Cops Plant Drugs and Guns on Black Men

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New York

A former New York City narcotics detective testified in court that planting drugs on innocent people was common practice, a quick and easy way to boost arrest numbers.

According to the New York Daily News, the practice is known among NYPD officers as “flaking,” and officers in Brooklyn and Queens narcotics squads were doing a whole lot of it.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/10/13/ex-nypd-cop-we-planted-ev_n_1009754.html

According to the DPA, the NYPD has recently come under fire recently for the arrests of more than 50,000 people last year for low-level marijuana offenses – 86% of whom are black and Latino – making marijuana possession the number one offense in the City. The group is also critical of the NYPD’s controversial stop-and-frisk practice.

By all accounts, the former NYPD detective is a bad man who helped put innocent people behind bars for decades, used phony witnesses to get the job done, and even beating some suspects into false confessions.  And he is costing the city millions of dollars.  You know you’re bad when you have a reputation among prisoners for being crooked or when the district attorney begs the judge to throw out the convictions of people you arrested.

Dirty ex-cop Louis Scarcella's framing of innocent black men is costing NYC millions

Philadelphia

In a massive six-year heist, six Philadelphia police officers viciously beat up drug suspects and stole more than $500,000 from the people they were investigating, federal agents said Wednesday.

The corrupt cops, who all specialized in narcotics investigations, were arrested Wednesday. Four of the officers were previously removed from street duty during the two-year federal probe, Philadelphia’s WPVI-TV reported.

http://www.nydailynews.com/news/crime/philly-cops-steal-500-000-drug-suspects-feds-article-1.1885741

Native Americans and Police Brutality

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There are 5.1 million American Indians and Alaska Natives in the U.S. as of 2011, significantly fewer than the country’s 45 million black Americans (as of 2013). But like black Americans, indigenous people are killed by law enforcement officers at rates that far outstrip their share of the population.

Native Lives Matter

In light of the debate surrounding police violence against minority populations in the United States, one group that is consistently affected, yet continuously excluded from broad public discourse, is Native Americans. American Indians, in fact, suffer the most adverse effects of a criminal justice system which consistently reifies itself as structurally unjust. Unsettling reports of unfair treatment towards Native peoples by law enforcement are not isolated incidents, rather they are endemic of a deeply discriminatory justice system. Native American men are admitted to prison at four times the rate of white men and Native women at six-fold the rate of white women. Additionally, Native Americans are the racial group most likely to be killed by law enforcement.

Native Lives Matter Facebook

Native Lives Matter! Advocating Justice and awareness on Police brutality and the many missing, murdered and unsolved deaths of Native people.

https://www.facebook.com/artactivistanon/

http://mic.com/articles/109894/the-police-are-killing-one-group-at-a-staggering-rate-and-nobody-is-talking-about-it?utm_content=bufferf88bc&utm_medium=social&utm_source=facebook.com&utm_campaign=buffer

http://lakotalaw.org/special-reports/native-lives-matter

http://indiancountrytodaymedianetwork.com/tags/native-lives-matter

4 Years Later After the Botched Raid, Which Lead to Aiyana Stanley Jones’s Death

People who think this is not about race are really naive and possibly stupid. Especially if one knows the history of the police and the African American/Black community. This should never have happened and this officer’s case should not have been dropped. The prosecutors don’t give a damn about Black lives; be it Michael Brown, Eric Garner or a 7 year old little girl.

Rep. John Conyers (D-Mich.) has pledged to introduce legislation on police accountability following the dismissal of charges against a Detroit police officer who fatally shot a 7-year-old girl.

On Friday, the case was dropped against Officer Joseph Weekley in the 2010 death of Aiyana Stanley-Jones, who was killed during a botched police raid while she was sleeping in the couch. Conyers released a statement Saturday saying the decision was unlikely to end the controversy over the incident.

“However, our community must not lose sight of the greatest tragedy of all in this situation — the loss of a 7-year-old innocent child, Aiyana Stanley-Jones,” the congressman said. “I extend my deepest condolences to the family of Aiyana Stanley-Jones during this very difficult time.”

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2015/01/31/john-conyers-aiyana-stanley-jones-police-reforms_n_6586382.html?ncid=fcbklnkushpmg00000047

The man who murdered Aiyana Stanely Jones:

Kendrick Lamar’s Billboard 100 Comments on Ferguson and More

“I wish somebody would look in our neighborhood knowing that it’s already a situation, mentally, where it’s f—ed up. What happened to [Michael Brown] should’ve never happened. Never. But when we don’t have respect for ourselves, how do we expect them to respect us? It starts from within. Don’t start with just a rally, don’t start from looting — it starts from within.”

Before I dissect Kendrick’s comments, let us stop acting as if Kendrick Lamar is a Johnathan Gentry; he isn’t. I respect Kendrick as an artist and as a person, but his comments were inaccurate to a degree. Yes self-reflection is important, but let’s not pretend or misdirect what is really happening here. Black Americans are not disrespected on a daily basis, because a few do not respect themselves or the rich heritage they come from. We’ve been disrespected and marginalized since slavery became a legal institution exclusively towards Black Americans by 1650. We’ve been disrespected and marginalized, since the days of Jim Crow and Tulsa Oklahoma. It is completely disingenuous for anyone to say Black Americans aren’t being treated properly under the law, because a few do not think more of themselves.

In addition to that it is also not rational to rationalize unconstitutional behavior by pointing at someone else’s self-loathing. It is like saying a victim needs to look within themselves to figure out why they are being victimized. How about the victimizer delve in this self-reflection as well? Anyone who knows me know I am about self-empowerment and leaving excuses to the waist side. That means I will also not accept failure from my community, but I will not defend, rationalize or legitimize others spitting on my community.

Now I will leave off with a great song from Kendrick, because I do love myself!

Favorite Verse

[Verse 3]
I went to war last night
With an automatic weapon, don’t nobody call a medic
I’ma do it till I get it right

I went to war last night
I’ve been dealing with depression ever since an adolescent

Duckin’ every other blessin’, I can never see the message
I could never take the lead, I could never bob and weave
From a negative and letting them annihilate me
And it’s evident I’m moving at a meteor speed

Finna run into a building, lay my body in the street
Keep my money in the ceiling, let my mama know I’m free
Give my story to the children and a lesson they can read
And the glory to the feeling of the holy unseen
Seen enough, make a motherfucker scream, “I love myself!”

Ethics and Responsibility In Media

Wise Words From Malcolm X

Black on Black Crime

Jersey City

Bad News For Ferguson’s Prosecutor Bob McCulloch

As I have always stated, the truth always comes out.

St. Louis Public Radio

A grand juror is suing St. Louis County Prosecutor Bob McCulloch in an effort to speak out on what happened in the Darren Wilson case. Under typical circumstances, grand jurors are prohibited by law from discussing cases they were involved in.

The grand juror, referred to only as “Grand Juror Doe” in the lawsuit, takes issue with how McCulloch characterized the case. McCulloch released evidence presented to the grand jury and publicly discussed the case after the grand jury decided not to indict Wilson, then a Ferguson police officer, in the shooting death of Michael Brown, an 18-year-old African-American.

Let’s look at the facts as well, Michael Brown was shot 150ft away from the cop vehicle yet police lied and stated 30ft for 108 days straight. Darren Wilson stated he was punched in the face 3 times by a young man who weighed 250lbs and was 6’4; where was the physical bruises?

A law that was ruled unconstitutional in 1985 was given to the grand jury; why?

Early on in the proceedings, Assistant District Attorney Alizadeh handed out copies of a law that was ruled unconstitutional in 1985. In essence it set the bar for use of excessive force lower than is permissible. Simply put, ADA Alizadeh told the jury that it was permissible to shoot a fleeing suspect.

http://radio.foxnews.com/2014/11/27/shocker-mcculloch-instructed-grand-jury-on-law-that-was-unconstitutional/

http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/grand-juror-sues-mcculloch-says-he-mischaracterized-wilson-case

More sources 

http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/grand-juror-sues-mcculloch-says-he-mischaracterized-wilson-case

http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2015/01/05/ferguson-michael-brown-grand-juror-sues-gag-order/21284797/

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2015/01/05/bob-mcculloch-wilson-case_n_6417370.html

http://conservativeread.com/grand-juror-in-missouri-police-shooting-case-sues-prosecutor/

Disclaimer: I try to mix Liberal, Local, Conservative, Libertarian, etc sources so no one can claim this is a Liberal or whatever agenda. I know people who are polarized within their group outlet distrust sources from the others. 

Reflection of More Than 25,000 People Marching in Protest: NYC

One of the two former Fullerton, California police department officers acquitted this month in the brutal 2011 beating death of Kelly Thomas has for years been receiving a $40,000 annual pension from the city of Los Angeles.

http://rt.com/usa/219191-new-year-black-lives-protest/

http://rt.com/usa/kelly-thomas-lapd-pension-914/

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George Stinney, 14: Executed In Vile Act Of Injustice, Exonerated 70s Years Late

An African-American boy, George Stinney Jr., who was executed at age 14 in the killing of two young white girls has been exonerated in South Carolina, 70 years after he became the youngest person executed in the U.S. in the 1900s. A judge ruled he was denied due process.

CJ’s Theater of Mind

Officer who shot Tamir, was deemed unfit to be a cop

The Cleveland police officer who fatally shot a 12-year-old holding a replica gun in November was deemed unsuited for police service two years ago, newly released documents show.

Timothy Loehmann, now 26, was employedby the City of Independence Police Department in Independence, Ohio, for six months in 2012, the Guardian reports. In an internal memo from that November, Independence Deputy Chief Jim Polak criticized Loehmann’s behavior during a firearms training.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/12/03/timothy-loehmann-unfit-for-police-service_n_6264992.html

http://reason.com/blog/2014/12/03/cop-who-killed-tamir-rice-was-previously

http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2014/12/17/371534533/s-c-judge-says-boy-14-shouldn-t-have-been-executed

http://rt.com/usa/215399-george-stinney-exonerated-murder/

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