Too Young To Live, Too Black to Live.

Does Tamir Rice’s Black Life Matter? Cleveland says “no.”

“There can be no doubt that Rice’s death was tragic and, indeed, when one considers his age, heartbreaking.   However … I conclude that Officer Loehmann’s belief that Rice posed a threat of serious physical harm or death was objectively reasonable as was his response to that perceived threat.”
~ S. Lamar Sims, a prosecutor from Colorado, in his report to the grand jury

“Tamir Rice is in the wrong  He’s menacing. He’s 5-feet-7, 191 pounds. He wasn’t that little kid you’re seeing in pictures. He’s a 12-year-old in an adult body.”
~ Steve Loomis, Cleveland Police Patrolmen’s Association

It only took a year, but today Cuyahoga County District Attorney Timothy McGinty told the world something everyone already knew:  he would not indict the two cops who blew away Tamir Rice in 2014.

Just like they didn’t indict Daniel Pantaleo for killing Eric Garner.

Just like they didn’t indict  Darren Wilson for killing Michael Brown.

Just like they didn’t indict the two cops for killing John Crawford III.

Just like they didn’t indict Dante Servin for killing Rekia Boyd.

Just like they didn’t indict the two LAPD cops for killing Ezell Ford.

Just like they didn’t indict anyone for killing Kenneth Chamberlain, Sr.

Just like they didn’t indict anyone for Sandra Bland’s death.

Same as it ever was.

This outcome was so obvious–so painfully obvious–even Ray Charles could have seen it coming and he’s both blind and dead.

Nobody will ever convince me if Tamir Rice had been a 12-year-old White kid named Todd Rice and everything else remains equal that the grand jury wouldn’t have brought an indictment against Timothy Loehmann.   But Rice had the bad luck to be born Black and his life doesn’t matter. Certainly not to McGinty and his handpicked grand jury and pro-cop experts who were never interested in justice, only giving the appearance they were.

A few years ago, I did a two-week stint on a grand jury.  An interesting experience.  The prosecutors come in and run their rap about why we should indict some no-good son of a bitch who’s up for everything from domestic abuse to dealing drugs to murder.   I can’t recall how many indictments we rubber-stamped, but it had to be at least 90 percent.    A grand jury will pretty much give a prosecutor any result they want.

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Same as it ever was.

What does a Black parent tell their son or daughter what the legal stamp of approval of Tamir Rice’s murder by the Cleveland Police means? Lie to them that they are valued and protected members of society or tell them the truth their lives have no meaning and they have no rights, not even the right to live because a cop can take that away from them at any time for any reason and walk.

Sandra Bland last week and Tamir Rice this week. Wanna take bets on the cop who blew away Walter Scott taking a walk? Cops don’t go to jail for killing Black men, Black women or Black children. It’s like looking for hen’s teeth or whiskey in a wine glass. It doesn’t happen.

Ohio is an open carry state but the cops still executed Tamir Rice within two seconds.  You won’t hear the NRA screaming about his 2nd Amendment rights.

Tamir’s murder isn’t a Black Lives Matter problem or a Black people problem. It’s an American problem and not until America realizes the lives of your Black children are every bit as important as your White children’s lives, will there ever be an end to this madness.

America has a legal system. It does not have a justice system and it never has. As if anyone really needed yet another reminder.

Black lives matter.  But to whom?   Tamir Rice’s Black Life Matters.   But not to Timothy McGinty.   His blood is on your hands just as much as Timothy Loehmann.

Same as it always is.

America Beats Our Young.

How do you criminalize and brutalize an entire race? Like THIS.

In June, it was Dajerria Becton on the receiving end of a takedown. Her crime? Swimming while Black.

In September, it was James Blake, the former tennis pro, who was on the receiving end of a takedown outside of a Manhattan hotel. His crime? Looking like a Suspect While Black.

In October, we don’t know the name of the female student in Spring Valley High School who was on the receiving end of a takedown administered by Officer Ben Fields. Her crime appears to be Refusing to Leave Her Seat While Black.

(CNN)The video shows a South Carolina school resource officer standing over a student, seated at her desk. He puts his arm near her neck, then yanks her backward. The desk tips over and the student crashes onto the floor.

The uniformed officer doesn’t let go, sharply tugging the student toward the front of the classroom. She flies out of her desk and slides several feet across the floor.

“Give me your hands,” the officer says.

His is the only voice heard. Other students sit calmly and quietly, one of them covering his face with his hand.

Yet many haven’t been so quiet since the footage out of Columbia, South Carolina, surfaced.

Some have defended the officer, many pointing out that the video isn’t complete. It doesn’t show what happened before, including what the student did and how many times authorities — a teacher, a school administrator and finally the officer, Richland County Sheriff’s Deputy Ben Fields — had asked her to get up.

Others, though, think the video shows more than enough to warrant Fields’ firing. There’s no excuse, they say, for a law enforcement officer to act that way against a student who hasn’t harmed or threatened anyone.

At least two videos shot by students show the dramatic scene Monday inside a math classroom at Spring Valley High School. None show much of what happened before it, however.

According to Lt. Curtis Wilson, a spokesman for the Richland County Sheriff’s Department, the instructor had asked the student “to leave the class several times.”

“The assistant principal was there as well,” Wilson said. “Then the officer was called to actually have the student removed from that location. The student refused.”

This is where the video picks up, capturing Fields as he says, “You’re either going to come with me, or I’m going to make you.”

The student doesn’t budge. Fields tells her, “Come on, I’m going to get you up,” and tries to pull her from the desk.

The officer gets the student up only after she first crashes to the floor and is then flung across the room.

Wilson said that no one was injured in the incident.

The student — who was released to her parents after the incident — faces a charge of disturbing schools, according to Wilson. Another female student, Niya Kenny, faces the same charge after allegedly standing up for the other teenager, her mother, Doris Ballard told CNN.

The FBI and area U.S. Attorney’s Office have opened a civil rights investigation to determine whether federal laws were violated during the student’s arrest, a Justice Department spokesperson said.

By any objective standard the cop applied an undue degree of force (and trust there will be objections Fields used excessive force).  This is only the latest example of the daily degradation and cruel brutality which can be inflicted upon any African American anywhere at any time.

This is how you teach hate. One vicious assault at a time.

Let Barack Obama, Kanye West and Ben Carson all walk out of a bar and cross the wrong cop and they’ll catch an ass-kicking  sure as any brother on the block.    The wearing of dark flesh is a criminal activity in this country.

This may fly in the face of my rep, but I don’t blame the cop. Well, not entirely. To be certain, Officer Fields has a colorful and checkered past with reports this is not the first time he’s apparently slammed a female around. Fields is also a powerlifter who can squat 940 pounds and though he hasn’t been tested for steroid usage,  after this it’s legit to wonder if there is any ‘Roid rage’ going on inside his bulked up bod.
Fields has been the recipient of a 2014 “Culture of Excellence” Award and it was said he “has proven to be an exceptional role model to the students he serves and protects.”

Not looking too good for a repeat win in 2015, Officer.   Does it make you feel like a real man and tossing a teenage girl around like a sack of potatoes, you cowardly piece of shit?

One would think anyone who can squat 900 lbs would have no problem lifting the student and the chair and depositing both outside of the classroom. Fields chose another course of action and one that has made him a strong contender to score the Dumb Ass Video of the Week award.

But why was Fields at Spring Valley High School body slamming girls in the first place? Why is any police officer providing security–or the muscle–at any school? Are these students or criminals.

Whenever it was school systems decided to abdicate their roles as disciplinarians and turn it over to the police, that was a decision bound to bring about these sort of incidents. If teachers and administrators can’t control their unruly, uncooperative and stank attitude students, maybe they shouldn’t be teachers and administrators in the first damn place. I know…I know…kids are different today. They have no respect for anyone. Not their parents, not their teachers, not even themselves.

This is what you have the police and Fox News for.    To justify this.   To tell you the little uppity bitch deserved it.  To tell you ALL these niggers deserve it.

Schools have passed the buck for controlling their classrooms to armed police and internal security officers. When you view the kids you’re charged with educating as nails using a hammer solution to every problem makes a sick sort of sense.

I don’t want men with guns in schools. I don’t want police officers on school campuses UNLESS AND UNTIL there is a demonstrated need to be there. Got a problem with weapons, drugs, gang violence or other actions which disrupt a safe learning environment? Fine. Call in the cops, but not to go in there and start busting heads. If schools need some sort of liability protection from lawsuits to take back the enforcement of discipline, then so be it. I want teachers to do their jobs and cops to do theirs and it shouldn’t be their job to bounce kids off a floor while the others look on or away in horror.

But I do not want overmuscled, steroids gobbling punks with small penis issues bouncing a girl off the floor.  And the wall.  And down the hallway.   Fire this bully with a badge right now and beat the eventual lawsuit later.

What did anyone learn from that little demonstration of mindless violence? If you’re bigger you can get your way because you can kick some ass? That’s some lesson. How do you build the next generation of cop haters? Treat ’em like criminals early, show ’em who’s boss and get ’em prepped to be plugged into the school-to-prison pipeline.

The unnamed student should have been suspended from school, but forget about that now. Officer Fields made sure of that and he deserves whatever is coming to him from this shameful and ugly episode, but he shouldn’t have been there in the first place. You call the cops when you need someone to get a burglar out of your house, not because a kid doesn’t want to get with the program. Not every situation requires the unrestrained use of unnecessary force, but that was a distinct possibility, if not a complete certainty would happen one day.

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Everyone is to blame. We have criminalized a generation of children and we have permitted criminal solutions to be applied to them.   We have allowed the police to treat Blacks like dogs and worse than dogs.   We have not made those who would humiliate us, beat us, break us, KILL us, suffer the consequences for their evil.   We have not taken eyes for eyes, spilled blood for blood spilled, terrorize those who terrorize us.

Cops like Ben Fields are like the cops who beat down Becton and Blake and beat down Sandra Bland and killed Tamir Rice and Oscar Grant and Eric Garner and Sean Bell and Amadou Diallo and Walter Scott and NONE of them are “good cops.” They are bad cops, rotten cops, brutal cops, killer cops and they will never stop. Not ever. Not until they are stopped.
There is a limit to how much abuse a whipped dog will take. There is no “justice” in the American injustice system and Black people cannot place their faith in a system which has never valued or protected us. If never has and it never will. It’s one thing to target young Black men and women, but quite another when Black children are being targeted.

The moment is coming where those being brutalized will have to go looking for their own justice. Things are coming to a flash point. What happens when it flashes over? Being a bad-ass bully with a badge may not be bad ass enough. This is a confrontation nobody should want because nobody can win, but damn if there aren’t forces spoiling for it.

WE ARE NOT DOGS.    YOU CAN SHOOT A DOG BUT DOGS DON’T SHOOT BACK.

Compliance. Control. Brutality. Justice?

The Backlash Against #BlackLivesMatter.

It’s understandable when a police officer is targeted and murdered in the brutal way Deputy Darren H. Goforth was while filling up his vehicle at a Houston-area gas station emotions are going to be raw. The suspect, Shannon Miles, allegedly shot Goforth from behind and then stood over the fallen deputy and finished him off firing a total of 15 shots.

So you couldn’t blame Harris County (Texas) Sheriff Ron Hickman’s anguish and anger over one of his officers being executed without a chance to defend himself. However, Hickman chose to take it to another level  when he all but blamed the #BlackLivesMatter social justice movement for Goforth’s death even before Miles’ motives for killing Goforth were known.

“We’ve heard black lives matter. All lives matter, well, cops’ lives matter too,” Hickman said. “So why don’t we drop the qualifier and just say ‘lives matter’ and take that to the bank?”

Hickman wondered if the emotions provoked by #BlackLivesMatter have thrown a match on the volatile conditions which set off cop killers.

A suspected cop killer and the cop he killed.

“I think that’s something that we have to keep an eye on,” Hickman said, “The general climate of that kind of rhetoric can be influential on people to do things like this. We’re still searching to find out if that’s actually a motive.”

Since Sheriff Hickman already seems to made up his mind it is, don’t be surprised if the investigation concludes it was. American “justice” being what it is.

#BlackLivesMatter didn’t kill Officer Goforth. If anything, #BLM may save lives  because protest and activism offers an alternative to desperation and violence. For all parties concerned picking up a picket sign is safer than a shotgun. It would be a mistake for law enforcement officials to attempt to link peaceful demonstrators with cop killers, but  it’s a mistake the usual suspects on the Right are tripping over each other to discredit #BlackLivesMatter.

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Senator Ted Cruz: “I do think we’re seeing the manifestation of the rhetoric and vilification of law enforcement and it’s coming from senior officials. I’m proud to stand with law enforcement. We need a president who doesn’t attack and vilify them, and who doesn’t seek to tear us apart along racial lines, to inflame racial divisions.”

Bill O’Reilly: “I’m gonna tell you right now, I’m gonna put them out of business. And any media person who supports them, I’m gonna put them on this program and put a picture of them on the air.”

Elizabeth Hasselbeck:…why has the #BlackLivesMatter movement not been classified yet as a hate group? I mean, how much more has to go in this direction before someone actually labels it as such?”

There is no correlation between #BlackLivesMatter and the killing of police officers. NONE. The opposite of “Black Lives Matter” is not “Kill White Cops.” This is not the Black Panthers marching in the streets of Oakland shouting “Kill the pigs” while they flaunt their 2nd Amendment rights to bear arms, but that’s a distinction completely lost on the cop apologists for whom Darren H. Goforth isn’t a fallen officer, but a club they can wield to bludgeon #BLM into submission.

It is as transparent as it is desperate and it won’t work.  #BLM has made its share of mistakes and missteps as it finds its footing as a nascent social movement, but it is on the right side of history.     Lost within their lies, the ranting Right-wing  won’t admit the #BLM movement is an effect with the excesses and atrocities committed by the police being the cause.

Maybe if the cop apologists bothered to read before they rant they might notice there are Black police officers being dropped as well as White officers. #BLM has not declared war on the cops, but the cop apologists who would rather exploit a murdered police officer to make a flawed and fallacious attack on #BLM, have certainly declared war on them.

#BLM came to pass as a reaction to police brutality and overreaction. This didn’t happen in an anti-cop vacuum.  It is not their fault if they have a wealth of examples of Black lives not mattering to rotten cops.  The cop apologists will tell you it’s the activists who changed the public’s perception of the police instead of the actions of the police themselves.

One would hope the killing of a police officer might be a moment for sympathy, but obviously its too tempting an opportunity to engage instead in petty demagoguery and denunciations.

When it was supporters of liberal lion Bernie Sanders beefing with #BlackLivesMatter that came as a surprise to many.   The  real surprise was it took the conservatives this long to do likewise.

Hillary, Bernie and Jeb Don’t Get Why ‘Black Lives Matter.’ Sandra Bland Did and Now She’s Dead

Don’t Drive While Black.

It’s not possible to be angry enough over what happened to Sandra Bland when she was pulled over by Is it possible Sandra Bland killed herself?   It’s not only possible, it’s probable, but that isn’t the point.  What is the point is Bland should never have been put in the position  where dying was preferable to living.

The only thing more inept than the bungling by the Texas cops investigating themselves and is how the Democratic presidential candidates can’t seem to wrap their thick skulls around the notion that once you say  “All Lives Matter” you’ve missed the entire reason why it became necessary to  emphasize “Black Lives Matter” in the first place.

Hillary Clinton botched her moment at a Black church and then she  backtracked by calling Bland’s death, “heartbreaking,” adding, “And that’s why I think it is essential that we all stand up and say loudly and clearly, ‘Yes, black lives matter.’ And we all have a responsibility to face these hard truths of race and justice honestly and directly.”

Clinton’s rivals haven’t fared any better with Sen. Bernie Sanders, the darling of the progressive Left, totally fumbling his response to a protest by Black Lives Matters advocates at the NetRoots Nation conference where he grumped “Black lives, of course, matter. I spent 50 years of my life fighting for civil rights and for dignity,” he said. “But if you don’t want me to be here, that’s OK. I don’t want to outscream people.”

Sanders has declined to offer specific comment or remedies to the many cases of Blacks being assaulted by law enforcement (Dajerria Becton, Martez Johnson) or killed (Walter Scott, Tamir Rice, Sandra Bland, Rekia Boyd, Michael Brown, Akai Gurley, John Crawford II, Eric Garner…ad infinitum).

The 73 year-old socialist from Vermont still doesn’t seem to get it as he continues to cite his resume instead of directly addressing how a Sanders presidency would be proactive in getting a handle on police brutality.

“I’m not dismissive,” he said. “I’ve been involved in the civil rights movement all of my life, and I believe that we have to deal with this issue of institutional racism.”

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Too young to die. Too Black to live.

Former Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley got slapped around when he responded, “Black lives matter. White lives matter. All lives matter.” O’Malley, whose testy relationship with the residents of Baltimore has come under scrutiny later apologized, “That was a mistake on my part and I meant no disrespect. I did not mean to be insensitive in any way or communicate that I did not understand the tremendous passion, commitment and feeling and depth of feeling that all of us should be attaching to this issue.”

Jeb Bush, continuing to prove he isn’t the “Smart Bush” essentially called O’Malley a punk for apologizing.   “We’re so uptight and so politically correct now that we apologize for saying ‘lives matter?” an incredulous Bush wondered aloud at a gathering in overwhelmingly White New Hampshire.   “Life is precious. It’s a gift from God. I frankly think that it’s one of the most important values that we have. I know in the political context it’s a slogan, I guess. Should he have apologized? No. If he believes that white lives matter, which I hope he does, then he shouldn’t have apologized to a group that seemed to disagree with it.”

There’s nothing as useless as good White liberals who think they get it but they’re either too busy bragging about themselves or fumbling to say what they think will keep the natives from getting restless.   As for the Republican conservatives, they have to wait to see what Donald Trump will say first before knowing whether they should say anything at all.

What Hillary, Bernie and Jeb  do not get is they can say “all lives matter”and will be mostly right, but at they will be still be all wrong because they never had to give their children The Talk I’ve had to give my daughter and son on what to say, what to do and what not to do and say and how to conduct themselves so they don’t get killed during a routine traffic stop. There is no routine traffic stop when you are Black and a cop pulls you over.

Bernie is a Socialist,  Hillary is a moderate, and Jeb is a conservative but none of them understands why Black Lives Matter.  Sandra Bland could have told them but now its too late.   This is not about them.   There will be plenty of time for me to think about who the next president will be.    I don’t care about that now.   What I care  about is yet another Black body humiliated, stripped of its pride and humanity,  smashed to pieces and left to die in police custody and I VERY MUCH CARE ABOUT THAT.

The cell where Bland died. She allegedly hung herself with a trash bag tied to the toilet partition.

“how did switching lanes with no signal turn into all of this?”
~ Sandra Bland

Sandra Bland should not be dead. She may have killed herself but the State of Texas is complicit for her death.   The U.S. Justice Department MUST step in to answer the question “What Happened to Sandra Bland?”

There must be an independent investigation and an independent autopsy performed on Sandra Bland. The officials in Texas have proven themselves to be untrustworthy by any but the gullible and law enforcement groupies. There are too damn many unanswered questions with the first one being the one Sandra asked herself, “How did switching lanes with no signal turn into all of this?”

American citizens should not walk into jails and be carried out dead. We can not and should not trust the local cops will do a fair, open and complete investigation.   All lives do matter but not all lives matter equally.   Those lives seemingly don’t matter at all. There is a specific need to say “Black Lives Matter” as there have been too many times when it has been violently proven they don’t.

Sandra Bland was tired of seeing Black bodies laid to rest long before their time.   I’m tired of trying to explain this to ignorant pandering politicians.

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Was Bland’s Instagram pic was an eerie harbinger of her own death?

We’re Gonna Have A Racial Profiling Pool Party!

YOU! You’re not Black! Please stop filming and have a nice day, sir.”

Corporal Eric Casebolt, formerly of the McKinney, Texas Police Force and The Biggest Thug in America,  resigned this week when the world reeled back in disgust from the video of his bestial and merciless of Dajerria Becton, 15, clothed only in a bikini.    Dishonored and disgraced by his savage attack, Casebolt left an indelible mark as the face of the callous and cold-blooded Warrior Cop who sees law enforcement as a call to battle .

Casebolt wouldn’t be the first goon to say “My bad” after proving how  much of a pitiless monster he could be,  but this may have been the WORST public apology ever!

Let us count the ways.

1. The lawyer for a McKinney, Texas, police officer who has become the country’s latest exemplification of bad cop behavior on Wednesday blamed her client’s aggressive actions on emotional stress. “He never intended to mistreat anyone,” his attorney, Jane Bishkin, said at a Wednesday afternoon news conference. “He apologizes to all who were offended.”

Casebolt didn’t attend the press conference. Why wasn’t Casebolt present for his own apology? Why not offer a personal apology to Becton? His attorney “apologized,” not Casebolt himself. Which is like sending your mom to apologize to the neighbor for the window you broke. It’s insincere, it’s cowardly and it’s gutless.

Any “apology” that isn’t delivered BY the person who has harmed someone TO the person harmed by their actions is worthless.  

What Casebolt did to Becton was  far beyond which would leave her “offended.” She was physically manhandled, verbally demeaned, assaulted, and humiliated.   Casebolt treated Becton like  Patsy in 12 Years A Slave.  He pulled his gun and pointed it at two boys. He cursed and threatened every Black kid he could and nearly turned a neighborhood squabble into a full-blown race riot.

Dajerria Becton: Threat or Menace?

That goes way beyond being “offensive.” Belching at the dinner table or picking your nose is offensive. This was savage brutishness.

2.Bishkin said Casebolt had worked one suicide and one attempted suicide in the hour prior to being dispatched to the pool party that reportedly involved teens fighting. “The nature of these two suicide calls took an emotional toll on Eric Casebolt,” Bishkin said at a Wednesday afternoon news conference.

That’s rough. That’s tough. That’s the JOB and if you’re not prepared to do the job, take the rest of the day off. Go home sick. Tap out. Don’t take your aggressions out on a 15-year-old and inflict an emotional toll on her because you can’t hang.

3.Daniel Malenfant, president of the McKinney Fraternal Order of Police, said Casebolt has been receiving daily telephone and email death threats. “He’s worried for his family,” Bishkin said. “He’s worried that he may be followed.”

Oh, so now I’m supposed to feel sorry for Casebolt? Tough noogies, dude. Actions have consequences and yours put you and your family in the glare of the white hot spotlight. Casebolt made himself the poster boy for racist, vicious and bad policing. He can find the cause of his troubles in the mirror.

4. Casebolt, the city’s patrolman of the year in 2008, was reluctant to even go to the pool disturbance, but “felt it was his duty to respond” once the call escalated to reports of violence.

“He believed that those who fled were possible suspects,” Bishkin said. “He was not targeting minorities. In fact, he also detained a white female.”

How colorblind of Casebolt. Maybe this until now unidentified detained White female will step forward or star in a You Tube video on some right-wing website. For now this sounds like a lawyer trying to do her job and apply some lipstick to a pig of a case.

Bishkin says Casebolt was going to tap out of the run at first but “felt it was his duty to respond” and boy, did he! Like Rambo on PCP.

5. His first call of the night was to a suicide where a father had shot and killed himself poolside at an apartment complex in front of his family and others, Bishkin said. “Eric assisted them in securing the scene, photographing the body and collecting statements,” said Bishkin, noting that the deceased was black.

Oh, so your client wasn’t targeting Blacks at the pool party, but where a father offs himself poolside in front of his family, you emphasize the deceased was Black. So when your client is engaged in some heavy-duty racial profiling race doesn’t matter, but you don’t want your client to look like a raving bigot so race does matter. That about right, mouthpiece?

Maybe he should stay away from pools?

6. “Eric also spent a considerable amount of time consoling the man’s grieving widow.”

Plus, LeBron James is Eric’s favorite basketball player, he loves the new Kendrick Lamar album and some of his best friends are Black too!

Protecting and Serving your ass to death.

7. On his next call, Bishkin said Casebolt helped successfully talk a suicidal teenage girl down from her parents’ roof. “Eric’s compassion during these two incidents are a testament to his character,” Bishkin said. “While police work is often dangerous, it is fraught with emotions and family tragedy.”

Once he talked the girl down from the roof, did he body slam her to the ground, pin her down pressing his full weight into her back, handcuff her, and generally treat her like dogshit under his shoes?

Bishkin is right about police work being fraught with emotions and family tragedy. Casebolt almost caused a tragedy for several families when he lost control of his emotions.

8. Asked by a reporter if any other officers had been on the suicide calls and at the pool melee like Casebolt, Bishkin declined to answer. “Because there’s still an active investigation by the McKinney Police Department, we think it’s inappropriate to comment as much as we’d like to,” she said.

Then why comment about the active investigation by the McKinney Police Department in the first place? How’s that not inappropriate?

9. Bishkin said Casebolt has received little information about the investigation.

Why should the subject of an investigation be receiving information about the investigation? It’s not as though he’s still a cop.

10. “It is his hope that by his resignation the community may start to heal,” Bishkin said.

From the wounds he inflicted in the first place.

The “apology” was a  toxic waste spill  from start to finish. Any attorney worth their law degree should know the best way to help Eric Casebolt is to engage in some serious damage control. Bring him out before the cameras in a suit and tie with the wife and kids standing by their man. Have him read his own apology and make it clear because the investigation is ongoing, Casebolt isn’t taking any questions.

Talking about the stresses Casebolt was under before making the pool party run would and showing the world he is a caring and thoughtful police officer and not a raving Loony Tune would go a long ways in humanizing Casebolt. Instead he just comes off as a 14 carat phony.

I could have humanized and made Casebolt a more sympathetic figure than Miss Bishkin did and I don’t have any sympathy for him. For his sake, should charges be filed, Bishkin had better be a better attorney than she is p.r. agent.

Time and again, we’ve seen this same story play out with depressing frequency and time and again, it keeps  circling back to the same old scenario of angry/frightened armed White cop versus an angry/frightened/unarmed Black suspect.

The targeting of Black people  is not  the misdeeds of a few “loose cannons” or  due  to  a handful of  “bad cops.”   That was a tired cliché  and now it’s a bald-faced lie.  Casebolt  was named Officer of the Year in 2008, and his duties included neighborhood patrol and  community policing.

Casebolt was held up as the model of a good cop. What he lost control this was Casebolt the REAL cop.

The Just Cause of “Hands Up, Don’t Shoot.”

Mr. Capehart says, Put your hands down, kids.

 

I respect columnist Jonathan Capehart and more often than not agree with his opinion, but his opinion “Hands Up, Don’t Shoot Was Built On A Lie” is wrong-headed and reflects a sort of timid liberal buyer’s remorse in highly charged matters of race when backed into a corner.  Capehart’s crawfishing was swiftly seized upon by conservative websites Hot Air, The Blaze and other right-wingers to discredit the legitimacy of the entire “Hands Up, Don’t Shoot” protests.

Capehart’s gift to those who never have believed Black Lives Matter is wrapped in one graph:

The unarmed 18-year-old also became a potent symbol of the lack of trust between African Americans and law enforcement. Not just in Ferguson, but in the rest of the country. Lord knows there have been plenty of recent examples. And the militarized response to protesters by local police put an exclamation point on demonstrators’ concerns. But the other DOJ report, the one on the actual shooting of Michael Brown, shows him to be an inappropriate symbol.


Capehart is correct to get a fuller picture of what happened in Ferguson requires reading both Justice Department reports. Capehart is wrong that the legitimacy of the “Hands Up, Don’t Shoot” phrase is dependent on whether Brown ever said it.

What does it matter if Michael Brown wasn’t a perfect victim?  Does that mean Darren Wilson is blameless for his death? For Capehart, the Justice Department report on the shooting is enough for him to declare Brown to be in fact the oversized thug Wilson’s defenders described him as.

Whether or not Brown or John Crawford or Akai Gurley or Eric Garner or Oscar Grant or Amadou Diallo or Sean Bell or Tamir Rice or Tony Robinson were as pure as the driven snow is besides the point. That they were all unarmed Black men killed by the police is the point and neither the report nor Capehart’s change of heart changes that.

Wilson never went on trial for the killing of Brown and the Justice Department report does not place Michael Brown on trial nor does it convict him. Capehart’s hand-wringing does not exculpate Wilson from the eight bullets he put in Brown or that the notoriously racist Ferguson Police left his corpse lying uncovered in the street for four hours cooking in the summer heat, in full view for all to see.

The New Republic is skeptical of how the Justice Department’s report has been used as a de facto exoneration of Wilson and a conviction of Brown.

These conclusions carry no force of law. The separate report on the abuses by the Ferguson Police Department does—that one can lead to meaningful enforcement in federal court. But the decision not to prosecute Wilson, in technical terms, amounts to no more than an internal memorandum from junior prosecutors to Attorney General Eric Holder on whether charges were advisable. The end result was entirely discretionary.

But the report does not equal justice. It is largely advisory. It can’t be challenged anywhere. And it ultimately proves nothing about the Ferguson case or its larger meaning in an ongoing national movement. The Supreme Court or a trial court may never get to address Ferguson, but everything about it will continue to be, to borrow Justice Douglas’ words, “a shocking and revolting episode in law enforcement.” Because Ferguson stands for that and so much more, protesters have every right to keep on marching, with their hands up, for as long as there’s neither justice nor peace.

What happened to Mike Brown could have happened to any Black person at anytime and it doesn’t matter if your name is Ben Carson or Barack Obama and yes, you too Jonathan Capehart. Your degrees, your gig at the Washington Post, Your Pulitzer Prize, your fat bank account, your nice house, your gold AmEx, your Lexus, NONE of that shit trumps your Black skin.  Capehart was once all in on the protests.  What caused the reversal?  Capehart was looking for justice when he should have kept the faith.

Hands Up, Don’t Shoot is bigger than any one victim and Brown was a victim.  Movements are built upon martyrs, not saints. Hands Up, Don’t Shoot is not Mike Brown. Brown was a catalyst for a just cause.  Just cause Capehart doesn’t get it is not a reason to put our hands down and let them shoot.

MLK gets it even if Capehart doesn’t.

Fake Gun. Real Dead. Not His Fault.

Created by God. Killed by cop.

The city of Cleveland believes it has determined who is responsible for the death of Tamir Rice.  Tamir Rice did it!

The city of Cleveland’s response to a lawsuit filed by the family of Tamir Rice says the 12-year-old boy is to blame for his own death by police.

The young boy seen milling about his neighborhood park had less than two seconds to react to two Cleveland police officers who drove right up to the gazebo and shot Tamir, mistaking his pellet gun as a real and dangerous weapon.

Rookie police officer Timothy Loehmann shot Tamir dead just steps away from the park’s gazebo on Nov. 22, reportedly never knowing dispatchers had believed the firearm to be “probably fake.”

The majority of the city’s response lacked elaborate detail into their claims by leaning on Cuyahoga County Sheriff’s Office’s incomplete investigation for the inability to comment on Tamir’s death.

The case has not been completed by the Sheriff’s Office and no timeline exists for its hand off to prosecutors, Cleveland.com reported.

Despite the city’s recent hire of Loehmann, the city said it had no knowledge of the cop’s alleged applications to Akron, Euclid and Parma Heights Police and even failing the Cuyahoga County’s written examination.

The suit makes no mention of Loehmann’s brief ties to Independence Police where he was described as “distracted” and “weepy” during a firearms qualifications training before being fired in 2012.

“Nothing wrong with shooting people as long as the right people get shot.”

Blaming Rice for his own death is cruel to the dead boy and his family, but Cleveland Police Patrolmen’s Association Steve Loomis ups the ante to insanity as he calls Rice as “menacing” and “a 12-year-old in an adult body.”

Nothing gets Steve Loomis churning faster than questions about what happened on the day that Tamir Rice was shot.

His constant refrain: The police are heroes misunderstood by a public being fed a steady, media-generated, activist-fueled diet of false information about how they do their jobs.

“Tamir Rice is an absolute example of that,” Loomis said. “There’s this perception that police just slid up in the car and shot him. That’s not reality from the officers’ perception. They acted based on what they knew at the time.”

“Tamir Rice is in the wrong,” he said. “He’s menacing. He’s 5-feet-7, 191 pounds. He wasn’t that little kid you’re seeing in pictures. He’s a 12-year-old in an adult body. Tamir looks to his left and sees a police car. He puts his gun in his waistband. Those people—99 percent of the time those people run away from us. We don’t want him running into the rec center. That could be a whole other set of really bad events. They’re trying to flush him into the field. Frank [the driver] is expecting the kid to run. The circumstances are so fluid and unique. …

“The guy with the gun is not running. He’s walking toward us. He’s squaring off with Cleveland police and he has a gun. Loehmann is thinking, ‘Oh my God, he’s pulling it out of his waistband.’”

Oh my God. Those poor officers! What else could they do? They had to kill that menacing 12-year-old kid in an adult body.

Shame on Tamir Rice for scaring those poor officers. And shame on Michael Brown, Trayvon Martin, John Crawford, Eric Garner and Akai Gurley, Jordan Davis for scaring their killers.

So many scary Black guys. So many cops and vigilantes to make them dead and less scary Black guys.

There are times when I have no words. Mostly because those words would be unbelievably angry and profanely foul. All I have is cold, burning rage and the fire that burns would very much like to come down like God’s own wrath on someone like Steve Loomis who embodies everything Black Panther founder Huey P. Newton thought a “pig” was.

“We felt that the police needed a label other that fear image that they carried in the community. So we use the pig as the rather low-lifed animal in order to identify the police. And it worked.”

I never liked calling cops “pigs”. It was too extreme and I believed  it to be too debasing, disrespectful and dehumanized all police officers for the actions of the bad ones.  Yet the more I hear guys like Loomis in Cleveland or Patrick Lynch in New York and all these other leaders of police unions who debase young Black men like Tamir , disrespect young Black men like Tamir, and dehumanize young Black men like Tamir, the less resistant I become to calling cops “pigs.”

If the police do not respect us we should not respect them and where there is no respect, the response will be resistance.

This will not help Tamir Rice, but it might make a few killer cops take an extra second to consider the consequences before they pull the trigger. If justice can’t be found in the courtrooms,  people will go looking for it in the streets.

The NYPD Has A Victim Mentality

The New York Police Department is the nation’s largest and the most pissed off at their boss, Mayor Bill De Blasio.  Following the killing of two cops by an assassin as they sat in their car,  the police and their unions  lashed out against De Blasio blaming him for creating a hostile environment placing their lives at risk.  I get it the cops are angry at the mayor. What I don’t get is how with that anger, how the police can expect respect when they don’t show any?

De Blasio requested the protests to suspend so that the funerals would not be politicized. The police union should have done likewise. All protests aren’t nearly the same thing. Most protests have a point. This was a public tantrum by the cops as much as any sort of “protest.”   There’s a right time and right place for everything.  In this time and this place where contemptuous cops who exploited the funeral of Officer Ramos to turn their backs and show their asses wasn’t it.

This whole “it’s a cop thing and you wouldn’t understand” thing is a crock. Cops have the same rights as anybody else. They can protest to their little hearts content and when they do they can be called out on it.

Same. As. Anyone. Else.

Officer Ramos wasn’t even in the fucking ground before the cops decided to try to show up the mayor. De Blasio showed more respect and class for the slain officers than his supposed brothers in blue did by pulling the kind of stunt had Rev. Sharpton done it he would be roundly condemned for.

It might be relevant to go back to what was actually said by De Blasio that so royally pissed off the police unions. The flash point seems to have been the comments made by the mayor in the wake of the Eric Garner decision about “the talk” and his wife, Chirlane have had with his 17-year-old son, Dante on how to deal with encounters with the police.

 

This is profoundly personal to me. I was at the White House the other day, and the president of the United States turned to me, and he met Dante a few months ago, and he said that Dante reminded him of what he looked like as a teenager. And he said I know you see this crisis through a very personal lens. And I said to him, I did.

Because Chirlane and I have had to talk to Dante for years about the dangers that he may face. A good young man, law-abiding young man who would never think to do anything wrong. And yet, because of a history that still hangs over us, the dangers he may face, we’ve had to literally train him—as families have all over this city for decades—in how to take special care in any encounter he has with the police officers who are there to protect him.

And that painful sense of contradiction that our young people see first, that our police are here to protect us, and we honor that, and at the same time, there’s a history we have to overcome, because for so many of our young people, there’s a fear. And for so many of our families, there’s a fear.

So I’ve had to worry over the years. Chirlane’s had to worry. Is Dante safe each night? There are so many families in this city who feel that each and every night. Is my child safe? And not just from some of the painful realities—crime and violence in some of our neighborhoods—but is safe from the very people they want to have faith in as their protectors.

That’s the reality.

That’s outrageous!  How dare the mayor suggest even his son’s life is at risk?

The impression Bill de Blasio was trying to make is his son will be seen first as a Black male and that precludes all other considerations.  The impression Dante de Blasio should be aware of is Blacks are stopped, searched, arrested and imprisoned at rates higher than other races.  Dante should know the incarceration rate for Blacks is six times higher than the national average.

English: NYPD Dodge Charger #2909 in midtown M...

Cops under siege or hunkering down into a bunker mentality?

 

However, what Dante should really worry about isn’t so much isn’t simply being stopped and frisked, handcuffed, jailed and sent to prison as it is Black male teens are 21 more times more likely to be shot than a White male teen.  These facts are shrugged off as an unfortunate side effect of Blacks simply committing crimes disproportionate to their numbers in the overall population. Rudy Giuliani on Fox News have referenced this phenomenon and the implication could not be clearer: White cops shoot Black suspects because so many Black suspects are committing crimes.

Where this oversimplification falls apart are the “crimes” committed by Eric Garner, Michael Brown, Tamir Rice or John Crawford were trivial at best or in the case of Akai Gurley, no crime at all was committed

Putting on a badge doesn’t grant any extra rights to the police and pointing it doesn’t make someone a cop hater for doing so. Some defenders of the cops are incapable of distinguishing between criticism and disrespect.

No cop who thinks his authority to kill makes him untouchable, unquestionable and above criticism deserves respect. In fact, they don’t even deserve to be a cop.

The protestors marching in the streets of New York didn’t kill the two officers. Ismaaily Brinsley did that but by latching on Eric Garner’s death as the excuse to commit double-homicide (and nearly triple as he first shot his ex-girlfriend), it provides an opening for anyone looking an opening to discredit the protestors and repudiate the criticism directed at the police to say, “Look what you made happen!”

Such shrill charges are bullshit. The protests aren’t happening in a vacuum. They are in reaction to grotesque acts of police brutality and a justice system which time and again declines to hold officers responsible for it.

In fact, I don’t consider the protests to be “anti-cop.” That’s generalizing. The protests are anti-BAD cop. Citizens unhappy with how they are being served and protected are well within their rights to air their grievances and demand bad cops be held accountable.

Any cop who doesn’t think they should be held accountable has an option: quit! There’s always work for security guards.

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