Canada’s version of the Rodney King beating

A teenaged robbery suspect has filed a civil suit against Trois-Rivieres police after he was beaten during an arrest.

The arrest was captured on surveillance video, and it shows a quartet of police officers running up to a man lying on the ground — then kicking and punching him repeatedly for 30 seconds.

Alexis Vadeboncoeur, 19, stated in court Thursday that he was seriously injured from repeated kicks to his testicles, and that a female officer grabbed his scrotum and squeezed.

His lawyer, Rene Duval, said that despite repeated requests for medical attention Vadeboncoeur has yet to see a doctor…

“He’s telling me that since he’s been in detention he’s asked many times — in writing because that’s the way it should be done — and as of now he hasn’t received any medical assistance…”

The incident began when Vadeboncoeur allegedly robbed a Jean-Coutu pharmacy while armed with a pellet gun.

The video shows a hooded man running into the parking lot of CEGEP Trois-Rivieres while pursued by police. The man then drops some items and lies face down in the snow, with his arms spread wide.

An officer then runs up and immediately begins kicking the man in the side, and several other officers join in.

The Surete du Quebec has launched an investigation into the arrest, and the four officers seen on the video have been suspended with pay.

Cops investigating cops – in the GWN. Not sure if that increases the likelihood of justice. I doubt it.

This morning’s “Breakfast of Champions”

Black beans and poached eggs

In a small skillet, bring a can of [I use Trader Joe’s] Cuban-style black beans to a simmer.

Stir in a heaping tablespoon of your favorite VietNamese red chile and garlic paste.

Sprinkle a chiffonade of several basil leaves over the beans.

Break two or more eggs onto the mixture. If you have the time, get the eggs out when you get up so they’re closer to room remperature before you poach them.

Grind a wee bit of black pepper over the top and sprinkle a bit of chopped basil and a few drops of extra-virgin olive oil on top as well to help distribute flavors.

Poach to the desired level of doneness for the eggs.


Al-Qaida tipsheet on avoiding drones

TIMBUKTU, Mali (AP) – One of the last things the bearded fighters did before leaving this city was to drive to the market where traders lay their carpets out in the sand.

The al-Qaida extremists bypassed the brightly colored, high-end synthetic floor coverings and stopped their pickup truck in front of a man selling more modest mats woven from desert grass, priced at $1.40 apiece. There they bought two bales of 25 mats each, and asked him to bundle them on top of the car, along with a stack of sticks.

“It’s the first time someone has bought such a large amount,” said the mat seller, Leitny Cisse al-Djoumat. “They didn’t explain why they wanted so many.”

Military officials can tell why: The fighters are stretching the mats across the tops of their cars on poles to form natural carports, so that drones cannot detect them from the air.

The instruction to camouflage cars is one of 22 tips on how to avoid drones, listed on a document left behind by the Islamic extremists as they fled northern Mali from a French military intervention last month. A Xeroxed copy of the document, which was first published on a jihadist forum two years ago, was found by The Associated Press in a manila envelope on the floor of a building here occupied by al-Qaida of the Islamic Maghreb.

The tipsheet reflects how al-Qaida’s chapter in North Africa anticipated a military intervention that would make use of drones, as the battleground in the war on terror worldwide is shifting from boots on the ground to unmanned planes in the air. The presence of the document in Mali, first authored by a Yemeni, also shows the coordination between al-Qaida chapters, which security experts have called a source of increasing concern.

“This new document… shows we are no longer dealing with an isolated local problem, but with an enemy which is reaching across continents to share advice,” said Bruce Riedel, a 30-year veteran of the CIA, now the director of the Intelligence Project at the Brookings Institution…

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Soledad O’Brien out as CNN host – will turn to documentaries

Soledad O’Brien will no longer be a host on CNN, but she’s staying with the network — sort of.

O’Brien told the New York Times that she is returning to the role she had before she became the host of “Starting Point” in 2011: a roving documentary reporter. The twist this time is that she is forming her own production company, Starfish Media, and will not be tied exclusively to CNN; she will be able to shop programs to other networks and air them on the Web as well.

O’Brien’s future as a regular face on the network was immediately put into doubt when CNN announced that Chris Cuomo would be its new morning host.

“We had conversations in general about my role at CNN,” O’Brien told the Times. “What we ended up with was, they wanted to partner with me, and I wanted to partner with them…”

Soledad is still in the polite phase hoping CNN has sufficient allegiance to their let’s-pretend reputation to pickup one of her documentaries. Poisonally, I doubt if they have that much integrity, conscience, or courage.

CNN later issued a press release saying it was excited to be “entering into a production and distribution agreement” with O’Brien, who was described as a “critically acclaimed journalist.” The release mentioned many of the programs O’Brien had made for CNN, but did not reference her current morning show at all.

The gossip mills say Chris Cuomo will be partnered with the Lady Anchor equivalent of Glen Campbell, Erin Burnett. Every ounce of honesty she ever searched for when working with the late Mark Haines has vanished since she jumped to CNN from CNBC.

As for Soledad O’Brien – cranky geeks have been following her career at least since she was a regular opposite Leo LaPorte [as Dev Null] in the 1990’s. She’s always maintained an amazing dedication [for American television] to honesty. I wish her well.

All of which serves as just another good reason to watch Bloomberg TV in the early morning. They’re dedicated to serving the barons of American capitalism and have learned one of the best ways to do that is to provide news as accurate as they can muster. A great position to be in especially since the Wall Street Journal has abdicated that responsibility since the purchase by Rupert Murdoch.