Thursday, April 30, 2015

From Watergate to reading minds

Everyone expected that when Amazon took over the Washington Post it would jazz up the institution, but who would have thought its reporters would now be reporting based on mind reading
Gone are the days when Woodstein were required to have two sources. On Thursday, the Post kept at the top of its page for many hours a story based on a document based on what a prisoner had told Baltimore police.
“A prisoner sharing a police transport van with Freddie Gray told investigators that he could hear Gray “banging against the walls” of the vehicle and believed that he “was intentionally trying to injure himself,” according to a police document obtained by The Washington Post,” the newspaper reported.
Even though the unnamed prisoner could not see Gray, who died as a result of a severed spinal cord and crushed larynx, he was able to tell what was going on. Gray, who was not being held by a seat belt, wasn’t just bouncing around while cops put him through their “rough ride” routine. This was “mens rea,” done with intent as the lawyers say.
The second prisoner was tracked down by Baltimore television stations and denied having told police the story the Washington Post was peddling.
On Twitter some claimed that Gray had probably eaten lead to qualify for thousands of dollars in a settlement with pain manufacturers who used lead.
The article was written by longtime Baltimore Sun police reporter Peter Hermann. Critics said Hermann had served as a mouthpiece for the Baltimore cops and “zero tolerance” ex-Gov. Martin O’Malley.
The Daily Beast said O’Malley, who had been the leading Democrat opposing Hillary Clinton, had committed political suicide by returning to Baltimore.  It was said this reminded people he was the one responsible for the paramilitary police and “broken windows” and “zero tolerance” programs.
Maryland has a law called the cops' bill of rights that lets them have 10 days to get their stories straight before they are questioned. This is three weeks.
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