Archive for February, 2015

Today in HIStory…Malcolm X Assassinated

On February 21, 1965, one week after his home was firebombed, Malcolm X was shot to death by Nation of Islam members while speaking at a rally of his organization in New York City.

Do you know what is really written in your bible??

Therefore shalt thou serve thine enemies which the Lord shall send against thee, in hunger, and in thirst, and in nakedness, and in want of all things: and he shall put a yoke of iron upon thy neck, until he have destroyed thee.  Deut 28:48

A Quote to Get You Thinking…..

Tell me what you think of this statement?

Today In Black History: Huey P Newton Was Born

Huey Newton

ACTIVIST

Born: 1942
Birthplace: Monroe, La.

Newton, with Bobby Seale, founded the Black Panther Party for Self Defense. Illiterate when he graduated from high school, Newton taught himself how to read and enrolled in Oakland, California’s Merritt College and studied law at the San Francisco School of Law. He met Seale at Merritt, and in 1966 they formed the Black Panthers as an alternative to the nonviolent civil rights movement. The Panthers called on all blacks to arm themselves for the liberation struggle. The militant party engaged in several high-profile, violent confrontations with police. In 1967, Newton was convicted of voluntary manslaughter for killing a policeman. After three mistrials, Newton was cleared in 1971. That same year he announced the Panthers would embrace a nonviolent strategy and shift their focus to offering community services to African Americans. In 1974, he fled to Cuba to avoid drug and murder charges. He returned three years later, and two trials ended with hung juries. Newton earned a Ph.D. in social philosophy from the University of California at Santa Cruz in 1980. He was shot and killed in Oakland in 1989.

Died: 1989

A Quote To Think About…..

NYPD cop indicted after stomping on suspect’s head

 

The New York Police Department officer caught on tape apparently stomping on a subdued suspect has been indicted by a grand jury on a misdemeanor charge of assault. The grand jury only considered the misdemeanor charge, which carries up to a year in jail.

Officer Joel Edouard, 36, appeared in Brooklyn Supreme Court on Tuesday and pleaded not guilty to a misdemeanor charge and an official misconduct charge, according to NBC. The incident happened during an arrest in Brooklyn on July 23, last year, when police on patrol saw the suspect, Jahmiel Cuffee, allegedly rolling a joint outside a residential building, which he then threw away when he saw authorities.

Cuffee showed police his ID but, when they attempted to place him under arrest, he allegedly resisted and the officers struggled to take him down.

In the amateur video caught by a bystander, you can hear Cuffee plead “help me!” as several cops hold him down. Edouard can be seen briefly pulling out a gun, then putting it back in his holster. He walks away, returns and appears to kick Cuffee in the head, prompting another cop to push him away and the crowd to gasp.

Cuffee, who suffered scrapes and bumps, was charged with attempting to tamper with evidence, obstructing governmental administration and resisting arrest. The charges were eventually dropped, and Officer Edouard was placed on modified desk duty in July. The incident was investigated by the Internal Affairs Bureau.

Brooklyn District Attorney Ken Thompson called the allegations “unacceptable for a police officer.”

Police officers put their lives on the line every day to keep us all safe. However, this defendant allegedly stomped on the head of a suspect as he lay on the ground, which is unacceptable for a police officer,” he said in a statement. “While a serious matter, this indictment should not reflect on the great work being done throughout the city by the vast majority of police officers who perform their duties honorably.”

Edouard’s attorney said his client had been trying to handcuff the suspect, who allegedly had been drinking on the sidewalk and had marijuana on him, and that this was nothing more than a case of an officer doing his job.

The alleged stomping came less than a week after the July 17 chokehold death of Eric Garner in Staten Island. Garner’s arrest was also captured on amateur video, prompting protests around the city.

 

Edouard is the third NYPD police officer charged by the Brooklyn DA’s Office since November, when two cops were indicted by a grand jury for chasing down a teen and allegedly hitting him in the face with a gun.

This would be “the third cop indicted by the Brooklyn District Attorney’s office in the last three months because of assaults caught on video – demonstrating once again that cellphones are still the best protection civilians have against police over-aggression, at least to demonstrate these brutal acts are taking place,” wrote Nick Chiles in the Atlanta Black Star.

To see the video click the link below

Texas man arrested for paying tax in $1 bills

 

A man in Texas has been arrested while trying to pay his tax in $1 bills for “disrupting the operation and efficiency” of the local tax office.

Timothy Norris, 27, was trying to pay his $600 property tax at a tax office in Wichita Falls, Texas, last Wednesday when he was told to leave the office by Tax Assessor Collector Tommy Smyth. Smyth accused Norris of creating a disturbance and disrupting the efficiency of the authority as the latter wanted to pay the whole sum with $1 bills.

However, the banknotes were folded very tightly so it “required tax office personnel approximately six minutes to unfold each bill,” Smyth said, the Times Record News reported.

Unfolding the bills paralyzed work in the office, so Smyth asked Norris to leave. However, the latter refused. The Wichita County Sheriff’s Office deputy who was present as the situation unfolded tried to arrest Norris but he pulled away and the deputy had to use force to detain him.

Norris was charged with criminal trespass and additionally charged with resisting arrest. Norris’ bail was announced as standing at $500 for both charges.  Source http://www.rt.com

 

Are $1 bills worthless or something?  I will gladly accept $600 in $1’s, $5’s, $10’s, or any denomination someone wishes to provide it.  Hey, at least this man is tried to pay his “obligation.”