Last week in Wisconsin: Repeal of equal enforcement, abstinence-only sex ed, and video taped abortion consultations.
Just when you thought you had it beat… SOPA + Homeland Security = CISPA
The victim vehemently insists she was raped, a witness says it appeared she was raped, a doctor says it looks like she was raped, the defendant’s semen was even found in the victim’s underwear. Former officer Michael Peña fully admits to having sexually assaulted a 24-year old woman last fall, why then was a jury unable to convict him of the charge of “rape?”
Luckily, Peña was found guilty of enough related crimes that he will likely be put away for a long long time. Unfortunately that isn’t much comfort to the victim who broke down when the jury first announced that it was deadlocked on the count of rape. Assemblywoman Aravella Simotas is advocating for stronger rape laws which would expand the definition of rape to include forced oral and anal intercourse.
One of the jurors, Lloyd Constantine, an attorney and friend of Manhattan District Attorney, Cy Vance, is said to have drawn the jury’s attention to irrelevant details, casting doubt on the victim’s credibility. Constantine has also donated to Vance’s campaigns.
Towards the middle/end of this video you see police carrying away a young woman. Based on #M24 tweets she is 16 years old. Not posting name to protect her privacy as a minor.
Cops let them lie there for a moment before they moved in to effect arrests.
The family of John Collado was at today’s march, using it as a platform to ask for justice in his death. Collado was shot and killed by an undercover police officer making an arrest. It is believed that Collado stepped in to break it up what he mistakenly perceived as an ordinary fight. His loved ones also think the undercover officer never identified himself as a police officer. More on the story available from DNAinfo.com.
This video shows two young women lying down in the middle of a crosswalk during today’s march. Right before I started taping some protestors were headed to the crosswalk with two big pieces of orange police-type netting. I really can’t say what their intention was with the netting. I think one or both of the young women was involved in whatever that was. I definitely saw one of them clutching one end of the netting before she was grabbed by an officer. That’s when I pressed record.
Apologies for the shakiness and the changing angles—that wasn’t me being creative. At one point you see that two officers turn to face me, their bodies blocking my lens and line of sight.