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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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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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"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.
[more]
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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"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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"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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Carmelo Anthony To Work Against Drugs, Violence
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UPDATED: 8:20 pm EST January 31, 2005

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."




        http://www.nytimes.com/2005/01/16/national/16carmelo.html?ex=1112418000&en=8f9c14fb0442b984&ei=5070




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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Fight Witness Intimidation
Boston Globe Article
Stop-'snitching' graffiti mar a wall of 1st Mariner Arena
Witness Bill Gets Clergy Support
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University of Baltimore Law Forum Article (pdf format)
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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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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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U.S. REP ELIJAH CUMMINGS

http://www.house.gov/cummings/press/04dec04a.htm

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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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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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http://wjz.com/localstories/local_story_120151448.html

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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http://nytimes.com/2005/05/11/national/11video.html

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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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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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.

Copyright © 2005, The Baltimore Sun


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Baltimore Cops Fight Back With Video
  • Drug Dealer DVD Has Been Circulating On City Streets
  • http://wjz.com/localstories/local_story_130155738.html
    May 10, 2005 7:40 pm US/Eastern
    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.”



    (© 2005 The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed. )

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    pril 13, 2005

    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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    Saturday, April 23, 2005
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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.

    Witnesses often too scared to testify against violent criminals in Baltimore

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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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    Editorial

    Giving Cover to Witnesses

    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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