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CAN Cable TV To Air CopyLine Magazine’s Program on the 8th Ward on Channel 19 and Channel 21

Posted by Admin On April - 28 - 2018 ADD COMMENTS

 

 8th Ward Residents Shared Their Thoughts About The Proposed Low Income, Section 8  Housing Project Scheduled for the 8th Ward In the Pill Hill and Calumet Heights Communities

 

The Program Will Air Five Times on Channel 19 and Channel 21.

At the Press Conference several 8th Ward residents voiced anger, frustration and concern that Alderman Michelle Harris was backing the proposed low Income, Section 8 Housing Project which takes in Pill Hill and Calumet Heights, an affluent black middle and upper middle class neighborhood.

8th Ward residents are appalled over the proposed “Trojan Horse” Project, which will be constructed at 9329 to 9429 S. Stony Island Ave.

Both Channel 19 and Channel 21 will air the Press Conference, held in front of 8th Ward Alderman Michelle Harris’ ward office on April 25, 2018. Several 8th Ward residents showed up for the Press Conference and some of the speakers vented their anger and opposition to the proposed low income Section 8 building. The building will consist of 134 units, 7 Story. CAN TV will air the program five times in two days.

The Press Conference Videos will be aired as follows:

Saturday, April 28th, 2018 @ 8:30 AM, Channel 19

Saturday, April 28th @ 5:35 PM, Channel 21

Sunday, April 29th @ 8:00 AM, Channel 19

Sunday, April 29th @ 10:00 PM, Channel 21

Sunday, April 29th @ 5:30 PM, Channel 21

Mark your calendar and don’t forget to watch and see what community residents have to say about this “Trojan Horse”, low income idea.

The Real Problem With the Black Community

Posted by Admin On April - 26 - 2018 ADD COMMENTS

By Terrance Amen, founder and CEO of 3Ufirst FPC


Terrance Amen

Nationwide (BlackNews.com) — As a community, we would rather give all or most of our money, abilities, and attention to the problems of our community, rather than the solutions. We like and share these problems on facebook who won’t even allow us to reach all our friends, while Blackjunction.com, our very own Black facebook continues to struggle. At the very least, we should have an account with them, but should make a onetime donation to their business. Our elder leaders who’ve dedicated their lives to uplift our community, continue to struggle for decades, because we refuse to support them financially.

We listen to their lectures and watch their videos, but when it comes to supporting their cause, we look for someone else to listen and watch. Our elders are dying off, without reaching their goals for our community, while we continue to search for the next news article or video that talks about another death, disrespect, or whatever to like, share, and tweet about. Some of our elders are part to blame because they refuse to work together in order to reach our full potential. I’ve said this before, how can we expect our community to come together when the elders won’t even work together.

Elder Sadiki Kambon has an organization that was created to bring all the so called leaders and elders together, called the Nubian leadership circle. Our elder leaders are in their 70’s or older and are so scared that they have latched on to individuals and groups that really don’t have their best interest in mind, but they only see the opportunity to uplift what they’re doing rather than what’s best for our community. While our men, women, and children are being slaughtered by these devils, we tweet, like, and share the news, or boycott. We wonder why we don’t get any respect, it’s because we don’t respect ourselves.

This doesn’t solve the problems we’ve had for the last 50-60 years and in some cases, it’s worse. What does that tell you? It tells me, we are not supporting each other enough to solve our problems. This is a community’s problem not an individual’s problem. But we think as individuals now rather than as a community. If it doesn’t hurt us personally, then we’ll just tweet, like and share. If we don’t wake up and start supporting and investing in our community, we’ll be talking, tweeting, liking, and sharing the same problems for the next 50-60 years. The problem is not outside our community anymore, the problem is inside our community and until we realize this, nothing will change.

We’re still using the same tactics we’ve used in the past, yet nothing has significantly changed. Where are our hospitals, national bank, educational systems, major TV and movie studios, businesses so we don’t have to go out of our community to get a job. We are the most powerful people on this planet and everyone knows it but us. We have to start supporting and investing in our own and the problems will go away, period. Black Unity will always be the solution to our problems. Now how many of you will like, share and tweet this?

For more information on how we can get ourselves out of the cycle of problems, watch the short video called The Real Solution, on www.3ufirst.com

Terrance Amen is founder and CEO of 3Ufirst FPC, created to end the major problems in the African American community, by bringing some of the trillion dollars we spend every year, outside our community, back to our community. Based on his book, “Black Unity: The Total Solution to Financial Independence and Happiness”. For more information, go to www.3ufirst.com.

 

Setting the Record Straight in Response to 8th Ward Alderman Michelle Harris Statement to a News Reporter About my Actions

Posted by Juanita Bratcher On April - 24 - 2018 ADD COMMENTS

This article is to set the record straight. What the 8th Ward alderman said is misinformation.

 

By Dr. Juanita Bratcher

Editor & Publisher, CopyLine Magazine

 

I’ve been an Author, Publisher, Journalist and news reporter for 42 Years. I don’t usually make statements to the press because I am the press. I do investigative stories and ask questions of others.

Recently, a news reporter interviewed 8th Ward Alderman Michelle Harris about the low income Section 8 Senior building that is proposed to be built at 9329 to 9429 on Stony Island Ave. The building will consist of 134 units, 7 story tall.

Harris told the news reporter that she had met with “your group” for a year and there is nothing she can do to change your mind about the low income facility because “your group” is against her.

Let me make it very clear, Harris has never met with me or anyone I know. I do not have a group. That’s something she created in her mind. I do communicate with neighbors, friends and residents that live in the 8th Ward. Most good neighbors and friends do that all the time. Certainly, I am no different.

However, this is my response to the news reporter:

“Here we go again! Alderman Michelle Harris got it wrong again, as she always does. I do not have a “group.” I attend meetings that other residents or organizations in the community sponsor and write articles about what happened at those meetings. That’s what the media do. I am a media person. Shame on the alderman for not getting anything right. Or maybe she deliberately gives out misinformation to those who don’t know what is going on in our community, her ward. I know what is going on because I am active in my 8th Ward community. Sometimes I wonder does she purposely give out wrong information.

In an interview with a local newspaper, she claimed that it was a “small group” of people in opposition to her bringing in the low income project, that they don’t support her. That statement couldn’t be further from the truth. There were about 200 people that came to an already canceled meeting at St. Ailbe Church on a rainy cold night to protest the building coming to the area. It was canceled because someone called the church and reserved the room under false pretense, pretending to be a woman that many at the church were familiar with. Her name was falsely used and when the woman found out that someone had falsely used her name, that she never reserved a room there, the meeting was canceled. That was not my meeting. I never scheduled any meetings. I attend other people meetings of concern.

I live in the 8th Ward community and want to preserve the integrity of our community. I make no apologies for that. I have no idea who put the meeting together but I attended the meeting after receiving a flyer in that regard, just like most people who attended. The alderman keeps saying that she has a lot of support from the community to bring the low income housing for seniors in. She does not! There are more residents in opposition to this building coming in than supporters. And I’m sure she knows that already.

 

A Land Grab in the 8th Ward?: It Appears That the Alderman is Selling Out the Pill Hill Community

Posted by Admin On April - 24 - 2018 ADD COMMENTS

27th Ward Alderman said Alderman Harris doesn’t have to answer to the community…really?

By Pamela Bratcher-McMillan

Proposed site for 7 story low income senior housing projectThere were 12 plus speakers from the 8th Ward who made firm, challenging presentations at the Chicago Development Committee meeting April 19th in City Hall against a proposed low income Section 8 Senior housing coming to the Ward.

Nonetheless, 27th Ward Alderman Walter Burnett Jr. took it upon himself (he doesn’t live in the 8th Ward or the Pill Hill area) to rudely interrupt a community speaker while she had the floor. No apology came from the 8th Ward Alderman Michelle Harris. 27th Ward Ald. Burnett stated that Harris  does not have to answer to the community. Say What? Really? Maybe if she is defeated in the next election, February 26, 2019, that statement will play itself out.

27th Ward residents would be wise to question Burnett’s mannerism and tactics if they think of him as a leader. How can someone in the 27th Ward feel that they can make decisions about what is best for the 8th Ward? When he offered to take the building in his ward he got shouted down by the audience, telling him to “take it!”

Interesting enough though, there were 12 plus people there who opposed the project, stating that they lived in the affected area where the proposed low-income senior housing project will be built; and a few others that wanted the $38-million, 134 unit, 7 Story building to come into the ward, never made known where they lived (if they did) in the area even after being asked. Obviously, they didn’t live in the area. One man mentioned that he built a $250,000 property next to the low-income housing on East 78th Street and claimed that his property value went up.  Not sure how that’s possible when homes in the area go for a lot less now. A visit to any real estate site will reveal this.

Realtor.com states in a “Property Overview” that the median sales price for the Far Southeast Side area is $76,000. The $114,077 estimated value is 3.73% less than the median listing price of $118,500 for the Far Southeast Side area.

Nearby schools include Avalon Park Elementary School, Shabazz International Charter Schools and Hirsch Metropolitan High School.  That is certainly no comparison to Pill Hill homes that go for twice that amount and is in a much more desirable area.

During one of the meetings, it was mentioned that the property values can go down for those owning properties in the area, and that crime and taxes increase when you build such structures nearby.

Have you ever noticed that there is always a lust for land near highways and waterways? Think about it! And certainly, it’s not hard to figure out why South Shore property is in demand and being bought up for pennies on the dollar. That huge lot on Stony Island Ave. (9329 to 9429) where the senior home is proposed to be built was sold for a mere $800,000 but is worth much more now. Try buying that much land up on the North side near a major highway (if you can find one), and see the difference in cost.

In a meeting where 8th Ward staff attended, community activist Marcel Bright asked about a marketing study that was done about the area which allegedly showed a need for low income senior housing. To date, he, nor anyone else affiliated with the Concerned Citizens of the 8th Ward has been provided a copy of the study. It was also said by an audience member that all of the land being grabbed up by developers today was mostly in black communities.

While the battle continues to save the 8th Ward from negative influence, it is obvious that those who don’t live in the community are trying to buy up and sell-out the community in an effort to eventually force people out with more crime and rising property taxes.

Why the Pill Hill community? Why now?  All of these going-on, and the 8th Ward Alderman has yet to meet with residents that would be most affected by this project.

The Chicago Plan Commission, consisting mostly of Caucasians, made a decision about a black community they do not know anything about or live in the area. Yet, they are strongly supporting the development being imposed on Pill Hill residents and their community.

Linda Hudson, a candidate for alderman in the 8th Ward, made some valid points that were somewhat unsettling, including that the 8th Ward alderman’s organization had taken donations from the developer who wants to build the low-income senior housing project in a business district, and that the zoning would have to be changed to B3-3! That opens the door for other like businesses to set up shop on Stony Island Ave.

What the 8th Ward Alderman is doing is contributing to the decline of the Black Community in Chicago, allowing land to be sold to non-black developers. She is taking away the hope of young blacks looking to stay in the community and build their businesses on Stony Island. Blacks are being excluded from the recovering job market in an attempt to force them to the South where all of a sudden there is plenty of work for them. It’s called reverse migration.

Unfortunately, the 8th Ward and 27th Ward Aldermen do not have the leadership skills and abilities, nor do they have the experience or economics background to understand how all of this can play out in the end. Their lack of experience or knowledge is just plain ignorance and is costing the community in a big way. What was obvious to me and others was that after the meeting those in the crowd felt that the 8th Ward needs a new Alderman. “It’s time for change!,” they said.

Elect Linda Hudson for 8th Ward Alderman

A Land Grab in the 8th Ward?: It Appears That the Alderman is Selling Out the Pill Hill Community

Posted by Admin On April - 23 - 2018 ADD COMMENTS

27th Ward Alderman said Alderman Harris doesn’t have to answer to the community…really?

By Pamela Bratcher-McMillan

Proposed site for 7 story low income senior housing projectThere were 12 plus speakers from the 8th Ward who made firm, challenging presentations at the Chicago Development Committee meeting April 19th in City Hall against a proposed low income Section 8 Senior housing coming to the Ward.

Nonetheless, 27th Ward Alderman Walter Burnett Jr. took it upon himself (he doesn’t live in the 8th Ward or the Pill Hill area) to rudely interrupt a community speaker while she had the floor. No apology came from the 8th Ward Alderman Michelle Harris. 27th Ward Ald. Burnett stated that Harris  does not have to answer to the community. Say What? Really? Maybe if she is defeated in the next election, February 26, 2019, that statement will play itself out.

27th Ward residents would be wise to question Burnett’s mannerism and tactics if they think of him as a leader. How can someone in the 27th Ward feel that they can make decisions about what is best for the 8th Ward? When he offered to take the building in his ward he got shouted down by the audience, telling him to “take it!”

Interesting enough though, there were 12 plus people there who opposed the project, stating that they lived in the affected area where the proposed low-income senior housing project will be built; and a few others that wanted the $38-million, 134 unit, 7 Story building to come into the ward, never made known where they lived (if they did) in the area even after being asked. Obviously, they didn’t live in the area. One man mentioned that he built a $250,000 property next to the low-income housing on East 78th Street and claimed that his property value went up.  Not sure how that’s possible when homes in the area go for a lot less now. A visit to any real estate site will reveal this.

Realtor.com states in a “Property Overview” that the median sales price for the Far Southeast Side area is $76,000. The $114,077 estimated value is 3.73% less than the median listing price of $118,500 for the Far Southeast Side area.

Nearby schools include Avalon Park Elementary School, Shabazz International Charter Schools and Hirsch Metropolitan High School.  That is certainly no comparison to Pill Hill homes that go for twice that amount and is in a much more desirable area.

During one of the meetings, it was mentioned that the property values can go down for those owning properties in the area, and that crime and taxes increase when you build such structures nearby.

Have you ever noticed that there is always a lust for land near highways and waterways? Think about it! And certainly, it’s not hard to figure out why South Shore property is in demand and being bought up for pennies on the dollar. That huge lot on Stony Island Ave. (9329 to 9429) where the senior home is proposed to be built was sold for a mere $800,000 but is worth much more now. Try buying that much land up on the North side near a major highway (if you can find one), and see the difference in cost.

In a meeting where 8th Ward staff attended, community activist Marcel Bright asked about a marketing study that was done about the area which allegedly showed a need for low income senior housing. To date, he, nor anyone else affiliated with the Concerned Citizens of the 8th Ward has been provided a copy of the study. It was also said by an audience member that all of the land being grabbed up by developers today was mostly in black communities.

While the battle continues to save the 8th Ward from negative influence, it is obvious that those who don’t live in the community are trying to buy up and sell-out the community in an effort to eventually force people out with more crime and rising property taxes.

Why the Pill Hill community? Why now?  All of these going-on, and the 8th Ward Alderman has yet to meet with residents that would be most affected by this project.

The Chicago Plan Commission, consisting mostly of Caucasians, made a decision about a black community they do not know anything about or live in the area. Yet, they are strongly supporting the development being imposed on Pill Hill residents and their community.

Linda Hudson, a candidate for alderman in the 8th Ward, made some valid points that were somewhat unsettling, including that the 8th Ward alderman’s organization had taken donations from the developer who wants to build the low-income senior housing project in a business district, and that the zoning would have to be changed to B3-3! That opens the door for other like businesses to set up shop on Stony Island Ave.

What the 8th Ward Alderman is doing is contributing to the decline of the Black Community in Chicago, allowing land to be sold to non-black developers. She is taking away the hope of young blacks looking to stay in the community and build their businesses on Stony Island. Blacks are being excluded from the recovering job market in an attempt to force them to the South where all of a sudden there is plenty of work for them. It’s called reverse migration.

Unfortunately, the 8th Ward and 27th Ward Aldermen do not have the leadership skills and abilities, nor do they have the experience or economics background to understand how all of this can play out in the end. Their lack of experience or knowledge is just plain ignorance and is costing the community in a big way. What was obvious to me and others was that after the meeting those in the crowd felt that the 8th Ward needs a new Alderman. “It’s time for change!,” they said.

To be continued:
Zoning board meeting is May 9, at 10:00 am
City Council Chambers
City Hall, 2nd. Floor

Elect Linda Hudson for 8th Ward Alderman

 

Haitian Civil Rights Organizations Join NAACP and LDF in TPS Lawsuit

Posted by Admin On April - 23 - 2018 ADD COMMENTS
 BALTIMORE, MD – The NAACP, the nation’s premier grassroots civil rights organization, filed an amended complaint in its ongoing lawsuit against the U.S. Department of Homeland Security for its decision to rescind the Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for Haitian immigrants. Haitian Women for Haitian Refugees (HWHR) and the Haitian Lawyers’ Association (HLA) have now joined the lawsuit. The plaintiffs are represented by the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc. (LDF).  

 The lawsuit claims that the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), former Acting DHS Secretary Elaine C. Duke, and current DHS Secretary Kirstjen Nielson discriminated against Haitian immigrants with TPS, in violation of the Fifth Amendment.

 “The current administration has made public hostility toward immigrants of color a point of pride,” said Derrick Johnson, NAACP President and CEO. “The Department of Homeland Security’s decision to rescind TPS status for Haitian immigrants is clearly an extension of that attitude and an example of the consequences of prejudice applied to policy. The NAACP welcomes the expertise and solidarity of HWHR and HLA in this lawsuit, as we persist in the protection of our Haitian members and in the pursuit of justice for immigrant communities.”  

  “The Department of Homeland Security’s decision to rescind TPS for Haitian immigrants was based on their race and ethnicity,” said Samuel Spital, LDF’s Director of Litigation. “Our Constitution unequivocally prohibits any government action infected by such racial discrimination. Every person is equal before the law, and the court must condemn this Administration for its intentional discriminatory practices.” 

“The Haitian Lawyers Association decided to join this critical lawsuit because the decision to terminate TPS is unsubstantiated particularly given the fact that the conditions in Haiti that gave rise to the original January 2010 TPS designation continue to exist,” said Pedro Gassant, HLA President. “We believe that this lawsuit has merit and painstakingly details the factual and legal arguments as to why the Administration’s decision to terminate TPS for Haitian nationals is unlawful.”
“Haitian Women for Haitian Refugees provides support to hundreds of families who seek refuge in the U.S.,” said Ninaj Raoul of HWHR. “The Department of Homeland Security’s decision is a brutally cruel blow to those who have found safety in the United States after facing natural and man-made disasters in Haiti. We vehemently oppose of the Department’s stance and we are proud to join NAACP, LDF, and HLA in seeking a solution in the courts.” 

Read the full amended complaint here. 

8th Ward Alderman Downplays Pill Hill Residents Opposition to Proposed Low Income Section 8 Housing Coming to Ward

Posted by Admin On April - 21 - 2018 ADD COMMENTS

 

A Press Conference in opposition to the proposed Senior building will be held in front of the alderman’s office at 8539 S. Cottage Grove Ave., Wednesday, April 25, at 1 PM. 8th Ward residents are urged to attend

 

After successfully blocking a marijuana facility and pawnshop from coming into the 8th Ward – both supported by 8th Ward Alderman Michelle Harris – residents are again up-in-arms with the alderman, battling her efforts to bring in a proposed low income Section 8 Senior housing building at 9329 to 9429 S. Stony Island Ave., in Pill Hill,  a middle and upper middle class neighborhood.

Residents in the Calumet Heights (Pill Hill) area are angry; and they’ve made their feelings known many times over. They have expressed their dissatisfaction with her at several community meetings where she was invited to attend but didn’t show up to hear what they had to say about her plans to infiltrate the community with the facility– which they see as negative to the community.

Nonetheless, Ald. Harris has ignored their opposition to the proposed Montclare Calumet Heights Senior Building which will consist of 134 units, 7 Story tall.

Harris tries to belittle and downplay community opposition to the facility. In an interview with a local publication, Harris stated that the project had a large amount of support and tried to marginalize opposition support, describing them as a “small group” of people in the ward that don’t support her. That couldn’t be further from the truth.

At a scheduled meeting at St. Ailbe Church that was canceled without community knowledge, about 200 people showed up for the meeting on a rainy cold day to voice their opposition to the project and to let their voices be heard. The meeting was canceled because of a telephone call by someone who falsely used the name of another person that was known to some church members. When the woman found out her name was falsely used, she called the church and complained, and the room reservation was canceled.

Residents have long expressed opposition to Montclare Calumet Heights Senior building coming to the Calumet Heights (Pill Hill) community. They’ve said many times over, “We Don’t Want It”

Speakers at the Press Conference will be:

Pamela Bratcher-McMillan, Concerned Citizen

Rev. Harold Bailey, Founder & President, Probation Challenge

Jerry Brown, Community Activist

Linda Hudson, Candidate for 8th Ward Alderman

Kenyetta Hunter, Community Activist

Marcel Bright, Retired Journalist

 

 

WAKE UP PILL HILL & 8TH WARD RESIDENTS

Posted by Admin On April - 20 - 2018 ADD COMMENTS

Did you know that your alderman, 8th Ward Alderman Michelle Harris, is trying to infiltrate your neighborhood with a low income Section 8 Senior housing unit? This structure, Montclare Calumet Heights Senior Building, will be 134 units, 7 story tall building, scheduled to be built at 9329 to 9429 S. Stony Island Ave. Community residents are furiously angry about her plans; don’t want it, have held community meetings to protest it, and have attended meetings in City Hall with the Community Development Commission and the Chicago Plan Commission, all to no avail. Many residents are angry about the alderman’s plans. And to add fire to an already sensitive situation, both committees consisted primarily of Caucasians who sided with the alderman. Are we going to let people who don’t live in our community call the shots for us and say what is best for our community? However, there are many residents who are not aware of the alderman’s terrible plans.

There will be a press conference in front of the alderman’s office, 8539 S. Cottage Grove Ave., on April 25, 2018 at 1 P.M. There will be a protest in front of the site (day yet to be determined). Call the alderman’s office (773 874-3300) and tell her you don’t want it in the community.

Come out and let your voices be heard…
Zoning board meeting is May 9, at 10:00 am
City Hall, 2nd. Floor

NAACP: “The Starbucks Situation Provides Dangerous Insight Regarding the Failure of Our Nation to Take Implicit Bias Seriously…”

Posted by Admin On April - 18 - 2018 ADD COMMENTS
NAACP statement on Starbucks and growing climate of racism and intolerance
BALTIMORE, MD – The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), the nation’s premier civil rights organization, issued the following statement following the disgraceful arrest of two African American men in a Philadelphia Starbucks.“The arrest of two Black men at a Philadelphia Starbucks represents another ominous signal on the increasingly dangerous environment for African Americans. Less than two weeks after we honor the life and work of Dr. King and 50 years after the Kerner Commission found racism and police brutality at the root of public unrest in our communities; we still have a long way to go towards becoming a nation where a person is judged by the content of their character not the color of their skin.“The Starbucks situation provides dangerous insight regarding the failure of our nation to take implicit bias seriously. We refuse to believe that our unconscious bias –the racism we are often unaware of—can and does make its way into our actions and policies.“We know if two black men in Philadelphia require six police officers to handcuff and arrest them for waiting to order coffee, then we begin to understand the mindstate that allows for such overzealous and reactionary use of deadly force by those who are paid to serve and protect.

“Every day people of color find themselves at the mercy of the stereotypes and embedded fears of others. How else can we explain why 14-year-old Brennan Walker who missed his bus on his way to school would be shot at by a homeowner just outside Detroit? Or explain Saheed Vassell, a mentally-ill man in Brooklyn fired at ten times and shot dead by police officers. Or why Stephon Clark was shot at 20 times and hit 8 times mainly in the back by police officers in Sacramento, based on the assumption that he was the culprit responsible for breaking into cars. We are at least glad in the case of Starbucks that no one mistook a wallet for a gun.”

“All too often these issues are discussed in passing episodic ways by media. Racism and biases that make simply breathing while Black so dangerous will not just go away without our society committing more resources to discussion, education and training on implicit bias and racism. If we refuse to, we’ll continue to face the consequences of our failure to do so.”

Derrick Johnson, NAACP President and CEO

NYC, Unfair Shooting and Brutalization of Another Black Man

Posted by Admin On April - 18 - 2018 ADD COMMENTS

The unfair shooting and brutalization of Oswald Jay Lewis


Oswald Jay Lewis

Nationwide (BlackNews.com) — On August 26, 2014, U.S. Marshals and NYPD executed a late-night arrest in Queens, NY on a 24-year old warrant from Virgina. Inside the Queens apartment was Oswald Lewis, the individual named in the arrest warrant. After Lewis’ violent seizure by marshals he was never given his Miranda rights. He laid on the pavement, handcuffed to his injured wrist until an ambulance arrived.

Oswald Lewis’ civil complaint case #1:16 1057 (KAM JO) reveals in detail how marshals re-entered the residence and fabricated the evidence to make it appear as if Lewis was the initial aggressor. Law enforcement then made numerous false statements to media and in an affidavit to the grand jury. And testimonial statements all inconsistent to nearly all of the evidence.

Lewis spent just 2 days in Jamaica Queens hospital for his injuries, even though hospital records show he needed at least 7 days. Instead, Lewis was removed from the hospital by marshals in a horrific condition with the facial injuries shown above, a bleed- ing wrist with nerve tendons protruding from his left wrist caused by the marshal’s handcuffs and a 40 caliber bullet still lodged in his left elbow. Lewis was taken to the federal Metropolitan Detention Center MDC in Brooklyn NY and placed in solitary confinement for over 50 days while law enforcement narratives started the process to his unlawful conviction.

Court Records show it took one year to remove the bullet from Lewis’ elbow after he made numerous complaints. The Oswald Lewis they arrested for the 24-year old non-violent warrant was not even the correct Oswald Lewis.

Lewis was not just shot and arrested, his constitutional rights were denied. Court records show (case#14-523-iLG) Oswald’s paid attorney was denied the right to be his counsel or act as his standby. Lewis was then forced to represent himself and yelled out in court, “You’re not giving me a fair chance to defend myself.”

The record shows the material evidence from professor peter Deforest was also precluded and Mr. Lewis never got an opportunity to testify or cross examine all the law enforcement on the government witness list who made prior inconsistent statements. Lewis’ most crucial evidence to prove his innocence was precluded because the court appointed attorney (whom Lewis fired) filed the motion for the witness late. Even in light of the exculpatory findings the forensic expert revealed and the serious charges Lewis faced, the court never considered the material testimony.

Three affidavits in support of Mr. Lewis (2255 appeal) to vacate his conviction have been submitted. See more on the Lewis case and video at www.oswaldlewis.com.

In repeated instances and even in the rare circumstance that a law enforcement officer is charged with criminal activity pertaining to police brutality, law enforcement officers continue to be acquitted or the jury deadlocks. The lack of consequences may contribute to undeterred instances of police brutality.

In over 60 years, the issue of law enforcement brutality shows no improvement and is still unresolved. The current trend shows there’s a continuous tendency to stereotype Black people as being more dangerous than other races. With that attitude, there’s a reliance upon force that goes beyond what is necessary to accomplish police duty. This is the dangerous culture of law enforcement that helps foster the problem.

Photo Caption:

Oswald Jay Lewis, before and after being shot and arrested by police

 

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