Jeff Roorda Accused of Pushing Black Woman As Brawl Erupted at City Hall

Jeff Roorda Accused of Pushing Black Woman As Brawl Erupted at City Hall

Jeff Roorda Accused of Pushing Black Woman As Brawl Erupted at City Hall (Photo Credit: KMOV Video Screengrab)

Missouri Republican lawmaker Jeff Roorda is accused of pushing a black woman after a brawl erupted at a meeting to discuss police conduct stemming from the shooting death of Michael Brown by Darren Wilson.

The meeting was held Wednesday night to address a proposed civilian oversight board that would examine the police force’s actions in the future. The audience became upset as officers spoke out against the board, KMOV reports..

City police union business manager Jeff Roorda, who wore a support Darren Wilson wristband, reportedly got involved in a verbal altercation with the meeting chairman Terry Kennedy. Roorda allegedly pushed Cachet Currie as the melee erupted. She reportedly suffered a scratch to her forehead.

People in the crowd could be heard shouting at Roorda:  “You white supremacist motherf*cker. Get out of here, man!”

What I am concerned about is how Jeff Roorda can represent the people of his district, which I assume also includes black residents but side with the police because he is the business manager of the union. Isn’t there a disconnect here?

NY Times’ Charles Blow “Fuming” Son Stopped at Gunpoint by Yale Cop

NY Times Columnist Charles Blow Tweets Son Stopped at Gunpoint by Yale Cops

NY Times Columnist Charles Blow Tweets Son Stopped at Gunpoint by Yale Cops (Photo Credit: Wikipedia)

New York Times columnist Charles Blow ranted on Twitter about his son, Tahj, allegedly being stopped at gunpoint by a Yale University cop because he “fit the description” of a suspect they were looking for:

A spokesman for Yale University reportedly confirmed that police stopped a student Saturday but did not disclose the name or address allegations that it was at gunpoint.

According to a university spokesperson, Yale police responded to emergency calls Saturday from undergraduates in Trumbull College. “Several students reported that an individual had just entered their rooms under false pretenses, pretending to be looking for someone.”

The spokesperson states in an email that students at the College had been victims of a burglary that week and “a person matching the physical description of the individual, as well as the story of “looking for someone” has been seen several times in the college.”

On Saturday night, students called police and described the suspect as a tall, African-American, college-aged student wearing a black jacket and a red and white hat, the spokesperson states.

“This was the description that Yale police used as they converged on Trumbull and attempted to track down the suspect. During the efforts to locate and detain the suspect, a Yale College student, who closely matched the description of the suspect, was briefly detained and released by Yale police.”

The real suspect was apprehended and was charged with multiple felonies.

Mistrial Declared in Case of SC Ex-Police Chief Charged with Bernard Bailey’s Murder

Mistrial Declared in Case of SC Ex-Police Chief Charged with Bernard Bailey's Murder

Mistrial Declared in Case of SC Ex-Police Chief Ricard Combs Charged with Bernard Bailey’s Murder

A judge declared a mistrial in the case of former Eutawville, SC, police chief Richard Combs for the murdered of unarmed black man, Bernard Bailey. The jury deadlocked 9-3 in favor of guilty of murder or a lesser charge of voluntary manslaughter before the judge declared a mistrial.

Prosecutor David Pascoe told NBC affiliate WIS-TV that he would seek to retry Combs again for Bailey’s murder. Pascoe believes the state has a good chance at a retrial because nine out of 12 jurors believed Richard Combs was guilty.

Richard Combs shot Bernard Bailey, 54, three times during an altercation at the city’s town hall in 2011. He tried to arrest the retired prison guard on an obstruction of justice charge. Bailey attempted to leave by getting into his pickup truck, but Combs followed him, fatally shooting Bailey.

Richard Combs’ defense lawyers say race had nothing to do with the shooting, but that he feared for his life.

Off-Duty Black Cops in NYC Say They Experience Same Racial Profiling as Eric Garner

Off-Duty Black Cops in NYC Say They Experience Same Racial Profiling as Eric Garner

Off-Duty Black Cops in NYC Say They Experience Same Racial Profiling as Eric Garner

A group of black ex-cops said they have also been racially profiled while off-duty by other cops. This comes as police brutality protests rocked the U.S. following the shooting deaths of unarmed black males by white police officers.

Reuters interviewed 25 African American male officers on the NYPD, 15 of whom are retired and 10 of whom are still serving. All but one said that, when off duty and out of uniform, they had been victims of racial profiling, which refers to using race or ethnicity as grounds for suspecting someone of having committed a crime.

The officers said this included being pulled over for no reason, having their heads slammed against their cars, getting guns brandished in their faces, being thrown into prison vans and experiencing stop and frisks while shopping. The majority of the officers said they had been pulled over multiple times while driving. Five had had guns pulled on them.

Desmond Blaize, who retired two years ago as a sergeant in the 41st Precinct in the Bronx, said he once got stopped while taking a jog through Brooklyn’s upmarket Prospect Park. ‘I had my ID on me so it didn’t escalate,’ said Blaize, who has sued the department alleging he was racially harassed on the job. ‘But what’s suspicious about a jogger? In jogging clothes?’ Source: Daily Mail

However, a former black LAPD chief begs to differ:

“It makes good headlines to say this is occurring, but I don’t think you can validate it until you look into the circumstances they were stopped in…

“Now if you want to get into the essence of why certain groups are stopped more than others, then you only need to go to the crime reports and see which ethnic groups are listed more as suspects. That’s the crime data the officers are living with.”

President Obama Recounts Personal Experiences with Racial Profiling

President Obama Recounts Personal Experiences with Racial Profiling

President Obama Recounts Personal Experiences with Racial Profiling (Photo Credit: Pete Souza/White House)

President Obama and the First Lady discussed their own experiences with racism with People magazine, in light of the incidents of racial profiling and the police officer-involved deaths of black males. Michelle Obama said, “I think people forget that we’ve lived in the White House for six years. Before that, Barack Obama was a black man that lived on the South Side of Chicago, who had his share of troubles catching cabs.”

More from Michelle Obama:

I tell this story–I mean, even as the first lady–during that wonderfully publicized trip I took to Target, not highly disguised, the only person who came up to me in the store was a woman who asked me to help her take something off a shelf. Because she didn’t see me as the first lady, she saw me as someone who could help her. Those kinds of things happen in life. So it isn’t anything new.

President Obama added, “There’s no black male my age, who’s a professional, who hasn’t come out of a restaurant and is waiting for their car and somebody didn’t hand them their car keys.”

He alluded to the recent deaths of Michael Brown and Tamir Rice by two white officers:

The small irritations or indignities that we experience are nothing compared to what a previous generation experienced. It’s one thing for me to be mistaken for a waiter at a gala. It’s another thing for my son to be mistaken for a robber and to be handcuffed, or worse, if he happens to be walking down the street and is dressed the way teenagers dress.

Of course, President Obama’s critics will make it seem as though he is just trying to appease the black community. Never mind the fact that he is biracial.

Sandra McElroy, Key Witness in Darren Wilson Case, Has History of Lying to Police, Racism

Sandra McElroy, Key Witness in Darren Wilson Case, Has History of Lying to Police, Racism

Sandra McElroy, Key Witness in Darren Wilson Case, Has History of Lying to Police, Racism (Photo Credit: KMOV/Twitter)

Sandra McElroy, “Witness 40,” in the Darren Wilson case, may have helped to exonerate him, even though she has a history of lying to police and blatant racism. This is yet another reason why many blacks are convinced prosecutor Bob McCulloch really didn’t want to prosecute Darren Wilson. How else can you explain putting someone in front of a grand jury with such a spotty history, that also includes mental illness?

The Smoking Gun released a report identifying Sandra McElroy as “Witness 40.” It would seem that she completely fabricated her story about Michael Brown’s shooting, but has not even been charged with lying under oath. Looking at her history, McElroy was diagnosed with bipolar disorder at age 16 and told the grand jury she hadn’t taken her medication in 25 years. She also admitted that a car accident in 2001 left her “struggling with a faulty memory.”  This is the person you put on a witness stand? Really?

In the weeks after Brown’s shooting–but before she contacted police–McElroy used her Facebook account to comment on the case. On August 15, she “liked’ a Facebook comment reporting that [witness Dorian] Johnson had admitted that he and Brown stole cigars before the confrontation with Wilson. On August 17, a Facebook commenter wrote that Johnson and others should be arrested for inciting riots and giving false statements to police in connection with their claims that Brown had his hands up when shot by Wilson. “The report and autopsy are in so YES they were false,” McElroy wrote of the “hands-up” claims. This appears to be an odd comment from someone who claims to have been present during the shooting. In response to the posting of a news report about a rally in support of Wilson, McElroy wrote on August 17, “Prayers, support God Bless Officer Wilson.”

…Commenting on a September 12 Riverfront Times story reporting that Ferguson city officials had yet to meet with Brown’s family, McElroy wrote, “But haven’t you heard the news, There great great great grandpa may or may not have been owned by one of our great great great grandpas 200 yrs ago. (Sarcasm).”

Federal investigators, not McCulloch and his team, were suspicious of McElroy’s account. For example, she claimed she was in Ferguson, which is 30 miles from her home, because she had planned to drop in on a high school classmate who lived in the neighborhood but got lost. She changed her story again on November 3 after she revealed she kept a journal. That never came up before. Her report to police matched Wilson’s testimony which was leaked to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch days before:

McElroy, again under oath, explained to grand jurors that she was something of an amateur urban anthropologist. Every couple of weeks, McElroy testified, she likes to “go into all the African-American neighborhoods.” During these weekend sojourns–apparently conducted when her ex has the kids–McElroy said she will “go in and have coffee and I will strike up a conversation with an African-American and I will try to talk to them because I’m trying to understand more.”

…McElroy’s last two journal entries for August 9 read like an after-the-fact summary of the account she gave to federal investigators on October 22 and the Ferguson grand jury the following afternoon. It is so obvious that the notebook entries were not contemporaneous creations that investigators should have checked to see if the ink had dried.

The opening entry in McElroy’s journal on the day Brown died declared, “Well Im gonna take my random drive to Florisant. Need to understand the Black race better so I stop calling Blacks Niggers and Start calling them People.” A commendable goal, indeed.

Read more at The Smoking Gun

CA Police Chief Chris Magnus Defends Joining Police Brutality Protests

CA Police Chief Chris Magnus Defends Joining Police Brutality Protests

CA Police Chief Chris Magnus Defends Joining Police Brutality Protests (Photo Credit: Video Screengrab)

Chris Magnus, the police chief for the Richmond Police Department in California, is defending his decision to join a protest against police brutality while in uniform. He said, “I would do it again. I would like to be a little more prepared for, perhaps, the fallout.”

Magnus was seen on video holding a sign that read “#BlackLivesMatter.” He said the thought it was harmless to hold up the sign, since “the idea that black lives matter is something that I think we all should be able to agree on.”

The Richmond Police Officers Association released a statement blasting Chris Magnus for engaging in political activity while wearing his uniform. To that, Magnus said, “It certainly wasn’t intended to be a political statement, it was intended to be a human statement.”

Al Sharpton, Families of Black Men Killed by Cops, to March in Washington DC

Al Sharpton, Families of Black Men Killed by Cops, to March in Washington DC

Al Sharpton, Families of Black Men Killed by Cops, to March in Washington DC (Photo Credit: Wikipedia)

Rev. Al Sharpton and the relatives of Michael Brown, Eric Garner and Tamir Rice will stage the “Justice for All” march on Saturday along Pennsylvania Avenue in Washington D.C. to protest the deaths of unarmed black males at the hands of white police officers. The march comes as Tamir Rice’s death was ruled a homicide. The 12-year-old was fatally shot by Cleveland rookie cop Timothy Loehmann.

The family of Trayvon Martin, the teen who was gunned down by volunteer neighborhood watch captain George Zimmerman, will also be joining Sharpton for the march.

Members of several civil rights organizations will also take part in the march, set to begin at noon. There will also be speeches outlining the legislative agenda the protesters are calling on Congress to enact, including an end to police vilence and to reform that grand jury system, specifically when police officers are involved in deaths.

Al Sharpton said the reason for the march, “All over the country we all need to come together and demand this Congress deal with the issues, that we need laws to protect the citizens in these states from these state grand jurors,” USA Today reports. Other marches across the U.S. are also planned for Saturday.

Minister Jonathan Gentry: Rev. Al Sharpton Just Wants to Keep Himself Revelant

Minister Jonathan Gentry: Rev. Al Sharpton Just Wants to Keep Himself Revelant

Minister Jonathan Gentry: Rev. Al Sharpton Just Wants to Keep Himself Revelant (Photo Credit: CNN video screengrab)

Minister Jonathan Gentry and National Urban League President Marc Morial clashed during an appearance on CNN’s “Reliable Sources” over Rev. Al Sharpton’s multiple roles and any conflicts those roles have caused. Sharpton hosts hhis own show, “Politics Nation,” on MSNBC, has the ear of President Obama and New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio, runs the National Action Network, and pops up when called by families grappling with cases of police officer-involved shootings.

Reliable Sources” host Brian Stelter wondered if Sharpton’s multiple roles posed one or multiple conflicts. Many have held similar positions on Al Sharpton. I must also add he appears on the Tom Joyner Morning Show once a week to give his take on any hot-button issues trending.

Stelter noted that Sharpton and Garner’s widow Esaw Garner both appeared on NBC’s Today show the day after the grand jury decision, just one example of Sharpton’s roles conveniently reinforcing each other; NBC is the parent company of MSNBC, on which Sharpton’s show appears.

He wants to pick and choose issues that can keep himself relevant,” Minister Jonathan Gentry said. “This man wants to come in and just perpetuate hate into generations, when a lot of these incidences don’t even have to do with race. But when he comes into the equation, he makes it about race. He forces that down your throat, and wants to change the way you think, and poison a community into thinking it’s all about black and white.”

National Urban League President Marc Morial saw no problem with it. “We are in an age of opinion journalism,” he said. “It’s a different world when it comes to television hosts. When you look at cable television, you see lots of hosts who wear different hats. Sharpton may be more well-known, but I don’t think he’s that different.”

CNN commentator Errol Louis pointed out that Sharpton’s new platforms were a savvy evolution of his previous work. Source: Mediaite

The family of Akai Gurley, who was fatally shot by rookie cop Peter Liang in the stairwell of the Pink Houses, publicly dissociated itself from Rev Al Sharpton. TMZ reports, Gurley’s aunt, Hertenceia Peterson, who said she was speaking on behalf of the slain man’s mom, said,  “Al Sharpton came in, put his name on the situation, but has not even made one single call to the parents to Akai.” She also said, “all Sharpton sees “is money and political gain and that he is turning the tragedy into a circus.””

DOJ to Launch Civil Rights Investigation into Eric Garner Chokehold Death

DOJ to Launch Civil Rights Investigation into Eric Garner Chokehold Death

DOJ to Launch Civil Rights Investigation into Eric Garner Chokehold Death

Attorney General Eric Holder said the Department of Justice will launch an civil rights investigation into the Eric Garner chokehold death after a Staten Island grand jury cleared NYPD Officer Daniel Pantaleo. Holder said the probe into Eric Garner’s death will be “independent, thorough, fair and expeditious.”

Good evening.  I want to provide an update regarding the case involving Eric Garner, a Staten Island resident, who died tragically in July.

Since Mr. Garner’s death, the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of New York, the Civil Rights Division and the FBI have been monitoring the local case closely while allowing the local investigation, led by the District Attorney’s office in Staten Island, to proceed first.

Earlier today, the grand jury declined to return an indictment in this case.  Now that the local investigation has concluded, I am here to announce that the Justice Department will proceed with a federal civil rights investigation into Mr. Garner’s death.

This afternoon I spoke with the widow of Eric Garner to inform her and her family of our decision to investigate potential federal civil rights violations.  I have been in touch with President Obama and Mayor de Blasio regarding our decision as well.

Our prosecutors will conduct an independent, thorough, fair and expeditious investigation.

In addition to performing our own investigative work, the Department will conduct a complete review of the material gathered during the local investigation.

We have all seen the video of Mr. Garner’s arrest.  His death, of course, was a tragedy.  All lives must be valued.  Mr. Garner’s death is one of several recent incidents across the country that have tested the sense of trust that must exist between law enforcement and the communities they are charged to serve and protect.  This is not a New York issue or a Ferguson issue alone.  Those who have protested peacefully across our great nation following the grand jury’s decision in Ferguson have made that clear.

As the brother of a retired police officer, I know in a personal way about the bravery of the men and women in uniform who put their lives at risk every day to protect public safety.  The vast majority of our law enforcement officers perform their duties honorably and are committed to respecting their fellow citizens civil rights as they carry out their very challenging work.

It is for their sake as well that we must seek to heal the breakdown in trust we have seen.  Earlier this week, I traveled to Atlanta to begin a series of interactions to begin this process – and officials around the country at every level of the Department of Justice will continue this vital ongoing work.  As the Justice Department’s independent investigations into the deaths of Michael Brown and Eric Garner proceed, I will continue these conversations as we seek to restore trust, to rebuild understanding and to foster cooperation between law enforcement and the communities they serve.

I know that substantial numbers of people in New York and across the country will be disappointed and frustrated by the outcome of the state grand jury proceeding today.  I know many will plan to voice their disappointment publicly through protests.  This is the right of all Americans.  But as I have said before, throughout our history, the most successful movements have been those that adhered to the principles of nonviolence.  I urge all those inclined to demonstrate tonight and in the days ahead to remain peaceful in their demonstrations, and not to engage in activities that deflect our attention from the very serious matters our nation must confront.  Source: Justice Department