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Jan 28 - Fossil Skull Suggests Humans and Neanderthals Lived Side by Side in the Middle East

By King Lux-Veritas - 14 hours ago

http://www.iflscience.com/plants-and...de-middle-east


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A 55,000-year-old skull unearthed in an Israeli cave is the first Homo sapiens fossil discovered outside of Africa shortly after our species began exploring different continents. And it may have belonged to the forebear of the very first modern Europeans. The findings, published in Nature this week, also suggest that humans lived in the same neighborhood with Neanderthals for thousands of years—and that they may have interbred.

According to the fossil record, anatomically modern humans were still living in Africa when other members of our genus Homo, from Neanderthals to the “hobbits,” were residing in Europe and Asia. Our species didn’t expand across Eurasia until about 40,000 to 60,000 years ago, ultimately replacing all other forms. Last year, researchers used DNA extracted from a fossil thigh bone to sequence the genome of a 45,000-year-old modern human male from Siberia; those results suggest that his ancestors mixed with Neanderthals around 50,000 to 60,000 years ago.

However, until now, there have been no Homo sapiens fossils from the Middle East corridor during the pivotal time after modern humans left Africa but before expanding into Europe and Asia. Who is the ancestor of all present-day, non-African populations? Now, a large international team led by Israel Hershkovitz of Tel Aviv University have examined a partial skullcap excavated from Manot Cave (pictured above and below) in Western Galilee, Israel.

The Manot cranium, Hershkovitz tells the New York Times, “is the missing connection between African and European populations.” Various views are pictured to the right.

Based on uranium-thorium techniques, the skull dates back 54,700 years. And based on its features—including the height of its widest part and a distinctive bun-shaped occipital region (pictured, b)—the fossil is unequivocally modern, the authors write. Shape-wise, it resembles modern African and European skulls from the Late Stone Age, but it’s different from other humans from the Levant region, which includes Israel, Jordan, and Lebanon. That means the Manot people were closely related to the first modern humans that later colonized Europe.

Additionally, this is the first fossil evidence indicating that modern humans and Neanderthals inhabited the area around the same time during the late Pleistocene. “The southern Levant is the only place where anatomically modern humans and Neanderthals were living side by side for thousands and thousands of years,” Hershkovitz tells Nature News. That makes the Middle East “the most likely place for the love affair” between the two, he says to Science. However, we can’t know for sure without DNA from the skull—but that’s unlikely for now, given the hot, balmy climate where it was found.
Awesome sh*t.

 
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Image inside Jan 28 - Mother "unknowingly" shuttles weed in van for 13 years

By messy marv stan - 15 hours ago




Someone stashed pot in the panels of a door of a van driven by a mother and grandmother for more than a decade



:deadpg: "unknowingly" :mspaintdead:



http://www.kctv5.com/story/27957425/...n-for-13-years


Melodie Peil bought the 1990 Chevy at an Alamogordo dealership in the early 2000s.

Since then, she's used it to shuttle her four kids and two grandkids all over the state. But that's not all the eight-seater has been shuttling around.

"Low and behold, we discovered something that didn't belong there,” Peil said.

Tucked away in the passenger side door of the family-friend van was more than 13 pounds of pot.

"It was pretty shocking," Peil said.

Peil said she was having a hard time getting the door to lock, so a friend pried open the panel to fix it. That's when bricks of decade-old marijuana fell out. Police say the drugs were likely stashed there by the van's previous owner, more than 13 years ago.

"It was packaged typically how the drug traffickers package marijuana. You know, they wrap it in foil, they wrapped it in saran wrap real tightly,” said Alamogordo Detective Lt. Roger Schoolcraft.

Peil didn't just drive the van to the grocery store and back. It's gone through at least 10 border patrol checkpoints in New Mexico and it passed every time. Police say it's likely because the weed was so old and it was packaged so well.

Peil said she has learned a valuable lesson: To give the next car she buys a good pat down before driving it off the lot.

Police say there's a good chance even more pot is stashed in the van's gas tank and floor panels.

The family is taking the car to get X-rayed by border patrol.

Police have disposed the pot the family found in the van.

As for the previous owner, all the family knows is that he is from Germany

 
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Jan 28 - McDonald's CEO out as burger chain's struggles worsen

By Lex Lossis - 15 hours ago

http://fortune.com/2015/01/28/mcdonalds-ceo-out/

McDonald’s CEO Don Thompson is leaving the company in March. The newcomer will face the enormous task of reversing the fast-food chain’s global sales slide.

McDonald’s MCD -0.88% CEO Don Thompson finally ran out of time to fix the restaurant chain’s deepening problems.

The company said on Wednesday said Thompson would step down as CEO and board member on March 1, and be replaced by Steve Easterbrook, its chief brand officer who is responsible for fixing the fast-food operator’s marketing and menu. A longtime McDonald’s veteran, Easterbrook earlier in his career held big jobs including president of McDonald’s Europe.

The move comes a week after McDonald’s, the world’s biggest restaurant company, reported fourth-quarter and full-year results that made 2014 the first with a decline in same-store sales in a dozen years. It was also the fifth straight quarter of declining same-store sales in the United States, where it has lost many customers because of an overly complicated menu and changing tastes, and a defections to fast casual chains like Chipotle Mexican Grill CMG -1.29% .

McDonald’s is trying to quickly turn things around, aiming to simplify its menu and by unveiling a new marketing message centered around the word “love.” But Thompson, who became CEO in 2012, himself acknowledged last week that turning the company around would take time and said that he expected the volatility in McDonald’s results to continue in 2015. While Thompson inherited many problems when he took the helm, he has yet to change the company’s trajectory.

McDonald’s has had trouble weaning customers off of its inexpensive Dollar Menus, creating a chasm between its lower price items and its premium offerings while damaging the chain’s image, the company has acknowledged. As part of its turnaround efforts, McDonald’s is currently testing “Create Your Taste,” which let customers personalize their burger, a key part of fixing McDonald’s image problem. But the company has its work cut out for it: a reader poll by product testing organization Consumer Reports released in July found McDonalds burgers ranked as the worst in the U.S.

In addition to Thompson’s departure, the company also announced that Chief Financial Officer Pete Bensen will take on the newly-created role of Chief Administrative Officer, overseeing functions that support operations.



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Originally Posted by Lex Lossis (Post 30937785)
Don Thompson is a dumbass. His dumbass removed the dollar menu then when shareholders got pissed that McD made less in 2013 than in 2012, he legit said " i know what im doing"

no nigga u dont :lol:


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Video inside Jan 28 - The New Tesla Car Has An Actual Insane Button, This Is What Happens When You Press It

By RAZAH CUTS - 21 hours ago

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Tesla CEO and Founder Elon Musk is not messing around with his new Model S P85D all-electric car. He’s installed a bona fide “Insane Button.”

And the button isn’t hype, pressing it launches the car from 0-60 miles per hour in just over 3 seconds flat. To put that in some perspective, average sports cars can go from 0 to 60 mph in just under 6 seconds. Some Formula One race cars have been recorded accomplishing the same feat in 1.6 seconds, according to Zeroto60Times.



So, when unsuspecting test drivers of the car were introduced to the “insane button,” Tesla made sure they had the cameras running to capture their response. This is what they saw.




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But the good news keeps on coming, because Tesla vouches for the safety of the mode. Although the passenger reactions suggest the car is flying out of control, the driver remains in complete control. The difference with Insane Mode is that it applies the full horsepower of the electric car’s two motors (691 horsepower) all at once, and it only work if the driver pushes the gas full to the floor and holds it there.

“It’s very safe, the car has all-wheel drive and is very stable the entire time. We’ve even done 0-60 in 3.3 seconds in the rain with no tire spin at all,” The driver in the video, Brooks, wrote in an email to Mashable.

The new P85D, which is available now, will set you back a cool $120,000, and can even park itself. According to DragTimes, it recently beat a Hemi V8-powered Dodge Challenger Hellcat and was named the world’s fastest production electric car.

Tesla is taking on the petrol-powered automobile industry with its range of stylish, powerful, and dare I say, sexy electric cars. It also plans to bring an “affordable” car to the market in 2017 at between $30,000-$40,000 – presenting the first credible threat to the oil-guzzling industry.

As Kevin Bullis writes for Technology Review:

As I moved effortlessly through traffic, I couldn’t help feel that electric vehicles are the future, and that Tesla’s strides in batteries and supercharging could bring that future here sooner that I’d thought.
http://www.addictinginfo.org/2015/01...ress-it-video/

 
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Image inside Jan 28 - Syrian refugee boy in Turkey 'beaten for eating leftovers'

By EKEK - 22 hours ago

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A Syrian refugee -- one of nearly two million living in Turkey -- stands on rocks near the Bosphorus in Istanbul (AFP Photo/Bulent Kilic)

Ankara (AFP) - A Syrian refugee child has been beaten by a restaurant manager in the Turkish city Istanbul for eating a customer's leftovers, local media reported on Saturday.

A photo circulating on social media shows the 11-year-old boy sitting bloodied on stairs after having been beaten Wednesday by the manager of fast food chain Burger King's outlet in the Sirinevler district.

The reason for the beating, accounts say, was the boy eating a customer's leftover chips.

Halil, who fled to Turkey with his family from Aleppo, Syria two years ago said he wanted to grab leftovers because he was starving, but the manager punched him in the face and kicked his feet, the Milliyet newspaper reported.

The boy said he was begging in the streets of Istanbul to earn a living.

Burger King said that the manager was fired after the attack.

"This incident is unacceptable," it said.

Turkey is home to nearly two million Syrian refugees. Many reside in camps along the border, but others are scattered throughout the country, including big cities like Istanbul and Ankara.
http://news.yahoo.com/syrian-refugee...161455243.html




 
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Video inside Jan 27 - Department of Justice System Spies on Millions of Drivers

By ogghosttrain - 22 hours ago

DEA Uses License-Plate Readers to Build Database for Federal, Local Authorities



The Justice Department has been building a real-time database to track vehicle movement around the U.S. and has raised worries over government surveillance. WSJ's Deborah Solomon explains.


WASHINGTON—The Justice Department has been building a national database to track in real time the movement of vehicles around the U.S., a secret domestic intelligence-gathering program that scans and stores hundreds of millions of records about motorists, according to current and former officials and government documents.

The primary goal of the license-plate tracking program, run by the Drug Enforcement Administration, is to seize cars, cash and other assets to combat drug trafficking, according to one government document. But the database’s use has expanded to hunt for vehicles associated with numerous other potential crimes, from kidnappings to killings to rape suspects, say people familiar with the matter.

Officials have publicly said that they track vehicles near the border with Mexico to help fight drug cartels. What hasn’t been previously disclosed is that the DEA has spent years working to expand the database “throughout the United States,’’ according to one email reviewed by The Wall Street Journal.

Many state and local law-enforcement agencies are accessing the database for a variety of investigations, according to people familiar with the program, putting a wealth of information in the hands of local officials who can track vehicles in real time on major roadways.

The database raises new questions about privacy and the scope of government surveillance. The existence of the program and its expansion were described in interviews with current and former government officials, and in documents obtained by the American Civil Liberties Union through a Freedom of Information Act request and reviewed by The Wall Street Journal. It is unclear if any court oversees or approves the intelligence-gathering.

A spokesman for Justice Department, which includes the DEA, said the program complies with federal law. “It is not new that the DEA uses the license-plate reader program to arrest criminals and stop the flow of drugs in areas of high trafficking intensity,’’ the spokesman said.

Sen. Patrick Leahy, senior Democrat on the Senate Judiciary Committee, said the government’s use of license-plate readers “raises significant privacy concerns. The fact that this intrusive technology is potentially being used to expand the reach of the government’s asset-forfeiture efforts is of even greater concern.’’

The senator called for “additional accountability’’ and said Americans shouldn’t have to fear ”their locations and movements are constantly being tracked and stored in a massive government database.’’


The DEA program collects data about vehicle movements, including time, direction and location, from high-tech cameras placed strategically on major highways. Many devices also record visual images of drivers and passengers, which are sometimes clear enough for investigators to confirm identities, according to DEA documents and people familiar with the program.

The documents show that the DEA also uses license-plate readers operated by state, local and federal law-enforcement agencies to feed into its own network and create a far-reaching, constantly updating database of electronic eyes scanning traffic on the roads to steer police toward suspects.

The law-enforcement scanners are different from those used to collect tolls.

By 2011, the DEA had about 100 cameras feeding into the database, the documents show. On Interstate 95 in New Jersey, license-plate readers feed data to the DEA—giving law-enforcement personnel around the country the ability to search for a suspect vehicle on one of the country’s busiest highways. One undated internal document shows the program also gathers data from license-plate readers in Florida and Georgia.

“Any database that collects detailed location information about Americans not suspected of crimes raises very serious privacy questions,’’ said Jay Stanley, a senior policy analyst at the ACLU. “It’s unconscionable that technology with such far-reaching potential would be deployed in such secrecy. People might disagree about exactly how we should use such powerful surveillance technologies, but it should be democratically decided, it shouldn’t be done in secret.’’

License-plate readers are already used in the U.S. by companies to collect debts and repossess vehicles, and by local police departments to solve crimes.

In 2010, the DEA said in internal documents that the database aided in the seizure of 98 kilograms of cocaine, 8,336 kilograms of marijuana and the collection of $866,380. It also has been connected to the Amber Alert system, to help authorities find abducted children, according to people familiar with the program.

One email written in 2010 said the primary purpose of the program was asset forfeiture—a controversial practice in which law-enforcement agencies seize cars, cash and other valuables from suspected criminals. The practice is increasingly coming under attack because of instances when law-enforcement officers take such assets without evidence of a crime.

The document said, “…DEA has designed this program to assist with locating, identifying, and seizing bulk currency, guns, and other illicit contraband moving along the southwest border and throughout the United States. With that said, we want to insure we can collect and manage all the data and IT responsibilities that will come with the work to insure the program meets its goals, of which asset forfeiture is primary.’

A number of lawmakers have been planning to offer legislation to rein in what they call abuses of asset-forfeiture laws. The Justice Department recently announced it was ending its role in one type of asset seizure, known as “adoptions,’’ a process by which local officials take property, then have the assets adopted and sold by the federal government. Often, that allows the local agency to keep a higher percentage of the money from the seizure. The policy change doesn’t affect the bulk of asset seizures in the U.S.

The national vehicle database program was launched in 2008 and opened to participating state and local authorities a year later. The initial focus was on tracking cars moving on or near the Southwest border, in order to follow the movements of drugs and drug money, according to officials and documents. Requests to search the database are handled by the El Paso Intelligence Center in Texas, which is known as EPIC in law enforcement circles. EPIC is staffed around the clock to both take in and send out information about “hits’’ on requested license plates.

The effort began in border states like Arizona, California, Nevada, New Mexico and Texas, but the goal has always been expansion, according to current and former federal officials and documents. Officials wouldn’t say how many other states are now feeding data into the system, citing concerns that disclosing such information could help criminals avoid detection.

The federal program hasn’t always been embraced by states. At a 2012 hearing, Utah lawmakers balked when DEA officials sought to have license-plate readers in the state feed into the database—one of the few times the agency has provided even limited facts about the program. That same year, a DEA official made a general reference to the program at a congressional field hearing about the Southwest border, saying it was built to monitor and target vehicles used to transport bulk cash and other contraband.

Under questioning from Utah lawmakers, the agency said the program began with an effort to track drug shipments on the Southwest border, and the government wanted to add monitors on major drug-trafficking routes like Utah’s Interstate 15, in order to hunt a wide array of criminals. That alarmed privacy advocates, who noted at the time that the DEA’s map of major drug routes included most of the national highway system.

The agency has reduced the time it holds the data from two years to 3 months, according to a Justice Department spokesman.

The EPIC database allows any police agency that participates to quickly search records of many states for information about a vehicle. One May 2010 redacted email says: "Anyone can request information from our [license-plate reader] program, federal, state, or local, just need to be a vetted EPIC user.…’’

The data are also shared with U.S. border officials, according to an undated memorandum of understanding between the DEA and Customs and Border Protection officials. That document shows the two agencies specifically said that lawmakers might never specifically fund the work, stating: “this in no way implies that Congress will appropriate funds for such expenditures.’’

The disclosure of the DEA’s license-plate reader database comes on the heels of other revelations in recent months about the Justice Department, as well as the agencies it runs, gathering data about innocent Americans as it searches for criminals.

In November, The Wall Street Journal reported that the U.S. Marshals Service flies planes carrying devices that mimic cellphone towers in order to scan the identifying information of Americans’ phones as it searches for criminal suspects and fugitives. Justice Department officials have said the program is legal.

Earlier this month, the DEA filed court documents indicating that for more than a decade it had gathered the phone records of Americans calling foreign countries, without judicial oversight, to sift through that data looking for drug suspects. That program was canceled in 2013.

wsj.com

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Jan 28 - Former FOX News employee commits suicide outside NYC office

By BasedCali - 22 hours ago

Phillip Perea, a former promotion producer at Fox News, shot and killed himself out front of the company’s building in Manhattan on Monday morning. The former employee was the victim of highly publicized bullying from management at the company, which ultimately resulted in the loss of his job. It has also been speculated by many that that he was railroaded out of his position because a local police officer was not happy with how a police brutality story was covered.

Over the past several months, Perea has been releasing a series of YouTube videos, which provide extensive details about his time at Fox, and the circumstances leading to his termination.
Perea’s troubles at Fox began in July, when he covered a story about a female jogger named Amanda Jo Stephen who was assaulted by police for jaywalking. Perea posted a picture where the angry officer was standing next to the crying jogger, and apparently Austin Police Chief Art Acevedo ended up contacting the station to complain.

Perea then experienced intense bullying from management at Fox, and when things got really bad, he actually recorded some of the conversations and later posted them on YouTube. The videos, which were titled “The American Workplace Bully: How FOX News Ended My Career” even featured a recording from the moment he was fired.
His last video was posted on the morning of his death, and in it he said “there can be no righteous cause without a sacrifice.”
Earlier in the week, Perea posted a photo to twiiter which had a nearly empty wallet, filled with only a few dollars. The caption for the photo read: “Congratulations FOX, this is all the money I have left to my name, $104.”
It was reported that he shot himself outside of the New York offices around 9am, just after handing onlookers flyers about how Fox “ended his career.”
After the incident he was rushed to Bellevue Hospital Center, where he was pronounced dead about an hour later, according to police.
Perea was 41 years old.

http://bit.ly/15NgUZa

 
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Image inside Jan 28 - California man pleads guilty to smuggling dying immigrants in trunk

By RAZAH CUTS - 22 hours ago

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A U..S. citizen who was arrested entering the country from Mexico with two dying men in the trunk of his car pleaded guilty on Tuesday to felony smuggling charges in a federal California court.

Nicholas George Zakov, 43, admitted that he acted with “extreme disregard” for the lives of the two Mexican citizens he was being paid to smuggle into the United States, court documents showed.

Zakov, who is from North Dakota but moved to the Los Angeles area, has been in federal custody since Aug. 12, following his arrest at the San Ysidro Port of Entry in San Diego.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers found 28-year-old Tarcisio Casas-Blanco and 20-year-old Jose Quiroz-Casas, both of Guanajato, in the trunk of a 2012 Dodge Challenger. One had stopped breathing and the other was near-death.

Zakov admitted he ignored cries for help from the men in the trunk while he waited to pass customs at the port of entry, according to a statement from the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of California.

The statement says they were heard begging to be released from the trunk because it was extremely hot. Cars at the port of entry often wait more than an hour in line, according to government reports.

The men died from hyperthermia and asphyxiation, the statement said.

Zakov was to be paid $3,500 for bringing both men into the U.S., according to court documents. Both Casas-Blanco and Quiroz-Casas had been caught in the United States illegally before and were voluntarily returned to Mexico – a process where they waived hearings that might have led to formal deportation.

Zakov faces a minimum sentence of three years in prison or up to a maximum of life, and a fine of up to $250,000 on two counts of smuggling humans that result in death and two counts of smuggling illegal aliens for financial gain. He is scheduled to be sentenced on April 10.
http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2015/01/c...ants-in-trunk/

 
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Image inside Jan 28 - Utah parents who fatally drugged children feared the Apocalypse

By RAZAH CUTS - 22 hours ago

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The parents of a Utah family found dead in a locked bedroom at their home last year often discussed religiously-held notions of the apocalypse and orchestrated a multi-drug familicide using methadone and over-the-counter cold medication, police said on Tuesday.

The bodies of Benjamin and Kristi Strack and three of their children aged 11 to 14 were discovered by the Stracks’ lone surviving child and his grandmother on Sept. 27 in Springville, about 45 miles south of Salt Lake City.

“It was a fairly common theme for the parents to talk about, the apocalypse, the end of days, final judgment,” said Springville Police Department detective Greg Turnbow, the lead officer on the case.

“Their surviving son, when he was interviewed, indicated that his mother had made comments that if things got bad enough she would much rather take herself and her family out in a comfortable way, rather than a painful way.”

The information was released at a press conference on Tuesday that covered information from a medical examiner and broader information about the case, Turnbow said.

The parents deaths were ruled suicides. The children ages 11 and 12 were ruled homicides, and the 14-year-old son had a note in which he was aware of his “possible impending doom,” Turnbow said.

The father had heroin in his body and the others had methadone and over-the-counter medication, Turnbow said, citing coroner’s findings. There was no sign of a struggle.

Among the items recovered from the home by investigators, according to the warrants cited by the Deseret News, were empty bottles of liquid methadone, as well as 10 opened and empty packets of nighttime cold and flu medication. [IDn:L1N0SP399]
http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2015/01/u...he-apocalypse/

 
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Image inside Jan 28 - The Prosecutor Who Filed Murder Charges Against The Cops Is Becoming A Police Target

By RAZAH CUTS - 22 hours ago

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At least professionally, the Bernalillo County District Attorney’s office has already paid for filing murder charges against two cops who shot and killed a homeless man in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

Just a day after DA Kari Brandenburg announced for the first time in recent memory that she would pursue criminal charges against cops for an on-duty deadly shooting, there was another police shooting in the city, which has seen a spate of fatal police shootings since 2010 at eight times the rate of New York City.

And when a prosecutor from Brandenburg’s office went to the scene and sought to attend an investigative briefing, as prosecutors had been doing for years as part of their collection of evidence, police wouldn’t let her in. They claimed that now that the DA’s office had filed criminal charges against a cop, they had a “conflict of interest” and should be excluded.
“Clearly, this could compromise the integrity of the investigation of this shooting,” an outraged Brandenburg told KRQE of the police department’s behavior.

But this isn’t the only way Brandenburg may have paid for her decision to file murder charges. Buried deep in an expansive New Yorker report on Albuquerque’s investigation of police shootings, reporter Rachel Aviv lays out how Brandenburg may have faced other personal pressures aimed at intimidating her out of using her enforcement powers.
As the nation grapples to figure out why cops are so rarely punished for using deadly force, the story of Albuquerque is a window into what can happen when local officials do try to punish their own police for perceived wrongdoing.

Last October, Brandenburg told an attorney for the police union that she was considering filing charges against the cops who killed James Boyd, a homeless schizophrenic man approached by the officers for sleeping in the Albuquerque foothills. “Within weeks, Brandenburg found herself the target of an investigation by the Albuquerque Police Department,” Aviv explains.

The investigation related to theft by Brandenburg’s son, who had stolen money from friends to feed his heroin addiction. Brandenburg had offered to pay back the victims of the theft, and somewhere along the way, police developed a claim that Brandenburg had bribed witnesses related to the case.

A detective working on the case admitted in a recording that the claims were “super-weak — it’s probably not gonna go anywhere,” but “it’s gonna destroy her career.” Aviv writes:
A week after the investigation became public, Brandenburg told me that she would continue as district attorney, despite calls for her to leave the office. When I asked her if she saw the investigation as a form of intimidation, a way to prevent her from indicting the officers who shot Boyd, she said, “I think right now it’s best if other people connect the dots.”

On January 12th, Brandenburg filed counts of murder against the two officers who shot Boyd. The case will now go before a district judge, who will determine if there is probable cause to send the officers to trial. At a press conference announcing the charges, Brandenburg said, “I am not going to be intimidated.”

Despite this perceived intimidation, Brandenburg has some reason to feel more empowered than most prosecutors most of the time who are mulling filing charges against their own police departments. Albuquerque has faced a rash of police shootings that has garnered national attention. The 37 police shootings that have rocked the small city since 2010 engendered a 10-hour protest months before events unfolded in Ferguson, Missouri. The cops involved in many of these shootings were hardly punished at all, with officers in some cases merely suspended for three days. And in the wake of all of this, a scathing U.S. Department of Justice report found rampant constitutional violations in police use of force.

The city is now in the final stages of entering into an agreement with the Justice Department to improve some of its police practices. And part of what will become a court-enforceable agreement if approved by a judge is a mandate that “charges be filed against a shooting officer if they are warranted,” according to KRQE’s Jeff Proctor.

Nonetheless, while in most cities like Ferguson it has been the community members who have called for a special prosecutor to investigate police shootings to avoid the bias of working with police on a regular basis, it is now the local police in Albuquerque who are asking for a special prosecutor to replace Brandenburg. And they only started asking after she filed charges against a police officer for the very first time.

“Given recent incidents,” Chief Administrative Officer Robert Perry wrote in a letter to Brandenburg, “it is imperative the Community have confidence in the Police Department, prosecution, and justice system.”
http://thinkprogress.org/justice/201...-charges-cops/

 
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Jan 27 - Warmonger Hillary Clinton 100% in for 2016, will launch bid in April: report
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Jan 26 - Feds raid Chicago body parts operation linked to Detroit
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Jan 26 - Googles Waze is a stalking app, claim US police LMAOOOOO
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Jan 25 - woman has no clue what fear is
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Image inside Jan 25 - Teacher Suspended After Defending Co-Workers Accused Of Sex With Students
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Jan 26 - Mountain-Size Asteroid to Fly by Earth
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Jan 26 - Hospitals Giving 'Death Test' to Seniors
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Image inside Jan 26 - Aerial Drone found on White House grounds
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Jan 26 - Mom Suing Target for Son's Suicide
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Jan 26 - Legal pot backers in Ohio trickle out details of 2015 vision
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Image inside Jan 26 - The Official East Coast Snowmageddon Thread
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Image inside Jan 26 - Florida man asks cop for his gun to take care of some n*ggas who robbed me
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Jan 26 - american idol winner says he is being financially pimped out
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Jan 26 - New York man shoots 15-year-old boy multiple times for throwing snowballs at his car
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Video inside Jan 25 - Lonely Black Woman Marries Herself
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Image inside Jan 26 - 17-Year-Old Girl Shot Dead By Three Cops At Texas Police Station
By RAZAH CUTS - 3 days ago - 85 comments


Image inside Jan 26 - Wife Of Prominent Film Producer Says Bill Cosby Assaulted Her In 1969
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Image inside Jan 26 - Woman Drowned Puppy In Airport Toilet After Not Being Allowed To Board Plane With Animal
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Image inside Jan 26 - This Map Reveals Just How Unequal The So-Called Recovery Is
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Image inside Jan 26 - Ex-Marine accuses NY cops of detaining, beating him: I thought it was a kidnapping
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