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Baltimore City Paper
http://www.citypaper.com/film/review.asp?id=4233

1/19/2005

DVD & Conquer | Skinny Suge Presents Stop Fucking Snitching Vol. 1

Review by Joe MacLeod

THE MOVIE Shot on the streets and in the homes and clubs of “Baltimore, Viet Nam,” “Baltimore, Murderland,” “the ’hood,” “ghetto,” “other Baltimore,” whatever you wanna call it, Skinny Suge, auteur, executive producer, and putative host, lays out the primary leitmotif of this release early on: “To all you rats, snitchers, lucky enough to cop one of these DVDs, I hope you catch AIDS in your mouth and your lips the first thing that die. Bitch.” A hate letter if you will, from some of the more “real” denizens of Baltimore to all those who would threaten a certain way of life cities like Baltimore have made famous, Stop Fucking Snitching looks like a low-budget outtake reel of thug-extra screen-test interviews for The Wire. But as you allow the depressing, enervating atmosphere of this video to settle over you like a cloud of sour dope smoke, you understand you’re not watching a bunch of nice actors spitting out words somebody else wrote for them on an important and critically acclaimed melodramatic examination of What’s Wrong With America. From the safety of your couch, you’re looking at places like Park Heights, East Lombard and Kresson, Streeper Street (“Niggers is sittin’ around actin’ like they hard, they gangster or ghetto, I’m eatin’ some chicken right now, you know what I’m sayin’, I’m a gangster, you know what I’m sayin’, we up in the ’hood, you know what I’m sayin’, where a lot of scared niggers scared to go at.”) and people you haven’t, wouldn’t, and don’t want to ever stare down, especially when they’re smoking their smoke and drinking their drink and displaying large watches with jewel-encrusted bezels and pulling shootin’ irons out on the corner as cop cars fly by on their way to deal with all the shit we see on the news and read about in the body-count column. NBA star Carmelo Anthony has received some bad press and a dressing-down from members of our national government for appearing in a segment of this thing shot in his old neighborhood, for his “I’ll put some money on his motherfuckin’ brains” remark in reference to a gentleman called Black, who is one of a few freestyle rappers featured intermittently between Suge’s pontificating and threatening remarks directed at individuals who are either “telling” on people trying to do business, or just complaining about the production values of their segment on One Love Films’ previous release, One Love Vol. 7, which was more musically oriented. Don’t pass up an opportunity to screen this, uh, public service announcement and learn a little more about your city, our city, Charm City.














Skinny Suge Presents Stop Fucking Snitching Vol. 1

Director:
Skinny Suge

Studio:
One Love Films/Skinny Suge Records


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SKINNY SUGE
STOP SNITCHING

Host Skinny Suge puts a raw gangsta twist, on this unique documentary about street life in Baltimore City, Maryland as seen through the eyes of the very people living in the game.

The 9th DVD in the series of videos from Producer Rodney Bethea, is a first hand account of the underworld's code of ethics and the dangers and consequences Baltimore citizens who inform local police about drug activity are dealt.

Includes the controversial cameo of NBA DENVER NUGGETS' STAR AND BALTIMORE NATIVE, CARMELO ANTHONY and has now prompted Maryland politicians to pursue national legislation and policy reform to protect state-turned witnesses against intimidation and potential physical harm.

Stop Snitching has been featured on CNN's Anderson Cooper 360, NBC World News, Fox 45 News, ESPN, New York Times, Washington Post, Baltimore Sun, Chicago Sun Times, USA Today, Film Maker Magazine, Don Diva, Sports Illustrated, and Slam. Unedited and grimy- reality gets no better than this!

Producer(s):
        RODNEY BETHEA
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04 - KURUPT / ORIGINALS
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See what the talk is about ... the controversial DVD starring the Denver Nugget's Carmelo Anthony!

This DVD has been featured on ABC News, Fox Sports Net, CNN and made the front page of The Baltimore Sun and has now prompted Maryland politicians to pursue new laws against witness intimidation many say have been sparked by this video! FREE SHIPPING! (Get your copy today! Limited Availability)

The Skinny Suge Records Stop Snitching DVD is hosted by Baltimore local celebrity Skinny Suge and exposes snitches in Baltimore and takes an in depth look at the widespread problem of snitching in the hoods of B-more.
Snitches get Stitches. Holla!
Produced by Skinny Sudge and Rodney Bethea.

The DVD called Stop Snitching -- guest-starring Baltimore's own Carmelo Anthony of the Denver Nuggets signals something isn't quite right on the streets of Baltimore.

But the filmmaker feels the news media has misrepresented this video, which Rodeny Bethea said was made for "entertainment purposes" and is basically a documentary about what's happening on the streets of Baltimore.

"It's no different than a documentary about a serial killer," says Rodney. He wants you to get a copy of Stop Snitching to see his side of the story! Watch the video and judge it for yourself.

Filmed in Baltimore, Maryland, this insiders look into the real underworld of criminals and consequences makes HBO's The Wire and The Corner look like childs play. The DVD features several scenes with NBA Denver Nuggets' star and Baltimore native, Carmelo Anthony. and reputed drug dealers threatening people who inform Baltimore police about drug activity. Anthony has been criticized for appearing in it, although he says he didn't participate intentionally. (yeah right!) When talking about a person named "Black," Anthony is heard saying: "I'd put some money on his motherf-- brains."
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Shown Above: NBA Denver Nugget "Carmelo Anthony"

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A TAINTED DEAL ALLOWED DRUG FLOW
http://www.motherjones.com/politics/1998/06/tainted-deal

DEA Chief Robert Bonner said CIA Smuggled Drugs


L.A. DEA Agent Unraveled the CIA's Alleged Role in the Murder of Kiki Camarena
http://www.laweekly.com/news/how-a-dogged-la-dea-agent-unraveled-the-cias-alleged-role-in-the-murder-of-kiki-camarena-5750278


"There is no question in my mind that people affiliated with, on the payroll of, and carrying the credentials of,the CIA were involved in drug trafficking while involved in support of the contras."—Senator John Kerry (1996)


We live in a dirty and dangerous world ... There are some things the general public does not need to know and shouldn't. I believe democracy flourishes when the government can take legitimate steps to keep its secrets and when the press can decide whether to print what it knows. -1988 speech by Washington Post owner Katharine Graham, CIA Headquarters
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review of the movie....


A Breakdown of Carmelo Anthony's 'Stop Snitching' Video 'Snitching' video betrays a muddled criminal mentality
Gregory Kane

http://www.baltimoresun.com/bal-...columnists


EIGHT DAYS before the words "Stop Snitching" became all the media rage in Baltimore, I saw them as I drove with my mother and uncle down Edmondson Avenue.

As we were stopped at the intersection of Monroe Street, I looked to my right at the boarded-up house with the wood painted in burgundy. Somebody had spray-painted in white letters: "Stop Snitching."

I knew what it meant, of course. I didn't have to wait for the revelation about the DVD called Stop Snitching -- guest-starring Baltimore's own Carmelo Anthony of the Denver Nuggets -- to know that something wasn't quite right on the streets of Baltimore.

Rodney Bethea feels there's something not quite right with us media types. Bethea is the co-producer -- with Skinny Suge -- and editor of Stop Snitching. He sells the DVDs in his Frederick Road shop for 10 bucks a pop. Bethea isn't a happy camper these days. He feels the news media have misrepresented the video, which Bethea said was made for "entertainment purposes" and is basically a documentary about what's happening on Baltimore's streets.

"It's no different than a documentary about a serial killer," Bethea said Sunday afternoon inside the One Love Underground store. Bethea didn't say much more than that. In fact, he was reluctant to sell me a copy of Stop Snitching. His attorneys had advised him not to talk to the news media. Bethea was worried that there would be more misrepresentation of Stop Snitching. I assured him I wanted not only to get his side of the story, but to watch the video and judge for myself if folks have legitimate reason to worry.

On that note, there's good news and bad news about Stop Snitching. The bad news is that, judging from the cover -- which shows three people who have been fatally shot under a caption that reads "Snitch Prevention" -- folks might indeed get the impression that this is a video that exhorts drug dealers and other thugs to kill potential witnesses, which is what Mayor Martin O'Malley, the Baltimore Police Department and prosecutors are worried about.

The "good news" -- if indeed it can be called that -- is that there are portions of Stop Snitching that indicate the threats made in the video are nothing more than part of the macho posturing common to today's hip-hop culture. Much of that posturing is in jest, as when Anthony's friends tell him that Larry Brown, the American 2004 Olympic basketball coach, will be lynched if he ever comes to Baltimore.

No one seriously expects Anthony's friends to lynch Brown, or even "bank" him, for that matter. If that threat can't be taken seriously, should we be alarmed about the others?

Anthony was clearly joking when he talked of "putting money on the brains" of a freestyle rapper named Black who had dissed him in a rap. Black's dissing of Anthony was more of that posturing I referred to. The "snitches" and "rats" talked about in the video aren't ordinary citizens who alert police about crimes, but hard-core criminals themselves who, when arrested, roll over on their friends in hopes of getting released or cutting a deal with prosecutors.

That kind of muddled thinking has been around a while. It didn't start with guys like Bethea and Skinny Suge in the Stop Snitching video. George Jackson, the Black Panther Party member famous for his prison writings Soledad Brother and Blood in My Eye, wrote years ago that the worst thing a criminal could do, in the eyes of his fellow criminals, was snitch on his "crime partner."

It's this criminal mentality and culture, which are rampant among some segments of black youth, that worry me more than the video. Anyone who wonders why there are more black men in prison than in college (if indeed that's true) needs only to watch this DVD. In what may be the only worthwhile segment of Stop Snitching, Skinny Suge chides some gangsta wannabe for not really being from the streets and advises him to return to Coppin State University and study law.

That scene may be lost on the target audience for Stop Snitching, which seems to be Baltimore's street thugs. But the thugs aren't the only ones watching. Police are now aware, and some of them probably figure that, thanks to Bethea and Skinny Suge, policing has never been easier.

Baltimore's teens have also discovered Stop Snitching. When I asked a group of six students at Southwestern High School if they had seen the video, five said they had. Two boys said Stop Snitching isn't the only video of its kind, that they're quite common and that they are the only type of movies they watch.

So in addition to fretting about whether Stop Snitching will increase Baltimore's homicides, you should also worry about something else.

What's your teen watching?

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A TAINTED DEAL ALLOWED DRUG FLOW
http://www.motherjones.com/politics/1998/06/tainted-deal

DEA Chief Robert Bonner said CIA Smuggled Drugs


L.A. DEA Agent Unraveled the CIA's Alleged Role in the Murder of Kiki Camarena
http://www.laweekly.com/news/how-a-dogged-la-dea-agent-unraveled-the-cias-alleged-role-in-the-murder-of-kiki-camarena-5750278


"There is no question in my mind that people affiliated with, on the payroll of, and carrying the credentials of,the CIA were involved in drug trafficking while involved in support of the contras."—Senator John Kerry (1996)


We live in a dirty and dangerous world ... There are some things the general public does not need to know and shouldn't. I believe democracy flourishes when the government can take legitimate steps to keep its secrets and when the press can decide whether to print what it knows. -1988 speech by Washington Post owner Katharine Graham, CIA Headquarters
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BASKETBALL: DVD with Carmelo cameo a rant about snitches
(FROM ESPN)
BALTIMORE -- Denver Nuggets star Carmelo Anthony might have provided celebrity appeal in Stop Snitching, a witness-intimidation DVD for sale on the streets of Baltimore.
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But law enforcement officials told The (Baltimore) Sun the profanity-laced production was aimed at Tyree Stewart, a man who once ran a $50 million drug ring in West Baltimore, now in prison and cooperating with investigators.

Stewart is the target of many of the anti-witness rants on the recently released DVD -- the seventh "Skinny Suge" production to hit the market, according to lawyers and law enforcement officials.

They say Stewart is believed to have helped federal authorities indict Solothal Thomas, or "Itchy Man," alleged by police to have been one of the most violent "enforcers" in the city.

Thomas has been acquitted of two murder and 12 attempted murder charges in state court. But several months ago, he was indicted on federal conspiracy charges that could carry the death penalty. "They're saying that Solothal Thomas and his brother did a murder-for-hire for Tyree Stewart's drug organization," Thomas' defense attorney Arcangelo M. Tuminelli told The Sun.

To understand the intrigue, one has to go back to the late 1990s, when Tyree Stewart -- also known as "Black" and "Blickie" -- ran one of the city's largest, and most profitable, marijuana rings.

He sold "Arizona" marijuana that he obtained from suppliers in New York, prosecutors said -- a high-quality form of the drug that sold in Baltimore for about $2,000 a pound.

At "shops" throughout the west side, workers packaged the drugs for retail sale managed by Stewart's "lieutenants." Stewart also sold wholesale, prosecutors said.

According to authorities, Stewart protected his territory. His enforcers intimidated potential rivals and protected his turf with violence -- including murder, prosecutors said.

In court papers, prosecutors say Stewart paid $10,000 for the 2002 killing of 21-year-old Terry Cheeks -- retaliation for a killing of one of Stewart's associates. Stewart also used Thomas as an "enforcer," they said.

But, by the early part of this decade, authorities were onto Stewart and his operation. Confidential informants had tipped off detectives. They watched drug transactions during surveillance operations at some of Stewart's shops, according to court papers.

In March 2003, investigators installed a closed-circuit television camera and an audio interception device in the kitchen and living room of the shop at 1809 W. Lanvale St. They also started monitoring Stewart's cell phones.

Over the ensuing months, investigators gathered evidence against the organization -- including Stewart's conversations about countersurveillance techniques. Authorities called it "Operation Arizona."

In August 2003, a federal grand jury indicted Stewart and 31 co-defendants for their alleged involvement in the drug trafficking enterprise. Agents also seized more than $90,000, handguns and four luxury vehicles -- including Stewart's $100,000 Mercedes-Benz CL.

"It was a huge case," said Anthony Barksdale, acting chief of the city's organized crime division, who spearheaded Operation Arizona.

Almost right away, according to court papers, Stewart began cooperating.

In one court motion, a federal agent details how, the day he was arrested, Stewart made a call to an associate, trying to get him to drop off money and a gun to an undercover officer.

Court documents suggest this wasn't a new gig for Stewart.

For instance, one defense lawyer noted in a motion that the Police Department had previously "handled Tyree Stewart as a confidential informant" -- the type of "snitching" the men on the DVD call unacceptable.

Law enforcement officials say they are frustrated by the pervasive street attitude that "witnessing" is poor behavior -- a sentiment clearly demonstrated in Stop Snitching.

In one scene, men sitting on the steps of a rowhouse express dismay after being asked about "Tyree" by someone off camera.

"Word is, they rats," one man exclaimed. "They got our hood so [expletive] up, where [people] think ratting is cool."

"Black changed the norm," the first man said, referring to Stewart by his street name. "Black made the [people] think it was cool to rat and get some money. That's why we got federal penitentiaries all across the country, where people say them Baltimore [people] rat."

In the scene involving Carmelo Anthony, the basketball player refers to Black and laughingly says that he might put some "money on his [expletive] brains."

It is unclear whether Anthony is talking about Tyree Stewart or a freestyle rapper in the DVD, who, in the preceding scene, seems to makes fun of the professional ballplayer. But many others in the DVD are clearly talking about Stewart.

"We see this group still concerned about a case that we took down a year and a half ago," Barksdale said. "They still feel this case. It still has a huge impact."

source

ESPN

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A TAINTED DEAL ALLOWED DRUG FLOW
http://www.motherjones.com/politics/1998/06/tainted-deal

DEA Chief Robert Bonner said CIA Smuggled Drugs


L.A. DEA Agent Unraveled the CIA's Alleged Role in the Murder of Kiki Camarena
http://www.laweekly.com/news/how-a-dogged-la-dea-agent-unraveled-the-cias-alleged-role-in-the-murder-of-kiki-camarena-5750278


"There is no question in my mind that people affiliated with, on the payroll of, and carrying the credentials of,the CIA were involved in drug trafficking while involved in support of the contras."—Senator John Kerry (1996)


We live in a dirty and dangerous world ... There are some things the general public does not need to know and shouldn't. I believe democracy flourishes when the government can take legitimate steps to keep its secrets and when the press can decide whether to print what it knows. -1988 speech by Washington Post owner Katharine Graham, CIA Headquarters
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‘Stop snitching’ DVD puts homegrown NBA star in verbal crossfire


Date: Monday, December 06, 2004
By: Gregory Kane, BlackAmericaWeb.com
http://www.blackamericaweb.com/site.aspx/bawnews/snitching1205

BALTIMORE – While the head of the Congressional Black Caucus called on Denver Nuggets forward Carmelo Anthony to condemn a DVD in which the basketball star appeared with men threatening “snitches,” the producer of the video said its message has been blown out of proportion.

Anthony appears in about six minutes of the DVD entitled “Stop Snitching.” Shot in September when Anthony was visiting his old block in Baltimore, “Stop Snitching” shows the basketball star’s friends joking about what they would do to Larry Brown, the coach of the Olympic basketball team who benched Anthony, should Brown visit Baltimore.

“We gon’ lynch his ass if he ever come here,” one guy says.

Later in the video, after some rapper named “Black” disses Anthony in a freestyle rap, the basketball star jokes that he might “put some money on his mother [expletive] brains.”

In other parts of the video, men — some of them brandishing guns — talk openly about the harm they wish would come to Baltimore’s criminals who get arrested and then roll over on others still out on the street.

“We got a lot of rats up here we wanna expose,” said one man speaking from Baltimore’s Park Heights neighborhood. “It ain’t too many of ‘em, cause we deal with them niggas.”

Saturday, U.S. Rep. Elijah Cummings, D-Md. — whose 7th District includes Anthony’s old neighborhood and the neighborhoods where the DVD was shot — in a written statement called on the National Basketball Association star to “take immediate action to formally condemn any association by its players with activities that promote the illegal drug trade,” the Baltimore Sun reported.

But Rodney Bethea, who produced the 108-minute DVD with a man named “Skinny Suge” — who appears in the video — said the police and media have exaggerated the message in “Stop Snitching.”

“It was for entertainment purposes only,” Bethea told BlackAmericaWeb.com Sunday from his “One Love Underground” shop in Southwest Baltimore, where he sells “Stop Snitching” for $10 a piece. “It’s a documentary about what’s going on in the streets of Baltimore,” said Bethea. “It’s no different than a documentary about a serial killer. The police and media have made it far more than what it was intended to be.”

Bethea said the laughter heard at some of the comments shows they were made in jest. At the start of the DVD, Skinny Suge talks about folks who donate money to help find a cure for AIDS and then, as others in the background laugh, says “I need y’all to donate to me information about these bitch-ass niggas … I hope they get hit by a milk truck and get creamed like a mother [expletive].”

In another scene a rapper named Tony O freestyles about a snitch in which he threatens to “destroy your house just like you had a hundred elephants in your crib.”

Moments later, he tells viewers “Don’t pay me no mind, ’cause Tony O just had some [expletive] on his chest.”

Bethea, who also edited “Stop Snitching,” was visibly miffed that none of the media outlets bothered to get his side of the story before printing or airing reports. The few comments he gave, he told BlackAmericaWeb.com, were against the advice of his lawyers, who suggested he not to talk to the media at all. It was only with great reluctance that he sold a BlackAmericaWeb.com correspondent a copy of “Stop Snitching.”

Anthony, in a Baltimore Sun story that ran on Dec. 4, tried to downplay his part in the video.

“I’m just on there,” said Anthony. “I understand that everybody is on there talking about killing and doing this and that, but it’s not like I’m on there with guns. I was back on my block, chillin.’ I was going back to show love to everybody, thinking it was just going to be on the little DVD, that it was just one of my homeboy’s recording.”

Anthony has at least one supporter in Baltimore. Terry Leverette, a basketball coach at Southwestern High School, said Anthony is “a fine young man” faced with some difficult choices.

“What happens in our community,” said Leverette, “is that we have relatives and friends and a lot of times we try to fit in. Carmelo’s really a stand-up guy, a good kid who’s dealing with stardom at an early age and you have the hangers-on and people who he knew and you have to come home sometimes.

“I guess the only way to alleviate a situation like this is to cut your family ties altogether, but who’s going to do that?”

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A TAINTED DEAL ALLOWED DRUG FLOW
http://www.motherjones.com/politics/1998/06/tainted-deal

DEA Chief Robert Bonner said CIA Smuggled Drugs


L.A. DEA Agent Unraveled the CIA's Alleged Role in the Murder of Kiki Camarena
http://www.laweekly.com/news/how-a-dogged-la-dea-agent-unraveled-the-cias-alleged-role-in-the-murder-of-kiki-camarena-5750278


"There is no question in my mind that people affiliated with, on the payroll of, and carrying the credentials of,the CIA were involved in drug trafficking while involved in support of the contras."—Senator John Kerry (1996)


We live in a dirty and dangerous world ... There are some things the general public does not need to know and shouldn't. I believe democracy flourishes when the government can take legitimate steps to keep its secrets and when the press can decide whether to print what it knows. -1988 speech by Washington Post owner Katharine Graham, CIA Headquarters
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Carmelo Anthony Featured In Drug Video
Nuggets Star Says He Threw Olympic Medal In Lake

POSTED: 4:58 pm MST December 2, 2004
UPDATED: 5:13 pm MST December 3, 2004

DENVER -- Denver Nuggets star Carmelo Anthony is featured in an underground DVD that is circulating in his home town of Baltimore, Md.

Carmelo Anthony appears in a DVD called "Stop Snitching" with a self-confessed drug dealer.

The DVD is called "Stop Snitching" and shows alleged drug dealers talking about what happens to people who cooperate with the police, and Anthony is standing next to one of them.

He is also seen on the DVD talking about his Olympic bronze medal and saying that he threw it in a lake. The man he stands next to later goes on to tell how he would take care of snitches by "putting a hole in their head." However, Anthony does not appear to be taking part in that portion of the discussion.

The DVD showed up for sale for $10 within the last week on Baltimore's streets. The production includes music, dancing and spoken messages, with clips showing men stuffing wads of cash into their pockets, driving in convertibles, smoking marijuana and flashing diamond-encrusted watches.

In one segment, Anthony stands on a street, wearing a red shirt and baseball hat and laughing while another man talks about life on the street, snitches and the NBA. Anthony, 20, doesn't respond to any of the comments about violence, except to laugh. The credits of the DVD include a special thanks to "Melo," Anthony's nickname.

The DVD is produced by an alleged drug dealer named Skinny Shuge.

Carmelo's agent, Calvin Andrews, told 7SPORTS that Carmelo did not know he would be in the video.

"I don't think he ever knew that this was going to be on a DVD and, if he did, I don't think he would ever get involved with it or have any affiliation with it at all," said Andrews.

Andrews said that Anthony grew up on the streets of Baltimore, where murders and drug deals happen often, but he doesn't expect a lot of people to understand that type of environment.

"I just think he was hanging out with some guys that he probably knew growing up and was just hanging out ... They got to talking and the last thing he was going to do is run away from it, so he just hung out with the guys. The last thing he thought is that it would be a production -- a DVD selling in the streets," Andrews said.

The DVD's cover bears the title, "Stop Snitching," and a photocopied image and name for the apparent artist, "Skinny Suge." The cover also has photocopied images of what appear to be dead shooting victims.

"How many kids do you think are going to watch this DVD and think it's OK because Carmelo was there?" asked Marc Cannadi, 37, an activist who spent 20 years in prison for armed robbery, attempted murder and drug distribution. "This sends an insidious message that drugs are the only way to achieve this type of success."

Anthony said Friday the DVD was made when he visited Baltimore last summer after the Athens Olympics.

Michael Millemann, a University of Maryland-Baltimore professor specializing in criminal law said the DVD didn't appear to give prosecutors reason to charge Anthony.

"Anthony didn't say it, so his mere presence is not enough to assume that he's got criminal liability," Millemann said. "And we don't know the context in which the speaker said it -- whether it was a joke or just a stupid comment or whether the speaker was intending to threaten someone."

But community activists in Baltimore's inner city say Anthony's appearance in the DVD, even if unintentional, could make their jobs harder.

"There's nothing wrong for the guys who make it out of the ghetto to come back to the dirt. But come back and make a real difference," said Walker Gladden III, an activist who mentors children in areas of high drug trafficking. "If he was here talking about positive things in our community, how many kids would come running to see what that was about?"

Benita Paschall, executive director of the Baltimore Prevention Coalition, said the DVD might be "far more harmless than we think it is. It could be no more dangerous than the stuff they're already seeing on MTV or other places. On the other hand, it's certainly difficult for us to compete with these kinds of messages."

Anthony said the DVD was no worse than commercial productions.

"You watch music videos all day and see that," he said. "You could say the same thing if I was in a music video. I'm not really concerned about it. ... I don't hang with drug dealers. I surround myself with good people."

Matt Jablow, a spokesman for Baltimore's police department, said Friday that police "are quite familiar with most of the people shown on the DVD."

He said no arrests were planned. "Anybody can make a DVD; it's not illegal."

Mayor Martin O'Malley did not respond to requests for comment Friday.

Since a 2001 firebombing deaths of neighborhood activist Angela Dawson, her husband and five of her children after she reported a dealer to police, O'Malley has mounted a "Believe" advertising campaign asking residents to cooperation with police.

Dawson's mother, Donnell Golden, called the DVD a reflection of life in some Baltimore neighborhoods.

"That DVD is telling people straight up what's going to happen to them," Golden said. "Some people are going to stand up to the dealers anyway, and some are going to back away. It's a choice that each person has to make. My daughter didn't look away. She did what we should all do. Stand up and fight."



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A TAINTED DEAL ALLOWED DRUG FLOW
http://www.motherjones.com/politics/1998/06/tainted-deal

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BALTIMORE -- NBA basketball player Carmelo Anthony will help with a state campaign against drugs and violence following criticism over his appearance in a DVD that warned witnesses against working with the police.

State and federal officials approached Anthony about taking part in the campaign in hopes that his star status will be a draw for urban youth, but his exact role has not been determined.

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The Denver Nuggets player appears briefly on a DVD titled "Stop Snitching" that has circulated on Baltimore's streets since November. The DVD features young men who display guns and expensive watches, smoke marijuana and threaten the lives of criminals who become police informants.

Anthony, a Baltimore native, appears briefly on the DVD. He doesn't respond to any of the comments on tape but appears in the DVD's credits.

The DVD prompted state lawmakers to propose legislation strengthening penalties for witness intimidation. Gov. Robert Ehrlich mentioned it in his State of the State address last week, calling it a "wake-up call for all of us."

The Baltimore City State's Attorney Office, which is pushing for tougher witness intimidation laws, applauded Anthony's decision.

"We need all the help we can get to deliver a message to our citizens that we need their help their cooperation," spokeswoman Marti Burns said. "This a very real problem that happens in our courtrooms everyday."

Anthony later said in a statement that he doesn't approve of the DVD's contents and didn't know it was being made.

"I'm completely against violence and drugs -- that's not me," Anthony told The Washington Post. "I just want to get the word out. I've lost friends to violence. I would never support anybody harming anyone ... I just want to help."

According to state officials, Anthony does not condone drugs or violence, and he wants to get involved in the right way.

"We were approached by Carmelo Anthony's representatives through the legal office regarding public service announcements and being involved in some kind of violence prevention program," said Betsy Nessen Merrill, of the Governor's Office of Community Initiatives.

"From what I understand, he is a very nice young man, and they don't want him to be targeted as a bad boy. He really is a good guy and wants to help, and I think reaching out to the community shows that he really wants to help," Merrill added.

Ehrlich's office approached Anthony weeks ago about taking part in a program to counter the DVD's message. Rep. Elijah Cummings, D-Md., said his office was also talking with the NBA player's representatives.

"The power of his image and the influence he could wield, especially among young people who see him as a role model, would have a positive impact," Cummings said.

Negotiations have centered on what type of format would be best for Anthony, according to Lindsay Kagawa, director of community affairs for California-based BDA Sports Management, which represents Anthony.

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Sunday, January 16, 2005

THE YEAR'S MOST DANGEROUS INDEPENDENT FILM?

Somehow, I don't think the folks at Apple promoting iMovie had this in mind.

From today's New York Times comes this very disturbing article by Fox Butterfield about the methods by which youth gangs are threatening grand jury witnesses. (Times registration required.) The article talks about a two-hour DVD doc entitled Stop Snitching being distributed "grass-roots style" in local neighborhoods which puts out a threatening message to witnesses of violent crime.

After detailing several instances where witnesses around the country have been murdered because of their grand jury testimony, the article notes:

"And in each city, CD's and DVD's titled Stop Snitching have surfaced, naming some people street gangs suspect of being witnesses against them and warning that those who cooperate with the police will be killed. To underscore its message, the Baltimore DVD shows what appears to be three dead bodies on its back cover above the words 'snitch prevention'... [The DVD] features young men smoking marijuana, flashing wads of $100 bills, waving guns and making violent threats, some against specific witnesses. 'He's a rat, a snitch,' one man sings, continuing with obscenities. 'He's dead because I don't believe he's from the 'hood.'

The maker of the DVD has said he was only documenting the attitudes and concerns of people in West Baltimore."

The article goes on to talk about the DVD's celebrity cameo:

"The DVD has drawn particular attention because of the appearance on it of Carmelo Anthony, 20, a National Basketball Association star with the Denver Nuggets who grew up in Baltimore. Mr. Anthony does not make any threats in the DVD.

Calvin Andrews, Mr. Anthony's agent, said, 'He was not aware a DVD was being produced. He was just hanging out with some guys from the neighborhood who had a video camera.' Mr. Andrews added of Mr. Anthony: 'He doesn't condone the message about intimidation.'"

A column by Gregory Kane in the Baltimore Sun details another side to the story:

"Rodney Bethea feels there's something not quite right with us media types. Bethea is the co-producer -- with Skinny Suge -- and editor of Stop Snitching. He sells the DVDs in his Frederick Road shop for 10 bucks a pop. Bethea isn't a happy camper these days. He feels the news media have misrepresented the video, which Bethea said was made for 'entertainment purposes' and is basically a documentary about what's happening on Baltimore's streets.

'It's no different than a documentary about a serial killer,' Bethea said Sunday afternoon inside the One Love Underground store. Bethea didn't say much more than that. In fact, he was reluctant to sell me a copy of Stop Snitching. His attorneys had advised him not to talk to the news media. Bethea was worried that there would be more misrepresentation of Stop Snitching. I assured him I wanted not only to get his side of the story, but to watch the video and judge for myself if folks have legitimate reason to worry."

Kane goes on to watch the video and while he does not exactly give it a "thumbs up," he does discuss how the threats contained within it are, in parts of the piece, clearly "nothing more than part of the macho posturing common to today's hip-hop culture."

Kane's article wraps up, though with a closer that has the punch of an urban-themed Ring:

"When I asked a group of six students at Southwestern High School if they had seen the video, five said they had. Two boys said Stop Snitching isn't the only video of its kind, that they're quite common and that they are the only type of movies they watch."

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Wesley Adams, a prosecutor in Patricia C. Jessamy's office, says witness intimidation is an ongoing problem.



Patricia C. Jessamy, the state's attorney for Baltimore City, wants witness intimidation classified as a felony.


January 16, 2005
Guns and Jeers Used by Gangs to Buy Silence
By FOX BUTTERFIELD
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BOSTON, Jan. 15 - In Boston, a witness to a shooting by a member of a street gang recently found copies of his grand jury testimony taped to all the doors in the housing project where he lives.

In Baltimore, Rickey Prince, a 17-year-old who witnessed a gang murder and agreed to testify against the killer, was shot in the back of the head a few days after a prosecutor read Mr. Prince's name aloud in a packed courtroom.

And in each city, CD's and DVD's titled "Stop Snitching" have surfaced, naming some people street gangs suspect of being witnesses against them and warning that those who cooperate with the police will be killed. To underscore its message, the Baltimore DVD shows what appears to be three dead bodies on its back cover above the words "snitch prevention."

These are only a few examples of what the police, prosecutors and judges say is a growing national problem of witness intimidation by youth gangs that in some cities is jeopardizing the legal system and that bears striking similarities to the way organized crime has often silenced witnesses.

"Witness intimidation has become so pervasive that it is ruining the public's faith in the criminal justice system to protect them," said Judge John M. Glynn of Baltimore City Circuit Court. "We are not much better off than the legal system in Mexico or Colombia or some other sad places."

The intimidation has gone hand in hand with a sharp increase in the number of youth street gangs, not just in their traditional strongholds like Los Angeles and Chicago but also in affluent parts of Northern Virginia, as well as in Denver and in Raleigh-Durham, N.C. In New York City, hundreds of witnesses in court cases report being threatened every year, and at least 19 have been killed since 1980, according to law enforcement officials.

The latest F.B.I. Uniform Crime Report, for 2003, showed that while overall crime has stayed level or has fallen slightly in the past four years, juvenile gang homicides have jumped 25 percent since 2000.

The trend has led the bureau to make a major switch in the past six months, making combating street gangs its top criminal priority, said Chris Swecker, an assistant director of the F.B.I. who heads its criminal division. The change is particularly significant because since the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, the bureau has made counterterrorism its main job and has cut back on some of its domestic crime fighting.

Mr. Swecker said the bureau was now planning to go after youth gangs the way it went after the Mafia starting in the 1970's, trying to dismantle whole gangs in a coordinated nationwide effort. To accomplish this, the F.B.I. will create a national gang intelligence center, with a database on all gangs and members. The bureau is also ordering its 140 Safe Streets task forces to devote more effort to gangs.

And youth gangs have been reclassified, in bureau terminology, to "criminal organizations and enterprises" from "violent criminal offenders," placing them on a par with the Mafia. Mr. Swecker said the bureau would now also use tough federal racketeering laws and seek long federal sentences.

Police chiefs and prosecutors call the effort welcome. William Bratton, the Los Angeles police chief, said street gang killings made up more than half of the 515 homicides in the city last year, including a number of witnesses. Mr. Bratton said that over the past year he had had a number of talks with Robert S. Mueller III, the director of the F.B.I., urging him to make street gangs the bureau's top priority. "In this country, street gangs are a national problem and are taking more lives than all the civilians lost to Al Qaeda last year," Mr. Bratton said.

One of the obstacles to combating the Mafia, and to defeating youth gangs, is the "code of silence" they encourage, often by intimidating witnesses, Mr. Swecker said. One advantage the F.B.I. will have is that by bringing federal charges against street gang members, witnesses can be placed in the federal witness protection program and given new identities.

Prosecutors say the need for protection is critical. Daniel Conley, the district attorney for Suffolk County, Mass., which includes Boston, said his prosecutors had seen intimidation in more than 90 percent of cases in the past two years that involved guns, gangs or serious violence.

Wesley Adams, who prosecutes homicides for the state's attorney of Baltimore City, said virtually all of his cases that were not domestic homicides were hampered by witness intimidation. In 2003, Mr. Adams said, when he tried nine homicides, 23 of the 35 witnesses he managed to get to the stand either recanted or lied, and that was not counting many others who were too scared and simply disappeared.

Under a program started in August, two Baltimore City detectives have been assigned full time to try to find missing witnesses. They are currently looking for 77 people.

Jackie Davis, the mother of Rickey Prince, the teenage witness murdered in Baltimore, said in a telephone interview, "This witness intimidation makes a joke of the justice system, and it's not all on the criminals." Ms. Davis said the constitutional right granted defendants to learn the identity of witnesses against them in pretrial discovery is a built-in mechanism for gang members to make threats, often against poor people who live in the same neighborhoods and have nowhere to hide.

Although the two men who shot her son have subsequently been tried and convicted, Ms. Davis said, "I got no closure." She said she was threatened herself for testifying against the killers and has had to give up her job and move out of state at her own expense.

Only a handful of states have witness protection programs, including Rhode Island, Ohio, Colorado and California. But prosecutors and the police say that they tend to have only a small amount of money to pay for temporarily moving witnesses to another part of a city before a trial and that the protection ends when the trial is completed.

Mr. Conley, the Suffolk County district attorney, is working with Massachusetts officials to create a state witness protection program here and to try to pass legislation that would make it a crime for anyone to distribute grand jury testimony, as happened with the witness who saw his testimony taped to the doors in the Franklin Hill housing project where he lived.

In Maryland, Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. and Patricia C. Jessamy, the state's attorney for Baltimore City, are supporting a bill that would reclassify witness intimidation as a felony, instead of a misdemeanor, and raise the maximum punishment to 20 years in prison, from 5 years.

The bill would also create a "hearsay exception" that would allow past statements by witnesses to be admitted at a trial if the witness disappeared or was unwilling to testify.

Mr. Conley said, "We have always had witness intimidation, but it has gotten much worse in the past couple of years."

Some of the problem, he said, results from the tight-knit geography of poor neighborhoods where witnesses and gang members often know one another. So threats are easy to make and hard for law enforcement to stop.

But gang members have become more brazen, too, Mr. Conley said. In Boston last month, at a trial of two gang members accused of killing a 10-year-old girl, some spectators came to the courtroom wearing T-shirts that said "Stop Snitching."

Judge Glynn in Baltimore said he had seen spectators in courtrooms using their cellphones to send text messages to friends reporting on who had testified as witnesses and what they had said.

Judge Glynn recalled that one witness, a middle-aged woman who had seen the killing of a bail bondsman by a drug gang leader, was so scared she could not open her mouth on the stand. When the defendant's lawyer questioned her, she said nothing and even after the judge interceded, she remained silent for minutes.

Finally, Judge Glynn said, out of earshot of the lawyer and prosecutor, he asked her if she was afraid to tell her story. "Yes," she said.

Last month, the Baltimore police found that a two-hour DVD titled "Stop Snitching" was being sold on the street. It features young men smoking marijuana, flashing wads of $100 bills, waving guns and making violent threats, some against specific witnesses. "He's a rat, a snitch," one man sings, continuing with obscenities. "He's dead because I don't believe he's from the 'hood."

The maker of the DVD has said he was only documenting the attitudes and concerns of people in West Baltimore.

The DVD has drawn particular attention because of the appearance on it of Carmelo Anthony, 20, a National Basketball Association star with the Denver Nuggets who grew up in Baltimore. Mr. Anthony does not make any threats in the DVD.

Calvin Andrews, Mr. Anthony's agent, said, "He was not aware a DVD was being produced. He was just hanging out with some guys from the neighborhood who had a video camera." Mr. Andrews added of Mr. Anthony: "He doesn't condone the message about intimidation." The case of Mr. Prince, the Maryland teenager murdered after his name was read in court, illustrates the difficulty of protecting witnesses.

Mr. Prince had seen the killing of a gang member in suburban Baltimore County, outside the city of Baltimore, and at the urging of his mother had given a statement to the police. Ms. Davis, his mother, said that he soon began receiving threats.

Ms. Davis said she believed that her son's name was revealed through pretrial discovery and that the defendant, Jerrard Bazemore, 18, tipped his fellow gang members.

Ms. Davis said she appealed to the Baltimore County assistant state's attorney handling the case for help in relocating her family. "They blew me off," Ms. Davis said, "They said they didn't have any money." Steve Bailey, the deputy state's attorney for Baltimore County, disputed that. "An offer was made," Mr. Bailey said. "Rickey Prince refused."

The day the trial was to begin, April 15, 2003, Mr. Prince received a call saying he would not need to testify, Ms. Davis said.

She said that he was not told by prosecutors that Mr. Bazemore had agreed to plead guilty, and that in a courtroom packed with the defendant's friends, a prosecutor had read out Mr. Prince's name, saying, "Rickey Prince would testify that he saw the defendant shoot at the victim's group."

At that, the courtroom erupted, according to later testimony.

"But Rickey didn't know, and he continued going to school and working at a restaurant," his mother said.

Mr. Bazemore's friends in court that day included Christopher Mann, 20. Several days later, Mr. Mann and another gang member seized Mr. Prince, drove him to a landfill and shot him, according to later testimony. Mr. Mann and his accomplice, Tayvon Whetstone, 19, were convicted of murdering Mr. Prince.

"The motive for the killing was based on his name being read out in open court; it was retaliation," said Lisa Goldberg, the assistant state's attorney for Baltimore City who prosecuted the two men.

Mr. Bailey, the deputy state's attorney for Baltimore County, said Maryland law required that Mr. Prince's name be read out. Other prosecutors disagreed, saying the law requires only that the judge be told of the existence of a witness and what he would say. "I don't know why his name was read out," Ms. Goldberg said. "In Baltimore City, in a plea bargain, we would just tell the judge we have a witness who would testify, to show there is a factual basis for the plea."

Ms. Davis said simply, "They've got to find a better way to handle witnesses."




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Carmelo Anthony, right, appears in a video titled "Stop Snitching."



N.B.A. Star Is Shown in an Intimidation Video
By ANTHONY RAMIREZ

Published: January 16, 2005

Apart from the profanities, the homemade DVD appeared to be someone's neighborhood movie, with bad sound, hand-held jumpiness, and, every once in a while, an open-mouthed teenager leaping across the camera.

What distinguishes the DVD and troubles prosecutors across the country are the threats to witnesses and the presence of Carmelo Anthony, a 20-year-old National Basketball Association star who is instantly recognizable in crime-plagued neighborhoods like the one in Baltimore where he was raised.
       
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The intimidation of court witnesses by youth gangs is a growing national problem.

On the DVD, "Stop Snitching," Mr. Anthony is shown in Baltimore, where a 17-year-old who witnessed a gang murder and agreed to testify against the killer was shot in the back of the head a few days after his name was read in court.

Wearing a bright red shirt and a backward red baseball cap, Mr. Anthony does little in the video: He smiles, he doubles over with laughter, and mostly just paces, even when another man, in a direct rant to the camera, says that he will "put a hole" in the head of people who cooperate with the police.

Mr. Anthony was a high school player in Baltimore and played at Syracuse University before being drafted by the Denver Nuggets of the N.B.A. The DVD appeared in December. Although Mr. Anthony appears for about six minutes in the two-hour video, it quickly attracted media attention.

On Dec. 7, on his official Web site, Mr. Anthony said he was filmed "this past summer" visiting with "people from my old neighborhood." He said he was unaware that a DVD would be made. "I definitely don't approve of its content," he said.

Still, he was criticized by community activists in Baltimore and elsewhere.

According to the Baltimore police, no crime has been committed. The N.B.A. has not commented.

When word spread of Mr. Anthony's involvement, the DVD, which sold for $10 on the Baltimore street, sold for more than $100 on eBay. Yesterday, five eBay sellers were offering the DVD. There were no bids.








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Stop-'snitching' graffiti mar a wall of 1st Mariner Arena
Writing names witness, angers city prosecutor
By Julie Bykowicz
Sun Staff
February 1, 2005
http://www.stattorney.org/wiarticle03.html
The graffiti yesterday on Baltimore's 1st Mariner Arena read like an advertisement for Stop Snitching, a locally produced DVD that warns that people who witness crimes and cooperate with authorities - "rats" - will not be tolerated.

Scrawled in permanent black marker on the Baltimore Street side of the arena, the chest-high, 2-foot-tall passage said: "Stop [expletive] snitching. There a snitch name Juicey aka Tyrone Knox. Rat on whelles."

               
Knox, 21, testified last month against a co-defendant in a stomping death from June 2003 in Waverly. Assistant State's Attorney Cynthia M. Banks, who handled Knox's plea arrangement and prosecuted David Bell, one of the men he identified, said she was outraged to learn of the graffiti.

"This kind of thing makes my nights sleepless," Banks said. "I don't know how far to push a witness anymore. I don't know how we protect the witnesses. I am just at a loss as to what to do."

Baltimore prosecutors said the graffiti are yet another reminder of how bold witness intimidation in the city has become. They also pointed to the Stop Snitching DVD, popularized by the brief appearance of NBA star and Baltimore native Carmelo Anthony, as a sign of what Baltimore State's Attorney Patricia C. Jessamy calls a "conspiracy of silence."Both the graffiti and the DVD use profanity and street language to convey their message. In one freestyle-rap scene on the two-hour documentary, a man flashes a gun and threatens to destroy the home of anyone who gives evidence to police. The back cover of the DVD features what appear to be three dead bodies above the phrase "snitch prevention."

Jessamy said witness intimidation pervades nearly all of her office's homicide cases. And in his State of the City address yesterday, Mayor Martin O'Malley identified witness intimidation as a major public safety issue.

At least three witness intimidation bills are being considered by the General Assembly. Jessamy and O'Malley have said they support a measure proposed by Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. that would permit some statements by intimidated witnesses to be used in court even if the witnesses are not present. The bill also would increase the maximum penalty for witness intimidation to 20 years in prison.

However, prosecutors said it would be difficult to charge whoever wrote the graffiti with witness intimidation.

The graffiti had been removed by 2 p.m., arena officials said.

"This can't be tolerated," said Edwin F. Hale Sr., chairman of 1st Mariner Bank, who owns the Baltimore Blast soccer team that plays in the arena. "It's unbelievable. I just don't understand it."

Knox has been identified in public documents as a witness since June, and his name was displayed on the arena wall for at least six hours yesterday. Prosecutors said they were unsure what the "whelles" reference in the graffiti meant.

Banks said there were no signs of intimidation during Bell's trial, and she questioned why the graffiti appeared now, after Knox has testified. "Is it retaliation?" she asked. She said she didn't know what the intended effect of the message was, but she said Knox's mother, whom she called yesterday, was frightened by it. (Knox was behind bars at the city jail yesterday on a new charge.)

"There's a DVD out there," Banks said. "There are past instances of witnesses being harmed. If you put my name out there on a wall, I'd certainly be scared."

Banks said Knox might have been identified as a snitch because he became a "cooperative co-defendant" in the June 2003 murder case. He agreed to testify against two people he named as participants in the stomping death of Linwood Jones Jr. during a fight on Melville Avenue. Defense attorneys said he also named a half-dozen other people from the neighborhood who never were charged.

The death stemmed from a fight that began when Jones went to the Melville Avenue home of a man to confront him about an "interaction" with Jones' teenage son, according to the police report.

Jones fought with the man, who stumbled onto his porch and yelled for help, the report says. Knox testified that he and several other men, including Bell, rushed to the man's aid. Knox said they all began beating and kicking Jones and, when he fell to the pavement, stomped him until he stopped moving. The comatose Jones died a week later.

Banks said Knox was cooperative "throughout the process" and willingly testified against Bell. Charges against a second man Knox named were dropped because of a lack of evidence, Banks said.

As part of his plea arrangement, Knox pleaded guilty in June to second-degree assault and was sentenced Jan. 21 to a 10-year suspended sentence. First-degree assault and murder charges were dismissed.

After listening to Knox's testimony and other evidence, Circuit Judge Wanda K. Heard convicted Bell in a bench trial Jan. 13 of second-degree assault and acquitted him of first-degree assault and murder charges. He is to be sentenced Feb. 17.

Bell's lawyer, Margaret Mead, said she presented the rarely used defense of "defense of another" at the trial. When a person sees someone being attacked, he has a right to step in, she said.

Mead said she and Bell had long been aware of what Knox was going to say during the trial and "weren't afraid of his testimony." Knox's mother testified that her son was heavily intoxicated the night of the killing.

"My client has never threatened Tyrone Knox," she said. "He has no prior criminal record and is a well-respected guy in the neighborhood."

David Bohannon, law clerk for Circuit Court Judge John M. Glynn, noticed the graffiti on his walk to work yesterday morning. He said the phrase "stop snitching" drew his attention, and Knox's name seemed vaguely familiar.

He snapped a digital photograph and continued on to the courthouse. Once there, he confirmed that Knox was a real person - Glynn had been the one to sentence him last month - and notified the state's attorney's office.

"He was their cooperator," he said. "I thought they might like to know."
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Boston Globe Article
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Witness Bill Gets Clergy Support
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We live in a dirty and dangerous world ... There are some things the general public does not need to know and shouldn't. I believe democracy flourishes when the government can take legitimate steps to keep its secrets and when the press can decide whether to print what it knows. -1988 speech by Washington Post owner Katharine Graham, CIA Headquarters
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Alleged cameraman for 'Stop Snitching' video arrested
By Associated Press
Thursday, March 3, 2005
http://www.metrowestdailynews.com/national/view.bg?articleid=71340


BALTIMORE - Police arrested a 32-year-old man Wednesday who they say was the cameraman for the infamous ``Stop Snitching'' street video in which basketball star Carmelo Anthony appears briefly.
Akiba Matthews has been charged with possession with intent to distribute heroin and cocaine. Police said he had 198 bags of raw heroin, more than 100 gelcaps of heroin and 4 grams of cocaine when he was taken into custody at his west Baltimore home.
Besides doing the camera work for most of the DVD, which has been sold on Baltimore streets for $10 since November, Matthews also makes an appearance, telling police informants that he will ``do you myself,'' police spokesman Matt Jablow said.


The DVD shows Anthony laughing alongside a man who warns that people who tip police about drug deals will ``get a hole in their head.'' The DVD has prompted law enforcement officials to seek legislation to strengthen witness intimidation laws.
Anthony, a Baltimore native who plays for the NBA's Denver Nuggets, has said he wasn't aware of the DVD's message.
Matthews' arrest was the second of someone involved with the video. George Butler, 30, and 12 other people were indicted last month for their alleged roles in a large and violent drug trafficking operation.
In the video, Butler pulls a gun out of his waistband and says: ``We don't talk about what we're going to do. We just do it.''

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"There is no question in my mind that people affiliated with, on the payroll of, and carrying the credentials of,the CIA were involved in drug trafficking while involved in support of the contras."—Senator John Kerry (1996)


We live in a dirty and dangerous world ... There are some things the general public does not need to know and shouldn't. I believe democracy flourishes when the government can take legitimate steps to keep its secrets and when the press can decide whether to print what it knows. -1988 speech by Washington Post owner Katharine Graham, CIA Headquarters
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CARMELO IN LA LA LAND

By ROB MARKMAN
Carmelo is continuing to impress on the hard wood
Jeff Zelevansky
       
February 9, 2005 --

AT age 20, basketball superstar Carme-lo Anthony boasts NBA stardom, his very own signature Air Jordan basketball sneaker, a spot on the cover of the popular video game "NBA Live 2005," and legions of male fans and adoring female groupies. But the only woman on his mind is his fiancée, MTV’s sexy Boricua VJ, Alani "La La" Vasquez.

The romance has not only enriched Carmelo’s life, but it has also led the Denver Nuggets baller — whose father is Puerto Rican — to reconnect with his Latino roots.

"When I was young, my father spent a lot of time locked up, but I hear everybody loved him," he says, reminiscing about his Boricua pops.

The Brooklyn-born athlete never got the chance to know the man who he was named after; when Melo was just 2 years old, his father died of cancer. It was then that his mother uprooted the family from Brooklyn’s turbulent Red Hook projects to Baltimore, with hopes of a better life.

Still, while growing up, the hoops phenom harbored a strong sense of Puerto Rican pride. "Growing up I was always in my aunt’s house, and I started to [learn] about my culture and my background. It all started to make sense," he says. "I wanted to come out and represent my heritage."

And if Melo ever forgets about his roots, his beautiful wife-to-be is there to keep him grounded. "We relate because I’m 100% Puerto Rican," La La says. "That’s important to me, and I make sure he stays in touch with his Spanish side. There is no denying that you are Spanish with a name like Carmelo," the Brooklyn-born co-host of "Total Request Live" and "Direct Effect" giggles.

The two met through DJ Clue, La La’s "Direct Effect" co-host and close friend, and have been dating for close to a year now.

"He makes me laugh and he doesn’t take things too seriously," La La says of why she was first attracted to Carmelo. "In the world that we live in, everybody is mad and serious all the time, but he just goes with the flow."

Melo may be easygoing, but it’s La La who has given him the strength to endure his most difficult time. Recent months have brought a string of bad press and legal headaches. In October, he was hit with misdemeanor drug-possession charges, after an airport official found marijuana in his backpack. The charges were dismissed after Carmelo’s friend and traveling companion publicly stated that the drugs had belonged to him.

But in November, just as the clouds were beginning to dissipate, three men were arrested on extortion charges. Newspapers claimed that the culprits had tried to extort $3 million from the basketball star by threatening to release a videotape that revealed his involvement in a bar fight.

Then, in December, Melo appeared in the controversial DVD "Stop Snitching," which slammed police informants, again stirring up a whirlwind of negative publicity.

"I was at home, back in my neighborhood. I had no idea they were filming a DVD. [Mainstream America] don’t know that the drug dealers were like our role models because nobody from any Fortune 500 companies were coming to our neighborhood. That’s my fam, but I don’t condone [what they do]."

And throughout his troubling times, Melo found solace in his sweetheart. "When all of the negative stuff was going on, she kept me going," he admits.

La La says standing by her man came naturally. "It was hard for me because if he’s going through it, I feel like I’m going through it," the 25-year-old says. "What kind of person would I be if I was only around for the good?"

Carmelo clearly knew that he had found a good woman. On Christmas Day, he proved his devotion by presenting her with a 9-carat ring and asking her to be his bride.

"Melo’s not a get-down-on-one-knee type of guy," La La says. "But he did it in his own way that was very romantic and special."

She’s hesitant to spill the details, saying that she tries not to talk about it too much because "those private moments are the only things we have for us."

La La did reveal that the proposal took place at their home in Denver.

She says that they plan to wed in the summer of 2006, possibly in Puerto Rico, although no formal arrangements have been made.

"We’re gonna have a wedding planner, and it’s going to be beautiful but we’re not really putting all that pressure on ourselves just yet," La La says. "Right now, we’re enjoying being engaged."

Carmelo is focused on playing in this year’s NBA All-Star game, which the Denver Nuggets will host on Feb. 20. "I gotta represent!" he says. "It’s my city!"

Meanwhile, La La’s star is on the rise. She’s currently gracing the cover of King magazine, steaming up newsstands with her sexy body. Asked if Melo was jealous when he saw the photos of his lady posing provocatively in lingerie, La La says, "Melo doesn’t get jealous. Why would he be jealous? He already has me!"

The VJ is trying her luck at acting — after appearances in "You Got Served" and "Soul Plane," she’s set to start filming "Four Point Play," a new basketball flick.

"I’ve been working hard for a long time," La La says. "And then, when you add something beautiful happening in my personal life, it just makes everything come together."

As she talks about Melo, you can picture the Puerto Rican power couple watching sports and music videos on TV or laughing over some home cooking. But what exactly would they be eating?

"Melo’s favorite dish is Hamburger Helper!" La La exclaims with a laugh. "It takes me five minutes to make. My mom hates it and says it’s slop, but that’s his favorite. He loves it."

Catch the NBA All Star Game live on Feb. 20 at 8:30 p.m. on TNT.

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"There is no question in my mind that people affiliated with, on the payroll of, and carrying the credentials of,the CIA were involved in drug trafficking while involved in support of the contras."—Senator John Kerry (1996)


We live in a dirty and dangerous world ... There are some things the general public does not need to know and shouldn't. I believe democracy flourishes when the government can take legitimate steps to keep its secrets and when the press can decide whether to print what it knows. -1988 speech by Washington Post owner Katharine Graham, CIA Headquarters
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U.S. REP ELIJAH CUMMINGS

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"There is no question in my mind that people affiliated with, on the payroll of, and carrying the credentials of,the CIA were involved in drug trafficking while involved in support of the contras."—Senator John Kerry (1996)


We live in a dirty and dangerous world ... There are some things the general public does not need to know and shouldn't. I believe democracy flourishes when the government can take legitimate steps to keep its secrets and when the press can decide whether to print what it knows. -1988 speech by Washington Post owner Katharine Graham, CIA Headquarters
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GOVERNOR OF MARYLAND

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"I once knew this snitch by the name of Q-Tip
Who said he had a problem with this gangsta shit
Behind closed doors, he's runnin his mouth like he's tweakin'
Till this nigga called Dub' caught him slippin'
Tied his ass up and threw him in a trunk
Put an apple in his mouth and dug his ass out
About a month later, they found his body stashed
IN A TRASH BAG, WITH A CUCUMBER IN HIS ASS!"

-From the song "Cross 'Em Out And Put A 'K" on the album "BOW DOWN" by the Westside Connection (1996)


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"There is no question in my mind that people affiliated with, on the payroll of, and carrying the credentials of,the CIA were involved in drug trafficking while involved in support of the contras."—Senator John Kerry (1996)


We live in a dirty and dangerous world ... There are some things the general public does not need to know and shouldn't. I believe democracy flourishes when the government can take legitimate steps to keep its secrets and when the press can decide whether to print what it knows. -1988 speech by Washington Post owner Katharine Graham, CIA Headquarters
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Stop Snitching T-shirts on Sale

Apr 30, 2005 3:14 pm US/Eastern
BALTIMORE (AP) -- T-shirts with the phrase "Stop Snitching" are
making authorities cringe.
The shirts are hitting stores months after a DVD called "Stop
Snitching" began circulating on Baltimore streets. The video warns
people they could be killed for cooperating with police.
"It's incredible that anyone, particularly a business owner in
Baltimore City, would try to make a buck off this while our police
officers are on the streets every day working to make our city
safer," said Raquel Guillory, a spokeswoman for Mayor Martin
O'Malley. "We need everyone to join us in this effort and not work
against us."
Baltimore prosecutors have said that witness intimidation
hampers their efforts to convict criminals -- about one-quarter of
last year's gun cases, for example, were dropped because direct or
perceived threats created problems with testimony.
State's Attorney Patricia C. Jessamy pushed, with Gov. Robert L.
Ehrlich Jr., for legislation last session to crack down on witness
intimidation but had to settle for what she called a "toothless"
law.
The popularity of the Stop Snitching DVD and now the emergence
of the T-shirts, though, suggest it will take more than legislation
to change the pervasive street sentiment that "snitching" on
suspected criminals is wrong and could, at least in some cases,
draw retribution.
"It's very disappointing," police spokesman Matt Jablow said.
But those who buy such T-shirts -- and those who make or sell
them -- say the shirts are just fashion.
"I don't take it to heart," said Larry Smith, of Essex, who
recently bought a "Stop Snitchin" T-shirt from Changes, a jeans
and urban wear store in Eastpoint Mall. "I just like the shirt.
It's just a figure of speech."
The shirts, some of which simply say "Stop Snitchin," and
others that are more graphically embellished with shotgun targets
or other images, sell for about $19 to $28.
Changes officials said the shirts -- one of a variety of urban
T-shirts depicting rap lyrics, hip-hop artists or definitions of
common street sayings -- have been extremely popular. Changes
Enterprises -- which owns nine Changes stores throughout the region
-- had ordered hundreds of "Stop Snitchin" T-shirts and hats.
Antonio Gray, a buyer for the chain, said the stores are nearly
sold out of them.



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We live in a dirty and dangerous world ... There are some things the general public does not need to know and shouldn't. I believe democracy flourishes when the government can take legitimate steps to keep its secrets and when the press can decide whether to print what it knows. -1988 speech by Washington Post owner Katharine Graham, CIA Headquarters
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Police Counter Dealers' DVD With One of Their Own


Published: May 11, 2005
                       

BALTIMORE, May 10 - In an infamous DVD called "Stop Snitching," Baltimore drug dealers threatened to kill anyone who testified against them. On Tuesday, the Baltimore police countered with a DVD of their own: "Keep Talking."

Steve Ruark for The New York Times

Officer Namhyun Kim of the Baltimore Police Department on Tuesday gave a copy of the DVD "Keep Talking" to a man who asked not to be identified. The DVD is part of an effort to urge residents to report crime.

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Officers distributed 600 copies of the video in a drug-ravaged neighborhood of East Baltimore, in a direct response to the makers of "Stop Snitching."

"The men and women of the Baltimore Police Department would like to thank the producers of the 'Stop Snitching' video," Detective Donny Moses says in the new DVD. "In case you didn't know, you actually helped make Baltimore a safer city. If we didn't know before, now we know the faces in the game."

The police DVD includes footage from "Stop Snitching" and says that three people in the video have been arrested, including a man who appeared in it pulling a gun from his waistband.

Officers plan to distribute more copies of "Keep Talking" later this week in violent neighborhoods in the western and northwestern sections of the city and also plan to turn the video into a public-service announcement to be broadcast on local television stations.

The earlier DVD had drawn attention because of the appearance on it of Carmelo Anthony, a National Basketball Association star who grew up in Baltimore. Mr. Anthony has said he was unaware that he appeared on the video. He is scheduled to join Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. on Wednesday to start a separate anti-violence campaign.

While the police DVD speaks directly to criminals, its message, "keep talking," applies to others as well, said Leonard D. Hamm, the Baltimore police commissioner.

"What we're saying to the community," Mr. Hamm said, "is that we're going to help you solve crime problems so you can live decent lives, so people can sit on their steps again, so people can go to the store without being afraid because a neighborhood's inundated by violence."

The case for the DVD includes anonymous phone tip lines for reporting crime. So, too, do fliers the police are distributing with photos and names of those arrested and the charges against them.

In the neighborhoods where officers are distributing the videos, vacant houses stand out on block after block. When the police are not around, dealers work the corners, selling crack and heroin in a city with one of the highest drug-addiction rates in the nation. The drug trade, in turn, fuels violence in Baltimore, which had 278 homicides last year - a per capita rate five times greater than that of New York City.

The police say that violent crime has declined and that the number of homicides for this time of year has dipped to 83, compared with 93 last year. But they acknowledge that the city faces a daunting challenge in trying to reduce the murder rate, and that rampant witness intimidation hinders prosecution.

Prof. David M. Kennedy, director of the Center for Crime Prevention and Control at John Jay College of Criminal Justice in Manhattan, said the police video was a twist in efforts among law enforcement agencies to communicate directly with criminals. To succeed, Professor Kennedy said, such communication must be accompanied by evidence that the police will back up their threats with action.

"The key is to be credible," he said. By mentioning the arrests of three of the "Stop Snitching" stars in the new video, Professor Kennedy said, the police in Baltimore are sending a strong message "that says, 'Look, there are some things in particular that we won't stand for, and these guys didn't listen, and here's what happened to them.' "

The Baltimore police are also planning to install surveillance cameras in high-crime neighborhoods. They have recently begun shining spotlights from police helicopters onto drug corners, then quickly dispatching officers to try to identify suspected dealers. The department is also considering putting officers with binoculars atop lifeguard chairs in high-crime areas.

The videos heartened some who received them. Michael Booth, 36, an unemployed truck driver who described himself as a recovering addict, said he had known many people who had been killed on the streets of Baltimore.

"I believe that it will make a difference," Mr. Booth said. "Before, it was a case where your life was in jeopardy and you would be threatened and you would be scared if you reported violence. But now you feel like the police will step up to the plate and protect you."

Darlene Adams, 43, a grandmother who said she had seen dealers filming "Stop Snitching," said of the police video: "It will send a message to some, but some will think it's a joke. I pray it will make a difference."




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"There is no question in my mind that people affiliated with, on the payroll of, and carrying the credentials of,the CIA were involved in drug trafficking while involved in support of the contras."—Senator John Kerry (1996)


We live in a dirty and dangerous world ... There are some things the general public does not need to know and shouldn't. I believe democracy flourishes when the government can take legitimate steps to keep its secrets and when the press can decide whether to print what it knows. -1988 speech by Washington Post owner Katharine Graham, CIA Headquarters
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Baltimore's drug dealers asked to keep talking
       
                                                                                                       

http://washingtontimes.com/metro/20050411-100133-8193r.htm
BALTIMORE (AP) -- The Baltimore Police Department is daring drug dealers to make another video.
    With hip-hop music playing in the background, Detective Donny Moses looks out the window of a parked squad car and urges street thugs to keep bragging about the drug trade. But in a stern tone, the police spokesman notes that they will have to find another cameraman. Police arrested the last one a month ago.
    "Go ahead. Keep on talking. We're listening," Detective Moses says, turning to the squad car's driver and telling him: "Let's go, yo."
    The squad car moves out of the frame, ending the police department's response to "Stop Snitching," a homemade video that has been circulating on city streets. That digital video disc features drug dealers who warn residents that they could "get a hole in their head" if they cooperate with authorities.
    The police video, titled "Keep Talking," points out that three men who appear in "Stop Snitching" have been arrested since the DVD was released in November.
    "The Baltimore Police Department would like to thank the producers of the 'Stop Snitching' video," Detective Moses says. "In case you didn't know, you actually helped make Baltimore a safer city. If we didn't know before, now we know the faces in the game."
    Police plan to produce about 1,300 DVDs and distribute them to barber shops, churches and schools. It's part of a new strategy to fight violent drug dealers.
    "We're coming after you," Police Commissioner Leonard Hamm said. "That's the message."
    The police video includes footage from "Stop Snitching," showing the men who have been arrested. After a short clip of a scene with an arrested man, the video flashes the charges they face in red.
    "And they won't be coming home for a while," Detective Moses says in the video.
    The "Stop Snitching" DVD, which briefly features Denver Nuggets star Carmelo Anthony laughing as another man talks, has prompted law-enforcement officials to seek legislation to strengthen witness-intimidation laws. Anthony, who has said he wasn't aware of the DVD's message, said he will help with a state campaign against drugs and violence, amid criticism of his appearance in the production.
    Police also are distributing cards in especially rough neighborhoods that read: "By any legal means necessary."
    A pair of handcuffs is featured on the front, and the card includes a message on the back.
    "You were arrested today in a community that will no longer tolerate the violence that has plagued it for generations," the card reads. "Spread the word."

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We live in a dirty and dangerous world ... There are some things the general public does not need to know and shouldn't. I believe democracy flourishes when the government can take legitimate steps to keep its secrets and when the press can decide whether to print what it knows. -1988 speech by Washington Post owner Katharine Graham, CIA Headquarters
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New cards, DVD put message from police in hands of suspects

Hamm calls the tactics 'psychological warfare'

By Ryan Davis
Sun Staff
http://www.rebuildingmadison.info/sun4-10-05.htm
April 10, 2005

Baltimore police aren't just looking to arrest criminals anymore, they're trying to get inside their heads.

Officers are distributing cards designed to intimidate suspects arrested in East Baltimore, and the department is developing a video to counter a recent DVD in which potential witnesses are threatened. The Baltimore Police Department is even thinking about placing officers atop lifeguard chairs in the most violent parts of the city.

"It's psychological warfare," said Police Commissioner Leonard D. Hamm. "It's part of the crime plan to target violent people."

Much of the campaign is modeled after military tactics to demoralize and influence an enemy, and many say it demonstrates a local shift toward a style of policing that promotes direct dialogue among police, criminals and embattled communities. It also adds a new dimension to Baltimore's long-running struggle to reduce shootings and killings.

The city recorded 278 homicides last year, more than any other city of similar size.

"We don't think we can win over hard-core criminals with a 3-by-5 card or a DVD," said police spokesman Matt Jablow, "but we can make a difference with the people who are teetering."

Police have identified the three areas with the most homicides and shootings - in Northwest Baltimore, East Baltimore and West Baltimore. Police are swarming to those sections. At times, those parts of the city are flooded by 10 to 15 officers where perhaps one patrolled previously.

The new police commissioner also is pushing intelligence-driven policing that targets specific people in addition to areas.

In many ways, the new philosophy mirrors recent efforts in Boston, said Jean McGloin, a University of Maryland criminologist. Starting in the mid-1990s, police, clergy and other leaders there called regular meetings of suspected gang members. They told the men to start receiving assistance from social services and give up crime, or they would be hounded by police.

Such actions build on a widely held philosophy in policing: People make deliberate decisions to commit crimes, and those decisions can be influenced by altering their environment, McGloin said.

An example of such influence is heightening the perceived risk of committing crimes. Police do that by installing surveillance cameras, increasing street lighting or pushing a message that more police are on the streets, she said.

Stern warning

So as the 173 detectives of the department's organized crime division hit the streets in East Baltimore, they do so armed with cards that carry a stern message conceived by Chief Anthony Barksdale.

One side states: "By any legal means necessary."

The other reads, "You were arrested today in a community that will no longer tolerate the violence that has plagued it for generations. More officers are on patrol in this key area than ever before. The Baltimore Police Department will not reduce its enforcement until the violence stops. Spread the word."

On a recent night, officers searching a home in the 2400 block of E. Madison St. handcuffed three middle-aged women as police scoured the rowhouse for cocaine.

The women sat on the couch, their hands behind their back and the cards resting atop their thighs. One said she couldn't read it.

"When you put your glasses on, you're going to have to read that card," said Deputy Maj. Dean Palmere. "It tells you what's going on in your community." For example, he said, people breaking the law have a greater chance of being arrested because of increased enforcement.

The program reminds Allison B. Gilmore - the author of a book about psychological warfare - of the United States' and Gen. Douglas MacArthur's efforts to win over the Philippines during World War II.

When MacArthur temporarily left the islands, American planes dropped leaflets promising he would return - and that people who collaborated with the Japanese would be punished and those who supported the Americans would be rewarded.

Gilmore, a history professor at Ohio State University, Lima, said that much like military leaflets, the police cards aim to demoralize the enemy while winning over civilians.

"It's a long-term process of developing credibility," she said. "It's not going to change people's thinking in a couple weeks or a couple months. They're going to have to really follow through."

Some doubt whether such efforts can work in law enforcement.

"There is nothing wrong with the police business being on the lookout for good ideas, but I think we have to be concerned when too much energy is being spent on [public relations] machinations rather than on public safety," said Eugene O'Donnell, a professor at the City University of New York's John Jay College of Criminal Justice and a former New York police officer and prosecutor.

City police spokesman Jablow said the costs are minimal. The cards cost about $300, and the DVDs will cost about $1,300, he said.

Other efforts

Several other recent efforts by the Baltimore police also have psychological aspects, department leaders said. The city is installing well-marked surveillance cameras in high-crime areas. Its helicopter officers have been shining spotlights on known drug-dealing corners. And the department might place officers with binoculars in lifeguard chairs, where they can loom over drug dealers.

"We want them to look over their shoulder," Hamm said. "We want them to know we're watching."

Police officials soon expect to begin distributing 1,000 DVDs with their answer to Stop Snitching, a locally produced DVD that gained nationwide attention. The video featured professional basketball star Carmelo Anthony and, for many, was a disturbing reminder of the city's chronic trouble with witness intimidation. Throughout the 90-minute video, men with guns and drugs threaten the lives of people who "snitch" to police. Anthony has said he was unaware of video's message.

The police response - titled Keep Talking - is 90 seconds. It features scenes from Stop Snitching, video of people in handcuffs, and background music from the hip-hop song "Shook Ones," which is slang for a rattled criminal.

It opens with police Agent Donny Moses saying, "The men and women of the Baltimore Police Department would like to thank the producers of the Stop Snitching video. In case you didn't know, you've made Baltimore a safer city."

The images of two people in Stop Snitching flash onto the screen, followed by bold letters stating the criminal charges they face.

Gilmore, the military propaganda professor, said the most effective propaganda is specific and factually supported. Police say the video shows that they are backing up their word to crack down on targeted people responsible for violence.

Experts say it's crucial for the police to support their psychological campaign with physical presence.

"If MacArthur had never showed up again," Gilmore said, "nobody would have ever listened to the Americans."

To view a portion of the Keep Talking video, please go to http://www.baltimoresun.com/policevideo.

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    Baltimore, MD (AP) Baltimore police are countering a DVD drug dealers made called “Stop Snitching” with a video of their own: “Keep Talking.”

    “The Baltimore Police Department would like to thank the producers of the ‘Stop Snitching’ video,” Detective Donny Moses says on the police video. “If we didn’t know before, now we know the faces in the game.”

    “Stop Snitching,” which has been circulating on city streets, features drug dealers who warn residents against cooperating with authorities. The DVD briefly features NBA star Carmelo Anthony, a Baltimore native, laughing as another man warns that anyone who tips off police about drug deals will “get a hole in his head.”

    Anthony has said he wasn’t aware of the DVD’s message, has pledged to help with a state campaign against drugs and violence following criticism over his appearance in the homemade production.

    Officials plan to produce about 1,300 DVDs of “Keep Talking” and distribute them to barber shops, churches and schools.

    “We’re coming after you,” Police Commissioner Leonard Hamm said. “That’s the message.”

    On the police video, hip-hop music plays in the background as Moses looks out the window of a parked squad car and urges street thugs to keep bragging about the drug trade. But in a stern tone, the police spokesman notes they’ll have to find another cameraman— authorities arrested the last one, along with two others who appear in the video.

    “Go ahead. Keep on talking. We’re listening,” Moses says, turning to the squad car’s driver and telling him: “Let’s go, yo.”



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    Citizen Media, Gangsta Style

    stop snitching dvd coverThis morning, CNN did a story about an underground DVD making its way around the streets of Baltimore. The DVD, Stop Snitching, is hosted by "Skinny Suge," whom local authorities claim is a neighborhood drug dealer. It's basically a low-budget documentary that focuses on what happens to snitches who betray Baltimore gang leaders. "To all you rats and snitches lucky enough to cop one of these DVDs," Skinny Suge tells viewers, "I hope you catch AIDS in your mouth and your lip's the first thing to die." Along with Skinny, we get to meet a host of colorful Baltimore gang members strutting their guns and their bling bling, mixed with more messages about why it's a bad idea to cooperate with law enforcement, unless you want to end up "with a hole in your head."

    Thanks to the war in Iraq, we've seen a lot in the press about the way terrorists have taken advantage of low-cost media production tools like iMovie and Final Cut Pro. Just today another American hostage was shown on Al Jazeera, and not too long ago US forces got their hands on a videotape of a battle shot from the insurgents' perspective, probably for use in a pro-insurgency promotional video. The democratization of media production tools means that bad guys, as well as good guys, can use it for their own benefit. But apart from the Baltimore DVD case, I've seen very little regarding the role of video production amongst US gangs. As can be seen in this particular case, citizen's media has been turned on its head, being used to threaten the public from taking civic action, rather than using the technology to catalyze civic action.

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    How is Baltimore responding to this new trend? They've released their own 90-second video, "Keep Talking," featuring hip-hop music and cops with local street cred to send the message to the community that it's important cooperate with local authorities to get criminals off the streets.

    "The men and women of the Baltimore Police Department would like to thank the producers of the Stop Snitching video," detective Donny Moses says in the police clip. "In case you didn't know, you actually helped make Baltimore a safer city. If we didn't know before, now we know the faces in the gang. In fact, three of the people in the video have already been arrested and they won't be coming home for a while."

    "We did the video for two reasons," deputy police commissioner Marcus Brown told CNN this morning. "The first reason was to send a message to these thugs that if they're going to wave guns on camera, that if they're going to attempt to intimidate witnesses, if they're going to terrorize the neighborhoods that they're in, that the police department was going to target them, we were going to make them a priority, and that they would end up in federal prison, as they did in this case.... The other reason for putting out the video was so that we could reach out to some of the younger people who may have seen the video. And when they watched the video and see these criminals glorifying their lifestyle, we want to make sure that we put in the sequel that shows the end of what happens with these guys and the end for these guys typically is they're either ending up dead or they're ending up in prison."

    I went to the Baltimore Police Department's website to track down the video, but unfortunately it isn't online as of yet. CNN only showed a few seconds of it, but I'd be curious to compare it with the gang-created DVD. From what it sounds like, though, the police's 90-second video won't do much to combat what may be an expanding trend by gang members to use media.

    "When I asked a group of six students at Southwestern High School if they had seen the video, five said they had," Gregory Kane of the Baltimore Sun wrote recently. "Two boys said Stop Snitching isn't the only video of its kind, that they're quite common and that they are the only type of movies they watch."

    If that's the case, the police better start hiring local kids to counter the gang-produced videos with DVDs of their own. Just let them do it anonymously so they don't get clipped.... -andy

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    Police officers stand near a patrol car in this image from a Baltimore police DVD titled "Keep Talking." Both criminals and police in Baltimore have made DVDs to circulate in areas of urban blight. The drug dealers call their two-hour video "Stop Snitching," which warns people they could "get a hole in their head" for cooperating with police.

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    BALTIMORE -- Crime witnesses in this drug-plagued city are going into hiding -- not only from the criminals, but from the police and the courts.

    Afraid that drug dealers will kill them if they take the stand, an alarming number of witnesses in Baltimore are dropping out of sight, forcing authorities to find them, haul them into court and jail them in some cases to get them to testify.

    Some witnesses lose their nerve after receiving threatening notes, phone calls, visits or dirty looks. Others get the message from seeing what has happened to other people who testified.

    "It's a sad state of affairs," said Baltimore State's Attorney Patricia Jessamy.

    Witness intimidation is a problem across the country, but Jessamy said it has become a "public safety crisis" in Baltimore, where murderous drug gangs that hold entire neighborhoods in fear have carried out spectacular acts of retaliation, including killings, shootings, beatings and firebombings.

    Prosecutors in Baltimore estimate that 35 percent to 50 percent of nonfatal shooting cases in the city cannot proceed because of reluctant witnesses, and about 90 percent of all homicide cases involve some manner of witness intimidation.

    Criminals have been employing intimidation more often in the past three years for one simple reason, according to Jessamy: "It works."

    The problem has drug dealers and police battling on television and street corners for the public's loyalty.

    Both criminals and police have made DVDs to pass around blighted neighborhoods. The drug dealers' two-hour video, "Stop Snitching," warns people they could "get a hole in their head" for cooperating with police. The police DVD, which runs about two minutes, is titled "Keep Talking."

    Baltimore has a witness relocation program, but Jessamy said the city does not have the resources to guard anyone for more than 48 hours.

    The state legislature recently tried to address the problem by passing a law that allows out-of-court statements to be used in court if they are in writing, if they are given under oath and if in-court testimony is not available because of threats by the defendant.

    Meanwhile, Rep. Elijah Cummings, D-Md., is pushing legislation in Congress for $90 million to set up a witness protection program to help state and local prosecutors across the country.

    Mostly because of the drug trade, Baltimore has seen a rise in homicides over the past two years after several years of declines. The number of killings went from 253 in 2002 to 271 in 2003 and 278 last year. As of Wednesday, a little more than a quarter of the way through the year, there had been 72 homicides.

    Baltimore has had some dramatic examples of witness intimidation and retaliation.

    In January, a community activist's home was firebombed after she helped police fight drug dealers. She was not hurt. A federal grand jury indicted five men.

    In 2002 a Baltimore couple and their five children were killed by a drug dealer who set their home on fire after the husband and wife repeatedly called police to report drug dealing. The dealer pleaded guilty in federal court.

    Prosecutor Tony Garcia was trying a murder case when he walked outside the courtroom to bring in his next witness, a 19-year-old woman who had seen the defendant take a man into an alley with a gun to his head. The witness had vanished.

    "When we finally found her, the family told us she wasn't there, and she was in the house hiding under a table," Garcia said. A judge jailed her for about five months. The defendant pleaded guilty after the prosecutor secured a video deposition from the woman.

    In July, an 11-year-old girl and her mother took the stand against a man on trial on charges of killing the girl's father during an argument over a drug deal. Both testified to seeing DeAndre Whitehead, 20, kill the father.

    Despite their testimony, Whitehead was acquitted on the murder charge. However, Whitehead was accused of conspiring with a cellmate to kill the girl and her mother to prevent them from testifying. Whitehead got nearly six years in prison last week.

    Last September, the city established a detective unit to find witnesses who refuse to testify and haul them off the jail if necessary.

    But the program has some kinks to work out: Last week, a witness was brought to jail in the same vehicle as the defendant, who passed a threatening note, said Antonio Gioia, a prosecutor.

    Detective Byron Conaway, a member of the new unit, said about 25 reluctant witnesses have been jailed so far. They are usually held for only a few days.

    "I can understand a person being scared, but, you know, this is the life we live, so we have to make it as safe as possible," Conaway said.

    On the Net:

    Office of State's Attorney Patricia Jessamy: http://www.stattorney.org

    Baltimore Police Department: http://www.ci.baltimore.md.us/government/police


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    Friday, April 22, 2005; Page A16

    IN BALTIMORE, murders are up and convictions are down. You read that correctly: Even as the city has gained the dubious distinction of having the nation's highest big-city murder rate, prosecutors say that conviction rates in homicide cases are falling. The main cause is that, increasingly, witnesses will not cooperate or testify, often because they are afraid. And no wonder: Since last September seven witnesses have been shot or murdered -- a rate of about one a month. Other cases have been dropped for the same reason, not only in Baltimore but also in Prince George's County. This venomous trend, says the chief state prosecutor in Baltimore, Patricia C. Jessamy, "threatens to bring justice to a standstill."

    The state is taking a step in the right direction -- albeit a small step -- by stiffening penalties for witness intimidation and making it slightly easier for prosecutors to introduce hearsay testimony at trials when scared (or dead) witnesses will not or cannot appear. The question is whether more can be done. One proposal is to beef up resources for existing witness-protection measures, such as funds to put up witnesses in hotels or to pay their security deposits if they move. But the fact is that a fund for that purpose in Maryland, administered by the State's Attorneys' Association and replenished by court costs charged to defendants, already seems to provide all the money needed; the fund has never been depleted, and no state's attorney requesting a grant from it has been turned down.

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    Another idea, which would require the allocation of more money and organizational attention, is to create a program that attempts to replicate on the state level what the federal government does nationally to protect witnesses (usually from the mob): give them new identities and permanent new homes, possibly out of state. That approach would require help from federal authorities, but it may gain appeal as threats and violence against witnesses become the norm in some neighborhoods that combine high crime and low income.

    Still, the brainstorming of lawmakers may run aground on cultural realities. Well over half the witnesses in Baltimore who are offered assistance turn it down. Many of them, criminals themselves, prefer to go underground or wait out the threat -- anything to avoid the appearance of cooperating with the authorities, even if it means risking their lives.

    Perhaps police and prosecutors should take their cue from a DVD that made the rounds in tough inner-city neighborhoods a few months ago, warning people in violent terms to "stop snitching" to the cops. NBA star and Baltimore native Carmelo Anthony was seen in the video, though he later disavowed its message. Mr. Anthony, who plays for the Denver Nuggets, and other popular local figures, such as rap artists and movie stars, should be urged to make themselves available for a new series of videos encouraging people to help clean up their own neighborhoods by helping send bad guys to prison.

    Sound futile? To the contrary: What could be more futile than having police and prosecutors spend time and money pursuing murderers only to see them go free because witnesses slip from their grasp?


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    "Stop Snitching" Drug Trial Postponed

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    Baltimore, MD. (AP) A drug trial scheduled to begin today in Baltimore for the city man who recorded the notorious Stop Snitching' video has been postoned.

    Both sides were ready to go to trial today, but no courtroom was available. The new trial date is September 12th.

    Thirty-two-year-old Akiba Matthews is charged with cocaine and heroin possession and possession with intent to deliver.

    When he was arrested in March, police say they were able to identify Matthews from his appearance in the video. It surfaced late last year and threatens harm to people telling police about criminal activity. Pro basketball player Carmelo Anthony of the Denver Nuggets appeared briefly in the recording, though he denied knowing about the message of the video.
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    DIRTY DEED: 1538 N. Caroline Street, co-owned by Jada Pinkett Smith, is part of a drug-conspiracy case against a reputed Baltimore crime ring called the Rice Organization.
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            A Feb. 2 indictment of 13 men who federal prosecutors say are involved in a violent Baltimore drug conspiracy called the “Rice Organization” seeks forfeiture of co-conspirators’ assets—including an East Baltimore property that state records show is co-owned by actress Jada Pinkett Smith. The property, 1538 N. Caroline St., is a three-story corner building on a 1,440-square-foot lot in the heart of Oliver, a neighborhood long ravaged by the illegal-drug economy. The indictment does not mention what role the property played in the alleged conspiracy, only that the government would seek “all of the right, title and interest of Chet Pajardo, the defendant, in the real property and appurtenances” there.

    The $22,000 purchase of the house by Pinkett Smith (listed as “Jada K. Pinkett” in the property records; her middle name is Keran) and Chet Pajardo, a 36-year-old Owings Mills man named as a defendant in the case, was recorded with the Maryland Department of Assessments and Taxation on Nov. 17, 1994. At the time, Pinkett Smith was 23, had already appeared in her feature-film debut, Menace II Society, and was on theater screens co-starring with Keenan Ivory Wayans in A Low Down Dirty Shame. Less than three years later, in 1997, she married fellow actor Will Smith in a ceremony at the Cloisters in Baltimore County.

    Ken Hertz, senior partner of the Beverly Hills, Calif., law firm Goldring, Hertz, and Lichtenstein, who represents Pinkett Smith, told City Paper on Feb. 10 that the actress, who grew up in Baltimore and was living here in 1994, met Pajardo about 10 years ago, when Pajardo was working for United Parcel Service. “He was an acquaintance,” Hertz says, explaining that Pinkett Smith split the down payment with Pajardo and has been paying her share of the monthly mortgage payments ever since. She’s had no contact with Pajardo in many years, Hertz contends, and she’d forgotten she owned the building because her accountant made the monthly payments.

    Despite the neighborhood’s plight—two blocks away in 2003, for example, all seven members of the Dawson family were burned to death in their home by one of the drug dealers they’d been trying to run off—Hertz says Pinkett Smith’s was “not a dumb investment, because it was so little money.” The Sun reported on Feb. 12 that Hertz also said it was “very important to note that we’ve been assured that she is not a target of the investigation.” (City Paper first reported on its web site that Pajardo and Pinkett Smith co-own the Caroline Street property on Feb 10.)

    Pajardo’s defense attorney in the federal conspiracy case, James Gitomer, told City Paper that “I don’t speak to reporters about my clients” when asked if he would be willing to answer some questions about Pajardo.

    Members of the Rice Organization, according to the federal indictment, are charged with murders in connection with a drug-trafficking conspiracy that yielded at least $27 million since 1995. Prosecutors allege the group has brought at least 3,000 pounds of cocaine and heroin to the streets of Baltimore. Chet Pajardo faces one conspiracy count, though the details of his alleged crimes are not given.

    One Rice member appears in the locally produced Stop Fucking Snitching DVD that drew widespread attention late last fall as an unusual example of witness intimidation doubling as entertainment. Another of those indicted as an ostensible part of the Rice Organization, Anthony B. Leonard, co-owned the former Antique Row restaurant Downtown Southern Blues, which was housed in a North Howard Street property owned by the family of Kenneth Antonio Jackson. Jackson is a strip-club owner and an ex-con who, in the 1980s, became famous as a top lieutenant for the heroin-trafficking organization of Melvin Williams, a major figure in Baltimore’s drug underworld of the 1960s, ’70s, and ’80s.

    Pajardo has a noteworthy connection to city politics. On Sept. 8, 2003, he gave $200 to the re-election campaign of city Comptroller Joan Pratt (D) at a fund raiser catered by Downtown Southern Blues; the event brought in a total of $11,500. Four days later, on Sept. 12, 2003, Pajardo donated $100 to the campaign of Democrat Charese Williams, who challenged incumbent City Councilwoman Stephanie Rawlings Blake (D-6th District) and lost in the September 2003 primary. Pratt also donated to Williams’ upstart campaign, giving $1,500 of the $22,500 it raised. Pratt did not respond to requests for comment by press time; attempts to reach Williams were unsuccessful.

    During a Feb. 9 visit to the Caroline Street property co-owned by Pajardo and Pinkett Smith, the building was boarded up but had a fresh coat of paint on the entrance. It appeared structurally sound and well-maintained, though its property-tax assessment dropped from $14,100 to $3,000 this year, according to state records. A pay phone was attached to its outside wall. When a photographer visited the building the next day, a woman driving by in a car shouted out, “Is that Jada’s place?” On another Feb. 10 visit, an unidentified man was seen locking up and leaving the property.

    Baltimore City Board of Municipal and Zoning Appeals records indicate that Everton Allen applied in April 2003 to use a portion of the building as a grocery store, though housing records indicate that the property has been vacant since 2000. A phone number could not be found for Allen at the Randallstown address given in his application.

    The previous zoning application for the Caroline Street property was filed in 1996 by Brian E. Macklin, who wanted to open a convenience store at the site. A Polaroid of the building contained in the zoning file shows a Pepsi-Cola sign hanging over the entrance that reads andy’s grocery. A copy of Macklin’s application was sent by the zoning board to “C&J Inc., c/o Chet Pajardo,” and the file notes that in 1993 Pajardo and Jay Anderson pulled an occupancy permit for the address. Court records indicate that Macklin’s current address is on Kentbury Court in the Lyonswood subdivision of Owings Mills, the same small cul-de-sac as another Pajardo property that is under federal forfeiture as part of the Rice Organization indictment. The listed phone number for Macklin’s home-improvement company, Sorgen LLC, is disconnected, and no other contact information for him could be found.

    An internet search of the Caroline Street address turns up the name of a business, Peaceful Image Inc., located there. Its corporate charter was forfeited for failure to file tax returns for 1998, according to state records, and it was incorporated by Pajardo on Aug. 15, 1995, “to engage in the business of retailing, wholesaling, manufacturing, and distributing clothing and accessories.” The founding board members were Pajardo, Leon Dickerson, and Michelle Narrington. A year earlier, on Aug. 3, 1994, these three and another individual, Condessa Tucker, registered Peaceful Image as a trade name, and stated its business as “silkscreen, embroidery, T-shirts, and hats.” The company’s principal office was in a building Pajardo owned between 1992 and 2000, on the 1000 block of West 43rd Street in Medfield.

    Leon R. Dickerson was identified on the Peaceful Image trade-name application as Leon Dickerson III. An obituary for Leon R. Dickerson III was published in The Sun on Dec. 21, 2001, after he was killed in a stabbing. He was 31 years old and described as a social worker and basketball coach who worked with students struggling with learning disabilities and emotional challenges. According to Baltimore County Police records, Dickerson, who was married, was killed in a lovers’ triangle when the estranged husband of his girlfriend entered her Cockeysville apartment and stabbed both of them; only Dickerson died from his wounds. Dickerson’s parents are neighbors of Pajardo and Macklin in the Owings Mills subdivision of Lyonswood.

    When Pajardo and Pinkett Smith purchased the Caroline Street property in 1994, the address given for property-tax mailings was in the 2300 block of North Monroe Street in West Baltimore. The owner, then and now, is listed as Wahseeola C. Pajardo. City Paper’s attempts to reach her at her listed phone number were unsuccessful.

    This is an expanded version of a story first reported online on Feb. 10.




    Commentary: Who Knew? Some Good May Come of the ‘Stop Snitching’ DVD After All

    Date: Wednesday, August 10, 2005
    By: Gregory Kane, BlackAmericaWeb.com

    Even a broken clock, the saying goes, is right at least twice a day.
     
    It is in the spirit of that piece of wisdom that I take indeed another look at the infamous, notorious, but all-too-true “Stop Snitching” DVD.
     
    Last week I described how the black men in the video overwork the N-word -- using it to describe themselves and the “snitches” and “rats” they want to kill -- and said their position at the bottom rung of American society is due, at least in part, to their discernible self-hatred.
     
    But can any good come of the DVD?
     
    It turns out some good may already have come from it. But the emphasis is on that word “may.” This involves a situation in which those accused may indeed be innocent. But if they aren’t, then Rodney Bethea and Skinny Suge, the Baltimore men who produced “Stop Snitching,” may have performed a public service.
     
    In one part of the video a man sitting on some steps asks why no drug dealers who work the corner of Brice Street and Edmondson Avenue in West Baltimore aren’t “catching cases.”
     
    A rough translation is that dealers who work that area aren’t getting arrested. The man then tells why those dealers aren’t “catching cases.”
     
    “The word is they work for King and Murray,” he says. “Don’t nobody go to trial. You dig what I’m saying?”
     
    I dig, bro. I dig only too well.
     
    King is William A. King. Murray is Antonio L. Murray. Before they were arrested in May, both were Baltimore plainclothes police officers. They have been accused of taking drug dealers into custody, stealing their product and selling the dope on the street. Federal prosecutors allege that King and Murray used a petty criminal and drug addict named Antonio Mosby as their confidential informant and lookout. In other words, Mosby is allegedly a snitch.
     
    It would be oh-what-a-wonderful world if this business of snitching and witness intimidation were black and white. But it isn’t.
     
    On the one side we have the criminals -- the drug dealers, thugs and gangstas like the ones in the “Stop Snitching” video -- who talk about killing rats and snitches.
     
    Then we have the folks in law enforcement, who call the video an attempt at witness intimidation.
     
    Skinny Suge has said it’s no such thing, and he’s right. The “snitches” and “rats” referred to in the video are criminals who’ve been caught by police and who, in an effort to weasel out of a long sentence, give up every other criminal in a 50-mile radius.
     
    Some of these guys tell the truth. Some of them don’t.
     
    Some end up like Mosby, as “confidential informants.” And as a Howard County police official told me several years ago, confidential informants are people who should themselves, more often than not, be in jail.
     
    Warren Grace was a confidential informant for the FBI. After Baltimore cops picked Grace up on drug and weapons charges, he turned snitch and informed on two men who were part of a drug ring. Grace was supposed to be on a home monitoring device as part of his agreement to be an FBI informant, but he undid that device and went driving around Baltimore.

    It was during one such drive that cops stopped Grace and found drugs in his vehicle. Federal prosecutors neglected to tell attorneys for the two men Grace testified against about those little details. Their trial ended in a plea bargain.

    More unreliable than the “confidential informant” snitch is the jailhouse snitch. Marshall “Eddie” Conway, a former member of the Black Panther Party, was convicted in the early 1970s of murdering two Baltimore police officers on the testimony of a jailhouse snitch.

    Michael Austin, a Baltimore man who spent 27 years in prison for murder, was convicted on the testimony of another jailhouse snitch, who told the truth before he died (Just in case, I suppose, there really is a just God out there somewhere.). Brady Spicer, an Annapolis, Md. man, spent seven years in prison after a jailhouse snitch falsely implicated him in the near fatal beating of a businessman. That snitch also recanted before he died.

    There are good snitches and bad snitches. If the snitching about King and Murray turns out to be true, then the “Stop Snitching” DVD -- as bad as it is -- will have done some good after all.

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    "There is no question in my mind that people affiliated with, on the payroll of, and carrying the credentials of,the CIA were involved in drug trafficking while involved in support of the contras."—Senator John Kerry (1996)


    We live in a dirty and dangerous world ... There are some things the general public does not need to know and shouldn't. I believe democracy flourishes when the government can take legitimate steps to keep its secrets and when the press can decide whether to print what it knows. -1988 speech by Washington Post owner Katharine Graham, CIA Headquarters
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    download the stop snitching dvd using bit torrent
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    Hmm, coincidentally, there is now a torrent for Stop Snitching layed out for burning to DVD. Slap your mouse in the ass to the link now, and see for yourself, this movie made with a balls and a bit stupidity.

    The making of this dvd was no surprise to me. As the drug war escalates, and as more of our streets disciples become more technologically savvy, more of this material will be produced, or only one can hope.

    Torrent Link for Stop Snitching DVD

    Post here if the torrent does not seem to be working. Through this online discussion, perhaps whomever seeded it will fix it, that is if it needs alleviation.

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    you will need bit torrent to download the above file:
    http://www.bittorrent.com/


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    DEA Chief Robert Bonner said CIA Smuggled Drugs


    L.A. DEA Agent Unraveled the CIA's Alleged Role in the Murder of Kiki Camarena
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    "There is no question in my mind that people affiliated with, on the payroll of, and carrying the credentials of,the CIA were involved in drug trafficking while involved in support of the contras."—Senator John Kerry (1996)


    We live in a dirty and dangerous world ... There are some things the general public does not need to know and shouldn't. I believe democracy flourishes when the government can take legitimate steps to keep its secrets and when the press can decide whether to print what it knows. -1988 speech by Washington Post owner Katharine Graham, CIA Headquarters
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    Post / Craig F. Walker
    Stop Snitch n T-shirts, above, are sold in several metro-area shops. The $25 shirt is one of several on the same theme.


                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           
                                           
                   
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    "Snitch" T-shirts provoke outrage and admiration
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            The mothers of two killed in a witness' slaying blast the shirts - but sales are increasing.
                                                                                                                                                   
    By Jeremy Meyer
    Denver Post Staff Writer

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                                                                           
    Rhonda Fields, left, and Christine Wolfe examine the shirts. The two women are the mothers of two young adults slain, police say, because of a homicide Fields son witnessed. (Post / Matthew Staver)
                           
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           

    Aurora - Christopher Johnson doesn't see anything wrong with the T-shirt he owns that says "Stop Snitch'n," but police say the popular shirts are a disturbing trend.

    Stores are quickly selling out of the $25 T-shirts, an offshoot of last year's infamous "Stop Snitching" DVD, which featured Baltimore drug dealers talking in depth about killing people who tell on them.

    "This is a terrible message to be out there," said Aurora police Sgt. Rudy Herrera, particularly after a double homicide in June that killed a key witness a week before a murder trial.

    "Those of us who have been following this case, when you see a shirt like that, it leaves a bad taste in your mouth," Herrera said.

    Javad Marshall-Fields, 22, was shot to death along with his fiancée, Vivian Wolfe, 22. Marshall-Fields' mother defends the First Amendment's protection of free speech but is outraged by the shirts that police say are meant to intimidate witnesses.

    "My son was standing up for justice in the community because he witnessed a crime," said Rhonda Fields. "If people are advocating not talking to the police when it relates to crime, it's wrong. It's an injustice to our community."

    Christine Wolfe, Vivian Wolfe's mother, said, "I understand business. But money is not everything. How can they do that?"

    The original DVD became national news because it includes a brief appearance by Denver Nuggets forward Carmelo Anthony, who has since apologized.

    In a statement released Wednesday through the Nuggets, Anthony pleaded for people to move on.

    "It's disappointing that some people don't focus on constructive activities in their communities," he said.

    Several different types of Stop Snitching T-shirts have been produced; some feature stop signs, the outline of a gun scope or a man pointing a handgun.

    Kimani Mccay, 31, at the Westminster Mall on Wednesday while visiting from Detroit, said he supported the shirt's theme.

    People snitch because prosecutors                                                                                                                                                                                                                        

    Stop Snitch n T-shirts, above, are sold in several metro-area shops. The $25 shirt is one of several on the same theme. (Post / Craig F. Walker)
                                                                                                                                                                                    give them sentencing deals, he said.

    "You should never cooperate with the cops," he said. "I'd rather wear a snitch shirt than a Fubu (brand) shirt."

    His friend Devonte Jones, 22, from Montbello, agreed with the shirt's theme.

    "It's the law of the land," he said. "Don't snitch."

    But employees at Where the Buffalo Roam, a locally owned franchise that sells logo T-shirts in Boulder and Denver, said they'd never heard of the shirts, but wouldn't sell them anyway because of the theme.

    T-shirt Etc., a store in Westminster Mall that prints logo shirts, stopped selling the shirts once the employees realized what the message meant, said employee Roger Norquist.

    "We thought it wasn't ethical," Norquist, 21, said. Norquist said the shirt's popularity is increasing. "We're not going to make T-shirts that intimidate witnesses. That's messed up."

    For five months, the Atlanta-based R. World Shirt Co. has produced a line of trademarked "Stop Snitch'n" shirts and has seen sales increase.

    Company spokesman Masood Abdul-Haqq said the T-shirts aren't trying to squelch legitimate participation with police.

    "If you witness a violent crime, by all means report it," he said. "We're speaking about people who didn't see crime and they give information to the police. It's a difference between a witness and a snitch. Snitch is a derogatory term. It's a rat. It's a filthy, dirty thing."

    That's what prompted Smoky Hill High School student Christopher Johnson, 17, to buy his shirt, which features police mug shots of rap stars who have been arrested because of tips.

    "It's a true statement," Johnson said about his shirt. "I hear rappers saying they are going to jail because they got snitched on."

    Johnson was in Lowry Park on July 4, 2004, when Gregory Vann was killed. In that same shooting, Marshall-Fields was injured and became the key witness for the prosecution against Robert Keith Ray, who is now accused of pulling the trigger.

    Johnson said he saw nothing that night, only heard                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         the shots and ran. He doesn't blame Marshall-Fields for talking to the police in that case.

    "That's really the right thing to do," he said Tuesday while in Aurora Mall, where two clothing stores sell the shirts. "But it's just a T-shirt."

    Authorities say the shirts aren't the cause of the violence, but the message doesn't help them find witnesses to crimes.

    "If (the shirt) is not about someone making a buck, it shows there is a bigger societal issue," said Aurora's interim police chief, Terry Jones. "Who is supposed to be running the place, the thugs or the people looking out for the betterment of society?"

    In Baltimore, where the saying originated, police are fighting the message with free DVDs and T-shirts that say, "Keep Talkin."'

    Marshall-Fields' sister, Maisha Pollard, recently passed out CrimeStoppers fliers in Aurora, seeking information about her brother's shooting.

    She saw a man with a "Stop Snitching" shirt and gave him a flier.

    "I said, 'This is my brother.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         He's not a snitch,"' she said. "I saw him crumple it up and throw it away."

    Staff writer Daarel Burnette II contributed to this report.

    Staff writer Jeremy Meyer can be reached at 303-820-1175 or jpmeyer@denverpost.com.                                                                                                                        

                                                                                                                                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                                                                                                   
           

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    "There is no question in my mind that people affiliated with, on the payroll of, and carrying the credentials of,the CIA were involved in drug trafficking while involved in support of the contras."—Senator John Kerry (1996)


    We live in a dirty and dangerous world ... There are some things the general public does not need to know and shouldn't. I believe democracy flourishes when the government can take legitimate steps to keep its secrets and when the press can decide whether to print what it knows. -1988 speech by Washington Post owner Katharine Graham, CIA Headquarters
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     FASHION

    A Snitch in Time

    Community leaders think pro-crime T-shirts send the wrong message.

    by Kia Gregory



    Looking in a Center City store window, Bilal Qayyum couldn't believe his eyes. Amid the basketball jerseys, colorful polo shirts and sparkling white sneakers hung a simple black T-shirt with white lettering. It showed two gun scopes aimed at the chest, along with the ominous warning: "STOP SNITCHIN."

    As co-chair of the local antiviolence group Men United for a Better Philadelphia, Qayyum was outraged. Each week the group holds rallies in neighborhoods battered by drugs and gun violence, and encourages frightened yet frustrated residents to put an end to it by naming names.

    Qayyum sees the "STOP SNITCHIN" message as a smack in the face.

    "We try to encourage people to give information to the police, and now you have these T-shirts that say the opposite," he says. "It's bad enough trying to get information in reference to shootings and homicides in the city, without promoting or encouraging citizens not to participate in solving crimes."

    The store, Prime Sports, located on Chestnut Street, sells six versions of the "STOP SNITCHIN" T-shirt, including one that reads in big red letters: "DON'T TALK 2 POLICE."

    The shirts are manufactured by Decatur, Ga.-based R. World Shirt Company, which did not return calls for this story.

    The brand comes on the heels of the infamous Stop Snitching DVD that began circulating in Baltimore last year. In one scene a man threatens that anyone snitching on drug trades will "get a hole in his head."

    With 278 murders last year, Baltimore is often labeled one of America's most dangerous cities. There have been more than 100 homicides in Philadelphia so far this year, outpacing last year's total of 330.

    "Members of the Police Department are firm believers in freedom of speech," says Cpl. Jim Pauley about the shirts. "We would hope that witnesses and victims of crime would certainly talk to police for obvious reasons of ending crimes."

    Qayyum says the "STOP SNITCHIN" T-shirts, which sell for $19.99, aggravate an already chronic problem of witness intimidation, and spread the street sentiment that "snitching" has deadly consequences.

    The district attorney's office doesn't keep statistics on how many criminal cases are dropped because of witness intimidation, but in Philadelphia about 30 percent of murders go unsolved.

    "When you watch the news," says DA spokesperson Cathie Abookire, "almost every day you see a mother or family member pleading for the public's help in solving a crime, and these types of T-shirts just foster lawlessness. It aids and comforts murderers and rapists, and the people that subscribe to this are totally complicit."

    Prime Sports store manager James Durango disagrees.

    "It's just a T-shirt," Durango says plainly. "It's about fashion-nothing else."

    The hip-hop clothing store has been selling the "STOP SNITCHIN" T-shirts for just a few months, but Durango says they're his most popular item.

    "We always sell out," says Rachel Zna, manager of the Prime Sports at 10th and Market streets. "I sell at least 10 a day."

    Not if Qayyum can help it. Men United plans to meet with Prime Sports to address concerns that the "STOP SNITCHIN" shirts promote violent crime.

    "Just last night we went in the community, encouraging people to give information to the police," says Qayyum, discussing the recent shooting death of 17-year-old Richard Johnson. "If we're in a war against crime, these shirts are promoting the enemy position."

     

    Kia Gregory (kgregory@philadelphiaweekly.com) wrote the recent cover story about street rapper Maj Toure.

    http://www.philadelphiaweekly.com/view.php?id=9974

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    DEA Chief Robert Bonner said CIA Smuggled Drugs


    L.A. DEA Agent Unraveled the CIA's Alleged Role in the Murder of Kiki Camarena
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    "There is no question in my mind that people affiliated with, on the payroll of, and carrying the credentials of,the CIA were involved in drug trafficking while involved in support of the contras."—Senator John Kerry (1996)


    We live in a dirty and dangerous world ... There are some things the general public does not need to know and shouldn't. I believe democracy flourishes when the government can take legitimate steps to keep its secrets and when the press can decide whether to print what it knows. -1988 speech by Washington Post owner Katharine Graham, CIA Headquarters
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        The hottest clothing trend often makes quite a fashion statement. A new t-shirt people are buying makes what some are calling a dangerous statement.

        Shirts that say "stop snitching" are becoming popular. The stop snitching shirt caught on in Philadelphia and Baltimore, now it's been spotted in Harrisburg. At the same time, prosecutors and police are trying to encourage people to report crimes. They say the shirt sends the wrong message.

        The latest in novelty t-shirts. But instead of cracking smiles, many are more worried about cracking cases. This bold warning may be part of an urban push to not report crimes. And the slogan is popping up here.

    Ed Marsico, Dauphin Co. District Attorney:
    “A prosecutor is my office saw one of those shirts while getting his license renewed at PennDOT here in Harrisburg.”

        The Dauphin County District Attorney relies on the public stepping forward.
    “The victims, witnesses are paramount to our job as prosecutors without them, we don't have a case.”

        Marsico worries the stop snitching shirts may intimidate those people.
    “I think it sends a bad message, the message we want to send to the public is work with us.”

        Especially now as Dauphin County unveils a new campaign to educate people on the help available to victims and witnesses.

    Jennifer Storm of the Victim Witness Assistant Program:
    “When they know there's somebody there that cares, that's gonna walk them through the system, I think they're going to be more willing to cooperate.”

    Marsico:
    “We have too many people dying and getting hurt on the streets and if we can't solve these crimes, that's gonna hurt as more than it already does.”

        Some of the stores selling the shirt say it's just a novelty, some of the people buying the shirt say "stop snitching" is just a figure of speech.

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    'Stop Snitching' T-Shirts Outrage National Gun Violence Prevention Organization

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    NEW YORK, Aug. 24 /PRNewswire/ -- As the popularity of an irresponsible and dangerous new T-shirt message -- that speaking up about crime is improper -- spreads across the country, PAX / Real Solutions to Gun Violence is taking a public stand against the shirt's potentially lethal message.

    PAX is joining law enforcement officials and students across the country to denounce this shirt and call on its immediate removal from stores. "This shirt's message goes against everything positive PAX and its partners work to promote in our SPEAK UP Campaign -- that students have the power to prevent school violence. All they have to do is speak up," said Daniel Gross, PAX CEO/co-founder. "We have seen what happens when students don't speak up -- innocent people die." PAX launched the 866-SPEAK-UP hotline in October 2002 after a government report found that in 81 percent of school shootings the attackers tell someone first. The overwhelming majority of students have embraced this campaign. The anonymous, toll-free hotline to report weapon-related threats at school has received nearly 7,000 calls. PAX also has introduced a fully accredited curriculum. The undeniable truth is that speaking up saves lives and messages like "Stop Snitching" have the potential to cost lives. Missy Jenkins knows personally how devastating the consequences can be when students don't speak up. She was critically injured in the 1997 school shooting in Paducah, Ky. "Many students had heard the boy who shot us talk about what he was going to do," said Missy, who is paralyzed from the chest down. "If one student had just said something, my friends might still be alive and my life might be very different." Missy, PAX and its partners are calling on students to boycott stores that sell the dangerous "Stop Snitching" T-shirts. As part of PAX's commitment to counter the potentially drastic consequences of the "Stop Snitching" message, the non-political nonprofit organization will trade a SPEAK UP T-shirt with anyone who sends it a "Stop Snitching" shirt or any of its variations. Visit us at http://www.speakup.com . Available Topic Expert(s): For information on the listed expert(s), click appropriate link. Daniel Gross http://profnet.prnewswire.com/ud_public.jsp?userid=518795 CONTACT: Daryl Presgraves, of PAX, +1-212-269-5106, daryl@pax.com Web site: http://www.paxusa.org/

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    "Stop Snitching" T-Shirts Now Being Sold in Reading
    Story posted on  2005-08-18 22:39:00  
                   
    A NEW FASHION TREND IS MAKING ITS WAY TO READING-- BUT POLICE SAY IF IT CATCHES ON, MORE CRIME, AND LESS ARRESTS COULD BE THE RESULT.
    -<1-ANC B0X>-
    WFMZ'S JOEL D. SMITH IS LIVE IN READING WITH THE DETAILS.

    ROB, WE'RE HERE AT 9TH AND WINDSOR AT THE DOUBLE PLATINUM BARBERSHOP.
    ON MONDAY NIGHT, OSCAR SANTANA WAS SHOT AND KILLED ABOUT ONE BLOCK THAT WAY ON MOSS, AND
    JUST LAST NIGHT ABOUT ___ STREETS FROM HERE ON DOUGLAS, JOSEPH ESTRADA WAS SHOT IN THE FACE AND GROIN, HE'S IN SERIOUS CONDITION.
    POLICE ARE STILL LOOKING FOR WITNESSES TO TALK, BUT MAYBE THEY SHOULDN'T LOOK INSIDE HERE.
    THE HOTTEST SELLING T-SHIRT INSIDE READS IN HUGE LETTERS, STOP SNITCHING.
    REPORTER
    AT THE DOUBLE PLATINUM BARBERSHOP, THE FAST SELLING T-SHIRTS IN THE WINDOW ARE PART FASHION STATEMENT, PART STATEMENT OF FACT.
    YOU GOT TO BE LIKE I DON'T SEE NOTHING.
    REPORTER
    LEX SERRANO SAYS HE WOULDN'T TALK TO POLICE AFTER A CRIME, EVEN IF IT HAPPENED RIGHT OUTSIDE THE BARBERSHOP HE OWNS.
    IF THEY KNOW I SAID SOMETHING ABOUT THEM, THEY MIGHT COME AFTER ME, THAT'S THE WAY THE STREETS ARE, YOU HAVE TO STAY LOYAL TO IT.
    REPORTER
    SERRANO SAYS HE'S ALSO LOYAL TO ONE OTHER THING, CASH.
    I'LL SELL ANYTHING.
    AS LONG AS IT MAKES MONEY.
    REPORTER
    AND IN JUST A FEW DAYS, THESE SHIRTS ARE MAKING MONEY.
    HE BOUGHT THE SHIRTS IN PHILADELPHIA AT WHOLESALE LAST WEEK, AND EVEN AT 20 DOLLARS A PIECE, HE EXPECTS TO BE SOLD OUT BY NEXT WEEK.
    REPORTER
    BUT A TREND LIKE THIS, TRICKLING DOWN TO THE YOUTH IN READING HAS POLICE WONDERING IF THEIR TOUGH JOB JUST GOT TOUGHER.
    IT'S FRUSTRATING BUT WE'LL KEEP PLUGGING ALONG.
    REPORTER
    LT. ALBERT EVANS SAYS
    ITS SIMPLE, POLICE NEED TIPS.
    LT. ALBERT EVANS
    WITHOUT PHYSICAL EVIDENCE AND WITHOUT PEOPLE SUPPLYING US WITH PERSONAL INFORMATION OR WHAT THEY SAW WE CAN'T SOLVE CRIMES.
    NAT SOUND RAZOR
    REPORTER
    SERRANO SAYS HIS ATTITUDE ABOUT POLICE WON'T CHANGE, BUT SOON ENOUGH THE T-SHIRTS IN HIS WINDOW MIGHT.
    ITS JUST A STYLE, STYLE CHANGES, BY NEXT MONTH, THAT STYLE BE GONE AND SOMETHING ELSE WILL COME UP.

    SERRANO SAYS ONE WAY TO SHOW HOW POPULAR SOMETHING IS, IS IF SOMEONE IS WILLING TO STEAL IT.
    THESE SHIRTS WERE OUTSIDE YESTERDAY AND SOMEONE DID SWIPE ONE.
    SERRANO SAYS HE'S CONSIDERING MAKING A SHIRT THAT SAYS "STOP STEALING!"
    POLICE WOULD PROBABLY SUPPORT THAT ONE ROB, MAYBE EVEN BUY A FEW.
    LIVE IN READING, JOEL D. SMITH, 69 NEWS BERKS EDITION.

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    "There is no question in my mind that people affiliated with, on the payroll of, and carrying the credentials of,the CIA were involved in drug trafficking while involved in support of the contras."—Senator John Kerry (1996)


    We live in a dirty and dangerous world ... There are some things the general public does not need to know and shouldn't. I believe democracy flourishes when the government can take legitimate steps to keep its secrets and when the press can decide whether to print what it knows. -1988 speech by Washington Post owner Katharine Graham, CIA Headquarters
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    'Stop Snitching' Shirts Don't Wear Well With Cops
                                   
    Saturday, August 20, 2005
                                                                                                           

                           

                                                           

                   
                                                           
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   
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                            The latest 'gangsta' fashion craze on the streets of urban America has created quite a stir in cities such as Philadelphia, Baltimore and New York.        

                                                                                                                   

    The hot-selling "no snitching" T-shirts carry warnings such as "don't talk to police" and "death before dishonor.”

                                                                                                                                                                   

    In street slang, snitching is informing on others — being a tattletale, fink, rat, squealer or stoolie — and has always had negative connotations among mobsters and thieves, with severe punishment possible.

                                                                                                                                                                   

    Police and law-abiding citizens, including crime victims and their families, are understandably upset over the shirts.

                                                                                                                                                                   

    If witnesses and informants don't speak up, criminals don't get caught and more people could be robbed, hurt or killed.

                                                                                                                                                                   

    "You just have to think of it in terms of the tradeoff and realize that, you know, yes, maybe somebody will get in trouble, but the other side of it is you really could be a hero and save lives," said Dan Gross of PAX (search).

                                                                                                                                                                   

    His brother was shot in the head on the observation deck of the Empire State Building (search) eight years ago and is permanently disabled. Gross is encouraging youngsters to speak up, not shut up, and has made his own shirt with a toll-free hotline, 866-SPEAK-UP, in hopes of countering the anti-snitching craze.

                                                                                                                                                                                                           

    One store manager said most buyers are young "wanna-be" thug types and the guys we spoke with on the street seemed to agree with the shirts' message, and at least one manufacturer has stopped making the shirts after receiving complaints, and some stores won't carry them anymore.

                                                                                                                                                                   

    But shirt sellers and some buyers said the clothing shouldn't be taken so seriously and that it's more of a fad or fashion statement.

                                                                                                                                                                   

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    We live in a dirty and dangerous world ... There are some things the general public does not need to know and shouldn't. I believe democracy flourishes when the government can take legitimate steps to keep its secrets and when the press can decide whether to print what it knows. -1988 speech by Washington Post owner Katharine Graham, CIA Headquarters
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    8/5/2005

                   

    “Stop Snitching” T-Shirt Outrages Black Community

           
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    August 5, 2005 - There is a t-shirt sold in Philadelphia and urban areas that’s making families of victims of violence outraged.
    They say it’s sending a dangerous message to possible witnesses to crime.
    Ray Jones/”Men United for a Better Philadelphia:” “Children are dying on these streets. This is serious. It’s not just about a t-Shirt, it’s a way of life.”

           

    Members of the group “Men United for a Better Philadelphia” say they’re outraged at a t-shirt that says “Stop Snitching.” They say it’s meant to discourage witnesses of violent crimes from speaking with police and promotes a negative so called “Street Code” of silence.

           

    Bilal Qayyum/”Men United for a Better Philadelphia”: “We need people to snitch on where Latoyia Figueroa’s body is. We need people to snitch on who was driving that car that killed a young Peters child in East Oak Lane.”

           

    Dicia Gilmore lost her 25-year-old son when he was shot and killed in Logan. She says she’s repulsed by the shirt’s message.

           

    Dicia Gilmore/Logan: “It hurts. It really, really hurts, because my son’s children will no longer be able to see their father because someone right now will not tell on the young man that killed my son.”

           

    Part of the problem is that drug dealers are being accepted into the black community with increasing normalcy. In December of 2004 NBA Superstar rookie , Carmelo Anthony was reprimanded for appearing in the video with drug dealers telling people to stop snitching.

           

    Carmelo Anthony Foolish move

           

    The groups which include “Mothers in Charge” say they plan on boycotting any stores and vendors that sell the shirt. In fact, they held a press conference in front of “Prime Sports” in Center City. The store sold the shirt but has now promised to take it off the racks.

           

    Elliott Gabay/Attorney for “Prime Sports”: “It is absolutely store policy to remove them and I think we need to work together as a community to better the community and reduce violence in the community.”

           

    The vendor wouldn’t speak on camera but said the shirt was merely a novelty. Some people we spoke with say the shirt is in bad taste but businesses should be able to sell them.

           

    Boris Vaynslat/Fairmount: “It is a t-shirt. I mean, at the end of the day, all it is a shirt on somebody’s body. A t-shirt is not gonna sway a person one way or the other.”

           

    But police say it is a dangerous message. They say too many people in neighborhoods plagued with violence are already too intimidated to come forward with information that may just help solve a crime.

           

    Ronald Porter/North Philadelphia: “I know I wouldn’t tell. I wouldn’t say anything.”

           

    “You wouldn’t go to police with information you have?”

           

    “No.”
    Sources used for this report- WPVI-TV in Philadelphia and The Denver Channel.com

           

    Related Links -Stop Snitching Camera Man snitches on him self arrested with 198 bags of heroin.
    Stop Snitching a Black reporter from Baltimore looks closer.

           

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    Activists call on residents to ’start snitching’

           

    PHILADELPHIA – Theodore Canada knows there is someone out there with information on who murdered his 18-year-old son, Lamar.

           

    And it galls him that a popular T-shirt – the one with the words “Stop Snitching” – might prevent police from ever catching the shooter.

           

    “They gunned my son down like he was nothing,” Canada said. “My family needs closure.”

           

    Canada was one of several community activists Friday who called for local stores to stop selling the shirts – and for city residents to “start snitching” in order to get criminals off the streets.

           

    “Just talk. Run your mouth. Give up the information,” said Bilal Qayyum, co-chairman of Men United for a Better Philadelphia.

           

    The phrase “Stop Snitching,” implying that witnesses should keep silent about crime or face the consequences, gained national attention last year after underground DVDs with that title surfaced in Baltimore.

           

    In one scene, NBA star Carmelo Anthony laughs alongside a man who warns that people who tip police about drug deals will “get a hole in their head.” Anthony later said he was an unwitting participant and renounced the anti-snitching message.

           

    But the slogan proved lucrative, appearing in various designs on T-shirts and hats around the country.

           

    Last year in Boston, the “Stop Snitching” shirts caused a stir when friends of a suspected gang member wore them to his murder trial. And just two weeks ago, also in Boston, a teenager made news for wearing the shirt to his job at a City Hall day care center.

           

    “It was a real good seller for me,” said Edward Baranek, a buyer for Prime Sports clothing store in downtown Philadelphia.

           

    Baranek, though, said he pulled the merchandise – about $10,000 worth – more than three weeks ago after local media began asking about it.

           

    The shop was still targeted Friday by members of the anti-violence groups Men United for a Better Philadelphia and Mothers in Charge. At a news conference, they called on two other Prime Sports locations and vendors across the city to stop selling the items or risk a boycott.

           

    The groups also implored the public to come forward with information about several recent unsolved cases, including the July 10 shooting of Lamar Canada, the recent disappearance of pregnant mother LaToyia Figueroa and the hit-and-run death of teenager Kayla Peter in June.

           

    But two blocks away, street vendor Abdul Bilal continued to display the shirts. He described himself as a businessman who supports “moral excellence” and is only trying to feed his family.

           

    The clothes, said Bilal, are “just a novelty.”

           

    Philadelphia District Attorney Lynne Abraham said the code of silence encouraged by the “Stop Snitching” slogan is “disgusting and disgraceful.”


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    Posted on Sun, Aug. 07, 2005

    T-shirts warn off those who 'snitch'




    Inquirer Staff Writer

    It's one of Philadelphia's hottest - and most controversial - fashion statements: T-shirts and hats that say, "Stop Snitching."

    Those who wear and sell the shirts say it's part of a style, a fad, the "in" look - as Jay-Z's oversize striped, button-down shirts were a few months back.

    But these shirts are far more sinister, with some picturing guns, crosshairs, and messages that advise, "Don't Talk 2 Police."

    The implicit threat is particularly disturbing, given that witness intimidation has been cited by police and prosecutors as a major problem in the city.

    Investigations into crimes as heinous as last year's schoolyard slaying of 10-year-old Faheem Thomas-Childs have been hindered, police say, because witnesses have been afraid to step forward.

    Dorothy Speight Johnson, for one, has been left speechless by the apparel - because, she says, a so-called snitch could have saved her son's life.

    Khaaliq Jabbar Johnson, 24, was shot seven times in December 2001. After the gunman was arrested, he was charged with another slaying the previous July.

    "Had someone said something or given information earlier, my son would still be alive today," said Johnson, founder and executive director of Mothers in Charge, an antiviolence organization.

    Sellers and wearers insist that the shirts should not be taken that seriously. It's a cross-cultural trend, they say.

    "They sell fast. It's mostly young people, but people you wouldn't even expect to buy 'Stop Snitching' - guys with suits and ties - come in," said Kris Hardy, assistant manager of the Lids store in the Gallery at Market East mall. "As soon as we get them, they go right back out."

    Asked whether he thought the shirts could contribute to lawlessness, Hardy shrugged: "Nobody likes a snitch."

    Those who fight crime and violence say the message given by the apparel is inexcusable.

    "It's a moral issue. Where does society draw the line of what's right and what's wrong?" asked Bilal Qayyum, cochairman of Men United for a Better Philadelphia. "Selling T-shirts to promote an issue that's wrong is wrong. Why don't you sell crack cocaine or guns? It's the same thing. You're destroying the neighborhood."

    Last week, Qayyum, Johnson and others showed their unhappiness with the sales of "Stop Snitching" items by protesting outside the Prime Sports store at Broad and Chestnut Streets. Although the store's buyer, Ed Baranek, said the three-store chain had stopped selling the merchandise three weeks ago, reporters found it for sale at two of Prime Sports' Center City locations as late as last Sunday.

    In both cases, store employees hurriedly removed the apparel from view.

    Baranek said the chain decided to pull the popular shirts in answer to the complaints from people such as Qayyum, noting that Prime Sports is "a community-based store."

    Now, he said, he is "sitting on $12,000 worth of merchandise."

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    Children are taught that no one likes a tattletale.

    But maybe that's wrong, said Patricia C. Jessamy, the state's attorney in Baltimore. She noted that a playground bully could easily grow into a street intimidator.

    "We need to send a message early on, when people do bad things, [that] it's right to tell," Jessamy said.

    Baltimore, said city police spokesman Matt Jablow, "has the dubious distinction of being the birthplace of the whole 'Stop Snitching' movement."

    About a year ago, a DVD of the same name appeared for sale on that city's sidewalks and drew national attention because it included an appearance by Carmelo Anthony of the NBA's Denver Nuggets.

    The two-hour DVD sold for $10 and featured a stream of rants against people who cooperated with police. The speakers - seen in bars and bedrooms and on the streets - flashed guns and jewelry, threatened individuals and their families, and used what appeared to be illegal drugs and alcohol while making one point: Snitches get stitches, and that's if they're lucky.

    Baltimore police and prosecutors said the DVD actually helped them. Jessamy used it to show the Maryland General Assembly that witness intimidation was a serious problem. Police used it as a tip sheet, later arresting three of the DVD's narrators in previous crimes.

    In May, the department put out its own disc, Keep Talking, which boasts of the recent arrests. Officers have given away 1,000 copies and plan to make a follow-up. Some street officers also are wearing T-shirts of their own that say, "Keep talking."

    "You can't let it go unanswered. You have got to meet them on any battlefield: T-shirts, DVDs," Jablow said. "You've got to show them you're everywhere."

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    But soon the shirts and hats - even jogging suits - were everywhere, including Philadelphia. They are on sale in front of City Hall, up in Cheltenham, over in West Philadelphia.

    Now printed by numerous companies, the message packaged in different ways - "Stop Snitching" or "Stop Snitch'n' " or "Stop Snitchin.' " There are numerous spin-offs on the theme: "Respect the Gangster" and "Crime Pays" and "Get Money."

    Some of the vendors who say they are not doing anything wrong act differently when asked about it.

    One man who was selling the shirts in front of the Clothespin statue pulled his display apart when a photographer tried to take pictures of his wares. He waved his arms to block the camera's lens while shouting that he was just a businessman.

    Officials of one manufacturer, Atlanta-based R. World Shirt Co., were in Philadelphia yesterday to meet with Qayyum. They agreed to replace the "Stop Snitch'n' " shirts at some area stores with new ones that read, "Stop Hating."

    "R. World doesn't promote violence," said the company's chief executive officer, Ibrahim Rabbani, 23, who said that his own brother was shot and killed in an Atlanta street robbery in 1998 but that no one was ever arrested.

    What the company does, Rabbani said, is "shine some light" on the realities of inner-city violence, noting, "You can't get mad at the messenger."

    Qayyum said that he was pleased with the progress of the group's protest, and that it now wanted to put pressure on other stores and manufacturers still marketing the fashion.

    "Parents," he said, "need to be talking to their kids who think this is the hip T-shirt this year."

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    District Attorney Lynne M. Abraham sees nothing redeeming about the new fashion.

    "It feeds into the witness-intimidation fear that so many people in the country feel. 'Don't get involved. Turn a blind eye. Don't help anyone.' It's the absolute opposite of what good moral teaching tells us," Abraham said.

    The Thomas-Childs case is clearly one in which frightened witnesses are hampering the pursuit of justice. Faheem was caught in the crossfire on Feb. 11, 2004, as groups of men shot at each other outside his North Philadelphia school.

    Two men were arrested. As many as five others may have been involved. No one has volunteered any names, although the shooting occurred on a busy corner about 8:30 a.m. on a school day.

    "You can't tell me they don't know who did it. Everybody knows who did it," Abraham said. "I can tell you the message on the streets is, 'Don't come forward.'"

    Inspector Bill Colarulo, the Philadelphia police spokesman, said he opposed anything that hindered communication between the police and the community.

    "Why anybody would not want to give police information regarding somebody who kills children, for example, is beyond me," Colarulo said.

    But there's not much that law enforcement can do about the shirts, the hats or the DVDs. Sellers and wearers have a First Amendment right to free speech.

    "We're confident the vast majority of the public will see these for that they really are: a cheap ploy by some people to gain attention," Colarulo said.

    And even if the look doesn't fade fast, officials should be comforted by the fact that, for some people, these really are just shirts with words.

    Christopher Turner, 21, has a "Stop Snitching" spinoff: "Criminal Minded." The West Oak Lane resident works with people who have mental handicaps, and has never been arrested.

    "It's looking tough, acting tough," Turner said. "People see 'Criminal Minded' and think I'm tough. It's a front."

    He bought the shirt, he said, to match a pair of sneakers.


    Contact staff writer Natalie Pompilio at 215-854-2813 or npompilio@phillynews.com. Inquirer staff writer Adam Fifield contributed to this article.



    Police Counter Dealers' DVD With One of Their Own

    By GARY GATELY




    Officer Namhyun Kim of the Baltimore Police Department on Tuesday gave a copy of the DVD "Keep Talking" to a man who asked not to be identified. The DVD is part of an effort to urge residents to report crime. (Steve Ruark for The New York Times)

    BALTIMORE, May 10 - In an infamous DVD called "Stop Snitching," Baltimore drug dealers threatened to kill anyone who testified against them. On Tuesday, the Baltimore police countered with a DVD of their own: "Keep Talking."

    Officers distributed 600 copies of the video in a drug-ravaged neighborhood of East Baltimore, in a direct response to the makers of "Stop Snitching."

    "The men and women of the Baltimore Police Department would like to thank the producers of the 'Stop Snitching' video," Detective Donny Moses says in the new DVD. "In case you didn't know, you actually helped make Baltimore a safer city. If we didn't know before, now we know the faces in the game."

    The police DVD includes footage from "Stop Snitching" and says that three people in the video have been arrested, including a man who appeared in it pulling a gun from his waistband.

    Officers plan to distribute more copies of "Keep Talking" later this week in violent neighborhoods in the western and northwestern sections of the city and also plan to turn the video into a public-service announcement to be broadcast on local television stations.

    The earlier DVD had drawn attention because of the appearance on it of Carmelo Anthony, a National Basketball Association star who grew up in Baltimore. Mr. Anthony has said he was unaware that he appeared on the video. He is scheduled to join Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. on Wednesday to start a separate anti-violence campaign.

    While the police DVD speaks directly to criminals, its message, "keep talking," applies to others as well, said Leonard D. Hamm, the Baltimore police commissioner.

    "What we're saying to the community," Mr. Hamm said, "is that we're going to help you solve crime problems so you can live decent lives, so people can sit on their steps again, so people can go to the store without being afraid because a neighborhood's inundated by violence."

    The case for the DVD includes anonymous phone tip lines for reporting crime. So, too, do fliers the police are distributing with photos and names of those arrested and the charges against them.

    In the neighborhoods where officers are distributing the videos, vacant houses stand out on block after block. When the police are not around, dealers work the corners, selling crack and heroin in a city with one of the highest drug-addiction rates in the nation. The drug trade, in turn, fuels violence in Baltimore, which had 278 homicides last year - a per capita rate five times greater than that of New York City.

    The police say that violent crime has declined and that the number of homicides for this time of year has dipped to 83, compared with 93 last year. But they acknowledge that the city faces a daunting challenge in trying to reduce the murder rate, and that rampant witness intimidation hinders prosecution.

    Prof. David M. Kennedy, director of the Center for Crime Prevention and Control at John Jay College of Criminal Justice in Manhattan, said the police video was a twist in efforts among law enforcement agencies to communicate directly with criminals. To succeed, Professor Kennedy said, such communication must be accompanied by evidence that the police will back up their threats with action.

    "The key is to be credible," he said. By mentioning the arrests of three of the "Stop Snitching" stars in the new video, Professor Kennedy said, the police in Baltimore are sending a strong message "that says, 'Look, there are some things in particular that we won't stand for, and these guys didn't listen, and here's what happened to them.' "

    The Baltimore police are also planning to install surveillance cameras in high-crime neighborhoods. They have recently begun shining spotlights from police helicopters onto drug corners, then quickly dispatching officers to try to identify suspected dealers. The department is also considering putting officers with binoculars atop lifeguard chairs in high-crime areas.

    The videos heartened some who received them. Michael Booth, 36, an unemployed truck driver who described himself as a recovering addict, said he had known many people who had been killed on the streets of Baltimore.

    "I believe that it will make a difference," Mr. Booth said. "Before, it was a case where your life was in jeopardy and you would be threatened and you would be scared if you reported violence. But now you feel like the police will step up to the plate and protect you."

    Darlene Adams, 43, a grandmother who said she had seen dealers filming "Stop Snitching," said of the police video: "It will send a message to some, but some will think it's a joke. I pray it will make a difference."

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    'Stop Snitchin' shirts have people talking for different reasons in city
                           

                           

    By Tanika White
                            Sun Staff
    April 30, 2005 - In shopping malls around the city, young people are buying T-shirts with statements that would make any parent, police officer or community leader cringe: "Criminal minded." "Let's get blown." "Ready to Die."

                           

    But one in particular has some city officials particularly stunned: A T-shirt that warns boldly across the front, "Stop Snitchin."

                           

    Coming on the heels of the Stop Snitching DVD that began circulating in Baltimore last year, the T-shirts are disheartening to those who say they aggravate an already chronic problem of witness intimidation. While shops that sell the shirts say the tees are not connected to the DVD, city officials say the message remains the same - and it's a damaging one.

                           

    "It's incredible that anyone, particularly a business owner in Baltimore City, would try to make a buck off this while our police officers are on the streets every day working to make our city safer," said Raquel Guillory, a spokeswoman for Mayor Martin O'Malley. "We need everyone to join us in this effort and not work against us."

                           

    Baltimore prosecutors have said that witness intimidation hampers their efforts to convict criminals - about one-quarter of last year's gun cases, for example, were dropped because direct or perceived threats created problems with testimony. State's Attorney Patricia C. Jessamy pushed, with Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr., for legislation last session to crack down on witness intimidation but had to settle for what she called a "toothless" law.

                           

    The popularity of the Stop Snitching DVD and now the emergence of the T-shirts, though, suggest it will take more than legislation to change the pervasive street sentiment that "snitching" on suspected criminals is wrong and could, at least in some cases, draw retribution.

                           

    'Very disappointing'

                           

    "It's very disappointing," said police spokesman Matt Jablow, when told of the shirts, which he had not seen.

                           

    But those who buy such T-shirts - and those who make or sell them - say the shirts are just fashion.

                           

    "I don't take it to heart," said Larry Smith, of Essex, who recently bought a "Stop Snitchin" T-shirt from Changes, a jeans and urban wear store in Eastpoint Mall. "I just like the shirt. It's just a figure of speech."

                           

    The shirts, some of which simply say "Stop Snitchin," and others that are more graphically embellished with shotgun targets or other images, sell for about $19 to $28.

                           

    Changes officials said the shirts - one of a variety of urban T-shirts depicting rap lyrics, hip-hop artists or definitions of common street sayings - have been extremely popular. Changes Enterprises - which owns nine Changes stores throughout the region - had ordered hundreds of "Stop Snitchin" T-shirts and hats. Antonio Gray, a buyer for the chain, said the stores are nearly sold out of them.

                           

    Smith, 28, found it laughable that some might consider his wearing a "Stop Snitchin" T-shirt tantamount to witness intimidation. After all, he doesn't have anyone to warn about keeping their mouths shut, he said.

                           

    "I work at a rental car company," Smith said.

                           

    "This shirt ain't about the Dawsons and all that," he said as he left the mall with his new T-shirt in a bag.

                           

    One vocal resident who called police about suspicious activities, Angela Maria Dawson, was killed along with six of her family members when a suspected drug dealer firebombed her East Baltimore rowhouse in 2002.

                           

    Similarly, in January, a Harwood community leader, Edna McAbier, who had complained about drug trafficking in her neighborhood, saw her home firebombed by suspected gang members.

                           

    One T-shirt maker, Reginald Diggs, owner of Prince George's County-based Citywide Promotions, which makes one version of the "Stop Snitchin" T-shirts sold in area malls, said the message of his shirt is meant to encourage young people to stay away from crime.

                           

    He had never even heard of the Stop Snitching DVD, Diggs said.

                           

    Diggs' shirt, produced under the label Introspect Graphics - reads this way, in part: Stop Snitchin'. You can be convicted of drug charges on the sole testimony of a snitch with no physical evidence. The average snitch got their sentence reduced by almost 50% or more for telling on others ...

                           

    "The point of that shirt is when you are living that life, when you are out in the streets, eventually it's going to catch up to you, and it may not even be a scenario where you yourself did something," Diggs said. "It seems like the court system revolves around the testimony of snitches, not physical evidence. So you could have turned your life around, given your life to Christ, and that old life can still come back to haunt you."

                           

    A fashion lesson

                           

    Diggs said his shirts send messages that young, black men can understand - using their language, in their own style.

                           

    "We like to do things to educate people," Diggs said. "But the fact is, a lot of times, people don't read. Even though the shirt may have a really powerful message, the message isn't what gets the people to buy the shirt, it's the graphic. And if we're beating people over the heads with something like, 'Being in the drug game is wrong,' then no one's going to see our graphic or our message."

                           

    Gray said in an e-mail that, by selling the T-shirts, Changes is only providing the latest in popular apparel, whether it involves music, movies or street lingo.

                           

    "Changes simply provides our customers with the fashion they request to remain competitive in our market," Gray said. "Changes specializes in fashion and does not encourage or support any behavior associated with any of these images. We trust our customers to make responsible fashion decisions true to their personal lifestyle and taste."

                           

    The T-shirts have been spotted elsewhere, too: Last fall in Suffolk, Mass., two suspected gang members wearing "Stop Snitchin" T-shirts were escorted from a courtroom when they showed up at a murder trial.

                           

    Snitching - and the antipathy toward it - is about as old as crime itself. Cooperating with authorities is one of the only ways to reduce a prison term under tough federal sentencing laws. From old black-and-white shoot-em-ups to the 1970s' The Godfather to the 1980s' Scarface and countless other gangster films, though, snitches have come to untimely ends.

                           

    Los Angeles sociologist BJ Gallagher said young people have always looked to push the societal "acceptability" envelope by wearing outrageous fashions.

                           

    "These days it's fashionable to be pro-violence, anti-cop, street-smart and savvy. Just listen to the hip-hop and rap music that the kids are listening to," said Gallagher, author of a new book, Who Are 'They' Anyway? "They reject the values of their parents and society at large, just as their parents did, and their parents before them. ...

                           

    "What's disconcerting is that each generation has to push the limits further to get the shock value they need to say, 'I'm autonomous, and you can't tell me what to do.' Their music and fashion has to get more extreme to top the generation that went before," Gallagher said.

                           

    City Council President Sheila Dixon said that may be true in some cases. But "Stop Snitchin" may be taking shock value too far.

                           

    "People have their constitutional rights to put whatever on T-shirts, but we need to really monitor what we're trying to sell to young people," Dixon said. "It's fine to sell T-shirts, but we need to be on the positive note, particularly in getting our young people to understand what's going on in our communities.

                            "You could look at it two ways. You could look at it like it's just a T-shirt," Dixon said, "but I think that it sends a bad message to young people in particular. By saying 'don't snitch,' it sends a message not to be involved, and that ultimately doesn't help."

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    Store vows to stop selling them



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    A quick victory seemingly was scored by Philadelphia anti-violence activists yesterday when their protest in front of a Center City sportswear store led the attorney for the chain to emerge and promise to stop selling the controversial "Stop Snitching" T-shirts.

    With those words emblazoned across the front, the T-shirts have become hot sellers this year from Washington to Boston, particularly among inner-city minority teens and young adults.

    City officials and activists believe the T-shirts are a form of witness intimidation: a warning to think otherwise about talking with the police about the murderers, drug dealers and other criminals in their communities.

    "We feel it's an outrage that that kind of T-shirt would be sold in the city of Philadelphia when we... are working to stop violence," said Bilal Abdul Qayyum, co-chairman of Men United for a Better Philadelphia.

    Men United was joined by representatives from Mothers in Charge, state Sen. Anthony Hardy Williams and other activists who clustered near the door of Prime Sports on Chestnut Street near Broad.

    Ray Jones, also a co-chairman of Men United, exploded in anger after a meeting between protest organizers and store officials. He said the officials had denied selling the shirts.

    "They're going to try to tell me that they are not selling them, when we know they are. They tried to insult my intelligence, and I'm not having it. You've got people buying into the destruction of my people, and I'm not going to have it."

    Moments later, store attorney Eli Gabay, of the firm Solomon, Sherman and Gabay, stepped outside the front door and said the three-store chain would no longer sell the shirts.

    "Although we believe in the First Amendment rights to free speech, we understand the issues involved," he said.

    He added that the company decided before yesterday to stop selling the shirts and that if any were sold recently, it was a mistake.

    At the protest, a man who was still shaken by the unsolved murder of his 18-year-old son, told the gathering, "The pain that I'm suffering now, I don't wish it on my worst enemy... We need everybody to start snitching, not stop snitching."

    Prime Sports employees said owner Momi Nechemia, an Israeli immigrant, was not available to talk with reporters. Two other Prime Sports stores are nearby, according to Qayyum, on 11th Street and near 10th and Market streets.

    Philadelphia District Attorney Lynne Abraham did not attend the demonstration, but she said afterward that she saw a "Stop Snitching" T-shirt yesterday. The young man wearing it was going into a rehabilitation hospital that is known for treating gunshot victims, she said.

    "I'm saying to myself, 'What is this young man thinking?' When I saw it I was heartbroken and crestfallen that he would be wearing a shirt that is so stupid."

    Abraham said she believes that the shirts, while legal, are a form of witness intimidation and stores should stop selling them.

    "To call it snitching when you are a witness to crime is pretty outrageous," she said. "It's so terrible that merchants think it is OK to put anything out on the market place that will sell... that is offensive to me."

    Qayyum called on the public to boycott any store that carries the shirts, and he advocated a "snitching day" on criminals. "Just talk, run your mouth, if you know anything about crime or violence that is taking place," he said.

    "We need to work together as a community to get those people off of the streets who are committing these crimes. Who are taking lives and causing devastation and pain and grief to families," said Dorothy Johnson-Speight, found-er of Mothers in Charge, whose members have had children slain.

    Her son, Khaaliq Jabbar, 24, was murdered over a parking spot on Dec. 6, 2001.


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    "Snitch" T-shirts provoke outrage and admiration
    The mothers of two killed in a witness' slaying blast the shirts - but sales are increasing.
    By Jeremy Meyer
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    Rhonda Fields, left, and Christine Wolfe examine the shirts. The two women are the mothers of two young adults slain, police say, because of a homicide Fields son witnessed. (Post / Matthew Staver)

    Aurora - Christopher Johnson doesn't see anything wrong with the T-shirt he owns that says "Stop Snitch'n," but police say the popular shirts are a disturbing trend.

    Stores are quickly selling out of the $25 T-shirts, an offshoot of last year's infamous "Stop Snitching" DVD, which featured Baltimore drug dealers talking in depth about killing people who tell on them.

    "This is a terrible message to be out there," said Aurora police Sgt. Rudy Herrera, particularly after a double homicide in June that killed a key witness a week before a murder trial.

    "Those of us who have been following this case, when you see a shirt like that, it leaves a bad taste in your mouth," Herrera said.

    Javad Marshall-Fields, 22, was shot to death along with his fiancée, Vivian Wolfe, 22. Marshall-Fields' mother defends the First Amendment's protection of free speech but is outraged by the shirts that police say are meant to intimidate witnesses.

    "My son was standing up for justice in the community because he witnessed a crime," said Rhonda Fields. "If people are advocating not talking to the police when it relates to crime, it's wrong. It's an injustice to our community."

    Christine Wolfe, Vivian Wolfe's mother, said, "I understand business. But money is not everything. How can they do that?"

    The original DVD became national news because it includes a brief appearance by Denver Nuggets forward Carmelo Anthony, who has since apologized.

    In a statement released Wednesday through the Nuggets, Anthony pleaded for people to move on.

    "It's disappointing that some people don't focus on constructive activities in their communities," he said.

    Several different types of Stop Snitching T-shirts have been produced; some feature stop signs, the outline of a gun scope or a man pointing a handgun.

    Kimani Mccay, 31, at the Westminster Mall on Wednesday while visiting from Detroit, said he supported the shirt's theme.

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    Stop Snitch n T-shirts, above, are sold in several metro-area shops. The $25 shirt is one of several on the same theme. (Post / Craig F. Walker)
    give them sentencing deals, he said.

    "You should never cooperate with the cops," he said. "I'd rather wear a snitch shirt than a Fubu (brand) shirt."

    His friend Devonte Jones, 22, from Montbello, agreed with the shirt's theme.

    "It's the law of the land," he said. "Don't snitch."

    But employees at Where the Buffalo Roam, a locally owned franchise that sells logo T-shirts in Boulder and Denver, said they'd never heard of the shirts, but wouldn't sell them anyway because of the theme.

    T-shirt Etc., a store in Westminster Mall that prints logo shirts, stopped selling the shirts once the employees realized what the message meant, said employee Roger Norquist.

    "We thought it wasn't ethical," Norquist, 21, said. Norquist said the shirt's popularity is increasing. "We're not going to make T-shirts that intimidate witnesses. That's messed up."

    For five months, the Atlanta-based R. World Shirt Co. has produced a line of trademarked "Stop Snitch'n" shirts and has seen sales increase.

    Company spokesman Masood Abdul-Haqq said the T-shirts aren't trying to squelch legitimate participation with police.

    "If you witness a violent crime, by all means report it," he said. "We're speaking about people who didn't see crime and they give information to the police. It's a difference between a witness and a snitch. Snitch is a derogatory term. It's a rat. It's a filthy, dirty thing."

    That's what prompted Smoky Hill High School student Christopher Johnson, 17, to buy his shirt, which features police mug shots of rap stars who have been arrested because of tips.

    "It's a true statement," Johnson said about his shirt. "I hear rappers saying they are going to jail because they got snitched on."

    Johnson was in Lowry Park on July 4, 2004, when Gregory Vann was killed. In that same shooting, Marshall-Fields was injured and became the key witness for the prosecution against Robert Keith Ray, who is now accused of pulling the trigger.

    Johnson said he saw nothing that night, only heard the shots and ran. He doesn't blame Marshall-Fields for talking to the police in that case.

    "That's really the right thing to do," he said Tuesday while in Aurora Mall, where two clothing stores sell the shirts. "But it's just a T-shirt."

    Authorities say the shirts aren't the cause of the violence, but the message doesn't help them find witnesses to crimes.

    "If (the shirt) is not about someone making a buck, it shows there is a bigger societal issue," said Aurora's interim police chief, Terry Jones. "Who is supposed to be running the place, the thugs or the people looking out for the betterment of society?"

    In Baltimore, where the saying originated, police are fighting the message with free DVDs and T-shirts that say, "Keep Talkin."'

    Marshall-Fields' sister, Maisha Pollard, recently passed out CrimeStoppers fliers in Aurora, seeking information about her brother's shooting.

    She saw a man with a "Stop Snitching" shirt and gave him a flier.

    "I said, 'This is my brother. He's not a snitch,"' she said. "I saw him crumple it up and throw it away."

    Staff writer Daarel Burnette II contributed to this report.

    Staff writer Jeremy Meyer can be reached at 303-820-1175 or jpmeyer@denverpost.com.





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    They have a website now:

     

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    "There is no question in my mind that people affiliated with, on the payroll of, and carrying the credentials of,the CIA were involved in drug trafficking while involved in support of the contras."—Senator John Kerry (1996)


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    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stop_Snitchin'

     

    A wikipedia page


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    DEA Chief Robert Bonner said CIA Smuggled Drugs


    L.A. DEA Agent Unraveled the CIA's Alleged Role in the Murder of Kiki Camarena
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    "There is no question in my mind that people affiliated with, on the payroll of, and carrying the credentials of,the CIA were involved in drug trafficking while involved in support of the contras."—Senator John Kerry (1996)


    We live in a dirty and dangerous world ... There are some things the general public does not need to know and shouldn't. I believe democracy flourishes when the government can take legitimate steps to keep its secrets and when the press can decide whether to print what it knows. -1988 speech by Washington Post owner Katharine Graham, CIA Headquarters
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    3/28/2006

    http://www.usatoday.com/news/nation/2006-03-28-stop-snitching_x.htm

     

    Anti-snitch campaign riles police, prosecutors

    PITTSBURGH ¡ª It was not the first time prosecutor Lisa Pellegrini had been enraged by the sight of the T-shirt with the traffic-sign message: STOP SNITCHING. But this guy was about to wear one into court, with matching baseball cap.

    Worse, he was a witness ¡ª her witness ¡ª and the intended victim in an attempted murder case that had brought him, her and the defendants to court that day last fall.

    This was Rayco "War" Saunders ¡ª ex-con, pro boxer and walking billboard for a street movement that has sparked a coast-to-coast beef involving everyone from professors to rappers.

    Pellegrini, thinking "witness intimidation," told Saunders to lose the hat and reverse the shirt. Saunders, crying "First Amendment," refused. He left the courthouse, shirt in place. Case dismissed. "In almost every one of my homicides, this happens: 'I don't know nothin' about nothin', " the prosecutor says. "There is that attitude, 'Don't be a snitch.' And it's condoned by the community."

    Omerta, the Mafia's blood oath of silence, has been broken by turncoat after turncoat. But the call to stop snitching ¡ª on other folks in the 'hood ¡ª is getting louder.

    Is it an attempt by drug dealers and gangsters to intimidate witnesses?

    Is it a legitimate protest against law enforcers' over-reliance on self-serving criminal informers?

    Or is it bigger than that?

    Take the case of Busta Rhymes.

    The hip-hop star has refused to cooperate with police investigating the slaying of his bodyguard Feb. 5 outside a Brooklyn studio where Rhymes was recording a video with performers such as Missy Elliott and Mary J. Blige. Police say that although Rhymes and as many as 50 others may have seen the shooting, no one came forward ¡ª an echo of the silence that followed the unsolved murders of rappers Tupac Shakur, the Notorious B.I.G. and Run-DMC's Jam Master Jay.

    It's the code of the street: To be a credible rapper, you have to know when to shut up.

    "Under pressure, I lie for ya, die for ya," Lil' Kim once rapped. Now she's in a federal jail in Philadelphia for failing to tell a grand jury what she knew about some friends involved in a shooting.

    Rhymes' silence in the death of Israel Ramirez seemed to puzzle New York's seen-it-all police commissioner, Ray Kelly, an ex-Marine, career NYPD cop and U.S. Customs chief. "Your employee is murdered in front of you," he told reporters, so "you'd think he might want to talk to the police."

    Not necessarily, says David Kennedy, director of the Center for Crime Prevention and Control at John Jay College of Criminal Justice in New York. "There's such animosity toward the police in some urban communities that even people who aren't afraid, and who hate crime, still feel cooperating is something good people don't do," Kennedy says. "That's the Busta Rhymes story. He has nothing to fear. He just doesn't want to talk. His reputation would take a dive if he did."

    The code of silence, he says, "is breaking out in a way we've never seen before."

    Saunders agrees: "It's a movement, that's what it is ¡ª a stop snitching movement."

    From street code to slogan

    The stigma against snitching is an old one, but the Mafia never took out newspaper ads to promote omerta. So why is an unwritten rule printed on thousands of T-shirts?

    Start with the war on drugs. Over the past two decades, law enforcers have made more drug arrests and turned more defendants into informers than ever before. According to the U.S. Sentencing Commission, the agency that establishes federal court sentencing practices, about one-third of drug trafficking prosecutions involve informers' "substantial assistance." That makes them eligible for reduced sentences under otherwise inflexible federal sentencing guidelines.

    Informers are a necessary evil, says Cmdr. Maurita Bryant, a 29-year veteran of the Pittsburgh Police Department. "We have to deal with who we have to deal with. ... If a dealer needs to make a deal, he'll tell on his mother. It may not be right, but it's all we have."

    Some criminal informers who are allowed to remain free commit more crimes; some return to crime after a shortened prison sentence; some frame others, or tell prosecutors what they want to hear. Boston defense lawyer Harvey Silverglate says the system encourages defendants "not only to sing, but to compose."

    According to a study by the Northwestern University Law School's Center on Wrongful Convictions, 51 of the 111 wrongful death penalty convictions since the 1970s were based in whole or in part on the testimony of witnesses who had an incentive to lie.

    Alexandra Natapoff, a professor at Loyola Law School in Los Angeles, says that, based on federal statistics, one of every four black men from 20 to 29 is behind bars, on probation or on parole, and under pressure to snitch. She estimates one in 12 of all black men in the highest-crime neighborhoods are snitching.

    She says informers strain the social fabric of poor minority neighborhoods, where as many as half the young men have been arrested. "Every family gathering, every party, every backyard barbecue probably has someone who's secretly working as an informer."

    This is the world Rayco Saunders inhabits. It's filled, as he puts it, with "guys doin' all this crime and not doin' no time, because they're telling on the next man."

    Hence a backlash ¡ª "stop snitching." The slogan appeared in Baltimore about two years ago as the title of an underground DVD featuring threatening, gun-wielding drug dealers and a brief appearance by NBA star and Baltimore native Carmelo Anthony. Anthony, who later said he didn't know the video's theme, told ESPN The Magazine that the dealer-turned-informer excoriated in the DVD "ran our neighborhood. Now he's working with the state and the feds. You can't do that. He turned his back on the 'hood."

    The black community is divided. Rapper Chuck D of Public Enemy has blasted the Stop Snitching campaign on the hip-hop group's website: "The term 'snitch' was best applied to those that ratted revolutionaries like Huey P. Newton, Bobby Seale, Che Guevara. ... Let's not let stupid cats use hip-hop to again twist this meaning for the sake of some 'innerganghood' violent drug thug crime dogs, who've sacrificed the black community's women and children."

    Movement prompts legal backlash

    Whatever its intent, the Stop Snitching movement has galvanized officials already apoplectic about witness reluctance and witness intimidation.

    States and localities spend a fraction of what the federal government devotes to witness protection, although this month Pennsylvania restored $1 million for that purpose. The move came as more than a half-dozen witnesses recanted earlier testimony in the trial of men accused in the Philadelphia street shooting death of a third-grade boy.

    "If the word 'snitch' comes out of someone's mouth, I go insane," says Pellegrini, the Pittsburgh prosecutor. "When young men and women see rappers refuse (to cooperate), they think it's cool. How do we tell them, 'we'll support you,' when they see that?"

    Especially, she says, when the slogan is blatantly used to intimidate witnesses. Last year, supporters of an accused drug dealer on trial in Pittsburgh federal court wore T-shirts around town bearing witnesses' photos and the inscription "Stop Snitching. " U.S. Attorney Mary Beth Buchanan says one, Garry Smith, had a $100,000 price on his head.

    "Everybody in law enforcement is beside themselves," says Kennedy of John Jay College. "They can't investigate cases. They can't prosecute cases. The clearance rate for some serious crimes is tanking."

    Stop Snitching T-shirts have been banned from a number of courthouses. Boston Mayor Thomas Menino, whose city recorded the most homicides in a decade last year, threatened to send police into stores to pull them off the shelves.

    Following the furor over the Stop Snitchin' DVD, Maryland raised witness intimidation from a misdemeanor to a felony, and Baltimore police made a tape of their own, Keep Talking. "People have to snitch," says Peter Moskos, a former Baltimore street cop. "That's how criminals get caught."

    Saunders' life may have been saved by a snitch.

    Pellegrini says an informer told police that an ex-con had hired another man to kill Saunders because the boxer was having an affair with his girlfriend. The man and his accomplices were arrested before the hit could be carried out. They were scheduled for a court hearing the day last fall that Saunders showed up in his Stop Snitching T-shirt.

    Saunders and Pellegrini agree he was there to warn the men not to testify in other pending cases. But they disagree on why: Pellegrini says Saunders, whom she calls a "thug," is in cahoots with other criminals who feared the men's testimony. Saunders says he thought the defendants would try to save themselves by selling out others.

    Saunders says he hates snitching so much that he not only wears the T-shirts himself but has given them as gifts to friends and relatives. "They love the T- shirts," he says. "It's way overdue for somebody to step up and speak about these things that's going on with these informants and these guys walking around here with immunity to do whatever they want to do."

    At 31, Saunders has had a hard life. He says he never knew his father; his mother died of a drug overdose when he was 11. He was stabbed in the back at 15, shot in the chest at 21. He says he shot at people himself and dealt drugs. He was arrested six times from 1994 to 1997 and served four years in prison after a shootout with a police officer. He says he was framed.

    Since leaving prison, he has pursued a career as a pro boxer, compiling a record of 15-7-2. In 2004 he won the North American Boxing Council cruiserweight championship. In an interview at the gym where he trains, he outlines a stop-snitching creed:

    6¦1 Don't snitch on others just to save yourself. "Stop snitching is for those guys out there ... selling more drugs than Noriega, and their only out is to tell on somebody. ... If a (criminal) wants to be a Good Samaritan, OK. But send (him) to jail. Don't give him immunity to do what he wants on the street."

    6¦1 Stop Snitching doesn't mean stop talking to police. "It's always misconstrued by the public, or the powers that be, that we're trying to intimidate the regular people or the law-abiding citizens. That's not what it's about. ... If that is your only outlet, to call the police, that's what you do."

    6¦1 But witnesses have no obligation to help police. "Do your job ¡ª you're the police. ... I've been wronged by the system. Do you think I would help the system? ... Do cops snitch on other cops?"

    6¦1 The authorities can't protect witnesses. "What's happening to the innocent witness? They get dead or ... terrorized for life."

    6¦1 Sometimes you must right wrongs yourself. "I'm a man, and I can handle my own situations like a man. ... I've done dirt. I'll admit that. So I can't run to the police."

    Later, he's out on the street, wearing one of the T-shirts. Standing nearby is a woman dressed as the Statue of Liberty to advertise the services of her employer, Liberty Income Tax.

    "The people who are snitching, a lot of them end up dead, a lot of them end up hurt," says Lady Liberty ¡ª Ernestine Whitaker of Wilkinsburg, whose nephew was threatened after he witnessed a crime. "So the snitching doesn't do anything for the person who's snitching."

    She looks at Saunders, whose muscular chest bulges beneath the T. "I'd wear one of those," she says.


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    "There is no question in my mind that people affiliated with, on the payroll of, and carrying the credentials of,the CIA were involved in drug trafficking while involved in support of the contras."—Senator John Kerry (1996)


    We live in a dirty and dangerous world ... There are some things the general public does not need to know and shouldn't. I believe democracy flourishes when the government can take legitimate steps to keep its secrets and when the press can decide whether to print what it knows. -1988 speech by Washington Post owner Katharine Graham, CIA Headquarters
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    Bait and SnitchThe high cost of snitching for law enforcement.


    From Baltimore to Boston to New York; in Pittsburgh, Denver, and Milwaukee, kids are sporting the ominous fashion statement, prompting local fear, outrage, and fierce arguments over crime. Several trials have been disrupted by the T-shirts; some witnesses refuse to testify. Boston's Mayor Thomas M. Menino has declared a ban: "We're going into every retail store that sells them," he declared to the Boston Globe, "and we're going to take them off the shelves." With cameo appearances in the growing controversy by NBA star Carmelo Anthony of the Denver Nuggets and the rapper Lil Kim, snitching is making urban culture headlines.

    The "Stop Snitchin' " T-shirt drama looks, at first blush, like a dustup over a simple counterculture message launched by some urban criminal entrepreneurs: that friends don't snitch on friends. But it is, in fact, a symptom of a more insidious reality that has largely escaped public notice: For the last 20 years, state and federal governments have been creating criminal snitches and setting them loose in poor, high-crime communities. The backlash against snitches embodies a growing national recognition that snitching is dangerous public policy¡ªproducing bad information, endangering innocent people, letting dangerous criminals off the hook, compromising the integrity of police work, and inciting violence and distrust in socially vulnerable neighborhoods.

    The heart of the snitching problem lies in the secret deals that police and prosecutors make with criminals. In investigating drug offenses, police and prosecutors rely heavily¡ªand sometimes exclusively¡ªon criminals willing to trade information about other criminals in exchange for leniency. Many snitches avoid arrest altogether, thus continuing to use and deal drugs and commit other crimes in their neighborhoods, while providing information to the police. As drug dockets swell and police and prosecutors become increasingly dependent on snitches, high-crime communities are filling up with these active criminals who will turn in friends, family, and neighbors in order to "work off" their own crimes.



    Critics of the T-shirts tend to dismiss the "stop snitching" sentiment as pro-criminal and antisocial; a subcultural expression of misplaced loyalty. But the T-shirts should be heeded as evidence of a failed public policy. Snitching is an entrenched law-enforcement practice that has become pervasive due to its crucial role in the war on drugs. This practice is favored not only by police and prosecutors, but by legislatures: Mandatory minimum sentences and restrictions on judges make snitching one of the only means for defendants to negotiate in the face of rigid and drastic sentences. But the policy has turned out to be a double-edged sword. Nearly every drug offense involves a snitch, and snitching is increasingly displacing more traditional police work, such as undercover operations and independent investigation.

    According to some agents and prosecutors, snitching is also slowly crippling law enforcement: "[I]nformers are running today's drug investigations, not the agents," says veteran DEA agent Celerino Castillo. "Agents have become so dependent on informers that the agents are at their mercy." According to a study conducted by professor Ellen Yaroshefsky of Cardozo Law School, some prosecutors actually "fall in love with their rats." A prosecutor in the study describes the phenomenon: "You are not supposed to, of course. But you spend time with this guy, you get to know him and his family. You like him. [T]he reality is that the cooperator's information often becomes your mindset." In this view, criminal snitching is a sort of Frankenstein's monster that has turned on and begun to consume its law enforcement creator.

    The government's traditional justification for creating criminal snitches¡ª"we-need-to-flip-little-fishes-to-get-to-the-Big-Fish"¡ªis at best an ideal and mostly the remnant of one. Today, the government lets all sorts of criminals, both big and little, trade information to escape punishment for nearly every kind of crime, and often the snitches are more dangerous than the targets. As reported by Wall Street Journal reporter Laurie Cohen last year: "The big fish gets off and the little fish gets eaten. ... [T]he procedure for deciding who gets [rewarded for cooperation] is often haphazard and tilted toward higher-ranking veteran criminals who can tell prosecutors what they want to know."

    Snitching thus puts us right through the looking glass: Criminals direct police investigations while avoiding arrest and punishment. Nevertheless, snitching is ever more popular with law enforcement: It is easier to "flip" defendants and turn them into snitches than it is to fight over their cases. For a criminal system that has more cases than it can litigate, and more defendants than it can incarcerate, snitching has become a convenient case-management tool for an institution that has bitten off more than it can chew.

    And while the government's snitching policy has gone mostly unchallenged, it is both damaging to the justice system and socially expensive. Snitches are famously unreliable: A 2004 study by the Northwestern University Law School's Center on Wrongful Convictions reveals that 46 percent of wrongful death penalty convictions are due to snitch misinformation¡ªmaking snitches the leading cause of wrongful conviction in capital cases. Jailhouse snitches routinely concoct information; the system gives them every incentive to do so. Los Angeles snitch Leslie White infamously avoided punishment for his crimes for years by fabricating confessions and attributing them to his cellmates.

    Snitches also undermine law-enforcement legitimacy¡ªpolice who rely on and protect their informants are often perceived as favoring criminals. In a growing number of public fiascos, snitches actually invent crimes and criminals in order to provide the government with the information it demands. In Dallas, for example, in the so-called "fake drug scandal," paid informants set up innocent Mexican immigrants with fake drugs (gypsum), while police falsified drug field tests in order to inflate their drug-bust statistics.

    Finally, as the T-shirt controversy illustrates, snitching exacerbates crime, violence, and distrust in some of the nation's most socially vulnerable communities. In the poorest neighborhoods, vast numbers of young people are in contact with the criminal-justice system. Nearly every family contains someone who is incarcerated, under supervision, or has a criminal record. In these communities, the law-enforcement policy of pressuring everyone to snitch can have the devastating effect of tearing families and social networks apart. Ironically, these are the communities most in need of positive role models, strong social institutions, and good police-community relations. Snitching undermines these important goals by setting criminals loose, creating distrust, and compromising police integrity.

    The "Stop Snitchin' " T-shirts have drawn local fire for their perceived threat to law-abiding citizens who call the police. But in the outrage over that perceived threat, the larger message of the shirts has been missed: Government policies that favor criminal snitching harm the communities most in need of law-enforcement protection.

    While snitching will never be abolished, the practice could be substantially improved, mostly by lifting the veil of secrecy that shields law-enforcement practices from public scrutiny. As things stand, police and prosecutors can cut a deal with a criminal; turn him into a snitch or cut him loose; forgive his crimes or resurrect them later; release him into the community; or decide to pick him up. They do all this at their discretion, without legal rules, in complete secrecy with no judicial or public accountability. As a result, we have no idea whether snitching even reduces crime or actually increases it, and we can only guess at the collateral harms it imposes on high-crime communities.

    The government should reveal snitching's real costs, including data on how many snitches are released into high-crime neighborhoods and what sorts of snitch crimes are forgiven. The government should also be required to establish the concrete benefits of a policy that releases some criminals to catch others, by accounting for how much crime actually gets stopped or solved by snitch information. Only then can we rationally evaluate how much government-sponsored snitching makes sense. Until we can know the real value of snitching, the T-shirts remain an important reminder that this particular cure for crime may be as bad as the disease.


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    DEA Chief Robert Bonner said CIA Smuggled Drugs


    L.A. DEA Agent Unraveled the CIA's Alleged Role in the Murder of Kiki Camarena
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    "There is no question in my mind that people affiliated with, on the payroll of, and carrying the credentials of,the CIA were involved in drug trafficking while involved in support of the contras."—Senator John Kerry (1996)


    We live in a dirty and dangerous world ... There are some things the general public does not need to know and shouldn't. I believe democracy flourishes when the government can take legitimate steps to keep its secrets and when the press can decide whether to print what it knows. -1988 speech by Washington Post owner Katharine Graham, CIA Headquarters
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    "Stop Snitching": Perpetuating A Culture Of Violence
    2/1/2006

    Overview
    The message on this T-shirt is helping to perpetuate a culture of violence in urban communities throughout the country.

    From Louisville to Boston, there is a culture of intimidation and fear pervading crime-infested inner cities, and it's being perpetuated through an unlikely source: fashion. An increasingly popular slogan --"Stop Snitching"-- is being slapped across T-shirts everywhere, encouraging silence and reinforcing a cycle of violence.

    Some in law enforcement suspect that the growing number of unsolved crimes is related to the increasing popularity of the "Stop Snitching" message. In October 2005, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reported that two different trials in the city were interrupted by witnesses wearing "Stop Snitching" shirts. But the proprietors of the message have not stopped with T-shirts. They've taken their mantra to the Web, recorded threats on video and even made CDs and it's all for sale from Pittsburgh to Baltimore.

     

    "That's why the 'Stop Snitching' thing has been so effective, because it literally scared people from going into court."
    Speaking Out Against Silence
    Overview
    Phyllis Lopes, whose grandson Cecil was gunned down in 2004, is urging people in her New Bedford, Mass. community to speak out against violence.

    Although the "Stop Snitching" message has been spreading since 1998, law enforcement and victims' families are speaking out against the harmful slogan and urging witnesses to come forward to help make their communities safer.

    AMW Senior Correspondent Tom Morris traveled to Kansas City, Mo. in January 2006 and explained during a radio interview just how harmful the message can be in communities already riddled with crime. Kansas City itself is a place where about 40% of all homicides in 2005 were still unsolved.

    "In the twelve years that I've been with the show, I've seen a significant rise in unsolved cases that come to us," Morris told a HOT-103 DJ during the interview. "I think part of that is because of this culture of, 'Don't tell; let it ride.'"

    In New Bedford, Mass, Phyllis Lopes is also taking a stand against "Stop Snitching." Her grandson Cecil Lopes, was killed on Halloween night in 2004, and even though there were people out trick-or-treating, no one has come forward as a witness. In response, Lopes has started her own T-shirt campaign with the slogans, "Keep It Real, Talk About It," "Speak Up, Speak Out," and "Stand."

    Keep On Talking

    Boston police are hoping that "Stop Snitching" won't interfere with another investigation they are pursuing in the murders of four young men in December 2005. John Walsh and AMW held a press conference with Boston police on Feb. 1, 2006 to discuss growing violence in the city and to encourage people to come forward if they witness a crime.

    In Baltimore, police are speaking out against "Stop Snitching" in a unique way. After cuffing several of the thugs who created an underground "Stop Snitching" video,  the Baltimore PD released their own video called, "Keep on Talking; We're Listening."

    With these efforts and the continued work of victims' relatives, like Phyllis Lopes, witnesses who may be able to help solve crimes will be able to do so safely and without fear of retribution.

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    Tackling crime, Baltimore style

    By Matthew Wells
    BBC News in Baltimore

    Most nights of the year, somebody in inner-city Baltimore gets murdered and it's usually to do with drugs.

    Major Rick Hite
    Major Hite believes that people want to see the good guys win

    The poorest parts of the city's east and west sides have been in the grip of heroin and crack-cocaine for many years now, despite the startling statistic that reported crime is down 50% since 1999.

    Such is the self-confidence of the drug-dealing fraternity, that last year they made a DVD called "Stop Snitching".

    In it, a series of small-time local hoods brandishing handguns, wads of cash and diamond-encrusted watches, send out a message that anyone who informs on them will be beaten or killed.

    It's a poorly-made but lurid glimpse inside a world that has its own twisted rules.

    As some of the youngsters start rapping over a car stereo, you can see the natural talent that lurks beneath the rage and the drugs.

    It became a big hit in the city and way beyond, not least because it momentarily features one of Baltimore's best-known sons hanging out on his home turf, who also happens to be a major basketball star.

    DVD fight back

    A few days ago, he denounced the video at a press conference alongside Maryland's governor.

    Baltimore's police department has come up with a more imaginative way of fighting back though.

    After a few months of careful production, they've released a video of their own, complete with hip hop soundtrack.

    Baltimore police's "keep talking" t-shirt
    Can fashion fight crime?

    "Keep Talking" features a group of mainly African-American men on the cover staring impassively into the camera.

    To the strains of the song "Shook Ones" - slang for scared men in the ghetto - Detective Donny Moses begins his voiceover.

    "The men and women of the Baltimore Police Department would like to thank the producers of the Stop Snitching video.

    "In case you didn't know," it continues, "you've made Baltimore a safer city."

    What he means is that four of the men featured in the video have now been locked up, having apparently incriminated themselves on the tape.

    Officers believe the original video was intended mainly to intimidate criminals who inform on fellow drug-dealers, but its impact was more general and more damaging.

    Snitching t-shirts

    Detective Moses told me who the police video was trying to reach.

    "We want the innocent person out there to know, it's OK to talk to the police.

    "For people who are in the drug game so to speak, we're here to try to help you make a better life for yourself.

    "And for those people that just have to do the wrong thing," he said, with a look that reflected six years spent in the narcotics squad, "we're here to take you off the streets.

    "We're eventually going to take you down, one by one."

    The "stop snitchin'" t-shirt
    The "stop snitchin'" t-shirt is popular in the city

    Videos are not the only potent hip hop medium that the police are dealing with.

    A few months ago, several manufacturers began making Stop Snitching T-shirts, and one local chain began selling them in its stores.

    We visited a mall and found only one T-shirt left.

    An assistant told me they had sold out twice already, and he couldn't see why police would be concerned.

    To many, it seems, the glorification of crime is just part of the culture, whether the intimidation is real or not.

    "We've a lot of young people who idolise these drug dealers. The reality is, the guys they're looking up to are going to be spending their lives in a four-by-six cell with no fancy jewellery, no cars, no money and no girls - if they don't get killed first," said Matt Jablow, police public affairs director, who thought up the Keep Talking response.

    The police have now printed their own T-shirts too.

    I went along to watch a group of community affairs officers handing out copies of the DVD, in some of the places they think the message needs to be seen most.

    The lead officer, Major Rick Hite, said the video was "going like hot cakes - we've flipped the script".

    More than 1,000 have been handed out, and demand certainly seems greater than supply.

    Some young people come in after a weekend and tell me about things that happen, that give them a distain for the whole force
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    He admitted there was a danger that young people could see the whole hip hop culture confrontation, as a piece of entertainment.

    "But the kids want to see the good guy win in the end. Part of this is to provide them with wrap-around services.

    "If you want to turn your life around, here's an opportunity for you."

    At the rundown indoor market we visited, there are signs of new development, but the heroin pushers are still doing brisk business.

    Plenty of young men in baseball caps and hoodies were kicking around with not much to do.

    Some took copies of the video, others weren't interested.

    Unsurprisingly, none were keen to talk to the BBC.

    Several older men said they could understand the hostility and lack of trust towards the police, claiming that petty harassment was common.

    "I don't like snitches," said one man, carrying away a copy of the police video.

    'Rotten apples'

    The "code" on the streets where they have to live calls for self-policing, he added.

    One of the stall holders gave another reason why there is still much work to do in this community, to ensure that people really keep talking.

    Youths had been selling drugs right in front of her a few hours earlier, making it impossible to sell food, but police had failed to respond to calls she had made for assistance, she said.

    The plea for more face-time with officers in the most blighted parts of the city was reiterated by the veteran public servant Calvin Street, who now, in retirement, runs a busy youth opportunities centre on the eastside.

    Calvin Street
    Calvin Street understands why some people distrust the police

    "I believe most of the police force are good guys," said the boyhood friend of the current police commissioner.

    "But also, some young people come in after a weekend and tell me about things that happen, that give them a distain for the whole force."

    In the last few days, two more men have been remanded and are now awaiting trial, thanks in part to being mentioned in the Stop Snitching video.

    Unfortunately, they are Baltimore police officers who are accused of re-selling illegal drugs on their beat over many years.

    However much good work is done, the "rotten apples" are the ones that stick in people's minds, said Mr Street.

    The stall holder back at the market took their arrest as a healthy sign.

    "Just like these kids selling drugs out here, you've got police officers doing the same thing, and it shows nobody is above the law."


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    Arson, murder enforce "stop snitching" in U.S
    Mon Oct 16, 2006 8:47 AM ET

    By Andy Sullivan

    OUTSIDE OF BALTIMORE, Maryland (Reuters) - The only way Edna McAbier returns to Baltimore now is under police escort.

    Since neighborhood gang members firebombed her row house in January 2005 for talking to the police, McAbier lives in a distant town she doesn't dare to name full of people she doesn't dare to know.

    The seven young men who tried to kill her will be in prison for years to come, some for the rest of their lives. But that's little comfort to the former community activist who's now exiled from her home of more than 30 years.

    She works from home and pays her utility bills under a false name. A devout Southern Baptist, she has not joined a church for fear that news of her whereabouts might make its way back to Harwood, the hardscrabble neighborhood on the north side of Baltimore.

    "I'll never feel 100 percent safe," said McAbier, 60.

    Across the United States, criminals have cowed entire neighborhoods into silence with warnings to "stop snitching." Those who ignore the threats, like McAbier, face harassment and violence.

    In Washington, a 14-year-old girl was killed in 2004 after police came to her door to ask her about a murder she might have seen.

    In Pittsburgh, people wearing "stop snitching" T-shirts disrupted several criminal trials last year. In Boston the mayor threatened to confiscate the T-shirts from store shelves.

    In Philadelphia, a 35-year-old man faces prosecution after ordering his daughter, in front of a judge, to testify that she knew nothing about a murder case.

    In Chicago, police have been unable to solve more than half of all homicide cases even as the murder rate has plummeted -- in large part because witnesses do not come forward or recant their testimony.

    And in Baltimore, the attack on McAbier echoed a horrific 2002 firebombing that killed a family of seven after the mother reported neighborhood drug dealers to police.

    'NOBODY KNOWS ANYTHING'

    Law enforcers say they are increasingly met with silence when investigating crimes that take place in broad daylight, on crowded streets.

    "There is a significant number of cases where a crime is committed in front of everybody, and nobody knows anything," said Philadelphia District Attorney Lynne Abraham.

    Without witnesses, police in Philadelphia can't make arrests in 30 percent of criminal cases even when they have other evidence that points to a suspect, Abraham said.

    U.S. and state agencies don't keep statistics on witness intimidation, and experts say the problem is hard to measure. A 1996 Justice Department survey found that intimidation poses a problem for prosecutors across the country and is a factor in nearly all criminal cases in some gang-dominated areas.

    The survey also found that the public often overestimates the danger.

    That, of course, is the goal.

    One of the men convicted for trying to kill McAbier reportedly had produced an underground DVD in which he warned would-be witnesses to "stop snitching." He and others involved in the attack decided that firebombing McAbier's house would instill more fear in the community than simply shooting her, prosecutors said at their trial.

    THE GUNS ARE REAL

    "A lot of it is posture, but there's a fine line," said Peter Moskos, a sociology professor at the John Jay College of Criminal Justice in New York City. "You see a 'stop snitching' video, they're bragging for the camera and whatnot, but the guns are real."

    Sitting in a chain restaurant outside Baltimore, McAbier said she was not deterred by the vandalism and harassment that were her reward for organizing neighborhood clean-ups and increased police patrols.

    Then came the firebombing. Hours after the Molotov cocktails bounced off her roof, McAbier had packed her bags and enrolled in a witness-protection program. She spent the next several months in a succession of cheap motels, a police officer stationed outside her door, then moved out of the city for good.

    Her new neighborhood is free of trash, drug dealers and prostitutes. The streets are quiet at night and on weekends they're crowded with children riding bicycles and fathers pushing lawn mowers.

    Harwood, meanwhile, has seen a spike in homicides and other violent crimes. But McAbier said she would move back in a heartbeat if she could.

    "This is what happens, this is exactly what happens," she said, looking out the window at a strip-mall parking lot. "Who's it going to happen to next?"


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    T-shirts illustrate divide
    'Stop snitchin' stymies police trying to cut crime

    Christopher Heredia, Chronicle Staff Writer

    Saturday, January 28, 2006

     
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    Right or wrong, the code of the street in poor, largely black neighborhoods in the Bay Area is never, ever cooperate with police.

    To do so, the idea goes, means risking retaliation from criminals. The ethos cuts across generations, even as some who embrace it complain police do little about crime in their neighborhoods.

    The mind-set is moving from the streets to the mainstream, carried by rappers denouncing rats and T-shirts declaring, "Stop Snitchin."

    The T-shirts have proven popular in Oakland and elsewhere, prompting a debate within the communities where they're worn and frustrating police who say they're another hurdle to effectively policing the neighborhoods that need it most.

    "The young men wearing the shirts are putting out fear," said the Rev. Curtis Robinson, senior pastor of Rising Star Missionary Baptist Church in Oakland. "If you see somebody wearing a shirt, you know they are affiliated with a group of people who are not committed to building up the neighborhood, but instead are trying to tear it down."

    Such arguments don't carry much weight with some residents who argue the T-shirts -- bearing slogans such as "Ditches are for Snitches" and "Snitches Get Stitches" -- merely reflect the commonsense notion that it's best to mind your own business.

    " 'Stop snitchin' ' is a good motto because if you don't meddle in something that ain't your business, you'll live longer," 29-year-old Eric Davis said while shopping at Durant Square shopping center in Oakland, where several merchants sell the shirts. "That's why snitches die, sticking their nose in business that ain't theirs."

    The controversy has erupted in other cities. Last week, a judge in Massachusetts barred such T-shirts from state courthouses, saying they intimidate witnesses.

    The notion that one shouldn't cooperate with police has been embraced by people of all races, but its roots date to the era of slavery, said journalist and hip hop historian Davey D, who hosts the "Hard Knock Radio" show on KPFA.

    "If you were breaking the law and the law was designed to keep blacks contained, say you stole from the master or took something from the 'white' area, you didn't rat out people," he said.

    The mentality became institutionalized as distrust of the police mounted within communities of color and people believed that the police did not have their best interests at heart, he said.

    Popular culture has carried the idea into the mainstream over the years, through Mafia films like "Goodfellas" and rap tunes by artists including Jay-Z and the Game.

    In March, Black Entertainment Television will start a series based on rapper Lil' Kim's road to prison for refusing to "snitch" on members of her entourage believed to have been in a shootout with a rival group.

    The appearance of the T-shirts in music videos, on CD covers and hip hop posters has catapulted them into the mainstream. The shirts are widely available on eBay and in shops around the region.

    "I don't want to promote lawlessness, but this is what the kids today want," said Fayaz Besmil, who owns two T-shirt shops in the Durant Square mall.

    Besmil said he pulled the "Stop Snitchin' " T-shirts off his shelves after he heard they were stirring controversy in other cities. He replaced them with shirts reading "Increase the Peace" and "Stop Violence" but found they didn't sell.

    "The youth are not into anything peaceful," he said.

    Oakland Police Chief Wayne Tucker said the shirts undermine efforts to quell violence and do little to improve what city leaders admit is an often shaky relationship between police and some neighborhoods they serve.

    "The ethos is self-defeating," he said. "If we want safety in our neighborhoods, people's refusal to cooperate is not serving the community."

    Police recognize that some people legitimately fear retribution if they come forward, but also believe many people do not want to help police no matter what.

    "If someone is afraid for their safety, I understand not talking to the police, but not the vague disassociation with police," said Lt. Mark Gagan, Richmond Police spokesman. " 'Stop Snitching' allows violence to continue, allows cases to be unsolved. It's your city suffering."

    But as much as Sonja Martin of Vallejo might like to encourage her 13-year-old son to cooperate with the police, she can't.

    "It's too dangerous," she said. "It's best to keep quiet. They have to keep their safety and their family's safety in mind. People want to say something. They just don't."

    Still, she and others who feel that way see the shirts as counterproductive. Austin Thurman, a grandfather from San Francisco's Bayview-Hunters Point, shook his head in disgust at shirts glamorizing drug dealing and denouncing "snitches" in a clothing store in East Oakland.

    "We're trying to get dope out of our streets, and they're selling these shirts," Thurman said. "It doesn't gel."

    But he understands the ethos of the street, even if he opposes it.

    "You can't be a snitch in the 'hood," said Thurman, a skycap for U.S. Airways. "Sometimes you have to just turn your head."

    Many said police would enjoy greater cooperation if they would reach out to the communities they serve.

    "The ethos is due in part to the lack of communication between law enforcement and kids," said Robinson. "Police can't catch the criminals because people can't trust them."

    As parent Melvin Palmer sees it, the culture of secrecy is not one that is going to die any time soon.

    "Growing up, I was told to turn the other cheek," said Palmer, a 35-year-old father of three from Richmond who was raised in San Francisco's Sunnydale housing project. "It's just a fact of life. The police got their 'blue shield.' 'Stop snitchin' is the code of the streets."

    E-mail Christopher Heredia at cheredia@sfchronicle.com.


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