As I am sure everyone knows, there is a movement in the United States known as “Black Lives Matter”. This movement came to life after the death of Travon Martin, who was a 17-year-old African-American who was fatally shot by George Zimmerman, a neighborhood watch volunteer. Zimmerman was lawfully acquitted in court by a jury of his peers, but some people were not satisfied with this lawful verdict. The movement gained momentum as it protested the 2014 deaths of two African-Americans, Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri and Eric Garner in New York City; in both cases the grand jury did not indict the officers and no charges were brought. Several other African-Americans who died at the hands of law enforcement have had their deaths protested by the movement, including Tamir Rice, Eric Harris, Walter Scott, and Freddie Gray.
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Almost exactly two years after he was hired as the City of Cincinnati Police Chief, Jeffrey Blackwell has been fired from that position. Not only was he fired, but he was fired abruptly. He came to work on the morning of September 9th, 2015 and by noon of that day he had joined the ranks of the unemployed. This is significant, not only that he was fired, but how he was fired. Frequently, an official such as this will be offered the opportunity to resign with some sort of non-disclosure agreement being signed that neither party will divulge the underlying facts. I suppose in this case the underlying facts were too sensational to keep under wraps. As anyone who has read past blog articles on this site knows, the Townehouse Blog as frequently commented on issues regarding Jeffrey Blackwell. All of these blog articles can be found elsewhere on the Townehouse Blog or can be downloaded as a PDFF booklet known as “The Blackwell Chronicles”. Many of the reasons given by the City Manager to support his decision to fire Blackwell were also the subject of a blog article, some written many months ago. If these issues were apparent that long ago, the question that I have, why did it take so long?
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I probably should know better than to write this article. I should know better because I am angry and tend to not choose the best words to describe my feelings under such circumstances. But I am angry and I am sad. I need to do this because this is how I vent. If you are offended by my words, I don’t care. If you place meanings on my words that were not intended or are not there, that is on you. I am not concerned about the feelings of an individual who cannot stand to hear the truth. You can bury your head in the sand or you can wake up and face reality. The reality is that police officers are being gunned down in the streets. But for some reason the media and some segments of the public find it more offensive when a police officer is forced to use deadly force than when a weaselly coward executes a police officer. You are damn right, I am angry.
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The debate rages here in Ohio as the November election date draws near. Do we or do we not want to Legalize Marijuana in the great State of Ohio. I, like many, am still reading and researching, trying to make the best informed decision that I can. To that end I have watched with interest as law enforcement leaders from Cincinnati began to endorse legalization of marijuana. That did not totally surprise me. But let us have a look at what was said, and who said it.
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As summer winds down, school has restarted, and the overall concept of the summer season comes to an end, I can’t help but wonder about the Summer Safety Plan, and how that worked out for the city. As you may recall, in early June there was much said by politicians and public officials about the need to reduce the violence in Cincinnati. The City Manager got on board and issued a directive to the Police Chief to produce a 90 day plan that would help reduce violence in the City of Cincinnati. Several days later the Police Chief, the mayor, and the City Manager took to the podium and explained to us how the plan would work. Almost immediately following that, the plan was revised once, twice, maybe three times until the final watered down version was put into place in July. Since then very little was said or written about the plan and whether it has been effective. So I did my research. Here is what I found.
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I am confused. I am not sure what is being accomplished by these recent attempts to rewrite history. I guess the most recent and most publicized is the removal of the Confederate Battle Flag from the grounds of the State House in North Carolina. In case you weren’t paying attention, the flag was flown as part of a monument erected to honor the war dead of those who had fought for the Confederate States of America. Now the latest ill thought out idea is by Winston-Salem Council Member James Taylor who seems to think the word Dixie should be struck from the dictionary, or some other such lunacy. So far, North Carolina has deemed the Battle Flag as a non-flag and now they want to make the word Dixie a non-word. Hey, I have an idea. Let us remove the State of North Carolina from the United States. Yes definitely, that is it, that is what we should do.
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Many Americans, probably myself included, have taken to the new sport of “Rushing to Judgment”. This of course is when we make a judgment or decision on an event before all the facts are known. Judgement rushing frequently is the result of our own bias with regards to the race, creed, or sexual orientation of the person we are rushing to judge. I.E., he or she must be guilty because he or she is a gay, or black, or white, or a cop, or he or she must be guilty be cause the video kind of looks like they did it. Another way of putting it is that we tend to make judgments based on limited information available at the time when we decide to make the judgment, even if the limited information does not tell the story. Probably this is only human nature. For most citizens this is normal and really not a problem as your opinion and my opinion are only that, opinions that have to influence one way or the other on the outcome of the incident we are judging. But this is not true for every person.
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I spent a great deal of my time yesterday responding in several Facebook threads about the fatal shooting of Sam Dubose by former U.C. Police Officer Ray Tensing. Needless to say, no matter how hardened some of us pretend to be, the taking of a human life by another is horrible. An incident of this type needs to be fully investigated by the authorities, appropriate charges need to be placed, and the matter needs to be determined in the court system. No matter how passionate or dedicated a person may be the matter is not going to be solved in a Facebook discussion. And in particular in a Facebook discussion where the participants are not allowing common sense and good judgment to rule their statements but instead are using outrage and uninformed decisions to do so. The bottom line is this. A person is innocent until proven guilty in a court of law. That includes Ray Tensing.
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As I sit here week after week and present my point of view, I most often feel as if I am standing alone. I am not sure why because the point of views that I hold are not so radical and not so extreme that no others would share them with me. Yet when I post them, typically the only responses I see are those who oppose my point of view. Perhaps this is the way it is and the way it should be. The silent majority simply nod their heads in assent while the vocal minority post their opposing points of view. Or the other option is, and one I find discomforting, is that hardly anyone agrees with me and I am one voice, standing alone, on my own little cloud of insanity. To that I can only reply “Hey You, get off my cloud”.
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I have thought long and hard as to whether I really want to publish this blog article. I know before reading the first paragraph that there will be those who take it the wrong way and those who will accuse me of bias, regardless of what my intent may be. So I will state right from the start that this article is about the promotion of Captain Eliot Isaac to the position of Executive Assistant Police Chief. This article is not about Captain Isaac, nor is it about his qualifications. This article is about the selection process, and whether or not the most qualified candidate was selected and the process used to decide who that candidate should be. On June 11th, 2015 I wrote about picking The Most Qualified Candidate. Today’s article is the sequel. Today’s article is seeking the truth, nothing more.
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