Sunday, August 3, 2014

Disaster! A Department In Disarray

By A.F. James MacArthur
Agitator-In-Chief
@BaltoSpectator

On January 2, an unknown person walked out of Baltimore Police Evidence Control room with an untold amount of narcotics. Six months later, we're told the suspect remains "unknown."

It's quite strange, but there's still no mention of how an unknown person gets in and out of a highly secured, surveillance camera monitored room within police headquarters, and there's no clue who he is.


It's called the Evidence "Control" Unit, but apparently like so much of Baltimore Police, living up to their duties isn't much of a priority.

Some would say this is a reflection of leadership. Have you taken a good look at the likes of what passes for leadership at Baltimore Police lately?

Maybe you haven't, but if you want to sneak stuff out of Baltimore Police headquarters, perhaps Lt. Col Dan Lioi (pictured left) can show you how. He still hasn't been charged for the illegal crime gun, recovered from a crime scene, marked for destruction, entered into evidence, yet found at this house. AFTER he was arrested for beating his wife. There by making it present at ANOTHER crime scene in of itself.

This article won't even touch how Lioi shielded for a wife abusing murderer. That's another story.

Baltimore Police Departments idea of 
Evidence "Control."
Any sensible citizen should question the efficacy of a police department, that cannot even control or secure evidence at its own headquarters.

This is yet another glaring example, of the rank incompetence, and utter failure that's Baltimore Police. Masquerading as a legitimate agency.

We all saw the picture posted by Jayne Miller. If that isn't emblematic of the internal disarray in this department, you're just blind, and can't see.

Although the media has longed moved on. For such a highly critical incident, still unexplained, with such far reach implications, this is a curious story to let die. No oversight! No control! Not even the watchdogs are awake.












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Researcher, independent investigative journalist, and entrepreneur, A.F. James MacArthur has been a member of the underground news network for over 20 years. During this time, he's been a frequent subject of attack by government officials under the guise of law enforcement. Although closely watched and followed, he's often boycotted from being given any credit for his work by mainstream media.
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Sunday, March 16, 2014

Wanted Cop Shooter, Public Enemy Number 1 Captured

Story below is an early draft version that will be updated as more information becomes available. Be sure to check back later for additional background, context, and unique analysis.

As Case Rapidly Unfolded, Questions Arose Amid Conflicting Information

UPDATE: While this report was being prepared, WJZ reported Gregg Thomas turned himself in. But not before apparently granting an "exclusive" interview.


CAPTURED: Wanted fugitive, Gregg Thomas, the subject of a city-wide manhunt, wanted for 

allegedly shooting off duty Baltimore Police Officer Sgt. Keith McNeill,turned himself in to

 police and was arrested without incident Sunday evening.  Photo by Rochelle Ritchie/WJZ

Agitator-In-Chief
@BaltoSpectator

A newly promoted Sgt. Keith McNeill 
pictured with his mother, during 
promotions ceremony.
Sunday night Baltimore Police ended a massive manhunt in connection with the severe shooting of off-duty Sgt. Keith Mcneill, when the wanted suspect turned himself in.

According to Police Commissioner Anthony Batts, McNeill was shot early Friday night while sitting in his personal vehicle on the 1900 block of Belair Rd.

Referring to incident as a "cowardly act of violence," in a briefing Saturday night, the Commissioner vowed to use every means available to track down whoever was responsible for the attack. McNeill was described as "taking care of basic, domestic personal business," according to Batts. He declined to elaborate further.


Suspect Named


During the briefing, police said they were seeking Gregg Thomas, aged 34, as a person of interest in the shooting. A flyer released said he was "wanted for questioning only." Within a couple hours, Baltimore Police tweeted an update stating Thomas was now a "suspect" in the shooting and there was a warrant for his arrest.

No specifics were given on the exact charge(s) on the warrant, nor what transpired to change Thomas' status from "person of interest" to "wanted suspect" inside a couple of hours.

Baltimore Police have not revealed what led to such quick determination and identification of Thomas as a suspect.


BOLO = Be On the Look Out. For what?
Typically descriptions of the wanted suspect and
information on the crime committed are 

considered crucial on an intelligence bulletin. 
Particularly one handed out to the general public.
Adding to confusion was a flyer (pictured) handed out by police officers to cars at the intersection of E. North and Belair Rd., in the area where the shooting took place. 

Although at the time, the suspect was already named, and his picture had been released, a vague, lacking detail, indistinct bulletin was being issued to passersby. It is difficult to imagine how helpful those efforts could be, particularly to someone wholly unfamiliar with the incident.

Located near the intersection of E. North Ave and Belair Rd., adjacent to the landmark Baltimore Cemetery, save for a liquor story, a gas station, and a nearby methadone substance abuse program clinic, few businesses seem to be in operation in the area, particularly on the block where McNeill is said to have been sitting.

With a known history of heavy narcotics trafficking and extreme levels of violence in the vicinity and immediate surrounds, speculation and theories of what the off duty officer may have been doing in the area, have exploded on internet social media chatter.


Confusion Of Conflicting Information



Initially police had called Sgt. McNeill a "bystander" who was shot. The message quickly turned to him being "targeted." Despite vague media statements alluding to McNeill possibly being targeted due to his occupation, police have made no such determination, and stress it is still an active investigation, without any conclusion to motive as of this time.

Early media reports were worded in such a way, giving the impression of the officer being shot in the line of duty. This too has been determined to be clearly not the case.

The Baltimore Sun quoted Fraternal Officer Of Police president, Det. Bob Cherry, as saying he believed McNeill worked an administrative assignment in the Eastern District Station.

Throughout the city, SWAT officers conducted numerous raids in the search for Gregg Thomas. Batts has vowed they will not stop, and will remain relentless. A stern warning was issued to anyone hiding or harboring Thomas, as Batts declared him to be "Public Enemy Number 1." Numerous individuals have been detained for questioning in regards to the shooting.


More On McNeill

Recently turning 41, Sgt. McNeill has spent 19 years on the force and is married with children. A city native, and graduate of MERVO High School.

McNeill is a semi-professional motorcycle racer and an avid fan of the Baltimore Ravens.

At time of publication, McNeill condition was reported to be in critical condition of University of Maryland Shock Trauma Center.


Commissioner Batts described a semi-conscious, unable to speak McNeill, acknowledging his presence by nodding his head and giving a thumbs up.










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Researcher, independent investigative journalist, and entrepreneur, A.F. James MacArthur has been a member of the underground news network for over 20 years. During this time, he's been a frequent subject of attack by government officials under the guise of law enforcement. Although closely watched and followed, he's often boycotted from being given any credit for his work by mainstream media.
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Friday, March 14, 2014

Baltimore Spectator Or Phantom Shooter?

"In this world, everything happens for a reason.  Even the smallest, seemingly random event is part of some larger pattern of order. There is no such thing as true coincidence. Even if at the time it may appear so. These are just things, occurrences and incidents taking place, for which at the present we do not have sufficient explanation or understanding why." -- A.F. James MacArthur Ph.A.L.










Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Police Fail To Follow Own Policy On Cameras

James MacArthur/MacArthur Media
A recent, highly publicized incident, involving the assault and harassment of a photographer at a crime scene by Baltimore Police, have thrust the issue of First Amendment rights into the public consciousness. 

Incidents of Baltimore Police violating the First Amendment rights of citizens are not new here. Truthfully there have been many well documented instances for years now. The beleaguered department seems to have a particular penchant for displaying a gross disregard for the rights of citizens.

It is notable that the only time the issue seems to get played up in the media, is when the victim of this abuse is someone other than a person of color. Put simply, when black people are being routinely harassed, threatened and intimidated by Baltimore Police, The Baltimore Sun, and nearly every other local media - who mostly only follow the lead of the Sun - make little if any mention of it, and quickly move on, implying a tacit approval of police misconduct going on under their watch.

That is, until it involves their own. Then and only then, is it a big deal, even spurring a public apology from Police Commissioner Anthony Batts, and the launching of an immediate investigation. If only the everyday citizens of Baltimore, daily dealing with abuse from overly- aggressive, poorly trained, heavy handed officers, could be so lucky.

Instead, having no voice, they typically suffer in silence, taking their place among the choice-less, with media ignoring the role of being a voice for the voiceless.

Addendum:

In November 2012, the Baltimore Police Department finalized and adopted a formal policy for dealing with photography and video. Despite being sent to every officer via email, discussed during roll call, and plenty of media mention initially, General Order J-16 has become in practice, nothing more than mere suggestions. Well written words of damage control.

Having absolutely no effect on officers behavior, with no punishment or discipline mechanism in place for violators, the rights of citizens in Baltimore continue to be crushed by the cops.

In the video below, the author is seen talking to Baltimore Police Commissioner Anthony Batts, while surrounded by police. Police were initially threatening arrest for doing nothing more than standing on a sidewalk and taking pictures. Courtesy of Justin Fenton/The Baltimore Sun.


Baltimore Police General Order J-16: photo, video policy

Upon discovery that a bystander is observing, photographing, or video recording the conduct of police activity:

1. DO NOT impede or prevent the bystander's ability to continue doing so based solely on your discovery of his/her presence.

2. DO NOT seize or otherwise demand to take possession of any camera or video recording device the bystander may possess based solely on your discovery of his/her presence.

3. DO NOT demand to review, manipulate, or erase any images or video recording captured by the bystander based solely on your discovery of his/her presence.

4. For investigative purposes, be mindful of the potential that the bystander may witness, or capture images/video of events considered at some later time to be material evidence.

5. BEFORE taking any police action which would stop a bystander from observing, photographing, or video recording the conduct of police activity, Officer(s) must have observed the bystander committing some act [deemed criminal, such as obstruction, disorderly conduct or interfering with an officer's lawful duties].










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Sunday, March 9, 2014

Man Injured After Being Shot Multiple Times

After Seven Days Of No Reported Shootings, Violence Returns To Baltimore
Apparently death by stabbing doesn't count. During this same time period, 17-year-old Jowan Henry was stabbed and killed, after an argument Saturday night in the 2600 block of Mura St. The third juvenile murder victim this year.

Agitator-In-Chief
@BaltoSpectator

A street corner memorial marks the spot of a prior 
murder, as police investigate after a man was 
shot multiple times Sunday, on the 2500 block of Druid Hill Ave.
A man was shot multiple times Sunday afternoon in the 2500 block of Druid Hill Ave in West Baltimore. Although unconfirmed, according to the first initial tweet breaking the incident, by Baltimore Metro News, the victim is said to be 28 years old.
The Baltimore Spectator spoke to relatives of the victim at the scene. They indicated the man was still alive, being treated at an area hospital and was expected to survive.


A Wake Up Call For All Of Us

Details on the shooting are unclear, but apparently the victim may have been shot inside a home. A woman living at the house, peered out the window and said she was asked by police to remain upstairs while they processed and investigated the first floor of the home as an active crime scene. A young boy could be clearly seen looking outside through the same window. It is presumable he was a witness to the incident.
Police officials and crime scene investigators were seen going in and out of the house. There were no evidence markers indicating the presence of shell casing or other items related to a shooting on the outside.

The surrounding neighborhood is no stranger to violence. Among the trash strewn alleyways and vacant home lined streets, numerous homicides have taken place within the immediate vicinity over the years.

Multiple faded balloons and other artifacts could be seen tied to poles and street signs, marking the places where other victims have lost their lives.

Incidentally, it was over an hour after the incident happened before Baltimore Police tweeted the shooting. In typical fashion, few details were given. No word of a possible suspect or motive.
File this under: routine, non-fatal Baltimore shooting. The kind of incident that will be lucky to literally get 15 seconds of TV time on the evening news. If any mention at all.









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Monday, March 3, 2014

Seriously? Is that the best you got?

A line drawn in the sand is only as scary as the person drawing it.


Most Socially Aware Oscar Related Tweet


For seeing things as they are, and having the courage to say things as they are, in a day and age when self-censoring and political correctness is eroding the very essence of honest expression, we salute you. Congratulation Pastor Cho!

Thursday, February 13, 2014

Police Blast Bad Guys With AND Without Guns - 3 Shot, 2 Dead

Prior to harassing a Baltimore Spectator reporter, 
Baltimore Police investigate a police involved shooting. 
Photo by James MacArthur/MacArthur Media
CORRECTION: Initial information indicated both suspects were shot and killed in the second incident involving police impersonators and a home burglary. At this point only one suspect is confirmed dead. The status, condition, and identification of the other man is still unknown. Baltimore Police have not provided the information. 3 February 2014

In most cities, two police involved shootings, just a couple hours apart would be major news. But in Baltimore, apparently we're easily impressed, so when it snows in winter, it's time to drop all real reporting, and pretend endless repetitive chatter about snow is insightful and informative.

Despite police clearly stating the robbery suspect at the 7-11 near Mondawmin on Liberty Rd did not have a gun, the fact that he was shot while posing no threat to safety, will likely be quickly overlooked and given a pass with the consent of the media.

After all, he was a criminal. This is Baltimore. Aren't we supposed to shoot them?

Meanwhile, in classic Baltimore Police fashion, everything came to a screeching halt once The Baltimore Spectator arrived on scene to cover the story. It is notable, no other journalists on location were harassed, intimidated, or threatened by Baltimore's gestapo, jackbooted thugs.

Agitator-In-Chief, James MacArthur, expressed his severe disappointment to Commissioner Batts in an open letter.


It would be nice to see more of the real police on our streets, the ones worthy of the title officer. The rest, best be gone. They continue to destroy all credibility and relationships with the community.

Despite the grossly inaccurate, cavalier downplaying and marginalizing by Baltimore Sun reporter Justin Fenton, of what was a very serious and unwarranted encroachment by police who should have been focused on investigating and incident, we remain undeterred..

As citizens and a journalists, there is no reason to sit quietly and take abuse from government official who are supposed to be serving us all.

A Crappy Ending... To A Life 

No one envisions their expired earthly body being discovered in a place where human waste is deposited.

Like the day before, Wednesday started with a first-thing-in-the-morning bonus body. What is a bonus body you ask? It's when a random dead body is found, and there's no immediate connection to a known or reported crime.

A mans body was found in a porta potty in the 900 block of Thames St. near Wolfe St. Wednesday morning in the Fells Point community.  Although we're told homicide detectives are investigating, there was no word on the circumstances or whether foul play was suspected. This being Baltimore, we're suspicious.

With over 30 murders, plus 4 police involved shootings this year, those homicide guys are really busy. Don't expect to hear much from them any time soon. After all, half of the murder happening here are never ever solved.

Perhaps dead bodies being found has become so routine (we've had three since last week), that's its no longer news here, but if you're looking for an article on this incident, good luck. There are none. Our initial searches indicate the Baltimore press corps has little interest in this one. For now. After all, it is winter, and it's snowing.

As we pointed out yesterday, when the day begins this way, lookout, it's a sure sign of oncoming chaos. And the day surely delivered.

Also on Wednesday...

BREAKING NEWS: White People Discover It's Dangerous In Baltimore

An overcapacity crowd, filled with angry, pissed off people, 
showed up to give the Mayor and Police Commissioner 
a piece of their mind./Photo by Fern Shen, Baltimore Brew
On the heels of all the hoopla created after certain parts of the city suddenly started standing up and speaking out on the epidemic of violence, a hugely attended community meeting on crime in the community was held in Southeast Baltimore.

Although crime has plagued this city for decades, and the police have never been real effective in dealing with it, it's now trendy to demand a more responsive and committed police force in the city.

Basically, the stuff that's been written about in these pages for the last five years is starting to catch on.

Highlights from the meeting:

Commissioner Batts: "Some of the things that are taking place in this community should not be happening."

For her part, Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake said "I am focused … on action and finding partners who are doing more than complain." Translation, I really don't want to hear about your problems so save it.

Of course, nothing was said about things happening in other communities in the city.

Kudos to Del. Luke Clippinger, who organized the meeting and said the area's problems reflect broader issues in a city with a climbing homicide rate. We're glad the delegate is paying attention and showing concern, but shouldn't this meeting have been called by a city council member? Make them earn their keep!









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Actions Must Speak Louder Than Words - Open Letter To Commissioner Batts

Anthony Batts
Commissioner
Baltimore Police Department


Dear Commissioner Batts,

Although I have very low hopes of your paying any attention to this, nor do I expect much to happen. I am a desperate man, with a desperate plea.

For far too long, I have been the subject of continued harassment, threats, intimidation, and even trumped up, false arrests (many of them thrown out) by members of the Baltimore Police Department.

As a long time, well known, independent voice in media, not to mention a taxpaying citizen of Baltimore, I'm utterly disgusted by officers on your force treating me like a second class citizen, and a criminal suspect. All because I have strong opinions and I'm not afraid to express them.

Perhaps they need to be reminded of what the First Amendment of the Constitution means for the citizens they serve.

Truth is, remedial training on the rights of citizens in general would probably go a long way towards achieving that whole, citizen-and-community-cooperation thing you and the Mayor so often speak off.

As a journalist, I would like to perform my duties of informing the public without being hampered or harassed by the police. I don't see mainstream media treated this way. Last I checked, the police do not have the right to decide who is media and who isn't.

In a city filled with violence and residents who are sick and tired of seeing what appears to be no hope or solution in sight, we all want to see our police officers focused on crime and keeping us safe. Time and effort spent harassing me does nothing to further those ends.

We should be working together to serve the citizens of this city in our respective roles. Thus far, this simply hasn't happened. The Baltimore Police have decided to wage war on me. It is not my intention to sit in silence and take it.

It would be nice to see this stop.


Truth To The Masses

A.F. James MacArthur

Director
MacArthur International Media











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To all those who willfully, deliberately and routinely violate the civil rights of law abiding American Citizens; Yes, you're powerful. Sure, you're everywhere. But this is still America, and the Constitution of the United States Of America still reigns supreme as the law of the land. The Baltimore Spectator will vigorously and aggressively defend against any and all attempts at spying and suppression. Let it be known to all that we are already aware of the regular monitoring and shadowing attempts. There is nothing to hide, but cross the line and there will be hell to pay.

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