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white male fire capt. demoted for racist rant on Facebook

(Source: Miami-Dade Fire Rescue) Capt. Brian Beckmann

 “I and my coworkers could rewrite the book on whether our urban youths are victims of racist profiling or products of their failed, *expletive*, ignorant, pathetic, welfare dependent excuses for parents”

A Miami-Dade fire captain under fire for his controversial Facebook comments in the Trayvon Martin case has been demoted. Captain Brian Beckmann fell from the top of the command in his firehouse to the lowest rank of firefighter.
“The comments made by Captain Beckmann were reprehensible and will not be tolerated,” said Miami Dade Mayor Carlos Gimenez, a former fire chief, after word of the discipline was made public. “We can’t have our employees, especially a supervisor, making such disparaging comments about any member of our community, much less one of our own employees.”

In addition to the loss of rank, the 17-year-fire department veteran’s paycheck will take a major hit because a firefighter’s salary is dramatically less than a fire captain. The amount is still unclear but CBS4 found Beckman made $125,616 as a Captain during a 2007 investigation done on firefighter salaries.

Before returning to work Beckmann will have to undergo a psychological examination by a county doctor and be required to take diversity training courses.

Beckmann, with the help of the firefighter union, is expected to appeal the demotion.

“Today the Fire Chief demoted Brian Beckmann by two supervisory ranks back to the rank of Firefighter. As union President, I believe this discipline is excessive,” said Rowan Taylor in a statement. “We will immediately file an appeal to an independent arbitrator. We anticipate that the case will be heard within the next few months. The decision of the independent arbitrator will be final and binding.”

Under county union contracts, that appeal will go to an arbitrator who may uphold, reverse, or offer up a new discipline order. The process of appeal could take up to six months. In the meantime Beckmann will have to work as a firefighter.

The disciplinary action against Beckmann stems from racially charged comments made on his personal Facebook page.

The Facebook post that started the firestorm of controversy claimed, “I and my coworkers could rewrite the book on whether our urban youths are victims of racist profiling or products of their failed, *expletive*, ignorant, pathetic, welfare dependent excuses for parents,” in cases like the shooting death of unarmed Miami teen Trayvon Martin.

Beckmann denied writing the Facebook message when interviewed by the Human Resources department. Instead, Beckmann said he copy and pasted the message from another website.

“I was reading things that evoked s response in me that made me want to share it,” Beckmann told an interviewer. These “were not my words.”

Miami-Dade Fire Rescue had launched an investigation into whether any county policies were violated by the posting, which critics said was racist.

In the county’s 11-page social media policy, there is just one paragraph regarding personal opinions that reads “do it on your own time, make clear that you are speaking from your own point of view.”

Beckmann has defended the post. He told CBS4 News partner the Miami Herald that he was a ‘private citizen and has the same right to freely express an opinion on any subject that anyone else does’.

Beckmann made the Facebook post on the same day State Attorney Angela Corey announced that Sanford neighborhood watchman George Zimmerman was being charged with second-degree murder in the Trayvon Martin shooting. Martin, a Miami Gardens teen, was unarmed. Zimmerman said he shot Martin in self-defense.

However, Mayor Gimenez believes the county needs to take strong action now to look at social media policy.

“In order to avoid this from happening in the future, I have directed my staff to revise the appropriate policies dealing with this issue. It is important to reiterate my position that public servants have a responsibility to uphold the highest levels of integrity and decency, especially when you consider our multicultural, multi-ethnic community. There’s no such thing as being off-the-clock; we are public servants 24/7 and must conduct ourselves with the utmost professionalism at all times.”

http://miami.cbslocal.com/2012/05/14/miami-dade-fire-capt-demoted-for-controversial-facebook-rant/?hpt=us_bn5

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18-Year-Old Alan Blueford, black male, executed by Oakland cops

A Skyline High School senior is dead after Oakland police profiled and opened fire on him.

The summary execution of 18-year-old Alan Dwayne Blueford happened near 90th Avenue and Birch Street in Oakland early Sunday morning. Mr. Blueford and two friends were standing outside waiting for some young lady friends to come pick them up. According to Oakland police, two of their cops “believed one of them were carrying a hidden gun.” It is unclear how this was determined based on their looks, nor is it clear why that would matter in a country which prides itself on gun ownership rights.

Police say the young men ran (obviously fearing for their lives in the face of paid, constitutionally-protected killers) when they approached them. One of the cops, whose names are being protected by the city of Oakland, ran after Mr. Blueford for two blocks before recklessly firing a gun at the young man, killing him instantly. The cop struck Mr. Blueford three times and shot himself in the foot once. Of course, the killer was rewarded with a paid vacation (aka “paid administrative leave”), despite the long-standing U.S. Supreme Court decision in Tennessee v. Garner, 471 U.S. 1 (1985), which specifically outlaws police shooting at fleeing suspects without probable cause.

Watch a report about the execution by ABC-7 in San Francisco.

Following standard protocol, state-run media outlets have reported extensively about a so-called “criminal record” of Mr. Blueford, which is their way of justifying and encouraging summary executions by police. An attorney for Oakland Police, Harry Stern, said the summary execution was “100 percent” justified and in line with police policy. Though there is no way of knowing the truth regarding this execution, if what police say is true, Mr. Blueford should have used the alleged firearm to protect himself from the state organization members who know the policy of paid vacations when they murder Americans. The entire situation should have and could have been avoided had the cops not profiled these young men by approaching them for absolutely no reason except for harassment.

The family of Mr. Blueford has hired an attorney for a possible civil suit, however the killer will not be charged and should be back on the streets after his foot heals from the self-inflicted, reckless gunshot wound. Mr. Blueford was scheduled to graduate in June.

 http://opnateye.com/?p=489

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white male FBI special agent charged with possessing and distributing child pornography

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A former FBI special agent, who worked on some of the bureau’s most high profile cases including the 9/11 attacks and the Oklahoma bombing, faces twenty years in prison after being arrested on child pornography charges.

Donald Sachtleben, 54, who served the FBI as a bomb technician for 25 years, was charged with possessing and distributing child pornography.

The Indiana resident was arrested after the FBI and an Internet Crimes Against Children task force began investigating another individual who was allegedly trading child pornography online.

That individual, identified as Jason Nicoson from Illinois, was arrested in January.

After searching Nicoson’s computer, investigators were able to trace illegal activity to Sachtleben’s home in Carmel.

After obtaining a search warrant on May 3, police allegedly discovered approximately 30 images and video files containing child pornography on the hard drive of his laptop computer.

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Charged: Sachtleben, 54, faces thirty years behind bars if convicted of the child pornography possession and distribution charges

Police interviewed Sachtleben’s wife, who denied knowing anything about the images on her husband’s computer, according to an affidavit released today by the U.S Attorney’s office in Indiana.

The indecent images found on Sachtleben’s computer allegedly match those which were discovered on Nicoson’s.

If convicted, Sachtleben faces up to 20 years behind bars for the distribution charge and up to 10 years for the possession charge.

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Successful career: After retiring from an illustrious career in the FBI, Sachtleben began working in the Forensic Science department at Oklahoma State University, where he has been employed since last October

Both charges carry a fine of up to $250,000 and a lifetime supervised release.

‘Today’s announcement […]should make clear that no matter who you are, you will be brought to justice if you are found guilty of such criminal behavior,’ said US Attorney Joseph Hogsett.

Sachtleben retired from the FBI in 2008, after working on cases including the Unabomber case, the 1993 World Trade Center bombing and the USS Cole bombing, reported ABC News.

and currently works at Oklahoma State University in the Forensic Sciences department, where he has been employed since last October.

He is expected to appear in court on Thursday.

 http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2144546/Top-FBI-special-agent-charged-possessing-distributing-child-pornography-faces-20-years-bars.html#ixzz1uwJBHY7i

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ban on mixed-race adoption deprived thousands of decent home life, says equality chief

Sadness: Trevor Phillips, Chairman of the Commission for Racial Equality, said he regretted failing to challenge race rules

Sadness: Trevor Phillips, Chairman of the Commission for Racial Equality, said he regretted failing to challenge race rules

 

Thousands of children have lost the chance of a decent life because of the ban on mixed-race adoption, the state equality chief has admitted.

Trevor Phillips said it was his greatest regret that he failed to challenge the race rules which denied children the chance of a loving family and instead left them at the mercy of a failing care system.

Changes could have been made 10 years ago if the race relations watchdog had called for an inquiry, Mr Phillips said.

The acknowledgement by Mr Phillips of the damage done by the ban follows the Coalition’s decision to legislate to sweep away race rules.

The new law will reinforce guidelines already handed to social workers that tell them the need to find a family for a child is more important than their longstanding doctrine which says, for example, it is bad for a black child to be brought up by a white family.

For more than two decades adoptive parents have been strictly screened on race grounds, with many rejected because they have been judged the wrong match.

Social workers have been trained to believe that black children lose self-esteem and pride in themselves if they are not brought up by parents of the same colour.

Critics have said there is no evidence to support this theory and that race has been used as an excuse to depress the number of adoptions.

Mr Phillips, who is to step down as chairman of the Equality and Human Rights Commission this summer, said he should have challenged the race ban when he was appointed chief of its race relations predecessor, the Commission for Racial Equality, in 2003.

He told the BBC’s Andrew Marr Show: ‘If I had to pinpoint one single thing I would say that I wish when I took over at the CRE I had been more aggressive on the issue of transracial adoption.

‘If I had ordered an inquiry, an investigation, it would have shown pretty clearly that the life chances of children would have been much much better in a family of any race compared to staying in care.

‘I would have then be able to essentially change the policy in local authorities 10 years ago.’

Mr Phillips added: ‘My personal regret is that hundreds of children, maybe thousands of children, would now be in families who got stuck in the care system. If I had to go back and do something different, I would do something about that.

‘Being in care is the surest indicator that you will end up in crime, in drugs, that you will end up unemployed, and your children will repeat your experience.’

He added: ‘I think if we had been more aggressive on this issue we could have transformed the lives of very many children. But these are things we know in hindsight.’

It was the first time Mr Phillips is thought publicly to have criticised the ban on mixed-race adoptions, although critics of the system have long held that adoption was the last area of public life in Britain in which authorities were prepared to support open racial discrimination.

History: In 2000 Tony Blair suggested that the bar to transracial adoption should go

History: In 2000 Tony Blair suggested that the bar to transracial adoption should go

In 2000 Tony Blair suggested that the bar to transracial adoption should go, and his Government began to publish figures illustrating how long black children had to wait for new families because of the race rules. But his 2002 Adoption Act had nothing to say about race.

Mr Phillips was the leading Labour figure on the London Assembly at the time. He went on to head the CRE and then the EHRC when it took over from all the state equality bodies in 2007.

Social workers have long been criticised for failing to back adoption for children in care, preferring to see them brought up in the care system which often means life in a children’s home or shifted repeatedly between different foster parents.

Middle class couples hoping to adopt have long been rejected on a series of flimsy grounds, including their age, their smoking habits, or their beliefs.

There are currently around 65,000 children in the care system, with numbers rising because more children are being taken into state care following the Baby P scandal in 2008.

Last year just 3,050 children were adopted from state care, among them only 60 babies under a year old, the lowest total since 2001.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2144516/Ban-mixed-race-adoption-deprived-thousands-decent-home-life-says-equality-chief.html#ixzz1uwCPtpk3

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white female ex cop conned colleagues for 2 years with claims daughter had cancer… to pay for equestrian jumping lessons

Rachel Hewitt outside court today in Hull. She pleaded guilty to fraud after conning fellow police officers

Rachel Hewitt pleaded guilty to fraud after conning fellow police officers

A former police officer is facing up to 12 months in prison after admitting she conned cash out of her colleagues by claiming her daughter was suffering from leukaemia…when she was actually show jumping.

Mother of two Rachel Hewitt falsely obtained money from fellow employees at North Yorkshire Police and neighbouring West Yorkshire force between 2009 and 2011, telling them her daughter Natasha, 15, was undergoing chemotherapy after having tumours removed.

The 39-year-old, from Ash Grove, South Elmsall, West Yorkshire, pleaded guilty at Hull Crown Court today to a charge of misconduct in public office and separate charge of fraud.

Officers raised hundreds of pounds on two separate appeals from Hewitt.

She showed no signs of remorse as she pleaded guilty to a charge of wilful misconduct, amounting to an abuse of the public’s trust without reasonable excuse or justification.

The charge said she repeatedly claimed her daughter Natasha was ill with a form of cancer, had had a tumour surgically removed and required chemotherapy necessitating Mrs Hewitt’s absence from work.

As a result she received time off work and was given a sabbatical.

Another charge of fraud – from claiming that she required a career break to look after her daughter – was denied.

Crown barrister Simon Batiste said the second charge was covered by the first, which she had admitted. 

Mrs Hewitt will be sentenced at Hull Crown Court. She faces up to 12 months in prison

Mrs Hewitt will be sentenced at Hull Crown Court. She faces up to 12 months in prison

Defence barrister Heidi Cotton did not make an expression of remorse for the policewoman, but said ‘Mrs Hewitt is of previous good character’.

Judge Michael Mettyear will sentence Mrs Hewitt on June 6.

Hewitt, who was on a career break from the force when she was arrested last year, lives with security guard husband John, 44, and daughters Natasha and Jessica, 12 in West Yorkshire.

The family are well-known to the show jumping world as both the girls compete, with Jessica riding at a professional level.

The family are said to own at least six ponies and their home has stables and a paddock as well as practice jumps for Jessica and her sister.

A spokesman for North Yorkshire Police said: ‘Because this is an ongoing case it is inappropriate to comment further.’

 http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2144360/Ex-policewoman-admits-conned-colleagues-claims-daughter-cancer–pay-jumping-lessons.html#ixzz1uw3gBXLI

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