Tuesday, December 28, 2010

CAUGHT ON VIDEO:Officer's Van Thomas & "Wayne" Cox Civil Rights Violators

CAUGHT ON VIDEO: Police Brutality- Officer Van Thomas & Shannon "Wayne" Cox Violating Homeless Handcuffed  Man  Claude Akins' Rights.

On February 26, 2010, a crooked cop named Police Officer "Wayne" Cox Employee #24505 received a disposition notice on how the Little Rock Police Department decided to handle a case in which this dirty cop simply stood-by and allowed a prisoner, within his legal custody, to be rammed into a jail house window so hard as to actually BREAK the security glass.

He found out that all he was to receive was a simple "slap-on-the-wrist".  This "slap", equated to a violation of  Section 1/4002.00: "Officers shall not engage in any conduct which constitutes conduct unbecoming an officer or neglect of duty.
As well as-  Section 1/8003.00: "Officers shall be truthful at all times, whether under oath or not, when conducting official police business."

He violated  these Rules and Regulations on August 8, 2009 when he was "untruthful" (LIED) in his criminally perjured statements to his supervisor and during his Internal Affairs interview.  They also informed him that he was guilty of failing to assist another officer with escorting a prisoner into Northside Intake facility. Basically FAILURE to stop his partner Van Thomas(30 day suspension), from beating their prisoner's drunk black ass. You know, a violation of his Constitutional Rights?  

He was afforded an administrative hearing regarding his heinous violations of the Reg/Rules & the LAW on December 2, 2009.  

He received a four (4)  10-hour working days without pay suspension.  That's it!  The dirty corrupt bastard should have been fired & everyone knows it.  If he & his partner tried that dirty crap anywhere up north, they would be looking behind their backs for the rest of their life.  BLATANT COVER-UP.  Officer Cox swore that he saw nothing, well the video sure doesn't show that.

That's Jim Crow Justice in Little Rock folks, factually documented for your reading edification.  

The ironic thing is that I strongly suggested to "the city", that they transfer him out of the River Market before he allows someone else to be harmed-too late. 

More to come on this story, check back often.  ALL YOU HAVE TO DO IS REFERENCE THIS REPORT AND INTERNAL AFFAIRS FILE #09-4234. 


OK, in all seriousness, I could care less whether you allow this bigot to keep his job, in fact,I EXPECT IT (bigot keeping his job) down here in the antebellum, you see LRPD, your behavior is my Jim Crow proof of the cover-up! GET IT? ALL of them should have been fired.  Then you could allow them to "fight" for their friggin' jobs.  Novel idea, hungh?

On August 13, 2009, Chief Deputy Michael Lowery, Pulaski County Sheriff's Office Contacted Dustin Robertson regarding a discrepancy in the surveillance video footage and the statements explaining the cause of damage to the door at the Northside facility.  Chief Thomas, Little Rock police Department, was notified.

Later on this date, Little Rock Police Department Chief of Police Stuart Thomas authorized an internal affairs investigation into possible misconduct and the use of excessive force by Officer Shannon Cox, Officer [redacted] and Officer Van Thomas while arresting Claude Akins.

On August 8, 2009, Officer Cox, Thomas and Todd Payne were sitting in the River Market Kiosk when they received a call from Gusano's Pizzeria, of a black male spitting on and cursing patrons.  All three officers responded to the area. Officer Cox was the first person to make contact with the subject, Henry Claude Akins B/M, 10/08/59) and it goes down hill from here...

Sgt. Parks stated he later received a cell phone call from Officer Cox advising that the suspect had broken the door at Northside.  Sgt. Parks responded to Northside and made contact with both Officer Thomas and Officer Cox. 

More to come. Oh, yeah: BLACK-ON-BLACK crime was noted by the viewers.  My cop relatives, my lawyer relative and my judge relatives all say the same thang: A cop is a cop- period. 

E Pluribus Unum

Not a racist, KKK costume a mistake, says former cop who wore blackface

Not a racist, KKK costume a mistake, says former cop who wore blackface 

Campbellford, Ont.— The Canadian Press
Thursday, Nov. 04, 2010 12:26PM EDT


A former police officer who donned blackface for Halloween as was led around on a rope by a friend dressed as a Klansman says it was a stupid mistake.

Terry Nunn says he is in "no way, shape or form” a racist and neither is his friend Blair Crowley.

The two won first prize at the Royal Canadian Legion Halloween party in Campbellford, Ont., Saturday night for their outfits. 

Mr. Nunn tells Toronto radio station AM640 that he doesn't believe in the Ku Klux Klan and he's surprised someone complained to police.
The former Toronto police officer says people from work are asking him what he was thinking.
Nunn says he's embarrassed and may have to move out of the town if the controversy grows.
The incident prompted Royal Canadian Legion officials to close the Campbellford branch indefinitely.

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Hat's off to Max Brantley RE: Memories: The land of cotton

Posted by Max Brantley on Tue, Dec 21, 2010 at 6:34 AM

Max Brantley

The New York Times writes further today about Haley Barbour's fond memories of the White Citizens Council, an organization well-remembered in Arkansas for Jim Johnson's membership and use of the specter of sexual race mixing as a potent political tool.
It interests me because Barbour is three years older than I am. It's true, as he has been quoted, that times weren't "that bad" for me, either. But I was white. Those "reserve the right to refuse service to anyone" signs still hanging in restaurants in my southern hometown then didn't apply to me. The invitation-only high school Christmas dance included my name on the guest list because I was white. None was sent to a black student.
Barbour has been quoted as saying the South was largely integrated by the time his generation came of age. Really?
Maybe Yazoo City in enlightened Mississippi was farther advanced. (Noted: Ole Miss' first black football player arrived in 1972, three years after Barbour would have graduated had he not dropped out; the Rebel flag and "Dixie" would persist for decades.) A handful of brave black kids received high school diplomas with my Louisiana class in 1968, but we were the only high school in the parish so progressive, thanks to a liberal city school superintendent. Lunchroom seating would have been segregated but for the faculty sponsors of the girls marching group — one of them a Junction City native and Henderson grad who taught Latin — who insisted that the leaders of the group sit with the new arrivals and make them feel welcome on their first day at the white school.
We even added a single black teacher — a librarian — though in the racially vague environs of southern Louisiana, you had to know his people to know he was black, so "white" did he appear. The high school would, of course, soon have a rapidly growing black enrollment as white folks moved to private schools and the new high school south of town.
That Haley Barbour sugarcoats those days tells you a little about him and a lot about what he perceives of attitudes in Mississippi and the country. It suggests: "What's all the bitching about? Segregation is over. We're all post-racial now. The 60s? It wasn't all THAT bad. Get over it." The Schwerners, Chaneys, Goodmans, Everses and Kings and many more might have different memories.


It took 150 years and a wholesale change of political parties, but the (old, white, fearful, ignorant, murderous) South is rising again.
Posted by Silverback66 on  Report this comment

Think most of us can agree that Haley Barbour epitomizes the old south ...

An afterthought --- does mush mouth Barbour and Huck the Buck share the same DNA???

Posted by ButWhoCares on  Report this comment

Maybe we could all just make up a story about how it was. The Texas Board of Education has had some success in doing so.
Posted by Sellercreek on  Report this comment

I was in Cleveland MS in the mid-1960 and it wasn't the Yazoo City-atmosphere that Barbour fondly remembers.

I was in the car behind a car on highway 61 that hit a young (6-7 yr?) black youngster running across the highway. He really tried to avoid hitting him but he went off the road in the same direction the child was running because of traffic coming the other way. The state police officier refused to transport him to the hospital in his white police car, they wouldn't let us because they didn't know the extent of the injuries, and the first ambulance that appeared from Cleveland also refused to transport and they had to wait for an ambulance from Mound Boyou ( black community), 40 miles north to come. I went back to my house, called a recruiter in St Louis and told him "to get me the hell out of here". We checked the hospital by phone and they said that he had only minor injuries because the car had slowed so much before contact.

We had friends who lived in Illinois who had 4 kids and vacationed at Bilouxi and because of their license plates, they were trailed from the TN border for over 100 miles until they police were satisfied that they were not intent on stirring up unrest.

One comment that adds some perspective but isn't an excuse. Poor whites in MS had very little going for them also but the one thing they did have was that they weren't black. It is/was a poor state-economically and morally.
Posted by couldn't be better on  Report this comment

Helluva a story cbb!

So glad you mentioned [Justice] Jim Johnson because it brought to mind his shotgun going off, pointed at the center of his heart.
Down deep he's a good man.
Posted by eLwood on  Report this comment

Seldom does yours truly read letters to the editor especially in the D-G but one "Tears unimpressive" caught my attention this morning... good read.
Posted by ButWhoCares on  Report this comment

I attended a short course in the aptly named Starkville. After 3 days of classes, they fed us catfish. We're all sitting around long tables with PHD professors who were casually saying n***** this and n***** that while we were all being served by African American students. I was watching this whole affair with my dropped jaw. The students didn't react at all. I guess they were used to it. This was about 1993! I figure not much has changed since then either.

I know that this type of conversation is common in many parts of Arkansas too, but professors at a public university?!?!?!
Posted by pollen on  Report this comment

Great piece, Max!
Posted by Claude Bahls on  Report this comment

Every time I look at that fat **** Barbour I am reminded of Jubilation T. Cornpone.
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Haley Barbour: Mouth full of shoe leather

Posted by Max Brantley on Mon, Dec 20, 2010 at 1:13 PM

Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour is going to have to remember that every place isn't Mississippi when he runs for president. In a recent profile, he spoke proudly of his hometown, Yazoo City, for not putting up with the KKK. See, the fine fellows of the segregationist Citizens Council and their scrubbed-up bigotry ran things there. A spokesman for Barbour says it is unfair to tar Barbour for his praise of this ignoble band.

Sunday, December 19, 2010

SBA Unveils New Website and Launches SBA Direct

SBA Unveils New Website and Launches SBA Direct - A New Tool Delivering Personalized and Targeted Resources

SBA.gov Demonstrates Agency’s Commitment to Transformation – Giving Small Business Owners Quick and Easy Access to the Resources they need to Succeed and Create Jobs

WASHINGTON – As part of the U.S. Small Business Administration’s mission to ensure that small business owners and entrepreneurs have access to accurate, timely and helpful information, SBA Administrator Karen Mills today unveiled a newly re-designed SBA website. The new site also features the launch of SBA Direct, a dynamic new web tool with a variety of personalization features that will help small businesses start-up, succeed and grow.

“With the launch of the new SBA.gov, we have reached a significant milestone in how the agency has evolved in using interactive web tools, social media and blogs to engage with, and better meet the needs of small business owners,” said SBA Administrator, Karen Mills. “While the SBA website has traditionally been an information-rich site, we wanted to make it easier for small business owners to navigate. With the new improved SBA.gov, business owners can access the answers they need, specific to their business profile, in an instant – it truly presents the face of the future of SBA.”

While the site features a variety of enhancements including a full re-design, new content, and improved navigation, the centerpiece is a dynamic new web tool called SBA Direct.

SBA Direct allows visitors to personalize their browsing experience according to their business type, geography and needs.  SBA Direct then delivers relevant and targeted information on all aspects of running a business such as the steps involved in getting started, business growth strategies, and how to stay compliant with current laws and regulations. SBA Direct also provides information on the available SBA programs that can help businesses succeed, such as financial assistance, exporting and government contracting opportunities, counseling and training.

 “Transforming the SBA into a proactive, responsive and ‘customer-centric’ organization that better serves the needs of the nation’s more than 29 million small businesses is an exciting, yet enormous effort,” said Mills.  “We’ve made significant progress, and the new SBA.gov is just one example among many, including record growth capital financing, expedited loan approvals and the acceleration of disaster assistance resources and funds of how SBA has, and will continue to support the growth of small businesses and job creation.”

Other new features to the web site include:
• SBA’s small business search that improves the accuracy and relevancy of search results —saving time and frustration.
• Improved navigation that gives users one-click access to the information they need. Combined with the personalization features of SBA Direct, users no longer have to mine through pages of information to find answers.
• Integration of Business.gov content including a variety of guides and tools that collate information from across government agencies to help business owners comply with laws and regulations, and take advantage of government programs.
• Interactive location-based maps that allow users to quickly find small business resources in their area, including local SBA offices, and other sources of training and support.
• User-rated content gives visitors to the site direct control in determining the most useful and relevant information to feature by small business topic.

SBA’s commitment to using web services to provide small businesses with greater access to the pool of government resources available began in 2006 with the launch of the award-winning Business.gov website, and later with the Business.gov Community initiative in 2009 (the first government-sponsored online community built specifically for small businesses), and more recently with SBA’s own social media presence on Twitter, Facebook and YouTube.

The new SBA.gov built on these achievements and best practices as a driver for its transformation.  The project is also a flagship for the agency’s Open Government Plan, with the goal of building an online presence for SBA that is transparent, participatory and collaborative.


Keywords: SBA, Small Business Administration, open government, Gov 2.0, Business.gov, social media, Karen Mills, entrepreneurs, lending programs, social networks, government website,  open gov, collaboration, transparency, small business loans, disaster assistance.

Thursday, December 16, 2010

GIZMODO.com: One Hundred Naked Citizens: Leaked TSA Body Scans

One Hundred Naked Citizens: One Hundred Leaked Body Scans

At the heart of the controversy over "body scanners" is a promise: The images of our naked bodies will never be public. U.S. Marshals in a Florida Federal courthouse saved 35,000 images on their scanner. These are those images.
Gizmodo investigation has revealed 100 of the photographs saved by the Gen 2 millimeter wave scanner from Brijot Imaging Systems, Inc., obtained by a FOIA request after it was recently revealed that U.S. Marshals operating the machine in the Orlando, Florida courthouse had improperly-perhaps illegally-saved images of the scans of public servants and private citizens. We understand that it will be controversial to release these photographs. But identifying features have been eliminated. And fortunately for those who walked through the scanner in Florida last year, this mismanaged machine used the less embarrassing imaging technique.
Yet the leaking of these photographs demonstrates the security limitations of not just this particular machine, but millimeter wave and x-ray backscatter body scanners operated by federal employees in our courthouses and by TSA officers in airports across the country. That we can see these images today almost guarantees that others will be seeing similar images in the future. If you're lucky, it might even be a picture of you or your family.
While the fidelity of the scans from this machine are of surprisingly low resolution, especially compared to the higher resolution "naked scanners" using the potentially harmful x-ray backscatter technology, the TSA and other government agencies have repeatedly touted the quality of "Advanced Imaging Technology" while simultaneously assuring customers that operators "cannot store, print, transmit or save the image, and the image." According to the TSA—and of course other agencies—images from the scanners are "automatically deleted from the system after it is cleared by the remotely located security officer." Whatever the stated policy, it's clear that it is trivial for operators to save images and remove them for distribution if they choose not to follow guidelines or that other employees could remove images that are inappropriately if accidentally stored.
To the point, these sample images were removed from the machine in Orlando by the U.S. Marshals for distribution under the FOIA request before the machine was sent back to its manufacturer—images intact.
We look forward to seeing your next vacation photos.

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