"This is a DEFCON 1 moment for democracy. We're not threatened by other nations or enemies, it's a threat from within. Democracy is hanging by the thinnest thread in our country's history... The Department of Justice needs to be all over this" - @davidplouffe w/ @NicolleDWallace pic.twitter.com/yZWrBzvvcP— Deadline White House (@DeadlineWH) May 6, 2021
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You break it, you own it. That’s what I was told as a child. But for today’s billionaires, it seems like the opposite is true.
“You own it, you can break it” — at least if you’re rich enough.
Just look at Elon Musk.
He paid a fortune for Twitter and is now busily destroying it — firing half its employees and driving out even more, causing chaos on the platform, making advertisers flee, and threatening bankruptcy.
Or consider Sam Bankman-Fried, who became a billionaire after founding the popular cryptocurrency exchange FTX — until he drove the company into bankruptcy.
Seems FTX was a Ponzi scheme that got out of hand. At least $1 billion in customer funds is reportedly missing.
These billionaires are presumed to be free from responsibility because they own what they’ve had a hand in destroying. So under the rules of capitalism, they have a right to do whatever they want with their money. Right?
Wrong. Millions have come to rely on Twitter as a vital source of information and connection. Investors put their money — and trust — in FTX. These people aren’t mere collateral damage. They’re bearing a big part of the cost.
“You own it, you can break it” is a careless norm for a complex society.
Do we really think that the super-wealthy should be allowed to control so much wealth and wield so much influence?
Absolutely not. We need stronger laws protecting the rest of us from the recklessness of these so-called “disruptors.”
Does Elon Musk Have a Right to Destroy Twitter? | Robert Reich www.youtube.com
City officials hired Jesse Prado of JPPI Investigations LLC to conduct the internal affairs inquiry. The suit filed Thursday names Christina Mitchell, Uvalde County district attorney for the 38th Judicial District, as the lone defendant. It seeks a judge to compel Mitchell, who could not be immediately contacted for comment, to hand over all relevant law enforcement investigative records and materials from all law enforcement agencies.
“The internal affairs investigation by Prado is ongoing, but it is significantly restricted by the scope of evidence available to Prado by defendant,” the suit alleged.
In a statement about the suit, city officials said the Uvalde community had “waited entirely too long for answers and transparency” about the May 24 shooting and the widely criticized law enforcement response.
“Despite the City of Uvalde’s efforts to amicably obtain the necessary investigative materials for its ongoing Uvalde Police Department’s Internal Affairs investigation, the District Attorney has blocked the City’s ability to obtain critical information to assess its officers’ actions and compliance with police department policies and expectations,” they said in a statement. “From day one, the city’s focus is on helping the entire Uvalde community, parents who lost children, children who lost parents, and young survivors navigate through the healing process.”
This article originally appeared in The Texas Tribune at https://www.texastribune.org/2022/12/01/uvalde-school-shooting-lawsuit-city-district-attorney/.
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The protest was held in response to Turning Point USA’s UNM chapter hosting a speaking event on campus with Charlie Kirk, the founder and president of the national conservative group.
Kirk, in a now deleted tweet, said the organization was “honored” to send “busloads of patriots to DC to fight for the president” on Jan. 6 and is known for spreading false claims of 2020 election fraud and misinformation about COVID, among other far-right, extremist views. He’s also known for stoking racism, and for homophobic and transphobic hate speech.
At UNM, a crowd started gathering outside the Student Union Building around 5 p.m. intending to drown Kirk out with sound — blasting music, banging pots and pans, drumming on buckets and chanting. UNM Police and hired security looked on. Two hours later, when Kirk was scheduled to speak, fewer than 100 protesters remained with some on the ramp near the building.Protesters at UNM on Wednesday, Nov. 30, 2022 chanted and denounced the views of Turning Point USA founder Charlie Kirk, saying they are homophobic, transphobic and racist. (Photo by Gino Gutierrez for Source NM)
That’s when State Police officers ran up in riot gear, formed a line, and began physically pushing demonstrators back.
“I really thought that if we were just standing there, that maybe they’d stop. I didn’t have any weapons. None of us did,” said community activist Lisa Christopherson. “And none of us were hitting, punching them or anything. Really just standing there.”
UNM Law student Diego Guerrerortiz saw Christopherson being tackled and pointed at her, he said.
“As soon as I raised my hand and pointed at her, I got hit in the gut from behind and then tackled,” Guerrerortiz said. They kicked him while he was on the ground, “and then threw me in some cuffs,” he said. The riot police detained Christopherson, Guerrerortiz and UNM Dental Hygiene adviser Georgia Moos, accusing them of disorderly conduct.New Mexico State Police officers in riot gear form a line against protesters outside of the UNM Student Union Building on Wednesday, Nov. 30, 2022. (Photo by Gino Gutierrez for Source NM)
Guerrerortiz said he was also informed by two UNMPD detectives that he would face administrative action from the university.
“I don’t feel safe with how UNM uses police, let alone who they let on campus to talk,” Guerrerortiz said. “But for me, I’m more concerned about the police presence and how they use that as a weapon. That’s just crazy coming from the university.”
Christopherson fears her ribs were broken by the officers who detained her, she said, and has symptoms of a concussion. She was taken to the ER by paramedics after being detained by police. Because the hospitals were full and the wait was so long, she was not able to be seen by doctors and said she would head to a waiting room during the day on Thursday instead.Demonstrators are detained outside of the Student Union Building at UNM by State Police officers on Wednesday, Nov. 30, 2022. (Photo by Gino Gutierrez for Source NM)
The Kirk event follows two other events held by Turning Point on campus this semester. Both were similarly met with protesters and a police presence. The first event, featuring Tomi Lahren, also denied students of color entry.
The UNMPD officers were sent to the event as security, according to Cinnamon Blair, university spokesperson. Blair said UNM does not fund State Police presence on campus, but the agency is a part of event management planning and the Emergency Response Team.
“ERT is deployed to ensure the safety and security of the university community and the campus, and engaged yesterday evening in response to the actions of multiple individuals failing to disperse from the event entrance ramp when requested,” Blair said in a statement.
Christopherson said she was never given any direct instructions to clear the ramp before being detained.A New Mexico State Police officer looks out at the crowd of protesters gathered outside of the Student Union Building at UNM on Wednesday, Nov. 30, 2022.(Photo by Gino Gutierrez for Source NM)
The protest was organized by students and local activists from the Southwest Solidarity Network, including Julie Bettencourt and Zach Smith. Their goal for the evening was to drown out Kirk’s speech outside the building, and have a continued presence against the organization and speakers to “let them know that we won’t allow that. That we’re going to be against it. And we’re going to come out every time. And we’re going to make some noise,” Smith said. “We’re not going to be silent.”
During the protest, students in Turning Point observed the crowd from inside the SUB filming with their smartphones. Kirk himself made an appearance outside waving down at protesters from the balcony on the top floor. One Turning Point member, Kalen D’Almeida, filmed protesters while standing alongside police until being asked by them to leave several minutes later.
Turning Point’s UNM group did not respond to a request for comment before this article was published. We will update this story if we hear back.
Jay Littles, a protester there that night, said it’s hypocritical for the police to only detain those protesting.
“We are here. We got the right to peacefully protest. Yet, we are here being arrested on our own campus, which is by definition an open campus where we are allowed to speak our minds,” Littles said. That policy is why the Turning Point chapter was allowed to invite the speaker in the first place, he added.New Mexico State Police officers in riot gear shove protesters away from the ramp outside the Student Union Building at UNM on Wednesday, Nov. 30, 2022. (Photo by Gino Gutierrez for Source NM)
Littles pointed out that the university advertises itself as a diverse campus but still allows events like this, which make him feel more unsafe on campus.
“That’s one of their talking points of getting us to come here. But they only use that in name,” he said. “They don’t really care about the population of the school.”Turning Point USA Founder Charlie Kirk smiles from the second floor balcony of the Student Union Building as he looks at the protesting crowd on Wednesday, Nov. 30, 2022. (Photo by Gino Gutierrez for Source NM)
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