(PoliticusUSA) Dozens of people were arrested and police used tear gas and pepper spray to disperse a rioting crowd after a riot broke out in the aftermath of the Keene Pumpkin Festival in Keene, New Hampshire. While the story was reported by national news outlets, the amount of violence and property damage that occurred Saturday afternoon and evening was not sensationalized anywhere near the same manner the Ferguson protests were. USA Today and CNN had rather vanilla headlines with the story. Meanwhile, Fox News buried the story on their main page and MSNBC didn’t even have the story featured on their front page.
Worse, the Keene rioters are generally not described as rioters,but rather “rowdy” students or “drunken revelers.” Further, the people of Keene are being portrayed as the victims of the riot, while the citizens of Ferguson are portrayed as the perpetrators.
There will be no jokes about food stamps or welfare, because the perpetrators are white and that’s not the stereotype. No one will call the Keene rioters “thugs” or suggest the police should have shot them all. No one will point to the scourge of white on white crime. No one will accuse all white parents of not knowing how to raise law-abiding kids.
The difference between the coverage of Ferguson and Keene is the difference between black and white. When someone tells you “it’s not about race,” know they’re wrong.
(ABC News) Marcus Jeter faced a years-long prison sentence.
The New Jersey DJ, 30, was arrested in a 2012 traffic stop and charged with eluding police, resisting arrest and assault. Prosecutors insisted that Jeter do prison time.
"The first plea was five years," Jeter said.
But after Jeter’s attorney, Steven Brown, filed a request for records, all of the charges against him were dropped, with dash-cam video apparently showing what really happened June 7, 2012. Now, the officers are facing charges.
The video, which prosecutors say they never saw before filing the initial charges, shows Jeter holding his hands above his head.
"The next thing I know, one of them busts the [car] door and there is glass all over my face," he told ABC News station WABC-TV about the arrest.
"As soon as they opened the door, one officer reached in and punched me in my face. As he’s trying to take off my seat belt, I’m thinking, ‘Something is going to go wrong.’"
Jeter says the cops continued hitting him, telling him not to resist arrest.
"And when they open the [police cruiser] door, about to put me in, the officer hits me in the back of the head again," Jeter said.
(Salon) The National Republican Campaign Committee unveiled a race-baiting ad Friday linking the Democratic candidate for an Omaha-based congressional seat to Nikko Jenkins, who committed four murders after being released from prison in 2013.
Jenkins, a diagnosed schizophrenic who is now 28, was released from prison in July 2013 after serving 10 years of an 18-to-21-year sentence for armed robbery and assault. He was released under Nebraska’s “good time” law, which can cut sentences in half by allowing prisoners a day of credit for good behavior for each day they’re incarcerated. Republican Rep. Lee Terry, one of a handful of House Republicans at risk of losing this year, has accused Democratic opponent Brad Ashford of not doing enough to make the state’s good-time law more stringent during his service as a state legislator on a crime-related committee.
The NRCC’s new ad features footage of Jenkins’ trial, with menacing music and images of the heavily tattooed Jenkins shouting in the courtroom.
“Nikko Jenkins was released from prison early after serving only half his sentence,” the narrator intones. The ad does not specify that the sentence in question was the unrelated assault and armed robbery sentence, not the one for his murders.
“Brad Ashford supported the good-time law and still defends it, allowing criminals like Nikko Jenkins to be released early,” the narrator says, as a photo of Ashford is juxtaposed with Jenkins’ mug shot.
CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — The family of a former small-town South Carolina mayor who authorities say was shot to death by a police officer he had complained about for aggressive behavior has been awarded $97 million in a federal wrongful death lawsuit.
Bert Reeves was shot in the chest with a service revolver belonging to Officer Randall Price in May 2011, along a rural dirt road. Price, who has not been charged in the death, is no longer a police officer.
Authorities have said Reeves had objected after Price arrested an employee of his construction business.
Reeves’ family sued and multiple media outlets reported the jury Wednesday awarded $7.5 million actual damages, $60 million punitive damages against the town of Cottageville and $30 million punitive damages against Price.
The family had said in the lawsuit that the town should never have hired Price after his troubled employment history in different departments, including being fired.
(Politico) The political momentum for a travel ban on West African nations continued to swell Thursday, but health and transportation experts were uniform in saying it wouldn’t stem the spread of Ebola — and could do more harm than good.
That hasn’t stopped politicians and pundits — ranging from House Speaker John Boehner to former Obama press secretary Jay Carney — from calling for a travel ban. The appeal is obvious: It sounds like a no-brainer to build an infectious-disease moat around the U.S., blocking some flights and barring people who come from the countries suffering the worst Ebola outbreaks.
But the reality, the experts say, is that those kinds of measures have failed before. And this time, experts inside and outside the administration warned, throttling travel would hammer already devastated West African countries, make it difficult to send relief where it’s needed, and send an unknown number of infected travelers into the shadows, increasing the difficulty of knowing how many were entering the U.S.