Baltimore Sun - Man Tased by deputies dies in custody in Baltimore County

Fuck the police.
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A Baltimore man who led police on a car chase from Joppa to Perry Hall died late Wednesday after he was stunned with Tasers by Harford County sheriff’s deputies, police said.

The deputies used Tasers on 30-year-old Arvel Douglas Williams “in an effort to safely place [him] under arrest,” Baltimore County Police said Thursday.

Williams was in handcuffs, police said, when he “suddenly began to have a medical emergency.”

Police removed the handcuffs, rendered first aid and called paramedics, they said. William was taken to a local hospital, where he was pronounced dead shortly after 9 p.m.

Police said Williams had cocaine on his face and on the inside of his truck. They said preliminary evidence indicated he might have ingested the drug.

The incident began shortly after 8 p.m. in Joppa, where Harford County sheriff’s deputies were investigating suspicious activity in the area of Mountain Road and Philadelphia Road, police said.

They attempted to stop Williams’ red Ford Ranger pickup truck when he drove off, police said, leading them west on Philadelphia Road into Baltimore County and north onto Cowenton Avenue.

Baltimore County patrol officers were notified, police said. Williams drove across the median at the intersection of Cowenton Avenue and East Joppa road in Perry Hall and crashed into a county cruiser, disabling both his own truck and the police car, police said.

No officers were injured in the incident, police said. Deputies involved were placed on routine administrative leave; their names were not released.

Police did not say how many deputies used Tasers, or how many times Williams was stunned. Baltimore County homicide detectives are investigating. Williams’ body was to be taken to the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner in Baltimore for an autopsy.

Williams lived in the Pigtown neighborhood of Baltimore. His family could not be reached for comment.

The incident followed a separate use of Tasers in Baltimore on Wednesday. In that case, residents accused police of using a Taser on a woman holding a baby in the Gilmor Homes housing project.

Baltimore police denied Tasing the woman while the baby was in her arms and said they are investigating the incident.

If we really saw war, what war does to young minds and bodies, it would be impossible to embrace the myth of war. If we had to stand over the mangled corpses of schoolchildren killed in Afghanistan and listen to the wails of their parents, we would not be able to repeat clichés we use to justify war. This is why war is carefully sanitized. This is why we are given war’s perverse and dark thrill but are spared from seeing war’s consequences. The mythic visions of war keep it heroic and entertaining…

The wounded, the crippled, and the dead are, in this great charade, swiftly carted offstage. They are war’s refuse. We do not see them. We do not hear them. They are doomed, like wandering spirits, to float around the edges of our consciousness, ignored, even reviled. The message they tell is too painful for us to hear. We prefer to celebrate ourselves and our nation by imbibing the myths of glory, honor, patriotism, and heroism, words that in combat become empty and meaningless.

Chris Hedges (via priceofliberty)

Gaza After the Bombardment - In Focus - The Atlantic

When you support Israel, you support violence.

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The 72-hour cease-fire agreed to by Israel and Hamas is set to expire tomorrow morning. As negotiators in Egypt work hard to extend the truce, Palestinians have been taking advantage of the relative peace to return to their homes and neighborhoods in the Gaza Strip, assessing the vast damage after a month of bombardment. Israel announced that all of its troops had withdrawn from the Gaza Strip after completing a mission to destroy a sophisticated network of cross-border attack tunnels, ending a ground operation which began on July 17. Gaza officials say the war has killed 1,834 Palestinians, most of them civilians. Israel says 64 of its soldiers and three civilians have been killed since fighting began on July 8. [31 photos]

Backdropped by the damaged minaret of the Al-Azba mosque, a Palestinian smokes a cigarette as he sits on rubble of the Nada Towers, at a residential neighborhood in the town of Beit Lahiya, northern Gaza Strip, on August 5, 2014. Israel and Hamas began observing a 72-hour cease-fire on Tuesday that sets the stage for talks in Egypt on a broader deal on the Gaza Strip, including a sustainable truce and the rebuilding of the battered, blockaded coastal territory. (AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis)
A Palestinian youth holds a window frame as he inspects a destroyed building in the Al-Shejaea neighborhood of Gaza City on August 5, 2014. (Mohammed Abed/AFP/Getty Images) #

A member of the Shabat family inspects the damage upon returning to the family house, destroyed by Israeli strikes in the town of Beit Hanoun, northern Gaza Strip, on August 5, 2014. (AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis) #
A Palestinian searches for salvageable items from the rubble of his home that was destroyed in Israeli strikes in Beit Lahiya on August 4, 2014. (AP Photo/Adel Hana) #

A Palestinian boy writes on a shrapnel-riddled blackboard at the heavily damaged Sobhi Abu Karsh school in Gaza City’s al-Shejaea neighborhood on August 5, 2014, after a 72-hour humanitarian truce went into effect. (Mohammed Abed/AFP/Getty Images) #
A shell lies on the ground at the heavily damaged Sobhi Abu Karsh school in Gaza City’s al-Shejaea neighborhood on August 5, 2014. (Mohammed Abed/AFP/Getty Images) #

A Palestinian boy plays inside a shrapnel-riddled car in Gaza City’s al-Shejaea neighborhood on August 6, 2014. (Mohammed Abed/AFP/Getty Images) #
A Palestinian man walks past writing on a wall allegedly left behind by Israeli soldiers who used the Beit Hanun High school for girls as an advance base during its military offensive against the Hamas-held Gaza Strip, on August 5, 2014. (Marco Longari/AFP/Getty Images) #

Some military instructions in Hebrew and a map of a school are seen on a blackboard after Israeli soldiers withdrew from the Beit Hanun High school for girls which was reportedly used as an advance base during Israel’s military offensive against the Hamas-held Gaza Strip, on August 5, 2014. (Marco Longari/AFP/Getty Images) #
The Star of David, drawn on several light switches in a girl’s high school that was used by Israeli soldiers in Beit Hanoun town, which witnesses said was heavily hit by Israeli shelling and air strikes during the Israeli offensive, on August 5, 2014. (Reuters/Finbarr O’Reilly) #

Food wrappers lie on a desk, left in a classroom where a military crest and some graffiti in Hebrew and Arabic were drawn on a blackboard after Israeli soldiers withdrew from the Beit Hanun High school for girls, on August 5, 2014. (Marco Longari/AFP/Getty Images) #
Palestinians sit next to their destroyed house after returning to the Shejaia neighborhood, which witnesses said was heavily hit by Israeli shelling and air strikes during the Israeli offensive, in the east of Gaza City, on August 5, 2014. (Reuters/Mohammed Salem) #

A Palestinian man salvages a child’s bicycle from a destroyed home following an earlier Israeli air strike in Rafah in the southern Gaza Strip, on August 6, 2014. (Said Khatib/AFP/Getty Images) #
Palestinian men look at what used to be a tunnel leading from the Gaza Strip into Israel, in the area of Rafah in the southern Gaza Strip, on August 5, 2014. Israel said all of its troops had withdrawn from Gaza after completing a mission to destroy a sophisticated network of cross-border attack tunnels, ending a ground operation which began on July 17. (Said Khatib/AFP/Getty Images) #

Debris caused by an Israeli strike on July 21 fills an abandoned patient room at the Al Aqsa Martyrs hospital in Deir el-Balah, central Gaza Strip, on August 6, 2014. Several Palestinian doctors from the West Bank volunteered and crossed into Gaza Wednesday to offer their help with the wounded. (AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis) #
A Palestinian inspects destroyed houses and the area where the Al-Wafaa hospital used to stand in the Al-Shejaea neighbourhood of Gaza City on August 5, 2014. (Mohammed Abed/AFP/Getty Images) #

A Palestinian searches through rubble of his destroyed home hit by Israeli strikes in Khuzaa, east of Khan Younis, in the northern Gaza Strip, on August 5, 2014. (AP Photo/Adel Hana) #
Displaced Palestinian Yasmine Omar Al Attar, 10, sits in a U.N. school where her family had sought refuge during the war in Gaza City, on August 6, 2014. The family from the town of Beit Lahiya in the northern Gaza Strip said they are scared to move back to their house as they consider the cease-fire still fragile. (AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis) #

A Palestinian boy stands next to the remains of a mosque in Khuzaa town, which witnesses said was heavily hit by Israeli shelling and air strikes during Israeli offensive, in the east of Khan Younis in the southern Gaza Strip, on August 6, 2014. With its spacious villas and palm-lined streets, the town of Khuzaa in southern Gaza gave Palestinians a rare place to spend their free time before it was bombed and shelled to rubble last month. Around 500 meters from the Israeli border, Khuzaa is now only accessible via cratered roads strewn with debris. Nearly all of its homes have been flattened and its nine mosques lie in pieces. (Reuters/Ibraheem Abu Mustafa) #
Asmahan Abu Al-Rous sits next to her destroyed house in Rafah’s district of Shawkah in the southern Gaza Strip on August 5, 2014. The attack at the Shawkah district east of the Gaza town of Rafah drew what was by far the heaviest shelling by the Israeli military in the Gaza war, killing nearly 100 people that day alone and instantly unraveling a three-day ceasefire shortly after it came into force. (AP Photo/Khalil Hamra) #

Palestinian electricity company workers drag a power line, one of many which were destroyed following an earlier Israeli air strike in Rafah in the southern Gaza Strip, on August 6, 2014. (Said Khatib/AFP/Getty Images) #
A Palestinian man carries an empty shell in the Al-Shejaea neighborhood of Gaza City on August 5, 2014. (Mohammed Abed/AFP/Getty Images) #

Palestinians inspect the damage at Nada Towers, in a residential neighborhood in the town of Beit Lahiya, northern Gaza Strip, on August 5, 2014, the damaged minaret of the Al-Azba mosque in the background. (AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis) #
A Palestinian man cleans up a room in his sister’s house as bullet casings are found on the floor, left by Israeli soldiers, in Rafah’s district of Shawkah, on August 5, 2014. (AP Photo/Khalil Hamra) #

A drawing on the wall in the house of the Abu Louli family, who say it was left by Israeli soldiers, in Rafah’s district of Shawkah in the southern Gaza Strip, on August 5, 2014. (AP Photo/Khalil Hamra) #
The ruins of destroyed houses in the Shejaia neighborhood, east of Gaza City, on August 5, 2014. (Reuters/Mohammed Salem) #

A donkey stands inside a destroyed shop in the northern Gaza Strip on August 5, 2014, as a 72-hour humanitarian truce went into effect. (Mahmud Hams/AFP/Getty Images) #
A tree stands amid the ruins of destroyed homes in the Shejaia neighborhood in Gaza City on August 6, 2014. (Reuters/Finbarr O’Reilly) #

(1 of 3) Palestinians rescue ten-year-old Mahmoud al-Ghol from under the rubble of a house in Rafah in the southern Gaza Strip, on August 3, 2014. (Reuters/Ibraheem Abu Mustafa) #
(2 of 3) Palestinians pull Mahmoud al-Ghol from the rubble of a house in Rafah on August 3, 2014. Ten-year-old Mahmoud was pulled alive from beneath the rubble of a house, which witnesses said was destroyed in an Israeli air strike that killed nine members of the his family. (Reuters/Ibraheem Abu Mustafa) #

Jesse Eisenberg Is Safe In Israel

Says he feels safe there.

One always feels safer behind the rockets aimed & launched at children, rather than in front.

Suppose he won’t be visiting Gaza anytime soon.  Because what’s with all this reality and murder and shit, ruining a celebrity’s good time on holiday.

…and the rockets red glare….

In recent weeks I was on the border of Gaza and getting reports from soldiers in the Gaza Strip who leak information out to me. I am in the process of publication of two big stories in major U.S. newspapers, but there are some things I can share with you right now: Soldiers in two different units inside Gaza leaked information about the murdering of Palestinians by sniper fire in Shuja’iyya neighborhood as punishment for the death of soldiers in their units. After the shooting on the Israeli armored personnel carriers, which killed seven soldiers of the Golani Brigade, the Israeli army carried out a massacre in Shuja’iyya neighborhood. A day after the massacre, many Palestinians came to search for their relatives and their families in the rubble. In one of the videos uploaded to YouTube, a young Palestinian man calls the names of his family and looking for them between the ruins when he is suddenly shot at in his chest and falls down. A few seconds after that, there are two additional shootings from snipers into his body, killing him instantly. Since the video was released, there was no official response from the IDF spokesperson. Today I can report that the official command that was handed down to the soldiers in Shujaiyya was to capture Palestinian homes as outposts. From these posts, the soldiers drew an imaginary red line, and amongst themselves decided to shoot to death anyone who crosses it. Anyone crossing the line was defined as a threat to their outposts, and was thus deemed a legitimate target. This was the official reasoning inside the units. I was told that the unofficial reason was to enable the soldiers to take out their frustrations and pain at losing their fellow soldiers (something that for years the IDF has not faced during its operations in Gaza and the West Bank), out on the Palestinian refugees in the neighborhood. Under the pretext of the so-called “security threat” soldiers were directed to carry out a pre-planned attack of revenge on Palestinian civilians. These stories join many other similar ones that Amira Hass and I investigated in Operation Cast Lead. The death toll that continues to rise is steadily reaching the numbers of the massacre of 2009.
More than 1,100 have been killed in Gaza, at least 80 percent of them civilians. Today it is cleared for publication that at least 4 soldiers were killed by a rocket in a gathering area outside of Gaza, and another soldier was killed in Gaza. They join 43 soldiers that have already been killed. We know that more acts of revenge will come soon and it is important that we not stay silent. This is the time to take to the streets and to social media. Demand from your representative wherever you are to stop supporting this massacre and to immediately boycott the state of Israel until the occupation ends, the blockade is lifted and Palestinians will be free. We all want to be in the right place at the right time when history knocks on our door, and history is knocking in Gaza right now. You need to decide on which side you want to go down in history.

Eran Efrati (via momo33me)

My dad doesn’t thinking killing someone in war is considered murder.

He also thinks it’s “too bad” that I don’t watch Bill O’Reilly.

I live 1500 miles from home for reasons.

Why y’all cryin’? I’ve killed way more people with drone strikes than these muthafukkas with a rocket shootin’ shit down over Ukraine. Blew up some houses and trucks, too!
Now sit cha asses down, and stop cryin’ like a bitch.

Barack Obama, from an unused speech today, regarding the MH17 crash.