Saturday, July 31, 2021

These people terrorize their neighborhoods with a police presence.

NYPD cop assigned to combat gun violence shot by gang member, Dermot Shea says

The drama unfolded just before midnight when cops responding to a 911 call near Lyman Place and East 169th Street spotted a man they thought was carrying a weapon, and hopped out to investigate, Shea said during a 4 a.m. news conference.

But the suspect, identified by police as reputed gang member Jerome Roman, 26, took off when he spotted the officers get out of the unmarked police car, prompting a brief chase.

Enlarge ImageNYPD officers at the scene of where an officer was shot in the foot in the Bronx on July 31, 2021.
NYPD officers at the scene of where an officer was shot in the foot in the Bronx on July 31, 2021.Christopher Sadowski

The four officers caught up to Roman after about 50 feet, and during a “violent struggle” which took anywhere from five to eight minutes, Roman allegedly fired off a shot that hit the lieutenant in the ankle, an injury Shea described as a “through and through wound.” The bullet then kept going and struck a nearby parked car, the commissioner added.

Jerome Roman, the alleged gang member who reportedly is the suspect who shot the NYPD officer.
Jerome Roman, the alleged gang member who reportedly shot the NYPD officer.

Luckily, it was the only shot the suspect was able to fire, because the gun jammed, Shea said, when a shell casing got “stovepiped” inside the weapon. Police later found a 9mm Smith & Wesson with 12 live rounds.

“I have to commend the four officers for the incredible restraint shown on video,” said Shea, who said the video would be released in the coming days. 

The NYPD has not publicly identified the suspect, but Shea described him as a “well-known to us gang member” with a lengthy rap sheet. 

Roman, an apparent member of the Lyman Place Bosses, has 25 arrests under his belt, including eight felonies and 17 misdemeanors. He was nabbed in November for criminal possession of a semi-automatic pistol and has another weapons charge from August 2016, along with a sealed, “gang-related” murder arrest from December 2014, law enforcement sources said. His criminal history includes charges for menacing, gang assault, and other offenses. 

Nearly all of Roman’s arrests occurred in the 42nd Precinct, which also contains Claremont, Crotona Park East, and Crotona Park. He was a victim of a shooting in the precinct area in 2018 and an alleged perpetrator of one there in 2014, the police sources said, who added that Roman is on the NYPD’s criminal possession of a weapon recidivist list.

The shot NYPD lieutenant was assigned to combat gun violence in the Bronx.
The shot NYPD lieutenant was assigned to combat gun violence in the Bronx.
Christopher Sadowski
The injured lieutenant is expected to make a fully recovery from his gunshot wound.
The injured lieutenant is expected to make a full recovery from his gunshot wound.
Christopher Sadowski

The suspect was not hurt. The lieutenant was taken to Jacobi Medical Center, where he was treated and released and is expected to make a full recovery, Shea said. The other three cops were treated for “minor, bumps and bruises,” the police commissioner said.

Roman’s arraignment was pending Saturday in Bronx Criminal Court. The NYPD said he’s charged with attempted murder, five counts of assault, three counts of criminal possession of a weapon, two counts of reckless endangerment, criminal possession of a firearm, resisting arrest and obstructing governmental administration.

Another race-hustling grifter living large.

Shaun King has built his image on being a champion of the poor and disenfranchised, but the controversial civil rights activist lives like a one-percenter in a sprawling lakefront home, records show.

King, 41, moved earlier this year from a luxury two-bedroom apartment in downtown Brooklyn, to the five-bedroom, 3,000 square foot North Brunswick, NJ, property, with “a lakefront backyard” and gourmet kitchen, according to public records.

The property, surrounded by lush, tall trees, was purchased by King’s wife, Rai-Tonicia King, a Ph.D. candidate and educator, in November 2020 for $842,000, public records show.

King has been dogged for years by allegations of shady dealings in his charitable efforts in movements he has founded — including a lack of transparency in money he has raised for several criminal justice initiatives he has backed.

Fellow activists and those who worked with him raising cash for everything from Haitian orphans to the families of black men killed by police, have repeatedly raised questions about King’s leadership, and, in some cases, asked where the donations have gone.

Samaria Rice — whose 12-year-old son Tamir was shot dead by cops in Cleveland in November 2014 — blasted King on social media, accusing him of soliciting funds in her dead son’s name without her permission and even about his own identity as black or biracial.

Photo of Shaun King.
Shaun King has built his image on being a champion of the poor and disenfranchised, but he lives like a one-percenter in a sprawling lakefront home.
Chris Tuite/ImageSPACE/Shutterst

“Personally I don’t understand how you sleep at night,” she wrote in an Instagram postaddressed to King last month, after the activist revealed details of a personal conversation he had with Rice. “I never gave you permission to raise nothing.. Along with the united states, you robbed me for the death of my son.”

“You are a selfish self-centered person and God will deal with you…,” continued Rice, who heads up a foundation named for her son.

King co-founded the Real Justice political action committee in 2017 with former Black Lives Matter leader Patrisse Cullors, who resigned from BLM a month after The Post revealed she had spent more than $3 million on real estate in the US.

The federal PAC helps to elect progressive district attorneys across the country to “fight to end structural racism,” according to the group’s website, taking in more than $3.2 million from 2019 to 2020.

Tamir Rice
Tamir Rice was shot dead by cops in Cleveland in November 2014.

Of those funds, Real Justice doled out $460,000 in “consulting” fees to three companies: Social Practice LLC, Bernal Alto LLC and Middle Seat Consulting LLC, which are controlled by some members of the political action committee, including treasurer Rebecca Bond, according to a report.

Other PAC payments included $46,330 to Janaya and Patrisse Consulting, a company run by Cullors and her wife Janaya Khan. Those payments were made between 2017 and 2020, according to the Federal Election Commission.

A former journalist and father of five who worked on Bernie Sanders’ presidential campaign, King began his activist career after the August 2014 shooting of Michael Brown, 18, who was killed by a white police officer in Ferguson, Mo., just a few months before Rice was shot while playing with a toy gun. 

Following the two shootings, King launched the Justice Together coalition to help raise awareness of police brutality and support Black Lives Matter in 2015. 

He quickly abandoned the group, former members said in an open letter published in “Medium,” citing King’s “lack of accountability.”

“He silenced dissent without productive discussion, he removed volunteers for speaking up due to his self-proclaimed paranoia, he repeatedly failed to meet his own timelines for his participation in the work, and he failed to delegate or discuss internally anything of consequence with the organization,” wrote the former members.

Photo of Samaria.
Samaria Rice — whose 12-year-old son Tamir was shot dead by cops in Cleveland in November 2014 — blasted King on social media.

One woman, who had donated $50 a month to another entity King founded, claims his “Justice, That’s All” group continue to charge donors monthly even after it disbanded in the summer of 2015. 

“I just wanted to know how he was using the funds that had been auto donated,” tweeted the donor, Javachik, in 2018. When she asked King directly on Twitter, he blocked her. “And then for the next month, my mentions were filled up with people calling me racist, a b—ch, etc.”

This is how totalitarian regimes keep people in prison indefinitely...the Left is always totalitarian.

‘Unprecedented, Unreasonable, Unconstitutional, and Wrong’

I love how the professional radicals have to make up an African name. Sekile Nzinga used to be Monique Wilson.

State’s new ‘thought leader’ on equity focused on ‘long game:’ Moving Illinois from diversity to equity

Nearly three and a half months after joining Gov. J.B. Pritzker’s administration, Sekile Nzinga will get to put her theory into practice as head of a new office of equity that the governor plans to create Friday through an executive order.

Diversity is not the end point, but the starting line.

That’s what Sekile Nzinga believes.

Nearly three and a half months after joining Gov. J.B. Pritzker’s administration, Nzinga will get to put that theory into practice as head of a new office of equity that the governor plans to create Friday through an executive order.

“I think diversity is our basement, it’s our sub-basement,” Nzinga told the Chicago Sun-Times. “Yes, every place in our world is diverse, and so why wouldn’t our agencies be diverse? So that’s the basement — that’s the minimum standard.”

The finish line is equity.

Named the chief diversity officer in April, Nzinga said she changed her title to chief equity officer because her goal is “to get to equity, to move us off the sub-basement, but recognizing that the sub-basement is where we start.”

Calls for more equity and inclusion intensified after the protests that followed the police killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis last year. 

Nzinga told the Sun-Times that Pritzker’s administration, as well as others around the country, have “really been responsive to the need to elevate equity as a very key and critical part of their commitment.”

“I think the combination of these [issues] has elevated the critical need to have an arm within the governor’s office dedicated to ensuring that the people of Illinois are cared for in an equitable and fair and just way,” Nzinga said, expressing excitement to “be part of developing that office.”

Nzinga’s new office will be tasked with taking the lead on diversity, equity, and inclusion initiatives, legislation and policy, as well as identifying barriers to equity, for the state and coordinating trainings. 

All state employees will be required to participate in annual trainings focused on diversity, equity and inclusion.

Sekile Nzinga, the state’snew chief equity officer, poses at the James R. Thompson Center Thursday afternoon.
Sekile Nzinga, the state’snew chief equity officer, poses at the James R. Thompson Center Thursday afternoon.
 Pat Nabong/Sun-Times

“Diversity” is often defined as referring to all the many ways people differ – including, but not limited to, race, gender, sexual orientation and religion. “Equity” is centered around fairness for all those different groups, whether in access, opportunities, advancement or other areas. “Inclusion” involves the welcoming of those differences.

One expert uses a dance as a metaphor to explain the differences.

“Diversity is where everyone is invited to the party,” according to Robert Sellers, the University of Michigan’s chief diversity officer. “Equity means that everyone gets to contribute to the playlist. Inclusion means that everyone has the opportunity to dance.”

Nzinga’s role, among other things, entails supporting “equity-oriented efforts throughout the State to ensure services and resources are available and accessible to all in Illinois” and creating “a sustainable infrastructure and equity-oriented systems, policies, and procedures that operationalize diversity, equity, inclusion within state agencies,” according to language from the executive order provided to the Sun-Times.

The state’s equity officer has also set some goals for herself and her colleagues, with the chief one being to establish a structure for diversity, equity and inclusion that’s “sustainable and, in many ways, goes beyond me because I’m establishing the office.”

Democrats taking care of their own...incarcerated criminals

Prisoners Got More Than $780 Million Payday Through American Rescue Plan

Washington, DC – Prisoners – including mass killers like the Boston Marathon bomber and the white supremacist who attacked a black Charleston church – got a payday to the tune of $783.5 million in stimulus money from the American Rescue Plan.Conservative group American Crossroads filed a public records request for the information about how much money under had gone to incarcerated individuals under President Biden’s initiative, FOX News reported.

Internal Revenue Service (IRS) records showed that stimulus money was given to 560,000 Americans who were incarcerated for all 12 months of 2020.The records request by American Crossroads also revealed that Larry Nassar, the doctor convicted of abusing members of the U.S. gymnastics team, received a total of $2,000 from two separate stimulus checks, FOX News reported.

The American Rescue Plan that was passed by Congress in March gave $1,400 to individuals who earned less than $75,000 a year.

The $1,400 stimulus checks followed earlier $1,200 and $600 relief checks that were distributed under former President Donald Trump’s administration.

The Trump administration attempted to block payments to people in prison when those first rounds of checks were sent out, but a federal judge stopped the withholding because he said the legislation granting the funds didn’t exclude prisoners, FOX News reported.Before the American Rescue Plan was passed, U.S. Senators Tom Cotton (R-Arkansas) and Bill Cassidy (R-Louisiana) introduced an amendment to the bill that would have excluded prisoners.

Cotton pointed out that murdered like Boston Marathon Bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev and white supremacist Dylan Roof would benefit under the Democrats’ plan, FOX News reported.

U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-Illinois) said the proposal to exclude prisoners would harm minority families, FOX News reported.

“Given the stark racial disparities in our criminal justice system, this would cause the most harm to black and brown families and communities already harmed by mass incarceration,” Durbin told his colleagues in the Senate chamber. “Children should not be forced to go hungry because a parent is incarcerated.”Cotton’s amendment to exclude prisoners from the federal payday failed after a strict party-line vote where every Democrat in the U.S. Senate voted against withholding the funds from incarcerated individuals, FOX News reported.

Thursday, July 29, 2021

See No Evil: NGOs Turn Terrorists into Civilians in 2021 Gaza Conflict

See No Evil: NGOs Turn Terrorists into Civilians in 2021 Gaza Conflict

A major element of NGO propaganda consists of accusing Israel of targeting and killing civilians in Gaza. NGO Monitor has examined the use of this subterfuge during the May 2021 Gaza conflict, as well as in previous confrontations.

One method used by NGOs to inflate civilian casualty numbers, accompanied by allegations of “war crimes,” is to obscure or omit essential details about specific incidents – thereby erasing the role of terrorist groups. NGOs falsely classify Palestinian terrorists as civilians and ignore evidence that implicates terror groups in the deaths of Gazan civilians.

NGO Monitor research has identified 50 incidents in which Hamas and Islamic Jihad operatives killed in Gaza were falsely labeled by NGOs as civilian casualties, or in which civilians killed by Hamas were implicitly attributed to Israel. (Approximately 15 percent of the 4,300 missiles fired towards Israel fell short and impacted in Gaza.)

In failing to report accurately, Palestinian NGOs amplify the demonization strategy, ignore the commission of war crimes by Palestinians, and distort the reality of Israeli efforts to limit civilian casualties during the fighting. These manipulated NGO accounts also serve as the basis of inflammatory media projects, such as the infamous New York Times front page story with pictures of children, and for international “investigations”, such as a forthcoming UN Human Rights Council commission of inquiry.

To choose an incident, click on a circle next to a particular date and time.

Erasure of Terror Links

  1. NGO report: According to the Palestinian Center for Human Rights (PCHR), an Israeli drone strike killed Saber Ibrahim Mahmoud Suliman and his son Mohammed at 18:10 on May 10, 2021, in Jabalia. The NGO reported that the two were killed “as they were in the [agricultural] land.”

Similarly, Al Mezan reported that two “residents of Jabalia” were killed in an Israeli air raid on farmland east of Jabalia. Additionally, Al Haq claims that the two were killed “as they worked their agricultural fields in the Jabal Al-Kashef area, east of Izbt Abd Rabbo.”

Omission of Hamas ties: According to Hamas, Suliman was a field commander in the Izz Ad-Din Al-Qassam Brigades. Photographs have been published of Mohammed (15) dressed in military clothing carrying automatic weapons.  A video of Suliman instructing his son in the use of automatic weapons is revealing, and indicates that the son was a victim of the crime of child recruitment.

Pictured: Muhammed Suliman dressed in military fatigues. Source

Notably, the reported Israeli strike occurred at the very beginning of hostilities, just 10 minutes after Hamas launched a rocket barrage toward Jerusalem. This timing – when Israel was responding narrowly to the initial attack and had yet to widely strike targets throughout Gaza – combined with the location of the incident in an isolated area reflects a precision strike on individuals engaged in military activity.

  1. NGO report: According to Al Mezan, at 6:05 on May 12, 2021, Israeli planes struck Khan Younis, killing Mahmoud Jamil Kallousa (28). Al Mezan refers to Kallousa as “a passerby” who was killed. In its Arabic language report, the NGO labels Kallousa as a civilian.

PCHR reported that the area where Kalloua was killed contained a military site belonging to “Palestinian armed groups,” adjacent to a municipal park.  Its Arabic language report also refers to Kallousa as a civilian.

Omission of Hamas ties: According to Hamas, Kallousa was a combatant in the Izz al-Din Qassam Brigades. Neither NGO explained why a military installation was located next to a municipal park, or why Kallousa, a confirmed Hamas member, happened to be “passing by” at that precise moment.

  1. NGO report: According to Al Haq, at 23:50 on May 14, 2021, near Abdelrazeq Glebo Mosque in Beit Lahia, Israeli missile strikes killed Ahmed Hatem Al-Mansi (34), his brother Yousuf Hatem Al-Mansi, (22), and neighbor Ahmed Mohammed Sabbah (28).

Al Haq reported that the Al-Mansi house was targeted “as residents tried to leave the house.” Al Mezan reported that the three were killed when a missile was “fired at a front yard next to a mosque.” According to PCHR, “3 civilians, including 2 brothers, were killed.” (emphasis added).

Omission of Hamas ties: According to Hamas, Ahmed Mansi and Ahmed Mohammed Sabah were both combatants in the Izz ad-Din al-Qassam Brigades, while the Hamas Ministry of the Interior referred to Yousuf Mansi as a “soldier.”

Notably, Al-Mezan’s claim that munitions were “fired at a front yard next to a mosque,” further suggests that Hamas members were exploiting civilian objects to shield their military activity.

Left: A freeze frame from one of Ahmed al-Mansi’s YouTube videos (Source); Right: Mansi’s official Hamas portrait (Source)

Palestinian Casualties Caused by Palestinian Rockets

In addition, NGO Monitor checked incidents involving Palestinian casualties that were caused by Palestinian rockets. There is no correlation between the incidents listed below and in Table 1 and the ones mentioned above in the database.

  1. NGO report: According to DCI-P, at 18:10 on May 10, 2021, a “blast” killed eight civilians, most of them from the al-Masri family, in the al-Thahrah area, east of Beit Hanoun in the northern Gaza Strip. The organization acknowledged that it had not confirmed the cause of the deaths, referring only to a “blast” that caused the incident.

PCHR and Al Haq both reported that “a missile” killed the civilians, while Al Mezan originally reported that the incident was an airstrike, later revising to say instead that the casualties were the result of a “shell” hitting the house.

Omission of Hamas role: The significant discrepancies in NGO reporting regarding the incident, combined with Al-Mezan’s correction and DCI-P’s cautious language, strongly suggest that these casualties were the result of Palestinian weapons that fell short and landed in Gaza.

In many other reports, these NGOs consistently and regularly attributed attacks to the IDF.  The lack of such attribution in this instance is conspicuous.

  1. NGO report: According to DCI-P, at 21:15 on May 14, 2021, a six year-old girl was killed by shrapnel from a rocket-propelled grenade on Nuzha Street in Jabalia.

PCHR and Al Haq both reported that Buthaina Mahmoud ‘Issa ‘Obaid (6) was killed after being hit with shrapnel in the right side of her head when she was in front of her house. DCI-Packnowledged that it was not yet able to confirm the source of the rocket-propelled grenade.

Omission of Hamas role: None of the NGOs reported the origin of the alleged rocket-propelled grenade. Moreover, RPGs are typically used for low to mid-range targets by infantry, there was no known Israeli ground incursion into Gaza, and these weapons are not a regular part of the IDF arsenal.

These factors suggest that this incident is the result of Palestinian munitions: Either one of the RPGs fired by Palestinians towards Israel misfired, or an Israeli strike on a weapons cache led to secondary explosions.

  1. NGO report: According to Al Mezan, at 16:20 on May 12, 2021, Hammad Ayyad Mansour Al-Dabari (86) was killed by shrapnel from a missile, near Al-Sabreen Mosque, Rafah.  The NGO reported that Al-Dabari was killed by “the shrapnel of a missile that hit his home…”

Al Haq and PCHR both reported that the circumstances of the incident were still under investigation, but “coincided with the firing and interception of homemade Palestinian rockets from the Israeli Iron Dome system, and the firing of Israeli artillery shells.”

Omission of Hamas role: Al-Haq’s and PCHR’s explanations are inconsistent with Iron Dome’s capabilities and deployment in intercepting rockets, which could not conceivably have intercepted a rocket over Rafah.

Furthermore, as noted above, Al-Mezan’s statement demonstrates that while Israeli attacks are clearly labeled as “Israeli” in its reports, the attacker is not mentioned when Palestinian rockets cause fatalities – a recurring theme throughout NGO reporting on the conflict.

Table 1: Palestinian Casualties Likely Caused by Palestinian Weapons