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.

Tuesday, April 30, 2013

A good day to be white

I'm sitting in the courtroom, listening to a case review of Delaware v Issa. This is to determine if there are any more issues to be dealt with before the state proceeds with false charges against Dr. Jahi Issa, arrested while leading his students outside the Martin Luther King Student Center intending to attend a public board meeting.

  Dr. Issa was accosted, manhandled, and ultimately arrested ( after being hospitalized ) by DSU campus police. The Chief himself was the chief attacker. For those just tuning in, the allegation by  Cheif Downes is that he only touched Dr. Issa on the shoulder in a calming manner whereupon Dr. Issa spat profanity and struck him in the chest with an elbow blow. Hence 'offensive touching' charges.

  Dr. Issa then 'pulled away' and fell to the ground, hence resisting arrest. In fact EMS was summoned, found Dr. Issa's blood pressure dangerously elevated and had him admitted to the hospital. I guess trying to stay alive is resisting arrest.

 In any case here's the video which clearly shows that Chief Downes did touch Dr. Issa in an offensive manner, he did touch him other than in a 'calming manner' and Dr. Issa didn't hit or shove anyone.

Perhaps the most chilling part of the case review was when Judge Welch said that the equestrian protest of 2010 couldn't really supply evidence of disparate treatment because the equestrian team was ordered to disperse and did so.

  A couple of points. Let's take the Judge at his word ( bad idea, but play along ). Dr. Issa never had the opportunity to comply with such an order, none was ever given. The police simply grabbed him and hauled him off. He wasn't doing anything to warrant that and the police admitted they had no probable cause to detain him when they put their hands on him.

 Number two, the state is insisting that there are no records of the equestrian protest so how does the Judge know this? If I followed correctly DSU's general counsel told him. Said counsel wasn't at the equestrian protest either so second hand heresay at best, from the bench. In fact Dr. Issa and other witnesses who were present at the 2010 equestrian protest will testify that no such dispersal ever occured.

 It was a good day to be white, unfortunately for him Dr. Issa isn't.

  Then to put a cherry on top, Delaware Family Services basically kidnapped Dr. Issa's nine year old son and tried to bring more false charges against him. Fortunately Dr. Issa's wife was able to intervene and get her son to a doctor who found that the boy was un-injured. Otherwise the state was trying to go after Dr. Issa for child abuse.

  A school nurse filed a false report saying that the young boy had blood in his ear canal, bruising on his throat consistent with being strangled, and bruised swollen ribs from being beaten. Somehow interrogating the boy in a room full of strangers the state thought they had enough to go after Mrs. Issa and get her to sign documents. Bad guess.

 The boy's family doctor examined him that very day without finding any signs of injury. So now that's another matter that must be dealt with. A school nurse that falsifies reports is not a joke, Dr. Issa will file the paperwork because he is a parent and doesn't want this to happen to other parents.

  Which brings me to the point of this post. Dr. Issa is fighting for his rights, the rights of others, and at this point his very survival. While undocumented immigrants can count on our social safety net, Dr. Issa's family is being denied food stamps and medical care he needs to keep them whole while he fights the charges against him.

  Right now, Dr. Issa needs one thousand dollars to purchase court transcripts of his criminal trial. The state won't let him file in forma pauperis because he has an attorney ( who hasn't been paid in a while ) even though he has been made indigent by the entity charging him, namely the state.

  Without the transcripts whatever the judge or state prosecutor 'recalls' from earlier proceedings will stand, so these transcripts are vital for his defense.

Please join your humble respondent in donating to Dr. Issa's legal defense fund.  This is serious, I know times are tight and there are plenty of worthy causes. Helping a man who's fighting for the first amendment, education, against lynchings, and who never refuses to help others is one of them. 

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