Cops Behaving Badly

Defund The Fart Police!

Time ripe for Inherit the Wind reboot.

Yet another tale of police abuse, this time from the nation of Austria, which if you are Donald Trump you may need to remind yourself is the one in Europe, not the one in the southern hemisphere. Also if you are Donald Trump, fuck you and resign, you crook. Police in Vienna are defending the decision to fine a man €500 (roughly $560 in real money) for farting loudly in front of police officers on June 5. The fine was technically for "offending public decency" by deliberately farting in the officers' general direction, as if he were some sort of odd French person taunting them.

The city police department clarified on Twitter that "of course no one is reported for accidentally letting one go." This is good to know, and we hope it somehow makes it into a US State Department travel advisory.

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Cops Behaving Badly

Atlanta Mayor Actually Holds Police Accountable For Killing Man In Wendy’s Parking Lot

Thank you, Keisha Lance Bottoms.

Rayshard Brooks had fallen asleep in the drive-through lane of an Atlanta Wendy's late Friday night. The police were called in and not long afterward, Brooks was dead. According to the Georgia Bureau of Investigation, police gave Brooks a field sobriety test, which he failed. The GBI said Brooks resisted arrest, struggled with officers, and tried to flee the scene. He somehow got hold of an officer's stun gun. The Wendy's surveillance footage showed Brooks running away from the parked police cars, and he appears to point the stun gun at an officer.

From CNN:

"At that point the Atlanta officer reaches down and retrieves his weapon from his holster, discharges it, strikes Mr. Brooks there on the parking lot and he goes down," [GBI Director Vic Reynolds] said in a press conference on Saturday.

This is not an unusual chain of events, unfortunately, but what happened afterward is almost shocking. Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms didn't just call this a tragic incident or send the cops involved a bottle of wine, like former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani might've done. No, Bottoms immediately criticized the officer.

BOTTOMS: There is a clear distinction between what you can do and what you should do. I do not believe this was a justified use of deadly force. I have called for the immediate termination of the officer.
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Everywhere Else News

After 34 Years, Olof Palme Gets Very Own Lee Harvey Oswald

Prosecutors assemble clues with tiny hex wrench.

Sweden's prime minister Olof Palme was assassinated in 1986, right in the middle of Stockholm, as he and his wife left a movie theater. Now, after all these years, a prosecutor who's been leading the investigation since 2017 announced that the case is now closed. At a news conference early this morning, Prosecutor Krister Petersson named a pretty-much-nobody guy as Palme's killer, and it wasn't even Woody Harrelson's dad. The announcement isn't likely to satisfy Swedish conspiracy theorists, who would far rather find evidence that Palme was maybe murdered by the CIA, South Africa, Kurdish separatists, or possibly Ted Cruz, the Zodiac Killer.

The likely assassin, Petersson said, was Stig Engstrom, a graphic designer known to assassination buffs as "Skandia man," for the insurance company where he worked. The company had offices near the theater where Palme was killed. Petersson said that while there was "reasonable evidence" — enough to arrest Engstrom, if he were still alive — that evidence "would not, in itself, lead to a conviction" without further physical evidence that simply isn't available after all this time. Engstrom killed himself in 2000 (or so they want you to believe), and Petersson said, "Because the person is dead, I cannot bring charges against him and have decided to close the investigation." He offered no motive for the murder, although Engstrom was known to disagree strongly with Palme's politics.

Olof Palme was the leader of Sweden's Social Democratic party, and served multiple terms as prime minister, from 1969-1976, and then again from 1982 until he was assassinated. He's often credited as the architect of Sweden's modern welfare state, and he frequently offered verbal support to revolutionary movements around the world. The New York Times notes that earned him

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Journalism

How The World Sees The US Just Now

It's not the prettiest picture.

One thing Donald Trump just HATED about Barack Obama was that he made America look weak. The world was always laughing at us, according to Trump, who mostly just assumed the world must agree with him, and if not, they're just a bunch of idiot foreigners anyway. Remember, this is a guy who thought delegates applauding the completion of the Paris Climate Agreement were really applauding how brilliantly they'd screwed the USA.

Trump should be delighted to know that as Americans protest yet another police killing of an unarmed black man, and as Trump talks about using the military to "dominate" the American people, nobody's laughing much. They're looking on in shock and horror, but that's not laughter, so it's a win! Let's take a look at how international media outlets are covering the latest American Embarrassment.

Non-USA media outlets are definitely following events here closely, at least when they're not covering literal attacks on foreign journalists by American police.

Why, yes, that is a thing that happened Monday: US Park Police assaulted an Australian TV camera operator for no goddamn reason at all, after the poor guy had already been hit by rubber bullets earlier. Here's the video of America being great again, for the entire world to see:

Washington riots: Australian 7NEWS crew attacked by police live on air | 7NEWS youtu.be

That was certainly worth it, for Donald Trump to be photographed holding one more book he's never read.

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