NOWTRUTH!!! BECAUSE WE NEED TRUTH AND JUSTICE FROM THE COURTS MORE NOW THAN EVER, NOT HYPERPOLITICIZED, NUANCED LAW COMPLETE WITH THE REQUISITE NARRATIVE!! (LAW= Politically manufactured, orchestrated, strategic opinions, rulings, and orders for injustice to hide behind!)
BY CALVIN JOHNSON, Retired Chief Judge, New Orleans
When District Attorney Jason Williams’ office told me he would grant 22 defendants convicted by nonunanimous juries new trials, I was amazed. I didn’t know the event would trigger so many memories. That Williams started this in Section G, Frank Shea’s court, was intentional.
I watched Shea brutalize defendants there. It is easy to focus on those tried within minutes, as the article does (Terrance Knox’s 1996 murder trial, during Shea’s waning months in office, lasted three hours) but every day he jailed people for little or nothing.
He single-handedly contributed to mass incarceration and intergenerational trauma. Think about those young people he put in jail for little or nothing. They went into jail as children and they came out labeled as criminals. There was a simple reason: Once stamped with a felony conviction, they were doomed for life.
Worst was the media, print and electronic, who portrayed him as a crime-fighting hero. Shea’s speed on the bench was the stuff of legends. In 1975, he purportedly held 168 jury trials, and the following year the Louisiana Legislature commended him for “silencing long-winded, redundant attorneys.” In 1984, Shea held six felony trials in a single day, The Lens reported.
A hundred and sixty-eight trials in one year mean few if any of those received what our Constitution requires — effective assistance of counsel. They received no representation at all because there was not a real public defense system.
The media couldn’t care less. They perpetuated Jim Crow and racism, created a mindset in New Orleans and Louisiana this was a good thing. In keeping with his need to achieve his trial results, he never appointed the Tulane or Loyola Law Clinic, supervised by me, to represent anyone in his court. He literally said to me, “Why are you here? You don’t represent anyone in this court.” My reply: “I just came to watch.”
At Williams’ news conference, former District Attorney Ed Tarpley, of Alexandria, who led the fight for the unanimous jury constitutional amendment, shared these thoughts: God hates injustice. And let me tell you that Louisiana has lived through generations of injustice and this is our chance to change that. And what this man has done here today is a step forward to restore true justice in Louisiana and fight the generations of injustice that have plagued the citizens of our state too long.
This is a new day for New Orleans and Louisiana. We have the power legally and morally to correct past wrongs. John P. Nelson, director of the Loyola Law Clinic, said “It’s never too late to do what’s right.” This is Williams’ time but — more importantly, our time — to do what’s right.
Communications and culture have the power to move hearts and minds in ways that facts and advocacy often cannot. We understand this challenge — and built an intersectional communication lab so that, together, we can deliver messages and narratives that speak to Americans’ best selves.
As we strive to improve conversations about race, racism, and racial justice in this country, the environment in which we’re speaking seems to be constantly shifting, which shows that these conversations are more important than ever. We’ve put together some advice on finding entry points based on research, experience, and the input of partners from around the country. This is by no means a complete list, but it is a starting point for moving these discussions forward.
Please note that while there are many reasons to communicate with various audiences about racial justice issues, this memo focuses on messaging with the primary goal of persuading them toward action. There are many times when people need to communicate their anger, frustration, and pain to the world and to speak truth to power. Doing so may not always be persuasive, but that obviously doesn’t make it any less important. Since we’re considering persuasion a priority goal in this memo, please consider the following advice through that lens.
1. Lead with Shared Values: Justice, Opportunity, Community, Equity
Starting with values that matter to your audience can help people to “hear” your messages more effectively than dry facts or emotional rhetoric would. Encouraging people to think about shared values encourages aspirational, hopeful thinking. When possible, this can be a better place to start when entering tough conversations than a place of fear or anxiety.
Sample 1: To work for all of us, the people responsible for our justice system have to be resolute in their commitment to equal treatment and investigations based on evidence, not stereotypes or bias. But too often, police departments use racial profiling, which singles people out because of their race or accent, instead of evidence of wrongdoing. That’s against our national values, it endangers our young people, and it reduces public safety. We need to ensure that law enforcement officials are held to the constitutional standards we value as Americans—protecting public safety and the rights of all.
Sample 2: We’re a better country when we make sure everyone has a chance to meet their full potential. We say we’re a country founded on the ideals of opportunity and equality and we have a real responsibility to live up to those values. Discrimination based on race is contrary to our values and we need to do everything in our power to end it.
2. Use Values as a Bridge, Not a Bypass.
Opening conversations with shared values helps to emphasize society’s role in affording a fair chance to everyone. But starting conversations here does not mean avoiding discussions of race. We suggest bridging from shared values to the roles of racial equity and inclusion in fulfilling those values for all. Doing so can move audiences into a frame of mind that is more solution-oriented and less mired in skepticism about the continued existence of discrimination or our ability to do anything about it.
It’s in our nation’s interest to ensure that everyone enjoys full and equal opportunity. But that’s not happening in our educational system today, where children of color face overcrowded classrooms, uncertified teachers, and excessive discipline far more often than their white peers. If we don’t attend to those inequalities while improving education for all children, we will never become the nation that we aspire to be.
A beautiful thing about this country is its multiracial character. But right now, we’ve got diversity with a lot of segregation and inequity. I want to see a truly inclusive society. I think we will always struggle as a country toward that—no post-racial society is possible or desirable—but every generation can make progress toward that goal. – Rinku Sen, Race Forward, to NBC News
3. Know the Counter Narratives.
Some themes consistently emerge in conversations about race, particularly from those who do not want to talk about unequal opportunity or the existence of racism. While we all probably feel like we know these narratives inside out, it’s still important to examine them and particularly to watch how they evolve and change. The point in doing this is not to argue against each theme point by point, but to understand what stories are happening in people’s heads when we try to start a productive conversation. A few common themes include:
The idea that racism is “largely” over or dying out over time.
People of color are obsessed with race.
Alleging discrimination is itself racist and divisive.
Claiming discrimination is “playing the race card,” opportunistic, hypocritical demagoguery.
Civil rights are a crutch for those who lack merit or drive.
If we can address class inequality, racial inequity will take care of itself.
Racism will always be with us, so it’s a waste of time to talk about it.
4. Talk About the Systemic Obstacles to Equal Opportunity and Equal Justice.
Too often our culture views social problems through an individual lens – what did a person do to “deserve” his or her specific condition or circumstance? But we know that history, policies, culture and many other factors beyond individual choices have gotten us to where we are today.
When we’re hoping to show the existence of discrimination or racism by pointing out racially unequal conditions, it’s particularly important to tell a full story that links cause (history) and effect (outcome). Without this important link, some audiences can walk away believing that our health care, criminal justice or educational systems work fine and therefore differing outcomes exist because BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, and/or People of Color) are doing something wrong.
“The widely-discussed phenomenon of ‘driving while black’ illustrates the potential abuse of discretion by law enforcement. A two-year study of 13,566 officer-initiated traffic stops in a Midwestern city revealed that minority drivers were stopped at a higher rate than whites and were also searched for contraband at a higher rate than their white counterparts. Yet, officers were no more likely to find contraband on minority motorists than white motorists.” – The Sentencing Project publication, “Reducing Racial Disparity in the Criminal Justice System: A Manual for Policymakers”
“Native Americans and Alaska Natives are often unable to vote because there are no polling places anywhere near them. Some communities, such as the Duck Valley Reservation in Nevada and the Goshute Reservation in Utah, are located more than 100 miles from the nearest polling place.” – Julian Brave NoiseCat, Native Issues Fellow at the Huffington Post
5. Be Rigorously Solution-Oriented and Forward-Looking.
After laying the groundwork for how the problem has developed, it’s key to move quickly to solutions. Some people who understand that unequal opportunity exists may also believe that nothing can be done about it, leading to “compassion fatigue” and inaction. Wherever possible, link a description of the problem to a clear, positive solution and action, and point out who is responsible for taking that action.
Sample 1: Asian Americans often face particularly steep obstacles to needed health care because of language and cultural barriers, as well as limited insurance coverage. Our Legislature can knock down these barriers by putting policies in place that train health professionals, provide English language learning programs, and organize community health centers.
Sample 2: The Department of Justice, Congress, local and state legislatures, and prosecutors’ offices should ensure that there is fairness in the prosecutorial decision-making process by requiring routine implicit bias training for prosecutors; routine review of data metrics to expose and address racial inequity; and the incorporation of racial impact review in performance review for individual prosecutors. DOJ should issue guidance to prosecutors on reducing the impact of implicit bias in prosecution.
“Organizing to achieve public policy change is one major aspect of our larger mission to create freedom and justice for all Black people. Our aim is to equip young people with a clear set of public policy goals to organize towards and win in their local communities.” –BYP 100, “Agenda to Keep Us Safe,” website
6. Consider Audience and Goals.
In any communications persuasion strategy, we should recognize that different audiences need different messages and different resources. In engaging on topics around race, racism, and racial justice, this is particularly important. We all know that people throughout the country are in very different places when it comes to their understanding of racial justice issues and their willingness to talk about them. While white people in particular need anti-racism resources and messaging that brings them into conversations about racism, there exists uncertainty or inexperience in other groups when it comes to talking about, for instance, anti-Black racism, stereotypes around indigenous communities, or anti-immigrant sentiments that are highly racialized. In strategizing about audience, the goal should be to both energize the base and persuade the undecided. A few questions to consider:
Who are you hoping to influence?
Narrowing down your target audience helps to refine your strategy.
What do you want them to do?
Determine the appropriate action for your audience and strategy. Sometimes you may have direct access to decision makers and are working to change their minds. Other times you may have access to other people who influence the decision makers.
What do you know about their current thinking?
From public opinion research, social media scans, their own words, etc.
What do you want to change about that?
Consider the change in thinking that needs to happen to cause action.
Who do they listen to?
Identify the media they consume and the people who are likely to influence their thinking. This may be an opportunity to reach out to allies to serve as spokespeople if they might carry more weight with certain audiences.
7. Be Explicit About the Intertwined Relationship Between Racism and Economic Opportunity and the Reverberating Consequences.
Many audiences prefer to think that socio-economic factors stand on their own and that if, say, the education system were more equitable, or job opportunities more plentiful, then we would see equal opportunity for everyone. Racism perpetuates poverty among BIPOC and leads these communities to be stratified into living in neighborhoods that lack the resources of white peers with similar incomes. That said, we need to be clear that racism causes more and different problems than poverty, low-resourced neighborhoods or challenged educational systems do and that fixing those things is not enough. They are interrelated, to be sure, but study after study, as well as so many people’s lived experiences, show that even after adjusting for socio-economic factors, racial inequity persists.
Black boys raised in America, even in the wealthiest families and living in some of the most well-to-do neighborhoods, still earn less in adulthood than white boys with similar backgrounds, according to a new study that traced the lives of millions of children.
White boys who grow up rich are likely to remain that way. Black boys raised at the top, however, are more likely to become poor than to stay wealthy in their own adult households.
Even when children grow up next to each other with parents who earn similar incomes, black boys fare worse than white boys in 99 percent of America. And the gaps only worsen in the kind of neighborhoods that promise low poverty and good schools.
8. Describe How Racial Bias and Discrimination Hold Us All Back.
In addition to showing how discrimination and unequal opportunity harm people of color, it’s important to explain how systemic biases affect all of us and prevent us from achieving our full potential as a country. We can never truly become a land of opportunity while we allow racial inequity to persist. And ensuring equal opportunity for all is in our shared economic and societal interest. In fact, eight in ten Americans believe that society functions better when all groups have an equal chance in life.
Research also shows that people are more likely to acknowledge that discrimination against other groups is a problem – and more likely to want to do something about it – if they themselves have experienced it. Most people have at some point felt on the “outside” or that they were unfairly excluded from something, and six in ten report that they’ve experienced discrimination based on race, ethnicity, economic status, gender, sexual orientation, religious beliefs or accent. Reminding people of this feeling can help them think about what racism and oppression really mean for others as well as themselves.
Virtually all of us have been part of a family with kids, some of us are single parents, and many of us will face disabilities as we age. Many of those circumstances lead to being treated differently – maybe in finding housing, looking for a job, getting an education. We need strong laws that knock down arbitrary and subtle barriers to equal access that any of us might face.
“Discrimination isn’t just an insult to our most basic notions of fairness. It also costs us money, because those who are discriminated against are unable to make the best use of their talents. This not only hurts them, it hurts us all, as some of our best and brightest players are, in essence, sidelined, unable to make their full contributions to our economy.” – David Futrelle, Economic Reporter in Time Magazine
“Racial inclusion and income inequality are key factors driving regional economic growth, and are positively associated with growth in employment, output, productivity, and per capita income, according to an analysis of 118 metropolitan regions. … Regions that became more equitable in the 1990s—with reductions in racial segregation, income disparities, or concentrated poverty—experienced greater economic growth as measured by increased per capita income.” – PolicyLink publication, “All-In Nation”
9. Listen to and Center the Voices of BIPOC.
As social justice advocates, we should be accustomed to centering the voices of those who are most affected by any issue. It should go without saying that when talking about racism, that BIPOC should lead the strategies about how to counter it and dismantle white supremacy. This means:
Taking cues from anti-racist BIPOC leaders on things like preferred language and strategy;
Reducing erasure and unpaid labor by giving credit and/or compensation to BIPOC who have sparked movements, coined terms, tested and spread language and so on; and
Being vigilant in ensuring that those who have power in our movement share that power with BIPOC, particularly those whose voices have been marginalized and those who experience multiple barriers due biases that affect them intersectionally on many levels.
Centering anti-racist BIPOC voices does not mean expecting members of each group to relive their particular oppression by describing it — or examples of it — for the benefit of the larger movement.
It also does not mean expecting only BIPOC to speak out about racism and oppression. There is room for many voices and a role for different people with different audiences to do the work of changing the narrative about race in this country.
10. Embrace and Communicate Our Racial and Ethnic Diversity while Decentering Whiteness as a Lens and Central Frame.
Underscore that different people and communities encounter differing types of stereotypes and discrimination based on diverse and intersectional identities. This may mean, for example, explaining the sovereign status of tribal nations, the unique challenges posed by treaty violations, and the specific solutions that are needed. At the same time, we need to place whiteness in the context it deserves: as a part of the larger whole and not the center of it. Too often even well-meaning language assume white as the “norm,” which implies that anyone else is an “other.”
The United States purports to revere the ideals of equality and opportunity. But we’ve never lived up to these ideals, and some of us face more barriers than others in achieving this because of who we are, what we look like or where we come from. We have to recognize this and move toward the ideal that we should all be able to live up to our own potential, whether we are new to this country, or living in disadvantaged neighborhoods, on reservations that are facing economic challenges, or in abandoned factory towns.
“We affirm our commitment to stand against environmental racism and to support Indigenous sovereignty. Across the United States, Black and Brown communities are subject to higher rates of asthma and other diseases resulting from pollution and malnutrition; as demonstrated recently not only at Standing Rock but also through the water crisis in Flint, Michigan. Our neighborhoods are more likely to have landfills, toxic factories, fracking, and other forms of environmental violence inflicted on them. We will not let this continue.” – Million Hoodies, blog
“At best, white people have been taught not to mention that people of colour are ‘different’ in case it offends us. They truly believe that the experiences of their life as a result of their skin colour can and should be universal. I just can’t engage with the bewilderment and the defensiveness as they try to grapple with the fact that not everyone experiences the world in the way that they do.
They’ve never had to think about what it means, in power terms, to be white, so any time they’re vaguely reminded of this fact, they interpret it as an affront. Their eyes glaze over in boredom or widen in indignation. Their mouths start twitching as they get defensive. Their throats open up as they try to interrupt, itching to talk over you but not to really listen, because they need to let you know that you’ve got it wrong.” – Reni Eddo-Lodge, author
“The internment was a dark chapter of American history, in which 120,000 people, including me and my family, lost our homes, our livelihoods, and our freedoms because we happened to look like the people who bombed Pearl Harbor. … ‘National security’ must never again be permitted to justify wholesale denial of constitutional rights and protections. If it is freedom and our way of life that we fight for, our first obligation is to ensure that our own government adheres to those principles. Without that, we are no better than our enemies. … The very same arguments echo today, on the assumption that a handful of presumed radical elements within the Muslim community necessitates draconian measures against the whole, all in the name of national security.” – George Takei, actor, in the Washington Post
Applying the Lessons
VPSA: Value, Problem, Solution, Action
One useful approach to tying these lessons together is to structure communications around Value, Problem, Solution, and Action, meaning that each message contains these four key components: Values (why the audience should care, and how they will connect the issue to themselves), Problem (framed as a threat to the shared values we have just invoked), Solution (stating what you’re for), and Action (a concrete ask of the audience, to ensure engagement and movement).
To work for all of us, our justice system depends on equal treatment and investigations based on evidence, not stereotypes or bias.
But many communities continue to experience racial profiling, where members are singled out only because of what they look like. In one Maryland study, 17.5% of motorists speeding on a parkway were African-American, and 74.7% were white, yet over 70% of the drivers whom police stopped and searched were black, and at least one trooper searched only African American. Officers were no more likely to find contraband on black motorists than white motorists. These practices erode community trust in police and make the goal of true community safety more difficult to achieve.
We need shared data on police interactions with the public that show who police are stopping, arresting and why. These kinds of data encourage transparency and trust and help police strategize on how to improve their work. They also help communities get a clear picture of police interactions in the community.
Urge your local police department to join police from around the country and participate in these important shared databases.
We’re a better country when we make sure everyone has a chance to meet his, her, or their potential. We say we’re a country founded on the ideals of opportunity and equality and we have a real responsibility to live up to those values. Racism is a particular affront to our values and we need to do everything in our power to end it.
Yet we know that racism persists, and that its effects can be devastating. For instance, African American pregnant women are two to three times more likely to experience premature birth and three times more likely to give birth to a low birth weight infant. This disparity persists even after controlling for factors, such as low income, low education, and alcohol and tobacco use. To explain these persistent differences, researchers now say that it’s likely the chronic stress of racism that negatively affects the body’s hormonal levels and increases the likelihood of premature birth and low birth weights.
We all have a responsibility to examine the causes and effects of racism in our country. We have to educate ourselves and learn how to talk about them with those around us. While we’ve made some important progress in decreasing discrimination and racism, we can’t pretend we’ve moved beyond it completely.
Join a racial justice campaign near you.
We believe in treating everybody fairly, regardless of what they look like or where their ancestors came from.
But what we believe consciously and what we feel and do unconsciously can be two very different things and despite our best attempts to rid ourselves of prejudices and stereotypes, we all have them – it just depends how conscious they are. All of us today know people of different races and ethnicities. And we usually treat each other respectfully and joke around together at work. But for most of us – Americans of all colors – the subtle or not so subtle attitudes of our parents or grandparents, who grew up in a different time, are still with us, even if we consciously reject them.
Personally, I look forward to the day when we can all see past color—all of us, white and black, brown and Asian. To do that, we all have to be aware of what’s going on in our own heads right now. And how that collective bias has shaped our history and where we are now.
But we’re just not there yet. Let’s make it a priority to get there. 
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We have received many, many requests to re-post A letter from young Devi (Kamala ) Harris to her older self- Vice President Kamala Harris explaining why young girls and boys look at her and DON’T see themselves, how she (Devi) doesn’t want to be her SEX-for-support,FREAKISH, IMMORAL, VIRTUELESS older self (Kamala)! #Kamalaisacop; #KamalaHarrisisaPoliticalPornStar, #PoliticalPornStar, #Nowtruth.org, www.Nowtruth.org
Dear Older Me………Kamala,
PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE STOP saying ”When I look at young girls and boys, and they look at me, they see themselves, and what they can be.”
The kids in school whisper about you, what their parents and relatives say. The whispers are now taunts of you as a pure politician in the worst moral and ethical way.
Rumors will haunt me of what you did for the right kind of advantage in political circles as “sex-for-support” with appointments to Commissions that paid over $400,000 from the State of California and a NEW BMW worked your way up the ranks of the Democrat Party!
So, why would YOU or ANY other attractive female District Attorney in her Twenties EVER get caught screwing a MARRIED, Senior Citizen in his Sixties AND his wife??!!!
Ask yourself if your Great-Grand Father, Grand Father, Father, Brothers, Uncles, Cousins, Great-Grand Mother, Grand Mother, Mother, Sisters, Aunts, etc., would approve of such behavior?!
Unfortunately, your sexual exploits were well know long before and after your screwing in the Wille Brown threesomes! Your “click” handle as “Cowgirl” says it all!
You see, HOW and the WAY someone gets where they are is MORE IMPORTANT than where the got and what they got out of it! When INTEGRITY and MORALS are tools for barter, THAT person is WORTHLESS, not just WORTH LESS than you value them!!
YOU did it PUBLICLY, and has a very well substantiated REP as a FREAK, referred to then as a “Toss Up”, that now would be referred to as a Hoe, Slut, THOT! They use hashtags #Kamalaisacop; #KamalaHarrisisaPoliticalPornStar, and #PoliticalPornStar to track you!
Too many people KNOW of these things and they are uncontroverted! If ANY MAN did the same thing, he might be considered “a PIMP, the Man!”, but it’s NOT an acceptable path for ANY RESPECTFABLE woman that wants to be considered a LADY, MUCH LESS VICE PRESIDENT!!
Mom is burning in her grave and dad is dying a slow death from your suffocating “daddy issues” playing out on a world stage!
I DON’T WANNA BE like you, I DON’T WANNA BE YOU! I’M BETTER THAN YOU! I can’t look UP to you, I can’t look UP someone who’s BENEATH me!
BART directors Bevan Dufty and Lateefah Simon and Councilmember Loren Taylor held a Tuesday morning news conference along with Grant’s family to speak out against O’Malley’s decision in the case.
The Oakland City Council and the BART Board are both scheduled to vote this week on resolutions urging O’Malley to reconsider and charge Pirone with felony murder.
“We condemn the decision of the district attorney not to proceed with these charges,” Dufty said. “There is no question that this murder would not have happened without the actions of Officer Tony Pirone. There is simply no question.”
Simon called O’Malley’s decision a failure to do her job.
“Nancy O’Malley has failed yet again to do her job and that job was to insure equally justice under the law,” Simon said. “Only through the recently unsealed report we have mentioned here do we know that Officer Pirone was in fact the aggressor when Oscar was murdered. Pirone was found to have lied repeatedly, use unreasonable and unnecessary force.”
A spokesperson for O’Malley said her office did not have any additional response to Tuesday’s news conference beyond its statement Monday.
Taylor said he and fellow council members Carroll Fife, Treva Reid and Nikki Fortunato Bas plan to introduce a resolution at Tuesday’s City Council meeting imploring O’Malley to charge Pirone for his role in the shooting.
“We will never reimagine public safety if bad actors are never held to account for their crimes,” Taylor said.
Grant’s mother, the Rev. Wanda Johnson, argued that O’Malley’s job is not to be impartial toward issues like police brutality that disproportionately affect people of color.
“You have an obligation and a duty to do what is right,” Johnson said in reference to O’Malley. “And because you are failing to do what is right, Oscar’s blood is on your hands, Nancy O’Malley.”
In the report’s conclusion, it stated that the law “makes clear that Anthony Pirone can be guilty of murder only if he personally killed Mr. Grant, or if he aided and abetted the actual killer. In fact, Pirone neither killed nor aided and abetted Mr. Mehserle, who actually killed Mr. Grant.”
The conclusion also noted that the autopsy report on Grant gave no indication that the victim suffered from a head or neck injury that contributed to his death from Pirone placing a knee on Grant’s neck prior to the fatal shooting by Mehserle.
Grant died early New Year’s Day 2009 after being shot in the back while laying on his stomach on the BART Fruitvale Station platform. Only former officer Johannes Mehserle has been charged in connection to his death.
Mehserle was tried and convicted of involuntary manslaughter in 2010. A judge sentenced Mehserle to two years in jail minus time served, and Mehserle was paroled after 11 months.
O’Malley and other representatives from her office met with the Grant family on Monday to discuss the conclusions of the investigation.
Grant’s family has been calling for Pirone to be charged after a report from an internal affairs investigation was unsealed in 2019.
The report claimed that Pirone’s actions were “aggressive and unreasonable” and noted that he used a racial epithet against Grant when he was being detained. Pirone also at one point knelt on Grant’s neck as the officers struggled with him on the BART platform.
Attorneys for the Grant family had asked O’Malley to file felony murder charges against Pirone. With the passing of California Senate Bill 1437 in 2018, defendants can be charged with felony murder for aiding and abetting a killing.
Grant’s family on Monday maintained its position that Mehserle would never have been in a position to fire the fatal shot in the first place had it not been for Pirone.
“I’m not asking for different than what our US Constitution says or what our laws say,” said Grant’s mother, the Rev. Wanda Johnson on Monday. “I’m asking for him to be charged for his actions leading up to my son’s death. If it was myself who had done those things, I would definitely be in jail or prison.”
I am sick and tired of police needlessly killing black and brown people. Some police still see black men as threats, to brutalize, to contain, to remand. They have stereotyped our grandfathers, fathers, husbands, sons, and nephews, as monsters, subject to violence and death. They have killed our grandmothers, mothers, wives,
daughters, and nieces. Every time I watch the video of George Floyd’s death, my heart weeps. Who in their right mind, kneels on another human’s neck and ignores desperate pleas of “I Can’t Breathe”? Where is the humanity of these white police officers? Policing should not be predicated on brutal force and a complete disdain for black life. White supremacy has no place in the criminal justice system, in government, in the White House, in the United States. Black lives matter every second, every minute, every hour, every day.
The universe shrank
when you went away.
Every time I thought your name,
stars fell upon me.
— Henry Dumas (poet, social activist, teacher)
Andre Maurice Hill, May 23, 1973 – December 22, 2020
Shot: December 22, 2020, Columbus Police Officer
Casey Christopher Goodson Jr., January 30, 1997 – December 4, 2020
Shot: December 4, 2020, Franklin County Sheriff Deputy
Angelo “AJ” Crooms, May 15, 2004 – November 13, 2020
Shot: November 13, 2020, Brevard County Sheriff Deputies
Sincere Pierce, April 2, 2002 – November 13, 2020
Shot: November 13, 2020, Brevard County Sheriff Deputies
Marcellis Stinnette, June 17, 2001 – October 20, 2020
Shot: October 20, 2020, Waukegan Police Officer
Jonathan Dwayne Price, November 3, 1988 – October 3, 2020
Wolfe City, Texas
Tasered/Shot: October 3, 2020, Wolfe City Police Officer
Dijon Durand Kizzee, February 5, 1991 – August 31, 2020 Los Angeles, California
Shot: August 21, 2020, Los Angeles County Police
Rayshard Brooks, January 31, 1993 – June 12, 2020 Atlanta, Georgia
Shot: June 12, 2020, Atlanta Police Officer
Carlos Carson, May 16, 1984 – June 6, 2020 Tulsa, Oklahoma
Pepper Sprayed/Shot in Head: June 6, 2020, Knights Inn Tulsa Armed Security Guard, former sergeant and detention officer with the Tulsa County Sheriff’s Office
David McAtee, August 3, 1966 – June 1, 2020
Shot: June 1, 2020, Louisville Metropolitan Police Officer
Tony “Tony the TIger” McDade, 1982 – May 27, 2020 Tallahassee, Florida
Shot: May 27, 2020, Tallahassee Police Officers
George Perry Floyd, October 14, 1973 – May 25, 2020
Powderhorn, Minneapolis, Minnesota
Knee on neck/Asphyxiated: May 25, 2020, Minneapolis Police Officer
Dreasjon “Sean” Reed, 1999 – May 6, 2020
Shot: May 6, 2020, Unidentified Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Officer
Michael Brent Charles Ramos, January 1, 1978 – April 24, 2020
Shot: April 24, 2020, Austin Police Detectives
Daniel T. Prude, September 20, 1978 – March 30, 2020
Rochester, New York
Asphyxiation: March 23, 2020, Rochester Police Officers
Breonna Taylor, June 5, 1993 – March 13, 2020
Shot: March 13, 2020, Louisville Metro Police Officers
Manuel “Mannie” Elijah Ellis, August 28, 1986 – March 3, 2020
Physical restraint/Hypoxia: March 3, 2020, Tacoma Police Officers
William Howard Green, March 16, 1976 – January 27, 2020
Temple Hills, Maryland
Shot: January 27, 2020, Prince George’s County Police Officer
John Elliot Neville, 1962 – December 4, 2019
Winston-Salem, North Carolina
Asphyxiated (hog-tied in prone position)/Heart Attack/Brain Injury: December 2, 2019, Forsyth County Sheriff Officers
Atatiana Koquice Jefferson, November 28, 1990 – October 12, 2019
Fort Worth, Texas
Shot: October 12, 2019, Fort Worth Police Officer
Elijah McClain, February 25, 1996 – August 30, 2019 Aurora, Colorado
Chokehold/Ketamine/Heart Attack: August 24, 2019, Aurora Police Officers and Paramedic
Ronald Greene, September 28, 1969 – May 10, 2019
Stun gun/Force: May 10, 2019, Louisiana State Police
Javier Ambler, October 7, 1978 – March 28, 2019 Austin, Texas
Tasered/Electrocuted: March 28, 2019, Williamson County Sheriff Deputy
Sterling Lapree Higgins, October 27, 1981 – March 25, 2019 Union City, Tennessee
Choke hold/Asphyxiation: March 24-25, 2019, Union City Police Officer and Obion County Sheriff Deputies
Gregory Lloyd Edwards, September 23, 1980 – December 10, 2018
Brevard County Jail, Cocoa, Florida
Kneed, Punched, Pepper Sprayed, Tasered, and Strapped into a restraint chair with a spit hood over his head/Failure to Provide Medical Care: December 9, 2019, Brevard County Sheriffs
Emantic “EJ” Fitzgerald Bradford Jr., June 18, 1997 – November 22, 2018
Shot: November 22, 2018, Unidentified Hoover Police Officers
Charles “Chop” Roundtree Jr., September 5, 2000 – October 17, 2018
San Antonio, Texas
Shot: October 17, 2018, San Antonio Police Officer
Chinedu Okobi, February 13, 1982 – October 3, 2018
Tasered/Electrocuted: October 3, 2018, San Mateo County Sheriff Sergeant and Sheriff Deputies
Anton Milbert LaRue Black, October 18, 1998 – September 15, 2018
Tasered/Sudden Cardiac Arrest: September 15, 2018, Greensboro Police Officers
Botham Shem Jean, September 29, 1991 – September 6, 2018
Shot: September 6, 2018, Dallas Police Officer
Antwon Rose Jr., July 12, 2000 – June 19, 2018
East Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Shot: June 19, 2018, East Pittsburgh Police Officer
Saheed Vassell, December 22, 1983 – April 4, 2018
Brooklyn, New York City, New York
Shot: April 4, 2018, Four Unnamed New York City Police Officers
Stephon Alonzo Clark, August 10, 1995 – March 18, 2018
Shot: March 18, 2018, Sacramento Police Officers
Dennis Plowden Jr., 1992 – December 28, 2017
East Germantown, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Shot: December 27, 2017, Philadelphia Police Officer
Bijan Ghaisar, September 4, 1992 – November 27, 2017
George Washington Memorial Parkway, Alexandria, Virginia
Shot: November 17, 2017, U.S. Park Police Officers
Aaron Bailey, 1972 – June 29, 2017
Shot: June 29, 2017, Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Officers
Charleena Chavon Lyles, April 24, 1987 – June 18, 2017
Shot: June 18, 2017, Seattle Police Officers
Fetus of Charleena Chavon Lyles (14-15 weeks), June 18, 2017
Shot: June 18, 2017, Seattle Police Officers
Jordan Edwards, October 25, 2001 – April 29, 2017
Balch Springs, Texas
Shot: April 29, 2017, Balch Springs Officer
Chad Robertson, 1992 – February 15, 2017
Shot: February 8, 2017, Chicago Police Officer
Deborah Danner, September 25, 1950 – October 18, 2016
The Bronx, New York City, New York
Shot: October 18, 2016, New York City Police Officers
Alfred Olango, July 29, 1978 – September 27, 2016
El Cajon, California
Shot: September 27, 2016, El Cajon Police Officers
Terence Crutcher, August 16, 1976 – September 16, 2016
Shot: September 16, 2016, Tulsa Police Officer
Terrence LeDell Sterling, July 31, 1985 – September 11, 2016
Shot: September 11, 2016, Washington Metropolitan Police Officer
Korryn Gaines, August 24, 1993 – August 1, 2016
Shot: August 1, 2016, Baltimore County Police
Joseph Curtis Mann, 1966 – July 11, 2016
Shot: July 11, 2016, Sacramento Police Officers
Philando Castile, July 16, 1983 – July 6, 2016
Falcon Heights, Minnesota
Shot: July 6, 2016, St. Anthony Police Officer
Alton Sterling, June 14, 1979 – July 5, 2016
Baton Rouge, Louisiana
Shot: July 5, 2016, Baton Rouge Police Officers
Bettie “Betty Boo” Jones, 1960 – December 26, 2015
Shot: December 26, 2015, Chicago Police Officer
Quintonio LeGrier, April 29, 1996 – December 26, 2015
Shot: December 26, 2015, Chicago Police Officer
Corey Lamar Jones, February 3, 1984 – October 18, 2015
Palm Beach Gardens, Florida
Shot: October 18, 2015, Palm Beach Gardens Police Officer
Jamar O’Neal Clark, May 3, 1991 – November 16, 2015
Shot: November 15, 2015, Minneapolis Police Officers
Jeremy “Bam Bam” McDole, 1987 – September 23, 2015
Shot: September 23, 2015, Wilmington Police Officers
India Kager, June 9, 1988 – September 5, 2015
Virginia Beach, Virginia
Shot: September 5, 2015, Virginia Beach Police Officers
Samuel Vincent DuBose, March 12, 1972 – July 19, 2015
Shot: July 19, 2015, University of Cincinnati Police Officer
Sandra Bland, February 7, 1987 – July 13, 2015
Waller County, Texas
Excessive Force/Wrongful Death/Suicide (?): July 10, 2015, Texas State Trooper
Brendon K. Glenn, 1986 – May 5, 2015
Shot: May 5, 2015, Los Angeles Police Officer
Freddie Carlos Gray Jr., August 16, 1989 – April 19, 2015
Brute Force/Spinal Injuries: April 12, 2015, Baltimore City Police Officers
Walter Lamar Scott, February 9, 1965 – April 4, 2015
North Charleston, South Carolina
Shot: April 4, 2015, North Charleston Police Officer
Eric Courtney Harris, October 10, 1971 – April 2, 2015
Shot: April 2, 2015, Tulsa County Reserve Deputy
Phillip Gregory White, 1982 – March 31, 2015
Vineland, New Jersey
K-9 Mauling/Respiratory distress: March 31, 2015, Vineland Police Officers
Mya Shawatza Hall, December 5, 1987 – March 30, 2015
Fort Meade, Maryland
Shot: March 30, 2015, National Security Agency Police Officers
Meagan Hockaday, August 27, 1988 – March 28, 2015
Shot: March 28, 2015, Oxnard Police Officer
Tony Terrell Robinson, Jr., October 18, 1995 – March 6, 2015
Shot: March 6, 2015, Madison Police Officer
Janisha Fonville, March 3, 1994 – February 18 2015
Charlotte, North Carolina
Shot: February 18, 2015, Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Officer
Natasha McKenna, January 9, 1978 – February 8, 2015
Fairfax County, Virginia
Tasered/Cardiac Arrest: February 3, 2015, Fairfax County Sheriff Deputies
Jerame C. Reid, June 8, 1978 – December 30, 2014
Bridgeton, New Jersey
Shot: December 30, 2014, Bridgeton Police Officer
Rumain Brisbon, November 24, 1980 – December 2, 2014
Shot: December 2, 2014, Phoenix Police Officer
Tamir Rice, June 15, 2002 – November 22, 2014
Shot: November 22, 2014, Cleveland Police Officer
Akai Kareem Gurley, November 12, 1986 – November 20, 2014
Brooklyn, New York City, New York
Shot: November 20, 2014, New York City Police Officer
Tanisha N. Anderson, January 22, 1977 – November 13, 2014
Physically Restrained/Brute Force: November 13, 2014, Cleveland Police Officers
Dante Parker, August 14, 1977 – August 12, 2014
Tasered/Excessive Force: August 12, 2014, San Bernardino County Sheriff Deputies
Ezell Ford, October 14, 1988 – August 11, 2014
Florence, Los Angeles, California
Shot: August 11, 2014, Los Angeles Police Officers
Michael Brown Jr., May 20, 1996 – August 9, 2014
Shot: August 9, 2014, Ferguson Police Officer
John Crawford III, July 29, 1992 – August 5, 2014
Shot: August 5, 2014, Beavercreek Police Officer
Tyree Woodson, July 8, 1976 – August 2, 2014
Shot: August 2, 2014, Baltimore City Police Officer
Eric Garner, September 15, 1970 – July 17, 2014
Staten Island, New York
Choke hold/Suffocated: July 17, 2014, New York City Police Officer
Dontre Hamilton, January 20, 1983 – April 30, 2014
Shot: April 30, 2014, Milwaukee Police Officer
Victor White III, September 11, 1991 – March 3, 2014
New Iberia, Louisiana
Shot: March 2, 2014, Iberia Parish Sheriff Deputy
Gabriella Monique Nevarez, November 25, 1991 – March 2, 2014
Citrus Heights, California
Shot: March 2, 2014, Citrus Heights Police Officers
Yvette Smith, December 18, 1966 – February 16, 2014
Bastrop County, Texas
Shot: February 16, 2014, Bastrop County Sheriff Deputy
McKenzie J. Cochran, August 25, 1988 – January 29, 2014
Pepper Sprayed/Compression Asphyxiation: January 28, 2014, Northland Mall Security Guards
Jordan Baker, 1988 – January 16, 2014
Shot: January 16, 2014, Off-duty Houston Police Officer
Andy Lopez, June 2, 2000 – October 22, 2013
Santa Rosa, California
Shot: October 22, 2013, Sonoma County Sheriff Deputy
Miriam Iris Carey, August 12, 1979 – October 3, 2013
Shot 26 times: October 3, 2013, U. S. Secret Service Officer
Barrington “BJ” Williams, 1988 – September 17, 2013
New York City, New York
Neglect/Disdain/Asthma Attack: September 17, 2013, New York City Police Officers
Jonathan Ferrell, October 11, 1989 – September 14, 2013
Charlotte, North Carolina
Shot: September 14, 2013, Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Officer
Carlos Alcis, 1970 – August 15, 2013
Brooklyn, New York City
Heart Attack/Neglect: August 15, 2013, New York City Police Officers
Larry Eugene Jackson Jr., November 29, 1980 – July 26, 2013
Shot: July 26, 2013, Austin Police Detective
Kyam Livingston, July 29, 1975 – July 21, 2013
New York City, New York
Neglect/Ignored pleas for help: July 20-21, 2013, New York City Police Officers
Clinton R. Allen, September 26, 1987 – March 10, 2013
Tasered and Shot: March 10, 2013, Dallas Police Officer
Kimani “KiKi” Gray, October 19, 1996 – March 9, 2013
Brooklyn, New York City, New York
Shot: March 9, 2013, New York Police Officers
Kayla Moore, April 17, 1971 – February 13, 2013
Restrained face-down prone: February 12, 2013, Berkeley Police Officers
Jamaal Moore Sr., 1989 – December 15, 2012
Shot: December 15, 2012, Chicago Police Officer
Johnnie Kamahi Warren, February 26, 1968 – February 13, 2012
Tasered/Electrocuted: December 10, 2012, Houston County (AL) Sheriff Deputy
Shelly Marie Frey, April 21, 1985 – December 6, 2012
Shot: December 6, 2012, Off-duty Harris County Sheriff’s Deputy
Darnisha Diana Harris, December 11, 1996 – December 2, 2012
Breaux Bridge, Louisiana
Shot: December 2, 2012, Breaux Bridge Police Office
Timothy Russell, December 9. 1968 – November 29, 2012
137 Rounds/Shot 23 times: November 29, 2012, Cleveland Police Officers
Malissa Williams, June 20, 1982 – November 29, 2012
137 Rounds/Shot 24 times: November 29, 2012, Cleveland Police Officers
Noel Palanco, November 28, 1989 – October 4, 2012
Queens, New York City, New York
Shot: October 4, 2012, New York City Police Officers
Reynaldo Cuevas, January 6, 1992 – September 7, 2012
Bronx, New York City, New York
Shot: September 7, 2012, New York City Police Officer
Chavis Carter, 1991 – July 28, 2012
Shot: July 28, 2012, Jonesboro Police Officer
Alesia Thomas, June 1, 1977 – July 22, 2012
Los Angeles, California
Brutal Force/Beaten: July 22, 2012, Los Angeles Police Officers
Shantel Davis, May 26, 1989 – June 14, 2012
New York City, New York
Shot: June 14, 2012, New York City Police Officer
Sharmel T. Edwards, October 10, 1962 – April 21, 2012
Las Vegas, Nevada
Shot: April 21, 2012, Las Vegas Police Officers
Tamon Robinson, December 21, 1985 – April 18, 2012
Brooklyn, New York City, New York
Run over by police car: April 12, 2012, New York City Police Officers
Shot: March 21, 2012, Off-duty Chicago Police Detective
Shereese Francis, 1982 – March 15, 2012
Queens, New York City, New York
Suffocated to death: March 15, 2012, New York City Police Officers
Jersey K. Green, June 17, 1974 – March 12, 2012
Tasered/Electrocuted: March 12, 2012, Aurora Police Officers
Wendell James Allen, December 19, 1991 – March 7, 2012
New Orleans, Louisiana
Shot: March 7, 2012, New Orleans Police Officer
Nehemiah Lazar Dillard, July 29, 1982 – March 5, 2012
Tasered/Electrocuted: March 5, 2012, Alachua County Sheriff Deputies
Dante’ Lamar Price, July 18, 1986 – March 1, 2012
Shot: March 1, 2012, Ranger Security Guards
Raymond Luther Allen Jr., 1978 – February 29, 2012
Tasered/Electrocuted: February 27, 2012, Galveston Police Officers
Manual Levi Loggins Jr., February 22, 1980 – February 7, 2012
San Clemente, Orange County, California
Shot: February 7, 2012, Orange County Sheriff Deputy
Ramarley Graham, April 12, 1993 – February 2, 2012
The Bronx, New York City, New York
Shot: February 2, 2012, New York City Police Officer
Kenneth Chamberlain Sr., April 12, 1943 – November 19, 2011
White Plains, New York
Tasered/Electrocuted/Shot: November 19, 2011, White Plains Police Officers
Alonzo Ashley, June 10, 1982 – July 18, 2011
Tasered/Electrocuted: July 18, 2011, Denver Police Officers
Derek Williams, January 23, 1989 – July 6, 2011
Blunt Force/Respiratory distress: July 6, 2011, Milwaukee Police Officers
Raheim Brown, Jr., March 4, 1990 – January 22, 2011
Shot: January 22, 2011, Oakland Unified School District Police
Reginald Doucet, June 3, 1985 – January 14, 2011
Los Angeles, California
Shot: January 14, 2011, Los Angeles Police Officer
Derrick Jones, September 30, 1973 – November 8, 2010
Shot: November 8, 2010, Oakland Police Officers
Danroy “DJ” Henry Jr., October 29, 1990 – October 17, 2010
Pleasantville, New York
Shot: October 17, 2020, Pleasantville Police Officer
Aiyana Mo’Nay Stanley-Jones, July 20, 2002 – May 16, 2010
Shot: May 16, 2010, Detroit Police Officer
Steven Eugene Washington, September 20, 1982 – March 20, 2010
Los Angeles, California
Shot: March 20, 2010, Los Angeles County Police
Aaron Campbell, September 7, 1984 – January 29, 2010
Shot: January 29, 2010, Portland Police Officer
Kiwane Carrington, July 14, 1994 – October 9, 2009
Shot: October 9, 2019, Champaign Police Officer
Victor Steen, November 11, 1991 – October 3, 2009
Tasered/Run over: October 3, 2009, Pensacola Police Officer
Shem Walker, March 18, 1960 – July 11, 2009
Brooklyn, New York
Shot: July 11, 2009, New York City Undercover C-94 Police Officer
Oscar Grant III, February 27, 1986 – January 1, 2009
Shot: January 1, 2009, BART Police Officer
Tarika Wilson, October 30, 1981 – January 4, 2008
Shot January 4, 2008, Lima Police Officer
DeAunta Terrel Farrow, September 7, 1994 – June 22, 2007
West Memphis, Arkansas
Shot: June 22, 2007, West Memphis (AR) Police Officer
Sean Bell, May 23, 1983 – November 25, 2006
Queens, New York City, New York
Shot: November 25, 2006, New York City Police Officers
Kathryn Johnston, June 26, 1914 – November 21, 2006
Shot: November 21, 2006, Undercover Atlanta Police Officers
Ronald Curtis Madison, March 1, 1965 – September 4, 2005
Danziger Bridge, New Orleans, Louisiana
Shot: September 4, 2005, New Orleans Police Officers
James B. Brissette Jr., November 6, 1987 – September 4, 2005
Danziger Bridge, New Orleans, Louisiana
Shot: September 4, 2005, New Orleans Police Officers
Henry “Ace” Glover, October 2, 1973 – September 2, 2005
New Orleans, Louisiana
Shot: September 2, 2005, New Orleans Police Officers
Timothy Stansbury, Jr., November 16, 1984 – January 24, 2004
Brooklyn, New York City, New York
Shot: January 24, 2004, New York City Police Officer
Ousmane Zongo, 1960 – May 22, 2003
New York City, New York
Shot: May 22, 2003, New York City Police Officer
Alberta Spruill, 1946 – May 16, 2003
New York City, New York
Stun grenade thrown into her apartment led to a heart attack: May 16, 2003, New York City Police Officer
Kendra Sarie James, December 24, 1981 – May 5, 2003
Shot: May 5, 2003, Portland Police Officer
Orlando Barlow, December 29, 1974 – February 28, 2003
Las Vegas, Nevada
Shot: February 28, 2003, Las Vegas Police Officer
Nelson Martinez Mendez, 1977 – August 8, 2001
Shot: August 8, 2001, Bellevue Police Officer
Timothy DeWayne Thomas Jr., July 25, 1981 – April 7, 2001
Shot: April 7, 2001, Cincinnati Police Patrolman
Ronald Beasley, 1964 – June 12, 2000
Shot: June 12, 2000, Dellwood Police Officers
Earl Murray, 1964 – June 12, 2000
Shot: June 12, 2000, Dellwood Police Officers
Patrick Moses Dorismond, February 28, 1974 – March 16, 2000
New York City, New York
Shot: March 16, 2000, New York City Police Officer
Prince Carmen Jones Jr., March 30, 1975 – September 1, 2000
Fairfax County, Virginia
Shot: September 1, 2000, Prince George’s County Police Officer
Malcolm Ferguson, October 31, 1976 – March 1, 2000
The Bronx, New York City, New York
Shot: March 1, 2000, New York City Police Officer
LaTanya Haggerty, 1973 – June 4, 1999
Shot: June 4, 1999, Chicago Police Officer
Margaret LaVerne Mitchell, 1945 – May 21, 1999
Los Angeles, California
Shot: May 21, 1999, Los Angeles Police Officer
Amadou Diallo, September 2, 1975 – February 4, 1999
The Bronx, New York City, New York
Shot: February 4, 1999, New York City Police Officers
Tyisha Shenee Miller, March 9, 1979 – December 28, 1998
Shot: December 28, 1998, Riverside Police Officers
Dannette “Strawberry” Daniels, January 25, 1966 – June 7, 1997
Newark, New Jersey
Shot: June 7, 1997, Newark Police Officer
Frankie Ann Perkins, 1960 – March 22, 1997
Brutal Force/Strangled: March 22, 1997, Chicago Police Officers
Nicholas Heyward Jr., August 26, 1981 – September 27, 1994
Brooklyn, New York City, New York
Shot: September 27, 1994, New York City Police Officer
Mary Mitchell, 1950 – November 3, 1991
The Bronx, New York City, New York
Shot: November 3, 1991, New York City Police Officer
Yvonne Smallwood, July 26, 1959 – December 9, 1987
New York City, New York
Severely beaten/Massive blood clot: December 3, New York City Police Officers
Eleanor Bumpers, August 22, 1918 – October 29, 1984
The Bronx, New York City, New York
Shot: October 29, 1984, New York City Police Officer
Michael Jerome Stewart, May 9, 1958 – September 28, 1983
New York City, New York
Brutal Force: September 15, 1983, New York City Transit Police
Eula Mae Love, August 8, 1939 – January 3, 1979
Los Angeles, California
Shot: January 3, 1979, Los Angeles County Police Officers
Arthur Miller Jr., 1943 – June 14, 1978
Brooklyn, New York City, New York
Chokehold/Strangled: June 14, 1978, New York City Police Officers
Randolph Evans, April 5, 1961 – November 25, 1976
Brooklyn, New York City, New York
Shot in head: November 25, 1976, New York City Police Officer
Barry Gene Evans, August 29, 1958 – February 10, 1976
Los Angeles, California
Shot: February 10, 1976, Los Angeles Police Officers
Rita Lloyd, November 2, 1956 – January 27, 1973
New York City, New York
Shot: January 27, 1973, New York City Police Officer
Henry Dumas, July 20, 1934 – May 23, 1968
Harlem, New York City, New York
Shot: May 23, 1968, New York City Transit Police Officer
This memorial is in honor of those unarmed black and brown people killed by the police, sheriff deputies, and security guards. The list is organized by most recent incident of police brutality (David McAtee and George Perry Floyd) and then moves back in time. I have listed each person by their name; birth and death dates; the location of their death; the means of death, date of death, and name of the police department.
I culled the names from a variety of online sources including Black Lives Matter’s protests; Wikipedia; Black Past; Dangerous Objects, a website run by Mercy Garriga, that investigates cases of excessive use of force and death by the police force; and Professors Cassandra Chaney and Ray V. Robertson’s essay “Armed and Dangerous? An Examination of Fatal Shootings of Unarmed Black People by Police.” I have included women from the #SaveHerName project because we often ignore the injustices and violence that black women experience from the police: police brutality is real for women as it is for men.
At the age of twenty-four, a friend introduced me to the radical and astonishingly beautiful poetry and writing of Henry Dumas. His poetry serves as the epitaph for this memorial; Dumas is the last entry on this list, shot by New York City Transit Police on May 23, 1968.
— Renée Ater, May 29, 2020
**Many thanks to Cecilia Wichmann and Mary Savig for their fact checking of this list, including adding birth dates from the Social Security Death Index and links to additional news stories.
Superior and Appeals Court Fraud in Motion to Dismiss As for the Appeals Court, the appeals court bases it’s decision to dismiss al-Hakim’s appeal entirely on CSAA’s contention that al-Hakim had failed and refused to comply with an unserved discovery request that was unopposed and as such should have their unserved motion to dismiss granted! Defendants obtained this order from Commissioner Rausch as the product of fraud and deceit when again defendants got an UNOPPOSED order as al-Hakim was NEVER served any interrogatories and requests for the production of documents BUT Brand granted the Motion of al-Hakim to vacate and set aside the related order on MOTION NO. 3. of 4/16/18. (Filed 9/14/18) Nor did defendants serve a motion to dismiss the appeal by CSAA, nor did al-Hakim receive any filing notice of any type from the Appeals Court of any motion to dismiss by CSAA. MOTION NO. 3. (see 2/25/19 Brand Challenge at ¶¶ 18, Page 34-35) Even though Brand set aside the order, his ruling is willfully blind, bias, prejudice, shrouded in fraud as he attempts to ignore the existence of the Fraud, Deception, Misrepresentation and Bad Faith Conduct of Defendants. Here Brand was presented with evidence of defendants sworn statements that clearly establish their fraud of al-Hakim, Extrinsic fraud upon the court, the People of the State of California by not having served the alleged documents, yet in his order he advocated a judicial imprimatur of the defense’s theory and demands “within 21 days of service of this order, Al-Hakim must produce responses to interrogatories (set one) and requests for the production of documents (set one). The responses must be without objection and must be verified” He totally disregards the fact that al-Hakim WAS NEVER SERVED, thus CAN NOT RESPOND!! THIS ORDER WAS TAKEN OUT OF SHEER FRAUD AND DECIT BY CSAA FILING WITHOUT SERVING THE MOTIONS ON al-HAKIM. al-Hakim has expressed repeatedly to the courts that he was NEVER served any motion to dismiss by CSAA, nor any motion to compel discovery by CSAA, and this is clearly a well established patterned litigation practice employed by them and al-Hakim has brought this fact to the attention of the courts many, many times before as well as CSAA historically NEVER has any supporting proof of service that is legally and properly executed, is always unsigned so that they are NOT under the penalty of perjury. The orders are the unsavory product of CSAA’s unscrupulous, immoral fraud and that immorality has been drastically redefined in recent times, arguably the boundaries of what is judicially acceptable remain publicly policed! The Court of Appeal abuse its discretion and improperly prejudice al-Hakim when it dismissed his appeal given that Justice Barbara J.R. Jones July 16, 2018 order EVADES THE ENTIRE GRAVAMEN OF al-HAKIM’S ARGUMENT, THE FACT THAT al-HAKIM WAS NEVER SERVED THE MOTION TO DISMISS BY DEFENDANTS AND NEVER RECEIVED ANY NOTICE FROM HER APPEALS COURT OF ANY SUCH ACTION AND HER APPEALS COURT HAVE NO RECORD OF EVER SENDING ANY NOTICE OF ANY TYPE TO al-HAKIM REGARDING THE MOTION TO DISMISS! So how is it possible that the Appeals Court would be silent, not providing ANY proof of their having EVER served ANY notice of any kind of their receiving the motion to dismiss, NOTHING served on me even remotely noticing the motion, no briefing schedule, no schedule of motion practice and this clearly should have been the practice of the courts as it has before with Anne Reasoner, Vira Pons and Truefiling. al-Hakim NEVER received any email, or U. S. postal mail from Anne Reasoner, Vira Pons or the appeals court nor any electronic service from TrueFiling as he usually would. The matters of the courts failure and refusal to serve ANY notice of ANY type regarding as serious a matter as a dismissal of an action against the obvious corruption of a judge or judges combined with the failure and refusal of the reviewing judge smacks of blatant GRAND CORRUPTION of ALL INVOLVED, ESPECIALLY AND INCLUDING THOSE THAT COVER IT UP COMMITTING AN EVEN GREATER CRIME!!!
Alameda Superior Court and Appeals Corruption
Judge Brands ruling granting the motion to vacate and set aside the order granting defendants motion to compel interrogatories and sanctions due to NON SERVICE. On October 12, 2018, the Appeals Court sent a reply that merely mentions that the defendants had submitted a proof of service dated June 22, 2018, that was allegedly served via mail and electronically to two different email addresses, 1) one that CSAA has admitted to the courts that has been blocked from sending email to for years due to his giving that email address to a commercial business without al-Hakim’s knowledge or approval and 2) the other email address he knows is not al-Hakim. There NEVER was any U.S. mail nor personal service of any documents. In several documents filed with the courts, Attorney John Bradley sworn under the penalty of perjury in a November 29, 2017 letter to al-Hakim that he will neither serve nor accept service via email and has not done so! At the November 22, 2017 hearing, Bradley could not and did not produce a valid, properly executed proof of service which is why his deputy counsel Colwell could not enforce his unserved motion for the issuance of an order to show cause re: sale of dwelling. Secondly, al-Hakim notified Bradley by letter, fax and email on December 4, 2017, that Bradley’s email was blocked due to his giving that email address to a commercial business without al-Hakim’s knowledge or approval. This notice was given months, nearly a year before Bradley claims that it was problematic and he fails to explain how al-Hakim has problems with receiving mail at his home because Bradley alleges that “he does NOT live there and is not there everyday”. al-Hakim does NOT deliver the mail to his home and in no way would be involved nor responsible for that task! NOW THE ENTIRE UNDERPINNINGS OF JUDGE JONES DECISION TO DISMISS al-HAKIM’S APPEAL HAVE VANISHED except the remaining Court Administration Grand, Systemic and Endemic Corruption; Conduct To Pervert or Obstruct Justice, or the Due Administration of the Laws (Pen.Code, §§ 182, subd. (a)(1), 4570) 1 and Conspiracy to Pervert or Obstruct Justice (§ 182, subd. (a)(5)); Fraud Upon The Court; Manipulation; Cause Due to Criminal Conduct In Violation of The Law! The Appeals court, Judge Barbara Jones and the court clerks are blocking and providing interference for judge Kim Colwell to make her “end run” and complete her fraud and corruption in her Order for sale of al-Hakim’s Dwelling BEFORE the Motion to Vacate the Order, which was uncontested by defendants, was to be heard and has been continued by the court under an illegal Appeals stay since February 2018. al-Hakim’s Motion to Vacate the Order granting the sale of plaintiff home is NOT an appealable order and is NOT subject to the automatic stay pending appeals, just as the defendants motion for sale of the dwelling with an undertaking is NOT subject to the automatic stay, which Colwell ruled the sale of dwelling could and did go forward, yet she has continued to delay the resolution to plaintiff’s motion to vacate that was uncontested by defendants! This would reverse the ruling made by Judge Colwell for the sale of the Dwelling!!! For eight months Colwell had been begging the Appeals court to expedite the Remitter in the motion to dismiss so she can quickly rule on the motion to vacate with a denial! For the Appeals Court to deny such a serious motion when the appeals court was willfully and intentionally derelict in their NON-SERVICE of ANY notices to al-Hakim and CSAA obvious fraud, there is NO place for this in modern society much less in a courtroom before the people! It is even more enlightening in respects to the calumny deceit and denial of due process employed in it, that al-Hakim have complained of for years. This order in response to al-Hakim’s actions of merely invoking his rights to petition the courts was the very epitome of specious retaliation and heinous denial of due process FORCED on al-Hakim by defendants. On March 18, 2019, January 10 and 7, 2019 and November 7, 2018, filed and served complaints with Chief Justice Cantil-Sakauye and Associate Justices of the Court, Beth Robbins, and Charles Johnson requesting an investigation of and urging both the Supreme Court and Court of Appeal to grant review of the Court of Appeal’s decision in al-HAKIM VS CSAA- Wellpoint (2018) California Appeals Court Case# 153510, and now California Supreme Court Case# S-250997. Order from the Appeals Court dated July 16, 2018 al-Hakim has received NO response from the State Supreme nor Appeals Courts and their response and the admissions of the facts, evidence, testimony, and proof from their findings of what happened in this incident has a drastic effect on this case as it will NOT “go away” merely because you chose to ignore it! We DEMAND ANSWERS TO THIS CONTINUING CRIME! Defendants “appeal covers more than just a failure to comply with a court order. It includes obstructive tactics and frustration or obstruction of legitimate efforts to enforce a judgment.” as again al-Hakim was NEVER served any motion to dismiss by CSAA, any filing notice of any type from the Appeals Court of any motion to dismiss by CSAA, no briefing schedule, no schedule of motion practice, and this clearly should have been the practice of the courts as it has before with Anne Reasoner and Truefiling. al-Hakim NEVER received any email, or U. S. postal mail from Reasoner or the appeals court nor any electronic service from TrueFiling, which is the norm, and there is NO RECORD of any type that any of them sent any notice of any type to al-Hakim! These matters are currently being investigated.
Oakland City Attorney Gives Case File To Defendants Stephan Barber and Law Firm Ropers Majeski, Doesn’t Tell Court or Plaintiffs!
Non-Service of Process Tactic This tactic employed by the courts and defendants of failing to serve documents on al-Hakim is a major part of the litigation scheme carried out solely for the purpose of espousing defendants vitriol of Trump-esq hate induced 20 year strategy of FRAUD, DECIET, RACISM, RELIGIOUS BIGOTRY, AND INTOLERANCE, PREJUDICE, stirring the animus of the court to provoke acrimony toward al-Hakim, fostering calumny deceit within the judicial and legal community, knowingly using fraudulent, misleading, false and larcenous documentation provided by Defendants attempting to foist upon plaintiff and the courts the imprimatur of substantiating documentary evidence in denial of al-Hakim’s civil rights and immunity from takings of property without due process is a gross abuse of discretion in violation of the law is objectively unreasonable and was undertaken intentionally with malice, willfulness, and reckless indifference to the rights of al-Hakim in lieu of proper litigation. Brand’s order has merely substantiated the evidence of the continuing Superior Court Administration Grand, Systemic and Endemic Corruption; Conduct To Pervert or Obstruct Justice, or the Due Administration of the Laws (Pen.Code, §§ 182, subd. (a)(1), 4570) 1 and Conspiracy to Pervert or Obstruct Justice (§ 182, subd. (a)(5)); Fraud Upon The Court; and Manipulation. These efforts of CSAA is tantamount to a scheme to hinder, deny and defraud al-Hakim in violation of the laws above and can qualify as a Hate Crime under the Unruh and Ralph Civil Rights and the Bane Acts, while they are clear acts of religious bigotry and intolerance for which al-Hakim will not allow.
Due to the Grand Systemic and Endemic Corruption, that includes Judicial/Legal Systemic Racism as a subset, that provides for the unlawful, and unconstitutional acts of The “COURTEL”– COURT CORRUPTION CARTEL, the Corruptocrats and Kleptocrats, the al-Hakim Family has suffered the unfathomable loss of their homes, their businesses, their incomes, their life’s assets, their credit worthiness, their friends and associates! Those Judicial/Legal, Government and Law Enforcement Bodies, Agencies and Political Officials identified in the COURTEL, are listed in the “THE COURTEL,THE COURT CORRUPTION CARTEL” Page on this website at: https://wp.me/Pye39-qE; and those identified as Corruptocrats and Kleptocrats are listed BELOW! Those identified as “THE COURTEL”, include ALL those referenced in both The “COURTEL”– COURT CORRUPTION CARTEL, plus the Corruptocrats and Kleptocrats collectively in total! ABDUL-JALIL al-HAKIM, his family members Harun al-Hakim-Miller, Jalil Omar al-Hakim, Bari al-Hakim-Williams, Joette al-Hakim-Hall, Patty Flenory, and their siblings; and their business entities Superstar Management, The Genius of Randy Wallace, Inc., the Aaron & Margaret Wallace Foundation (AMWF), Nowtruth.org, eX-whY Adventures, and communities that they serve, have suffered through over 50 years of continuing great and irreparable harm, which continues to this date. The COURTEL disabled, stole and sold their home, businesses, retirement funds, cars, trucks, assets, revoked al-Hakim’s drivers license and passport: forcing the loss of income from oversea’s employment, touring and booking dates; business and pleasure travel; prohibited from serving in Aaron & Margaret Wallace Foundation (AMWF) relief missions in Haiti and Africa willfully and intentionally deprived al-Hakim, his family and business of their civil rights, religious rights, right to fair competition and right to due process under the law and insurance contract; the benefits under the contract; the peace of mind and economic security purchased under the contract; the prospects of full and healthy lives for the past forty years and in the untold future; the normal course of their lives and the pursuit of happiness which will never be recovered; al-Hakim, his family and business has been harmed BEYOND COMPREHENSION! The COURTEL and District Attorney admitted stealing child support paid to them in trust for al-Hakim’s daughter and extorted al-Hakim to pay it again; al-Hakim’s appeal of the District Attorney’s fraud and extortion was handled by then Attorney General Jerry Brown and later Kamala Harris whom substituted in as attorneys in the interest of justice, yet they was supposed to be investigating these same parties crimes as part of the U. S. Attorney General’s action al-Hakim filed in 2005; they suspended al-Hakim’s drivers license since 2004 for the DA’s admitted fraud in an effort to extort him into paying for their fraud; at the same time revoked al-Hakim’s passport denying his ability to travel or gain employment internationally for the DA’s admitted fraud in an effort to extort him into paying for their fraud; the California State Franchise Tax Board illegally raided two al-Hakim’s retirement money market and business accounts with fraudulent, fictitious double billed bank levies on both business and personal bank accounts; the COURTEL (DA’s office, Hayward Police Department, California Bureau of Automotive Repair) have dismantled an auto leaving it in parts; they have impounded and sold another SUV truck used in their family non-profit foundation; Bankruptcy judge Randall Newsome fabricated the audio and written record of a hearing and three times demanded al-Hakim work with Trustee and attorneys to continue performing management duties for M. C. Hammer and when al-Hakim refused to work free, the judge made a “take it or leave it” offer compromising al-Hakim’s $1.7 million claim, resulting in al-Hakim getting $0; another Federal Bankruptcy Trustee stole $10,000 from al-Hakim in a Bankruptcy case involving court ordered restitution to be paid to al-Hakim from the police burglary of al-Hakim’s computer store; among others! This is criminal fraud upon the court and law, extrinsic fraud — fraud on the al-Hakim, which prevented him from having his days in court and has deprived him and his family of the celebration of their daily lives with the pursuit of happiness, ruined their health, destroyed their businesses, their savings of their lifetimes, All this in retaliation for exercising federal protections against the onslaught of record setting violations of federally protected rights, and in retaliation for reporting criminal activities in which The COURTEL, Corruptocrats and Kleptocrats with their conspiring offending parties were implicated.
Appeals and Superior Court Corruption
This COURTEL, Corruptocrats and Kleptocrats have deprived al-Hakim and his family of the celebration of their daily lives with the pursuit of happiness, ruined their health, destroyed their businesses, the savings of a lifetime, with their fraud upon the court inflicting maximum emotion distress, pain and suffering, forbidding and denying the basic and elementary pursuit of happiness, casting them into an uncontrollable downward spiraling infinite moribund density, schism, chasm, of life threatening and life altering danger and crippling poverty without end until death!
The COURTEL’S insidious and fatal legal intrusion into the al-Hakim’s lives has maimed and dismember the al-Hakim family; shattered their hopes, dreams, aspirations; murdered their lives through oppression and persecution; causing, forcing their death from this slaughter and torture, as they destroy al-Hakim’s iconic, role model status, ruined his public persona and business reputation, and sullied his professional integrity by casting aspersions upon him with GREAT pain and suffering! The COURTEL’S illegal eviction of al-Hakim from the defaulted Green Key case, forced him, his family and businesses out of his home with only two days to move and was unable to take anything! ALL al-Hakim’s entire 70 years life long obtained belongings, every invaluable item he has ever acquired, including everything of his family’s personal property and his businesses property documented over $600,000, ALL his belongings from 40 years of residing in the home and was forced to leave EVERYTHING, a completely furnished, 5 bedroom, 19 room, 3,800 sq ft home, including his business and personal property, includes ALL personal and business effects, computers and electronics, jewelry, artwork, audio and video recorder equipment and tapes, chandeliers, silver and china ware, household items, furniture and fixtures, valuables, clothing, gym and exercise equipment, spa and swimming pool goods, bedroom goods, kitchen ware, ALL food and nutrition goods, supplies, gardening and pool supplies, tools, accessories and supplies. Additionally, there was over $100,000 in clothing, clothing accessories, sporting goods and equipment, clothing racks, displays, manikins, athletic wear, gear, accessories, inventory of the family 62 year old non-profit, the Aaron & Margaret Wallace Foundation, alone! These are among other things that were in the home on the premises. Of note is the fact al-Hakim was forced to leave all his personal and business files that are now in the custody and control of the COURTEL’S. al-Hakim has NONE of the files he had accumulated over his life of years! The COURTEL’S has total possession and control of ALL al-Hakim’s possessions, Four times al-Hakim has demanded the return of EVERYTHING, ALL ITEMS LEFT IN THE HOUSE, WITHOUT ANY DAMAGE TO THEM! COURTEL and defendants has NEVER responded to the demand and we are sure the items of interest are in the complete control of the COURTEL, Corruptocrats, and Kleptocrats! The COURTEL’S tactics is designed to instill fear into al-Hakim and his family, to capture them in the snare of the legal system- civil and criminal, with prosecuting judges, police and district attorney in ALL their cases…… without justice, stealing their lives, businesses, human and civil rights, property, pursuit of happiness and freedom are ALL in jeopardy of peril. Justice is what they want you to buy into and adhere to while they use it as a smoke screen to deny you that same justice they NEVER intended for you! Kamala Harris, whom substituted in as attorneys in the interest of justice, was acting or purporting to act in the performance of their official duties, FILED DOCUMENTS THAT THEY WERE REPRESENTING the al-Hakim Family members Harun al-Hakim-Miller, Bari al-Hakim-Williams, Joette al-Hakim-Hall, Patty Flenory; the VERY SAME PARTIES THEY ADMITTED TO HAVE STOLEN, MISAPPROPRIATED, AND DEFRAUDED THE CHILD SUPPORT PAID TO THEM IN TRUST FOR THE MINOR GIRLS AND THEN EXTORTED THE FATHER TO PAY IT AGAIN; wherein this conduct violated the girls’s civil rights, religious rights, right to fair competition and right to due process under the law and is an inherent threat to all our civil and human rights, right to due process, property, pursuit of happiness and freedom; yet Kamala Harris and the Attorney General’s Office was supposed to be investigating these same parties crimes as part of the U. S. Attorney General’s action al-Hakim filed in 2005! THERE IS NO GREATER CONFLICT OF INTEREST THEN THIS OBVIOUS AND ADMITTED DEFRAUDING OF TWO MINOR GIRLS CHILD SUPPORT PERPETRATED BY KAMALA HARRIS IN THE INTEREST OF JUSTICE IN THE HISTORY IF JUSTICE!! The COURTEL, Corruptocrats, and Kleptocrats, these corrupt judicial, law enforcement, governmental and legal entities are more dangerous to our liberty, than any of the enemy it claims to protect us from. Why have these people and organizations been so derelict while failing and refusing so miserably to enforce the same rules of conduct and law on incompetent, mendacious judicial, law enforcement, governmental and legal entities after so many complaints filed? They have allowed these same judicial, law enforcement, governmental and legal entities to act as if in a trance… trying to destroy al-Hakim and demonized al-Hakim to prosecute, persecute and disparaged al-Hakim whom was guilty only of advocating and standing up for his civil and human rights and right to due process. These same judicial, law enforcement, governmental and legal entities are allowed to use court orders to threaten to fine, jail and pauperize al-Hakim. Did the COURTEL, Corruptocrats, and Kleptocrats, these same judicial, law enforcement, governmental and legal entities honestly and fairly serve al-Hakim and this generation of Americans by failing and refusing to prosecute these serious charges, and did they do what it takes to defeat the inherent threat to all our civil and human rights, right to due process, property, pursuit of happiness and freedom? Sadly — of course — the distance of history will recognize that the threat to all our civil and human rights, right to due process, property, pursuit of happiness and freedom that al-Hakim and this generation of Americans needed to take seriously… was The “COURTEL”– COURT CORRUPTION CARTEL, with their Corruptocrats, and Kleptocrats, the same judicial, law enforcement, governmental and legal entities that they are suppose to Protect and Defend US FROM! Herein you will find those identified in the al-Hakim cases as being involved in this COURTEL culled from the case files ALL of whom are and will be a NAMED DEFENDANTS, WITNESSES, and SNITCHES are: United States Senator Dianne Feinstein United States Congresswoman Barbara Lee, Anne Taylor, Elaine McKellar, Lauren Riggs, Saundra Andrews, Leslie Littleton and ALL former and current employees California State Governor: Gavin Newsome, former Edmund G. “Jerry” Brown Jr., Evan Westrep and ALL former and current employees California State Senator Kamala Harris and ALL members of her office including but not limited to Nathan Barankin, Debbie Mesloh, Michael Troncoso, Tony West, Shaeda Ahmadi, Clint Odom, Lily Adams, Tyrone Gayle and Rohini Kosoglu, Brenda Gonzalez, Andy Vargas, Shawn Haq, Josh Hsu, Daniel Chen, Sergio Gonzales, Kate Waters, Zev Karlin-Neumann, Halie Soifer, California State Franchise Tax Board: Vu Tran, Emelda Nanca, Margaritas Escoveda, Selvi Stanislaus, Connie Aceves, Eric Scheidegger, Sheree Haris, Jeffery Lin, Iselma Bueno, Virginia, Patricia, Sharon Jones, and ALL former and current employees California State Senator Loni Hancock, Michelle Milam, Terri Waller, Melissa Male, Nathan Rapp, and ALL former and current employees Former California State Assemblyman Sandre Swanson, staff Carol Jones, Charlene Washington, Adam Jones, Larry Broussard, Danita Blair, Amber Maltbie, Monica Vejar, Amanda, and ALL former and current employees Alameda County Administrator: Susan Muranishi, Donna Linton and ALL former and current employees Alameda County Office of the Treasure And Tax Collector, Donald R. White, Elvia Quiroga, Jack Wong and ALL former and current employees Alameda County Supervisor Kieth Carson, Rodney Brooks, Mina Sanchez and ALL former and current employees Alameda County Supervisors: Nate Miley, Andra Wicks, and ALL former and current employees Alameda County Sheriff’s Office: GREGORY J. AHERN, R. KELLY, S. PETERSON, RICHARD T. LUCIA, CASEY NICE, BRETT M. KETELES, James Baker Alameda County Clerk-Recorder City of Oakland Mayor: Libby Schaff, Tomiquia Moss, Shereda Nosakhare, Peggy Moore, Erica Terry Derryck, Audrey Cortes, Matt Nichols, David Silver, Jose Corona, Michael Hunt, Karely Ordaz Salto, former Mayors Ron Dellums, former Mayor Jean Quan, Trina Barton, Diane Boyd, Miguel Bustos, Kitty Kelly Epstein, VaShone Huff, Earl Johnson, Cheryal Kidd, Marisol Lopez, Vincent Mackey, Paul Rose, Daniel Boggan Jr., Karen Stevenson, Rich Cowan, Lewis Cohen, Karen Boyd, Anne Campbell Washington, Reygan Harmon, Susan Piper, former Mayor Edmund G. “Jerry” Brown, Jacque Barzaghi and ALL former and current employees Oakland City Attorney: Barbara J. Parker, former City Attorney John Russo and Jayne Williams the City Attorney’s Office, Mark Morodomi, Randy Hall, Janie Wong, Anita Hong, Sophia Li, Demetruis Shelton, Elizabeth Allen, Erica Harrold, Michele Abbey, Deborah Walther, Anita Flores, and former employee Pat Smith Oakland City Administrator: Sabrina Landreth, former Deanna J. Santana, Dan Lindhiem, Fred Blackwell, Kathy Kessler, Barbara B. Killey, Marjo R. Keller, Amber Todd, Ann Campbell-Washington, Winnie Woo, Gia Casteel-Brown, Claudia Cappio, Stephanie Hom and ALL former and current employees City of Oakland Fire Department: Weldon Clemons, James A. Williams, the and ALL former and current employees Oakland City Auditor: Brenda Roberts, S. Lawrence, Maya Collins City of Oakland Public Works: Brooke A. Levin, former Director Vitaly B. Troyan, Gary Pilecki, Julius M. Kale Jr., Allan Law, Gunawan Santoso, James Lowrie, Lorenzo Garcia, Jaime Ramey, Michael Neary, Donna F. Enright, Tim Low, Rich Fielding, Sarah Flewellen, Jason Wong, J. R. Nicks, Henry “Bubba” Rushing, Dana, Sabrina Jones, Yolanda Hartfield, Fred Lozar, Marcel Banks, Eldridge Person, Perry, Ron Gittings and ALL former and current employees; Oakland Police Department: former Chief George Hart, Anne E. Kirkpatrick,Richard Word,John Lois, Sgt. Eric Milina, Johnna Watson, Marco Marquez, Ersie Joyner III, Reygan Harmon, Kirk Coleman, Frank Morrow Jr., Jad Jadallah, Chris Bolton, Fred Jenkins, Capt. Trevino, Sgt. Gonzalez, Jonas Jones, George Philips, Sgt. M. Poirier, Capt Alison, Lt. Hamilton, Sgt. Wingate, Bill Denny, Ofc. M Ziebarth #8281, Cpt. Dorherty, Mike Morris, Danielle Ashford, Sgt. Green, Ofc. Anderson, Anthony Batts, Howard Jordan, Rebecca Campbell, Cassandra, Marc Hicks, Ron Lighten and ALL former and current employees City of Oakland’s Ethics Office: City of Oakland FOIC Point of Contacts: Crystal Ramie-Adams, Arlene Flores-Medina , James Bondi, Ellen Dillard, Tiffany Millinder-Heard , Susan A. Sanchez , Maya Collins, Nal Phan, Mary Mayberry, Annie To, Patricia Carter , Amber Fuller , Rebecca Kozak, Dana Perez, Victoria Chak , Rogelio Medalla , Shahla Azimi , Novene Fiores, Mani Paschal, Oliver Luby, Jennie E. Gerard , Brigitte Cook , Shereda Nosakhare , Clara P. Garzon , Desley Brooks , Patricia Mossburg, Jason Nicholas Overman City of Oakland Councilmembers: Laurence Reid, Desley Brooks, Clara Garcon, Larry Reid, Ray Leon Patricia Mossburg, Dan Kalb, Abel J. Guillen, Lynette Gibson McElhaney, Annie Campbell Washington, Noel Gallo, Rebecca Kaplan former Council members Pat Kernighan and Ignacio De La Fuente and ALL former and current employees Oakland City Clerk: LaTonda Simmons City of Oakland Fire Department: Camille J. Rodgers- Vegetation Management Supervisor City of Oakland Building Code Department: Sandra M. Smith, Rich Fielding, Bill Patchen, Tim Low and ALL former and current employees City of Oakland Public Ethics Commission: Whitney Barazoto, Milad Dalju, Jonathan Stanley, Barbara Green-Ajufo, Alaric Degrafinried, Alex Paul, Ai Mori, Richard Unger, Amy Dunning, Daniel Purnell- Executive Director, Alix Rosenthal, Lauren Anguis, Daniel Purnell, Tamika Thomas, and ALL former and current employees The City of Richmond administrators: Trina Jackson, Ranjana Maharaj, Jerry Anderson, Tania Swartz, Helen Agcaoili, Loretta Robbins, LaFaye Walton, Bernadine Anderson, Kris Lofthus, Alicia Nightengale, Courtland “Corky” Boozé, Robyn Kain, Keith Jabari, Jerry Anderson, Bill Lindsay, Leslie Knight, Nat Bates, and ALL former and current employees Mayor City of Alameda: Marie Gilmore Law firm of Meyers Nave: Jayne W. Williams- Principal, Michael Nave, Marilee Bass, Edward L. Kreisberg, Eric Firstman, Krysten Hicks, Ruthann Ziegler, Kim Colwell, Kim Drake, Kevin McLaughlin, Deborah Fox, Claudia J. Gorham, Steven Mattras, Courtney Ruby, Mike Macaluso, and ALL former and current employees Law Firm of Keker & Van Nest LLP: John W. Keker, Robert A. Van Nest, Elliot Remsen Peters, Jon Streeter, Holly Saydah, Joy Scharton and ALL former and current employees Attorney Lewis Nelson and ALL former and current employees Attorney Edward C. Bell and ALL former and current employees Law Offices of Michael C. Cohen: Michael C. Cohen, and ALL former and current employees Law Offices of Anthony S. Leung, Christopher Leung, and ALL former and current employees Attorney John F. Bradley, Jr. Law Firm of McKeown Price, LLC: Frank McKeown, and ALL former and current employees Law firm of Wendel Rosen Black & Dean LLP: Chris Noma, Elizabeth Berke-Dreyfuss, and ALL former and current employees Law Office of Irwin J. Eskanos: Irwin J. Eskanos, Myrna Figueroa Ellis Law Group: Mark E. Ellis Eason & Tambornini: Matthew R. Eason, Kyle K.Tambornini Attorney William Bill Green of Marin County and ALL former and current employees Attorney Sam Barnum and ALL former and current employees Law firm of Caven, Cleaveland, Murray: Attorney Patricia Walsh, Steve Roberts, William Jemmott and ALL former and current employees Law firm of Norland & Kays: Eric P. Norland and ALL former and current employees Law firm of Archer Norris: Todd Jones, Dan Crowley, William Coggshall, Daniella Arteaga, Eugene Blackard, Jonathan
Bacon, Cesar Alvarado, W. Eric Blumhardt, Gino Cano, and ALL former and current employees Law firm of Burnham Brown, LLP: Eric Haas,Lise Arts, Claudia Leed Clark J. Burnham, John J. Verber, Paul Caleo, Richard Finn, Charles Alfonzo, Cathy Arias, Robert M. Bodzin, Susan E. Firtch, Dean Pollack, Darrell T. Thompson, Cathy Arias, Denise Quon, John Verber, and ALL former and current employees Attorney Philip T. Besirof, Roland Brandel, Tony West, the law firm of Morrison & Foerster LLP, and ALL former and current employees Attorney Paul N. “Pete” McCloskey, Jr., the Law firm of Cotchett, Pitre & McCarthy, LLP, and ALL former and current employees Attorney Eric Nyberg, The Law firm of Kornfield Nyberg Bendes & Kuhner, P.C., and ALL former and current employees Law firm of Lombardi Loper and Conant: Attorney Bruce Loper, Matthew Conant, Chris Lavdiotis, Peter Glaessner, Timothy McCaffery, Gay Conant, Ralph Lombardi, and ALL former and current employees Law firm of Murphy, Pearson, Bradley, & Feeney: Attorney James Monagle and ALL former and current employees Law firm of Bridgman & Bridgman: Attorney Richard D. Bridgman, and ALL former and current employees Law firm of Buty & Curliano LLP: Attorney William Rowell, and ALL former and current employees Law firm of Binder & Malter LLP, and ALL former and current employees Law firm Sheppard Mullin Richter & Hampton, and ALL former and current employees Law firm Walkup Melodia, and ALL former and current employees Law firm Hanson Bridgett Marcus Vlahos: attorney David Alexander, and ALL former and current employees Law firm Abbey Weitzenberg et. al., and ALL former and current employees Law firm Guichard Teng Portello APC, and ALL former and current employees Ellis Law Group: Attorney Mark E. Ellis and ALL former and current employees Eason & Tambornini: Attorney Matthew R. Eason, Kyle K.Tambornini, and ALL former and current employees Attorney Eugene Schneider, and ALL former and current employees Attorney John Bradley Jr., and ALL former and current employees Law Firm of Ropers Majeski: Eugene Majesk, Stephan Barber and ALL former and current employees Law Firm ofWilloughby Stuart Bening: Ronald J. Cook, Randall E. Willoughby, Alexander F. Stuart, Bradley A. Bening, and ALL former and current employees MacMorris & Carbone: Stan Michael CSAA, and ALL former and current employees Caven, Cleaveland, Murray: William Jemmott, Dan Hernandez, Dan Crowley, and ALL former and current employees Gordon & Rees, LLP: Joel K. Liberson, Fletcher Alford, and ALL former and current employees
Bruce Loper, Matthew Conant, Chris Lavdiotis, Peter Glaessner, Timothy McCaffery, and ALL former and current employees Daniel Crowley & Assoc.: Daniel Crowley, and ALL former and current employees Jackson Alternative Dispute Resolution: Attorney Yolanda Marnell Jackson, and ALL former and current employees Law firm Crone Rozynko, LLP: Sean O’Halloran, Greg LaCross, and ALL former and current employees Law firm Bennet, Samuelsen, Reynolds & Allard, Anthony Allard, Thomas Gelini, Stuart C. Gilliam, Richard Reynolds, David J. Samuelsen, and ALL former and current employees Law firm Fitzgerald, Abbot & Beardsley, Elizabeth Clark, Barry Epstein, Fatima Brunson, Jason Holder, Scott Jackson, Anil Kripalani, David Lee, Kristin Pace, Marsha Van Broek, Michael Ward, Richard White, and ALL former and current employeesLaw firm Goldfarb Lipman, LLP, Jennifer Bell, Juliet E. Cox, James Diamond, Heather Gould, John Haywood, Lynn Hutchins, Margaret Jung, Barbara Kautz, Dianne Jackson McLean, Robert C. Mills, and ALL former and current employees Law firm Nossaman LLP: Attorneys Allison M. Dibley, David L. Kimport, Danielle Sveska Gensch, and ALL former and current employees Law firm Murphy, Vu, Tongsamouth and Chaterjee: Attorney Trina Chatterjee, and ALL former and current employees Law firm Kilpatrick, Townsend and Stockton: attorney Roger Hughes, and ALL former and current employees Law firm Burke, Williams, Sorenson: attorney Michelle Kenyon, and ALL former and current employees Law firm Bingham McCutchen: attorney Ray Marshall, and ALL former and current employees Law firm Dhillion and Smith: attorney Harold Peter Smith, and ALL former and current employees Law firm Donahue Gallagher: Attorney David Stein, and ALL former and current employees Law firm Hawkins Delafield: Attorney Sean Tierney, and ALL former and current employees The American Inns of Courts Port of Oakland: former attorney David L. Alexander, Donnell Choy, and ALL former and current employees JP Morgan Chase & Co: Sanjiv S. Sittampalam, Jim Vallone, Jemma Antczak, Robert Marvin, Gloria Marshall Figueroa, Geoffrey Morton Twitter: Jack Dorsey, Anthony Noto, Vijaya Gadde, Leslie Berland, Robert Kaiden, Genelle Ng, Amy Keating, Benjamin Lee, and ALL their previous and current employees, agents, independent contractors, consultants, representatives, lobbyist, experts, professional organizations, social organizations, charitable organizations, and professional services organizations, et.at. Interserver: Mike Lavrik, John Quaglieri, Stacey Talieres, Sibin Ibrahim, Taras Tyulyakov, Gnanendra Kumar, Jose Viju, Pawan Kumar, Anoop Vijayan, Sreejith Sreedhar, Joe George, Sadaf Perwez, Anish Vijayan, ALL former and current owners, ALL former and current domestic partners, ALL former and current foreign partners, ALL former and current investors, ALL former and current marketers, ALL former and current promoters, and ALL former and current Interserver employees, agents, independent contractors, consultants, representatives, lobbyist, experts, professional organizations, social organizations, charitable organizations, and professional services organizations, et.at. 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Travelling Mailbox.com: Travis Poole, and ALL former and current employees The Office of Management and Budget: Mick Mulvaney Consumer Finance Protection Bureau: Wendy Kamenshine Ombudsman California Office of Business Oversight: Commissioner Jan Lynn Owen, Jeanette Salazar, Bureau of Consumer Protection: Tom Pahl, and ALL former and current employees California Secretary of State: Alex Padilla, and ALL former and current employees Board of Equalization: David J. Gau, and ALL former and current employees CLTA and WFG TITLE INSURANCE COMPANY: Steve Winkler, Christine Gula, and ALL former and current employees California Land Title Association: Craig Page, and ALL former and current employees The past and present residents of 7633 Sunkist Drive, Oakland CA 94605 including but not limited to: Eric Wiesman Acclamation Insurance Management Services: Doug Kapovich and ALL former and current employees East Bay Municipal Utility District (EBMUD): Alexander R. Coate, Lynelle M. Lewis, Charles C. Hardy, Alicia Vasquez, Steven J. Martin, Debra Skeaton, Daniel Fuller, Aaron Shear, Theresa A. Edwards, William B. Patterson, Abby Figueroa, Andre Adams, Harve Boddie, Vernon May, Lucious Lyons, Laura Baron-Childers, Steven J. Martin, Stan- Mgr. Field Services and ALL former and current employees KPFA Radio: Luis Medina- music director, Sasha Lilley- then interim Program Director, Gabrielle Wilson- host for radio programs Ear Thyme, and Jazz Passages, The Gospel Experience Program, Saturday, September 5, 2009 at 8:30 A.M. on Radio Station KPFA 94.1 FM, Berkeley CA., and ALL former and current employees Beacon Property Management, Stacy Smith- Regional Property Manager,Mani Lehr, and ALL former and current employees Athens Insurance Service Administrators: Andre Adams and ALL former and current employees Wiss, Janney, Elstner Assoc., Inc.: Kent Sasaki and ALL former and current employees Keith Nofield Land Surveying and The Mount Diablo Surveyors Historical Society: Keith Nofield, and ALL former and current employees CENTURY 21 Pinnacle: Michael Warren, and ALL former and current employees Bay Restorators: Everardo Rodriguez Jr., and ALL former and current employees Sewer Connection, Inc.: Dean Brazil, Ryan and ALL former and current employees Green Key Investments: Brent Hanson and Sarah Hanson, and ALL former and current employees Housing Group Fund: Dennis Lanni, the, and ALL former and current employees Trustors Security Deed Service: Deanna Montgomery, Dennis Lanni,, and ALL former and current employees Eurisko Development Solutions L.L.C.: Dennis Lanni, Andre Scott, and, and ALL former and current employees Otolum, Inc., Cdm Holdings, LLC, and Bbskm Family LLC: Dennis Lanni, and Otolum Corporation,, and ALL former and current employees Zachary Young, and Carolyn M. Young Fiduciary Services, and ALL former and current employees Bluewater Services, Chris Kirschenheuter and ALL former and current employees RGA Environmental, Robert Gils, Jeff Kraus, and ALL former and current employees Hobart Associates, Kathy Hobart, Lisa Fong and ALL former and current employees Dr. Michael Lenoir and ALL former and current employees Just Accord, Inc., Attorney David W. Rudy and ALL former and current employees Ron Magin and ALL former and current employees Rescue Rooter: Rick Syrett, Rich Staben, Chris Peterson, John, Earnest, Larry, Lonnie, James Baker and ALL former and current employees California State Automobile Association (CSAA): Douglas Kroll, Randy Rowland, Richard Mackey, Karen McGinnis, Kenneth C. George, Greg Stubblefield, Dennis Spadini, Eller Torres, Lynn M. 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Oakland City Attorney Gives Case File To Defendants Stephan Barber and Law Firm Ropers Majeski, Doesn’t Tell Court or Plaintiffs
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How many insults, excuses and fake apologies are Black Voters supposed to take from Joe Biden as he risks alienating Black voters after race remarks? It’s not about his age. It’s about whether he has offended black voters. At a convention for Black and Hispanic journalists, a Black reporter asked Joe Biden whether he has taken a cognitive test. This was Biden’s response: “No, I haven’t taken a test. Why the hell would I take a test? Come on, man! That’s like saying you, before you got in this program, you’re taking a test whether you’re taking cocaine or not. What do you think, huh? Are you a junkie?” Had that answer come from President Trump it would have been blasted, virtually nonstop, as blatantly racist. But the Biden campaign was basically allowed to brush off the query as “preposterous” rather than address the appropriateness of the words spoken by Trump’s Democratic challenger. Besides the matter of relatively low-key media coverage of Biden’s over-wrought objections to a perfectly valid question posed to a 77-year-old presidential candidate, it raises another serious political issue: How many more insults will Black voters take from Biden in the interest of defeating Trump? And at this point, wouldn’t a failure to select a Black woman as his running mate be the ultimate insult? Biden’s credibility as Barack Obama’s friend and vice president can go only so far. “He’s making us all nervous,” said Joyce Ferriabough Bolling, a media and political strategist, about Biden’s recent gaffes. “I think some of his responses are just plain sloppy.” And Ferriabough Bolling knows sloppy and what it’s like to clean it up. She was Jesse Jackson’s New England press secretary when Jackson was running for president in 1984 and referred to Jews as “Hymies” and New York City as “Hymietown” during a conversation with a Washington Post reporter. Today, she defends Biden the same way she defended Jackson — saying she knows “what’s in his heart,” no matter how awkwardly those feelings may be expressed. In contrast, she said, “Trump doesn’t make gaffes”; in other words, he’s as racist as he sounds. But Ferriabough Bolling has her forgiveness limits, too. Last May, she chided Biden after his “You ain’t Black” quip to Charlamagne tha God, cohost of the radio show “The Breakfast Club.” As she wrote in a Boston Herald column, “You definitely don’t want black folks to feel taken for granted and so disillusioned that they sit out the election.” And she still worries about that, especially with young Black voters. During that convention of Black and Hispanic journalists, Biden also made some waves when, in response to a question about engagement with Cuba, he said, “Unlike the African-American community, with notable exceptions, the Latino community is an incredibly diverse community, with incredibly diverse attitudes about different things.” For that, he’s also forgiven, on the same essential grounds that he’s not Trump. Or as Jeffrey Sanchez, a former state representative and longtime Biden supporter, put it, “He’s not the shell of a human being that’s in the president’s office right now.” Sanchez — now a senior adviser at the public affairs firm Rasky Partners — said he applauds the discussion of diversity in the Black and Latino communities, and that Biden’s record of fighting for health care and economic justice is what matters. An answer Joe Biden gave in the Houston Debate might come back to haunt him. Biden had been performing effectively throughout the first half of the debate, then the subject turned to the matter of race and inequality, and moderator Linsey Davis posed this question to Biden: “In a conversation about how to deal with segregation in schools back in 1975, you told a reporter, “I don’t feel responsible for the sins of my father and grandfather, I feel responsible for what the situation is today, for the sins of my own generation and I”ll be damned if I feel responsible to pay for what happened 300 years ago.” You said that some 40 years ago. But as you stand here tonight, what responsibility do you think that Americans need to take to repair the legacy of slavery in our country?” There was a smile (some called it a “smirk”) on Biden’s face as he listened to the question. And he answered her this way: “Well, they have to deal with the “look”, there’s institutional segregation in this country. From the time I got involved, I started dealing with that. Redlining banks, making sure we are in a position where, look, you talk about education. I propose is we take the very poor schools, triple the amount of money we spend from $15 to $45 billion a year. Give every single teacher a raise to the $60,000 level. Number two, make sure that we bring in to help the teachers deal with the problems that come from home. The problems that come from home, we have one school psychologist for every 1,500 kids in America today. It’s crazy. The teachers are “I’m married to a teacher, my deceased wife is a teacher. They have every problem coming to them. Make sure that every single child does, in fact, have 3-, 4- and 5-year-olds go to school. Not day care, school. Social workers help parents deal with how to raise their children. It’s not like they don’t want to help, they don’t know what to do. Play the radio, make sure the television, excuse me, make sure you have the record player on at night, the make sure that kids hear words, a kid coming from a very poor school, a very poor background will hear 4 million words fewer spoken by the time we get there.” The post-debate commentariat pounced on the “record player” comment, noting that it suggested a lack of familiarity with more modern-day devices, like the eight-track tape or Walkman. It was viewed mostly as a proxy for his age, a self-inflicted wound from a candidate stuck somewhere in the 1970s technologically.But by Friday morning, attention had begun to shift to the broader and far more culturally fraught implications of what Biden was saying: Did he mean that black parents depended on an army of white people with degrees to help them raise their kids? Anand Giridharadas, an author and editor-at-large at TIME magazine, helped trigger a Twitterstorm about the nature of Biden’s comments. “Right now, somewhere, in some newsroom, some brilliant journalist ought to be pitching a big analytical story parsing Joe Biden’s statement and explaining why it was so troubling and ignored by so many people. It is a textbook example of the racism that is still respectable.” There’s some anecdotal evidence that other journalists are already on the case. New York magazine writer Rebecca Traister wrote: “Yes. Syntactically this reminded me of the viral Miss Teen USA answer from years ago. But the substance of what he was trying to say was much worse.” Journalist David Rothkopf wrote: “This is an important and accurate thread. I don’t believe Joe Biden is a bad person. I just think this once again reveals that he is not of this era or suited to lead for nearly the decade ahead.” New York Times columnist Jamelle Bouie joined the thread as well, while also noting the meandering nature of Biden’s words. At the risk of stating the obvious: Biden’s lead in the polling rests in substantial measure on his enormous strength in the African-American community. It is why he is far ahead in South Carolina (where black people cast the majority of Democratic primary votes), while doing much less well in Iowa and New Hampshire. It is why sustaining that strength is crucial to his chances; over the past decades, no Democrat has won the prize without winning the lion’s share of the African-American vote. Eroding that support is crucial to the hope of Trump, which is why Kamala Harris went after him back in June on his self-proclaimed ability to work with Southern segregationists. And it suggests that if the Twitterstorm gains salience over the next several days “if his comments are interpreted as cluelessly condescending at best” it poses a serious danger to his prospects. For those troubled by Biden’s sometimes cringe-worthy statements, Sanchez said, “Look where he puts his heart. I have faith in him. I have faith in what he’s done and what he’s going to do.” To Ferriabough Bolling, “Anything is better than Trump. And Biden is better than most because of his relationship with Obama.” Still, an insurance policy beyond he’s-better-than-Trump would help. “With all the gaffes lending themselves to various interpretations, a woman of color as vice president becomes a necessity, especially in this climate,” said Ferriabough Bolling. Biden wouldn’t be where he is without Black voters. Representative James Clyburn helped set up the South Carolina primary win that resurrected Biden’s candidacy and turned him from loser into nominee. Once he said he would choose a woman as a running mate, several smart, accomplished, and politically savvy Black women made the short list. After much jockeying, the reveal is said to be imminent. If a Black woman isn’t the final choice, Biden will have a lot more explaining to do. And answers like the ones he gave last week won’t be so easy to forgive and forget. Biden has some resources to deploy here. His embrace of Barack Obama, and the former president’s obvious affection for him, may insulate him from the criticism. And he has an army of African-American allies, who see him as a fighter for racial justice going back decades. Whether they jump to his defense, or begin to create distance, will be a sign of whether this is a passing firestorm or something much, much worse. Kamala Harris, also known as “Hillary Clinton in blackface” from the comparison between Harris and Clinton, “#BlackHillary” trended , “light-skinned Hillary”; Black Lives Matter movement and other critics have trolled her on Twitter with the hashtag #Kamalaisacop; advocates for criminal justice reform say her office was part of the problem, not the solution; Harris violated defendants’ constitutional rights by failing to disclose they knew about the tainted drug evidence in her crime lab scandal that resulted in the dismissal of over 1,000 drug cases; laughed when she said she smoked marijuana, yet opposed recreational pot while she convicted over 2000 people for having marijuana; oppossed independent investigations of police shootings; opposed racism in the legal system and the mandatory use of body cameras by police: California reduce its prison population by 33,000 inmates Harris argued in court that releasing them would drastically reduce their prison labor pool (seriously!); there were 600,000 truant students in elementary schools, she passed a law making it a criminal misdemeanor for parents or guardians of truant children that could face a $2000 fine or up to one year in jail; She’s shut down websites of sex workers and prosecuted those involved, then moved to decriminalize sex work in a “massive shift; authored numerous policies that disproportionately harmed Black and Latino defendants; fake feminist! who is Jamaican/Indian who identifies and passed as a black woman. 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The commission found Alameda County Superior Court Judge Frank Roesch’s prior discipline an aggravating factor in deciding to admonish him.
An Alameda County judge was publicly admonished Thursday for becoming embroiled in two cases that were both overturned on appeals.
The Commission on Judicial Performance found Superior Court Judge Frank Roesch “displayed a lack of the dispassionate neutrality and the courtesy to others that is expected of judges” while overseeing both a 2015 jury trial and a 2017 property title matter.
“Although Judge Roesch believed, based on faulty assumptions, that his intervention in each case was justified, it is the misguided manner in which he attempted to address his misassumptions, and the discourteous way he comported himself toward those appearing in court before him, that is the basis for this discipline,” the commission wrote.
Roesch’s attorney, Long & Levit partner David McMonigle, did not immediately return a message seeking comment.
During the 2015 jury trial, Roesch repeatedly quizzed an insurance adjuster testifying in the case and then suggested she had perjured herself, according to a transcript provided by the commission. After the witness retained an attorney and asserted a Fifth Amendment privilege against self-incrimination, Roesch ordered her to announce that in front of the jury. The judge did not allow cross-examination of the adjuster.
Roesch should not have required the witness to assert her Fifth Amendment rights in front of the jury, nor should he have required a “blanket” declaration, the commission wrote. In 2018, the First District Court of Appeal, citing “several errors” by Roesch overturned the jury verdict.
Roesch said he allowed the witness to invoke a blanket privilege because he thought he had “buy-in from counsel in the case,” according to the commission’s report.
“Having attorneys agree to something the law does not permit does not obviate the judge’s duty to respect and comply with the law,” the commission wrote. “The judge’s action in this regard constituted an intentional disregard of the law.”
In 2017, Roesch engaged in an extensive debate with an attorney representing a client seeking a quiet title judgment. After repeatedly questioning whether anyone would pay supplemental taxes on the property, despite assurances from the new owner that he would, Roesch dismissed the case with prejudice. The First District reversed the ruling.
The commission found that Roesch displayed poor demeanor and became embroiled in the matter.
“Judge Roesch argued that he was merely exercising his ‘gatekeeping’ function because he believed there should have been a probate proceeding to transfer the property,” the commission wrote. “Even if the judge had been correct about his concerns, he could have conveyed those concerns to the parties and counsel without resorting to unduly harsh language.”
The commission found Roesch’s prior discipline an aggravating factor in deciding to admonish him. Roesch, appointed by Gov. Gray Davis in 2001, received a private advisory letter in 2011 for making discourteous remarks to a self-represented litigant.
Nine of the 11 commissioners voted to publicly admonish Roesch. One member, Kay Cooperman Jue, would have imposed a private admonishment. Commissioner Sarah Kruer Jager did not participate in the matter.