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Good Afternoon!!

I’m getting a very slow start today–sorry about that! This is going to be pretty much a link dump.

I just can’t stop thinking about Sandra Bland and Kindra Chapman–who still isn’t getting much attention from the national media. There is a nice article about Kindra in The Independent UK today.

Kindra Darnell Chapman was booked at the Homewood County Jail on a first-degree robbery charge after allegedly stealing another person’s cellphone, reported.

Family members and activists have compared the teen’s death to the case of Sandra Bland, a 28-year-old woman found hanged in a Texas jail cell just a day prior. Kathy Brady, the teen’s mother told that she believes police officers have killed her daughter….

A family member, who requested to not be identified, told My Fox Alabama that Chapman was a “wonderful person who did not deserve this.”

“She was a great person. She loved her sisters, her brother, she loved everybody. She had her whole life ahead of her.”

Kindra Chapman

Kindra Chapman

Police claim Kindra committed suicide. Two so-called suicides of black women in two days? Their families are demanding answers and Americans need to make sure they get truthful ones.

Police claim they last saw her alive at 6:30pm and at 7:50pm, they found her hanged by a bedsheets in her cell. The teen was rushed to Brookwood Medical Center where she was pronounced dead.

A petition titled “We want immediate full disclosure on the alleged suicide of Kindra Darnell Chapman” demands transparency in the ongoing investigation. Nearly 2,700 signatures supported the petition as of Thursday morning.

A spokesperson from the Jefferson County DA’s office told The Independent that the autopsy may take up to four weeks and toxicology report may take six to eight, a usual time frame for the reports in Alabama.

The Sandra Bland case is getting massive coverage. Yesterday it was revealed that the video of Bland’s arrest had serious anomalies. The first to call attention to this was journalist Ben Norton. From his website: Dashcam Video of Violent Arrest of Sandra Bland Was Edited. If you go to that link, there are a number of updates. From the original piece:

The Texas Department of Public Safety uploaded dashcam police video of the arrest to YouTube on 21 July. Parts of the approximately 52 minutes of footage it uploaded appear to have been doctored.

A man leaves the truck in the center of the frame at 25:05. For the next 15 seconds, he walks toward the right of the frame and leaves. At 25:19, he suddenly appears again, promptly disappears, then returns at 25:22. The same footage of him walking is subsequently repeated….

At 32:37, a white car drives into the left side of the frame, then promptly disappears in the middle of the road. Seconds later, the same car drives back into the frame and subsequently turns left. This footage is later looped several times.

A different white car also drives into the left side of the frame and turns left from 32:49 to 32:59. The previous white car again briefly enters the frame at 33:04, and once more at 33:06, yet it suddenly disappears both times. When these cuts are made in the footage, the lights on top of the truck in the center of the frame also abruptly cut out.

At 33:08, the exact same footage from 32:37 is repeated, followed by the same second white car at 33:17….

It appears that someone cut footage out and looped part of the video in order to correspond with the recorded audio of Texas state trooper Brian Encinia speaking. Who exactly edited the footage is unknown, but the video was recorded by police and released by the Texas Department of Public Safety.

Sandra Bland

Sandra Bland

Please go to the link to read the rest along with multiple updates. Here’s just one:

They told the Texas Tribune that the video has not been edited. This seems unlikely. It is possible parts of the repeated footage are encoding errors, but it is unlikely that the 15-second repeated clip of a man leaving the truck is an encoding error.

Others have also noted that police dashcam videos usually have timecode on the footage. In this video, the timecode do not appear. Why this is is unclear. There is no answer at this point and an investigation needs to be conducted. A possibility some have suggested, however, is that, if the footage was indeed edited, as it likely was, whoever edited it zoomed in on the video or cropped the timecode.

The LA Times has also examined the police videos closely. Today they have a side-by-side comparison of the video with the anomalies vs. the “cleaned-up” video.

As you can see from the photo at the top of this post, Waller County officials are getting plenty of pushback. From KHOU:

Police agencies and city halls throughout Waller County continue to receive angry and sometimes threatening phone calls and emails from across the country after the tragic jail death of Sandra Bland.

And along with the Bland’s death, city leaders and residents say they also mourn the negative national spotlight the incident has brought to this corner of Southeast Texas.

“We are in some way being judged and victimized by people that don’t know us and are making assumptions about us,” said Waller County District Attorney Elton Mathis, who has held face-to-face meetings with the Bland family.

Oh, boo hoo. Too f**king bad. Stop victimizing black people who drive cars through your county then.

The corporate media has mostly been focusing on trying to make Bland look like a crazy, depressed drug user. It also turns out she had epilepsy; and when she told the arresting officer that, he said “Good!” as he continued to manhandle her. The simple truth is that she never should have been stopped in the first place; and once she was stopped, the officer escalated the confrontation in unconstitutional ways. Regardless of how she died, Sandra Bland should be alive today and working in her new job.

Selected headlines on the Sandra Bland case:

Huffington Post: 6 Things You Should Know About The County Where Sandra Bland Died. This part of Texas has a long, complicated relationship with race.

Think Progress: What The Supreme Court Has To Say About Sandra Bland’s Arrest.

The New Republic: Sandra Bland Never Should Have Been Arrested.

CNN: Twitter responds to jail deaths with ‘if I die in police custody.’

CBS Chicago: Apparent Voice Mail From Sandra Bland Released; Tests Revealed Marijuana, Cutting Scars.

CTV News: Sandra Bland was incredulous, aggravated in calls from jail: report.

ABC News: Sandra Bland Had ‘Lows and Highs,’ Her Sister Says. (Who the hell doesn’t? I hate to think what they’d write about me from my past history!)

More News Headlines

NY Times: Kenya Trip Takes Obama Back to a Complex Part of Himself.

Dallas Morning News: Kenya eagerly awaits Obama visit.

CNN: Obama’s trip raises security concerns.

LA Times: The Reading Life: Happy birthday to me — and Raymond Chandler. (Today would have been Raymond Chandler’s 127th birthday.)

NY Times:E. L. Doctorow Dies at 84; Literary Time Traveler Stirred Past Into Fiction.

NBC News: Donald Trump’s Border Wall Would Cost Billions, Experts Say.

NY Times: Donald Trump Threatens Third Party Candidacy.

NPR: Texas Fights Suit After Denying Birth Certificates To Children Of Illegal Immigrants.

Raw Story: Lesbian couple breaks silence: We filed complaint against Oregon bakery to ‘stop being bullied.’

Brian Murphy at TPM Cafe: How Walker Turned ‘Job Creation’ Into a Goodie Bag for Campaign Donors.

Dallas Morning News: Ted B. Lyon Jr.: Let’s get real about Rick Perry’s Texas record


20 Comments on “Thursday Reads”

  1. bostonboomer says:

    Steve Benen: Jeb Bush pushes to ‘phase out’ Medicare.

    That should go over well in Florida….

  2. janicen says:

    The video of the Sandra Bland arrest is disturbing to watch. I watched a little of it but then had to stop so I’m depending on the analyses of the people who have take the time to review it. Charles Blow has a good piece on it in the NYT. He points out that the speed limit sign says 20mph so how fast was the cop going when he sped up behind ms. bland’s car? That maneuver to my mind, is what started it all. If a cop speeds up fast and is on your bumper first of all it scares the shit out of you and second of all you get out of the way. That’s what she did.

    The two cases, Bland and Chapman, break my heart. Two women are dead who should not be dead because they were murdered by the people we pay to protect us.

  3. List of X says:

    I’m guessing that the District attorney who feels victimized by the media attention will also end up being the one assigned to prosecute those responsible for Bland’s death…

  4. roofingbird says:

    No one is talking about why he was following Bland in the first place and closing on her, as she says at the beginning of the tape. Many of us have been the target of that kind of hunting.

    Clearly she left her phone on her car. The police knew it was there and had control of it. Are cell phone privileges allowed in Waller Co? How could she have used the internet and left a “haunting” message? Who called the medical van? What were those two doofuses doing, directing traffic? Where is the video of the second patrol officer?

    Why is the patrol car video pointed more toward the traffic instead centrally positioned, or, why is the action off screen? If you look at the bystanders video you can see that the patrol car was positioned in the street in such a way that it would have missed most of the area where many take downs occur.

    Why doesn’t the officer understand the common black practice to not look an antagonist in the eye? (Look at me! Why are you staring at the dashboard, what’s wrong?)

    If there are tapes showing no one was near her cell for ninety minutes, where are the rest of the tapes? Where is the time of death?

    • RalphB says:

      All incredibly good questions deserving of answers. Whatever the local and state authorities determine, I’m hoping for a full blown federal investigation of this entire sordid mess.

  5. dakinikat says:

    MSNBC Is Canceling Ed Schultz And Giving His Show To Chuck Todd

    Chuck Todd deserves the boot not a show.

  6. RalphB says:

    An important distinction which is apparently hard for a lot of white progressives to comprehend,

    • RalphB says:

      • bostonboomer says:

        The replies to that tweet are ugly. Some people can’t give Hillary credit for anything.

  7. RalphB says:

    A few days ago I posted a story about a mysterious man found dead and the huge weapons cached found by police at his home. Check this out, people are nuts.

    KTLA: Dead Man With Weapons Stash Linked to Missing Oxnard Woman Who Believed He Was Alien Savior

    A man who lived in a home filled with guns and whose decomposed body was found in an SUV in Pacific Palisades was believed to be a human/alien hybrid secretly working with the U.S. government by his fiancée and a missing Oxnard woman who worked for her, according to the fiancée’s mother.

    Dawn VadBunker of Oxnard was last seen by her family on the same day 60-year-old Jeffery Lash died. Lash has not been officially identified as the man whose body was reported to police on July 17, but his former attorney confirmed his name to KTLA. …

    This is one weird story!

  8. Fannie says:

    Check out this racist fool, shouting down Jose Diaz Balart

  9. Beata says:

    Shooting at Lafayette, LA movie theater leaves two dead ( including gunman ) and several injured.

    • Beata says:

      The sentencing of James Holmes in the Aurora, CO movie theater shooting is happening this week. I have family and friends in that area of Colorado. One of the people killed in the Aurora theater was an acquaintance.

    • Just saw this news…wtf?