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News has been coming in that at least a dozen people have been killed in a mass killing at a Washington DC Navy Yard.  Tonight we will check in on what we know.

Last night, an Indian American was crowned as the new Miss America.  Tonight we ask Deepa Iyer (South Asian Americans Leading Together) & Tanzila Ahmed why her coronation was so controversial.

Plus, there have been one too many stories of an unarmed someone in Miami being killed by one of its many police officers.  What can we do about it?  Judy Greene (Justice Strategies) and Iris Roley think that the answer may come from Cincinnati, Ohio.

Finally, Mass Transit in Miami is often considered an oxymoron.  Find out how the folks from TRAC Miami hope to change that.

By Subhash Kateel

This past week another young
man from Miami with a promising life was cut down needlessly. Another mother is
left to mourn her son while spending the next several holidays staring at an
empty chair.  Another group of friends
will reflect in the past tense about a friend that is no longer with them.  And yet again, another killer will likely
walk the street, spend holidays with his family and hang out with his
friends.  This time the killer will probably
even get his job back…as a Miami Beach Police Officer. 
By now you probably know
that young man’s name is not Trayvon Martin, it is Israel
. His friends call him Reefa.  He was killed Tuesday after police caught him
spray-painting an “R” on the wall of a vacant MacDonald’s in North Beach (where
most people are familiar with the building’s abandoned-ness and ugliness).  Several police chased the 18 year-old for ten
minutes before catching up to him and tasing him to death, reportedly to avoid “physically restraining him.”
There are plenty of
differences between Reefa and the also-needlessly dead Travyon Martin. Reefa was
originally from Colombia, Trayvon was born and raised in Miami.  Reefa was 18 when he died, Trayvon was 17.
Trayvon’s killer was a neighborhood watchman while Reefa’s killer is Miami
Beach Police veteran Jorge Mercado. 
Trayvon was never accused of a crime when Zimmerman started following
him, Reefa was tagging a vacant building when cops chased him, a crime
many consider an art form. But the similarities are important to note.  Like Trayvon, legions of Miamians loved Reefa.  In both cases, there
is plenty in the law
to charge and convict the killers of both teenagers,
but the system is stacked against either ever seeing a day in prison.  Finally, the way the public responds to both teenagers’
deaths has the potential to change the system so that no young person will ever
again meet their fate.
I have said a million times
, Florida law, however flawed it may be,
does not allow a person who provokes a conflict to categorically claim self
defense as George Zimmerman did.  He
should have never been able to claim he stood his ground.  But the system (the police, prosecutors,
judge and jury) never followed the law as it is written. The law in Israel’s
case is even more clear, yet the system is not used to treating law enforcement
officers as if the laws they enforce should ever apply to them.  In other words, officers who act above the
law have almost always been allowed to do what Zimmerman did, claim they are
standing their ground even when they aren’t.
State law
, (the same set of statutes that contain Stand Your Ground) clearly
says that an officer is justified in using force in three circumstances:
1. [In] which he or she reasonably believes [it] to be
necessary to defend himself or
herself or another from bodily harm
while making the arrest;
2. When necessarily committed in
retaking felons who have escaped; or
3. When necessarily committed in
arresting felons fleeing from
The Miami Beach Police Department’s own
say that the first five factors an officer is suppose to
consider when using force are:
1. Seriousness of the crime committed;
2. Size, age and weight;
3. Apparent physical ability;
4. Weapons possessed by or available;
5. Known history of violence
Additionally, their guidelines
for when an “Electronic Control Device” (X26 Taser) is to be used on humans (as
opposed to animals) is limited to when:
a. The subject is not in the physical
control of the officer yet posses a
; (misspelling is theirs, I assume it is meant to read “poses”) 

b. The officer, based on objective
reasonableness, perceives an imminent
threat of
physical force against himself, other persons, property or self-inflicted injury
Reefa’s detractors declare
that he was a criminal who tagged a privately owned building, however objectively
ugly and abandoned it may be, and was therefore asking to be tased to death. But the likely crime
he was tased for is a misdemeanor
(punishable by few months in jail and a fine) not a felony as the law kind of indicates it should be if police are
going to use force.  Furthermore, by all
accounts, Reefa stood about 5 foot 6,weighed 150 pounds and “hardly
posed a threat to anyone
.”  He had no
weapons and no criminal history.  Under
no objective measure could he be seen as a threat to several well-armed
police officers who
allegedly high-fived
each other as his tased body lay dying in the
Those are the facts based on
the law and on the Miami Beach Police Department’s own policies.  With those facts there is enough evidence for
the Miami Dade State Attorney (prosecutor) Katherine
Fernandez Rundle
to file criminal charges against Officer Jorge Mercado immediately.  There is enough evidence for the US Attorney
in Miami (a federal prosecutor)Wilfredo Ferrer  to file Federal criminal
against Mercado immediately. 
There is also enough evidence for the Miami Beach Police Chief, Raymond Martinez,
to fire Mercado immediately.  Every
minute that goes by that none of these things happen is a minute in which the agencies
that are tasked with upholding the law are failing at their jobs. 
In the coming weeks there is
bound to be a plethora of spin, excuses and justification for why the man who
murdered Reefa is not really a murderer, why Reefa is not really a victim and
why his killing is not really illegal. People will talk about how safe Tasers
are as opposed to real guns, even though over 500
people have been killed by them since 2001
, more than have been killed in mass
during the same period.  The
officers will likely claim that they felt threatened by Reefa, even though
their alleged actions seem to indicate the opposite.  Prosecutors will likely say that the law
prevents them from charging Mercado, even though the letter of the law
disagrees. Lastly, there are bound to be tons of Internet trolls that cast Reefa
as a thug and the cop who killed him as a hero. 
The loved ones, friends and supporters of Reefa should acknowledge all
of these things for what they are, excuses for murder, and prepare themselves
for the long fight for justice.

UPDATE:  Check our show on Israel “Reefa” Hernandez-Llach here:

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1.  Ex-Informant or Ex-Panther or BOTH: The bombshell revelations on Richard Aoki

The late Richard Aoki has been called many things:long time California-based community activist, victim of Japanese internment, former member of the original Black Panther Party.  But one thing no one ever expected him to be called was an FBI informant.  Investigative journalist and author Seth Rosenfeld released the proverbial cracken in his new book Subversives: The FBI’s War on Student Radicals and Reagan’s Rise to Power claiming that the now deceased but still respected Aoki was working with the FBI while he was a member of the Black Panther Party (and apparently the one that first supplied them with guns).  In an exclusive segment, we will air our interview with Seth Rosenfeld and talk to long time community activist Bob Wing (former co-editor of Colorlines and War Times magazines) about the allegations, whether they are true and what it all means.
To listen to the segment in its entirety, download it here or press play below…

Plus check the clips of the interview with Seth Rosenfeld you didn’t hear on the show.
1.  Explanation of FBI Report:

2.  Seth Rosenfeld explaining why his research is coming out now and how much more he feels the FBI is hiding:

3.  Explanation of “Subversive’s” big picture

4.  A right wing informant mention in the “Church Commission” Report

Plus check out the “Church Commission” report on the Black Panther Party.  And look below for the Center for Investigative Reporting’s youtube clip.

2.  A preview of the RNC National Convention in Tampa

The Republican national convention is coming to Tampa and the world is watching how this swing state is going to respond: with open arms, closed fists or scratching heads.  We will talk with friend of the show and head of Miami Young Republicans, Bradley Gerber (yes our show has Republican friends, deal with it) about what we can expect when the big elephant comes to the I-4 corridor.  
3.  Another case of police brutality on tape in Miami
Ariel Marantes was all over the spanish-speaking press last week, but you wouldn’t know it if you watched “mainstream Miami press.”  What was he is the news for, getting beaten senseless and kicked repeatedly by plain clothes officers of the Miami Dade police department.  Hear his story, another exclusive.