Trump Praises Henry Clay’s American System

From the article:

Trump claimed “there was an article today it was reported that NFL owners don’t want to pick him up because they don’t want to get a nasty tweet from Donald Trump”. To the loud cheers that followed, he added: “The people of Kentucky like it when people stand for the American flag.”

Trump, who had been touting the perceived historic similarities between himself and Andrew Jackson, also spent much of the rally touting the philosophy of Jackson’s arch-rival, Henry Clay.

The president lauded Clay for his American System, which called for funding internal improvements with canals. Trump’s praise for Clay – who served as speaker of the House, senator, secretary of state and three-time Whig nominee for president – was deeply discordant with his previous praise of Jackson. The seventh president of the United States vehemently opposed the American System and once said that one of his great regrets in life was not shooting Clay.

Read the rest at the Guardian.

Walter Scott Shooting: Single Juror Forces Deadlock

Walter Scott Shooting: Single Juror Forces Deadlock

The jury in the murder trial of former police officer Michael Slager, who shot and killed unarmed African American Walter Scott as he ran away, is at deadlock after a single juror indicated during dramatic scenes in court they were unwilling to find the 35-year-old guilty.

The jury, consisting of 11 white people and one black person, will now continue deliberations on Monday, drawing the monthlong trial in South Carolina into a fifth week. If their decision is not unanimous a mistrial will be declared, leaving prosecutors to decide whether to pursue a retrial.

The former North Charleston police officer has been charged with murder and manslaughter after shooting Scott, 50, five times from behind as he ran away with his back turned. The incident, which occurred in April 2015, was caught on video by a witness, propelling the case into the global spotlight.

The release footage has been cited by advocates as among the clearest evidence of the fatal consequences of racially biased policing in the US.

On Friday, after over 14 hours of deliberations, the jury’s foreman indicated in a note to South Carolina judge Clifton Newman that they would not be able to reach a unanimous decision.

“It is clear that jurors will not be able to come to consensus,” the note read.

The jury then returned a second time in the afternoon indicating it was still deadlocked, with a unanimous decision hinging on just one juror.

Read the rest at the Guardian here.

917 People Killed by US Police in 2016

As of Armistice Day 2016, 917 people have been killed by US police, according to The Guardian’s ongoing project, The Counted. Bookmarking the site is highly recommended, as it is updated frequently with new data and links detailing the individual cases and circumstances surrounding each death.

More about the database:

What is The Counted?

The Counted is a project by the Guardian – and you – working to count the number of people killed by police and other law enforcement agencies in the United States throughout 2015 and 2016, to monitor their demographics and to tell the stories of how they died.

The database will combine Guardian reporting with verified crowdsourced information to build a more comprehensive record of such fatalities. The Counted is the most thorough public accounting for deadly use of force in the US, but it will operate as an imperfect work in progress – and will be updated by Guardian reporters and interactive journalists as frequently and as promptly as possible.

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