The Killing of Keith Lamont Scott

Subtitled; How CharlotteMecklenburg Chief of Police Kerr Putney Has Messed Up.

The citizens of Charlotte, North Carolina, have no trust in Putney’s inconsistent representations.

There are times when it’s best to be quiet rather than exert one-side of a story to the public. Putney has shown that he accepts whatever his officers say and therefore, cannot be any part of an impartial investigation.

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Keith Lamont Scott

Keith Lamont Scott was killed on Tuesday, September 20, 2016 in Charlotte, North Carolina.  There are so many conflicting points of view and reports that they make the head spin.

On September 22, 2016, Keith’s family was shown dash cam video.  The attorney for the family stated that the video shows that Keith was walking with both arms at his side, and no gun present.   Police Chief Kerr Putney refused to release the dash cam video to the public.

Keith’s wife took cell phone video and released it to the public yesterday.  News sources and social media arm-chair sleuths gave their opinions on what the video shows.  There was lots of jumping to conclusions because the cell phone video shows an officer standing at the passenger side window of a truck.  Some analyzing that video said that the officer would have been able to see that Keith was holding a gun by standing at that window of Keith’s truck.

police-shootNow, we learn that the officer was not standing at Keith’s truck, but he was standing at a truck parked on the opposite side of the street from where Keith was parked.

On the cell phone video, we hear an officer shouting for Keith to put down the gun.  On the dash cam video, Keith comes out of his truck and walks backwards with both arms at his side.  His hands are holding nothing.

It has not yet been explained how a person sitting in a car is to drop a gun when putting it out of the window can lead to the same assumption that it is being pointed with intent to fire. Read the rest of this entry

Charging Affidavit For Betty Shelby, Tulsa Officer Who Killed Terence Crutcher

 

 

Officer Who Killed Terence Crutcher Used Illegal Drugs and Had Restraining Order Against Her

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Betty Shelby; Terence Crutcher

On September 16, 2016, Terence Crutcher was shot dead by Tulsa Police Department Officer Betty Shelby.

Shelby was hired by the Tulsa Police Department in 2011 after working for the Tulsa County Sheriff’s Office from June 2007 to November 2011.

In the 5 years that she’s been on the police force, Shelby had two excessive force complaints.  Authorities say that both were unfounded.

The following information is from Betty Shelby’s application for employment with the Tulsa Sheriff’s Department, which you can read at this link.

When she applied for a position as a deputy sheriff in 2007, Shelby had been married twice before she married Dave Shelby, her current husband, who also works for the Tulsa Police Department and was in the helicopter that captured video of Shelby killing Terence.

Based on her 2007 application for employment, Shelby had not worked since 2002.  Her last job before being hired as a deputy sheriff was as a teacher’s assistant.  She wrote on the application that she quit that job to attend school full-time.

On her application for employment, Shelby answered “yes” to the question, “Ever possessed or used illegal drugs?”

She also answered “yes” to having a protection order filed against her, or pending action.

Some sources are reporting purported letters that Shelby wrote explaining the orders of protection and her drug use, but those letters have not been publicly released.

NBC reports that the 42-year old officer’s work history and past conduct are now under scrutiny as authorities examine if she acted within reason in killing 40-year old Terence Crutcher.

What Happens When the Miami-Dade Corrections Dept Doesn’t Think You Look Like A Woman

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Fior Pichardo de Veloz

Fior Pichardo de Veloz is a lawyer.  She is also a local elected official in the Dominican Republic.   In November 2013, she flew into the Miami International Airport in Florida to witness the birth of her grandchild.  She was taken into custody on a federal, 1988 warrant for a drug charge in a case that she thought had been resolved.

That was two years ago, and on September 13, 2016, Fior filed a lawsuit in federal court; not because of the mix-up with the warrant, but because a nurse at the Miami-Dade jail assumed that Fior had been born male and had her placed in a general holding cell with 40 men.

According to her lawyers, Fior was initially placed into a jail cell as a woman, but a nurse alleged to evaluating her for exhibiting “non-traditional male characteristics.”  The nurse alleged that she determined Fior had male reproductive organs and she was then sent to Metro West Detention Center, a male-only facility.  Read the rest of this entry

Kaepernick, Black Lives Matter, and Trigger Happy Cops

I can barely keep up with the names and the cities and states where it happened — nor the numbers which appear to increase weekly.

Blissfully Single

So I haven’t written a new blog post in a minute (or maybe more), but I’m so damn tired of so many white Americans losing their shit over a pro-football player taking a stand against oppression of people of color in this country, and yet the same people turn a blind eye when yet another killing of a black, or Latino, or Native, occurs. Honest to God people, wake up!

I don’t even know the name of the latest victim of a trigger happy cop. I know that he had his hands up the entire time. I know that he presented zero risk to the cop. I also know, considering how other cases like this have gone in the past couple of years, that said cop will be placed on paid leave (paid vacation), and that there will almost certainly be no charges file. If there are charges filed, the…

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Were You Scared? What Killed Terence Crutcher.

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A few days ago, a beloved former student of mine (a black man) from the charter school where I used to teach tagged me on Facebook with the following meme:(It’s probably good to note here that I’m one of those teachers that is better in retrospect than I am in the present moment. I’m kind of […]

via Were You Scared? — Maureen O’Leary

Sandra Bland’s Family Awarded $1.9 Million Settlement

“How did switching lanes with no signal turn into all of this?”

(Question left on a voicemail by Sandra Bland during a call from the jail house.)

On July 10, 2015, Texas Department of Public Safety trooper Brian Encinia stopped Sandra Bland for failure to signal a lane change.  Sandra was 28-years old.  She was in Texas to start a job on August 3, 2015 as a summer program associate with Prairie View A&M University in Waller County, Texas.

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Sandra Bland

Upon returning to Sandra’s car with citations for her to sign, Encinia asked Sandra to put out her cigarette.  When Sandra asked Encinia why she would need to put out her cigarette in her own car, Encinia ordered Sandra out of her car, and taking out his stun gun, threatened to “light” her up if she did not comply.  Encinia accused Sandra of assaulting him and she was taken to jail.

On July 13, 2015, Sandra was found dead in her jail cell.  She was found hung with a plastic trash bag around her neck, from a partition that was shorter or about the same height as Sandra, who was 6 feet tall.

In December 2015, a grand jury declined to indict anyone in connection with Sandra’s death.  In January 2016, a grand jury indicted Brian Encinia (the arresting officer) for perjury.  The grand jury did not believe Encinia’s statement that he wanted Sandra removed from her car so he could conduct a safer traffic investigation. The Texas Department of Public Safety terminated Encinia for violating department standards.

Encinia is free on a $2,500 bond.  If convicted, he faces up to a year in jail and a $4,000 fine.

A Tangled Web is Weaved

In August 2015, Sandra’s family filed a wrongful death lawsuit.  They demanded investigative records in the case.  A federal judge in Houston set January 23, 2017 for the case to go to trial.

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Sunday Song – Glory

Glory” is a song written and performed by Common and John Legend.  It was the theme song from the 2013 movie Selma, which is about the 1965 march from Selma to Montgomery Alabama.  Glory won the 2015 Academy Award for Best Original Song, and a Grammy at the 58th Annual Grammy Awards.

 

 

 

Matthew Apperson, the Man Who Shot At George Zimmerman, On Trial

In May of 2015, Apperson shot at Zimmerman while the two were in separate vehicles on the road.  It was the third confrontation between Apperson and Zimmerman.

Prosecutors charged Apperson with attempted second-degree murder, aggravated assault with a firearm and shooting into an occupied vehicle.  If convicted he would face a minimum-mandatory sentence of 20 years in prison under Florida’s 10-20-life statute.

Apperson is claiming self-defense, saying that Zimmerman threatened to kill him and pointed a gun at him.  Zimmerman denies that although he had two guns in his truck.   Apperson is represented by defense attorney Michael LaFay.

Trial is scheduled to run through Friday.

Courtchatter has the videos on their Youtube channel, but the sound is not the best.  I started the first below video with the unremorseful, unemployed, bumpy head, homeless man who killed Trayvon Martin coming into the courtroom.  It is interesting that Don West was in the courtroom.

 

The second video continues with Zimmerman’s testimony, where he testified of calling a detective a “bitch” and “blonde bimbo,” saying he did not know she is a detective because she was dressed in plain clothes.

Apperson’s attorney began cross examining Zimmerman, which you can watch in the following video.  Cross-examination continued Wednesday morning.  Subsequent videos of the trial will be posted in the comment section of this blog.

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Ohio Police Officer Sentenced To 33 Months In Federal Prison

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Shane Mauger

On September 9, 2016, the United States Department of Justice announced that Reynoldsburg Police Officer Shane M. Mauger, 42, of Columbus, Ohio, was sentenced in U.S. District Court to 33 months in prison for using his position as a police officer to deprive people of their civil rights by falsifying search warrant affidavits and unlawfully seizing money and property during drug trafficking investigations.

An undercover officer, Tye Downard, was implicated in the case but committed suicide after he was arrested.  A third officer connected to the case was suspended earlier this year.

Mauger agreed to plead guilty to one count of federal program theft, and conspiracy to deprive persons of their civil rights.  Each count carries a sentence of up to 10 years in prison.  In addition to the 33 month prison sentence, Federal Judge Marbley also ordered Mauger to remain under court supervision for 2 years after he completes his prison sentence, and perform 4 hours of community service per week while under court supervision. Read the rest of this entry

Deplorables – ‘Unfiltered Voices From Donald Trump’s Crowds | The New York Times’

Cyberharasser Sentenced to Two Years Probation

power-point-cybercrime-13-638This case, although several years old, captured my attention because of the perpetrator’s employment with the Department of Defense.   That is an agency unsuccessfully used by some known harassers to give false reports against activists, bloggers and others.

Here is the story …

Lori Stewart of Urbana, Illinois opened a blog titled “This Just In.” She shared gentle stories about gardening, her military family, and vacation photos.  In 2006, Lori founded the non-profit organization Toys for Troops.   It was soon afterwards when someone using the handle “JoeBob” began sending her vulgar comments.

Lori’s son was in the military, so JoeBob referred to Lori’s son as an “inbred half-retarded son” and said he hoped he took a bayonet in the gut.  JoeBob also sent comments that were anti-Semitic and homophobic.   Read the rest of this entry

No Expectation of Privacy

Attorney David Allen addresses an interesting subject.  It involves two robbery suspects who used cells phones.  At trial, prosecutors presented evidence that the cell phones pinged off towers in the vicinity of and around the times of the robberies.

The two suspects were convicted, but appealed on the basis that prosecutors obtained the cell phone pings without their permission, and without search warrants, violating their 4th Amendment rights.  Attorney Allen presents both sides and why the Appellate Court decided in favor of the prosecutors.

 

Wordless Wednesday – September 7, 2016

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September – This Month In Black American History

By Guest Blogger Yahtzeebutterfly

Birthdays

September 2, 1766 – Businessman and abolitionist James Forten was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.  Author Julie Winch discusses her book on the life of James Forten at this link.

September 3, 1895 – Lawyer Charles Hamilton Houston in Washington, D.C.

 

September 4, 1908 – Writer Richard Wright in Natchez, Mississippi

 

September 5, 1939 – Claudette Colvin, the first person arrested for not giving up her bus seat to a White woman in Montgomery, Alabama.

Interview by Democracy Now with Claudette Colvin:

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Positive Thoughts and Prayers for Rachael

Dear friends,

Rachael has been a supporter of this blog going back to 2012.  She was a strong advocate for justice for Trayvon Martin, and she has a sensitive heart that loves and desires equality for all.

Yesterday, Rachael contacted me.  She has a health issue that placed her in the hospital and required surgery.  There’s a chance that she will be released from the hospital today, but she still has a road to go before being fully recovered.

I asked for, and received her approval to post this, and ask that you send positive thoughts her way and if you’re a praying person, pray for her healing, strength, and encouragement.  We love you, Rachael.

 

Rachael,

Healing energy

Donald Trump Yanking Chains

Dear friends,

Last night, I watched Trump’s speech on immigration.  When I heard him say “undocumented workers” I took a long sigh.  This is why.   There is something that employers in the United States refer to as the I-9 law, or I-9 form.  It became effective on Nov. 6, 1986.   That law prohibits employers from knowingly hiring unauthorized aliens and hiring individuals without completing the employment eligibility verification process.  All employers must use Form I-9 for all employees hired on or after Nov. 6, 1986, who are working in the United States.  Read the rest of this entry

“Florida State Attorney Who Oversaw Trayvon Martin & Marissa Alexander Cases Is Defeated in Primary” 

My concern is that the people in that Florida county might get another prosecutor just as bad as Corey. Please forgive my jaded view of prosecutors.

THE LEON KWASI CHRONICLES

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Trump calls Democrats ‘party of slavery’ in pitch for African American votes

But, Trump doesn’t address when and why those slave states turned Red.

The Fifth Column

Donald Trump speaking with supporters at a campaign rally at Fountain Park in Fountain Hills, Arizona (Gage Skidmore/Flickr)

Donald Trump speaking with supporters at a campaign rally at Fountain Park in Fountain Hills, Arizona (Gage Skidmore/Flickr)

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Republican Donald Trump on Tuesday night called Democrats the “party of slavery” and praised what he called the millions of African Americans with career success, as he tries to revamp his outreach to minority voters.

Trump has made much-maligned efforts to appeal to black and Hispanic voters, groups that generally support Democrats and are expected to vote heavily for Hillary Clinton in the Nov. 8 election.

“The Republican Party is the party of Abraham Lincoln,” Trump said at a rally in Everett, Washington.

“It is the Democratic Party that is the party of slavery, the party of Jim Crow and the party of opposition,” he said, referring to racial segregation laws that once existed in the American South.

The Republican nominee has said Democrats failed minority voters with…

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Wordless Wednesday – August 31, 2016

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