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Despite Having Bail, Police Left A Young Black Man In Jail

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“I’m so tired of racism, bro.”

According to Chicago police dashcam footage, this is what Tyler Lumar said outside the clinic he had just left in a fury after a doctor accused Lumar of reselling his prescription cough medicine.

He told police:

“That’s racial profiling. I don’t gangbang, I went to Oak Park and River Forest (High School). I played baseball.”

According to the police report, Lumar stormed out of the East Garfield Park clinic after threatening to come back and shoot the place up.

When police determined Lumar’s threat benign, they let him go without charges.

Why then did the 22-year-old father hang himself with his shirt in a jail cell 24 hours later?

With the brain trauma Lumar suffered, he cannot speak or move, and has spent the past year on life support, racking up $2 million in medical costs.

Now his family is trying to figure out why he was kept locked up overnight for an overdue $25 traffic ticket he had already paid despite having the required bail.

The lawsuit Lumar’s family has filed accuses Chicago police of falsifying inspection logs as they were “deliberately indifferent” when they failed to check on Lumar every 15 minutes due to his asthma.

This case is being presented as another example of Chicago and Cook County’s alleged failure of preventing nonviolent offenders from languishing in jails, which experts say disproportionately affects the poor and minorities.

It also underscores the paradoxical fine line defendants walk in misdemeanor cases, where an insignificantly late payment can result in jail time.

Tyler Lumar’s mother, Lisa Alcorn, sobbed when she said during an interview:

“My son never should’ve been there [in lockup].” 

 Lumar’s longtime girlfriend, Casey Tecate, commented:

“It definitely is scary; it goes to show it could literally happen to anybody. I feel like they, meaning the police, just don’t … look at certain people as people. They’re just like ‘Oh (this is) some person from the West Side of Chicago.’ They weren’t looking at him as Tyler Lumar: a dad, a brother, a son.”

Attorneys for the city and police officers argue they did nothing wrong, and have asked a judge to dismiss the case.

In a recent court filing, the officers’ attorney wrote:

“Plaintiff has failed to plead that Lumar’s suicide attempt was a constitutional deprivation instead of just a tragic decision by Lumar himself.”

However, officers have been unable to verify why Lumar remained in a cell when he had bail money.

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Lumar was pulled over and ticketed for driving with a suspended license in 2015.

He pleaded guilty a month later and was required to pay $673 in court costs, much of which he paid upfront. The rest he delivered in $25 monthly payments.

All these payments were on time, except for one. His June payment was five-days late, for which Lee County issued an arrest warrant two days after the due date.

After Lumar’s arrest, Chicago police learned after contacting Lee County that Lumar’s arrest warrant carried a $500 bond.

Lumar could have posted 10 percent–$50–and been released.

According to arrest report, Lumar had $130 dollars on him.

But Chicago PD placed an “extradition hold” on Lumar, meaning he would have to sit in jail and wait for Lee County to come for him.

According to the lawsuit, the arrest report falsely states the bond information wasn’t available at the time in question.

Lisa Alcorn’s attorney, Eileen O’Connor, stated:

“If this were a rich white kid, they would’ve gladly taken his $50 and let him walk.”

Moreover, waiting in the Cook County bullpen before leaving for court, a sheriff’s officer reportedly found a crack cocaine packet near Lumar, belonging, according to security video footage, to another inmate, who removed it from his shoe and tossed it toward Lumar.

Interestingly, police had initially searched searched Lumar at least eight times without finding drugs.

Lumar was then returned around 11 a.m. to Harrison District on drug charges.

Nine minutes later, he was found hanging inside Cellblock E2.

It was only after Tyler Lumar languished in an intensive care unit at Mount Sinai Hospital police decided to release him without filing charges.

His family, though, still has to contend with his medical bills.

Image credit: © Family photo

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More Fears Senate Pages Won’t Be Safe Around Roy Moore (TWEETS)

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Late last week, veteran Republican consultant Steve Schmidt asked a question that few people had asked about the prospect of Roy Moore going to the Senate–what was being done to keep the Senate pages safe?

This isn’t an idle concern. Given the very credible accusations that Moore molested women and pursued girls young enough to be his daughter, we have to hope that someone is at least thinking about a plan to protect the high school juniors who spend a semester serving as Senate messengers and aides while learning how our government works.

Well, it turns out that at least one Senator shares Schmidt’s concerns–Cory Booker. Just before heading to Alabama to campaign for Moore’s Democratic opponent, Doug Jones, the New Jersey Democrat threw down the gauntlet to Moore.

Booker was referring to a speech Moore gave on Tuesday while campaigning alongside Steve Bannon. Moore, a West Point graduate and Vietnam veteran, took a swipe at preparations for the armed forces to allow transgender Americans to enlist.

“I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: If I’m in a foxhole, I don’t want to know if this guy next to me is wondering if he’s a woman or a man or is flipped back and forth. That’s not a military–we need a strong military.”

So a guy who has been credibly accused of molesting teenagers is worried about serving alongside a transgender soldier? No wonder Booker was upset.

Later on Saturday, Booker revealed that a number of former pages were unnerved at the thought of Moore winning on Tuesday, and shared an op-ed in The Washington Post from one of them.

The article was written by Madison Haddix, who served as a Senate page from Tennessee in her junior year. She fears that if Moore wins, it will represent a betrayal of “the trust that young people have in our leaders.”

Haddix recalled that even though she worked with a number of Senators whose political beliefs were radically different from hers. She is a staunch Democrat, but was appointed by Lamar she had a “mutual respect” for them. She was aware that the goal of the page program was to ensure that “the future generation learns from the present, and the present learns from the future.”

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For that reason, Haddix said, pages look up to the Senators they serve. She recalled seeing Bernie Sanders give a speech on health care, and James Lankford speak on the national debt. She also remembered the “pride” she felt when Joe Biden stopped to talk with the cafeteria staff, and was in “awe” when Tammy Duckworth and Kamala Harris were sworn in.

Haddix then wrote about what the pages would see in a Senator Roy Moore.

“If Moore joins the Senate, each time he makes a speech, 30 pairs of eyes will be looking up at him from the rostrum — 30 16-year-olds who should be able to look up to him as a mentor, who should be guided by his actions. Whoever fills the seat from Alabama should be able to look at the pages and see hope and innocence. But Moore does not appear to see children that way. How can Moore be expected to make decisions with the interests of children at heart when he stands accused of betraying children? How can he learn from pages, and how can pages learn from him, when he is accused of viewing girls our age through such a twisted lens?”

Haddix went on to say that if Moore wins on Tuesday, it would damage “the hope and trust my generation should be able to have” in our nation’s leaders. No doubt other former pages are thinking the same thing.

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It has been amply established that Moore is not just an Alabama matter, contrary to what Bannon and other Republicans would have you believe. But this is yet more proof that Americans at large have every right to be concerned. We should not have to ask if we can trust our Senators around kids. One would hope that those in a position to address this matter are at least thinking about how to do so.

(featured image courtesy Moore’s Facebook)

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Fox News Briefly Rejoiced After Trump Critic Gets Hurt (VIDEO/TWEETS)

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Fox News Briefly Rejoiced After Trump Critic Gets Hurt (VIDEO/TWEETS)

 

For some time, right-wing diehards have tried to make us believe that there’s an 11th Commandment: “Thou shalt not speak ill of Donald Trump.” To hear them talk, the consequences for doing so are very severe. For instance, Carrie Underwood fell and broke her wrist earlier in the month. To hear the Trump diehards talk, it was punishment for daring to mock Trump at the CMA Music Awards a few days earlier.

Well, apparently that mentality has spread to Fox News Channel. For a few hours on Sunday, the fair and balanced network skipped and danced after one of the most decorated athletes in American history suffered a grave injury. Why? Because she dared to criticize Trump.

On Wednesday, Lindsey Vonn, the most successful ski racer that this country has ever produced, sat down for an interview with CNN to talk about her preparations for the 2018 Winter Olympics. When asked about how she would feel competing for a country whose president is Trump, Vonn minced no words.

Vonn was in St. Moritz gearing up for the World Cup, the last major competition before the Olympics. She told CNN’s Christina Macfarlane that when she heads to Pyeongchang, “I hope to represent the people of the United States, not the president.” She also said that if she won a gold medal, she would not accept an invitation to the White House.

Oh, how the right howled. On “Fox & Friends,” Peter Hegseth all but called Vonn and other athletes thinking of following her example ingrates for “preemptively declaring their resistance” to Trump. Ainsley Earhardt said that Vonn was “very un-American.”

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Right-wing Twitter was no less outraged.

The scolding continued on Saturday, when Tomi Lahren accused Vonn of disrespecting other Americans as well.

Later that day in St. Moritz, Vonn was crossing the finish line at a World Cup super-G race when she collapsed and grabbed her lower back. She later told her Twitter fans that she’d jarred her back during the race.

By Sunday morning, Vonn’s back hadn’t healed enough to let her compete in that day’s events. However, she was still in high spirits.

Unfortunately, a number of commenters on both Twitter and Facebook felt the need to kick Vonn when she was down.

A few hours later, the folks who run Fox News’ Website got in on the act. This was the original headline for their story on Vonn’s injury.

(screenshot courtesy Fox News via ThinkProgress)

(screenshot courtesy Fox News via ThinkProgress)

The story’s second sentence drove the supposed point home.

“The injury occurred two days after she criticized President Donald Trump in an interview about the upcoming Winter Olympics in South Korea.”

This was, without a doubt, one of the lowest blows ever struck by Fox News in its 21-year history. The fair and balanced network was essentially taking a victory lap over a Trump critic being injured. What makes it even worse is that it didn’t come from one of Fox News’ commentators or contributors. This came from the news side.

By Sunday afternoon, someone had the decency to cut out “after Trump comments” from the headline, and also removed “after Trump comments” from the slug. Posts about the story on Fox News’ official Facebook and Twitter feeds also omitted this cheap shot. However, the story still contains the sentence noting Vonn was injured after criticizing Trump. A search on Google still reveals a link containing the original cheap shot headline and slug.

Granted, this is to be expected from Fox News. After all, it saw fit to trash Jimmy Carter on its official Twitter account just hours after it was announced that his liver cancer had begun spreading. But can you imagine what would have happened had MSNBC, CNN, or a Big Three network news site seen fit to suggest a right-leaning athlete had gotten hurt for speaking ill of Barack Obama or Hillary Clinton? There would have rightly been demands for whoever wrote the headline and the story to be fired.

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Regardless of what you think about Vonn’s comments, this was several miles over the line. Fox News needs to delete that sentence suggesting Vonn was hurt for criticizing Trump, discipline who wrote this story, and issue an on-air apology to Vonn. Let Fox News have it on Facebook and on Twitter.

(featured image courtesy Duncan Rawlinson, available under a Creative Commons-BY license)

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Alabama’s Other Senator Could Not Bring Himself To Vote For Roy Moore (VIDEO)

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The GOP has no idea what to do with Alabama Senate candidate Roy Moore. He has been ignored, endorsed, told to withdraw from the race, and every other option available. One significant person does not want him anywhere near the Alabama Senate seat, however: the man who would be his fellow Senator representing the state of Alabama, Richard Shelby.

Shelby appeared on CNN’s State of the Union this morning, and he had some interesting insights into the Alabama Senate race between Democrat Doug Jones and Republican Roy Moore. He told host Jake Tapper:

“I’d rather see the Republican win, but I’d rather see a Republican write-in. I couldn’t vote for Roy Moore. I didn’t vote for Roy Moore.”

Shelby did not vote for Jones, Moore’s Democratic opponent. Instead, he wrote in a candidate. He did not say who he voted for.

Multiple women have accused Moore of sexual misconduct, including one woman who says that Moore acted inappropriately towards her when she was only fourteen years old. Multiple sources have stated that Moore’s behavior towards young girls was a bit of an open secret in Alabama over the past few decades. Moore has denied all charges against him.

Shelby also told Tapper that Republicans and the state of Alabama all deserve better than Roy Moore.

President Donald Trump steered clear of the Alabama Senate race for many weeks, but recently held a thinly-disguised rally for Moore in nearby Pensacola, Florida. He also recorded a robocall supporting the embattled candidate.

Many power Republicans, such as Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) and Speaker of the House Paul Ryan (R-Wis.), originally said Moore should step aside after the many allegations against him surfaced. Many of those same Republicans have now started to walk back those claims, and the GOP is once again funding the Moore campaign.

Hopefully the citizens of Alabama make the right decision on December 12.

Featured image via Flickr user Medill DC / CC BY 2.0.

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