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The Philando Castile Verdict: Police Killings Of Blacks During Routine Traffic Stops Is America’s New Epidemic

 

Their names are compiling as the new martyrs of America’s failing criminal justice system. A system that seems to only produce juries sympathetic to police when they panic, when they make mistakes, and when they kill in the name of their exaggerated and purported fear for their lives while encountering men of color during routine traffic stops.

It seems as if police have carte blanche during their decision making in the slightest appearance of impropriety of a black person stopped by police, and many of these incidents cops manipulate what actually happened, in an effort to conceal misconduct, policy violations, and even criminal acts by police who hold visceral hatred for black people. While police brass continue to argue and propagate the fundamental dangers of policing, the acquittal of Ofc. Geronimo Yanez in the fatal shooting of Philando Castile doesn’t necessarily past the smell test of a cop’s perceived apprehensive fear during a traffic stop.

In considering the rightness of the verdict, pay close attention to the transcript of the fatal encounter:

9:05:00 p.m. — Castile’s vehicle came to a complete stop.

9:05:15 – 9:05:22 p.m. — Yanez approached Castile’s car on the driver’s side.

9:05:22 – 9:05:38 p.m. — Yanez exchanged greetings with Castile and told him of the brake light problem.

9:05:33 p.m. — St. Anthony Police Officer Joseph Kauser, who had arrived as backup, approached Castile’s car on the passenger’s side.

9:05:38 p.m. — Yanez asked for Castile’s driver’s license and proof of insurance.

9:05:48 p.m. — Castile provided Yanez with his proof of insurance card.

9:05:49 – 9:05:52 p.m. — Yanez looked at Castile’s insurance information and then tucked the card in his pocket.

9:05:52 – 9:05:55 p.m. — Castile told Yanez: “Sir, I have to tell you that I do have a firearm on me.” Before Castile completed the sentence, Yanez interrupted and replied, “Okay” and placed his right hand on the holster of his gun.

9:05:55 – 9:06:02 p.m. — Yanez said “Okay, don’t reach for it, then.” Castile responded: “I’m… I’m … [inaudible] reaching…,” before being again interrupted by Yanez, who said “Don’t pull it out.” Castile responded, “I’m not pulling it out,” and Reynolds said, “He’s not pulling it out.”

Yanez screamed: “Don’t pull it out,” and pulled his gun with his right hand. Yanez fired seven shots in the direction of Castile in rapid succession. The seventh shot was fired at 9:06:02 p.m. Kauser did not touch or remove his gun.

9:06:03 – 9:06:04 p.m. — Reynolds yelled, “You just killed my boyfriend!”

9:06:04 – 9:06:05 p.m. — Castile moaned and said, “I wasn’t reaching for it.” These were his last words.

9:06:05 – 9:06:09 p.m. — Reynolds said “He wasn’t reaching for it.” Before she completed her sentence, Yanez screamed “Don’t pull it out!” Reynolds responded. “He wasn’t.” Yanez yelled, “Don’t move! F***!”

If you read carefully, you’ll note that it appears that the officer shot Castile for doing exactly what the officer told him to do. Yanez asked for Castile’s license. Castile told him that he had a gun, and the officer – rather than asking for his carry permit, or asking where the gun was, or asking to see Castile’s hands – just says, “Don’t reach for it then.” The mere presence of a firearm during a traffic stop doesn’t necessarily escalate the danger of the encounter, and the fact that Castile advised officer Yanez that he was armed shows that Castile was being forthright with Yanez and not evasive.

At that point, Castile is operating under two commands. Get his license, and don’t reach for his gun. As Castile reaches for his license (following the officer’s orders), and he assures him that he’s not reaching for the gun (also following the officer’s orders). The entire encounter, he assures Yanez that he’s following Yanez’s instructions. Also, Ofc. Kauser (back up officer) who was positioned on the passenger side of the vehicle was in a better visual vantage to see what Castile was doing with his hands. Kauser never touched his weapon, which should have been an indication that the purported presence of apprehensive fear was nonexistent, at least from that police officer’s vantage.

Despite Castile’s repeated assurances to officer Yanez that he was reaching for his firearm, coupled with Yanez’ poor vantage from the driver’s side, he fires 7 rounds in rapid succession into the vehicle striking Castile. Seated in the driver’s side was Castile’s girlfriend and in the back seat was their small child. Given the stated facts regarding the police encounter that struck down Philando Castile, the jury’s acquittal of Ofc. Yanez isn’t just a complete miscarriage of justice in this case, its simply incredulous that citizens in Minnesota couldn’t hold this officer accountable for his actions. To add insult to injury, Castile was only pulled over for a non functioning break light.

So how did Castile end up Dead? To answer that question, perhaps investigation into why some people become cops may open “Pandora’s Box” regarding the volume of black men being killed by police officers around the country. When you think about it, cops aren’t paid very well, and in most cases officers have to work a volume of overtime to make a decent living. They all can’t be crusaders of justice with ideal moral composes. Recent studies have discovered a volume of white supremacy groups infiltrating police agencies across the country, and the Castile case is just the tip of the ice.

Just a few weeks prior to the Castile verdict, Tulsa Oklahoma officer Betty Shelby was also acquitted for the fatal shooting of an unarmed black man name Terence Crutcher. The circumstances of the Crutcher shooting was even more bizarre than Castile’s. Crutcher whose vehicle broke down on the highway, was approached by Shelby, and Crutcher was captured on surveillance with his hands clearly in the air walking away from Shelby was fatally shot in the back.

Shelby reportedly revealed later on that she was fatigue and hungry during the fatal encounter, and professed to be in fear for her life. Many experts following the case have pointed out that Shelby (a white Officer) may have also suffered from the large black man syndrome that we have seen time and time again, but just like the Castile case, a seated jury acquitted the officer of wrong doing in the fatal incident that struck down the life of an unarmed Black man.

Perhaps breaking down on a highway may be a death sentence to men of color. Back in 2013 former FAMU football player Jonathan Ferrell was fatally shot by police in Charlotte North Carolina, after they responded to a home regarding a possible breaking and entering. Once officers were on the scene, they saw a man fitting the caller’s description of the potential subject who was running towards them. Officers used a stun gun unsuccessfully, and then another officer fired several shots fatally wounding Ferrell.

While police initial facts regarding the case seemed unclear (breaking & entering call), they eventually publicly admitted that Ferrell was probably running to the officers for assistance after having wrecked his car. Charlotte police found a vehicle that had been in a serious accident close to the scene, and believe Ferrell may have simply attempting to seek assistance from the officers. In his case its disturbing that the caller appeared to be a woman who simply didn’t know Ferrell after he knocked on her door also soliciting help from her, as the woman’s home was the closest to where he had crashed his car. A large black man at the door of a white woman some how evolved into police being dispatched for a burglary. This was simply incredible.

Furthermore, if the disturbing pattern of police killing black men hasn’t quite sunk in yet, the case of Samuel Dubose has to grab your attention. Last year a University of Cincinnati police officer (Tensing) fattaly shot Dubose after pulling him over for not having a front license plate. While UC officers have an agreement with the city of Cincinnati which allows them jurisdiction in the surrounding communities just off campus, there had been growing concern regarding UC cops activities of policing off campus in the recent past prior to the Dubose killing.

The shooting was caught on the officer’s body camera and went viral on the internet. Tensing and his partner’s version of the shooting strongly contrasted what was captured on his own body cam. Some of the footage even captured a police supervisor advising Tensing to limit his comment until he speaks with his union representative. In fact, the supervisors comments was probably sound advice, because the police cam footage revealed that the pair of officers had in fact lied in their reports regarding what had actually happened. Tensing file reports claiming that Dubose tried to run him over with his car, but the video footage clearly depicted Tensing at the side of the vehicle when he fired shots into the car fatally wounding Dubose.

These are just a few of the troubling and disturbing cases of police killing black motorist during encounters with police, and while some in America seem to be entangled in deliberations over the guilt or innocence of police in many of these cases, their is no confusion within the black community regarding what’s really happening. There has been a long standing antiquity within racist America that has led to the slaughter of countless black people as an acceptable cultural practice, and what we are experiencing now is simply a reemergence for a propensity to kill black people of epidemic proportions.

“After they are finish with us, they are coming for you. You could be next.”  — Valerie Castile

 

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TPC Suffers Own Devastating Tragedy With Murder Of Family Member: Two Small Children Left To Absorb Ugly Reality Of Domestic Violence

 

In all the years that I have spent my own time investigating cold murder cases, stories about missing kids, and fighting for human rights for people, many of which I didn’t even know from around this nation, I never actually had time to prepare myself for the eventful time that tragedy would strike a person within my very own family. My work as a crime blogger is well documented within the hundreds of articles I’ve composed over the years, literally acting as a “gate keeper” for society. A volunteer role I’ve willingly accepted to bring awareness to the horrors of heinous crimes committed everyday in our country. Admittedly, the details of this article is perhaps the most painful that I have the regretful duty to report.

On November 21, 2016 the Baltimore police were summoned to the 1700 block of Appleton street in the Easterwood neighborhood of West Baltimore City to conduct a welfare check on the residence where Tiffany Ruffin (cousin) resided with her husband Charles and there small children M’yla (7) and Oryanna (5). Details of what actually transpired when cops made entry into the home are sketchy, as family members have reported a variety of accounts. What is certain, is that the children were unharmed, but their mother was found deceased in an upstairs bedroom. Later on police identified 48-year-old Charles Ruffin (husband) as a potential suspect in what was preliminarily described by the primary police officials at the crime scene, as a homicide from blunt force trauma.

Unconfirmed reports suggest that she may have expired at least 24 hours prior to police discovering her deceased. Those who knew Tiffany Ruffin know that she wasn’t a violent person, and any dispute she may have encountered could easily have been resolved non violently. The manner in which she was murdered was perhaps the most brutal fashion in which a female was murdered that I can recall since I began writing about the killing of Channel Petro-Nixon back in 2006, whose dismembered body was discovered tossed out in a garbage bag, along side other trash on a Brooklyn New York street corner.

When you consider the effort required to beat someone to death, it essentially sends a haunting reality to those who knew her, about the kind of person she was actually married to. No regard for human life, his wife, their children, or even for his own future well being. She was essentially married to a monster, and a basic search of public records will reveal that he in fact had a horrendous record, was an apparent psychopath, and a person with a severe propensity for violence:

Maryland State Public Judicial Search Records

Charles Haywood Ruffin

1991 – Battery, Resisting Arrest,  found guilty of resisting arrest

1994 – Battery, stet docket (inactive)

1996 – Battery, nolle prosequi

1996 – Gun on On Person, found guilty

1997 – Attempted First & Second Degree Murder,  Assault 1st & 2nd Degree, Deadly weapon Intent-to Injure, nolle prosequi (dropped)

1997 – 2 Counts Rape 1st & 2nd Degree, 2 Counts Assault With Intent To Rape,  2 Counts Sex offense 3rd & 4th Degree, Assault 1st & 2nd Degree, (only found guilty of 1st Degree Rape/Use Of Physical Force)

1997 – 2 Counts of False Imprisonment, 1st & 2nd Degree Assault, nolle prosiqui (dropped)

1997 –  3 Counts of Child Abuse, Perverted Practice, Sodomy General, 2 Counts of Sex Offense in 2nd Degree, Assault 1st & 2nd Degree, found guilty

2013 – Failure to Register as Sex offender, Providing False Information, found guilty

 

These are just a portion of the documented criminal records & history of this absolute vile monster who brutally murdered his own wife, while leaving their beautiful daughters without benefit of either parent the rest of their lives.

There has been tremendous outpouring from the public, especially from the professionals she worked with for many years. Some are in shock and readily admit that they were completely unaware of the domestic violence that Tiffany may have been exposed to. One co-worker described her as a “person who could light up your entire world, a light in a dark world.” she said of Tiffany. On her job she was the first person her co-workers would see as they start their day, and many have described how devastating they are that she will no longer be there to greet them in the morning. The expressions from those who knew her continue to come every day, along with many tears that reveal the depth of pain that is continuing to impact so many within and outside of her family.

In the midst of so much hurt and pain, there are still those within the public and within her own family, who question her personal judgement regarding her marriage to such a violent human being. Despite his extensive background, Tiffany wasn’t completely aware of his past until well into their relationship. She was introduced to Charles Ruffin via his mother, a pastor of a local Baltimore Church she attended. Her dedication as a Christian caused her to have forgiveness, compassion, understanding, and faith which are all fundamental principals of Christianity. Besides, Charles didn’t exhibit violent behavior in those years they were developing a family.

In 2013 when their oldest daughter was just 4-years-old, an arrest warrant was issued for Charles’ arrest for failing to register as a sex offender as required by law, and for providing false information to authorities who would monitor his movement and whereabouts. Tiffany must have learned the details of his incarceration in that instance, as family recall her worrying about his pending disposition and eventual release from incarceration. Barring that incident, Tiffany apparently had no knowledge of his extensive criminal past. her trust in him, and willingness to forgive may have been the catalyst for her demise.

Charles’ mother apparently never informed Tiffany of her son’s violent and perverted past, a fact in her tragic story that has simply angered members of her family. Charles served 13 years in prison for his conviction in a 1997 case that resulted in the Special Weapons And Tactical (S.W.A.T.) unit of the Baltimore police, descending upon a Park Heights neighborhood home where Charles lived with a former girlfriend and her daughter. Charles was accused of raping her minor daughter, and when she confronted him Charles tied up both her and her minor daughter inside a closet. He was going back and force cutting and stabbing the females, while the police were outside negotiating for him to surrender. These are the kinds of details about Charles Ruffin’s character that Tiffany was completely unaware of.

One follower of  the CBS Baltimore news outlet asked a rhetorical question stating, “Why in the world would anyone want to be married to a sex offender?” In her defense, Tiffany’s vulnerability isn’t unique pertaining to the risk of dating and marriage to men who physically abuse them, especially in a city like Baltimore. So many are quick to judge without knowledge of the psychological effect that domestic violence has on those who fail prey to physical abuse. The embarrassment that women feel often cause them to conceal the abuse for long periods of time. When children are in the home, some victims of domestic violence rustle with removing their kids from homes that have both parents, which is a desired scenario for most developing families.

Like all families I’m sure the Ruffins had their share of struggles. In fact its rumored that her husband committed adultery with prostitutes, and allegedly even had an affair with a female related to Tiffany. Described by his co-workers as creepy, he had even recently been charged with sexual harassment by a female co-worker:

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Preparing to leave a marriage in which children are involved is extremely tough, but family members are reporting that Tiffany had enough of her husbands infidelity and stated that she wanted a divorce. This is when the dark side of Charles began to reveal its ugly head. The abuse started and before she could get out and stay out, it was too late. Unwilling to accept that their marriage had run its course, he resorted to violence and took the life of an extremely kind, warm heart, and special person. A very heart breaking story of a mother and sister who didn’t deserve to die so brutally, so cruel, and at the hands of some who she entrusted her love to.

The fact that a horrific tragedy like this could happen to Tiffany, a sweetheart of the family, confirms our long standing suspicion that a dark evil spirit encompasses the body of our family, and we pray for its immediate dismissal. My purpose for sharing her story to my readers are for two reasons. To bring awareness to the reality of domestic violence and the impact it has on survivors. Secondly, to solicit support for her two precious baby girls left in the wake of such a tragic incident. Pray for her daughters, her son, and our entire family. Rest now Tiffany, your work is done.

To Donate to the girl’s GoFundMe Campaign: Don’t Leave Them Behind

Source:

Baltimore Sun 

 

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Four Year Anniversary Of Vanessa “Honey” Malone’s Murder: More Questions, No Justice, And Dekalb County’s Storied Past

 

It was exactly four years ago to the date that tragedy struck a Stone Mountain Georgia family, when a gunman’s bullet snuffed out the life of a precious daughter, a sister, and a dear friend to many, who affectionately called the pretty hundred pound teen “Honey.” She was Flora Malone’s youngest daughter, the baby girl, and a well liked kid who’s tragic murder drew mourners from around the world to help bring attention to youth violence.

Tens of thousands continue to follow her heartbreaking story with the hopes that authorities will find the cowards who shot this female in the back. The manner in which she died is a graphic and descriptive element of the case which has always bothered many. Primarily because Vanessa was the smallest and youngest person in the apartment when she was gunned down. She essentially posed the least threat among the individuals allegedly in the home that night. I’ll spare the redundant details related to the completely bizarre story that India Smith and Trevares Benford told police that night related to how Vanessa was killed. (readers can use the search function in the top right to search for other articles related to her case by typing Vanessa Honey Malone, or typing Georgia teen murder)

Rather, I’ll utilize this platform to expound on more relevant discourse pertaining to this homicide case. I’ll start by posing out some of the most obvious points of interest about why she was killed. The rumors spread around the community alleging that Vanessa was involved in “setting people up,” has no credibility. People within the community have offered this rationalization to Vanessa’s mother, but only supported such an allegation based on hearsay. “They heard this and they heard that.” Complete nonsense!

The allegations have the appearance of pure catty like behavior commonly associated with jealousy among females. While these allegations were made against Vanessa in her death, no one has ever emerged with definitive proof that she was involved in this kind of activity. There are those out there who want the public to believe that this petite hundred pound teen was a menace, that she was involved in crime, and deserved to die at the hands of violent thugs, in a brazen hail of gun fire for “poetic justice” sake. Naw, we must reject that.

I believe that the people who are spreading rumors of such a perspective seek to rationalize the killing of this beautiful child, and are in fact perhaps the very source from which such violence derived. Let’s face it, this is either pure conjecture, or those spewing such dialogue have inside knowledge about the case, and even potentially know exactly who the actual killer(s) are. Otherwise, the most poignant question has to be, “Ho do you know this?” I’ll be willing to bet that the people who have communicated these allegations against Vanessa to her mother, don’t know anything, and are just running their mouths repeating rumors that they heard within the community. Yet, we must acknowledge the fact that some one wanted her dead.

Flora Malone told TPC that her daughter was very respectful about notifying people that she would be stopping by their home. This certainly is a plausible trait of her character considering all we have learned about her, because southern folk just simply have manners like that. You don’t just show up at people’s home in the south. Its a matter of respect. So, with that being said India and Travares were probably completely aware that Vanessa would be coming by their house that night, and the fact that alleged gunman were there seemingly awaiting her arrival, doesn’t take rocket science to figure out. The fact that Vanessa unfortunately and allegedly walked in on a home invasion in progress, has always been just to convenient for most rational and logical thinking people who have followed her story.

Not just that though, Vanessa having been shot in the back is also very telling in itself. They meant to kill her, to silence her, probably because she knew her killers, which raises even more suspicion upon the others that were there that night, and the completely unbelievable story they told the authorities. Those who have been closely following this case, already know that questions continue to linger pertaining to the third adult allegedly in the apartment when the so called home invasion occurred. This “Mercy” character left the scene of a violent crime, a homicide, and held up in a neighboring apartment while the murder investigation took place.

I don’t how most people or even how the cops are thinking about that element of the case, but its ground zero for me. The fact that he was allegedly hiding to avoid an arrest for an unrelated gun charge makes the alert bells in my head sound even louder, because he apparently is a person with a propensity for violence. That’s why the cops really needed to talk to “Mercy” that night. Hell, we aren’t even sure if the cops have been briefed regarding him being held up in the upstairs apartment, or if they have interviewed the people who lived there.

Most followers of TPC Blog who have read about Vanessa’s murder are already aware of my curiosity about exactly where “Mercy” was at in the apartment during the home invasion and subsequent shooting that killed young Vanessa. Those details are crucial to the investigation. We already know that India and Travares were allegedly tied up in the bathtub, but we need to know exactly where “Mercy’s” punk @ss was (excuse the colloquialism, but enough is enough with this nonsense). Did the invaders tie him up also? Was he held at gun point? What? Why would he retreat to a neighboring apartment to hide out when I’m sure he had plenty of time to leave the area altogether prior to police arrival? These are questions that need to be answered if anybody is ever going to find out who committed this heinous crime.

Moreover, who are the tenants in the apartment where “Mercy” was hiding out at? What kind of people allows someone to hide in their home while an active homicide investigation is taking place in the apartment directly downstairs? Who does that? Call me a snitch, a rat, or what ever the hell you want. Even if I’m afraid of “Mercy” or was being held at gunpoint, I’m running out of their. Shoot me in the back, because the volume of cops down their would have been sufficient help for me. I would have been running and screaming for my life like a little *itch. The police would have helped. This didn’t happen, and the people who allowed “Mercy” hide may be complicit to murder and should be held accountable.

At the very least charges for hindering a police investigation should be in order, because the actions of the neighboring tenant may have allowed for the discarding of potential forensic evidence pertinent to the case. “Mercy” was taken into custody two days later on the outstanding warrant for an unrelated handgun charge. I’m not saying “Mercy” was involved in Vanessa’s murder, but if he was, he had sufficient time to discard of his clothing he war that night. There may have been blood splatter or other DNA evidence that could link him to Vanessa’s killing. I’m just saying, when people run they typically have something to hind, and in this case “Mercy” may have utilized the help of some very despicable people to allude being pinched for a violent crime that took Vanessa from this world.

Also, the fact that “Mercy” wasn’t available to police until days later, dashed all hopes of getting a good Gun Shot Residue (GSR) test on him. If he was the actual shooter, during the time he eluded the police, he could have taken measures to hinder the authorities ability to determine whether he shot a weapon the night Vanessa died. I ‘m wondering if the cops even took a GSR test on Travarese or India as well. To do so would have been standard procedure in most police agencies because of the serious nature of the crime. Then again, we are talking about the Dekalb County Police department. I’ll touch on that momentarily.

While a plethora of unanswered questions remain regarding “Mercy,” he is not the only person of interest the police could have zeroed in on. The “low life” individual I’ll refer to as the “weed man,” who handed over Vanessa’s purse to her mother days after she was murdered should have been brought in for questioning as well. How did this individual even obtain possession of her purse in the first place? According to Flora Malone the purse contained extremely personal items that she says her daughter would have never left with anyone, especially a person the likes of him. Ms. Malone did admit during an interview with TPC that she had a prejudicial opinion of the man’s character that stems from a previous incident, when his girlfriend (a much older woman than Vanessa) physically attacked Vanessa about a year prior to her murder.

Her opinion of him is a natural reaction I’m sure any parent would have related to their child, but the mother had cause to suspect his involvement, solely on the fact that he showed up at her doorsteps with her murdered daughter’s pocketbook days after her death. A respectable person would have turned it over to the family or the authorities the same night of the shooting, but no, not this dirt bag. He waits until the cops are all gone to bring the purse to the girl’s family. Ms. Malone would be the first to tell you that her daughter was no angel, but that she was a very good person, and certainly didn’t deserve to die in such a violent manner. In most murder cases, people who are in possession of such sensitive items belonging to the victim, typically are brought in for questioning. That also hasn’t occurred.

Since the gunman were allegedly masked, if you even believe that nonsense, “the weed man” could actually have been one of the invaders, because if Vanessa had her purse with her at the time she left the house to go over there, it more than likely would have been somewhere near the crime scene after she was shot. So, again its crucial for the police investigation to determine the actual path of how that pocketbook of a murder victim got back to her family. The police’s failure to connect the dots related to such rudimentary fact finding is simply incredulous.

Moreover, the police haven’t been transparent with the family related to Vanessa’s murder. Its understandable for the authorities to withhold certain information relevant to capturing her killers to avoid compromising the investigation, but not releasing her autopsy report and other information that’s typically public record raises suspicion regarding how the cops are handling this particular case. The family has been advised to file FOA (Freedom of Information Act) documents to obtain her autopsy report and other relevant information. This aspect of the case is highly controversial, something Dekalb County Police are certainly familiar with.

Many people from my generation and others who remember, know all to well the history of Dekalb County Police. In the early 1980’s the agency failed to capture the person(s) responsible for the serial murders of young black children, now infamously known as the “Atlanta Child Murders.” Convicted killer Wayne Williams was ultimately held responsible for the killings, but what the public doesn’t know is he was never actually convicted of killing any of the children connected to that case.

During the spree of killings two adults victims were included or attributed to the serial murders. Prosecutors successfully obtained a conviction of Wayne Williams, based on very shady carpet fiber evidence in the prosecution case for one of the adult victims. Once he was convicted, the prosecutor’s office mad the determination that Williams was in fact the serial killer in the “Atlanta Child Murders” and closed all of the other cases. Essentially insuring that the real killer(s) would never actually be determined. Dekalb County Police has always been an extremely bizarre police agency that only a few have forgotten.

We must never let them forget Flora Malone’s beautiful and precious daughter Vanessa “Honey” Malone. Call them today and demand for justice in the killing of this beautiful child, and for the swift prosecution of anyone who may have been in involved in her actual killing or who may otherwise have assisted the murderers. Four years later we still are hopeful that justice will prevail. It won’t long now baby girl, just rest now. #justice4honey.

 

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Kelley Alert Sought In Pregnant Texas Mom’s Brutal Slaying Case: Activist Still Seeking Justice For D’Lisa Kelley’s 2014 Killing In Dallas

 

Her story is as tragic as it is Bizarre. The sudden disappearance of D’Lisa M. Kelley on March 7, 2014 was just the tip of the iceburg that culminated in the horrific discovery of the pregnant mother of a one year old son, body having been found inside an abandoned Dallas home a week after she disappeared. D’Lisa had last been seen leaving her grandmother’s house to attend the wake of a friend who died.

Prior to her going missing her sister received a call from her that she believes D’Lisa may have accidentally made. She hears what can only be described has her sister being in complete distress, as she is overheard involved in a conflict within an unknown man. D’Lisa is heard screaming “Stop, stop, get off of me.” Those cries are then followed by the voice of a man who says “Shut up! Oh you want to be hardheaded.” The sister said the call abruptly ended after one minute and eleven seconds. Then she says she received a text from D’Lisa saying “I’ll call you in a minute.” That call never came and was the last contact the woman’s family received from her.

During a Headline News (HLN) broadcast, the sister gave an updated account of the communication she had received from D’Lisa. She told Jane Mitchell that she also received a text from D’Lisa saying “He thought that I was with another dude.” The prime-time news host highlighted during the broadcast that its not known if D’Lisa actually made that particular text, or whether someone else sent the communication. That’s a portion of this mysterious case that’s been debated, primarily because police have interviewed witnesses who have stated they saw D’Lisa at local businesses days after she reportedly had last been seen alive.

The woman’s family told police that she wasn’t known to simply stay away and not communicate her whereabouts to her family, in hopes of prompting an immediate reaction from authorities in search for her after receiving such a disturbing phone call. Her lifeless body was found seven days later, and the medical examiner’s office reported that D’Lisa had been strangled and beaten to death. A rather horrific and brutal killing of an extremely beautiful young woman.

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D’Lisa M. Kelley was eight weeks pregnant when she went missing on March 7, 2014. The search for her culminated in her body being discovered in an abandoned Dallas home.

Realizing the heinous nature of this heartless crime that took this young mother’s life, a sense of urgency has always been sought in getting the person responsible for her killing off the street, and brought to justice. The amount of force and trauma usually necessary to beat a person to death requires physical force at close quarters. She may have known her killer, and it may even have been a crime of passion considering how she died. No information has ever been provided which may indicate who might have wanted to harm her.

Additionally, the family expressed concern regarding the lack of urgency during the initial calls to police after the family received the distress call from D’Lisa. Their concern led to the discovery of an extremely disturbing phone call exchange between a 911 operator and a police supervisor, that depicts laughter and off color comments pertaining to D’Lisa’s disappearance complaint. The officer was placed on leave for a period of time pending an internal police investigation, but has since reported back to active duty. While police eventually sought cellphone data for D’Lisa’s phone, it was turned off, causing the carrier to indicate to police that no data was available.

The woman’s family believes that if her disappearance complaint had been taken more seriously, police my have gotten an early lead in the case via her cellphone records. The poor handling of her case by police has prompted powerful members of the Dallas clergy and other political activist to launch a campaign to form the “Kelley Alert.” The community distress code which is similar to ones launched for missing kids believed to be in immediate danger (Amber Alert), and for missing senior citizens (Silver Alert) would be used for adult women believed to be in immediate danger.

It was 2:38 p.m. on Sunday, March 9, 2014 when the case was officially assigned to a missing persons detective and relatives finally spoke to detectives in person at 4 p.m. two days after the family received the distress call. D’Lisa’s sister Jasmine Steward said police responded too slowly. The family believes that the “Kelley Law” would require police response in such cases. Activist strongly believe if D’Lisa had been a white female her case would have prompted an immediate response from police officials. Its a disturbing trend related to the lack of priority by police officials to take cases involving women of color seriously, due to the unwritten, but well known rule that black women have histories of going missing.

The police supervisor involved in the police investigation because of his poor handling of her case, even joked about D’Lisa sounding like a person who has gone missing before. Leading the fight to establish legislation requiring the police to take immediate action in these kind of cases, is well known community activist Rev. Dominique Alexander, founder of the Next Generation Action Network. Please join me as the Administrator of TPC by helping make her tragic story go viral on social media, and to bring awareness to the lack of priority by police officials when women of color go missing. Let’s make her cold murder case hot again. Pass the “Kelley Alert” legislation now… #kelleyalert

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Initial Suspect Indicted In New York Kid’s Cold Murder Case: Evidence Discovered In Crime 3000 Miles Away On Caribbean Island Helped Link Killer

 

Most people living in the New York area and surrounding communities back in 2006 probably remember the abominable killing of an honors student in the Bedford Stuyvesant section of Brooklyn. The little girl’s body was discarded on a street corner inside a garbage bag in front of 212 Kingston Avenue over ten years ago. In what cops are calling one of the city’s most famous cold murder cases, is now turning out to be just one aspect of several crimes that is apparently connected to other murders by a single alleged serial killer. Investigators say that Veron Primus has always been the primary suspect in the disappearance and subsequent murder of Chanel Petro-Nixon, but they just couldn’t prove it.

That all changed this past June when evidence surfaced over 3000 miles away in the Caribbean Island of St. Vincent, linking Primus to the Petro-Nixon youth’s murder. Primus had been deported back to his native land after having served time in a New York prison for violating a restraining order for an ex-girlfriend in an unrelated case.  Officials on the island haven’t disclosed the nature of evidence they say links Primus to Chanel, but details have emerged revealing that he showed another woman an article about Chanel’s murder case, prior to him holding her captive in a wooden enclosure.

Mewanah Hadaway who is 24, told authorities tht Primus held her captive against her will in a house in Vermont from January 1, 2015 until April 15. Hadaway was able to get a note out soliciting help, which led to the authorities being alerted of her alleged abduction by Primus. While authorities were investigating the Hadaway icident, evidence surfaced that lined Primus to the killing of another woman. He was later charged with killing 33-year-old real estate agent Sharleen Greaves, who was found dead on November 13, 2015 in her Bijou real estate office, with multiple stab wounds about her body.

While details of Primus’ arrest and murder charge, along with Hadaway’s alleged abduction began to surface, officials in New York  looked at the St. Vincent cases and noted the very eerie similarities in the Petro-Nixon case, and the alleged abduction of Hadaway on the island in St. Vincent.  Cops who investigated Chanel’s killing had always theorized that the pretty honors kid might have been held captive for several days before she was strangled to death and discarded out on a street corner inside a garbage bag.

Disturbingly, in the years after Chanel’s murder, Primus was charged with sexually assaulting two other woman in separate cases, but was acquitted in court of both crimes. A third woman also claimed that he tried to abduct her as well, which resulted in her having obtained a restraining order against him. He violated the order which subsequently resulted in his conviction that sent him to an upstate New York prison prior to his deportation back to his birth place of St. Vincent. Once on the island he rekindle a friendship with Hadaway and they  began dating. Yet, Hadaway had no idea that she would later transform from Primus’ girlfriend into his captive. Hadaway alleges that in disputes with Primus during the course of their relationship, he threatened her with knives on four separate occasions, so she broke off the relationship with him.

Hadaway says that she remembers Primus telling her that he had killed a girl in the United States, and remembered him showing her news article clippings about Chanel’s murder case back in New York.  Then on New Years Eve she says Primus lured her to his home under the pretext that she had personal belongs at his home that he wanted her to retrieve. Hadaway says that’s when he abducted her and locked her inside the wooden enclosure for several months. She says that she tried to escape on one occasion, and Primus caught her and punished her. Hadaway says he dug a grave and threatened to kill her and bury her in it if she attempted to escape again.

She says that while she was being held captive Primus used her cellphone to send text to her family, telling them that she was traveling in Antigua, all in an attempt to through them off regarding her having been held against her will. She says Primus would never leave her alone in the room out of fear that she would crawl out of the window and attempt to escape again, so when ever he cooked he would bring her out into the kitchen. Hadaway says one day when Primus went outside to wash out a pot, she seige the opportunity to plant a note inside an insulin box inside the refrigerator. The note read “I’m here all the time, get help.”

Primus’ great aunt who he lives with is diabetic and has a caretaker who comes to the home everyday to care for her. The caretaker found the note and called for help, but when the police arrived Primus threatened Hadaway and told her to give the police a different name and she complied out of fear. However, the caretaker told the police the truth, about who she really was. Finally, Primus was arrested for kidnapping and Hadaway was set free after hree and a half months being held captive by this monster. During the investigation and search of Primus’ home, that’s where authorities say evidence was discovered linking him to both, Chanel Petro-Nixon’s killing, and the murder of Sharleen Greaves.

Though it may have taken over a decade, there appears to be a light at the end of the tunnel of justice for one of New York’s brightest hopes, as authorities zero in on the initial suspect in the killing of Chanel Petro-Nixon. Its just disturbing how he was able to lie with a straight face without withering, and declaring to police that Chanel had stood him up for a date back in 2006. Now it appears that he was just simply a cold dark heart bastard who snuffed out the life of such a beautiful and promising kid without provoction. I pray that justice prevails and just like he did to this innocent child, that his life also becomes snuffed out and develops into just a memory. A “cold case” no more, just rest now baby girl, rest!

 

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Honors Kid Killing Isn’t A Case Of ‘Who Done It’: Prosecutor’s Failure To Explore Social Media Connection To The Crime Has Allowed Her Killer To Roam Free

 

Its been nearly six years since Janice and Raheem Mustafa’s beautiful and promising daughter Phylicia Simone Barnes went missing from a Northwest Baltimore apartment. At the time of her disappearance there had been a variety of explanations given to police that suggest the honors teen may have still been alive. The hopes of the child’s safe return to the comfort of her family resolved to a disconsolate reality when state environmental workers spotted a body in the water of the Susquehanna River in Northern Maryland, months after Phylicia had gone missing. The lifeless, nude, and badly decomposed body of a young female was later determined to be the Barnes teen. Speculations as to how the child had come to such a tragic ending over 30 miles from where she had been staying has always been enigmatic at best.

What most followers know about this child’s tragic and heartbreaking story, is that those around her (including her half-siblings) when she went missing, wasn’t forthright, and completely honest with investigators who initially searched for the girl. Search warrants for telephones and social media accounts of many of the people known to be regular hangouts at Deena Barnes’ apartment where young Phylicia was staying during her visit to Baltimore, unveiled some pretty disturbing revelations pertaining to the culture, and environment the teen was exposed to by her older half-sibling entrusted with her care. The warrants uncovered a malapropos relationship between young Phylicia and her older half-sibling Deena’s boyfriend Michael Johnson. Investigators claim that there were hundreds of text exchanges between Johnson (27 at the time) and Phylicia (a minor).

A video was also discovered on one of the cellphones which police had sieged depicting Phylicia, her older half-sibling Deena, Johnson, Johnson’s younger brother, and a cousin who were all streaking nude at a nearby schoolyard playground. Prosecutors believe that Johnson’s “gawking gaze” upon the child was apparent that he had a physical attraction to the teen. The text exchanges, the streaking video, and an eyewitness account by a neighbor at Deena’s apartment who said that he observed Johnson struggling to carry a plastic container in the hallway of the building, along with the fact Johnson was the last known person to see the child alive, were all pieces of circumstantial evidence used to indict Johnson for the child’s murder. He went on trial for killing Phylicia twice and both times the case ended in a mistrial mainly due to procedural errors, and other missteps by the prosecution that directly violated Johnson’s constitutional rights.

Not just that though, the prosecutor’s approach toward obtaining a conviction of Michael Johnson appeared to be completely bollix from the very start. Chiefly, the decision to place a lying jail house snitch name James McCrae, who has a storied criminal past of his own on the stand, wasn’t just a gamble, but the testimony he gave was so unbelievable that Johnson’s defense counsel made quick work of the prosecutor’s suppose star witness, by abruptly ending cross examination of him, and discounting his testimony as being completely unreliable. The prosecutors aided the defense’s contentions that McCrae was a liar, by withholding discovery evidence that highlighted the defense very argument pertaining to McCrae’s credibility. The prosecution’s failure to play by established rules of law was a direct infringement on Johnson’s constitution right to a fair trial, and created a stigma that Johnson was being railroaded by the state.

Others contend that Johnson’s family had utilized his family’s law enforcement status to get such a vanilla prosecutoral effort during both of his trials. Its a perspective that some argue is just a reach at best, but those observing this case very closely can’t help focusing on the actions of the state attorney’s office. There were seemingly deliberate violations of procedure that left the court with no other recourse, but to declare a mistrial. The state’s effort in both trials weren’t paralyzed by a flawed case or the lack of evidence. Their case was crippled by the decision to only skim from the top of a plethora of other available evidence, to not only draw suspicion upon Johnson, but perhaps others closely related to him as well. The public has been aware of social media content that paints a very grim and disturbing picture of what may have happened to the child during her final hours. While much of the social media content is also circumstantial, everyone appears to be aware of its existence except the police.

Michael Johnson’s younger brother “Bootz’s” Twitter post he commented literally just minutes (7 minutes exactly) before Johnson claims he last saw the child alive, is not only scary, but just may reveal an extremely chilling depiction of the level of violence that the Barnes teen potentially encountered before she vanished, because “Bootz” is directing someone to physically harm a female (**** dat don’t tella twice whopp her ass). Its an impactful* and crucial element of the entire Barnes case that investigators apparently, whether intentional or otherwise completely missed, and just a little investigative work  by police inside the social media interactions of key people around the child when she went missing, probably would have led them to conclude that Michael Johnson was in fact riding in a car with the very same younger brother (“Bootz”) during the morning and afternoon of the day that Phylicia went missing. Its a theory that TPC has constantly theorized, and potentially places Johnson’s brother at Deena’s apartment as well during the time he reportedly last saw her.

In a TPC January 13, 2012 article entitled “The Phylicia Barnes Story: Johnson Males Tweets & Location On Dec 28 Are A Very Scary Coincidence And May Close This Murder Case”, some of the tweets by “Bootz” are highlighted and gives context and perspective pertaining to what was going on with Michael Johnson and his brother during the morning hours leading up to when Phylicia disappeared in the afternoon on that fateful day. Comments on twitter about an unnecessarily busy Rolling Road indicates that “Bootz” and the occupants of his car were in a hurry to get to a location. Also, the mention of “grass in the hooka,” with”Bootz” and a person name “Ease” (suspectedly Michael Johnson) being high after the first puffs, gives a clear indication that they were riding in a car getting high off of marijuana. Their activity that morning is extremely important to discovering exactly what happened to young Phylicia Barnes, and it has never been established whether investigators have even pursued this angle of the case.

During one of my interviews with Shauntel Sallis-Evans who is Phylicia’s oldest sister, she conveyed to me she believed that when Deena Barnes observed Michael Johnson attempt to touch Phylicia in her private area, as Deena Barnes testified to in court, that Deena only became upset because she had not said it was okay to “get freaky” yet. Meaning that Shauntel believes all of the drinking, nudity, and sexual activity that Phylicia had been exposed to while interacting with a volume of males, were all activities directly sanctioned by Deena herself. According to accounts by both of the older Barnes half-siblings Deena and Kelly, Phylicia was never left at the apartment by herself. She either went with Deena or Kelly to their jobs each day. On December 28, 2010, the day Phylicia Simone Barnes vanished without a trace, it was the first time the child had been left at that apartment unsupervised despite the fact that a volume of adult males had access to the apartment.

Upon the discovery of young Phylicia having been left alone at the apartment by Johnson males that her older sister Deena (by her own admission through testimony in open court during the first trial) had sanctioned and allowed to run around nude with, playing a game called “jonking” (grabbing or feeling the genitalia of game participants), may explain why “Bootz” tweeted about how busy Rolling Road was. They were trying to get to that apartment with the child when  she was alone, and while the opportunity presented itself. So, if Shauntel’s perspective that Deena Barnes was the controlling factor related to the sex games they all played, with Deena not being there and out of the way, the Johnson boys were free to indulge the child in a sexual manner, because Phylicia’s sister who was responsible for supervising her had opened the door for these adult males to approach the child in such a manner. They just probably wasn’t counting on the child not being cooperative, which Janice Mustafa (Phylicia’s mother) told me she believes happened. Janice believes what ever they did to her daughter, that “Simone” told them she was “going to tell her mother,” and that may have triggered a violent reaction which resulted in the child’s fatality.

Like Janice Mustafa, its always been my personal belief that others along with Michael Johnson may have been at the apartment that morning, and what ever transpired resulting in the child’s disappearance  is a direct result of actions in which they all were collectively complicit. Not only that, but even other family members who may not have been involved with Phylicia’s demise, at the very least had some idea as to what happened to her, and apparently even knew where the child’s body was located during the crucial time period when extensive investigative measures and searches were being conducted to locate young Phylicia Barnes’ whereabouts. A suspicious tweet on social media by a female associate of Michael Johnson’s cousin that actually foreshadowed where the child’s body would ultimately be located, is compelling circumstantial evidence that reveals how those closely connected to the Johnson’s may have had advanced knowledge of what happen to Phylicia Barnes months before the authorities found her floating in a river.

While the police may have dismissed the existence of these facts for what ever reason, the prosecutor’s office should have urged direction to compel police officials to beat the streets to get to the bottom of what happened, what other  people knew, and what the female in particular knew about Phylicia’s disappearance. The tweet “its trapped at the dam don’t pull the lever” is an extremely compelling, yet equally disturbing pronouncement, especially considering who made the comment on social media.  The female who posted the statement on twitter is a former girlfriend of a Johnson cousin, who was a regular visitor at Deena Barnes’ apartment around the time the child was visiting Baltimore, and was one of the first people that police interviewed during the initial phase of Phylicia’s disappearance investigation. These details have troubled most who have closely followed this tragic case. The fact that the comment was made before she was discovered dead, doesn’t necessarily implicate the female or the Johnson cousin in Phylicia’s killing, and most people don’t even believe that anyway. It’s just a clear indication that the location of Phylicia’s body had been discussed or was at least known among the Johnson circle, and the eventual discovery of her lifeless body near the Conowingo “Dam” months after the tweet which in fact referenced a ‘dam” by a person closely connected to Phylicia’s older half-sibling and her boyfriend is an overt, self-evident, and palpable source of information that’s directly related to the child’s disappearance and subsequent demise.

Moreover, during one of my many conversations and interviews with Phylicia’s mother Janice Mustafa, she has expressed concern, remorse, and prayer for the female who made the comment on social media. Janice called her a “lost soul” and even pitied her for lacking the courage as a female to tell the truth about what she knows, while potentially having direct knowledge of what happened to another beautiful young female just like herself. Janice also conveyed to me that she believes, while her daughter’s killers may have escaped the criminal justice system, they haven’t escaped God’s justice, and further believes that the young female who potentially hinted the actual location of Phylicia’s body, will also suffer from God’s wrath for not standing up and giving Phylicia a voice when it counted. The grieving mother has always been vocal about the failure of those who know the truth, inability or unwillingness to come forward, and speak for her daughter so she can finally rest in peace.

There were also other suspicious comments on twitter that should have given investigators a lead on what potentially happened. While the comments by the female associate who has been dubbed the “twitter girl” by the public, actually seems to be ground zero for solving this case, the comments by some of Michael Johnson’s relatives on December 28, 2010 may have been a crucial break in the case. Hours after Michael Johnson says he last saw the child alive at the Northwest Baltimore apartment where she was staying, there were essentially no social media communication among Johnson’s entire circle, until nearly two hours later when Michael Johnson’s younger brother Glenton “Bootz” Johnson tweets that it was hot in some location. That tweet was followed by what appeared to be a caution or warning by their older brother who reference “the man” (street jargon for the police) watching:

12-28 3:24 pm Glenton tweet – Hot as shyt in here
12-28 3:31 pm Kevin Johnson Tweet – Watch wat u tweet. “the man” is watching.. lok

Like most followers of this case, I’m of the belief that some suspicious activity, if not in fact criminal was taking place and several Johnson family members may have been aware of it, if not complicit to. The cops can ignore these facts all day long, but it’s not rocket science based on those tweets that these individuals were concerned about their communications between each other potentially being monitored, or  being referenced later by police. The tweets are specifically relevant to this case because Baltimore’s Chief of Police at the time publicly conveyed that he believed young Phylicia’s body was being moved from different locations. This brings a very poignant question to mind. Where was “Bootz” at the time that tweet was made? Cellphone towers certainly could indicate the general area of his location when the tweet was me made. Investigators could have issued search warrants for the Mobile Network Operator (MNO), or service to obtain thiss information.  There was also information sent to The People’s Champion Blog detailing various properties owned by the Johnson family, and using the cell tower information, the cops could have potentially discovered places of interest to search for the child based on that tower data.

To completely ignore certain data obtained through warrants of social media accounts belonging to key people close to the Barnes case, is simply way too convenient and quite circumspect to say the least. More specifically, the failure of the Baltimore City Police and the Maryland State Police collectively, to unravel the suspicious nature of a tweet foreshadowing Phylicia’s locations near a dam, months prior to her actual discovery, has been the primary vehicle creating suspicion of how the police investigated the child’s case. As far away as California and other parts of the Mid West, web sleuthers, a school teacher, and even psychic detectives were able to conduct their own research to uncover troubling facts regarding the Barnes case. No one wants to believe that the cops were either unwilling or inept at doing heir job in this kid’s case, but the fact that Michael Johnson’s family, and the Barnes half-siblings both have family ties to the Baltimore police, leaves the door wide open with a plethora of speculation as to how and why those around Phylicia during her demise have yet to be caught.

While some have theorized that Johnson may have acted alone resulting in Phylicia’s murder, others believe the suspicious tweets by his younger brother around the time Michael says he last saw the child, may suggest that he had an accomplice in the cover up to discard of the pretty little girl’s body. Shauntel Sallis-Evans expounded on this perspective during an interview with TPC. She conveyed to me that she was troubled by the rather cavalier fashion in which Glenton “Bootz” Johnson testified in court pertaining to the number of times he allegedly had sex with her sister. Shauntel said his demeanor was kind of spiteful, an indication to her that Phylicia probably treated him like he was nothing, and if I understood her comments correctly, I believe Shauntel felt that Glenton used his testimony as a way to “clap back” at the child by muddying up her name for revenge of how Phylicia treated him.

People are probably still debating about the credibility of the Johnson brothers, their friends, other relatives, and Phylicia’s own half-siblings regarding what actually happened to this promising book smart kid, but there are facts pertaining to her murder that there has never been any cogitation about, which point to who may have killed her. The obvious and glaring details are centered round social media comments among relatives and friends close to Michael Johnson and his family. Its just stupendous that the cops never connected the dots on a volume of data they must have had possession of after obtaining search warrants for social media accounts. Many within the public either have their own theory, or continue to contemplate why and how investigators made crucial missteps in her case. Evidence suggest that Michael Johnson wasn’t the only person alone with Phylicia at Deena’s apartment on the morning of December 28, 2010. Also, other evidence suggest that tweets by the Johnson’s older brother are indicative of residue from criminal activity. Its highly suspicious that Glenn Johnson, Michael’s older brother would caution his other brother about social media content, and doing so while referencing potential monitoring by police on the very day the little girl goes missing.

In the long exhausting hunt for the person(s) responsible for taking the life of promising Phylicia Simone Barnes, there has always been a multitude of speculation, conjecture, and other hyperbole surrounding the details of how she died, but in the court of public opinion, her killing has never been a case of “who done it.” The only question that remains, is why the cops haven’t figured out yet, what the public has already conclusively resolved?

 

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Maryland State Court Of Special Appeals Sends Murdered Teen’s Case Back To Baltimore Circuit Court: Accused Killer Michael Johnson Will Go Back On Trial For Honors Kid Slaying

 

Her smile was contagious, she brought laughter to every setting that her infectious character ever embraced, and her silly wit was the trade mark that many have said was so alluring. The memories of her have often faded, but the circumstances surrounding her sudden and tragic death has never completely dissipated. The story of late Phylicia Simone Barnes sometimes seem like a reoccurring nightmare that continues to appear over and over again, but like a haunting ghost, the spirit of her murder refuses to die. Snatched from this world far too soon at the hands of heartless monsters, the promising honors kid fell prey to cowards she became exposed to by her own half sibling.

Her mother Janice Mustafa and her oldest sister Shauntel Sallis-Evans have both described Simone as a Sweet but naive “country girl.” While she was entrusted to the care of her half sister she visited in Baltimore over the Christmas holiday back in 2010, she became exposed to a culture of drug usage, alcohol, and a group of adult men that many believe were responsible for the sixteen year old’s demise. In a strange sequence of events, young Simone went from being closely guarded and monitored by her two older adult half siblings, to mysteriously disappearing without a trace on the only day that she had been left at her siblings apartment alone. The exact details of what happened to her have always been sketchy and played out in a series of live radio, television, and podcast shows. The most noted broadcast highlighting the child’s family version of what happened, occurred on January 19, 2011 during a broadcast of a The People’s Champion Blog affiliate, and the nationally recognized child advocacy organization of “Peas In Their Pods.”  It was a broadcast that angered many, as the siblings could be heard whispering, and even laughing at one point during the broadcast (Listen here: “Where Is Phylicia Barnes?”).

Despite Simone’s family requesting candor and honesty regarding what happened to the child, the “Peas” broadcast was the first media outlet of any kind to capture statements on record, and became a valuable source of information that helped the public formulate their own version of the truth when court testimony by one sibling revealed that she had been lying about elements of Simone’s case all along. Her sibling told a volume of lies about the allegations of having exposed to her kid sister to drugs and alcohol, and the flat denial about any sexual activity between her sister and older males. Court testimony revealed that the older sibling Deena Barnes admitted in court to allowing her sister to drink vodka and smoke marijuana. When the host asked the siblings about sexual activity pertaining to sixteen year old Simone, response was a resounding denial. However, Deena Barnes testified in court that she allowed her pretty baby sister to run around naked in public with her boyfriend, his brother, and his cousin.

A volume of other lies were also told during the investigation when Simone was first reported missing. Those lies led to search warrants for phone records and social media accounts of many of the men who were hanging out at the older Barnes’ sibling apartment. Those warrants uncovered a video of the child streaking nude with her sister and three males. Investigators also uncovered a volume of text exchanges between Simone and Deena’s boyfriend Michael Johnson. The content of those exchanges and other pieces of circumstantial evidence resulted in Johnson’s indictment for the murder of the child. Prosecutors utilized the fact that he was the last known person to see her alive, the video, text messages, and a witness account that places Johnson in the stairwell of the apartment building on the day she disappeared. Johnson was apparently seen struggling to carry a large plastic tote, that police authorities believe contained the child’s body. Police reports also indicate that a police cadaver canine lost the child’s scent in the parking lot at the exact location where other witness say the vehicle Johnson was driving in was parked on the day of her disappearance.

The lies that were told during the initial phase of her disappearance investigation gave her killer(s) time to cover up their crime and eliminate crucial evidence. While the cops were on a wild goose chase looking for clues, Simone’s nude and lifeless body was frozen in the chilled waters of the Susquehanna River in Northern Maryland near the Conowingo Dam. Yet, significant clues did emerge shortly after she went missing. Like the tweet by a female friend of one of the males who was hanging around the apartment during the time Simone went missing. She tweeted “its trapped at the dam, don’t pull the lever.” The tweet which was later taken down was screen captured in time, and forwarded to the authorities. The female made the twitter post on January 28, 2012, and just a month after Simone had gone missing. That particular fact is very haunting, disturbing, and just outright heartless to know that there was an obvious connection to Simone’s disappearance, especially when she was in fact ultimately found near a dam, and no one had the courage to speak up for young Simone. What did she (“the Twitter Girl”) know? Why was that element of the case never brought to the forefront by investigators?

That wasn’t the only clue to finding young Simone that emerged during the search for her. Psychics told The People’s Champion Blog that young Simone was in a body of water near a bridge that ran between two larges land mass. Their vision was spot on, and when the waters began to thaw, the secret of what happened to the pretty and promising honors kid from Monroe North Carolina finally emerged from the shadows of dispare when state environmental workers spotted the child’s badly decomposed body in the water. The mystery of her whereabouts had been solved, but how she ended up over 30 miles from where she was staying in West Baltimore still hasn’t been discovered.

For a period of time my blog seemed like the only media outlet that was beating the drum for justice in young Phylicia Simone Barnes’ tragic murder, but along the way followers of her heartbreaking story sent information, pictures, and other vital clues to help solve her murder case. From California to Virginia they came curious, tearful, angered, and resolved to find her killers. The public outcry was simply devastated when state prosecutors muffed the case, by gambling and putting a questionable witness on the stand who not only had a criminal past, but also had serious credibility issues that they knew about well in advance prior to putting him on the stand. The witness claimed to have been an eyewitness to seeing Michael Johnson with Simone’s dead body in her sister apartment on the day she disappeared.

Prosecutes put a man name James McCray on the stand who said that Johnson had telephoned him for his advice regarding what to due with the child’s body. McCray told the court that Johnson stated that he had raped the child, she wouldn’t stop crying, and he strangled her to death. McCray said he advise Johnson to get rid of the child’s clothes, wrap her body in bed sheets, and discard her in water to hide potential evidence. His testimony seemed plausible on its face because it matched exactly what the killer had done with Simone’s remains. Defense lawyers fought back and argued that the child’s case was widely broadcast on television and McCray could have easily learned the details of the case be simply viewing the evening news broadcast. To add insult to injury, when defense attorney’s challenged McCray to recall the time period he saw Simone’s body with Johnson, and McCray stated that it was before Christmas. The defense had no further questioning for McCray, abruptly ending questioning of him, and in a fashion that appeared to be an obvious exclamation point for the defense. Simone disappeared after Christmas and the defense did a great job exposing inconsistencies in McCray’s testimony that was so poignant that he appeared as a bold face liar.

The prosecutor’s office not only gambled by putting McCray on the stand, but they deliberately failed to turn over exculpatory evidence that was favorable to Michael Johnson’s defense. McCray had also testified during trial that he had given testimony for the state in a Montgomery County criminal case. The only problem with his testimony, is Montgomery County officials contacted the Baltimore prosecutor’s office and notified them that they backed off on using McCray as a witness, because his testimony had credibility issues. This discovery meant that McCray had perjured himself by lying during testimony in the Michael Johnson murder trial. Instead of the state turning this crucial and exculpatory evidence over to Michael Johnson’s attorney, they concealed the discovery evidence, and leaving the judge no other recourse but declare a mistrial in his case.

The prosecutor’s office quickly brought the case back to court a second time, and during those proceedings the judge ordered the state to redact parts of an audio recording prior to playing it before the court and jury. Despite the judges’ instructions the state played the tape unedited in court. This led to a second mistrial, but the judge then ruled an acquittal setting Michael Johnson free of all charges. The judge cited the lack of evidence to proceed with criminal charges in the case. Although the judge set him free, the state argued that the judge abused his authority by granting Johnson and acquittal after having initially declared a mistrial in the case. The state believed that the judge had no legal authority after he ruled a mistrial. The state sent the case to the Maryland Special Court of Appeals, and the court agreed with the state by reversing the acquittal ruling given to Michael Johnson by the lower Circuit Court of Baltimore, and paving the way for the Baltimore State’ Attorney’s office to put Johnson on trial for the killing of young Phylicia Simone Barnes once again.

It hasn’t been proven in a court of law that Michael Johnson is responsible for the murder of young Simone, and I’m sure that I speak for the late child’s family by stating that they want justice for their child, but real justice and not through covert tactics that violate Johnson’s civil rights. A fair trial is all they are after in the name of justice. To the Mustafa family and the Sallis-Evans family my prayers are with you, as you embark on yet another course seeking justice for the senseless killing of your daughter and sister. It is my greatest hope the justice prevails in this case so that young Simone may finally rest in eternal peace. I’m still with you, and the purple candle still burns in memory of such a promising child who wanted to dedicate her life serving others. Justice for Phylicia Barnes … #RIPSimone #emonis In your memory with love forever! (To read all of the articles written by me for Phylicia’s case, go to the home page and type Phylicia Barnes in the search engine at the top of the page for a list of articles related to her case)

 

To be continued …

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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

 

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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I’m Crime Blogger David B. Adams


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

 

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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I’m Crime Blogger David B. Adams


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

 

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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