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Teen Shake Up How New Jersey Counsels Teen Abuse Victims

Wow…Making it better for Teen abuse victims…

These Teens Just Made It A Lot Easier For New Jersey Kids To Get Counseling

When one young man was let down by the system, he decided things had to change.

It all started three years ago, when Jordan Thomas, then 16, decided he needed to talk to a counselor.

At the time, Thomas was experiencing emotional and physical abuse at home, and he wanted to talk to a professional. Because Thomas was a minor, New Jersey law said he needed the consent of a guardian to do so. But when Thomas asked his mother for permission, she said no.

“I have no idea why she would say no,” said Thomas, now a freshman at Rutgers University. “All I know is that she did say that.”

Thomas, now 19, was never able to get his mother’s permission, but his experience ignited in him a desire to fix the system. Working with his peers at the Boys & Girls Clubs of Hudson County, Thomas helped fix the law that had stopped him from accessing mental health services.

Thomas and the BGCHC were the driving forces behind the Boys & Girls Clubs Keystone Law, which passed this month in New Jersey. Thanks to their efforts, New Jersey minors no longer need permission from a guardian to receive therapy.

Not every teen experiencing abuse is as lucky as Thomas, who had a support system of peers and adults in the Boys and Girls Clubs of Hudson County, of which he was president in 2014. He ended up entering the foster care system just a few months after his request for counseling was rejected.

At the same time that Thomas was struggling to find help, the Keystone Club — the service branch of the BGCHC — was looking for ways to address the problem of teen suicide. In 2014, the National Keystone Project called on participants to address the issue. Jordan shared his story with Keystone members, leading others to speak up about their own experiences.

“A parent might not want to give consent to a kid seeking mental health services… because sometimes they might not want outside people to know what’s going on in their house,” said Damiya Critten, 19, a member of BGCHC’s Keystone Club. “They might say, ‘What happens in the house stays in the house.'”

The teens met with the family of Tyler Clementi, the Rutgers University student who took his own life in 2010 after being cyberbullied. They also met with state Assemblymen Carmelo Garcia and Raj Mukherji, who agreed to sponsor a bill on the topic. In October 2014, four members of the BGCHC testified before the New Jersey Legislature.

“[Thomas] ended his testimony saying that he easily could have become another teen suicide statistic had it not been for the Boys and Girls [Clubs] and the support he got here,” said Janet Wallach, director of program development and teen services at BGCHC. “But not every child in New Jersey has that support, and he wants to make sure there are not other young people in that situation.”

The teens said the two-year process of getting the bill passed was a lesson in civics for all of them….More

 
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Posted by on January 29, 2016 in Giant Negros, The Post-Racial Life

 

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How Many People Have Been Shot in Your Neighborhood This Year?

Fascinating interactive graphic showing the number of gun injuries and deaths for any neighborhood in America.

How Many People Have Been Shot in Your Neighborhood This Year?

In relentless succession, a parade of towns and cities has this year joined the ranks of American mass shooting locations. The mere mention of the places—Charleston, South Carolina; Chattanooga, Tennessee; Colorado Springs, Colorado; San Bernardino, California—evokes images made familiar at Columbine, Colorado, and Blacksburg, Virginia, and Tucson, Arizona, and Newtown, Connecticut: the police battalions rushing to respond, the shocked survivors and bereft loved ones, the eerie portraits of newly infamous killers.

But the truth is that these cities and towns and the events that now define them, however lethal they were and however large they understandably loom, constitute just a small fraction of the gun violence recorded in America during this or any year. In 2013, the most recent year for which government statistics are available, less than 2 percent of more than 33,000 gun deaths in the country were due to mass shootings. Tallies of gun-related fatalities are in turn dwarfed by totals for gun injuries. Every 12 months, more than 130,000 people are shot; many are left with devastating physical impairments and crippling health care bills.

Thanks to a nonprofit, nonpartisan project known as the Gun Violence Archive, data on gun homicides and nonfatal shootings is now available well before the federal government releases its statistics. Those data include location information that makes it possible to plot those shootings on a map showing how many have taken place in your vicinity. 

Violent crime has fallen drastically since the 1990s, but guns stubbornly claim a disproportionate share of American misery, with the rate of firearms-related death largely holding steady for the past 15 years. That grim constancy has come as regulation, industry safety improvements, and public health campaigns have reduced the mortality of other products. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention tables show that in 2013, guns killed 3,428  more people than falls, 4,635 more people than alcohol, and 30,876 more people than fires. Researchers have forecast that 2015 will be the year that bullets kill more Americans than car accidents, which had long been the leading cause of injury death in the U.S… Read the rest of the article and access the map to look up tour neighborhood here

 
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Posted by on December 9, 2015 in American Genocide

 

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Fox Lake Cop…The Dirt Deepens.

The media is now reporting that the Fox Lake Cop who committed suicide did so to escape justice. Not only had he been stealing money from a charity, but he had attempted to hire a local gang member to put out a “hit” on the guy auditing the charity’s finances. Cocaine was also found in his desk at work.

So with all of that “War on Cops” thing blowing up…let’s look at the long list of principally conservative racist types with egg on their faces blaming Black Lives Matter, and the mythical “War on Cops”…

A partial list of pundits, politicians and media outlets who used Joseph Gliniewicz’s death to push the ‘war on cops’ narrative

We now know that Fox Lake, Illinois police Lt. Charles Joseph Gliniewicz killed himself in what local officials are calling a “carefully staged suicide,” likely to cover up the fact that he had been embezzling public funds for years. But in the days following Gliniewicz’s death, pundits, new outlets, and advocates quickly lumped his death in with that of Houston Dep. Darren Goforth to blame police critics, Black Lives Matter, Eric Holder, Barack Obama, and just about anyone else who was

worried about police brutality for fostering and encouraging a “war on cops.”

We now know that not only was Gliniewicz’s death a suicide, but the man who killed Goforth, Shannon J. Miles, has a history of mentally illness, and oncenearly killed a man over an argument over what TV show to watch, but no connection to Black Lives Matter or any other anti-police brutality activist group.

Here’s a partial list of people and outlets who used Gliniewicz’s death to push a “war on cops” narrative:

Pat Buchanan:

Barack Obama, as chief law enforcement officer of the United States, is going to have to stop acting like a conscientious objector in this war on cops.

Wednesday, another officer, in Fox Lake, Illinois, Lt. Charles “GI Joe” Gliniewicz, was gunned down. Last Friday, Darren Goforth, a Houston deputy sheriff, was shot 15 times by an alleged black racist.

President Obama called the widow of Deputy Goforth, but he has yet to show the same indignation and outrage he exhibited at what happened to Trayvon Martin in Florida and Michael Brown in Ferguson.

Note that the man who killed Goforth was mentally ill, and not connected to Black Lives Matter. Moving on, here’s Ron Hosko, president of the Law Enforcement Legal Defense Fund, writing in USA Today:

In the wake of the execution-style murder of another law enforcement officer last Friday and with a manhunt underway near Chicago after the murder of yet another officer, renewed finger-pointing and incendiary actions threaten to widen the divide between the police and some in the communities they serve.

Police Chief Rodney Jones, in the San Bernadino County Sun:

Garcia’s arrest in Fontana underscored what Fontana Police Chief Rodney Jones said was an uptick this year in people resisting arrest and fleeing from officers. Whether that was related to the increased scrutiny and fear of police was not clear, but Jones suspects there’s a connection.

“You can’t ignore the fact that the timing is consistent with the media coverage of what has occurred in Ferguson and in New York and in other cases. The timing is fairly consistent,” Jones said.

In the past month alone, four police officers or sheriff’s deputies were killed in the line of duty across the country, and at least one of the killings was a suspected execution.

On Sept. 1, Lt. Charles Joseph Gliniewicz, a 30-year veteran of the Lake County Sheriff’s Department in Illinois, was fatally shot in a marsh while chasing three people.

The Daily Mail:

Around Fox Lake, residents expressed their own sorrow over the death of the immensely popular Gliniewicz.

‘This particular officer is a pillar in my community and definitely going to be missed, and (he) touched so many lives,’ said Gina Maria, a 40-year-old teacher who lives in the community.

Dozens gathered for hours along a street in the village to show their support for law enforcement officers.

Thirty-year-old Dan Raminick held a sign that said ‘Police Lives Matter.’ He lives a couple miles away and said officers came by Tuesday evening and thanked the crowd.

Caitlyn Kelly, a 22-year-old student, said she felt compelled to come out after other recent police shootings. She held a sign that said ‘Blue and Brave . . .

It Gliniewicz’s death comes just four days after Texas sheriff’s Deputy Darren H. Goforth was shot and killed while filling up gas in Harris County.

Sheriff Ron Hickman blamed the Black Lives Matter movement for the cold-blooded killing.

A motivation for the shooting in Illinois is not yet known.

Texas Sen. Ted Cruz:

Late last week, Texas Sheriff’s Deputy Darren Goforth was gunned down at a Houston-area gas station. And then yesterday in northern Illinois, Lt. Joseph Gliniewicz was killed, sparking a manhunt for three suspects.

It’s against this backdrop that Republican presidential candidate Ted Cruz (R-Texas) apparently sees an opportunity: the far-right senator wants Americans to blame President Obama, among others, for the brutal gun violence.

“Cops across this country are feeling the assault,” Cruz told reporters after a town hall meeting in Milford, New Hampshire. “They’re feeling the assault from the president, from the top on down as we see, whether it’s in Ferguson or Baltimore, the response of senior officials of the president, of the attorney general, is to vilify law enforcement. That is fundamentally wrong, and it is endangering the safety and security of us all.”

Yesterday, Cruz went further, accusing the president of “silence” on the issue, which the senator described as “completely wrong” and a “manifestation of the divisiveness, the partisanship and of the hostility to law enforcement that has characterized the entire Obama administration.”

Megyn Kelly, Fox News:

It has been more than 36 hours since the mysterious death of a police officer in Illinois. And despite having at least 100 investigators surging for Lieutenant Joe Gliniewicz, and his killers, that is. Authorities appear to be nowhere close to catching them, multiple vigils for the man known as G.I. Joe, springing up, with the search for his killers now expanding. Investigators are going door to door, near the crime scene searching for suspects who were only described as two white males and one black male. Gliniewicz was shot early yesterday morning at their spotting, what he described as suspicious activity. Well Gliniewicz’s death comes just days after a Texas sheriff’s deputy was killed, execution style while pumping gasoline into his patrol car. A crime that is led to new complaints about the anti-police rhetoric, we have been hearing, in particular from some of the Black Lives Matter protests, but law enforcement officials are not the only ones questioning the movement now.

Milwaukee County Sheriff David Clarke, on Fox News:

Milwaukee County Sheriff David Clarke said on “The Kelly File” tonight that President Obama has an obligation to speak out against the anti-police rhetoric that is coming from groups like Black Lives Matter.

Clarke pointed out that Obama’s comments following the death of Michael Brown in Ferguson breathed life into the Black Lives Matter movement.

“He’s got an obligation to come out now and walk some of this back, remind people of the important role that law enforcement officers play, and no longer will this anti-cop madness, this anti-cop slime, be tolerated,” Clarke said.

“We know the political class, including the president, have turned their back on us, and we’re kind of out here alone now,” Clarke added.

He said that even though many law enforcement officers don’t feel supported by the president or the attorney general, they are still going to serve their communities.

Clarke pointed to the tragic death of Fox Lake Police Department Lt. Joe Gliniewicz, who was shot in the line of duty just 30 days before his retirement.

World Net Daily:

And another police officer, Lt. Joe Gliniewicz of Fox Lake, Illinois,was found shot to death Tuesday morning, the latest law enforcement officer to become a murder victim this year.

A recent poll finds a majority of voters believe there is a “war” on police officers and that comments by politicians critical of law enforcement are making it more difficult for cops to do their job.

Peterson blames much of the violence on Black Lives Matter itself. And he has harsh words for Democratic politicians who have been looking to appeal to the group.

“Black Lives Matter is not a mainstream group, and no legitimate political party should be associated with them,” he said. “If a party is known to be affiliated with Black Lives Matter, that group should be shunned for associating with a group that is akin to the KKK and the skinheads.”

Katie Pavlich:

“Tell me again it isn’t open season on cops #BlueLivesMatter #AllLivesMatter,” tweeted author and Fox News contributor Katie Pavlich hours after Gliniewicz was found, stripped of his gun and pepper spray, in a marshy area of Fox Lake early Tuesday.

John Kass, Town Hall:

The killing of Fox Lake, Illinois, police Lt. Charles Joseph Gliniewicz had nothing to do with our hashtag politics about which lives matter.

Gliniewicz, whose body was found in a marshy area near Fox Lake, was just a cop who’d been doing his job.

And there isn’t a police family in America that didn’t take note of what happened in Fox Lake, just as they took notice last week when Harris County, Texas, Deputy Sheriff Darren Goforth was shot and killed in an ambush while pumping gas into his patrol car.

“You want to consider the facts and take the politics out of it, but if you’re police or from a police family, you can’t help but thinking that it’s open season on us,” said longtime Chicago police Lt. Joseph Schmit, who has two sons on the job.

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie:

“This is the president’s problem, because he has not allowed law and order to be the rule of the day in the United States. Lawlessness has been the rule of the day,” Christie said in an interview on “Fox and Friends” after the hosts recounted recent killings of police officers in Illinois and Texas, and another shooting in Nevada over the weekend. “And now the president says little or nothing about these police officers that are being hunted.”

Breitbart.com headline:

WAR ON COPS: OFFICER SHOT AND KILLED IN CHICAGO SUBURB

Infowars.com:

Is the murder of the Illinois police officer another violent result of the Black Lives Matter movement which promotes the killing of cops and encourages more racial division across the country?

Jim Pasco, executive director of the Fraternal Order of Police:

The death of Lt. Charles Joseph Gliniewicz, a father of four and an Army veteran known as “G.I. Joe,” here Tuesday marked the fourth fatal shooting of a law enforcement officer nationwide in the past two weeks. Although the overall number of on-duty deaths is down from last year, the rash of killings is fueling a new debate over the risks of being a police officer in the post-Ferguson era of anti-police protests.

“It’s a trifecta” that officers are facing, said Jim Pasco, executive director of the national Fraternal Order of Police. “There’s a hostile element within the community at large. There’s in many incidences a lack of support on the part of elected officials and police management. And there’s this ubiquitous social-media effort to discredit all police officers because of the extraordinarily rare misconduct by a very few.”

More from a half-dozen Fox News personalities:

While the news of GI Joe’s death broke nationwide on Tuesday, Sept. 1, Fox’s resident quack doctor Keith Ablow sat on the set of the network’s “Outnumbered” show and lamented how the president has “inflamed racial discord in this country and put a target on the backs of American police officers,” using the recent murder of a Texas deputy at a gas station as a jumping-off point.

“This is not the only incident of this,” conservative firebrand Andrea Tantaros interrupted, teeing up co-host Sandra Smith to introduce the Fox Lake incident. “This is happening time and time again,” Fox & Friends First’s Ainsley Earhardt chimed in. “This is a dangerous place for the country to be,” Liz MacDonald fretted before Tantaros pivoted back to the role of Black Lives Matter rhetoric in cop slayings.

Hours later, primetime star anchor Megyn Kelly interviewed Milwaukee County Sheriff David A. Clarke — an all-too-frequent Fox guest who seems to spend more time bashing black activists on TV than actually, you know…sheriffing. Clarke willfully linked Gliniewicz’s death to how President Obama has “breathed life into this anti-cop sentiment” with his “inflammatory rhetoric.”

That same evening, a cocksure Clarke told Fox Business Network host Lou Dobbs that he has been to Fox Lake and knows that Gliniewicz is one of the town’s “finest,” gunned down while “engaged in self-initiative policing, the best policing there is.” He added: “War has been declared on the American police officer.” On Twitter, the lawman continued: “Time to take to the streets to counter Black LIES Matter. Fox Lake, Illinois.”

And on the morning of Saturday, Sept. 5, Eric Bolling used his weekly “Cashin’ In” monologue (titled “Wake Up, America!”) to connect Gliniewicz being “blown away in cold blood” to a “crisis” of law enforcement officers being killed, in part because President Obama has failed to publicly state that “Blue Lives Matter.”

So far, 33 police officers have been killed by gunfire this year, a 23 percent decrease from last year, and still on a pace to make 2015 the second safest year for police in at least half a century. And even that 33 figure includes Gliniewicz, and two officers who were accidentally shot, either by themselves or by another officer.

Deep Shit of the Year Award

 
 

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Fox Lake Cop Death Ruled “Suicide”

Death of Fox Lake Officer, Charles Joseph Gliniewicz in September 2015,  is now being officially ruled as a suicide.

Officials Say Illinois Cop’s Death Will Be Declared a Suicide

Authorities will announce that a northern Illinois police officer whose shooting death led to a massive manhunt in September killed himself, an official briefed on the crime investigation told The Associated Press.

The Lake County Sheriff’s Office has called a Wednesday news conference to announce “conclusive results” of the investigation. The official spoke to the AP Tuesday night on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to brief the media.

The investigation into the death of Lieutenant Charles Joseph Gliniewicz determined that the Fox Lake officer died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound, other media outlets reported Tuesday, all citing anonymous sources.

A spokesman for the Lake County Sheriff’s Office, Christopher Covelli, declined any comment Tuesday evening. The office said in a statement that it would not comment until the news conference.

Gliniewicz, a U.S. army veteran affectionately known as “G.I. Joe,” radioed on Sept. 1 that he was chasing three suspicious men on foot. Backup officers later found his body 50 yards from his squad car.

Authorities said in October that the officer, 52, was shot with his own weapon.

He was struck by two rounds, one that hit his ballistic vest with the force of a “sledgehammer” and another that pierced his upper chest, Lake County Major Crimes Task Force Commander George Filenko said at the time.

After Gliniewicz’s shooting, a massive manhunt ensued, with hundreds of officers searching houses, cabins and even boats on a chain of area lakes. Authorities released a vague description of three suspects, though no one was ever arrested.

Flags flew at half-staff in honor of the 30-year police veteran after the shooting in Fox Lake, a close-knit community of 10,000 residents located about 50 miles north of Chicago. Signs with the officer’s picture hung in storefront windows.

The tattooed officer with a shaved head was described by those who knew him as tough when needed, but also as sweet and a role model to youngsters aspiring to go into law enforcement.

Just released, they “why” of the suicide…

Illinois Cop ‘Carefully Staged Suicide,’ Committed Crimes, Investigators Say

Authorities say an Illinois police officer who killed himself in what they say was an elaborately staged suicide embezzled money from a police program for seven years.

Lake County Major Crimes Task Force Commander George Filenko led the investigation into the Sept. 1 shooting death of Fox Lake police Lieutenant Charles Joseph Gliniewicz.

Filenko said Wednesday that Gliniewicz had been stealing and laundering money from the Fox Lake police explorers club, which he oversaw. He says Gliniewicz spent thousands of dollars of the money to pay for personal purchases, mortgage payments and travel, among other things.

On the day he died, Gliniewicz radioed that he was chasing three suspicious men. His death led to a large manhunt, but no arrests were made.

 
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Posted by on November 4, 2015 in American Genocide

 

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Freddy Gray’s Mother Attempts Suicide

Really sad…All that money doesn’t erase pain.

Sources: Mother Of Freddie Gray Tries To Take Her Own Life

WJZ has learned the mother of Freddie Gray, the man who died in police custody last April, has attempted suicide.

Rick Ritter has more on what happened.

WJZ has confirmed with multiple sources in the past hour that Gloria Darden, the mother of Freddie Gray, tried to take her life late Wednesday night.

The call came in around 9:35 p.m. Wednesday for a person needing medical attention in a north Baltimore neighborhood.

Sources tell WJZ that’s where Gloria Darden, the mother of Freddie Gray, attempted suicide and sustained superficial wounds.

Sources say Darden was transported to a nearby hospital and no surgery or stitches were needed.

Darden’s son, 25-year-old Freddie Gray, was arrested back on April 12 and was injured when taken into police custody. He died a week later, triggering unrest throughout the city.

Just weeks ago, Baltimore awarded Gray’s family $6.4 million to settle civil claims.

Sources tell WJZ that Gray’s mother is currently undergoing a psychiatric evaluation.

 
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Posted by on October 22, 2015 in American Genocide, BlackLivesMatter

 

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Fox Lake — Police Officer Suicide?

This one burst onto the news scene about a week ago, I blogged on it in “A Good Officer Falls“. It seemed at the time to be the case of a murder of a Police Officer.

Turns out that the policeman in question may not have been shot by the “three suspects he was pursuing”…

He may not have been murdered at all. Other sources are reporting that Lt Gliniewicz was only shot once, and that the coroner has refused to state where.

There is still more evidence to process, which may definitively prove things one way or another.

Illinois officer’s death may have been a suicide, evidence suggests

Illinois police are looking into the possibility that a Fox Lake officer’s death was a suicide, according to reports.

Fox Lake Lt. Charles (Joe) Gliniewicz, 52, was found mortally wounded after reporting he was chasing down three suspects with vague descriptions on Sept. 1. His death sparked a massive manhunt with 400 officers, but no arrests have been made and the suspects have not been found.

Authorities said they are investigating the case as a homicide. The Lake County Coroner, Thomas Rudd, said he couldn’t say whether it was a suicide, an accident or a homicide without further evidence.

“Every theory is being looked at,” Lake County Sheriff’s detective Chris Covelli told the Chicago Tribune. “Nothing has been eliminated at this point.”

Unnamed sources close to the investigation said evidence is mounting that the fatal shot was self-inflicted, according to the Chicago Tribune and Fox News.

Gliniewicz was shot twice, with one bullet hitting his Kevlar vest and the other bullet piercing his chest from a downward trajectory, sources told Fox News. Shell casings were found about 100 feet apart from each other near the body, which was found face-down.

His service weapon was found close to his body, which appeared to have no self-defense wounds, sources said. Ballistics and gun residue test results are expected to determine whether Gliniewicz was shot with his own weapon.

Police are also awaiting DNA tests to see if some found at the scene matches that in a criminal database.

Authorities discounted some of the reports claiming suicide was a possibility, claiming a disgraced retired cop served as one of the anonymous sources. They said Joseph A. Battaglia, 54, threatened police to rule the death a suicide and may have given reporters false tips.

But investigators have been clashing, the Chicago Sun-Times reported. Detectives, who have been tight-lipped throughout, called out Rudd for releasing information that could jeopardize the investigation last week. On Monday, they held a meeting with one of his employees without Rudd’s knowledge.

 
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Posted by on September 16, 2015 in News

 

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Two Killings… And a Suicide

Busy night on death row…

Georgia Executes Inmate Troy Davis After Supreme Court Denies Appeal

White Supremacist Executed for Texas Dragging

Oh yeah… And that suicide?

Hewlett-Packard investors like possibility of Meg Whitman as CEO

It just doesn’t get any dumber than that.

 
 

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