A recent article in Forbes alleges that there is a significant minority demographic missing from census data, which is consequently being used to figure disparity statistics and is also the basis for the Department of Justice’s allegations of racism against the Ferguson Police Department. Despite the fact that disparity is not itself proof of racial bias, it turns out that the figures in question are not even accurate. Continue reading
The following is in reference to the Civil Rights Division of the Department of Justice and their report on the Ferguson Police Department. This should not be confused with the report on Darren Wilson and the Michael Brown shooting, which was apparently conducted primarily by the St. Louis Field Office of the FBI. I discussed that report here:
No policing agency is without fault. To be sure, the law of averages assures that there are bad officers in any department. The removal of those unfit to wear a badge is a noble pursuit of a just society or failing that, an unjust society that aspires to justice. Unfortunately, in a rush to fulfill a preordained narrative about a racist police department, the Department of Justice abdicated its responsibility toward this end in reference to the Ferguson Police Department for the following reasons:
1.) Legitimate cases of abuses were not investigated fully, making prosecution impossible.
2.) The Justice Department routinely cites cases as constitutional violations where none are present.
3.) The Justice Department baselessly criticizes lawful common police practice throughout the entire state as unconstitutional and deceptively attributes these practices exclusively to the Ferguson Police Department
4.) The Justice Department mischaracterizes statistical evidence, in some cases willfully and in others incompetently, without providing necessary components for deeper analysis such as data tables, median figures, or references to specific officers.
5.) The Justice Department demonstrates a clear lack of understanding for criminal Law.
Jeffrey Williams has been arrested by St. Louis County Police in connection with the assassination attempt on officers last Wednesday in front of the Ferguson Police Department. Evidence seems to confirm that he was a regular protester although the Ferguson Twitter Brigade… sort of… disputes that. Blossom Masri made the comment that he barely recognized the individual, which of course raises two questions:
- -How does he recognize him if not from the protests?
- -What amount of involvement qualifies a protester to be an official part of the movement?
Masri now claims that he may recognize Williams from work but refrains from elaborating on that claim. Even more interesting is the fact that Blossom wasn’t present on Wednesday night so that would rule out a chance encounter the night of the shooting.
According to Bob McCulloch’s office, Williams claims that he was robbed by a Ferguson protester, left the area, and returned with a gun only firing it into the air, out of anger. Of course the trajectory of the shots striking one officer in the face and nearly a second, striking him in the upper most part of the torso indicates that theory to be absurd.
There is also much more doubt now on the grassy knoll theory being propagated by the protesters in the aftermath of the shootings. It seems to me that it this story was likely spread as a way of establishing curtilage separating the protesters by the Andy Wurm lot from the shooter. With a handgun, a 125 yard distance for a shot is practically impossible. If Williams was in a vehicle as he alleges (which admitted would be the only truthful thing he seems to have said so far), it would seem that he was likely much much closer when the shots were fired. With all the shots fired from behind Andy Wurm in that general area since August, any shell casings recovered could be depressingly superfluous.
For some reason, St. Louis County allowed a Ferguson Protester related clergy-person to speak with Williams who is now making the media rounds. Of course, this clergyman now claims that Williams was beaten while peacefully surrendering, possibly into confessing. After all of the revelations in the FBI’s investigation into Darren Wilson documenting threats made against individuals who went against the official protester/Canfield narrative and direct attempts at suborning perjury, it’s not clear why this individual was allowed to see Williams so soon after the arrest since it just occurred yesterday. Maybe someone with better knowledge of the County Jail’s visitation procedures can elaborate to that end because it’s outside my knowledge base since the extent of my County Jail experience is dropping people off at intake. The obvious reason for sending a supposed member of the clergy was to take advantage of Clergy-penitent privilege.
DOJ Response remains forthcoming.
I was going to avoid talking about last Wednesday, but after spending a little too much time on Twitter reading the mind numbingly stupid conspiracy theories that have come up in reference to the shootings, I changed my mind. One particularly humorous set of comments below:
Since Wednesday, I have heard theories including but not limited to:
-We shot at ourselves to drum up sympathy.
-The KKK shot the police in order to demonize protesters.
-White supremacists shot at the protesters, missed, and hit the police instead.
-The entire event is a hoax and no one was injured. Pictures of riot helmets with blood on them are doctored images.
Theories aside, here’s what really happened:
I’d like to think that through this blog I’ve been successful in presenting the officer’s side of this entire ordeal in a professional manner rooted in honesty and facts. I can’t say the same for the people I’ve been forced to deal with regularly since August. At the moment, I’m simply too livid to write an accounting of what went on tonight that would maintain the high standards I’ve set for myself. I also don’t wish to endanger the investigation into the coward or cowards responsible for tonight’s events in any way, shape, or form.
Work should continue on my analysis and criticism of the DOJ’s Report on Ferguson since I was already a good deal into writing that entry.
My analysis on the DOJ Report on Ferguson will be completed soon. As things stand, the document has a great deal for me to discuss and I will have to divide it up accordingly. As things stand right now that division will be:
1.) Municipal Courts
-Revenue, Policy, and the reason behind racial disparity
2.) Police Practices
-Out of context court rulings, ignorance of constitutional law, and finding fault with common police procedure and state law in Missouri.
3.) Use of Anecdotes
-Critical thinking, failing to follow up, and failing to prosecute the most egregious stories if true.
I may include more sections, but these categories appear to cover my bases so far. Stand by for further.
To those who have started to read either one of the recently released DOJ Ferguson documents or have seen excerpts posted online, there is a distinct difference in the way the Wilson report is written when compared to the Ferguson PD report. I believe I’ve discovered the reason for the tonal discrepancy. While the DOJ’s name (but no one specifically) is on the Darren Wilson Report, the report itself is largely comprised of witness statement summaries and their credibility as determined by the FBI and Federal Prosecutors who were conducting these interviews. After reading the entire document, it is my opinion that this document was more likely than not, written by the FBI and not the members of the DOJ who wrote the report on the police department. Continue reading
While I intend to review the Justice Department’s report on the Ferguson PD at length, I do want to make a few quick observations about Eric Holder’s speech and a few excerpts from the reports. Link to speech below:
2.) Wellston Shooting
3.) Defensive Tactics
4.) Morale and the Police Hierarchy
5.) Looming DOJ Report
6.) Racial Profiling Statistics Revisited
7.) State of the Novel Continue reading