If NYPD Commissioner Bratton Gets His Way, Resisting Arrest Will Be a Felony


Bill BrattonOPINION-One has to hand it to these folks who are in a position of power, whose main quest is to continue the oppression by any means necessary against minorities. We have seen countless videos of the police inflicting their police brutality regimen against folks who aren’t resisting. When they are finished wearing out the victims, not only do these same police officers tac on the crime in which they were being arrested for, but resisting arrest is part of the equation at the end.

Police officers have stopped many people and issued their tickets for sleeping on the train, jaywalking, or if they are in a very good mood they stop a citizen for the notorious stop and frisk initiative. What I noticed about some police officers, when they do have their authority questioned, especially if a person knows their rights, and the police are in the wrong, they always yell “stop resisting!” They yell that catch phase, then start plummeting a citizen to the ground. I’ve seen videos where no one is resisting; they are questioning why they are being detained in the first place, and that is all. Let’s make this clear, I’m talking about the non-guilty citizen who is just minding his/her business and are accosted by some of these police officers. Some of these police officers who look for anything to fill out that monthly activity sheet (we know you all have quotas). The first thing that comes out of some of these bad officer’s mouths is that the citizen isn’t cooperative, and thus that good old fashion resisting arrest is added on…

NYPD Commissioner Bratton is tired of folks resisting arrest. Bratton is also tired of folks videotaping cops stepping on a citizen’s head after they are clearly under control or being choked to death where the victim clearly has their hands up, and not resisting. Bratton wants to up the ante, right along with the police union representative Pat Lynch. They want legislation passed where it is a felony against anyone who resists arrest. If a citizen has the audacity to wiggle their arm after being placed in cuffs, for a misdemeanor infraction, they may also receive a felony on their record.

In a development that could have alarming implications for Black people in New York, NYPD Commissioner William Bratton, and Patrolmen’s Benevolent Association President Pat Lynch called on the state legislature to stiffen the penalties for resisting arrest in New York.

The legislators indicated that they might be in the process of changing the penalty for resisting arrest from a misdemeanor to a felony during a hearing on public security convened by several committees of the New York State Senate. Asked about such a change, Bratton suggested it’s an idea he enthusiastically supports.

Bratton told the State Senate, according to Buzzfeed, ”If you don’t want us to enforce something, don’t make it a law.”

After the hearing, he said to reporters, “We need to get around this idea that you can resist arrest. One of the ways to do that is to give penalties for that.”

If such a change were made by the legislature, the penalty for resisting arrest could leap from a maximum of one year in prison to anything from four years of probation for life in prison.

In other words, Bratton wants to keep New Yorkers in line, (well Black and Latino New Yorkers), and strike fear into their hearts. Bratton strategy is that citizens will be worried about a resisting arrest charge, not being able to get a job, housing, financial aid, etc. because they received a felony on their record. Better yet, one might go to jail for less than a year in the palace called Rikers Island. It’s funny Bratton can’t wait to do something against citizens, but why doesn’t he do anything against these bad officers who continue to lie, brutalize and kill Black people?

A resisting arrest felony charge is just another tactic that will be used to continue what we call what is becoming a police state with an obvious shadow of white supremacy that intertwines. It’s bad enough one can no longer afford to live in NYC, and that is a way to get minorities out of town. To add to white supremacy, if that police officer is in a good mood he can charge one with resisting arrest, and can damage a lot of people’s lively hood. Contact one’s local politicians, and let them know that all Bratton is doing is deflecting from talking and implementing some reform against bad police officers. If one doesn’t take action now, bad cops will continue to lie and use this tactic to destroy lives, and that is Black lives.


-Ms Scripter

Just blogging for the masses, ya dig?


Stuart Scott: July 19, 1965-Jan 4, 2015


Stewart Scott

“You beat cancer by how you live, why you live, and in the manner in which you live.”-Stuart Scott

I remember when I used to work normal hours in the 90’s how I would begin my morning ritual. After I was done showering, making breakfast, I will then turn on the T.V. bypass the news until I was able to get a dose of Sportscenter first. If Stuart Scott-Ron Olsen duo weren’t the anchors that day, then the depressing news would have to do.

The first time I saw Scott on ESPN, he was giving us highlights of all sports news the night before, is when I became hooked to who I affectionately call the hip-hop sportscaster. Scott had a personality that I have never seen before in a sports element. The words and phrases Scott used to say when he would describe a play made it even more exciting to watch. From phrases like: “Boo-Yah”, “he is butter because he is on a roll”, “as cool as the other side of the pillow”, and last but not least he described a play by utilizing Pookie and Ray Ray in a sentence. That was unheard of; it was like talking to my friends about the outcome of the game the next day. It reached a point that even when one was to play the latest NBA video game on one’s XBOX or Playstation, one would use Stuart’s catch phases, – he was that influential! Stuart also displayed his Blackness to us every morning and was unapologetic about it, and I loved that about him.

Scott brought an entire new dimension to ESPN and, it was something exciting, hip and downright fun. Scott gave me the recaps and even when he was giving a recap I watched that, as well. Scott made me want to watch hockey. We all know hockey was never my interest, so to watch that was mainly due to Scott’s energetic and coolness when he broadcast the hockey segment. Stuart style, which I’m sure, and it was well documented that the “suits” didn’t like too much set a trend. Whether his bosses like Scott’s style or not, they had to confess that he was a winner, and it only boasts the ESPN’s ratings. Not only did the ratings soar, but many young people gravitated toward Sportscenter like I did because of Scott.

After I heard the news, that Scott passed away to one of the most demonic illnesses on the face of the earth in cancer. My thoughts ran on to those early mornings and being excited at what Scott was going to say next. Scott influenced so many future broadcasters, but they can copy him for eternity, but they can never be him. We are not immortal, but if one can pass on and leave an infinite legacy like Scott has done where others have used his style then we can thank him for doing just that. Remember, it isn’t about living life by just existing. It is also about leaving behind a legacy for many decades to come, and Stuart Scott did just that in more ways than one – Boo-Yah!

-Ms Scripter

Just blogging for the masses, ya dig?


Where is the Outrage in the Police Killing of Tanesha Anderson?


tanesha-andersonjpg-bbe380313139c379The family of 27-year-old Tanesha Anderson called 911 after, Anderson who is suffering from a schizophrenic disorder was experiencing an episode.  Here are the police and family version of the event:

Officers called to the home late on Nov. 12 had lengthy discussions with Anderson and her family, and all parties eventually agreed that Anderson should be driven to St. Vincent Charity Medical Center for a psychiatric evaluation.

“As the officers escorted Anderson to the police vehicle, she began actively resisting the officers,” police spokesman Sgt. Ali Pillow said in a press release.

 Officers placed Anderson in handcuffs and she began to kick at officers as they tried to get her in the back of their cruiser. That’s when Anderson inexplicably went limp, according to police.

The story conflicts with what Anderson’s family witnessed.

“They killed my sister,” her 40-year-old brother Joell Anderson said. “I watched it.”

 Anderson lost consciousness after an officer used a takedown move to bring her to the pavement and place her in handcuffs, her brother explained.

 She never moved again, he said. She was pronounced dead at Cleveland Clinic.

In case one forgets (or chooses to ignore), there have been numerous unarmed Black women killed by the police and the numbers have steadily increased. Here is a list of names, of those who didn’t get the same type of media or social network attention as their male counterparts:

Aiyana Jones was a seven-year-old girl from the east side of Detroit, Michigan who was shot and killed during a raid conducted by the Detroit Police Department’sSpecial Response Team on May 16, 2010.[3] Her death drew national media attention[4] and led U.S. Representative John Conyers to ask U.S. Attorney GeneralEric Holder for a federal investigation into the incident.[5]

Miriam Carey 34, a dental hygienist from Stamford, Connecticut, attempted to drive through a White House security checkpoint in her black Infiniti G37 coupe, struck a U.S. Secret Service officer, and was chased by the Secret Service to the United States Capitol where she was fatally shot by law enforcement officers. A young child, Carey’s daughter, was found unharmed in the car after it was ultimately stopped.

Tarika Wilson 26, Some facts are known. A SWAT team arrived at Ms. Wilson’s rented house in the Southside neighborhood early in the evening of Jan. 4 to arrest her companion, Anthony Terry, on suspicion of drug dealing, said Greg Garlock, Lima’s police chief. Officers bashed in the front door and entered with guns drawn, said neighbors who saw the raid.

Moments later, the police opened fire, killing Ms. Wilson, 26, and wounding her 14-month-old son, Sincere, Chief Garlock said. One officer involved in the raid, Sgt. Joseph Chavalia, a 31-year veteran, has been placed on paid administrative leave.

Shereese Francis  29, Lawyers for a mentally ill Queens woman are claiming she suffocated after four police officers were pressing on her back while trying to handcuff her so they could take her to the hospital two weeks ago.

On March 15, the family of Shereese Francis, 29 years old, called for an ambulance to come to their home at 132-33 154th Street in Jamaica, Queens, saying Ms. Francis, a schizophrenic, hadn’t taken her medicines since early November and was acting irrationally, said a law-enforcement official with knowledge of the incident.

Shantel Davis 23, took a bullet in the chest during a wild struggle with police after she tried to drive away from the smashup on Church Ave. and E. 38th St. in East Flatbush on Thursday, cops said.

No gun was found on Davis

Sharmel Edwards 49,  mother who worked with disabled children and had no major criminal history, was gunned down by five Las Vegas police officers Saturday morning after a man called police about 1:40 a.m. and said a female friend took his 2001 Cadillac without permission. The man also told police his .45-caliber handgun was in the center console.

Since the shooting, several witnesses have come forward to say that Edwards didn’t point a gun at officers.

One witness said Edwards had been cradling the weapon with two hands, another witness said she had her hands above her head, and a third witness told a television news station that she was holding a cellphone and not a gun.

Rekia Boyd 22, Boyd was an innocent bystander in Chicago’s Douglas Park around 1:00 a.m. on March 21, 2012 when Servin, responding to a disturbance call, arrived on the scene. The officer exchanged words with Antonio Cross, who was also in the park. After turning away, Servin, who was in his car, claims he saw Cross pull out a gun. It was actually his cell phone, but it was too late.

Servin fired five shots “blindly” over his shoulder, shooting Cross in his thumb and striking Boyd in the head. She died the next day at Mount Sinai Hospital.

There were no weapons recovered at the scene.

Tyisha Miller was an African American woman from RubidouxCalifornia. She was shot dead by police officers called by family members who could not wake her as she lay unconscious in a car. The incident sparked demonstrations and protests amid claims of police racism. The officers involved were fired from Riverside Police Department but did not face prosecution due to insufficient evidence.

Yvette Smith 47,  mother was shot to death in her home after opening her front door for police officers.  Officers made transparent attempts to justify the shooting by alleging that she threatened them with a gun, even though no evidence corroborates that story, and nobody can imagine the woman holding a gun to anyone.

In closing, Black women are not immune to the fierce brutality at the hands of the police. We need to make more noise; I will like to see more protesting (since that is what we are known to do) when sisters become victims of police brutality. I am getting frustrated by the biases and the lack of awareness for Black women that are killed at the hands of the police. I will make it my business to highlight the victims more, but let’s hope there will be no more victims no matter the gender. 


-Ms Scripter

Just blogging for the masses, ya dig?


Old School Video of the Week: Lisa Stansfield – “All Woman”



The year was 1991 when Lisa Stansfield debuted her second album entitled Real Love. The British singer took the world by storm with her debut album in 1989, but I love this particular song. “All Woman” was co-written by Stansfield, Ian Devaney, and Andy Morris. Stansfield brought great class, elegance and a profound songwriting ability that continues to be on the extinction list. “All Woman” debuted at #1 on the U.S. R&B charts. Stansfield second album didn’t do as well as her first, but the beautiful ballad of “All Woman” made up for it.

Stansfield contributed immensely to R&B in the 90’s. Sadly, the state of the genre is not like something we have ever seen before in music. It is not the same, nor do it appear to get better as far as creativity is concerned and staying true to the genre. The 80’s and the 90’s included a list of artists that contributed greatly over the course of the decade with a sound that has become unmatched in the present.

Currently, Stansfield continues to tour and make music. It’s just disappointing that right here in the U.S. her current music appears to have no place on the radio (if folks still listen to the radio). We are all fortunate that we can dig in the crates and reminiscence about a time when R&B was, in fact, just R&B.

-Ms Scripter

Just blogging for the masses, ya dig

Lisa Stansfield - All Woman by val6210


10 Ways to Emancipate Yourself from Mental Slavery




If you desire to emancipate yourself from mental slavery, then the following is a list of ten ways that will lead you to liberating yourself from mental slavery:

  1. Never be a “people-pleaser.”
  2. Give yourself the freedom to think for yourself.
  3. Never worry about the judgments of others.
  4. Always be yourself.
  5. Benefit from learning from revolutionaries. Observe them directly and/or read about them. Learn what makes/made them distinctive and truly liberated.
  6. Enjoy the beauty of everyday life.
  7. Don’t fall in love with tradition of any kind.
  8. Bloom where you’re planted. Be great and a leader in the areas and gifts you naturally have and/or have worked to obtain.
  9. Read and learn something new every day.
  10. Learn how to see things from the perspectives of others and not just your own perspective.


-Antonio Daniels

University of Wisconsin-Madison


Commentary on “If We Must Die” by Claude McKay



If We Must Die

by Claude McKay

If we must die—let it not be like hogs

Hunted and penned in an inglorious spot,

While round us bark the mad and hungry dogs,

Making their mock at our accursed lot.

If we must die—oh, let us nobly die,

So that our precious blood may not be shed

In vain; then even the monsters we defy

Shall be constrained to honor us though dead!

Oh, Kinsmen!  We must meet the common foe;

Though far outnumbered, let us show us brave,

And for their thousand blows deal one deathblow!

What though before us lies the open grave?

Like men we’ll face the murderous, cowardly pack,

Pressed to the wall, dying, but fighting back!

Commentary on the Poem

This poem was penned in 1919 by Claude McKay.  At the time it was published, serious race riots primarily involving White assaults on Black neighborhoods in a dozen American cities were occurring.  McKay wrote this poem in response to these race riots that resulting in the deaths of numerous Black people.  It was his desire for Black people to not simply accept these assaults and murders but to fight back against these efforts to annihilate them.  The poet asserts that “If we must die” we should die “fighting back”—not accepting our demise in a docile way.  In a fight against racism, discrimination and oppression, it’s vital to understand that there are going to be battles you lose, but fighting back gives one an opportunity to win the war, which is more important.

The speaker of the poem highlights that to die to fighting against racism and discrimination is to “die nobly.”  In our contemporary period, we don’t have enough people willing to combat the “monsters” who oppress us.  One of the fundamental reasons why we’re currently struggling to win against racial oppression is envy within our ranks.  McKay’s poem calls for solidarity and not division among Black people.  The poet wants us to recognize that we’re facing a “common foe”: racists.

Too often we allow envy to cause us to lose sight of the common foe.  While we’re attempting to undermine one another, the common foe is gaining a larger advantage in the effort to destroy us.  McKay is keenly aware of how a lack of commitment to solidarity weakens Black people in the fight against their oppressors.  The racists are united in their mission to decimate Black people.  For McKay, Blacks must match their solidarity.  True solidarity is necessary to defeating the robust manacles of racism.

Although our contemporary conditions are not exactly like those McKay writes about in 1919, Black people still face racism, racial prejudice, and discrimination.  We must learn to stand united against our current oppressors.  When we begin to cognize that we should stop fighting one another and start fighting our oppressors, we will witness the authentic change we long to see.

Antonio Maurice Daniels

University of Wisconsin-Madison



The Biggest Deflection of them All: “We Should Focus On Black on Black Crime”


Catwa Fitz Black on Black

OPINON-Once again, an unarmed Black man is killed by the police. This time a 18 year old named Michael Brown was gunned down in St. Louis. The details concerning this case is sketchy (at the time of this writing), but we know for a fact he wasn’t armed. The police will come up with some reasoning as to why this young man’s life was taken, but not enough reason in the world will convince me to believe them. The police has zero credibility with me, as far as I’m concerned.

Then you have the killing of 22 year old John Crawford in a Walmart store in Beavercreek, Ohio while holding an air gun. A  couple allegedly observed Crawford, who just purchased the gun from Walmart walking though the aisle with it, and decided to call the police. What happen to getting a sales person, or security officer to investigate the matter? You mean to tell me that he wouldn’t have been stopped walking in with that gun and that no one would have said a word, but that couple? Instead, they called 911 and frantically described Crawford as a person who was pointing a weapon at little kids and customers. Isn’t it kind of funny that no one else called the police except this concerned couple? I can’t wait to hear the actual 911 audio tapes that came from them.

When the police arrived at the scene, they assessed the situation in seconds and considered Crawford a threat and shot and killed him. It’s just funny that the videotape of the incident has not been released and have already been confiscated by the police department. Word of advice to Walmart, to minimized the damages in the upcoming lawsuits a copy of the incident should be released to the public.

When these two devastating cases of police killing Black men have made its rounds on social media, the deflection parade led by no other than Black people themselves took place. A few individuals on social media cite that the deaths of Crawford, Brown and many other unarmed Black men and women are devastating, but so is Black on Black crime. They would go on and say that since we don’t respect ourselves why should the police respect us?

[Pause] When has these disturbing trends, with the police showing depraved indifference for human Black gives them a pass with this mundane deflection? Give it a rest people, let’s stop acting like Black people are the only race who commit violent crime against each other. That is not the case at all and not by a long shot. The media continues to put stories up concerning shootings and murders when the victims and the assailants are Black every single day when we turn on the 1o o’ clock news. The brainwashing that some Black folks demonstrate is nauseating and at this present time is downright alarming. Malcolm X said it best:

The media is the most powerful entity on earth. They have the power to make the innocent guilty and to make the guilty innocent and that’s power. Because they control the minds of the masses.”- Malcolm X

94% percent of Blacks commit violent crime against each other, but whites also commit 86% of crimes against each other as well. The common theme is that most of the victims and the offenders have some prior relationship that they have shared with each other. Therefore, we are not the only race that commit crimes against each other. I am not saying Black on Black crime shouldn’t be discussed, but when Black men and woman are killed by the police unjustly, the subject should’t be shifted to the topic of we should be worrying about Black on Black crime, because that is doing a disservice to the events that took place. Deflecting the issue of police abuse is not something that anyone should be participating in, especially when the targets are continuously of your own race.

What if someone in one’s Black family is killed or abuse by the police and one has to read comments like, “that’s sad, but we really should be focusing on Black on Black crime”, how would you feel? The next time I read a comment on this issue that has nothing to do with the original point of discussion, I will dismiss you like you never existed. The last thing I want to do is engaged with someone who obviously allows the media to manipulate their way of thinking and some of you call yourself conscious – obviously not, more like unconscious. Do us all a favor, pick a struggle and stay in your lane, because it’s obvious that the main thing one worries about is Black on Black crime and can’t seem to focus on anything else, but that issue. Here is a little graphic from Colorlines that will dispel a lot of the brainwash myths:






-Ms Scripter

Just blogging for the masses, ya dig?


Old School Video of the Week: The Brand New Heavies – “Never Stop”


The Brand New HeaviesThe year was 1990 when the UK group The Brand New Heavies dropped their single, “Never Stop” off their debut simply entitled Brand New Heavies. N’Dea Davenport took the lead as the main vocalist which the single resulted in minor success right here in the U.S. A lot of U.K. artists in the 90’s were able to have some cross over appeal here in the states. The 90’s were a pivotal point for a lot of these bands to add new American fans, like the group Soul II Soul.

The Brand New Heavies have a combination of Neo-Soul, R&B, and hip-hop to their body of work. It’s unfortunate that in the U.S. we didn’t give them our full attention, and it appears only the success of their singles like”Never Stop” created some American fans, but not enough like they would achieved in the U.K. The ever changing of their lead singers cause me to move on to other bands. Either way, The Brand New Heavies cemented their place as one of the classic sounds of the 90’s via the U.K. experience.

-Ms Scripter

Just blogging for the masses, ya dig?


Safe Places To Drop Off Your Baby – No Questions Asked!


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As reported in the news, the countless stories concerning babies being left in places like subways to abandon their babies, or left to die (in hot cars) some unintentionally, and some intentionally by their parents is becoming an epidemic. A lot of people are saying post-partum depression is the main culprit, which is leading to these events. Or the parents feel they can just leave their babies anywhere and start with a clean slate. Some of these parents have been quoted as saying that taking care of a child is hard work, and they no longer had the mental strength to continue.I always wonder, where are the family members and friends who must be aware that a mother may place a child in harms way. Are they simply ignoring any warning signs and hope the mother is just going through a stressful phase in her life. Mental illness is not something one likes to discuss especially in the Black community, so maybe that is one of the reasons friends and family ignore signs of post-partum depression.

Then one has to hear the stories of fathers who hurt their children.  The more sinister reasons are to get back at the  mother by harming the child. By their logic, killing their child will hurt the parent and is an act of vengeance, and usually the person that did the act cowardly kills themselves in the process. There are safe haven laws in this country, where a parent can drop off a baby with no questions asked. I rather hear that babies lives are saved, than to hear that these precious babies did not have the opportunity to live and contribute to society. 

I personally can’t imagine hurting a child or abandoning a baby altogether. There are plenty of couples who can’t conceive that would give anything to have that opportunity to form a family of their own. The actions that have been in the news lately is not only disheartening, but selfish and just plain evil. I know mental illness which includes depression is what I try to convince myself that this is why this is happening, but my love for children will never accept this reasoning. 

.-Ms Scripter



An infant was abandoned on a subway station, and the other killed, allegedly by his mother. In both cases, the children’s mother said she was overwhelmed.

Authorities used these terribly sad cases to illuminate the options mother have when they feel like they have nothing else to give, and what the community can do to look out for an prevent tragedies such as these.

Clinical psychologist Dr. Jeff Gardere, vice president of children welfare and family services at the Children’s Aid Society Jane Golden, and former New York prosecutor Julie Redelman spoke with PIX11 News Wednesday about help available to overwhelmed parents.

New York is a Safe Haven state, meaning babies up 30 days old can be left with any responsible person at a suitable location, like a fire house, police station or designated hospital. It’s entirely anonymous and a mother will not be probed about her decision to relinquish her infant, as long as the baby has not been abused.

The places where you may legally drop off a baby vary from state to state. Check your state’s law, with an attorney, or with the National Safe Haven Alliance’s website to determine applicable safe haven locations in your state. Every state allows for an unwanted, unharmed baby to be relinquished to an employee on duty at a licensed hospital. Other safe haven locations may include:

Police and fire stations. Most states have designated police and fire stations as safe haven locations. In states where police and fire stations have been named as safe havens, the baby must be left with an on-duty employee.

Hospitals. Most states have designated hospitals as safe haven locations. Some require that the baby be relinquished at a specific location within the hospital, while others allow the baby to be left with any adult working in the hospital. In some states you may also leave a newborn at the hospital where you gave birth and let an employee know you will not be returning.

Churches. In states where churches are considered safe havens, the law generally requires that the baby be left inside and that persons are present at the church at the time. Some states require the baby be handed to an employee with emergency medical training.

Medical centers. In states where medical centers are designated safe havens the laws are very clear; babies can be left at medical centers during business hours and only with an on duty employee of that medical center.

Adoption agencies. Very few states consider adoption agencies as safe haven drop offs. In those states that allow a baby to be dropped off at an adoption agency, the baby must be handed to an employee of the adoption agency during normal business hours.

Welfare agencies. A few states allow licensed welfare agencies to act as safe havens. In these states, the baby must be handed to a volunteer or employee of the company during normal business hours.

Other. A handful of states allow a parent to call 911 and relinquish a baby to an Emergency Medical Technician (“EMT”) or 911 responder, or leave the baby with an employee at a birthing center, institutional infirmary, or other medical facility.



Old School Video of the Week: Biz Marke – “Spring Again”


The Biz Never SleepsThe year was 1989 when Biz Markie released the track “Spring Again”, off the album The Biz Never Sleeps. The album was a success, but unfortunately, Biz Markie failed to clear various samples off this album, which led to lawsuits for copy write infringement. One of the samples that are visible in this track is Roberta Flack and Donnie Hathaway’s “Back Together Again” among other samples used for this single. When looking back, the use of samples without clearances led to numerous consequences for many artists.

“Spring Again”, which is appropriate especially this time of year where New Yorkers are looking forward to the sunshine, flowers, shedding winter coats and hats. Let’s just hope we can say “it’s spring again” and really mean it.

-Ms Scripter

Just blogging for the masses, ya dig?