Month: December 2014
NY Police Union is wrong! but turning their backs on New York Mayor is a definite case of “Chickens coming home to Roost.”
When De Blasio’s remarks were being shown on large TV monitors outside the Christ Tabernacle Church. Police union officials accused the mayor of fostering a climate of mistrust that contributed to the killings of Officer Ramos and his partner. Vice President Joe Biden spoke and expressed condolences directly to Ramos’ two sons.
New York Police Commissioner Bratton said Ramos and his partner were assassinated because of who they were. “They were killed for their color,” the commissioner said. “They were blue.”
The question that many may ask is; based on the overall, climate of confusion, are police really the victims? While it is true that these officers died tragically in a sequence of events that was totally uncalled for, and as many know their killer was a mentally disturbed individual, with a reported history of psychological episodes. If we are to ask ourselves the question is, Are Police really the victims? Lets look closer at some facts:
- The NYPD’s stop-and-frisk practices had long raised serious concerns over racial profiling, illegal stops and privacy rights. The Department’s own report on its stop-and-frisk activity confirm what many people in communities of color across the city have long known: The police are/have been stopping hundreds of thousands of law-abiding New Yorkers every year, and the vast majority are black and Latino.
- An analysis by the NYCLU revealed that innocent New Yorkers have been subjected to police stops and street interrogations more than 4 million times since 2002, and that black and Latino communities continue to be the overwhelming target of these tactics.
- It was wrong for police unions and their support groups to say that Eric Garner was overweight at 350-400 pounds and battling asthma, many posters on the sites TheeRant and PoliceOne.com said the Staten Island father and husband brought his death last Thursday upon himself. They said his health contributed to his cardiac arrest, and that their interpretation of an eyewitness video of Garner’s altercation with police last Thursday was that he resisted arrest.
- It is wrong for Police to protest at a funeral, period! Take your protest elsewhere!
- As far as the Chickens coming to Roost for New York, Mayor de Blasio, who campaigned on a promise to “end the era of stop-and-frisk policing,” moved slowly to do that. He (de Blasio) announced a deal to drop the city’s appeal of a court ruling that found the NYPD’s use of stop-and-frisk violated the constitutional rights of minorities. Mostly it seems that, the questionable “Stop and Frisk,” police policy is still on the forefront of their agenda, and has not stopped.
In addition-adding to the confusion by fighting against the Mayor, who is the head of their community is a total misuse of their time. More importantly the fact of the matter it shows that our Police who are trained sworn public servants may not care about the hurt families, divided communities and the large number of citizens who have withdrawn their support and they have expressed disappointment with the perceived mishandling the Police Brutality situation. This erosion of the public trust between Police and the community, will need to be resolved.
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In the New Year 2015-We Pray for All who have Marched, Stood, and Stand ” for Justice and World Peace!
“History will have to record that the greatest tragedy of this period of social transition was not the strident clamor of the bad people, but the appalling silence of the good people.” (Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.)
- We all must speak for those who are not strong enough to negotiate peace and urge them to work a little bit harder.
- We must not stop or listen to the reports of loss and destruction without feeling that we all have a responsibility to do something. Then we must respond to the call for much needed Change!
In 2015 Please continue to work toward truth and Justice. A Change is gonna come!
As a Nation did we fail?
Ultimately some of these questions will be answered by investigators. Other questions—the deeper, more disturbing ones that ask about equality and intolerance—must be answered within our classrooms and our courtrooms. These dark (deeper) questions have grown from our living rooms and our televisions. Their very existence attests that we, as a nation, have failed our Trayvon Martins, and are failing our Mike Browns.
Before his death at the hands of a white police officer, Michael Brown had graduated from Normandy High School – a school whose academic standards and finances were so poor that it had been declared “unaccredited” by Missouri state education authorities.
During the 2011-2012 school year, 829 young black men and women were meted out one out-of-school suspension by Ferguson-Florissant. That’s 8.1 percent of the 10,197 black children attending the district’s schools, according to data submitted to the U.S. Department of Education.
- A recent study by the Office for Civil Rights shows that the percentage of young black men suspended from school (as Martin was) is far greater than that of their peers. However, Chief Charles Hurley of the Miami-Dade School Police Department (MDSPD) in 2010 had implemented a policy that reduced the number of criminal reports, manipulating statistics to create the appearance of a reduction in crime within the school system. Less than two weeks before Martin’s death, the school system commended Chief Hurley for “decreasing school-related juvenile delinquency by an impressive 60 percent for the last six months of 2011.”
- Another study, by The Sentencing Project, examines vastly disproportionate rates of incarceration for African-American Men. We should be asking ourselves why these disparities exist?
Deep rooted Victim Complex
Trayvon Martin and Mike Brown both were not victims of their seemingly racist killers alone. They both were victims of the lopsided school systems that failed them. They where victims of a police force that overwhelmingly assumes first that most young black men are criminals followed by fear of them. They are a victims of bad legislation, like the Florida’s Stand Your Ground law, that gives anyone the unfettered right to kill if they feel threatened in any way.
They are victims of a certain Moral blindness– Which means every single black person in the eyes of a racist is the sign of a terrible crime from their ugly past, a reminder that their life is a fraud, that they need to simply own up to their past and make it right. Instead of denying, shifting blame, or to lie, twisting the facts and make black people into these creatures that they look down on, laugh at and yet, oddly, fear. It is a failed attempt to be at “peace,” with themselves.
They are victims of us because we need more love in our communities! We need to love and accept our children unconditionally. Regardless of our child’s age, we have to instill feelings of acceptance and self-worth. Teach our children, by how you treat them, that they are valuable and worthy of love. It doesn’t matter if you don’t agree with every choice or interest of your child.
Tomorrow, look around your community (your home). Do you have any Trayvon Martins? As an educator, you have the power to stave off the emptiness of young Brown’s death. Talk to your children about racism. Question legislation that endorses vigilantism. Speak up against police inaction. Tell your child that he is protected, first by “God,” and then you. We all must champion our children’s rights.
Nothing will fully fill the void created in the lives of Trayvon’s and Mike’s family, friends and teachers. But Trayvon’s empty desk must become a symbol of awareness and change—a sign to our society that the current state of affairs is not acceptable, and we won’t let you or anyone else destroy us and our future without a fight!
****For Immediate Release****
(Release date: Dec 25, 2014) ****** (6 ) Stars
Martin Luther King and the civil rights marches of Selma, Alabama, that changed America forever. Based on a true story.
The unforgettable true story chronicles the tumultuous three-month period in 1965, when Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. led a dangerous campaign to secure equal voting rights in the face of violent opposition. The epic march from Selma to Montgomery culminated in President Johnson signing the Voting Rights Act of 1965, one of the most significant victories for the civil rights movement. Director Ava DuVernay’s “Selma” tells the story of how the revered leader and visionary Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr and his brothers and sisters in the movement prompted change that forever altered history. – Written by Miss W J McDermott
Writing and Actor Credits
(in alphabetical order)
Cast David Oyelowo … Tim Roth … Giovanni Ribisi … Lee C. White Cuba Gooding Jr. … Martin Sheen … Frank Minis Johnson Carmen Ejogo … Dylan Baker … Oprah Winfrey … Alessandro Nivola … John Doar Tessa Thompson … Tom Wilkinson … Lorraine Toussaint … Wendell Pierce … Common … James Bevel Niecy Nash … Richie Jean Jackson Keith Stanfield … André Holland … Jeremy Strong … James Reeb Stephan James … Haviland Stillwell … President’s Secretary Ruben Santiago-Hudson … Omar J. Dorsey … James Orange Corey Reynolds … CT Vivian Nigel Thatch … Christine Horn … Female Marcher Yamanee Coleman … Church / Funeral Attendant John Archer Lundgren … Deputized Klansman Colman Domingo … E. Roger Mitchell … Henry G. Sanders … Cager Lee Trai Byers … James Forman Tara Ochs …
So apparently the only witness, witness #40, who testified that Mike Brown charged Darren Wilson and beat Wilson, and the only witness Bob McCulloch determined to be credible fabricated her entire story. In a report by the Smoking Gun they identify witness #40 as 45-year-old St. Louis resident Sandra McElroy who was nowhere near Canfield Drive on the Saturday afternoon Brown was shot to death.
The #FBI had already determined she was not credible and could not have been in the area, but prosecutors still used her testimony to help out Darren Wilson. In addition to her fabrication in the Mike Brown case she has also inserted herself in other high-profile St. Louis cases and was found to be lying. She also has a long history of making vicious racist remarks online and offline including many racist remarks made on social media following Mike Brown’s death.
She waited four weeks to come forward as a witness, after Wilson’s outline of his account were made public, and made many comments on Facebook that proved she had no idea what transpired on Canfield Drive that day. She has a criminal history, is bi-polar, and suffered an injury from a car accident that affects her memory. So a confirmed liar that is known to insert herself into cases and fabricate testimony, is a vile racist, has a criminal history, was determined to not be credible by the FBI, wasn’t even at the scene of the Brown killing, and is the only witness to corroborate Wilson’s story was the prosecutions star witness. All by itself the inclusion of Sandy McElroy as a witness before the grand jury is grounds for a new grand jury. Her testimony possibly has done irreparable damage to the case.
Today ends, long fight to resolve the Stinney Jr. case in South Carolina, I appreciate all the advocates on the case who stayed the course though it all! We would hope that the struggle for “Justice,” does not end here. We need everyone in our battle. God Bless You all, and God Bless George Stinney Jr,
Rev. Gregg L Greer (Stinney Advocate)
(REPOST FROM THE GRIO)
In June 16, 1944, 14-year-old George Stinney, Jr. became the youngest person executed in the United States in the past century.
Wednesday, a South Carolina judge vacated Stinney’s conviction, which essentially clears his name. Stinney was convicted of murdering two white girls in Alcolu, South Carolina.
His trial lasted a few hours and no witnesses were called on his behalf. When he was sentenced to die by electrocution, no appeal was filed.
No physical evidence or trial transcript exists.
Below is the order from Circuit Judge Carmen T. Mullen:
This Court finds fundamental, Constitutional violations of due process exist in the 1944 prosecution of George Stinney, Jr. and hereby vacates the judgment.
According to WBTV’s Jeremy Turnage’s report, Judge Mullen wrote:
Given the particularized circumstances of Stinney’s case, I find by a preponderance of the evidence standard, that a violation of the Defendant’s procedural due process rights tainted his prosecution.
Defense lawyer Matthew Burgess told theGrio.com that Wednesday “is a great day in South Carolina,” because of the ruling.
“We’re very pleased that George Stinney has been exonerated and that the conviction against him has been vacated.”
Burgess said he’s talked with Stinney’s sister Amie and the family is “very happy.”