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Jilly_in_VA's Journal
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May 4, 2022

GRAPHIC: Knoxville parents report body cam video proves excessive force claims at middle school

The parents of a former Northwest Middle School student filed a lawsuit against the Knoxville Police Department and officer David Lee for using excessive force against their son at Northwest Middle School, according to court documents obtained by WVLT News.

On April 19, 2021, then eighth-grade student, who WVLT News will call DJ to comply with Tennessee law when reporting on juveniles, was on his way to the bathroom when Lee detained him by grabbing his backpack and not letting go, according to the documents.

“Defendant Lee threatened to arrest Plaintiff if he did not give his backpack to the Defendant. Defendant Lee alleged that he could smell an odor of marijuana coming from Plaintiff’s backpack, which, later, a search of Plaintiff’s backpack and person did not yield any illegal drugs, narcotics, or drug paraphernalia. At this point, the Plaintiff did not do anything illegal and was confused by Defendant Lee’s demand to search his backpack. Rather than a teacher calling the Plaintiff’s parents, Defendant Lee aggressively grabbed Plaintiff’s arms and forcefully restrained the Plaintiff. While Defendant Lee had Plaintiff’s arms restrained, Defendant Lee leg swept Plaintiff’s legs and slammed Plaintiff’s slight frame face-first into the ground without his arms to brace for the impact. Defendant Lee’s body weight fell on top of the 8th-grade Plaintiff, and Defendant Lee placed his knee on Plaintiff’s neck, making it difficult for Plaintiff to breathe. A frightened Plaintiff and Defendant Lee struggled on the ground for a few seconds, but Defendant Lee was successful in restraining the terrified Plaintiff by placing cuff tightly on his hands behind his back. Rather than simply searching Plaintiff’s backpack at that moment, Defendant Lee continued to mishandle the Plaintiff. After being restrained, Defendant Lee dragged Plaintiff away from the hallway and inexplicably into a small room without cameras where Defendant forcefully placed Plaintiff in a chair.”

(Court Documents)

Stuff like this is why we shouldn't have cops in schools. They go power-mad.

May 3, 2022

Greg Abbott Is Considering Declaring Texas Under 'Invasion'

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott is openly musing about declaring Texas under “invasion” in what would be a radical, legally dubious attempt to address the state’s migrant crisis.

The plan would involve invoking war powers and allowing state police to begin rounding up migrants and asylum-seekers and then dispatching them over the border into Mexico—at a moment when federal authorities are bracing for the number of migrant crossings to potentially triple this summer.

Constitutional experts say this loopy “invasion” scheme has little chance of surviving the legal challenge that would, in all likelihood, be launched instantaneously by President Joe Biden’s Department of Justice.

But that hasn’t stopped Abbott from publicly insisting that he’s exploring the idea in depth.

According to a highly doubtful theory now being pushed in conservative circles, language in the Constitution could be read to suggest that states can assert war powers on their own if they’re facing a foreign invasion. Doing so would allow Abbott to assume powers that are normally reserved for the federal government.

HotWheels is trying to out-fascist DeSatan

May 3, 2022

US officials: Brittney Griner considered wrongfully detained

The Biden administration has determined that WNBA star Brittney Griner is being wrongfully detained in Russia, meaning the United States will more aggressively work to secure her release even as the legal case against her plays out, two U.S. officials said Tuesday.

Griner was detained at an airport in February after Russian authorities said a search of her bag revealed vape cartridges containing oil derived from cannabis. Since then, U.S. officials had stopped short of classifying the Phoenix Mercury player as wrongfully detained and said instead that their focus was on ensuring that she had access in jail to American consular affairs officials.

Now, though, U.S. officials have shifted supervision of her case to a State Department section — the Office of the Special Presidential Envoy for Hostage Affairs — that is focused on negotiating for the release of hostages and other Americans classified as being wrongfully detained in other countries.

“Brittney has been detained for 75 days and our expectation is that the White House do whatever is necessary to bring her home,” said Griner’s agent, Lindsay Kagawa Colas.


May 2, 2022

Former Defense secretary: Trump asked about shooting protesters

Wall Street Journal reporter Michael Bender wrote a book last year on Donald Trump’s presidency, noting among other things that during social-justice protests in 2020, the then-president raised the specter of shooting American activists in the legs.

As Axios reported, the story has now been confirmed by Trump’s former Pentagon chief.

Former Defense Secretary Mark Esper charges in a memoir out May 10 that former President Trump said when demonstrators were filling the streets around the White House following the death of George Floyd: “Can’t you just shoot them? Just shoot them in the legs or something?”

Part of what makes anecdotes like these so striking is what we continue to learn about Trump’s twisted perspective. When the Republican talks about “law and order,” he clearly means the kind of tactics that would include a president ordering armed government personnel to open fire on American protesters on American streets.

Remember, as far as the former president was concerned, Jan. 6 rioters were “patriots“ worthy of celebration (and possible pardons). But when protesters seek criminal justice reforms, as Trump saw it, they deserved to be shot.


May 2, 2022

Her murder conviction was overturned. US immigration still wants to deport her

Sandra Castaneda spent 19 years in prison for a murder she didn’t commit.

But when the California courts overturned her conviction in July 2021, the 40-year-old Los Angeles woman did not walk free. Instead, she was picked up by US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (Ice) agents and taken to a federal detention center where she is now facing deportation to Mexico, a country she left at age nine.

Castaneda has been in Ice detention for nine months, trapped in a Kafkaesque legal nightmare in which lawyers for the Department of Homeland Security, which oversees Ice, argue she should be deported due to the original murder charge even though the California courts and an immigration judge have said that her conviction was invalid.

“I’m stuck here. There’s nothing to do all day and I get overwhelmed,” Castaneda said in a recent call from inside a detention center in the state of Georgia. “It’s like nothing applies to [Ice]. They can do whatever they want. It makes me angry … I’m just wasting time here.”

Immigrants’ rights advocates say her case is extraordinarily unjust – but far from unique.

The US has long deported immigrants based on their criminal records, routinely detaining people convicted of a wide range of offenses, leading people like Castaneda, who have legal status, to be threatened with removal.

ICE is a criminal enterprise. Abolish it.

May 2, 2022

Tennessee Vols have a pitcher who throws a 105-mph fastball

Get a load of his nickname. I love it!

Jordan Beck’s go-ahead two-run home run in the bottom of the eighth inning lifted top-ranked Tennessee to a series-clinching win over No. 19 Auburn, 5-3 on Sunday.

The win - Tennessee’s 40th of the season - ties the 2000 South Carolina team for the fewest games played to hit the milestone by an SEC team since the league expanded in 1992.

Ben Joyce picked up his second win of the season out of the bullpen after a solid start from Drew Beam. The Volunteer Fireman tossed a career-long four innings in relief, striking out six and only allowing one hit.

In the top of the eighth inning, Joyce registered a fastball of 105.5 mph, believed to be the fastest pitch thrown in college baseball history. If the reading was accurate, that would be the second-fastest recorded pitch in Major League Baseball, just 0.3 mph behind Aroldis Chapman, who threw 105.8 mph pitch as a Cincinnati Red against the San Diego Padres on Sept. 24, 2010.


May 2, 2022

Whistleblower told FDA about baby formula issues months before recall, complaint says

A whistleblower complained to the Food and Drug Administration about safety concerns months before infant formula was taken off store shelves, according to newly released documents.

Three popular brands of formula produced at the Abbott Nutrition plant in Sturgis, Michigan were recalled in February.

Multiple babies got a rare and serious bacterial infection after drinking the formula, and two children died.

The recall included several types of Similac, Alimentum and EleCare brand products.

The whistleblower complaint was sent in October and released this week.

Of course the person was fired for raising safety issues. And if this is the case at one plant, don't you think it happened at others, or is this the only plant making baby formula? Inquiring minds &c.

May 1, 2022

One Bullet Can Kill, But It Takes More Than 100 People To Save A Gunshot Victim's Life

As Gabriela de Hoyos is transporting a gunshot victim on a stretcher back to the trauma bay, she tells the victim that they are going to live and everything will be OK. She tells them this no matter what.

“No one wants their last thought on Earth to be, I’m not going to make it,” de Hoyos, who worked as a trauma nurse at Penn Presbyterian Medical Center from 2016 to 2021, told BuzzFeed News.

De Hoyos is just one of the 100-plus people a gunshot victim may see from the time they are shot until they are fully recovered — part of the vast but largely hidden economic and psychological cost of gun violence. A single bullet wound sets in motion a long, labor-intensive process to try to save a life, a chain of support that includes police officers, security guards, trauma nurses, doctors, surgeons, therapists, more nurses, social workers, pharmacists, paramedics, and chaplains.

It’s a process that has become more frequent in recent years, especially since the start of the pandemic. In 2020, 45,000 people died from gun-related injuries in the US — the highest mark on record, a 14% increase from the year before, a 25% increase from 2015, and a 43% increase from 2010, according to the CDC. In Philadelphia, there were 562 homicides in 2021, 62 more than the previous single-year high-point, set in 1990, when murder rates across the country reached record levels. That means there is a homicide in Philadelphia every 16 hours, and at the University of Pennsylvania Presbyterian Medical Center, gunshot victims have consumed the trauma bay: 18% of the hospital’s trauma cases are gunshot patients.

Twelve medical workers at Penn Presbyterian who spoke to BuzzFeed News described gun violence as a daily reality that leaves a deep emotional impact on them.

I suppose now the gun humpers will argue that guns are good because they keep so many people employed! Read the article. It's sobering.

May 1, 2022

Vanity Plates

Personalized license plates, aka "vanity plates" are incredibly cheap in Virginia--just $25 when you renew your plate or sticker, which isn't that often or that much either. I have said ever since I moved here that since they're so cheap, anyone not having them is either lazy or suffers from a lack of imagination.

Mine says GYPC QN, which is a play on a comment someone made many years ago on one of my favorite pictures of me, that it "looked like an Appalachian gypsy queen." Husband's is EADGBE, the tuning sequence for a six-string guitar. I've seen some that are very creative and some that just make me wonder. I saw one at the shelter that said GOODOG and another one that said HEEL. And I haven't figured out whether it's our manager or the vet that comes in, both of South Asian extraction, who has the plate that reads BIRYANI. I had a car pass me once on the interstate with a plate that said WHOOSH and another one I gave a wide berth to because their plate said KNIVES. And there's a little blue Smart car that tools around town with one that says TARDIS 2.

Anyone got some to add?

May 1, 2022

Millions of Alaska-bound bees die after flight rerouted

About 5 million honeybees bound for Alaska last weekend got waylaid when Delta Air Lines routed them through Atlanta, where most of the bees died after being left for hours in crates on the ground during hot weather.

The bees were the first of two shipments ordered by Alaska beekeeper Sarah McElrea from a distributor in California. The bees were to be used to pollinate apple orchards and nurseries in Alaska, where they are not native.

But the bees were bumped from their original route to Anchorage, Alaska, and instead put on a flight to Atlanta, where they were to be transferred to an Anchorage-bound plane, according to published reports.

McElrea said she worried when the 800-pound shipment didn’t arrive in Atlanta in time to make the connecting flight. The next day, she said, Delta told her some bees had escaped, so airline workers put the crates holding the bees outside a Delta cargo bay.

In a panic, McElrea reached a beekeeper in Atlanta, who rushed to the airport and discovered that many of the bees had died from heat and starvation, according to The New York Times.

Delta called it an “unfortunate situation.”

Nice shot, Delta. Pay up.

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Navy brat-->University fac brat. All over-->Wisconsin-->TN-->VA. RN (ret), married, grandmother of 11. Progressive since birth. My mouth may be foul but my heart is wide open.
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