Below are news items from March 2016. For more current and breaking news items, see the main news page.
3-31-2016: Judge gives teen 6 months for contempt, orders cellphone destroyed due to courthouse photos
Editorial note: There is no legitimate reason to never allow cameras in courtrooms. The legal profession most likely doesn't want the public to see and learn about court procedure and tactics used by attorneys.
Editorial note: General Motors made a net income of $9.7 billion off revenues of $152.4 billion, but is only paying $5 million in federal taxes. However, GM paid China more than $908 million in taxes. I bet China is happy the U.S. bailed out GM.
Editorial note: An unarmed Texas man was heard crying and saying “Please don’t shoot me” and “Please don’t shoot,” just before an officer later identified as Philip "Mitch" Brailsford fired his service weapon.Brailsford has been charged with second-degree murder and was terminated from the police department. Police officers seem to be arrested and charged much quicker when victims are white.
3-31-2016: Why is St. Louis losing so many babies?
3-31-2016: Autism rate has not increased in two years
Editorial note: See Autism information on our education oppression page.
Editorial note: I'm not very familiar with the law concerning election machines, but during the primary election, since there was only one issue on the ballot, the party presidential candidate, paper ballots should have been used exclusively then. I wasn't even offered a machine during the primary, I was simply handed a paper ballot. Speaking of ballots, listen to the still timely Malcolm X speech, "The Ballot or the Bullet".
3-31-2016: NGA plans to stay in St. Louis
Editorial note: I was pleasantly surprised to hear the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency choose North St. Louis. The City of St. Louis now needs to treat those that will be displaced from their homes fairly and pay them enough to secure new suitable housing. Those homeowners who will be impacted by eminent domain should familarize themselves with the law and seek advice, especially concerning highest and best use.
Editorial note: A white police officer that killed a 19 year old black teen at a black church was supposed to have a hearing to determine if he had broken rules. The hearing was postponed by doctor appointments and he is now being allowed to retire because of a post traumatic sydrome disability caused by his killing of the black teen. His retirement automatically cancels the hearings.
Editorial note: The police union has lost all credibility about trying to reach out to the black community!
3-31-2016: Johnson & Johnson Has a Baby Powder Problem: More than 1,000 women are suing the company for covering up a cancer risk
Editorial note: StingRays are cellular phone surveillance devices, initially developed for the military and intelligence communities, and are in widespread use by local and state law enforcement agencies.
Editorial note: 30,000 people in Missouri will lose their food stamps, on April 1, 2016. What do you think people will do when they are hungry and can't find work? St. Louis is already considered the most dangerous city, but be prepared for increased crime. Social programs prevent crime and cost much less than the alternative, broken car windows, property damage and physical violence.
3-30-2016: Florissant police arrest man at town hall meeting; participants complain about closed discussion
Editorial note: This gun should be outlawed! When Bath salts and malt liquor, which was previously targeted to black folks, began negatively affecting white kids, they were quickly outlawed or pulled from shelves. Why is this device being allowed to come to market? The result of this gun will be open season on any black person holding a cell phone. Cops will claim they feared for their lives. Officers will say they thought the phone was a gun because the victim was holding it a certain way. This device will be used to justify a countless number of police shootings of unarmed people.
Editorial note: In an October post, we mentioned how crime will continue to rise and spill over into communities that had previously been considered immune or safe. Expect the usual St. Louis area outcome by race and class. The four West County teens will get the lightest sentences. The three black teens will be treated harsher. The two St. Louis City teens will receive the worst outcome.
Editorial note: Local police have mentioned a Ferguson effect, but maybe the way police interact with the community and treat people creates an 'effect'. If St. Louis is any indication, a black police chief in Chicago may help decrease the murder rate. The number of murders went down every time St. Louis had a black police chief; maybe because of greater community sensitivity.
- Clarence Harmon, 1st black police chief, 1991 (260 murders) thru 1995 (204 murders),
- Ron Henderson, 2nd black police chief 1995 (204 murders) thru 2001 (148 murders),
- Joe Mokwa, 2001 (148 murders) thru 2008 (167 murders)
- Dan Isom, 3rd black police chief, 2008 (167 murders) thru 2013 (120 murders).
- Under the current police chief, Sam Dotson murders have increased from 120 in 2013, to 159 in 2014, and 188 in 2015. As of March 29, 2016, there have been 32 murders.
Editiorial note: Since 2000, at least 143 people in Minnesota have died after being shot, Tased or restrained by a police officer. To date, not a single officer has been charged in any of those deaths
Editorial note: See related broken pardon promise post.
Editorial note: Traditional jobs (standard employment arrangements) actually slightly declined and net employment growth (for main jobs) has occurred in nonstandard “alternative” jobs (any type of temporary, gig, or contract work, including Uber drivers) over the last decade. “As of late 2015, we had not yet quite fully recovered from the huge loss of traditional jobs from the Great Recession.” However, many people already figured this out for themselves.
3-29-2016: Attorney general says he will appeal ruling that guts St. Louis County municipal court reform
Editorial note: Allowing every other municipality in the state to keep 20% of traffic fines while restricting St. Louis County Municipalies to 12.5% is unfair. All Missouri municipalities should be subject to either the 20% or 12.5% limit equally.
Editorial note: MSD is bound by the Hancock Amendment and the Missouri Supreme Court has already ruled (Zweig v. MSD) that MSD cannot raise rates without voter approval, so I do not understand why MSD says, "if voters turn down the bonds, MSD will raise rates to cover the cost upfront". MSD offers a 50 percent rate reduction to qualified low-income, elderly, and disabled customers. A customer's total annual income for the previous year must be less than 200% of the most recent Health & Human Services (HHS) poverty guidelines, based on the size of household. A family of four, for example, must earn less than $48,600 to qualify. Disabled citizens and seniors must earn less than 250% HHS poverty guidelines. For example, a single senior must earn less than $29,700 to qualify.
Editorial note: Federal government is launching an investigation targeting 12 current and former Detroit Public School principals, one administrator and a vendor — all of them charged with running a nearly $1 million bribery and kickback scheme involving school supplies that were rarely ever delivered.
3-29-2016: Frisco hospice owner urged nurses to overdose patients so they would die quicker, FBI says
Editorial note: See our "Medical Oppression" page.
Editorial note: The postal employee whose wife is a police office made a profound statement that equally applies to all black men, "I thought that when I put on that uniform I would be treated a little differently, it's no difference, I'm just another brother in a uniform".
3-28-2016: Judge guts municipal court reform law
Editorial note: People who do not learn more about our legal system are doomed to become victims of it. Law controls everything. Everyone needs to have some knowledge about the law.
Editorial note: A judge's recent ruling that part of a law school graduate's loans can be canceled breaks new ground for other students who owe a mountain of debt.
Editorial note: Maybe some bad officers decided to quit before their actions landed them in jail since there is now greater scrutiny especially concerning shootings of unarmed people.
Editorial note: How is it possible for a white person to get only 5 years for killing? Black people get more time for drug and gun possession? Scroll down to February 29th to see news article about a man that received 60 years for gun possession.
3-28-2016: FACT CHECK: Lt. Gov. Peter Kinder calling St. Louis 'most dangerous city' misses larger context
Editorial note: Kinder is using flawed logic. We are a highly mobile society. Shotings and murder results in retaliation and that retaliation can occur anywhere; on highways, malls, downtown, public transit or public events. Just because more murders happen in a particular neighborhood doesn't mean there's no danger in other areas. When violence increases anywhere in St. Louis, the whole are is at risk.
3-28-2016: Texas woman arrested after responding to police Facebook post about meth tainted with Ebola
Editorial note: Federal prosecutors say a former assistant police chief has been sentenced for beating a man during an interrogation, making false statements and selling drugs.
Editorial note: Jury awards $30,000 in damages each to 10 children who witnessed police officers shoot and kill an unarmed black man at a day care
3-25-2016: St. Louis circuit attorney must disclose when pre-trial redactions are made from police reports, judge rules
Editorial note: This is the type of service the City of St. Louis should be funding rather than spending millions on a failed attempt to keep a sports franchise.
Editorial note: Black men are seven times as likely as Whites to die by police gunfire. The article raises a very good question. Why did it take the media so long to realize the extent of the killings? See Why White Cops Kill Black Men.
Editorial note: These poverty pimps weren't satisifed with the standard compensation.
Editorial note: White Americans are more likely than Black Americans to have used most kinds of illegal drugs, including cocaine, marijuana and LSD. Nearly 20 percent of whites have used cocaine, compared with just 10 percent of blacks. White folks are 45 percent more likely than black folks to sell drugs. However, black folks are disproportionately convicted of drug crimes. I wonder if black folks will disproportionately be excluded from this new program?
Editorial note: Pension plans and Social Security share some elements of Ponzi and Pyramid schemes and are not sustainable as they are currently structured much longer. In 1945, there were 41.9 workers supporting each social security retiree; by 2010 there were just 2.9 workers per retiree and as baby boomers continue to age, the numbers will only get worse. The private pension system is not much better off. Most high paying manufacturing jobs have been lost due to foreign competition or plants being located in other countries. Retiree pensions are being funded by workers making a fraction of the wages paid to current retired workers. The 65 and older age group is the fastest growing, which partially explains why some union retirees will see their pensions reduced, some more than half starting in July 2016. Tax increases are required to keep public pensions viable. Luckily, Missouri has the Hancock Amendment to protect us from excessive taxation.
Editorial note: How to report misconduct of Missouri judges.
Editorial note: First, a state law is passed that benefits only his company that provides up to $95 million in incentives and tax credits. Then the City of St. Louis sells property at bargain basement prices to McKee based on promises of development that never takes place. McKee loses some properties to foreclosure, then the City of St. Louis proposed to mortage city owned buildings to buy back land from McKee at inflated prices. All for another development that may never happen. I guess this is why we should all vote yes on the earnings tax.
Editorial note: The police van stopped at an intersection starts making a left turn at the 1:00 mark and then hits the teacher crossing the street.
Editorial note: There does seem to be a double standard here. St. Louis police officers have killed unarmed men and received full pay while their actions where being investigated. This officer's actions are still under investigation and he should be given the same consideration given to white officers.
Editorial note: Yet another example why white cops kill black men out of unreasonable fear.
Editorial note: The power of suggestion is powerful; what we expect influences our behavior. All eight children convinced themselves that it was their mother in that coffin. People form opinions of themselves and whole groups based on what they expect from media images, history, and stereotypes. Slogans such as "you can beat city hall" and "he who represents himself has a fool for a client", create expectations that prevent people from even trying. Don't let the power of suggestion prevent you from seeing the obvious.
Editorial note: I have mixed feelings about these types of programs. While it's great job training is being provided, it seems like the poor are steered into training for fields that are dead end and low paying. Some of these people could just as easily be trained in computer coding, nursing, truck driving and other areas where shortages exist but provide better pay.
3-19-2016: Behind the about-face in Ferguson
Editorial note: Scroll down to March 8th Ameren headline and editorial notes concerning rate increases.
Editorial note: This group has more debt than previous generatons. Less money will most likely trigger increased legal actions in the future. If you're young, start learning as much as you can about the law.
Editorial note: 4.1 percent of defendants who are sentenced to death in the United States are later shown to be innocent: 1 in 25. See: The staggering number of wrongful convictions in America
3-18-2016: Donald Trump’s White Lives Matter Movement
Editorial note: As the Post Dispatch points out, "The arrest of the city's top law enforcement official's stepson demonstrates how far the heroin epidemic reaches". A popular St. Louis singing group, ProjecX, recently released a new anti-drug video.
Editorial note: If you're eligible to vote, register. If you're registered to vote, vote! If you don't vote, don't complain about the outcome or consequences you took no action to prevent.
This page provides links to news items you may have missed and serves as a reminder about the various municipal issues that affect us. When this site was created in October of 2014 we highlighted a two year pattern of corruption within St. Louis city. Sometimes you can't spot a problem or see a pattern until things are exposed all together in one place. Some news items may also provide valuable information you can use to assist with your legal issue.
3-17-2016: Beyond Flint: Excessive lead levels found in almost 2,000 water systems across all 50 states
Editorial note: It has been alleged that Jackson was discredited with molestation charges and then murdered because of his ownership in the Sony Music catalog. A music executive, John McClain, administers Michael Jackson's estate and receives a percentage of the estate's earnings. Michael Jackson's parents and other family members unsuccessfully fought to control and administer Michael Jackson's estate. Below are a few videos related to the subject.
Michael Jackson begins talking about Sony at 2:26 in the video above.
Dick Gregory explains that Michael Jackson stated, "They're trying to kill me!"
Today inteview of Tommy Mottola, who Jackson called a devil.
Dick Gregory pointing out the vastness of the music catalog.
Editorial note: Young black voters exercised their collective political muscle and both the prosecutors in the Tamir Rice and Laquan McDonald cases lost their primary races. It’s rare for incumbent prosecutors to be voted out of office. According to one study, they win re-election 95 percent of the time, and typically they run unopposed. This is in part because most voters just don’t pay attention to prosecutor races. Hopefully, young black St. Louis voters will take note. Public officials work for you. When officials don't act in your best interest get rid of them!
Editorial note: Dr. Eric D. Thomas is an American motivational speaker, author and minister. Lebron James has credited Thomas as part his inspiration for winning the 2012 NBA Championship
Editorial note: Below is news footage showing the video. This is an example of how vulnerable black folks are when encountering law enforcement. This is a perfect example why white cops kill black men out of unreasonable fear.
Editorial note: I recently ran into someone I met years ago through a mutual contact. The last time I saw this person was in court, he was also fighting housing violation accusations. He owns several properties in the City of St. Louis. He asked about the outcome of my case and I explained I was awaiting a Missouri Court of Appeals decision. He had hired a lawyer, but felt his attorney had sold him out. He discovered the judge and attorney had attended law school and knew each other. He told me he spent 10 days in jail because of unpaid fines.
Editorial note: In November we wrote, Black Gang Members, Honorary KKK?, in response to Tyshawn Lee's murder.
Editorial note: See hijab related post about Dr. Larycia Hawkins, a Christian, spoke out for Muslims.
3-11-2016: The Senate Just Passed a Bipartisan Drug Bill—One That’s Not Meant to Put People in Prison
3-11-2016: ‘F*ck you, you whore!’: Watch angry white people go berserk outside Trump rally in St. Louis
Editorial note: St. Louis is increasingly looking like the old South of the 1950's and 1960's civil rights era. As I watched some of these videos, they were reminiscent of Little Rock and other iconic racist scenes. You probably won't see these images broadcast on major media, because of racial bias in mass media. However, you will see black people shown in a negative light.
3-11-2016: ‘Post-Racial’ Racism, Explained
Editorial note: There was no excuse for this officer's behavior! He should have been fired immediately. Maybe incidents such as this is one reason why schools don't want students bringing cell phones.
Editorial note: How can anyone think this is a good idea? More legal guns=more stolen guns=more crime. The sound of gun shots warn people of danger and prompts many calls to police. Silencers will result in a huge increase in gun deaths. Imagine how much more successful mass shooters will become if silencers become readily available.
Related: See US Government Discrimination
Editorial note: Your Ameren-Missouri home electric bill could go up 35 percent over the next ten years, under a bill before the Missouri Senate. Scroll down to 2-26 and 2-4 to read editorial notes concerning Ameren. The Federal Government was cleared to sue Ameren for clean air violations on March 3, 2016. This increase may be in anticipation of fines.
Editorial note: We discussed how video could clear officers during a post about a police shooting and body cameras. The police department quickly released this video which supported their officer, let's hope videos are also released as fast when the video does not corroborate the officer's version of the story.
3-6-2016: Longtime St. Louis excise commissioner fired
3-5-2015: Drinking coffee while black: Ohio cop stops black man strolling down the street –then slams him into wall
See related post about St. Louis' first murder victim of 2016.
3-4-2016: Man freed from prison wins $2.5 million verdict on claim that St. Louis police officers lied about drugs
Editorial note: Was this guy so accustomed to law enforcement officers not being held accountable for shooting deaths that he just decide to kill? Had attention not been so focused on police killings of unarmed people, he might very well have gotten away with murder!
Editorial note: North Korean leader Kim Jong Un said the country's "nuclear warheads need to be ready for use at any time," the North Korean state news agency KCNA reported Friday.
3-3-2016: NAACP calls for DOJ investigation, suggests profiling behind racial skew of NOLA juvenile arrests
Editorial note: 96 percent of all juvenile arrest over a three year period were black.
3-3-2016: Lack of online database for teacher discipline in Missouri makes finding answers difficult
Editorial note: We need greater precision with language. The project could meet those standards without a single black person or company involved. White women benefit the most from affirmative action. I suspect white women will be the largest NGA 'minority' inclusion group. We need specific "black" inclusion. Black folks should stop endorsing generic 'minority' inclusion that doesn't specify black goals.
Editorial note: Utah bill would could also establish the legal concept of aerial trespass, voyeurism
Editorial note: A Michigan police officer can't be held liable for fatally shooting a black, kneeling, teenage girl in the stomach and head, even though she wasn't resisting arrest.
3-2-2016: Missouri's "Prior and Persistent" Drug Offenders Are Still Stuck Without a Chance of Parole
Editorial note: Trooper Brian Encinia has been indicted on charges of lying about his arrest of Bland, later found hanged in a jail cell.
3-2-2016: Impeachment process starts in Jennings
Editorial note: Even though St. Louis is a majority black city, we have never had an elected black prosecutor. There is only only one black elected prosecutor in the State of Missouri. One of the two candidates is Steve Harmon, a former police officer and the son of former St. Louis Mayor and Police Chief Clarence Harmon.