Cop Who Arrested Freddie Gray Had Guns Confiscated Over Mental Health – TPM

The Political Agitator response: So they want to bring up Gray’s record, so let’s talk about this cop’s record.

BALTIMORE (AP) — The highest-ranking Baltimore police officer in the arrest that led to Freddie Gray’s death was hospitalized in April 2012 over mental health concerns for an unknown duration and had his guns confiscated by local sheriff’s deputies, according to records from the sheriff’s office and court obtained by The Associated Press.

Lt. Brian Rice, who initially pursued Gray on a Baltimore street when Gray fled after Rice made eye contact April 12, declared three years ago that he “could not continue to go on like this” and threatened to commit an act that was censored in the public version of a report obtained by the AP from the Carroll County, Maryland, Sheriff’s Office. Rice lived in the county, about 35 miles northwest of Baltimore. At the time, deputies were responding to a request to check on his welfare by a fellow Baltimore police officer who is the mother of Rice’s son. (Source: Read more)

Feds discuss arrests of NC law enforcement officers – WRAL

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Federal authorities discuss an undercover investigation that has led to the arrests of current and former law enforcement officers and corrections officers.
Photographer: Chad Flowers
1:36 p.m. today

An update: Lies, Videos and Police malfeasance in Baltimore

The Political Agitator response: Yesterday I posted the following: Baltimore Maryland: When We Get To The Root Cause Then The Reaction Can And Will Be Understandable! Like I said,  When they announce what really happened to Freddie Gray hell I think that the reactions from the angry could be far worse than what we have seen up until now.

Are we to believe that “police rough rides” alone can break bones and crush voice boxes?

A definition of Malfeasance: The commission of an act that is unequivocally illegal or completely wrongful.

Update: According to a Washington Post article, an “anonymous prisoner” is quoted by an “anonymous police investigator” stating, “Freddie Gray was intentionally trying to injure himself in van”. Really…we’re all supposed to believe that Freddie Gray broke his own neck and almost severed his own spine while trashing around in the van semi-conscious, …in light of the fact that he couldn’t even enter the van under his own power?

http://Prisoner in van thought Gray was ‘trying to injure himself’

But wait a minute evidently the anonymous “police-leaker” didn’t know that the “anonymous prisoner” can be seen on video stating that he “only heard a little banging in the van and that the ride was “smooth”. So exactly who is mysterious “police-leaker who leaked these “tall tales” to the Washington Post? (Source: Read more)

Baltimore police complete investigation into Freddie Gray death – Eyewitness News ABC

Explaining White Privilege to a Broke White Person… – Occupy Wall Street

Years ago, some feminist on the internet told me I was “Privileged.”

I came from the kind of Poor that people don’t want to believe still exists in this country. Have you ever spent a frigid northern Illinois winter without heat or running water? I have. At twelve years old, were you making ramen noodles in a coffee maker with water you fetched from a public bathroom? I was. Have you ever lived in a camper year round and used a random relative’s apartment as your mailing address? We did. Did you attend so many different elementary schools that you can only remember a quarter of their names?

So when that feminist told me I had “white privilege,” I told her that my white skin didn’t do shit to prevent me from experiencing poverty. Then, like any good, educated feminist would, she directed me to Peggy McIntosh’s 1988 now-famous piece, “White Privilege: Unpacking the Invisible Knapsack.” (Source: Read more)

From Ferguson to Baltimore: The Fruits of Government-Sponsored Segregation – The Economic Policy Blog

The Political Agitator response: This put what is going on in Baltimore in perspective. When we talk about the root cause we can understand the reaction. But they don’t want to talk about that because it reveals what is really going on. Just keep on listening to what those who don’t want the truth to be made known and not researching to get the whole truth.

In Baltimore in 1910, a black Yale law school graduate purchased a home in a previously all-white neighborhood. The Baltimore city government reacted by
adopting a residential segregation ordinance, restricting African Americans to designated blocks. Explaining the policy, Baltimore’s mayor proclaimed, “Blacks should be quarantined in isolated slums in order to reduce the incidence of civil disturbance, to prevent the spread of communicable disease into the nearby White neighborhoods, and to protect property values among the White majority.”

Thus began a century of federal, state, and local policies to quarantine Baltimore’s black population in isolated slums—policies that continue to the present day, as federal housing subsidy policies still disproportionately direct low-income black families to segregated neighborhoods and away from middle class suburbs. (Source: Read more)

In The Photos Of Police Arresting Black Folks Almost Daily For Minor Stuff And They End Up Dying The Only Thing Missing Is . . .

As I watch the police arresting black folks be the in the right or in the wrong the only thing missing for me is the dogs. When I see the actions of the police arresting these blacks I immediately think when they going to bring out the dogs?

Some folks say it is worst now, some folks say they thought it had gotten better. I say the cameras are showing us that very little has changed. If anyone thinks this mess just began, then you better go back to sleep because obviously you ain’t awake.

The problem today is that the black man that invented the cell phone didn’t realize that he was really doing something more awesome than what it intent was. A cell phone is a dangerous weapon because you can either hit the voice record or the video. I ain’t leaving home without my weapon!

Racism Is Real: The Real Reason Behind Baltimore Uprising – HuffingtonPost

The Political Agitator response: When we talk about the root cause and then the reactions we will understand it all by and by. But as long as folks don’t want to deal with the truth nothing will change. When the angry ones stop destroying property and move on to something that is much worse, this world is going to wake up. I hope that don’t be the case but since tearing up property ain’t bringing about change, they may at some point look to something different. Just my ignant opinion!

The death of Freddie Gray at the hands of Baltimore police sparked outrage and protests by thousands of Baltimore residents and people of color around the world. It seems that almost daily, the headline “Unarmed Black Man Killed By Police” has pulled back the veil on what many white Americans, liberal and conservative alike, have been blinded to by privilege: racism is real in American society. Our new film, which we have shared here, highlights it. (Source: Read more)

AT&T Fires President Over Racist Text: “We Regret the Action Was Not Taken Earlier” – Your Black World

The Political Agitator response: And folks talk about the actions of young black men and women who react to mess like in Baltimore. Wonder if these young black men and women begin to react to mess like this and start going after people instead of property? But you see “they” are concerned about these young black men and women tearing up property but these same young men and women don’t even realize that black folk were considered property back in the day. So it is okay for “them” to treat Freddie Gray and countless others like a piece of their property. Damn again the script changes according to who is writing it, telling it and doing it. So glad I am not ignant to what is going on around me. Some folks want to limit mess to just what is going on as it relates to what seems to be police brutality when it is a much bigger picture.

An AT&T president who headed up U-Verse was fired amid a discrimination lawsuit.

“Aaron Slator has been terminated. There is no place for demeaning behavior within AT&T and we regret the action was not taken earlier,” said AT&T in an email on Wednesday.

A lawsuit filed against the company alleges that Slator sent racist text messages. According to the suit, Slator had asked a former African-American female assistant to copy racist photos and texts. Among the photos included one with African children smiling and dancing, captioned, “It’s Friday ‘N’ Word”. (Source: Read more)

Citizen videographer says police folded Freddie Gray like a "piece of origami" – The Baltimore Sun

Kevin Moore was asleep in his home the morning of April 12, when his uncle yelled to him: “The police are tazing Freddie.”

Moore, 28, ran out of his home in the same Gilmor Homes complex where Freddie Gray was arrested and sprinted across the street to get a view of what was happening.

“Once I got around to see where Freddie was, I instantly started recording,” Moore said.

Moore shot one of the two cell phone videos of the Gray arrest that morning that have since ignited protests and raised questions about whether the police arrested him “without force or incident as cited in an officer’s report. (Source: Read more)

Baltimore Maryland – Why They Have Got To Have A Title? Damn Just Call Them Black Males/Females, By Their Name And/Or Criminals

Why they got to have a title? Why they can’t be called a black male, a black female and or by their name? Because that is what one chooses to do?

Why is putting a title on them more important than the root cause and the reaction?

Hell the best title for me would be just to call them criminals but that would not be putting a face with the title.

Oh but that is like other folks embezzle and black folks steal.

Just my ignant opinion!

“Just Call Them Ni**ers:” Watch Powerful Moment Baltimore Councilman Shut Down CNN Host Who Tried To Justify “Thug”

The Political Agitator response: I love it, this Councilman gets it. This has always been my definition of the word “Thug” because I know what “they” have been saying but hiding the real word Nigger behind the code word “Thug.” I read into code words because I deal with them all the time here in Edgecombe/Nash Counties all the time.

“Just Call Them Ni**ers:” Watch Powerful Moment Baltimore Councilman Shut Down CNN Host Who Tried To Justify “Thug”

It’s no secret.

The word “thug” in the media has long been a euphemism for Black people, often used by those who fail to consider the marginalization and disenfranchisement of Black communities in the face of unrest, as seen in Baltimore as of late.

So when CNN host Erin Burnett tried to justify the use of the word to describe young teenagers who clashed with Baltimore police Monday, Baltimore City Councilman Carl Stokes kept it 100 percent real.

“Just call them niggers,” he said, obviously exasperated by Burnett’s insistence that this was the right term for 13-18 year-old kids.

Burnett, citing both Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake and President Obama‘s use of the term as justification, tried, unsuccessfully, to appeal to Stokes that it was appropriate, no matter the age of the children. (Source: Read more)

Dear white Facebook friends: I need you to respect what Black America is feeling right now – Salon

The Political Agitator response: Very well stated. In other words let black folks tell their own story and listen. You don’t have to agree or disagree but just listen. I think that is more than fair enough.

Dear White America,

It is somewhat strange to address this to you, given that I strongly identify with many aspects of your culture and am half-white myself. Yet, today is another day you have forced me to decide what race I am — and, as always when you force me — I fall decidedly into “Person of Color.”

Every comment or post I have read today voicing some version of disdain for the people of Baltimore — “I can’t understand” or “They’re destroying their own community” or “Destruction of Property!” or “Thugs” — tells me that many of you are not listening. I am not asking you to condone or agree with violence. I just need you to listen. You don’t have to say anything if you don’t want to, but instead of forming an opinion or drawing a conclusion, please let me tell you what I hear: (Source: Read more)

Baltimore Maryland: Funny As Hell That Any Other Time This Mother Would Have Been Looked At As Child Abuse!

Wow!

We get so caught up in what others say but do we think for ourselves?

Any other time this would have been considered child abuse!

Ya’ll keep on allowing folks to mislead, misinform and to take your eyes off the real issue at hand because “they” seize the moment to make the situation what they want it to be when they want it to be.

I tell you I don’t know why all conscious folks are not angry about what is going on around us locally and nationwide. Until all of us recognize that “Black Lives Matter” we will continue to deal with these ignant situations that involved law enforcement.

Because of all of this ignant mess going on involving law enforcement that seems to leave so much room for doubt that the truth is being made known, “I Can’t Breathe!”

I continue to ask the Lord To Keep Me Day By Day (click to listen to song) because we are not our mind keepers and he holds our future.