BUT HE DIDN'T RESIST ARREST???!!! UVA HONOR STUDENT MARTESE JOHNSON BLOODIED OVER ALLEGED FAKE ID...
In any other case of Police Misconduct, a narrative is contrived that paints the picture of the victim as some thug that would have eventually been dead or in jail soon anyway. But in the case of third year University of Virginia Honor Student Martese Johnson, there's no criminal history or social media posts to manipulate. Furthermore, we are talking about a case of ABC Agents that thought he may have been turned away from a bar because of a fake Id. It's St. Patrick's Day, in a college town. If he really did have a fake Id, just how often do you think that happens? Hell, how many times do you imagine that may have happened that very night? What we do know for sure is that Martese Johnson was approached by ABC Agents, shortly after being turned away at a Charlottesville, Virginia bar. The ABC Officers grabbed by the arm & began questioning him. Moments later he was slammed to the pavement & arrested on charges of Obstruction of Justice without force & Public Swearing or Intoxication. A witness described the officer's actions as “animalistic, insensitive, and brute.” In the end, Johnson sustained head injuries that required at least 10 stitches. Days later, Johnson was seen in public with bruises, scrapes & lines from the stitching required to close up his wounds. The incident occurred on March 18 in front of Trinity Irish Pub, and as a result of photos being posted online, Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe is calling for an investigation into conduct of the ABC Officers. Per the daily beast Website, Johnson is a well known student leader on campus & is from the same Kenwood Area of Chicago as current President Barack Obama. Per that same site, this is just the latest in cases of alleged overzealous policing tactics from the ABC Officers in the Charlottesville area. We will keep watching this developing story,, and follow up if Justice isn't done, since mainstream media won't tell you what happened. P.E.A.C.E.
On the same day that The New York Times issued a report that The U.S. Department of Justice has determined that The Ferguson Police Department is guilty of a pattern of racial abuses that include Excessive Force, Unwarranted Traffic Stops, Petty Citations, Unjustified Searches, Prolonged Imprisonment & other Discriminatory Practices, we observe the 24 Year Anniversary of The Infamous Rodney King Beating. Both were landmark cases that brought attention to the abuse of power that WE so often tried to tell the rest of the world about. Rodney King was beaten, in what may have been the most shocking piece of video ever, by four LAPD Officers on March 3rd 1991. A bystander caught the beating on tape, and the rest is history. Laurence Powell, Timothy Wind, Theodore Briseno, and Stacey Koon would be acquitted in the beating-which several days of rioting. Now today we find ourselves again trying to convince the masses that there's something not quite right about the deaths of Mike Brown, Eric Garner, Tamir Rice, Oscar Grant, Sean Bell & countless others. Relive this moment with us. Remember Rodney King & Fight back against the system. Nothing will change, unless WE make it change.
In the past I've written about the code words used to convey just why a Black, Brown or Yellow Inhabitant of this nation was beaten or killed after being confronted by a cop. Usually the code words center around the implication that this person was somehow deemed to be a threat (i.e "The Suspect was Non Compliant," "The Officer Feared For His Life," "A Crime Had Been Committed, In That Area, Earlier In The Day," etc). However, many of these same tense confrontations take place in other communities & those "citizens" either Live To See Their Day In Court-or Walk Away with a Warning. YouTube is full of videos of White Citizens assaulting cops, and much care was taken to simply contain said suspect. So what's the difference? It's the Mentality. NO, ALL COPS ARE NOT RACIST & VIOLENT. But they are human. Socialization is real, and so is its psychological impact on how we view everything around us is real. So if said cop views certain elements of the population in a negative light, Right or Wrong, this will impact how they interact with them. Sad to say this often places The Black & Brown population in danger, whenever we come into the presence of cops. We must Dissect 7 Attack the Mentality that far to often leads to the use of Lethal Force in Black & Latino Communities across America.
Here we have Seattle Police Officer Cynthia Witlatch & Charleston, West Virginia Lieutenant Shawn Williams as recent examples of people who just shouldn't have a badge.
Seattle Police Officer Cynthia Witlatch arrested an elderly Black man for carrying a golf club down the street. According to her reports, the golf club was viewed as a weapon & he was using it in a threatening manner towards her. The reality of the matter was that the 69-year-old man was using the golf club as a cane. And the allegedly threatening behavior took place while she was driving past him. Officer Whitlatch wrote in her reports that she wasn’t certain if Wingate’s action was “directed at me” until she saw him in the rearview mirror. Wingate’s “demeanor was hostile and his actions were threatening and I perceived them as such.” in-car video did not capture those events.
After hearing that William Wingate had accepted a plea deal for an unlawful weapon charge, Officer Witlatch sent emails to the state Attorney's Office complaining that about that they should have also pursued Obstruction of Justice charges & then went on a Social Media Rant about Black Racists. Dashcam footage has since been discovered, that shows that Mr. Wingate did nothing wrong, and even worse that Officer Witlatch lied in her reports. Charges have since been dismissed.
Back in October, Charleston, West Virginia Lieutenant Shawn Williams was placed under Leave-pending Investigation-after video was released that exposed his White Supremacist leanings. The video is said to have been of his eight year old daughter singing a Klu Klux Klan Anthem, while dressed in parts of his Police Uniform. In the background he can allegedly be heard Shouting Racial Slurs. Williams & many others claimed that there was some type of conspiracy against the Officer, and that his privacy had been violated, because the videos came from his personal computer. In late January Lieutenant Williams finally resigned from the Charleston Police Department. The video is said to have been leaked by his soon to be Ex-Wife. Again remember that The SOCIALIZATION & Embedding of Racist Attitudes/Beliefs is key here. Who knows what damage has been done to the mind of his eight year old daughter, or what havoc she may now spread among her peers.
As I watch how quickly My People's attention shifts away from the brutality & injustice of Ferguson, NYC, etc-to discussions about Cosby, Sorority Sisters & Empire-I can't help but think about the reality that is The Psychological Impact of Slavery. Few want to talk about this, but it's real. We're talking about 500+ Years of being trained to feel weak, Inferior & worry about all of the Wrong things-with the next 100+ Years dominated by the Jim Crow Policies, COINTELPRO, hostile legislation from Congress, and the flooding of Black Communities with Heroin & Crack. Which leads me to the controversial "Willie Lynch Letter." For those unaware, The Lynch Letter is based on a presentation to plantation owners in 1712. This meeting was allegedly designed to teach slave owners how to shift away from the more violent tactics of controlling their slaves-in favor of controlling the minds of their slaves with all sorts of Psychological Fuckery & Mischief. This plan was promised to work for at least 300 years, and is said to have been the precursor to the practice of Lynching. Some say that the infamous Willie Lynch Letter is fictitious, and it may very well be; but either way the content of the letter was/is implemented to this very day. Think about it. Think about the things that divide us, today & yesteryear. If the letter is real, I'm sure that it's author never would have imagined that the tactics mentioned would still work over 500 years later. Either way, it's far past time for US to wake up & start having hard conversations about how to start the re-education process. We all should know that any revolution must first start within the mind.
In a case that just seems to grow bigger each month, 27 Year Old Oklahoma City Police Officer Daniel Holtzclaw is facing life in prison for 32 separate charges of sexual assault carried out while on duty. Originally arrested in August, Holtzclaw was charged with First-Degree Rape, Forced Oral Sodomy, Sexual Battery, Indecent Exposure, Rape By Instrumentation, Felony Stalking and Burglary. After that, additional alleged victims came forward in September-with still six more this month.
THE VICTIM'S AGES RANGED FROM AS YOUNG AS 17-RIGHT UP TO 58 YEARS OLD!
ALL OF THE VICTIMS WERE BLACK WOMEN!!!
According to various reports, Holtzclaw would approach the women, under false pretenses & threaten to arrest them if they did not comply with her sexual requests. Others allege that he threatened to hurt them. Internal investigations were said to have begun, after one brave victim called the police immediately after being assaulted. Now sitting at his mom's house, on Paid Leave, Holtzclaw's next hearing is scheduled for November 18th. His bail, originally set at $5 million, was lowered to just over $600,000. Meanwhile his family posts conspiracy theories of "ulterior motives" from the "Justice For Daniel Holtzclaw" Facebook Page. Be sure to go to the page & let them know how you feel. Wondering aloud why this is not blowing up in the daily news cycle???!!!
Threats to kill unarmed protesters, bragging about your willingness to kill without remorse, referring to protesters as "Rabid Dogs" that need to be "Put Down." these are the people that supposedly patrol our cities with Honor & Respect. Even worse, the type of reinforcements sent in to secure the situation in Ferguson, Missouri. But thanks to today's technology, these criminals have been exposed for being the trash that they are. As of today, Three of the five officers already in question have turned in their badges.
St. Ann, Missouri Police Lieutenant Ray Albers was caught on video pointing his Assault Rifle at unarmed protesters & yelling "I'm Going To Kill You" to protesters deemed as having done nothing wrong. The local Board of Police Commissioners recommended that he Resign or be be Fired. He chose to resign.
St. Louis County Police Officer Dan Page opted to retire, after separate videos went global showing him roughing up Television's most Non-threatening Negro Don Lemon, refering to himself as "A Killer," & espousing his views on Muslims (should we even go there?), Deriding Liberal-Leaning Judges as Those "Sodomites" on The Supreme Court, the necessity to be violent, Domestic Violence, and "that illegal alien who claims to be our President."
The Glendale, Missouri Police has elected to fire Officer Matthew Papert, after social media comments he made in recent weeks went viral & sparked outrage. Among other statements, Papert refers to the protesters as "Rabid Dogs," and goes on to state that they should be "Put Down." Additional comments were inferring the need to have a suicide bomber on hand to blow up the "White Trash" & Black"Thugs" in the area. Unfortunately, the same cannot yet be said for Police Sgt. Mike Weston. Officer Weston was also caught posting online comments expressing his desire to punch U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder & comments accusing Missouri Highway Patrol Captain Ron Johnson on hypocrisy. He also was caught in a lie-regarding why protesters were tear gassed in their own yards & commented that Michael Brown deserved to die-based on the now disputed video depicting his alleged theft of a box of swishers. smh. of course, we are ALL waiting to see what officials will do with Officer/Executioner Darren Wilson.
Accused of flirting with a Mississippi White woman, Young emmett Till was tied to a 75-pound cotton-gin fan and stripped naked before being subjected to hours of torture. His eye was gouged out, he was shot in the head, he was tied up with barbed wire & then thrown into the Tallahatchie River. His mother insisted on an Open-Casket Funeral-so that the nation would know what happened to her son. Emmett's death was as much a catalyst for the Civil rights Movements as anything else. Maybe More. No one was ever convicted for the crime-even though it was never disputed as to who had committed the crime.
So much has been much has been of the situation in Ferguson, Missouri. So much has been said-Both Right & Wrong. All the while, there's been a battle to control the images that the public gets to see. With that in mind, the position of The Wandering Eyes Blog has consistently been that the image of this young man (Michael Brown) is the ONLY one that matters here. And as long as we allow others to manipulate what we see, more will die without cause. Helping us continue to push that point home, is our Brother Rasool Ruffin (No Budget Films & DC Drama Magazine). Shout Out to my Brother DC Drama Ruffin for the Ill Visuals.
Amid all of the Rumors, Manipulation of Facts (and Video Footage), Hijacking by Opportunists Agents (Jesse & Al), exaggerated reports of looting, suppression of relevant information, etc, the FACT that a young Man Died-apparently without a Justified Cause. If you remember anything from this post, here's a reminder of what is truly most important...
Eighteen Year Old Michael Brown was scheduled to start classes at Vatterott College this Monday. But Saturday Afternoon, he instead lay dead in the middle of the street. For yet to be disclosed reasons, Michael Brown was killed by an unnamed Ferguson Police Officer. The shooting occurred at the Canfield Green Apartment complex in suburban St. Louis, Missouri. According to witnesses, Brown was in the area visiting his grandmother & was walking with a friend, when an officer allegedly approached them with his weapon already drawn out. “He (the officer) shot again and once my friend felt that shot, he turned around and put his hands in the air,” said Johnson. “He started to get down and the officer still approached with his weapon drawn and fired several more shots.”
Brown's grandmother Desiree Harris added that she saw him running, but by the time she arrived to see what was going on, he had already been killed. As word spread of the incident, angry residents began pouring out into the street protesting yet another display of excessive force by police. Allegedly the crowd could be heard shouting "Kill The Police!" Additional officers-including police dogs & armored vehicles-were called in from other areas. No details have been provided specific to the actual shooting itself. The unnamed officer is now on paid leave-the standard "punishment" for executing unarmed Black & Latinos. According to witness accounts, young Mr. Brown was shot anywhere from 7 to 10 times.