Particularly in regards to our treatment of African American citizens. In the twenty first century the state has recorded enough suspicious hanging deaths of black men and a well documented but largely unreported attempt on a man's life to suggest lynchings. Scholars and activists have tried to publicize this.
Vice President Biden's home state? He who warned African Americans that the GOP would 'put y'all back in chains" ? Yes. Vice President Biden's home state.
The ACLU has done studies on our disparate treatment of "black" people in drug related arrests and sentencing. Here is one data point from that linked study, whites are arrested more often than blacks for drug offenses, who wants to guess which group gets incarcerated more for drug offenses?
( Source: https://www.google.com/url?sa=t&rct=j&q=&esrc=s&source=web&cd=1&ved=0ahUKEwi3oICL14bNAhXIbR4KHfnMC2MQFggdMAA&url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.prisonpolicy.org%2Fscans%2FRaceIncarceration.pdf&usg=AFQjCNFydM9AU2GcFyyOqPz1BVKDYLP-VQ&sig2=Mod9Nn0_BC-H7ud9MpMRbQ&cad=rja )
If you are mad at the South and the GOP and Donald Trump and you're not mad about Delaware you missed the real Boss Hogg bull feces. Our governor and establishment Democrats like Hillary by the way.
In one summer we saw Mr. Fletcher, 21, black, shot while running from police, weapon found 'after the fact' under suspicious circumstances. A local activist and legal professional with unmatched credentials, EShed Alston, somewhat provocatively stated that 'they would have tazed a white man". http://www.delawareonline.com/story/news/local/2016/06/01/no-criminal-charges-dover-cop-involved-shooting/85263500/
http://www.delawareonline.com/story/news/local/2016/06/01/no-criminal-charges-dover-cop-involved-shooting/85263500/ * bloggers note, this blogger has always maintained that the shooting may not have been criminal but the way the Dover P.D. handled the aftermath was dismal.
Mr. Alston then filed official documents expressing concern over the Fletcher case stating his strong opinion based on more than thirty years of being the most prolific filer civil rights litigation in Delaware pro-se was that a white man would have tazed.
Even though Mr. Alston is a respected colleague and an amicable acquaintance, Your respondent opined that if a white man was stupid enough to brandish a weapon after the incident previously under discussion, our police would riddle him with multiple magazines of ammunition to prove him wrong.
Your respondent was dead wrong, and had to apologize, Mr. Alston was not only correct but arguably prophetic with his proclamation. Within a week of our Mr. Alston making that assertion in writing on official documents timely filed with Dover officials, Mr. Kemp, a white Dover man, according to official police sources and reported in an organ of record, brandished a military style semi-automatic rifle, fired shots in a threatening manner as police approached, created a standoff, refused to drop hi s rifle when confronted, then refused to prone out, then was tazed.
Mr, Alston noted these events and created legal documents to establish an official record. Surely now the police would re-evaluate their polices, training, and procedures?
Our shame was national first, then global. In Wilmington Delaware Wheelchair bound "Bam" McDole was shot by Corporal Dellose, an experienced officer, with a shotgun less than a second after being told to show his hands. Mr. McDole did not move and wasn't looking at the officer, no gun was visible but he was shot in less than a second by a man who didn't even yell "Police!" that he wasn't looking at. In a wheelchair. after McDole was shot there was a short standoff and he was riddled with gunfire as he reached in his pocket. Video:
Article: http://www.delawareonline.com/story/news/local/2016/05/12/timeline-mcdole-shooting-case/84275314/ *blogger's note - the ariticle says it is unclear from the video whether or not McDole was hit by the first shot, you can see him bleed and hear witnesses say he's been shot and say he is bleeding. Our press has a habit of cutting and pasting police press releases without review.*
Our attorney general stated that no department policies or laws were violated by police but nobody has anything to say about the man's civil rights being upheld.... that's club fed material. We have documents from the State of Delaware dating back to the late 20th century proving there is a racial problem here and the State knows about it.
We can prove it's gotten worse, not better. But our shame was not complete. In December Corporal Webster was acquitted for this assault on what was arguably an invalid defense and involving an incompetent or possibly corrupt Prosecutor.
Defense claimed that Corporal Webster intended to kick the man in the 'upper body' implying chest above the bottom rib as he didn't say 'midsection' which still was a lethal target as taught to anyone who has ever been certified with a baton in recent decades. Mine was in 1998.... Here's the chart, since the kick hit Dickerson in the head had Webster intended to kick him in the 'upper body' the kick would have hit in the midline of the chest which is also a 'red zone'. Yes they color code that stuff and Webster had 29 use of force complaints in ten years. In a city of less than 50,000 souls.
If it was wrong to kick him in the head it was still wrong to kick him in the chest.
Please sign this petition for President Obama to petition the Civil Rights Divsion of the U.S. Department of Justice to intervene. Please click on the photo above or use this link https://www.change.org/p/president-of-the-united-states-cpl-webster-s-acquittal-must-be-reviewed-by-us-doj-civil-rights-division