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Miami Cop Shoots Unarmed Black Man Laying With Hands Up — What Can We Learn From This?

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In a time where many are comparing the current racial issues of today to those of the tumultuous 1960s, the need for open and constant dialogue has never been greater.

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The movement Black Lives Matter has sparked national outrage over the unjustified shootings of African-American men by white police officers. While some desire racial equality for all, many are offended by the movement’s message, believing it should be ALL Lives Matter. And of course, there are the equally as terrifying shootings of police officers in response to the racial injustices sweeping the U.S.

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Accidental Shooting?

In current news, the police shooting of an African-American caregiver, who was lying in the street trying to help an autism patient, has heightened the debate about the questionable levels of power law enforcement holds.

According to the local police union representing the North Miami officer responsible for the shooting, his actions were entirely accidental. They claim the officer had intended to shoot the patient, whom he believed was a threat.

Charles Kinsey is a behaviour therapist who, on Monday, was trying to calm down a 23-year-old autistic man in the middle of the street who happened to be holding a toy truck.

In response to the situation, a police officer ultimately opened fire because he believed the white individual with autism made a movement that looked like he was going to discharge a firearm and harm Kinsey.

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“This wasn’t a mistake in the sense that the officer shot the wrong guy or he thought that Kinsey was the bad guy,” explained John Rivera, the President of the Dade County Police Benevolent Association, in a press conference Thursday.”The movement of the white individual made it look like he was going to discharge a fire arm into Mr. Kinsey and the officer discharged trying to strike and stop the white man and unfortunately, he missed the white male and shot Mr. Kinsey by accident.”

The video footage shows Kinsey laying on his back in the street, arms raised in  submission — suggesting to viewers that the police officer’s actions were unjustified. Rivera argues, however, that the footage of the incident is “being portrayed poorly.”

Kinsey has been hospitalized as a result of the incident. He suffers from a gunshot wound to his right leg after two or three shots were fired, according to his attorney.

Kinsey says that after being shot, he was flipped over and handcuffed. His attorney claims he was on the ground for 20 minutes before an ambulance arrived.

“Mr. Kinsey did everything right, let’s be real clear about that,” Rivera explained. Meanwhile it is reported that the police officer involved in the shooting “wishes nothing but the best for Mr. Kinsey and the officer is praying for his speedy recovery as are we.”
North Miami police claim the officer only chose to open fire after failing to negotiate, but Kinsey and his attorney say this explanation doesn’t add up.
“I took this job to save lives and help people,” the unidentified officer said in a text statement. “I did what I had to do in a split-second to accomplish that, and hate to hear others paint me as something I’m not.” He has been placed on administrative leave.
The killings of Alton Sterling and Philando Castile began a period of national unrest that put the spotlight once again on police use of force, specifically against black men.
Eight law enforcement officers have since been killed in Dallas and Baton Rouge as a result of gunmen claiming they were reacting to the deaths of Sterling and Castile.
Kinsey said he was stunned by the shooting. “When he hit me, I’m like, I still got my hands in the air,” he said. “I’m like, ‘Sir, why did you shoot me?’ ” Kinsey proclaimed he asked the officer. “He said to me, ‘I don’t know.’ “
Law enforcement had responded to a 911 call about an armed man threatening suicide. “Our officers responded to the scene with that threat in mind. We had witness statements that there was a gun. We had a 911 call with that same information,” North Miami police Chief Gary Eugene told reporters. “However, I want to make it clear, there was no gun recovered.”
Kinsey said his patient was holding a toy truck, not a firearm, and that he tried to explain that to officers. “As long as I’ve got my hands up, they’re not gonna shoot me, that’s what I’m thinking,” Kinsey said. “Wow, was I wrong.”

What To Do About These Situations

The police officer’s response stirs up a necessary conversation about police training and access to counselling and stress management techniques. Shooting should not be the first response to a dangerous situation, but put in the line of potential threat when on duty, have officers chosen to resort to using force as a result of fear? PTSD is clearly an issue at play here, and with the current anti-police climate, clearly affecting officers everywhere, it seems important that now, more than ever, we acknowledge and deem treating PTSD in police officers as critical.
In her article Police Suicide: Understanding Grief & Loss,” Beverly J. Anderson states:

More than any other occupation, law enforcement is an emotionally and physically dangerous job. Police officers continually face the effects of murder, violence, accidents and disasters. Rotating shifts, long hours and exposure to life’s tragedies exact a heavy toll on police officers and their families. The results are alarming: high divorce rates, suicide, domestic violence, heart attacks, cancer, depression and alcoholism. Law enforcement, the media, and the public foster the myth that police officers can experience trauma and violence without suffering any ill effects. Research has shown just the opposite: when stressors are prolonged and overwhelming, an individual’s ability to cope becomes difficult.

One solution is meditation. PoliceOne for instance, has investigated how the practice can impact and heal those living with PTSD. Erin Fletcher, regional Combat Stress Recovery Program director for the Wounded Warrior Project, says it “helps the individual increase contact with the present moment” so they aren’t focusing on issues of the past or concerns of the future, both of which can result in episodes of distress.

We did a story about a monk in Toronto who is helping police with meditation, see below.

The U.S. National Library of Medicine and the National Institutes of Health published a study in 2007 examining the effects of Transcendental Meditation on Vietnam veterans who suffer from PTSD and found that, over the course of three months, symptoms like alcohol use, high-startle response, emotional numbness, and anxiety decreased in those who used Transcendental Meditation.

It’s time to talk about solutions, not stir up controversy or publicize our outrage. How will we work together to find peace in a time of incredible fear?

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A large portion of our journalism that you’re used to seeing on our Collective Evolution platform has now moved over to The Pulse. We will be publishing most of our news articles there, while Collective Evolution focuses more on personal development.

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Abductions & Car Vandalism – Startling Australian UFO Report Unclassified

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An uncovered Australian report performed by their Department of Defence. “Scientific Intelligence — General — Unidentified Flying Objects” is trending again. Those who have done extensive research on UFOs will find the Australian version of disclosure to be far more intellectually honest than the American version. Albeit it was conducted decades ago.

According to ex-US intelligence official Luis Elizondo, the Defense Department’s Inspector General is presently conducting three reviews. The inquiries vary from the Department of Defense’s handling of UFO claims to Elizondo’s alleged whistleblower retribution. The open IG cases are crucial to Australia’s report because they establish beyond a shadow of a doubt that the US Department of Defense is being dishonest and shady when it comes to the UFO subject. For decades, Australia has been a loyal friend of the United States. Within Australia’s boundaries, they share a military installation (Pine Gap). When a close defense ally’s intelligence agencies determined that the US was not being intellectually honest in its approach, perhaps it is reasonable to conclude that there is more to the tale than the 144 incidents studied since 2004 by the UAPTF.

The CIA became alarmed at the overloading of military communications during the mass sightings of 1952 and considered the possibility that the USSR may take advantage of such a situation.

Australian UFO study.

According to the summary, OSI, acting through the Robertson-Panel, encouraged the USAF to use Project Blue Book to publicly “debunk” UFOs. In a tragic twist of fate, when Australian authorities sought explanations from the US Air Force, the allegation was debunked. The authors of the study were depicted as conspiratorial and even crazy by the US Air Force. Ross Coulthart reported this, and it may be heard in a recent Project Unity interview. Courthart is an award-winning investigative journalist who is drawn to forbidden subjects. He also stated on the same podcast that a senior US Navy official identified as Nat Kobitz told him that the US had been in the midst of reverse-engineering numerous non-human craft. According to his obituary, Mr. Kobitz was a former Director of Research and Development at Naval Sea Systems Command.

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PGA Tour To End COVID Testing For Both Vaccinated & Non-Vaccinated Players

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  • The Facts:

    The PGA Tour has announced that it will stop testing players every week, regardless of whether they have been vaccinated or not.

  • Reflect On:

    Are PCR tests appropriate to identify infectious people? Should people who are healthy and not sick be tested at all, anywhere?

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The picture you see above is of John Rahm, a professional golfer on the PGA tour being carted off the golf course after tournament officials told him he had COVID. He was healthy and had no symptoms, yet was forced to withdraw from the tournament. He was told in front of the camera’s, and a big scene was made out of the event. You would think something like that, especially when you are a big time sports figure, would be done behind closed doors with some privacy.

Earlier on in June a spokesperson for the PGA Tour said that more than 50 percent of players on the PGA tour have been vaccinated. Although it seems that the majority of players on the tour will be fully vaccinated judging by this statement, it does leave a fairly large minority who won’t be, and that’s something we’re seeing across the globe as COVID vaccine hesitancy remains high for multiple reasons.

We are pleased to announce, after consultation with PGA Tour medical advisors, that due to the high rate of vaccination among all constituents on the PGA Tour, as well as other positively trending factors across the country, testing for COVID-19 will no longer be required as a condition of competition beginning with the 3M Open. – PGA tour Senior VP Tyler Dennis

The tour recently announced that the testing of players every week will stop starting in July for both the vaccinated and the unvaccinated. This was an unexpected announcement given the fact that, at least it seems in some countries, vaccinated individuals will enjoy previous rights and freedoms that everyone did before the pandemic. Travelling without need to quarantine and possibly in the future not having to be tested could be a few of those privileges. Others may include attending concerts, sporting events, or perhaps even keeping their job depending on whether or not their employer deems it to be mandatory, if that’s even legally possible. We will see what happens.

Luckily for professional golfers, regardless of their vaccination status they won’t have to worry about testing positive for COVID, especially if they’re not sick. This is the appropriate move by the PGA tour, who is represented by their players and it’s a move that the players themselves may have had a say in. It’s important because PCR tests are not designed nor are they appropriate for identifying infectious people. A number of scientists have been emphasizing this since the beginning of the pandemic. More recently, a letter to the editor published in the Journal of infection explain why more than half of al “positive” PCR tests are likely to have been people who are not infectious, otherwise known as “false positives.”

This is why the Swedish Public Health agency has a notice on their website explaining how and why polymerase chain reaction (PCR) tests are not useful for determining if someone is infected with COVID or if someone can transmit it to others, and it’s better to use someone who is actually showing symptoms as a judgement call of whether or not they could be infected or free from infection.

PCR tests using a high cycle threshold are extremely sensitive. An article published in the journal Clinical Infectious Diseases found that among positive PCR samples with a cycle count over 35, only 3 percent of the samples showed viral replication. This can be interpreted as, if someone tests positive via PCR when a Ct of 35 or higher is used, the probability that said person is actually infected is less than 3%, and the probability that said result is a false positive is 97 percent. This begs the question, why has Manitoba, Canada, for example, using cycle thresholds of up to 45 to identify “positive” people?

When it comes to golf, the fact that spread occurring in an outdoor setting is highly unlikely could have been a factor, but it’s also important to mention that asymptomatic spread within one’s own household is also considerably rare. It really makes you wonder what’s going on here, doesn’t it?

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