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Tag: black lives matter

Homeland Security Secretary Says He’s ‘Concerned’ about Race Relations

Jeh Johnson

Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

After numerous rallies nationwide following the police shootings of black people, Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson said he’s “concerned” about race relations in America.

Trying to speak to both police and protesters, Johnson said, “Violence never solves anything.”

“An eye for an eye leaves everybody blind and at this point, we need to stand with our law enforcement community,” Johnson said on NBC’s “Meet the Press.”

Johnson also was referring tot he sniper attack the killed five officers and injured seven others in Dallas.

NYPD Commissioner Bill Bratton, speaking with Johnson, criticized Black Lives Matter.

“The reality of the Black Lives Matter movement is it is significantly focused, primarily focused on police and their efforts to portray police and the police profession in a very negative way, which is unfortunate,” he said.

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Post-Dispatch: Social Justice Movement in Ferguson Gets Off Track

Ferguson protest.

Ferguson protest.

By Blake Ashby
St. Louis Post-Dispatch

Something has gone terribly wrong with the social justice movement. The heavy lifting of making things better is being consumed by a free-floating anger that has little connection to what is actually happening in our country.

Think I’m exaggerating? Some of the angrier members of the social justice community are calling for the recall of Ferguson Councilwoman Ella Jones. She is a very clever political operator who worked her way up, built relationships, accumulated allies and got elected. She is also African-American, as are most of her constituents.

So why are they trying to get Jones kicked out? Because the Department of Justice wants Ferguson to spend an extra $2 million implementing community policing, and Jones and every other council member pushed back and said we can only afford to spend a million. Basically, Jones was voting to spare her constituents $1 million in extra taxes. Activists have concluded that not increasing taxes on the African-Americans who actually vote for her makes Jones a traitor to African-Americans in the rest of the country.

And of course the DOJ sued the city of Ferguson on Feb. 10; the night before, the council had unanimously voted to accept the consent decree the city’s attorneys had negotiated, with a small number of cost-saving modifications. The DOJ used some fairly dramatic language to suggest that Ferguson was somehow fighting progress and clinging to its racist past.

But … did the DOJ even read the proposed changes? Basically, the City Council asked the DOJ to delay implementation for three months while the city looked for a police chief and not require Ferguson give all of its police officers substantial raises. These two changes, along with hiring a local instead of Washington monitor, took the first-year costs down from about $2 million to about $1 million.

The DOJ wants Ferguson to give its mostly white police force a very large raise in hopes the city will be able to recruit more African-American officers. Once the consent decree was publicly released and scrutinized, the city realized the very high cost of the raises.

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Trial Begins for 1 of 6 Baltimore Cops Accused in Death of Freddie Gray

Freddie Gray protest, via Wikipedia.

Freddie Gray protest, via Wikipedia.

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The closely watched trial in Freddie Gray’s death began Monday with jury selection for the first police officer to trial, the Associated Press reports. 

The trial is expected to resume today in Baltimore Circuit Court in a case that fueled the Black Lives Matter movement.

Six officers have been charged in the death of 25-year-old Gray, a black man who died while in police custody.

William Porter, who is also black, is accused of refusing to get medical treatment for Gray during a 45-minute trip in a police van.

Gray died of a severe spinal injury sustained while in police custody.

The AP reported that Porter is the first being tried because he could be a potential witness.

Video: Former DEA Agent Clashes with Black Lives Matter Activist over Anti-Police Rhetoric

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

It was a heated moment Monday afternoon between a former DEA official and a Black Lives Matter activist.

“For too long, we have lived in a society that has poured resources, too many resources, into a policing system that creates an unsafe situation, especially in black communities,” Black Lives Matter organizer Melina Abdullah said on CNN.

But some of the anti-police rhetoric, such as chanting, “Pigs in a blanket, fry ’em like bacon!,” drew a strong response by former DEA agent David Katz.

“Are you listening to me?” he asked after repeating some of the chants now associated with BLM, including one where participants chants, “What do we want? Dead cops. When do we want them? Now.”

“Are you listening?” he repeated.

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FBI Director James Comey: A Chill Wind Has Blown Through Law Enforcement Over the Last Year

FBI Director James Comey in Chicago

FBI Director James Comey in Chicago

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

CHICAGO —  Reality or hunch?

FBI director James Comey, echoing remarks he made a few days ago at the University of Chicago Law School, said Monday he thinks violent crime is on the rise this year, at least in part, because officers are being increasingly scrutinized and are more reluctant to do their jobs in a world where a misstep can be seen on video around the world.

“Maybe something has changed in policing. In today’s YouTube world, are officers reluctant to get out of their cars and and do the work that controls violent crime?,” Comey asked, delivering a speech before thousands in attendance at the International Association of Police Chiefs in Chicago. “Are officers answering 911 calls, but avoiding the informal contact that keeps bad guys with guns from standing around?

“I spoke to officers in one big city…who described being surrounded by young people with mobile phones, video cameras rolling, as they step out of the car, taunting them, asking what they want and and why they’re there.  They described a feeling of being under siege and were honest and said ‘we don’t feel much like getting out of our cars.'”

“I’ve been told about a senior police leader who told his force, our political leadership has zero tolerance for you all being connected to another viral video.  The question is are these kinds of things changing police behavior in cities around the country?”

“The honest answer is, I don’t know for sure whether that’s the case,  I don’t know for sure whether even it is the case that it explains it entirely.   But I do have a a strong sense that some part of what’s going on is likely a chill wind that has blown through law enforcement over the last year. That wind is made up of a whole series of viral videos and the public outcry to follow them.  And that wind is surely changing behavior my common sense tells me.”

Comey also expressed the concern that the divide between the black community and law enforcement is getting wider.

“The challenges are complicated, layered, and painful to be honest. I imagine two lines. There’s a line of law enforcement and there’s the line of communities we serve, especially communities of color in the hardest hit neighborhoods in this great country of ours,” Comey said.

“And I actually feel those two lines arching apart. Each incident that involves perceived or actual misconduct by police  that’s captured on video and spreads around the world bends this line this way. Each incident that involves an attack on a member of law enforcement bends our line that way. I have seen those lines arching apart in a lot of different ways. I actually see an example..of that arching through hashtags. Through the# blacklivesmatter and the #policelivesmatter.

“Of course each of those hashtags and what they represent adds a voice to an important conversation,” he said. “Each time somebody interprets  #blacklivesmater as anti-law enforcement one line moves away.  And each time that someone interprets #policelivesmatter as anti-black , another line moves away. I actually feel the lines continuing to arch away, may be accelerating, incident by incident, video by video, hashtag by hashtag, and that’s a terrible place for us to be.

He said the black community and law enforcement need to demand answers.  And academics need to hit it hard and examine the issues.

 

 

Former DEA Special Agent Calls Out ‘Black Lives Matter’ for Suggesting ‘Frying’ Police

black lives matterBy Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A former DEA agent clashed with a Black Lives Matter organizer who called for “frying” police.

The verbal confrontation broke out on CNN after Rashad Turner said his group was not supporting violence when they chanted, “Pigs in a blanket, fry ’em like bacon.”

Turner said the group was referring to holding police accountable for violating the rights of citizens, BizPack Review reports. 

Former DEA Special Agent David Katz called it nonsense.

“When my fellow Americans are murdered in a church in South Carolina I weep,” Katz said. “When you start weeping for white cops who get shot down in Houston then I’ll be talking the same message you talk.”

Turner continued to insist that protesters did not condone violence against police/

“I’m not sure what a good cop is,” Turner insisted. “We’re getting hung up by this rhetoric that’s making white people uncomfortable or causing that discomfort. Every day as a black man I’m uncomfortable simply because of the color of my skin.”

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FBI Declines to Investigate Police-Involved Shooting of Unarmed Black Teen

arlington-mapBy Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The FBI has turned down a request to investigate the fatal shooting of an unarmed black teenager by a rookie police officer in Arlington, Texas.

The New York Daily News reports that questions have been raised about the official account of what prompted the shooting of 19-year-old Christian Taylor.

Police said Taylor wouldn’t surrender, but family and supporters dispute that.

“The Dallas FBI has full confidence in the ability of the Arlington Police Department and Tarrant County District Attorney’s Office to conduct a thorough investigation of this matter,” FBI spokeswoman Allison Mahan said in a statement. “If in the course of the investigation, information comes to light of a potential federal civil rights violation, the FBI is prepared to investigate.”