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As protests against police brutality spread across the United States, a shocking new joint investigation by The New York Times and The Marshall Project looks at a little-examined part of the criminal justice system: the horrific, and sometimes fatal, private prison extradition industry. Each year, tens of thousands of fugitives and suspects—many who have never been convicted of a crime—are entrusted to a handful of small private companies that specialize in transferring the men and women across the country. After reviewing thousands of court documents and interviewing more than 50 current or former guards and executives, two reporters with The Marshall Project uncovered cases of two prisoners dying of perforated ulcers, another woman who was sexually assaulted and a third who had to have both legs amputated from complications of untreated diabetes. For more, we speak with the two reporters, Eli Hager and Alysia Santo, as well as Roberta Blake, who was arrested in 2014 after not returning a rental car on time, and a former private prison guard, Fernando Colon.
Protests against police brutality erupted across the United States over the weekend, with tens of thousands of people taking to the streets and blocking roads, bridges and highways in more than a dozen U.S. cities. Hundreds of people were arrested nationwide. The protests were sparked by the police killing of two African-American men last week—Alton Sterling in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, and Philando Castile in Falcon Heights, Minnesota. But another recent police shooting has gone largely unnoticed by national media. On July 4, off-duty New York police officer Wayne Isaacs shot and killed Delrawn Small, an unarmed African-American man. Police officers initially claimed Small punched Officer Isaacs in the face following a driving confrontation. But surveillance video that has just been released counters that claim and instead shows the off-duty officer shooting Small within one second of Small approaching the vehicle. For more, we speak with Roger Wareham, the attorney representing Delrawn Small’s family.
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Protests against police brutality are spreading across the country in the wake of the fatal police killings of African-American men Alton Sterling in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, and Philando Castile in Falcon Heights, Minnesota. In Oakland, California, more than 1,000 people blocked Interstate 880 for hours. Hundreds more marched in Denver, Philadelphia, Washington, D.C., Atlanta and Baton Rouge. More than 40 people were arrested amid a massive march in New York City. Democracy Now! spoke to some of the protesters.
On Thursday in Minnesota, thousands of people attended vigils for Philando Castile. A massive crowd gathered outside the Montessori school where Castile had worked. For the second day in a row, a crowd also gathered outside the governor’s mansion in St. Paul, where Castile’s girlfriend, Diamond "Lavish" Reynolds, addressed the crowd. Reynolds live-streamed the aftermath of her boyfriend’s shooting on Facebook, while she was still in the car, with a police officer pointing a gun at her and her young daughter. She narrated as her boyfriend lay dying next to her. Speaking outside the governor’s mansion, Reynolds said she live-streamed the aftermath of the fatal shooting "so the world would know these police are not here to protect and serve us. They are here to assassinate us. They are here to kill us, because we are black."
In Baton Rouge, Louisiana, protests and vigils are continuing for a fourth day following the death of Alton Sterling, who was fatally shot by police early Tuesday morning. Sterling was a 37-year-old African-American father of five. The two officers involved are both white. Bystander video shows Sterling was pinned to the ground by the two police officers. One of the officers then shoots Sterling at least twice. We speak to Michael McClanahan, president of the Baton Rouge branch of the NAACP, who is demanding the arrest of police officers Blane Salamoni and Howie Lake II.
The shooting in Dallas that has so far left five police officers dead and six others wounded was carried out by at least one sniper, who began shooting around 8:45 p.m. local time toward the end of a peaceful protest demanding an end to police brutality. In recent days, protests against police brutality and state violence have swept the country, in the wake of the fatal police shootings of Alton Sterling in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, and Philando Castile in Falcon Heights, Minnesota. We speak with Marc Lamont Hill about the movement against police brutality, who said, "I cannot allow Dallas to deter me from a principled critique of state violence. Far more people have died at the hands of law enforcement this year than have died as law enforcement officers."
In Dallas, Texas, five police officers have been shot dead and six others wounded. They were shot while patrolling a demonstration against the recent police shootings of Alton Sterling in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, and Philando Castile in Falcon Heights, Minnesota. Authorities have identified the gunman as Micah Xavier Johnson. Police say he was killed by a police robot after a standoff. At a press conference, Police Chief David Brown said officers conducted negotiations with the gunman before they killed him. Brown said the gunman told officers that he "wanted to kill white people, especially white officers." We hear President Obama’s remarks and speak to Graham Weatherspoon, a retired detective with the New York City Police Department.
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According to The Washington Post, 505 people been killed by police across the United States so far this year. African Americans, especially young black men, are disproportionately the target of police violence. To talk about the fatal police shootings in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, and in Falcon Heights, Minnesota, we are joined by two guests. Marc Lamont Hill is a journalist, distinguished professor of African-American studies at Morehouse College and author of "Nobody: Casualties of America’s War on the Vulnerable, from Ferguson to Flint and Beyond," and and Mychal Denzel Smith is contributing writer for The Nation magazine. His new book is called "Invisible Man, Got the Whole World Watching: A Young Black Man’s Education."
Murderers with Badges, Licensed to Kill: Nation Reels from Alton Sterling's Death at Hands of Police
In Baton Rouge, Louisiana, a second video has surfaced showing the fatal police shooting of father of five Alton Sterling, who was fatally shot by police early Tuesday morning. Sterling was a 37-year-old African American. The two officers involved are both white. The video shows Sterling pinned to the ground by the two police officers. We speak to Arthur "Silky Slim" Reed, founder of Stop the Killing, a youth mentoring program based in Baton Rouge. His organization provided the first cellphone video of the police shooting of Alton Sterling.
Hundreds gathered for a vigil last night in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, to honor father of five Alton Sterling, who was fatally shot by police early Tuesday morning. Sterling was a 37-year-old African American. The two officers involved are both white. Bystander video shows Sterling was pinned to the ground when he was fatally shot. The Justice Department has announced it will investigate the killing. Sterling’s death has sparked two days of protests in Baton Rouge, as well as protests last night in Ferguson, Missouri, and Philadelphia, where activists were arrested for blocking Interstate 676. For more, we speak with Louisiana State Representative Ted James and artist and activist Donney Rose. Speaking about the Department of Justice investigation, Ted James said: "The federal government has responded in record time. I guess the sad part is, it has happened so many times that the federal government and states know what to do when police officers murder black men in their community."
In St. Paul, Minnesota, hundreds of protesters gathered outside the governor’s mansion to protest the fatal police shooting of African-American man Philando Castile during a traffic stop for a broken taillight. Castile, his girlfriend Lavish Reynolds and her young daughter were stopped by police on Wednesday. Reynolds broadcast the aftermath of the fatal police shooting live on Facebook in an extraordinary video, in which she narrates the events while still inside the car next to her dying boyfriend as the police officer continues to point the gun at her and her daughter. For more, we speak with Nekima Levy-Pounds, the president of the Minneapolis chapter of the NAACP, who says, "It is not uncommon to treat black victims and witnesses as criminals in these types of cases."
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Bangladesh is continuing to mourn a deadly attack that killed 20 people on Friday, after militants seized control of a trendy cafe in the diplomatic district of the capital, wielding explosives, guns and swords. In the ensuing 11-hour siege, the militants killed 20 diners from around the world. Two police officers were later killed when the authorities raided the restaurant and killed five of the six attackers. Authorities say the attackers were young men from Bangladesh’s elite, many of whom attended the country’s top schools. We’re joined by Sara Hossain, a barrister practicing in the Supreme Court of Bangladesh, who speaks of Bangladesh’s history of confronting threats to its secular traditions: "We’ve battled against other forces. We’ve battled against the military, authoritarianism, which we still have in a secular guise, of course. And we’ve battled against fundamentalists taking hold of our political processes. So I think the fact that we have these very distinct characteristics is a reason why we’re coming under attack."
In 2004, Tariq Ramadan accepted a job at the University of Notre Dame in Indiana, and Time magazine listed him among the top 100 thinkers in the world. But nine days before Ramadan was set to start teaching here in the United States, the Bush administration revoked his visa, invoking a provision of the PATRIOT Act that allows the government to deny entry to non-citizens who "endorse or espouse terrorism." Ramadan reflects on the legacy of George W. Bush and looks at how President Obama and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton have embraced many of his policies in the Middle East.
The king of Saudi Arabia has promised to strike with an "iron hand" against those responsible for a suicide attack near the Prophet’s Mosque in Medina on Monday. Militants carried out three separate suicide bomb attacks across Saudi Arabia on the same day, including an attack in the holy city of Medina that killed four security officers near the mosque where the Prophet Muhammad is believed to be buried. The mosque is one of the holiest sites for Muslims worldwide. No group has claimed responsibility for Monday’s attacks, but the self-proclaimed Islamic State has carried out similar bombings targeting Shia Muslims and Saudi security forces. The Sunni Muslim militant group has called for the overthrow of the Saudi monarchy. To talk more about the significance of these attacks, we’re joined by Tariq Ramadan, professor of contemporary Islamic studies at Oxford University.
In the last week, more than 300 people have been killed in attacks by militants in Iraq, Turkey, Bangladesh and Saudi Arabia. The wave of violence came as Muslims across the world were preparing for celebrations to mark the end of the holy month of Ramadan. In Iraq, the weekend’s suicide car attack in a busy shopping center in Baghdad killed more than 250 people, making it the deadliest attack since the 2003 U.S.-led invasion. It has prompted the resignation of Iraq’s interior minister and helped fuel increasing political destabilization in the country. For more on the wave of violence and political turmoil, we’re joined by Tariq Ramadan, professor of contemporary Islamic studies at Oxford University. He says Western policies in the region, including the U.S.-led war in Iraq, have created this destabilization. "I think they are policies that are helping the United States and European countries sell weapons and still control the region."
While Iraq is marking a third day of mourning, a long-awaited British inquiry into the Iraq War has just been released. The Chilcot report is 2.6 million words long—about three times the length of the Bible. Using excerpts from private correspondence between former Prime Minister Tony Blair and U.S. President George W. Bush, the report details how Blair pushed Britain into the war despite a lack of concrete intelligence. For example, eight months before the invasion, Blair wrote to Bush: "I will be with you, whatever." Then, in June 2003, less than three months after the invasion began, Blair privately wrote to Bush that the task in Iraq is "absolutely awesome and I’m not at all sure we’re geared for it." Blair added, "And if it falls apart, everything falls apart in the region.” For more, we speak with British-Pakistani writer, commentator and author Tariq Ali.
In Iraq, the death toll from Saturday’s car bombing in Baghdad has topped 250, making it the deadliest car bombing in Iraq since the 2003 U.S. invasion. While Iraq is in a state of mourning, a long-awaited British inquiry into the Iraq War has just been released. It blames former British Prime Minister Tony Blair for deliberately exaggerating the threat posed by Saddam Hussein in the lead-up to the Iraq War. We speak with Iraqi exile Sami Ramadani, who campaigned against U.S.-led sanctions and the invasion and occupation of Iraq.