What Reports About White People Dying Missed – By Kimberly Leonard Nov. 13, 2015


Why the rise of death rates among Caucasians is way more complex than the pundits would have you believe.

Looking Out Window

Some critics have taken a deeper dive into a recent study looking at the rising rate of death among white, middle-aged Americans.

By now even casual observers of the news know that the rate of death among white, middle-aged Americans is rising – a trend that isn’t seen in similar countries. The news followed a widely circulated paper published online Nov. 2, and members of the media were quick to attribute the trend to several factors, from despair to a lack of social services to economic opportunity.

Pundits on both sides of the political aisle used the study to further their own narratives. From the left came the cry that this was a result of pro-business policies that have engendered a new era of income inequality. The right used the study to repeat the mantra that the decline of the prototypical, husband-wife, two-child family was to blame.

But it’s hardly that simple or singular. A closer look at the study and other surrounding data on mortality show that initial reports may have missed the mark on identifying which people are most affected by rising death rates, and that extenuating factors such as gender, educational attainment or geography may offer additional context to the headline-grabbing report.

Written by Princeton economists Anne Case and Angus Deaton, the report found mortality rates for whites began rising in 1999 and continued to do so through 2013. The rise was driven by drug and alcohol overdoses, suicide, chronic liver disease and cirrhosis.

“A serious concern is that those currently in midlife will age into Medicare in worse health than the current elderly,” Case and Deaton wrote in the paper, published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

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The Death Rate Is Rising for Middle-Aged Whites – By BETSY MCKAY Nov. 2, 2015 4:24 p.m. ET


Addiction and mental-health issues largely drive a reversal of decades of longevity gains

A syringe along West Main Street in downtown Austin, Ind., earlier this year. A new analysis of government data shows white middle-aged Americans are dying at an increasing rate, largely driven by suicides, alcohol and drug overdoses.

A syringe along West Main Street in downtown Austin, Ind., earlier this year. A new analysis of government data shows white middle-aged Americans are dying at an increasing rate, largely driven by suicides, alcohol and drug overdoses. Photo: News and Tribune/Associated Press

White middle-aged Americans are dying at an increasing rate, a new analysis of government data shows, a startling turnaround suggesting a rising toll of addiction and mental-health issues is reversing decades of gains in longevity.

Suicides, alcohol and drug overdoses, and death from chronic liver diseases largely drove the reversal, which occurred between 1999 and 2013, according to the analysispublished Monday in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. The turnaround occurred primarily among men and women between the ages of 45 and 54 with no more than a high-school education, but rates of those causes of death rose for wealthier middle-aged whites as well as whites in other age groups, according to the study.

By contrast, death rates declined for blacks and Hispanics in that age group over the same period, the study found.

No other rich country has experienced a similar turnaround in mortality rates, said the authors, Anne Case and Angus Deaton, who are economics professors at Princeton University. Mr. Deaton won the Nobel Prize in economics this year for work that has involved improving the rigor of data on consumption, poverty, health and other measures that underpin public policy.

The findings reveal an under-examined public health crisis and illustrate tragic ways in which many people are responding to physical and mental pain, adversity and changing life situations, the researchers say. The behaviors they have turned to—drinking, drugs and suicide—are so widespread that they have offset declines in other major causes of death in midlife, such as lung cancer, according to the study.

“What we see here is a group that’s in quite a lot of distress,” said Ms. Case, an expert in development and health economics.

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Iranians Protest Following Hajj Stampede: VICE News Quick Hit – Vice News Published on Sep 25, 2015


At least 131 Iranians are among the more than 700 killed on Thursday during the annual Islamic pilgrimage. Tehran has criticized Saudi Arabia for its mismanagement of the tragedy, the worst during the pilgrimage in 25 years.

Read: Iran Slams Saudi ‘Incompetence’ After Death of More Than 700 Pilgrims – http://bit.ly/1PCBo8R

Julian Bond, Former N.A.A.C.P. Chairman and Civil Rights Leader, Dies at 75 – By ROY REED AUG. 16, 2015


Remembering Julian Bond, a Champion for Civil Rights CreditJames Palmer/Associated Press 

Julian Bond, a charismatic figure of the 1960s civil rights movement, a lightning rod of the anti-Vietnam War campaign and a lifelong champion of equal rights, notably as chairman of the N.A.A.C.P., died on Saturday night in Fort Walton Beach, Fla. He was 75.

The Southern Poverty Law Center announced Mr. Bond’s death on Sunday. His wife, Pamela Sue Horowitz, said the cause was complications of vascular disease.

Mr. Bond was one of the original leaders of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee while he was a student at Morehouse College in Atlanta. He was the committee’s communications director for five years and deftly guided the national news media toward stories of violence and discrimination as the committee challenged legal segregation in the South’s public facilities.

He gradually moved from the militancy of the student group to the leadership of the establishmentarian N.A.A.C.P. Along the way, Mr. Bond was a writer, poet, television commentator, lecturer and college teacher, and persistent opponent of the stubborn remnants of white supremacy.

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Julian Bond at the N.A.A.C.P.’s annual convention in 2007. Credit Paul Sancya/Associated Press 

He also served for 20 years in the Georgia General Assembly, mostly in conspicuous isolation from white colleagues who saw him as an interloper and a rabble-rouser.

Mr. Bond’s wit, cool personality and youthful face — he was often called dashing, handsome and urbane — became familiar to millions of television viewers in the 1960s and 1970s. On the strength of his personality and quick intellect, he moved to the center of the civil rights action in Atlanta, the unofficial capital of the movement, at the height of the struggle for racial equality in the early 1960s.

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One year after Michael Brown’s killing, his mother vows to ‘never forgive’ – by Tony Harris — August 5, 2015 9:45AM ET Updated 5:26PM ET & Philip J. Victor


Al Jazeera’s exclusive interview with Michael Brown’s mother 8:12

Al Jazeera’s exclusive interview with Michael Brown’s mother 8:12

The mother of Michael Brown says she will “never forgive” the “cold and malicious” police officer who shot and killed her son nearly one year ago in Ferguson, Missouri.

“He wouldn’t even admit what he did was wrong. He wouldn’t admit he had no reason to do what he did,” Lezley McSpadden said of former Ferguson Police Officer Darren Wilson. “I’ll never forgive him.”

McSpadden said of Wilson: “He’s evil, his acts were devilish.”

Wilson killed Brown on Aug. 9, 2014, after stopping him because he was walking in the street, not on the sidewalk. The killing of Brown, an unarmed black teen who, according to some accounts, had his hands in the air at the time of his death, by a white police officer sparked widespread protest and renewed debate over police targeting of black men.

McSpadden’s comments to Al Jazeera followed an interview with Wilson published by The New Yorker, in which he admitted that, aside from ongoing litigation brought by the Brown family, he seldom thought of the 18-year-old Brown.

“Do I think about who he was as a person? Not really, because it doesn’t matter at this point,” Wilson said, before adding that he believed Brown didn’t have a proper “upbringing.”

McSpadden responded to Wilson’s comments by saying the officer was the one who “didn’t have the right upbringing.”

“Because those are words that you just don’t use, especially after you took somebody’s life and you know you had no reason to,” she said. “But he can’t hurt me with his words. What he did last year hurt me really bad, so his words mean nothing to me.”

Wilson, who scuffled with Brown before the shooting, told authorities that he feared for his life during the confrontation and fired his gun in self-defense. Witnesses, however, contend that Brown was in a nonthreatening position when Wilson fired the fatal shots.

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At Least Five Black Woman Found Dead In Jail Since Mid-July – BY CARIMAH TOWNES JUL 28, 2015 9:45PM


CREDIT: ABC 7 SCREENSHOT

CREDIT: ABC 7 SCREENSHOT

On Monday morning, police in Mount Vernon, New York discovered a 44-year-old woman dead in her cell. She is the fifth black woman, at least, to die behind bars this month.

According to Mayor Earnest Davis, Raynetta Turner was arrested and locked in a holding cell Saturday afternoon on shoplifting charges. Some time after her arrest, Turner informed Westchester County police that she had numerous medical problems, and was eventually brought to Montefiore-Mount Vernon Hospital Sunday evening. She returned to the holding cell briefly that night, before she was taken for fingerprinting at 2 a.m. She was found dead 12 hours later.

The mayor has since explained that Turner’s medical history included hypertension and bariatric surgery. No official cause of death has been determined.

But her death follows at least four other deaths of black women in police custody since July 13, shining an even brighter spotlight on the plight of black women in the criminal justice system and fueling the Black Lives Matter movement. On that date, Sandra Bland was found hanging in her cell, three days after she was violently stopped for failing to signal a lane change in Waller County, Texas. The next day, 18-year-old Kindra Chapman committed suicide in an Alabama prison. She was arrested for stealing a cell phone. Joyce Curnell was arrested on shoplifting charges and found dead in her cell on July 24. On July 26, officers found Ralkina Jones dead in the Cleveland Heights City Jail, two days after she was arrested for a physical dispute with her husband. Like Turner, she was brought to a medical facility after a staff member observed Jones was lethargic — then returned to the jail. Prison officials say they conducted several check ups on the night she returned, but found her unresponsive around 7:30 the next morning. An investigation is currently under way.

UPDATE JUL 28, 2015 10:03 PM

This post has been changed to reflect a fifth death reported by Post and Courier.

111http://thinkprogress.org/justice/2015/07/28/3685435/fourth-black-woman-found-dead-jail-cell-since-mid-july/

One Map Shows How Many People Police Have Killed in Each State So Far This Year


In 47 out of 50 states, American police officers have killed at least one person so far this year. In some, the number of officer-involved homicides dwarfs .

The map below, based on statistics the research collaborative Mapping Police Violence provided to Mic, shows all 605 deaths from police violence in the United States from Jan. 1 through July 10. As is evident, there’s a clear correlation between population size and the number of slayings, but certain states still stand out with particularly large numbers.

Just three states (Rhode Island, South Dakota and Vermont) avoided any killings at all. Meanwhile, California reached a shocking 95 police killings, Texas clocked 64 and Florida was not far behind with 43. Arizona and Oklahoma are runners-up at 28 and 26, respectively.

Keep in mind the year is only halfway over. Even the 605 killings that Mapping Police Violence tracked through July 10 alone would make the U.S. an outlier among comparable democracies.

This doesn’t happen in other developed countries: Policing in the U.S. is controlled largely at the state and local levels, meaning that training, equipment and use-of-force standards vary wildly. But compared to many other countries, American police enjoy relatively lax guidelines on when and how they can use lethal force.

According to the Washington Post, in Britain, Iceland, Ireland, New Zealand and Norway, most police tend not to carry firearms at all while on duty. German police are extensively trained to understand that drawing and firing their weapons is a very serious matter of last resort.

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Gunman acted alone to kill four Marines at Tennessee military facilities – July 16, 2015 12:16PM ET Updated July 17, 2015 12:45AM ET


An FBI official said late Tuesday that “there is no indication at this point that anybody else was involved”

Investigators have no evidence that anyone but a lone gunman was involved in the fatal shooting of four marines at two military facilities in Chattanooga, Tennessee, said an FBI official late on Tuesday night.

The gunman, identified by FBI officials in Knoxville, was 24-year-old Mohammad Youssuf Abdulazeez, although the spelling of his first name was in dispute, with federal officials and records giving at least four variations. He was believed to have been born in Kuwait, and it was unclear whether he was a U.S. or Kuwaiti citizen, a U.S. official requesting anonymity told The Associated Press. He resided in Hixson, Tennessee, which is a few miles across the river from Chattanooga.

Abdulazeez fired from inside his car when he went to the recruitment center, but then got out of the vehicle to shoot the four marines at the training center, FBI agent Ed Reinhold told a news conference late Thursday.

In addition to the Marines killed, three people were reported wounded, including a sailor who was seriously hurt.

Authorities would not say how the gunman died, but the U.S. official who spoke on condition of anonymity said investigators believe Chattanooga police fired the fatal shot that killed him. At least one military commander at the scene also fired at Abdulazeez with his personal weapon, but forensic investigators determined that police killed him, the official said.

Reinhold said Abdulazeez had “numerous weapons” but would not give details. He said investigators have “no idea” what motivated the shooter, but “we are looking at every possible avenue, whether it was terrorism, whether it’s domestic, international, or whether it was a simple criminal act.”

Reinhold also said late Thursday “there is no indication at this point that anybody else was involved.”

 

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US Department of Justice probe into police custody death – BBC News 21 April 2015


The US Department of Justice has opened an investigation into the death of a black man who died from spinal injuries suffered while in police custody.

Family photo of Freddie Gray

The inquiry into the death of Freddie Gray, confirmed to the BBC, will determine whether any civil rights violations occurred.

Gray, 25, died in hospital on Sunday, a week after being arrested in Baltimore.

Hundreds of protesters gathered in the city on Tuesday evening to express their anger over the tragedy.

A national debate over the use of police force has been going on since last summer, when a black teenager was killed in Ferguson, Missouri.

It is not clear why police stopped Gray, but they said they found an illegal switchblade in his pocket.

In a video, Gray can be heard screaming repeatedly as police hold him down.

After his arrest, Gray was placed in a police van for transport to a police station.

At one point during the ride, which lasted about 30 minutes, the van stopped and Gray’s legs were cuffed when an officer said he became “irate”.

He was later rushed to a local hospital where he lapsed into a coma and died a week later.

People walking down the street with their hands on their heads, as if they are being arrested
Gray’s death has sparked protests in Baltimore

A court document filed by one of the police officers involved in Gray’s arrest said no excessive force was used in his arrest.

A lawyer for the Gray family said he does not believe the police had a reason to stop him.

Civil rights investigations by the US Justice Department are rare.

Recent examples include the shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson and the inquiry into the choking death of Eric Garner in New York.

A separate investigation conducted by local authorities is trying to determine how Gray was injured and what happened in the van.

Six police officers have been suspended with pay while this investigation carried out.

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Police timeline of the arrest

  • Sunday, 12 April, 0839: Officers approach Gray and he flees on foot
  • 0840: Gray arrested on corner of Presbury Street, Sandtown
  • 0842: Police request a van
  • 0854: Van departs with Gray inside, conscious and speaking
  • 0924: Police request paramedics to take Gray to hospital

What we know about Gray’s death

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-32406219

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