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Two years ago this week, Eric Garner died in Staten Island after officers wrestled him to the ground, pinned him down and applied a fatal chokehold. The man who filmed the police killing of Eric Garner, Ramsey Orta, is now heading to jail for four years on unrelated charges—making him the only person at the scene of Garner’s killing who will serve jail time. Last week Orta took a plea deal on weapons and drug charges. He says he has been repeatedly arrested and harassed by cops since he filmed the fatal police chokehold nearly two years ago. We speak to Eric Garner’s daughter, Erica Garner, and Matt Taibbi, award-winning journalist with Rolling Stone magazine. He’s working on a book on Eric Garner’s case.
Last week, an Air Force veteran named Chris LeDay posted the first video of the police shooting of Alton Sterling to go viral. LeDay obtained the video from a friend of a friend. He shared the video with some 10,000 followers on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. Soon after the video went viral, LeDay says he was detained at his job at the Dobbins Air Reserve Base. Police then led him from his job in shackles and held him for 26 hours. He was then released after paying $1,200 in traffic fines. LeDay now feels his job is in jeopardy.
For the past week, protests against police violence have spread across the country. Tens of thousands have taken to the streets. Hundreds have been arrested. The protests began in the wake of the fatal police killings of Alton Sterling in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, and Philando Castile in Falcon Heights, Minnesota. Today we look at a side of the Baton Rouge story that has received little attention: what has happened to the individuals who filmed and distributed the shocking videos of Alton Sterling’s death. The videos show a Baton Rouge police officer pinning Sterling to the ground outside a convenience store, then pointing a gun at his chest and opening fire. One of the videos was filmed by Abdullah Muflahi, the owner of the Triple S convenience store where Sterling died. He recorded it on his cellphone. Muflahi has filed a lawsuit against the city of Baton Rouge, the Baton Rouge Police Department and four of its officers. The lawsuit alleges the police took his phone, locked him for hours in a police car and seized his security camera footage without a warrant. The lawsuit also contends Muflahi was prevented from making a phone call to his family or an attorney. He is seeking damages for false imprisonment and the illegal taking of his property, as well as for release of his store’s security camera footage. We speak to Abdullah Muflahi and his attorney Joel Porter.
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President Obama is speaking in Dallas, Texas, today at a memorial service for the five Dallas police officers killed by a sniper Thursday evening. Dallas authorities said Micah Johnson, the sniper, managed to amass a personal arsenal including a semiautomatic SKS rifle, bomb-making materials, bulletproof vests and ammunition. Over the weekend, President Obama warned that the easy access to guns nationwide has exacerbated divisions between the police and local communities. We speak to Gerald Horne, an expert on the Second Amendment from the founding of the Ku Klux Klan to the Black Panthers. Horne is a professor of history and African-American studies at the University of Houston.
Ahead of the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia, the television and film actress Shailene Woodley has launched a cross-country caravan campaign to bring people to the DNC in Philadelphia. Dubbed the "Up To US Caravan to the DNC," Woodley is hoping to bring grassroots activists—including many Bernie Sanders supporters—to the DNC. Woodley appeared in the TV series "Secret Life of the American Teenager" and has starred in films including "The Divergent Series" and "The Fault in Our Stars." She received a Golden Globe nomination for her role as Alex King in "The Descendants," in which she starred alongside George Clooney.
The Democratic Party platform committee held its last meeting in Orlando, Florida, over the weekend ahead of the party’s convention at the end of this month. The meeting of Clinton and Sanders delegates resulted in what’s being called the most liberal Democratic platform in a generation. The draft platform still needs to be ratified at the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia, but it is already widely being touted as a victory for Sanders. Sanders appointed five members to the committee earlier this year, including scholar and racial justice activist Cornel West, leading environmentalist and 350.org co-founder Bill McKibben and Minnesota Congressmember Keith Ellison, who chairs the House Progressive Caucus. The new platform includes Sanders’ call for a $15-per-hour minimum wage, Social Security expansion and a carbon tax to price its impact on the environment. We speak with award-winning documentary filmmaker and Sanders delegate Josh Fox. He’s the director of "How to Let Go of the World and Love All the Things Climate Can’t Change," which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival earlier this year and is now playing on HBO.
Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders has endorsed former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton today at a joint rally in Portsmouth, New Hampshire. The rally comes less than two weeks before the start of the Democratic National Convention. Clinton assumed the mantle of the party’s presumptive nominee after winning the California primary in June, but Sanders refused to concede the nomination in part to give his campaign greater power to push the party to adopt a more progressive platform. On Sunday, Sanders sent out a release praising the adoption of what he called the "most progressive platform in the history of the Democratic Party." We speak to Rep. Keith Ellison (D-MN). He was one of the five people picked by Bernie Sanders to serve on the Democratic National Convention’s platform committee. "It takes a position in favor of $15 and a union for a federal minimum wage. It takes a position on a whole range of things, including the environment, that are progressive steps forward," Ellison said. "What do we not achieve? A complete opposition to fracking, we don’t have that. What is else not achieved? There are some things on some foreign policy fronts that I think would and could be better, some saber-rattling with regard to Iran that I don’t think is helpful."
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More than 300 people were arrested over the weekend as protests against police brutality erupted in more than a dozen U.S. cities over the fatal police shootings of Alton Sterling in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, and Philando Castile in Falcon Heights, Minnesota. Philando Castile’s death comes on the heels of massive protests over another fatal police shooting in Minnesota last year: the police killing of Jamar Clark. Authorities say Clark was shot in the head after a scuffle with officers who responded to a report of an assault. But multiple witnesses say Clark was shot while handcuffed. For more, we speak with Minnesota Democratic Representative Keith Ellison. He is also one of the five people picked by Bernie Sanders to serve on the Democratic National Committee Platform Drafting Committee.
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."