Isabel Garcia-Deputy Pima County Public Defender-Needs to Go

Sheriff Joe Arpaio has a new book out. It’s called “Joe’s Law”, and the good sheriff was in town Thursday, July 10, 2008, for a book signing and radio show. He has also been a guest on 104.1 The Truth with Jon Justice Monday, July 7, 2008, to discuss his book and his views of law enforcement.

Jon Justice has become a voice for Tucson, particularly in the areas of ILLEGAL immigration, city council corruption, corrupt school board issues (one school board member is backed by her US Congressman father in forcing things onto the taxpayer–said father is a former school board member as well) and things concerning the legal taxpayers of Tucson.

Isabel Garcia is a Deputy Pima County Public Defender. She is also co-chair of the Coalicion de Derechos Humanos, an alleged border rights group which is actually a group specializing in helping illegals cross the border, “Reconquista” and Aztlan and indulging in violence against those who disagree with them. While she is an attorney sworn to uphold the law, she deliberately breaks it and flaunts her conflicts of interest with impunity from Pima County Administrator Chuck Huckleberry (520/740-8661; Chuckelberry@co.pima.az.us; chh@pima.gov).

Tucson is a relatively laid back town. We pretty much let people be, and if they want to protest something, well, as long as it’s peaceful, we let them protest. That doesn’t mean there won’t be a counter protest, but generally both sides are cool about having their voices heard and doing it within the confines of the law.

Unless Garcia is involved. Protests involving Garcia often involve escalating hate and walk very closely to the edge of breaking the law. She is responsible for encouraging high school students to leave their classrooms and protest police action on campus (when an illegal was discovered after being arrested for allegedly possessing drugs and his family was deported), responsible for encouraging violence against the police, influencing politicians through intimidation, encouraging the La Raza hate studies and the attendant protest when the State School Superintendant spoke against funding them with taxpayer dollars–in short, she is complete bad news.

She is the Mexican equivalent of Jackson, Sharpton and Farrakhan. Worse, while those three racist hate mongers are bad news, she also encourages the overthrow–violently–of the legitimate United States Government through Derechos.

Yet, Huckelberry refuses to discipline her. Why? Allegedly, she is engaging in these activities on her own time.

Chuck, we have news for you.

As an attorney, Isabel Garcia is on duty 24/7. As a County Attorney, she is a representative of the public 24/7. And her salary (as well as yours) is paid for by the LEGAL taxpayers of this county.

Now, how did Garcia cross the line?

She showed up with her gang of racist hate mongers to Sheriff Joe’s book signing. Okay, they have a right to protest the fact he is doing his job and enforcing the law of the land.

They don’t have a right to incite a riot, contribute to the delinquency of minors, and engage in blatant violence, encouraging said minors to engage in violence as well.

They brought along a pinata (effigy) of Sheriff Joe. While Garcia stood on the sidelines, she encouraged the minors to beat the pinata to a pulp, severing the head of it in the process. She then took the head and delightedly paraded around the parking lot, holding the head aloft. Against a lawfully elected law enforcement officer.

From left, Leilani Clark holds a piñata representing Sheriff Joe Arpaio as Dallely Hernandez, 17, and Crystal Terriquez, 16, take whacks at it. This picture was the front page of the Arizona Daily Star on July 11, 2008 (from the Arizona Daily Star July 11, 2008 article located here).

Edgar Toledo, 14, of Tucson, holds a pinata of Joe Arpaio with the head cut off during a protest Thursday night. About 75 people gathered at the Barnes & Noble bookstore, 5130 E. Broadway, in Tucson to protest a visit by Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio. (this picture is from the July 11, 2008 Tucson Citizen article located here).

There were several videos taken of this event as well: KGUN 9 News has video here; KMSB 11 has video here; KOLD 13 (which also has a news hotline 520-744-6397) here; KVOA 4 apparently didn’t cover this incident, although they have covered many protests against Sheriff Joe in the past, the most recent being a disruption of the Pima county Republican Women’s Club by (guess who) January 25, 2008 and linked here. Jon Justice also has video (as well as contact links for the news outlets and Huckelberry) at 104.1 The Truth here and on YouTube here, here and here.

The outrage over Garcia’s action has been long in coming, but it’s time she was put out of our misery. She has committed crimes against the county; she has committed crimes against fellow law enforcement officers; she has committed crimes against this country. It is time. She has to go–and she has to be prosecuted to the full extent of the law for her activities.

Below is the letter I wrote to Huckelberry; I encourage everyone to copy it and use it. It is because of people like Garcia we have the problems with illegals we have.

Dear Mr. Huckleberry:

I am part of the legal community in Tucson. I am sick to death of the antics of Isabel Garcia. Her actions the night of Thursday, July 10, 2008, at the Borders Book Store, crossed the line.

My taxes are paying her salary and as her employer, I want her fired. There is a fine line between the right of public protest–PEACEFUL PROTEST–and Incite to Riot. She has crossed that line, seemingly with impunity from you, many times.

You state nothing can be done because she does these things in her own time. I beg to differ. She is a public employee and is held to a higher standard of behavior than an ordinary citizen. She can be fired for the mere APPEARANCE of POSSIBLE wrongdoing as a public employee, even on her own time.

Further, according to Rule 8.4 of the Model Rules of Professional Conduct (Maintaining the Integrity of the Profession):

It is professional misconduct for a lawyer to:

(a) violate or attempt to violate the Rules of Professional Conduct, knowingly assist or induce another to do so, or do so through the acts of another;

(b) commit a criminal act that reflects adversely on the lawyer’s honesty, trustworthiness or fitness as a lawyer in other respects;

(c) engage in conduct involving dishonesty, fraud, deceit or misrepresentation;

(d) engage in conduct that is prejudicial to the administration of justice;

(e) state or imply an ability to influence improperly a government agency or official or to achieve results by means that violate the Rules of Professional Conduct or other law; or

(f) knowingly assist a judge or judicial officer in conduct that is a violation of applicable rules of judicial conduct or other law.

Miss Garcia blatantly violates Rule 8.4 (specifically sections a, b, d, e), and her incite to riot by her activities the night of Thursday, July 10 2008, in which she encouraged onlookers to violently assault an effigy of Sheriff Joe Arpaio, which was caught on video (including her holding the “severed head” of Arpaio aloft), is ample proof of that violation.

She is in violation of Rule 41, Ariz. R. Civ. P., which states:

The duties and obligations of members shall be:

(a) Those prescribed by the Arizona Rules of Professional Conduct adopted as rule 42 of these rules.

(b) To support the constitution and the laws of the United States and of this state.

TEXT (c)

(c) To maintain the respect due to courts of justice and judicial officers.

(d) To counsel or maintain no other action, proceeding or defense than those which appear to him legal and just, excepting the defense of a person charged with a public offense.

(e) To employ for the purpose of maintaining causes confided to him such means only as are consistent with truth, and never seek to mislead the judges by any artifice or false statement of fact or law.

(f) To maintain inviolate the confidences and preserve the secrets of a client.

(g) To abstain from all offensive personality and to advance no fact prejudicial to the honor or reputation of a party or a witness unless required by the justice of the cause with which he is charged.

(h) Not to encourage either the commencement or continuation of an action or proceeding from any corrupt motive of passion or interest, and never to reject for any consideration personal to himself the cause of the defenseless or oppressed.

She is in further violation of Federal Statute U.S. Code, Title 8, Section 1325, which states in relevant part:

A person (including a group of persons, business, organization or local government) commits a federal felony when he:

* assists an alien whom he should reasonably know is illegally in the U.S. or who lacks employment authorization, by transporting, sheltering, or assisting him to obtain employment,
* encourages that alien to remain in the U.S., by referring him to an employer, by acting as employer or agent for an employer in any way, or
* knowingly assists illegal aliens due to personal convictions.

Penalties upon conviction include criminal fines, imprisonment, and forfeiture of vehicles and real property used to commit the crime.

Further: (this part would authorize the the civilian arrest that is authorized by the State of Arizona)

State and local law enforcement officials have the general power to investigate and arrest violators of federal immigration statutes without prior INS knowledge or approval, as long as they are authorized to do so by state law. There is “no extant federal limitation” on this authority. The 1996 immigration control legislation passed by Congress was intended to encourage states and local agencies to participate in the process of enforcing federal immigration laws.

This is not the first time Garcia has blatantly violated the law, apparently with your approval. As a member of the law enforcement community herself, she positions herself both as a US citizen (which of course she is) but also as someone who wishes to overthrow the legal boundaries of the United States with her ongoing and increasingly violent promotion of Aztlan.

Her activities ARE becoming increasingly violent; this is a significant warning sign, a “red flag” of an unstable mental acuity, a “red flag” used by prison psychologists to evaluate the stability, to project the escalation of violent offenders and a benchmark used to profile violent offenders (such as sex offenders and serial killers). Due to this public exhibition of her increasing instability, she needs to be removed from office. By her very actions of delighting in the beating and beheading of an effigy figure, she shows a distinct lack of professional judgment. Her sanity is questionable at this stage.

By allowing her to continue her post as a Deputy Pima County Defender, you are allowing her to violate state and federal laws. You are allowing her to violate the oaths she took in her chosen profession to uphold the laws. You are allowing her to escalate her personal agenda at the expense of taxpayers. You are allowing her to continue to flaunt her conflict of interest as an attorney of the United States while promoting the overthrow of the United States.

You state these activities take place during her personal time. I’m sorry, but the county works a standard 8-5, Monday through Friday schedule. She is often participating in riots and protests during those times. Whether or not she has this time as sick or vacation time, she is still paid for her time to incite riots, promote violence, promote illegal activity, etc. on county time at taxpayer expense.

This MUST end and it must end now. The legal citizens of this county are fed up with Isabel Garcia’s nonsense and we are fed up with you shielding her. Get rid of her. This story is already going viral, and it will soon be nationwide news. Your political career is in the sling with hers and, as previously stated, the LEGAL, TAXPAYING citizens are fed up. We will not hesitate to vote you out of office and have her fired by your successor if you do not do it yourself. And, I am filing a formal complaint with the State Bar of Arizona, including a copy of this letter, regarding Garcia and her activities. What Garcia did amounted to committing a hate crime. Just because she is Mexican and Arpaio is White is no excuse–hate crime is hate crime. I demand she be prosecuted appropriately, under the federal hate crime laws.

Do the right thing by your employers–Pima County Taxpayers–and remove this person from the payroll. Immediately, if not sooner.

Sincerely,
Kateri E. Jordan, PLS, PNPA

PS…Did I happen to mention I’m part of a coalition of bloggers? We plan to get this out and HELP it go “viral”. We ARE fed up.

The quicker we get people like Garcia out of office, and those who cover for them, such as Huckelberry, the quicker we can see some progress on the illegal issue.

Had a white person done what Garcia did, the news would have been splashed across the headlines for days as a hate crime. As it is, it’s being buried. Isabel Garcia committed a hate crime. Her sanity is questionable. Her judgment is questionable.

Remove her from office. Arrest her. Prosecute her. Now.

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Isabel Garcia-Deputy Pima County Public Defender-Needs to Go

Sheriff Joe Arpaio has a new book out. It’s called “Joe’s Law”, and the good sheriff was in town Thursday, July 10, 2008, for a book signing and radio show. He has also been a guest on 104.1 The Truth with Jon Justice Monday, July 7, 2008, to discuss his book and his views of law enforcement.

Jon Justice has become a voice for Tucson, particularly in the areas of ILLEGAL immigration, city council corruption, corrupt school board issues (one school board member is backed by her US Congressman father in forcing things onto the taxpayer–said father is a former school board member as well) and things concerning the legal taxpayers of Tucson.

Isabel Garcia is a Deputy Pima County Public Defender. She is also co-chair of the Coalicion de Derechos Humanos, an alleged border rights group which is actually a group specializing in helping illegals cross the border, “Reconquista” and Aztlan and indulging in violence against those who disagree with them. While she is an attorney sworn to uphold the law, she deliberately breaks it and flaunts her conflicts of interest with impunity from Pima County Administrator Chuck Huckleberry (520/740-8661; Chuckelberry@co.pima.az.us; chh@pima.gov).

Tucson is a relatively laid back town. We pretty much let people be, and if they want to protest something, well, as long as it’s peaceful, we let them protest. That doesn’t mean there won’t be a counter protest, but generally both sides are cool about having their voices heard and doing it within the confines of the law.

Unless Garcia is involved. Protests involving Garcia often involve escalating hate and walk very closely to the edge of breaking the law. She is responsible for encouraging high school students to leave their classrooms and protest police action on campus (when an illegal was discovered after being arrested for allegedly possessing drugs and his family was deported), responsible for encouraging violence against the police, influencing politicians through intimidation, encouraging the La Raza hate studies and the attendant protest when the State School Superintendant spoke against funding them with taxpayer dollars–in short, she is complete bad news.

She is the Mexican equivalent of Jackson, Sharpton and Farrakhan. Worse, while those three racist hate mongers are bad news, she also encourages the overthrow–violently–of the legitimate United States Government through Derechos.

Yet, Huckelberry refuses to discipline her. Why? Allegedly, she is engaging in these activities on her own time.

Chuck, we have news for you.

As an attorney, Isabel Garcia is on duty 24/7. As a County Attorney, she is a representative of the public 24/7. And her salary (as well as yours) is paid for by the LEGAL taxpayers of this county.

Now, how did Garcia cross the line?

She showed up with her gang of racist hate mongers to Sheriff Joe’s book signing. Okay, they have a right to protest the fact he is doing his job and enforcing the law of the land.

They don’t have a right to incite a riot, contribute to the delinquency of minors, and engage in blatant violence, encouraging said minors to engage in violence as well.

They brought along a pinata (effigy) of Sheriff Joe. While Garcia stood on the sidelines, she encouraged the minors to beat the pinata to a pulp, severing the head of it in the process. She then took the head and delightedly paraded around the parking lot, holding the head aloft. Against a lawfully elected law enforcement officer.

From left, Leilani Clark holds a piñata representing Sheriff Joe Arpaio as Dallely Hernandez, 17, and Crystal Terriquez, 16, take whacks at it. This picture was the front page of the Arizona Daily Star on July 11, 2008 (from the Arizona Daily Star July 11, 2008 article located here).

Edgar Toledo, 14, of Tucson, holds a pinata of Joe Arpaio with the head cut off during a protest Thursday night. About 75 people gathered at the Barnes & Noble bookstore, 5130 E. Broadway, in Tucson to protest a visit by Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio. (this picture is from the July 11, 2008 Tucson Citizen article located here).

There were several videos taken of this event as well: KGUN 9 News has video here; KMSB 11 has video here; KOLD 13 (which also has a news hotline 520-744-6397) here; KVOA 4 apparently didn’t cover this incident, although they have covered many protests against Sheriff Joe in the past, the most recent being a disruption of the Pima county Republican Women’s Club by (guess who) January 25, 2008 and linked here. Jon Justice also has video (as well as contact links for the news outlets and Huckelberry) at 104.1 The Truth here and on YouTube here, here and here.

The outrage over Garcia’s action has been long in coming, but it’s time she was put out of our misery. She has committed crimes against the county; she has committed crimes against fellow law enforcement officers; she has committed crimes against this country. It is time. She has to go–and she has to be prosecuted to the full extent of the law for her activities.

Below is the letter I wrote to Huckelberry; I encourage everyone to copy it and use it. It is because of people like Garcia we have the problems with illegals we have.

Dear Mr. Huckleberry:

I am part of the legal community in Tucson. I am sick to death of the antics of Isabel Garcia. Her actions the night of Thursday, July 10, 2008, at the Borders Book Store, crossed the line.

My taxes are paying her salary and as her employer, I want her fired. There is a fine line between the right of public protest–PEACEFUL PROTEST–and Incite to Riot. She has crossed that line, seemingly with impunity from you, many times.

You state nothing can be done because she does these things in her own time. I beg to differ. She is a public employee and is held to a higher standard of behavior than an ordinary citizen. She can be fired for the mere APPEARANCE of POSSIBLE wrongdoing as a public employee, even on her own time.

Further, according to Rule 8.4 of the Model Rules of Professional Conduct (Maintaining the Integrity of the Profession):

It is professional misconduct for a lawyer to:

(a) violate or attempt to violate the Rules of Professional Conduct, knowingly assist or induce another to do so, or do so through the acts of another;

(b) commit a criminal act that reflects adversely on the lawyer’s honesty, trustworthiness or fitness as a lawyer in other respects;

(c) engage in conduct involving dishonesty, fraud, deceit or misrepresentation;

(d) engage in conduct that is prejudicial to the administration of justice;

(e) state or imply an ability to influence improperly a government agency or official or to achieve results by means that violate the Rules of Professional Conduct or other law; or

(f) knowingly assist a judge or judicial officer in conduct that is a violation of applicable rules of judicial conduct or other law.

Miss Garcia blatantly violates Rule 8.4 (specifically sections a, b, d, e), and her incite to riot by her activities the night of Thursday, July 10 2008, in which she encouraged onlookers to violently assault an effigy of Sheriff Joe Arpaio, which was caught on video (including her holding the “severed head” of Arpaio aloft), is ample proof of that violation.

She is in violation of Rule 41, Ariz. R. Civ. P., which states:

The duties and obligations of members shall be:

(a) Those prescribed by the Arizona Rules of Professional Conduct adopted as rule 42 of these rules.

(b) To support the constitution and the laws of the United States and of this state.

TEXT (c)

(c) To maintain the respect due to courts of justice and judicial officers.

(d) To counsel or maintain no other action, proceeding or defense than those which appear to him legal and just, excepting the defense of a person charged with a public offense.

(e) To employ for the purpose of maintaining causes confided to him such means only as are consistent with truth, and never seek to mislead the judges by any artifice or false statement of fact or law.

(f) To maintain inviolate the confidences and preserve the secrets of a client.

(g) To abstain from all offensive personality and to advance no fact prejudicial to the honor or reputation of a party or a witness unless required by the justice of the cause with which he is charged.

(h) Not to encourage either the commencement or continuation of an action or proceeding from any corrupt motive of passion or interest, and never to reject for any consideration personal to himself the cause of the defenseless or oppressed.

She is in further violation of Federal Statute U.S. Code, Title 8, Section 1325, which states in relevant part:

A person (including a group of persons, business, organization or local government) commits a federal felony when he:

* assists an alien whom he should reasonably know is illegally in the U.S. or who lacks employment authorization, by transporting, sheltering, or assisting him to obtain employment,
* encourages that alien to remain in the U.S., by referring him to an employer, by acting as employer or agent for an employer in any way, or
* knowingly assists illegal aliens due to personal convictions.

Penalties upon conviction include criminal fines, imprisonment, and forfeiture of vehicles and real property used to commit the crime.

Further: (this part would authorize the the civilian arrest that is authorized by the State of Arizona)

State and local law enforcement officials have the general power to investigate and arrest violators of federal immigration statutes without prior INS knowledge or approval, as long as they are authorized to do so by state law. There is “no extant federal limitation” on this authority. The 1996 immigration control legislation passed by Congress was intended to encourage states and local agencies to participate in the process of enforcing federal immigration laws.

This is not the first time Garcia has blatantly violated the law, apparently with your approval. As a member of the law enforcement community herself, she positions herself both as a US citizen (which of course she is) but also as someone who wishes to overthrow the legal boundaries of the United States with her ongoing and increasingly violent promotion of Aztlan.

Her activities ARE becoming increasingly violent; this is a significant warning sign, a “red flag” of an unstable mental acuity, a “red flag” used by prison psychologists to evaluate the stability, to project the escalation of violent offenders and a benchmark used to profile violent offenders (such as sex offenders and serial killers). Due to this public exhibition of her increasing instability, she needs to be removed from office. By her very actions of delighting in the beating and beheading of an effigy figure, she shows a distinct lack of professional judgment. Her sanity is questionable at this stage.

By allowing her to continue her post as a Deputy Pima County Defender, you are allowing her to violate state and federal laws. You are allowing her to violate the oaths she took in her chosen profession to uphold the laws. You are allowing her to escalate her personal agenda at the expense of taxpayers. You are allowing her to continue to flaunt her conflict of interest as an attorney of the United States while promoting the overthrow of the United States.

You state these activities take place during her personal time. I’m sorry, but the county works a standard 8-5, Monday through Friday schedule. She is often participating in riots and protests during those times. Whether or not she has this time as sick or vacation time, she is still paid for her time to incite riots, promote violence, promote illegal activity, etc. on county time at taxpayer expense.

This MUST end and it must end now. The legal citizens of this county are fed up with Isabel Garcia’s nonsense and we are fed up with you shielding her. Get rid of her. This story is already going viral, and it will soon be nationwide news. Your political career is in the sling with hers and, as previously stated, the LEGAL, TAXPAYING citizens are fed up. We will not hesitate to vote you out of office and have her fired by your successor if you do not do it yourself. And, I am filing a formal complaint with the State Bar of Arizona, including a copy of this letter, regarding Garcia and her activities. What Garcia did amounted to committing a hate crime. Just because she is Mexican and Arpaio is White is no excuse–hate crime is hate crime. I demand she be prosecuted appropriately, under the federal hate crime laws.

Do the right thing by your employers–Pima County Taxpayers–and remove this person from the payroll. Immediately, if not sooner.

Sincerely,
Kateri E. Jordan, PLS, PNPA

PS…Did I happen to mention I’m part of a coalition of bloggers? We plan to get this out and HELP it go “viral”. We ARE fed up.

The quicker we get people like Garcia out of office, and those who cover for them, such as Huckelberry, the quicker we can see some progress on the illegal issue.

Had a white person done what Garcia did, the news would have been splashed across the headlines for days as a hate crime. As it is, it’s being buried. Isabel Garcia committed a hate crime. Her sanity is questionable. Her judgment is questionable.

Remove her from office. Arrest her. Prosecute her. Now.

Fat Al Instigating and Inciting Rioting

I have had just about enough of this bloated piece of whale blubber. I have had enough of his hate mongering and his pandering for money at the expense of people everywhere.

His latest outrage involves, of course, the acquittal of the police officers in the Sean Bell shooting. You remember Sean Bell, don’t you? He was the jerk who was at a strip club in Queens for his bachelors party, the night before his wedding. He was the jerk in a car whose driver tried to run down those self-same police officers. His compatriots–and he himself–had done time for various crimes over the years, including armed robbery. When his “friend” tried to run down the officers, of course the officers opened fire.

DUH!

Tragic? Yes. A mistake on the part of police officers for the amount of bullets expended? Yes. Were the police within their rights to defend themselves? Absolutely, no doubt about it.

Here’s the thing. Lardton couldn’t pull the race card–it seems two of the officers were black and one was Mexican. Nope, no race card there. So he had to go with police brutality.

Aw. Poor Lardass. However. This fat piece of whale dung doesn’t blame the true culprit, the driver of the car who tried to run down the officers–oh no, that would bespeak responsiblity for ones actions. He blames the police for defending themselves because Bell was hit four times.

Well, this Friday, April 25th, 2008, the officers were acquitted. And, in the words of the judge (from NPR here):

The judge told the court that the police officers’ version of events was more credible than the victims’ version, and that prosecutors had not proved beyond a reasonable doubt that the shootings were unjustified.

In other words, Bell’s friends did more harm than good and couldn’t tell a consistent story, even with the Lardton egging them on. They weren’t credible. They didn’t prove their case. End of story, justice has been served.

Lardton doesn’t think so. See, it’s been a little more than a year since Imus, so loudmouth had to get back into the headlines someway. Of course, there are other ways he’s been in the press. Things like this:

Or, how about this blurb from Outeasy here? (emphasis mine):

16 April, 2007. This column will be updated as events warrant. By design, for now, as the Don Imus fiasco is fresh on everyone’s mind, coverage will be added later. There are a number of additional posts on this site addressing the affair. First to be added though, will be Al Sharpton’s alliance with The Nation of Islam and their National Convention held in Detroit this past February. Al has the The 9th Annual National Action Convention starting this Wednesday, and we will be on hand.

And, of course, he’s hooked up with the Goreacle on the globull warming scam (has to find a way to fleece people and ole Al has found the perfect way to do it) by becoming a member of Gores’ Alliance for Climate Protection. This can be found here and here (as well as many other places).

So what is Lardass doing now the police have been acquitted in Bell’s death? He’s calling for riots and inciting violence in NYC. The Justice Department is going to look into the matter to appease this blowhard.

Let’s see–double jeoperday. Can we say that folks?

The NYPD cleared these officers. The judge acquitted them. But that’s not good enough for Lardass. He’s now going to incite riots because he didn’t get his way. While we’re at it, let’s not forget the Duke LaCrosse Players and Tawana Brawley–things he has yet to apologize for and has in fact refused to apologize for.

While researching this particular issue, I ran across an article in the City Journal written by Heather MacDonald. The full article is here and again, all emphasis is mine:

Heather Mac Donald

No, the Cops Didn’t Murder Sean Bell
And here’s what decent black advocates would say.

4 December 2006

New York’s anti-cop forces have roared back to life, thanks to a fatal police shooting of an unarmed man a week ago. The press is once again fawning over Al Sharpton, Herbert Daughtry, Charles Barron, and sundry other hate-mongers in and out of city government as they accuse the police of widespread mistreatment of blacks and issue barely veiled threats of riots if they do not get “justice.” The allegation that last weekend’s shooting was racially motivated is preposterous. A group of undercover officers working in a gun- and drug-plagued strip joint in Queens had good reason to believe that a party leaving the club was armed and about to shoot an adversary. When one of the undercovers identified himself as an officer, the car holding the party twice tried to run him down. The officer started firing while yelling to the car’s occupants: “Let me see your hands.” His colleagues, believing they were under attack, fired as well, eventually shooting off 50 rounds and killing the driver, Sean Bell. No gun was found in the car, but witnesses and video footage confirm that a fourth man in the party fled the scene once the altercation began. Bell and the other men with him all had been arrested for illegal possession of guns in the past; one of Bell’s companions that night, Joseph Guzman, had spent considerable time in prison, including for an armed robbery in which he shot at his victim.

Nothing in these facts suggests that racial animus lay behind the incident. (Though this detail should be irrelevant, the undercover team was racially mixed, and the officer who fired the first shot was black.) But even more preposterous than the assertion of such animus is the claim by New York’s self-appointed minority advocates that the well-being of the minority community is what motivates them. If it were, here are seven things that you would have heard them say years ago:

1. “Stop the killing!” Since 1993, 11,353 people have been murdered in New York City. The large majority of victims and perpetrators have been black. Not a single one of those black-on-black killings has prompted protest or demonstrations from the city’s black advocates. Sharpton, Barron, et al. are happy to let thousands of black victims get mowed down by thugs without so much as a whispered call for “peace” or “justice”; it’s only when a police officer, trying to protect the public, makes a good faith mistake in a moment of intense pressure that they rise as vindicators of black life. (As for caring about slain police officers, forget about it. Sixteen cops—including several black policemen—have been killed since 1999, not one of whom elicited a public demonstration of condolence from the race hustlers.)

If the city’s black advocates paid even a tiny fraction of the attention they pay to shootings by criminals as they pay to shootings by police, they could change the face of the city. If demonstrators gathered outside the jail cell of every rapist and teen stick-up thug, cameras in tow, to shame them for their attacks on law-abiding minority residents, they could deglamorize the gangsta life. Think you’ll find Sharpton or Barron patrolling with the police in dark housing project stairways, trying to protect residents from predators? Not a chance. Among the crimes committed in minority communities since last week’s police shooting of Sean Bell there has been a 26-year-old man fatally shot in the Bronx; another man hit by stray bullets; a sandwich shop in Brownsville robbed by thugs who fired a gun; and three elderly men robbed at knifepoint by a parolee in Queens. Those minority victims who survived will have to rely on the police and the courts, not the race “advocates,” for vindication.

2. “Police killings of innocent civilians—each one of them a horror—are nonetheless rare.” The instances of an officer shooting an innocent, unarmed victim are so unusual that they can be counted on one’s fingers. Last year, of the nine suspects fatally shot by the police, two had just fired at a police officer, three were getting ready to fire, two had tried to stab an officer, and two were physically attacking an officer. Far more frequent are the times when the NYPD refrains from using force though clearly authorized to do so. So far this year, officers have been fired upon four times, without returning fire. In 2005, there were five such incidents. And the NYPD apprehended 3,428 armed felons this year, 15 percent more than last year. Each arrest of a gun-toting thug involves the potential for the use of deadly force, yet is almost always carried out peacefully.

The Department has dramatically driven down the rate of all police shootings—justified and not—over the decades (in 1973, there were 1.82 fatal police shootings per 1,000 officers; in 2005, there were 0.25 such shootings per 1,000 officers, bringing the absolute number of police shootings down from 54 in 1973 to nine in 2005). The NYPD’s per capita rate of shootings is lower than many big city departments.

Yet New York Times columnist Bob Herbert charges the police with an unbroken pattern of “blowing away innocent individuals with impunity.” The “community,” he wrote on November 30, “which is sick of these killings, is simmering,” What are “these killings,” about which the “community” is simmering? Herbert reaches back over three decades and adduces five prior to the recent shooting of Sean Bell. Each was a disaster that provoked the NYPD to scrutinize its tactics. But the number of innocent bystanders killed by criminal thugs in New York dwarfs the number of innocents killed by the police. Sharpton recently said that the minority community has to fear police officers as much as robbers. This is a groundless charge. What is true is that stoking the myth that the police are a threat to blacks harms the minority community by inflaming anti-cop sentiment and retarding community cooperation in the fight against crime in inner-city neighborhoods.

3. “The police work every day to save lives.” If New York City murders had remained at their early 1990s highs, instead of dropping from 1,927 killings in 1993 to 540 in 2005, 13,698 more people—most of them black and Hispanic—would have been dead by last year. They are alive today thanks to the relentless efforts of the NYPD to bring the same level of safety to poor minority neighborhoods as to Greenwich Village and the Upper East Side.

The undercover officers who killed Sean Bell over the weekend were working the strip club in Queens where the incident occurred at 4 AM because of its record of illegal guns and drug sales. Their intentions that night were to protect the residents of Jamaica and the occupants of the club from violence; that they ended up killing an unarmed man is undoubtedly a nightmare for them almost as horrific as it is for the victim’s family.

It may turn out that the officers failed to follow departmental procedures during the incident (though the NYPD’s rule against firing at cars that are trying to run an officer over seems highly unrealistic). If so, the city will hold them accountable. The criminal justice system may even find them criminally liable. But there is absolutely no evidence that racial hatred lay behind either the officers’ presence at the club or their behavior once there—contrary to the outrageous slander of New York City Councilman Al Vann, who called the shooting of Bell and other police shootings the product of “a discriminatory mind, a prejudiced mind,” adding, “We have to admit [that] the problem is . . . institutional racism.”

A New York Times reporter, Cara Buckley, coyly echoed this inflammatory charge on Wednesday. In referring to the undercover officer who fired the first shots at the car, she says: “The officer’s fear, if that was what motivated him, was unfounded” (emphasis added). We will leave aside the spurious judgment that just because no gun was ultimately found on the car’s occupants, the officer’s fear of a gun was “unfounded.” The officer, after all, had heard Sean Bell say, “Let’s fuck him up,” and Bell’s friend, Joseph Guzman, respond, “Yo, get my gun.” That officer was then the target of an oncoming vehicle driven by Bell. The most offensive part of Buckley’s statement, though, is her suggestion that the officer might have been motivated by something other than fear—and what else could that be but racism or some kind of violent animus?

The New York Times, Al Vann, and other City Council hotheads such as Helen Foster notwithstanding, someone who believes that black lives are worth less than white lives is not going to put his own life at risk working in dangerous environments trying to get guns away from criminals.


4. “If you witnessed a crime, help the authorities solve it.” The police could probably lock away just about every dangerous thug roaming the streets if they got more cooperation from witnesses and people with knowledge of the crime. Instead, they often encounter a wall of hostile silence in minority communities. Bystanders sometimes deliberately block officers chasing a criminal. The stigma against helping the police—referred to derogatorily as “snitching”—is pervasive. “If you’re a snitch, people want to kill you,” a teen robber in a Brooklyn crime rehabilitation program that I observed this spring explained. Helping the police is seen as helping the enemy, defined in racial terms. Even black officers are part of the hated white establishment. “Black cops, I disrespect them. They sucking the white man,” asserted another juvenile delinquent in the Crown Heights rehab program.

Many law-abiding residents of crime-ridden neighborhoods buck this self-defeating social norm. They attend police-community council meetings in their local precinct month after month, learning about police initiatives, and they report anonymously on drug deals and vice hot spots. They are the eyes and ears of the department, and without their help, the NYPD might not have achieved the unmatched crime drop of the last decade. It would be astounding if any of the anti-police activists leading protests about the Sean Bell shooting had ever attended a precinct community meeting or offered to help the police solve crimes. Presumably, they have more important things to do than work to improve the quality of life in minority neighborhoods. Let the police take care of that. But even if the anti-cop activists can’t be bothered to give a few hours a month to fight crime, they could at least use their bully pulpit to call on others to share what they know about criminals and to help get violent offenders off the street before they injure more people and property. Instead, their opportunistic cop-bashing only increases the hatred of the police and the stigma against cooperating with them. As a result, more lives will be taken by cop-eluding barbarians.

5. “The NYPD and the criminal justice system investigate every police shooting with profound seriousness; they will not rest until the facts are uncovered and justice done.” The premise of the current grandstanding by “minority advocates” is that the authorities would shrug off the recent shooting without heat from the street. One thinks of the rooster in the fable, who believes that his crowing raises the sun. “Business will not go on as usual until we get justice for Sean Bell,” Sharpton said on Wednesday. It is not Sharpton and his cronies who are getting justice for Bell, however. The street agitators could all go home (sometimes, as in the case of Sharpton, to suburbia) and wait quietly for a resolution, and the system would proceed just as diligently to assign fault if fault was present and to hold any wrongdoers accountable.

Other publicity-hungry politicians are just as desperate to add their voices to the post-shooting hue and cry. New York Senators Chuck Schumer and Hillary Clinton issued a joint statement on Wednesday: “It is of the utmost importance that the investigating authorities, led by the Queens district attorney, conduct an aggressive, impartial investigation to ferret out the facts.” What do they think would have happened without this self-righteous piece of boilerplate? That the “investigating authorities” would have conducted a biased, half-hearted investigation?

Every time the anti-police lobby issues superfluous demands for a “full investigation” and threats of violence if “justice” is not done, they send the destructive message that the police are indifferent to the loss of life. Or worse: “I’m not asking my people to do anything passive anymore,” said City Councilman Charles Barron. “Don’t ask us to ask our people to be peaceful while they are being murdered. We’re not the only ones that can bleed.”

6. “Police officers make mistakes; tragically, those mistakes are sometimes deadly.” Perhaps Al Sharpton, Charles Barron, and Jesse Jackson have never made an error of judgment, except for Tawana Brawley and such like. Perhaps, too—though this is truly unlikely—they have had to confront the possibility that they are facing someone about to shoot them and in a split-second to decide whether to shoot first. Perhaps in such circumstances, they would never ever make the wrong decision. If so, perhaps they are justified in strutting around like beings of superhuman prescience and infallibility.

But most police officers are like other human beings: they do make mistakes. And because they are carrying lethal weapons, in order to counter the illegal firepower packed by lowlifes, very occasionally those mistakes take an innocent life. The Police Department works incessantly to make sure that its officers never make a fatal error. It tries to drill into officers reflexes that will guard against wrong split-second judgments. It constantly reviews its training and official procedures to improve those reflexes. But out in the field, even the best training can prove inadequate to the pressure and confusion of a possibly deadly encounter.

This is not to say that the public and elected officials should automatically excuse every police shooting—which they are obviously far from doing. But to presume that every mistaken shooting represents a system-wide failure is inaccurate and unrealistic. The New York Times darkly commands: “[T]he Police Department must . . . confront the fact that a disaster that everyone swore to prevent seven years ago has repeated itself in Queens.” But because cops are humans and therefore fallible, it is impossible to prevent every wrongful shooting—without emasculating the police entirely. The New York Times has itself made a few mistakes over the last seven years; perhaps it, too, needs to confront its persistent fallibility.

7. “The police concentrate their efforts in minority communities because that is where the crime is.” Race hustlers accuse the police of “racially profiling” and targeting minorities for unjustified police action. After showing up in New York for his time in the Sean Bell spotlight, Jesse Jackson announced: “Our criminal-justice system has broken down for black Americans and young black males. We’ve marched and marched, bled too profusely, and died too young. We must draw a line in the sand and fight back.”

Memo to Jackson: The police have a disproportionate number of interactions with blacks because blacks are committing a disproportionate number of crimes. That fact comes from the testimony of the victims of those crimes, themselves largely black, not from the police. In New York City, blacks committed 62 percent of all murders, rapes, robberies, and assaults from 1998 to 2000, according to victim and witness identification, even though they make up only 25 percent of the city’s population. Whites committed 8 percent of those crimes over that period, though they are 28 percent of New York residents. These proportions have been stable for years and remain so today. It’s not the “criminal-justice system” that has broken down for young black males; it’s families and other sources of cultural support. Changing the subject and blaming the police just perpetuates the problem.

The furor over the Sean Bell shooting shows no sign of abating; if anything, the specious racial rhetoric is becoming more ugly and dangerous. To the extent that the exploitation of this tragic event makes the police think twice about engaging with possible criminals or turn a blind eye to crime in the ghetto (as was once the case), the most direct victims will be the hundreds of thousands of innocent, upstanding minority New Yorkers.

Nice article, Heather and right on.

Now, Lardass and Jackass are pissed off because Rush mentioned riots in Denver to show the democrats for what they are and are screaming for him to be prosecuted. Well, kettle meet pot. You take Rush’s words out of context when you start screeching. Your words are not taken out of context when we see this from an AP article here entitled “Sharpton Vows to ‘Close This City’ After Officer Acquittals”:

“We strategically know how to stop the city so people stand still and realize that you do not have the right to shoot down unarmed, innocent civilians,” Sharpton told an overflow crowd of several hundred people at his National Action Network office in the historically black Manhattan neighborhood. “This city is going to deal with the blood of Sean Bell.”

and this:

Sharpton urged people to return for a meeting this coming week “to plan the day that we will close this city down” with the kind of “massive civil disobedience” once led by Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.

“They never accused Sean Bell of doing anything. Then why is he dead?” Sharpton asked, his voice roaring with anger. Authorities “have shown now that they will not hold police accountable. Well, guess what? If you won’t, we will!”

“Shut it down! Shut it down!” the crowd chanted, standing up and applauding wildly.

Sharpton didn’t say exactly how they would protest the acquittals of the officers who fired the 50 shots. He said Bell’s supporters could demonstrate all over the city, from Wall Street to the home of Justice Arthur Cooperman, who on Friday acquitted the three detectives after a nonjury trial.

Sounds like he’s inciting to riot to me. If he wants Rush prosecuted then dammit, the same rules should apply to this snake as well. We’ve had enough of his bullshit to last a lifetime. Of course, the moron idiots who follow these so-called leaders need their heads examined. He calls upon the ghost of MLK–well, once again, MLK would be rolling in his grave and throwing up on Lardass’ shoes in his disgust.

He’s under investigation for his campaign fraud in 2004; he ruined people’s lives in the Tawana brawley scam; he ruined the Duke LaCrosse players lives; he tried to ruin Don Imus; he’s associated himself with scammer Gore. Not once has he shown real compassion for the plight of the people he purports to want to help. He is divisive and criminal. He incited the Crown Point riots–in which people died –because of his own racism and anti-semitism. Frankly, he’s worth no more than used toilet paper.

Also published at Grizzly Groundswell here; Real Clear Politics here (they censor my BHO articles, let’s see if they censor this one as well); Digg! here; and GOP Hub here.

Fat Al Instigating and Inciting Rioting

I have had just about enough of this bloated piece of whale blubber. I have had enough of his hate mongering and his pandering for money at the expense of people everywhere.

His latest outrage involves, of course, the acquittal of the police officers in the Sean Bell shooting. You remember Sean Bell, don’t you? He was the jerk who was at a strip club in Queens for his bachelors party, the night before his wedding. He was the jerk in a car whose driver tried to run down those self-same police officers. His compatriots–and he himself–had done time for various crimes over the years, including armed robbery. When his “friend” tried to run down the officers, of course the officers opened fire.

DUH!

Tragic? Yes. A mistake on the part of police officers for the amount of bullets expended? Yes. Were the police within their rights to defend themselves? Absolutely, no doubt about it.

Here’s the thing. Lardton couldn’t pull the race card–it seems two of the officers were black and one was Mexican. Nope, no race card there. So he had to go with police brutality.

Aw. Poor Lardass. However. This fat piece of whale dung doesn’t blame the true culprit, the driver of the car who tried to run down the officers–oh no, that would bespeak responsiblity for ones actions. He blames the police for defending themselves because Bell was hit four times.

Well, this Friday, April 25th, 2008, the officers were acquitted. And, in the words of the judge (from NPR here):

The judge told the court that the police officers’ version of events was more credible than the victims’ version, and that prosecutors had not proved beyond a reasonable doubt that the shootings were unjustified.

In other words, Bell’s friends did more harm than good and couldn’t tell a consistent story, even with the Lardton egging them on. They weren’t credible. They didn’t prove their case. End of story, justice has been served.

Lardton doesn’t think so. See, it’s been a little more than a year since Imus, so loudmouth had to get back into the headlines someway. Of course, there are other ways he’s been in the press. Things like this:

Or, how about this blurb from Outeasy here? (emphasis mine):

16 April, 2007. This column will be updated as events warrant. By design, for now, as the Don Imus fiasco is fresh on everyone’s mind, coverage will be added later. There are a number of additional posts on this site addressing the affair. First to be added though, will be Al Sharpton’s alliance with The Nation of Islam and their National Convention held in Detroit this past February. Al has the The 9th Annual National Action Convention starting this Wednesday, and we will be on hand.

And, of course, he’s hooked up with the Goreacle on the globull warming scam (has to find a way to fleece people and ole Al has found the perfect way to do it) by becoming a member of Gores’ Alliance for Climate Protection. This can be found here and here (as well as many other places).

So what is Lardass doing now the police have been acquitted in Bell’s death? He’s calling for riots and inciting violence in NYC. The Justice Department is going to look into the matter to appease this blowhard.

Let’s see–double jeoperday. Can we say that folks?

The NYPD cleared these officers. The judge acquitted them. But that’s not good enough for Lardass. He’s now going to incite riots because he didn’t get his way. While we’re at it, let’s not forget the Duke LaCrosse Players and Tawana Brawley–things he has yet to apologize for and has in fact refused to apologize for.

While researching this particular issue, I ran across an article in the City Journal written by Heather MacDonald. The full article is here and again, all emphasis is mine:

Heather Mac Donald

No, the Cops Didn’t Murder Sean Bell
And here’s what decent black advocates would say.

4 December 2006

New York’s anti-cop forces have roared back to life, thanks to a fatal police shooting of an unarmed man a week ago. The press is once again fawning over Al Sharpton, Herbert Daughtry, Charles Barron, and sundry other hate-mongers in and out of city government as they accuse the police of widespread mistreatment of blacks and issue barely veiled threats of riots if they do not get “justice.” The allegation that last weekend’s shooting was racially motivated is preposterous. A group of undercover officers working in a gun- and drug-plagued strip joint in Queens had good reason to believe that a party leaving the club was armed and about to shoot an adversary. When one of the undercovers identified himself as an officer, the car holding the party twice tried to run him down. The officer started firing while yelling to the car’s occupants: “Let me see your hands.” His colleagues, believing they were under attack, fired as well, eventually shooting off 50 rounds and killing the driver, Sean Bell. No gun was found in the car, but witnesses and video footage confirm that a fourth man in the party fled the scene once the altercation began. Bell and the other men with him all had been arrested for illegal possession of guns in the past; one of Bell’s companions that night, Joseph Guzman, had spent considerable time in prison, including for an armed robbery in which he shot at his victim.

Nothing in these facts suggests that racial animus lay behind the incident. (Though this detail should be irrelevant, the undercover team was racially mixed, and the officer who fired the first shot was black.) But even more preposterous than the assertion of such animus is the claim by New York’s self-appointed minority advocates that the well-being of the minority community is what motivates them. If it were, here are seven things that you would have heard them say years ago:

1. “Stop the killing!” Since 1993, 11,353 people have been murdered in New York City. The large majority of victims and perpetrators have been black. Not a single one of those black-on-black killings has prompted protest or demonstrations from the city’s black advocates. Sharpton, Barron, et al. are happy to let thousands of black victims get mowed down by thugs without so much as a whispered call for “peace” or “justice”; it’s only when a police officer, trying to protect the public, makes a good faith mistake in a moment of intense pressure that they rise as vindicators of black life. (As for caring about slain police officers, forget about it. Sixteen cops—including several black policemen—have been killed since 1999, not one of whom elicited a public demonstration of condolence from the race hustlers.)

If the city’s black advocates paid even a tiny fraction of the attention they pay to shootings by criminals as they pay to shootings by police, they could change the face of the city. If demonstrators gathered outside the jail cell of every rapist and teen stick-up thug, cameras in tow, to shame them for their attacks on law-abiding minority residents, they could deglamorize the gangsta life. Think you’ll find Sharpton or Barron patrolling with the police in dark housing project stairways, trying to protect residents from predators? Not a chance. Among the crimes committed in minority communities since last week’s police shooting of Sean Bell there has been a 26-year-old man fatally shot in the Bronx; another man hit by stray bullets; a sandwich shop in Brownsville robbed by thugs who fired a gun; and three elderly men robbed at knifepoint by a parolee in Queens. Those minority victims who survived will have to rely on the police and the courts, not the race “advocates,” for vindication.

2. “Police killings of innocent civilians—each one of them a horror—are nonetheless rare.” The instances of an officer shooting an innocent, unarmed victim are so unusual that they can be counted on one’s fingers. Last year, of the nine suspects fatally shot by the police, two had just fired at a police officer, three were getting ready to fire, two had tried to stab an officer, and two were physically attacking an officer. Far more frequent are the times when the NYPD refrains from using force though clearly authorized to do so. So far this year, officers have been fired upon four times, without returning fire. In 2005, there were five such incidents. And the NYPD apprehended 3,428 armed felons this year, 15 percent more than last year. Each arrest of a gun-toting thug involves the potential for the use of deadly force, yet is almost always carried out peacefully.

The Department has dramatically driven down the rate of all police shootings—justified and not—over the decades (in 1973, there were 1.82 fatal police shootings per 1,000 officers; in 2005, there were 0.25 such shootings per 1,000 officers, bringing the absolute number of police shootings down from 54 in 1973 to nine in 2005). The NYPD’s per capita rate of shootings is lower than many big city departments.

Yet New York Times columnist Bob Herbert charges the police with an unbroken pattern of “blowing away innocent individuals with impunity.” The “community,” he wrote on November 30, “which is sick of these killings, is simmering,” What are “these killings,” about which the “community” is simmering? Herbert reaches back over three decades and adduces five prior to the recent shooting of Sean Bell. Each was a disaster that provoked the NYPD to scrutinize its tactics. But the number of innocent bystanders killed by criminal thugs in New York dwarfs the number of innocents killed by the police. Sharpton recently said that the minority community has to fear police officers as much as robbers. This is a groundless charge. What is true is that stoking the myth that the police are a threat to blacks harms the minority community by inflaming anti-cop sentiment and retarding community cooperation in the fight against crime in inner-city neighborhoods.

3. “The police work every day to save lives.” If New York City murders had remained at their early 1990s highs, instead of dropping from 1,927 killings in 1993 to 540 in 2005, 13,698 more people—most of them black and Hispanic—would have been dead by last year. They are alive today thanks to the relentless efforts of the NYPD to bring the same level of safety to poor minority neighborhoods as to Greenwich Village and the Upper East Side.

The undercover officers who killed Sean Bell over the weekend were working the strip club in Queens where the incident occurred at 4 AM because of its record of illegal guns and drug sales. Their intentions that night were to protect the residents of Jamaica and the occupants of the club from violence; that they ended up killing an unarmed man is undoubtedly a nightmare for them almost as horrific as it is for the victim’s family.

It may turn out that the officers failed to follow departmental procedures during the incident (though the NYPD’s rule against firing at cars that are trying to run an officer over seems highly unrealistic). If so, the city will hold them accountable. The criminal justice system may even find them criminally liable. But there is absolutely no evidence that racial hatred lay behind either the officers’ presence at the club or their behavior once there—contrary to the outrageous slander of New York City Councilman Al Vann, who called the shooting of Bell and other police shootings the product of “a discriminatory mind, a prejudiced mind,” adding, “We have to admit [that] the problem is . . . institutional racism.”

A New York Times reporter, Cara Buckley, coyly echoed this inflammatory charge on Wednesday. In referring to the undercover officer who fired the first shots at the car, she says: “The officer’s fear, if that was what motivated him, was unfounded” (emphasis added). We will leave aside the spurious judgment that just because no gun was ultimately found on the car’s occupants, the officer’s fear of a gun was “unfounded.” The officer, after all, had heard Sean Bell say, “Let’s fuck him up,” and Bell’s friend, Joseph Guzman, respond, “Yo, get my gun.” That officer was then the target of an oncoming vehicle driven by Bell. The most offensive part of Buckley’s statement, though, is her suggestion that the officer might have been motivated by something other than fear—and what else could that be but racism or some kind of violent animus?

The New York Times, Al Vann, and other City Council hotheads such as Helen Foster notwithstanding, someone who believes that black lives are worth less than white lives is not going to put his own life at risk working in dangerous environments trying to get guns away from criminals.


4. “If you witnessed a crime, help the authorities solve it.” The police could probably lock away just about every dangerous thug roaming the streets if they got more cooperation from witnesses and people with knowledge of the crime. Instead, they often encounter a wall of hostile silence in minority communities. Bystanders sometimes deliberately block officers chasing a criminal. The stigma against helping the police—referred to derogatorily as “snitching”—is pervasive. “If you’re a snitch, people want to kill you,” a teen robber in a Brooklyn crime rehabilitation program that I observed this spring explained. Helping the police is seen as helping the enemy, defined in racial terms. Even black officers are part of the hated white establishment. “Black cops, I disrespect them. They sucking the white man,” asserted another juvenile delinquent in the Crown Heights rehab program.

Many law-abiding residents of crime-ridden neighborhoods buck this self-defeating social norm. They attend police-community council meetings in their local precinct month after month, learning about police initiatives, and they report anonymously on drug deals and vice hot spots. They are the eyes and ears of the department, and without their help, the NYPD might not have achieved the unmatched crime drop of the last decade. It would be astounding if any of the anti-police activists leading protests about the Sean Bell shooting had ever attended a precinct community meeting or offered to help the police solve crimes. Presumably, they have more important things to do than work to improve the quality of life in minority neighborhoods. Let the police take care of that. But even if the anti-cop activists can’t be bothered to give a few hours a month to fight crime, they could at least use their bully pulpit to call on others to share what they know about criminals and to help get violent offenders off the street before they injure more people and property. Instead, their opportunistic cop-bashing only increases the hatred of the police and the stigma against cooperating with them. As a result, more lives will be taken by cop-eluding barbarians.

5. “The NYPD and the criminal justice system investigate every police shooting with profound seriousness; they will not rest until the facts are uncovered and justice done.” The premise of the current grandstanding by “minority advocates” is that the authorities would shrug off the recent shooting without heat from the street. One thinks of the rooster in the fable, who believes that his crowing raises the sun. “Business will not go on as usual until we get justice for Sean Bell,” Sharpton said on Wednesday. It is not Sharpton and his cronies who are getting justice for Bell, however. The street agitators could all go home (sometimes, as in the case of Sharpton, to suburbia) and wait quietly for a resolution, and the system would proceed just as diligently to assign fault if fault was present and to hold any wrongdoers accountable.

Other publicity-hungry politicians are just as desperate to add their voices to the post-shooting hue and cry. New York Senators Chuck Schumer and Hillary Clinton issued a joint statement on Wednesday: “It is of the utmost importance that the investigating authorities, led by the Queens district attorney, conduct an aggressive, impartial investigation to ferret out the facts.” What do they think would have happened without this self-righteous piece of boilerplate? That the “investigating authorities” would have conducted a biased, half-hearted investigation?

Every time the anti-police lobby issues superfluous demands for a “full investigation” and threats of violence if “justice” is not done, they send the destructive message that the police are indifferent to the loss of life. Or worse: “I’m not asking my people to do anything passive anymore,” said City Councilman Charles Barron. “Don’t ask us to ask our people to be peaceful while they are being murdered. We’re not the only ones that can bleed.”

6. “Police officers make mistakes; tragically, those mistakes are sometimes deadly.” Perhaps Al Sharpton, Charles Barron, and Jesse Jackson have never made an error of judgment, except for Tawana Brawley and such like. Perhaps, too—though this is truly unlikely—they have had to confront the possibility that they are facing someone about to shoot them and in a split-second to decide whether to shoot first. Perhaps in such circumstances, they would never ever make the wrong decision. If so, perhaps they are justified in strutting around like beings of superhuman prescience and infallibility.

But most police officers are like other human beings: they do make mistakes. And because they are carrying lethal weapons, in order to counter the illegal firepower packed by lowlifes, very occasionally those mistakes take an innocent life. The Police Department works incessantly to make sure that its officers never make a fatal error. It tries to drill into officers reflexes that will guard against wrong split-second judgments. It constantly reviews its training and official procedures to improve those reflexes. But out in the field, even the best training can prove inadequate to the pressure and confusion of a possibly deadly encounter.

This is not to say that the public and elected officials should automatically excuse every police shooting—which they are obviously far from doing. But to presume that every mistaken shooting represents a system-wide failure is inaccurate and unrealistic. The New York Times darkly commands: “[T]he Police Department must . . . confront the fact that a disaster that everyone swore to prevent seven years ago has repeated itself in Queens.” But because cops are humans and therefore fallible, it is impossible to prevent every wrongful shooting—without emasculating the police entirely. The New York Times has itself made a few mistakes over the last seven years; perhaps it, too, needs to confront its persistent fallibility.

7. “The police concentrate their efforts in minority communities because that is where the crime is.” Race hustlers accuse the police of “racially profiling” and targeting minorities for unjustified police action. After showing up in New York for his time in the Sean Bell spotlight, Jesse Jackson announced: “Our criminal-justice system has broken down for black Americans and young black males. We’ve marched and marched, bled too profusely, and died too young. We must draw a line in the sand and fight back.”

Memo to Jackson: The police have a disproportionate number of interactions with blacks because blacks are committing a disproportionate number of crimes. That fact comes from the testimony of the victims of those crimes, themselves largely black, not from the police. In New York City, blacks committed 62 percent of all murders, rapes, robberies, and assaults from 1998 to 2000, according to victim and witness identification, even though they make up only 25 percent of the city’s population. Whites committed 8 percent of those crimes over that period, though they are 28 percent of New York residents. These proportions have been stable for years and remain so today. It’s not the “criminal-justice system” that has broken down for young black males; it’s families and other sources of cultural support. Changing the subject and blaming the police just perpetuates the problem.

The furor over the Sean Bell shooting shows no sign of abating; if anything, the specious racial rhetoric is becoming more ugly and dangerous. To the extent that the exploitation of this tragic event makes the police think twice about engaging with possible criminals or turn a blind eye to crime in the ghetto (as was once the case), the most direct victims will be the hundreds of thousands of innocent, upstanding minority New Yorkers.

Nice article, Heather and right on.

Now, Lardass and Jackass are pissed off because Rush mentioned riots in Denver to show the democrats for what they are and are screaming for him to be prosecuted. Well, kettle meet pot. You take Rush’s words out of context when you start screeching. Your words are not taken out of context when we see this from an AP article here entitled “Sharpton Vows to ‘Close This City’ After Officer Acquittals”:

“We strategically know how to stop the city so people stand still and realize that you do not have the right to shoot down unarmed, innocent civilians,” Sharpton told an overflow crowd of several hundred people at his National Action Network office in the historically black Manhattan neighborhood. “This city is going to deal with the blood of Sean Bell.”

and this:

Sharpton urged people to return for a meeting this coming week “to plan the day that we will close this city down” with the kind of “massive civil disobedience” once led by Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.

“They never accused Sean Bell of doing anything. Then why is he dead?” Sharpton asked, his voice roaring with anger. Authorities “have shown now that they will not hold police accountable. Well, guess what? If you won’t, we will!”

“Shut it down! Shut it down!” the crowd chanted, standing up and applauding wildly.

Sharpton didn’t say exactly how they would protest the acquittals of the officers who fired the 50 shots. He said Bell’s supporters could demonstrate all over the city, from Wall Street to the home of Justice Arthur Cooperman, who on Friday acquitted the three detectives after a nonjury trial.

Sounds like he’s inciting to riot to me. If he wants Rush prosecuted then dammit, the same rules should apply to this snake as well. We’ve had enough of his bullshit to last a lifetime. Of course, the moron idiots who follow these so-called leaders need their heads examined. He calls upon the ghost of MLK–well, once again, MLK would be rolling in his grave and throwing up on Lardass’ shoes in his disgust.

He’s under investigation for his campaign fraud in 2004; he ruined people’s lives in the Tawana brawley scam; he ruined the Duke LaCrosse players lives; he tried to ruin Don Imus; he’s associated himself with scammer Gore. Not once has he shown real compassion for the plight of the people he purports to want to help. He is divisive and criminal. He incited the Crown Point riots–in which people died –because of his own racism and anti-semitism. Frankly, he’s worth no more than used toilet paper.

Also published at Grizzly Groundswell here; Real Clear Politics here (they censor my BHO articles, let’s see if they censor this one as well); Digg! here; and GOP Hub here.

Liberals Insert ‘Hate Crimes’ Into Defense Bill – Call Now!

Cross posted from Wake up America

This CONSERVATIVE ALERT is a special message from RightMarch.com:

Liberals Insert ‘Hate Crimes’ Into Defense Bill — Call Now To Demand They Remove This Provision:

1-202-224-3121


ALERT
: Liberals on Capitol Hill are at it again.

This time, they’re firing with both barrels: holding up much-needed funding for our troops, AND pushing pro-homosexual “hate crimes” legislation… all at the same time!

Led by Sen. Ted Kennedy (D-MA), proponents of the pro-gay provision have stalled the 2008 Defense Authorization Act, which was supposed to be passed by October 1st. They know that this bill is a “must-pass” bill, so if they can get their provision passed along with it, they can finally achieve their goal of punishing the “thought crimes” of pastors, Christians, and supporters of traditional values in America.

We MUST fight to get this provision REMOVED from this bill — but we have to do it TODAY!

TAKE ACTION: To force this contentious legislation into the Defense Authorization conference report is a disservice to our Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen and Marines on the front lines in this war against terror. This is just another example of how the liberal Democrat majority is playing politics with our military and the war against terror.

Along with attempts to micromanage the war on terror by putting timelines and other demands in the Iraq War supplemental, the liberals are more interested in scoring political points than producing legislation that helps our troops and having it signed by the President. Please, call as many as you can of the Senate and House members of the Defense Appropriations conference committee listed below, and urge them to remove the “Hate Crimes” provision in the Defense spending bill:

SENATORS ON THE CONFERENCE WHO VOTED FOR HATE CRIMES

Carl Levin, Chairman (D-MI): 202-224-6221

Ted Kennedy (D-MA): 202-224-4543

Robert Byrd (D-WV): 202-224-3954

Joe Lieberman (I-CT): 202-224-4041

Jack Reed (D-RI): 202-224-4642

Daniel Akaka (D-HI): 202-224-6361

Bill Nelson (D-FL): 202-224-5274

Ben Nelson (D-NE): 202-224 -6551

Evan Bayh (D-IN): 202-224-5623

Hillary Clinton (D-NY): 202-224-4451

Mark Pryor (D-AR): 202-224-2353

Jim Webb (D-VA): 202-224-4024

Claire McCaskill (D-MO): 202-224-6154

John Warner (R-VA): 202-224-2023

Susan Collins (R-ME): 202-224-2523


REPRESENTATIVES ON THE CONFERENCE WHO VOTED FOR HATE CRIMES

Chairman: Rep Ike Skelton (D-MO): 202-225-2876

Rep. Solomon Ortiz (D-TX): 202-225-7742

Rep. Neil Abercrombie (D-HI): 202-225-2726

Rep. Ellen Tauscher (D-CA): 202-225-1880

Rep. Susan Davis (D-CA): 202-225-2040

Rep. Adam Smith (D-WA): 202-225-8901

Rep. Rick Larsen (D-WA): 202-225-2265

Rep. Vic Snyder (D-AR) 202-225 -2506

Rep. Vic Snyder (D-AR): 202-225-1188

Rep. John Spratt (D-SC): 202-225-5501

Rep. Robert Andrews (D-NJ): 202-225-6501

Rep. Jim Cooper (D-TN): 202-225-4311

Rep. Loretta Sanchez (D-CA): 202-225-2965

Rep. Silvestre Reyes (D-TX): 202-225-4831

Rep. Mark Udall (D-CO): 202-225-2161

Rep. Jim Marshall (D-GA): 202-225-6531

Rep. Jim Saxton (R-NJ): 202-225-4765:

Please, make as many calls as you can TODAY!

Sincerely,

William Greene, President
RightMarch.com

(Note from Spree– If they want to pass a hate crimes bill, let them do it as a stand alone, NOT in our Defense Bills- it is games like this that have their approval ratings at the lowest levels in history.)

P.S.: I realize that’s a long list — but this legislation is moving THIS WEEK, so every call and every minute counts! Be sure to send this Alert to EVERYONE you know who wants to make sure that Congress REMOVES the pro-homosexual “hate crimes” provision from the upcoming Defense Bill. Thank you!

Liberals Insert ‘Hate Crimes’ Into Defense Bill – Call Now!

Cross posted from Wake up America

This CONSERVATIVE ALERT is a special message from RightMarch.com:

Liberals Insert ‘Hate Crimes’ Into Defense Bill — Call Now To Demand They Remove This Provision:

1-202-224-3121


ALERT
: Liberals on Capitol Hill are at it again.

This time, they’re firing with both barrels: holding up much-needed funding for our troops, AND pushing pro-homosexual “hate crimes” legislation… all at the same time!

Led by Sen. Ted Kennedy (D-MA), proponents of the pro-gay provision have stalled the 2008 Defense Authorization Act, which was supposed to be passed by October 1st. They know that this bill is a “must-pass” bill, so if they can get their provision passed along with it, they can finally achieve their goal of punishing the “thought crimes” of pastors, Christians, and supporters of traditional values in America.

We MUST fight to get this provision REMOVED from this bill — but we have to do it TODAY!

TAKE ACTION: To force this contentious legislation into the Defense Authorization conference report is a disservice to our Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen and Marines on the front lines in this war against terror. This is just another example of how the liberal Democrat majority is playing politics with our military and the war against terror.

Along with attempts to micromanage the war on terror by putting timelines and other demands in the Iraq War supplemental, the liberals are more interested in scoring political points than producing legislation that helps our troops and having it signed by the President. Please, call as many as you can of the Senate and House members of the Defense Appropriations conference committee listed below, and urge them to remove the “Hate Crimes” provision in the Defense spending bill:

SENATORS ON THE CONFERENCE WHO VOTED FOR HATE CRIMES

Carl Levin, Chairman (D-MI): 202-224-6221

Ted Kennedy (D-MA): 202-224-4543

Robert Byrd (D-WV): 202-224-3954

Joe Lieberman (I-CT): 202-224-4041

Jack Reed (D-RI): 202-224-4642

Daniel Akaka (D-HI): 202-224-6361

Bill Nelson (D-FL): 202-224-5274

Ben Nelson (D-NE): 202-224 -6551

Evan Bayh (D-IN): 202-224-5623

Hillary Clinton (D-NY): 202-224-4451

Mark Pryor (D-AR): 202-224-2353

Jim Webb (D-VA): 202-224-4024

Claire McCaskill (D-MO): 202-224-6154

John Warner (R-VA): 202-224-2023

Susan Collins (R-ME): 202-224-2523


REPRESENTATIVES ON THE CONFERENCE WHO VOTED FOR HATE CRIMES

Chairman: Rep Ike Skelton (D-MO): 202-225-2876

Rep. Solomon Ortiz (D-TX): 202-225-7742

Rep. Neil Abercrombie (D-HI): 202-225-2726

Rep. Ellen Tauscher (D-CA): 202-225-1880

Rep. Susan Davis (D-CA): 202-225-2040

Rep. Adam Smith (D-WA): 202-225-8901

Rep. Rick Larsen (D-WA): 202-225-2265

Rep. Vic Snyder (D-AR) 202-225 -2506

Rep. Vic Snyder (D-AR): 202-225-1188

Rep. John Spratt (D-SC): 202-225-5501

Rep. Robert Andrews (D-NJ): 202-225-6501

Rep. Jim Cooper (D-TN): 202-225-4311

Rep. Loretta Sanchez (D-CA): 202-225-2965

Rep. Silvestre Reyes (D-TX): 202-225-4831

Rep. Mark Udall (D-CO): 202-225-2161

Rep. Jim Marshall (D-GA): 202-225-6531

Rep. Jim Saxton (R-NJ): 202-225-4765:

Please, make as many calls as you can TODAY!

Sincerely,

William Greene, President
RightMarch.com

(Note from Spree– If they want to pass a hate crimes bill, let them do it as a stand alone, NOT in our Defense Bills- it is games like this that have their approval ratings at the lowest levels in history.)

P.S.: I realize that’s a long list — but this legislation is moving THIS WEEK, so every call and every minute counts! Be sure to send this Alert to EVERYONE you know who wants to make sure that Congress REMOVES the pro-homosexual “hate crimes” provision from the upcoming Defense Bill. Thank you!

Liberals Insert ‘Hate Crimes’ Into Defense Bill – Call Now!

Cross posted from Wake up America

This CONSERVATIVE ALERT is a special message from RightMarch.com:

Liberals Insert ‘Hate Crimes’ Into Defense Bill — Call Now To Demand They Remove This Provision:

1-202-224-3121


ALERT
: Liberals on Capitol Hill are at it again.

This time, they’re firing with both barrels: holding up much-needed funding for our troops, AND pushing pro-homosexual “hate crimes” legislation… all at the same time!

Led by Sen. Ted Kennedy (D-MA), proponents of the pro-gay provision have stalled the 2008 Defense Authorization Act, which was supposed to be passed by October 1st. They know that this bill is a “must-pass” bill, so if they can get their provision passed along with it, they can finally achieve their goal of punishing the “thought crimes” of pastors, Christians, and supporters of traditional values in America.

We MUST fight to get this provision REMOVED from this bill — but we have to do it TODAY!

TAKE ACTION: To force this contentious legislation into the Defense Authorization conference report is a disservice to our Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen and Marines on the front lines in this war against terror. This is just another example of how the liberal Democrat majority is playing politics with our military and the war against terror.

Along with attempts to micromanage the war on terror by putting timelines and other demands in the Iraq War supplemental, the liberals are more interested in scoring political points than producing legislation that helps our troops and having it signed by the President. Please, call as many as you can of the Senate and House members of the Defense Appropriations conference committee listed below, and urge them to remove the “Hate Crimes” provision in the Defense spending bill:

SENATORS ON THE CONFERENCE WHO VOTED FOR HATE CRIMES

Carl Levin, Chairman (D-MI): 202-224-6221

Ted Kennedy (D-MA): 202-224-4543

Robert Byrd (D-WV): 202-224-3954

Joe Lieberman (I-CT): 202-224-4041

Jack Reed (D-RI): 202-224-4642

Daniel Akaka (D-HI): 202-224-6361

Bill Nelson (D-FL): 202-224-5274

Ben Nelson (D-NE): 202-224 -6551

Evan Bayh (D-IN): 202-224-5623

Hillary Clinton (D-NY): 202-224-4451

Mark Pryor (D-AR): 202-224-2353

Jim Webb (D-VA): 202-224-4024

Claire McCaskill (D-MO): 202-224-6154

John Warner (R-VA): 202-224-2023

Susan Collins (R-ME): 202-224-2523


REPRESENTATIVES ON THE CONFERENCE WHO VOTED FOR HATE CRIMES

Chairman: Rep Ike Skelton (D-MO): 202-225-2876

Rep. Solomon Ortiz (D-TX): 202-225-7742

Rep. Neil Abercrombie (D-HI): 202-225-2726

Rep. Ellen Tauscher (D-CA): 202-225-1880

Rep. Susan Davis (D-CA): 202-225-2040

Rep. Adam Smith (D-WA): 202-225-8901

Rep. Rick Larsen (D-WA): 202-225-2265

Rep. Vic Snyder (D-AR) 202-225 -2506

Rep. Vic Snyder (D-AR): 202-225-1188

Rep. John Spratt (D-SC): 202-225-5501

Rep. Robert Andrews (D-NJ): 202-225-6501

Rep. Jim Cooper (D-TN): 202-225-4311

Rep. Loretta Sanchez (D-CA): 202-225-2965

Rep. Silvestre Reyes (D-TX): 202-225-4831

Rep. Mark Udall (D-CO): 202-225-2161

Rep. Jim Marshall (D-GA): 202-225-6531

Rep. Jim Saxton (R-NJ): 202-225-4765:

Please, make as many calls as you can TODAY!

Sincerely,

William Greene, President
RightMarch.com

(Note from Spree– If they want to pass a hate crimes bill, let them do it as a stand alone, NOT in our Defense Bills- it is games like this that have their approval ratings at the lowest levels in history.)

P.S.: I realize that’s a long list — but this legislation is moving THIS WEEK, so every call and every minute counts! Be sure to send this Alert to EVERYONE you know who wants to make sure that Congress REMOVES the pro-homosexual “hate crimes” provision from the upcoming Defense Bill. Thank you!