Advisor and surrogate Doug Schoen unendorses Hillary Clinton









 







Democrat pollster Doug Schoen, who advised President Bill Clinton’s 1996 reelection campaign and worked on Hillary Clinton’s failed 2008 presidential bid, has withdrawn his endorsement of Hillary Clinton for the presidency following the renewal of the FBI investigation into Clinton and her her top aide Huma Abedin. Schoen said he fears a constitutional crisis should Clinton be elected and sworn into office while under investigation

Schoen made the announcement on the Fox News Channel Sunday night where he is a contributor. Video of the announcement was posted to Twitter.

(Transcribed by Kristinn Taylor.)

Shoen, “”I’ve been a supporter of Secretary Clinton.”

Host Harris Faulkner, “We all know, yeah!”

Schoen, “You do know. But, and the but is a big deal, at least to me. Given that this investigation is gonna go on for many months after the election.”

Faulkner, “No matter who wins.”

Schoen, “No matter who wins. But if the secretary of State (Clinton) wins we will have a president under criminal investigation with Huma Abedin under investigation, the secretary of State–the president-elect–should she win under investigation. Harris, under these circumstances I am actively reassessing my support. I’m not a Trump…”

Faulkner, “Whoa, whoa, whoa, whoa, wait a minute. You’re not gonna vote for Hillary Clinton?”

Schoen, “Harris, I’m deeply concerned that we will have a constitutional crisis if she’s elected. I want to learn more this week see what we see. But as of today I am not a supporter of the secretary of State for the next…”

Faulkner, speaks over Schoen, “How long have you known the Clintons, sir?”

Schoen, “I’ve known the Clintons since 1994.”

Faulkner, “Wow.”

Schoen was on a panel with fellow Democrat pollster Pat Caddell and former Republican Congressman John LeBoutillier.

Schoen’s bio reads in part:

Douglas E. Schoen has been one of the most influential Democratic campaign consultants for over thirty years. A founding partner and principle strategist for Penn, Schoen & Berland, he is widely recognized as one of the co-inventors of overnight polling.

Schoen was named Pollster of the Year in 1996 by the American Association of Political Consultants for his contributions to the President Bill Clinton reelection campaign.

His political clients include New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg and Indiana Governor Evan Bayh, and his corporate clients include AOL Time Warner, Procter & Gamble and AT&T. Internationally, he has worked for the heads of states of over 15 countries, including British Prime Minister Tony Blair, Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi, and three Israeli Prime Ministers…”

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MUTINY AT THE FBI: Comey warned by his own agents to indict Clinton or watch the FBI’s reputation go down in flames



(NaturalNews) As America inches toward open revolt over the runaway criminality and collusion of the democrats and the media, another kind of revolt is taking place inside the FBI. According to multiple sources in the independent media — now the only remaining “free press” in America — FBI director James Comey was forced into announcing a reopening of the criminal investigation into Hillary Clinton’s private email server by “livid” FBI agents who threatened to go public if Comey didn’t act.

James Comey, long since suspected to be a Clinton operative who deliberately allowed Hillary Clinton to get away with a vast number of felony crimes and national security violations, now finds himself with his back against the wall. If he releases the evidence against Hillary Clinton already possessed by the FBI, he will face the wrath of Obama, the Clintons, the corrupt Loretta Lynch (DOJ) and the entire leftist media. If he once again gives Hillary Clinton a free pass on her numerous crimes, he then faces a mutiny inside the FBI which promises to bypass his authority and leak the criminal evidence directly to the alternative media.

Agents inside the FBI, in other words, refuse to allow James Comey to let the agency go down in flames as just another corrupt branch of the “Clinton crime family.” Via the Daily Mail UK:

James Comey’s decision to revive the investigation of Hillary Clinton’s email server and her handling of classified material came after he could no longer resist mounting pressure by mutinous agents in the FBI, including some of his top deputies, according to a source close to the embattled FBI director.

This dovetails with my own sources who tell me that the recent acquittal of the Oregon ranchers has also driven a stake through James Comey’s reputation, as he is the FBI official who reportedly ordered the execution of Robert “LaVoy” Finicum, whose suspected execution by FBI agents was caught on tape.

Because the Oregon ranchers have now been acquitted by a jury, it means FBI head James Comey seems to have ordered the shooting and killing of an innocent man.

Under Comey — and to the dismay of the many great agents working inside the FBI — Comey may have turned the agency toward a lawless armed tyranny that guns down innocent Americans while letting corrupt criminal politicians go free. For many FBI agents who have spent their entire careers serving the FBI as honest, dedicated federal agents, the thought of allowing James Comey to single-handedly commit political arson and burn down the FBI’s hard-won reputation is just too much to bear.

Resignations are beginning to pile up on Comey’s desk as livid FBI agents head for the exits…

Via the Daily Mail:

“The atmosphere at the FBI has been toxic ever since Jim announced last July that he wouldn’t recommend an indictment against Hillary,” said the source, a close friend who has known Comey for nearly two decades… [Comey] told his wife that he was depressed by the stack of resignation letters piling up on his desk from disaffected agents. The letters reminded him every day that morale in the FBI had hit rock bottom.

“And while the decision to reopen the case may appease FBI agents and republicans, in the short-term, we suspect it does very little to restore overall faith in his competence. As such, we continue to question just how long Comey can hold out before being forced to resign his post,” adds Zero Hedge. “At a bare minimum, in light of his continued questionable judgement and serious doubts raised about the integrity of the first investigation, we fail to understand how an independent investigation into Hillary’s email server isn’t warranted.”

The upshot of all this is that James Comey is an arsonist. If his own agents don’t force him to apply the law to the Clinton investigations, Comey will burn the agency to the ground, leaving its reputation in ashes. And that, sadly, will make the world a very dangerous place for all the FBI agents in the field, because everyday Americans would begin to see them all as corrupt, lawless tyrants working as part of a criminal regime in Washington that refuses to apply laws to its own kind.

The truth is that most FBI agents are hard working, professional men and women who are desperately trying to shut down the operations of terrorists, financial fraudsters, kidnappers, murderers and other dangerous criminals. Yet if James Comey doesn’t defend the FBI’s reputation by indicting Hillary Clinton, he will likely be placing FBI field agents in grave danger as they face the wrath of citizens who begin to see them all as part of a corrupt criminal tyranny run by the political mafia in D.C.

Comey, in other words, is more dangerous to the entire FBI than any other single person in Washington right now. If he doesn’t find his moral compass and guide the FBI through this crisis with law and order intact, he’s going to go down in history (and in flames) as the man who forever destroyed the credibility of the FBI and likely turned his field agents into ready targets for an enraged populace.

No doubt, he’ll get an extra bonus from Loretta Lynch if he once again decides to nullify the rule of law in America and announce that Hillary won’t be subject to the same laws that would immediately ensnare anyone else. Remember: If Comey gives Hillary Clinton a free pass, he demonstrates to all Americans that lawlessness is now the accepted standard of conduct in Washington. And if our political leaders will not be held to account for their crimes, then practically speaking, why should any citizen feel compelled to follow any federal laws at all?

If there’s one thing abundantly clear in all this, it’s that both Hillary Clinton and Loretta Lynch should be behind bars. Clinton is a lifelong criminal and mafia boss. Lynch is a third-rate attorney who was tossed into the DOJ solely because of her gender and skin color, not her credentials. And neither one respects the laws of America, of course. Both are deeply corrupt.

If the FBI hopes to have any reputation remaining after the Hillary Clinton campaign implodes either before or on November 8th, Comey needs to come out strong right now and lay out the evidence that unambiguously shows Hillary Clinton had CLEAR INTENT to violate national security laws, among other serious crimes.

All Comey would have to say is something like, “In the view of the FBI, Hillary Clinton is clearly not qualified to serve as Commander in Chief, and we recommend she be indicted for violations of national security…” and so on. With a single sentence, Comey could reinvigorate the FBI and position himself as an historic American hero.

Right now, I’d imagine the Clinton machine is mailing bloody body parts in tiny wooden coffins to James Comey’s home address, along with notes that say something like, “You’re next.” Let’s watch and see if he grows a spine and refuses to be intimidated.

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Mass Police Officer’s Wife Stages Robbery, Blames Black Lives Matter


Mass Police Officer’s Wife Stages Robbery, Blames Black Lives Matter

Susanne Posel ,Chief Editor Occupy Corporatism | Media Spokesperson, HealthMax Group

Maria Daly, wife of Millbury police officer Daniel Daly, not only reported a home invasion to the Millbury police department earlier this month, but she told the cops that Black Lives Matter (BLM) had committed the crime.

However, this turned out to be a complete lie.

Maria told Police Chief Donald Desorey that she and her husband, a fellow officer, were woken up to their “house being robbed” and vandalized. She told friends of Facebook, one of the BLM had spray painted the acronym to the side of her home in an act of “hatred for no reason”.

Desory questioned Maria’s story because her husband is part of the K-9 unit at the Millbury police department, asking: Why would someone risk waking a cop and his police dog to steal jewelry?

Upon further investigation, Desory came to the conclusion “that it was all fabricated” and Maria was charged with filing a false police report.

Unfortunately, this isn’t the first time BLM has been falsely blamed for vandalism. In 2015, a Texas man called his local law enforcement to falsely report that “Black Lives Matter” was spray painted across the side of his truck. The interior was also destroyed; including the seats slashed and the glove box was missing.

The disabled veteran told police he was being targeted for a hate crime because he prominently displayed a “Police Lives Matter” sign in the front window of his home.

After his story went viral on the internet, he was able to garner more than $6,000 from supporters before he was found out an arrested by local authorities.


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If Clinton goes down, Loretta Lynch will go down with her

Oh, Loretta.

I’ll bet that AG Loretta Lynch is shaking in her boots right now, because when Hillary Clinton goes down, Lynch’s career will go down with her. Heck, maybe they’ll even be cellmates.

Loretta Lynch’s ties to the Clintons go back to 1999 when then-President Bill Clinton appointed her to run the Brooklyn US Attorney’s office. She left in 2002 and went into private practice, but returned to the Brooklyn office in 2010 at the behest of President Barack Obama. (Here’s her official bio.)

In 2015, she was sworn in to become the 83rd Attorney General of the United States, taking the place of the blatantly corrupt Attorney General, Eric Holder, who will probably be most famous for his roles in the Fast and Furious operation, inciting racial tensions, and his mishandling of the Lois Lerner/IRS debacle.

First, there was the secret airplane meeting with Bill Clinton

It all started to publically go downhill for Lynch during the first investigation into Hillary Clinton’s carelessness with national secrets via her home email server. Right before FBI Director James Comey was to meet with Hillary Clinton to interrogate her about the subject, Lynch was busted having a secret meeting with Bill Clinton. The Washington Post reported:

Clinton’s private, unplanned meeting with Attorney General Loretta E. Lynch at the Phoenix airport last week, coming at a time when the Justice Department should be nearing completion of its examination of Hillary Clinton’s use of a private server for her emails as secretary of state, will inevitably — and negatively — affect public attitudes about that investigation…

…Lynch has tried to make amends, though not without leaving some confusion in her wake. In a conversation Friday with Washington Post editorial writer Jonathan Capehart at the Aspen Ideas Festival, she insisted again that the conversation was innocent — about grandchildren and golf and such — and did not touch on the investigation of the emails.

Lynch said that she would “be accepting” whatever recommendation the career prosecutors and FBI Director James B. Comey bring her — though she did not say she would remove herself completely from the case. She also said she had made that decision some months ago but was only now making it public.

Of course, it was all much easier for Lynch to abide by the decision when Comey miraculously found that Hillary Clinton was not criminal in her negligence with national secrets.

Now, though, people are asking questions about that ill-founded meeting. Judicial Watch has filed a lawsuit for “all records” related to the illicit meeting between Attorney General Lynch and former President Bill Clinton.

“On June 29, 2016, Attorney General Loretta Lynch is reported to have met privately with former President Bill Clinton on board a parked private plane at Sky Harbor International Airport in Phoenix, Arizona. The meeting occurred during the then-ongoing investigation of Mrs. Clinton’s email server, and mere hours before the Benghazi report was released publicly involving both Mrs. Clinton and the Obama administration. Judicial Watch filed a request on June 30 that the U.S. Department of Justice Office of the Inspector General investigate that meeting.”

Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump suggested that during that meeting, Bill Clinton may have offered to extend Lynch’s position in the AG’s office during a Hillary Clinton administration.

Then she blocked a congressional investigation into the notorious Iranian ransom payment.

Last week, AG Lynch blocked a congressional investigation into the cash payments that the Obama administration made to Iran by pleading the Fifth. The Washington Free Beacon reported:

Attorney General Loretta Lynch is declining to comply with an investigation by leading members of Congress about the Obama administration’s secret efforts to send Iran $1.7 billion in cash earlier this year, prompting accusations that Lynch has “pleaded the Fifth” Amendment to avoid incriminating herself over these payments, according to lawmakers and communications exclusively obtained by the Washington Free Beacon

…“It is frankly unacceptable that your department refuses to answer straightforward questions from the people’s elected representatives in Congress about an important national security issue,” the lawmakers wrote. “Your staff failed to address any of our questions, and instead provided a copy of public testimony and a lecture about the sensitivity of information associated with this issue.”

“As the United States’ chief law enforcement officer, it is outrageous that you would essentially plead the fifth and refuse to respond to inquiries,” they stated. “The actions of your department come at time when Iran continues to hold Americans hostage and unjustly sentence them to prison.”

How very judicial of her.

Lynch tried to shut Comey up about the new investigation into the Clinton emails.

Now, even the mainstream media can’t turn its head.

Earlier I wrote about the fact that FBI Director James Comey made the decision on his own to go public about the new investigation into the Hillary Clinton emails. But let’s talk a little further about Lynch’s  desperate attempts to shut him up.

The New York Times reported that the Justice Department “strongly discouraged Comey” against releasing the information:

The day before the F.B.I. director, James B. Comey, sent a letter to Congress announcing that new evidence had been discovered that might be related to the completed Hillary Clinton email investigation, the Justice Department strongly discouraged the step and told him that he would be breaking with longstanding policy, three law enforcement officials said on Saturday.

Senior Justice Department officials did not move to stop him from sending the letter, officials said, but they did everything short of it, pointing to policies against talking about current criminal investigations or being seen as meddling in elections.

How interesting that it’s seen as “influencing the election” to investigate someone now but it wasn’t back when she was investigated and not charged. I’m not sure exactly how that works, but according to USA Today (emphasis mine), a “…federal official familiar with Comey’s decision said Saturday that the FBI director considered the attorney general’s advice during a spirited discussion of the matter Thursday and early Friday but felt compelled to act.”

Do you remember Janet Reno?

Poor Janet was another Attorney General who went down for the Clintons. She was also sworn in as AG under Bill Clinton, and many questioned her appointment at the time. According to a report in the Chicago Tribune:

She arrived in Washington from Miami as Caesar’s wife, and so she has remained. She was ignorant and independent of insider D.C. and has stayed that way. Bill Clinton never much liked her and never confided in her, and she reciprocated.

She became AG just in time to take the fall for the debacle in Waco, actually. According to History.com

The Waco standoff had already begun by the time Janet Reno became the first female attorney general on March 12, 1993. She approved the FBI’s tear gas plan the following month, explaining that negotiations with the Branch Davidians had stalemated and that the children inside the compound were at risk. “We will never know whether there was a better solution,” Reno said in 1995. “Everyone involved … made their best judgments based on all the information we had.” Nonetheless, a Republican-led congressional report called her decision “premature, wrong and highly irresponsible.” She was also criticized when facts emerged contradicting some of her earlier statements.

The Tribune post continued to discuss Reno’s position as a scapegoat:

Every day since she took office, she has been supervising at least one probe embarrassing to Clinton–Whitewater, fundraising, Lewinsky, China espionage, etc. Clinton can’t afford the political beating he would take if he cashiered her.

…But no such attorney general could have survived the Clinton scandals, much less survived them with her own reputation–and her department’s–intact.

Attorney Generals who have anything to do with the Clintons don’t seem to fare too well. They end up so embroiled in Clinton scandals that they, too, are pulled down into the mire, regardless of what their intentions were when they started out.

Lynch can see her future…and it has something to do with “Help Wanted” ads

The last time Lynch was involved in the Clinton email kerfuffle, she promised to abide by FBI Director James Comey’s recommendation.

I wonder if she’ll make that same promise this time?

She really can’t, because if she does, it will show she was complicit with the Clintons the last time around, and also this time when she decried Comey’s release of information about the investigation.

I wonder if she and Hillary Clinton will be able to get adjoining cells when/if the truth comes out.

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Former Ambassador Andrew Young calls for end to water fluoridation, “Civil Rights Issue”

Anti-fluoridation activists in Georgia received a major boost of support when former U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations under Jimmy Carter, Andrew Young, sent a letter to Georgia Governor Nathan Deal and House Speaker David Ralston demanding hearings to investigate why water fluoridation is being continued in the state despite all the reasons to end it.

Ambassador Young is asking for a written response. His letter was also sent to the CEO of the American Water Works Association, David LaFrance.

“What’s clear to me is that we need a repeal of Georgia’s water fluoridation law, and hearings to look into how fluoridation has continued all these years, long after there were plenty of reasons to end it,” Ambassador Young wrote.

“This is a civil rights issue, and the people have the right to have the full story given to them, rather than highly edited, misleading talking points.”

Young also addressed the sketchy nature of the pro-fluoridation argument when he wrote,

When someone’s story keeps changing, there are quite often motivations behind their changed stance that may not be aligned with the best interests of the public. The story offered by water fluoridation promoters keeps changing…and changing…and changing. There are key groups such as seniors, kidney patients, diabetics, communities of color, thyroid patients and people who drink a lot of water due to their occupation that are especially effected by Fluoridegate.

“I am calling for Fluoridegate hearings, here, in Georgia and I am calling for a repeal of Georgia’s fluoridation law, immediately,” Young added.

You can read the full text of Young’s letter here. We congratulate Ambassador Young on having the courage to speak out on this issue and we eagerly await the written response to it. Even more important, we are looking for an end to water fluoridation in Georgia.

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How Your Birth Order Can Shape Your Personality

Have you ever questioned the idea that maybe you are the way you are because of the order in which you were born?

From the beginning of time, theories such as this one naturally entice us because we often seek clarity when it comes to understanding ourselves, even if it’s from an outsider’s perspective.

The theory began in the late 1920s with Alfred Adler, a colleague of Sigmund Freud’s. Adler claimed that firstborns are neurotic and self-centered, but are most likely to be leaders. These qualities are inspired when a younger sibling comes around, making them feel “dethroned.” The middle child would be rebellious, independent, and naturally healthier, while the youngest would be immature, spoiled, and outgoing. Can you guess which one Adler was?…(the middle child).

Higher IQ?

The theory that birth order affects your personality and IQ has created quite a divide among researchers. Some dismiss the theory entirely while others are convinced it plays a crucial role. Researchers from the University of Leipzig and Johannes Gutenberg University of Mainz (both in Germany) studied more than 20,000 adults from the United States, United Kingdom, and Germany. In this study, they compared siblings both within the same family, and people with the same birth order across families. They did find that “firstborns score higher on objectively measured intelligence and additionally found a similar effect on self-reported intellect” but “found no birth-order effects on extraversion, emotional stability, agreeableness, conscientiousness, or imagination.”

Personality

Another study published in the Journal of Research in Personality confirmed little evidence for personality differences based on birth order. They looked at 377,000 U.S. high-school students.

Researchers looked at the Big Five personality traits:

  • openness
  • agreeableness
  • neuroticism
  • conscientiousness
  • extraversion

They predicted that “firstborns (versus laterborns) should be higher in conscientiousness, neuroticism, and the dominance aspect of extraversion, whereas laterborns should be higher in agreeableness and the sociability aspect of extraversion.”

What they found is that firstborns tended to be more conscientious and dominant, and less sociable, but that they tended to be more agreeable and less neurotic. The problem with this finding is that the effect was so tiny that if they hadn’t looked at hundreds of thousands of people, it wouldn’t have been significant at all.

But again, when it came to intelligence, firstborns did have an advantage—of one IQ point.

Flawed Studies?

In a 2010 article by Ph.D. student Joshua K. Hartshorne, explains that most of these studies are flawed because they dismiss important social factors like ethnicity, education, and wealth. More importantly, he says researchers don’t understand the importance of family size. If in fact oldest siblings are more intelligent (21 of the first 23 astronauts into space were firstborns), than it would be wise to know how many siblings they have. A child from a two-kid family has a 50 percent chance of being a firstborn, whereas a child from a five-kid family has only a 20 percent chance of being a firstborn. More so, families who are wealthier tend to have fewer children. More children mean that parental resources (money, time, and attention) are sparing.

Interestingly so, Hartshorne claims that firstborns are most likely to marry firstborns, middle borns marry middle borns, last borns marry last borns, and only children marry only children. This furthers the belief that a personality is determined with birth order because people are more likely to be attracted to other people of similar personalities.

The Conclusion

The idea of birth order has always perplexed me. I could find these characteristics existed when I looked at any of my friends and the order they placed in their family but then it made me wonder: if any of the roles were switched, could I apply any of the characteristics to them then? Probably. But, when I look at my own family, me being the youngest sibling of 2, I could almost most definitely agree with the personality traits.

It’s funny/sad when you meet someone who says they are the only child. Naturally and unfortunately, there is a bad connotation toward them that has clearly been infiltrated into our psyche from the perceptions our parents have. Which makes the next point so important: birth order isn’t so much about who was born first or last but about the relationship that exists between parent and child, sibling to sibling, and family dynamic as a whole. This delves into the realm of nature vs. nurture.

While I believe there are some truths to this theory, I’m not really interested in trying to fit myself into a box. We are all so much more than our ‘birth order’ and we all carry so many different factors that help us deal with hardships and what we choose to do with our futures. What would it mean if a child was born to a single parent? Or if a parent passed during a second born’s life? Or if they were raised by their grandparents?

In my opinion, a viable study to determine if birth order affects our IQ or personality would have to be done over a span of 50 years or so with every inhibiting and positive family factor to name for a legitimate study to determine how we are.


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World’s Largest Solar Project Will Power 1 Million Homes In Nevada

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By Ian Crossland via Minds

Soon, California-based energy company SolarReserve will begin construction on the largest concentrated solar plant (CSP) in the world.

The production is planned to begin in Nevada, will cost $5 billion and is expected to generate between 1,500 and 2,000 megawatts of power, enough to power about 1 million homes.

“It’s a big project,” says CEO Kevin Smith. “It’s an ambitious project.”

“Big” and “ambitions” are two good words to describe the undertaking, though the CSPs are notably awesome.  They function by placing a huge array of mirrors, collecting sunlight and focusing it into one of many central towers filled with salt.  The salt is melted and remains extremely hot; it is used to boil water and produce steam which turns turbines to generate electricity.

“It’s really the ability to provide renewable energy that’s available on demand 24 hours a day,” Smith told NPR, explaining how the plant continues to create electricity at night.

Currently, SolarReserve is running the 110-megawatt Crescent Dunes Solar Energy Plant, near the location.  It has been powering about 75,000 Nevada homes.

The new plant is expected to have 100,000 mirrors focused on 10 towers.

It’s going to be huge.

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Milwaukee Police Must Consider Alternatives To Handle Under-Reported Opium Crisis

This article was originally published by The Pontiac Tribune by the same author.

The drug war’s casualties reach far beyond bloated penitentiary yards, fractured rehab facilities, and it’s own endless perpetuation. America’s opioid crisis, and it’s scale, is straining police, the policed, and the decades old rhetoric between them. Milwaukee Wisconsin is no stranger, nor its numerous nearby suburbs–like Wauwatosa.

Heroin use and overdose in particular is climbing, indiscriminately rocking towns with barbaric fervor.  Perhaps now is the time for law enforcement to consider drug enforcement nuances cropping up elsewhere in the country.

“888 bodies and counting”, a morbid but fitting title to a recent report by Milwaukee’s alderman’s office. In 14 pages, the document presents detailed analysis of a overdose plague striking the city. “Milwaukee county alone has seen a 495% increase in heroin related deaths between 2005-2015”, it reads. As a point of perspective, Milwaukee’s opioid deaths, heroin and others, exceed deaths by car accidents and homicide.

   –Stop Assuming Who Or Where Is Affected–

The report shatters common stereotypes and beliefs, like such things are only inner city or poor people problems. Of the 888 deaths examined, whites accounted for 67%, blacks at 24%, and Hispanics ranking lowest at 6%. That’s remarkable in a city populated by more than half of all blacks in Wisconsin. A 2010 census found that whites accounted for 37% of Milwaukee’s population, whereas blacks were around 40%.

Males represented a sizeable majority, 61% compared to 39% for female overdoses.  Heroin claimed most, 39% to be exact, with prescription available Oxycontin trailing at 30%. Although cocaine placed at 23%, it accounted for 46% of black deaths whereas heroin ravaged whites.

Nearly half ranged between the ages of 30 and 59, averaging out at age 43. Whites trended younger, ages 30-39, with a prevalence among 20 somethings as well. African American deaths, on the other hand, tended to be well into their 40’s and 50’s. “At least several overdose deaths were reported in almost every local municipality.”

A city news release describes an “epidemic” “sweeping across demographic and geographic boundaries.” “It defies conventional expectations about where drug problems occur and who is affected.” “All corners of the city” are affected, from Cudahy to St. Francis, South Milwaukee up to Shorewood, over to West Allies then through Wauwatosa.

Wauwatosa, for instance, saw its heroin prevalence explode in 2008, putting its police department on notice. According to their 2008 annual report, 184.8 grams of heroin were captured by WPD Special Operations Group (SOG) compared to just 2.9 grams in 2007. The boom was loud enough to earn explicit reference in the report as “a significant increase.”

Although 2009 saw the yield drop to 24.67 grams, over 13,000 pills were captured compared to 2008’s 337. Among the miscellaneous collection was Oxycontin, a drug included in the alderman’s report. Heroin climbed again from 2011, wherein 14 grams were captured, to 77 grams in 2013.

Tosa PD SOG added crack cocaine to its capture list in 2012, the first time the drug appeared in a Wauwatosa annual report. Should anyone then consider it a coincidence that Tosa’s teens noticed growing crack use among peers after 2010? In their 2015 report, Tosa PD captured a staggering 95 grams of crack cocaine, and 46 grams of heroin.

Youths everywhere, including Wauwatosa and West Allis are becoming well acquainted with Ms. China White (heroin) through tragedy. A few use the drug, but many more have either watched their friends become addicts or worse. Wauwatosa, statistically speaking–balancing a 90.1% white population against 4.3% for blacks–likely has a younger addict population.

Exactly how young is unclear, as Tosa PD’s reports do not include age break ups for drugs. Additionally, these numbers only represent SOG’s captures, not the entire department. This leaves the exact scale of Tosa’s problem in question though make no mistake, it’s there, vivid, and it takes.

–Improvement Means Moving Forward, Society And All–

Now is the time for WPD to learn from the work of colleagues, like Gloucester PD. The Massachusetts department was forced to break away from typical drug enforcement due to the scale of its own opioid crisis.

The new year of 2015 saw four overdoses over its first four months in Gloucester. Opioid abuse in Gloucester drowned it’s department, forcing it to break drug war ranks. GPD Chief Leonard Campanello launched the Angel Program thereafter, offering addicts rehab over jail time. Leonard’s words to addicts were heartfelt and empathetic, “we are not ashamed of you.”

Gloucester users were encouraged to come to the station, with or without drugs, and surrender to treatment. At that point, the individual is partnered with a volunteered “angel” to guide them through the rehabilitation process. Police transport them from the station to the hospital, where care of medical professionals is provided.

The program had a slow, but hopeful start, and has mushroomed across other US states. Gloucester PD still, however, conducts opioid arrests on the street, seeking out sources for the drug. Instead of impeding police work, the Angel program improves relations between police, communities, and “untouchables”.

Milwaukee is an excellent candidate city for such a program, if only departments would give it a shot. Gloucester took the hardest step–piloting–and their initiative has shown promise outside the small town.

In Milwaukee, smaller departments, like Wauwatosa, tend to pilot programs for use in larger departments. Whether it’s a new piece of equipment or strategy, smaller departments make for good contained experiments. For any department attempting to be seen as transparent, and community oriented, addressing issues in effective ways is critical.

In Wauwatosa, the victims of the heroin crisis are young, whose faces offend prejudices people may have of what makes an addict. No longer can Milwaukee ignore it’s crisis. It’s imperative that radical, progressive measures are taken to bring the staggering number of over 800 overdoses down.

This is indisputable, and in the face of these facts, departments like Wauwatosa PD have a choice. Either they can continue patterns of behavior shown to be ineffective to solve this problem, or they can adapt. May this article be seen as an plea to Wauwatosa PD: Consider piloting an Angel Program for Milwaukee, before it’s the hour grows even later.


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Update: Jay Anderson Never Held Gun To Tosa Officer, Police Moved Gun From Car

Striking new details have been released by attorneys regarding the Jay Anderson shooting in Wauwatosa, Wisconsin. Officials say dash cam footage has been enhanced by the DOJ (Department Of Justice) and shows Anderson never brandished a gun. The actions of not only the shooting officer, but also responding Wauwatosa PD investigators are also under close examination.

Jay Anderson’s family has fought for answers since his death four months ago. Anderson was killed by an officer at around 3am on June 23d, after his car was deemed suspicious. That officer has been identified by Anderson’s family as Joseph Mensah at several protests they’ve held in the suburb.

The Anderson’s have marched through neighborhoods, Mayfair Mall, and before Wauwatosa’s police station. They’ve received support by numerous activist groups as well as normal residents as time passes. Very few details have been released regarding Anderson’s death, and only now are official updates surfacing. In the meantime, the Anderson family reports ongoing harassment, intimidation, and surveillance by police.

According to them, Jay was shot 13 times, 4 of which struck him in the head. Though Chief Barry Weber initially stated he didn’t know why the officer was afraid, it was later suggested Anderson possessed a gun.

It was eventually determined that footage was indeed captured that night, though just 20 seconds. Anderson’s parents-Jay Anderson Sr. and Linda–were invited to the District Attorney’s office to view that footage. They later reported Jay held his hands high before he was shot by Mensah. In an interview with Cop Block contributors, Jay Sr. and Linda stated when backup arrived, all their squad cameras cut off simultaneously.

Most details disclosed have been unofficial, coming directly from the family. They released information out of desperation, because WPD simply wouldn’t provide answers. Residents who initially backed Tosa PD waned their opinions, as suspicions grew. Mr. and Mrs. Anderson say they haven’t met Chief Weber in person. Instead, Weber allegedly sends his lieutenants, who are notably ruder to them than Milwaukee PD officers.

Wauwatosa PD has also denied several FOIA requests related to the case, including from Cop Block. Contributors have filed several open records requests, the last regarding Mensah himself. The request asked for the most recent FOIA requests regarding Mensah, all of which were for OIS (Officer Involved Shooting). The first of these requests was filed days after Anderson’s death, and the last following a protest. By providing these details, WPD all but confirmed Mensah is at least a key player in the shooting.

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An “attorney close to the case also recently disclosed officers didn’t document the weapon they said was in Jay’s car. His parents told contributors during a interview that WPD allegedly didn’t even photograph the gun. In fact, according to MJS, the weapon was moved from the car before photographs were taken. According to the family, Jay legally owned the gun and didn’t point it at Mensah.

Dash footage from that night was sent to the DOJ (Department Of Justice) for enhancement for more detail. “It was not conclusive of anything”, says attorney Jonathan Safran, “but it does allow for a better understanding of some of the movements inside the vehicle. I believe it helps us know that Jay Anderson never appeared to touch, raise or point the hand gun that was allegedly on the front passenger seat of the vehicle.”

Officer Joseph Mensah was allegedly involved in a shooting last year involving a man brandishing a sword. It appears that Mensah didn’t receive psychological care after the shooting, and was quickly reactivated. The Anderson’s say Mensah switched departments three times in five years, the last being Tosa. They also claim WPD denied him disability after last years shooting. During a protest at Madison Park, where Jay died, his fiancé stated park workers were routinely harassed by Mensah all summer.

Wauwatosa PD has continuously denied extensive comment on the case. Whereas inquiries from residents have been outright ignored, WPD publicly hides behind the pending investigation’s status. According to Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, the department claims it wants the event “viewed as a whole.”

However, is it viewed as a “whole” when the only narrative available is that of the departments? A narrative which, obviously, is crumbling quicker than the suburb itself can handle. For the longest time it was suggested Anderson threatened the officer with a gun–that’s now false. Initially, WPD Chief Barry Weber stated he didn’t believe that footage was captured, that’s also false. While the only known 20 second clip shows Jay with his hands up, eight whole minutes have been reported “missing” from that night. How much of the narrative fed to Wauwatosa’s residents is, in fact, false or suspect?

Concern over the killing has even spread to Tosa politicians, including the mayor. Cop Block contributors emailed Mayor Kathleen Ehley to get her comment on the case. When contributors spoke with the Anderson’s, they’d claimed the mayor had been asked by unnamed police officials to remain silent on the case.

Ehley emailed back admitting she was “legally restricted” on what she’s able to say. She did not, however, directly connect these restrictions to pressure by police officials. Ehley did provide an update paper provided to her by Chief Barry Weber. He’d prepared the paper for a meeting held by a Tosa group which has formed to demand answers. The only “update” or “new information” Weber actually provided was confirming Mensah is on “administrative leave.”

Regardless of the investigation’s outcome, Tosa PD is under a microscope it hasn’t felt in years. Not since the 90’s, which Weber dedicated to cleaning up WPD’s racist reputation and silencing criticism, have they met the spotlight. Residents are demanding transparency. It’s a huge leap from recent years, where WPD’s misconduct was ignored by many.

The central theme of the Anderson case is lack of transparency, and shutting out the public. That need must be satisfied if Wauwatosa PD expects to not further damage trust with the last citizens who’ll still offer it. “I am confident that the final determination of this case will conclude that our police officer acted appropriately”, Weber ended the public update with. The more information leaks the more the question is raised: If Mensah did this by the book, then is the whole of WPD in need of a top-down investigation by the public and the feds?

 

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