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Update: St. Louis Post-Dispatch Is Trying to Get Michael Brown’s Juvenile Records

Wow
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The St. Louis Post-Dispatch responded a few minutes ago to my request for information, in a way that can only be described as extremely disappointing.

Here’s their statement: Post-Dispatch Seeks Juvenile Court Records.

In response to a number of inquiries today, I wanted to confirm that the Post-Dispatch filed a petition last week with the St. Louis County Family Court seeking the release of any juvenile court records it may have relating to Michael Brown.

The court filing is just one avenue of many in our continuing commitment to cover a significant news story for our community.

We have taken this action as a professional news organization, independently and not in conjunction with any other organization, as we seek to report facts and not rely on innuendo or speculation.

Note that this statement specifically contradicts the claim made by blogger Chuck C. Johnson:

But regardless, there’s absolutely no way that this information is relevant to the current police shooting case. Juvenile criminal records are sealed for a very good reason — to prevent exactly this kind of character assassination. It’s disgusting to see the St. Louis Post-Dispatch join the right wing effort to poison the well and smear a dead 18-year old.

Right Wing Blogger Chuck C. Johnson Claims the St. Louis Post-Dispatch Is “Working With” Him

Pure character assassination
Wingnuts • Views: 6,362

Tweeted this morning by the far right blogger who’s so evil-minded even a lot of conservatives despise him:

The equally disgusting Jim Hoft echoes Chuck C. Johnson’s claim in a new post, with no source whatsoever (which means his source is probably Chuck C. Johnson), titled: Breaking: St. Louis Post-Dispatch Also Files Lawsuit for Michael Brown’s Arrest Records.

The Gateway Pundit can confirm today that The St. Louis Post-Dispatch also filed suit for Michael Brown’s arrest records.

If this is true, the Post-Dispatch is collaborating with the worst people in the right wing in what can only be described as a pure character assassination smear. Even if Michael Brown did have a juvenile arrest record, it’s absolutely irrelevant to his shooting death; the only possible reason to try to get his juvenile records is to further poison the well.

I found no mention of this purported lawsuit at their website, but I’ve emailed the Post-Dispatch asking if this claim is true and I’ll update this article if/when I receive a reply. I also contacted their account on Twitter:

UPDATE at 8/29/14 1:06:27 pm by Charles Johnson

So it’s true after all.

Post-Dispatch Seeks Juvenile Court Records.

In response to a number of inquiries today, I wanted to confirm that the Post-Dispatch filed a petition last week with the St. Louis County Family Court seeking the release of any juvenile court records it may have relating to Michael Brown.

The court filing is just one avenue of many in our continuing commitment to cover a significant news story for our community.

We have taken this action as a professional news organization, independently and not in conjunction with any other organization, as we seek to report facts and not rely on innuendo or speculation.

Note that Chuck C. Johnson was lying that the Post-Dispatch was “working with” him.

It’s still very, very disappointing that they’re doing this. It’s a completely irrelevant issue. I can only think it’s driven by a desire to attract a right wing audience.

Video Messaging App Maker Verifies Ferguson Shooting Recording, Including Location

Authentication
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Here’s the official statement from Glide, the company that makes the video messaging app used by the man who inadvertently recorded audio of the gunshots that ended Michael Brown’s life in Ferguson, Missouri: Glide Verifies Ferguson Shooting Recording.

As you may already have seen on CNN, MSNBC’s “The Last Word with Lawrence O’Donnell,” the local FOX affiliate in St. Louis and Riverfront Times, the Glide mobile app is being mentioned in the current news cycle surrounding the shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, MO, with a video message created using the app having surfaced as potentially critical evidence.

While tragedy is never good news, and our hearts go out to the family of Michael Brown, this incident underscores how technology is changing the landscape of not only journalism, but also criminology.

A Glide user living nearby (whose identity is being protected) was simply using the Glide app on their smartphone exactly as it was designed - to instantly communicate with a friend through our real-time video texting service. Simultaneously, they also captured audio in the background of the gunshots allegedly fired at Michael Brown.

Because Glide is the only messaging application using streaming video technology, each message is simultaneously recorded and transmitted, so the exact time can be verified to the second. In this case, the video in question was created at 12:02:14 PM CDT on Saturday, August 9th.

We commend this Glide user for turning their Glide video message over to FBI investigators as possible evidence in this ongoing investigation.

The important bit of new information in this statement: Glide is also confirming that the man who recorded this audio lives near the street where Michael Brown was gunned down.

About Obama’s “We Don’t Have a Strategy Yet” Statement; Don’t Fall for the Right’s Distortions

The rest of the story
Politics • Views: 15,341

Here we go again, folks; you can see it coming already. During his press conference today, President Obama talked at length about the need to develop a strong, comprehensive regional strategy with US allies and partners to address the threat of ISIL.

So what are the right wing blogs going to be screaming about? At one point, Obama said these words:

We don’t have a strategy yet.

This will be the right wing’s next “You didn’t build that” — a deliberately distorted, out of context deception to enrage their base. It’s starting already:

But here’s the transcript, and for the record, I’ll pull out everything else Obama said about developing a strategy. I don’t expect this to affect the coming right wing freak-out (they’re impervious to facts), but for the record:

ISIL poses an immediate threat to the people of Iraq and to people throughout the region, and that’s why our military action in Iraq has to be part of a broader comprehensive strategy to protect our people and to support our partners who are taking the fight to ISIL, and that starts with Iraq’s leaders building on the progress that they’ve made so far and forming an inclusive government that will unite their country and strengthen their security forces to confront ISIL.

[…]

Any successful strategy, though, also needs strong regional partners. I’m encouraged so far that countries in the region, countries that don’t always agree on many things, increasingly recognize the primacy of the threat that ISIL poses to all of them. And I’ve asked Secretary Kerry to travel to the region to continue to build the coalition that’s needed to meet this threat.

[…]

As I’ve said, rooting out a cancer like ISIL will not be quick or easy, but I’m confident that we can and we will, working closely with our allies and our partners. For our part, I’ve directed Secretary Hagel and our Joint Chiefs of Staff to prepare a range of options. I’ll be meeting with my National Security Council again this evening as we continue to develop that strategy.

[…]

What is true, though, is that the violence that’s been taking place in Syria has obviously given ISIL a safe haven there in ungoverned spaces. And in order for us to degrade ISIL over the long term, we’re going to have to build a regional strategy. Now, we’re not going to do that alone.

[…]

But when we look at a broader strategy that is consistent with what I said at West Point, that’s consistent with what I said at the National Defense College, clearly ISIL has come to represent the very worst elements in the region that we have to deal with collectively. And that’s going to be a long-term project.

[…]

QUESTION: Do you need Congress’s approval to go into Syria?

OBAMA: You know, I have consulted with Congress throughout this process. I am confident that as commander in chief I have the authorities to engage in the acts that we are conducting currently. As our strategy develops, we will continue to consult with Congress, and I do think that it’ll be important for Congress to weigh in and we’re — that our consultations with Congress continue to develop so that the American people are part of the debate.

But I don’t want to put the cart before the horse. We don’t have a strategy yet. I think what I’ve seen in some of the news reports suggests that folks are getting a little further ahead of where we’re at than we currently are. And I think that’s not just my assessment, but the assessment of our military, as well. We need to make sure that we’ve got clear plans, that we’re developing them. At that point, I will consult with Congress and make sure that their voices are heard.

[…]

Now as we go forward, as I’ve described to Chuck, and look at a broader regional strategy with an international coalition and partners to systematically degrade ISIL’s capacity to engage in the terrible violence and disruptions that they’ve been engaging in, not just in Syria, not just in Iraq but potentially elsewhere if we don’t nip this at the bud, then those consultations with Congress for something that is longer term I think become more relevant.

[…]

But, as I said to Chuck, I don’t want to put the cart before the horse. And in some of the media reports, the suggestion seems to have been that, you know, we’re about to go full scale on an elaborate strategy for defeating ISIL.

[…]

We are gonna work politically and diplomatically with folks in the region. And we’re gonna cobble together the kind of coalition that we need for a long-term strategy as soon as we are able to fit together the military, political and economic components of that strategy. There will be a military aspect to that. And it’s gonna be important for Congress to know what that is, in part because it may cost some money.

[…]

If those things are followed through on and we are able to combine it with a sound military strategy, then I think we can be successful. If we can’t, then the idea that the United States or any outside power would perpetually defeat ISIS I think is unrealistic.

There you have it. The right will have their very predictable freak-out session, but maybe some people will refer to this post for the rest of the story.

Breaking: Video Messaging Company Confirms Audio of Gunshots Captured at Time of Michael Brown Shooting

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Racist hate-blogger Jim Hoft has been screaming (his default mode of communication) that the audio of gunshots aired by CNN and being investigated by the FBI is a HOAX (that’s how he writes it, in caps). With absolutely no evidence, of course, because that’s how Hoft rolls.

But now CNN is reporting that the video messaging service that captured this audio has confirmed the recording was made at the time of Michael Brown’s shooting death.

CNN) — A company behind the video messaging service that allegedly captured audio of Michael Brown’s shooting this month said Thursday the recording was created at about the time Brown was killed.

The revelation from the company, Glide, appears to bolster a man’s claim that he inadvertently recorded audio of gunfire at the time the 18-year-old Brown was shot and killed by a Ferguson, Missouri, police officer on August 9.

The video was created at 12:02:14 p.m. that day, Glide said. That’s around the time that police say Brown was shot.

Minnesota Police Tase and Arrest Black Man for Sitting in a Public Space

“Put your hands behind your back, otherwise it’s going to get ugly”
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This is wrong and just pisses me off, I can’t watch it again.

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St. Paul Cops Allegedly Taser and Arrest Black Male for Sitting in Public Space | Twin Cities Daily Planet

A video showing the arrest of a black St. Paul man for allegedly sitting in a public space and refusing to give up his name surfaced yesterday, Aug. 26 — only weeks after the fatal shooting of an unarmed black teenager in Missouri re-sparked the national debate on race and police profiling.

The video, shot by the man’s cellphone, shows his interaction with officers as he attempts to pick up his children from New Horizon Academy in downtown St. Paul. As the officers force the man to put his hands behind his back, he drops his phone and the video goes black, but the audio continues and we hear the man crying for help and proclaiming that his kids are watching. Both officers in the video are white.

“Why do I have to let you know who I am?” the man tells the first female officer at the beginning of the video. “I don’t have to let you know who I am if I haven’t broken any laws.”

From the following dialogue, it appears the police were called by a store clerk, who was upset over the man sitting in front of his store. The man in the video tells the officer he was sitting in front of the store for 10 minutes as he waited for his kids to get out of school, and that the area is public and he had a right to sit there.

Special H/T to Pam Spaulding (aka “Pam’s House Blend”) where I first saw this. If you aren’t following her on facebook you probably should be now that she’s stopped blogging.

Wednesday Night Jam: Nickel Creek Live at NPR

Virtuoso new age bluegrass
Music • Views: 21,239

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Nickel Creek was made to sing and play around a single microphone, so a Tiny Desk Concert seemed inevitable. All it took was a reunion tour — celebrating 25 years of Nickel Creek — to make it happen.

All three of the band’s remarkably talented core members have been to the Tiny Desk before. Chris Thile is a veteran, having played the Tiny Desk with friend and guitarist Michael Daves, then later in the same year with Yo-Yo Ma and others in a project known as Goat Rodeo. When The Decemberists performed a Tiny Desk Concert, Sara Watkins was there to play her fiddle and sing. Her brother, Sean Watkins, was also at the NPR offices earlier this year with the marvelous singer Tom Brosseau.

The trio, backed here by bassist Mark Schatz, has no equal. Nickel Creek has been doing this on and off since its members were kids, and what blows me away is the comfort and ease with which they navigate their instruments. That skill, and the creative force behind it, is a joy and a thrill to witness. —BOB BOILEN

Set List:
“Destination”
“Rest Of My Life”
“21st Of May”
“Elephant In The Corn”

Credits:
Producers: Bob Boilen, Denise DeBelius; Audio Engineer: Kevin Wait; Videographers: Denise DeBelius, Colin Marshall; Production Assistant: Maggie Starbard; photo by Sarah Tilotta/NPR

Jon Stewart on Fox News’ Absolutely Horrible Coverage of Ferguson

Describing the actual facts of the case really does color the way we look at it
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Report: Police Ran Over and Destroyed Michael Brown Memorial, Police Dog Urinated on It

Ugly
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The disdain with which the St. Louis County and Ferguson police departments view the black community of Ferguson was obvious with their massive militarized crackdown on protesters, but new details in an article at Mother Jones by Mark Follman shed light on why the community was so infuriated after the shooting of Michael Brown: Michael Brown’s Mom Laid Flowers Where He Was Shot—and Police Crushed Them.

Soon, police vehicles reappeared, including from the St. Louis County Police Department, which had taken control of the investigation. Several officers emerged with dogs. What happened next, according to several sources, was emblematic of what has inflamed the city of Ferguson, Missouri, ever since the unarmed 18-year-old was gunned down: An officer on the street let the dog he was controlling urinate on the memorial site.

The incident was related to me separately by three state and local officials who worked with the community in the immediate aftermath of the shooting. One confirmed that he interviewed an eyewitness, a young woman, and pressed her on what exactly she saw. “She said that the officer just let the dog pee on it,” that official told me. “She was very distraught about it.” The identity of the officer who handled the dog and the agency he was with remain unclear.

Candles and flowers marking the spot where Brown died were soon run over by police vehicles.

The day brought other indignities for Brown’s family, and the community. Missouri state Rep. Sharon Pace, whose district includes the neighborhood where the shooting occurred, told me she went to the scene that afternoon to comfort the parents, who were blocked by police from approaching their son’s body. Pace purchased some tea lights for the family, and around 7 p.m. she joined Brown’s mother, Lesley McSpadden, and others as they placed the candles and sprinkled flowers on the ground where Brown had died. “They spelled out his initials with rose petals over the bloodstains,” Pace recalled.

By then, police had prohibited all vehicles from entering Canfield Drive except for their own. Soon the candles and flowers had been smashed, after police drove over them.

This account is partly confirmed by St. Louis alderman Antonio French, who took a photo of the crushed remnants of the memorial:

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