The Daily GRRR! – May 23, 2014 – Waves Through Walls: Prison Radio

Welcome, I am your host Dan Kellar and you are listening to The Daily GRRR! Waves Through Walls: Prison Radio, on 100.3fm, CKMS in Waterloo, Ontario. Soundfm.ca on the web, today is May 23rd 2014.

We are broadcasting from the centre of the Haldimand Tract, the occupied Grand River Territory of the Six Nations (Haudenosaunee).

The Daily GRRR! is a project of the Grand River Media Collective; and is supported by the Community Radio Fund of Canada and CKMS.

The clip that kicked off the show was from Mumia Abu-Jamal speaking on systemic racism and the prison industrial complex, and the civil liberties around private episodic racism displayed by NBA franchise owner Donald Sterling. Check prisonradio.org for more of Mumia’s podcasts.

Today’s feature is an interview from February 2014 from CKUT with Bonnie Brayton, the National Executive Director of DAWN-RAFH Canada, who spoke to CKUT about the criminalization of women with disabilities and the lack of systemic support that exists for women like Ashley Smith and Nichele Benn.

Now for today’s headlines, and we will start with a few that further show police forces are a rotten orchard, full of bad apples:

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HEADLINES for May 23rd, 2014
1. Vancouver Police Officer Pleads Not Guilty In Cyclist Assault
2. Former Cop Convicted of Sexually Assaulting An Underage Women
3. Florida Prison Guards Cook Man to Death in Shower, Attempt Cover-up
4. Ontario’s Privacy Watchdog DIstressed Over Cyberbullying Bill
5. Child Soldier Omar Khadr Being Sued for 50$ Million USD.
6. Economist Decrees Hudak’s Job Cuts Will Be Devastating
7. Jailed Women Organise Petition to Reinstate Literacy Program Coordinator.
8. Pain and Rage in Chiapas – Zapatista Teacher Killed – (audio from Mumia Abu-Jamal).

1. Vancouver Police Officer Pleads Not Guilty In Cyclist Assault

In a rare case of a police officer actually being charged for an on duty assault, a Vancouver constable Ismail Bhabha has pled not guilty to assaulting a cyclist who he claims was not wearing a helmet, went through a red light, and resisted arrest.

In March 2013, Andishae​ Akhavan Kharazi was punched in the face by the officer while his arms were behind his back, being cuffed. The assault is clearly visible in a video recorded by Andishae’s friend.

2. Former Cop Convicted of Sexually Assaulting An Underage Women

A former Saskatchewan cop, who sexually assaulted his 9 year old step-granddaughter has been sentenced to 30 months in jail after a plea agreement with prosecutors which may protect his identity.

The 57 year old assaulted the girl over a 11 month period starting in September 2012 when she was brought by family to his house. The former police officer photographed the assaults and was confronted by his wife and the family of …read more

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