Some of the incidents laid out in the report reflect such questionable judgment that they would almost be comic if they did not end so tragically.

In one incident from the Justice Department’s new report, a 300-pound officer sat on a 13 year-old boy who weighed half as much and punched the boy in the face repeatedly while the boy was handcuffed in the back of a police car. In another incident, police used their stun gun on a juvenile suspect, despite the fact that the boy was being held on the ground by two officers. In a third incident, an officer fired upon a man who fled after repeatedly asking the officer to produce his badge in order to prove that he was, in fact, a cop. The cop did not do so.

On November 29, 2012, over 100 Cleveland police officers engaged in a high speed chase, in violation of CDP policies, and fatally shot two unarmed civilians… . The incident began when Timothy Russell and his passenger Malissa Williams drove past the Justice Center in downtown Cleveland, at which point officers and witnesses outside the Justice Center heard what they believed to be a shot fired from the car. It now appears that what they actually heard was the car backfiring. A massive chase ensued, involving at least 62 police vehicles, some of which were unmarked, and more than 100 patrol officers, supervisors, and dispatchers—about 37 percent of the CDP personnel on duty in the City. The pursuit lasted about 25 minutes, at times reaching speeds of more than 100 miles per hour. During the chase, some of the confusing and contradictory radio traffic incorrectly indicated that the occupants of the car may be armed and may be firing from the car. Other radio traffic did not support that conclusion. No supervisor asserted control over the chase, and some even participated. CDP now admits that the manner in which the chase occurred was not in accordance with established CDP policies. The chase finally ended outside the City’s borders, in an East Cleveland school parking lot, with CDP vehicles located in front of and behind Mr. Russell’s car. In circumstances that are still being disputed in court, thirteen CDP officers ultimately fired 137 shots at the car, killing both its occupants. Mr. Russell and Ms. Williams each suffered more than 20 gunshot wounds. The officers, who were firing on the car from all sides, reported believing that they were being fired at by the suspects. It now appears that those shots were being fired by fellow officers.

Their punishment? Three days of administrative leave, followed by restricted duty for about 45 days


Mumford & Sons’ second album Babel has become the fastest-selling album of the year in the US, according to Nielsen Soundscan. The release sold 600,000 copies in its first week, more than any opener this year.

It has become the London foursome’s first number one album in America. 

Marcus Mumford and Ted Dwane spoke to Newsbeat’s entertainment reporter Natalie Jamieson about what the record sales mean to them.


This week’s NME is a new bands special, crammed full of the most exciting up and coming acts in the world right now, recommended by writers and artists alike. Here’s a taster.

I’m going to be cheeky here and pick one band and one solo artist. The band is Montreal’s Half Moon Run - potentially one of the most important bands debuting an album this year. It’s progresive without being pretentious. And my favourite new songwriter is Joe Banfi from Sheffield. He’s dark, edgy, serene and beautiful.

Best song: ’Hurricane’ (HMR), ‘Guts And Bones’ (JB)

Listen: Half Moon RunJoe Banfi.
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Mumford & Sons perform “Whispers in the Dark” on Later…with Jools Holland on 2nd October 2012.

anonymous asked:

1. You've talked many times about how you would have done the same as 1DHQ when trying to break the US market and how no one could have predicted how everything would change mid 2012. I could not disagree with you more. Support for LGBT rights had been building in the US for YEARS, especially in the younger age brackets. Support was at majority levels in 1D's target demographic since around 2005 or so. And if you look at any graph, you'll see that a steady upward trend for all age groups >

2. had been occurring for a *very* long time. What happened in 2012 was that LGBT rights had majority support in ALL age brackets for the first time in the US, so Obama’s vocal support, while important, was also simply acknowledging a shift in public opinion that was ALREADY IN PLACE. The changes in 2012 were 100% predictable for anyone who had been following along at all for the last decade. So in my opinion, 1DHQ’s decision to closet Harry and Louis so harshly was a bad business decision >3. and instead of riding the crest of LGBT opinion and becoming game changers in the music industry, they chose THE WRONG SIDE OF HISTORY and defaulted to the homophobic and backward practices of conservative corporate America. I believe 1D would have been successful regardless, but we’ll never know.


Anon, you are 95% correct - if you are looking at the 18+ demographic (which polls track) and live along an ocean coast. (as in, Democratic territory).

I have looked at the graphs; many of them every year for many years. LGBTQ acceptance has been climbing slowly since the mid-80’s, predominantly among the University crowd. However, there has been a serious anomaly in the Post-911 generation: their views have swung much further conservative than past generations at their age.

It is the post-911 demographic that 1D targeted (Another dumb move, really, but that is a discussion for another post). The under 18 demographic that required two things to happen: kids with a more conservative/less-accepting shade to them to embrace the band, and their Conservative Middle america parents to fork out the money at the end of a recession.

I also believe you have grossly underestimated the importance and Impact of Obama’s May 2012 statement. That interview along gave the LGBTQ movement a 25+ point bump in the polls. It caught everyone off guard. Look at news from the November election - LGBTQ groups who had ballot initiatives on the books had to scramble to respond to their victory - many had no thought to write a “we’ve won” press release, because that just never happened.

The big problem any corporation has when considering their US business plan is that we cannot look at the “country” as a unified nation. It is 50 separate nation-states that agree on very little, especially social issues. Social change rarely sweeps the nation. It’s fought for on the ground in wave after wave of ground wars. What happened in the Summer and Fall of 2012 in the LGBTQ movement was unpredicted, and I dare say, completely unpredictable.

But one the change happens, any decision to not alter your own course is upon your own head to own. Whether it was stubbornness, an unwillingness to deviate from a business model that worked for 30 years, or internal systemic homophobia, I cannot say for certain. But Modest had their chance and blew it.