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Archive for March 15th, 2018

Analysts and Activists say Zionist Pressure, Black Caucus Capitulations Won’t Stop Farrakhan

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By Richard B. Muhammad and Charlene Muhammad

 

CHICAGO, IL –  (FinalCall.Com) –The Jewish stranglehold on Black political leaders was manifested when some Congressional Black Caucus members caved in to demands by the Republican Jewish Coalition that they denounce Nation of Islam Minister Louis Farrakhan.

Analysts and activists called the denunciations signs of the weakness of Black politicians amid Jewish efforts to isolate the Minister. They predicted the efforts would fail.

A flood of half-truths followed Min. Farrakhan’s late February address closing the Nation’s Saviours’ Day convention in Chicago.

The RJC called on Keith Ellison (D-Minn.), Barbara Lee (D-Calif.), Maxine Waters (D-Calif.), Danny Davis (D-Ill.), Andre Carson (D-Ind.); Gregory Meeks (D-N.Y.) and Al Green (D-Texas) to resign. The congressmen should step down for meeting with or dialoguing with Min. Farrakhan, the RJC said.

By March 8, Davis had joined Lee and Meeks in disavowing the Minister.

Dr. Boyce Watkins spoke candidly about the congressional cave ins: “It’s a lack of power. It’s fear! A lack of discipline, a lack of self-respect, which leads to no respect.”

“What’s interesting to me is that they will condemn the words of Minister Farrakhan and say we condemn hate speech of any kind, so you’re going out of your way to attack another Black person on behalf of White people … but in your quest to allegedly condemn hate speech of any kind, you never once condemn the Jewish community for running these record labels where every other rapper is calling Black people the N-word, and every other rapper is promoting Black genocide, which has been more insidious, more effective, longer lasting than the genocide imposed on the Jews during the reign of Adolf Hitler,” argued Dr. Watkins.

“What the Jewish community is going to have to confront is the fact that you have been our Hitler. You have mass-promoted, through media, the extermination of Black people through Black-on-Black crime, the complete disrespect of Black women and Black families in your music, and not once have you ever condemned that as hate speech,” Dr. Watkins said. “So, you condemn us. Well, we condemn you.”

Charles Steele, SCLC national president, recounted how the Minister gave money to keep SCLC doors open when the group was broke.

Min. Farrakhan didn’t ask questions and wrote a check to support work in the spirit of Dr. Martin Luther King and the civil rights movement, Dr. Steele said.

Philadelphia activist Pam Africa said the Jewish influence on Black life shows Blacks have gotten nowhere in the Black-Jewish relationship.

Blacks have been relegated to kiss-ups and suck-ups to what is wrong as indicated by the lawmakers’ denunciation of Minister Farrakhan, she said.

“They’re the Judas that Jesus Christ dealt with,” she said.

With discontent over President Trump and controversies that could turn off female voters, pressure on Democrats, activists like Tamika Mallory and the “Farrakhan controversy” are designed to weaken Democrats, anti-Trump activists and lessen possible GOP losses in 2018 mid-term elections, said some analysts.

Donald Trump, Jr. attacked Min. Farrakhan via Twitter. Ari Fleischer, a RJC board member and former spokesman for President George W. Bush, joined the anti-Farrakhan Twitter attacks supported by Sean Hannity, his other Fox News colleagues and Alan Dershowitz.

Jewish billionaire Sheldon G. Adelson, RJC board chairman, gave multi-million dollar donations to the Trump campaign and inauguration.

The Executive Council of the Nation of Islam March 9 expressed via an open letter “deep disappointment” in Black Caucus members who bowed to Jewish pressure.

Congressmen Lee, Davis and Meeks joined Ellison, who had been the lone CBC member to publicly denounce Minister Farrakhan.

Rep. Carson told an Indianapolis TV station: “That organization (the RJC) doesn’t have any credibility with me. I know they have a political agenda. The Congressional Black Caucus is asking that organization to condemn (Israeli Prime Minister) Benjamin Netanyahu and the (Israeli) government for discriminating against Africans who are migrating, who are fleeing dictatorships, who are fleeing oppression. There’s a great deal of bigotry and racism happening right now they fail to condemn.”

Minister Farrakhan called his Jewish detractors to a public debate. Similarly in a 2010 open letter, Min. Farrakhan urged Black leaders to review the book, “The Secret Relationship Between Blacks and Jews, Part 2” which documented how Jews gained control of the Black economy and benefitted from their paternal relationship with Blacks.

“I am asking you to stand down and let them come out to me to defend their record and history of their relationship with us that we compiled from that which was written by their own scholars, historians, and Rabbis,” he wrote.

The Anti-Defamation League attacked the Minister with Jewish, right-wing and mainstream media joining the assault.

Activist Tamika Mallory was denounced for attending the Minister’s speech in Chicago. In an op-ed published on newsone.com, the Women’s March co-chair said, “I am the same woman who helped to build an intersectional movement that fights for the rights of all people and stands against hatred and discrimination of all forms. I am the same person today that I was before Saviours’ Day.”

On Twitter, Jonathan Greenblatt, ADL chief executive officer, falsely charged Minister Farrakhan with scapegoating Jews and attacked Ms. Mallory.

“If you’re Black and you’re a powerful person, elected, corporate, whatever, if you are doing the bidding of White people, you are a super slave, that you have power and you’re exercising that power against your own people,” said Professor Raymond Winbush of Morgan State University in Baltimore.

It’s a tragedy that Blacks have elected leaders whose constituents strongly support Minister Farrakhan but politicians don’t because of influential lobbying groups, he said.

Dr. Tony Monteiro, former Temple University professor, said Min. Farrakhan attracts Black and poor people “as a voice of Black America and its struggle against the forces of right-wing authoritarianism and racism, as well as a consistent voice against Israeli oppression of the Palestinians.”

 

Final Call staff contributed to this report.

Photo Caption: Minister Farrakhan delivers Saviours Day address in Chicago in late February. The speech drew an attack from Jewish right wing and mainstream media.

 

Photo: Michael Muhammad/Final Call Newspaper 

 

State Rep. Flowers Sets Framework for Compensation of Wrongfully Imprisoned Individuals

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CHICAGO, IL – Despite the presumption that all people accused of crimes are innocent until proven guilty, Illinois’ jails are largely populated by inmates that are awaiting trial and have not been convicted of a crime. In order to level the field for the falsely accused, Illinois state Rep. Mary E. Flowers, D-Chicago, has introduced an unprecedented measure that sets a per-year financial award for wrongfully imprisoned individuals who are found innocent.

 

“All too often, we see young men and women falsely accused of crimes, even with overwhelming evidence of their innocence, forced to sit in jail cells until their names are ultimately cleared,” said Flowers. “These innocent people’s lives are ruined by the time they spend fighting for their freedom and this bill is just one crucial step to ensuring the system is fair.”

 

House Bill 4362 is a measure that changes the award system for wrongfully incarcerated individuals by replacing the statutory ceilings and Court of Claims discretion on the amount awarded to those individuals with a benchmark, per-year number. Under the bill, wrongfully imprisoned people would be entitled to $50,000 per year that they were in jail and $25,000 per year of parole, probation or sex offender list registration. Current statute calls for any person serving 5 years or less to be awarded a maximum of $85,350, and anyone who falsely served more than 14 years is limited to no more than $199,150.

 

“People who are falsely accused and found innocent or have their charges dismissed should be compensated for the time that they spent away from their jobs and families,” said Flowers. “When they’re spending years and years fighting cases that have no weight, they fall even further behind on building wealth and securing the future for their families. We have to ensure that these individuals are on a path that will help them continue to be a functioning member of the community.”

 

House Bill 4362 is supported by the American Civil Liberties Union, Cook County Public Defenders, Safer Foundation and more with no known opponents. The bill is currently in the House Rules committee and is expected to be heard for consideration in the near future.

 

State Rep. Mary Flowers represents portions of the Auburn-Gresham community in Chicago, Oak Lawn, Chicago Ridge, Countryside and others. For more information, please contact Rep. Flowers’ constituent service office at 773-471-5200 or email her at maryeflowers@ilga.gov.

 

 

State Senator Raoul Measure Lets Municipalities Regulate Assault Weapons

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Measure passed today also bans the sale and use of bump stocks

 

SPRINGFIELD, IL —  One month after the mass shooting in Parkland, Florida, that took the lives of 17 students and teachers, Illinois State Senator Kwame Raoul (D-Chicago 13th) passed legislation in the Senate allowing municipalities to regulate assault weapons and banning the use of bump stocks and trigger cranks.

Currently, the authority to regulate assault weapons rests exclusively with the state, but this legislation returns that power to local governments.

The measure also makes it illegal to sell, manufacture, purchase or possess bump stocks and trigger cranks.

“Students around the country walked out today to remember the victims of the shooting in Parkland, Florida, and urge lawmakers to take action,” Raoul said. “I was proud to join my colleagues in a bipartisan show of support for them. But we are in a unique situation. We can do more than host a symbolic demonstration. We can take action, and I am proud that we did today.”

Today’s vote coincided with a national school walk out, during which thousands of students peacefully protested gun violence and urged legislators to take action. Raoul joined members of the Illinois Senate this morning in a 20-minute walk out in solidarity with the students.

House Bill 1467 passed the Senate 37-16 and now returns to the House for a concurrence vote.

Attorney General Madigan Charges Six in Gas Station Identity Theft Ring

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Attorney General Madigan & Secret Service Announce Charges Against Florida Defendants for Gas Station Credit & Debit Card Skimming Scheme

CHICAGO, IL — Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan announced charges against six Florida residents for skimming information off credit and debit cards used at gas stations across the Chicago area.

 

Madigan alleged the defendants stole credit and debit card information using skimming devices at gas stations around Chicago and across the country. Madigan alleged the defendants stole information from gas station customers in Cook, DuPage and Lake counties to make more than $210,000 of fraudulent purchases in the Chicago area.

 

Madigan’s office worked with the Secret Service to charge each of the following defendants in Cook County Circuit Court with identity theft, financial institution fraud, theft by deception, conspiracy to commit a financial crime, computer fraud and mail fraud:

Caridad Chacon, 45, of Tampa;

Jordan Chacon, 23, of Tampa;

William Hernandez, 24, of Tampa;

Jose Molina, 26, of Tampa;

Claudia Chung Prieto, 23, of Tampa; and

Katerine Ramirez, 25, of Miami.

Skimming devices can be installed at gas station pumps within seconds and are not visible to a customer using it. When customers pay at the pump, the skimmers collect all of the information stored in the credit or debit card’s magnet strip. Once thieves retrieve the skimmer, they download the data and can create new credit cards using the stolen information. Madigan alleged that the defendants in this case used the new cards to make retail purchases and buy gift cards, making the fraud more difficult to trace.

 

“The defendants orchestrated a scheme to install skimming devices at gas station pumps around Chicago and across the country to steal credit card and debit card information,” Madigan said. “This scheme is nearly impossible to detect by a customer, so it is critically important that people regularly monitor their bank and credit card accounts and report any unauthorized charges.”

 

According to Madigan, the defendants have used similar skimming devices in states around the country, including Michigan and Georgia. In 2015, an American Express fraud investigator detected suspicious activity on multiple accounts, and all of the cards in question were traced to the same gas station in Glencoe, Ill. Madigan’s office investigated the case with the Secret Service.

 

“Gas pump skimming investigations remain a priority for the U.S. Secret Service” said Special Agent in Charge John A. Koleno of the U.S. Secret Service Chicago Field Office. “This case highlights our outstanding relationship with the Illinois Attorney General’s Office and we will continue to work with our state and local partners to disrupt organized criminal groups who defraud financial institutions and innocent citizens”.

 

Anyone with information regarding gas pump skimming or who has been the victim of a financial crime is encouraged to contact the U. S. Secret Service, Chicago Field Office at 312-353-5431.

 

The public is reminded that the defendants are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.

 

Deputy Bureau Chief Nicole Sutcliffe is handling the case for Madigan’s Financial Crimes Bureau.

 

Ocean County, New Jersey Man Pleads Guilty To Attempting To Provide Material Support To ISIS

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TRENTON, N.J. – A Point Pleasant, New Jersey man admitted that he planned to construct and use a pressure cooker bomb in New York on behalf of the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS), U.S. Attorney Craig Carpenito and Assistant Attorney General for National Security John C. Demers announced.

Gregory Lepsky, 20, pleaded guilty before U.S. District Court Judge Michael Shipp in Trenton federal court to an information charging him with one count of attempting to provide material support to a designated foreign terrorist organization, specifically ISIS.

According to documents filed in this case and statements made in court:

On Feb. 21, 2017, Lepsky was arrested by the Point Pleasant Police Department in connection with an incident that occurred that day in his family’s home. Following the arrest, law enforcement officers searched the residence and found a new pressure cooker stored behind a roll of bubble wrap in Lepsky’s bedroom closet.

During searches of computers and other digital evidence linked to Lepsky, law enforcement officers found evidence of Lepsky’s plan to build and detonate a bomb as part of his support for ISIS. During several social media communications, Lepsky told others that he intended to fight on behalf of ISIS and that he would, if necessary, become a martyr by driving a “bunch of explosives” to where the “enemies” could be found and blowing himself up.

Law enforcement officers also located a series of instructions that had been published online by another terrorist group that gave specific, step-by-step instructions on how to build a pressure cooker bomb, which coincided with the delivery of the pressure cooker to Lepsky a short time before his arrest. In addition, law enforcement officers recovered a message forwarded by Lepsky from another ISIS supporter stating that if a westerner could not travel to Syria to fight for ISIS, he could conduct a terrorist attack in his home country using improvised explosive devices.

During today’s plea hearing, Lepsky admitted that beginning in January 2017, he began to formulate a plan to detonate the pressure cooker bomb in New York City on behalf of ISIS. Lepsky admitted that he used the internet to access ISIS directives, obtain bomb-making instructions, and purchase the pressure cooker and other items to be used in the attack.

Under the terms of the plea agreement, if accepted by the Court, Lepsky will be given a sentence between 16 and 19 years in prison and a lifetime term of supervised release. Sentencing is scheduled for June 19, 2018.

U.S. Attorney Carpenito and Assistant Attorney General Demers credited the FBI and the Joint Terrorism Task Force, under the direction of Special Agent in Charge Timothy Gallagher in Newark; the N.J. State Attorney General’s Office under the direction of Attorney General Gurbir Grewal; the Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office, under the direction of Prosecutor Joseph Coronato; the Point Pleasant Police Department under the direction of Chief Richard P. Larsen; and the N.J. Office of Homeland Security and Preparedness under the direction of Director Jared Maples, with the investigation.

The government is represented by Assistant U.S. Attorney James Donnelly of the U.S. Attorney’s Office Criminal Division in Newark and Trial Attorney Justin Sher of the National Security Division’s Counterterrorism Section.

Defense counsel: Lisa Mack Esq., Assistant Federal Public Defender, Newark

Source: FBI

Why the Race Battle is so Hard to Win; How Changing Strategy Can Make Hell Become a Paradise

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Why the Race Battle is So Hard to Win By Julian S. With

Nationwide (BlackNews.com) — If you follow the news, or pay attention to the statistics, it’s obvious Black people in the Diaspora today continue to face huge challenges – in the United States, Europe, the Caribbean and elsewhere. The problems surrounding racial discrimination are long-standing and persistent. Less obvious is why these problems are so difficult to solve. A true iconoclast, Dr. Julian With is not afraid to offer hard truths.

As a social psychologist and commentator of many years’ standing, he brings a wide-ranging perspective. He is more interested in trendlines than headlines, and saying what’s right instead of what people want to hear. Some readers may find his arguments chastening, but they are always razor-sharp, drawing on nuanced analyses and evidence.

In Why the Race Battle is So Hard to Win, he demolishes what he sees as the self-limiting dogmas and misguided articles of faith among the Black community internationally. Here, he argues that his fellow Black people continue to waste their energy blaming slavery for their current strife, and that the fight for reparations is futile, only distracting focus from where it should be more usefully directed. But he should not be mistaken for a Black author who writes negatively about the Black struggle to please white readers. Dr. With is a fierce critic of white racism, and strongly supports affirmative action and the liberation of Black people everywhere from oppression, discrimination and social injustice.

 

Yet because he is pragmatic rather than dogmatic, he also holds Black people responsible for their own fate. In this book, he covers many topics, all in short, easy-to-absorb articles. He looks at patterns of Black voting in the United States, intra-racial discrimination in the Caribbean and elsewhere, the problems with ‘integration’, how other minority groups in Europe and the U.S. approach self-determination, and the psychological effects of living in majority-white societies on Black consciousness, among many more. From each of his critiques flows suggestions for improving the standing of Black people around the world.

Why the Race Battle Is So Hard to Win is his first book to be translated into English.

Dr Julian With is a Dutch social psychologist and commentator. He was born in Surinam. His other books (in Dutch) include Zwart racisme bestaat niet; 1986; Black Racism is a Myth) Waarom wij het niet redden; 2006; Why We Do Not Progress); Het komt nooit meer goed; 2011; It never gets better again); Kritieken, het schoonmaakmiddel van de geest; 2014; Criticisms, the Detergent of the Mind);

Photo Caption: Bookcover

 

Police Responding to 911 Call for Suicide Crisis Intervention Fatally Shot the 18-Year-Old Victim, Beloved Son of Fireman

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Matthew Tucker
Matthew Tucker

Temecula, CA — Matthew Tucker and his family were residents of Temecula. Those who knew Matthew adored the teen. He is known for having a smile that ‘lit up a room.’ Matthew, a natural comedian, loved to ‘make everyone laugh.’ He was selfless and would give his last dollar if someone needed it more. He spent his summers riding horses at his grandparent’s ranch in Wyoming. His passion for animals led him to find work in a local feed store. He had a promising future. At just 18-years old, Matthew Tucker was transitioning to the family’s six-figure revenue-generating business.

On Wednesday, May 4, 2016, at approximately 5:21 pm, Matthew Tucker was emotionally distraught over a failed romantic relationship, angst stricken, and momentarily contemplating suicide, he dialed 911.

Behind accidental injury, suicide is the second leading cause of death among individuals between the ages of 15 and 34. The percentage of those having serious thoughts of suicide is highest among adults aged 18-25. Matthew was distraught, depressed, momentarily suicidal and in need of crisis intervention. His family trusted officials from the local sheriff’s office would be able to de-escalate the situation.

Officers from the Riverside County Sheriff’s office responded to a 911 request for suicide crisis intervention for the emotionally distraught teenager, Matthew Tucker. They arrived at the Tucker family home at approximately 5:41 pm. Immediately upon arriving on the scene, deputy officers were reminded the teen is suicidal and wants to die. They were cautioned by several pleas from Matthew’s mother. ‘He is suicidal. He wants to die. Do not shoot him.’

In what would soon be a tragic turn of events, police entered the home, directing Matthew’s mother to search for him through the house while they accompanied her. In the garage, they see the teen who quickly grabbed a knife. Matthew made several movements towards the officers and backing away from the officers. The officers drew their guns and were yelling commands to Matthew. The mother was yelling ‘do not shoot him’ to the officers. At this point, the officers shot Matthew. However, Matthew was also shot in the back after he was no longer a threat.

Despite being cautioned that Matthew was suicidal, in a two-step process, county officers ordered the emotionally distraught teenager to ‘drop the weapon,’ drew their guns, and then, shot to kill. The sheriff’s department is claiming Matthew rushed towards the deputies while holding the knife. Matthew, however, faced the deputies at the time of the shots. He fell forward, dropping the knife, as per deputies’ sworn statements. Yet he ended up with a fatal shot in the back. According to the coroner Dr. Mark Fajardo, the shot to Matthew’s back was the fatal shot that took Matthew’s life. And now, the county is arguing their own pathologist/coroner Dr. Mark Farjardo is not an expert, and his opinion that Matthew may have been shot while on the ground in the prone position is invalid.

Inaccuracies of Published Reports In the wake of the fatal shooting of Matthew Tucker, the following statement was released to local news (Source: Riverside County News):

A knife-wielding man was shot and killed during a confrontation with deputies from Temecula PD May 4, according to Riverside Sheriff Public Information Officer Deputy Michael Vasquez.Coroner’s officials have identified the man killed in this officer-involved shooting as Matthew Tucker, 18, of Temecula. The coroner’s release indicated Tucker’s time of injury was 5:43 p.m. The release also revealed Tucker survived for shortly more than two hours and succumbed to his injuries at 8:01 p.m.

The deadly encounter occurred after someone called sheriff’s 911 emergency communications dispatchers to report an unknown type emergency at a residence in the 32600 block of Hislop Way, in Temecula. Deputies from the Riverside County Sheriff’s Temecula Police Station were dispatched to the emergency call for service.

As deputies arrived on [the] scene, they made contact with the 911 caller, who directed them to the garage at the residence.

Deputies made contact with a male, later identified by coroner’s officials as Matthew Tucker, in the garage who was armed with a knife. Upon contacting the man, deputies attempted to calm him and repeatedly ordered Tucker to drop the knife he was holding. Despite their efforts, Tucker refused to drop the knife he was holding.

The armed subject then reportedly “advanced towards the deputies while still holding the knife” in an aggressive and threatening manner, at which time “an officer-involved shooting occurred,” Vasquez explained. Two deputies discharged their weapons at the knife-wielding subject, according to Vasquez.

A statement by the Riverside County police department was released immediately after the shooting and was mimicked across several local news outlets. These news reports and published reports, carefully omitting details of the incident that would potentially stir outrage, include no input from or reference to the victims family members who were present at the time of the shooting. Published reports fail to indicate deputies had prior knowledge that the victim was morbidly depressed and suicidal. They also fail to indicate there was no crime committed. The teen had not threatened anyone in the home, and police were not called in to respond to any crime. Matthew was standing alone in his own garage with a knife in his hand when he was confronted by police ordering him to drop the knife. This was Matthew Tucker’s home, where he lived with his family. The actual length of time police officers spent in the Tucker home was fifty-two seconds. The most shocking omission is the actual time police spent in the garage with Matthew, between ordering him to drop the knife and the use of deadly force was approximately twenty seconds. And while #BlackLivesMatter is a concern that weighs heavily on many and stirs public outcry, when officer-involved shootings occur, published reports omit Matthew Tucker’s ethnicity. Matthew Tucker was an African American male of mixed-race heritage, who reached out to 9-1-1 in a desperate cry for help.

Gov’t Code § 54950: The Bagley-Keene Act
“The people of this State do not yield their sovereignty to the agencies which serve them. The people, in delegating authority, do not give their public servants the right to decide what is good for the people to know and what is not good for them to know. The people insist on remaining informed so that they may retain control over the instruments they have created.”

Temecula Police Failed to Follow Proper Protocol

According to published reports, the two officers involved were Investigator Michael Hamilton and Deputy Rosa Calderon. Responding officers did not clear the house. They did not secure the scene. They did not call for backup. They did not call in an expert in for crisis intervention. Responding officers confronted the teenager, as he stood in his own garage holding a knife. They ordered the emotionally distraught teenager to drop his weapon. When the teen did not, officers disregarded all procedure for a suicide crisis and several explicit warnings from his mother that her child wants to die. Officers then fired several shots without any attempts to de-escalate the crisis, without employing any tools or techniques to apply less than deadly force. These tools and techniques include, but are not limited to, rubber bullets, Tasers, Mace or pepper spray. One or more of the responding officers was equipped with a Taser. No Taser was deployed. The suicidal teenager had not threatened anyone in the home, neither had he committed any crime. Instead of receiving crisis intervention, the morbidly depressed 18-year-old was gunned down by police in his home, in the presence of several family members, his mother, sixteen-year-old sister, and niece, an eighteen-month-old toddler. All surviving family members now remain irreparably traumatized.

African American males between the ages of 15 and 34 are 21 times more likely to be killed by cops than young white men, according to a ProPublica analysis. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention also compiled data which show that people of color are most likely to be killed by cops overall. This becomes even more of a growing concern when officer-involved shootings occur while they are responding to minor infractions. In instances like Matthew Tucker, Jack Lamar Roberson, Quintonio LeGrier, or Kevin Davis—all four black men were killed by police after calling 911 for assistance. Whereas Dylann Roof of the 2015 Charleston church shooting that left 9 dead and 1 injured, was apprehended alive and unharmed. Nikolas Cruz, suspected in the February 18th Florida school shooting, with a death count of 17 was apprehended alive, as was 2016 Chelsea bombing suspect Ahmad Khan Rahimi. All three were apprehended alive and brought to justice for their crimes, innocent until proven guilty in a court of law, before a jury of their peers. This obvious disparity is painfully upsetting to those of the African American community and all affected.

And while it has been noted in the press that coroner’s officials reported that Tucker’s time of injury in this officer-involved shooting was 5:43 p.m., the hierarchy of leadership in the coroner’s office has not been fully explained. Sheriff Stan Sniff is also Temecula/Riverside County coroner, with captain Coby Webb serving as the public administrator overseeing the Coroner’s office’s business operations, while Dr. Mark Fajardo, medical examiner, has been appointed chief pathologist. In an officer-involved shooting, this dynamic presents an undeniable conflict of interest.

Dr. Mark Fajardo, chief coroner, in his examination of Mattew Tucker, indicated in his findings that the final, fatal shot resulted from an entry wound found in Tucker’s back with a bullet lodged in his abdomen. He also specifies the angle of the wound further suggests the shot was fired into Matthew’s back while the teen was on the ground. Responding officer, Michael Hamilton, has come under scrutiny for misconduct and racial profiling (stemming from a 2012 incident involving the harassment of 15-year-old Jerry Brown and his family). County Sheriff Stan Sniff, himself, has reportedly lost the support of the union representing Riverside County sheriff’s deputies. The deputies’ union has reportedly accused Sniff of a dictatorial approach, and remain dissatisfied with his decision to forgo Bodycams and de-escalation training. Those details, along with attempts by the sheriff’s office to question the findings and credibility of their own appointed expert, Dr. Mark Fajardo, serve as an obvious and severe conflict of interest, especially when Dr. Fajardo’s findings confirm Matthew Tucker was shot in the back, while on the ground, a clear indication of an unnecessary and unjustified use of deadly force.

The Cruel Irony in Matthew Tucker’s Fatality

Matthew was eighteen years old. At 18 years old, the end of a romance can seem like the end of the world, but those feelings almost always pass and for most, life goes on. Momentarily suicidal, Matthew needed help, in the form of crisis intervention. Matthew’s father, Shawn Tucker, is currently a career firefighter and was a first responder on FEMA USAR team as a canine handler. He currently owns and operates a kennel that trains and breeds the dogs that serve as police dogs in the region. Matthew was being prepared to inherit the reigns of the family business of breeding and training police dogs. Somehow, the system Matthew was hoping to support with his passion for animals had failed him. The Tucker family has filed suit.

And as Matthew’s mother, Jenny Tucker states, “The #BlackLivesMatter movement is absolutely necessary. Those proponents who choose to nullify the importance of #BlackLivesMatter by arguing that #AllLivesMatter are losing sight of the fact that we are all at risk, regardless of race. Anyone’s child could be next.”

For more information, please contact Darryl Exum by calling 951-682-2903 or via email to maricruz.exumlaw@gmail.com

 

Watch Out for These New Tax Scams

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They’re at it again… tax scammers scheming new ways to steal personal information and money.

In the first scenario, identity thieves file a fake tax return and have the refund deposited into your bank account. The thieves then contact you, often by phone, and — posing as the IRS or debt collectors for the IRS — demand you return the money to the IRS. But following the thieves’ instructions actually sends the money to them.

In another version, after you get that erroneous refund, you get an automated call, allegedly from the IRS, threatening you with criminal fraud charges, an arrest warrant, and “blacklisting” of your Social Security number. The caller gives you a case number and a telephone number to call to return the refund.

Don’t take the bait. If you or someone you know gets an unexpected tax refund, follow the guidance outlined by the IRS for how to return the funds to the agency. The steps for returning paper checks and direct deposits differ.

In a different scam, criminals are using imposter tax preparation sites and phone numbers to steal peoples’ personal information. Here’s how this scam works: You go online to find a tax preparation service to prepare and e-file your tax return. But instead of landing on a legitimate site, you mis-click to a look-alike site created by scammers. The site looks real, and it’s set up to collect personal information that can be used to commit fraud, including identity theft.

The FTC has these tips to fight tax identity theft:

  • File your tax return early in the tax season, if you can.
  • Use a secure internet connection if you file electronically, or mail your tax return directly from the post office.
  • When using an online tax preparation service, look for the tax preparer identification number. The IRS requires all paid tax preparers to have one before filing any returns.
  • To determine if a website is encrypted, look for https at the start of the web address (the “s” is for secure). Some websites use encryption only on the sign-in page, but if any part of your session isn’t encrypted, your entire account could be vulnerable. Look for https on every page you visit, not just when you sign in.
  • Ask tax preparers about their data security policies, and how they protect your information.
  • Respond to all mail from the IRS as soon as possible.
  • If tax identity theft happens to you, visit IdentityTheft.gov to report it to the FTC, file an Identity Theft Affidavit with the IRS electronically, and get a personal recovery plan.

For more information, check out our imposters webpage.

If you spot a scam, report it at ftc.gov/complaint. Your reports help the FTC and other law enforcement investigate scams and bring crooks to justice.

Students of Color Need to See More People of Color; That Shouldn’t Be Controversial

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OpEd By Nate Bowling
 
 
Nate Bowling

I spent most of my first year of grad school sitting in the back row of class with my hood up. There were nearly 40 of us in the cohort. Two were Black.

My hoodie was an act of silent dissent. Today, I completely understand when my students want to do the same, even with me in front of the room. Academia and public schools are spaces where people of color often feel underrepresented, unwelcome and unheard.

From third grade through high school, I was a student in a series of neighborhood public schools. Afterward, I went to community college and then on to a public liberal arts college where I earned my bachelor’s and eventually my master’s degree. Each phase in my educational journey shared two characteristics:

1. The further I progressed, the fewer Black and Brown classmates I had.

2. As I progressed, regardless of the demographics of the student population, the faculty and administrators were uniformly nearly all White.

That needs to change.

An organization I am part of, the National Network of State Teachers of the Year, recently released videos designed to provoke conversations that will lead to this kind of change. Called Courageous Conversations About Race in Schools, the videos provide an effective starting point for real discussions that should be happening in schools-particularly in colleges and universities-across this country.

Research tells us that upwards of 80 percent of U.S. teachers are White. Different research tells us that nearly 80 percent of teachers are female. Obviously, those Venn diagrams overlap in a largely White and female workforce.

At the same time, because of higher birth rates among immigrant populations and the “mysterious phenomenon” of disproportionately high numbers of White children in private schools, the majority of the population of students in public school are students of color, and those numbers are headed even higher, based on enrollment numbers in lower grades.

Schools systems need to do a better job of attracting and retaining effective teachers of color. Students of color need to see more people of color in positions of expertise and authority, and teachers need to be conversant and literate in the cultural traditions that are present in their classrooms. None of these statements should be controversial.

The lack of representation is an equity issue, and to resolve it we can look to lessons elsewhere in our society. During the Vietnam War the Pentagon realized that majority Brown platoons of soldiers and Marines wouldn’t take life-or-death orders from a uniformly White officer corps. The Pentagon thus underwent an intentional effort to diversify the officer corps. Since then, the Pentagon has submitted amicus curiae briefs in every major affirmative action case before the U.S. Supreme Court because they understand that representation matters.

TIME FOR A REPRESENTATION DISRUPTION

The word “disruption” gets hurled around frequently in business and increasingly in education. Usually, it’s about handing Silicon Valley tech bros a metric-ton of venture capital to sprinkle the #EdTech™ fairy dust of the moment. But I’m going to argue that when it comes to teacher diversity and representation in schools, we actually need disruption.

In my neck of the woods the numbers are especially grim: There are only about 800 Black teachers in all of Washington State. In my 12-year teaching career, I have never worked with another Black male general education teacher.

There’s no reason for me to be alone. We see talented students of color all over higher education because universities know how to recruit them. As Jeff Duncan-Andrade says, “Look at any college football or basketball team and tell me colleges don’t know how to recruit Black talent. When I was a kid I thought Georgetown was an HBCU.”

But it can’t just be student athletes. We need to bring in students who can increase teacher diversity. It’s imperative-and it’s well within our power.

Nate Bowling is a high school government teacher in Tacoma, Washington, who was named the 2016 Washington State Teacher of the year and a finalist for National Teacher of the Year. His blog is called A Teacher’s Evolving Mind.

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