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Watch a “Father, Anarchist, Veteran” Address the Seattle City Council as “Bootlickers” While Quoting Marx

You gotta see this. by Steven Hsieh

I’m a father, I’m a veteran and I’m an anarchist. Those are three people you don’t want to piss off.
"I’m a father, I’m a veteran and I’m an anarchist. Those are three people you don’t want to piss off."

Twenty minutes had flown by, the allotted time for public comment during Tuesday's special meeting to repeal the head tax. The council had just voted to allow another 30 minutes for speakers to address their representatives, despite the protestations of Council President Bruce Harrell that "At some point it just becomes repetitious, honestly."

A self-described father, veteran and anarchist walked up to the podium. He wore camouflage and aviators tucked in his shirt. He let out his righteous anger with language that caused Harrell to remind everybody of the "children in the audience." Behold:


All right, I don’t got long. I’m a dad, so I have kids to take care of. What’s up, bootlickers? I haven’t seen ya’ll since the campout. I’ve got something to say. I’m tired of this fucking shit. I’m a father, I’m a veteran and I’m an anarchist. Those are three people you don’t want to piss off. I’m tired of children getting attacked in the streets, I’m tired of them sleeping in the streets. I’m tired of the very people I swore to defend get attacked by the state. So like I said out there, ya’ll need to close your fucking beaks, take resources and put them in the hands of people who need them. Seriously. What the fuck is wrong with ya’ll? Who the fuck are ya’ll to justify letting people die in the streets with your policies, your laws and your legislation. How do you justify that, killing people. I swore to give my life to defend the people from all forms of oppression. Eventually, all this shit is going to stop. Because when it’s our time, we won’t make excuses for the terror. Marx.

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Urged by Mpls. police, EMS staff subdued dozens with a sedative

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Minneapolis police officers have repeatedly requested over the past three years that Hennepin County medical responders sedate people using the powerful tranquilizer ketamine, at times over the protests of those being drugged, and in some cases when no apparent crime was committed, a city report shows.

On multiple occasions, in the presence of police, Hennepin Healthcare EMS workers injected suspects of crimes and others who already appeared to be restrained, according to the report, and the ketamine caused heart or breathing failure, requiring them to be medically revived. Several people given ketamine had to be intubated.

These are among the findings of an investigation conducted by the Office of Police Conduct Review, a division of the city’s Department of Civil Rights. The draft report has been circulated narrowly within City Hall but not disseminated to the public. The Star Tribune has obtained a copy.

The number of documented ketamine injections during Minneapolis police calls increased from three in 2012 to 62 last year, the report found, including four uses on the same person. On May 18, around the time the draft report was completed, Minneapolis police Cmdr. Todd Sauvageau issued a departmental order saying that officers “shall never suggest or demand EMS Personnel ‘sedated’ a subject. This is a decision that needs to be clearly made by EMS Personnel, not MPD Officers.”

Minneapolis police previously had no policy addressing the drug, and the department manual classifies it as a “date rape drug” for its powerful sedative impact and ability to erase or alter memory.

Hennepin Healthcare staff are authorized to use ketamine when a patient is “profoundly agitated,” unable to be restrained and a danger to themselves or others, according to their policy. But the report found examples when EMS workers used the drug on people who did not appear to fit this description.

“In many cases, the individual being detained or arrested was not only handcuffed, but strapped down on a stretcher in an ambulance before receiving ketamine,” the report states. It raises a “concerning question” over why these people are given the drug before they are transported to the hospital, “given the immediate effects on breathing and heart function that the drug induces.”

The draft report prompted sharply different reactions among local officials. A statement included in the report from Hennepin EMS Medical Director Jeffrey Ho and Minnesota Poison Control System Medical Director Jon Cole dismissed the findings of the report as a “reckless use of anecdotes and partial snapshots of interactions with police, and incomplete information and statistics to draw uninformed and incorrect conclusions.”

“This draft report will prevent the saving of lives by promoting the concept of allowing people to exhaust themselves to death,” Cole and Ho wrote.

Minneapolis Police Chief Medaria Arradondo would not comment on the specifics of the draft, but credited it for changing his department’s approach to interacting with EMS workers.

“We have that in place now,” Arradondo said. “That policy really defines and clarifies that we do not want our officers providing recommendations or suggestions to EMS personnel.”

Mayor Jacob Frey said all medical decisions highlighted in the draft report were made by Hennepin County medical professionals. He said it was necessary for the city to clarify in policy that police are not to give input to EMS and hospital professionals beyond factual information.

“Our policy should be clear,” he said. “Cops shouldn’t direct medical professionals on health-related issues, and medical professionals shouldn’t listen to them.”

‘He just hit the K-Hole’

Ketamine is an anesthetic agent that some researchers believe can be effective in treating depression. Studies, including some conducted by researchers at Hennepin Healthcare (formerly Hennepin County Medical Center), show it can be useful for trained medical practitioners to sedate and transport patients to the hospital who are agitated or combative.

It is also a common club drug, known colloquially as “Special K.” Its side effects include delirium, quickened heart rate and respiratory problems, especially in high doses.

Hennepin Healthcare has been a leader in ketamine research, and its EMS personnel have been using it since 2008, according to its statement.

To evaluate how the sedative was being used, the Office of Police Conduct Review investigators looked for mentions of the word in police reports, and then reviewed body camera footage from those cases.

“Multiple videos showed individuals requiring intubation after being injected with ketamine, and [police] reports indicate that multiple individuals stopped breathing and/or their hearts stopped beating after being injected with ketamine,” the report said.

The police encounters that led to EMS using ketamine ranged from cases of obstruction of justice to jaywalking, according to the report. One man was dosed with ketamine while strapped to a stretcher and wearing a spit hood.

The report found that officers regularly instructed the medical staff to administer the ketamine.

“Between 2016 and 2017, MPD officers explicitly asked EMS to provide ketamine, either when calling for EMS services or upon arrival of the ambulance eight times,” states the report. “Also, MPD officers assisted EMTs while they injected individuals with ketamine” by physically holding them down while the EMS gave the shot. Many were in handcuffs, and some were in spit hoods.

In one case, Minneapolis police and EMS workers responded to a 911 call about a man who appeared to be in the throes of a mental health crisis.

Four Minneapolis police officers and two EMS personnel responded to the incident and decided to sedate the man, according to the report authors, who reviewed body camera footage of the incident. Upon seeing the needle, the man, who is not named but described as 5 feet 3 to 5 feet 5 with a light build, said he did not want the shot. “Whoa, whoa that’s not cool!” he pleaded. “I don’t need that!”

Regardless, the man was injected with the drug two times and secured to a chair, the report states. Shortly after, he became nonverbal and unintelligible, prompting one officer to remark, “He just hit the K-hole,” a slang term for the intense delirium brought on by ketamine.

When the man began to regain consciousness, the officer asked the EMS responder — all unnamed in the report — how much more ketamine he had with him, according to the report.

“I can draw more,” said the EMS staff.

“You’re my favorite,” replied another EMS officer.

They injected him with another dose of ketamine.

“We’ll have to end up putting a [breathing] tube in,” the officer stated.

On the way to the hospital, the man lost consciousness and stopped breathing, according to the report.

He regained his pulse and began breathing again sometime later at the hospital.

In a statement Thursday, Kelly Spratt, chief ambulatory officer for Hennepin Healthcare, said ketamine has “fewer side effects than other drugs and can ultimately save lives.”

Spratt said the incidents in the report account for only a small percentage of those involving ketamine each year. His office has recently reviewed the draft and believes it contains inaccuracies, he said, though he did not provide specifics.

“We believe the draft report contains data that is private and, as we assess that, we won’t respond to questions about specific cases cited in the report,” he said. “We have reviewed the four cases mentioned in the draft report that involve use of ketamine by Hennepin EMS and have concluded that those met the protocol and were medically justified.”

Dosed while handcuffed

In a separate case detailed in the report, police sprayed an intoxicated woman in downtown Minneapolis with mace, and she appeared to have an asthma attack. The woman, who was not actively resisting police, asked for an asthma pump. Instead they handcuffed her to a stretcher and gave her ketamine, the report said.

Shortly before the body camera video cut out, an EMS worker asked, “What does ketamine do to asthmatics?”

In this case, it stopped the woman’s breathing, according to the report. She was resuscitated later at the hospital.

“It is also important to note that it appears no crime was committed, no threat to the safety of officer or paramedics was evident, and the individual was located less than six minutes from HCMC at the time she received a ketamine injection,” the report said.

Velma Korbel, director of the Department of Civil Rights, said her office will work on completing the draft. But she praised the quick response from the Police Department in implementing a new policy once the police oversight office of her department brought its findings to the department’s command staff.

“It worked exactly the way it’s supposed to work,” said Korbel. “I have nothing but kudos for the Police Department’s response to this.”

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In a just system there's no way the medical directors responsible for delegating the authority to use ketamine in this context keep their jobs, not to mention their medical licenses.

Also, 'Shortly before the body camera video cut out, an EMS worker asked, “What does ketamine do to asthmatics?”'

This, people, is why EMS operates under detailed standing medical orders put out by physician medical directors. EMS is not allowed to dispense medication outside of very tightly confined situations defined by detailed protocols because EMS is not actually licensed to practice medicine outside of supervision by a doctor. A police officer is also NOT allowed to practice medicine without a medical license, and such officers are (it should go without saying) also not allowed by the law to order EMS to dispense medication.
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Canadian border authorities hold citizen without charge for eight months

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Look, we’re not all maple syrup lollipops and free healthcare up here. According to the CBC, a naturalized Canadian citizen was held against his will, without charge, for 10 months while immigration officials attempted to verify his identity. 47-year old Nigerian-born Olajide Ogunye moved to Canada with his family in the 1990s and, in 1996, he became a Canadian Citizen. But that didn’t matter to the Canadian Border Services Agency. During a sweep of his neighborhood (which, I have to admit, I had no idea that the CBSA did), Ogunye was told to produce evidence of his citizenship. So he did: His Ontario Health card and Canadian Citizenship card. But here’s the thing: despite his producing two pieces of government identification – the gold standard for get-out-of-my-face-I’m-a-citizen, the CBSA refused to believe that Ogunye was who he claimed to be. So, without charge, they took him into custody so that he could be properly identified. From the CBC:
According to Ogunye's statement of claim, the officers ran his fingerprints, which they said matched the identity of a man named Oluwafemi Kayode Johnson, a failed refugee claimant who had been deported from Canada to Nigeria in the 1990s. Ogunye says he was told the CBSA believed he was actually Johnson, who had returned to Canada illegally and assumed Ogunye's identity. Those fingerprints, according to court documents, were never produced by the CBSA to Ogunye.
This shit went on for EIGHT MONTHS. Despite having not committed any crime, Ogunye was remanded to two different mixed medium/maximum security prisons. As both prisons were pretty much in constant lockdown, Ogunye claimed that he was unable to contact any of his family members to let them know what had become of him. Additionally, because he obviously wasn’t able to show up for work, he lost his job as a result of his incarceration. Eventually, Ogunye was released. In response to complaints that they had held a Canadian citizen for six months with no charge, the CBSA stated that they had made every attempt to contact members of Ogunye’s identity. This is true… but those attempts to make contact didn’t begin until six months after they’d thrown Ogunye in the clink. The CBSA then tried to cover their ass by stating that Ogunye had been convicted of several crimes in the past and as such, they had an issue with his credibility. You know what? Fuck that. What a man did in the past doesn’t give my government the right to lock him up for six months, without charge, because they were concerned that he might be lying to them. The CBSA violated his Charter rights. Ogunye is suing the Canadian government for $10 million. I hope he gets every last cent. Image via Flickr, courtesy of Jumilla
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We hope that Canada is better than this.
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California woman ‘in shock’ after ICE agents detain father, a legal resident, outside home

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The daughter of a Los Angeles man who was detained Sunday outside his home by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents spoke out this week about his treatment and the immigration policies that appear to target longtime, law-abiding residents.

Jose Luis Garcia, 62, was watering his lawn and having his morning coffee outside his home in the Arleta neighborhood of San Fernando Valley when ICE agents put him in handcuffs and detained him, according to his daughter, Natalie Garcia.

The arrest came as a shock to the 32-year-old Garcia, who said that her father is a law-abiding, legal permanent resident who came to the United States nearly 50 years ago when he was 13 years old.

He attended Van Nuys High School, and raised his family in Glendale, she said.

Garcia said she was woken up at about 7 a.m. Sunday by the sound of her father yelling her name. She initially thought he was experiencing a medical emergency, but when she came out of the house, she saw eight agents who she did not yet know were from ICE, arresting her father.

Garcia tried to get more information and asked to see the arrest warrant and if they had read him his rights. She said the agents responded rudely, did not answer most of her questions, and told her they did not have to show her the warrant. They told her that it was not a criminal warrant, but an administrative one.

“I didn’t know they were ICE at that moment,” Garcia said. “It just happened so fast and there were so many of them. I was so confused.”

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After the agents had left with her father, it was only then that she saw the coffee cup that he had dropped when he was being arrested. She then looked down at the card the agents had given her and finally realized the agents were from ICE.

“I dropped to the floor in shock, because I didn’t ever expect this,” Garcia said.

Garcia said that she had followed news about the arrests of immigrants who were in the country illegally, but it had not occurred to her that something similar could happen to her own family.

“My dad was comfortable,” she said. “There was no reason for my dad not to get his citizenship. It was just the awareness. He was just too comfortable. He’s a homeowner who pays his taxes.”

“That’s why I urge people to look into your rights and get citizenship if you are able to,” she said.

Garcia said her father has a conviction for a misdemeanor stemming from a domestic violence dispute with her mother that occurred 18 years ago. Her father completed his sentence for that conviction, which was anger management classes and reporting to probation, she said.

ICE officials confirmed in a statement that Garcia, who is a citizen of Mexico, was arrested by deportation officers on Sunday.

“Databases reveal that Mr. Garcia has past criminal convictions that make him amenable to removal from the United States,” the statement said. “Mr. Garcia is currently in ICE custody pending removal proceedings, where an immigration judge with the Executive Office for Immigration Review (EOIR) will determine whether or not he has a lawful basis to remain in the United States.”

ICE officials would not confirm or reveal details about the nature of the “past criminal convictions,” citing confidentiality reasons.

Garcia said she has been able to visit her father at the Theo Lacy detention facility in Orange County since his arrest, and was able to bring medication to him and talk with him.

“He is obviously devastated and in shock right now,” she said.

Garcia said that after her father was taken away on Sunday, she felt like a “sitting duck,” but wanted to do something about it. She reached out to media because she wanted to bring greater awareness to what happened to her father, because she felt that not many may realize it could happen to them as well.

“His case was closed, but they’re bringing up everybody’s past,” she said. “If you’re going to flag people and call them criminals, and you’re looking at everyone’s background, I think they should be aware of that.”

“You’re digging into people’s past, not looking at your record now, or what’s happening right now at this moment,” she said. “That should be known.”

Garcia said her father being detained so suddenly is disruptive to their family in many ways, including the fact that he is helping to care for and serve as a role model to her six-year-old daughter.

“For me, it’s devastating,” she said. “Because of him, I’m able to work a full-time job. I was able to go back to school and do my career the way that I want.”

“Having to explain that to my daughter, is devastating — that grandpa is not here,” she said.

Michael Kaufman, a senior staff attorney for the American Civil Liberties Union of Southern California, said the incident appears to fit a pattern under the Trump administration of detaining people with old, minor convictions.

“This is … a misdemeanor from two decades ago for which he’s completed his sentence,” Kaufman, who briefly spoke to Natalie Garcia but is not representing the family, said. “From what we know of this story, this is not an individual that presents a threat to anyone.”

Kaufman noted that the current administration no longer prioritizes targeting people with serious criminal convictions.

“It’s part of a pattern that we’ve seen of rounding up people who are longstanding members of our community who have family here and settled lives here and their lives are turned upside down because they may have committed some misdemeanor deep in their past,” Kaufman said.

Garcia will have an opportunity in immigration court to raise a defense against his removal from the country. But because the immigration courts are severely backlogged, that could take many months and in some cases, years to resolve, Kaufman said.Garcia may be eligible to be released on bond while his claims are being heard, he added.

Kaufman said it wasn’t clear to him why ICE officials decided to target this man two decades later.

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LEGAL RESIDENT. ICE is the Gestapo reincarnated.
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Happy Car-Free Day, Vancouver. BTW, Can There Be ‘Good Congestion’?

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On the occasion of Vancouver’s big car-free weekend — Car Free Day events occurred yesterday in the West End and Kitsilano, and the main event takes place today along 20+ blocks of Main Street — perhaps it’s time to roil the waters with a question. Does traffic congestion slow down economies, productivity, or job growth?

As reported by CNU Public Square, researchers at the University of Colorado at Denver and Florida Atlantic University conclude that it doesn’t.

In fact, they suggest there could be such a thing as “good congestion” and “bad congestion,” just like there’s “good cholesterol” and “bad cholesterol.”

The study, entitled “Revisiting the relationship between traffic congestion and the economy: a longitudinal examination of U.S. metropolitan areas“, states:

Conventional wisdom regarding traffic congestion suggests that higher levels of peak hour delay would be associated with decreases in GDP and jobs as well as higher wages to compensate workers for the increased costs of travel. We did not find this to be the case. For our regions, peak hour delay had a statistically significant and positive effect on both per capita GDP and jobs. This suggests that our current concerns about traffic congestion negatively impacting the economy may not be particularly well founded.

In terms of per capita income, the results were statistically insignificant. Thus, regions with more congestion were more economically productive with more jobs, and this took place without traffic congestion manifesting itself with higher labor costs.

In other words, congestion is merely an inconvenience with minimal economic impact.

“Without traffic congestion, there would be less incentive for infill development, living in an location-efficient place, walking, biking, and transit use, ride sharing, innovations in urban freight, etcetera,” one author explained via email to CNU Public Square. “And if your city doesn’t have any traffic congestion, there is something really wrong.”

Researchers also referenced the most recent Urban Mobility Scorecard by Texas A&M; of the ten most congested cities in the U.S., seven rank in the top ten for lowest driving mode share, eight rank in the top ten for highest transit mode share, and four rank in the top ten for highest active transportation mode shares.

While Price Tags did not purchase the full report, it’s worth noting that topics like housing affordability, population health, environmental impacts of increased motor vehicle use are not mentioned in the article, nor do keywords like ‘housing’, ‘health’, ‘physical activity’, ‘CO2′, ’emissions’ or ‘pollution’ appear as dependent variables in the data tables of the report appendix.

That said, if a pure focus on economic impact floats your boat — GDP per capita, job growth and per capita income growth — this might be a nice bomb to throw down on the table to unsuspecting family members and friends tonight, after car-free day celebrations.

Photos courtesy CNU (Marcy McInelly) and Car Free Vancouver Society

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Visiting The Hospital In Canada

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So, last night, after a few days of illness, getting worse, I took some codeine and a sleeping pill, lay myself down to sleep, and couldn’t.

Right then, obviously serious enough that I needed to go the hospital.

I arrived, at one of Toronto’s (Canada’s largest city) largest hospitals. There was no one else in the waiting room. I was processed and given a bed in a corridor within 20 minutes There were other people, but it wasn’t terribly crowded (I’ve seen terribly crowded) I had my initial evaluation by another nurse about 20 minutes after that. Then I waited two hours, and no one came by, so I flagged a nurse. Oops.

Doctor saw me about, yes, 20 minutes later, got me some pain relief (Thank God) and about 10 minutes after that did a manual exam to try and find out what was wrong. Half an hour later I had a referral to a specialist (it not being possible to get said specialist to look on the weekend unless life threatening), three prescriptions, and detailed instructions on what to do if things improved (not much) and if they didn’t.

I did have to pay for the prescription medicine, which put me back about $40. Fortunately, I was downtown and there was a nearby 24 hour drug store, which also filled the pain prescription (not always a given.)

Overall the experience wasn’t perfect, but it was a sight better than what I rarely hear about from American friends, and not as good as the better European system stories I tend to hear.

I hate going to hospitals, as I spent a lot of time in hospital in my 20s. I think most people who have spent a lot of time in hospitals as a patient hate them. But the nurses and doctors were kind, and other than being briefly misplaced, the experience was fine. I left in better shape than I went in.

This seems to me to the be the basic minimum any prosperous society should expect.

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