Police Officers – Or – Judges, Juries & Executioners? That Depends On The Color Of Your Skin! To Caucasians They Are Police Officers, But To Blacks They Are The ENEMY. Just As Many Cops Consider Any Black A Potential Target, Blacks Must Now Consider Anyone In Blue Their Potential Killer. Even Black Patrolmen, Out Of Uniform, Fear For Their Own Lives When Confronted By White Cops In Uniform. Any Black Male, Who Says His Favorite Color Is Blue, Had Better Rethink His Preferences! FERGUSON, MISSOURI, Wednesday, August 13, 2014: How Mainstream Media (MSM) Deceives You The Public With Misdirection, Disregard, Bias & Outright Lies To Facilitate A Parallel Universe In America. CNN, CBS & Fox News Use Varying Forms Of Deception To Obfuscate The Truth. Only MSNBC In Real Time Gave Us Candor. I Recorded CNN, CBS & MSNBC To Report Differences In Detail. I Did Not Even Look At Fox News – I Didn’t Have To! A Black Man In The White House Notwithstanding, America – Particularly The Police – Has Changed Very Little Since The 1950s!


Tabacco: Every time a Chief of Police or Police Benevolent Association spokesman steps in front of a microphone to defend a Cop, who has just shot and/or strangled to death a Black American male, we hear such comments as, “The deceased had a criminal record”, “The deceased did not obey Police instructions”, “The deceased threatened the Officer in question”.


Well, that Cop didn’t know the Deceased’s criminal record when he committed that murder.


That Cop is alive but the Deceased is dead and cannot challenge the Cop’s version.


And in any event, even if those Allegations were true, an unarmed Black man is not necessarily Stupid enough to attack a White Cop with a gun, regardless of the situation.


Moreover, in any of these scenarios, the Legal Penalty for having a ‘Criminal Record”, for disobeying Police instructions or threatening a Police Officer is







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NYPD Officer Speaks Out on Fellow Cops Who Turned Backs to Mayor & Why People of Color Fear Police

Some 20,000 people, including a sea of uniformed officers, gathered in New York City on Saturday for the funeral of NYPD Officer Rafael Ramos, one of the two killed in a targeted ambush one week before. It was said to be one of the largest police funerals in New York City history. Controversy erupted as hundreds of police turned their backs on Mayor Bill de Blasio as he delivered a eulogy inside the church, protesting his earlier comments on police brutality and racial profiling. It was the second time officers have turned their backs on de Blasio since the two officers were killed. We are joined by Adhyl Polanco, an NYPD officer who says those who shunned de Blasio do not represent the feelings held by many police officers. Polanco previously blew the whistle on superiors who told officers to meet a quota under “stop and frisk,” or face punishment — a move that led to his suspension without pay and later modified assignment.



This is a rush transcript. Copy may not be in its final form.


AMYGOODMAN: We turn to new developments since two New York police officers were gunned down in the line of duty at the same time the nation has begun a dialogue over the police killing and targeting of unarmed African Americans. On Saturday, some 20,000 police officers from around the country attended the funeral for Officer Rafael Ramos, who was ambushed in his patrol car along with Officer Wenjian Liu just over a week ago. Their killer, Ismaaiyl Brinsley, had a history of mental health issues and multiple arrests. Officer Ramos’s funeral may be the largest in the history of the New York City Police Department. A series of officials addressed the grieving city at a church in Queens, beginning with Vice President Joe Biden.


VICEPRESIDENTJOEBIDEN: This is a city of courage and character, having faced and overcome the toughest challenges. And I’m absolutely confident, as you are, that spirit is still alive and well in this city. And I’m absolutely confident it will guide you in the days and weeks ahead. I believe that this great police force and this incredibly diverse city can and will show the nation how to bridge any divide.


AMYGOODMAN: Rafael Ramos and Wenjian Liu are the first New York City police officers to die in the line of duty since 2011. Among Saturday’s most anticipated speakers was New York Mayor Bill de Blasio. While those attending the funeral inside the church quietly applauded him, video shows hundreds of officers outside the church turning their backs to the video monitor as the mayor spoke, in protest of his earlier comments on police brutality and racial profiling. It was the second time officers have turned their backs on de Blasio since the two officers were killed. Before the killings, the head of New York City’s largest police union called on officers to request that the mayor not attend their funerals if they were to die in the line of duty. This is an excerpt of Mayor de Blasio’s remarks at the funeral of Officer Rafael Ramos.


GOV. ANDREWCUOMO: The threats against New York’s police are an insult to the law-abiding New Yorkers, and they will not be tolerated. They will be investigated, and they will be prosecuted.


AMYGOODMAN: That was actually Governor Andrew Cuomo. This is Mayor de Blasio.


MAYORBILL DE BLASIO: He was so committed to the NYPD. It meant so much to him to be a member of the finest police force in this country. He always wanted to join the NYPD. It wasn’t his first career. He started out as a school safety officer, protecting our kids, and he was much loved in that role. He had a dream that he would one day be a police officer, and he worked for that dream, and he lived it, and became it. He couldn’t wait to take that test. He couldn’t wait to put on that uniform. He believed in protecting others. And those, who are called to protect others, are a special breed; those who stare down danger, those who sacrifice for all of us.


AMYGOODMAN: All of this comes as New York City’s police commissioner, Bill Bratton, said Sunday it was wrong for police officers to turn their backs as Mayor de Blasio spoke at the funeral of Officer Ramos. Bratton called for less rhetoric and a lot more dialogue to defuse the tension between police and the people they’re meant to serve and protect. A funeral service for the other slain officer, Wenjian Liu, will be held Sunday.


Well, today we hear directly from a New York City police officer, a member of the largest police department in the country. Adhyl Polanco joins us. He’s been with the New York Police Department since 2005. When I interviewed him last year, he described how in 2009 he became critical of the NYPD’s stop-and-frisk policy when his superiors told officers to meet a quota of stops, or face punishment. He made audio recordings of the quotas being described during meetings in his precinct, and brought his concerns to authorities, but he said he was ignored. He then took his audiotapes to the media, including The Village Voice, where reporter Graham Rayman wrote a series called “The NYPD Tapes.” For several years, Officer Polanco was suspended with pay, but he’s since returned to work on the police force.


You went to the wake of Officer Ramos. Can you talk about the reaction of the police to the mayor?


ADHYLPOLANCO: Good morning. First of all, I’ve got to start by saying I’m not here on behalf of the police department. I’m here on my own, as a citizen, as a concerned citizen of New York. I’m not speaking on their behalf. If you can please repeat your question?


AMYGOODMAN: First, your reaction to the killing of these two officers?


ADHYLPOLANCO: It’s an act of a barbaric coward. This is not acceptable. This is not something that anybody can say we’re happy for this. We have lost a brother. We have lost a citizen. I went to the wake and to see the family, the way they’re speaking, to see the church. And the people who are supposed to be angry—his family, his wife, the ones that—the people that are affected the most—they are calling for unity, they are calling for peace. How come we cannot honor what they are calling for?


AMYGOODMAN: Your reaction to your fellow officers turning their back on Mayor de Blasio, not in the church, but outside, because there were so many, they couldn’t all fit in the church?


ADHYLPOLANCO: Absolutely wrong, absolutely wrong. Mayor de Blasio came to the police department, that had a lot of issues with before he got to this police department. Mayor de Blasio came with the attitude that “I can fix this police department.” But this police department has a culture that is going to make whoever tried to change that culture and life impossible, including the mayor. It’s absolutely wrong to turn their back on the mayor. It absolutely don’t show—this is not what we’re made of. This is—I was not taught—you know, this does not represent the police department. This does not represent how, when a family calls for peace and unity, you’re going to have a hundred officers doing the absolute opposite.


AMYGOODMAN: Do other officers feel as you do?


ADHYLPOLANCO: There’s many. There’s many officers that feel like I do. There’s many officers that—


AMYGOODMAN: Last week, the president of the largest police union, your union in New York City, the Patrolmen’s Benevolent Association, said the mayor’s office should be held accountable for the deaths of Officers Ramos and Liu. This is Patrick Lynch.



PATRICKLYNCH: There’s blood on many hands tonight: those that incited violence on the street under the guise of protest, that tried to tear down what New York City police officers did every day. We tried to warn it must not go on, it cannot be tolerated. That blood on the hands starts on the steps of City Hall—in the office of the mayor.




Not every politician is corrupt;

Not every priest is a molester;

And not every cop is a choirboy!

We must Protest Bad Cops & Bad Policing

because the Alternatives are unthinkable.

We, who have grievances, have a Constitutional Right to Peaceful Protests although the Founding Fathers used Military Revolution & Civil Disobedience.

That’s War over Taxation without Representation??

There are some, who would deny us that Right under the False Pretext that our Pain & our Protests have somehow led to the murders of police officers.

That is Sophistry at its worst!

It is Bad Cops & Bad Policing, which

demean all Cops, not our Peaceful Protests.

Only the most Evil of persons would cast blame on the Victims for expressing our Pain and our Refusal to continue the pattern of meekly submitting to Stop & Frisk Racial Profiling, Segregation, Slavery, Redlining, Voter Caging, Job Discrimination, Driving/Breathing While Black subjugation & Genocide.

We are MAD AS HELL, and






AMYGOODMAN: On Friday morning, the day after Christmas, many New Yorkers saw a plane flying a banner above the Hudson River that read: “De Blasio, our backs have turned to you.” Former NYPD Officer John Cardillo wrote on his blog the officers behind the act felt that “Mayor de Blasio’s dangerous and irresponsible comments about his and his wife’s concern for their son’s safety at the hands of the NYPD fueled the flames that led to civil unrest, and potentially to the deaths of [PO] Wenjian Liu and [PO] Rafael Ramos, as well as the continued threats against NYPD personnel,” unquote. Let’s turn to Mayor Bill de Blasio’s remarks, which were made earlier this month amidst protests over lack of police accountability in the Eric Garner case, Eric Garner who died of a police chokehold. He said that he and his wife, Chirlane, who is African-American, fear for the safety of their teenage son, Dante.


MAYORBILL DE BLASIO: Chirlane and I have had to talk to Dante for years about the dangers he may face. Good young man, law-abiding young man, who never would think to do anything wrong, and yet, because of a history that still hangs over us, the dangers he may face, we’ve had to literally train him, as families have all over this city for decades, in how to take special care in any encounter he has with the police officers who are there to protect him. And that painful sense of contradiction that our young people see first, that our police are here to protect us and we honor that, and the same time, there’s a history we have to overcome because for so many of our young people there’s a fear, and for so many of our families there’s a fear.


AMYGOODMAN: That’s Mayor de Blasio speaking amidst the protests around Eric Garner. Adhyl Polanco?


ADHYLPOLANCO: How can a parent—how can a parent who has a black child, how can a parent that have seen millions of kids being stopped by stop-and-frisk—and you know the statistics of that—how can the parents of kids and see black kids get killed by police over and over, how can parents that see kids being summonsed illegally, being arrested in their own building for trespassing, and being the treatment that they deserve from—they get from the police department—not from all officers, because not all officers are the same—how can you not responsibly to have that conversation with your son? You have to.


AMYGOODMAN: You brought your son today to the studio.


ADHYLPOLANCO: Of course! Of course!


AMYGOODMAN: Have you had that conversation with him?


ADHYLPOLANCO: Absolutely! I have to have that conversation.


AMYGOODMAN: You’re a police officer.


ADHYLPOLANCO: And I’m a police officer. And I’ve been thrown against the wall off-duty, because they all [inaudible] the mentality that Patrick Lynch and many other officers don’t want to hear about. They don’t have to speak to their kids. They don’t have—if my kids and Patrick Lynch’s son walk the street right now, chances are that, you know, the conversation that I have to have with my son, he won’t have to have. As an officer, I’ve been thrown against the wall. As an officer, I’ve been shown no respect.


AMYGOODMAN: Thrown against the wall by who?


ADHYLPOLANCO: By fellow officers, stop-and-frisk, walking to the neighborhood of where my mother lives – Absolutely no need!


AMYGOODMAN: When you were out of uniform.


ADHYLPOLANCO: I was out of uniform. And this is—the other thing that they mention is that 50 percent, 60 percent of the population of the police department is Hispanic, because it’s a diverse society. But we are out there. And when we take the uniform, us versus them, we become them. The second I take my uniform off, I’m them. I’m back to the civilian, that, unfortunately—not by this administration, because we cannot say this administration is doing it, but by the 12 years of dictatorship that we had by Bloomberg and Kelly, we had to harass people that did not deserve to be harassed.


AMYGOODMAN: Do you feel the policy is changing under Mayor de Blasio—




AMYGOODMAN: —and police officer—and Police Chief Bratton?


ADHYLPOLANCO: Absolutely, absolutely! Got—welcome Commissioner Bratton. I mean, de Blasio made a mistake. I think that the way he responded to the incident that happened over the bridge, it was not accurate. I don’t think it was appropriate.




ADHYLPOLANCO: Over the “alleged”, that when the two lieutenants got assaulted, he said that was an alleged.


AMYGOODMAN: During a police protest!


ADHYLPOLANCO: Yes. I think that was a mistake. I think—and he’s human. But I think that was provoked. This union has been fighting this mayor since before he became a mayor. And this mayor made his whole campaign around fixing the police department, bringing changes to the police department. And people heard him. And I think it was the one thing that separated him from Quinn and Lhota, it was his approach on how he needed to change and reform the police department. And voters came out!


AMYGOODMAN: What do you feel about the police protests that have been taking place? I mean the protests against police brutality and police violence!


ADHYLPOLANCO: Yeah, people need to get it straight: People are not protesting against police. People are not protesting like angels, like Officer Ramos, and people who go out there and do their job every day. They’re not saying these officers shouldn’t be in the street. People are protesting against bad policies that have been in this country for many, many, many years.


AMYGOODMAN: Do think these protests dishonor the slain officers?



ADHYLPOLANCO: No, no, not at all! I think these protests were there before the officers. I think the issues that we have to resolve, we cannot deny that they’ve been there before the officers were dead. I think they should have held the protests until after the wake, maybe show a little more respect. But there is still an issue, and that issue cannot be ignored. That issue, you cannot tell people they don’t have the right to protest.



I want to ask everybody—and I see Mayor Giuliani and many others of people stepping up now, I don’t know for what reason, and they want to say that everything was mishandled, that everything was mischaracterized, that the mayor did a terrible mistake. But take a picture of Ferguson, Missouri, when the decision of Michael Brown came over. Take a picture of the gas station on fire. Take a picture of the police cars on fire. And then take a picture of New York when the Eric Garner decision came out. Which one you rather have, as a mayor, as a president, as a government? Which one you would rather have? So you’ve got to give this mayor some credit, if not all, for the way they handled it.


AMYGOODMAN: I want to thank you very much for being with us. That ends our show. Also wanted to point out that Emerald Garner, the daughter of Eric Garner, laid a wreath at the officer’s memorial. Adhyl Polanco is a 10-year veteran of the New York Police Department.




Tabacco: Yes, folks, it really does matter which News Source you use in America – that is, if you want to hear the Truth and avoid Trivia, Misdirection, Utter Disregard & Outright Lies!


When Germany surrendered in WWII, the German people were made to pay for the atrocities exacted by their Nazi leaders.


When Napoleon was defeated, the French people were made to atone for the militarism of their former leader.


The United States exacted a heavy penalty upon the people of Japan for Pearl Harbor. The nuclear attacks on Hiroshima and Nagasaki that ended WWII.


But when the European Colonialists were finally removed from power over the majority Black population of South Africa, all was forgiven by the simple act of admission of crimes against those Blacks.


In America no fairness, no freedom, no human rights, no amelioration of exploitation by the White majority is ever achieved unless and until a sufficient number of Black people are murdered by policemen, security guards and other White ‘concerned’ citizens.


Mysteriously the growth of the Black population parallels that of Gay people and flies. It is incomprehensible how AIDS initiated millions of homosexual deaths, and yet their numbers continue to grow. And we have all murdered hundreds, even thousands of flies with no appreciable decrease in their populations either. Amazing! But strange things do happen in nature such as how the pruning of some plants is an absolute requisite in order to spur growth.


And when any concession to Black humanity is made, those Caucasians responsible for the violations of those human rights are never required to atone for their crimes. In those instances Blacks must never look backward or exact recompense for those violations by Whites; Blacks must go forward as if those violations do not require any retribution whatsoever. By merely loosening the yolk of genocide, exploitation and colonialism, the retribution is already achieved. Why is that!


O. J. Simpson must pay in some way, even if the vehicle of retribution is California legislation passed retroactively to ensnare the Black O. J. Simpson.


While the plethora of murders perpetrated upon Blacks, oftentimes by Whites in blue uniforms, is dismissed as unworthy of recompense. How cheaply Whites view the lives of Black people! O.J.’s life was more White than Black despite his permanent suntan. But when the situation is reversed, Whites cannot understand why Blacks would support O. J. and cheer his criminal acquittal! White folks are truly Amazing! Not only must we endure their various tortures in silence, but when they remove their brogans from our throats, we are required to say a convincing, “Thank you for removing your brogans from our throats, Sir!”

It is foolish and wrong to mourn the men who died. Rather we should thank God that such men lived.


No bastard ever won a war by dying for his country. He won it by making the other poor dumb bastard die for his country”.

– General George S. Patton



Black Americans must remember those two quotes by a famous White U.S. General. They apply to Blacks, murdered by Men in Blue, just as much as they apply to U.S. soldiers in some foreign War! Tabacco applauds LinkTV & Democracy Now!

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5 Responses to Police Officers – Or – Judges, Juries & Executioners? That Depends On The Color Of Your Skin! To Caucasians They Are Police Officers, But To Blacks They Are The ENEMY. Just As Many Cops Consider Any Black A Potential Target, Blacks Must Now Consider Anyone In Blue Their Potential Killer. Even Black Patrolmen, Out Of Uniform, Fear For Their Own Lives When Confronted By White Cops In Uniform. Any Black Male, Who Says His Favorite Color Is Blue, Had Better Rethink His Preferences! FERGUSON, MISSOURI, Wednesday, August 13, 2014: How Mainstream Media (MSM) Deceives You The Public With Misdirection, Disregard, Bias & Outright Lies To Facilitate A Parallel Universe In America. CNN, CBS & Fox News Use Varying Forms Of Deception To Obfuscate The Truth. Only MSNBC In Real Time Gave Us Candor. I Recorded CNN, CBS & MSNBC To Report Differences In Detail. I Did Not Even Look At Fox News – I Didn’t Have To! A Black Man In The White House Notwithstanding, America – Particularly The Police – Has Changed Very Little Since The 1950s!

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    Video: St. Louis Cop Turns Off Dash Cam as Officers Kick Driver

    In Missouri, a St. Louis police officer has been suspended after turning off a dashboard camera as her colleagues were kicking and tasing an African-American man during a traffic stop. Cortez Bufford has filed suit against police over the April arrest. Video shows police dragging Bufford from the car, then kicking and tasing him. At one point he shouts, “I can’t move.” Then, using the slang term “red,” to mean the dashboard camera is rolling, Officer Kelli Swinton tells her colleagues to wait while she turns it off.

    Kelli Swinton: “Hold up! Hold up, y’all! Hold up! Hold up! Everybody hold up. We’re red right now, so if you guys are worried about cameras, just wait.”

    The video then abruptly stops. Police, who had received a call about shots fired in the area, accused Bufford of speeding, making an illegal U-turn and abruptly parking. They say an officer kicked him to prevent him from reaching for a gun, which they say they found in his pocket. But all charges against Bufford were dropped after the prosecutor saw the footage. Police Chief Sam Dotson told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch he does not believe the officers did anything wrong. In addition to Swinton, he suspended a sergeant who was supervising the scene — for one day.

    Republished by Tabacco

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    Mexico Condemns 2nd Police Killing of Immigrant in U.S.

    Mexico has condemned the police killing of an unarmed Mexican immigrant in Texas, two weeks after another such killing sparked protests in Washington state. Mexican authorities say police in Grapevine, Texas, violated a decades-old treaty by waiting four days to inform them of the killing of Rubén García Villalpando. Police say they shot García during a traffic stop after he defied orders to halt and walked toward a patrol car with his hands in the air. The shooting came just days after the police killing of Antonio Zambrano-Montes in Pasco, Washington. Authorities say police fired 17 shots at Zambrano, hitting him five or six times. Cellphone video shows Zambrano, who was also unarmed, turning to face police and raising his hands before he is shot.

    Republished by Tabacco

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    Court Dismisses Lawsuit over Brooklyn Bridge Mass Arrest of Occupy Protesters

    Civil rights groups have condemned the decision by a federal appeals court panel to dismiss a class-action lawsuit over New York City’s 2011 mass arrest of Occupy Wall Street protesters on the Brooklyn Bridge. In August, the same panel allowed the lawsuit challenging the arrest of more than 700 peaceful protesters to move forward. But this week, the panel reversed itself, dismissing the case. In a statement, the Partnership for Civil Justice Fund, which filed the lawsuit, said: “The Court has abruptly doubled back on itself to tell the people of New York that if they participate in a police-led and escorted march, peaceful and compliant with all directives from the police, they can be subject to a shocking corralling and mass arrest by the NYPD without any notice that such permission has been revoked or opportunity to disperse.”

    Republished by Tabacco

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    Dori Maynard, Media Diversity Advocate, Dies at 56

    Dori Maynard, a journalist and longtime advocate for media diversity and accurate news coverage of people of color, has died of complications from lung cancer at the age of 56. Maynard was president of the Robert C. Maynard Institute for Journalism Education, co-founded by and named for her father, who became the first African American to own a major daily newspaper when he bought the Oakland Tribune in 1983. In a recent interview posted by the Institute for Black Male Achievement, Maynard answered the question: “Why do you do what you do?”

    Dori Maynard: “So, for years, when people would ask me this question, I would tell them, ‘Because I don’t want my younger brothers to get shot.’ And I think people thought I was being a little overly dramatic. And then Trayvon Martin got shot, and then Jordan Davis got shot, and I think people began to understand what I was saying, which is that that’s happening against the backdrop of a steady barrage of inaccurate and distorted coverage of black men, that pigeonholes them in coverage, makes them look like predators, or riddled with pathology, makes them the face of the problem. And until we change that, no matter what we do to prepare black men to be successful in this society, we’re sending them out into a hostile environment.”

    Dori Maynard died at home in West Oakland, California, on Tuesday.

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    FBI Arrests 6 in Alleged Terrorism Probe

    FBI agents have arrested six people in Minnesota and California as part of what they say is a terrorism investigation. The FBI has provided no details so far. The news comes after a 23-year-old Ohio man was arraigned last week for allegedly traveling to Syria to aid the al-Qaeda-linked al-Nusra Front. Prosecutors say Abdirahman Sheik Mohamud boasted of his skills to a government informant and planned to attack a military facility or prison within the United States. Meanwhile, Australian and British police say they have arrested a number of teenagers, including a 14-year-old boy, over an alleged plot to attack a war memorial ceremony in Australia.
    Leaks Show State Dept. Asked Sony for Aid “Countering ISIL Narratives”

    The State Department has acknowledged it reached out to corporate media executives for help countering narratives put forth by the self-proclaimed Islamic State and by Russia. An email published by WikiLeaks as part of a trove of hacked Sony documents shows State Department official Richard Stengel telling Sony Entertainment CEO Michael Lynton that countering such narratives is “not something that the State Department can do on its own.” Stengel suggests a meeting of media executives to “help us think about better ways to respond.” State Department spokesperson Marie Harf acknowledged the administration has talked with social media and entertainment organizations about its efforts against ISIL.

    Marie Harf: “We were very clear that we talked to a host of government and nongovernmental actors about the anti-ISIL coalition. This is certainly a very, very small part of that. I wouldn’t sort of draw any — I wouldn’t draw any big analytical statements from this, other than we’re very clear that we believe people who have platforms, who can speak out against ISIL, should do so. But their content, what they choose to say, what they choose to print, what they choose to make in terms of movies, is obviously entirely up to them. And I think Sony would say the same thing.”

    Other Sony emails from the WikiLeaks trove reveal actor Ben Affleck asked the creators of the PBS documentary series “Finding Your Roots” to conceal the fact he had a slave-owning ancestor. The film’s host, Henry Louis Gates, consulted Sony Entertainment CEO Michael Lynton for advice, and ultimately the fact was left out of the film. Gates and PBS say the omission was based on editorial grounds.
    Report: Mexican Federal Police Massacred 16 in January

    In Mexico, a new investigation has revealed federal police massacred 16 civilians in January in the state of Michoacán. Authorities had described the incident in Apatzingán as a shootout with a civil defense force. But a report published in Mexican outlets based on interviews with dozens of people reveals federal police attacked an encampment of members of an anti-cartel rural defense group, who had staged a sit-in after the federal security commissioner in the state dissolved their group without pay. The police reportedly yelled, “Kill them like dogs,” as they descended on the protesters, none of whom fired a shot. Hours later, the federal police opened fire on vehicles carrying civil defense members and their families. A witness described seeing someone killed while on his knees.

    Witness: “They shouted at me, ‘Put your hands up! Get on your knees!’ When I went to put my hands up and get on my knees, a person who was further down, toward Tres Hermanos, a person who was on his knees, I saw how they shot him in the face, and he fell. The compañero fell. They shot him, while he was on his knees, surrendering, unarmed.”
    Maryland: Freddie Gray Dies After Arrest Left Him in Coma

    In Maryland, a 27-year-old African-American man has died one week after an arrest by Baltimore police that left him in a coma. Freddie Gray’s family and attorney say his voicebox was crushed and his spine was “80 percent severed at his neck.” Police have not said why they arrested Gray. Video shot by a bystander shows him screaming in apparent agony as police drag him to a van. You can hear a bystander’s voice.

    Bystander: “His leg looks broke! Look at his f—ing leg! Look at his f—ing leg! That boy’s leg looks broke! His leg’s broken! Y’all dragging him like that!”

    Police say officers placed additional restraints on Gray while he was in the van, then called paramedics to take him to the hospital half an hour later. Gray died on Sunday, amid protests demanding answers. His family has called for a federal probe.
    Missouri: Police Kill Black Man with Knife After Mom Calls for Help

    Police in St. Louis County, Missouri, shot and killed a 23-year-old African-American man after his mother called them for help. Police say Thaddeus McCarroll emerged from his house with a knife and charged at them, after his mother reported he was behaving abnormally and talking about a “black revolution.” Audio from a police body camera shows McCarroll repeatedly asking the police to go, saying he is “pissed off because you guys won’t leave me alone.” Police fired a rubber bullet, then, seconds later, opened fire with an automatic weapon.
    Report: National Guard Called Ferguson Protesters “Enemy Forces”

    Thaddeus McCarroll’s death in Jennings, Missouri, comes as new information has emerged about the militarized response to mass protests over the police killing of Michael Brown in nearby Ferguson last year. Documents obtained by CNN show the Missouri National Guard used the terms “enemy forces” and “adversaries” to refer to the protesters.
    Arizona: No Charges for Cop Who Hit Suspect with Cruiser

    In Arizona, a police officer who ran a suspect over with his cruiser will not face charges. Footage from a police dashboard camera shows Marana police Officer Michael Rapiejko running down a suspect police say was armed with a stolen gun. The suspect, Mario Valencia, was hospitalized but survived. Prosecutors say they lacked evidence to prove the officer had “the requisite criminal intent for aggravated assault.” He is a former NYPD officer who was previously sued for excessive force.

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