Police use of Lethal Force, What we’re not being told

In Thursday’s Orlando Sentinel Edition, 4/7, there is a small article about the Police shooting in Baton Rouge, LA., and the decision of the Justice Dept. to NOT bring charges against the officers who fatally shot Alton Sterling on July 5th, 2016. This story was buried on page 6, not where it should have been, which is on the front cover. Instead of, say “Tree Crew Rescues, Reunites Woodpeckers.”

Read “Curbing Excessive Force: A Primer on Barriers to Police Accountability”, a briefing paper released in April by the American Constitution Society, and you will see that police in America are literally getting away with murder. In 2015, approximately 1,080 people were killed by the police, according to the Justice Department (The Guardian newspaper puts the number at 1,146). Bad enough, but here’s where it gets worse.

Since 2005, ONLY 54 officers have been charged in homicide cases and ONLY 13 officers have been convicted of murder or manslaughter, according to data collected by Bowling Green State University. Of those 54 policemen, 21 have been acquitted and the remaining cases are pending.

The high acquittal rate is perhaps even more troubling given that in
80% of these cases, one of the following occurred: there was a video recording of the incident, the victim was shot in the back, other officers testified against the shooter, or a cover-up was alleged.”


Not done yet with bad numbers. What is NOT stated here, is the total, the Grand total from 2005 to 2015. Let’s just estimate some numbers. Based on the research I’ve done so far, these shootings haven’t just ramped up, but have been steady over the last decade or so. So, for argument’s sake, lets take 1,000/year. That means between 2005 and 2014, 10,000 shootings/killings here in the United States, by cops and out of 10,000 or so, 13 OFFICERS HAVE BEEN CONVICTED! And out of these 10,000 killings, ONLY 54 officers have EVEN been criminally charged! Does this in itself seem “criminal”? How can this be? Why don’t we, as Americans know this stuff? Why isn’t this being reported? What can we do about this?

Well as subscribers, we can DEMAND from our News source that their reporters and editors investigate this crime and begin to hold Police accountable and the Justice Dept accountable too.

Just yesterday, the Justice Dept. announced that it will not be bringing charges against the police officers who shot and killed Alton Sterling in this past July. People wonder why the Black community and the broader white community, no longer trusts local Law Enforcement, with obvious laws being broken, by the police themselves, police unions and the Justice Dept?

What can we do? Well here’s my suggestion. Have Congress pass a law so if there is ANY doubt how a civilian was shot and/or killed, the PRIMARY LEGAL Review will be made by the Community leaders and members. Not Police, Police Unions or the Justice Dept.

When cops, bad cops, under-trained cops or nervous cops use their weapons, illegally, knowing the odds are WAY in their favor, guns will be used more often and more shots fired. If on the other hand, these cops know they will first face a “Tribunal” made up from the community they serve and not be protected by the “Blue Wall”, things will change and change overnight!

We’ve tried the “other system”, allowing cops to “investigate” crimes done by other cops and we now know what those results will be. It’s time to remove the “wall of protection” of cops protecting other cops, the foxes guarding the hen house, if you will so that police who commit these crimes, must face the people in the community that they are paid to “Protect and Serve”. Now is that time!

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Why Gay Rights happened and Black Men are still being killed by Cops

Just finished the movie “Stonewall”, about the early days of Gay Liberation and the brutality of cops in NY and how one night, changed the World! Today, mostly, Gay rights is expected and allowed. 77 Countries still have laws against homosexual activity and some, where Trump is visiting, include death.

I wish I could watch a movie tonight, about the days when racial hatred was finally defeated and was a thing of the past!

No movies and really no National movement! Black men are dying and being killed by cops, all over America now and yet, we accept this! Tulsa just released a woman cop, that shot and killed a black man, who had just been tazed and was laying on the street! This racial “thing” is still here in America and supported by our Government!

If I was wrong about this, many more cops would be convicted and sent to jail, but the numbers show, 1,000 black men, unarmed men are killed every year, by cops and only one out of that number, will face jail time! Tulsa should be the LAST CASE WE EVER SEE!

Gay Rights happened because there were MANY WHITE GAYS and we should face that fact! If the Gay movement was made up of mostly blacks, what do you think the result might be?

Trump’s Lies About Deportation

Last night on Vice News, they discussed deportations and incarceration of illegals here in America. ICE, has a goal to maintain, certain number of arrests and in years past, people coming through the borders, illegally, were enough to meet those goals. Now with Trump, far fewer people are coming across the border, so ICE needs to look elsewhere, than just the border.
According to news sources, arrests are up 42% now, since Trump took office and then the number of people that are being deported and/or detained WITHOUT criminal records, is up 156%!!! From 4200 to over 10,000 fathers,mothers, siblings and others, and again, another lie from Trump, who promised during and AFTER his campaign, that he would only deport/detain “Bad Dudes”.

Thanks to Trump and his thugs, the word “compassion” has now been removed from the description of America.

“FEAR” has replaced that word!

Mistakes and how to OWN THEM!

Mistakes! I am haunted at night, usually very late at night, laying in bed and thinking about past mistakes I have made,many, like everyone, but feel mine are more important to me. Which they are not, but at 3:38 a.m., seem important. This is a very selfish endeavor and not enjoyed, but seems to be a thread in my life. If I had done this or had done that or hadn’t done something. Tried harder, tried less. It’s part of being human. And from what I’ve been told, I’m human.
 
Last week, while working in the yard and listening to NPR and one of the great segments they have, everyday, heard the story of a man that made a mistake, a pretty big mistake and one that few know about or have ever heard about.
His name is Donald Rusk Currey and he made a mistake. I won’t go too much into specifics, but in 1964, August 6TH, as a graduate student, got permission to cut down a tree, a Bristlecone pine tree, to study. He knew it was old, very old, but with permission from the U.S. Forest Service, he cut down this tree. Later, after studying this tree, it was determined that this tree was the OLDEST LIVING ORGANISM on the PLANET! 5,062 YEARS OLD! THE OLDEST LIVING THING ON THE planet AND HE CUT IT DOWN! BAD stuff, huh!
 
SORTA PALES on our screwups! We have now in America, probably about 10-20 MILLION voters that wished they had voted differently now, with Trump in the White House and for good reason.
We ALL need to begin to think that mistakes were made and there are ways, unlike the oldest tree/organism in the World to recover. We can’t dot his alone and we need our fellow Americans, that made a mistake, to swallow hard, admit that mistake and then CORRECT IT!
We seem to have an opportunity coming soon to do that and I hope that people, WE,THE PEOPLE, accept that mistake. on both sides and work together to fix that mistake!
 
 
Rich Franco

What America needs NOW!

Watched the CNN “Debate” last night and was a bit disappointed. Not much of a debate, heard better debates in bars. But really disappointed in John Kasich, who I considered one of the GOOD Republicans and last night, really stayed on that old Party line and danced around questions about Trump and what should Congress do. I just felt he was more “independent” than other Republicans and would have made some newsworthy statements. Bernie was Bernie and did ok.

What I still feel, is that America needs a “NEW” Bernie, now that can drive the Democrats and Independents and even some Republicans, to change the balance in Congress, for 2018. I personally don’t think Trump and/or Pence will be around, if this Russian thing gets to the bottom of this mess, but Republicans will still have control prior to the 2018 Elections.

Remember, many Democrats voted for Trump, because they hated Hillary. Many Independents voted for Trump, because of what the DNC did to Bernie. AND MANY AMERICANS DIDN’T EVEN VOTE, because of the two bad choices. I voted for Hillary, not for her, but for the Democratic Party and the people downstream. I would have voted for Bernie, but like millions of fellow Americans, that choice was stolen by the DNC.

So, what we need NOW, RIGHT NOW, is a new “BERNIE”, that can drive Americans to the 2018 election and force the Republicans back, many back to the rocks they crawled under from.

I think that America needs to swing WAY LEFT now, just to get back where we should be on major programs. Democrats today, are far TOO RIGHT, chasing Republican voters and aren’t saying things like Bernie, Elizabeth and Al Franken are saying. It’s embarrassing watching POLITICS today, with the Democrats still acting like a beaten dog.

We need a FIREBRAND! “a person who is passionate about a particular cause, typically inciting change and taking radical action:”

Police Use of Lethal Force, What We’re Not Being Told!

In Thursday’s Orlando Sentinel Edition, 7/4, there is a small article about the Police shooting in Baton Rouge, LA., and the decision of the Justice Dept. to NOT bring charges against the officers who fatally shot Alton Sterling on July 5th, 2016. This story was buried on page 6, not where it should have been, which is on the front cover. Instead of, say “Tree Crew Rescues, Reunites Woodpeckers.”

Read “Curbing Excessive Force: A Primer on Barriers to Police Accountability”, a briefing paper released in April by the American Constitution Society, and you will see that police in America are literally getting away with murder. In 2015, approximately 1,080 people were killed by the police, according to the Justice Department (The Guardian newspaper puts the number at 1,146). Bad enough, but here’s where it gets worse.

Since 2005, ONLY 54 officers have been charged in homicide cases and ONLY 13 officers have been convicted of murder or manslaughter, according to data collected by Bowling Green State University. Of those 54 policemen, 21 have been acquitted and the remaining cases are pending.

The high acquittal rate is perhaps even more troubling given that in
80% of these cases, one of the following occurred: there was a video recording of the incident, the victim was shot in the back, other officers testified against the shooter, or a cover-up was alleged.”


Not done yet with bad numbers. What is NOT stated here, is the total, the Grand total from 2005 to 2015. Let’s just estimate some numbers. Based on the research I’ve done so far, these shootings haven’t just ramped up, but have been steady over the last decade or so. So, for argument’s sake, lets take 1,000/year. That means between 2005 and 2014, 10,000 shootings/killings here in the United States, by cops and out of 10,000 or so, 13 OFFICERS HAVE BEEN CONVICTED! And out of these 10,000 killings, ONLY 54 officers have EVEN been criminally charged! Does this in itself seem “criminal”? How can this be? Why don’t we, as Americans know this stuff? Why isn’t this being reported? What can we do about this?

Well as subscribers, we can DEMAND from our News source that their reporters and editors investigate this crime and begin to hold Police accountable and the Justice Dept accountable too.

Just yesterday, the Justice Dept. announced that it will not be bringing charges against the police officers who shot and killed Alton Sterling in this past July. People wonder why the Black community and the broader white community, no longer trusts local Law Enforcement, with obvious laws being broken, by the police themselves, police unions and the Justice Dept?

What can we do? Well here’s my suggestion. Have Congress pass a law so if there is ANY doubt how a civilian was shot and/or killed, the PRIMARY LEGAL Review will be made by the Community leaders and members. Not Police, Police Unions or the Justice Dept.

When cops, bad cops, under-trained cops or nervous cops use their weapons, illegally, knowing the odds are WAY in their favor, guns will be used more often and more shots fired. If on the other hand, these cops know they will first face a “Tribunal” made up from the community they serve and not be protected by the “Blue Wall”, things will change and change overnight!

We’ve tried the “other system”, allowing cops to “investigate” crimes done by other cops and we now know what those results will be. It’s time to remove the “wall of protection” of cops protecting other cops, the foxes guarding the hen house, if you will so that police who commit these crimes, must face the people in the community that they are paid to “Protect and Serve”. Now is that time!

“Crime of the Century”

Watched a Documentary last night and I watch one every week, sometimes more than one, as part of the “Learning Process”, which should never stop, just because we’re not in a school building anymore, and thought it was rather good. Low budget film, now “old” since it was released in 2009. Filmed and directed by Danny Schechter and called

https://dvd.netflix.com/Movie/Plunder-The-Crime-of-Our-Time/70132877?trkid=201886046

It’s about the 2008 Collapse of Wall Street and also Middle America, through the “sub-prime mortgage” practice. I learned a few new things, but was struck by one overall feeling and I’ll share it. Let’s play make believe first!

Image, there was an historic crime that took place, the most money EVER STOLEN!!! Billions of DOLLARS!!! People went on TV before and said it was coming, warned the banks, cops, Government,etc. Still happened!

The crooks got away and were NEVER arrested! There were ALL kinds of “investigations” and yet, no one was ever charged with that crime. A few underlings were caught, but really minor players.

A couple of years later, a Major Motion Picture was made of this crime, describing HOW it was done, WHERE it was done and more importantly, WHO did this! Names were NAMED!!! And still, no one was arrested! How can that be??? Most Americans were outraged! “If you know who did this, WHY aren’t they in JAIL!!!” rang out across America. And yet, no one was EVER sent to jail!

Pretty hard to imagine, huh? This could NEVER happen in America, RIGHT! Welllllll…….

It did and the movie was “The Big Short”, big name actors, playing the “REAL” people! Based on facts! And yet……none are in jail.

So for those that think OUR Government is there for us, serving US, protecting US from THEM, ask Obama, after 8 years, why NO ONE IS IN JAIL for this crime. A CRIME that affected the Globe! Hillary wouldn’t have done anything either and now, with Trump, off the plate.

In this movie, it shows how the “wealth” of this Nation, slowly moves from the Middle Class to the top 1%. In 1990, the top 1% had about 25% of the wealth. In 2009, it had moved to 75%. Today, closer to 90%. Not good my friends, not good!

If anyone still wonders where the American Middle Class went, it went into the pockets of the Rich and Super Rich!