Why is Jordyan Carroll in Jail?

by TBird

She’s the California surf at sunset, by way of an Alabama moon.  American as Apple Pie.  The girl who helps others and rallies to free those in need.  Only 19 years old, fighting for justice the way only the young and idealistic can.

And she is currently serving more time in jail for protesting the murder of Kelly Thomas – than those who killed him.

Jordyann Carroll flashes a peace sign at her high school graduation.

Jordyan Carroll flashes a peace sign at high school graduation.

Kelly Thomas’ murder has rocked the sleepy suburban town of Fullerton.  Thomas, a mentally challenged, unarmed homeless man pled for his life as police officers beat him – to death.  He can be seen on video calling out for his father, begging them to stop, to no avail.

Beaten to Death by the Fullerton Police Dept.

Beaten to Death by the Fullerton Police Dept.

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Shocked by this tragedy, Jordyan Carroll, like many others, took to the streets in protest.  According to Ms. Carroll, it was during one of these protests, that a News Reporter shoved Ms. Carroll.  Carroll shoved back. A scuffle ensued.  No one was seriously injured.  Somehow however, the City of Fullerton pressed charges against Ms. Carroll and sentenced her to jail.

 

Being handcuffed and taken to jail, last week.
Being handcuffed and taken to jail, last week.

A college student and skydiving enthusiast, Ms. Carroll had no prior record.  She came to California two years ago, from Alabama.  Plunked down in the middle of a thriving protest movement in Orange County, she learned the hard way about corruption and city politics.  She was not a danger to society, nor did she pose any threat to anyone.  The reporter who picked a fight with her was not injured and there were no crimes committed.  Yet they locked up this teenager, while their own killer cops walk free?

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What is wrong with the City of Fullerton that they would allow this?  First the murder of Kelly Thomas.  Then the whitewash of the murder and those who did it, go free.  Now those who stand up against this injustice – intimidated and manipulated by trumped up charges, pressed into plea bargains and serving time – for…what exactly?  To be made into an example? To be used for political purpose? To send a message to other protesters?

Allowing your out of control cops to beat and kill the helpless is a dereliction of your duty.  Sending this girl to a dangerous place like jail for a frivolous charge just so you can make a political statement is also a dereliction of your duty.  We are watching you, City of Fullerton.

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Jordyan Carroll in California.

Beautiful Jordyan.  Photo by Igmar Rodas

 

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Graduation Day.

 

 

 

Tuesday
20
May 2014

Obamacare: Better Than Nothing?

by BombshellBetty

Employers Use Obamacare as an Excuse to deny workers health care and even cut hours, to avoid paying for health care. Some turn around and spend it on free pizzas for a football team, so maybe they can afford it?.

Obamacare: Better Than Nothing?

House Republicans are wasting a lot of taxpayer money grandstanding to fight Obamacare, even willing to “shut down the government” over it. They’d like us all to think it’s some commie liberal plan to give us all free health care. No, that would have been the “public option” which I would much rather have had than this privatized bullshit that was written by insurance companies and basically is the same as we have now with the HMO deciding what’s covered and what is not.  Big surprise the sellout Democrat who wrote this shit with the insurance and pharma co’s  left office?  Rotten privatized bullshit and they want to pretend it’s socialism, when really, it’s a strange hybrid of fascist socialism where it’s socialism for corporations and capitalism for the rest of us.   They’re busting our unions and sending the middle class onto the dole, now they want to blame poor people for our debt?

Those who opposed Social Security and Medicare were not able to get rid of it politically, so they found ways to profit off those programs and it has turned into a multi headed beast that is bankrupting our treasury as even luxury items are “Voucher billed.”

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Sunday
22
September 2013

Chicken Hawk Squawk & The War Profiteer Boogie.

by Rabble Rouser

Liberty Face Palm. Image: "Lady Liberty is Crying," www.writerscafe.org

Dear President Obama, and any other Democrat in office, who thinks “bipartisan” means caving in to hysterical Republican demands and giving away the farm, for a few measly overdue bits of scraps.

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Wednesday
31
July 2013

“Fiscal Cliff” = Economic Blackmail?

by BombshellBetty

So, the memo has gone out.  ”Fiscal Cliff” is the new code, to scare people about the economy.   Let us keep our tax handouts to the richest 1%, or we’ll threaten you with economic calamity and drive you off a financial cliff.   We’ll threaten to crash your economy.  Again.

Didn’t you do that to us already?  Ooh. Pass TARP or you won’t be able to get any more loans!  Okay. We passed it.  Economy still went down the toilet!  Do we need a rush on the banks? Just take all our money OUT of Wall Street’s Casino?
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Thursday
08
November 2012

Is the GOP a Threat to National Security?

by Rabble Rouser

Is the GOP a Threat to National Security?  Did the wars make us more secure?  Some argue, it has actually made us less safe.

"The woman who sent a picture of American caskets from Iraq that ran in the Seattle Times (and was then spread around the Web) got fired for it. During the Bush/Cheney regime, the public were not allowed to see the horrors of war." via: The Memory Hole

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Sunday
04
November 2012

Update: Both Anaheim officers Who Killed 25 year-old Manuel Diaz are Back on Beat.

by TBird

 

"I been forced to write my own laws, and you violated one in there. I just have to find you guilty of contempt of cop." Bumper Morgan, Joseph Wambaugh's eponymous Blue Knight, justifying his brutal assault on a young man who had casually insulted him. Image from: http://freedominourtime.blogspot.com/2010/09/criminals-with-badges-denvers.html

 

From the OC Weekly:

“Both the Anaheim police officers who shot and killed 25 year-old Manuel Diaz on July 21 and the other who killed 21 year-old Joel Acevedo the very next day on July 22 are no longer on paid administrative leave. Continue Reading…

Monday
22
October 2012