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It Begins in Washington, DC. Black Man Shot Riding Motorcycle

“Coffin Ed here, Federal Po Po. That’s my partner Gravedigger over there.

“Jawanel, we got a witness to you and Tyrone holdin’ up that convenience store over on L St, and shooting Desquaninto. She’s right here, Betty Swan – who works over at Big Joes Grocery and lives off of 12th St NE.

So don’t you guys leave town now, while me and the Feds in-vestigate you…It shouldn’t take more than a year.”

Why we need answers now in the shooting death of Terrence Sterling


What next in the investigation of unarmed black motorcyclist Terrence Sterling, who was shot and killed on Sept. 11 by D.C. Police Officer Brian Trainer?

Speaking to reporters last week, Jason Downs, an attorney for Sterling’s family, said the 31-year-old was killed “unlawfully and unjustifiably.”

“It appears that Officer Trainer fired his weapon from the safety of his police vehicle when Mr. Sterling did not pose any threat to him whatsoever,” Downs said. The family, he said, wants more information about the circumstances surrounding the shooting, which took place near Third and M Streets NW.

Downs and Sterling’s family aren’t alone.

Hundreds of protesters have taken to city streets, holding vigils and blocking intersections to draw attention to the shooting and demand answers. Other District residents behind closed doors want answers, too.

The frustration is understandable. Three weeks have passed since news broke about the fatal shooting.

Here’s the problem: In all likelihood, weeks — if not months — will elapse before the Sterling family and the public learn anything new. The tragic event is in the hands of D.C. officials and the U.S. attorney’s office.

And federal prosecutors are reluctant to speak about the investigation in its early stage. There’s a history of tight-lipped probes, too.

There have been three police-involved fatalities in the District in the past 12 months. Each was treated by prosecutors the same way, with months elapsing before conclusions were announced.

For example, on Sept. 30, 2016, the U.S. attorney’s office announced that it had completed the review of a fatal shooting by an off-duty Baltimore County, Md., cop that occurred on Nov. 14, 2015, at Union Station. Prosecutors said they found insufficient evidence to pursue charges against the officer.

Next, there’s the investigation into a fatal shooting by a D.C. police officer at an intersection in Northeast D.C. on Nov. 19, 2015. It wasn’t completed until June 24, 2016, when prosecutors announced that they also found insufficient evidence to press charges in that case.

Results of the federal probe into the Sept. 29, 2015, fatal encounter between a hospital patient and two special police officers outside the hospital were announced seven months later, on May 17, 2016. The two officers were indicted by a grand jury on a charge of involuntary manslaughter.

In all police-involved fatalities, the U.S. attorney’s office investigates to see whether there is evidence to show that officers violated either federal or D.C. law. In two of the preceding cases, federal prosecutors, as explained in press releases, were unable to prove beyond a reasonable doubt that the force used was excessive and “that the officer acted with the deliberate and specific intent to do something the law forbids.” “Prosecutors must,” as stated in the press releases, “be able to prove that the officers involved willfully used more force than was reasonably necessary. Proving ‘willfulness’ is a heavy burden.”

So in the Sterling case, expect the U.S. attorney’s office, assisted by the D.C. police department’s Internal Affairs Division, to conduct its probe in the same way it approached the three other cop-involved shootings — interviewing witnesses (both cops and civilians); combing through physical evidence, videotapes and recorded communications; and examining DNA and autopsy reports. All are time-consuming actions.

But months?

Folks are demanding answers now.

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Posted by on October 4, 2016 in BlackLivesMatter


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About That Clinton Email Server – Sec State Colin Powell Did the Same Thing

And advised her to do it.

Another Clinton “scandal” blows up in right wing faces.

Hillary Clinton’s emails with Colin Powell released

Former Secretary of State Colin Powell told his successor, Hillary Clinton, that he used his own personal computer to communicate with friends and foreign leaders and sent emails without going through the State Department server, according to emails released Wednesday by congressional Democrats.

Clinton has previously said she reached out to Powell when she began serving as the nation’s top diplomat to find out how he used personal devices. In a four-paragraph email response from Powell, he told Clinton he didn’t use a BlackBerry, but detailed how he got around having his communications with both employees and people outside the State Department becoming part of the agency’s official record.
What I did do was have a personal computer that was hooked up to a private phone line (sounds ancient). So I could communicate with a wide range of friends directly without it going through the State Department on their personal email accounts. I did the same thing on the road in hotels,” Powell wrote.
Clinton’s use of a private email server during her tenure as secretary of state has loomed over her presidential campaign and spurred intense criticism from Republicans. The email exchange between Clinton and Powell was released Wednesday by the State Department after Democrats on the House Oversight Committee pressed for it. They complained the full exchange was not part of earlier email document releases from the department that Republicans in Congress have asked for as part of their probe into Clinton’s email use….
Powell’s spokesperson recently told CNN that he wrote a memo about his own use of an AOL account to Clinton and said the account was for “unclassified messages and how it vastly improved communications within the State Department.”
Like…AOL is “secure”?

Colin Powell defends personal email use

Colin Powell is defending his use of a personal email account during his time as secretary of state, as Democrats stepped up complaints that the intense focus on Hillary Clinton’s email practices reflects a double standard.

Powell’s statement came after a top Democrat released an email Powell sent Clinton in early 2009 describing his use of personal communication devices in State’s secure executive suite despite warnings from security officials that such use could jeopardize classified information.

“Secretary Clinton has stated that she was not influenced by my email in making her decisions on email use. I was not trying to influence her but just to explain what I had done eight years earlier to begin the transformation of the State Department’s information system,” Powell said.

Powell adopted one of Clinton’s defenses Thursday, saying his actions didn’t jeopardize government record-keeping because official emails would have found their way into State’s official systems.

“With respect to records, if I sent an email from my public email account to an addressee at another public email account it would not have gone through State Department servers. It was a private conversation similar to a phone call. If I sent it to a address it should have been captured and retained by State servers,” Powell said. “I was not aware at the time of any requirement for private, unclassified exchanges to be treated as official records.”

In the email exchange released Wednesday by House Oversight Committee ranking Democrat Rep. Elijah Cummings, Powell appeared proud that he had defied security officials by using hand-held devices in the agency’s secure spaces.

“They gave me all kinds of nonsense about how they gave out signals and could be read by spies, etc.,” Powell wrote, referring to personnel from State’s Bureau of Diplomatic Security. “I had numerous meetings with them. We even opened one [device] up for them to try to explain to me why it was more dangerous than say, a remote control for one of the many tvs in the suite. Or something embedded in my shoe heel. They never satisfied me and NSA/CIA wouldn’t back off. So, we just went about our business and stopped asking.”

Republicans don’t mind sacrificing Powell because he told the truth about the Iraq War.


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West Point Investigates Women Cadets for “Making BLM Sign”

On the list of all time stupids is some of the Military leadership. A group of female Cadets recently posed for a group picture. Apparently some right-wing racist crapjob noticed the girls were holding up their fists. Oh My! They must be revolutionaries!

A group of female black West Point cadets with their fists raised. The photo has reportedly been shared within military circles. (Army Times)

Army investigates female cadets for alleged Black Lives Matter gesture in picture

Thee US Military Academy is investigating allegations that a group of black female cadets were making a political gesture in a picture that has reportedly drawn criticism, the Army Times reported.

According to the Times, several readers passed along the picture, which shows the women with their fists raised.

Critics of the picture are accusing the women of making a gesture of solidarity with the Black Lives Matter movement, which would constitute a violation of Department of Defense Directive 1344.10, which cautions service members against taking part in “partisan political activity” while in uniform.

Lt. Col. Christopher Kasker, the public affairs director for West Point, said in a statement that the academy “can confirm that the cadets in this photo are members of the U.S. Military Academy’s Class of 2016. Academy officials are conducting an inquiry into the matter.”

NO…This is what it looks like azzwipes!

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Posted by on May 5, 2016 in BlackLivesMatter


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FBI Investigates Possible Crimes in Flint Water Crisis

Not sure what they could prosecute other than gross negligence…Unless they have a smoking gun…

The DOJ obviously feels there is something to look at.

An “Old Warrior” makes the case here

A bit of the history, and why the Governor is culpable.

FBI Joins Investigation of Flint Water Lead Contamination

The FBI is working with a multi-agency team investigating the lead contamination of Flint’s drinking water, alongside Environmental Protection Agency investigators who can tackle criminal violations of federal environmental law, officials said Tuesday.

Several local, state and federal officials have resigned since doctors revealed last year that using the Flint River for the city’s drinking water supply caused elevated levels of lead in some children’s blood. Lead contamination has been linked to learning disabilities and other problems. Michigan’s governor has apologized repeatedly for the state’s role.

FBI spokeswoman Jill Washburn told the AP in an email that the agency’s role is “investigating the matter to determine if there have been any federal violations.” She declined to say when the FBI got involved.

Officials haven’t said whether criminal or civil charges might follow the investigation.

In addition to the FBI and the EPA, the team includes the U.S. Postal Inspection Service, Gina Balaya, a U.S. attorney’s spokeswoman in Detroit, told The Associated Press in an email. The Detroit Free Press first reported the FBI’s involvement Tuesday.

In November, the EPA announced it was auditing how Michigan enforces drinking water rules and said it would identify how to strengthen state oversight. The U.S. attorney’s office in Detroit said in January that it was investigating the water crisis with the EPA.

Flint switched its water source from Detroit’s water system to the Flint River in 2014 to save money while under state financial management. The river water was not treated properly and lead from pipes leached into Flint homes. The city returned to Detroit’s system in October while it awaits the completion of a separate pipeline to Lake Huron this summer.

The U.S. House Oversight and Government Reform Committee is expected to hold a hearing Wednesday on Flint’s water crisis. Detroit schools emergency manager Darnell Earley, who was state-appointed emergency manager for Flint when its water source was switched, had been asked to testify but declined the invitation, Detroit Public Schools spokeswoman Michelle Zdrodowski said in an email.

The federal investigation is one of several taking place into Flint’s water supply. Last month, Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette announced the appointment of a special counsel to help his office investigate whether laws were broken.

An independent panel appointed by Gov. Rick Snyder has determined that the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality was primarily responsible for the water contamination. The Michigan Civil Rights Commission also plans to hold hearings to explore whether the civil rights of Flint residents were violated.


Posted by on February 2, 2016 in American Genocide, Stupid Republican Tricks


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Why Does The FBI Ignore The Council of Conservative Citizens Hate Group?

The C of CC is probably the most prominent hate group in America. They count and have counted as members people like former Senate Majority Leader Trent Lott of Mississippi, former RNC Chair Haley Barber, and a host of other Republican politicians. It would seem that those relationships have shielded the organization form the just scrutiny of the DOJ and FBI…Sometimes referred to as the KKK in suits, the C of CC advances and agenda no less toxic than the other white supremacist groups.

So, if looking for culpability in the organization which poured hate into Dylaan Roots head – you need to aim a little higher at the Republican congressmen and Senators who actively resisted the FBI stepping in on their friends and partners.

The FBI Ignored Dylann Roof’s Hate Group

The feds say they didn’t investigate the group that helped inspire the killer, but even hate speech is free speech—until it promotes violence.

The Federal Bureau of Investigation said it did not investigate the hate group that inspired Dylann Roof to kill nine black parishioners in Charleston, South Carolina last year.

FBI spokeswoman Jillian Stickels told The Daily Beast that there is no record of an investigation into the Council of Conservative Citizens. This comes after The Daily Beast requested FBI files on the group through the Freedom of Information Act. The FBI did not respond to requests for files on the CCC’s most prominent leaders.

The FOIA request also covered one week following the June 17, 2015 attack, indicating that the FBI wasn’t looking into the group even after it was revealed that Roof cited the CCC in his manifesto.

Roof wrote that he Googled “black on White crime” and found them.

“The first website I came to was the Council of Conservative Citizens. There were pages upon pages of these brutal black on White murders,” Roof said, adding that more research led him to “fight” a race war.

After the Charleston shooting, the CCC’s webmaster first said the FBI was looking into suspected ties between him and Roof, and then later denied being part of any investigation.

The Council of Conservative Citizens was founded in 1985. It was meant to be a successor to the White Citizens Councils formed to oppose desegregation following the Supreme Court’s 1954 Brown v. Board of Education. (Justice Thurgood Marshall called the councils the “uptown Klan.”) The FBI maintainedextensive records on the earlier Citizens’ Councils, particularly in the ‘50s and ‘60s.

Senator Trent Lott posed with officials of the pro-white Council of Conservative Citizens in 1997. From left, William D. Lord, state coordinator; Mr. Lott; Tom Dover, president, and Gordon L. Baum, executive officer.

But the practice apparently did not continue, despite inflammatory statements from the new CCC. In the 1980s, the CCC called blacks “genetically inferior.” In 2001, the CCC website said, “God is the author of racism. God is the One who divided mankind into different types. Mixing the races is rebelliousness against God.”

Racist statements don’t automatically trigger an FBI investigation, of course. What’s usually needed is a link to a threat of violence or criminal activity. Recent prosecutions of ISIS members show that the government may investigate and prosecute people for as little as re-blogging an image that calls for violence.

Other hate groups have been investigated by the FBI, according to the Southern Poverty Law Center, including the Aryan Nations, the National Alliance, and several neo-Nazi groups.

From the C of CC Newsletter

The director of the SPLC’s Intelligence Project speculated the CCC was not extreme enough to worry the FBI.

“It may be that they considered the Council to be too mainstream to investigate,” Heidi Beirich said. “After all, several GOP lawmakers including Trent Lott were very close to the group in the 1990s.”

The CCC was co-founded by two Democrats, former Georgia governor Lester Maddox and former Louisiana congressman John Rarick. Republican senator Trent Lott spoke to the CCC at least five times, as did Republican congressman Bob Barr in 1998. Mike Huckabee, another Republican, delivered a videotaped speech to the group in 1993 when he ran for governor of Arkansas.

Tony Perkins, president of the Family Research Council, and prominent Republican supporter at a C of CC meeting in 2001

This historical one, just for fun –


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Bernie Call for Federal Investigation of Tamir Rice Murder

After the scathing report by the DOJ on the Cleveland Police Department’s tactics and systemic brutality – I think there needs to be a bit more than just an investigation of the Police Department. I think the District Attorney’s office needs to be looked at really hard, and in particular the prosecutor in the Grand Jury case that decided not to prosecute. Something is wrong here. Something is wrong when a prosecutor acts as a Defense Attorney, instead of a prosecutor.

Bernie Sanders wants federal probe of Tamir Rice case: ‘We need to take a hard look’ at police use of force

Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) was critical on Monday of an Ohio grand jury’s decision not to indict two police officers in connection with the death of 12-year-old Tamir Rice.

“I think we need to have a federal investigation to take a look at that. But I will also tell you that we need, nationally, to take a hard look at the use of force,” he told MSNBC host Melissa Harris-Perry.

Sanders, who is campaigning for the Democratic Party’s presidential nomination, said that while he feels police have an impossible job, “as a nation, we have got to recognize that lethal force should be the last response, not the first response — and we’re seeing too much, I think, [shootings] in this country.”

The senator also renewed his criticism of Republican front-runner Donald Trump, who seemingly reversed course earlier in the day from complaining that wages were “too high” to signalling support for increasing wages.

“What Trump is telling the American people is that low wages are good,” Sanders told Harris-Perry. “That’s good for America. What he is telling the American people is he wants to see hundreds of billions of dollars in tax breaks for the .2 of 1 percent, and that’s the word we have got to get out to working class people who are inclined to support Trump: it’s old-fashioned trickle-down economics — the rich will get richer under Trump’s ideas, and the middle class will continue to decline.”

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Posted by on December 29, 2015 in BlackLivesMatter


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Another Chicago Cop Murder

“No reason to prosecute”…Basically because nobody recorded it on a cell phone. Even stranger, the suspect in this case, supposedly has a weapon… But never fires it.

It has been reported that the weapon police supposedly “found” was rusted and inoperative – suggesting it had been stored in somebody’s trunk  long time just for a situation like this.

Prosecutors Release Video Of Chicago Police Fatally Shooting Black Man

The Cook County State’s Attorney will not file criminal charges against the officer.

The Cook County State’s Attorney has released the dash cam footage from a 2014 incident that shows Chicago police fatally shooting a black man and said there will be no criminal charges against the officer who opened fire.

Anita Alvarez during a Monday afternoon press conference said Officer George Hernandez was “reasonable” to use deadly force on 25-year-old Ronald Johnson as he was fleeing police on Oct. 12, 2014. Police said Johnson was armed and turned to point his gun at police, a claim the Johnson family disputed in a 2014 lawsuit.

Johnson’s family for the last year has called on officials to release dashcam footage of the incident. Alvarez played the footage for reporters during Monday’s press conference which shows that Officer George Hernandez fired five times on Johnson, striking him twice.

Alvarez said whether Hernandez shot Johnson was not the legal question that drove her decision not to charge him.

“Those facts are not in dispute,” Alvarez said. “The legal questions are: Number one, is there sufficient evidence that exists to meet the legal burden of proof required to bring charges? Number two, in using deadly force, did Officer Hernandez act reasonably under the law?”

Alvarez said following the investigation she concluded that Hernandez’s actions were “reasonable and permissible” since Johnson resisted officers and was running toward a police vehicle and a city park while they believed he was armed.

Johnson was leaving a party near Washington Park on the city’s South Side when the car he was a passenger in was shot at multiple times but an unknown gunman, Alvarez said. Neither Johnson nor the three other people in the car were hurt.
“The four men drove a short distance and returned to the scene,” Alvarez said. Nearby  residents started to call 911, prompting multiple officer to respond to the scene, including Hernandez.
Alvarez said Johnson was spotted by police officers near the scene and the officers ordered him to stop and drop his weapon.
The grainy dash cam footage shows Johnson running toward the park, Hernandez pulling up to the scene, exiting the car and firing on Johnson. Alvarez said there was “physical struggle” between a Chicago police officer and Johnson before the shooting, but that it was not captured on the dash cam video.
“The only dash cam recording of the incident comes from a vehicle in the back,” Alvarez said.
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Posted by on December 7, 2015 in BlackLivesMatter


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