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Lorenzo Adamson, a 15-year police veteran, says he was stopped in his car on May 30 for not having a license plate.
Officer Brian Stansbury immediately asked Adamson if he was on probation or parole, a question that made Adamson believe he was being racially profiled, according to the suit filed Tuesday in U.S. District Court in Oakland.
Adamson is African American and Stansbury is white.
The suit alleges that officers inexplicably jumped onto Adamson’s back and tried to choke him before tackling him to the ground. Adamson was charged with resisting arrest and vehicle code violations. The charges were dropped.
The San Francisco Chronicle reports that Adamson was on disability leave for a back injury and the incident aggravated the injury.
It names the city, Police Chief Greg Suhr and Officers Brian Stansbury, Daniel Dudley and Christopher O’Brien and seeks unspecified damages.
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BANGKOK (AP) — A leading human rights group has called on Dunkin’ Donuts to withdraw a “bizarre and racist” advertisement for chocolate doughnuts in Thailand that shows a smiling woman with bright pink lips in blackface makeup.
The Dunkin’ Donuts franchise in Thailand launched a campaign earlier this month for its new “Charcoal Donut” featuring the image, which is reminiscent of 19th and early 20th century American stereotypes for black people that are now considered offensive symbols of a racist era.
In posters and TV commercials, the campaign shows the woman with a shiny jet black, 1950s-style beehive hairdo holding a bitten black doughnut alongside the slogan: “Break every rule of deliciousness.”
“It’s both bizarre and racist that Dunkin’ Donuts thinks that it must color a woman’s skin black and accentuate her lips with bright pink lipstick to sell a chocolate doughnut,” said Phil Robertson, the deputy Asia director for Human Rights Watch. “Dunkin’ Donuts should immediately withdraw this ad, publicly apologize to those it’s offended and ensure this never happens again.”
The campaign hasn’t ruffled many in Thailand, where it’s common for advertisements to inexplicably use racial stereotypes. A Thai brand of household mops and dustpans called “Black Man” uses a logo with a smiling black man in a tuxedo and bow tie. One Thai skin whitening cream runs TV commercials that say white-skinned people have better job prospects than those with dark skin. An herbal Thai toothpaste says its dark-colored product “is black, but it’s good.”
The CEO for Dunkin’ Donuts in Thailand dismissed the criticism as “paranoid American thinking.”
“It’s absolutely ridiculous,” said CEO Nadim Salhani. “We’re not allowed to use black to promote our doughnuts? I don’t get it. What’s the big fuss? What if the product was white and I painted someone white, would that be racist?”
Salhani said that the Thai franchise of Dunkin’ Donuts operates independently of the American operation and that doughnut sales have increased about 50 percent since the campaign was launched around two weeks ago, which he attributed to curiosity about the new advertisements.
“Not everybody in the world is paranoid about racism,” said Salhani, a Lebanese expatriate in Thailand who said his teenage daughter was the model featured in the campaign. “I’m sorry, but this is a marketing campaign, and it’s working very well for us.”
Here is a photo of the ad in question:
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Darryl James Swanson made a long series of phone calls to journalists and government officials early last year, telling The Oregonian in one of the 25 calls he placed to the newspaper that the U.S. government owed him “trillions” of dollars.
His calls took a more serious turn on May 2, 2011, according to federal court records, when he phoned the Seattle bureau of The Associated Press.
“I don’t know which part of this story you want to go with,” Swanson was quoted as saying. “… I may have to get in touch with al-Qaida and get a hold of at least one, possibly two good working machine guns and blast my way into the White House leaving the president and the first lady in caskets full of blood.”
A Secret Service agent paid Swanson a visit the following day, warning him not to make threatening calls. But the calls persisted, and grew to include threats against federal prosecutors, according to government accounts. Swanson was arrested in July 2011.
Swanson, who acknowledged he is in treatment for mental illness, pleaded guilty to one count of threatening the president of the United States, a charge that carries a potential punishment of up to five years imprisonment.
Assistant U.S. Attorney Stephen F. Peifer said he will recommend that Swanson serve 18 months in prison at his Dec. 12 sentencing. Swanson’s lawyer, Ellen C. Pitcher, is expected to argue for less than 12 months.
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