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New special agent in charge for FBI's KC division talks homegrown terrorists
Posted: Mar 03, 2015 10:11 PM EST Updated: Mar 04, 2015 12:15 AM EST


The new leader of the local Federal Bureau of Investigation field office says his No. 1 priority is keeping the people of Kansas City safe.

While he's only been on the job for about a month, it's a homecoming of sorts for Eric Jackson, the new special agent in charge.

"This is probably the most tight-knit community out of all the FBI offices and places I've lived in the United States," he said.

Jackson previously worked in the Kansas City field office from 2010 to 2013 before being assigned to the cyber division at FBI headquarters in Washington, D.C. He says cybercrimes aren't just a thing of the future, but rather an everyday reality.

"In the old days the bank robber walked into the bank with a gun, robbed the bank and stole maybe $1,000. Now a person can sit in a foreign country or somewhere in the United States and rob that bank of millions of dollars within minutes," he said.

As serious as cybercrimes are, Jackson considers them priority 1B.

"Terrorism is what we consider 1A," he explained.

In stunning fashion, the terrorist group ISIS is having success in recruiting new members from all over the world, including the United States.

“Those people exist in every state. I have homegrown violent extremist investigations in every single state,” FBI Director James Comey said.

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Jul 11, 2014 - Seese left the FBI in 2007 after being convicted of another peeping Tom incident in a women's restroom at the University of Arizona.


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How the Government Killed Martin Luther King, Jr.
Apr 3, 2013 - When MLK was killed on April 4, 1968, he was speaking to sanitation workers in Memphis, who were .... The Cover-Up ... Memphis PD and the FBI also suppressed the statements of Ray Hendricks and William Reed, who said ...
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FBI agents issue report on Ferguson but refuse to admit they assassinated Martin Luther King , Malcolm X and Fred Hampton

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2 Ferguson police officers resign in wake of FBI investigation, racist emails: reports
Thomas Jackson
Ferguson Police Chief Thomas Jackson releases the name of the the officer accused of fatally shooting Michael Brown in Ferguson, Mo. Jackson is still on the job, two days after a government report criticized his department for years of racial profiling.

2 more Ferguson police resign in response to FBI investigation and emails: reports

Ferguson Police Chief Tom Jackson was still on the job Friday, two days after a government report blasted his beleaguered department for years of racial profiling, and the mayor refused to speculate about the chief's future, saying his role was not to "just chop heads."

Meanwhile, three Ferguson employees implicated in racist emails exposed by that report are now gone from their jobs, the mayor said. One was identified as a city court clerk. Two police officers have resigned in the wake of the released emails, according to CNN reports.
Obama: Racial bias in Ferguson police department not isolated

Calls for Jackson's removal were renewed again this week after the Justice Department cleared Darren Wilson, the white former Ferguson officer who shot Michael Brown, of federal civil rights charges in the death of the 18-year-old, who was black and unarmed.

A second report released simultaneously found patterns of racial profiling, bigotry and profit-driven law enforcement and court practices in the St. Louis suburb that has come to represent the tension between minorities and American police nationwide.


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FBI agent and two sons countersue parents of Georgia teen who died in gym mat with $1million defamation lawsuit denying claim younger brother is 'a violent psychopath'

Kendrick Johnson, 17, was found dead in a rolled-up gym mat at Lowndes High School in Valdosta, Georgia, in January of 2013
His parents Kenneth and Jacquelyn Johnson filed a civil lawsuit after death
State autopsy ruled death was accident but parents insist it was foul play
Wrongful death suit asked for $100million in damages from 38 defendants
FBI agent Rick Bell and sons Brian and Branden were named in the suit
They have filed a $1million defamation countersuit against the Johnsons

By Evan Bleier For Dailymail.com

Published: 13:42 EST, 8 March 2015 | Updated: 20:05 EST, 8 March 2015

It states the wrongful death suit lacks 'substantial justification' and contains 'a complete absence of any justiciable issue in law or fact'.
Kendrick's parents say the Bells attacked him after their father instructed them to do so

The countersuit also addresses the Johnson family allegedly asking Florida State University to take a football scholarship offer away from younger brother Brian.

The Bells claim the Johnsons directed a Facebook post at FSU officials which stated Brian 'exhibited violent tendencies and a highly unusual appetite for fighting'.

The post also reportedly said Brian's 'social media activities expose the likelihood of him being a psychopath'.

FSU pulled its offer to the linebacker off the table.

The suit claims similar slanderous statements were made to the University of Louisville and Clemson University.

The Bell brother were notified by US Attorney Michael Moore a federal grand jury's investigation into Johnson's death is targeting them, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported.

The Johnsons' suit, which was filed in DeKalb County Superior Court just after the second anniversary of their son's death, alleges the brothers were 'seeking revenge' after one of them had been in a fight with Kendrick.

It also says the boys acted on a 'parental command' from their father to assault Johnson
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Lawmakers criticize law enforcement profiling guidelines

March11 2015

LOS ANGELES – Lawmakers sent a letter on Wednesday to the Justice Department saying new guidelines restricting federal law enforcement agencies from racial profiling don't go far enough.

U.S. Rep. Judy Chu, a Democrat who chairs the Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus, sent the concerns to Attorney General Eric Holder.

She was joined by leaders of the congressional black, Hispanic and progressive caucuses. The letter urges the Justice Department to remove remaining loopholes.

The new policy expands on guidelines established in 2003 under the Bush administration that banned routine racial profiling but allowed broad exceptions for national security and didn't account for other characteristics.

Along with religion and national origin, the new rules ban profiling on the basis of gender, gender identity and sexual orientation.

But they include exceptions, among them exempting Homeland Security agents responsible for screening at airports and at the nation's borders

"The current exemptions in the profiling guidance effectively authorize discrimination in the name of national security, domestic surveillance and border security," the letter states.

It continues, "These exceptions are troubling because border and screening activities are precisely the areas where profiling has been the most pervasive."

The letter, also signed by Reps. G.K. Butterfield of North Carolina, Linda Sanchez of California, Keith Ellison of Minnesota and Raul Grijalva of Arizona, also takes issue with the FBI's domestic mapping and surveillance programs, which they called discriminatory.

"It's clear that there is religious profiling going on whereby certain people are stopped just because they are Sikh or just because they are Muslim," Chu told The Associated Press in an interview.
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Tuesday, March 17, 2015

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Agent 'Gone Native' Can't Sue FBI for Investigation


An FBI liaison working in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia cannot pursue a retaliation claim against supervisors who followed up on concerns that he'd "gone native" while on assignment, the D.C. Circuit ruled.
Wilfred Rattigan, a black man of Jamaican descent, worked for the FBI as a liaison to the Saudi Arabian intelligence service at the U.S. Embassy in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.
In October 2001, he accused his supervisors in the FBI's Office of International Operations of racial discrimination, and pursued charges with the Equal Employment Opportunity Office.
One month later, the FBI sent Special Agent Donovan Leighton on a short assignment to Riyadh where he grew suspicious about Rattigan.
When he returned, Leighton filed a memo with Rattigan's supervisor, who passed it to the FBI's Security Division, saying that Rattigan occasionally wore Saudi national clothing given to him as a gift by Saudi security officers, raising the concern he had "gone native."
It also reported that Rattigan's Saudi colleagues were attempting to find him a "suitable wife," that he hosted wild parties that may have included prostitutes, that he paid little attention to the FBI's investigation of the 9/11 attacks, and that he took an extended leave to make a pilgrimage to Mecca with his Saudi colleagues, during which time he could only be contacted through the Saudi security services.
Rattigan conceded that he sometimes wore Saudi clothing, that his Saudi colleagues claimed to be looking for a wife for him, and that he traveled to Mecca, but said Leighton presented the facts in a deliberately misleading manner.
The FBI's Security Division began an investigation based on Leighton's memo, but found Rattigan's alleged security risk "unfounded."
Rattigan then filed a civil rights suit in D.C. federal court accusing his supervisors of retaliating against him for forwarding the memo to the agency's security division.
But a federal judge dismissed his case, and the D.C. Circuit affirmed last week, because Rattigan cannot show that Leighton had a retaliatory motive in reporting false information.
"Motive and knowing falsity must united in the same period," Judge Stephen Williams said, writing for the three-judge panel. "But there is no evidence that Leighton, who was not the object of Rattigan's original discrimination claim, had any unlawful retaliatory motive when he documented his concerns."
Furthermore, Rattigan offers no evidence that his supervisors encouraged Leighton to write the memo, or to include the inflammatory allegations.
The court gave him three opportunities to make discovery requests narrowly tailored to the issue of his supervisors' motive to retaliate against him via filing Leighton's report, but on each occasion, Rattigan sought discovery on the broad matter of Leighton's credibility.
But, "while evidence undermining Leighton's credibility might suggest that [his supervisor Michael] Pyszczymuka should have known that the information in the memo was unreliable, it would not demonstrate that Pyszczymuka
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FBI Probes Death of Black Man Found Hanging From Mississippi Tree

Thursday, 19 Mar 2015 06:00 PM

The FBI is investigating the death of a black man found hanging from a tree in Mississippi on Thursday in what may be a crime or a suicide, the agency said.

The man, whose name was not released, was found in a wooded area in Claiborne County, in western Mississippi, about

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Activist Liuzzo to be given posthumous law degree
Published 7:41pm Saturday, March 21, 2015        

For 24 years, a stone marker has stood along U.S. 80 in Alabama’s Lowndes County, near the spot where Viola Gregg Liuzzo was fatally shot by Klansmen while shuttling demonstrators after the 1965 Selma-to-Montgomery voting rights march.

But in Liuzzo’s hometown of Detroit, such public recognition is scarce. A wooden marker bearing her name sits on a fence beside a small neighborhood playfield; Last year, an exhibit in Lansing included Liuzzo among Michigan women who contributed significantly to civil rights.

That will change on April 10. Liuzzo’s former school, Wayne State University, plans to award her an honorary doctor of laws degree. It’s the first posthumous honorary degree in the 145-year-old school’s history. Wayne State also will dedicate a tree or green space for Liuzzo.

Liuzzo’s five children have been invited to the ceremony. Liuzzo’s husband, Anthony Liuzzo Sr., died in 1978.

“I cried,” Liuzzo’s daughter, Mary Liuzzo Lilleboe, said of her reaction to Wayne State’s decision. “It’s the highest honor an educational institution can bestow on someone. It’s the honor that’s being paid to her. She’s a civil rights giant.”

Kim Trent, a member of Wayne State’s Board of Governors, initially broached the idea a decade ago as president of Wayne State’s black alumni organization. The school declined, citing its policy of not awarding posthumous degrees, Trent said.

“The truth of the matter is that Viola is worthy because she is deceased,” Trent said. “She is a civil rights martyr. I understood there was something more important at stake.”

Trent was elected to the same board in 2012, and recently took another run at recognition for Liuzzo. They passed the recommendation in February.

“My colleagues were like, ‘Sure, we should do this,’” Trent said.

Liuzzo was a nursing student at Wayne State when she joined the civil rights movement. At the time of her death, the white, 39-year-old mother also was a member of Detroit’s branch of the NAACP.

From her home, Liuzzo watched televised news reports of demonstrators being beaten by police in Selma on March 7, 1965, during the first attempt to march to Montgomery, a day that became known as “Bloody Sunday.”

That march was followed two days later by another, abbreviated demonstration led by the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. The Rev. James Reeb, a white Unitarian minister from Boston, was severely beaten that night and later died. An all-white jury acquitted three white men of murder charges in Reeb’s death.

Just over two weeks after Reeb’s death, Liuzzo too was dead, struck in the head by shots fired from a passing car. Her black passenger, 19-year-old Leroy Moton, was wounded but survived by pretending to be dead. Four Ku Klux Klan members were arrested, and an all-white, all-male jury acquitted three of them of murder. Those same three were later convicted of federal charges in Liuzzo’s death. The fourth assailant was granted immunity and placed in the federal witness protection program.

Lilleboe said she was 17 when her mother quietly drove to Alabama the weekend before the third attempt to march from Selma to Montgomery, planned for March 25.

“If she saw wrong and she couldn’t right it, she took action,” said Lilleboe. “She always told us the story that she was treated badly because she was poor, but the ‘little black kids were treated worse.’”

Liuzzo didn’t reveal where she was going until well after she left, because she didn’t want her husband to stop her, Lilleboe said. She did, however, contact her family regularly by phone.

“She called and she was rather jubilant because the march had made it,” Lilleboe recalled. “She was coming home. My brothers picked up little pretend signs and started marching around singing ‘We Shall Overcome.’

“About midnight, dad got a phone call and they said ‘your wife … there has been an accident.’ We knew she had been murdered.”

Law professor Peter Hammer, director of the Damon J. Keith Center for Civil Rights at Wayne State, said non-blacks who fought to dismantle Jim Crow segregation “were subject to the same vitriol” aimed at blacks, “and in some respects — even more so.”

“For a white woman to cross the line took even more courage and was probably subject to more hatred,” Hammer said. Also, he said, there is a tendency, in telling civil rights history, to sideline roles played by women of all races.

The Alabama marker honoring Liuzzo was erected by the Women of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference in 1991. At the Civil Rights Memorial in Montgomery, Liuzzo is the only white woman honored among the martyrs.

After Liuzzo’s death, her family endured a cross burning and hate mail at their Detroit home. Her children were harassed at school. Liuzzo’s husband hired armed guards for protection. A smear campaign, engineered by the FBI, hinted that Liuzzo used drugs and had illicit relationships with black men.

Liuzzo’s family filed a $2 million negligence claim against the federal government in 1977, saying the FBI knew ahead of time that Liuzzo’s killers planned to commit violence and did nothing to stop them.

The government refused to negotiate that claim. The family filed a lawsuit that went to non-jury trial in federal court in Ann Arbor, Michigan, in 1983, and was dismissed.

“What’s nice about what’s taking place now is that nobody is remembering the lies,” Hammer said. “People are remembering her life and courage.”

Lilleboe, who now lives in Oregon, is proud
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FBI To Review Racist Cops’

March 21 2015

– The Civil Rights Division of the United States Justice Department has contacted the City of Fort Lauderdale, requesting a meeting next week to discuss the racist behavior of four officers now at the center of national scandal.

Three of the officers were fired Friday. Those officers were Jason Holding, James Wells, and Christopher Sousa. The fourth, Alex Alvarez, resigned in advance of being fired.

The officers were found to have been passing racist and homophobic text messages between them. Alvarez had also produced a video, which depicted blacks as being “savages” and portrayed President Obama with gold teeth. The video also uses the N-word to refer to Obama.

CLICK HERE to watch Part I of Jim DeFede’s interview with Fort Lauderdale Police Chief Frank Adderely and Fort Lauderdale Mayor Jack Seiler.

The video and text messages were turned over to the police last October by Alvarez’s former fiancé. Alvarez, who had been with the department for two years, resigned shortly thereafter. The others were fired on Friday.

During an interview Sunday morning with CBS4 News, Police Chief Frank Adderley disclosed was contacted by federal agents on Saturday. The agents are expected to focus their attention on whether the officer’s racist views affected how they carried out their duties. As part of that investigation, the FBI could end up reviewing hundreds of arrests made by those four officers during the years they were on the street.

“We’ll be meeting this week with the FBI Civil Rights Division and I’m pretty sure they are very interested in what [the officers’] activity has been since they’ve been on our department,” Adderley said. “That’s something the FBI will come back later after they make their evaluations and tell us.”

CLICK HERE to watch Part II of Jim DeFede’s interview with Fort Lauderdale Police Chief Frank Adderely and Fort Lauderdale Mayor Jack Seiler.

Adderley then added: “We welcome the FBI to come in.”

Fort Lauderdale Mayor Jack Seiler agreed with Adderley and said the city would cooperate fully with federal investigators. He said he realizes the community’s confidence in the police has been shaken by these revelations of racism in the police force.

“This is about restoring the trust, as I said on Friday, this breaks the bonds that



By PHILIP SHENON, Special to the New York Times
Published: July 5, 1988

WASHINGTON, July 4— A Chicago-based agent of the Federal Bureau of Investigation has acknowledged that he and other white colleagues planned a campaign of ''retribution'' against a black agent, Donald Rochon, whose case has prompted a national debate over racism in the bureau.

Newly released F.B.I. documents also show that the white agent, Gary W. Miller, has conceded that in 1985 he forged Mr. Rochon's signature on an application for death and dismemberment insurance for the Rochon family.

Mr. Rochon has described the unsolicited insurance policy as a death threat. Mr. Miller, who was suspended without pay for two weeks as a result of that incident and others aimed at Mr. Rochon, has denied that he was trying to harass the black agent. Agents Admit Harassment

The disclosures, contained in court papers filed here Friday, amount to the first public acknowledgment by the bureau that white agents may have participated in harassment of Mr. Rochon in Chicago, where he was assigned from 1984 to 1986.

The newly released documents are bound to cause further embarrassment for the bureau, which has been criticized by Congress over the Rochon case and over other discrimination claims involving black and Hispanic employees. More than half of the F.B.I.'s Hispanic agents have joined in a separate lawsuit against the bureau, charging that they faced discrimination in hiring and promotion.

Mr. Rochon has said that while he and his family were living in Chicago, their safety was repeatedly threatened in anonymous telephone calls and obscene, racist letters from white F.B.I. agents.

The Justice Department and the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission have found that Mr. Rochon was the victim of ''blatant racial harassment'' in the F.B.I.'s Omaha office in 1983 and 1984. In one incident, someone in the Omaha office taped a picture of an ape's head over a photograph of Mr. Rochon's son.

Mr. Rochon has long contended that the later incidents in Chicago, which are the subject of an investigation by a Federal grand jury, were more serious than the harassment in Omaha. Charges Rights Violations

The newly released documents were made available to Mr. Rochon's lawyer, David Kairys of Philadelphia, in preparation for trial on a civil lawsuit filed by Mr. Rochon in Federal District Court in Washington. The suit charges the bureau and several white F.B.I. officials in Chicago and Omaha with violations of Federal civil rights laws.

''It's quite significant,'' Mr. Kairys said of the F.B.I. documents. ''This corroborates what Don Rochon has been saying all along. It corroborates that there was a conspiracy among F.B.I. agents to racially harass Donald and his family.''

The documents, which include the records of an internal investigation of Mr. Rochon's charges, make it clear that Mr. Rochon became the focus of intense anger and suspicion by white agents in Chicago, particularly Mr. Miller and Thomas J. Dillon.

The white agents have said that Mr. Rochon was a troublemaker who brought unfounded charges of racism against other agents in the Omaha and Chicago offices in an attempt to be transferred to Los Angeles, his home town.

Dan Webb, a former United States Attorney in Chicago who is representing Mr. Dillon, one defendant in the lawsuit, said he would prove in the trial that Mr. Rochon had tried to portray innocent office pranks as ''some kind of racial harassment.''

He added, ''The motivation here was really one of Rochon trying to put pressure on the bureau to get his transfer.'' Mr. Webb said he believed that some of the incidents described by Mr. Rochon as racial harassment never occurred.

'Unmerited Harassment'

Mr. Kairys, Mr. Rochon's lawyer, described as ''offensive'' any attempt to label the black agent as a troublemaker. ''This guy withstood unnecessary, unmerited harassment without reacting violently or inappropriately,'' the lawyer said. ''He acted exactly as we would want him to react.''

The director of the F.B.I., William S. Sessions, has described Mr. Rochon's charges as ''very serious'' but has declined to discuss details of the case because of the pending litigation.

In a sworn statement dated July 30, 1985, that was included among the F.B.I. documents, Mr. Miller said he began his campaign against the black agent ''as personal revenge against Donald Rochon for making allegations against my personal friend, Tom Dillon.''

Mr. Dillon, who worked with Mr. Rochon first in Omaha and later in Chicago, has been described by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission as Mr. Rochon's ''greatest single antagonist.''

After an investigation of the Omaha incidents, the F.B.I. directed Mr. Dillon and two other employees to undergo racial sensitivity training. It is unclear from the F.B.I. documents whether anyone other than those three and Mr. Miller has been disciplined in any way for actions against Mr. Rochon.

Mr. Miller and Mr. Dillon are still assigned to Chicago. Mr. Rochon now works for the F.B.I. in Philadelphia.

Until now, the bureau has refused to discuss the Chicago incidents or to acknowledge the results of its internal in
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Philadelphia police shooting victims are 81% African-American, report finds

Policing report reviewed department’s use of fatal force from 2007 to 2013
Of 29 cases in which officer thought suspect had gun, 25 involved black people

Philadelphia Police Commissioner Charles Ramsey speaks during a news conference Monday, March 23, 2015, in Philadelphia. Poor training has left Philadelphia police officers with the mistaken belief that fearing for their lives alone is justification for using deadly force, the Justice Department said Monday in a review of the city s nearly 400 officer-involved shootings since 2007. Ramsey is accompanied by U.S. Attorney Zane Memeger, right, and Department of Justice s Ronald Davis, director of the Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS). (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)
Philadelphia police commissioner Charles Ramsey said of the findings and recommendations in the report: ‘We certainly are looking at each and every one, and coming up with a strategy for each.’ Photograph: Matt Rourke/AP

Tuesday 24 March 2015 18.30 EDT Last modified on Tuesday 24 March 2015 18.57 EDT

Philadelphia police shot black people at about twice the rate of their occurrence in the general population, according to a new federal study.

Eighty-one percent of people shot by police officers in Philadelphia from 2007 to 2013 were African American, despite black people accounting for just more than 40% of the city’s population, the study found.

The shootings were concentrated in two precincts in North Philadelphia with high rates of violent crime, according to the study, which Philadelphia police commissioner Charles H Ramsey asked the justice department to carry out in 2013 following revelations that shootings by police were rising citywide despite a drop in crime.

The report, issued by the office of community-oriented policing services (Cops), presents an unusually detailed review of the use of fatal force by police officers, tracking fine-grain details of each shooting incident, such as number of shots fired, number
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Teen shooting victim’s mother plans federal lawsuit

Cameron Tillman’s mother, Wyteika Tillman (center), speaks as his aunt Tina Brothers and uncle Furnell Tillman look on Thursday after a grand jury’s decision not to indict Terrebonne sheriff’s deputy Preston Norman in Cameron’s shooting death.

Published: Thursday, March 26, 2015 at 9:45 a.m.
Last Modified: Thursday, March 26, 2015 at 9:50 p.m.

The mother of a 14-year-old shot to death by a Terrebonne Parish sheriff’s deputy says she intends to file a federal civil rights lawsuit after a grand jury declined to indict the deputy today.

“We expected this decision,” Cameron Tillman’s mother Wyteika said, adding “we were just waiting for Terrebonne Parish to get out of the way” before seeking alternative justice for her son’s Sept. 23 killing.

The nine-member grand jury issued a “no true bill,” which means it believes there is not enough evidence against deputy Preston Norman to warrant a criminal trial.

“On a higher level, I believe there’s going to be justice. But locally, it’s just not going to happen,” Wyteika said.

The FBI is also conducting an independent investigation into the shooting.

Norman shot Cameron in an abandoned house at 51 Kirkglen Loop in the Village East neighborhood near Houma.

The shooting happened shortly after Norman and another deputy received complaints of local boys brandishing
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FBI to Track Hate Crimes Against Hindus, Sikhs, Arab Americans
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Boys & Girls Clubs of Union County Names Destane Williams 2015 Youth of the Year
Left to Right: Russell Triolo, CEO Boys & Girls Clubs of Union County; Robert Poles, President Board of Director

March 28, 2015 at 8:28 PM

Union, NJ – The Boys & Girls Clubs of Union County named Union High School Junior Destane Williams as their “2015 Youth of the Year” at the annual awards dinner on Thursday March 26th at the Galloping Hill Caterers.

This year’s dinner was attended by almost 200 guests, including dignitaries New Jersey State Assemblywoman Annette Quijano, and Elizabeth Mayor Christian Bollwage, Event Sponsors included Elizabethtown Gas and United Airlines; Comcast was an Award Sponsor.

The 2015 nominees included Hanson-Lee (17, Union Club); Dave Cadet (17, Plainfield Club); Al-Tahnay Wells (17, Elizabeth Club); Destane Williams (16, Union Club); Janae Morales (17, Elizabeth Club) and Tyson Dukes (17, Elizabeth Club).

Destane was chosen by a panel of 7 judges and is planning to attend University of North Carolina to pursue a career as an F.B.I. agent. At school, her favorite subjects are English and Math. She participates in softball and, and maintains a 3.8 GPA. Destane has been


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Murray didn't want to choose among improving the lives of women, or blacks or workers — she tried to help them all, Lau said.

Murray had every reason to fight for all people — the descendant of slaves and slave holders was rejected at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where her great-great-grandfather had been a trustee and from Harvard because of her sex.

Her maternal grandfather, Robert Fitzgerald, built the house in 1898, and he and his wife, Cornelia, raised Murray there. The six-room house, considered relatively large for the neighborhood in its day, now needs about $450,000 to get it ready for visitors, Lau said.

The hope is to start the Pauli Murray Center for History and Social Justice in the house and perhaps on property beside it, Lau said. The house is the 56th active property for the trust, which has completed 10 projects.

The designation as a national treasure doesn't include money, but it does include staff time from the trust and a level of prestige that can attract donors.

The trust has worked on locations such as Ellis island and Union Station in Washington, D.C. "But it's just as important to save the places that don't look like national landmarks," said John Hildreth, eastern regional vice President for field services for the trust.

"This house, you would see many like it in North Carolina, But what happened there is important and who it's associated with is important and frankly, not very well known. I don't think Pauli Murray is recognized as a historical figure and a person of importance. This is a way to not only promote that story but preserve a place associated with her."

Murray was one of the leaders in arguing that the constitutional right to equal protection should apply to women, along with minorities. "Pauli Murray is the person that begins to say, race is something you can't change, and gender, you're born with it, it's not something you choose," Lau said. "So you can use that same kind of reasoning to fight for women's rights."

For all her very public work, Murray was forced to keep her private life hidden from most. She had a long-term relationship with a woman, Irene Barlow, and the two are buried under the same headstone in a New York cemetery.

In her brief for Reed v. Reed, a landmark equal protection case that bids gender-based discrimination, Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg names Murray as one of two co-authors, even though they didn't contribute directly to the brief. Ginsburg has explained in interviews that the symbolic gesture was meant to recognize two pioneers who fought for women.

In a 2011 essay, Marian Wright Edelman, president of the Children's Defense Fund, described Murray as a friend and mentor "who would not be going about business as so many of us are today when the foundation of our community's house is crumbling."

Her FBI file shows that Murray lived at more than 50 addresses; yet the project has more than 2,500 folders of material in her archives that Murray packed up and moved to each new residence. "Somewhere, she got that what she was pushing for was important and that at some point, people" would want to know about her, Lau said.

But that didn't happen in her lifetime. "We weren't ready for her," Lau said. "And neither was the world, unfortunately."
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Why did the FBI show up at this Globalist youth home?

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Jama Abdirahman, a 22-year-old photographer, filmmaker and journalist who has covered Black Lives Matter, South Seattle and the Somali community for the Seattle Globalist. (Photo by Ken Lambert / The Seattle Times)
Jama Abdirahman, a 22-year-old photographer, filmmaker and journalist who has covered Black Lives Matter, South Seattle and the Somali community for the Seattle Globalist. (Photo by Ken Lambert / The Seattle Times)
Government agents make a surprise visit to a young journalist’s home with questions about articles he’s written about an emerging protest movement.

It may sound like a scene from a distant and frightening land, but it happened last week to 22-year-old Jama Abdirahman, a college student and recent graduate of the Seattle Globalist’s youth-reporter apprenticeship program.

Abdirahman wasn’t home when the two FBI agents came calling, but his 16-year-old brother was, and handed over his cell phone number.

During the apprenticeship program, where other Globalist reporters and I mentor young people hoping to become journalists, Abdirahman wrote about stereotypes of his South End neighborhood and even did the photography for a few of my Seattle Times columns, one about issues facing the Somali-American community.

But it was a story he wrote about Black Lives Matter protests — specifically about women in the movement — that particularly interested the agents.

One agent said “I want to ask you about your article,” says Abdirahman, who was editing photos for his “street photography” blog when he received the phone call, “It seemed like he wanted to hear my views on the Black Lives Matter movement.”

The agent asked Abdirahman if he’d be willing to meet up and talk more. Abdirahman agreed but says he started to worry that he was in trouble — or might be asked to get someone else in trouble — so he called the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) and got a pro-bono lawyer.

Arsalan Bukhari, executive director of CAIR Washington, says that these sort of FBI visits to members of the Muslim community aren’t uncommon.

“Sometimes it can be a surprise visit at someone’s home by an FBI agent, or at the workplace, or a phone call,” Bukhari says.
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Video shows unarmed teenager forced to ground by group of Stockton police officers after allegedly walking in a bus lane

police officers arrested an unarmed black teenager in California after he allegedly jaywalked and then scuffled with an officer.

A video of the incident shows the officers surrounding the 16-year-old African American and forcing him to the ground after he got into an altercation with an officer who accused him of walking in a bus-only lane.

The incident happened in the city of Stockton, 80 miles (130km) east of San Francisco, on Wednesday morning. A cellphone video uploaded to Facebook and YouTube by a passerby has been viewed more than 10,000 times.

It shows an officer using his baton to push and hold the boy, wearing shorts, on a landscaped perimeter on the sidewalk.


They scuffle, the boy yelling “get the fuck off me” and the officer shouting “stop resisting arrest”. The officer strikes him in the face and orders him to the ground but the boy does not comply.

An unseen female bystander shouts in protest: “That’s a fucking kid! Don’t touch him, leave him alone! That’s a kid. Are you serious? He didn’t do nothing wrong.”

The officer retrieves from the ground what appears to be a body camera knocked off during the scuffle.

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Several patrol cars arrive and four officers force the boy to the ground, handcuff him and march him to a car while colleagues mill around them. The protester’s voice rises in anger and disbelief: “That is a child! That is child that was jaywalking! That’s a fucking child! What’s wrong with y’all?”

YouTube user Edward Avendaño posted the video under the username Stockton Port City. In a Facebook post he said the officer tried to stop the teenager for jaywalking and ordered him to sit but the teen kept walking to his bus.

“The cop kept grabbing his arm & the kid took off the cop’s hand off his arm so the cop took out his baton & that’s when I started recording because everything happened too quick. He didn’t have to hit the kid with the baton & no need to call about 20 cops.”
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Tulsa County Sheriff Stanley Glanz "misconstrued" information from an earlier briefing when he said Thursday night that threats had been made against his office, according to a Sheriff's Office spokesman.
Glanz made the comment before a packed house at Tulsa Tech's Health Science Center, where 21 cadets representing the Sheriff's Office and other agencies celebrated their completion of a 240-hour Council on Law Enforcement Education and Training reserve officer academy.
After shaking each cadet's hand, Glanz turned to the crowd, saying:
"There's a few things we're still trying to work through. There's a lot of threats. I was talking to an FBI agent today — the Black Lives Matter have been doing demonstrations at state fairs, so one of the things we're … not going to do this year is use you in the fair like we have (in the past)."


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BOSTON — An FBI agent screening a prominent black lawyer for a federal judgeship forced the lawyer to submit a footprint and then posted the print and joked about the stunt, the Boston Herald reported Saturday. Both the agent and his supervisor were suspended for the prank, which happened about a month ago, the newspaper said, citing sources it didn't identify. The agent, whose name was not disclosed, told lawyer Walter Prince that collecting footprints was standard procedure. Then he hung the print on a wall at the Boston FBI office. ''There can be no question that this type of behavior is entirely unacceptable and abhorrent to the department,'' Justice Department spokesman Paul McNulty said Friday night in a statement. Prince practices criminal and civil law and has lectured at Boston College Law School.

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Smith: A night with the Ku Klux Klan
On a steamy Friday night in early August 50 years ago, I was taken prisoner by the Ku Klux Klan outside the small town of Oxford, N.C. I was lucky to survive, but because I got into this mess through my stupidity and the stubbornness of my fellow employees at the Congress of Racial Equality office in Durham, it’s a story I’ve avoided for many years.

Now, however, this recent flood of black/white issues has brought it all back — the continuing examples of racially charged police shootings; the disproportionate number of blacks in prison; a recent visit with my grandson to the Gettysburg and Antietam battlefields, those horrifying scenes of slaughter and sacrifice during the Civil War; studies showing that race relations have deteriorated despite the historic election of Barack Obama; the forgiveness expressed by members of the Emanuel AME Church in Charleston, S.C., after the June 17 killings by Dylann Roof; the subsequent removal of the Confederate battle flag; the death of the charismatic Julian Bond; and, lastly, the comments of the respected writer, Charles M. Blow in the Aug. 10 New York Times: “Society itself is to blame. There is blood on everyone’s hands.”

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My initial experience in the south was in 1961 when I was assigned to the 82d Airborne Division at Ft. Bragg, N.C., and for the first time saw overt signs of segregation, such as “White” and “Colored” restrooms. After my second year of law school in Boulder in 1965, I went back as an intern for the Law Students Civil Rights Research Council, the first interracial organization of law students, and was assigned to work for Floyd McKissick, who was the national director of the Congress on Racial Equality and also had a small law firm in Durham. In mid -summer, I got married and then returned to North Carolina where Julie and I lived in a “Freedom House,” which also served as a stopping point for civil rights workers headed farther south, including to Mississippi, where Andrew Goodman, Mickey Schwerner and James Chaney had been murdered the summer before.

Floyd had us do everything from legal research to organizing marches and demonstrations in towns including New Bern. I even helped him represent the singer James Brown in a paternity suit in one of his private cases and functioned as a chauffeur, once transporting Durham’s four other black lawyers to New Bern for a hearing. En route, we heard a tremendous explosion and all ducked for safety. It was just a blowout, however. As I was changing the tire, the sweat pouring off me, I heard a sudden burst of laughter. The four lawyers, relaxing in the shade, were pointing at me, chuckling, as I struggled with the tire. The roles are reversed, I thought, laughing with them.

One Friday evening in late July, Julie and I spotted flyers tacked to telephone poles near Oxford advertising a KKK rally. We found the field where it was to take place and joined the crowd of observers, mostly families with picnic dinners. The featured speaker was Robert “Bob” Jones, the Grand Dragon and the man who had revitalized the Klan in North Carolina. He ranted on and on and then the crosses were set on fire as we sat there speechless.

The following Monday, I told Floyd and the others in the office what we had seen but no one shared my astonishment. In fact, one black student, David Reilly poo-pooed our experience, said that anyone — white or black — could go to a Klan rally and insisted we all go the following Friday.

All week long, we played chicken. David wouldn’t back out and I didn’t have the nerve to just cancel the trip.

So that Friday we headed north: David, Julie and I, and a law school graduate from California named Carol Ruth Silver, who would be LSCCRC’s first full-time intern in the South. She had also been a Freedom Rider in 1961 and had spent 40 days incarcerated, most of them in the Parchman Penitentiary in Mississippi. She later was elected to three terms as a member of the San Francisco Board of Supervisors, serving until 1989.

As we got closer to Oxford, I kept expecting David to yield, but he didn’t. Neither did I. When we reached the rally site, however, I had Julie and Carol wait on the highway by a line of North Carolina State Highway Patrol cars. David and I then drove down into the field. As I stopped our car, David jumped out, approached the man who was directing the parking and asked if he could attend. I can still visualize this man seemingly levitating into the air in shock. Several others quickly appeared, threw David to the ground and searched him. I made it to the roadway and asked the State Patrol for help, but they looked at me as if I were out of my mind. This was not their problem.

Then I heard my name over the loudspeaker. David had given them my name, and they were asking that I come down and explain what was happening.

Once again, the State Highway Patrol offered no help, so I walked to the area where the crosses had been erected and was immediately swept up by an angry mob of some 20 men. David was nowhere in sight. I later learned that he had almost immediately been taken to the local jail and was safely locked up in a cell.

I told my captors that my wife and I were recently married and visiting North Carolina because I had earlier served there in the Army. We had given David a ride because he seemed lost. I told them he had then mentioned the rally and said anyone could attend. After many tense minutes, this story seemed to be working and the mob began to calm down.

Then we heard hysterical screams as a man sprinted towards us. “There are four of them, there are four of them!” he kept repeating, having seen Julie and Carol by the State Patrol cars.

The questioning ensued roughly as follows.

Q: It’s your car, so you were driving?

A: Yes.

Q: And you’re newly married, so your wife was sitting in the front seat with you?

A: Yes.

Q: So the black guy [those aren’t the words they used] was in the back seat with the white woman?

A: Yes?

Q: So you and your wife were driving around with a black guy (having sex with) a white woman in the back seat of your car?

A: No. Of course not.

To me, the comment was preposterous. In the minds of this now-enraged mob, however, sex is the only thing that could be taking place if a black man and a white woman were together in the back seat of a car. Suddenly I heard a rattling sound in the bed of the pickup truck that I was pressed against. Behind me a man lifted a heavy chain. In front of me, another man opened a folding knife with a long narrow blade. They began arguing about who would get to kill me, an argument so intense that I thought they might end up attacking each other.

Finally a tall, calmer looking man spoke up. “I want to kill him too,” he said. “But too many people know that he is here. We’d never get away with it.”

(When the FBI interviewed me two days later, they said they had someone undercover in this group. I’m sure the man who spoke up was the one and wish there some way I could thank him.)

Then the Grand Dragon’s voice came over the microphones, denouncing me. Jones, as I learned much later, was a former awning salesman who had made the North Carolina KKK the most powerful Klan in the country and whose support had helped elect Dan Moore governor in 1964. Now the mob that had been about to kill me had to worry about the possibility of being overwhelmed by a much larger mob incited by Jones.

They took me to Jones’s Cadillac — nicknamed “The Horse” because he put so many miles on it during his recruiting trips — and we worked our way through an angry crowd that included Klanswomen spitting on the windshield, trying to tip over the car. At the local jail, however, the local prosecutor said he could find nothing to charge me with, so we retrieved our car, which had been tipped up on its side, and headed back to Durham.

The FBI then interviewed me and told us about their undercover man. Knowing that the KKK had our license number and probably knew where we were living — and would find out soon enough that I worked for CORE, an organization they detested — the agents suggested we consider moving on.

Back at Floyd’s office, David had disappeared, so I never had a chance to talk to him, Floyd had been laid up with a serious bee sting, and our project seemed to have run out of steam. So Julie and I packed up, said goodbye and headed for home. I never saw Floyd again and deeply regret that. He was a heroic man who has gotten far less credit than he deserved as a civil rights leader, partly due to his subsequent split from CORE and endorsement of Richard Nixon for president in 1968. He was a hero to me, and working with him had a great influence on me — leading me to the Adams’s County public defender’s office rather than a big Denver firm, to the Colorado House of Representatives with a focus on prison reform and mental health, to work on behalf of migrants in Denver, and now to making monthly trips to the Mexican border to assist a variety of humanitarian programs there.

It’s hard to deny how much had changed in those 50 years. The idea of separate restrooms seems preposterous today, as does the idea a state police agency would simply turn its back on someone being taken captive by an organization as venal as the Klan, or that we were told that whites had to sit on one side of the courtroom and blacks on the other when we went to David’s arraignment. (We ignored the order and no one said anything.) However, despite the dangers in those days and the then-monolithic structure of segregation, there was an optimism that I don’t see today. Floyd was an optimist, in part, I believe, because he went out and did things instead of just talking about them. And he did them despite the great personal risks. In addition, the young people who passed through our Freedom House on their way south — to places we assumed were much more dangerous than North Carolina — were also doers and not just talkers. To lump everyone together and say they all have “blood on their h
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September 20, 2015

In 1975, Darthard Perry, a former FBI agent, went on record and explained the lengths that the government goes to examine and study African American culture. The man, a self-proclaimed “infiltrator,” speaks – seemingly with pride – on how he helped tear down Black organizations and how the culture was flipped back on the people. “You can take their culture and use it against them,” he says in the video. The video is marveling to watch, albeit disgusting. The agent was interviewed by the legendary journalist Gil Nobel (RIP).

Documentary by Gil Noble on the intentional destruction of Black America by the FBI using infiltration, counter-intelligence programs and drugs. From Marcus Garvey to Paul Robeson to Martin Luther King to Malcolm X to Fred Hampton, to the Black Panthers to heroin and crack, the FBI has worked to destroy.
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September 25, 2015 Updated: September 25, 2015 9:02pm


A Houston defense lawyer is asking that murder charges against his client be dismissed because of prosecutorial misconduct.

Attorney Paul Morgan said Friday that charges against 49-year-old Vernon Brooks stemming from a 2012 shooting should be dropped because information that benefits his client was withheld by prosecutor Sarah Mickelson.

Morgan said the prosecutor broke the law and violated his client's constitutional rights by withholding information about paying three witnesses a total of $5,000 after they testified in a related case in February.

"Who knows what else has been withheld?" Morgan said. "We have a serious problem when prosecutors are hiding evidence."

Jeff McShan, a spokesman with the Harris County District Attorney's Office, said the office is investigating the allegations and plans to file a written response in the case.

Attempts to reach Mickelson on Friday were unsuccessful.

The accusation, which is spelled out in court records filed Thursday and Friday, is the latest in a string of allegations of prosecutorial misconduct at the district attorneys office. In two recent cases, a capital murder conviction was tossed out and murder case awaits a possible retrial.

In this case, Brooks and another man, Joseph Bailey, were charged with murder in the death of Sergio Saldana on Sept. 25, 2012.

Three former confederates of both men testified against Bailey in February, their time on the witness stand helping Harris County prosecutors secure a conviction. A day later, according to court records, the FBI paid them $5,000.

In general, exculpatory information in a criminal case is known as "Brady material" because of Brady vs. Maryland, the Supreme Court case that ruled evidence that helps a defendant must be released.

Before trial, Mickelson acknowledged that she intended to put several informants on the stand a
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EUR Exclusive: Original Black Panthers Open Up About Split in Party
'I Blame Huey'

Sep 26, 2015


*Now playing in select theaters across the country is Stanley Nelson’s “The Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution,” and as we previously reported, the doc is a riveting piece of history that explores in vivid detail the formation and impact of the original Black Panther Party. A must see for history enthusiasts.

In a two-part interview with one of the producers of the doc, 3-time Emmy award-winner Laurens Grant, along with original Panther members Mohammed Mubarak and Sherwin Forte, we delve deeper into the Party’s efforts and the events causing the subsequent split in the movement. Mubarak and Forte also open up on how they really feel about the so-called New Black Panthers.

The “Panthers” doc highlights the vital role that women played in the movement, and Mohammed confessed that many Panthers felt “Black women didn’t need to be liberated” because “they were already liberated,” through women’s lib and the efforts of Gloria Steinem and the Party’s own prevalent women such as Kathleen Cleaver.

Black Panthers

Laurens: We had so many rough cuts when we were making the film, and a lot of the women got cut out just for time. I watched the film and came in the edit room and asked ‘Um excuse me, where are the women? Where did that go?’ That needs to be a little bit more involved and included.’ Although there were many women leaders, I think with the Black Panther party it was a different set-up. People got in it, the means were different but the end game was the same, They wanted to participate in a whole different way, as Elaine (Brown) articulates in the film. Sex roles were reverse. Everybody had to participate.

Sherwin: There are many unsung women in the movement. Women have always been a part of the movement, and sometimes they have moved ahead of men in this quest for justice and respect. I think that our task is to make sure that they are really pushed to the forefront more than they have been. The perceived attempt to put them in the background is ill-founded. Black women have always stood by Black men in this struggle.
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Huey P. Newton

The “Panthers” doc explores the breakdown in the relationship between Huey P. Newton and Eldridge Cleaver. Sherwin explained how the split in the Party was something Huey caused after his release from prison and he Eldridge began to have a differing of ideas. Huey compounded the problem when he called Eldridge “a punk” during a live television interview.

Sherwin: You didn’t get Eldridge condemning Huey, you got Huey condemning Eldridge. The moment Huey got out of jail, he wanted to send a detachment of men to North Korea to help them fight this country. Huey wanted to be a Che Guevara.

Mohammed: When Geronimo Pratt got arrested in Dallas, with that group of Panthers, the FBI arrested him and all of those guys. Huey expelled everybody in the group. He considered them counter-revolutionaries. He didn’t want to have anything to do with them. Eldridge stood up and said, ‘You can’t do these people like that! These are some real soldiers. Why are you doing this?’ As a result of that fallout, a lot of people got hurt. Some people got killed.
Eldridge Cleaver

Eldridge Cleaver

Sherwin: They purged a lot of the original members. I think it was a betrayal and I blame Huey for that. That’s what the split came from. I don’t know what happened to him in prison. People talk about this kind of CIA program. I can’t address that because I don’t know what happened to him while he was locked up, but I think that when he first got out, he was still sort of in his revolutionary mode, wanting to send people to North Vietnam. Somehow, while he was out, his mind began to change and he began a purge of all the original members that he had talked to about this revolution.

Check back for part two where Mohammed and Sherwin discuss Huey’s descent into “gangsterism,” and their view on the New Black Panthers.

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