Book Review: You Have The Right To Remain Innocent by James Duane

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You Have The Right To Remain Innocent

“Any lawyer worth his salt will tell the suspect in no uncertain terms to make no statement to the police under any circumstances.”-Former United States Attorney General and Supreme Court Justice Robert Jackson, Watts v. Indiana

Many times, we hear about convicted offenders who confess to crimes, who would later admit they didn’t commit the crime and it turns out that they weren’t lying. Some suspects feel pressure by the police to talk, during the interrogation process. Even in simple traffic and pedestrian stops like we now call stop-n-frisk citizens give out too much information, that might find them in the nearest jail or prison because one didn’t know when to keep their mouth shut.

I have always said, if I commit a crime let’s say hypothetically robbed a bank I won’t say a damn thing to the police If I’m picked up and question as a possible suspect in the crime and I’m innocent, talking to the police is the worse thing one can do. Let’s use the Central 5 case as an example, where five young black men were interrogated for hours, and eventually confess to a crime they didn’t commit. What should have happened in that case is that all of them shouldn’t have said a word. Once the parents arrived, the parents should have requested their kids to be released or charge. Otherwise, everything (especially talking to the police) is off the table.

Well, author and law professor James Duane breaks down when a citizen should talk to the police, which is in very rare circumstances in the book entitled You Have The Right To Remain Innocent. Duane let’s the readers becomes aware that the police’s job is to use one’s words against you and that one has the right to remain silent.

Real cases are discuss and evaluated to give the reader an understanding at what’s at risk when one discloses too much information to the police. Some of these real life stories are nothing short of how the criminal justice system needs revamping in the worse way. It’s frightening how so many innocent people are caught up in the criminal justice system, who were innocent because they just couldn’t keep their mouth shut. In other words, the things one says can be used against you.

This book is a guide, that should be followed especially in the event that one finds themselves in the presence of the police being peppered with questions. If one wants the extreme short version, a simple Google search of James Duane on YouTube would be suffice in getting the same information that is in this short guide, but it’s still worth the read. Lastly, this guide is imperative to those who need to get familiar with one’s constitutional rights as it relates to interactions with the police, and it drives home the consequences of those who talk to much to them, which can be used against you.

Rating 4 out 5.

-Ms Scripter

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Episode 32: The Deadly Police Traffic Stop Episode

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In this episode, Debbie and Chris discussed the recent police traffic stops that resulted in death. From Sandra Bland, and Sam DuBose. They also touched on the Drake and the Meek Mills beef, among other hot topics.

Songs used for this episode:

  • N.W.A. – “Fu*k The Police”

-Ms Scripter

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S. C. Police Officer Charged With Murder, But Wait There’s More…

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Officer SlagerOPINION- A white South Carolina police officer was charged with murder after the shooting death of 50-year-old Walter Scott was captured on video. The video was then sent to the NY Times, which led to the indictment, The video shows, Scott fleeing from 33-year-old Officer Michael Slager. As Scott was running away, he was shot multiple times in the back. Slager promptly cuffed the dying man, and another police officer arrived at the scene a short time later. Here is what was reported by the NY Times and Slager’s version of events:

The confrontation started when Slager had reportedly pulled over Scott because of a broken taillight. It escalated into a foot chase as Scott allegedly fled because there were family court-issued warrants for his arrest. Slager pursued Scott into a grassy lot and claimed that he fired his Taser to subdue him.

Moments later, Slager reported on his radio, “Shots fired and the subject is down. He took my Taser,” according to the Times.

The shooting death of unarmed Black men and women or police brutality is an everyday occurrence in the Black community. To be honest, it’s an epidemic.  When I hear another Black person was killed by the police, my first reaction is of course anger, but then I go back into a “nothing going to happen to these officers” mode. All we do is march and make a hashtag of the victims and then wait until another unarmed Black person is killed by the police, and the routine is reenacted again. We are constantly reminded when reading the paper or watching the news that these police officers are rarely indicted. Even if they are indicted, they usually get away with a classic, not guilty verdict, and can continue to work and torment more people of color.

There is more to this case; that stands out to me:

  • Why Officer Slager didn’t give chase but instead took the easy, coward and unjustified way out by shooting Scott in the back? Slager also could have simply called for back up since, they already have Scott’s car and other relevant information.Officer Slager, scatters away from Scott (as he lays motionless on the floor) and retrieves what we believe is a taser and calmly drops it near Scott’s now deceased body. Maybe because a guy like Slager is nothing more than a white supremacist with a badge.
  • Another officer who happens to be Black stands there and appears to silently co-signs as Slager obviously plants evidence on Scott. There was a verse by Ice Cube when he was with N.W.A. that goes as follows:

“But don’t let it be a black and white one. Cause they’ll slam ya down to the street top. Black police showing out for the white cop.”-Ice Cube

My continous glaring observations and suggestions:

  • That Black police officer had an obligation to report Slager for planting evidence. Since that unidentified officer failed to do the right thing and evoke his blue wall of silence, he should also get arrested and kicked off the force. I’m sure his police report supports Slager’s initially statement, thus charges should be also handed down. Why have someone work to serve and protect in the community turn a blind eye to murder. Clearly, he is unfit to be a police officer. That goes for any so-called “good cops,” who refuse to say anything when their fellow police officers break the law in their presence.
  • The DOJ needs to investigate that entire North Charleston, South Carolina police department. Officer Slager more than likely is not the only police officer who clearly does not follow procedures and commit crimes, while wearing a badge. Slager was way too calm after the shooting, so it appears to not be the first time he planted evidence or participated in an excessive use of force. Every arrest Slager has been involved in should be revisited. If he was comfortable planting evidence on a dead body, I’m sure he was comfortable planting drugs, guns, etc. on citizens that resulted in convictions.
  • It’s scary when eye witnesses are not believed when they were quoted as saying Officer Slager was shooting a fleeing suspect. Only when the video of the actual shooting was brought to life, then a murder charged was handed down to Officer Slager. My question is if there was no video; Officer Slager more than likely would have took a paid vacation, until the situation died down. A community eyewitness testimony is never good enough it appears, unless it is used against anyone other than a police officer.
  • The man who filmed the video, should obtain an attorney and remain anonymous. Once word gets out, about the identity of the one who filmed this graphic video, I’m sure he will be harassed. Just look at Orta as an example (the man who filmed Eric Garner’s death), he is jail now, and the evidence against him is flimsy. More than likely Orta is in jail because he provided the video that showed the evilness of some of these police officers. The man who filmed Scott’s dying moments, is a hero like many others who had the courage to video tape police misconduct.
  • Ambulance chaser Al Sharpton and his Action Network lawyers are not needed here. All Al Sharpton is concerned about, is making money off of Black lives. How about dedicating all that passion and insert it in President Obama’s face for strong legislation against police brutality? Until then he can go ambulance chase somewhere else.
  • Lastly, just imagine if Mike Brown’s dying moments were captured by someone in Ferguson. I wouldn’t be surprised if Darren Wilson would be in the same predicament as Officer Slager. I also wouldn’t be surprised like eyewitnesses have stated that Mike Brown did stop and had his hands up, before being shot to death multiple times by Wilson. Of course, the grand jury didn’t take eyewitnesses testimony as solid evidence to hand an indictment.

Black people have to understand, when it’s all said and done one can’t fully trust the police in this country. The police department was not designed to help us. The police were designed to do what exactly it was meant to do in the very beginning of the slave patrol – which is to oppress people of color and the poor. The good cops are just as bad as the rogue officers, when they don’t speak up. Let’s just hope this indictment is not in vain because we have seen things on video and no justice has been rewarded for the family. I want to see this police officer go to jail for many years and maybe then some of these bad officers will think twice about inflicting their barbaric ways on citizens. Let’s not get too excited nevertheless, I don’t trust the system, that same system that has continuously protected police officers like Slager.

-Ms Scripture

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

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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. 

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-Ms Scripter

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10 Things Police Depts. Should Do To Reform Themselves

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imageOPINION-I don’t know about many of you, but I’m sick and tired of hearing and seeing videos of police officers being ignorant to the laws in this country (intentionally of course). The United States Consititution first words state, “We The People”, not “We The Police”. The police have been resilient in continuing to violate citizens civil rights with the emphasize on the Black community. From the shooting deaths of unarmed Black men, and women are becoming the norm (even though the police have been doing this for centuries). The pistol whippings which resulted in a suspect getting their teeth knocked out. Forcing a passenger out of a car by breaking the car window, tazing the passenger in front of his children (unwarranted) are just a small sample on what the police have been caught doing lately. The reason why police brutality has now been exposed more than ever is because of social media. These things have been taken place since the implementation of police, fortunately the visual of police abuse have been a tool to highlight the issue even more in the present.

The police have been known to lie on numerous occasions to cover up their skeletons and unethical behavior. The usual excuse for shooting an unarmed suspect is that they thought the suspect were reaching for a gun, or they thought they had a gun, or the suspect reached for an officer’s gun excuse. I’m sure by the time this blog post is published another police officer is going to violate a Black person’s civil rights and more than likely get away with it. I have complied a few things police departments should consider implementing to reform themselves since they appear to lack oversight, tax papers should demand it. Here are ten things I will like to see police departments do to reform themselves:

  • 1. All police shootings should have an immediate integrity followup, where the officer(s) involved in the shooting should submit to a drug test. Bus drivers and mass transit operators right here in NYC all have to submit a drug test when they are involved in accidents. If a person jumps in front of an incoming train and commits suicide, the train operator (even though they were not at fault) must submit to a drug test. I don’t see why this shouldn’t be handed down to police officers. I guess the exposure of possible steroid abuses and other foreign things in a police officer’s urine sample will have the union pleading for mercy. We are quick to leak the victim’s drug history (informing the media of positive drug test results). When it comes to the police officers involved in shootings, the brass wants to be silent and refuse to ensure that the officer in question wasn’t on drugs at the time. It’s all about integrity of the initial investigation after a questionable shooting.

 

  • 2. Anyone who applies to be a police officer should have a bachelor’s degree in either Criminal Justice, Psychology or any relevant major that will assist future police officers in performing their jobs properly. The city continues to hire officers who come straight out of the Iraq or Afghanistan war, and a lot of them have PTSD. Do I want to engage with a police officer, just by asking for directions if they have psychological issues? Some of the aggressive behavior that these officers display is the direct result of PTSD. The potential candidate (regardless if they were in the military or not), should be familiar with the laws in this country to do their job effectively. In other words, the candidates GPA should be no lower than a 3.0. We have a lot of idiots on the force, let’s be honest. They are clueless when it comes to having knowledge about the laws in this country, how they pass the academy is beyond me. As for the psychology degree, it would be beneficial since we have heard countless stories of police officers poorly handling on how they deal with the mentally ill. When the police are called to diffuse the situation, they end up killing the person who was obviously not in their right mind. It gets to the point, where parents or guardians of the mentally ill are hesitate to call the police when their love ones are having an episode. The mentally ill person may end up dead by the hands of the police because they just can’t handle these type of scenarios.

 

  • 3. Officers not only have to pass a basic psychological, oral and written exam, but what should now be included are psychological exams on race. This criteria will expose those, who have issues with other races, which can play a part in their interactions with the public when they are performing their jobs. Maybe we will see a decrease in stops because civilians are driving while Black, walking while Black, talking while Black or just because they are Black. An extensive psychological exam on race will give the person who administrate these exams a clear understanding on how a police candidate really thinks about other races. If one fails this exam, one doesn’t become a police officer – no exceptions!

 

  • 4. The good old paid vacation policy aka administrative leave should be abolished. If a police officer is under investigation for any reason and needs to be suspended due to the severity of the investigation, that officer should not be paid. The paid administrative leave non-sense is insulting and does nothing to cease the rest of the police force to think twice about violating anyone’s civil rights. If a police officer is aware that they aren’t going to get paid while on administrative leave. That same officer(s) more than likely not to demonstrate unethical behavior because that will subsequently place them behind in their bills and impact their quality of life. Try explaining to your wife or husband why they are behind on mortgage payments. That’s not a good feeling or a good conversation to have!

 

  • 5. If a police officer garners a specific amount of citizens complaints (5 for example) there should be departmental hearings to examine whether or not that police officer may not be a great fit for the department. Not punishments that take away some vacation days. There should be a termination hearing.  Forget the probation period, once they past that they think it’s easy sailing, and they become comfortable showing their true colors. While the investigation is underway with their 5th complaint, they should not get paid while they are being investigated. This is looming over the rest of police officer’s head and should be a deterrent to them for being abusive police officers. This also should include any civil lawsuits that these officers lose. Taxpayer’s dollars are going to be handed out while some of these unethical officers will see a nice pension after 20 years of service. Maybe a percentage of that future pension should also go automatically to the victim’s families or the victim as part of a settlement deal.

 

  • 6. Body cams should be mandatory for all police departments in the United States. All that money that is allocated to police departments for militarized weapons, armored vehicles that they receive from the so called “drug war” should be handed down for equipment like body cameras and dash cams. Body cameras are in place to protect the “good” officers and the citizens who are subjected to abuse. Statistics has indicated body cameras have not only brought civilian complaints down, but also keeps the police officer integrity in check, because there is oversight.

 

  • 7. Community policing should be a requirement. Getting to know the community an officer is in charged to “serve and protect” is important to the overall development and the relationship between the officers and community. Crimes can be solved expeditiously without the “stop snitching criteria” among the folks in the communities due to more trust among the police and community. If that same officer wants to ask questions about a crime, more than likely they will receive that tip because they have a good  relationship with the community. It also places many people at ease, once people in the community get to know officers they are comfortable with speaking to them on a day to day basis. Right now community relations are terrible and that is expected when their is mistrust.

 

  • 8. Police officers should live in the general areas of the community. I’m not saying a police officer should live in the projects or in the same precinct in which they work every day. Police officers living in the suburbs or parts of Long Island and are assigned in East New York, Brooklyn is a failure in police relations. Half of these police officers are scared to death of the community because they don’t understand the community. One of the reasons is why we have so many shootings of unarmed Black men because the suburban police officer shoots first and asks questions later., because quite frankly they are scared of the big bad wolf, known as Black men (according to the perception the police are giving off).

 

  • 9. More diversity should be implemented in the urban communities. White officers should NOT dominate a community that is close to 90% Black and Latinos. No one is going to talk to a white officer (let’s keep it real), and they rather not are bothered with him or her because once again the distrust is there and rightfully so. Let’s be honest, the videos that have made their appearance on YouTube of unarmed Black men being killed or beaten by the police have the majority of the time been committed by white officers. Imagine constantly being harassed because of the color of one’s skin, that takes a toil on the community and results in civil unrest in the future. I’m not saying a Black and Latino cop is no better, but white officers should never dominate a community that is majority Black and Latino. That entire perception has a plantation overseer element to it.

 

  • 10. Lastly, sensitivity training is the number one topic that should be in the academy. Besides the scenario based traffic stops, their should be scenario based sensitivity training involving race. How many of these officers zero in on the car full of Blacks, but a car full of whites are allowed to drive down the highway without a glance. How many times does a Black person is stop and frisk in the street, but the white college kid carrying ecstasy in his back pack is not even questioned? The majority of these stops are their to dehumanized the person of color and this leads to resentment toward the police.  The Black community aren’t stupid, we are getting quite sick of the double standard in how police departments are being run and it has a lot to do with race.

This is just a wish list, maybe one out of the ten will be considered (I won’t hold my breath). The group that is constantly being brutalized by the police (Blacks) can take a stand and get things done by holding their Politicians accountable. Otherwise, it is time to elect someone with the agenda that supports against police brutality and the militarization of the police. If not, we will continue to see disturbing YouTube video of police officers violating one’s civil rights and the main targets are Blacks.

-Ms Scripture

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The Case of the International Version of Racial Profiling

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Racial ProfilingLONDON – The police in the United States aren’t the only ones who get all excited to profile and violate a person of color constitutional rights; it is also the norm all over the world.

Check out this case for instance in Wembley, London:

A 16-year-old boy from Wembley claims he was called a monkey by a police officer and beaten up after he was arrested because he was wearing an expensive watch.

 

Daniel Davies, of Ranelagh Road, said he has lost all faith in the police following his ordeal, which saw him being locked up overnight on suspicion of handling stolen goods, before being released without charge.

 

He said: “Can’t a black man walk down the street wearing a nice watch without them [the police] looking at you a funny way?

 

“Do I have faith in the police? No way. I’ve lost all faith in them.”

 

The college student, who has no criminal record, intends on making an official complaint after he was arrested in Eddison Way, Wembley while on route to his sister’s house.

 

He said he was talking to a friend in his car when the pair were stopped and searched by five police officers. They were arrested when they saw his Grandmaster watch.

 

The timepieces can cost up to £8,000 but Mr Davies had bought his at a store in Harlesden for £100 with money saved from his paper round and birthday presents.

 

He said: “They asked where I bought my watch from and I told them and offered to take them there to prove it, but they refused to listen and arrested us both.”

He was taken to Wembley Police Station where he claims he was dragged into a cell and racially abused by an officer.

 

One can’t have nice things if you’re Black or Latino without the cops asking tons of questions because they are either jealous they can’t afford it with their measly salary, or they don’t think a person of color should be able to afford such expensive items without criminal activity attach to it. Racial profiling is one of the most degrading activities that the police participate in to target men and women of color, and it isn’t getting any better. We need to educate our youth on their rights and inform them there isn’t any laws written where one should be forced to answer questions. Am I being charged with anything? If not, am I free to go officer? That’s the only thing that should be coming out of one’s mouth when being questioned. No one is obligated to answer any questions whether one committed a crime or not. Charge me or keep it moving, their isn’t any other option for these police officers. Just remember, if a police officer detains you then they better have some justifiable reason, otherwise one will be buying more expensive things after that lawsuit is settled.

-Ms Scripter

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Top 10 Frisk Commandments: Every Black and Latino Male Should Follow

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NEW YORK – Many Black and Latinos are often stopped and frisked by police in NYC – and in record numbers. Mayor Bloomberg and his overrated Police Commissioner – Kelly believes that the NYPD’s stop-and-frisk policy is an essential tool in crime fighting and getting guns off the streets –  I vehemently disagree with their assessment. The Supreme Court ruling in 1968 in Terry v. Ohio, allows the police to perform this type of search without probable cause, which is a clear violation of the 4th amendment. Here are some of the statistics concerning the number of stops and frisks the NYPD has conducted, the targets, and the results:

In the first three months in 2012, New Yorkers were stopped by the police203,500 times.
181,457 were totally innocent (89 percent)
108,097 were Black (54 percent)
69,043 were Latino (33 percent)
18,387 were white(9 percent)
18,387 were white(9 percent)

Reviewing these numbers it reminds me of slavery, when the police would stop and question Blacks to see if they were runaway slaves. It’s 2012, and the harassment by the police continues to degrade our Black and Latinos in record numbers. It is glaring that whites are only stopped 9 percent of the time. I wonder if James Holmes was walking down a Brooklyn street in his swat gear, red and orange hair and headed to the movie premiere of the Dark Knight Rises, would the NYPD stop, question, and frisk him – I doubt it. This is why the NYPD stop-and-frisk program is a joke.

What really sets me off is that our Black churches are allowing dictators like Bloomberg to visit their congregation and speak on why stop-and-frisk is needed. Whoever granted this clown permission to visit their church, are sell outs. One would question how much money Bloomberg placed in that collection plate on his way out the door.

The good news is that the courts are starting to take notice of the activities of the NYPD. Here is an excerpt of an article from the New York Times highlighting the spotlight that the NYPD is now receiving from the judiciary:

The courts have been energized to step in, some lawyers say, as the debate has intensified over police tactics that have brought legal challenges, academic analysis and news coverage. “The decisions show that the courts are suspicious of the current police practices,” said Michael C. Dorf, a constitutional law professor at Cornell.
“People are starting to wonder: ‘What’s really going on here? Is this a racial policy?’ And judges read the newspaper too,” Professor McLaughlin said.

I welcome the extra scrutiny that the NYPD is starting to receive. It is also time for Kelly to take a seat somewhere, but dictator Bloomberg does not have the guts to get rid of a commissioner who has reign over the NYPD a little bit too long. After Kelly started chastising community leaders by stating where was their outrage, concerning black-on-black crime – it solidifies my claim that Kelly is out of touch with reality and is also arrogant. It is time for him to step aside and we need to hire a commissioner that understands the community in which, he/she oversees. Maybe some federal oversight and the extra attention from the courts, may cause the Bloomberg to make a move – time will tell.

Jasiri X, emcee and community activist decided to rhyme about the stop-and-frisk policy by utilizing the beat for the late Biggie Smalls song, “10 Crack Commandments”. In the song, Jasiri gives you rules one should follow if stop by the police. Directed by Elton James White and photography by Fahnon Bennet lends a helping hand in order to bring this 3 minute video to life. Watch the video and demand an end to street harassment – known as stop-and-frisk.

-Ms Scripter

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Originally published: 7/30/12

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Will Christopher Dorner be the LA version of Larry Davis?

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OPINION – Christopher Dorner the former LAPD officer, who was fired and sought revenged by killing three people, including a police officer is still on the run. Dorner’s source of his outrage stems from an August 2007 incident.

When Dorner, a Naval reservist, returned to LAPD after deployment to the Middle East in 2007, a training officer became alarmed by his conduct, which included weeping in a police car and threatening to file a lawsuit against the department, records show.

Six days after being notified in August 2007 that he could be removed from the field, Dorner accused the training officer, Sgt. Teresa Evans, of kicking a severely mentally ill man in the chest and left cheek while handcuffing him during an arrest.

However, his report to internal affairs came two weeks after the arrest, police and court records allege. Civilian and police witnesses said they didn’t see Evans kick the man, who had a quarter-inch scratch on his cheek consistent with his fall into a bush. A police review board ruled against Dorner, leading to his dismissal.

Since Dorner has been on the run, he has been developing folk hero status among social networking site followers. Many people believe the LAPD has something to hide, why else would they have a million dollar bounty on his head? Furthermore, the language that the LAPD is now using, calling Dorner a domestic terrorist is also giving people indication that the LAPD is up to their normal sinister ways. How come the words domestic terrorist was not used to describe Adam Lanza, who murdered kindergartners at Sandy Hook. We could have also given that label to James Holmes, who shot and killed people at a movie theater?  The words domestic terrorist applies to folks who commit crimes, which causes hysteria. Sounds like Holmes and Lanza to me. Whenever a Black man commits a crime, they are treated differently in the media, and through their respective police departments.

What Dorner did was completely wrong and unjust. I’m not advocating or condoning the violence he inflicted on his victims and their families. I do wonder since we love to appoint the mentally ill label when white offenders commit murder, if Dorner’s prior military service had something to do with his mental state. I wonder if Dorner had enough of the racial biases in the police department and snapped. Who knows, but I do find his story having similarities to another Black man, who also experience an intense man hunt.

Dorner’s story reminds me another street folk legend, but this time in NYC named Larry Davis  – who shot 6 NYPD officers in 1986 during a raid at his sister’s home, in the Bronx.  According to the NYPD at the time, they wanted to question Davis about four suspected drug dealers who were found murdered. Davis was also a drug dealer. Davis was caught after a manhunt that lasted 17 days where he took several hostages, but was assured of his safety thanks to the presence of journalist during hostage negotiations.  During the trial, Davis’ defense attorneys revealed that the raid was designed to murder him. Davis’ defense attorneys went on to say, he knew too much about the NYPD operations as drug dealers, and even forced Davis to sell drugs for them.

Davis was exonerated in the attempted murder of the 6 NYPD officers, but was found guilty of weapons possession and for the killing of another separate individual. Davis was sentenced to 25 years to life, but was murdered in prison in 2008. Davis is still named dropped in rap songs and is often talked about when discussing the crime plague era, of NYC in the 80’s.

Davis and Dorner have striking similarities. Both Black men who have participated in shootings where the targets were police officers, which resulted in an intense manhunt.  Both of these men accused their respective police departments of corruption and are now street folk legends. I think both men are not to be looked upon as a heroes at all, but murderers. I do believe that they may have also been a victim of the never-ending saga, of police corruption.

Who knows how Dorner’s story will conclude and if he will bring the LAPD back into the corruption spotlight. The LAPD has not been a department of ethics; they have been known for their police brutality and their unethical practices, especially against minority men and women.

The LAPD appears to be hiding something and are acting nervous. They are even shooting innocent citizens in cars, thinking it was Dorner. I did not know Asian women resemble a solid build Black man. I just find it rather odd, that the LAPD will utilize all this much man power, and money to protect 50 families of the NYPD. They even added a million dollar bounty, which now includes drones and all other resources in this case. Drones? One would think they were hunting Bin Laden and his crew, the way the LAPD are acting. This is the first of its kind that a drone is used on US soil (that we know of) to look for a murder suspect. This may be the start of many more drones being used on US citizens.  Maybe they are hoping they find him, to silence him, once and for all.

I’m sure many working class families would love  protection in LA, where gang violence, and now a race war between Mexicans and Blacks are formulated in their communities. I guess spending all these resources on one man is more beneficial than protecting regular citizens, whose tax dollars pays for their salaries. In this case, the LAPD does not care about protecting their citizens, but protecting their own “assets”.

History always seems to repeat itself, and in this case, it is eerie familiar.

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-Ms Scripter

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A Victory for Citizens: Courts Rule That They Can Record Police Acting A Fool

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For the topic, concerning citizens having the right to record the actions of the police – is mind blogging that it was currently being discussed, in the first place. From the NY Times, hot off the presses:

The Civil Rights Division of the Justice Department took an important stand last week, declaring that citizens have a First Amendment right to videotape the actions of police officers in public places and that seizure or destruction of such recordings violates constitutional rights.

The Justice Department made the statement in a federal lawsuit brought against the Baltimore Police Department by Christopher Sharp, who used his cellphone to take video of the police arresting and beating a friend at Pimlico on the day of the 2010 Preakness. The officers took Mr. Sharp’s cellphone while he was recording and wiped the phone clean of all videos before returning it to him.

The Courts of Appeals for the First and Seventh Circuits have wisely found that the Constitution protects the right to videotape police officers while they perform official duties. The video taken by another witness of the beating at Pimlico shows that the right to record is crucial to holding police accountable for their actions.

This is terrific news, citizens who pay their taxes should not have their civil rights violated by unethical cops who confiscate and destroy video when they are acting a fool. I am a firm believer, if you have nothing to hide, why be concerned when someone who is video taping your “hide”, so to speak.

It is safe to say, that one will interact with police officers who will ignore this ruling and continue to confiscate and destroy video – especially when the police are demonstrating their abuse of power, which at times they are known to do. I have a suggestion to those who want to video tape the police abusing their powers. Download an application, which will automatically, send your video to another location, just in case the police confiscate and destroy your video. That way, you will have additional evidence and it protects the individuals civil rights.

-Ms Scripter

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Update: Suspect Arrested For The Murder of Phylicia Barnes

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Update: I am happy to report that a suspect was arrested for the murder of 17 year old Phylicia Barnes. I reported this story a year ago, and have voiced my opinion and concerns due to the lack of media attention this young lady received.  As what I suspected all along the ex-boyfriend of Barnes’ sister is being accused of her murder.

The prosecutors are alleging that the 28 year old suspect killed her in his ex-girlfriend’s home, then transported her body using a 35-gallong plastic tub. Below is the story, originally posted on 4/25/11:

The case of the missing 17 year old North Carolina honor student Phylicia Barnes sadly ended when her body was found in Susquehanna River near the Conowingo Dam, on April 21, 2011 which was 40 miles away from her last known location. Barnes was missing from her sister’s apartment in Baltimore since December 28, 2010, after arriving there for the Christmas holiday. The police department were baffled as to what happen to this young lady. To add to the mystery of this case, they also found an unidentified male  in the same river a few miles away. Barnes body did not have any obvious signs of trauma. According to the coroner’s office it could take months to find out her exact cause of death.

Barnes was slated to visit her sister Deeena Barnes and Deena confirmed that they had text each other throughout that morning that she went missing. Deena called the house and stated her ex-boyfriend said that Phylicia was asleep on the couch when he left. This statement raised my suspicions, as to why an ex-boyfriend is allowed to be in the home while her sister was visiting in the first place. That has never sat well with me, and it continues to raise my suspicions. When Deena arrived home later on in the afternoon, Phylicia was not there.  What makes matters worse is that, Phylicia’s mother has spoken out against Deena and accused her of having all sorts of men going in and out of the home, and condoning alcohol use. I also question her mother’s judgment. If the Mother was aware that Deena was engaging in reckless activity, why would she allow your daughter to even visit her?

I also noticed there was inadequate amount of national media coverage for this young lady. Even the Baltimore Police Department Chief suggested that Barnes race played an immense part as to why she did not receive the coverage she deserves. I agree; she was virtually ignored by all the major media outlets and I believe it is because she did not have blond hair and blue eyes. The media pick and chooses who to cover where missing women and children are concerned. It is a shame that minorities in general do not receive the attention and support from journalist whenever someone goes missing unless it is a minority owned based paper, or website. How many times did Nancy Grace air her profile? Nancy Grace had the audacity to say they were on the case since the beginning. Nancy Grace was not following this case throughout and she and the rest of the media are only jumping on the bandwagon when the police finally found her. This has become a sad state of affairs where the media fails to give equal treatment to anyone of color who may be a victim of crime. The media failed this young women, and they have failed countless others who have gone missing to limited media fan fair based on the color of their skin.

Either way there are too many holes in this story, and I’m confident now that this case will get solve. I will continue to follow this story until it is officially closed. It is just a sad end to a promising young lady with such a bright future, who did not get the chance to shine. R.I.P. Phylicia Barnes.

-Ms Scripter

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