1 Year After Ronald Greene’s Death, Family Finally Sees Body Camera Footage of Louisiana Police Violently Arresting Him

Greene arrived at the hospital on May 10 bruised and bloodied, with lacerations all over his face and head. The report also stated that two taser probes were still in Greene’s back when he was admitted.

The discrepancies in the medical report led Greene’s family to believe that State Police were covering up what actually happened to Greene. In September, they released images of his injuries, noting that his SUV did not sustain much damage in the allegedly fatal crash.

Then, earlier this month, the AP obtained a 27-second audio clip in which one of the six officers involved in Greene’s arrest, Master Trooper Chris Hollingsworth, bragged about beating him.

“I beat the ever-living fuck out of him,” Hollingsworth said in an apparent phone conversation with a colleague. The trooper added that cops “choked him and everything else” to try to subdue Greene, who he claimed was fighting back against officers.

“He was spitting blood everywhere and all of a sudden he just went limp,” said Hollingsworth. He died late September in a single-car crash, just hours after learning he was being fired for his part in Greene’s arrest.

No other troopers have been disciplined.

Greene’s family has filed a federal wrongful-death suit against the troopers. His death is also the subject of a federal civil rights investigation.

Source: 1 Year After Ronald Greene’s Death, Family Finally Sees Body Camera Footage of Louisiana Police Violently Arresting Him

Chapter 4, Roman Mode of Government – Fat Cow Co

National and Domestic History of England, Magna Charta, writen by W.H.S. Aubrey in 1869. Chapter 4, 78 AD to 306 AD –  Roman Roads and Towns Not much is known of the state of agriculture in the island at this period, but it must have been extensively practised, for Britain became as renowned in the fourth century for its large exports of corn as it had been during the time of Julius Caesar for its enormous herds of cattle. Without a doubt, the labour of tillage was left to the natives, for the Romans themselves preferred cultivating the manufacturing arts

Source: Chapter 4, Roman Mode of Government – Fat Cow Co

Release young poet from prison | Amnesty International

Paing Phyo Min is serving six years in prison after performing satirical poetry criticizing the military in Myanmar. Expressing your ideas freely should not be a crime. Call for his immediate and unconditional release. 

The Peacock Generation are a group of young people known for performing Thangyat, a popular Myanmar traditional art form which fuses poetry, comedy and music. It uses humour and satire to comment on social issues. Public performances of Thangyat were banned by the military between 1998 to 2013. 

In 2019, 22-year-old Paing Phyo Min and other members of The Peacock Generation performed Thangyat in several areas in Myanmar. In these performances, which were also shared online, they criticised the authorities, including the military. For freely expressing his views through art, Paing Phyo Min is now serving a six year prison sentence in an overcrowded prison which is potentially at risk of COVID-19 outbreaks.  

Source: Release young poet from prison | Amnesty International

US passes 8m coronavirus cases as death toll approaches 220,000 | Coronavirus | The Guardian

The US passed 8m recorded coronavirus cases on Friday, another unwelcome mark for the country with the most cases and the worst death toll from the global pandemic, approaching 220,000.

Wisconsin has set up emergency overflow hospital facilities and the national guard is helping out at extra testing sites.

“We are in crisis here in Wisconsin,” said Julie Willems Van Dijk, deputy secretary of state health services. “The trajectory does not look good. We need to be prepared for that.”

In Utah, Gary Herbert, the Republican governor, said: “Our hospitals are getting overwhelmed. The dramatic increase in infections has put the integrity of our healthcare system at risk.”

Indiana is facing “critical ICU bed shortages along with personnel shortages”, the state’s chief medical officer, Lindsay Weaver, said. In late September, the Republican governor, Eric Holcomb, lifted most coronavirus restrictions. Now officials are calling for volunteers to plug staffing gaps at some hospitals.

Source: US passes 8m coronavirus cases as death toll approaches 220,000 | Coronavirus | The Guardian

What George Takei learned about resilience in Japanese internment camp

 

George Takei's family in the Wilshire district of Los Angeles, photo taken around 1940. From left to right: George’s baby sister Nancy is held by George’s, mother Fumiko Emily Takei. To their left is George’s father, Takekuma Norman Takei. George’s brother Henry is in the middle and all the way on the right right is George.

George Takei’s family in the Wilshire district of Los Angeles, photo taken around 1940. From left to right: George’s baby sister Nancy is held by George’s, mother Fumiko Emily Takei. To their left is George’s father, Takekuma Norman Takei. George’s brother Henry is in the middle and all the way on the right right is George.
Photo courtesy George Takei

“My father said resilience isn’t all just teeth gritting, strength and endurance — it’s also the ability to find beauty in an ugly situation or an ugly place, to make your joy,” Takei tells CNBC Make It.

“My father said … we think of resilience as flexing the veins on our throat and [saying], ’I’m going to survive — fortitude,” Takei says. And “that is part of resilience, but … you’re going to be exhausted when it’s flexing all the time.”

So you have to “look around and see beauty” too, Takei says his father taught him.

Source: What George Takei learned about resilience in Japanese internment camp

Coronavirus: Trump administration unveils CVS, Walgreens vaccine deal (Kroger, Walmart, other grocery chains and independent pharmacies – under the bus!)

The Department of Health and Human Services on Friday announced a deal with CVS Health and Walgreens to administer coronavirus vaccines to the elderly and staff in long-term care facilities. The vaccine will be free, and CVS and Walgreens will schedule and coordinate on-site clinic dates directly with each facility, HHS said.

Source: Coronavirus: Trump administration unveils CVS, Walgreens vaccine deal

Kansas City hospitals turn away ambulances due to COVID-19 patient surge: report | TheHill

Some medical facilities in Kansas City, Mo., have turned away ambulances due to an influx of hospital beds occupied by COVID-19 patients. Metro hospitals and emergency departments reported Wednesday night high enough volumes of patients that facilities temporarily stopped accepting ambulances, a leading physician at St. Luke’s Health System told The Kansas City Star.

Source: Kansas City hospitals turn away ambulances due to COVID-19 patient surge: report | TheHill

Coronavirus infections still rising rapidly – BBC News

Coronavirus infections are continuing to rise rapidly, with an estimated 27,900 new cases a day in England, the Office for National Statistics says.

This figure is far higher than the number of confirmed cases announced by the government each day.

The R number has risen slightly to 1.3-1.5, with growth of the epidemic still widespread across the country.

Source: Coronavirus infections still rising rapidly – BBC News