Saturday, May 17, 2014

Naval Academy Rape Victim Accuser Lorna Ceaser

Lorna Ceaser accused three men Traves Bush, Eric Graham and Joshua Tate of rape at the US Naval Academy. The three men were cleared of all wrong doing although Tate was the only one who faced court martial in which he was eventually acquitted, but the damage has been done. The accused and the the accuser have all had their lives changed forever due to this scandal. Does being cleared of all wrongdoing mean someone is innocent? Does punishing the accuser absolve the accused of guilt? Is the military justice system fair?

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Marshall A. Jones, 360Training, February 6, 2013

Marshall A. Jones of 360Training posted on the Facebook group "Austin Police Accountability Group" the following about Trayvon Martin: "Marshall A. Jones Lots of innocent people suffer from police misconduct, yet you want o honor a thug killed by a man who wasn't even a cop."

Ed Taylor, Hewlett Packard, December 10, 2012

Ed Taylor, Senior Network and Systems Engineer at Hewlett Packard, had the following to say about Nelson Mandela and Barack Obama claiming that they had engaged in tire necklacing of whites. Tire necklacing is a method of killing which involves putting a petrol-filled tyre around a victim's neck and setting it on fire.

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Oscar Grant III, January 1, 2009

On a cold New Year's Day Oscar Grant III (pictured on the left) was fatally shot by BART (Bay Area Rapit Transit) police officer Johannes Mehserle in Oakland, California. Previously, cell-phone video broadcast on local television station KTVU on January 23 showed what appeared to be BART police officer Anthony Pirone (pictured on the right) rushing towards one of the detained men and punching him in the face several times two minutes before the shooting. Additional footage from a cell phone was presented in court showing Pirone standing over the prone Grant before the shooting and yelling: "Bitch-ass nigger, right?". As of May 2013, Pirone was charged with unemployment fraud and is currently in the Army. He was previously in the Marines before his employment as a BART police officer in which he was fired due to his misconduct in the Oscar Grant shooting. Mehserle served was sentenced to two years, minus time served on November 5, 2010. He served his time in the Los Angeles County Jail and was released on June 13, 2011 and is now on parole.

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Edwin Pratt, January 26, 1969

On a cold and snowy day on January 26, 1969, Edwin T. Pratt of the Seattle Urban League was shot and killed at his home on 17916 1st Avenue NE in the Shoreline neighborhood of Seattle, Washington. In less than five years upon being initially hired as a Community Relations Secretary at the Seattle Urban League he had been promoted as the Executive Director and a popular civil rights leader who was not afraid to challenge the status quo. Under his strong leadership and guidance the Seattle Urban League had grown from a small and struggling staff of 5 to that of 25 and many initiatives had taken place such as negotiations for more African-American enrollment at the University of Washington and better programs and services for African-American youth. His murder remains unsolved.

Saturday, December 29, 2012

Timothy Lee, November 2, 1985

A talented art student who had been attending the Art Institute of San Francisco, 23-year-old Timothy Lee was found hanging from a tree near the Concord BART Station in Concord, California. Police ruled it a suicide, and said they found a suicide note, but the family said the mistakes in the handwriting were obvious such as misspelled words, names and most of all Lee's signature. The police said a State Department of Justice analysis concluded it was his, despite no verification of how they came to that conclusion. Was it a brief review? By sight? Expert determination? Neighbors Callison and Hannum heard screams that night. Another handwriting expert, Andrea McNichols of Graphology Consultants International, disputed the findings by the Sacramento based Department of Justice. McNichols even had a possible suspect from her archives. Richard Goodfellow and his former roommate George Harless were possible suspects according to others. Goodfellow was sent to prison for a triple slaying, and Harless had been involved in the assault of African-Americans while dressed as a Klansman.

Thursday, December 27, 2012

Sonny Liston, December 30, 1970

1962 World Heavyweight Champion Sonny Liston had been abused all his life and even in death his passing raises strange questions. Due to having to leave school at an early age because of his classmates' mockery of his illiteracy, he worked the land that his family sharecropped. His father had 25 children and inflicted heavy discipline on Sonny whose back bore scars even as an adult. At the age of 13 Liston left home to strike it out on his own but due to a lack of education and racism most jobs he could find were few and very exploitive. He then engaged in petty crime to make ends meet and when sent to prison learned boxing which he took upon his release. Before he was set to box a Canadian boxer, Sonny Liston was found dead by his wife Geraldine on January 5, 1971. He had been dead for days. Police ruled it a heroin overdose, but the autopsy results were inconclusive and police could not find any drug paraphernalia or needle that he would have used to inject the drug, and he was not a known drug user.