Girl dies of dehydration while in Border Patrol custody. Nebraska senators want to legalize marijuana. FBI kept files on peaceful climate change protesters [r/news, Episode #12]


Girl dies of dehydration while in Border Patrol custody, ‘had not eaten for days’

A seven-year-old girl from Guatemala died of dehydration and shock while in Border Patrol custody, the Washington Post reports.

The girl and her father crossed into the United States illegally with a large group of migrants along a remote span of New Mexico desert, U.S. Customs and Border Protection told the Washington Post.

According to CBP records obtained by the newspaper, the girl and her father were taken into custody late at night on December 6, 2018 south of Lordsburg, New Mexico.

They were reportedly part of a group of 163 people who approached U.S. agents to turn themselves in.

The child began having seizures about eight hours later, the Washington Post reports. Emergency responders reportedly measured the girl’s body temperature at 105.7 degrees, and according to a statement from CBP, she “reportedly had not eaten or consumed water for several days.”


Judge rejects embattled school deputy’s claim he had no duty to confront Parkland gunman

A judge has rejected a deputy’s claim that he had no duty to confront the gunman during the school shooting in Parkland, Florida. Refusing to dismiss a lawsuit filed by the parent of a victim, Broward Circuit Judge Patti Englander Henning found after a hearing Wednesday that ex-deputy Scot Peterson did have a duty to protect those inside the school where 17 people died and 17 were wounded Feb. 14.

The negligence lawsuit was filed by Andrew Pollack, whose daughter Meadow was killed in the attack. He said it made no sense for Peterson’s attorneys to argue that a sworn law enforcement officer with a badge and a gun had no requirement to go inside.

“Then what is he doing there?” Pollack said after the ruling. “He had a duty. I’m not going to let this go. My daughter, her death is not going to be in vain.”

Peterson’s attorney, Michael Piper, said he understands that people might be offended or outraged at his client’s defense, but he argued that as a matter of law, the deputy had no duty to confront the shooter. Peterson did not attend the hearing.

“There is no legal duty that can be found,” Piper said. “At its very worst, Scot Peterson is accused of being a coward. That does not equate to bad faith.”


Nebraska senators want to legalize marijuana via ballot initiative

Two state senators have helped form a new group that will push for “the right” of Nebraskans to use medical marijuana, by putting the issue on the 2020 ballot.

The purpose of the group is to run a 2020 ballot initiative to rework existing laws via a constitutional amendment, ultimately to “prioritize the right” for Nebraskan residents to use medical marijuana.

The committee filed its initial paperwork with the Nebraska Accountability and Disclosure Commission Thursday morning, according to a news release.

“Today is the first step towards establishing a compassionate medical marijuana law for sick and suffering Nebraskans,” Wishart said. Wishart and others have sponsored medical marijuana bills in the past, which have failed.

The new committee includes republicans, democrats, and independents, along with a marijuana reform activist. The group will begin forming steering committees, initiative drafting, fundraising and surveying public opinion across the state, according to the release.


FBI kept files on peaceful climate change protesters

A protest at a BP plant in Indiana landed three sixtysomething campaigners in a federal surveillance report, documents released to the Guardian under the Freedom of Information Act show

On 15 May 2016 three friends from Fairfield, Iowa, made the five-hour drive to an oil refinery on the shores of Lake Michigan to participate in what was part of a series of protests and acts of civil disobedience in the fight against climate change. They had every intention of getting arrested. What they didn’t expect was to end up in an FBI file for taking part in a peaceful protest.

But according to documents obtained by the Guardian through a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) lawsuit, the file on the Iowa protesters was part of a larger effort by the FBI to assess the danger posed by the climate change activist group in the run-up to a series of actions that were part of the Break Free from Fossil Fuels campaign. The FBI released seven pages and withheld 25.

Though there is no evidence the FBI has opened an investigation into, one of the documents, cataloged as part of a related domestic terrorism case, says: “ are referenced in multiple investigations and assessments for their planned protests and disruptions.” The file also makes an apparent reference to the founder Bill McKibben.

In 2015 the Guardian revealed that the FBI had violated its own rules by failing to acquire the necessary approval to open an investigation into activists in Texas campaigning against the Keystone XL pipeline. That investigation went on for more than a year and swept up numerous activists including one who later learned he was on a US government watchlist for domestic flights.