Jury Convicts Thug of Shooting Two Cops at Protest; Obama Justice Department Enabled Attack

barack-obama-eric-holder-loretta-lynchThe violence may be a memory, but there is now a welcome reminder of the consequences.  Last Thursday, December 8, a St. Louis County, Mo. jury found a young black male, Jeffrey Williams, guilty on six criminal counts related to the malicious gun wounding of two unnamed police officers in the St. Louis suburb of Ferguson in March 2015.  The incident occurred during a street rally organized by the radical social media network, Black Lives Matter, to protest the shooting death of an “unarmed” black male, Michael Brown, by a white Ferguson cop the previous August.  A grand jury months later had decided the evidence was insufficient to indict the officer, an announcement that triggered destructive rioting.  Reprehensible as the rioting and shootings were, the Obama administration tacitly encouraged this behavior.

If any one event underscores the futility of achieving a ‘post-racial’ society in contemporary America, the death of Michael …

Mainstream Media Enable Black Lives Matter, Legitimize Cop-Killing

The ambush murders of five Dallas police officers on July 7, followed ten days later by the murders of three Baton Rouge cops, outraged the nation.  To the social media network of provocateurs called Black Lives Matter (BLM), however, these massacres were equivalent to recent white police “murders” of blacks.  Though evidence negates such equivalence, many journalists are insisting that we see these events through the group’s lens.  Rather than objectively pursue truth, they selectively use facts and manipulate language to propagate the view that blacks are being targeted for death and are justified in taking matters into their own hands.  Case in point:  Last December, as part of its annual Person of the Year issue, Time magazine praised BLM as having “weaponized protest.”

Since the start of this year, National Legal and Policy Center has published more than a half-dozen highly critical stories of Black Lives Matter and its …

Obama Fetes Black Lives Matter Leaders at White House Summit

obama-black-lives-matter-summitAnyone doubting the influence of the loosely-knit band of demagogues known as Black Lives Matter probably wasn’t at the White House last Thursday, where President Obama met with black leaders to discuss race, crime and policing.  Among the attendees were Al Sharpton, National Urban League President Marc Morial, Rep. John Lewis, D-Ga., and Black Lives Matter activists DeRay McKesson and Brittany Packnett (in photo).  Obama invited McKesson and Packnett as a gesture to young blacks.  Their inclusion underscores the summit’s unspoken assumption:  White lives don’t matter.

National Legal and Policy Center early in January described the origins and motives of Black Lives Matter (BLM).  The group was launched in July 2013 by three black female community activists in the immediate wake of a wholly justified decision by a Florida trial jury not to convict a white neighborhood crime patrol volunteer, George Zimmerman, for murder in the self-defense shooting death of …

Black Lives Matter Activists Sabotage Public Order, Intimidate Critics

The politics of racial grievance took center stage in 2015. Leading the way was an ad hoc nationwide group known as Black Lives Matter (BLM).  Menacing, confrontational and adept in social media, its activists are recruiting blacks, the younger the better, as foot soldiers for disruptive protests rivaling those organized by the master of the trade, Al Sharpton.  Like Sharpton, the group claims to seek justice for blacks who have lost their lives at the hands of “racist” white police and vigilantes.  And like Sharpton, their style involves character assassination, cause-and-effect distortion, and threats.  In recent weeks, BLM activists – there are now nearly 30 chapters – have blocked urban thoroughfares, stormed college campus offices, and disrupted presidential candidate speeches.  Woe unto those who fail to meet their demands.

The idea that black lives matter shouldn’t strike anyone as controversial.  All lives matter.  But that’s not the rock upon which …

Police Shootings in Ferguson Bear Mark of Holder, Sharpton

holder:sharptonNothing underscores the Obama adminstration’s failure on race relations more than its reaction to the wounding by gunfire in the wee hours last Thursday of two St. Louis-area cops at a Ferguson demonstration.  Police Saturday night arrested Jeffrey Williams, a 20-year-old black who admitted to firing the shots but claimed he was aiming at someone else.  Civil rights activists, predictably, are condemning Williams and denouncing “racist” police.  The Department of Justice, which helped create this situation, is responding similarly.  The outcome could be a nationwide law enforcement disaster.

Ferguson, a north side St. Louis suburb of about 20,000 residents, two-thirds of them black, for months has been a nationwide flash point.  As I have chronicled in lengthy NLPC articles (here, here and here), and in a new book, Sharpton:  A Demagogue’s Rise, the aggressive allegations of racial motivation behind the police shooting death last summer of …

Justice Department Hurls Charges at Ferguson Police, but Clears Officer Wilson

Eric Holder is on his way out as U.S. attorney general, but he wants to leave a reminder of his legacy.  Unfortunately, it is a legacy of racial polarization heavily driven by his ally, Al Sharpton.  The Department of Justice (DOJ) today released a report concluding that police in Ferguson, Mo., the St. Louis suburb where a fatal shooting last August by a white officer, Darren Wilson, of a violent black youth triggered repeated rioting, has exhibited patterns of bias.  Released in summary form earlier this week, the study accuses Ferguson police of systematic targeting of blacks. Yet the accusation is flimsy, a vindictive response to a state grand jury’s sensible refusal last November to indict Wilson for murder. Its motive is even more obvious in light of DOJ’s decision today to clear Wilson of civil rights violations.

National Legal and Policy Center has been on this from the start.  …

New Sharpton Book Coming February 15

Sharpton book coverTiming is everything. And in this 300+ page book titled Sharpton, A Demagogue’s Rise, longtime Sharpton watcher and critic Carl F. Horowitz could not be more timely.

The cold-blooded murder of two New York City police officers followed weeks of Sharpton’s vilification of law enforcement. The controversial minister and activist now finds himself front and center, a position he has always sought, but in a way he did not plan.

Horowitz not only explodes the myths about Sharpton by carefully documenting his past, but indicts a political culture that made possible his spectacular rise.

Horowitz is a staff director of the National Legal and Policy Center (NLPC), a group that has exposed political corruption since 1991. Through a series of NLPC-filed Complaints to the Federal Election Commission, Sharpton has been fined hundreds of thousands of dollars.

PR for the book’s released is being handled by LEVICK. Media inquiries may …

Is Eric Holder Trying to Railroad Ferguson Cop?

Barack Obama, Eric HolderIf anyone thought the Obama administration planned to sit on the sidelines after the riots in Ferguson, Mo., those thoughts should be dispelled by now. Last Wednesday, Attorney General Eric Holder visited the suburban St. Louis community with the apparent ulterior motive of laying the groundwork for a federal criminal indictment against a white police officer, Darren Wilson, who on August 9 shot to death a local black youth, Michael Brown. Wilson, far from being a trigger-happy “racist” cop, very likely had acted in self-defense. Brown allegedly sucker-punched Wilson, tried to take his gun, and then, after walking or running away, stopped, turned around, and then violently charged at Wilson. Holder appears to be putting race above impartial law enforcement. Upon arrival, he stated at Florissant Valley Community College: “I am the attorney general of the United States. But I am also a black man.”

When it comes to judicious …

Sharpton Creates Tension in Wake of St. Louis-Area Rioting

Riots After Grand Jury Decision Rip Apart Ferguson, MissouriThe arrival of Al Sharpton in St. Louis could have been predicted. And his departure can’t come soon enough. On Tuesday morning, Sharpton, the New York City-based minister, civil rights leader and media personality, was in town supposedly to defuse the ongoing street violence following the fatal shooting last Saturday by a white police officer in nearby Ferguson, Missouri of a local black youth, Michael Brown. As revealed days later by hidden video footage, Brown very likely had robbed a convenience store. Moreover, Brown minutes later assaulted the officer and tried to grab his gun. Sharpton has demanded that police release the name of the officer and arrest him. Early today, he got his first wish. Hopefully, the cop, Darren Wilson, won’t have to hide for the rest of his life. Meanwhile, Missouri Governor Jay Nixon yesterday ordered State Police to take control of the riot area.

The rioting …