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Stop-and-Frisk Practice Violated Rights, Judge Rules



I never understood how anyone could pretzel the laws to even possibly think this sh*t was legal.

In a repudiation of a major element in the Bloomberg administration’s crime-fighting legacy, a federal judge has found that the stop-and-frisk tactics of the New York Police Department violated the constitutional rights of tens of thousands of New Yorkers, and called for a federal monitor to oversee broad reforms.

In a decision issued on Monday, the judge, Shira A. Scheindlin, ruled that police officers have for years been systematically stopping innocent people in the street without any objective reason to suspect them of wrongdoing. Officers often frisked these people, usually young minority men, for weapons or searched their pockets for contraband, like drugs, before letting them go, according to the 195-page decision.

These stop-and-frisk episodes, which soared in number over the last decade as crime continued to decline, demonstrated a widespread disregard for the Fourth Amendment, which protects against unreasonable searches and seizures by the government, according to the ruling. It also found violations with the 14th Amendment.

To fix the constitutional violations, Judge Scheindlin of Federal District Court in Manhattan said she intended to designate an outside lawyer, Peter L. Zimroth, to monitor the Police Department’s compliance with the Constitution.


Massachusetts Has Spoken For All of Us


Ed Markey

Lost in the jubilant elation of today's historic SCOTUS rulings, upholding of natural rights of all Americans, gay or straight, was another very important decision.  The people of Massachusetts yesterday chose a newly elected Senator.  He's a long-time US representative who's giving up his seniority in the dysfunctional House of Representative to assume the seat that until recently was  held by John Kerry.  He's Ed Markey and he is more than just a new senator.  His election is seen as a message.  The GOP be damned.

America doesn't want GOP rule. The Republican party did everything they could to derail Markey's election.  The national party held fundraisers and filtered Koch Brothers cash into this campaign.  Millions.  They made it their mandate to win this one for the party.  And by a ten percent margin, their puppet candidate lost.

This is a bitter pill to swallow for the Repubs.  They made Massachusetts their test election, to gauge what will be happening in the 2014 midterms.  Within the party headquarters, Reince Priebus and his cronies are biting their nails and shaking in their boots.  There's actually a chance they could face such backlash because of their war on women, war on immigration and the war on education and public sector jobs, they may lose the House.  For 2016 their chances of presidential success with radical and insane candidates like Ron Paul and Marco Rubio prove they are not mainstream enough to defeat solid, human dignity.

One potential national candidate took the biggest hit.  It was Marco Rubio.  In the Bay State, the republicans put up a young, Hispanic, former navy SEAL.  Gabriel Gomez, the son of Colombian immigrants and a graduate of Harvard Business School ran on being Hispanic and being a true Republican.  Just like Marco Rubio, there's nothing more behind that young, attractive facade.  Voters are too smart to vote for paper  tigers any longer.  They want substance and the Republicans, despite their strongest efforts, couldn't touch Markey with a vapid, non-directional candidate who's strongest claim to fame is that he disagrees with gun control and favors the dissemination of automatic weapons, no background checks  and no limits on the size of bullet clips.  He's a junior Marco and now Rubio can see his future melting away like the polar icecaps Rubio voted against saving with his "no" votes on climate control bills. He and Gomez share a common future -- none.

Markey on the other hand,  ran on combating climate change, breaking our dependence on imported oil, human rights equality, women's equal pay and protections under the law and creation of jobs.

Thank you Massachusetts for showing us the way.  Your election sends a loud and clear message -- America wants better  and they want it now -- not status quo or regression.  That's what the GOP offered and that's what was soundly rejected.


RNC Florida Hispanic Director is Now a Democrat



This should be top story tomorrow, not all the kvetching about made up scandals. THIS is a true blue disintegration. How Rubio & Cruz justify their membership is beyond me. h/t Taegan.

It doesn’t take much to see the culture of intolerance surrounding the Republican Party today. I have wondered before about the seemingly harsh undertones about immigrants and others. Look no further; a well-known organization recently confirms the intolerance of that which seems different or strange to them.


Although the organization distanced themselves from those assertions, other immigration-related research is still padded with the same racist and eugenics-based innuendo. Some Republican leaders have blandly (if at all) denied and distanced themselves from this but it doesn’t take away from the culture within the ranks of intolerance. The pseudo-apologies appear to be a quick fix to deep-rooted issues in the Republican Party in hopes that it will soon pass and be forgotten.

The complete disregard of those who are in disadvantage is also palpable. We are not looking at an isolated incident of rhetoric or research. Others subscribe to motivating people to action by stating, “In California, a majority of all Hispanic births are illegitimate. That’s a lot of Democratic voters coming.” The discourse that moves the Republican Party is filled with this anti-immigrant movement and overall radicalization that is far removed from reality. Another quick example beyond the immigration debate happened during CPAC this year when a supporter shouted ““For giving him shelter and food for all those years?” while a moderator explained how Frederick Douglass had written a letter to his slave master saying that he forgave him for “all the things you did to me.” I think you get the idea.


Cartoons of the Day- More GOP Hispanic Outreach