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Central Park 5 Rally For Teacher

The Central Park Five case in the early 90’s was a modern day lynching and serves as a template of how young black men are demonized, and ultimately denied justice by racism. The case remains as a Hallmark of racial justice and injustice in the United States on a par with the Scottsboro Boys sham trial and attempted executions.

Recently a NYC High School Teacher made the story of the Central Park 5 part of her lesson plan on history. She was promptly fired.

Central Park Five: Rehire Teacher Allegedly Fired Over Central Park Five Lesson

Administrators reportedly were concerned the lessons would cause “riots” among black students.

Two of the five men who were wrongfully convicted in the 1989 rape and assault of a woman in Central Park have expressed support for a New York City teacher who says she lost her job after teaching students about the case.

“We support her 100 percent,” Raymond Santana, a member of a group known as the Central Park Five, told The Huffington Post. “We’ll probably rally for her — go to the courthouse. I want her to keep doing what she’s doing. I hope this doesn’t discourage her.” He believes the teacher should be reinstated, he added.

Raymond Santana, right, Kevin Richardson, and Yusef Salaam, left, all members of the Central Park Five, react to supporters Thursday, Jan. 17, 2013, in New York.

Jeena Lee-Walker, who taught English at the High School of the Arts, Imagination and Inquiry in Manhattan’s Upper West Side, filed a federal lawsuit last week alleging that administrators at the school feared her lessons on the Central Park Five might “rile up” black students and cause small “riots.” They asked her to take a more “balanced” approach in teaching students about the case, her lawsuit claims.

“I was stunned,” Lee-Walker told the Daily News Friday. “I was kind of like, the facts are the facts. This is what happened.”

Students, she told the paper, “and black students in particular, should be riled up.”

Trailer for the Documentary –

Headline From the NY Daily News Creating the Term “Wilding” to describe out o control minority youth. A term which would enter the lexicon after being repeated again and again by periodicals and TV news around the country.

“It was awesome — they were so engaged,” she said of teaching her students about the Central Park Five, adding that they were “really moved” by a 2012 documentaryon the subject. “They really identified with the teenagers.”

Lee-Walker says she received a series of bad performance reviews, and was ultimately fired, in retaliation for pushing back against criticism from administrators over her Central Park Five lessons.

Santana, Antron McCray, Yusef Salaam, Kevin Richardson and Korey Wise — all black and Latino men — were all under 16 years old when they were each arrested in 1989 for the beating and rape of Trisha Melli, a 28-year-old investment banker. The brutal attack dominated headlines, with the city’s tabloids stirring racially charged fears of “wilding” groups of violent black and Latino teenagers across the city.

Police zeroed in on the five teens, all of whom had reportedly been in or near Central Park at the time of the attack.

Each teen confessed to the crime during 24 hours of interrogation, but later claimed their statements had been coerced by police. They were all nevertheless convicted and sentenced to prison in 1990. (At the time, billionaire businessman and current Republican front-runner Donald Trump called for their execution.)

Santana, McCray, Salaam and Richardson each spent nearly six years in prison. Wise spent nearly 13 years in prison.

The convictions against the men were vacated in 2002 after a New York inmate named Matias Reyes confessed to raping Melli. Then-Manhattan District Attorney Robert Morgenthau announced that DNA evidence from the crime scene matched Reyes’ DNA.

In 2014, the city agreed to pay the five men a total of $40 million to settle a federal lawsuit they had filed. …Read the rest Here

 
 

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Trumpazoid Former Police Chief Arrested for Terrorist Threats

More of the batshit crazy Trump Reich wing…

‘Libtard’-hating ex-police chief accused of pointing gun at woman who passed his Hummer

A former Pennsylvania police chief infamous for his profane video rants — punctuated by gunfire — against “libtards” has been arrested on harassment and terrorist threat charges.

Mark Kessler was charged last week on one misdemeanor count of harassment in connection with an Aug. 19 confrontation with a Frackville borough councilman at a supermarket checkout, reported the Standard Speaker.

Kessler accused the other man, William Creaser, of talking about his daughter, and he said the former Gilberton police chief shoved him in the chest and wagged a finger in his face, police said.

“You better watch your back, I know where you live,” Kessler allegedly told the man.

Creasy said the former officer also pestered him with slanderous emails, and he worried that Kessler might harm him or his family.

Prosecutors charged Kessler with misdemeanor counts of terroristic threats, harassment and disorderly conduct in connection with an Aug. 22 confrontation outside a drug store.

Shannon Heiber said Kessler pulled alongside her began screaming obscenities after she passed his Hummer and pulled into the drug store parking lot.

“What are you doing? You’re lucky my kids are in here or you know what would happen,” Kessler allegedly told the woman.

She said Kessler started to pull away at that point but stopped suddenly, backed up and showed her a firearm he had stashed under his seat.

Heiber said she was still afraid Kessler would harm her because he had acted so violent and angry while his children were riding in his vehicle.

Kessler was fired as police chief by city officials in Gilberton after his video rants went viral.

He later claimed he had produced the videos with a federal government agency to draw out sovereign citizens and other “lone wolves” willing to commit violent acts.

Kessler claims his videos efforts helped investigators interrupt an alleged plot to bomb a federal building by the Georgia-based XXX Minutemen.

 
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Posted by on December 13, 2015 in American Genocide, Stupid Tea Bagger Tricks

 

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Policeman Fired in Corey Jones Case

Looks like the first step to an indictment. The officer’s testimony that Jones threatened him with a gun dissolved by the fact Jones was in the front seat of his car on the phone to Roadside Assistance. Apparently there is a recording of that call.

Former Officer Raja’s unmarked van is seen in this photo blocking the exit, sitting across the highway,

Cop Who Killed Church Drummer Corey Jones Fired From Department

Jones was on the phone with roadside assistance when he was shot.

The Florida officer who killed a black man whose car had stalled on the highway has been fired from his department.

Nouman Raja was previously on paid administrative leave after fatally shooting Corey Joneson Oct. 18. On Thursday, the Palm Beach Gardens Police Department said in a statement that Raja’s employment had been terminated.

“The independent criminal investigation … is ongoing and the city will continue to cooperate with all agencies involved,” the statement read.

During the incident, Jones was sitting in his car after it broke down on the highway. Raja, who was not in uniform and driving an unmarked van, stopped to investigate Jones’ vehicle at 3:15 a.m.

“As the officer exited his vehicle, he was suddenly confronted by an armed subject,” a now-deleted Facebook post on the department’s page read at the time of the incident. “As a result of the confrontation, the officer discharged his firearm, resulting in the death of the subject.”

Raja shot Jones three times. Jones had legally purchased a gun just a few days before, which he had on him, according to police. A law firm representing Jones’ family said the victim never fired his weapon, according to NBC Miami. Phone records show that Jones was fatally shot while he was on the phone with AT&T’s roadside assistance.

A statement released Thursday from the Jones family said while they are grateful the officer has been fired, Raja must also be “criminally liable for his reckless actions that night.”

 
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Posted by on November 12, 2015 in BlackLivesMatter

 

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Your Police Force on KKKrack

And you have to wonder why they fired this moron? And those sheets he is wearing have nothing to do with racism!

Louisiana Police Officer Is Upset That He Was Fired for Attending KKK Rally

A Lake Arthur, Louisiana, police officer named Raymond Mott is upset that he was fired for attending a Ku Klux Klan rally and plans to sue over his dismissal, area ABC affiliate KATC reports. Mott was photographed at a rally in North Carolina in 2014 wearing Klan insignia and holding his left hand up in a Klan salute:

“The picture speaks for itself,” said Mott. “I’m standing at a rally against illegal immigration. There’s not much to be said about the picture. I’ve never denied it was me.”

From the Southern Poverty Law Center’s writeup on a piece in the local Jennings Daily News that’s paywalled:

“I have never even had a negative write-up in my file since my start in law enforcement as a reserve in 2006,” Mott told the Jennings newspaper.  “I am not going to quit my job because I made a decision to support a cause I thought was right at the time – illegal immigration not racism,” he added.

 
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Posted by on September 6, 2015 in Domestic terrorism

 

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The Fix is in! Chicago fires investigator who found cops at fault in shootings

Well…The fix is in in Chicago. Not really surprising considering he city’s history of police brutality and corruption. This isn’t a first, as we all saw this movie in Ferguson and a number of other places. Seems that big city cops are immune to the very laws they are supposed to enforce. A situation which isn’t true everywhere…But in far too many places.

 

City fires investigator who found cops at fault in shootings

A Chicago investigator who determined that several civilian shootings by police officers were unjustified was fired after resisting orders to reverse those findings, according to internal records of his agency obtained by WBEZ.

Scott M. Ando, chief administrator of the city’s Independent Police Review Authority, informed its staff in a July 9 email that the agency no longer employed supervising investigator Lorenzo Davis, 65, a former Chicago police commander. IPRA investigates police-brutality complaints and recommends any punishment.

Davis’s termination came less than two weeks after top IPRA officials, evaluating Davis’s job performance, accused him of “a clear bias against the police” and called him “the only supervisor at IPRA who resists making requested changes as directed by management in order to reflect the correct finding with respect to OIS,” as officer-involved shootings are known in the agency.

Since its 2007 creation, IPRA has investigated nearly 400 civilian shootings by police and found one to be unjustified.

WBEZ asked to interview Ando, promoted last year by Mayor Rahm Emanuel to head the agency. The station also sent Ando’s spokesman questions about sticking points between IPRA investigators and managers, about the agency’s process for overturning investigative findings, and about the reasons the agency had reversed many of Davis’s findings.

The spokesman said there would be no interview and sent this statement: “This is a personnel matter that would be inappropriate to address through the media, though the allegations are baseless and without merit. IPRA is committed to conducting fair, unbiased, objective, thorough and timely investigations of allegations of police misconduct and officer-involved shootings.”

The performance evaluation covered 19 months and concluded that Davis “displays a complete lack of objectivity combined with a clear bias against the police in spite of his own lengthy police career.”

Davis served in the police department for 23 years. As a commander, he headed detective units, the department’s Austin district and, finally, its public-housing unit. He retired from the department in 2004.

“I did not like the direction the police department had taken,” Davis said. “It appeared that officers were doing whatever they wanted to do. The discipline was no longer there.” …More

This one in Harrisburg,  Pennsylvania –

Cop Arrested After Video Shows Her Shoot Unarmed Man in Back Lying Face Down in the Snow

Harrisburg, PA– Hummelstown police Officer, Lisa J. Mearkle was charged with criminal homicide on Tuesday in the shooting death of 59-year-old David Kassick on February 2.

Mearkle shot Kassick as he laid face down on the ground in the snow, unarmed, during a routine traffic stop gone awry.

Mearkle had attempted to pull Kassick over for an expired inspection sticker, but the situation escalated when Kassick attempted to flee from the officer.

Eventually Mearkle caught up to the motorist close to his sister’s home where he was staying, but Kassick got out of the vehicle and fled on foot.  As he was attempting to run away, he was incapacitated by the officer’s taser which she held in her left hand. With her right hand, she unnecessarily pulled out her service gun and shot the unarmed man twice in the back as he lay face-down on the ground.

The 36-year-old officer claims that she shot the unarmed man because he would not show his hands and she was concerned he may have been reaching in his jacket for a weapon, but the recording from the deployed taser paints a different picture.

District Attorney Ed Marsico has stated that it appeared from the recording that Kassick was simply trying to remove the stun gun probes from his back before his life was taken.

“At the time Officer Mearkle fires both rounds from her pistol, the video clearly depicts Kassick lying on the snow covered lawn with his face toward the ground, furthermore, at the time the rounds are fired nothing can be seen in either of Kassick’s hands, nor does he point or direct anything toward Officer Mearkle,” the arrest affidavit reads….More

 

 
 

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Seattle Superhero Loses His Day Job

Can you imagine the Daily Planet firing Clark Kent?

Well – that is just what happened to Seattle “Superhero” Phoenix Jones…

Ben Fodor gained international attention walking around the streets of Seattle as Phoenix Jones Guardian of Seattle. Photo: AP Photo / SL

Phoenix Jones AKA Ben Fodor Has Been Cut From His Day Job Working With Autistic Children

Superhero Phoenix Jones out of work

Seattle’s self-proclaimed crime-fighting super hero is out of work Wednesday night.

He’s still fighting crime, but Phoenix Jones is no longer working for the state and he says kids are the ones who will be suffering.
Most of us know Phoenix Jones on the street, fighting crime and in the dark.  But his day job shows a much different character.
“I teach basic life skills to autistic children,” said Jones.  “Stuff like balancing a checkbook, if you want to go shopping at the mall, how to figure out how much money to spend, how to balance money for the entire month, how to survive with your autism that you have.”
Phoenix Jones has worked for DSHS for the past five years, until last week, when he got a letter from the state.
“It basically just said that effectively immediately, I was no longer able to work with disabled or autistic children,” said Jones.  ‘The reason is because I was put on a list of people who interject themselves into dangerous situations and some government agency put me on that list.”
It all stemmed from this incident last month when the masked superhero tried to break up a fight by dispersing a can of pepper spray on a crowd.  He was arrested for assault.  But no charges have been filed against him and Phoenix Jones says losing his job isn’t fair.
“I feel like it’s an unjust characterization of me. In five years I haven’t had one complaint from any of the people I’ve worked with,” said Jones.
Phoenix Jones says he’ll be patrolling the streets as a superhero during the day, until he can find a new job.  And he hopes that will be soon because he says he has a family to support.

 

 
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Posted by on November 3, 2011 in Giant Negros

 

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Olbermann Exits MSNBC

This one is a bit sudden. Apparently MSNBC management was still simmering over the incident after the election where Olbermann had donated to several Democrat candidates…

Bad move, MSNBC!

The other burning question is what role MSNBC’s new owner Comcast played in the firing? And does this mean that Liberal Cable has been bought out by the right wing to silence Liberal voices? Is MSNBC on the way to becoming a Faux News KKKlone?

I wouldn’t terribly be surprised if MSNBC picks up Michael Steele.

 
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Posted by on January 22, 2011 in Domestic terrorism, Faux News

 

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