October 20, 2016 § Leave a comment
Follow up from previous article titled, “10 takeaways from Attorney General visit to Dallas, cop-politics as usual, #LynchingDallas Day 1 of 2”
Yes, I said it. The average black resident in southern Dallas is clueless about what’s really going on around them. That average is also the majority. Completely clueless. Most aren’t aware of the planned deck park nearby the Dallas Zoo, aren’t aware of the equestrian park near 175 Hwy, don’t know what “equestrian” is, and can’t locate Trinity Groves. Don’t believe me. Try it for yourself. Go to Redbird Mall or West End taking the blue, greed or red line south or ask the black person watching your child at day care or the desk agent at Planet Fitness or Williams Chicken, and spark up a conversation with any black person about local government. The odds won’t be in your favor. « Read the rest of this entry »
10 takeaways from Attorney General visit to Dallas, cop-politics as usual, #LynchingDallas Day 1 of 2
October 4, 2016 § Leave a comment
Is 21st Century style policing merely the same policing but with tech gadgets? Does it change any dynamics? Processes and protocols? Does it increase transparency or accountability? Is trust manufactured in this style of policing? Or is just hours and hours and terabytes and different angles of bleeding black bodies on live TV, my social media news feeds and totally available for my consumption, playback and share?
Attorney General Loretta Lynch was in Dallas for two days and below are a stream of observations. This week was the start of so-called National Community Policing Week and she announced a $3.1 million grant to hire 25 Dallas police officers. Follow the hash tag #LynchingDallas for Tuesday events.
- Lynch was in town and I don’t know anyone who works in this field who was aware. Maybe I’m not in the loop as well as I thought. I did not recognize but one person in the 18-min video (HERE).
- Next to Lynch sat US Attorney John Parker, who you can hardly tell apart from Trump. Language like “officers get home safely,” “law and order” and ordering teens to “respect the law” appear to be neutral but is surely targeted towards a particular crowd: the crowd who sympathizes with Betty Shelby who just wanted to get home safely before killing Pastor Keith Scott in reaction to her being temporarily deaf.
- Hosted at Sunset High School, during the shorter video, I heard no mention of any groups and a bunch of cliche ambiguities. The DOJ streamed the whole forum live but the video isn’t audible. Media was not allowed. How, as the first black woman attorney general, can you attend an over 90% Hispanic school and not mention issues between law enforcement and Spanish speaking people? Is there no lack of trust? I’d like to hear LULAC take on this.
- No wonder she could make it pass the Senate, she is speaking their language.
- We are in scary times. People of color are being killed by law enforcement everyday and despite being surrounded by people in power who at least look like us…they operate under “benign neglect 2.0.” If you are a black politician, don’t mention blacks and you will win, and, ultimately, if you don’t mention black folks, they don’t exist.
- I wonder if she disagrees with what many of us have said and what a UN panel reported last week about how police killings are akin to modern day lynchings? For entertainment purposes, I’d love to hear her and POTUS squirm out of that question and pivot into praise for law enforcement. You know they will…
- Is it fair to judge Lynch by 18 minutes of video? Certainly, for this isn’t her first go round. Lynch’s speeches have been very…hmmm…Obama-esque. Meaning, they are safe and full of cliches when discussing race relations and/or law enforcement. In sum, they amount to a bunch of bullshit at a time when bullshit can’t be tolerated.
Today is National Night Out at the UNT Dallas Athletic Complex from 5:30 – 7:30 PM. Her last day, she will leave with a bang. Or maybe not. A black city councilman will be there, Eric Wilson… Highland Hills where you at!!? Dallas Police Association loves him, and the Mayor will be present so it appears to be Dallas Accommodation per usual.
- Dallas police finally repealed their 72 hour review policy after NGAN appeared at city hall, and days before Chief Brown announced his retirement. Our view points will be heard, addressed then relieved only through tangible policy changes.
- NGAN’s call to protest the National Night Out for not addressing real 21st century changes can be found here.
September 29, 2016 § Leave a comment
My family owns an assisted living care business and here is a tale of my experience in Pleasant Grove last night.
“Where in Pleasant Grove are we going? Bruton Rd.? Are you strapped? Bruton Rd. is beyond foolish.” My brother laughed off the question and ensured me we were not going “deep in Pleasant Grove.” I usually carry but at the time I was only armed with a karambit.
Two weeks ago I visited Pleasant Grove and witnessed two kids, shirtless, run across the street after stealing something from someone, a crime scene with two cops cars, and two teen girls and a child leaving a gas station, cautious of stray dogs in the alley.
They stood and watched the alley, contemplating another route. “Is it still over there? Girl, I don’t know what we will do if that dog comes out.”
On the way to picking up patients in Pleasant Grove I witnessed the familiar scene of a pile of mattresses, wood and other debris in the first neighborhood next to the Family Dollar off St. Augustine and Brierwood. The shit messed up the aesthetics of this new housing development. But the passerby wasn’t deterred by that fact, apparently.
It was night. At night one should always be weary of walking around lots in Dallas, whether you are up to no good, checking out real estate (which I don’t do at night) or visiting a friend. I quickly snapped pictures of the mess and continued towards the patient’s home.
Leaving Pleasant Grove, I catch a flash in the dark. Another flash. The flash appears again, and I pull over. The flash was a glow from the pupils of a dog. He sat alone in the field, never moving and never reacting to my whistles and calls from the safety of the inside of my car. A man walked by smoking a cigarette, shifting his eyes back and forth, from the dog to my random vehicle in the street and back to the dog.
“Yeah, that forest is infested with stray dogs.” The patient was referring to a patch of trees and bushes in the lot next to Family Dollar.
Again, I stopped and took the best pictures I could. In my mind, I wanted the perfect shot: the dumping pile as the main subject, with the dog in the background. I also had the perfect meme in mind; at the top: “Pleasant Grove”, at the bottom “TX.” It could have been a shirt too. I ain’t picky. Whatever the shot, it was indicative or a caricature of what we know as the Greedy Grove.
He continued on about his fear of DART stops and named the one on MLK and Malcolm X nearby Fair Park. “It is already a dangerous area at night but those dogs, man, we [passengers] usually watch for each other as we wait for or get off the bus.” During this moment, I did what is the only proper thing to do when you want to learn more about a subject: shut up and listened.
He talked about “the lady”.
“The lady was killed in front of her own house by dogs. To travel the world, go on tours, only to be killed by dogs in your own neighborhood…”
He stopped mid-sentence, shook his head and closed his eyes, reminded of the frightening reality that he, too, could be mauled by dogs. An Army Ranger Veteran, he’d been a resident of Southern Dallas for over 25 years. Antoinette Brown was the lady, an Army veteran who was killed in July by a pack of dogs in South Dallas, Councilwoman Tiffini Young’s district, one of the new four black officials representing the city of Dallas. Young, reared in PG herself, also represents some northern parts of PG. 14 people make up city council plus the mayor.
For what it is worth, Young has been vocal about stray dogs from the jump but not much credit should be given to her, as I imagine that being the number one complaint from South Dallas/Fair Park residents; stray dogs is absolutely not an issue her office can sweep under a rug. No Southern Dallas resident is new to the stray dog problem. Councilman Ricky Callahan also new, represents most of Pleasant Grove and southeast Dallas and has advocated for the city to shoot the stray dogs – with darts and tranquilizers.
In response to Brown’s death and the backlash was the arrest of that dog’s owner and a 11 week long study of the dog problem in Dallas. Also, the City budget for 2017 contains an increase of $1.5 million for overnight staff at Dallas Animal Services and for spay/neuter services and microchipping. The DAS and police have collaborated to work under the umbrella of Public Safety, and are now holding owners criminally responsible when their pets cause bodily harm because they are not properly confined.
Last night I learned that while folks who live in the suburbs are concerned about Dallas because of crime and potholes, we have no clue about their real concern, specifically residents in Southern Dallas. *Many residents real concern are stray dogs, and this was proven with data by a City Hall poll ran months ago where residents listed what was most important to them. But it is not just dogs, right? Dogs are a public safety and quality of life issue. You literally endanger yourself when you leave the house in major parts of Southern and East Dallas.
I always say Southern Dallas is a third world country and some people refute this by pointing to Cedar Crest Golf Course or the hidden homes on the hills in the bushes on W Camp Wisdom, across from MS Express. Well, if you didn’t know, third world countries have golf courses and large homes on hills, too. If you can’t walk the sidewalks or wait for the bus, in peace and safety, are you really enjoying the city services? Do you really benefit from the Dallas boom?
It is easy to dismiss the problem, essentially the Negro Problem that is called Southern Dallas. And much can be said about the culture of the people there who allow trashy streets, dumping fields and packs of stray dogs on every other subdivision. Surely, such a culture doesn’t exist along Mountain Creek/Spur 303 or Bishop Arts district where residents don’t allow such nonsense, or Desoto where code compliance response is quick.
Sure they can file complaints on their neighbors but what if the city ignores them, as has been the case for 10 years? Sure you can say owners need to be more responsible but does that address the current issue? It is unfortunate a black woman had to be killed for the city to wake up – but often times sacrifice is the pre-requisite for progress. It is up to the city government and residents to decide if her death was in vain. Time will tell.
*Results can’t be located at the moment but if I recall correctly.
August 20, 2016 § Leave a comment
In a system of white supremacy where people of color lose on a 24/7 schedule, wins are often manufactured. They have to be. “Manufactured” as in created from nothing or created with the materials around you. For example, Black people think Harriet Tubman on the $20 bill is a win but ignore the fact a slave owner will also share that bill with her. (On a sidenote: the new $20 bill is a microcosm of life; black faces in the front with the master in the back controlling everything.) Such so called wins are necessary, I think, to maintain a level of sanity and confidence building, similar to Negro spirituals during chattel slavery. Just observe how Cowboys fans are actually celebrating pre season wins.
A lot of Black people engage in this behavior. Subconscious happiness from seeing a homeless white man or “checking” a white man at a restaurant who accidentally bumps into you. Manufactured wins are just that – manufactured, unreal and stemming from nothing – and do nothing for Black empowerment or White supremacy.
In Freudian psychology, displacement is an unconscious defense mechanism when a person shifts his/her impulses from an unacceptable target to a more acceptable or less threatening target.
It doesn’t matter if white people once lived in caves, were incestuous and wasn’t aware of the art of bathing. NONE OF THAT MATTERS. But lets take a step back and say for 24 hours only, IT DOES MATTER.
Ok, from that argument, how is that those backwards people now DOMINATE the world? What does it say about the people who were Kings and Queens at the time that backwards, stinky, cave people could somehow dominate? How is that the holders of fancy linen, silk, diamonds, rice and were DOMINATED by cave people?
Were the cave people, after all, smarter than the colored people of the universe? Could it have been that they preferred to live in the Caucasus Mountains to get away from the majority colored population of the world?
THESE ARE QUESTIONS.
Bragging about this stuff is a manufactured win. Not only does it not matter, it makes people of color, especially the ones who brag about royalty, LOOK REALLY BAD. You now look to THEM for toothpaste; you now look to THEM for baby milk; you now look to THEM to watch and educate your children; you now look to THEM to approve you for a car; you now look to THEM to grant your uncle mercy in the courthouse; everything you do involves THEM, hence the term WHITE SUPREMACY.
Stop bragging about something you didn’t contribute to and BUILD YOUR OWN. Then brag.
August 19, 2016 § 1 Comment
Apart from allegedly wrongly accussing Marc Hughes of the Dallas police shooting, not apologizing, tweeting his face to the world to receive death threats from racists, the Dallas Police Department has made blunders of itself, most recently announcing what can amount to a plea for folks to limit protests and civil demonstrations, effectively curtailing the first amendment.
If you know Chief Brown, you know he is full of shit. When people had legit grievances against the department, he said get out the streets and to join the Blue Wall. Last night that department replied to NGAN’s list of demands for police reform. NGAN’s founder was arrested at City Hall after giving a press conference listing their demands.
I think I have the duty to clarify some of the replies to the demands and the policies therein. Demands are in bold, replies in italics.
- Abolish the 72 hour wait after an officer involved shooting.
Effective immediately, every officer will be provided the same legal rights as any other citizen who is the subject of a criminal investigation.
How amazingly tragic it is that police officers had to be killed and organizations had to protest year after year and individuals arrested and records ruined in order for them to believe police officers should be treated as any other citizen. This is great news though everyone including myself is waiting to see that policy on paper. Twitter screen shot
2. Dallas Citizen’s Review Board with subpoena power
Any changes to the Citizen’s Review Board must be made through the City Council.
Some of the councilmen and women like C/m Thomas and c/w Young in the past supported this power but nothing has come to fruition yet.
- DFR respond to CIT calls with DPD
The Dallas Police Department and DFR are working on a new policy where they both will respond to CIT calls.
CIT is a Crisis Intervention Team that responds to mental disturbance calls. I previously wrote about the recommendations made to the county concerning the problems that come up when mental health and Lew Sterrett cross, and how law enforcement agencies should respond to mental crises, and the new weapons like sponge guns.
- “Deprioritize” enforcement in consumption of alcohol on the streets, possession of marijuana, disorderly conduct, criminal trespassing, littering, disturbing the peace, and spitting
The Dallas Police Department is sworn to enforce the law to protect citizens.
Lew Sterrett is having a problem keeping their daily jail population low, primarily because of the aforementioned criminal offenses, many which are a result of homelessness – the city’s everlasting thorn in its spine. While DPD can’t decide what to enforce, elected officials can control the state laws and city officials can decide the level of enforcement and punishment. As of now, both the county and city officials are pro drug war but are working on a homelessness solution, as evidenced by cottages in South Dallas and Deep Ellums borders and the newly formed city commission. Lastly, needless to say, this arrest rate has become a budget issue for the city.
- End police department quotas, tickets, and arrests
The Dallas Police Department does not have, require, or suggest a quota for officers for tickets or arrests.
- Review the police department’s use of force policy
The Dallas Police Department continuously reviews the Use of Force Policy and will make a copy of the policy available to the Next Generation Action Network.
Suspected Race Soldiers and Bad Cops Andrew Hutchins and John Rodgers did not follow the UOF Policy before killing Jason Harrison, were not punished and are back on the streets, preying on the next victims. Bobby Bennet shooters were not punished either. More officers can be named but my position is that despite the department’s stance, individual officers consideration of UOF has a negative correlation with the amount of color in the individual’s skin.
- Review the police department’s community policing
The Dallas Police Department is nationally recognized as a progressive community policing organization. The department continuously reviews its community policing efforts and will make a copy of the programs available to the Next Generation Action Network.
Coffee with Cops and Hooping with Pastors is not progressive. McDonalds coffee and the Coon Ministry circuit is not progressive. I don’t think all of the involved parties are coons but people like Concord pastor Bryan Carter and Councilwoman Tiffini Young, for example, should think about the politics behind participating in such events. Providing comprehensive stats on officer involved shootings should be applauded. DPD’s handling of complaints should not.
- Require “racial bias” training
Dallas Police Department currently requires all officers to be instructed on Fair and Impartial Policing; Police Legitimacy and Procedural Justice.
If you are raised white, you are likely racist. If you are raised white in America, you are probably racist. If you are raised white in Texas, you are more probably racist. That is the harsh truth and a tough pill but racism is more harsh. So a racist white person with a gun and a legal authority to kill, who has never been in a fight or had to deal with non white person spells disaster. District 7 candidate Hasani Burton once suggested a system used in other parts of the county to weed out and better the racial bias of applicants before becoming officers.
- Prohibit use of municipal/federal funds to purchase military equipment
The Dallas Police Department does not purchase military equipment. The department does purchase protective law enforcement equipment for police officers.
This is their attempt of labeling urine “rain.” The DPD can and has requested grants from the state for what regular people consider military equipment and he considers “protective law enforcement equipment.”
- City ordinance to require audio and video technology to be used by officers with a clear policy regarding its use
The Dallas Police Department has clear policies regarding the use of audio and video technology by officers. The City Council passes city ordinances.
The policies are clear so I do not think was a clear demand.
- Allow activists free access to body camera and car video and audio
The Dallas Police Department will release all body camera, car video, and audio in accordance with state law.
You are required to submit a request to see any media. Specifically, media as a part of an investigation won’t be released until the completion of the investigation, which then you will be allowed to submit a request. With that being said, NGAN, I am sure is concerned about the grand jury to which the District Attorney decides what evidence to include, cam footage being the primary evidence.
- All officers are bonded and insured by a 3rd party insurance company so the city is not liable for “rogue officers”
The City of Dallas is self-insured.
Currently, officers and race soldiers are not affected when a citizen is killed, and the city (read: you, the citizen) is left with the bill in the event the victims receive a cash settlement after winning a lawsuit. In many cases, race soldiers, like the ones who killed Freddie Gray, get back pay after the investigation. I recommend to require a liability group insurance that operates similar to malpractice insurance.
- The prioritization of hiring minority officers
For the first time in its history, the Dallas Police Department is a majority minority police department.
- No one has been held accountable for not using their body cameras or dash cameras
The Dallas Police Department has disciplined 32 officers for violations of the camera policy.
“Discipline” can be a 5 day suspension for killing children. This demand was not worded well so they got to skirt out of the real issue. The problem is, and they know this, is that race soldiers/bad cops are not criminally held accountable for their actions.
I don’t know what to expect next. Great job to the activists and organizations like NGAN, Dallas Action, MAPB, Campaign Zero, ACLU Texas for leading the fight for police reform in the city.
The powers that be are as pernicious as ever. As previously mentioned after the demonstration, Dominique Alexander was punished with old traffic warrants and sent to jail but is now on house arrest. Please donate to the support fund of NGAN’s founder Dominique Alexander by clicking here.
July 27, 2016 § Leave a comment
It felt like just yesterday Freddie Gray spine was broken in a police van. Every time a verdict comes out declaring a Race Soldier not guilty for killing us or a police officer for making a mistake, it feels as if not much time passes between the murder and now. The next month in April 2015 we discover video of a terrified Race Soldier Michael Slager shooting a fleeing Walter Scott who was 20 feet away, and 8 times. Sandra Bland was killed a little over a year ago, believe it or not. That is life for the average African-American, one long blurry movie of struggle after another.
Perhaps you can follow a legal blog or site for the charges and analysis of her prosecution, like whether the charges were proper and could stick or if she moved too quickly. I am only writing this to further the discussion around Black Faces in High Places.
After Freddie Gray was “discovered dead,” someone descended from the heavens, a god-like creature that might have well been sporting the above shirt. It was a black woman but not just any black woman. A fierce black woman, I recall many saying – and a Delta to match! – to finally give us what we have longed: justice. Marilyn Mosby and her husband and city councilman Nick Mosby were featured on different “black media” (I use that term lightly) outlets as a power couple and videos of them dancing and family photos melted the hearts of many. How they are a power couple, we are told, is because they are in public service. She is a Delta and he an Omega, hence the fierceness. She is attractive, also, which added to her magnetism and likeability. In all, Mosby won Black America.
Winning Black America, a segment of society relegated to the loser category, isn’t a tough task. Black America has THOTish ways, in that it requires little attention before trust is gained, only to be later screwed. It is the THOT who actually thinks what they have going on is real. You can be fierce like Mosby, soft like Obama, play like Bill Clinton and dance like his wife, and most recently, just wear a red jacket like Marcia Fudge, the new DNC chairwoman, and win over Black America. Black America’s Happy Hoop is a 6 feet tall basketball goal. I hope you get the point now.
She had won Black America but Black America had not yet won. Never letting a loss get in the way of happiness, Black America had already celebrated. Damn the verdict. “She’s Black!,” I was informed by someone.
Mosby came out fierce, indeed, I recall, and the heat was on, as the racists and law enforcement community together wanted her to step down. Mosby’s image remained stern, giving us hope, but not fierce enough to not scare her haters, who was hell-bent on telling us that the laws of motion didn’t apply to Gray. Like Eric Garner who choked himself out, the white supremacists don’t care about making sense; it is your word against theirs and YOU don’t have the muscle to back up your word.
One behavior that is dangerous and should cease as of today is the celebration of Black Faces in High Places (BFHP). BFHP is a proven formula from coast to coast. BFHP is ideal because it is visually deceptive by placing black faces in public positions. Nothing is more pleasing than the thought of Lady Justice being Black, or a President, Attorney General, Mayor, council man and woman being Black. Baltimore had a black mayor, police chief, judge and three of the suspects were black. BFHP is on the flip side is a major let down. It is a cruel joke played by the white supremacist who are aware of the limits. We satisfied the voting-apologist and Black bourgeois requirements by electing BFHP. Go and ask those “shut up and vote” people what is the next step if black politicians can’t secure anything for us.
Depending on your expectations, today was a let-down. Six killers are back on the streets. Mosby couldn’t prosecute even one of the six. Maybe she never had a chance in the first place, being that we are, after all, in a system of white supremacy which overrides any other system we supposedly operate under – democracy, republic, capitalism, etc. A charge would have been a blow to white supremacy. At the end of the day, law enforcement IS the State, and Gray is just an expendable citizen.
Who killed Freddie Gray? The coroner ruled it a homicide, citing his injuries mirror that of deliberate slamming. We could say a ghost but that would be disrespectful to ghosts, who serve a useful purpose in our society. The Blue Wall of Silence killed him. All of the so-called good cops who stand behind and help construct that wall killed him.
Let us use this as a lesson: Black people are not qualified to celebrate anything because of the lack of work and focus we’ve put on the problems. Watch this video (HERE) for a better understanding.
July 13, 2016 § Leave a comment
Just wait a damn minute…
Now that police officers, and ostensibly some white people, feel like a normal black person (targeted and at danger every living moment), everyone is a leader and wants to do something about community relations with police. Not police brutality (absolutely not!) but community relations. Does Coffee with Cops qualify as relations?
With a bowtie to match, Dallas was presented with the perfect gift to address what is called “community relations” with police. Unfortunately, a man had to die as a result but sometimes a sacrifice is required to spur change. Antoinette Brown, for example, had to be sacrificed before the City “addressed” the stray dog issue. We hope such sacrifices aren’t in vain.
What happened in June 2014 when Dallas the World Class City responded to their first shooting on police body cam? How did Fearless Leader #DavidBrownforPresident react?
Jason Harrison was killed on camera in front of this grandmother by two race-soldiers posing as police officers. Harrison ran into the wrong two guys that day because he has been transported to the hospital several occasions before by actual police officers. That day, he was holding a screwdriver and like the story goes, the armed, shielded and “officers” of 5 years feared for their life and unloaded four bullets. Bleeding, dead on the pavement with his head on the garage door, guns remained pointed at him – the Super Negro might get up and charge!
What happened is the same stuff that happens whenever a black body is slain.
The race-soldiers were put back on full duty to roam the streets; our absent and crazy District Attorney Hawk agreed with the grand jury ruling (Watkins was DA at the time of the shooting and Hawk during the grand jury), and the black councilmen/women were silent, especially Erik Wilson, whose district the shooting occurred. I know Dallas Police Association endorsed Wilson but he isn’t too far from the shooting and, after all, as a black man, we expect him to do something or say something – anything.
While people are going crazy over President Obama in town and former president and war criminal GWB, I can’t help but to ask: do y’all local elected officials really care? That includes YOU. Do YOU really care? According to their last chance to do something, my answer is, no, they don’t really care. Well, the answer may be yes but they are too cowardly to act on it. Cowardice is a common character of elected officials. Only the Mayor discusses racial relations, that I have heard anyway. YOU don’t really care either. Some of you will go to a whole other state to protest and march but we have two race soldiers by the name of Andrew Hutchins and John Rodgers roaming our streets now and an indifferent, absent District Attorney.
All these crocodile tears and “community conversations” are a waste of time, energy and resources, and honestly respect, if no policy changes hereafter. Many recommendations have already been made to the Dallas Police Department, DPA and council men and women by groups like Dallas Action and national organizations like Mothers Against Police Brutality. A few changes in consideration are reviewing the Citizens Review Board practices and effectiveness, developing incentives for more local police officers, mental illness and social bias training, even providing subpoena power to the CRB. We don’t agree on every policy but some we do and somewhere is a start. I also wrote about some of the changes recommended to the county here, like a mental health professional to police dispatch.
The Air Force One has returned D.C. and Don Lemon is back in Atlanta. So now what? Community relations are a joke if your race-soldiers can watch their execution on repeat, probably while eating popcorn, for 72 hours before giving a statement. Community relations are a joke if no justice is served and the DA is God knows where. Can someone locate the District Attorney? Community relations are a joke if the black councilmen/women who are supposed to be sympathetic with us, can only muster out, “I stand with the Dallas police,” in times of convenience.
Don’t be a normal politician and use this event to dodge responsibilities. It is extremely easy especially now to act like you care about community relations. Rise above it, for once, and stick your neck out. Please stop insulting our intelligence and address the issues at hand. Or expect more violence on both sides to continue.