Saturday, December 20, 2014

Behavioral Analysis: Missing Children

A father went food shopping at Walmart with his  toddler daughter. pushing his shopping cart with one hand, and holding her hand with his other.  Frustrating as it was, he let go of his hand to push the cart, allowing her to walk behind him, rather than ride in the cart.  It was too difficult pushing a shopping cart with just one hand.  He needed both to navigate his grocery cart, which was growing heavier due to some bottles.

She did what toddlers often do, and wandered off.

When he realized she had wandered off, with his shopping cart half full, looking down at it, considering how much else he planned to purchase, he continued to shop, not stopping to look for her.

He did not call her name.

He finished his food shopping, and went to the check out line.

Once there, he loaded his groceries on the conveyer belt and took at his debit card to pay the bill, while workers bagged his groceries.

He then took the groceries in the cart, to the parking lot, opened the trunk of his car, and loaded the car up.

Next, he drove home, unloaded the groceries, and started lunch.

After lunch, he lounged in his living room, watched his favorite television show, took a nap, and woke up in time to make himself dinner.

He then decided that he would need to do something about his missing daughter, so he made a police report.

The police came to his door to ask questions, but he was tired, or so he told them, and answered but a few.

He insisted that someone "kidnapped" his daughter.

The police said that if someone had kidnapped his daughter, it would be to his daughter's benefit that he address the kidnappers through the media, who were now gathering outside his front door, ready to take his message to his beloved daughter's kidnapper and facilitate her return.

He hand wrote a short statement saying, in effect, "not now", as he was not yet ready to talk to the media.  He had another of his favorite television show about to start, and besides, he was tired.

As he put off the media until the next day, questions arose as to why he did not call after her, search for her, or even talk to the kidnapper about ransom demands.  In fact, some began to complain that all he spoke about was his own comfort, never once raising the issue of what his little girl might be experiencing in the hands of a stranger.

This angered him, primarily became he hated being questioned about himself.

Finally, the child's mother could no longer refrain herself and told the media, "her father is not helping!"

He could not bare up under such insult to his character and in defiance, presented himself to the police to take their polygraph.

He would be asked:

Do you know where she is?

Do you know what happened to her?

Did you cause her harm?

Pushed into taking the test, he "smoked" it, and was unafraid to tell the media this very thing.

Meanwhile, the trail of blood, across his shoes, his floor, his closet and his vehicle, told their own story.

As bizarre as the shopping story is, it is behavioral analysis of what it is like when the parent of a missing child acts as if he (or she) does not want the child found.

Whether it is a parent that seems to enjoy the spotlight (Deborah Bradley, Billie Jean Dunn), or one who eschews it (Justin DiPietro, Sergio Celis), it matters not:

The parent does not want the child found, and the lack of cooperation; the lack of searching ("I'm not going to search those ugly fields" Billie Jean Dunn), or the lack of truthfulness in failed polygraphs, even attempting to fool them with drugs), and the overall antagonistic attitude towards police and a public that shows more care for the child then they do themselves, all comes through the speech.

Behavioral analysis and statement analysis often agree, one with the other.

In the interview process with police, just as it is with the media, the guilty parent wishes to limit information at all costs, and hinder the location of the child.

They may blister at the public, and they may berate the police, but they speak not of the child's welfare because they know:  the welfare is not in question, any longer.

Ferguson DA Allows Liars To Testify

"My job is to not get an indictment, my job is to seek the truth and seek justice and do what is right."

There is a strong statement here about motive and justice.

Allowing a Grand Jury to decide for themselves, the DA allowed testimony from those he believed may have been lying, and others that may have been telling the truth; allowing all to testify and the Grand Jury to decide which to believe.

This is a safety technique that keeps opinions of deception from filtering out witnesses.  Although it makes the process lengthy, it allows for the Grand Jury to decide, for themselves, about the truth.

Next note his statement and how this is different from the White House:  his job was not to get an indictment, but to get to the truth.  Rather than allow the rule of law to take its course, the White House will seek federal indictment, instead.

No explanation is given as to why perjury charges are not pursued.  This was puzzling, as well, in the Casey Anthony trial, in which the nation watched Cindy Anthony perjure herself, "so help me God", instead of , "so help me", as her own oath changed while she lied.

From NY Daily News:

Ferguson witnesses ‘clearly' lied to St. Louis grand jury, prosecutor says 

Robert McCulloch, in his first public remarks since announcing there would be no indictment in the shooting death of Michael Brown, says people lied under oath. He won’t pursue perjury charges. 

POOLCRISTINA FLETES-BOUTTE/AFP/GETTY IMAGESSt. Louis County Prosecutor Robert McCulloch is seen here on Nov. 24 announcing a grand jury would not indict Ferguson, Mo., Police Department Officer Darren Wilson.
Some witnesses "clearly " lied to the St. Louis grand jury investigating the police shooting death of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Mo., prosecutor Robert McCulloch said in an interview.
"There were people who came in and yes, absolutely lied under oath. Some lied to the FBI, even though they're not under oath, that's another potential offense, a federal offense," McCulloch said Friday, in a discussion with KTRS radio in St. Louis.
Nonetheless, he said he will not seek perjury charges. "Some were clearly not telling the truth, no question about it," McCulloch said. But he wanted all sides to have their say, he added.
In his first public statements since announcing on Nov. 24 that the white police officer who killed the unarmed African-American teen would not be indicted, McCulloch said he has kept quiet because he didn't want "to fire things up."
Ferguson Police Officer Darren Wilson is seen here after a medical examination following the Aug. 9 shooting death of Michael Brown.  St. Louis County Prosecutor Robert McCulloch said Friday he knew some witnesses lied to grand jurors investigating the incident.
Ferguson Police Officer Darren Wilson is seen here after a medical examination following the Aug. 9 shooting death of Michael Brown. St. Louis County Prosecutor Robert McCulloch said Friday he knew some witnesses lied to grand jurors investigating the incident.
  • Ferguson Police Officer Darren Wilson is seen here after a medical examination following the Aug. 9 shooting death of Michael Brown.  St. Louis County Prosecutor Robert McCulloch said Friday he knew some witnesses lied to grand jurors investigating the incident.
  • St. Louis County Prosecutor Robert McCulloch said he knew some witnesses were ‘absolutely’ lying to grand jurors investigating the shooting death of Michael Brown.
Even though it was apparent that some witnesses were not telling the truth, McCulloch said he allowed them to testify because he wanted jurors to hear all accounts of how Ferguson Police Officer Darren Wilson shot to death 18-year-old Brown.
"I thought it was much more important to present the entire picture and say listen, this is what this witness says he saw, even though there was a building between where the witness says he was and where the events occurred, so they couldn't have seen that," McCulloch told the station.
The credibility of two people who testified, identified only as Witness 40 and Witness 41, has already been questioned after transcripts of their testimonies and other details were released publicly.
NYC PAPERS OUT. Social media use restricted to low res file max 184 x 128 pixels and 72 dpiJAMES KEIVOM/NEW YORK DAILY NEWSProtesters marched to Times Square after St. Louis County Prosecutor Bob McCulloch announced a grand jury would not indict Ferguson, Mo., Officer Darren Wilson in the August shooting death of Michael Brown.
Witness 40 admitted to investigators she was bi-polar and racist and had sought donations for Wilson. She came forward five weeks after the Aug. 9 shooting and claimed she had driven to Ferguson "so I stop calling Blacks N------ and Start calling them People," she wrote in a journal that she showed the grand jury.
Witness 41, it was revealed this week, told prosecutors -- after she testified -- that she had recorded the entire shooting incident on her cell phone. But she had dropped her phone in a toilet, she said, and then threw it away.
"Just like any jury, they can believe all, part or nothing of any witness testimony," McCulloch said.
His handling of the case has been criticized from the beginning. On Thursday, Democratic State Rep. Karla May said McCulloch should be investigated for prosecutorial misconduct.
"My job is to not get an indictment, my job is to seek the truth and seek justice and do what is right," McCulloch said in the interview.

Heather Elvis Update

Horry County police also seized $10,600 in cash and two shotguns from the Moorers’ home at 8786 Highway 814 in February, but police returned the weapons a day later, documents show.
Police took two swabs from a shotgun, but the warrants don’t specify from which shotgun the swab was taken.

As a result of the search warrants, police took Sidney and Tammy Moorer into custody on Feb. 21.
Both have since been charged with murder, kidnapping, obstruction of justice and two counts of indecent exposure. A trial date had not been set as of this posting.

Elvis, 21, who was 20 years old when she disappeared around 3:41 a.m. Dec. 18, 2013, has never been found. A cause of death has never been identified.

Jimmy Richardson, 15th circuit solicitor, couldn’t be reached for comment as of this posting.
Prosecutors and defense attorneys are prohibited from commenting publicly about the Elvis case.
So are police officers investigating the case, employees of the solicitor’s office and Sidney and Tammy Moorer themselves.

Polly Caison, mother of Tammy Moorer, said documents stating that police returned the shotguns serve as further proof her daughter and son-in-law had nothing to do with Elvis’ disappearance.
“We were all together the night she went missing,” Caison said. “They [Sidney and Tammy] had just gotten home around 3 o’clock [a.m.] and they never left the house. We were up that night. We all go to work early in the morning.”

Horry County police executed search warrants at the homes of the Moorers and Caisons on Dec. 23, 2013 and Feb. 21, 2014, records show.

According to an affidavit, police sought and obtained the Dec. 23 warrant to search the Caisons’ home after they noticed a video recording device on their property.

“This video surveillance could be instrumental in finding the whereabouts of the victim,” a Dec. 23 affidavit states.

Nothing, however, was taken from either the Caisons’ or Moorers’ homes as a result of the searches, a search warrant return from Dec. 23 states.

“Nobody in this family has done anything with [Heather Elvis],” Polly Caison said. “They [police] don’t have any evidence those kids have committed murder because they didn’t.”

Police also searched both homes on Feb. 21, seizing a variety of electronic recording devices, financial records, phones and five video game systems, which included two Xbox systems, an Xbox hard drive and two Nintendo Wiis.

Read more about this developing story in the Dec. 25 and Dec. 26 editions of the Carolina Forest Chronicle, Horry Independent and Myrtle Beach Herald newspapers.

Friday, December 19, 2014

5 Year Old Issued Amber Alert: Found Dead

The fake 911 call has not been released yet...should it be released, we will post it with analysis.

A 19-year-old woman is charged with murder in the death of a 5-year-old boy in her care, after she told police he had been abducted by masked men in upstate New York, the Albany County Sheriff said Friday.

An Amber Alert was issued yesterday for Kenneth White after a 19-year-old caretaker reported he was kidnapped from an Albany-area home. Hours later, White's body was found "intentionally covered with snow" near the home where he lived with his legal guardians, according to Albany County Sheriff Craig Apple.

Tiffany VanAlstyne was charged with second degree murder in the boy's death after her story "started to not add up," Apple said. VanAlstyne, who is in police custody, is the teenage daughter of Kenneth's legal guardian.  

Apple said the boy was strangled in what he called a "senseless death." He said the child was "thrown away like a piece of trash."

"It’s simple and it's sad," he told reporters during a press conference Friday afternoon. 

"This was not an abduction," Apple said, noting that a motive has not yet been determined. 
"The investigation is not over yet. We still have some leads to follow up on."
The child's body was found early Friday by a sheriff's K-9 unit conducting a search in the rural hamlet of Clarksville, 10 miles southwest of Albany. His remains were discovered in a culvert across the street from the trailer where he lived.
VanAlstyne allegedly told police that two men wearing black ski masks entered her house in the neighboring town of Berne, pinned the woman to the floor and took the child at about 1:30 p.m. Thursday. She told police the men drove off in a pickup truck.
Kenneth's mother lives elsewhere in New York and his father lives in Massachusetts, Apple said.
Apple said the boy has a twin sister and another sister.
News of the boy's death shocked residents in the rural hill towns west of Albany, described by Apple as a close-knit area where everyone knows everyone.
Kenneth lived in a red-and-white striped mobile home on a rural road in Berne. Police vehicles were parked outside the home Friday morning, blocking access to the road.

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Statement Analysis: Practice, Practice, and More Practice

In training seminars, I often implore attendees to "practice, practice, and practice some more" so that they will find, in approximately two years, that they are "good" at analysis.

Having said this, I have often found that in the days or weeks after training, an investigator will analyze a statement, have the analysis checked (with additions) and solve a case perfectly through the analysis.

They will value the instruction and will be inspired to practice.

Our principle of revisiting statements, when the emotions have cooled (and we have "moved on", that is, processed the information), that when we return to the same statement, the yield is specifically increased as more information comes into focus.

This is natural.

The brain, while processing the information, will develop an opinion and with enough sensitivity indicators, for example, the analyst may conclude, "this guy is lying!" which will become settled into the brain, and there is a certain, "I'm done, let me move on!"

This is the fourth year that I have been teaching Statement Analysis which means, for some statements, it is the fourth year that they have been presented to well educated (and in some cases, already trained in Statement Analysis!) professionals.  Some law enforcement, some human resources, but also attorneys, business professionals, therapists, social workers, insurance or civil investigators, and others, well invested in learning the truth.

In this presentation, new information has come forward, as recently as this past Tuesday, on statements that I have not only successfully covered in investigations (to completion) but have been, or so I thought, exhaustively analyzed!

It is amazing.

This past week, one statement, in particular, was used as it has been in classes for 4 years, yet an attendee focused in on a single word that has not been covered by anyone, myself included, and it was analyzed by an attendee with a law degree who saw in it what has not been seen by me, other analysts, and a great deal of professionals.

Because this statement was one of "my own", that is, one that I not only investigated, and received a confession, but it was one in which I asked the subject, after the confession, to go through the statement with me, allowing me to confirm accuracy or correct deficiency.

I know a lot about the case, but in particular, I know a great deal about her thinking when she stole from her employee, including information about her history, personal life, and even what happened to her after the confession and adjudication of her legal case.

Therefore, I was able to confirm some seemingly minor point as fitting perfectly.

The same statement I use in all trainings, for the past 4 years, still yielded "new" information as someone with just a few hours of training in principle, highlighted.

Statement Analysis, even after all these years, still amazes me.

Since it is that we have to learn to "listen" in a new way, for the first time in our lives, it is also true that if attendees do not practice and continue Statement Analysis training, the brain will naturally revert back to the 'dulled listening' that it has always done.

This is as solid a principle, as any principle found within the learning:

Statement Analysis must have continued application and continued learning in order to become part of the personality of the analyst.

Father Pleaded for Help Finding Daughter Charged With Murder

Few statements here, but note the concern for himself, rather than what his "missing" child was going through. 

Compare this to Justin DiPietro, the father of "missing" Baby Ayla who said the same thing: "I'm not emotionally capable..." focusing on his own comfort rather than assist "finding" his daughter.  

When child is missing and parent shows more concern for self and not child, the pronouns will show this:

Baby Ayla
Baby Lisa case where Deborah Bradley barely could use Lisa's name, instead focusing upon her self.
How often did Billie Jean Dunn put the focus upon herself, and her trials and tribulations, rather than Hailey, 13, who was murdered?

This is a consistent theme in missing children cases where the parents show guilty knowledge:  their suffering rather than concern for the child.  

Search this blog on the above cases (and others) for specific examples.  Here, we have a father now charged and we look back, in hindsight, at his statements.  From the Daily

Father, 38, is arrested for 'killing daughter, eight, who died as he sexually abused her' - three months after he appealed with the public for help when she disappeared

  • Hiawatha Robinson was arrested on Tuesday on charges of first-degree sodomy and murder for the death of his daughter, Hiawayi
  • She vanished in September and her body was found behind an abandoned building in Prichard, Alabama two days later
  • But before she was found, her father spoke on TV to appeal for the public's help in finding her, saying: 'I'm in pain'
A father who pleaded with the public for help finding his eight-year-old daughter after she went missing in September has been arrested for killing her.
Hiawayi Robinson, who was found dead behind an abandoned building in Prichard, Alabama two days after she went missing, died as she was being sexually abused by her father, authorities said.
Hiawatha Robinson, 38, was arrested on charges of first-degree sodomy and murder on Tuesday afternoon, and if convicted, he faces up to life in prison for each charge.
'The facts will show that while engaging in sodomy in the first degree, Hiawatha Robinson Jr. caused the death of Hiawayi Robinson,' Mobile County District Attorney Ashley Rich said while announcing the charges at a press conference on Tuesday afternoon.
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Arrest: Hiawatha Robinson, left, has been arrested on murder and sodomy charges in the death of his eight-year-old daughter Hiawayi, right, who was found killed in Prichard, Alabama in September
In Alabama, the charge means someone is accused of engaging in 'deviant sexual intercourse' with someone under the age of 12, reported.
'Deviant sexual intercourse is defined in the law of the state of Alabama as sexual gratification involving the sexual organs of one person and the mouth or the anus of another person,' Rich said.
Rich would not say whether the alleged abuse by the father had been ongoing, reported.
He was booked into the Mobile County Metro Jail around 12.50 p.m. on Tuesday.
Authorities had searched his home in October and then his girlfriend's home, although they would not elaborate on what they found. Rich said she did not expect any additional arrests in the case.
It comes exactly three months after Hiawayi was reported missing on September 16.
Her father had claimed she had returned to his home after school to change before heading out to her aunt's house - but she never arrived.
Plea: Robinson appeared on local news reports pleading for help finding his daughter in September
Plea: Robinson appeared on local news reports pleading for help finding his daughter in September
Desperate: The girl's mother, Yosha Populus, also pleaded for the girl's return while Robinson stayed largely quiet. When asked what he thought had happened to her, he said: 'Nothing'
Desperate: The girl's mother, Yosha Populus, also pleaded for the girl's return while Robinson stayed largely quiet. When asked what he thought had happened to her, he said: 'Nothing'
After she was reported missing, the authorities and the community searched for her, and her parents, who are separated, appeared on television to appeal for information. 

Here is the statement.  She is missing but note the use of the pronoun "I" in his statement:  

'I'm going through pain,' .
 She's out there. Her daddy gonna find out what going on
Hiawatha Robinson during interview before Hiawayi's body was found
'I've been up for the last 24 hours, I've been up all night searching for her - ain't had anything to eat, anything to drink, I ain't going to stop until it's over with - until she's in her home. That's all I want, that's all I ask for.'

"The brain knows what it knows" (Kaaryn Gough) and his concern is for himself, not of his child.  

When asked what he thought might have happened to her, he said: 'Nothing.'
'I don't believe nothing happened to her,' he said. 'I believe she's out there. She's out there. They just need to let her come home. Her daddy gonna find out what the f*** going on.'

His mind is thinking about police and being caught (hindsight), therefore, perhaps "they", who are able to "let her" come home, are the police. 

Her mother also pleaded for information as she stood beside the girl's father.

Victim: The little girl's father had claimed that she was heading to her aunt's house but failed to arrive
Heartbreaking: Her body was found behind a building on this lane two days after she was reported missing
Heartbreaking: Her body was found behind a building on this lane two days after she was reported missing
After the arrest was announced, Populus's godfather, Kourney Adams, told 'She's been praying it wouldn't be him.'
But he added that they were thankful that finally someone has been arrested.
'We thought they had given up,' he said. 'Thank you to the FBI and the Mobile and the city of Prichard for doing their job.'
State Representative Napoleon Bracy, who helped search for Hiawayi, expressed his shock.
'He came out there saying he wanted to volunteer to help look for her,' he said. 'He came out there and acted like he was trying to help us search for her, and he knew the community was hurting.'

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

The Ferguson Case and Eric Garner

Statement Analysis gets to the truth.  It cares not for how light, or how dark, a pigment of the subject may be, as the "subject is dead; the statement is alive" to us.

We judge words, not voice inflection, smirks upon a face, nor color of skin.  To the many who thanked me for the analysis...I hope I was thanked for the labor, not the result.  For analysis does not have "a dog in the fight", that is, an agenda.

The truth is the truth.

In the span of 30 days, we saw:

  An accuser of Bill Cosby was truthful in her account of being drugged and raped, while an accuser of a college football player was lying.

Both cases could have blown up with cries of racism.

Racism was not a part of the analysis; only the application of proven principle in an even-handed manner.

The results are what they are.  Statement Analysis doesn't artificially "score" upwards, nor downwards, based upon rape, even though police exams might...

and have.

We recognize that words, having been used millions of times by the subject, will guide us to the truth, and separate it from deception.

Having watched the nation react to Ferguson, I was slow to analyze, knowing that the results would likely not change any racist mind.  Yet, there was also the case of Eric Garner, which bothered me much more than Ferguson, that coincided with Ferguson, yet did not draw the same emotional reactions from our nation's leaders as did the Ferguson case.

Why was that?

Why did the President of the United States react mutely to the death of Eric Garner, while taking dramatic steps in the Ferguson case?

Having analyzed the interview of the Ferguson shooting, veracity and reliability within the language show that Darren Wilson was truthful in his account of the shooting.  He responded to a robbery and found a beligerent who attacked him, causing the officer to respond with lethal force.  At the time of the interview, the fabrication of "hands up" was not yet propagated in media.

The Eric Garner case has not had a full interview or analysis, therefore, few statements have been available for analysis.

Eric Garner had a lengthy history of arrests and was an avoidable death, with critical mistakes made all around.

1.  Eric Garner made the decision to resist arrest.  This is something that places responsibility with him.

2. The officer used a choke hold, which is not allowed by NYPD.  This places responsibility with the officer.

Yet, what was the police responding to?

In the Ferguson case, the responding officer was sworn to protect life and property, and both were in danger as he arrived on the scene.  A chronic law breaker who had just committed a robbery, the shooting victim boldly walked in the middle of the street, in defiance of laws he would not submit to. He had been raised in lawlessness, and died as a result of it. His mother and step father reacting with staged shock at the Grand Jury's lawful finding, and called for violence, looting and destruction in their own neighborhood.

But in New York, someone, somewhere, made the decision to send police to respond, not to a dangerous situation, but to one selling untaxed cigarettes.


Or, that is, lost revenue.

Garner was a giant of a man, which would, automatically, put his breathing in question.

His widow stated that his death was not a case of race, much to the disappointment of Al Sharpton, who has made a handsome living manipulating and race baiting.  He has produced nothing, but has lived off the pain and fear of others in life.  His language reveals a racist and an opportunist, yet he was embraced by the President of these United States.

Garner knew what police were there for and he resisted, using his massive girth to force them to become physical.  Going outside the boundary of their own rules was wrong, just as resisting arrest was wrong.

Yet, someone in authority, somewhere, made the decision to send armed officers to a locale where no violence had taken place, and no danger to life or property existed; only lost revenue.

We have yet to hear the name of the authority who made that fateful decision.

Had a summons been mailed, the cops who responded to Garner would not have been put in the place of "tax collectors by force", and could have let the court system take its course.  I recognize that had Garner failed to respond, eventually would have elicited a warrant for his arrest and then...

perhaps someone of skill could be called in to arrest him without incident, relying upon verbal skills; something noticably absent from the video.

I recently asked some officers about the cry, "I can't breathe!  I can't breathe!" of which the answers were singular:  it is something they hear regularly, and it could be that since "most everyone claims it", the responding officers did not take it seriously.  Garner's size, alone, should have suggested otherwise.

Garner's widow said he was a "lazy man" and she felt that the local officers did not like Garner, and claimed that they often taunted him, making it personal. With this, she said, it was still not racist.

In Ferguson, a Grand Jury got to the truth, of which Statement Analysis agrees.  The White House responded to the rule of law as has become a norm:

they simply disregarded it with Holder going now after a federal indictment.  In other words, this administration is going to punish an officer for not being the same skin color as the criminal to satisfy their own racism and political agenda.

They are racists decrying racism.

Eric Garner did not deserve to die.  His widow's frustration goes deeper than this. She said he was a "lazy man" who hated to work and did not wish to follow rules in life, but made his own.

He lived life by this philosophy and because of it, he died.

In Ferguson, the young man was raised in lawlessness and violence, and it was in bold defiance of the rule of law, he died, a justifiable death.

Now, the racism of our President will seek to punish the police officer.

This sends a signal to police officers everywhere about their work, the risks they take in responding to calls where suspects have different skin pigment than their own.

We learned that several grand jurors asked Darren Wilson, "Why didn't you run away?"

This shows the inability to think critically, if not "think" at all.

What message has been sent to law enforcement?

If you are a white police officer and the belligerent suspect is not white, perhaps you should walk away, and pretend to not see him, or seek to get back up that is of the same skin color.  If you are a white officer and your partner is black do you betray him??  This is insane.
Poor test scores do not translate into strong critical thinking and if there is one attribute that is so very necessary to one who is carrying lethal force it is critical thinking.

The danger to the community is immeasurable.

We now have policing by pigment tone, with safety judged by color.  This is illogical.

You don't think that black police officers will stop and wonder if they need to pull their gun on a white suspect, going forward?  Pendulums swing both ways. They know that where there is outrage, there is backlash, and must also consider the consequences.

Racism is stupid.

Yes, it is stupid.  To not hire the "Best and Brightest" is to not hire that which is best for the department, or the company.  In an attempt to stamp out racism, racism is used but called "hiring quotas", which eventually led to discrimination against some United States citizens.

Where one applicant scored an 85% on his police exam, it was "adjusted" down to a 73%, due to "racial sensitivities" allowing for someone who scored lower, to be hired instead.  The one who studied long and hard to score well found a career somewhere else other than law enforcement, though it was his dream.  A lesser qualified officer was hired, in his place.

This helps no one, but hurts everyone.  It is, in my religious faith, the sin of "respecter of faces"; something not only forbidden, but it is stupid.

If I own my own business and person A can produce 12 widgets per hour, and person B is willing to only produce 8 widgets per hour, which one will I hire?

If the business next door to me will hire Person B due to skin color preference, do so, which will only allow me to better compete as I hire the best for the job.

Jackie Robinson's numbers justified Branch Rickey's contract.  That there was a Negro League was the choice, and I don't know if Hispanics, for instance, were not allowed to play in the Negro League, but eventually, as is the case, drive for excellence won the day.  People rather see excellence more than matching skin color.  There are no "affirmative action law suits" filed against the NBA for not hiring enough players with lighter skin that I am aware of, yet ticket holders sure seem to love the game and spend a lot of money.

What would happen to a NBA team that decided to only hire players by race; specifically matching the race of the majority of people in their neighborhood?

By this criteria, my guess is that initially, a lot of tickets would be sold, and a lot of rallying cries would be heard.

By the second season, the horrific losing team, yet all the same color faces as the neighborhood, would be playing to an empty auditorium.

Said auditorium, replete with crickets in the background, would be shut down and out of business.

In 1972, as a young boy, I was thrilled, taking cues from my father, when the NY Mets received Willie Mays, in time for Mother's Day game, in which the great Mays homered, and made a spectacular play leaping into the air, coming down to tag out a runner.  My father was peculiar in whom he allowed his sons to look up to, not wanting us to emulate 'bad guys' in baseball.  Mays' race wasn't discussed, but his fielding, hitting, running and how his hat flew off his face, was.

A few years later, we met "Dr. J", Julius Irving, who was a polite gentleman towards us, much as Joe Namath had been when we met him.  Neither man's race was discussed, though my father stayed off the topic of Namath's "girlfriends", not wanting us to learn improper lessons from "Broadway Joe."

We cheered home runs and boo'd strike outs.

When Hank Aaron broke The Babe's record, we listened as my father decried the threats Aaron had been under, as ignorant.

Lessons well received.

England freed their slaves without a single shot being fired.

Economics have a way of working things out.

Many of us had thought, before Barak Obama took office, that the nation had made strides against the folly of racism.  Many people thought Obama was the "change" they so wanted.  He even was given a  Nobel Peace Prize for...well, for just having dark skin.  He hadn't accomplished anything...yet.

Had he manned up, he would have refused the award and politely told the committee, "wait until I accomplish something, first."

I believe many Americans voted for him, sans resume, simply to show the world that they were not racist, even as they made a conscious decision to vote racist, rather than by resume.  (There was nothing in Obama's resume to indicate qualification for office other than getting a few street sign names changed.).

What will he be remembered for?

Pollsters tell us that a major drop in support for him has been among black voters.

For me, he will be remembered for the famous "you didn't build that" speech, insulting the Protestant work ethic that made America great.

For others, it will be the "Great Divider in Chief" who used the most powerful organization in the world, the IRS, to silence his enemies, while ignoring the plight of inner city blacks by his lawless actions and threats, including the tearing down of the border of security for the people.

Ferguson was just another opportunity for the opportunists which includes Al Sharpton, President Barak Obama, and Eric Holder.

It is a strange twist of fate that these men, so intent on proving the messianic nature of government as the all provider of mankind, sent out, through its endless bureaucratic tentacles, armed men to take down Eric Garner for...

selling untaxed cigarettes.

It is greed of which all evil blossoms.  Nothing in our world exhibits greed more than government, which is an insatiable drain upon our wealth, lining the pockets of its own, more than anyone else.

Ever see a welfare recipient get wealthy?

Me, neither.

It was the tariff that 600,000 plus Americans died for, in a divided country.

It is "jobs" according to the President, that has caused him to threaten, bully, and intimidate border states, should they seek to enforce immigration laws, even while blacks protested saying that this would hurt their own struggle for the American dream.

Lawlessness caused the death in Ferguson.  Our President's disdain of the rule of law mimics that of the step father who cried out to an angry mob,

"Burn the bitch down!"


Was it righteous indignation that caused looters to stroll through Walmart with shopping carts full of...


That'll learn 'em.

Who owned the businesses that were burned down?

For my personal  religious belief, racism is a sin, but it is a stupid sin, that yields nothing but trouble; and trouble it has brought, and trouble it will always bring, because it is illogical.

It is our own leadership that is not simply fanning the flames, but much more so as adding gasoline to that which should have been extinguished long ago by now.

They have a reason, a very selfish reason, for keeping the fire going.

It's the genesis of sin, and the very reason wars are fought, no matter what the victors later write.

 Fame is but an instrument for which greed is satiated, though never able to be.

There will be more, and as long as a public is willing to believe an excitable lie rather than boring fact, there will always be a platform for the opportunists to go front and center on us, and line their own pockets on the tears of the broken hearted.