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« Reply #1500 on: February 20, 2014, 03:05:33 PM »

New York City Settles Suit With Wrongly Jailed Man for $6.4 Million

A man who was framed by the rogue detective Louis Scarcella and served 23 years in prison for a murder he did not commit will receive $6.4 million from the City of New York in a settlement that came before a civil rights lawsuit was even filed, lawyers involved in the case said on Thursday.

A $150 million claim filed last year by the man, David Ranta, was settled by the city comptroller’s office without ever involving the city’s legal department – which the lawyers involved in the negotiations described as a “groundbreaking” decision that acknowledged the overwhelming evidence the city faced.

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« Reply #1501 on: February 20, 2014, 03:24:53 PM »

New York City Settles Suit With Wrongly Jailed Man for $6.4 Million

A man who was framed by the rogue detective Louis Scarcella and served 23 years in prison for a murder he did not commit will receive $6.4 million from the City of New York in a settlement that came before a civil rights lawsuit was even filed, lawyers involved in the case said on Thursday.

A $150 million claim filed last year by the man, David Ranta, was settled by the city comptroller’s office without ever involving the city’s legal department – which the lawyers involved in the negotiations described as a “groundbreaking” decision that acknowledged the overwhelming evidence the city faced.

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Scarcella should receive the same charges, sentence and consequences as the man he framed, along with any other charges related to framing this man. And it seems like he might have framed many others..
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« Reply #1502 on: February 20, 2014, 03:31:59 PM »

Scarcella should receive the same charges, sentence and consequences as the man he framed, along with any other charges related to framing this man. And it seems like he might have framed many others..

This is why I have zero trust in the police department - to me they are no different than the IRS, DHS, DMV, etc.   


F all that garbage about the bravest, finest etc - most are no different than the asshole you deal w at the local parking violations ticket window,. 
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« Reply #1503 on: February 20, 2014, 04:19:00 PM »


Liberals typicall love the police state since they view it as the means to enforce their world view on all sorts of garbage against the rest of us


Good point, probably a good deal of truth to that.

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« Reply #1504 on: February 23, 2014, 06:12:56 PM »

Newark police to be monitored by federal watchdog, sources say

NEWARK — The Justice Department will place the Newark Police Department under a monitor later this year, the first time in state history that a municipal police agency will operate under a federal watchdog, according to four sources familiar with the situation.

The decision follows a federal review of the way the state’s largest police force swept aside accusations of misconduct against hundreds of officers and its almost-total failure to address complaints of brutality and abuse lodged by Newark residents over the years.
 The investigation began in 2011, a year after the American Civil Liberties Union filed a scathing 96-page petition with the Department of Justice, accusing Newark’s police of rampant misconduct.

The ACLU investigation found citizens filed 261 complaints with the department accusing officers of using excessive force, biased actions, improper searches or false arrests in 2008 and 2009. Only one complaint was sustained by the department.

One officer faced 62 internal affairs investigations during a 14-year career, according to the petition, while Newark shelled out nearly $5 million in response to civil lawsuits from 2007 to 2009.

Federal monitors are appointed by the Justice Department and are usually someone with legal and/or law enforcement experience but with no ties to the agency being scrutinized.

The monitor’s term could run as a long as five years, said the sources who declined to be identified because they were not authorized to speak about the situation publicly. No one has been selected for the position, but an announcement could be made later this month, according to three of the sources.

The exact terms of the agreement between the city and the federal government will be ironed out in a “consent decree,” a legally binding document in which the city will promise to adhere to and maintain whatever reforms the Justice Department orders.
 A City Hall spokeswoman said the appointment of a monitor “is likely,” but added that the agreement has not been finalized.

“The City of Newark has been working cooperatively with the Department of Justice in connection with its review of NPD procedures,” said Esmeralda Diaz Cameron, Newark’s chief spokeswoman. “The City and the Department of Justice are working to ensure that best practices are followed within the Newark Police Department.”

When the 2011 investigation was launched, U.S. Attorney Paul Fishman said the ACLU complaint was not the impetus for the probe.

The ACLU cited a culture of brutality fostered in Newark’s ranks over decades. A subsequent Star-Ledger examination found significant flaws in Newark’s internal affairs procedures under the watch of Police Director Garry McCarthy, who held the position from 2006 to 2011.

From 2006 to 2009, the department received more than 500 complaints accusing officers of excessive force, illegal searches, false arrests or differential treatment, according to records obtained by The Star-Ledger. Disciplinary charges were brought in just six of those cases, according to the records.

A 2010 Star-Ledger analysis of internal affairs records also showed the department failed to report the outcome of one out of every 10 complaints against its officers to the state Attorney General’s Office from 2000 to 2008. All told, the results of 1,315 investigations were not reported properly.

McCarthy, who now runs the Chicago Police Department, could not be reached for comment. Outgoing Police Director Samuel DeMaio and Mayor Luis Quintana did not respond to requests for comment.

While he had no direct knowledge concerning the monitor, the ACLU’s executive director, Udi Ofer, said the department has needed outside intervention for decades.

“This is needed in order to protect Newarkers against future civil rights and civil liberties abuses,” Ofer said. “The Department of Justice findings affirm the findings of our petition, which we filed more than three years ago. It affirms that the problems in the Newark Police Department had been so widespread and grave that they warrant outside federal intervention.”

A last resort

While records show the federal government has launched more than 50 similar investigations into U.S. police departments since 1994, at least 10 have resulted in the appointment of a monitor, which is considered the most extreme result.

The most recent to receive a federal monitor was the New Orleans Police Department, in March 2013. That department’s agreement with the Justice Department called for major revisions to the city’s use-of-force policy and increased training. It also forced the department to publish statistics on arrests and police misconduct.

While it’s unclear what changes will be made in Newark, the department contends it has already made several reforms that have been met with praise from civil liberties advocates.

In August 2013, the Newark Police Department became one of the first in the nation to publish monthly data regarding the result of stop-and-frisk-style inquiries and internal affairs investigations.

DeMaio has also instituted policies that protect the rights of citizens who film police officers while they are on duty and has ordered his officers to refuse federal requests to detain people who are suspected of minor crimes and are in the country illegally.
 The 2010 ACLU petition and 2011 federal probe drew mixed reactions from then-Mayor Cory Booker’s administration.

Questioned about the sheer number of complaints dismissed by his internal affairs unit, McCarthy shrugged at the data.

“So the cop always has to be wrong?” McCarthy told The Star-Ledger in 2010. “Drug dealers make allegations against police officers every day to stop them from doing their job.”

Booker, who left the city office to become a U.S. senator last year, also dismissed the ACLU allegations when they were first lobbed. He softened his tone when the Justice Department launched its 2011 investigation, referring to the probe as “free consulting.”

But even then, Booker said he remained opposed to the idea of a federal monitor.
 When asked about the pending decision, Booker’s office said while he was mayor the police department began to institute reforms.

“The then-mayor and Newark’s police director partnered with Justice in its inquiry of long-standing complaints against the department and didn’t wait to take action,” said Booker spokesman Kevin Griffis. “They revamped Internal Affairs processes, worked with the ACLU to better inform residents of their rights and improved transparency by installing cameras in police vehicles, among other changes.”

Uncertain future

When the agreement is finalized, Newark police will become the third New Jersey agency to require a federal monitor in the past 15 years.

The New Jersey State Police spent 10 years under a federal watchdog starting in 1999 after a racial-profiling scandal, and the state Department of Children and Families has been under federal supervision for 7½ years after a lawsuit accused the agency of mismanaging its foster care system.

Former Newark Police Director Joseph Santiago, who led the State Police through part of the monitoring process and now serves as Irvington’s police director, said his experience under federal oversight was positive. “As the administrator, you can use that to leverage a lot of improvements within the department, things that need to be done,” he said.

“The only practices it should change or affect are the practices that you need to get rid of anyway.”

Newark’s leadership situation, however, remains murky. With Friday's revelation that DeMaio is retiring and a mayoral election in full swing, there is no way to tell who will be running the department once a monitor arrives.

Santiago said that could be troubling to federal investigators and urged whoever wins Newark’s mayoral race to choose a director as open to reform as DeMaio was.

“There might be a concern at the federal level that subsequent leadership might not be as committed as he is,” Santiago said. “You want to re-establish public confidence in the department.”

http://www.nj.com/essex/index.ssf/2014/02/justice_department_will_place_federal_monitor_over_newark_police_sources_say.html
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« Reply #1505 on: February 23, 2014, 07:08:07 PM »

One officer faced 62 internal affairs investigations during a 14-year career, according to the petition, while Newark shelled out nearly $5 million in response to civil lawsuits from 2007 to 2009.




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« Reply #1506 on: February 24, 2014, 08:01:27 AM »



Evidence from a dashboard camera on a police cruiser ended a nightmare for a New Jersey man facing false charges of eluding police, resisting arrest and assault.

Prosecutors dismissed all the criminal charges against Marcus Jeter, 30, of Bloomfield, N.J. and instead indicted two Bloomfield police officers for falsifying reports and one of them for assault after the recording surfaced showing police officers beating Jeter during a traffic stop, according to WABC of New York. A third has pleaded guilty to tampering.

New Jersey Man Escapes 5 Year Sentence After Dash Cam Footage Clears Him, Indicts Cops [continued]

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Evidence from a dashboard camera on a police cruiser ended a nightmare for a New Jersey man facing false charges of eluding police, resisting arrest and assault.

Prosecutors dismissed all the criminal charges against Marcus Jeter, 30, of Bloomfield, N.J. and instead indicted two Bloomfield police officers for falsifying reports and one of them for assault after the recording surfaced showing police officers beating Jeter during a traffic stop, according to WABC of New York. A third has pleaded guilty to tampering.

New Jersey Man Escapes 5 Year Sentence After Dash Cam Footage Clears Him, Indicts Cops [continued]

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Some gratitude in the fact that the prosecutors are actually going after the cops.  The one that went out quick on retirement, might just lose the cushy benes!

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« Reply #1508 on: February 26, 2014, 04:46:18 AM »

http://news.yahoo.com/more-retired-ny-firefighters-cops-arrested-pension-fraud-150615014--sector.html;_ylt=AwrTWf1RyAxTxVwAJuvQtDMD
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« Reply #1509 on: February 26, 2014, 04:50:38 AM »

Sept 2011: Five ft tall man with Down Syndrome beaten by Police-bulge in pants:Colostomy Bag
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SOUTHWEST MIAMI-DADE, FLORIDA - All Gilberto Powell, 22, a five foot tall man with Down Syndrome, wanted to do was walk a half block home from a friend's house, but this was enough time and distance for the police to intervene.

Police "followed" Powell because they noticed a "bulge in his pants." He was not happy to see the cops; this was only his colostomy bag (which police ripped from his body). Powell was then beaten down in the street by police, leaving him bruised and battered from blows to the face.

The beating officer insisted Powell ran, but Powell disputes this and said he did everything he could to comply. When Powell's mother asked the cop if he could tell her son had Down's Syndrome, the cop said he wasn't a doctor.

Powell said he felt "helpless" and wants an apology from the police. He also wants to community to be aware that this could happen to YOU
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« Reply #1510 on: February 26, 2014, 07:33:30 PM »

California city police 'sold impounded vehicles'

The acting police chief and two officers in a rural California town have been removed from duty after being arrested and accused of selling vehicles seized from poor residents.

Those arrested were bailed out of jail within hours, local broadcaster KSBW reported. 

The arrested officers are now on paid leave.


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« Reply #1511 on: February 26, 2014, 07:53:38 PM »

California city police 'sold impounded vehicles'

The acting police chief and two officers in a rural California town have been removed from duty after being arrested and accused of selling vehicles seized from poor residents.

Those arrested were bailed out of jail within hours, local broadcaster KSBW reported. 

The arrested officers are now on paid leave.


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« Reply #1512 on: February 27, 2014, 11:21:23 AM »

http://www.washingtonpost.com/news/the-watch/wp/2014/02/27/astonishingly-awful-supreme-court-decision-lets-the-government-seize-all-your-assets-before-trial



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« Reply #1513 on: February 27, 2014, 01:04:41 PM »

http://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2014/02/weird-california-city-of-150000-rolls-out-death-machine-complete-with-machine-gun-turret



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« Reply #1514 on: February 27, 2014, 04:11:46 PM »

http://www.masslive.com/news/index.ssf/2014/02/strip_search_lawsuit_involving_1.html



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« Reply #1515 on: February 27, 2014, 09:14:11 PM »



Whoa, whoa, whoa!  SC, what are you doing by not pasting an excerpt of this story?

Crazy looking lesbian cop (pictured below) in her late 30's did a roadside public strip search of two younger women that included "...probing their breasts, buttocks and genitals without wearing a glove" in 2009.

Same lesbian cop who was a suspect in the murder of another lesbian in 2010.

And this lesbian cop recently got in trouble for not securing her service weapon properly after her domestic partner used it to commit suicide in Jan 2013?

Pretty drama filled life, if you ask me.  I thought women like that just played a lot of softball.  Shows how much I know.



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« Reply #1516 on: March 03, 2014, 06:33:11 AM »

http://weaselzippers.us/177952-13000-mine-resistant-armored-vehicles-to-be-distributed-to-police-around-country


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« Reply #1517 on: March 03, 2014, 06:48:41 AM »

big deal,isn't that something they need to get around your neighborhood
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« Reply #1518 on: March 13, 2014, 06:46:25 AM »

http://baltimore.cbslocal.com/2014/03/12/landmark-settlement-reached-in-preakness-arrest-case



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« Reply #1519 on: March 13, 2014, 06:41:13 PM »

http://www.alternet.org/news-amp-politics/horror-five-cops-beat-innocent-unarmed-father-death-outside-cinemas?akid=11594.142394.dGtbSI&rd=1&src=newsletter969957&t=8




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"Rodriguez can be heard demanding to know why they pinned down her husband to which officers replied, “He refused to give his ID.”

"Police say their actions were protocol though three have been suspended with pay"

"The two game wardens working security that day at the theater are continuing in their normal roles"



This has the classic hallmarks: brutality, "He refused to give his ID", "our actions are protocol", leave with pay...

What's interesting is that out of the five, there were three private security officers, one of whom is a Moore police officer, and two on-duty Moore Police officers.

Soon they'll probably add the classic "he was uncooperative", "the officers feared for their lives", "he assumed a combative stance" along with "we're following protocol".

Maybe they should all be beaten to death in front of their families like they did to that poor guy. A shame too that the man didn't appear to be involved in the fight but rather it seems like a mother-daughter fight.

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« Reply #1521 on: March 15, 2014, 07:46:19 AM »

Charges unlikely for Houston dad accused of shooting daughter’s boyfriend, prosecutor says

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The Houston father who police say fatally shot a 17-year-old boy who was inside his daughter’s bedroom early Thursday morning will likely not be charged, an area prosecutor told MyFoxHouston.com.

Although a grand jury will review the case, prosecutor Warren Diepraam said it is unlikely that the father will be charged.

"What was going on in the person's mind at the time of the shooting, [not] what they found out after the fact" is key, Diepraam said. "They're looking at what he was thinking when he made the decision to shoot."

The investigation into the shooting is ongoing, and a grand jury will ultimately decide if charges are appropriate. But so far it appears the father, who was only identified as a 55-year-old in reports, was awaken by one of his other children at about 2:20 a.m. He was told someone was in his 16-year-old daughter's bedroom and he grabbed his gun.

He reportedly found the teen in bed with his daughter and confronted him. His daughter apparently told him she did not know the boy.

The father said he told the teen not to move, but reportedly saw the teen reach for something, at which point police say the father opened fire. The teen did not have a gun. His daughter later confessed that she snuck her boyfriend, 17, into the house, the report said.

"We don't know if the father knew him or not,” Sgt. Ben Bell with the Harris County Sheriff's Department, told the station. The family had just moved into the neighborhood.

In 2008, a Harris County grand jury did not indict a homeowner after he fatally shot two burglars in the back, The Houston Chronicle reported. In that case, lawyers told jury members that the shooter feared for his life, hence the act was justifiable under Texas law.







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« Reply #1522 on: March 16, 2014, 02:11:18 PM »

^Wow, that's something crazy. She told her dad she didn't know the guy, as the story goes.
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« Reply #1523 on: March 16, 2014, 05:53:21 PM »

Dashcam video shows deputy weeping after shooting 70-year-old man during traffic stop because he thought cane was a gun

http://www.nydailynews.com/news/national/deputy-weeps-shooting-70-year-old-traffic-stop-thought-cane-gun-video-article-1.1721404


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« Reply #1524 on: March 17, 2014, 02:57:36 AM »

Great Reddit AMA (Ask Me Anything) here:

www.reddit.com/r/IAmA/comments/20kgvf/iama_former_employee_of_a_jail_where_i_watched/

IAma former employee of a jail where I watched inmates be beat for fun. I was fired for reporting it, and have spent the last decade of my life testifying for those inmates. I did an AMA before, but couldn't say what really needed to be said. I'm done testifying, so I can REALLY talk now. AMA (self.IAmA)

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I saw horrific beatings happen almost every day. I saw inmates being beat senseless for not moving fast enough. I saw inmates urinate on themselves because they had been chained up for hours and officers refused to let them use the bathroom. This didn't happen because they were busy, this happened because it was fun. I saw an old man be beat bad enough to be taken to the hospital because he didn't respond to a verbal order RIGHT AFTER he took out his hearing aids (which he was ordered to do.)

I was fired after I caught the beating of a triple amputee (you read that right!) on video, and I got 7 officers fired for brutality. Don't believe me? here's a still from the video. This is one second of over 14 minutes of this poor man being beaten with a mop handle, kicked, punched and thrown around. As you can see in the video, he is down in the left hand corner, naked and cowering while being sprayed with pepper spray.http://imgur.com/I8eeq

After I was fired, I sued the Sheriff's Office and the Board of County Commissioners and I settled the night before trial. I consider every penny that I got blood money, but I did get a letter of recommendation hand signed by the sheriff himself, and I FLAT OUT REFUSED to sign a non disclosure agreement. One of my biggest regrets in life is not taking that case to trial, but I just emotionally couldn't do it. I also regret not going to the press immediately with what I had as it happened. I want someone to finally listen about what goes on in that jail. Instead of going to the press, I decided to speak with attorneys and help inmates who were beaten and murdered by detention officers in the jail. In the last 5 years I have been deposed twice and I have been flown across the planet 3 times to be deposed or to testify in cases against the Sheriff. I have also been consulted by 4 or 5 other attorneys with cases against the Sheriff. Every single time my name has been brought up (with 1 exception) the case has settled within a few months at the most. The record is 2 weeks. Some of those have gag orders on them or are sealed, so I can't discuss the ones that are under an order like that, but not all of them are like that. Let's talk about the two most recent cases I have been involved in: Christopher Beckman was an inmate. He was brought in on a DUI or something like that, he wasn't a career criminal, he was a guy like you, or your buddy, or your dad who fucked up and did something stupid while drunk. He had a seizure in the jail because he was epileptic and didn't get his medications. During this seizure he was hog tied, and ran HEAD FIRST into a 2" thick steel door, concrete walls and elevator doors. His skull was crushed and he died a few days later. I was deposed in his case and very soon afterward the family settled for an "undisclosed" amount of money other than the 1mil, and I promise you this..... they didn't get enough. The officers that did that to them? One of them pled out for a year in jail, the other got nothing. http://www.tulsaworld.com/news/article.aspx?subjectid=14&articleid=20110606_12_0_OLHMIY608751 Dionne McKinney: She is the toughest woman on this planet. She fought for 9 and 1/2 years to take the sheriff to trial and she did it. NO ONE takes the Sheriff to trial in OK county and wins. It hasn't happened in a civil case since the 1970's (from what I understand) She was brutally beaten in the Jail in May of 2003. I testified in this case earlier this month.http://newsok.com/jury-finds-in-favor-of-woman-who-says-oklahoma-county-jail-detention-officers-assaulted-her-nearly-10-years-ago/article/3738355 Why do I live so far away? I fear for my life. I left oklahoma in march of 2010 after I turned over every piece of evidence that I had to the feds. When I have been flown in, I have been in and out in 2 days for depositions, but for the trial, I had to be there for almost a week. I spent 4 days barricaded in my best friends' house. When I left my family in OK after testifying a few weeks ago, I knew that I'd never be able to see them in Oklahoma again and flights to me are not cheap. Here is an absolutely scathing report from the department of justice about the Oklahoma County Jail in 2008. http://www.justice.gov/crt/about/spl/documents/OKCounty_Jail_findlet_073108.pdf

I did an great interview with the Moral Courage Project, and the last case I agreed to be involved with, won at jury trial! I'm ecstatic!

Now I can talk about the REAL problems going on, the thin blue line, or any other questions you may have.

Link to original AMA: http://www.reddit.com/r/IAmA/comments/16ktvd/iama_former_employee_of_a_jail_where_i_watched/

Link to the interview: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=48QxwrZp4ZE

I was directly involved in 5 cases, and in all 5 of those cases, the case ended in favor of the plaintiff. I think it may be safe to say that the courts may agree with me at this point, and now all I need is for someone to listen to what goes on in jail.

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PROOF http://imgur.com/juqB7i2

EDIT 2:

Here's a link to sign the petition to force ALL Law enforcement officers to wear cameras. This would be a great step in the right direction. Please sign and share.

https://petitions.whitehouse.gov/petition/create-federal-mandate-forcing-all-law-enforcement-officers-wear-video-recording-device-while-duty/qVhH09tw

EDIT 3: Thank you to everyone who has responded! I've been given some great advice and encouragement!

I am being bombarded with messages telling me that vice.com is the place to go to get this out to the right people, so all that I ask of you guys is to send them a quick email asking them to cover this, I want the abuse of inmates to stop, and the only way to do that is to get the right people's attention, so please help out, should you feel so inclined!

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Thanks for all of the support again! I have faith in humanity tonight!


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