Kim Potter, the former Minnesota police officer who said she mistook her gun for a Taser when she shot and killed Daunte Wright in 2021, was released from prison early Monday.
She was convicted of second-degree manslaughter and given a two-year sentence. Under Minnesota law, those sent to prison typically serve two-thirds of their sentence behind bars and the remaining time on supervised release. In Potter’s case, she served 16 months of her two-year sentence behind bars, said Department of Corrections spokesman Andy Skoogman.
Skoogman said Potter will be on supervised release until Dec. 21, and she will live in Wisconsin during that time.
The two-party dictatorship has become even more undemocratic. Every presidential election cycle now only includes 2 candidates, both from the parties in power. During the contested primaries there are at least 10 candidates debating. That is how they keep power when support for the two-party system continues to decline.
This does not bode well for the future. It is sad statement of the times. It is a sign of bad things to come.
World military spending reached an all-time high of $2.24 trillion in 2022, as Russia’s invasion of Ukraine fuelled a sharp jump in military spending across Europe, according to a leading defence think tank.
Global spending rose for the eighth consecutive year, the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI) said on Monday in its annual report on global military expenditure.
A good chunk of that is coming from the U.S. Not sure all that spending on the military has made us safer:
Powerful right-wing and pro-business forces want to turn this country back to a time when children worked in factories. And they are gaining ground:
“The Labor Department has seen a 69 percent increase in minors employed in violation of federal law since 2018, officials reported. Between 2018 and 2022, federal regulators opened cases for 4,144 child labor violations covering 15,462 youth workers, according to federal data,” said the report.
The claim by conservatives is that barring such child trafficking or banning child labor would harm low-income families by limiting their ability to work and earn money. Conservatives explain that the kids are going to work illegally anyway, so why not regulate it to ensure there are safe conditions. The problem with that claim is that Iowa’s new child labor laws built-in protections for businesses, so if a child were injured or killed on the job, the company wouldn’t have any responsibility. That’s not the case in adult jobs.
Child labor abuses is slapped on the wrist by the government. Even by this Democratic administration.
Bolsanaro apparently is trying to do what Trump was unable to do in the U.S.–overthrow the democratically elected government in Brazil. Probably will end the same way. The problem is the military in Brazil has a long history of not respecting election results.
It’s happened again. Another high profile moralistic conservative gets caught with his pants down. Being a GOPer/Conservative apparently means having no shame. It also means being the ultimate hypocrite.
No more being taken advantage of. They remained silent during the pandemic because they wanted to do their duties, no more. The exploitation has to stop.
It’s happening in Britain. But the government would rather go to war with workers than try and bring about an equitable settlement. Governments in the West are now becoming more fascistic, especially when it comes to labor. They are enemy. Corporations have given their minions in government everywhere their marching orders.