Florida Man Who Claimed to Have Covid-19 Spits in Cops Face


Charged with Federal Bioweapons Charge

Cristal M Clark 

We keep seeing stories about people exhibiting some of the most disgusting behavior by spitting on food, coughing in the face of the elderly and basically hoping to infect others with Covid-19 as if it were some big joke. 


31-year old James Jamal Curry of Florida is learning the hard way, the virus isn’t a fucking joke. According to the court records, James bonded out of jail after an arrest for domestic battery. During that initial arrest, James intentionally coughed on a cop’s arm while being loaded into a transport van stating “Well I got the corona.”  

Now this moron bonded out, they didn’t even charge him for coughing on the officer and one would think the guy might consider himself lucky but not this guy, seems he went in for the kill if you will. 

The next evening, James’ girlfriend called police to inform them that Jamal was outside of her apartment, in violation of a non-contact order. The police arrived and apprehended James, who according to police, resisted his second arrest rather violently. Once in the backseat of a police cruiser, James tried to kick out the rear passenger window. After being placed in leg restraints, he attempted to smash the window with his head.

When one of the officers reached into the car to grab James, he reportedly spat in her face. “A mist of spit struck her in the face and entered her mouth.” The police officers then draped a spit hood over James’ head. According to the complaint, Jamal then said, with a laugh: “I have Corona bitch, and I’m spreading it around.”

He was subsequently tested and did not have the virus but was charged with a Federal bioweapons charge because the DOJ feels that coronavirus “appears to meet the statutory definition of a ‘biological agent,’” and that “the purposeful exposure and infection of others with Covid-19” could be possible grounds for terrorism charges. 

Now James faces a possible 5 year sentence. 

Sadly people are doing this all over, here in Colorado a week or so ago some woman spit on an officer in Arvada. Whether or not someone has the virus exhibiting such disgusting behavior can ensure you are charged with a Federal crime these days. 

Cristal M Clark

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DOJ Investigation of Facebook Heating Up


Facebook’s Antitrust Woes 

Cristal M Clark 

Facebook you either love it or you loath it and sometimes your in the middle of loving and hating it. Not that the DOJ dislikes Facebook, they just don’t feel that the social media giant plays fair when it comes to it’s acquisitions. 


The Justice Department has an antitrust investigation into Facebook open currently and they are leaving no stone unturned. Reports are surfacing stating that the DOJ has reportedly been setting up interviews with Facebook’s rivals and is actively looking at the competitive nature of the industry as a whole in an effort to gain a better understanding of it, all in the name of nailing Facebook with antitrust charges. 


One of the competitors of Facebook is Snap, Snap reportedly kept a dossier of documents that outlined Facebook’s “aggressive tactics” to thwart competition and had been talking to the FTC about them. Great another dossier in the news, I am sure every detail in it is accurate and note made up. 


To be clear, the DOJ is looking at a different issue from the probes by the Federal Trade Commission, the House antitrust committee and a group of state attorneys general. Back in July, Facebook got hit with a $5 billion fine for its privacy issues.  

It’s not looking like Facebook is going to slide by without some form of charges over antitrust issues because the DOJ is being pretty relentless here. 

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FBI refuses to share info about hacking tool


U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation

In an unsurprising move the FBI has elected not to share the hacking tool they utilized when they hacked into one of the San Bernardino, California, shooters iPhone.

The reason is pretty simple and straightforward the FBI believes that if they were to release the information it could be exploited and used by “hostile entities” if released to the public.

They are not entirely wrong about that either.

In January the Justice Department released heavily censored records in response to a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit from The Associated Press, Vice Media and Gannett, which is the parent company of USA Today.


As luck would have it, a big part of the information that had been withheld had been the details with regards to how much the FBI paid a third party last year to unlock the work phone of Syed Rizwan Farook.

Naturally those in the media have not been on board with not knowing the FBI’s source, so in a court filing on Monday, the media wanted justification for the the Justice Department’s decision to redact those details.

Of course the fight is not over, some the media keeps pushing for the information…which leaves me wondering why some in the media feel that they are entitled to such information?

In the end that is really what it is about, entitlement to something.

It’s pretty clear to me that releasing such details would in fact entice some hackers…and while I do agree to an extent that the public does have a right to know some details.

When it comes to things like national security and intel that could be used by hackers as a way to hack innocent individuals, then I say let the our government agencies keep those details to themselves.

It would not have been any different had Apple created the backdoor the FBI initially asked for anyway.

Apple would have never released that information to the general public.

This is one where I am on the side of the DOJ and the FBI. I have always said that in some cases the government should keep certain details to themselves.

Sadly, when it comes to national security we are simply not entitled to know every little detail, especially if those details could in turn be learned and then used to cause harm to others.

Cristal M Clark

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Law Enforcement using facial recognition – with no oversight


According to the ACLU and about 51 other advocacy groups.

So now everyone is crying wolf.

It has always fascinated me that people take so much issue with law enforcement using things like facial recognition tools, as well as tools that assist them search out keywords on social media and the like.

Tools that marketers have been using for years.

So yet on the other hand, we don’t seem to notice or care that virtually every online move one makes is being tracked and seen by someone, including our pictures.

Every time you swipe a credit card or bank card, you are being tracked, everything you purchase is being tracked, sites you visit, ad’s you may click on, types of clothing you look at, shoes, the list is virtually endless.


Someone or rather several someones are seeing what you are paying for, searching for and needing all of the time.

Whether you are online or not too.  

That someone or those many someone’s seeing all of our stuff, well they are not law enforcement, some of those someone’s are able to get enough information about us that they can in turn sell it online to the highest bidder.


Marketers and social media, stores, etc have no major calls for oversight, seem to be hacked more than law enforcement and yet they track our every move, see all of our online spending, what porn sites you visit, every picture that you have, even the one’s with your naughty bits showing that you sent via email or text or have saved in your cloud storage and yes all of the cat pictures and videos are seen too.

What your grocery list looks like is seen, what music you listen to is noted, in fact, Spotify pays attention to my website and suggests music based off of what pieces I have written in the past and what music I have added to my website, the majority of the music I share on my website is through Youtube, and not Spotify.

If you visit a bank’s ATM often enough and it’s not your bank, you will actually start getting junk mail from the bank whose ATM you keep drawing money out of, asking you to switch banks.

Anyone go to Target or other box stores? Stores that you do not have a store credit card for and suddenly a month later you start getting all of this junk mail addressed specifically to you with ad’s that are geared towards what you have purchased in the past month at those box stores?

Do you remember giving them your mailing address? No, I bet you don’t but that bank card that you used, the one you swiped to pay for your goods with, well that gave them your address.

We are more willing to let strangers who have no restriction or oversight see everything we do and are into but when it comes to Law Enforcement, well they are SOL…


So here’s the deal, recently it was discovered that maybe roughly half of American adult images appear in the unregulated police databases (if one has a drivers license, passport or state issued ID, your image is already in a database).

So now everyone wants this DOJ investigation and blah, blah, blah…

“Face recognition technology has enormous civil liberties implications and its use must be closely examined to ensure that it is not violating Americans’ civil rights,” according to ACLU’s letter, that went on to say,  “The safeguards to ensure this technology is being used fairly and responsibly appear to be virtually nonexistent.”

But I suppose that because it is the law enforcement that has it, they are totally abusing it and singling out individuals of color and only those individuals….they couldn’t possibly be using it to find and locate known criminals, known associates of known criminals or individuals who are missing and endangered, or a terrorist or suspected terrorist entering the country, running around the country or anything…they are cops after all right?

It’s truly sad when marketers, social media sites, banks, gas stations, big box stores, email providers, and criminals have more tools at their disposal about all of us than law enforcement.

And everyone but law enforcement is abusing it.

By the way, the American Civil Liberties Union and those 51 other advocacy groups who ran to the DOJ concerned over facial recognition and cried wolf, have absolutely no proof of any wrongdoing on the part of law enforcement.

While I agree with policing the police, we can’t keep cutting them off at the knee.

Its facial recognition…as seen in the movies and on TV folks, nothing more or less than that, it does not require a ton of oversight.

Besides, marketers are looking at facial recognition tools…it won’t be long before they are using it.

Cristal M Clark

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CIA contracted psychologists getting sued, in turn they sue the CIA


The United States Central Intelligence Agency

The program was called the “enhanced interrogation program.” James Elmer Mitchell and John “Bruce” Jessen are considered the architects of the program because they created it.

As you all may be very well aware, earlier this year a Federal Judge cleared the way for victims of the CIA’s torture program to sue the CIA.

As a matter of fact, this was the first time in US history that a Judge has ruled that anyone can file this type of civil lawsuit against the CIA.

So, as you can imagine the CIA decided it was time to blame someone because why would they take accountability for a program they didn’t create but simply approved of….and used?

That someone ended up being 2 contracted-psychologists who worked for them for having devised such ways to torture an individual in an effort to gain intel.

And now the 2, contracted CIA psychologists are in turn, suing the CIA so that they can prove that the torture program was in fact, not their fault after all.

On Monday a motion to compel the documents, was filed in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia. It alleged that the CIA and Justice Department had been uncooperative in supplying James Elmer Mitchell and John “Bruce” Jessen with “documents critical to their defense.”

So what basically happened was, these two guys asked the CIA for the needed documents and the CIA denied the request, they did however offer to have an anonymous witness answer questions in writing. Actually, I believe the motion said that the Government offered to provide “alternative and creative options,” rather than hand over documents.

How it all started?

Well, James and Bruce were hired by the Central Intelligence Agency back in 2002 in all, they walked away with a cool $81 million for the work that they did for and with the CIA.

They were hired to devise a very horrific torture program for the CIA to utilize so as to get intelligence information from suspects.

The CIA at the time was scrambling to round up anyone that they could who might have had ties with or to al Qaeda and the Taliban.

Both James and Bruce personally feel that they should have immunity from prosecution over the program because it was authorized by the executive branch during a time of war.

The tricky part about that is, should they really be granted immunity as contractors of the Government? Typically, contractors are not afforded that luxury so why would anyone consider making that exception now?

The former contracted psychologists, James and Bruce have tried to have the lawsuit against them thrown out by arguing that the CIA was legally responsible for the program. Technically speaking, that is true of course.

The CIA hired these guys to come up with the program specifics and well, in the real world when you hire someone to come up with specifics for a program it is up to the contractor to ensure all applicable laws will be followed and the hiring agency is aware of anything that might cause a small issue such as, inhumane human torture.

And to the dismay of both James and Bruce Senior Judge Justin L. Quackenbush of the Eastern District of Washington ruled in April that the case would continue and ordered both sides to begin discovery, which is the process of exchanging evidence before trial.

This is where James and Bruce started having issues with the CIA. James and Bruce said in their motion that the subpoenas they submitted to the CIA and DOJ in June requested approximately 30 categories of documents.

The  government has been less than cooperative with the request. James and Bruce alleged through the motion they filed, that basically the government said that they’d love to help the defendants and give them the requested documents but they are “unsure how they can provide such information or when.”

The Department of Justice and CIA shot back that the “psychologists’ request is overly vague and burdensome, ostensibly because of classification issues in the documents related to the CIA’s now defunct torture program.”

Instead the government offered James and Bruce some alternative and creative options. One which was that the CIA would provide an anonymous witness who could answer questions in writing that could be used in court about the team’s role in the torture program.

Seriously that is what the motion alleged. The not so funny part about that, it’s a witness who may or may not have had direct contact with James or Bruce, and the testimony may end up being tossed because it could be viewed as hearsay which would be true in this case.

I agree that maybe the program did go a little too far in some cases, I mean one person froze to death while being held and interrogated.

The program ran over the course of 5 years. 119 men were abused using the techniques devised by James and Bruce. The 3 plaintiffs in the suit were among the 39 subjected to the what many consider as the most harsh torture and scientific experimentation.

Anal penetration, mock execution, being doused with ice cold water, and enduring something a lot like waterboarding and much more.

In 2012, the DOJ announced that CIA officials responsible for the torture regime would not be facing any criminal charges.

This news upset a lot of people and rightfully so. Just because they didn’t come up with the program, they knew it was wrong, they knew it was inhumane to do what they were doing to another human being.

It’s been proven so many times that victims of extreme torture will in fact lie just to make it stop, so did it really get anyone any closer to what it was they were looking for?

Some might argue that flying planes into the Twin Towers was inhumane and wrong and I agree but being the monster in order to fight the monster doesn’t work.

I know that first hand.

At the end of the day, James and Bruce will most likely if the case isn’t eventually thrown out, be the one’s paying the most for the CIA’s ill fated torture program regardless of who actually committed the acts of torture.

The program in and of itself, that was devised by James and Bruce tends to read a lot like many of the cold cases I pour through each week, the torture of the victims, the many ways they died.

James and Bruce each have the mind of a predator who tortures, maims, and kills it’s prey much like being in the head of a killer or rapist.

Cristal M Clark

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Police Caught Playing Pokémon Go while working


But walking is good for your mental and physical health…right?

Earlier this week news broke that two Commerce City, Colorado police officers are now facing discipline for well, playing Pokémon Go instead of actually working.

The officers were caught by one of their supervisors in unusual places and it was quickly determined they were chasing cartoon characters and not any actual criminals.


This announcement comes just after last week’s announcement that the Department of Justice has agreed to look at the departments police practices. The department decided to participate in the DOJ’s new program aimed at police reform.


The Commerce City, Colorado police department has faced years of complaints from the union, officers and citizens. They have recently dealt with officer misconduct and in 2011 the police union for the department presented the department with some concerns, two of which were poor management and cover-ups.

The city brought in an investigator to look into the union’s claims but that didn’t go so well because as it turned out that particular investigator was accused of having a conflict of interest and long story short is, since then the city has face several lawsuits, which of course they settled them rather than go to court.

It’s also worth a mention that  union chief Tom Boskovich says turnover among officers in Commerce City is pretty much off the charts.

The Justice Department’s Collaborative Reform Initiative for Technical Assistance which is volunteer by the way, works to analyze a police department’s policies, training and practices.

The DOJ claims that the program keeps an eye toward finding the specific problems that are causing it trouble in the community.

Quite frankly, since the program is new, only time will tell so we’ll have to wait and see if the DOJ can handle what’s coming for them with the recent findings in Boston, Oakland is still a mess, Cleveland, Portland is trying to take a step in the right direction but who knows.

Then look at Chicago, which granted has a huge number of shootings, they also have an equally large number of issues with regards to police misconduct, New York had a cop who was also a pimp, in Texas a cop was also a member of the Mexican Mafia in uniform…that’s just the tip of the iceberg considering stories are becoming more readily available. Daily.

In looking at some of the DOJ’s past history with investigating some of these departments and the outcome of those investigations, not only were some of the departments (like Oakland) still a problem, the investigations took forever but it also, ended up costing taxpayers a lot of money.

I just have this one nagging question…

Will the Justice Department’s Collaborative Reform Initiative for Technical Assistance prevent cops from playing Playing Pokémon Go while on duty or does that not fall within the scope of “problems that are trouble in the community?”

Cristal M Clark

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National Police Reform coming soon to a city near you


Why is it so hard to prosecute cops?

Time and time again as with the Freddi Gray case, we blame in terms of how we see how things played out and we choose to ignore the realities of how it really did play out.

We are missing a key piece, we see it how we want to see it, we put our personal expectations onto police, through that we determine how cops should behave, how they could have reacted differently. We interject our personal beliefs and feelings into the situation which causes it to become clouded.

So why is it so hard to prosecute a cop?

First, we have to determine whether or not they actually broke any laws and in our most recent case on the books the answer was no. They didn’t even violate any civil rights. Things become so blurry to us because we are truly seeing them differently than a cop does.

Police are trained to view things differently than we do. They are trained to go into certain situations with a preconceived notion or to be on heightened alert. Domestic Violence calls are the best example. They roll to a domestic violence call already on heightened alert not knowing what to expect.

Most of the time they roll up to such calls prepared to mediate, care of the injured and/or take a man into custody because in general it is the man committing the crime. I believe most of you would agree.

And if most of you did agree with that, you just did what everyone assumes cops do all of the time the thing we are constantly condemning them for. It’s easy to do. We all assume that men are the aggressors, which by the way is not always true. But that is a preconceived notion or idea as to what to expect.

Doesn’t matter if the guy is white or black, in general whenever someone says the words Domestic Violence, we associate men to be the aggressors. We have a mental image of a man being the aggressor.  

We all judge others based off of our own beliefs and how we feel that we would personally handle a situation. IF you want to police the police we need to stop blaming, criticizing and pay attention.

Recently, I made an honest attempt to read the book “ Why it’s so tough to prosecute cops” by Earl Ofari Hutchinson, who I like and respect but honestly I laughed while trying to get through the book. I literally thought the book was a joke until a friend of mine pointed out it was supposed to be taken seriously.

The gist was that a lot of blame was going around from Police Unions being at fault, to white cops, cops protecting each other, a judicial system that protects bad cops and cops are always saying that they feared for their lives.

Yet at least as far as I read into it, no mention was made that in two of the cases that the book went over, Michael Brown and Freddie Gray, the men were not innocent.  THEY WERE BREAKING THE LAW WHEN THEY WERE CONFRONTED BY POLICE!

And Grey wasn’t murdered, shot, run over, shot with a taser, he died in a freak accident. No one meant to cause him harm.

The reason it’s hard for some to take things like cops being racist seriously are that the cases used as examples are jokes. Bring us a case that shows clear racial bias on the part of the cops for instance, white cop always pulls over only African American men, or 3 out of 5 arrests are African American’s while the other 2 are other races or white.  Things like that show a pattern of racial bias.

So it is hard to prosecute a cop because while we all feel entitled to be able to point out how the cops actions were not appropriate we were never in the that cops shoes at the time the incident occurred, not to the mention the crucial key is whether or not a cop broke any laws. Not civil rights but laws.

Take the shooting in Miami a few weeks ago, yes you all know the one. The cop who shot an unarmed therapist who was lying on the ground with his hands up?

The issue I have with it,  we only see part of the video, part of the story. So it’s more convenient for us to sit around and say that he never should have fired his weapon. We too often judge others based off of how we ourselves would have handled things, you know in the perfect world.

The video doesn’t actually show the therapist being shot. The officer who shot the therapist has since then come out and admitted that it was an accident and according to one media outlet also made a statement that he did what he had to do. His union if that is true, should have walked away and left him in the dog house over that.

Still the same, proving that he broke any laws will be difficult because he most likely didn’t break any laws whatsoever. Did he have to shoot someone? We don’t know that answer, we’d like to say that he shouldn’t have shot anyone but we would be basing that off of our own personal beliefs.

Those beliefs do not mean that any laws were broken. Cops are trained to handle situations differently than you or I. We might pause in a situation because we want to better think it through where cops are not really afforded that opportunity, that pause could mean the cop ends up hurt or worse, dead.

Cops are trained to think and make a judgment call sometimes within the blink of an eye, if you or I were in the same situation we might be badly injured or dead ourselves because we handled the situation the way we normally would.

Prosecuting cops isn’t easy because it’s not meant to be. So in order to change that, we would have to lobby for changes in policing and policing policies. We’d have to lobby for change in how the judicial system is setup to hear cases involving police but well before that, you would have to lobby for changes in terms of who oversees police misconduct within the communities you want to see change in.

Some of what’s out and about throughout the US isn’t working, Oakland, CA and Portland, OR are two examples of oversight already not working, not to mention that when the DOJ becomes involved and departments are ordered to change and bring in oversight, it’s costly for the taxpayer who have to pay for the misdeeds of that department.

I’ve said this before and I’ll say it again, lobby to have grants cut from police departments who are not playing well with the citizens of the community and you’ll see change a hell of a lot faster than you will if you are waiting on the Feds.

Cut the funding and you might just see a change in how police react to everyone’s cries for police reform.

We just have to be able to meet them halfway and work together for the changes everyone seeks.

Cristal M Clark


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Department of Justice enacting national policing reforms


Is that the answer we need?

Some are asking for it, some say we don’t need and somewhere in the middle of the argument is the DOJ.

It is not as easy or timely as one might think. We live in an age where we want instant gratification and when we sit back and look at cases of police misconduct we tend to become frustrated that the process is taking too long.

In the wake of officer Brendan O’Brien’s suicide, the Oakland, CA Police Bureau has been rocked by a scandal involving Brendan and several of its officers as well as neighboring police agencies.

Oakland by the way is currently and has been under a consent to decree for 13 years which is costly, but it imposes court oversight of reforms. Oakland was once considered one of the most corrupt police departments in the country.

The city of Oakland, CA has spent more than $13 million to pay for officer monitoring, equipment like body cameras, court fee’s, auditors and training.

Yes you read that right the city paid for it, meaning it was paid for by taxpayer dollars.

It works and then it doesn’t work as Oakland has shown us with it’s most recent scandal. While policing in the city has improved, for instance use of force has dropped significantly, clearly sexual misconduct somehow slipped through the cracks. Still however, according to some the reforms flopped.

According to the Guardian as I type this 586 individuals have been shot and killed by police in 2016 in the United States. Not all of them are black.

If we look at Chicago, over 100 people showed up at Truman College on Tuesday to share stories of shootings, beatings and even robberies by officers of the Chicago Police Department. The are begging the Justice Department to do something about the abuse by the Chicago Police.

Some of the people asking for help would describe the police in Chicago as ruthless killers, mobsters and predators.

Yet when we look at Chicago as a whole, it is riddled with crime that seems to run out of control at times. In some cases it is easy to understand why the police might overreact and shoot someone, however when you hear stories like Theodore Daffin’s you wonder.

Theodore’s run in with police left him with a deep scar in the shape of a vagina that was cut into his belly, by police.

Other stories reveal that people were shot and killed simply for opening the door to police.

But investigations like these that are conducted by the DOJ could take months if not years to conclude, then if the DOJ has enough evidence to prove systematic civil rights violations to take the Chicago Police Department to court, well it would take even more time in terms of years before anyone saw any type of reform within the police department.

Again, it would be costly as well.

So that begs the question, should the DOJ enact national police reforms which would affect all of our nation’s police departments?

IF you said yes, riddle me this, is the DOJ even capable of doing that?

Right now it takes years just for the DOJ to do it’s job and that is simply just not good enough.

The other part of that when I look at places like Chicago, I have to stop and wonder, why did it take the DOJ this long to get involved? Seeing over 100 people who managed to travel in sweltering heat to show up and tell stories of abuse at the hands of Chicago police, it amazes me that this has gone on so long. 

Then, I wonder why they weren’t heard before Tuesday. Why did it take so long for anyone to hear these people?

National reforms are a good idea but not a well thought out idea because not all police agencies are a problem. Not all police within a department are a problem. Not even racial bias is always a problem with departments, but other issues of police misconduct are.

Then we have departments that seem to be able to walk on water, they may not always be able to solve the case but they try, they are not abusing criminals or law abiding citizens.

One place to start would be getting the DOJ involved sooner. The big question is, does the DOJ have the staff or time to handle getting on board sooner rather than waiting until over 100 people show up after years of systematic abuse at the hands of a police department?

Another really good place to start, begin isolating departments that tend to show racial bias more than other departments, which is really quite simple when it comes down to it.

Besides, most legal experts agree that a national reform plan is highly unlikely because it would have no political will.

One thing a lot of people may not know or understand is that a large part of the DOJ’s budget goes to the War on Drugs through the Bureau of Prisons and the FBI. That means only a small fraction of it goes to investigations of police misconduct.

Changing the budget for the DOJ requires action from Congress to re-appropriate funds. Congress isn’t doing a lot in terms of action right now in case anyone hasn’t noticed.

Some would argue that the bigger issues are:

Politics, in that our nation’s politics do not have a strong enough commitment to its public as of today. And we unfortunately need them in order to make changes with things like police reform.

And the biggest issue of all, many would argue is that large amounts of money designated to fight the war on drugs have allowed police departments to militarize and become more aggressive in their approach.

Ahh but another solution does exist and it’s one that a lot of people are eyeing as a possible solution .

The DOJ could make some of the grants offered to police departments contingent upon departments being in compliance with the Civil Rights Act as well as other Federal laws…

Here is a small break down of what some of that looks like:

Since around 94 the DOJ has allotted something like $15 Billion to police departments around the country in community oriented policing service grants. And that my friends, well it’s just one of the types of grants the DOJ offers to police departments.

The DOJ says that in 2015 the Chicago police department received over $3.1 million just to hire 25 new officers.

The Chicago police department has received at least, a cool $5 million in grants from 2007-2013.

No one likes to talk about it but the threat to take that kind of money away from police departments might just help resolve a lot of issues with police misconduct.

That would certainly entice Chicago to clean up much faster than the DOJ’s ongoing investigation will.

In Oakland even with the consent to decree, the department was able to keep its internal investigation of sexual misconduct from the court ordered auditor for months.  I wrote about it before if you missed it. 

By withholding Federal funds from police agencies and departments rife with problems, it would bring about the much needed change many are calling for in certain communities.

Taking that money or the possibility of the ability to even qualify for a grant would hurt police departments and it would in turn force them to act much more quickly to reform than the DOJ’s investigation and possible outcome.

In order to do even that however, well we’d need politics, and right now the political will to change things is pretty much stalled out somewhere.

Maybe someone playing Pokémon Go can manage to find our political leaders political will somewhere along the way??? pokemon-go

Our answer is that we need our nation’s political leaders to find the political will it needs to make the right kinds of changes instead of just play around and not give a shit.

We can go about this the long way or the short way. It’s taking money away from departments who are problems or letting the DOJ have years to investigate then wait even more years and years to see change.

As much as I hate to admit this again, but this is yet another reason voters are swinging towards Trump. In business if you don’t take swift action it can be costly, business leaders don’t wait they act.

Political leaders, they tend not to act quickly enough. They have the wait and see approach when instead they should be reciting “Founded on the Principles of Right,” until it sinks in and they get it.

Sadly, this is another time where we have to ask our leaders if they are even listening and then hearing us?

Cristal M Clark


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Gunshots ring out in Chicago

A torn and tattered city

Chicago has outpaced last years numbers so far. From 1/1/2016 Chicago has had as of today a total of 1,898 shooting, in all of 2015 Chicago had 2,988 shootings according to the Chicago Tribune. 

This year, we already crossed the halfway point.

Yesterday The Chicago Tribune reported that this past weekend’s shootings left at least 50 wounded and 8 dead.

Father’s Day left 12 dead with a grand total of 54 shootings

Memorial day weekend 69 shootings, 8 dead

Mother’s Day yielded 49 shootings, with a reported 9 dead

Easter, 37 shootings in Chicago

2016 started with a bang for Chicago, it is widely reported that more than 100 people were shot within the first 10 days of the year.

Some media outlets have reported that the police are overwhelmed and outnumbered, in fact, Vice ran a headline yesterday that read “With killing on the rise in Chicago, police are putting their hands up.”

The department has been having a rough go of it and the increase in shootings is not making it any better. The question is how do the Chicago police take back the city and stop the violence without becoming a militant presence in the community?

Not a popular idea however the increase in violence in Chicago has shown no outward signs of slowing and I believe that we can all agree that something needs to be done in an effort to slow it.

What will this weekend bring to such a tattered and torn city?

Cristal M Clark


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