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30. Low femme fat Puerto Rican cis-lady. Living in the second whitest state in the US in a peaceful small town between a lake, mountains, and the Canadian border. Midwestern girl at heart. Always keeping busy.

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sinidentidades:

Deputy police chief, officer in Florida town were members of the KKK

Police morale in Fruitland Park, Florida has been shaken after a deputy chief and officer resigned when the Federal Bureau of Investigations identified them as members of the Ku Klux Klan.

The Florida Department of Law Enforcement presented Chief Terry Isaacs with copies of a confidential FBI report that identified Deputy Chief David Borst and Officer George Hunnewell as members of the KKK.

Earlier this year, a Florida Klan leader boasted to WFTV 9 that the organization has “police officers, paramedics, judges…everywhere.”

However, Chief Isaacs would only tell reporters for the Orlando Sentinel that the pair belonged to a “subversive organization” because he did not believe he was authorized to release the results of the report.

“It’s a tough situation. He was my assistant,” he said, adding that he never witnessed any behavior that would lead him to believe former Deputy Chief Borst was in the KKK. “But I’ve read the report, and it’s convincing.”

Chief Deputy State Attorney Ric Ridgway — from whom Isaacs sought counsel concerning the FBI’s report — told the Orlando Sentinel that “it’s not a crime to be a member of the KKK, even if you are the deputy chief. It’s not a crime to be stupid. It’s not a crime to hate people. It may be despicable, it may be immoral, but it’s not a crime.”

"The loss of two officers is significant for a town that only employs 13 full-time cops. They’re a good group of people,” Isaacs said. “The last thing I was expecting to hear in the year 2014 was for a professional law-enforcement officer to be a member of a subversive organization.”

In 2009, however, another Fruitland Park officer, James Elkins, resigned after pictures emerged online of him wearing a Klan hood and robe. Elkins initially claimed that he was not involved with the organization, but eventually admitted that he was the “district Kleage,” or local recruiter, for the National Aryan Knights of the Ku Klux Klan.

UPDATE: Some criminal cases dropped in KKK officer controversy

I mean, I shouldn’t be surprised that police officers are part of the KKK. And while I want to say this is another reason not to be to Florida, on the other hand I’m thinking, “at least they addressed it and the KKK-ites are no longer holding positions of power which is a lot compared to some places.

I just don’t really feel like anywhere is safe for me to live.

ethiopienne:

Florida man who shot unarmed black teen over loud music dispute will face murder trial this week

Since the death of Trayvon Martin, reports of individuals who shot and killed others in the street claiming self-defense have proliferated. But one of the most prominent of all goes to trial this week, in a case involving a then-45-year-old man who shot and killed 17-year-old Jordan Davis after complaining about his loud music.
Defendant Michael Dunn claims he felt threatened after he pulled up next to victim Jordan Davis and his friends at a Jacksonville convenience store parking lot. After Dunn asked Davis and his friends to turn the music down they were playing in their sport utility vehicle, a dispute emerged between them. One witness heard Dunn say, “You are not going to talk to me like that,” according to the police. Dunn then allegedly pulled his gun out of his glove compartment and fired several shots into the SUV where Davis was sitting with three friends. Several witnesses to the shooting say they saw no physical altercation. Dunn then fled the scene and was apprehended by police a day later. Davis died in the arms of his friend in the car, unarmed, according to his father. No guns were found inside the car.
In a letter to local television station WJXX, Dunn said, “After multiple threats of death by Jordan Davis and his brandishing of a weapon, I was convinced that my life was in danger … I had no choice but to defend myself, I am NOT a murderer. I am a survivor.”
Letters by Dunn from jail released this week by the State’s Attorney’s Office reveal disturbing racial animus. In a letter to an unknown recipient highlighted by Jacksonville’s WTEV, he writes:

"It’s spooky how racist everyone is up here and how biased toward blacks the courts are. This jail is full of blacks and they all act like thugs. … This may sound a bit radical but if more people would arm themselves and kill these **** idiots when they’re threatening you, eventually they may take the hint and change their behavior."

In another letter to his girlfriend highlighted by HLNtv, he writes:

"I just got off the phone with you and we were talking about how racist the blacks are up here. The more time I am exposed to these people, the more prejudiced against them I become."

And in another to his grandmother, he says:

"I’m not really prejudiced against race, but I have no use for certain cultures. This gangster-rap, ghetto talking thug ‘culture’ that certain segments of society flock to is intolerable."

Since the incident, Davis’ mother Lucia McBath has joined Trayvon Martin’s mother as one of the most vocal advocates for reforming the state Stand Your Ground laws that became famous after Martin’s death. McBath testified at a hearing to repeal Florida’s law, “My grief is unbearable at times. I’m here as a face of the countless victims of gun violence.” But after receiving this and other testimony at a packed and emotional hearing, the Florida House’s Criminal Justice Subcommittee voted to kill a repeal bill, and instead advanced another bill that would expand the Stand Your Ground defense to warning shots.
Stand Your Ground laws, backed by ALEC and the NRA, grant immunity from all civil and criminal charges to individuals who can show a reasonable fear of imminent death or great bodily harm anywhere they had a legal right to be. While the law is inherently broad, it leaves room for discretion among judges and juries, and statistics show that it has been applied to favor immunity for whites who kill blacks. Unlike some other Florida shootings involving the Stand Your Ground law, police did not refrain from prosecuting Dunn for first-degree murder, and Dunn did not request a hearing to seek immunity before trial. But Dunn could still raise the Stand Your Ground defense at trial. And even if he doesn’t, the law could come into play in the jury instructions, as it did in the George Zimmerman acquittal.
The facts of Dunn’s case are seemingly even more damning, particularly because there are several witnesses, and even his girlfriend has agreed to testify against him. But in the time since Zimmerman’s acquittal, Florida courts have used the Stand Your Ground law to immunize a shooter who killed two men outside a Chili’s after going to his car to retrieve his gun, and another who killed an acquaintance for threatening to beat him up.
Dunn apparently did not seek civil immunity; he settled a wrongful death lawsuit with Davis’ family for an undisclosed amount in early January. Jury selection began Monday.

ethiopienne:

Florida man who shot unarmed black teen over loud music dispute will face murder trial this week

Since the death of Trayvon Martin, reports of individuals who shot and killed others in the street claiming self-defense have proliferated. But one of the most prominent of all goes to trial this week, in a case involving a then-45-year-old man who shot and killed 17-year-old Jordan Davis after complaining about his loud music.

Defendant Michael Dunn claims he felt threatened after he pulled up next to victim Jordan Davis and his friends at a Jacksonville convenience store parking lot. After Dunn asked Davis and his friends to turn the music down they were playing in their sport utility vehicle, a dispute emerged between them. One witness heard Dunn say, “You are not going to talk to me like that,” according to the police. Dunn then allegedly pulled his gun out of his glove compartment and fired several shots into the SUV where Davis was sitting with three friends. Several witnesses to the shooting say they saw no physical altercation. Dunn then fled the scene and was apprehended by police a day later. Davis died in the arms of his friend in the car, unarmed, according to his father. No guns were found inside the car.

In a letter to local television station WJXX, Dunn said, “After multiple threats of death by Jordan Davis and his brandishing of a weapon, I was convinced that my life was in danger … I had no choice but to defend myself, I am NOT a murderer. I am a survivor.”

Letters by Dunn from jail released this week by the State’s Attorney’s Office reveal disturbing racial animus. In a letter to an unknown recipient highlighted by Jacksonville’s WTEV, he writes:

"It’s spooky how racist everyone is up here and how biased toward blacks the courts are. This jail is full of blacks and they all act like thugs. … This may sound a bit radical but if more people would arm themselves and kill these **** idiots when they’re threatening you, eventually they may take the hint and change their behavior."

In another letter to his girlfriend highlighted by HLNtv, he writes:

"I just got off the phone with you and we were talking about how racist the blacks are up here. The more time I am exposed to these people, the more prejudiced against them I become."

And in another to his grandmother, he says:

"I’m not really prejudiced against race, but I have no use for certain cultures. This gangster-rap, ghetto talking thug ‘culture’ that certain segments of society flock to is intolerable."

Since the incident, Davis’ mother Lucia McBath has joined Trayvon Martin’s mother as one of the most vocal advocates for reforming the state Stand Your Ground laws that became famous after Martin’s death. McBath testified at a hearing to repeal Florida’s law, “My grief is unbearable at times. I’m here as a face of the countless victims of gun violence.” But after receiving this and other testimony at a packed and emotional hearing, the Florida House’s Criminal Justice Subcommittee voted to kill a repeal bill, and instead advanced another bill that would expand the Stand Your Ground defense to warning shots.

Stand Your Ground laws, backed by ALEC and the NRA, grant immunity from all civil and criminal charges to individuals who can show a reasonable fear of imminent death or great bodily harm anywhere they had a legal right to be. While the law is inherently broad, it leaves room for discretion among judges and juries, and statistics show that it has been applied to favor immunity for whites who kill blacks. Unlike some other Florida shootings involving the Stand Your Ground law, police did not refrain from prosecuting Dunn for first-degree murder, and Dunn did not request a hearing to seek immunity before trial. But Dunn could still raise the Stand Your Ground defense at trial. And even if he doesn’t, the law could come into play in the jury instructions, as it did in the George Zimmerman acquittal.

The facts of Dunn’s case are seemingly even more damning, particularly because there are several witnesses, and even his girlfriend has agreed to testify against him. But in the time since Zimmerman’s acquittal, Florida courts have used the Stand Your Ground law to immunize a shooter who killed two men outside a Chili’s after going to his car to retrieve his gun, and another who killed an acquaintance for threatening to beat him up.

Dunn apparently did not seek civil immunity; he settled a wrongful death lawsuit with Davis’ family for an undisclosed amount in early January. Jury selection began Monday.

motherjones:

VIP State Health Care Exposed, or “GOP Tea Party Hypocrisy of the Day”

Last year, political neophyte Rick Scott spent $73  million of his own  money to bring the tea party’s anti-government, pro-privatization   agenda to the Florida governor’s office. Today, the former executive  pays just $30 a month for health care—and lets taxpayers cover the rest…
Scott and his dependents pay one-fifth what a janitor in the state   Capitol pays for health insurance… and less than 3 percent of what a   retired state trooper pays for life-saving coverage.

Here’s how he does it.

motherjones:

VIP State Health Care Exposed, or “GOP Tea Party Hypocrisy of the Day”

Last year, political neophyte Rick Scott spent $73 million of his own money to bring the tea party’s anti-government, pro-privatization agenda to the Florida governor’s office. Today, the former executive pays just $30 a month for health care—and lets taxpayers cover the rest…

Scott and his dependents pay one-fifth what a janitor in the state Capitol pays for health insurance… and less than 3 percent of what a retired state trooper pays for life-saving coverage.

Here’s how he does it.

Fifteen obstetrics-gynecology practices out of 105 polled by the Sun Sentinel said they have set weight cut-offs for new patients starting at 200 pounds or based on measures of obesity — and turn down women who are heavier.

Some of the doctors said the main reason was their exam tables or other equipment can’t handle people over a certain weight. But at least six said they were trying to avoid obese patients because they have a higher risk of complications.

-From a poll quoted in Lesley Kinzel’s “Real Quick: The Chicken and the Egg,” 5/19/11

Dear Florida,

The idea that my weight could preclude me from health services is bullshit. As someone whose weight hovers around 200 pounds, but also fluctuates up to five pounds daily, the possibility of refusal to treat depending on my weight that day is ridiculous. And for women well above 200 pounds, how does that affect screenings for cervical cancer?

Lesley does much better talking about this than my blind rage.