Adams agrees his findings merely confirm what many considered obvious: Americans don’t like it when challenged by paramilitary police, and such encounters may induce even relatively mellow protestors to decidedly aggro behavior.
“But the value of this study is that it is based on evidence, not intuition,” he observes. “It identifies violence when it is strategic—that is, when police deliberately show up in military gear with an intention to raid or confront aggressively. And it tracks confrontation and response across timelines—who does what to whom, and when. We were able to identify those points when violence escalated, and we were able to determine the contributing factors.
Wilmer Irías-Palma is days away from being deported from the country by Immigration and Customs Enforcement, even though his civil rights complaint alleging ICE used racial profiling to nab him remains under investigation.
Irías-Palma was told Tuesday morning that he and his wife would be deported Friday.
The news came a day after his wife appeared at a Washington, D.C., news conference in support of workers rights and met with advocates discussing how to get protection for immigrants illegally here with civil rights complaints.
“We think this is obvious retaliation,” said Jennifer Rosenbaum, legal and policy director for New Orleans Workers Center for Racial Justice.
A judge has thrown out Insane Clown Posse’s lawsuit against the FBI, saying the government has every right to categorize the band’s fans as gang members. The suit stemmed from a 2011 report that the law enforcement organization had tagged Juggalos as a “loosely organized hybrid gang”—something both Juggalos and ICP members Shaggy 2 Dope and Violent J didn’t appreciate. ICP has tried to sue the FBI twice, asking to declare it illegal for the bureau to draw parallels between the Psychopathic Records crew and known criminal organizations.
File under chilling effect.
Then again, it’s hard to feel bad for politically apathetic people like juggalos.
King City’s longtime former police chief, Nick Baldiviez, current acting police chief, Bruce Miller, and five others were arrested in a major corruption bust Tuesday morning.
Monterey County District Attorney Dean Flippo said King City’s top law enforcers became lawbreakers when they orchestrated a scheme victimizing the most vulnerable residents in King City.
"The victims were economically disadvantaged persons of Hispanic descent who were targeted by having their vehicles impounded, towed and stored by Miller’s Towing," Flippo said.
So there are worse things than being known as a bad speed trap.