This should not incite violence----it should get people out to run for office as we can reverse all of this easy peasy.
Why is there a civil rights crisis along with systemic fraud and government corruption? Because Clinton's Executive Order Federalism Act that stated Federal agencies will not enforce Federal law at state level and now states are openly ignoring Federal Equal Protection, labor, women, and civil rights. Also, because of the militarization and privatization of police departments across the nation. Obama embraced Clinton's Executive Order of Federalism Act and police brutality is soaring. ALL OF THIS IS REPUBLICAN POLICY STANCE THAT A DEMOCRAT WOULD NOT DO.
If you live in Baltimore you know the criminal justice activists tried their hardest to keep Marilyn Mosby out of the Baltimore State's Attorney office. Now, the media paints her as a civil rights lawyer. Marilyn came from Boston and married Baltimore City Councilman Nick Mosby from NY who is part of one of the most corrupt city government in the US. Nick is working for very neo-conservative Johns Hopkins and Baltimore Development. If Maryland and Baltimore had an ethics agency, a wife of member of a corrupt city hall would not have been able to run for Baltimore State's Attorney. Marilyn does also have a long history of police family that places her at odds with trying to reform Baltimore's police department. NY has the same problems with unconstitutional policing as Baltimore. This is why citizens in Baltimore worked to elect her opponents. If you look at the Clinton commitment to ending all Equal Protection laws you see why graduates from law school are now taught that civil rights are no longer able to be defended in court and with Trans Pacific Trade Pact all of citizens' rights will be gone. This is why local State's prosecutors are tested as to their commitment to protecting corporate profit and the economy over the rights of citizens. This is what led to the coverup in this case. If the national media were not tied to this case---we may not even have gotten a weakened charge. Change will not happen all at once----but shouting the truth and outing these coverups makes it harder for Baltimore City Hall and the police department to do.
THE SYSTEMIC FRAUD AND CORRUPTION IN BALTIMORE IS WHAT CAUSES THE THIRD WORLD CONDITIONS IN BALTIMORE'S COMMUNITIES----THE RIOTS AND PROTESTS ARE DIRECTLY TIED TO THE ILLEGAL MOVEMENT OF MONEY.
If a justice organization or leader is shouting for police reform without shouting against systemic fraud and corruption---they are not working for justice. THIS AFFECTS ALL CITY RESIDENTS. So, if you don't care if the poor are abused then you should care that your high property taxes paid for expanding Johns Hopkins to a global corporation.
Nick Mosby introduced the bill below in a typical pay-to-play in Baltimore and without going into details over this one deal----it was openly racketeering-----collusion between city hall and a developer for tax breaks that were not legal. So, Marilyn Mosby, Nick's wife should not even have been allowed to run for State's Attorney with this connection and yet---with the backing of these developers she won. DID YOU HEAR ANY OF THIS ON THE MEDIA AS THEY PRAISED MOSBY FOR HER CIVIL RIGHTS STANCE? This is why Baltimore cannot get economic justice and that lack of economic justice kills communities and creates unbearable poverty. Remember, if in the 1970s forward all of the War on Poverty and Federal, state, and local funding to help underserved communities actually went to those communities----Baltimore would have a stable economy and healthy and mostly employed citizens with no rioting and protests. Instead, we have the downtown haven for every global financial corporation known for fraud, corrruption, and having absolutely no integrity.
This one $100 million dollar corporate tax credit for absolutely nothing but pay-to-play would have funded all community centers, fire stations closed in these underserved communities. This was what the rage is about in addition to police brutality.
Beatty lavished funds on mayor and City Council as they lavished tax credits on Harbor Point
PART 1: Neither the mayor nor the City Council members who received Beatty’s cash publicly disclosed the contributions during the $107 million TIF debate
Mark Reutter March 18, 2014 at 1:17 pm Baltimore Brew
Of the six elected officials in this picture, five accepted campaign cash from developer Michael Beatty (at podium). Any guesses?
Photo by: Mark Reutter
Should it be called “back scratching,” “quid pro quo” or simply “business as usual” at City Hall?
Recently-released campaign reports reviewed by The Brew show that Michael Beatty, developer of Harbor Point, contributed $5,750 last year to his City Council allies – while his wife, his late father’s architecture firm, his development company and his general contractor paid $16,000 into Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake’s campaign kitty.
What makes this significant? The contributions came during a time when Beatty was actively pushing for approval of a $107 million TIF tax credit from the city.
Neither the mayor – nor any of the City Council members who received Beatty’s cash – publicly disclosed the contributions during or after the long and heated debate over the tax financing subsidy.
Beatty and his wife live in Baltimore County. Until last year, they never made contributions to City Council members or the mayor. (The Beattys did contribute to Martin O’Malley’s first run for governor in 2006 as well as to Baltimore City State’s Attorney Gregg S. Bernstein.)
“He’s not spending his money on elected officials in his own jurisdiction. This indicates to me that his spending is strictly a business proposition,” said Jennifer Began-Dangel, executive director of Common Cause Maryland.
In the case of Harbor Point, Beatty initiated an aggressive campaign to win the TIF tax credit over the objections of Carl Stokes, chairman of the Council’s Taxation, Finance and Economic Development Committee. (Stokes was not one of the nine Council members to receive Beatty dough.)
On the night that he won the $107 million TIF subsidy, Beatty was ushered into the mayor’s conference room for photographs with elected officials. From left: Councilman William “Pete” Welch ($500 from Harbor Point Development Group), Councilman Warren Branch ($500 from Beatty Development Group), Council President Jack Young ($2,000 from Beatty Development Group), Rod Easter, a labor leader, Beatty, Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake ($16,000 from Beatty and allies), Councilwoman Helen Holton, partly obscured ($250 from Beatty Development Group), and Councilwoman Rochelle “Rikki” Spector ($0).
Bevan-Dangel said her good-government group has pushed for “black-out” periods where elected officials cannot solicit or receive funds from developers seeking zoning, tax or other privileges for their projects.
“Unfortunately in Maryland, money buys access and developers tend to invest the heaviest in campaign contributions because they yield the best return on their investment,” she said in an interview with The Brew.
Beatty’s efforts included the hiring of two politically-connected lobbyists, Ryan J. Potter and John A. Pica Jr., a former Baltimore state senator.
City disclosure records show that Potter, a partner at the Gallagher, Evelius & Jones law firm, was paid $20,722 by the Beatty group to lobby the City Council on behalf of the TIF tax credit. Pica got $1,500 for his lobbying, which was limited to the final passage of the legislation.
In addition, Beatty hired KO Public Affairs headed by ex-O’Malley spokesman Stephen Kearney and Damian O’Doherty, brother of former Rawlings-Blake spokesman Ryan O’Doherty.
Calling itself a “strategic communications firm,” KO does not file lobbying registration and disclosure reports to Baltimore’s Ethics Board or to the Maryland Board of Elections.
Sequence of Cash and Legislation
Here’s the sequence of events that yielded the $107 million public subsidy for Beatty:
• In March 2013, a month when many Councilmen hold fundraisers, the Beatty group and/or Beatty individually contributed the following:
– $1,000 to City Council President Bernard C. “Jack” Young.
– $1,000 to 1st District Councilman James B. Kraft (whose district includes the Harbor Point site).
– $500 to 10th District Councilman Edward Reisinger ($500 was also contributed by Stephen Kearney).
– $500 to 13th District Councilman Warren Branch.
– $250 to 7th District Councilman Nick Mosby.
– $250 to 11th District Councilman William H. Cole IV.
• On March 28, 2013, during a closed voting session, the Baltimore Development Corp. (BDC) recommended to the mayor $107 million in tax credit finance bonds to pay for public infrastructure at Beatty’s proposed waterfront complex.
• Between April 18 and 23, the following contributions were made to the “Stephanie Rawlings-Blake For Baltimore” campaign committee:
– $4,000 from Nathalie C. Beatty, the developer’s wife. ($4,000 constitutes the maximum individual contribution allowed by Maryland law during the four-year election cycle.)
– $4,000 from Beatty, Harvey, Coco, Beatty’s late father’s New York architecture firm, which is listed as the “architect of record” of Harbor Point.
– $4,000 from Armada Hoffler, listed as general contractor of Harbor Point. The Virginia-based contractor constructed all of the buildings in Harbor East, which was developed by Beatty and H&S bakery mogul John Paterakis.
– $4,000 from Beatty Development Group, owned by Michael Beatty after he split from Paterakis.
• On April 29, lobbyist Ryan Potter contributed $1,000 to Rawlings-Blake campaign.
• On June 3, Mayor Rawlings-Blake announced the introduction of legislation in the City Council that would establish a special taxing district for Harbor Point and create a special fund to divert property tax revenues from the treasury to the payment of city TIF bonds to build streets, parks and other infrastructure at Harbor Point.
In a June 3 press release, the mayor announces introduction of Harbor Point TIF legislation to the City Council. (Mayor’s Office)
• On June 6, Mayor Rawlings-Blake, Council President Young, BDC President Brenda McKenzie and others hold a press conference with developer Beatty.
The mayor lauded the job creation and other benefits of the $1 billion development anchored by the proposed Exelon Tower.
KO Public Affairs coordinated the visuals and message by Beatty and others.
Councilman Reisinger confers with Michael Beatty before the August 7 Council hearing where the TIF legislation was “hijacked” by pro-Beatty forces, according to Chairman Carl Stokes. (Photo by Mark Reutter)
• On June 15, Beatty contributed $250 to 8th District Councilwoman Helen Holton, chair of the Budget and Appropriations Committee.
• In July, two public hearings before the Taxation Committee give voice to critics of the TIF tax deal and calls for a “giveback” by Beatty to low-income Perkins Home public housing residents near the site.
• On August 7, Councilmen Reisinger, Branch and Cole, forming a majority of the Taxation Committee, override Stokes and vote to move the TIF bill out of committee. Stokes stormed out of the room in protest of his committee being “hijacked” by pro-Beatty forces.
• On August 12, the full Council suspended its rules and votes to approve the TIF subsidy on second reader without the written approval of Committee Chairman Stokes.
The vote is 12 in favor, two opposed (Stokes and 6th District Councilwoman Sharon Green Middleton) and one abstention (14th District Councilwoman Mary Pat Clarke).
[NOTE: Last summer, KO Public Affairs leaked to the media that Stokes was in the "pocket" of lawyer and Baltimore Orioles owner Peter Angelos, who opposed Harbor Point, KO said, in order to protect his downtown real estate interests. The Stokes campaign report discloses no campaign contributions in 2013 from Angelos, his real estate entities or his close associates.]
• On September 9, the full Council approved the $107 million Harbor Point TIF. Beatty joins Rawlings-Blake and other Council supporters for a press conference in the mayor’s offices.
• On September 19, 9th District Councilman William “Pete” Welch reported a $500 campaign contribution from Harbor Point Development Group, a wholly-owned subsidiary of the Beatty group.
• On November 15, Second District Councilman Brandon S. Scott reported a $500 campaign contribution from Harbor Point Development Group.
• On December 2, Council President Jack Young reported a $1,000 contribution from Beatty Development Group.
• On January 8, Young and Rawlings-Blake give final approval of the $107 million TIF credit as members of the Board of Estimates. The panel’s third elected official, Comptroller Joan Pratt, votes against the deal, saying she needs more information. (Pratt’s campaign committee did not report any Beatty donations in 2013).
REACTION: We have asked the elected officials who received Beatty contributions to comment on this article, specifically if the contributions influenced their support of the project and the TIF tax increment, and whether they saw anything wrong with elected officials accepting donations from a developer while his project is “in play.”
It is also clear that the politicians most in the media during these riots and protests are Nick Mosby, Catherine Pugh, and Elijah Cummings----all captured politicians working to push the worst of legislation to kill public justice and our rights as citizens. So, it is not surprising it was their communities that erupted in riots and protest. Their primary objective---STOP THE PROTESTS. They were silent through the worst of police abuse and they were the ones media gave voice throughout the coverage. That is because they would use the same positive rhetoric of building Baltimore and Baltimore Pride while their constituents were shouting Baltimore Rising and the REAL Baltimore as the coming slogan for these citizens. These captured politicians running as Democrats and serving as very neo-conservative Hopkins and Wall Street Development must go for the good of the city. We need Hopkins out of our government and public policy----out of all of the private non-profits that undermine real change and positive growth.
THAT IS WHAT THIS PROTEST WAS ABOUT AND THE SMALLER ONLINE MEDIA OUTLETS THAT ACTUALLY INTERVIEWED THE PROTESTERS SPREAD THAT WORD ACROSS THE NATION.
So, Baltimore has in Marilyn Mosby someone assured to ignore all fraud and corruption and with her police ties will work to mitigate real damage in these steps to justice. That is why the coverup in the Freddie Grey case was so blatant----to stop the protesting and to protect officers from serious charges---
THIS IS WHAT CLINTON NEO-LIBERALISM AND BUSH NEO-CONSERVATISM LOOKS LIKE---
Nick Mosby: 'I have no involvement' in wife's office
How much is Councilman Nick J. Mosby involved in the job of his wife, new Baltimore State's Attorney Marilyn J. Mosby?
It's a question a lot of Baltimoreans asked last week after a former employee of the prosecutor's office posted an open letter online, alleging that Nick Mosby was involved in decisions about personnel changes.
Councilman Mosby, who represents West Baltimore's 7th district, denied the allegations in an interview. He said he plays no role in the prosecutor's office, and plans to recuse himself from any City Council votes involving the office.
"I helped move some boxes in. Other than that, I have nothing to do with her office and her administration," he said. "I had nothing to do with any of the firings. I promise you. It's flat out wrong and a lie."
As Marilyn Mosby took office last week, several front-line prosecutors and other staff were dismissed. On Tuesday night, Cristie Cole, a data analyst for the office who said she was fired, sent an agency-wide email criticizing Mosby's decisions and questioning whether they were politically motivated or agenda-driven.
Marilyn Mosby has declined to comment on what she said was an email sent by a "disgruntled former employee."
Asked if he is advising his wife on decisions, Nick Mosby said he is not.
"I rub Marilyn's feet when she gets home. I've been taking care of our daughters to ensure she can spend enough time in the office," he said. "I don't have a [law degree]. I'm on the City Council. That's where my focus is."
Marilyn Mosby defeated State's Attorney Gregg L. Bernstein in last year's Democratic primary. Last week, she announced a slate of new hires as part of an office restructuring that she said will beef up intelligence gathering and improve relations with the community. She said the new structure was based in part on ideas from prosecutors' offices in New York, Los Angeles and Atlanta.
Nick Mosby said he won't need to recuse himself from many council votes, because the council rarely takes action involving the state's attorney's office. The council does, however, approve the city's budget, which provides funding for city prosecutors.
Mosby said he would recuse himself from any prosecutor-related votes during the budget process.
Below you see what is an outside small news media exposed to what our local justice reporters are every day. The good of this is that it goes national so everyone hears of the breakdown in freedom in Baltimore. These police deliberately arrested this reporter just to get him off the street because they know the mainstream media will edit the most damaging of events.
This is an autocratic society folks----Baltimore is further along because of the capture of Johns Hopkins but it is what Trans Pacific Trade Pact looks like. Elections are rigged so getting rid of these pols is hard and that is why these pols are in office with 17% of the city's registered Democratic votes.
THAT IS NOT EVEN AN ELECTION FOLKS----GET ENGAGED AND RUN AND VOTE FOR GOOD PEOPLE AND REAL DEMOCRATS IN THESE PRIMARIES.
The hardest thing for BAltimore is the long history of getting jobs as pay-to-play with deliberate high unemployment used to make people desperate---HELLO, THIS IS NOT A DEMOCRATIC PLATFORM STANCE!!!! That is why removing Johns Hopkins and Baltimore Development from control of government public policy and control of revenue must be the first step and should be any REAL candidate for office's major policy issue.
The Police State at Work: Media Arrest by Baltimore PD
As you can see in the video below News2Share reporters Fischer and Trey Yingst are video reporting on the action of the police without interfering with them in any way. During the video for example, police officers are seen physically pushing protestors, using pepper spray and making threats, to people who are not acting violently. Then Ford reacts to what appears to be a pursuit by police and follows.
It is at that time he is commanded by police to move back and, is also asked if he had any credentials. He responds with both a “yes” and, shows the credentials. The camera picks this up just before he is grabbed from behind and placed on the ground and handcuffed.
The camera also picks up that one of the officers present clearly state that Ford was a credentialed reporter. Another officer says, “he don’t care.” This is important because members of the media were exempt from the curfew enforcement.
While Ford is being detained at the site, News2Share reporter Yingst seeks answers as to why Fischer was being arrested. He also is able to take control of Fischer’s equipment.
In speaking with my colleague Alex Freeman , Journalist for The Fifth Column, and myself earlier this afternoon, Ford told us that he was taken in a squad car to a police station and given a citation for disorderly conduct. The citation costs $500.00. Ford further described conversations with officers that included comments that he should not have been arrested.
At no time does the video above show Fischer doing any action that could be described as disorderly conduct. He also did not become confrontational with the police at any time. Once they were shown Ford’s press credentials they should have allowed him to continue working instead of placing him in handcuffs.
It is amazing that these types of arrests continue to happen with alarming frequency in this country. This is a developing story.
Bobby Rodrigo, The Fifth Column
In the never-ending move to make the policing situation worse while pretending to make it better----Baltimore City Hall announced that it would bring in a private police contractor to train our city police as if we are no longer able to do it with a public police academy. Remember, the goal for Clinton neo-liberals and Bush neo-cons is to privatize all that is public and hand it to global corporations and Baltimore is well on its way to a completely privatized police department with outsourcing in every direction. That was what Anthony Batts was hired to do in Baltimore as he worked for Johns Hopkins' surveillance corporation SAIC in Oakland, California as a big step in making policing global corporate.
See as well that Baltimore has a hiring policy that does not require residency----so people are being hired from areas that have no experience with Baltimore community history and just plow through with NO EXCUSES military policing. I would not be surprised if many of these new hires are ex-military and many I see look like special forces. If Johns Hopkins thinks it is going to beat 600,000 working class and poor out of city center-----it knows it will be messy. That is why all of the privatization is happening and with that ----global corporations do not recognize US law.
IF YOU ARE MIDDLE-CLASS IN BALTIMORE AND THINK THIS IS WHAT GENTRIFICATION LOOKS LIKE---YOU DON'T UNDERSTAND THIS IS HAPPENING BECAUSE HOPKINS AND BALTIMORE DEVELOPMENT LOOTED ALL OF UNDERSERVED DEVELOPMENT FUNDS FOR DECADES TO LEAVE THE CITIZENS OF BALTIMORE WITH THIS PROBLEM. IT WILL NOT END WELL FOR THE MIDDLE-CLASS.
This is what Baltimore's captured politicians and justice leaders are working towards.
Baltimore city police hiring 2014
Hello future applicants,
The Baltimore City Police is looking to continuously hire officers in 2014. We plan on running several academy classes in 2014, with 80 trainees in each.
Our minimum requirements are:
• 20 yrs 9 months to start academy
• High school diploma or G.E.D
• U.S Citizen
• Have a full valid driver’s license from any state
Our starting pay is $43,136 per year. (Plus Benefits)
We have no residence requirement.
Academy is 6 months long and non-residential.
The first step is to take our civil service test. There are several ways to do this.
NO REGISTRATION OR FEE FOR TESTING
We give the test every Tuesday at 601 E. Fayette St Baltimore MD 21202 at 12:30 PM and 6:00 PM. Come dressed in business attire and have your full valid License. DO NOT BRING THE APPLICATION TO THE CIVIL SERVICE TEST. You do not need to make an appointment. Go to our web site www.bpdrecruit.com to download the study guide and study from it. This is the first step you need to do. We will tell you if you pass and when the next agility test is scheduled for. Be prepared to be here about 4 hours.
We also do a 2-day expedited process that covers the first three steps of the process. They are the written test, agility test, document review and written psychological test. All three steps are not guaranteed. You must pass each step to move on to the next one.
If you pass all three steps you will be contacted at a later date to go to a background investigator for further processing. Process takes about 4-6 months. We will run one of these tests at least once a month. If you go to www.bpdrecruit.com dates for 2014 testing will be posted. Below is a rundown of what will happen on for the 2-day process.
On POSTED DATE you will need to be at our head quarters building 601 E. Fayette St Baltimore MD 21202, at 8:00 am, dressed in
• Solid color, conservative suit with coordinated blouse, moderate shoes, tan or light pantyhose, limited jewelry
• An ensemble of a skirt, dress slacks, or dress with a jacket, blouse, hosiery and closed toe shoes
• Neat, professional hairstyle, manicured nails, light make-up, little or no perfume
• Solid color, conservative suit, long sleeve shirt, conservative tie, dark socks, professional shoes
• Neat hairstyle, trimmed nails, little or no cologne or after shave
• Clean shaven or groomed
And have your full valid license with you. Bring a change of workout clothes with you. On that day you will do the written test and prescreen. If you pass that you will move on to the agility test. For info on the agility test go to our web site www.bpdrecruit.com If you pass that you will move on to the next day.
On POSTED DATE you will be back at our headquarters building at 8:00 am. You will need to wear same as listed above.
You will be here most of the day for that day also. On that day you will do the written psych test and collect your application and documents. You can get the application on line at http://www.bpdrecruit.com/uploads/1/...pplication.pdf and download it and fill it out. For your documents you will need the original and one color copy. Do not double any documents up on one sheet of paper.
Only thing you will not copy will be
• High school and college transcripts (they have to be in a sealed envelope from the school) If the school wants they can mail them directly to us. Address is listed at bottom of page where documents you will need are listed.
• Your certified driving record. (No on-line verification) need to be current within 30 days of day you come.
• Credit report (Full report not just score or summary) need to be current within 30 days of the day you come. Here is a web site www.annualcreditreport.com it is through the government.
Make sure your application is also completed. You will be here until at least 4:00 pm on that day.
ALSO BRING A BLACK INK PEN AND 2 #2 PENCILS FOR BOTH DAYS.
If you need a place to stay here are two hotels within walking distance to us.
The first is Sleep Inn 410-779-6166.
The other one is Holiday Inn express 410-400-8045.
To see complete testing schedule and agility requirements go to www.bpdrecruit.com
If you have any further questions you can send us an e-mail at www.bpdrecruit.com. Remember you can’t get hired if you don’t come and test.
Knowing how systemic unconstitutional policing is in Baltimore----a Clinton neo-liberal Obama appointed Lynch because she does not see civil rights---she sees any attempt at economic disruption and corporate profit losses as the crime. Remember, the NDAA was about making terrorism any action against the state and when the state is run by corporations----economic losses trump civil liberties.
Indeed, rioting is not a tool for justice but if Holder was in Baltimore these several years enforcing Rule of Law and giving citizens protection from loss of civil rights and police killings deemed unjustifiable homicides-----there would have been no rioting. Lynch should be showing scorn to her predecessor Holder.
Loretta Lynch Praises Police During Baltimore Visit
by Josh Feldman | 4:57 pm, May 5th, 2015
Attorney General Loretta Lynch is in Baltimore today and met with both the family of Freddie Gray and Baltimore police officers, whom she praised in comments to reporters earlier.
Lynch was part of a meeting held in Baltimore earlier to address the aftermath of the unrest last week and the charges against the six officers involved in Gray’s death. She remarked, “To watch people come together and be as determined as the city of Baltimore has been, to reclaim the city, to rebuild the city, and to make it again the great city that it has always been, has been inspiring for me.”
She also addressed the Baltimore police, currently facing intense scrutiny over Gray’s death and their response to the protests last week. Lynch thanked city law enforcement for how they’ve handled themselves as they’ve dealt with “struggles.”
“I’m looking at the hardest-working police officers in America,” she said. “To all of you on the front lines, I want to thank you. You really have become the face of law enforcement.”
Lynch spoke out last week on the protests, saying the rioters do a disservice to Gray’s family and all the peaceful protesters.