Below are news items from August 2016. For more current and breaking news items, see the main news page.
Editorial note: This is why jury nullification is so important. An off duty police officer shot and killed a black teen, however, no charges were filed. But when someone shocked at the injustice organizes a protest, charges were filed against them. The protester, Elizabeth Vega, stated “All I have is my truth, and a broken system that I will continue to fight until it becomes truly just,” … “I chose to fight (in court) so that power be held accountable, but clearly accountability only goes to protesters, not police officers who use pepper spray or chiefs who lie on the stand.” St. Louis has a history of corruption, which was a prinicipal reason this site was created, so forgive me if I don't always believe the police narrative. Vega's lawyer said he will appeal.
8-31-2016: City's top prosecutor ordered to disclose IDs of witnesses and crime victims to defendants
8-30-2016: For nine years, DEA withholds names of masked agents who violently raided two innocent women. Federal court shrugs
Editorial note: See related, "Obama Isn't Following Through on Pardons Promise".
Editorial note: Keep in mind it is already predicted that half of all US jobs will be eliminated because of computerization and robotics.
Editorial note: Body cameras would have certainly helped in this case. A white woman organizes a protect because of Jennifer Joyce's decision not to bring charges against the white officer who shot and killed Vonderitt Myers, a black teen. Common sense seems to suggest the woman probably wouldn't have used a racial slur against a black officer while protesting the death of a black teen. I could be wrong, but the two actions contradict each other. However, how does a racial slur directed towards a black officer, support the allegation that this white woman assaulted the white police chief?
Editorial note: MetroLink expansion connecting Ferguson, the city that became the poster child for racial oppression, does make sense. Is Stenger up for re-election soon?
8-30-2016: Former federal prison worker in Illinois gets 4 months for smuggling tobacco, phone to inmate
Editorial note: According to the Department of Justice, Renee D. Strauss faced up to 5 years in prison, a $250,000 fine, and 3 years of supervised release to follow any term of incarceration imposed on each of the two false statement counts. She faced a terms of up to 1 year in prison for providing the cellular telephone and up to 6 months in prison for providing the other contraband. Strauss was placed on bond pending sentencing.
Editorial note: As mentioned on August 15th, a plea to a much lessor crime will be made before Joyce leaves office. This will probably be the excuse used.
8-29-2016: KY Innocence Project claims prosecutors, police 'fabricated' evidence against man in 1987 murder
Editorial note: See "None Dare Call It Conpiracy"
Editorial note: Kaepernick, a professional football player, put his career and livelihood on the line by speaking out against the oppression of black people when he said “I am not going to stand up to show pride in a flag for a country that oppresses Black people and people of color” and “There are bodies in the street and people getting paid leave and getting away with murder.” When entertainers and athletes speak up for us, we must stand with them.
Editorial note: You'll find information about Missouri Immunization Law on our Educational Oppression page.
Editorial note: Why the Black Lives Matter Movement is Important
8-26-2016: Horrific video shows 15-year-old black teen being chased by cops and shot at SIXTEEN TIMES – even as he was on his knees surrendering with hands up
8-26-2016: St. Louis Fed to hire hundreds
8-25-2016: Student gets probation for free speech
8-25-2016: NGA hazy on minority inclusion
Editorial note: The elephant tranquilizer, Carfentanil, is 10,000 times stronger than morphine. See related "A Dose of Heroin Reality".
Editorial note: Borrowers must have not missed any mortgage payments in the prior six months; must not have skipped more than one payment in the previous 12 months. I suspect the missed payment disqualifier will disproportionately affect African-Americans. Racial demographics have historically been used to disqualify African-Americans. I'm always skeptical whenever I see unusual qualification requirements.The very people who would benefit the most from refinancing and lower payments are being systematically disqualified. See "Race – The Power of an Illusion" section of our Government Discrimination page.
Editorial note: The Missouri Supreme Court decision from State v. Bazell, targets Missouri Revised Statute 570.030. Subparagraph 1 defines stealing as “appropriat[ing] property or services of another with the purpose to deprive him or her thereof, either without his consent or by means of deceit or coercion.” Subparagraph 3, which was added as an enhancement to the code in 2002, classifies certain types of crimes as Class C felonies which relate to “any offense in which the value of property or services is an element.” In its opinion the court stated, "The definition of stealing in section 570.030.1 is clear an unambiguous, and it doesn not include the value of property or services an element of the offense. As a result, enhancement pursuant to section 570.030.3 does not apply". Because of the conflict between subparagraphs 1 and 3, the Rule of Lenity was applied.
8-24-2016: Carl Williams shooting: Black man shot by Indiana police after calling them to report car-jacking
Editorial note: There is a constitutional right to bear arms, so shooting someone simply because they possess a gun is unexcusable and unexceptable. As we have stated before gun laws and rights are not applied equallly.
8-23-2016: Police draw guns on terrified 10-year-old boy and chase him through streets after mistaking him for 6ft tall armed robbery suspect, 20
Editorial note: This will certainly add an interesting twist. See our comments about the recent racial discrimination suit.
8-23-2016: Threat of legal action follows preliminary St. Louis County Council vote on apartment project
Editorial note: Since January, police have been testing an aerial surveillance system adapted from the surge in Iraq. And they neglected to tell the public.
Editorial note: Heroin overdose deaths have resulted in more organ donations. See related "A Dose of Heroin Reality".
8-23-2016: Phony War on Voter Fraud Looks Even Phonier
Editorial note: See our related, "Educational Oppression" page.
Editorial note: See our post "Bayer and Monsanto a marriage made in Hell".
Editorial note: Action was taken in response to court filing by union employees wanting to protest on Schnucks property.
Editorial note: Kobe is providing a great example of how athletes and entertainers can utilize their earnings to create real wealth. As Chris Rock stated in the video clip below, there's a difference between being rich and being wealthy. WARNING: video contains language some might find objectionable or offensive.
Editorial note: North Carolina police kill an unarmed deaf man who was trying to communicate via sign, over a speeding violation.
Editorial note: Had Congress not fought Obama so hard against renewable energy, we might have cheaper electric in the U.S. as well.
8-22-2016: Judge halts school board elections in Ferguson-Florissant, saying they're stacked against black voters
Editorial note: Since Ferguson, African-American have exerted increasing political power. The Black population in St. Louis City is the majority population. St. Louis now has a Black Comptroller, Board of Alderman President, Treasurer, License Collector, presumptive Circuit Attorney and may soon have another Black Mayor. Merging the City and the County would effectively dillute the politial power of Black St. Louis City residents and would increase the percentage of Black St. Louis County resident, but Blacks would still be in the minority in St. Louis County, ensuring mostly White officials. See related, "St. Louis Municipalities, Better Together or Apart?"
8-20-2016: Witnesses who captured aftermath of controversial police shooting on video question quality of investigation
Editiorial note: See related "Bail – Release from Custody"
8-19-2016: St. Louis jailer charged with weapons violation at scene of fatal shooting outside St. Louis funeral home
Editorial note: Correctional officers are considered law enforcement officers. It seems reasonable that a law enforcement officer would carry a weapon and likely pull it out during an active shooter situation. We assume the correctional officer was charge under RSMO 571.030 (unlawful use of a weapons), however, that same statute seems to exempt correctional officers. We have mentioned how Missouri Gun Laws are applied unevenly.
Editorial note: See "None Dare Call It Conspiracy".
8-18-2016: Dallas Police Department ends policy of waiting 72 hours to interview officers involved in shootings
8-18-2016: The white obsession with perfect victims of police violence is insulting to everyone’s intelligence
8-18-2016: US to end federal use of private prisons
8-18-2016: White supremacist stabs interracial couple and then threatens to kill BLM protesters at Trump rally
8-18-2016: Appeals court in St. Louis hears debate over disclosing IDs of witnesses and crime victims
8-18-2016: The richest 10% hold 76% of the wealth
8-17-2016: St. Louis police major claims racial discrimination after he was passed over for promotion
Editorial note: It seems as if White plaintiffs have much greater success with discrimination suits than Black plaintiffs. Sgt. David Bonenberger was awarded $800,000 by an all white jury in a racial discrimination suit because he was passed up for promotion. Dan Isom, who is Black, was police chief at the time. Two former Harris-Stowe employees won discrimination lawsuit', Beverly Wilkins a white instructor was awarded $4.85 million in November 2015 and a month later, Shereen Abdel Kader, a former Caucasian professor of Egyptian origin, was awarded $2.5 million. In contrast, Laticha Green, a Black St. Louis paramedic, was denied her claim of racial discrimination against the City in May 2016, but was awarded only $50,000 on her retaliation claim. Maybe white privilege even helps win racial discrimination suits.
8-17-2016: St. Louis police open internal investigation after allegations officer slapped man downtown
Editorial note: You have to watch the videos to get a sense of how outrageous the response was. The amount of police responding to this incident was ridiculous.
8-17-2016: St. Louis Election Board asks local prosecutor and U.S. attorney to review allegations of voter fraud
8-17-2016: ‘Hero Mom’ Who Slapped Son During Baltimore Riots Left Homeless After Same Son Starts Accidental Fire
Editorial note: Hopefully she will raise enough on GoFundMe to purchase a house instead of renting an apartment.
Editorial note: Gun possession in not illegal. Just because someone is armed in no excuse for law enforcement to kill them. Police unions need to stop fighting body cameras and cameras should be mandatory for all officers so that evidence can back up their claims that someone's life was in danger.
Editorial note: If I ever file a lawsuit against a debt collector, I will now file a preemptive motion to prevent my lawsuit from being sold.
8-16-2016: Arizona officials defend trooper who pulled gun on man, 7-year-old girl during traffic stop
Editorial note: See our related post, "Why the Black Lives Matter movement is Important"
8-16-2016: Black Milwaukee Isn’t Rallying Behind a Criminal, It’s Protesting a City That Treats It Like One
8-16-2016: North Caroline State epidemiologist quits, says agencies misleading public about well water safety
Editorial note: As we have mentioned before, half of all US jobs are predicted to be eliminated because of computerization and robotics. Job loss and legal issues go hand in hand. Use this site and learn more about the law.
Editorial note: Good cops have for years protected bad cops and there is now an accumulated video record of cops caught lying about a suspect having a weapon or placing their life in danger. There is a boy who cried wolf sentiment now whenever a police officer kills a black person. Until we see video footage, we no cannot blindly accept police versions of events. Supposedly, body camera footage exists. That video should have been released immediately, especially if it supports the officer's version as truthful. By not releasing the video, the Milwaukee police only added to suspicions that the officer lied about being in danger and the shooting being justified.
Editorial note: See our related Plea Bargain page.
Editorial note: Anthony Lamar Smith was killed in 2011, but the officer was not arrested until 2016, after a video surfaced. The situation makes you wonder just how motivated the current prosecutor is to actually convict this officer. I wouldn't be surprised if this case is pleaded down to a much lessor crime before the new prosecutor, Gardner, takes office.
8-15-2016: Faith leaders go on trial for protesting Missouri Senate as others echo call for Medicaid expansion
Editorial note: David Clarke, the Black Milwaukee Sheriff, with his seemingly disdain for the black community he is a member, could potentially escalate the situation in Milwaukee into chaos. If Malcolm X was alive, he might try to find a new term to describe this man, as he might believe "house negro" too kind. Clarke has fully embraced racist ideology.
Editorial note: Why would the City of St. Louis sell this land now after NGA decision to build their new facility in the area. Last year, alderperson Megan Green alleged widespread corruption. The City sold property to Paul McKee at bargain basement prices and then repurchased those same properties providing McKee with millions in profits. St. Louis invoked eminent domain to force families from their homes to make way for NGA, why would they allow an option to remain in force on land that would exponentially increase in value. Maybe there needs to be a Federal Investigation.
8-12-2016: Pittsburg: Whistleblower cops claim department falsified reports, failed to document use of force
Editorial note: This case is a prime example of why you should think twice before accepting a plea bargain simply out of fear. Prosecutors routinely file charges they know they can't win in court to scare people into pleading guilty to lesser offenses.
Editorial note: A Ferguson police officer initiated an a bogus encounter with an innocent black man and the Ferguson Municipal prosecutor and court made a series of mistakes that cost the man his six figure job. Another example why its important to know how to navigate the system to protect your rights.
8-12-2016: End Prisons-for-Profit
8-12-2016: ‘Godd*mn, what is this?’: Trevor Noah shocked by chaotic video of cops gunning down unarmed black man
8-12-2016: Black Mississippi Father Gets Indicted For Child’s Death In Hot Car, White Mother from Same State Does Not
8-11-2016: Baltimore Officers ‘Coerced Sex in Exchange for Immunity from Arrest’, Pointing to Larger Nationwide Issue of Police Sexual Abuse
Editorial note: It is refreshing to see all the black celebrities taking a stand against oppression. As we have mentioned before, there will be backlash just as there was against the WNBA players. We must stand in support of those who stand up for us.
8-11-2016: Prosecutors who falsify or withhold evidence could become felons under proposed California legislation
Editorial note: This is a no brainer that should already be law in every state including MIssouri. Write your state representative and let them know you want a similar law in Missouri.
Editorial note: Anyone interested in learning about the criminal court system should read this article about a bankruptcy judge who had no idea how racist the criminal courts were.
Editorial note: Venezuela was the richest economy in South America. This is what happens when an economy fail and the sort of senario that Obama probably saved the United States from when he took office.
Editioral note: Who cares more your freedom than yourself? Even when you have an attorney do your own legal research and learn as much about the law as you can.
Editorial note: Beware a false sense of security of States legalizing marijuana. Federal law supersedes state law. California, a state that legalized marijuana, have used federal asset forfeiture laws against businesses licensed under state law to seize millions of dollars. You may also risk being sent to jail under federal law even if legal under state law.
8-11-2016: Macy's is closing another 100 stores
Editiorial note: 50% of all jobs in the US will be eliminated by according to studies. We suggest you start developing skills to keep yourself marketable in the future. We also suggest you use this site to educate yourself about the law. Job loss often creates legal issues when you can least afford to hire an attorney.
8-11-2016: Aspiring agents learn from mistakes of FBI's 'shameful' investigation of Martin Luther King Jr.
8-10-2016: Four arrested while disrupting Muny show singing 'freedom song' on anniversary of Mike Brown's death
Editorial note: St. Louis Muny's 'Aida' actor Ken Page responds to Black Lives Matter protest which stopped the show shown in the video below.
Editorial note: An 81 year old juror member felt coerced to vote guilty when she did not agree with that verdict. Had she known about jury nullification, she might have voted differently. I couldn't help but wonder if white privileged played a factor in her opinion and if she would have felt the same if the defendant was black. The person being held down and penetrated won't consider that act to be a joke or prank. The Missouri Sodomy Statute is RSMO 566.060 and see related RSMO 566.010 for definition of "Deviate sexual intercourse".
Editorial note: Yesterday was the two year anniversary of Michael Brown's death. During a peaceful commemoration event a protester was injured when by a car and shots were fired when the driver tried to flee. See related Ferguson comments on the Mothers of the Movement post.
8-10-2016: LAPD officer charged in assault quietly avoids jail time under plea deal with prosecutors
8-9-2016: North Carolina man charged with fatally shooting black man after complaining to police about 'hoodlums'
8-8-2016: Brian Rice, highest-ranking officer cleared in Freddie Gray's death, to get $127K in back pay
8-8-2016: Federal judge orders records involving St. Louis officer charged with murder to remain sealed
Editorial note: Police in Baltimore issued a similar warning that turned out to be false, see, "Baltimore police rebuked for 'uncorroborated' gang threat report on day of Freddie Gray funeral". Also see, "Was Dallas Police Ambush a Conspiracy against BLM?"
8-8-2016: Forcing Low-Income Owners to Pay to Challenge Civil Forfeiture Cases is Unconstitutional, Michigan Court Rules
8-8-2016: Special report: In 702 shootings by Chicago police, zero federal civil rights charges filed
Editorial note: See "White Supremacy"
8-6-2016: Judge Rejects Prosecutor's Plea Deal With Former Top Cop of Nation's Largest Sheriff's Department
8-6-2016: Trump Rhetoric, Police Brutality Videos Give White Folks New Perception of Racism in the U.S.
Editorial note: See comments made by Sandra Bland's mother during the Mothers of the Movement appearance at the DNC.
8-6-2016: Watchdog: Dallas woman discovers new Secret Service sex scandals through public information requests
Editorial note: See related, "Police criticize appearance of Mike Brown’s mother at DNC"
Editorial note: "It's foolish to let your oppressor tell you to forget the oppression they inflicted on you"
Editorial note: "just because you can doesn't mean you should"
8-5-2016: George Zimmerman punched in face for bragging about killing Trayvon Martin, witnesses allege
8-5-2016: A black social worker called 911 because she was afraid of a cop. A violent arrest followed
8-4-2016: Two Muslim women who work for US government escorted off plane as they made staff ‘uncomfortable'
8-4-2016: EXCLUSIVE: Buying Justice: Private Jets And Campaign Donations Jeopardize High Court’s Integrity
8-4-2016: Why people are upset about the police shooting of Korryn Gaines — even if she shot at cops
Editorial note: Stephen Rankin, who had been charged with first-degree murder in the killing of black 18-year-old was convicted of voluntary manslaughter. When justice is served, there is no need for protest and it's doubtful if anyone will feel the need to resort to retaliation.
Editorial note: Governor Nixon was drafted by the public defender's office to represent a poor defendant in court.
See related "A dose of heroin reality"
8-3-2016: Why some whites are waking up to racism
Editorial note: See related "Obama Isn’t Following Through on Pardons Promise, Says His Former Pardons Attorney".
8-3-2016: ‘Blue Lives Matter’ Bill Would Grant Cops Hate Crime Protection From Protesters in New York
Editorial note: The Zoo is free to everyone except St. Louis City and County residents who pay property tax to support it. I suspect one of the reasons the Zoo made the list is because most other attractions in the same class or caliber as the St. Louis Zoo charges an admission, at least to those living outside the taxing district. As a former airline employee, I've visited many other cities and there are few cities that a St. Louis resident can visit and enjoy free zoos and other attractions. Although Chicago has a free zoo, they also have one that requires admission. Why do we as a city believe we must provide to others what others refuse us?
8-3-2016: With Primary Victory, Kimberly Gardner Is Poised to Become St. Louis' First Black Circuit Attorney
Editorial note: St. Louis needs a Black circuit attorney. Black prosecutors are more likely to treat African-American suspects and defendants more fairly than their white counterparts. However, we need to hold the Circuit Attorney accountable and stand behind her when she stands up for us. Those in power who want to maintain the status quo will result to character assassination and attempt intimidation similar to what happened in Baltimore. Also see the St. Louis American article, "Gardner to make history as STL city's first African-American circuit attorney". Hopefully, Gardner will reopen investigations into some past questionable police shootings.
Editorial note: Because police departments have allowed bad cops to get away with murder, their level of credibility has been reduced. There was a time when I took reports about the police shooting an armed criminal at face value, but no more. Now i want to see the evidence. Too many cops have been caught lying after a video surfaced. The St. Louis Police Union cannot fight body cameras and then be expected to be automatically believed when they fought the very thing that may have proved their version true.
Editorial note: An unarmed man was killed while in police custody, but instead of getting upset that no one was held accountable, a white law professor wants to bring ethic charges against the black prosecutor for seeking justice. This is clearly an intimidation tactic to remind uppity black prosecutors to stay in their place in regards to white police officers. This is why we need more black prosecutors.