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Monday, November 07, 2011

Read All About It!

--Fr. Veterans Today

Free press can, of course,
be good or bad, but,

most certainly without freedom,

the press will never be anything but bad

--Albert Camus


Put it before them briefly

so they will read it,

clearly so they will appreciate it,

picturesquely so they will remember it

and, above all,

accurately so they will be guided by its light.

--Joseph Pulitzer

______________________

Ranger was quoted in the
Columbia Journalism Review today in "Veteran Blogs Cover Occupy Wall Street". The writer, Alysia Santos, pegged him as being a bit mouthy -- writing opinionated posts -- but nonetheless, all went swimmingly.

More jarring is the news of the second veteran seriously injured by the Oakland police,
Kayvan Sabeghi. Gordon Duff, Senior Editor at Veterans Today was also quoted in the piece and wrote on Friday night's attack (Army Ranger Attacked By Oakland Police):

"A former Army Ranger and owner of a local Oakland pub, Kayvan Sabeghi, 32, was attacked by a gang of armed police while walking near his home last night in Oakland. The decorated Iraq War veteran and former Army Ranger is thought to have been picked out by police because he “looked foreign.”

"Sabeghi, who suffered a life threatening ruptured spleen in the unprovoked, racially motivated hate crime, was then arrested for “resisting arrest” and denied medical care. Perhaps the police had made a mistake and the real crime was “walking home” and “resisting arrest” was a secondary charge.

"Sabeghi, though near death, was held without medical treatment for hours even after bail had been posted.


"Hours later, he was taken by ambulance to the hospital where he remains in Intensive Care.


"Though Sabeghi is a decorated war veteran, a group often singled out by police out of 'insecurity,' this attack also is a likely 'hate crime' as well, requiring a federal response."

Oakland Mayor Jean Quan has been called by some to resign. Will she reprimand the police for use of excessive force? What do you think the correct action should be?

One thing is certain
: We sure do love us some veterans, save when they are exercising their First Amendment rights.

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9 Comments:

Blogger jo6pac said...

Pretty F&&^*&^ sad what going down 60 miles from me and here's a link to local TV. They are not owned by fuax and have their own news service. They also do not turn off their cameras when opd asked.

http://www.ktvu.com/

Monday, November 7, 2011 at 7:53:00 PM GMT-5  
Anonymous Labrys said...

Yeah, seems the latest endangered species in America is civil rights....and anyone who pretends to have them

Tuesday, November 8, 2011 at 12:12:00 PM GMT-5  
Anonymous CholoAzul said...

@jo6pac

The 'Plain view doctrine' should work both ways.

I'm having a hard time seeing a silver lining, or the horizon.

Tuesday, November 8, 2011 at 3:23:00 PM GMT-5  
Blogger FDChief said...

From what I can tell from the news (and it's a sad observation that especially where cops are concerned it's kinda like reading Pravda to find out what's going on in the Kremlin...) the Oakland coppers are pretty much out of control. My ex-brother-in-law, who lived there in the 90's used to call them the OaKlan because of their whiteness and generally mean disposition, and it doesn't look like they've gotten any more Officer Friendly.

What a fuckstory.

Wednesday, November 9, 2011 at 12:59:00 AM GMT-5  
Blogger rangeragainstwar said...

Chief,
Rodney King keeps coming to mind.
I'd guess there are gonna be a lot of lawsuits coming outta this mess.
The attacks to the spleen area are potential killing blows.
jim

Wednesday, November 9, 2011 at 9:05:00 AM GMT-5  
Anonymous CholoAzul said...

Jim,

Rodney King violated several of Chris Rock's axioms on 'how not to get your ass kicked by the po-lice'... he was the architect of his own contusions, and until the last few swipes, the police dealt the use of force that the Mayor, City Council, and Chief (as elected by 'duh peeple') had written. Beatdowns don't get any more democratic than his.

Everything available about Oakland indicates that the cops *violated* policy, which means that the victims are probably going to be screwed out of any recompense when the city invokes vicarious liability, and the lawyers learn that all they can pick are some empty ex-cop pockets.

Wednesday, November 9, 2011 at 3:17:00 PM GMT-5  
Blogger rangeragainstwar said...

Cholo,
If an agency of gov't denies or violates your civil rights is this not lawsuitable?
Where is Rodney these days?
jim

Thursday, November 10, 2011 at 9:00:00 AM GMT-5  
Anonymous CholoAzul said...

Jim

Anyone can sue anyone for anything. Making it past the motion to suppress is often another story... and government agencies have a lot of immunity.

Vicarious liability adds another
+50 level of legal magic to their Orkan armor.

Lawsuits filed, sure... settlements probably.
City of Oakland Mayor and Chief of Police breaking down in tears after a righteous jury verdict against the city? Doubtful.

Why do you think they fired Joe Paterno yesterday?

Thursday, November 10, 2011 at 2:37:00 PM GMT-5  
Blogger rangeragainstwar said...

Cholo,
They fired Joe B/c Ashton Kutcher put the pressure on them.
Nah, really they fired him b/c he got caught.
jim

Friday, November 11, 2011 at 10:21:00 AM GMT-5  

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