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Police Being Hostile?

A bystander’s perception of actions occurring may be perceived as hostile but that bystander doesn’t know the rules and protocols that a police officer has to follow. We put our faith in our police officers to be doing their job with integrity and objectivity. Additionally and of course the story doesn’t go into how all this started and the images captured are of course from the bystanders perceptive so what do we really know? When we continually assume bad faith from our police officers to defend our communities, what do we have left? – Anarchy? And who do we have to blame for anarchy, the citizens or the police?

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BLACK VOICES 06/12/2019 12:25 am ET
Woman’s Video Of Police Aiming Guns At Kneeling Man Goes Viral

https://www.huffpost.com/entry/video-hawthorne-police-kneeling-man_n_5d004b29e4b011df123c7008?utm_source=main_fb&utm_medium=facebook&utm_campaign=hp_fb_pages&ncid=fcbklnkushpmg00000063&fbclid=IwAR1IivzOs-SMvt3XyvCJLT7OnP4G_XOCHV9COYMLyC0708CbnopzmYxeJ78&fbclid=IwAR1sTbN_gBs2y6-m3VAwt7l82JgWPC7r9NjYUCrpxBHsU0EcQnF5sJCBcEw

 

The woman in Hawthorne, California, begged officers to put their guns down as they pointed it at a black man who was kneeling with his hands above his head.

A woman in the Los Angeles area is being praised for filming police as they confronted a black man with their guns drawn while he knelt with his hands above his head.

In the video, filmed Friday in the city of Hawthorne, at least four officers can be seen pointing their guns at the man, who is kneeling on the sidewalk, facing away from the officers with his hands up.

More Hawthorne Police Department officers arrive as the woman, Sky Holsey, begs the officers to put their guns away. The man can be heard saying he is unarmed.

Holsey said the incident occurred at a busy intersection in Hawthorne, in Los Angeles County. William Ewell, 24, ended up being arrested that Friday morning, police records show.

 

Holsey’s video went viral over the weekend, leaving many people outraged over the number of police officers with their guns drawn. Some people credit Holsey with preventing the officers from using deadly force against Ewell.

Holsey told HuffPost in an email that she was getting gas before work when the confrontation occurred. She said Ewell, whom she doesn’t know personally, “instantly” surrendered to the officers by kneeling with his hands up, noting that “he seemed in shock.”

Holsey said she began filming because she believed that the police were using excessive force.

“Is all that really necessary,” Holsey can be heard telling the officers in the video. “Is all the guns drawn on him necessary?”

He was arrested in connection with an argument with a gas station employee over a prior purchase, according to a news release posted by police on Monday. Police arrested Ewell on suspicion of robbery. He was released Monday with a citation, according to an arrest record.

Asked whether the actions of the officers were justified, Holsey told HuffPost: “Absolutely not.”

 

“Everybody seems to ‘fit the description,’” she said. “Plus, I thought it was too excessive for that many police and the guns drawn like that.”

As Holsey filmed the confrontation Friday, she warned Ewell to stay still “because they will shoot you” while she asked the officers to put their guns down and just arrest the man.

Holsey began crying as the officers kept their guns aimed at Ewell, as seen on her video. She later told the officers that her boyfriend, Leroy Browning, was killed by police in 2015.

After more than two minutes of filming, the police apprehended Ewell. One officer approached Holsey and told her that they were responding to a robbery and that the man “loosely matches the description” of the suspect.

“We’re not saying he’s a suspect, but we’ve got to figure out what’s going on,” the officer told her, a moment that was also captured on her video. “It says a weapon was involved. That’s the only reason he gets held at gunpoint.”

In a series of tweets, Rebecca Kavanagh, an attorney and media relations director of The Appeal, a criminal reform news blog, said that Holsey was “remarkable” for filming the incident, which she described as a “massive over-use of force.”

On Monday, Kavanagh said that police often justify arrests by claiming that the person “matched the description.”

“This is absolutely the number one pretext police use to stop and search Black and Brown people,” she tweeted.

Kavanagh described those searches as “harassment” on Sunday.

In a news release on Sunday, the Hawthorne Police Department said that an employee of a gas station flagged police on the street and pointed to a “male subject” across the street, accusing him of assaulting an employee.

At the same time, police say, someone called 911 to report a robbery with “possibly weapons involved.”

Police accused Ewell of arguing with a female cashier over a “prior purchase” and “forcibly” grabbing “store items from the display.” Police also claimed that Ewell assaulted an employee with a trashcan.

Kavanagh on Tuesday warned people against taking the police news release at face value.

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Black Angus Beef Chuck Roast in Crockpot

My Own Recipe:

Black Angus Beef Chuck Roast put in crock pot.

Add:
Knorr Vegetable Recipe Mix
Ground Basil
Adobe

Add water to coat bottom of crock pot

Cook for 4 hours or until meat is cooked on outside on both sides.

Add:
Chopped onions around meat
Carrots on top of meat
Large Potatoes quartered (Not too small) on top of carrots.

Cook until ready to serve. (I use the 6 hour setting)

The meat will fall apart once completed cooked.

#food
#cooking
#beef
#AngusBeef

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Black Lives Only Matter If They Are Taken by Whites

Interesting read and needs to be forwarded on. Point is well taken that white on black killings garner all kinds of media attention and stirs the Black Lives Matter movement but black on black shootings occurs daily and not much media attention is put into it other than the crime itself but there is never much Black Lives Matter movement made on it. Seems very interesting especially if one lives in a city where technically the white population is the minority. Perhaps the Black Lives Matter movement could put more time and effort in promoting the stopping of black on black shootings as that is indeed a cultural and societal concern regardless of race.
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Black Lives Only Matter If They Are Taken by Whites
Armstrong Williams        / @Arightside / January 18, 2019

Social media rang with righteous indignation over the senseless killing of Jazmine Barnes, who was shot and killed while riding in a car along with her mother and three sisters on a Texas highway on Dec. 30.

The gunman, who was identified as a white man, allegedly drove a red pickup truck and fired upon the Barnes family seemingly randomly and without any provocation. A picture quickly emerged of a racist murderer on the loose, hell-bent on killing innocent black children.

All of the usual alarms were triggered. New York Daily News writer Shaun King, a leader of the Black Lives Matter movement, who was made famous in the aftermath of the Ferguson, Missouri, protests, rushed to tweet out accusations about the alleged suspect, a man named Robert Cantrell.

King, who has 1 million twitter followers, posted Cantrell’s mug shot and wrote, “We’ve had 20 people call or email us and say he is a racist, violent (expletive) and always has been. Just tell me everything you know.”

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Tips began to pour in to King, who forwarded them to police. One of those tips ultimately led to the arrest of two suspects, both of whom turned out to be African-American males.

But in the days immediately preceding the arrests, Black Lives Matter activists quickly mobilized in Houston, holding rallies and vigils and decrying the racist slaying of an innocent girl.

Celebrities like former NBA All-Star player Shaquille O’Neal also got in on the act, promising to donate money to cover Jazmine’s funeral expenses.

Houston Texans’ star wide receiver, DeAndre Hopkins, promised to take the field in Jazmine’s honor, after tweeting, “When I see Jazmine Barnes’ face, I see my own daughter.” Hopkins, who is himself the father of a 5-year-old daughter, announced he’d be donating his entire game check to assist with funeral costs and support the reward fund for information leading the suspects’ capture.

Prominent Dallas civil rights attorney Lee Merritt also joined the case, primarily due to his belief (based on the initial description of the suspect) that the shooting was racially motivated.

“That’s why I was brought on,” Merritt told The Washington Post last week. “We want to emphasize the racial nature of the attack and that hate crime charges are appropriate.”

Merritt’s statement begs the question, of course: Aren’t most murders, by definition, crimes of hatred?

When, on Monday, the new suspect was arrested and it appeared the motive was not race-related, the hoopla immediately died down. Gone was the righteous indignation on social media. No more celebrity attorneys announced they were interested in the case.

Sadly, this appeared to be just another case of black-on-black crime. Apparently, this was merely a case of two young black criminals who may have shot at the Barnes’ vehicle because they mistakenly identified the occupants—a mistake in judgment apparently fueled by drugs. Nothing to see here.

In a week, Jazmine’s case is likely to fade from public discourse. Hopefully, the tens of thousands of dollars pledged to the Barnes family by O’Neal, Hopkins, and others will actually make it to their intended recipients. That remains to be seen.

Although you would not know it from the media coverage, Jazmine is not the first black child to die because of senseless gun violence in the past year. In fact, of the over 1,300 child deaths by gun violence in 2018, more than 4 in 10 deaths were black children. Black children are, in fact, 10 times more likely to die of gun violence than white children. Furthermore, in most gun homicides of black children, the assailant was also black.

Where, one wonders, is the outrage over the nearly 500 black children killed by guns last year? How many of those names have even made it to the national media? Is each of their lives less important because a black person took them?

It seems that in all too many cases, black lives don’t matter unless they are taken by a white person. We almost never hear about the thousands of senseless murders of blacks by blacks.

But when the suspected killer is a white person, well, of course, that’s news. All of a sudden, there is an outcry of support and care and concern and activism. The murder unfailingly makes the evening news. Prognosticators are ready on the draw with the usual platitudes and complaints and inferences about America’s worsening racial climate.

The troubling narrative that emerges from the grossly disproportionate treatment of the relatively isolated instances of violence deemed “racially motivated” versus the virtual sea of other crimes not deemed tainted by race begs the question: Is the only reason we even know about Jazmine Barnes because people believe she was killed by a white man?

And that question begs another question: When black children are being murdered in absolutely horrific proportions, mostly at the hands of other black people, do black lives actually matter to black people? Or do they only matter when someone white kills them?

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Happy New Year! – Here’s to 2019

It’s been quite a year: 2018. Much has happened, many transitions, many friends lost and gained. I’ve uprooted and sold my home, lawn & garden, and left many years of relationships, comforts, routines, groups, cliques, occupations, community, well-being, and familiar surroundings.

I’ve relocated to Columbia, South Carolina, okay actually the dirt road country of South Carolina in Leesville, to start a big brand new adventure! So happy to be with my folks. I have a new place, yes in the country, with no neighbors, and so quiet that I might even think I sometimes miss the traffic, gun shots, and ghetto bird flying above. I’ve learned about well water and yes there is a pump under the house I hear every time I turn on the water. I’ve learned about septic systems and how they don’t work with those nice “flushable” toilet wipes and I’ve never thought I’d miss a garbage disposal until I realized you can’t have one with a septic system! But alas I don’t pay for water or sewage and if I want to take a piss anywhere in my yard the only harm is when I unknowingly stand on a fire ant hill while doing so! Yes they hurt and don’t take kindly disturbing their nice mounds!

I’ve struggled to make new friends, fit in, and adjust to the “ways” of people down here. Seems the speak your mind, high-paced, go-getter, get-it-done attitude that I’ve been for decades up North may not always be a charm down here in the South (Don’t get me started on the left-lane drivers who consistently will be on a Sunday leisurely drive during rush hour traffic or a one lane road and I’m in my Mazda and can’t Zoom Zoom!) Anyway, I’ve made mistakes mingling and I’m sure I’ll make more but I will make them with the support of my folks and future friends along the way. I’ve re-invented myself so many times thru out my life that this will only be another reiteration!

My move was focused on being closer to my folks, nature, the beach, and of course the warmer weather but also to realize that gone are the party days of earlier years and one must accept that being cool at my age is more about enjoying the creature comforts with a floppy hat on my head, perhaps a foofy drink, learning to fish, enjoying the abundance of wildlife and nature but most importantly to adapt to a different work force down South and acclimate myself to many more years of working if I’m to fit in and drive a pick up truck towing a boat to my water front property.

Happy New Year everyone! I know for me 2019 will bring many challenges, obstacles, and adjustments but I also know it will be filled with new adventures, new people, new friends, new loves, and especially precious years going forward with my folks. I hope 2019 will bring challenges to you as well for life isn’t living without challenges and change. Much Love and Happy New Year!

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En Masse Immigration

We have a process for coming into our country which does not mean coming en masse to attack our border! Yes attack, a threat to the constitution and sovereignty of our country. I’m not a big fan of Trump but I agree with whatever force he deems necessary to keep at bay ANY people that attempt to cross our borders illegibly. Again we have a process for seeking asylum into our country and don’t need to hear any sob stories of the terrible conditions some of these people may be coming from. We have a process and storming our border en masse is not one of them! And remember former President Obama stated the same, that we have a process to follow and when you attempt to break our rules and laws to get into our country, you are taking away from those that are following the process to enter our country correctly.

#immigration
#ImmigrationPolicy

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Property Nuisance Suits City of Columbus

City Attorney Files Largest Nuisance Suit In Columbus History
By CLARE ROTH • SEP 19, 2018

Columbus leaders announced the largest public nuisance lawsuit in the city’s history today, naming three large multi-building apartment complexes with 802 units owned by one realty group.

Columbus City Attorney Zach Klein says one complex, the Mayfair Village Apartments on East Broad Street near Whitehall, had a multitude of health, sanitation and safety violation. In June, the city began fining the company $1,000 a day.

“Those fines have now racked up over $75,000, so this really is a last resort,” Klein says.

Klein says the city started working with the property management group AMG in early 2017, but they failed to fully comply.

“There’s a litany of things: extensive water damage, inoperable furnaces, damaged walls and ceilings, a ceiling actually collapsed on an individual, someone fell through a steps, mold, drains, lighting fixtures with exposed wires that are live wires that someone could get electrocuted, roach infestations, rodent infestations,” Klein says.

But Klein says there’s no immediate danger for tenants.

“We are not looking to shut them down and relocate 802 units, because there’s no immediate threat,” he says. “What we are looking to do is use the court process to compel this individual to fix these properties immediately.”

While the City Attorney’s office has gone after, and closed, apartment complexes as recently as last month, Klein says this case is different – it’s about quality of life, instead of crime.

“Shutting down places, most of the time, it’s in conjunction with police,” Klein says. “It’s about violence, it’s about drugs, it’s about gangs. This time, it’s about poor quality of life.”

The lawsuit also involves AMG’s Hartford on the Lake comlpex near Noe-Bixby Park, and the Fitzroy Apartments just off Morse Road.

The lawsuit is filed in Franklin County Environmental Court.

http://radio.wosu.org/post/city-attorney-files-largest-nuisance-suit-columbus-history?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter#stream/0
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Until the city passes legislation to treat any property being rented whether a company, LLC, or individual as a defined business with a set of rules and regulations with specific definitions, compliance, and enforcement, this problem with continue to fester.

Start with

  1. Required registering of all rental properties with a better yearly required valid contact information to include a valid email.
  2. In addition to this there should be a mechanism next to the contact number to quickly report if the contact info is not valid so that the auditors office can take action for incorrect information. This is technology that can easily be implemented and at least follows the principal that the city needs to provide better resources so citizens can “partner” with the city so that the city can have reliable information on property owners whether, owned, rented, or bank owned and take more timely action when citizens report a concern to code enforcement. There are many people that try to report issues but get stuck immediately on the first page
  3. Properties for profit rentals, etc should have to pay an administration fee or rental tax or rental license fee to the city for this. We tax everything else why not these properties that our renting in our communities and taking advantage of our city resources of trash pickup and community maintenance, hence our BIG major bulk trash situation MOSTLY caused by rental properties!
  4. As a home owner we pay to have trash removed based on average occupancy of a single home dwelling and most likely taking into account the turnover of the property. Properties that are rented should have to pay a higher fee because their trash burden to the city is more substantial than my usage.
  5. Out of state property owners, companies, or LLCs should be required to have a local property manager.
  6. Properties for rent should have a certification statement from a governing agency of acceptable living conditions similar to the requirements sent forth in order to have a property certified as Section 8.
  7. Rental properties formed as LLC’s should be required to show their Profit-Loss Statements. This information should be readily available on the Auditors site.
  8. Rental contracts that have to be filed with the city with specific language that includes code enforcement requirements of maintaining a property in the city this would include language in the contract that if a tenant for example fails to maintenance a property such as mowing, snow removal, etc or code enforcement the owner is immediately responsible regardless of whether language is specified in the contract of renter responsibility.
  9. The city should provide services to a property owner that rents to compose and have a sheet listing city services, rules, etc. This can even go further and include local block-watches and nearby community organizations.
  10. The city should compose and have available to rental property owners a list of expectations, city services, how to use, etc for all renters. The property owner renting should be required to hand out to every renter and every time they rent to a new renter.
  11. The eviction process needs to be changed to remove the “set out” process of evicted tenants. This just contributes to our trash and blight problem in our communities.
  12. The property owner is responsible for the proper removal of tenant belongings left in a property and not allowed to be set out as bulk for the city to have to take care of.
  13. There should be an “Angie’s List” of some kind that is easily assessable for both tenants and landlords to check the “rating” factor of both tenants and landlords.

Columbus TV weatherman Marshall McPeek under fire for remarks at LGBTQ journalists’ conference

It so saddens me as this is not the first time I’ve run across our LGBTQ community being so hateful and judgemental of others not in accordance of their personal views. Do we forget the hate and persecution directed at us that we’ve all faced thru the decades and now that we ALL enjoy a more accepting climate, we are the ones that spit out the most hate and condemnation of any person, group, or government official including our President that has any viewpoint or value system that differs or seems different from our own? And it is utterly disgusting that our community and especially the NLGJA could not embrace this opportunity and at least counter Marshall McPeek’s comments at the time of being said and turned it into a positive situation. Poor choice of words on his part, agreed but as anyone in the writing profession or any bilingual person familiar with the languages that to this day use grammatical gender in everyday conversation – he – she – it (neutral); he was not exactly wrong. Our community within the last couple decades created other sexual identity terms: sex & gender (traditional), cisgender, transgender, and transsexual. Science has shown and proven that “gender” is not even entirely of one body and that there can actually be multiple “genders” in one body but this is going to take several generations for people to even grasp or understand this. “Male” and “female” has been ingrained across multiple societies and cultures since man began to label and name everything it observed. So come on “queer as folk” give this man a break and listen to what the man said, look at him as a person and think of his character and whether he really meant his choice of words to be interpreted literally as most of you have taken to the moon to mean. We are supposed to be a diverse, loving, caring, and understanding group of people but now that we have gained major acceptance and understanding in many of our societies we have become nothing more than hateful people demanding that our viewpoints and beliefs are absolute and that anyone not accepting of them are the ultimate “haters”. Seems very Ku Klux Klan, White Supremacists, or Christians Against Gays to me and I for one am totally ashamed that our LGBTQ community has become nothing more than these other “hate” groups. Accept the man’s apology and perhaps allow him to clarify and elaborate what his thoughts were at the time of presentation where his choice of words failed. He is after all a talented media man and perhaps we should take advantage of his skill set and perhaps invite him in educating others of inclusiveness of transgender and nonbinary journalists. And just for the record, as a gay man of 58 years I have NEVER heard of a nonbinary journalist and I challenge many of you in the LGBTQ community if you have heard the same. Move on with love, awareness, acceptance, and the ability to educate others and quit with the condemnation of anyone not accepting, aware, or having the ability to understand what WE are all about! 🏳️‍🌈 ❤️🧡💛💚💙💜

https://www.nbcnews.com/feature/nbc-out/meteorologist-addresses-lgbtq-audience-things-its-journalism-conference-n908161

Meteorologist addresses LGBTQ audience as ‘things and its’ at journalism conference
At a reception sponsored by Fox News, Ohio-based meteorologist Marshall McPeek addressed the LGBTQ audience as “ladies and gentlemen, things and its.”
by Tim Fitzsimons / Sep.10.2018 / 12:58 PM ET

PALM SPRINGS, Calif. — NLGJA: The Association of LGBTQ Journalists issued an apology on Sunday after an emcee at its annual conference welcomed a crowd of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer news professionals as “ladies and gentlemen, things and its.”

“We’ve worked hard for many years to make NLGJA an inclusive organization for transgender and nonbinary journalists,” the organization said in a statement. “People were understandably hurt and offended by last night’s remarks. As journalists, we understand uniquely that words matter. We apologize and are committed to working to make NLGJA more inclusive and diverse.”

Marshall McPeek, chief meteorologist for Sinclair Broadcast Group-owned Fox 28 and ABC 6 in Columbus, Ohio, made the offending remarks on Saturday evening during the conference’s closing reception, which was sponsored by Fox News. McPeek apologized later that same evening for his comments and resigned his NLGJA membership shortly thereafter.

News of the incident spread beyond the Palm Springs conference after reporter Mary Emily O’Hara, who was in the audience, captured the moment in a widely shared tweet.

McPeek’s remarks cast a pall over the event and several attendees walked out. Monica Roberts, a transgender writer from Houston who was present during Saturday’s closing reception, wrote about the incident Monday on her blog, TransGriot.

“While I am happy McPeek came back later and apologized and NLGJA an organization I’ve been a member of for several years has released a statement about it, the damage was still done,” Roberts wrote. “No Mr. McPeek and by extension, NLGJA and FOX News, there were no ‘things and its’ in that Hotel Zoso room that September 8 night. There were trans, gender non-conforming (GNC) and non-binary (NB) people in there. There were your trans, GNC and NB media colleagues in that room.”