White House Bars Media Outlets from Press Briefing

Breaking News: Calls media “enemy of the people” during a speech recently given at the Conservative Political Action Conference (Trump). White House bars CNN and other media outlets from press briefing.

Deadline.com

“Reporters from The Times, CNN and Politico were not allowed to enter the West Wing office of the press secretary, Sean M. Spicer, for the scheduled briefing. Aides to Mr. Spicer allowed in reporters from only a handpicked group of news organizations that, the White House said, had been previously confirmed to attend.” 


Source: White House Bars Times and 2 Other News Outlets From Briefing, By MICHAEL M. GRYNBAUM, FEBRUARY 24, 2017, The New York Times

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When You Give Somebody Too Much Authority

By Trissean McDonald

Have you ever experienced an arbitrary individual that exemplifies the characteristics of not only an “asshole,” but also as an individual that disregards the opinions of others? Sure, you have.

Isn’t it annoying? Although a rhetorical question, “hell yeah.”
These individuals are usually arbitrary because of personal issues. Nevertheless, these personal issues shouldn’t give these individuals any specific leeway to make others feel miserable.   

The worst places to encounter these individuals are at work, school, and perhaps even a religious establishment. 
They display a sense of superiority even to their own superiors, causing their superiors to feel rather inferior and disrespected.

 Seriously, what gives these people the right to demise their own power of authority to only seek after more with which they cannot handle? Hmm… That’s salty as hell, right?

The time to thwart these individuals from your presence begins today. Other than that, they’ll continuously “grind your gears.” You like what I did with that?

 Seriously, although there will always be that (fill in the blank), let yourself rise above it all. Don’t allow yourself to succumb to their frivolities. 

Mental Health Training Is Not Benefiting Police Officers

Mental Health Training Is Not Benefiting Police Officers

By Trissean McDonald
Police involved shootings are becoming more frequent these days. In numerous cases, these shooting incidents are sometimes prompted by individuals that may be mentally impaired or disabled. 

 
On January 31, 2016, the Los Angeles Police Department, after receiving reports of a male suspect stabbing three people, opened fire on the man in Hollywood, California, where the suspect was pronounced dead.  

One of the victims, a bicyclist, was stabbed around 2:00pm along the north side of Sunset Boulevard near Ivar Avenue, according to LAPD Sgt. Frank Preciado. The suspect then continues down Sunset Boulevard, making his way to a coffee house, where employees held the doors closed for their safety. Unsuccessful in his attempt to get inside the coffee house, the suspect goes east of Sunset Boulevard, where he stabbed another man at a “Jack In The Box,” according to the LA Times.  

LAPD reportedly confronted the suspect. The suspect, however, was not compliant; resulting to multiple shots being fired at the suspect. “It saved lives,” O’Farrell.

The suspect’s outcome, as well as the victims involved was egregiously dire. Mental health in these situations usually doesn’t prompt an indication of these type of fatal incidents, lest the events subsequently subsides. Also, because of all the radical activities from ISIS.

However, is there a way to train police officials dealing with individuals with mental disabilities? Certainly. 

September 14, 2016, LAPD invited the media to participate in a mental health training program to give the media insight on how police officers are being trained to deal with mentally impaired or disabled individuals. However, these type of seminars could be a way to propagandized police interactions with those who are mentally despaired.

There’s signs indicating mental disparities in these individuals by scruple observation. Usually, the signs are alarming upon personal interaction between both police officials and mentally impaired individuals. However, fatal shootings are still increasing amongst these individuals.

As we saw in the case of Ezell Ford, a 25-year-old mentally illed black male, who was shot by police officials after allegedly reaching for an officer’s holster, “Ford, who had been diagnosed with schizophrenia and bipolar disorder, was walking near his South L.A. home when two officers assigned to an anti-gang unit tried to stop him,” LA Times. Unfortunately, this incident led to Ford’s death. 

Even though the state of California , as well as other states are implementing changes within the relationship between police officials and mentally ill individuals, it may perhaps take several years for police officials to master the subject of dealing with mentally ill individuals to avoid more catastrophic fatalities within the mental health community. 

If there were perhaps an actual requirement for police officials to pass a 1-2 year course in mental health training before actually being assigned to on field duties, fatal shootings would be at a decrease, and more lives would be saved. 

However, until there’s some type of strict reformation assisting in proper mental health training amongst the nation’s police officials, America will not see less killings or more rehabilitation for those who are mentally ill. Instead, Americans will continuously hear the outcries of the nation, as well from the family members who are affected by the lost of their loved one that was mentally ill.