How Did Victor White III Die in the Backseat of a Cop Car in New Iberia, Louisiana? Photos courtesy of the White family The night Victor White Sr.’s son died in the backseat of a cop car in New Iberia, Louisiana, he called the local sheriff’s station to figure out where his boy was. “I asked them if he’d been apprehended, and they told me no,” he said to me. It wasn’t until the following morning, March 3, that Victor Sr. found out his son, Victor White III, had been arrested and died while in police custody. Immediately, of course, Victor Sr. made the two-hour drive from his home in Alexandria down to New Iberia to find out what the hell was going on. “They wouldn’t even let me see the body,” Victor Sr. told me over the phone. Still completely in the dark about what had taken place, Victor drove back home in utter shock. Here’s what is known at this point: On Sunday, March 2, Victor White III walked down to a convenience store with a friend to pick up a cigar. “We believe they murdered him," he told me over the phone. “He was a respectable person.
U.S. Has World's Highest Incarceration Rate (August 2012) Since 2002, the United States has had the highest incarceration rate in the world. Although prison populations are increasing in some parts of the world, the natural rate of incarceration for countries comparable to the United States tends to stay around 100 prisoners per 100,000 population. The U.S. rate is 500 prisoners per 100,000 residents, or about 1.6 million prisoners in 2010, according to the latest available data from the Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS).1 Men make up 90 percent of the prison and local jail population, and they have an imprisonment rate 14 times higher than the rate for women.2 And these men are overwhelmingly young: Incarceration rates are highest for those in their 20s and early 30s. National Rates Mask Regional Variations Although imprisonment rates in 2010 decreased in 34 states, they increased in 16 states, most notably Arkansas, Illinois, Iowa, and West Virginia. Table 1 Male and Female Imprisonment Rates by Region, 2010 References
Grisly Video of Police Shooting Homeless Man Sparks New Mexico Protests If brand-new Albuquerque police chief Gorden Eden won’t admit overuse of deadly force in the recent shooting of James Boyd, Santa Fe residents hope the point will be driven home — literally — when they bring a hearse to town on Tuesday. Novelist Frances Madeson is organizing the funeral procession that will leave Santa Fe in the afternoon and head to neighboring Albuquerque. There, Madeson intends to join the 6 PM protest planned against the police killing of Boyd, a homeless and mentally ill man APD discovered illegally camping out in the Sandia foothills. “New Mexico is a small state and the police culture here seems to be growing more paramilitary in nature,” Madeson told VICE News, “What happens in another city does affect us if we let it go unchecked.” APD chief Eden was sworn in this February after the former chief resigned amid a growing police brutality scandal. Police said that Boyd had threatened to kill officers at the scene and he had a long criminal record.
Santa's real workshop: the town in China that makes the world's Christmas decorations | Art and design There’s red on the ceiling and red on the floor, red dripping from the window sills and red globules splattered across the walls. It looks like the artist Anish Kapoor has been let loose with his wax cannon again. But this, in fact, is what the making of Christmas looks like; this is the very heart of the real Santa’s workshop – thousands of miles from the North Pole, in the Chinese city of Yiwu. Our yuletide myth-making might like to imagine that Christmas is made by rosy-cheeked elves hammering away in a snow-bound log cabin somewhere in the Arctic Circle. Christened “China’s Christmas village”, Yiwu is home to 600 factories that collectively churn out over 60% of all the world’s Christmas decorations and accessories, from glowing fibre-optic trees to felt Santa hats. “Maybe it’s like [Chinese] New Year for foreigners,” says 19-year-old Wei, a worker who came to Yiwu from rural Guizhou province this year, speaking to Chinese news agency Sina.
NOGALES, Mexico: Questions still unanswered about U.S. Border Patrol’s killing of 16-year-old | Courts & Crime NOGALES, Mexico — Sixteen-year-old Jose Antonio Elena got the kind of punishment that those who toss rocks at Border Patrol agents receive with startling frequency: He was shot with a .40-caliber round from an agent’s service weapon. The bullet hit Elena in the back of the head. He slumped mortally wounded to a sidewalk on the Mexican side, a few paces from the border fence. At least two agents, perched on the U.S. side about 20 feet above the street and shielded by the fence’s closely spaced iron bars, continued to fire, witnesses said. In all, 10 bullets struck Elena, spattering a wall behind him with blood. Yet Jose Antonio Elena may not have tossed any rocks at all. The Border Patrol has a video of the events that night, Oct. 10, 2012. Elena’s killing is one in a string of what critics say are unnecessary killings by Border Patrol agents along the U.S. border with Mexico. Border Patrol chief Michael J. A spokesman for the U.S. Among them was municipal K-9 officer John V.
Yoga as the Colonized Subject Within the serene, spare yoga studios across Europe and America, yoga has become so assimilated into everyday language and activity that, to the predominantly Caucasian practitioners, the idea that violence and privilege have created their practices might have never even occurred. My own teaching practice has become a pedagogical experiment in shedding light on the continuing historical imbalances that shape our lives. I have just completed teaching a week long workshop titled Yoga & Whiteness; Mapping the Self Construct or Outing the Hippie Woowoo Colonial Crap at Impulstanz Festival in Vienna. When I asked participants whether anyone in the room had ever heard of the European scramble for Africa or the Berlin Conference of 1894, only 2 of the 20 plus students raised their hands. Without understanding the History of Occupation, students lack the means to deconstruct the colonial views inevitably internalized in the process of becoming American, or in this case European. Comments comments
Autopsy shows Texas cop fired fatal shot from close range into sarcastic student’s back By Travis GettysFriday, March 21, 2014 7:21 EDT A Texas college student likely died from a gunshot wound to his back after making a sarcastic remark to the campus police officer who killed him. Autopsy results show 23-year-old Cameron Redus was shot five times at close range by Cpl. KENS-TV reported that the autopsy performed the following day showed Redus, a student at the private Catholic university, was shot in the back, left eye, upper chest, left elbow, and right hip. While the locations of the five shots had been previously known, autopsy results released Thursday to the TV news station revealed new details. “We are stunned to learn that Cameron was shot in the back from very close range,” the student’s family said in a statement. The shooting gained national attention after witnesses reported that the officer never warned Redus before emptying his gun on the student after he made a derisive remark. “I heard (the student) say, ‘Oh, you’re gonna shoot me?’
The Freudian Coverup The Freudian Cover-up is a theory first popularized by social worker Florence Rush in the 1970s, which asserts that Sigmund Freud intentionally ignored evidence that his patients were victims of sexual abuse. The theory argues that in developing his theory of infant sexuality, he misinterpreted his patients' claim of sexual abuse as symptoms of repressed incestuous desire. Therefore, Freud claimed that children who reported sexual abuse by adults had either imagined or fantasized the experience. Background Early within Freud's career, he believed that little girls often experienced sexual abuse, since most of his patients were predominantly women and consistently reported childhood instances of sexual molestation. Many of Freud's patients suffered from a common Victorian diagnosis, hysteria. Since his hysterical patients repeatedly reported sexual abuse, most often naming their fathers as the abusers, Freud drew a causal connection between sexual abuse and neurosis. Notes
Video: Camper turning from officers when shot Officers fire at a homeless man as he turns away from them during a standoff in the foothills Sunday. (Source: APD) Copyright © 2014 Albuquerque Journal James M. But before that, there appeared to be a chance he’d cooperate, according to video released by APD on Friday. A flash-bang device is thrown at Boyd’s feet, disorienting him. Officers fire bean-bag rounds at him as he’s on the ground, then let loose a police dog, which grabs his leg and shakes it. Albuquerque Police Chief Gorden Eden speaks to reporters during a news conference on Friday. Holding knives Police Chief Gorden Eden released video of the incident during a Friday afternoon news conference. “Do I believe it was a justified shooting? “All of his charges have been violent,” Eden told reporters. At least one bullet struck Boyd, though Eden said it’s not clear whether that’s what killed him because medical investigators haven’t released a cause of death. Eden’s first incident
History of suicide Attitudes toward suicide have varied through time and across cultures. Antiquity and Middle Ages In general, the pagan world, both Roman and Greek, had a relaxed attitude towards the concept of suicide, a practice that was only outlawed with the advent of the Christians, who condemned it at the Council of Arles in 452 as the work of the Devil. In the Middle Ages, the Church had drawn-out discussions on the edge where the search for martyrdom was suicidal, as in the case of martyrs of Córdoba. There are some precursors of later Christian hostility in ancient Greek thinkers. In Rome, suicide was never a general offense in law, though the whole approach to the question was essentially pragmatic. The Romans, however, fully approved of what might be termed "patriotic suicide"; death, in other words, as an alternative to dishonor. In the Middle Ages, the Christian church excommunicated people who attempted suicide and those who died by suicide were buried outside consecrated graveyards.
David Silva Cell Phone Video Released, But Questions Remain About Police Beating Cell phone video of an incident in which police beat a man who died a short while later has been released after being confiscated by law enforcement officers. However, questions remain about the possible existence of a second video. Individuals who were leaving Kern Medical Center in Bakersfield, Calif., late at night on May 7, say they witnessed a group of officers deliver a brutal beating to a man who lay on the ground, according to multiple reports. In a statement, the Kern County Sheriff's Office (KCSO) said its officers used a K-9 on 33-year-old David Silva and then hit him with batons when they found him resistant and uncooperative. In the statement, KCSO said that seven of its officers and two California Highway Patrolmen were involved in the incident. Two of the witnesses, Francisco Arrieta and Maria Melendez, say they had footage of the beating incident on their cell phones. "The blood was all over Mr. Silva is survived by four children who are between the ages of 2 and 10.
Rodney King Rodney Glen King (April 2, 1965 – June 17, 2012) was an African-American construction worker and serial criminal who became nationally known after being beaten by Los Angeles police officers, following a high-speed car chase on March 3, 1991. A local witness, George Holliday, videotaped much of it from his balcony. The footage shows five officers surrounding King, several of them striking him repeatedly, while other officers stood by. Part of the footage was aired around the world, inflaming outrage in cities where racial tension was high, and raising public concern about police treatment of minorities. Four officers were charged with assault with a deadly weapon and use of excessive force. The acquittals are generally considered to have triggered the 1992 Los Angeles riots, in which 58 people were killed and over two thousand were injured, ending only when the military were called in. Early life In November 1989, King robbed a store in Monterey Park, California. Incident