Walmart security guard shoots 'shoplifting' mother dead in parking lot as she tries to escape with two young children

  • Shelly Frey was shot dead attempting to drive away from off-duty sheriff deputy Louis Campbell who suspected her of shoplifting 
  • He fired when Frey and her two alleged accomplices accelerated when he opened the car door
  • There were two small children in the car at the time of the shooting

By JAMES NYE

 

A 27-year-old mother of two has been fatally shot by an off-duty sheriff's deputy after he suspected her of shoplifting at a Houston Walmart.

Harris County Sheriff's deputies have said that victim Shelly Frey, Tisa Andrews and Yolanda Craig  were stealing when they were confronted by Louis Campbell a 26-year veteran of the force who works as a security guard at the store.

According to Campbell the women ran to their car and when he rushed to open the door, they accelerated away - at which point he fired the deadly shot into the car which hit Frey in the neck.

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Shelly Frey [left and right) was shot in the neck and died after failing to stop for off-duty sheriff's deputy in Houston, Texas
Shelly Frey [left and right) was shot in the neck and died after failing to stop for off-duty sheriff's deputy in Houston, Texas
 

Shelly Frey (left and right) was shot in the neck and died after failing to stop for an off-duty sheriff's deputy in Houston, Texas

Security at the store on the 14000 block of the North Freeway had noticed the three women 'stuffing items inside their purses' and notified Campbell, who was working an extra job that evening.

Investigators with Harris County said the three women even attempted to pay for some small items to act as a cover for the shoplifted ones.

After chasing Frey and the other two women to their car, Campbell opened the door and commanded Frey to get out. But she refused, officials said

 

 

 

Andrews began to drive away while the deputy was standing between the open door and the driver's seat.

'She threw it in reverse and tried to run over the deputy,' said Harris County Sheriff's Office spokesperson Deputy Thomas Gilliland.

'He confronted the suspects at exit of the store before they left. One female wouldn't stop, struck the deputy with her purse, ran off.'

'I think it knocked him off balance and, in fear of his life and being ran over, he discharged his weapon at that point.'

 
Tiasa Andrews, Yolanda Craig were arrested at 1300 block of Greens Parkway where their friend Shelly Frey had died from her gunshot wounds

Tiasa Andrews, Yolanda Craig were arrested at 1300 block of Greens Parkway where their friend Shelly Frey had died from her gunshot wounds

 

 
The Walmart store at 14000 block of the North Freeway in Houston where the alleged robbery occurred

The Walmart store at 14000 block of the North Freeway in Houston where the alleged robbery occurred

Inside the car as it was speeding away were two small children - investigators have said that they were not Frey's children.

Gilliland said it was clear that the deputy was law enforcement.

'He was clearly marked in uniform as a Harris County deputy. And identified himself as the suspects were leaving the establishment,' said Gilliland to KHOU.Com

Despite the shooting, the women fled but eventually they stopped at The Worthington at the Beltway apartments in the 1300 block of Greens Parkway.

Paramedics from the Houston Fire Department arrived to try and save Frey, but she was pronounced dead at the scene.

'Shelly was the perfect mom, perfect friend, perfect daughter,' said her father, Shelton Frey.

He said that his daughter had moved to Houston after Hurricane Katrina to start a new life, but the amount of work she could do was limited by her two-year-old who has sickle cell anemia.

 
The deceased's mother Sharon Wilkerson was devastated that the deputy fired into a car with two small children inside
The deceased's mother Sharon Wilkerson was devastated that the deputy fired into a car with two small children inside
 

The deceased's mother Sharon Wilkerson was devastated that the deputy fired into a car with two small children inside and killed her daughter

'Why couldn’t you just shoot the tire, shoot the window?' said her mother Sharon Wilkerson. 'Was it that serious?'

She added that even if her daughter had committed a crime, she did not deserve to die and she worries now for her two young grandchildren.

'How do I tell these children she's not coming back,' said Sharon.

'To me, it should never (have) happened. I wish the officer didn’t shoot her. I wish he shot her tires just to slow her down. That’s a mother you know. And now they have to figure out what to do with the kids,' said Angel Gaines, a neighbor.

Kesha Sapp, a woman who knew Frey, agreed.

'What that look like with him shooting with the darn kids in the car? There were kids in the car with them. Why is he shooting at the car? Come on now, that makes him look bad. That don’t even look right,' said Sapp.

Both Andrews and Craig, the two other women allegedly involved, have been charged with shoplifting.

Tragically, Frey wasn't even supposed to be at a Walmart that evening.

Earlier in the year she pleaded guilty to stealing shirts and a package of meat from another Walmart and as part of her plea arrangement she agreed to never enter Walmart stores again.

Deputy Campbell is on three days paid leave as is standard protocol. He's been with the Harris County Sheriff's Office for 26 years. 

The Harris County Sheriff's Homicide Unit, Office of the Inspector General and the Harris County District Attorney's Office will investigate this incident. The case will be turned over to a grand jury. 

Walmart offered the following statement: 'This is a tragic situation and we recognize this is a difficult time for all parties involved. We're committed to working with law enforcement and providing any information we have as they determine the facts of the case. Because this is an active investigation, any specific details of the incident should come from law enforcement.

'We hire off duty officers to provide security to some of our stores. While we have policies in place for our associates to disengage from situations that might put them or others in harm's way, off-duty officers working at a WM store are authorized to act in accordance with their department's code of conduct.'

 

 
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Family: Mother suspected of shoplifting at Walmart didn’t deserve to die

A mother of two who was fatally shot by a deputy after she was suspected of shoplifting at Walmart didn’t deserve to die, her family said. view full article



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AFRICAN AMERICA IS AT WAR

THERE IS A RACE WAR ON AFRICAN AMERICA

THERE IS A RACE WAR ON AFRICAN AMERICANS

THERE IS A RACE WAR ON BLACK PEOPLE IN AMERICA

AMERICA'S RACISTS HAVE INFILTRATED AMERICAN POLICE FORCES TO WAGE A RACE WAR AGAINST BLACK PEOPLE IN AMERICA

THE BLACK RACE IS AT WAR

FIRST WORLD WAR:  THE APPROXIMATELY 6,000 YEAR WORLD WAR ON AFRICA AND THE BLACK RACE

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First Degree Murder Charges for Shooter of Florida Teen

AARON MORRISON

 

4 hours ago

White motorist was arrested and charged with second degree murder and pleaded not guilty

 

A grand jury has indicted 46-year-old Florida software developer Michael Dunn for first-degree murder on Thursday in the shooting death of 17-year-old Jordan Davis, an unarmed, black high school student after an argument over loud rap music. Dunn, who is white, was arrested the day after the shooting, charged with second-degree murder and pleaded not guilty. The state attorney’s office later decided to upgrade the charges to first-degree murder. Dunn also faces charges of attempted murder for firing at Davis’ car, which contained three of the teen’s friends. People have drawn parallels between the Davis case and that of slain Florida teen Trayvon Martin. Davis’ father has pledged to fight Florida’s Stand Your Ground law, which allows people to defend themselves if they believe someone will hurt them. Dunn said he believed someone in Davis’ SUV pointed a shotgun at him, although police did not recover a weapon on the scene. (Reuters):

 

Charges upgraded to first degree murder in shooting of Florida teen

  

JACKSONVILLE, Florida | Thu Dec 13, 2012 11:59pm EST


(Reuters) - A grand jury indicted a Florida man for first degree murder on Thursday in the shooting death of an unarmed, black high school student last month after an argument over loud rap music.

 

Software developer Michael Dunn, 46, shot high school junior Jordan Davis, 17, through the window of a sport utility vehicle at a Jacksonville convenience store gas station on November 23, before driving away, authorities say.

 

Dunn, who is white, faces charges of attempted first degree murder for firing at the car which contained three other passengers, all friends of Davis.

 

Dunn was arrested the day after the shooting for second degree murder and pleaded not guilty. He was being held in Duval County without bond awaiting arraignment.

 

The state attorney's office later decided to upgrade the charge to first degree murder, which in Florida requires a grand jury decision.

 

Dunn's arraignment on the new charges is scheduled for December 17.

Davis's father, Ron Davis, has pledged to turn his son's shooting death into a crusade against guns and Florida's controversial Stand Your Ground law which allows people to defend themselves if they "reasonably believe" someone will hurt them.

 

Widespread opposition to the law has emerged after the shooting of Trayvon Martin, also an unarmed, black 17-year-old, in February by neighborhood watch volunteer George Zimmerman in central Florida. Zimmerman, whom police initially declined to arrest, will stand trial next June for murder.

 

Dunn's lawyer says he fired out of fear for his life when someone in the SUV brandished a shotgun and threatened him.

 

Dunn and his fiancé Rhonda Rouer were in Jacksonville on the night of the shooting to attend a wedding when they stopped at the store to buy a bottle of wine before returning to their hotel, authorities say. They parked next to the SUV containing Davis and his three friends who were listening to rap music on their way home after shopping at Black Friday sales at a mall.

 

Dunn asked the teens to turn down the volume of the music, but, his attorney said, the teens turned up the volume, threatened Dunn and brandished a shotgun. Dunn grabbed a pistol from the glove compartment of his car and opened fire, before driving away, authorities say. Police said no weapon was found on the teens.

 

Dunn was taken into custody at his oceanfront townhome about 170 miles south of Jacksonville the day after the shooting.

 

(Editing by David Adams and Mohammad Zargham)

 

 

MONDAY, DECEMBER 10, 2012

Police Say Another Handcuffed Young Man Shot Himself in the Head

 
Man Shoots Himself While Handcuffed
It has happened again! Another African American male in handcuffs has managed to shoot himself, or at least that what police are saying. The first time it happened in Jonesboro, Arkansas where police claimed that Chavis Carter, 21, committed suicide while in the back of a patrol car. He supposedly shot himself in the head, while handcuffed.

Now it has happened again to a 17-year old from Harris, Texas. Apparently, he was being detained by police because a friend reported him as a suicide risk. While in the back of the patrol car in handcuffs, he reportedly shot himself but did not die. He is in critical condition.

This second case in Texas seems more credible than the first case in Arkansas because the young man was arrested for a suicide risk. But how did he manage to shoot himself while in handcuffs? And how did the police not find his gun when they searched him?


What do you think?

Maryland Mother Fights for Son who was Jailed for Defending Himself

Though Brandon Jackson was fending off a mob of white males, he was the one charged and jailed

 

In October of 2006,  21-year-old Brandon Jackson of Solomons, Maryland (pictured), was reportedly jumped by 7 to 8 White males.

Now, six years later, Brandon has been sentenced by a nearly all-White jury to 12 years in prison for attempted murder, aggravated assault, and possession of a weapon for simply defending himself.

Brandon’s mother, Gloria Fisher, spoke with NewsOne about how she won’t stop until she gets justice for Brandon.

Read the whole story and watch a video atNewsOne.

Miami Man Doused In Gasoline At Station, Set On Fire

Miami Man Set On Fire At Gas StationA man pumping gas at a station in Miami was doused with gasoline and set on fire Tuesday night, according to the Miami Herald.

 

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44-year-old Darrell Brackett (pictured) sustained third-degree burns in the attack and is fighting for his life at a local hospital.

 

Thursday afternoon, Bennett’s mother distributed flyers at the station, hoping somebody with information on who attacked her son will come forward.

“We are trying to think positive, but the next three days will be critical,’’ Bridgett Brackett said.

 

Brackett and his girlfriend had stopped at the U-Gas station in Brownsville after running out of fuel. Around 11:30 p.m., a man approached Brackett, grabbed the gas can he was carrying, and doused him in the liquid before setting him on fire. Brackett ran into the street, where a Good Samaritan helped him into a grassy area where he dropped and rolled until the flames were out. Almost 50 percent of his body was covered in burns.

 

Miami-Dade authorities are investigating the incident as a potential homicide, thought they have no leads as of this writing. It has been reported that Brackett had some brief words with some men prior to the attack, but it is not known if they played a role or if this was a random assault.

 

 

Brackett was rushed to the Jackson Memorial Hospital’s Ryder Trauma Center, where doctors performed bedside surgery to relieve pressure from acquired fluids. Next, Brackett will undergo another operation where doctors will temporarily add in skin from a pig cadaver. New, permanent skin will be taken from parts of his body that went unscathed in the attack. The road to recovery won’t be easy, doctors say.

 

“He has some burns over some critical joints particularly elbows, hands…..This is going to be a lifelong process,”  Dr. Carl Schulman, a trauma surgeon at the center said.

 

Charles Dinkins, a local pastor from nearby Hosanna Community Baptist Church, noted how frequently these incidents happen.

“It’s just tragic in terms of how this occurred, and even more tragic is we in the community have become so accustomed to seeing shootings and death, that to some extent, we view it as being normal.”

 

Bridgett noted that while her son has a rap sheet for multiple drug offenses, he had pulled his life together and was not known for starting trouble.

Anyone with information is asked to call Miami-Dade County’s Crime Stoppers hotline at 305-471-8477.
 
 

  You know that's been happening in Cali lately.  Had a man in my hometown of Pasadena dosed with gas and lit on fire and again in the valley  where a homeless woman was set on fire by a brotha around 30 something.  All in the last week or so. The man looked deranged.  He was caught by a passerby who followed him while calling the police.  They think he is involved in both incidents.  It is something in the holiday season that is causing folks to go nuts? 

Texas Man’s Murder Conviction Overturned, Sits In Prison 30 Years Waiting On Re-Trial

Jerry Hartfield

In this Dec. 11, 2012 photo, Jerry Hartfield speaks from a visiting area at the Hughes Unit of the Texas Department of Criminal Justice outside Gatesville, Texas. Hartfield remains in the middle of a legal dispute between the Texas attorney general’s office, which insists he’s being legally held, and a federal appeals court that says he’s been wrongly imprisoned for 30 years. Hartfield was convicted in 1977 of killing a woman in Bay City, Texas. (AP Photo/Michael Graczyk)

GATESVILLE, Texas (AP) — Jerry Hartfield was still a young man when an uncle visited him in prison to tell him that his murder conviction had been overturned and he would get a new trial.

Not long afterward, he was moved off of death row.

“A sergeant told me to pack my stuff and I wouldn’t return. I’ve been waiting ever since for that new trial,” Hartfield, now 56, said during a recent interview at the prison near Gatesville where he’s serving life for the 1976 robbery and killing of a Bay City bus station worker. He says he’s innocent.

The Texas Court of Criminal Appeals overturned Hartfield’s murder conviction in 1980 because it found a potential juror improperly was dismissed for expressing reservations about the death penalty. The state tried twice but failed to get the court to re-examine that ruling, and on March 15, 1983 – 11 days after the court’s second rejection – then-Gov. Mark White commuted Hartfield’s sentence to life in prison.

At that point, with Hartfield off death row and back in the general prison population, the case became dormant.

“Nothing got filed. They had me thinking my case was on appeal for 27 years,” said Hartfield, who is described in court documents as an illiterate fifth-grade dropout with an IQ of 51, but who says he has since learned to read and has become a devout Christian.

A federal judge in Houston recently ruled that Hartfield’s conviction and sentence ceased to exist when the appeals court overturned them – meaning there was no sentence for White to commute. But Hartfield isn’t likely to go free or be retried soon because the state has challenged a 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals’ decision favorable to Hartfield, arguing he missed a one-year window in which to appeal aspects of his case.

A 5th Circuit panel of the New Orleans court agreed with the district court in an October ruling, but last month it made a rare, formal request to the Texas appeals court asking it to confirm its decades-old decision to overturn Hartfield’s conviction.

Hartfield’s current attorney, Kenneth R. Hawk II, recently described the case as a “one-in-a-million” situation in which an inmate has been stuck in the prison system for more than three decades because no one seems to know what to do with him.

“When you see it, it’s kind of breathtaking,” he said. “It was tough story for him so far and it’s not over yet. … The bottom line is the commutation came after a mandate was issued. It wasn’t valid and it’s time for him to get a new trial.”

Several factors appear to have contributed to Hartfield’s unusual predicament.

Hartfield said that when his uncle read him the article about his conviction being overturned, he didn’t fully grasp the meaning of it. Furthermore, Hartfield’s trial lawyers, who worked on his initial appeal, stopped representing him once his death sentence was commuted, said Robert Scardino, who was the lead trial attorney.

“When governor commuted the sentence, that’s when our obligations to Hartfield ended,” Scardino said.

Hartfield was 21 in June 1977 when he was convicted of murdering 55-year-old Eunice Lowe, a bus station ticketing agent who was beaten with a pickaxe and robbed. Her car and nearly $3,000 were stolen. Lowe’s daughter found her body in a storeroom at the station.

At the time, Hartfield, who grew up in Altus, Okla., had been working on the construction of a nuclear power plant near Bay City, which is about 100 miles southwest of Houston. He was arrested within days in Wichita, Kan., and while being returned to Texas, he made a confession to officers that he calls “a bogus statement they had written against me.” That alleged confession was among the key evidence used to convict Hartfield, along with an unused bus ticket found at the crime scene that had his fingerprints on it and testimony from witnesses who said he had talked about needing $3,000.

Scardino said he tried using an insanity defense for Hartfield and that psychiatrists called by the defense described Hartfield as “as crazy a human being as there was.”

Virginia Higdon, who lived next door to Lowe and knew her most of her life, told the AP that she spoke to Lowe the day she was killed and her friend complained of about a man who refused to leave the station.

“‘I can’t get rid of this guy. He’s just sitting there eating candy, a bag of candy,’” Higdon said her friend told her. “And it was Jerry Hartfield.”

She said it’s “absurd” that Hartfield might ever be released or retried.

Jurors deliberated for 3 1/2 hours before convicting Hartfield of murder and another 20 minutes to decide he should die, Scardino said. He said the jury foreman later told him the jurors were “all farmers and ranchers down here, and when one of our animals goes crazy, we shoot it.”

Matagorda County District Attorney Steven Reis said with the appeal still pending, it’s premature to discuss a possible retrial of Hartfield. Lowe’s killing was particularly bloody and investigators found semen on her body, but Reis declined to say whether there was crime scene evidence from the case that could undergo DNA testing, which wasn’t available when Lowe was killed.

Scardino said that if Hartfield’s confession, which he believes authorities illegally obtained, is allowed at a retrial, Hartfield risks being sent back to death row.

“You have to think: Why would you undo something like that now when you might be looking at something like the death penalty?” he said.

But in 2002, the U.S. Supreme Court outlawed executing mentally impaired people, a threshold generally accepted as below the IQ of 70.

Hartfield insists that he’s not angry that he’s spent nearly all of his entire adult life locked up, and he says he holds no grudges.

“Being a God-fearing person, he doesn’t allow me to be bitter,” he said. “He allows me to be forgiving. The things that cause damage to other people, including myself, that’s something I have to forgive.

“In order to be forgiven, you have to forgive.”

Tyler Perry offers $100K reward for answers in cold cases of 2 missing Florida men

 
 
 

(Naples Daily News, William DeShazer/ Associated Press ) - Marcia Roberts, the mother of Terrance Williams, reacts after an unidentified person comes forward with information during a news conference to discuss the special missing-person investigations of Williams and Felipe Santos, Thursday, Jan. 10, 2013 at the Collier County South Regional Library in East Naples, Fla.

 

Filmmaker Tyler Perry is offering a $100,000 reward for information in the decade-old case of the two men, who went missing after separate encounters with Collier County Sheriff’s Deputy Steven Calkins. The man stepped from the front of the crowd to tell Perry something, indicating he had information to offer.

 
 

Video Captures Death of CVS Toothpaste ShoplifterUpdated January 17, 2013 8:30am

CHICAGO — Chilling video has surfaced of the 2010 choking death of a homeless shoplifter at the hands of a CVS store manager who chased him into an alley.

And a U.S. congressman is now calling for a special investigation into the death of 35-year-old Anthony Kyser, who stole toothpaste from the drug store before his death nearly three years ago.

The grainy surveillance video from the alley near the Little Village CVS was obtained from a source by DNAinfo.com Chicago.

It shows Kyser's final minutes on May 8, 2010, and the beginning of the police investigation into the case. No charges were filed in Kyser's death, which police ruled an accident. CVS has said the manager acted in self-defense after being attacked by Kyser.

The video appears to capture Kyser fleeing to the alley with the store manager close behind him. There's a brief struggle before Kyser hits the pavement, with the store manager on top of him.

Another man appears to punch and kick Kyser, at one point stepping down on his hand while the store manager remains atop Kyser. More bystanders join in, helping to hold Kyser down. Eventually, Kyser stops flailing his legs, the video shows.

A police officer arrives minutes later, followed by more cops and then an ambulance. But emergency responders are unable to revive Kyser.

Sprawled on the pavement, Kyser's dead body remains in the frame when the recording stops.

The Cook County Medical Examiner's Office ruled his death a homicide. But police decided it was an accident and no charges were filed. 

"The video was reviewed by detectives as part of their investigation at the time," Chicago Police Department spokeswoman Lt. Maureen Biggane said. "It was determined that criminal charges were not warranted."

Kyser's mother, Ann Marie Kyser, filed a lawsuit claiming the store manager committed battery and that CVS is liable. That case is still pending in Cook County Circuit Court. The video has been discussed in sworn statements taken as part of the case.

"The video shows that Anthony Kyser was being choked by the CVS store manager and that no one did anything to help," said Jack Kennedy, an attorney with Cochran, Cherry, Givens, Smith & Montgomery, the law firm representing Kyser's mother.

"I think it’s appalling that CVS maintains that an employee can choke someone to death if they steal from a CVS store."

A CVS spokesman would only tell DNAinfo.com that the company does not comment on pending litigation. An attorney representing CVS and the store manager did not return calls for comment.

But in court filings in the civil case, CVS lawyers argue Kyser punched the store manager — identified in court papers at Pedro Villanova — in the face and the manager was acting in self-defense.

Through his attorney, Villanova acknowledges he "held onto Anthony Kyser on the ground while defending himself after being struck," according to court records.

In a deposition, Villanova said: "As soon as I got hit by Mr. Kyser, that's when it went from I'm here trying to recover the product and he can leave to all of a sudden he just punched me, so now I need to defend myself."

In court filings, Villanova acknowledges his "arm came into contact with decedent Anthony Kyser's throat" and he heard Kyser say "I can't breathe."

Soon after Kyser's death, an outraged U.S. Rep. Bobby Rush, a Chicago Democrat, sent a letter to Cook County State's Attorney Anita Alvarez demanding action for the "brutality visited upon a homeless man."

Rush now says his "calls for justice" were not heeded. Now, after being shown the video by DNAinfo.com, he said he hopes its release will reopen the investigation.

"This videotape ... presents an undeniable moment where [his] life was snatched from him," he said after viewing the footage. "Thank God for the videotape."

Rush compared the way Chicago authorities handled the Kyser case to the case of David Koschman, who died in 2004 of a head injury he suffered when Richard J. "R.J." Vanecko knocked him to the ground with one punch during a Division Street encounter, authorities say.

"You see in Koschman to Kyser a pattern of flagrant disregard for justice," he said.

Vanecko, a nephew of former Mayor Richard M. Daley, was indicted by a grand jury on charges of involuntary manslaughter only after the case was assigned to a special prosecutor following a series of stories by the Sun-Times.

anthony kyser

Anthony Kyser, 35, died after being choked in an alley behind a Little Village CVS in 2010, says an attorney representing the man's mother. His crime was stealing toothpaste.

(http://o-mores.blogspot.com)

Rush is calling on Cook County Chief Judge Timothy Evans to "open a special investigation" and appoint a special prosecutor.

"The store manager who killed [Kyser] is walking around today free as a bird," he said. "Anthony Kyser is crying from his grave for justice."

 



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Parents Keep Fighting For Slain Son On One Year Anniversary [VIDEO]

ramarley graham one year later rally
Even though Constance Malcolm (pictured center left) and Franclot Graham’s (pictured center right) buried their 18-year-old son last year, after he was shot by the NYPD, the two parents managed to show a powerful resilience on their son’s anniversary, one that proved they were stronger than the tragedy that changed their lives forever.

RELATED: Ramarley Graham Update: Cop Who Killed Teen Turns Himself In

Ramarley Graham Shooting

On Febraury 2, 2013, the one-year anniversary of their son Ramarley Graham’s (pictured above) murder, the duo kept things together for the crowd that showed up to rally for the 18-year old at the home where his life abruptly ended. It was this very house Street Narcotics Enforcement Unit officer Richard Haste chased young Ramarley into. Haste and colleagues were staking out a nearby bodega suspected as a front for drug activity, when Ramarley exited and began fidgeting with what Haste claimed looked like a gun in his waistband.

After identifying themselves as police officers, Ramarley reportedly bolted for his grandmother’s second-floor apartment in the three-story house. Cameras show Ramarley calmly entering the home, with Officer Haste frantically running after him and breaking down the front door. Sargent Scott Morris was also at the scene.

Watch the surveillance video of the cops pursuing Ramarley here:

A brief struggle in the upstairs bathroom between Ramarley and Haste culminated in a gunshot wound to the chest that ended a life full of promise. Perhaps the only crime Ramarley committed was reportedly flushing marijuana down the toilet when he was shot.

As is often the case with these types of incidents, no weapon was found on Ramarley’s body.

Ramarley Graham Shooting

On Saturday, the crowd rallied around the parents at 749. E 229th Street in the Bronx’s Wakefield section to remind them that they weren’t alone in their grief. And as Franclot and Constance lead the group in protest to the 47th Precinct Haste and Morris operate from, they showed that they were committed to getting justice for their son.

Constance marched with a sign that read, “NYPD, We Are Tired Of Hearing, ‘I Thought He Had A Gun’” while Franclot chanted, “I Am Ramarley!”

Watch video of Franclot Graham and Constance Malcolm marching for Ramarley here:

“I miss when Ramarley would go cut his hair and come back and he [didn't] wanna say, ‘Mom, look at me,’” Constance reminisced about her son.  “He just [stood] there and [had] his hand brushing the top of his head, like, ‘I’m cute. Look at me.’”ramarley graham one year later rally

“In the morningtime, nobody [got] to sleep in the house because the music [was] blasting because he loved music. These are the things I’m gonna miss. Sometimes I might oversleep now because the music’s not on. I knew once the music came on I had to get up because it was blasting so loud.”

Ramarley was also shy around the ladies, a side that his mother had never seen. “We didn’t know he had a girlfriend. She used to call the house, but I didn’t know who she was. And I was like, Why [is] this young girl calling the house when she’s supposed to be in school? But she was actually calling him to walk her to school, which I didn’t know until after he passed.”

After leading protests for Haste’s dismissal at the precinct, Constance and Franclot lead the group to  Crawford Memorial Methodist Church, where Ramarley’s funeral was held. Here, Ramarley’s parents made it clear that this protest march wasn’t just for their boy.

Kenneth Chamberlain Jr. (pictured below center), whose elderly father was shot dead by White Plains officers in his apartment in November 2011, and Juanita Young, whose unarmed son, Malcolm Ferguson, was killed by NYPD officers in March 2000, among others, also spoke out.

This wasn’t just a rally to remind people of a kid whose only crime was having marijuana on him, it was for all victims of senseless police violence.

RELATED: Marine Kenneth Chamberlain Killed By Cops, Case Goes Before Grand Jury

“With the support of the people, [they] keep me going,” Constance said. “Fighting for justice for Ramarley, and not just for Ramarley, for all the other victims and the people [who] didn’t get victimized yet [who] gonna be victimized. Me being out there, talking to people, other family members that’s in the same situation as me — that’s what keeps me going.”

“We wanted to remind people not to be sad but to look at this as a turning point in terms of trying to educate other people what to do and what not to do when stopped by the police,” said Khadijah Shakur, a member of the New Black Panther Party. “We had members of the Central Park Five that were here, so it was good that they came here today to commemorate the life and legacy of Ramarley Graham, to let people know that he didn’t die in vain.”

ramarley graham one year later rally

“It’s important when families stand up and fight for justice,” Jason Corley, a rally participant from Jamaica, Queens, commented outside the church. But participating in the march was more personal for Corley because police violence has hit close to home.

“Back in 1994, a person I went to school with, his cousin, was killed by the police. That same year, a kid that I grew up with was killed by the police — hanged at the 6th Precinct. He was literally hanged in his cell.

“They say he committed suicide. They said there was a belt in his cell that was found around his neck. Yet he was wearing loafers, no shoelaces, and his pants didn’t have belt latches; he wasn’t wearing a belt. These incidents made me personally aware of police brutality.”

Even after the church speakout ended and people began leaving, Constance’s spirit persevered. “We have the court day, which is March 26th. That’s another hearing, and after that hearing, we[re] gonna get started on the trial,” she noted.

“The indictment was last year, but indictment doesn’t mean anything. A conviction is what we want. We are not accepting anything less than a conviction for Richard Haste because of the crime he committed. He was a criminal when he committed this crime. So he should be treated as a criminal.”

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Mr. McNeil talks to reporters upon his release. [Photo by N. Kasravi)John McNeil, the Georgia man arrested and sentenced to life for defending his own home, agreed to a plea bargain and a charge of voluntary manslaughter in court today. He was released from prison today.

The NAACP has been involved in this case on the state, local and national levels for years. NAACP leaders made the following statements in reaction to his release:

“Today John McNeil walks out of prison a free man, though the damage has been done,” stated NAACP Chairman Roslyn M. Brock. “While we would have preferred John to be exonerated based on self-defense, we are thankful that he can return home to be with his two sons and start his life over. His release today is a bittersweet victory because he also returns home in sorrow following the recent death of his loving wife Anita who fought for his release until her last breath."

“The court’s decision is an acknowledgement that John McNeil was convicted in error, and that error took far too long to be rectified,” stated NAACP President and CEO Benjamin Todd Jealous. “No man – regardless of color – should have to go through such an ordeal. While the reduced charge is still too harsh, we are glad that he will be able to return home to his children.”

“On the eve of Lent, and the 104th anniversary of the founding of the NAACP, which began as an organization fighting against the false and unjust convictions of African-American men, the Georgia criminal justice system has engaged in a kind of partial repentance,” stated NAACP North Carolina State Conference President Rev. Dr. William J. Barber II.  “While John pleaded to a lesser charge, the criminal justice system in Georgia and America still remains guilty of the greater charge of continuing disparities and inequities in the sentencing, convictions and imprisonment of African-Americans, minorities and poor whites. While we are happy that John is free, we remain ever committed to continue the work of making our judicial system fair for all.”

Barber continued: “The NAACP does not endorse violence, and none of us, especially John and his family, are happy about the loss of life. We pray for the Epps family.

“The George State Conference NAACP is relieved that John McNeil is free,” stated NAACP Georgia State Conference President Edward Dubose. “It is clearly long overdue, considering that John McNeil’s only crime is defending his son and home while being black. While we celebrate John’s freedom we are equally saddened that Anita McNeil’s death occurred before John could walk free. Now that John is free we are committed to completely clearing his name. We must put an end to this unequal justice system that forces African Americans to take guilty pleas even when they are innocent.”

In 2006, McNeil was convicted for shooting Brian Epp on his property after Mr. Epp threatened his son with a box cutter and charged at John, with the weapon in his pocket.  Two white investigating officers concluded that McNeil did not commit a crime, but 294 days after the incident McNeil was charged with murder and sentenced to life in prison.

On September, 25th, 2012 a Georgia Superior Court Judge granted McNeil’s petition for habeas corpus based on ineffective counsel, noting that, among other things, John’s trial attorney, “failed to request charges based on the theories of defense of habitation and/or defense of property.” But Georgia Attorney General Sam Olens appealed the ruling and McNeil remains in prison. After today’s plea bargain, McNeil will remain on parole for 14 years.

McNeil’s wife Anita McNeil, who has been outspoken in support of her husband and criticism of his imprisonment, passed away earlier this month.

The campaign for John McNeil’s freedom was started by his local NAACP branch in Wilson, NC, which convinced the North Carolina NAACP, Georgia NAACP State Conference, Cobb County NAACP and national NAACP to take up the fight.

 

 

 

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Chicago Girl Killed Same Day Sister Sat Behind President Obama

Janay Mcfarlane barack obama chicagoCHICAGO — An 18-year-old Chicago woman was killed the same day her sister had sat on the stage behind President Barack Obama, listening to him push for gun control legislation.

Janay Mcfarlane was shot once in the head around 11:30 p.m. Friday in North Chicago, Lake County Coroner Thomas Rudd told the Chicago Sun-Times (http://bit.ly/12Uoh9b&nbsp. Mcfarlane, a mother of a 3-month-old boy, was in the Chicago suburb visiting friends and family.

North Chicago police said two people are being questioned in connection with Mcfarlane’s death, but no charges have been filed.

“I really feel like somebody cut a part of my heart out,” Angela Blakely, Mcfarlane’s mother, said.

Blakely said the bullet that killed Mcfarlane was meant for a friend.

Hours earlier, Mcfarlane’s 14-year-old sister was feet from Obama at Hyde Park Career Academy, where he spoke about gun violence and paid tribute to Hadiya Pendleton, the 15-year-old honor student fatally shot last month in a South Side park. Police have said it was a case of mistaken identity, and two people have been charged.

Pendleton’s death was one of more than 40 homicides in Chicago in January, a total that made it the deadliest January in the city in more than a decade. Pendleton, a drum majorette, had recently performed during Obama’s inauguration and the slaying happened about a mile from his Chicago home.

Blakely told the newspaper that Janay Mcfarlane had been affected by Pendleton’s death.

“She always said after Hadiya Pendleton got killed, `Momma that’s so sad,’” Blakely said. “She was always touched by any kid that got killed. She was always touched by mothers who couldn’t be there for their babies because they were gone.”

Mcfarlane was supposed to graduate from an alternative school this spring, Blakely said, and wanted to go into the culinary arts.

“I’m just really, truly just trying to process it – knowing that I’m not taking my baby home anymore,” Blakely said.

Daddy killed two black men’: Florida man charged with killings allegedly witnessed by daughter

 

A Florida man is charged in the deaths of two men after his daughter told her mother she witnessed the killings.

Laureano “Larry” Romero’s arrest report indicates his daughter said she saw him shoot DeAngelo Cox, 22, and Nick Lewis, 21, on Tuesday at a home in the Taft area.

Romero, 39, was arrested and faces two first-degree murder charges.

According to the report, the girl told her mother, “Daddy killed two black men.” Deputies said it was Romero’s mother who called authorities to report what her granddaughter said she saw.

Other witnesses apparently told deputies they saw Romero drive away from his Taft home after the shootings.


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Lynch Mob Attacked Postmaster Frazier Baker And Family On This Day In 1898

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Although the term “lynching” conjures for most the stirring image of a person being hanged, the act itself has a wider meaning. Taking one’s life without legal authority and by means of show of force in numbers also captures the term’s overall defintion. The heinous practice wasn’t a bane exclusive to African Americans — as many Whites were lynched as well — but Black people certainly suffered the most-brutal examples. One such horrific case is that of PostmasterFrazier Baker, a federally appointed postmaster in the largely White town of Lake City, Sc. Baker and his infant daughter were killed by a mob of Whites on this day in 1898.

SEE ALSO: El-Hajj Malik El-Shabazz (Malcolm X) Assassinated On This Day 48 Years Ago

In the early morning hours, Baker was awoken by a fire set deliberately to the building that housed both his family’s home and the town’s post office. Baker, his wife Lavinia (pictured third from left), and their six children (pictured) were trapped by the blaze and a heavily armed mob of White men out in front of the building. After attempting to stamp out the fire, Baker and his family tried to escape the post office.

The men opened fire on the family, fatally wounding Baker. The men continued shooting, injuring three of Baker’s oldest children.

As the children escaped via an open door, Lavinia and baby Julia attempted to follow but the mob shot Baker’s wife through the hand and killed the baby.

Suffering a wound to her leg, Lavinia collapsed in the burning building before neighbors came to her and the family’s rescue.

The murder of the federally appointed Baker angered many around the nation and galvanized the anti-lynching movement.

Newspapers from around the country reported on the murder, and the incident even received a bit of global attention.

Baker’s lynching was a cowardly act and was reportedly sparked by prejudiced Whites who didn’t think a Black man deserved the post he was given.

The response to the Baker case was truly an anomaly, seeing as violence against Black people typically happened without justice.

According to research compiled by Auburn University history professor David C. Carter, the Baker case began a potentially vital rally that was later snuffed out due to the reluctance of Whites to show favor to Blacks in any fashion.

After a government investigation, federal prosecutors gathered 13 White men in federal court in the city of Charleston on charges of conspiracy against Baker 14 months after the incident.

South Carolina authorities and their failure to bring Baker’s killers to justice prompted the government involvement, which built a strong case for conviction. However, since witnesses lied on the stand and White jurors reportedly looked to protect the men associated with the murder, the case was later declared a mistrial.

Even with support from well-meaning folks of all walks of life across the country, the Baker family survivors would never get their due.

Those calling for an end to lynching and racist tactics used Baker as a rallying moment, but the South’s hold on the legal system and its separatist aims won out overall.

An abolitionist, William Loyd Garrison II — along with concerned African Americans — encouraged the Bakers to relocate to Massachusetts in 1899. Sadly, Lavinia would take her children up north only to lose every single one to tuberculosis.

Lavinia would end up returning to South Carolina and dying — both childless and husbandless — in 1947.

Baker’s lynching serves as one of the many painful reminders that African Americans and their time in this country has not been utopian. What remains in the wake of America’s racist past is that there is an even greater unspoken debt that still must be paid.

Protesters Demand Justice for Sammie Davis Jr. Shot In the Chest by Rogue Officer

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Protester call for the arrest of the officer who shot and killed Sammie Davis Jr.

AFRICANGLOBE – Dozens of demonstrators descended on Macon City Hall in Georgia just before Mayor Reichert’s state of the city address, outraged at what they call a lack of leadership in the case where a police officer shot and killed unarmed Sammie Davis Jr. outside a Kroger supermarket. This was the second protest in a month, calling for justice for Sammie Davis, Jr.

“This is not 1954, where it takes reports that long to come back,” says Faye Alexander.

“Why Mr. Mayor and Mr. Burns have you not addressed this city personally, either on radio or on video or on the news?” says Irving Martinez, a Macon resident and former candidate for State Senate.

It’s been more than a month since Macon police officer Clayton Sutton shot and killed Sammie Davis Jr. outside the Kroger supermarket on Pio Nono Avenue. Sutton has been on administrative leave since then while the city does an internal investigation with the GBI into what happened–anger has been growing as more time passes with few answers.

“Officer Clayton Sutton has been off now on administrative leave about six weeks, and he’s roughly made so far about $4,500 sitting at home,” says Macon resident Anthony Harris.

Sutton has a record of trouble with the department, leading many to question why he was still employed.

“With four or more complaints, this man should have been out. So, there’s a conspiracy,” Alexander cried.

“I want my money did right, OK, I want him fired!” says Kimberly Patrick. “I want Officer Sutton fired, OK I do not want my tax bill paying for nobody who’s running around killing people for no reason.”

Details still are scarce about the circumstances surrounding the murder of Sammie Davis Jr’s death. Some of the protestors also blamed the local media, saying they have not covered this story sufficiently. After contacting Macon police for further details, we were told the GBI’s investigation should be wrapping up in mid-February.

 

By; Andrew Reese

Audio, Video Released in Police Beating Death of Chicago Man

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Darrin Hanna, 45, died last month in custody after being arrested

 

The mother of a Chicago man who died after being beaten by Chicago cops in custody is calling for the officers to be fired, according to NBC Chicago.

"This is over four months. I can't take this any longer. You couldn't understand what I am going through," Gloria Carr told those gathered at a city council meeting.

Darrin Hanna, 45, was arrested last November after a domestic dispute. Police say he was beating his pregnant girlfriend and was resisting arrest.

But video and audio tapes that were recently released tell a different story. Hanna's family obtained graphic photos and video footage that caused his mother to cry hysterically in court, and forced many in the courtroom to turn away from the brutal pictures or leave the room in tears.

Audio recordings of Hanna's confrontation with the six officers involved in his beating were released yesterday:

Officer: "You're OK. You're OK. Relax. Calm down. You're OK."
Hanna: "Put me down! Put me down! I'm about to die! I was down. I was down."
Officer: "OK. OK. (Inaudible.)"
Hanna: "They killing me. (Inaudible.)"

[ALSO READ: Unarmed Teen Shot Dead By Security]

Mike Newsome, who was police chief when Hanna was arrested, was placed on leave in January and retired a month later.

His successor, Michael Hosking, quit after just days on the job.

The six officers involved in the confrontation with Hanna remain employed but are on administrative duties. Below are two videos which show the extensive injuries Hanna suffered and the treatment Hanna recieved while in the precinct recorded on a surveillance camera.

The coroners report said that Hanna died from "acute and chronic cocaine abuse, physical trauma and restraint, Taser restraint, poorly controlled hypertension and chronic renal insufficiency." Hanna's family blame the police and their beating for the death.

You can view two videos below which show the graphic nature of the beating through both pictures and video footage.

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Accused Killers Had 3-Way Sex On Black Corpses?

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There is some new information on the four Joliet, Ill., suspects who are facing first-degree murder charges for the strangulation deaths of two 22-year-old Black men who were allegedly robbed, killed, and partially dismembered in January. Police investigators have now learned that three of the accused murderers may have had sex on top of the corpses, reports the Joliet Patch.

SEE ALSO: Cop Charged With Not Investigating Racial Threats…Against Himself

The four young suspects, Alisa Massaro (pictured top right), 18; Bethany McKee (pictured bottom left), 18; Adam Landerman (pictured top left), 19 (his mother is a Joliet police sergeant); and Joshua Miner (pictured bottom right), 24, were charged with the gruesome killings of best friends Eric Glover (below pictured left), 22, and Terrence Rankin (below pictured right), 22, according to police.

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The bodies of Glover and Rankins were discovered in Massaro’s home, and according to Joliet police, the two victims were allegedly lured to the home, robbed of their cash, strangled, and then partially dismembered.

Police were tipped off on January 10th about the two dead bodies in Massaro’s home. When officers arrived at the address on Hickory Street, they saw movement within the residence and proceeded to investigate.

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Police state that Landerman, Massaro, and Miner were just sitting around obliviously playing video games when police barged in.

The two dead victims were lying face down and had plastic bags tied around their heads when police found them. One of the man’s hands had been bound, while it was apparent that the other body’s hands had been tied up at one point but later released.

The fourth suspect, McKee, had left the home before police arrived but was picked up by authorities in nearby Kankakee.

So far, police have not released any information as to who actually committed the brutal murders or the motives for the killings.

According to the most-recently released information regarding the sex-on-corpses allegations, though, a police report states that Minor remembered his girlfriend, Massaro’s, desire to have “sex with a dead guy.”  So he allegedly asked the young woman if she would have intercourse with him on top of Glover’s and Rankins’ corpses.

When Massaro was asked to take part in the gruesome act, the police report states that she reportedly “made a smirk on her face” and refused.  The report then further elaborates that when officers questioned Massaro further about the bizarre plan, she admitted that she and Minor did have sexual relations on top of the dead bodies.

McKee allegedly told police that she believes Landerman also joined in on the necrophilic fetish as well.  The young woman allegedly told authorities it was Minor who concocted the idea for the bizarre sexual romp and blamed him for coming up with the idea to kill Glover and Rankin.

Police state that McKee provided them with the details on how the heinous sex romp had been carried out:

McKee related that during the night that Josh wanted to put the bodies together, which they did, side by side and they put something over the bodies, which was beige in color, and they were going to have sex on top of the bodies,” a report said. “McKee relates that she did not stick around for that ….

The police report went on to further state:

McKee relates that Alisa agreed with having sex on the bodies because she just wanted to go along with Josh and that they had been together a long time. McKee related during the whole interview that Josh was the one responsible for most of these actions and Adam had just followed along and had only known Josh for this past week but was more of the (follower) in this and Josh was more of the leader.

McKee, who has a 1-year-old child, also admitted to authorities that Minor “scared her.”

Minor has an extensive rap sheet: He previously pleaded guilty to unauthorized videotaping involving child pornography when he was 16. Three years ago, he was also convicted of a residential burglary and was ordered in to a state boot camp program.

The case is still being investigated by authorities

  How sad.  Regarding sex on the bodies of those two black men...that is just testimony of how SICK massa's children are and how this sickness continues to spread generationally.

 

As for the teen shot 15 times......I know absolutely how HARD it is to get outta of gang...is why my goal to prevent children from joining gangs in the FIRST PLACE!!!!  A child shouldn't have to worry about evolving outta of gang by death.  Cuz gang joining is a form of wanting to belong stigma and that the desire to be part of a gang begins to wear out as one matures....and recognizes quickly on that being in gang no longer fulfil that need.  It's getting teens to that point of not needing that acceptance package BEFORE they start looking outward is the KEY. 

 

 But there are soooo many factors to consider.  Parent-child relationship, parent-parent relationship, parent-community relationship....all playing a vital role  in determining whether or not a child choses to join a gang.  This is hard work.  I have been known as the "gang buster" for years...although I am tired and will retire from this soon.  But my experience tells me that it is time to pass the torch and have a new connection and approach in youth intervention and prevention of gang promotion,  Because as technology improves how children communicate in the real world....we must step up our game in knowing MORE than they do about the new high tech medium.  Nowadays, gangs can form on-line and communication can be a click of a mouse or the typing of a text.  I always suggest to parent to stay in the loop of this form of communication.  Sooooooo if that means taking computer/internet classes on the weekend....or once a week.  Then do it.  Cuz that can be the move to save your children's life.  I also think that government should not remain SILENT on this.  We need more laws to protect our children as well as more government funding for after school programming/activities during high peaked hours between 3:00pm. and 6:30 p.m.  This is the reality yall.  Cuz kids are not meeting on street corners anymore to socialize.  So if you gonna have kids....and people are still having them...then it is the responsibility as willing PARENTS to stay on top things that can potentially affect the outcome of our children's future.  It is the only way to keep them healthy and alive. We must STAY involved.   Otherwise.....  But!

Unarmed Black Man Shot Three Times In the Chest by Georgia Cops: GBI Takes Over Investigation

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AFRICANGLOBE – Two Macon councilmen said they’re troubled that police released incorrect information in the first hours after an officer fatally shot Sammie Davis Jr.

One of the councilmen says police failed to interview all the witnesses and left the scene unusually quickly.

An officer shot Sammie Davis Jr. three times in the chest outside the Midtown Kroger supermarket on December 21st.

The officer, Clayton Sutton, was put on administrative leave after the shooting pending investigations by the major-crimes unit and by the police Internal Affairs division.

In his first day on the job, District Attorney David Cooke asked the GBI to take over the case because it involved a Macon police officer.

Councilmen Henry Ficklin and Henry Gibson say they’ve heard from members of the community who are unhappy with the handling of the case.

Ficklin wrote to Mayor Robert Reichert and the District Attorney urging them to ask the Georgia Bureau of Investigation for help.

He says he wanted an outside agency to investigate mainly because Macon police released incorrect information in the first hours after the shooting.

They initially reported that Sutton was serving Davis with a warrant when a fight broke out, but later backtracked on that account.

Police have not explained why Sutton shot Davis.

“When you get that kind of information that is incorrect in the community, people start asking questions and distrusting what is happening through the whole process.” says Ficklin.

Henry Gibson says, “This is causing a lot of problems that spread a dark cloud over Macon Police Department and this whole investigation. If the public relations officer didn’t have proper information she should have made sure.”

Police spokeswoman Jami Gaudet told us that the statement about the warrant was based on the best information they had at that time.

Gibson says several people told him they were at the supermarket when Davis was shot and were never interviewed by police. 13WMAZ reporters at the scene said it appeared that investigators cleared the shooting scene after just over an hour.

We asked Gibson, a former investigator with the Macon Police Department, what he thought about the timetable.

“You probably should lock the parking lot down (at) the entrance and you need to know what everybody saw, and that is time- consuming.”

Comparing it to other homicide investigations, “it has taken to my knowledge three or four hours to completely do a canvass of the immediate area,” Gibson said.

Rodney Wall, Special Agent-in-Charge with the GBI office in Perry, says they’ve received the District Attorney’s letter asking them to investigate the case, and will start Wednesday.

Wall says it’s not standard for the GBI to immediately get involved with a case involving a local officer, and it’s up to the police department to request their assistance.

Black Incarceration Jumps 500%

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Huh? 34 Percent Of Black Men Are Unable To Vote In Alabama!

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Mass Incarceration and White Supremacy In America

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Incarceration Rates for Blacks Have Fallen Sharply, Report Shows

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Whose heard about this ??
And then there was this little girl, named Jasmine Thar... Trayvon dominated the headlines last year, and I noticed plenty of peeps threw up the obligatory "hoodie pic" in remembrance of his murder last year. Well, the media never really got behind this one, and that's strange to me, because her case was even more ridiculous than several others- and last year had a handcuffed man that shot himself in the head, in case you forgot... Young Jasmine was visiting her godmother Treka McMillian and her friend Jah-mesha McMillian in the small town of Chadbourn, NC. Jasmine’s mother, Carletta McNeil, was already in the SUV waiting for Jasmine and the McMillians to get in so they could all go Christmas shopping. Suddenly, a single shot from a Remington 700 rifle came from a neighbor’s bedroom window, striking both the McMillians and fatally striking Jasmine in the chest. Jasmine’s 15-year-old brother, Jay, applied pressure to the bullet-wound to her chest, begging his sister “don’t leave me.” The killer, 23-year-old James Anthony Blackwell, said the gun “fired accidentally” when he removed it from a case. Blackwell was handcuffed by Chadbourn cop Scott Rockwell and taken to the police station, but only to allow Blackwell to “calm down away from the scene.” No charges were filed because the cop wrote in his “report” that the killing was an accident. Police found a Confederate flag and Nazi memorabilia and books in the shooter’s bedroom. The rifle fired hitting all three women- Jasmine, Jahmesha and Treka McMillian. An accident? No charges filed, because it was an accident. The question should not be whether it was an accident or not. The question should be WHY the shooting was never investigated any further. If it was proven to be an accident, then people, including family members would be more understanding of how such a thing could happen. Is it legal for anyone to just "SAY" to a police officer or anyone else that any killing was 'JUST" an accident. Is it legal for a police officer to not arrest someone, when there is a shooting and a death involved. Do we not bother with "accidental killings" anymore? Why is this not a major story, with people wearing hoodies and buying Skittles? Folks, the contact info for Chief Steven Shaw is Chadbourn Police Dept, 602 North Brown St, Chadbourn, NC 28431; [910)654-4146; email <a href=stevenshaw@bizec.rr.com; For Jon David, District Attorney for Columbus County, Columbus County Courthouse, 110 Courthouse Square, Whiteville, NC 28472; (910)253-3910; email his assistant: elizabeth.g.carlisle@nccourts.org. Both of these folks need to be contacted to let them know that the public is concerned about this case. http://www.wwaytv3.com/news-tags/jasmine-thar http://www.blackyouthproject.com/2012/05/16-year-old-jasmine-thar-shot-and-killed-gunman-has-not-been-charged/" class="img" height="320" src="https://sphotos-a.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-prn1/s480x480/602870_10151478623789106_1493242945_n.jpg" width="396" />
And then there was this little girl, named Jasmine Thar... Trayvon dominated the headlines last year, and I noticed plenty of peeps threw up the obligatory "hoodie pic" in remembrance of his murder last year. Well, the media never really got behind this one, and that's strange to me, because her case was even more ridiculous than several others- and last year had a handcuffed man that shot himself in the head, in case you forgot...

Young Jasmine was visiting her godmother Treka McMillian and her friend Jah-mesha McMillian in the small town of Chadbourn, NC. Jasmine’s mother, Carletta McNeil, was already in the SUV waiting for Jasmine and the McMillians to get in so they could all go Christmas shopping. Suddenly, a single shot from a Remington 700 rifle came from a neighbor’s bedroom window, striking both the McMillians and fatally striking Jasmine in the chest. Jasmine’s 15-year-old brother, Jay, applied pressure to the bullet-wound to her chest, begging his sister “don’t leave me.”

The killer, 23-year-old James Anthony Blackwell, said the gun “fired accidentally” when he removed it from a case. Blackwell was handcuffed by Chadbourn cop Scott Rockwell and taken to the police station, but only to allow Blackwell to “calm down away from the scene.” No charges were filed because the cop wrote in his “report” that the killing was an accident. Police found a Confederate flag and Nazi memorabilia and books in the shooter’s bedroom. 

The rifle fired hitting all three women- Jasmine, Jahmesha and Treka McMillian. An accident? No charges filed, because it was an accident.

The question should not be whether it was an accident or not. The question should be WHY the shooting was never investigated any further. If it was proven to be an accident, then people, including family members would be more understanding of how such a thing could happen. Is it legal for anyone to just "SAY" to a police officer or anyone else that any killing was 'JUST" an accident. Is it legal for a police officer to not arrest someone, when there is a shooting and a death involved. Do we not bother with "accidental killings" anymore?

Why is this not a major story, with people wearing hoodies and buying Skittles?

Folks, the contact info for Chief Steven Shaw is Chadbourn Police Dept, 602 North Brown St, Chadbourn, NC 28431; (910)654-4146; email stevenshaw@bizec.rr.com; For Jon David, District Attorney for Columbus County, Columbus County Courthouse, 110 Courthouse Square, Whiteville, NC 28472; (910)253-3910; email his assistant: elizabeth.g.carlisle@nccourts.org. Both of these folks need to be contacted to let them know that the public is concerned about this case.

http://www.wwaytv3.com/news-tags/jasmine-thar

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Shock claim: Obama only wants military leaders who 'will fire on U.S. citizens'

 

http://www.examiner.com/articl...fire-on-u-s-citizens

 

Xum

The Examiner has no credibility at all. Its a site for blogs. I know four people who blog on this site.

 

Yeah, I believe this is an outright lie that certain people are trying to spread in order to further their anarchy against a Black American president, and America in general.  There are people out there that want nothing more than to see this country descend into straight chaos because they believe that it will open the door long enough for them and their racist, sexist, homophobic, agenda to ascend to power.  

 

I know one thing, Black people/African Americans better be conscious of and preparing themselves for the blow-back of America having a Black president when President Obama's presidency is over, because at the rate that (mostly racist) Whites are arming themselves and have been since President Obama was elected should be alarming to African Americans, and should signal to us all that they are not arming themselves at these rates for nothing.  

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What punishment did the 3 officers receive?

 

The false charges filed against Jordan Miles. Click for enlargement.


January 12th, 2010: The officers’ lies started that very night

The three officers attempted to justify the obvious level of violence visible from Miles’ wounds by saying they mistook a bottle of Mountain Dew in Miles’ pocket for a gun. However, not only was no gun recovered, not even the soda bottle was ever entered into evidence. Miles and his friends have stated that he never even drinks the soda.

January 13th, 2010: The officers filed false charges against Jordan Miles

The officers filed criminal charges against Jordan Miles. As well as the Mountain Dew fabrication, attempted to claim that a neighbor, Monica Wooding, had been concerned that Miles was lurking around. Monica Wooding’s testimony was one of the reasons the charges against Miles were dropped. Wooding said that she knows Miles, who is friends with her son, and that she never told police she doesn’t know him. A judge would later dismiss all the charges against Miles.

March 13th, 2010: Just two months after the brutal assault on Jordan Miles, the Police Union marched in Pittsburgh’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade with T-shirts that stated that “We Support Our Three Brothers”


The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reported that:

In a memo dated Friday, the Fraternal Order of Police Fort Pitt Lodge No. 1 encouraged members to turn out in “unprecedented” numbers during the parade and to purchase T-shirts for $12 stating “We Support Our Three Brothers.” [...] “We fully support these three officers and brothers and we want the entire city of Pittsburgh to know that,” said FOP President Dan O’Hara.

March 19th, 2010: Just two months after beating Miles, the three suspended officers were awarded commendations

WPXI reported on March 19th, 2010 that:

The three Pittsburgh police officers accused of beating CAPA student Jordan Miles were recognized for their work with the department Friday.

The Pittsburgh Bureau of Police Awards Ceremony was held in City Council Chambers.

Officer David Sisak was honored with a bureau citation for helping trapped victims duringflash flooding in June. He also got two other awards, including a certificate of commendation.

Officers Michael Saldutte and Richard Ewing were among those who got meritorious service awards involving the Uniform Firearms Act.

The three officers shook hands with and were congratulated by police department leaders and Mayor Luke Ravenstahl Friday, but the case involving Miles continues to haunt the police department as a federal grand jury probes the matter.

The First Year: Since the beating, the three officers have been paid more than they earned when they were working

The suspended officers are being paid a ridiculous sum of money. The Pittsburgh City Paper published two investigations into what the three were being paid. The first article from August 11th, 2010, “Pay Daze”, reported:

CP has reviewed the pay records for the three officers from June 2009 to June 2010. From August 2009 to January 2010, the six-month period immediately before they were placed on leave, Ewing averaged $3,165 per paycheck; Saldutte earned $3,505, and Sisak made $3,961. (CP considers these calculations estimates because it is unclear which six months the city used to determine the officers’ previous salary averages.)

 

In his June 4 check, Saldutte earned $2,414 (before taxes) — $1,091 less than he averaged before.

Overall, Saldutte earned less than his six-month average on eight occasions, and both Ewing and Sisak earned less on six occasions each.

By CP’s calculation, from February to June, the city owes Ewing $4,357, Saldutte $5,478 and Sisak $7,142 to help match what the officers were earning when they were actually out patrolling the streets.

The second article from December 16th, “Christmas Bonus”, reported that:

Thanks to an agreement between the city and the police union, the officers are guaranteed to get the same amount of money, including overtime pay, they were earning before the Miles incident. City records from Jan. 1 through Oct. 8 show that the officers have collectively taken home $216,630.25 ($65,597.87 for Ewing; $72,605.24 for Saldutte; and $78,427.14 for Sisak). According to CP’s calculations, by year’s end the officers will collectively have earned $233,882 while on paid leave.

 

May 4th, 2011: Justice Department refuses to prosecute the three officers

On May 4th, 2011, the Department of Justice released a statement, saying that:

The U.S. Attorney’s Office , the Civil Rights Division and the FBI, working together, conducted an exhaustive review of the incident, which included interviews of more than 40 witnesses, some on multiple occasions, visits to the scene and careful review of all police reports, medical records, photographs, laboratory reports, cell phone records and other documentation related to the incident. After thorough review of all of the evidence, experienced federal officials concluded that there was insufficient evidence to prove beyond a reasonable doubt a violation of the applicable federal criminal civil rights statutes.

Until the present day: The three police officers who beat Jordan to a pulp have not been punished. They have been encouraged, rewarded, and reinstated!

On May 5th, 2011, the Mayor and Police chief announced the reinstatement of the three officers, although they noted they would not be returning to work in Zone 5, where the Miles beating took place. The City and Police Union are arguing that the federal case shows the three cops were vindicated, which is far from the truth. The federal civil rights case required a very high burden of proof, but standard criminal charges could have still been filed against the officers by the Allegheny County District Attorney Steven Zappala.

Meanwhile, there is no sign of any movement to release the Office of Municipal Investigations report into the Jordan Miles incident.

 

On May 16th, 2012 DA Zappala told a press conference that he would not be prosecuting the three officers

Zappala claimed this was “not a prosecutable case”. According to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette:

Mr. Zappala said he and his investigators had reviewed four separate expert reports in the case and read the transcripts of the civil case under way by lawyers for Mr. Miles.

“I agree with the federal government,” Mr. Zapalla said in a news conference.

He was referring to the decision of the U.S. Attorney’s office not to bring charges of civil rights violations against any of the officers involved in the case.

Zappala is a good friend to bad policeman and a key reason for Pittsburgh’s climate of police impunity. A 2003 City Paper article noted that in a 5 year period, after investigating 16 police homicides, Zappala only put one cop in jail for one year.


The Federal Civil Trial began on July, 16th 2012

The Federal Civil Trial, Miles vs. Saldutte et al, began on July 16th at the U.S. Courthouse at 700 Grant Street, downtown Pittsburgh. The case concluded with a finding for the three officers on the count of Malicious Prosecution and reported being “hopelessly deadlocked” on the issues of False Arrest and Excessive Use of Force. These two latter charges are therefore considered a mistrial, and may be retried at a later date. According to Jordan’s lawyers, J. Kerrington Lewis and Timothy O’Brien, they will seek another trial on those two counts.

The search for Justice for Jordan Miles continues.

DEMAND ALLEGHENY COUNTY D.A. ZAPPALA PROSECUTE THE THREE OFFICERS!

 

DEMAND THE CITY FIRE THE THREE OFFICERS!

DEMAND THAT THE OFFICE OF MUNICIPAL INVESTIGATIONS RELEASES THE REPORT IT HAS BURIED!

DEMAND JUSTICE FOR JORDAN MILES!

 

 

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James Wymard, attorney for defendant David Sisak, speaks with the media. [Photo: Nigel Parry)

Rustbelt Radio Special Feature #2: The Jordan Miles Civil Trial Concludes

Rustbelt Radio‘s Nigel Parry, Don Carpenter, Helen Gerhardt, and Kayla Slicker contributed to this report about the final two weeks of the civil trial. Listen to their first, July 30th report, here.

[Photo: James Knox)

Statement from the Miles Family about the Civil Trial Partial Verdict

We do not consider the mistrial a setback but rather a bump on the road to justice. We will continue to trust in the Lord, and will gladly proceed to the next step. We continue to covet the prayers and support of the many people who have been with us from the beginning. Please be encouraged and don’t give up because we never will.

Bryan Campbell, the Fraternal Order of Police lawyer and the attorney for defendant Michael Saldutte. [Photo: Nigel Parry)

Jordan Miles Civil Trial – Day 16 PARTIAL VERDICT – 8 August 2012

The jury returned a partial verdict on the Jordan Miles Civil Trial. On the count that the three officers, Saldutte, Sisak and Ewing, were found to have violated Miles’ rights by Malicious Prosecution, the jury found the three officers had not. At 2:06pm, court resumed and the jury delivered its verdict. On the other two counts Excessive Use of Force and False Arrest, the foreman reported that the jury members were “hopelessly deadlocked”. The judge therefore declared a mistrial on those two charges, essentially the crux of the case, the lack of probable cause for the cops to have stopped Jordan in the first place, and the beating which by simple photographic prima facie evidence, appears to have been excessive.

Day after day, the media is camped out for a verdict. Upstairs, outside the courtroom, the journalists wait. Downstairs and outside, the camera people wait, as cameras are not allowed in the court building. [Photo: Don Carpenter)

Jordan Miles Civil Trial – Day 15 Awaiting Verdict – 7 August 2012

Photos and video from Day 15 of the #JordanMiles trial. Reports of jurors having difficulties. The Post-Gazette’s Rich Lord explains the maze of possible outcomes.

Vigil For Brooklyn Teen Killed By NYPD Turns Into Fiery Protest

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Kimani Gray

AFRICANGLOBE – Brooklyn teens erupted into fiery protest Monday night in response to the murder of 16-year-old Kimani Gray (pictured above) by NYPD officers.

The 16-year-old boy was hanging out with friends Saturday night when they were approached by undercover officers who allegedly asked him to show his hands. Authorities claim that it was only after Kimani Gray suspiciously reached for his waistband that an officer fired 11 rounds.

According to The Gothamist, “Gray was shot multiple times in the leg and stomach when he pointed a .357 revolver at the cops in East Flatbush just before 11:30 p.m. on Saturday. ‘The cops, they just jumped out of the car so fast, witness Devonte Brown said. ‘They started shooting him and he went down, he was bleeding, holding his side, screaming, ‘stop, stop,’ Brown said of Gray.”

Brown also told the New York Post that Gray screamed, “Stop! I’m not running!” as the two plain-clothes officers continued shooting.

Kimani Gray’s friends say that they didn’t know if he had a gun. According to authorities, it was loaded with 4 bullets but their is no indication that he fired it.

The Daily Mail has more on the ongoing riot:

Between 60 and 100 rioters gathered around Church and Snyder Ave. in East Flatbush and threw bottles and other debris at police, witnesses said, following a vigil for Kimani Gray, 16, who was shot dead by two plainclothes officers over the weekend.

One person has been arrested, though no injuries have been reported.

They were lashing out at the NYPD, who they believe are responsible for the teen’s death.

An NYPD spokesperson confirmed to MailOnline that there was a ‘large disorderly group throwing bottles at police.’

They said the protest began around 8:30pm tonight but the crowd is being dispersed by police.

New York City Councilman Jumaane D. Williams, who represents the area of Flatbush, has been tweeting live updates, and said: ‘I’m in the middle of the riot action at Church and Snyder in my district. Right now, things are tense. Young people have expressed anger.’

Another Twitter user who is apparently at the site said that the riot ‘sounds like a war zone.’

Feds to Investigate Cleveland Police After 137 Shots Fired Killing Unarmed Black Couple

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Some believe the couple witnessed a Police drug deal

AFRICANGLOBE – On November 30, 2012, what began as a routine police drug patrol in Cleveland, Ohio ended in an unauthorized 59-car police chase in which 137 shots were fired and an unarmed Black couple laid dead. The department-wide malfunction has prompted an  investigation by the Department of Justice into the city police department’s use of excessive force and the “the adequacy of CPD’s training, supervision, and accountability mechanisms.”

In spite of a police policy that no more than 2 vehicles be involved in a chase, more than 59 vehicles joined the pursuit “without the sector supervisor’s knowledge or permission,” according to a  state investigation of the incident. The chase began after a car pulled over for a turn signal violation drove away, and was later identified by several other officers driving at a high speed. Due to faltering communication, and the misimpression that the individuals were armed and fired a shot, the incident escalated until one-third of the police department had joined the chase.

During the pursuit, many of the officers had not followed instructions about switching their radios to the main communications channel and therefore did not hear orders to discontinue the chase. In a state report investigating the incident, officers described a scenario in which bullets were flying all around them, several officers had not put on their bullet-proof vests and one described it as the “scariest thing that I’ve seen in my whole life.”

They had also requested other means to stop the suspect, including spike strips to halt the car, and aviation support. However, neither of these resources were available to the officers. The state report describes the incident:

What you have just heard is a tragedy — a tragedy for Timothy Russell, a tragedy for Malissa Williams, and a tragedy for their families. This has also been very tough for each of the law enforcement officers involved. [...]

The large number of vehicles involved contributed to a crossfire situation at the pursuit’s termination that risked the lives of many officers. It is, quite frankly, a miracle that no law enforcement officer was killed.

Clearly, officers misinterpreted facts.

They failed to follow established rules.

However, by failing to provide the adequate and necessary structure and support, the system, itself, failed the officers.

Police officers have a very difficult job. They must make life and death decisions in a split second based on whatever information they have in that moment. In a situation like this, they are under tremendous stress. But, when you have an emergency, like what happened that night, the system has to be strong enough to override subjective decisions made by individuals who are under that extreme stress.

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Melissa Williams and Timothy Russel was unarmed

Policy, training, communications, and command have to be so strong and so ingrained to prevent subjective judgment from spiraling out of control. The system has to take over and put on the brakes.

On November 29, 2012, the system failed everyone.

In announcing the investigation, DOJ Civil Rights Division head Thomas Perez made clear that the investigation is civil, not criminal, looking at system-wide reform of a department that has facilitated violent and uncoordinated practices.

Poor practices like these can lead to over-policing of drug and other crimes and end in more violence than that they are trying to prevent. Just this week, New York Police Department officers  shot dead 16-year-old Kimani Gray in a controversial incident in which witnesses have said he was unarmed.

 

By; Nicole Flatow

Des Moines Officer Found Guilty of Beating Black Couple Walks Free

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Dirty Des Moines cop John Mailander

AFRICANGLOBE – Former Des Moines police officer John Mailander, one half of a police team whose 2008 beating of an African-American couple led to multiple court proceedings and a $500,000 legal settlement for the city, walked out of the Polk County Courthouse this morning a free man and was only given probation.

Mailander, who pleaded guilty to four felony charges more than a year ago with the expectation of prison, instead was spared incarceration by the lenient sentence imposed on former officer Mersed Dautovic, his more-violent coworker.

Assistant Polk County Attorney Jeff Noble said authorities more than a year ago agreed that Mailander would serve a five-year prison term concurrent with whatever federal prison sentence that was expected to come from Mailander’s role in the 2008 beating of Erin Evans and Octavius Bonds. But Mailander’s federal sentence, handed down earlier this week by U.S. District Judge John Jarvey, included only four months’ home confinement and three years’ probation.

Court papers say the federal probation came about after prosecutors in that case successfully argued that Mailander’s punishment must be “significantly less,” than Dautovic, who received a 20-month federal sentence last December.

“If we were to follow through on the plea agreement… Mr. Mailander (now) would be subject to more severe consequences than his more-culpable co-defendant, Mr. Dautovic,” Noble argued Friday.

Bonds and Evans were not present in court this morning and did not comment to the judge in either case.

Both Noble and federal public defender James Whalen today stressed Mailander’s remorsefulness and his essential role in prosecuting Dautovic.

Mailander likewise acknowledged past mistakes.

“I stand before you ashamed, humiliated, emotionally broken and deeply sorry because of my actions that have brought us here,” Mailander said in court, describing his shame in delivering undeserved blows to an unmoving Bonds in 2008. “I am truly sorry, and that makes me sick every time I think about it.”

Authorities say Dautovic and Mailander were working off-duty security at a south-side Des Moines apartment building in September 2008 when they decided to respond to a radio call about a man with a gun in his yard. Their response was slowed by Evans and Bonds, who were traveling in the northbound left lane of Southeast 14th Street in Des Moines and failed to immediately get out of the patrol car’s way.

When other officers responded to the emergency call, Dautovic decided to pull Evans over, according to court papers in two criminal cases and the civil lawsuit.

Evans eventually was threatened with pepper spray, pulled from the car by Mailander and “tossed” across the hood of the police car before being handcuffed. Documents say Bonds, who is 6 feet 8 inches tall, was hit with pepper spray after he partially climbed out of the car and failed to comply with commands to get back in.

Bonds at some point grabbed Dautovic’s hands while asking him to stop the pepper spray. Both officers then hit Bonds with batons, including roughly 14 blows while he was on the ground in a fetal position, according to court documents.

Dautovic’s attorney argued throughout that trial that the former officer’s actions were reasonable, given his perceptions of an unknown threat coming from the fogged-up car. Mailander has told authorities that he quickly realized that the officers’ actions had been wrong but said he nevertheless kept silent until approached by federal investigators.

“Once they started down that slippery slope, they felt they had to continue” lying, Whalen said. “This case was basically dead in the water until Mr. Mailander decided to listen to his conscience and decided to cooperate with authorities.”

The state charges, filed three months after Dautovic and Mailander were indicted by a federal grand jury, accused both men of assault, lying on official police documents about the traffic stop and lying in subsequent court testimony. (Dautovic wrote a false report that Mailander signed.)

Bonds and Evans, despite the officers’ testimony, eventually were acquitted of misdemeanor charges that they assaulted police officers.

Noble said Polk County officials viewed the state charges as essential given the fact that “we prosecuted people for crimes based on the representations of these two police officers.” The deal, as struck, would have let Mailander serve his time in federal custody, which Noble described as being generally regarded by inmates to provide better conditions than state prison.

Dautovic now is serving a five-year sentence on his state charges. Both sides are appealing Dautovic’s federal sentence.

In court this morning, Whalen recited letters from an elder at Mailander’s church in South Carolina and from many of Mailander’s former colleagues, all stressing the uncharacteristic nature of his actions.

Mailander, now 48, was “43 or 44” when he went through the Des Moines police academy and had been on the street for less than a year at the time of the 2008 incident. Whalen said Mailander’s eyesight caused him to flunk several physicals until the former officer underwent Lasek surgery so he could become a cop.

The public defender characterized that night as a series of terrible decisions: “They basically conducted a textbook course in how not to conduct a traffic stop.”

Mailander will have to serve two years’ probation and pay roughly $2,000 in fines and surcharges.

It's too bad that these Europeans, while capable of cracking whips and hanging people, were unable to bend over and pick cotton.  It's possible that if they had, they'd haveall  been Donerized by the sun and everybody would be living happily ever after.

What is the Value of Black Life in America?

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Black people are even murdered for listening to music

AFRICANGLOBE – Exploited, marginalized and exoticized by the American majority since first reaching the western hemisphere, the role of the Black body in Western history is unquestionable.

Even as Black women become the face of beauty products and Bond girls, and Black men set new standards for physical prowess, their bodies remain a commodity to be bought, traded and appraised to the ends of others. America is a country founded on free labor from enslaved Africans, and buoyed by its capitalist spirit.

It should come as no surprise that the systematic killing of millions of Blacks is overlooked by White politicians, who believe that the opportunity to live in America is an equal trade. It should come as no surprise that Blacks were once counted as three-fifths of a person for electoral purposes, or that in 2013 the president of a major university would identify that decision as an ideal compromise.

The portrayal of African-American children as “gator bait” is a trope that lasted for decades after slavery, featured on postcards well into the civil rights era, celebrating White America’s lack of value for the life of any Black person.

Every year, multiple instances of unaware White Americans don blackface, inciting powerful feelings of anger and sorrow in the Black community, only to retreat under the veil of ignorance and a light apology when confronted.

Unfortunately, awareness is lacking on both sides of the issue, with Blacks unable to recognize the ways in which they are marginalized and stereotyped by the media and centuries of oppression.

European standards of beauty and masculinity are imposed upon African-Americans from birth, regardless of how impossible they are to obtain.

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Black babies were once used for alligator bait

Black women who do pass the threshold into stardom are viewed as “exotic,” a rare beast to be obtained and conquered. Black men, regardless of stature, are feared for their perceived hyper-masculinity, even as White-led media outlets do their very best to perpetuate the stereotype. African-Americans are transformed into commodities for the purpose of continuing the great American capitalist tradition.

This is why the death of a 16-year-old Black boy at the hands of police, or the murder of an infant can be forgotten with the wave of a hand. The Newtown, Conn. murders held weight because they disturbed the image of the ideal White America, where as every murder in the urban jungle of Chicago is simply added to a tally. In the public eye, Black lives are only as valuable as the attention they earn.

 

By: Kevin Webb

 

What you have just heard is a tragedy — a tragedy for Timothy Russell, a tragedy for Malissa Williams, and a tragedy for their families. This has also been very tough for each of the law enforcement officers involved. [...]

The large number of vehicles involved contributed to a crossfire situation at the pursuit’s termination that risked the lives of many officers. It is, quite frankly, a miracle that no law enforcement officer was killed.

Clearly, officers misinterpreted facts.

They failed to follow established rules.

However, by failing to provide the adequate and necessary structure and support, the system, itself, failed the officers.

Police officers have a very difficult job. They must make life and death decisions in a split second based on whatever information they have in that moment. In a situation like this, they are under tremendous stress. But, when you have an emergency, like what happened that night, the system has to be strong enough to override subjective decisions made by individuals who are under that extreme stress.

 

Will Justice for Trayvon Martin End Up Like Latasha Harlins?

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Will Justice for Trayvon Martin End Up Like Latasha Harlins?.

On March 16, 1991, a 15 year old African-American girl named Latasha Harlins - enter Empire Liquor Market store in Compton, California and proceeded to grab an orange juice – and place it in her back pack. Before she could pay for the item, Korean store owner Soon Ja Du confronted her – and accused her of stealing, even though Harlins was carrying the money to pay for the juice in her hand. Du grabbed Harlins’ sweater and tried to grab her back pack, and she fought back by punching Du in the face. The juice fell to the ground during the initial struggle. Harlins picked it up, placed it on the counter – and turned away to leave the store. Du took out her handgun and fired, hitting Harlins in the back of the head. Harlins died instantly – still clutching 2 dollars in her hand.

Du concocted a story that the store was being robbed, which is the reason why she used deadly force. Two eye witnesses and a video were presented to dispute those claims. Du was arrested and charged with voluntary manslaughter. Du claimed it was self-defense (sounds familiar) and was afraid for her life. Her defense counsel went on to say that the handgun used in the crime, was altered and had a hair trigger. The jury of her peers did not buy the story and convicted her of voluntary manslaughter, which the recommended sentence at the time was 16 years in prison.  The Judge, Joyce Karlin who is white, presided over the case and gave Du 5 years probation, community service and a $400 fine. Karlin claimed that she elected to give Du probation because she had a clean record at the time and did not demonstrate any violence in the past. According to this judge she was indicating that Harlins’ death was worth a $400 dollar fine and community service. As a result, of her ruling in the Du case District Attorney Ira Reiner disqualified her from trying anymore felonies. In all honesty, Karlin should have never been given this case in the first place – due to her lack of experience. Looking back, I also think Karlin is just another judge who viewed the death of a Black person as a nonentity. Once you review the video, it is absolutely incomprehensible how this judge can come to the conclusion that this crime was worth probation and a fine. Read more at For-the-Masses.com.

Latasha Harlins 
July 14, 1975 – March 16, 1991

Entrapment: NYPD Plants Cash In Parks, Subways To Catch ‘Lucky Criminals’

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In this Monday, April 8, 2013 photo, Deirdre Myers poses for a picture near her home in New York. Police took Myers and her teen daughter into custody in 2010 in what's known as a "bait car" operation. It involved leaving a wad of cash in an unattended car and seeing if a would-be thief would take advantage. The dismissal of the case against the single mother has drawn attention to police tactics that a judge ruled went too far. [AP Photo/Seth Wenig)

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NEW YORK (AP) — Sometimes the bait is a small amount of cash in a stray wallet. Or a credit card. Even a pack of cigarettes can do the trick.

Police in New York City leave the items unattended — on subway platforms, on park benches, in cars — and wait to see if someone grabs them.

The New York Police Department says the practice has been a valuable tool for catching career criminals and deterring thefts in public places. But a recent court ruling throwing out a larceny case against a Bronx woman cast a harsh light on a tactic critics say too often sweeps up innocent people.

Judge Linda Poust Lopez found that there was no proof Deirdre Myers (picture above) tried to steal anything — and that she was framed by a sting that took the tactic way too far.

Upholding the charges “would greatly damage the confidence and trust of the public in the fairness and effectiveness of the criminal justice system, and rightly so,” the judge wrote.

Myers, a 40-year-old single mother with no criminal record, has since sued the city, claiming she and her daughter were traumatized by a wrongful arrest in 2010.

“You know how embarrassing and humiliating this was?” Myers said. “I’d never been stopped by the police for anything in my life.”

The city Law Department is still reviewing Myers’ lawsuit, city attorney Raju Sundaran said in a statement. But, he added, “undercover sting operations are lawful and help reduce crime.”

The judge suggested that Myers’ brush with the law had its roots in the so-called lucky bag operation that the NYPD began in 2006 to deter thefts of wallets, shopping bags, smartphones and other valuables in the subways.

A typical scenario was for a plainclothes officer to place a handbag with cash on a train platform and briefly look or step away. Anyone who took the bag, then passed up chances to return it to the undercover cop or to report it to a uniformed officer posted nearby could be locked up.

At the time, police credited the subway operation with driving down crime there. They say they still use the tactic when they see a spike in thefts of personal property in public places such as Grand Central Terminal or Central Park. But they now require more evidence of intent — a suspect trying to hide a wallet or taking cash out of it and throwing it away — before making an arrest.

Last year, police arrested a tourist from Atlanta in Central Park after he picked up a purse and took out $27 stashed inside, according to court papers in another pending civil case. He ended up paying a $120 fine as part of a plea bargain.

Authorities began using “bait cars” about six years ago in the Bronx to combat a chronic problem with car thefts and break-ins in working-class neighborhoods. In most cases, police plant property — an iPad, a pack of cigarettes — in plain sight as the bait for thieves but make sure the car is locked so that a suspect would have to take the extra step of breaking in before being arrested.

But the strategy used in the Myers case “was certainly the most extreme version of the operation that we’ve seen,” said her attorney, Ann Mauer.

According to court papers and to Myers’ account, she and her daughter Kenya, then a 15-year-old high school student, were sitting on the stoop of their building when the sting unfolded

“It seemed like everybody in the Bronx was out that night,” she said in an interview monitored by Vik Pawar, her attorney in her federal lawsuit.

The summer scene was interrupted by a bit of theater staged by police: A dark car raced down the block before stopping. Another vehicle carrying plainclothes officers wasn’t far behind. When the driver got out and ran, the officers gave chase, yelling, “Stop! Police!” her suit says.

Myers’ daughter, seeing that the driver left the car door open, went over and peered inside to see personal items that included what looked like a bundle of cash — in reality, a dollar bill wrapped around pieces of newspaper. The girl had called her mother over when another set of police officers suddenly pulled up in a van and forced them to the ground, according to Myers’ account.

“Get on the floor? For what?” Myers recalled telling the officers.

The officers took them into custody, even though they never touched anything inside the car, the suit says. While entering a stationhouse in handcuffs, Myers spotted the driver of the car standing outside, smoking a cigarette. It dawned on her that he was an undercover with a starring role in the sting — a suspicion supported by the court ruling.

“I thought I was in ‘The Twilight Zone,’” she said.

The girl ultimately wasn’t charged. But her mother spent more than two years fighting charges of petty larceny and possession of stolen property.

A spokesman for the Bronx District Attorney’s office conceded that the bait car had been left unlocked and said prosecutors would not appeal the judge’s ruling. He declined to comment further.

Though defense attorneys in the Bronx say there have been a few other cases involving bait cars and pretend police pursuits, the tactic hasn’t drawn much attention outside the borough.

Donna Lieberman, executive director of the New York Civil Liberties Union and a lucky bag critic, said she wasn’t aware that police were using decoy cars until asked about the Myers case.

“It’s such a bizarre and extreme attempt to set somebody up,” Lieberman said. “It’s like lucky bag on steroids.”

 

 

 

 

 

25 Shot, 4 Killed In Chicago as Gun Control Stalls In Congress

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Chicago violence National Guard photo

Chicago still has one of the highest homicide rates

AFRICANGLOBE – Chicago’s unrelenting shooting spree continues as up to 25 people were shot and four killed over the last three days.

The mayhem occurred even as protesters gathered in Chicago’s Federal Plaza on Saturday to hold a vigil to end gun violence.

“We need a background check,” Garrett Evans, a South Side Chicago native and survivor of the Virginia Tech massacre, told Fox News. “That’s the reason I was shot, there was no background check, the guy who shot us had a history of mental illness and since he wasn’t red-flagged he was able to buy a gun off the Internet.”

But as violence rages in Chicago, there are reports that Congress will likely be unable to pass a bill expanding mandatory background checks for gun purchases — a provision supported by at least 90 percent of the American public, according to polls.

Chicago State student and activist Dennis Johnson appeared on Melissa Harris-Perry’s MSNBCshow and introduced an intriguing proposal.

“Violence will never cease until we find a way to make money out of peace,” said Johnson, a member of the Black Youth Project. Harris-Perry asked him about the role guns play in his life. He said they’re readily available and cheap – but come in from  outside of the black community.

“I don’t know one black supplier, or engineer, or creator of guns,” he said.

By some estimates, the gun industry raked in almost $32 billion last year alone.

The Chicago shootings spanned the entire weekend. On Sunday, there were shootings on the South Side that were just 30 minutes apart, leaving four people in critical condition.

“I never seen nothing like this in my life. I never grew up around this,” Lora Quarles, who recently moved to the South Side, told DNA info, “We were just talking, not expecting shots to go off.”

Larry Ranole, 28, was fatally shot on the 1200 block of West 97th Street on Saturday afternoon, according to the Cook County Medical Examiner’s Office, while Jonathan Santiago, 19, was shot and killed in the Humboldt Park neighborhood at about 2:45 a.m. on Saturday, authorities said.

Police said Santiago was standing in a group in the 3300 block of West Beach Avenue when two males came out of a nearby gangway and opened fire, striking him in the chest.

Miguel Cancel, 19, was shot and killed when a gunman opened fire on the car he and two others were traveling in early Saturday, authorities said, while 34-year-old Kevin Sanders was fatally shot in the South Chicago neighborhood on Saturday night, police said.

Sanders was found about 11:10 p.m. in the 8700 block of South Burley Avenue with multiple gunshot wounds to the abdomen, authorities said.

One person is in custody in connection with the shooting, police said.

....More likely, the Black community is kicking itself to plenty of curbs and beyond and sending itself to the gallows......

 

YouTube: "Black People Were Never Citizens Of Amerikkka" - Dr. Umar Johnson

 

http://www.drumarjohnson.com/#!shop

 

Dr. Umar Johnson must be finding it easy to separate all the "fools" from his or her money.

 

It is truly disturbing that university educated black professors in this country who teach blacks to be stupid, teach them that they are not U.S. citizens, that U.S. born Blacks,  namely U.S. born descendants of the Vestibule of Slavery in the U.S., do not have any rights.   It is definitely moving fast in the wrong direction to accept nonsense that is not true.   The sad thing is that far too many U.S. born blacks accept this and are willing to finance ignorance at their own demise.  Any perpetrator guilty of stealing from, maiming or killing law, unlawfully violating the rights of Blacks abiding U.S. born descendants of slavery such as rogue police officers, unethical city prosecutors, other agents and officials of government, the KKK, the Aryan Nation, bigots from everywhere, the Mexican Mafia, etc., etc., are probably "High Fiving" Dr. Omar Johnson, because swallowing the garbage being disseminated by Dr. Omar Johnson guarantees there will be no will to fight back, stand up for your own best interests, and will make it true that U.S. born descendants of slavery don't have rights, namely because the individuals who fit the description have given their own rights away by being submissive, gullible, weak, ignorant, un-American, etc.

 

http://ros-lehtinen.house.gov/...-and-jay-z-trip-cuba  -April 5, 2013

 

The Honorable Adam J. Szubin

Director Office of Foreign Assets Control

Department of Treasury

1500 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW Washington, D.C. 20220

 

Dear Director Szubin:

 

We write to express concern and to request information regarding the highly publicized trip by U.S. musicians Beyoncé Knowles-Carter (Beyonce) and Shawn Carter (Jay-Z) to Cuba. We would like to respectfully request, within all applicable rules and guidelines, information regarding the type of license that Beyoncé and Jay-Z received, for what purpose, and who approved such travel.

 

http://www.treasury.gov/servic...Travel-Licenses.aspx

 

http://www.treasury.gov/resour...ents/cuba_tr_app.pdf

 

As you know, U.S. law expressly prohibits the licensing of financial transactions for “tourist activities” in Cuba (Section 910(b)(1) of the Trade Sanctions Reform and Export Enhancement Act).  If these individuals were given people-to-people licenses, we would like to bring to your attention the Cuba Travel Advisory issued by OFAC on July 25, 2011 which states, “OFAC only licenses People-to-People Groups that certify that all participants will have a full-time schedule of educational exchange activities that will result in meaningful interaction between the travelers and individuals in Cuba.” These restrictions are in place because the Cuban dictatorship is one of four U.S.-designated state sponsors of terrorism with one of the world’s most egregious human rights records.  Cuba’s tourism industry is wholly state-controlled; therefore, U.S. dollars spent on Cuban tourism directly fund the machinery of oppression that brutally represses the Cuban people.   Despite the clear prohibition against tourism in Cuba, numerous press reports described the couple’s trip as tourism, and the Castro regime touted it as such in its propaganda. We represent a community of many who have been deeply and personally harmed by the Castro regime’s atrocities, including former political prisoners and the families of murdered innocents.  The restrictions on tourism travel are common-sense measures meant to prevent U.S. dollars from supporting a murderous regime that opposes U.S. security interests at every turn and which ruthlessly suppresses the most basic liberties of speech, assembly, and belief.  We support the Cuban people by refusing to sustain their jailers.

Thank you very much for your assistance in this important matter and look forward to

your response.

 

Sincerely,

 

Ileana Ros-Lehtinen    Mario Diaz-Balart

 

Member of Congress         Member of Congress

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http://www.buzzfeed.com/hunter...eyonce-and-jay-zs-cu

 

Jay-Z and Beyoncé are now experiencing the nature of "backstabbing/cutthroat/sleazy Barack "Abba-dabba/Hocus Pocus"  Obama.  Obama and/or a high ranking official in the Obama Administration gave clearance/OK to Jay-Z and Beyoncé to travel to Cuba.

 

http://ros-lehtinen.house.gov/...-and-jay-z-trip-cuba

 

http://outfront.blogs.cnn.com/...-bus-over-cuba-trip/

 

http://ireport.cnn.com/docs/DOC-893985

 

http://ireport.cnn.com/docs/DOC-858150

 

http://ireport.cnn.com/docs/DOC-769637

 

http://ireport.cnn.com/docs/DOC-278743

 

BO is a liar and a hypocrite.

 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NfxVkLhlu5s

 

I'm willing to bet my last dollar that Jay-Z and Beyoncé are no longer fans of Barack "the Magic Negro" Obama.

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https://www.africanamerica.org/...e#319361141260925602

 

http://ireport.cnn.com/docs/DOC-941757

 

https://www.facebook.com/max.cheney.1/posts/329700703818496?comment_id=1493446&offset=0&total_comments=4

 

http://ireport.cnn.com/docs/DOC-953247

 

Max Schlagzeuger:  I would suggest an attorney, but after 37 years, I'm sure there is some statute of limitations... I still think this is a matter for the media.

 

http://ireport.cnn.com/docs/DOC-936676

 

The Statute of Limitations doesn't apply here because serious Constitutional violations have taken place, all being related, that have taken place since then, and this is also

court documented.

 

Finally the defendants in Los Angeles Superior Court Case 895188 have also admitted guilt.  I was banned from African America.org a few years ago.

I just replanted the seed.  Now I'll watch from a distance to see what develops.

 

https://www.africanamerica.org/...t/319642616250393654

Selected comment:

 

Are you a CIA or FBI plant Michael Lofton?         

 

-Yemaya

Not I.  I'm Just a loyal taxpaying U.S. citizen who happens to be Black who has not been duped like perhaps you or other race card playing misguided Blacks!  

http://ireport.cnn.com/docs/DOC-955888

Being connected with or employed by the CIA, FBI or any other Federal Government Agency would mean that I have a connection or affinity to President Barack "the Magic Negro Obama" and/or the ObamaCrap Administration.

Selected comment:  "Oh wait, I know Michael Lofton is a Republican plant" by

 

sunnubian        

 

http://ireport.cnn.com/docs/DOC-941757 

 

http://ireport.cnn.com/docs/DOC-936676

 

Sunnubian

Without regard to political Party affiliation, ethnicity, educational achievement, etc., etc., it is more or most important to vote for an elected official based upon his or her duty to uphold the oath of office, and respect the U.S. Constitution, a set of standards that are not a reality in most any relationship betray elected Black leaders, and law abiding U.S. born descendants of slavery like me.   Anything less is commonly called just a "low information" voter.

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http://www.ceyseauinc.com/

 

 THE JOB OF A CONGRESSMAN

 

“There are cases where an individual has been wrongfully treated by his government and about the only way, unless the individual resorts to

court, and even in some cases the courts are not able to give proper relief, the only area or avenue open to the individual is through his representative. When you find a bona fide error has been made, I suggest that you make a maximum effort to remedy it. This I feel is a vital and important function of those of us in the House of Representatives”.

 

Authors: Donald G. Tacheron and Morris Udall, from the book entitled, “The Job of the Congressman”, pages 65 and 66.

 

(The above excerpt “The Job of the Congressman” holds true for all elected office officials)

 

Article VI, USC:  This Constitution, and the Laws of the United States which shall be made in Pursuance thereof; and all treaties made, or which shall be made, under the authority of the United States, shall be the supreme Law of the Land; and the Judges in every State shall be bound thereby, any Thing in the Constitution or Laws of any State to the Contrary notwithstanding. “……Senators and Representatives before mentioned, and Members of several State legislatures (all elected officials), and all executive and judicial Officers of the United States and of the several states, Shall be bound by oath of affirmation, to support this Constitution. 14th Amendment, USC, Section 1:   “No State shall make or enforce any law which shall abridge the privileges or immunities of citizens of the United States; nor shall any State deprive any person of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws.” 14th Amendment, USC, Section 4:   “……But neither the United States public debt of the United States nor any State shall assume or pay any debt or obligation incurred in aid of insurrection or rebellion against the United States, or any claim for the loss or emancipation of any slave: but all such debts, obligations and claims shall be held illegal and void.”

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Oath of Office,: "I, (President, Supreme Court Justice, Congressperson, Assemblyman, Mayor, City Councilperson, Judge, ), during such times as I hold the office, I, do solemnly swear that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States (the Constitution of the State of California, Maryland, Illinois, etc., etc.), against all enemies foreign (terrorist enemies of the U.S., illegal immigrants, un-American or un-Constitutional anything and everything, etc.) and domestic (treasonous individuals or organizations, any Police Chief who condones this and the Police Chief's rogue police officers, unethical or criminal elected officials or public servants, illegal aliens or his or her advocates, un-American anything and everything), and that I will bear true faith and allegiance, to the Constitution of the United States , (State Constitution), and that I take this obligation freely, without any mental reservation or purpose of evasion, and that I will faithfully discharge the duties upon which I am about to enter."

http://www.senate.gov/artandhi...fing/Oath_Office.htm

U.S. Senate and Congressional Oath of Office: "I do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; that I take this obligation freely, without any mental reservation or purpose of evasion; and that I will well and faithfully discharge the duties of the office on which I am about to enter: So help me God."

 

 

His name is Kendrick Kj Johnson he was beaten to death at his High School here in Valdosta Ga the police is covering up his story by saying there was no foul play but clearly you can see its a lie. They have yet to give the Johnson/Tooley family any answers. Im only asking for a minute of your time to plz share his story we need all the support we can get. Please support the Kendrick Kj Johnson movement— with <input name="tag[]" type="hidden" value="100002505271849" />Tesha Tooley.

 

Central Park Five: Heartbreaking Documentary Revisits Rush to Judgment

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Central Park Five photo

The five African-American teenagers robbed of their youth by a White lynch mob

AFRICANGLOBE – Around 9 p.m. on April 19, 1989, a 28 year-old White female jogger was brutally beaten, sexually assaulted and left for dead in an isolated wooded area of Central Park.

Because she was an investment banker with an Ivy League pedigree, the NYPD felt the pressure to apprehend the perpetrators of the heinous crime ASAP.

Within hours, cops had extracted confessions from Anton McCray, Kevin Richardson, Korey Wise, Yusef Salaam and Raymond Santana Jr., teenagers who had been denied their right to an attorney. Although none of the five had ever been arrested before, they were all convicted of rape and attempted murder on the strength of those incriminating admissions alone.

Part of the explanation for the legal lynching was that the victim was a wealthy White female while the accused were poor African-american kids from Harlem. The press was all too willing to exploit the hot button issues of color and class, and the media sensationalized the case’s lurid details, coining the term “wilding” to describe the alleged behavior of the defendants.

Real estate magnate Donald Trump even took out full-page ads in every New York City daily newspaper, calling for the death penalty and saying that the boys “should be executed for their crimes.” In the face of the vigilante-like demand for vengeance, no one seemed concerned that the suspects’ DNA failed to match the only semen found at the scene.

Sadly, they were only exonerated in 2002 after having completely served sentences ranging from 6 to 13 years when Matias Reyes, a serial rapist whose DNA was a match, confessed to the crime because of his guilty conscience. This gross miscarriage of justice is recounted in The Central Park Five, a riveting documentary co-directed by the father-daughter team of Ken and Sarah Burns, along with her husband, David McMahon.

The film features reams of archival footage, including videotapes of the framed quintet’s coerced confessions. Mixed in are present-day reflections by them, their lawyers, and relatives, as well as by politicians, prosecutors and other pivotal players.

It is a heartbreaking expose’ about a rush to judgment which ruined five innocent young lives.

 

 

 

Jim Jones Racism

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Jim Jones:  ‘White Cops Harassed Me Because I’m Black!’

By

 

 

 
 

http://www.ceyseauinc.com/

 

http://www.ireport.com/docs/DOC-182700

 

http://ireport.cnn.com/docs/DOC-961198

 

"There is no doubt that racism exists. Just as it always has, and always will.

 

And a perfect example is Ome's claim that unless you are black you can't understand what the black race has been through. I agree with his statement. I also believe it is inherently racist. That statement indicates that any individual's life experience will largely be shaped by their race. And the ability of an individual to relate to certain experiences is determined by their race. Arguments predicated on race are inherently racist because they dismiss the ability of people of other races to share similar experiences."- CKThompson

 

-CKThompson

 

 

There are university educated individuals teaching Black men, women, and children that he or she are not U.S. citizens.  More astonishing is that far too many U.S. born Black men and women, including university educated Black men and women are or have given this idiot a forum, support, and/or are even buying his books.

 

RE: YouTube: "Black People Were Never Citizens Of Amerikkka" - Dr. Umar Johnson

 

Selected comment:

 

"The Constitution was written by SLAVEHOLDERS.  Africans weren't on their minds when it was written.  All my days on this planet, I have never been referred to as an American.  I hear MINORITY (lesser than) all the time, and behind closed doors, I imagine it gets worse than that.  When the African goes wrong, it's not the AFRICAN who handles the situation, It's the CAUCASIAN.  Had we all been born in Japan or China, would we be calling ourselves African-Japanese or African-Chinese?  If we did, how dumb would we be and how dumb would we appear??  Just asking!! by Norland

 

http://www.loc.gov/rr/program/...rdocs/DredScott.html

 

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dred_Scott_v._Sandford

 

http://ireport.cnn.com/docs/DOC-949295

 

http://www.ceyseauinc.com/

 

This is not 1865, and the Dread Scott decision has no bearing on what happens today.  

 

The only enslavement that U.S. born Blacks face today are the obstacles that he or she place on themselves and/or any treasonous misfit from within the Black community itself who contributes to disparaging Constitutional protections.

 

Slim chance exists that any of these individuals, as it concerns Dr. Umar Johnson, any loud mouth and misguided Black nationalists talking against the merits of the Constitution and the value of American citizenship racing to relocate to any other part of the planet to make a living, to raise their families, relocating once and for all to leave the U.S. for Cuba, the Sudan, Somalia, Pakistan, South Africa, Haiti, Jamaica, Trinidad, Mexico, Kenya, Nigeria, North Korea, China, Japan, Brazil, Afghanistan, Iraq, Palestine, Belize, etc., etc.

 

Clearly, Illegal aliens and his or her lawyers have a better understanding of how best to hold a public servant or anyone else accountable to the Constitution, the "Oath of Office", and/or the "Rule of Law" than far too Many U.S. Born Blacks!

 
 
 
RE:  "Ex-officers get probation in Houston teen beating" by JUAN A. LOZANO, Associated Press | April 24, 2013
 
Here again, when U.S. born Blacks place no value in Constitutional protections for U.S. citizens, and when there are no civil lawsuit mega-buck penalties on the back end, to hold public servants or anyone else financially liable for damages in the City (Houston, TX), County, State, or Federal jurisdiction where this beating, "Cruel and Unusual Punishment....a police officer is not the judge, jury, and executioner" of a Black teen took place it will be business as usual. 
 
Furthermore, U.S. born black men, women, and minors must stop committing or being involved in criminal activity.   
 
 
The Clean Hands Doctrine should send a strong message to anyone who seeks redress for wrongdoing of another individual, a government or private business entity.  The individual making any claim for redress must first be law abiding before he or she can demand redress from anyone else who violates the law, the Constitution, the property rights of another individual, etc., etc..
 
Just think how strong this teen's legal claim for damages/redress would be, had he been innocent, not involved in an alleged burglary, etc., etc., leaving the police officers with "no probable cause" or means to explain or to justify the arrest, assault/battery on the teen in the first place.
 
 

http://www.ceyseauinc.com/

 

http://www.ireport.com/docs/DOC-182700

 

http://ireport.cnn.com/docs/DOC-961198

 

 

http://www.ceyseauinc.com/

 

This is not 1865, and the Dread Scott decision has no bearing on what happens today.  

The only enslavement that U.S. born Blacks face today are the obstacles that he or she place on themselves and/or any treasonous misfit from within the Black community itself who contributes to disparaging Constitutional protections.

 

https://www.africanamerica.org/...t/320346378732483837

 

Clearly, Illegal aliens and his or her lawyers have a better understanding of how best to hold a public servant or anyone else accountable to the Constitution, the "Oath of Office", and/or the "Rule of Law" than far too Many U.S. Born Blacks!

 
Originally Posted by TheRealDeal:
 
 

http://www.ceyseauinc.com/

 

http://www.ireport.com/docs/DOC-182700

 

http://ireport.cnn.com/docs/DOC-961198

 

"There is no doubt that racism exists. Just as it always has, and always will.

 

And a perfect example is Ome's claim that unless you are black you can't understand what the black race has been through. I agree with his statement. I also believe it is inherently racist. That statement indicates that any individual's life experience will largely be shaped by their race. And the ability of an individual to relate to certain experiences is determined by their race. Arguments predicated on race are inherently racist because they dismiss the ability of people of other races to share similar experiences."- CKThompson

 

-CKThompson

 

 

There are university educated individuals teaching Black men, women, and children that he or she are not U.S. citizens.  More astonishing is that far too many U.S. born Black men and women, including university educated Black men and women are or have given this idiot a forum, support, and/or are even buying his books.

 

RE: YouTube: "Black People Were Never Citizens Of Amerikkka" - Dr. Umar Johnson

 

Selected comment:

 

"The Constitution was written by SLAVEHOLDERS.  Africans weren't on their minds when it was written.  All my days on this planet, I have never been referred to as an American.  I hear MINORITY (lesser than) all the time, and behind closed doors, I imagine it gets worse than that.  When the African goes wrong, it's not the AFRICAN who handles the situation, It's the CAUCASIAN.  Had we all been born in Japan or China, would we be calling ourselves African-Japanese or African-Chinese?  If we did, how dumb would we be and how dumb would we appear??  Just asking!! by Norland

 

http://www.loc.gov/rr/program/...rdocs/DredScott.html

 

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dred_Scott_v._Sandford

 

http://ireport.cnn.com/docs/DOC-949295

 

http://www.ceyseauinc.com/

 

This is not 1865, and the Dread Scott decision has no bearing on what happens today.  

 

The only enslavement that U.S. born Blacks face today are the obstacles that he or she place on themselves and/or any treasonous misfit from within the Black community itself who contributes to disparaging Constitutional protections.

 

Slim chance exists that any of these individuals, as it concerns Dr. Umar Johnson, any loud mouth and misguided Black nationalists talking against the merits of the Constitution and the value of American citizenship racing to relocate to any other part of the planet to make a living, to raise their families, relocating once and for all to leave the U.S. for Cuba, the Sudan, Somalia, Pakistan, South Africa, Haiti, Jamaica, Trinidad, Mexico, Kenya, Nigeria, North Korea, China, Japan, Brazil, Afghanistan, Iraq, Palestine, Belize, etc., etc.

 

Clearly, Illegal aliens and his or her lawyers have a better understanding of how best to hold a public servant or anyone else accountable to the Constitution, the "Oath of Office", and/or the "Rule of Law" than far too Many U.S. Born Blacks!

 

https://www.africanamerica.org/topic/time-to-remove-race-from-gun-debate?reply=321894581587619832&rl=true#321894581587619832

 

RE:  "Time to Remove Race From Gun Debate"

 

sunnubian and/or anyone else of anti NRA/Gun lobbyist expression

 

I support the NRA and unlike you I have no beef with the NRA and the Gun Lobbyists.  As a matter of fact, I'm on the side of the NRA, the gun lobbyists, and/or the gun owners.  I'm not against any American owning an assault weapon or any other weapon.  Again, a firearm, a military weapon, any weapon is not the problem.  The problem lies with the irrational/unstable individual or any individuals who pull the trigger, arm the weapon, etc.   The NRA and the gun lobbyists are not my enemies. 

 

My enemies, my beef is with agents and officials of government who have contempt for the Constitution, the "oath of office"  and the rule of law no matter who they are.   If the 2nd amendment has to be used to keep government in check, then so be it.  Since criminal and subversive individuals will always find a way to acquire any weapon no matter how many gun prohibition laws are passed,  no matter how politically strong the NRA or any gun lobbyist can be, then it is senseless to leave any American citizen at the mercy of government bureaucrats or leave any U.S. citizen in a vulnerable position.  

 

Police officers, agents and officials of government will not be there to protect your life or family members,  when your life, other family members, other law abiding community members and/or personal or real property are threatened by any criminal or subversive individual who possesses any type of firearm, and this is especially the case in the "inner-city".   No debate necessary. 

 

Last but not least, more so than any other ethnic group, the Black community has issues with having respect for life, liberty, and pursuit of happiness of its' community residents. 

 

http://www.wnd.com/2013/01/chi...hanistan-death-toll/

 

Caucasians, Hispanics, Koreans, etc., etc., are not senselessly killing their own people on the scale that commonly (Black on Black Crime) takes place on the streets of Chicago, Illinois, Detroit, MI, former predominately Black Compton, CA, South Los Angeles.  

 

http://www.lincoln.ne.gov/city/police/cbp.htm

 

No amount of police intervention or community based policing will stop this senseless Black on Black killing in any predominately Black community, because more times than not, policing authorities show up a "Day Late and a Dollar Short" and more so than the police, the community at risk, namely U.S. born Black men, women, and his or her siblings, must step up to plate to improve the quality of life to protect and defend the Black community against all enemies, foreign and domestic.    

 

The Black community must clean up its' own backyard, or the U.S. born descendant of slavery segment of the Black community will perish for failing to have respect for its' inhabitants.

 
Originally Posted by sunnubian:

The NRA and gun lobby control the gun laws.  Period.  And NOTHING meaningful in the way of controlling gun violence is, can or will happen .... as long as that is true.  Period.

 

ANY talk of "gun reform/control" has to begin with the serious contemplation of breaking the NRA's hold on our government and the elected officials whose re-election campaigns prominently depend on NRA campaign contribution support!!   

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This is what the debate should be about. 

 

When Americans take our gun laws out of the hands of the Gun Lobby, then America's gun laws will be what they should be, without infringing on the Constitutional Rights of any American Citizen that is qualified and sane to own a gun.

 

Superintendent Implicated In Cover-Up of Oakland School Police Murder of Raheim Brown

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Raheim Brown Mother photo

Raheim Brown’s mother holding autopsy photos of her son after he was killed by Oakland School Police

AFRICANGLOBE – Perhaps you’ve heard or read the name Raheim Brown Jr. He’s the 20-year-old Black man who was beaten then shot and killed by Oakland School Police Department Sgt. Bhatt.

In January 2011 Brown and a female companion were parked in a vehicle in the Oakland Hills when they were approached by officers Barhin Bhatt and Jonathan Bellusa, who were working as hired security guards for an Oakland School District dance being held at Skyline High School.

The officers reported that they first approached the vehicle, which was not parked at the school or on campus, because the hazard lights were flashing. Brown and his friend didn’t need help. As a justification for questioning them, the officers claimed they smelled marijuana coming from the vehicle after approaching it. Other reports have claimed the officers thought the car was stolen. The officers also reported Brown threatened to stab Barhin with a screwdriver that he had in the car.

As Brown and his companion sat, buckled-up, in the car, the officers began beating them both.

What exactly happened next, no one is certain because the requests for the full reports of the shooting by Lori Davis, mother of Raheim Brown, and her attorney, John Burris, have yet to be fulfilled by the Oakland Unified School District.

What is known is that Bellusa, who was outside the car on the passenger side where Raheim Brown was sitting, ordered a first round of shots. The shots were fired by Bhatt, who was outside the car on the driver side near the female driver. Bhatt fired at Raheim Brown across the driver multiple times, but Raheim Brown remained living at this time. Bhatt’s gun jammed. He cleared it, then a second round of shots was fired, killing Raheim Brown.

Davis filed a wrongful death suit against OUSD, which operates and employs the district police officers who shot and killed Brown.

Breaking ‘Code Blue’

This case is highly suspicious for many reasons: 1) A complete report containing all the details has yet to be made available to the public, Ms. Davis or her attorney; 2) there was definite mismanagement on the part of OUSD Superintendent Tony Smith directly following the shooting, as well as by OSPD Chief Williams; 3) an Oakland School Police Department officer is calling foul against his own department.

What has come as a “whistle-blowing” effort by Bellusa has also rocked the community and the department’s claims.

Bellusa filed a federal complaint against the OSPD claiming retaliation for his refusal to lie about the second round of shots that killed Raheim Brown. In his complaint, Bellusa claims that the second round of shots weren’t necessary because Raheim Brown was no longer a threat, after being shot with the first round.

According to Davis, who cited testimony by former Sgt. Bellusa of OSPD, Superintendent Tony Smith was accompanied by some Oakland School Board members at the crime scene – directly following the shooting.

“Based on Bellusa’s testimony in his deposition,” said Davis, “Tony Smith came down there and tried to get him to do witness tampering. He tried to get their (Bhatt and Bellusa’s) stories together.”

Bellusa, who is now on paid administrative leave is accusing the OSPD of a pattern of corruption.

For the Davis wrongful-death case, the Bellusa complaint and the federal investigation underway bring light to the issue of a cover-up by the OSPD.

“You don’t get one officer to lie for the other one,” said Davis.

Raheim Brown and the Police’s Problem With Guns

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Raheim Brown

Incidents like the Raheim Brown killing highlight a huge debate going on in America right now about the necessity of armed district staff in schools. This comes after the terrible December 2012 mass shooting in Newtown, Conn., where 20 children, six teachers, the shooter and his mother were shot and killed.

For African-Americans, the issue may be more of a concern regarding security officers being armed when working at schools with large numbers of African-American students. Black communities are extremely reluctant to put guns in the hands of those who terrorize Black children and youth the most: the police. To whites, police officers are there to protect civilians.

When asked whether OUSD needs a police department, Davis said; “They don’t need police – just regular security.”

The rate of officer involved shootings seems to be increasing.

In an update, posted July 16, 2012, to a report by the Malcolm X Grassroots Movement that was originally released April 6, 2012, MXGM wrote:

Invasive policing is only one aspect of the U.S. states’ comprehensive containment strategies to exploit Black people and to smother resistance … The U.S. state maintains and reinforces these economic injustices with the militarized occupation of Black communities by the police and a web of racist legislation like the ‘war on drugs,’ discriminatory policies like ‘three strikes’ and ‘mandatory minimum’ sentencing. The result is a social system that mandates the prison warehousing of millions of African-Americans and extrajudicial killings where the killers act with impunity and more often than not are rewarded and promoted for murder.

These views are backed by data tracking police killings, or “extrajudicial killings,” over many months. The latest data collected by MXGM shows that a Black person in the U.S. is killed every 28 hours by law enforcement.

 

The nearby Oakland Police Department is so plagued that it has been appointed a court monitor, former Baltimore commissioner Thomas Frazier, by U.S. District Court Judge Thelton Henderson to oversee mandated changes to the department.

What Post-Racial America?

What does this mean? It means that as the Black community and its organizers and leaders have justly claimed and proven, a post-racial society DOES NOT exist in America.

Blacks are still falling victim to racist law enforcement organizations intent on sending them to prison if not to the graveyard. Why is it that our Black youth must endure officers at their presumed “educational safe havens” or when they are merely enjoying some leisure?

What real justification can there be for officers – who were hired to secure a school dance on a school campus – to venture from their assigned duty posts and beat, shoot and kill innocent youth? Furthermore, what justification does Tony Smith have for not releasing the details of the incident as reported by his staff?

When Smith started as superintendent he was quoted in an Oakland North article as saying, “For me, you have to examine the effects of institutional racism, institutional classism, institutional bias, language bias and say, ‘At this point, the system that we have – even if we do it really, really well – isn’t going to close and transform that gap.’”

Apparently that was only talk and didn’t extend to his school police department. Not only has Smith championed school closures, he hasn’t brought in valuable resources such as librarians, music programs etc. In the same interview he said:

“I’m incredibly committed to thinking about new kinds of relationships with local communities. We have to become beacons and be able to infuse into those neighborhoods expectations and ways of being. That takes partnership and leadership and expectations and being honest about how hard it is.”

It is safe to say that the beacon light is out when it comes to Tony Smith and the Oakland Unified School District. His failure to demonstrate unwavering, transparent leadership has continued to damage Oakland schools and district departments – as evidenced with the OSPD.

Smith has only been in Oakland four years and he conveniently is moving to Chicago, just as a wrongful death suit surfaces and a federal investigation is taking place, with him as lead culprit.

In his letter to the Oakland School Board, he cited family illness as the reason for the move. That very well may be true.

What is also true is that, on Smith’s watch in Oakland, we have lost another young Black life.

 

Laura Savage is a graduating senior in journalism at San Francisco State University and is interning with the SF Bay View this semester. She can be reached at lsavage26@gmail.com.

 

 

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RE:  "US & France Intervene in Mali To Protect Land & Resource Grabs, Not Because of Al Qeda" by Bruce A. Dixon, 4-23-2013,  and uploaded by Yemaya

 

http://www.archives.gov/exhibi...tion_transcript.html

 

US Constitution, Article 2, Section 2:  

"The President shall be Commander in Chief of the Army and Navy of the United States, and of the Militia of the several States, when called into the actual Service of the United States; he may require the Opinion, in writing, of the principal Officer in each of the executive Departments, upon any Subject relating to the Duties of their respective Offices, and he shall have Power to grant Reprieves and Pardons for Offences against the United States, except in Cases of Impeachment."

 

http://ireport.cnn.com/docs/DOC-877741

 

Your buddy, President Barack Obama to whom, possibly a lot of you voted for is also the Chief executive. 

 

http://www.archives.gov/exhibi...tion_transcript.html

 

US Constitution, Article. II., Section. 1.

The executive Power shall be vested in a President of the United States of America. He shall hold his Office during the Term of four Years, and, together with the Vice President, chosen for the same Term, be elected, as follows:

......Before he enter on the Execution of his Office, he shall take the following Oath or Affirmation:--"I do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will faithfully execute the Office of President of the United States, and will to the best of my Ability, preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States."

 

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-16804247

 

http://www.mediaite.com/online...ericans-on-u-s-soil/

 

http://ireport.cnn.com/docs/DOC-899597

 

https://www.africanamerica.org/...operty-ownership-etc?

 

Since President Barack "the Magic Negro" Obama and his appointee U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder  have held office there have been more un-Constitutional infractions against U.S. citizens, more freedoms for illegal aliens, and you can forget Constitutional protections for any U.S. born descendant of slavery, because Barack Obama could care less, the unemployment rate of Black men and women is the highest it has ever been, more Drone strikes than ever, U.S. soldiers....U.S. Veterans are more vulnerable than during any previous U.S. President, or Presidential Administration.

 

http://ireport.cnn.com/docs/DOC-955888

 

After all, more than any other U.S. President, President Barack Obama is more likely to be used, because as it stands Barack Obama will to throw anyone under the bus to promote himself, to make history to be the first Black President, to keep from being held accountable for unethical, criminal, illegal, un-Constitutional, inhumane, and treasonous decisions he has made, or will make. 

 

If former President George Bush were to give the order commit all the inhumane things in Sub-Sahara Africa that have occurred during President Barack Obama's tenure, U.S. born Black men and women would have been marching on the White House, protesting, condemning the President, you name it.

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THE JOB OF A CONGRESSMAN

 

“There are cases where an individual has been wrongfully treated by his government and about the only way, unless the individual resorts tocourt, and even in some cases the courts are not able to give proper relief, the only area or avenue open to the individual is through his representative. When you find a bona fide error has been made, I suggest that you make a maximum effort to remedy it. This I feel is a vital and important function of those of us in the House of Representatives”. Authors: Donald G. Tacheron and Morris Udall, from the book entitled, “The Job of the Congressman”, pages 65 and 66.

 

(The above excerpt “The Job of the Congressman” holds true for all elected office officials)

 

Article VI, USC:  This Constitution, and the Laws of the United States which shall be made in Pursuance thereof; and all treaties made, or which shall be made, under the authority of the United States, shall be the supreme Law of the Land; and the Judges in every State shall be bound thereby, any Thing in the Constitution or Laws of any State to the Contrary notwithstanding. “……Senators and Representatives before mentioned, and Members of several State legislatures (all elected officials), and all executive and judicial Officers of the United States and of the several states, Shall be bound by oath of affirmation, to support this Constitution. 14th Amendment, USC, Section 1:   “No State shall make or enforce any law which shall abridge the privileges or immunities of citizens of the United States; nor shall any State deprive any person of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws.” 14th Amendment, USC, Section 4:   “……But neither the United States public debt of the United States nor any State shall assume or pay any debt or obligation incurred in aid of insurrection or rebellion against the United States, or any claim for the loss or emancipation of any slave: but all such debts, obligations and claims shall be held illegal and void.”

 

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Oath of Office,: "I, (President, Supreme Court Justice, Congressperson, Assemblyman, Mayor, City Councilperson, Judge, ), during such times as I hold the office, I, do solemnly swear that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States (the Constitution of the State of California, Maryland, Illinois, etc., etc.), against all enemies foreign (terrorist enemies of the U.S., illegal immigrants, un-American or un-Constitutional anything and everything, etc.) and domestic (treasonous individuals or organizations, any Police Chief who condones this and the Police Chief's rogue police officers, unethical or criminal elected officials or public servants, illegal aliens or his or her advocates, un-American anything and everything), and that I will bear true faith and allegiance, to the Constitution of the United States , (State Constitution), and that I take this obligation freely, without any mental reservation or purpose of evasion, and that I will faithfully discharge the duties upon which I am about to enter."

 

http://www.senate.gov/artandhi...fing/Oath_Office.htm

 

U.S. Senate and Congressional Oath of Office: "I do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; that I take this obligation freely, without any mental reservation or purpose of evasion; and that I will well and faithfully discharge the duties of the office on which I am about to enter: So help me God."

Justice In The Segregated South: A New Look At An Old Killing

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When John Queen died in August 1965 in front of the Ice House [the building between the Standard Oil station and The Dollar Store), rules of racial inferiority were so entrenched in Fayette, Miss., that black residents felt they couldn't complain. But just four months later things changed and black residents marched on Dec. 24 as part of their boycott against white-owned businesses.Enlarge imagei      
      

When John Queen died in August 1965 in front of the Ice House (the building between the Standard Oil station and The Dollar Store), rules of racial inferiority were so entrenched in Fayette, Miss., that black residents felt they couldn't complain. But just four months later things changed and black residents marched on Dec. 24 as part of their boycott against white-owned businesses.

      
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When John Queen died in August 1965 in front of the Ice House [the building between the Standard Oil station and The Dollar Store), rules of racial inferiority were so entrenched in Fayette, Miss., that black residents felt they couldn't complain. But just four months later things changed and black residents marched on Dec. 24 as part of their boycott against white-owned businesses.
      
      

When John Queen died in August 1965 in front of the Ice House (the building between the Standard Oil station and The Dollar Store), rules of racial inferiority were so entrenched in Fayette, Miss., that black residents felt they couldn't complain. But just four months later things changed and black residents marched on Dec. 24 as part of their boycott against white-owned businesses.

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This story contains language that some may find offensive.

In the segregated South in 1965, John Queen was about as insignificant as a man could be. He was black, elderly and paralyzed. His legs had been crushed when as a boy he fell off a roof. For the rest of his life, he pulled himself around with his hands.

In Fayette, Miss., he would shine shoes on Main Street for a few coins. People called him "Crippled Johnny" or "Shoe-Shine Johnny."

"He didn't have legs, so he walked like a rabbit," says Lillie Lee Henderson, Queen's great-niece. She remembers how her uncle used two wooden shoeshine boxes to push and pull himself along the pavement. "He would put his arm through the handles of the shoeshine boxes and then swing his body forward. That's how he moved. Like you would see a bunny rabbit hop."

When Queen was killed on Aug. 8 at the age of 65, it took just minutes for authorities to decide that he was the aggressor. That he shot first. And that the white man fired in self-defense.

But in 2007, the Queen case was put on an FBI list of what it called unsolved "racially motivated killings from the civil rights era." In February of that year, FBI Director Robert Mueller stood at a microphone with officials from major civil rights groups and announced that his agents would begin investigating about 100 such cases.

Today, the Queen case is one of just 27 cases that the FBI calls open. The vast majority of the 112 cases in the FBI's Cold Case Initiative have been closed without prosecution. Only two were successfully prosecuted.

Documents obtained by NPR via a Freedom of Information Act request show that the FBI began its active investigation into the Queen case in late 2008, but it stalled because agents found only two witnesses: the man who shot Queen and the man's sister.

The Search For Witnesses

NPR — working with Stanley Nelson of the Concordia Sentinel in Ferriday, La., who has written about the region's civil rights era violence — found several new witnesses who have never told their stories to the FBI. Their versions are often contradictory, however. There was little investigation by local authorities in 1965, and no evidence was saved.

As a result, NPR's investigation can't say with certainty how Queen died. This is a story about how justice worked — or didn't work — in a segregated world from the not-so-distant past.

Adam Lee with the FBI's Civil Rights Section says officials cannot talk about details of the case because it's still open. In a prepared statement, Lee says:

"We realize that the dearth of living witnesses and Queen's obvious physical disabilities invites speculation and suspicion as to the circumstances of his death. However, FBI investigations are driven by facts and evidence, not suspicions and speculation. While we have not yet closed this tragic case and thus cannot comment on the specifics of the investigation, we currently lack sufficient evidence to conclusively disprove the subject's claim of self-defense. The FBI will consider any additional evidence concerning this matter from a credible source."

The one thing the new witnesses found by NPR agree upon is that Queen was shot and killed after he cursed in front of a white man.

Martha Wallace was 18 when she witnessed the argument between Queen and Jasper Burchfield. "I just really heard one shot," she says. "Really like a firecracker."Enlarge imagei      
      

Martha Wallace was 18 when she witnessed the argument between Queen and Jasper Burchfield. "I just really heard one shot," she says. "Really like a firecracker."

      
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Martha Wallace was 18 when she witnessed the argument between Queen and Jasper Burchfield. "I just really heard one shot," she says. "Really like a firecracker."
      
      

Martha Wallace was 18 when she witnessed the argument between Queen and Jasper Burchfield. "I just really heard one shot," she says. "Really like a firecracker."

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Martha Wallace, who was then 18, says she was standing just a few feet away and heard the argument. "All I remember: I heard the word 's- - -' or 'damn,' or something like that. And I know the man said, 'Don't talk like that in front of my wife and daughter.' And John, you know, John had kind of a big mouth. John said, 'I can say s- - - whenever I get ready.' And that was it. And the next thing I heard was a shot."

It happened at the ice house on Main Street. A warehouse is there now, but back in 1965, the ice house was a place where people without electricity came to buy blocks of ice to keep their food cool.

On a steamy summer afternoon, people would hang out on its porch where cold air wafted from the ice-making machines.

Wallace and her sister, Hilda Johnson, who was then 12 , remember the dark sedan that drove up and the driver who got out — a white man with dark hair.

Jasper Burchfield was a part-time elected constable. He was off duty at the time he was driving north on Highway 61 to the Mississippi Delta with his family, including his mother and young sister. He was from the next county over, so he didn't know that Queen was a town character who was sometimes friendly, sometimes surly and would sometimes be drinking. And Burchfield didn't know that in Fayette, it was a kind of a sport to get Queen riled up because Queen could go off on one of his famous cursing streaks.

So when Burchfield drove up to get ice, Queen was hanging out with a few other men, laughing and joking. His voice was loud enough for Burchfield to hear him curse. Burchfield told him to stop, and Queen cursed again.

And that, as Johnson recalls, broke all the rules: "Back in them days, you know ... you had to watch what you say."

In August 1965, the civil rights movement was changing the country. Just two days before Queen was shot, President Lyndon Johnson signed the Voting Rights Act into law.

Still, in Jefferson County, where Fayette is located, blacks outnumbered whites 3 to 1. But only one black person was registered to vote, according to a report by the U.S. Justice Department.

A black man still stepped off the sidewalk when a white person approached and always let a white customer go to the head of the line at the grocery store. If a letter to someone black was addressed to "Mr. and Mrs.," the postmaster took a pencil and crossed out that title.

What happened after Queen cursed is what is in dispute. Who had a gun? Was there more than one shot? Who pulled the trigger first?

This matters in this case because the Justice Department could still prosecute under civil rights law after all these years, but only if it could be shown that a law enforcement officer shot a defenseless paraplegic black man.

Walace and Johnson were sitting in different parts of the ice house. "I just really heard one shot," says Wallace. "Really like a firecracker to me." Then, she says, she saw Queen dead, his red blood running with the ice water.

Melissa Martin Wright, who was almost 8 when Queen died, says she saw him tumble after he was shot.Enlarge imagei      
      

Melissa Martin Wright, who was almost 8 when Queen died, says she saw him tumble after he was shot.

      
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Melissa Martin Wright, who was almost 8 when Queen died, says she saw him tumble after he was shot.
      
      

Melissa Martin Wright, who was almost 8 when Queen died, says she saw him tumble after he was shot.

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Another witness, Melissa Martin Wright, also remembers hearing a single shot. She was a few weeks shy of her eighth birthday and was walking directly across the street from the ice house.

"I just remember hearing a boom and turning and seeing someone tumble. ... It was a black man and he was crippled," she says. "It was like, 'Oh, what's wrong with him?' and then it was like, 'Oh my gosh, he was shot.' So I just ran."

Wright didn't see who had a gun; nor did Wallace and Johnson.

But here's where things get murky. NPR also found witnesses who say Queen had a gun, too.

"It was an old revolver of some type," says Charles Dawkins, who says he drove up to the ice house with his cousin just after the shooting.

Dawkins is one of four new witnesses, black and white, who arrived moments after the shooting and saw Queen with a gun in his hand. "He was laying on his back out there with his arm out with a pistol in his hand," says Iamon Dawkins. "Hell, it looked like he could shoot it. But he, of course, was dead."

Charles Dawkins arrived at the scene moments after the shooting. He says he saw Queen lying dead with a revolver in his hand.Enlarge imagei      
      

Charles Dawkins arrived at the scene moments after the shooting. He says he saw Queen lying dead with a revolver in his hand.

      
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Charles Dawkins arrived at the scene moments after the shooting. He says he saw Queen lying dead with a revolver in his hand.
      
      

Charles Dawkins arrived at the scene moments after the shooting. He says he saw Queen lying dead with a revolver in his hand.

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The Rev. Percy Turner, one of Queen's friends, says Queen once showed him how he kept a small old pistol for protection in one of his wood shoeshine boxes.

There are also witnesses who say they heard what sounded like multiple shots. Others say that a bullet hit the house across the street. It was Queen who was facing the house. Iamon Dawkins remembers the owner of that house, a local car dealer, making a fuss about the bullet that hit the wires to his television.

That man is no longer living, but his daughter remembers her parents talking about a bullet shot through the front of the house. She wasn't living there then, and she says she doesn't remember if it had anything to do with Queen's shooting.

Still, even if both Queen and Burchfield had guns, we can't know for sure who pulled a gun first. No one roped off the ice house or recovered the bullet (or bullets). There was no autopsy of Queen's body to confirm how many times he had been shot.

Instead, the story that was quickly accepted as the official truth was Burchfield's: that Queen shot first and Burchfield shot back in self-defense.

Tom Harper, who lived a block away from the ice house, recalls hearing what sounded like multiple gunshots. He says he jumped up from his parents' dinner table and ran past the Methodist church, the propane gas company, the newspaper office; he crossed Mead Street and ran past the gas station.

At the ice house, he saw Queen dead on the ground with a small, old pistol in his hand. And nearby, he saw Burchfield standing by his car.

"He was not as excited or as nervous as you might expect somebody to be that had just killed somebody," Harper remembers. "He was just, matter-of-fact, this is what happened."

Harper says Burchfield was eager to tell his version. He and other witnesses recall that Burchfield said Queen was on the ice house porch, about four feet off the ground, and that Burchfield was at street level. Burchfield was just 6 to 10 feet away when Queen fired his gun. But Burchfield ducked and Queen's bullet whistled past his head. Harper recalls how Burchfield described how he then reached into his car for his service revolver and fired, hitting Queen at the waist.

In Burchfield's account, Queen slumped over, then rose suddenly and aimed his pistol again. So Burchfield fired and hit Queen again.

"Johnny was still trying to aim his revolver at Burchfield, and that's when Burchfield fired the third shot that went right in the center of Johnny's forehead. And that was the fatal blow," Harper remembers Burchfield saying.

Wallace, who saw the argument, had run from the ice house, but as people in town rushed to the scene, she followed them back. She remembers seeing Jefferson County Deputy Sheriff Robert Pritchard drive up and shake Burchfield's hand in what she described as a friendly manner.

"I don't think if I had shot you, he would of came in and shook my hand, do you? I mean, I really don't," she says.

Jasper Burchfield was a 36-year-old part-time constable when he shot and killed Queen in 1965.Enlarge imagei      
      

Jasper Burchfield was a 36-year-old part-time constable when he shot and killed Queen in 1965.

      
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Jasper Burchfield was a 36-year-old part-time constable when he shot and killed Queen in 1965.
      
      

Jasper Burchfield was a 36-year-old part-time constable when he shot and killed Queen in 1965.

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In Burchfield's Words

NPR went searching for Burchfield to ask him about the day he shot and killed Queen.

Driving down a long gravel road toward a newly built wood house with a long front porch in Mississippi were two NPR journalists — myself and producer Amy Walters — along with Nelson of the Concordia Sentinel.

These days Burchfield runs a business cleaning out septic tanks. A couple of his white pumper trucks are parked in the yard.

As a young man, Burchfield worked at the International Paper plant in Natchez, Miss., by day, and as a constable at night.Enlarge imagei      
      

As a young man, Burchfield worked at the International Paper plant in Natchez, Miss., by day, and as a constable at night.

      
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As a young man, Burchfield worked at the International Paper plant in Natchez, Miss., by day, and as a constable at night.
      
      

As a young man, Burchfield worked at the International Paper plant in Natchez, Miss., by day, and as a constable at night.

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Burchfield answers the door dressed in stained khaki work clothes. He becomes angry when asked about the Queen shooting. "You ain't gonna talk to me about no s- - - like that," he says. But instead of going back inside his house, he leans against his door frame and continues yelling.

"I figure it ain't none of your damn business. Now that's how I feel about it," he says. "I'm 83 god- - - - years old. And I work every day, except Sundays. ... If you all can't do something beside pick on people like that, I'd quit if I was you. I'd find me something else to do."

Burchfield went from angry to ornery, but after more than an hour of prodding, he became friendly.

He tells personal stories — about being an Army machine gunner in the Korean War, where he hated the death he saw and how it haunted him after coming home.

"It takes a while to get over it. You jump at anything," he says.

He talks about his mean and quick-to-fight father, who he says taught him to be honest. And he talks about surviving cancer — the melanoma that left his face pockmarked and disfigured.

Burchfield, who is now 84, then tells the same version he's told over the years of what happened the day he drove his family in his Buick to the ice house in Fayette: Queen was the first to pull a gun and shoot, so he got his own gun from his car and fired back. "I tell you, if I hadn't of shot him," he says, "he would of killed my momma and daddy and probably my little sister."

Delores Mullins, Burchfield's sister, supports her brother's story only to a point. She was 14 then and in the back seat of the car. NPR obtained an FBI agent's notes and the write-up of two interviews with her.

In 2009, after the FBI reopened the case, she told the agents that Queen pulled his gun first. But then — contradicting her brother — she said Queen never got off a shot because his gun jammed.

The FBI then asked her to take a lie detector test. She refused on the advice of her attorney. That's where the FBI paused its investigation. She declined to speak to NPR. Family members said her health is too fragile for her to be interviewed.

A coroner's jury formed by the deputy sheriff quickly reached a conclusion in Queen's death. The official document reads that Queen died of "four gunshot wounds" fired by Burchfield "in self-defense."Enlarge imagei      
      

A coroner's jury formed by the deputy sheriff quickly reached a conclusion in Queen's death. The official document reads that Queen died of "four gunshot wounds" fired by Burchfield "in self-defense."

      
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A coroner's jury formed by the deputy sheriff quickly reached a conclusion in Queen's death. The official document reads that Queen died of "four gunshot wounds" fired by Burchfield "in self-defense."
      
      

A coroner's jury formed by the deputy sheriff quickly reached a conclusion in Queen's death. The official document reads that Queen died of "four gunshot wounds" fired by Burchfield "in self-defense."

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The Coroner's Jury

A little more than an hour after Queen was shot, Pritchard, the deputy sheriff, told County Coroner R.A. "Sonny Boy" Cupit to gather six respected men in the community to form a coroner's jury to rule on how Queen died. That was standard practice.

All of the members of the coroner's jury are dead now, except for Elmo Gabbert, who was a young doctor in 1965.

   

Gabbert remembers the coroner's jury met at the ice house and that the sheriff presented one piece of physical evidence: Queen's old revolver. "I remember vividly the gun, what it looked like to this day," he says. "It was silver-plated. It had a black handle. And I remember that it was loaded."

Outside the ice house, Queen's family and other black residents waited for the decision of the coroner's jury.

Henderson, Queen's great-niece, remembers that after about 20 minutes, the sheriff came out and said it was over and told everyone to go home.

"Everybody come away from the ice house upset," she recalls, "because the inquest ruled that it was Uncle John's fault and that this man had shot in self-defense."

The report from the coroner's inquest is the one existing court record. NPR found it in the dusty basement of the Jefferson County Courthouse.

It is one sentence long: "Johnny Queen, came to his death by reason to-wit: Four gunshot wounds (.38 S & W special pistol) fired by J.W. Burchfield, in our opinions, in self-defense."

A preliminary hearing before the justice of the peace reached the same conclusion the next morning. That hearing was so short that by the time an FBI agent arrived — he was driving from Natchez, a half-hour away — it was over.

Two local newspaper articles and a report to the State Highway Patrol quote the sheriff's version of things. They note that two black employees of the ice house testified, but there's no reporting on what they said.

Queen was buried the next day, but even though the FBI had already deployed scores of agents to stop racial violence in Mississippi by 1965, NPR found documents that show the FBI did not open an investigation that year.

Inside The FBI Files

The local newspaper reported that the dispute started when Queen used "vulgar and indecent language" and Burchfield asked him to stop. Then Queen pulled out a pistol and shot.Enlarge imagei      
      

The local newspaper reported that the dispute started when Queen used "vulgar and indecent language" and  Burchfield asked him to stop. Then Queen pulled out a pistol and shot.

      
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The local newspaper reported that the dispute started when Queen used "vulgar and indecent language" and Burchfield asked him to stop. Then Queen pulled out a pistol and shot.
      
      

The local newspaper reported that the dispute started when Queen used "vulgar and indecent language" and  Burchfield asked him to stop. Then Queen pulled out a pistol and shot.

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The Queen incident was not the first time Burchfield had been questioned by the FBI. Just six months before Queen's death, an FBI agent knocked on Burchfield's door. It was Feb. 9 and the agent was there because a police informant had identified Burchfield as a suspected member of the violent White Knights of the Ku Klux Klan. Around Natchez, Miss., the Ku Klux Klan had been terrorizing black communities with beatings, bombings and killings.

Burchfield responded angrily, according to the FBI agent's report. "Burchfield spoke in a very derogatory manner of what he referred to as the 'Nigger situation,' and talked at length about the manner in which the quote 'Jews' were handling the United States, and the effect they have had on the American dollar and the American economy," says the report, which was among about 300 pages of documents NPR received from the FBI via a Freedom of Information Act request filed about the Queen case.

In the interview with NPR, Burchfield denies ever being a member of the Ku Klux Klan or attending any Klan meetings. "I never been in nothing like that," he says. "I ain't never been in no Ku Klux Klan."

Information inside FBI files contradicts Burchfield. In the 1960s, an informant told the Adams County Sheriff's Department and the Mississippi Highway Safety Patrol that Burchfield was a Klansman. Those reports were sent to the FBI. The informant was a Klansman who was also Burchfield's neighbor. He said it's possible Burchfield may have quit once he was elected constable, which was shortly before he shot Queen.

NPR found these files in documents requested from the FBI. More documents were found at the National Archives in the files of a congressional investigative committee.

In February 1966, the House Committee on Un-American Activities, best known for its investigations of people and groups suspected of having ties to the Communist Party, released a list naming dozens of Ku Klux Klan leaders and members. Burchfield's name was on that list, which was published in newspapers in Mississippi and around the country.

Burchfield worked by day at the International Paper plant in Natchez and at night as the constable in nearby Fenwick. In one document in the FBI files, the Adams County Sheriff's Department — the county around Natchez — names Burchfield as a suspected member of a gang of hooded men who, at night, were abducting and whipping black men.

In one incident, the sheriff's office considered Burchfield a top suspect. One of the masked men brandished a distinctive pistol with a long barrel, and a sheriff's deputy said it resembled a similar weapon that belonged to Burchfield. No arrests were ever made in that case.

Today, Burchfield says he has never heard of the victim nor was he involved in beating him up or hurting any other black man. "Why I gonna do something like that?" Burchfield asks. "I never done nothing like that in my life. I get along with blacks myself. I never had no trouble with no blacks. Not a one."

Still, by the time Burchfield shot and killed Queen in Fayette, his name was already in the files of the local sheriff, the state police and the FBI as a suspected member of the KKK. There was no indication that police in Fayette knew or followed up on that fact.

Nothing about Queen's story seems set in stone. His grave marker includes the wrong birth date and the date of his death is off by a week.Enlarge imagei      
      

Nothing about Queen's story seems set in stone. His grave marker includes the wrong birth date and the date of his death is off by a week.

      
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Nothing about Queen's story seems set in stone. His grave marker includes the wrong birth date and the date of his death is off by a week.
      
      

Nothing about Queen's story seems set in stone. His grave marker includes the wrong birth date and the date of his death is off by a week.

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The Decision Not To Investigate For 43 Years

The morning after Queen was shot, Billy Bob Williams, the agent in the FBI's new office in Natchez, drove to Fayette.

Williams says he spoke to Pritchard, the deputy sheriff, who explained that this was not a racially motivated shooting. Williams trusted Pritchard and concluded that the shooting wasn't the kind of case the FBI was interested in. It wasn't a planned and organized killing by the Klan.

"It just seemed to be that this was a confrontation between two men," says Williams, who is retired and now lives in Oregon.

It took another 43 years before the FBI opened the Queen case as part of its initiative to investigate so-called "racially motivated" unsolved killings from the civil rights era.

So in 2009, FBI agents once again knocked on Burchfield's door. Burchfield repeated the story that he had shot Queen in self-defense.

Sparking Change

Henderson, Queen's great-nieces, remembers the shooting as a pivotal moment for black residents of Fayette. "The black citizens in Jefferson County had reached a peak," she says. "That old cliche: I'm sick and tired of being sick and tired."

Just three weeks after Queen died, the leader of the NAACP in nearby Natchez, Miss., was seriously injured in a car bomb. Charles Evers led protests, including this one in October 1965.Enlarge imagei      
      

Just three weeks after Queen died, the leader of the NAACP in nearby Natchez, Miss., was seriously injured in a car bomb. Charles Evers led protests, including this one in October 1965.

      
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Just three weeks after Queen died, the leader of the NAACP in nearby Natchez, Miss., was seriously injured in a car bomb. Charles Evers led protests, including this one in October 1965.
      
      

Just three weeks after Queen died, the leader of the NAACP in nearby Natchez, Miss., was seriously injured in a car bomb. Charles Evers led protests, including this one in October 1965.

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The death of her great-uncle — and the inability to say anything about it —sparked that change, she says.

"The killing of John Queen was an in-your-face situation right on Main Street on a Sunday afternoon," Henderson says. "This wasn't behind the door. The Klan didn't have sheets over their face. This was a white man who killed a paraplegic black man. He killed him on Main Street."

Less than three weeks after Queen's death, the leader of the NAACP in nearby Natchez turned the ignition key in his Chevrolet and a bomb blew up. George Metcalfe was severely injured in the blast.

Charles Evers was then the NAACP's top official in Mississippi — a job he had taken over after the assassination of his brother, Medgar Evers.

Evers began organizing protests in Natchez, and on the way from his home in Jackson to Natchez, he drove Highway 61 through Fayette, right past the spot where Queen died.

"And I found out that Fayette was predominantly Negro," Evers recalls. So he started registering black residents to vote.

When Queen died in August 1965, it was too risky for black people to complain about it. But Evers challenged all that. In December, just four months later, he led hundreds in protest marches to demand jobs and the right to vote, and for basic respect — to be called Mr. and Mrs, not boy or girl, anymore.

"I went in there, wasn't afraid of white people," says Evers, who was known for his fearlessness and titled a memoir Have No Fear. "I went in there cussing 'em and calling 'em all kind of names. And they couldn't believe that."

It's an ironic twist given that Queen died after an argument that started when the black man cursed in front of a white constable.

Two years later in 1967, Fayette elected Early Lott Sr. as its first black constable. He was one of four black officials elected in Jefferson County and among 22 African-Americans elected that year to public office around the state, the first blacks elected since Reconstruction.

Lott told Phyllis Garland, a reporter for Ebony magazine, that Queen's death inspired him to run for office. The World War II veteran described seeing Queen's blood running on Main Street.

"It was then, when I saw that, I decided that if the time ever came when I'd have a chance to try and change things, I'd do it. That cripple had been killed because he felt the way I felt. He'd only tried to speak up for himself like a man," he said.

By 1969, Evers was elected mayor. Federal money and private money from the North flowed to Fayette. But the hope and prosperity didn't last, and today Fayette is again one of the nation's poorest places.

Family Memories

When Jim Crow laws ended, Shirley Cruel — Queen's great-niece — went back to school and became a social worker. Here, Cruel, who died at age 66 last April, is flanked by grandson Alvion Sampson and her daughter Kaye Sampson.Enlarge imagei      
      

When Jim Crow laws ended, Shirley Cruel — Queen's great-niece — went back to school and became a social worker. Here, Cruel, who died at age 66 last April, is flanked by grandson Alvion Sampson and her daughter Kaye Sampson.

      
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When Jim Crow laws ended, Shirley Cruel — Queen's great-niece — went back to school and became a social worker. Here, Cruel, who died at age 66 last April, is flanked by grandson Alvion Sampson and her daughter Kaye Sampson.
      
      

When Jim Crow laws ended, Shirley Cruel — Queen's great-niece — went back to school and became a social worker. Here, Cruel, who died at age 66 last April, is flanked by grandson Alvion Sampson and her daughter Kaye Sampson.

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On a Sunday afternoon last year, Shirley Cruel's family — her daughter, a grandson and several nieces and nephews — came to see her at a nursing home on Main Street in Fayette. She's another of Queen's great-nieces.

In 1965, she was a high school dropout and unmarried mother. When things changed in Fayette, she got her GED, went to college and became a social worker.

"He was just a black man in the '60s," she says about her uncle. "And who cared about a black man in the '60s? No justice was given to him."

As Cruel talks, her 18-year-old grandson, Alvion Sampson, sits nearby listening, with a look of astonishment on his face.

He's never heard of Queen, his relative who died just a few blocks up the street.

"At my old school, we did Mississippi history and we read about Medgar Evers and then read about Emmitt Till," he says. But he had never heard about his family's history. "This is the first time I ever heard about it. The first time."

His grandmother says it was time for her grandson, for Mississippi and for the world to know about what happened to Queen.

Shortly after this interview, Cruel died.

That's one reason why civil rights advocates say it's important to know about these killings from the civil rights era. After 50 years, relatives, witnesses — and suspects — are dying. That makes it hard to get to the truth in these cases, but also easy to forget them.

NPR researcher Barbara Van Woerkom contributed to this story. Additional reporting was provided by Stanley Nelson of the Concordia Sentinel in Ferriday, La. Read more of Nelson's reporting on the John Queen case here.

Racial Profiling: Black Students Arrested White Students Party On

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African-American students harassed and arrested by the LAPD

AFRICANGLOBE – Some University of Southern California students say they were unfairly targeted Sunday morning when LAPD officers broke up a party and arrested several students.

However, police say they were attacked by the students, who maintain they are victims of racial profiling.

A YouTube video of the incident in the 1200 block of West 23rd Street published by student Lamar Gary shows police in riot gear, armed and ready for a confrontation.

“LAPD attempts to disperse USC students at a college party near the USC campus. Night sticks, Tasers, guns, 79+ LAPD Riot Sqaud Cops vs. USC students. LAPD stated that they were responding to a noise complaint,” he wrote.

Nate Howard, who hosted the party attended by minority students, said he planned the event not only to celebrate his four years at USC, but also for networking purposes.

“We had fun. We’re graduating, and we were having a good time. It was the last day of classes. We had sponsors here,” said Howard, who noted things got ugly around 2 a.m.

“Most people were dispersing and leaving. The police came back and told everyone to get out and that’s eventually what people started to do until they started to get crazy,” he said.

Howard was arrested and he believes it was because of his race. He says another party, attended by mostly white students, was going on across the street at the same time.

“There was also an event across the street. They told them to stay in the house and be safe, while us over here, majority African-American students, we were dispersed out of my house and everywhere,” he said.

Student Sarah Tither-Kaplan attended the other party, which was allowed to continue.

“Our party was predominately Caucasian students and their party was predominately Black students, and basically, DPS and LAPD didn’t stop our party at all. They had no problem with us; they didn’t shut us down,” she said.

An LAPD watch commander confirms the department received a noise complaint about Howard’s party. He said party-goers refused to leave and threw beer bottles at arriving officers, which prompted them to return in riot gear, a charge Howard denies.

The LAPD would not comment on the incident, which is under investigation.

In a blog post titled “I’m A Scholar, Not A Criminal: The Plight Of Black Students At USC,” student Makiah Green wrote, “Instead of studying for the last final of my undergraduate career, I am writing this letter in protest of the University of Southern California’s latest atrocity. Last night, students gathered at a house near campus to celebrate their completion of another rigorous school year. Many attendees were graduating seniors. Almost all attendees were minority students: African-American and Latino.”

She said six of her friends spent the night in jail. The entire incident, she charged, “reeks of racial profiling.”

Green is one of many students calling on her classmates to attend a sit-in at Tommy Trojan on Monday from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m.

The LAPD, USC’s Department Of Public Safety (DPS) and the student group SOLID USC announced a forum on racial profiling will be held Tuesday at 6 p.m. at the USC Ronald Tutor Campus Center Ballroom.

More than 1,700 students have also signed a petition to end racial profiling at the school.

 

 
 

Mom Of Son Jumped By Whites Writes Of Mother’s Day Without Brandon

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Last February, Brandon Jackson would be sentenced to 12 years in prison by a nearly all-White jury, after being jumped by a group of White males in Jackson, N.J.  Here, Brandon’s mother, Gloria Fisher, describes the void she has been experiencing each Mother’s Day without her son.

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Mother’s Day with Brandon still incarcerated.

This is the second Mother’s Day I will spend without Brandon. This year, although I am carrying great sadness and heartbreak, I feel more encouraged.

Last year, Mother’s Day came a few weeks after Brandon was found guilty of a crime the prosecutor and judge know he did not commit.

I cried constantly — not sure if the heavy pain in my chest would ever go away.

I didn’t know who to turn to or what to do next. I kept asking, How could such obvious injustice happen? Why Brandon? Why me? How much more could I bear?

Last Mother’s Day, I went to church with my mother, as was expected. I sat numb, not hearing all of the praise and encouragement given to “good” Mothers. I felt that I had failed somehow. Somewhere along the way, I had not done whatever “it” is that makes a Mother “good.” After church, I returned home to spend the rest of that and the next few days in tears.

I cried so much that I became frustrated with my weakness.

I had considered myself a strong and fair Mother. I had been tough, but supportive. Brandon was raised to respect others. He was kind and considerate to his friends. He never had any problems with the police. Did I make him weak, easy prey? My emotions ranged between despair and rage.

Months passed before I could even open the door to his room.

So I have spent the last year trying to tell Brandon’s story. A story that too many Mothers of color share. I have a solid, strong family who have supported me emotionally, and as much as possible, financially. I have been somewhat fortunate because I have had access to the media.

How many Mother’s tears are shed alone, in silence? Mothers who are forced to accept that they can’t make a difference.

This Mother’s Day, I am encouraged.

I have spent the last year working on myself. I still cry sometimes, but I stand solid and confident in my faith. I have been broken and am renewed.  I understand how blessed I am to be a member of a strong family. I thank them often.

I am confident that Brandon will be free soon. I look forward to long talks about life, past, present, and future. I still ask why did he have to lose all these years to such foolishness.

But he will return home, stronger and wiser.

I can’t wait.

Bring added joy to Ms. Fisher by wishing her a happy Mother’s Day here.

 

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Of all things that i have researched and studied, this has to be one of the most heinous, gut wrenching stories that I've read so far! I apologize in advance if this disturbs or offends anyone by any means. I hesitated a while before posting this, until I decided that this IS a part of our history. Unfortunately, our past is not a colorful pretty picture. -Vida (page admin)
The Lynching of Michael Donald, 19 years old, in Mobile, Alabama, 1981 ... Earlier that week: a jury had been struggling to reach a verdict in the case of a black man accused of murdering a white policeman. NOT GUILTY. The killing had occurred in Birmingham, but the trial had been moved to Mobile. To Benny Hays - the second-highest Klan official in Alabama - and his fellow members of Unit 900 of the United Klans, the presence of blacks on the jury meant that a guilty man would go free. According to Klansmen who attended the unit's weekly meeting, Hays had said that Wednesday, ''If a black man can get away with killing a white man, we ought to be able to get away with killing a black man.'' They decided to retaliate.
On saturday, March 21, the same night other Klan members burnt a three-foot cross on the Mobile County courthouse lawn, Klansman Bennie Hays' son, Henry Hays (age 26), and James Knowles (age 17) drove around Mobile looking for a victim. They spotted Michael Donald walking home from getting his sister a pack of cigarettes. They attacked him and beat him with a tree limb before slitting his throat and hanging him from a tree across the street from Hays' house. Local police first stated that Donald had been killed as part of a drug deal gone wrong, despite his mother's insistence that he had not been involved in drugs. Beulah Mae Donald then contacted Jesse Jackson, who organized a protest march in the city and demanded police answers.
The FBI became involved, partly at the urging of Michael and Thomas Figures, local activists. Two and a half years later, Henry Hays and James Knowles were arrested. Bennie Hays was also indicted in Donald's murder but died before his trial began. Henry Hayes was the first Klans member to be sentenced to death due to the murder of an African American
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Courtesy Of - Your Daily N!@@a Wake Up Call: "Psssst........N!@@a, Wake Up!! Of all things that i have researched and studied, this has to be one of the most heinous, gut wrenching stories that I've read so far! I apologize in advance if this disturbs or offends anyone by any means. I hesitated a while before posting this, until I decided that this IS a part of our history. Unfortunately, our past is not a colorful pretty picture. -Vida [page admin) The Lynching of Michael Donald, 19 years old, in Mobile, Alabama, 1981 Earlier that week: a jury had been struggling to reach a verdict in the case of a black man accused of murdering a white policeman. NOT GUILTY. The killing had occurred in Birmingham, but the trial had been moved to Mobile. To Benny Hays - the second-highest Klan official in Alabama - and his fellow members of Unit 900 of the United Klans, the presence of blacks on the jury meant that a guilty man would go free. According to Klansmen who attended the unit's weekly meeting, Hays had said that Wednesday, ''If a black man can get away with killing a white man, we ought to be able to get away with killing a black man.'' They decided to retaliate. On saturday, March 21, the same night other Klan members burnt a three-foot cross on the Mobile County courthouse lawn, Klansman Bennie Hays' son, Henry Hays (age 26), and James Knowles (age 17) drove around Mobile looking for a victim. They spotted Michael Donald walking home from getting his sister a pack of cigarettes. They attacked him and beat him with a tree limb before slitting his throat and hanging him from a tree across the street from Hays' house. Local police first stated that Donald had been killed as part of a drug deal gone wrong, despite his mother's insistence that he had not been involved in drugs. Beulah Mae Donald then contacted Jesse Jackson, who organized a protest march in the city and demanded police answers. The FBI became involved, partly at the urging of Michael and Thomas Figures, local activists. Two and a half years later, Henry Hays and James Knowles were arrested. Bennie Hays was also indicted in Donald's murder but died before his trial began. Henry Hayes was the first Klans member to be sentenced to death due to the murder of an African American
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Brothers Arrested in Mother’s Day Parade Shooting

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Mother’s Day parade shooting suspect Akein Scott

AFRICANGLOBE –  Two brothers with a history of drug arrests and suspected ties to a neighborhood gang each face 20 counts of attempted second-degree murder in a shooting spree that brought a sudden bloody end to a Mother’s Day parade in a New Orleans neighborhood.

The arrests by city police and U.S. marshals came less than four days after gunfire scattered the crowd and wounded 20 people — 19 hit by bullets and one while trying to flee.

Akein Scott, 19, was arrested without incident late Wednesday at an eastern New Orleans residence. His brother Shawn Scott, 24, was arrested Thursday morning as he tried to flee another residence in the city, police said.

Mayor Mitch Landrieu and police Chief Ronal Serpas hailed the police work as proof of officials’ determination to end sporadic violence that mars the image of the tourism-dependent city.

“We will not let up,” Landrieu said. “We are demanding that the shooting stop. And we will make sure that we do everything in our power, which I hope people now see is substantial, to make sure that we protect the citizens of New Orleans.”

A magistrate judge on Thursday morning set bond for Akein Scott at $10 million in the attempted murder case. Another judge ordered him held without bond pending a later hearing on an unrelated gun and weapon charge.

Shawn Scott’s court appearances were not yet scheduled. His Thursday morning arrest was announced by Serpas, Landrieu and District Attorney Leon Cannizzaro at a news conference in the middle of the intersection where the shooting took place, off the beaten path for most tourists but less than two miles from the popular French Quarter. Surrounding the officials were dozens of uniformed officers and onlookers from the neighborhood.

Police said Akein Scott had been identified by an unnamed witness as the person seen on a surveillance video, appearing to fire into a crowd that immediately scatters as some fall. Shawn Scott’s role in the shootings remained unclear Thursday afternoon.

Police have yet to outline a motive, other than to say it appears related to gang activity, which Landrieu called a major factor in New Orleans street violence.

“This small number of people in gangs and groups are responsible for the overwhelming number of murders and shootings in this city. They are in fact terrorizing our streets,” Landrieu said.

Police said the Scotts are members of a gang called the Frenchmen and Derbigny Boys. Frenchmen and North Derbigny streets intersect a few blocks from the shooting site. Court records show Shawn Scott has a history of at least three drug arrests on one block of Frenchmen Street.

In addition to the brothers, police said they arrested four people who are accused of helping Akein Scott elude capture. Justin Alexander, 19; Brandy George, 28; Bionca Hickerson, 22; and Nekia Youngblood, 32, are charged with being accessories after the fact to attempted second-degree murder and obstruction of justice, according to a police news release.

At Thursday’s court appearance, Akein Scott, shackled and in an orange jumpsuit, stood calmly and silently as his court-appointed attorney handled proceedings in the shooting case.

Prosecutors said a witness picked out a photo of Akein Scott from a lineup. An arrest affidavit said the unidentified witness told investigators that Akein Scott was the person seen in a surveillance video that police released to the public as they searched for him. The witness also said Akein Scott was carrying a silver-and-black semi-automatic handgun at the shooting scene, according to the affidavit.

Magistrate Judge Gerard Hansen set Akein Scott’s bond at $10 million — $500,000 on each of the 20 counts in the Mother’s Day shooting case.

Police had been searching for Akein Scott since identifying him as a suspect Monday from the video.

Courtney Moles, whose apartment overlooks the shooting site, said Thursday that she didn’t feel her safety was in jeopardy while police searched the city.

“I didn’t really think he would come back. It’s more personal than that,” she said. “He wasn’t going to that second line to make national news. He was probably settling some kind of score.”

Edward Buckner, president of the Original Big 7 Social Aid and Pleasure Club, which sponsored Sunday’s second-line parade, said he was ecstatic at the news of the arrests.

“That’s the best thing that could ever have happened,” he said.

Police publicized a $10,000 reward in the case, and investigators received tips after images from the surveillance camera were released.

Gun violence has flared at two other city celebrations this year. Five people were wounded in a drive-by shooting in January after a Martin Luther King Jr. Day parade, and four were wounded in a shooting after an argument in the French Quarter in the days leading up to Mardi Gras. Two teens were arrested in connection with the Martin Luther King Day shootings; three men were arrested and charged in the Mardi Gras shootings.

Mark Hertsgaard, a freelance writer who was shot in the leg Sunday, said in a phone interview from his home in San Francisco that he wouldn’t let the violence turn him against the city.

“I love New Orleans, and I love anything that helps to heal New Orleans from this event, including bringing justice to the perpetrators,” said Hertsgaard, who was stopping in the city on his way home assignment.

Hertsgaard said he still loves the people of New Orleans.

“Yes, there are pockets of idiots, and the other day one of them put a bullet in my leg,” he said.

“But let’s not let a few idiots tarnish the reputation of a great city that has great people in it.”

Why Isn’t New Orleans Mother’s Day Parade Shooting a ‘National Tragedy’?

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A victim of the Mother’s Day parade shooting

AFRICANGLOBE – On 3 September 2005 – less than a week after Hurricane Katrina devastated the Gulf Coast – I began to understand that America cared little about what was happening in New Orleans.

I was an undergraduate at Davidson College in North Carolina at the time, worried out of my mind because my family in Mississippi was still without electricity and friends and family in New Orleans and the Mississippi Gulf Coast were still missing. The images of families stranded on rooftops were trickling in via news outlets, but it was obvious that the response from the government would be slow.

But it really hit me on 3 September. I was driving around and noticed all the American flags at half-mast. Because Supreme court chief justice William Rehnquist died.

At the time, the Gulf Coast death toll was rumored to be in the thousands with nobody knowing for sure. But flags stayed at full mast until a chief justice died. To me, this was a slap in the face to what was going on in New Orleans and a sign that the city just didn’t matter to the overall fabric of the country.

Year after year, I watched the anniversary for Katrina pass while people gathered around flagpoles two weeks later to mourn the deaths from 9/11. Both were horrible tragedies, but only one seemed to stay in the nation’s consciousness.

Years after Katrina, I lived in Evanston, Illinois and learned about the warm weather massacres in Chicago that happen every spring break or beginning of summer where dozens of high school kids get shot within matters of hours. And how nobody seemed to care. Living in New Orleans and near Chicago has left me jaded to what America prioritizes or chooses to ignore.

So I shouldn’t be surprised that the Mother’s Day Parade shooting has largely been forgotten. On Sunday, shots were fired into a crowd during a parade in the New Orleans 7th ward. Police said they saw three suspects running from the scene.

This is the largest mass shooting in the United States where the shooters were still at large after the crime was committed. Think about that for a minute. From Columbine to Virginia Tech to Fort Hill to Aurora, all the shooters were either killed or apprehended on site. But the person or people responsible for shooting 19 Americans are still free.

So why am I allowed to go outside? Where’s the city quarantine or FBI and Homeland Security presence for this act of “terrorism”?

Because this is an act of domestic terrorism right? Just because the alleged shooter was wearing a white tee and jeans does that suddenly make the shooting a gang-related affair? And we all know how irrelevant gang-related shootings are in America. The Mother’s Day shooting is so irrelevant that politicians haven’t even bothered to mention it to further their anti-gun agendas. If the shootings aren’t even important enough for politicians to spin, then it’s truly reached a black hole of irrelevance.

Did I mention the shooter is still on the loose? I have? Just checking. Police have released photos and video of one of the suspects, but he is still at large.

Now take a moment and imagine a Mother’s Day Parade in the suburbs of Denver, a neighborhood in Edina or a plaza in Austin where bullets rain down on civilians and even hit children. I can’t help but imagine the around-the-clock news coverage. And I can’t help but think it’s because most of America can identify with the fear of being bombarded with gunfire while just enjoying a parade in the middle of town. But America can’t identify with being at a parade in the “inner city” where “gang violence” erupts. The “oh my God, that could happen to me” factor isn’t present with a story about New Orleans or the Chicago southside.

But no matter where the incident occurred, the victims are still there. Victims like 10-year-old Ka’Nard Allen whose father was stabbed to death in October. Whose five-year-old cousin was shot to death at Ka’Nard’s birthday party last May (Ka’Nard was also shot in the neck that day). He was also grazed with a bullet in his cheek at the Mother’s Day parade. No matter what part of the country Ka’Nard is from, his story should linger in your heart.

But it hasn’t because you haven’t heard of him, and you’ve barely heard anything about what should be considered a national tragedy.

Unforunately, though, I’ve learned to redefine what constitutes an American tragedy. American tragedies occur where middle America frequents every day: airplanes, business offices, marathons. Where there persists a tangible fear that this could happen to any of us. And rightfully so. Deaths and mayhem anywhere are tragic. That should always be the case. The story here is where American tragedies don’t occur.

American tragedies don’t occur on the southside of Chicago or the New Orleans 9th Ward. They don’t occur where inner city high school kids shoot into school buses or someone shoots at a 10-year old’s birthday party in New Orleans. Or Gary, Indiana. Or Compton. Or Newport News. These are where the forgotten tragedies happen and the cities are left to persevere on their own.

So, once again, New Orleans will survive. And move on. Because, really, we’ve been here before

 

 

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