I’m not quite sure why no one is talking about this on Tumblr right now.
I’d like to tell you guys about a supreme court case that has had a good amount of publicity in recent years but lately hasn’t reached too many outside of Indian communities. You can read the full story here and here if you would like to know more because I’m just going to tell you the bare bones details of Adoptive Couple v. Baby Girl.
In 2009 Christina Maldonado broke off her engagement to Dusten Brown while pregnant and cut off all contact with him for an unexplained reason. Brown had tried to visit and give aid to her for the baby but she would not have anything to do with him and took $10,000 dollars from a South Carolina couple that wanted the baby. Maldonado sent Brown a Parental Rights Termination notice, knowing he would not be able to respond to it, and gave the baby, now named Veronica, over to the adoptive couple.Brown has been fighting to have custody of his daughter for nearly three years now, the adoptive couple for all three years has paraded their story in a media circus; selling trinkets and art work, selling a false story to gullible people all around the nation, and using underhanded tactics to try and keep Veronica which includes stating that Brown never had custody of his daughter in the first place and also stating that if he never had custody of her, why should he be allowed to have custody now. ICWA has been enacted in this case and it’s looking like Brown will be able to keep his daughter but the adoptive couple has lately been trying to invalidate the ICWA in their case because Brown simply isn’t Cherokee enough for them, even though he has lived within the tribal community his entire life.
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Detroit police officer Joseph Weekley was spared a felony conviction on Tuesday over the killing of a 7-year-old girl after a jury deadlocked and a mistrial was declared, according to Detroit Free Press.
Weekley shot and killed Aiyana Stanley-Jones on the night of May 16, 2010, as officers executed a search warrant on the duplex her family lived in. The officers entered Stanley-Jones’s home searching for a murder suspect who was later found in the adjacent unit, throwing a flashbang grenade into the room where the girl was sleeping with her grandmother, then shooting her in the head seconds later.
The series of events was partially caught on tape by a camera crew following the officers that night. A&E producer Allison Howard, one of two people who filmed the raid for the show “The First 48,” eventually released that footage of her own accord and now faces charges of perjury and obstruction of justice. Footage shot from outside the house shows officers lobbing a flashbang grenade into the living room. Seconds later a gunshot rings out.
Lawyers for the prosecution cited the footage to claim that Weekley shot the girl from outside, before even walking in to the building. Weekley’s defense insisted it was just a tragic accident and that the girl’s grandmother had attempted to hit the officer’s gun.
Weekley was subsequently charged with felony involuntary manslaughter and careless discharge of a firearm resulting in death, carrying with them the potential for 15+ years in prison. However, both charges failed to stick on Tuesday afternoon, after three straight days of jury deliberations failed to produce a conviction.
signal boost #2 because let’s be for real, had this been the pic of a little white girl surrounded by disney princesses with the words “innocent shot by cop” this would have had thousands of notes in hours, a lifetime movie, book etc. instead, mostly the poc community weeps while everyone else fails to feel as much empathy towards this kind of verdict.
Let’s remember: a sleeping 7yo child is considered a threat. This is the levels of hate and dehumanization they’re on. A cop’s delusional fear of Blackness is more important than a child’s life.
New fashion jewelry in China, animals living under plastic containing a liquid nutrient and oxygen that allows them to live up to 2 months.This is cruel and should be condemned by the international community.
Oh my goddess. Please, please please sign this.
Fucking save that fucking god damn turtle please
Ugh, I hope this isn’t real. It makes me sick to my stomach. Sorry this isn’t art but signal boost and sign please!
This man, James Verone, robbed a bank for one dollar. Why only one dollar? Because he knew that in prison he could get the medical care he could not afford with his part time salary as a convenience store clerk. He was approved for food stamps, but they did little to help his finances. Between his back problems, carpel tunnel, and arthritis, he simply couldn’t handle the pain any longer.
On June 9th, he sent a letter to his local paper, the Gaston Gazette, that stated: “When you receive this a bank robbery will have been committed by me. this robbery is being committed by me for one dollar. I am of sound mind but not so much sound body.”
He then took a cab to the RBC Bank, and handed the teller a note asking for one dollar and medical attention. He quietly took a seat in the lobby and waited for police to arrive.
Since Verone only stole one dollar, he was only charged with larceny. His bail, which he doesn’t plan to pay is set at $2,000, reduced from the normal $100,000. He’s scheduled to see a doctor this Friday, and hopes to get foot surgery, back surgery and to have a protrusion on his check treated.
To me, this is the perfect example of how disturbingly corrupt and unjust our health care system has become under HMO’s. For this man, or any person for that matter, feels that he needs to be imprisoned just to see a doctor, is ridiculous.
This is exactly what I hate about America. Why is it that you can buy an entire house with money you don’t have, but still can’t apply for health care if you don’t meet the requirements? That’s messed up.
…up to 200,000 people angry with high costs and poor public services took to the streets. Protesters in Rio de Janeiro burned cars and looted buildings as police attempted to disperse them with teargas and rubber bullets. Aerial images showed thousands of people attempting to storm the congress building in Brasilia. The rallies…are some of the biggest ever seen in the country…