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The battle between the First and Second Amendments

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There is a contest going on in America between the First and Second Amendments as to which has more favor in our court system. It's a face off between gun violence and freedom of the press and it involves individuals, giant corporations and standing armies.


The picture above is from a recent demonstration in Oakland, CA, following the manslaughter conviction of a white police officer who said he meant to shoot a young black man with his Taser but grabbed the wrong item from his belt. The whole incident was "shot" by two citizens with cell phones.

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Deciding what trumps what in this kind of confusion is relegated to the Supreme Court, an aloof entity accountable to no one. The question that should concern every American is how this court and those below it have their fingers on the scale when it comes to the first two amendments of the constitution.

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A New Year's subway shooting

In the morning hours of New Year's Day 2009 in Oakland, cell phone videos shot by two subway passengers revealed several transit police officers engaged with three young black men on the subway platform following an apparent altercation on the train. Two officers are seen forcing 22-year-old African American Oscar Grant, who had been sitting against the wall, face-down onto the concrete platform.

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