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Former West Valley City detective charged in Danielle Willard shooting

FINALLY!

It’s not enough.

He’ll be behind bars 4 months.  No longer.

Just a cynical prediction.

Sim Gill is the only one with power to make it more than that.  And he already blew it.

The typical way people find themselves incarcerated for long periods is with “stacked” (or inflated and gratuitous) charges that lead to “high stakes” plea bargains. 

In this case, if Sim Gill really wanted to put Shaun Cowley away for a long time, he would have charged him with at least 2 if not 3 or four felonies.  That way, Cowley would be facing actual life in prison and that nothing like actual life in prison to put someone in the mood to take a plea deal that puts them away for a long time.

The lack of stacked charges means Sim Gill is only goaling for a short stint for Cowley.

And that’s exactly what I’ve been expecting—because Gill is primarily a politician, not primarily a seeker of justice.  Many people I love have more complicated feelings than that about Gill—especially now that they’ll be working so closely with him and relying on him so much—but mark my words:

Don’t trust this guy. 

Watch a clip from Tonje Hessen Schei’s new documentary about drones. The film identifies the unit responsible for CIA operations in Pakistan, and alleges the flights are operated by the US air force, which raises questions about the legal safeguards for military pilots. The film also shows how the military recruits young gamers to fly different types of remotely piloted aircraft.

Reminds me of this quote: 

I knew that I could never again raise my voice against the violence of the oppressed in the ghettos without having first spoken clearly to the greatest purveyor of violence in the world today — my own government. For the sake of those boys, for the sake of this government, for the sake of the hundreds of thousands trembling under our violence, I cannot be silent.

-Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., April 4, 1967

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Ana Cañenguez family meets with ICE after petition denials, promised no detention

OGDEN–Ana Cañenguez received a letter from Immigration Custom Enforcement (ICE) stating that her petition for a stay of removal has been denied. Ana will meet with ICE today on their request and their written promise that they will not detain her.

TODAY: April 7th 9:15 am
Press Conference/Rally
Update on Ana Cañenguez and Family Case
2487 South 1620 West Ogden, Suite E 84401

ICE wrote in a letter that Ana will not be “taken into custody” at this meeting but as legal options become increasingly spent, concerns about Ana’s family are higher than ever (see PDF attachment).

The Salt Lake Dream Team, friends of Ana, and community members will be present at this time to document what occurs, as well as hold ICE accountable to their word of not taking Ana into custody.

Ana will be addressing the press concerning her case after the meeting.

For more information visit the Salt Lake Dream Team Website: www.sldt.info

Prison profiteer’s own party set to oppose private prisons—or will they?

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The Salt Lake County Democratic Party is considering formal opposition to private prisons in its proposed platform. This development is extremely inconvenient to the very rich prison profiteer and wannabe politician, Jane Marquardt, an executive at her family’s private prison company. 

In December 2012, Marquardt was the target of what time has shown to be a truly devastating direct action that outted her as a prison profiteer as she sought a state Democratic Party office. Sycophants and friends rallied around her initially, but that support has gone pretty quiet as far as I can tell. 

Marquardt is vice chair of the world’s third-largest prison corporation, Management and Training Corporation based in Centerville, Utah (now with a much bigger HQ!). Marquardt lives in a cheesy but giant McMansion in the wealthy hills above the state capitol in Salt Lake City. 

The Democratic party will approve its platform April 12. 

Will Jane’s political friends and sycophants have the nerve to publicly oppose the party’s proposed platform? Private prisons are, after all, Marquardt’s business and the source of her vast wealth, which she showers on political allies.

Will Jane’s heavy investments in politicians help sway the party against this platform proposal, or has Jane’s political fortune really sunk this low this fast?

<film> Torture: Americas Brutal Prisons

Documentary Description:

This programme shows that abuses like those documented in Abu Ghraib are commonplace in the USA’s overcrowded and understaffed prisons. Prisoners are shackled and hooded for their own protection; pepper spray is used as an alternative to physical force, but in sufficient quantities to cause second-degree burns; beatings are frequent and sometimes fatal. The programme suggests that the cause is not a few bad apples, but a pervasive culture of dehumanization and brutality.

Detainees in GEO detention center on hunger strike demand improved living conditions, health care

From Not One More Deportation:

On Friday, March 7th, 1200 people held at the Northwest Detention Center in Tacoma, Washington, one of the largest immigration prisons in the country, began a hunger strike and work stoppage. They are putting their bodies on the line to protest the on-going deportations overseen by Immigration and Customs Enforcement and the inhumane conditions at the for-profit detention center owned and operated by the GEO Corporation.

Inspired in part by the February 24 #Not1More deportation action at the detention center, the hunger strikers timed their action to begin on Friday. On Fridays, the people facing imminent deportation are separated and processed for deportation, weekly events that contribute to the nearly 2,000,000 deported during the Obama administration. The hunger strikers join a nation-wide movement of resistance against unprecedented levels of detention and deportation.

Apart from calling attention to the unrelenting deportations, the hunger strikers demands include

– Improved food quality
– Improved treatment (including medical treatment)
– Increased pay for work in the facility (the current pay is $1.00/day)
– An end to exorbitant commissary prices
– Fundamental fairness and justice

More: http://www.notonemoredeportation.com/portfolio/support-the-1200-detainees-on-hunger-strike-near-seattle/

Victoria Sethunya, truth talkin’ about immigration enforcement in Utah. 

I really applaud her for speaking out because there is so much fear.  

The cruel and hungry system cares only about locking people up not—not why they are being locked up, or how.  Victoria knows that any small technical error or glitch can put a “legal” immigrant in jeopardy of losing everything and being flown to a violent and unsurvivable hell. 

No one is illegal. 

From the YouTube video description as written by Sethunya: 

http://iceraidsinutah.blogspot.com/

Ignoring Prosecutorial Discretion where applicable, disrupting people who are working with and are complying with US immigration instructions is the number one priority for Utah ICE. Their actions must not go unnoticed.

(**TRIGGER WARNINGS ALL DAY, ALL NIGHT FOR POLICE VIOLENCE ON THIS SITE INCLUDING FOR THIS VIDEO** )

This is what white working-class people’s relationship to police is now. This sort of cop treatment—overblown accusation, cocky attitude, quick and easy to violence—used to be reserved for people with less social clout. But times are changing. 

Truth be told, I watch everyday heinous video from across the country of bloody atrocities that start like this one and result in severe injury and death. 

Thankfully GINGER MILLER ANDERSON survives this ordeal. What stands out to me is how sweet and agreeable and cooperative she is with these police officers until they become totally unreasonable and harsh; that triggers a change in her that was totally understandable and avoidable. They sparked violence and now scandal (the story is blowing up all over the Internet). 

From their commander’s point of view, she just handed these cops their charge and all the info they need to convict her (albeit unfair and overblown) but instead of being nice with this person and getting their quota work done—having her sign her citation in person, then slam-dunking the case in court if she tried to challenge it—they turn it into a rough and wild physical encounter gone viral. 

Unfortunately this is epidemic. Law enforcement is fighting wars—they are told this by superiors, schools, media, Congress and the President—it’s culture, it’s ideology, they believe it, they internalize it. 

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