Smells Like CYA!

Baltimore is a tinder box and could re-erupt at any moment…….calm for now but all the facts are still not available……the media has had to dig hard to find something anything to keep this story going  and now they have been given the red meat they have been searching for………what purpose is a countdown to curfew the media is doing?

First, the promise of the findings of Gray’s death would be released on Friday 01 May and now not so much…..we are told that the findings will be turned over to the investigation before it is released……does this threaten the tenuous calm?

Second, there seems to be a witness to Gray’s condition as he was arrested…….

A weird twist in the Freddie Gray case: A prisoner being transported in the police van where the Baltimore man suffered a fatal spinal injury says he could hear Gray banging on the walls and thought he “was intentionally trying to injure himself,” according to a statement on a search warrant obtained by the Washington Post. But the prisoner couldn’t actually see Gray, and a lawyer for the family says they have not been told about the unidentified prisoner’s statement. “We disagree with any implication that Freddie Gray severed his own spinal cord,” the lawyer tells the Post. “We question the accuracy of the police reports we’ve seen thus far, including the police report that says Mr. Gray was arrested without force or incident.”

According to the Post‘s timeline of events, the prisoner who says he heard Gray banging on the walls was in the van for the last six blocks of the ride to the police station—after Gray, who was handcuffed and wasn’t wearing a seat belt, had already asked for medical help. Six Baltimore police officers have been suspended over the death and police plan to turn the results of their investigation over to prosecutors on Friday, NBC reports. It’s not clear how much of the report will be made public, but the mayor’s office says it hopes police will “share any additional facts and details to the public that could shine some light on this,” reports the Baltimore Sun.

Now ask…if this report is true why was it not released in the beginning for it could have help avoid the violence?  Why now?  This unnamed witness that was arrested and in the same van….does he now get some sort of deal to tell his tale?

The media will fixate on these two stories and pick it to part……will their reports help trigger more violence this weekend?  These two stories are a god send to a story that was dying a slow death……

As for the city of Baltimore……all this smells like CYA! (would make a good protest song)

Baltimore: Same Problem With No Solution

Op-Ed from the Desk of chuq

I have not commented on the situation in Baltimore until now because I wanted to see what would shake out…..and so far it is the same song and dance (from the media that is)…….the same speculation, the same hysteria and the same call to dialog…….

Then I watched the blogs…….and many points are being made…….many good points but is anyone listening?  As well as a case for the game of choosing sides.  Of course the usual line of conversation around those “outside agitators” and “thugs”

The incident is all too familiar and there has got to be something done…..but we as a people are going about it all wrong……this should not not be a game of choosing sides…..and that is exactly what we are doing…..choosing sides.

There are some great reports about this subject and then there are a bunch of speculation and hype….none of which is a solution to the problem….all it accomplishes is to force us to choose sides….one over the other.

As usual the solution to the incident that caused the situation boils down to camera cams for the cops……But is it really?

Ask yourself…..if every cop had a body cam and recorded everything the person did…..would we ever see the tape?  Who would control the distribution….the cops?  Knowing the silence of the “Blue Line” would you seriously believe we would get the whole story?

Yes, a solution MUST be found and yes, a dialog is much needed…….but I do not see any of it coming to fruition in today’s society.  Experts are not the answers…..experts know nothing of the community that they say they are speaking about…….an opinion stated by someone who lives in a Manhattan penthouse is a worthless utterance…..for a picture can be painted and may not necessarily be accurate or helpful..  How silly is it for the “Haves” to be explaining the “Have Nots”?  The view from the penthouse gives them NO special insight.

The dialog about the dialog is not helping either.  The media sensationalism is not going to help.  Name calling is not going to help.  The media needs this to continue and they will do what they must to see that there is no quick resolution.

Think I am wrong?  Then think about what it offers the people……fake drama sold as reality…….it is what the viewer wants….and they get it.  How soon before someone tries to push this as a “race riot”?

The situation that gave us the horrible events in Ferguson, Staten Island and Baltimore and countless others is far from over……NO real dialog will be possible without honesty and commitment and now all we have is talk (not a dialog) and finger pointing….none of which is helping.

For now all eyes are on Baltimore and most of the chatter is NOT helping!  The eyes are looking at the protesters and the real problem goes to the back burner….that problem is the death of Mr. Gray and the tactics of violence used against the African-American community.

Promises are being made…….promises and more talk……and while we are talking this will happen again……and again.

A cycle that we know exists but NO one is willing to find a cure!

And we talk!

Mom Knows Best

By now everyone has seen the vid of the mom in Baltimore that goes to protests and gets her son….her tactic was a bit extreme but so was the situation…..

The woman labeled “Mom of the Year” for dragging her son away from rioting in Baltimore says she didn’t want her only son to end up like Freddie Gray. Toya Graham, who was filmed smacking and berating her 16-year-old son, tells CBS that she “lost it” after she saw him among a crowd throwing objects at police. The single mother of six says she doesn’t believe attacking police is any way to get justice for Gray, and she wanted to protect her son. “There’s some days that I’ll shield him in the house just so he won’t go outside and I know that I can’t do that for the rest of my life,” she says. “I’m a no-tolerant mother. Everybody that knows me, know I don’t play that.”

One of Graham’s five daughters tells CNN her mom “has always been tough”—and didn’t have any trouble spotting the boy in the crowd, even with a hoodie and mask on. She says her brother is grateful and understands that their mom was just trying to keep him alive. Graham says she thinks the situation on Monday would not have been as bad if more mothers had acted like her, but she understands that many may have been busy providing for their families—and there is only so much a mother can do. “You can talk blue in your face to your children, but at the end of the day they gonna make their own decisions,” she tells CBS. “As parents we just have to follow through to make sure that’s where they supposed to be at.”

I have heard all the opinions on her action….both pro and con…..from she is Mom of the Year to child abuse……

My thought is….she deserves a medal for her actions….she may have saved her son from a trip to jail or worse…..the morgue…….she did what the cops could not do.

I know someone has an opinion on this…..let it fly!

Ferguson: Media Has A New Obsession

Most credible news organizations have just about exhausted all avenues of the Clinton e-mail scandal……..they have been pushing the bounds of good reporting to stay on the trail of the story……but now they can let out a sigh of relief and fixate once again…..

Two officers were shot in front of the Ferguson Police Department shortly after midnight as protesters gathered following the resignation of the city’s embattled police chief, a spokesman for the county police department says. Their conditions are unknown and no further details are immediately available, the spokesman says. The shots were fired as what had earlier been a crowd of about 150 people had begun to dwindle, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports. Some protesters fell to the ground and others ran. A huge police presence, including officers in riot gear, later surrounded the department.

I could turn this into a 2000 word diatribe but……why?

This is all the info that is available at this time……

Civil Unrest: Is There An Answer? | Ace News Room 2014

Today will be a very lean day…I have a family member going under the knife and I will be at the hospital most of the day……sorry to cut it short today….I will be back tomorrow if all goes well….

With the decisions in Ferguson and NYC and the death of a 12 year old in Cleveland…..people are taking to the street…..they are protesting the deaths but few have offered up any solution.

This is another piece I wrote for Ace News Room 2014…..I appreciate my friend for using some of my op-eds for his service….stop by and visit the site…..become better informed….


Civil Unrest: Is There An Answer? | Ace News Room 2014.