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“Becomming a Man” – A Program Successful at Cutting Youth Crime in Chicago

Something is working to at least slow the violence in Chicago down. It also will never be covered by most of the MSM because it is.

Inside The Chicago Program That Is Slashing Youth Crime Rates

“They learn that the kid sitting across from them in the circle has those same fears, has those same anxieties and that it’s OK.”

The Chicago-based program Becoming A Man is the type that allows rival gang members to sit together, just days after one group killed a member of the other, and calmly talk about their issues, according to John Wolf, senior manager of the University of Chicago’s Crime Lab.

“The kids weren’t saying whether or not they specifically knew who did it. But you had these two groups of people — where they knew someone from their group of friends had just killed someone from the other group of friends — and they were able to sit down in this group and have a conversation back and forth about what had just transpired,” Wolf said. “They were talking through ways of finding peace and ways of making sure it didn’t escalate further.”

For the past few years, Wolf and his colleagues have been studying the impact of the Becoming A Man program, which targets at-risk male students in Chicago public schools. The program, run by the non-profit organization Youth Guidance, allows students to participate in weekly group sessions that teach them how to be more conscious of their decision-making processes. A recent two-year evaluation of the program showed that between 2013 and 2015, there was a 50 percent decline in violent crime arrests for the 2,000 participants as compared to a control group. The results of this evaluation are being shared Monday at the National Summit on Preventing Youth Violence in Baltimore.

By teaching these adolescent males how to slow down their decision-making processes and avoid knee-jerk reactions, the program aims to improve students’ abilities to make appropriate judgments in high-stakes situations.

Wolf spent many days observing the participants in the program. He watched as the boys became more willing to open up about their personal lives to other students in the group and speak about their emotional vulnerabilities.

Students in the program often face difficult life circumstances. Many of them live in poverty or in dangerous neighborhoods, surrounded by violence. Just getting to and from school can be a harrowing experience.

Counselors push participants to describe “what are you actually nervous about, what are you actually scared about, what are the things that you’re dealing with in your everyday existence, walking home, walking to and from school,” Wolf said. “You’re not allowed to say that you’re fearful or worried about things, but in the BAM circle they’re able to uncover those feelings.”

“I think a big part of it is, they learn that the kid sitting across from them in the circle has those same fears, has those same anxieties and that it’s OK,” he went on. “It’s a human condition to show those things and it’s a common experience.”

The program does not tell students how to behave, or instruct them as to the “right” thing to do, instead leaving it to the students to decide that. The program emphasizes only that the students carefully consider their decisions instead of rushing to act….Read the Rest Here...

 
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Posted by on June 29, 2016 in BlackLivesMatter

 

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Getting Away With Murder – Reka Boyd Killer Retires

American Justice…Better for some “special” people – bad for everyone else.

Rekia Boyd – Murder victim.

Dante Servin Quits, Set To Collect Pension 4 Years After Killing Rekia Boyd

The police detective who shot into a crowd while off-duty and killed teenager Rekia Boyd in 2012 has resigned, saving his pension as well as the indignity of getting fired.

Dante Servin’s resignation Tuesday came two days before an “evidentiary hearing” before the Chicago Police Board, said Max Caproni, the police board’s executive director. Any charges against Servin, a 24-year police veteran, will now be dropped.

Servin’s resignation comes about a year after he was acquitted of all charges related to the death of Boyd, a 22-year-old woman who was with a group of near Douglas Park when Servin pulled a gun while off-duty and shot into the crowd, striking Boyd in the head.

By resigning, Servin is now eligible to collect his pension and any other outstanding benefits he stood to lose if fired, angering the activists who called for his ouster.

Dante Servin

“The best union to be in in this country is the [Fraternal Order of Police] because you can get away with murder and still get paid,” community activist and anti-violence organizer Father Michael Pfleger said.

Martinez Sutton, Boyd’s brother, said he found out about Servin quitting Tuesday morning and wasn’t at all surprised. He said he figured the process would drag on until Servin walked away with his pension.

After four years of fighting for “justice” for his sister, Sutton said he wasn’t sure what “justice” was anymore.

“It destroyed a family. Rekia was light,” he said. “I don’t know how it affects [Servin], but he has to live with that. He has to live with it on his conscience.”

Servin was found not guilty on manslaughter charges in Boyd’s shooting death just over a year ago. A judge’s ruling suggested he should have been charged with murder instead, which was “unusual” according to legal experts.

Servin’s continued employment drew infuriated protesters and figured in Cook County State’s Attorney Anita Alvarez’s defeat in the March primary. Former top cop McCarthy last year recommended to the Police Board that Servin be fired.

Servin “should’ve been fired and instead he can resign and make money and that’s an insult,” Pfleger said. Trina Reynolds-Tyler of Black Youth Project 100, an activist group that called for Servin’s ouster, said his resignation is “disrespectful.”

“He just took an early retirement,” Reynolds-Tyler said. “It’s ridiculous that this process has taken so long to get to a firing hearing.”

Page May, another local activist, said “it ain’t over” till Servin loses his pension.

 
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Posted by on May 17, 2016 in BlackLivesMatter

 

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Chicago Priests Attempt Exorcising Trump

Getting rid of the Devil….

Chicago priests cast out Trump effigy’s demons during May Day exorcism in Chicago

Chicago priests prayed for Donald Trump’s soul and exorcised his effigy during Sunday’s May Day demonstrations. The video, which is in Spanish, appeared today after reports on the exorcism were tweeted out from @Aaroncynic’s account.

The march began at Chicago’s Union Park and proceeded to Trump Tower, May 1st, which is not only International Workers’ Day, but is also commemorated in Chicago as the anniversary of the Haymarket Affair, where a rally for workers’ rights turned deadly, resulting in the death of eight people. Labor union members were charged in the affair, with eight of them convicted, and four later hanged. Their convictions were considered to be politically motivated, and the four who died are often referred to as “martyrs.”

During this May Day celebration, the priests identified Trump as the current threat to workers’ rights.

“We ask that you bring out the demons and demonic forces of our brother, Donald Trump,” spoke the lead priest. “We ask, oh gracious God, to take away the hatred, bigotry and racism and the forked speaking tongue that he’s had and replace it with a powerful tongue and care,” the Chicagoist reported.

 
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Posted by on May 2, 2016 in The Clown Bus

 

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Chicago Twins Accepted to 56 Colleges

Congrats to Shaprice Hunt and her twin brother Deprice Hunt who together have been accepted to a phenomenal 56 Colleges and offered scholarships in total worth $1.6 million.

Shaprice has been accepted into 35 colleges, two of which have offered her a full-ride scholarship while five schools have scouted her to play basketball.

Deprice, who is a youth activist in Chicago, has been accepted into 27 schools. He earned $300,000 in scholarships and received two full scholarship offers.

An Amazing set of twins!

Phenomenal Twins Get Into 56 Colleges, Earn $1.6 Million In Scholarships

Chicago twins Deprice and Shaprice Hunt have set an extremely high bar for other high school seniors. The twins were recently accepted into a combined 56 colleges and have earned about $1.6 million in scholarships.

Kemitashi Austin brought the Hunt siblings’ huge accomplishments to the forefront on Facebook when she shared a screenshot of a conversation between her and Shaprice.

Of the 56 schools, Shaprice has been accepted into 35 colleges, two of which have offered her a full-ride scholarship while five schools have scouted her to play basketball. She told The Huffington Post that she earned $1.3 million in scholarships. Shaprice wants to attend either Illinois State University or Eastern Illinois University and dual major in Education and Psychology.

Deprice, who is a youth activist in Chicago, has been accepted into 27 schools. He earned $300,000 in scholarships and received two full scholarship offers.

“My motivation was to make sure [my mom] didn’t have to come out of pocket,” Deprice told HuffPost, echoing his sister’s sentiments.

His top choice is HBCU Morehouse College, which he said is his dream school. He also told HuffPost that he wants to study Performing Arts and Political Science.

In addition to their acceptance letters and scholarships, the twins boast perfect attendance and a total of 48 awards throughout their high school years, according to Deprice’s Facebook.

The Hunt twins credit their family, teachers and guidance counselors for their successes. They told HuffPost that it’s easy, especially in Chicago, to let negative stereotypes about black youth get the best of someone. That’s why, with the help of Austin, Deprice reached out to local news outlets to tell their story with the hope of inspiring others.

“A lot of people say you can’t do it because of where you’re from,” Deprice said. “Don’t listen to them.”

The twins said they know financial issues, among other factors, hold a lot of teens back. But it’s important to be persistent, Shaprice told HuffPost.

“Never give up,” she said. “Picture your future. Not only to make yourself proud but make your family proud.”

Somebody at home was supporting these kids, through preparation of applications to paying the Application Fees. The article doesn’t say how many schools they applied to, or why they applied to so many, instead of targeting the group they really wanted to attend.

 

 
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Posted by on April 23, 2016 in The Post-Racial Life

 

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Another $4.9 Million Tax Bill For Chicago’s Bad Cops

Been saying this for a while …At some point the expense of bad policing become unsustainable by the tax base. $250 million buys a lot of road repairs and upgrades to schools. $250 million is the payout Chicago is now on the hook for in lawsuits due to police brutality and misbehavior. And it is rising every day.

Chicago To Pay $4.9 Million To Family Of Man Dragged In Handcuffs

Philip Coleman died at a hospital in 2012, according to court records.

The city of Chicago has agreed to pay the family of a black man who died after being dragged by handcuffs from a cell in a police lockup and down a hallway more than three years ago, an attorney for the family said on Monday.

Philip Coleman, 38, was arrested for domestic battery against his mother on Dec. 12, 2012.

After he refused to go to court the next morning, several police officers struggled with Coleman inside a cell, and he was Tasered, court records showed. In an incident caught on video, an officer dragged a motionless Coleman by his handcuffs.

Coleman later died at a hospital, according to court records. The Chicago Tribune reported that an autopsy showed he died of a reaction to an antipsychotic drug and also had bruises and abrasions on his body. Reuters was not able to confirm the cause of death.

Ed Fox, a lawyer for the family, told Reuters by phone that Coleman’s family and the city of Chicago had reached a settlement over the family’s civil rights lawsuit, but declined to confirm media reports that it was for $4.9 million.

The city’s law department declined to comment.

 
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Posted by on April 6, 2016 in BlackLivesMatter

 

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Chicago Pastor Child Abuse – Still in Pulpit for Easter

This one is strange. Just seems like this guy ought to be sitting in the back row, instead of sitting on the Dias. At least until the accusations can be cleared up (if they can be).

Chicago Pastor Accused of Unholy Abuse Against Underage Girl

A prominent preacher on the South Side has been charged with sexually abusing a minor—but he’s still in the pulpit this Easter.

Prominent pastor Rev. George Waddles Sr. will be preaching Easter Sunday at Zion Hill Missionary Baptist Church on Chicago’s South Side—as he has for the last 29 years—despite evidence that he may have sexually molested a young girl in his office during counseling sessions.

Waddles has pleaded not guilty to aggravated criminal sexual abuse, a felony that carries a potential seven-year prison sentence.

According to Cook County prosecutors, who laid out their case during a bond hearing in September 2015, the 67-year-old Rev. Waddles had known the alleged victim since she was a toddler. The girl—whom The Daily Beast is not naming because she is a minor and an alleged victim of sexual abuse—and her family had dutifully attended services multiple times a week and her mother even taught Sunday school at Zion Hill.

By the time the girl was 13, in 2011, Assistant State’s Attorney Tara Pease-Harkin said, Waddles—who has a master’s degree in social work—was privately counseling her in his office. Within a year, the sessions between the pastor and the teen allegedly became “inappropriate.”

Prosecutors said that from 2012 to 2014, Waddles told the girl that he had been dreaming about her and thinking about her when she wasn’t around. He asked, and she refused, to lift her shirt, and he tried to kiss and hug her at the end of counseling sessions.

On two different occasions, Waddles tried to inappropriately touch the girl and apologized when she refused, Cook County State’s Attorney’s spokesman Steve Campbell told The Daily Beast.

In 2014, Waddles allegedly asked the then-15-year-old girl to sit on his lap. When she did, he put his hand inside her pants, and inside her underwear. She left his office and told her mother a month later.

The mother and daughter confronted Waddles at a meeting in his office, and later with Waddles’s wife, Karen Waddles, present, Pease-Harkin said. (In an unrelated Facebook post a few months earlier, Karen Waddles wrote that she was “concerned about what’s happening with our young girls. They’re becoming sexualized at an early age and it’s hard to know how to protect them…I think the church must speak up—we need to set standards, live by those standards ourselves, and hold each other accountable.”)

From that meeting allegedly came an admission from Waddles that he had inappropriately touched the girl as well as a request that the pair not go to police—all secretly recorded by the girl’s mother on her cellphone, prosecutors say.

Such an admission, if it is allowed in court and it indeed shows what Pease-Harkin suggests, could be a particularly damning piece of evidence. Though Illinois has strict privacy laws which regulate the recording of public conversations, Waddles’s taped confession might meet the criteria for an exception to the law, according to Eric Johnson, a professor at University of Illinois College of Law.

Ticking off the statutory exceptions to state law, Johnson noted that since the alleged victim’s mother wasn’t recording at the behest of police, was participating in the conversation, and suspected Waddles had committed a crime against her daughter, “it’s my guess that the recording will be admissible,” Johnson told The Daily Beast in an email.

At the September hearing, Pease-Harkin also said that two other women had come forward claiming to be victims of Waddles’s abuse. One who reported unwanted hugs and kisses in 1996 when she was 11 also claimed Waddles made her touch his penis. Another said he tried to hug and kiss her during office counseling session in 2006, and wouldn’t allow her to leave his office. No criminal charges were ever filed in these cases….The Rest Here

Hmmmmm….This Oldie seems apropos…

 

 

 
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Posted by on March 28, 2016 in Domestic terrorism

 

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Bad Cops Cost Chicago $662 Million in Taxpayer Money Since 2004

$662 Million since 2004!

How bad is that?

It is more money than the entire budgets of the following cities, including Atlanta,  Miami, Milwaukee, Pittsburgh, Memphis, and St Petersburg –

Anchorage[4] AK $471M
Arlington[5] TX $490M
Atlanta[6] GA $533M
Aurora[7] CO $591M
Bakersfield[9] CA $418M
Birmingham[12] AL $390M
Boise[13] ID $487M
Buffalo[15] NY $482M
Chula Vista[20] CA $269M
Cincinnati[21] OH $358M
Colorado Springs[23] CO $249M
Durham[29] NC $390M
Fort Wayne[31] IN $182M
Fremont[33] CA $238M
Gilbert[36] AZ $554M
Glendale[37] AZ $576M
Greensboro[38] NC $472M
Henderson[39] NV $482M
Hialeah[40] FL $257M
Irvine[44] CA $144M
Irving[45] TX $300M
Jersey City[47] NJ $500M
Laredo[49] TX $556M
Lexington[51] KY $540M
Lincoln[52] NE $159M
Madison[57] WI $275M
Memphis[58] TN $618M
Miami[60] FL $523M
Milwaukee[61] WI $590M
New Orleans[64] LA $505M
North Las Vegas[68] NV $492M
Pittsburgh[75] PA $488M
Plano[76] TX $492M
Reno[79] NV $359M
San Bernardino[83] CA $258M
Santa Ana[87] CA $430M
St. Paul[91] MN $516M
St. Petersburg[92] FL $483M
Stockton[93] CA $632M
Tulsa[97] OK $597M
Wichita[100] KS $577M
Winston-Salem[101] NC $379M

You could run a small city, and better than 60% of the Counties in the US…Just on Chicago’s Thug Cop bill. Unaccountable, and bad cops cost their cities money. Money that could better be used for anything from schools to roads repairs.

How Chicago racked up a $662 million police misconduct bill

In this city’s troubled history of police misconduct, Eric Caine’s case may be unrivaled: It took more than 25 years and $10 million to resolve.

For decades, he maintained he didn’t brutally kill an elderly couple. The police, he said, beat him into a false confession. Locked up at age 20, he was freed at 46, bewildered by a world he no longer recognized. Caine ultimately was declared innocent, sued the city and settled for $10 million. But victory brought little peace to his troubled mind.

“They wouldn’t give anybody that large amount of money if they didn’t believe that person was wronged,” he says. “But I also look at it as a way for them to just want me to go away. … Nobody cares if I live or die. I’m a shell of a human being.”

Caine is one of the more dramatic examples of huge police settlements that have tarnished the city in recent years. Among them: A one-time death row inmate brutally beaten by police: $6.1 million. An unarmed man fatally shot by an officer as he lay on the ground: $4.1 million.

And last year, the family of Laquan McDonald, the black teenager shot 16 times by a white officer, received $5 million. His death, captured in a shocking video, led to a murder charge against the officer, the police chief’s firing and thunderous street protests with calls for Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s resignation.

In all, Chicago has paid a staggering sum — about $662 million — on police misconduct since 2004, including judgments, settlements and outside legal fees, according to city records. The payouts, for everything from petty harassment to police torture, have brought more financial misery to a city already drowning in billions of dollars of pension debt.

The U.S. Justice Department’s recent decision to investigate the Chicago police — fallout from the McDonald case — has helped focus new attention on this agonizing record of misconduct and the surprising lack of consequences. Few officers accused of wrongdoing have been disciplined in recent years…Read How They Got There Here

 

 
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Posted by on March 21, 2016 in BlackLivesMatter

 

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