Below are news items from June 2016. For more current and breaking news items, see the main news page.
Editorial note: See our related page about protester's rights.
6-29-2016: Baltimore Police institute new 'use of force' policy for officers as Justice Department report looms
6-29-2016: Developer Paul McKee Told to Mow His Lawn
6-28-2016: Man shot and killed by Belleville police officers was Revolutionary Black Panther Party official
Editorial note: Gen. Minister Houdari Juelani (Angelo Brown) reportedly said before his death that police in St. Louis and Belleville were “harassing” him, ripping up flyers that he posted and threatening him.
6-28-2016: St. Louis considers payday lending crackdown
6-28-2016: 2 Jefferson County men charged with throwing eggs, shouting racial slurs worked for a prison ministry
Editorial note: With heroin addiction at epidemic levels in white communities, which happens to be the same communities with higher levels of gun ownership, it's just a matter of time before addicts start breaking into cars and houses in those communities and stealing guns. Those guns will end up in the streets in both white and black communities and will result in even greater crime rates.
Editorial note: See related "Education Oppression"
Editorial note: Dr. Umar Johnson, a school psychologist, explains during a lecture how diagnosis and labels of learning disability is used as a tactic in the "War on Black Kids".
Editorial note: White Kenyan settlers used propaganda and lies to discredit those seeking freedom in their own country, similiar to how the Black Lives Matter Movement, the Black Panthers and other struggles for freedom and rights here in the U.S. have been distorted. Kenya gained its independence in1963, the Kenyan people decide it's "Better to be strong"
Editorial note: “Where justice is denied, where poverty is enforced, where ignorance prevails, and where any one class is made to feel that society is an organized conspiracy to oppress, rob and degrade them, neither persons nor property will be safe” – Frederick Douglass
Editorial note: Tor is free software and an open network that helps you defend against traffic analysis, a form of network surveillance that threatens personal freedom and privacy, confidential business activities and relationships, and state security. See: "FBI moves to keep its Tor hacking tool secret"
Editorial note: In January, a federal judge dismissed another case against Cosby and commented; "For those in the media who accepted every allegation raised without question or evaluation, they need to answer the well-known question with respect to Mr. Cosby, 'Which office do I go to get my reputation back?". See our post, "Is Bill Cosby a Rapist?".
Editorial note: The police officer was responding to a complaint of loud music. The 17 year old kid was not attempting to run over the officer and was clearly trying to drive around. This kid was wrong for trying to flee, but with all the reports of police killing unarmed black men, he may have simply feared the encounter. Police officers don't have a monopoly on fear. Even my 87 year old father now fears encounters with the police. Regardless, this was not a situation that justified deadly force. If this was a 17 year old white kid in an affluent area, do you believe the officer would have fired?
6-24-2016: ‘You’ll find out how nasty I really am’: A judge’s seething response to a hostile defendant
Editorial note: Too bad we didn't have a similar law during the crack cocain era. When drug addicts were viewed as being mostly black, drug use was criminalized. Now that drug users are increasing white, we are now decriminalizing behaviors. See "A dose of heroin reality"
Editorial note: Black Lives Matter has withdrawn as Grand Marshals of the SF Pride Parade. A Black Lives Matter member stated, "We know first hand that increasing the police presence at Pride does not increase safety for all people.”
Editorial note: What does it take for a police officer to get indicted? If the video above doesn't show clear abuse of power and denial of rights, what does? Imagine if that was your daughter, how would you feel? These kids posed no danger and the response by the one particular police office was unacceptable! See related, "Why the Black Lives Matter Movement is Important"
6-23-2016: Picking and choosing who gets justice
6-23-2016: Policing the Police on Stop-and-Frisk
6-23-2016: Missouri preschools to be on rating system
6-23-2016: Attorney claims city and state withheld evidence in civil case against St. Louis police officer
Editorial note: See "St. Louis County Municipalities, better together or apart?"
Editorial note: A homeless man convicted of criminal trespassing for taking shelter in privately owned buildings during harsh winter weather won a new trial because he should not have been denied the opportunity to argue the necessity defense.
6-23-2016: Fighting black unemployment
Editorial note: At least he was honest about what "Make America Great Again" means. Let's go back to a time before black people started asserting their civil rights and demanding equal treatment.
Editorial note: It's sad that so many people feel the need to purchase assault rifles. These weapons were first designed during World War II by the German military to be used during battle, their purpose is to kill people more effectively during times of war. There is no reasonable civilian or consumer purpose for these weapon. The United States has become so polarized that I fear these weapons might be used by opposing factions during some type of civil unrest. I can't imagine how much more terrible race riots utilizing assault weapons would have been.
Editorial note: White privilege even applies to riots!
Editorial note: As we have said many times before, once the rights of any one group is violated, it makes it that much easier to violate the rights of others. Black people have been complaining about unconstitutional searches for decades and now the Supreme Court has basically nullified protection for everyone against illegal searches. See "First they came".
Editorial note: See our "Race Riots" page which includes a video about the East St. Louis Massacre.
Editorial note: Evidence of a crime may be used against a defendant even if the police did something wrong or illegal in obtaining it. Our rights are being systematically taken away, it's time to wake up!
6-20-2016: After police raided an apartment building to arrest a suspect, others were left with the collateral damage
Editorial note: According to the book, “Failing Law Schools”, the out of pocket expenses for obtaining a law degree is approaching $200,000 and the average law school graduate’s debt is around $100,000. Diversity is needed in the legal profession, during my courtroom visits, the lack of non-white attorneys is apparent. However, you must make sure that the investment is worth the cost. See the following articles: "7 ways to figure if going to law school is worth it," "Attorney Offers Students 1,000 Reasons To Skip Law School," "Was law school worth it? Only 20% of recent grads strongly agree, pilot study says," and "Your AI lawyer will see you now: IBM's ROSS becomes world's first artificially intelligent attorney".
Editorial note: See our "Race Riots" page which includes a video about the East St. Louis Massacre.
6-17-2016: GPS mix-up led man to scuffle with off-duty St. Louis officer, which landed the man in jail, his lawsuit says
Editiorial note: See the "Medical Oppression" page for shocking information how poor black people have been treated by the medical establishment in this country.
Editorial note: The parents of a 12-year-old black girl have sued her Texas school after a group of white classmates allegedly wrapped a rope around her neck and “violently jerked” her to the ground, leaving burns in her skin that are documented in graphic photos included in the complaint.
Editorial note: Is this prosecution racially motivated? The parents did not bring the gun into the house and may not have have thought the gun was a toy if they did in fact see it. They did not leave young children in the house by themselves and it doesn't appear they did anything wrong. The parents have suffered the loss of their child, to bring criminal charges serves no purpose but to harass and persecute.
Editorial note: Hunter Park, a Missouri University of Science and Technology student posted he was going to shoot every black person he saw.
6-16-2016: Tougher rules shrink Missouri welfare rolls
Editorial note: See our related page, "Educational Oppression". Although the kid involved in this incident appears to be white, when abuses are allow against one group, it's just a matter of time before people in other groups start becoming targets; as mentioned in "First they came".
6-16-2016: Picking and choosing who gets justice
Editorial note: See our related page, "St. Louis' Racial Oppression"
Editorial note: This is the type of situation where someone who is legally savvy would file a sexual discrimination or harassment suit where others might simply get angry or quit.
6-15-2016: St. Louis takes new look at old problem: What to do with vacant land and abandoned buildings
6-15-2016: FBI has 411 million photos in its facial recognition system, and a federal watchdog isn't happy
Editorial Note: This was a horrible tradedy that no parent should have to endure. I've taken my family to Disney World twice and I never considered that alligators were in the water around the park and resorts. In fact, had I seen an alligator, I would have assumed it was a mechanical prop and part of the Disney fantasy. However, I can't help but notice the different public response in the two recent national stories concerning wild animals, children and parents. When a black child fell into a gorilla enclosure, the parenting skills were called into question and public outcry for criminal charges. In this case an even younger white child was killed by an alligator and there hasn't been any suggestion that the parents were not properly supervising their child. It would be improper for anyone to suggest that the parents were responsible for this child's death. However, it was extremely improper for people to react so horribly when the child's fall resulted in the gorilla's death. Our thoughts and prayers go out to this child's family, we are sorry for your loss.
Editorial note: The U.S. Department of Education proposed on Wednesday to shut down the nation's largest accreditor of for-profit colleges, a rare move that could put dozens of schools at risk of losing federal funding.
Editorial note: High-speed internet service can be defined as a utility, a federal court has ruled in a sweeping decision clearing the way for more rigorous policing of broadband providers and greater protections for web users.
6-14-2016: Final report: St. Louis is not better apart
Editorial note: See post written in response to report, "St. Louis Municipalities, Better Together or Apart?"
6-13-2016: Going to the zoo while black
6-13-2016: Rex Jory: I can describe myself as racist because I recognise and acknowledge racial difference
Editorial note: Petition for Expungement of Arrest Records – Missouri Revised Statutes RSMO 610.140 allows people convicted of certain crimes to have their records expunged resulting in the records being seal and unavailable through record checks.
Editorial note: It's just a matter of time before increased drug use, easy availability of guns and untreated mental illness lead more people to this type of behavior, especially as half of all U.S. jobs are eliminated and those currently in the middle class find themselves unable to sustain their lifestyles. How many mass shootings have to occur and people being gunned down in cities everyday before our collective common sense kicks in and we update gun laws. The day before this shooting, singer Christina Grimmie, a former finalist on NBC's "The Voice," died from a gunshot while performing Friday in Orlando. The harsh treatment many experience in our justice system might even create another Cookie Thornton type situation.
Editorial note: Quote from the author, “White rage is not about visible violence, but rather works its way through the courts, the legislatures, and a range of government bureaucracies. It wreaks havoc subtly, almost imperceptibly. Too imperceptibly, certainly, for a nation consistently drawn to the spectacular — to what it can see. It’s not the Klan. White rage doesn’t have to wear sheets, burn crosses, or take to the streets. Working the halls of power, it can achieve its means far more effectively, far more destructively.” See our related post, "White Middle Class Fatigue".
6-11-2016: LockerDome leader laments loss of employee and shames city's approach to crime discussions
Editorial note: State lotteries do far more harm than good, especially at the bottom of the economic ladder. They Prey on the Poor and Trash the Economy, and Political Leaders Don't Care. See the article, "Disturbing Facts About State Lotteries".
See our related post, "Muhammad Ali's Memorial Service – Tribute to Greatness".
6-9-2016: Thieves targeting new homes in Ladue
Note: Incident begins at the 3 minute point.
Editorial note: The story told in this article is a wonderful example of compasion and understanding in the face of anger.
Editorial note: All laws can be used for bad purposes. The concern is that that poor people with serious illnesses will be pressured to take lethal drugs as a cheaper alternative to long-term care.
Editorial note: Kudos to Mr. Messenger for telling his story. Not everyone with poor credit made poor choices. Some people became sick or injured, lost jobs, and others had their lives turned upside down by divorce, tragedy such as fire or natural disasters. Even those that have made poor choices or mistakes shouldn't be have to endure predatory practices made legal by unjust laws.
6-6-2016: Missouri gun bill would allow concealed carry without training, creates a ‘stand your ground’ law
See related, "Gun Law in Missouri"
See out related post, "Federal prosecution of gun crimes, the new mass incarceration tool?"
Editorial note: Author JK Rowling has described people who criticised the casting of a black actress as Hermione in the new Harry Potter play as "a bunch of racists".
6-4-2016: Boxing legend Muhammad Ali dies at 74
Editorial note: Muhammad Ali was so much more than just a boxer. See our post about Muhammad Ali the humanitarian and civil rights activist.
6-3-2016: White high school students in Michigan saying they'd like to bring back slavery shows racism is still alive
Editorial note: As we have said many times before, instead of giving money to developers, use that money fix street lights, roads and of course faulty wiring. Had this been a situation at someone's house, the City would be have issued housing code violations or even criminal charges.
6-3-2016: Missouri's report on racial profiling shows troubling figures every year, but flaws in data thwart change
6-3-2016: Man hurt by SWAT team as he tried to cash check can seek new $3.3M award from Bank of America
6-2-2016: Cellphone videos show aftermath of 2011 St. Louis police shooting at heart of murder charge
See related post, "18 Year Old Shot in Back by Police"
Editorial note: This was racial profiling taken to the extreme. Evidently, the police officers would have pick up any black man, that's the only thing the innocent man had in common with the suspect. After being taken out of a job interview in handcuffs, there was zero chance of getting the job. I hope the man consults with an attorney.
Editorial note: Last year the Former Ladue Police Chief alleges he was ordered to profile black motorists. Makes you wonder if the current chief follows orders better?
6-1-2016: Dozens Of Ferguson Protesters Were Charged Under A Bad Law. Now They Could Be Arrested Again
6-1-2016: Plainclothes officer who killed Florida church drummer is charged with manslaughter, attempted murder
Editorial note: Standing up and demanding your rights is an act of patriotism not terrorism. Thousands of black lives were lost due to lynching in this country. The KKK, White Citizens Council and other similar groups routinely included police officers, sheriffs and even judges. Police brutality is terrorism and that terror is documented with increasing regularity by video. Black Lives Matter and similar groups helped shine a light on a small segment of policing that many police officers understandably do not like. Many good officers stood silent while bad officers committed unforgivable acts. The Black Panther Party for Self Defense core practice was its armed citizens' patrols to monitor the behavior of police officers and challenge police brutality in Oakland, California. It later included community social programs as a core activity. The government and media distorted public opinion and convinced people the Panthers were terrorist rather than a group concerned with abuses within its community. Anytime groups such as Black Lives Matter, the Panthers and any other group that refuses to accept mistreatment by power, those groups are attacked and vilified.