November 27th, 2015
What am I thankful for? I’m thankful that we have an opportunity, today, to recognize and acknowledge our rights, and our right and obligation to stand up for our rights and the rights of everyone, but particularly the rights of women, blacks, Muslims, immigrants, and everyone else who is under siege. It’s times like these where I’m thankful to be an attorney, sworn on oath to uphold the Constitution, grateful to have this piece of paper that says I can open a door for others. Day to day, I do this in a small way, helping people speak up, participate, and exercise their rights. But the much larger picture is so ugly. Each and every one of us, this is our right and our obligation. We have lost so much in the rights department since 2001, and now our most fundamental Constitutional rights are being challenged from all sides, in many venues. Stand up, ramp it up.
Last week, racist terrorists with stated intent to raise hell shot unarmed #blacklivesmatter #justice4Jamal protesters in Minneapolis.
Today, it’s a domestic terrorists shooting at a Planned Parenthood clinic in Colorado Springs, CO, so far shooting at least one police officer killed and four injured, and two civilians killed and unknown others injured, 9 or maybe more civilians injured.
Planned Parenthood notes that:
We share the concerns of many Americans that extremists are creating a poisonous environment that feeds domestic terrorism in this country.
It’s not surprising there’s be a terrorist at a Planned Parenthood, it’s happened before, and will probably happen again. But it raises the issue of responsibility of speech. One of the latest right-wing political distractions has been a protracted, orchestrated, inflamed and vitriolic focus on Planned Parenthood, based on a phony video, and aimed at cutting Planned Parenthood federal funding. Nevermind that Roe v. Wade is the law of the land since 1973, despite so many attempts to legislate it away (like the 50+ attempts to repeal “Obamacare”), since that time there have been repeated efforts to strip federal funding, many Planned Parenthood clinics do not offer abortions, abortions constitute just 3% of services, and look HERE at the government funding. And today a guy goes in and shoots up Planned Parenthood in Colorado Springs, CO.
What this says to me is that this is not about abortion. It’s a rallying cry to limit Constitutional rights, and to prevent women’s access to health care and birth control, cancer testing, and STD treatment.
- At least 1 Colorado Springs officer injured in ongoing active shooter situation at Planned Parenthood
- Shots Reported Near Planned Parenthood Clinic in Colorado Springs
In tandem, we see a rallying cry to prohibit entry of refugees, to establish a “religious test,” and such inflamed hatred directed at Muslims, citizens and non-citizens alike. Horrible, ugly stuff. Over and over, the rants are based on a claim of theocracy, the the U.S. is a “Christian” nation, and that only “Christians” should be allowed in. Not a thought is given to the founding of this country by people fleeing theocracy! No weight is given to the Constitutional prohibition of establishment of a state (government) religion.
And in Texas, a Texas militia group posts names and addresses of Muslims and “Muslim associates” (report HERE) for what purpose other than to encourage “religious” terrorists? Here’s THE Texas Militia site: Texas Militia. Same one?
November 24th, 2015
The threads are being taken down, but many have screenshots. Interesting that some of the comments on the City Pages article have disappeared, names were named in those disappearing threads, at least one showed up in comments, and surprise, and at least one has disappeared as well.
UPDATE: Saigamarine released, to others arrested. Here’s the “connect the dots” piece: REVEALED: Accused Minneapolis shooters fascinated with guns, militia groups and the Confederacy.
UPDATE: Two arrests so far… 23 y.o. white male in Bloomington, and 32 y.o. Hispanic male in south Mpls.
For several nights running there have been white supremacists coming to the 4th Precinct, their online stated intent to shake things up and hurt people.
Here’s advice from one of them:
Don’t buy equipment in front of a video camera and then go Dindu Hunting before the data gets erased. (You probably have no way of knowing how long it is kept, if it was erased or even recorded.) It will be used against you.
Wait a few weeks, have patience, don’t get greedy. One Testimony (slain Dindu) that can’t be traced beats 50 that got you killed/captured and tortured. It makes the Dindus think that the “enemy” is everywhere. That causes them to lash out at the wrong people.
Here’s Minnesota’s criminal statute regarding terroristic threats:
Whoever threatens, directly or indirectly, to commit any crime of violence with purpose to terrorize another or to cause evacuation of a building, place of assembly, vehicle or facility of public transportation or otherwise to cause serious public inconvenience, or in a reckless disregard of the risk of causing such terror or inconvenience may be sentenced to imprisonment for not more than five years or to payment of a fine of not more than $10,000, or both. As used in this subdivision, “crime of violence” has the meaning given “violent crime” in section 609.1095, subdivision 1, paragraph (d).
Subd. 2.Communicates to terrorize.Whoever communicates to another with purpose to terrorize another or in reckless disregard of the risk of causing such terror, that explosives or an explosive device or any incendiary device is present at a named place or location, whether or not the same is in fact present, may be sentenced to imprisonment for not more than three years or to payment of a fine of not more than $3,000, or both.
November 23rd, 2015
November 21st, 2015
Citizens trying to quietly and respectfully address the police problems in Minneapolis to the City Council were tossed out of the room, no public comment allowed!
I’ve known Jan Nye forever, she’s the third one here speaking to the Minneapolis City Council, and was hauled out, as were the others. Before her was her partner Dave Bicking, who was also hauled out of the room. Bicking was a member of the Civilian Review Board, which was disbanded by the City. Since then, there have been many, many complaints regarding police behavior, and only 0.1% result in any discipline. There’s a problem in Minneapolis, and it needs to be addressed.
November 19th, 2015
Here’s a “response” to the Letter to the Editor that I wrote last month — check the flawed logic and ad hominem jab:
And, what I find completely reprehensible, is that an officer of the court will give tacit acquiesce to this kind of activity based on some abstract concept of “cultural injustice.”
Yup, he really said that… and more… and it took him so many more words to do it (I wonder who wrote it for him):
There have been numerous news accounts where gang members roll through a black neighborhood shooting indiscriminately and an innocent black child is killed by a stray bullet through the wall. What “cultural injustice” causes this behavior? And why does this black life not matter?
Roughly 7,000 blacks are murdered annually. Tragically this figure represents more than 50 percent of all murders and even sadder still is that 95 percent of these murders occur at the hand of other blacks (see Walter Williams’ “ Fiddling Away the Future,” July 8, 2015). What cultural injustice allows for this and why do these black lives not matter?
Two Hattiesburg, Mississippi, police were murdered by four black men and a black woman. One of the officers, 25-year-old Liquori Tare, was black as well. Why does officer Tate’s black life not matter?
Two Brooklyn police officers were assassinated as they sat in their police cruiser, Ismaaley Brinsley, the black gunman who killed them, had earlier put a bullet in his ex-girlfriends abdomen. Why does her black life not matter and what cultural injustice justifies her shooting in Baltimore as a kick off for a cop killing spree in Brooklyn?
In that same letter there was a reference made that there has been a “decrease in police gun deaths” which was little more than an editorial sleight of hand intended to skirt around the fact that the aforementioned police assassins are currently batting 1,000. And, what I find completely reprehensible, is that an officer of the court will give tacit acquiesce to this kind of activity based on some abstract concept of “cultural injustice.”
Furthermore, whites like myself demand and expect our chiefs of police continuously to monitor their officers for the excessive use force. To do otherwise is morally repugnant and antithetical to any police officer’s first call to duty.
The sad part is that the black lives of men, women and children that are preyed upon in these communities by black criminals are negligible or expendable for their plight does not serve to prop up any philosophical or political worldview of ideologically motivated individuals.
Therefore, I see no reason to entertain much less engage in a dialogue with those who make irrelevant emotional pronouncements at no personal risk to themselves. In the end they defend that which is indefensible and are content while others pay a cruel price.
Here’s the Letter to the Editor I wrote after the Red Wing City Council voted UNANIMOUSLY to reconsider Resolution 6873:
Monday evening, the Red Wing City Council decided that resolution 6873, promoted by the National Fraternal Order of Police, needed further discussion, and forwarded it to the Human Rights Commission for a public dialog and forum. The council did the right thing.
It’s more than “five words.” The resolution cover sheet states “The United States has seen an increase of hostility toward law enforcement over the past two years” and “law enforcement is the target of criticism and violent attacks,” and the resolution claims a “violent surge against police.”
The resolution language elicits an are-you-for-the-police-or-against-them twist, and serves as a distraction from the legitimate constitutional, civil, and human rights issues at the root of hostility and criticism of police. Animosity expressed toward #blacklivesmatter shows a failure to acknowledge cultural injustice.
As an attorney, an officer of the court, sworn to uphold the Constitution, I find this offensive, because the “increase of hostility” and “criticism” is a demand for accountability, observation of fundamental rights, and prosecution of crimes committed by police. We must address this systemic problem.
It’s incumbent on myself and other whites to acknowledge racial and class inequity and crimes against others, and work toward change. Each of us bears responsibility, and I’m glad to see the City Council display some understanding of the nuances of this resolution and the need for community discussion. In the words of Congressman Luis Gutierrez, “We’re not going back to the ’50s.”
The best outcome might be for the Red Wing Police Department to continue its proactive training and quality policing, and for the City Council and Human Rights Commission to begin our community discussion of how we can achieve equality and “liberty and justice for all.”