Below are news items from May 2016. For more current and breaking news items, see the main news page.
5-31-2016: In second online 'rant,' St. Louis police chief rails against halfway house, low bail for suspect
Editorial note: In our judicial system, people are considered innocent until found guilty. Bail is the amount of money defendants must post to be released from custody until their trial. Bail is not a fine. It is not supposed to be used as punishment. The purpose of bail is simply to ensure that defendants will appear for trial and all pretrial hearings for which they must be present. See RSMO 544.455.
See related post, "Is Bill Cosby a Rapist?"
Editorial note: Expect an even greater increase in heroin addiction once prescription drugs become harder to get.
Editorial note: I wonder if Chief Dotson was equally critical of St. Louis County Executive Steve Stinger and Police Chief Jon Belmar when they wrote letters of support for a money laundering drug dealer? You can't increase gun rights, which automatically mean greater gun possession, resulting in more gun theft and then be surprised that criminal activilty involving guns has increased. As we mentioned last year, gun crimes and possession appear to be the new mass incarceration tool now that drug addiction is being re-labled an illness.
5-30-2016: States unsure of cost of new overtime rules
Editorial note: I'm not an animal expert, but it appeared that the gorilla may have been trying to protect the child, however, if the experts thought the child was in danger, I'll defer to their opinion. Dragging the kid around, even if it was to protect him, probably was life threatening. I would expect that a major zoo would have some sort of barrier where a 3 or 4 year old child could not fall into an enclosure. What's really sad is the lack of concern when a seemingly innocent "child" such as Tamir Rice or a person who is not a danger is killed by police, and the same outrage is not expressed.
5-30-2016: Missouri House Democrats: superminority makes it harder to get Democrats to run for House
5-29-2016: Missouri targets black voters: This is an un-American and intentional assault on voting rights
Editorial note: There is no need to move this wonderful tradition from its current location. The location is family friendly especially since the Zoo is just a short walk away. Tents can always be added to increase vendor space.
5-29-2016: Lawsuit filed by wrongfully convicted man details how law enforcement officials allegedly framed him
Editorial note: I wonder if the mayor will make a similar pledge to eliminate crime in North St. Louis as he did for downtown. Speaking of Memorial Day, see "Freed Slaves Observed The Country's First Memorial Day".
Editorial note: Rather than focus on crime all over the city, the focus will be downtown, seems like a prescription for failure. Criminals will simply target CWE, The Loop, Forest Park, Mid-Town, Shaw, Grand Center, Soulard and other areas that attract people. See related, When you have nothing, you have nothing to lose.
5-26-2016: Federal Judge Allows Plaintiff to Sue Officers After He Was Detained for Videoing a Police Station
5-25-2016: White high school football players in Idaho charged in rape of black, disabled teammate with a coat hanger
See related: A Dose of Heroin Reality
5-22-2016: How the Pentagon punished NSA whistleblowers
5-20-2016: St. Louis police union calls for special prosecutor in case of former cop charged with murder
5-19-2016: Pennsylvania Cop Charged After Video Appears to Show Him Punching Woman During Traffic Stop
Editorial note: Officer Jesus Santiago-DeJesus, who claimed he was assaulted by a woman during a traffic stop last month, lied about the incident. The incident occurs about 1:55 in the timeline when three officers start using what appears to be excessive force. Video is civil rights greatest tool.
5-19-2016: DNA Evidence Frees Man From Life Sentence
Editorial note: Yet another black man wrongly convicted of murder.
- There was no physical evidence
- Witnesses description of killer was a tall white man in cowboy hat
- Conviction was based mostly on untruthful prisoner testimony
- He served almost 20 years in prison
However, police officers who actually committ murder are often not charged or get charged years later; but only if video evidence exist. See, "The True Ferguson Effect".
Editorial note: The top lawyer for Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin urged prison officials to go forward with a planned execution even though they received the wrong drug, telling a deputy attorney general to "Google it" to confirm it could be used.
5-19-2016: San Francisco police fatally shoot apparently unarmed woman in stolen car; police chief resigns hours later
5-19-2016: Activists complain of four-year delay in charging St. Louis police officer with murder of suspect
5-18-2016: Ferguson prosecutor dismisses case minutes before trial, maintains that the defendant still violated the law
Editorial note: This appears to be a common tactic with some prosecutors. Continue prosecuting the case until the last possible moment before the trial, even if the case is weak, to force a plea bargain.
5-18-2016: Minority police, fire associations in St. Louis pledge to work together on racial disparities
5-18-2016: St. Louis prosecutor, former police chief at odds over timing of ex-officer's murder charge
Editorial note: Former St. Louis City Police Chief Dan Isom said years ago his investigators provided the prosecutor's office with essentially the same evidence used this week to make the case. “The only thing that has changed is the will to act post-Ferguson and post-Laquan McDonald on information and evidence that was originally presented to the U.S. attorney and the circuit attorney by the St. Louis Police Department,” he said. See related, "The True Ferguson Effect".
Editorial note: See "First They Came".
Note: The Detroit City Council approved a $5.2-million contract with WatchGuard Video to equip police officers with body cameras. The cameras will be paid for, in part, with a $1-million federal grant. WatchGuard Video was selected because it was less expensive and the company offered more experience than the second-ranked proposal from Taser, which cost $8.9 million. In light of recent murder charges against a former St. Louis police officer, it's certainly time for St. Louis to equip our police officers with body cameras.
Editorial note: Motorcycle clubs (gangs) have a shotout where nine people died and some members fired at police and the members of the gangs are surprised they got arrested. Although I've never experienced it, white privilege must be a powerful entitlement. Had those bikers been black, public sentiment would have been lock those gang "thugs" away for life.
5-17-2016: SWAT raid triggers complaint, investigation
Editorial note: St. Louis City Police kicked in the door of the wrong house while executing a search warrant is the first complaint filed with the civilian oversight board.
5-17-2016: KING: Beautiful 22-year-old mother Symone Marshall dies in Texas police custody after weeks of neglect
5-16-2016: To settle reporters' lawsuit over alleged police abuses, St. Louis County will train staff on new policies
5-16-2016: As videos expose wrongdoing by South Carolina cops, police agencies tighten control over footage
Editorial note: Municipal officials in Rampo, NY misrepresented financial details to investors concerning bonds for a stadium project according to the SEC.
5-16-2016: Judge orders Mississippi school district to desegregate, 62 years after Brown v. Board of Education
Editorial note: The CIA may have provided tips that led to the arrest of Nelson Mandela in 1962. Even though Nelson Mandela was president of South Africa from 1994 to 1999, he was on a US terror watch list until 2008. The CIA also allow drugs to be imported into black communities during the 1990s. The FBI had a secret program called COINTELPRO to discredit and disrupt civil rights leaders and protest. See U.S. Government Discrimination.
5-14-2016: Ferguson protesters' suit against St. Louis County police should be dismissed, lawyers say
5-13-2016: Alderman Denies Domestic Assault
See our "School to Prison Pipleine" page.
5-13-2016: GOP sends gun bills to Nixon
Editorial note: Lawmakers want make it legal for people to carry concealed weapons without a permit. See Gun Law in Missouri.
5-13-2016: Joe Arpaio, 'America's toughest sheriff,' found in contempt of court in racial profiling case
Editorial note: As we have mentioned several times before, 50% of all U.S. Jobs could be eliminated in less than 10 years. Start gaining new skills now!
Editorial note: Prosecutors file these bogus charges because they know most people won't take the time to fight them. It's a form of harassment and easy money from fines. If more people challenge these charges in court, especially utilizing their right to trial by jury, the motivation to bring these charges would be reduced.
Editiorial note: 50% of all jobs in the US will be eliminated by robotics and computerization in less than 10 years according to Oxford University and the Pew Research Center.
Editorial note: This article is a perfect example of people not understand their rights and how to exercise them. See our related comments concerning false freedom and currency slaves.
5-12-2016: Video shows police beating Worcester's Richard Simone after multi-state car chase that exceeded 100 mph
Editorial note: Helicopter video of the end of a high-speed police pursuit from Massachusetts to New Hampshire shows a driver step slowly out of his truck, kneeling and putting his hands on the ground before several officers rush him and start pummeling him.
5-11-2016: Expungement proposal heads to Nixon
5-11-2016: FBI Tells Police To Hide Phone Tracking
5-11-2016: Walter Scott family attorney: Federal charges against Michael Slager could be a ‘turning point in history’
5-11-2016: Ex SF Police Officer Association President Slams Officers Who ‘Snitched’ About Colleague’s Racial Comments
Editorial note: See related, "Warning about New St. Louis City Parking Meters"
5-11-2016: Google to ban payday loan advertisements
Editorial note: See related, "How can I stop a payday lender from electronically taking money out of my bank or credit union account?"
5-11-2016: Amazon Prime and the racist algorithms
Editorial note: See related post, "4th of July and the Confederate Battle Flag"
See related RFT story from December, "Ferguson Protesters Express Shock at Eight-Year Sentence for Joshua Williams"
Editorial note: See the BBC article, "Crossing a St Louis street that divides communities" and "St. Louis' Racial Oppression".
Editorial note: My wife and I were born, raised and educated in the City of St. Louis. After we were married, we moved to North County. We purchased and rehabbed a house in the city, but waited until school was over to move so our sons could finish the school year. When we applied to magnet schools for our sons, we were told our sons didn't qualify because they were black county residents. We moved back to the city when our oldest son finished junior high and our youngest finished second grade. I came very close to filing a lawsuit myself. I wrote a letter to the school board stating my intentions to file suit. My oldest son was granted an interview and allowed to attend magnet school. My youngest son was enrolled in a decent elementary school and attended magnet middle and high schools. The desegregation program has failed. Schools are still segregated. During the 1990s when I taught in St. Louis Public Schools, some of the brightest black students were sent to county schools while many under performing or problem white students were sent to the city. See related, "Educational Oppression" and "School to Prison Pipeline".
Editorial note: This is the first time since 1969 that deputies in the county have been charged with using excessive force, probably because other incidents were not captured on video.
5-10-2016: Appeals court in St. Louis hears arguments over special prosecutor in Michael Brown shooting
Editorial note: See "Gun Law in Missouri"
5-9-2016: Perceived threats to racial status drive white Americans’ Tea Party support, Stanford scholar says
5-9-2016: Judge resigns after allegations of inappropriate sexual relationships with male defendants
5-6-2016: Court Orders Man to Forfeit Nearly $20,000, Despite No Criminal Charges and Prosecutors’ Attempt to Dismiss Case
Editorial note: This is perfect example of how castle doctrine laws are supposed to work.
5-5-2016: Chicago prosecutor withdraws from Laquan McDonald shooting case, asks for special prosecutor
Editorial note: See related broken pardon promise post.
Editiorial note: 50% of all jobs in the US will be eliminated by robotics and computerization in less than 10 years according to Oxford University and the Pew Research Center. Evidently, even doctors won't be immune.
Editorial note: See Gun Law in Missouri page.
Editorial note: The RiverFront Times ran an article in December when Alderpersons Chris Carter and Cara Spencer proposed the idea and gave details how it might work.
5-5-2016: St. Louis job market gets tougher
Editorial note: On April 19th China began backing the Yuan with gold and refuses to accept U.S. dollars in exchange, China Says "No Dollars" for the New Yuan. U.S. dollars over time may be devalued as other countries choose other currencies. Some have predicted a possible collapse of the U.S. ecomony. Venezuela, the country with the largest oil reserves in the world, their economy has collasped. People have been rioting in the streets for food and even soldiers are stealing food.
5-4-2016: Woman sues St. Louis area school transfer program, claiming discrimination against black son
Editorial note: Understanding how someone else might feel about you, helps you to understand their behavior and how they might react to you in certain situations. Others won't always understand your situation and many will be unsympathetic. There are some people who equate low income with criminal.
Edtiorial note: 81-year-old Paul Gatling convicted in 1964 of a murder he did not commit has finally been exonerated after 50 years.
Editorial note: It may finally be time that I serious act on my thoughts of becoming a vegetarian. I'm not sure I could trust any meat once lab grown meat becomes available.
Editorial note: Sanitation workers were searching to see if residents trash to see if there were any violations of city compositing law which requires organic food waste to be put in bins.
Editorial note: 140 low cost businesses that can be started with little money. Scroll down to part 15 near the bottom of the page.
Editorial note: Nickerson Neb. a small town with about 400 residents turned down a $300 million chicken processing plant because many were concerned that the jobs would attract too many minorities and Muslims.
5-2-2016: Missouri lawmakers want to loosen gun laws, while Illinois legislators seek to tighten them
Editiorial note: If you make your living as a driver, start developing another marketable skill. 50% of all jobs in the US will be eliminated by robotics and computerization in less than 10 years according to Oxford University and the Pew Research Center.