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Monday, December 13, 2010

"Sedation of the Negro" in Little Rock:a witness response to overt racism

Publisher's note:

This blog post was written by one of the victims of officer David Edgmon's racial slur, "JIGABOO". He was fired and then rehired back on to the Little Rock Police Department. Some things never change unless you do something about it. We choose to do something about it.  This article will be the first in a series called, "Sedation of the Negro" in Little Rock.

At the end of this witness response to eugenic Jim Crow racism  in Little Rock, we have included the Democrat "dino" Gazette's article on the subject matter, with all of it's bigot-coddling tear-jerking fluff, especially composed to feel sorry for redneck-ass bigot's from Conway, Arkansas USA.  Remember folks, the world is watching the Great Creole Indian Territory called, State of Arkansas...

This decision just goes to show mindstate of a red state in the Obama era. Open racism is widely accepted in red states since Obama's election. It's even accepted in the Police force. 

When officer Edgmon was fired it was merely for show. He was just let go so the media would publish the story, everyone would feel that justice was served and shut up about the situation. Then once the heat died down they give Edmon the job back and pay him for his time off. 

So basically, Edgmon recieved a paid vacation for harassing citizens and using racial slur while representing the Little Rock Police Department. 

This is the world we live in today. There is a new wave of angry white man syndrome since Obama's win which stretchs from the poorest and most uneducated white man to the richest and most educated white. 

They feel that they are losing their country (which belonged to the native americans and Mexicans first). This [sense] of their country slipping away has prompted many of these angry white men to flex their muscles and [assert] their dominance where they can. Officer Edgmon did so when he harrased us on the street and then called us [JIGABOO'S]. 

The Civil Service Commission did so when they reinstated Edgmon. It's all to show us minorities that the white man is still in control. Edgmon has several family members in law enforcement so it wouldn't be stretch to believe that some strings were pulled to help him get his job back and keep ILL LEGAL PRODUCTIONS' on camera interviews off of the local news. Similar to fire bombings in the 60's, the federal government should intervene where the Local failed to provide justice.

Panel reinstates fired LR officer
Racial slur earns 30-day suspension
By C.S. Murphy


LITTLE ROCK — After an emotional appeal hearing, the Little Rock Civil Service Commission decided by a split vote Thursday to give police officer David Edgmon his job back.

In reversing his dismissal, commissioners handed him a 30-day suspension.

Edgmon, 24, was fired in August for conduct unbecoming an officer, being intoxicated in public and for engaging in activities that “could result in the justified criticism” of the officer and the police department.

Little Rock Police Chief Stuart Thomas launched an internal investigation after Edgmon was caught on amateur video in March using the term “jigaboo” to a group of young black men in the River Market.

“Everyone makes mistakes, and I know I made a big one that night,” Edgmon told the commission. “All I can ask for is forgiveness and for a second chance.”
On Thursday, Thomas called Edgmon’s behavior embarrassing, saying “I don’t know what part of this inci-dent was becoming of an officer.” Edgmon’s behavior and use of a racial slur is “insulting to our department and to the community.”

On the video, recorded by a group called Ill Legal Productions, Edgmon flashes his police badge after one of the men asks to see it. It’s unclear whether Edgmon, who is not in uniform, mentioned beforehand that he was a police officer.

In subsequent comments to the men, Edgmon uses the racial slur once.

At Thursday’s hearing, Edgmon testified that he didn’t know the word “jigaboo” was a racial slur but conceded he knew the term was derogatory.

Overcome with emotion more than once, Edgmon said the incident and his termination prompted him to make changes in his life, spending more time with his family and refraining from drinking to excess.

I'm sure that these racist bastards were drinking "in excess" on THIS night too.
Maybe they need a little race sensitivity training? Yeah, that will help yer' plantation mindset.

“I’ve kind of had an awakening,” he said after he paused to regain his composure. Later, he told the commission that instead of going out drinking with his friends the night the film was made, “I should have been home with my 2-year-old being a dad.”

Edgmon joined the force in January 2009. He was assigned to the downtown patrol unit.

Terry McDaniel, a black fellow officer who was in Edgmon’s rookie class, testified that he never observed Edgmon displaying racial bias and that he had never heard the word “jigaboo” before the incident.

Shelly Edgmon, the officer’s ex-wife, testified that the couple’s divorce had been finalized shortly before the River Market incident and that David Edgmon had been drinking and going out with friends more than usual as he navigated a difficult time.

The couple realized shortly after they split that Shelly Edgmon was pregnant with their second child. The couple already had a 2-year-old. Their second child was born Sept. 16, less than a month after Edgmon was fired.

The commission viewed the 90-second video several times during the hearing. The clip can be found on YouTube.com by searching on the site for “Cop at River Market.”

In the video, Edgmon, dressed in casual attire, asks a group gathered on the sidewalk, “Who’s blowing f****** weed in my face?” referring to marijuana. At one point, Edgmon looks at the camera and waves.

Later in the exchange, Edgmon tells the group with slurred speech to “get that Illegal Productions f****** jigaboo s*** out of my f******face.”

As Edgmon walks away, someone in the crowd can be heard yelling, “That ain’t no way to be a police officer.”

Near the end of the video, voices can be heard discussing whether the word “jigaboo” is racist, and Edgmon can be heard asserting that he’s not racist.

Webster’s Third New International Dictionary defines jigaboo as “negro - often taken to be offensive.” Slang-Dictionary.com defines the term as “a black person. This was originally a racist epithet used by whites since the early years of the 20th century.”

Commission Chairman Jesse Rancifer and commissioner Jeffrey Hildebrand voted against reinstating Edgmon. Commissioners Ronald Routh, Debby Linton and Kay Bartlett voted to have him rejoin the force.

After the hearing, Thomas approached Edgmon, shook his hand and wished him luck.

Edgmon will be paid for the time he was unemployed, minus 30 days for his suspension, and will return to duty immediately, Thomas said. Additional racial-sensitivity training is likely, he said.

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