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State of Equality and Justice in America: The Presumption of Guilt

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Louis Taylor was falsely imprisoned for 42 years by the U.S. justice system

AFRICANGLOBE – After serving 42 years in an Arizona prison for a crime he didn’t commit, a 58-year-old man was finally released this April. When Louis Taylor was just 16, he ventured out of his comfort zone to try a happy hour advertised by an upscale Tucson hotel, a typical foray for an adventurous teenage boy.

Unfortunately, that night a fire broke out that ultimately claimed 29 lives. In that moment, Louis Taylor stopped being typical and became extraordinary. He did not run from the danger as most people would.

Instead he took responsibility. He was spotted during the crisis busily helping people escape the flames, escorting guests to safety and assisting people on stretchers.

Ordinarily, he would have been hailed a teenage hero for demonstrating a civic duty only expected of grown men. Yet eyewitness accounts of his beyond-the-call-of-duty service were not credited as outstanding demonstrations of good character. To police and even some bystanders his very presence made him automatically suspect.

More than the possibility that he could have saved someone’s life, people were consumed by their sense that he “did not belong in a fancy Tucson hotel”.

The forensic evidence suggested faulty electrical wiring or some building defect as the likely cause, not arson, but scientific facts could not derail a hardwired determination that because Louis Taylor was  African-American, he had to be at fault. His youth, his innocence, and even his dramatic work to save and comfort the victims were imperceptible and irrelevant.

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Louis Taylor was just a 16 when he was subjected the a legal lynching

Outraged citizens wanted the death penalty. A profiler was brought in who swore under oath that the likely perpetrator was “a Black teenager.” Louis Taylor was convicted by an all-White jury and sentenced to multiple life sentences, ensuring he would die in prison. Fortunately, the Arizona Justice Project recently took up the case. New research from the National Academy of Science proved there was no evidence of arson in the fire. Wrongly convicted, Louis Taylor was finally released-42 years later.

It would be hard to call Mr. Louis Taylor lucky, but the truth is thousands just like him, including innocent children, are being victimized by a presumption of guilt that never sees African-American youth as blameless, as engaged in proverbial “good, clean, fun,” as harmless. Instead it attributes to them every violence and vice, even if those suspicions contradict the facts.

For nearly 50 years, starting in the 1920s, America maintained a prison population of close to 200,000 people. Today we have the highest incarceration rate in the world with 2.3 million people in jails or prison. One out of three Black boys born in 2001 is likely to serve time in jail or prison during his lifetime. Half of our incarcerated are imprisoned for non-violent drug crimes.

While African-American teens are less likely to abuse drugs and alcohol than Whites, they are 3-4 times more likely to be arrested, convicted or sent to jail or prison for non-violent drug offenses. The violent crime rate in America is the same as it was in 1968, yet our prison system has grown by over 500 percent.

School to Jail

The presumption of guilt follows too many poor and minority children to school, a place where children should be nurtured and supported, not criminalized and incarcerated. Yet the pipeline from school to jail is so insidious, many parents now fear schools as much as they fear the criminal justice system.

In 2012, the Justice Department sued school officials in Meridian, Mississippi for systematically incarcerating Black and disabled children for days at a time for minor dress code infractions like wearing the wrong color socks or talking back to the teacher.

According to the American Civil Liberties Union, children have been expelled for giving Midol to classmates, bringing household goods to school for Goodwill donations and scissors to class for an art project.

 

Children as young as five years old are being led out of classrooms in handcuffs for acting out or throwing temper tantrums. They have been arrested for throwing an eraser at a teacher, breaking a pencil, and having rap lyrics in a locker. African-American children constitute 18 percent of the nation’s public school population but 40 percent of the children who are suspended or expelled.

Profiling Legalized

In Arizona, Alabama, Georgia and a growing number of states, legally sanctioned racial profiling has been resurrected leading African-Americans particularly, and other ethnic minority U.S citizens, to fear harassment, suspicion and detention.

In New York City between 2002 to 2011, 90 percent of the city’s notorious “stop and frisk’’ victims have been Black and Latino residents. In 88 percent of those stops, ethnic minorities were found to be innocent of any wrongdoing.

In the year when this nation will celebrate the Supreme Court’s historic ruling to create a right to counsel for indigent people accused of crimes, protections for the poor and innocent are almost non-existent.

In a courtroom, where justice should be blind, the presumption of guilt is especially dangerous. Today too many innocent prisoners like Louis Taylor are trapped by systemic pressure to plead guilty in a system where 96 percent of all convictions are rendered by plea bargains.

‘Innocent Defendant’s Dilemma’

The Innocent Defendant’s Dilemma, a recent study, describes how the blameless, particularly those who are poor, find it an onerous, nearly impossible burden to prove their innocence. With few resources for defense, they find themselves trapped by a system that presumes their guilt. Since the odds seem hopelessly stacked against them, many innocent individuals reluctantly plead guilty to avoid the longest prison terms or even death. Innocent victims lose years in prison, face rejection because of criminal records, and many never reach their potential.

Human Rights Abuses

We have come a great distance in the last 50 years, but we still have not fully escaped the miseducation and distortions created by America’s policies of racial injustice.

These problems demand remedies, and we must admit this nation may require some form of therapy before we can freely reconcile ourselves to a better future informed by the truth surrounding present human rights abuses and those of the past.

Despite progress, in the last 50 years we have retreated from an honest conversation about racial and economic justice, and have opted instead for mass criminalization and incarceration leaving many poor and minority people marginalized and condemned. As Taylor’s story reminds us, out of sight is hardly out of mind. It is an abysmal violation of human dignity.

 

U.S. Rep. John Lewis has represented the 5th Congressional District of Georgia since 1987. Bryan Stevenson isexecutive director and founder of the Equal Justice.

 

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Posted: 06/04/2013

SURPRISE, AZ - Jessie Thornton sleeps during the day and runs errands and  works out during the night.

"My wife, she's an ER nurse and works three 12-hour shifts, so I adjusted my  schedule to be like her schedule," said Thornton.

The 64-year-old retired firefighter moved to a Surprise retirement community  from Ohio.

Jessie says his late hours have put him in the police spotlight.

"I've been stopped 10 times in Surprise and given four tickets, it's  amazing," said Thornton.

His latest incident with Surprise police officers prompted Thornton to hire a  lawyer with plans to sue the department.

Around 11 p.m. Thornton, according to Surprise Police Department paperwork,  was pulled over for crossing the white line in his lane.

"He (the officer) walked up and he said 'I can tell you're driving DUI by  looking in your eyes,'" said Thornton.

The 64-year-old says his eyes could have been red because he had just left LA  Fitness where he was in the pool swimming.

"I take my glasses off and he says, 'You've got bloodshot eyes.' I said,  'I've been swimming at LA Fitness,' and he says, 'I think you're DUI,'" said  Thornton. "He (the officer) goes, 'Well we're going to do a sobriety test.' I  said, 'OK, but I got bad knees and a bad hip with surgery in two days.'"

Medical documents show Thornton was scheduled to have hip replacement surgery  two days after the incident.

According to the police report, the officer notes that Thornton does have a  hip and knee problem.

Thornton said two other officers arrived and he conducted the sobriety  test.

"At one point, one of the officers shined the light in my eye and said, 'Oh,  sorry,' and asked the other officer if he was doing it right,'" said  Thornton.

Thornton said he was then placed in handcuffs and told to sit on the  curb.

"I couldn't even sit on the ground like that and they knew it and I was like  laying on the ground, then they put me in the back of an SUV and when I asked  the officer to move her seat up 'cause my hip hurt she told me to stop whining,"  said Thornton.

According to documents provided to ABC15 from the City of Surprise, Thornton  was taken to police headquarters where he took a breathalyzer test.

The test, according to the police documents came back with a blood alcohol  level of 0.000.

"Yes, I do the breathalyzer and it comes back zero, zero, zero," said  Thornton.

While in custody, a "DRE" or drug recognition expert is called to test  Thornton.

"After he did all the tests, he says, 'I would never have arrested you, you  show no signs of impairment,'" said Thornton.

The Surprise resident is right. The police documents show the drug  recognition officer wrote, "I conducted an evaluation of Jessie, in my opinion  Jessie was not under the influence of drugs or alcohol."

According the documents from the Surprise Police Department, the blood  analysis showed no drugs were detected in Thornton's blood.

Jessie's car had been impounded and the MVD notified of the DUI charge.

"I then get this message that my license is being suspended and I have to  take some sort of drinking class or something," said Thornton.

According to the police documents, Thornton was later released to his  wife.

"She was at work and had to come get me, it was a mess, I couldn't believe  it," said Thornton. "On top of that my car was impounded on a Friday night and  they said I couldn't get it until Monday.."

Thornton now claims this wasn't DUI.

"It was driving while black," said Thornton.

"This is a case of D-W-B, driving while black," said Thornton's attorney Marc  Victor.

Victor's office has filed a notice of claim against the City of Surprise  seeking $500,000.

"It's not totally about the money, although I'm already out more than $5,000,  that's $5,000 that I don't have," said Thornton.

"This is not the way American citizens ought to be treated by officers or  treated by anybody for that matter," said Victor.

To be clear, ABC15 provided the Surprise Police Department an opportunity to  talk about Thornton's incident, however, due to standard policy, the Department  was unable to comment due to pending legal action.

The DUI charge was recently dropped, but Victor's office claims it's not  enough.

"Here he (Jessie) is being harassed for no other reason than the color of his  skin," said Attorney Charity Clark. "It's frustrating that somebody had to go  through this type of experience, they poke and prod him and arrest him for  nothing."

Thornton said his daughter, who is in law enforcement, has filed an official  complaint with the City of Surprise.

"Listen, I was a firefighter and firefighters work hand in hand with police  officers, I have nothing against police officers, this just wasn't right."

As for Jessie's hip, medical documents show he did have hip replacement  surgery days after the arrest.

"I just don't want any of this to happen to somebody else," said  Thornton. 

Copyright 2013 Scripps Media,  Inc. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast,  rewritten, or redistributed.

 

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Diabetic, asthmatic Ashlynn Avery sues after being beaten  and arrested for classroom nap  

 
 
 
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Ashlynn Avery, a diabetic  asthmatic with sleep apnoea, was allegedly bashed before being arrested by a  school cop for dozing in class. Source: Facebook

 
 
 

A DIABETIC, asthmatic student with a sleeping disorder was allegedly bashed  then arrested by a school police officer after being caught napping at her desk.    

 

Ashlynn Avery alleges Officer Christopher Bryant slapped her backpack before  shoving her face-first into a filing cabinet and handcuffing her.

Shortly afterwards, the teen vomited in a police car and had to be taken to  hospital. She had to wear a cast on her arm for a month as a result of her  injuries.

Ms Avery is now suing the city of Alabama, its police department and several  employees at Hoover High School for civil rights violation, battery and  negligent supervision and hiring.

According to her complaint , Ms Avery fell asleep while in a  room reserved for "in-school suspensions" after getting in trouble for cutting  class.

The student, who suffers from diabetes, asthma and sleep apnoea fell asleep  while reading Mark Twain classic Huckleberry Finn.

In response, the school's suspension supervisor, Joshua Whited, allegedly  walked over to Ms Avery's cubicle and struck it, causing the partition to hit  her head, the lawsuit states.

She woke up but soon drifted off again. Whited allegedly then took the book  and threw it back onto her desk - hitting Ms Avery's chest in the process - and  ordered her to leave the room.

It is alleged that Officer Bryant followed Ms Avery, slapped her backpack,  and then "proceeded to shove Ashlynn face first into a file cabinet and handcuff  her".

"Ashlynn required follow-up care to her shoulder, arm, and wrist. Ashlynn  also required extended mental counselling for trauma caused by the defendants,"  the lawsuit stated.

The Averys are seeking "compensatory and punitive damages for civil rights  violations, battery and negligent supervision and hiring".

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Police interaction with community needs work

Angelique Gerald-Porter shows where she was grabbed on her arm by a policeman in front of her Overbrook house on Memorial Day 2011. The cop also punched her in the stomach, she says. STEVEN M. FALK / STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER
Angelique Gerald-Porter shows where she was grabbed on her arm by a policeman in front of her Overbrook house on Memorial Day 2011. The cop also punched her in the stomach, she says. STEVEN M. FALK / STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER
Posted: May 30, 2012

THE WHITE SHEET covering Denzel Stephens’ body soaked up his blood from the pavement, as Fairhill neighbors craned their necks to catch a glimpse of the 21-year-old who lay facedown between parked cars.

Philadelphia Police investigators scoured the area for evidence, and an officer joked with neighbors while he tried to disperse the crowd. But when he turned to a young boy, his pleasant attitude changed.

"I’ll probably be seeing you in about six years," Officer Arthur Anderson, a nine-year department veteran, said to the wide-eyed youth watching cops step carefully around the bloody, bullet-ridden corpse on 2nd Street near Allegheny Avenue.

A man standing next to the boy spoke out against Anderson’s statement, and Anderson turned to him. "I’ll probably see you tomorrow," the 25th District officer said. Then he addressed the neighbors: "If you don’t like it, file a complaint."

This exchange on a night in late March, witnessed by a Daily News reporter, exemplified an "us-versus-them mentality" that residents say persists between some cops and civilians in certain areas, limiting officers’ ability to build the relationships needed to solve the city’s raging violence.

Cpt. Frank Vanore, Anderson’s commanding officer, said he was unaware of any complaint after the incident. He said that he’d look into the matter and that officials are still interviewing witnesses, other officers and supervisors who were there.

But the sting of the officer’s statement is an offense that Vanore said he takes personally.

"You gotta talk to people, you gotta listen to information, but the last thing you want to do is promote a poor attitude toward police or say something derogatory," he said.

Similar incidents occur relatively regularly in Philadelphia, residents say, eroding faith in the department and counteracting its effort to use neighborhood-based policing to build bonds in areas where citizens are distrustful — or hostile — toward law enforcement.

Dan Kennedy of South Philadelphia, who witnessed Anderson’s comment to the boy in Fairhill, said that most Philadelphians in high-crime and poor areas seem resigned to shrugging off negative encounters with police because they’re used to them.

"It’s almost an understanding. You almost give up all your rights," Kennedy said, adding that the police "need to not consider each person in neighborhoods a criminal before they’ve done anything wrong. I think that that sort of outlook on things is just counterproductive to what they should be doing."

Working with the neighborhood

The police department adopted a neighborhood-based policing model in 2009, splitting the city’s 21 police districts into 64 Police Service Areas — smaller clusters of neighborhoods.

Police usually patrol the same neighborhoods to forge relationships and familiarize themselves with criminal elements and quality-of-life issues.

With cops spending an average of about 70 percent of their time patrolling their PSAs, according to Commissioner Charles Ramsey, strained relationships could be costly.

"We carry baggage as police ... where we don’t always treat people the best," Ramsey said. "We’ve had some people, unfortunately, who violate their role and don’t have the highest level of integrity. So, I mean, some of it we bring on ourselves. Some is real, some is perceived."

A study by Wesley Skogan, a professor at Northwestern University’s Institute for Policy Research, suggests that negative encounters with police are as much as 14 times more influential than positive ones in shaping the way a civilian perceives police.

Skogan found that these types of questionable exchanges happen more often in poorer, higher-crime areas where police and civilians would likely benefit most from having solid relationships.

"Positive interactions can help you a little bit, but one negative interaction can do a lot of harm. It’s always difficult, this is a very complicated, dynamic kind of environment," said Jerry Ratcliffe, chairman of the criminal-justice department at Temple University. "When people have a bad impression of the police, it’s very hard for police to recover from that."

Deputy Commissioner Patricia Giorgio-Fox, who oversees the Office of Organizational Accountability, said negative encounters are likely to happen regardless of patrol strategy.

"It is a work in progress, and some officers and some community members are much more comfortable with the interpersonal aspect of what we’re asking them to do," Giorgio-Fox said. "That takes time."

"We’ve got to make sure, when we bring people into the workforce, [that we] don’t make assumptions that they are comfortable interacting with folks," Ramsey said.

"Don’t make assumptions that they’re comfortable interacting with people who may not be like them," said the commissioner, adding that young officers — like nearly everyone else — seem to be losing interpersonal skills as communication becomes increasingly technology-based.

That’s why assigning younger officers to patrol high-crime areas and having them work regularly with neighbors is essential to the community-based policing model, Ramsey said.

"It changes your attitude, so later on in your career you realize everybody’s not out to get you, everyone doesn’t hate you, everybody’s not a crook or a criminal," Ramsey said. Although relations may be strained in some neighborhoods, he said, cops walking the streets and talking to people in nonthreatening situations is the only way to start building trust in the city’s roughest areas.

"There are more decent, law-abiding citizens living there than criminals — and you don’t know that if you’re driving up and down the street in a Crown Vic at 40 miles an hour," Ramsey said.

A traumatic experience

It will take time to change public perceptions of police and to change cops’ attitudes toward citizens through the neighborhood-policing model, Ratcliffe said. "The principles under which it’s set up are sound," he said, "But I think we have to be realistic."

For Angelique Gerald-Porter and her family, being realistic about the way cops interact with civilians meant moving to a different neighborhood in a different district after she was beaten by a 19th District officer in front of her Overbrook house on Memorial Day 2011.

Police responded to Gerald-Porter’s block on Simpson Street near Vine to question a group of teenage boys. Gerald-Porter, her 2-year-old son and a friend were watching from the steps of her house. She didn’t agree with the way officers were behaving, and her friend recorded the encounter and took down badge numbers.

A cop told Gerald-Porter to go to the end of the block, even though she repeatedly told him that she lived in the house.

"This is our property right now," the officer said shortly before he was recorded on video grabbing Gerald-Porter by her arm. From there, the iPhone video dissolves into a whirlwind of screams while the officer wrestles Gerald-Porter to the ground. She said that the cop punched her in her stomach, and that her son was pinned beneath them and was kicked in his head during the scuffle.

Both were treated and released from Lankenau Hospital.

In an incident report, cops said Gerald-Porter’s argument with the officer incited neighbors to crowd the block and hamper their investigation. But the video tells a different story, with four squad cars crammed onto the street and more police than civilians.

Although charges of disorderly conduct were thrown out against her, the incident had a lingering impact. After years of donating to the families of fallen police and firefighters, she considers her family’s relationship with the department broken.

"My children were scared to go outside, my children were traumatized," Gerald-Porter said. A call to the 19th District to check whether the officer was still patrolling her neighborhood left her feeling that the incident had been disregarded by the department.

"And I said, ‘So he’s still walking around my neighborhood with a gun?’ He said, ‘Yeah, that’s exactly right,’" Gerald-Porter said. "I never called back after that. I was scared to death."

Ramsey said the community-based-policing model may not be as effective in some neighborhoods as in others. But whether tense situations are instigated by police or by civilians, Ramsey said, officers are expected to hold themselves to a higher standard.

"We have some police officers who don’t perform their job the way I’d like to see them perform their job — either they don’t have the social skills or the kind of caring that I would like to see in police officers," he said.

"This is not pro-bono work. They get paid to do this stuff and there is an expectation that I have — that the community ought to have — that they be professional at all times. There’s no excuse to treat people poorly."

Contact Phillip Lucas at 215-854-5914, lucasp@phillynews.com, or follow @UnPhiltered on Twitter. Read his blog at www.phillyconfidential.com.

NAN To Protest Brutality In Front Of Natchez-Adams County Miss. Sheriff’s Dept. [VIDEO]

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Rev. Charles Williams II (center), President of NAN’s Detroit Chapter, speaking to reporters about the Tasering of Debra Pernell-Simmons, Vice-President of the Mississippi Chapter of NAN, by the Adams County Sheriff’s Department.

The Mississippi Chapter of the National Action Network (NAN), community leaders and local clergy in Natchez, Mississippi have joined forces to protest the vicious Tasering of Debra Pernell-Simmons, Vice-President of the Mississippi Chapter of NAN and a retired Detroit Public School teacher, by the Adams County Sheriff’s Department, as well as their larger culture of brutality, said Rev. Charles Williams II, President of NAN’s Detroit Chapter, in a press release.

RELATED: NewsOne EXCLUSIVE: Debra Pernell-Simmons: NAN Vice-President Tasered At Miss. Civil Rights Rally [VIDEO]

In addition to the “Rally for Justice,” the coalition is calling on the Adams County District Attorney’s office to investigate and charge deputies with excessive force.

“I’ve been in the City of Natchez for a complete weekend and as I’ve talked to Natchez residents and community leaders in churches, barbershops and even the Zydeco Festival,” said Rev. Williams in an exclusive statement to NewsOne. “It’s evident that the community at large feels that the Adams County Sheriff’s department has a history and reputation for performing rogue and brutal actions on residents and inmates. Therefore we will also set up meetings with the United States Department of Justice and Mississippi State Attorney General calling for intervention and investigation.”

As previously reported exclusively by NewsOne, Pernell-Simmons and members of NAN, the civil rights organization founded by Rev. Al Sharpton, traveled to Natchez on June 3, 2013, to throw full support behind Glennese Smith Scott, 33, a social worker and author of the book, “Surviving A Thousand Deaths,” who is in the midst of an uphill court battle against the Sheriff’s Department for abuse — and negligence — she allegedly suffered at their hands that caused her to miscarry twins.

While protesting on the sidewalk in front of the Adams County Courthouse, in compliance with a city permit, Pernell-Simmons was told to move. When she refused, she was violently pushed to the ground and held down by two Black deputies, Charles Sims and Walter Mackel, while being Tasered by White deputy, Danny Barber.

“Don’t forget that some Africans sold us into slavery,” said Williams. “They use our own against us.”

Watch exclusive video recorded by NAN member, Crystal Jackson, below [Trigger: Police Brutality]:

“It is truly a disgrace how the Adams County Sheriff’s department turned a peaceful rally into something ugly and utterly violent,” said Jackson, to NewsOne. “This was the point of the rally, to address [Scott's] mistreatment by this department and they did not fail to prove themselves worthy of their allegations.”

At an organizational meeting at King Solomon Baptist Church in Natchez on June 8, former Justice Court Judge Mary Lee Toles said that the charge brought against Simmons picketing that interferes with government buildings, property, streets and sidewalks” — was a remnant of the Civil Rights Movement when police tried to intimidate African-Americans into not protesting.

“There have been protests and marches since then, and that law has never been invoked,” said Toles. “My question is, ‘Why now?’ Because [NAN] was protesting misconduct by the Sheriff’s department.

“I want to know why,” Toles continued. ” And they need to answer to why.”

Phillip West, a civil rights activist and the city’s first Black mayor since Reconstruction, gave visiting NAN members a glimpse into Natchez history, and explained that this type of racist, corrupt behavior is not new to the oldest town in Mississippi:

“Natchez is the birthplace of Mississippi,” said West. “The Forks-in-the-Road was the second largest slave trading post in the South. We have more millionaires per capita than any city in the United States. This [kind of behavior] is not new… but coming together as a community we can end it.”

Community members interrupted the speakers at times to call for the firing of Sheriff Chuck Mayfield and for an overhaul of the entire Sheriff’s department.

Though West voiced the opinion that Mississippi law does not allow for a recall of elected officials, there is a seldom used recall law that has rarely been put to use:

The DJ Journal reports:

In Mississippi, statewide elected officials can be removed from office only if they are convicted of a felony – with some few exceptions. County officials, on the other hand, can be removed by the voters under a law the Legislature passed in 1956.

“I’ve never heard of it being used,” said Bubba Neely, a longtime Mississippi Senate attorney. “It’s so convoluted, I don’t know how it could be used.”

Under the provision, laid out across three dozen code subsections, the governor may remove a county official after a multi-phase process, which begins with the reasons for that person’s removal:

“Knowingly or willfully failing, neglecting or refusing to perform any of the duties required of such officer by law.” (Miss. Code ’72, Sect. 25-5-5.)

Constance Malcolm, Supporters Speak Out For Cop-Slain Ramarley Graham After Failed Indictment

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It’s been almost a month since a Bronx judge threw out an indictment against NYPD officer Richard Haste, the man who shot and killed 18-year-old Ramarley Graham (pictured below), on a technicality. Thursday afternoon, Graham’s family, friends, and supporters met at the house where the teen was gunned down.

RELATED: Bronx Judge Throws Out Ramarley Graham Case, Family Vows To Keep Fighting For Slain Son

Due to a small turnout and inclement weather, original plans for a rally to the 47th Precinct turned into a public speakout against the judge’s decision and the system that encouraged it.

“It’s low numbers, but the number doesn’t make a difference, you know,” Constance Malcolm (pictured far right), Ramarley’s mother, told the crowd. “Even if we have two people, we [will] still be out here, fighting for justice for Ramarley.”

“It’s hard enough to get an indictment, and for them to do that [throw it out], I look at it like, it’s a detour. We’[re] [going to] find some way to go around it, and we’[re] gonna get justice. No matter how long it takes, we’re gonna get justice.”

Yul-san Liem, a member of anti-police violence movement the Justice Committee, saw the smaller crowd as another hurdle in the fight for an indictment.

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“We have to keep the pressure on,” she said. “We’ve been doing actions, telling folks to call, fax, e-mail the D.A., telling them they have to convene a grand jury to indict Richard Haste. The only way they’re gonna do it is if they feel they have no other choice.”

“Going through this struggle, and knowing about other victims of police brutality and racism that we’re dealing with — this system is not made for us,” said Sneferu Boatwright, a Bronx resident who was in the neighborhood when Graham was shot. ”This system is just made for the few to thrive [off] the many, which means the many must suffer in this system.”

Watch Constance and others speak out:

“The most important thing we can do is unite with each other and just realize that we’re in this together and that this is not gonna end until we decide that it’s over, until we decide that the next victim is the last one.”

As NewsOne previously reported:

Graham was shot and killed in his bathroom by Officer Haste on February 2, 2012, after he was pursued by Haste and his narcotics unit.

Haste and his fellow officers were reportedly monitoring a local bodega for drug activity, when they allegedly spotted Graham in a drug deal.

Police claim that Graham gave chase once he saw police officers and then refused to put his hands up when commanded to, causing Haste to pull the trigger and end the teen’s life. Graham was allegedly attempting to flush the small purchase of marijuana down the toilet.

But what can be clearly seen on a surveillance tape tells a different story.

If Graham was indeed running from a drug deal gone bad, why is he seen on video calmly entering his home? And while officers are seen running up to the residence and immediately kicking the door down, why did they refuse to follow protocol and announce themselves and then enter Graham’s residence WITHOUT  a search warrant?

The Graham family will be holding 14 marches every two weeks throughout the city, a reference to the 14 months it took them to receive charges against Haste. The first official march will take place on June 27th at 125th Street and Adam Clayton Powell Boulevard  at 5 p.m.

RELATED: We Must Get Justice For Ramarley Graham

Bizarre! Man Arrested During BMW Test Drive

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Jon-Christopher Sowells (pictured) took a test drive that he’ll never forget!

The Gwinnett County, Ga., man went shopping for a BMW and decided to take the car for a test drive. What happened next was disturbing. The cops pulled him over and cuffed him for obstruction, according to the GA Daily News.

SEE ALSO: Tayloni Mazyck: 11-Year-Old New York Girl Paralyzed After Being Shot By Stray Bullet

It all started when Sowells drove a BMW out of Philips Motors in Snellville for a test run. He drove onto a highway and was stopped by police officers soon after. According to Sowells, the officer said he didn’t have any tags on the car.

“I said, ‘No problem.’ I don’t have any tags on this car because it’s not my car,” Sowells said he told one of the officers. “The dealer is right there. We can get it all clarified.”

When Sowells asked the officers repeatedly to call and confirm his test drive with the dealership, they allegedly refused. Sowells said the officers asked to view a document that was strewn across the vehicle’s back seat. Not knowing what it was, he refused.

Bad move!

The officers then resorted to using bully tactics, Sowells claims. “They asked me to get out of the car. I said ‘I don’t feel comfortable.’ They commenced to open up the car door and they tried to drag me out of the door by my left arm,” he contends.

It was at this point that the officers called for backup.

SEE ALSO: ‘Family Values’: Trina Braxton Files For Divorce [VIDEO]

The police report states that Sowells tried pulling away from the policemen. When the lawmen pulled out their tasers, Sowells then acquiesced and was arrested on the spot.

Sowells is upset by the incident because, “they’re treating me like I’m a criminal and I hadn’t done anything.”

Here’s what the Snellville police department had to say about the matter:

The officer observed a paper on the rear seat that appeared to be of the type dealers use when placing a vehicle for sale. He asked if he could retrieve it and Mr. Sowells refused. Based on his refusal to provide information and his passive and then active resistance, Mr. Sowells was charged with obstruction.

Police officials also state that when the dealership was contacted, no one answered the call. When Sowells and the officer drove to the dealership, “The dealer comes out to pick the car up and at this point I’m thinking we can all go home,” Sowells figured. “Everything is OK now. No, it’s not OK. I’m going to jail.”

But he is not taking the ruffian treatment that he claims to have endured by the officers lightly. The Georgia resident, who has never been arrested, plans on fighting his case to the hilt.

BTW, Sowells ended up purchasing the BMW after all!

 
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Victim’s mother spends 20 years fighting police brutality The mother of a man who was shot 14 times by police while in handcuffs 20 years ago has spent years of her life fighting police brutality. >>> http://on.thegrio.com/17nCCD4
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James D. Laboard: Baltimore Cop Found Not Guilty Of Choking Teen To Death [VIDEO]

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Baltimore County police officer James D. Laboard, 33 (pictured right),

was found not guilty of choking unarmed teen, Christopher Brown,

17 (pictured left), to death on June 12 while allegedly trying to

arrest him, reports the Baltimore Sun.

Brown was with a group of boys who allegedly threw a rock

at the door to Laboard’s home. The officer gave chase, and

without cuffs or a gun, felt that putting the teen in a chokehold

was the only way to restrain him.

 

It killed him instead.





 

“There is no evidence that Laboard intended to kill,”

attorney Ezra S. Gollogly, said in court. “What the state is

doing in this case is 20/20 hindsight.”

Brown’s mother and sister wept in the courtroom,

while Laboard was “visibly relieved.”

Read more from the Baltimore Sun:

State’s Attorney Scott D. Shellenberger

said the state agreed with Brown’s family that

Laboard had used excessive force, but the jury

had the ultimate decision.

“This was an incredibly tragic case,” Shellenberger

said. “Obviously we in the state’s attorney’s office

felt a crime had been committed.”

Brown’s attorney, Russell A. Neverdon, said

he has notified the Baltimore County Police

Department that he intends a civil suit over

the incident, an action he said would also

target Laboard.

Neverdon said he felt the state did

not emphasize to jurors that Laboard gave

chase and then confronted the teen. He

said Brown ran from Laboard and then hid

 in some bushes, and thus was not an

aggressive suspect.

In closing arguments, Deputy State’s Attorney

Robin Coffin told jurors that Laboard had been

enraged when he went after Brown, and

 had used a neck restraint that was inappropriate

for police action. Baltimore County does not train officers

in neck restraints, a police academy instructor testified.

“These are not the actions of a well-trained police

officer,” Coffin said, noting that he had nine years of

police training in which he would have been faced

with similar, high-stress situations. “He has a right

to be angry but not to kill.”

Though Laboard claimed to responding officers that

Brown attempted to hit him, the medical examiner’s

officer does not agree. According to them, scratches

on Brown’s arms were consistent with the teen struggling

to pull Laboard’s arms from around his throat.

Brown’s death by asphyxiation was officially ruled

a homocide. Laboard, who was charged with manslaughter,

was facing up to 10 years in prison.

Read more at the Sun.

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Jury Recommends Death Sentence For Ex-Marines Convicted In Brutal 2008 Slayings

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Earlier this month, two separate Riverside County, Calif., juries found three ex-Marines guilty of first-degree murder in the 2008 slayings of Marine Sgt. Jan Pietrzak (pictured), 24, and his wife, Quiana Jenkins-Pietrzak (pictured), 26.

The defendants who took part in the brutal murders are 25-year-old Kevin Cox, 25-year-old Tyrone Miller and 23-year-old Emrys John. A fourth man charged with the murders, 21-year-old Kesaun Sykes, will stand trial in August.

The penalty phase of the trial began on Monday for Cox, Miller and John. Four days later, the jury handed down a death sentence recommendation for John and Miller who were convicted of first-degree murder and a life sentence without the possibility of parole for Cox, reports the New York Daily News.

The Pietrzaks, who had been only married three months at the time of their murders, were an interracial couple. According to court documents, the four suspects stormed the couple’s Riverside, Calif., home at about 1 a.m. on Oct. 15, 2008 and proceeded to terrorize them for nearly two hours before fatally shooting them.

Police investigators discovered Pietrzak’s body hog-tied, bloodied and badly beaten. Quiana, who had been studying to become a doctor, had been savagely raped by the men with a pink vibrator while her husband was forced to watch. According to authorities the racist phrase “N—-r Lover” was scrawled on the walls of the couple’s home.

The four former Marines then attempted to destroy any evidence by setting the couple’s five bedroom home ablaze, as they fled the premises with jewelry, bank cards and even juice from the refrigerator.

Ironically, John, Miller and Cox had worked with Pietrzak at one time while stationed at Camp Pendleton.

Lawyers for the defendants, John, Miller and Cox, have requested a new trial; all three will formally be sentenced by a Riverside County judge later this  summer.

The black/white marijuana arrest gap, in nine charts

 

 

         
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As you’re probably aware, black Americans are arrested for marijuana possession far more frequently than whites. You may also know that there’s not much evidence that black people consume marijuana with greater regularity than whites do.

But the extent of the disparity between the rate of arrest and the rate of use for white and black Americans may surprise you. The ACLU has an absurdly comprehensive new report tracking marijuana possession arrests for blacks and whites at the national, state and county level. Sure enough, they find that black and white people use marijuana at roughly the same rates:

marijuana_use_rate_by_race_yearIn at least one year, the white usage rate was higher. The others, the black usage rate was higher, but in no year were results for the two races that different. For young people ages 18-25, the rates of use are higher for whites:

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And more blacks say they’ve never used marijuana:

neverused_marijuana_by_raceOf course, this doesn’t translate to roughly equal arrest rates. Not even close:

marijuana_arrest_rates_by_race_yearAnd this is a uniform phenomenon. It’s not that some states treat the races equally and others treat them really unequally. Only in Hawaii are the rates even close to equal, and that’s biased by the fact that blacks make up only 1.6 percent of the population. In the state with the second-lowest disparity, Alaska, blacks are 1.6 times more likely to be arrested. In the state with the biggest, Iowa, blacks are 8.34 times more likely to be arrested. D.C. has the second biggest; in the District, blacks are 8.05 times more likely to be arrested.

Similarly, the vast majority of counties arrest blacks at a higher rate than whites, with some having a disparity of greater than 10 to 1:

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And this includes a lot of urban areas that are highly populated and liberal-leaning. Cook County, Illinois, which includes Chicago, has one of the largest disparities of any county. So does New York County (Manhattan) and Kings County, N.Y. (Brooklyn):

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How important is this? Well, while making up a quite small share of our prison population, marijuana possession charges make up nearly half of total drug arrests:

percent_drug_arrests_marijuana_possessionObviously, being arrested without going to jail is a lot better than getting arrested and going to jail. But it’s still a major nuisance, leading to fines, long hours of community service and thousands of dollars in legal fees.

The report does suggest that legal reforms, in particular decriminalization, is effective at reducing overall arrest rates. Massachusetts decriminalized the possession of small amounts of marijuana in 2009, and arrests dropped an enormous amount:

massachusetts_decriminalization_effectBut interestingly, the racial disparity in arrests did not fall at all:

massachusetts_disparity_year_by_yearIn 2008, the black arrest rate in Massachusetts was 3.41 times the white arrest rate. In 2009, it was 5.4 times the white arrest rate. Now, the importance of the disparity diminishes when overall arrests are falling that dramatically, and there’s no reason to think that decriminalization caused the disparity to increase; in 2010, it fell back down to 3.81.

But it’s hard to make the case that decriminalization made enforcement more equitable. Indeed, as Stanford med school Professor Keith Humphreys notes, the states that have legalized or decriminalized marijuana to date all have smaller-than-average black populations. That suggests that whatever benefits casual marijuana users have received from those policies have mainly accrued to white smokers.

Earlier this month, two separate Riverside County, Calif., juries found three ex-Marines guilty of first-degree murder in the 2008 slayings of Marine Sgt. Jan Pietrzak (pictured), 24, and his wife, Quiana Jenkins-Pietrzak (pictured), 26.

 

  Here I live in Cali and I do not recall these murders!  This is my first time ever hearing about this.   Man!  What a focking waste.  These white monsters are getting worse by the minute.  But!

 

If you thought police brutality was limited to just Black men...

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Honor Student Inexplicably Beaten by Police “I Awoke Spitting My Teeth Out On the Ground”

 
 

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BLOOMINGTON IL- On June 29th 2013, Gabriella Calhoun’s life changed forever.  The night was warm and clear, and after partying with friends, Gabriella and her friends decided to go to their local neighborhood Denny’s to get a late night meal.  Gabby is an honor student at Wiley College.  She finished high school a year early and went to college a year before the rest of her cohort.

Sitting on the left side of Denny’s so they can have a view of the parking lot, her crew of 17, all high school graduates, witnessed a fight between two girls.  As the group of college bound students were ordering their drinks, the cops were called.

When officers arrived on the scene, they entered the Denny’s and approached Gabriella’s table and asked if they had anything to do with the fight.   A friend, who shall remain nameless, told the officers that they were not involved with the fight at all at which the cops left and went back outside.

The two girls who were fighting outside were allowed to go into the Denny’s to “clean themselves up.”  One girl was previously maced by a police officer in the parking lot for acting unruly.  When the two girls saw each other inside of Denny’s, they started to fight again.  The cops rushed into the restaurant to break the fight up.

As the cops tried to clear Denny’s, they again approached Gabriella’s table, at which a close friend of hers told the cops they were not involved with the party that was fighting.  The cops grabbed the nameless young man, (he wants his name protected out of fear of retaliation), and escorted him out of Denny’s.  Gabriella followed them and grabbed his side.  As she exited the Denny’s she felt a grip on her neck and arm and says that out of reaction, she tried to pull away.

What happened next was unimaginable.  According to her friends, Gabriella was hit in the face with a night stick by a female officer and was knocked unconscious.   When Gabriella finally gained consciousness, the Wiley College Student said, “I awoke spitting my teeth out on the ground.”

Gabriella then stated, “When I came to, the officer begin to choke me again.  When I was finally able to talk, I asked the officer to please let me go because I have asthma, but she [the officer], said, ‘I don’t care if you have asthma.  You were hitting my officer.’”

“Afterward, the officer kept saying over and over again, ‘how was your party’ as she held my face to the ground.”

The female cop then lifted the petite honor student off of the ground, at which her b*****s were exposed because the tube top shirt she was wearing had rolled down.  She asked the officer if she could please pull up her shirt, but the officer told her to do it herself.  She then walked Gabriella all the way from the front of the Denny’s to the back where the cop cars were.

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Gabriella was then sent to the precinct where she was booked on one charge of felony aggravated battery and two misdemeanors for resisting arrest.

“While at the jail, I received limited medical attention,” said Gabriella.  “The doctors only gave me ointment and an icepack which I had to ask for.”

“I think this is racial profiling not only by the Bloomington police department but also by Denny’s,” stated Lynia Cooper, friend of the victim. “Nobody else in Denny’s had to leave except the African Americans in that area.  The police didn’t hear us out and ultimately used cruel and unusual force on Gabby.”

Cooper added, “Might I add the police didn’t even arrest the females that were involved in the altercations.”

Your Black World tried to reach out to the Bloomington, IL police department, but they said they were unable to make an official statement because the case hasn’t gone to trial yet.

The entire incident left Gabriella terrified. “The whole situation is out of hand,” stated the frightened teen.  “I don’t deserve this and now I hate to look in the mirror.  When I look at what I use to look like to what I look like now, it hurts.  I had the prettiest smile but now I have 3 fake teeth in my mouth.  Nothing is the same.  I have to train myself to talk with my new teeth.”

The victim’s mother, Montana Amy Calhoun, wants justice for her daughter.  She is asking that anyone who can give information on resources for the family in the Illinois area, please reach out to them.  If you know of resources in Illinois that can help the family, please leave the information in the comments section of this article.

  The thing is...blacks are killing blacks in Illinois and so are the police!  So where oh where do we begin?  Who do we go to FIRST?  The youth who are NOT listening?  Or the police who are NOT listening?  I think we are witnessing a social war on the inside as well as the outside of our culture.   This. Is. A. Tragedy.   But! 

Originally Posted by Kocolicious:

  The thing is...blacks are killing blacks in Illinois and so are the police!  So where oh where do we begin?  Who do we go to FIRST?  The youth who are NOT listening?  Or the police who are NOT listening?  I think we are witnessing a social war on the inside as well as the outside of our culture.   This. Is. A. Tragedy.   But! 


Black on Black crime has nothing to do with a social war, but has more to do with the availability of guns for Black children/teenagers and Black youth who are too immature to possess them in the first place.  Loop Holes in our gun laws have created a pipeline from the gun "dealers", gun "shows" and "private sales" straight to the Black community, straight into the hands of immature Black youth and criminals. 

 

Black on Black crime and Police Brutality and Murder of Black people are apples and oranges. 

 

The Police have a duty bound by law to Not murder American citizens, to Not harass American citizens, to Not torture American citizens, to Not beat American citizens to with an inch of their life, that are not threatening them with violence or a weapon.  When the police single Black people out to harass, beat, torture and murder in cold blood, they are no longer police officers, but are no more than gangs doing what gangs do.  When Police Commissioners/Sheriffs/Chiefs and D.A.s/Prosecutors/Judges/Juries look the other way, side with rogue, racist, sadistic, psychopathic cops in such acts, it is nothing but Jim Crow in action and the continuation of the Lynching of Black people in America.

  No No No!  Black on Black killing IS a social WAR.  Cuz why?  We as people CANNOT socially GET ALONG with each other to the point that we ARE killing each other.  No?  Whether or not we have the availability of GUNS....what is it that is possessing us to KILL?  You can give a person a gun....but!  It takes that HATRED inside to pull the trigger.  Guns don't kill my sista.......people do!  And in this case, black youth have over and over again for the LAST 30 years.  So you can say whatcha want...how you percieve this but the bottom line is SOCIALLY in Africa as well as in America.....for some sick reason blacks are compelled to kill themselves as opposed to killing the very people who has placed us in this position,  Being tooo immature is besides the point, if you are RAISE to respect other people....but!  Guess what?  Many black parents are NOT around to teach their CHILDREN self-control....as the saying goes...you can't make a horse drink.,,,if HE don't wanna.  So what is possessing our children to wanna?  KILL?

 

Whether it's police brutality....or blacks killing blacks it is the SAME mentality that says....blacks are NOT worth their lives.  Lord knows I am sorry....but!  I totally disagree with you on this.  Cuz I have witnessed blacks WATCHING with eyes wide open the PINK ELEPHANT in the room....and do nothing. See folks see social war as the white man against blacks or racists against blacks....if so then what is it called when it's blacks against blacks?  Where you cannot even REASON with them.  We already KNOW  that massa is the NEW Police.  That's a given.  But what is it the lures young black men to kill each other or who are willing to die as well as spend the rest of the lives if caught in jail as a result of the spilling of another black person who look like their BLOOD relative?  Cuz at the end of the day DEAD is dead regardless of WHO pulls the trigger.  Death is NOT gonna get up argue and identify the true culpit...cuz it's a done deal.  Blacks do the SAME as police.  We singled out each other. We harass each other. We have a DUTY to get along with each other but don't.  Blacks torture, beat, threaten, murder in cold blood.......alladat!   My sista it is the same ELEPHANT trampling on both sides of the field.  

 

 And I think maybe this is where the misunderstanding in our community lies....the fact that many of us don't see that it is the SAME twisted element that inspires police brutality....inspires black on black crime,   How I see it?  It's the SAME evil.  Just called different names at different times,  With the same end result from both names.  And that is why for me?  It is a collective TRAGEDY. Cuz back in the day, you use to be able to RUN from the police in the backyard of your black community....now if you do, you just MIGHT get shot!  So who is the REAL enemy?  Us?  Or them?   But! 

Originally Posted by Kocolicious:

  No No No!  Black on Black killing IS a social WAR.  Cuz why?  We as people CANNOT socially GET ALONG with each other to the point that we ARE killing each other.  No?  Whether or not we have the availability of GUNS....what is it that is possessing us to KILL?  You can give a person a gun....but!  It takes that HATRED inside to pull the trigger.  Guns don't kill my sista.......people do!  And in this case, black youth have over and over again for the LAST 30 years.  So you can say whatcha want...how you percieve this but the bottom line is SOCIALLY in Africa as well as in America.....for some sick reason blacks are compelled to kill themselves as opposed to killing the very people who has placed us in this position,  Being tooo immature is besides the point, if you are RAISE to respect other people....but!  Guess what?  Many black parents are NOT around to teach their CHILDREN self-control....as the saying goes...you can't make a horse drink.,,,if HE don't wanna.  So what is possessing our children to wanna?  KILL?

 

Whether it's police brutality....or blacks killing blacks it is the SAME mentality that says....blacks are NOT worth their lives.  Lord knows I am sorry....but!  I totally disagree with you on this.  Cuz I have witnessed blacks WATCHING with eyes wide open the PINK ELEPHANT in the room....and do nothing. See folks see social war as the white man against blacks or racists against blacks....if so then what is it called when it's blacks against blacks?  Where you cannot even REASON with them.  We already KNOW  that massa is the NEW Police.  That's a given.  But what is it the lures young black men to kill each other or who are willing to die as well as spend the rest of the lives if caught in jail as a result of the spilling of another black person who look like their BLOOD relative?  Cuz at the end of the day DEAD is dead regardless of WHO pulls the trigger.  Death is NOT gonna get up argue and identify the true culpit...cuz it's a done deal.  Blacks do the SAME as police.  We singled out each other. We harass each other. We have a DUTY to get along with each other but don't.  Blacks torture, beat, threaten, murder in cold blood.......alladat!   My sista it is the same ELEPHANT trampling on both sides of the field.  

 

 And I think maybe this is where the misunderstanding in our community lies....the fact that many of us don't see that it is the SAME twisted element that inspires police brutality....inspires black on black crime,   How I see it?  It's the SAME evil.  Just called different names at different times,  With the same end result from both names.  And that is why for me?  It is a collective TRAGEDY. Cuz back in the day, you use to be able to RUN from the police in the backyard of your black community....now if you do, you just MIGHT get shot!  So who is the REAL enemy?  Us?  Or them?   But! 


But, what is the social factor in Black on Black crime?  When you say social war, I'm thinking, different classes/religions/ethnicities/etc. against each other. 

Sista Sunnubian wrote:  But, what is the social factor in Black on Black crime?  When you say social war, I'm thinking, different classes/religions/ethnicities/etc. against each other.


  The social factor in Black on Black crime?  Is not accepting of who we are to each other and as a people.  The social factor is not being able to be a "father" to a son.  As a result, the abandonment of that son...cuz the father was an abandoned son-since slavery.  Therefore, historically he has been not socially accepted by his own family and moves outward to define himself and joins a group just like him.  His group face another group just like them....there is no acceptance.....socially.  Therefore, they plot to DESTROY each other with guns, robbery, murder. harassment...for generations. It soon becomes father like son.  Then daughter like mother-who are both without fathers and many times without mothers.  No social training of acceptance.  


The only other example I can give regarding this conditioning is similar to how a "dog" trainer teaches other dogs how to be social toward each other- this element of training in our culture has been de-veined.  Much like pit bulls today many black folks find difficulty being be in the SAME environment-street, party, park, neighborhood with each other without citing some form of VIOLENCE.  No? 


It is a human conditioning massa has created for us which silently screams flaw play.   You can see it in the current behavior of many of our people.  So...when you define social war as classes, ethniticies against each other, in a way it is true.  Cuz we are African hybrids with different ethnicities[sp] running through our veins but are rejected by these very ethnicites [sp] who raped our identity.  In terms of the classes, traditionally this is true as well.  The field hand vs the house hand.  The educated vs the uneducated...and so on.  We too are identified with a form of caste system but the difference?  It is INVISIBLE.  Yet extremely powerful and dangerous where it manipulates us to HATE what we see in the mirror and hate others who look like us.  Hate to the point where we have become socially UNABLE to find unity within our culture.  If what I say is false, then someone explain to me WHY are we the only race in the WORLD to  kill each other in droves?  Not just here in America.   But in many countries in Africa where there too are caste systems of class.  For example the Hutus vs Tutus,  SLA[Sierra Leone Army] vs RUF, Bantu vs Zelas, Lissouba vsPCT[Congolese Labor Party]...just to name a few.  Why is this so?  Therefore we have to look at the term "social war" differently from what we've been taught by massa to find the real answer cuz his meaning doesn't apply.  Cuz it is a FACT we as blacks are in a social war against each other.  And it has EVERYTHING to do with socially accepting each other as a people-a recognition thus far our children have been having a difficult time doing.  If this is not so, then what is the REAL reason for the disunity and.........the senseless killings? I wanna KNOW.   But!

  Hopefully this will work.   This video is another example of what I am talking about regarding social war against blacks on each other.  If you listen to Kanye words, he is depicting the very thing.   His calling women bitches is  a reflection of the pain he is experiencing from the lost of his mother-although he was calling women bitches before he death...now it is reflective to "anger" that she is gone.  The verbal challenge to other black men-calling them the "n" word is another reflection of not accepting  which I like to deem being "socially unacceptable" therefore this cites a rant of degradation to those men who look like HIM!  So...as I psychologically break down the angst of Kanye's newest video, I can clearly SEE his pain, anger and rejection[though he claim he doesn't care] of being a [misunderstood] black man in America.  He doesn't fool me.  And it is my hope that he continue to grow out of fooling himself.  Thus the paradox of his message.  But!

 

 Check his video below:

 

 

 

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Alexandria James:
I'm writing you to bring awareness to a situation that happen in my community with 17 year old Kendrick kj Johnson, here in Valdosta Ga who was found dead on Jan 11,2013 rolled up in a cheerleading mat at his school lowndes high school the day he was found his mother, father, grandfather was allowed to identify his body or even if it was his. until after his autopsy, and he was dressed at the funeral home. his autopsy is still not back after months. I ask of you please help. you are welcome to research situation your self...
https://www.facebook.com/RipKendrickJohnson
Alexandria James:
I'm writing you to bring awareness to a situation that happen in my community with 17 year old Kendrick kj Johnson, here in Valdosta Ga who w...as found dead on Jan 11,2013 rolled up in a cheerleading mat at his school lowndes high school the day he was found his mother, father, grandfather was allowed to identify his body or even if it was his. until after his autopsy, and he was dressed at the funeral home. his autopsy is still not back after months. I ask of you please help. you are welcome to research situation your self...
https://www.facebook.com/RipKendrickJohnson

  We are shown over and over how this society feels about us..... no secret...and yet we continue to allow our children to live in a community where is no peace, no unity, no respect UNTIL something tragic from the outside happens.  We. Need. To. Clean. Up. OUR, backyard.  We need to take steps to reclaim our youth....our people.  As long as we stand divided?  The killings of our children will continue.  We don't even know who killed this young man.  And yet folks are on the streets demonstrating cuz the medical examiner has given the cause of death as "no foul play."  Fact is the boy is deceased.  Again....walking around that elephant.  I know how about demonstrating EVERY time a gang banger drives by and shoots into his own neighborhood?  Instead of hitting the floor to avoid the bullets.  Let's start there.  As a parent who lost a child every time I see something like this it focking SICKENS me.  Cuz it's sooooo backwards and fake.  You are scared of your OWN people and yet when one of our children die at the hands of massa......here yall come?  GTFOH.   How's that working? 

 

I remember one time I joined a group called Parents of Homicide Victims years ago.  Annually we would walk down a popular boulevard with posted pictures of our deceased children at the hands of cowardly drive bys,  Motorcycle police would guide us as we marched silently to our destiny:  a church where speakers who talk about the violence, police brutality etc against our young.  Parent after parent would come up to the podium with kleenex in hand telling  their stories.....then afterwards we would ALL go home and the same DAY 4 or 5 youths would be gunned down on the same streets we JUST walked.  That several years ago.

 

 My point?  Sometimes chemo therapy and radiation DON'T work.  Sometimes you have to CUT the cancer OUT.  And we do that by restructuring HOW we reform our community that will embrace our youth and teach our youth socialization skills necessary to evolve into effective nonviolent whole adults.  I don't understand WHY no one is listening. As long as we accept negativity: negative thinking, behavior, music, environment, murder of our children[by whomever] will focking CONTINUE.  And that my friends is the focking tragedy of being BLACK in America.  Cuz we can stop it RIGHT NOW!  But thus far, haven't.  We can only walk sooooooo far.  But!

I don't know why no one is listening and doing what it takes to put African America back together, at least to a point of where our young people are not out there killing one another. 

 

But, I see the murder of Black people in America out of pure racism and the gang killing/murders as two issues, not just one issue, therefore, they will have to be dealt with as two different issues and two different reasons so many Black people are being murdered in America. 

 

During Jim Crow, hell since slavery, jim crow, the Black Codes, really since slavery was racialized in America, Black people have been murdered, tortured, harassed and deliberately blocked from justice.  The same time that this was going on, there were Black people that killed other Black people in America as well [though of course not on the level we see today, nor for the reasons that we see today], but, just because there also were Black people in America that killed another Black person during jim crow, et. al in America, it did/does not make the racist Lynchings [which is exactly what all the racist murders of Black people in America is] of Black people any less relevant. 

 

We need to address BOTH issues, not overlook one because the other is also happening. 

  I hear ya my sista!  I don't WHY Blackfolks [feel they] can't walk and chew bubble gum at the same time.  You are correct it is TWO issues....but!  It was DEVELOPED through one issue that NEVER got eradicated.  So....just like a disease that isn't cured or treated at its inception,  it  potentially manifests itself into several fatal conditions.  Which is WHAT we have today in our community.   Me myself I don't care about what issue came first... or how many issues we have now [from racism/self-hate]...I just want the FOCKING killings of our young to STOP..that's all.    But! 

John Henry Spooner To Stand Trial For Killing Black Teen He Accused Of Stealing Shotguns

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A Milwaukee man accused of shooting his preteen neighbor to death last year is set to stand trial this week, reports the Milwaukee Journal.

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According to prosecutors, 76-year-old John Henry Spooner (pictured left) suspected 13-year-old Darius Simmons (pictured in photograph) of stealing three shotguns from his home. Spooner confronted Simmons as he took out the trash around 10:00 a.m. on May 31, 2012. When Simmons denied involvement and his mother told Spooner to go away, Spooner allegedly produced a handgun and fatally shot the youth.

When police arrived, Spooner told them he had shot Simmons. However, they questioned Simmons’ mother, Patricia Larry (pictured right), for two hours and searched her home as Simmons’ body was laying in the street, according to Bishop Tavis Grant, a field director for Rev. Jesse Jackson’s Rainbow PUSH Coalition.

Court records show that police previously removed 16 guns from Spooner’s house in December 2006. His reclaim form said the guns were taken because he had harbored a felon as a guest. A judge returned the guns to Spooner in April of 2007. Hours before the shooting, Spooner had met with Alderman Bob Donovan inside George Webb’s restaurant. He told Donovan that robbers had taken $3,000 worth of shotguns from his home two days prior. Spooner also said that he suspected his neighbors were involved and was upset that police hadn’t arrested anyone.

Donovan said that Spooner had been burglarized many times before and even installed surveillance cameras outside his house. During their breakfast together, Spooner may have hinted what was to come. Donovan claims Spooner told him, “there are other ways to deal with situations.”

But when asked if this meant a vigilante response, Donovan said, “I’m not going to speculate,” but that’s what you wonder now.”

Due to the striking similarities between this case and the Trayvon Martin trial, jury selection Monday focused on weeding out jurors who might be influenced by the latter’s outcome. Some jurors admitted they would have a tough time not noting patterns between both cases.

“There was a group that was unhappy about the injustice in the Zimmerman case,” one juror candidate said in court Monday. “They hoped there wouldn’t be another injustice in this case.

The candidate, who was white, was ultimately removed from the jury, saying that ”I am angry. I feel like the system is failing. I see black teenagers getting arrested for stuff that white people would get ticketed for.”

Spooner is charged with first-degree intentional homicide. He faces life in prison if convicted.

         

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Man arrested for having a stroke while Black, left to die on jail floor.

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Just when I thought Florida could not possibly surprise me with anything as awful as the Trayvon Martin travesty of justice; I come across this story that left me speechless. This poor man appears to have been arrested for having a stroke while being Black. I would warn you not to watch the video if you are sensitive to triggers. More below the fold...

I also wonder at the title of the article. The use of the word "inmate" to try and minimize the awfulness of what really happened? He was a man having a stroke and he was arrested and left to die on the floor of a jail cell because the officers assumed he was just a trouble maker instead of someone having a medical emergency; Not a goddamned "inmate". Why did the arresting officers not recognize obvious stroke symptoms? Why was he arrested instead of given medical care at the scene of the accident? And in Florida? Accidents caused by medical emergencies are not that uncommon down here with the millions of retirees driving around.

Allen Daniel Hicks Sr., 51, was found stopped in his car on the side of Interstate 275 by a sheriff's deputy and a Florida Highway Patrol trooper the morning of May 11, 2012. Passers-by had called 911 after they saw Hicks' Chevy Cavalier swerving west into a guardrail, records of the incident show.

Speaking incoherently and unable to move his left arm, Hicks was arrested on a charge of obstructing a law enforcement officer when he did not respond to commands to exit his car. Just after noon, he was booked into the Orient Road Jail.

Hicks did not receive a medical screening, but was put in a cell where he lay facedown on the floor or tried to crawl using the one working side of his body. On the night of May 12, soaked in his own urine, his brain choked of blood, he was at last taken to Tampa General Hospital and diagnosed with an ischemic stroke. He slipped into a coma and died within three months.

This is simply outrageous! There are two systems in this country and until such time as this is addressed we cannot move forward as a society. To continue to pretend that we are somehow a "post racial" society is non-productive and absurd. I'm sure there will be people right here on this site that will somehow try and excuse the behavior or pretend it would have happened had he been a White guy. The same people that just can't understand why Black folks are bit angry at the treatment they receive in our "post racial" society.
Lunsford noted that he "did not detect the odor of any alcoholic beverages" on Hicks and that he was "behaving in an erratic state … when asked for his driver's license he picked up the lid to the center console and dropped it closed." Hicks continued to claw at the console until Guzman reached inside it for him and retrieved his wallet.

Lunsford and Guzman became worried when Hicks did not obey commands to show his hands and exit the car. Seeing that Hicks' left hand was drooping into the side pocket of the driver's door, the officers pulled their handguns.

Hicks still acted befuddled, saying to Lunsford, "that's a 9-millimeter semiautomatic gun that you have," the report states. After ascertaining Hicks was unarmed, Lunsford and Guzman pulled him out of the car through the passenger door and handcuffed him.

Florida is rapidly becoming a third world police state whose blood lust and fever for slave labor has made it dangerous to be poor or Black or female or anything other than old and White and male. I wish I had an answer but until such time as we start a conversation I don't see one coming anytime soon. But yeah, just an "inmate" so nothing to see here, move along. Victimized first by law enforcement, medical staff and finally by the newspaper after death. What have we become?

Originally posted to Kristina40 on Mon Jul 15, 2013 at 11:45 AM PDT.

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Girl, 8, shot dead at sleepover after gunmen storm apartment and leave two other young children and their grandmother injured

  • Alaysha Carradine was staying over a friend's house while her mother was on vacation across the country in Washington, D.C.
  • She leaves behind a 4-year-old brother, her mother and step-father
  • A total of four people were shot, the three others remain hospitalized
  • Officials have announced a reward for help leading to any suspects

By  Ryan Gorman

An Oakland neighborhood is in shock after an 8-year-old girl was killed and two young children were injured when an apartment was left riddled with bullets Wednesday night.

Alaysha Carradine, 8, was killed and two of her friends, Amara York, 7 and her 4-year-old brother, ended up in the hospital when a gunman opened fire on the house they were in just at about 11:15 Wednesday night, according to reports.

York’s 63-year-old grandmother was  also shot in the leg, but her injuries are non-life threatening.  Khamel Hardin,22,  was upstairs at the time of the attack and went unharmed. Police have not yet released the names of the other victims.

 
Dead: Aspiring model Alaysha Carradine, 8, was shot to death by an unknown gunman while sleeping over at a friend's house

Dead: Aspiring model Alaysha Carradine, 8, was shot to death by an unknown gunman while sleeping over at a friend's house

 

‘It was like it was a bomb, an explosion, just going off so quick,’ Hardin told the San Francisco Chronicle.

The attack came when York ran to answer the doorbell, thinking it was her mother, according to KPIX. Instead, she was met with a hail of bullets but somehow survived the attack.

Bullets tore through both the security door and the wooden door behind it, as well as the walls of the apartment and a back window, blood could be seen on the carpet inside.

 
Senseless: The front door was shot up with a barrage of bullets, most of which hit Carradine, Amara York, 7, and her 4-year-old brother

Senseless: The front door was shot up with a barrage of bullets, most of which hit Carradine, Amara York, 7, and her 4-year-old brother

 

Carradine was at the apartment, where she is reportedly a regular visitor, because her mother was away on vacation in Washington, D.C., according to reports. Jesse Fowler, 24, also of Oakland, and the girl’s step father, was left to tell the dead eight-year-old’s mother the terrible news.

‘I just want to know why you would shoot up a houseful of kids. Where do you get the satisfaction in that?’ Fowler asked a number of local reporters after saying he was at a loss to understand such a senseless act. Fowler added that Carradine is also survived by a younger brother that he and her mother will have a hard time explaining to why his sister is no longer around.

 

 

'I know the kids didn't do anything to deserve this,' Sharon Smith, who was watching Carradine and let her stay over York's house told multiple local reporters, adding 'it's just heartbreaking.'

Set to join the third grade in a few months, Carradine loved school, reading and  modeling, according to reports. She was planning to go to a modeling competition with York Thursday afternoon, KPIXnoted.

 
A tragedy: Carradine was only weeks away from starting third grade when she was shot to death Wednesday night

A tragedy: Carradine was only weeks away from starting third grade when she was shot to death Wednesday night

 

‘She's not doing too good,’ Fowler told NBC Bay Area of Alaysha's mother, ‘She doesn't want to accept it.’

Saying he has heard gun shots before, neighbour Fre Lee, 52, told the paper that he ‘used to see those kids laughing, playing out front… they were so sweet.’

 
Horrific: Blood stains were visible inside the apartment where three children and an elderly lady were mercilessly shot late Wednesday night

Horrific: Blood stains were visible inside the apartment where three children and an elderly lady were mercilessly shot late Wednesday night

 

Interim Oakland Police Chief Sean Whent and Mayor Jean Quan visited the two injured children at a local hospital Thursday, teddy bears in-hand, according to reports.

Officials have not named any suspects, but have announced a $25,000 reward for any information leading to an arrest.

 

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According to a recent study, the shooting death of Trayvon Martin and the acquittal of his killer is not unique. In "Operation Ghetto Storm," the Malcolm X Grassroots Movement (MXGM) found at least 136 unarmed African Americans were killed by police, security guards and self-appointed vigilantes in 2012. Overall, one black person was killed in an extrajudicial shooting every 28 hours. We speak with Kali Akuno, a longtime MXGM organizer and author of "Let Your Motto Be Resistance: A Handbook on Organizing New Afrikan and Oppressed Communities." "This speaks to the mindset of criminalizing blackness," Akuno says. "We see it systematically throughout this country and really we have to get at the heart of it and have a much deeper conversation. I think the mass movement which is taking place in response [to the Trayvon Martin case] is an opening shot to have that conversation."

 

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NERMEEN SHAIKH: We turn now to a report that examines how what happened to Trayvon Martin, and the lack of punishment faced by his killer, is not unique. In a survey conducted in 2012, the Malcolm X Grassroots Movement found at least 136 unarmed African Americans were killed by police, security guards and self-appointed vigilantes over the course of a single year. When African Americans who were armed are included in the survey, the overall number killed in extrajudicial shootings was 313—one black person killed every 28 hours.

AMY GOODMAN: For more, we’re joined by Kali Akuno, a longtime organizer with the Malcolm X Grassroots Movement, author of Let Your Motto Be Resistance: A Handbook on Organizing New Afrikan and Oppressed Communities. His organization’s report is called "Operation Ghetto Storm," documenting the extrajudicial killing of 313 black people in 2012. Michelle Alexander is still with us, author of The New Jim Crow.

It’s great to have you both with us. Kali Akuno, very quickly, just go through what you found.

KALI AKUNO: What we found is that this practice of extrajudicial killings is very systematic throughout the country. We found that police officers rarely—or the security guards or those who are deputized, such as George Zimmerman—are rarely, if ever, persecuted for the crimes that they commit, for the killings that they commit. And we found that overwhelmingly—as you mentioned some of the figures, overwhelmingly, most of the folks who were killed do not have any weapons. And the main reason—even 47 percent of those who were killed, the reasoning that was offered by the police is that they felt threatened—and so, a very similar argument that you hear in the Zimmerman case. And this was very systematic.

And we also found that—313 is what we could definitely verify, but we believe that this is an undercount. And this is primarily because the police, how they document these killings, oftentimes in many states there is no race designated. But what you can do is look at the geographic area and kind of make some summaries. But the federal government really is not compiling this information, and not many people are trying to compile this information, so there is a pretty significant gap in terms of, you know, the cold reality, if we want to look at and desegregate it by race, of what’s actually taking place in our communities.

AMY GOODMAN: Kali, I want to ask you about a particular case. A trial began this week in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, for a case that’s been compared to the Trayvon Martin shooting. An elderly white man, John Henry Spooner, is facing first-degree intentional murder charges for the fatal shooting of his unarmed [neighbor], a 13-year-old African-American boy named Darius Simmons, in May 2012. According to the criminal complaint, Spooner confronted Darius Simmons of stealing from his home. When Simmons denied it, Spooner shot him. The boy’s mother witnessed her son’s murder. Darius Simmons’ aunt, Betty McCuiston, spoke at the vigil after the shooting.

BETTY McCUISTON: And his mom want everyone to know that he had his hands up, standing in front of him, when he shot him. And then he turned to run, and he shot him again in his back.

AMY GOODMAN: After witnessing her son’s murder, Darius Simmons’ mother, Patricia Larry, was reportedly forced to remain in a police car for more than an hour instead of being allowed to be with her son’s body. Police searched her home for the firearms Spooner had accused the boy of stealing but found nothing. He was her—his neighbor. They also arrested another of her sons on a year-old truancy violation. On Monday, at least one potential juror for the Spooner case was not chosen after he expressed anger over the Zimmerman verdict. Of the 14 jurors selected Monday, only one is African American. If you could tell us more about this, Kali Akuno?

KALI AKUNO: Well, I mean, just briefly, we see, again, the same pattern, particularly in the jury selection. We see the same pattern of how the police were derelict in their duties to gather the information, how they treated the mother and the rest of her family as if they were guilty. We see the same kind of pattern. It speaks to the mindset of criminalizing blackness, of criminalizing black people, that Michelle Alexander was breaking down to you, that we see as systematic throughout the country and that really we have to get at the heart of and have a much deeper conversation. And I think the mass movement which is taking place in response is an opening shot to have that conversation, to really talk about race in a more substantive way and to basically, I think, deal with the policies that we need to transform, you know, the stop and frisk, the war on drugs, because that’s ultimately what we’re talking about and what has to take place in this country, and to change this narrative.

NERMEEN SHAIKH: Michelle Alexander, very quickly—Michelle Alexander, very quickly, before we conclude, your final comment?

MICHELLE ALEXANDER: Well, just that I think it’s critically important that we think beyond traditional forms of politics. If we are serious about building a movement that will end the Zimmerman mindset, that will end mass incarceration and break our nation’s habit of treating black and brown men as disposable, it is going to take organizing, it’s going to take civil disobedience, it’s going to take a commitment to movement building far beyond the forms of traditional advocacy that have been so prevalent in recent decades.

AMY GOODMAN: Michelle Alexander and Kali Akuno, we want to thank you so much for being with us.

New Orleans teen sought in fatal second line shooting booked on Friday

 

         

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One of two teenagers indicted in the September slaying of an 18-year-old who was shot during a second line parade in New Orleans was arrested on Friday and is now in police custody, court records show. According to court records, Glenn Metz IV, 17, was booked on Friday, more than a week after he was indicted along with Lashawn Wells, 18, for the fatal shooting of 18-year-old Jamal Christian.

Police said Christian was shot near the intersection of Jackson Avenue and North Robertson Street during a second line parade around 6:15 p.m. on a Sunday in September.

Witnesses reported seeing two men shot, though initially police could find only one victim, who had been shot in the foot and survived.

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Christian's family reported him missing the following day and his body was found two days after the shooting in the bushes outside Mahalia Jackson Elementary School. He was found lying face down and had been shot once in the back.

The U.S. Marshals arrested Metz shortly after the shooting at a home in Covington. He was booked into Orleans Parish Prison, posted a $500,000 property bond in December and was released from jail. Police had been searching for him ever since his indictment.

He will be held on a $1.5 million bond.

Well has remained in jail since his arrest and is now also being held on a $1.5 million bond.

Both men are each charged with second-degree murder and two counts attempted second-degree murder, and face a mandatory life sentence if convicted.

Surveillance Video Catches Police Informant Planting Crack On Black Business Owner

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How many other Black men are in prison because of such practices?

AFRICANGLOBE – The Black male owner of a head-shop selling tobacco products in Scotia, New York seems to have been the victim of a police informant’s set-up. Surveillance video from Dapp City Smoke Shop shows an unnamed White man in a leather jacket pull what appears to be crack cocaine out of his pocket and place it on the counter. The paid, confidential informant for the Schenectady County Sheriff’s Office then photographs the drugs as “evidence.”

Head-shop owner Donald Andrews was charged with felonies — criminal sale and criminal possession of a controlled substance — that could have put him behind bars for 25 years. Forced to close his store, Andrews had spent three weeks in county jail before his lawyer insisted the grand jury view the surveillance footage.  On April 25, after authorities saw the tape, charges were dropped.

This week, the community gathered at a Christian Leadership Conference and expressed their concern with policing tactics, particularly incentivizing bogus busts by using paid informants. Many of them, facing their own charges, have a lot at stake in procuring convictions, however unethically. Community members also expressed concern that the set-up was racially motivated.

“With an informant like this, he will lie and plant things and he can’t really be trusted,”  Robert Outlar, told NEWS10 at the Southern Christian Leadership Conference.  Many of Andrews’ supporters are concerned the same paid informant has acted afoul before, prompting calls for District Attorney Robert Carney to review past cases with which he was involved.

The Schenectady County Sherriff Dominic Dagostino however, told reporters he does not believe there are other problems related to the informant. How he could be so sure, given the circumstances, is not clear.

“We believe that police used this same person on other matters, including those involving residents who may have pleaded guilty out of fear of lengthier incarceration or after having concluded that no one would believe they were framed if they denied the accusations,” Outlar also said.

Dagostino’s officers are currently on the look-out for the unknown informant, who skipped town and is facing perjury and possession charges. According to reports, he participated in seven other cases, two of which led to convictions. Andrews’ case is not the first time a paid informant has been linked to shady behavior, but is simply the latest installment in examples of what can go wrong when cold hard cash is linked to a conviction.

 

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Friday, July 19, 2013

Kody Ingham: Another Black male youth found dead (hanging) 

 
 
This is Kody Ingham, who was 18 years old.  He was found hanging from a tree in Athens, TX on Monday morning July 15, 2013.  
 
I spoke to Ray Nutt, Sheriff of Henderson County, where Athens is located.    In our conversation, he confirmed the tip, that Kody Ingham was found hanging from a tree, Monday morning.  Apparently, this incident took place on Sunday the day of the Zimmerman verdict.  
 
According to the Sheriff, Kody committed suicide.  In telling the story, he said that Kody killed himself after he left his girlfriend’s house.  I asked him if the girlfriend was white.  He said he did not readily know the answer and went to look it up.  He came back on the phone and said she was white.  He said Kody and his girlfriend went to a Rodeo where they ran into her old boyfriend.  He said Kody became very upset and an argument ensued that continued when Kody went home with the nameless girlfriend (I am pursuing her name). 
 
Kody finally told her he was leaving and she never heard from him again.  The next morning she found him hanging from a tree located down her driveway. According to a family source connected to the father, Kody called his mother at 2am in the morning and asked her to pick him up.  She called him back; he did not answer her call. 
 
Since this story was not reported in the newspaper, I asked a local editor of the Athens Review, why was Kody’s death was only reported as an obituary and not as a story.  He said they don’t report suicides. 
 
Of course this is very troubling since this incident happened on the heels of the George Zimmerman verdict.  Moreover, the contention that Kody killed himself is an all too familiar refrain in the suspicious death of young Black men.  We ran into this when we investigated the deaths of Billye Jo Johnson from Lucedale, Mississippi and Chavis Carter in Jonesboro, Arkansas.  
 
Both were dating white women and their deaths were suspicious.  I suspected, before I asked the Sheriff, that the girlfriend is white.  When it became very clear the girlfriend was white, the sheriff said he thought it was a suicide, but there needed to be more exploration of certain issues.  If the relative’s observation is true, then the girlfriend was dating Kody and the white boyfriend at the same time, which appears to be the same case with Billye Jo Johnson and Chavis Charter. 
 
I am in the process of trying to contact Kody’s mother and father, but am free to tell you that you may send condolences to the family at Hannigan Smith Funeral Home at

Here We Go Again! Unarmed Man In  Florida Shot By Deputies On His Front Lawn (PHOTOS)

         

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Roy Middleton, 60, is still confused about the incident that  took place in front of his home early morning Saturday.

While trying to retrieve a cigarette from his mother's car in the driveway of  his home, deputies in Florida's Escambia County shot  at him, resulting in non-life threatening wounds that sent Middleton to the  hospital.

It all started when a neighbor saw someone reaching into the car and called  911. That person happened to be Middleton - who was unarmed - and looking into  his own car outside of his own house. 

According to PNJ:

Middleton said he was bent over in the car searching the interior for a loose  cigarette when he heard a voice order him to, “Get your hands where I can see  them.”

He said he initially thought it was a neighbor joking with him, but when he  turned his head he saw deputies standing halfway down his driveway.

He said he backed out of the vehicle with his hands raised, but when he  turned to face the deputies, they immediately opened fire.

“It was like a firing squad,” he said. “Bullets were flying  everywhere.”

The sheriff's office declined to comment on the incident. However,  the Florida Department of Law Enforcement is investigating.

The deputies have not been identified, though they have been placed on paid  administrative leave.

As for Middleton, he'll be spending the next several weeks in the hospital  and will most likely have to pay for a huge hospital bill...and a new car.

“I’m just glad they didn’t hit me here or here,” he said, pointing toward his  head and chest. “My mother’s car is full of bullet holes though. My wife had to  go and get a rental.”

As if you needed another reason not to go to Florida.

SOURCE: PNJ

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Brunswick Baby Killing: White Woman Lied On Innocent Black Boys After Murdering Her Own Son

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Two innocent Black boys were dragged from their homes and charged with a crime they did not commit

AFRICANGLOBEBrunswick, Ga. resident Sherry West, 42, mother of baby Antonio Santiago slain on March 14, 2013, told CNN’s Piers Morgan she wants the alleged teen killers to die during an on-camera interview. “A life for a life,” she said.

De’Marquis Elkins, 17, and Dominique Lang, 15, were arrested and charged with murdering the 13-month-old. Their trial was set for this August but their public defender, Jonathan Lockwood, uncovered some shocking evidence.

She lied! The gunshot residue was found on both West and baby Antonio’s father, Louis, who was initially reported no where near the crime scene.

Back in March, West told police that while on her way home from the post office two Black boys attempted to rob her. When she told them that she didn’t have any money, they shot baby Antonio in the face, then shot her in the leg before running away.

The state forensic report says, “This supports the possibility that [Louis Santiago] discharged a firearm, was in close proximity to a firearm upon discharge, or came into contact with an item whose surface bears GSR [gunshot residue].”

Remember, accused Elkins’ mother Karimah Aisha Elkins, 36, and aunt Katrina Latrelle Elkins, 33, were arrested and charged with making false statements. A gun was found but authorities never indicated it was a murder weapon.

Also, West’s daughter Ashley Glassey, 21, said she didn’t want to wrongly accuse her mother but had her doubts because her stories were conflicting and she may have committed the murder for insurance money.

Police have not named Sherry West or Louis Santiago suspects in their son’s murder; however, Santiago is in jail for aggravated stalking of West.

“He went nuts … he was throwing things through the window and terrorizing me, saying that I killed my baby and it should have been me,” West tells CBS.

 

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Sherry West’s Own Daughter Does Not Believe Her Mother’s Story 

 

 

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On the night of June 26th, Traymon Williams was driving with his girlfriend, DeShonda Robinson, and her younger brother, Kelvin Robinson, Jr., when he noticed a police car following close behind him. Not wanting to risk getting a ticket, Williams said he double checked that he was driving exactly the speed limit, and that everyone in the car was wearing their seat belts.

Williams said minutes later, a second squad car raced toward them in the on-coming lane. It made a sharp U-turn, and soon, was joined by at least three other cars. Before long, blue and red lights were flashing and sirens wailing, and Williams, 26, found himself being ordered out of his car, and told to lie face down on the street. He goes on to describe the incident by saying  his arms were yanked behind his back as he was placed in handcuffs, the hot asphalt burning his cheek. He could see DeShonda out of the corner of his eye, being ordered to sit on the ground, along with Kelvin, but in that moment, he could only think about the sound of guns clicking into the ready position.

“This kid thought he was going to be killed,” says Michael Moore, attorney for Williams.  He told theGrio. “[Williams] was scared to death. He heard the clicking of guns [into the 'ready to fire' position]. He was scared to death.”

Eventually, Williams said, he recognized one of the officers and begged him to tell the others who he is. Williams attended some of the rallies and events calling for George Zimmerman’s arrest for shooting Trayvon Martin in 2012. He did a number of media interviews, including with theGrio, with his first name ”Traymon” – so similar to Trayvon’s — making him an attractive subject.  He previously met the newly installed police chief, Cecil Smith, at a community meeting.

Now, Moore has put Sanford police on notice. Williams has requested an internal affairs review, which Chief Smith says is already underway. The next step will be a notification, by letter, that unless the situation is resolved, the three black Sanford residents will file a lawsuit against the department.

“If there’s a way to resolve it, perfect,” Moore said. “If not, they’ll sue. The grounds might include civil rights violations, they might include intentional infliction of emotional distress, and possibly negligent infliction of emotional distress, or potentially false imprisonment – they weren’t free to leave. We’re still investigating that.”

Moore said that “resolution” has to go beyond an apology, which he says Williams didn’t even get after officers realized he wasn’t the person in the “Be On the Lookout” (BOLO) alert that triggered what’s called a “felony traffic stop” — one in which officers use maximum caution to ensure that the suspect is immobilized and unable to harm the officers attempting to effect a felony arrest. That night, officers were looking for a suspect in a home invasion. But Moore said that based on the photo published in local newspapers, the suspect is much larger than Williams. “The gentleman, if I can call him that, that they were looking for weighed 200-plus pounds, based on seeing the a photograph in the newspaper, and Traymon probably weighs 165, 170 if that,” Moore said.

“During a felony traffic stop, so people will have an understanding, it’s not your normal traffic stop,” Smith told theGrio. “We don’t come in and ask for a driver’s license, because there is a belief that the individuals might be armed and dangerous. So when the officer saw Mr. Williams driving he thought it was the individual we were looking for. During a felony traffic stop the individuals are usually ordered out of the vehicle, in many cases at gunpoint. Usually the driver first and they are usually placed in a position of disadvantage to the officers, usually face down, facing away from the officers, and the passengers are done the same way. This particular day it was really hot out and unfortunately, Mr. Williams was placed on the hot surface as were the other individuals. They were handcuffed and brought to the back of the vehicle and the identification was made that he was not the individuals they were looking for. Mr. Williams and the other two people were released.”

“I would simply say if they are stopping the right person, then they are correct,” Moore said. “But if they are stopping someone who they believe might be the person, as opposed to someone who is an exact match for the BOLO — the color of the car, the exact make and model and license tag, that’s the exception. If they have a real high confidence level that that’s the car they’re looking for. I think you’ve got to be darned sure.” In this case, Moore insists that the only similarities between Williams and the suspect were that both men were black, and both drove Toyota Camry models… The tags on the car didn’t match, and Williams says the first police car followed close enough to run the tags on the car, which belonged to his girlfriend.

Sanford Police Chief Smith said that when he learned of the incident, he remembered Williams as “a very good young man,” and that he “immediately implemented an internal investigation to look at the conduct of my officers that same day and we are in the process of reviewing the circumstances behind that traffic stop.” But he said that at first glance, it did not appear that the officers violated any of the department’s procedures.

“As soon as the info came to my attention, I had met this young man before, I know that he has his   master’s degree and had moved back to the community, and I believed that we had developed a relationship where he could come to me.” Smith said he called Williams himself last week, but that Williams referred him to Moore. He added that since Williams retained an attorney, the situation has become a “stalemate,” although Moore said Williams and his companions that night have given depositions to Internal Affairs.

“Traymon is traumatized, believe me,” said Moore. “He can’t talk about it without breaking down, and neither can his girlfriend. The cops didn’t apologize. There’s a way you handle it once you realize it’s not the person. Especially, you’d think they’d be a little more sensitive to these kind of stops when someone’s being profiled who’s African-American, in light of the Trayvon Martin case. So it’s clear to me that there’s not been any sensitivity training department-wide, because if so, it would have been handled differently.”

Moore says that to say Williams and his family are angry is an “understatement,” and that at this stage, he wants more than an apology.

“This is not something where a simple apology will do,” says Moore. “I think a resolution means making sure this will not happen to someone else. [Williams'] goal is to make sure the police department makes changes, so that someone like him is not traumatized the way he is. This kid has a clean record. He has never done anything wrong. Talk about all-American kids. They will present themselves very well if this goes further.”

 

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Neighborhood Response Unit rankles some

Williams isn’t the only one complaining that Sanford police haven’t changed since what many black residents see as the “bad old days” of officers who violently rousted African-Americans, and treated black residents with contempt.

On July 14, a group of black men playing dice on 15th Street in a predominantly black area of the city were approached by the new Neighborhood Response Unit, which was established by the department before Smith’s arrival, to respond to black community concerns that police were ignoring crime in their neighborhoods.

Police say the men appeared to be gambling, but one of them, Samuel Fuller, attempted to walk away, and refused to take his hands out of his pockets. He was Tased by an officer, and fell to the ground. Fuller was admitted to Orange County Regional Medical Center in Orlando in critical condition. He has since been released from the hospital.

A bystander took pictures of Fuller’s injuries with a cellphone.

But police chief Smith said the Fuller incident wasn’t about community relations or the police, or even about gambling. It was about resisting arrest. He said his department has launched an internal affairs investigation due to the severity of Fuller’s injuries.

Smith also expressed frustration with the notion that his department hasn’t changed fast enough. He also noted that Fuller has a lengthy arrest record.

“The neighborhood response unit was put together at the request of the people in the neighborhood to get rid of the guys who were selling drugs on the corner, who were doing a number of drive-bys in the Goldsboro area, and was also initiated by the commissioner in this area because she too was tired of the things that were taking place.” The commissioner, Velma Williams, is African-American.

“When people say they want enforcement, you can’t tell us that we don’t you to do that now, because now we’re starting to make the arrests,” Smith said. “Because we’re trying to make it a better community at your request.”

“At some point you have to come in and clean up before you can improve,” Smith said. “Sometimes you have to have that strong approach before you can have that soft approach. You can bring in the social programs and have them fail because people don’t feel safe to go to those social programs. This unit was put together before I got here to try and neutralize as much of the gun and drug issues in that area [as possible]. So we have a unit that comes in and does a cleanup job but we’ve also been doing those ‘walk and talks’ to try and communicate with people in the area. We have to take some kind of appropriate action. Do I think the officers could have taken a different approach [in the Fuller case]? Yes, but at the same time they are responsible for improving the safety in this community.”

Smith says that it’s unfair to point to a negative pattern or culture in the Sanford police department when it comes to the black community, but he admits there’s room for improvement.

“There have been issues between the police and the community, but if anyone even remotely thinks that in four months on this job, you’re going to change the perception of the police going all the way back? It takes time, it takes us all working together.” Smith started the job April 1st, after a nationwide search to find a permanent replacement for Bill Lee, who stepped down in the wake of the Zimmerman case.

“People told me to come in and take a vacuum and suck all these bad officers out, but the problem is there are unions, there is a police bill of rights, it’s not impossible but it takes time to weed things out and try and resolve issues in any organization,” Smith said, though he would not characterize any of the specific officers in the Williams or Fuller incidents, or prejudge the outcome of the internal investigations. “The community has to look at the fact that things are not going to change overnight. It’s going to take time for all of us to get beyond where we were. Believe me, if I find out any of those officers did something wrong I will discipline those officers, but there’s no disciplining the community when the community does the same thing.”

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  It's LIKE they don't CARE that the world is watching!  They don't care that Zimmerman's case show deliberate RACISM.  Or that police department DOES NOT serve and protect black people in their communities....and they are being PAID by black dollars TOO!!!!!  If it were the other way around and massa used his own money....then I think the odds would be fair cuz our dollars PAY for military and in-home security which definitely OUTGUNS them.  What a SLAP in the face that we are paying these clowns to terrorize our neighborhoods[and after they do so....they gallop back to their safe lily white track homes].  It is NOT fair.  And when it becomes sooooooo arrogantly unfair like this?  Karma is sharpening its knives....and loading up it weapons...for a social showdown!  Watch.  But!

Black off-duty cop shot 28 times by white officers faces 80 years in prison

 

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Howard Morgan, a detective for the Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railroad, was off-duty when he was pulled over by four white officers for driving the wrong way on a one-way street in February. Morgan and the Chicago police disagree about the altercation that followed, which left the former officer with 28 gun shot wounds. The Huffington Post reports on the story:

As much of the country follows the Trayvon Martin case, activists in Chicago are hoping to bring some of that attention to Howard Morgan, a former Chicago police officer who was shot 28 times by white officers — and lived to tell his side of the story.

Morgan was off-duty as a detective for the Burlington Northern Santa Fe railroad when he was pulled over for driving the wrong way on a one-way street on Feb 21, 2005, the Chicago Sun-Times reports. While both police and Morgan agree on that much, what happened next is a mystery.

According to police, Morgan opened fire with his service weapon when officers tried to arrest him, which caused them to shoot him 28 times. His family, however, very much doubts those claims.

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Judge Sentenced to 28 Years For Selling Black Teens to Prisons

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AFRICANGLOBE – Disgraced Pennsylvania judge Mark Ciavarella Jr has been sentenced to 28 years in prison for conspiring with private prisons to sentence juvenile offenders to maximum sentences for bribes and kickbacks which totaled millions of dollars. He was also ordered to pay $1.2 million in restitution.

In the private prison industry the more time an inmate spends in a facility, the more of a profit is reaped from the state. Ciavearella was a figurehead in a conspiracy in the state of Pennsylvania which saw thousands of young Black men and women unjustly punished and penalized in the name of corporate profit.

According to allgov.com Ciavearella’s cases from 2003 – 2008 were reviewed by a special investigative panel and later by the Pennsylvania Supreme Court and it was found that upwards of 5,000 young men and women were denied their constitutional rights, and therefore all of their convictions were dismissed and were summarily released.

During his sentencing Ciavarella was defiant, claiming he had broken no laws and claimed the money he received was a legitimate ‘finder’s fee.’ Assistant U.S. Attorney Gordon Zubrod said comments such as these were typical of Ciavarella, according to the local reporting of citizensvoice.com:

I think that’s his way of doing things. Never retreat. Always go on the attack. Always blame somebody else. Always get them to back off. He tried it with the judge. It didn’t work.

 

By: Lou Colagiovanni

 

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Racial Profiling Gone Wrong: Bigot Cops Didn’t Recognize Off-Duty Chief

AFRICANGLOBE – At least one cop has been disciplined for ordering the NYPD’s highest-ranking uniformed Black officer out of his auto while the three-star chief was off-duty and parked in Queens.

 

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Cleveland police to discipline 75 officers for role in deadly chase

 

         

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CLEVELAND -- Cleveland Police Chief Michael McGrath on Friday revealed that 75 of his officers will be disciplined for involvement in the November police chase that ended with two unarmed people shot dead.

The officers played a role in the pursuit, but are not among the 13 who had an active role in the chase's climax -- a volley of 137 bullets that killed Timothy Russell and Malissa Williams after they led police on a chaotic 23-minute chase.

Of the 75 officers facing discipline for violating police protocol, 19 will be referred to Public Safety Director Martin Flask for disciplinary hearings and could face temporary suspension, McGrath said during a news conference.

McGrath joined Mayor Frank Jackson, who said the city remains committed to being transparent about the investigation and that the officers involved in the chase will be held accountable.

The officers are charged with varying offenses ranging from engaging in a chase without permission to providing false information on duty reports, McGrath said, adding that none of the officers in question face termination.

The fatal chase began when two officers near the Justice Center in downtown Cleveland reported they heard a gunshot come from Russell's passing car.

Russell, with Williams in the passenger seat, fled the scene and led police on a full-tilt pursuit through downtown, Bratenahl and East Cleveland.

"When those officers started their tour of duty that evening, they started it with good intentions, and they had no intentions to get involved in this," McGrath said. "But then things happened...this is a tragedy."

More than 100 of the 277 officers on duty that night had some involvement in the chase, McGrath said. 

During the press conference, McGrath said 74 officers face discipline. Soon after, the mayor's office contacted The Plain Dealer to say the number is 75. 
 
The 75th officer has transferred to the Division of Fire since the chase and is no longer with the police department, according to a spokesman for the mayor
 
In June, the department fired one police supervisor, demoted two and disciplined nine others for their administrative roles in the chase.
 

The actions of the 13 officers who shot to death Russell and Williams are still under investigation, McGrath said.

That review is being conducted by Cuyahoga County Prosecutor Timothy McGinty.

The department could see changes to policy and training once all investigations are complete, McGrath said.

Police union chief Jeff Folmer, who attended the news conference, said department reform "has to start at the chief's level."

"Let's learn from this, and let's move forward," Follmer said.  

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75 cops face disciplinary charges after firing 137 shots at unarmed couple last Nov., killing them

Is it just my sensitivity to racial discrimination, or do you also think that some of our police officers are on a rampage?

In yet another case of fatal shooting by law enforcement, 75 police officers in Cleveland, Ohio, are finally going to be disciplined for firing more than 137 shots at an unarmed couple on Nov. 29 of last year, killing them.

Of the 75 officers, 19 will reportedly face a variety of charges including engaging in a chase without permission and providing false information on duty reports, according to anAug. 2 report in the Cleveland Plain Dealer.

According to the Business Insider, none of the officers lost their jobs months after more than 100 officers in 60 police cars engaged in a high-speed chase of 30-year-old Malissa Williams and 43-year-old Timothy Russell.

Widespread protests have not yielded any indictments or firings.

The 25-minute chase that spanned a reported three districts ended in the school parking lot of Heritage Middle School, where Williams and Russell died in a hail of bullets hurdled in their car.

When the gunfight was over, police found that it wasn’t a gunfight after all, for they were the only ones firing. The couple was unarmed and dead, with Williams shot 24 times and Russell 23. Not one police officer was injured.

Opinion

How could this happen, especially when police from the 5th District were reportedly ordered to terminate the pursuit five minutes before Russell and Williams were killed? Why weren’t the other two districts ordered to stop as well?

According to the officers involved, the couple had fired at them, but that was clearly not the case. The overzealous cops must have heard the Malibu car backfire and hastily concluded it was a gunshot.

The state attorney’s office believed police thought the couple had a gun because of wrong information broadcast over police radio.

Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine summed up this stunning overkill as being abnormal and a tragedy.

“There was nothing normal about this case,” he said.

These weren’t mass murderers or child abductors they were pursuing, so why the intense heavily armed cavalry?

Reports say Russell may have fled after hitting a police car because he was allegedly high on cocaine and driving with a suspended license. His companion also allegedly had marijuana and cocaine in her system.

Apparently, the Cleveland police department has a history of using excessive force, and police Chief Michael McGrath has a history of looking the other way.

In fact, 13 of the officers already have varied personnel records. When those entrusted to serve and protect the public act lawless, who holds them accountable?

To compound the systemic problem, many of these officers face no indictment. In fact, oftentimes they are given a mere slap on the wrist, which breeds mistrust, lack of respect, fear, animosity and tension between the police and the public, especially the black and brown communities across America.

I knew the instant I saw the headline to this tragedy that the couple shot dead were black, and that is a devastating testament to the society we live in.

         

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Cleveland police to discipline 75 officers for role in deadly chase

 

         

Brandon Blackwell, The Plain Dealer By Brandon Blackwell, The Plain Dealer Email the author | Follow on Twitter on August 02, 2013 at 12:30 PM, updated August 02, 2013 at  9:17 PM
         
  
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CLEVELAND -- Cleveland Police Chief Michael McGrath on Friday revealed that 75 of his officers will be disciplined for involvement in the November police chase that ended with two unarmed people shot dead.

The officers played a role in the pursuit, but are not among the 13 who had an active role in the chase's climax -- a volley of 137 bullets that killed Timothy Russell and Malissa Williams after they led police on a chaotic 23-minute chase.

Of the 75 officers facing discipline for violating police protocol, 19 will be referred to Public Safety Director Martin Flask for disciplinary hearings and could face temporary suspension, McGrath said during a news conference.

McGrath joined Mayor Frank Jackson, who said the city remains committed to being transparent about the investigation and that the officers involved in the chase will be held accountable.

The officers are charged with varying offenses ranging from engaging in a chase without permission to providing false information on duty reports, McGrath said, adding that none of the officers in question face termination.

The fatal chase began when two officers near the Justice Center in downtown Cleveland reported they heard a gunshot come from Russell's passing car.

Russell, with Williams in the passenger seat, fled the scene and led police on a full-tilt pursuit through downtown, Bratenahl and East Cleveland.

"When those officers started their tour of duty that evening, they started it with good intentions, and they had no intentions to get involved in this," McGrath said. "But then things happened...this is a tragedy."

More than 100 of the 277 officers on duty that night had some involvement in the chase, McGrath said. 

During the press conference, McGrath said 74 officers face discipline. Soon after, the mayor's office contacted The Plain Dealer to say the number is 75. 
 
The 75th officer has transferred to the Division of Fire since the chase and is no longer with the police department, according to a spokesman for the mayor
 
In June, the department fired one police supervisor, demoted two and disciplined nine others for their administrative roles in the chase.
 

The actions of the 13 officers who shot to death Russell and Williams are still under investigation, McGrath said.

That review is being conducted by Cuyahoga County Prosecutor Timothy McGinty.

The department could see changes to policy and training once all investigations are complete, McGrath said.

Police union chief Jeff Folmer, who attended the news conference, said department reform "has to start at the chief's level."

"Let's learn from this, and let's move forward," Follmer said.  

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75 cops face disciplinary charges after firing 137 shots at unarmed couple last Nov., killing them

Is it just my sensitivity to racial discrimination, or do you also think that some of our police officers are on a rampage?

In yet another case of fatal shooting by law enforcement, 75 police officers in Cleveland, Ohio, are finally going to be disciplined for firing more than 137 shots at an unarmed couple on Nov. 29 of last year, killing them.

Of the 75 officers, 19 will reportedly face a variety of charges including engaging in a chase without permission and providing false information on duty reports, according to anAug. 2 report in the Cleveland Plain Dealer.

According to the Business Insider, none of the officers lost their jobs months after more than 100 officers in 60 police cars engaged in a high-speed chase of 30-year-old Malissa Williams and 43-year-old Timothy Russell.

Widespread protests have not yielded any indictments or firings.

The 25-minute chase that spanned a reported three districts ended in the school parking lot of Heritage Middle School, where Williams and Russell died in a hail of bullets hurdled in their car.

When the gunfight was over, police found that it wasn’t a gunfight after all, for they were the only ones firing. The couple was unarmed and dead, with Williams shot 24 times and Russell 23. Not one police officer was injured.

Opinion

How could this happen, especially when police from the 5th District were reportedly ordered to terminate the pursuit five minutes before Russell and Williams were killed? Why weren’t the other two districts ordered to stop as well?

According to the officers involved, the couple had fired at them, but that was clearly not the case. The overzealous cops must have heard the Malibu car backfire and hastily concluded it was a gunshot.

The state attorney’s office believed police thought the couple had a gun because of wrong information broadcast over police radio.

Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine summed up this stunning overkill as being abnormal and a tragedy.

“There was nothing normal about this case,” he said.

These weren’t mass murderers or child abductors they were pursuing, so why the intense heavily armed cavalry?

Reports say Russell may have fled after hitting a police car because he was allegedly high on cocaine and driving with a suspended license. His companion also allegedly had marijuana and cocaine in her system.

Apparently, the Cleveland police department has a history of using excessive force, and police Chief Michael McGrath has a history of looking the other way.

In fact, 13 of the officers already have varied personnel records. When those entrusted to serve and protect the public act lawless, who holds them accountable?

To compound the systemic problem, many of these officers face no indictment. In fact, oftentimes they are given a mere slap on the wrist, which breeds mistrust, lack of respect, fear, animosity and tension between the police and the public, especially the black and brown communities across America.

I knew the instant I saw the headline to this tragedy that the couple shot dead were black, and that is a devastating testament to the society we live in.

         

      VeronicaS is based in New York City, New York, United States of America,      and is an Anchor for Allvoices.         
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Cleveland police to discipline 75 officers for role in deadly chase

 

         

Brandon Blackwell, The Plain Dealer By Brandon Blackwell, The Plain Dealer Email the author | Follow on Twitter on August 02, 2013 at 12:30 PM, updated August 02, 2013 at  9:17 PM
         
  
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CLEVELAND -- Cleveland Police Chief Michael McGrath on Friday revealed that 75 of his officers will be disciplined for involvement in the November police chase that ended with two unarmed people shot dead.

The officers played a role in the pursuit, but are not among the 13 who had an active role in the chase's climax -- a volley of 137 bullets that killed Timothy Russell and Malissa Williams after they led police on a chaotic 23-minute chase.

Of the 75 officers facing discipline for violating police protocol, 19 will be referred to Public Safety Director Martin Flask for disciplinary hearings and could face temporary suspension, McGrath said during a news conference.

McGrath joined Mayor Frank Jackson, who said the city remains committed to being transparent about the investigation and that the officers involved in the chase will be held accountable.

The officers are charged with varying offenses ranging from engaging in a chase without permission to providing false information on duty reports, McGrath said, adding that none of the officers in question face termination.

The fatal chase began when two officers near the Justice Center in downtown Cleveland reported they heard a gunshot come from Russell's passing car.

Russell, with Williams in the passenger seat, fled the scene and led police on a full-tilt pursuit through downtown, Bratenahl and East Cleveland.

"When those officers started their tour of duty that evening, they started it with good intentions, and they had no intentions to get involved in this," McGrath said. "But then things happened...this is a tragedy."

More than 100 of the 277 officers on duty that night had some involvement in the chase, McGrath said. 

During the press conference, McGrath said 74 officers face discipline. Soon after, the mayor's office contacted The Plain Dealer to say the number is 75. 
 
The 75th officer has transferred to the Division of Fire since the chase and is no longer with the police department, according to a spokesman for the mayor
 
In June, the department fired one police supervisor, demoted two and disciplined nine others for their administrative roles in the chase.
 

The actions of the 13 officers who shot to death Russell and Williams are still under investigation, McGrath said.

That review is being conducted by Cuyahoga County Prosecutor Timothy McGinty.

The department could see changes to policy and training once all investigations are complete, McGrath said.

Police union chief Jeff Folmer, who attended the news conference, said department reform "has to start at the chief's level."

"Let's learn from this, and let's move forward," Follmer said.  

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Is it just my sensitivity to racial discrimination, or do you also think that some of our police officers are on a rampage?

In yet another case of fatal shooting by law enforcement, 75 police officers in Cleveland, Ohio, are finally going to be disciplined for firing more than 137 shots at an unarmed couple on Nov. 29 of last year, killing them.

Of the 75 officers, 19 will reportedly face a variety of charges including engaging in a chase without permission and providing false information on duty reports, according to anAug. 2 report in the Cleveland Plain Dealer.

According to the Business Insider, none of the officers lost their jobs months after more than 100 officers in 60 police cars engaged in a high-speed chase of 30-year-old Malissa Williams and 43-year-old Timothy Russell.

Widespread protests have not yielded any indictments or firings.

The 25-minute chase that spanned a reported three districts ended in the school parking lot of Heritage Middle School, where Williams and Russell died in a hail of bullets hurdled in their car.

When the gunfight was over, police found that it wasn’t a gunfight after all, for they were the only ones firing. The couple was unarmed and dead, with Williams shot 24 times and Russell 23. Not one police officer was injured.

Opinion

How could this happen, especially when police from the 5th District were reportedly ordered to terminate the pursuit five minutes before Russell and Williams were killed? Why weren’t the other two districts ordered to stop as well?

According to the officers involved, the couple had fired at them, but that was clearly not the case. The overzealous cops must have heard the Malibu car backfire and hastily concluded it was a gunshot.

The state attorney’s office believed police thought the couple had a gun because of wrong information broadcast over police radio.

Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine summed up this stunning overkill as being abnormal and a tragedy.

“There was nothing normal about this case,” he said.

These weren’t mass murderers or child abductors they were pursuing, so why the intense heavily armed cavalry?

Reports say Russell may have fled after hitting a police car because he was allegedly high on cocaine and driving with a suspended license. His companion also allegedly had marijuana and cocaine in her system.

Apparently, the Cleveland police department has a history of using excessive force, and police Chief Michael McGrath has a history of looking the other way.

In fact, 13 of the officers already have varied personnel records. When those entrusted to serve and protect the public act lawless, who holds them accountable?

To compound the systemic problem, many of these officers face no indictment. In fact, oftentimes they are given a mere slap on the wrist, which breeds mistrust, lack of respect, fear, animosity and tension between the police and the public, especially the black and brown communities across America.

I knew the instant I saw the headline to this tragedy that the couple shot dead were black, and that is a devastating testament to the society we live in.

         

      VeronicaS is based in New York City, New York, United States of America,      and is an Anchor for Allvoices.         
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Police Trainee Shot In Head During Exercise Honored By Academy A Week After Filing Suit

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BALTIMORE (WJZ) — A new class of police graduates emerges in Baltimore–without one classmate–a trainee, shot in the head by his supervisor during an exercise.

This, as the trainee sues the department and the city’s top cop.

Monique Griego reports–the injured man was honored at police headquarters.

Raymond Gray wasn’t able to be at the ceremony, but his brother accepted an award on his behalf.

As the newest set of Baltimore police officers took an oath Friday night, one cadet was missing. Raymond Gray didn’t make it to graduation.

He’s still recovering after being shot in the head by instructor, William Kern, during academy training.

 

“He will be impaired for the rest of his life, but he’s very fortunate to be with us,” said Dwight Pettit, Gray’s lawyer.

Gray, a University of Maryland Baltimore police recruit, lost an eye and is now relearning verbal and motor skills.

When the accident happened, he was training with city police in Owings Mills.

Last week, Gray filed a multi-million dollar suit against the officers involved, the city, the police department and Police Commissioner Anthony Batts.

“He has, in our opinion, a civil liability for that lack of policies, procedures, administration,” Pettit said.

The commissioner couldn’t comment due to litigation, but here’s what he told WJZ about the incident back in March.

“It is something I take very seriously, and it’s going to be the driving force that helps me to make the differences in this organization so no one has to ever go through this again,” Batts said.

At the graduation ceremony, Gray’s brother received an award in his honor. For Gray”s loved ones, the lawsuit is not only about paying medical bills, it’s about getting answers.

“For the family to find out what actually happened. Was Officer Kern clowning around, was he showing off, was he just being belligerent?” Pettit said.

The officer that show Gray has been charged with second-degree assault and reckless endangerment.

The lawyer for that officer has said the shooting was not a crime, but a tragic accident.

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Woman Says Officers Beat and Terrorized Her Entire Family Over an Unpaid Civil Fine

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A young woman by the name of Natania Griffin described her experience with the DeKalb County police officers in Georgia as nothing less than “sheer terror”. The officers came to arrest her for not paying a $1,000 civil fine that was only 15 days late, but if you were to only watch the video you would assume the officers were raiding the home of a suspected serial killer.


Officers reportedly burst into Griffin’s home and threatened to stun-gun, beat, and even “cane” the individuals that were inside of the home. The incident was caught on video by Griffin’s 23-year old son, Donovan Hall, and has been gaining plenty of attention for what many feel was an act of police brutality.

According to the video, officers arrived to the home around 1:30 a.m. and began to beat on the door incessantly, the knocks became subsequently more forceful. Also inside the home were Hall’s grandmother, 5-year old sister and 20-year old brother.

Hall called 911 to see why the officers were at their home acting in such a way before he begrudgingly opened the door. The home was instantly stormed by eight officers with a sergeant.  Griffin was arrested immediately, the woman can be heard screaming from fear during the video and can be heard saying, “If I’m dead in the morning, you’ll know why.”

The officers then immediately went after Hall and his younger brother. Hall recounted his disgusting treatment at the hands of officers and says that they used inappropriate language while they were inside the residence, “One officer hit me in the face with his gun and I fell to the floor. Another officer began kicking me and bending back my arms. They put handcuffs on me and continued to kick and punch me. At that point, an officer with his knee in my back stood up and put both feet on top of my head. He was standing on top of my head.”

Officers then began to berate the family, threatening to take them to jail and using expletives towards the two brothers. One officer can be heard saying, “Put cuffs on his big a**. You open the door when I tell you to open the door” and another officer can be heard saying “F*** with me if you want to.”

Griffin also says that officers never asked her who she was to be sure they were arresting the right person and they never read her Miranda Rights. “It was a perfect storm of abusive power and arrogance. They are criminals. Their conduct was criminal.”

Griffin then says that incidents like this probably happen all over, “Although it happened to my family, it’s a microcosm of the world. What about the other countless families who feel powerless against this kind of tyranny? Who is championing their cause? This is a problem.”

What do you think should be done about this incident?

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I once lived around ‘em. Rednecks specialize in ignorance. My sincere impression is that some are 3/5th  maybe 4/5th human .  Many are emotionally, physically, mentally and financially beaten down and accursed . They talk about family values while beating their kids and their dogs. Their mindless hatred is misplaced. They vote against their best interests and are  easily manipulated by groups like Fox News.  This guy  is 3/5th. 

 

In other words, anyone who cannot recognize the humanity of another is not 5/5th. They cannot see beyond their  3/5th or 4/5th humanness. They see others as they secretly see themselves: inferior.   Never let low-feeling idiots project  their disease into you.  Cuz ignorance is all it is. 

 

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Girl, 12, shot and killed inside Miami Gardens home

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NBC Miami - A 12-year-old girl was killed and her grandmother injured when they were shot inside their Miami Gardens home late Wednesday night.

The shooting happened around 11:30 p.m. in the area of 42nd Ave and 201st Street when a gunman or gunmen opened fire on a home, Miami Gardens Police spokesman Det. Mike Wright said.

According to Wright, officers discovered the girl shot inside the home. The girl, identified by family members as Tequilia Forshee, was later pronounced dead at the scene.

The girl’s grandmother, Tawanda Frazier-Brown, was also injured by the gunfire and was airlifted to Ryder Trauma Center with a gunshot to her leg. She was released from the hospital early Thursday.

“Bullets just started storming in,” she told reporters. “I’m telling Tequila ‘stay down.’”

Family members said Forshee was sitting on a couch getting her hair done when she was shot.

“She wasn’t responding, [we] were trying to wake her up,” Frazier-Brown said. “It was horrible, it was horrible.”

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Moment African American firefighter and pastor was cuffed after he waved at  cops - who thought he was flipping them off

By  Daily Mail Reporter

A photo of police forcing an off-duty  firefighter to the ground has gained national attention after it was revealed  that the police action was taken after the man waved to the officers. 

George Madison Jr., an African American  firefighter and youth pastor in Evansville, Indiana was threatened with a taser  by police when he committed no crime.

Madison says that he was riding his bike when  he saw a police car approaching the same intersection.

 
Caught on film: A passerby took a picture of a police office telling Madison George Jr to get on the ground after threatening him with a taser

Caught on film: A passerby took a picture of a police  office telling Madison George Jr to get on the ground after threatening him with  a taser

 

Through his work on the local fire  department, he is familiar with a number of the police officers in Evansville  and he thought he recognized one of the men in the car so he waved.

That is not how the police interpreted it,  however, as they claim that they thought he was flicking them off.

The officers stopped Madison, and, according  to Madison, they were getting confrontational.

He then took out his phone and went to call  the police chief, Billy Bolin, who he is friends with. The officers told him to  hang up the phone and get on the ground.

When he hesitated before listening to their  order, The Courier Press reports that the officer took out his taser.

 
Serving the public: Madison said that the officer's attitude changed once he revealed that he was a firefighter [pictured in his gear) and youth pastor

Serving the public: Madison said that the officer's  attitude changed once he revealed that he was a firefighter (pictured in his  gear) and youth pastor

 

 
Investigation: The Evansville Police Department is now under an internal investigation

Investigation: The Evansville Police Department is now  under an internal investigation

 

'It was literally maybe inches from my face.  I immediately threw my hands in the air. What he asked me to do I was more than  willing to do,' Madison told the paper.

'I said "Please don’t hurt me." The next  thing I know I’m laying down the ground and they cuffed me.'

The officers only began to back off after  they learned that Madison was a firefighter and youth pastor.

'Once they found out I was a fireman their  attitude changed,' he said.

Now there is an internal investigation  underway within the police department and Madison's friend Chief Bolin is  involved.

'I know (Madison), I like him. I know the  officers involved, I like the officers involved. So, my job is to try to figure  out the truth no matter who you like,' he toldlocal 14 News

'Just because somebody says something, we  can't automatically assume it's the truth. I'm not saying I'm doubting anything  that George has said. We have to hear both sides and get to the bottom of  it.'

 

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Family: NYPD Scared 43-Year-Old Man to Death

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Carlos Alcis (ABC 7 screenshot)

Forty-three-year-old Carlos Alcis' family says he was literally scared to death when New York City police officers entered his home chasing a cellphone thief, the Daily News reports. The Brooklyn district attorney's office on Friday announced an investigation into the incident, which occurred Thursday.

Word of the DA's probe emerged Friday just before police arrested 16-year-old Stephon Foster, who lives in the same Brownville building.

A teenage terror with four other arrests on his rap sheet, Foster was busted after his prints were found on the phone, which cops tracked down by using the victim's Find My iPhone app.

Foster was charged with robbery and possession of stolen property.

The probe and the arrest were sparked by a series of events on Thursday.

The developments came after police sources raised doubts about the family's account that cops barged into 43-year-old Carlos Alcis' apartment and rousted him from his bed. 

The family insists the terrified father of eight collapsed into convulsions and then died of an apparent heart attack after police dragged two of his sons out of the apartment for questioning.

"My brother was asleep and they took my little nephew out," Rudy Alcis, 40, said. "When they took him, (Alcis) didn't know what was happening. He kept asking, 'What's happening? What's going on?'

"When they took my second nephew out, my brother fell on the floor. When he fell on the floor, he started shaking."

Read more at the Daily News.

 

Brooklyn DA launches investigation  into dad who died after letting cops in house; suspected cellphone thief  arrested

Stephon Foster, 16,  was arrested in connection with the phone theft, just after the Brooklyn  District Attorney announced a probe in the death of Carlos Alcis. Alcis' family  says he was literally frightened to death when the police barged into his home  looking for the bandit, while a witness and NYPD tell a different story.

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 Carlos Alcis, a Brooklyn man whose family claims a raid by NYPD officers led to his death.  

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Carlos Alcis of Brooklyn died after police came into his home. His family  maintains that he was literally frightened to death when cops barged in, but a  witness and an NYPD investigation says Alcis willing let the police into his  Brownsville home.

 

The Brooklyn District Attorney has launched an investigation into the death  of a dad whose family claims he was literally scared to death by cops chasing a  cellphone thief.

Word of the DA’s probe emerged Friday just before police arrested  16-year-old Stephon Foster, who lives in the same Brownville building.

A teenage terror with four other arrests on his rap sheet, Foster was busted  after his prints were found on the phone, which cops tracked down by using the  victim’s Find My iPhone app.

Foster was charged with robbery and possession of stolen property.

Tyler Foster shows where Alcis' family says police damaged door.

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Tyler Foster shows where Alcis'  family says police damaged door.

The developments came after police sources raised doubts about the family’s  account that cops barged into 43-year-old Carlos Alcis’ apartment and rousted  him from his bed.

The family insists the terrified father of eight collapsed into convulsions  and then died of an apparent heart attack after police dragged two of his sons  out of the apartment for questioning.

“My brother was asleep and they took my little nephew out,” Rudy Alcis, 40,  said. “When they took him, (Alcis) didn’t know what was happening. He kept  asking, ‘What’s happening? What’s going on?’

“When they took my second nephew out, my brother fell on the floor. When he  fell on the floor, he started shaking.”

The family of Carlos Alcis claims that the father of eight was frightened to death after police barged into his home.

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The family of Carlos Alcis claims  that the father of eight was frightened to death after police barged into his  home.

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Rudy Alcis said his brother was in good health and had no history of heart  trouble.

Alcis’ widow insists “he was asleep in bed with her,” family attorney  Sanford Rubenstein said.

But when Alcis’ 16-year-old son Imanuel described how cops made him perform  mouth-to-mouth on his dad even after he told them he didn’t know how, a  distraught Anna Alcis burst into tears and had to be helped out of Rubenstein’s  office.

This is the back door of the basement apartment that police allegedly pushed in and as a result, a man had a heart attack. 

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This is the back door of the basement  apartment that police allegedly pushed in and as a result, a man had a heart  attack. 

“Why! Why! Why!” she wailed.

The chain of events that ended with Alcis' death began at 5:30 a.m. Thursday  when a 21-year-old woman was punched in the face at Kings Highway and Rockaway  Parkway and robbed of her iPhone, police said.

A witness followed Foster to the two-story brick building where the Alcis  family lives in a basement apartment and called the cops. He said the culprit  was wearing red pants.

Contrary to what Alcis’ family claims, police sources said the dead man let  the cops in himself.

The family of Carlos Alcis, including his son Lissage [right), speaks about the events of early Thursday morning, August 15, 2013, when they say police entered their East Flatbush apartment searching for a cell phone thief but ended with the father of 8 collapsed and dead before police left.

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The family of Carlos Alcis, including  his son Lissage (right), speaks about the events of early Thursday morning,  August 15, 2013, when they say police entered their East Flatbush apartment  searching for a cell phone thief but ended with the father of 8 collapsed and  dead before police left.

"You can put my son in the show-up," he said, according to the sources.

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Alcis would have been referring to a police line-up and his sons Imanuel and  Lissage, 21, who were both at home.

NYPD internal affairs investigators found no evidence that police smashed  open the door as Alcis' kin claims, the sources said.

Tina Johnson, who lives on the first floor, said police damaged her door trying to gain entry without a warrant to check her sons.

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Tina Johnson, who lives on the first  floor, said police damaged her door trying to gain entry without a warrant to  check her sons.

There was no damage to the locks and, while the doors of the building are  old and nicked, it appears to be the result of normal wear and tear, the sources  said.

Alcis’ family told a different story. Immanuel said the first inkling he got  that cops were inside was when they woke him up.

“I was sleeping and the police put a flashlight in my face,” he said. “They  asked me to step outside to ask a woman if it was me. She said it wasn’t me.  When they took my brother out, that’s when my dad fell on the floor.”

The dead Haitian immigrant's family also claims it took 30 minutes for an  ambulance to reach their Rockaway Parkway home, which is just blocks away from  Brookdale University Hospital.

Anna Alcis, wife of Carlos Alcis, listens as her children and brothers-in-law speak about the events of early Thursday morning, when they say police entered their East Flatbush apartment searching for a cell phone thief but ended with the father of eight collapsed and dead before police left.

Aaron Showalter/New York Daily  News

Anna Alcis, wife of Carlos Alcis,  listens as her children and brothers-in-law speak about the events of early  Thursday morning, when they say police entered their East Flatbush apartment  searching for a cell phone thief but ended with the father of eight collapsed  and dead before police left.

Investigators admit the delay happened because the officers who radioed for  an ambulance apparently failed to tell the dispatcher they were no longer at the  scene of the cellphone robbery.

But they said they didn’t try to revive Alcis with a defibrillator because  they were able to detect a pulse in the dying dad.

They confirm that police asked Imanuel to perform mouth-to-mouth  resuscitation while they did the CPR — a request the sources described as "not  unusual."

Rudy Alcis said cops continued searching the apartment even as his brother  lay there unconscious with blood seeping from his mouth. And by the time the  ambulance got there, Alcis was dead.

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Video Shows Officer Savagely Beating Then Pepper Spraying Handcuffed Man In The Ear

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When will the state terrorism against Black people in America stop

AFRICANGLOBE – A police department released footage on Tuesday which reveals the shocking moment that a man was pepper-sprayed in the ear while handcuffed in a squad car.

The tape of Eric Hightower’s arrest last August was made public after a separate cellphone video from a concerned citizen shows Officer Jesse Zilge viciously beating the man as he lay on the sidewalk.

The St Paul Police Department camera shows Hightower being dragged into the rear of the car by his hair before Officer Matthew Gorans sprays Mace in his ear.

The suspect screams: ‘He sprayed my ear!’ and begs officers to wipe away the burning sensation from his eyes and ear.

Pepper spray incapacitates victims for up to 45 minutes with painful and burning sensations from the ingredient oleoresin capsicum, a byproduct of cayenne pepper. It can also cause temporary blindness and swelling.

Hightower said the spray caused his eyes to swell and his face was numb. He said he couldn’t hear anything out of his right ear.

He later used a water fountain to flush out his eyes at the jail and received ice packs for swelling on his chest.

Jeff Martin, president of the NAACP in St Paul told the Star Tribune that the officers were ‘bullies in a badge’.

He added: ‘I think it’s worse because you have a person that’s totally defenseless.’

Zilge and Gorans could face disciplinary action over the new tape, said a St Paul police spokesman. However neither officer faces criminal charges.

In August 2012, Zilge was caught on camera phone kicking Hightower once in the chest and then with the assistance of another officer, slamming his head onto the hood of a squad car.

Police grunted that Hightower was a dangerous suspect who was wanted by authorities for allegedly threatening to kill his ex-girlfriend which is the reason he was pulled over.

Zilge was placed on leave at the time and was subject of an internal investigation.

Video Shows Officer Savagely Beating Then Pepper Spraying Handcuffed Man In the Ear photo

State terrorism continues unabated against African Americans

Hightower said last year that he and his friends were on their way to a park when an officer jumped out of a squad car and ordered everyone onto the ground.

The officer singled out Hightower and began spraying him with a chemical.

Hightower said he never resists arrest, but said: ‘Why would I get down on the ground when you still haven’t told me what was I under arrest for?

‘I don’t feel like I was obligated to get down on the ground just because you said so.’

While on the ground, Hightower said he continued to ask the officer what he did wrong, but the officer wouldn’t say. Hightower said the officer pointed his Taser at him, but didn’t use it. He said the officer became agitated.

‘He sprayed me in my face again. I was laying on my side, I was hocking up the stuff, it was choking me and he ran towards me, kicked me in the chest, kicked me in the chin,’ Hightower said.

A brief report filed by Zilge lists hands, fists and feet among the weapons used by police in the arrest, but does not describe the events shown in the video that was recorded by a citizen.

Hightower, 30, had been accused of threatening to harm his ex-girlfriend. He was charged last August with stalking, making terroristic threats and criminal damage to property.

Police spokesman Howie Padilla said police learned of the video after someone sent a link to the department and the Chief Thomas Smith of St Paul. Police ordered an internal investigation.

‘The video of a St. Paul police officer striking a suspect raises serious questions about the conduct of the officer,’ said Mayor Chris Coleman said in a statement.

‘I have high expectations for the department and its employees. We will fully investigate and take appropriate action.’

‘Back-up was not immediately available. And maybe our officials shouldn’t make comments about their concern until the investigation has run its course.’

 

State Terrorism: Officer Caught Beating Innocent Man

 

Police Pepper Spray Handcuffed Man In The EAR

 

http://www.yourblackworld.net/...ear-old-in-the-face/

 

is this Stand your Ground too??

 

 

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Stand Your Ground? 46-Year-Old Sh*οοts 7-Year-Old In the Face

Brian Cloninger

Reported by:  John “Hennry” Harris

A 46-year-old Dallas, TX man, Brian Cloninger, was arrested Tuesday (September 3) night after a shοοting that left a 7-year-old boy in critical condition.

The child, who was identified by family members as Donald Maiden Jr., suffered a gυnshot wound to the face at the La Bella Palms apartment complex in Northeast Dallas.  The child was taken to the Children’s Medical Center in Dallas and Dallas CBS-affiliate 11 News has reported that Maiden is out of surgery in critical but stable condition.

One witness, Justin Yancy, said he saw Maiden with his friends playing the familiar childhood game of “tag”.

“The next thing I know, I heard a loud ‘bang,’ and he ran around the corner with a mouth full of blοοd,” Yancy said.

Witnesses then pointed authorities to a pickup truck that was parked nearby where officers arrested Brian Cloninger for the shοοting and charged with injury to a child.

Maiden’s grandmother said he was playing outside with other children and he ran inside to get some toys and was s**t as he went back outside.

 

“He hit the ground when the guy s**t him,” said grandmother Sharon Locklin. “Then, he got up and ran to the house and asked his mom for water, and his mom saw all the b***d coming out.”

Shocked and outraged residents are confused as to what may have lead to such unexpected viοlence.

“I’m coming to pick up my son from work and I come back to this. What is going on? They say a kid mouth was s**t off,” said startled neighbor Mae Anderson. “I’m like, who would do this? What bad stuff could he have done for someone to do that to him.”

Cloninger was booked into Lew Sterret Jail on a $2.2 million bond.

Police currently do not have a motive for the shοοting and officials are busy trying to find one.  One of Maiden’s family members said that Cloninger pointed a gυn at the apartment maintenance man earlier on that Tuesday.  Donald Maiden Jr., a third grader, is expected to survive the shοοting and had just celebrated his birthday on Sunday.

 
 

 

 

 

"Adversity introduces a man to himself" - Anonymous

Georgia teen Kendrick Johnson, who was found dead in a rolled-up gym mat at his high school in January, died as the result of “unexplained, apparent non-accidental, blunt force trauma,” according to a newly released, independent autopsy report.
Georgia Teen Kendrick Johnson's Death Was Not Accidental Autopsy Finds
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AFRICANGLOBE - Georgia teen Kendrick Johnson, who was found dead in a rolled-up gym mat at his high school in January, died as the result of "unexplained, apparent non-accidental, blunt force trauma," according to a newly released, independent autopsy report.
 
 
 
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Damn, all that pain we go through to give birth, it seems our babies just become everyone in the world's target practice!  Our own kill them, Caucasians kill them, when wars start, they're placed straight onto the frontlines to get bullets from the country at war.  If they survive the war, then they become homeless, batshit crazy, and the killing continues.  WTF??  Maybe we all just need to die OUT!!!!!  Too much HATRED for Africans EVERYWHERE!!!!!!!!!!!  For us, it's just one life-long fight every single day or our lives.  There's no words for this shit!!!!!!!!

“Yeah, I shot that kid” – An 8 Year Old ‘Trayvon Martin’ Was Just Shot

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CBS News 11 in Dallas, Texas is reporting that an 8 year old African American boy was shot in the face while playing a game of “tag.” The youth, “DJ” or Donald Maiden, Jr., was shot by a Caucasian man who simply said “Yeah, I shot that kid” according to witnesses.

DJ’s mother, Latamarin Locklin, recounted, “When he ran in I just screamed. His mouth was just hanging off and it was just a big hole. I just threw him on the couch and laid him in my arms and put pressure on his mouth with the towel.”

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His father, Donald Maiden, Sr. said “When I first saw him in ICU I started crying. I just put my head down in his bed and was holding his hand at the same time. And he opened his eyes. And when I raised back up I looked and there were tears rolling down his eyes and it gave me a little bit of spirit in my heart. It was joy, I guess he was kind of happy to know I was there.”

The shooter, 46 year old Brian Cloninger, was driving a pickup truck and had been seen loitering around the apartment complex where DJ lived.

There is a $2.2 million dollar bond for Cloninger, but no motive has yet been pinned pointed, leading most to conclude this was a hate crime.

(Article by Shante Wooten)

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Damn, all that pain we go through to give birth, it seems our babies just become everyone in the world's target practice!  Our own kill them, Caucasians kill them, when wars start, they're placed straight onto the frontlines to get bullets from the country at war.  If they survive the war, then they become homeless, batshit crazy, and the killing continues.  WTF??  Maybe we all just need to die OUT!!!!!  Too much HATRED for Africans EVERYWHERE!!!!!!!!!!!  For us, it's just one life-long fight every single day or our lives.  There's no words for this shit!!!!!!!!

 

I don't get where or how Black people ever drifted into the fantasy world of believing that they ever stopped Lynching/murdering Black People in America.

Yeah, now war's looming.  The military's slithering around the high schools, yelling "C'mon Jig-A-Boos, it's not enough that you die IN the country, BY the country, now we want you to die FOR the country!"

 

It's devaju all over again.  When a white monster can say "yeah I shot the kid?  This means white America has become HEARTLESS again[well they never really evolved from this...but].  Killin children?  Now that's a real COWARD. Sooooo what are black people gonna do about this?  Will they stop killin each other long enough to protect their innocent children?  Will they get ANGRY.  If there is a REASON to get revenge....this would be ONE!!! Instead of going after each other, why not go after the killer of black children?  This is the million dollar question.  So if we are to MARCH....if we are to be violent?  This MUST be why.   But!

Right now, the African is just as insane as the European.  Don't forget that the wayward bullets of the Africans are slaughtering children too.  They can't aim worth a damn!!  When the African retaliates, here comes the Prison Industrial Complex and the Death Penalty.  Our name's not Zimmerman doncha know?  I think we're gonna have to sue somebody for a cajillion dollars to get everyone off our behinds forever and ever.  Might have to take this brutality shit to the World Court.  500 years is way over a "bit much".  Kill our kids, fork over some dough; mucho!!!!!!!!

It certainly needs to be taken to the "World Court" because what is happening is no more than deliberate attempts at exterminating Black people, particularly young Black males in this country.  America's racist (IN)Justice System alone should be put on trial, let alone all of the police murders of Black people with impunity and all of the vigilante murders of Black people.  What is really pissing me off right now, is the fact that even African American "leaders" and those with clout or a public forum/platform or who are politicians, are not saying a damn thing, are not actually coming right out and saying all these Lynchings of Black people, young Black males, and even Black children, are what they are, LYNCHINGS.

Yeah, sunnubian, but we've got to wait for some mothers to give birth to some sons with about 50 sets of BRASS packages attached, wait for them to grow up, plus be genius enough to initiate that jazz.  White Americans would go seriously "Syria" on our behinds if we ever started something like that.  We'd be facing total annihilation front, back and damn center.

Florida Man Arrested and Tried For Walking on Wrong Side of the Road

 

A Florida man is suing the sheriff’s office in the county where he lives for throwing him in jail and putting him on trial for walking on the wrong side of the road. Wingate

 

According to First Coast News, Bobby Wingate, 36,  was walking along Oliver Street when he was approached by an officer asking questions. Andrew Bonderu, Wingate’s attorney, says his client responded to the officer’s questions by telling him he didn’t have time to talk.

 

After Wingate told the officer he didn’t have time to chat, the officer began harassing Wingate. The officer allegedly got out of his patrol car and closed in on Wingate.

 

Wingate called 911 as the officer approached him, and says the officer hit him in the face and reached for his taser.


According to Wingate, the officer went so far as to challenge him to a fist fight.

 

On the 911 call, a bewildered Wingate tells the 911 dispatcher “I haven’t done anything wrong” adding, “He said, do I really want to fight him?”

Wingate was charged with walking on the wrong side of  the road and resisting arrest without violence.

 

The lawsuit also alleges that State’s Attorney Angela Corey has a habit of bringing cases to trial just so prosecutors can get hands on trial experience. If you don’t recall, Angela Corey is the same prosecutor who former medical examiner Dr. Shiping Bao has accused of mismanaging the George Zimmerman prosecution.

 

“The conduct that is outlined in the transcript and the 9-1-1 call is not only breathtaking, it’s outrageous, it’s disgraceful,” said Bonderud.

Police Fatally Shoot Unarmed Former Football Player Who May Have Been Seeking Help After A Car Crash

By Sy Mukherjee on September 15, 2013 at 11:25 am

The wreckage of the car that Jonathan Ferrell, 24, had pulled himself out of before seeking help, only to be shot fatally by the police.

The wreckage of the car that Jonathan Ferrell, 24, had pulled himself out of before seeking help, only to be shot fatally by police.

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Officer Randall Kerrick, 27, of the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department (CMPD) in North Carolina is facing charges of voluntary manslaughter after fatally shooting Jonathan Ferrell, 24, a former Florida A&M football player who had apparently been seeking help after surviving a major car crash early Saturday morning.

CMPD officials called the shooting “excessive.” “Our investigation has shown that Officer Kerrick did not have a lawful right to discharge his weapon during this encounter,” said CMPD Chief Rodney Monroe in a statement. “It’s with heavy hearts and significant regrets it’s come to this… Our hearts go out to the Ferrell family and many members of the CMPD family. This is never something easy.”

The Charlotte Observer reports that the car crash was so severe that Ferrell likely had to “pull himself out” of the wreckage. He then walked to the nearest house, about a half mile away, to seek assistance. But the local resident whose home Ferrell arrived at was frightened that he was attempting to burglarize her after not recognizing him.

The resident then made a 911 call and three officers arrived at the scene. According to police accounts, Ferrell, who is African-American, acted “aggressively” and charged towards the officers. Officer Thornell Little of the Hickory Grove division of the CMPD responded with an unsuccessful attempt to fire his Taser at Ferrell. Police say that when Ferrell continued to charge toward the police, 27-year-old officer Randall Kerrick discharged his weapon several times, eventually killing Ferrell.

Monroe said that he did not believe Ferrell had threatened the woman who placed the 911 call, and that Kerrick’s use of excess force was unwarranted, according to the Charlotte Observer. No signs of alcohol were found at the scene of the wreckage, although officials said an official toxicology report will take weeks.

While the FBI keeps detailed information on the numbers and types of crimes that are committed throughout the United States, there is no comprehensive tracking mechanism for police shootings. FBI spokespeople have said there is no mandate for them to keep such statistics and that it would take an act of Congress in order to establish a database. Congress, so far, has refused to ask for one.

ANOTHER Jailed African American In Florida Is Told ‘Stand Your Ground’ Doesn’t Apply To Him

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Almost unbelievably, another story is breaking on a national level about an African American in the state of Florida who is the victim of the racist “Stand Your Ground” laws. Just like Marissa Alexander, Michael Giles stood his ground against an unprovoked attacker, and today this military veteran is behind bars, sentenced to 25 years in prison!

Michael Giles’ mother writes the following, in his petition, which you are all encouraged to sign…

Three years ago my son Michael was attacked outside of a club in Tallahassee, FL. His attacker admitted in open court that he attacked Michael with no provocation.

Michael’s attacker admitted he was angry that someone had interrupted his dance, and wanted to hurt the next person he saw. That next person standing to the side, not partaking in the violence, was Michael. His attacker was not fighting alone, state witnesses testified that there were between 30-40 people involved in the brawl. The state’s own witnesses also testified that the aggressor instigated several other fights that night, and was acting erratically and violently. His attacker’s own friend testified she was worried the aggressor would kill or seriously injure someone. In comparison, state witnesses testified that Michael, was calmly standing to the side, and did nothing to provoke the attack.

My husband and I are proud military veterans, with a combined 40 years of service, and we were proud when our son also chose to serve his country. Michael completed a tour in Iraq and Kuwait and was looking forward to furthering his career in the military, but now all of that has changed. We believe that we have raised a good man. He had no prior criminal offenses, no history of violence, and was a outstanding father and Airman. So we do not understand how the state of Florida could sentence him to a mandatory 25 years for defending himself.

Michael has been trained to analyze threats and believed at that moment he needed to defend himself. He realized that his attacker and his attacker’s friends had the upper-hand in numbers and he could have been seriously injured or killed. In his desperate attempt to gain the opportunity to get to his feet and flee, he fired his legally registered weapon and accidentally struck, but did not seriously injure, his attacker in the leg. Despite overwhelming evidence from state witnesses that Michael was attacked first without provocation, and the fact that he did not continue firing, and removed himself from the immediate area as soon as he could. Michael was not offered a plea from the state. He was thus charged with aggravated battery with a deadly weapon causing bodily harm & sentenced to a mandatory minimum of 25 years in prison. His Judge stated “Frankly, I think the 25-year mandatory is overly harsh based on the facts of this case, but that’s what the law requires I do and I intend to follow the law.” The officer who prepared Michael’s sentencing recommendation, recommended Michael be given probation due to her investigation. She felt that Michael would be an ideal candidate for probation, thus saving tax payers money. The state rejected her professional recommendation and pushed for the 25 years.

Michael is a good man, he is honest, he is hard working and through all of this he is our rock and confidence we need to keep fighting. He is afraid that he will miss his children grow up.

Our family just does not understand how a man who proudly fought for his country, and spent 6 years proudly serving as a U.S Airman, could lose the right to live his life for defending himself. The fact is, Michael was attacked, and he was afraid the group fighting would kill him. He fired his legally registered weapon to gain the opportunity to run, from somewhere he had the legal right to be. His attacker not only attacked him but he admitted to attacking others that night.

This sentence has destroyed our family and we hope you will sign this petition to ask Governor Rick Scott and the Clemency Board to commute the sentence of Michael Giles.

Get the word out! Sign the petition, and let Governor Rick Scott of Florida know that Michael Giles MUST be set free.
Michael was an upstanding Airman, and dedicated father, who believed he was in the right to defend himself.
 
Governor Scott, are you suggesting that everyone but African Americans have the right to “Stand Their Ground” in the state of Florida? If so, we request that you just come out and say it. Sign it into law so that African Americans know where we stand.
 
Furthermore, we DEMAND that the Florida Clemency Board to waive the stipulation of Giles serving one-half of a minimum mandatory sentence and be immediately consider before the Clemency Board.
 
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911 Call: Woman panicked before officer shot Ferrell

by CLEVE R. WOOTSON JR. & ELY PORTILLO / Charlotte Observer

Posted on September 17, 2013 at 3:04 PM

Updated Wednesday, Sep 18 at 5:40 AM

 

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- As two red laser dots from stun guns flashed on his chest, Jonathan Ferrell hitched up his pants and held out his arms to show officers he was unarmed, his family’s attorney told the Observer on Tuesday.

Ferrell then ran sideways on a dark road in northeast Charlotte Saturday, said the attorney, Chris Chestnut.

Chestnut said Ferrell went out of view of a police cruiser’s dashboard camera.

Then came three quick volleys of gunshots.

“It’s one, two, three, four – pause,” said Chestnut, counting off the shots he heard. “One, two, three, four, five, six – pause. One, two.”

Chestnut said that’s when he heard officers yell “Get down.”

Officer Randall Kerrick fired his gun 12 times, hitting Ferrell 10 times. Ferrell, 24, died at the scene.

Kerrick, one of three officers who confronted the former college football player, was charged later that day with voluntary manslaughter.

Chestnut’s account of the dash cam video, which he said he viewed Tuesday, along with the release of a 911 tape, provide the most complete picture to date of what happened the night Ferrell died.

Around 2:30 a.m., Ferrell crashed a Toyota Camry in the Bradfield Farms neighborhood in northeast Mecklenburg, police said. His family’s attorney says he looked for help at a home about one-quarter mile away.

A woman who saw him at the door thought he was a robber and dialed 911.

Kerrick was joined by Officers Thornell Little and Adam Neal. Kerrick, a third-year officer, was the least experienced of the three.

Chestnut said the footage shows Ferrell, who played for Florida A&M and had recently moved to Charlotte, was not a deadly threat and that the shooting was unjustified.

But Kerrick’s attorney, Michael Greene said Kerrick’s decision to shoot was legal. Greene could not immediately be reached Tuesday to comment about the video.

“We’re confident at the resolution of this case it will be found that Officer Kerrick’s actions were justified on the night in question,” Greene said.

Greene appeared on Kerrick’s behalf Tuesday at his initial court appearance Tuesday. Kerrick is free on $50,000 bail.

Charlotte Mecklenburg police did not respond when asked to comment on Chestnut’s account.

A frightened 911 call


The 911 call came to police dispatch at 2:36 a.m.

Frantic and crying, the caller said a man had tried to force his way into her home.

On the 17-minute recording, the woman says she thought her husband was coming home from work.

Instead, she encountered a man later identified as Ferrell. She fought to get the door closed. She said he was trying to kick it down.

“There’s a guy breaking in my front door,” she said. “He’s trying to get in.”

It took officers about 11 minutes to arrive.

As the woman spoke to the dispatcher, the recording paints a picture of a chaotic scene. The home’s alarm system blared. A representative from a security company talked to her over a speaker while she relayed information to police. The family dog was barking.

The woman worried about her baby, asleep in a nearby room.

She told the dispatcher she couldn’t remember where her husband kept his gun.

Ninety seconds into the call, a man can be heard loudly saying, “Hello?” The rest of his words are garbled.

It’s unclear if the voice was Ferrell’s.

The dispatcher asks if the man is in the house. “He’s not in the house he’s in the front yard yelling. Oh my God, please, I can’t believe I opened the door. I don’t know what the f*** is wrong with me,” she said.

Six minutes into the call the woman says she thinks the man left her property “because we have a security motion light and it turned off.”

More than 11 minutes into the call, the woman said she could see officers.

The dispatcher said one would likely come to her door. But the woman began screaming when she saw them running away.

“Oh my god, where is he going? Why is he running? What the f***?...Oh my God, they really left. There’s three cops and they all left.”

The dispatcher asked the woman if she was still safe in her house.

“They might have seen him,” the dispatcher says. “They might have gone to get him.”

Dash cam video


The dash cam video lasts about 20 seconds, Chestnut said.

Chestnut said the police cruiser that captured the footage was parked in the street leading into the subdivision.

Police have not said how far Ferrell and the officers were from the house.

Chestnut said Ferrell walked toward officers when he came into view.

Ferrell was walking away from the house, barefoot. Ferrell likely lost his shoes in the car wreck, kicking his way out the Camry’s back window, Chestnut said.

Police have said Ferrell may have been looking for help after the wreck.

“He starts walking a little faster” toward the officers when he saw them, Chestnut said. He said police officers immediately pointed their Tasers at Ferrell’s chest, from what Chestnut estimated was a distance of 20 feet. “You see two laser beams right on his chest.”

Chestnut said the footage showed Ferrell pulled his pants up above waist level. He interpreted that as a move by Ferrell to show he had no weapons. Ferrell then turned to the side and started running away. He may have been heading toward Kerrick, Chestnut said. Ferrell’s arms were outstretched in front of him, hands empty, Chestnut said.

“He made no threatening comments. It was clearly apparent he had no weapons,” Chestnut said. “He never reached” for his waistband while running or anyplace a weapon could be concealed, Chestnut said.

Ferrell ran out of the camera’s frame just before the shots, Chestnut said.

“There were no commands to ‘Stop, freeze, stop or I’ll shoot,’” said Chestnut.

The first commands from officers, Chestnut said, came after the shooting stopped.

“By the time they stop shooting, then they start saying, ‘Get on the ground, get on the ground,’” Chestnut said. “He had already been shot.”

Jury Gives $1 Million To Man Who Sued City For False Police Charges

 

By Natalie Martinez
|  Wednesday, Sep 25, 2013  |  Updated 6:12 AM CDT

 

 

A suburban barber takes on city hall, and wins. John Collins says he spent a year in jail for a crime he did not commit. In 2006 Collins says he was wrongfully charged with aggravated battery to a police officer. A jury later acquitted him and he was released from Cook County jail in 2007. He later sued the city for false police charges. On Tuesday a cook county jury awarded him one million dollars. NBC5’s Natalie Martinez reports.

 

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Cook County jurors on Tuesday awarded $1 million to a man who was wrongfully held in jail for more than a year.

John Collins, a 42-year-old Chicago barber, was arrested in 2006 and spent 385 days in jail due to false charges of aggravated battery to a police office, officials said.

After a three-day trial, a jury found the city of Chicago and Chicago police Officer Michael Garza guilty of malicious prosecution.

“I felt like a right in the pool of wrong,” Collins said of his time in jail. “I didn’t want to swim in that pool no more, but I didn’t want to drown either. So I kept fighting.”

When officers pulled Collins over in 2006, he’d just left his salon.

One officer accused him of kicking and spitting on them, but a jury acquitted Collins and he was released from Cook County in 2007.

“All I know is that I ended up a victim,” he said.

Collins said the trauma and distress is still with him.

“I was just devastated,” he said. “I was just devastated.”

Collins missed the birth of his now 7-year-old son Elwood while in jail, a moment he said he can never get back.

Since his release, Collins has worked continuously in his Dolton salon, and noted the verdict brings him a step closer to having his life back.

“I’m thankful that someone’s seen justice,” he said.

A spokesman for the city's Law Department said they are "disappointed" in the verdict in the case and said they plan to "explore all available options including an appeal."



Source: http://www.nbcchicago.com/news...2.html#ixzz2fxCUeXF4

A suburban barber takes on city hall, and wins. John Collins says he spent a year in jail for a crime he did not commit. In 2006 Collins says he was wrongfully charged with aggravated battery to a police officer. A jury later acquitted him and he was released from Cook County jail in 2007. He later sued the city for false police charges. On Tuesday a cook county jury awarded him one million dollars. NBC5’s Natalie Martinez reports.

 

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Jury Gives $1 Million To Man Who Sued City For False Police Charges

 

By Natalie Martinez
|  Wednesday, Sep 25, 2013  |  Updated 6:12 AM CDT

 

 

A suburban barber takes on city hall, and wins. John Collins says he spent a year in jail for a crime he did not commit. In 2006 Collins says he was wrongfully charged with aggravated battery to a police officer. A jury later acquitted him and he was released from Cook County jail in 2007. He later sued the city for false police charges. On Tuesday a cook county jury awarded him one million dollars. NBC5’s Natalie Martinez reports.

 

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Cook County jurors on Tuesday awarded $1 million to a man who was wrongfully held in jail for more than a year.

John Collins, a 42-year-old Chicago barber, was arrested in 2006 and spent 385 days in jail due to false charges of aggravated battery to a police office, officials said.

After a three-day trial, a jury found the city of Chicago and Chicago police Officer Michael Garza guilty of malicious prosecution.

“I felt like a right in the pool of wrong,” Collins said of his time in jail. “I didn’t want to swim in that pool no more, but I didn’t want to drown eit