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BOYCOTT DEARBORN! CHARGE WHITE COP WHO EXECUTED DETROIT’S KEVIN MATTHEWS: UNARMED, “HARMLESS”

Video above by VOD videojournalist Kenneth Snodgrass

Family: Dearborn Police Murdered Kevin Matthews

“Shoot ‘em down, we will shut you down!”

Other Blacks killed by Dearborn cops: Frederick Finley, Ernest Griglen, Iman Luqman Abdullah

Jackson, MS Councilman Stokes: “rocks, bottles, bricks” to keep white suburban police out of Black city

Editorial: problems in Detroit’s movement vs. killings by police

By Diane Bukowski

January 6, 2015

Kevin Matthews family gathers for march; mother Valerie Johnson

Kevin Matthews’ family gathers for march; mother Valerie Johnson, 3rd from left, brother Lavell Matthews, center, sister Kimberly Matthews 2nd from right. They are wearing hoodies proclaiming, “DEARBORN POLICE MURDERED KEVIN MATTHEWS!”

 

Dearborn, MI—Led by the family of Kevin Matthews, 35, slaughtered by a white Dearborn cop Dec. 23, hundreds blocked streets in Dearborn for two hours Jan. 4. VOD videographer Kenneth Snodgrass raised the chant of “Boycott Dearborn” during a rally at the end on the march on Michigan Avenue across from the Dearborn police station. It was taken up by the crowd and then by the Matthews family and march sponsors.

Kevin Matthews’ family member.

Marchers shouted “Shoot ‘em down, we will shut you down!” during the progress of the march and “Release the cop’s name!”

A breakaway group called out “Freedom, freedom—racist killer police—we don’t need ‘em need ‘em,” as they blocked traffic from Greenfield onto Michigan at the end of the march. They later invaded the Kroger’s store at the intersection, and continued their chants.

Kevin Matthews’ family, including his mother Valerie Johnson, sisters Kimberly and Karen Matthews, and brother Lavell Matthews, joined dozens of other relatives to lead the march, called by the Michigan Chapter of the National Action Network.

“Dearborn Police Murdered Kevin Matthews”

Wearing sweatshirts declaring, “Dearborn Police Murdered Kevin Matthews,” they demanded charges be brought against the cop who slaughtered their loved one.

Kevin Matthews to killer cop: STOP IT!

Kevin Matthews last words, to killer cop: STOP IT! Family Facebook photo

“We want justice and we are going to fight this all the way,” Matthews’s sister Karen said at a press conference Christmas Eve. We are not going to let my brother die in vain.”

His brother Lavell added, “Something is going to happen because I’m never defeated. They took my brother who was harmless and they shot him like a dog.”

The Detroit police have said they are investigating, but Detroit police chief James Craig has issued no statement on the matter. Both Detroit and Dearborn police have refused to release the cop’s name, while continuing to besmirch Matthews’ name with unfounded reports.

The cop, who had been on the Dearborn force for five years, crossed the border from Dearborn into Detroit, chased Matthews on foot out of range of his car’s dashcam video, then shot him at least six times to death in the backyard of a home on Whitcomb near Greenfield and Tireman.

The mainstream media has reported, as in the Channel 7 video below, first that Matthews had a record of minor misdemeanors and/or warrant, then that he committed an alleged “larceny” they said he committed the day of his death, with no details provided.

“Stop it! Stop it!”—Kevin Matthews before execution

Protester at march.

Protester at march.

Neither police force has given a reason for chasing an unarmed man related to alleged misdemeanors. They have claimed Matthews struggled to get the cop’s gun.

“The standard cover police use is ‘He went for my gun, I feared for my life.’ Was the chase [for alleged misdemeanors] even necessary?” Sam Riddle, Michigan Political Director of the National Action Network, told MLive at the protest Jan. 4.

A neighbor whose yard is behind the home where Matthews died told the Detroit News he heard Matthews pleading, “Stop it, stop it,” after the cop pushed him into a backyard fence, before gunfire erupted in front of the home’s garage out of the neighbor’s view. Another neighbor told VOD that he heard the cop yell at Matthews, “Why are you running?”

Dearborn arrest rate for Blacks 26 times higher than for other races 

Statistics show that Black men have ample reason to run from Dearborn police. Residents near the border street of Tireman know to watch out for the police there, an apartment dweller on Tireman near Greenfield told VOD.

Marcher: Dearborn police murdered Kevin Matthews.

Marcher: Dearborn police murdered Kevin Matthews.

“More than half of the people Dearborn police arrested in 2011 and 2012 were Black, according to reports they submitted to the FBI,” Brad Heath of USA Today reported last year. “By comparison, about 4% of the city’s residents are Black, as are about a quarter of the people who live in Metropolitan Detroit. Over those two years, the department reported arresting 4,500 black people – 500 more than lived in the city. As a result, the arrest rate for Blacks, compared with the city’s population, was 26 times higher than for people of other races.”

Dearborn was founded by Nazi sympathizer Henry Ford I as a bedroom community for white Ford autoworkers, while neighboring Inkster was planned to house Black autoworkers migrating from the South.

Blacks murdered since 2000 by Dearborn law enforcement include Kevin Matthews, Frederick Finley, Ernest Griglen, Imam Luqman Abdullah

Marchers remembered Aiyana Jones, 7, shot to death by Detroit police May 16, 2010.

Marchers remembered Aiyana Jones, 7, shot to death by Detroit police May 16, 2010.

The Detroit suburb has a long history of racist killings, assaults and arrests of Blacks. In 2000, security guards at Lord & Taylor’s in Dearborn’s Fairlane Mall choked Frederick Finley, a 32-year-old Detroit father of three, to death. They had pursued him for allegedly shoplifting $4 worth of merchandise.

Fredrick Finley, choked to death by guards at DearbornFairlane Mall in 2000.

Fredrick Finley, choked to death by Dearborn Fairlane Mall guards in 2000.

Ernest Griglen lingered in coma for months prior to his death after 2008 beating by Dearborn cops.

After a rally of 10,000 in the store’s parking lot, the National Action Network called for a boycott of the city’s businesses. Guard Dennis Richardson was charged with involuntary manslaughter, but the case was dismissed three times, by district, appeals, and the state Supreme Court.

On Father’s Day in 2008, according to Heath’s article, two Dearborn cops beat and killed Ernest Griglen, 59 and Black, a diabetic man on disability from the Detroit Public Schools. A witness said Dearborn cop Richard Michalski and another cop threw Griglen to the ground and, “just started hitting him, hitting him and kicking him. … They were beating him up.”

Imam Luqman Abdullah with grandson before 2009 execution by Dearborn police, FBI.

Terry Jones after 2012 beating by Dearborn cops, injured for life.

Terry Jones after 2012 beating by Dearborn cops, injured for life.

Griglen spent 11 months in a coma before dying in 2009, from bleeding in his brain, caused by “blunt force trauma,” according to the Wayne County Medical Examiner.

In 2009, Detroit police worked with Dearborn police and the FBI to assassinate Imam Luqman Abdullah, leader of a Black mosque on Detroit’s impoverished west side, shooting him 21 times inside a Dearborn warehouse. The U.S. Department of Justice, which oversees the FBI, unsurprisingly exonerated the killers.

VOD reported in its last story on the Kevin Matthews killing about the case of Terry Jones, another mentally challenged Black man, beaten severely and injured for life by Dearborn cops in

VOD Editorial: Time for militant fightback, not symbolism, collusion 

Dearborn cop gives Rev. Williams instructions on march route.

Dearborn cop gives Rev. Williams instructions on march route.

Rev. Charles Williams, the Michigan Chair of the National Action Network, promised during the Christmas Eve press conference that his group planned to shut Dearborn down Jan. 4 as protesters did in Chicago over the death of Laquan McDonald, 16.

However, the NAN march was directly coordinated with Dearborn police, unlike actions in Chicago, Baltimore, Ferguson, New York City, Oakland, CA, and elsewhere. A Dearborn officer was heard explaining the planned march route to Rev. Williams in the Kroger’s parking lot before it took off. Dearborn police conveniently blocked off traffic along the route, getting upset only when marchers veered from Michigan Avenue to the front of the Dearborn police station itself.

Protesters directly in front of Dearborn Police station block signs of pro-police supporters.

Protesters directly in front of Dearborn Police station block signs of pro-police supporters, who were allowed to stay afterwards.

There, marchers chanted militantly for 15 minutes, as white Dearborn cops began coming outside. Then alleged “activist” and former Detroit cop Tijuana Morris, and a man who identified himself as a member of the vigilante group the Detroit 300, herded the crowd away from the station to a platform set up by Williams a block away from the station.

Morris is seen in the Channel 7 video below going nose-t0-nose with an older woman protester who wanted to remain, threatening her. VOD has seen that protester, with her sign declaring, “Fight fire with fire,” at numerous demonstrations including marches against the police killing of 19-year-old father Terrance Kellom in June, 2015. Her photo at march is below the “Stop It! Stop It!” subtitle above. She remained and continued to shout out her outrage against the Dearborn cop murderer.

Morris then proceeded to parade up and down in front of the police station to chase others away, protecting the white cops who cowered inside.

The Detroit 300, originally founded by the late Angelo Henderson, Min. Malik Shabazz, and Raphael B. Johnson, have acted as enforcers FOR the police in Detroit and elsewhere. They have invaded poor Black neighborhoods searching for individuals wanted by the police, kicking doors down and intimidating witnesses. In one case, they even forcibly interrogated alleged women witnesses inside a Detroit police station. A witness has told VOD that many in the Detroit 300 are being paid through Detroit police sources.

Tijuana Morris protects racist cops.

Dearborn police cower inside station.

Dearborn police cower inside station.

The Detroit 300 is used by the police and the media to focus attention on the city’s skyrocketing crime rate, and away from its causes, among them its skyrocketing poverty, unemployment, and homeless rates. The Detroit 300 and other such vigilante groups focus attention away from the real source of drug trafficking here and in other cities of color. That is the U.S. Government’s CIA and adjunct agencies, drug-money laundering banks like Wells Fargo, and further down the chain of command, the police themselves. (Read “Dark Alliance” by reporter Gary Webb, which exposes the CIA/Contra creation of the crack epidemic in the U.S. beginning in the 1970’s.)

JACKSON, MS. COUNCILMN STOKES: ROCKS, BRICKS, BOTTLES FOR COPS

Man from Detroit 300 laughs as her protects racist cops and pro-police demonstrators.

Man from Detroit 300 laughs as he protects racist cops and pro-police demonstrators. Morris is seen at his left.

VOD asked the man who said he was from the Detroit 300 why they are going into the poor neighborhoods and kicking down doors, rather than confronting Detroit police at their headquarters, not only for trafficking drugs, but for countenancing police murders.

Detroit police have historically rallied to the defense of murdering cops like Larry Nevers and Walter Budzyn, who beat Malice Green to death in 1992, Eugene Brown, who killed Rodrick Carrington, Lamar Grable, and Derrick Miller in 1995, 1996, and 1999 respectively, Kevin Krupinski, who shot Errol Shaw, a deaf Detroit father holding a rake, to death in 2000, and the 18 cops including William Melendez who were indicted by the Federal government in 2003 for a years-long LA Ramparts-style rampage of assaults, frame-ups, threats and other crimes against poor residents of Detroit’s Third and Fourth Precincts.

Breakaway marchers stop Greenfield traffic at end of march. They later invaded Krogers.

Breakaway marchers stop Greenfield traffic at end of march. They later invaded Krogers, chanting “Freedom, freedom–killer police, we don’t need ’em, need ’em.”

Recently, Jackson, Mississippi City Councilman Kenneth Stokes called for the Black leadership of that city to mobilize the community against marauding suburban police forces, by using rocks, bottles and other equipment similar to that used by Palestinian youth against the Israeli military occupiers of their homeland. When is Detroit going to see leaders like Councilman Stokes? SEE VIDEO BELOW.

Related stories:

http://voiceofdetroit.net/2015/12/25/family-mourns-detroits-kevin-matthews-killed-by-white-dearborn-cop-natl-march-jan-4-2016/

http://voiceofdetroit.net/2015/11/26/16shots-laquan-mcdonald-protests-shut-chicagos-magnificent-mile-on-black-friday/

http://voiceofdetroit.net/2015/11/21/robocop-melendez-guilty-of-2-felonies-faces-15-yrs-remanded-to-jail-in-floyd-dent-beating/

http://voiceofdetroit.net/2014/10/02/weekley-shot-aiyana-instantly-gun-at-head-grandmother-says-weekley-grabbed-raid-sgt-s-gun-after-shooting/

(numerous other VOD stories on Aiyana Jones, just put “Aiyana” in search engine at top).

Many young people turned out to demand charges against racist cop who murdered Kevin Matthews.

Many young people turned out to demand charges against racist cop who murdered Kevin Matthews.


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MARCH FOR JUSTICE FOR KEVIN MATTHEWS, KILLED BY WHITE DEARBORN COP: MON. JAN. 4, 2016, 6:30 PM

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TAMIR RICE GRAND JURY: NO CHARGES; WHOLE U.S. CRIMINAL JUSTICE SYSTEM MUST BE ABOLISHED

John Bacon, USA TODAY

 December 29, 2015

Kevin Matthews, 35, killed by white Dearborn cop Dec. 23, 2015.

(VOD notes that neither of Detroit’s local newspapers published the Tamir Rice story prominently; the Detroit News’ Stephen Henderson consigned it to an editorial. Perhaps they are afraid of the reaction that may be caused in the wake of the racist murder of Kevin Matthews, 35, by a white Dearborn cop Dec. 23.

Protests in addition to the press conference covered by VOD Dec. 24, calling for a national march on Dearborn Jan. 4, have been targeting the Dearborn police frequently in the meantime. See photo below of New Era Detroit demonstration. Also read NOI Min. Louis Farrakhan’s statement on the need to abolish the whole criminal justice system below story.)

NED Kevin Matthews Dearborn police

For story above, see http://voiceofdetroit.net/2015/12/25/family-mourns-detroits-kevin-matthews-killed-by-white-dearborn-cop-natl-march-jan-4-2016/

“We no longer trust the criminal justice system, which we view as corrupt” –statement from Tamir Rice’s family

Protests from Cleveland to New York City

Nation of Islam Minister Louis Farrakhan calls for abolition of entire U.S. criminal justice system

Tamir Rice, shot to death by Cleveland cops at the age of 12

Tamir Rice, shot to death by Cleveland cops at the age of 12

CLEVELAND–A Cleveland grand jury declined Monday to bring charges in the death of Tamir Rice, a black youth, 12, with a toy gun who was shot by a white police officer 13 months ago.

“The outcome will not cheer anyone, nor should it,” Cuyahoga County Prosecutor Timothy McGinty said. He blamed the shooting on a “perfect storm” of human error and miscommunication.

The case is one of a number around the country that has prompted protesters to assert their belief that black people are treated unfairly in the U.S. justice system. On Monday evening in New York’s Washington Square, in Greenwich Village, protesters gathered to voice their opposition to the decision.

Rice’s family members released a heartfelt statement Monday evening saying they were devastated.

Samaria Rice at site of sons

Samaria Rice at site of son’s murder by Cleveland cops. Her 15-year-old daughter was thrown to the ground and put in the cop car when she tried to help Tamir.

“After this investigation, which took over a year to unfold, and Prosecutor McGinty’s mishandling of this case, we no longer trust the local criminal justice system, which we view as corrupt,” read the statement, which accused McGinty of sabotaging the case and behaving like a defense attorney for the police. “I don’t want my child to have died for nothing and I refuse to let his legacy or his name be ignored. We will continue to fight for justice for him, and for all families who must live with the pain that we live with.”

Such cases also have prompted members of law enforcement to say they are feeling targeted. Steve Loomis, president of the Police Patrolmen’s Benevolent Association, in Cleveland, said officers there were feeling relieved. “It’s a great weight off their shoulders,” he said. “It’s been a year of some pretty serious name calling, some pretty serious charges, and that affects not only them but their families as well.”

Killer cop Frank Garmback

Killer cop Timothy Loehmann

Killer cop Timothy Loehmann

The grand jury in the Rice case was asked to examine the actions of rookie officer Timothy Loehmann and his training officer Frank Garmback, who responded to a report about a man with a gun near a recreation center. A dispatcher did not tell them the caller thought it was probably a child with a fake gun.

Tamir, 12, likely meant to show the officers his gun was a toy that shot plastic pellets, but there was no way the officers could have known that when they confronted him on a snowy day in November 2014, McGinty said. He said the dispatcher’s failure to provide the information about the “fake gun” was key to the case.

McGinty said he agreed with the grand jury decision. 

Tamir Ric

Tamir Rice family members, including sister who cops assaulted when she tried to help her brother.

“The actions of officers Garmback and Loehmann were not criminal,” McGinty said. “The evidence did not indicate criminal conduct by police.”

The family of Tamir blasted McGinty in a statement, saying it was “saddened and disappointed… but not surprised” by the grand jury decision.

“It has been clear for months now that Cuyahoga County Prosecutor Timothy McGinty was abusing and manipulating the grand jury process to orchestrate a vote against indictment,” the family said in a statement released by their lawyers. “Even though video shows the police shooting Tamir in less than one second, Prosecutor McGinty hired so-called expert witnesses to try to exonerate the officers and tell the grand jury their conduct was reasonable and justified .”

“The outcome will not cheer anyone, nor should it,” Cuyahoga County Prosecutor Timothy McGinty said. He blamed the shooting on a “perfect storm” of human error and miscommunication.

Protest over Tamir Rice grand jury decision in NYCs

Protest over Tamir Rice grand jury decision in NYC’s Washington Square

The case is one of a number around the country that has prompted protesters to assert their belief that black people are treated unfairly in the U.S. justice system. On Monday evening in New York’s Washington Square, in Greenwich Village, protesters gathered to voice their opposition to the decision.

Rice’s family members released a heartfelt statement Monday evening saying they were devastated.

“After this investigation, which took over a year to unfold, and Prosecutor McGinty’s mishandling of this case, we no longer trust the local criminal justice system, which we view as corrupt,” read the statement, which accused McGinty of sabotaging the case and behaving like a defense attorney for the police. “I don’t want my child to have died for nothing and I refuse to let his legacy or his name be ignored. We will continue to fight for justice for him, and for all families who must live with the pain that we live with.”

Tamir, 12, likely meant to show the officers his gun was a toy that shot plastic pellets, but there was no way the officers could have known that when they confronted him on a snowy day in November 2014, McGinty said. He said the dispatcher’s failure to provide the information about the “fake gun” was key to the case.

Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson

Pros. Timothy McGInty

Pros. Timothy McGInty

Mayor Frank Jackson said that now that the criminal process has concluded, an administrative review would no begin.

“I want to say to the family, to the mother in particular, that we are sorry for their loss, that we know that it has been a long process, but we do not intend to add to whatever anxiety or agony that they feel in terms of the process,” Jackson said. A committee that would include representatives from the Cuyahoga County Sheriff’s Office, the prosecutor’s office and members of the public would review grand jury evidence and make a recommendation, Police Chief Calvin Williams said. That process could end in some sort of punishment for the officers involved, said Williams, who also offered words of condolence to Tamir Rice’s family.

Gov. John Kasich called Tamir’s death a “heartbreaking tragedy.” But he urged the community not to “give in to anger and frustration and let it divide us.”

The case was one in a series of police shootings nationwide that prompted Black Lives Matter protests.

Cover to Tamir Rice

Cover to Tamir Rice funeral program

Loehmann has said he ordered Tamir to show them his hands. He said Tamir reached for his waistband and that he saw a gun and fired to protect himself and Garmback. McGinty said the evidence supported Loehmann’s explanation.

Two outside reviews requested by McGinty, from a retired FBI agent and a Denver prosecutor, determined Loehmann exercised a reasonable use of force because he had reason to perceive Tamir as a serious threat. Those were released in October.

Earlier this month, lawyers for Tamir’s family released their own report. It found that Tamir was not reaching for his waistband, and that the officers rolled up and shot Tamir so fast he had no time to hear or respond to any orders they gave.

The family on Monday reiterated it’s request that the Department of Justice investigate Tamir’s death.

“The way prosecutor McGinty has mishandled the grand jury process has compounded the grief of this family,” the statement said.

Tamir Rice protest in Cleveland Nov. 25, 2014.

Tamir Rice protest in Cleveland Nov. 25, 2014.

 

 

MIN. FARRAKHAN: AMERICA’S CRIMINAL JUSTICE SYSTEM MUST BE ABOLISHED

By Richard B. Muhammad – Editor

Dec 17, 2015

NOI Min. Louis Farrakhan speaks on Black Chicago radio station Dec. 17, 2015.

NOI Min. Louis Farrakhan speaks on Black Chicago radio station Dec. 17, 2015.

CHICAGO—America’s corrupt criminal justice system cannot be reformed and faces divine destruction, said the Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan of the Nation of Islam on the Cliff Kelley Show, a popular Black talk program.

And everyone connected with hiding the truth and lying about the controversial shooting of a Black teenager in Chicago must be held accountable and concrete steps are demanded, not just talk, if they w

The destruction of the system is not only warranted but inevitable because God himself is bringing in a new system that will give justice to all, he told the radio show host and listeners.

Laquan McDonald, shot 16 times to death by Chicago cop Jason Van Dyke, since charged with murder after video released.

Laquan McDonald, shot 16 times to death by Chicago cop Jason Van Dyke, since charged with murder after video released.

The discussion of justice arose Dec. 12 as the Minister answered questions about events in Chicago driven by the death of Laquan McDonald, a suspected cover-up by Mayor Rahm Emanuel, police officials, officers, state’s attorney Anita Alvarez, other entities and subsequent angry protests and demonstrations.

The problems in Chicago point to a need to do more than remove a mayor, police chief or state’s attorney, said Min. Farrakhan. What difference does it make to get rid of them and the system that produces them is still in place? asked Min. Farrakhan. “Who is man enough, who is strong enough to say that the system of justice in America is an injustice to the American people? It all should be destroyed and something new and better put in place. Because the system produces a McCarthy, an Alvarez and all that we have suffered under. We need a new system.”

Protesters march down Whitcomb in Detroit after murder of Kevin Matthews, 35, by white Dearborn cop.

Protesters march down Whitcomb in Detroit after murder of Kevin Matthews, 35, by white Dearborn cop.

Time and again people are replaced but the same compromises and the same problems arise because the system is no good, cleaning house must include getting rid of those unworthy to serve and changing a system that thwarts proper service, he said.

“The kind of way that Black men are being shot down—not only in Chicago—but in America tells me that there is a culture of violence against us that is now systemic because it is happening everywhere,” the Minister added.

Chicago’s mayor has been under intense scrutiny since video of the 17-year-old being shot 16 times by police officer Jason Van Dyke was made public because of a judge’s order. The officer has been charged with murder. Protests have been an almost daily occurrence at city hall, the state’s attorney’s office, police headquarters and downtown shopping and business districts. Former police superintendent Garry McCarthy has been fired and protestors have called for state’s attorney Alvarez and Mayor Emanuel to resign.

Kevin Matthews

Kevin Matthews’ sister Karen and his family mourning at Detroit press conference Dec. 24, 2015.

There was a rush by the city to get money to the family of Laquan McDonald in an effort to keep the death quiet, the Minister said. The payment was made to avoid a trial with subpoenas and depositions from all involved in keeping what happened secret and those who lied saying the teen lunged at officers while video shows him walking away, said Min. Farrakhan.

Mario Woods, executed by San Francisco cops

Mario Woods, executed by San Francisco cops

A 26-year-old Black male was recently shot multiple times by officers in San Francisco, who blocked his way, the Minister noted. “See this is (a) hate crime because you don’t shoot an animal when you go out to hunt 25 times. … So this is hatred of us.”

Even police unions, who are the defense counsel for the police officers, don’t want to discipline “police officers who have killed somebody in wicked error. So now when you talk about getting rid of stuff, you’ve got to go all the way to the top, clean it all the way to the bottom. Otherwise Black people have no place in American jurisprudence.”

In response to a caller, the Minister explained that the destruction of the present system was underway.

However, he said, there is time between God’s decree and the total destruction of a nation facing divine judgement. Those who heed God’s call must work to be better and the Nation of Islam is part of ushering in the system that Master Fard Muhammad, founder of the Nation of Islam and powerful one prophesized of in scripture to deliver justice, will create.

Pres. Obama at constant war.

Pres. Obama at constant war.

“When you take a person that you think is good and you vote them in to replace somebody that you believe was bad then the system turns that one,” the Minister said. Barack Obama went into the White House with the best thoughts to make America stronger and better in the world by changing foreign policy, but he ran into “forces,” he added. “Now he’s signing off on drones that are assassinating people and killing men, women and children. We didn’t vote him into office to do that. I say to all of us, it’s not them. It’s that system that is so corrupt and rotten to the core that there must be change— but real change. Otherwise putting a new mayor into the same old system you get the same results. Putting a new state’s attorney in to the same old system, putting the same city counselors in to the same old system—everything has got to change. Continue reading


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FOR XMAS, CHICAGO COPS KILL 2, WOUND 3RD: QUINTONIO LEGRIER, 19, BETTIE JONES, 55, MEKEL LUMPKIN, 23


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LeGrier and Jones Families Demand Answers From Chicago Police

LeGrier, 19, shot 7 times; Jones, 55, caught in line of fire

Dec 27, 2015

By KaiElz

Bettie Jones, 55, mother of five; Antonio LaGrier, 19, college student, dead at hands of Chicago cops.

Bettie Jones, 55, mother of five; Antonio LeGrier, 19, college student, dead at hands of Chicago cops.

CHICAGO — With all that has happened and all that has come to fore like the release of the videos  showing Laquan McDonald’s fatal shooting by white police, the Ronald Johnson fatal shooting by white police; the mishandling of Phillip Coleman by police, which led to his death, and then the acquittal of  police commander  Glenn Evans of all charges for allegedly shoving a gun down Ricky Williams’ throat, it seems that business continues as usual in Chicago.

Police have released few details about the December 26 shooting, saying in a statement, “11th District Harrison officers responded to a domestic disturbance on the 4700 block of West Erie St. Upon arrival, officers were confronted by a combative subject resulting in the discharging of the officer’s weapon, fatally wounding two individuals. The matter remains under investigation and all further inquiries can be directed to the Independent Police Review Authority.”

Melvin Jones, facing camera, hugs Robin Andrews, both brothers of Bettie Jones, 55, in Jones' living room after she was shot and killed by a Chicago police officer.

Melvin Jones, facing camera, hugs Robin Andrews, both brothers of Bettie Jones, 55, in Jones’ living room after she was shot and killed by a Chicago police officer.

On the morning the day after Christmas two families found themselves mourning the death of their loved ones, both shot by Chicago police officers after officers around 4:30 am responding to a call about a domestic disturbance shot and killed  19-year-old engineering student, Quintonio LeGrier and a 55-year-old Bettie Jones, mother of five.

Bettie Jones lived in the first-floor apartment with her boyfriend. She was the mother of four daughters and a son. The daughters are 38, 33 and 19-year old twins. The son is 30.

Police were offering few details of the early-morning shooting, the first use of lethal force by Chicago police since last month’s release of a video of Laquan McDonald’s death put a national spotlight on the city. The  shootings follow weeks of protests over the death of Laquan McDonald, which have put the spotlight on the Chicago Police Department and Mayor Rahm Emanuel.

Chicago police officers talk with relatives of one of the two people killed by a police officer.

Chicago police officers talk with relatives of one of the two people killed by a police officer.

Officers were called to the home located on West Garfield Park around 4:30 a.m. The  police report states  a dispatcher related that a “male caller said someone is threatening his life. It’s also coming in as a domestic. The 19-year-old son is banging on his bedroom door with a baseball bat,” according to radio traffic.

The officers were “confronted by a combative subject resulting in the discharging of the officer’s weapon, fatally wounding two individuals,” the department said in a brief statement.

Family members of  Quintonio LeGrier, an honors student at Northern Illinois University said  he had been struggling with mental health issues recently.

According to Janet CookseyLeGrier’s  mother, she and his father had spoken about taking him to the hospital for re-evaluation  after the holidays.  She mentioned that he had been taking medication which seemed  make his behavior worse so she had suggested that he stop taking it.

Relatives weeping outside house where Quintonio LaGrier and Bettie Jones were shot to death by police.

Relatives weeping outside house where Quintonio LaGrier and Bettie Jones were shot to death by police.

Both families have said that Bettie Jones was a downstairs neighbor who had been asked by LeGrier’s father to keep an eye out for the arrival of the police.

No official statement by the police or any other  source has provided an account as to how both LeGrier and Jones came to be wounded by one of the officers in front of the  two-flat in the 4700 block of West Erie Street.

LeGrier’s father, Mr. LeGrier reported that his son had “emotional issues” that made him angry. He had made the call because his son acted agitated and was carrying an aluminum baseball bat. He believes the officer “messed up” and shot recklessly as his son came to the front door, hitting him several times and also striking Jones.

“I don’t feel that his life was worth losing because he got upset,” Antonio LeGrier said.

If this is true  questions have to be answered.  Did the victims demonstrate any reason to shoot them? Bettie Jones certainly had no weapon and Le Grier may or may not have been holding a bat but definitely no gun. Further, how close were the police to the two victims? Was there any verbal exchange?

Cook County Commissioner Richard Boykin

Cook County Commissioner Richard Boykin

Cook County Commissioner Richard Boykin, who represents the district where the shooting occurred, said in a statement, “At this point, we are confronted with a series of unanswered and deeply troubling questions.  Why did the officers on the scene need to resort to the use of their firearms to subdue a young man with a bat? Why weren’t the officers equipped with tasers so that Quintonio could be subdued without lethal force? How, during an officer response, did a 55-year-old mother of five come to be struck dead by bullets?”

Antonio LeGrier, the victim’s father said the officer who shot his son was about 30 feet away. He said the officer told him Quintonio LeGrier lunged at him with the bat.

“In my opinion, he knew he had messed up. It was senseless,” Antonio LeGrier told the Sun-Times about the unnamed officer. “He knew he had shot, blindly, reckless into the doorway and now two people are dead because of it.”

Janet Cooksey with photo of her son, Quintonio LeGrier, 19.

Janet Cooksey with photo of her son, Quintonio LeGrier, 19, college student

Jones’ relatives believe she was behind LeGrier, near the entrance to her apartment, and was shot by mistake.  Jones’ daughter  says she was shot opening a door for officers.

Evelyn Glover Jennings, Jones’ cousin said of Bettie Jones, “She’s my first cousin; I want this investigation to be thorough. I want answers.”

Being smart and careful, the Police Department would not provide specifics regarding  where the victims were standing when they were shot, but blood could be seen in the small vestibule and just inside Jones’ apartment.  At least one bullet appeared to have traveled through Jones’ apartment, hitting at least two walls.

Jones’ daughter,  Latisha Jones, 19, was awakened by  gunfire, got up and found her mother on the floor of her apartment with a gunshot wound to the neck. “She wasn’t saying anything,” Jones said. “I had to keep checking for a pulse.” However she was still breathing.  Jones was taken to a hospital where she was pronounced dead.

Chicago protesters have been shutting down streets on a nearly daily basis.

Chicago protesters have been shutting down streets on a nearly daily basis.

Janet Cooksey, LeGrier’s mother criticized how police handled the situation.  Confused as to why her son was shot 7 seven times she expressed that she thought that a little excessive.

“He’s gone, he’s gone. Seven times he was shot,” Cooksey said. “He didn’t have a gun. He had a bat. One or two times would have brought him down.

“I’m trying to be strong because I pray. But that’s my only child. And I’m hurting. I’m hurting real bad,” she said.

She noted that her son “had mental issues” but insisted they were no cause for how police reacted.

Students at Northern Illinois University, where LeGrier was studying engineering.

Students at Northern Illinois University, where LeGrier was studying engineering.

They did tell me he was shot seven times. That’s a bit much. That’s a bit much,” she said. “I don’t take all of that. My son only weighed about 150 pounds. Why do you have to be shot that many times? Why? If the police are trained in the field, then how, they’re just handling the situation by killing people?”

Cooksey noted  that her son was no thug on the street but rather a  graduate  from Gwendolyn Brooks College Preparatory Academy with honors. He was studying engineering at Northern Illinois University.  Cooksey said, “My son was going somewhere.”

The police officials said  investigators were waiting for the autopsy to determine how many times LeGrier was shot an that  investigators were looking into whether responding officers knew they were dealing with someone with mental health issues and whether anyone on the scene was equipped with a Taser. No gun was recovered at the scene.

First Chicago police shootings since massive marches protesting killing of LaQuan McDonald, shot 16 times.

First Chicago police shootings since massive marches protesting killing of LaQuan McDonald, shot 16 times.

Family members of  Bettie Jones  said they, too, have “so many questions and no answers.” Her brother, Melvin Jones  said, “Right now there’s a whole lot of anger, a whole lot of tears.

Melvin Jones explained that he and about 15 other relatives were at the apartment Friday to celebrate Christmas with food, family and card games.  He said that his sister had  an excellent Christmas.  “And then to wake up to this.

“You see it on the news and think that something needs to be done,” Melvin Jones said, referring to recent shootings by Chicago police. “It really hits you and it just leaves you numb. He added “I don’t have time to feel, I have a funeral to prepare.”

Bettie Jones’ youngest brother, Robin Andrews, who drove in from Milwaukee upon receiving the sad news,  said that Bettie had been battling ovarian cancer for several years and had recently taken time off at work to recuperate.

The family had thought that there was hope so the news of her death really hit them hard.

Chicago cops seriously wound young father, Mekel Lumpkin, 23

Mekiel Lumpkin

Scene of Mekel Lumpkin’s shooting Dec. 26 by Chicago cops.

http://www.dnainfo.com/chicago/20151226/washington-heights/police-shoot-seriously-injure-man-washington-heights-saturday-reports


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FAMILY MOURNS DETROIT’S KEVIN MATTHEWS, KILLED BY WHITE DEARBORN COP; NAT’L MARCH JAN. 4, 2016

VIDEO BY CORNELL SQUIRES OF PRESS CONFERENCE DEC. 24, 2015

Cop crossed Detroit border, chased Matthews on foot, away from view of dashcam video, then shot him in a backyard.

 Neighbors say they heard at least six gunshots—Matthews was unarmed; ME says Matthews died of “multiple gunshot wounds”

 ‘No more unarmed Black men killed by police; let them police with their hands, not their guns’—Rev. Charles Williams II, National Action Network

‘We want justice and we are going to fight this all the way’—sister Karen Matthews

By Diane Bukowski and Cornell Squires

"A sweet man" -- Kevin Matthews/Family photo

“A sweet man” — Kevin Matthews/Family photo

December 25, 2015

DETROIT – The family of Kevin Matthews, 35, gunned down by a white Dearborn cop on Dec. 23, wept in agony during a Christmas Eve press conference called by the Rev. Charles Williams II, Michigan chair of the National Action Network (NAN). Matthews’ mother and immediate family, and generations from infants to great-grandparents crowded the stage at Historic King Solomon Baptist Church in Detroit.

The cop, who Detroit police chief James Craig and Dearborn police chief Ronald Haddad have refused to name, followed the unarmed Matthews on foot across the Detroit border on Tireman, to a backyard on Whitcomb, out of sight of his police car’s dashcam video. Neighbors said they then heard six gunshots. The Wayne County Medical Examiner has now said that Matthews died of “multiple gunshot wounds.”

“We want justice and we are going to fight this all the way,” the family vowed. Williams announced that NAN and other organizations will hold a massive national rally in Dearborn Jan. 4, 2016.

William Melendez mug shot Nov. 19 at Wayne County Jail.

Floyd Dent points out "Robocop" Melendez in court during trial.

Floyd Dent points out “Robocop” Melendez in court during trial.

“We’re going to send Bill Melendez a letter,” Williams said, referring to the former Inkster cop now locked up in the Wayne County Jail, after his conviction of major felonies for a vicious assault Jan.31 on Detroit autoworker Floyd Dent. “We going to tell him—make room, there’s another one on the way.”

Matthews’ mother Valerie Johnson said, “My son was a good son, a good brother, he hurt nobody. He didn’t do anything wrong to anybody to deserve to die like this. I loved my son and he loved me. My son was on his way to see about me when he was shot down. He always had a smile on his face. He always would do anything he could for anybody, he would help anybody. I love him and I’m going to miss him. I’m going to miss my child.”

Tears streamed down Karen Matthews’ face. She was Kevin’s sister.

Karen Matthews speaks at press conference, calling her brother “the star of the family.” Her brother Lavell and mother Valerie Johnson are at her right.

“My brother was very loving, he was my closest sibling,” she said. “Every time I saw him he told me he loved me, and he would kiss me. We talked on the phone every day. He was a family-oriented person, the person in our family that made everybody laugh, that made everybody feel special. He is going to be a big loss. He was the star of this family, just the sweetest, loving, caring person. We want justice and we are going to fight this all the way. We are not going to let my brother die in vain.”

Is this the Dearborn cop who killed Matthews? At scene of shooting, he appears to be explaining action with his hands.

Is this the Dearborn cop who killed Matthews, appearing to explain action at scene of shooting?

Grimacing in pain, his brother Lavell Matthews added, “That was my brother; that was my brother. I loved him and he loved me back. I need justice. Something is going to happen because I’m never defeated. They took my brother and they shot him like a dog.”

His family said Matthews suffered from paranoid schizophrenia, for which he was on disability income, and that he had also been hit by a car Thanksgiving Day, breaking his arm and sustaining injuries to his head. They said his cast had just come off, but he still could not use his arm; his fingers remained clenched up.

“He was one of those folks in the community who was definitely a respected person,” Rev. Williams said. “Not only did they know him well, they knew his challenges well. Police officers on the Detroit side knew him also. When they saw him wandering, they would give him a ride to his mother’s house. It is concerning to me that the officer claimed he felt threatened. Not only did Kevin have a broken arm, but he was a very small guy.”

Grover Easterling, Jr. and Sierra Wither of national Organization for Black Struggle.

Grover Easterling, Jr. and Sierra Wither of national Organization for Black Struggle.

Numerous supporters attended the press conference, including Sierra Wither and Grover Easterling, Jr. of the national Organization for Black Struggle.

“This is a family that just lost a loved one who was differently abled,” Wither said. “Across the country, police are using mental illness in conjunction with Blackness to criminalize people.

Easterling added, “We need the officer’s name released. They let the victim’s minor police record be known before they even identified him.”

Bill Davis, President of the Detroit Active and Retired Employee Association (DAREA), said “Anytime somebody can be gunned down because they are not white, we are all affected. We just had 108,000 people in Flint poisoned by Governor Rick Snyder, who engineered the phony Detroit bankruptcy. The Department of Justice is sleeping at the wheel. If that had happened in any other country, we would be bombing them.”

Bill Davis, President of DAREA, at press conference.

Bill Davis, President of DAREA, at press conference.

The picture Rev. Williams and the family painted of Matthews contrasted greatly with the view that Matthews was a “troublesome criminal,” put forward by Detroit Police Chief James Craig and Dearborn Police Chief Ronald Haddad.

Craig told reporters directly after the killing that there was “evidence of a struggle” in the backyard, and said they had one eyewitness. Haddad said Matthews had tried to take the cop’s gun, and that he supported his officer’s actions.

The Detroit Police Department works on numerous inter-agency task forces involving suburban police. One which also included the federal Immigrations and Customs Enforcement agency (ICE) was involved in the June 24 shooting death of Terrance Kellom, 19, in his father’s home on Evergreen near Joy Road, not far from the site of the Matthews shooting.

Terrance Kellom, killed by federal and Detroit police in his father

Terrance Kellom, killed by federal and Detroit police in his father’s home

Detroit police earlier worked directly with Dearborn police and the FBI to assassinate Imam Luqman Abdullah, shooting him 21 times, in October, 2009. The U.S. Department of Justice later exonerated the killers.

Craig, whose department allegedly has taken over the investigation, claimed Matthews was wanted on a a $2,500 misdemeanor warrant from Redford Township, while Haddad said he had a probation violation warrant from Redford Township.

No such warrants for Kevin Matthews are shown either on the state police ICHAT website, or in Wayne County Circuit Court online records. The ICHAT site does include numerous arrests of Matthews, nearly all with no subsequent judicial action. He served probation for 12 months for one misdemeanor case in 2013.

In any event, Matthews had never even been arrested for a felony, the only valid excuse the Dearborn cop might have had for chasing him. But as his family has said, he was constantly being harassed by police.

Backyard on Whitcomb north of Tireman where cop shot Kevin Matthews to death.

Backyard on Whitcomb north of Tireman where cop shot Kevin Matthews to death.

Other mainstream media is now reporting without foundation that Matthews may have just committed a larceny, recalling the police murder of 18-year-old Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri. Media was quick to pounce on an earlier store video of Brown and a friend allegedly shoplifting. The cop who killed Brown, however, had no knowledge of that incident at the time.

Brown’s killing ignited fiery rebellions and protests across the country as police continued to shoot down hundreds more unarmed Black men in the ensuing months.

Ironically, two Black residents of southwest Detroit were talking to this reporter at the same time that Matthews was killed. They complained of racist practices by both Dearborn and Redford Township police, and detailed stories of illegal stops they had undergone only recently.

Protest against murder of Michael Brown in Ferguson, MO.

Protest against murder of Michael Brown in Ferguson, MO.

One stop involved a Redford Township cop pulling one man over as he was driving his pick-up truck. The man repeatedly asked why he had been stopped, but the cop refused to explain, instead demanding his license and other papers. Finally he told the man he had stopped him for a barely visible chip in his windshield, which could not have been seen from even a short distance away.

He then claimed that Township police were looking for a vehicle and a driver fitting his description, the age-old story used by racist cops.

Terry Jerome Jones (l) with supporter; cousin Antoinette Austin (center) with attorney (r).

Terry Jerome Jones (l) with supporter; cousin Antoinette Austin (center) with attorney (r).

Antoinette Austin said she believes Dearborn and other white suburban police are targeting not only Black men, but differently-abled men as well. Austin’s cousin Terry J. Jones was diagnosed with schizo-affective disorder as a child, she said.

In 2011, while he was walking down a Dearborn sidewalk off Michigan Avenue getting some air, he was brutally beaten and nearly killed by Dearborn cops for no reason other than “walking while Black.”

“If the courts and the Justice Department had acted when Dearborn police beat my cousin Terry to the point where he might have died, Kevin Matthews might be alive today,” Austin said. “Terry is still undergoing numerous operations for the injuries he received. They tore his muscles from his tendons. Next week, he is going into surgery to repair his rotocuff.”

Dearborn police chief Ronald Haddad

Dearborn police chief Ronald Haddad

Austin said Jones was slugged and knee-kicked in the head after cops threw him to the ground, using the “N” word, and then choked with a noose around his neck while he was handcuffed behind his back. They called for assistance from other cops in a dispatch terming it a “fun run.” They said he was probably a crackhead and continually insulted him.

The cops allegedly involved, who have  not been disciplined, are Cpl. Edward Doulette, Cpl. Chad McDonald, and Sgt. Edward Fries.

 

Then, she said, Dearborn courts and a public defender tried to get Jones to plead guilty to lesser charges in exchange for not suing the city, and also threatened to commit him to a mental hospital. (See video of Jones’ beating below).

“Terry refused absolutely to take any kind of deal and give up his rights,” she said. He was eventually completely exonerated of charges brought against him and is currently pursuing a civil lawsuit for damages in federal court. The City of Dearborn has moved to dismiss the lawsuit. The judge has extended the plaintiff’s time to answer to motion until Feb. 4, 2016, according to federal court files.

Jones’ case drew the attention of Detroit Channel 7’s Heather Catallo when she was working with the Local 7 Investigators. She followed it with a series of reports, running a police dashcam video of the assault to CODthe shock of the Dearborn police, Austin said. The police did not know they had obtained a copy of the video.

KEVIN MATTHEWS PRESS CONFERENCE Q & A PART TWO; VIDEO BY CORNELL SQUIRES

Related stories:

http://voiceofdetroit.net/2015/05/04/support-man-injured-for-life-by-dearborn-police-for-walking-while-black-tues-may-5-10-am/

http://voiceofdetroit.net/2015/08/21/no-justice-for-young-detroit-dad-terrance-kellom-worthy-refuses-to-prosecute-killer-cops-again/

http://voiceofdetroit.net/2015/06/20/detroit-rally-demands-charges-in-police-execution-of-19-yr-old-dad-terrance-kellom/

http://voiceofdetroit.net/2015/05/09/coalition-confronts-i-c-e-demands-justice-in-terrance-kellom-killing-end-to-other-attacks/

http://voiceofdetroit.net/2015/05/05/family-members-want-terrance-kelloms-autopsy-report-unsealed-funeral-announced-to-public/

http://voiceofdetroit.net/2015/05/03/hundreds-comfort-terrance-kelloms-family-at-vigil-will-autopsy-show-both-feds-dpd-shot-him/

http://voiceofdetroit.net/2015/04/30/police-assassination-of-terrance-kellom-19-detroit-chief-craig-feds-have-blood-on-hands/

http://voiceofdetroit.net/2010/10/16/family-religious-and-civil-rights-leaders-outraged-after-doj-exonerates-imam-luqman-abdullah%e2%80%99s-killers/


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NO INDICTMENTS IN SANDRA BLAND’S DEATH; FAMILY OBJECTS TO GRAND JURY PROCESS, SECRECY

JUSTICE FOR SANDRA BLAND! JAIL THE JAILERS AND TROOPERS!

JUSTICE FOR SANDRA BLAND! JAIL THE JAILERS AND TROOPERS! Twitter post

Bland’s family has said they do not believe her case is being thoroughly investigated by the Texas Rangers

Most media outlets not reporting that trooper slammed college student’s head into the ground after her arrest

December 21, 2015

Al Jazeera and The Associated Press

Geneva Reed-Veal (center), mother of Sandra Bland, with her sisters during press conference Dec. 21, 2015

Geneva Reed-Veal (center), mother of Sandra Bland, with her sisters during press conference in Chicago Dec. 21, 2015

(VOD: this is the ONLY story found across a wide swath of media reports that says Texas State Trooper Brian Encinia slammed Bland’s head into the ground during her arrest. Video also shows she reported she had epilepsy and could not hear after the assault.)

A grand jury has decided no felony crime was committed by the sheriff’s office or jailers in the treatment of a black woman who died in a Southeast Texas county jail last summer.

But prosecutor Darrell Jorden says the Waller County grand jury on Monday reached no decision on whether the trooper that arrested 28-year-old Sandra Bland should face charges. The grand jury will return in January to consider that.


The Chicago-area woman was pulled over July 10 by a Texas state trooper for making an improper lane change. Authorities contend the stop became confrontational and a video of her arrest shows a state trooper kneeling on top of her as she is facedown on the ground. She can be heard saying that the trooper slammed her head to the ground and that she could not hear. She was arrested for assault.

Bland was taken in handcuffs to the county jail in nearby Hempstead, about 50 miles northwest of Houston, and remained there when she couldn’t raise about $500 for bail. [She appeared to be having difficulty contacting her family.] She was discovered dead in her jail cell three days later, hanging from a cell partition with a plastic garbage bag used as a ligature around her neck.

abuse-of-power-killed-sandra-bland-teas-trooper-brian-encinia-abuse-his-powers-and-is-an-accessoryUJ

Other media reported, falsely, that Bland should have followed Encinia’s orders. Even the Michigan Supreme Court last year upheld the “common law right” to resist illegal conduct and arrest by law enforcement officers.

Bland’s relatives, along with supporters fueled by social media postings, questioned an official autopsy finding that Bland killed herself.

In the days after her death, county authorities released video from the jail to dispel rumors and conspiracy theories that Bland was dead before she arrived at the jail or was killed while in custody. County officials said they themselves received death threats.

“After presenting all the evidence as it relates to the death of Sandra Bland, the grand jury did not return an indictment,” Jordan, one of the five special prosecutors, said after the grand jury met Monday for about 11 hours. “The grand jury also considered things that occurred at the jail and did not return an indictment.”

Grand jurors considered evidence collected by a team of five special prosecutors named by the county’s district attorney, Elton Mathis.

“Having an independent committee to evaluate the case, that can be a positive thing in a situation like this,” Brian Serr, a law professor at Baylor University said.

Waller County DA Elton Mathis (center) with former prosecutor Lewis White (l) and attorney Darrell Jorden (r).

Waller County DA Elton Mathis (center) with former prosecutor Lewis White (l) and attorney Darrell Jorden (r).

Among evidence presented in the secret grand jury proceedings were the findings of a Texas Rangers’ investigation.

“There’s nothing in there that shows anything happened but she killed herself,” Mathis had said.

Royce West, a Dallas Democrat who has been a vocal leader in the case, and one of two black Texas state senators, also had said he was “comfortable” with the medical examiner’s determination

Bland, 28, of Naperville, Illinois, had become an online supporter of the Black Lives Matter movement before she was arrested, according to the Chicago Tribune.

At a news conference earlier Monday, the family of Bland said they do not believe her case is being thoroughly investigated by the Texas Rangers or properly presented to a grand jury by special prosecutors, the Tribune reported.

Her death came amid increasing scrutiny across the nation over police treatment of African-Americans after the deaths of unarmed African-Americans by police, including Michael BrownTamir Rice and Eric Garner. None of the officers involved in those cases have been charged.

Justice for Sandra Bland!

Justice for Sandra Bland!

Bland’s mother, Geneva Reed-Veal filed a federal lawsuit against the arresting officer and others connected to the case, according to local news reports.

The targets of the suit include the state trooper Brian Encinia who pulled over Bland, the Texas Department of Public Safety, screening officers at the Waller County jail, and Waller County itself.

The Bland family attorneys contend Waller County jailers should have checked on her more frequently and that the county should have performed mental evaluations once she disclosed she had a history of attempting suicide. In her lawsuit, Reed-Veal also contends that Encinia falsified the assault allegation to take Bland into custody and that jail personnel failed to keep her daughter safe.

County officials have said Bland was treated well while locked up and produced documents that show she gave jail workers inconsistent information about whether she was suicidal.

Encinia, who in June completed a year-long probationary stint as a new trooper, has been on administrative duty since Bland’s death.

Protest: BLACK LIVES MATTER!

Protest: BLACK LIVES MATTER!

#SandraBland, #Blacklivesmatter, #BlacklivesmatterDetroit, #PoliceState, #PrisonNation, #StopwaronBlackAmerica, #Jailkillercops, #Beatbackthebullies, #StopPoliceMurders, #SandraBlandwasmurdered

Related:

http://voiceofdetroit.net/2015/08/06/despite-murder-charges-police-war-on-people-grows-sandra-bland-samuel-dubose-james-boyd/

http://voiceofdetroit.net/2015/07/28/3-police-lynchings-in-2-days-sandra-bland-rexdale-henry-kindra-chapman-in-texas-miss-alabama/


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RACHEL MADDOW SLAMS GOV. RICK SNYDER FOR POISONING FLINT’S WATER, EMERGENCY MANAGER ACT


December 21, 2015

VOD: The Flint water crisis will never end for the people of Flint and their children, of course, because they have been damaged for life. VOD, however, has been reporting that Flint-type water is coming to YOUR town soon, under the auspices of the regional Great Lakes Water Authority (GLWA), a product of Gov. Snyder’s Detroit bankruptcy carried out by Emergency Manager Kevyn Orr.

Detroit's illegally elected Mayor Mike Duggan targets the DWSD during announcement of GLWA creation Sept. 9, 2015.

Detroit’s illegally elected Mayor Mike Duggan targets the DWSD as he announces GLWA creation Sept. 9, 2015.

A GLWA-DWSD/R partnership is scheduled to start Jan. 1, 2016. This does NOT carry out the mandates of the bankruptcy Plan of Confirmation regarding the GLWA, which meant it to be an independent authority with DWSD as a retail customer subordinate to it.

An article just published in the Washington Times questions the capacity of Gary Brown, just anointed head of the DWSD by “Mayor” Mike Duggan, to run the DWSD, since his experience is related to his years in the Detroit Police Department.

See http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2015/dec/20/detroit-water-chief-says-real-work-just-starting/

GLWA2PLEASE see VOD stories below, and ACT this time. The petition that is out there to stop the GLWA is still current, since there has never been a legal notice published under PA 233 of 1955 of the contract between the GLWA and the City of Detroit signed June 12, 2015, and Detroiters’ right to a referendum to make that contract null and void.  Only 15,000 Detroit resident signatures are needed. Links to the petition and all pertinent documents are included in the stories below.

http://voiceofdetroit.net/2015/10/13/will-regional-takeover-of-detroit-water-make-residents-of-6-counties-drink-flint-water/

http://voiceofdetroit.net/2015/09/19/alert-still14-weeks-to-stop-detroit-water-take-over-more-shut-offs-rate-hikes-lay-offs-pollution/

http://voiceofdetroit.net/2015/07/10/regional-water-czars-plan-permanent-shut-offs-to-large-parts-of-detroit-while-increasing-rates/

http://voiceofdetroit.net/2015/06/16/authority-approves-bankruptcy-theft-of-detroits-water-system-retirees-begin-referendum-campaign/  

http://voiceofdetroit.net/2015/05/22/stop-water-shut-offs-now-cancel-detroitwater-debt-ireland-demands-no-water-charges/

http://voiceofdetroit.net/2014/10/26/we-charge-genocide-detroit-water-shut-offs-foreclosures-focus-of-un-visit/

http://voiceofdetroit.net/2014/08/21/near-catastrophic-failure-of-detroit-sewage-pumps-caused-detroit-floods-toledo-water-crisis-city-retirees-say/

http://voiceofdetroit.net/2015/03/02/detroit-long-term-debt-rises-300-in-bankruptcy-retirees-fight-back-with-protest-court-appeals/

http://voiceofdetroit.net/2014/09/10/detroit-bankruptcy-great-lakes-water-authority-to-steal-largest-asset-of-largest-u-s-black-city-4/

http://voiceofdetroit.net/2014/11/15/detroit-bankruptcy-plan-genocide-in-usas-largest-black-majority-city-rich-get-95-9-poor-get-13-5/

http://voiceofdetroit.net/2015/05/27/detroit-shuts-water-off-again-violating-un-declaration-when-will-city-rise-up/ 

http://voiceofdetroit.net/2014/08/21/near-catastrophic-failure-of-detroit-sewage-pumps-caused-detroit-floods-toledo-water-crisis-city-retirees-say/


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WHO’S GUILTY OF DETROIT MORTGAGE FRAUD? NOT WELLS FARGO, BUT COMMUNITY ADVOCATES, SAYS COUNTY

Protest against Wells Fargo's fraudulent practices.

Protest against Wells Fargo’s fraudulent practices.

Long-time activists Cliff and Mary Ann Stafford convicted of charges related to defrauding Wells Fargo Bank; Mrs. Stafford faces up to 15 yrs. in prison

Staffords not connected to any monetary transactions with Wells Fargo

Judge Michael Hathaway steered jury with instructions including “aiding and abetting” uncharged parties

Unethical practices used to verify signature on questioned deed: “If your handwriting matches, you are going to jail.”

Hathaway related to new Wayne County Treasurer Richard Hathaway, who oversees Register of Deeds–should he recuse himself from sentencing?

By Diane Bukowski

December 17, 2015

Investigator Mary Jones previously was with Detroit Police Department for 25 years.

Investigator Mary Jones previously was with Detroit Police Department for 25 years. Photo from WDIV online video.

Detroit – WDIV Channel 4 aired a report Dec. 16 on the Wayne County Mortgage and Deed Fraud Task Force, showing its glitzy new SUV, driven by Investigator Mary Williams Jones, roaming Detroit streets to nab “deed thieves.” Prior to her five years on the task force, Jones retired from 25 years in the Detroit Police Department.

“Unfortunately we’ve had to investigate I think about 2500 cases and we’ve returned about 190 homes [over the last 10 years],” Wayne County Register of Deeds Bernard Youngblood says in the report.

Meanwhile, neither Wayne County, the City of Detroit, nor the State of Michigan have investigated, sued or jailed representatives of the banking industry, which has caused the loss of at least 237,000 homes in Detroit alone to illegal mortgage foreclosures based on predatory lending, a national practice which led to the 2008 global economic meltdown.

Community advocates Clifford and Mary Ann Stafford

Community advocates Clifford and Mary Ann Stafford

Instead, on Dec. 4, Investigator Jones, featured in the WDIV video, obtained the convictions of two long-time community anti-foreclosure activists, Clifford and Mary Ann Stafford, on charges that THEY defrauded Wells Fargo bank, which boasts it is “the largest bank in the world by market value.”

Mrs. Stafford was convicted of “False Pretenses over $20,000” which carries a maximum sentence of 15 years, and both Staffords were convicted of “Obstruction of Justice,” a misdemeanor.

The Staffords’ attorneys contended at trial that neither of them was involved in transacting a $395,000 mortgage with Wells Fargo for a home in Belleville, in 2007 during the height of the predatory lending frenzy which led to the 2008 global economic collapse. Wayne County Circuit Court Judge Michael Hathaway, however, told the jury they could convict the Staffords of “aiding and abetting” other uncharged parties, although those terms are not in their charges.

The Staffords face sentencing Jan. 13, 2016. They are asking all those they have helped through the years, and all who oppose illegal foreclosures, water shut-offs, and other crimes against the people, to support them and to attend.

Watch out--this car may be coming for YOU, not the global banks which have destroyed Detroit.

Watch out–this car may be coming for YOU, not the global banks which have destroyed Detroit.

“I am 66 years old, and the only person I answer to is the person that created me,” Mrs. Stafford said. “Our creator is going to make them all pay. Somebody has got to step up to the line. Put me in jail. I know what I’m going to do next.”

Wells Fargo has itself settled or been convicted in numerous lawsuits filed by the U.S., state attorney generals, local governments, and others for crimes including altering documents, defrauding the FHA, racial discrimination, inflated insurance to pay for kickbacks, loan modification denials, mortgage origination fraud, predatory lending practices, selling properties they did not own, robosigning, securities fraud, and laundering money for drug traffickers. (See http://www.vaughns-1-pagers.com/economics/wells-fargo-lawsuit-summary.htm  and  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1djLccQUbZ8 (Democracy NOW! report on Wells Fargo manual on how to produce fraudulent documents.)

Butch Hollowell, at the time the general counsel for the Detroit NAACP, said Wells Fargo has “done more foreclosures in Detroit and the state of Michigan than any other firm,” and is “Detroit’s number one property tax scofflaw.”

Judge Michael Hathaway

Wayne Co. Circuit Court Judge Michael Hathaway

Wayne Co. Treasurer Richard Hathaway

Wayne Co. Treasurer Richard Hathaway

Judge Hathaway likely should recuse himself from the rest of the trial including sentencing, since his relative Richard Hathaway was appointed Wayne County Treasurer Dec. 11. The Treasurer oversees the Register of Deeds, whose Task Force targeted the Staffords.

Richard Hathaway previously served as Chief Assistant Prosecuting Attorney under Wayne County Prosecutor Kym Worthy, who nominated him for Treasurer.

Hathaway clearly steered the jury toward the Staffords’ convictions through his jury instructions, which lumped them in with uncharged parties including Wells Fargo, Fannie Mae, mortgage brokers, and title companies who perpetrated a scheme related to the sale of a house at 13236 Nautica in Belleville, MI. The defense contended the Staffords were unwitting dupes of these entities.

“The evidence is clear that there are a number of wrongdoers here,” Hathaway said. “There could have been others guilty of deliberate wrongdoing.” He instructed the jury that it could decide whether the defendants “aided and abetted” the uncharged parties as part of the original charges against them.

Atty. Steve Lockhart

Atty. Steve Lockhart

Atty. Patrick McQueeney

The Staffords’ attorneys Patrick McQueeney and Steve Lockhart objected in part to the instructions after the jury decision.

During jury selection, Wayne Co. Assistant Prosecutor Jennifer Douglas weeded out homeowners who would have been familiar with mortgage practices.

Hathaway also severely berated an older Black woman juror for showing up at 9:15 am on the third day of the trial, gave her no chance to explain, then removed her, further changing the composition of the jury and possibly intimidating other jurors. Jurors had been coming in at 10 a.m. every other day in the trial.

Hathaway told the juror she should have been there for the testimony of Attorney Antonio Tuddles at 9 a.m., which Hathaway had rescheduled from 3:45 pm the day before.

Attorney Antonio Tuddles

Tuddles, scheduled to testify about a quiet title lawsuit he argued for the Staffords, showed up at the scheduled time of 3:45 pm the previous day.  Hathaway conducted an ex parte  discussion at the bench with him for 10 minutes, then rescheduled his appearance for the following day at 9 a.m.

It is not known what transpired between Judge Hathaway and Tuddles during their conversation. But the next day, Tuddles testified only briefly that he would not have pursued a “frivolous” lawsuit. He did not testify to more extensive events he put on the record in a case evaluation filed in Dec. 2010. His testimony on those events may have influenced the jury in the other direction. http://voiceofdetroit.net/wp-content/uploads/Case-evaluation-4.pdf.

The Staffords, who have four children, lived for 25 years on Gilchrist on Detroit’s northwest side, where Mr. Stafford was president of the neighborhood block club. The Wyldons were their neighbors.

They run a low-profile company called Private Consumer Consulting Services, LLC. Mrs. Stafford and her friend Anita Brown began the company as a DBA called PCCS/Consumer Advising during the 2007-08 economic crash. Mr. Stafford and witness Jammi Muhammad, both retirees from Ford Motor Company and U.S. military veterans, testified that PCCS, LLC was founded in February, 2008, to assist and educate  people facing the thousands of foreclosures that devastated metro Detroit before, during and after the crash.

Global economic crash of 2008 caused by predatory lending practices of global banks, mortgage companies.

Global economic crash of 2008 caused by predatory lending practices of global banks, mortgage companies.

“As veterans, we wanted to give back to the community,” Muhammad said.

To raise capital for the organization’s functions, it bought and sold various properties. Its members hoped to make some profit by selling them after renovation or after equity accrued.

Mr. Stafford testified that the group began as Freedom Trust, an informal organization that met at the Staffords’ home. He said it included people from all walks of life, including community members, realtors, mortgage brokers, and people in the skilled trades. He said a committee was formed to set skilled trades training for Detroit’s youth, so that they could be employed, and participate in renovation of the houses that would be purchased

Uncharged parties in Nautica ripoff: Wells Fargo, Fannie Mae, Valerie and Kevin Kauth, Avis Washington, Glen P. Boggess, Jr.

Uncharged parties in Nautica ripoff: Wells Fargo, Fannie Mae, Valerie and Kevin Kauth, Avis Washington, Glen P. Boggess, Jr.

The Staffords’ trial produced abundant testimony alleging criminal wrongdoing against uncharged institutions and individuals.

These included Wells Fargo for loaning the inflated amount of $395,000 to Trenise Wyldon without a valid title, title and mortgage insurance, and other closing requirements during the height of the predatory lending bubble, according to defense expert Richard Woonton. Donny and Joann Carlton had sold the house to PCCS for $312,500.

Wells-Fargo-Forging-EvidenceWells Fargo foreclosed on the property, receiving the amount of the entire mortgage plus interest from the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC). Fannie Mae (the Federal National Mortgage Association) later gained ownership of the property after a Sheriff’s Auction. According to Tuddles’ case evaluation, the Sheriff’s Deed was improper because it “. . . fraudulently misrepresents that Ralph Leggat is the ‘deputy sheriff’. The deed is improper because Ralph Leggat is neither the sheriff, under-sheriff, nor the deputy.” Click on http://voiceofdetroit.net/wp-content/uploads/NauticaSheriffsDeed.pdf,

Fannie Mae later also foreclosed, compensating Trenise Wyldon, the alleged owner listed on the allegedly invalid title, for $2,000. They sold the property on July 18, 2013 for $273,000.

Other uncharged parties include the short-lived Reliant Title company (founded in March, 2006 and dissolved in April, 2009). Brokerage NOVA 2000 with its DBA Loan Origination Concepts (LOC) illegally worked with Reliant Title, even having employees in common, to finagle the deal, according to testimony at the trial.

FannieMayhemKevin Kauth was President of Reliant Title, and Valerie Kauth signed, endorsed and notarized documents in the Nautica deal, including the deed allegedly signed by Mrs. Stafford.  She even endorsed a check made out to PCCS, which she had no membership in, according to a prosecution exhibit.

Avis Washington, according to her testimony, was guilty of a serious conflict of interest during the transaction.

She worked for both Reliant Title and brokerage NOVA 2000/LOC. Glen P. Boggess, Jr. was president of NOVA 2000/LOC. It was incorporated in August, 2004 and is noted in state records with an “automatic withdrawal” in July, 2011.

Washington, a key witness for the prosecution, repeatedly said she could not recall events as long as eight years ago, but said she DID recall the Staffords’ presence at an alleged Dec. 5, 2007 closing on the Nautica house. Both the Staffords repeatedly denied that allegation earlier;  their attorneys called it “a phantom closing.”  Washington said she  could not remember where the closing took place, or everyone present, only that it was around a “conference table.”

Disputed property: 13236 Nautica, Belleville, MI. Witness Jammi Muhammad testified that he and Clifford Stafford discovered the fraud perpetrated on them when he went by the house and saw another real estate agent with a couple getting ready to sell it.

Disputed property: 13236 Nautica, Belleville, MI. Witness Jammi Muhammad testified that he and Clifford Stafford discovered the fraud perpetrated on them when he went by the house and saw another real estate agent with a couple getting ready to sell it.

As an employee of  Reliant Title and NOVA 2000, she said she did not work out of an office, conducting her work from her home, primarily over the phone. She said she could not remember the names of any co-workers.

Mr. Stafford said during his testimony that it was Avis Washington who took him and others to see the Nautica house, along with other properties.

They included a house on Country Ridge in Farmington Hills, which he said was purchased by Emmett and Trenise Wyldon.  He said Washington and Boggess used to attend some of the early PCCS open meetings, but were not members.

Wayne County Assistant Prosecutor Jennifer Douglas said in her opening statement that “the Staffords sold a house at 13236 Nautica [in Belleville, MI] before they owned it, then lied about it.”

Contradictorily, her first exhibit was a Warranty Deed for that property from Donny and Joann Carlton to PCCS dated Dec. 5, 2007, for the amount of $312,500. It was notarized in Oklahoma and processed by Title Partners, Inc. Attached to it was a record of sale and an owner’s affidavit. (Click on  http://voiceofdetroit.net/wpcontent/uploads/CarltonsWDtoPCCS.pdf.)

Central to the prosecution’s case was its second exhibit, a signed Warranty Deed ALSO dated Dec. 5, 2007, conveying the house from Mary Ann Stafford, d/b/a PCCS, to Trenise Wyldon, a former neighbor of the Staffords, for the inflated amount of $395,000.

Deed Staffords contend was forged.

Deed Staffords contend was forged.

Tuddles said in his case evaluation, “When comparing the handwriting on the fraudulent document to Mary A. Stafford’s original handwriting, you can see that someone tried to duplicate her handwriting.” He attached copies of her driver’s license and Michigan State ID.

Mary Ann Stafford has strongly denied in various statements that it was her signature on the deed.

Thomas Riley of MSP forensics lab.

Thomas Riley of MSP forensics lab.

Tuddles  also noted that the deed was notarized by Valerie Kauth, wife of Kevin Kauth, the owner of Reliant Title Company which handled the alleged transaction. He said “a notary public may not perform any notarial act for any person if that person is the notary public’s spouse, parent, sibling, children, spouse’s parent, spouse’s sibling, spouse’s child or child’s spouse.”

Douglas relied heavily on the testimony of Investigator Jones and Thomas Riley, a questioned document examiner for the Michigan State Police forensics lab.

Riley testified that he had instructed Jones to obtain 30 “exemplars” of Mrs. Stafford’s signature on documents SIMILAR to the warranty deed. He said Jones sent him a package containing a COPY of the warranty deed, along with 30 exemplars. Since the questioned document was a copy, he said he gave a “qualified” decision that no differences were noted in all the signatures.

Both Riley’s and Jones’ practices were tainted, likely deliberately, according to an article title “Collecting Exemplars” by Certified Forensics Document Examiner Katherine M. Koppenhaver, founder of the International Association of Forensics Document Examiners.

Jones testified that she took the original Warranty Deed, and whited out the signature, apparently destroying a critical piece of evidence. She said she Xeroxed 30 copies of it, and then had Mrs. Stafford sign the 30 copies, in direct opposition to Riley’s instructions to use SIMILAR documents.

It was unclear from her testimony whether the warranty deed which Douglas showed on the screen with Mrs. Stafford’s signature, purporting to be a copy of the original, was actually one of the 30 copies of the same deed that Mrs. Stafford signed as exemplars. The document had a line down the middle, like that produced on a copy when a Xerox machine is running out of ink.

“Jones told me, ‘if your handwriting matches the signature, you are going to jail,’” Mrs. Stafford told VOD. “I told her I have nothing to hide.”

At one point, Prosecutor Douglas put the copy of the alleged deed on the screen, along with a copy of a statement Mrs. Stafford signed in Jones’ office. She improperly asked the jury, as if they were forensics experts, “Aren’t those the same signatures?”

Katherine Koppenhaver

Katherine Koppenhaver

In “Collecting Exemplars,” Koppenhaver, who herself has handled more than 3000 questioned document cases since 1983, writes, “Informal handwriting exemplars are more reliable for comparison purposes than request writing.”

Informal samples are those which already exist, taken from documents earlier executed in the regular course of business, while request writing is that which the signer is asked to execute by the examiner. Koppenhaver says it is preferable to have the examiner (i.e. Riley) carry out the collection of request exemplars. Instead, Jones, not trained in document examination, collected the request exemplars.

Regarding request writing, Koppenhaver says, “Courts consider request writing taken after the fact as self-serving and may not allow it. Some writers will deliberately disguise their request handwriting. The person taking the request writing needs to take this into consideration.”

She adds, “Ideally, original writing should be available for the scrutiny of the document examiner. Original writing is always better than a photocopy or a facsimile. If it is impossible to obtain original documents, a first generation photocopy should be supplied. The original documents should be requested whenever a photocopy is supplied by the adverse party.”

Rev. Edward Pinkney with wife Dorothy at his left, during first rally against the emergency manager act, PA 4. It later became PA 436.

Rev. Edward Pinkney with wife Dorothy at his left, during first rally against Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder’s  emergency manager act, PA 4. It later became PA 436.

Riley never testified that he requested the original document. Earlier, in the case of Rev. Edward Pinkney, now jailed on allegations of falsifying dates on election recall petitions, the MSP forensics document examiner testified he also examined copies.

Based on the allegedly fraudulent deed, Wyldon then procured a $395,000 mortgage from Wells Fargo Bank, also dated Dec. 5, 2007.

“This is ridiculous,” Cornell Squires of RICObusters, who observed the trial, said. “There is no way all those events could have taken place on the same day.”

Wyldon falsely claimed on her credit application that she had worked for PCCS for “2-6 years,” and was making $10,000 a year. The Staffords disputed Wyldon’s claim, saying PCCS as  a voluntary group never had employees, and specifically that it did NOT employ Wyldon or her husband Emmett Wyldon. They say Wyldon was unemployed.

Wyldon pled guilty to a charge of “False statement on a credit application” Jan. 13, 2014, based on a settlement offer that she would “cooperate with ongoing deed/mortgage fraud investigations and testify truthfully when subpoenaed to do so.” The offer recommended no jail time.

Judge James Chylinski

Judge James Chylinski

Without a hearing of record, Wayne County Circuit Court Judge James Chylinski signed off on a dismissal of the charge against Wyldon Aug. 20, 2014. Wyldon showed up for the preliminary exam of the Staffords, but never testified, and was not present during their trial.

The filing of the quiet title lawsuit, and statements the Staffords gave to Jones later, after they asked the Task Force to investigate mortgage fraud in the sale, were used as the prosecutor’s grounds for charging the Staffords with “obstruction of justice.”

They were given no warning when they went to the Task Force offices at 400 Monroe that they were actually walking into the lion’s den. Jones testified on cross exam that Mr. Stafford had come into the office prior to her interview for an intake session. She then typed up what appeared to be leading questions for her interviews with both Staffords, and had them respond in handwriting. The Staffords were not warned they were being considered for prosecution, and had no attorneys present.

The Wyldons resided in the Nautica property for two years. It was then foreclosed by Wells Fargo and sold to Fannie Mae. Wells Fargo got its money back with interest from the FDIC, and Reliant Title, including representatives Glen Boggess, Ava Washington, and Valerie Kauth walked away with their fees. Without proper title investigation, Fannie bought the property and later sold it for $273,000.

Cliffprd Stafford said PCCS made "not one red cent" on Nautica deal.

Clifford Stafford said PCCS made “not one red cent” on Nautica deal.

PCCS made “not one red cent” on the transaction, Mr. Stafford testified. In fact, he said PCCS had paid numerously monthly mortgage costs for the property while the Wyldons lived there, not knowing that Trenise Wyldon had fraudulently conveyed the property to herself alone.

Richard Woonton, called as an expert witness for the defense, testified that the $395,000 mortgage package for Trenise Wyldon and other documents were severely flawed. He said he was testifying pro bono, i.e. he had received no fees for his work on the case.

In a comment after the trial, he angrily called the whole transaction nothing but “money-laundering.”

Woonton said he is licensed as a mortgage loan officer for the State of Michigan and 38 other states. He said he began his career in 1982, clearing up bad loans, corruption and fraud, and authenticating various documents.

The defense produced a purchase agreement dated Sept. 13, 2007, signed by Avis Washington on behalf of Glen Boggess for the Nautica property. The amount cited was $322,500, not the amount of the mortgage obtained by Wyldon. Woonton said the signers are supposed to be the sellers and the buyers, not Avis Washington, who processed the purchase agreement.

Uniform residential loan application Hathaway asked him whether purchase agreement signers sometimes back off later, but Woonton testified the agreement was part of the entire Wells Fargo bank file.

He said Trenise Wyldon was the only signer of the uniform residential loan application to Wells Fargo. (See http://www.freddiemac.com/uniform/pdf/form65.pdf)

“There was only a five percent down payment, so there should have been a mortgage insurance certificate in the file,” Woonton said. “Anytime you don’t put 20 percent down to cover the lender in case of loss, you must have mortgage insurance.”

He said certificates for mortgage and title insurance were not included in  the Wells Fargo package, and that the HUD settlement agreement didn’t have an address where the closing took place. He said it also falsely identified PCCS as the sellers.

A little sloppy? Wells Fargo CEO John Stumpf.

A little sloppy? Wells Fargo CEO John Stumpf.

“It was the Carltons whose Bank of America loan that Wells Fargo paid off,” he testified. He added that after Wells Fargo supplied the money for the loan, Reliant Title issued a check to PCCS for $67,000. That check was however endorsed by Valerie Kauth, ending up in the title company’s escrow account.

He said Reliant Title then illegally issued a $23,143 check to Trenise Wyldon, money which she supplied as the down payment on the house, asserting that it was from her own funds. He said return of the original documentation of the mortgage must go to the company that owns it,  which was Wells Fargo. However, he testified that on the document in question, “Wells Fargo” is crossed out as the returnee, and fraudulently replaced by Reliant Title.

Judge Hathaway asked, “Isn’t it possible that Wells Fargo just got a little sloppy?”

Regarding “getting a little sloppy,” see http://philipstern.com/weblog/2015/04/14/sloppy-paperwork-derails-wells-fargo-foreclosure/  and http://nypost.com/2012/01/01/sloppy-seconds-feds-probe-million-in-double-billing-by-banks/.)

Related documents:

Full case evaluation by Attorney Antonio Tuddles:

http://voiceofdetroit.net/wp-content/uploads/Case-evaluation-2.pdf

Quiet Title lawsuit filed by Staffords:

http://voiceofdetroit.net/wp-content/uploads/Quiet-Title-lawsuit-et-al.pdf

Trenise Wyldon plea deal:

http://voiceofdetroit.net/wp-content/uploads/Wyldonpleadeal-2.pdf

Collecting Exemplars, by Valerie Koppenhaver:

http://www.forensicdocumentexaminers.com/excerpt.html

Related stories:

http://www.clickondetroit.com/news/team-hits-wayne-county-streets-to-prevent-deed-theft#

http://foreclosurenation.org/breaking-news/inside-the-foreclosure-factory-wells-fargo-is-working-overtime-and-it-appears-the-fraud-never-ends/

http://www.vaughns-1-pagers.com/economics/wells-fargo-lawsuit-summary.htm

http://voiceofdetroit.net/2012/08/26/naacp-wells-fargo-and-the-road-less-traveled/

http://voiceofdetroit.net/2011/11/23/banks-financing-drug-cartels-admitted-in-wells-fargo-deal/

http://voiceofdetroit.net/2013/08/14/swaps-probe-finds-banks-including-detroit-creditors-rigged-rate-at-expense-of-retirees/

http://voiceofdetroit.net/2015/04/24/u-s-sues-dan-gilberts-quicken-loans-over-mortgage-fraud-one-cause-of-detroit-blight/

http://voiceofdetroit.net/2014/08/21/bank-of-america-agrees-to-nearly-17b-mortgage-fraud-settlement-helped-destroy-detroit/

http://voiceofdetroit.net/2012/10/25/u-s-sues-bank-of-america-for-brazen-mortgage-fraud/

http://voiceofdetroit.net/2013/10/27/jpmorgan-said-to-reach-13-billion-u-s-settlement-on-mortgage-bond-sales/

http://voiceofdetroit.net/2013/02/06/usdoj-slams-standard-poors-with-5-billion-fraud-lawsuit/

http://voiceofdetroit.net/2011/08/16/anger-over-fannie-mae-foreclosures/

http://voiceofdetroit.net/2011/06/16/make-the-banks-pay-to-rebuild-detroit-and-u-s-2/

#CliffordStafford, #MaryStafford, #JudgeMichaelHathaway, #MaryJones, #forgery, #mortgagefraud, #bankfraud, #unjustconviction, #biasonthebench, #toobigtofail, #mortgagemeltdown, #WayneCoTreasurer, #WayneCoROD, #questioneddocument, #FreeRevPinkney, #FreetheStaffords, #Beatbackthebullies, #AdvocatesforBaxter


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MISTRIAL FOR COP IN BALTIMORE’S FREDDIE GRAY CASE; WERE THE REAL PERPETRATORS PROSECUTED?

Protesters demanding "Stop the War on Black America" gather outside courthouse after mistrial declared Dec. 16, 2015.

Protesters demanding “Stop the War on Black America” gather outside courthouse after mistrial declared Dec. 16, 2015.

First Baltimore policeman’s trial in death of black man ends in hung jury

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By Ian Simpson and Donna Owens

 December 16, 2015

VOD: The first pictures and videos of Freddie Gray’s arrest appeared to show him already severely wounded after a beating. He grimaced in pain and at first appeared unable to stand, as he was tossed into the van. Were the right cops charged? The cops involved in his arrest were all white. Three of the six cops standing trial, mostly those inside the van, are Black. Has the prosecution deliberately thrown this trial as the medical examiner  claimed Florida prosecutors did in the death of Trayvon Martin? And as the prosecution did in the case of Aiyana Jones’ murder by Joseph Weekley?

Freddie Gray, Jr.

Freddie Gray, Jr.

BALTIMORE (Reuters) – A mistrial was declared on Wednesday in the case of a Baltimore police officer charged in the death of Freddie Gray, a Black man whose killing while in custody sparked riots [rebellions] last April, and the city’s mayor appealed for calm.

The judge dismissed the jury in the involuntary manslaughter trial of Officer William Porter – the first of six officers to be tried in Gray’s death – after 16 hours of deliberations during which it was unable to reach a verdict on any of the charges against the policeman.

“I do declare a mistrial,” Baltimore City Circuit Court Judge Barry Williams said.

The judge said an administrative judge would schedule a new trial as early as Thursday.

Within minutes of his ruling, a phalanx of uniformed officers surrounded the courthouse. They pushed back a group of a few dozen protesters and arrested at least two people, one of whom appeared to swing at an officer. Large numbers of police have been stationed around Baltimore over the past few days.

Freddie Gray appeared severely, possibly mortally wounded, during his arrest by white officers before being put into van.

Freddie Gray appeared severely, possibly mortally wounded, during his arrest by white officers before being put into van.

Porter, 26, was the first of six officers to be tried in Gray’s death from a broken neck suffered while he was transported in the back of a police van.

The panel of five men and seven women had said on Tuesday that it was deadlocked, but Williams had told the jurors to keep trying to reach a verdict.

Porter, who like Gray is black, was charged for having put Gray in the back of the van without seat-belting him and with being too slow to pass on his request for medical assistance.

His attorneys had argued that he may have been unaware of department policy mandating that detainees be seat-belted, which was put into place shortly before Gray’s arrest.

Gray’s death triggered protests, rioting and arson in the majority-black city of 620,000 people, and intensified a U.S. debate on police treatment of minorities. It followed the police killings of black men in cities including Ferguson, Missouri, and New York, which sparked the Black Lives Matter movement.

CALLS FOR CALM

Freddie Gray tossed into van, clearly already severely injured.

Freddie Gray tossed into van, clearly already severely injured.

Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake urged people to remain calm about the ruling. “We must respect the outcome of the judicial process,” she said in a statement.

Officials in Baltimore had come under heavy criticism for a restrained initial response to April’s riots, which some observers contended allowed arson and looting to spiral out of control.

“I urge everyone to remember that collectively, our reaction needs to be one of respect for our neighborhoods,” Rawlings-Blake said. “In the case of any disturbance in the city we are prepared to respond.”

Porter had been charged with involuntary manslaughter, second-degree assault, reckless endangerment and misconduct in office. The charges against the other officers range from second-degree murder for the van’s driver, to misconduct.

Warren Brown, a Baltimore defense lawyer who was in the courtroom, said of the decision, “I am not surprised at all. I think you will have the same scenario with the other trials.”

He said he wanted to see if the jury broke down on racial lines. Seven of the jurors are black and five are white.

Protester confronts sheriffs in front of courthouse.

Protester confronts sheriffs in front of courthouse.

Gray was arrested after fleeing from police. He was put in a transport van, shackled and handcuffed, but was not secured by a seat belt, in violation of department policy. He died a week later.

Porter testified Gray told him he needed medical aid. Porter told the van’s driver and a supervisor that Gray had asked for aid but none was summoned, according to testimony.

The defense argued that Porter did not believe Gray was seriously injured until the van’s final stop. His lawyers have said that Porter acted as any reasonable officer would have.

“In some ways, a hung jury might be better than an acquittal,” Deray McKesson, a prominent U.S. civil rights activist, said on Twitter.

One legal expert said he was surprised to see a mistrial declared on just the third day of deliberations.

“I thought the judge would never declare a mistrial absent a fistfight until the jury had been deliberating for six or seven days,” said Jim Cohen, a professor at Fordham Law School in New York. “They chose the wrong defendant to try first.”

(Reporting by Ian Simpson and Donna Owens; Writing by Scott Malone; Editing by Dan Grebler and Jonathan Oatis)

Related:

http://www.msn.com/en-us/news/us/baltimore-police-preparations-ahead-of-freddie-gray-verdict-alarm-activists/ar-BBnDisy?ocid=U348DHP

Tens of thousands of protesters shut down Orioles game at Camden Yards in Baltimore after Freddie Gray's murder.

Tens of thousands of protesters shut down Orioles game at Camden Yards in Baltimore after Freddie Gray’s murder.

 


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