Dover Delaware, 2012

On October 6, 2012 in Dover Delaware this blogger was confronted with claims of a lynching, an attempted lynching and a cover up that were not immediately credible ... Here is my weblog as I struggle to place in some kind of order all the information coming in since then. Although the topics in this blog have grown beyond the original case, still ongoing and unsolved to the minds of many, the focus is the same. Equal protection under the law.

Thursday, February 21, 2013

Dred Scott is back on the Docket in Delaware! In 2013

  I have blogged about the parallels between Dred Scott and Dr. Jahi "Dred Scott" Issa before. For those who aren't familiar with the case:

In Dred Scott v. Sandford, 60 U.S. 393 (1856), Mr. Chief Justice Taney delivered
the opinion of the court that included the following statement. "In the opinion of the
court, the legislation and histories of the times, and the language used in the Declaration
of Independence, show, that neither the class of persons who had been imported as
slaves, nor their descendants, whether they had become free or not, were then
acknowledged as a part of the people, nor intended to be included in the general words
used in that memorable instrument."

  I cut and pasted that from Dr. Issa's Attorney's latest communication to Judge Charles W. Welch III in the matter of Delaware v Issa. The document can be viewed in it's entirety here. https://docs.goo

  When I was a child living in Alexandria Virginia witnessing the riots after the murder of Dr. King I had no idea what was really transpiring. After being a teenager in the 1970's, serving in the Navy, and growing up with the modern civil rights movement there was no way I would have believed that we would still be fighting this fight in 2013.

  There is no way you could have convinced me that young black men would be suspiciously hanging by their own belts from trees in the Capitol City of a sitting United States Vice Presidents home state, and no public outcry. I would have never believed that a man could survive an attempted lynching to be mocked and ignored by the local police due to his own criminal past and skin color.

 It would have been impossible to convince me that a walking abuse of public trust like Chief Downes and his little sycophant Patrolman Buchwald would be bold enough to try and cook up a false story against a professor in front of students with cell phones recording the event.

  There are no words for these two abusers of the public trust, they testified under oath that Dr. Issa struck the Chief and all that Chief Downes did was touch Dr. Issa in a 'calming manner'. Both of those assertions are disproved by a video record of the event. To wit:


 I would have never believed that a sitting judge would go along with this conspiracy to pervert justice. Yet here we are, in Beau Biden's state and Joe Biden's backyard discussing Dred Scott in official court documents. Attorney Sam Guy perhaps summed the case up with this paragraph from the document linked above:
But for Dr. Issa's belief that as a black man that he could exercise 1st Amendment
rights while standing near the Martin Luther King Student Center and Medgar Evers Hall
on the campus of DSU, an HBCU, where he was employed, DSU employees including
Mr. Downes would have never have illegally and offensively put his hands on Dr. Issa.

  Words fail me at this point. Hopefully I'll get my act together in time to discuss this on Sunday evening at 10:00 p.m. EST on our blogtalkradio show. You can listen to some of our shows with the embedded player on this blog or visit . Thanks for stopping by.

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Monday, February 4, 2013

White Supremacy in the Delaware Court system?

 On December 4, 2012 there was a pretrial motion hearing in the case of Delaware V Dr. Jahi Issa. Dr. Issa was not allowed to present any witnesses, the hearing was recessed after the state's witnesses were presented.

 Exalted Cyclops, er, um I mean Kent County Court of Common Pleas Judge Welch promised to give a continuance date with a week. Never happened. Seven weeks went by with no word.

  Two key witnesses coincidentally left their jobs at Delaware State University while Dr. Issa and his attorney waited patiently for a continuation date so they could present their evidence in the motion hearing.

  Finally on February 1, 2013 the Judge made a ruling on the pretrial motion without any presentation from the defense. Apparently in Delaware the Judges don't want to hear anything from "Negroes". This is shocking even for Delaware:

  In his ruling the Judge dismissed the charge of disorderly conduct, but his finding of 'facts' supported charges of offensive touching and resisting arrest going to trial.

 The Judge's opinion stated as fact that Dr. Issa pushed the police chief, and refused to be handcuffed. This is contrary to testimony given. Officer Buchwald did not testify that he tried to handcuff Dr. Issa to the best of my recollection.

  In any case, the video shown here refutes the testimony of the Delaware State University Public Safety Chief Downes and Patrolman Buchwald. They both testified under oath that Chief Downes only touched Dr. Issa on the shoulder in a calming manner and that Dr. Issa responded by striking the Chief with an elbow or forearm blow depending on whose testimony we are referring to. I call Bullshit. Check out the video of the event and you tell me.

  The Judge finds that Dr. Issa resisted arrest by pulling away from the officers and falling to the ground. Not considered was the fact that EMS was called to the scene, found Dr. Issa's blood pressure ( over 200 ) to be dangerous and Dr. Issa was in fact admitted to the hospital from the emergency room.

  While having one of the charges dropped is good news, Judge Welch ruling on the motion without allowing the defense to present any evidence is troubling.

  I'm puzzled as to why the state of Delaware is even pretending to have a judicial process here. Wondering when people are going to wake up to the white supremacy that is pervasive in the first state. Totally at a loss as to how this 'Judge' can look in a mirror.

  It would appear that old school white supremacy in Delaware is alive and well. Please consider contributing to Dr. Issa's legal defense fund