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[KS] Police Officer Tahah killed his ex-girlfriend Erin Jones – and now gets a new trial offering him lesser charges

Friday, September 30th, 2011

Erin LeeAnn (Wade) Jones
(March 2, 1976 - May 5, 2007)

Erin was shot and killed by ex-boyfriend, Dodge City Kansas Police Officer Christopher "Chris" Tahah. He was sentenced to life in prison for murder, with no chance of parole for 20 years - but now...

...
The Kansas Supreme Court ruled Friday that the jury should have been told to consider lesser offenses including second degree murder and involuntary manslaughter...


Before he had a chance to delete his Myspace page, it was screen-captured.
His ominous message there on the day he killed Erin:

"You Reaped the Whirlwind,
Here Comes the Thunder....
I'm Comin' ,
and Hell's Comin'
with Me!!!"

Click photo to see larger.
(Tahah appears to have combined quotes from a video game and movie.)


FORMER COP GETS NEW TRIAL IN FATAL SHOOTING OF EX-GIRLFRIEND
KSN
September 30, 2011
[Excerpts] A former Dodge City police officer will receive a new trial on charges that he shot and killed his ex-girlfriend. Christopher Tahah was convicted of felony murder, for the May 4, 2007 shooting death of Erin Jones. Tahah admitted he went to her home to kill her in a jealous rage but claims he reconsidered at the last minute before his rifle went off accidentally. The Kansas Supreme Court ruled Friday that the jury should have been told to consider lesser offenses including second degree murder and involuntary manslaughter... "That means even though the theory is felony murder, if there's evidence to suggest a lesser degree of homicide than the jury must consider that lesser crime," said KSN legal analyst Dan Monnat... [Full article here]


Erin's sister:
"You didn't care that she was a daughter, you didn't care that she was a mother... You didn't care that she was a sister and a great friend. You only cared that she didn't want you, and you wanted to make sure no one else could have her."

Erin's father:
"I want it to be known that we found out later that Erin was absolutely scared to death of Mr. Tahah. And when I found out she had died by his hand, it absolutely tore me apart."




KANSAS SUPREME COURT ORDERS NEW TRIAL IN 2007 HOMICIDE
Dodge City Daily Globe
Sep 30, 2011
[Excerpts] ...Christopher Tahah was convicted in 2008 of shooting and killing his former girlfriend, Erin Jones, the year before. The shooting followed a night of drinking by Tahah the night of the Greensburg tornado on May 4, 2007. But in a 6-1 decision, the state's highest court ordered a new trial... The ruling added instructions that would permit the jury to consider the lesser included offenses of second-degree reckless murder or involuntary manslaughter, based on Tahah's testimony that his rifle accidentally discharged while he had it pointed at Jones from her backyard... [Full article here]


NEW TRIAL ORDERED FOR DODGE CITY MAN CONVICTED OF 2007 MURDER
KWCH 12 Eyewitness News
By Robert Marin
September 30, 2011
[Excerpts] The Kansas Supreme Court orders a new trial for a former Dodge City Police Officer convicted of murder, saying jurors should have been allowed to consider lesser charges... In a dissenting opinion Justice Eric S. Rosen said there was "no evidence, when viewed in the light most favorable to Tahah, on which a reasonable jury could convict Tahah of either of the requested lesser included instructions beyond a reasonable doubt"... [Full article here]

PREVIOUS POSTS:
  • [KS] Goodbye Erin - 31-year-old mother of two, beloved by many, Erin LeeAnn Wade Jones was murdered earlier this month...
  • [KS] Slain Erin's deputy ex-boyfriend facing 1st degree murder - "I was telling myself this was no good. As I was lowering the gun, a round went off," Tahah said. Tahah also told Kendrick that he was upset with Jones because she did not give him a good reason for breaking up with him...
  • [KS] Today fired Officer Tahah was convicted of murdering his ex, Erin - ... He said he drove out to the scenic overlook near the Dodge City Regional Airport to watch a lightning storm, fell asleep and didn't wake up until about 3:35 a.m. After waking, Tahah said he drove by Jones' house again and saw that her friend had left, so he went back to his apartment. The next day, he learned that Jones was dead. "How did you react?" said Tahah's attorney, Peter Orsi. "I was shocked," Tahah replied. "I broke down and started crying"...
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Sheriff Arpaio to confront “Chalk the Police” Protestor

Friday, September 30th, 2011

  Sheriff Arpaio to confront “Chalk the Police”  Protestor

Freedom’s Phoenix has confirmed reports that Joe Arpaio, sheriff of Maricopa County, AZ, will be on scene for the “Chalk the Police” event taking place at the jail tomorrow. His department issues this news brief yesterday:

Joe Arpaio, Sheriff
News Brief

September 29th, 2011

Sheriff Arpaio to confront “Chalking the Police” Protestors

(Maricopa County) Sheriff’s intelligence indicates a planned protest in front of the
Fourth Avenue Jail on Saturday October 1st at 10:00am. Protestors will be
performing a “Chalk the Police” protest where they plan to write messages
regarding police abuse on the sidewalk.

Sheriff Arpaio will personally be on scene at Fourth Avenue Jail to confront the
activists and says, “Anyone breaking the law will be arrested and booked into jail”.

Sheriff Arpaio will also have his chain gang on site to clean up any damage caused
by the protestors.

I think Joe is hilarious. He credit his “intelligence” for finding a public Facebook event and press releases, then brags about how his chain gang will clean it up. The chain gang is not his personal army, to do as he says. That’s cruel and unusual punishment. It also goes to show Joe’s mindset, instead of asking those who chalk to clean it up, he forces other in a chain gang to do it. WOW.

Please call Joe, 602.876.1801, and tell him chalking is not a crime, I’m sure he has more important things to do (like harassing brown people).

Best of luck to our Phoenix friends. We look forward to the video and will be watching.

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CDCR Bans Lawyers: TAKE ACTION NOW!

Friday, September 30th, 2011

Prisoner Hunger Strike Solidarity released this press release today after two staff lawyers of the mediation team have been banned from contacting the hunger strikers.

We are currently appealing the ban to Governor Brown and will release the letter we have written his office on Monday.

We’re asking ALL supporters to pressure Governor Brown to ensure the CDCR implement the changes set forth in the prisoners’ five core demands and that the CDCR cease ALL retaliation on hunger strikers. Click here for phone numbers & a sample script.


Occupy Wall Street: Strike The Root! Video Contest

Friday, September 30th, 2011

This post is current as of 3PM EST Friday, Sept. 30th – updates (additional sponsors, prize money, judges added, etc.) will be added to this related page: Occupy Wall Street: Strike The Root

There are a thousand hacking at the branches of evil to one who is striking at the root.
- Henry David Thoreau

Striking the root is a concept advocated by abolitionist, individualist anarchist and trancendetalist Henry David Thoreau. He believed that striking the cause (the “root”) was preferable to hacking at the effects (the “branches”).

The effects of corporatism and subsequent gaps in wealth that exist between the haves and have nots are obvious. Those active with Occupy Wall know this better than most. However, to not recognize that these are only things that stem from a root cause is to unfortunately miss the matter.

What is that root? It is the state, that group of individuals who claim a monopoly on the use of “legitimate” violence within a geographic location. Is it not the state that “permits” corporate class plunder? One must focus on the state and not just its allied corporate class.

OccupyWallSt.com describes Occupy Wall Street as a:

leaderless resistance movement with people of many colors, genders and political persuasions. The one thing we all have in common is that We Are The 99% that will no longer tolerate the greed and corruption of the 1%.

Occupy Wall Street: Strike The Root! aims to speak to these people. They are already disillusioned with the Statist Quo. They know things are messed-up. But many (- not all!) focus their attention on berating corporations and banks. Do people operating corporations and banks do fucked up shit? Yes. But that’s only due to the existence of the great fiction of the State. It’s just classic rent-seeking.

Can YOU make a video that communicates the ideas of
complete liberty to those at the Occupy Wall Street protests? Do it!

If you’re following the Occupy Wall Street developments you understand the protest and its potential. You know that almost without exception those on the ground are driven by noble intentions, to live in a freer, more prosperous world. Through video, communicate to them how that is best achieved.

Criteria:

  • The names of sponsors (listed below) must be included in the video for a minimum of ten seconds (all the organizational names can be put on the same screen)
  • Save for YouTube’s 15min-max, there are no other constraints, so be creative!

Prizes:

  • Best video – 2/3 the total raised for the Occupy Wall Street: Strike The Root! video contest
  • Runner-up video – 1/3 the total raised for the Occupy Wall Street: Strike The Root! video contest

Judges:

deadline 300x102 Occupy Wall Street: Strike The Root! Video ContestDeadline:

  • 11:55PM EST on Sunday, Oct. 16th
  • Post your video on your own outlet & email us a link with “Occupy Wall Street: Strike The Root” in the subject line
  • Questions? We’re here: OperationStrikeTheRoot [at] gmail.com (replace the “[at]” with “@”)

Money:

CURRENT POT: $300

  • Each of the sponsors below have already contributed $100 toward the Occupy Wall Street: Strike The Root! video contest (CopBlock & LibertyOnTour donated $100 together)
  • If YOU think this is a worthwhile investment, a good bang-for-your-buck, please considering donating as well. All funds will go to the winners. Think of this as an X Prize or crowdsourcing at its finest – we’re a community after all!
pixel Occupy Wall Street: Strike The Root! Video Contest

 

Video Posting:

  • Winners will be announced by 3PM EST on Tuesday, Oct. 18th
  • The videos chosen as “best” or “runner-up” will be posted on the respective YouTube channels of all the sponsors
  • Attribution will be given in each video description and the announcement post (if your video is selected we’ll contact you – you can choose to share whatever you like – remain anonymous, provide your full name and a paragraph overview about yourself, your aims, your projects, or anything in-between

Resources:

More resources:

 

Sponsors:

  • Cop Block 140x100 Occupy Wall Street: Strike The Root! Video ContestCop Block
    Cop Block is a decentralized project supported by a diverse group of individuals united by their shared goals of police accountability, education of individual rights and the dissemination of effective tactics to utilize while filming police. We seek to highlight the double standard that some grant to those with badges. By documenting police actions whether they are illegal, immoral or just a waste of time and resources then calling the police stations involved (ideally while recording and then later sharing your conversation), we can work together to bring about transparency and have a real impact.
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    Freedoms Phoenix is the premier Freedom, Liberty, Peace and Love R3volution website in the world. Our network is re-igniting the flames of freedom one mind at a time. Today’s governmental structure is imploding under its own weight, and its death rattles aren’t going to be pretty. At Freedom’s Phoenix we observe, comment and try to stay out of the way. We know Freedom will rise from the ashes, and we want to make sure that everyone’s Freedom is never signed away again by those who believe they have the power to do so.
  • LOT Occupy Wall Street: Strike The Root! Video ContestLiberty On Tour
    Liberty on Tour couples on-the-road activism with new media to advance the voluntary society. Through in-person interactions, online networking and constantly-varying content, LOT advocates for self-government, personal responsibility and consensual interactions.
  • Strike The Root
    Strike The Root 140x100 Occupy Wall Street: Strike The Root! Video ContestStrike The Root is a daily journal of current events and commentary from a libertarian/market anarchist perspective. The mission of STR is to advance the cause of liberty, primarily by de-mystifying and de-legitimizing the State. STR seeks a world where people are free to live their lives as they see fit, as long as they don’t use force or fraud against peaceful people.

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Tomorrow is National Chalk the Police Day!

Friday, September 30th, 2011

chalk the police url Tomorrow is National Chalk the Police Day!

I wanted to take a moment to thank everyone in advance for making National Chalk the Police Day a success already. I realize this wasn’t the easiest line of activism or police accountability to sell but we’ve done well despite. There are sixteen cities par taking in this event, from San Diego, CA to Manchester, NH. I also wanted to pass along some tips for tomorrow events.

  • Chalking threats or violence will only take away from the message
  • Remember to remain calm, cool and collected with those around you
  • A common complaint of officers is blocking sidewalks, act accordingly
  • Have a video camera recording or easily accessible at all times
  • Signs, fliers and other materials will help
  • Send a National Chalk the Police Press Release to the media (and police)
  • Remember, be the change you want to see in the world, stay safe and Chalk the Police
One last thing, if local organizers, or attendees, want to update CopBlock’s Facebook page or Twitter (tweet @CopBlock) while their event takes place that would be great. We’ll also be looking for your videos on Youtube, or you can help by contacting us with links to your videos.
Related Links:
Copblocking-Lite: Public Safety Tradeshow [VIDEO] – Sept 28th
Dinner Invite: John Patti of Manch PD [VIDEO] – Sept 27th
Do You Have Your Chalk Ready?
 [VIDEO] – Sept 24th
CopBlocking Police Checkpoint – Manchester, NH
 [VIDEO] – Sept 16th
Manchester PD Inconsistant Enforcing Laws
 [VIDEO] – Sept 15th
National Chalk The Police press release
 – Sept 13th
Manchester PD Tickets MARV
 [VIDEO]- Sept. 13th
Meeting at Manchester, NH PD
 [VIDEO] – Sept 7th
Manchester PD & Bureaucrat Outreach
 [VIDEO]- Sept. 8th
Manch PD Violate Court Ruling
 [VIDEO] – Sept. 6th
Supporters Help CopBlock.org Bloggers -Sept. 4th
Copblockers Return to Manchester, Seek Justice press release
 – Aug. 31st
Court to police: Let the public videotape
 – Aug. 31st by The Union Leader
Appeals court says there’s a clearly established right to openly record police
 – Aug. 29th
Manch Arraignment & PD Follow-up
 [VIDEO] – June 7th 
Eight Arrested at Manchester, NH Pro-Police Accountability Rally [VIDEO] – June 5th
Eight arrested in protest of Manchester police – June 5th by The Union Leader
Cops bust cop-brutality protest
 [VIDEO] – June 4th by RidleyReport
Demonstration at the Manchester Police Station
 – June 4th event on Facebook
LOT Watches The Watchmen – June 3rd press release
Calling All Manchester Activists
 – May 31st
Attorney General clears officers involved in Strange Brew incident – May 27th by The Union Leader
SWAT team had relieved city force – May 10th by The Union Leader

Tomorrow is National Chalk the Police Day! is a post from Cop Block - Badges Don't Grant Extra Rights

Marijuana legalization

Friday, September 30th, 2011

Since marijuana’s first recorded use dating back five thousand years ago, it has never gained much popularity until the last century with prohibition and antiwar movements. Now, more than ever, propositions to legalize the plant have risen and been subject to controversy and heated debate. Marijuana is the most widely used drug in the United States and considered to be the most harmful by the government with its anti-marijuana stance and laws aimed at curtailing its use. With marijuana use rapidly growing, the United States national debt has never been so high, and the search for seemingly ‘incurable’ diseases raging on, marijuana has the potential to solve many problems if it were to be legalized.
Marijuana has been part of American culture ever since Thomas Jefferson smuggled hemp seeds out of France because he considered hemp vital to America. According to a national household survey an estimated sixty million Americans use marijuana occasionally or regularly. More than 800,000 marijuana users are arrested each year. The main reason marijuana is currently outlawed is money. The government earns revenue from prosecuting users, jobs will be lost in “law-enforcement-judiciary-penal systems” and scientists will lose millions of dollars in grants aimed at searching for the negative effects of marijuana.
“Recently, many of these same researchers have changed their opinions as they see development opportunities and hard evidence supporting marijuana’s medical uses,” says Ed Rosenthal, author of dozen books ranging from cultivating to the social policy of Marijuana, adding, “Two other related and very influential groups are the liquor lobby and pharmaceutical companies…Marijuana legalization would cut deeply into their profits by making available a competing product that can be produced with ease by anyone with a plot of land… however the companies can not make any profit because the raw herb cannot be patented.” (Rosenthal, 2004, p.x)

Basic research will show that legalizing this plant can benefit our country whether you smoke it or not. A simple lesson in supply and demand will show that legalizing marijuana would create a significant drop in price due to the elimination of the risk factors of growing and also selling paraphernalia. When the alcohol prohibition ended, the price dropped to a third of its prohibition cost. A study done by the Task Force on Cannabis Regulation to the Center for the Study of Drug Policy-Regulation and Taxation of Cannabis Commerce reveals that legalization could open up a tax revenue stream for governments. Licensing, taxing, and fees could generate up to 7 billion dollars a year not including the taxes on sales of paraphernalia, recreational establishments and new industries according to a study by the Congressional Budget Office with state sales tax being the factor in determining basic revenue. (Drug Policy Task Force, 1996, para. VIII)
Marijuana prosecution and defense lawyers profit the most on marijuana laws; some earning as much as $5,000 for a simple possession bust and up to $20,000 for being busted with intent to distribute according to an interview with your average lawyer. If you are caught with any amount of marijuana in a plastic bag you could be labeled a distributor. According to one Wisconsin flower grower, “A few marijuana plants can double my income and increase my net several times. It would seem that allowing farmers to grow marijuana would not only help save many small farms but also provide many new jobs, since marijuana farming and preparation are very labor intensive.” Rosenthal adds, “A marijuana garden of one-hundred square feet can earn $30,000-$50,000 because a single 1,000-watt lamp garden can produce an average of 6 pounds of pot per year, which is worth $12,000-$16,000.”(Rosenthal, 2003, p.27) The United States could greatly benefit from the sales of hemp which it spends billions on importing; in fact, the United States is the number one importer of hemp products. In 2001, an estimated 7.7 billion dollars was spent by the Government enforcing marijuana laws; the cost to taxpayers for persons imprisoned for marijuana charges was $1.3 billion (Marijuana Policy Project, 2000). The Government also reserves the right to seize all property and your assets if you are busted for growing marijuana.
The Fourth Amendment gives people the right to be “secure in their persons, houses, papers and effects against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated and no warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized”. Under marijuana laws and the relatively new Patriot Act, we are not safe against unreasonable search and seizure any more.
According to attorney Glen Bloire: “In addition to taking your cash and your car, the state and federal governments can take your home and real property. Under federal law, cultivation of marijuana is a felony punishable by more than one year in prison, so the federal government can seize your home and real property even if a single cannabis plant is found on the property. Even if the marijuana was solely for your own personal use and not for sale, it can form the basis for property forfeiture under federal law.”(Bloire, 1992, p.30)
Rosenthal lists a number of things the government may do to you if you are convicted of a marijuana crime
“Forfeiture of Assets: Eighty percent of the people whose assets are seized by the federal government under drug laws are never formally charged with a crime.
Suspension of Driver’s License: Many states now mandate a six-month driver’s license suspension if you are convicted of possession of any amount of marijuana. Loss of Custody: If you are convicted of some marijuana offenses, the state can force you to surrender custody of your children. Loss of livelihood: A number of states revoke professional licenses of convicted marijuana offenders. This affects doctors, lawyers, state licensed plumbers, beauticians, educators, etc. If you are in the military expect an automatic discharge. Revocation of Benefits: Student loans and public housing are two of the multitude of federal benefits that may be taken away from you if you are convicted of a marijuana crime. Over 43,000 of the student applicants for federal grants, work-study programs, or subsidized loans were rejected because of a prior conviction for drugs.” (Rosenthal, 2003, p11)
At the start of the war on drugs in 1981 the government created a budget of 1 billion dollars for the government crackdown on illegal substances and it has increased to 19 billion dollars under president George W. Bush. U.S. Drug Czar John P. Walters and the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) have been given the power to use military spy planes to wage war on American citizens in order to throw them in jail. According to the FBI, in 1994 there were 481,098 arrests for marijuana; in 2000 there were 734,500 arrests. Approximately 20 percent of the federal prison population was made up of marijuana offenders. The Federal Government will not speculate on the number of arrests made of persons under 21; however, in 1981, 49 percent of those arrested were under 21. (Office of National Drug Control Policy, 2002)
On September 18, 1969, Judge Charles Halleck of the District Court of General Sessions had this to say about why he no longer sends youths to jail for marijuana crimes.
“If I send a [long-haired marijuana offender] to jail even for 30 days he is going to be the victim of the most brutal type of homosexual, unnatural, perverted assaults and attacks you can imagine, and anybody who tells you it doesn’t happen in the jail day in and day out is simply not telling you the truth…How can I send that kid to jail? I can’t do it. So I put him on probation or I suspend the sentence and everybody says the judge doesn’t care.” (Brecher, 1972, p, 471)
Marijuana laws are so absurd that the Government is sentencing those who are authorized by their state to grow medicinal marijuana. Roy Sharpnack was a medicinal marijuana user who was sentenced to five years in jail for cultivating marijuana crops though he obtained the correct paperwork by the state of California where medicinal marijuana is legal; however, the government still considers it illegal and reserves the right to arrest you. Donnie Clark, who served several years in jail for cultivating marijuana was retried by the government several years after serving his sentence under suspicion to grow one-million plants and was convicted to life in prison; after serving ten years in federal prison, Clark was pardoned by President Clinton before leaving office.
No argument for the legalization of marijuana is stronger than the medical benefits it provides.
“Nearly all medicines have toxic, potentially lethal effects. But marijuana is not such a substance. There is no record in the extensive medical literature describing a proven, documented cannabis-induced fatality…Marijuana, in its natural form, is one of the safest therapeutically active substances known to man,” says DEA Administrative Law Judge Francis L. Young
Marijuana is useful in treating the following conditions:

AIDS and Cancer: Marijuana reduces the nausea, vomiting and loss of appetite caused by both the ailment itself and as a side effect of treatment. Asthma: Several studies have shown that THC acts as a broncodilator and reverses bronchial constriction. Arthritis: In addition to its effectiveness in controlling the pain associated with arthritis, new evidence shows that marijuana is an autoimmune modulator. Depression and Other Mood Disorders: Marijuana has been shown to help dysphoria gently and naturally. Epilepsy: Marijuana is used as an adjunctive medicine to prevent epileptic seizures. Glaucoma: Marijuana can reduce intraocular pressure, alleviating pain and slowing the progress of the condition. Multiple Sclerosis: Marijuana limits the muscle pain and spasticity caused by the disease. Migraine Headaches: Marijuana not only relives pain, but also inhibits the release of serotonin during attacks. Paraplegia and Quadriplegia: Many paraplegic and quadriplegics have discovered that cannabis suppresses their muscle twitches and tremors. Pruritis: Marijuana can be used orally and topically and may be more effective than corticosteroids and antihistamines. Insomnia: Research shows pot can help people sleep without the side effects or tolerance problems of other hypnotics.
(Rosenthal, 2003, p.50)
According to the DEA Federal Drug Scheduling Guidelines, there are five schedules (categories) rating a controlled substance according to its potential for abuse, medical use, and likelihood of dependence. Schedule 1 contains Marijuana, PCP, LSD, and Heroin; Schedule 5 contains Robitussin. Schedule 1 drugs are substances with a high potential for abuse and have no currently accepted medical application in the U.S. while Schedule 2 drugs contain drugs such as Cocaine and Morphine and can be prescribed for medical use (DEA, 2004). Dr. Tod Mikuriya, a medical coordinator of the California Cannabis Centers, had this to say about his medical marijuana research:
“I was hired by the government to provide scientific evidence that marijuana was harmful. As I studied the subject, I began to realize that marijuana was once widely used as a safe and effective medicine. But the government had a different agenda, and I had to resign…There are over twenty active forms of THC and sixty different cannabinoids which are active in marijuana. Marinol (the medicinal version of marijuana) contains only one form of THC. It’s an expensive prescription drug, at $10 or more per capsule. When used as recommended it costs $80 a day, or up to $1,000 a week Marinol has many shortcomings.” (Rosenthal, 2003, p.55)
It contains pure THC: therefore, it is too powerful for some patients. Patients suffering from nausea find it difficult swallowing pills because it can provoke them to vomit. Marijuana may also be the key to fighting disease; Udo Erasmus, author of Fats that Heal, Fats that Kill, says that hemp seed oil has perfectly balanced essential fatty acid oil which can be used to cure degenerative diseases such as diabetes, cancer, multiple sclerosis, skin afflictions and so on.
Marijuana admissions of people seeking treatment for marijuana abuse made up 14 percent of all admissions for drug or alcohol treatment in 2003. The number of admissions for marijuana treatment reached a total of 223,600 in 1999 lists the DEA. Parental groups are quick to cite these numbers leaving out the fact that the “victims” admitted were given one choice: jail or drug counseling. Speaking from experience, you can be arrested for having a small amount, jailed, fined, and then told to have it wiped from your permanent record by taking a drug rehab class — where four out of the five days the subject of discussion is alcohol abuse. In the class you will learn that each year tobacco kills 430,700, alcohol kills 110,000, aspirin kills 7,600, adverse reactions to prescription drugs kill 32,000 and marijuana kills 0. In the class it is even discussed that being under the influence of marijuana while driving is in no way compared to being under the influence of alcohol. Here is what the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration has to say about marijuana’s effect on driving performance in the Netherlands:
“Marijuana intoxication in drivers is in no way unusual compared to many medicinal drugs. Marijuana does have some effect on driving ability but is not profoundly impairing. Unlike alcohol which encourages risky driving, marijuana appears to produce greater caution, apparently because the users are more aware of their mental state and able to compensate for it.” (Robbe & O’Hanlon, 1993)

Scientists agree that marijuana’s ability to play a significant role in the medical field is more evident now than ever. The use of marijuana is not harmful as the government wants you to believe but nevertheless the government sponsors scare tactics on TV using commercials such as the ones you see linking marijuana to terrorism — are they calling the estimated 20 million pot smokers in America terrorists? The total amount of money spent by Americans on marijuana shows how big an industry it is and how much revenue can be raked in. It causes no long-term health issues and can improve the quality of life of millions of people suffering with disease. Until it is legalized, innocent people will continue to be harassed, arrested, and even thrown in jail because the government has no respect for the privacy of the citizens of this country.

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Better Than A Cop – Episode One

Friday, September 30th, 2011

Folks have, on more than one occasion, suggested someone at CopBlock.org should blog about cops who do good things. I don’t really see why, considering cops a) brag about wanting to do good as being THE reason for taking the job and b) they’re getting paid to do so. Is anyone going to blog about you or me when we do our jobs – even if we do them really, really well? Not that I don’t agree, cops at times, can do very good things but anyone can – and most do. Yet mathematically, cops are probably least likely, due to their inability to be everywhere at once, to save you when you – how do people say it? Oh yeah – “need them the most.”

This gave me an idea, thanks to some comments on CopBlock’s Facebook page, and have decided to do weekly videos about an every day person who does something police are paid to do. I hope these examples will help people think outside the box when talking about protection, which is what policing is. Protection services can be offered by many instead of just the government, after all, everything else is.

This weeks episode was about Dwight A Brown who was shot, with his own gun, by a 27 year old male who witness Mr. Brown attempting to rob an individual. The hero, who remains anonymous, wasn’t a cop and good thing. If the were they would’ve been minutes away like the rest of the St. Louis Police Department.  See video for more.

This is a work in progress so feel free to leave suggestions.

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Traffic Cops

Friday, September 30th, 2011

Police in Adelaide, Australia, didn't respond when Tyson Coates called to report his car was being stolen. Nor did they come when he called to report he'd seen it. They also allowed someone to drive off with the car after pulling him over. Police say the officer didn't realize it had been reported stolen. They finally recovered the car, only to turn it over to someone else who claimed to be the owner. But they eventually got the car back and returned it to Coates.

Round 2, Day 4: Strike Expands & Exposes ‘Perfect Storm’ in CA

Thursday, September 29th, 2011

As released yesterday, Prisoner Hunger Strike Solidarity has confirmed that at least 6,000 California prisoners in jails, General Population, Administrative Segregation (Ad-Seg/ASU) and Security Housing Units (SHUs) are hunger striking for the human rights of California’s SHU-status prisoners. We have confirmed prisoners are striking at Pelican Bay, Calipatria, CCI Tehachapi, Centinela, Corcoran, Chuckawalla Valley State Prison, and West Valley Detention Center.

The California Department of Corrections & Rehabilitation (CDCR) has not released the total number of prisons, or which prisons prisoners are striking at. The CDCR withheld accurate numbers for several days after the first round of the strike in July until we pressured reporters to investigate and force the CDCR to release information. We know the CDCR is not releasing accurate numbers, and that many more prisoners are participating and supporting the strike in various ways.

The CDCR has also upped retaliation on the strike by deeming the entire strike a prison “disturbance” under Title 15. The CDCR has delivered memos to prisoners at each state prison threatening that any participation or support for the hunger strike will result in disciplinary actions, such as placement in Ad-Seg/ASU or SHUs (for prisoners currently in General Population), increased destructive cell searches, removal of canteen items, and worse.  We know that a number of prisoners lost their jobs as added punishment for supporting the strike in July.

The spreading strike and overwhelming international support for it demonstrate the seriousness of torture throughout the prison industrial complex. It is no coincidence that the first round of the hunger strike followed the US Supreme Court’s finding that CA’s prison system is in violation of the 8th Amendment’s prohibition of cruel and unusual punishment. Not surprisingly, the CDCR is criminalizing the strike and insisting that the hunger strikers are violent gang members that deserve to be tortured. Meanwhile, we face similar struggles against criminalization outside prison, as cities across CA are stepping up suppression policing tactics, such as gang injunctions, youth curfews and loitering ordinances, inevitably sweeping more people from working class communities of color into prison.

On top of all of that, the state’s realignment plan gives us a huge opportunity to get people out of prison but also adds the threat of unprecedented jail construction to this landscape.

Given this “perfect storm,” we can and must connect our struggles and continue to vigorously defend our communities and unleash our will to resist and organize.