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WhiskeyGrinder's Journal
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June 20, 2017

Case file in Castile shooting is made public (dash cam footage)


Warning: Graphic.

Authorities on Tuesday released graphic dashcam footage of officer Jeronimo Yanez firing seven shots into Philando Castile's car last year, killing him as viewers watched the aftermath on Facebook Live.

The video and other data collected in the investigation was released following Yanez's acquittal last Friday in the July 6 killing that thrust Minnesota into the national debate over police use of force and racial profiling.

The video released by the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension (BCA) and Ramsey County Attorney's office starts about 9:05 p.m. as Yanez activates his squad lights to pull Castile over on Larpenteur Avenue near Fry Street in Falcon Heights for a nonworking brake light, and to see if he is the suspect in an armed robbery from four days earlier. Radio traffic said Yanez pulled over Castile because of they "just look like people that were involved in a robbery" because of Castile's "wide set nose."

The routine traffic stop turns deadly in about a minute. Yanez said he shot Castile seven times because he believed Castile was reaching for a firearm that he told the officer he had. In an interview with the BCA, Yanez said he assumed Castile would be reckless because he smelled marijuana.
June 20, 2017

RIGGED: Forced into debt. Worked past exhaustion. Left with nothing.


A yearlong investigation by the USA TODAY Network found that port trucking companies in southern California have spent the past decade forcing drivers to finance their own trucks by taking on debt they could not afford. Companies then used that debt as leverage to extract forced labor and trap drivers in jobs that left them destitute.

If a driver quit, the company seized his truck and kept everything he had paid towards owning it.

If drivers missed payments, or if they got sick or became too exhausted to go on, their companies fired them and kept everything. Then they turned around and leased the trucks to someone else.

Drivers who manage to hang on to their jobs sometimes end up owing money to their employers – essentially working for free. Reporters identified seven different companies that have told their employees they owe money at week’s end.

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This is a devastating piece that requires a long read. The details, stats and stories are infuriating. Our economy is subsidized on the backs of people all down the line, all in the name of cheap goods for the tyranny of the Consumer. Please do read it.
June 19, 2017

US citizen Otto Warmbier dies after being released by North Korea


Otto Warmbier, an American college student who was imprisoned in North Korea and returned to his home state of Ohio in a coma last week, has died, his family said.

Last Thursday, a University of Cincinnati Medical Center spokesman said Warmbier had suffered a severe neurological injury and was in stable condition.

In its first official comment since Warmbier was returned home, North Korea said it released him for humanitarian reasons. The state-run Korean Central News Agency on Thursday did not comment on his medical condition.
June 9, 2017

May reaches deal with DUP to form government after shock election result

Source: The Guardian

Theresa May has struck a deal with the Democratic Unionists that will allow her to form a government, sources have confirmed.

The prime minister is expected to see the Queen at about 12.30pm on Friday to confirm that a deal is in place.

It follows extensive talks with the DUP late into the night. Party figures say they have been driven on by their dismay at the possibility of Jeremy Corbyn becoming prime minister.

DUP figures insist their relationship with May’s team has been close since she became prime minister 11 months ago.

Read more: https://www.theguardian.com/politics/2017/jun/09/theresa-may-reaches-deal-with-dup-to-form-government-after-shock-election-result-northern-ireland?CMP=share_btn_fb

No word yet whether it's a formal coalition or an understanding.

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