A white Chicago police officer who fatally shot a black teenager last December is suing his family for $10m (£6.9m), claiming emotional distress.  http://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-35519757 Robert Rialmo shot 19-year-old student Quintonio LeGrier six times, killing the boy’s neighbour in the process. Mr Rialmo says Mr LeGrier swung at him with a baseball bat from close range, […]

Brazil’s government is considering tightening the guidelines it currently gives doctors, hospitals, and health care providers for when to report infants born with abnormally small heads, a move intended to reduce the number of false alarms that it has received in wake of the Zika epidemic gripping Brazil. http://www.nytimes.com/2016/02/04/world/americas/birth-defects-in-brazil-may-be-over-reported-amid-zika-fears.html?smid=tw-nytimes&smtyp=cur&_r=0 In the last few months, the […]

Barclays and Credit Suisse have been fined a total of $154m (£108m) by US regulators for their US “dark pool” trading operations. http://www.bbc.com/news/business-35456219 “Dark pool” operations allow investors to trade large blocks of shares but keep the prices private. Barclays has admitted misleading investors and violating securities law in the way it operated the pool. […]

An American citizen who helped plot the 2008 terrorist attacks in Mumbai told an Indian court on Monday that he had met throughout the process with two handlers from Pakistan’s military intelligence agency, an Indian prosecutor said. http://www.nytimes.com/2016/02/09/world/asia/david-headley-mumbai-attacks.html?ref=world India has long sought to depose the man, David C. Headley, in hopes of establishing a direct […]

Diagram: 01   “The Real Political Scale” or “The Real Political Spectrum” is a two axis diagram that serves as a way to extract oneself from the current political left-right paradigm and polarity politics which has been vulnerable to Hegelian dialectical influence. “The Real Political Spectrum” is based on The Political Compass which is a multi-axis […]

Chicago Police Department officers stashed microphones in their squad car glove boxes. They pulled out batteries. Microphone antennas got busted or went missing. And sometimes, dashcam systems didn’t have any microphones at all, DNAinfo Chicago has learned. https://www.dnainfo.com/chicago/20160127/archer-heights/whats-behind-no-sound-syndrome-on-chicago-police-dashcams Police officials last month blamed the absence of audio in 80 percent of dashcam videos on officer […]

The District of Columbia bar is pursuing ethics charges against a former Department of Justice lawyer who has said he was one of the sources for a 2005 article in The New York Times about the National Security Agency’s program of wiretapping without warrants. http://www.nytimes.com/2016/01/28/us/politics/ex-department-of-justice-lawyer-faces-penalties-in-leak-of-nsa-program.html?rref=collection%2Fsectioncollection%2Fus&action=click&contentCollection=us&region=stream&module=stream_unit&version=latest&contentPlacement=11&pgtype=sectionfront This week, the District of Columbia Office of Disciplinary Counsel […]

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