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Three years after motorist Ronald Greene died at the hands of Louisiana State Police following a traffic stop, the Department of Justice has announced it will launch a civil rights investigation into the behavior of the department to determine whether officers have been targeting black residents for abusive treatment.

Greene died in 2019 following a high-speed chase with Louisiana State Police outside Monroe. The chase ended with Greene crashing his car. Police told Greene’s family that he had died as a result of injuries in the crash. But Greene’s family discovered that his car was not seriously damaged, the medical report claimed he died of a heart attack, and a doctor documented that Greene’s injuries included prongs from a stun gun in his back, even though police did not say anything about a fight with cops. The family realized that things didn’t add up, and the police were not cooperating.

Photos of Greene’s body released in 2020 show heavy bruises and lacerations to his head inconsistent with the crash. His family filed a federal wrongful death lawsuit over the mysterious circumstances of Greene’s death and federal authorities began an investigation in September of that year.

Much more of the horrible truth came out in May 2021 when somebody leaked Louisiana Police body camera footage to the Associated Press. The footage showed Greene being tasered, beaten, and briefly dragged by police even though he had fully surrendered.

The content of the footage made it all the more disturbing that the Louisiana Police didn’t bother with an internal investigation of the incident until 2020 (after the family filed a lawsuit) and local prosecutors declined to press charges. Details of other troubling encounters with state police started coming out as well. Just months after footage of Greene’s beating was released, the A.P. was leaked body camera footage showing State Trooper Jacob Brown beating black motorist Aaron Larry Bowman, who had been pulled over for “improper lane usage,” with a flashlight.

Brown resigned and was charged with second-degree battery and faces charges in two other excessive force cases. In Greene’s case, an officer on the scene, Master Trooper Chris Hollingsworth, died in a single-car crash in 2020 hours after being told he was being fired for his role in Greene’s beating.

The Department of Justice is opening a “pattern-or-practice” probe authorized under the Violent Crime Control and Law Enforcement Act of 1994, which allows the Department of Justice to intervene in cases where local law enforcement agencies have a history of violating the constitutional rights of citizens.

“We find significant justification to investigate whether Louisiana State Police engages in excessive force and engages in racially discriminatory policing against black residents and other people of color,” Assistant Attorney General Kristen Clarke of the Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division said in a prepared statement Thursday.

The end result of the investigation may be a consent decree where the state police accepts federal monitoring and promises to improve its conduct. The Department of Justice under President Joe Biden has entered into five of these consent decrees. The Baton Rouge Advocate notes that this would be the first consent decree in two decades of a state policing force, as the targets are usually cities. New Orleans has been operating under one for the past decade to reform serious police misconduct, and a judge in April said federal oversight there will be phasing out soon due to substantial changes in policing practices.

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Clearly, transparency at least is a serious issue with the Louisiana State Police. It’s not clear the public would understand the depth of the problems had body camera footage not started leaking out.

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“In 2018 just after he announced his retirement, Justice Anthony Kennedy, who sat at the ideological center of the court for much of his 30-year tenure, met with a groups of reporters. Was he worried that some of the precedents he helped establish–the right to abortion and LGBT rights, for instance–might now be in jeopardy? No, he replied. He was confident that constitutional rights, once established would remain in place,” NPR reports.

“It took just four years, and the addition of one more Trump appointee to the Supreme Court, to prove him wrong.”

FiveThirtyEight: “The data emphasizes that the court is deeply polarized along partisan lines — perhaps more than it’s ever been. There have always been ideological disagreements among the justices, and those have often pitted liberals against conservatives, but those divides weren’t consistently linked to the justice’s appointing party.”

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Exclusive: Sorry, Biden, Gas Stations Can't Just 'Bring Down the Price' – TalkOfNews.com

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Over the holiday weekend, President Joe Biden discovered a new scapegoat for persistently high gas prices: Americans who own and operate gas stations.

“My message to the companies running gas stations and setting prices at the pump is simple: this is a time of war and global peril,” Biden tweeted on Saturday. “Bring down the price you are charging at the pump to reflect the cost you’re paying for the product. And do it now.”

It arguably lacks the pomposity of former President Donald Trump’s memorable tweet that “hereby ordered” American companies to stop doing business in China, but the content is equally unhinged. Biden has been aggressive about using vague executive powers to shape the economy in recent months, but that doesn’t change the fact that an American president has no business whatsoever telling gas stations how much to charge at the pump.

If the tweet merely overstepped the limits of executive authority, though, it wouldn’t be as noteworthy—that sort of thing is almost an everyday occurrence. It’s also a telling example of just how little the Biden administration seems to know about what it believes it can design.

It would take no more than a few minutes of a White House adviser’s time to learn that the “companies running gas stations and setting prices at the pump” in most cases aren’t companies at all. More than half the gas stations in the country are single-store operations run by an individual or a family, according to the Association for Convenience and Fuel Retailing (NACS), a trade association representing the stores that sell more than 80 percent of the gasoline American consumers use.

A “Shell” or “Exxon” logo on the canopy above a filling station doesn’t mean those oil companies own the gas station. All it means is that the station’s owners have contracted with that company for the right to advertise the well-known brand. It’s the same as having a neon “Coors Light” sign hanging in a bar—which doesn’t mean MillerCoors owns the establishment.

And those gas station owners aren’t raking in massive profits, either. Over the past five years, retailer gross margins have averaged 10.7 percent of the overall price of gas, according to NACS data. But most of those profits come from selling food, drinks, cigarettes, and the like.

The Hustle, a business and tech newsletter, put together a useful breakdown of the economics of gas stations last year. “Selling gas generally isn’t very profitable” due largely to intense price competition among retailers and the ease with which consumers can shop around (because they are literally in their cars). On fuel alone, gas stations have an average margin of 1.4 percent.

If gas stations sold fuel at cost, consumers might hardly notice the difference—but the small-time entrepreneurs running those stations would have a harder time making ends meet.

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Biden’s ignorance about gas stations sounds like a replay of Sen. Elizabeth Warren’s (D–Mass.) attempt at blaming higher food prices on greedy grocery store owners—despite the fact that they often operate on similarly tiny margins. It’s also a worrying sign when coupled with the fact that the White House has ordered the Department of Justice and FBI to investigate companies for earning “illicit profits” due to inflation. How can the Biden administration be trusted to police companies’ profits when it is demonstrating such economic illiteracy?

Biden’s gas station tweet is “either straight ahead misdirection or a deep misunderstanding of basic market dynamics,” tweeted Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos, a man who knows a bit about what it takes to run a successful business. Meanwhile, the U.S. Oil and Gas Association, an industry group, recommended that the “WH intern who posted this tweet” sign up for a basic economics class.

Maybe Biden should take the class too.


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The Supreme Court ruled Tuesday that the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) cannot circumvent Congress and pass sweeping regulations to control emissions at power plants.

The decision, described by CNN as a “major defeat” for the Biden administration’s climate change agenda, limits the power of the executive branch to implement environmental regulations on its own.

Chief Justice John Roberts, writing in the opinion, specifically goes after efforts to overhaul major industries through strict regulations without congressional approval.

“Capping carbon dioxide emissions at a level that will force a nationwide transition away from the use of coal to generate electricity may be a sensible ‘solution to the crisis of the day,’” Roberts explained.

But, he added, “A decision of such magnitude and consequence rests with Congress itself, or an agency acting pursuant to a clear delegation from that representative body.”

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Liberals Aren’t Pleased With Supreme Court’s EPA Ruling

Like clockwork, Democrat lawmakers and liberal pundits responded to the Supreme Court’s EPA ruling with judicious, thoughtful, lucid, prudent, and sensible analysis.

Just kidding, they went to the ol’ thesaurus and looked up synonyms for ‘extreme’ and ‘doom.’

Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) called the ruling “catastrophic,” a term we know she had to look up because it has three syllables more than most words she uses.

She suggested ‘doing away’ with the Supreme Court “for the sake of the planet.”

Honestly, we’re not certain why she’s so worried. According to her own calculations – in which she likely utilized a solar-powered calculator, an abacus, and all her fingers and little piggies – the world is going to end in 2031.

She’s not going to have to worry about the silly ol’ Supreme Court after that.

“Millennials and people, you know, Gen Z and all these folks that will come after us are looking up and we’re like: ‘The world is gonna end in 12 years if we don’t address climate change and your biggest issue is how are we gonna pay for it?’” she said during an interview at an event in New York City in 2019.

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The Planet is on🔥 

Others swiftly followed suit by metaphorically lighting their hair on fire over the EPA ruling by the Supreme Court.

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Senator Elizabeth Warren, who spent a good portion of her career claiming Native American status only to have to apologize after a DNA test, suggested the Court is illegitimate and referred to it as “extremist” and “radical.”

Warren also told followers that “the planet is on fire.”

Now, if the planet is on fire, and low-information supporters believe that it’s the Supreme Court that lit the match, what do you expect to happen? Especially when there have been assassination attempts against at least one Justice.

MSNBC’s Chris Hayes described the Supreme Court as “a threat to the planet.”

Ah, the tears are strong with that one.

Speaking of liberal tears, does anyone remember the ProPublica report that profiled how hard it was for employees at the EPA to work under a Trump administration? Here’s an unintentionally hilarious excerpt.

At EPA headquarters, the mood remains dark. A longtime career communications employee said in a phone interview Tuesday that more than a few friends were “coming to work in tears” each morning as they grappled with balancing the practical need to keep their jobs with their concerns for the issues they work on.

Wonder how they’re feeling today knowing the Supreme Court curtailed the power of the EPA and delivered a significant victory for the coal mining and coal power industry.

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