I want today to look at how the media both local and national are deliberately creating headlines to promote a person whether a politician or an agency head to being progressive when in fact they are doing the opposite. This is happening because Fair and Balanced has been eliminated under Obama as a Clinton neo-liberal and corporate media now operates to promote corporate political figures. National media covered this Freddie Grey event openly until Mosby made the statement that the injury happened in the van. Commentators and video-clips mostly declared that the injury was at the scene. Local media was doing the same for the first 24-hours until they were obviously told to take a different approach. WJZ -TV did allow the man shooting the video make a statement on air that he saw the police officers
injure at the scene. The point comes to after Mosby's announcement that the injury was in the van-----then Mosby was sighted as a civil rights lawyer by simply filing these charges. She was protecting the police and NOT giving Freddie justice---but the media has given her headlines of fighting for civil rights. This is how Eric Holder and Loretta Lynch----global corporate lawyers with long careers working with Wall Street are said to have a civil rights background. They no doubt showed, like Mosby, that civil rights would not deter her service as a prosecutor. As we see Holder oversaw a complete suspension of Equal Protection and labor protections while in office because Obama embraced Clinton's Federalism Act saying Federal laws will not be enforced----ergo, the spike in police abuse and killing. Mosby will no doubt move forward to higher office proving she will work for the establishment.
We understood that under George Bush civil rights would be ignored but it wasn't until Obama did the same that we saw Clinton neo-liberalism tied directly to Bush neo-conservatism and Trans Pacific Trade Pact ending of US Constitutional rights. This is why it is important for these global corporate pols to advance people they know will tow the line----as Marilyn Mosby just did.
Below you see that the US Justice Department is in fact working almost exclusively on international law and the fact that bank settlements have not been made as Trans Pacific Trade Pact is being push by Fast Track through Congress----making bank losses from these kinds of lawsuits impossible. TPP also seeks to end national sovereignty and US Constitutional rights including civil rights ----you see the string of delay that makes public justice law suspended. Mind you, if you are prejudice against race and/or class and think this is fine---it is the same reason corporations were allowed to loot our public trusts, government coffers, and individual pockets so AN INJUSTICE FOR ONE WILL BECOME INJUSTICE FOR ALL. So, Eric Holder as with Loretta Lynch do not see civil rights or equal protection---they are already working under TPP. Marilyn Mosby just proved she was a team player to move up the ladder as Rawlings-Blake is doing. Would any of these captured pols act this way if they could easily get other kinds of jobs? That is the point with Baltimore's super-controlled job market---you have to pay to play!
THAT IS WHAT BANANA REPUBLIC GOVERNING LOOKS LIKE!
Lynch Inherits Civil Rights Probes from Holder as Attorney General
(Ron Sachs/DPA/Landov) Monday, 27 Apr 2015 06:33 AM
A string of deadly confrontations between mostly white police and black men will be among challenges immediately facing Loretta Lynch when she is sworn in on Monday as U.S. attorney general.
Lynch, 55, takes over as the country's top law enforcement official after a weekend that saw thousands of people in Baltimore, Maryland, take to the streets in mostly peaceful protests over the latest such case. A 25-year-old black man died a week after being injured while in police custody.
Building on her career as an accomplished federal prosecutor, Lynch takes over from retiring Attorney General Eric Holder, who served more than six turbulent years at the head of the Justice Department.
Holder was the first black U.S. attorney general and Lynch becomes the first black woman to hold the job.
Besides the death of Freddie Gray in Baltimore, other questionable encounters between police and black males in recent months have led to unrest in South Carolina, Missouri, Ohio and New York.
The Justice Department is probing whether excessive force was used against minorities in violation of their civil rights.
"This whole police community relations situation ... is the civil rights cause for this generation," said Democratic Representative Elijah Cummings, whose Baltimore residents want answers about Gray's unexplained death.
Cummings' remarks on Sunday were broadcast from an interview on CBS program "Face the Nation."
In recent interviews, Holder has said it should be easier to bring charges of civil rights violations. He was unable to do this in the case of a Ferguson, Missouri, police officer who was involved in a fatal shooting in August 2014.
Lowering the legal bar in such cases would need an act of Congress. Whether Lynch carries on with Holder's effort in that direction is uncertain. She has promised to pursue a smoother relationship with Congress. Holder often clashed with Republican lawmakers and was found in contempt of Congress in 2012 for withholding some documents related to a failed gun-running probe.
Lynch will preside over a sprawling department made up of 40 organizations including the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, an over-burdened Civil Rights Division, the FBI, the U.S. Parole Commission and the Anti-Trust Division.
Besides trying to improve community policing, Lynch will face other daunting problems.
The director of the Drug Enforcement Administration, part of the DOJ, resigned this month over reports that agents attended sex parties with prostitutes hired by Colombian drug cartels.
Meanwhile, the agency Lynch is inheriting has recently struck a sterner tone with financial institutions accused of misconduct.
Lynch will have to tackle settlements pending with banks over the manipulation of currency markets and charges of helping clients evade U.S. taxes. Six major banks could settle as soon as May on allegations they manipulated foreign exchange markets.
Add in the threat of cybersecurity breaches and American citizens seeking to become Islamic State fighters and Lynch has a full plate.
Attorneys general invariably confront problems that come out of nowhere, as well, making it one of the highest-profile positions in any administration.
Janet Reno, President Bill Clinton's attorney general from 1993-2001, dealt with crises including the bombing of an Oklahoma federal building, a deadly confrontation with the "Branch Davidians" sect in Waco, Texas, and the arrival in Florida of a young Cuban boy, Elian Gonzalez, whose custody battle grew into an international incident.
Robert Kennedy in the early 1960s took on organized crime and union boss Jimmy Hoffa, while also sending federal marshals to enforce a court order allowing black civil rights activist James Meredith to attend the University of Mississippi.
Elliot Richardson resigned during the Watergate-era "Saturday Night Massacre" and John Ashcroft was in a hospital sick bed in 2004 when top White House officials reportedly tried but failed to get his approval for a controversial domestic surveillance program.
Lynch survived a difficult and lengthy Senate confirmation process with most Republicans voting against her. That may end up being the easiest part of her run as attorney general.
I speak often of my run for Governor and being left out of all the election events as a REAL progressive and completely out of media. The coverage of the protests showed that as well. WBAL was particularly bad as two commentators babbled on and on about nothing while the citizens at podium spoke at a rally at City Hall. These commentators kept saying---'they are saying they want to be heard---we have to do more of that' even as their own voices filled the entire Black Lawyer rally. The first thing noted about this particular rally was the people in charge allowed OPEN MIC with national and international media on hand and local media was openly uncomfortable with this. Keep in mind----the amount of energy and money it takes to keep such a level of repression of over 70% of citizens in a city IS HUGE. Citizens' voice must be captured at all levels whether public meetings, organizational events, or on media and this culture is so steeped in Baltimore that any break -----as happened when national and international media came ----must be avoided at all cost. The Black Lawyer rally allowed victims of abuse, citizens from oppressed communities not normally having a national stage to speak openly and THAT WAS GOOD OF BLACK LAWYERS FOR JUSTICE. The local media looked ridiculous as they clearly blocked much of what was said. If people's voice becomes incendiary when what is said is truth----WE HAVE A SOCIAL CRISIS.
There was much made about the Baltimore NAACP being on stage with Black Lawyers as the NAACP is very connected to the Baltimore captured voice and does limit speech. I was told later it was political as these two groups are clear indicators of the dicotomy in black organizations. Baltimore NAACP is clearly working for Johns Hopkins and Baltimore Development and now has stepped forward in voice. Not too long after, Morgan State University was on air saying it would start educating as to racism and slavery. So, this rally brought for a brief time all sides of black organization activism-----if for only a single issue as police overreach.
NAACP Won’t March with Black Lawyers for Justice
Posted in National, State by muzeuterpe on October 31, 2007 Rarely do I ever agree with the NAACP. This time I do.
Back on September 10, I blogged about the abduction and torture of Ms. Megan Williams, a young black woman from Charleston. This is an absolutely abhorrent story. The people who participated in the atrocities committed against Ms. Williams deserve to be punished to the fullest extent of the law. I hope every one of them get at least 20 years of hard time.
The dispute happening in the community now is whether this crime falls under the umbrella of the hate crime legislation. Was what happened to Ms. Williams done because of her race? On the surface you might think yes. The psychos who abused her were all white, she is not. But dig deeper and you begin to raise questions.
Ms. Williams was not abducted at random, she knew her abusers. She had visited the home in the past and may have been intimately involved with one of her abusers. If this was a pure hate crime the abusers wouldn’t have tolerated her for more than 10 seconds, in my opinion. I’m not a legal eagle, these are purely my thoughts based on what little I know of the case.
So, the family is reported to have been contacted by the Black Lawyers for Justice. Locally, the founder/lead spokesman for the group is a man named Malik Shabazz. Now, Mr. Shabazz says he wants to hold a rally in support of Ms. Williams and against hate. Problem is that Mr. Shabazz is known for a lot of hateful speech against other groups.
In today’s Charleston Gazette, a story notes the following:
A national group, Black Lawyers for Justice, is organizing the Charleston march. A local group, the Charleston Black Ministerial Alliance, said last week they would not participate in the march because they feared controversy would draw attention away from the well-being of Megan Williams and her family.
I agree with them.
From the moment Mr. Shabazz came to the area the focus has moved away from Ms. Williams and the prosecution of the freaks who tortured her to Mr. Shabazz and the controversy around him. Even the area churches have spoken out against participating in the event. Mr. Shabazz’s presence has cause a rift in the community that undermines the very things he says he is trying to address.
There are some in the community who say we don’t need an ‘outsider’ coming in to the area and telling us what to do. I disagree. Sometimes the best thing you can do to identify problems is to bring in someone who isn’t hampered with a historical perspective. However, I don’t think we need THIS group coming in to help the community. There’s too much junk tagging along. They are too divisive.
And if we are supposed to be working toward a colorblind society then we have to get away from the finger-pointing on race. Yes, I understand that there are people in this world who hate someone of another race. Yes, I understand that “white people” have had the upper hand so long that it will take even more years before we rise above it. But he time has come that we start prosecuting people for the crime committed and not for what we believe they may be thinking. Discrimination is discrimination is discrimination whether it’s because of race, sex, religion, disability, or whatever.
People aren’t property. You don’t beat your spouse, significant other, girl/boy friend or children because they are ‘yours’. People aren’t less ‘valuable’ because they are of a specific race, religion, sexual orientation or have a disability.
And southern WV coal miners are just as valuable to our world as New York lawyers, if not more.
The problem for Baltimore's court system is that public justice has been completely defunded and staffing is at a minimum while police are being allowed to arrest people unconstitutionally en masse. The use of sweeps to bring people in and jailing them is the same technique used in Iraq and Afghanistan were innocent people were constantly shouting they were being jailed for no reason. Baltimore uses this technique all the time in underserved communities and they did this with the protests. When I talk with Chief of Police Batts about an operating system that allows for tens of thousands of police encounters with no structures for oversight, accountability, or legal process-----he says it is tied to Baltimore City Hall and funding of the public justice system. There are a series of articles at Heavy.com dealing with this slow dismantling of Rule of Law as regards citizens' rights. If you think this is just aimed at people of color---it applies in protests of all kinds. Its goal is to make people afraid to come out to express their rights to protest for fear of being jailed illegally.
Each time the media and/or a justice organization calls to attention these lapses in Rule of Law----none of them educate as to how this is tied to the Federal government's disengagement with enforcing Federal law for citizens nor do they tie it to Trans Pacific Trade Pact. National labor and justice organization leaders know where TPP leads as do these public justice lawyers....so fighting single issues without shouting about and against the gorilla in the room----shows the media capture.
PEOPLE DO NOT KNOW THAT ALL OF THIS LOSS OF RIGHTS COMES FROM A DEFUNDED AND DISMANTLED PUBLIC JUSTICE SYSTEM TIED TO INSTALLING TPP.
In Baltimore this happens without the incident of martial law----and happens because Johns Hopkins does not recognize citizen rights. It is the entity involved in writing TPP and has had Baltimore living under those terms these few decades. Do you see how educating as to the whole policy would motivate citizens to come out, get engaged, and run against Clinton neo-liberals and as in Baltimore Hopkins' neo-conservatives?
The Governor Has Suspended the State’s Habeus Corpus Law
Gov. Larry Hogan talking with a state trooper.(Getty)
State law requires that a person who is arrested be given a court hearing within 24 hours. But that has been suspended by Governor Larry Hogan as part of a state of emergency in the city.
See the order below:
The Maryland Public Defender’s Office has questioned the legality of the arrests and of the ruling, according to The Daily Record. The office said in a statement:
We challenge the wisdom of suspending justice for arrestees in this time of civil turmoil. The Judiciary promulgates the Maryland Rules. The Court of Appeals [Maryland’s top court] has not amended or changed the rules that require these important safeguards.
The courts must not create an appearance of lawlessness at this time, but rather must diligently observe the important safeguards of liberty that are sacred in our society. Moreover, we are being told that now that hearings have resumed, the bails that are being imposed on our indigent clients from this impoverished community are prohibitively high. The practice of setting excessive money bail, which only the wealthy could post, is discriminatory.
NAACP President Cornell William Brooks said in a statement to Buzzfeed:
While we may be in a state of crisis, what we do know, under the American system of justice, people who were arrested and have not been arraigned, have not been charged, are in fact innocent,” Brooks told BuzzFeed News on Tuesday. “The fact that we have 200 people who are sitting in legal limbo is concerning. I know we are in a midst of unrest and potential violence, but we certainly want to see these people processed as quickly as possible.
The reason you do not hear the connection with Clinton and his Federalism Act and the dismantling of the Federal and State public justice systems is for this reason below----Hillary Clinton is going to pretend she is going to address the mess her husband and she fully support----the end of Federal Constitutional protections for US citizens. We know Clinton wanted to do this because Republicans presented the Federalism Act in Congress but the then heavily progressive liberal Congress blocked this because they support labor and justice which is protected by all of these Federal laws. So, progressive liberals blocked this Republican attempt to block Federal protections and Clinton installed the Federalism Act as Executive Order---see how major that is! All of this lack of protection from everything from corporate fraud, government corruption, civil and labor rights is happening because of this Clinton Executive Order which Obama embraced as soon as he was installed. THIS IS WHY POLICE ABUSE AND KILLINGS ARE SOARING WITH NO JUSTICE. Clinton installed Federalism Act by Executive Order in 1999----just before his term ended because he was laying ground work for Trans Pacific Trade Pact====he had of course then advanced NAFTA.
So, when justice leaders decry all of the abuse in Baltimore while not educating on what is causing these problems, they are not working to solve these problems because with only 17% of Baltimore Democratic voters coming out-----WE COULD SHAKE THOSE HOPKINS' NEO-CONSERVATE POLS OUT OF OFFICE WITH NO TROUBLE.
I have already seen Baltimore NAACP coming out for Hillary while pretending to be against all of this injustice brought by Republicans and Clinton neo-liberals. Again, if we had Fair and Balanced media ignored by Obama====media would have to tell everyone how ridiculous it is that the very politician behind loss of Equal Protection and dismantling of the public justice system. While the NAACP makes all of this criminal justice issue its one focus-----it is no coincidence that this issue will be central to Hillary's campaign and it is all progressive posing.
Hillary Clinton Supports Criminal Justice Reform 5 days ago
by Robert Moore0 Comments Since the launching of her presidential campaign earlier in April, Hillary Clinton addressed one of the most poignant issues facing the United States of America, namely criminal justice reform.
Mrs. Clinton’s statements came shortly after the waves of violence and protests in Baltimore kept the headlines and the attention of the nation. The former First Lady and U.S. senator declared that the nation’s justice system is off balance and that the era of mass incarceration should soon come to an end.
Addressing the issue of police violence and the use of extreme force she noted that one solution could be police officers wearing cameras, thus documenting their every move. Although a controversial suggestion as it raises concerns over the right to privacy of both the professional category under discussion and other citizens, it could be one step forward to further transparent police actions.
While the death of Freddie Gray while in police custody sparked the mass protests in Baltimore, Mrs. Clinton underlined that further violence is not only disrespectful towards the young man’s family, but a counterproductive action for the entire nation. She made reference not only to the events in Baltimore but also to those in Charleston, South Carolina or Ferguson, Missouri, as well to those in New York when repudiating former President Bill Clinton’s criminal justice policies.
Hillary Clinton dismissed the current approach to criminal justice that materializes in lengthy prison terms and increased number of police officers on the street. During the Clinton administration all these were made possible by the legacy of spiking criminality rates during the 70’s and the 80’s.
However, Mrs. Clinton wishes to renounce the past, calling for the understanding of contemporary society and the effects of aging criminal justice policies.
„What is needed”, she said, „is a true national debate about how to reduce our prison population. We don’t want to create another incarceration generation.”
In this respect she uttered support for alternative punishments for those who are found to be low-level offenders and the easing of sentencing rules. She also reiterated the need to address substance abuse and mental illness. Mrs. Clinton also drew attention to the predominance of violence towards African American men around the US. It is not fair for black men to be more predominantly stopped and searched by police officers or charged with crimes and serve longer prison terms.
Against this background, Mrs. Clinton stated that the black men represent six percent of the nation’s population, but 37 percent of the imprisoned population. And to this extent one must think about the impact it has on communities at large, where economic or educational opportunities are scarcer. Unless charged with severe crimes, Mrs. Clinton showed her support for alternative punishments only to the end of not tearing families and communities even further apart.
The idea of criminal justice reform is not new as current President Barack Obama had already asked for police body cameras and additional law enforcement training, following the death of 18-year-old Michael Brown in Ferguson. The request of the president who envisioned a budget of 75 million dollars over three years for 50,000 devices never passed Congress.
And although it is only recently the both the Republican Party and the Democratic Party have found consensus in Congress over the need of criminal justice reform, it is still unclear whether Mrs. Hillary Clinton will be able to face the difficulties of passing and implementing it.