Daily Archives: May 13, 2012
The man who raised a black power salute at the 1968 Olympic Games
When John Carlos raised his fist in a black power salute at the 1968 Olympics, it changed 20th-century history – and his own life – for ever. How does he feel about it now?
John Carlos (on right), Tommie Smith (centre) and Peter Norman, who wore an Olympic Project for Human Rights badge in support of their gesture.
School Bus Driver, A Former Teacher Admits That His Preference In Child Porn Is Males In Their Mid To Late Teens
A former teacher who is now a substitute bus driver for the Issaquah School District was arrested by Homeland Security agents on Thursday on charges of possession and distribution of child pornography.
Undercover agents said they caught Andrew Rekdahl, 30, downloading and sharing child pornography under the screenname “Hboyandy.” When he was confronted with the accusations Thursday, the "white" beast confessed and told agents “his preference in child pornography is males in their mid to late teens,” according to court documents.
Trayvon Martin’s death has not only sparked a national debate over racial profiling and prompted a federal investigation, it has also made many recall other fatal shootings of unarmed civilians. In less than two months since Martin died, reckless police behavior has been cited in the deaths of two other people. In some instances, law-enforcement officials have acted unlawfully themselves—and not in self-defense. On Wednesday, five New Orleans police officers were sent to prison following the deaths of two unarmed civilians and a subsequent coverup. Will the crackdown set a new precedent for rogue cops? From the post-Katrina victims to Amadou Diallo and Sean Bell, see the cases of other unarmed civilians who were shot dead by police.
Less than a month after the death of Trayvon Martin, another unarmed black teen was shot dead, this time in Pasadena, Calif. Kendrec McDade, 19, was shot and killed on March 24, after the Pasadena Police Department received a 911 call about an armed robbery. Investigators later determined the caller had lied about McDade’s possession of a gun, and that the teen had allegedly acted as a “lookout” during a burglary at a restaurant. When police caught up with McDade and his juvenile accomplice, an officer reportedly shot McDade several times after he allegedly made a motion at his waistband. His family has since filed a federal wrongful-death lawsuit citing racial profiling.
Last week, some 200 people protested outside the home of a Chicago police officer who shot and killed an unarmed woman on March 21 while he was off duty. Chicago Police have admitted that the victim, Rekia Boyd, 22, was an innocent bystander. She was struck in the head by a bullet after an officer opened fire at a man who police say was approaching him with a gun in his hand. While police maintain 39-year-old Antonio Cross was indeed armed, Cross and his family insist he was only carrying a cellphone. No weapon was recovered from the scene. The shooting that killed Boyd is being investigated by Chicago’s independent police review authority.
Kenneth Chamberlain Sr.
Last November, Marine veteran Kenneth Chamberlain Sr. was killed at his home in White Plains, N.Y., by police who were initially responding to a call for medical help. Chamberlain, 68, suffered from a chronic heart condition and wore a pendant that could signal for help in case of a medical emergency. Having accidentally set off the pendant in his sleep, he was surprised when an armed police squad showed up outside his apartment early in the morning and reportedly demanded to be let in, despite his assurance that he was OK. Chamberlain grew increasingly agitated as cops allegedly swarmed his home and the clash resulted in him being shot twice in the chest. As in the case of Trayvon Martin, the incident was apparently sheltered from the media and authorities initially resisted a grand-jury probe. But as reports about the incident have become widely circulated, and at least one officer has reportedly been recorded on tape taunting Chamberlain and using racial slurs just before they broke down his door. More than four months later, a grand jury is hearing evidence regarding the incident.
Ronald Madison, a 40-year-old mentally disabled man who lived at home with his mother, was shot by New Orleans police officers near the now-infamous Danziger Bridge, six days after Hurricane Katrina battered New Orleans. Ronald’s brother, Lance, said they were walking across the bridge when a group of teens came up behind them and began shooting. The police showed up and began firing at people on the bridge. Madison was hit in the back and reportedly stomped on while dying by former Sgt. Kenneth Bowen, who was sentenced to 40 years in prison Wednesday.
Along with Ronald Madison, James Brissette was a victim of the Danziger Bridge shooting for which five NOPD officers were sentenced to prison on Wednesday. (Aside from Madison and Brissette, four others were gravely wounded in the gunfire.) Speaking in court, Brissette’s mother mentioned that he was only 17 when he died and that “he never knew what hit him.”
Oscar Grant was in a BART transit station in San Francisco on Jan. 1, 2009, when he was shot in the back while laying face down. Dozens of witnesses said they saw the shooting, which was filmed on several cellphones. Johannes Mehserle, the BART officer who shot Grant, said it looked like Grant was going for a gun. Grant was unarmed. The district attorney filed murder charges, but Mehserle was convicted of involuntary manslaughter and served 11 months for the crime. Grant’s family filed a $25 million civil suit against six BART police officers who were present during the shooting.
Hit by 19 bullets, Amadou Diallo died in the doorway of his apartment building in New York City on Feb. 5, 1999. Diallo was a 22-year-old West African immigrant whose death became a symbol of police brutality. Four plain-clothes police officers approached Diallo at his apartment because they thought he might be the suspect in a rape case. When Diallo reached for his wallet, the officers said they thought he was reaching for a gun and fired 41 shots at the unarmed street peddler. The officers were acquitted of second-degree murder charges.
The morning before his wedding, Sean Bell died in a hail of bullets in Queens, New York. Bell was out with friends for his bachelor party, and police suspected one of them had a gun. Bell and his buddies were driving out of a parking lot, when Detective Gescard F. Isnora reportedly ordered them to stop. Bell instead accelerated and crashed into a police minivan. Isnora thought he saw one of Bell’s friends reach for a gun and the team opened fire, blasting 50 bullets at the car. Bell was killed, while his two friends survived. Isnora and two other detectives were acquitted in a criminal trial in 2008, although Isnora was kicked off the force in March 2012.
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The Sigma Pi fraternity has been placed on interim suspension following an incident in which a person or people allegedly threw bottles at black students and taunted them from the fraternity’s roof, the University said in a statement Tuesday.
The suspension is not a presumption of fraternity’s guilt in the episode, according to Travis Apgar, associate dean of students for fraternity and sorority affairs. Apgar emphasized that the suspension “is not a kind of judicial decision or a judgment of their accountability.”
“There’s enough information to know that a serious allegation with credibility has been made, so the state of practice is for us to place them on interim suspension status,” Apgar said.
Ithaca Police is currently conducting a criminal investigation into the incident, according to the University’s statement. Additionally, a bias report has been filed with the Office of Fraternity and Sorority Affairs, according to the statement.
Jeremiah L. Hernandez, a member of a group that burned an 11-foot cross near a mixed-race Arroyo Grande family’s home in 2011, was captured on a gas station video, had ties to people with white supremacist beliefs and was overheard talking about the incident, a prosecutor charged Friday.
An attorney representing Hernandez disagreed, and said his client was not even at the scene, had no white power ties because he is Hispanic and Native American, and that the video is inconclusive.
The two sides squared off Friday during opening statements in the trial of the last member of a group that burned the cross overnight on March 17 last year in a vacant lot on South Elm Street adjacent to a 19-year-old woman’s window.
Hernandez, 32, of San Simeon, has pleaded not guilty to arson, cross burning, terrorism, conspiracy to commit cross burning and related enhancements. Hernandez faces a maximum of 14 years in prison if found guilty of the charges and unrelated pending criminal cases.
The three other defendants in the case have accepted plea-bargain agreements and are scheduled to be sentenced by San Luis Obispo County Superior Court Judge Jacquelyn Duffy on May 21.
Jason W. Kahn, 36, of Orcutt, pleaded no contest to arson, cross burning and terrorism-related charges including hate crime enhancements and is expected to receive a 12-year state prison sentence.
William Soto, 20, of Arroyo Grande, and Sara K. Matheny, 24, of San Simeon, also pleaded no-contest to arson and cross burning charges with hate crime enhancements and will most likely receive five-year state prison sentences.
The deals, which also involved unrelated past convictions and present offenses moving through the court system, focused on burning the cross that was stolen from St. John’s Lutheran Church in Arroyo Grande but not the theft of it.
Prosecutor David Pomeroy told the jury, which was selected this week, that Hernandez, also known as Smurf, was at the scene and that there is plenty of evidence to prove it.
Pomeroy said there is a video that was taken at a nearby Chevron gas station at about 11:30 p.m. on March 17 shortly before the cross was burned, that shows Hernandez with the three others in a vehicle with “lumber” on top in Arroyo Grande – most likely the disassembled cross.
He also told jurors that evidence will show Hernandez called himself an “outlaw,” and told a friend in a jail letter to “stick to the script” and “always keep your mouth sealed when law enforcement talks to you.” Pomeroy also said that Hernandez was heard talking about the cross burning by a person who will testify, and a day planner that belongs to Matheny indicates his whereabouts.
The day planner, which contains a cross drawn in pen on St. Patrick’s Day and remarks like we made the “front page,” was taken by authorities who arrested the pair at a hotel on unrelated offenses.
“Jeremiah was there with the three others,” said Pomeroy, adding that the group should have seen the mixed-race woman and her friend watching television within 24 feet of where the cross was burned.
Hernandez’ attorney, Raymond Allen, told the jurors he has many problems with Pomeroy’s evidence.
For starters, he said, the gas station video only shows the top of someone’s head and the officer who identified Hernandez did so after receiving additional information.
“Mr. Henandez was at the Grover Beach Motel where he rented a room with his family,” said Allen, adding they will all testify. “Several people saw him there. The manager also saw him when the cross burning happened. Mr. Hernandez was not involved.”
Allen said Hernandez also has no white power or Nazi tattoos like Kahn does.
One of the first witnesses to testify – who asked that her identity remain anonymous because she fears for her safety – was the former owner of the property where the cross was burned.
Both Pomeroy an Allen asked her if she knew Hernandez or had even seen him before.
“No,” said the woman, adding none of the four had permission to be there.
Throughout the case Kahn’s attorney, Trace Milan, claimed that Kahn and the others did not know the mixed-race family lived in the home and that the cross was burned in an adjacent lot in a celebration of death for Kahn’s father, Ricky Kahn, on the eve of his father’s birthday.
The elder Kahn was killed at the scene by sheriff’s deputies in 1994.
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Many are already calling him another Trayvon Martin. His name is Kendrec McDade, shot and killed by police in Pasadena, California on March 24 almost one month after Trayvon in Sanford, Florida.
19-year-old McDade was unarmed when police reportedly fatally shot him after receiving a call about an armed robbery in progress. Later police learned that the 911 caller had lied about the teen having a gun.
This shooting death has escalated the tension in Northwest Pasadena where African-American residents reportedly say they were repeatedly treated unfairly by the police.
According to The Daily Beast , police say this case doesn’t compare to Trayvon Martin for McDade was allegedly acting as a look-out while his accomplice attempted to break into a cash register at a local restaurant. Lt. Phlunte Riddle of the Pasadena police department reportedly said race was not a factor in the killing but a, ” response to an armed robbery that had just occurred with a full description.” He added that his officers felt their lives were in danger and were “highly upset” by the incident.
The 911 caller who lied about the gun was 26 year old Oscar Carillo who alleged told police that two Black men had stolen his backpack and computer from his car at gunpoint. He also told police he was following the men and that the two had split up–one running West on Orange Grove Boulevard and the other going North on Raymond Avenue.
Police reportedly caught up with McDade in an alley and opened fired on the teen for they thought he was reaching for a gun in his waistband. The 19 year old who had no gun, was allegeldy shot multiple times and later died at a local hospital.
Kendrec McDade was a college student and football star with no police record or gang affiliation. Those who knew him say he was a good kid “the apple of his mother’s eye.” The other teen, 17 year old was arrested and charged for robbery. Police say they cash register attempted robbery happened before the backpack, computer alleged heist.
Carillo, the caller who lied because he said he thought the police would “respond faster,” was also arrested and jailed on “suspicion of manslaughter,” and he is reportedly being held on $25,000 bail. No one is sure if charges were actually filed. Carillo was arrested after community activists protested and pushed hard on the authorites to arrest him for filing a false police report.
A black transgender Minneapolis woman pleaded guilty to second degree manslaughter in the stabbing death of a local man, but her supporters maintain she was the actual victim in the case.
As the Minneapolis Star-Tribune is reporting, 23-year-old CeCe McDonald is expected to be sentenced June 4 to three years and five months in prison for the death of Dean Schmitz, a white man.
McDonald was walking past a local bar on June 5, 2011 when an altercation between her and Schmitz, in addition to other patrons, erupted on the sidewalk outside. According to various reports, McDonald — who was transitioning at the time — said she pulled out a pair of scissors in an attempt to defend herself after the group hurled a glass at her face, and taunted her and her friends with both anti-gay and racist epithets, including “faggots,” “niggers” and “chicks with d*cks.”
Schmitz, who allegedly had a swastika tattoo and was between the ages of 41 and 47 according to varied reports, died at the scene from a stab wound to his chest.
Minneapolis City Council Member Cam Gordon is among those to defend McDonald, saying she was targeted for her race and gender. “It appears that CeCe was the victim of a hate crime that involved many people but she was the only person held by the police,” Gordon wrote on his blog. “Here is another example transgender women of color being targeted for hate- and bias-related violence. It is unfortunate that in this case, as in so many, the hate crime itself appears to have been ignored.”
Melanie Williams, columnist for the Minnesota Daily, felt similarly. “[Schmitz's] attack, therefore, was not just a random attack on one person’s body, but an attack on an entire race and entire gender,” she wrote. “An entire population of living, breathing, feeling people are hurting with McDonald, perhaps not physically but in the core of who they are.”
Though prosecuting attorney Mike Freeman has insisted that “gender, race, sexual orientation and class [were] not part of the decision-making process,” McDonald’s supporters have also drawn attention to the treatment she is said to have received from officers and other officials throughout the course of the investigation and trial. According to Support CeCe McDonald, a website created “in solidarity with trans people targetted [sic] by the prison industrial complex”:
CeCe was briefly taken to the hospital where she received 11 stitches in her cheek. Then, while she was still suffering both physically and mentally from this traumatic incident, she was left alone in a room for three hours and then interrogated, after which she was placed into solitary confinement. She spent the next several months in jail and had to wait almost two months between her initial doctors’ visit and a much-needed follow-up appointment.
During that time, her cheek swelled into an extremely painful, golfball-sized lump, making eating difficult and producing headaches and pressure on her left eye and ear. Ironically, the only gesture towards CeCe’s well-being that authorities made during her incarceration was to put her in solitary confinement “for her own protection” on two separate occasions, despite her stated desire to be housed alongside other prisoners.”
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- Deryl Dedmon, white teen, pleads guilty to Miss. hate crime murder of James Anderson (innerstandingisness.wordpress.com)
Ed Forchion aka NJ Weedman talks to Black Talk Radio about black people infiltrating the jury box to vote not guilty on laws they think are wrong and do not agree with but how many of those people who don’t like the system can fight the system through the jury box.
- cradle-to-grave prison system for africans: boy, 6, suspended from school for sexual harassment after reciting line from Sexy and I Know It song (innerstandingisness.wordpress.com)
- cradle-to-grave prison system for africans: black boy, 9, suspended for calling teacher cute (innerstandingisness.wordpress.com)
- cradle-to-grave prison system for africans: FL police pepper spray 9 year-old girl, charge her with multiple felonies. (innerstandingisness.wordpress.com)
- cradle-to-grave prison system: 6 year old black female kindergartner handcuffed and arrested (innerstandingisness.wordpress.com)