Blame for Charlotte Riots Goes to BLM

Third Night of Riots in Charlotte: Two Officers Sprayed With “Chemical Agent”

From The New American by C. Mitchell Shaw, September 23, 2016

In the wake of a police-involved shooting of a black man Tuesday in Charlotte, North Carolina, angry mobs of vandals and looters have taken to the streets under the banner of Black Lives Matter (BLM). More than 20 police officers and many more civilians have been attacked and injured. Vehicles — including police cars, civilian cars, buses, and semi-trucks — have been damaged or destroyed. Stores have been damaged and looted. At least one civilian has been killed. All of this has been done in the name of “protesting” perceived “social injustice.”

As The New American reported previously, “protests” which were marked by looting and violence in Charlotte began within three hours of the police shooting of Keith Lamont Scott. The violence and looting ran into the wee hours of the morning and then — predictably — started back up again the next night, after the criminal element had had a good day’s sleep.

North Carolina Governor Pat McCrory declared a state of emergency and called up both the State Highway Patrol and the National Guard to enforce a curfew and keep the peace. As we reported then:

In the second night of pillaging and marauding, police made 44 arrests, more property was destroyed, nine civilians, five police officers, and at least two journalists were injured, and one young man was shot. Many businesses in uptown Charlotte — where most of the violence has occurred — have told employees to stay home. Before the tumult died down, Governor Pat McCrory declared a state of emergency and called in the State Police and the North Carolina National Guard.

In spite of these efforts to keep the peace, Thursday night saw the third night in a row of what the mainstream media prefers to describe as “unrest.” While those “protests” did not reach the level of destruction and violence seen the two previous nights, it was still reported that two Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department (CMPD) officers were treated for injuries resulting from being sprayed with “a chemical agent” by rioters.

In all so far, more two dozen police officers have been injured, scores of rioters have been arrested (with reports claiming that 70 percent of them are from out of state), scores of residents have been injured — one, who had been shot in the head during the second night of the tumult and had been reported in critical condition, has now died of his injuries — buildings have been damaged and looted, and vehicles, including several city buses, several police cars, and several privately owned vehicles, have been damaged or destroyed.

An increasing number of businesses have told employees not to report to work, but to stay home for their own safety.

All of this violence and destruction has been instigated by the lies and hateful rhetoric of the BLM crowd as a “protest” of what they say is police violence targeted at black residents of the city. Of course, the idea of fighting perceived violence by indiscriminately attacking others (mostly police officers and white people), stealing, and destroying property, is — on its very face — ridiculous. As the National Guard patrols the streets of Charlotte, North Carolina, the violence seems to be diminishing. This provides evidence of a basic principle of liberty: Those who will not govern themselves must — and will — be governed by others. The current state of destruction and heavy police and military presence in Charlotte is laid squarely at the feet of the BLM crowd. Just don’t hold your breath waiting for them to take responsibility or to stop blaming everyone else.

Published in: on September 24, 2016 at 6:00 pm  Leave a Comment  

The War on Cops, How It Makes Everyone Less Safe

From The New American by Bob Adelmann, September 13, 2016

There were so many shootings over the weekend in Chicago that the city’s CBS affiliate didn’t have all the particulars until after 8:00 a.m. on Monday morning. The station then added another shooting to the list just before going online with the depressing news: Eight people were killed and at least 33 others were wounded in Chicago between Friday evening and Monday morning.

The first homicide occurred at about 11:30 p.m. Friday night with the shooting death of 18-year-old Louis Rodriguez; the last shooting occurred at 4:30 a.m. Monday morning when a man standing on a sidewalk in Chicago’s West Side was shot by someone cruising by in a vehicle. At press time the victim was listed in serious condition.

One of the many weekend shootings involved the death of a man attending a vigil for another who was shot the day before. He was killed by two men in a grey minivan who then sped away. The case is under investigation.

Heather Mac Donald, author of The War on Cops: How the New Attack on Law and Order Makes Everyone Less Safe, explained the reason why: the “Ferguson Effect.” First coined by Sam Dotson, chief of the St. Louis Police Department in 2014, the term describes the increasing reluctance of officers on the beat to confront criminals owing to fears that they might be charged themselves with criminal activity. As a result, wrote Dotson, “The criminal element is feeling empowered.”

In an article in the Wall Street Journal in May of 2015, Mac Donald claimed that, thanks to the “Ferguson Effect” — named for the 2014 police shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri — “cops are disengaging from discretionary enforcement activity,” leading inevitably to that criminal “empowerment.”

In the Journal on Sunday, Mac Donald expanded on her theme, claiming that “Chicago officers have cut back drastically on proactive policing under the onslaught of criticism from the Black Lives Matter movement and its political and media enablers.” As a result, she wrote, “criminals are back in control and black lives are being lost at a rate not seen for decades.”

By September 8 nearly 3,000 people had been shot in Chicago since the first of the year — an average of one shooting victim every two hours. A total of 516 people have been murdered while gun homicides and non-fatal shootings jumped by half from the same period a year earlier.

Mac Donald claims that the media blames poverty, racism, and lack of government services as the cause behind the Chicago horror, while Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson blames lenient prison sentences that release violent criminals back on the street. Any attempt by the state’s legislature to impose stricter sentencing is successfully blocked by the legislature’s Black Caucus.

In April Mac Donald spoke at Hillsdale College, blaming the Movement for Black Lives (50 organizations including Black Lives Matter) as the primary driver behind the anti-police movement. The group, according to Mac Donald, promotes the lie that racist police officers represent the greatest threat to young black men today. This has led to riots, murder, and attempted murder of police officers and a campaign to eliminate traditional grand jury proceedings when police use lethal force.

This lie has led to the spreading of the Ferguson Effect, where “police officers are backing off of proactive policing in the face of the relentless venom directed at them on the street and in the media.”

What Mac Donald failed to tell her Hillsdale audience about is far more sinister: the agenda and the forces behind the BLM. Founded by Marxist revolutionaries in 2013, BLM is closely affiliated with a vicious hard-left communist revolutionary outfit called the Freedom Road Socialist Organization (FRSO). This is a Marxist-Leninist organization that calls for the overthrow of capitalism, to be replaced by a communist dictatorship. The BLM is informed by the FRSO’s view of America as an inherently and irredeemably racist nation where “white privilege” is ubiquitous and “national oppression [of blacks] is at the heart of [the nation’s] economic, political and ideological traditions, and the oppression of the African American people in particular have been central to the U.S. class struggle.”

The FRSO calls for “a social system where … wealth is not in the hands of a few billionaires, but is controlled by the people.” Of course, the FRSO intends that, following the destruction of capitalism, it will represent “the people” in setting up the new dictatorship.

To get there, however, local police must be replaced by federal police, and the best way to do that is to create distrust among the citizenry over local police, leaving the way open for a federal “gestapo” in charge of keeping the peace and removing recalcitrants and other anti-communists in the process.

Making the point, Illinois Senator Dick Durbin announced last week that the Chicago Police Department will be receiving more than $2.3 million in taxpayer funds that will, he said, “help equip those officers with the best, most up-to-date tools to do their jobs effectively and keep residents safe.” It will also come with the inevitable strings which, over time, become ropes and then hawsers, turning the CPD into a mere substation of the national police force in the making.

Mac Donald expressed dismay and frustration at the success of the BLM to create the vacuum to be filled by federal intrusions and eventually the takeovers of local police. She closed her speech at Hillsdale with this observation: “I don’t know what will end the current frenzy against the police. What I do know is that we are playing with fire, and if it keeps spreading, it will be hard to put out.”

“We” are not playing with fire, Ms. Mac Donald. “We” are the target of the revolutionaries, as are our local police. “We” will keep our freedoms only to the extent that we truly understand the war against those freedoms, who its enemies are, what their intentions are, and then take action. For 50 years The John Birch Society has been in the forefront of that battle, forming its first “Support Your Local Police” committees in the late 1950s and early 1960s.

Unless and until awareness and understanding is sufficient to expose, neuter, and then eliminate that threat, it will indeed “keep spreading.”

Published in: on September 13, 2016 at 8:43 pm  Leave a Comment  

Local , State, Federal Law Enforcement Agencies Searching for Suspect in Murder of Shelby, NC Police Officer

From The Shelby Star by Joyce Orlando, September 12, 2016

Shelby Police are still searching for 23-year-old Irving Lucien Fenner Jr., who is suspected of fatally shooting Officer Tim Brackeen.

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23-year-old Irving Lucien Fenner Jr

Brackeen, who was shot in the chest while searching for Fenner early Saturday morning, died around 11:40 a.m. Monday.

Police Officer Tim Brackeen | Shelby Police Department, North Carolina

Shelby Police Officer Tim Bracken

Law enforcement from Shelby; the Cleveland County Sheriff’s Office; the State Bureau of Investigation; U.S. Marshals Service; the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms; and multiple other agencies have been chasing leads since Brackeen was shot, Chief Jeff Ledford said.

“We have teams out 24/7, checking on tips,” he said.

Fenner still faced charges of attempted murder related to the shooting as of 4:45 p.m. Monday.

Gov. Pat McCrory spoke with Ledford on Sunday about Brackeen.

“The governor has been extremely supportive and has offered us every state resource that we need,” Ledford said.

At 4:45 p.m. Monday, Ledford addressed the media and said the search for Fenner continues as it had through the weekend.

Brackeen was looking for Fenner at 12:21 a.m. Saturday to serve a warrant on a charge of robbery with a dangerous weapon. He reportedly found Fenner at 212 Gidney St., near Bethel Baptist Church, in Shelby, police said. The two struggled outside the home, and Brackeen was shot in the chest, Ledford said Saturday.

Other officers arriving on the scene heard the sound of gunfire, and when they went to Brackeen’s location, they found him outside the home and injured, Ledford said Saturday. Brackeen was wearing his bulletproof vest at the time of the shooting.

Brackeen and Fenner had met before Saturday night. In June 2012, Brackeen performed a traffic stop and wrote Fenner citations for no operator’s license, and for failing to stop at a sign or red light. Those charges were disposed of by a judge in 2013.

Fenner was also convicted of assault of a Shelby Police Department law enforcement animal in July 2009, which was disposed of in August 2009. He was also awaiting a hearing on two citations issued by the Sheriff’s Office for misdemeanor charges of possession of marijuana up to a half ounce and carrying a concealed gun.

McCrory announced Monday the state is offering a reward of up to $10,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person or people responsible for the shooting of Brackeen.

Cleveland County Crime Stoppers is also offering a continuously increasing reward in the arrest and conviction of the person or people responsible for the shooting. Donations can be made to Crime Stoppers at www.CityOfShelby.com by searching for Crime Stoppers, or through checks mailed to Crime Stoppers, P.O. Box 3262, Shelby, NC 28151.

“We will continue to get the reward money up,” Ledford said.

Call Shelby Police Department at 704-484-6845 with any tips regarding Fenner’s whereabouts.

 

Published in: on September 12, 2016 at 9:57 pm  Leave a Comment  

Body Found in Search for 1 of 3 Missing Charlotte Coworkers

From WBTV.com, August 17, 2016

Police said they found a body while searching a property in northeast Charlotte for a woman who, along with two coworkers, has been at the center of a missing persons case over the past week.

Just before 4 p.m. Wednesday, officials said that a body had been found during a search for 23-year-old Tru Quan “Sandy” Le on the 11800 block of Plaza Road Extension, near I-485.

Sandy Le (Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police)

Police have not released many details about the discovery, or what led them to search the area for Le. They have not said whether the body that was found is believed to be the missing woman.

The investigation began on August 10, when Le was reported missing. The next day, 17-year-old Alexandro Castillo and 19-year-old Ahmia Feaster were reported missing as well. Police immediately called the disappearances “suspicious.”

17-year-old Alexandro Castillo

19-year-old Ahmia Feaster

They all worked at Showmar’s on Little Rock Road.

Police said Castillo was picked up by Feaster on Thursday, August 11. Both were reported missing by their families the next day. Feaster’s Dodge Caliber that was found the next day, Saturday morning.

A private investigator told WBTV Feaster and Castillo called their families Saturday night to tell them they were safe. The families did not know where  were. Police said the next day that Le’s car had been recovered in Phoenix, AZ, and that Castillo and Feaster were believed to be in Mexico.

Police said during a press conference Monday that the case was being investigated as a homicide.

A reward of up to $10,000 is being offered for information in the case.

Published in: on August 17, 2016 at 9:18 pm  Leave a Comment  

CMPD Seeking Public’s Help in Identifying Armed Robbery Suspects

Surveillance Photos Show Child in Store During Armed Robbery

From http://www.wcnc.com, August 12, 2016

Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police are asking for the public’s help in identifying two armed robbery suspects.

Police say that around 10:30 a.m. Friday, August 12, 2016 two suspects entered the Cash America located at 2640 Freedom Drive in west Charlotte. According to police, both suspects pulled guns and demanded money from the clerk and left the scene in a getaway car.

There were no injuries during the incident, but a child is seen on surveillance photos in the store at the time of the robbery.

“There really no words to explain what’s going on in the picture there’s a kid in there man, sad to see that,” said Victor Gomez, a Charlotte resident.

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In one of the photos, a suspect appears to be pointing an automatic weapon at someone with a young child a few feet away.

“Crazy, it’s just getting ridiculous now,” said Tim Williams.

This isn’t the first Cash America Pawn that’s been targeted by criminals. Two months ago these armed-assailants strong-armed the Cash America Pawn off North Tryon Street.

The similarities between the two are startling.

“It’s not safe,” said Maria Garces.  “That is very frightening.”

CMPD says one of the suspects is described as a black male and was last seen wearing a red long sleeve shirt and gray pants. The second suspect is a black male and was last seen wearing a blue long sleeve shirt and gray pants.

Anyone with information about this incident is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 704-334-1600.

 

Published in: on August 13, 2016 at 11:42 am  Leave a Comment  

CMPD Seeking Public’s Help in Locating Missing Individuals in Cases Believed to be Related

From http://www.wcnc.com, August 10, 2016

Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police are currently searching for three missing individuals that they believe to be connected.

On Wednesday, August 10, family members of Tru Quan Le, who goes by “Sandy,” reported her missing from her home in the 9000 block of Seamill Road in southwest Charlotte. Police say she left her home on Tuesday, August 9 at around 9 p.m. and did not return. She was last seen driving a black four-door 2003 Toyota Corolla with NC license plates ZVE-1262.

On Thursday, 17-year-old Alexandro Castillo was reported missing from his home in north Charlotte. Police say family members told them that he was picked up from his home by Ahmia Feaster on Thursday and has not returned since.

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Feaster, 19, was reported missing by family members on Friday morning. She was last seen driving a red, four-door Dodge Caliber with NC license plates DDD-2681. Her last known whereabouts were Castillo’s home.

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CMPD says all three individuals know each other from work and believe their disappearances to be connected.
Anyone with information about these missing persons is asked to call 911 immediately.

Published in: on August 13, 2016 at 11:27 am  Leave a Comment  

Citing Increase in Crime CMPD Chief Requests More Officers, Support Staff

From http://www.wcnc.com by Rad Berky, May 5, 2016

Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Chief Kerr Putney again said he needs more officers on the street following the Thursday release of the crime stats for the first quarter of the year.

Those stats show a continuing trend with violent crimes up again.

Homicides did drop from 17 to 10, down 41% from a year ago.

However, other categories of violent crimes increased, including robberies that were up 21% and aggravated assault, up 17%

During an interview Thursday afternoon with NBC Charlotte’s Rad Berky, Chief Putney said he still wants more officers and support staff on the force.

“Our need is 125 and 80; that has not changed,” said Putney.

But instead of 125 new officers and 80 additional support staff, City Manager Ron Carlee is proposing the city hire less than half of those numbers: 50 new officers and 25 support staff members.

Asked if he could keep the city safe with that kind of reduction in the numbers he was hoping for, Putney said, “I can guarantee you that this is a step in what we need. A first step.”

The Chief put aside any question about his or the department’s relationship with Carlee, who is leaving office later this year.

Putney said they could work well as a team, even though he did not get the number of officers he wants– and he is not giving up.

“Will that help us? Yes. Is it sufficient? No.”

Published in: on May 14, 2016 at 12:14 pm  Leave a Comment  

CMPD Asking For Public’s Help in Finding Attempted Murder Suspect

From http://www.wccbcharlotte.com by Ashley Armstrong, May 12, 2016

Police are searching for a man charged with attempted murder last seen in the Charlotte area.

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27-year-old Matthew Tolson is wanted for Attempted 1st Degree Murder, Assault with a Deadly Weapon with Intent to Kill, Possession of Firearm by a Felon, Interfering with an Electronic Monitor, and Damage to Property.

Tolson was court ordered to wear an electronic monitoring device as a condition of his pre-trial release. On April 20th, Tolson cut off his electronic monitor and was last known to be in the 3200 block of Brixton Court in Charlotte.

Anyone with information on the whereabouts of Tolson should immediately contact the Violent Criminal Apprehension Team at 704-336-VCAT or call 911.

Published in: on May 14, 2016 at 12:03 pm  Leave a Comment  

4 MS-13 Gangmembers Convicted in Charlotte of Federal Racketeering Charges

From the Charlotte Observer by Cleve R. Wootson, Jr, April 12, 2016

Four Charlotte-area members of the El Salvadoran gang MS-13 were convicted on Tuesday, April 12, 2016, of federal racketeering charges.

Gang members leave the Federal courthouse in Charlotte after a major round-up. Federal authorities charged 37 suspected MS-13 gang members Wednesday. May 20, 2015, with racketeering and other charges in connection with a series of murders.

Gang members leave the Federal courthouse in Charlotte after a major round-up. Federal authorities charged 37 suspected MS-13 gang members Wednesday. May 20, 2015, with racketeering and other charges in connection with a series of murders. Davie Hinshaw

Miguel Zelaya, 20; Luis Ordonez-Vega, 36; Jorge Sosa, 24; and William Gavidia, 23, were each convicted of one count of conspiracy to participate in racketeering activity.

Zelaya and Ordonez-Vega were both convicted of murder in aid of racketeering in connection with two separate killings. Sosa was convicted of attempted murder in the aid of racketeering. They also faced state charges in connection with the crimes.

The four men were among 37 members of MS-13 charged with RICO conspiracy following an investigation by the Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force, according to a news release from the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Charlotte. The group of state, federal and local law enforcement agencies seeks to disrupt and dismantle major drug trafficking organizations.

“Today’s guilty verdicts underscore that even though gang membership may in some ways ‘protect’ gangsters from outsiders, it certainly won’t protect them from the vast reach of the US. Attorney’s Office and our law enforcement partners,” said Jill Westmoreland Rose, United States Attorney for the Western District of North Carolina. Thirty of the other gang members who were charged have already pleaded guilty and are awaiting sentencing.

Zelaya, Ordonez-Vega, Gavidia and Sosa will be held in jail while they await sentencing.

From 2009 until about May 2015, the four men were counted among the 6,000 U.S. members of MS-13, according to the release. The gang’s members are mostly immigrants or descendants of immigrants from El Salvador and other Central and Latin American countries. Gang member pay dues that fund criminal activity in the United States and abroad. They’re also expected to protect the name and reputation of the gang.

Zelaya, who also goes by “Most Wanted” and “Ne Ne” is a member of MS-13’s “Coronados Little Cycos Salvatrucha” clique. On Dec. 18, 2013, he shot and killed Jose Orlando Ibarra, an associate of The Latin Kings, a rival gang, the release said.

Ordonez-Vega, also known as “Big Boy,” is a member of the Brentwood Locos Salvatrucha” clique, according to the news release. On June 6, 2013, Ordonez-Vega shot and killed Noel Navarro Hernandez in a strip mall parking lot in Charlotte, believing the victim was a member of a rival gang.

Sosa, who goes by “Koki” and “Loco” is a member of the “Charlotte Locotes Salvatrucha” clique. Prosecutors say he’s been involved in multiple gang-related crimes. In Feb. 2008, he flashed MS-13 gang signs at a rival gang member’s mother and pointed a gun at her while they were stopped in traffic. In June, 2013, he was involved in a gang-related shooting where he and another person followed victims in a neighborhood in Charlotte and opened fire with a high-caliber rifle, the release said.

Gavidia, also know as “Duro” is also a member of the “Coronados Little Cycos Salvatrucha” clique. He had often fought other gang members in clubs and admitted that he taxed drug dealers in MS-13-dominated clubs, authorities said.

Published in: on April 13, 2016 at 10:19 pm  Leave a Comment  

12 People Face Charges in Hidden Valley Roundup

From http://www.wbtv.com, April 13, 2016

Twelve people are facing drug charges in a joint federal and local operation, with emphasis on the Hidden Valley area in Charlotte.

The U.S. Attorney’s office announced 12 people are facing charges related to the possession and distribution of crack cocaine. On March 17, a federal grand jury returned the criminal indictment, which was unsealed Wednesday after eight of the defendants were arrested.

Angelo Brown, James Ratcliff, Derandell Stewart, Larry Reid Jr.,Breon Montrez Massey, Ronald Dean Coleman Jr., Thomas Decarlo Perry, Dale Mathews, Kenneth Reid, Kenneth Gray, Toney Robinson and Darius Robinson were named in the federal indictment.

The Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department and the ATF conducted the joint investigation, which was aimed at reducing drug distribution and drug-related criminal activity. The investigation was meant to increase safety in Mecklenburg County with special emphasis on the Hidden Valley area.

“In this particular indictment we’ve really focused on the Hidden Valley area and again to clean up segments of that community that needed to make it better for the citizens that live there, U.S. Attorney Jill Westmoreland Rose said.

The 12 people are charged with conspiracy to distribute, posses with intent to distribute crack cocaine and other drug-related offenses.

Federal warrants were issued against Ratcliff, Coleman, Mathews and Darius Robinson.

“There is some gang activity that is involved,” Rose said, but says “this isn’t at the level of the gang problems we’ve seen in Hidden valley before.”

The 12 defendants face a maximum of 20 years in prison and a $1,000,000 fine.

“We’ve done beutification projects as well in Hidden Valley, Rose says calling Hidden Valley “a great little neighborhood”

“Yes it does have some crime pockets and yes it has some crime problems but we also know it’s not a bad place to live and we are doing our part to help get that message out,” Rose says.

Published in: on April 13, 2016 at 7:44 pm  Leave a Comment