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Delaware Honors Teen Slaying Was On Sacred Ground: Amy Joyner Killing Sparks Outrage As School No Longer A Safe Haven For Kids

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In a private ceremony within the coming days her family will celebrate her short life, and her remains will be interned at a final resting place. In what must be the saddest time for the family of young Amy Joyner, they’ll gather themselves and struggle with the reality of having to say their goodbyes to a promising girl, who many remember being “about love and not hate.” The child lost her battle to recover from traumatic injuries she sustained during a fight over a boy in a high school bathroom last week. It was an extremely difficult time for the entire Wilmington Delaware community, as exemplified through the towns Mayor, William Dennis’ struggle to convey his tearful remarks saying, “I am so upset that a young lady lost her life today. Things like this shouldn’t happen. My heart bleeds for the family, the kids who go to this school, the administrators and our city.”

Sources close to the investigation tell TPC that the Joyner teen was dating a boy at Howard High School, when an ex=acquaintance of the unknown male became enraged, and wanted to fight Amy Joyner. The girl who initially became involved in a physical confrontation with the Joyner teen, had reportedly direct her friends to join in and help her in the event that she began to lose the fight. Sources say that’s exactly what happened. As the girl became overwhelmed by Joyner in the fight, at least four other girls joined in, and began punching, kicking, and stomping the Joyner youth. A student in the bathroom at the time of the fight who witnessed the horrific ordeal (Kayla Wilson), told ABC News (Channel 6) that when the girls started jumping Joyner, her head hit a sink in the bathroom which rendered her unconscious.

Some have described the severe injuries that the Joyner youth sustained as being caused accidentally, when Joyner allegedly slipped during the fight. Other accounts describe her injuries as having been the direct result of one of the females ramming the teens’ head into the sink. While those details are being disputed and clarified through the investigation, one thing is certain and not in dispute, and that’s the claim that the girls continued their vicious and violent assault on Joyner after she became unconscious. That aspect of this entire tragic ordeal will determine the severity of criminal charges filed, or if any will be at all.

When details first emerged about the killing of a fifteen year old girl at the school, anger began to mount after it was discovered that the girls were fighting over a boy. Fights of this nature are not uncommon between teens. Its not the first time that a child lost their life to a fight, and its not the first time that a school kid had been jumped by a gang of their peers either. However, many can’t recall the last time a teen girl was killed in a fight, after being being jumped by a gang of girls in a high school bathroom. In the school of all places! One of the supposedly safest places for a child to be. The shock for many who wonder how such a tragedy could be allowed to happen in a school setting was only exacerbated by heartless social media rants, posted on Facebook by her alleged attackers.

One of the girls wrote of Amy, “Fuck This Retarted Nose Having Ass Biotch, She Ugly. We mad sure we killed that bitch. #ripamy BIOOTCH,” one of the social media post read. Another post stated, “I’m glad she is dead.” All of the post were later taken down, but the ignorance of these heartless children may come back to haunt them. Their callous actions and “as a matter of fact” personification even though a person lost their life as a result of this incident, may collectively cement their fate if the case goes to trial. Sadly though, the term “if” is major in this case. Its been over a week and no one has been held accountable for young Amy Joyner having lost her life. Officials have stated publicly that there are over 3000 documents of data pertaining to the case that have to be painstakingly looked over, and officials probably won’t file any criminal charges until the Joyner teen’s autopsy has been complete.

The surrounding community is awaiting the announcement of criminal charges, while their are those within the community who say that five other children have lost their lives as well, as Joyner’s attackers could potentially spend significant time in prison. Wilmington Mayor William Dennis who is a former police officer, told ABC News that “if the physical evidence shows that a person lost their life during the commission of a crime, then they absolutely should spend a significant amount of time behind bars.” The mayor’s sentiment seem to be echoed throughout the community as an exhaustion of violence among youth appears to be the theme, with some calling for the “resuscitation” of today’s youth during a memorial service held in the teens honor at a local church Friday evening.

Despite the outrage from the Wilmington community over the child’s death, there are some who say that Joyner’s attackers are just kids and should be treated as such. That perspective angers many following the child’s heartbreaking story. Children make mistakes all the time, but a very compelling argument is easily offered for such a posture, when most will submit to the errors of youthful delinquency, and question how many remember having joined in a gang beating that resulted in a person losing their life during their own development as a youth. One some don’t get is that, even after the Joyner youth became visibly unconscious, some of the girls continued to punch, kick, and stomp the child. All of which was allegedly captured on cellphone videos by witnesses in the bathroom who recorded the fight.

Those are the images that many believe should be the deciding factor of how the girls should be treated in the justice system. Its a brutal depiction of heartless cower, by a pack of savages who willingly participated in the killing of another human being, and there is a severe penalty that must be implemented for such behavior that cannot be allowed to persist within any civilized society. Their actions are in fact indicative of their home life, there environment, and their own personal willingness to participate in such a heinous crime. Amy Joyner is never coming home to her family again. She won’t be attending her junior or senior year high school proms. Her father will never be able to walk her down the aisle on her wedding day, and she’ll never bare children in this life. The family of those girls can visit them in prison for years to come.

In the last five years violent crime has continued to rise in the city of Wilmington Delaware. So prevalent that the city has been making national headlines for their volume of homicides per capita. While violent crime isn’t exactly a new social trait for the city of Wilmington, the violence has become alarming and the killing of a teen girl in a school bathroom seems to culminate just how systemic the violence has become in the Philadelphia suburb. That’s the subculture that was meted out in the girls bathroom at Howard High. A community gripped with crime that causes young people to emulate such acts of violence in everything they do, and teaches them that conflict resolution can only be obtained through physical confrontation.

These are the hard knock lessons of urban culture in modern day America, but with the lessons must come consequences. Some will argue that long prison terms aren’t the right answers for ignorant children who are in fact themselves victims of a violent and brutal social code in the world that they are coming up in. The hardships of coming up in communities with tough mean streets isn’t a new trend. Urban communities have always struggled with these kinds of social, political, and educational dilemmas. Failure to properly classify this very disturbing case for what it is would be a tremendous injustice to young Amy Joyner who lost her life in a school fight in a rivalry over a boy.

Time after time in various communities all over the country there are incidents where children are bullied and attacked for a variety of stupid reasons, and often times is always the exact same script. Usually some ignorant, unattractive kid, with self esteem issues, becomes jealously violent toward another student who is popular, outgoing, and has good grades. Their own perceived lack of self worth is usually predicated on other social issues within them individually as a direct result of rejection, family life, and lack of the fundamental physiological needs of acceptance and love. It very well may be these failures of those responsible for these girls’ development that caused such a violent and deadly outburst.

We must ask ourselves, who are these girls? What kind of home did they come from? Where did they develop such hatred and violence? What kind of individuals are these that willingly participate in beating another human being to death? The answers to those question most certainly will be sufficient in determining their individual fate for their role in this crime. When a child cannot successfully navigate the halls of the most basic sanctuary of their development (school), as a society we have failed them beyond measure. What the Wilmington community has created and allowed to manifest within the educational environment of their school system is alarming. Young Amy Joyner could have been anyone’s child. Let her life stand for the righteous indignation for change that must come in the wake of these dark hours, of a dark community, during these extremely troubling and dark times within our society.

 

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Petro-Nixon Killing Approaching Ten Year Anniversary: Little Girl Thrown Out With Garbage Needs A Psychic Detective Walk On Her Case

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The case files and all of the details surrounding a decades old New York homicide, are neatly packed away on some dusty shelf in an NYPD Cold Case Unit’s storage space. It was nearly ten years ago when a teen girl left her home to fill out a job application and then meet up with a friend. It was Father’s Day 2006 and perhaps a day which has been relived over and over again in the minds of the parents of Chanel Petro-Nixon. The church going kid who had never been in any kind of trouble before, didn’t make it to the local Applebees to fill out a job app as she had planned, nor did she make it to her date with a friend (If you believe his story), while she failed to return home that night, and seemingly just vanished from the rugged streets of Brooklyn New York. Chanel was a Boys & Girls High School honors student who followed a rigid studying habit, and was also very active in her local church. A rare trait for youth coming up during our time, while faced with distractions and the lures of urban culture paramount, and continually persist at every turn of young people’s lives.

Her life was so structured that when she went missing, her family and friends were probably hoping that this extraordinary kid was having a brief moment of youthful rebellion as most ordinary youth her age do, but Chanel’s stray from a straight and narrow path wasn’t due to some type of excursion from discipline. Her disappearance was mysterious, sudden, and remains puzzling still. As the hours mounted after the initial report of her disappearance was reported to authorities, days would elapse before the horrifying news emerged, and the painful discovery of a young female’s body was determined to be that of the Petro-Nixon teen.

Sanitation workers picking up trash on a Brooklyn street corner became alarmed one day when a load appeared unusually heavy, and emitted an extremely foul odor. Suspicious of what they had happened upon, the crew summoned New York police, who made the gruesome find of a body being in a garbage bag. The pretty and studious church going teen had been thrown out on the corner like common trash. Now after all these years, the realization that a cowardice scumbag who did this to a good kid is still on the loose, simply angers so many people, especially men who have daughters. She was a young up and coming girl, somebody’s daughter, a human life, and I have personally been relentless in seeking the whereabouts of the dark heart monster responsible for her killing ever since. The person who committed such a despicable and heinous crime must be captured, and as a society we must take the appropriate measures to insure that this person is permanently removed from  society for ever.

However, Chanel’s case has never offered very many clues that could lead investigators in the right direction of capturing the perpetrator(s) of her murder. A short time after her killing, cops were looking closely at another young female who was killed (Jennifer Moore), and found striking similarities in the Moore and Petro-Nixon cases. Moore who was strangled to death after a night out partying in New Jersey was discovered with her pants pulled down, raped, and her body had been washed down with bleach to hide clues. While the Petro-Nixon teen wasn’t raped, she was also found to have her pants pulled down as well. Petro-Nixon had a chemical burn on her leg that investigators believe could be a result of bleach being used on her body. Both of the females were stuffed in black garbage bags and discarded (Moore was found inside a trash dumpster, and Petro-Nixon was tossed on a curb side with other garbage bags).

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Jennifer Moore, body found discarded in a dumpster.

 

Investigators have publicly stated that known Pimp Draymond Coleman, who was pinched and prosecuted for the Moore killing, could in fact also be responsible for the killing of young Chanel Petro-Nixon as well. These were some of the interest that police officials had very early on in the investigation of the Petro-Nixon homicide, but any hopes of linking Coleman to the Brooklyn teen’s killing has never revealed any evidence connecting him to her murder. As the years have gone by since her death, investigators have since placed a tremendous amount of focus on the young man that Chanel was supposed to have met up with on the day of her disappearance. He has always claimed that she stood him up that day, but he is a very interesting character just like Coleman.

Chanel’s mother says that her daughter met the boy during a church function, he had been by their home on several occasions, and that he never gave any warning signs that he was trouble. A closer look at his background revealed that the youth had anything but a stellar past. Court records show that he had been charged with rape twice, and was acquitted in both cases. Several years later he was collared for violating a restraining order which an ex-girlfriend had filed against him. He was sentenced to prison time in that case, but just like Coleman, investigators have never been able to link him to Chanel’s killing. That’s where cops say they need the public’s help in finding the missing pieces in her case. No one in the teen’s Brooklyn neighborhood has ever come forward with pertinent information related to Chanel’s murder. There appears to be a very chilling and haunting silence in her community regarding her mysterious disappearance and subsequent murder. Investigators are convinced that someone out there has the information that they need to solve her case, and they may not even know that they hold the key to solving this case.

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Chanel Petro-Nixon, body was discarded in a garbage bag of a street corner.

Unfortunately, cold cases like Chanel’s go unsolved for years, but there are alternative methods in getting help nfor these kind of criminal cases. While some find the method unorthodox, impractical and useless, Psychic Detectives have been very impressive in providing clues to unsolved murder cases. The use of individuals who possess special gifts and abilities to connect with the unseen, unknown, and spiritual realm is no fluke. Countless of mysteries have been solved by psychic detectives who have provided some very compelling results when their services have been solicited in helping to resolve mysterious cases.

For example, Maria Scott was a prostitute whose body was found seven months after her disappearance. Four and a half years after Scott met her untimely death, the lead investigator of the case, Jeffrey Little, asked for psychic Debbie Malone’s assistance in discovering more about Scott’s death. Malone was able to lead police to the cabin that Scott was killed in, but that’s not all. The psychic also found the murder weapon lodged in a drainpipe. In addition, Malone told police that she felt like the murderer had walked through her as she entered the cabin and explained that this was an action only ghosts are able to do. This was before Little told Malone that Scott’s suspected murderer had committed suicide.

Also, Arthur Herbert was the pilot of a plane that mysteriously disappeared in 1984. After a long search for Herbert and his three passengers, the search was called off. However, Herbert’s sister Jessica Herbert, wasn’t quite ready to give up the idea of finding her brother. Herbert got in touch with psychic detective Noreen Renier from her ex-husband. The psychic was able to give the exact coordinates of the crash site and was even able to describe Arthur’s final moments to his sister. This case provides another example in which police acknowledged that a psychic played a vital role in the solving of a mystery.

Moreover, when I began writing about the mysterious disappearance of another honors teen, the late Phylicia Simone Barnes, I was personally in contact with psychic detectives who described the location of her body as being in a large body of water that runs through two large land mass. Some of those detectives believe that the Barnes teen may have been tortured. None of that was ever proven to be fact, but Barnes’ nude body was found months later, floating in the Susquehanna River in Northern Maryland, near the Conowingo Dam (Which is a body of water interpolated between parts of Northern Maryland and the state of Pennsylvania). That personal experience with psychic detectives in the Barnes case has cause me to understand the value of individuals with certain gifts and abilities to uncover details related to the unseen, hidden, and perplexing details of cold murder cases.

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Phylicia Simone Barnes, honors teen who disappeared and psychics predicted her location that later proved to be accurate.

Therefore, of the hundreds of thousands who follow my work related to cold murder cases, missing and exploited children stories, and other important human interest articles, I know for a fact that there are hundreds of psychics who can assist in helping to close this case. Chanel’s lifeless body was discovered in a garbage bag in front of a house at 212 Kingston Avenue in the Crown Heights section of Brooklyn New York. I challenge to take the walk. Walk for a little girl who was a bright shining star who had just began life, and was senselessly snatched from this world by some heartless killer. Let’s all take a walk down there to see what we can, for Chanel!

 

 

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Only Black Students Chosen As Wait Staff For Annual King Ceremony: School Administration Actions Outrage Black Community Of Frederick Maryland

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From its “shab row” European style brick cottages to its cobblestone pathways, its perhaps the ideal community that resembles the “old country” kind of living which attract rural family culture. Its scenic landscapes provide thrill seekers with adventure, and cutting edge cuisine is served up in Civil War-era buildings alongside unique specialty shops, galleries, museums, and theaters. The town’s motto “Where Hip meets History” is an alluring calling cry that solicits tourist to one of the state’s many historical communities embodied with modern flare and culturally rich southern hospitality, but perhaps the Northern Maryland town of Frederick is still lagging far behind in other areas of modern society, like class, race, and social consciousness. Some say while the proud community promotes its self for cultural diversity, a subtle and covert culture of racism persist.

Black families living in Frederick say that actions by an Oakdale High School Assistant Principal, surrounding the county’s annual Rev. Martin Luther King Celebration is indicative of the kind of subliminal forms of racism that still potentially exist within the Frederick community. Recently, a group of all black students were summoned to the school’s main office, where Assistant Principal William Caufield met with the kids, gave them a flyer announcing the county’s annual King Celebration, and had the students sign a participation list indicating that they have agreed to participate in the program as “Servers.” The parents concerns weren’t very explicit initially, because of the significance of the celebration, and the national pride usually associated with the holiday within the black community.

However, once the parents explained their objection toward only black students having been selected for the role of “Servers” for the function, juxtapose to the ethnic demographics of the school’s student body population, a crystal clear perspective can be easily discerned, and establishes why developing concern and suspicion pertaining the criteria for selecting these particular kids for the purpose of serving food at the event. Oakdale High of Frederick in Northern Maryland has a total of 1205 students that are enrolled this school year, and the ethnic breakdown is:

White Students      =1002
Hispanic Students =64
Black Students        =55
Asian Students        =32
Mixed Students       =45

Parents argue that its extremely troubling that while black kids only make up just about 6% of the entire student body, only black kids having been selected as participants to serve food at the event, is not just problematic, but they say it more than likely was done so deliberately. They cite the demeaning roles that ancestors of blacks in America (who were slaves) were subjected to during slavery, the Jim Crow era, and other social settings that reduced people of color to servant like capacities. The parents believe that while there clearly isn’t a coincidence for the selection of a black only student “wait staff,” no rationalization could ever explain the choice of just black kids being hand picked for such a role considering their small number within the student population. They believe that common sense alone should have kicked in, allowing the school official to avoid the mere appearance or implication of prejudice by choosing the participants from a more diverse aspect of the student body, especially considering the sensitive nature  of the event for which these kids would be participating.   

Additionally, they also believe that not all of the kids actually wanted to participate in the program, but rather were compelled to agree to participate because of the Assistant Principal’s authority, or felt coerced into doing so. The parents believe the kid’s lack of desire to participate in their chosen capacity is why it was brought to their attention. The alarm sounded by the kids has caused parents to question exactly how long the practice of only choosing black students to serve food has actually been going on in the 25 year history of the County’s celebration of the Martin Luther King holiday. Since its a Frederick County Public Schools event, its believed that other schools in the county would also have students participating, and parents are questioning whether Oakdale’s Assistant Principal has been selecting only black students from his school for past King Holiday events. Some also wonder if only black students were chosen because of a lack of desire to participate by students of other ethnic backgrounds. Either way, the parents believe its problematic for the county.

One question posed to the parents was whether they believed the incident had impacted the kids in a negative way. A parent stated, “if you look at the racial dynamic of the school, it makes you wonder what criteria did these kids meet, other than the color of their skin, to cause them to be chosen in this capacity for the King holiday event? Absolutely, they have been negatively impacted by this,” the parent said. The parents say it now places more scrutiny on the school’s administration when their children are hand picked for service in school events. They make it clear that they’re not going to pretend like the town of Frederick doesn’t have its share of racial strife, just like everywhere else in the country. They say these kind of incidents breed mistrust, suspicion, and fear their kids are vulnerable to a system that still manifest residuals of racial prejudice.

Frederick historically has been linked to a vibrant culture of race hate, primarily because it serves host to a small but prevalent faction of the Ku Klux Klan hate group. Once a very large group in Frederick, and the Carroll County Maryland region in general, the Klan has seemingly been run off, and reduced to “Big bad loud mouth cowards” as one local activist claims. While an influx of families who prefer diversity have transcended the community into the now dominate social order throughout the county, the Klan has been continuing their recruitment campaign efforts in the county by soliciting members through fliers and other advertisements being placarded on cars, mail boxes, and homes of town residents. The recruitment attempts were so pervasive back in 2013, that it caused the Frederick Police Department to contact the Klan Organizers directly regarding the flier distribution. Frederick authorities said that it wanted to make it perfectly clear to Klan recruiters that lifting the windshield of a vehicle constitutes tampering. Maryland law states that a person may not willfully damage or tamper with any vehicle without the consent of the owner. Such proactive measures being taken by the town’s police department are seen as an indication that their is tremendous resistance to the Klan’s presence in their county, but is an continuous and ongoing battle some say.

One of the more noted instances of racism in Frederick was captured in a Youtube video back in 2014, which depicted white males at a bar scene drinking, on the floor attempting to “break dance”, and mocking lyrics of a rap song by Snoop Doggy Dog (Gin and Juice) that in an unedited version of the song, contains a profanity laced theme with the term “Nigga” being repeatedly utilized. The white males who appear to be using the song as their theme music as an anthem of dislike for blacks, also appear to be offering the song in a salute to a man name Willie (who many believe is in fact Willie Lynch). The male in the video with a beard is well known and long time Klan supporter and member Jeffrey Dobson.

On October 5th, 2013 – KKK members blanketed the downtown section of Frederick, Maryland with fliers depicting white hooded members, and another depicting a semi-automatic weapon stating, “No Jobs, No Money, No Future. It’s time for the second American Revolution! Democrats and Republicans Beware of the Loyal White Knights of the KKK. Frederick citizens say that after that recruitment effort incident by the faction of Klans, Dobson “went trolling on the internet to draw a reaction and attention to himself and his cause.” View the viral Youtube video below:

However, Frederick residents for the most part have responded to the Klan’s action by pushing back with documented planed rallies that denounce the bigotry and racism that the hate group is attempting to bring into their community, and continue to promote pride in their town’s diversity. As recent as just a few months ago, residents and churches held a candlelight walk and special sermons as counterbalances to a Ku Klux Klan demonstration in the Braddock Heights section of the county back in just October of 2015. The walk was organized to demonstrate opposition to the Klan and show solidarity with groups who are historically targeted by the Klan. The Traditional Rebel Knights of the Ku Klux Klan were holding a “private rally triple cross and swastika lighting” for an event “in honor of Columbus Day.” “This is a tiny Klan group full of big, bad talk, but they have not been able to produce more than 10 people in their existence” since 2014, an article in The Frederick News-Post reported last year.

The parents of an Oakdale High student stated that while recent strife with hate groups like the Ku Klux Klan in Frederick are not directly related to the Dr. Martin Luther King holiday incident, they “believe that certain cultural beliefs and racial intolerance of some people in and around Frederick, may be the catalyst which sparked the kind of thinking which led to black students having been singled out in such a capacity.” The parents say they will be closely monitoring the situation at Oakdale High, but for now choose to remain anonymous out of fear of retaliation against their children from potentially racist members of the school system. “We just don’t know who’s who,” they say.

To Be Continued …

References:

The Frederick News-Post

Carroll County Times

 

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Phylicia Barnes Murder Case Far From Over: Five Years Later Shauntel Sallis Breaks Silence About Her Kid Sister’ Murder

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“On the fifth anniversary of the disappearance of honors teen Phylicia Simone Barnes, I have chosen to publish a series of articles which highlight her older sister’s perspective pertaining to the child’s tragic killing and the circumstances surrounding the ensuing criminal cases that followed, and her efforts to launch a national campaign through clothing apparel to memorialize her kid sister, and to bring awareness to the issue of missing, abused, and exploited children everywhere. These articles will be dedicated to the late child’s memory. The interview with Shauntel Sallis-Evans by The People’s Champion Blog, will be the first comments she has made to media about her sister’s murder of any kind. May justice prevail and that young Simone rest in eternal peace.”

 — David B. Adams, Crime Blogger

For most, the Christmas season is a joyous time of year where family gatherings are the focus of holiday activities. Most families continue festive traditions with corals and other songs of cheer, in preparation for the countdown to the New Year. This season is also one of the most saddening as well for some families who have fell upon hard times, are experiencing the holidays without certain loved ones for the first time, and others experience haunting reminders of tragic events that occurred around this time of year, resulting in the lost of  a close relative. One such family that has had to endure the horrors of such tragedy every Christmas for five years is the relatives of the late Phylicia Simone Barnes, the book smart honors teen from Monroe North Carolina who disappeared in Baltimore exactly five years ago today, while visiting her half siblings over the Christmas holiday in 2010. Her disappearance garnered national media attention which was rare for a missing child of color. While many may have forgotten about the pretty and studious child’s tragic ending, her older sister prepares to fight on to seek justice for her kid sister.

The horrifying ordeal went on for months while city, state, and federal authorities conducted searches throughout the Baltimore metropolitan area in a failed attempt to locate the missing child. Sadly, in the spring of 2011 when the chilled waters of the Susquehanna River began to thaw, the nude decomposing body of a young female emerged and was discovered by workers near the Conowingo Dam in Northern Maryland. State police and medical examiners used the tattoo of a red rose located on the ankle of the body to identify the remains as the Barnes teen. The grueling discovery dashed any hopes that Phylicia had simply run off on her own without notifying her family. Such a scenario was the initial posture of the Baltimore police when the child was first reported missing. Her death drew closer attention to the people she was around prior to disappearing, and from the very start, the little girl’s family became suspicious about what they were being told.

In the first interview with media of any kind Shauntel Sallis who is the older sister of the Barnes teen, shared her perspective with The People’s Champion Blog regarding her sister’s murder case. Her account depicts what it was like on the ground in Baltimore when they were notified that Phylicia was missing. When news first broke about the 16 year old’ s disappearance from her older half sister’s West Baltimore apartment, her mother and stepfather had to travel from the south, and her older sister came from the New York Tri-state area in the north. They all converged on  an apartment complex off of Reisterstown Road in Baltimore Maryland. As the teen’s relatives began questioning a volume of people around the complex, looking for clues to help establish Phylicia’s whereabouts, an eerie innervation and disturbing narrative began to emerge pertaining to what the child’s immediate family was being told about her disappearance. Phylicia’s oldest sister Shauntel Sallis said she recalls immediately developing the impression that those who were around her little sister were lying, extremely secretive, and appeared to be collectively covering up details about what happened to young Phylicia Barnes.

Unable to obtain any meaningful progress in determining what happened to the teen, her family began scouring around the streets of the city in an effort to locate the child. Shauntel who isn’t familiar with Baltimore, contacted her son’s father, a Rap Music recording artist, who immediately dispatched several people in Baltimore City to accompany the Sallis family during their search for Phylicia. After spending hours walking the streets, visiting night clubs, and other known hangouts for youths in Baltimore, the little girl’s family search efforts fell short of locating her. That’s when Shauntel says she began a more direct approach to get answers. She asked her mother who was the last person to see Phylicia, and she said her mother responded “Michael” (Phylicia’s oldest half sister boyfriend Michael Johnson). She asked for his cellphone number and called him.

Shauntel said that as she began to question him, “he was obviously nervous, stuttering, and appeared evasive” to her questions. She asked him where was Phylicia when he arrived at the apartment, and he said “she was in the shower,” a revelation that Shauntel said was very alarming because her sister was alone in such a vulnerable and uncompromising situation with him (Michael) being there. She went on to inquire about what he was actually doing. She said he initially told her that he was “moving his property out of the apartment,” and then under further questioning he stated that he was “doing laundry.” When she challenged him pertaining to the discrepancy in his account, he claim to have started a load of laundry and was moving belongings out of the apartment while her kid sister was taking a shower.

The older sister’ account confirms what earlier speculation suggested that Johnson was there while the Barnes teen was in fact bathing, an aspect that angered followers of this case, and cited concerns as to why the older Barnes female (her half sister) wasn’t more proactive about insuring the physical safety of the child. Shauntel told TPC that after efforts to physically locate her sister failed she believed Phylicia was already gone (deceased). Also Shauntel said that Phylicia had come to her in a dream and warned her that everyone at the older half sister’s apartment were all involved in what happened to her. She further believes that the dream had tremendous merit because what Simone told her in the dream, confirmed what she was feeling while on the ground asking questions and trying to find her.

Just like Phylicia’s mother Janice Mustafa believed, Shauntel also suspected that the child’s father was complicit in efforts to cover up what happened to young Phylicia. Shauntel recalled Russell Barnes (Phylicia’s biological father) and his half brother Sgt. Jackson of the Baltimore police, telling Janice and Raheem Mustafa (parents) that Jackson was in charge of Phylicia’s disappearance case. Its a revelation that has never been made public, and a very interesting element of the child’s disappearance case since Baltimore police found no wrong doing on Jackson’s part, after he showed up at the apartment where Phylicia was staying with her half sister on the day she went missing, and began questioning people. Jackson was never assigned to the missing person investigation, and Shauntel believes like many others, that Jackson’s role, along with his brother Russell Barnes during the crucial hours of her disappearance may have in fact helped the perpetrators responsible for the murder of her sister.

Shauntel goes on to point out that there were a volume of inconsistencies in the stories that were given to her by Deena Barnes (Phylicia’s half sister) and her boyfriend Michael Johnson. For instance, she says that when she questioned Michael, that he told her the front door to Deena’s apartment was always left open (suggesting that anyone could have entered the apartment and killed the child). After speaking with him she immediately called Deena, and challenged her on why the door to the apartment was always open. Shauntel said that she overheard Deena asking Michael, “Did you tell her that about my front door?” She explained that it was very telling for Deena and Michael to be “laid up” together somewhere while Phylicia was missing, and growing suspicion was developing related to Michael’s potential knowledge about the child’s whereabouts.

The story initially offered to police that Phylicia went to purchase food in the nearby business district is just one of a volume of untruths that Shauntel believes were deliberate deflections and obstacles that were crafted to orchestrate a cover up regarding what happened to young Phylicia, by her own father, his brother Sgt. Jackson, her older half sister Deena Barnes, and Michael Johnson. More importantly, Shauntel told TPC that “I believe they both (Michael and Deena) know what happened to Simone.”  Her perspective on what happened and why she believes Phylicia was killed is perhaps an extremely profound aspect of the entire case that has never been made public. While Michael Johnson has largely been on the hook for the demise of such a promising kid, Shauntel believes that Deena was complicit in what happened to her kid sister as well. She says that she could tell that Deena was hiding something.

On the “Peas and Their Pods” Radio Broadcast when the Barnes siblings were interviewed about their baby sister’s disappearance, Deena Barnes was specifically questioned about allegations that Phylicia had fallen asleep on top of Michael Johnson, a claim that Deena vehemently denied during the Blogtalk radio show. It was a rumor which implied that a sexual relationship had transpired between the Barnes teen and Michael Johnson, and further explored by investigators who discovered that Johnson had shared over 500 text messages with the child over a span of several months. When asked whether she believed that her sister had sex with Johnson, Shauntel said “I believe without Deena knowing, sounds crazy but this whole thing is bananas. I feel they started as a group thing (Phylicia, Michael, and Deena having sex together) then Michael took it to the next level, i.e. the text messages etc…”

Shauntel further explains that she struggles with Michael’s ability to text message his girl friend’s baby sister all of those times without some issue developing. She believes Michael couldn’t have text her at such a volume of times without Deena sanctioning it. She points out other factors that doesn’t make sense and supports her group sex theory. When Deena Barnes testified during Michael Johnson’s first trial that she had witnessed him attempting to touch Phylicia in the nether regions (vagina area) of her body, her failure to be proactive about resolving his perverted actions, seems to suggest that such behavior wasn’t uncommon in their social setting. Deena testified that she asked Johnson, “Did I just see try to feel on my sister.” Shauntel says that’s about the time that Deena should have called her uncle who is a cop, to have the situation properly dealt with, and Michael should have never been allowed to have contact with Phylicia ever again. She says that Deena may have only challenged Michael on the fondling incident because “she didn’t say it was okay to be freaky yet.”

Shauntel Sallis also pointed out that the “sex video” that depicted Phylicia, Deena, Michael, Michael’s younger brother, and allegedly William Johnson (a cousin), streaking nude in and out of the apartment, and onto the playground of an adjacent school, was just a test to see how far Phylicia would go in preparation to introduce her to group sex. She believes the very fact that Deena condoned Phylicia’s participation in such activity was extremely compelling, and supports her theory that Phylicia was involved in group sex with the pair (Deena and Michael) as well as other males who were regulars frequenting Deena’s West Baltimore apartment. Other factors of her group sex theory Shauntel says is, “The way that ‘Bootz’ or Glenton (Michael’s younger brother) was talking about her during his testimony in the first trial, his demeanor, and like he was mad that he wasn’t the top of her list. Especially for him to say he slept with Simone x number of times as if it’s cool.”

Her main concern after all of this time has always been, how at the very least, no one captured “Streaking” nude in the sex video with her kid sister, have never been charged with a crime. She points out that the “sex video” was captured in July of 2010, and Phylicia would only have been 15-years-old at the time when the video was created. She believes that public nudity, indecent exposure, and while involving a minor child captured on video should be sufficient grounds to file charges for child endangerment at the very minimum, for the adults seen on film in the video. Shauntel says she has been beating down prosecutor Lisa Goldberg’s office door ever since. When she finally caught up with Goldberg, Shauntel says she was hostile, and advised her that she didn’t want to argue with her about the case. Shauntel said that Goldberg eventually told her that her mother Janice Mustafa (Phylicia’s mother) had requested that prosecutors not provide any information related to the prosecution of the case with Shauntel. This discovery Shauntel said, has angered her because her mother made negative comments in various other TPC articles in the past. The pair have had a contentious relationship to say the least, since this entire tragic ordeal unfolded, and revealing the particulars at this time serves no productive purpose.

Missteps By Investigators

Prior to Phylicia being discovered in the Susquehanna River near the Conowingo Dam in Northern Maryland, her disappearance case had been assigned to Baltimore police detective Nicholson, but because of the location of her remains, the Maryland State Police took over the murder investigations once her cause of death was determined to be a homicide. Shauntel discussed very important elements of the case and wondered why investigators along with prosecutors haven’t found a lot of information useful in the process of  determining who murdered Phylicia. She doesn’t understand how the tweet from one of the girl friends of the males that cops originally interviewed isn’t a vital piece of information, Phylicia went missing on December 28 and just a month later on January 28, the girl friend tweets “Its trapped at the dam, don’t pull the lever.” Shauntel says that there is no way that’s a mere coincidence, but the prosecutors never mentioned the tweet during either of the trials.

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Like most people closely following this case, its just mind blowing that cops failed to connect the dots with that kind of information. With it being widely known that a volume of young males were regular hangouts around Deena’s apartment, mostly who were relatives of Michael Johnson, the social media accounts of many of these young men were perhaps very crucial in determining what people may have known during the course of the murder investigation. It was actually crime “websluethers” who found the twitter information by the girl friend of a Johnson cousin and turned it over to the Maryland State Police investigator, but Shauntel is among a number of people who question whether the state police and the Baltimore police ever shared investigative notes related to this crime. Other social media information turned over to the police by the public, point to the potential involvement of some of Michael’s family members, but for some reason prosecutors never made mention of the highly circumstantial information during either of Johnson’s criminal trials.

TPC received a volume of information pertaining to the Johnson family which outlined their Matriarch and Patriarch, businesses and property that they owned, and various social media content that were extracted from the web. I forwarded all of that information to Shauntel Sallis who advised me that she was aware of much of the information entailed within the social media content, and what stuck out to her the most was the Tweet from Glenton “Bootz” Johnson, who tweeted “Don’t tell her twice, whoop her ass,” literally minutes just before Michael Johnson says he reportedly last saw Phylicia. Shauntel says “Yes, that tweet made me boil, like I can feel something in that message. Bootz’ tweet, ‘Whoop her ass don’t tell her twice’, it’s like I can feel what Simone went through, she was scared to death before they killed her.”

Shauntel also discussed with TPC how her little sister’s killing almost seems like a hit. She believes it appeared that Kelly Barnes and Deena Barnes, Phylicia’s two older half sister knew to stay away because they were knowledgeable of what was going to happen to the child. Kelly Barnes lived just a few blocks away from the apartment where Phylicia was staying with Deena, but despite either of the two older woman’s inability to contact Phylicia most of that day, Kelly who was reported suppose to be off from work that day, was also schedule to pick Phylicia up to go shopping for beauty supplies, and make a hair dresser appointment. The fact that Kelly never went by the apartment to check on Phylicia has outraged followers of this heartbreaking story.

The social media content that was allegedly turned over to police is almost like a blue print if properly studied, with knowledge of street vernacular, and a little common sense. The tweets between the Johnson males on the day that Phylicia went missing is for the most part the very core of the investigation surrounding the murder of young Phylicia Barnes, and like most people who think logically, Shauntel is angered by the police seemingly inability or lack of professional skill to sift through the available information to find out what most people who have read the social media content already know, that Michael wasn’t the only person who was alone with Phylicia the day he was at the apartment allegedly moving out. Strong circumstantial evidence suggest that Michael (aka “Ease”) was riding along Rolling Road in Baltimore County with his younger brother “Bootz” during the early afternoon hours on the day that Phylicia went missing, and may have even transported Michael to Deena’s apartment. After personally viewing the information from the public that TPC forwarded to her, she says that she believes the tweets tell it all.

Johnson Male Tweets

Shauntel expressed serious doubt that Michael killed her little sister because he wanted to have sex with her. “Why would he kill her for that? He already got the cookie (An inference to her group sex with Deena and Michael theory). I believe he killed her for what she knew. That’s what I would like to know, what did she know or see that led to her murder? It was someone who knew her and close because they got rid of her body and made it seem as if nothing happened. Shauntel also believes that who ever was responsible for Phylicia’s murder also had to know her mother. “They didn’t call her (mom), too many lies and secrets, and a stranger wouldn’t do all that covering and cleaning up.”

Michael told Shauntel that Deena had gotten on her little sister for giving her cellphone number to some guy in a green galant, but when I inquired as to why that was never made public before or mentioned by police, Shauntel explains that it was just lies that Deena and Michael had told her family during the cover up. In fact, there is a lot of information that was given to Baltimore police detective Nicholson who traveled to New York to interview Shauntel during the course of the investigation, and she explains that she advised him of everything that she has told TPC. However, she believes much of that information may not have made it to state police investigators once Phylicia’s body was found in their jurisdiction, and the personal troubles that Nicholson experienced related to his criminal charges that derived from a disappearance case concerning his own daughter who is also a minor.

Shauntel also expressed concern that her mother allowed Russell Barnes to be the spokesperson in the media pertaining to Phylicia’s murder case, when he knew absolutely nothing about her, wasn’t active in her life, and for the most part gave false details about her to the media. She stands firm on the belief that Russel along with his brother who is a cop (Sgt. Jackson) were vital in the cover up of Phylicia’s killing, in an effort to protect his other kids, mainly Deena Barnes. Shauntel believes that the only reason that her sister’s case is not still in the media, is because of her mother’s abscence in advocating for her child. “I know people are wondering, where is this child’s mother?’

To Be Continued …

 

 

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“Monkey See Monkey Do” Defense In Porter Trial: Cop’s Rationalization For Not Helping Freddie Gray Is Weak At Best, And Should Result In Conviction

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Now that the state and defense have both rested their cases in the criminal trial of William Porter, one of six police officers charged in the death of Freddie Gray, we can start to grasp a closer look at what actually happen the day Gray was arrested in West Baltimore and subsequently encountered a severe spinal injury that he would later succumb to a week later. Porter is the first to go on trial and is believed to be a material witness against other officers whose trial dates will occur next year. The most severe charge he faces is manslaughter. While the prosecutors believe that Porter and the other officer’s neglect in the care of Gray reached heights of criminal proportions, Porter’s defense counsel at least, have attempted to convince the jury that Gray’s death was the result of an accident.

In fact, much of the defense’ case seem to suggest that Porter wasn’t criminally responsible for aiding in the cause of Gray’s injuries because the Baltimore City Police Department had an on going cultural practice of not following agency policy and procedure. Defense counsel for the accused former cop put a number of witnesses on the stand to combat the state’ argument that Porter willfully neglected to properly restrain Gray in a paddy wagon per departmental policy. The prosecutor’s office presented a strong case by highlighting both, Porter’s knowledge of agency policy requiring all prisoners to be properly restrained in police transport vehicles, and his admitted failure to follow these established procedures. The state hammered Porter by presenting his police academy instructor as a witness, who testified that Porter was trained to restrain all prisoners being transported and to call for emergency medical services if a prisoner request medical care. The state also produced a witness from the city police’ IT Department, who testified that a departmental memorandum regarding prisoner transport, and the seat belt policy which had been emailed to all city police just a few weeks before the Freddie Gray incident, had in fact been emailed to Porter and confirmed to have reached his inbox..

Despite whatever argument that may be utilized to justify failure by Porter to secure Gray in the back of the paddy wagon, the facts are clear. Porter did not do his job and unfortunately a man died. This cannot be disputed one way or the other, but the defense seems to believe that a widespread systemic failure by Baltimore police personnel to follow agency policy is sufficient enough to justify Porter’s individual failure to secure Gray in the back of the wagon as required by police policy. One of the rationalizations for the widespread noncompliance of this particular departmental policy has been rumored to be predicated on perceived concerns related to officer safety. Cops have openly complained about the dangers of the close quarters that exist between officers and prisoners inside the transport vehicle. In the concerns regarding safety, police officials say officers have been spat on, bitten, and sustained other injuries while attempting to secure seat belts on prisoners, and as a result, police personnel regularly violate the established guidelines for prisoner transport out of concerns for their personal safety. Porter’s legal counsel isn’t arguing that he failed to secure Gray out of concerns for his safety though, but rather he only failed to do so as a routine practice similar to what other officers were doing (“Monkey see monkey do.”)

Also, considering the fact that Gray had requested for medical care on multiple occasions and the request was verified by various officers who interacted with him on the day of his arrest, selling the story that Porter was fearful of his safety resulting in his failure to secure Gray in the wagon would have been a hard sell to a seated Baltimore jury, especially with the video capturing Gray’s arrest going viral depicting the appearance of him severely injured. Common sense would almost certainly challenge exactly how much of a threat Gray would have been to the officer in his apparent condition. The battle over why Porter neglected to do his job of placing Gray in a seat belt seems to be a tremendous upheaval for his defense considering the established police policies, and regardless of the culture of not following police rules. The defense’ attempt to deflect responsibility of  securing prisoners in transport vehicles over to that of the actual driver of the vehicle is a stretch, and Porter’s lawyer has to know that he is really reaching on that argument. The state even put a witness on the stand who testified that caring for prisoners in police custody is a shared responsibility of all personnel who come in contact with a prisoner while they are in custody.

The point being here is, once a prisoner is physically restrained and placed in a transport vehicle, their personal safety for the most part is almost entirely out of the scope of their own control. Hence, why police agencies have policies in place requiring the restraint of all prisoners. Its almost like a complete oxymoron for the defense to think that police are not bound by seat belt laws, while “Joe Public” is subject to be ticketed by the very same police agency as demonstrated by Porter’s own testimony. The state will be able to make a hell of a summation on these points during closing arguments.

Moreover, Porter’s defense has run into trouble related to the comments he initially gave to investigators. The state produced a detective who testified that during an unrecorded phone call to Porter regarding what happened to Gray, Porter said to her that Gray told him he couldn’t breathe. The investigator went on to testify that Porter admitted that he wasn’t really sure if Gray was injured because Gray had a history of exaggerating his injuries when being arrested. During Porter’s own testimony on the stand however, he completely dismissed and denied the notion that he had made such a comment to the investigator. Well not entirely. Porter testified that he overheard a person saying that they were having difficulty breathing and needed an inhaler. Porter went on to testify that he later learned that it was Freddie Gray who had made the comment. I mean this isn’t rocket science here. Exactly how many prisoners were around at the time Porter allegedly overheard the “I can’t breathe” comment, and does he (Porter) really believe that his recollection on these events are actually going to be deemed credible? His testimony on this issue is vital to his defense and seemed to have been carefully crafted to establish that he really didn’t know Gray was injured. Its a conflicting account that the state’ witness may easily win because Porter’s recollection appears unbelievable on its face.

The depth of the unreliability of Porter’s testimony is further revealed in comments the officer made to investigators indicating that he (Porter) and the transport vehicle driver Ceasar Goodsen had discussed the unlikelihood of Central Booking personnel taking Gray in his condition, and that he would require to be taken to the hospital. An obvious indicator that Porter reasonably believed that Gray might actually have been injured, and not as he had attempted to convince the jury of not knowing if Gray was in fact in need of medical care. Therefore, Porter’s testimony seems to contradict the available facts related to the Freddie Gray arrest. It just isn’t very credible that Gray never told Porter that he couldn’t breathe as the former cop testified to, when he has already established on record with investigators that he and the transport driver had in fact discussed Gray’s purported injuries.

In the extremely veil elusion of responsibility from the criminal charges that Porter faces, there is minimal extrication available to him, and that’s only if he received an order from a superior specifically directing him not to call for emergency medical assistance for Gray. While Porter told investigators that he advised Sgt. Alicia White that Gray would need to be taken to the hospital, it doesn’t help his cause because Porter established on record that he reasonably believed Gray was injured long before he told Sgt. White, and he failed to get Gray help. Besides, nothing has been introduced in the record of this trial that establishes White or any other supervisor for that matter, having told Porter not to obtain medical help for Gray.

The trial against William Porter seem to hinge on contrasting elements pertaining to Porter’s actual knowledge related to whether Gray was injured or not. Porter’s seemingly shady testimony on these facts may sway the jury to conclude that he’s being untruthful. The history of how police typically have an unbreakable barrier between their rank and file, and usually stick together at all cost, kind of illustrates how Porter’s testimony appear more unreliable with police investigators having said on record that he acknowledged that Gray had requested medical care. Other comments Porter made on the record doesn’t help is case either. Porter stated that when he initially spoke with investigators about Gray, that he thought that he was considered a witness, and didn’t realize that he had to defend himself. That comment is extremely incautious because it almost implies that had he known he was being considered a suspect in Gray’s death, he probably wouldn’t have made certain statements. That may potentially be the test that jurors use to determine his integrity related to his actions while interacting with Freddie Gray that day. Some see telling the truth as a natural process and requires very little complexity, but to infer that a person should have been made aware of being a suspect tends to suggest potential concealment of the facts.

In totality regarding everything that police officials, their supporters, and other pundits from the public who are critical of Gray’s lifestyle have said about him in this case, none of the conjecture or rationalizations pertaining to Gray’s history of allegedly faking injuries, past crimes and arrest matters regarding what ultimately happened to him. He was actually injured during this incident which resulted in his death. Porter and every officer who came in contact with him while he was in police custody, had a duty to insure his personal safety, and despite how they may have felt about Gray as an individual it doesn’t circumvent the responsibility that was entrusted in Porter as a police official. Police officials seem to default to the old discredit him tactic, in an attempt to make Gray appear less deserving of any consideration because he was a petty criminal who sold drugs. While that may have in fact been the case in this instance, his arrest was for the purpose of mitigating such conduct in a court of law before a jury of his peers. Failing to get help for a prisoner who is physically restrained inside a police transport vehicle after he made multiple request for medical care, perhaps can only be described as cruel and heartless negligence that should result in a conviction based on the evidence presented to the court during this trial.

A “Monkey see monkey do” defense is really not a defense at all, and it may be a telling factor in a jury’s determination to come back with a guilty verdict for manslaughter in this case.

 

 

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The Fruit From Baltimore’s Forbidden Tree Is Dead At Age 73: Even In His Passing The Legacy Of “Little Melvin” Williams Remains A Symbol Of Death For His Own People

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He was celebrated perhaps as one of Baltimore’s greatest native sons, who emerged from poverty, and manifested a street pedigree from his days as a hooligan while navigating the card parlors, pool halls and back-alley crap games of West Baltimore. An endeavor that “Little Melvin” Williams would eventually transform into a multi million dollar empire.

Many who still remain that remember, are either too ignorant, or simply don’t care about how the underworld of organized crime utilized the likes of a young street hustler to exact a paralyzing, and poisonous culture of drug abuse on an entire city through the solicitation of heroin throughout Baltimore’s poorest communities. At the height of the civil rights movement in this country, and just about around the time that America began to cave in to the pressures of the illegality of segregation, and unconstitutional “Jim Crow” laws, another plan was being formulated to replace the oppressive state of black America that was once being implemented through racism.

In the backdrop of a revolutionizing social code in this country which would give people of color new found freedoms, a manipulative transformation of how mobsters and other crime figures during that era would conduct business in the black communities began to take shape. In an ironic but obvious coincidence of timing, the change that civil rights brought to this country gave birth to a seemingly new tactic to control an entire race of people, and when crime bosses began authorizing the solicitation of drugs, they took notice of a young Melvin Williams who possessed a persona seemingly impervious to the pressures of Baltimore’s tough streets.

It was the East Coast factions of the “mafia” who recruited “Little Melvin” and gave him the Baltimore heroin franchise. Later on local Jewish crime boss figure Julius “the Lord” Salisbury took Melvin under his wing, and introduced him to mobster Meyer Lansky (Depicted as the character Hyman Rothe in the iconic film “The God Father II”). Lansky who was a Russian immigrant, teamed up with a more notable crime figure Charles “Lucky” Luciano, and organized a national  and international crime syndicate which included a strong hold on Cuba, linking together various mob factions across the globe while also incorporating more reputable spheres of power into their criminal dealings.

With help from organized crime families of such powerful men connected to the mob, Melvin Williams had the backing of street muscle (violent enforcers), police officials, and some say politicians and judges alike, who were covertly complicit to his ability to reach such success of selling 40-50 kilos of heroin in Baltimore on a monthly basis. The city’s black business district which ran along the corridor or West Baltimore’s famed Pennsylvania Avenue, was ground zero for drug enterprises that prove to be extremely lucrative for Melvin and his mob cronies.-

As the acquisition of new laws such as the Fair Housing Act of 1964 became the norm, white flight from the inner city  also became very prevalent, and drug dealers who worked for “Little Melvin” moved in and set up shop . The open air drug markets that came about on that side of town created a devastating impact on the social, economic, and educational dynamics of the black community, because during that era Pennsylvania Avenue was the commerce mecca of Baltimore’s business and cultural centers for black people.

Nearly every black person in the city did some form of shopping or other business on Pennsylvania Avenue. Mobsters knew what they were doing when they unleashed Melvin into that portion of the black community with a constant supply of heroin. It almost but certainly guaranteed that drug soliciting would be marketed at the very apex of Baltimore’s black consumer base. The drug epidemic that followed has lasted decades, and much of the residuals of how organized crime literally paralyzed and destroyed an entire culture of people with heroin can still be seen throughout Baltimore to this day.

At the same time that heroin became a popular and acceptable form of recreational drug usage in Baltimore, those in charge of the city’s commercial growth began to implement the development of high rise public housing, which gave birth to the storied Murphy Homes and Lexington Terrace housing projects. The projects were designed to preempt white flight to the suburbs and keep white money in the city. The mob reeked havoc on the poor black communities that rose from the construction of housing projects. The misery of poverty, despair, and the lack of opportunity economically made many of these communities extremely vulnerable to drug solicitation, which “Little Melvin” Williams gladly served as ambassador for powerful organized crime figures.

Baltimore police officials say that Melvin’s first conviction was a sham. He was set up by the feds, who planted drugs on him. Upon his parole in 1979, Baltimore City would never be the same. He became Baltimore’s main supplier of heroin, a substance that plagues the city beyond epidemic proportions to this very day. At its peak, Melvin’s operation employed some 200 dealers and made millions of dollars a year. He owned dozens of properties and vehicles, and his gang waged a campaign of violence and intimidation throughout the city. A trail of bloody carnage, drug addiction, and an extremely devastating impact on the black family structure in Baltimore, typically rooted in heroin addiction was left in its wake.

Years after multiple convictions for various crimes, Melvin would eventually change his life and turn to the church. Ironically, two of the very people responsible for his demise, were also the ones who gave him his first acting gig on “The Wire.” It seemed fitting, especially since much of the material that producers Ed Burns and David Simon were writing for the show’s scripts were based mostly on Melvin’s activities as a drug kingpin at the peak of his career as a criminal. Burns was the detective responsible for investigating Melvin and eventually arrested him. David Simon was a writer for the Baltimore Sun during that time and had wrote most of the articles about Melvin’s drug gang.

Later on in life “Little Melvin” Williams would go on to do great things within the black community by mentoring troubled and at risk young black males. His deeds in that regard have been highly praised by many clergy, community leaders, and other public officials who know about his legacy as a kingpin on the streets of Baltimore. However, despite his evolution as man from a drug dealer to a mentor for many black youth, the blood stains, death, and tears of grieving families whose loved ones fell as casualties of Baltimore’s violent drug culture, are aspects of Melvin’s rein as a notorious drug kingpin that will never be forgotten. For some the very memory of “Little Melvin” Williams remains a constant reminder of his intricate role in the revolution of heroin dealing onto the streets of Baltimore.

Although the highly addictive drug wasn’t a common narcotic within the black community (Came on the scene initially as a rich man’s high), noted and famed entertainers like native Baltimore Jazz Great Billy Holiday, John Coltrane, Ray Charles, and others were some of its early junkies who were lured to its grasp while indulging in intravenous drug usage. You didn’t see a plethora of junkies buying that kind of “smack” (its street name back in the day) on street corners in the white community, because they didn’t allow it. Now considering how heroin and other drugs have such a strong hold on the black community, coupled with the carnage left in its path, we can clearly see how well orchestrated organized crime figures utilized men the likes of Melvin “Little Melvin” Williams as a prostitute, who solicited such a poisonous death to his own people, while serving as the Mob’s whore in the underworld of drug dealing.

Moreover, there are people who will argue that bringing up his past missteps in life serves no good, but rather we should celebrate a man’s growth whether its spiritually, educationally, or socially. There is in fact some merit to such a perspective when discussing an individuals personal transformation into a posture of righteous indignation for the betterment of his community, but when the missteps of such a heinous criminal are directly responsible for the solicitation of poisonous toxins to hundreds of thousands of his own people, and leaving a pathway of death and destruction still visible decades later, perhaps his death is the only meaningful contribution and amends that he could ever make to the very culture of people to whom he is in debt in modern society.

Those who have become aware of the urban blight that permeates the city of Baltimore, got a first hand look at the economic, educational, and social disenfranchisement of communities like Sandtown-Winchester (home of the late Freddie Gray), Penn-North, and Murphy Homes/ Lexington terrace project developments on the city’s west side. The abandoned homes, homelessness, and pervasive drug addiction are the residual bi-products that are the direct result of the criminal enterprises of “Little Melvin” Williams, who gave the mob a door key to the black community at the height of the Civil Rights Movement. The partnership eventually accomplished two objects:

1. It earned them both lucrative drug profits in the hundreds of millions of dollars.
2. Guaranteed that a devastating impact would be made on the black community through drug usage and addiction, that would cripple their growth as a people for decades.

So, the next time you take a trip to Lexington Market in downtown Baltimore or any other part of the city where there is an abundance of  drug addicts gathered, attending court ordered drug counseling, and posted up in the iconic “dope fiend lean,” you can thank the likes of the late Melvin Williams. His legacy has meant nothing but death to black people in Baltimore, and he should not be celebrated as the notorious drug kingpin that television shows like “American Gangster” depict him as. Our children should be taught to revile the very memory of men like him forever! His death is perhaps the greatest contribution he ever made to society.

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The iconic image coined by Baltimore’s street vernacular as “the dope fiend lean.”

 

 

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“From Paris With Another Lie”: The Paris Terrorist Attack On Friday The 13th Mirrors An Ancient French Horror That Changed The World

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When the world first became aware of the terrorist attacks in Paris on Friday the 13th, it sent shock waves of fear across the globe. The Western World Governments and its allies quickly spent the story as a direct result of ISIS. The media has been promoting propaganda about the so called terrorist group for the past few years in stories mainly related to the Syrian conflict in that country. Now the global media wants humanity to believe that these ban of terrorist who were originally only thought to be composed of stone throwing rebels trying to oust Syrian President Brashar al-Assad, have some how risen to the heights of a global threat and are now miraculously expanding their purported acts of violence outside of Syria.

The volume of human life lost in what appeared to be six separate well organized attacks against innocent French citizens, at public venues in Paris, were for the most part unprovoked related to ISIS’ so called acts of terror that were  originally alleged and thought to have been isolated to the Syrian conflict. The sudden attack on the French has sent a rippling effect around the world challenging the reliability of the media’s coverage of the attacks, and exactly who may have been responsible for such devastating carnage against the French people.

While the world mourns for Paris a developing perspective continues to rise from the dust of horror, and perhaps suggest that the attacks were well planned, orchestrated, and met out to symbolize an act of evil dating back to the ancient times of the world. Scholars and others of higher learning are easily led to the annals of archaic history during “The Dark Ages.” Few are knowledgeable regarding the very origins of Friday the 13th, its superstition, and why a legacy of unluckiness has shadowed that particular day for centuries.

Often dismissed as myth deriving from folklore, Friday the 13th has in fact often been referred to as “the day that changed the world.” Its disturbing parallel of the Paris attack to the original Friday the 13th in the year 1307, ironically also in Paris France, perhaps is well beyond coincidence, circumstance, and chance. Two of the most horrific days in French history were both on this daunting and curse filled day. Mirroring details surrounding wealth, power, and deception which resulted in fear within the masses, as well as murderous death throughout the land would be the order for both of these days.

The initial unlucky day was on October 13, 1307 when King Phillip IV pulled off a stunning piece of work by having hundreds of the most powerful within the Christian military order (The Knights Templars) arrested. The Templars were among the most wealthiest and powerful, and were prominent actors in Christian finance. King Phillip was in debt to the Templars for their assistance to France’ in the crusades against England. Endorsed by the Roman Catholic Church around 1129, the Order of the Templars became a favored charity throughout all of Christendom and grew rapidly in membership and power. Templar Knights, in their distinctive white mantles with a red cross, were among the most skilled fighting units of the Crusades of ancient Europe.

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A costume resembling the image of the Knights Templar.

Unfortunately, the secrecy surrounding the Templars’ initiation grew into mistrust, and King Phillip took advantage, by ceasing the opportunity to spread false accusations against the Templars (similar to today’s government attempts to spread untruths throughout the world, for the purpose of accomplishing objects of the elites and superpowers). Through coercion by torture, many of the Templars confessed to crimes for which they had not committed. Jacques de Molay who was the last Grand Master of the Templars, recanted his confession, and King Phillip ordered him to be burned at the stake on an island in the River Seine in front of Notre Dame de Paris. The dramatic execution of the last leader of the Templar Knights turned  de Molay into a legendary figure and subsequently created the superstition surrounding Friday the 13th.

Considering the circumstances surrounding the details of how the order of Templar Knights fell, directly as a result of fabricated accusations against the Templars and the associated power and wealth that the order possessed, only causes widening suspicion related to the most recent Friday the 13th tragedy in France. Critics and other pundits may argue that tragedies over seven centuries apart is a tremendous stretch in terms of making a comparative argument.

However, regardless of who the terrorist actually were that committed such a heinous act against humanity, a very compelling argument could be made that the conspirators were very well learned, and perhaps students to the origins of Friday the 13th. Additionally, the initial reports related to the alleged terrorist suggest that none of them were Syrian Nationals (possibly not ISIS), until reports emerged out of France today alleging the killing of suspected terrorist Abdelhamid Abaaoud. All but one of the suspected terrorist that killed 129 people are also now dead, accept suspected terrorist conspirator  Abdeslam Salah who French authorities say is now on the run.

So, in all actuality there are over a hundred innocent people who are now dead, nearly all of the alleged terrorist are reportedly dead as well, and nothing remains but the government and the media’ version of what they allege actually occurred. Its a disturbing reality directly derived from other questionable acts of terror, like the events of 9/11 which served as a cause to launch the U.S. and other nations into war on the basic premise  that democracy was under attack by terrorist around the world. These questionable campaigns of war heighten greater suspicion toward world governments when the subject country from which politicians claim are the source of evilness and terrorism, just coincidentally happen to be sovereign countries with vast natural resources that are vital to the U.S. economy. The world war machine spearheaded by the United States marches on in the latest crusade against Islam.

Students of world history know that religion has been the catalyst for every conflict among the nations since the onset of recorded history. Just like every historic act of war ever, religious leaders have always been involved in the affairs of politics, government finances, and the use of a nations’ military to achieve objects influenced by theology. Though he sits seemingly cloaked and far removed from all that is occurring throughout the world, the Pope administers to faithful followers while wearing the traditional white mantle embroidered with the iconic emblem of the Knights Templar. Perhaps in an act of solidarity by the Catholic church over the lost of Catholicism’s greatest defender of the Christian (scottish) Right, the very coincidence of France’ most recent tragedy on Friday the 13th may suggest, just like Pope Clement V’s involvement in events of the cursed day back in 1307, the current day leader of the Catholic Church hands might also be stained with the blood of French citizens who died in the Paris attack.

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The “Holy Father” Pope Benedict wearing a sash embroidered with the emblem of the Knights Templar.

While the leader of modern day Catholicism still parades the world in attire that replicate iconic symbols of archaic orders of the Christian (Scottish) Right, for those who already know, such images only exposes the close relationship between the Catholic Church and totalitarianism among secretive organizations around the world. After all, it was in fact Pope Clement V who ordered Papal arrest warrants for hundreds of Knights Templars during the initial Friday the 13th of the early 14th century. Though such power and influence by the Pontiff has largely been shadowed from the world, the Roman Catholic Church has always been involved in the politics, and decision making regarding military action surrounding global affairs through out the development of civilization within the last millennium. The current state of world crisis that is being circulated by global media, like the purported onset of terrorist by so called Islamist groups across the globe, is a kin to the spreading of lies, rumors, conjecture, and other hyperbole that King Phillip IV utilized to persuade condemnation of the Knights Templars’ fall from prominence to death during medieval times.

The vast majority of the world’s population remains brainwashed by superpower governments and their supporting cast of media outlets, regarding threats of terror from violent extremist from Muslims around the globe. Without the benefit of knowledge pertaining to the history of Christianity and Islam, most may find themselves confused as to why such a religious group of people are hell bent on destroying those who practice other religions. This is where history teaches us that wars between Muslims and Christians date back hundreds of years, when European barbarians were essentially poor and starving in the hills of the most gelid part of the world. The quest for wealth and the promotion of Christianity is what brought the King’s to Jerusalem (the Holy City) during countless battles. The period of the early 12th century teaches us that the Muslim were the indigenous culture of people throughout the land of Palestine (believed to be the home of Abraham and Solomon from the Bible), and that the great Muslim leader Saladinn Eyubi led countless forays against the crusades of England and France who continuously attempted to overtake Jerusalem from the Muslims.

Conflicts between the two religions would carry on for centuries as the Holy City of Jerusalem would fall in and out of the hands of both faiths respectively. The Europeans would finally recapture Jerusalem from the Muslim World in 1921 after the First World War. Then in 1947 the French, Great Britain, and the United States assisted in settling German Jews who fled the holocaust, into the land of Palestine, and essentially creating modern day Israel. The Palestinians and Muslims from other Islamic countries around the world have been fighting such an acquisition, that for the most parts amounts to Europeans taking a homeland from its indigenous people in that part of the world. In similar fashion in which Europeans took America from Native Americans. Even if most of the stories and other propaganda about alleged violent extremist Muslims were in fact entirely true, in the case of Israel at least, it would almost seem justified when considering the volume of people, especially innocent children that have been slaughtered by the U.S. backed state of Israel, who has historically rationalized such violent aggression against the Palestinian people by claiming an illegitimate birth right to that region of the world.

So it continues to baffle scholars and other learned men of “Light,” how easily manipulated Christians are by their government leaders and clergy in the Western World. The solicitation of fear to the Christians by opportunistic men of power throughout the globe has all of humanity transfixed and gripped with fear of Muslim people who have only fought to get their land back from Europeans who invaded their country. The entire myth regarding Jesus Christ being a Jew is a lie. Fact! The untruth that has been told now for nearly a hundred years, that European Jews’ ancestors were born in Palestine is a lie. Fact! Just like the Western Worlds’ claim that violent extremist want to kill Americans for some unprovoked reason is a lie. In fact, I would even venture to say that the terrorist attacks in Paris France wasn’t the work of some radical Muslims hell bent on killing a bunch of innocent people.

Instead of allowing Western propaganda to control the way Americans and Christians around the world think, perhaps some good old fashion common sense might assist with sorting out the dilution of the facts which continuously are being predicated on lies told by evil, violent, and cowardice men in power, who aim to push an agenda no matter who may end up as a grisly image of carnage circulating through media around the world.

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For years considerable thought has been given by the American people to the consequences of our government’s actions pertaining to foreign affairs when innocent civilians are caught between the cross hairs of religious wars that are only verified by what the media and politicians tell us here in America, but whether they are actually true accounts of what’s really going on throughout the world or not, the images of dead and dieing children at the hands of the U.S. military, seems to be a tremendous expense to incur in the name of protecting democracy. Stop the lies so the world may live in peace.

 

 

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I’m Crime Blogger David B. Adams


A “Chink In The Armor” For BCPD Officers Charged With Killing Prisoner: Cop’s Account May Solidify State Case In Freddie Gray Death

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On the day family and friends buried one of Sandtowne-Winchester’s own native sons,  Freddie Gray, violence and rioting erupted across Baltimore City. Historians labeled such an uprising as “the lid finally popping off of a social and political fire storm within one of Baltimore’s most disenfranchised communities that had been simmering for generations.” In the wake of burned buildings and looted businesses, an urgent cry for justice emerged within the black community across our nation. The ongoing scrutiny of purported police brutality, violence, and the killing of unarmed black men in America, seem to provide the perfect backdrop for further advocacy, protest, and public unrest in a place like Baltimore that historically has been neglected by politicians, community leaders, and while suffering from aggressive tactics targeting blacks by city police.

In the glare of unprecedented media coverage since the “1968 riots” that erupted in Baltimore after the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King, all of Baltimore’s social disparities played out on a national stage. Followers of the Freddie Gray story became dismayed over the level of destruction that citizens of the city displayed, and in some incidents on live television. A very gloom depiction of Baltimore seem to rise above the smoke clouds and mass demonstrations that transpired, not only in Gray’s community, but across the entire city, all while a pervasive, but lingering unanswered question of exactly how, and why Freddie Gray died in the custody of Baltimore police permeated throughout the country.

Until now, there were no details made public related to the justification for criminal charges by the state against six city officers charged with Gray’s death. In a recent article published in the Baltimore Sun police officials reveal exclusively to a reporter, that statements made by officer William Porter during the investigation process conducted by Baltimore police brass surrounding the death of Freddie Gray, indicate that Gray had repeatedly made pleas for medical help. Although the police source doesn’t reveal Porter’s actual incident report he submitted pertaining to the case, it suggest that Officer Goodson and Porter specifically had a discussion about Gray’s physical condition near Druid Hill and Dolphin street (just blocks away from Central Booking), an admission most likely destroying any claim that the officers could potentially have made to suggest they were unaware of Gray’s physical injuries.

Assuming that Freddie Gray wasn’t the very first prisoner that Officer Caesar Goodson ever transported, he must have been aware of the policy in place at Booking, requiring any injured prisoner arriving at that facility to be cleared medically, before processing into their lockup. Goodson had to have encountered such a instance in the past, if he drove transport vehicles for Baltimore police prior to this incident. Officer Porter seemingly having to remind Goodson of Booking policy, suggest an unwillingness on the transport driver’s part to get Gray medical help. The Sun article also highlights that Porter admitted that he was unsure whether Gray was actually injured, or was putting on an act to delay a trip to a police lockup at Central Booking. These are very compelling details related to this case that have been leaked to the news media, and goes a long way to support prosecutor’s belief that Baltimore officers committed misconduct while in office, by not rendering aid to Gray, or at least calling for an EMS unit.

Porter’s purported communication to investigators creates a tremendous task for the defense of these officers to refute, repel, and justify there being no responsibility on their part regarding what happened to Freddie Gray. Initially it was believed that officers were concerned that Gray was faking his injuries, but now the indication that a police officer involved in the case has stated on the record, there was concern for Gray’s physical condition prior to him subsequently being found unresponsive, unconscious, and in apparent cardiac arrest by paramedics later on the morning of his arrest, may be all the ammunition the state needs to prove a volume of the charges against some of the officers. The idea that officers primarily focused their concern on whether Gray was just trying to delay being locked up, has to be completely dismissed, especially with the realization that he went into cardiac arrest, never regained consciousness after coming out of that paddy wagon, and ultimately died from a severe spinal cord injury a week later. That debate for the most part is over, and cops can’t use a faking prisoner argument anymore. The man died, which pretty much concludes that he was in fact injured, regardless of how he may have sustained his injuries.

More importantly, the mental image of these officers engaged in dialogue while a man is actually inside the paddy wagon in complete distress, probably won’t settle very well with a Baltimore jury, which are notoriously critical and suspicious of city police. The two cops may have a very small window to crawl out from under the scrutiny pertaining to their failure to get Gray help. Charging documents outline that while Goodson and Porter were at the Druid Hill/Dolphin location, a call for assistance (signal 13) in an unrelated arrest at Penn/North, may have took precedence over calling an EMS for Gray at that time. A signal 13 is perhaps the most alarming call a Baltimore police officer could receive during the course of their tour of duty. Such a call typically indicates that an officer is in trouble, and needs back up right away. Most Baltimore police officers are fanatical about responding to such an alert from police dispatch. This doesn’t create an excuse for the officers’ failure to get Gray help, but it could explain why his pleas for medical help were ignored.

Even giving considerable weight to my perspective regarding failure to get help for a prisoner, Goodson bares a tremendous degree of responsibility for the obvious reasons. Its standard for the transport driver to be on hand when a prisoner is being placed in the back of a vehicle they are responsible for operating, if for no other purpose but to conduct the standard pat-down search, and make certain the wagon is secure. Goodson assumed liability of Gray upon allowing the arresting officers to place a man who visibly appeared injured inside the wagon. Baltimore police veterans advising TPC state that Goodson was only asking for trouble when he pulled off with Gray inside, after personally viewing Gray’s cries for help prior to being placed inside the transport vehicle. Porter could always make the argument that he wasn’t the wagon driver, and that he was responding to a police alert involving the imminent safety of another Baltimore cop, to justify why he didn’t radio for an EMS. Goodson has no logical premise what so ever for denying Gray access to medical care.

The only reasonable explanation that could be offered by officer Caesar Goodson that would trump scrutiny over failing to provide assistance to Freddie Gray, would be if he received a direct order from a superior officer, who specifically ordered him not to radio for and EMS to aid Gray. Its doubtful any supervisor would ever make such an admission considering the magnitude of such direction, but even if that were the case, there would still have to be an extremely valid reason not to assist a prisoner in police custody who requested medical help. Goodson radioed for assistance with his prisoner at Druid Hill and Dolphin, so its unsettling that he didn’t follow up by radioing for an EMS upon the discovery that Gray was requesting medical care. Also, his failure to report a stop at Freemont and Mosher streets, where he parked the transport vehicle, went into the back to supposedly check on Gray, and failed to report those details to investigators is very troubling. In fact, Goodson’ actions demonstrates a reckless disregard for police procedure and the personal safety of his prisoner.

Its not unusual for a Baltimore police transport vehicle to make multiple stops, picking up a volume of prisoners before heading to the lockup at Central Booking, but it does appear strange that there were multiple stops made (three to be exact) prior to the transport vehicle responding to Penn-North (4th stop) to load another prisoner. Stops and timeline indicated below:

Freddie Gray Arrest Timeline

  1. 8:39:12 a.m.

    Initial ContactLt. Brian W. Rice and Officers Edward M. Nero and Garrett E. Miller were on bike patrol near the corner of North Avenue and Mount Street. Lieutenant Rice made eye contact with Mr. Gray, who ran away.

  2. 8:39:52 a.m.

    “I Got Him”Mr. Gray surrendered to Officers Miller and Nero in the 1700 block of Presbury Street. “I got him,” one officer stated, according to Jerry Rodriguez, the Police Department’s deputy commisioner.

  3. 8:40 a.m.

    Inhaler RequestedMs. Mosby said the officers handcuffed Mr. Gray and placed him face down. Mr. Gray said he could not breathe and requested an inhaler, but does not receive one, Ms. Mosby said.

    Illegal Arrest AllegedOfficers Miller and Nero put Mr. Gray in a seated position and find a folding knife, which Ms. Mosby said was legal under Maryland law. The officers charged Mr. Gray with illegal possession of a switchblade. The officers then placed Mr. Gray down on his stomach and restrained him until the police van arrived. Ms. Mosby said Lieutenant Rice and Officers Miller and Nero “failed to establish probable cause for Mr. Gray’s arrest as no crime had been committed.”
     
    No Seatbelt UsedThe police van arrived. The officers put Mr. Gray into the van but did not secure him with a seatbelt, as required by department regulations, Ms. Mosby said.

     

  4.  8:46 a.m.

    Stop No. 1Ms. Mosby said Lieutenant Rice directed the van driver, Officer Caesar R. Goodson Jr., to stop. She said Officers Miller and Nero and Lieutenant Rice removed Mr. Gray from the van and placed him in leg restraints. Mr. Gray was loaded head first onto the floor of the van, Ms. Mosby said.

  5.  Between 8:54 and 8:59 a.m.

    Critical Neck InjuryLieutenant Rice directed Officer Goodson to take Mr. Gray to Baltimore’s Central Booking and Intake Center, Ms. Mosby said. “Following transport from Baker Street, Mr. Gray suffered a severe and critical neck injury as a result of being handcuffed, shackled by his feet and unrestrained inside the B.P.D. wagon,” she said.

    Stop No. 2Officer Goodson stopped the van at Fremont Avenue and Mosher Street and went back to observe Mr. Gray. “Despite stopping for the purpose of checking on Mr. Gray’s condition, at no point did he seek nor did he render any medical assistance for Mr. Gray,” Ms. Mosby said. With Mr. Gray still unsecured by a seatbelt, Officer Goodson returned to the driver’s seat and continued on to Central Booking, Ms. Mosby said.

  6.  8:59 a.m.

    Stop No. 3A few blocks later, Ms. Mosby said, Officer Goodson called dispatch for help checking on his prisoner. Officer William G. Porter arrived and he and Officer Goodson went to the back of the van. “Mr. Gray at that time requested help and indicated that he could not breathe,” Ms. Mosby said. She said Mr. Gray “indicated at least twice that he was in need of a medic.” Officer Porter helped Mr. Gray from the floor of the van to the bench, she said, but neither officer belted him in nor requested or rendered medical assistance.

    Picking Up Another PersonA call went out for a van to pick up and transport another person who had been arrested. “Despite Mr. Gray’s obvious and recognized need for assistance,” Ms. Mosby said, “Officer Goodson, in a grossly negligent manner, chose to respond.”

    Stop No. 4Ms. Mosby said Officer Goodson was met here by Officers Nero, Miller and Porter. Sgt. Alicia D. White and Officers Porter and Goodson observed “Mr. Gray unresponsive on the floor,” Ms. Mosby said. Sergeant White spoke to the back of Mr. Gray’s head, and he did not respond. “Despite Mr. Gray’s seriously deteriorating medical condition, no medical assistance was rendered or summoned for Mr. Gray at that time by any officer,” Ms. Mosby said. The additional prisoner was loaded into the van on the opposite side. For the fifth time, according to Ms. Mosby, Officer Goodson failed to restrain Mr. Gray with a seatbelt.

  7.  9:24 a.m.

    Arrival at Police StationWhen the van arrived at the Western District police station, Ms. Mosby said, Mr. Gray was not breathing. A medic was called and Mr. Gray was rushed to the University of Maryland’s Shock Trauma Center, where he died a week later.

Additionally, before the prisoner who was loaded in the police wagon at Penn-North came forward to personally dispute claims that Baltimore police officials had stated publicly, that the second prisoner overheard Gray thrashing about on the other side of the wagon, in what sounded like an attempt to intentionally harm himself. In the above timeline, indicated with the green underlined text, police investigators concluded that Gray was unconscious and unresponsive at the time the second prisoner was loaded. Since Gray was determined to be in cardiac arrest by a paramedic a very short time later, it just further discredits the absurd claim that police supporters continue to theorize regarding Gray potentially attempting to harm himself. The source of the self inflicted injury claim appears to have originated from fabrication, as the established facts doesn’t support such an assertion by police officials.

Upon officers Goodson and Porter arriving at Penn-North, where they met Lieutenant Rice, officers Nero, Miller, and Sergeant Alicia White, Gray was further observed in the back of the wagon, and despite his apparent rapidly deteriorating medical condition, no one called for medical assistance while Gray was transported to the Western District police station. In the aftermath of these strange and unexplained bizarre sequence of events that transpired after Gray was taken into custody, exactly what happened may never be fully explained. What is crystal clear though, is that a video out there captured Freddie Gray in apparent distress at the time he was physically taken into custody, and despite what rationalizations anyone may offer surrounding what happened, he was never seen conscious outside of the police wagon ever again.

Some may argue that while these officers failed to do their jobs in many respects pertaining to securing the personal safety of Freddie Gray, they’re convinced that the actions of these Baltimore police officers doesn’t reach the heights of serious felony charges against them. However, close observers of this case think that officer William Porter is not only the “chink in the armour” that exposes the accused rank and file, but he just may have provided additional details regarding the communications that transpired among the officers. I mean let’s face it, failure to get a prisoner help of not buckling him in the wagon properly won’t get a conviction for depraved heart, second degree murder. The manslaughter and negligent homicide by vehicle count may stick (and that’s a stretch), but there has to be more for the state to feel confident that the depraved murder two beef will stick.

In the end, those pundits who disagree with prosecutor Mosby are holding firm to the belief that the officers were only doing their jobs, and Freddie Gray was a co0nvicted heroin dealer who didn’t deserve sympathy, not even a trip to the emergency room. The actions of the cops who interacted with him that day, illustrate at the very least, Freddie Gray’s life didn’t matter. Their failure to protect him while in their custody, decries the culture of policing in Baltimore that many have long become exhausted. It doesn’t matter if Freddie Gray sold heroin for a billion years, he was a human being who didn’t deserve to die despite his sins. What happened to him was disgusting, despicable, and inhumane. Hopefully, as Porter’s truth about what happened that day brings about a resolute culmination to this horrible story, those who remain in Sandtowne-Winchester may claim a small victory for one of their own, who died trying to survive on a playing field that has always been unfair and uneven, since the day he was born.

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I’m Crime Blogger David Adams

Sources:

The New York Times

The Baltimore Sun


A Stone Mountain Murder Mystery Unsolved: The Fight For Justice In Georgia Teen Slaying Continues Three Years Later With New Information

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In the three years since her daughter was murdered in a Stone Mountain Georgia apartment, there have been lots of tears, few leads, and very perplexing perspectives offered by many surrounding the death of young Vanessa Marie Malone, who was affectionately known by family and friends as “Honey.” Her mother says that she can’t unravel why anyone would want to kill her daughter, and believes that the killer(s) are known, but those who know aren’t cooperating with police. The teen’s brutal slaying has been described by authorities and others following her case as a cowardice act by heartless thugs who shot the young petite frame woman in the back. Since her killing nearly three years ago, the only consistent aspect of her tragic story is the bizarre nature of her demise that has been offered by those around her when she died.

The stories given to police alone are compelling related to the honesty and credibility of Travares Benford and India Smith who say they were victims of a home invasion, that resulted in young Vanessa being slain. For two people who say they were laying in bed together when the front door of the apartment was allegedly kicked in, their accounts of what actually happened couldn’t be more contrasting. He said that there were three gunman, while she told cops that there were four to six armed masked men who stormed into their Hampton Village Apartments in Stone Mountain on October 23, 2012. The pair also claim to have been tied up and forced to lay down in the bathtub, while the gunmen ransacked the apartment. There was also a third person allegedly in the apartment that night. A man who witness say goes by the name “Mercy.” Although he was also an alleged victim of the home invasion, no details have ever been given indicating his whereabouts while the crime was in progress.

It was at this time that Smith says she heard Vanessa come into the apartment. Whether she came in the front door or a rear sliding patio door, an aspect of the case under debate, the belief has always been that she walked in on a robbery in progress. Smith indicated to police that she heard a loud scream followed by gun shots, and then overheard some one bring Vanessa back into the apartment, followed by more shots. The pair claim that they remained in the bath tub for twenty more minutes out of fear, and then untied themselves and notified police. When the police arrived they found the Malone teen in a rear bedroom. Her lifeless body had been placed inside of a closet. Benford and Smith were outside of the apartment awaiting police arrival, while the “Mercy” character had seemingly disappeared without talking to police. The fact that he left without giving police a statement has always been very problematic. The reality that he had outstanding arrest warrants for handgun charges unrelated to the Malone killing may offer some rationale as to why he left the scene, but TPC has discovered troubling facts about his actual whereabouts during the course of police crime scene investigations.

Sources tell TPC that “Mercy” had not actually fled the scene as originally thought. He was allegedly in the apartment above the one where Malone was killed. This unconfirmed report may shed new light on the entire matter, and could challenge the extent of crime scene investigations that police carried out the night Malone was murdered. Now there is concern whether police conducted field interviews with neighbors and other members of the community to ascertain if anyone observed activity in the area that could offer clues as to who the perpetrator(s) were. If police followed standard investigative procedure, then its unclear why “Mercy’s” whereabouts wasn’t determined that night. More importantly, why wouldn’t the resident living in the above apartment tell the cops that he was there. He could very well have been in possession of the murder weapon, and silence from this neighboring tenant may prove to be interference with a police investigation, as well as obstruction of justice.

This newly discovered dynamic may indicate that Benford and Smith also new that “Mercy” was upstairs in a neighboring apartment while the cops where there conducting their investigation. Think about that for a moment. If all three of the victims in the alleged home invasion were complicit in concealing the whereabouts of one the people who was at the apartment during the crime, it cast tremendous doubt on the reliability of their entire story given to the police regarding what they say happened that night. Its a very substantial piece of information if determined to be factual. Why on earth would anyone believe what these people had to say went on in that apartment the night Vanessa was killed? While “Mercy” was allegedly taken into custody the following day on unrelated gun charges, the deception that Benford and Smith may have served up to cops pertaining to his location, is extremely troubling and creates a volume of concern regarding any potential follow up investigations that police authorities may have conducted in the community during the years after this heinous crime.

The source who provided this new information didn’t reveal the name of the tenant who lived at the neighboring apartment during the time Vanessa was killed, but its a piece of information easily obtainable by police investigators. It seems as though a follow up interview with that resident is in order. Even if the cops have concluded that Benford and Smith were unaware of the third victim’s whereabouts after the crime (I don’t see how), any rumors suggesting that others were responsible for concealing potential evidence in a murder investigation should be relentlessly pursued by the police. In essence, there may have been four people who lied to police that night, and considering the fact that we’re focusing on an actual murder case, the obvious question has to be why did they lie? The rationalization that “Mercy’s” disappearance was surrounding an attempt by him to elude police capture for an unrelated crime is perhaps plausible to an extent, but the willingness of others to aid in this guy’s intentional avoidance of having an encounter with the police that night, may be indicative of him being involved in the crime that took place in the apartment directly below where he was allegedly hiding from cops.

Maybe its just me, but a man wanted by the cops for a gun charge disappears from the scene of a murder, and is able to hole up in a neighboring apartment, undetected, and throughout the entire course of what I’m sure was a lengthy police investigation is just incredulous. What did he do to insure that Benford, Smith, and the neighbor didn’t reveal his location? According to other sources, “Mercy” was arrested with a gun on his person the next day, and he may have used it to threaten others to keep them from giving him up to police. Without giving the impression of merely projecting conjecture related to this element of the case, the reality of the apartment where Vanessa was killed being a drug “trap house” is even more disturbing detail surrounding the potential motives of “Mercy,” Benford, and Smith collectively. Specifically, the inability to get out of the apartment upon discovering that someone was breaking the door down. Neither of them told cops that the home invaders identified themselves as police, so it doesn’t take rocket science to process that the people on the other side of the door trying to get inside the apartment were probably some really bad people. The lack of urgency to get out, get help, or defend themselves in such a scenario, and all while knowing full well that drugs are being stashed in the house, makes their stories entirely unbelievable.

Motive for Murder

Another element of this entire murder mystery that hasn’t been widely publicized is the fact that the apartment where the Malone teen was killed is a drug house that had been robbed several months prior to the alleged home invasion that resulted in Vanessa’s death. From the very start I have always fostered the belief that Vanessa was blamed for something, and that’s the sole premise for her killing. My perspective derives from interviews conducted with people close to her, and who have all collectively stated that Vanessa regarded Benford and Smith as friends. So, if we don’t adopt the home invasion story, why would so called friends kill Vanessa? That’s a question that many followers of this tragic story have been wondering. The limited information available coupled with police keeping their findings concealed, doesn’t offer much insight into the case to establish whether there was DNA or other forensic evidence left at the crime scene to corroborate the home invasion story. For now, the cops appear to be following the robbery theory, but you never know what’s being conducted in the backdrop of criminal investigations, especially a murder case.

However, Vanessa’ mom may have been provided some clues as to why her daughter was killed. Ms. Flora Malone advised TPC that there are people within the community who have conveyed to her that Vanessa was killed because she was setting people up to be robbed. “They told me that they heard Vanessa use to do stuff like that. Did they actually see her do it, or hear her talking about it? These are just people who don’t know my daughter,” she said. Malone’s account of the chatter within the community related to Vanessa’ murder may be a tipping point that explains who and why Vanessa was gunned down. She describes her daughter as a very caring, forgiving, and sweet person who could never indulge in such action that is being portrayed about her character in the streets. “Vanessa didn’t have much when she died. She had her little job and a few dollars in the bank. All of the jewelry she wore was mine, and I know she wore a lot of nice shoes sometimes, but they were her older sister Cassaundra’s shoes.”

The mother and I discussed the culture within the black community related to perceptions often being formulated about others, where jealousy and hatred for people are often developed over the most mundane or banal circumstances. If there was a perception that Vanessa was involved as a conspirator in robberies and other crimes, that perception might expose a motive for why she was killed. Additionally, if that’s the mindset that has been adopted within the community, then perhaps it may explain why there has been very little momentum in her case which at this juncture, is heavily dependent upon cooperation from the public. “The stories that people are saying about my daughter couldn’t be more far from the truth. Some people are saying these kinds of things, just to have something to say or be involved in her case. Vanessa got along with everybody, and was very trusting of people,” her mom said. That trust may have been the very element of this case which caused her untimely demise.

The night Vanessa left the house for the last time she said she was on her way to a friend’s house. “My daughter wasn’t the kind of person who just showed up at your door unannounced. She was very respectful about that kind of thing, and I’m sure that they knew she would be coming, because she probably text them in advance.” Ms. Malone’s perspective adds fuel to my initial belief that who ever killed Vanessa was lying in wait for her, and were there for the sole purpose of causing her bodily harm. She may actually have been killed because of the alleged home invasion/robbery that occurred a few months prior at the exact same location where she herself was subsequently murdered. The very fact that this pretty petite female was shot in the back suggest that she may not have even saw her killers as they meted out their vicious attack upon her. I have repeatedly said that Vanessa posed the least threat to anyone at the apartment that night, and for her to be the only person to suffer fatal injury is just very compelling related to her more than likely having been ambushed.

Vanessa had a lot of friends and just like most inner city youth in America, some of those friends were involved in bad things such as drugs. Hell, the government has just about made marijuana legal in every state in the country, so it can no longer be classified as a vital element of the nation’s so called war on drugs. That’s all the young woman did according to her family, hung out with friends, smoked a little pot, and had fun. That sounds like the typical kid coming up in today’s society. Just because she was known to frequent certain homes in the community that were hangouts for smoking weed, doesn’t make her guilty of being involved in setting up “trap houses.” What about some of those other people who hung out at the same homes, and ran with the same circle that Vanessa did? Why weren’t they considered to be people known to set up “trap houses?” Why was Vanessa singled out? Was it because she was a pretty mixed race girl, who was very popular among her peers? Was it female rivalry, animosity, and jealousy? Whatever it was, the entire story circulating about her setting up drug houses has no credibility what so ever.

“Vanessa was a girlie girl. She liked nice things, and liked to look pretty. Both of them are, Cassy is too,” Malone said. To think that rumors being circulated about Vanessa’ involvement in drug house robberies because she hung out smoking pot with others in some of these places, or because of the pride she took in her physical appearance possibly being the premise for such a negative perspective about her character being tossed around the community, which may have ultimately resulted in her tragic ending is simply incomprehensible. During previous interviews with Malone and her oldest daughter Cassaundra, they readily admitted that Vanessa was vulnerable to this kind of violence because she only had her mom and big sister, with no one else who could mount retaliatory actions against the cowards who took her life. How much harm could this small framed female cause anyone. The stories about her involvement in robberies appear to be the kind of vehement cattiness that often derive from female rivalry. It almost makes you want to vomit thinking that some vicious “bitch” may have started rumors about Vanessa, simply because she didn’t like the fact that she could wear a certain kind of shoes. Although this perspective is very disgusting, it appears to be the very origins from which the negative characterizations of Vanessa supposedly being associated with robberies. A bunch of he said, she said, nonsense.

The Potential Involvement of Others

While there is a plethora of suspicion surrounding Travares Benford, India Smith, and the mysterious “Mercy” character, there might also be others who either know exactly what happened, were either complicit in Vanessa’s killing, or had some other role in this heinous crime. One of the very people I describe lives just door steps away from where Ms. Malone formerly resided. At the time of Vanessa’s murder she lived at the 1400 block of Stone Mill Trace with her mom. There were other shady characters whose actions along with statements they made to Vanessa’s family, cast suspicion upon them potentially being involved in the murder. I won’t reveal the name of the subject individual for obvious reasons, but he gave a mutual associate Vanessa’s pocketbook two days after she had been murdered. The person turned the purse over to Cassaundra, Vanessa’s older sister. His story was that Vanessa left the purse at his house just before she was killed. That claim has been sharply refuted by Ms. Malone, who said her daughter would have never left her pocketbook with anyone, especially a person of the likes of the subject male.

I wondered why the male didn’t bring the purse by the Malone home himself, and Ms. Flora advised that the man knew she didn’t like him. There was an incident that occurred at his house back in 2011, roughly a year prior to Vanessa being killed. Ms. Flora explains that Vanessa along with others were known to frequent the older male’s (fifty or older) house to smoke marijuana, and on one occasion a dispute between Vanessa and the man’s girlfriend occurred. According to Ms. flora the woman ordered Vanessa out of the house. Vanessa apparently wasn’t moving fast enough, and the older woman assaulted Vanessa. Ms. Flora said that she never liked the man after that incident, but as for her daughter, she said that Vanessa was a very forgiving person and never held animosity regarding the incident.

Ms. Flora also told TPC that the assault pertaining to her daughter wasn’t the only incident that drew scrutiny of the man by her. On one occasion she says that she drove Vanessa to school, which was located very near their residence, and upon her return home she was approached by the subject male, who initiated a discussion with her about a strange man who had been seen in close proximity of her house. He began telling her that another neighbor had alerted him of the suspicious person seen near the rear of her house. Ms. Malone said that while she was engaged in dialogue with him regarding this alleged suspicious person, she then observed a man crawling out of the corner bedroom of her home. That was the window to her daughter Vanessa’s room. The man began chasing the apparent burglar, who she says he never caught, but she indicated that it was just a highly coincidental and suspicious incident where the man stopped her to discuss burglaries in the neighborhood, when her home was actually being burglarized at that time. Malone says there is no doubt in her mind that the man was involved. She believes that he may have intentionally engaged her in conversation to give the burglar time to rob her home.

Moreover, this is the man who says that Vanessa allegedly left her pocketbook at his home just before she was shot in the back and killed during a so called home invasion. The fact that the man had items belonging to Vanessa that her mom describes as extremely personal, is very problematic. Why didn’t he give her family those personal items that night? I’m sure that the entire community was alarmed at the heavy police presence after her killing, and were gathered around outside trying to find out what happen. Giving Cassaundra her baby sister’ purse who was recently murdered several days after she died, almost appears that he was intentionally waiting to carefully not draw attention to himself. He’s a person within the community that a volume of people say isn’t trustworthy, and a very shady character who offered a completely bizarre story to Ms. Flora pertaining to her daughter.

He claims that Vanessa had text him all day in an effort to borrow three dollars from him. Malone said her daughter had her own money, and if she needed three dollars that Vanessa could have easily obtained that from her, her daughter Cassaundra, or a number of other friends who were close to her. Malone said that she was just baffled at his attempt to make such an absurd story appear believable. “Who did he think was going to believe that story,” she said. The man’s behavior, actions after the murder, and his reputation juxtapose to the mystery surrounding the death of Vanessa Marie “Honey” Malone, along with other suspicious people who had a connection to her within the community are all elements of the case that is just to circumstantial not to warrant close scrutiny of their potential involvement in such a cowardice criminal act.

Despite her daughter’s case seemingly not having any momentum toward finding the people who killed her, Malone says that police authorities have insured her they are continuing to actively pursue leads to solve her murder case. Its just not clear why the cops have denied her pertinent information that could help her find answers to what happen that night. The cops won’t release the 911 recording that was made reporting Vanessa’ killing. In most cases, such information is a matter of public record and is often easily obtainable, but Malone says police have denied her access to the recording. I have suggested to her on multiple occasions to file a Freedom of Information Act Request to force authorities to release it. Malone says that her daughter Cassaundra made attempts to pay fees related to obtaining documents, but was told that the police weren’t going to release the documents. I’m not certain what she was trying to retrieve, but they appear to have made legitimate efforts to get available information about the killing of Vanessa, only to be denied access.

Malone says that she doesn’t even have her daughter’s autopsy report, nearly three years after her killing. This is a circumstance that experts more familiar with laws in the state of Georgia are trying to ascertain the legality of at the request of TPC. Malone says that the only reason she knows where Vanessa was shot on her body, is because when her body was turned over to the funeral director, they advised her where the gunshots were located on her. According to Malone, the coroner would only say that Vanessa had been shot in the torso. These disturbing factors after all of the time that has elapsed is simply unacceptable. Not only have they lost a precious, beloved daughter and sister, but they haven’t been able to even began to grieve.

Malone says that police authorities are preparing to announce a $50,000.00 dollar reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person(s) responsible for the murder of Vanessa Malone. The reward is being offered with the condition that the information be provided prior to October 23, 2015, the third anniversary of her killing. Call 404-577-TIPS (8477) or Text a Tip to “Crimes” (274637) to provide information to the police, and help capture the heartless bastards who snatched this young woman from this world. #Justiceforhoney https://www.facebook.com/JusticeForHoney

 

 

The People’s Champion

I’m Crime Writer David B. Adams

 


The “Monkey” Kills Journalist In VA: Virginia Shooting Indicative Of Black Community Tiring Of Being Picked On

Bryce
 

How often in the American public do you see the kind of explosive behavior that transpired in Roanoke Virginia yesterday, where a disgruntled former news reporter (a black man) went off the deep end and killed two of his former colleagues? Like me, I’m sure most can’t recall such a fiasco in recent memory. It’s perhaps one of the most tragic stories involving journalist we’ve seen. The killing of young Allison Parker (24) and Adam Ward (27) will undoubtedly go down as one of the most shocking murders ever captured, because the pair of television journalist were actually killed on live T.V.

The shooter Vester L. Flanagan who also goes by the “on air” handle of Bryce Williams, had been fired from WBDJ channel 7 over two and a half years ago. Flanagan who later took his own life with a single gunshot, left an apparent “manifesto” describing somewhat of a motive, explaining why he took such action that resulted in the killing of two news reporters.  He claims to have been harassed by co-workers racially, and for being gay. It’s a claim that his former employers say was unfounded. Williams had a level of a long series of complaints against co-workers nearly from the beginning of employment at the TV station, his former boss told CNN.

Dan Dennison told CNN affiliate KHNL in Honolulu that he was the news director who hired Williams at WBDJ in 2012 and then fired him the following year, mostly for performance issues. Dennison said he didn’t want to share too many details of the firing, but said it was the toughest termination decision he’d ever handled and that police had to be called to escort Williams out of the building. Later, Williams filed a discrimination claim with the EEOC, alleging harassment in the workplace. Dennison said “we did a thorough investigation and could find no evidence that anyone had racially discriminated against this man.” Additionally, William’s EEOC case was eventually determined to be unfounded.

It’s tough to watch the news about this disturbing case, when we consider that this all degenerated from such a professional work environment. Despite the daunting news coverage of this story that basically paints Williams as an angry black man with poor social and journalism skills, it’s clear that something was deeply disturbing him, and ultimately exacerbated into the horrible tragedy that unfolded in the town of Roanoke early yesterday morning. We have seen countless times in this country where disgruntled employees return with vengeance against their former employers or co-workers. Hence, a culture more commonly associated with U.S. Postal Employees, and also where the cliche “going postal” derived from.

America’s own history related to workplace violence teaches us that the killers return in revenge, and whether their purported motives are predicated on legitimate claims of somehow being wronged by others, there is typically some degree of veracity entailed in what led up to their explosive behavior. While The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission is the federal “watchdog” agency that regulates discrimination in the workplace, its standards for determining grounds for action in most discrimination claims filed with the agency, are very exacting related to the qualifying elements necessary to validate the existence of discriminatory practices in the workplace. (i.e. a case being unfounded, simply means that it has been unproven, not necessarily an indication that it never occurred)

William’s case at least,  seems to indicate that something was brewing by his former manager’s own admission. Typically when complaints are being lodged for harassment in the workplace, if the individual making such assertion isn’t well liked within the job community, the investigative process may be more difficult to establish the authenticity of harassment claims. This raises serious interest in what the station’s administration may have done to determine if such behavior actually existed within the company’s work environment. For example:

1. Thoroughly investigate such claims Williams made by burrowing through the usually and deep rooted troughs of sub cultural allegiances that often exist among co-workers in the workplace who hold similar ideals.

2. Taking measures to insure such actions doesn’t occur by requiring employees to revisit company policies, and instituting on the job in service training related to diversity tolerance, and it’s regulations pertaining to work place harassment.

It’s very  uncomplicated to simply spin a story in the media about a guy who co-workers say was just a bad person, and that’s the actual reason he committed such a heinous crime by killing two people without provocation. However, even with the magnitude of violence within the American society today, such a fundamental perspective on why angry people kill is simply not very credible at all. I am no fool and when tragedies like this occur with the discovery being made later on that there was a history of trouble between the perpetrator (Williams) and others in the workplace, it kind of elicits the thought that perhaps it all could have been avoided. I’m personally of the belief that where there is smoke, there is usually fire.

No one could ever successfully argue that Williams was justified for killing these young professionals over workplace harassment, but his actions appear to have developed over the premise of having been harassed racially, and sexually by his co-workers. Now barring Williams suffering from some psychological condition that resulted in such violent behavior by him, at the very minimum something had to have occurred that created his thought process and personal belief of having been discriminated against. We’ll hear all sorts of commentary within the media on what Williams did, and it’s simply very disturbing, and also a huge assuagement that he won’t ever be capable of committing such a terrible crime against another person ever again. Yet, there probably won’t be a minuscule of discourse regarding how society can prevent this from ever happening again.

I am not trying to take away from the tragedy, horror, and grief the victim’s families are enduring. I am rather compelled to address the insidious tactics by American media, to simply dismiss this man’s (Williams) actions as just a classic “nut job” case by an angry black person. Something happened among these people that appear to have derived from racism. The “manifesto” that Williams left is an indicator for most objective thinking people, who are independent thinkers that refuse to accept the often bias news reporting of corporate media outlets who craft narratives pertaining to stories that fit their agenda. Perhaps my argument here could be considered insensitive. That’s not my intentions here.

I just know through practical knowledge in the workplace, how there has always been an unwritten kind of policy, that sort of established a predilection of whites as the benign or propitious employees of the work community by management, regardless of job knowledge, skill, and seemingly only affirmed based on their ethnicity. Often times when blacks reject such culture in the workplace or assert their personal disdain for certain conduct, they are often ostracized and labeled as being difficult to work with. The illusion that the media is trying to create by painting Williams as a trouble maker who created false stories about discrimination and harassment in the workplace is insulting, disparaging, and repulsive to anyone with common sense.

Racism and stories of prejudice are extremely pervasive during our time, and I find it very disingenuous for media outlets to only be focusing  on part of the story. The constant spin or theme of this story only highlighting the aftermath of a classic case where social deficiencies degenerated into violence in the American workplace, is not only a disservice to the public but it also enables the kind of behavior that creates a platform for harassment and violence to exist in our society. Furthermore, what if Bryce Williams was telling the truth, suffered discrimination based on his race and sexuality in the workplace, and actually was called a “monkey” on the job? As a society do we ignore the behavior that pushed this human being to the brink of fatal violence and ultimate self destruction?

With all of the protest going on around this nation, there are still elements and sub cultures within our society that just don’t get it. I refuse to believe that these victims were completely innocent of wrongdoing in this case, and suffered such a violent death at the hands of a crazed gunman. I can’t help but wonder what the mumbling and discourse are like at the television station’s water  cooler today. I am certain that the memory of Bryce Williams isn’t  being characterized as  a “monkey” anymore. In fact, I believe some of the very people he may have reviled, are in utter shock over how he accomplished exactly what he intend to, and made an impression (good or bad) on society that certifies the potential result of our failure as a society, to diligently administer regulations pertaining to intolerance, contemptuousness, and illiberality in the workplace.

 

 

The People’s Champion
I’m Crime Writer David B. Adams

Sources: CNN


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