…And Justice For All?

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These are my last words for the foreseeable future on the series of shooting by the police of Black men and it’s not because I don’t have more to say.   Actually it’s more that this is a topic that first fills me with blind, irrational anger, followed by nauseated disgust and finally fatalistic pessimism.    It’s unhealthy to allow any one subject become so pervasive it becomes all-encompassing, so I have to let this go and move on.

This is going to be long, but I hope it makes sense.

There’s a degree of certain cognitive dissonance associated with the killings of Akai Gurley, Tamir Rice, Eric Garner, Michael Brown, John Crawford II among the other recent examples of cop-vs-civilian citizens.

Only the most angry of anarchists could boldly state there is no need for the police. Time and again it has been demonstrated the police are the only organization between order and chaos. Whether it’s some thoughtless neighbors blasting their music too loud in the wee hours or an old woman who’s fallen down and can’t get up or a child doesn’t arrive home after school or some guy has just rear-ended your brand new Chevy, there needs to be the person who comes along and makes a crazy world sane again for a while.

Most of us were brought up to respect police as figures of authority worthy of respect equal to that of doctors, lawyers, clergy and politicians. They were the Good Guys protecting us all from the Bad Guys.

Of course, the reality is never that black and white and the cracks in the facade become even more acute when the reality is Black and White.

Akai Gurley: Protected and Served to Death.

Akai Gurley: Protected and Served to Death.

I don’t know if Akai Gurley was a good man who didn’t deserve to die in a darkened staircase or a bad man who would have likely met with a bad end sooner or later. But what I do know is when something happens and keeps happening and it’s always reasoned away and waved off as merely “an accident” that isn’t an explanation as much as it is denial.

It didn’t surprise me when Darren Wilson walked. Mike Brown was viewed as a threat. It didn’t surprise me when Daniel Pantaleo walked. Eric Garner was a physically unhealthy man who refused to be taken into custody without resisting. It didn’t surprise me when the cops who blew away John Crawford II in a Wal-Mart walked because he had no business walking around with a realistic looking BB gun.

Neither did Tamir Rice so it won’t surprise me if Officer Timothy Loehmann walks despite being judged unfit for duty by a small town police force but apparently OK for the Cleveland cop shop.

That same dysfunctional Cleveland cop shop following a U.S. Justice Department investigation into acts of excessive force recently agreed to a consent decree which will doubtlessly lead to possibly hundreds of officers fired and forced into retirement. Getting bad cops off the street is a help to good cops, but you’ll rarely hear them say it out loud.

I have communicated with several ex-cops and those who aspired to be cops and they comment regularly on  a discussion board I patronize on several officer related shooting threads as well as high-profile non-police involved deaths such as the Trayvon Martin and Renisha McBride cases. They offer insights and perspectives on police procedure, protocol and perspectives civilians are on the outside of peering in. They offer a valuable contribution in the ongoing process of building bridges and not walls between the police and the community.

However, when it comes to matters of police misconduct, corruption and brutality, their default setting seems to be to close ranks with their brethren in blue and fall back to the now familiar stance of “us vs them” and if you aren’t one of us, you must be one of them.

Frank Serpico was one of “us” until he broke the cop code of silence and testified about corruption in the NYPD. Hollywood made Serpico the flawed hero in a movie starring Al Pacino, but the NYPD still regards him as a snitch, a rat, and a villain.

Want to see a hero cop? Frank Serpico qualifies.

Serpico says police brutality now is as bad as police corruption was back in his day and for many of the same reasons: a permissive culture that looks the other way, closes ranks, protects bad cops and persecutes good cops trying to do their jobs the right way.

And today the Blue Wall of Silence endures in towns and cities across America. Whistleblowers in police departments — or as I like to call them, “lamp lighters,” after Paul Revere — are still turned into permanent pariahs. The complaint I continue to hear is that when they try to bring injustice to light they are told by government officials: “We can’t afford a scandal; it would undermine public confidence in our police.” That confidence, I dare say, is already seriously undermined.

Things might have improved in some areas. The days when I served and you could get away with anything, when cops were better at accounting than at law enforcement — keeping meticulous records of the people they were shaking down, stealing drugs and money from dealers on a regular basis — all that no longer exists as systematically as it once did, though it certainly does in some places. Times have changed. It’s harder to be a venal cop these days.

But an even more serious problem — police violence — has probably grown worse, and it’s out of control for the same reason that graft once was: a lack of accountability.
I tried to be an honest cop in a force full of bribe-takers. But as I found out the hard way, police departments are useless at investigating themselves—and that’s exactly the problem facing ordinary people across the country —including perhaps, Ferguson, Missouri, which has been a lightning rod for discontent even though the circumstances under which an African-American youth, Michael Brown, was shot remain unclear.

Today the combination of an excess of deadly force and near-total lack of accountability is more dangerous than ever: Most cops today can pull out their weapons and fire without fear that anything will happen to them, even if they shoot someone wrongfully. All a police officer has to say is that he believes his life was in danger, and he’s typically absolved. What do you think that does to their psychology as they patrol the streets—this sense of invulnerability? The famous old saying still applies: Power corrupts, and absolute power corrupts absolutely. (And we still don’t know how many of these incidents occur each year; even though Congress enacted the Violent Crime Control and Law Enforcement Act 20 years ago, requiring the Justice Department to produce an annual report on “the use of excessive force by law enforcement officers,” the reports were never issued.)

It wasn’t any surprise to me that, after Michael Brown was shot dead in Ferguson, officers instinctively lined up behind Darren Wilson, the cop who allegedly killed Brown. Officer Wilson may well have had cause to fire if Brown was attacking him, as some reports suggest, but it is also possible we will never know the full truth—whether, for example, it was really necessary for Wilson to shoot Brown at least six times, killing rather than just wounding him. As they always do, the police unions closed ranks also behind the officer in question. And the district attorney (who is often totally in bed with the police and needs their votes) and city power structure can almost always be counted on to stand behind the unions.

In some ways, matters have gotten even worse. The gulf between the police and the communities they serve has grown wider. Mind you, I don’t want to say that police shouldn’t protect themselves and have access to the best equipment. Police officers have the right to defend themselves with maximum force, in cases where, say, they are taking on a barricaded felon armed with an assault weapon. But when you are dealing every day with civilians walking the streets, and you bring in armored vehicles and automatic weapons, it’s all out of proportion. It makes you feel like you’re dealing with some kind of subversive enemy. The automatic weapons and bulletproof vest may protect the officer, but they also insulate him from the very society he’s sworn to protect. All that firepower and armor puts an even greater wall between the police and society, and solidifies that “us-versus-them” feeling.

Photograph: Frederic J Brown/AFP/Getty Images

At 77, Frank Serpico is an old man and old men are susceptible to being scoffed at as behind the times and out of the loop. Even the film was made over four decades ago. Yet, Serpico says he loved being a cop. He just wishes he could have been allowed to be the honest cop he wanted to be and not the threat he became because he refused to be a dishonest one.

I honestly do not believe most cops are racist, but in all honesty, there are racists who are cops.  Their default setting is to side with the cops because they were cops that is no less understandable than mine is to side with a Brown, Garner, Gurley, Rice, Martin, Ferrell, Grant, Bell or Diallo because I look like them.

I’ve said before nobody needs the protection of the police more than the Black community. If Black people are disproportionately killed by the police, and more specifically, by White police officers that is in no small part due to the disproportionate numbers of Blacks committing crimes and incarcerated for those crimes. But that’s a much more complicated problem than finger-pointing idiots like Rudy Giuliani or Charles Barkley can resolve with their simplistic solutions.

Serpico doesn’t have all the answers to society’s ills either, but he does have some suggestions deserving of being included in any discussion of the bloody schism between cops and communities of color.

1. Strengthen the selection process and psychological screening process for police recruits. Police departments are simply a microcosm of the greater society. If your screening standards encourage corrupt and forceful tendencies, you will end up with a larger concentration of these types of individuals;
2. Provide ongoing, examples-based training and simulations. Not only telling but showing police officers how they are expected to behave and react is critical;
3. Require community involvement from police officers so they know the districts and the individuals they are policing. This will encourage empathy and understanding;
4. Enforce the laws against everyone, including police officers. When police officers do wrong, use those individuals as examples of what not to do – so that others know that this behavior will not be tolerated. And tell the police unions and detective endowment associations they need to keep their noses out of the justice system;
5. Support the good guys. Honest cops who tell the truth and behave in exemplary fashion should be honored, promoted and held up as strong positive examples of what it means to be a cop;
6. Last but not least, police cannot police themselves. Develop permanent, independent boards to review incidents of police corruption and brutality—and then fund them well and support them publicly. Only this can change a culture that has existed since the beginnings of the modern police department.

If Number One of Serpico’s reforms had been in place in Cleveland, Timothy Loehmann might have remained a washed-out small-town cop and never moved on to become a big-city cop and Tamir Rice might still be alive instead of shot down in less than three seconds when Loehmann encountered him.

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If Number Two of Serpico’s reforms had been in place in New York, Peter Liang might have been paired off with a more experienced veteran officer instead of another rookie like himself.

If Number Six of Serpico’s reforms had been in place in New York and Ferguson, Missouri, the grand jury decisions not to indict Pantaleno and Wilson might be less subject to suspicions of prosecutors manipulating the results.

There will never be a solution to the problem of police brutality and community hostility until all sides involved own up to their own vested interests, sacred cows and protected turf. Any meaningful progress means giving up, compromising, hammering out and forging a new deal between polarized enemies.

I don’t want to view the police as an occupying force. I need them to tell my noisy neighbors to turn that racket down as much as anyone else does. At the current state of things, I’m far less concerned about ISIS or Ebola taking me out than I am Officer Friendly doing me in because he didn’t like a gesture I made during a traffic stop.

Don’t tell me being a cop is a tough, thankless gig. Who doesn’t know that? Any cop who was expecting applause should have never cut their hair, formed a rock band and learned how to play Van Halen’s “Eruption.” Most cops never pull their guns to shoot anybody. When they do most times they’re justified and every time they have to kill someone they don’t have to be probed like a visit to the proctologist.

That doesn’t give cops a license to kill and a badge does not bestow extra rights the rest of us don’t get.

It is not playing the Race Card to wonder why there are so many encounters between unarmed Black men and armed White cops end up fatal for the Black men. If the shoe were on the other foot and White cops were being mowed down by Black assailants would there any puzzlement of what the hell is going on?

The agitation of a New Black Panthers plotting acts of murder and revenge against persons and property deserves condemnation by any responsible citizen, but so does Patrick Lynch of the Patrolmen’s Benevolent Association when he calls Pantaleo “a model police officer.”

The demagoguery has to end. The distrust has to end. The polarization and politicking has to end. I want to say it can end if all sides resolve to find a way to come together and force it to end. Yet while I try to be hopeful because it doesn’t make much sense to be anything else or you might as well not get up out of bed, I can’t say I’m optimistic.

Reconciliation is possible but not if our differences remain irreconcilable. We can wait for the next Akai Gurley or Eric Garner or Mike Brown or Tamir Rice to come along and do this now familiar dance over again; five steps back and no steps forward, but if police reform is impossible a  revolution against the police is inevitable.

The odds are excellent we won’t have to wait too long to find out.

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“Don’t Shoot…Oops. Too Late.”

Mike Brown

A week after Michael Brown was shot multiple times and killed for reasons that remain unknown, Ferguson Police Department Police Chief Thomas Jackson held a press conference which accomplished exactly two things:

1. We learned the name of Brown’s shooter was one Officer Darren Wilson.
2. The police released a surveillance video of a man fitting Brown’s description apparently stealing $48 worth of cigars from a convenience store and then turning on and physically confronting a store clerk.

There were two more things wrong with this. The first is is even in Missouri, a “strong-arm robbery” as Jackson described it is not an executable offense. The second, and more important fact is Wilson didn’t know Brown was a suspect when he stopped him and in less than five minutes, shot him dead.

Even if Brown understood the clerk would call the police, he wasn’t running or trotting or making any effort to hide or conceal himself. At worse, Office Wilson stopped Brown for jaywalking or being a hazard to drivers by walking in the street.

Maybe that was dumb behavior. Jerky behavior. Smart-ass behavior. But none of it explains what happened between Wilson and Brown.

Young. Black. Male. Better shoot him before he becomes dangerous too.

No audio recordings. No video recordings. No eyewitnesses testimony. No ballistic reports and no statement about what was found at the crime scene. Jackson didn’t take questions and didn’t offer any new answers.

Why did it take numerous Freedom of Information requests before the Ferguson P.D. finally released the name of the officer involved? Why did the Ferguson P.D. share surveillance photos of what appears to be an altercation between Brown and a store clerk, but have yet to provide a timeline of Brown’s actions or Wilson’s?

Why is it we still don’t know how many times Wilson pulled the trigger and how many shots hit Brown? Even without an autopsy report, don’t the Ferguson P.D. have Wilson’s gun?

Can’t they count?

The chief’s press conference satisfied nobody (except for Fox News talking heads and they don’t count) and actually made things worse.   The fragile calm that had settled in after the National Guard replaced the the heavy-handed police presence of the Ferguson and St. Louis police force didn’t hold and the chaos and looting began anew.  Governor Jay Nixon declared a state of emergency and issued a curfew.   It hasn’t helped settle matters much as the Black community in Ferguson remains frustrated by the stonewalling and the slimy attempt by Jackson to smear a dead teenager with allegations of a criminal act.   As if that justifies shooting him down in the street.

The Ferguson P.D. gassed and harassed the media until they could come up with a plausible story and reasonable doubt. Now they are attempting to manipulate the media and the public. If Michael Brown can be made to look like a guilty thug, he becomes less of an innocent victim.

The police are public servants. They answer to the public, not the other way around. That’s clearly not happening here and it has turned a local tragedy into a national scandal. The longer the cop’s “account” of what happened goes unshared, the greater the likelihood when it finally does the story will be more about covering asses than uncovering truth.

The protests by the people should continue until they get the answers the authorities have failed to give them. The burning, looting and violence has to stop. It does nothing to help Brown’s family and the community if criminals are exploiting a tragedy to help themselves. Leave the protesters alone. The criminals should be arrested, prosecuted, and if proven guilty, punished and possibly imprisoned.

All the things which Michael Brown was not.

If the shooting Mike Brown was the explosion, the choking of Eric Garner was the fuse.

An observation: Brown was 6’4″ and 292 pounds and allegedly stolen cigars from a convenience store before his fatal encounter with a police officer.

In NYC, Eric Garner was 6’3″ and 350 pounds and allegedly was selling illegal cigarettes (or “loosies”) when he had his fatal encounter with police officers.

The conclusion seems to be if you’re a big Black guy, if the tobacco doesn’t kill you, the cops will.

Who’s afraid of a large Black man? Everybody. Or at least the cops seem to be. Any cop who is so scared of a large Black man their only recourse is to kill them, is a coward and has no business with a badge and a gun.

One more thing. I’ve been impressed by how attentive young Black people have been to the goings on in Ferguson. This has engaged them in a way similar killings have not.

How Michael Brown’s met his end is no more heartbreaking than that of Jordan Davis, Renisha McBride, Jonathan Ferrell, or even Trayvon Martin. Unlike Eric Garner’s demise, no video of the last moments of Brown’s life exists, but there are 40 FBI agents in Ferguson knocking on doors just to be sure.

But the image of Brown’s bloodied corpse lying in the street like a dead dog was seen on Instagram, on Twitter, on cell phones and all over the world and it incensed a generation for whom the Los Angeles riots in the wake of the acquittal of the four police officers who beat the hell out of Rodney King happened before many of them were born.

This is their Rodney King moment. Eric Garner was the fuse. Michael Brown was the explosion.   They’re angry.  They’re engaged.  They’re paying attention.   If the dreamers stay awake they may take a hard look around and realize they have been living in a nightmare.

What will it take then to put them back to sleep?   Quick!  Gimme an update on the state of Jay-Z and Beyonce’s marriage!  We need to keep these Negroes happy and complacent!

No more civil rights marches should not to be taken to mean nothing is wrong, because as the world watches in horror and fascination, Ferguson 2014 looks a lot like Birmingham 1964.

It’s news when an American city looks like the Gaza Strip (photo: Scott Olson, Getty Images)

There’s (NOT) A Riot Goin’ On

Photograph: Frederic J Brown/AFP/Getty Images

Where’s all the smoke and flame and cops and dead bodies everywhere?

Hey! What happened to all the rioting and burning and looting and shooting and raping and killing in the U.S.A we were guaranteed would occur if Zimmerman was acquitted? What’s all this peaceful demonstrating for Trayvon Martin after his killer walked?

Can’t Blacks even riot like they used to?   Is NOTHING sacred?

I think we should all acknowledge if Sanford, Florida isn’t being burnt to a cinder by now it’s never going to happen. All this bullshit, inflammatory, race-baiting talk about Black folks rioting in the streets and taking revenge on White people following a Zimmerman acquittal was just that: BULLSHIT.

If it had happened, it would have been completely understandable. It could have happened. Maybe it even should have happened. But it didn’t happen. Any violence was limited, localized and small in both scale and significance.  Enough blood had been spilled.  Who really wanted more?

God knows the racists wanted it. Rush wanted it. CNN wanted it.  Can’t you see Wolf Blitzer and John King in front of a three-dimensional layout of the country going up in flames?   Geraldo Rivera and Fox News really wanted it. They wanted Negroes to act like fools.  It would be great for the rating, but you can’t always get what you want.

Drunken White people riot when their fucking hockey team loses the Stanley Cup but we’re not about to ban hockey. Let an unarmed Black kid get gunned down by one twisted fat fuck with a gun and it’s the L.A. riots all over again.  It didn’t quite turn out that way but nobody’s about go on television or the radio or online to say, “Well, damn. Guess I was wrong. Black people have more respect for the law than I thought.”

But I don’t want to make this about RACE. Oh, heavens, no! Race had nothing to do with this. If you believe that you probably think that’s golden raindrops falling on your head too.  That doesn’t mean there isn’t any race cards being played.   I got this e-mail in my inbox the night the verdict was announced.  The subject line read:  “Zimm Aquit, let the black animals loose!” and the one sentence read:  So, here we go, Free HD wide screen Tv’s! Come and get your FREE shit! ANY excuse will do! It’s not color,  it’s FREE STUFF!

I didn’t reply that night.  Or the next.  Or the night after that. I waited until I was ready for a rebuttal.

No rioting.  No raping.  No burning.  No looting.  No White people killed for being White.

I know you must be so butthurt about that.  Sorry.  Guess those “Black animals” were more civilized than you thought.  To the extent you think at all.

No wonder you’re sucking Zimmerman’s dick so hard.  You wish it was you that shot down Trayvon Martin.

You can take your “Black animals” shit and shove it up your ass.

I never knew what a hopeless racist you really are.  I’d say I feel sorry for your paranoia, but honestly?  I don’t give a damn.

If you're going to riot, you might as well do it for a stupid reason.

If you’re going to riot, you might as well do it for a stupid reason.

Hate isn’t  kept alive by bigots like the Klan or race hustlers or trouble making outsiders.   It’s us.  It’s always just us.   It’s what happens when all we  see in each other is a color or a religion or a sexual orientation or a gender first and humanity a distant second, if at all.  That makes us no different from George Zimmerman.  All he saw was Trayvon as the Black kid in the wrong neighborhood.

That’s why it was so easy for Zimmerman to kill Trayvon.  He wasn’t human to him.  He still isn’t.

He’s not the only one either.

 

If Sanford Burns, Don’t Blame Me.

“You can’t blame me either. All I did was shoot a Black kid.”

Got a letter from a friend the other day.  Seems she had heard some Black folks were a little wound up about the George Zimmerman trial and she got freaked out they were going to do something about it if he walked.

So of course she sends me a series of e-mails demanding I do something about it.

When will blacks begin to address Their Own cultural problems, not only in relation to Western whites- but their own values and failures, and failures of values?  I guess if GZ is not convicted we can just wait for across the country race riots. Blacks are calling for killing white teens, especially in the suburbs,  in droves, ‘to see how it feels’. Now that is some civilized shit!  And you wonder why anyone is racist.  Whites are scared shitless of blacks. We are not Superior these days, we are frightened out of our minds with what has come from generational entitlements, crime, crack, endless poverty.  The NEW racism is not The OLD supremacist Mississippi racism, the new one is one of FEAR.

There is a lot of fear out there because black people are all over the place making real and specified threats of killing. The cops know it, the public knows it. Where are Jesse and Al now calling for calm? No..not them, this is their WET dream!

I simply cannot explain enough how we see this uncivilized behavior.  Black thugs scare the fuck out of the rest of us, that are not out killing people on the streets and doing stupid shit with a total lack of respect for life, like throwing bleach on people on trains, shooting each other, causing chaos, gang beating old people and just acting like fools for the sake of it. Sorry, it’s not ok no matter how you slice it. It’s cultural decadence gone wild. And, since we ‘whites’ have all the rights and privileges to end it, why has it not been done already? Tolerance. For no really good reason.

Perhaps you are not seeing the threats? Why would people not be afraid? Isn’t it normal to be afraid, when they’re TELLING you to BE AFRAID?  When people are saying, ‘we are going to kill your kids over this’ you have EVERY RIGHT to be afraid.

There is every good reason to fear black people, if you do not understand that, you have not taken a GOOD look at Black culture as it has evolved in the US.

L.A. burned in ’92. But I was at work that day.

Gee, I wonder if that’s the same kind of fear Trayvon felt just before this cowardly piece of trash shot him down?   I wonder if its anything like the fear young Black men like Trayvon and their parents felt knowing there were laws in place that provided legal protection for anyone who claimed a Black kid was acting “suspiciously” and they “feared for their life” so they killed in order not to be killed.

It really sucks to live in fear, doesn’t it?   But the only fear that matters is White fear.

Allow me to retort and rebut.

You keep telling me what others whom I don’t know are saying and expect me to be responsible for responding to it?

I not only can’t do that, I won’t do that.  I can no more be a spokesman for the entire Black race than you can be for the entire White race.  I certainly won’t take responsibility for what a few idiots are saying that has you all hot and bothered.

I am not here to reassure you there will be no violence if Zimmerman walks.  Even if I could tell 36 million African-Americans to be cool, I wouldn’t do it.   I don’t have the right to tell anyone else how they should feel or what they should do.  All I’m responsible for it what I feel and what I will do.

Here’s what I won’t do.

I won’t throw a brick through a window.  Any window.  Especially not my windows.  They’re still pretty new and I like them.

I won’t burn down any houses.  Particularly not my house.  I have some neighbors I don’t like so much, but I won’t burn down their house either.

I won’t hit anyone upside the head.  Not even with a brick.  You never know who has a concealed carry permit and that’s the wrong way to find out.

I won’t allow my wife or son or daughter to riot either.   And that’s all I can be reasonably expected not to do if George Zimmerman is acquitted for the murder of Trayvon Martin.   Yes, I said “murder.”  Trayvon was alive and now he’s dead and Zimmerman made him that way.   Whether he intended to kill him is a matter of degree of murder, but it’s still murder.

I hope there’s no violence.  I hope if there is any violence, it’s short, limited and over quickly.

But if there is violence I know this: it won’t be my fault.  It’s not my responsibility to prevent it or even try to stop it.   People will do what they feel they need to do.  It won’t help Trayvon.  He’ll still be dead.  It won’t hurt George Zimmerman.  He’ll be free (and probably looking over his shoulder for the rest of his life).

What’s the point of a riot?    No point as far as I can see, but then I don’t fit the profile of a likely rioter.

It might make someone feel like they’re doing something.   If they need to get out of them what’s bottled inside that badly then I guess throwing a brick or starting a fire or beating up some poor devil who has nothing to do with any of this might make them feel better.

It won’t make things any better, but with the present low state of race relations it won’t make things any worse either.  Martin Luther King said, “A riot is the language of the unheard.”  Maybe that’s what it takes to get Americans to listen.

Zimmerman going free would not be a good thing, but it’s not the worse thing either.  The worst thing has already happened with Trayvon’s death.  Killing or hurting someone else won’t make Trayvon any less dead.

Let me be clear.  I don’t want to see anyone get hurt.  I don’t want to see anybody else die.   Burning and looting and tearing shit up is not what I want to see in the aftermath of a Zimmerman acquittal.  Not at all.

It won’t surprise me if that is exactly what happens.   I’ll care, but if Sanford and other parts of the country goes up in flames, it’s not my fault.

You didn’t care when Zimmerman killed Martin. You didn’t care about this asinine Stand Your Ground law that gives idiots the right to kill and a get out of jail card if they say, “Hey, I was afraid for my life. I stood my ground and never mind if I started the fight.”

And now you expect the same people whom you have told in no uncertain terms “We have the legal right to kill your sons when they make us nervous” to rush to reassure you, “All is well. We’re cool.” You can whistle while you wait for that.

If a riot happens, a riot happens and there is nothing I, Jesse, Al, Barack or Jesus Christ can say to stop it from happening.

I don’t care about your fear.   Your unreasonable, irrational and racist fear is your problem, because if Sanford burns, you can blame George Zimmerman.   You can blame the failure on the justice system.  You can blame those who are rioting.   You can find someone to blame.

But you won’t blame me.

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Zimmerman Family Values

If the colors were changed Zimmerman would already be in prison for life.

It’s Father’s Day, a time sons and dads get together and reminiscence fondly of their good times together.    Or if you’re Robert Zimmerman Sr. whose son George faces second-degree murder charges for the killing of Trayvon Martin last February and you think he got a raw deal,  what you do is dash off a $3.99 e-book on Amazon and  you lay fault for all the woes of your family squarely on nearly every prominent Black politician and organization for being “the true racists.”

Who is it that has that knives out for George?   Daddy Zimmerman has it all figured out and naming names:

  • Congressional Black Caucus. “[A] pathetic, self-serving group of racists… advancing their purely racist agenda.” He later adds that “all members of Congress should be ashamed of the Congressional Black Caucus, as should be their constituents.” And finally: “They are truly a disgrace to all Americans.”
  • The NAACP. “[S]imply promotes racism and hatred for their own, primarily financial, interests” and “without prejudice and racial divide, the NAACP would simply cease to exist.”
  • NAACP President Benjamin Jealous. “[W]hat I would expect of a racist.”
  • Trayvon Martin’s funeral director. A “racial activist and former head of the local NAACP.”
  • Benjamin Crump, Natalie Jackson and Daryl Parks, attorneys for Travyon Martin’s family. “The scheme team.”
  • The National Basketball Players Association.
  • Black Chamber of Commerce.
  • National Association of Black Law Enforcement Officers.
  • National Black United Fund.
  • United Negro College Fund.

Robert Zimmerman Sr. sees conspiracies against his son and the face of the conspiracy is a Black one.

Pretty much everybody but The Harlem Globetrotters is gunning for Boy George Zimmerman.   The old man also claims the Boston bombings could have been averted if the FBI wasn’t busy investigating the Martin murder.

The positive reviews on Amazon praising Zimmerman Sr., are just as  eye-opening.

 This book gives you a glimpse into what actually happened in February of 2012, without the lies and politics. Don’t be put off by other people who disparage this man and his family without bothering to find out what actually happened. The truth will come out during the trial, and the Zimmermans will be vindicated.

I have believed all along that this case was a travesty propelled by financial and personal gain by those whose interest is benefited from this being a criminal & race issue…Those of you that think this isn’t financially motivated read the book and then ask Trayvons grieving mother when & where she got those huge multi carat diamond earrings she was sporting on her media campaign?

To the Zimmerman family, I support your family, and I wish the Martin family would have recognized the signs for their son to get help. It’s a tragedy, and I wish we could bring Trayvon back, and have given him some guidance before he decided not to stop beating your son’s head into the pavement. A couple more poundings, and George would possibly have brain damage, and been a vegetable. If Trayvon would have kept his hands to himself, he still would be here for his family.

Okay, you get the picture.   There’s a lot of sick, twisted bastards and far too many of them have computer access.

Too bad you can’t train a puppy on an e-book.

In the foreword of  “Florida v. Zimmerman: Uncovering the Malicious Prosecution of my Son, George” Daddy Z declares, “Everything stated in this book is true to the best of my knowledge and my belief (You really believe that?).   However, given the media’s egregious and misleading reporting (Because I certainly couldn’t be biased in favor of my son), I would certainly encourage readers research any and all information they may question (And if you’re expecting an impartial account to come from the father of a guy facing hard time behind bars you’re out of your mind).”

The only ones who could be interested in slanted, self-serving trash like this are the same fools who are making contributions to George Zimmerman’s defense fund.   It’s a neat little Jedi mind trick Daddy Z has pulled off here.   He appeals to racists by denouncing every African-American who has chosen justice for Trayvon over freedom for George as the real racists.

This strategy should do well with morons and Stormfront members.

Zimmerman, Sr.is engaged in two of the oldest defenses in the world: deflection and projection. Blaming others for the sins of racism that he and his family perpetuates continually and repeatedly.

Can I say with 100 percent certainty George Zimmerman was motivated by racism when he murdered Trayvon Martin?   No.   But what I can say is if he is he got it honestly.

Today is Father’s Day and there is no doubt Robert Zimmerman Sr., loves his son George very much .   He loves him so much he would lie for him.  He loves him so much he would spread his race-baiting venom to others to feed the seething racial resentment his son started with his reckless and criminal behavior .      George  is a killer and that reflects poorly upon how the elder Zimmerman raised him.      His  love is no excuse for being a lousy parent.    The stupid and selfish actions of George took Trayvon away from his father and that’s why he’s on trial for murder, not because of anything the NAACP or the NBA did.

Today is Father’s Day and Robert Zimmerman Sr. shows his love by spewing hate.

This is the face of a good boy. Not a boy killer.

 

Stand Your Ground (and Kill Who You Want)

A wrong-headed law that gives people to kill without punishment.

A wrong-headed law that gives people to kill without punishment.

With his trial for the killing of Trayvon Martin not slated to begin until next year, don’t think for a minute George Zimmerman isn’t spending his free time dreaming up new hustles to separate suckers from their money.

His latest one is a post on his official website when Zimmerman claims  the “George Zimmerman Defense Fund is at its lowest, and new funds must be raised to support George’s living expenses and legal costs.”   Give now and you’ll receive a note that reads “Thank you for your support, [signed] your friend, George Zimmerman.”

I have no idea what kind of person would give money to a cowardly punk like Zimmerman and I hope I never meet anyone that would.   I’m not a violent man, but I do have fantasy of what I might do if George Zimmerman, a metal baseball bat, a locked room and me were to all converge simultaneously in an act of cosmic justice.

Who needs a bloody fantasy when  you can make them reality and under Florida’s twisted Stand Your Ground law you can kill who you want when you want because you want  and  nobody seems interested if  allows people to get away with murder.

Michael David Dunn will be brought from Brevard County to Jacksonville after entering a not-guilty plea to charges of murder and attempted murder in the Friday shooting death of a 17-year-old student at a Jacksonville gas station.

Dunn, 45, of Satellite Beach, waived extradition and should be en route back to Jacksonville before Thursday to face charges in the death of Jordan Russell Davis, according to Lt. Tod Goodyear, the Brevard County Sheriff’s Office spokesman.

A gun collector in Jacksonville for his son’s wedding, Dunn told police he felt “threatened” after an argument with the Wolfson High student over loud music coming from a sports-utility vehicle parked next to him at the Gate station at 8251 Southside Blvd. Davis was in the back seat when “there were words exchanged,” followed by gunfire at 7:40 p.m., said Jacksonville homicide Lt. Rob Schoonover.

“Our suspect produced a weapon and started firing into the vehicle. Our victim was shot a couple of times,” Schoonover said. “ … They were listening to the music. It was loud; they [other teens] admitted that. But I mean that is not a reason for someone to open fire on them.”

Jordan Davis.  Victim.  Dead.

Jordan Davis. Victim. Dead.

Schoonover said Dunn and his girlfriend were next to the red SUV containing Davis and three of his friends. Dunn’s girlfriend was inside when Dunn and Davis exchanged words. Shots were fired, leaving Davis hit and eight or nine bullet holes in the SUV, Schoonover said.

The couple drove off after Dunn told her he had “fired at these kids,” Schoonover said. They went to their hotel, then returned to Brevard County when they learned what had happened from local news.

Witnesses gave police Dunn’s license plate number, which led police to his home. Schoonover said Dunn was planning to turn himself in when he was arrested.

Ever been at a red light when right next to you some big-ass Escalade rolled up and the bass was bumping so loud it’s not just rattling their windows, it’s rattling yours too?   How many times have you wished you could scream, “Hey!  Turn that shit DOWN!”   But you don’t.  You just sit there fuming and wishing the damn light would turn green already.

Or maybe if you’re strapped and feeling like you’ve had about as much as you can stand, you do tell the rude kids in the big-ass Escalade to turn that shit down.  Maybe you even follow them and decide to enforce some city codes about noise.

Dunn’s attorney explained what her client’s defense would be for shooting the unarmed Davis, “It will be very clear that Mr. Dunn acted very responsibly and as any responsible firearms owner would have acted under these circumstances.”

Lemonidis told a Jacksonville television station, “All he did was pull up next to this car, or the car pulled up next to him, he’s on the passenger side of their car, and he said, he rolled down his window and politely said, ‘Would you mind turning that music down?'” Lemonidis said. “And the driver apparently turned it off immediately. Then he hears from the back, ‘That (expletive), he can’t, that (expletive), we ain’t going to tell us where to turn our music down,’ and boom, they cranked it back up as loud as it would go. Louder than it had been.”

“When he saw the shotgun barrel come up in the rear passenger window, he saw about three to four inches of it,” Lemonidis said. “He estimated the gauge of the shotgun, the type, everything, he’s very familiar with firearms, as I said, owns firearms and has since he was in third grade. He immediately went into self-defense mode, which any responsible firearms owner would do.”

When informed the police said no weapon was found in the vehicle Davis was riding in, Lemonidis replied, “I humbly suggest that they may not have looked hard enough, and it certainly would not have been in the vehicle when they looked unless they had stopped it immediately, which I doubt they did.”

Lemonidis did not say whether Dunn would invoke the Stand Your Ground defense.

This isn’t self-defense.  This isn’t even Zimmerman’s bullshit claim that his role as part of a neighborhood block watch gave him the authority to stalk, confront and kill Trayvon Martin.   This is straight-up street justice when whatever it is that annoys or scares you is all the pretext needed to pull out your piece and start blasting.

Haven’t we been here before?  Yes, we have and we will revisit this story again with only the names and places changing as long as Florida and other states in this gun-crazy country makes hunting human beings legal.

Mr. Dunn, meet Mr.  Zimmerman.  You two should hang out.  You have so much in common.   Like the blood of dead young men on your hands.

Michael Dunn.  Shot Jordan Davis.  May go free.

Michael Dunn. Shot Jordan Davis. May go free.

The Trayvon Martin Case: Throw A Little More Dirt on the Dead

Martin’s past, not Zimmerman’s, is open to scrutiny.

It was a good week to be George Zimmerman.    He found out when his trial begins on June 10, 2012 for the shooting death of Trayvon Martin his attorneys will be allowed to see the slain teenager’s  school records and social media accounts.

Judge Debra Nelson told Zimmerman and his attorneys, “I think that you’re entitled to those records.”

Really?  Why?  That’s what Benjamin Crump, attorney Martin’s parents, Sabrina Fulton and Tracy Martin wanted to know at a press conference.

“Why is it relevant about his school records or his Facebook page?” Crump said.  “George Zimmerman knew none of that on Feb. 26 when he claimed Trayvon’s life.”

Crump knows exactly why Mark O’Mara and the defense team want to take a peek at Trayvon’s school records and Facebook and Twitter accounts.  They want to show a pattern of anti-social or violent behavior by Trayvon that would bolster their claim Zimmerman shot him in self-defense.

Judge Debra Nelson: Jurist Number Three for Zimmerman.

Nelson, is the third judge to preside over the Zimmerman case.  The previous judge, Kenneth Lester was removed after complaints from O’Mara that he had displayed bias against his client and a Florida appeals court agreed.   The first judge stepped aside due to a conflict of interest.

Zimmerman said nothing during the hearing, but apparently life in hiding agrees with him.  Court observers were surprised by the 40 pounds or so Zimmerman had packed on while free on bond.

Zimmerman was allowed to roam free for  over 45 days after killing Martin before finally being arrested.  Zimmerman wasn’t tested for drugs or alcohol in his system while he was being questioned by the Sanford police department.  Zimmerman was granted bail, declared he had no money for his  while hiding $135,000 in donations he had collected from a website he set up for his defense.  Zimmerman’s wife was arrested and charged with perjury for lying to the court.  Lester revoked Zimmerman’s bail and sent him back to jail, but rather than let him stay there until his trial, Lester grant him bail a second time.  In return, Zimmerman bitched that the judge was prejudiced against him and had him replaced with a third one.

To hear his defenders tell it, at every point Zimmerman’s rights have been trampled.   Somebody want to tell me how?   The facts say different.

Zimmerman’s attorneys will now be allowed to root around in Martin’s past looking for proof he  had violent tendencies.   Zimmerman is the one with a prior criminal record for resisting arrest and battery of a law enforcement official as well as the subject of a restraining order taken out by his former fiancee.   Though under suspension from high school at the time of his death, Martin had no criminal record.

Who exactly is on trial here?

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“Dad, I’m Back In Jail.” Love, George.

Go to jail. Do not pass Go. Do not collect $135,000.

I admit it:  when I read the judge revoked George Zimmerman’s bail and ordered him to turn himself in within 48 hours, I was hoping he wouldn’t.

If Zimmerman had “gone rogue” and on the run, it would have been fun to watch his defenders squirm and stammer trying to explain it.  It would also have fun to see Zimmerman hunted the way he hunted Trayvon Martin.

The pro-Zimmerman side has blamed Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton, blamed the news media, blamed the prosecutors, blamed Trayvon Martin, blamed anyone except George Zimmerman.

Zimmerman lied to the court about the funds at his disposal. Lied about his second passport. Along with his wife, attempted to hide how much money he had squirreled away. Try and put that on the Pseudo New Black Panthers or demonstrations in the streets of Sanford.

Zimmerman’s own deceit and duplicity has put his honesty and credibility in question, so who will his defenders blame now?

In revoking the bond, Judge Lester said Zimmerman, who is currently in hiding, shouldn’t be able to benefit from “material falsehoods.” The judge also immediately placed Zimmerman under a “no bond” status, meaning he’ll likely spend the rest of his time awaiting trial in a Seminole County jail cell. The judge gave Zimmerman 48 hours to report to jail.

As prosecutors released nearly all their evidence in the case to the public last month, it increasingly appeared like Zimmerman’s original statement – that he shot Trayvon after fearing for his life as the boy pummeled him – had credence. Medical statements showed he had a broken nose and cuts on the back of his head, and several witnesses corroborated that Zimmerman was on the receiving end of a beating after getting out of his car to follow Trayvon.

Prosecutors say Zimmerman is culpable because he ‘profiled” the boy as a criminal, ignored a dispatcher’s warning about following Trayvon, and then “confronted” him. While the state’s Stand Your Ground law allows people to defend themselves with lethal force in public areas, it does not protect those who instigate a fight.

Some legal experts, including Harvard’s Alan Dershowitz, have accused chief prosecutor Angela Corey of folding under public pressure to charge Zimmerman with second degree murder, arguing there’s not enough evidence to support the charges. It’s a notion Ms. Corey has denied.

But having the judge in essence calling Zimmerman a liar before he even has a chance to take the stand in his defense may dramatically change the tenor and perception of the case by boosting the prosecution’s contention that Zimmerman is not a trustworthy person. Because Zimmerman is the only living witness to the exact events of that night, a jury will have to weigh his credibility as he defends himself against a crime that carries a maximum sentence of life in prison.

There’s only one victim here and don’t ever forget it.

During the hearing, prosecutors introduced several recordings of telephone conversations between Zimmerman and his wife, Shellie, made while he was in jail. In one such recording, they can be heard speaking cryptically about a second passport in his possession. Zimmerman was ordered by the judge to hand over his passport so he couldn’t flee the country, but Zimmerman applied for a second passport after the shooting, saying his first one had been stolen.

I’m sure he had a really good reason to lie to the judge about his assets. Like he didn’t want to go to jail.  If Zimmerman is willing to lie to a judge about how much money he had and his second passport, what else  might he be lying about?

Does these seem like the actions of a trustworthy man?  Not to me it doesn’t but maybe that’s just my anti-Zimmerman/pro-Trayvon bias coming out.   Some have cast doubts on how smart Zimmerman is with his reckless disregard of the 911 dispatcher and every rule a neighborhood watch should follow.

But I’m not so sure Zimmerman is as big a dope as he actions lead others to conclude he is. He fooled a judge into releasing him on a low bond. Zimmerman fooled a lot of people thinking he’s an innocent man caught up in a politically and racially fueled nightmare of Kafkaesque proportions.

Zimmerman might not be particularly intelligent or bright, but he’s displayed a degree of cunning and capacity to manipulate others in his behalf that says to me he isn’t stupid either.

Now he can be the smartest second-degree murderer in a Florida jail.  If the judge lets Zimmerman out on bail a second time, he’s a bigger idiot than Zimmerman.

George, I have three words for you:  watch your back.