A large number of California law-enforcement agencies "are turning to public relations firms to produce slick and persuasive videos explaining police shootings, including some of the more controversial police killings in the wake of George Floyd's death," the San Jose Mercury-News reported today.
The newspaper reports the effort to seek outside video-production expertise is in response to a 2019 state transparency law. It also reports that "one firm run by former TV news reporters, Vacaville-based Critical Incident Videos LLC, has contracted with about 100 agencies up and down the state.
"The agency's résumé includes videos of several highly criticized deaths in recent years, including Sean Monterrosa in Vallejo, Steven Taylor in San Leandro and Joseph Perez in Fresno."
The recipe California officers follow to release police shooting videos www.youtube.com
The report continues:
"Police agencies argue that they are putting out the material to comply with Assembly Bill 748, the 2019 law requiring that body camera footage of police shootings and other significant force incidents be released within two months. But civil rights attorneys and families of people killed by police say the videos are a vehicle for law enforcement to create an early narrative and spin the story in their favor while keeping raw footage out of public view in violation of another state law.
"'This is not about free speech, this is not about getting the facts out to the public, this is about spinning it in the best possible PR for the police departments,'" said civil rights attorney Michael Haddad. 'The reason we know that is they deny the victims and their families access to this information and these videos so that the departments can get their story out to the public first.'"
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Americans can't figure out why Israelis are fighting with Palestinians when Trump and Kushner achieved 'peace' in the Middle East
A far-right Norwegian politician nominated former President Donald Trump for the 2021 Nobel Peace Prize after he and Jared Kushner claimed to achieve peace in the Middle East.
"I'm going to get a Nobel Prize for a lot of things — if they gave it out fairly, which they don't," Trump claimed in 2019.
"Nobel Peace, can you imagine?" Trump said in Sept. 2020. That month he continued to brag about himself on Twitter almost two dozen times.
But as Israelis and Palestinians are firing rockets at each other, it has become clear that the grand Middle East peace promise never really happened.
The battles came after Kushner launched the Abraham Accords Institute for Peace "to promote his major accomplishment when he advised his father-in-law, former US President Donald Trump: the normalization agreements between Israel and a number of Sunni Arab countries," said The Times of Israel earlier this month.
"The Abraham Accords, signed in September 2020, were arguably Trump's biggest foreign policy achievement and the biggest breakthrough for relations between Israel and the Arab world for 25 years," said Axios. That was until 10 days later when the bombs started flying.
It continues to be a question from many online who watch as more and more explosions happen across the area.
You can’t make this s— up Last week Jared Kushner founded the Abraham Accords Institute for Peace to commemorate t… https://t.co/pMvt6inOrj— Lindy Li (@Lindy Li)1621131067.0
Speaking of Israel and Palestine, didn’t Jared Kushner fix that?— edgery #VaccinesAreSafe (@edgery #VaccinesAreSafe)1621038794.0
Reminder that Jared Kushner and Ivanka made $640 million during their time in the White House. It was NEVER about peace in the Middle East.— Jake Lobin (@Jake Lobin)1621124877.0
Ivanka Trump gained 41 trademarks in China including coffins plus voting machines, Jared Kushner used the White Hou… https://t.co/jsq7KrCY9c— Andrea Junker ® (@Andrea Junker ®)1621174093.0
Seems to me the Jared Kushner Middle East peace deal was a total bust, eh? But if I were a betting person, I'd say… https://t.co/DIbNXsrZsr— 🖤🦋Rowan Moon🦋🖤 (@🖤🦋Rowan Moon🦋🖤)1621171674.0
@davidmweissman It was a piece plan. Not a peace plan...— Chris Hahn (@Chris Hahn)1621125866.0
Whenever you're feeling anxious and full of self doubt, try and carry yourself with the confidence of Jared Kushner… https://t.co/RvTkKqC5jV— Grae Hall (@Grae Hall)1621115981.0
Obviously nobody told anyone about all the peace Jared Kushner brought to the Middle East.— LOL🇺🇸GOP (@LOL🇺🇸GOP)1620757495.0
Late tonight, while Jared is asleep, Ivanka will slip into the kitchen and quietly remove the "I Brought Peace to t… https://t.co/oKnO6dP9Ek— Nell Scovell (@Nell Scovell)1621129275.0
So how's Jared Kushner's Middle East Peace Plan working out? 😛 https://t.co/ulkyv1hTGs— Roshan Rinaldi (@Roshan Rinaldi)1620769309.0
hey, remember when Jared Kushner brought peace to the Middle East? me neither— Jeff Tiedrich (@Jeff Tiedrich)1620774747.0
Peace? The only thing Jared Kushner ever brokered in the Middle East was the torture and murder of Jamal Khashoggi.… https://t.co/C5iOxcl24I— Shelby Kent-Stewart ™ (@Shelby Kent-Stewart ™)1621186297.0
They really put Jared Kushner, the slumlord millionaire who couldn't properly fill out security clearance forms, in… https://t.co/naGGw6MaPO— BrooklynDad_Defiant! (@BrooklynDad_Defiant!)1621215349.0
The sociopath also sent his family eviction expert Jared to win permanent peace for Israel & Palestine, then he la… https://t.co/t5m9tKCLZR— Jim Agin 💙 (@Jim Agin 💙)1621220202.0
The Axios "Off the Rails" series outlined what went on from election night through the Jan. 6 siege on the U.S. Capitol. The installation reviews former President Donald Trump's final attempts to remove all U.S. forces before leaving office.
"John McEntee, one of Donald Trump's most-favored aides, handed retired Army Col. Douglas Macgregor a piece of paper with a few notes scribbled on it," said Axios.
"This is what the president wants you to do," McEntee told Macgregor, "1. Get us out of Afghanistan, 2. Get us out of Iraq and Syria, 3. Complete the withdrawal from Germany, 4. Get us out of Africa."
McEntee was just a 29-year-old staffer who was essentially told to send a secret withdrawal order to the Secretary of Defense without the National Security Council, chief of staff or Department of Defense knowing.
Macgregor told McEntee to use "a presidential decision memorandum" and model it off of that.
The information about the final days of Trump may be nothing more than a desperate plea at the last minute, but as MIT Associate Professor Vipin Narang it shows something far more sinister. If Trump could order a troop withdrawal secretly, there's much more he could have done despite security barriers in place to prevent it.
"A lot of people I respect a lot insisted in Jan. that there was no way Trump could invoke his sole authority to launch e.g. a single low yield nuclear weapon against Fordow because guardrails existed to prevent that," he tweeted. "Well….that presumes Trump wasn't actively trying to bypass them."
A lot of people I respect a lot insisted in Jan that there was no way Trump could invoke his sole authority to laun… https://t.co/YjGixjM6ww— Vipin Narang (@Vipin Narang)1621217856.0
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