The "dead or alive" mentality of NC law enforcement

The numbers tell the tale clearly:

Slightly more than half of these 249 fatalities listed an initial cause associated with law enforcement’s use of force. A dozen originated from traffic stops and 16 involved a mental health situation or “welfare check.” Twenty-seven people were killed in situations stemming from a nonviolent crime, including drug offenses and warrant service.

For the deaths involving firearms, the majority of victims were not fleeing at the time of the shooting, data originally tallied by the Washington Post shows.

Bolding mine, because even if they were fleeing, that's not a Capital offense. Here is just one of these unnecessary homicides by hyped-up deputies:

Friday News: Stubborn as a mule


BERGER IS HOLDING UP BUDGET PROCESS UNTIL HE GETS WHAT HE WANTS: Republicans control both the House and Senate. The two chambers take turns every two years on who puts out its version of the budget first. This time it’s the Senate’s turn. Senate leader Phil Berger has repeatedly told reporters that he wants the chambers to agree on a spending number before the Senate releases its version. So what’s the holdup, then? That spending agreement. The Senate wants to spend less than the House does. And they are still, still, still talking about it. Five rounds of talking about it. “It’s a little confusing,” Rep. Jason Saine, a Lincolnton Republican and the House’s chief budget writer, told The News & Observer on Thursday. He said the House has given the Senate five different offers.

Republicans playing political games when they should focus on jobs

Last Friday, President Biden wisely revoked a Trump executive order which sought to limit liability protections for online platforms, an order originally signed in retaliation to the former president’s ban from Twitter. While President Biden’s action walks back a needless Trump-era legacy, attempts to seek political retribution against "enemy" technology companies have continued from many Republicans.

We need more balance in appointments to UNC BOG

HB730 would have made that happen:

Four candidates shall be appointed upon the recommendation of the President Pro Tempore of the Senate. Four candidates shall be appointed upon the recommendation of the Speaker of the House of Representatives. One candidate shall be appointed upon recommendation of the Minority Leader of the House of Representatives. One candidate shall be appointed upon recommendation of the Minority Leader of the Senate. Two members shall be appointed by the Governor.

That would still leave Berger & Moore appointing 2/3 of the UNC Board of Governors (8) vs the Democrats 1/3 (4). But this bill was immediately buried in committee and did not survive the Crossover. Because in the minds of Republicans, the only thing more important than power is absolute power. This bill would also have slightly modified appointments to (each) Board of Trustees:

Thursday News: The other 1619 project


UNC ALUMNI TAKE OUT 2-PAGE AD FOR HANNAH-JONES TENURE: The ad, paid for by Proud UNC Alumni, lists the names and graduation years for all 1,619 people. It calls for Hannah-Jones to receive tenure from UNC as she becomes the Knight Chair for Race and Investigative Journalism at UNC-CH starting in July. Hannah-Jones’ contract is for five years but does not include tenure, even though previous Knight Chairs in the journalism school were tenured. The issue has created a firestorm for UNC in the past week, with some saying they think conservative politicians were behind the effort not to grant tenure. “Dismissing a list of merits that includes winning a Pulitzer Prize, Peabody Award, and MacArthur ‘Genius’ Grant is an attempt to penalize Nikole Hannah-Jones for her groundbreaking and unvarnished reporting of American history. We demand that the Board of Trustees immediately revisit this matter, grant tenure as recommended by the appropriate faculty, Dean, and Provost, and restore the integrity of our University.”


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