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A 4-year-old Would Still Be Alive if Police Listened to Mom

The young mother dialed 911 the day before her son was shot to death.
The day before Stephanie Thompson’s 4-year-old boy was shot to death, she called police to say that there was a man riding a bicycle around her Camden , N.J. , neighborhood with a machine gun. When police finally did show up, Brandon Thompson lay dead on the sidewalk in a pool of blood. He had been shot in the head. “I watched my baby get shot,” Stephanie Thompson, 21, told The Philadelphia Inquirer. “I couldn’t get to him fast enough. I called 911 and told them. He was just riding around. It wasn’t like he was hidin’ it. This could have been avoided if they had done their job. Police acknowledge that Stephanie Thompson had called police about the man with the machine gun, but they are questioning whether that was the weapon used to kill Brandon , the Inquirer reports. Police also say that the boy ran into crossfire and was killed. Stephanie says that her son was playing in the street when the alleged shooter, Donald Lindsey, showed up with his machine gun. Stephanie Thompson told authorities that she heard a series of short, staccato blasts and ran to find her son. As she rounded the corner, she saw Brandon running toward her on the sidewalk, the Inquirer reports. The man on the bicycle saw him, took aim and shot him down, according to Stephanie Thompson. “I went to go pick him up and he had blood coming from everywhere. I just held him and told him to get up,” she said. “But he wouldn’t get up. He was only 4. And he was trying to run to his mommy. I couldn’t get there in time.” Camden arrived a few minutes too late. “The cops came and took my baby to the hospital and we wasn’t even there 5 minutes and he died,” she said. “He (Lindsey) looked me dead in my face when my son got shot. He knew he shot my son and he looked at me,” she said.

Source: BET News

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DC: Another Black Man gone in a Prince Georges County cell

This June 28, 2008 image provided by the Prince George’s County Department of Corrections shows Ronnie White. Maryland authorities say the death of White, 19, found slumped in his prison cell, was a homicide, a day after his arrest for running over and killing a Prince George’s County police officer. The Maryland Medical Examiner ruled Monday, June 30, 2008 that White died from asphyxiation and strangulation.

His family is “outraged” over his death, their attorney said Tuesday.

Ronnie White’s death is being investigated as a homicide by the FBI and Maryland state police. He died Sunday in the Prince George’s County Correctional Center from asphyxiation and strangulation, the state medical examiner said.

Read Cortland Milloy’s thoughts on the case – Black Leaders, Too, Should Be Accountable in Jail Death

NAACP calls for suspension of officers after inmate’s death – Baltimore Sun

Suspect’s death spurs outrage – Chicago Sun-Times

Officials said seven guards had access to White at the time of his death, as did an unspecified number of supervisors. Authorities are also investigating whether anyone from the outside had access to the inmate.

The FBI’s Baltimore field office said it has opened a civil rights investigation into White’s death. The Justice Department said Tuesday that federal prosecutors have been in contact with the state police and FBI as well as county prosecutors and the department’s own Civil Rights Division.

But some of the guards who had access to White have initially refused to talk to these investigators, said Ramon Korionoff, a spokesman for Prince George’s County State’s Attorney Glenn Ivey.

Sources: AP and CNN

Disclaimer – I’m not in anyway saying the Mr. White’s alleged actions were right (who would say that mowing down someone with a truck and killing them is??). However…people who are in police custody should not turn up dead with no one wanting to talk and rat out their fellow officer. This is a mess that doesn’t help the public image of law enforcement, especially the Prince George’s County PD.


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Obama deals with recent racist incidents, security threats

ABC News is reporting that racism and potential security issues are emerging as factors in the race to the White House for the Obama campaign.  When I heard Hillary Clinton’s comments on Bobby Kennedy’s murder and the 1968 election the first thing I thought about was the same thing happening to Barack.  Oh Lord, for her sake I hope it doesn’t happen (and of course for his too.  LOL).  People will be saying she called for the hit…she had something to do with it…just because of that comment.  She actually said it more than once.  Hillary was quoted in Time Magazine saying the same thing (saw it on CNN when they interviewed her campaign manager).

In recent weeks, the role of race in the Democratic primaries has been increasingly discussed. And while racist caricatures and jokes about threats against Obama’s life have been widely condemned, they seem to reflect an undeniable element of racism that still exists in the country and could play an unknown role in a general election.

“There is no question that the possibility of violence directed at presidential candidates, especially Obama, is the elephant in the middle of the room,” says Peter Fenn, adjunct professor of political management at George Washington University, to describe the media’s careful coverage of the issue. “There is a hypersensitivity about this issue. And in one sense, there should be because you don’t want to put the idea out there. But you also get overanalysis, like with Hillary’s comments about RFK [Robert F. Kennedy].”

Fifty-nine percent of Americans (and 83 percent of African-Americans) said they were concerned “that someone might attempt to physically harm Barack Obama if he’s the Democratic nominee for president,” according to an ABC News/Washington Post poll from March 2. Twenty-four percent of those polled said they were “very concerned” about that possibility.

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What Did She Really Mean?

You know, I didn’t really know what to make of Hillary Clinton’s latest ill-advised comments. It’s been a long race and it’s easy to slip up and say something innocent, but damaging if taken the wrong way, so I didn’t want to jump to conclusions. The below article is a very interesting take on the whole thing. Either she didn’t know the time lines of the democratic elections she was referencing or she took a serious shot at Obama (no pun intended)…

Clinton’s Grim Scenario
(The Washington Post) – If this campaign goes on much longer, what will be left of Hillary Clinton?

A woman uniformly described by her close friends as genuine, principled and sane has been reduced to citing the timing of Robert F. Kennedy’s assassination as a reason to stay in the race — an argument that is un-genuine, unprincipled and insane. She vows to keep pushing, perhaps all the way to the convention in August. What manner of disintegration is yet to come?

For anyone who missed it, Clinton was pleading her cause before the editorial board of the Sioux Falls, S.D., Argus Leader on Friday. Rejecting calls to drop out because her chances of winning have become so slight, she said the following: “My husband did not wrap up the nomination in 1992 until he won the California primary somewhere in the middle of June, right? We all remember Bobby Kennedy was assassinated in June in California. You know I just, I don’t understand it.”

The point isn’t whether you take Clinton at her word that she didn’t actually mean to suggest that someone — guess who? — might be assassinated. The point is: Whoa, where did that come from?

Setting aside for the moment the ugliness of Clinton’s remark, just try to make it hold together. Clinton’s basic argument is that attempts to push her out of the race are hasty and premature, since the nomination sometimes isn’t decided until June. She cites two election years, 1968 and 1992, as evidence — but neither is relevant to 2008 because the campaign calendar has been changed.

In 1968, the Democratic race kicked off with the New Hampshire primary on March 12; when Robert Kennedy was killed, the campaign was not quite three months old. In 1992, the first contest was the Iowa caucuses on Feb. 10; by the beginning of June, candidates had been battling for about 3 1/2 months — and it was clear that Bill Clinton would be the nominee, though he hadn’t technically wrapped it up.

This year, the Iowa caucuses were held on Jan. 3, the earliest date ever. Other states scrambled to move their contests up in the calendar as well. When June arrives, the candidates will have been slogging through primaries and caucuses for five full months — a good deal longer than in those earlier campaign cycles.

So Clinton’s disturbing remark wasn’t wishful thinking — as far as I know (to quote Clinton herself, when asked earlier this year about false rumors that her opponent Barack Obama is a Muslim). Clearly, it wasn’t logical thinking. It can only have been magical thinking, albeit not the happy-magic kind.

Clinton has always claimed to be the cold-eyed realist in the race, and at one point maybe she was. Increasingly, though, her words and actions reflect the kind of thinking that animates myths and fairy tales: Maybe a sudden and powerful storm will scatter my enemy’s ships. Maybe a strapping woodsman will come along and save the day. Continue reading

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History: The Port Chicago Mutiny

NBC Television aired “Mutiny”, a movie of the week chronicling the events surrounding the 1944 Port Chicago incident, based on the actual events and produced by Morgan Freeman.

On the night of 17 July 1944, two transport vessels loading ammunition at the Port Chicago, California naval base were suddenly Explosionengulfed in a massive explosion. The blast destroyed everything within a one-mile radius, including the two ships, the pier and the dock. It killed 320 men on the base, and injured nearly 400 more, most of whom were black. Also almost completely destroying the town of Port Chicago 1.5 miles away, it was the worst home-front military disaster of World War II.

Afterward, a group of surviving enlistees refused to load munitions again until they could be assured of the safety of their working conditions. The Navy court-martialed 50 of these men for mutiny, and dishonorably discharged them. All were imprisoned, though President Truman commuted their sentences after the war was over.

The Port Chicago black seamen were relegated to a different but still very important duty. They were assigned to load the ammunition and explosives on the transport ships at port. Unfortunately, the black seamen received no training for this task. They were not even issued gloves. The equipment they were given was often in poor working condition. On top of this, many black divisions were being bet upon by the whites commanding them. White officers were wagering whose divisions could load the most ammunition in the least amount of time. This atmosphere of speed-above-safety put the loaders in further peril.

Today, a campaign is underway to bring national attention to the Port Chicago tragedy, and to clear the names of those who stood up against unfair conditions. These black sailors served their country with pride and honor during World War II, and deserve to to be recognized for their contributions.

I urge you to help bring to light one of America’s darkest and long forgotten secrets. SeamanVisit portchicagomutiny.com.  This site is jointly produced by The Black Hollywood Education and Resource Center and Revelations Entertainment. It contains personal profiles of the remaining survivors of the blast and mutiny, as well as a complete history of the explosion and its aftermath. But even more important are educational materials for teachers & students, and opportunities for you to join the campaign for justice.

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RIP Benazir Bhutto, Assassinated

Such a tragedy…my heart goes out.

RAWALPINDI, Pakistan (AFP) — Pakistani opposition leader and former premier Benazir Bhutto was assassinated at a party rally late Thursday, plunging the nation deeper into crisis less than two weeks before elections.

She was shot in the neck before a suicide bomber blew himself up at a park in the northern city of Rawalpindi, killing around 20 people, after Bhutto had just addressed supporters.

The slaying stunned leaders around the world who urged calm and warned that extremists must not be allowed to destabilize the nuclear-armed nation before the January 8 parliamentary vote.

US President George W. Bush, for whom Pakistan is a vital ally in the “war on terror,” called it a “cowardly act” and appealed to its government to stay on the path back toward democracy after eight years of military rule.

Several witnesses said they heard at least one shot before the blast, which tore off limbs. People ran in panic, screaming as they trampled over pieces of human flesh. Puddles of blood dotted the road. Continue reading

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Khiel Coppin, an unarmed Black 18-year-old killed by police.

Khiel Coppin has joined the ranks of Sean Bell, Timothy Stansbury, Ousmane Zongo, Patrick Dorismond, Amadou Diallo, and a score of others whose names are already fading in memory. These are names that appear on no bronzed monument, but if they did, they might simply be headed this way: Killed in Error, NYPD Police Bullets. On November 12, he was killed because he might have had a gun…it was a hairbrush. The shooting of this unarmed, mentally ill Brooklyn teen two has reignited a debate over whether the NYPD’s tactics for responding to emotionally disturbed suspects are adequate or even constitutional. He was laid to rest on the Tuesday before Thanksgiving at Nazarene Congregational United Church of Christ in Bedford-Stuyvesant. The Village Voice reported…

Most of the mourners were middle-aged, and, aside from a handful of white reporters there to report on the event, all were African-Americans. A half-dozen local elected officials came to pay their respects, as did Deputy Mayor Dennis Walcott, who came as a representative of Mayor Bloomberg and who happens to be black as well. Not a single white elected official felt the need to be present. The city’s Public Advocate, Betsy Gotbaum, whose own daughter-in-law died a few weeks ago in police custody in Phoenix amid circumstances Gotbaum rightly questioned, was among those absent.

In my opinion, they were not there because it’s not their problem.  It’s not their sons, friends, fathers, husbands, loved ones who are dying.  It’s our problem Black People…we need to do something about it.  If we are not willing to demand action and to act…what do we think elected officials are going to do?  If they do come to a funeral…that’s more about perserving their reputation…it’s not really in support of the victim.  What are we going to do with our vote?  Will we stop supporting the officials who are no where around when our brothers are dying?

Source: Village Voice

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