New video in Michael Brown saga sparks more – protests

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Michael Brown – Ferguson, Mo

The latest video in the Michael Brown case has sparked some new protests and the video by the way according to some news sources is unconfirmed as entirely accurate.

What’s more is that according the family of Brown, the video proves that the police lied, which it all reality it does not prove anything other than Michael Brown was dealing drugs.

So let’s get to the details of the video;

According to Director Jason Pollock,the video shows Brown did not rob the store before being stopped by police.

What it does show however, in rather graphic detail is Brown giving the store clerk drugs in a brown bag in exchange for cigarillos.

Brown was shot hours later, several hours later and this is where details about the supposed robbery get sketchy.

Brown handed the clerk back the cigarillos during the drug exchange, he went back to the store hours later leaving some to suspect he went to retrieve his much previously earned cigarillos.

The St. Louis County Police Department, the video was not pertinent to the investigation into the shooting of Brown because Darren Wilson stopped Brown for walking in the street, not the robbery call.

The video by the way is not a new thing, the full unedited version of the video was handed over to police, the FBI and also the Brown family early on into the investigation.

The video simply had nothing to do with the actual shooting of Michael Brown, if anything it only makes the argument that he was an innocent young man who had been unfairly shot by police that much weaker.

Cristal M Clark

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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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I know that many of you are wondering why I opted to put a picture of Lt. Joseph Gliniewicz up? Well, he was a not so good cop in that he stole money from the very program he helped to create and run. He didn’t beat anyone or shoot anyone, in fact, by all accounts as far as his job was concerned, the one where he worked the streets as a cop, he was rather exemplary at it.

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As of today however, his own brothers and sisters in uniform, in turn upon learning of his crime have since dubbed him a disgrace and are now tossing around through media, accusations of additional indiscretions/misconduct, by this officer. News comments sections are lighting up already this morning over that headline.

Think about those of you who used Lt. Joseph Gliniewicz’s death as a way to parlay and insinuate that police are; bad, thugs, racists, gun toting mafia types, who protect each other, rape women and, who shoot to kill anything that moves especially unarmed, innocent African Americans.

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Maybe Lt. Joseph Gliniewicz was a coward in the end, maybe he wasn’t. His death however opened a door and exposes us to how we really feel as a nation about police, most importantly about how we feel about each other. This is the real Ferguson Effect. It actually has a hell of a lot less to do with racial bias on the part of police than most people realize. The overall consensus is that cops are thugs, hired mob men, rapists, liars, bullies, thieves…the list just spirals down and out from then on.

Of course everyone is entitled to his or her opinion, just keep in mind however that, when shared publicly on forums or message boards if you speak hate, you breed it. If you continue to say things such as “and to think the police blamed blacks for this, now who is to blame, whites” you continue to breed racist views.

You continue to be the problem.

We, the public are keeping us divided by race, sexual orientation, age and gender. We speak it daily, we live it daily and we teach it to our children. The Ferguson Effect has more to do with how we feel about one another than how our police feel about us. Our policing issues are a way different beast altogether.

I actually took the time to read through countless articles, message boards, forums and the like and put together a rather interesting take on how the public in general feels. As much as I could, I tried to capture some of the more negative comments because, like the media chooses to do, I wanted to give you a one sided view.

NBC had a great start with: Video shows Cop Body Slamming High School Girl in SC Classroom.

http://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/video-appears-show-cop-body-slamming-student-s-c-classroom-n451896

The first paragraph:

“The FBI has been asked to investigate an incident at a South Carolina high school Monday in which a police officer appeared to body slam a female student and drag her across a classroom.”

Second Paragraph:

“The confrontation, captured on cellphone video at Spring Valley High School in Columbia, S.C., has drawn intense criticism on social media, from the school district’s Black Parents Association — the student is African-American — and the American Civil Liberties Union of South Carolina, which called the deputy’s actions ‘egregious.’”

“the student is African-American.” You know if the media stuck more to facts rather than race we wouldn’t have so much of the Ferguson Effect, i.e. racial bias on the part of police, going on and we could deal with the real issues with policing in America which I might add, no one has a clue about because we are too busy making those issues into race issues.

IF the media actually gave a shit they would have stuck to the story without having had to involve the race of the girl. What happened was they creatively, and with gross negligence, inserted race as if it mattered into the story. It didn’t matter, the article was fine the way it started and should have maintained that the entire way through. That would have been integrity at it’s fullest.

Making statements like “the school district’s Black Parents Association” hell even having a Black Parent’s Association speaks volumes to a kid. Do we not have PTA’s in all school districts in this country that are made up of all races of the parents or do blacks need to separate, as in to segregate themselves from the other races?   

Is everyone missing this or…when groups up and decide they need to create the same group but one for their own race they are only segregating themselves and by doing so they are breeding the very definition of racism.  

Every time race is inserted into a news story, commentary, or headline we create an atmosphere that indulges itself in those ideas. In turn, in our minds they become the real issue because it’s being shoved down our throats at every turn.

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I agree with FBI director James B Comey in that we have an issue currently with policing in America, I don’t agree with him, the media and myself included,  calling it The Ferguson Effect.

I don’t agree with that because, that title, in and of itself further perpetuates the idea and notion that race is the underlying issue with policing in this country. It’s not!

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What our government, community leaders, BLM and other groups should be looking at is what are the real issues and work on those. So people like Hillary Clinton shouldn’t be sitting with people like Michael Brown’s mother, Tamir Rice’s mother or Trayvon Martins mother and figuring out how to stop police from shooting innocent African-American Males, who happened to be breaking the fucking law at the time they got shot. three upstanding, shining examples of young American Men who were blatantly showing the entire world just how much someone else’s life mattered at the time they were each shot.  She does us all a disservice by once again turning this into a race issue. Doesn’t she have some damn Benghazi scandal to continue to cover up anyway?  

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We have great police departments all over across this country, ones that seemingly do everything right, yet we have some where the very communities they police fear them. Why? Address that, without the benefit of using race as the reason the relationship between a community and its officers has broken down if you dig enough you’re going to find the truth. It’s not race at all.

It is a two way street, both sides need to stop using race as reasons, justification and excuses. Simply put, race needs to stop being used as a reason to behave badly, as an excuse as to why someone feels that they have been unjustly treated and/or seemingly held back from being able to live the life they feel that they deserve.

Every time race is used as a reason for something, a way to hurt or insult another, the very idea that we are divided as a nation and a people is further instilled into the young minds of all young American’s.

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Below, are some of the many news articles I made it through with some of the comments posters made to further drive home the point that The Ferguson Effect is more about our misguided views, perpetuated by a media starved for any action because it sells advertising time. It does highlight though that the public is upset and angry at our police but why? Reading the comments I saw a lot of regurgitation of information but nothing that would indicate why someone hates cops so much…a real reason, something personal…

Anyway, if you make it all the way to end you might get a chuckle out of the last article, where I included my own personal comments. Admittedly, reading a lot of these can bring you down a little so the last article is a little on the fun side.  

*Note, I didn’t take the time to correct any grammar or spelling errors that posters made I just copied over the comments I found on each news site.*

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The Washington Post, August 8, 2015 “Ferguson: The Police Still Killing Unarmed Black Men One Year Later”

http://www.washingtonpost.com/sf/national/2015/08/08/black-and-unarmed/

Byron Allen

7:24 AM EST

the entire issue is fabricated in an effort to get black voters to the poles next year.

Steve Kiefer

10/27/2015 2:35 PM EDT

Since blacks commit 40% to 50% (depending of the year) of all voilent crimes it should be no surprise they are 40% of those shot while unarmed.

the “police are out to get black people” narrative is a media made myth.

waddsworth

10/30/2015 12:49 AM EDT

How about we try looking at the inverse scenario? Of 800,000 police officers in this country, an average of 23 are killed each year by African Americans. Of 41,700,000 African Americans in this country, an average of 238 are killed each year by police (regardless of justification). That means that police officers are generally at least 5 times more likely to be killed by an African American than an African-American is to be killed by the police.

Tim Ray

10/11/2015 10:25 PM EDT

“Anyone who doubts the vicious anti-white racism displayed by the controlled mass media in America need only consider the fact that they have ignored at least 9,000 nonwhite upon nonwhite murders which have occurred in the last year in favor of the Zimmerman/Martin case where they tried to show ‘white racism.’

According to the FBI’s own statistics, there were 14,548 homicides in 2011. Of this number, 5,486, or 53.7 percent, of the offenders were identified as black, and another 4.077 as “unknown.”http://newobserveronline.com/media-ignores-9000-bl…

rconaway

10/8/2015 8:34 PM EDT

When 30% of your male population has been in jail at one time or another, and most of the murders committed in the 4 worst cities in the country are caused by black gangs and black drug dealing, then the cops are going to err on the side of caution. If 70% of black children grow up without fathers and then you blame society because your culture is uneducated, uncontrolled, and challenges authority, then you have only yourself to blame. Keep challenging the cops so they are hesitant to stop the real criminals so your cities and areas stay drug riddled toilets. Keep pushing rap and gansta lifestyles as things to achieve instead of education and hard work and eventually someone will take out the thugs either through legal or illegal means. Why do you think concealed carry permits are still on the rise?

Jack Burke

8/16/2015 10:19 PM EDT

Individuals (BLACK, WHITE, HISPANICS,ASIAN, ETC.) who do not respect authority and do not comply to Officers commands cause many of these tragic incidents by their own behavior resulting in DEATH. Believe the numbers or not, MORE WHITES ARE KILLED BY POLICE EVERY YEAR THAN BLACKS. Where are the PROTESTERS about the BLACK on BLACK CRIMES like MURDERS, ROBBERIES, HOME INVASIONS,ETC.???? This counry has been going down hill for past 7 years due the present Administration Policies.

Finally a really good response to the article….

Rob29

8/14/2015 8:27 PM EDT

Admittedly, the disparity in the number of unarmed black men killed warrants an examination of what is happening, but it is only a starting point, and does not remotely justify any conclusion on its own. A lot of factors that have nothing to do with racial profiling could easily be the cause.

For example, after the Trayvon Martin shooting, the Tampa Bay Times built a database of killings in Florida where the killer claimed self-defense (supposedly a database of ‘Stand-Your-Ground” cases, but included cases, like Martin’s, where SYG was not a factor). Initially they reported that they had found that those who killed black men were significantly more likely to avoid charges or be acquitted than those who killed members of other races, a point played up in the media to attack self-defense laws as racially biased. However, the Tampa Bay Times gave no explanation for this fact that they reported out of context, and simply implied that it was due to racism.

But the very next day they reported *all* the statistics from the database, in a story largely ignored, including the fact that the reason why the killers of black men were convicted of a crime less often was because when black men were killed in cases where self-defense was claimed, they were significantly more likely than any other group to be armed and/or committing a violent crime when killed. And the people who killed them were overwhelmingly black victims of those violent crimes. That explained why their killers weren’t convicted of crimes, not racial bias.

The point is that while statistics like the one reported in this story, and the one cherry-picked and reported out of context initially by the Tampa Bay Times should cause one to ask for answers as to why there is such a difference, neither of them remotely justify jumping to the conclusion that the correct answer is racism. Each case needs to be evaluated individually, and factors that differ between cases, other than race, must also be considered.

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Mother Jones, July 29, 2015 – Cincinnati Cop Charged With Murder in Fatal Shooting of Unarmed Black Man

http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2015/07/video-shows-police-shooting-samuel-dubose

Gene Starwind3 months ago

They’ll get an all-white jury that will acquit yet another murderer with a badge. Dexter would be so proud.

CatKinNY  Guest3 months ago

You seem to be under the misapprehension that the police are allowed to execute people who are attempting to flee after they stop them for something trivial. THEY ARE NOT, which is why Tensing has been arrested for murder, as was Michael Slager in Charleston.

Cops had better wake up to the fact that they are operating in a world transformed by video cameras, where their sworn statements that they feared for their lives won’t be accepted by prosecutors or jurors who can watch what they did with their own eyes and judge them on it.

FYI, Tennessee v Garner, which held that the police may only fire on fleeing FELONY suspects IF they have reasonable cause to think the suspect is an imminent danger to themselves or others, was decided in 1985; what Tensing did has been unambiguously against the law longer than he’s been alive. If they can’t shoot fleeing burglars, they REALLY can’t shoot you for a missing license plate.

Local Guy  LittleLion8U3 months ago

You think the cop wanted to kill that guy? He woke up that morning saying “Ima kill a black man today!” AND! I’m going to make sure my camera is working.

Seditious  Local Guy3 months ago

It must be nice to have the issue of Black people being executed over trivial offenses, at the end of the day, be Diversions From Work. I guess that comes from not having to worry about your child or your husband or your cousins or your co-workers or your sister every time we hop in the car. Must be nice.

Nikki Ramey  LittleLion8U3 months ago

Living in Cincinnati, I can tell that he did NOTHING WRONG. SAM WAS A GOOD PERSON, THAT WOULD GIVE YOU THE SHIRT OFF HIS BACK. I HAVE SEEN WORST SITUATIONS WHERE THEY DIDN’T KILL THE PERSON. BUT THEN AGAIN THAT PERSON WAS WHITE. I FEEL SORRY FOR THIS COUNTRY. THAT COLOR STILL PLAYS A FACTOR IN WHO LIVES AND WHO DIES, I FEEL SORRY THAT IGNORANCE IS STILL JUSTIFIED BY THE IGNORANT. AND IF YOU LOOK AT THE VIDEO YOU WILL SEE HE DID NOT PULL OFF AND HE CAN START HIS CAR. POLICE ARE NOT GODS, BUT MAYBE TO SOME ASSHOLES THEY MAY BE SLAVE CONTROL. BUT WE ARE NO LONGER SLAVES.

aoeu  Local Guy3 months ago

so it wasn’t on purpose, someone just gave a retard a gun and a badge…

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The Washington Post November 4, 2015 Illinois police officer whose death prompted a manhunt was killed in ‘carefully staged suicide,’ officials say

mrpoizun

10:33 AM EST

And now we know this guy had a long history of disciplinary problems, including threatening to put three bullets in a police dispatcher’s chest! And yet he was promoted into positions of authority! The PD was fully aware he was a rogue cop, yet they celebrated him as a “hero”, and tried to cover up his crimes!

Jae Anderson

11/5/2015 10:03 AM EST

How many innocent citizens were harassed and/or detained during the manhunt that ensued after this jackwad took his own life?

Val Hall

11/5/2015 7:49 AM EST

This should not be the end of the investigation. Those within the police department and city government who tried to pressure, muzzle and vilify the coroner, who must have known within a few days that this was a suicide, should pay with their jobs.

project honda

11/5/2015 7:06 AM EST

A non-thinker, a spectacle suicide to have every aspect of hie life examined!

He should of taken up sky diving and sabotaged the parachute!

Instead he was addicted to the Hollywood script of two Honkies and a Brother!

OnStarboardTack

11/5/2015 5:27 AM EST

Funny how the leader of the fraternal order of murdering pigs is going off about Quentin Tarantino….

But not a word about this fake “fallen hero” scumbag.

OnStarboardTack

11/5/2015 5:08 AM EST

Turns out the “hero” is just another scummy stinking pig…

At least this one shot the right person.

conmigo

11/5/2015 4:17 AM EST

Isn’t this always the case? With almost 30 years as a Cop your telling me someone didn’t look the other way? And that’s the problem with law enforcement…the corruption is systemic. Whether it be bearing false witness on Police Reports or covering up the corruption of others, most Cops are crooked. I just can’t wrap my mind around what is worse. Actively being corrupt, or witnessing corruption and doing nothing about it…even lying to protect the other Cops from being held accountable. Time and time again, these guys attempt to join the FBI and are rejected after the lie detector test. Gee, I wonder why? Every Cop who ever worked with this guy probably has their life under a Microscope right now. I see a lot of “Early” retirements and lateral transfers on the Horizon. I’ll bet there are tons of Lawyers who had contact with him that would tell you the same thing. Some that I’ve talked to over the years have told me that a lot of Cops are compulsive liars when it comes to advancing their careers or explaining inconsistencies in their reports.

SKR1009

11/5/2015 12:21 AM EST

Oh and the right wing propaganda was blowing up after this happened with the right wing calling for a shoot-first approach to black men because they were certain, beyond any doubt, that it was “black thugs” from Chicago that had traveled to Fox Lake to assassinate this police officer. I was so appalled by what I was reading all over the place at that time and was truly fearful that many unsuspecting, innocent people would get roughed up or worse during the manhunt and investigation.  

I also am really confused how gunshot residue tests immediately done would not tell investigators what they now admit to…that the stippling showed this shooting was self-inflicted.  

I am so disgusted right now.

Kaspar Hauser

11/4/2015 11:26 PM EST

I guess Fox will have to look for a new poster boy for BlueLivesMatter.

Fox News November 4, 2015 – Illinois police officer’s shooting death called ‘carefully staged suicide

http://www.foxnews.com/us/2015/11/04/investigators-conclude-that-illinois-police-officer-committed-suicide/?intcmp=hplnws

Kashmere2823 hours ago

Do you sheep believe there are some bad cops now? Or are you still in denial?

TellMeSomethingGood23 hours ago

So did this guy lie and say it was Black men who shot him? If true, what else is new?  Cops need to look at their own.  I don’t like Black Lives Matter and I don’t like the cop community turning a blind eye to the fact they have a LOT of bad cops.

Kashmere2823 hours ago

You don’t need a college degree to be a good cop. No wonder our country is going down hill. We value pieces of paper more than a person’s potential.

ChukUFarley1 day ago

Just another crooked cop

spqrome1 day ago

Contrary to what cons believe……some cops are criminals too.

For some strange reason, cons believe that the laws that apply to you and I should not apply to cops. And anything they do is above scrutiny and should never be questioned.

It’s very similar to the police states of Iran and NK

Kato30001 day ago

When they first announced this cop’s death, the blogs were filled with racism and blaming BLM. My oh my the conversation looks different now.

guestfornow1 day ago

@Kato3000 No, it’s still the same…… BLM SUCKS!

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ABC News November 4, 2015 – Fox Lake Officer Committed Suicide After Years of ‘Extensive Criminal Acts’  

http://abcnews.go.com/US/authorities-reveal-conclusive-results-shooting-death-fox-lake/story?id=34961028

trompe l’oeil  Mhysaa day ago

Really setting an example of what to expect from that line of work though

trompe l’oeil  Abrona day ago

My grandfather was a captain of detectives, trained by the FBI.

He told me about corrupt politicians and police since I was very young, first hand. Denying that there are criminal police is seriously naive

Wastrel Way  Code of the West20 hours ago

Most of us do not have extensive contact with criminals, the ability to assist them with their problems, and we do not experience the temptations that arise. It’s quite likely that more police fall into corruption than ordinary citizens

me jackson  Code of the West11 hours ago

I think you’re seriously naive. The “Blue LIne” mentality among police officers keeps the truth about true police criminality from being revealed.

Police have a difficult job But no one forces them into the profession. They do so knowing the hardships and the privileges it provides, including the ability to retire at 55 years (for most LE agencies.

they are held above mere citizens because they are supposed to uphold the law. Officers who violate that position are therefore destructive to the rule of law and should be held accountable.

This officer’s suicide is a tragedy for his family-my sympathies go out to them. But he is nonetheless a police officer who violated his public trust.

me jackson  Code of the West3 hours ago

“Your opinion is meaningless” a typical law enforcement response-“who cares what those we are sworn to protect think.”

It will be the downfall of LE in this nation if such thinking continues. People are tired of police officers hiding the crimes of the minority of their numbers. In the past 20 years, I’ve seen a big difference in the way juries accept, or don’t accept, the testimony of LE officers.

“Meaningless” will be the status of respect for LE unless LE changes.

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Fox News November 5, 2015 – Widow and Son Under Investigation in Embezzlement Scheme – http://www.foxnews.com/us/2015/11/05/widow-son-illinois-officer-under-investigation-in-embezzlement-scheme/?intcmp=hplnws

JoseCalo46 minutes ago

Look at all the other 5000 cops attending his funeral despite knowing the facts about their crooked buddy ?. What does this tell us ? That they approve of his behavior and stick by him no matter what ? Only gangsters and Mafia types attend the funerals of their deceased fellow wrongdoers in good conscience, or lack of it. He didn’t deserve to have so many fellow cops at his funeral. I sincerely hope that traffic was not blocked and public resources – i.e. gas, motorcycles, cars, time, tax payer money, etc – were not used to honor this thief. This is why we need to be vigilant with respect to cops. Look at their behavior – sticking together even in the face of clear and proven wrongdoing by one of their own. That says a lot about our Police Forces and their dangerous brotherhood.

bharata37 minutes ago

@JoseCalo  If you look at the distributions of the psychological profiles of policemen and of convicted felons, they are almost identical.

bharata15 minutes ago

@ServedwithPride1973 @JoseCalo  We have reached the point where the police cause more harm than they prevent.  We would be better off with no cops than with the cops that we have.

JoseCalo1 hour ago

To think that this guy’s buddies and coworkers were angry at the Coroner’s release of these facts is abominable. It only indicates how dangerous this Blue Wall of Silence is. We need to keep an eye on our police officers, be suspicious of them, for often they turn out to be more ruthless than the bad people they supposedly protect us from.

northernpike257 minutes ago

@JoseCalo  Wake up amigo, the only people they protect are themselves.

JoseCalo1 hour ago

Crooked cop. I sincerely hope that all the testimony this guy gave in court that led to the arrest, imprisonment, or fining of citizens is thrown out and such sentences reversed and thrown out. No wonder people question cops and trust them less.

DaisyCutterGBU1 hour ago

@JoseCalo He embezzled money, he didn’t falsify his criminal cases. You do see the difference right?

JohnCPR1 hour ago

@DaisyCutterGBU @JoseCalo How do you know what he is/was capable of doing?

lockwoodj1 hour ago

Let’s hope the media covers this with all the vigor they expended, when they bought into the false “Black Lives Matter” narrative.  Bad cops are just that, bad cops.  And everyone thought this was one of the good ones.  No, there is no systemic problems within the LE community.  When will “good cops” stand up and demand accountability?  Perhaps this is indicative of what constitutes “good cops.”

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Fox News November 6, 20158 – Crooked Illinois cop’s colleagues accused him of sexual harassment, threatening behavior

http://www.foxnews.com/us/2015/11/06/crooked-illinois-cop-colleagues-complained-sexual-harassment-threatening/?intcmp=hplnws

777211 24 minutes ago

FOX IS STILL TRYING TO FIGURE OUT HOW TO BLAME THIS ON A BLACK GUY

fricsaid6 minutes ago

When this story first broke, Fox turned this guy in to a Martyr.

Shame on you Fox.

Shame on society for their rush to judgment.

SomeOneYouDontKnow11 minutes ago

Cops are a paid organized gang of th ugs and criminals.

aquarian15 minutes ago

How reassuring to see that local police promote trouble cops.

SomeOneYouDontKnow17 minutes ago

Only in America do we pay cops to be an organized gang of th ugs to harass it’s citizens.

777211222 minutes ago

DEATH WAS TO GOOD FOR THIS POS COP

abingdonitte23 minutes ago

This seems like the culture of police in general, not just one “bad apple”. They’re basically frat boys who think they can do whatever they want. They graduated high school and had no one left to pick on, so wearing a badge gives them back that power.

scribe3s30 minutes ago

The guy obviously had more than a few problems. Look at his desire to remain as close as possible to the military, paratrooper tats, and the haircut (high and tight doesn’t begin to describe it). He looked like a real piece of work, however I think he was very volatile and unpredictable, therefore people were afraid to get involved with him.

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The Hill May 22, 2015 – Why no outrage for other victims of police brutality?

http://thehill.com/blogs/congress-blog/civil-rights/242868-why-no-outrage-for-other-victims-of-police-brutality#disqus_thread

avenger 3 5 months ago

Why no outrage that 12.8% blacks commit 65% of the crime in this country. The problem is not the police, it is the thugs.

Elbert Dempsey5 months ago

The reason is because blacks live for any controversy that can get them something for free. Blacks are a unique species of worthless people looking for something for nothing.

Zapp B.  Guest5 months ago

Black males between the ages of 15-34 comprise about 3% of the US population. That group is responsible for over half of the violent crimes in the US. Care to explain how the cops are targeting them again?

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My Personal Favorites:

This joke of a news story:

CNN November 6, 2015 – Man almost arrested in officer’s death

http://www.cnn.com/2015/11/06/us/fox-lake-illinois-police-officer-joe-gliniewicz/index.html

Yes, he claims he was “almost” arrested, I believe what he meant was the police asked him to come in for questioning and provide proof that he was not in the area during the shooting. But yeah, I totally felt his fear and anxiety that resulted from his “Almost” arrest. Ladies and Gent’s don’t step outside because you too could “Almost” be arrested for just about anything these days. I mean the the options are limitless considering the insane police in this country will make up anything they can to “ALMOST” arrest you.

And this one that I have no words for:

Newser November 6, 2015Sources: Crooked Cop Had Son Marry His Mistress

http://www.newser.com/story/215670/sources-crooked-cop-had-son-marry-his-mistress.html

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Lastly, this news story, it hits home for someone like me. It strikes the most profound fear that I have ever experienced in my life.  I am now afraid to drink coffee and drive.

In fact, I am so terrified, I can’t eat, I can’t sleep, I can’t drink my coffee without living in constant fear that some gun toting, lunatic, wayward cop is going to stop me, take my coffee away, rape me, shoot me, racially profile me, beat me, threaten me and worse yet, ALMOST arrest me. Then he and his out of control, mafia type, lying, cheating cop buddies will cover up the fact that they stole my coffee. Without reason, motive or cause. Just like that, they took it away.

I am forced to live in constant fear that because I am a coffee drinker the police will take my coffee away from me. I would put my hands up but I then I would have nowhere to put my coffee. 

Fox9.com October 20, 2015 – Minnesota woman pulled over for drinking coffee while driving

http://www.fox9.com/news/36644535-story

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Today I read a story from my friends at officer.com where the NYPD Commissioner backed up what FBI director James Comey said last week with regards to the Ferguson Effect. I’ve included links to both articles if you need to catch up.

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http://www.officer.com/news/12133640/bratton-officers-impacted-by-ferguson-effect

FBI Director James Comey listens during a news conference announcing a deal between the U.S. government and French bank BNP Paribas at the Justice Department in Washington, Monday, June 30, 2014. The U.S. government and French bank BNP Paribas have agreed to a settlement over alleged sanctions violations that would require the bank to plead guilty, pay almost $9 billion in penalties and face other sanctions. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

http://thehill.com/news/administration/258737-obama-fbi-director-spar-over-the-ferguson-effect-on-police

What’s sad is that the President seems to be blind to it, in fact I am guessing quite a few lawmakers are choosing not to see it. The Ferguson Effect is actually quite real in a lot of places but not in every state just yet.

The problem that I have with this is that it is truly one sided. I get that Black lives matter, I also get that ALL lives really do matter at the end of the day.

The media has carefully chosen to over-sensationalize certain police involved shootings and every damn time I see it in the news they stress and I mean stress, “White Police Officer/Black Suspect.”

Well, I am a Denver native, through and through a real life Colorado Native. In Denver we never heard about White officer on Black Citizen like you see on the news when something goes down like it did in Ferguson. Here’s why, in Denver the police force is mixed of all races and so is the population in Denver. Why is that I wonder? Well, it’s one of the most hopping cities to live in and they attract individuals from all over to live in and work in the state of Colorado. They have upper class parts of Denver, so called Middle Class, the Lower Class, the Homeless, the Druggies and Dealers, the Prostitutes and Pimps, thieves, burglars, rapists, runaways and killers.

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Still you don’t see stories like Ferguson come out of Denver.

Even the surrounding towns and cities in Denver never have these issues and again it’s a huge mix of different races and nationalities, yet they never seem to have these types of issues.

I mean look at the video below, I found this while researching the Bennett case when I was looking for old news stories. This guy is going out of his way to annoy police or make it seem as if he is up to something when in reality he is not. The Arvada, Colorado police handled this with more professionalism than I would have given this guy.

Here’s why I have an issue with this so-called Ferguson Effect. It’s misrepresented and completely blown in one direction instead of where it should be.

I am a Denver Native, but have lived in NY, NE, FL and OR and in the deep south. Policing is different in each area. In the southern states you see more of the gritty type of cop and you see racism through the ranks in the south but it’s not every single cop. In the South you can go to a Flea Market and buy a gun from a licensed dealer without having a background check run, in many other states you cannot do that. True story, you can actually do it and women are very encouraged to buy a gun at said flea markets. You also see racism in the South from Black towards Whites, specifically towards police officers who are white. Laws are enforced differently depending on where you are and policing is way different depending on which state you are in.

Let me start with Ferguson. I wasn’t around during the shooting, wasn’t present and I would suspect almost every single one of you weren’t either. We didn’t witness it, didn’t see everything that happened and opinions are a lot like ass holes, everyone has one and they all stink.

Many people jumped on one side of the fence or the other, it was always either a white or black side which I am perplexed by. Almost every individual I spoke to during that time and since has based what they said to me off of his or her own personal belief rather than the facts that were presented to Law Enforcement. In fact, even the media made it a white or black thing.

The reason most of us aren’t cops is because we have a big problem distinguishing right and wrong from our own personal belief system. While I personally believe racism is very prevalent in today’s world, I don’t believe for one second that race had a damn thing to do with what happened in Ferguson. I believe because it’s my personal belief system, as my dad taught me, when a cop tells you to do something, you do it. If you don’t and you get your ass kicked, shot or thrown in jail that’s your own fault. Period end of story.

Ferguson is interesting in that the general population is predominantly black and it’s police force is predominantly white. So what does that say? Do you think that if the officer who confronted Michael Brown would have been black that it would have ended any differently? Not really. The only thing that would have been different is that it never would have made it’s way to the Ferguson Effect.

All that says to me is that if they want a police force that attracts more ethnicity they should figure out how to attract that. What the media and general public did with Ferguson is make it a white on black thing because of the fact that the community is predominantly black and the police force is predominately white. So everyone in turn assumed it’s a racist police force. What you don’t see or hear about is that many of the officers applying for the jobs in Ferguson are white. Not black, not Asian or Hispanic but White! It’s not racism if no other ethnicity is applying for the jobs.

I know some of you are going to get pretty pissed at me for saying this but I don’t care, I call it how I see it. We, the general public, mass population, as well as the media are excusing bad behavior by blaming the innocent and allowing criminals to be absolved of criminal behavior because they were killed during the commission of committing a crime by a white police officer, and calling it racism, when no black police officer was around or could have handled the incident instead. We are making shit up that isn’t real plain and simple.

Michael Brown was breaking the law and while I feel terrible for his family, the fact is unchanged however that he was committing a crime and subsequently got shot because HE did not comply with the request of a police officer. It simply did not matter in the eyes of that police officer during the event what COLOR or RACE Michael was. Quite frankly it wouldn’t have made a difference in my mind either. IT’s because most of us look out into the world with a guilty conscience because of our own feelings, personal views based off of past indiscretions we either committed or that were committed against us and we judge the motives of others based off of all of that. We choose to see things with a clouded view rather than the crystal clear vision of reality. We tend to see things how we want to see them and no one can tell us any different!

Sure I could walk down the street and assault a shop owner and try to rob them, then not comply with a police officer and try to overpower him or her and expect not to get shot…couldn’t I? At the same time if I tried to take said officers weapon and got shot in the process who is to blame for that? Why would we blame the officer? I was shot because of my own actions not the officers. The officer, if I had done all of that was well within his/her right to confront me.

As for better training, let me ask all of you, if the tables were turned and be realistic, you are wrestling with someone who is trying to take your loaded gun away from you, would you:

  1. call a time-out and chat over a coffee about that persons misguided anger issues
  2. take the time to pull out your mace so you can shoot him in the eye
  3. try to wrestle the gun back but also make sure if it goes off you’ll only hit him in the leg
  4. hand him your gun and ask for a 5 minute head start so you can run
  5. blow your rape whistle and hope for the best

Let’s face the facts as they are, we are placing blame on any individual that we can other than the very individual that should be blamed. Lesson number one, don’t break the law and lesson number two, if the police tell you to do something do it!

Here’s the deal, if we were to look at the Ferguson case and others like it realistically, like Tamir Rice, with a logical mind instead of a judgmental one, without immediately pulling the race card the officers actions would no longer be an issue.

So this Ferguson Effect, what is it really? Well, we have a ton of police who are afraid to do their jobs because society and media always seem to be able to find fault in it. We’d rather blame the police than the criminal and we want to hang on to the race card without actually having the benefit of race really coming into play.

So what the police in your community are mostly white. Ask how many African American’s who were qualified applied for the job. If you can’t prove your police department is racist you don’t have a leg to stand on. At what point in time did we suddenly stop making criminals accountable and turn the tables on the very officers we employ to protect and serve us from said criminals? IF you think you can police better than the police without shooting everyone you come into contact with by all means…

How many people cried out about an injustice or race when Richard Matt got into a police shoot-out and subsequently died this past summer in NY? Why didn’t the police try to reason with him or shoot him in the leg. I am sure they could have done something other than kill him…right?!?!?!? In fact how many of you know if the officer who shot him was white or black, mixed race, Asian, Hispanic? Better yet, did anyone care? No, because Richard Matt was white and had already been convicted of a crime.

No one cared about any of that and here’s why, Richard Matt was serving a life sentence already and escaped. So in our minds he had already been found guilty of a crime and just wanted to escape so he is guilty. Are we saying police must already know of a persons innocence or guilt when they approach a criminal in order to clear the cop of a shooting if it were to occur in the event the criminal, black or not is killed trying to evade arrest?  It sounds a lot like that is what we are demanding.

The fact today is that I see a lot of police hesitation and they shouldn’t be forced to do that because of the media or society. If a killer gets away today because an officer hesitated then said killer, killed your loved one (s) we’d want the officer’s head on a silver platter just the same because we would find fault in the officers choice not to chase or shoot said killer. If the officer were to be the one killed we somehow still manage to place less value on his life than we would if the killer had been, and if the killer had been black.

Police corruption is everywhere but it’s not a white or black thing. IT’s a cop who shouldn’t be a cop got in thing. We need to stop making police shootings more than they are, we need to stop making them a race thing and we need to stop seeking out ways to condemn the actions of a cop who was just doing his job one night. If we all really wanted racism to stop, we’d stop pulling that card and see things as they really happened.  Use statements like, “A person got shot during the commission of a crime, it’s unclear if the person had a weapon, was reaching for the officers weapon, a struggle ensued…” Ahh but then no one get’s attention, money or advertisers that way… At the end of the day if it were you, or me like I said, race isn’t even a factor if I am trying to save my life.

Society doesn’t want an individual held accountable without the benefit of a trial or the ability to blame someone other than the very individual who committed a crime or did something wrong. Cops are not fit to to be cop, Jury, Judge and Executioner all at the same time.  At least in our minds yet, we expect them to be if it were our very lives that hung in the balance, just not that cops life. We expect them to shoot if they feel our lives are in danger but when it comes to the life a cop, we’d rather condemn them for trying to protect their own lives regardless of the assailants color or race. We always manage to find faults in an officers response to anything.

Fact is, if you break down the number of police involved shootings by city, state, municipality and then took a hard look at race really being the determining factor as to why the cop shot, you’d see quite clearly that, it wasn’t.

Cops aren’t super hero’s, they aren’t Iron Man, Thor, Black Widow, or Batman, they are people too and they make judgement calls more than any of us do. The problem is, we never want to admit that if it were us in those shoes we would have made the same call at that point and in that very same moment.

The race card is being over used and it’s being used to excuse the actions of individuals rather than correct that individuals behavior. Each time the race card is used in the place of looking at an event that warranted what we call police brutality, murder or mayhem, it’s only purpose is to further oppress.

Cristal M Clark