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Kali Akuno,          longtime organizer with the Malcolm X Grassroots Movement, and author of Let Your Motto Be Resistance: A Handbook on Organizing New Afrikan and Oppressed Communities. His organization’s report, titled "Operation Ghetto Storm," documented the extrajudicial killing of 313 black people in 2012.         

Michelle Alexander,          attorney, civil rights advocate and the author of the best-selling book, The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness. She is a law professor at Ohio State University.         

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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.

Glen Metz.jpgGlen Metz IV, 17 

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.

 

By: Kristen Gwynne

 

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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

Read more: http://globalgrind.com/news/ro...photos#ixzz2aSbxLlXr

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.

 

Sherry West Calling For The Death Of Two Innocent Black Boys

 

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.”

 

Samuel Fuller arrest (Photo courtesy of Steven Carter)

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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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Mark Ciavarella Jr

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

 

The War On Black Boys

 

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.

         

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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.

Florida man shoots Black man, tells police he "Only Shot A N*gger" http://bit.ly/18hOOl4
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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?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F7zYKgDTuDA#at=25

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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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.

Aaron Showalter/New York Daily  News

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

RELATED:  BROOKLYN FATHER OF EIGHT DIES AFTER ARGUING WITH COPS

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. 

Todd Maisel, New York Daily  News/New York Daily News

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.

RELATED:  THIEF THREATENS WOMAN, EIGHT CHILDREN IN ROBBERY

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.

Todd Maisel, New York Daily  News/New York Daily News

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

 

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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)

Originally Posted by Norland:

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.

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.
 
(Article by Shante Wooten)
 
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