Thursday, April 30, 2015

Statement Analysis: Sheriff: We Were Told to Stand Down

I posted that riots are attended with deception; that is, they can be fueled by deception (recall, "Hands Up" is based upon a fabrication of reality), and that even "professional protestors" can profit from the media coverage that violence brings.

Politicians practice deception for appearance sake, in short term gain, and provide us with lots of examples of which Statement Analysis can discern truth from deception.

The mayor of Baltimore stated that she ordered police to give space to those intent on destruction.  When criticism hit, she claimed that she did not give such an order, and that her words were "taken out of context", first, and then, secondly, "misconstrued."

The local politicians responded to the "give space for those who wish to destroy" with a singular term:


The next day, the Baltimore politicians went back on television and apologized for using the term "thugs" to classify those who looted, burned and destroyed with violence a neighborhood in Baltimore, and reclassified them as "misguided young men."  What caused this change? Were these local politicians "spoken to" about their words?  With the massive rock throwing at police on video, were these just "misguided youth"?

Almost 100 law enforcement officers injured.

Statement Analysis was done on the mayor's statement in its entirety and it showed a specific order to give space for those who wished destruction.  Analysis of her denial was also done.  Stephanie Rawlings Blake had lied.  Then, she and the Governor went at each other as the Governor got wind that she had possibly delayed police deployment to protect the city

Deception after deception.

What's next, ordering "stand down" so police can be blamed for failing to keep the neighborhood from burning?  One officer said that as he stood outside a church, those inside "gave me the finger."


Did the "stand down" order so fill police with rage that the inevitable backlash began with some police finally throwing rocks back?

The politicians kept at it. They were not satisfied with their deceptive responses.

President Obama, in context of the Baltimore riots, said "Republicans" had "blocked" investments, which now blamed, not the "thugs", but Republicans, for the riot.  He has portrayed police in negative light for years.  It was, however,  likely less inflammatory for him to blame politicians instead of police.

Media responded by reporting that for more than 50 years, Democrats had been controlling Baltimore.  On to another blaming attempt.

Next, politicians stated that the riots were because not enough money was spent to educate the children of Baltimore.

This was met with statistics on money spent, per child, in Baltimore, where, the statistics reported, only 17% of 8th Graders could read at an 8th Grade level, and only 13% of 8th Graders could do math skills at an 8th Grade level. The expenditures were more than double from other school districts, per child, throughout the country and have produced incredibly poor test scores.

We saw next how a CNN reporter blamed the police for the riot, specifically those who were prior military and who have served overseas.

She then stated that she was only quoting someone else.  When she said it, she said, "I love veterans but..." and did not say "someone said" or "someone told me...".  She made it personal, and in comparison to her own emotional status towards veterans.

Then, she said she was sorry for what she said.

Statement Analysis showed that she was lying when she said that someone else had "vocalized" this statement for her.

Deception upon Deception.

I am still waiting for Brian Williams to show up on television with black soot on his face, with a kitten in his arms saying "Look what I saved from the fire in CVS!"

The deception has its cost, as all deception does. Here is a scenario to consider.

Next, what if we learn that Freddy Gray had a severed spine, not due to police, but due to surgery, and was supposed to be in bed, and that police did not savagely sever his spin...and

his mother knew this all along?

What millions of dollars of damage have come from the single, deceptive withholding of the truth, should this prove to be the case?

Whites were targeted, even those in media, or who came to support the protest.  Businesses burned.  Close to 100  law enforcement injured.

What if the mother deliberately withheld this information so that "anger" could be evidenced in the streets of Baltimore?

What part of looting sneakers, jackets and large quantities of drugs, from CVS, constitutes "community anger"?

What if it was all based on a lie?

What if there was a connection between the "protestors" in Ferguson, which was based upon a lie, and the "protestors" in Baltimore?

Riots are rife with deception.

Statement Analysis was done on her denial which was deemed "Unreliable" as stated.  Her statement, in context was clear, and media did not remove its context to change meaning, and as far as being misconstrued, this officer says it was clear to him and his fellow officers, that they were ordered to "stand down" to the rioters who looted and destroyed in Baltimore.

here is an edited article with Sheriff Michael Lewis' statement attesting that he was informed of the "stand down" policy.

Michael Lewis is the Sheriff in Wicomico County, and was also a Sergeant with the Maryland State Police. 
Lewis said it wasn’t his intention to come to Baltimore, a drive of about two hours, but he felt it was his duty to help. Here are his statements: 

“I hadn’t planned to go to Baltimore at all. I watched the events unfold Saturday night like we all did, and was very concerned about what I saw, and the the lack of response Saturday night,” he said.

 “I immediately rallied up the troops. We made sure our MRAP was prepared and ready. … We were assigned to assigned to protect Baltimore City Police headquarters, all of E. Fayette Street up to City Hall, to include City Hall. There wasn’t a whole lot of activity taking place at all. We could smell that putrid smell of burning tires and a city on fire when as we came into the city. Had lots of concerns like everyone else. We maintained our post all night long until we were relieved.”

But what shocked him the most, he said, was when city police told him not to confront and accost the rioters.

“I was sick to my stomach like everybody else. … This was urban warfare, no question about it. They were coming in absolutely beaten down. The [city officers] got out of their vehicles, thanked us profusely for being there, apologized to us for having to be there. They said we could have handled this, we were very capable of handling this, but we were told to stand down, repeatedly told to stand down,” he said. “I had never heard that order come from anyone — we went right out to our posts as soon as we got there, so I never heard the mayor say that. But repeatedly these guys, and there were many high-ranking officials from the Baltimore City Police Department … and these guys told me they were essentially neutered from the start. They were spayed from the start. They were told to stand down, you will not take any action, let them destroy property. I couldn’t believe it, I’m a 31-year veteran of law enforcement. … I had never heard anything like this before in my life and these guys obviously aren’t gonna speak out and the more I thought about this, … I had to say a few things. I apologize if I’ve upset people, but I believe in saying it like it is.”

Lewis said though he didn’t hear the order to stand down come from the mayor, he did hear it from police officials.

I heard it myself over the Baltimore City police radio that I had tethered to my body-armor vest, I heard it repeatedly. ‘Stand down, stand down, stand down! Back up, back up, retreat, retreat!’ I couldn’t believe those words. Those are words I’ve never heard in my law enforcement vocabulary,” he said. “Baltimore City police, all law enforcement agencies are very capable of handling that city. They’re trained to handle that city. These guys were hearing words that had never been echoed in their lives, in their careers.”

Lewis claims after the riots many officers told him they were done being cops in the city and how heartbroken they are that they were not allowed to defend their city and stop businesses from burning.

another story:'

BREAKING NEWS: Preliminary findings show Freddie Gray suffered head injury in police transport van

BALTIMORE, Md. (WJLA) -- An investigation into the death of Baltimore resident Freddie Gray has found no evidence that his fatal injuries were caused during the videotaped arrest and interaction with police officers, according to multiple law enforcement sources.
The sources spoke to ABC7 News after being briefed on the findings of a police report tuned over to prosecutors on Thursday as well as preliminary findings made by the medical examiner's office.
Sources said the medical examiner found Gray's catastrophic injury was caused when he slammed into the back of the police transport van, apparently breaking his neck; a head injury he sustained matches a bolt in the back of the van.
Details surrounding exactly what caused Gray to slam into the back of the van was unclear. The officer driving the van has yet to give a statement to authorities. It’s also unclear whether Gray’s head injury was voluntary or was result of some other action.


John Mc Gowan said...

Mother of Baltimore rioter REGRETS telling 18-year-old son to turn himself in for smashing up cars with traffic cone after his bail is set at $500,000

Allen Bullock, 18, was on front page of local paper smashing up a car
He posted the photo on his Facebook with a message for Freddie Gray
But when his stepfather saw the paper he told him to turn himself in
Now, however, his family regrets the move as he faces 8 years in jail

Read more:

Statement Analysis Blog said...

As I have considered the injury: spinal separation, I thought that in order for it to have been inflicted by police, they would have to be very strong, heavy men, wearing heavy work/duty boots, and use a great deal of force.

It is horrific to consider and it is not something that I could picture happening intentionally, but the delay in information only let this thing get worse.

If he was injured by police, justice must be served.

If he was injured and had back surgery and his mother allowed riots to take place under the auspices of "police brutality", she should face criminal charges.

Knowing that almost 100 cops were injured;
millions of dollars of damage were done;
civilians were attacked;
businesses were robbed...

all due to a lie, is criminal.

Decpetion has its cost.

John Mc Gowan said...

If he did have "back surgery" and the alleged events (passive) exacerbated "spinal separation" and the loss of life. What happens next?

Who is accountable?

Anonymous said...

It would only take one of these cops to slam the back of Freddie Grays' neck into the bolt that was exposed inside the van. No big mystery here.

John Mc Gowan said...

REVEALED: Freddie Gray suffered fatal 'catastrophic injury when he fell head first in back of police van and broke neck as head hit bolt' - and police admit mystery secret stop on journey

Medical examiner 'found Freddie Gray's catastrophic head injury was consistent with bolt in the back door of the police van'

Police report suggests he was standing and fell head first into the door

Officer driving van has yet to give statement to police, sources claim
Report on Freddie Gray's arrest and death handed to State's Attorney at 8.50am ET on Thursday

It includes admission that police van made a previously unknown stop
Police Commissioner refused to elaborate on the information

Read more:

John Mc Gowan said...
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I'ma let you finish said...

Where are you getting this back surgery idea? Is there a new procedure that makes your neck snap near police? How does Gray's mother have anything to do with anything? See, this is why I mentioned that this reads like a conspiracy theory to me: these scenarios you're throwing out are implausible at best. Maybe aliens did it. Maybe the politicians are lizard people. It's possible, but is it likely?

What's really weird is that you've covered events where a cop's wife gets "accidentally" killed in a violent way in their own home, and you do see that cops are not always forthcoming with their own actions, and that some people who've become cops have the kinds of attitude problems that confer a sense of entitlement about doing harm to others. But with this particular incident, it just HAD to be back surgery and a mother who's apparently a sociopath of some kind?

As for "misguided youth", those kids do look pretty young, no? Sometimes kids do destructive things because they haven't fully considered the consequences of their actions. Kids can be impulsive like that.

Oh, and Hands Up was based on fabrication? Cyril Wecht would say the physical evidence contradicts that:

Anonymous said...

@I'ma let you finish. .. Do you want the truth? Or do you want to pick and choose facts to fit your own agenda? Hands up don't shoot was a lie, read the DOJ report. Read the autopsy report. As far as Freddie Gray, we don't have the facts yet. Cops may have beat him up. He may have thrown himself around the inside of the van in a rage. He may have had a pre-existing injury that contributed. Nothings being released yet, we don't know.

Anonymous said...

I agree with the other poster. I have been reading here for a long time and come here when there is an event such as this to hopefully find the truth from SA.

It seems you made up your mind that the police were innocent based on nothing but your seeming inability to fault law enforcement. I keep wondering if it's because one of your main client bases is LE. Or is that you truly cannot identify or empathize with that demographic.

I just read up on this yesterday. I wept for Freddie Gray. The only positive aspect I could see was that he possibly fell into a coma soon enough so that he did not suffer horrifically.

I cannot trust this SA site anymore to find the truth especially if it involves law enforcement.

For shame.

Anonymous said...

Peter, I am referring to your post right above where you basically conclude the police were innocent and his mother was responsible for the rioting because "she lied".

Unknown said...

From John's post:

"Medical examiner 'found Freddie Gray's catastrophic head injury was consistent with bolt in the back door of the police van'.

Police report suggests he was standing and fell head first into the door".

-If this is true, (that Gray fell head first into the BACK DOOR of the police van) then it is highly unlikely that any of the officers physically had their hands on him when he was injured. The back door would have to be CLOSED for this to happen.

If this information about his injuries turns out to be true, taken with the officer's report that Gray was 'irate' and had to be placed in leg irons, as well as the statement of the other prisoner who claimed he heard Gray thrashing around, it suggests an obvious scenario:

Gray is arrested, and placed in the back of van. Gray is angry about being arrested, and acts out. Gray is placed in leg irons. Gray attempts to stand up, and as the van accelerates he falls, unable to maintain his balance, AND unable to break his fall/catch himself due to his hands being cuffed. Gray hits head on back door of van, and the momentum and angle causes his spinal injury.

John Mc Gowan said...

Freddie Gray's death WAS homicide: Baltimore State Attorney says victim was illegally arrested and ALL six officers will face charges ranging from murder to assault

Arrest warrant issued for all 6 officers who detained and drove Freddie Gray
One officer charged with second-degree murder, manslaughter and assault
Three other officers charged with manslaughter and assault
Remaining two charged with assault and false imprisonment
State prosecutor Marilyn Mosby said they did not see Gray's legal blade until after he was arrested
She slammed the officers for placing him on his stomach on the van floor

Read more:

Unknown said...

It has been reported for several days that 'family members' said that Gray had a preexisting spinal injury, and may have had surgery only 10 days prior to his arrest. (to repair several failed cervical fusion surgeries.)

I have a hard time buying this, because my husband had to have fusion surgery on his lower back when we were first married, and it's a serious surgery, with a long recovery time. (The actual surgery has a high percentage rate of leaving the patient paralyzed. If I remember right, it was 1 in 5 patients that had the surgery ended up paralyzed, or partially paralyzed. Of course this was 12 years ago, so the way they perform the surgery may have advanced a lot since then.)

Unknown said...

Wow. So even though their findings indicate that Gray was injured while in the back of the van by himself, they're still going to charge the police officers with murder, manslaughter, etc?

I would need to see the details, and the statute to see what the are basing the charges on, but that doesn't seem appropriate. If they overcharge to 'make an example', then they will have a huge mess on their hands again if a jury fails to convict.

(I can see a definite problem with charging the transporting officers, who didn't make the initial contact. They are only transporting a prisoner, after the other officers made the arrest. They may be liable for not following procedure, and buckling him up...but that is a far cry from murder, or even false imprisonment because they didn't make that call, the arresting officer did.)

What a mess!

Anonymous said...

I hope they are served justice. This guy was given a rough ride by the cops and they had no probable cause to even arrest Freddie gray.

Anonymous said...

Just because he got an injury from a bolt in the van, doesn't preclude that he was injured during the arrest when he was tackled, causing the spinal cord injury.

Statement Analysis Blog said...

I repeatedly wrote, in the article and in the comments section that if this is based upon a lie.


I wrote it because it was truthful: I did not know, nor do I know, if this was deliberate (I wrote about stomping with heavy boots) or based upon a lie from an accident.

I left it in conditional status, for this reason.

I repeated it because of the expectation of backlash from those who struggle to understand truth. Its repetition was in anticipation of anonymous comments such as we have.


Statement Analysis Blog said...

Anonymous said...
I agree with the other poster. I have been reading here for a long time and come here when there is an event such as this to hopefully find the truth from SA.

It seems you made up your mind that the police were innocent based on nothing but your seeming inability to fault law enforcement. I keep wondering if it's because one of your main client bases is LE. Or is that you truly cannot identify or empathize with that demographic.

I just read up on this yesterday. I wept for Freddie Gray. The only positive aspect I could see was that he possibly fell into a coma soon enough so that he did not suffer horrifically.

I cannot trust this SA site anymore to find the truth especially if it involves law enforcement.

For shame.


If you are interested in truth, see my comment above and re-read my entries.

That you can no longer trust Statement Analysis, me, or this blog, is not a change in status for you.

However, I do agree with you on one thing in your statement:

If I were in your shoes, deliberately writing something false, I would not want to sign my real name, either.


Unknown said...

"On Friday, Mosby announced that evidence shows the six officers 'illegally' detained Gray on April 12 for the lawful possession of a knife, not a switchblade as cops previously reported.

Her report states Gray sustained his fatal neck injury by being shackled in the back of the police van without a seat belt - a move that violated the police rules of conduct."

Unknown said...

It seems like if he was given a 'rough ride', then the other passenger would have been injured as well, (or at least shared that information with the investigation).

Jamie Brooks said...

That you can no longer trust Statement Analysis, me, or this blog

Oh, I trust the principles of statement analysis.

Angrymom said...

1.Freddie can be seen in the video unable to walk. He was unable to walk before getting into the police van because of some type of trauma to his brain, legs, or spinal cord.

2.Freddie's larynx was crushed. It didn't crush itself and could not have been crushed sliding around in a police van driving at a city speed. Someone had to crush it with a strangle hold, knee or foot upon his neck or a blow to his neck.
He begged for his inhaler showing he was in respiratory distress very early on inside the van. A spinal cord injury and crushed larynx/airway would both make him immediately feel like he couldn't breath and need his inhaler.

Anonymous said...

Should I have been looking at Baltimore as a potential site of my new business, say, on April 1,
on May 1, Baltimore has proven itself too dangerous for me, too dangerous for my business.
I will look elsewhere.