Friday, September 28, 2018

and the mighty Kremlin says; inssanity on trial, or, where is Baltimore?

  Asked about the Bellingcat report on a regular conference call with reporters on Thursday, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said: "Many people look alike, but I cannot tell you who this citizen who was pointed out in this investigation is."

Perhaps one could call up the GRU for info.  The name is GRU Col....The man named by Bellingcat, Anatoly Chepiga, has been designated a Hero of the Russian Federation, one of Russia's highest honors, according to the website of the military academy he attended and photographs of a memorial on which his name is inscribed.  "We will check the lists of honorees," Peskov said.    Thanks, dude, that might help, over.
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4-12-17            On April 12th, 2015, a 25-year-old black man from the west side of Baltimore named Freddie Gray was arrested for possession of a “switchblade,”....
  Freddie Gray became a national news story thanks to a man named Kevin Moore, who filmed the last few minutes of Gray’s arrest. After giving a copy of the video to investigators, Moore uploaded the footage online and it quickly went viral. It showed Gray being held face down on the sidewalk by officers Garrett Miller and Edward Nero, screaming in pain. His ankles were crossed and his knees bent, with Miller’s weight pushing his heels in his rear, a police hold known as a leg lace.
   While Moore’s video was shown in court at the police officers’ trials, he was never called to testify. Neither were any of the dozen-plus residents who witnessed Gray’s arrest that morning, despite many of them giving damning interviews to the media under their own names. Some of these witnesses were interviewed by detectives, but their accounts – of Taser use, of seeing an officer put his knee in Gray’s neck, of Freddie crying out that they were hurting his back and his legs – were dismissed by both the police and prosecutors. Other officers who were present during the arrest, but weren’t charged, testified that Gray   was only trying to attract attention, but witnesses maintain his screams were real....
“You can hear him making noise, like, he’s in pain,” Jackson said in an interview for our fourth episode. “It was just sad.… I told them, “What are y’all doing to that young man?” They told me I needed to mind my M-Fing business.” The Baltimore Police Department’s Force Investigation Team failed to follow standard protocols around interviewing witnesses and evidence collection in the immediate aftermath of Gray’s injury . For instance, Officer Zachary Novak – who both loaded Gray into the van and found him unconscious later that morning – was given power over evidence collection, interviewing witnesses, and writing reports on day one.  As a major witness, Novak’s had a conflict of interest and he should not have been given investigatory powers.  He later received immunity from prosecution.

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