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Gun Violence on “Community Cop”

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by Alton H. Maddox, Jr.

 White people are experiencing the kind of violence that was widespread in the Black colony immediately after the ratification of the Thirteenth Amendment. Chattel slavery had ended.  Whites no longer had a financial interest in formerly enslaved Africans.  Anything that is worthless under capitalism should be discarded immediately.  It will be real soon.


Dr. William A. Jones has given Blacks many sayings. Among those sayings is this one:  “Whites are rational on every subject except race”.  Whites have handpicked many “Negro coons” to advise them.  These “coons” have one flaw.  They love white people.  This love clouds an objective analysis of the problems facing whites.  Rev. Jesse Jackson, Marc Morial, Ben Jealous and Rev. Al Sharpton sit in the “kitchen cabinet”.


Newtown, CT is a relatively new municipality in attracting newcomers.  It is 300 years old. Many of its new residents were fleeing from Blacks.  They are gun enthusiasts.  The story that is not being reported is the number of assault rifles and semi-automatic weapons in their households.  The story also has gaps.  Connecticut is the mother of gun violence.  It started with Samuel Colt and Eli Whitney.


On this Wednesday on MSNBC, Rev. Al Sharpton will continue his promotion of the “Central Park 5″.  The “Central Park 7″ never happened.  I was the only attorney who was able to walk his client through a “legal minefield” but this is a secret.  The white media only criticized me.  No one was supposed to survive this legal ordeal.


In 1989, I was the only person to call the prosecution of the “Central Park 7″ a hoax.  The white media went “nuts”.   I was now the villain in the white and Black communities.  Virtually all Blacks followed Manhattan President David N. Dinkins who described the “Central Park 7″ as a “wolf pack”.  Rev. Herbert Daughtry and Charles Barron were in accord with Dinkins.  UAM, on the other hand, raised the bail funds.


Now, most Blacks are suffering from “Romnesia”.  They neither remember my successful defense of my client nor the valuable role of United African Movement.  Many of these UAM members have made their transitions.  UAM members had to prod Rev. Sharpton to get involved in the “Central Park 7″.


At the arraignment of the seven, youthful defendants, I told the judge that I was ready for trial forthwith especially since the prosecution had answered “ready”.  The prosecution tried to take back its words but I said that it was too late.  I wanted twelve jurors in the box forthwith.  I was ready to represent all seven young men.  The judge said that I could only represent one of them.


Outside the courtroom, Tony Guida of WCBS-TV said that he was going to whip my “ass”.  I said that the only thing between us was air.  When the smoke had cleared, I said that this “fight” was not going to be reported on the 6 o’clock news.  The white media will never elevate a Black attorney to hero status.


On April 19, 1989, Rev. Sharpton was waiting for a Manhattan grand jury to hand down a 67-count indictment.  This was the date of the “rape” in Central Park.  An Albany grand jury was contemplating a 3-count indictment.  Prof. Jim Sleeper of Yale University said that the only attorney who could save Sharpton was not “Perry Mason” but Alton Maddox.  Afterwards,  Rev.  Sharpton was sticking to me like cement sticks to bricks.  His primary interest was in his own fate.


In 2012, Rev. Sharpton is unable to remember the “Central Park 7″ and the United African Movement.  He now only remembers the “Central Park 5″.  There were no heroes, according to him.  The Black community did not come forward to raise bail funds for the Black and Latino youth.  District Attorney Robert Morgenthau was not the culprit.  According to Rev. Sharpton, Morgenthau and Dinkins are blameless.

John Russwurm and Samuel Cornish wrote an editorial in the Freedom’s Journal in March 1827 that is still staring Black people in the face today.  It was this newspaper’s first editorial.  At the time that they wrote this editorial, Cornish was the pastor of St. James Presbyterian Church which is now located in Harlem.


In 1827, St. James Presbyterian Church was located in lower Manhattan.  On October 20, 2012, it held a fundraiser at the church in Harlem.  The Sunday before, “Here and Now” promoted the fundraiser without ever mentioning the historical import of the church.  Over ninety-nine percent of all Harlem residents still lack knowledge of its historical significance.


In addition to a lack of knowledge of the church, most Blacks lack a knowledge of the meaning of a “free press”.  Freedom’s Journal was our first newspaper and it was an example of the “free press”.  It was not subject to censorship. Blacks refused or failed to support it, however.  Freedom’s Journal was short-lived. The editorial read, in part:  “We wish to plead our own cause.  Too long have others spoken for us….”


Its mission was to create a “house organ” so that Blacks could plead their own cause.  This was 1827 and white abolitionists were our mouthpieces.  White abolitionists insisted on pleading our cause.  Some Blacks found it embarrassing that they needed whites to speak for them.  Black journalists preceded Black lawyers and Black public officials.


One hundred fifty-five years later, whites are still pleading our cause.  Leading Blacks and Black selected officials insist that whites still plead our cause. There were three Black lawyers at all times in the “Central Park 7″.  This was the greatest tension in the “Central Park 7″.  White lawyers claimed that Black lawyers should follow their lead.


When some Blacks decided to file a civil rights action seeking reparations, attorney Roger Wareham not only used the wrong ground in the U.S. Constitution in light of Cato v. United States, but he also insisted on a white attorney leading the way.  Councilman Charles Barron in 2010, decided that the Freedom Party must have a white attorney and the two Black attorneys had to be ditched


By definition and by practice, I was the lead counsel in the “Central Park 7″ and I made representations that were not shared by the other attorneys and the families.  In 1989, family members actually believed that the boys would receive a fair trial.  They chose to go along to get along.  No one shared my view of New York’s criminal justice system.  It is racist to the core.


While the other lawyers were preparing legal tactics, I was preparing war tactics.  Of course, all other lawyers in New York City were running for the tall grass.  This is the real story of the “Central Park 7″.  I am now just as surprised as President Barack Obama was in his first debate with Republican challenger, Mitt Romney.  These outspoken lawyers today are now suffering from “Romnesia”.


I have always had a full plate of pro bono cases in New York.  No one wants to talk about the sacrifices that I made for each and every Black person in New York.   Some of those cases involved individual Blacks but other cases involved issues that affected all Blacks in New York. Every Black person could have been a defendant in a similar case.


My representation in each case would affect the case law in similar cases.  This is because of the doctrine of stare decisis.  I was requiring other judges to treat defendants like the rights my clients were enjoying in the criminal justice system.  This became a problem of the New York Legislature.


I received no better treatment from other lawyers than I received from Black selected officials.  No Black selected official in either 1989 or 1990 would even speak to me.  This was the same treatment that I had received from 1986-1989.  Manhattan Borough President David N. Dinkins and, afterwards, Mayor David N. Dinkins, kept all Black selected officials in check.  I have always been taboo. Dinkins and New York State Attorney General Robert Abrams were roommates in Albany.  They are as tight as Dick’s hat band.


Rev. Herbert Daughtry and Charles Barron have always been associated with Dinkins.  In April 1989 and afterwards, they spent their time crying crocodile tears at the local hospital which was housing and treating Patricia Meili.  You will never find any photograph of them suggesting that they supported the “Central Park 7″ in 1989 and in 1990 or at any other time before the wrongful convictions were lifted.


They had earlier sided with Robert Abrams and against Tawana Brawley.  They favored a white man over a Black girl.  You will also not find a photograph with Daughtry, Barron and Tawana in it.  These men wanted my hide for defending Tawana Brawley.  Daughtry was unable to mask his hatred.  Barron is a snake in the grass.


The persons associated with the December 12th Movement have always opposed all of any efforts against white supremacy.  Earlier, the excuse was Rev. Al Sharpton until he became a tool of the white establishment and was given a “pot of gold”.  Since he became the HNIC, all “activists” embrace him and they enjoy the loot.


I was hired as a poverty lawyer at the Harlem Assertion of Right in January 1974.  The legal staff was all-white.  By August 1976, white lawyers at Harlem Assertion of Rights were nearly extinct.  Their Black replacements looked around and saw no white faces.  I was blamed for a virtual, all-Black legal staff in 1976. When the smoke had cleared, I was given a pink slip.


The National Conference of Black Lawyers (NCBL) became my next home.  The leadership of NCBL refused to embrace the teachings of Charles Hamilton Houston. Their spiritual mentor was Justice Thurgood Marshall.  Hamilton had taught Marshall everything he learned as a law student at Howard University.


Like NCBL, Marshall refused to embrace Houston’s teaching that Black lawyers should be in the vanguard of the legal revolution.  Houston was only espousing the philosophy of Cornish and Russwurm in 1827.  To this day, whites are still speaking for Blacks. Gullible Blacks would have it no other way.  These Blacks are unable to connect the dots.  Zebras would never allow lions to speak for them. Our plight can be explained.  It is abnormal psychology.


Prof.  Jim Sleeper of Yale University wrote an op-ed piece soon after Howard Beach suggesting that Sharpton would never be the same, if I put him under my wings.  The next thing I knew, Sharpton was knocking on my door.  This relationship continued until Sharpton believed that he was able to convince whites of his value as an HNIC.


His first move was to make Sanford Rubenstein the legal mouthpiece for the Black community.  Rubenstein is not only an ambulance chaser but he supports Sharpton and Black selected officials financially.  All tort lawyers want access to the Black community.  “Pain and suffering” is a multi-billion dollar industry. Sharpton is enjoying it from both ends.


When white members of the New York Legislature filed an unconstitutional, bill of attainder against me and Abrams illegally prosecuted it to the detriment of the right of Blacks to enjoy effective representation in New York, the Black community was relieved that I was disbarred even if I had suffered no client complaints and I had not been convicted of a crime.


It is an exercise in futility to fashion an agenda when no one is present to be an advocate.  Until Blacks stand solidly behind an advocate, he or she will end up like Malcolm X, Dr. Martin L. King, Jr., Medgar Evers, Cong. Adam Clayton Powell, Jr., Paul Robeson, Harry and Harriette Moore, Marcus Garvey, Callie House, Ida B. Wells and David Walker to name a few advocates.  No leading Black or Black selected official today fits the profile of any of these revered ancestors.


 “Community Cop”  will air on Tuesday, December 18 at 5:00 p.m. on public access channels in New York City.


Pam Africa will be the keynote speaker at UAM’s weekly forum on Wednesday, December 19, 2012 at 7:30 p.m.  She will discuss “Mumia”,  the prosecution of  Prof. Jahi Issa of Delaware State University by Attorney General Bo Biden, son of Vice President Joe Biden and the recent lynchings in Delaware.  A short documentary will be shown and discussed by Pam Africa.  Elks Plaza is located at 1068 Fulton Street (nr. Classon Ave.) in Brooklyn.  Take the “C” train to Franklin Ave.


Too honest for the White Press and too black for much of today’s Black Press; bullet columnist Alton Maddox upsets the same people and status quo as he did as an uncompromising Defense Attorney. He is also a founding member of the Freedom Party. Please sign his Petition to save “Like It Is.” Contact him at c/o UAM P.O. BOX 35 BRONX, NY 10471

The Importance of Ballots and Bullets

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by Alton H. Maddox, Jr.

Because of the slave codes before the ratification of the Thirteenth Amendment and, afterwards, the integrationist goals of Blacks, it was typically unheard of for Blacks to be practicing racial isolationism. This would actually mean that these Blacks were actually seeking to do for self. Dependence has been and still is our number one problem. Blacks must end their addiction to whites.

Doing for self actually militates against the false image that whites have created for Blacks. Slavery and, later, welfare have caused Blacks to be addicted to whites. Blacks, therefore, must fear the absence of whites. Thus, whites become an integral and influential part of the lives of Blacks.

United African Movement was formed on August 17, 1988 in honor of Marcus Garvey. Every organization should have a revered ancestor as a spiritual mentor. To move forward, we must also be influenced by our past. Except for “Negroes”, all civilized groups are led by the dead. Negroes are led by the living. This is necessary when you have no knowledge of the past.

Two years after its formation, the membership of UAM had shaken off its addiction to whites like a heroin addict would marginalize and finally end his or her addiction to heroin. Consequently, the membership assembled at P.S. 258 in Brooklyn and decided that it should exercise First Amendment rights despite the dictum in Dred Scott.

The First Amendment provides for free speech, free assembly and a free press. Free speech includes political speech. Free assembly allows a group to decide its own associates. Free press includes the right to publish and criticize without any government-sponsored retaliation.

UAM was established because its leadership and especially its chairperson, Alton Maddox, believed that Blacks had a right to not only criticize whites but also to imprison them. Maddox had done it with Michael Stewart and, afterwards, in Howard Beach and Bensonhurst. Any Black lawyer who had done so was happy to be only disbarred.

When UAM assembled in the fall of 1990, it decided that it should strictly embrace the teachings of Malcolm X who called for Blacks to solve their problems among themselves and not to allow others to speak for us like the NAACP. Dr. Carter G. Woodson said that if you control a man’s thinking you control his actions. This is happening with “pacifists” in New York.

The Giuliani administration and Minoo Southgate, an “Iranian Jew”, challenged this practice of racial isolation in 1994. They were shocked that a Black organization would author its “Declaration of Independence”. An administrative agency, after listening to arguments, had to rule that UAM was a safe haven for Blacks. This ruling only applies to UAM, however.

By 1998, UAM was defending Tawana Brawley who had been raped by six white men including Steven Pagones and Harry Crist, Jr. It was unusual for a Black organization to be defending a Black girl who had been raped by white men. After 400 years of slavery, a Black organization should know better. Black selected officials wanted no part of Tawana Brawley.

New York retaliated by seeking an indictment against the “minister” and disbarment proceedings against the “two attorneys”. New York also aided Pagones in initiating a civil proceeding against the three men for seditious libel despite the ruling in New York Times v. Sullivan et. al. Alabama had subjected Dr. Martin L, King, et. al. to seditious libel in New York Times v. Sullivan et. al. The Supreme Court rejected it in that case, however.

New York had previously subjected Cong. Adam Clayton Powell, Jr to seditious libel for accusing the New York Police Department of corruption. This action deprived the residents of Harlem representation for more than a decade. There was no attorney who would speak out against New York and this colonial practice.

Seditious libel in this country dates back to the Sedition Act of 1798. In a seditious libel trial, truth is no defense. Justice S. Barrett Hickman instructed the jury in Pagones v. Maddox Mason, Sharpton and Brawley that truth was no defense. This is slave law. Blacks still had no right in 1997 to accuse a white person of committing a crime. This includes Cong. Powell and Dr. King.

In most criminal trials today, judges mix slave law with current law in giving tainted jury instructions against Black defendants. This aids the prison-industrial complex. The last attorney to speak out against this practice was summarily disbarred on May 21, 1990 in New York by the use of a bill of attainder. No one would dare to speak out against this illegal disbarment.

In addition to a lack of free assembly for Blacks in New York, there is also a lack of a free press. Black journalists are non-existent in New York City. The print and audio media for the Black community typically uses wire services. Advocacy journalism is banned. This is a far cry from the Freedom’s Journal in 1827 or the Memphis Free Speech in 1889.

Bill Tatum, as publisher of the New York Amsterdam News, practiced advocacy journalism. He took up a cause and he wrote about it weekly in his newspaper. An example of a cause was “Koch Must Go”. Tatum stayed on Mayor Ed Koch every week until he was removed from Gracie Mansion. This can only happen when a newspaper is not in bed with a mayor and a governor.

UAM and “Friends of Like It Is” provide the only semblance of a “free press” in the New York area and it is distributed through e-mails. The only other semblance of “free press” is “Community Cop”. It can be seen only on some public access channels in the five boroughs of New York City. Free press in New York City for Blacks is hanging on by its fingernails.

“Community Cop” is a public affairs program for Blacks but it is restricted to public access channels. Commercial television stations are required to furnish public affairs programs but they refuse to present Black-oriented public affairs programs. Public access channels depend on support from cable companies. Commercial television stations are getting away scot-free in marginalizing Black communities.

After the end of “public affairs programming” under “Like It Is” and the beginning of “arts and entertainment” under “Here and Now” which supplanted “Like It Is”, the New York Amsterdam News should have started beating its war drums especially since Black journalists are banned from “Here and Now”. Les Payne, Herb Boyd and Milton Alamadi would regularly appear on “Like It Is”. This is not the case on “Here and Now”.

“Here and Now” should take a page out of the 2012 Presidential debates. All three of those debates were moderated by journalists. In addition, journalists were engaged in post analysis discourse. No true public affairs programs would resort to employing political novices rather than seasoned journalists. WABC-TV is playing Black people cheap.

Commercial radio and television in the tri-state area widely and freely practices censorship. Although it harms the listening audience, only “Friends of Like It Is” has raised this constitutional violation as an issue before the FCC. Blacks in the tri-state area refuse to finance their own liberation. Censorship keeps listeners out of the reach of free speech and protects the status quo.

Citizenship which was not defined in 1787 in the U.S. Constitution because it was clearly understood that citizenship was limited to white males. Because Black men took to the battlefield during the Civil War and became the decisive factor in saving the Union, this country had to put uncommon law citizenship on the table. All “immigrants” today owe a debt of gratitude to Black men for their second-class citizenship.

Today, the real indicators for citizenship are the exercise of rights under the First and Second amendments. This means the rights to both “ballots” and “bullets”. In this regard, the right to vote is being tightened and the right to guns in Black hands is a taboo. With no “bullet”, there is no “ballot”.

In 1989, it was white law enforcement agents who drafted the indictment accusing seven young Black and Latino youth of raping Patricia Meili, a white woman in Central Park on April 19, 1989. Unlike Tawana Brawley, the media insisted that the white woman’s name remain anonymous.

New York State Attorney General Robert Abrams had publicized in October 1988 that Rev. Al Sharpton would be indicted soon and C. Vernon Mason and I would be disbarred for accusing six white men of raping Tawana Brawley. Unfortunately, most Blacks in New York have amnesia about slave law and its application to 1989. It is still illegal for any Black man to accuse a white man of any crime.

Yesterday, the Daily News wrote an article entitled: “Wolf Pack Blowback: New film stirs up hell of Central Pk. jogger case”. The film is titled, “The Central Park Five”. It will open in Manhattan on November 23. It has already played the Chicago International Film Festival, a premiere in Cannes and showings in Toronto and Telluride.

None of the attorneys who are currently suing New York City would touch these young men with a ten-foot pole in 1989. Rev. Herbert Daughtry, Charles Barron and the December 12th Movement refused to help these young men in 1989 and in 1990. They sided with David N. Dinkins who referred to these innocent young men as a “wolf pack”. This encouraged Donald Trump to seek the death penalty through newspaper ads.

Only the United African Movement would come to the aid of these young men. UAM established a bail fund which by December 1989 had accumulated enough funds to secure the release of these young men from prison while awaiting trial in adult court. This allowed these young men to be reunited with their families.

In the end, five young men would be convicted of rape after trial. One young man entered a plea of guilty. Charges against the seventh young man were dismissed. I represented this young man against all odds. To say the “Central Park 5” is a case of fuzzy math.

It is undisputed that seven young men were falsely arrested and wrongfully prosecuted. This is enough for all seven young men to have claims against New York City. All of them were harmed by the illegal actions of the New York Police Department and the Manhattan district attorney’s office.

The “Central Park 5” reference amounts to damage control. Three Black attorneys including myself were disbarred. This is the standard punishment when a Black attorney uses his law license to protect a Black client from false charges by a white woman.

Black attorneys should know to stay in their place. A fourth Black attorney, who only had a short stint in the “Central Park 7”, was only suspended from the practice law. If every Black attorney in New York had the temerity to file a notice of appearance in Manhattan Supreme Court in 1989, law enforcement agents would have run for the tall grass.

During the nearly two decades that I gave pro bono representation to the Black community and to Black clients, no one ever offered me one cent. The representation was not free, however. I had to pay for all legal costs. This is unprecedented. If I were white, this would be a matter of considerable interest and praise. No attorney in American jurisprudence has ever emulated this record. I was cut out of the “Central Park 5”.

Against this backdrop, I defied legal history and my career would make mincemeat of “To Kill a Mockingbird”. When a Black lawyer has either sent white persons to prison or has consistently questioned the testimony of white women who had implicated Black males, his or her fate would be sealed. This was my plight.

My role in the “Central Park 7” had to be eliminated and history had to be revised to destroy the image of a Black attorney consistently questioning white authority. You would think that UAM’s current membership would take immediate action to preserve the memories and legacies of those members who assumed vanguard positions in the “Central Park 7”. They are now unable to speak for themselves.

In 1989, I almost single-handedly had to stop whites from completing a rout of the “Central Park 7”. My role is still the same in 2012 except that I must also stop whites now from rewriting our history. In the meantime, Blacks have the luxury of being spectators and critics as an expense to history. Something is wrong with this picture.

Too honest for the White Press and too black for much of today’s Black Press; bullet columnist Alton Maddox upsets the same people and status quo as he did as an uncompromising Defense Attorney. He is also a founding member of the Freedom Party. Please sign his Petition to save “Like It Is.” Contact him at c/o UAM P.O. BOX 35 BRONX, NY 10471

Zimmerman Escapes from Police Custody

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by Alton H. Maddox, Jr.

In American jurisprudence, every legal action must be authorized by an applicable constitution, statute or charter. It was revealed this week that the Sanford Police Department seized George Zimmerman for the death of Trayvon Martin. Trayvon was fatally shot on February 26, 2012 in Sanford, FL. Thus, this seizure had to have been done in compliance with the Fourth Amendment.

Neither George Zimmerman nor Robert Zimmerman, has father, has ever claimed a false arrest. Similarly, the attorney for George Zimmerman has never charged the Sanford Police Department with conducting a false arrest. Thus, Zimmerman is admitting to a lawful arrest. His claim of self-defense does not vitiate the arrest. Self-defense is reserved for trial.

Once a defendant has been arrested, the legal process commences. An arrest occurs when a suspect has been restrained of his liberty. Geroge Zimmerman was escorted from the crime scene to the police precinct in handcuffs. This is an arrest. Zimmerman was in police custody.

Once a criminal suspect has been arrested, he or she must be taken before a judicial magistrate who may detain the suspect, fix bail or release the suspect after according him or her due process of law. There is no evidence that George Zimmerman appeared before a judicial magistrate. Why?

How did George Zimmerman secure his release from police custody? This is the $64,000 question. With the sua sponte appointment of a special prosecutor, there is at least a suggestion of misconduct. No one has explained how George Zimmerman secured his release and went immediately into hiding with protection from Florida.

At this stage, George Zimmerman has obviously escaped from police custody. The police can re-arrest George Zimmerman, however. Similarly, any citizen or civilian group can arrest George Zimmerman. This includes the New Black Panther Party. The Black community needs a military unit to comply with the Second Amendment.

In the meantime, the governor of Florida must explain how George Zimmerman escaped from police custody and whether he had any assistance. If Zimmerman did have assistance, the governor should identify an accomplice and take necessary steps to bring criminal charges against him or her.

The killing of a person by another person could give rise to a capital offense. This is possibly a non-bailable offense. The unlawful release of a criminal suspect is a serious offense. It is even more serious if the criminal suspect escapes police custody. This would warrant a nationwide manhunt led by the Federal Bureau of Investigation. There is still a manhunt for Assata Shakur.

The Black community should be putting serious question not only to the state of Florida but also to the U.S. Department of Justice. So far, Blacks have refused to exercise the right to self-help or to demand answers from public officials. This murder investigation is in dire need of someone with legal knowledge and courage. Allegedly, an attorney for the Martin family is seeking my advice. If asked to seize George Zimmerman, I will take bloodhounds to Florida forthwith.

Immediately after the state-sponsored, fatal beating of Michael Stewart by 11 transit cops in New York City in 1983, attorneys Louis Clayton Jones and Michael Warren asked me to joint the legal team for the family of Michael Stewart because of my knowledge of police brutality cases.

After we had personally witnessed Mayor Ed Koch and NYC Medical Examiner Eliot Gross engaged in a cover-up of the fatal beating, we immediately demanded a special prosecutor. Evidence tampering is a ground for a special prosecutor but Governor Mario Cuomo argued that a special prosecutor could only be employed in a case of official misconduct. This was in 1983.

Michael Griffith was murdered in Howard Beach by a white mob in 1986. While New York argued that there was no official misconduct in the killing, I was able to show that Queens District Attorney John Santucci had close ties to organized crime including organized crime members like John Gotti who resided in Howard Beach.

I also conducted my own investigation into the kidnapping and rape of Tawana Brawley in Dutchess County. The investigation revealed that Steven Pagones was involved in the kidnapping and rape of Tawana Brawley and that Harry Crist, Jr. an accomplice and a police officer, was murdered after he demonstrated a willingness to become shaky.

The petit jury in Dutchess County Supreme Court found that Pagones was involved in the kidnapping and rape of Tawana Brawley. No one ever sued Brawley for defamation and no quasi-criminal charges were brought against her. Nonetheless, New York disbarred Maddox for telling the truth. The pathologist also found that Crist had been murdered. There is no statute of limitations for murder.

When the governor of Florida replaced the state attorney’s office with a special prosecutor, I knew that the racially-motivated killing of Trayvon Martin was riddled with official and police misconduct. Like in Brawley, the Florida governor refused to reveal the police misconduct in the Sanford, FL Police Department and the state attorney’s office. This is a serious breach of trust and it should be revealed immediately and fully.

Because the governor has failed and refused to make open disclosures in the death of Trayvon Martin and because the newly-appointed special prosecutor has failed and refused to immediately re-arrest George Zimmerman, coupled with the failure of Florida to have already convened a grand jury, the special prosecutor should also be given the boot. This is a repeat of Robert Abrams.

A state attorney’s office or a district attorney is only removed from an investigation when it is clear that the investigator has committed a serious breach of trust. It is not easy to remove a district attorney from an investigation. There is undisclosed misconduct in Sanford, however. Blacks must get focused. The big fish now is the governor of Florida for the suspected cover-up of the murder. Compare Michael Stewart.

In addition to putting George Zimmerman on the hot seat, articles of impeachment should be in the preliminary stage for Florida’s governor. If the people of Florida will not remove the governor upon good cause, it may be necessary for the Black consumers and other people of goodwill to take matter into their own hands.

Hate crime legislation in the United States is rooted the racially-motivated murder in Howard Beach. I took lumps for demanding a special prosecutor. In 1986, it was clear to me that the traditional district attorney’s office could not be trusted. This stance of non-cooperation in 1986 led to the appointment of the first special prosecutor in a racially-motivated case in the United States and also the first hate crime legislation.

Noel Leader of “Community Cop” and 100 Blacks in Law Enforcement Who Care told me last night that he would be returning to “Here and Now” this Sunday to discuss police brutality and criminality; particularly, in the cases of Ramarley Graham and Trayvon Martin. He thanked me for my efforts.

I would suggest that everyone purchase a copy of this week’s “Community Cop” from Sis. Leola W. Maddox this Wednesday evening at Elks Plaza in Brooklyn. The tape raises some serious legal questions. This purchase on March 28 will also help “2012 Freedom Retreat for Boys and Girls”. The distribution of this tape has also been approved by “Community Cop”.

I am the only lawyer in this nation who has secured a special prosecutor in two racially-motivated cases. When the governor of Florida, sua sponte, said that he was removing the state’s attorneys office from the Martin investigation and naming a special prosecutor, I knew that police misconduct was running amuck.

While the governor has named a special prosecutor, he has failed to impanel a special grand jury. This is like hiring a mechanic but refusing to give the mechanic the tools of the trade. In the criminal process, this has serious negative consequences on the criminal prosecution.

Last night, a caller raised police leaks in the Martin investigation. I only had an opportunity to answer one of the questions. A police leak can only happen with immunity when the state has failed or refused to impanel a grand jury. Because a grand jury investigation is secret, a grand jury is impaneled forthwith to make any leak a felony.

Any police leak before the formulation of a grand jury is not a criminal leak. This is the reason why Florida is waiting until April 10 before it impanels a grand jury to conduct the investigation. It also allows for the trail to grow cold. In the meantime, lawyers are supposed to remain silent. No one is complaining about the lack of a grand jury. Censorship is in full effect. This harms the Black community.

I will return to “Community Cop” next Tuesday and Utrice Leid of Florida will be the keynote speaker at UAM’s Wednesday evening forum on April 4, the anniversary date of Dr. Martin L. King’s assassination. Utrice Leid needs no introduction in the tri-state area. Between today and next Wednesday evening, Blacks in the tri-state will be given a full and informative discussion on Graham, Martin and the future of “Like It Is”.

Too honest for the White Press and too black for much of today’s Black Press; bullet columnist Alton Maddox upsets the same people and status quo as he did as an uncompromising Defense Attorney. He is also a founding member of the Freedom Party. Please sign his Petition to save “Like It Is.” Contact him at c/o UAM P.O. BOX 35 BRONX, NY 10471

“General” Agenda for “Friends of Like It Is”

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Saturday- March 3, 2012 Cotton Club, 656 West 125th Street, Harlem, NY









by Alton Maddox

A. “Community Cop”
1. This public affairs program, which regularly features Noel Leader, Michael Greys, Father Lawrence Lucas and Julian Harper, can be aired live on some public access channels in New York City every Tuesday at 5:00 p.m. These persons are members of 100 Blacks in Law Enforcement Who Care.

2. This same program can be aired on other public access channels in New York City on a delayed basis with no particular date in mind for the program to be aired. There is no guarantee that the program will be aired on a delayed basis. No reason exists for any delay.

3. An effort will be made to ensure that all segments of “Community Cop” will be aired live and simultaneously. This will require coordination in the five boroughs of New York City. Currently, the timing for “Community Cop” is quilted. Contact must be made with the borough presidents.

B. Public Affairs Programming
1. There are six commercial television stations broadcasting in the Connecticut, New Jersey, and New York City areas. Most, if not all of these commercial television stations, are located in New York City. By law, each of these television stations has a legal mandate to air public affairs programming and made available to Black consumers.

2. Given the experiences with “Like It Is”, “Positively Black” and “Black News”, Blacks must ensure that the program is public affairs and it is aired regularly. At this time, public affairs programming to the Black community is not available. Blacks must be organized to have standing for public affairs programming. Informed voters benefit from public affairs programming.

3. The killing of Ramarley Graham, by members of the New York Police Department, should be an example of topics for public affairs programming. It is not simply a news program. There must be a measurement of the magnitude of the problems and solutions. In this respect, the concern is the unauthorized use of force by members of the NYPD. Another concern is “stop and frisk”.

4. Public affairs programming can be controversial. In May 1963, Medgar Evers publicly denounced white supremacy in Jackson, MS over a commercial television station in Jackson. Three weeks later, he was assassinated in the front lawn of his home. In 1963, the philosophy of white supremacy was in full force in Mississippi.

5. The goal of “Friends of Like It Is’ is to ensure that weekly public affairs programming for Black communities in the tri-state area is aired weekly. Issues that are especially important to the Black community should be presented to the local television stations.

6. The airwaves are public. Television stations are licensed to broadcast matters in the public interest including public affairs programming. There is a periodic review of the licenses. The public can participate in the licensing process. Media outlets should operate in the public interest. Commercial interest is only a part of the public interest.

C. General Mission
1. An effort is afoot to institutionalize “Friends of Like It Is” under this name or another name to ensure that media laws are exercised in the best interest of the Black community. A single individual has no standing to participate in the licensing process. Interested persons of the workings of the media must be members of an organization.

2. This will require a formal structure with the ability to raise funds for resources including personnel to challenge media policies adverse to the Back community. “Friends of Like It Is” will give Blacks of the tri-state area a barometer for the structure and funding for a media organization.

3. On each meeting date of “Friends of Like It Is” there will be continuing education programs on media history and media law. There will also be a lecture on these subjects. There will be a breakfast buffet since each Saturday meeting is from at least 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

4. In its formative stage, the initial meeting of “Friends of Like It Is” is Fifty Dollars and any subsequent meeting is Thirty-five Dollars. “Friends of Like It Is” will later decide the costs of membership meetings without training wheels. Even Rosa Parks needed training wheels before she refused to give up her seat on a municipal bus to a white man.

D. Membership Goal
1. For the membership meeting on March 3, 2012, our goal is to have at least 100 persons in attendance to undertake myriad responsibilities. These responsibilities will require some knowledge and intelligence. This is an ambitious project since it covers three states and several electronic media outlets.

2. The media outlets are situated mainly in New York City but the antennas spread throughout three states. An informed public needs to benefit from informed decisions. Although legislation is on the books for public affairs programming, the programming itself is not for self-actualization.

3. It will require a substantial body of activists in the tri-state area to prevent the conditions that existed in the United States in 1953 and still continue throughout the United States in 2012. Censorship is a hidden killer. Segregation had visible signs. Censorship, on the other hand, is silent.

4. During the height of the Civil Rights Movement, Dr. Martin L. King, Jr. said “Segregation is the Negro’s burden and America’s shame”. Today, “[Ignorance] is the Negro’s burden and America’s shame”. “Censorship is the culprit. It was the Black guide on slave ships.

5. “Friends of Like It Is” will soon elect its own officers and fashion its own agenda. So far, this has been a training period. In the history of Blacks in the tri-state area, this period for training has been unprecedented. Blacks should be able to make informed decisions without white input.

E. African Drum
1. Samuel Morse, with assistance from others, designed and first employed the electric telegraph in 1844. The African drum continued to be a standard means of communication for persons of African ancestry. In states that practiced slavery, the African drum was outlawed, however.

2. In the United States, the Communications Act of 1934 created the Federal Communications Commission. The basic premise behind the FCC is that the airwaves belong to the public but that broadcasters are licensed to operate the airwaves. The FCC is the regulatory agency to, among other things, dispense licenses.

3. Unlike in Africa in the early twentieth century, broadcasters in the United States are given licenses to operate airwaves. These licenses are only for a fixed period of time. Now, organizations and not individuals have standing to challenge license renewals. In the United States, the African drum is outlawed. Thus, certain members are banned from ownership of the media.

4. You do not need the fingers on one hand to count the number of television stations in the United States that are owned by persons of African ancestry. Moreover, a few hands, on the other hand, are needed to count the radio stations owned by persons of African ancestry. The numbers are minimal, however.

5. For example, in New York City, there is only nominal Black ownership of radio and television stations. It is at least rumored that the days for WBLS-FM and WLIB-AM are short-lived. New York City is the largest media market for Blacks in the United States. The death of these media outlets will be a nearly fatal blow to Blacks in New York City.

Members of the New York Police Department fatally shot Ramarley Graham (18) in his back and in his home on February 2, 2012. There was no probable cause and no warrant. The shooting has not been accompanied by much media attention and any grand jury action.

Although the deaths of Amadou Diallo and Sean Bell were accompanied by multiple shots by the NYPD but absent probable cause, the shooting of Graham involved more constitutional violations than in Diallo and Bell. Thus, the NYPD is getting worse and not better. It is now crossing state lines to violate constitutional rights.

Given the absence of any justification for the home invasion and subsequent, fatal shooting, law enforcement agencies have gone into hiding while the media is engaging in censorship. This is the same response that Mississippi had after the lynching of Emmett Till on August 28, 1955.

Blacks in the tri-state area are entitled to six public affairs programs every Sunday. This right is being honored in the breach. Blacks have no rights. WABC-TV is flirting with the possibility of complying with the law. “Police brutality” is an appropriate topic for public affairs programming.

After intense pressure from “Friends of Like It Is”, WABC-TV has agreed to air this police-sponsored killing on Sunday, March 4, 2012 at noontime. This showing of the Graham shooting will be a first for commercial television stations on this subject in the tri-state area.

To fight police brutality, Blacks must also fight censorship despite their right to public affairs programming. The PBA is lobbying for quiet. This will require no fewer than 100 active members of “Friends of Like It Is” to energize the white media. The work of Medgar Evers and Gil Noble, among others, require our commitment.

The next meeting of “Friends of Like It Is” is this Saturday March 3, 2012 at 9:00 a.m. at the Cotton Club, 656 West 125th Street in Harlem, NY. Join “Friends of Like It Is” on Saturday. Is it fair for a few people to struggle in order for thousands to see “Here and Now” on this Sunday at noontime on WABC-TV? Police brutality affects all of us.

Too honest for the White Press and too black for much of today’s Black Press; bullet columnist Alton Maddox upsets the same people and status quo as he did as an uncompromising Defense Attorney. He is also a founding member of the Freedom Party. Please sign his Petition to save “Like It Is.” Contact him at c/o UAM P.O. BOX 35 BRONX, NY 10471

Written by cs

March 1st, 2012 at 11:17 pm