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Fox News runs digitally altered images in coverage of Seattle’s protests, Capitol Hill Autonomous Zone

Fox News published digitally altered and misleading photos on stories about Seattle’s Capitol Hill Autonomous Zone (CHAZ) in what photojournalism experts called a clear violation of ethical standards for news organizations.

As part of a package of stories Friday about the zone, where demonstrators have taken over several city blocks on Capitol Hill after Seattle police abandoned the East Precinct, Fox’s website for much of the day featured a photo of a man standing with a military-style rifle in front of what appeared to be a smashed retail storefront.

For context and comparison.

(David Bythewood) #162

Another black man shot down in Atlanta.
Rayshard Brooks was gunned down after police were called on him for sleeping in a Wendy’s drive-thru. He understandably wrestled with the officers when they tazed him, but was unarmed and fleeing when they put three bullets in his back.

Meanwhile, cop killer Steven Carrillo was taken alive:


Next week’s cover issue ‘Say their names’

Kadir Nelson’s “Say Their Names” | The New Yorker


London Breed pushes San Francisco reforms: Police no longer will respond to noncriminal calls

San Francisco police officers will be replaced with trained, unarmed professionals to respond to calls for help on noncriminal matters involving mental health, the homeless, school discipline and neighbor disputes, as part of a new wave of police reforms.

That change and others, which will be implemented over the coming months, are part of a plan by Mayor London Breed to try to reduce police confrontations with the community. Breed unveiled her proposals after weeks of massive protests over the May 25 police killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis.

“San Francisco has made progress reforming our police department, but we know that we still have significant work to do,” Breed said. “We know that a lack of equity in our society overall leads to a lot of the problems that police are being asked to solve.”

Of all the Mayors, Breed has notably shown some of the strongest leadership, through both the coronavirus lock downs and the police brutality protests. Super fan, or as the young say, I stan.

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Woman apologizes after backlash from confronting homeowner

Bubba Wallace emerges as NASCAR’s improbable yet ideally suited change agent

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Police retract claims that Seattle’s ‘Capitol Hill Autonomous Zone’ protesters tried to extort local businesses

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Man Found Hanging From A Tree In Houston Days After Similar Instances In L.A. | National | BET


Trump’s comments on what he plans to do with his “Law and Order pitch” Executive Order he’s signing today.

This is the most controversial - gives police that same option, I had to protect myself.

Yes - campaign-speak

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The FBI is involved in how these hanging deaths occurred…Very sad news…and confounding how and why these happened.

When Malcolm Harsch, a 38-year-old Black man, was found hanging from a tree in Victorville two weeks ago, authorities said they saw no evidence of foul play.

A week later, when Robert Fuller, another Black man, was discovered hanging from a tree in Palmdale, the initial cause of death was listed as suicide.

But after protests and questions in the two deaths, the FBI announced Monday that it was examining both cases.

Local authorities say both the Fuller and Harsch cases remain under investigation.

Robert Fuller

Fuller’s family and friends described him as a peacemaker, a street-smart man with shoulder-length dreadlocks and a bright smile who loved music, anime and video games and mostly stayed to himself. Days before he died, he attended a Black Lives Matter protest.

His body was found by a passerby at 3:39 a.m. Wednesday, a time when Fuller would never have been out, said Tommie Anderson, 21, a close friend since high school.

“For my best friend to be gone, it’s hurting me,” said Anderson, who was wearing a T-shirt depicting one of Fuller’s favorite characters from the Japanese anime TV series “Dragon Ball Z.”

Fuller was too large and too muscular for the thin tree to support his weight for long, she said. And he was too tall to hang from its lowest branches.

For people to say he did this, this wasn’t Robert,” Anderson said. “For him to tie himself to that tree, it’s not possible.”

Malcolm Harsch

The Victorville Fire Department discovered Harsch’s body May 31 after receiving a dispatch call around 7 a.m., officials said. When firefighters arrived at the library, they found Harsch hanging from a nearby tree.

On Monday, the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department offered more details about what happened, saying deputies were were called to a homeless encampment regarding Harsch.

“The caller said she and [her] boyfriend, later identified as Malcolm Harsch, had been together during the morning, but she had since returned to her tent for a short period of time. She was alerted by others in the encampment that Mr. Harsch was found hanging from a tree and cut down. People in the encampment were performing CPR, attempting to revive Mr. Harsch,” the statement said.

Upon arrival, deputies immediately took over and continued CPR. Emergency medical personnel arrived on scene a short time later, and despite additional lifesaving efforts, pronounced Mr. Harsch deceased,” officials added.

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More on Steven Carrillo… who had an accomplice, it seems.


This guy was the LEADER of a highly trained US Air Force security team that guards aircraft in high terrorist and high crime areas overseas.

And he became a domestic terrorist instead.

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Tell Siri you’re getting pulled over and this iPhone shortcut will record your interaction with the police

A black officer stepped in when a white cop had a suspect in a chokehold. She was fired and the city wants an investigation

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The Trump campaign is selling onesies that say ‘Baby Lives Matter’ in the same style as the ‘Black Lives Matter’ slogan

This is either pandering to his “pro-life” brigade or to the crazy “globalist pedophile ring” nuts, I don’t know which. Or both.



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Clearly some white supremacists are signalling their true feelings. Awful.

Oakland residents found a body hanging in effigy on Thursday, one day after the mayor addressed reports of knotted ropes resembling nooses hanging near the city’s Lake Merritt.

The Oakland Police Department is working with the FBI to investigate the latest incident.

According to a police department statement, a witness called at 8:20 Thursday morning to report “a fake body hanging from a noose.” The witness removed the body from the tree before the police arrived.

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This might be the most obscene and insane suggestion since “crisis actors.”

Mark Taylor Says Black Men Are Hanging Themselves to Stoke Racial Division and Prevent Trump’s Reelection

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This hits home, literally; this is my town.

Hopkins Park Band Shell defaced with pro-Trump and “All Lives Matter” graffiti overnight ahead of tonight’s Black Lives Matter townhall


Air Force Investigates Military Planes That Monitored Protesters

The Air Force inspector general is investigating whether the military improperly used a little-known reconnaissance plane to monitor protests in Washington and Minneapolis this month, the Air Force said on Thursday.

The inquiry was apparently prompted by lawmakers who expressed concerns to Pentagon officials that the use of military surveillance airplanes may have violated the civil liberties of the mostly peaceful protesters demonstrating against the police killings of African-Americans.

“Following discussions with the secretary of defense about shared concerns, the secretary of the Air Force is conducting an investigation into the use of Air National Guard RC-26 aircraft to support civil authorities during recent protest activity in U.S. cities,” Brig. Gen. Patrick S. Ryder, the chief Air Force spokesman, said in response to questions from The New York Times.

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As protests spread to small-town America, militia groups respond with armed intimidation and online threats

Public Enemy return with explosive new anti-Trump song, ‘State of the Union (STFU)’

“‘State of the Union (STFU)’ speaks truth to power while urging people to fight against racism, injustice and oppression with their vote”