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Tonight on AxXiom For Liberty Live! Amanda Teegarden, Dan Feidt

Kaye Beach

Nov. 16, 2012

 
 
 
 
 
 
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Tonight on AxXiom For Liberty Live!  6-8 PM Central

 Howard and I will be covering a variety of topics including the latest on the Obamacare implementation and the resistance to the healthcare exchanges and medicaid expansion that are integral to the implementation of the health care reform law. Amanda Teegarden, Executive Director of OK-SAFE will join us to go over the Action Items for opposing Obamacare that were developed for the Rally for Oklahoma Healthcare Independence held last July following the mixed Supreme Court ruling on the federal health care reform law.

The roll out of Automatic License Plate Readers (ALPR) in the state of Oklahoma and the concerns that surround the use of these devices will also be covered.  ALPR can be a valuable tool for law enforcement or they can be mis-used to create a mass surveillance system that tracks our every move without a warrant or probable cause.  Unfortunately, there is ample evidence that they are being used in exactly this way.  Howard and I will explore what can be done to stop the unconstitutional uses of these license tag scanners.

We will also catch up with Dan Feidt, indy journalist and activist to find out what ever happened with the investigation into the wayward Drug Recognition Expert program in Minnesota that Dan helped uncover was giving drugs to Occupy protestors.

ST. PAUL, Minn. — A Chicago County sheriff’s deputy told state investigators he was “in shock” after he saw his training partner give two young men marijuana to smoke in the back of a squad car. Read more

 

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Minnesota-Drug evaluator program suspended by Public Safety Commissioner

Kaye Beach

May 9, 2012

Last week I posted an unbelievable story on the police actually providing drugs to Occupy protester, Why are the COPS Giving Drugs to Occupy Protesters?

Here is a follow up from The Downtown Journal posted today.

Drug evaluator program suspended by Public Safety Commissioner

UPDATED May 9, 2012, 11:07am

By Nick Halter

Minnesota Public Safety Commissioner Mona Dohman has suspended the state’s Drug Evaluation and Classification program and launched an investigation of the program amidst allegations that officers gave drugs to people.

In a press release, Dohman announced that an officer said he witnessed a Hutchinson police officer giving marijuana to the subject of the DEC program. She’s directing her department’s Internal Affairs Division to investigate, and also said the Bureau of Criminal Apprehension has launched a criminal investigation.

The investigations come less than a week after OcuppyMN protesters posted a video on YouTube showing out-state law enforcement agencies persuading protesters to get into the cruisers. The protesters say in the video that officers gave them drugs at a Richfield location.

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Why are the COPS Giving Drugs to Occupy Protesters?

Kaye Beach

May 2, 2012

The police in Minnesota are picking up Occupy protestors that have been recruited to do drugs, (apparently provided by the Cops!) getting them high and then dropping them back off at Peavey Plaza.

What am I missing here?

MK Occupy Minnesota: Drugs & the DRE Program at Peavey Plaza

Video documentation [shown below] by local activists and independent media shows that police officers and county deputies from across Minnesota have been picking up young people near Peavey Plaza for a training program to recognize drug-impaired drivers. Multiple participants say officers gave them illicit drugs and provided other incentives to take the drugs. The Occupy movement, present at Peavey Plaza since April 7th, appears to be targeted as impaired people are dropped off at the Plaza, and others say they’ve been rewarded for offering to snitch on the movement.

Local independent media activists and members of Communities United Against Police Brutality began investigating police conduct around the Plaza after witnessing police dropping off impaired people at the plaza and hearing rumors that they were offering people drugs.  We videotaped police conduct and interviewed participants, learning some very disturbing information about the DRE program.

Officers stated on record the DRE program, run by the Minnesota State Patrol, has no Institutional Review Board or independent oversight. They agreed no ambulances or EMTs were on site at the Richfield MnDOT facility near the airport where most subjects were taken. Multiple times, participants left Peavey Plaza sober, returned intoxicated, and said they’d been given free drugs by law enforcement. We documented on more than one occasion, someone being told they were sober by one officer, and then picked up by a different officer, and returning intoxicated.

Read more and watch the video

Florida Bans Foster Children from Drug Experimentation after 7 year old hangs himself

Kaye Beach

Nov 10, 2010

Lets ask the obvious question;

Why would human drug experimentation ever be permitted to be perpetrated on  helpless wards of the state?  At least prisoners can give consent although as a captive, the coercion factor is worrisome and history provides us with some ugly examples of abuse.  Children do not even have this theoretical possibility.  They have no say in the matter at all!

Florida Bans Foster Children from Clinical Drug Trials

YouthToday.org
by Pareesha Narang
Sixteen months after 7-year-old Gabriel Myers committed suicide while taking psychotropic drugs, the state of Florida has banned allowing any children in the state’s custody from participating in clinical drug trials.

. . The doctor who prescribed the medicines to him was conducting clinical
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Government is daring to keep kids on drugs

July 25th, 2010

Sarasota Herald Tribune
By Tom Lyons

Apparently the U.S. Food and Drug Administration had at least heard about the suicide of Gabriel Myers.

Myers’ death by hanging happened in a Florida foster home last year, but that wasn’t the main reason it triggered a major reaction at Florida’s Department of Children and Families.

The real reason: He was 7 years old.

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Florida To FDA: No Foster Kids In Psychotropic Trials

Jul 19th, 201

Pharmalot
Ed Silverman
Last year, a 7-year-old foster boy named Gabriel Myers committed suicide in Florida and, after reams of publicity and hand-wringing over the use of psychotropic medications in such children, a state task force recommended, among other things, that children never be allowed to participate in a clinical trial designed to evaluate
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Florida tightening psych drug rules

Daytona Beach News Journal
DCF tightening medicine rules
By DEBORAH CIRCELLI

DAYTONA BEACH — A bill that would have ensured tighter controls on administering psychotropic drugs to foster children failed to pass this legislative session, but the head of the state Department of Children & Families is moving forward with rules he says will ensure children are safe.

George Sheldon, secretary for the state Department of Children & Families, who was in town Thursday afternoon to attend community meetings on the department’s future strategic plan, said the bill not passing was a “major failure” on the part of the Legislature.

A work group made 90 recommendations following the April 2009 death of a South Florida foster child, Gabriel Myers, 7, who was prescribed several mind-altering drugs and hanged himself in his foster home.

Some of the recommendations included hiring a chief medical officer to monitor the prescribing of such medications, which Sheldon plans to move forward with using other funds.

By July 1, he said, operating procedures also will be in place to ensure every child on psychotropic medications has a guardian; to prohibit any foster child from being a part of any clinical trials; and to make sure every child is informed of the side effects, to name a few.

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Florida suspends Miami psychiatrist in boy’s overdose death

May 13th, 2010

Miami Herald
State health administrators have suspended the license of a Miami psychiatrist who treated a disabled preteen boy who died of overmedication.
BY CAROL MARBIN MILLER
State regulators have suspended the license of a South Florida psychiatrist who has treated hundreds of poor and disabled children, saying Dr. Steven L. Kaplan poses “an immediate, serious danger to
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An article I wrote over a year ago and updated in March with info on Gabriel Myers’ death, about “mental health screenings” being done in public schools for political and financial  profit;

‘Public Schools, Signs of Suicide and New Freedom for All 2010′

Oklahoma County Sheriff’s DUI Checkpoint 7/31/09 Results

Sobriety checkpoint to be held Friday

The Sun

The Oklahoma County Sheriff’s Office (OCSO) will conduct a sobriety checkpoint July 31 in Oklahoma County from 11 p.m.-3 a.m. The sobriety checkpoint will focus on people who are driving under the influence of alcohol and drugs.

Deputies will stop vehicles passing through the checkpoint and ask for driver licenses. The exact location of the checkpoint is not being released. Any driver suspected of operating a vehicle while under the influence of drugs or alcohol will be directed to a safe area off the roadway for further observation and possible testing for intoxication

The maximum penalty in Oklahoma for a first time DUI conviction is 1 year in jail, a $1,000 fine, and 6 months revocation of drivers’ license.

Results from the August 31, 2009 sobriety checkpoint.

OCSO SOBRIETY CHECKPOINT RESULTS

(Del City) On July 31, 2009 the Oklahoma County Sheriff’s Office with assistance from Del City Police conducted a sobriety checkpoint at S.E. 44th and S. Bryant. The results of the checkpoint follow:

ARRESTS
-12 total arrests:
*5-driving under the influence arrests.
*5-warrant arrests.
*2-driving under suspension arrests.

CITATIONS
-51 citations were written for various traffic violations.

WARNINGS
-28 warnings were written for various traffic violations.

IMPOUNDS

 
-4 vehicles were impounded.

CHECKPOINT VEHICLE COUNT
-A total of 438 vehicles were counted driven through the checkpoint.

http://local.nixle.com/alert/170296/

 

This was Reported by Check Points on July 22, 2009

Oklahoma State Rep. Harold Wright believes DUI laws need to get tough to cut down on drunken driving deaths. The Republican lawmakers from Weatherford, Okla. wants zero tolerance laws for DUI.

People enjoying glass of wine at dinner or a bottle of beer after work could wind up in jail.

Oklahoma DUI laws currently have the legal blood alcohol limit for driving at .08%. Police also have the right to detain a driver suspected of DUI, no matter what the blood alcohol level.

The proposed legislation will be studied and discussed this fall.

Source: KOCO.com

http://www.totaldui.com/blog/zero-tolerance-for-all-drivers-purposed-in-ok/

 

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7 year old Foster Child on Psychiatric drug Hangs Himself

 

A Broward foster child who killed himself last week had been prescribed powerful psychiatric drugs, some of which the FDA does not approve for children.
Weeks before his death, Gabriel Myers, the 7-year-old Broward boy who hanged himself in the shower of his foster home, had been prescribed a powerful mind-altering drug linked by federal regulators to an increased risk of suicide in children.

In all, Gabriel had been prescribed four psychiatric drugs, two or three of which he was taking at the time of his death, said Jack Moss, Broward chief of the state Department of Children & Families. Moss said he is not sure which medications the boy was taking because Margate police took the foster home’s medication log as part of an investigation into Gabriel’s death last week.

Three of the psychotropic drugs carry U.S. Food and Drug Administration ”black box” label warnings for children’s safety, the strongest advisory the federal agency issues. Three of the medications are not approved for use with young children, though they are widely prescribed to youngsters ”off label” — meaning doctors can prescribe the drug even if not formally approved for that use.

In 2005 — reacting to a series of stories in The Miami Herald that as many as one in four foster children were prescribed potentially dangerous mind-altering drugs — state lawmakers approved a law aimed at curbing their use. Children’s advocates now question whether the law is being ignored.

Gabriel was being treated by a Broward psychiatrist who is on a list of Florida doctors that the state Agency for Health Care Administration red-flagged as having ”problematic” prescribing practices, said Robert Constantine, director of AHCA’s Medicaid Drug Therapy Management Program, which tracks prescribing of psychiatric drugs to children.

The list flags doctors with a high volume of prescriptions of mental-health drugs or potentially dangerous combinations of the medications.

Dr. Sohail Punjwani has been on the list every quarter in which regulators have monitored the prescribing of psychotropic drugs since the program was created in 2006, said Constantine, a professor at the University of South Florida’s Mental Health Institute. The practices of about 17,000 Florida doctors who prescribe medications to children on Medicaid are studied every quarter, and about 300 to 450 end up red-flagged on the list.

And though Florida law requires that either a parent or judge consent to the use of psychotropic drugs on foster children, a source with knowledge of the boy’s case said Gabriel already had been taking a three-drug cocktail when Broward Circuit Judge Lisa Porter was informed at a March 11 hearing. The judge approved the medications over the objection of a court-appointed guardian, the source said.

”We are devastated,” said Jon Myers, the boy’s maternal uncle, who cared for him from June through October 2008. “Gabriel’s problems could not be solved by a pharmacy.”

Four feet tall and 67 pounds, with short-cropped brown hair, Gabriel was a bright, charming and often sweet little boy, those who knew him say.

But he already had a sad past hinting at a troubling future. Records obtained by The Miami Herald show Gabriel may have been molested by an older boy while he was living with grandparents in Ohio, while his mother was in jail.

On Thursday, Gabriel locked himself in a bathroom and hanged himself with a detachable shower head after arguing with the 19-year-old son of his foster dad about his lunch, Moss said.

DCF petitioned a judge on Tuesday to unseal the boy’s records in response to requests from The Herald and other media, spokeswoman Leslie Mann said.

South Florida Sun-Sentinel

 

Number of foster children in Florida on mood-altering drugs underreported, state study finds
Jon Burstein
May 14, 2009
Since then, the state Department of Children & Families has been reviewing case files on the more than 20,000 foster children in Florida. Before Gabriel’s death, just under 10 percent — 1,954 — were listed as being on mood-altering drugs, said John Cooper, the department’s acting assistant secretary for operations.

LAUDERDALE – The number of foster children in Florida prescribed mood-altering drugs has been significantly underreported, according to the early results of a statewide study sparked by a 7-year-old boy’s suicide in Margate.

The revelation came Thursday at the end of an intense, day-long hearing by a panel appointed to scrutinize Gabriel Myers’ tumultuous journey through the child welfare system that ended with him hanging himself at his foster home on April 16. Gabriel had been prescribed two psychotropic drugs

That number will rise markedly when DCF releases the findings of its current study next week, Cooper said.

“I don’t know by how much, but it will be significant,” he said.

In Gabriel’s case, he only was listed in the database as being on Adderall, an attention deficit/hyperactivity drug, that he had been taken off of months before his death, said DCF Secretary George Sheldon. The two drugs that Gabriel was taking when he died–Symbyax and Vyvanse–had not been approved by either his parents or a judge–a violation of state law.

Child welfare officials acknowledged that failure Thursday to the six-member panel as they traced the last 10 months of Gabriel’s life. Throughout the eight-hour hearing, questions arose about communication between social services providers and whether vital information about Gabriel’s behavior and background was being shared and acted upon quickly.

No one checked to see why Gabriel had been prescribed Adderall before moving to Florida from Ohio or if he had been on any medications prior to that. No one obtained a copy of his child welfare history from Ohio until after his death.

In his last month, Gabriel saw his world turned upside down–going to a new foster home, changing therapists, changing after-school programs and his mother being transferred from the Broward County Jail to an Ohio jail. His behavior worsened during that time with him destroying property and threatening to hurt others.

“Was Gabriel spiraling out of his control or was his environment spiraling out of control?” asked panel member Bill Janes, DCF assistant secretary for substance abuse and mental health.

Sheldon, who attended part of Thursday’s hearing, told the panel he wants every aspect of Gabriel’s case investigated and people held accountable.

“We got to get every component of this system right,” he said. “When you deal with children, no one can have a bad day.”

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