SPLASH! News: DNC Lawsuit, MI Police Hold Black Children at Gunpoint, Airstrikes, Kasich 2020?

Dive Into the News for April 25, 2017

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DNC Hearing Set For Class Action Lawsuit

Observer – After deliberating since October 2016, a federal court in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., has recently issued an order for appearance to the lawyers representing the DNC and former DNC Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz and the plaintiffs representing Bernie Sanders supporters, Jared Beck and Elizabeth Lee Beck. The hearing is set for 1:30 p.m. on April 25, when the judge is expected to announce the court’s decision in response to the DNC’s motion to dismiss the lawsuit.

The lawsuit was initially filed in June 2016 in response to the mounting evidence that Wasserman Schultz used the DNC to tip the scales in Hillary Clinton’s favor during the Democratic primaries. Wasserman Schultz and her staff overtly violated article four, section 5 of the DNC Charter, which stipulates, “The Chairperson shall exercise impartiality and evenhandedness between the Presidential candidates and campaigns. The Chairperson shall be responsible for ensuring that the national officers and staff of the Democratic National Committee maintain impartiality and evenhandedness during the Democratic Party Presidential nominating process.”

Michigan Police Hold Black Boys at Gunpoint

Free Speech TV – In Michigan, the Grand Rapids Police Department is under fire after video surfaced showing police officers detaining a group of 12-to-14-year-old unarmed African-American boys at gunpoint, forcing them to lie on the pavement as the boys sobbed and said they didn’t want to die.

Police Officer: “Get on the ground! Keep your hands out!”
Boy 1: “What did we do?”
Police Officer: “Hey! Come over here! Keep your hands where I can see them, and get on the ground!”
Boy 1: “But what did I do?
Police Officer: “Get on the ground!”
Boy 2: “Get down!”
Boys: “[crying] What did we do?”

US Submarine Arrives in South Korea

BBC NewsA US submarine has arrived in South Korea, amid worries of another North Korean missile or nuclear test. The missile-armed USS Michigan is set to join an incoming group of warships led by aircraft carrier Carl Vinson.

North Korea is celebrating its army’s 85th founding anniversary on Tuesday. It marked the event with a large-scale firing drill, South Korea said.

Tensions have risen in the area in recent weeks, with the US and North Korea exchanging heated rhetoric. Experts fear Pyongyang could be planning more tests – it has marked some key anniversaries in the past with nuclear tests or missile launches.

Air Strikes Kill at least 12, Damage Hospital in Syria

Reuters – Syrian or Russian air strikes killed more than a dozen people and severely damaged a hospital in and around a town in rebel-held Idlib province on Tuesday, local medical workers and a monitoring group said.

The attacks came as Syria’s air force and Russian jets intensified their bombardment of Idlib, the British-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reported.

Idlib is an insurgent stronghold, one of the few large areas still under rebel control in the west of the country. Rebels and their families who have chosen to leave areas under government siege around Damascus in evacuation deals have headed for Idlib.

A spokesman at the hospital in Kafr Takharim in Idlib told Reuters an air strike hit its courtyard killing 14 people, including patients.

Inmate Died After 7 Days Without Water in Milwaukee Jail

TIME – A Milwaukee inmate died after he was deprived of water for seven days of solitary confinement in April 2016, prosecutors said on Monday.

Terrill Thomas, 38, died of dehydration on his eighth day in a solitary confinement cell at Milwaukee County Jail, according to prosecutors as they opened an inquest into his death on Monday. The prosecutors said the inmate had an untreated mental illness and he did not ask for water when officers turned off his supply, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports.

Kasich Gives Trump an ‘Incomplete’, Leaves Door Open for 2020 Run

CNN – “It’s not even a 100 days, so you have to give the guy a chance,” Kasich said at a CNN town hall moderated by CNN’s Anderson Cooper. “He’s never held public office before.”

Citing a Washington Post-ABC News poll showing 94% of Trump voters approve his job performance, while only 42% of all Americans approve, Cooper asked the Kasich why there is such a large divide.

“This is sort of symptomatic,” Kasich said. “‘I voted for him. I wear that uniform.’ –‘I didn’t vote for him. I wear a different uniform.’ I think people who voted for him, who see things they don’t like, have to recognize that. And people who didn’t vote for him have to recognize when he does something that’s positive. We want to be for our President, because if we are tearing each other apart, nothing will ever get done.”

Written by Pamela Getz

Writer and Activist. Follow Pamela on Twitter @goddesspamela.

Pamela Getz is Editor of International Affairs for Progressive Army and a member of its Editorial Board.

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SPLASH! News: DNC Lawsuit, MI Police Hold Black Children at Gunpoint, Airstrikes, Kasich 2020?