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Election Day Mayhem Began Two Years AgoWith Massive Voter Purges

Published by Anonymous (not verified) on Thu, 05/11/2020 - 11:33am in

Two years ago, the Supreme Court’s right-wing five authorized a new method of “cleaning” voter rolls. The Court agreed with GOP voting officials, beginning with Ohio and Georgia, to purge voter rolls of those who “moved.”
The idea sounds fair in theory: If you don’t live in Atlanta, you shouldn’t vote there, and to do so is a felony crime. But in practice,... READ MORE

Will Supreme Court Election Rulings be 2020’s October Surprise?

Published by Anonymous (not verified) on Thu, 29/10/2020 - 5:23am in

Late Monday, as its newest justice was about to be sworn in, the Supreme Court issued the first of what may be more rulings in coming days that underscore that the court’s conservative majority has a marked hostility to voting … Continue reading

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Wisconsin “Movers” Didn’t MoveCourt Heard Lawsuit to Purge Voters Based on List that is “Wrong and Racist”

Published by Anonymous (not verified) on Wed, 30/09/2020 - 4:03am in

Today, the Wisconsin Supreme Court may choose our President. That is, justices will hear arguments in a lawsuit that would force the state to remove 129,000 from the voter rolls on grounds they ... READ MORE

Wisconsin “Movers” Voter Purge List Errors39,722 Face Loss of Vote for Moving Despite not Having Moved

Published by Anonymous (not verified) on Sat, 26/09/2020 - 8:39am in

On Tuesday, the Wisconsin Supreme Court will hear a suit brought by a right-wing think tank demanding the state purge — cancel the voter registrations of 129,000 alleged "movers"— voters who moved out of their town or out of state. The Greg Palast Investigation Fund experts found... READ MORE

“Paid Vacation” for Kenosha Cops Who Shot Unarmed Jacob Blake in the Back

Published by Anonymous (not verified) on Tue, 25/08/2020 - 2:10am in

The police officers responsible for shooting unarmed black man Jacob “Jake” Blake yesterday have been placed on administrative leave, Wisconsin Attorney General Josh Kaul confirmed today. The officers involved in what Kaul terms an “officer involved shooting” were said to be cooperating with investigations, according to police. This, for many, was not an adequate response. “Kenosha cops who shot Jacob Blake 7 times in the back are given a paid vacation,” reacted writer Arun Gupta on Twitter, reflecting the mood of many in the small Wisconsin city.

Blake was reportedly acting as a peacemaker at an incident yesterday, trying to break up a fight between two women. However, after police arrived, they tased him and proceeded to draw their firearms on him. Video of the incident shows Blake walking towards his car pursued by police. As he opens the door, an officer grabs his shoulder, at which point at least one officer begins repeatedly emptying rounds into his back from point blank range, to the screams of the many bystanders watching. Blake falls forward into the car, activating the horn. Remarkably, he did not die immediately and was taken for emergency treatment to a hospital in nearby Milwaukee.

Civil rights attorney Benjamin Crump, the lawyer representing George Floyd, claimed that Blake’s three young children were in the car at the time police shot seven rounds into it. “They saw a cop shoot their father. They will be traumatized forever. We cannot let officers violate their duty to protect us. Our kids deserve better,” he said. The extremely graphic video of the event is included below.

Wisconsin Governor Tony Evers condemned the police actions, stating that Blake is “not the first Black man or person to have been shot or injured or mercilessly killed at the hands of individuals in law enforcement in our state or our country.” “I have said all along that although we must offer our empathy, equally important is our action,” he added. “In the coming days, we will demand just that of elected officials in our state who have failed to recognize the racism in our state and our country for far too long.”

The afternoon’s shooting sparked spontaneous protests in the city’s center that evening, with hundreds of people converging, chanting, “Whose streets? Our streets,” and, “No justice. No peace. No crooked police.” While most of the demonstrators were peaceful, riots also began to flare, with businesses destroyed and police cars vandalized. Large dump trucks were also set on fire during the evening and one police officer was struck in the head in a protester involved incident. Riot police and SWAT teams were called in around the city’s courthouse and a curfew was declared, with authorities shooting tear gas at protesters.

Yesterday’s Kenosha shooting immediately drew parallels with the killing of George Floyd in May, an event which sparked a summer of protest and discussion across the United States, changing the national conversation around policing. But in the previous case, Minneapolis officer Derek Chauvin was quickly fired, as police officials sensed they had little other option, given the scale of the response. The officers involved in yesterday’s shooting, however, have been given what effectively amounts to paid leave, suggesting that authorities do not expect as much of a public pushback as in the George Floyd case.

Police kill, on average, about 1,000 people every year across the United States, more than all other developed countries combined. In many European countries, police shootings are virtually unheard of because they do not carry guns. This year, however, American law enforcement officers have already killed 731 people, meaning they are well above average. Being shot by police is a leading cause of death for young black men in the United States, who are three times more likely to be victims of police violence than white men. In 99 percent of all police shootings between 2013 and 2019, officers involved were not charged. Far fewer were convicted. Judging by the initial response from the Wisconsin Attorney General, it does not appear particularly likely that the unnamed officers involved in yesterday’s violence will be among the one percent.

Feature photo | Police in riot gear stand outside the Kenosha County Court House, Aug. 24, 2020, in Kenosha, Wis. Protests broke after a police shooting. Morry Gash | AP

Alan MacLeod is a Staff Writer for MintPress News. After completing his PhD in 2017 he published two books: Bad News From Venezuela: Twenty Years of Fake News and Misreporting and Propaganda in the Information Age: Still Manufacturing Consent. He has also contributed to Fairness and Accuracy in ReportingThe GuardianSalonThe GrayzoneJacobin MagazineCommon Dreams the American Herald Tribune and The Canary.

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Wisconsin Eats its YoungGov. Scott Walker's Revenge

Published by Anonymous (not verified) on Mon, 03/08/2020 - 5:39am in

Donald Trump’s 2016 Wisconsin win was a shock to the Democratic Party — but then, the Democratic Party is always shocked — because Wisconsin was supposed to be a safe state for Hillary Clinton.
But then, on Election Day 2016, a giant hunk of ... READ MORE