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Former US Attorney General Eric Holder shuts down Trump for threatening to jail Clinton

In a rare series of tweets, former United States Attorney General Eric Holder slammed Donald Trump for threatening to abuse presidential power to order the AG and jail Hillary Clinton. In a follow up tweet, Holder expressed two other critical reasons why he believes people must vote for Hillary.

Uber extends investigation into its toxic workplace because there’s so much evidence
The team investigating Uber’s toxic workplace and culture must have found a lot of evidence, because they just asked the company’s board of directors for an additional month to sift through everything before submitting their findings. In February, Uber announced that former US Attorney General Eric Holder and his colleague Tammy Albarrán would conduct a review of the ride-hail company’s corporate culture, following allegations of rampant sexism and harassment. Holder and Albarrán have been reporting on a weekly basis to a subcommittee of Uber’s board of directors, consisting of Arianna Huffington, Bill Gurley, and David Bonderman. Read more

The list of demands reads as follows:

1) We demand the immediate firing of Officer Daniel Pantaleo and all officers involved in the Eric Garner murder.

2) We demand NY Attorney General Eric Schneiderman immediately appoint a Special Prosecutor to investigate and prosecute all excessive force and wrongful death cases by police officers, and in particular, immediately appoint a Special Prosecutor in the wrongful death of Eric Garner.

3) We demand the City and State of New York draft legislation making the chokehold illegal, with significant penalties for any officer who uses it.

4) We demand NYC create an NYPD Training Program- modeled on San Antonio’s successful Crisis Intervention Training (CIT)- to eliminate racial disparity and police brutality.

5) We demand an immediate end to NYPD’s “Broken Windows” Policing, which overwhelmingly targets black and brown communities while having no effect on neighborhood safety or crime reduction.

6) We demand an end to the criminialization of young people in the NY school system. The so-called “school-to-prison pipeline” targets primarily youth of color and has created a generation of youth growing up incarcerated. Mayor Bill de Blasio has made this a hallmark of his historic campaign, but has yet to give the issue any attention or resources.

7) We demand that US Attorney General Eric Holder expedite the federal investigation into the death of Eric Garner.

8) We demand that State and all localities engage in complete transparency in regards to profiling, search and seizure practices, and to provide all public data on other police practices including summonses, arrests, and detention practices.

9) We call on Mayor Bill de Blasio, Governor Andrew Cuomo, and NY Attorney General Eric Schneiderman to meet with Justice League NYC in order to explore all avenues to make viable implementation of the above demands as immediately and efficiently as possible. 

Signed: @NYCJusticeLeague 

Protests Erupt Following Eric Garner Grand Jury Decision

Protests erupted across the country, with about 30 people arrested in New York City after a grand jury Wednesday declined to indict officers involved in the death of Eric Garner, who died after being placed in a choke hold. Large groups shouted and [Read More]

Attorney General Eric Holder to resign

NPR: US Attorney General Eric Holder will announce his resignation later today.

A Justice Department official later confirmed the report. Holder will reportedly leave the department as soon as his successor is confirmed.

Photo: Pablo Martinez Monsivais/AP via NPR


When a man pointing a Glock pistol approached Gregory Love’s car in downtown Cleveland late one night, Love did the only sensible thing possible, he says: he put up his hands and decided to let the man have what he wanted.

But Vincent Montague shot him in the chest anyway, according to Love, before having the 29-year-old forcibly removed from his silver Range Rover and his hands fastened together behind his back.

Blood from the bullet wound seeped through Love’s white T-shirt. He grew colder, despite the warm June air. “I actually thought I was going to die,” Love told the Guardian. “I felt faint. I saw blood coming from my chest. I thought he was just going to kill me right there.”

Eighteen months later, Love recalls his alleged assailant clearly: he was wearing the uniform of the Cleveland Division of Police. The only person prosecuted following the altercation was Love, who was fined $100 for a traffic violation. Montague was suspended from work for a day.

Brandon Vason, who knew Love and was in the area, walked up and remonstrated. Other police officers punched Vason in the head and threw him to the ground, Vason alleges. Then, he says, they kicked him, cuffed him, put him in the back of a patrol car, and drove him away.

The men, who are both black, are now suing the city, police chief Calvin Williams and officers involved through the federal courts, claiming civil rights violations.

Their case is just one among a number that caused Eric Holder, the US attorney general, to sharply censure the Cleveland department this week. A damning report by his Justice Department accused city officers of being “chaotic and dangerous” in their use of force.


Gunman kills two New York policemen -

A gunman has shot dead two police officers sitting inside a patrol car in New York before killing himself

The head of the New York police said the men had been “targeted for their uniform”.

The gunman ran into a nearby subway station where he then shot himself, officials say.

Earlier, the attacker shot and injured his ex-girlfriend and had posted anti-police messages on social media.

The mayor of New York, Bill de Blasio, said anyone who saw postings indicating a threat to the police should report them to the authorities. The “whole city was in mourning” after the shootings, he said.

The shootings come at a time when New York city police are facing intense scrutiny for their tactics, the BBC’s Samira Hussein reports from New York.

Earlier this month, a grand jury did not indict any New York police department officer in the chokehold death of Eric Garner, a black man who died when white police officers tried to arrest him for selling cigarettes.

The decision sparked protests in New York and other cities across the US.

‘Simply assassinated’

The officers were on duty in the Bedford-Stuyvesant area of Brooklyn when they were shot on Saturday afternoon.

Officers Liu Wenjin and Raphael Ramos were pronounced dead in hospital.

Bill Bratton, commissioner of the New York police department, said the officers had been shot with “no warning, no provocation - they were quite simply assassinated”.

The killer’s name was given as Ismaaiyl Brinsley, 28.

The gunman was a black man while the two police officers were Asian and Hispanic, police said.

Commissioner Bratton said the suspect had wounded his former girlfriend earlier on Saturday in Baltimore and had made posts from her Instagram account.

“This may be my final post,” said one that included an image of a silver handgun.

Two officials told the Associated Press news agency that the gunman had also posted about shooting police in retaliation for the death of Mr Garner.

US Attorney General Eric Holder called the shootings an “unspeakable act of barbarism”.

The Rev Al Sharpton, a prominent civil rights activist, said Mr Garner’s family had had no connection to the gunman and he denounced the violence.

“Any use of the names of Eric Garner and Michael Brown [a black man shot by a white police officer in Ferguson, Missouri] in connection with any violence or killing of police, is reprehensible and against the pursuit of justice in both cases,” Rev Sharpton said.

Police anger

Deputy Inspector Michael Deddo, of Brooklyn’s 66th Precinct police, tweeted: “Our prayers are with our fellow NYPD brothers who were executed in the line of duty today in Brooklyn”.

The last fatal shooting of a New York police officer was in 2011.

The president of the police officers union in New York, the Patrolmen’s Benevolent Association, has spoken out angrily about the attack,

Patrick Lynch told the BBC’s News Channel that Mayor de Blasio should be held accountable for the deaths of the two officers.

“There’s blood on many hands tonight,” he said. “Those that incited violence on the street under the guise of protest. 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.”

i have no words after that last bit

a black person dies at the hands of police every 28 hours and nothing to see here

two cops down, first fatalities in three years, and MARTIAL LAW

Toyota reaches $1.2 billion settlement with DOJ

New York Times: Toyota will pay $1.2 billion to settle a four year criminal investigation into whether or not the company misled consumers and investigators regarding a sudden-acceleration defect, US Attorney General Eric Holder announced Wednesday.

The settlement is the largest ever paid by an automaker.


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Oakland, California, was one of dozens of cities to mark Brown’s death

Thousands of people have held vigils across the US in honour of a black teenager killed by police in Missouri.

Moments of silence and protests were held in New York, Chicago, Atlanta and elsewhere, five days after Michael Brown, 18, was fatally shot.

After four nights of violence in Ferguson, Missouri, where he died, state police took charge of security.

In contrast on Thursday evening, state troopers and local police walked with protestors, shaking their hands.

Captain Ronald Johnson of the Missouri Highway Patrol, an African-American who grew up nearby, was named as the new head of the operation.

As he walked at the front of a march through the streets, he was seen hugging people he met. “We all want justice. We all want answers,” he said.

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At the scene: Aleem Macbool, Ferguson

The transformation over the past 24 hours here has been extraordinary. For days, there had been unrest and confrontation between a largely white police force and young, black protesters.

But the images of police in military gear and armoured vehicles out in Missouri shocked many Americans, led to criticism from officials, and clearly led to a change in tactics. Overnight the police presence was minimal. Black officers took the lead and were greeted with handshakes by people who poured onto the streets, now without fear of intimidation.

They stayed there well into the night, in something of a united, celebratory mood. They feel they have brought about a change in their community, and say they will no longer accept what they saw as police bullying and humiliation.

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The new man in charge, Capt Ronald Johnson, meets reporters
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One of the largest gatherings was in Times Square

For the first time, the reverberations from this Midwest town were felt nationwide with dozens of vigils organised by a social media campaign.

The event in Washington DC was attended by hundreds of people in Malcolm X Park, many holding placards saying: “Hands up. Don’t shoot”.

Similar vigils were held in New York, Boston, Detroit, Chicago and many other cities.

They came at the end of a day when Missouri Governor Jay Nixon had likened the scenes of violence in Ferguson to a “war zone” and the police conduct was questioned.

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Brooklyn was one of several New York vigils
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A march in Ferguson early on Thursday evening had a police escort

US Attorney General Eric Holder said the use of military equipment and vehicles in Ferguson had sent a “conflicting message”, while President Barack Obama said there was no excuse for police using “excessive force”.

The governor then announced that the state highway patrol would direct the security operation. “We’re going to have to regain trust,” he said.

Hours later, reporter Wesley Lowery of the Washington Post summed up the change in atmosphere on the streets of Ferguson.

“At this time at night on Monday, residents were in real fear for their lives,” he said. “Tonight they’re taking selfies with cops.”

One protester, Pedro Smith, said: “All they did was look at us and shoot tear gas. This is totally different. Now we’re being treated with respect.”

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Hundreds gathered on Thursday evening at the spot where Michael Brown died
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Tear gas was used to disperse protesters on Wednesday night

The tension in Ferguson had been sparked by the death of Brown, 18, on Saturday afternoon.

Details about the incident have been disputed but eyewitnesses said the unarmed teenager had his arms raised when he was shot multiple times by a police officer.

Eric Davis: “My cousin was murdered. He was executed”

Police say there was a struggle and the officer suffered facial injuries.

Brown’s cousin, Eric Davis, told the BBC’s Aleem Maqbool that the officer must be prosecuted, adding: “The police situation has always been one of distrust and not good for African-Americans.”

The authorities are under pressure to release the officer’s name, but they say they are worried that his life and that of his family could be in danger.

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Michael Brown had recently graduated from high school
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Michael Brown’s mother, Lesley McSpadden, during a community meeting on Tuesday

Four nights of violence have seen heavily armed riot police firing tear gas at demonstrators and looting, arson and the throwing of bottles and Molotov cocktails.

In a specially convened press conference during his holiday, Mr Obama said there was “no excuse” for police to use excessive force against peaceful protesters.

But he also recognised the violence and criminal behaviour police had faced since Mr Brown’s killing.

Mr Obama has promised a full investigation by the US Department of Justice into the teenager’s death, and the FBI has launched its own inquiry.


US Attorney General Eric Holder hospitalized

NBC News: US Attorney General Eric Holder was hospitalized Thursday for faintness and shortness of breath.

Holder, 63, is alert and resting comfortably.

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“Good law enforcement requires forging bonds of trust between the police and the public. This trust is all-important, but it is also fragile. It requires that force be used in appropriate ways. Enforcement priorities and arrest patterns must not lead to disparate treatment under the law, even if such treatment is unintended. And police forces should reflect the diversity of the communities they serve.”

-Eric Holder, US Attorney General