Last week, I wrote an article titled The Ferguson Effect: Baltimore Millennials’ Worst Nightmare. The Ferguson Effect is a theory where the increased scrutiny of police post 2014 death of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri and Trayvon Martin in Florida will lead to higher crime rates. Baltimore is turning this theory into a reality, as the city descends into chaos before summer start. According to The Baltimore Sun Newspaper, the city has logged in 118 homicides today with the projection of >400 murders for year’s end. It’s so bad here that Baltimore’s Mayor has asked the Federal Government for help in attempt to regain control. Even the police union sounds the alarm of an officer shortage leading to decrease in patrols. All of this is occurring as the Baltimore population declines, nearing a 100-year low, U. S. Census says.
This post was published at Zero Hedge on May 8, 2017.
At least 36 organized Trump inauguration day protests have been scheduled in 18 states across the US on January 19, 20, and 21. In addition, 21 more protests have been scheduled in other countries around the globe. For the massive Women’s March on Washington, scheduled the day after Trump’s inauguration, it’s being reported that three times more bus permits have been requested for the protest than for the inauguration itself. Protesting is everyone’s naturally inherent right, enshrined in this country by our Bill of Rights. On this point, hopefully we all agree here. With that being said, however, where it goes south is the fact that color revolution starters like billionaire George Soros have been known to pay and bus in agent provocateurs to protests like these to take things well out of protest territory and into riots in the street with private property getting burned down and martial law declared coup territory. Soros not only helped fund what turned into the Ferguson riots after the highly publicized Michael Brown shooting, but new Soros front groups have already been tied to anti-Trump protests (protests which at times turned violent) during the election.
Almost a week after the Dallas sniper attacks, AP’s Will Weissert reports that it’s still unclear how the gunman obtained an honorable discharge from the military even though Army officials sent him home from Afghanistan with a recommendation that he be thrown out of the armed forces. As we noted previously, exactly how Micah Johnson came to be the man who murdered five police officers in Dallas remains unsolved. Johnson, a mid-twenties man (much like Bin Laden’s son), apparently had taken his love for the ladies a little too far when he was serving in the Army Reserves. The killer who “stated that he wanted to kill white people, especially white officers“, as we posted, had an apparent fetish for women’s panties. Johnson was kicked out of the Army for stealing panties, returned home as a soldier who fell from grace, was exposed to Eric Garner’s July murder and Michael Brown’s August murder, all while trying to negotiate a deal with his lawyer regarding his panty heist…. et voila, he became a crazed murderer. At this point it has become clear that the story-line being spun to the public is one focused on the details. The people of Dallas and the rest of the world are to believe:
This post was published at Zero Hedge on Jul 14, 2016.
Exactly how Micah Johnson came to be the man who murdered five police officers in Dallas remains unsolved. Johnson, a mid-twenties man (much like Bin Laden’s son), apparently had taken his love for the ladies a little too far when he was serving in the Army Reserves. The killer who “stated that he wanted to kill white people, especially white officers“, as we posted, had an apparent fetish for women’s panties. As The Daily Beast reports, Johnson was kicked out of the Army for stealing panties, returned home as a soldier who fell from grace, was exposed to Eric Garner’s July murder and Michael Brown’s August murder, all while trying to negotiate a deal with his lawyer regarding his panty heist. Johnson’s military lawyer, Bradford Glendening, says that a female corporal mentioned Victoria’s Secret underthings when she filed a sexual harassment complaint against his client. The lawyer further reports that the corporal was worried enough to seek an order of protection against Johnson and to recommend that he receive mental health treatment. And…
This post was published at Zero Hedge on Jul 10, 2016.
Years before Ferguson, Missouri became famous for the Michael Brown shooting and subsequent emergence of the Black Lives Matter movement, the City’s finances were in trouble, and the Finance Director had a proposal to help fill the gaps. The Finance Director’s proposal, as Priceonomics reports, was to have the police generate more revenues from fines (eg: traffic violations, parking tickets, missing court appearances), warning that the city would be in financial trouble “unless ticket writing ramps up significantly before the end of the year.” The Finance Director went on to add that “given that we are looking at a substantial sales tax shortfall, it’s not an insignificant issue.” This correspondence was uncovered as part of the US Department of Justice’s investigation of the Ferguson Police Department as a result of the Michael Brown shooting in August 2014 with the goal of better understanding why the citizens of Ferguson felt so at odds with the police department. The DOJ concluded that the mistrust primarily resulted of excessive fining. “Ferguson’s law enforcement practices are shaped by the City’s focus on revenue rather than by public safety needs” the DOJ report stated. Adding that the use of fines to fund the government undermined “law enforcement legitimacy among African Americans in particular”
This post was published at Zero Hedge on Jun 26, 2016.
America’s moral compass was performing surprisingly well until a few months ago. Citizen journalism and social media were driving the news cycle and framing the narratives. The mainstream media can try to spin atrocity, but they can’t completely control the stories that emerge from war zones and urban occupations, much less how the public conscience responds to those stories. This is especially true now that every individual with a smartphone is potential photojournalist, and any affecting image or alternative news story can go viral through social media. The recent movement against predatory police was not part of the program. The general public was not supposed to see Eric Garner choked out by NYPD cops while pleading ‘I can’t breathe,’ Michael Brown’s corpse left for hours to bake on the hot asphalt in Ferguson, or a platoon of militarized cops besieging an American community. Also not part of the program was the turn of American public opinion against Israel following the 51 Day War on Gaza. The general public was not supposed to see the shattered bodies of little boys sprawled out in the sand after they were bombed by the IDF while playing soccer on a beach in Gaza. They were not supposed to see a video of a little girl under siege begging the viewer to believe that she is not a terrorist and that she just wants to live. All of the above flashpoints happened during what could be called the Long Hot Summer of 2014 (which may yet prove as historically significant as the Long Hot Summer of 1967). For a full year after that summer, the world’s worst chronic injustices were live issues and hot stories. Ever brighter sunlight was shining on the world’s worst brutalizers, and there was little their apologists in the media could do about it.
This post was published at Zero Hedge on 02/24/2016.
A video is going to be released tomorrow that shows a white police officer shooting a 17-year-old African-American young man named Laquan McDonald 16 times. Cook County State’s Attorney Anita Alvarez says that this video is ‘graphic’, ‘violent’ and ‘chilling’, and it is expected to provoke a very strong emotional reaction from Chicago’s very large African-American community. Over the past few years, Trayvon Martin, Michael Brown and Freddie Gray have all become household names because of the way that they died, and now it looks like Laquan McDonald’s name will be added to that list. But the situation in Chicago is potentially even more volatile what we witnessed in either Ferguson or Baltimore. More than a million African-Americans live in the Chicago metropolitan area, and the crime rate in the city has already been skyrocketing. In fact, it is being projected that Chicago’s murder rate will increase by 20 percent in 2015. This is a city that is always living on the edge of chaos, and now the case of Laquan McDonald could be the spark that sets Chicago ablaze. After everything that has happened over the past few years, the last thing that we need is another incident that will make racial tensions in this country even worse. Unfortunately, that appears to be exactly what we are going to get. Cook County Judge Franklin Valderrama has ordered the city of Chicago to release the video of the death of Laquan McDonald to the public by November 25th. The following comes from CNN… Laquan McDonald was walking down a Chicago street the night of October 20, 2014, carrying a four-inch knife and behaving erratically, authorities say. A police officer told him to drop the knife. He didn’t listen, and the officer fired on him out of fear for his life, according to a police union spokesman. McDonald, 17, died. He was shot 16 times. Now, more than a year later, the public will be able to see what happened. This video is reportedly extremely disturbing. For African-American activists that have already had their patience stretched to the maximum by similar cases over the past few years, this horrifying video could prove to be the final straw. Cook County State’s Attorney Anita Alvarez specifically moved up the announcement of murder charges against the white police officer that shot McDonald to November 24th in a desperate attempt to defuse the reaction to the video that will be released on the 25th. This next excerpt comes from USA Today…
Joining in the Ferguson media spectacle, a detachment of ‘Oath Keepers’ militiamen arrived at West Florissant Ave early Tuesday. As cameras flashed, militiamen displayed their military impressive gear for the cameras, while appearing to be ‘patrolling’ through the crowds of protesters who have gathered for the one year anniversary of the death of 18-year-old resident Michael Brown. As standard, Oathkeepers were armed to teeth – complete with semi-automatic assault rifles, handguns, radio units, Oakely shades and combat vests, telling Ferguson street demonstrators, ‘We’re on your side.’ According to one civil rights advocate in Ferguson, Karl Dix (photo, left), Oathkeepers are, ‘An unofficial arm the government working hand in hand with the police to suppress rage.’
21st Century Wire says… Peaceful commemorations turned violent late Sunday night. What was marketed by activists and community organizers as a ‘peaceful event’ quickly morphed into a scene out of New Jack City, albeit without the bling. All bets were off when armed street agitators and police exchanged gunfire last night. County officials declared a ‘state of emergency’, citing violence by demonstrators as crowds converged on the town of Ferguson, Missouri to mark the one-year anniversary of the death Michael Brown. ‘The recent acts of violence will not be tolerated in a community that has worked so tirelessly over the last year to rebuild and become stronger,’ said St. Louis County Executive Steve Stenger. Regrettably, mobs could not resist looting some of the very same stores which they destroyed on multiple occasions in 2014.
The following video was published by VisionVictory on Aug 10, 2015 A new micro-doc lashes out at Al Sharpton, Jesse Jackson, Cenk Uygur, and Rachel Maddow for spreading the lie of “hands up, don’t shoot,” which gave rise to protests and even rioting in Ferguson, Missouri. Not one apology was given to Darren Wilson, the police, or America for fanning the flames of hate and injustice, even after the discovery that Michael Brown never had his hands up, according to eye witness testimony and forensic evidence. Mr. Brown, after robbing a convenience store, attacked Officer Wilson to the point where he had no choice but to fire his weapon.
The following video was published by FutureMoneyTrends on Aug 10, 2015 A new micro-doc lashes out at Al Sharpton, Jesse Jackson, Cenk Uygur, and Rachel Maddow for spreading the lie of “hands up, don’t shoot,” which gave rise to protests and even rioting in Ferguson, Missouri. Not one apology was given to Darren Wilson, the police, or America for fanning the flames of hate and injustice, even after the discovery that Michael Brown never had his hands up, according to eye witness testimony and forensic evidence. Mr. Brown, after robbing a convenience store, attacked Officer Wilson to the point where he had no choice but to fire his weapon.
Are we about to witness a new round of racially-charged protests, riots and demonstrations all across the United States? On Sunday night, a protest that had been organized to commemorate the one year anniversary of Michael Brown’s death in Ferguson, Missouri took a very violent turn. An 18-year-old named Tyrone Harris that is being described as a ‘real close’ friend of Michael Brown opened fire on police with a stolen handgun. Police returned fire and Harris got hit. He is now in the hospital and his prognosis is uncertain. Of course this just raised tensions to an entirely new level, and at this point a state of emergency has been declared in Ferguson. So what would cause an 18-year-old young man to pick up a gun and start firing at police? This didn’t just happen in a vacuum. An environment of violence and racial conflict is being purposely created, and the mainstream media and our politicians are continually fueling the fire. On July 30th, the leader of the Nation of Islam, Louis Farrakhan, delivered a speech during which he stated that he was looking for ’10,000 fearless men who say death is sweeter than continued life under tyranny’. The following is an excerpt from that speech…
If there were any questions as to whether America has begun to “heal” a year after the shooting of an unarmed black teen in Ferguson, Missouri touched off months of racial tension across the country, culminating (but not ending) with a night of rioting in Baltimore in April, they were answered on Sunday when a day of peaceful protests in suburban Missouri turned into a night of violent clashes with police on the one year anniversary of the Michael Brown’s death. Storefronts were smashed, helicopters circled overhead, and after a glass water bottle and rocks were thrown at police, gunshots rang out. Although it was initially unclear who shot first, CNN now says a man with a stolen handgun “unleashed a remarkable amount of gunfire” when pursued by officers. The man was then shot and is reportedly in critical condition and undergoing surgery. Here, allegedly, is what happened: When officers first saw him, he was running away after allegedly exchanging gunfire with an unknown person. Some gunfire rang out as reporters were talking to Ferguson’s acting police chief, Andre Anderson. A startled Anderson continued speaking with a steady burst of gunfire in the background. Crowds scattered.
This post was published at Zero Hedge on 08/10/2015.
Four days after we showed a video in which Nation of Islam leader urged black Americans to “rise up and kill those who kill us”, two days after we reported that “Black-White Race Relations Under Obama are the Worst In The 21st Century“, shots were fired, according to Reuters, on Sunday during a march in Ferguson, Missouri to mark the one year anniversary of the fatal shooting of unarmed black teenager Michael Brown, police said. It was unclear who fired the shots or the extent of any injuries, a police spokesman told reporters, but initial reports suggested they were not aimed at the marchers. About six shots were heard as 300 people made their way to a church on the outskirts of Ferguson as part of events to mark the death of Brown at the hands of a white police officer one year ago. St. Louis County Police Chief Jon Belmar said he was angry that a shooting had marred the weekend’s events in Ferguson, which have so far gone off without major incidents or arrests. “These are the exact kind of events we try to avoid. I think it’s unfortunate. We are trying to keep everybody as safe as we can,” Belmar told reporters. More troubling is that none other than the potential future president of the US was adding gasoline to the fire yesterday, when in an interview with Al Sharpton – her second national broadcast interview since she declared her candidacy in April – Hillary Clinton discussed “criminal justice reform” and said the following: If you compare arrest records in, you know, charging of crimes, in convicting of crimes, in sentencing of crimes, you compare African-American men to white men. It is unfortunately clear as it could be that there is a bias in favor of white men…
This post was published at Zero Hedge on 08/09/2015.
Quick – does the name William Julius Wilson mean anything to you? It sure as heck should, especially if you’re concerned about the inner-city black neighborhood woes that have burst into the headlines since Ferguson, Mo. police officer shot unarmed African-American teenager Michael Brown last August. Wilson is a Harvard University sociologist who wrote a landmark 1996 book that shed crucial light on modern urban poverty and its origins. The title said it all: When Work Disappears. It was widely praised and pretty widely discussed when it first came out, but gradually faded into the background, where it seems to have stayed despite the front page news seemingly continually generated these days from places like Ferguson and West Baltimore. I myself had forgotten about it till I saw the paperback at a book sale last weekend. I haven’t gotten very far into When Work Disappears but its main theme should be powerfully shaping the U. S. public debate over fixing what’s wrong with huge swathes of black urban America. According to Wilson (writing before the two recessions that have struck so far in the twenty-first century, not to mention the financial crisis):
On Saturday we introduced readers to the ‘Ferguson Effect’. The idea is that the recent spate of prosecutions and instances of social unrest that followed a series of events involving perceived police misconduct directed at African Americans have made police officers gun shy – literally. Here’s what Thomas W. Smith fellow at the Manhattan Institute and author of ‘Are Cops Racist?’ Heather Mac Donald wrote in a WSJ piece: This incessant drumbeat against the police has resulted in what St. Louis police chief Sam Dotson last November called the ‘Ferguson effect.’ Cops are disengaging from discretionary enforcement activity and the ‘criminal element is feeling empowered,’ Mr. Dotson reported. Arrests in St. Louis city and county by that point had dropped a third since the shooting of Michael Brown in August. Not surprisingly, homicides in the city surged 47% by early November and robberies in the county were up 82%. Similar ‘Ferguson effects’ are happening across the country as officers scale back on proactive policing under the onslaught of anti-cop rhetoric. Arrests in Baltimore were down 56% in May compared with 2014. Note this passage: ‘Cops are disengaging from discretionary enforcement activity and the ‘criminal element is feeling empowered.” That, according to Mac Donald, is why crime is up across many American cities. A second set of data casts considerable doubt on that thesis. According to The Washington Post, fatal police shootings have doubled with law enforcement now killing more than two people every day. Via WaPo:
This post was published at Zero Hedge on 05/31/2015.
After militarizing police, Obama is putting law enforcement weapons under federal control. With the help of President Obama and key media figures, the plight of inner city blacks against police brutality has become a major source of divide in society, as high profile cases including Freddie Gray, Michael Brown, Eric Garner and, of course, Trayvon Martin, have driven a narrative that has communities demanding police accountability and on watch for the next incident that could stir the pot. The country has witnessed riots in Baltimore and Ferguson and wide scale protest and civil disobedience movements growing in response to issues of police abuse and excessive force. As these cases stir reaction, police forces have countered with an increasingly militarized presence, using riot gear, tanks, sound weapons, gas canisters, rubber bullets and other ‘weapons of war’ to control crowds and use intimidation to instill order. Now, President Obama – who has been critical of police and eager to implement federal controls over local departments – is announcing a ‘ban’ on the sale or transfer of many of these military items to local police units: President Obama has banned the sale of the most some kinds of military equipment to local law enforcement agencies in response to widespread criticism of a paramilitary-like response to riots in a St. Louis suburb last August. In doing so, Obama put his stamp on the recommendations of a multi-agency federal working group that recommended banning sales of some military equipment and providing more training, supervision and oversight of others. Banned will be tracked armored vehicles, bayonets, grenade launchers, camouflage uniforms and large caliber weapons. Other kinds of equipment will be available to most police departments as long as they meet national policing standards, track their use and receive approval from the federal government before selling or transferring it. The controversial MRAP armored vehicles will be ‘controlled’ by not prohibited. The ban will coincide with Obama’s speech in Camden, New Jersey to announce initiatives to address the lack of transparency in police abuse cases, and ways to improve police-community relations – which have conveniently boiled over in a politically expedient way. President Obama’s decision is based upon the recommendations of a working group (PDF), an extension of his January 2015Executive Order 13688, establishing Federal Support for Local Law Enforcement Equipment Acquisition.
This post was published at shtfplan on May 18th, 2015.
Baltimore is burning in the wake of Freddie Gray’s funeral who died after sustaining a spinal injury while, if you want to believe a certain mainstream media narrative, banging himself against the paddy wagon walls. If you find it totally believable that someone can break their own spinal chord on purpose, you’re probably white. However, this isn’t about Freddie Gray. Ferguson wasn’t about Michael Brown. What is really happening is that people are beginning to awaken to their own slavery and the mainstream media matrix is having a harder time than ever of trying to hide that truth. Some Americans, still asleep to reality, are surprised that Baltimore is rioting and discontent has boiled over, despite that this is practically a quarterly occurrence in 2015 Amerika. American streets are burning. Baltimore is burning. But the cognitive dissonance is palpable. Police are beating people. Police are kidnapping people “in the most peaceful way possible”, in “The Land Of The Free”, as can be seen in this video:
Police misconduct has been a fixture in the news over the past year between the shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, the death of Eric Garner in New York, and most recently, the slaying of Walter Scott in South Carolina. These incidents have understandably led to increased public scrutiny of law enforcement and piqued the nation’s interest in footage of police on the job. Today we bring you the following two videos, the first of which shows what can happen when you decide to evade arrest on horseback in San Bernardino and the second depicts a fatal clash between officers and a mostly invincible, eight member, family Christian band living out of their Chevy Suburban in a Wal-Mart parking lot. * * * From CBS: Aerial footage from Los Angeles station KNBC shows Francis Pusok, 30, on horseback, fleeing from San Bernardino County deputies in California. It also appears to show those deputies using a Taser and beating Pusok on the ground. Authorities have yet to say whether the man seen in the video was armed, but after seeing the footage, the city’s sheriff admitted that what he saw was “disturbing.” A criminal investigation has been launched, reports CBS News correspondent Carter Evans. Deputies are seen firing Tasers, bringing Pusok down.
This post was published at Zero Hedge on 04/12/2015.
Earlier this week we asked whether or not the attack on a white man by three black men in St. Louis was just random violence or if it should be treated as a hate crime. According to the victim of the attack a man approached him and asked what he thought about the Michael Brown shooting. When the victim replied that he was too tired to think about it the man and his friends beat him. The question, of course, is whether or not this man was beaten because of the color of his skin or for some other reason. Here’s the video if you haven’t seen it yet:
This post was published at shtfplan on April 2nd, 2015.