We don't want to go too deep into the problem with MARILYN MOSBY and police corruption as we speak often on the corruption of all police corruption CHECKS AND BALANCES----including Baltimore City Attorneys like Mosby. Here is an article stating the truth----she is a 5% black player wanting to be that global corporate lawyer like Loretta Lynch and Holder---and to get there she has to be called a 'civil rights' lawyer locally all of which is FAKE NEWS. So, she spends her time protecting all the white collar graft, protecting corrupt policing, while those 5% black pols and players call her a civil rights leader.
When we want to FIX BALTIMORE VIOLENCE AND CRIME----we start with the larger corrupt institutions driving third world economies of crime, violence, guns and drugs----when we see police commissioners being brought to our US cities tied to the most criminal MAYORS OF US CITIES THESE FEW DECADES----we are MOVING FORWARD third world policing which is extreme wealth extreme poverty militarized, securitized, and brutal...we have watched the same in building Foreign Economic Zones in Latin America and Asia now coming to Africa and US.
MOSBY RIGGED THE FREDDIE GRAY CASE TO PROTECT THE POLICE OFFICERS ACTING ILLEGALLY ----EVERYONE IN BALTIMORE KNOWS THIS IS TRUE---FREDDIE LOST HIS CIVIL RIGHTS AT ALL STAGES OF THIS CASE BECAUSE OF MARILYN MOSBY.
Crime & Justiceby Fern Shen1:51 pmMay 8, 2015166
Prosecutor Mosby’s complex “police family background”
State’s attorney’s life story gives her an apt perspective on law enforcement issues raised by the Freddie Gray case
Above: Marilyn Mosby flanked by her parents, Linda Thompson and Alan James, from a posting on James’ Facebook page that reads “Very proud parents.”
In the wake of Freddie Gray’s fatal arrest and its aftermath, people have seen a ray of hope in Baltimore prosecutor Marilyn Mosby not only because of her swift announcement of charges against six police officers but also because of her compelling life story.
Mosby has often talked about how, growing up black in a tough Boston neighborhood, she was the daughter of a single mother and how her cousin was mistaken for a drug dealer and gunned down just outside of the house where she lived.
She also regularly brings up her family’s deep roots – “five generations,” she told CNN’s Don Lemon – in law enforcement. Mosby points out that she is the daughter, niece and granddaughter of police officers in Boston.
“My recently departed and beloved grandfather [Prescott R. Thompson] was one of the founding members of the first black police organization in Massachusetts,” she noted, at the announcement of charges against police officers implicated in Freddie Gray’s fatal spinal injury.
Growing up in a law enforcement family, she has said repeatedly, helped shape her personally and as a prosecutor.
That family background is an especially useful point of inquiry as Mosby – at 35, one of the youngest top prosecutors of a major American city – steps into the middle of the intense and highly polarized national debate about the breakdown of trust between police and citizens in poor neighborhoods.
And that’s even more true because of details she has not yet shared publicly, one of which is that her father was, in her words as quoted in a campaign document, “a crooked cop.”
Dismissed from Force
In 1989, her father, Alan C. James, and another Boston police officer were alleged (along with a third unidentified suspect) to have flashed badges and robbed young men in Dorchestser, according to a September 14, 1989 story in the Boston Globe. The officers were charged with two counts of armed robbery and three counts of assault and battery with a dangerous weapon, the Globe said.
“One man was purportedly robbed of $40 and a second in a wheelchair of a radio, after the alleged assailants’ demands for drugs went unmet. The third [victim] purportedly had a gun placed to his head,” according to the newspaper.
James, who said in court he did not participate in the holdup, was acquitted, but he was dismissed from the police force.
“Police Commissioner Francis M. Roache fired James for ‘conduct unbecoming an officer’ on April 5, 1991, the day a Superior Court jury acquitted James of charges stemming from a robbery of three men on Norfolk Street in Dorchester on August 19, 1989,” according to a follow-up Globe story.
The Civil Service Commission ruled a year later that James should be given his job back because he had not been given the “opportunity to cross-examine witnesses against him during an internal hearing,” the Globe also reported.
Messages left for James with a family member at his Massachusetts home were not returned. The Brew asked a spokesman for the Boston Police Department if James was ever rehired to the force; he has not called back.
Mosby’s office has not returned calls earlier this week asking for comment. Her press office called back this morning and was given more details on the article, but they have declined to respond or make Mosby available for an interview.
Mosby told some of the story herself in an unpublished biography written by her staff during her campaign and obtained by The Brew.
Her campaign manager, Arinze Ifekauche, (currently a communications staffer at the state’s attorney’s office) today described the document as “a team effort,” but declined further comment.
The passage reads in part:
“Spotting good and bad cops is second nature to someone who grew up with them. Mosby’s father, who was around off and on throughout her childhood – and into her adult life – served on the Boston Police force alongside her mother and uncles.
“’My dad was a crooked cop,’ Mosby says dispiritedly. “’He confiscated drugs and money from the dealers on a regular basis.’”
Family Struggles, Success
The unpublished document goes on to note that due to his drug and alcohol problems, Mosby’s father was “kicked off the force and sent to a rehabilitation program for treatment.”
Speaking in 2013 to the graduates of the Gaudenzia drug treatment program at Morgan State University, according to the campaign document, Mosby inspired them with the story of how another family member overcame drug addiction:
“‘I stand before you all today as testimony that despite outward appearances, we’re all in this battle together,’ Mosby says to her audience. They respond with forceful applause.”
Her family members’ experience with drug addiction give Mosby a highly personal perspective on a major national debate re-ignited by the Freddie Gray case – U.S. drug policy.
The so-called “War on Drugs,” many argue, has contributed to the breakdown of relations between citizens and police by treating illegal drugs less as a public health concern and more as a law enforcement challenge.
As we identify global Wall Street Baltimore Development, GREATER BALTIMORE COMMITTEE, and global hedge fund IVY LEAGUE Johns Hopkins filled mostly with my 5% white players--we have these same institutions filled with those black 5% players. These are the folks backing global 1% in allowing police corruption -----police criminality destabilizing communities----and backing the global corporate campus global factories economics that left Baltimore to decay these few decades. Now they are MOVING FORWARD ONE WORLD ONE GOVERNANCE US CITIES FOREIGN ECONOMIC ZONE MILITARIZED, SECURITIZED BRUTAL POLICING. These are our young citizens being educated and trained to be the farm team players. URBAN LEAGUE, URBAN INSTITUTE all back these policing structures........calling PLAYERS, leaders. This is why 99% of WE THE PEOPLE black, white, and brown are being pushed under the bus.
Greater Baltimore Leadership Association - GBUL Young Professionals's photo.
Here are more 5% players being allowed to be the voice of what fixing police brutality looks like and listening to this speech we don't hear one indication of the REAL problems in Baltimore regarding police corruptions and solutions.
LOVE is tied to that 5% player non-profit hyper-ONE WORLD ONE GOVERNANCE UNITED NATIONS----and this is why he is on TED-X====this is the global media outlet for global 1% and ONE WORLD United Nations. If anyone is invited or accepts speaking on far-right wing extreme wealth media---they are not going to be POPULIST LEADERS----especially regarding policing corruptions. Just check these local media to see who is getting that voice and we see the FARM TEAM global 1% players MOVING FORWARD SMART CITIES MILITARIZED SECURITIZED POLICING.....could care less about the 99% of people---only protecting wealth of global 1% and their 2%.
Fixing police brutality requires building power in local communities
| Dayvon Love | TEDxMidAtlantic
As we stated, it is Baltimore City Council and Mayor PUGH MOVING FORWARD what is called CIVILIANS AS POLICING PARTNERS ----what we are seeing is a heightened distribution of policing equipment to citizens' groups.
When MR LOVE states a need to build local power in communities this is exactly what we saw overseas as Foreign Economic Zones were developed-----local governments focus on security for global corporate campuses while outsourced and privatized community patrols were created and guess what? THERE IS FRICTION.
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What is Shomrim? The ‘custodians’ who act as London’s Jewish neighbourhood watch group
- Saphora Smith
- Monday 26 December 2016
Once a small Haredi enclave, the Jewish population of Stamford Hill in Hackney swelled during and after the Second World War as refugees fled Nazi Germany and Holocaust survivors sought refuge in Britain.
With the growth of the Jewish population came a rise in the number of anti-Semitic attacks and by the late noughties police cuts, the economic crisis and rising levels of crime had exacerbated the Orthodox Jewish community’s sense of insecurity, community leaders said.
In response, they founded Shomrim. Hebrew for “guardians” or “custodians” it is a neighbourhood watch group which patrols the streets of north-east London clamping down on crime and protecting the Jewish population in Stamford Hill.
Last year the organisation said it facilitated 146 arrests, 22 of which were for anti-Semitic offences. A registered charity, Shomrim polices everything from drink-driving to racist abuse and its patrols are aimed at protecting all members of society, with 64 per cent of its work last year supporting the non-Jewish community.
Founded in 2008, its president, Rabbi Herschel Gluck, 58, describes its mission as “contributing to a safer and more harmonious city.” But almost a decade after it was established Shomrim finds itself more relevant than ever.
“In the past two years Shomrim has faced rising anti-Semitism and rising anti-minority feeling in general. It is definitely getting worse, people feel much more comfortable being anti-Semitic” says Rabbi Gluck, adding that it has meant “Shomrim has needed to be much more active and proactive in engaging with the relevant authorities.”
According to the Community Security Trust (CST), a charity which protects British Jews from anti-Semitism, anti-Semitic attacks in London rose by 62 per cent between the first six months of 2015 and 2016. While in a 19 day survey undertaken by Stamford Hill Shomrim in December the group recorded 19 anti-Semitic attacks, one for each day of the study.
As Rabbi Gluck puts it: “Minorities, and especially the Jewish community in Europe, are the weather vane of discontent and a wider feeling of insecurity in society, as people look for easy and quick answers to their problems.”
Initially established as a practical security operation Rabbi Gluck says the charity, funded by the Jewish community, has organically broadened its focus.
Its primary function remains patrolling the area and responding to reports of crime. Those on patrol are equipped with radios and stab vests and they liaise with London’s emergency services, as well as the Jewish ambulance service, Hapzolah.
But it also has a more philosophical aim of fostering good relations with the wider community, and the Met has acknowledged its role as an intermediary between the Jewish population and the police.
Rabbi Gluck says “Shomrim has very good relations with the Met, with local police and with all the organs of state it needs to work with” allowing it to work as “a bridge” between the Jewish population and wider society.
He says many Orthodox Jews find it hard to talk about anti-Semitism with people outside the Jewish community while others only speak Hebrew or Yiddish. “Don’t forget many of the people in this community are the children or grandchildren of Holocaust survivors or are Holocaust survivors themselves.
“And the Holocaust was a very traumatic experience for Jewish relations with government and authorities and many people still feel very vulnerable” he says.
From the tight-knit often insular world of London’s Orthodox Jews, and confronted with growing anti-Semitism in London, Rabbi Gluck stresses the need for communities to take more responsibility.
The onus, he says, has to be on the people: “After a billion pounds of cuts to the police more needs to be done by communities to help the authorities in their work, we need to contribute positively and constructively.”
Adding: “It is only this way that we can build a safe and harmonious society.”
If one looks at this PATROL CAR it looks just like a police car------and what we here from other communities is not OUTCRY over this deregulation of community policing----it is WHY DID OUR COMMUNITY not get a civilian police car?
What BRATTON AND BATTS did in those few years of BATTS term as police commissioner is create individual police categories for every global corporate campus all having full policing capabilities.....university campus police, high-rise apartment building campus police, high-rise corporation campus police all controlled by that campus but called PUBLIC BALTIMORE POLICE DEPARTMENT. Of course many of those private campus police are tied to GLOBAL POLICING CORPORATIONS. This is a back door privatization of our US city police departments and the next stage is doing the same to our community policing-------COMMUNITY POLICING meaning individual private policing businesses in each community. Ultimately, as with all privatization of public agencies these 'local community' policy businesses will be tied to GLOBAL POLICING CORPORATIONS as we already see with our JEWISH COMMUNITIES.
This same situation is happening in primarily white city center communities-----we walk the street and see one private police vehicle after another and we are supposed to feel SAFER KNOWING THOSE GLOBAL POLICE CORPORATIONS IN OUR COMMUNITIES are all over the place.
So, our US city police department budgets are soaring because our public local police officers are being hired to work for these global private police corporations filling our communities. Soon of course what are called public police officers will stop being PUBLIC and simply be hired by all these global security and policing corporations found in all Foreign Economic Zones and NO THEY DO NOT RECOGNIZE US CITIZENS AS HAVING RIGHTS OR CIVIL LIBERTIES.
In each case these communities accepting money from our US city coffers to build private policing corporations they call NON-PROFITS-----are the ones backing ONE WORLD ONE GOVERNANCE US CITIES AS FOREIGN ECONOMIC ZONES with all the economic policies killing our community economies and 99% of BALTIMORE CITIZENS ---black, white, and brown citizens. STOP BACKING IMPOVERISHING ECONOMIC POLICIES TO END CRIME AND VIOLENCE RATHER THAN BUILDING COMMUNITY ARSENALS.
Pugh presents Shomrim with a command patrol Chevy Tahoe
Vehicle is now being operated by the crime watch group in Northwest Baltimore
Above: Mayor Catherine Pugh, with Councilman Isaac “Yitzy” Schleifer, present Baltimore Shomrim with a Chevy Tahoe Command Vehicle at the group’s annual banquet. (Baltimore Jewish Life)
An online controversy morphed into a mystery today following publication of an article that said Mayor Catherine Pugh “gifted” the Orthodox Jewish crime watch group “Shomrim” with a new 2017 Chevy Tahoe.
A series of public officials offered conflicting accounts this morning about who exactly was giving the gift to whom. But the mayor’s office and others don’t dispute what took place at the November 11 event at the Shomrei Emunah Banquet Hall.
Photos accompanying the Baltimore Jewish Life article show Pugh gripping a large ceremonial key emblazoned with the city seal, facing what is described as a group of more than 500 people, including State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby, her husband, state Delegate Nick Mosby, and a who’s who of top brass from the Baltimore Police Department.
“The highlight of the evening came at the conclusion of the banquet. Baltimore City Mayor Catherine Pugh addressed the attendees and then called Councilman Isaac ‘Yitzy’ Schleifer to the podium,” said the article, recapping the 13th anniversary meeting of the Baltimore Shomrim Safety Patrol (BSSP).
“Together they presented BSSP President Michael Diamond with a ceremonial key to a new 2017 Chevy Tahoe Command Patrol Vehicle,” the article said. “This vehicle will assist the organization in many of its community safety initiatives. ”
A now-dead link to an article in Baltimore Jewish Life about the mayor’s presentation of a Chevy vehicle to the patrol group Shomrim. (Facebook)
Asked about the gift of the vehicle, Pugh spokesman Anthony McCarthy texted The Brew to say, “Mayor not giving Tahoe.”
Who was giving it then?
Not the police, according to spokesman T.J. Smith. “We aren’t involved with any vehicle donation gifting to Shomrim,” he reported back.
Asked for further clarification, McCarthy wrote that “Casino LDC giving vehicle. Councilman Yitshie requested it.”
McCarthy then directed a reporter to 46th District Senator Bill Ferguson, who chairs the local casino impact district, for more information.
Ferguson said he knew nothing about the vehicle.
“This is the first I’ve heard about it,” he said, adding after a pause, “Oh, you know what, maybe this is Park Heights casino money. They have a separate pot from us.”
The Chevy Tahoe presented to the Northwest Baltimore neighborhood watch group Shomrim by Mayor Catherine Pugh. (Facebook)
Told that Ferguson had no knowledge of the transaction, McCarthy then steered a reporter to Schleifer. “Casino impact dollars paid for the vehicle – the councilman is the connection,” McCarthy said, reiterating “not the mayor.”
Reached by phone, Schleifer said that about $50,000 had been allocated for the Shomrim vehicle out of Video Lottery Terminals funds allocated for Northwest Baltimore.
(Note to reader: The VLT funds that come from the Pimlico Race Track are separate and distinct from Casino Local Impact funds that come from the Horseshoe Casino.)
Schleifer said he did not request the vehicle. He said the funds for the SUV were allocated before he and Pugh took office and followed state-mandated procedures.
He described the breakdown of VLT spending as 75% for Park Heights and 25% for communities north of Northern Parkway. The vehicle purchase was covered by the 25% north-of-Northern portion of the funds.
“We did present the car to the organization, as the mayor and the councilperson, but all this predates us. We’re just coming up on our first-year anniversary,” he pointed out.
Accompanying the Jewish Life article published yesterday was another piece specifically about the vehicle being given to the patrol group.
“Mayor Pugh Gifts Shomrim New Command Center on Wheels” read the headline on the post, which has since been taken offline.
Online ReactionWith the precise provenance of the vehicle murky, online reaction to Pugh’s presentation of the Tahoe to Shomrim included some sharp criticism.
Many saw favoritism in the move and questioned the expenditure of resources to one community when others are suffering more amid the city’s record-setting year for homicides.
“Can Park Heights have some local community police to keep their neighborhood safe? What about Sandtown?” one man wrote on Baltimore Voters Facebook.
Others, citing the non-profit group’s success in working with city police to protect the community, defended the gifting of the vehicle.
“I don’t see this as a bad thing. Maybe it was a spare vehicle that just sat all day. At least it’s going to be helping one community,” another said.
Still others were disturbed by what they saw as the lack of transparency in the move.
“Where is the application form for $100,000 vehicles?” said the page’s moderator, Dave Troy. “The point is that this strategy should be the subject of public discussion, not backroom deals.”
Schleifer: Shomrim Saves Lives
Schleifer said he knows of no other community group or nonprofit in the city that has been awarded a police command vehicle. There has been a request, he added, by members of his district for an ambulance using VLT funds.
“Up in the Northwest, there are some of the most active community organizations and groups in the entire state. The Northwest Citizens Patrol has been around for 35 years. They have been helping the city for 35 years,” he said.
Noting that the 40-member Shomrim group responds to about 250 calls per month and has helped catch carjackers plaguing communities north of Northern Parkway, he said, “Without these kinds of organizations, which serve everybody in the area, not just the Jewish community, there would be a lot of loss of life.”
What we see here in 2008----that year of global economic crash ------is ZIMBABWE MOVING FORWARD to creating the same FOREIGN ECONOMIC ZONE GLOBAL MILITARIZED AND SECURITIZED POLICING as is now happening in US cities deemed FOREIGN ECONOMIC ZONES and guess what? It is happening as we head into that economic collapse from massive US Treasury and state municipal bond fraud pushed by global Wall Street, US city pols and 5% players.
What Mugabe did these few decades of CLINTON/BUSH/OBAMA was to create his 1% ---create economic and civil unrest and extreme poverty-----and created those security forces preparing for the coming FOREIGN ECONOMIC ZONE global corporate campuses. US Foreign Economic Zones like Maryland are about as big as ZIMBABWE ----so these structures being installed today in our US city communities have a goal of being global militarized policing in each community.
No doubt our OLD WORLD MERCHANTS OF VENICE GLOBAL 1% CATHOLIC AND JEWISH FREEMASONS are taking the lead in being these POLICING 'NON-PROFITS'.
What REAL LEFT social progressives know is this-----it is FAR-RIGHT WING to allow citizens to be impoverished, to allow local government and police departments to openly act corrupt, to think the solution is heightened militarized presence in every sector of society..........
STOP MOVING FORWARD GLOBAL CORPORATE CAMPUS FOREIGN ECONOMIC ZONES TO END CRIME AND VIOLENCE. REBUILD EACH COMMUNITY WITH SMALL BUSINESS ECONOMIES.
This has nothing to do with hating one population group or the other---the 5% to the 1% occupy all population groups and they are the ones MOVING FORWARD this far-right militarized security and policing----that will KILL FREEDOM, LIBERTY, AND JUSTICE FOR ALL 99% OF WE THE PEOPLE---and these 5% players Jewish, Catholic, Protestant, Muslim, Hindi-----KNOW THIS.
THIS IS WORLD BANK/IMF
'Experts say that since the 2002 presidential election, the state itself has become increasingly militarized. Military figures, or "securocrats," occupy high-level positions in civilian institutions from the Grain Marketing Board to the Electoral Supervisory Commission to the Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe'.
Zimbabwe’s Security Sector
As Zimbabwe’s economic crisis has deepened, President Robert Mugabe has ceded significant power to the country’s security forces.
Backgrounder by Stephanie Hanson
Last updated June 09, 2008
Defense and Security
Stephanie Hanson This publication is now archived.
Zimbabwe’s economic crisis is so dire that the official inflation rate exceeds 100,000 percent and at least one-quarter of the population has fled the country. As the economy has deteriorated, President Robert Mugabe has given security groups, including the intelligence service and the military, control over many political institutions. Experts say these groups could play a decisive role in the June 27 presidential runoff and are watching closely for signs of their political allegiances. Splits within and between these groups have become more pronounced in recent months, and many experts suggest a significant portion of the security sector—particularly in the lower ranks—no longer supports Mugabe. Analysts are divided on whether security groups will assist or thwart a transition to a post-Mugabe government. Some argue that in the aftermath of the March 2008 elections, there are growing signs top security officers are asserting more control in the country.
The Security Sector’s Role in Governing
As Zimbabwe’s economic crisis has deepened, Mugabe has ceded significant power to the country’s security forces—the Central Intelligence Organization, the military, and the police. Above all else, the president seeks to maintain his grip on power. "First rule of survival: You keep the security forces happy and you pay them," says Knox Chitiyo, a Zimbabwean researcher who heads the Africa program at the Royal United Services Institute for Defense and Security Studies in London. The security sector reports directly to the president, and is given funding from the president’s office, the budget of which does not appear in the finance minister’s yearly budget statement.
Experts say that since the 2002 presidential election, the state itself has become increasingly militarized. Military figures, or "securocrats," occupy high-level positions in civilian institutions from the Grain Marketing Board to the Electoral Supervisory Commission to the Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe. The cabinet’s authority has been superseded by that of the Joint Operations Command, which is comprised of the heads of the intelligence agency, military, and police. The command makes policy, and according to a 2007 International Crisis Group report, it also oversees the government’s strategy regarding regional attempts to mediate between the ruling party, ZANU-PF, and Zimbabwe’s opposition party, the Movement for Democratic Change (MDC).
The president’s dependence on security groups extends to the economy. In 2006, Mugabe created the Zimbabwe National Security Council, a body of high-level security officials charged with overseeing economic and food security matters. In June 2007, the Economist Intelligence Unit reported that the "day-to-day running of the country is increasingly carried out by the National Security Council rather than the cabinet." For instance, in 2006, military officers ordered farmers to plough up their crops to grow maize (IWPR).
In an April 2007 speech, Mugabe lauded the security forces as "the vanguard of our revolution and national integrity" and praised their "critical role in buttressing our economic activities." Yet experts say the military’s role in the economy has been destructive. Price cuts suggested by the Joint Operations Command in July 2007 led to massive hoarding and acute shortages of basic goods.
There have been widespread reports that top military officials launched a campaign of intimidation against MDC party member and supporters following March 2008 elections, in which MDC presidential candidate Morgan Tsvangirai outpolled Mugabe and the MDC won a large number of local and parliamentary races. The MDC suggests that the electoral board (which is run by the military) manipulated poll results to force a runoff between Tsvangirai and Mugabe.
Transitioning to a Post-Mugabe Zimbabwe
Experts are divided on whether the security sector can help usher in a new government in Zimbabwe, and what role it might play in that government. Some suggest the military is too occupied with its own divisions to facilitate reform. "Theirs is a battle for survival, by fair means or foul," writes Martin Rupiya, program director at the Institute for Security Studies in Pretoria and a former lieutenant colonel in the Zimbabwe National Army. "There is paralysis within the security establishment," says Sydney Masamvu, an analyst for the International Crisis Group who is based in South Africa. In previous elections, security groups have been instrumental in rigging the vote, and given their current divisions and the opposition’s strong showing in March 2008 elections, it’s unclear whether they will attempt to rig the June 27 runoff. A May 2008 International Crisis Group policy briefing suggests there is a growing risk of a military coup.
Regardless of the runoff’s outcome, many analysts think the current political situation is unsustainable. Because the state has become so militarized, they say security-sector reform will need to be addressed immediately. "You can talk all you want about the economy, but if the security sector people are not on board and they become spoilers, you are back to square one," says Chitiyo. CFR Adjunct Fellow Michelle D. Gavin argues that aside from a small group of Mugabe loyalists, most military officers would like their institution to become more professional and less politicized. In a Council Special Report on Zimbabwe, she suggests that in the event of a political transition, the international community should prioritize paying the security sector in a timely fashion. "Professional police and military services will be vital to building a stable Zimbabwe in the future," she writes.
Experts say international actors could help with the reform process. First, many government functions will need to be demilitarized. Youth militias and war veterans, who are concerned they will face legal retribution for acts of violence committed under Mugabe’s government, will need to be demobilized. In a paper on planning for a post-Mugabe Zimbabwe, Todd Moss of the Center for Global Development and CFR Senior Fellow Stewart Patrick suggest international donors should assist with restructuring the intelligence organization, military, and police; training officials in civilian policing; institutionalizing human rights; and vetting officials for past abuses. Gavin says parliamentarians should be trained to effectively oversee the military.
The Central Intelligence Organization
Experts say the most powerful arm of Zimbabwe’s security apparatus is the Central Intelligence Organization (CIO). It is the "brains behind the regime," says Masamvu, and deeply feared by Zimbabweans inside and outside the country. There is no public record of the CIO’s size, but it is thought to have thousands of operatives. Many Zimbabweans think the organization has a network of informers that extends into the Zimbabwean diaspora. Within Zimbabwe, CIO agents have infiltrated the MDC, and are believed to have covertly taken over two newspapers in 2006. Organizations such as Human Rights Watch have documented systematic acts of violence and intimidation committed by the CIO and the police against opposition members or individuals suspected of allegiance to the opposition.
Some analysts think the CIO’s ability to generate fear among Zimbabweans might exceed its true power. "The extent to which they are actually predators is debatable," Chitiyo says. The demands Mugabe places on them are so substantial that it’s possible they don’t have sufficient resources to cope, he suggests. The CIO receives a large proportion of the security budget, but most of that money goes to the group’s top officials, which means low-level operatives are subject to the economic woes the rest of the population faces.
Ahead of March 2008 elections, there were signs of a divide within the CIO, with some top officials reportedly backing Simba Makoni, a former ZANU-PF member who was expelled from the party when he announced his presidential candidacy. The long-time head of the CIO, Happyton Bonyongwe, is rumored to have links to Makoni. In an interview with Zimbabwe’s Herald, Bonyongwe denied reports of such ties. Whether or not Bonyongwe remains loyal to Mugabe, the president no longer trusts the leaders of the CIO, according to a Zimbabwean reporter at the Institute for War and Peace Reporting who asked not to be named for security reasons.
The Military and Its Role in the Economy
The military’s influence extends throughout the country’s political and economic institutions, and it is nominally responsible for running the security sector. Analysts say that in practice, the CIO trumps the military. There is "headbutting" between the army and the CIO, says Chitiyo. Yet the military has historically been Mugabe’s bedrock of support. "That is what has kept him firmly in power up to now," a senior ZANU-PF official told the International Crisis Group in 2007. The president has gone to great lengths to ensure the military’s continued loyalty, including distributing land, housing, and prominent political positions to high-level military officials. The army is also responsible for the distribution and production of food.
The government does not release current defense budget figures, but news reports suggest the military receives priority in government spending. According to a 2007 Congressional Research Service report, the defense budget submitted in parliament in 2006 was four times higher (PDF) than that of 2005. The SIPRI military expenditure database says Zimbabwe spent $132 million on defense in 2005, but warns that due to hyperinflation, that figure may not be accurate. In 2006, at the suggestion of the Joint Operations Command, the government reportedly spent more than $20 million to purchase new cars for police, military, and intelligence officers. It regularly hikes military salaries, but rampant inflation quickly makes these raises largely symbolic. In February 2008, salaries for the lowest-ranked soldiers were raised to ZW$1.5 billion per month from ZW$300 million.
Despite Mugabe’s efforts to retain their loyalty, the military is now widely thought to be deeply divided. In February 2007, the army chief of staff told his ranks that deserters would be hanged, and any future leave requests would have to be approved by the president. The army had fifty-two thousand soldiers in 2000, according to the Economist Intelligence Unit, and estimates of its current force levels range from below thirty thousand to roughly forty thousand troops. Further, there are serious questions about how much longer the government can afford to shore up the military. In March 2008, the army announced it would reduce recruitment due to budget constraints. Following the March 2008 elections, the MDC distributed fliers to army members claiming that under an MDC government, the army would be equally compensated and treated as national heroes, according to the UK-based newsletter Africa Confidential. It suggests the strategy met with some success.
There are signs that the military’s fissures extend to senior levels. Reports of various coup attempts led by senior military figures surfaced in 2007, and several top officials were found dead under mysterious circumstances. Yet some analysts say Mugabe retains loyalty at the highest levels. As veterans of the 1970s liberation war against white rule, many top military officials are steadfast in their allegiance to ZANU-PF. The commander of the defense forces, General Constantine Chiwenga, remains loyal to the president, and following the March 2008 elections was critical in convincing Mugabe to have a runoff election instead of conceding. Chiwenga chairs the Joint Operations Command.
Police and Militias
The police execute the orders of the Joint Operations Command and are viewed by the public as an untrustworthy, politicized body. "Mugabe uses the police as technicians of public order, rather than as managers or administrators," writes Alice Hill in the Journal of Modern African Studies. In 2005, the police were deployed to clear Zimbabwe’s urban slum areas in Operation Murambatsvina, a government-sponsored demolition that further crippled the country’s economy by destroying existing marketplaces.
The intelligence organization has been known to intimidate the police into executing its orders. "The police are not strategic heavyweights within Zimbabwe," says Chitiyo. While experts believe many policemen dislike how politicized the force has become, the head of the force is loyal to Mugabe. In March 2008, the police commissioner said "Police will never treat perpetrators of political violence with kid gloves. Please be warned" (BosGlobe).
Militias of war veterans and youth also have been implicated in violence against the general population. The youth militia, also known as the Green Bombers, is part of Zimbabwe’s National Youth Service, a program started in 2000. They loot land owned by white farmers, beat opposition members, and rape women and girls linked to opposition groups (NYT). Ahead of elections, they are charged with distributing food aid and intimidating voters. In April 2008, veterans and youth militias began targeting MDC members and supporters in a campaign of violence and oppression that included a network of illegal detention centers. A group of South African generals who conducted a fact-finding mission in early May found "shocking levels" of state-sponsored violence, according to the International Crisis Group.
What is called COMMUNITY POLICING from last century to what global 1% CLINTON/BUSH/OBAMA are calling COMMUNITY POLICING are again OPPOSITE poles. When Baltimore City Council, Mayor PUGH, and 5% players say they are going to install COMMUNITY POLICING at the same time they are installing global Foreign Economic Zone militarized policing and security-------they are again CORRUPTING A REAL LEFT SOCIAL PROGRESSIVE PUBLIC POLICY ISSUE OVER POLICING AND COMMUNITY RELATIONS.
Community policing all last century had PUBLIC POLICE DEPARTMENT officers in several categories embedded in all kinds of civic structures. The criminal detectives and officers were one category-----the officers tied to civic structures were another. Then we had citizens doing neighborhood watch. They have no policing power-----
What is MOVING FORWARD today in US cities deemed Foreign Economic Zones is the use of the term COMMUNITY POLICING while grant funding creates again those 'non-profits' acting like our public police department.
REAL police officers were allowed to use EXCESSIVE FORCE /ZERO TOLERANCE to the point citizens in low-income communities are told they cannot trust police.
Any one action in the community policing plan is not bad----it is the total structure that injects policing into our K-career apprenticeship schools creating what is AUTHORITARIAN MILITARIZED societal structures. The problem with policing in Baltimore was not the 99% of citizens------the fix is moving LEFT SOCIAL PROGRESSIVE and not further right.
US PARENTS AND STUDENTS FOUGHT LIKE HECK TO KEEP MILITARY RECRUITING OUT OF COLLEGES---NOW THEY ARE INJECTING MARTIAL ATTITUDES EVERYWHERE.
FAITH COMMUNITY IN COMMUNITY POLICING OR 5% FAKE RELIGIOUS FREEMASON GROUPS?
If we look at corporate fascism from last century-------whether STALIN, MAO, HITLER, MUSSOLINI-----they all bring this heightened level of martial non-profits filling all sectors of society-------that is NOT US COMMUNITY POLICING.
What we hear from most communities in Baltimore is ---they are not seeing more foot patrols------they are not seeing engaged police officers----they are seeing more and more policies moving citizens into VOLUNTEERING tied to martial arts as PROMOTING ONE BALTIMORE. If we remember the goal of ONE BALTIMORE is ONE WORLD ONE GOVERNANCE for only the global 1% we see that fascism----not left social progressive community policing.
CCD is organized around 4 pillars: Community Policing, the Faith Community, Re-entry, and Explorers and
: This pillar involves galvanizing community stakeholders within each of the
City’s 9 police districts, primarily through the Department’s Community Collaboration Teams.
Community Collaboration Team members regularly attend community meetings and are
responsible for building strong working relationships within each district. Officers assigned to
this function plan, coordinate, and host community events such as crime walks, town hall
meetings and forums, and neighborhood clean
-ups. Officers also help to establish crime watch
organizations throughout their districts, and assist in the coordination of resources for seniors
and disabled citizens.
In 2016, the Community Collaboration Division participated in and coordinated 1004 community events. These events included the Good Neighbor Walk, Hot Chocolate with a COP, Movie Nights, Read & Greet with a COP, Halloween Truck n Treat, as well as many others. Additionally,
CCD officers attended 1,636 community meetings.
CCD also engaged in two major, pre
-planned, annual events: “The Day of Hope East” and “The
Day of Hope West.”
The Days of Hope are designed as one
-day, special community events that meet
both the human and spiritual needs of residents. The Days of Hope bring police and civilian volunteers
together to serve the Community. The volunteers are from local churches, community associations,
BPD, mission teams from around the country, local businesses, and multiple service providers from across the region. These volunteers are people who want to demonstrate that there is hope and they send a simple yet fundamental message that somebody cares about the community.
This year, CCD has coordinated and partnered to give away over 1,000 coats during the winter months and has given away hundreds of Thanksgiving and Christmas baskets. CCD also provides care packages for the homeless and safety tips for senior citizens.
Under this pillar, CCD establishes partnerships between the police and all faith-based organizations and faith leaders throughout the City. Specifically, CCD has three faith
-based initiatives: the chaplaincy program, the faith-based collaborative outreach program, and
the prayer alter program.
In 2016, the Chaplaincy Program expanded to include 137 Chaplains.
Chaplains participate in Academy classes and serve a vital role in bridging the trust gap between police and the
communities they serve, and provide fundamental support to individual officers and the Department as a whole.
The CCD works with commanders in each district to identify non-violent individuals who have recently been released from prison or have an impending date of release. A re
-entry officer then works with the State’s Division of Parole and Probation, the State Department of
Public Safety and Correctional Services, the Baltimore City State’s Attorney’s Office, the Judiciary,
and within the BPD to develop a strategy for success
ful re-entry into the community and a set of
expectations for the released individual.
In 2016, the Re-Entry Program held its first Call
-In, which brings publicly known inmates serving
life sentences together with newly released ex
-offenders. Those serving sentences were skyped in
and spoke with newly released ex-offenders about stopping the violence within their community.
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At the same event, service providers, such as social services, health services, and child support services, were introduced to the returning citizens to help them with the demands of re
To date, resources have been provided to over 200 ex
-offenders with the goal of stopping young
adults from continuing down a path toward re-incarceration and helping them become
productive, self-fulfilling members of society.
Police Explorers and Youth Matters:
The Police Explorers Program is a program designed to
introduce Baltimore high school students to law enforcement and public safety. The Explorers program provides positive exposure to police and law enforcement in hopes that Baltimore’s youth will choose a career as a BPD police officer.
Officers assigned to this function are tasked with establishing and fostering relationships with young people in each police district, as well as the
creation of programs to create opportunities
for positive interactions between young people and the police. The establishment and expansion
of the Baltimore Police Explorers Program is a major function of this unit.
CCD is currently partnering with six schools: St. Francis Academy, NAFT (National Academy
Foundation School), Frederick Douglas High School, Patterson Park High School, Northwestern High School and Reginald F. Lewis High School. Each of the schools have entered into full course curriculums -teaching the History of Baltimore, Community Policing and Homeland Security.
Due to the partnership with our schools CCD was able to expand its Explorers program to 86
youth in 2016. Out of those 86 Explorers, the top 24 Explorers were selected to compete in the
National Law Enforcement Exploring Conference (NLEEC) where they represented Baltimore.
Also in 2016, CCD revived the “Officer Friendly” program in Baltimore City Public Schools. The
Officer Friendly program is directed towards creating positiv
e interactions and opportunities for mentorship between police officers and Baltimore City youth in a “friendly” and non
BPD, under the leadership of the Community Collaboration Division (CCD), hosted
approximately 50 at-risk youth at Camp Bennett, an overnight camp, where officers were able to
engage in various team building activities such as swimming, arts and crafts, and team game
nights. On the last day of camp, it was revealed to participants that 95% of the camp counselors were police officers. This revelation taught participants that friendships and strong bonds formed without labels were what really mattered, and the
goal of fostering trust based on shared
experiences was achieved. Additionally, officers were able to make valuable connections with the
young leaders of tomorrow.
CCD also fostered 25 inner-city children during a two
-picked up and dropped off each day, given breakfast, lunch, and a snack. Again, meaningful
relationships were established fostering the invaluable and necessary trust between police and
the communities they serve.
During the summer of 2016, BPD built
on the success of the Police Commissioner’s Basketball
League and again organized and ran a youth basketball league. The league was organized as an opportunity to promote recreation, sportsmanship, and mentorship with Baltimore’s youth.
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Building off the success of the Youth Basketball League, have started a mentorship program called “the Bridge Pro
gram.” This program will create relationships between police officers and students through after-school mentorship. The program continues to place particular focus on
mentoring high-risk students that are struggling with behavioral and/or emotional issues.
And in 2016, BPD again partnered with Reading Partners, a program in which community volunteers partner with local schools to help kids master basic reading
skills. This partnership creates a positive interaction between young students and uniformed police officers inside of the
City’s public schools.
A fundamental rule for effective community policing is having a visible and tangible presence in the community. Having uniformed officers on the street in the same neighborhoods makes the community feel safe while reinforcing mutual trust between police and ordinary citizens. In other words, a
ssigned post officers and foot patrols are the bedrock of community policing.
Historically, the Department had moved away from officers being assigned to specific posts. In 2016,
BPD reinstituted a post staffing model for patrol officers. As a result, specific officers have again been assigned to defined geographic “posts” within their respective police districts.
The post system ensures patrol officers and the residents
and businesses within a post gain familiarity and
maximize the development of mutual trust and respect.
The transition back to posts has been done in conjunction with a renewed focus on foot patrols.
In 2016, all new and sworn personnel went through a
“Foot Patrol and Community Policing”
Curriculum at the Professional Development and
This block of instruction provides an education on the
history of policing. Trainees learn about the different eras of policing and the lessons learned from significant historical events, such as the riots that occurred in Baltimore in 1968.
During this course, there is discussion on social dynamics, experimental programs, and crime fighting as being secondary to normal interactions with the community. This course reinforces how officers are expected and should act
with ordinary citizens during times of peace and times of turmoil.
Building on this curriculum taught at the Training Academy, the last three graduating classes have spent
up to their first ninety (90) days exclusively on foot. This has given new officers the opportunity to begin
building the necessary relationships with ordinary citizen
s that is so critical to an effective community policing strategy.
Commissioner Davis and the leadership at BPD recognize that a truly effective community policing strategy cannot be one that is reactionary in nature. All aspects of the communities BPD s
erves, from plain language to value systems to historical perspectives, are part of core curriculum taught at the
Professional Development and Training Academy to all trainees, as well as to sworn personnel during in
service training days. In addition to the “Foot Patrol and Community Policing” course referenced above,
every entry-level trainee must successfully complete the following courses:
: This course requires trainees to recognize and analyze stereotypes for
cultural groups that ar
e attributed to different racial, ethnic, and religious communities. This course teaches students methods and intercultural competencies to develop a two-sided
trust between BPD and the communities it serves. The course is broken down into blocks of instruction based on religious, ethnic, and sexual orientation.
Community Service Project
: Trainees are required to work within the community they will
serve on a building project. This is usually done in conjunction with our partners at Rebuilding Baltimore.
This fosters a sense of commitment by the trainee to the community they will police, and the project is a tangible showing of care/respect by the trainee.
: Key law enforcement terms are taught in this course in order for officers to have a basic ability to communicate with Spanish
-speaking members of the public.
Fair and Impartial Policing
: This course teaches trainees to recognize implicit biases they may have. Trainees learn how implicit biases impact what they perceive/see and how it may impact how they act. They are taught that fair and impartial policing can lead to effective
policing. Trainees receive tools to help them recognize implicit biases and implement
controlled behavioral responses.
History of Baltimore Presentations
hour presentations by historians and other subject matter experts about the history of Baltimore are given to each Academy class. Presentations on the History of Baltimore, Mobtown, the Civil War, Immigration, Housing
and Segregation, and the LGBTQ Commun
ity have been given this year to both trainees and
The Training Academy also coordinates various community policing programs to ensure that an officer’s
education continues beyond the Academy. Veteran officers and trainees are involved in the following
: BPD currently partners with the Baltimore
Chesapeake Bay Outward Bound School to coordinate the effective interaction of officers and school
-aged youth from Baltimore City schools. Children attend as part of a field trip to Outward Bound, while officers attend as part of their in-service or entry-level training.
All participants, children and officers alike, share their perceptions of each other with each other, communicate stories with one an other during group workshops, and
then work on team projects to build
mutual trust. The overall goal is to create lasting relationships, build trust, and change negative and incorrect perceptions of each other.
BPD partners with Project PNEUMA during the school year in order for all male school-aged youth to interact with both sworn officers and trainees. Students work on developing methods to build positive communication skills, while officers learn the value of establishing and maintaining critical relationships with the students.
Additionally, under the leadership of Commissioner Davis, the
Police Development and Training Academy has created a Citizens Police Academy, which includes “Shoot, Don’t Shoot” seminars. The purpose of the seminars is for City residents to learn about BPD methodologies and police officer training so that real-life interactions on the street remain peaceful and calm.
And in the upcoming year, the Training Academy will be teaching an in-service training class, “Procedural
Justice.” In this course, officers will learn how to promote police legitimacy through fair and respectful
interactions with citizens. There are four
basic principles that trainees learn: Allow the person you are
interacting with the opportunity to explain their side of the situation; Make decisions based on facts only
and not opinions; Explain to the person you are interacting with what you will be doing and be
transparent with them, and; Be trustworthy by being honest and respectful. BPD strives to achieve an effective community policing strategy in all interactions between the
Department and citizens
. In October of 2016, the Department
established the Homeless Outreach Team
(HOT), which specifically targets citizens who are living on the streets with the goal of providing resources and support in an effort to bring these individuals back into meaningful and fulfilling roles in the community where they
Also in November of 2016, BPD hosted the Second Annual “Unity Bowl,” a flag football game during the Thanksgiving holiday that brings members of the Department together with members of the community.
Community participants wore team uniforms bearing the slogan, “One City One Purpose,” which epitomizes the common goal shared by both police and ordinary citizens as both work together to make Baltimore a better place.
The role of effective community policing has never been more important than at this critical juncture in our City’s history. The Baltimore Police Department is committed to utilizing every resource available to foster trust and build mutual understanding and respect between its members and the communities it serves. BPD recognizes that long
-lasting, meaningful relationships between police and ordinary citizens are the key to making our great City a safer place to live, work, and raise a family.
At the same time here in Baltimore we see more and more 5% to the 1% reading their LITTLE RED BOOK and KARL MARX.
'During the Cultural Revolution, in which millions were persecuted or killed, owning it "became a way of surviving", says Daniel Leese, professor of modern Chinese history and politics at the University of Freiburg. Paramilitary "Red Guards" mobilised by Mao to purify the Communist Party would check whether those suspected of bourgeois tendencies were carrying it or whether they could quote from it'.
The goals and results of 99% of WE THE PEOPLE black, white, and brown citizens being tied to more and more and more and more CORPORATE NON-PROFITS----more and more and more VOLUNTEERING AS CIVIC DUTY-----openly creating martial pathways in corporate schools tying children to policing and security calling it PATRIOTIC FOR ONE BALTIMORE -----
LET'S JUST GET RID OF ALL GLOBAL WALL STREET 5% POLS AND PLAYERS AND REBUILD REAL OFFICER FRIENDLIES!
With MOVING FORWARD US CITIES making almost every job category tied to online security and brick and mortar security, policing, CIA/FBI/DIA -----not to mention drones and surveillance camera watching-----this is MOVING FORWARD MARTIAL FASCISM in Baltimore.
Who, What, Why: What is the Little Red Book?
- 26 November 2015
Shadow chancellor John McDonnell threw a copy of Mao's Little Red Book at George Osborne. What exactly is the tome all about, asks Jon Kelly.
"Let's quote from Mao" is not a remark that's commonly heard in the House of Commons, but McDonnell said he did so as a joke to draw attention to sales of British assets to the Chinese government. Picking it up, the chancellor replied mockingly that it was his shadow's "personal signed copy".
It's an icon of China and communism as well as a work of propaganda. More than a billion copies have been published, making the book, often wrapped in its distinctive vinyl cover, one of the most widely produced of all time. During China's "Cultural Revolution" it became virtually mandatory to own and carry one.
The moment John McDonnell pulled out Mao's "Little Red Book"The Little Red Book - or, to give its full title, Quotations from Chairman Mao Zedong - contains 267 aphorisms from the Communist Chinese leader, covering subjects such as class struggle, "correcting mistaken ideas" and the "mass line", a key tenet of Mao Zedong Thought. Included is Mao's famous remark that "political power grows out of the barrel of a gun".
Originally produced in 1964 by the People's Liberation Army - an early version was titled 200 Quotations from Chairman Mao - it soon became a key feature of the leader's personality cult. The Ministry of Culture aimed to distribute a copy to every Chinese citizen and hundreds of new printing houses were built in order to achieve this. Mao himself reportedly liked its resemblance to books of quotations by philosophers such as Confucius.
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Image caption 1970: Mao Zedong acknowledges party members waving his red book
During the Cultural Revolution, in which millions were persecuted or killed, owning it "became a way of surviving", says Daniel Leese, professor of modern Chinese history and politics at the University of Freiburg. Paramilitary "Red Guards" mobilised by Mao to purify the Communist Party would check whether those suspected of bourgeois tendencies were carrying it or whether they could quote from it.
As the regime attempted to export its ideas as a form of "soft power", millions of copies were published in translation and sold abroad. It was taken up by Western radicals such as the Black Panthers and passed around as a samizdat text in the Warsaw Pact nations, where the USSR's split from China ensured it was banned.
Mao's successor Deng Xiaoping disliked the book and tried to suppress it, says Leese, but this only served as a kind of "viral marketing". While its appeal today may be nostalgic or even kitsch, McDonnell's stunt may have temporarily boosted its British sales -
Quotations from the Red Book
- "Every Communist must grasp the truth: Political power grows out of the barrel of a gun."
- "All reactionaries are paper tigers. In appearance, the reactionaries are terrifying, but in reality they are not so powerful."
- "A revolution is not a dinner party, or writing an essay, or painting a picture, or doing embroidery... A revolution is an insurrection, an act of violence by which one class overthrows another."
This is what US 99% OF WE THE PEOPLE black, white, and brown citizens have been shouting throughout CLINTON/BUSH/OBAMA----the march towards complete loss of civil liberties and a rising police state. Bush made this grow Obama made it soar Trump will MOVE FORWARD actual martial events.
Both right wing 99% of citizens and left wing have shouted against one public policy issue after another----we may not agree on each stance but overall 99% of US citizens see to where MOVING FORWARD goes. This is why we cannot keep allowing our US city councils and mayors with their 5% player organizations PRETEND THESE GRADUAL LOSSES OF US STANDARDS OF LIBERTY are about our PROTECTION. Whether citizens are made to think those growing number of people being made poor are DANGEROUS---or whether its our growing poor being made to feel the police are DANGEROUS----IT'S ALL DELIBERATE FOLKS---WAKE UP AND STOP MOVING FORWARD.
Here we have that latest disaster this time involving our police officers----martial law to collect evidence in a case many Baltimore citizens find SUSPICIOUS.
'Police and government agents, including the military, are training and preparing for civil unrest. What do they know that the masses don’t? They have military equipment, even in some cases tanks, and they are receiving ongoing military training.
Our situation is worsening by the day, and the state apparatus is preparing to fight against its own citizens here at home. This is a precarious situation that could spiral out of control, and we are terribly close in my opinion, to being in an uncontrollable police state environment.
When this happens, the obvious next step will be Martial Law. Once that stage is reached, it may be too late to stop the coming onslaught of the totalitarian state. This is a serious threat, and one that could result in violence and chaos in the streets of America. All need to be aware of this progression, and all need to prepare to stop it. Anything less will result in a complete loss of what little freedom we have left, and our lives may be forever harmed'.
For those not knowing West Baltimore is slated to be made into a massive global corporate campus like EAST BALTIMORE and Johns Hopkins------so these communities are all going to be leveled -----and these tensions are about moving people out of communities to be developed. We must fix the corruption in our US police departments and we cannot do that when we leave our corrupt US city councils and mayors with farm team 5% players controlling rigged elections.
Entire Baltimore Neighborhood Under Lockdown: “Police Declared Martial Law”
November 20, 2017 | Zero Hedge | www.zerohedge.com | 2,251 views
Five days ago, Det. Sean Suiter, a married father of five and an 18-year veteran with the Baltimore Police, was patrolling the streets of West Baltimore around 5pm last Wednesday when he saw suspicious activity. Suiter approached a man and was shot point blank in the head, in a summary execution. He was rushed to the hospital in critical condition where he later died of his injuries.
Rest In Peace Detective Sean Suiter https://t.co/NiKIdmzbAD pic.twitter.com/l7vkrOKjMv
— Baltimore Police (@BaltimorePolice) November 16, 2017
In response, Baltimore Police reacted with ‘fire and fury’ turning the neighborhood where Suiter was shot into an “open-air prison”, shutting down city streets and enabling checkpoints for citizens while officers in tactical gear went door to door, according to Baltimore Brew. Residents were prohibited from entering their own neighborhood unless they showed proper identification, these extreme measures have been in place for 4-5 days.
“They’ve been to my house three times asking, ‘Did you hear anything? Do you know anything,’” said Edward Stanley, a local resident, who had to show a yellow slip before entering the neighborhood.
Baltimore Brew said, the neighborhood was tuned into “open-air prison”, as the complete lockdown was in attempt to collect evidence and search for the shooter.
Police initially said they needed to cordon off the area to try to capture the shooter. Police have said Suiter was in the 900 block of Bennett Place, investigating a previous homicide, when he was shot on Wednesday. So far, no arrests have been announced in the case. This morning, homicide detective Mike Newton told The Brew that the lockdown was necessary to collect evidence.
One community group took pictures of a checkpoint in West Baltimore.
— Baltimore BLOC (@BmoreBloc) November 19, 2017
15 @BaltimorePolice vehicles on Schroeder alone and dozens more on surrounding blocks. All the officers are just sitting in their cars. pic.twitter.com/M9zCCltdzK
— Baltimore BLOC (@BmoreBloc) November 19, 2017
Another twitter account describes how ‘the police declared marital law’, as one police officer with an assault rifle guards a corner.
And apparently police been standing on corners like this the last two days pic.twitter.com/y9Qrd2TSRe
— Pulla (@KINGDACEO) November 17, 2017
Citizens describe how their day lives have been disrupted as West Baltimore remains under police control, as per Baltimore Brew:
Two women walking down Franklin Street to get to their cars, parked blocks away because of the lockdown, complained that they had been harassed by officers.
“They know I live here. They’ve seen me come and go. But this one had to pat me down. He [the officer] went like this to my jacket, grabbing it,” said Shelly, 25, who asked that her last name not be used.
“They wanted to know where I had been. Why do I have to tell him that? It’s just me in my flip-flops trying to go to my own home.”
“We haven’t been able to get our mail for four days,” said the woman with her, Samantha, 50, who also asked not be identified. “Is the city going to pay the late fees on my bills?”
“It’s so sad what happened to the officer and I hope they catch whoever did it,” another woman said. “But this is really overboard. I’ve never seen anything like it.”
The ACLU of Maryland released a statement yesterday, who are “troubled by reports that some persons entering or leaving the area have been subject to pat down searches, and that non-residents have been barred from entering the area”.
“While the search for a killer is, of course, a high priority for the police, the limits on lawful police behavior do not disappear even when engaged in that pursuit. And at least one federal appellate court has said that a similar police cordon and checkpoint system was unconstitutional.
“The residents of Baltimore, and, in particular, the residents of the affected community, deserve a clear explanation from the City as to why this unprecedented action has been taken, what rules are being enforced, and why it is lawful. The need to secure a crime scene from contamination to preserve evidence does not, on its face, explain the wide area to which access has been restricted for days after the incident.”
On-the-ground information is scarce to those outside the cordon because access to residents, including by the media, has also been restricted. For that reason, we encourage anyone who has this kind of information to contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
WBALTV11 visited one checkpoint in West Baltimore:
West Franklin Street is back open to traffic.
Police plan to release the West Baltimore crime scene Monday morning #WBAL pic.twitter.com/AgyDlqjWQH
— Vanessa Herring (@VanessaWBAL) November 20, 2017
According to one citizen, ‘this is the 3rd time in less than 3 years that West Baltimore has been occupied by police’…
This is the 3rd time in less than 3 years that West Baltimore has been occupied by police:
1) April 27 – May 1 in 2015 after the funeral of Freddie Gray
2) June 27, 2016 at a street celebration of the life of rapper Lor Scoota
3) Nov. 16-???? in 2017 after Det. Suiter was killed pic.twitter.com/C85qSSl6Br
— T'Challa ☀️Ra 💫 (@BmoreDoc) November 18, 2017
Baltimore Brew concludes by saying the Baltimore Police will “clear the crime scene” on Monday, so in a few hours.
Perhaps in a preview of things to come, the 4-5 day siege of West Baltimore by Police has been described by one resident as ‘Martial Law’. Readers concerned about social tensions in the US are urged to monitor events in Baltimore, which better than Chicago or Detroit now demonstrates just how the United States is marching straight into a new, Orwellian era.