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EYEHATEGOD – Europe is the New Vietnam Summer Tour 2012……

 So Far…More to Come Soon!!!

21.07.2012 FIN – Turku, Hammer Open Air Metal Festival
22.07.2012 GER – Hamburg, Hafenklan
23.07.2012 GER – Berlin, Magnet
26.07.2012 A – Wien, Viper Room
28.07.2012 I – Cesena, Big Barre Club
30.07.2012 GER – Saabrücken, Garage
07.08.2012 UK – Bristol, Fleece
08.08.2012 UK – Manchester, Academy
09.08.2012 UK – London, Garage
10.08.2012 GER – Cologne, Gebäude
11.08.2012 B – Ieper, Ieperfest

Seeing Red: Aesthetics and Visuals of Metal with guest panelist Mike IX at SXSW!


MIKE IX & THE GUILT 0F… NOT at WTF Fest – March 14th in AUSTIN, TX!!!




5 NOPD Officers Guilty in Post-Katrina Danziger Bridge Shootings & Cover-up

A jury this morning convicted all five New Orleans police officers accused in the Danziger Bridge shootings, which took place amid the chaos after Hurricane Katrina and claimed the lives of two civilians, and a cover-up of startling scope that lasted almost five years.

The verdicts were a huge victory for federal prosecutors, who won on virtually every point, save for their contention that the shootings amounted to murder. The jury rejected that notion, finding that the officers violated the victims’ civil rights, but that their actions did not constitute murder.

Sentencing for the five officers, all of them likely facing lengthy prison terms, has been set for Dec. 14 before U.S. District Judge Kurt Engelhardt.

 Four of the five officers — Kenneth Bowen, Robert Gisevius, Robert Faulcon and Anthony Villavaso — have been in custody since their arraignment.

The fifth, retired Sgt. Arthur “Archie” Kaufman, who was not involved in the shootings but headed the police investigation into them, remains free on bail.

The landmark civil-rights case — one of four major federal cases involving use of force by New Orleans police to result in indictments so far — has been closely watched around the nation.

lance-madison-danziger.JPGLance Madison was arrested Sept. 4, 2005, after the shootings involving police on the Danziger Bridge in New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina. Two people died and four others were wounded.

Because of its sheer magnitude, the Danziger case was the most high-stakes of the nine civil-rights probes into the NOPD the Justice Department has confirmed. Before today’s verdicts, five other former officers, all of whom testified during the six-week trial, had already pleaded guilty to various roles in the shootings and the subsequent cover-up.

The two other cases to go to trial so far — involving the deaths of Henry Glover and Raymond Robair at the hands of police — both resulted in convictions, although two officers accused of different roles in the Glover case were acquitted, and a third officer who was convicted recently had that verdict vacated.

While today’s verdicts close the book on most aspects of the Danziger case, one officer charged in the cover-up still faces charges: retired Sgt. Gerard Dugue, who is set to be tried Sept. 26.

The verdict comes at a pivotal moment for the long-troubled NOPD, which has been and remains under heavy scrutiny from the U.S. Justice Department. Earlier this year, the department’s civil litigation section issued a blistering report about the NOPD that found systemic problems within the agency. City officials are in the midst of working out a consent decree with the department that will aim to make broad changes over several years.

Danziger Bridge Defense Lawyers Say Jury Needs to Consider Katrina Circumstances


Seth Putnam R.I.P.

Seth Putnam was an old friend of mine that I’ve hung out with, done drugs with, drank massive amounts with, got in fights with and almost went to jail with. I’ve seen the guy arrested more than enough times that one person normally should. I never agreed with his questionable racist/sexist ideas and comments but appreciated his willingness to piss people off and take his music and his life to the most extreme levels ever. He was in a coma a few years ago from overdosing and my band EyeHateGod played the first post-coma gig that his band, Anal Cunt did in Boston. He walked with a walker and was in good spirits that night. His Mom was even there, nice lady. Anyway, A.C. were the best I’ve seen them even though Seth sat in a chair on stage and barely moved, he seemed more focused on the actual songs than the usual berating and battling of the crowd. His sense of humor was fucking great, their ironic version of Elton John’s “I’m Still Standing” ruled and got everyone to realize this shell of a man on stage was not only an asshole, but a hilarious and very human asshole. EHG toured with A.C. and did countless shows together through the years. We even did a split 7″ together. Both groups had a camaraderie. I guess since we were both doing music that most people hated and we didn’t fucking care. When EHG and A.C. were supposed to be on this Death Metal package tour in the early 90’s, Seth would call me (from his work of course, free long distance) and we’d talk about how we were going to disrupt the tour and destroy the entire scene. He loved stuff like this. I could go on forever and one day I will write down more stories about the man. Like how I was at the gig in S.F. where the “Breaking the Law” 7″ was recorded when Seth came out and first song, first note; punched a girl in the face. I ran out as the cops rushed in. We had drank a couple bottles of Southern Comfort together that night. Again, I do NOT condone this type of behaviour in any way and I’m sure some of you will say “guilt by association”, but Seth did what he wanted, that’s how he lived. I’m not gonna stop being someone’s friend ‘cos they are a complete lunatic. Bye friend, Boston will never be the same….

KillXLife 7″ Flexi Coming Soon!!!

KILLXLIFE (w/ MIKE IX) –  Dead End America –  NEW  7″ flexi disc out soon!
Members of INTEGRITY, PULLING TEETH, MAGRUDERGRIND, FUCKED UP, CRASS have returned, fronted by Mike IX of EYEHATEGOD on vocals….! This collaboration will be released as limited edition flexi 7″ titled ‘Dead End America’!

EyeHateGod Post European Tour Press Release

“New Orleans own existential hardcore blues oddballs EyeHateGod, have returned in mental puzzle pieces from a destructive, albeit highly functional European/Scandinavian tour with Japanese doomsters Church of Misery, bringing them to the usual EU haunts such as Paris, London, & Berlin etc… plus a few previously unvisited locales such as Helsinki and the former Soviet Bloc country Estonia. One highlight amongst many was playing in the middle of the people’s revolution in Athens, GR and playing the almighty fests such as Stoned from the Underground, Hellfest, Roskilde & more. EHG performed new material on this educational insanity tour and claim 2012 is the year for the release of their much awaited new album, if their bastard, thieving lies are to be 100% believed.”

Defense Attorneys in Danziger Bridge Shooting Case Continue to Grill FBI Agent

The Danziger Bridge federal trial continued Thursday morning with a defense attorney questioning the FBI’s lead investigator on the case and accusing him of withholding evidence.

Ted Jackson, The Times-PicayuneBarbara ‘Bobbi’ Bernstein, lead prosecutor for the U.S. Justice Department, and FBI Special Agent William Bezak, lead investigator in the Danziger case, enter federal court on July 11.

Attorney Timothy Meche pressed FBI Special Agent William Bezak on why federal prosecutors hadn’t played a number of secretly-recorded conversations between accused officers for the jury and why the government had yet to call other involved officers to testify.

Bezak, one of the last few witnesses to testify on behalf of the government, responded that prosecutors, not him, choose what to unveil at trial. He later noted that his case files fill four bookcases and that if he was to present everything he knows, the trial would take much longer.

It was Bezak’s third day on the witness stand in U.S. District Court.

Meche, who represents accused officer Anthony Villavaso, highlighted minor contradictions between the narrative of events offered by officers who have pleaded guilty and cooperated with the government. Bezak acknowledged a handful of such contradictions.

The defense attorney also pounced on the fact that Robert Barrios, who implicated other officers in the allegedly unjust shooting and cover-up, has not testified.

Bezak, who previously characterized Barrios’ account of his conduct as odd, again noted he does not choose who testifies.

Meche also attempted to paint Bezak as uninterested in witness statements and evidence that did not fit a supposed government theory of the case.

Bezak denied the allegation, saying some officers lied in order to protect their colleagues. He named two officers in particular: Heather Gore and Donald Haynes.

Gore, who was in the back of the commandeered panel truck that responded to the scene, lied in an interview, Bezak said. “Her statement was inconsistent with the facts also. She attempted to get other witnesses to lie and back up her story.”

Gore and accused Sgt. Robert Gisevius were longtime friends and had previously been “intimate,” Bezak said.

Haynes, who watched the police shooting unfold from the nearby Interstate-10 high-rise bridge, acknowledged lying to investigators in the state case surrounding the incident.

Gore and Haynes have not been charged. Gore is still on the force, while Haynes resigned from the NOPD in October 2008.

The trial is now in its fourth week of testimony. Attorneys for the five accused officers will begin presenting their defense once the government rests its case, possibly as soon as this afternoon.

Villavaso, Sgt. Kenneth Bowen, former officer Robert Faulcon and Sgt. Robert Gisevius are on trial for unjustly shooting shooting six civilians, two of them fatally, on the Danziger Bridge a few days after Hurricane Katrina. They, along with Sgt. Arthur Kaufman, are also charged with covering up the incident.

NOPD’s No. 2 Cop Marlon Defillo Retires From Force

Defillo was scheduled to appear before NOPD Superintendent Ronal Serpas at a closed disciplinary hearing Friday.

Jenkins declined to elaborate on Defillo’s reasons for retiring, but thanked Serpas and Arlinda Westbrook, who heads the department’s Public Integrity Bureau, for their assistance.

“We’ve all worked together to come to this conclusion,” Jenkins said.

Defillo has worked for the department for 32 years. He will give a statement at 1 p.m. Friday at Jenkins’ office.

Remi Braden, the NOPD’s spokeswoman, said late Thursday afternoon that the department was unable to confirm Defillo’s retirement. The agency had yet to receive official notice of his departure.

Documents obtained by The Times-Picayune show that Defillo, one of the department’s most well-known and visible officers, was made aware in June 2008 that NOPD officers might have played a role in the killing of Glover and a subsequent cover-up.

That was six months before anything about Glover’s death was published in the news media, thus prompting the federal probe that resulted in the convictions of two officers.

At the end of 2008, the NOPD, responding to an initial report in The Nation magazine, announced it had not received “any complaints or information to substantiate any of the allegations” in the article.

The NOPD’s news release asked citizens with information on the matter to call Defillo.

Draining the Swamp – Dept. of Justice Investigative Report on New Orleans Police Not Good

No one expected the U.S. Department of Justice’s (DOJ) 10-month investigation of the New Orleans Police Department (NOPD) to turn up anything pretty, but certainly no one could have imagined just how damning it would be. In its summary of the report, the DOJ found reasonable cause to believe local cops engaged in multiple violations of federal law and unconstitutional conduct in a variety of areas. Those violations included use of excessive force; unconstitutional stops, searches and arrests; “biased policing,” particularly toward African-Americans, gays, lesbians and especially transsexuals; a systemic failure to provide services for non-English speakers; and a systemic failure to investigate sexual assaults and domestic abuse.

  ”For far too long, the New Orleans Police Department failed to adequately protect the citizens of the city,” Deputy Attorney General James Cole told the group gathered at Gallier Hall on March 17. “This was a result of its failure to ensure respect for and adherence to the Constitution.” Assistant Attorney General for Civil Rights Thomas Perez said the NOPD’s failings were “wide ranging, systemic and deeply rooted in the culture of the department” — encompassing policies, recruitment, training, supervision, paid details, performance evaluations, interrogation practices and more.

  The 115-page report (www.justice.gov/crt/about/spl/nopd_report.pdf), which had been requested by Mayor Mitch Landrieu and NOPD Chief Ronal Serpas, was shocking even for a department known for its dysfunction. Among its conclusions:

  • Mishandling of officer-involved shooting investigations “was so blatant and egregious it appeared intentional.”

  • A “significant” number of arrests had “apparent constitutional violations.”

  • Officers often use unnecessary force that’s “deliberately retaliatory.”

  • Sexual assault investigations were “systematically misclassified,” resulting in a “sweeping failure.”

  • NOPD has “virtually no capacity to provide meaningful access to police services” for non-English speakers. (To his credit, Serpas began working on that problem before the report was issued.)

  And for African-Americans, many of whom have long said the NOPD unfairly targets blacks, the report confirmed their worst fears. Of the 27 instances between January 2009 and May 2010 in which officers intentionally discharged their firearms at people, all 27 of those people were black. “Despite the clear policy violations we observed, NOPD has not found an officer-involved shooting violated policy in at least six years,” the report stated. The report also noted “racial disparities in arrests … in virtually all categories, with particularly dramatic disparity for African-American youth under 17.” In 2009, the report said, the arrest rate of black youths versus white youths was a staggering 16 to 1 — a disparity that was “so severe and so divergent from nationally reported data it cannot plausibly be attributed entirely to the underlying rates at which these youth commit crimes.” Asked after the meeting if he had a personal message for black New Orleanians who have long been fearful of local cops, Landrieu said, “They were right.”

  The report is bound to cause widespread discussion and concern. The important thing for all citizens to bear in mind going forward is the underlying purpose — and ultimate utility — of the report. It must lay the groundwork for curative action by the mayor, the City Council and the police chief — all under DOJ supervision. It’s equally important for citizens to recall that Landrieu invited the feds to look at NOPD; he knew NOPD had major problems and he wanted an independent assessment from top to bottom. Now he has it, warts and all.

  The next big step for Landrieu, Serpas and the feds will be drafting a consent decree, which is a binding federal judgment against the city setting forth specific steps — including deadlines and benchmarks — that NOPD must take to correct the problems cited in the report. Overall, the report should serve as the first meaningful step toward long-term, systemic reform at NOPD. Many of the report’s conclusions are familiar refrains. What’s different now is the presence of a mayor and a police chief who are committed not only to reforming the NOPD but also to institutionalizing those reforms.

  We wish the feds and city officials well in their attempts to drain this decades-old swamp. With federal oversight, we hope the NOPD, in the words of Assistant AG Perez, “earns the trust of the public it is charged with protecting.” As the report clearly showed, NOPD has a long, long way to go.