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Black Law Student Discussion Board / Re: The Thread on Politics
« on: January 09, 2009, 03:16:10 PM »
In stressful situations, I can see how the officer mistakenly pulled the gun instead of the taser. Unless he is stupid, which could be the case, I'm less inclined to believe a police officer would murder someone in broad view of hundreds of people.

Pulled, yes.  Used, no.  Regardless, if this explanation is true, it amounts to (paradigmatic) criminal negligence.  Not that anyone other than a cop would ever get this kind of benefit of the doubt.

It looks like the officer reached in his other holster first and then went to the holster that contained his gun. The officer looks confused.

Regardless, why would you grab your taser (in this case, your gun) if the guy is in handcuffs and there is another officer with his knee on this guy's neck?

Another good point.

Thank you. :) It just seems like police departments need to review their policies on tasers. It just isn't reasonable to taser someone who isn't posing an actual threat to anyone.

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Black Law Student Discussion Board / Re: The Thread on Politics
« on: January 09, 2009, 03:02:46 PM »
NYPD.

Hey, btw, has someone already posted in here about Oscar Grant, the guy who was murdered by the BART cops on New Year's Eve?



No, but here is the video link http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0OJTa9F2O14

I think one of the reasons given for this tragedy was that the officer was reaching for his taser and grabbed his gun by mistake. I can buy that because the taser, I believe, is also trigger-activated. But, it makes the argument against the routine use of tasers that much stronger, especially when you have one guy in handcuffs and two policemen.

Gimme a friggin' break. If a cop can't tell the difference between a taser and a gun, he shouldn't be on the force.

Agreed.  Aside from what Susan B. posted, current Taser models weigh about a quarter of what an unloaded Glock weighs, have locks in different places from most handguns, and have bright yellow stripes on them.

In stressful situations, I can see how the officer mistakenly pulled the gun instead of the taser. Unless he is stupid, which could be the case, I'm less inclined to believe a police officer would murder someone in broad view of hundreds of people.

Regardless, why would you grab your taser (in this case, your gun) if the guy is in handcuffs and there is another officer with his knee on this guy's neck?

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Black Law Student Discussion Board / Re: The Thread on Politics
« on: January 09, 2009, 11:05:40 AM »
After watching the debate between Gupta and Michael Moore, I can't say I'm excited about this choice..

That makes me even more excited...he dislikes Michael Moore more than I do.

 :D. Well, Gupta's response was....what's the word I'm looking for.....*&^%. Instead of questioning the validity of the statistics used in the film, Gupta tried to cross-compare stats from the WHO (what CNN used) and NIH (what Moore used) and then accuses Moore of cherry-picking stats. Hypocrisy? Granted, Moore movies are supposed invoke emotion and many people may have a reason to dislike him (however unreasoned), but Gupta is a damn neurosurgeon and should know better than to bake *&^% in the oven and try to serve it on a silver platter. This is the network whose polls sometimes have a 0% margin of error.

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Black Law Student Discussion Board / Re: The Thread on Politics
« on: January 09, 2009, 04:24:19 AM »
NYPD.

Hey, btw, has someone already posted in here about Oscar Grant, the guy who was murdered by the BART cops on New Year's Eve?



No, but here is the video link http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0OJTa9F2O14

I think one of the reasons given for this tragedy was that the officer was reaching for his taser and grabbed his gun by mistake. I can buy that because the taser, I believe, is also trigger-activated. But, it makes the argument against the routine use of tasers that much stronger, especially when you have one guy in handcuffs and two policemen.

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Black Law Student Discussion Board / Re: The Thread on Politics
« on: January 09, 2009, 04:14:42 AM »
UN: One-third of Gaza dead, injured are children

UNITED NATIONS Palestinian children are dying at a heavy rate in the Israeli-Hamas fighting about one of every three persons killed, according to Gaza statistics.

As of Thursday, 257 children were among the approximately 760 reported dead in Gaza. There were another 1,080 children among the 3,100 injured in the conflict, according to statistics from Gaza's health ministry.

The U.N.'s top humanitarian official, John Holmes, described the numbers as "credible" and deeply disturbing. U.N officials say about half of the casualties were civilians.

Holmes and John Ging, head of Gaza operations for the United Nations Relief and Works Agency, both expressed anger and regret at their decision Thursday to temporarily suspend aid shipments in the Gaza Strip because it was too risky for their aid workers.

"It's particularly distressing and horrifying that the current casualties seem to be increasingly civilian casualties, with an increasing incidence of whole families being buried in houses which have been hit," Holmes said.

Ann Veneman, executive director of the U.N. children's agency, UNICEF, warned the suspension of aid would put children even more in harm's way.

"This can only deepen an already critical humanitarian situation and put children at even greater risk of death or permanent damage. The distribution of food, water, fuel and medicine should not be impeded," she said.

The Israeli military said in a statement that it cooperates closely with foreign aid groups to help civilians, and said Hamas uses civilians as human shields.

The decision to suspend aid deliveries in Gaza came after Israeli strikes killed two drivers for UNRWA and injured a third in marked vehicles, U.N. officials say.

In all, four of UNRWA's Gaza staff have been killed since Israel launched a major attack on Hamas 13 days ago, according to the U.N. UNRWA said its deliveries of food have served as a "lifeline" for 750,000 Palestinian refugees in Gaza.

Holmes cited another incident in which a U.N. convoy of two armored vehicles and an ambulance were "targeted by small-arms fire during its passage" Thursday, even though its movement was "agreed in advance" by the Israeli authorities.

The World Health Organization said Gaza's health services were "on the point of collapse" the hospitals overwhelmed, health care workers exhausted. It said the dead included 21 medical personnel, 30 more were injured and 11 ambulances have been struck by attacks.

The Geneva-based International Committee of the Red Cross, or ICRC, accused Israel Thursday of "unacceptable" delays in letting rescue workers reach three Gaza City homes hit by shelling where they found 15 dead and 18 wounded.

The wounded included young children too weak to stand, but the ICRC said the Israeli army refused to give permission for rescuers to reach the site in the Zeitoun neighborhood for four days and ambulances could not reach the neighborhood because the Israeli army erected large earthen barriers that blocked access.

Israel blamed the delay on fighting in the area.

http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20090109/ap_on_re_mi_ea/un_un_gaza_humanitarian_toll

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Black Law Student Discussion Board / Re: The Thread on Politics
« on: January 09, 2009, 03:47:48 AM »
Conyers attacking Gupta:

http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0109/17259.html

I think Obama has this pick exactly right.

After watching the debate between Gupta and Michael Moore, I can't say I'm excited about this choice. However, Sanjay Gupta is pretty hot. He'll definitely make "healthy" sexy.

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Black Law Student Discussion Board / Re: The Thread on Politics
« on: January 08, 2009, 07:48:23 PM »
....so Michael Bloomberg believes "proportionalism" (His word for reasonable responses to terrorist attakcs, not mine) is stupid? I used to like him. This surely explains the NYPD.

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Black Law Student Discussion Board / Re: The Thread on Politics
« on: January 05, 2009, 02:08:10 PM »
BGLOs, boo.

Anyway not to sound insensitve but is anyone else tired of the nonstop coverage of this Hamas conflict thing?

yeah....you sound insensitive.  :D

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Black Law Student Discussion Board / Re: The Thread on Politics
« on: January 03, 2009, 04:59:39 PM »
Boo, both of you.  Seriously lame.  Black service organizations (not just GLOs), churches, civil rights organizations, and educational institutions are still profoundly relevant even if they aren't everything you want them to be. 

ETA: I've defended the CBC before, but I certainly wouldn't look first to a group of self-interested politicians for inspiration.

Wish I shared your optimism.

It's not optimism; it's a lack of poisonous cynicism. :P

 :o :-*

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Black Law Student Discussion Board / Re: The Thread on Politics
« on: January 03, 2009, 04:07:24 PM »
Boo, both of you.  Seriously lame.  Black service organizations (not just GLOs), churches, civil rights organizations, and educational institutions are still profoundly relevant even if they aren't everything you want them to be. 

ETA: I've defended the CBC before, but I certainly wouldn't look first to a group of self-interested politicians for inspiration.

Wish I shared your optimism.

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