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Re: “Questions for Durham Police Chief Jose Lopez—and his answers

"In the communities where there is mistrust, how do you mend this? Is it possible?"
The Police Chief says "There's a handful that never will"
trust the police department.

Lopez also says about racial profiling that it's not happening:
"[documentation given by DPD
to the Human Relations Commission] is quite clear." Yeah, right. It's clear alright.
The DPS report begins by complaining about the NAACP
and the FADE/Coalition "and numerous other community groups and citizens,"
calling us "detractors" & they’re not only dismissive of personal experiences
(which the chief calls "hearsay" and “stories” from "malcontents") & though
they admit that there may be individual officers who engage in racial profiling
and other forms of misconduct,
(a few rotten potatoes make the whole barrel stink)
and they say they do not encourage or tolerate it, but
the chief has said they do not compile statistics on individual officer behaviors
from the statistics they are required by law to compile
using codes to publicly identify individual officers’ self-documented
stop-&-search behaviors,
some of which clearly show racially discriminatory behavior on the basis of
individual police officers, but the police chief would only release averages
for 5 police districts, NOT for anonymous individual officers,
some of whom clearly engage in racially discriminatory stop-&-search behaviors,
looking for (and sometimes finding)
marijuana,
according to their own
(incomplete) self-reports.

Remember that Jesus Huerta was arrested, handcuffed behind his back, allegedly
searched, and locked in the back of a police car supposedly shot himself in the face
with a full-sized .45
(much bigger than a roach).

The Mayor
(who refused to hear from most complainants at a public hearing)
would ONLY allow the HRC to consider Racial Profiling, and said
"I don’t care what people want to say about police targeting
or doing whatever," when targeting "the Ghetto"
is a major reason
Black teenagers (who have no choice in where they live)
are targeted by the police.

Finally, Lopez says
"We're using statisticians
[in response to the NAACP & the FADE Coalition complaints]
versus someone [the NAACP & the FADE Coalition]
who has an intended agenda.
If you ask, the purpose is not racial profiling;
it's minimizing drug arrests.
Who's truly being transparent?"

Well, duhh,
FADE
[Fostering Alternatives to Drug Enforcement]
makes it
"quite clear" (i.e. "transparent")
that they do not advocate for the police to stop, search &
arrest more Duke Students or White suburbanites for marijuana possession,
despite the fact that all evidence indicates that drug use is essentially equal
across all race, ethnic, and socio-economic status groups,
but that police targeting Black teenagers and young adults is obviously unjust
and even counter-productive ("criminogenic" -- meaning police policies
and behaviors CAUSE crime),
as well as devastating kids & young adults and their families and communities.

Prohibition (in Black communities only) and the drug war
(against low-income / low status) Black communities
are examples of the New Jim Crow
laws.

As a former Attorney General said to Bryant Gumble [!!!]
about the changing census demographics:
"Don't worry about it; we're building prisons as fast as we can."

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Posted by CATiffany on 01/17/2014 at 3:38 PM

Re: “An interview with Larry Flynt about free speech

The best line in the interview is Larry Flynt calling The Politician John Edwards SLEAZY! He's Right!

Posted by CATiffany on 03/04/2010 at 4:26 PM

Re: “Durham's Civilian Police Review Board members

Qui custodiet ipsos custodes? Who watches the watchmen? Who polices the police? Who takes the custodians into custody? Night watchmen (custodians) / security guards were sometimes expected to perform some janitorial duties. Janus (the source of the word janitor) was the 2-faced Roman god guarding the gates the gate-keeper, one face welcoming, for us one face hostile, for them & here, now: treating us & them differently unequal just us under law. The division of society into us & them and 2-faced cops keeping them in their place (Ah don lahk you; you dont blong here, boy gonna kick yer a$$ a$$-hole or, from the college-educated: Our job isnt law enforcement; its social control home-owners pay us to patrol the inner-city, & keep them in their place) helps explain why those whose social status is higher than ordinary street cops are usually apathetic or even defensive about their social custodians picking up what they consider sub-human trash concerned (to quote the Durham Civilian Police Complaint Review Board) about bureaucratic details, but not about substantive matters. Whos watching the cops being people who have not had the experience of a cop slashing a knife across their throat to tell them not to report police misconduct or telling someone after a still painful beating reported both BEFORE & after the fact (& not investigated) that Yeah theres cops selling drugs, but its none of your business; keep your nose out of it; next time, you wont just be beaten; well shoot you down like a dog in the street; (& telling others as well as me:) we know where you live. (Cops who operate outside the law are outlaws.) Nor have they the personal experience of a 2-faced cop responding to such a complaint in the privacy of his office by sticking out his tongue, sticking his thumbs in his ears, wiggling his fingers, rolling his eyes, & saying: Oooh! Theres a conspiracy against you! & and then ushering me of his office, and then, (with witnesses present), opening the door to the lobby of the police department and saying sir Nor have they the experience of a desk officer in the lobby say you should take yer complaint to the CIA (as if civil rights violations are in the same category as X-files.) Nor have they heard cops (Durhams finest) call people n!ggers and sp!cs and animals (sic, sic, sic) Nor have they had cops call them a$$-hole bubba or cracker Nor have they been dragged out backwards and slugged by a cop for attempting to submit a complaint to the police chief (who refused to accept the typewritten complaint, signed by witnesses) after an internal affairs captain officer (who destroyed other complaint documents) had also refused to accept that same complaint, and had the department then refuse to even acknowledge a formal complaint about that bizarre incident, involving the police chief. Even this chief is willfully ignorant. As the indy pointed out, institutional amnesia includes both the department & its tepid civilian overseers. Those charged with watching the police are selected from strata of society unfamiliar with contempt & hostility from cops who take drugs & money from drug-dealers in their neighborhoods, or criminal cops who tell drug-dealers in their neighborhoods: Theres a secret Grand-Jury indictment against you; theres gonna be a raid on your apartment tomorrow. Felony misconduct, followed by a sham raid. The responses at headquarters to THAT complaint including refusal to give me a complaint form and refusal to allow me up to Internal Affairs, but saying: Yeah, well, we know we got leaks. Shrug it off. The response I got from the Durham Civilian Police Complaint Review Board to a complaint about a cop silencing another complainant (my boss, who paid me, one of many outraged witnesses, I having had similar but FAR more vicious responses to my complaints, to write the letter) by physically preventing her free-speech rights to petition for redress of grievances concerning misappropriation of fund$, was that they were concerned about a witness writing the complaint, but not concerned about how complaints are silenced this from those charged with reviewing a defective complaint process! willful ignorance & apathy from those not personally affected by police misconduct ranging from insults to death threats. (Complaining can be dangerous in other ways, too; they also go to landlords & employers.)

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Posted by CATiffany on 11/14/2009 at 11:42 AM

Re: “NAACP makes demands in Charles Brown matter

I understand you're an honorable man. The evil hate the good. I was told in Orange County: "You're so G*d-damned honorable, you make me sick." But do not move here to Durham, Mr. Brown; Durham is far, far worse. Raleigh, too (remember "Yolanda" -- mistaken identity -- oops, with her arm broken by cops pulling her thru her car window as cops are wont to do here in Durham "We don't like 'Mexicans' dating 'our' women." & Ingram, shot in the back for walking home on a dirt path, and that engineer shot for being a Black man driving a white car?) Thank God you live in Chapel Hill, & not almost anywhere else in the Carolinas... Cops here have stopped me hundreds of times, mostly for "Loitering" at bus stops in Black neighborhoods -- how can you catch a bus without "Loitering?" & have strip-searched people in public at and coming from bus stops, (followed me home from the bus stop once and after telling me it was a racial profile stop, wouldn't let me in my own front door, holding my front-door key, and told me to take off my clothes. and they routinely attack so-called "Loiterers" at some bus stops (in so-called "target areas"). ("Loitering" Durham means waiting at bus stops. without a "ticket" -- and even though they no longer sell, or accept tickets, neither money or a bus pass is acceptable.) Also, walking, talking, sitting or standing in Durham make you a criminal suspect, for which you can be treated as you were in Chapel Hill. The police attorney told me they (the police) "wrote the anti-loitering ordinance[s] to get around the 4th Amendment, so we can stop & search people" (although even cops call it "harassment" officially they call it "pro-active interdictment" and at police headquarters, I was told "If we had to go by the Constitution, we couldn't do our job." Of course, a "Sworn Officer" is sworn to "support the Constitution of the United States of America, the Supreme Law of the Land" inferior laws and ordinances "not with standing" but I've asked dozens of sworn officers what is their sworn oath of office is, and NONE of them knew -- none even knew (or remembered) that it had anything to do with the Constitution they swore an "solemn" oath to support. When I've witnessed the oath, it's typically been treated like a celebration of status, with laughing, joking, backslapping and the like. When Nifong took his oath as DA, and again, when the current police chief took his oath, the oaths were delivered in secret. When kids from Hillside High wear their school colors (blue & white) off campus, they can be treated as gang suspects, because of ever-changing secret police rules about colors (clothing, and skin-color apartheid rules) like the secret 3-minute rule regarding "Loitering". (Of course, Dukies wearing the same Blue-&-White are allowed to do so, but then teenagers from Duke U. wearing Blue-&-White typically have skin matching Blue and WHITE, unlike brown-skinned teenagers from Hillside.) Wearing red makes you a gang suspect, too, if you also wear brown skin, even if the red is the color of your work uniform. Also, wearing practically anything on your head (hooded sweat-shirt, stocking cap, even an old woman wearing a scarf -- "Ain't you never heard of Aunt Jemima, boy? Get out of my way!" 3 cheers for that old lady & the crowd at the bus terminal that made that cop back down and let her on the bus to go home to the assisted living center behind St. Joseph's African Methodist Episcopal Church. And don't expect anything from any police review committee; here in Durham, they packed it with clueless elites who, unlike me, have never had cops barge into their homes in the middle of the night without a warrant, put a gun to their head, slam them down on the ground, kick them, or slash a knife across their throat to warn them not to complain, or tell them "next time you won't just be beaten [it still hurts just to shake hands], we'll just shoot you down like a dog in the street -- no one will ever know -- we know where you live; yeah there's cops selling drugs; don't stick you're nose in it; it's none of your business." Don't report cops who take drugs and money from drug-dealer neighbors and then tell them "There's a 'secret' grand-jury indictment against you; there's gonna be a raid on your apartment tomorrow." (Such behavior is a felony and can get cops killed; but when I reported that at police headquarters, they said "Yeah, well, we know we got leaks." and IAD said: "That that's the [vice cops]; "We can't do anything about them." (I also warned a cop involved in such raids that other cops set them up for an ambush.) Reporting police misconduct can get you killed. Thank God you live in Chapel Hill, and not almost anywhere else in the Carolinas... Keep your head down. As one laughing drug dealer told me after a cop caught him selling drugs near some politicians homes and told him he couldn't sell on that street corner: "You're more likely to get in trouble for attitude than anything you do. You've got to stoop & bow and say 'Yassuh yassuh [yessir, yessir], shuuffle, shuffle, shuffle, tappety-tap-tap." I've seen cops here arrest the innocent and let the guilty go free, and even arrest witnesses & subborn perjury. One woman was attacked at a fast-food restaurant by a stranger, a woman who saw her sitting there and beat her with a wooden shoe. (She mistook the woman for someone else who ratted her out for cheating.) The victim ran and the cop ridiculed the victim for NOT fighting back: "ChiCKEN! BAWK, bawk, bawk, BAWK!" -- and then arrested both of them for "an affray." You don't even have to complain about bad cops; even victims of crimes can be arrested for bothering the cops, or for filing criminal complaints against common thugs with criminal records, at which point you can be locked up for as long as possible without trial, in order to induce "plea-bargaining" because they punish the honest innocent for refusing to plead guilty; it's "inefficient" to hold trial, so they lock you up in sewer cell (sewer cells, literally) & tell other prisoners to commit sodomy, and when young kids are publicly gang-raped in the pod, and then after the bloody anal gang rape, the guard then tosses them a rag and says: clean yourselves up. One way to keep down the crime rate is to create hell on earth for those who report crimes, to "put the fear of God in them" -- as if cops are little godlings. "I am the Law" says cops here; & even, by implication, they would have you believe "I am God." Thank God (the real one) you live in Chapel Hill, and not almost anywhere else...

Posted by Chris Tiffany on 10/15/2009 at 11:16 AM

Re: “Charles Brown: "I was humiliated" by police

Don't move here to Durham, Mr. Brown; Durham is far, far worse. Raleigh, too(remember "Yolanda" -- not her, oops with her arm broken bty cops pilling her thru her car window as cops are wont to do here in Durham "We don't like 'Mexicans' dating 'our' women." & Ingram, shot in the back for walking home on a dirt path, and that engineer shot for being a Black man driving a white car?) Thank God (the real one) you live in Chapel Hill, and not almost anywhere else... Cops here have stopped me hundreds of times, & have strip-searched people in public at and coming from bus stops, and routinely attack so-called "Loiterers" at bus stops. ("Loitering" Durham means waiting at bus stops. without a "ticket" -- and even though they no longer sell, or accept tickets, neither money or a bus pass is acceptable.) Also, walking, talking, sitting or standing in Durham make you a criminal suspect, for which you can be treated as you were in Chapel Hill. The police attorney told me they (the police) wrote the anti-loitering ordinance[s] to get around the 4th Amendment, so we can stop & search people" (although even cops call it "harassment" officialluy they call it "pro-active interdictment" and at headquarters, I was told "If we had to go by the Constitution, we couldn't do our job." Of course, a "Sworn Officer" is sworn to support the Constitution of the United States of America the Supreme Law of the Land" inferior laws and ordinances "not with standing" but I've asked dozens of sworn officers what is their sworn oath of office is, and none of them knew -- none even knew (or remembered) that it had anything to do with the Constitution they swore an oath to support. When I've witnessed the oath, it's typically been treated like a celebration of status, with laughing, joking, backslapping and the like. When Nifong took his oath as DA, and again, when the current police chief took his oath, the oaths were delivered in secret. When kids from Hillside High wear their school colors (blue & white) off campus, they can be treated as gang suspects, because of ever-changing secret police rules about colors (clothing, and skin-color apartheid rules) like the secret 3-minute rule regarding "loitering". (Of course, Dukies wearing the same Blue-&-White are allowed to do so, but then teenagers from Duke U. wearing Blue-&-White typically have skin matching Blue and WHITE, unlike brown-skinned teenagers from Hillside.) Wearing red makes you a gang suspect, too, if you also wear brown skin, even if the red is the color of your work uniform. Also, wearing practically anything on your head (hooded sweat-shirt, stocking cap, even an old woman wearing a scarf -- "Ain't you never heard of Aunt Jemima, boy? Get out of my way!" 3 cheerts for that old lady and the crowd at the bus terminal that made that cop back down and let her on the bus to go home to the assisted living center behind St. Joseph's African Methodist Episcopal Church. And don't expect anything from any police review committee; here in Durham, they packed it with the clueless who, unlike me, have never had cops barge into their homes in the middle of the night without a warrant, put a gun to their head, slam them down on the ground, kick them, or slash a knife across their throat to warn them not to complain, or tell them "next time you won't just be beaten [it still hurts just to shake hands], we'll just shoot you down like a dog in the street -- no one will ever know -- we know where you live; year there's cops selling drugs; don't stick you're nose in it; it's none of your business." Don't report cops who take drugs and money from drug-dealer neighbors and then tell them "There's a 'secret' grand-jury indictment against you; there's gonna be a raid on your apartment tomorrow." Reporting police misconduct can get you killed. Thank God you live in Chapel Hill, and not almost anywhere else in the Carolinas... Keep your head down. As one laughing drug dealer told me after a cop caught him selling drugs near some politicians homes and told him he couldn't sell on that street corner: "You're more likely to get in trouble for attitude than anything you do. You've got to stoop & bow and say 'Yassuh yassuh [yessir, yessir], shuuffle, shuffle, shuffle, tappety-tap-tap." I've seen cops here arrest the innocent and let the guilty go free, and even arrest witnesses & subborn perjury. One woman was attacked at a fast-food restaurant by a stranger, a woman who saw her sitting there and beat her with a wooden shoe. (She mistook the woman for someone else who ratted her out for cheating.) The victim ran and the cop ridiculed the victim for NOT fighting back: "ChiCKEN! BAWK, bawk, bawk, BAWK!" -- and then arrested both of them for "an affray." You don't even have to complain about bad cops; even victims of crimes can be arrested for bothering the cops, or for filing criminal complaints against common thugs with criminal records, at which point you can be locked up for as long as possible without trial, in order to induce "plea-bargaining" because they punish the honest innocent for refusing to plead guilty; it's "inefficient" so they lock you up in sewer cell & tell other prisoners to commit sodomy, and when young kids are publicly gang-raped in the pod, and then after the bloody anal gang rape, the guard then tosses them a rag and says: clean yourselves up. One way to keep down the crime rate is to create hell on earth for those who report crimes, to "put the fear of God in them" -- as if cops are little godlings. "I am the Law" says cops; & even, by implication, they would have you believe "I am God." Thank God (the real one) you live in Chapel Hill, and not almost anywhere else...

Posted by CATiffany on 10/15/2009 at 10:29 AM

Re: “In Durham, it's Cole-McFadden

PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION People need to get to WORK after loosing job, car & home. Half a penny? One penny on $2? a nickle out of pocket on a $10 dinner? These guys opposed to half a penny tax for public transportation for their waitresses stiff their waitresses, too? Those who depend on the bus to go to work are the people who serve you (your servants, in other words...) Only now it's not "Go to the back of the bus, you [blankety-blank]" "Hey you [blankety-blanks] GET OFF THE BUS AND WALK!" The Rosa Parks, & nurses (not teacher's aides, they were the first to go), the retail clerks, cooks, waitresses, janitors, people who feed & clothe & wait on you hand & foot & bathe & feed & take care of the elderly (CNAs and other nursing staff) Make them walk? C'mon half a penny for kids who ride DATA to school, or for their parents? I got mine; I'm gonna keep you from getting yours. Support those who support public transportation.

Posted by CATiffany on 09/17/2009 at 7:43 PM

Re: “Indy endorsements October 2009

PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION People need to get to WORK after loosing job, car & home. Half a penny? One penny on $2? a nickle out of pocket on a $10 dinner? These guys opposed to half a penny tax for public transportation for their waitresses stiff their waitresses, too? Those who depend on the bus to go to work are the people who serve you (your servants, in other words...) Only now it's not "Go to the back of the bus, you [blankety-blank]" "Hey you [blankety-blanks] GET OFF THE BUS AND WALK!" The Rosa Parks, & nurses (not teacher's aides, they were the first to go), the retail clerks, cooks, waitresses, janitors, people who feed & clothe & wait on you hand & foot & bathe & feed & take care of the elderly (CNAs and other nursing staff) Make them walk? C'mon half a penny for kids who ride DATA to school, or for their parents? I got mine; I'm gonna keep you from getting yours. Support those who support public transportation.

Posted by CATiffany on 09/17/2009 at 7:37 PM

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