Coronavirus immunity lasts only a few weeks or months

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It appears that only a small percentage of people who get the coronavirus develop any immunity to future infections. And that immunity only lasts a short time:

https://www.cnn.com/2020/07/13/health/covid-immunity-antibody-response-uk-study-wellness/index.html

https://www.cnn.com/2020/07/13/opinions/herd-immunity-covid-19-uncomfortable-reality-haseltine/index.html

So-called herd immunity, which would protect the majority of the population, is now thought to be an impossible goal that would cost millions of lives and wear off quickly.

Wearing masks, social distancing and frequent hand washing offer the best protections for most people to avoid getting infected with the coronavirus until a vaccine is developed. Goggles may also offer additional protection, as the eyes are conduits for infection.

For many people who do get the coronavirus, the result may be amputations, brain damage, organ failure, permanently damaged lungs or death.

Some who recovered got the coronavirus again:

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/apr/14/california-coronavirus-herd-immunity-early-spread-stanford-expert-interview

https://www.cnn.com/2020/04/17/health/south-korea-coronavirus-retesting-positive-intl-hnk/index.html

https://www.technologyreview.com/2020/04/14/999515/why-simply-waiting-for-herd-immunity-to-covid-19-isnt-an-option/

‘I think of it as a calling, the same way that some people are called to the priesthood’

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Heartless hedge fund Alden Capital, the greedy owner of most newspapers in Southern California, guts another one:

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/07/10/us/alden-global-capital-pottstown-mercury.html

In a repeat of Alden’s scorched earth practices carried out across the nation with its 200 newspapers, the East Coast hedge fund sold the Pottstown Mercury‘s building, laid off most of its newsroom staff and siphoned off all of the newspaper’s profits. The Pulitzer Prize-winning Mercury is down to just one reporter, who works in his attic.

And it isn’t a lack of profits that is causing these newspapers’ suffering. Instead, Alden’s newspapers have been hugely profitable. The problem is that Alden, the private hedge fund that owns them is greedy and demands a 30% profit margin every year, which it then keeps and gives to its filthy rich owners and executives back east.

More about Alden:

https://dfmworkers.org/everything-you-need-to-know-about-alden-global-capital-and-digital-first-media/

https://www.washingtonpost.com/business/economy/a-hedge-funds-mercenary-strategy-buy-newspapers-slash-jobs-sell-the-buildings/2019/02/11/f2c0c78a-1f59-11e9-8e21-59a09ff1e2a1_story.html

https://newsmustread.wordpress.com/2018/04/07/denver-post-in-open-rebellion-against-hedge-fund-owner/

Trump administration does not have a coronavirus plan

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The deranged occupant of the White House does not have a clue about what to do about the coronavirus:

https://www.cnn.com/2020/07/10/politics/donald-trump-coronavirus-no-plan/index.html

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/07/09/opinion/trump-coronavirus.html

Trump and his dirty henchmen are demanding that schools reopen in the fall. Trump even threatened to cut off federal funding to schools that are not ready to reopen:

https://www.cnn.com/2020/07/11/politics/cdc-documents-warn-high-risk-schools-reopening/index.html

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/07/10/us/politics/trump-schools-reopening.html

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/07/11/us/virus-teachers-classrooms.html

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/07/11/health/coronavirus-schools-reopen.html

All that the whiner-in-chief knows how to do is complain constantly about press coverage and the Democrats. And lie. The liar-in-chief has lied more than 20,000 times since occupying the White House:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/2020/07/13/president-trump-has-made-more-than-20000-false-or-misleading-claims/

The U.S. has the most coronavirus cases and deaths because the president is an egomaniacal idiot with the maturity of a spoiled child:

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/07/12/opinion/coronavirus-donald-trump.html

https://www.arcgis.com/apps/opsdashboard/index.html#/bda7594740fd40299423467b48e9ecf6

Book: Trump paid someone else to take SAT test

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Sleazy Trump has cheated and lied his entire life to get to the top, including paying someone to take his SAT test:

https://www.cnn.com/2020/07/07/politics/mary-trump-book-donald-trump/index.html

Trump’s niece writes in the tell-all book that he “threatens the world’s health, economic security, and social fabric.”

What a creep:

 

Paranoid Trump can’t trust anyone, not even his own family:

https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/trump-lincoln-project-video-loyalty-campaign-2020-a9606021.html

 

Sociopath Trump is experiencing a “meltdown”:

https://www.cnn.com/videos/politics/2020/07/07/trump-flailing-meltdown-defend-confederate-flag-john-kasich-ben-jealous-ebof-vpx.cnn/video/playlists/this-week-in-politics/

Irresponsible Trump lies again about coronavirus to help the rich

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The percentage of Americans with the coronavirus who have died from the disease is nearly 4.5%:

https://www.arcgis.com/apps/opsdashboard/index.html#/bda7594740fd40299423467b48e9ecf6

The math is easy to calculate. There are 2.8 million confirmed cases of the coronavirus in the U.S. A total of 129,891 Americans have died from the coronavirus.  That means nearly 4.5% of Americans who got the coronavirus have died.

Many Americans who get the coronavirus suffer serious complications such as permanently scarred lungs, pneumonia, blot clots, acute kidney injury, organ failure, brain damage, heart problems, amputations or other devastating effects:

https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/coronavirus/symptoms-causes/syc-20479963

The World Health Organization calculates that 20% of confirmed coronavirus cases require hospitalization.

Reckless Trump, however, found it convenient this week to lie and falsely claim that only 1% of Americans have died or suffered any complications from the coronavirus.

https://www.democracynow.org/2020/7/1/ed_yong_coronavirus

Callous Trump is causing millions of Americans to make the fatal or otherwise harmful mistake of miscalculating the dangers of the coronavirus. The result will be that many will die or suffer permanent damage to their health.

It is difficult to understand why so many Americans would be so ignorant that they would believe an immoral snake oil salesman of a president instead of brilliant scientists, especially when Trump has been documented to have lied more than 19,000 times:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/graphics/politics/trump-claims-database/?itid=lk_inline_manual_2

A big part of the problem is that conservative “news” media intentionally amplify Trump’s lies. They ghoulishly lie about the coronavirus so that people of color, who are at a much higher risk of dying from the virus, and low income workers will spend more money and go back to work, which boosts the investment portfolios of the rich. And with the system already rigged to favor the rich, low income Americans are feeling desperate.

Another apparent reason Trump is downplaying the coronavirus is that he looks at the topic as red meat he can throw to his ignorant supporters to strengthen his base, the same as anything involving race or crime.

Cruel and greedy Trump said he wants coronavirus testing to slow down because it looks bad for his political ambitions when Americans find out how much the virus has spread:

 

This miserable mess did not have to happen:

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/05/20/us/coronavirus-distancing-deaths.html

 

Journalists criticize lack of diversity in news media

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The news industry has had a problem with its lack of racial parity for its entire existence. Some progress has been made, but the extensive reporting about police brutality and the Black Lives Matter movement this year laid bare the news media’s glaring need to hire and promote more people of color.

People of color make up just 21% of newsroom employees in the newspaper industry, 26% in TV and 31% online. The U.S. population was 38.7% nonwhite in 2019:

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/07/04/opinion/soledad-obrien-racism-journalism.html

https://www.newsleaders.org/2019-diversity-survey-results

https://latguild.com/news/2020/6/23/letter-from-la-times-guild-black-caucus

https://www.latimes.com/entertainment-arts/business/story/2020-06-24/los-angeles-times-black-lives-matter-diversity

https://www.nabj.org/

 

 

The American Society of News Editors in 1978 set a target of the year 2000 to achieve a level of racial diversity in newsrooms that would match that of the U.S. population. When it became apparent that the target would not be met, ASNE voted to try to reach the goal by 2025. A lot more progress will have to be made to reach racial parity by 2025.

It makes sense for news outlets to have more diverse newsrooms so that they can attract a more diverse audience and be profitable. It is also the right thing to do so that they can report accurately and fairly about all races.

Republicans test positive for coronavirus

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Trump’s top fundraiser, his valet, a leading supporter, and members of his Secret Service detail all tested positive for the coronavirus:

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/07/03/us/politics/kimberly-guilfoyle-trump-campaign-coronavirus.html

https://www.cnn.com/2020/07/03/politics/kimberly-guilfoyle-positive-coronavirus-test/index.html

https://www.cnn.com/2020/07/03/politics/secret-service-coronavirus-trump/index.html

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/07/02/us/politics/herman-cain-coronavirus.html

Eight of Trump’s campaign members who were at his Tulsa rally also have the coronavirus:

https://www.cnn.com/2020/06/22/politics/two-staffers-coronavirus-trump-rally/index.html

The vice president’s press secretary also tested positive.

 

Neil Young rips Trump with song remake

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Visitors to Neil Young’s website can stream the song and some of his best tracks in a beautiful new Porch video for free:

https://neilyoungarchives.com/movie-night

https://www.rollingstone.com/music/music-news/neil-young-takes-trump-new-fireside-session-acoustic-concert-1023110/

Coronavirus surges in California with new record high

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California recorded more than 8,000 new cases of the coronavirus in one day, June 29. Officials say that probably one of every 140 people in the state is spreading the virus without realizing it:

https://www.latimes.com/california/story/2020-06-30/california-enters-perilous-phase-as-coronavirus-spread-intensifies-and-officials-fear-worsening-conditions

Record totals are being recorded in several other states as well.

The daily total of new coronavirus cases in the U.S. could reach 100,000:

https://www.cnbc.com/2020/06/30/fauci-says-us-coronavirus-outbreak-is-going-to-be-very-disturbing-could-top-100000-cases-a-day.html

https://www.cnn.com/2020/07/06/politics/fauci-coronavirus-us-response/index.html

Part of the reason for the rapid spread of the coronavirus is that the nation is led by an idiot worshipped by brainwashed supporters:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/2020/06/30/welcome-united-states-idiocracy/

Trump shares ‘white power’ racist video

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Trump has a long history of racism dating back to his refusing to rent apartments to African Americans. His latest racist act was to retweet a “white power” racist video on his Twitter account:

https://www.cnn.com/2020/06/28/politics/trump-tweet-supporters-man-chants-white-power/index.html

The racist occupant of the White House even thanked the white racists in the video and described them as “great people”:

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/01/12/opinion/trump-racist.html

 

 

Trump’s buddies in Russia put a bounty on U.S. troops

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Trump is chummy with Russia’s corrupt dictator even though Putin put a $100,000 bounty on U.S. troops in Afghanistan:

https://www.cnn.com/2020/06/27/politics/russia-us-troops-afghanistan/index.html

https://www.cnn.com/2020/06/29/politics/trump-phone-calls-national-security-concerns/index.html

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/06/26/us/politics/russia-afghanistan-bounties.html

Update: Trump knew about Russia’s bounties to kill American troops in early 2019:

https://apnews.com/fcf3ec359401c7575f5402b4da9b00a3

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/06/29/us/politics/russian-bounty-trump.html

Trump’s supporters must be confused or brainwashed. How else to explain Trump’s supporters claiming to be pro-military when his buddies in Russia pay money to kill our troops?

Conservative media cause thousands of deaths from coronavirus

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Conservative “news” media and Trump’s lies about the coronavirus led to thousands of Americans’ deaths:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/business/2020/06/25/fox-news-hannity-coronavirus-misinformation/

 

Cruel and greedy Trump said he wants coronavirus testing to slow down because it looks bad for his political ambitions when Americans see how much the virus has spread:

 

https://www.cnn.com/videos/politics/2020/06/26/tapper-monologue-trump-pence-coronavirus-briefing-cases-surge-lead-vpx.cnn

Bad advice on Facebook also led to confusion:

MSNBC’s Chris Hayes calls on Trump to resign because his failure to respond to the coronavirus caused tens of thousands of unnecessary deaths:

https://www.msnbc.com/all-in/watch/chris-hayes-calls-for-trump-to-resign-urgent-matter-of-public-health-public-safety-86089285988

VP Pence is spreading lies about the coronavirus, too:

 

Unlike the lying propagandists with conservative “news” media, many journalists risk their lives to serve the public. In this story from April 24, for example, Los Angeles Times photojournalists discuss what they do to protect themselves from the coronavirus:

https://www.latimes.com/california/story/2020-04-24/dressing-to-to-save-your-life-la-times-photojournalists-take-on-a-whole-new-danger

The daily total of American and global deaths from the coronavirus:

https://www.arcgis.com/apps/opsdashboard/index.html#/bda7594740fd40299423467b48e9ecf6

California’s college students struggle with online classes

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Barriers to student success included a lack of access to computers, internet, tutoring, food and housing. Many students do not plan to enroll for the fall semester:

https://www.latimes.com/california/story/2020-06-22/coronavirus-community-college-online-semester-lack-technology

Supreme Court blocks Trump from canceling DACA

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Trump can’t end DACA now that the Supreme Court has reached a decision, at least not until he can come up with a rationale for doing so:

https://www.cnn.com/2020/06/18/politics/daca-immigration-supreme-court/index.html

The Supreme Court’s decision does not give legal status to Dreamers, but it does give them a two-year breather to live and work in the U.S.:

https://www.cnn.com/2020/06/18/opinions/what-happens-next-to-daca-and-dreamers-is-on-trump-reyes/index.html

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/06/18/us/trump-daca-supreme-court.html

Dreamers’ reactions:

https://www.cnn.com/2020/06/18/politics/daca-recipient-reactions-supreme-court/index.html

Trump has been hammered twice this week with the Supreme Court’s DACA decision and a tell-all book by John Bolton, but he will still try to carry out his racist and corrupt agenda in other ways.

Book: Trump asked China’s dictator for help with reelection campaign

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There is no bottom to how low mentally ill Trump will go when trying to get reelected, even if it means illegally courting a dictator:

https://www.cnn.com/2020/06/17/politics/bolton-book-trump/index.html

Also in the book, sociopath Trump is alleged to have said that some journalists should be “executed”:

https://www.cnn.com/videos/business/2020/06/21/bolton-quotes-trump-saying-these-people-should-be-executed.cnn/video/playlists/reliable-sources-highlights/

Destruction of nature causes pandemics

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Until people accept the fact that we are all part of nature instead of its masters, we will continue to destroy the planet and cause pandemics:

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/jun/17/pandemics-destruction-nature-un-who-legislation-trade-green-recovery

Fox ‘News’ publishes fake photo of protests

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Fox “News” is at it again with fake information. This time, it was a digitally altered photo that could mislead the public and the wrong photo with a story about the protests:

https://www.seattletimes.com/seattle-news/politics/fox-news-runs-digitally-altered-images-in-coverage-of-seattles-protests-capitol-hill-autonomous-zone/

https://www.cnn.com/2020/06/13/media/seattle-fox-news-autonomous-zone-protest/index.html

CNN’s media reporter Brian Stelter explains:

https://www.cnn.com/videos/media/2020/06/14/seattle-protests-fox-news-stelter-rs-vpx.cnn

This is Journalism 101. We talked about photo illustrations yesterday in a Zoom meeting for Riverside City College, and the newspaper students made clear that they understand what is unacceptable when digitally altering photos. These students know that if the readers cannot recognize instantly that a photo has been altered for artistic effect, then it is unethical to alter the photo. Why don’t people with Fox “News” understand this? Rather than incompetence, the more likely explanation is that the folks at Fox intentionally tried to mislead the readers.

Fox “News” has a long history of grossly unprofessional behavior about various important topics:

https://newsmustread.wordpress.com/2020/04/18/fox-news-endangers-lives-with-reckless-comments-about-coronavirus/

https://newsmustread.wordpress.com/2019/03/10/fox-news-serves-as-propaganda-channel-for-trump/

https://newsmustread.wordpress.com/2018/08/25/another-reporter-leaves-extremist-fox-news/

https://newsmustread.wordpress.com/2018/07/08/fox-news-website-potentially-exposes-visitors-to-malware/

https://newsmustread.wordpress.com/2018/04/16/trumps-attorney-represents-fox-news-host-sean-hannity/

https://newsmustread.wordpress.com/2018/03/20/fox-news-analyst-issues-scathing-criticism-of-the-network/

https://newsmustread.wordpress.com/2012/03/25/geraldo-embarrasses-himself-again/

There have been some executives who have made offensive comments lately, but it is important to remember that most news media are not like Fox. Instead, most journalists are working very hard and at great personal risk to gather and present accurate news.

It can happen here: Riverside police allow use of strangleholds

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A variation of the neck restraint used by a police officer in Minneapolis to murder George Floyd is allowed in Riverside and Riverside County. The city’s police and Riverside County Sheriff’s Department both allow the use of “carotid control” when restraining suspects:

https://www.mercurynews.com/2020/06/09/pasadena-police-suspend-use-of-carotid-restraint-technique-has-been-questioned-after-george-floyds-death/

The carotid control policy begins on page 36 of the Sheriff’s Department’s policy manual:

https://ca-riversidesheriff-hidden.civicplus.com/DocumentCenter/View/2664/Department-Standards-Manual-PDF

“The proper application of the carotid control hold may be effective in restraining a violent or combative individual,” the policy states on page 36.

Riverside police used carotid holds 17 times from 2016-2018.

Carotid control, also known as a stranglehold, is a variation of the breathing restriction chokeholds that can be deadly when police restrain suspects. Strangleholds, which cut off the supply of blood to the brain, can also be deadly.

https://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2014/12/why-many-large-police-departments-tolerate-their-officers-using-neck-holds/458079/

There is a proposal to ban all chokeholds and strangelholds in California:

https://www.latimes.com/california/story/2020-06-05/george-floyd-carotid-neck-hold-police

Los Angeles, Pasadena and Santa Ana have banned the use of all chokeholds.

Update: Riverside and San Bernardino police have announced temporary bans on chokeholds:

https://www.pe.com/2020/06/09/o-c-inland-law-enforcement-agencies-join-departments-suspending-use-of-sleeper-holds/

Riverside County did not vote to ban chokeholds, although the Sheriff’s Department claims it does not allow the specific kind of chokehold that killed George Floyd but does allow carotid restraints. The Riverside County sheriff is an elected position and so the county cannot force the Sheriff’s Department to ban all chokeholds:

https://www.pe.com/2020/06/09/review-of-riverside-county-sheriffs-policies-wont-move-forward/

Riverside County supervisors could have voted to recommend a ban on all chokeholds or a review of the controversial restraints, but they did nothing:

https://www.pe.com/2020/06/09/review-of-riverside-county-sheriffs-policies-wont-move-forward/

 

Black Lives Matter movement forces news media to evolve

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Some news media have been openly hostile in confronting the racist occupant of the White House who has encouraged police to attack protesters and criminal suspects. When the police murdered George Floyd and police viciously attacked peaceful protesters, some news media moved away from neutral, balanced reporting about such matters and began to openly support the protesters.

That news media support now also includes the Black Lives Matter movement for equality:

https://www.cnn.com/2020/06/09/media/media-landscape-black-lives-matter-reliable-sources/index.html

It is still a good idea to report the facts in a neutral way and seek balance when reporting about most controversies. But when a president threatens democracy, the environment, and the institutions that make America in some ways a great nation, journalists should take stock as to whether they are unwitting accomplices in reinforcing the president’s destructive agenda. And as media critics have pointed out, in many cases that is exactly what many news organizations have done.

It is not just the extremist Fox News or Sinclair that have promoted the fascist president‘s agenda. Mainstream news organizations, too, even though they did not want to be his accomplices, have strengthened Trump as he tears apart the nation.

Trump is very skilled in manipulating public opinion. He not only gets fawning press coverage from the right wing media, but he also gets a disproportionate amount of coverage from the mainstream news media. He wins either way.

The answer, though, to the question of what the news media should do is not to ignore Trump. Doing that would just result in even more corruption and destruction.  Instead, the news media should use the truth sandwich story structure when reporting about Trump.

The truth sandwich story structure reports the truth at the beginning of a story. It then points out that Trump is lying. After accomplishing those two goals, the bulk of the story should provide fact checking evidence that repeats the truth and reveals its consequences. This story structure neutralizes Trump’s ability to manipulate public opinion.

Unfortunately, for the past four years the news media have used the story structure of reporting Trump’s latest statements or actions at the beginning of the story for several paragraphs. Then, after most people quit reading, the story points out that Trump is lying. Trump wins in that case.

News media in recent weeks have started to embrace something similar to the truth sandwich story structure in their reporting about Trump and the protests. Their relentlessly hostile reporting about Trump and violent police is getting closer to the truth about what is actually happening to African Americans. And that, ultimately, is their job: to report the truth, even if it means in unusual circumstances throwing neutrality and balanced reporting out the window.

What it all boils down to is whether journalists are part of the problem or part of the solution when it comes to reporting about extreme threats to the nation and its people. Most journalists certainly do not want to be part of the problem, but unless they evolve that is what they will be. Increasingly, editors who cling to old, ineffective ways of presenting news and opinion are being fired because there is too much at stake for journalism to stand in the way of progress.

https://www.cnn.com/2020/06/18/politics/perspective-american-black-journalist-race/index.html

The appropriate way to think about police brutality is not that most police officers are not violent. Instead, the public and the news media should realize that there are a lot of bad cops. And when the police intentionally fire on peaceful protesters and journalists, the police only reinforce this perception:

https://www.latimes.com/california/story/2020-06-20/ruben-salazar-george-floyd-protests-journalists-media-attacks-latinos

Activists propose defunding police, redirecting resources

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Proposals range from significantly reducing police funding to disbanding police entirely:

https://www.cnn.com/2020/06/06/us/what-is-defund-police-trnd/index.html

Nine Minneapolis City Council members have said they will vote to disband the city’s police force:

https://www.cnn.com/2020/06/07/us/george-floyd-protests-sunday/index.html

One possibility could be to disband police forces that have histories of racism and violence, and replace them with new officers and experts trained in nonviolent conflict resolution, community outreach, victim restitution and restorative justice. Neighboring or county police could temporarily provide policing while cities develop new police departments and social services that would seek to minimize violence with more effective strategies that respect the dignity of both crime victims and offenders. Such proven strategies are already being practiced effectively in such nations as Norway, where crime is much lower than in the U.S.:

https://www.bbc.com/news/stories-48885846

The appropriate way to think about police brutality is not that most police officers are not violent. Instead, the public and the news media should realize that there are a lot of bad cops. And when the police intentionally fire on peaceful protesters and journalists, the police only reinforce this perception:

Democrats propose sweeping policing reforms

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Reforms would create a national misconduct registry of police officers, limit the sale of military style weapons to the police, and give the Justice Department the authority to investigate police misconduct:

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-52969375

Police would be barred from using violence except as a last resort. It would also reduce legal protections for the police:

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/06/08/us/george-floyd-protests.html

Enacting a few reforms will not heal the damage in relations between the police and the public caused by these incidents. There must be independent citizen commissions with subpoena power to investigate police brutality. There must also be widespread, independent investigations of every violent incident, firings of the officers involved, criminal charges, and convictions. There must also be a national database of fired or convicted officers to ensure they are not hired by other police departments. All police departments must add new policies such as automatic dismissal of any officer who fails to prevent police violence or who fails to report violent police officers. And there must be more hiring of African Americans in police departments nationwide. Even with all of these reforms, it may take decades to heal the psychological wounds caused by violent police officers. Success will only come with proven results.

Campaign Zero has recommendations for police reform:

https://www.joincampaignzero.org/train

Police unions from Los Angeles, San Fransisco and San Jose have released a joint plan for reform:

https://www.pe.com/2020/06/14/police-unions-in-l-a-bay-area-unveil-reform-agenda/

Police keep misbehaving despite reforms:

https://www.latimes.com/california/story/2020-06-14/lapd-protest-history-criticism-heavy-tactics

 

Attorney creates Twitter posts showing police attacking protesters for sport

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Videos on Twitter show police around the nation trampling peaceful protesters with horses, intentionally smashing them with cars, and kicking them to the pavement for sport:

https://twitter.com/greg_doucette/status/1266751520055459847

Here is just one example:

 

 

And another:

 

 

And another:

 

 

And another:

 

 

And another:

 

 

And this video, showing police knocking over a 75-year-old peace activist so hard he fell to the pavement. He was knocked unconscious and blood poured out of his ear. Police then walked away as if nothing was wrong:

 

 

Enacting a few reforms such as banning chokeholds will not heal the damage in relations between the police and the public caused by these incidents. There must be independent citizen commissions with subpoena power to investigate police brutality. There must also be widespread, independent investigations of every violent incident, firings of the officers involved, criminal charges, and convictions. There must also be a national database of fired or convicted officers to ensure they are not hired by other police departments. All police departments must add new policies such as automatic dismissal of any officer who fails to prevent police violence or who fails to report violent police officers. And there must be more hiring of African Americans in police departments nationwide. Even with all of these reforms, it may take decades to heal the psychological wounds caused by violent police officers.

Campaign Zero has recommendations for police reform:

https://www.joincampaignzero.org/train

The appropriate way to think about police brutality is not that most police officers are not violent. Instead, the public and the news media should realize that there are a lot of bad cops. And when the police intentionally fire on peaceful protesters and journalists, the police only reinforce this perception:

Trump draws sharp criticism for claiming George Floyd thinks ‘It’s a great day for everybody’

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The fake president actually said on national TV today that George Floyd, who was murdered by the police, now thinks that “It’s a great day for everybody” because the crippled economy is not quite as bad as feared.

Trump’s bizarre, tone deaf, ill-timed and extremely offensive comments drew strong criticism:

https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2020/jun/05/trump-george-floyd-comments-economy-unemployment

https://www.cnn.com/2020/06/05/politics/joe-biden-economy-speech/index.html

Trump is unfit for the presidency and should be removed from office with the 25th Amendment immediately.

Protests lead to significant reforms in Southern California

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The battle for human rights and social justice is far from over, but substantial reforms are planned:

https://www.pe.com/2020/06/04/reforms-pledged-curfews-ended-as-protests-win-victories-in-southern-california/

These reforms will spread, as what happens in Los Angeles has a huge effect on the rest of the nation.

Here are some recommendations about what can be done nationally:

https://www.cnn.com/2020/06/05/opinions/start-systemically-reforming-the-police-sellers/index.html

And here is what people can do locally:

https://www.latimes.com/politics/story/2020-06-05/civic-political-activism-at-home-pandemic

Until then, the police will continue to abuse their authority and club, tase, and shoot people with rubber bullets and pepper balls as they did June 4 in Los Angeles. Many of the victims of police brutality Thursday were just walking home from work:

https://www.latimes.com/california/story/2020-06-04/videos-capture-police-violence-aggression-amid-l-a-protests

Reforms are needed all over the nation, including in Buffalo, where police shoved a 75-year-old so hard he fell over backwards and landed on his head, knocking him unconscious and causing blood to flow from his ear onto the sidewalk. Police then just kept walking by the man, apparently planning to just leave him there without rendering aid. Police then attempted to lie about what happened and claim that the 75-year-old victim tripped and fell, as if they did nothing wrong. The victim was in serious but stable condition in the hospital Thursday:

https://news.wbfo.org/post/graphic-video-two-buffalo-police-officers-suspended-after-violently-shoving-elderly-man-ground

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/06/05/us/buffalo-police-shove-protester-unrest.html

 

Enacting a few reforms such as banning chokeholds will not heal the damage in relations between the police and the public caused by these incidents. There must be independent citizen commissions with subpoena power to investigate police brutality. There must also be widespread, independent investigations of every violent incident, firings of the officers involved, criminal charges, and convictions. There must also be a national database of fired or convicted officers to ensure they are not hired by other police departments. All police departments must add new policies such as automatic dismissal of any officer who fails to prevent police violence or who fails to report violent police officers. And there must be more hiring of African Americans in police departments nationwide.

Even if significant reforms are enacted, the misbehavior by the police in the recent protests has done so much damage to what little trust there was that it may take decades to heal relations between the police and the public. These incidents serve as examples of the kind of misbehavior by the police that will take a long time to overcome:

https://www.cnn.com/2020/06/06/us/police-excessive-force-us-protests/index.html

Some changes are happening. Minneapolis has banned chokeholds, and there is a similar proposal in California:

https://www.latimes.com/california/story/2020-06-05/george-floyd-carotid-neck-hold-police

Washington, D.C. now has giant letters spelling out “BLACK LIVES MATTER” painted on a road near the White House:

https://www.cnn.com/2020/06/05/us/black-lives-matter-dc-street-white-house-trnd/index.html

The area where “BLACK LIVES MATTER” is painted on the road has been renamed, “Black Lives Matter Plaza.”

Campaign Zero has recommendations for police reform:

https://www.joincampaignzero.org/train

Viewpoints covers protest in Riverside

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The news media often just show B-roll of protests, rioting and looting, with nonstop narration, especially on CNN and MSNBC.

Viewpoints went out and interviewed peaceful demonstrators at a protest in Riverside:

Viewpoints also covered a vigil for victims of racial violence June 4:

https://viewpointsonline.org/2020/06/05/members-of-the-riverside-community-show-solidarity-at-vigil-for-victims-of-racial-violence/

And another protest June 7: