Sunday, August 17, 2014

Sunday Discussion: Investigation Analysis of The Ferguson Shooting Incident

It's August 17, 2014
As we gather in mourning to a homicide of another black male from the hands of a systematic racist system. We must observe the rights and the wrongs of the main characters involved in the situation. First, we must recognize that a life was lost in the manor that is still being reviewed.
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A key point that protesters have argued was that Michael Brown had his hands up upon being shot by the officer. The police has stated that a fight took place at the police car and the officer was struck on the side of the face. The department hasn't released the incident report nor any Garity Statements were revealed regarding the official statement from that Officer. So far the police chief has been trying to establish a probable cause for shooting the unarmed teen. The police officials released a video regarding the shooting victim, engaged in a strong arm robbery at a local store that same day. 

Now here are the facts to be considered:

The incident itself - The police stop!
 1) Was it a reasonable stop? Yes, its a violation to walk in the middle of the street. Did the officer use language that would  entice a verbal response. Yes, that officer violated the ethic codes of verbal abuse from most police department special orders and rules. 

2) At what point did the use force continuum rise for the officer! Some suggest at the instance the officer verbally assaulted the young man. At what point did the actions of the young man escalate to attack/resist or stand his ground against the police officer. (Now this is tricky!) 
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The video released by the police department was an attempt to show the character but also the mentality upon that time frame, to identify Mr. Brown emotions and posture. Was it wrong to release it to the public? I believe it should have been released the same day or next day to squelch some of the riots. Why? We go back to question number two. I believe the young man had a superman complex, as it appears to apparent in the video. To use his size as intimidation as he did to the store clerk. Thus his attitude about being disrespected by this officer elevated. Along with knowing that the police might have been called against him for that robbery. So, the level of aggression in both parties was already high. Now it becomes a battle between two barking dogs. Which dog has the more vicious bite!

3) The actual shooting of the victim:                                              Photograph by usatoday.com
The police department claims that the first shooting happened at the car. What is not clear! Did it happen on the inside or outside of the car? Did the officer attempt to exit the vehicle or did Brown and his associate attack the officer in the car. The police claim, the officer was hit several times in the face, but didn't elaborate the location or area. It's important to show the angle at which bruising might be visible both to the officer and the shooting victim. Unfortunately, the police has had ample time to match the forensic to the story and obscure the evidence to the scene. Was the officers clothing and police car taken and examined as evidence for gun powder residue. No! That officer got back into that same vehicle with the evidence and drove away. 
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If the claims are accurate by witnesses, the victim was already shot as he fled away from the officer. One shot had already been delivered. The firearms training given to most LEO's in gun to shooting deployment. A burst of two or three rounds are always fired off in a series of a pattern to isolate the rounds at the individual. This would explain, the multiple rounds of seven. The first shot was at close quarters, the six other shots were in that control pattern series. Why is this important? As a police officer, we are trained to look at the sights and then the target after deployment of a burst of rounds. Even, after the first shot, if it went down as witnesses claim. The officer has time to evaluate if a burst rounds should be fired. If so, then it might explain that first series. However, the suspect dropping to his knees with his hands up might not explain the second series of rounds. 

This is why the DOJ is conducting a separate autopsy and a forensic review of the body. The entrance to the bullets will show the angle at which the rounds hit the victim, along with the series of the pattern as the projectile markings from the rounds would indicate the position of the officer to Mr. Brown.

4) The Mentality of Deadly Truths
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Michael Brown took a gamble with his safety, based on the systematic society of racism we have in this country. Yes, it is wrong that we, African Americans ( Black Israelite) are treated with hostility by the government, the criminal justice system, the civil justice system and employers. Growing up in these troubled times, we all have been conditioned by our parents, leaders, teachers and even our elected officials rather it be in church or in politics. If you have an encounter by the police , do what they say and don't give them a reason to kill you. Yes, it's not right, but in reality. We live under this enslavement rule of America, designed to maintain certain people under the ruling thumb of indentured servitude to the system of governmental slavery.

Mr. Brown, broke some unfortunate but  important rules that day. This is what he did?

 a) He tried to bark at the wrong dog, whom was also a barking dog. When they engaged, Mr. Brown didn't have his teeth. The other dog had his teeth and bite him causing permanent damage. 

 b) Mr. Brown made a street fighting error, along with society. Society, somehow got the notion that a fight automatically entitles the loser of that altercation to a surrender. In most instances a fight for the citizen usually never escalates to death. The mentality is different when it comes to law enforcement due to the training. If the police engage a person in a physical action it should be to make an arrest. 

The mentality is to engage, bring the suspect under control and then capture with handcuffs/isolation. However, the suspect mentality is to not go to jail, which could mean a worse time or even death in the BOP.  They will fight to the death to escape and even to kill the officer if they get the chance to not be identified. Mr. Brown, wrongfully fought with a police officer whom may have been already elevated to a do or die state of mind. His own SUPERMAN exterior attitude placed him in a no win situation with a King Kong Cop with a high stress attitude. 

c) Mr. Brown made the assumption that this officer would not kill him once he gave up.

YOU CAN NEVER, EVER ASSUME THAT YOUR ENEMY WILL HAVE MERCY UPON YOUR SURRENDER! 

I say it like this!!!! 

NEVER ASSUME THAT YOUR ENEMY IN BATTLE WILL HALT IT'S ATTACK BECAUSE YOU CRY UNCLE.

Most police officers, once the threat level is elevated to a do or die mentality. They will kill you and wait for the trail by jury. This was not to justify any actions that was performed by the police officer/department or to demonize the victim. As a police officer, I personally believed that the officer had tunnel vision and saw red before he even engaged Mr. Brown. I believe if an officer is subjected to patrolling a particular area for a number of years, they will develop and social deviant behavior based on the hostile conditions of his/her area of patrol. That officer came from the Jennings Police Department, whom they have had their community problems with minorities, a predominately African American (Black Israelite) community as well. 

The Errors of the Ferguson Police Department and the Criminal Justice System 

That particular officers patrol area history brings to light the social separatism dysfunction that has allowed that officer to speak and act in an ill manor upon making contact with any citizen that might have performed a minor illegal offense. That's why, the language at which the officer used is important. To evaluate what I call, a unproven, but logical hypothesis still in the workings, Public Service Anxiety Disorder (PSAD).   A condition in which public workers in high stress occupations, begin to disassociate themselves as apart of the society in which they provide a service: to the point that the employee or service worker develops a hatred of that same society. However, they become addicted to that occupation as part of their identity and they develop their own ideas of how that occupation should be operated or played out. In most part they begin to shift their role in changing the true nature of the service occupation. From it being a position of servitude to an personal occupation of ownership of that service. IE: This is My block! This is My Street I Patrol. This is My Neighborhood and not your neighborhood.

This is no way an excuse, but it's another way to show that both characters of these men were flawed and when you have that clashing of the two. The results is usually deadly in the end. This concludes our conversation of Sunday's Discussion. Take care of each other and be safe!




Note: I am not a doctor nor do I have a PhD in Clinical Psychology. I am just a veteran and a retired police beat. officer.




Sunday, June 1, 2014

Sunday Discussions

We start this bi-monthly Sunday week with Senator Ted Cruz that stated, the Obama/Clinton policies aren't working. We discuss The prisoner exchange of a POW held in the past five years and does it send a bad message to other quasi-military organizations for negotiations. We have the firing of the VA administrator over the veteran affairs scandal of health coverage benefits to Veterans. 

The Tea Party Senator, Mr. Ted Cruz, started this week by calling the GOP leaders a bunch of grey beards, bowing their heads, too afraid to take a stand and draw a line. The Republican Senator, stated that Secretary Clinton policies for the economy won't help the people that need help the most. He spoke that Hispanics, blacks, poor and single women are suffering over Obama Medical Care Act referred to as Obama Care. Cruz reference to a young lady of an unknown race, coming to him with a big hug, stating that the medical act is hurting her family. She explained to Cruz, she is separated from her husband and have six children. The women said she is working par time in five jobs to make end meet. Cruz referenced that this is what this country should be focusing on helping, to obtain that American dream.


PEANUT OPINION REPLY: Senator Cruz, one could argue that the American dream to get married and have a family and a sustainable future is ideal to the average person. In reality, it cost over five hundred thousand dollars, to have and raise one child in America. The numbers if calculated by (17) years or 204 months divided by 500 Grand, one child will cost $2450 a month for a household, health care, food, utilities, car and gas, education and clothing. A person would have to make at least make over $30,000 a year after taxes to afford one child. Ideally, this women whom decided to have six children at her unknown income level, wasn't prepared for the unexpected life circumstances. To blame politics on a person own decision is just uneconomic and unrealistic. Remember, the debate for taxes was for people whom made over 500 Grand in salary per year; should pay a little more in taxes to compensate society. So, this women's income should be ideally around $ 204,480 after taxes, still underneath the cap for Obama Care and to receive that affordable tax relief.

A prisoner exchange was conducted between the militant army called the Taliban and an American soldier captured during the war in Afghanistan. Republican have moaned but not cry out the President for making the exchange. Mostly they are calling for a Constitutional balk made by the President for not seeking a consensus with Congress for the prisoner exchange. The POTUS has to confer with congress for 30 days in advance before an exchange of prisoners between warring nations; unless circumstances of the prisoner release is detrimental to the health of the POW. The POTUS, can make the exchange without the notification of Congress. President Obama, sought out the Department of Defense and Justice Department, before making the deal. Senator,Ted Cruz says it sends a wrong message to other militant organizations of the price to exchange prisoners from terrorist organization. What do you think?

PEANUT OPINION REPLY: War is war and in today's world, the concept of a singular country declaring war isn't ideal nor the luxury of identifying the enemy. Weapon technology and personal conflict has allowed groups of people to declare personal war against the United States and its Allies. The Taliban is one of many of those well armed groups, that utilize guerrilla warfare tactics to impose their issues and declare war. Regardless of the country these organizations may fortify or hold position, to ignore a group whose attacks has caused for a military response; they should be perceived as a military organization and treated as such. In that regard, in the history of the tradition of the United States, to leave a soldier behind would've been unacceptable. As all military agreements in the past war conflicts rather it is Germany of WWII or the Taliban of 911. The exchange of POW has always been a mutual benefit to both sides of the warring parties, in the efforts to bring their country men/women home.
The President accepted the resignation of the VA top Administrator over the health care coverage/uproar for wounded or ill veterans waiting for treatment. It stems from a veteran, whom was delayed coverage, that passed away awaiting to receive that medical care in Arizona. After the investigation it was revealed, cover ups, corruption and systematic management integrity, were the backbone to some of the problems. The retired multiple Army Star General with the three bronze star medalist and wounded war veteran stepped down. The republican cheered as they were able to force the resignation of yet another Obama select.

PEANUT OPINION: The problems of the VA Hospitals and its medical system, has long been a not so spoken problem for every Senator, in every State. As long as they were receiving the allocated funding from the federal government to operate. The shortage of medical staff, patient post war/service care from physical wounds to mental illness, as in post traumatic stress disorders or PTSD, all have been swept under the rug for generations, both on the Democratic and Republican aisle of Congress. As a veteran, myself, the problem isn't to simply swap out the head of the administration, as to a band-aid to a open sucking chest wound. The problem must be uprooted and treated from the trenches of the organization itself. It may require a revamping of the complete process and the removal of people, whom go along to get along instead of performing their job. Why not allow the military, itself to treat its own as if they were still active in the military. Every approved applicant veteran to receive a military health care identification card, along with the military to acquisition the VA medical facilities in the community as military grounds.

Final Thought: Politicians and political columnist can debate all day long about the release of a prisoner, but one fact remains some obviously clear. If it was their son or daughter being held in captivity with a sword to their throats, the outcry for a response to do anything would be enormous. I am surprised the debate of gun control, hence the California college shooting have gone on deaf ears for gun activist. Of course the debate for mental disease regulations are forever climbing. The question I ask: How do you know when the human brain has had enough conflict in its life to snap or be declared mental. I mentioned in a story last year, regarding the human emotional button. Every person has that button and once its pushed too many times, its might be hard to unstick the button from the chaos. The trance of seeing red and only blood in the wake of countless victims being injured or even killed. We as a people must try to protect each other and treat each other as we would want to be treated. Perhaps in time, even if we become disappointed about a situation, a person can say, at least they heard my voice and addressed my concerns to the utmost of their ability. Treatment of peace toward others always diffuses the reaction of pain and hurt.

Written by J-S 


Graph and pics as they appear

Economic graph by wikipedia, Picture of POW by VOA, Picture of VA Secretary and the Gun Laws by State by The Guardian 




Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Do You Own Stuff, Made by Slaves in 2014?

Do you  own stuff made by slaves in 2014? Do you even care where it came from? how it was made and by whom! If you don't then you probably should skip this blog reading for today. If you do care, then I will continue and I thank you for your time. Slave labor has continued to hinder the progress in developing countries; while at the same time hindering the educational development of the people whom are in bondage.

Imagine this: You take a trip to a far away land, only to discover that the people are flying car planes in the air, communication devices are just simple 3D images that appear from your mouth as you speak. Oh and now you can teleport around the world from your diner table chair. This is all possible because you went to work, for that company, whom makes millions of dollar, EVERY DAY, but you get paid entry level pay of $12.25 an hour. Sounds messed up, don't it.


Today we have children in other parts of the world that don't even make the $7.25, that protesters were chanting this past summer for higher pay.  What we choose to buy presents a choice between supporting slave-labor or supporting those who fight against it. Slavery has been in existence throughout recorded history. Yet today, when it is finally illegal in every country, there are more slaves than ever. There are over twenty-seven million men, women, and children worldwide in bondage. Though it's easy to deem slavery as something foreign and intangible, the truth is that we interact with it every day whether we realize it or not. We have products that we buy, and pass it around not thinking about what it took to make it. Below is a video produced by Youth Ending Slavery.  If you want to see how many slaves work for YOU, take this challenge survey called Slavery Footprint. I dare you to find out.

Please Consume with Care!

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