Pittsburgh, PA Region Relies Heavily on Part-Time Police Officers

January 5, 2015

From The Pittsburgh Tribune Review by Kari Andren, January 4, 2015

Brice Joll said his body got used to running on as little as four hours of sleep as he pieced together grueling double and triple shifts as a part-time officer with three police departments.

Joll, 26, graduated from the municipal police academy at Indiana University of Pennsylvania and worked for two years as a part-time officer in North Belle Vernon and Smithton in Westmoreland County and Liberty in Allegheny County.

He made $10 to $11.50 an hour, received no benefits or paid time off and had to spend more than $1,200 of his own money for equipment, including a handgun and ammunition, a gun belt, a bulletproof vest and other items. Orchestrating his schedule was tricky, but he rarely turned down a shift.

“I would pick up shifts left and right because I loved my job,” Joll said.

Because so many departments in the region depend so heavily on part-time officers, there were few opportunities for Joll to land a full-time job. So he moved to Jacksonville, N.C., where he’s attending the local police academy in hopes of finding a permanent post.

Western Pennsylvania municipalities rely on part-time police officers more than their counterparts across the state and the nation, statistics show. About 29 percent of officers in the nine-county region around Pittsburgh work part time, compared with about 20 percent statewide, according to the state Department of Community and Economic Development.

The region’s rate is more than five times the national rate, where about 5.4 percent of officers worked part time in 2008, the most recent year figures were available from the Department of Justice.

The use of part-time officers is among the more controversial issues in the profession, said Bill Kelly, president of the Pennsylvania Chiefs of Police Association and chief of the Abington Police Department in Montgomery County.

Tiny municipalities and those with tight budgets favor the less expensive way of plugging holes in department staffing, while police unions, including the Fraternal Order of Police, typically have opposed using part-timers in favor of more full-time positions.

“Most people would tell you, in a perfect world, there would be all full-time officers who are fully engaged in doing the work in their community. That’s the ideal,” Kelly said. “For economic reasons, especially in the smaller municipalities, they find they can save a lot of money by filling in with part-timers rather than having to hire another officer with benefits” and other costs, Kelly said.

Pennsylvania has more local police departments than any other state, according to the Department of Justice. In 2013, there were 1,295 municipal police departments, while 1,266 municipalities relied solely on the state police for coverage.

Municipalities statewide spent more than $2 billion on their police departments in 2012, state data showed.

State Sen. Jim Brewster, a Democrat and former mayor of McKeesport, said he was stunned at part-time wages — usually $9 to $11 an hour — paid by many departments in the region for a job as stressful and dangerous as being a police officer.

Just last month, part-time Perryopolis police officer Richard Champion, 35, of Ligonier was killed in a two-vehicle crash on Route 51 in Perry.

In December 2011, part-time East Washington officer John David Dryer, 46, of Claysville was fatally shot during a traffic stop on Interstate 70.

In April 2011, part-time Clairton officer James Kuzak Jr., 42, was shot five times while responding to a home invasion, paralyzing him from the waist down.

James Kuzak Jr., 42, was shot five times in April 2011 while working as a part-time officer for Clairton.

Patching together part-time jobs in multiple departments is usually a necessity for officers to earn a living. The low hourly pay can be a sticking point for officers and law enforcement advocates.

Brewster said he understands that relying on part-time officers is often a community’s only way of keeping a police force. Costs for wages, pensions and equipment continue to rise while older communities often face a shrinking tax base.

So Brewster wrote legislation to add a $10 fee to tickets for moving violations that would establish a pool of money municipalities could tap to help bring part-time officers’ pay up to $15 an hour. The proposal stalled in the Senate last session, but Brewster said he’s planning to reintroduce it this year.

“People work for a living and maybe instead of having to work in three communities, they can work in one or two … get known in the community, hopefully live there,” Brewster said. “There’s a lot of stability that would come out of the bill.”

Managing a police department dependent on part-time officers isn’t easy, said Delmont Chief T.J. Klobucar. Part-time officers in Delmont routinely leave, not because they’re unhappy, but because they found full-time employment elsewhere, he said.

“It’s a big problem for me,” said Klobucar.

Four part-time officers left the department recently for full-time jobs elsewhere. There are now two full-time officers, including the chief, and eight part-timers, he said.

“I’m happy to see them go, move on with their careers and go full time,” Klobucar said. “It’s tough on the community, and it’s tough on the department.”

Pennsylvania Police by the numbers*

Pennsylvania Statewide: 22,649 Officers

• 18,174 full time

• 4,475 part time

Allegheny County: 2,598 officers

• 2,095 full time

• 503 part time

Westmoreland County: 395 officers

• 253 full time

• 142 part time

Beaver County: 389 officers

• 188 full time

• 201 part time

Washington County: 289 officers

• 173 full time

• 116 part time

Butler County: 176 officers

• 115 full time

• 61 part time

Lawrence County: 131 officers

• 71 full time

• 60 part time

Armstrong County: 90 officers

• 21 full time

• 69 part time

Fayette County: 87 officers

• 56 full time

• 31 part time

Indiana County: 47 officers

• 28 full time

• 19 part time

* as of Jan. 31, 2014

Source: Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development

 

Pittsburgh, PA Police Chief Aids Anti-Police Protesters and Is Not Worthy of Support from Officers Serving Under HIm

January 5, 2015
Facebook photo shows new Pittsburgh police Chief McLay aiding protest

From The Pittsburgh Tribune Review by Michael Hasch, January 3, 2015

Pittsburgh police Chief Cameron McLay was simply doing his job, the mayor’s chief of staff said Friday, when he was photographed at Wednesday’s First Night celebration Downtown holding a protest group’s sign saying he supports challenging racism in the workplace.

Pittsburgh police Chief Cameron McClay holding the sign at First Night Pittsburgh.

“The mayor unequivocally supports Chief McLay’s efforts to be out there in the community and discuss very difficult subjects and bulk up morale in the police department,” Kevin Acklin said.

The photo, which was posted on the Facebook page of the Fight Back Pittsburgh protest group, shows McLay holding the sign, which reads: “I resolve to challenge racism@work #end white silence.”

The chief was not making a “statement about any individual in the Pittsburgh Bureau of Police,” Acklin said.

Acklin said the photo, which has upset some city police officers, was taken while McLay was on duty and in uniform monitoring the First Night protest.

“I did not seek out these young activists,” McLay wrote in an email released by Public Safety Department spokeswoman Sonya Toler.

“I was stopping for coffee at First Night. I was, however, very happy to visit with them to talk about … how we all perceive one another. Their message is not ‘anti-‘ anybody. It is simply a call for awareness. I hear from my own officers concerns about race problems, so (I) know there is work yet to be done. … The photo was a great, spontaneous moment in time. Please join the dialogue for community healing,” the chief said.

Obamas’ Dine Like Royalty at Restaurant with $500K Membership

January 5, 2015
Eatery has $1 billion worth of art on walls, wine stored in ancient Greek jars

From http://www.wnd.com by Chelsea Shilling, January 2, 2015
Obama_eating

A record 47 million Americans are now on food stamps, but that didn’t stop President Obama and Michelle Obama, who are known to have extravagant taste, from dining at an exclusive restaurant Thursday where memberships cost as much as $500,000.

Vintage Cave, a swanky Honolulu restaurant with 32 seats, is said to have $1 billion worth of art on its walls and stores its wine in an ancient Greek jar known as an amphorae.

The restaurant’s website invites guests to dine in a “cave-like environment” and to “relax, ‘hit reset’ and escape the ordinary.” Guests must purchase a membership: $50,000 to be a “special member” and $500,000 to be a “charter member.”

According to Honolulu Magazine, the total bill for two, with wine, typically approaches $1,000. The Obamas enjoyed a three-hour, multi-course meal.

A 2013 tasting menu included dishes such as vanilla bean macaroon caviar, porridge with king crab and black truffle, and foie gras with banana and macadamia nut.

As WND has reported, this type of indulgence isn’t unusual for the Obamas, who spent nearly $2.2 million in taxpayer funds on lodging security and “entertainment” during their 2013 trip to Africa.

“The Obamas clearly either do not understand the value of a dollar – or understand it all too well when someone else is picking up the tab,” said Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton.

“Keep in mind that this outrageously lavish excursion came at the very same time that the president was shutting down White House tours and blaming it on the sequester. As one congressional critic noted at the time, the White House could have 1,350 weeks of tours for the cost of the Obama family’s trip to Africa.”

Documents previously obtained by Judicial Watch showed the flight expenses for the family’s African outing totaled more than $8.1 million.

Judicial Watch said Secret Service hotel bills totaled $953,788.18, and even though the Obama family “Tanzania safari” ended up being canceled, Secret Service preparations for the excursion still totaled $11,525.75.

Judicial Watch noted: “According to numerous press accounts, the total cost of the Obama family trip was estimated to have cost between $60 million and $100 million.”

In May 2014, the Washington Examiner reported two golf outings for Obama – to Key Largo, Florida, and to Palm Springs, California – cost a total of $2.9 million.

There also was a report that the White House incurred taxpayer expenses of $7.9 million to fly the Obamas to Northern Ireland for a summit that included an extra $251,000 for Michelle Obama and their two daughters to go sightseeing in Dublin.

The entourage required the use of the “spacious Princess Grace Suite at the five-star Shelbourne Hotel in Dublin.” Among the miscellaneous costs was $114,000 for a “fleet” of vehicles for the sightseeing as well as $3,370 for a using a copier.

WND has reported many such expenses over the years.

There were reports the Obamas spent more than $7 million for just three trips in late 2012 and early 2013, including more than $4 million for a Hawaii vacation at Christmas, more than $2.1 million for a trip to California for Obama to dine with high-dollar fundraiser Jeffrey Katzenberg and appear on the “Tonight” show with Jay Leno and nearly another $1.2 million for an Obama family August vacation to Martha’s Vineyard.

When Michelle Obama and her girls went to China in 2014, along with Michelle Obama’s mother, they stayed in a suite costing $8,350 per night, where a “well-placed hotel staffer” told the London Daily Mail that the staff was “fed up.”

“We can’t wait for this to be over, to tell you the truth,” the member of the concierge staff told the newspaper. “The first lady is gracious, and the girls are lovely.”

But he said Marian Robinson, Michelle Obama’s mother, had been “barking at the staff.”

Exact totals for the Obamas’ travel expenses are impossible to obtain because the government and others decline to release the figures. The White House, for example, notes that security costs for the first family are not going to be released. The Secret Service says its figures are secret.
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NYPD Officer: Not Worth It to Make Arrests ‘if I Have a Chance of Getting My Head Blown Off’

January 5, 2015

From http://www.breitbart.com by Dan Riehl, January 2, 2015

AP Photo/John Minchillo

With reports that the NYPD is looking into as many as 63 threats against police officers, or the mayor this week alone, news also comes of a lack of motivation among the rank and file, undoubtedly contributing to a significant drop in arrest numbers across the city.

“[There’s] just not motivation,” one police officer told [Vice]. “I’m not writing people summonses if I have a chance of getting my head blown off.” When asked if this was his own choice or a precinct-wide initiative, the officer added, “Seems like the entire department is on the same page.”

As the New York Daily News reported, “citywide summons issued this past week numbered just 2,128, compared to 26,512 a week earlier. In that period, exactly one summons was issued in the 84th Precinct, where Liu and Ramos were stationed—just one.”

According to the Daily Beast, the police presence seems to have changed there significantly. “They just walk around, they ride in their patrol cars, and they just pass by,” according to a resident.

The changes have resulted in even more consternation, including among groups who were actually advocating for a move away from so called “broken windows” policing, first made popular during the Rudy Giuliani era. Evidently the reasoning behind any change is just as important to any potential change for some.

“We speculate, though we have no hard evidence, that some officers are pleased to engage in this ostensibly anti–de Blasio protest because they have never been comfortable with having to enforce ‘broken windows’ law enforcement,” Gangi added. “It engenders anger and distrust in the community and puts their physical well-being at risk.”

However, unlike Gangi, other reform groups were not as welcoming to the work stoppage. Joo-Hyun Kang, director of Communities United for Police Reform, one of the main organizing groups behind the recent protests, sees the move as an attack rather than an alternative universe for New York City. And the culprit? Lynch’s police union.

This Is Not the Purpose of Law Enforcement in a Free Society: NY State Police Confiscate Guns From Vet Diagnosed With Insomnia

January 5, 2015

From Infowars.com by Kit Daniels, January 5, 2015

The New York State Police confiscated a Navy veteran’s guns after he received treatment for insomnia at a hospital, according to a new lawsuit.

The police used a mental health database enacted by N.Y.’s latest gun control law, the SAFE Act, to declare veteran Donald Montgomery, who is also a former detective, “mentally unfit” to own firearms based on Montgomery’s treatment for sleep deprivation, the lawsuit Montgomery v. Cuomo stated, which names state officials and the hospital as defendants.

“The Plaintiff [Montgomery] is a retired law enforcement officer with a distinguished career of more than 30 years, who retired with the rank of Detective Sergeant,” the lawsuit said. “The Plaintiff had a spotless record and was awarded the department’s Bravery Medal; [He] had been a Commanding Officer for 15 years.”

“At the time of his presentation at the Emergency Department of Eastern Long Island Hospital, the Plaintiff suffered from sleep deprivation, occasioned by his move from one location in the state to another, with his wife of many years, to live closer to their adult child and young grandchild.”

Last May, Montgomery checked himself into the hospital twice for insomnia and was given a prescription for 50mg of Trazodone, which is used to treat sleep disorders and depression.

“This is a well-developed, well-kempt male, dressed casually and in no acute distress,” the results of Montgomery’s mental examination said. “He is calm, pleasant, cooperative.”

A nurse’s report reached a similar conclusion, stating that Montgomery did not pose a threat to himself or others.

Yet despite Montgomery passing all psychiatric examinations and the fact he checked himself into the ER, the hospital labeled him an “involuntary admission.”

“On or about May 30, 2014, the Plaintiff received a telephone call from an officer at the Suffolk Co. Sheriff’s Dept. informing him [they were] going to have to come overhand pick up his handguns because they were under repeated pressure from the N.Y. State Police to immediately do so,” the lawsuit stated. “The sheriff’s department arrived at the Plaintiff’s then-residence and took physical possession of the Plaintiff’s four firearms and provided him with an ‘inventory.’”

Additionally, the State Police cancelled his pistol permit without a hearing and the hospital refused to correct its mistake in Montgomery’s record.

Montgomery’s lawsuit alleges “the creation, implementation, marketing and use of a reporting system for medical professionals to transmit personal health information to the State… as part of the ‘N.Y. Secure Ammunition and Firearms Enforcement Act’ violates the civil liberties… under the Second, Fourth, Fifth and Fourteenth Amendments to the U.S. Constitution.”

“Neither the treatment providers, nor the State have provided notice to patients of the sharing of their personal health information,” the lawsuit said. “In the absence of relief from this court, virtually no one whose personal health information has been freely shared by medical providers, state and local actors will learn or be able to find out whether the integrity of their personal health information has been compromised, including that it has been transmitted to law enforcement personnel.”

Just as we predicted numerous times, government officials are now revoking gun rights without due process by declaring gun owners “mentally unfit,” which is easy to do because the official diagnostic system for mental disorders in the U.S., the DSM-5, is so broad that almost every form of human behavior can be “diagnosed” as some type of mental illness.

For example, in 2012 the Department of Veteran Affairs sent out letters to veterans stating that based on “evidence,” their “competency” was under review and if the bureaucrats decided to rate the veterans “incompetent,” they would be prohibited from “purchasing, possessing, receiving or transporting a firearm or ammunition.”

“The letter provides no specifics on the reasons for the proposed finding of incompetency; just that is based on a determination by someone in the VA,” Constitutional attorney Michael Connelly, J.D. wrote on the subject.

Amid Tensions, Shots Fired at Officers in L.A., Florida on December 28, 2014

December 29, 2014

From YAHOO! News by Dylan Stableford, December 29, 2014

As police departments around the country remain on heightened alert in the wake of the killing of two NYPD officers, a pair of shootings in California and Florida on Sunday, December 28, 2014 have local law enforcement officials in those states on edge.

In Los Angeles, police are searching for a gunman who they say opened fire on an LAPD patrol car carrying two officers as it was driving in South Central L.A. at approximately 9:30 p.m. Sunday night.

The officers, who were uninjured, returned fire, but no one was hit. One suspect was arrested and a rifle was recovered, LAPD Capt. Lillian Carranza told CNN, but a second suspect remains at large. The department declared a citywide tactical alert, sending every available officer to the area, Carranza said. About 100 officers were involved in the subsequent manhunt.

In Pasco County, Fla., three shots were fired at two sheriff’s deputies as they were sitting inside their squad cars at 3:30 a.m. Sunday in Dade City, where they were conducting traffic enforcement of a nearby intersection.

“Both deputies reported hearing the whizzing sound of each projectile as they flew by,” the sheriff’s office said. “Deputies did not see the suspect or the vehicle from which the shots were fired.”

The shootings came a day after an estimated 23,000 police officers attended the funeral for Rafael Ramos — one of two NYPD officers killed in Brooklyn on Dec. 20 by a gunman who allegedly vowed to retaliate for the chokehold death of Eric Garner, an unarmed black man, by a white NYPD officer. As Mayor Bill de Blasio addressed the crowd, hundreds of officers turned their backs on a video screen showing the mayor’s eulogy.

On Sunday, New York City Police Commissioner William Bratton said the rift between the NYPD and de Blasio — laid bare in the wake of Garner’s death and the subsequent slayings of two officers — will continue for the foreseeable future.

“I think it’s probably a rift that is going to go on for a while longer,” Bratton said on NBC’s “Meet the Press” on Sunday.

Bratton refused to address comments made by Patrick Lynch, head of the Patrolmen’s Benevolent Association, who said the killings of the officers left “blood on the hands” of the mayor. A separate memo purportedly circulated by the association said the mayor’s actions have caused the NYPD to “become a ‘wartime’ police department.”

“They really do feel under attack, rank-and-file officers and much of American police leadership,” Bratton said. “They feel that they are under attack from the federal government at the highest levels. So, that’s something we need to understand also, this sense of perception that becomes a reality.”

George Washington’s 1789 Thanksgiving Proclamation

November 26, 2014

Whereas it is the duty of all Nations to acknowledge the providence of Almighty God, to obey his will, to be grateful for his benefits, and humbly to implore his protection and favor — and whereas both Houses of Congress have by their joint Committee requested me “to recommend to the People of the United States a day of public thanksgiving and prayer to be observed by acknowledging with grateful hearts the many signal favors of Almighty God especially by affording them an opportunity peaceably to establish a form of government for their safety and happiness.”

Now therefore I do recommend and assign Thursday the 26th day of November next to be devoted by the People of these States to the service of that great and glorious Being, who is the beneficent Author of all the good that was, that is, or that will be — That we may then all unite in rendering unto him our sincere and humble thanks — for his kind care and protection of the People of this Country previous to their becoming a Nation — for the signal and manifold mercies, and the favorable interpositions of his Providence which we experienced in the tranquility, union, and plenty, which we have since enjoyed — for the peaceable and rational manner, in which we have been enabled to establish constitutions of government for our safety and happiness, and particularly the national One now lately instituted — for the civil and religious liberty with which we are blessed; and the means we have of acquiring and diffusing useful knowledge; and in general for all the great and various favors which he hath been pleased to confer upon us.

And also that we may then unite in most humbly offering our prayers and supplications to the great Lord and Ruler of Nations and beseech him to pardon our national and other transgressions — to enable us all, whether in public or private stations, to perform our several and relative duties properly and punctually — to render our national government a blessing to all the people, by constantly being a Government of wise, just, and constitutional laws, discreetly and faithfully executed and obeyed — to protect and guide all Sovereigns and Nations (especially such as have shown kindness onto us) and to bless them with good government, peace, and concord — To promote the knowledge and practice of true religion and virtue, and the increase of science among them and us — and generally to grant unto all Mankind such a degree of temporal prosperity as he alone knows to be best.

Given under my hand at the City of New York
the third day of October in the year of our Lord 1789.

George Washington

Thanksgiving: Giving Thanks to God

November 26, 2014

From The New American By Rebecca Terrell, November 26, 2014

The impiety of many of our country’s present leaders makes it easy to forget that the United States was once governed by devout men who acknowledged the one true God and their debt to Him in everything. These statesmen were courageously unafraid to give public thanks to God. It is refreshingly edifying to review the role our founders played in establishing Thanksgiving Day.

The holiday we celebrate now has its roots in Massachusetts Governor William Bradford’s proclamation of the first Thanksgiving Day on November 29, 1623. He ordered a public ceremony to “render thanksgiving to ye Almighty God for all His blessings.” However, that was not the first thanksgiving on our nation’s soil. Long before, on September 8, 1565, Spanish explorers celebrated Mass in gratitude for their safe arrival at what is now St. Augustine, Florida. Another Mass of thanksgiving was celebrated by Spanish explorers in present-day Texas on April 30, 1598. The first official Thanksgiving ceremony in the American colonies was December 4, 1619, when English settlers arrived at the Berkeley Hundred settlement in Virginia. So Bradford was only following honorable suit.

The infant nation continued the practice. Thomas Jefferson introduced a resolution in the Virginia Assembly in 1774 calling for a Day of Fasting and Prayer, as did Richard Henry Lee in 1777. The governor of New Hampshire, John Langdon, proclaimed official days of thanksgiving, fasting, and prayer in 1785 and 1786. Massachusetts Governor John Hancock issued A Proclamation for a Day of Thanksgiving on November 8, 1783, to celebrate victory of the colonies in the Revolutionary War because, “the Interposition of Divine Providence in our Favor hath been most abundantly and most graciously manifested, and the Citizens of these United States have every Reason for Praise and Gratitude to the God of their salvation.”

Congress also acted nobly in those days. The Continental Congress issued the First National Proclamation of Thanksgiving to all colonies to thank God for victory at Saratoga during the Revolutionary War. It established Thursday, December 18, 1777 as a day of “solemn thanksgiving and praise,” to show gratitude to Almighty God, reminding Americans that “it is the indispensable duty of all men to adore the superintending Providence of Almighty God [and] to acknowledge with gratitude their obligation to Him for benefits received.” The proclamation called upon citizens to “consecrate themselves to the service of their Divine Benefactor” and to confess their “manifold sins” and beg God to “mercifully forgive and blot them out of remembrance.” It also asked God’s continued blessings and recommended that everyone abstain from servile labor, as would be “unbecoming … on so solemn an occasion.” Three years later, on October 18, 1780, the Continental Congress issued a similar proclamation after Benedict Arnold’s traitorous plans were exposed.

Congress unanimously approved yet another National Day of Thanksgiving on September 25, 1789, calling for public prayer. President George Washington also signed a “National Thanksgiving Proclamation” on January 1, 1795, pointing to, “Our duty as a people, with devout reverence and affectionate gratitude, to acknowledge our many and great obligations to Almighty God, and implore Him to continue and confirm the blessings we experienced.”

Thanksgiving Day was officially set on the last Thursday of November in 1863 when Congress passed an act signed by President Abraham Lincoln, who said, “[It is] announced in Holy Scripture and proven by all history, that those nations are blessed whose God is the Lord… It has seemed to me fit and proper that God should be solemnly, reverently and gratefully acknowledged, as with one heart and one voice, by the whole American people.”

By 1939, times had changed. Thanksgiving was no longer about giving thanks but about ringing in the Christmas shopping season. Retailers pressured President Franklin Delano Roosevelt to change Thanksgiving from the last Thursday of November (which fell on November 30 that year) to the fourth Thursday so they could have an extra week to peddle their Christmas wares. He did so to the confusion of many, since calendars, and school and vacation schedules, were already set according to tradition. About half of the country celebrated one week before the other half, while Texas and Colorado celebrated both dates. The next year was just as confusing, so Congress stepped in to clear things up. It approved a 1941 joint resolution that Thanksgiving Day would always be observed on the fourth Thursday of November. The resolution became law in 1977 (Public Law 77-379), declaring “the fourth Thursday of every November: A National Day of Thanksgiving.” What a pitiful contrast to the inspiring tributes made by our founders in regard to what should be a God-centered holiday.

The tombstone of Governor William Bradford is inscribed in Latin: “What our fathers with so much difficulty attained do not basely relinquish.” That is sound advice! We should not basely relinquish our Christian heritage to materialism or to the modern idea that a nation belongs to the people who live here now rather than those who helped build her. On this Thanksgiving Day, as we thank God for our great nation, let us beg Him to convert our leaders into models of those godly statesmen of yore.

This New American article was originally published on Nov. 26, 2009. Sources used by the author: Federer, William J., America’s God and Country: Encyclopedia of Quotations, Amerisearch, Inc. 1999; Walls, Lt. Col. Timothy. “Giving Thanks is Tradition that Began with Pioneers,” Hawaii Army Weekly, December 5, 2008.

Black-on-white Violence Rampant, Ignored by Authorities and Media

September 22, 2014

From The New American by Selwyn Duke, September September 22, 2014

Imagine you’re walking down the street and someone sucker punches you, breaking your glasses and swelling your lip. Your attacker then continues raining down blows upon you, spits on you, and pejoratively refers to your religious orientation while provoking you to fight. Imagine this happens in front of tens of witnesses who are willing to corroborate events.

Black-on-white Violence Rampant, Ignored by Authorities and Media

Now imagine that the authorities tell you no arrest can be made because the incident wasn’t witnessed by a police officer.

But no imagination is necessary because this is precisely what happened to Jewish dentist Elliot Einbinder on September 11 as he was walking on Smith Ave. in Baltimore, Maryland. His attacker was a 24-year-old black female who, after initially lying to the police and claiming Dr. Einbinder initiated the confrontation, admitted she was “just having a bad day.” Baltimore Jewish Life explains the police inaction, writing, “Apparently an attack of this sort is considered a 2nd Degree Assault and unless witnessed by a Police Officer, and/or unless any type of weapon is used[,] an arrest cannot be made.… The victim must take the information to a court commissioner. The commissioner determines whether to issue a warrant for the perpetrators [sic] arrest or to send a summons for them to appear in court.” This is despite the incident smacking of a “hate crime,” with the assailant — who hasn’t even been named and shamed — challenging Dr. Einbinder with, “C’mon, fight me, Jew.”

Yet this is just the iceberg’s tip. Much like politically correct authorities who turned a blind eye to an Islamic white sex-slave trade in the U.K. — a story on which The New American has reported extensively — there has largely been a media and government blackout on black-on-white crime in America.

And Einbinder was fortunate. While he was assaulted by a single female attacker he was able to fend off, black-on-white violence often involves mobs attacking individuals they greatly outnumber — and sometimes inflicting serious injury. Just earlier this month, for instance, three Kroger employees in Memphis, Tennessee, were beaten into unconsciousness by a group of black teens. This came just about two weeks after a black mob, angry about the Michael Brown shooting, hurled racial epithets while viciously assaulting two white men in West Point, Mississippi, leaving one in a coma.

If you didn’t hear about these crimes, it’s no surprise. They didn’t receive the attention the George Zimmerman case did; they didn’t figure prominently on the nightly news or in papers that provide “all the news that’s fit to print.” As Thomas Sowell wrote:

Are race riots not news?

Ignoring racial violence only guarantees that it will get worse. The Chicago Tribune has publicly rationalized its filtering out of any racial identification of attackers and their victims, even though the media do not hesitate to mention race when decrying statistical disparities in arrest or imprisonment rates.

And it is getting worse. So much so, that Colin Flaherty — author of the book White Girl Bleed a Lot: The return of racial violence to America and how the media ignore it — has seen fit to treat the matter in three articles during just the last week and a half alone. First he reported on the racial-violence epidemic in Milwaukee, which has plagued the Wisconsin State Fair, the Mayfair Mall, soccer fields, funerals, buses, roller skating rinks, nightclubs, schools, and court rooms; has caused the cancellation of River Splash, the relocation of Greek Fest; and has become a ritual at the “Juneteenth” party. As for the 2012 Juneteenth, Flaherty wrote, “A local news helicopter captured some of the carnage: Hundreds of black people storming up a street, surrounding a car, pulling the occupants out, beating them. Then doing it again to another car. More victims.”

And now racial violence is affecting a yearly event called Tosa Fest, where at the early September “family affair,” “A large group of black people were milling around, then attacking people, then throwing things,” wrote Flaherty. Don’t tell this to Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett, columnist Jim Stingl, and talk-show host Jeff Wagner, though — they claim the violence had no racial component.

However, black (and white) witnesses tell a different tale. As Daeja_Waejaaa on Twitter wrote, “TosaFest Was fun until they started acting a fool. Another thing the white ppl can say about us Blacks.” And as a black teenage video blogger named Mike Hagler said about the rioters, “That’s how y’all acting, like animals. And it is crazy to say, it’s our own people acting like that.”

Then there is Baltimore, where, reports Flaherty, authorities have found a foolproof way to improve crime statistics: stop arresting people.

In other words, Einbinder’s Charm City experience isn’t unusual. When one New Jersey visitor asked what happened to a large black flash mob that rampaged through the upscale Inner Harbor area in front of her hotel, assaulting people and vandalizing property, Baltimore Sun crime apologist Peter Hermann said, wrote Flaherty, that “what seemed ‘scary’ to her … was ‘normal and routine’ to grizzled observers of the gritty Baltimore crime beat. Police ‘made no arrests, saw no crime, had no reason to make an announcement. There’s not even a report — it’s just something that happens,’ he said.”

Something else that just happened was 50 to 100 black folks committing violence and vandalism at a local swimming pool and then stealing 40 bikes from a city-owned concession.

Police reaction?

Same as above.

Ditto for the local bicyclist who was knocked from his bike and beaten — even though the incident was caught on video. Rinse, wash, and repeat for a Baltimore-area bowling alley that has become “the scene of dozens of episodes of large-scale black mob violence over the last several years,” with violence spilling over into surrounding neighborhoods, reports Flaherty. As he explains, “All the usual stuff: Bricks through police car windows, looting nearby stores, assaulting neighbors, over and over and over. And the official reaction: Put the criminals on a bus back to Baltimore with stern admonitions not to do it again.”

These and the rest of the eight million stories in the naked city inspired Maryland legislator Pat McDonough to ask that Baltimore be declared a “No-Travel-Zone.” After all, wrote Flaherty, “Police will not arrest black criminals. Juries will not convict them,” and a correspondent told him, “Anyone who isn’t black is a target.” But Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake doesn’t want to return to the days of “mass arrests.” She loves being able to say that crime is “down.”

Crime is similarly down in other cities, too. As Flaherty recounts in his most recent piece:

• In Cincinnati “A bus full of black students beat two sisters, on video.… A few days before that, another bus full of black people beat, then robbed a white man after a Labor Day party. Then they stole a bike. All the time laughing. All of it on high-definition video.”

• “Every six months, large groups of black people disrupt [Dayton’s “Urban Nights” festival] … with fighting, mayhem and property destruction.” The police chief says it’s “not that big of a deal.”

• In Antioch, California, “Black mob violence involving hundreds of people at a local shopping center near a school is now so intense and so frequent that McDonald’s and Taco Bell are closing their doors when a nearby school lets out.” The police chief there said it’s not his business because it happens on “private property.”

Flaherty records similar events in London, England; Kansas City, Kansas; Brooklyn, New York; Athens, Georgia; and St. Louis, Missouri, among other places.

And the statistics bear these anecdotes out. As professor Walter Williams reported in 2007, “According to the 2004 FBI National Crime Victimization Survey, in most instances of interracial crimes, the victim is white and the perpetrator is black. In the case of interracial murder for 2004, where the race of victim and perpetrator is known, more than twice as many whites were murdered by a black than cases of a white murdering a black [note: Hispanics are included in the “white” category here].”

Moreover, the consequences of ignoring black-on-white crime are serious. As Williams summed up, “The failure of civil rights leaders, people like Jackson and Sharpton, as well as politicians to vocally condemn black-on-white crime — and the relative silence of the news media in reporting it — is not simply a matter of double standards. It’s dangerous, for it contributes to a pile of racial kindling awaiting a racial arsonist to set it ablaze. I can’t think of better recruitment gifts for America’s racists, either white or black.”

PA State Troopers Ambushed During Shift Change, “Person of Interest” being Questioned

September 13, 2014

From The Associated Press, September 13, 2014

Two troopers were ambushed outside a state police barracks in northeastern Pennsylvania during a late-night shift change, leaving one dead and another injured, and authorities were questioning a person of interest, state police said Saturday.

 One trooper was leaving the barracks in Blooming Grove, Pike County, and another was arriving when shots were fired at 10:50 p.m. Friday, State Police Commissioner Frank Noonan said.

A person of interest identified as Jeffrey Hudak, 48, was being questioned by police, Trooper Connie Devens said.

“No one is in custody or under arrest,” she said. “Mr. Hudak is being questioned as a person of interest.”

Noonan confirmed that one trooper was killed and the other was injured and taken to Geisinger Medical Center in Scranton, where he was in stable condition after undergoing surgery.

He provided few details on the shooting but said the attack seemed to be directed at state police.

“This has been an emotional night for all of us,” Noonan told reporters.

Law enforcement officials from across the region, including New York and New Jersey, descended on northeastern Pennsylvania to help with the search on foot and by helicopter. The Blooming Grove barracks is in a wooded area, surrounded by state game lands.

At a news conference after daybreak Saturday, Noonan said authorities were following several leads.

“We can’t say that the situation is completely in hand,” he said.

Noonan said police did not believe the general public was at risk, but they are asking everyone to be on the lookout for anything suspicious.

“People in the area can come and go freely but should be alert,” he said.

Several roads around the barracks, including parts of Interstate 84, were closed Saturday morning. Blooming Grove is a township of about 4,000 people about 35 miles east of Scranton.

Trooper Adam Reed, a state police spokesman, said the Blooming Grove barracks covers most of Pike County, which runs along the Delaware River and borders New Jersey and New York.

“There’s a lot of rural area up where they patrol,” he said. “As the primary police force in the county, they’re going to respond to anything and everything.”


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