Massachusetts

ACLU Urges Mass. Court to Vacate 24,000 Drug Cases Based on Tainted Lab Evidence

Annie Dookhan tainted an estimated one in six drug cases in Massachusetts over a nine-year period. The ACLU says all those cases should be thrown out.

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A single bad chemist corrupted an estimated one in six drug convictions in Massachusetts between 2003 and 2012, throwing the state's legal system into havoc. The only way to properly fix it, the American Civil Liberties Union argued in a brief to the state's high court on Friday, is to vacate thousands of convictions based on her work.

The ACLU is asking the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court to vacate more than 24,000 drug convictions based on tainted evidence from one of the biggest drug lab scandals in the country. When state chemist Annie Dookhan pled guilty in 2012 to falsifying positive results in thousands of drug samples over a nine-year period, it set off a massive review of possibly compromised cases, as well as state investigations into the misconduct that ultimately led to the closing of the drug lab where Dookhan worked.

While the Dookhan affair is one of the largest drug lab scandals, it is far from the only one. Junk science and lack of independent labs plague the criminal justice system. In July, Houston officials announced they had identified 298 wrongful convictions based on faulty roadside drug tests. In March, New Jersey state officials said a lab technician for the state police allegedly falsified drug test results, possibly affecting 7,827 cases.

The Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court ruled in July that so-called Dookhan defendants could rescind their guilty pleas and seek a new trial without facing additional charges or harsher sentences. However, the ACLU argues that there is no feasible way to individually review the drug cases tainted by the scandal. According to the ACLU and local public defenders service, it would take 48 years to assign public defenders to each of the 24,483 defendants potentially harmed by the lab's dirty work.

"The Commonwealth's indigent defense system has no more capacity to litigate all these cases than it does to build a rocket ship and fly it to Jupiter," the groups argue in the brief.

The state says that the vast majority of these cases never went to trial as a result of guilty pleas, limiting the impact of the court system. "Given the speed and efficiency with which we've tackled the [Dookhan] crisis, we're confident it will present a minimal disruption" to the court system, a spokesperson for the Suffolk County District Attorney told The Boston Globe earlier this year.

However, the civil liberties groups say that without sweeping action, thousands of potentially tainted convictions will go unchallenged. According to the ACLU, more than 60 percent of the the drug charges against the Dookhan defendants were for simple possession, not drug dealing. Felons are barred from voting and owning guns in Massachusetts. Convicted defendants may have also faced lost jobs, lost custody of their children, being kicked out of or rejected for public housing, and deportation. One defendant whose case has already been vacated by the court is Daniel Francis, who served more than five years in state prison before being deported to Jamaica.

"If this status quo prevails, the Dookhan crisis will come to a close by allowing thousands of tainted convictions to stand unaddressed. That is not justice," the brief says. "There is only one way to vindicate the due process rights of Dookhan defendants and to restore the integrity of the justice system. Their convictions should be vacated and dismissed."

The Massachusetts Department of Public Health called Dookhan a "rogue chemist" when news of her misconduct first broke, but less than a year later, it was revealed that another staffer in the same lab, Sonja Farak, was regularly high on a galaxy of drugs—crack, methamphetamines, ketamine, and LSD, among others—that she pilfered from the lab. Farak's actions may have tainted an additional 18,000 cases over the eight years she was at the drug lab.

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  1. “State chemist” pretty much screams “incompetence” in my book.

    1. Yeah, the friendly staff at the DMV can’t even hand out the right forms. That’s who I want deciding whether or not I get to rot in jail for the crime of ingestion.

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    2. Well, she was incompetent at covering up her malice, at least…

    3. “State chemist” pretty much screams “incompetence” in my book.

      The cops wanted positive results, she gave the cops positive results. That isn’t “incompetence.”
      It’s “perjury,” among other offenses.

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  2. “Given the speed and efficiency with which we’ve tackled the [Dookhan] crisis, we’re confident it will present a minimal disruption” to the court system…

    Well, as long as the court system hasn’t been too inconvenienced by this.

  3. I’d say the solution is to make labs completely independent of police and DAs, but I’m not sure how to do that. Because they’re going to be paid by the state, and even “check to see if this person’s DNA matches this sample” or “check to see if this is actually cocaine” would be leading to people who want to please their masters (and/or continue to get business).

    1. I’d say the solution is to make labs completely independent of police and DAs, but I’m not sure how to do that.

      Easy. Privatize them. The hitch is that their main clients will continue to be police and DAs, but there’s no getting around that.

      There are some other things you could do, but they would be pretty marginal.

      1. At least the labs could charge the police and DA’s an exorbitant fee for each test, theoretically limiting the requests to the cases where the lab results would be the final evidence that removes reasonable doubt. Rather that the current situation where everything goes to the lab no matter how flimsy all the other evidence is.

        But it too will just wind up with the police crying poor.

        1. You and I both know the court would assess a penalty against drug crime offenders to pay for the evidence used to convict them.

      2. Yeah, that’s not really privatization, that’s government contracting, which is even not better.

    2. Then of course there’s the problem of state licensure of the chemists, even in independent labs.

    3. I’d say the solution would be to end the war on drugs.

      Then the labs could hire competent chemists and focus on relatively few important cases that involve real crimes.

      1. I’d say the solution would be to end the war on drugs.

        You, sir, Are. A. Monster.

        You should just go ahead, and change your handle to “Cato the Monster”.

    4. ‘Completely independent’ just means ‘don’t get your contract renewed if you’re not pushing us results we like’.

    5. It seems like the easy solution is to set up a double blind system to test the labs. Occasionally send the labs some product where the result is known in advance, and make the results publicly available. So if the drug lab can’t tell the difference between cocaine and flour 95% of the time, the defense gets to bring that up in court.

      1. In theory an honest lab does this routinely. I blame more than the ‘rogue’ chemist – what about her managers, colleagues, technicians who weren’t vigilant in setting up the right protocols and checking her work?

        1. And what about her druggie cohort? Do the drug testing labs do drug testing on their drug testers?

    6. “Tell me what this is.”

  4. Given the speed and efficiency with which we’ve tackled the [Dookhan] crisis,

    Its been four years since she pled guilty. That ain’t speed and efficiency, hombre.

    1. Quick and efficient enough for government work.

  5. RE: ACLU Urges Mass. Court to Vacate 24,000 Drug Cases Based on Tainted Lab Evidence

    Is the ACLU insane?
    Throw out 24,000 cases because of tainted lab evidence? So what if these cases were tainted? The State is doing everything it can to incarcerate all the little people by any means necessary so our ruling elites will feel safer and more secure. Eliminating all forms of due process will ensure that happens. Plus, prison is big business for The State. One only has to look at the ratio of people in jail (or prison) to realize The State has a vested interest in making sure the little people stay down. DA’s, law enforcement officers, judges, etc have all done their part to ensure our country has the highest incarceration rate in the world (Yay! We’re number one!), so the least we can do is ignore the civil rights and liberties of these 24,000 case defendants are ignored if we are to remain on top of the jailed population game. Besides, our ruling elitist turds have done a magnificent job of watching, spying and listening to us all, it is only logical the next step should be taken by destroying the racist, archaic, homophobic, misogynistic, pro-capitalist rag, the US Constitution so we can finally launch the Great Socialist Revolution in this country. So let’s take that final step toward socialist totalitarianism and eliminate the last vestiges of freedom we no longer want or need.

  6. “ACLU Urges Mass. Court to Vacate 24,000 Drug Cases Based on Tainted Lab Evidence”

    And here I thought Massachusetts was a liberal paradise.

    I remember when the ACLU was mostly just hypocritical about not believing in the Second Amendment. I wonder, have they turned against the First Amendment in regards to hate speech safe spaces, too?

    1. Only if you support Israel.

    2. I wonder, have they turned against the First Amendment in regards to hate speech safe spaces, too?

      Where did that come from?

    3. Not even knowing the answer to this question, but knowing that the ACLU is extremely progressive, gives zero shits about civil liberties, and consistently works to further the Democratic agenda, I’m going to say yes. Now I’ll look it up.

      1. https://www.aclu.org/other/hate-speech-campus

        Their continued and consistent support for hate crime laws, though, makes me think the above link is a bunch of bullshit.

        This organization completely dismisses the 2nd Amendment.

        They support Affirmative Action.

        Their response to Citizens United is to have the Government fund all campaigns.

        On the best days, they are useful idiots to libertarians. Most of the time they are one of the greatest threats to Civil Liberties. Much like Progressives took over the word liberal to mean illiberal, the Progressives in the ACLU have taken over so that the A in their acronym should stand for “Anti”.

  7. If we didn’t have government who would keep innocent people from being thrown in jail?

  8. Annie Dookhan.

    Would?

    1. Yeah, but get a second opinion if she says she’s pregnant.

    2. She’s a two face,

    3. That was my takeaway from this as well.

      1. She used to run a brownies shop called “Dookhan’s Dookies”. Not sure why it wasn’t successful.

  9. The state says that the vast majority of these cases never went to trial as a result of guilty pleas, limiting the impact of the court system.

    And we all know accepting a plea means you’re actually guilty, and that one factor in doing so couldn’t be the lab delivering faked results that you have no way to explain to a jury.

    Top men and women here, truly. I’m sure their robed brethren will totally accept this answer.

    1. yup. pleas typically involve forfeiting appeal rights as well. ~90% of US criminal cases result in pleas. The system is broken at every level.

  10. She isn’t even in prison.

    I’m sure that will sit well with the people she fucked over.

    1. One member of the board noted that more than 40 letters of support had been submitted on Dookhan’s behalf and that she was “very remorseful.”

      Hey, she IS sorry they’re stewing in jail with their hopes for freedom depending on overworked pro bono attorneys. What more do you want?

    2. I think this needs to be mentioned constantly. Her superiors who didn’t check her work should be in prison, too.

    3. Anyone else surprised she wasn’t shanked in the first five minutes?

    4. She looks very…unflattering in that side shot.

  11. How about we just throw out all of those cases anyway because they’re all based on unconstitutional bullshit thought up by drooling chimpanzees in human clothing?

  12. That’s not going to happen.

    Remember, the justice system prices ‘finality’ over justice. Its why a man cleared can still spend years in jail waiting for the paperwork to be finished, why there’s so much pushback when anyone talks about re-examining the cases of people executed.

    Hell, the DOJ just published a toothless ‘policy standards’ document regarding the use of forensic evidence and the FBI flat out said they don’t give a shit even after their own in-house lab was embroiled in multiple evidence tampering scandals, in response to the NAS published studies exposing (once again) the inherent shittiness of most of the techniques forensic examiners use to connect evidence to specific people.

    Its ain’t pretty but if these guys can’t be allowed to wave their hands and bullshit the jury then there are people they may not be able to convict. And I, for one, do not want to live in a world where the guilty go free on the off-chance that some innocent person (who is not me) might be falsely imprisoned or executed.

    1. It would be nice if there was an important person with a tv and a pen who could do something about this.

  13. DANE COOK IS THE FUNNIEST MAN ALIVE

  14. The state says that the vast majority of these cases never went to trial as a result of guilty pleas, limiting the impact of the court system.

    So what they’re saying is that the tainted evidence is irrelevant since they pleaded guilty…? Wonderful.

    1. I once again apologize to anyone who was offended today and I just ask you not judge me off of a social media posting. Thank you and God bless everyone.

      Not racist but snowflapusswimpandering, Man up bitch and own your tweets!

    2. He comes off like a dick, but not racist.

      I guess a white guy who sounds like some kind of hick mentioning race automatically counts as racist.

      1. White people ignoring race. Racist.
        White people talking about race. Racist.
        White people move out of the city. Racist.
        White people move into the city. Racist.

        1. Quicker:
          White people. Racist.

    3. A lifetime .227 hitter in 170 games over six seasons, Clevenger batted .221 with one home run this season.

      This might be the real reason he was thrown to the wolves. If he was a .300 hitter, Seattle might have put up a more spirited defense.

    4. I’m pretty sure we need to take “racist” out of the dictionary at this point.

      1. Yeah, since pretty much everyone is in that club today. (Is everyone who voted for Obama because of the color of his skin a racist, too?)

        1. Only the white people.

  15. Hey Reason, I know you’re trying to cover good and important stuff here. But it’s the weekend, brahs. We wantz entertainment.

    How about Nick, Matt, Robby, and ENB chain themselves to the Washington Mounument, nekked, in protest of Gary Johnson not getting invited to the presidential debates?

    Guys, sometimes you have to take chances if you want to be great. This is for the cause and it could bring about the libertarian moment we’ve all been waiting for!

    1. I’ll take “Strange Fantasies” for 600, Alex.

      1. Dude, I’m going to get Johnson to 20%, don’t ruin it.

    2. Nick doesn’t take off The Jacket. The Jacket decides when it wants to take off Nick.

      1. Even if he doesn’t take off the jacket, if they do it, I’ll vote for Johnson. I promise, I swear it.

    3. Gary is such a poor debater the Kleptocracy is doing us a favor locking him out. It’s STILL not obvious he’s even read and understood the platform! Being nice, smiling and waving may be just the ticket to make his coattails fan out and carry down-ballot candidates (who HAVE read the platform) into office.

  16. If only Scalia was still around to assure us that everything is hunky dory.

  17. “The Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court ruled in July that so-called Dookhan defendants could rescind their guilty pleas and seek a new trial without facing additional charges or harsher sentences.”

    And you know that the court had to add those stipulations – no extra punishment and no extra charges – or else the prosecutors would have sought exactly that.

    So in these over 24,000 cases, how exactly does the prosecution plan to prove guilt? Retest all the samples? Are the samples even any good now?

    1. Possibly the AIDS-tainted needles initially used to force-test people failed to produce the desired HIV infection–hence the call for a replay. Let’s face it… there’s got to be SOME penalty, right?

  18. If you’re innocent you have nothing to…oh nevermind.

  19. Daniel Francis should be awarded ten years of Annie Dookhan’s life to do with her as he sees fit. Lock her in a cage, make her labor in the fields, whatever.

    -jcr

    1. Nicolas Gordon, the attorney who represented her in court, said the decision to grant her parole was “entirely appropriate” given her lack of a prior criminal record.

      “She is an extremely strong and resilient lady and she is adjusting back to normalcy now,” Gordon said. “Based on how well I know her, I’m very confident she’s going to have a very bright future ahead of her.”

      Gordon said Dookhan did not yet have her long-term plans settled.

      “Whatever they are, I’m confident she’s going to be a great success,” he said.

      She took more years off of peoples’s lives than James Holmes, the Colorado theater shooter. I don’t think he had a prior conviction either.

      1. “Lack of a prior record”? More like “took this long to get caught.”

        -jcr

    2. Seems like one day in prison for each of the 24,000 crimes would be sufficient punishment.

  20. Dookhan: I made a mistake. We all make mistakes. Can we move on?
    Progressive: Why do you keep bringing this up? What difference does it makes at this point? She made a mistake and paid a price. This is a non-story. Yawn.

  21. How much is her crime gonna cost Mass. to fix?

    And how is she not in prison again?

  22. Did she run cheap daytime TV ads with the slogan =

    “No One Can-Do For You Like Annie Dookhan!”

  23. Not unknown:

    “Drug lab scandal jeopardizes hundreds of cases”
    […]
    “San Francisco prosecutors may be forced to drop a total of 1,400 cases in the growing scandal at the police drug lab, including hundreds in which defendants have been placed in drug treatment programs.”
    http://www.sfgate.com/news/art…..269092.php

  24. There may very well be a lot of money and power to be had making spurious allegations for purposes of “civil” asset-forfeiture looting and jabbing folks with AIDS-tainted “test sample” needles (=Obamacare patients). More, possibly, than in framing up actual prohibitionist convictions. Never forget that Congress, the courts, the prosecutors and gubmint-appointed “defense” counsel are 99/100% lawyers to whom fees (not rights) are what pay the bills.

    1. You’re one of the people who calls lawyers crooks while not paying your bills, I’d suspect.

      1. I’m one of those who call lawyers crooks while paying my bills.

  25. The Farak case brings to mind the Post Office nearest Haight-Ashbury in San Francisco. For postal employees it was open season on the pounds of dope people mailed their relatives in Muskogee, and a safe bet nobody was about to hand complaint forms with their address and phone numbers on them to the feds.

    1. ^tinfoils’ getting a little thin on top

    1. They’re nuns, dude i don’t even have to read the story. I don’t even have to ask them what they think; they’re nuns, dude.
      Geesh, it’s like you don’t even Catholic.

      1. Nuns gonna nun. It’s a habit.

        1. Since no one else has, I’ll
          *narrows gaze*

      2. I think Fusionist is simply pleasantly surprised every time a person in the RCC hierarchy turns out to actually act like a Christian and, you know, not be running around with little Timmy glued to their crotch.

        1. What kind of sex does a priest have?

          Ans: nun

          I guess that joke is pass? now.

          1. Q: What do 7-Up and a nun have in common?

            A: Never had it, never will.

  26. regularly high on a galaxy of drugs

    Bravo!

    1. Agile’s true identity?

  27. The Massachusetts Department of Public Health called Dookhan a “rogue chemist” when news of her misconduct first broke, but less than a year later, it was revealed that another staffer in the same lab, Sonja Farak, was regularly high on a galaxy of drugs?crack, methamphetamines, ketamine, and LSD, among others?that she pilfered from the lab. Farak’s actions may have tainted an additional 18,000 cases over the eight years she was at the drug lab.

    I keep wondering – if the ‘Dept of Public Health’ is responsible for evidence testing… is that not a screaming conflict of interest? Dookhan ‘tainted’ thousands of cases – but why? What interests did she have as an individual to do the work incorrectly, unless she was being incentivized to do so by her employers? Seems to me that she was a patsy for a system that is fundamentally corrupt.

    e.g. from the story of her prosecution =

    The evidence includes hundreds of emails showing that Dookhan regularly communicated with prosecutors about her testing. Dozens of emails from former Norfolk County prosecutor George Papachristos, for example, indicate that he and Dookhan regularly talked about the drug tests for his cases and that she often told him about her personal life.

    And what happened to George? He resigned. And so did almost everyone else associated with her. Which seems to me to pretend that ‘people’ were to blame, and not the offices themselves.

    1. Know who else was an impersonator?

    2. Must take a lot of ATP.

    3. We have a cat named Krebs.
      He’s 38 pounds.
      Nobody imitates him.

    1. That was like a Robby article. The writer lists a dozen things that are fundamentally wrong with the situation, then panders and says, “Oh, why not” and tries not to be nearly as harsh in the conclusion as their observations actually merited.

      The simple fact of, “You can’t get it by the slice, you have to wait 45 minutes for it, and you eat it with a fork”-alone makes it … pretty decisively ‘something different’, despite what you call it.

      1. LASAGNE!

    2. It’s simple: both Chicago and NY pizza are shit. Crispy thin crust for life, yo.

      1. Fuck yes. Traditional Napoli pizza with prosciutto and arugula, or GTFO.

        1. There’s nothing funny about your arugula, Jan.

      2. I’m’a mix this up: tartes flamb?es!

  28. Remember how convicted felon Sol Wachtler said a grand jury would indict a ham sandwich?

    Apparently not.

    A man was a suspect in the death of his child. A grand jury refused to indict for first-degree murder. He was instead accused of lesser charges of “aggravated battery and aggravated domestic battery.”

    Now the trial jury has deadlocked on those lesser charges, and a new trial has been scheduled.

    But if a trial jury couldn’t even agree on lesser charges, that would suggest that the grand jury made the right call in refusing to bring more serious charges.

    So let’s keep that in mind with all the “abolish the grand jury” stuff we’re hearing.

    1. If a grand jury had only indicted one particular ham sandwich, maybe Mama Cass would still be with us.

      1. I had to look that one up…apparently she was a singer who died because she was dangerously overweight?

        1. Tradition says she choked on a ham sandwich.

          More likely a big sausage.

  29. She’s a horrible person who did horrible things. Did anybody have her phone number? Asking for a friend.

  30. Here’s another ham sandwich

    Suicidal woman loads gun, asks her teenage brother to shoot her with it, and he does.

    At the defense lawyer’s request, prosecutors let the dead woman’s boyfriend testify about her suicidal tendencies. No indictment.

  31. 9 things white people can do to fight racism. Police brutality. Curiously missing? End the drug war.

    White people, I’m talking to you. THIS. IS. YOUR. PROBLEM. TO. FIX. Y’all got some work to do, because this system that y’all keep on privileging from, you’ve got to help us dismantle it. Because those of us who are Black and Brown. We have tried. You created this robot, and it is yours to deactivate. My skinfolk don’t have the passcode. This is your monster to slay.

    1. My skinfolk don’t have the passcode. This is your monster to slay.

      Yeah, except for, you know, your skinfolk has the BIGASS fucking passcode, and he don’t give a fucking shit about you? Did you notice that, or has your head been up yer ass for the last 8 years?

      Drug war? Heh, the Democrat plantation massahs goan make shuh ya’ll doan know bout datz.

      1. If i used the term “Skinfolk”, I’d be fired, pilloried, and probably brought up on some bullshit harassment charges.

        1. My skin folk have back acne.

        2. Well, check your privilege, white boy.

    2. “White people. Yes, you. Even you nice ones. These things that are happening? These horrifying things that are happening to my people? They are because people who look like you, have set up a system of supremacy that flourishes.”

      Right, and if white people vote to rein in the police, then he’ll be back with an angry rant about how white people don’t care about black-on-black crime and won’t even provide police protection.

      (did you know the author has a book out? Well, are you going to buy it, or are you racists?)

      1. It’s like when some black Congresswoman was indignant that hurricanes all had white-people names. Why not give stereotypically *black* names to tropical storms?

        Of course, if *that* happened, that would be racist, too “you’re see a violent storm and your first thought is black people? Because black people are violent, is that what you’re saying?”

        (Oh, and I believe it was Chris Rock who had a monologue about “Hurricane Tyrone.”)

        1. HURRICANE TASHEKA!

        2. It’s like when some black Congresswoman was indignant that hurricanes all had white-people names

          But… since white people are to blame for global warming, shouldn’t white people names be given to hurricanes? Have we had a hurricane yet named Opey or Okey, or Sven? I demand that the next hurricane be named Trayvon or Tyrone, or Snoop Doggy. Mutherfuckers! Or I’m gonna burn down the Walmart!

      2. People that look like me? Collectivistas gonna collectivist.

  32. Grand jury refuses to indict woman for shooting ex-boyfriend when there’s evidence he may have been the aggressor

    “It is rare for a grand jury to refuse to indict someone when prosecutors request it.”

    But apparently not unheard of.

  33. Forget it, it’s Eddie’s thread now.

    1. OK, OK, I’ll just comment on that post up there, and then I’ll be out of your hair for the night.

  34. “Study finds 20M would lose health coverage under Trump plan”
    […]
    “The analysis was carried out by the RAND Corporation, a global research organization that uses computer simulation to test the potential effects of health care proposals. Although the New York-based Commonwealth Fund is nonpartisan, it generally supports the goals of increased coverage and access to health care.”
    http://www.sfgate.com/news/med…..241222.php

    I support increased coverage, too. But not on my dime.

    1. It’s not as if they can get any health care with that “coverage”.

  35. I guess you cosmo cucks already explained away this. Thank God the Libertarian Party didn’t go with some lunatic!

      1. Holy furcking bejeebus. Yeah, I spelled it right. Gary stopped smoking the weed and started shoving the honeydew coated megabuds up his fucking arse.

        Yeah, damn good thing we didn’t go with that well spoken, eloquent, handsome guy named McAfee! What a disaster that would have been!

        1. I was commenting on SIV…

          1. I’m commenting on the video. Gary sounds like he’s lost his fucking mind. That’s my problem with him, Remember the Samantha Bee interview? Holy fucking cringe. Duh, I gotta nickname, M-O-O-N, that spells moon. Getting trolled by a moron is bad, really, really fucking bad.

                1. Our Enemy the State.

                  By Albert Jay Nock.

                  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MBiFbSHN5zI

                  Listen, and despair SIV.

                  1. Narrated by an alt-right Trumpkin? This Nock fella must’ve been a real authoritarian!

          2. M-O-O-N that spells Sevo. =D

            Love you man. =)

    1. SIV I think your sarcastometer is broken. =D

    2. SIV, it’s too bad your write-in campaign for Clyde didn’t take off at the convention.

  36. Has someone here linked to this yet?

    An Unarmed White Man Is Shot by a Cop, and Black Activists Rally

    “They shot this homeless man for nothing,” Ali said of how witnesses have described the shooting. “He was unarmed and they killed him. I found out he was white later on. It doesn’t matter to me.”

    Indeed, one witness told reporters the man, later identified as 51-year-old William Bowers, was shot without warning as he rode a bicycle, or perhaps immediately after he got off a bike.

    The shooting happened about 9 p.m. Tuesday in the 31500 block of Castaic Road, Deputy Mike Barraza said.

    “According to investigators, deputies attempted to stop the suspect after they recognized him from previous interactions and knew he was on probation for a narcotic violation,” he said. “When the suspect fled on foot, deputies followed him and eventually made contact with him. It was at this time that a deputy-involved shooting occurred.”

    Bowers, struck by gunfire in the upper body, was declared dead at the scene, Barraza said.

    1. Deputy involved shooting occurred. Speak English MFer. We shot the guy. You can say it.

      1. “There was an officer-involved kinetic weapon action…entropy increased…all officers got home safely. We cannot answer any more questions at this time. Thank you.”

    2. Good to hear but that’s not very intersectional of those activists.

    3. Finally RTFA. Even if it’s just a PR move, kudos to those activists. I’m sure race enters the equation, but does Walking Citizen look like he has money? That accounts for almost all of a cop’s attitude when interacting with the public. If BLM, Occupy Wall Street etc. didn’t embrace the racial divide and conquer tactics pushed by Marxists, they could see reform enacted. Clearly that isn’t what they want. Hitting the lever that gives them a pellet is what they’re about.

        1. Not at all. but it is a good introduction to the video. =D

        2. Jimmy Free Trade Pirate|9.24.16 @ 12:18AM|#
          “I LOVE COCAINE !!!!!!!”

          It is no longer “just another vice”:
          “Pre-drug war vintage ads from when cocaine was just another vice”
          http://www.sfgate.com/entertai…..517862.php
          Dunno what it is now, if not ‘just another vice’, but the proggie (statist and regressive) Chron seems to think it’s something else.

  37. This country really has turned into a pathetic amalgation of Brazil, 1984, and Brave New World.

  38. Of course there’s no money for PDs, they need that to pay the chemists!

  39. Jewett Williams update

    “The cremated remains of Pvt. Jewett Williams will be interred Saturday at the Hodgdon Cemetery, 151 years after he mustered out of the 20th Maine Volunteer Infantry Regiment and 94 years after his death.

    “It has been a long journey for the Civil War veteran, but his descendants in Aroostook County say they are glad to finally welcome him home….

    “”When he got out of the Civil War he came home, he had an unfortunate time when he got home,” says Eugene Jackins of Houlton, Williams’ first cousin, three times removed….

    “”Because he had some senility,” he says. “In those days, if something happened with you that your head was gone, couldn’t think, he was 78 years old and worked all his life ? he went to that insane asylum and he was only there for three months and he died.””

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  41. Somehow I just don’t expect to see this reality of evidence uncertainty, if not mishandling and outright falsification, worked into the plotlines of CSI and NCIS any time soon. Maybe defense attorneys should screen jurors by asking something like, “Do you believe the FBI ‘always gets their man’, and that it’s always the right man?” or “Are you a fan of TV crime shows and, if so, do you think their the incredible forensic work you see there is in any way close to reality?”

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