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JPMorgan Chase Sued for Mortgage Discrimination against Black and Latino Borrowers*

JPMorgan Chase Sued for Mortgage Discrimination against Black and Latino Borrowers*

By Tanasia Kenney


JPMorgan Chase agreed to a $55 million settlement with the government on Wednesday, Jan. 18, the same day a federal lawsuit was filed alleging the financial institution racially discriminated against thousands of African-American and Latino mortgage borrowers between 2006 and 2009.

The suit accused the lending company of charging Black and Latino borrowers higher mortgage interest rates and fees than “similarly situated white borrowers” during that time. Average minority home buyers were alleged to have paid almost $1,000 more than white borrowers with the same risk profile, according to the complaint.

Overall, the U.S. government said the company’s alleged discrimination cost 53,000 mortgage borrowers “tens of millions of dollars in damages.”

Attorneys for JPMorgan Chase denied the claims but filed their response in court the same day the suit was brought.

“We’ve agreed to settle these legacy allegations that relate to pricing set by independent brokers,” the company said in a written statement Wednesday.

“We deny any wrongdoing and remain committed to providing equal access to credit.”

USA Today reported the federal government sought damages for the affected Black and Latino borrowers, civil penalties and an order to prevent further racial discrimination.

The government said Chase failed to require its mortgage brokers to document the reasons for the adjusted rates and report discrimination. Moreover, the company reportedly gave independent brokers leeway to hike customers’ interest rates, which, in turn, boosted brokers’ pay.

As a result, the discrimination continued and African-American home buyers paid an average of $1,126 more for a $191,100 loan over a five-year period than white home buyers, the lawsuit stated. Latino borrowers paid an average of $968 more on a loan for $236,800.

“Chase could have, but failed, to better monitor its wholesale brokers to discourage discrimination against borrowers based on race or national origin,” the complaint read.

The U.S. government has gone after lending companies suspected of racial discrimination in the past, with the Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division obtaining more than $1.4 billion in relief under fair housing laws between 2010 and 2014, according to an agency report from August. In 2012, The Justice Department sued Wells Fargo for racial discrimination over the bank’s practice of targeting Black and Latino homeowners for subprime loans. The bank and the DOJ ultimately reached a $175 million settlement, Atlanta Black Star reported.


Related Topics:

JPMorgan Chase Fined $264mn for Bribery and Corruption in China*

Indonesia Terminates All Business Relationships with JPMorgan after Downgrade*

Former Head of Morgan Stanley Indicted for Evading $45mn in Taxes*

Federal Court Rules Texas Voter ID Law Violates Voting Rights Act, Discriminates Against Blacks and Latinos*

Toyota to Pay Over $20mn Settlement for Charging Black and Asian Customers More Interest for Car Loans*

Divide and Rule: Understanding Race and Class as One Entity, not Two*


African Jews Flood the Streets of Israel Demanding End to Police Brutality*

African Jews Flood the Streets of Israel Demanding End to Police Brutality*

When Netanyahu put into motion the ‘Charlie Hebdo’ false flags from Europe to Latin America then invited Jews from these regions to come ‘home’, this was a replay of How Fear was Instilled to Make Jews Leave for Israel in 1947 towards the establishment and populating of the land they now refer to as Israel. One can be sure that, that call did not include Africans whose Jewish ancestry has been removed from the media picture without even asking the question what makes refugees behave as if they have a right to protest in a country that is quite clearly xenophobic from a people who are under the delusion that they are superior to everyone else…

By M. David

From Oakland to Ferguson, to Beavercreek, to Baltimore and now to Jerusalem, the people are rising up against police brutality and murder. African-Israelis of Ethiopian Jewish descent have taken to the streets after a video of an Israeli police officer beating an Ethiopian Israeli, was leaked on social media.

Literally thousands of protesters, mostly members of Israel’s Ethiopian Jewish community, rallied in the streets of Jerusalem last Thursday, demanding an end to racism and racist, brutal and unchecked police actions in Israel.

While the incident recorded in the video took place last Sunday in the Tel Aviv suburb of Holon, the protests were centered around the entrance to the national Israel Police headquarters in Jerusalem.

The protest began with only a few hundred protesters but it quickly grew into the thousands by the time night hit.

The crowd then marched on the police headquarters, only a short distance from the Prime Minister’s Residence.

The video clearly shows an Israeli cop pushing an Israeli soldier of Ethiopian descent (Israel has mandatory military service). The man being pushed, Demas Fekadeh, hits the ground only seconds before a second officer enters the scene, beating Fekadeh.

See for yourself…

As the evening continued, protesters blocked the intersection between King George St. and Jaffa St.

If the Israel Police are to be believed, the protesters threw stones, bottles and even “fire bombs.” We saw no evidence of that, if anyone has photographs of this, please submit them to CounterCurrentNews@gmail.com.

Perhaps this was the police excuse for attacking 10 protesters seven of which needed to be rushed to hospitals for further treatment?

Images by Lior Mizrahi, and Ha’aretz

Ha’Aretz reports that the “Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat arrived at the scene and spoke to the protesters trying to lower the flames.”

He asked: “Do you doubt that the prime minister, ministers, and 120 Knesset members want to embrace the Ethiopian community?”

No one was feeling it. One protester shouted back: “I don’t want a hug. Look at me as you would look at a white person. I don’t need a hugs. That is a patronizing attitude that says that I’m incapable, so let’s give him a hug.”


In Operation Solomon, the Israeli intent behind airlifting the Ethiopian Jews (Falasha) out of Ethiopia was and has been eugenics…

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Israel admits to Birth Controlling Ethiopian Women*

Open Detention without Charge for African Migrants in Israel*

Israel’s President Proclaims Israel is a “Sick Society”*

US, Saudis-Israeli, Qatar “Arab Spring Coup” in Sudan*

The Innate Racism of Israel: Ashkenazi Jews Exterminating Arab Jews*

Pro-Israelis Finance U.S. Police Training*

Israeli Barbarism: 6 Things You Can Stop Buying*

Israel Changes Bar Code To Avoid Boycott*

Baltimore Charged with Hope, as 6 Killer Cops are Charged with Murder*

Baltimore Charged with Hope, as 6 Killer Cops are Charged with Murder*

After State Attorney Marilyn Mosby announced that charges were brought against the six police officers involved in the death of Freddie Gray, people celebrated in the streets. “It’s not ‘game over,’ it’s ‘game on.’ Now, we can actually start to see things happening.”

By Mary Hansen and Araz Hachadourian

Cheers erupted on the steps of the War Memorial building in Baltimore when State Attorney Marilyn Mosby announced that the six police officers involved in the death of Freddie Gray will have charges brought against them.

Mosby announced the charges after the medical examiner declared Gray’s death a homicide, caused by a spinal cord injury sustained while being transported in a police van without a seat belt. The charges range from second-degree “depraved heart” murder to misconduct in office.

Residents, students, and others from across the country gathered to celebrate on May 1. They cheered as passing cars honked their horns outside of Penn North metro station, blocks from where Gray had lived. Groups of protesters marched to City Hall and rallied there throughout the afternoon and into the evening.

Yet the situation on the streets remained tense on Friday night. Hundreds of police, some called in from other states, as well as members of the National Guard, lined the streets where people gathered. A line of armoured vehicles and police cars blocked the street in front City Hall. When curfew passed at 10:00 p.m., police began arresting protesters who refused to disperse and asked journalists to remain in a roped-off area. According to CBS Baltimore, police arrested 30 people for protest-related incidents and another 15 for violating curfew throughout the city.

That the six police officers will be arrested and charged in connection with Gray’s murder is seen as a victory for protesters. But many in Baltimore are calling for greater systemic changes, particularly on the issue of police accountability.

We spoke with those celebrating in Baltimore. Here is some of what they said.

Lydia Mesekale: “The issue is police accountability and our deaths mattering to people enough that someone will get in trouble for it. It’s not ‘game over,’ it’s ‘game on.’ Now, we can actually start to see things happening.”

Mark Daniels: “I think that the officers being indicted is a fabulous thing, and something long overdue in regards to other cases that we’ve seen nationally.”

Mia Henson: “With a situation like this, where we did get national attention, this should be the start of other things coming into place. Because once everything is done and over with, there’s still going to be drug activity. It’s still going to be black-on-black crime. It’s still going to be law enforcement versus the low-income people.”

Todd Burns: “We’re going to get justice. This is one big celebration.”

Diane Connelly-Duggan (center): “It’s a possibility for everyone. It’s like a Rosa Parks moment. That began a whole possibility forward from here, and that’s what this moment is.”

Frances Graham: “I’m out here for my son, my daughter, my nieces and nephews. I’m out here for the family of Freddie Gray and for all those who have died at the hands of law enforcement.”

Danny Marrow: “I think that the state’s attorney did their job. [But] things will change only if the police get with the community and explain to them things like probable cause and showing ID.”

Ebony Evans: “It will be known that we will not continue to tolerate police brutality. There are not many [officers] who have ever been charged and sentenced. So, this is just the first step.”

Mary Marston (left): “In an ideal world Freddie Gray would be alive. But at least in this case cops have been held accountable, which we haven’t seen. I think that’s a step in the right direction in accountability for cops to actually protect who they’re sworn to protect.”

Jordan Britton (left): “I felt like we’re moving in the right direction, particularly in Baltimore, with our justice system. I hope there’s actually a conviction.”

Brandy Youngson (right): “It’s a great first step. We need to make sure we get justice in this case.”

Tamika Torrence (mother of the girls pictured above): “It’s awesome that they charged them. It’s justice. Not just for Freddie Gray, but for all [killed by police]. It’s finally something that needed to be done.”

“I asked my daughter what she thought we were down here for, and she said to blow up cars. And I said not today. We want to see the good of everybody coming together. It’s just coming out good; we haven’t seen this in a long time. It makes me want to cry. We can come together as a community. It’s a peaceful day.”


…and as with Ferguson, the system will fight back…so when they say the fight is on whether the cops are found guilty or not, only America as a whole can rise to a better day by facing its many daemons.

Related Topics:

George Soros: The Hidden Hand behind Social Unrest*

The Pressure Cooker under Baltimore*

Days of Rage in Baltimore and Mexico*

Widespread Police Brutality has Thousands March in Solidarity with Baltimore*

Report Confirms Predatory System of Ferguson*

Obama Anaesthetizing Black Resistance*

The Black Stereotype: Socially Engineered in the FBI War on Tupac Shakur and Real Black Leaders*

Malcolm X’s Grandson Baited and Killed

Killer Cop on the Rise

U.S. Killer Cops get Further Training in Israel*

Yellow Journalism, and the Truth Behind the Jonestown Massacre*

Giving Up on Yourself to be White

The Pressure Cooker under Baltimore*

The Pressure Cooker under Baltimore*

As Baltimore surfaces closer to the media limelight, many outsiders are unaware as to what has been bubbling behind the scenes. Is Baltimore another New Orleans, Detroit, Ferguson or a witch’s brew of all three?

Baltimore and Columbus, Ohio – Jet Magazine, October 8, 1953

By Conor Friedersdorf

In Baltimore, where 25-year-old Freddie Gray died shortly after being taken into police custody, an investigation may uncover homicidal misconduct by law enforcement, as happened in the North Charleston, South Carolina, killing of Walter Scott. Or the facts may confound the darkest suspicions of protestors, as when the Department of Justice released its report on the killing of Michael Brown.

What’s crucial to understand, as Baltimore residents take to the streets in long-simmering frustration, is that their general grievances are valid regardless of how this case plays out. For as in Ferguson, where residents suffered through years of misconduct so egregious that most Americans could scarcely conceive of what was going on, the people of Baltimore are policed by an entity that perpetrates stunning abuses. The difference is that this time we needn’t wait for a DOJ report to tell us so. Harrowing evidence has been presented. Yet America hasn’t looked.

I include myself.

Despite actively reading and commenting on police misconduct for many years, I was unaware until yesterday that the Baltimore Sun published a searing 2014 article documenting recent abuses that are national scandals in their own rights.

A grandmother’s bones were broken. A pregnant woman was violently thrown to the ground. Millions of dollars were paid out to numerous victims of police brutality.

And almost none of us noticed!

So I join all who say that protests in Baltimore should remain peaceful, and I will continue to withhold judgment about Gray’s death until more facts are known.

But I also insist that Baltimore protests are appropriate regardless of what happened to Freddie Gray, as is more federal scrutiny and intervention. Although much was rightly made of Ferguson’s racially unrepresentative local leadership, the presence of a black mayor and a diverse city council has not solved Baltimore’s police problem, partly because the DOJ responded to revelations of epidemic brutality with less than the full-scale civil rights probe that some residents requested and because Maryland pols have thwarted reform bills urged by city leaders.

There are so many good reasons for locals to be outraged.

The Baltimore Sun’s article shows why in detail. And a few choice excerpts are the best beginning in this attempt to contextualize the ongoing protests within recent history.

Let’s start with the money.

$5.7 million is the amount the city paid to victims of brutality between 2011 and 2014. And as huge as that figure is, the more staggering number in the article is this one:

Over the past four years, more than 100 people have won court judgments or settlements related to allegations of brutality and civil-rights violations.”

What tiny percentage of the unjustly beaten win formal legal judgments?

If you’re imagining that they were all men in their twenties, think again:

Victims include a 15-year-old boy riding a dirt bike, a 26-year-old pregnant accountant who had witnessed a beating, a 50-year-old woman selling church raffle tickets, a 65-year-old church deacon rolling a cigarette and an 87-year-old grandmother aiding her wounded grandson. Those cases detail a frightful human toll. Officers have battered dozens of residents who suffered broken bones — jaws, noses, arms, legs, ankles — head trauma, organ failure, and even death, coming during questionable arrests. Some residents were beaten while handcuffed; others were thrown to the pavement.

The 87-year-old grandmother was named Venus Green. A former teacher with two college degrees, she spent her retirement years as a foster parent for needy children. She was on her porch one day when her grandson ran up crying for an ambulance.

He’d been shot.

The article goes on to tell her story from a legal document in her successful lawsuit:

Paramedics and police responded to the emergency call, but the white officer became hostile. “What happened? Who shot you?” Green recalled the officer saying to her grandson, according to an 11-page letter in which she detailed the incident for her lawyer. Excerpts from the letter were included in her lawsuit. “You’re lying. You know you were shot inside that house. We ain’t going to help you because you are lying.”

“Mister, he isn’t lying,” replied Green, who had no criminal record. “He came from down that way running, calling me to call the ambulance.”

The officer, who is not identified in the lawsuit, wanted to go into the basement, but Green demanded a warrant. Her grandson kept two dogs downstairs and she feared they would attack. The officer unhooked the lock, but Green latched it. He shoved Green against the wall.

She hit the wooden floor. “Bitch, you ain’t no better than any of the other old black bitches I have locked up,” Green recalled the officer saying as he stood over her. “He pulled me up, pushed me in the dining room over the couch, put his knees in my back, twisted my arms and wrist and put handcuffs on my hands and threw me face down on the couch.”

After pulling Green to her feet, the officer told her she was under arrest. Green complained of pain. “My neck and shoulder are hurting,” Green told him. “Please take these handcuffs off.” An African-American officer then walked in the house, saw her sobbing and asked that the handcuffs be removed since Green wasn’t violent. The cuffs came off, and Green didn’t face any charges. But a broken shoulder tormented her for months.

When pondering the fact that Baltimore paid out $5.7 million in brutality settlements over four years, consider that the payout in this case was just $95,000. (For the story of the pregnant woman and many others, the full article is here.)

Cleveland Cavaliers’ LeBron James warms up before an NBA basketball game against the Brooklyn Nets at the Barclays Center, Monday, Dec. 8, 2014, in New York.

Lest anyone imagine that this investigation was the only tipoff of egregious misconduct among Baltimore police, more context is useful. The period covered in the brutality investigation came immediately after the FBI caught 51 Baltimore police officers in a scheme that resulted in at least 12 extortion convictions.

Shortly after the investigation was published this happened on a Baltimore street:

This year a detective who retired from the police force last year demonstrated a violent streak—he allegedly took part in a motorcycle-club brawl that left a man hospitalized. Also in 2014,

“a city police officer was charged with felony assault after he stormed into a home in full uniform Monday and threatened to kill his wife with his service weapon.”

And Baltimore police tased a hospitalized meningitis patient 5 times in the course of ten minutes. He died soon after. Prosecutors did not file charges.

Another cop was charged with an assault on a 14-year-old boy.

Even animals couldn’t escape the brutality of the Baltimore police last year. In July,

“Officer Thomas Schmidt, a 24-year veteran assigned to the Emergency Services unit, was placed on paid administrative leave after police say he held down a Shar-Pei while a fellow officer, Jeffrey Bolger, slit the dog’s throat.”

A month later, a Baltimore police officer plead guilty “to a felony animal cruelty charge after he fatally beat and choked his girlfriend’s Jack Russell terrier,” an August 5 article noted. The very same year, even one of Baltimore’s good cops couldn’t escape the horror show of dead animals:

“Four investigators from agencies outside Baltimore are working to determine who left a dead rat on the car windshield of an officer who was cooperating with prosecutors on a police brutality case.”

What about the prior year?

There was a murder-suicide, with a policeman killing a fire-fighter, his girlfriend, and himself. There was a different officer who killed himself in jail after being charged with killing his fiancée. In yet another case,

“Abdul Salaam, 36, says he was beaten in July 2013 after a traffic stop by officers Nicholas Chapman and Jorge Bernardez-Ruiz and that he never got a response to his complaint filed with internal affairs,”

The Sun reported.

“Those officers would be implicated less than three weeks later in the death of 44-year-old Tyrone West while he was in police custody.”

Citizens and groups such as the Justice League of NYC protest following the death of Freddie Gray, on Sunday, April 19, 2015, in Baltimore. Photo: ALGERINA PERNA/BALTIMORE SUN/ASSOCIATED PRESSAlso in 2013, a jury acquitted an off-duty police officer on manslaughter charges after he chased down and killed a 17-year-old boy who may or may not have thrown a rock that thumped harmlessly into his front door. And that’s not even getting into serious corruption that wasn’t brutality.

I could go on, but I’ve long since started to skim past stories like “Baltimore police officer pimps out his own wife” and thinking, meh, I’ve seen worse from cops there. The cop who shot himself and lied about it to get worker’s comp benefits? Meh, at least he didn’t shoot someone else and then lie about what happened. There is just a staggering level of dysfunction in the department, and residents of Baltimore, a city that could use a professional crime-fighting force if ever there was one, have suffered under it year after year after year. Pick one. (Take 2008! A Baltimore cop shot a man twice in the back. He was acquitted, too.)

There is so much I haven’t included (example), and I’ve just trawled through the archives of The Baltimore Sun for a two-year period. They cover most police-involved deaths, but no newspaper covers more than a minuscule subset of use-of-force incidents.

So no wonder protestors are out in Baltimore after this latest death.

No wonder that a meeting on police brutality this week had to be moved to a bigger venue because so many Baltimore residents are concerned enough to come out in person.

“Dozens of residents—most of them black—inundated federal officials with their assertions that city police have been brutalizing residents with impunity,”

A just-published Baltimore Sun article reports. It includes a quote from a 35-year-old who asked the feds,

“When are you all going to help us?”


Related Topics:

The Watery Road to Serfdom: After Detroit, Baltimore*

Freddie Grey’s Spinal Cord Severed under Detention*

Katrina: A Reason to be Angry*

Chevron and Exxon: The Criminals Behind Katrina*

Detroit Residents Fight to Keep Homes They Own, But Developers are Trying to Sell*

The Road that Leads from Serfdom to Detroit*

It Didn’t Stop at Detroit: For Your Water Pay Up or Die *

Detroit: Your World under TPP*

Mass Incarceration: Behind the Ferguson Uprising*

KKK raising Funds for Officer Who Shot Brown in Ferguson*

In the Middle of the U.S.- A No-Fly Zone over Ferguson, Why?*

Soros Turned Ferguson from a Local Protest to a National Flashpoint*

A Communique From Ferguson*

Report Confirms Predatory System of Ferguson*

Teacher Born With Down Syndrome Breaks Stereotypes*

Teacher Born With Down Syndrome Breaks Stereotypes*

A young assistant teacher in South Carolina is living proof that with motivation and a positive attitude there is nothing that can’t be accomplished.

This video, produced in 2011 by WLTX, features Bryann Burgess who was born with Down Sydrome. While studying theater and music, she earned a position as assistant teacher at Kindermusik and proves all the negative stereotypes wrong.


Related Topics:

To be Fully Human*

The hoax at the bottom of Autism and Alzheimer’s

The Superiority of Having Autism

Modern Lifestyles, Thought and the Nature of Alzheimer

Drugs that Damage your DNA: When Dementia isn’t Alzheimer*

False Flag: Time-frame of the Ferguson Police Shot by Police!?

False Flag: Time-frame of the Ferguson Police Shot by Police!?

‘Friendly fire’ they may end up having to calling it…


BREAKING: St. Louis County Police Chief Jon Belmar says 1 officer shot in face, other shot in shoulder in Ferguson

— The Associated Press (@AP) March 12, 2015

The officer also said that contrary to reports, no officer was shot in the face tonight. He said chest and shoulder only.

— deray mckesson (@deray) March 12, 2015

The officer also let me know that the two officers shot will be okay, that the bulletproof vest of one of them saved his life.

— deray mckesson (@deray) March 12, 2015

Police take cover after two cops were shot in front of #Ferguson PD on Thursday, March 12, 2015. pic.twitter.com/jGRd9BI1vA

— Laurie Skrivan (@LaurieSkrivan) March 12, 2015

VIDEO from #Ferguson moments after a police officer was reportedly shot about midnight, via @search4swag: pic.twitter.com/HaWK1KduVv

— Jason Whitely (@JasonWhitely) March 12, 2015

Police stand guard after two cops shot in front of Ferguson PD on 031215. Pic- @LaurieSkrivan pic.twitter.com/tRYPieJVWX

— Lynden Steele (@manofsteele) March 12, 2015

Now, I was here. I saw the officer fall. The shot came from at least 500 feet away from the officers. Ferguson PD.

— deray mckesson (@deray) March 12, 2015

Cops were pointing guns everywhere. The had assault rifles, pistols, and shot guns.

— Dr. Cornel Fresh (@WyzeChef) March 12, 2015

There have been 213 Americans killed by police since Jan 1. That is still important no matter what happens. I hope everyone is okay.

— Cassandra (@CassandraRules) March 12, 2015

215 days and no officer was ever injured by a protestor. That didn’t change tonight.

— KayRay (@RE_invent_ED) March 12, 2015

@RE_invent_ED same thing I said. We haven’t shot at the police in 7 months what makes you think we trying to shoot now.

— Street (@ShetheStreet) March 12, 2015

RT @mattdpearce: To be crystal clear: Three witnesses tell me shots at Ferg. PD didn’t come from demonstrators, but up Tiffin Ave.

— ShordeeDooWhop (@Nettaaaaaaaa) March 12, 2015

Shots missed all protesters and the hand held shields. Direct hits.

— Search4Swag (@search4swag) March 12, 2015

I don’t much about guns but I do know that was such an accurate shot to be up a hill and down a road somewhere

— ShordeeDooWhop (@Nettaaaaaaaa) March 12, 2015

That was no regular shooter. It’s impossible. It was HELLAS ppl and aoace between where the shots came from and those cops.

— Loctavia Butler (@LovnMyLocs) March 12, 2015

I want to know what skilled shooter shot over ALL of us and hit two cops that had shields up…those shots sounded further behind us

— Loctavia Butler (@LovnMyLocs) March 12, 2015

@Nettaaaaaaaa @reportedly …and at night. Agree with Kevin Brooks re possibility of sniper rifle.

— RQ Skye (@rqskye) March 12, 2015

Shots at officers did NOT come from area where #Ferguson “protestors” are.

— BrownBlaze (@brownblaze) March 12, 2015

Shots came from a house up the hill across from police station in #Ferguson

— Susan Weich (@susan_weich) March 12, 2015

The officers waited a long time to go up the hill. They’re still up there. It seems unlikely that the shooter is up there now. FergusonPD.

— deray mckesson (@deray) March 12, 2015

Police asking for witnesses pic.twitter.com/uCyAdtBtN3

— Search4Swag (@search4swag) March 12, 2015

Now it’s tense over here. They just took Heather’s phone because she was livestreaming. Wow. pic.twitter.com/bsBJtjuicg

— deray mckesson (@deray) March 12, 2015

They just took Heathers phone. pic.twitter.com/0Tlt0WMFUt

— Search4Swag (@search4swag) March 12, 2015

Emotional cops, trapped well known protestors, no live stream = danger. @DeeferD2point0 @MissJupiter1957

— Cassandra (@CassandraRules) March 12, 2015

#Ferguson Police Specifically Targeted @MissJupiter1957 LiveStreamer They mentioned her several times on scanner and were looking for her

— Revolution News (@NewsRevo) March 12, 2015

Heather is requesting her phone from the officers. Ferguson. https://t.co/JR4oETjEBM

— deray mckesson (@deray) March 12, 2015

This is all the way bad…fuck fuck fuck #Ferguson cops have blacked out the media…They don’t want us to see happenings.pls keep TWEETING

— Orit (@Empress_Orit) March 12, 2015

Crazy shit that damn near everybody didn’t react to those shots goin off. It was only until ppl started running after the third shot.

— Diamond Latchison (@dlatchison011) March 12, 2015

What’s crazy is that none of us ran or even reacted like it was real danger…until we turned around and saw that cop on the ground.

— Dr. Cornel Fresh (@WyzeChef) March 12, 2015

Mind you, protestors didn’t move or run right away b/c guns going off was used as a tactic to scoot us off.

— the III.  (@GeekNStereo) March 12, 2015

Facts RT @STLeftist: @WyzeChef if it came from us They’d be cleaning 50 body’s off the AW lot right now

— Dr. Cornel Fresh (@WyzeChef) March 12, 2015

It’s no way on earth if it was protestors they would’ve let everyone leave and drive off the lot. No way.

— ShordeeDooWhop (@Nettaaaaaaaa) March 12, 2015

No. Those shots did NOT remove the need for our resistance. No it did NOT make my life matter any less. Save that derailment shit.

— Reign Beau Shakur (@geauxAWAYheaux) March 12, 2015

The police know that protestors weren’t the shooter. That’s why they didn’t detain us. They went for the hill where none of us were.

— deray mckesson (@deray) March 12, 2015

One wrong move…that’s all it would have taken was ONE. WRONG. MOVE. It’d have been a massacre.

— Loctavia Butler (@LovnMyLocs) March 12, 2015

This shit so fishy and conveniently timed. Ever read the cointelpro report? Oh.

— Reign Beau Shakur (@geauxAWAYheaux) March 12, 2015

Belmar says both officers conscious but have “very serious” injuries

— Christine Byers (@ChristineDByers) March 12, 2015

And I’m hearing that the police have said that there is no gun powder on the hill, none at all. Ferguson.

— deray mckesson (@deray) March 12, 2015

And I didn’t see any of the officers filming the protests tonight, FYI. Ferguson.

— deray mckesson (@deray) March 12, 2015

Every single cop drew their weapon and pointed it in every direction after those shots. I woulda bet I was gonna get shot at

— Reformed Savage (@Misterbiceps) March 12, 2015

Just arrived at Barnes-Jewish Hospital. The size of the police presence here is pretty good indication that something’s up. #Ferguson

— Rachel Lippmann (@rlippmann) March 12, 2015

Already some folks feel the shooting tonight was a setup of some sort. Mistrust of the police runs deep.

— Sean Jordan (@seanjjordan) March 12, 2015

Officers shoot black kids but we shouldn’t condemn ALL officers. Random sniper shoots an officer and it’s a “statement on the movement”.

— chloe (@TheMegaChloe) March 12, 2015

The officer that pulled me over also noted that he’d be leaving the police force soon to pursue another career path. I encouraged that.

— deray mckesson (@deray) March 12, 2015

The fact that we’re more afraid of police retaliation than random gunshots should not be taken lightly. On some psychological shit.— Jack. Attack. (@jaykayG) March 12, 2015


Related Topics:

Soros Turned Ferguson from a Local Protest to a National Flashpoint*

Why the West Destroys and Humiliate Peoples

If Terrorism is Such a Grave Threat, Why Does the FBI Keep Manufacturing Plots?

Report Confirms Predatory System of Ferguson*

Some Police Departments have been under Investigation*

From Selma to Ferguson: Renewing the Right to Vote*

Hospital Takes Baby because Family Asked for a Second Opinion*

Hospital Takes Baby because Family Asked for a Second Opinion*

By Terri LaPoint

When Lakisha Tanna’s infant grandson was transferred to Lurie Children’s Hospital in Chicago, Illinois, she thought that he was in the best place he could be to receive the care that he needed for his medical condition. She never dreamed that this choice would eventually result in her adorable grandchild being what she terms “medically kidnapped” more than a year later. On March 12, the family faces a hearing to determine whether Malik, now 2 1/2, will be able to return home to his grandparents who love him, or forever become a ward of the state of Illinois.

Readers may recall that Lurie Children’s Hospital is the same hospital that seized custody of teenager Isaiah Rider, a Missouri resident who was being treated at Lurie for his rare medical condition. Like Isaiah’s mom Michelle, Lakisha trusted this hospital with her child’s life, believing that Lurie was “supposed to be a place that has children’s best interest at heart.”

The “Cardinal Sin” Of Questioning Doctors

Malik Mitchel was born on July 5, 2012, with a medical condition that resulted in his small intestine being surgically removed, known as short gut syndrome. At 6 days of age, his family transferred him to Lurie, where he would spend the next 8 months. Because of factors related to his serious medical needs, the family made the decision to transfer guardianship to his grandparents.

Shortly after this transfer, a social worker from Lurie approached Lakisha with a proposal to make Malik a ward of the state, “putting inferences on the benefits of a financial gain” for his grandmother, a proposal which she promptly declined.

According to federal guidelines, children who are wards of the state may be enrolled in medical research studies without their families’ knowledge or consent. This disturbing fact came into the light during the Justina Pelletier case, where Boston Children’s Hospital and Connecticut CPS seized the teenager over a disagreement about a diagnosis.

“Justina’s Law” Seeks to End Experimental Medical Research on Children Seized by Child Protection Services 

At the time, Lakisha was unaware of the ramifications of his becoming a ward of the state; she and her husband simply wanted to be there for her grandson, and provide him with the love and care that family can provide better than any stranger or institution. That is what families are for and have been since the beginning of human history.

Malik was discharged from Lurie on March 18, 2013, and was sent home with an in-home nurse. Another nurse came by weekly to draw labs. During this time, Lakisha switched paediatricians to one who was closer to her home. He was receiving all of his nutrition via IV (TPN). He battled bouts of diarrhoea, and his weight frequently fluctuated.

Lurie Calls Child Abuse/Neglect Hotline over Appointment Missed Because of Car Trouble

In July, Lakisha missed a scheduled appointment with a GI doctor she says because her car broke down. A social worker from the hospital, Joanne Singleton, phoned DCFS (child protective services), reporting her to the abuse and neglect hotline. Apparently there were some abnormal lab results that they had planned to address during the appointment.

Malik was later admitted to the hospital, where he was taken off the TPN due to increased risks with long-term use. A G-tube feeding tube was inserted. Later, Lakisha learned that the alleged abnormal labs were unfounded.

Despite the change in his feeding plan, he still suffered from diarrhoea off and on. Lakisha reports that the formula they place him on was difficult for him to tolerate. However, when she tried to make suggestions about his nutritional issues and care, it seemed to her that the staff took offense rather than trying to work with them.

Warning about Lurie

Lakisha reports that a DCFS investigator told her at this time “to be careful,” because “they receive a lot of calls from Ann and Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital on minority families.” Lakisha holds a Master’s degree in social work, and is a hospital social worker herself, but she had no idea what she was about to face in her battle to provide the best possible care for her little boy.

Mistaken Report Leads to Hospitalization

After the last hospital discharge the number of in-home nursing hours were reduced from 98 hours per week to 56, and a different agency provided the services. On October 24, 2013, Lakisha received a call to bring Malik in to Lurie Hospital immediately, due to weight loss reported by the nursing agency. Though it was late in the day, she took him in. He was weighed and labs were drawn. He had a weight loss of almost a pound and a half. However, this was a far cry from the report which prompted the urgent call. The coordinator at the in-home nursing agency had allegedly reported a weight loss of 6 to 7 pounds!

Despite the obvious mistake, they insisted on admitting Malik to the hospital. Lakisha reports that this was quite confusing to her. She asked for an admitting diagnosis, but no one could ever tell her why he was being admitted. The next day, further tests were ordered “which didn’t make any sense,” but she agreed to them. Everything came back within normal limits. Still, Malik remained hospitalized.

Request for Second Opinion Denied; Custody Seized

By this point in Malik’s short life, he had already been subjected to 4 surgeries, but he still had repeated issues with his weight fluctuating. Lakisha expressed her concerns about the care he was receiving and asked to get a second opinion. She began talking about transferring his care to another hospital. The right to seek a second opinion and better treatment options are concepts which have long been assumed by the American public to be both the right and the responsibility of parents. However, much like Michelle Rider and the Pelletiers, Lakisha learned that some hospitals do not see it the same way.

When Lakisha got to the hospital to visit her grandson on December 5, she was shocked to find that Lurie had restricted her from visitation. She says that a social worker walked her to Malik’s room to kiss him good-bye, but she was not permitted to stay to visit. The next day, DCFS seized custody of Malik, citing medical neglect.

It was not until Christmas Eve that she was finally able to visit him again, under supervision. On December 26, Lakisha received a voicemail that DCFS had made the decision to “indicate” her, meaning that they would put her on an abuse and neglect registry. She reports that she was not able to make any kind of defense or participate in the telephone conference call where the decision was made.

Malik Ready to Be Discharged, then Has Surgery

Though a DCFS worker allegedly stated to the court on December 6 that Malik was medically ready for discharge from the hospital, Lurie scheduled him for surgery on January 15, 2014. Lakisha was not told why he needed the surgery, nor did she give her consent. She was not even permitted to be present for her grandson’s surgery. It was only later that Lakisha learned that the procedure was for a bowel blockage. Even so, Malik continued to experience problems with weight fluctuations after going into state custody.

Later, the judge in the case allegedly asked why the surgery was done, but the GAL (Guardian ad Litem) was unable to explain it. Lakisha reports that she testified that she had learned that it was for a bowel blockage. He allegedly said that it sounded like it had a biological cause, unrelated to anything that the grandmother had done.

Because Malik is a child with serious medical needs, the Tannas suspect that some of the “uninformed experimentation procedures” that Malik has been subjected to are part of the reason that he was taken from them in the first place. A number of activists studying the problem of medical kidnapping have repeatedly asserted that children like Malik, with medically complex issues, are cash cows to the system and to the hospitals involved.

Dealing with the System

Malik’s time is alternated between Lurie Children’s Hospital, Almost Home Kids – a transitional facility owned by Lurie, and a foster home with strangers.

At one point Malik’s Guardian ad Litem filed a motion which would have isolated the baby from any contact with any family members or friends besides his grandparents, but the request was denied.

However, Lakisha has been prohibited from attending Malik’s doctors appointments, despite a court order to the contrary. Joanne Singleton, a Lurie social worker has allegedly placed a restriction forbidding Malik’s grandmother to come to Lurie or Almost Home Kids unless she is accompanied by a DCFS social worker. The restriction remains even though a copy of the court order has been provided to both facilities.

Even though Lakisha has limited visitation rights to see her baby, even those visits have been sporadic, sometimes cancelled due to lack of a worker to supervise, sickness of the worker, sickness of the baby, or unavailability of the foster family. This is very difficult emotionally for the family.

Lakisha and Malik at a recent visit. Source: For the loveof Malik Facebook page.

Lurie has allegedly not been happy with the foster parents either. When the foster mother questioned the formula that Lurie had prescribed, she took Malik to a GI specialist at another hospital for a second opinion. She actually did what Lakisha has merely talked about doing. Someone at Lurie allegedly became very angry and called the child abuse hotline on the foster mother. She is now allegedly under investigation.

Court Ruling in October

According to Lakisha, a DCFS worker filed a parenting report stating that Malik would be better off with a stay-at-home mom than Lakisha, because she works. This, despite the fact that Malik has in-home nursing care when he is with the Tannas. She states that the report also says,

“me wanting a second opinion was just a sign that I was in denial of Malik’s condition.” (Note: with Michelle Rider, her request for a second opinion for Isaiah was seen as a sign that she was guilty of Munchausen by Proxy.)

The adjudication hearings have ended and the judge ruled against Lakisha on October 15, 2014, allegedly stating that he would have to go with the opinion of the expert witness. There was no evidence of abuse presented. According to Lakisha, this expert witness was a Child Abuse Specialist from Lurie, Dr. Norell Rosado – a doctor that she had never even seen. He allegedly stated that Malik wasn’t behaving like a normal child; however, the timing that he saw Malik was when he was very sick with diarrhoea. The judge allegedly cited neglect because Lakisha failed to take Malik for a follow-up visit with the paediatrician. She states that she was not permitted to give her simple explanation in court: that Malik had been readmitted to Lurie for a 3 week hospital stay at the time the follow-up was supposed to occur.

Final Hearing Scheduled for March 12

There is one final chance for Lakisha to get her grandson back, or lose him forever. A dispositional hearing is scheduled for Thursday, March 12, at 1:30 pm at the Juvenile Detention Center, 1100 S. Hamilton, Chicago. Supporters are invited to come and show support for the family.

A previous dispositional hearing was continued because no plan for going forward could be agreed upon. Malik’s Guardian ad Litem and the State Attorney are “fighting to make Malik a Ward of the State of Illinois,” while Lakisha’s attorney and DCFS support Malik being returned to his home with his grandparents.

Regarding the hearing, Lakisha states:

“This is final for me and as a grandmother I was told that I have no legal rights to Malik. Therefore if the Judge doesn’t rule in my favour, I would lose him to the system forever. So I don’t know what to do besides continue to fight back and pray.”

Lakisha was recently a guest on “The Captain,” a blogtalk radio show. Her heartbreaking story may be heard here.

A Facebook page has been set up to support the family – For the love of Malik.

In a strange twist of connection, Michelle Rider’s final hearing for her son Isaiah Rider, also in Chicago, also taken by DCFS and Lurie Children’s Hospital, is the day before Lakisha and Malik’s hearing. Lakisha’s powerful words speak not only for her family, but also for the Riders, and for every other family whose child has been taken away from them for disagreeing with doctors and seeking a second opinion:

“Making a child a ward of the state that comes from a good, loving home that cares for him, to be lost in a system and separated from his family is not in the BEST INTEREST of the child. In the midst of trying to find a solution for my child’s health problems, this institution [Lurie Children’s Hospital] has caused me and my family nothing but great pain, grief, and stress.”

Bruce Rauner is the Governor of the State of Illinois, and may be reached at 217-782-0244 or 312-814-2121, and contacted here.

The Tannas State Representative is Marcus C. Evans, Jr. He may be reached at 217-782-8272 , and contacted here.

Donne E. Trotter is their Senator, and he may be reached at 217-782-3201, and contacted here.


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Report Confirms Predatory System of Ferguson*

Report Confirms Predatory System of Ferguson*

By Juan Thompson and Ryan Devereaux

Police in Ferguson, Missouri have presided over a predatory system of entrenched racism, economic exploitation and constitutional rights violations stretching back several years, according to a long-awaited Department of Justice investigation released Wednesday. The scathing 102-page report paints a portrait of a vicious environment in which Ferguson’s black residents are disproportionately mired in municipal court fines — frequently resulting from dubious traffic stops — in order to generate revenue for the St. Louis suburb and routinely subjected to excessive use of force.

The report, six months in the making, confirms many of the complaints black residents raised in the wake the fatal August shooting of Michael Brown — an unarmed African American teen — by Darren Wilson, a white Ferguson police officer. Brown’s killing sparked months of protest, highlighting longstanding discriminatory practices carried out by Ferguson’s majority white police force against Ferguson’s majority black population.

In a press conference Wednesday unveiling the report, Attorney General Eric Holder blamed Ferguson’s police for creating a “powder keg” that exploded when Brown was gunned down in broad daylight. In November, a grand jury declined to indict Wilson in Brown’s slaying; in a separate development Wednesday, the DOJ cleared Wilson of alleged civil rights violations in the teen’s killing.

The DOJ’s report on the Ferguson police department places responsibility for the deplorable civil rights conditions in Ferguson on department and city officials alike — some of whom federal officials documented sending racist emails denigrating the president, the first lady and black people in general.

The report took aim at five distinct areas: the Ferguson Police Department’s exploitation of citizens as a source of revenue, police practices, the municipality’s court system, racial bias and community distrust. In each area, the police department in Ferguson was found to be an abysmal failure in which interlocking abuses and perverse incentives have eroded constitutional rights.

The report tells the story of a city where, under the colour of law enforcement, demands for revenue have been coupled with racial discrimination, resulting in disastrous conclusions for the city’s black residents.

As the report noted, from 2012 to 2014 African Americans accounted for “85% of vehicle stops, 90% of citations, and 93% of arrests made by FPD officers, despite comprising only 67% of Ferguson’s population.” Tickets mean money for the city — in 2013, municipal court fines were Ferguson’s second highest source, the bulk of which were levelled against African Americans.

“Ferguson’s law enforcement practices are shaped by the City’s focus on revenue rather than by public safety needs,” the report stated.

“This emphasis on revenue has compromised the institutional character of Ferguson’s police department, contributing to a pattern of unconstitutional policing, and has also shaped its municipal court, leading to procedures that raise due process concerns and inflict unnecessary harm on members of the Ferguson community.”

For those familiar with law enforcement in St. Louis County, the report reflected a confirmation of longstanding problems.

“This report tells us something we already know,” said Montague Simmons, chair of the St. Louis nonprofit Organization for Black Struggle.

“The question we should be asking is what do we do with it? Do we dismantle the racist police state, and disband the Ferguson the Police Department? Or do we learn nothing and keep on with the same thing.”

Holder’s DOJ stopped short of calling for the wholesale disbanding of Ferguson’s police department, though he did blame the department for fostering a “toxic environment, defined by mistrust and resentment.” In the report, however, his office laid out 26 recommendations for Ferguson’s police department and municipal court system. Failure to comply with a “consent decree” could result in the city facing a lawsuit from the federal government.

“It is time for Ferguson’s leaders to take immediate, wholesale and structural corrective action,” Holder said Wednesday, adding that,

“the United States Department of Justice reserves all its rights and abilities to force compliance and implement basic change.”

The report found that in nearly nine out of 10 uses of force by the Ferguson police department, the person on the receiving end was black. In one particularly brutal scene described in the report, the police tasered a mentally disabled man who had tried to commit suicide in his cell. It occurred in July 2011 when, “a correctional officer used a [taser] to stun an African-American male inmate three times after he tried to hang himself with material torn from a medical dressing and banged his head on the cell wall.”

Another incident in the report illustrated how Ferguson police frequently violated the First Amendment rights of Ferguson’s black residents. “In July 2012,” the report said, “a police officer arrested a business owner on charges of Interfering in Police Business and Misuse of 911 because she objected to the officer’s detention of her employee. According to FPD records, the owner ‘became verbally involved,’ came out of her shop three times … The officer characterized her protestations as interference and arrested her inside her shop. The arrest violated the First Amendment.”

Such arrests were routine; the report detailed numerous cases of police arresting residents for constitutionally protected activities such as disrespectful language toward police and the recording of citizens’ encounters with police.

The Department of Justice accused Ferguson Police of being too quick to “escalate encounters with subjects they perceive to be disobeying their orders or resisting arrest. They have come to rely on [Electronic Control Weapons], specifically Tasers, where less force — or no force at all — would do.”

The department’s use of force also included the discriminatory use of police canines, even on children: “FPD engages in a pattern of deploying canines to bite individuals when the articulated facts do not justify this significant use of force. The department’s own records demonstrate that, as with other types of force, canine officers use dogs out of proportion to the threat posed by the people they encounter, leaving serious puncture wounds to nonviolent offenders, some of them children.” The report documented 14 bites by police dogs in which racial information was available — every person was black.

The Ferguson police also targeted black women. In one scene, officers were called to a domestic disturbance, but instead of aiding the woman who called 911, police jailed her for an occupancy violation. In a separate incident, another black woman, who had also called 911, was issued a summons for an occupancy permit violation. The report says she told the officer that she “hated the Ferguson Police Department and will never call again, even if she is being killed.” The Department of Justice also catalogued how police tasered black women even when they posed no physical threat.

Discriminatory behavior by street-level cops was matched by racist attitudes by higher-level city officials. One remarkable section of the report detailed how “some Ferguson decision makers hold negative stereotypes about African Americans, and lack of personal responsibility is one of them” — despite the fact that black residents made incredible efforts to pay the fines that were disproportionately handed out to them. At the same time, according to the report, white Ferguson police officers made a habit of fixing parking tickets for friends.

“Even as Ferguson City officials maintain the harmful stereotype that black individuals lack personal responsibility,” the report said, “and continue to cite this lack of personal responsibility as the cause of the disparate impact of Ferguson’s practices — white City officials condone a striking lack of personal responsibility.”

Ferguson’s municipal employees also held anti-black views, using official city email accounts to trade racist jokes. The report documents seven such emails. In one email municipal officials “mocked African Americans through speech and familial stereotypes, using a story involving child support. One line from the email read: ‘I be so glad that dis be my last child support payment! Month after month, year after year, all dose payments!’” Other employees referred to Barack Obama as a Chimpanzee, and endorsed the termination of black pregnancies as an effective tool for reducing crime. Another email “included a photo of a bare-chested group of dancing women, apparently in Africa, with the caption, ‘Michelle Obama’s High School Reunion.’” The authors of the emails were not identified.

The city of Ferguson — which is still reeling from the events following Brown’s killing last summer — will now have to answer for a report that depicts a widely bigoted police force and local government that actively targets black residents for harassment and assault.

In a statement released Wednesday, Brown’s parents welcomed the report, saying,

“It is our hope that through this action, true change will come not only in Ferguson, but around the country. If that change happens, our son’s death will not have been in vain.”


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