaving authorities to wonder who else could have scrubbed the murder scene with bleach, contrived it to look like a break in, while the pair were home, among the many incriminating clues. Have you noticed that when affluent white people are accused, the investigation is always "botched," police are always biased, and victims turn out to be of ill repute? For accused black men like Troy Davis on the other hand, it's the chair. The arrest of Egyptian dictator Hosni Mubarak and his wife suggest you can also keep a physician on hand to divert jail time to the nearest hospital.

Will state of Georgia murder Troy Davis tomorrow in your name racist America?

The state of Georgia is about to murder the likely innocent Troy Davis in somebody’s name. By now you've probably been alerted that Davis is scheduled to be executed for the 1989 shooting of a Savannah policeman, despite witnesses having now recanted and another having implicated himself. Supporters are rallying to ask for clemency for Davis, arguing there is insufficient evidence to uphold the death sentence. So far Georgia's obstinate. A stay of execution has just been denied. Any link to the state's lion's share of the nation's black population behind bars? Or being second only to Mississippi in number of racial lynchings? Since 1882: 492 versus 539, out of total 3,446.

Huckabee out, Trump out; Obama too can bow out, has same nothing to offer

IN LIGHT OF TERM 2008-2011, IDEA FOR OBAMA 2012: If you're neither going to close Guantanamo NOW, unmake war, support popular uprisings against authoritarianism, intercede with the environment, challenge corporate malfeasance, rein in the banksters, reverse class inequality, repeal the Patriot Act, reestablish transparency, restore justice, nor even reignite faith in American democratic righteousness, MIGHT I SUGGEST YOU DECLINE presuming to need a second term? Because really, what is it you propose you have to offer?

No America, justice has not been done

This didn't always need explaining-- lynching and body snatching are INJUSTICES. There used to be an understanding of what "taking the law into your own hands" meant. Killing someone outright doesn't bring them to justice, and I'm not alone to assert that killing someone -even after a trial- is premeditated murder. We're not hearing any such voices on the media unfortunately. Even in the days of mob lynching, the crowd once drained of its blood-lust would sober to the crime it committed, often masked. That said, the press has always responded with statements of pitiable glee. In Colorado, even the most gruesome lynchings, race-related and otherwise, prompted congratulatory editorials from the Colorado Springs Gazette, the Rocky Mountain News and the rest. However, political leaders were usually more careful not to be celebrating extra-judicial revenge killing. 24075

Crime and Punishment and The CSCS Baby Killing Award

Tony wrote a piece about the ambiguous nature of prosecution in America, a DA can decline to prosecute anybody, or so it seeeeeeeems and somebody felt it amusing to write in offering to have sex with him. On the other hand, this month a Mass Murderer is coming to Colorado Springs with warrants for his arrest on war crimes... And the CSPD are going to protect him as usual and the "Christian" leaders are going to give his coward ass a medal, and the District Attorney is going to stand ready to prosecute anybody who disrupts the disgusting worship of Babykilling. And any so-called "Impartial" Judge in the state will join right in and "impartially" find him guilty before the "Impartial" hearing starts, and if the fellow is REALLY unfortunate he'll have to depend on the "Public Pretender" defense attorney who actually works for the same prosecution/police state the Judge and cops and District Attorney work for. The same Power Cartel who, under the leadership of such coward scumsuckers as George Bush and Sarah Palin and with the support of the Blasphemers at Colorado Springs Christian School and many others, also make war on people whose nations aren't legally under their control, like Iraq.

Should local Israel boycott arrestees face wrongful charges alone, without your support or media scrutiny?

COLORADO SPRINGS- There's a plan tomorrow, Thursday Jan 6 at 1:30, for the first court appearance of BDS activists Cyndy Kulp and Ted Nace, arrested in November at a local shopping center, and charged with trespass to curtail their free speech. THE PLAN is for the two Middle East Peace Project activists to follow legal procedures unobtrusively, no press, no statements, no calling attention to the Israeli war crime they were protesting, or now the patently unconstitutional abridgment of their civil liberties. Self-censorship does seem odd when the original goal was to raise public outcry about injustice in Palestine. Isn't media scrutiny otherwise the only opportunity which knocks when you're gagged by wrongful arrest? Not much of a plan. Are veteran BDS campaigners Coloradans For Peace going to disrupt tomorrow's agenda to sweep BDS/Free-Speech under the rug? HELL YES. 21259

Nominate Julian Assange for a Nobel? Time Person of the Year? No, jail him.

I Am Just Sick. Julian Assange arrested, denied bail, confined to a UK jail cell deemed unsuitable for Bush, Blair or their murderous peers. Britain even assured Israel that its war criminals could visit England without fear of politically motivated arrest warrants. So much for the Assange-is-Mossad rumor. Arrested for what? Publishing evidence of governments conspiring against their peoples' interests, in their own words? Really, what's next for our pretense of Democracy? 20743

Ghailani innocence proves Guantanamo can’t trust US civilian courts to uphold terrorism threat charade

Guantanamo detainee Ahmed Khalfan Ghailani was acquitted of all significant terrorism charges. The victory/defeat is being hailed as a setback to efforts to close the illegal US detention facility. Come again? Apparently President Obama can end torture renditions to Guantanamo if he can be assured that kangaroo courts elsewhere can keep the alleged evildoers from roaming free. OR Ghailani's acquittal could cement the precedence set by the hundreds of innocents already released from US extrajudicial detention, that not even a court of law will assert these men are guilty. America's Islamic-blood-thirsty press, led by NYT, WP & LAT, are whining that Ghailani's confession was determined inadmissible because it was obtained under torture, or as they put it, "torture."

War Criminals Bush and Cheney coming to the Broadmoor, Oct 4-5, bring shoes!

Should-be jailbirds Darth Cheney and Dubya Bush are coming to Colorado Springs! Monday Oct. 4 and Tuesday Oct. 5 respectively. Each will be the day's 8:30 AM keynote speaker at the Annual Insurance Leadership Forum held in the Broadmoor Rocky Mountain Ballroom. Coloradans For Peace will host a standing room only reception outside, starting both days at 7:30 AM. If you can't muster tar and feathers, bring shoes! 20103

A year later, Briseña Flores still dead, Minutemen still unpunished.

That would include the three trigger pullers, and also their accomplices, including their Fellow Travellers in the Ku Klux Klan, the American National Socialist White Person's Party, the Tea Party and the Republican Party. The listed groups have common leadership and even at the Astroturf Roots level, common members. This RACIST murder of two Americans, one of them a CHILD of 9 years, is being denied as such, by the Tea Party and their ilk... but it's THEIR racism that enables murders and other hate crimes. The Hate Speech of the Republican and Tea Party spokesPukes at Fox News. One of their highly paid liars actually ran for Vice President recently. To celebrate the anniversary of the event, albeit a week and a half late, Racist Border Patrol THUGS murdered a teenager in Ciudad Juarez, Chihuahua, Mexico, firing from the "American" side of the border. 17908

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