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Protest pressure, Capitol Hill responds? Elijah McClain case revived

Section: newz
Source: Jopa - Beet Foundation
Published: 2020-06-28
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Current events have lit a fire under lawmakers on Capital Hill. States nationwide are considering reforms. Colorado revives case from last year (2019) for a closer look, the officers had been cleared of wrongdoing.

Despite local media coverage and some smaller rallies, McClain’s death did not receive widespread attention in the press — not until the killing of George Floyd sparked widespread protests against racially motivated police brutality. Since then, a petition demanding “Justice for Elijah McClain” has garnered nearly 2 million signatures." -- Claire Lampen, New York Media

We have watched the events over the last several days and it has become clear that public trust has been eroded,” council members Allison Hiltz, Curtis Gardner and Angela Lawson wrote. “We know that the status quo is no longer acceptable in our criminal justice system. Our community has experienced pain and as leaders it is our responsibility to take the first step in restoring public trust.

Glad you finally see what we have seen on the streets for a long time. Now get it done, half measures will be noted.

"Coloradans should be safe walking home from the convenience store, or just being in their own neighborhoods listening to headphones. Unfortunately, I know that is not how many people — especially young people of color — feel in our state today, because I’ve heard it from them directly. We need to do a better job, and at a bare minimum, they deserve a thorough review of the case." -- Governor Jared Polis

Correct Polis, though not enough, we will need public trials, independent investigation and public trier of fact (jury) or even more decentralized justice in the future. To fix this mess, Internal Affairs had their chance, they failed. Wolves guarding the hen house is how failed leadership made this mess.


More info here...


Photo: Elijah McClain, Family photo

Corporate social media censorship on the rampage

Section: newz
Source: Jopa - Beet Foundation
Published: 2020-06-27
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It has become so clear in the last few months just how manipulated speech is in these popular social media sites people are using.

Most of the bright people I follow have seen several very important discussions that should be, had fallen silent or decayed in the entropy of #censorship #shadowban and the wide array of tactics employed by the technocratic monopolies.

When important National and/or Global discussions that would easily take hold on the surface of popular culture are suppressed to the underground we have a problem Houston.

As António Guterres Secretary-General of the United Nations said in his opening remarks to the Press on June 25th, 2020:

"We are also fighting the plague of misinformation. Next Tuesday June 30th, our new “Verified” initiative will ask people using social media platforms to participate in a special global “pause” before sharing questionable information."

This is coded Orwellian speak that means "more censorship coming" in my book and and in the opinion of many peers I respect and admire. If you think this sounds like a good thing, I consider you to be part of the problem.

In no future I find inviting will UN "Verified" speech patterns be the acceptable *normal*. My studies tell me that this leads to suppression of anything contrary to the agendas and narratives of already rich and powerful people, at the expense of the voices of the meek and most of the people on the streets of countries all around the world.

Some of our most used social networks are already caught red handed repetitively suppressing speech that does not fit their corporate partners narrative, this is no mystery, we have watched it accelerate for years.

For this reason and too many reasons to list without this becoming a book I am branching out to use other social networks, independent websites, blogs and non-centralized resources. It is amazing how different speech patterns are outside of the corporate controlled bubble.

Branching out to other venues is, in my opinion the best way to respond to this monopolistic siege of our fundamental requirements as the world connects more and more via the Internet.

We really don't have to tolerate it, we can direct most of our attention to places that support who we are and what we think. Yes, there are less people in many of the alternatives, though you may be amazed at how much different it is when people are free to discuss important topics, not allowed in the monopolistic social media platforms.

Quality is better than quantity in my life, so much of my online interaction is now migrated, and will continue to migrate over the next year, because dependence on monopolistic corporate board decisions is not safe or sustainable, it is often sociopathic and cold.

There are really lots of networks and communities all over the internet that would benefit from our support. These networks are suppressed by the same monopolies. They need our support.

So I urge you my friends to reach out and try some of the other options, it is not my intention to recommend which ones you try as they are a matter of preference. Ask your friends what sites, social media alternatives, online communities they like and use, then get involved in the actual online connectivity we really do have.

It is not necessary to quit your current social media to branch out. Simply try other places, support the small businesses of the Internet. Tell your friends of cool networks and communities you find.

Join the movement, or stay in the censored narrative bubbles. Good hunting.

Protests push back pays off? Colorado law enforcement reforms SB20-217

Section: newz
Source: Jopa - Beet Foundation
Published: 2020-06-24
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Enhance Law Enforcement Integrity SB20-217 was signed into law by Governor Jared Polis on Juneteenth, Friday June 19th 2020.

Nationwide protests have pushed many States to make law enforcement reforms, Colorado is among the first to pass reforms to qualified immunity while also restricting protest suppression, refining body camera code, require officers to intervene if they see another officer using excessive force, enhancing violent officer reporting with a State database of officers who have been decertified, fired, not truthful, ...

You can view the bill here:

Amanda Pampuro at reported on 06/19/20

Created by the Supreme Court in 1967, qualified immunity is a commonly used affirmative defense shielding government officials from civil suits for actions taken in the course of their job. Because it is a federal policy, Colorado’s move only impacts police officers accused of violating state law.

“Colorado didn’t necessarily revoke qualified immunity because the state can’t,” explained Ben Levin, associate professor at Colorado Law. “What Colorado did in this in this bill, which I think is really creative, it creates a state cause of action in Colorado State courts, for people whose rights have been violated under the Colorado State Constitution.”

Critics of Colorado’s change say police need qualified immunity in order to protect the difficult split-second decisions required by the job. Supporters, however, say the law only creates an avenue for citizens to bring their grievances and does not guarantee the outcome.

Brooke Seipel at The Hill reported on 06/19/20.

“By facing the cold hard truth about the unequal treatment of Black Americans and communities of color, we can and we will create real change that will materially improve the lives of countless Americans of this generation and future generations,” Polis said before signing the bill. “And we can bend the moral arc of the universe toward justice.”

The sweeping Colorado bill also requires all state and local police wear body cameras by 2023 — with footage being made public — and bans chokeholds, shooting fleeing suspects and using deadly force unless a life is in immediate danger. It also requires officers to report every time they stop someone they suspect of a crime and record that person's ethnicity, race and gender.

The bill also asks cops to report their colleagues for wrongdoing, and will make officers personally liable for up to $25,000 in damages if they violate someone's civil rights.

The bill was led by State Rep. Leslie Herod (D) and sponsored by fellow Democrats state Sen. Leroy Garcia, state Rep. Serena Gonzales-Gutierrez and state Sen. Rhonda Fields. All lawmakers are people of color, and they worked alongside the American Civil Liberties Union to craft the legislation.

Sandy Malone at The Police Tribune site reported a more critical view, voicing some officer concerns.

Removal of the qualified immunity protections allows officers to be personally sued even when they didn’t break the law.

This leaves officers with no due process to avoid fines outside of their police department’s review. A police department may offer a large settlement to a plaintiff and then force the officer to pay 5% of it.

The legislation calls for officers to lose their Peace Officer Standards and Training (POST) board certification permanently after having pleaded guilty to an inappropriate use of force, failure to intervene to stop excessive force, or after having been found civilly liable for excessive force or failure to intervene.

Going forward, the law requires all law enforcement agencies to track all of their contacts with the public and report it to the state for use in a statewide searchable database, including use of force resulting in serious injury or death, stops, unannounced entries, and use of firearms, along with the race and ethnicity of the person contacted.

SB 217 also gives the Colorado Attorney General the authority to go after persistently bad police departments and officers.

In response to recent concerns about how violent protesters were handled by authorities in Denver, the new law bans the use of tear gas against protesters without first warning them and giving them an opportunity to clear the area, the Denver Post reported.

After looking over the bill myself, and reading the opinions above, which I really don't agree with much on either side of the argument. I will just say the red flags (top down centralized data/control, bottom up administrative/management loopholes) look outweighed by perceived improvements (decentivized brutality, more remedies/recourse).

We are still allowing tear gas domestically after all, why? Many modern tactics are shady and beastly, don't get me started on the lying and deception. Hopefully this will bring more humane enforcement methodology or at least start the trend.

Many of the changes are already in effect as of the passing of the bill though some will take effect on September 1, 2020 or July 1, 2023.

Alamosa, CO June protests cooled down after the shooting, it is not over

Section: newz
Source: Jopa - Beet Foundation
Published: 2020-06-22
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On Thursday June 4th the protests in Downtown Alamosa, CO over police brutality and the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis, took a turn to the worse, a man with a concealed weapon shot another man in the back of the head through his truck window in the middle of an intersection central to the protest.

As reported by Meg Colwell at Alamosa News two days after the incident.

"Thursday night’s peaceful protest, as well as, two previous protests, were organized by community member, Emily."

Emily asserts that the protesters were making efforts to keep it peaceful, that she did not recognize him from the days before and that he seemed separate and more aggressive than most protesters. Read the Alamosa News report here.


Then on June 16th Susan Greene at Alamosa News reported.

“It doesn’t look good,” his sister, Candace, said Thursday. Marshall ran from the scene with his wife. The couple drove separately to their home on Bonney Drive, where Marshall was arrested a few hours later. By that time, his own defense attorney, Randy Canney, had arrived at the house from Salida and Marshall had changed from the jeans and a black T-shirt he wore to the protest to a lawyerly dress shirt.

The detective noticed that the beard Marshall had during the protest had been shaven, and asked Marshall why. Marshall told him that “if he was going to jail he wanted a clean shave.”

He was released from Alamosa County Jail Friday on $6,000 bail – for a $60,000 bond – apparently without an ankle monitor or restrictions about leaving the state or possessing a firearm. He is scheduled to appear in court the morning of Monday, June 15 to be formally charged with attempted 2nd-degree murder, 1st-degree assault, reckless endangerment, felony menacing, criminal mischief, illegal discharge of a firearm and prohibited use of a weapon. District Attorney Robert Willett has asked the court to issue a ruling that morning prohibiting Marshall from possessing guns or ammunition. Canney, on Marshall’s behalf, won’t oppose that request.

Earlier this week, Chief Judge Gonzales signed an order disqualifying all judges in the 12th Judicial District from presiding over the case because Marshall has appeared before them in his law practice and they might have – or appear to have – a conflict of interest. The judge has asked Colorado’s Supreme Court to appoint a judge from outside the district.

Neither Marshall nor Lorraine could be reached this week for comment about the shooting. In the meantime, flowers, two stuffed bears and an American flag have been left in Pruitt’s honor around a planter at the intersection where he was shot.


On June 15th CBSN Denver reported after Marshall appeared before a judge via Webex video conference.

Marshall, 27, faces seven charges: Attempted 2nd Degree Homicide, 1st Degree Assault, Reckless Endangerment, Felony Menacing, Criminal Mischief, Illegal Discharge of a Firearm, and Prohibited Use of Weapons.

Alamosa Combined Courts Clerk Jennifer Pacheco told CBS4 that Marshall waived his right to an advisement Monday morning as he, his attorney, and the 12th Judicial District Attorney Robert Willett appeared before a judge via Webex video conference. Marshall is scheduled to return to court August 28th for a preliminary hearing; whether remotely or in person is yet to be determined.

In his police interview, Marshall said he and his wife entered the crosswalk as eastbound and westbound traffic was stopped at a red light. When Pruitt’s truck crept forward among the protesters, Marshall said “he went to the passenger side of the truck.”

Marshall then told officers he thought he saw the truck come in contact with his wife, who was still in front of the truck.

“James said he was in fear for his wife’s safety of being run over and he fired a shot into the truck,” the affidavit reads.

Marshall obtained a conceal-carry weapons permit in Boulder County in 2017, according to the document.

The June 4th protest was in response to the police-related death of George Floyd in Minneapolis and was conducted outside Marshall’s downtown office. He told investigating officers he knew of the event in advance and had planned to attend.

A June 6th update on a GoFundMe page raising money for Pruitt’s medical expenses states the bullet is still lodged in Pruitt’s brain, and that he is in critical condition and on life support. The page desribes Pruitt as a disabled veteran. A message sent to the page organizers requesting more recent information has not been returned.


Carie Canterbury at the Cañon City Daily Record reports on the Gofund me page for the victim and mentions the hearing on August 28th.

According to the Alamosa County Sheriff’s Office Facebook page, Marshall’s bond originally was set at $50,000. During a hearing on June 5, the judge increased the bond to $60,000, which Marshall later posted and was released.

A GoFund me page set up for Pruitt by a family member states that he was on his way to pick up dinner when he was shot. He is a single father and a disabled veteran.

Marshall is scheduled to appear for a preliminary hearing at 9 a.m. Aug. 28.".


James Edward Marshall IV the accused shooter is a defense attorney as reported at KRDO and the ABA Journal among other sources.

KRDO Footage of the event from a shop at the intersection:


The accused apparently owns a business called Marshall Law LLC. in Alamosa. Sounds like a B rate screen play.

With a website that was working days after the event, but is disabled now.

You can still view at least one page of the website on

We will see what happens on August 28th.

Calendar Check

Section: newz
Source: Jopa - Beet Foundation
Published: 2020-06-21
From: source url
That feeling you get when your sun and moon memos start triggering at the same time.

New Moon @ Sun Jun 21, 2020 12:41am - 1:41am (MDT)
Annular Solar Eclipse @ Sun Jun 21, 2020 12:40am - 1:40am (MDT)

May the waning commence, be the change...
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