287 Missing and 9 Dead, in South Korea Ferry Disaster

 

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287 Missing, 9 Dead, After Ferry Carrying South Korean Students Sink

Nine people were killed, 287 remain missing, after a ferry carrying mostly high school students sunk off the southern coast of South Korea on Wednesday. Officials say the death toll is expected to rise drastically, as dozens of rescue ships and aircraft continue searching for survivors.

The ferry was set to sail from Incheon Tuesday evening heading for Jeju, a popular tourist destination about located 12 hours away. The ferry sent a distress signal at about 9 a.m. local time on Wednesday morning,  after it began leaning to one side. The cause of the accident has not been determined.

NYPD Disbands Controversial Muslim Surveillance Unit After Widespread Outrage

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NYPD Disbands Controversial Muslim Surveillance unit After Widespread Outrage (Credit: Wikipedia)

The New York Police Department has disbanded its controversial Muslim surveillance unit, the NY Times reports. Community activists accused the department of violating the civil rights of Muslims.

In a series of articles that began in August 2011, the AP documented that police had systematically spied on Muslim neighborhoods, listened in on sermons, infiltrated colleges and photographed law-abiding residents as part of a broad effort to watch communities where terror cells might operate. Individuals and groups were monitored even when there was no evidence they were linked to terrorism or crime.

The investigation revealed that then-police Commissioner Ray Kelly had brought in a CIA official to help develop an intelligence division unlike that of any other U.S. police department. It assigned people called rakers to ethnic neighborhoods, infiltrating enterprises ranging from booksellers to cafes, and people called mosque crawlers to Muslim houses of worship.

The tactics disclosed by the series stirred debate over whether the NYPD was infringing on the civil rights of Muslims and illegally engaging in religious and ethnic profiling. Hundreds of Muslims staged rallies to protest the spying, and the disclosures prompted more than a dozen religious leaders to boycott then-Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s annual interfaith breakfast. Source: NJ.com

 NYPD Disbands Controversial Muslim Surveillance Unit After Widespread Outrage

At Least 200 Girls Kidnapped in Attack on Nigerian School in Chibok

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At Least 200 Girls Kidnapped in Attack on Nigerian School in Chibok (Attribution Unknown)

BBC News reports that scores of girls were abducted from a north-east Nigerian school their parents said.

The gunmen reportedly arrived at the school, located in Chibok, Borno state, late Monday night and ordered the teenage girls to board trucks.

At least 200 girls were abducted.

 

Terri LaManno ID’d as 3rd Victim in Overland Park Shootings by Frazier Glenn Cross

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Terri LaManno ID’d as 3rd Victim in Overland Park Shootings by Frazier Glenn Cross

Terri LaManno, 53, of Kansas City, Mo., has been identified as the third victim in the deadly shooting at the Jewish Community Center and Village Shalom. Dr. William Lewis Corporon and his grandson Reat Griffin Underwood were killed by the former Ku Klux Klan grand dragon, Frazier Glenn Cross, also known as Frazier Glenn Miller.

Terri LaManno was visiting her mother, who was a resident at Village Shalom, when she was shot and killed. Cross has been charged with premeditated first degree murder and he will also be charged with hate crimes. He reportedly shouted “Heil Hitler” as he was being led away in a police car after the shooting.

 Terri LaManno IDd as 3rd Victim in Overland Park Shootings by Frazier Glenn Cross

White Supremacist Frazier Glenn Miller ID’d As Jewish Center Shooting Suspect

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SPLC: White Supremacist Frazier Glenn Miller ID’d As Jewish Center Shooting Suspect (Credit: SPLC)

The Southern Poverty Law Center identified the Jewish Community Center of Greater Kansas City and Village Shalom shooting suspect as ex-KKK grand dragon Frazier Glenn Miller (Frazier Glenn Cross), 73, of Aurora, Mo.  He was arrested for the murders of Dr. William Lewis Corporon and his grandson Reat Griffin Underwood, as well as an unidentified female. A 14-year-old boy is listed in critical condition.

Frazier Glenn Miller, 73, of Aurora, Mo., was arrested today for the murder of three people at two separate Jewish Community Centers in Overland Park, Kan. Miller, who was arrested using the alias Frazier Glenn Cross, has been in the movement nearly his entire life. Miller is the former “grand dragon” of the Carolina Knights of the Ku Klux Klan, which he founded and ran in the 1980s before being sued by the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) for operating an illegal paramilitary organization and using intimidation tactics against African Americans. Source: SPLC

The Johnson County Sheriff’s Office has released the booking report for Frazier Glenn Cross (Frazier Glenn Miller). He was charged with premeditated murder in the 1st degree and is being held at the . He is expected to make his first court appearance on Monday at 1:30 p.m., according to jail records.

 White Supremacist Frazier Glenn Miller IDd As Jewish Center Shooting Suspect

Dr. William Lewis Corporon, Reat Griffin Underwood Killed in Overland Park Shooting

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Dr. William Lewis Corporan, Reat Griffin Underwood Killed in Overland Park Shooting (Suspect Pictured)

Two of the victims in the Kansas Jewish center shooting have been identified as Dr. William Lewis Corporon and his grandson Reat Griffin Underwood (Losen).  They were among three people killed by a man who opened fire at the Jewish Community Center of Greater Kansas City and assisted living home Village Shalom. The suspect has been identified as white nationalist Frazier Glenn Miller (Frazier Glenn Cross), who is an ex-Ku Klux Klan grand dragon.

“It is with deep sadness that we confirm the tragic loss of Dr. William Lewis Corporon and Reat Griffin Underwood (Losen) who died as a result of the injuries they sustained in today’s shooting at the Jewish Community Center. Dr. Corporon was Reat’s Grandfather, whom he loved very much,” said a statement signed “Will Corporon, Son and Uncle.” Source: ABC News

WPTZ reports that the suspect is a 73-year-old man who is known to law enforcement, two federal law enforcement officials told CNN. Investigators also believe he is affiliated with white-supremacist groups and was involved in previous incidents, such as threats.

 Dr. William Lewis Corporon, Reat Griffin Underwood Killed in Overland Park Shooting

Sylvia Mathews Burwell to Replace Kathleen Sebelius as HHS Secretary

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Sylvia Mathews Burwell to Replace Kathleen Sebelius as HHS Secretary (Credit: Wikipedia)

Another one bites the dust as HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius is throwing in the towel after a horrible Obamacare rollout.

The New York Times reports Sebelius “is resigning, ending a stormy five-year tenure marred by the disastrous rollout of President Obama’s signature legislative achievement, the Affordable Care Act.”

President Obama has accepted Sebelius’ resignation and will nominate OMB Director Sylvia Mathews Burwell to replace her.

Wall Street Journal: “Mrs. Sebelius’s departure came after months of speculation that she would resign over the rocky implementation of the law, which included a wave of technical problems plaguing the HealthCare.gov website. Mrs. Sebelius had said earlier today in congressional testimony that the administration had turned a corner on health-insurance enrollments, with 7.5 million people picking plans through federal and state-run exchanges.”

 Sylvia Mathews Burwell to Replace Kathleen Sebelius as  HHS Secretary

DOJ: Albuquerque Police Department Violating Citizens’ Rights with Excessive Force

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DOJ: Albuquerque Police Department Violating Citizens’ Rights with Excessive Force (Creidt: YouTube)

The Department of Justice has found that the Albuquerque Police Department is violating citizens’s rights with excessive use of force.

The DOJ has found that the APD has established a pattern and practice in the use of excessive and fatal force that violates the Constitutional rights of those shot or harmed by police officers, the Albuquerque Journal reports.

The Justice Department reported  its findings in a letter sent to Mayor Richard Berry, stating, “We have determined that structural and systemic deficiencies, including insufficient oversight, inadequate training and ineffective policies, contributed to the use of unreasonable force.”

The DOJ reviewed 20 fatal shootings by APD between 2009 and 2013 and found that the level of force used in the majority of the cases was unjustifiable because the person killed by police was not a threat to police officers or the public. There is also evidence that the APD used excessive nonlethal force that resulted in significant harm and injury to people, when these people posed no threats.

–Albuquerque police officers too often use deadly force in an unconstitutional manner in the use of their firearms where there is no imminent threat of death or serious bodily harm to officers or others. Instead officers used deadly force against people who posed a minimal threat and the conduct of officers heightened the danger and contributed to the need for force.

– Albuquerque police officers use Tasers on people who are passively resisting, unable to comply with officer orders because of their mental state or posed only a minimal threat to officers.

–The use of excessive force by APD officers is not isolated or sporadic. The failure to implement an objective and rigourous internal accountability system has led to force incidents not being properly investigated, documented or addressed with corrective measures.

–A significant amount of force cases reviewed were found to involve persons with mental illness and in crisis. The department’s policies, training and supervision were found insufficient to ensure officers properly responded to people they encountered with mental illness or in distress.

The DOJ letter cites the fatal shootings of Andrew Lopez and Dominic Smith in separate incidents in 2009 as examples of excessive force on unarmed men. later examples include the shooting deaths of Alan Gomez outside a relative’s home in May 2011 and January 2010 shooting death of Kenneth Ellis which led to an $8 million civil settlement with the city. Source: Albuquerque Journal

The report shows that there seems to be a culture of acceptance of police brutality by the department overall. This comes as a mentally-ill homeless man, James Boyd, was shot in the back during a confrontation with APD officers. This incident, however, was not a part of the Department of Justice’s investigation.

 

 DOJ: Albuquerque Police Department Violating Citizens Rights with Excessive Force

Alex Hribal ID’d as Suspect in Franklin Regional High School Stabbing Spree

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Alex Hribal, 16, ID’d as Suspect in Franklin Regional High School Stabbing Spree

BREAKING:  Police have identified Alex Hribal, 16, as the suspect in the Franklin Regional High School stabbing rampage that left 19 students and one adult injured. He will be charged as an adult.

Alex Hribal reportedly ran through the school, slashing or puncturing students with a knife or other sharp object.

“School was in session and students were arriving for morning classes. It happened in numerous classrooms and the hallways,” Westmoreland County emergency management spokesman Dan Stevens said.

Officers said a school principal tackled the suspect, likely stopping him from doing more harm.

“I was in the school, and I came down the stairs, and I saw the kid.  Mr. King was yelling at him, and I didn’t know why.  I saw him stab Sarge, the officer.   We both jumped on top of him (suspect) and immobilized him,” said student Ian Griffith. Source: WPXI

 Alex Hribal was charged with four counts of attempted criminal homicide, 21 counts of aggravated assault and one count of carrying weapon on school property. His bail was denied.

 Alex Hribal IDd as Suspect in Franklin Regional High School Stabbing Spree

Wrongly Convicted Man, Jonathan Fleming, Set for Release After Serving 24 Years in Prison

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Wrongly Convicted Man, Jonathan Fleming, Set for Release After Serving 24 Years in Prison (Credit: NY Daily News)

Jonathan Fleming, a New York City resident, will be released from prison Tuesday after serving 24 years in prison for a crime he did not commit. Evidence surfaced that proves he was in Florida at the time of the murder for which he was convicted.

ProPublica reported that 51-year-old Fleming’s release will be formally announced at a hearing in Brooklyn Supreme Court. He served the first 24 years of a 25-to-life sentence for the murder of Darryl Rush in August 1989.

Fleming’s attorney, Anthony Mayol, said, “It’s an amazing feeling for everyone involved.”“We spoke to [Fleming] before it was officially confirmed, and to the extent he believes it’s going to happen he is elated, overjoyed, and relieved. He is beside himself with happiness.”

The newly-discovered evidence includes a telephone receipt and witness accounts that prove Jonathan Fleming was in Florida at the time Darryl Rush was fatally shot. Prosecutors are accused of not turning over that information or sharing evidence that suggestion one of the witnesses who testified against Fleming did so to escape criminal charges of her own.

The New York Daily News reports that the witness, who avoided felony charges, recanted her testimony after Fleming’s conviction. She had been arrested shortly before Jonathan Fleming’s trial began, according to information in a command log from the 90th Police District.

The evidence which played a role in the exoneration of Jonathan Fleming was uncovered during a joint investigation by Anthony Mayol and the Conviction Integrity Unit of then-Brooklyn District Attorney Charles Hynes’ office. A man who was suspected of being the getaway driver in Darryl Rush’s murder told a unit member and an investigator working for Mayol in November 2013 that Fleming was not involved in the crime.

 Wrongly Convicted Man, Jonathan Fleming, Set for Release After Serving 24 Years in Prison