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NYT: Officers Had No Duty to Protect Students in Parkland Massacre, Judge Rules


A lot of people don't believe this is true, but it is. I'm grateful for every LEO who does confront active shooters even though they are not legally obligated to do so. They do it to save lives.

Officers Had No Duty to Protect Students in Parkland Massacre, Judge Rules

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/12/18/us/parkland-shooting-lawsuit-ruling-police.html?fbclid=IwAR2qB_3ZfNN6v2P4n_Rf78LXipBJNL2SJMbNgNoBbDylAzFZIJsRWcR_ts4

The school district and sheriff’s office in the Florida county that is home to Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School had no constitutional duty to protect the students there during the deadly February massacre, a federal judge has said in a ruling.

The decision was made in a lawsuit filed by 15 students who said they suffered trauma during the Feb. 14 attack in Parkland, Fla. A total of 17 students and staff members lost their lives; 17 others were injured.

Prosecutors are seeking the death penalty for Nikolas Cruz, 20, the former Stoneman Douglas student who is accused of opening fire at the school on Valentine’s Day. He has pleaded not guilty, but his lawyers have said he would plead guilty in exchange for a life sentence.

The Dec. 12 ruling, by Judge Beth Bloom, came on the same day that a county judge, Patti Englander Henning, came to the opposite conclusion. Judge Henning found that Scot Peterson, the armed sheriff’s deputy who heard the gunfire but did not run in and try to stop the attack, did have an obligation to confront Mr. Cruz.

Today is the Day Georgians can Undo Brian Kemp's Voter Suppression Efforts


I'm sure every Georgia on this board is voting in the runoff election, but just in case you forgot -- Go Vote!

You vote are your usual election day polling place (not early voting places). Today. Now.

https://www.motherjones.com/politics/2018/12/a-runoff-election-tuesday-could-reverse-brian-kemps-voter-suppression-in-georgia/?fbclid=IwAR1SOgVwH_wrEvxbe0lDxCueLfqDsP1hfJTqZsvjXTL44W3VtWkhMw52kXA

Barrow, 63, calls himself “the most gerrymandered member of Congress in history.” His personal experience dealing with attempts to manipulate state voting laws led him to run this year for Georgia secretary of state, in a bid to become the state’s top election official. He trailed on Election Day by just 19,000 votes to Republican state Rep. Brad Raffensperger, but because neither candidate won an outright majority, a runoff election on Tuesday will decide the race—and the fate of Georgia’s suppressive voting practices.

“For many years, most folks haven’t put much thought into the office of Secretary of State,” Barrow wrote in the Atlanta Journal-Constitution after the election’s first round. “But on November 6th, all of us received a civics lesson on the importance of this office.”

He was referring to the controversial actions of Georgia’s previous secretary of state, Brian Kemp, who instituted a series of policies that made it harder to vote while overseeing his own election for governor against Democrat Stacey Abrams, which he won by a slim margin. (Two days after the election, amid charges of conflicts of interest, Kemp declared victory—although the race had yet to be called—and stepped down as secretary of state.) That included purging more than 2.2 million people from the voting rolls from 2012 to 2018, putting 53,000 voter registration applications on hold, and advising counties on how to close 214 polling places since the 2012 presidential election. These efforts disproportionately hurt voters of color, and Abrams said that allowed Kemp to “tilt the playing field in his favor.”

Barrow, 63, calls himself “the most gerrymandered member of Congress in history.” He has vowed to reverse Kemp’s voting restrictions. Barrow has vowed to reverse Kemp’s voting restrictions. He called Kemp’s voter purging “plainly illegal” and wrote in the AJC, “Any thing we do that makes it harder than necessary for honest citizens to register, stay registered, or vote undermines their right to vote.” He wants to get rid of Georgia’s electronic voting machines, which are vulnerable to election hacking, and replace them with paper ballots. His other immediate priority is to implement automatic voter registration to make it easier for voters to register and stay on the rolls.
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