FROM Afi Scruggs
Tamir Rice Highlights Cleveland PD Pattern of Excessive Force The shooting death of Tamir Rice in Cleveland has been lumped with the killings of black men by white police officers in New York City and Ferguson, Missouri. The 12-year old was playing with a toy air gun when Timothy Loehmann arrived on the scene with a fellow police officer. Within seconds, Rice was shot dead. Friday, the Coronor in Cleveland ruled the incident “homicide.” What does that mean in terms of possible accountability? Afi Scruggs, a former columnist for the Cleveland Plain Dealer, is now an independent journalist writing about the Tamir Rice case .
Mixed Messages from US diplomats on the new hard line on Syria Since President Trump's surprise retaliation against Syria's use of chemical weapons, Bashar al-Assad has used the same airport to launch conventional attacks on his own people. It's not clear what the US, its allies — or Vladimir Putin's Russia -- plan to do now.
Trump's ethical conflicts pile up as transparency diminishes President Trump's refusal to reveal his income tax returns is just one example of a lack of transparency that could be hiding conflicts of interest. Other conflicts are already obvious from his appointments. And he's being sued for using his job to increase his profits.