A very talented man, Kev wrote in making the award:
“This award is one I made myself for All members of my community. You deserve it and I love you all.”
I love you too, Kev.
In the past 4 months, the number of subscribers to Blackbutterfly7 has grown. I’ve not yet been able to visit all of the blogs of new subscribers yet, and for that I apologize. I see you, and thank you for following and your support. Read the rest of this entry
This is the post I promised. The case saddens me, while at the same time I was excited. One reason I was excited is because justice was administered by the federal district court where I live. Another reason is that is shows that in some cases, federal investigators turn over every rock to find evidence, and sniff out every witness, even if it takes years — in this case, 4 years.
In August 2010, a search warrant was executed for a home located in Saint Anne, Illinois. The person (who investigators called “A”) admitted that he viewed and traded child pornography over the internet. He used various methods to trade the pornography, including P2P networks, Yahoo Messenger, and Skype. In September 2010 during a follow-up interview, the person identified the user names of individuals in whom he had traded child pornography.
Two usernames were for one individual who was identified as Greg Pyle. Greg Pyle sent child pornography to “A”. Greg told “A” that a boy in the porn photos and videos was a relative. “A’s” hard drive was examined and investigators found that Greg Pyle also exchanged child pornography with others on the internet. Google cooperated in the investigation to verify information. Oops!! Read the rest of this entry
On Friday, Florida Department of Corrections Secretary Michael Crews, fired 32 guards with the Florida Department of Corrections. All were accused of criminal wrongdoing or misconduct in connection with the deaths of inmates at four state prisons.
The Miami Herald began an investigative project into reports of alleged brutality and corruption in the prison system. Only then did prison officials begin to acknowledge the complaints.
On September 9, 2014, the Miami Herald reported that Disability Rights Florida, a nonprofit mental health advocacy group, filed a lawsuit seeking an injunction to force immediate reforms and investigations into some of the more egregious complaints that it says Crews and others have ignored for more than three years. The law suit alleges that Crews, his department, and Wexford, which provides health services to prisoners, “have permitted people with mental illness who were and currently are housed in the in-patient mental health unit at Dade to be subjected to abuse and discrimination by correctional officers to such an extent that at least two persons with mental illness have died within the past two years,” the suit, being filed Tuesday, alleges. Read the rest of this entry
By Kindheart 101
I do not mean to cause alarm,
it’s only me, I mean no harm.
Why do you look at me that way?
is color all you see today?
Yes I am brown, that’s all you see?
please look beyond, and just see me.
Let down your guard, I mean no harm.
I do not mean to cause alarm.
I hold my loved ones dear, and true,
and love my family, just like you.
I’m off to college, on my way,
I graduated yesterday.
Oh wait, you stopped your car I see,
and now you’ve grabbed a hold of me?
I turn and run, as bullets fly,
I’m hit, I turn around and cry…….
OK OK OK, I’m done,
hands in the air………put down your gun!
I do not mean to cause alarm,
I’m Big Mike Brown, I mean no harm.
That didn’t mean a thing to you,
you didn’t stop till you were through.
I hit my knees, fell to the ground,
and never heard another sound.
And then a hand reached out to me,
and picked me up so I could see.
The glory, friendship and pure love,
that’s shown by all those up above………..
Thank you for greeting me, Trayvon.
Ferguson Police Officer Darren Wilson shot Michael Brown 6 times, twice in the head. The shot to the top of Michael’s head spilled his brains unto the street. Photos and videos show Darren Wilson casually standing and walking around as Michael’s blood flows like a river from his body.
Darren Wilson has been in hiding. On Wednesday, news sources reported that Darren Wilson testified before the St. Louis County grand jury.
St. Louis Today reports:
Ferguson police Officer Darren Wilson testified here for almost four hours Tuesday in front of the St. Louis County grand jury investigating his shooting Aug. 9 of Michael Brown, a source with knowledge of the investigation said Wednesday.
Wilson was not obligated to appear, and also has spoken with St. Louis County investigators twice and federal investigators once, the source said. The source said Wilson was “cooperative.”
New York Magazine cites the Post-Dispatch, reporting:
The Ferguson police officer who shot and killed Michael Brown on August 9 has finally told his story in court. Darren Wilson spent nearly four hours in front of a St. Louis County grand jury on Tuesday, the Post-Dispatch reports, despite not being required to testify. An anonymous source called Wilson “cooperative,” and said he has also given his side of the story twice to local investigators and once to federal investigators.
MSNBC has a video with an introductory line that says:
Big questions surround Officer Darren Wilson’s reported grand jury testimony. Legal expert Lisa Bloom has answers.
As Lisa Bloom says in the video, grand juries are secretive. My perspective is from that basis. Read the rest of this entry
The longer they wait, the longer people are going to believe it’s because the prosecutor is setting it up so the grand jury will not indict.
Originally posted on News One:
A grand jury has until January 7 to decide whether or not to bring criminal charges against Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson, who shot unarmed teenager Michael Brown to death on August 9, reports STLToday.com.
St. Louis County Circuit Judge Carolyn Whittington extended the usual four month period, which expired last week, and now the grand jury has an additional 60 days to make a decision.
“She extended it to the full amount allowed by law,” said Court Administrator Paul Fox said.
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The panel is hearing evidence in the Michael Brown case exclusively, and can meet whenever it needs to, Fox said.
The grand jury is 12 people selected from the standard jury pool to meet in secret, usually weekly, to hear evidence and decide whether criminal charges are warranted. It takes nine votes to issue an indictment, which sends a defendant to a public…
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When things happen, and are resolved, it is not as stressful as when things happen, pile up on each other, and nothing is resolved. Since the death of Michael Brown at the hands of Darren Wilson, things have mounted and mounted.
A Black actress who kissed her White partner in public was placed in handcuffs by the Los Angeles Police, accused of being a prostitute.
A young man in Utah was killed by cops. Witnesses say that the cops shot him in the back. The cops say he rushed towards them with a sword.
The media promotes that bosses get into the personal business of their employees. I’m talking about the professional athletes with domestic problems. I’ve withheld opinion about it because this might be another test pattern that spills over into private industry. Read the rest of this entry
One of the Los Angeles Police Officers Who Murdered Ezell Ford Has a History of Terrorizing Communities
Very detailed and well written. Thanks so much for keeping us informed.
If you read nothing else this week, please make sure to read this.
Originally posted on United States Hypocrisy:
LAPD Newton Division’s “Gang Enforcement Detail” Officers Sharlton K. Wampler and Antonio Villegas are the cops responsible for shooting Ezell Ford to death in South Los Angeles last month, according to a press release from the Los Angeles Police Department. The release of the names comes a full two weeks after the two cops shot and killed the unarmed 25 year-old in his own neighborhood as he laid on the ground on August 11, even as he complied with the officers’ demands. Much like Darren Wilson – the Ferguson cop who murdered Michael Brown (another unarmed young Black man gunned down by cops in his own neighborhood) – Wampler and Villegas were likely given the chance to flee and go into hiding. Also like Wilson, both officers are now on paid vacation.
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Hat tips to Towerflower and Rachael
Lake Mary Police Chief Steve Bracknell said that 35-year-old Matthew Apperson of Winter Springs, did not want to press charges, so there would be no arrest.
Tuesday morning, Apperson told a 911 dispatcher that he was driving his Honda Accord on Lake Mary Boulevard, made a U-turn heading west-bound, and a Honda Ridgeline truck pulled alongside of him. Apperson told the dispatcher, “George Zimmerman was the driver, and they were threatening to kick my ___ and to shoot me,”
It sounds as if someone else was in the truck with Zimmerman.
Apperson said he pulled into a Circle K to find a phone so he could call for help when the Ridgeline made a maneuver to block him and “almost hit my car.” Zimmerman “said he was going to shoot me dead,” Apperson told the dispatcher.
According to a police report, a store surveillance video showed that as Apperson was walking into the store, the Ridgeline left. Read the rest of this entry