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7️⃣3️⃣7️⃣ Austin, TX: a woman is arrested for using her vehicle as a barricade to protect protestors, giving the officer a chance to rub her breasts

And this is normal procedure (see Policy #306:…)

4 July 2020

Here's the relevant excerpt of Policy 306 for 7️⃣3️⃣7️⃣ above in Austin TX:…

The officer is doing what he was trained to do

It's a reminder that a lot of dehumanizing 💩 is baked in to how we do policing here
Just to clear up any confusion: the breast-grab-by-cop at 7️⃣3️⃣7️⃣ in Austin TX is different from the breast-grab-by-cop at 7️⃣3️⃣4️⃣ in Miami FL is different from the breast-grab-by-cop at 1️⃣1️⃣1️⃣ in Indianapolis IN
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UPDATE on 7️⃣2️⃣4️⃣ in Salem OR: the Oregon State Police ask "who are you going to believe: the police, or your own lying eyes?"

7️⃣3️⃣1️⃣ Seattle, WA: there were a pair of unnumbered Seattle videos between 722-724, showing assorted white nationalists protected by SPD. This was the same event.

The MAGAt macing ppl sprays a guy. Guy reports to police, and gets arrested

Chicago, IL: not assigning a number here, but a handful of CPD officers pose for a selfie with a Trump booster

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6️⃣1️⃣9️⃣ Nashville, TN: police steal private property without due process

Video of 6️⃣1️⃣7️⃣ in Philadelphia PA, showing Philly cops – including one in a *Counter Terrorism* vest – illegally targeting a reporter for arrest

Today, 23 June 2020

The cops are rioting

Update on 5️⃣4️⃣7️⃣ about the NY Attorney General holding public hearings: the NYPD Commissioner has responded and basically insists everything is fine and there's nothing to see here and move along citizen…
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5️⃣6️⃣2️⃣ Portland, OR: police still taking the nightly crackdown approach, casually rolling a teargas canister at a protestor's feet

More on 5️⃣6️⃣2️⃣ in Portland OR

Still more on 5️⃣6️⃣2️⃣ in Portland OR

Sounds like the police opened fire long before they ordered anyone to disperse

On Juneteenth

The cops are rioting

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I deleted this previous entry at 5️⃣4️⃣5️⃣ out of Charlotte NC

It was brought to my attention that there was identifying info in the screenshots that was insufficiently redacted Image

5️⃣4️⃣5️⃣ Charlotte, NC: adding a separate number to this, because among the people arrested in 5️⃣4️⃣3️⃣ were at least 3 public defenders entitled by law to be at the jail

(Update: it was actually 4 public defenders unlawfully arrested)
More on 5️⃣5️⃣5️⃣ in Gardena CA: Sheriff's Dept deputies apparently destroyed 3 security cameras and took the DVR they were recording to – cameras that would have recorded LASD's extrajudicial summary execution of 18yo Andres Guardado

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5️⃣5️⃣1️⃣ Chicago, IL: for all the fake pearl-clutching over looters, Chicago PD arrested more people for lawfully protesting than for looting…
Wellington, FL: man threatens to run over a 15-year-old with his car and goes on an extended rant about how black girls don't belong in a gated community

Of course he works for Homeland Security, at USCIS

Holton, KS: three police show up in the parking lot to "investigate" a shoplifting claim, before eventually saying at the end of the video that "everything looks good"

Lots of defunding possible in Holton apparently

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UPDATE on 3️⃣7️⃣0️⃣ in Florissant MO where a cop ran over a man with his squad car for sport

➡️ The police officer, Joshua Smith, falsified his report of the incident

➡️ He was fired last week

➡️ He's now been charged with a felony and two misdemeanors…
UPDATE on the police response in 5️⃣1️⃣8️⃣ out of Albuquerque NM

(Story link in below tweet)

5️⃣4️⃣6️⃣ Phoenix, OR: someone ran over a bunch of protestors with their car on June 1st

Turns out the driver was the Mayor, Chris Luz? 😱

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::taps mic::

May I borrow your attention briefly, for a short thread of shameless self-promotion?

(TL;DR: I'll be trying to convince y'all to follow the @fsckemall Twitter account 😉)
Waaaaayyy back in the halcyon days of 2015, my Twitter presence was mostly me kvetching about the inanities of being a defense lawyer to my classmates and roughly a handful of other non-NCCU lawyers

Basically this, daily:
2016 started out the same... until late February.

Which was when the donuts case happened.

And went viral.

And scared the shit out of me b/c I didn't know how turn off Twitter notifications at the time 😂

That thread is here if you missed it:

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A statewide quarantine might've made sense like 3 weeks ago

Now? Moronic
Don't forget infected parts of Flyover Country, where sick ppl just assume it's the flu because they either don't have tests or won't use them

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Farstein's lawsuit is a baseless SLAPP, gonna end up getting dismissed on both First Amendment and "substantial truth" grounds

She's hoping the expense to @netflix + @ava of litigating will be high enough that they'll apologize and move on instead of getting the case thrown out
First, remember the baseline rule that courts review allegedly defamatory comments in the context in which they were made

That alone makes it hard for Farstein to win, b/c ppl don't watch *any* Netflix show for its 100% factual accuracy

Basically, ppl expect when they're watching a movie or a mini-series that there's going to be some "artistic license" to make the story more compelling than reality

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Judging by these parking lots and this traffic, not sure much of anyone has stayed home 🤦‍♂️

Got a sinking feeling we're going to end up with more draconian restrictions in a week or two
Thankfully I haven't seen that. I represent several medical professionals, including some ER docs. I'd share the convos but they're f*cking grim 😔

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This is wrong. The Fighting Words Doctrine requires, among other things, face-to-face interaction

See, e.g., the curtailing of Chaplinsky by Brandenburg v Ohio, Cohen v California, US v Stevens, Snyder v Phelps

SCOTUS has upheld -0- fighting words convictions since Chaplinsky
You can also see how thoroughly the Fighting Words Doctrine has been gutted by how state courts have ruled
In State v. Tracy, 130 A.3d 196 (Vt. 2015), the Defendant cornered his daughter's basketball coach in a dark parking lot, repeatedly knocked on the coach's car window until the coach rolled the window down, physically tapped her shoulder, yelled at her, called her a bitch, etc
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It won't even get to the issue of libel-proof-ness. Assuming he can convince a court the tweets are referencing him at all, Zimnerman won't be able to prove "racist" or "white supremacist" are objectively verifiable statements of fact vs protected opinion

The latter. George Zimmerman has a 0.0% chance of success.

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**POLL TIME**: Should we do a (brief) #Law140 on this Richard Sherman / PFT defamation dispute or nah?
Alright, for whatever reason 90% of you want a #Law140 on the @RSherman_25 / @ProFootballTalk thing

If this turns into a months-long Threadnought spawn, we're all blaming @FeelTheFern07 😂
First, as always, remember the standard #Law140 disclaimers apply:

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Sooo I got mailed some new apparel

Let no one doubt @wolmanj is a man of his word 🤣😂🤣😂🤣
This raises an important question: when the Second Court of Appeals affirms Judge Chupp's ruling where Vic Mignogna and Ty Beard got BTFO'd 0-17, does that count as an additional 17 losses or just one? 🤔

Oh man I hadn't even considered that: do we treat that as a multiplier?

e.g. 17 causes of action, claiming 2 errors apiece, for 34 losses???

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National origin is one of the protected categories under Title II of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. This seems pretty standard as far as legal guidance goes, addressing inventive ways of trying to skirt civil rights protections
"I'm gonna have your illegal Spanish-speaking @$$ shipped back to Mexico!" is already prohibited conduct in public accommodations. "I'm gonna call ICE on you!" is functionally the same thing.

If that law seems too restrictive, the easy solution is to just not run "any inn, hotel, motel, or ... any restaurant, cafeteria, lunchroom, lunch counter, soda fountain, or ... any motion picture house, theater, concert hall, sports arena, stadium or other place of exhibition"
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It was a typo, but either way it's never defamatory

A competent lawyer would have *started* with the hotel room tweet

Ty Beard doesn't 👏 know 👏 what 👏 he's 👏 doing 👏

This is so amazing

No matter how dumb I've thought Ty Beard (@TyBeard10) was at any point before today – he's proven to me that I *vastly* overestimated him

"Call me and I'll explain it to you" headass


The stay only applies to getting discovery from *the other side*! 🤣🤣🤣

Ty Beard doesn't 👏 know 👏 what 👏 he's 👏 doing 👏
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Really too bad yesterday's ANN article totally debunked the "casting couch" rumors

Poor conVics are gonna take across-the-board Ls on everything 🙃

First loss was yesterday (denying one of their Motions to Strike), main hearing is tomorrow, ruling is on or before October 7

ConVics know the loss is coming so they're more mad than usual

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("Ex parte" is Latin for "from." An ex parte communication is one coming from only one party, not providing any notice to the other party. Basically the opposite of a letter copied to opposing counsel, filed publicly, and served via the electronic filing system.)
It is quite literally impossible to overstate how fantastically dumb Ty Beard's "ex parte" characterization is

To any minimally competent attorney, it screams "this guy doesn't know what he's doing"
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The motion is weak and the basis is LOLable, but my suspicion is that the judge will grant it (though likely for less than 3 weeks)

Defendants will argue the burden is on Plaintiff to show good cause (the motion doesn't do that), plus ongoing harassment

Positive for the Defendants. He gives their attorneys lots of usable material

A good rule of thumb as y'all see an assortment of "bUt ThEy LiEd UnDeR oAtH" tweets from conVics is that they're typically projecting – accusing others of the things they themselves or R.Broly have done

Consider these excerpt from the R.Broly deposition...

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Vic Mignogna v. FUNimation et al.
Case No. 141-307474-19
141st Judicial District
Tarrant County, TX

*Threadnought QuickNav*

➡️ Background on allegations Vic sexually assaulted women and girls:…

➡️ Text messages that form the basis for alleged "tortious interference":
*Threadnought QuickNav*

➡️ TDMA letter #1 ("you blasphemed Jesus and that's defamatory"):…

➡️ TDMA letter #2 ("saying 'creepy' is defamatory"):…

➡️ TDMA letter #3 ("my client is not fecal matter"):…
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Earlier today I learned about this #StandWithVic hashtag and the total gibberish sent by his lawyers as part of a LOLsuit

Reminder to check out the defamation basics #Law140 on why this is going to end poorly for him
You seem to have missed the thread explaining the law

Not entirely surprised literacy is not your strong suit though

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In today's criminal justice news, Syracuse (NY) PD officer Christopher Buske intentionally covers his badge from cell phone video, so he can rip unarmed 23yo Shaolin Moore from his car and beat him for "a non-criminal local offense"

Remember: when the police apologists tell you "if you've done nothing wrong, you have nothing to hide" they never seem to apply that same logic to the people who are paid with your tax money and know in advance what rights of yours they plan to violate

Not only does Syracuse PD brutalize this guy for sport – they then demand the innocent passenger stop filming the abuse, and confiscate his phone…
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