As White Prosector Delays Charging White Euclid Cop who Feloniously Assaulted a Black Man, Activists who Witnessed the Incident on Social Media Petition the Court to Initiate Private Prosecution

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From [WashPost] The case against a white police officer who assaulted a black motorist after a traffic stop in this Cleveland suburb — a confrontation caught on cellphone video that went viral on social media — has gained new life because of a citizens’ petition with a distinctly 21st century argument.

Citing Ohio ordinances that allow individuals to seek charges against someone they’ve seen commit a crime, seven Euclid residents claim to have “witnessed” the encounter between Officer Michael Amiott and driver Richard Hubbard III by virtue of viewing a four-minute video on Facebook. Their unique argument has triggered discussion in the legal community about the role that “social media witnesses” could play in such cases.

“It used to just be the police officer’s word against the victim’s word,” notes lead petitioner Richard T. Montgomery II. “Now, in the age of cellphone videos and social media, we as a community have the opportunity to participate in ensuring police accountability.”

The racially and economically diverse group scored its first victory in late December when a municipal judge responded to its request by requiring the Cuyahoga County prosecutor to investigate Amiott for felonious assault during the August 2017 traffic stop.

The cellphone video, which has more than 11 million views on Facebook, shows the officer repeatedly punching Hubbard’s head and hitting his head on pavement as the 25-year-old man lay in the street. Separate video from a police cruiser’s dash cam shows Amiott wrestling Hubbard to the ground moments after he was ordered out of his car for a suspended driver’s license.

The initial statement from police in the Cleveland suburb of Euclid said Richard Hubbard III, who was pulled over for not stopping behind the white stop line at the intersection [a bullshit stop - white media, such as the Washington Post say the stop was “based on suspicion of having a suspended driver's license”. Listen to the dashcam - the cop explains the stop. This stop probably violates the 4th Amendment- as this kind of stop is probably rarely made of white travelers in Euclid and the white line is not clearly marked due to the condition of the street. Stupid racist suspect journalists usually ignore the 4th Amendment whenever non-whites are involved.] had refused Officer Michael Amiott's orders to "face away" after getting out of his car Aug. 12 and then began resisting. But the dashcam video obtained shows Amiott not giving Hubbard a chance or adequate space to comply.

The dashcam video shows Amiott immediately began to clutch his service weapon upon talking to the Black couple in the car. The conversation became contentious when Hubbard inquired as to why he was pulled over. Hubbard asked for an explanation as to what exactly stop bar infraction entails, But Amiott did not explain the relevant facts to Plaintiffs at that time. According the civil lawsuit “Hubbard grew apprehensive upon not receiving an adequate explanation, and suspected that he had been racially profiled. Amiott merely responded that his partner called them out.” The complaint explains;

‘Amiott then asked Hubbard to whom was the vehicle registered, and whether or not he had any warrants. At this time, Tirado attempted to tender her registration, proof of insurance, as well as her license to Amiott. Hubbard also tried to give Amiott paperwork showing he had no warrants and had taken care of a prior Driving Under Suspension fine. Nevertheless, despite his inquiries into these subjects, Amiott did not even look at the documentation tendered in an effort to fully comply with the cop’s requests.

Officer Amiott then instructed Hubbard to turn off the car engine, and he complied with this request immediately. Next, Amiott asked Hubbard to hand him the car keys. At this point, Hubbard again asks where was he supposed to stop regarding the stop bar, and for what purpose Amiott required the keys to automobile.

Without any further explanation, Amiott sternly asks Hubbard to hand him the keys. Hubbard immediately complied with this second request for the car keys. Amiott then asked Hubbard for his drivers’ license. Hubbard reached into his pocket, and pulled out some cash money, and handed it over to Tirado for safe-keeping. Cops Amiott and Gilmer both remarked about the size of the bankroll. Hubbard then presented his state identification credentials to Amiott, who placed them on the roof of the vehicle.

Amiott next asked Plaintiff Hubbard to “step out,” with no explanation as to the reason for the request. Hubbard again complies, and unlocks the door. As Hubbard opened the car door and began to step out of the vehicle as instructed, Officer Amiott did not move away from the vehicle at all, depriving Plaintiff Hubbard of the required space to exit, and turn around, without making contact with Defendant Amiott’s body.

As Hubbard was beginning to exit the car, Amiott told him to “face away” from him. Hubbard then promptly exited the vehicle; his face only mere inches away from Amiott, due to the fact that Amiott had never taken a step away from the vehicle door to give him any space. Less than one second after his first verbal command, Amiott again orders Hubbard to “face away.” Again, Hubbard complies with this request, and begins to turn around away from Amiott.

Before Hubbard could finish turning, Amiott forcefully pushed him against the car, causing him to lose his balance, with Hubbard’s momentum carrying him backward. Amiott then grabbed Hubbard’s neck in a clench, and attempted to trip him.

As Hubbard attempted to sturdy himself in the midst of this violent assault, Amiott began to knee and kick Hubbard repeatedly. Hubbard tried to avoid Defendant Amiott’s strikes, and pleaded with him to stop his assault, and take him into custody peacefully. Nevertheless, Officer Amiott would not relent, and continued striking Plaintiff Hubbard, and attempting to wrestle him to the ground. At this point the other white cop runs over to the struggle, and immediately deploys his taser on Hubbard, while Officer Amiott was still clenching Hubbard. As a result, both Hubbard and Amiott were thrown to the ground. Hubbard screamed in agony as a result of having been tasered. Officer Gilmer then proceeded to achieve a side-mount position upon Hubbard, as he continued to scream and writhe in pain from the taser. Amiott then commenced a violent series of punches to Hubbard’s head and face, as Gilmer continued to hold him down.

Amiott advanced his position to achieve a full mount upon Hubbard; pinning his legs between his own, and rendering him unable to turn over onto his stomach. Amiott then escalated his attack by lifting Hubbard’s head, and violently slamming his skull against the pavement with the full weight of his body. 

Amiott remained silent during his assault upon Hubbard. Amiott did not order him to roll over, provide any other directive to allow Hubbard a reprieve from his beating, or take any measure whatsoever to de-escalate the situation. Amiott then commenced to choking Hubbard with his arms. At this point, cop Gilmer began patting Defendant Amiott on the back. Hubbard never attempted to strike, or otherwise harm the white Officers.

Other white Euclid Police Officers, including Officer Pavkov, began to arrive at the scene. Pavkov kneed Plaintiff Hubbard in the head, and then assisted in wrenching Hubbard’s arm behind his back causing significant pain to his shoulder. The Officers finally hand-cuffed Plaintiff Hubbard.

Amiott finally noticed that Tirado was recording the arrest. Amiott then ordered Pavkov to arrest her. As Pavkov proceeded towards Tirado, she took several steps away from the scene, and placed her hands in the air. Pavkov then grabbed Tirado’s arms, pushed her down to the ground, and handcuffed her. She asked why she was being arrested, and Pavkov informed her she was being arrested for disorderly conduct based on her shouting at the officers. [MORE]

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Amiott was hired by the Euclid Police Department in September 2014. He was reprimanded for hitting a driver with a handgun, mishandling evidence, losing his temper in front of his commanding officer and being involved in two crashes in police vehicles, according to personnel files released Friday.

Before Euclid, Amiott was an officer in Mentor, east of Cleveland. Amiott resigned in April 2014 after an internal investigation concluded he had lied to other officers when explaining why he stopped a man for a suspended driver's license.

Amiott was fired two months later for excessive force. But emotions flared anew this October when the unwanted public servant was rehired following an arbitrator’s ruling in his favor. The ensuing outcry included the NAACP announcing a travel advisory to people of color who might be driving through Euclid.

The legal issues raised by the citizens’ petition and the prospect of witnesses via social media are largely untested.

In his ruling referring the matter to the county prosecutor, Euclid Municipal Judge Patrick Gallagher did point out that the petitioners fail to claim any “personal knowledge of Mr. Hubbard’s injuries.” Had they done so, he could have taken more drastic action, the judge seemed to imply. Under Ohio law, Gallagher also could have used the citizens’ petition to circumvent the prosecutor’s office and issue an arrest warrant for Amiott.

Nearly a dozen other states also allow private citizens to initiate criminal charges — including Pennsylvania, New Hampshire, Maryland, Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Texas and Idaho.

In all but one, however, the decision to actually file criminal charges is left to a prosecutor or grand jury. The exception is South Carolina, where police also have that power.

The Euclid petition should not factor into the Cuyahoga County prosecutor’s decision to file charges against Amiott, in Stoughton’s view, though he thinks the community should play a role in holding police accountable.

“A community may be limited in what they can do in respect to an individual case,” he said, but whether through “public pressure or the ballot box, there’s still a lot of democratic power that a community can yield.”

The petitioners in Euclid are pursuing every avenue. Following a recent city council meeting, Montgomery pressed council member Daryl Langman for a resolution that would compel the mayor to release data on individual officers’ arrest rates by race.

“Part of how a Michael Amiott becomes a Michael Amiott is there’s no external review by city council,” he told Langman.

No resolution is necessary, Langman replied. “We just need to get five council people to say, ‘Mayor, we want to see these kinds of reports.’

In Crisis Created by the Government, Racist Authorities Tell Lies: Border Patrol Attacked Migrants w/o Provocation & Trump says "4000 Terrorists" [who arrived by plane] "Walked Across the Border"

According to   FUNKTIONARY  :   Borders - arbitrary geographical abstractions - economic and cultural impediments and surprisingly ineradicable. 2) imaginary geographic distinctions and occult political restrictions. Borders are what allows fences (internetworks of stolen goods) to be erected and trafficked through. (See Corporate State, Political Borders & States).

According to FUNKTIONARY:

Borders - arbitrary geographical abstractions - economic and cultural impediments and surprisingly ineradicable. 2) imaginary geographic distinctions and occult political restrictions. Borders are what allows fences (internetworks of stolen goods) to be erected and trafficked through. (See Corporate State, Political Borders & States).

From [HERE] White House Press Dummy Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders got fact-checked in an unlikely place Sunday morning — during an appearance on Fox News Sunday.

Sanders joined host Chris Wallace to talk about the government shutdown and repeated one of President Trump’s favorite lies about immigration, that terrorists are streaming across the southern border into the United States.

“We know that roughly 4,000 known or suspected terrorists come into our country illegally, and we know that our most vulnerable point of entry is southern border,” Sanders said.

“I know the statistic, I didn’t know if you were going to use it, but I studied up on this,” Wallace interjected. “Do you know (when) those 4,000 people come where they are captured? Airports.”

“Not always,” Sanders said, but Wallace insisted.

“Airports. The State Department says there haven’t been any terrorists found coming across the southern border,” he said.

Sanders responded, “It’s by air, it’s by land, it’s by sea. It’s all of the above. But one thing that you’re forgetting is, the most vulnerable point of entry that we have into this country is our southern border.”

She was interrupted again by a terse Wallace, who insisted that the 4,000 known or suspected terrorists who have entered the country have not come across the southern border and have instead been stopped at airports.

“They’re coming a number of ways, they’re certainly — I’m not disagreeing with you that they’re coming through airports,” an increasingly flustered Sanders said. [MORE]

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Fox News runs PR for Border Patrol’s latest tear-gassing of migrants at the border

From [HERE] Fox News anchors and hosts credulously repeated the Department of Homeland Security’s claim that U.S. Border Patrol agents fired tear gas at migrants attempting to cross the U.S.-Mexico border on January 1 only after some of them began throwing rocks. But an Associated Press photographer who was on the ground when the incident occurred said the migrants threw rocks after the agents fired the gas.

During the early morning hours of January 1, approximately 150 migrants, many of them wishing to seek asylum, attempted to cross the border near Tijuana, Mexico. The Associated Press reported, “Several migrants tried to climb the metal wall, prompting agents to fire the first volley of tear gas. When migrants approached the wall again, authorities fired a second round and then a third,” and “the migrants fled, screaming, crying and coughing.” A spokesperson for DHS described the migrants as a “violent mob” and said Border Patrol agents were being attacked with “projectiles.” But the AP story said a photographer for the wire service “saw rocks thrown only after U.S. agents fired the tear gas” and saw the “migrants put their hands up or behind their heads once they crossed the border as agents approached.” Additionally, Reuters reported that “U.S. officials said the group had attacked agents with projectiles but a Reuters witness did not see any migrants throwing rocks at U.S. agents.” The Mexican government has asked the U.S. to open an investigation into the incident.

Fox News largely treated DHS’ self-serving version of events as the authoritative account while reporting on the incident:

  • Fox & Friends co-host Brian Kilmeade said during a January 2 broadcast that Border Patrol “had to send tear gas over the barrier to actually quiet down 150-plus people who were storming the border,” while fellow co-host Steve Doocy claimed Border Patrol “simply aimed [the tear gas] at the people who were throwing the rocks.”

Later, during the same program, Kilmeade emphasized that “border guards were, again, forced to act and shoot tear gas in their direction while avoiding rocks,” with Doocy claiming, “The reason they did launch the tear gas and the pepper spray was because a number of the migrants, part of the caravan, by the way, were throwing rocks.” Co-host Ainsley Earhardt also attempted to push the DHS narrative, claiming, “Our border agents had to fire off tear gas at these individuals because they were pelting our border agents with rocks, hitting them in the face and in the head.”

  • Fox News anchor Jon Scott said during the January 2 broadcast of America’s Newsroom that “border protection agents [were] forced to use tear gas to turn back a surge of migrants in Tijuana yesterday. About 150 migrants trying to illegally cross the border, some of them throwing rocks at the agents.”

  • Scott continued to carry water for DHS elsewhere in the program, saying that Border Patrol used “tear gas when some migrants began throwing rocks” and that the agents showed “a lot of restraint.” The segment also featured a representative of the Border Patrol who was allowed to push DHS’ disputed claims without any pushback.

  • During the same program, Fox News anchor Sandra Smith said, “U.S. Customs and Border Protection agents firing tear gas into Mexico Tuesday, trying to stop migrants from throwing rocks and storming the border.”

One exception to the Fox News stenography came later on January 2 during  Fox News’ broadcast of Shepard Smith Reporting. After guest host Trace Gallagher noted the AP report, Fox News reporter Anita Vogel said, “Now, the Border Patrol says the migrants threw the rocks first and agents responded with tear gas and pepper spray. But both the AP and Reuters photographers dispute that version of events -- the AP specifically saying rocks were thrown after the tear gas was fired. So, we don't really know what happened there.” (Vogel had earlier uncritically reported DHS’ claims during America’s Newsroom, saying, “Officials say a number of people in the crowd began throwing rocks over the fence at agents and officers and they responded with tear gas and pepper spray.”)

But that reporting didn’t stop further credulous repetition of DHS’ claims on Fox. Later that evening Fox Business host Lou Dobbs said that “Central American migrants tried to storm the southern border and assault border patrol officers” and that “in a statement, U.S. Customs Border Protection saying agents forced to use gas in response to those migrants throwing rocks at them.”

Fox’s Tomi Lahren also ran with it during the “Final Thoughts” segment of her Fox Nation show that evening, complete with the chyron “We will rock you.” Lahren said, “Some people hunt for unique rocks for their collections and others gather rocks to throw at Border Patrol agents and we call those folks illegal immigrants.” She went beyond what even DHS claimed, saying migrants “amassed south of the border wall … and started collecting rocks for what agents believe was a coordinated rock attack.”

The Israeli Government Orders Thousands of African Migrants to Leave the Country or Face Imprisonment

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From [HERE] The Israeli government has issued a notice for thousands of African migrants to leave the country or face imprisonment.

The migrants will be given up to $3,500 (£2,600) for leaving within the next 90 days.

They will be given the option of going to their home country or third countries.

If they do not leave, the Israeli authorities have threatened that they will start jailing them from April.

The UN refugee agency said the controversial plan violated international and Israeli laws.

The Israeli government says their return will be humane and "voluntary".

The order exempts children, women, parents of dependent minors and victims of slavery and human trafficking.

A spokesperson for Israel's Population and Immigration Authority told the BBC there were currently 38,000 "infiltrators" in Israel, of whom just 1,420 were being held in detention facilities.

Israel uses the term "infiltrators" to describe people who did not enter the country through an official border crossing.

Many of the migrants - who are mostly from Eritrea and Sudan - say they came to Israel to seek asylum after fleeing persecution and conflict, but the authorities regard them as economic migrants.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has claimed that an unchecked influx of African migrants could threaten Israel's Jewish character.

In a Reversal 2 Black Men Arrested and One Charged in the Murder of 7 Yr Old Jazmine Barnes after Misidentification

From [CBS] A 20-year-old man in Texas was arrested Saturday and charged in the death of 7-year-old Jazmine Barnes, who was shot and killed while riding in a car with her family in Houston. Another man is being held in connection with the shooting but has not yet been charged, a lawyer for the girl's family said.

Eric Black Jr., 20, was charged with capital murder and appeared in court early Sunday morning, wearing handcuffs and an orange jumpsuit. He was ordered held without bail. A prosecutor said Black admitted to driving the car when his passenger opened fire.

Lee Merritt, an attorney for the Barnes family, told CBS News another suspect had also been arrested.

The shooting occured in Houston on Dec. 30 when a car pulled alongside the vehicle carrying Barnes and her family at a stoplight and a gunman opened fire. Jazmine died of a gunshot wound to the head, and her mother was hit in the arm.

LaPorsha Washington, Jazmine's mother, said in the days following the shooting that she believed it was racially motivated. Her 15-year-old daughter, who was also in the car, initially said the shooter was a white man in a red truck, and police released an artist's sketch Thursday showing a thin, white man with a 5 o'clock shadow. Black, the alleged driver, is African American. The full name of the alleged gunman is not yet known, but Harris County Sheriff Ed Gonzalez said Sunday the individual is also African American.

In a press conference Sunday afternoon, Gonzalez said there was indeed a red truck at the stoplight when shots rang out, but said investigators now believe the person or people in the truck were nothing more than witnesses. He urged the unidentified driver of the truck to come forward.

Gonzalez said investigators don't believe "in any way" that family members were involved in anything "nefarious." He added that investigators believe two people were involved in the shooting, but would not comment further since Black is the only individual who has been charged. 

"We feel that they were truthful. This just went down very quickly when the gunfire erupted," Gonzalez said. "You're talking about small children — they witnessed something very traumatic. And it is possible that the last thing they did see was indeed that red truck and that driver that was in that truck, and that's what they remembered last."

Earlier Sunday, a prosecutor presented details of the case against Black at a hearing at Probable Cause Court in downtown Houston. Appearing by video conference, the prosecutor said Gonzalez had received an anonymous tip passed along by journalist and activist Shaun King. The source implicated two men identified as "LW" and "EB" in the shooting after authorities asked the public for help identifying the assailants.

The source for the tip said the suspects thought the vehicle carrying Jazmine was another vehicle they had seen earlier in the day, the prosecutor said, and didn't realize they had hit the wrong vehicle until seeing the news later that day.

The source provided the sheriff with the name of an Instagram account used by one of the suspects, which investigators determined belonged to Black, the prosecutor said. 

On Saturday, police stopped Black in a grey Kia for failing to signal when changing lanes, and held him for suspected marijuana possession after a deputy said he saw a plastic bag with what appeared to be marijuana in his glove box when Black opened it to find his insurance card. The officer searched Black's car, found more marijuana and detained him, the prosecutor said.

Homicide detectives interviewed Black on Saturday, and the prosecutor said Black admitted to driving the vehicle involved in the shooting. Black told investigators "LW" — identified in court only as "Larry" — was seated in the front passenger seat of a rental car and fired at the vehicle carrying Jazmine. Black returned that rental car after the shooting and picked up the car he was driving when he was pulled over Saturday.

The prosecutor said in Sunday's hearing that Black then agreed to a search of his residence, where police found a 9 mm pistol consistent with shell casings found at the site of the shooting.  

Gonzales, the sheriff, said Sunday that police had received more than 1,000 tips in the case. A reward of $100,000 had been offered for information leading to an arrest. At a rally in Houston on Saturday, more than 500 people honored Jazmine and helped raise money for the family.

Lee Merritt & Shaun King Offer a $75,000 Reward for Info Leading to the Arrest of the Racist Suspect who Shot into a Black Woman’s Car in Houston & Murdered Her 7-year-old Daughter

This Thursday, Jan. 3, 2019, sketch provided by the Harris County Sheriff's Office in Houston, Texas, shows an artist's rendition of the suspect in the fatal shooting of 7-year-old Jazmine Barnes on Sunday, Jan. 30, 2018, in Houston. Authorities say the girl was killed when a white suspect fired into a vehicle she was riding in. Jazmine died at the scene and her mother, LaPorsha Washington, suffered a gunshot wound to the arm. [   MORE   ] according to    funktionary   :    racist suspect - any white person who is capable of practicing racism against non-whites. In general, if a Caucasian is able to be a Racist (White Supremacist), he or she may be one and should be presumed to be racist. According to    Neely Fuller   , as long as white supremacy exists, every person classified as 'white' should be suspected of being Racist (White Supremacist). . .Noted psychiatrist, Dr. Francis Cress Welsing, has stated, "people who classify themselves as White, who wish to be taken seriously, and who are righteous and responsible, will only talk about ending White Supremacy (Racism) and replacing it with Justice." [   MORE   ]

This Thursday, Jan. 3, 2019, sketch provided by the Harris County Sheriff's Office in Houston, Texas, shows an artist's rendition of the suspect in the fatal shooting of 7-year-old Jazmine Barnes on Sunday, Jan. 30, 2018, in Houston. Authorities say the girl was killed when a white suspect fired into a vehicle she was riding in. Jazmine died at the scene and her mother, LaPorsha Washington, suffered a gunshot wound to the arm. [MORE] according to funktionary:

racist suspect - any white person who is capable of practicing racism against non-whites. In general, if a Caucasian is able to be a Racist (White Supremacist), he or she may be one and should be presumed to be racist. According to Neely Fuller, as long as white supremacy exists, every person classified as 'white' should be suspected of being Racist (White Supremacist). . .Noted psychiatrist, Dr. Francis Cress Welsing, has stated, "people who classify themselves as White, who wish to be taken seriously, and who are righteous and responsible, will only talk about ending White Supremacy (Racism) and replacing it with Justice." [MORE]

From [HERE] An attorney and an activist are offering a $75,000 reward for information leading to the arrest of a white man who shot into a black woman’s car in Houston and killed her 7-year-old daughter. 

Harris County Sheriff Ed Gonzalez said at a news conference Wednesday that detectives are looking for a white man in his 40s with a beard who pulled his red pickup next to LaPorsha Washington’s car on an East Houston road and opened fire car around 7 a.m. Sunday morning.

The racist suspect is described as a white man in his 30s or 40s, wearing a black hoodie, with pale skin and blue eyes.

Investigators say he pulled up alongside the car Jazmine Barnes was riding in with her family Sunday and fired into the vehicle in the eastern outskirts of Houston. Jazmine died at the scene while her mother was shot in the arm.

Washington said when she heard the gunshots she threw herself over her oldest daughter in the front seat, and screamed “Get down!” to her three daughters in the back seat.

Her daughter Jazmine Barnes was shot in the head and killed, and she was shot in the arm.

“Her dream was to be a teacher. This is a loss to her family, community & country. This sweet angel could’ve grown up to be a great educator, superintendent, or president. We were all robbed of her potential by the cowardly acts of this gunman,” Sheriff Gonzalez tweeted Thursday morning.

The family’s attorney S. Lee Merritt and civil rights activist Shaun King put up a $60,000 reward Wednesday for any leads on the shooter. The reward had grown to $75,000 by Thursday morning.

Gonzalez said detectives do not yet have a motive, but he said he shares the concerns of Houston activist Deric Muhammad that the shooting may have been racially motivated.

Speaking to reporters outside a sheriff’s office substation Wednesday morning, Muhammad said he believes the shooter is the same man who randomly shot into A’vonta Williams’ car from a gray pickup truck in August 2017 because the shootings happened in the same area.

Williams took bullets in his legs and his grandmother, who was riding with him, was shot in the hip, the Houston Chronicle reported.

No one has been arrested for Williams’ shooting.

“What are the odds that two black families were fired upon by a white male in a pickup truck within a one-year time span on the same block?” Muhammad said. “We’ve got to call it what it is. Black people are being targeted in this country. Black people are being targeted in this county. Black people are being targeted in this city. We are thoroughly convinced that the killing of Jazmine Barnes was race related.”

A community rally for Barnes is scheduled for Saturday at noon in the parking lot of a Walmart her mother was driving to when the shooter opened fire.

White Moore County DA says White Trooper Didn’t Use Excessive Force when He Intentionally Rammed Into Black Man’s Car During High Speed Chase, Forcing Him Off an Empty Road, Causing Deadly Crash

SECONDS BEFORE HIS DEATH - NO CARS, PEDESTRIANS OR PROPERTY IN SIGHT OR OTHERWISE AFFECTED BY HIS TRAVEL.

SECONDS BEFORE HIS DEATH - NO CARS, PEDESTRIANS OR PROPERTY IN SIGHT OR OTHERWISE AFFECTED BY HIS TRAVEL.

From [HERE] The Moore County District Attorney's Office has announced it will not seek criminal charges against the state trooper who initiated a deadly PIT maneuver last year on U.S. 1.

In a news release issued Thursday, the District Attorney's Office said it had reviewed "the circumstances surrounding the forced vehicle stop" and determined that Sgt. James Stahl of the state Highway Patrol "did not use excessive force" when he struck Shonquell Barrett's car on June 29 and forced off the road to his death.

Authorities say 22-year-old Shonquelle Barrett tried to avoid a Booze It and Lose It checkpoint in Southern Pines on June 29, prompting Sgt. James Stahl to give chase.

Stahl performed the PIT maneuver after Barrett fled from a police checkpoint on Morganton Road, leading authorities on a 10-minute chase that reached speeds of 82 mph. The maneuver caused Barrett, 22, to lose control of his vehicle, which careened into a utility pole before hitting a tree in front of a home near Joseph Road.

The news release said Stahl tried unsuccessfully to administer CPR to Barrett, who was pronounced dead at the scene. 

Short for "Precision Immobilization Technique," the PIT maneuver is typically used as a last resort in police chases. The technique allows the driver of a police vehicle to force a fleeing suspect to lose control of their vehicle by ramming the suspect’s bumper.

RACIST SUSPECT Moore County District Attorney Maureen Krueger

RACIST SUSPECT Moore County District Attorney Maureen Krueger

The District Attorney’s Office said state troopers were unable to place “stop sticks,” devices used to puncture the tires of fleeing vehicles, in the road to impede Barrett’s car. He was rapidly approaching the commercial districts of Aberdeen and Southern Pines when Stahl initiated the PIT maneuver.

“These portions of U.S. 1 contain many restaurants and businesses, and are heavily traveled, especially on a Friday night,” the release said. “There is also a significant pedestrian presence in the commercial district.”

WHITE COP INTENTIONALLY CRASHES INTO HIM AROUND 9:23

Barrett can be seen on the video running a red light, cutting through a gas station and driving briefly in the wrong lane to get a vehicle.

Nevertheless, on the video the officer says “light traffic” and clearly shows the roads are empty with only few cars appearing during the chase. Additionally, no pedestrians, traffic or property is affected whatsoever. When the officer attacks with his cruiser, both cars are riding side by side.

A crash report obtained by WRAL News shows Stahl and Barrett were both driving 80 mph on U.S. 1 in Aberdeen when Stahl used the PIT maneuver.

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"He could have got him way before that. He had his mother's address on the car. He could have come to the house and got him," said his father, Ulysses Barrett.

"You have the tag [number]. It gave you information. It gave you a name. It gave you an address. He wasn't a felon. He didn't murder anybody," his mother, Charlene Ross said, shaking her head. "I don't know. He didn't rob anybody. Their life wasn't at stake. Their life wasn't in any danger. So I'm just not understanding.

According to the District Attorney's Office, [never mind the 4th Amendment], investigators seized gun ammunition, narcotics, two cell phones and $1,978 in cash while searching the wrecked vehicle. Three days later, a Glock .40 pistol was found in the grass at the intersection where the chase began.

Barrett was traveling in a Honda Civic registered to his mother, Charlene Ross. After her son's death, Ross advocated for a law banning PIT maneuvers and organized a demonstration calling for an end to the practice.

The demonstration was held July 17 in front of the state Division of Motor Vehicles building, located on the same highway where Barrett died. Protestors wore shirts displaying a photograph of Barrett. 

”No more dead boys,” they chanted.

Black Cop Falsely Arrested & Beaten by 12 Fellow White NYPD Cops in his Home Settles with NYC for $5 Million After Jury Ruled Against Cops - None Charged or Disciplined

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WHITE, BLUE LIVES MATTER. From [HERE] A Black NYPD cop who was attacked and beaten by 12 white cops in his home and detained him in 2010 will be compensated for his injuries nearly eight years later.

The city agreed Wednesday to pay Police Officer Larry Jackson a $5 million settlement for the beating and false arrest and detention he endured while off duty in 2010. Jackson was an 18-year NYPD veteran.

“Settling this longstanding case was in the best interest of both parties,” a spokesman for the city Law Department said.

A federal judge recommended the settlement in August — two years after a federal jury awarded Jackson $15 million.

On Feb. 3, 2016, a jury found in favor of Jackson and awarded him $12.5 million in compensatory damages and $2.6 million in punitive damages.

The cops — who had to individually pay $50,000 to $300,000 in the damages out of their own pocket — demanded the judge lower the damage amount, claiming that the jury’s decision exceeded what would normally be granted in a case like Jackson’s.

None of the cops who testified at the trial admitted striking Jackson with a baton or handcuffing him. One officer, John Czulada, said he punched Jackson in the face because he felt threatened by Jackson.

Apparently the jurors did not find the white cops to be credible.

Jackson was beaten by cops and falsely arrested on Aug. 22, 2010, when, during a birthday party for his daughter at his Queens home, his wife called 911 to report that an armed man had crashed the party.

Jackson was off-duty at around 1:40 a.m., winding down a barbecue for his daughter's birthday, when he said a man broke a bottle in the street in front of his house. He and his girlfriend confronted the man and told him they didn't "want any trouble." Then Jackson realized that he he had a gun tucked in his waistband, according to the lawsuit, and a crowd of 15-20 strange men appeared on the block, some armed with sticks and bats. His girlfriend, Charlene Strong, ran inside and called 911, while Jackson talked the group into leaving.

The first two cops who responded from Jamaica's 113th Precinct arrived after the crowd had cleared out, and allegedly ignored Strong and Jackson's statements that Jackson was a fellow officer. The sounds of a fight inside Jackson's house prompted one cop, John Czulada, to run inside, and when Jackson followed, he says the cop told him to "back the fuck up."

Jackson's plea, "Dude, it's my house, and I'm a police officer too," was met with a baton to the throat by Czulada.

From there, a crowd of as many as 70 officers convened on the house as a growing number of cops took shots at Jackson with batons and fists, one placed him in a chokehold, others arrested three partygoers, and finally, officers piled onto him in the street, ignoring his complaint that he was having trouble breathing, and pepper-spraying him. 

He told them that he was “MOS,” meaning a member of the service, and was cooperating.But cops repeatedly struck him with their collapsible batons and lifted him up “with an ASP baton around his neck,” according to court papers.

“(The officer) kept telling (Jackson) to relax, and plaintiff kept responding that he was relaxed, but that he could not breathe,” court papers state.

During the struggle, Jackson and one cop fell onto a couch, knocking Jackson’s 79-year-old mother-in-law unconscious, according to court papers.

The cops struck Jackson “upwards of 20, 30 times” before he was brought outside his home, thrown to the ground on his stomach and handcuffed.

Still, Jackson kept his composure, claiming, “Guys, this was unnecessary...I’m a fellow cop, too,” according to court papers.

"Yeah, you motherfucking dirtbag," Czulada purportedly said as Jackson lay handcuffed. "If you are really a cop, where's your ID?"

When an officer fished out the ID from Jackson's pocket, officers scattered, according to the suit. Jackson was still arrested, ultimately held in custody for 20 hours, and treated for a fractured hand, before being freed without charges. He says that throughout the police riot at his house, no supervising officers intervened, and that despite initial interviews with the NYPD's Internal Affairs Bureau and Queens district attorneys, no investigators ever followed up and no cop involved was disciplined. Jackson remains on the force. A version of his lawsuit filed in 2013 stated that his right hand is still stiff from being broken, and that he would likely never be able to return to full duty, but he has since regained that status, according to his lawyer.

Of the 13 officers named in the suit, jurors found 4 cops directly involved in beating him, and 3 in falsely arresting him, but agreed that 8 were liable for failing to stop the beatdown, and that 12 were liable for damages.

In the lawsuit, Jackson's lawyers claimed that the botched response, which allowed the gunman to go free, was the result of the city's "long history of discriminating against its African-American male police officers" and its 2008 elimination of "Confrontational Situations" training. Several of the responding officers, including Czulada and the other initial responder, were white men, according to the suit. The lack of subsequent accountability showed "an outrageous and systematic pattern of civil rights violations, oppression, bad faith and cover-up," the lawyers wrote.

"They would treat a dog better than they treated Jackson," Jackson's lawyer and former cop Eric Sanders told the New York Times. "I’ve never seen anything like this and I’ve been around law enforcement a long time. It's disgraceful what they did."

 “These cops are still not being held accountable for the damage done to this man. It’s ironic that four years prior to Eric Garner’s death, Larry Jackson survived after being choked and beaten by fellow officers. Councilman Rory Lancman is seeking information from the Civilian Complaint Review Board regarding chokeholds. Well, Councilman Lancman can read abut Larry’s case. He’s the one that survived.”

According to the federal lawsuit, Jackson suffered lasting physical and emotional injuries from the attack and was told he would never recover full strength in one hand.

Jackson, an 18-year veteran, still works in the NYPD’s Transit Bureau. His team was honored last year for arresting a man with a gun.

According to his federal lawsuit, Jackson suffered lasting physical and emotional injuries and was told he would not recover full strength in one hand.

Jackson’s attorney, Eric Sanders, said those officers should be punished.

“The city finally reaffirmed the jury’s and court’s decisions loud and clear about the department’s dirty little secret,” Sanders said about the attack on Jackson. “Now, what’s the department going to do? Hold these out-of-control officers legally accountable for violating Mr. Jackson’s civil rights?”

None of the officers who attacked him was charged criminally or disciplined by the department.

Duluth Community is Powerless to Decline Public Disservice: White Judge Allows Unwanted White Cop who Dragged Handcuffed Native American Man into a Steel Door to Keep His Job on “the Force"

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From [HERE] A judge refused to overturn a ruling that gave a white Duluth police officer his job back after he was fired for dragging a handcuffed Native American man through the downtown Duluth skywalk system in May 2017.

Sixth Judicial District Judge Eric Hylden denied the city’s motion to vacate an arbitration award reinstating officer Adam Huot. City officials moved to terminate Huot, a nine-year veteran with a history of excessive-force complaints, in wake of the incident, but the Duluth Police Union contested the move.

Hylden, in a 14-page order dated Friday, Dec. 28, was critical of Huot’s actions but said he did not have grounds under existing case law to override the arbitration process that is mandated in the collective-bargaining agreement between the city and its officers.

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Duluth City Attorney Gunnar Johnson said the decision will be appealed.

Officer Adam Huot, a nine-year veteran with a history of excessive-force complaints, was terminated by the Duluth Police Department in wake of the May 2017 incident in which he was captured on video pulling an intoxicated man approximately 100 feet through the downtown skywalk system.

The Duluth Police Union later filed a grievance, acknowledging that Huot's actions "were inappropriate and reflected poorly on all police officers," but contending that the incident did not warrant termination.

Arbitrator Mario Bognanno agreed in June, giving Huot his job back, without the benefit of back pay for the year he was on unpaid leave. While calling the officer's actions "unreasonable" and noting his history of disciplinary action, the arbitrator said the department failed to show "just cause" for termination.

The issue came before Judge Eric Hylden on Monday, Sept. 1, with Police Chief Mike Tusken and several union officials in attendance at the St. Louis County Courthouse.

Susan Hansen, a Twin Cities attorney retained by the city, told the judge that Huot has "demonstrated a proclivity" to violate the social contract between police and the community and "undermined the mission of the DPD and his performance as a police officer for the DPD."

"Returning Adam Huot to his position violates the public's trust and subjects them to unreasonable use of force, unreported police misconduct and abuse of authority by those sworn to protect and serve them," Hansen argued.

According to arbitration and court documents, Huot was the subject of 12 complaints during his tenure, six of which were substantiated. Tusken testified that no other officer in his 155-member department necessitated as much oversight, coaching, training and discipline as Huot.

Huot in 2014 received a one-day suspension after repeatedly punching a man who had escaped from a mental health unit. Among other incidents, he was also disciplined for a "confrontational" response to a call involving four of five youths, in which he ended up wrestling one boy to the ground.

In the May 2017 skywalk incident, Huot was one of three officers called to remove two men from the building. Body camera footage shows one man, 30-year-old Brandon Houle, dropping to the ground and telling officers, "I ain't gonna make it easy for you guys."

Within seconds, without consulting his fellow officers, Huot is seen grabbing Houle by the chain on his handcuffs and forcibly dragging him down the hallway. Houle's head narrowly misses one post before striking the door with a loud thud. Houle, who is Native American and was homeless at the time, suffered a bump on the head but was not otherwise injured.

The video does not show Huot checking on Houle or inquiring about his condition. He also did not report the use-of-force incident to his supervisors. His fellow officers, who said they were left "shocked" by Huot's actions, did so later in the same shift. [MORE]

While Cincinnati Authorities Try to Create Standards for the Use of the N-Word by White & Black Cops, the Real Question is How Many Black People has the White Cop Niggerized?

Most white people hate Black people, so if you hear a white person person say “Nigger” you are probably listening to a racist. The Real Question is what does the speaker plan to do with a Nigger? [MORE] and [MORE]

In the absence of white supremacy, niggers would not exist. [MORE]

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Despite Huge Backlogs, the Government Shutdown Halts Most Immigration Court Hearings

From [NPR] The federal government shutdown — caused in part by disagreements over immigration policy — is delaying immigration court hearings across the country.

Court appointments scheduled during the shutdown will be "reset" to new dates in the future, per a notice from the Department of Justice dated Dec. 26. The only exception are courts operating in immigration detention centers, where federal immigration authorities hold immigrants pending deportation. However, court staff may not be paid while continuing to hear those cases.

In addition, some emergency motions in nondetained cases can still be filed to the judges that are working during the shutdown.

Shutting down the country's massive system of immigration courts will gum up an already congested judicial process, immigration judges and attorneys say.

In federal immigration court, judges often hear cases in quick succession, a process some have compared to hearing "death penalty cases heard in traffic court settings." A swift deportation may become a death sentence if a person is forced to return to a violent homeland.

Each day of the shutdown means thousands of cases will be pushed back indefinitely, according to Ashley Tabaddor, president of the National Association of Immigration Judges. Tabaddor said she currently has around 2,000 cases before her court in Los Angeles, while some judges have upwards of 4,000.

"We don't have time to adequately consider the cases that we do have, much less have to spend extra time to think about what we're going to do with all the cases that have to be rescheduled," she said.

Calls to the U.S. Department of Justice asking for more information about the rescheduling went unreturned, and emails to department press officers returned auto replies saying they were furloughed.

In recent years, the backlog of immigration court cases in the U.S. has swelled, as processing times lagged. The average case making its way through immigration courts today has been there for 718 days, or almost two years, according to the Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse at Syracuse University, which compiles statistics on U.S. immigration. That's up from 430 days a decade ago.

Some administration officials and immigration hard-liners have criticized long processing times as contributing to practices that allow immigrants without strong cases to stay in the U.S. for years, rather than be swiftly deported.

To try to move cases through more quickly, the Trump administration imposed quotas on immigration judges in 2018, requiring them to clear 700 cases a year or get docked points on their performance evaluations. However, under former Attorney General Jeff Sessions, the Department of Justice also changed policy so that more than 300,000 closed immigration cases could be reactivated. If reopened, those claims would swell the backlog of cases from upwards of an estimated 768,000 cases to more than 1 million.

Both policies drew criticism from judges such as Tabaddor, who called the quotas "indefensible" and a sign that immigration court should be made independent of the executive branch.

"It's quite ironic to shut down the immigration courts because of the differences on immigration," she said, referring to President Trump's desire for funding additional barriers at U.S.-Mexico border.

It's hard to generalize how delays generated by the government shutdown could change the outcomes of the cases themselves.

"Rescheduling a case can be devastating for some individuals. For others, it may actually be a blessing in disguise," said Maurice Goldman, an immigration attorney in Tucson, Ariz.

For example, pushing back a hearing could mean an immigrant who qualifies for status now may not in the future if immigration policies are restricted. Or, if an immigrant doesn't have a strong claim for status, a delay means more time in the U.S. and maybe even qualifying for another form of immigration status in the interim.

"Every immigration attorney who is honest will tell you that sometimes getting cases delayed is the best thing for the case," said Philadelphia immigration attorney Matthew Archambeault. In either instance, unexpected delays can be confusing for clients because they have nothing to do with the facts of their cases and because the shutdown could end at any time.

"The thing I tell them is, something's going on, their hearings may not go forward, but to prepare like they're going to go forward," said Archambeault. "I don't get into it too much."

New study: In 50 of the Largest Metro Areas, Govt Authorities are Cramming Low-Income Families Using Federal Housing Vouchers into Poor, Racially Segregated Neighborhoods

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From [WashPost] Your neighborhood determines the quality of your children’s schools and your access to jobs, transportation, even fresh food.

But a new study found that in nearly all 50 of America’s biggest metropolitan areas, low-income families using federal housing vouchers remain overly concentrated in impoverished, racially segregated neighborhoods with little opportunity — even with plenty of affordable apartments available in higher income neighborhoods.

The difference between where families with vouchers could be living and where they actually live has long-term consequences, said researchers with the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities and the Poverty & Race Research Action Council.

“It’s going to be a wake-up call for a lot of housing authorities that their programs are quite concentrated and don’t necessarily reflect where families want to live,” said Philip Tegeler, president and executive director of the Poverty & Race Research Action Council. “There are plenty of rental opportunities out there. It’s the job of housing authorities to help remove the barriers that are keeping families from accessing these neighborhoods and communities.”

Giving low-income families the option of living in wealthier neighborhoods with better schools and less crime leads to better outcomes. Their children are more likely to go to college and find better-paying jobs, other studies have shown. They are more likely to live in better neighborhoods as adults and less likely to become single parents.

But too few families with housing vouchers live in “high-opportunity” neighborhoods, as defined by the Department of Housing and Urban Development.

[Interactive Map: Where Voucher Households Live in the 50 Largest Metropolitan Areas]

Researchers developed an index of opportunity using HUD measurements of school quality, poverty, labor market engagement, access to jobs, and access to public transit.

Overall, just 5 percent of metropolitan families using vouchers live in high-opportunity neighborhoods even though those areas account for 18 percent of all affordable rentals.

The opportunity gap is highest in San Francisco, San Jose, and Austin.

In San Francisco, 18 percent of voucher-assisted families live in high-opportunity neighborhoods, even though 46 percent of affordable apartments are located there.

In New York, the region with the most families using housing vouchers, only 7 percent live in neighborhoods considered to be high opportunity, even though 28 percent of affordable units are located in those communities.

And in Birmingham, Ala., fewer than 1 percent of families using housing vouchers live in those neighborhoods although 13 percent of affordable units are located there. Instead, 77 percent of impoverished Birmingham families use their housing vouchers in low-opportunity neighborhoods — far exceeding the 49 percent share of affordable rentals.

The study also shows black and Hispanic families with vouchers are more likely than other low-income minority renters to be segregated in minority neighborhoods — although most affordable units are located outside of heavily minority neighborhoods.

(Three of four households that qualify for federal rental assistance do not receive any aid because there is not enough money to meet everyone’s needs.)

The finding suggests local housing voucher programs may be exacerbating residential segregation, the researchers said, and undermining the aim of the 1968 Fair Housing Act to reduce racial segregation in local jurisdictions. In Milwaukee, Birmingham and New Orleans, more than 80 percent of minority households with children use vouchers to live in “minority-concentrated” areas.

“If voucher families appear to be even more segregated than similar renters of color, that signals that housing authorities need to be doing more to uphold their responsibility to the Fair Housing Act,” said Alicia Mazzara, a housing analyst at the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities who co-authored the report with Brian Knudsen.

Multiple barriers keep families from moving to better neighborhoods, researchers said, including widely varying practices and policies of regional housing agencies such as how the value of vouchers are calculated. [MORE]

The St. Louis Police Officers Association is “Dismayed" that Wesley Bell Fired a White Prosecutor who Helped Sabotage the Grand Jury of White Cop Investigated for the Murder of Michael Brown

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From [HERE] The new St. Louis County prosecutor, Wesley Bell, has fired the lawyer who presented the evidence in the case of Michael Brown, the black teenager whose shooting by police sparked violent protests in Ferguson, Mo.

Bell was sworn in on Tuesday, and in one of his first acts, sent a two-page letter to assistant prosecutor Kathi Alizadeh firing her, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports,

A veteran of more than 30 years in the St. Louis County prosecutor’s office, Alizadeh oversaw the 2014 Brown case.

Alizadeh, along with former county prosecutor Robert McCulloch, was responsible for building a case and providing evidence to a grand jury. The grand jury, though, declined to indict officer Darren Wilson.

Brown was shot a total of six times in the front of his body.

The incident, which was investigated by the FBI, and the failure to secure an indictment set off days of unrest and brought a national spotlight to police shootings of unarmed people of color.

The FBI concluded that Wilson shot Brown in self-defense following a struggle for the officer’s weapon.

Wilson resigned from the Ferguson police force with no severance, citing security concerns. The National Bar Association, an organization of African American lawyers and judges, made a complaint to the Missouri Department of Public Safety demanding Wilson's police officer license be revoked. Wilson's attempts to obtain employment as a police officer have been unsuccessful. [MORE]

McCulloch could have directly filed charges against Darren Wilson, the white cop who shot Michael Brown to death, but instead chose to take the case to a grand jury. It is believed by many that McCulloch did not want the grand jury to indict the white police officer. He selected a mostly white (9 out of 12) grand jury. McCulloch’s prosecutors handling the case took the highly unusual course of dumping all evidence on the jurors and leaving them to make sense of it. McCulloch’s office claimed that this is a way to give more authority to the grand jurors, but it was more like a way to avoid charging Wilson at all — and to use the grand jury as cover for the outrage that ensued. [MORE] and [MORE].

The New York Times described prosecutors' questioning of Wilson as "gentle" and said it contrasted with the sharp challenges to witnesses whose accounts seemed to contradict Wilson's, and reported this had led some to question whether the process was as objective as McCulloch had claimed. The Times reported prosecutors asked witness after witness if Brown appeared to be reaching for a weapon when confronting Wilson, though few of them said this. Furthermore, contradictions in testimony by Wilson and other law-enforcement officers were left unchallenged by prosecutors.[77] CNN legal analyst Sunny Hostin criticized the prosecutors for asking softball questions during the cross examination of Wilson's testimony, and referred particularly to the fact that no witness could corroborate Wilson's story that he had warned Brown twice to lay down on the ground, and when asked, witnesses said they did not hear him say that. [MORE]

In January 2015 the NAACP Legal Defense Fund* wrote an open letter to Missouri Judge Maura McShane [also white] asking her to investigate Ferguson prosecutor Bob McCulloch and his team for misconduct in the limp-wristed “gentle” effort grand jury he put together in the Brown case. 

The group of experts assembled by the NAACP to review the grand jury transcripts “were struck by the deeply unfair manner in which the proceedings were conducted.” The NAACP cites three areas of particular concern.

1. McCulloch and his team “knowingly presented false witness testimony to the grand jury.” McCulloch admitted this on a radio interview on December 19. The NAACP notes this is likely a violation of the Missouri Rules of Professional Conduct. Specifically, McCulloch allowed a woman to testify as an eyewitness who he knew was not at the scene of the incident and had a history of “racially-charged rants about the incident on the internet.”

2. McCulloch and his team “presented incorrect and misleading statements of law to the grand jury and sanctioned unlawful juror practices.” Specifically, Assistant Prosecuting Attorney Kathi Alizadeh distributed copies of a Missouri statute that was contravened by a Supreme Court decision 30 years earlier. When Alizadeh addressed the issue weeks later she said that the statute was “not entirely incorrect or inaccurate” but the grand jury should “disregard” it. At other times, Ms. Alizadeh seems genuinely confused about what legal standards were at issue and shared her confusion with the grand jury, including this remarkable exchange:

Overall the NAACP finds that there are “fundamental questions about the competency of the prosecutors in this case to conduct the proceedings and the fairness of the proceedings overall.”

3. McCulloch and his team “provided favorable treatment to the target of the grand jury proceedings.” McCulloch, at the outset of the case, told the grand jury that the case was “special.” As the case progressed “the questioning of witnesses often appeared to advocate for defendant Wilson’s version of the shooting.” When the prosecutors questioned Wilson they asked him: “[I]f we are sort of done with your questioning, is there anything that we have not asked you that you want us to know or you think it is important for the jurors to consider regarding this incident?”

The NAACP concluded that the entire process “leaves deeply troubling doubts about whether about whether justice was administered in a fair, impartial and competent manner.” The NAACP encouraged Judge McShane to consider “remedial action — through a new grand jury, appointment of a new special prosecutor, or other means.” [MORE] That apparently went nowhere. But even Nancy Grace thought the grand jury was bullshit.

Bell was a Ferguson city councilman who defeated McCulloch last year in the Democratic primary, campaigning on a platform that included reforming the state's cash bail system and making changes to the culture of the prosecutor’s office.

He reportedly made three different personnel decisions in the office in his first two days.

Alizadeh told the Post-Dispatch she would be speaking to her lawyer over her termination. A request for comment from The Hill was not immediately returned. 

The St. Louis Police Officers Association, which represents most of the St. Louis County assistant prosecutors, called for the reinstatement of the county prosecutors, although Alizadeh is not covered by the union.

"The Association is dismayed by the abrupt dismissal of these three veteran prosecutors without warning or apparent justification," union president Ed Clark said in a statement. "Despite Mr. Bell’s rhetoric about building bridges with career prosecutors, he has apparently decided to suddenly discharge three dedicated public servants in his first hours in office. We call on Mr. Bell to reverse his decision and bring back the three prosecutors and their more than seventy years of combined experience."

White Man Angry b/c ‘Master-Servant Relationship’ was Not on the Menu yesterday at McDonalds, Punched in the Face by Black Cashier After Grabbing Her Over the Counter

It was the last straw and Yurugu Got Less than he bargained for. The NY Post states, a fight broke out at a McDonald’s in St. Petersburg, Florida, after a white customer attacked a Black employee. Video [above] captured at the scene shows 40-year-old Daniel Willis Taylor grabbing employee Yasmine James, who fights back with a flurry of punches. According to a woman who filmed the encounter, the fight broke out after Taylor was unable to find a straw in the restaurant and was told by James that customers by law must ask for straws. [MORE] wha? lets just say McDonald’s food makes everybody McDelusional.

Here, a young Black woman rejected the white man’s invitation to engage in any master-servant role play. Although there wasn’t a lot of power on those punches, in so doing she disempowered him and empowered herself. Hopefully she will run for president.

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Dr. Blynd, explained that "racism/white supremacy it is a power group dynamic, i.e., a defined group cooperatively via legacy institutions exerting structured, systematic injustice and power over another group. This "group dynamic" involves a master-servant relationship between whites and Blacks in a system of vast unequal power and conditions. No one can play master without servants - it is a two way relationship and most Black people, subconsciously or consciously, consensually play along with it - playing a servant role. Dr. Amos Wilson explains, “the oppressive configuration the White man has assumed in relationship to the Black man is in good part the result of the fact that we have permitted ourselves to remain in a complementary subordinate configuration conducive to his oppressive designs.” He explains,

'white people’s so-called power, is to a great extent based upon the nature of the relationship they have with Black people. We empower them by the nature of our own behavior and attitudes as a people. They cannot be what they are, unless we are, what we are. To a good extent, the European is our creation … yes. If we look at our behavior, we will see that to a good extent, it is our behavior, our values, our consciousness, the kind of personalities we’ve established in ourselves, our taste, our desires and needs; that maintains the European in their dominant position.  

We talk about the Civil Rights Movement, and the Apartheid system of the South, when Blacks decided to just get out of the buses and just walk, the system changed. Yes, when they stopped sitting behind the white driver, just changing that relationship, changed the nature of power, in that system. When they decided then to walk side by side, when they decided to walk abreast and line themselves up, because they had not walked that way before … for the ends to be fought, the relationship changed. When they kept their monies in their pockets, when they sat on the stools and blocked the other people from them, and change the nature of the interactions between themselves and Europeans, the nature of the system changed.  

So therefore we have tremendous Power. It depends upon how we align ourselves as a people, and how we decide to relate to other people in the world, because they cannot have what they have, unless we are who we are. And that is why we don’t have to waste a great deal of time always appealing to them, and analyzing them, because we can better appeal to our own sense of self, and our own consciousness, and we waste a lot of time trying to transform them, when through transforming ourselves, they will be transformed automatically.’

Of course there are other ways to reject the master-servant relationship than by punching white people in the face - here, it was an appropriate response because Yurugu put his hands on her. Also observe that the alleged brother, who witnessed the entire encounter, comes to the aid of the white man. The master-servant relationship roles have nothing to do with particular types employment or the title a non-white person has. It simply refers to how people choose to relate to each other in a system of racism white supremacy. There is nothing wrong with having arms-length interactions & relations with white people but a master-servant relation is not on the menu. Wilson explained, “we must take responsibility for that part of our personality, that part of our community, and that part of ourselves over which we have control, and change that part.”

As explained by Wilson, "It is not so much that the European says we are inferior and that the European maligns our character, et cetera. It is the belief on our part that what he says is true that drives us to be crazy. It is a crazy reaction to what the European says, an insane and unthinking kind of approach to dealing with what he says about us, that maintains the craziness." [MORE] and [MORE] In order to for the system of racism/white supremacy to thrive Black people must be maintained in a particular state of mind - literally kept out of our minds. [MORE]. Watch your mind, change this relationship. 

Trump-Like Racist Psychopath Jair Bolsonaro Sworn In As President Of Brazil

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According to FUNKTIONARY

tyrants - there are none; only tyranny exists. How can one man or woman rule a multitude against their will except through mind-control and word-conditioning control? "Find out the exact amount of injustice any people accept, and you will find out the exact amount of injustice they receive." -Freddy D. "The evils of tyranny are rarely seen but by him who resists it." -John Jay, Castilian Days II, 1872. (See: Tyranny, Terms, "The Law," Dictatorship, Corporate State & Fascism)

tyranny - the miscarriage of self-government. 2) the absence of ethical anarchy. In our system, tyranny must have an accomplice. The perpetrator by intent must be accommodated by the perpetrator by consent. The former initiates, the latter accommodates. Of all tyrannies, the greatest is the tyranny of the ego-mind. "If the government is allowed to place a tax on what is a natural right it can raise that tax to the point where that right has been effectively destroyed. That is tyranny."" Butcher's Union Company v. Crescent City. "No man, no group, and no nation has the right to any man's individual freedom. No matter how pure the motive, how great the emergency, how high the principle, such action is nothing but tyranny. It is never justified." -John W. Parsons. Tyranny Law #1 - Any power that can be abused will be abused. Tyranny Law #2 - Abuse always expands to fill the limits of resistance to it. Tyranny Law #3 - If people don't resist the abuses of others, they will have no one to resist the abuses of themselves, and tyranny will prevail. The condition upon which God hath given liberty to man is eternal vigilance; which condition if he break, servitude is at once the consequence of his crime, and the punishment of his guilt. -John Curran. Retaining and exercising the unalienable right to distribute one's own property and wealth without restriction is the only guarantee of freedom from tyranny. (See: Labor, Anarchy, Appropriation, Income Taxes, IRS, Bill of Rights, Property, Freedom, Self-Determination, GIMME!, Autotyranny, Matrix, Organizations, Private Services & Liberation)

2018 NYC Murder Rate is the Lowest in Several Decades but Media & Government Continue to Promote Fear to Manufacture a Need for More Cops, Surveillance & $5 Billion NYPD Budget

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FEAR CITY: Comply or Go to Jail. From [AP] New York City could register the fewest number of homicides in several decades in 2018, as the city continues its long battle against violent crime.

As of Sunday, the city had recorded five fewer killings than the 292 investigated in 2017, according to preliminary police data provided to The Associated Press. That year’s figure was itself the lowest in decades.

The New York Police Department said it also had seen a modest decline in shooting incidents in 2018 and an 8 percent drop in robberies. Figures for other categories of crime were not immediately available.

In the past two years, the city’s homicide rate has plunged to levels that were unthinkable a generation ago, when New York became known as the murder capital of the country and recorded an eye-popping 2,245 homicides in 1990.

The city has recorded fewer homicides in 2018 than Philadelphia, a city with a fraction of New York’s population where police had investigated 351 killings through Sunday.

This year’s statistics include the lowest number of homicides in Brooklyn since record keeping began. District Attorney Eric Gonzalez said last week that trend has coincided with efforts by local authorities to reduce incarceration and to increase diversion for nonviolent offenders.

Prosecutors in Brooklyn said the most significant declines were seen in Coney Island, where not a single killing occurred in 2018, compared to eight slayings in 2017. The tally also plummeted in the 75th Precinct, in East New York, an area once considered among the nation’s most violent places.

There were six killings in that precinct in 2018, Gonzalez said, compared to 126 in 1993.

With Crime Low , Why the Fuck Are Cops & Cameras Everywhere? The New York Police Department's (NYPD or the Department) Fiscal 2018 Executive Budget totals $5.6 billion, which is $417.2 million, or 8.1 percent, more than the Department's Fiscal 2017 Adopted Budget of $5.2 billion. [MORE]

“Our city is on track to yet again be the safest big city in America thanks to the work our NYPD officers and community leaders are doing block by block across our five boroughs,” Mayor Bill de Blasio said in a statement to the AP. “Neighborhood policing in New York City has defied the naysayers to become the model for 21st century American law enforcement.”

All Thanks to Government. MORE GOVERNMENT MORE COPS MORE DRONES MORE SURVEILLANCE = FACISM. Criminal justice experts attributed the city’s progress to several factors, including its massive police force of 36,000 officers, and a practice known as precision policing in which the authorities focus resources on the most likely offenders.

Compared to other countries’ military manpower the NYPD ranks No. 65 in sheer manpower. There are 133 “recognized countries” in the world, for perspective. The NYPD staffs roughly 55,000 employees. Roughly 72% of that is uniformed officers. [MORE]

“The conventional wisdom was that you couldn’t do anything about crime except maybe reduce it for a while in some areas,” said Tom Repetto, the author of several books on policing in New York. “That has been disproved, and it is amazing that the rate is so low in a city of this size and composition.”

Repetto said he believes the number of killings in New York is approaching what he calls an “irreducible minimum,” suggesting it could be implausible for the number of killings in a city of 8.6 million residents to fall any further. [how incredibly stupid]

These desperate theories to explain the low crime & murder rate sound like the debunked claims about Stop & Frisk being the cause. The NYPD often sought to justify the large number of stops on the grounds that the stop-and-frisk program was critically important to recovering guns and thus reducing shootings and murders. Yet the NYPD's own data contradicted this argument. [MORE]


Less Crime Means We Need More Cops. How Much For the Bridge Sir? Richard Aborn, president of the Citizens Crime Commission of New York City, credited the NYPD’s “unrelenting” focus on removing illegal guns from the streets, including the prosecution of some weapons charges in federal court. He also pointed to neighborhood policing efforts and re-entry initiatives aimed at rehabilitating prisoners returning to the community.

“I think the broader story is that the city has understood that the fight against violent crime doesn’t reside solely with the police,” Aborn said. “It’s not because the air is better in New York. It’s because of things the city has done, and it’s making a huge difference.”

White Security Guard Charged w/Murder for Shooting Homeless Black Man in the Back at Walgreens in Hollywood [unlike cops, security guards don't have the power to be unaccountable for their actions]

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Law of the Jungle Rules [sovereign immunity] and Exemptions from Morality Only Apply to Police Officers in their Relations with People. From [HERE] and [HERE] A white security guard who police say shot and killed a 21-year-old homeless Black man earlier this month in Hollywood was charged with murder by the Los Angeles County district attorney’s office Monday.

Donald Vincent Ciota, 28, of Covina faces one count of murder with an allegation that he used a firearm as a deadly weapon. Ciota shot and killed Jonathan Hart inside a Walgreens at Vine Street and Sunset Boulevard on Dec. 2, authorities said.

Ciota is being held on $3 million bail. If convicted, he faces a possible maximum sentence of 50 years to life in state prison.

"We must turn to responsibility of Walgreens because the death of Jonathan Hart has left blood on the hands of executives of Walgreens," he said

Ciota suspected Hart of shoplifting, and the two got into a physical altercation. Ciota pulled his firearm and fatally shot Hart in the back as he ran away, prosecutors said.

Hart died from a gunshot wound to the neck, according to a spokeswoman for the Los Angeles County coroner’s office.

Family attorney Carl Douglas said Hart was unarmed and was not shoplifting that night. Detectives told family members that Hart had a California ID card in his hand at the time of his death.

The attorney said Hart had gotten into a confrontation earlier that night with the same security guard and had spoken with the store manager before continuing to shop.

Douglas said Monday that Hart’s family was “heartened and encouraged” that Los Angeles County Dist. Atty. Jackie Lacey’s office has charged Ciota.

Douglas said Hart’s family is planning to file a $525 million wrongful-death suit against Walgreens. Douglas said the family is calling for a boycott of Walgreens until armed guards are removed from their stores.

"We must turn to responsibility of Walgreens because the death of Jonathan Hart has left blood on the hands of executives of Walgreens," he said.

Hart was profiled, harassed and ultimately shot because he was a homeless, gay black man, the lawyer said.

Attorney Mark Geragos, who represents Ciota, said there is video leading up to the shooting that needs to be seen and argues there is no way this should be a murder case.

"My guy was ex-military police, he's a veteran," Geragos said. "If this were a police officer, they would be lauding him, let alone filing murder charges. It's ridiculous. He was assaulted, he defended himself."

Douglas argued the right people have seen the video, and they decided to file murder charges against Ciota.

"I've not yet seen the video, so it would be premature for me to comment substantively. What I do know is that Jackie Lacey has seen the video, what I do know is police investigators have seen the video," Douglas added.

He may have a point here about the video upon consideration of the fact that Lacey never files charges against cops. More than 200 deaths have occurred at the hands of law enforcement since Lacey took office in 2012, yet not one officer has been charged. [MORE] However, Ciota is not a cop or government actor and naturally different standards apply to mere mortals.

Ciota is scheduled to be arraigned Thursday, according to a spokesman for the district attorney’s office. His bail is set at $3 million. If convicted as charged, he faces a maximum sentence of 50 years to life in prison.

Black Judge Realizes He’s Been Dreaming: Raises Concerns that White Prosecutors are Charging Blacks w/Harsher Counts than Whites for Similar Crimes and that He’s Part of the Lex-icon [law as image]

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IT WOULDN’T LOOK “FAIR” WITHOUT YOU JUDGE. Lex-icon means “law as image - the appearance of justice (the form) over the substance of justice via truth and law over humanity.” FUNKTIONARY.

Here, Judge Fowlkes has been presiding over the illusion. Unbeknownst to the Black participants; Black prosecutors & defense attorneys, Black judges, Black courtroom staff and probation officers are necessary courtroom props in the refinement of RSW of a lawless society. Courtrooms wouldn’t look right without them [see photo above]. Occasional dismissals and acquittals of Black defendants are also a necessary part of the show - encouraging defense attorneys to work harder and thereby making the fake world of court look more real. The appearance of justice is the only thing the criminal courts produce. Nevermind BrownWatch, go observe this phenomenon [racism] for yourself at your local courthouse & make sure you stay long enough to witness a good sampling of white defendants being arraigned & sentenced. By and large, “justice” is incidental, random and accidental in a system of injustice.

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From [HERE] A black federal judge in Tennessee has raised concerns that a federal prosecutor’s office in Memphis is charging black people with harsher counts than white people for similar crimes.

D. Michael Dunavant is the US Attorney for the Western District of Tennessee. In June 2017, Dunavant was nominated by racist President Donald Trump to become the United States Attorney for the Western District of Tennessee. He was confirmed by the United States Senate on September 14, 2017; becoming the chief law-enforcement officer for the 22 counties that make up Tennessee's western judicial district, which includes the Memphis area. [MORE]

The Commercial Appeal reports U.S. District Judge John T. Fowlkes Jr. has questioned prosecutors about racial discrimination in at least three recent cases. Judge Fowlkes is a former US prosecutor and public defender.

One of those cases involved a white man who records say sold an undercover officer 100 ecstasy pills for $800, while his black partner stayed in the car with a gun.

Fowlkes asked why the white defendant wasn’t slapped with the same gun charge as the black defendant since they worked together. The gun charge carries an automatic 5-year sentence.

"This is another situation where a white defendant appears to have been treated differently than African-Americans, and I'm concerned about how we're proceeding in this case," the judge said during a Nov. 19 hearing, according to a transcript. 

A statement from U.S. Attorney D. Michael Dunavant [racist suspect in photo with racist Jeff Sessions] denies that race “overtly or implicitly” factors into charging decisions. [MORE]

WHITE PROSECUTORS SESSIONS AND Dunavant BOTH APPOINTED BY RACIST TRUMP

WHITE PROSECUTORS SESSIONS AND Dunavant BOTH APPOINTED BY RACIST TRUMP

Most people have little understanding of the awesome power of prosecutors (aka district attorneys or attorney generals) or the term "prosecutorial discretion." Media misinformation and lack of information about prosecutors and what they are up to is an intentional part of our conditioning or mind shampoo process.

Prosecutors have the power to decide; whether to charge a person with a crime (any case can be nollied, diverted or deferred - any case. Police make arrests and refer matters to prosecutors who determine whether to prosecute), what charges to paper & present to the court, whether to seek pre-trial confinement or release and what, if any, release conditions to seek, what kind of plea offer to make, what resources to expend to prosecute, what information to disclose to the defense, what kind of sentence to seek & recommend to the court (such as confinement, probation or to defer the imposition of a sentence), whether the death penalty will be sought and whether probation should be revoked or extended. They also have a say in whether to seal arrest records or expunge criminal convictions. Further, prosecutors set broad policies, deciding the aggressiveness with which different laws will be enforced, and other law enforcement officials often follow their lead. These decisions are overwhelmingly made by white people about non-white people because the vast majority of prosecutors are white and criminal defendants are disproportionately non-white.  Specifically, according to a recent study, 95 percent of the 2,437 elected state and local prosecutors across the country are white, and 79 percent are white men (by comparison, white men make up 31 percent of the population of the United States). Also most States have no Black prosecutors. [MORE]. On the federal level 87% of all US Attorneys are white - as 8% of assistant U.S. Attorneys are African American and 5% are Latino. [MORE] and [MORE].

Additionally, the power of the prosecutor (or the executive) even in the face of egregious misconduct is basically unchecked by judges or state bar organizations, whom are also overwhelmingly white. [MORE]

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As stated by law professor, Angela Davis, “at every step of the criminal process, there is evidence that African Americans are not treated as well as whites - both as victims of crime and as criminal defendants. And because prosecutors play such a dominant and commanding role in the criminal justice system through the exercise of broad, unchecked discretion, their role in the complexities of racial inequality in the criminal process is inextricable and profound. . . Prosecutorial discretion is a major cause of racial inequality in the criminal justice system.” [MORE]

Of course, not all white people are racist/white supremacist - but most whites are in a system of racism white supremacy. Neely Fuller explained that racism is not merely a pattern of individual and/or institutional practice; it is a universal "operating system" of white supremacy and domination in which the majority of the world's white people participate. Racism is the dominant feature of the criminal justice in the United States. To that end, a major goal of the white supremacy system is the greater confinement of substantial numbers of non-white people. To the extent that a racist prosecutor had anything to do with the prosecution of a non-white defendant, the criminal process was most likely unjust in some respect.

According to Kenneth Montgomery, a black former prosecutor for the Brooklyn, New York district attorney’s office, “prosecution is about locking black people up.” “I thought that because of who I was, because of the street and academic smarts I had, I was able to do some things that were more in line with justice. But, it was like putting a Band-Aid on a gunshot wound. In the long run, I didn’t think it was worth it, so that’s why I left.” [MORE]

Like the Rest of the World, although the Vast Majority of NFL Players are Black, Nearly All the Owners & Coaches are White: After Firings on Monday Less than 1% of the League’s Coaches are Black

Dr. Bobby Wright    observed, “although the world is 90% non-white, everywhere one finds Whites and Blacks in close proximity to each other, whether it is Chicago or Zimbabwe, the Whites are in control. Yet Blacks rarely question this extraordinary universal phenomenon which defies every know statistical law of probability.” [   MORE   ]    Dr. Amos Wilson similarly states, "[Blacks] must question how is it that a minority people [whites], a very small percentage of mankind, a people who are essentially resourceless in terms of their natural resources, maintain the power they have. Why is it that the peoples whose lands contain the wealth of the earth are the poorest people? This implies that there must exist a political, social situation wherein the  mental orientation of our people  must be so structured that the power and the ability of the Europeans to rule this earth are continually maintained.' [   MORE   ]

Dr. Bobby Wright observed, “although the world is 90% non-white, everywhere one finds Whites and Blacks in close proximity to each other, whether it is Chicago or Zimbabwe, the Whites are in control. Yet Blacks rarely question this extraordinary universal phenomenon which defies every know statistical law of probability.” [MORE]

Dr. Amos Wilson similarly states, "[Blacks] must question how is it that a minority people [whites], a very small percentage of mankind, a people who are essentially resourceless in terms of their natural resources, maintain the power they have. Why is it that the peoples whose lands contain the wealth of the earth are the poorest people? This implies that there must exist a political, social situation wherein the mental orientation of our people must be so structured that the power and the ability of the Europeans to rule this earth are continually maintained.' [MORE]

From [NY Times] The N.F.L.’s 32 owners made an unexpected announcement after meeting a few weeks ago: The league was strengthening rules that obligate teams to consider minority candidates when hiring coaches and executives in their front offices.

At the time, the league said it was just trying to beef up existing regulations, not reacting to criticism that teams had been skirting the rules for years.

“Our focus was simply: How do we make the Rooney Rule better?” Robert Gulliver, the league’s chief human resources officer, said, referring to the rule adopted in 2003 and named for Dan Rooney, the owner of the Pittsburgh Steelers at the time who pushed for the regulations.

Now, the league’s stated commitment to the rule will be put to the test.

On Monday, the number of African-American coaches fired in 2018 soared to five, leaving only two black coaches in a league where at least 70 percent of the players are African-American.

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Race is already a much-discussed topic in relation to the league. Colin Kaepernick, the former San Francisco 49ers quarterback who in 2016 began kneeling during the national anthem to protest racism and police brutality toward people of color, has not played in the league for the last two seasons. His protests amplified an already polarizing debate across the country, and he has filed a grievance accusing the N.F.L. of colluding to keep him off the field.

Coaches losing their jobs at the conclusion of the regular season is routine and expected, as they fall victim to the merciless pressure from owners and fans to succeed year after year. In addition to the five black coaches fired, three white coaches were let go this season, in Green Bay, Tampa Bay and Miami. But with the N.F.L. under pressure to increase the percentage of minority coaches and executives, the makeup of the latest class of jettisoned coaches was especially startling.

Four black coaches were fired Sunday or Monday, including the Jets’ Todd Bowles, who was let go shortly after his team’s final loss Sunday. The Jets had a 14-34 record in the last three seasons under Bowles.

Marvin Lewis, who had been at the helm of the Cincinnati Bengals since 2003, was fired Monday. Though he had resurrected the moribund Bengals and took them to the playoffs multiple times, he never won a playoff game and this season was Cincinnati’s third consecutive one with a losing record.

Also fired Monday was Denver Broncos Coach Vance Joseph, who had presided over the first back-to-back losing seasons for the Broncos since the early 1970s. In Arizona, Steve Wilks had been the Cardinals’ coach for just one season when he was fired Monday after his team compiled a league-worst record of 3-13.

In October, another African-American coach, Hue Jackson, was fired after his teams were 3-36-1 in roughly two and a half seasons.

The two black head coaches still in the N.F.L. are Anthony Lynn of the Los Angeles Chargers (12-4), who are headed to a wild-card playoff game Sunday against the Baltimore Ravens, and Mike Tomlin of the Pittsburgh Steelers (9-6-1).

Carolina Panthers Coach Ron Rivera, who is Latino, is the only other non-white head coach.

With eight coaching vacancies, it is possible that some of the recently dismissed coaches will be leading candidates for those openings; their experience and certain attributes may be a better fit with other teams. Jackson, for example, was on Lewis’s coaching staff in Cincinnati. And there are other minority candidates, like the Kansas City offensive coordinator Eric Bieniemy and Stanford Coach David Shaw, whose names have popped up in coaching discussions. [MORE]