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FOR INCITING VIOLENCE
by Sharon Rondeau
(May 2, 2015) — On Friday, The Post & Email spoke with Ted Hayes, a Los Angeles civil rights activist who believes that blacks should take responsibility for their own actions rather than provoke police to confrontations and possibly their own deaths.
Hayes has his own Wikipedia page and a long history of advocating for the homeless and for and end to the influx of illegal aliens into the United States. He contends that “black lives matter,” invoking a slogan which emanated from the protests arising from the death of 18-year-old Michael Brown in Ferguson, MO last August, although utilizing it differently.
Since last weekend, the city of Baltimore, MD has been reeling from fires, destruction of private property, looting and general mayhem following the death of a young black man, Freddie Gray, in police custody on April 18. In announcing Gray’s death on and an investigation to be launched on April 18, Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake said that city officials are “committed to transparency” in a video which appears with a whitehouse.gov watermark.
Gray was arrested on April 12 after reportedly running away from police after being sought for possessing what was first termed a switchblade and later a legal knife, according to ABC News. At some point after his arrest, Gray sustained a spinal cord injury, the origin of which has not been determined.
On April 21, The Baltimore Sun reported that “Spinal injuries such as those that led to Freddie Gray‘s death while in police custody require ‘significant force’ akin to the impact from a car accident and can fatally impair the body’s ability to regulate blood flow and breathing, according to medical experts.”
Gray’s funeral was held on Monday amongst growing threats made against police officers. By Wednesday, “at least 20 officers” had been injured from rocks, bottles and fires which were set. The destruction of stores and other property is shown in graphic detail at the UK Daily Mail.
Rawlings-Blake reportedly issued a stand-down order to police to allow “space to those who wished to destroy.” “It’s only property,” she said in response to the destruction of private businesses, police cars, and a new nursing home which was about to open. Various news sources, citing insider reports, have stated Rawlings-Blake issued a “stand-down” order to the Baltimore Police Department as looters, arsonists and rock-throwers continued their destruction of West Baltimore begun last Saturday.
Many businessowners who “lost everything” to the mobs’ destruction are immigrants to the U.S. The Obama regime has established a task force on “welcoming communities” for immigrants and refugees as discussed on three conference calls early this year to which Hayes and colleague Susan Payne listened.
Early on Friday afternoon, Baltimore State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby declared that the investigation into Gray’s death led to the conclusion that it was a homicide. Six police officers have been charged with a variety of violations including assault, manslaughter, “misconduct in office,” and for Gray’s “false imprisonment.”
Mosby, who is also black and whose family has deep roots in law enforcement, decried public servants who “usurp their authority.”
Three of the officers are black, including the one female member of the police force who was charged.
U.S. Rep. Elijah Cummings, whose district includes Baltimore, condemned the violent “criminal” acts committed by protesters, blaming “austerity” for a lack of resources which he indicated might have precluded the “militarized zone” which Baltimore has become.
Rawlings-Blake did not immediately call for National Guard backup, according to Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan, who said he was unable to reach her for “quite some time.”
Hayes termed the behavior of those who wreaked destruction on Baltimore as seeking “a Disneyland opportunity. A lot of young people are able to find outlets; these have not found those kinds of outlets,” he said.
Also what’s interesting is the number of young white people getting involved; they’re outnumbering the blacks, in fact. I look at all of that with a very positive view. It’s tailor-made for what the Lord has granted to me to present to the world. What I have to say could not have been said years ago; it was too far ahead, but now the world is catching up to it. I see an opportunity, because these young people are the Wall Street kids. I was out there watching “Occupy” in Los Angeles. When I spoke, they welcomed me because I was saying things in a way that they had not heard before which gave them hope.
The real tragedy, though, is the leadership: the African-American leadership. That is the real tragedy. The elected officials to the city officials to the police to most, importantly, not the parents – I’ll give the parents a little pass on this one – but most importantly, the clergy. They are the worst. They are worse than the politicians, frankly, because they are the ones who are supposed to understand human nature, being servants of God; they are the ones who should be explaining civility and how to have power to be civil even though you may not have a job; even though there are oppressive police in your face, there is a way to survive.
So you see them out there now calling for calm. “Wait a minute, pastor. You’re the ones who allowed this to happen; now you’re going to go call for calm? It’s as though you incited this.”
I believe that the mayor of Baltimore, Stephanie Rawlings-Blake, needs to be arrested, indicted and prosecuted to the full extent of the law; no mercy. Why do I say that? Because she did something that if I would have done it, if you would have done it, you would go to jail for it.
What is that? She incited a riot. How did she incite a riot? On Saturday, she told those young people and the world, “Some people need to destroy, so we’re going to give them space to destroy.” That was an executive order coming from the mayor’s office saying, “Go out there in the name of the government of the people and tear up the people’s property because you are so upset at a perceived injustice.” And then what happened? They took one day to think about it, and on Monday morning, they burned the CVS down in the name of Freddie Gray. On Monday night, they tore up the town. The mayor must take responsibility for this.
[Editor’s Note: NBC News provides a link to Rawlings-Blake’s Facebook page, where she apparently issued a “clarification” of her remark about providing “space to those who wished to destroy.” No such clarification appears on the City of Baltimore’s website, which includes the announcement that May is “Community Action Month.]
On top of that, maybe they would have done it anyway, but that’s not the point. She showed indiscretion; she showed weakness and indiscipline; she showed fear. One day she says these people are “thugs,” then she backs off of that. Next thing she tells them to go and tear everything up, and then we find out that she told the police to “stand down.” So she needs to be prosecuted.
Therefore, the other powerful black woman in Maryland, the state’s attorney for the city of Baltimore, needs to prosecute. If you’re going to go after six officers for their role, she also needs to go after the mayor for her role.
Thirdly, the other black woman, now the U.S. attorney general (Loretta Lynch): if the Justice Department is going to investigate the Ferguson Police Department and city government, then they need to investigate the city council and the mayor’s office of Baltimore, MD. They also need to examine this the motives of young black people. The issue obviously is really not Freddie; they have totally disrespected Freddie’s parents. Nobody is suffering about Freddie’s death more than his family, and his family asked those young people, “Would you please not do violence? This is disrespectful to Freddie.” What did they do? They behaved like the thugs that they are, the disobedient-to-parents that they are, the very reason why the police have to be in the neighborhood. They disobeyed and tore everything up anyway.
The federal government and police are looking for why so many black people in Baltimore are in the condition they are in and growing worse. What is that? Is it the Republicans? No. Who is it? Democrats. And you know what? Those Democrats who run the city…the mayor is black. Of 15 council members, only four are white, and only three are white men. The police chief is black; 42% of the police department is black. What is going on here, black Baltimore? If black lives matter, why did you wait now to come out and talk about it? If black lives matter, why didn’t you fix this decades ago, Democrats?
I’ve put together a petition with a couple of people down in Phoenix calling for the arrest, indictment and prosecution of the mayor of Baltimore. If we’re going to prosecute the six officers, and rightly so -, prosecute the officers if that’s what you’re going to do – but the mayor has a responsibility as well in all of this. And if they don’t like what happens, then the pastors, the council members, the black people, and this mayor need to have systematic, consistent programs that explain to black lives, “If you don’t want the police doing you harm, don’t do the things that draw their attention. If they ask you to stop, stop. Don’t give them a lot of mouth. Do what they tell you to do, because you could die. The worst that can happen to you if you obey is you go to jail, but you’re not going to be dead; you’re not going to upset your family and the neighborhood and the whole country.” That’s what they should be teaching.
They should also be teaching, “If you don’t like police in the neighborhood, stop destroying black lives in the neighborhood, and the police will not come. It’s on you.” And they say, “We’re upset because we look for the police to defend us and protect us and treat us fair…” Defend you and protect you and treat you fair from whom? Those guys like Freddie Gray, standing around on street corners, hanging out or selling crack, scaring people’s children, being bad examples and influences on other people’s children…These are the guys who break into houses and homes.
There’s another petition we’re going to put out. This one says, “Black Lives Matter: Firehouse Policing.” What it’s saying is that there will be no more police in the neighborhood. All police must leave the community; they do not patrol any more; they operate like fire departments, coming when they’re called. And when they’re called, the dispatcher has to know the skin color, the race of the alleged perpetrator, and they have to also know the shade of the skin color if he’s a black person. Then, only a black police officer can answer the call; no Hispanic, because they’re white; no Caucasians or white people; no Asians, only a black officer. Also, the officer can’t be a light-skinned officer if the assailant is dark-skinned, because there’s a problem between light-skinned and dark-skinned blacks. There’s a problem between us; they don’t like each other. That’s one of the big secrets of the black community that they don’t tell you about. This has been going on since the slave-quarter days.
The Post & Email then commented, “I remember reading about ‘octaroons’ and ‘quadroons’ in Gone With the Wind.”
Yes, ma’am. It’s real. It’s still going on today. This is why black women wear those fake wigs. The point is that if there is no officer who can meet the qualifications to deal with a black assailant at this time, they’re just going to have to wait, because we don’t want to offend you. If there’s something wrong in the neighborhood, you-all get the drug dealers off the sidewalks. You-all catch these guys who break into your homes and steal your property so they can go buy drugs. You-all go take the guns out of the thugs’ hands who shoot little kids by accident because they don’t know how to shoot right. You-all go and deal with these things. You don’t need the police; police are racist. They hate you.
You see, it will take very few people to start a petition across the country, because most black people, including the “thugs” people, need the police, and they know it. The reason they pick off the police is that they are an easy target, but they are taking their frustration out on the wrong people. They need to focus their frustration on the African-American leadership. And that is where I will take this thing if God gives me the platform. That’s what I’ve been thinking about this week.