25 January 2015

Police Shoot Man - Killing Him

Baltimore's Second Police Involved Shooting In Two Days
25 January 2015
By A.F. James MacArthur
Agitator-In-Chief
@BaltoSpectator

A man was fatally wounded after being shot in the chest by a Baltimore Police officer Saturday night.

The incident took place when a resident flagged down a passing officer on the 1900 block of McHenry Street in south Baltimore around 8:30 p.m.

According to police, the citizen told the officer a family member was inside a residence threatening to harm other family members. Family was gathered together for a 3-year-old's birthday party when the incident took place.


Baltimore Police Deputy Commissioner Jerry Rodriguez stated the young veteran officer -- with less than two years on the force -- entered the residence and found the man with a knife in his hand.

After failing to comply with orders to drop the knife, the officer fired a single shot into the man's upper chest. Police say immediate aid was rendered, however the man died as a result of the gunshot wound a short time later at an area hospital.

View full, unedited video of Baltimore Police press conference.
 According to Rodriguez, a full investigation is underway, but preliminary investigations did not indicate alcohol or drugs as a factor. No mention was made of the knife wielding individuals mental state, or what precipitated the incident.

No family members, nor the responding officer was injured during the incident.


Officer Involved In Thursday Shooting Identified

On Thursday night, Baltimore Police officer Angel Richardson, 32, a former city firefighter-paramedic, with just about two years on the police force, shot a man after a struggle related to a traffic stop.

Initially attempting to stop the driver of a minivan on Reisterstown Rd in Northwest Baltimore, the man fled from police.

After crashing the minivan, the driver and another occupant bailed out and a foot chase ensued. The other occupant -- a juvenile -- was arrested without incident.

At some point police say the driver "turned on the officer" and got into a physical confrontation with the Richardson. Feeling "overpowered" Richardson feared for her life, and police say as a last resort, opened fire on the individual.

The man shot was transported to an area hospital. At the time of this writing he was said to be recovering from his injuries. Baltimore police have not yet released any information on any criminal charges.

Thursday's shooting prompted The Baltimore Spectator to publish an editorial analysis asking the question of whether Baltimore Police were "Trigger Happy," resorting to lethal force before other means were first attempted. Two days later, police would shoot another man.

To date the editorial has been one of the most widely read stories at The Baltimore Spectator, garnering nearly 10,000 views in less than 24 hours and prompting hundreds of shares on social media, and a steady stream of comments showcasing varying opinions from readers.

Listen to James MacArthur's initial report recorded live on scene.







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23 January 2015

Trigger Happy? -- Baltimore Police Shoot Unarmed Man... AGAIN

Second Police Involved Shooting In Less Than A Month
23 January 2015
By A.F. James MacArthur
Agitator-In-Chief
@BaltoSpectator


NOTE: A previous photo appearing here was used for illustrative purposes only. The decision was made to remove it. It is NOT owned by The Baltimore Spectator, nor is it directly or indirectly connected to this article. The picture showed an interaction between police and suspect. That's it. It's not intended to do anything other than show correlation between Baltimore Police and suspects. The incident described in the story is all that matters. Taken by Baltimore Sun Photographer Andre F. Chung, 6 June 6 1997. Police Officer Raymond Cook is seen arresting 16-year-old Lance Tate on an armed carjacking charge at the corner of Edmondson Avenue and Allendale. Sadly, weeks after the photo was taken, in an unrelated incident, Tate was shot to death in what police called a fight between rival gangs. 
Shoot first, and figure out justification later seems to be the current, standard use-of-force operating procedure in Baltimore City these days.

The latest incident, happening Thursday night in Park Heights, involves an unarmed subject who police attempted to perform a traffic stop on. The man sped off, evading capture before crashing the vehicle. At that point the suspect bailed out, and police gave chase.

Although police state there was some sort of physical struggle that ensued, there was no word of any weapon being found on the scene, or on the suspect, nor was there any other articulation of a life threatening situation. We're simply told the suspect struggled with police, so the officer shot him.

At this point, it's clear that Baltimore Police can virtually shoot anyone at anytime, and some how, some way, no matter what, it'll inevitably be ruled a good shoot. Although we weren't there, logic has it that most every arrest involves a physical struggle.

With people getting into fist fights everyday, and no one dying, a mere "physical struggle" is hardly ever considered life threatening, particularly in a situation where the suspect was likely greatly outnumbered by police officers.

There is nothing unusual about a police officer having to get into a physical confrontation as a routine part of his or her job. However it seems now the bar for using lethal force is awfully low in Baltimore.


Police Given A Pass

It's not clear how or even why we've arrived at the current sad state of media affairs in Baltimore. If reporters won't ask tough questions of the public servants who's job it is to keep us safe, then who will?

By their lack of a willingness to ask tough questions, and show any inkling of wanting to hold police accountable, Baltimore media has virtually given an "anything goes" pass to the Baltimore Police Department.

The last time Baltimore police shot a man was a few weeks ago near the end of December. He toowas unarmed. Nothing about the police explanation of events even remotely suggests the burglary suspect posed an immediate threat to responding officers. Desperately seeking justification, the best police could come up with at the time was; the man who they'd caught coming out of an unoccupied store that was closed for the day, had a "shiny object" in his hand. End of story.

The "shiny object" was never identified nor shown to the public. The story was all but completely ignored by media. It seemed no one reporting news in Baltimore found it peculiar that police shot a man who; A) had no weapon, nor even threatened or feigned having one, B) did not engage officers in even the slightest bit of physical struggle.

Strangely in that case, despite the narrative being laid out clearly by Baltimore Police; in a blatant display of the type of statist propaganda mainstream media does best, several news outlets altered the facts, taking the story from a man standing there with a "shiny object" in his hand, to a man "charging" at officers with said shiny object in his hand. The police never made mention of any charging. Where the news got this from we will never know.


Dangerous Suspects Able To Be Apprehended Without Lethal Force

In anticipation of the inevitable usual police apologists and those who habitually justify use of excessive force (because police can do no wrong), the following incidents are placed here for comparative perspective:

  • An armed man who attempted to rob a Toys R Us store in Towson Wednesday, was captured alive by Baltimore County Police. Note; HE HAD A GUN, yet no shots were fired.  It's hard to imagine a situation more dangerous, and actually justifying use of lethal force, yet Baltimore County Police demonstrated, arrest of armed subjects is sometimes possible without opening fire. How much more possible should it then be to take down unarmed suspects without shooting them?

  • Christopher Todd Jackson pulled out a knife when deputies tried to arrest him. He wasn't
    shot either. Although it didn't happen in Baltimore, the story of the possibly deranged man, attempting to throw a knife at the police in struck me. Here you have a man, actually clearly intent on doing potentially lethal harm to police, yet in he's not shot. Police are able to arrest him. No one is hurt.






Trigger Happy Track Record

Let's face it, Baltimore Police love to shoot their guns. There have been so many cases, more than any other area agency, of Baltimore Police shooting their guns, when it simply made no sense at all. Here are just a few.




Officer William Kern shot police officer trainee, Raymond Gray in the head, nearly killing him dead. IN A TRAINING INCIDENT. At the time of the incident, few grasped the significance.

Prosecutors stated the police trainer had an "unhealthy relationship" and fixation with his gun. These guys LOVE to shoot.

If a veteran trainer of police could be as sloppy, cavalier and dangerous with his gun as Kern was, how much worse are his legions of former students and trainees likely to be?

Kern was one of the organizers of an illegal, unauthorized, highly dangerous training exercise which involved trespassing on state property.

Not only was Kern a dangerously reckless individual, responsible for showing others how to properly use firearms -- a lesson which he obviously never mastered -- but for the observant, he also provides a vivid view of the careless culture of the department. It's no wonder they shoot any time for any reason. It's how they were trained. They don't know any better.


When Officer William Torbit was gunned down in a hail of bullets outside a downtown night club, The Baltimore Spectator was first on the scene, putting out live updates via twitter.

Although deemed a tragic mistake, with no one being charged, punished, or even reprimanded, anyone living in Baltimore should be highly disturbed by the incident.

When a police department can fire 41 shots at one of their own, a veteran well known, well loved officer no less; the rest of us are doomed. Citizens of the city should realize we simply don't stand a chance. These wanna be jackass cowboys will shoot at anything that moves.


BPD = Bullsh*t Police Department

When an escaped steer attempted to go for one last stroll of freedom before becoming hamburger, the last thing any reasonable person expected was the blunted horn, castrated male cow, minding his own business, simply strutting down the street, would be blasted to bovine heaven to hang with the great herd in the sky.

But, despite the congested urban environment, filled with bystanders, despite the fact that it's against policy, safety protocol, and common sense to shoot from a moving vehicle, that's exactly what Baltimore Police did.




No One Is Innocent


20 year-old Dameatrice Moore had stopped off at a carry out food spot on York Rd., when Baltimore Police officer Quinton Smith, attempting to arrest a suspect, opened fire. Moore - an innocent bystander - and another man having nothing to do with anything, were both shot.

With this kind of a track record, which we've only examined briefly, one must wonder why every time there's a police involved shooting here, Baltimore Police aren't met with a phalanx of reporters demanding answers and details as to just what happened.

Instead, it's as if they've been given consent by a complicit silence from a media, who seems to have lost sight of their purpose and ability in protecting citizens from danger. Even if that danger is the police.






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21 January 2015

Early Morning Music And Musings -- Radio Show

21 January 2015
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Launching into a spontaneous, impromptu broadcast, James MacArthur plays music interspersed with his unique manner of doing news, giving views, and reviews.





20 January 2015

The Enemy Within -- Baltimore Police And The KKK - A Special Report Part 1

CNN Guest Claims KKK Grand Dragon Part of Baltimore Police Department

21 January 2015
By A.F. James MacArthur
Agitator-In-Chief
@BaltoSpectator

The Baltimore Police Department has long been infiltrated by Ku Klux Klan members. Skeptics who scoff demanding proof should be reminded, by it's very nature a secret society, members of the hate group could live and work alongside you every day and you would never know.

The very name of the Maryland division should serve as a clue: the Invisible Empire, Knights of the Ku Klux Klan.

A 20 year veteran black homicide detective, Sgt. Kelvin Sewell, was even forced to view KKK material on a work computer at Baltimore Police headquarters by his white superior. Charles Bealefeld, brother of then Baltimore Police Commissioner Frederick Bealefed was one of several personnel the department sought to discipline as a result of the incident. Read more here.

On a show originally airing 6 January 2015, Daryl Davis made a shocking claim while being interviewed live by CNN's Don Lemon on CNN Tonight. Davis is the author of the book Klan-Destine Relationships - A Black Man's Odyssey In The Ku Klux Klan. 

In the interview Davis reveals a former Grand Dragon of the State of Maryland, Robert White, worked as a Baltimore Police officer in his day job. You can watch the shocking assertion in the attached video below.

This was a major revelation on a national news program. Either Baltimore mainstream media cluelessly missed it (this happens often), or are purposely trying to downplay and ignore it, as if such a crucial bit of historical detail is somehow unimportant.

Read the full transcript of the broadcast here. 

It's highly unlikely that such a high ranking klansman like Robert White would be a Baltimore police officer and not have recruited others on or to the job.

A Shadowy Existence

Between secret handshakes and signals, the overall code of discretion and maintaining a low key demeanor, determining who is and isn't a KKK member is a daunting challenge not easily accomplished. The group has been around over 150 years and has perfected blending in. They pride themselves on having members in high places.

Having absolute authority and the ability to control, harass and even use lethal force on people in a city with estimates of an over 70% black population, this is too much temptation for some to resist.

Maryland has a long and storied history of Klan presence, but to this day, a great many of it's residents, black and white, remain in deep denial of this dark chapter of it's history, with activity continuing to this day.

From time to time, little hints of the underlying evil permeating the core of these groups show up in isolated incidents. The lack of a direct link to KKK responsibility, should not lull one into thinking they are no longer present or active. The truth is, this just isn't so.

It'll be interesting to see if the shocking revelation in this video will get any response. Whether there'll be any statements at all from the Baltimore Police Department, the mayor or the city council. My guess is they'd rather soon have you not know about stuff like this having took place, than be forthright and honest.

Also, expect one of two things from the media; continued silence -- a preferred tactic often times -- or taking the story and running with it, as if they were on it all along, and never admitting to having seen it in this space. While it's certainly not an "exclusive," it wouldn't be the first time Baltimore media didn't find a story worth talking about until they heard it being put out by The Baltimore Spectator.

But at least the Baltimore Police Department isn't as bad as a Florida police department with a history of hiring ranking Ku Klux Klan members. 

One wonders, just how prevalent are Klan members within our nations police departments anyhow? How many more members of Baltimore Police, past and present are like Robert White, klansmen by night, police officer by day?






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18 January 2015

With Baltimore Police, Disobedience Leads To Death -- Editorial & Critical Analysis

Disregarding A Direct Order Caused The Death Of Officer Chandler

19 January 2015
By A.F. James MacArthur
Agitator-In-Chief
@BaltoSpectator

Officer Craig Chandler didn't have to die. He should still be here, doing his job, working to protect the people of Baltimore. He was laid to rest Sunday.
Nearly two months after a high speed chase resulting in a horrific crash, Officer Chandler succumbed to his injuries.
Although not on the list of the 10 most dangerous professions, police officers and their unions often like to state how dangerous their jobs are. What is typically unsaid is much of this danger is created and perpetuated by actions of their own doing. Contrary to popular propaganda and politically charged rhetoric, more police officers will probably be killed in car crashes this year, as has been the case almost every year, than from a gunman's bullet.

Officer Chandler's casket.
Public safety agencies operate, or are supposed to operate,
under a well defined set of standard operating procedures and protocol. When individuals choose to deviate from policy for whatever reason, it is not unusual for their actions to yield disastrous, even fatal results.

From needless destruction of property, to severe injuries of civilians, suspects, and even officers, the predictable results of officers going rogue are outcomes that are far too costly, emotionally, financially, and in other immeasurable ways.

As condolences and kind words flow in from around the nation for Chandler there's something that isn't being discussed by anyone regarding his death.

It was entirely preventable. Like so many other deaths in the past, had members of the department found it convenient to follow direct orders from a superior, Sunday's funeral might not have taken place.

When police commanders ordered Officer Brandon Bolt to break off the pursuit on 23 November, if he had complied with a direct order, there is no question Officer Chandler would be alive today. There is no mystery about this. The crash, which injured the moped rider being chased, Deonta Winston, 22, and the two of the three officers, including Chandler, riding in one police car, was entirely preventable.

 "Far too often, officers in this department who work to make Baltimore safer are called upon to make this ultimate sacrifice...We will forever honor their memory, their diligence, their service and support their families." - Police Commissioner Anthony Batts

This isn't about hindsight and second guessing. It's about a chronic lack of discipline and leadership's failure to take charge and control of the officers of this department. The leniency and lack of sufficient discipline customarily seen when officers behave badly is squarely to blame.

Elected officials, including Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake, who ultimately are supposed to have oversight of the department, have blood on their hands too. The problems permeating the entire police department are nothing new to these people, yet none have had the courage to stand up, take charge, and institute true and comprehensive reform.

How many more needless deaths will it take?

Officer Chandlers death and his life of service would be appropriately honored by a city and it's police department once and for all deciding enough is enough. There is no excuse for a department operating in the way this one is. The madness must stop.


Part 2 -- FURTHER ANALYSIS

The reader is cautioned to note, the track record of chases gone bad is much more vast than what is examined here. Detailed in this analysis are just a very small sampling of numerous cases of Baltimore Police high speed chases resulting in death. 

The listing is by no means all inclusive, nor does it account for the numerous pursuits that have resulted in serious, non-fatal injury, and significant property damage. They are not listed here due to space constraints.

An Expensive Lesson Unlearned
 
The poor discipline, moral, supervision and training within the Baltimore Police Department was well documented in a $285,000 report commissioned by the department itself. The Wasserman report, also known as "Public Safety in the City of Baltimore; A Strategic Plan for Improvement" was authored by an independent, outside group. It should have served as a blueprint for the reform so desperately needed. Sadly, since its release, there has been little evidence of any lessons learned or proper implementation of meaningful change.

The department bypassed lower bidders for the one offered by Strategic Policy Partnership LLC. A company with ties to former Los Angeles Police Chief, now current New York Police Department Commissioner, William J. Bratton. Bratton is a long time ally of Baltimore Police Commissioner Anthony W. Batts. Any connection between the two and the highest bid has been denied.


The Cost In Human Lives Continue

46-year-old Angel Chiwengo, Devell Johns, 26, and Terrell Young, 28, were all killed in September of 2013 after a 4 mile, unauthorized police chase resulted in a spectacular collision at the intersection of York Rd. and Northern Parkway that led to a horrific explosion. Trapped in the cars, they burned to death. The driver of the car carrying Chiwengo, 54-year-old Andrew Baker Jr., was also critically injured, but survived. Barely.

The officers pursuing in a rental car -- unrecognized by the state of Maryland as an authorized emergency vehicle, lacking a siren, markings, or other emergency equipment -- were unharmed.

Multiple witnesses said they did not hear sirens before the crash.

The four mile chase was initiated by Officer Adam Storie and Officer Warren Banks II, both assigned to the northeast district.

With speeds at times approaching 100 miles per hour, the reckless chase began when the officers thought they may have "smelled
weed" in the car occupied by Johns and Young. Recordings of radio transmissions reveal the officers were ordered to break the chase. They didn't. People died.

Chiwengo was being driven home after work by a friend, when the pair being pursued crashed into the vehicle she was riding in. In an interview with WBAL, Pascaline Chiwengo blamed the Baltimore Police Department for her sister's death stating; "They need to look into another way to chase them bad people. These people have got tags. Why not take the tag and look for them little by little? Why chase them and kill other people? Innocent people don't do nothing." 

Two of the victims burned to death trapped in their car.
The Baltimore Police Department's pursuit policy prohibits officers from chasing suspects in vehicles except under "exigent circumstances," including in instances in which officers believe that failing to pursue could lead to injury or death or there isn't time for another approach.

It is unclear how suspected marijuana possession could have remotely fit the description here mentioned. No public threat has ever been articulated by individuals who's primary offense is mere possession of a narcotic.

At the time of the incident, acting police spokesman Captain Eric Kowalczyk said he did not know whether the officers had alerted dispatchers that they were following a car.

Nearly two years later, full details of just what happened haven't been revealed. It is unclear whether the investigation has concluded, nor what the final results are.

Baltimore media and the police department have largely moved on from the incident as if it never happened. History here was, and is, doomed to repeat itself.


A Perilous Pattern

In July of 2010, Haines Holloway-Lilliston, 27, a Towson University graduate, was killed after
Baltimore Police Officer Timothy Beall collided into his motorcycle from behind. He was being chased for speeding.

Occurring far out of his jurisdiction, and deep into Baltimore County, Beall maintained the unauthorized pursuit, even after he was ordered to “end the chase” by a commander and and he had turned off his lights and siren.

A Maryland State Police investigation into the fatal crash revealed Holloway-Lilliston's body bounced off the hood of Beall's patrol car after being struck. However at the time, Beall told investigators the motorcyclist “crashed out in front of him.” No criminal charges were filed against Beall.

Holloway-Lilliston's family has sued the city, mayor and the police department for his death. In a statement, the family’s attorney, William “Billy” Murphy said; “For some reason, after he [Officer Beall] acknowledged the order to stop, he kept on... he was at the wrong place at the wrong time doing the wrong thing to our client.”

Summary Conclusion

University of South Carolina professor of criminology, Geoffrey Alpert, was quoted in USA Today stating that approximately 35% – 40% of police chases end in traffic crashes. Alpert also says that while the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration says that police pursuits result in about 360 deaths a year, the actual number is likely three to be four times higher. There is no mandatory reporting for police chase involved deaths.

Dangerous, illegal, and reckless behavior being performed by criminal suspects, is rarely sufficient behavior for law enforcement to do the same.

In situations where the public is already being placed in great danger by the suspect, a pursuit, particularly in congested urban environments, exponentially raises the risk to all involved. The risk incurred from a high speed chase, except in the most extreme of circumstance, typically outweigh any perceived or potential benefit to the public. The same body police are sworn to protect and serve.

In far too many cases, about one-third of the time, the victims of these incidents are innocent, uninvolved bystanders.

With lack of sufficient discipline, punishment and inadequate supervision for officers, particularly those who choose to ignore well established departmental standard operating procedures, there is little reason to believe the high speed chases -- in violation of department policy -- will stop happening in the future.

Sufficient alternatives to most chases exist. These include helicopters, spike trips, even electronic counter measures to name a few. Departments need to be adamant in insisting on their use.

In most cases where chase incidents resulted in fatalities, the original suspected offense can hardly be used to justify the loss of human life. According to Professor Alpert, "...chasing someone for a traffic offense or a property offense is not worth the risk of people's lives and well-being."

Without sweeping change and vigorous enforcement of existing policy, including harsh punishment for failing to follow them, a public already at risk from criminal offenders, stands to continue to be further endangered by their supposed protectors. 





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Maryland Maintains Status Among "Most Dangerous" States In Country

Despite Rhetoric And Meaningless Claims, Numbers Tell The Truth
18 January 2015
By A.F. James MacArthur
Agitator-In-Chief
@BaltoSpectator

For the second January in a row, Baltimore is going through a scary spike in shootings and murders. Eight people have been shot in the city since Friday. Numerous robberies and assaults have taken place during the same time period.

A 20-year-old shooting victim, a college student, on campus, being loaded onto an ambulance.
Despite all the many good things Maryland has going for it, the inexcusable rate of third-world-like violence remains a permanent blemish on it's record. The seeming silence from politicians and leaders belie the facts of the true hazards to health that living in one of the richest states in the country come with.

Ranking as the eighth most dangerous state in the nation, Maryland would love to delude itself into thinking things aren't so bad. In reality, they are.


It should come as no surprise that Baltimore heavily tilts the balance of the entire state, ensuring it's position on the list. A situation that should concern every Maryland resident, not just those living in Baltimore.

If violent crime isn't addressed in a holistic, comprehensive manner, one that is viewed as a problem affecting everyone, with a sense of urgency, regardless of social or economic status or standing, true solutions will never be had. Expect to see another article exactly like this one, one year from now.

Here are the sobering numbers:

Maryland, the eighth most dangerous state.

Violent crimes per 100,000: 467.8
Population: 5,928,814
Total 2013 murders: 381 (13th highest)
Poverty rate: 10.1% (3rd lowest)
Pct. of adults with high school diploma: 89.1% (24th highest)

Unlike most dangerous states, Maryland’s high crime rate cannot be explained by economic indicators. The state’s median household income of $72,483 was the highest in the country in 2013, and only 10% of Maryland’s population lived in poverty in 2013 — well below the national rate of 15.8%. Also, nearly 38% of residents had at least a bachelor’s degree, more than 7 percentage points above the national rate. Nevertheless, nearly 468 violent crimes were reported per 100,000 residents in 2013. Baltimore’s violent crime rate of 1,401 per 100,000 city residents in 2013 — the seventh highest rate compared to other U.S. cities — may have skewed the state’s overall crime rate.

In a podcast recorded Saturday, James MacArthur candidly expresses seeing little hope for change.
 


Read more: The Most Dangerous States in America - 24/7 Wall St.





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