Texas city councilman tased by police outside his home

Texas councilman tased by police outside his home (VIDEO)

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In the same Texas city where activist Sandra Bland was arrested and later died in jail, Prairie View City Councilman Jonathan Miller was tased while on his knees and turned away from officers, who say he was resisting arrest.

Below is footage from the police body camera. The second video is further post-taser footage from police, and footage shot by Miller’s friend.

Miller’s friends told KHOU they were changing their shoes near one of their cars when police arrived.

“She’s like, ‘What are you guys doing?’” said Alaric Jones. “We’re like, ‘Nothing. Gonna practice some steps.’ And she said, ‘No it looks like you guys are doing some drug-related stuff because this is a high-drug area, high crime area also.’”

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Miller, 26, came outside to check on matters. “They were at my house,” he told the officers.

“OK, I don’t know that pulling up,” Officer Goodie replied.

“OK, that’s fine, I’m not trying to be combative or anything,” said Miller.

“OK, I’m not either,” Officer Goodie said, at some point adding: “I understand you’re coming in at the tale end of it. I just told you everything is okay. They already explained everything to me.”

A second officer then told Miller to back away. “This is a scene, come on,” said Officer Kelley, as he reached for Miller.

“Officer, please do not put your hands on me,” said Miller.

Kelley replied, “Go over there before you go to jail for interfering, go over there before you go to jail for interfering.”

Miller took a few steps away, insisting he lived at the scene.

“Go back there to the end, man. You always starting problems, so go back over there,” said Officer Kelley, again insisting Miller would be arrested for interfering.

Kelley continued to demand that Miller back away, at some point reaching to grab Miller and insisting he “turn around.”

“I’m not saying nothing, get your hands off me,” Miller said. “I’m not saying nothing.”

Kelley’s body camera fell off at this point in the tape. Police said the pair fell to the ground and wrestled before Miller ended up on his knees before the officers. Police blamed Miller for the tussle.

“That’s not true. That’s not true,” Miller’s friend Brandon Wilson told KHOU. “The only wrestling was when he [the officer] slammed him on the ground. He got him on the ground so easily, he’s only 130 pounds.”

Wilson said Miller did not push back. “He literally grabbed him, slammed him on the ground,” Wilson added.

At this point, Wilson began filming the encounter on his cell phone. Miller is seen on his knees with is arms at his sides. An officer is heard telling Miller to put his hands behind his back or else he would be tased.

“He’s going to have to tase you because you’re not doing like you’re supposed to,” Officer Goodie said, as Miller was shot with the taser.

“I live here man, I live here,” Miller said after being tased.

“I told you to back off and you didn’t listen,” one officer said.

Miller spent the night in jail. He was charged with interfering with police and resisting arrest. His friends were not charged.

“I feel like I was checking on my line brothers and I feel like it escalated to a situation where I was tased and it shouldn’t have come that far,” Miller said the next morning.

The officers involved are not on leave as of yet pending an investigation of the incident, according to Prairie View Police Chief Larry Johnson.

“Comply with what the officers are asking you to do,” Johnson said of the incident. “Officers were conducting an investigation. They asked that you step away from the scene and allow them to finish what they were doing, out of safety for all concerned.”

Goodie was the same officer who transported activist Sandra Bland to a county jail following an aggressive traffic arrest in July. Bland hanged herself in jail not long after, police have claimed.

Miller graduated from Prairie View A&M University in May, and is the youngest member of the city council. He is currently seeking to obtain certification to teach middle school English, according to his council biography.

Texas students protest guns on campus
| October 12, 2015 | 9:41 pm | Local/State, political struggle | No comments

’Heaven forbid the penis’: Texas students to brandish sex toys in protest of guns on campus

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In response to a new state law that will allow gun owners to bring their weapons on campus, hundreds of students at the University of Texas at Austin are planning to open-carry items that still aren’t allowed in classes: dildos.

Governor Greg Abbott (R-Texas) signed a bill into law that allows people with concealed-carry permits to bring their guns into most places on university campuses starting August 1, 2016. Now thousands of students have signed up to “strap gigantic swinging dildos to our backpacks” in protest of the new law on August 24 next year, the first day of classes after the law comes into force. The #CocksNotGlocks hashtag is getting Twitter to stand at attention.

READ MORE: Guns galore: Texas legalizes open carry in public, on campus

The “Open (DILDO) Carry” protest is the brainchild of 24-year-old Jessica Jin, a recent graduate of UT Austin.

“‘You’re carrying a gun to class? Yeah well I’m carrying a HUGE DILDO,'” Jin says in the Facebook event’s description. “Just about as effective at protecting us from sociopathic shooters, but much safer for recreational play.”
The idea came to Jin while she was sitting in traffic and listening to reports about the recent strings of campus shootings. “I felt a lot of frustration at those who were still trying to explain away or make excuses for this repeated pattern of violence and said to myself, ‘Man, these people are such dildos,’” she said.

This led the curious alumna to discover that there is a law on the books in Texas that specifically prohibits sex toys in school buildings. To Jin, the contrast between dildos being banned in classrooms and weapons being welcomed is nothing short of ridiculous.

“The State of Texas has decided that it is not at all obnoxious to allow deadly concealed weapons in classrooms, however it DOES have strict rules about free sexual expression, to protect your innocence,” Jin wrote on the Facebook page. “You would receive a citation for taking a DILDO to class before you would get in trouble for taking a gun to class. Heaven forbid the penis.”

The event was created the same day that a student was killed in a shooting at Texas Southern University and another died at Northern Arizona University, and only about a week after the deadliest campus shooting of the year in Roseburg, Oregon.

READ MORE: Texas Southern University on lockdown after 2 shot, 1 fatally

As of Monday afternoon, 4,800 have indicated on the event’s Facebook page that they will be participating, while around 1,000 marked that they may be joining the “strap in.”

The logistics and cost of thousands of students equipping themselves with plastic penises is pretty daunting, and Jin is looking into a novel solution for to satisfy her protest needs.

“I know that quality dildos, especially super large ones, can be a little pricey,” she notes in the Facebook page’s description. “If we can gather enough willing participants, I will personally take it upon myself to put in the time and legwork to find a dildo supplier sponsorship.”

The explosion of support for #CocksNotGlocks has also come with online threats made against Jin, which caused her to contact the Austin Police Department.

“People want me dead for a dildo,” Jin told the Houston Chronicle. “It’s the type of reaction that we could only hope to see from them when they hear of a child being gunned down in a classroom.”

Daniel Hamermesh, a professor of economics at UT Austin, is protesting the campus carry law with his own weapon: his resignation.

“I don’t want to bear the increased risk of facing a student in my office that gets disgruntled and pulls a gun out on me,” he says.

Other members of the University of Texas system are also against the new measure, not the least of which are UT Chancellor Bill McRaven, a former admiral, and UT Austin President George Fenves.

The campus-carry law doesn’t apply to private schools, and doesn’t go into effect for community colleges until August 2017. It also includes a stipulation that allows individual universities to have some say in how the policy is implemented on their campuses. But Hamermesh isn’t confident that this leeway will be enough to allow universities to make meaningful decisions.

“Right now, the [UT Austin] president is holding a bunch of forums and has a committee designed to decide what they can limit in terms of the places where you can’t carry guns,” Hamermesh said. “But a general limit saying no guns in offices, I don’t think that’s going to happen, and similarly, no guns in classes, I don’t think that’s going to happen. You can’t do that politically given what the legislation was passed as.”

Arkansas, Kansas, Mississippi, Oregon and Wisconsin have passed similar laws, while Colorado, Idaho and Utah mandate that concealed guns are allowed on campus, regardless of the feelings of the individual schools.

Have you ever wanted to shoot someone?
| October 12, 2015 | 9:36 pm | political struggle | No comments

Nick Blake

Having a gun means you don’t need to work out. You got pecs, I got Tecs!

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US ‘disappointed’ by alleged violations at Belarus presidential elections
| October 12, 2015 | 9:32 pm | political struggle, Russia | No comments
Presidential elections in Belarus

US ‘Disappointed’ by Alleged Violations at Belarus Presidential Election

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Washington welcomes presidential elections in Belarus, but says that violations of democratic principles have emerged during the process, the US Department of State deputy spokesperson said on Monday.

MOSCOW (Sputnik) — On Sunday, Belarus held presidential elections. Incumbent President Alexander Lukashenko won 83.5 percent of the popular vote, which means he is to serve his fifth consecutive presidential term.

“The United States welcomes the peaceful conduct of the October 11 presidential election in Belarus. However, we are disappointed that the elections fell significantly short of Belarus’ international obligations and commitments…. as demonstrated by reports from the OSCE ODIHR and Parliamentary Assembly election observation missions,” Mark Toner said in a statement.

According to Toner, reports noted serious problems with the counting and tabulation of votes.

Following the Belarus elections, the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) said that the process was not absolutely democratic, and urged Belarus to make significant steps to ensure Minsk is able to meet the OSCE democratic commitments.

Meanwhile, as the polls were closed, Head of Russian Central Election Commission Vladimir Churov said he was generally satisfied with the presidential election process.

Earlier in the day, head of the CIS Executive Committee Sergei Lebedev said that the elections in Belarus were held in accordance with the laws of the country and general democratic principles, as well as were transparent.

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Turkey ready to discuss Syrian war settlement with Russia, Iran
| October 12, 2015 | 9:23 pm | political struggle, Russia, Syria | No comments

Ankara is ready to discuss the Syrian civil war settlement with Russia and Iran, Turkey’s Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu said Monday.

ANKARA (Sputnik) – According to Davutoglu, the intention to cooperate on the issue does not mean that Ankara shares Russia’s position on Syrian President Bashar Assad who Moscow considers to be the legitimate power in Syria.

“Unfortunately, Russia has refused to join the [US-led international] coalition against the Islamic State, but we remain open to holding talks with Russia and Iran on the Syrian settlement,” Davutoglu said in an interview with NTV channel.

Russia started airstrikes on ISIL positions in Syria, coordinated with Iran, Iraq and Syria, on September 30 at Assad’s request. Moscow continues to support a political settlement to the four-year civil war in Syria.The Turkish prime minister added that Russian anti-ISIL airstrikes in Syria’s Aleppo and Idlib governorates could further increase the number of refugees arriving in Turkey.

A US-led coalition has been bombing ISIL targets since 2014 without the permission of Assad or the UN Security Council.

Read more: http://sputniknews.com/politics/20151012/1028415050/turkey-ready-discuss-syria-iran-russia.html#ixzz3oPWSaTCm

US must call off dogs of war in Syria
| October 12, 2015 | 9:19 pm | political struggle, Russia, Syria | No comments
Finian Cunningham

Ambiguity can be a useful skill in diplomatic engagement. It can wrong-foot adversaries, or otherwise tamp down tensions to avoid confrontation. But there is a danger that ambiguity can rebound badly by blurring reality, thereby impairing decisive action when decisive action is actually the best tactic.

Take Russia’s preferred lexicon of “partners” when referring to Washington and its various allies. The use of the term no doubt has served well to frustrate belligerent Western attitudes. But is there a danger that such polite engagement creates a false sense of negotiation? Or, worse, an unhelpful distraction from Russia’s priorities?

Moscow has magnanimously offered partnership to Washington and its allies over the immediate challenge of defeating terrorism in Syria.

Moscow has called on the United States to coordinate military operations, although, it has to be said, to not much avail so far.

Just this week, Russian President Vladimir Putin hosted Washington’s main client in the Arab region – Saudi Arabia – in a related bid to try to advance military cooperation in Syria against terror groups.Both sides reportedly expressed willingness to prevent the “formation of a terrorist caliphate” in Syria under the control of the Islamic State group and other associated jihadists.

But, unambiguously, Russia knows full well that the American and Saudi “partners” are the principal sponsors of the jihadist mercenary armies that have been destroying Syria for the past nearly five years.

Washington and its Saudi and other regional allies may talk out of the side of their mouths about “degrading and defeating” the Islamic State and other terror groups. But the reality is that Syria would not be in the dire condition of 250,000 dead, $100 billion worth of infrastructure decimated and millions of refugees if it were not for the US-led covert criminal war for regime change in that country.

Leaked US official cables testify that Washington was plotting to overthrow Syrian President Bashar al-Assad from as early as 2006 – five years before the Western-orchestrated uprising began in March 2011.

US President Barack Obama and his top diplomat John Kerry have repeatedly insisted that Assad must stand down in any eventual political outcome. In other words, the Americans want regime change by hook or by crook against what is, as Putin has clearly stated, the “legitimate government of Syria” – and a long-time strategic ally of Russia to boot.Again this week, the Saudi rulers reiterated the same objective during their visit to Moscow. Saudi Foreign Minister Abel al-Jubeir may have talked about military cooperation with Russia in Syria, but the bottom-line for the House of Saud is that Assad “must go”.

This imperative demanded by Washington and its Saudi ally is an outrageous ultimatum – especially coming from an unelected dictatorship that imprisons tens of thousands of its own people for daring to call for democratic rights in the oil-rich kingdom.

Moreover, in recent days it has been reported that the Obama administration and the Saudis are to step up their supply of anti-tank weapons to the jihadi mercenaries in Syria.

The BBC reports: “The well-placed [Saudi] official, who asked not to be named, said supplies of modern, high-powered weaponry including guided anti-tank weapons would be increased to the Arab- and western-backed rebel groups fighting the forces of Syria’s President Bashar al-Assad and his Russian, Iranian and Lebanese allies. He said those groups being supplied did not include either Islamic State (IS) or al-Nusra Front, both of which are proscribed terrorist organisations. Instead, he said the weapons would go to three rebel alliances – Jaish al-Fatah (Army of Conquest), the Free Syrian Army (FSA) and the Southern Front.”Who is the BBC trying to kid? One of the recipients of Saudi-supplied weapons – the Army of Conquest – is known to be affiliated with the Al-Qaeda network. As for the other supposed “moderate rebels” it is abundantly clear by now that that depiction is a ridiculous fiction and that these groups operate like a revolving door, exchanging fighters and weapons.

The New York Times also reported that the Obama administration, while cancelling its failed program to train “moderate rebels”, is now planning to send arms, including anti-tank missiles, directly to “vetted” rebel groups. “The new program would be the first time the Pentagon has provided lethal aid directly to Syrian rebels, though the CIA has for some time been covertly training and arming groups fighting Mr Assad,” notes the Times.

These “vetted” rebels are part of the same chimeric Free Syrian Army that Russia’s Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov last week dismissed as a “phantom”.

The Washington Post also reported this week that the BGM-71 TOW anti-tank missiles previously supplied to Syria by the CIA are now going to be increased. “Now that Russia has entered the war in support of Assad, they are taking on a greater significance than was originally intended… [it] amounts to proxy war of sorts with Moscow.”What seems clear then is that the interests of Russia and the US in Syria are fundamentally irreconcilable. Washington and its Saudi client are motivated by regime change against Moscow’s ally, and they are moving to escalate arms supplies to their mercenary terror networks fighting to topple the Syrian government and its allies – Russia and Iran.

The notion that Washington and Saudi Arabia could be called upon to form an “anti-terror” front is not just misplaced wishful thinking. It a dangerous ambiguity. Washington and its cronies are not “partners”.

They are implacably working to undermine Russia, and worse, to draw Moscow into an “Afghanistan-type” quagmire.

This deeper enmity towards Russia should be of no surprise. Earlier this year, Russia’s top national security official Nikolai Patrushev warned that Washington was trying to topple the Russian government of Vladimir Putin through “colour revolutions” in former Soviet republics, including Ukraine. By extension, Syria is following the same US script aimed at undermining Russia.

Rather than betting that the United States and its clients might somehow be counted on to fight terrorism in Syria, Moscow would be better defining more clearly who is the root cause of conflict. The logical thing to do then is to not engage with poisonous “partners” – but instead to unambiguously state terms for ending the conflict. One such term would be for the US and its clients to call off their dogs of war in Syria.

The views expressed in this article are solely those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the official position of Sputnik.

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| October 11, 2015 | 7:43 pm | International, political struggle | No comments
Today a demonstration for Peace organized in Ankara by the four major unions has been the target of two bomb attacks. Two bombs exploded among the masses who converged on the square of the event at 10 this morning, near the train station in Ankara.
According to data released by the government the death toll is 86 dead and 186 wounded.
Nine comrades of our Party, including a Central Committee member died, and thirty of our comrades were wounded.
In elections last June 7 the ruling party AKP has lost some of his votes and did not get enough MPs to form a majority government. AKP has refused to enter into a coalition with other parties, prevented the attempts to form a government and set another election to be held on 1 November.
Furthermore, ending the five-year negotiations with the Kurdish political forces, AKP began to terrorize the Kurdish regions with its military and police.
Because of the policy of terror AKP more than 1,000 soldiers, policemen, guerrillas and civilians (including women, elderly and children) have been killed in the last three months.
Through its campaign of terror in the Kurdish regions, AKP is trying to block the HDP (who took 13% of the vote and 80 deputies in the last elections) under the 10% threshold to once again become the majority party in government in Turkey.
Recently, the forces that are against the policy of terror of AKP and claim a peaceful solution to the Kurdish question they tried to make their voices heard through activities and events.
Today’s demonstration was organized by DISK (Confederation of Revolutionary Workers ‘Unions), KESK (Confederation of Public Employees), TMMOB (Turkey Chamber of architects and engineers’ unions), and TTB (House of doctors Turkey) . In addition to the members of the four unions, the event was also attended by the HDP and EMEP, as well as from a number of parties, political organizations and groups.
We strongly condemn the attack and we reiterate that such attacks can not stop us.
Labour Party (EMEP) of Turkey