COI #193: Some Accountability – But Mostly Impunity – For US Law Enforcement

by | Nov 25, 2021

COI #193: Some Accountability – But Mostly Impunity – For US Law Enforcement

by | Nov 25, 2021

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On COI #193 Kyle Anzalone discusses several examples of American police abusing, even killing, citizens and covering up the crimes. Police rarely face criminal charges – or any consequences – for misconduct on the clock. However, with growing scrutiny of the broken criminal justice system, some officers have faced accountability. 

Kyle breaks down the acquittal of Andrew Coffee IV and how it compares with the Kyle Rittenhouse trial. While other men were acquitted on the grounds of self-defense, the cases are very different. Coffee was charged for murdering his girlfriend, who was actually killed by the cops, and – unlike Rittenhouse – was convicted on a gun charge and still faces 30 years in prison. 

The corrupt legacy of the criminal justice system has allowed innocent Americans to rot in prison for decades. Kyle talks about the cases of Ju’zema Goldring, Kevin Strickland, and the Groveland 4. 

Kyle explains how the US economic war against the Taliban is killing Afghans. A Red Cross official warned that 20 million will go hungry this winter because of international sanctions. 

Kyle updates the US relationship with China. After meeting with Chinese leader Xi, Biden has taken an aggressive stand against the Asian power. The US sailed a destroyer through the Taiwan Strait – a near monthly occurrence under the Biden presidency – and announced new war games in the Philippines Sea with countries from four continents. 

Kyle looks at the secretary of state’s recent trip to Africa, where Antony Blinken took up an anti-China message. To counter China in Africa, Washington is looking to forge stronger ties with the militaries across the continent. Blinken also warned of rising extremism in Africa, failing to realize the likely cause is – in part – the growing US military presence. 

Kyle discusses the growing conflict in Ethiopia as the Tigray People’s Liberation Front presses on toward the country’s capital. Ethiopian leader Abiy Ahmed is reported to have gone to the front lines to rally his forces. 

Kyle breaks down the recent coup in Sudan. The military seized power on October 25 and were met with protests. Though at least 40 demonstrators were gunned down following the putsch, Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok eventually returned to power. However, many protesters are unhappy with the terms he accepted to regain his title. 

Last, Kyle updates the decade-long conflict in Libya, sparked by Obama’s 2011 regime change op and air war. While the country remains fractured, UN-organized elections are set for December. The son of former Libyan dictator Muammar Gaddafi, Saif al-Islam, emerged as a popular candidate, but was disqualified to run by the country’s electoral commission. 

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