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PBC News & Comment: America’s Arrogant, Brutal Cops Run Wild

In Indiana, Baltimore and Springfield, MO, egregious cases of excessive force and thug tactics reported, as police killings total 861 this year…

–police dashcam video from Indiana 2012 show cops terrorizing couple rushing to hospital with wife in labor
–journalist Roger Shuler and his wife Carol were illegally evicted from an apartment by 5 or 6 sheriff deputies, and a deputy fractured Carol’s arm with no provocation
–in Baltimore County, unarmed man suspected of prescription fraud is shot 3 times after he reportedly pointed his finger at the cop
–The Counted reports that 861 Americans have been killed by police so far in 2015
–Pope Francis addresses Congress, calls for end to capital punishment and the arms trade, and calls attention to homelessness and poverty
–Los Angeles announces plan to spend $100 million to reduce homelessness
–Chinese leader Xi Jinping is visiting the White House, rejecting charges of hacking and calling for cyber security dialogue
–White House announces that Obama and Putin will meet next week to talk about Syria and Ukraine
–Ed Snowden skypes into New York conference on proposed “Snowden Treaty” to limit mass surveillance, spearheaded by David Miranda
–Charlie Savage at NY Times uses Snowden docs to show how Bush “fixed” the legal basis for dragnet collection of phone data after Ashcroft’s hospital showdown
–Sen. Wyden lifts his hold on NSA and Intel budget bill after social media snooping clause is removed—“Facebook Bureau of Investigation
–near Mecca, 717 people on the Hajj are killed in stampede
–in op-ed, lawyer for Abu Zubaydah and Majid Khan slams Obama for trying to suppress their accounts of torture in US custody