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Friday, June 5, 2009

Video Texas cop Tasers great-grandmother

AAPP says:"These folks in Texas have gone crazy." Check out how a traffic stop for speeding in Travis County, Texas, led to the Tasering of a 72-year-old great-grandmother by a deputy.

Feisty Kathryn Winkfein apparently so frightened the law-enforcement officer when she "used some profanity" and "got violent" that he felt it necessary to subdue her with a potentially dangerous jolt of electricity. As reported by the examiner.com Winkfein was reportedly doing 60 in a construction zone where the posted speed limit was 45 when she was pulled over. She was ticketed but declined to sign the ticket, leading the police officer to place her under arrest lest civilization collapse for want of the surrender of a penny's worth of ink.

Travis County Constable Ricard McCain
Travis County, Texas, Precinct 3 Constable Richard
McCain defended the Tasering of a 72-year-old
great-grandmother during a traffic stop by a deput

At this point, the stories diverge. According to Precinct 3 Constable Richard McCain, Winkfein cursed and refused to cooperate. She says nothing of the sort occurred. "I wasn't argumentative, I was not combative. This is a lie," the woman told a news reporter for Fox 7.

Either way, it's difficult to see how the issuance of a speeding ticket to an elderly woman devolved to the point where a grown, trained law-enforcement officer could be considered justified in subjecting the speeder to an electric jolt intended to disrupt her nervous system -- no matter what command of profanity she displayed. More HERE

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White Gay Guys need to take a chill pill

Gay White Guys need to take a chill pill. That's what black blogger Jasmyne Cannick thinks.
I tend to agree with the writers comments (below). But it's not only the gay white guys, now we have a black guy like Jonathan Capehart, demanding Speeches on Gay Rights. Holy BS, why would Jonathan Capehart and his white gay buddies demand a speech from Obama on gay rights when Obama has not had a speech of black rights in America? OK, back to the point. Check out Jasmyne Cannick article below:


The Problem: Strong feelings of entitlement, refusal to work with others, racism, extreme issues with class, sudden temper tantrums.

The Prescription: Take as needed one chill pill with a large glass of reality.

The gay community needs to take a chill pill … seriously.

Protesting President Barack Obama outside of the Beverly Hilton Hotel during a fundraiser may make the evening news but does very little to persuade public opinion — which is the reason for the passage of Proposition 8 in the first place.

At a time when so many Californians are unemployed and living at or below the poverty line, now would be a good time for gays to show that the fight for marriage is about making life better for all of us, rather than some of us.

California voters are waist deep in the middle of an economic nightmare, and for many blacks, well let’s just say that they’re in danger of drowning. With cuts of health insurance for the poor, less financial help for unemployed single mothers, and the elimination of a state program that provides antiviral drugs for people living with AIDS on Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger’s $24.3 billion budget deficit chopping block, some would say that right about now we’ve got bigger fish to fry.

Which is not to say that I’m suggesting that the gay community give up the fight for marriage altogether; after all, I am a lesbian. But what I am saying is that the fight for marriage doesn’t surpass the bread-and-butter issues that are plaguing millions of Californians today.

Using the California Supreme Court’s decision to uphold Proposition 8 as an excuse to go out into the streets and throw temper tantrums isn’t going to evoke any sympathy from black voters who supported Proposition 8. And whether you like it or not, sooner or later the issue of gay marriage will come back to those same black voters and it’s what happens now that is going to make all of the difference in how voters react when they’re faced with it on their ballot again.

To that end, protesting the first black president isn’t going to get the gay community very far with African Americans, especially considering the fact that most blacks are still reveling in the fact that’s he’s in office. More HERE

Thursday, June 4, 2009

Saudi King Abdullah, Hosni Mubarak, President Obama, Muslims, and American Terrorists

President Barack Obama shakes hands with Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak. Barack Obama to speak of 'new partnership' with Middle East in Cairo speech

President Barack Obama shakes hands with Egyptian
President Hosni Mubarak in advance of his
'new partnership' speech in Cairo.
Photo: EPA

While President Barack Obama is developing key
partnerships with middle east leaders, there
continues to be home grown American terrorist
is attempting to kill another African American
dreamer. More HERE

SALT LAKE CITY — Federal prosecutors have charged a man with making threats against President Barack Obama after he allegedly told a bank employee in Utah he was on a mission to kill the president.

The Salt Lake Tribune reports that Daniel James Murray has withdrawn $13,000 from an account, has traveled from New York to California, Utah, Georgia, Oklahoma and possibly Texas and has threatened to do harm to Barack Obama.The U.S. Secret Service says Murray has at least eight registered firearms. More HERE

President Obama in Saudi Arabia

Mandel Ngan / AFP/Getty Images

Saudi King Abdullah and President Obama inspect an honor guard during a welcoming
ceremony at King Khalid International Airport in Riyadh. Obama arrived in Saudi Arabia
at the start of a mission to the Middle East in which he will reach out to the world's Muslims.

AAPP Says: I find it interesting that President Barack Obama
call for Israel to stop building settlements in the West Bank was loved by the Muslim world, but pissed off conservatives in the United States. Check this out. As reported by the Boston Globe, Matthew Brooks, executive director of the Republican Jewish Coalition, complained that Obama "struck a balanced tone with regard to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and that's what was wrong with this speech."

"American policy should not be balanced" he said in a statement. "It should side with those who fight terror, not those who either engage in it or are too weak to prevent it." More HERE

I guess the Republican Jewish Coalition supports Daniel James Murray.

I would not be surprised... These groups, and statements by Abraham H. Foxman that:

"Every individual brings his own baggage." "He's an African American . . . and he has rediscovered his Islamic roots after two years. I don't like it, but I understand it."

These words against the President of the United States by Abraham H. Foxman, national director of the Anti-Defamation League, are shameful and bigoted. Abraham H. Foxman, national director of the Anti-Defamation League and the Republican Jewish Coalition need to crawl under the rock from which hey came. It's a new day.

"I agree with Obama: The Discord Must End."

Abraham H. Foxman, national director of the Anti-Defamation League and the Republican Jewish Coalition are not the only ones stuck in the 50's. Check out the LA Times who are running, what some consider a smear job against Obama. As noted by blogger anima, the headline is: Do Obama's words reveal his Middle East sympathies? I agree with anima, the article is a smear job attempting to rehash the Obama-as-Muslim claims, and attempting to raise fears that we still can't be sure of "what Obama stands for." Because when a president does his best to keep us safe and bridge a divide between regions and religions, there is something clearly insidious going on...yes...yes, there is something very unsettling when a president acts like an adult and speaks to other world leaders as adults and equals. He ought to be putting them down! Axis of evil and all that noise. That's what the American people surely want. More HERE

Or maybe America loves these political crackpots?

Pat Buchanan and Rush Limbaugh

Pat Buchanan, left, and Rush Limbaugh.

Pregnant British black woman guilty of trafficking heroin sentenced to life in prison

Last month I and other bloggers reported on the situation of Samantha Orobator a 20-year-old who many thought she just may have to plead guilty in order to save her own life. Well, the folks in Laos did what they thought they had to do, rape a black woman and then have her plead guility. This after many people urged her release including Samantha Orobator mother.

Samantha Orobator, right, looks away as she leaves Vientiane Capital Court in Vientiane, Laos after a one-day trial on Wednesday June 3, 2009. The court found the pregnant British woman guilty of trafficking heroin and sentenced her to life in prison Wednesday, a court official said. (AP Photo/Sakchai Lalit)

As reported by The Huffington Post, in VIENTIANE, Laos — A court in Laos found a pregnant British woman guilty of trafficking heroin and sentenced her to life in prison Wednesday, a court official said.

The life sentence for 20-year-old Samantha Orobator came after a one-day trial in the Lao capital, according to Chanthaly Duangvilai, vice president of the Vientiane Court.

Orobator pleaded guilty, the court official said at a press briefing after the trial, adding that she named several of her alleged accomplices in her testimony. She was the only defendant in the case.

Heroin trafficking is punishable by death, but she was spared because Lao law does not allow the execution of pregnant women, said Chanthaly.

Under a pact signed last month by Laos and Britain that still needs ratification, Orobator could be extradited to serve her time in Britain. Lao officials, however, could still veto her return.

Orobator had been jailed since last August, but her plight drew public attention only last month after the British legal charity Reprieve publicized her circumstances and what they believed was the possibility she could be executed by firing squad if found guilty. More HERE

It's interesting to read the twist that major media outlets place on her case. Headings like, Pregnancy Means Briton Won't Face Execution

AAPP says: I guess this is like blogger RIPPa says: It's THE INTERSECTION OF MADNESS AND REALITY - More HERE

Tuesday, June 2, 2009

Don't Forget Troy Davis - SjP and Villager Will Make Sure We Don't

Hat Tip and Shout Out to SjP for her great work pulling together the afrospeaer bloggers group to blog on behalf of brother Troy Davis.

Bloggers answered the call to action on behalf of Troy Davis on May 19. SjP notes, "While I am very appreciative of your participation, the fact that our collective voices may stir the heart and soul of Gov. Perdue to grant clemency to a man who may well be innocent."

She wrote to AfroSpear members:

But, let us not forget that Troy is not the only one on death row in the states or throughout the world. There are those who are in favor of the death penalty and those who are not. But, everyone will agree that no individual should be put to death for a crime that he or she did not commit. On that fact we can and must all agree.

Great Job SjP, Great Job!

Check out the list of Global Day of Blogging for Action for Troy Davis Participants:

Taser Use Lawsuits Mount - As Black Folks and others, Sue Police Agencies across America

AAPP says: "It's nothing less than high-tech pre-trial torture of black folks - American style. It's time for Congressional hearings on this matter."

Finally major news outlets, like ABC News are reporting on the
debate emerging over the use of electric stun guns as a "pain compliance" or better yet a "torture device" by law enforcement.

What We Think About Taser Abuse

As reported by ABC News, At issue isn't whether police can use the weapon, known as a Taser, to protect themselves from dangerous suspects or to prevent a criminal from escaping. That is its designed purpose. Instead, the question is to what extent police may use a stun gun against someone who is not actively resisting arrest but who is passively refusing to obey a police command.

To some officers, such refusal is a form of resisting arrest and constitutes grounds to shoot 50,000 volts of electricity into that person's body in five-second bursts. When a person is tased, the central nervous system is overridden and the person experiences a seizure accompanied by intense pain. More HERE


Maybe it's about time national organizations such as the NAACP get on board and support the petition for Congressional hearings on Tasering. I'm sure the pregnant women, April Griffin and the thousands of taser victims would appreciate some advocacy on this issue from the national organization.
I also know many bloggers would appreciate some advocacy from national black organizations, who have been sitting by the side lines as black folks are being electrocuted to death, in a high-tech pre-trial torture American style. The use of electric shock as a method of torture was first documented in Nazi, Germany, but today it is still used as an acceptable use of police departments in America.

Who could forget the torture killing in Gwinnett County, Georgia, an un-edited police videotape shows 31-year-old Deacon Frederick Williams being struck with a TASER five times in 43 seconds, just 4 minutes after being led into the jail. He was handcuffed behind his back and in leg restraints, following an epileptic seizure at his home; an ambulance was called by his wife and son, but the police arrived first. His last words were: "Don't kill me, man. Don't kill me." No charges have been filed in the torture / murder; the County DA refused to show this video to a Grand Jury, even though another man in custody was murdered just months earlier after being tortured with a TASER by the same police.
The Video has been since taken off of YouTube, to the horror.

Check out what bloggers recently wrote during a day of blogging for justice:

Wayne Hicks - Electronic Village - http://tinyurl.com/chedrx
LN Rock, African American Opinion - http://africanamericanopinion.ning.com
Kathy - Daily Kos Blogger - Do White People Care About Tasing? http://www.dailykos.com/story/2009/4/24/724113/-Do-White-People-Care-About-Tasing
The Kid - Pirate satellite: A Day of Blogging for Justice - http://kid-kidfunkadelic.blogspot.com/
Wayne Bennett, The Field Negro, Major side bar and link highlighting the importance of this day.
Purple Zoe - UltraVioletUnderground - http://purplezoe.blogspot.com/2009/04/day-of-blogging-for-justice-ban-pre.html
April Davis - Around Harlem.com http://blog-aroundharlem.com/2009/04/24/blogging-for-justice-standing-up-against-the-use-of-police-tasers/
PaJoyner - PlezWorld - http://pajoyner.blogspot.com/2009/04/day-of-blogging-for-justice-death-by.html
Yobachi - Black Perspective.net - http://www.blackperspective.net/index.php/act-against-police-taser-abuse/
Ms. Lady Deborah - From my Brown Eyed View - http://msladydeborah.blogspot.com/2009/04/day-of-blogging-for-justicestanding-up.html
Eddie Griffin BASG - http://eddiegriffinbasg.blogspot.com/2009/04/gravest-injustice.html
Rev. Sequoyah Kofi bin-Tomas, Intelligent Aboriginal News Service (IANS) - The Angry Indian - Inteligentaindigena Novajoservo: When "Non-Lethal" Weapons Kill
Wayne Hicks - Villager, OxDown. Firedoglake - http://oxdown.firedoglake.com/diary/4927
Wayne Hicks - Villager - Electronic Village-.. http://tinyurl.com/59jet6 - Use of Force Continuum
SjP - Sojourners Place - http://sojournersplace.blogspot.com/2009/04/blogging-for-justice-stop-taser.html
LN Rock - Post Racial Blog - http://postracial.blogspot.com/2009/04/tasering-and-toturing-black-americans.html
The SuperSpade - http://www.thesuperspade.com/taser-torture/
Anyway I Have To - http://underovr.blogspot.com/2009/04/day-of-blogging-for-justice-standing-up.html
Vanessa Byers- On The Black Hand Side - http://www.blackhandside.net/2009/04/day-of-blogging-for-justice.html
It All Goes Here - http://nateo.blogspot.com/2009/04/call-for-stopping-pre-trial.html
Independent Bloggers Alliance - http://independentbloggersalliance.blogspot.com/2009/04/day-of-blogging-for-justice-standing-up.html
Rover's Morning Glory - http://www.roverradio.com/index.php?option=com_myblog&show=Black-kids-women-and-children-are-being-tasered-to-death-while-black....html&Itemid=382
Assata Shukur Forum - http://www.assatashakur.org/forum/open-forum/37831-4-24-blog-against-pre-trial-electrocution.html
RiPPa - The Intersection between Maddness and Reality - http://rippdemup.blogspot.com/2009/04/day-of-blogging-for-justice-end-taser.html
Lola - Whatever Lola Wants - http://lolagetslife.blogspot.com/2009/04/day-of-blogging-for-justice-standing-up.html
African American Political Pundit Report - http://aappreport.blogspot.com/2009/04/day-of-blogging-for-justice-standing-up.html
African American Political Pundit Blog - http://aapoliticalpundit.blogspot.com/2009/04/blacks-tasers-and-torture-sign-online.html
Electrocuted While Black - http://electrocutedwhileblack.blogspot.com/2009/04/at-least-five-seventeen-year-olds.html
Scotty - Black Talk Radio - http://blacktalkradio.ning.com/profiles/blogs/a-day-of-blogging-for-justice?xgs=1
Proud Black Blogger - http://proudblackvoter.blogspot.com/2009/04/congressional-black-caucus-needs.html
Carmen D. - Black Voices - http://www.blackvoices.com/blogs/2009/04/27/lets-put-a-stop-to-taser-madness/
Chicago Cop Watch - http://chicagocopwatch.org/2009/04/at-least-five-seventeen-year-olds-suffer-police-pretrial-capital-punishment-by-electrocution-this-year/

Don't forget to sign the Afrospear Petition to request Congressional hearings on the Taser torture of Americans: http://www.petition2congress.com/2/1822/taser-torture-in-america-call-congressional-hearings/

UPDATE: Police Get Away With Murder!


NO Charges Against Police who Killed 15 Year Old Teen.

BAY CITY -- The Bay City Police will not be charged in the death of a 15-year-old Brett Elder who died after an officer tased him on March 22, 2009.

Prosecutor Kurt Asbury says there isn't evidence that officers "committed any criminal act that caused or contributed to the death of Brett Elder."

Elder died March 22 after police were called to his Aunt's home in Bay City. Elder and other teenagers were reported to be very drunk. When police allegedly attempted to calm Elder, the teenager began fighting police.

Reports say an autopsy found both the alcohol and the taser contributed to the boy's death.

In a statment, Prosecutor Asbury said, "The unfortunate reality of the situation was that the underaged Brett Elder was very intoxicated durikng the early morning hours of March 22, 2009, and wihtout any meaningful adult supervision or guidance, placed himself in a situation which resulted in his death. He was highly agitated and combative, tried to start fights with numerous people, as well as the police officers called to the resience to deal with his 'uncontrollable behavior,' all which contributed to his untimely death." MORE HERE

Monday, June 1, 2009

Blacks, Hispanics and Native Americans only make up 6.8% of engineering and other technical staffers in the tech industry,

AAPP say: I Guess a 40-60% high school drop out rate is impacting black, latino, and Native American communities big time.

It's clear that the high-tech industry has a diversity problem, according to a new study.

Blacks, Hispanics and Native Americans only make up 6.8% of engineering and other technical staffers in the tech industry, the Anita Borg Institute, a group that promotes the hiring of women in high-tech, said on Monday. These groups make up an even smaller percentage of workers at higher levels within tech companies.

So-called under-represented minorities make up 27% of the population as a whole and receive 18% of undergraduate computer-science degrees. They earn 8% of masters and doctoral degrees in computer science. But they were barely present at the seven large Silicon Valley companies the Anita Borg Institute studied. (The companies weren’t identified.)

“You need diversity to have innovation,” says Caroline Simard, the study’s author. But the high-tech industry has become inhospitable to these workers, who instead choose to work in technical jobs in other industries or pursue careers in marketing or sales. One problem is the lack of senior leadership that under-represented minorities can look up to: Black men only make up 1.8% of high-level technical employees in high-tech, and black women 1.6%; Hispanic men make up 2.5% of high-level workers; the study didn’t find any Hispanic women.

Many under-represented minorities quit their jobs due to a lack of diversity, making the lack of minority workers a self-fulfilling prophecy. More than half of the women of color included in the study said that they were looking to leave their companies, says Simard. More HERE

Rangel, Obama and Harlem

Congressman Charlie Rangel pissed off in wake of cop shooting says:

"Make certain he (Obama) doesn't run around in East Harlem unidentified."

Rangel added that there's "no question that being [a person] of color puts you in jeopardy in communities like Harlem and East Harlem.


Was Rngel wrong to say it? What do you think?

Janoris Jenkins - Tasered for fighting, resisting arrest without violence

Post Racial Justice?

Yes, a black man was Tased and then arrested on misdemeanor charges of affray and resisting arrest without violence, according to the police report.

Janoris Jenkins, 20, is a rising sophomore and a starting cornerback for the UF football team. His mugshot was taken over the weekend at the Alachua County Sheriff's Office.
Alachua County Sheriff's Office

According to GatorSports.com , Gainesville Police arrested UF sophomore starting cornerback Janoris Jenkins early Saturday morning after they reported he was involved in a fight and an officer used a Taser on him in downtown.

Jenkins, 20, was arrested on misdemeanor charges of affray and resisting arrest without violence, according to the police report.

Gainesville Police spokesman Lt. Keith Kameg said two officers received a report of a fight in the 100 block of South Main Street and arrived at the location at about 2 a.m. to find a group of about six people, including Jenkins, fighting. The officers, who were in uniform, identified themselves and ordered the fighting to stop.

According to the report, when the fighting continued, one of the officers drew a Taser gun and told the group stop again. At that point, Jenkins hit another person in the head, police reported.

Kameg said the officer then used the Taser on Jenkins once, but after the probes came loose Jenkins stood up and ran a “short distance” before being arrested by Gainesville Police officers.

Jenkins was the only person arrested and Kameg said it was unclear who else was involved in the fight.

Jenkins, whom Kameg said was “extremely cooperative” once arrested, was then taken to GPD’s downtown annex and was treated medically before being transported to jail. More HERE

Jimmy Carter Breaks With Obama Agree's with AA Political Pundit

OK, So Jimmy Carter didn't announce that he agreed with me, but he does agree that the examination of abuses needed. He also agrees with my position regarding the need to release the photos of American detainee torture under the Bush administration. I recently talked about this issue on my BlogTalkRadio program.

Get this folks, as reported by CNN, in an interview with CNN's Campbell Brown, former president Jimmy Carter said he disagreed with President Obama's decision to oppose the release of photos depicting detainee torture. " I don't have the responsibility to deal with the consequences, but I think ... most of his supporters were hoping that he would be much more open in the revelation of what we've done in the past."


Reporter, Brenda Lee "ousted from a press area near Air Force One "

I thought reporters are suppose to cover news not make news. Well, that is not the case involving Ms. Brenda Lee. You see, Ms. Brenda Lee a writer for a small Georgia newspaper, and writer of that newspapers The Bird's Eye View, wanted to give President Obama a Letter, but she was forcibly removed from a press area near Air Force One on Thursday shortly before he arrived at the airport. Candidly I don't get why Ms. Lee was trying to pass a letter to the President. She is a journalist, she just needed to cover the news, not make the news. I don't get how as a journalist she is advocating for Ptresident Obama to take a position that she wants him to take on an issue.

The Huffington Post reports, Airport security officers carried
Brenda Lee away by the feet and arms as she protested her removal. She was then allowed to leave. She said the letter she had written was opposing gay marriage. Hey, Ms. Lee, your a reporter, why were you taking a position on any issue, yours is to report on Barack Obama's decisions and activities, not to guide him to take a position.

The Huffington Posr reports the incident occurred about 10 minutes before Obama arrived at LAX - Los Angeles International Airport by helicopter to board Air Force One. He had been in Los Angeles to attend a Democratic National Committee fundraiser in Beverly Hills on Wednesday.

Lee said later in a telephone interview with The Associated Press that she wanted to hand Obama a letter urging him "to take a stand for traditional marriage."

She said she asked a Secret Service agent to give the president her letter, but he refused and referred her to a White House staffer. Lee said she refused to give the staffer the letter. More HERE

(AP Photo/Nick Ut)

OK, now we know what newspapers and bloggers have to say, take a look at what Breanda Lee has to say:

Rev. Brenda Lee

By Rev. Brenda Lee:

I arrived at the Los Angeles Airport at 4 a.m. and was driven up to the press area by Mr. Albert Rodriquez where I waited until about 6 a.m. I noticed a person who was on Air Force One on Wednesday afternoon. When that gentleman came near the barricade where I was standing, I asked if he would give a letter to President Obama. He said that he could not do that, but recommended that I give the letter to a staff member. He said that they would be out shortly.

A few minutes later, two men came over (one later identified himself as Secret Servicemen Warly) and asked for my information; I identified myself as Rev. Brenda Lee with the Georgia Informer. They asked to open the letter. I gave Agent Warly permission to do so and he opened and read the letter. He gave it back to me.

At that point, I sat down and started to write my article for the Georgia Informer. Another man came up and identified himself as a staff person. He offered to take the letter for President Obama. My spirit did not agree with him, and I did not believe that he would give the letter to the President, but I quickly prayed and left it up to GOD. One of the small sheets of paper fell and I opened the one that was left in my hand. It said “No” meaning that I was not to give him the letter.

I apologized and told the staff person that I would keep the letter in hopes that the President would pass by. He then told me that he could guarantee that President Obama would not be coming near me and he asked that I not wave, motion, or yell out to the President. At that point, I was offended, as I do not carry myself in that manner. I agreed to his conditions. He walked off. No one ever said that I was not to give the letter to President Obama if he were to come near me.

I started a conversation with two reporters from Watts. The staff member returned a second time; he had two men with him. Detective Martinez did the talking. He asked me to follow him from the press area. I did and once I was out of the press area, the staff person said that he heard me tell the reporters that I was doing to disrupt the photo shot. At no time did I say anything like this to anyone, and I then called him a liar, and I asked Detective Martinez to check with the other reporters. The staff person said that he would allow me to return to the press area, if he could stand next to me. I agreed because I had no plans to disrupt the proceedings.

When I return to the press area, I said to the Watts reporters, “Heavens, you are reporters, and you would allow the men to accost me without intervening on my behalf.” The older gentleman said to me, “What would you have me do?” I said, “You are right. I apologize to you.” The next thing I knew the staff person returned with three men. This time Detective Martinez request that I leave the pres area. I asked why I was being asked to leave. “I have not done anything and I want to know why I am being asked to leave.” At this point, the staff person waved his hand. (I knew what that meant because Bishop Bolam of Savannah, Georgia had me assaulted by his security people with the wave of his hand a few years early.) I made the decision to sit down to defuse the situation.

At that point someone grab my shoulder, and then the detectives were all over me and I said, “Now I am not leaving.” I screamed at the reporters to do their job because I could see that they were beginning to turn their backs. The detectives started dragging me; I heard someone say, “Get her feet.” They carried me out of the press area. Firemen thought that I had fainted and rushed toward me asking if I needed medical assistance.

I said, “No! Take a picture.” By this time detectives were trying to force me into an unmarked car. It had some writing on it, but I could not read it. I told them no way was I going to let them put me into a car. Detective Martinez stopped and said, ”We could have put your hands behind your back, hand cuffed you, put you in a black and white car and taken you off for 72 hours of observation. (My sister, Betty had worked on the sixth floor of Macon Hospital, so I knew that he was implying that I had mental problems. “Are you suggesting that I have mental problems?” He said, “No.” But he asked if I was on drugs. By this time I was exhausted and I told him that I wanted to leave, if I was not under arrest.

I requested my driver and they said that Mr. Rodriquez did not want me in his vehicle. I told them that was fine, but that I would walk back to my car because I did not trust them. They said that we were in lock down and we could not move. Once lock down was lifted, Mr. Rodriquez came over and I got into the van. Agent Warly came up and said that he had not found me to be a threat to President Obama and wanted me to know that.

His sole purpose was to make sure that the President was not under attack; he requested an interview; I declined his request and left LAX. I requested Detective Martinez’ card and the name of his superior. He said it was his job to remove me after the staff member demanded my removal. He refused to give me the name of the staff person, but I took a picture of him.

My reaction to the above event is total shock. All of it was unnecessary. At no point did I demand to give President Obama the letter; it was in an envelope and address to the White House. I thought I would save myself and stamp and I would be assured that he received it.

Nothing has changed for Blacks, especially women. I do not believe that a White, clergy with a collar would have been asked to leave the press area simple because he had a letter in his hand. I think the events were three folded. It was an opportunity for the Catholic Church and the gays to discredit me, and it cast President Obama in negative light for a Black female to be mishandled to this extent.

The staff person acted improperly and everyone knew it, but no one would stop him. It was an abuse of power."

AAPP: Hmmm... I guess a few bloggers have said it best, people just get carried away by Obama,, or better yet, that's what happens when your a wingnut African-American shock activist journalist.

Sunday, May 31, 2009

Listen to my BlogTalkRadio Interview of April Griffins Sister

A few days ago I reported on the awful situation of violence against women, in particular as it applies to April Griffin, (pictured below) in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

April Griffin


Reminder: This is a case that was started over two years ago. It was reported by Diana Sroka in a local newspaper that, "Two weeks after a Milwaukee County judge awarded sole custody of a 10-month-old boy to his father, the child's mother remains jailed for refusing to reveal the baby's whereabouts. April Griffin, 28, of Milwaukee has been in jail since mid-May for contempt for refusing to tell Circuit Judge Michael D. Guolee where to find the baby, Jesse. More HERE

Well, My Co-Host, Antoinette and I had the opportunity to interview April Griffins' sister on my BlogTalkRadio Program - African American Political SlugFest. You can check out the interview HERE regarding the color Aroused Judge and April Griffin

After you listen to the interview you will probably agree, this is a clear case of Judicial mis-conduct on the part of Circuit Judge Michael D. Guolee. One has to wonder why the local and national office of the NAACP have not been engaged in this case.

From the Archive: The April Griffin Case Part 1

From the Archive: The April Griffin Case Part 2

Madison police data show blacks -- were Tasered by Madison police twice as often as whites

Tasers used more on minorities, Madison police data show

Minorities -- especially blacks -- were Tasered by Madison police more than twice as often as whites
last year, and more often than whites in three of the last five, police data.

Nearly six years after Madison police began arming officers with Tasers and four years after the controversial Tasering of a black high school student, police department records suggest minorities have the weapons used against them at a rate far out of proportion with how often they are arrested.

Minorities — especially blacks — were Tasered more than twice as often as whites last year, and more often than whites in three of the last five. In the other two years, about as many whites were Tasered as nonwhites. In each of the five years, nonwhites were arrested for about half as many crimes as whites.

Mark P. Jones, a professor at Rice University who last year co-authored a first-of-its-kind study that found a similar pattern in the use of Tasers by the Houston Police Department, said Madison’s Taser data is not enough to prove bias in their use. But he said it is worthy of closer study.

“What these data point out is that there’s potentially a problem,” said Jones.

Madison police question the validity of comparing arrest data with Taser use and contend that every Taser deployment is reviewed after the fact to see if it was appropriate and conformed to policy.

“It would be important to look at the facts in each case,” said Capt. Vic Wahl, who oversaw the program when it was first introduced. “The review process has worked. It’s not just a rubber stamp.” More HERE

• Graphic: Arrests, Taser use by race

AAPP Says: There are so many black mothers seeking justice behind Police taser 'murders' of their sons

As reported by livesteez.com, in recent months, too many young black men have been injured and in worse cases died at the hands of police officials around the nation. In circumstances where surrounding environments are dangerous, who is there to trust when those who are supposed to protect are equally dangerous?

In the recent case of Robert MItchell, a learning disabled 16-year old who was tasered to death by Detroit police in early April, was believed to be "resisting arrest" when, in fact, he was frightened by law enforcement. The young man's mother, Renea Mitchell said Wednesday her son wanted "nothing to do" with police, reports CNN.

ERIE -- Yvette Jennings had never heard of YouTube.

Read more: http://www.post-gazette.com/pg/09137/970774-455.stm#ixzz0H7RwsQQ6&B

AAPP says: I guess we will continue to see the the growth of taser use. This as the YouTube video of white police officers laughing about killing a black man with a taser has reopened racial wounds in Erie. It's really time for Congressional Taser Hearings.

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