It’s been said that it’s a mad, mad, mad, mad, world… and who’s to say it’s not… NYPD with good cops bad cops and folks wondering who is who… people demonstrating in the streets of St. Louis… and a whole world full of topsy-turvy going ons…
On Thursday (10/9), a video, that was initially obtained by the Brooklyn Paper, surfaced that shows an NYPD officer whomping on a Brooklyn teen and it appeared on the same day footage went viral of another cop allegedly stealing more than $1,000 from a Brooklyn construction worker.
According to lawyers, 17-year-old Marcel Hamer was walking home from school with friends around 3:30 pm on June 4, when a plainclothes cop jumped out of a car and accused him of smoking marijuana. That’s the police version, any way…
The 54-second video that suddenly surfaced shows the kid lying on his back, shouting in pain with the cop’s left foot planted on his gut… he is pleading with the cop saying he wasn’t smoking pot…
The cop says, “You wanna get fucking up?”
Hamer answers back, “Mister, it was just a cigarette, sir. It was just a cigarette.”
While the knockout punch isn’t caught on video the sound of a punch is heard in the recording.
Then, a cop turns to some folks standing around and says, “Yeah, get it on film.” The cop then tries to cuff Hamer but the dazed and confused kid is limp and his arms falls down to the pavement. A second plainclothes cop runs over and then helps the first cop to cuff the unconscious teen. All told, Hamer lies unmoving in the 45 seconds between the off screen punch and the video’s end.
As of this writing the cop who beat on Hamer has been suspended and another officer who was also there has been stripped of his gun and badge.
The NYPD would not comment on the incident saying it is under investigation by the Internal Affairs Bureau.
Then, in the early hours of September 16, another video surfaced where an officer pushes a dude, Lamard Joye, against a fence in a Coney Island housing project. After Joye hits the fence, the video shows the cop reaching into his pocket and then pushing him away.
Joye is heard shouting, “’Gimme my money!” And, the cop sprays him in the face with pepper spray.
Joye’s girl friend then says, “How ya gonna take his money? That’s robbery”. When she asks for the cop’s badge number, she, also, gets a painful shot of pepper spray. Lamard called a lawyer the next day and turned over the video who gave it to prosecutors and the NYPD Internal Affairs Bureau. The lawyer told the NYDN… “’I believe that this officer made an assumption that any money Mr. Joye possessed was obtained illegally and therefore he would not report the theft. This assumption was wrong. Mr. Joye is a hardworking taxpayer deserving respect.”
The Brooklyn DA’s office confirmed that they were investigating the incident. And, a police spokesman said the officers were responding to reports of a man with a gun in the area and that there’s not enough information yet to decide what happened last month.
On August 29, 16-year-old Kahreem Tribble, was hospitalized after he suffered chipped teeth and facial injuries in an incident with NYPD officers. In surveillance video, taken from a corner store in Crown Heights (Brooklyn), Tribble can be seen stopping and raising his arms before a cop whomps on him and then another cop joins in by clobbering him in the face with his gun
After viewing the video the kid’s dad said, “It was like a street fight. I didn’t know it was the police…” The mom added, “We’re supposed to trust the police.” And the dad chimed in… “I don’t consider all cops bad cops. (But,) We live out there; we see how it is (between the police and the community.”
When asked about other recent taped incidents depicting police brutality or misconduct, mostly in Brooklyn he said, “Is there a new memo going down to do that? I don’t know, it happens so much, rampant, all over.”
A police report said that the kid was running from an officer and had discarded 17 bags of pot. But the only charge he pled guilty to was a disorderly conduct violation.
Tribble was arrested, again by Isaac, two days after the videotaped beating and charged with possessing a gun, but no weapon was ever found and prosecutors dropped that count and accepted a plea deal to another minor violation.
Sort reminds me of this story I once heard about Malcolm X… I have never been able to verify whether it is based in fact but this is the way I heard it… Malcolm X is in front of a judge facing possession of pot charges… he is asked how he pleads… guilty but with an explanation he says… the judge says ok, what’s the explanation?
Malcolm says, I had 20 joints on me when I was arrested why were only 5 submitted as evidence? (Cue the Law & Order music.)
On July 14, Ronald Johns, 22, was arrested in a subway station in East Harlem on a fare-evading charge. Police said he walked through the emergency gate without paying. The footage shows Johns being handcuffed as he resisted arrest which prompted one cop to pepper spray him while another cop and put him in a chokehold and punched him in the face. The same officer hit Johns again after he covered his face to prevent being punched again.
To be fair… witnesses on the scene said, “They got you, youngblood… stop resisting so they don’t hit you.”
Also in July, another video shows an cop putting Rosan Miller in a chokehold during an arrest for illegally grilling outside her home in East New York, Brooklyn. Miller, 27, was seven months pregnant at the time.
Then in mid-September a video appears where a cop is slamming visibly pregnant Sandra Amezquita to the ground. Amezquita tried to intervene in the arrest of her son outside a restaurant in Sunset Park, Brooklyn.
Also in September, and also in Sunset Park, police officers threw fruit vendor Jonathan Daza, 22, to the ground after telling him to pack up it all up and clear his butt out of the area. When Daza was on the ground, a cop kicked him in the back, for no obvious reason. The cop was suspended.
These are some examples of “cops versus citizens” stuff. And, maybe some folks involved needed to be arrested for violations they did, but, they did not need to have their rights violated… manhandled in any way that was a violation of the law, police regulations or common sense.
It’s like those parents of that one kid said… “We’re supposed to trust the police.”
There are too many bad guys out there doing some really bad stuff… too many gangs controlling too many neighborhoods or housing complexes where the good working people can’t hardly breathe or move around for fear of bullets flying from here to there. Folks are dying who got nothing to do with the bad guys. It’s a war at times… and the good folks need a force to back them up.
They need a sheriff to come riding into town to clean the place up for the good townsfolk. But, how they gonna trust the sheriff, if, the sheriff is acting as bad as the bad guys that the townsfolk be dealing with in the first place?
Simple answer… it’s hard and they can’t. Stuff gone need to change…
2) The other day at Kiener Plaza in St. Louis, just 6 hours before the first pitch of the NLCS, was rapper Tef Poe telling a large group of peeps, rather vociferously, “We’ve lost another brother to the hand of the beast!”
An early arriver for the game rolled down his car window and asked what the heck was all the excitement about and when informed that the folks assembled were protesting the police brutality among other things… he just shook his heads and drove on.
As it was, the organizers of FergusonOctober had no clue… (hmmm… or did they?)… their weekend protests were about to clash head on with MLB’s annual Hunt for October tournament did not know that their weekend of protests would coincide with the annual celebration of fall baseball, but here it was America’s Pastime meeting up with America’s Uneasy Riders… racial unrest and police brutality.
Just as the St. Louis Cardinals were about to play in their latest playoff run, the hometown has become ma hotbed of racial unrest and protest central.
Some folks would probably be just happy to see the protesters go away and let the games proceed unabated by any outward “inconvenience”, but, one person in the protest crowd summed up the general feelings of those folks when she uttered, “We want St. Louis to know in front of this arch that we aren’t going anywhere until you stop killing us.”
Now I have nothing to offer one way or the other about the situation in Missouri… but I do have one thing to remind anyone, and everyone, about the whole shebang that be going on down in St. Louis…
I hope the point is made that, agree or not, it’s the people’s right to protest, and, it makes no never mind what, when, or, where they do it just that it be done in good conscience. And, if someone has a problem with that exercising of an America right and their visibility at an inopportune time then maybe it’s them who has the problem that should be moving along instead of them that has the courage to speak up when the speaking need to be spoken… because…
Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter. – Martin Luther King, Jr.
3) Latest “Can’t Cure Stupid” award goes to these guys…
Three women were robbed in New Orleans’ French Quarter on Friday at about 4 in the morning.
One of the holdup guys said, “This is real, give me everything you got!”
Cops probably see this stuff every day of the week and most likely said something to the effect of… we’ll keep an eye out but doubt anything will happen. Sorry, but there’s a lot of bad peeps walking around who want what you got.”
But, the ladies told them about their phones that got stoled and detectives said… hmmmm.
Any way… dumbasses being dumbasses, the thieves went and done something dumbass. They started taking pictures of themselves and a buddy acting all badass with the ladies’ smart phones… they didn’t stop to think that the phones automatically would sync up with a data storage account.
So… since the detectives had been told that these phones had that capability, they simply checked around the cloud… were able to retrieve photos and then passed the photos around. And, yes, sirree someone recognized one guy.. the buddy… and he was given a talking to by New Orleans’ finest who convinced him it would be in his best interests to give up some names… police are now armed with the robbers’ IDs and are presently out looking for the same.
Can’t cure stupid…
4) They say diamonds are a girl’s best friend, but now we just saw a report that says diamonds are not necessarily a sign of a long, happy marriage.
Recent research by Emory University talked to 3,000 peeps and found out that the more zing spent on the bling meant the more likely it was the marriage was a destined to go kablooey.
So, how much we talking here? Well… spend between $2,000 and $4,000 on the ring and chances were divorce papers were coming sooner or later. Butttt… spend less than $2,000 on the ice and folks were less likely to get those same papers.
One piece of advice… stay away from that discount store where they got them $500 rings… because spending $500 or less is likely to get you signing the divorce paper blues, also…
Here’s another alternative… with the cost of a full blown wedding running between $30,000 to over $80,000… Just elope and get married at city hall. All it’ll cost ya is cab fare, the paperwork charges and probably some sort of gratuity to the JP and about a grand for the ring… then of course whatever the hell the two of ya go and spend on the honeymoon.
But, hell a really nice room with lots of amenities is what… 400 or 500 hundred a night? Piece of wedding cake…
5) Did anyone see this one running round the news wires on Tuesday (10/14) about Chris Brown, the R&B star? He twittered his thinking on what the Ebola epidemic was really about…
Needless to say, it went out of control with retweets and answering tweets… and it seems it was then that Brown rethought things as he tweeted… “Let me shut my black ass up!”
Ya know free speech is a wonderful thing and all well and good… but… thinking any way ya’ll want is well… it’s your prerogative… and to tell the truth, I’m of a mind he ain’t the only one who might think that it is what he said… a form of population control… but… sometimes it’s just not the right time to be saying certain things until the fecal matter stops hitting the oscillating gizmo and splattering all over the damn place.
Just a thought is all.
6) Saw this in Tuesday’s new items, too… Domestic violence is on the rise in the NYC public housing developments. A report, revealed that the number of domestic violence crimes at NYC Housing Authority projects has more than doubled… from 809 in 2009 to 1,642 in 2013.
My thoughts… it isn’t because domestic violence is happening more often; it’s because it’s being reported more often. In fact, I bet there’s still a hell of a lot more that is still unreported.
Which means, we got lots of work ahead of our damn asses to get this stuff moving in the opposite direction.
7) On Friday (10/10) Children’s rights activists Malala Yousafzai of Pakistan and Kailash Satyarthi of India were awarded the Nobel Peace Prize. The two peeps were chosen by the Norwegian Nobel Committee “for their struggle against the suppression of children and young people and for the right of all children to education.”
Yousafzai, if ya’ll don’t recall, was the schoolgirl and education campaigner in Pakistan who was shot in the head by a Taliban gunman two years ago because she dared to speak up for the rights of Pakistani woman to be educated and do more than be simply servants to men and makers of babies in this world…
In many parts of the world, especially Pakistan and Afghanistan, terrorism, war and conflict stop children to go to their schools. We are really tired of these wars. Women and children are suffering. – Malala
Satyarthi, 60, according to the Nobel committee, has maintained the tradition of Mahatma Gandhi and headed various forms of peaceful protests, “focusing on the grave exploitation of children for financial gain.”
I am sure he is deserving of being honored by the Noble committee for his work but… Malala should have been given the award last year and wasn’t… word is someone from the Nobel committee said it was because she was too young and to that all I got is “hooey”… and now that she is chosen to win the thing this year would it have hurt if she won it by herself and not have to share it with someone else?
But, ya know something tells me that if Malala is who I believe she is then she is fine with sharing the damn award… and… maybe that’s why she is who she is when all is said and done.
Hooks worked alongside some of the “SNL” greats and held her own… but, anyone, besides me, wanna know why are all these Saturday Night Live peeps are biting the big one?
Hmmm… don’t supposed its some sort of guvmint conspiracy do ya? Nawwwww……
Still it’s weird… just seems like a lot of folks have died a tad early on in their lives who starred on that damn show is all.
So, while he wore the pink version phones for arguably a good reason… October breast cancer awareness month… Kaepernick knew he could be subject to a fine.
Still… Broncos’ Julius Thomas faces an $8,286 fine the for a chop block on Cardinals defensive end Calais Campbell… and Kaepernick faces 10 large ones for wearing headphones and violating the big bad NFL’s dictate that “thy shalt not wear a competitor’s product while speaking on camera to reporters”.
Just kinda sorts seems a little out of whack to me…
Kaepernick later took to Twitter to explain his decision to wear the headphones… and, yes, he posted a pic of himself wearing the little trouble makers… “I support breast cancer awareness! My grandma is a survivor!”
When asked if Beats would pick up the cost of his fine, he said… “We’ll let that be unanswered.”
I think I’ll take that as a big yes!
10) NYDN reported on Tuesday (10/14) that an investigation said “Bungling bureaucrats, red tape and needless delays have frustrated thousands of Hurricane Sandy victims seeking help under the city’s Build It Back program…”
- More than 90% of the 14,000 homeowners who submitted applications still haven’t received help, two years after the storm.
- More than 6,000 others have withdrawn their applications or have become “unresponsive” … some out of frustration, and, not because they no longer need help.
The News also reported that the investigation uncovered “a multi-layered and confusing application process … poor communications with applicants… inefficient processing of applications… inadequate coordination among vendors and delays in executing construction agreements.”
- Homeowners had to participate in multiple meetings at different locations before repair work could begin, making for “a highly drawn out, confusing process.
- Reviews to ensure that only eligible people received help ended up being redundant and delayed the process.
- And, bureaucrats often lost paperwork or forced homeowners to resubmit documents already filed, and often dragged their feet on getting required agreements signed before repairs could begin.
John Cori, a founder of Friends of Rockaway Beach, said that after he applied to Build It Back in August 2013, he is still awaiting repairs on his home in Queens. And ,just this week, he again was told he had to submit additional paperwork before anything could happen.
He told the Daily News, “It’s a sin what’s going on. It’s amazing how the paperwork just continues and continues and continues, and so many people are still not back in their homes. It’s so sad.”
No, it’s a fucking crime!
Fix the problem and give the people their money to get back on their feet. No one should have to wait forever to get help that was promised. I mean, when the hell was Hurricane Sandy?
Nuff said… fix it
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