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Rodney King: 23 Years After……

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George Holliday videotaped from his balcony, Rodney King being beaten by Los Angeles police officers, on March 3, 1991.  King was struck by the officers 33 times with batons, kick 6 times, and hit with a taser twice.

Angela Stanton: The Truth!

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In an official statement Stanton wrote:

“In 2012, I released my personal memoir, Lies of a Real Housewife: Tell the Truth and Shame the Devil. In the book, I detailed the struggles I faced as a young woman drawn to the temptations of crime and the false glamour it affords. I alone am responsible for the mistakes I made as a young woman. Yet, I have felt a certain sense of anger toward the people who used me during that period of my life. Certain individuals found me at a time when I was vulnerable and searching for friendship, and used those traits to lure me into doing their bidding.

I read with sadness the news that Phaedra Parks’ husband, Apollo Nida, was arrested for alleged schemes that are remarkably similar to those that lured me years ago. I was troubled to learn that the alleged crimes involved the use of a vulnerable woman to carry out the schemes. The story is all too familiar to me. I sincerely hope that Ms. Parks has not been part of his alleged crimes. I hope that she, like I, learned from her mistakes.

Although tragic, the news of Apollo’s arrest has been vindicating for me. Since I published my book, Phaedra Parks has used her wealth and influence in an attempt to silence me. She filed lawsuits against my publisher, and threatened them with years of expensive litigation if they did not cease publication of my book. As a result, I lost nearly all the royalties I was owed. Ms. Parks used her influence in the media to discredit my story and smear my name, casting me as a delusional liar on the pages of popular blogs. After going to prison and losing everything, my story was all I had left, and she took that from me.

Judge Mathis Project

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Set your DVR’s now! Don’t miss my new show ‘The Mathis Project’ on @bet tomorrow night at 10pm. Also, you can continue to see me everyday on the ‘Judge Mathis Show’.

Barney’s VS. The United State Civial Rights

1383523_225118457664491_854356955_nThe issue over whether high-end department stores in New York City have wrongly targeted black shoppers – including movie actor Rob Brown – as potential thieves is escalating.
A New York state senator on Monday called on the city’s Commiss…ion on Human Rights to investigate the allegations as a fourth black shopper stepped forward to claim he had been wrongly stopped by police after shopping.
Meantime, Mark Lee, CEO of Barneys New York, and senior executives from the pricey retailer are scheduled to meet Tuesday morning with Al Sharpton and Hazel Dukes, president of the New York chapter of the NAACP, at the Harlem
headquarters of Sharpton’s National Action Network, Sharpton’s office announced.
Four black shoppers in recent days stepped forward to allege racial profiling. Two of the cases involve Barneys New York and two involve the Macy’s flagship store at Herald Square.
Brooklyn resident Art Palmer told CBS that he was stopped by four undercover police officers outside Macy’s flagship store in Herald Square back in April after using two credit cards to buy several hundred dollars worth of shirts and ties.
“They ran up on me and pulled out their badge and demanded to see my merchandise,” CBS quoted Palmer as saying. “Went through everything, checking receipt against shirt, making sure it matched. I was humiliated.”
As Palmer made the allegations, state Sen. Eric Adams, a Democrat from Brooklyn, N.Y., called on the city’s Commission on Human Rights to investigate.
As a matter of procedure, parties that have filed lawsuits in cases cannot also ask the commission to investigate. The other three black shoppers who have stepped forward have filed lawsuits, including actor Rob Brown of Finding Forrester and of the HBO series Treme.
Others are welcome to file complaints with the commission by calling 212-306-7450 during normal business hours, said Betsy Herzog, the commission’s director of communications.
A representative in the Barneys New York press office did not respond to a telephone message left Monday night. Representatives for Macy’s did not respond to an e-mail message Monday night.
An expert who monitors such cases as a representative with the NAACP national office said what is happening in New York is that people are stepping forward more. Such cases take place on a regular basis, based on contact made with NAACP branches, said Niaz Kasravi, criminal justice director for the civil rights organization.
“The NAACP has always said racial profiling training and cultural competency training should be mandatory for not only law enforcement but other people who have the capacity to influence people, such as police officers, security officers or even clerks at stores,” Kasravi said.
In the Rob Brown case, in which the actor alleges in a lawsuit filed Friday with state Supreme Court in Manhattan, police allegedly accused the actor of making a “purchase from Macy’s with a fraudulent and or unauthorized debit/credit card,” the NY Daily News reported.
Brown told the news organization he was “paraded” through Macy’s back in June in handcuffs and detained for an hour in a store holding cell before being let go.
Macy’s released a statement on that development, saying it was investigating the claims. “We do not comment on matters in litigation,” the retailer said in a statement.
In related matters, 21-year-old nursing student Kayla Phillips alleged four plainclothes officers stopped her at a subway station after she purchased a bag from Barneys New York, the Daily News reported.
Trayon Christian, 19, filed a suit claiming police handcuffed him and took him to a precinct after her purchased a belt at Barneys New York.
Barneys has said it is seeking advice from a member of the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights.       –      Melanie Eversley, USA TODAYSee More

Barneys Vs. Black People

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Kayla Phillips has come forward to say she was discriminated against at Barneys, much like Trayon Christian.
Another young black Barneys customer came forward Wednesday to say she had been racially profiled by snooty store clerks after making a pricey purchase.
Brooklyn resident Kayla Phillips, 21, had a déjà vu moment when she saw news coverage of a black, 19-year-old Queens student who was cuffed by cops after buying a $350 designer belt at Barneys….
Phillips told The Post she had a chillingly similar encounter with police after leaving the Madison Avenue shopping mecca in February with a $2,500 Céline handbag she’d just splurged on.
“As I was walking into the train station, four undercover police officers attacked me,” Phillips said.
“They asked me why I used a debit card and why it didn’t have my name on it,” she said of her temporary Bank of America card.
A frightened Phillips called her mom, who told The Post cops had asked, “What are you doing here in Manhattan? Where’d you get the money to buy that expensive bag?”
Her mother, Wendy Straker, said the police were clearly on the phone with a Barneys rep who was feeding them information about her daughter’s transaction.
When she showed police her ID and her new debit card, which had arrived in the mail that morning, they let her go.
On Tuesday, black, 19-year-old Queens student Trayon Christian sued Barneys for allegedly calling the cops on him after he purchased a $350 designer belt in April.
The undercover detectives asked him, “how a young black man such as himself could afford to purchase such an expensive belt,” according to the suit.
“Jay Z is getting ready to do a campaign with Barneys, but they’re looking at these African-American kids like they’re thieves,” Straker said.
Phillips is suing the NYPD for $5million. A spokeswoman for the city’s Law Department said she would review the claim.
A store spokeswoman said of the belt incident, “No employee of Barneys New York was involved in the pursuit of any action with the individual other than the sale.
By Kevin Fasick and Julia Marsh of The New York Post.

Ebt: Computer Blackout!

 

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Wal-Mart stores in Springhill and Mansfield, La., saw a stampede and a shelf-clearing rush Saturday after a computer glitch for food stamp recipients led to benefit cards allowing unlimited purchases.

 

Police were called as entire shelves were being cleared out, until the glitch was fixed and low-income residents using the cards were no longer allowed to make purchases.

 

From news station KSLA:

“Springhill Police Chief Will Lynd confirms they were called in to help the employees at Wal-Mart because there were so many people clearing off the shelves. He says Wal-Mart was so packed, ‘it was worse than any black Friday’ that he’s ever seen.

 

Lynd explained the cards weren’t showing limits and they called corporate Wal-Mart, whose spokesman said to let the people use the cards anyway. From 7 to 9 p.m., people were loading up their carts, but when the cards began showing limits again around 9, one woman was detained because she rang up a bill of $700 and only had .49 on her card. She was held by police until corporate Wal-Mart said they wouldn’t press charges if she left the food.

 

Lynd says at 9 p.m., when the cards came back online and it was announced over the loud speaker, people just left their carts full of food in the aisles and left.”

No arrests were made.

 

“Just about everything is gone. I’ve never seen it in that condition,” Mansfield Wal-Mart customer Anthony Fuller told KSLA.

Eartha Kitt: Making A Entrance!

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Eartha Kitt, photographed by the legendary Charles “Teenie” Harris in May 1966, leaping though a poster to launch a Citizens Committee on Hill District Renewal program on Vine and Colwell Streets in Pittsburgh, PA. Mr. Harris (1908-1998) was a photographer who captured the full-spectrum of African American life for over forty years, primarily as one of the principal photographers for the Pittsburg…h Courier newspaper.
Few photographers anywhere captured us so well: from family life to beauty contests to sporting events, social life, civil rights demonstrations and visiting celebrities, Mr. Harris was there with the Speed Graphic camera that he would use well into the 1970s. Photo: Carnegie Museum of Art.

Chris Andersen vs. The Internet

chrisChartier is the 29-year-old trickster and Internet hacker who stands accused of nearly ruining the name of basketball player Chris Andersen, Miami’s colorfully tattooed forward who became an unlikely star of the team’s championship run in June. Next month, she is scheduled to appear before a court in her small Manitoba town facing charges of possessing and transmitting child pornography, personation, extortion and uttering threats. For about a year, she allegedly posed as Andersen and others on the Internet.

As the Miami Heat embarks on their new season and with his name cleared of any wrongdoing, Andersen is feeling enormous relief to have his personal nightmare behind him, says Mark Bryant, Andersen’s attorney and agent. Andersen declined comment for this story, deferring to Bryant.“Chris is very melancholy about it,” said Bryant. “There’s no celebration in being a victim.”

The bizarre and complex tale of how Andersen went from cult icon with the Denver Nuggets, to having his Colorado home raided for suspicion of child pornography, to unemployed before the Heat took a chance on him and signed him last January begins with Chartier.
Bryant says authorities told him and Andersen that Chartier hacked his client’s computer, assumed Andersen’s identity on the Internet and then assumed the identity of a 17-year-old girl who had been sending Andersen fan mail. From there, according to Andersen’s attorney, Chartier allegedly impersonated both Andersen and the 17-year-old and played one against the other in an effort to extort Andersen for money and gifts, including a Victoria’s Secret wish list.
The Winnipeg Free Press newspaper reported that Chartier’s mother, Delia, took to Facebook last week to defend her daughter. “I’m shaking my head in disbelief at how people around here are so quick to judge, when in fact they don’t know the whole story,” the mother wrote. “I love my daughter. I believe she’s a good person.”

Said Sgt. Line Karpish, a spokesperson for Royal Canadian Mounted Police, which arrested Chartier last January: “On the Internet, people do not always communicate with whom they think they’re communicating with. I don’t know how it is in Miami, but up here in Canada we have plenty of people always trying to find some way to scam you out of your money or your identity.”

Chartier, who is out on bail until her court appearance, lives with her mother in a remote Canadian fishing village of less than 100 people. Easterville, a speck of nearly nothing on the shores of Cedar Lake, is populated by displaced First Nations people whose lives and culture and history were uprooted from their native lands in the 1960s to make room for a hydroelectric dam.

“You blink and miss it,” Karpish said. “It’s a small, small aboriginal community here.”
It was there, in a little bedroom, in a little house, in a little hamlet that Chartier allegedly put into motion a Birdman-catfish-butterfly effect that started with a reply on Facebook but ended, after months of chain reactions that would astound even the most ardent subscribers of chaos theory, with Andersen clutching the Larry O’Brien Trophy inside AmericanAirlines Arena.
So, how exactly did she do it? How did Chartier impersonate two lovers at the same time and allegedly pull off what is known colloquially as a “catfish hoax” so complex that it makes the duping of former Notre Dame linebacker Manti Te’o seem mundane by comparison?

First, picture a triangle. Now picture Chartier representing the top of that triangle and Andersen and the 17-year-old representing opposite sides of the triangle’s base. Bryant said all Internet information between Andersen and the teenager was controlled by Chartier, who hovered constantly like some grand Internet puppeteer.

She allegedly engineered the exchange of explicit photos between the 17-year-old—who authorities have not identified—and Andersen. Chartier, according to Bryant, later orchestrated a meeting between Andersen and the teen, who then flew to Colorado for a tryst with the Birdman. The legal age of consent in Colorado is 17.

The teenage girl then returned to her home in Los Angeles following her fling with an NBA star, and that’s when things took another twist.
Chartier went back to work under her assumed identities, but this time she allegedly began threatening both Andersen and the teenager, according to Bryant.

Chartier allegedly sent graphic photos to the 17-year-old from Andersen’s email account. Frightened of the threats she believed were being made by Andersen, the teenager went to the cops in California and implicated him. Police in California then contacted law enforcement authorities in Colorado because the photos were potentially evidence of child pornography.
That’s when Andersen’s world imploded.

Armed with a warrant of search and seizure, investigators raided Andersen’s Colorado home in May of 2012. Andersen was playing for the Nuggets at the time and was in the middle of a playoff series against the Lakers. The Nuggets initially suspended Andersen from team activities and then later released him.

But Andersen was never charged with any crime. Instead, he suffered in limbo thinking that his basketball career might be over. People close to Andersen believed his story, that he did nothing wrong, but the investigation was a lengthy one and Andersen’s reputation appeared ruined.

“You can imagine what this was like for (Andersen),” Bryant said. “Every eye you’re looking at, you’re thinking, ‘Oh, does this person think I’m a pedophile?’ He was never arrested. There was only a warrant executed on the house under the suspicion of child pornography.”

After confiscating all of Andersen’s computers and smart phones, including his X-Box, Douglas County, Colorado, authorities with Internet Crimes Against Children Unit hit a dead end in its investigation of Andersen. Nothing incriminating could be linked to any of his electronics.

“They weren’t finding the IP address they were looking for,” Bryant said.
Bryant says police in Colorado learned fairly early on that Andersen wasn’t to blame, but asked for cooperation from Andersen not to talk about the case while the true culprit was being unearthed.

“It just kept getting more bizarre,” Bryant said.
That’s because the entire scam allegedly was being pulled off from somewhere in Manitoba, Canada. The Colorado investigators eventually got wise to the ruse and contacted Canada’s Royal Canadian Mounted Police. The Mounties took it from there. Chartier was arrested on Jan. 15. Andersen signed with the Heat on Jan. 20.

“They did their risk assessment,” Bryant said of the Heat. “I flew down there and told them what I knew: ‘I can tell you, he didn’t do anything wrong.’ Holy hallelujah for the guru Pat Riley.”
Last week, Bryant went on a media blitz to clear Andersen’s name before the start of training camp, which begins Tuesday in the Bahamas. The Douglas County District Attorney’s office also released a statement confirming that it was not pursuing charges of any kind against Andersen.

Bryant said investigators for the Royal Canadian Mounted Police and Douglas
County had contacted him during the Heat’s playoff run to schedule a meeting with Andersen and explain how he was duped. To avoid causing an unwanted distraction for the team, Bryant said he and Andersen delayed their meeting until after the post-season.

Seven or 10 days after the championship he’s unhappy as hell,” Bryant said of Andersen. “He’s like, ‘Dude, I want my name back,’ and I said, ‘Dude, that’s my championship. I’m getting your name back.’”

At the meeting with the case’s investigators, a constable with the Royal Canadian Mounted Police and a Douglas County detective explained with charts and graphics how Andersen was scammed.
“He and I kept looking at each other like, ‘What and what and what?’” Bryant said. “Chris is looking at this chart and saying, ‘Why am I over here?’ and he’s just shaking his head and I said, ‘Dude, they couldn’t make this – – – – up.’”

Aaron E. Rifkind:Social Security Defenders

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The 13 Bloodline familes that Rule the World

$100 Million for a Second Home in California

Here are the names of the real power behind the Legal Mafia. People in power are afraid to speak out against them, because if they do, all the dirty laundry about them will com out. The elitist only choose leaders that have a shady background, who are evil like them.

The are satanic in nature, behind this brotherhood they bow-down to Satan himself. The Elitist Illuminati occultists are into black magic, child abductions and ritual killings etc. They are above the law, because they are the law. With the help of the CIA who abduct children for the elitist pleasure and to make more money by selling them into prostitution and the drug trade. Anyway, here are the names of these every wealthy families.

(1) Astor (2) Bundy (3) Collins (4) DuPont (5) Freeman (6) Kennedy (7) Li (Chinese) (8) Onassis (9) Rockefeller (10) Rothschild (11) Russell (12) van Duyn (13) Merovingian (European Royal Families):
(1) Reynolds (2) Disney (3) Krupp (4) McDonald: Also, there are a hundred less pure bloodlines that are connected to the thirteen elite bloodlines.
The Illuminati have “six disciplines of training within their family. These are. (1) Military (2) Government (3) Spiritual (4) Scholarship (5) Leadership (6) Science:
They are Sectarian Jewish Elite as Zionism, don’t confuse Zionism with common Jews.

The leading candidate for Presidency are carefully chosen from the occult bloodlines of the thirteen Illuminati families. “Candidate is of Royal blood. All Presidents is of the United States swore allegiance to serve the Brotherhood before he serves the country.

The Brotherhood owns him and ultimately decides what he should or shouldn’t do. You are now in the hands of the higher rank members of the secret society you’re signed up with, and this becomes more obvious the higher up their ladder you climb.  These Elitist are the Legal Mafia.

If a goyim thinks he will become rich and famous, think again! So much for the American Dream, unless you are one of them and go to the right school; you will never’ ever become wealthy. Just don’t step on their toes, because they will destroy you and your wealth.

by Kerry P Hay

Woolworths: The True Story

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The F. W. Woolworth Company or Woolworth’s, the business that wouldn’t allow Blacks to eat at the lunch counter, changed it’s name to Foot Locker, Inc. October 20, 2001.
In 1963, the F.W. Woolworth Company purchased the Kinney Shoe Corpora…tion and operated it as a subsidiary. In the 1960s, Kinney branched into specialty shoe stores, including Stylco in 1967, Susie Casuals in 1968, and Foot Locker on Sept. 12, 1974.  Woolworth also diversified its portfolio of specialty stores in the 1980s, including Afterthoughts, Northern Reflections, and Champs Sports.
During the 1980s and 1990s, the F.W. Woolworth Company’s flagship department store chain fell into decline, ultimately culminating in the closure of the last stores operating under the name of Woolworth’s in the United States in 1997.
Deciding to continue aggressive expansion into the athletic business in the following years, the company acquired Eastbay in 1997, which was the largest athletic catalog retailer in the United States.  In 2004, Foot Locker acquired the Footaction USA brand.
On February 12, 1999, A federal jury in Austin awarded $341,000 to a former Foot Locker shoe store manager who said the company systematically discriminated against its African American employees by offering more opportunities for promotions to white managers.

Benjamin Atkins: Woodward Ave. Killer

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Benjamin (Tony) Atkins (August 26, 1968 – September 17, 1997), also known as the Woodward Corridor Killer, was an American serial killer who killed 11 women in Detroit, Michigan during a period of nine months between December 1991 and August 1992.

 

Imagine a place where you can walk up to almost any woman, any stranger, you may see on the street or sneaking through some alley and ask them: “You wanna get high?” and they will say yes. Imagine then that scattered about all around you are the empty hulks of abandoned houses, apartment buildings, hotels and motels.

Next, imagine that you invite this strange woman who may have told you her name was Debbie or Peaches into one of these abandoned hulks, and she gladly complies (the Pavlovian tingling in her spirit for the crack smoke you have promised her lungs driving her forward).

Imagine now that the cocaine has been burned and melted into gaseous form and inhabits your brain and this woman (Debbie or Peaches or Karen or Sherry) stands in front of you and you see your mother in her, your whore of a mother that turned tricks in front of you when you were five and let men have their way with you when you were ten and you begin to choke her and you fuck her while you choke her as you can only become sexually aroused by a woman when you are in the act of killing her.

Imagine then that you wake her up when the choking has put her to sleep and she screams and you tell her “I’m gonna kill you, you hoe, you bitch.” and her screams echo in the empty streets and across the snowy ground and you are in the kind of place where screams are heard often and always ignored.

What you have imagined is no mere exercise criminal profiling. You have imagined that you are Benjamin “Tony” Atkins, the most prolific serial killer in United States history, and that you murdered eleven women just like this in nine months along Woodward avenue in Detroit and the sorry little city of Highland Park.

In the holiday season of 1991 Benjamin “Tony” Atkins, twenty-four years old and a self-described part time pizza cook and male prostitute, started killing women up and down Woodward avenue. His first attempt at murdering ended unsuccessfully: in December of 1991 he lured a prostitute into the vacant Howard Johnson’s restaurant on the corner of Woodward and Monterey in Highland Park, but when Atkins began to act strangely after their sexual transaction had been completed, the woman fled naked into the street and avoided becoming Tony Atkins’ first victim.

“I couldn’t figure out what else he was going to do but kill me, so I got away.” She was later quoted as saying by the Detroit Free Press.

In a normal corner of America, a naked woman running into traffic would have launched a serious investigation from law enforcement. But not in Highland Park circa 1991. Along Woodward avenue it was just another day on the job for whatever cop took the would-be victim’s report, and Benjamin Atkins continued his trek across the strange landscape of sagging storefronts, vacant fields, and cocaine spots. Soon he met another victim, one that he would be successful in killing.

“I saw an older lady, about 40. I was looking for a place to sleep. As I walked past this abandoned house, this woman walked up and asked me: ‘What’s up?’ I told her I was looking for someone. And she said, ‘You found me.’ ” When they finally caught him, Benjamin Atkins asked the police for cheeseburgers and told detectives about everything he had done.

Including the details of his first successful kill. Atkins took her inside the vacant house. He had some crack. He asked her if she wanted to smoke it with him before or after they had sex. She wanted to smoke it first. Then when Atkins wanted the sex she had promised in return, she demurred, saying: “I’m not a good bitch; I’m too old.”

Atkins told the interrogators how mad he got when the woman tried to walk out on him without giving him the sex he’d bought with the crack he’d given her. He told them how he cursed at her and grabbed her by the neck to choke her. When she finally passed out, he dragged her upstairs to a porch, undressed her, and raped her.

“I left her there, uncovered and everything . . . I was scared because I had never killed anyone before. True enough, I choked her, but I didn’t know she had died until she didn’t move.”

Her name was Patricia George and it took five months for her body to be found. On January 3, 1992 a bulldozer tearing down abandoned houses for the City found the corpse at 74 Kenilworth in Detroit, just a few hundred feet east of Woodward avenue. It took another four months for her body to be identified.

Once upon a time, the stretch of Woodward where Atkins operated had been at the center of the world economy, trucks carrying pieces of cars from plant to plant, and cars carrying people from downtown through the heart of Detroit and out to the northern suburbs of Ferndale, Royal Oak, and Birmingham. But by 1991, Woodward avenue from West Grand Boulevard near downtown all the way to 8 mile road, the city’s northern border, was a depressing ten or so miles of burned buildings, dirty storefronts, and people too poor to own cars huddled at decrepit bus stops.

In a city that perennially ranked at the “top” for homicide rates nationally, the neighborhood of Highland Park (really its own municipal entity) and the area just south, known as the “North End”, had a homicide rate that was often more than double the rest of the city. Illegal drugs were the linchpin of the economy, and much of the area functioned as an open air drug market. This is where Benjamin Atkins found the fertile soil of degradation and addiction needed to act out the revenge for his own tortured life.

Serial killers almost always prey upon the easy targets, the vulnerable. Derelicts, children, prostitutes, especially prostitutes; after all, it is the prostitute’s job, their obligation to get in the car with any passing stranger, and to enter secret and hidden places to perform their lewd tasks. Atkins murdered eleven women in just nine months, earning him the dubious distinction of being the most prolific serial killer ever identified in the United States, killing the most people in the shortest period of time.

We think of serial killers as being white men. The rootless drifter, or maybe the quiet nine-to-fiver who kills hookers on his way home from the office. This is what we see on television shows and in movies; and fiction, especially on television and the movie screen, is the way most Americans get their “information” . Victims are found, the local police detect a pattern to the killings, the FBI is called in. A war-room is set up and a joint task-force of federal, state, and local police pursue every lead to catch the murderer. Well, sometimes.

As it turns out, the amount of attention a murder receives, both from the police and the press, is a function of how valuable the victims are. White co-eds murdered in their dorm room? It only takes one or two of those to make national headlines. Crack prostitute strangled in a vacant building in some ghetto? Takes double digits to get anyone’s attention. And Benjamin Atkins, a sometime crack-prostitute himself, didn’t attract much attention from investigators at first, who still labored under the false assumption that serial killers aren’t black.

The story of Benjamin Atkins and his victims has a special resonance for me. I grew up along Woodward avenue, and during the time he was murdering women I was in the 11th grade. I lived on 2nd avenue, a few blocks west of Woodward up near six mile , and I frequently rode the Woodward bus back and forth downtown to my high school, Cass Tech.

So my daily route home often took me right through the heart of the North End and Highland Park, Atkins’ stomping grounds. Through the windows of that bus every day I could see the lost souls that lingered along Woodward and drifted on and off the bus, coming from nowhere and arriving at nothing. Even riding the bus up Woodward could be dangerous, and I remember timing my journeys home so that I wouldn’t be on the bus when the kids from Northern High school or Highland Park High school would get on.

Anyone riding the bus in that part of town likely had problems of their own and didn’t concern themselves with ruminations on their fellow travelers, but looking back I wonder now if I ever rode the bus with Benjamin Atkins or one of his victims. I do remember some guys I knew that lived around Pasadena and Woodward, just feet from one of the murder sites, telling me they used to sell him dope. I wonder if any of the women he killed were related to them. I wonder if they’re still alive.

But what made the Benjamin Atkins case so eerie to me, even when I was only sixteen and the news was just breaking about his deeds, is that I used to live with my mother right on Monterey and Woodward, a mere two blocks from Atkins’ favorite mausoleum, the Monterey Motel, where he stuffed the corpses of three different women:Juanita Hardy, 23 years old. Room 18  Valerie Chalk, 34 years old. Room 35  Unknown Female. Room 68

Attached to the Monterey Motel was a Howard Johnson’s restaurant, also abandoned. Both of those buildings have long been demolished. I can’t recall if the former site of those two places is now a vacant field or little strip mall of Chinese carryout and check cashing, but I do remember eating in the Howard Johnson’s when I was little.

I also remember (being told) of being sent to a daycare facility right across the street from the Monterey Motel when I was a baby and how I would not go to sleep unless the old janitor rocked me in his arms. And I remember Devil’s Night on Monterey, when smoke would fill the sky in every direction as the city set itself on fire for fun and profit. And of course, the murders, always murders around Monterey, long before and long after Benjamin Atkins; people I know who have lived on Monterey at any time in their lives still call it Murder-ray.

What to make of 11 dead bodies scattered along a mile and a half stretch of this forlorn area I have just described? Let us begin at the beginning, the beginning of Benjamin “Tony” Atkins’ own tortured life, a life that took his spirit to the place where he could confess to detectives about the human lives he’d snuffed out with his bare hands while eating cheeseburgers in the interrogation room at Detroit Police Headquarters.

Benjamin Atkins was born in 1968, the archetypal season of change in America. No mention is made of his knowing who his father was, but his mother was a prostitute in Detroit. Mother Atkins apparently fell victim to the heroin epidemic that swept Detroit in the late 1960’s and had little Benjamin and his brother seized by the state on multiple occasions, in part because she would sit the boys in the backseat of cars while she turned a trick in the front seat.

When Atkins was ten years old, the state placed him in the St. Francis Home for Boys at the corner of Linwood and Fenkell avenue on the near northwest side. A male caseworker of Atkins was later accused of molesting the boy; and though the outcome of that accusation has been lost to the passage of time, the St. Francis Home was shutdown in the mid 1990’s and I remember reading a newspaper article that quoted some Detroit vice cops talking about catching 12 and 13 year old boys from the Home turning tricks around the neighborhood.

Fast forward to 1991. Atkins, who told police he sometimes worked as a male prostitute, is drifting up and down Woodward. I assume he was spending some of his time at the corner of 6 mile and Woodward, where my father and I lived at the time. 6 mile and Woodward has been the gay and transvestite prostitution center for Detroit since the early 70’s at least, and the crack cocaine frenzy of the late 80’s had filled up the area with guys who would get into cars with whoever to make $5 dollars. Maybe working around 6 and Woodward to support his taste for crack is where Benjamin Atkins caught the HIV virus. Who knows? The court system was certainly much less interested in exploring his tribulations in this world than in the suffering he issued forth as his revenge.

By the summer of 1992, City, State, and Federal law enforcement realized they had a serial killer on their hands, but Atkins’ own worthlessness, his own nocturnal presence as one of the bodies for sale on Woodward Avenue made him ephemeral to investigators who merely chased empty leads and bad tips.

Ultimately, the investigation and capture of Benjamin Atkins was the result of the simplest kind of police work: State police detective Royce Alston was riding up and down Woodward avenue with “Donna” the woman who had survived Atkins’ original attack on August 11, 1992. Detective Alston thought that the modus operandi of “Donna’s” rapist and would be killer matched that of whoever was leaving dead women in abandoned buildings up and down Woodward, so he took her out riding. Then she saw him, the man she knew as “Tony”, the man who’d tried to kill her 9 months before. Atkins went into custody without incident.

At first, he denied the killings, telling police that he was homosexual and had no reason to be consorting with female prostitutes. Police described him at the time as well spoken and articulate.

Watching the interrogation from outside the one-way glass was Detroit homicide detective Sgt. Ronald Sanders. Sanders was set to leave for vacation when his shift ended in an hour, but he asked for a shot at Atkins.

“You never had a father,” Sanders said when he went in to Atkins. “I have a son exactly your age. You need to get this off your chest. Talk to me.”

Atkins asked for some food, and cheeseburgers were brought. Atkins ate five of them as he confessed to the murders one by one and in detail. His list included a victim no one even knew about yet, one that he had hidden in a secret basement beneath a vacant garage.       He told the police he did all those killings, took all those lives, because he hated prostitutes.     “Bitches and hoes is all they are…” He told them.

“Donna”, the woman he’d raped and tried to kill at the beginning of his rampage was the star, and only, witness (beside Atkins himself in the form of his lengthy confessions). But “Donna”, whose drug addiction proved stronger than her desire for revenge on the man who tried to kill her, proved a reluctant witness when the trial date actually approached, and a Wayne County judge signed an order to keep her in jail during the trial to ensure her cooperation.

Needless to say, she wasn’t happy.

“I wouldn’t have told if I thought I was going to be locked up,” she said. “It’s like I did a crime. I have no way to get out. . . . If I ever saw anything else happen, I wouldn’t tell.”

The one witness Edison called, Dr. Michael Abramsky, stopped short of declaring Atkins insane, saying the legal definition of sanity is extremely narrow. But he said Atkins “was not in complete control.”

“Why? Why did it all happen,” asked Dobson, who retired from the Highland Park police department as a lieutenant. “Who knows what happened in those lives that brought this to pass. And who knows what happened to him.”

United We Stand: 50th Anniversary

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A. Philip Randolph and Bayard Rustin began planning the march in December 1962. They envisioned two days of protest, including sit-ins and lobbying followed by a mass rally at the Lincoln Memorial. They wanted to focus on joblessness and to call for a public works program that would employ blacks.

 

In early 1963 they called publicly for “a massive March on Washington for jobs”. They received help from Amalgamated Clothing Workers unionist Stanley Aronowitz, who gathered support from radical organizers who could be trusted not to report their plans to the Kennedy administration. The unionists offered tentative support for a march that would be focused on jobs.

 

On May 15, 1963, without securing the cooperation of the NAACP or the Urban League, Randolph announced an “October Emancipation March on Washington for Jobs”.  He reached out to union leaders, winning the support of the UAW’s Walter Reuther, but not of AFL–CIO president George Meany.

 

Randolph and Rustin intended to focus the March on economic inequality, stating in their original plan that “integration in the fields of education, housing, transportation and public accommodations will be of limited extent and duration so long as fundamental economic inequality along racial lines persists.”

 

As they negotiated with other leaders, they expanded their stated objectives to “Jobs and Freedom” to acknowledge the agenda of groups that focused more on civil rights in June 1963, leaders from several different organizations formed the Council for United Civil Rights Leadership, an umbrella group which would coordinate funds and messaging.

 

This coalition of leaders, who became known as the “Big Six”, included: Randolph who was chosen as the titular head of the march, James Farmer (president of the Congress of Racial Equality), John Lewis (chairman of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee), Martin Luther King, Jr.

 

(president of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference), Roy Wilkins (president of the NAACP), and Whitney Young (president of the National Urban League). King in particular had become well known for his role in the Birmingham campaign and for his Letter from Birmingham Jail.

 

Set of Goals: Passage of meaningful civil rights legislation. Immediate elimination of school segregation. A program of public works, including job training, for the unemployed. A Federal law prohibiting discrimination in public or private hiring. A $2-an-hour minimum wage nationwide.

 

 

Withholding Federal funds from programs that tolerate discrimination. Enforcement of the 14th Amendment to the Constitution by reducing congressional representation from States that disenfranchise citizens. A broadened Fair Labor Standards Act to currently excluded employment areas. Authority for the Attorney General to institute injunctive suits when constitutional rights are violated.

CVS:The Pill Police!

 

imagesCAQD0J4RCVS Caremark Corp says it has taken the unusual step of cutting off access to powerful painkillers for more than 36 doctors and other healthcare providers found to prescribe the drugs at an alarmingly high rate.

The drugstore chain, which was drawn into a government crackdown on prescription painkiller abuse last year, began revoking the dispensing privileges of certain providers in late 2012, said CVS Chief Medical Officer Troyen Brennan.

“This isn’t a definitive solution to the problem,” Brennan said. “We wanted to share what it was that we did and have other people in healthcare, including other pharmacies, look at what we did and discuss what some more comprehensive solutions might be.”

CVS disclosed the suspensions in a letter published on the website of the New England Journal of Medicine.

Abuse of opioid prescription pain-killers like Oxycontin ranks as the No. 2 cause of accidental death in the United States, CVS said. In 2009, painkiller use was cited in more than 15,500 overdose deaths, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration has targeted large pharmacy chains like CVS and rival Walgreen Co, as well as distributors such as Cardinal Health, to stem the flow of prescription drugs where abuse is suspected.

The DEA revoked the controlled substance licenses of two CVS drugstores in Florida last September. In June, Walgreen reached a record $80 million settlement with the DEA to resolve allegations that its negligence in record-keeping and dispensing allowed the highly addictive drugs to reach abusers and be sold illegally.

Brennan said that CVS has not yet discussed its findings about suspect providers with the DEA or others.

CVS said the suspensions followed an analysis of prescriptions brought to its drugstores from March 2010 through January 2012 for hydrocodone, oxycodone, alprazolam, methadone and carisoprodol.

CVS said it first identified several dozen healthcare providers — from a database of nearly 1 million — with extreme patterns of prescribing high-risk drugs. CVS checked their prescription rates versus other providers in the same specialty and geographic region, the ages of the patients and the number of patients paying with cash for the drugs.

For instance, one “outlier prescriber” in the field of preventive medicine was prescribing on average more than 44,000 doses of high-risk drugs, compared with 662 for similar providers.

CVS asked 42 providers for more details about their prescribing habits. Six of those 42 gave what CVS said were legitimate reasons for the high volume of prescriptions; for instance, being medical director at a hospice prescribing painkillers.

The company said its stores and its mail-order pharmacy will no longer dispense controlled substances for 36 providers who it said could not justify their prescribing habits. Brennan said that an additional “handful” have been suspended as the company continues its analysis.

National Security Agency: Rule Braker

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CNN) — The National Security Agency broke privacy rules “thousands of times each year” since 2008, The Washington Post reported, citing an internal audit and other documents.NSA leaker Edward Snowden provided material to the newspaper this summer.

The May 2012 audit found 2,776 incidents of “unauthorized collection, storage, access to or distribution of legally protected communications” in the preceding 12 months, the Post reported in its story Thursday.

“Most were unintended. Many involved failures of due diligence or violations of standard operating procedure,” the newspaper said. “The most serious incidents included a violation of a court order and unauthorized use of data about more than 3,000 Americans and green-card holders.”


The paper said most incidents involved unauthorized surveillance of Americans or foreign intelligence targets in the country.
In one case, the NSA decided it didn’t need to report the unintended surveillance.

In 2008, a “large number” of calls placed from Washington were intercepted due to a programming error that confused the capitol’s 202 area code for 20, the international dialing code for Egypt. The information came from a “quality assurance” review that wasn’t distributed to the NSA overnight staff, according to the Post.

Separately, an NSA new collection method went undiscovered by the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court for months. The court, which has authority over some of the agency’s operations, ruled it unconstitutional.

The audit was dated May 2012 and looked at the previous 12 months r
esponding to the Post’s story, the NSA said, “A variety of factors can cause the numbers of incidents to trend up or down from one quarter to the next.”
Factors can include implementation of new procedures, technology or software changes and expanded access.

“The one constant across all of the quarters is a persistent, dedicated effort to identify incidents or risks of incidents at the earliest possible moment, implement mitigation measures wherever possible, and drive the numbers down,” the agency said.
The agency released a statement Thursday night defending its programs.

“NSA’s foreign intelligence collection activities are continually audited and overseen internally and externally,” it said. “When NSA makes a mistake in carrying out its foreign intelligence mission, the agency reports the issue internally and to federal overseers — and aggressively gets to the bottom of it.”Snowden stepped forward publicly in June to claim responsibility for leaking to the media that the NSA had secretly collected and stored millions of phone records from accounts in

the United States. The agency also collected information from U.S. companies on the Internet activity of overseas residents, he said.

He fled first to Hong Kong and then to Russia before Moscow granted him temporary asylum despite pressure from the Obama administration to return him to the United States to face charges.

He has been charged with three felony counts, including violations of the U.S. Espionage Act, for the leaks.

Roy Middleton: Lucky To Be Alive

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Lying in a hospital bed the night after he was shot by Escambia County sheriff’s deputies in his own front yard, Roy Middleton only had one question: Why?

Middleton, 60, of the 200 block of Shadow Lawn Lane in Warrington, was shot in the leg about 2:42 a.m. Saturday while trying to retrieve a cigarette from his mother’s car in the driveway of their home.

A neighbor saw someone reaching into the car and called 911. While he was looking into the vehicle, deputies arrived in response to the burglary call.

Middleton said he was bent over in the car searching the interior for a loose cigarette when he heard a voice order him to, “Get your hands where I can see them.”

He said he initially thought it was a neighbor joking with him, but when he turned his head he saw deputies standing halfway down his driveway.

He said he backed out of the vehicle with his hands raised, but when he turned to face the deputies, they immediately opened fire.

“It was like a firing squad,” he said. “Bullets were flying everywhere.”

The Escambia County Sheriff’s Office declined to comment on the incident Saturday.

The Florida Department of Law Enforcement is investigating, as is standard in deputy-involved shootings. The deputies, who have not been publicly identified, have been placed on paid administrative leave.

In Baptist Hospital and groggy on Saturday, Middleton said he would be in recovery for several weeks. His wounds are not life-threatening.

“I’m just glad they didn’t hit me here or here,” he said, pointing toward his head and chest. “My mother’s car is full of bullet holes though. My wife had to go and get a rental.”

The neighborhood where Middleton lives was quiet Saturday afternoon, and there was no evidence the shooting had even occurred. However, neighbors said only a few hours earlier the area had been congested with law enforcement vehicles and yellow crime scene tape.

Several neighbors said they heard the commotion, but weren’t entirely sure why events unfolded the way they did. A teenage girl who said she witnessed a portion of the incident said she never saw Middleton provoke the deputies.

“He wasn’t belligerent or anything,“ she said.

Middleton, too, said he doesn’t understand how or why the incident escalated so quickly. He also said deputies never offered him an explanation or an apology.

“Even if they thought the car was stolen, all they had to do was run the license plate,” he said. “They would have seen that that car belonged there.”

Willie Reed:The Witness

 

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Willie Reed did not know Emmett Till, whose murder in the Mississippi became one of the most infamous lynchings in the history of the Jim Crow South. Mr. Reed saw him only once — on Aug. 28, 1955, during the last hours of Till’s life — in the back of a green and white Chevrolet pickup truck.

Mr. Reed, a sharecropper, risked his life at 18 to appear as a surprise witness in the prosecution of the white men accused of the crime. He became the momentary hero of the Till trial, an event that helped spur the civil rights movement but left a moral stain on the American legal system.

Mr. Reed knew speaking out against the defendants in the case would make him, too, a target for lynching. But he “couldn’t have walked away,” he said years later. “Emmett was 14,” Mr. Reed told the CBS News show “60 Minutes,” “and they killed him. I mean, that’s not right. … I knew that I couldn’t say no.”  By the time the trial opened in September 1955, images of Till’s disfigured corpse had circulated throughout the nation, horrifying Americans of all races and helping to galvanize the building movement for civil rights. Tens of thousands of mourners paid their respects at his open coffin in Chicago.

The prosecutor told the jury, “Willie Reed has more nerve than I have.” Civil rights activists arranged for Mr. Reed to be spirited out of town and taken by train to the Chicago to better secure his safety. He remained under police protection for several months and was hospitalized for a nervous breakdown. Mr. Reed changed his name to Willie Louis and worked as a surgical orderly in Chicago area hospitals until 2006.

The First Family:Visiting Their History

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President Obama hugging his daughter Sasha inside South African President Nelson Mandela’s prison cell on Robben Island.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Marissa Alexander: Stood Her Ground

935840_185277868315217_275406085_nWhen police arrived, they didn’t take pictures of the bathroom’s dented door, or of Marissa Alexander’s injuries. They took only three pictures, the gun, the bullet casing and the hole in the ceiling.

Marissa told police that she was in fear and there was an order of protection to prevent her husband from beating her. Both of those things are reflected in the police report.

According to court documents, Marissa is 5’2” tall and weighed 140 pounds at the time of the incident. Gray, whom she is in the process of divorcing, is 5’5”, and weighs some 245 pounds.

Alexander was charged with three counts of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, and initially with aggravated child abuse, because she fired the shot with the children in the room. The judge who heard the stand your ground motion put forward by her attorney, Kevin Cobbin, rejected it.

Judge Elizabeth Senterfitt, a former prosecutor, said Alexander could have found some other way to flee the home. This despite the fact that the Stand Your Ground law states that those who feel threatened have no duty to retreat.

Alexander was offered a plea deal by prosecutors in the office of Angela Corey — now known nationwide as the special prosecutor in the George Zimmerman case, in which he claims self-defense in the fatal shooting of Trayvon Martin — The first offer was five years, and then at the last minute 2 years in prison and three years probation. She turned it down, insisting on her innocence.

At the trial, Gray’s older son disputed his father’s claim of being the victim. Marissa’s sister, her mother, and Marissa ex-husband testified to Gray’s previous abuse.

Gray had been arrested for domestic battery in 2006 and 2009, and said in his own deposition that he had “put his hands” on every woman in his life except one. In the 2009 incident, which involved Marissa when the two were living together before they were married, the police report states that Gray choked her and threw her into a hallway closet. The altercation continued in the bathroom, where the police report says Alexander claimed Gray “struck her, knocking her into the tub where she hit her head.” In that instance, Alexander police Gray wouldn’t let her leave, but that she “just wanted to leave and take her children to their father.”

Marissa Alexander was convicted by a jury of three women and three men, one of them an African-American woman like Marissa. Under Florida’s 10-20-Life law, if a person is convicted of a crime involving a gun, they must serve an automatic 10-year sentence, with no discretion for the judge. If the gun is fired, it’s 20 years. If someone is killed by that gunfire, it’s 25 years to life. Marissa was sentenced to 20 years.

Angela Morrow, is an Atlantic Beach, Florida woman, who shot her allegedly abusive husband, James Lee Morrow, to death with a shotgun blast to the chest, and was not arrested — cleared under Stand Your Ground.See More

Stand our Ground:United We Stand….

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Stevie Wonder started the domino effect, hopefully more real artists will lead by example, until Florida do right by Trayvon Martin, everything they do will crumble.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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