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TRANSCRIPT: “Ending Stop-and-Frisk…in the City of Pittsburgh” (Starting Point, Jan 16 2015)

In Speeches on January 19, 2015 at 6:18 pm
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“Considering the fact that the shooting of Leon Ford Jr. was a result of stop-and-frisk tactics and the assault on Jordan Miles was a result of stop-and-frisk tactics, coupled with the fact that the City of Pittsburgh has paid out hundreds of thousands of dollars over the past couple of years due to lawsuits involving the police – is Stop-and-Frisk really something that we should continue in our beloved city, especially when empirical evidence shows that roughly 9 out of 10 Stop-and-Frisk incidents end without an arrest or a capture of illegal guns?”

PITTSBURGH: (JANUARY 19, 2015 – MLK DAY) Transcript of Lenny McAllister’s “Starting Point” concerning the end of Stop-And Frisk” tactics in the City of Pittsburgh.

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We begin with a Starting Point that looks back at a special get to the point episode, one where we welcomed new Pittsburgh Police Chief Cameron McLay to the Get To the Point Panel along with NOBLE’s Professor Gregory Rogers and Pitts’s Dr. Waverly Duck.

 

With all of the national headlines and local controversies aside, I found Chief McLay to be educated, articulate, skilled, and refreshing as he brings his leadership style to the City of Pittsburgh’s Police Bureau. I believe that, through tough conversations and courageous action, communities throughout the city and the police can work through mistrust and misunderstandings in order to keep Pittsburghers safe on both sides of the badge. With that in mind, however, two major developments over the past several weeks – including those that have come about after appearing on this show on January 9th – have shown us how far we must go as a city to heal wounds, protect citizens, and honor the constitutional rights of all of us across different neighborhoods and demographics.

 

The first development comes from a revamped dispute over the common sense tweet sent out by Chief McLay on new year’s eve – the tweet that got him national acclaim and heated rebuke from Pittsburgh’s chapter of the fraternal order of police. After a written apology by McLay on January 2nd and the chief’s admission on this show that the F.O.P. And he were on the same page by January 9th, the chief subsequently shut down his twitter account after a reported meeting with the head of the F.O.P. -Howard McQuillen – on January 14th and issued a memo that same day advising officers not to share information outside the ranks including with media under threat of discipline up to and including termination. The shutting down of transparency and open accountability after McLay’s newsworthy tweet also includes the inconvenient fact that his twitter account was actually shut down on January 13th, not after the meeting on the 14th – which leads to the second development.

 

After viewers saw the #EndWhiteSilence police chief on the Get To The Point panel last week (January 9) publicly defend the use of stop-and-frisk tactics in the City of Pittsburgh – a police procedure that has led to protests from New York City to Oakland – some in social media and grassroots communities began to question how a man committed to ending racism at his workplace was also justifying the use of the racially-controversial tactic of Stop-and-Frisk as a necessary tool for police officers. Even Chief McLay himself said in December that only 3 to 5 percent of the black community makes up the trouble-makers we all seek to bring to justice. Yet, in Pittsburgh, African-Americans make up over 62 percent of the warrantless searches – that is, Stop-and-Frisk searches – despite being only 26 percent of Pittsburgh’s population. Considering the fact that the shooting of Leon Ford Jr. was a result of stop-and-frisk tactics and the assault on Jordan Miles was a result of stop-and-frisk tactics, coupled with the fact that the City of Pittsburgh has paid out hundreds of thousands of dollars over the past couple of years due to lawsuits involving the police – is Stop-and-Frisk really something that we should continue in our beloved city, especially when empirical evidence shows that roughly 9 out of 10 Stop-and-Frisk incidents end without an arrest or a capture of illegal guns?

 

Now, I don’t believe that Chief McLay is a racist and I don’t believe that the major of police officers are racists – I said that last Friday, and I emphatically say that again tonight. However, it is impractical and almost impossible to commit to ending racism, sexism, or any form of systematic hatred that may be found within police ranks – or anywhere in the workplaces of America – if we also simultaneously justify any tool, policy, or behavior that enforces the hatred we seek to overcome. We need both sides of the badge to be safe everyday, but we also must adhere to the tenets of our nation, including the Fourth Amendment regarding illegal searches because – after all – thousands of Americans in blue have died serving us as police officers, just as millions of Americans have died in uniform defending the sovereignty of the United States and the Constitution we hold dear.

 

After Chief McLay’s recent welcome to Pittsburgh, national attention due to his common sense tweet – which I still defend – and his appearance last week on the Get to the Point Panel, it’s clear that we need consistent and forthright transparency from our police forces, both here in Pittsburgh and around the nation. Without it, the crisis of confidence may remain validly intact. Further, it’s self-evident that we must continue the dialogue about police practices if we are going to bridge the divide between communities of color and police officers, especially here in home.

 

The thousands of protesters across our region, our nation, and the globe have made it clear: #blacklivesmatter – and the continued use of Stop-and-Frisk is a non-starter for dialogue and partnerships with urban communities. If Chief McLay is to be successful healing the divide between communities of color and the police, Stop-and-Frisk must immediately become a flaw from our past here in Pittsburgh, not a racially-flawed and controversial part of our future. Warrantless searches – Stop-and-Frisk – must officially cease in the City of Pittsburgh where it’s applied 62 percent of the time against 26 percent of the city where the police force is going after only 1 percent of the population that’s actually committing crime.

 

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. once said that injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere. It’s fitting that as we sit on the eve of MLK Day weekend, we have the power to fulfill his words and legacy by addressing and ending a reality that marks the gloom of inconsistency, mistrust, and divisiveness. It’s time for a return to the sunlight of our constitutional protections as American citizens, our civil rights legacy as proud neighbors, and better days ahead as #OneBigTeam. That starts with ending Stop-and-Frisk here in the City of Pittsburgh.”

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“Stop-and-Frisk Must Officially Cease in the City of Pittsburgh” (Jan 16, 2015)

In Video on January 19, 2015 at 2:35 pm
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Conservative political commentator Lenny McAllister uses the Jan 16th “Starting Point” monologue to highlight the woes of “Stop-And-Frisk” tactics nationally and calls for an immediate end to the practice within the City of Pittsburgh.

PITTSBURGH (January 16, 2015): “Now, I don’t believe that Chief McLay is a racist and I don’t believe that the major of police officers are racists…(h)owever, it is impractical and almost impossible to commit to ending racism, sexism, or any form of systematic hatred that may be found within police ranks – or anywhere in the workplaces of America – if we also simultaneously justify any tool, policy, or behavior that enforces the hatred we seek to overcome…Stop-and-Frisk – must officially cease in the City of Pittsburgh where it’s applied 62 percent of the time against 26 percent of the city…”

 

Political commentator and community advocate Lenny McAllister (host, “NightTalk: Get To The Point Panel”) discusses Pittsburgh Police Chief Cameron McLay’s woes after the #EndWhiteSilence tweet on December 31 and his voiced support for Stop-and-Frisk tactics in the City of Pittsburgh in 2015. McAllister uses the “Starting Point” monologue to the show to call for an immediate end to Stop-and-Frisk tactics in Pittsburgh.

 

We need both sides of the badge to be safe everyday, but we also must adhere to the tenets of our nation, including the Fourth Amendment regarding illegal searches because – after all – thousands of Americans in blue have died serving us as police officers, just as millions of Americans have died in uniform defending the sovereignty of the United States and the Constitution we hold dear…if we are going to bridge the divide between communities of color and police officers, especially here in home…the continued use of Stop-and-Frisk is a non-starter for dialogue and partnerships with urban communities…”

 

McAllister’s Starting Point from the Jan 16 episode can be found HERE

“Should Stop-And-Frisk Be In Play In PGH in 2015?” “Absolutely.”

In Video on January 19, 2015 at 2:22 pm
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Conservative commentator and community activist Lenny McAllister (host, “NightTalk: Get to the Point”) and new Pittsburgh Police Chief Cameron McLay debate the application of “Stop-and-Frisk” tactics in the City of Pittsburgh during an exchange on the January 9th episode.

PITTSBURGH (January 9, 2015): Pittsburgh Police Chief Cameron McLay and political commentator Lenny McAllister (host, “NightTalk: Get To The Point Panel”) get into a debate concerning the use of Stop-And-Frisk tactics in the City of Pittsburgh in 2015 despite its controversial application against communities of color.

 

The GTTP Panel also includes local NOBLE Chapter president Greg Rogers and Dr. Waverly Duck of the University of Pittsburgh’s Center on Race and Social Problems.

 

Catch parts of the discussion with McLay, Rogers, Duck, and McAllister by clicking the picture above or clicking HERE

 

 

McLay, Rogers, and Duck Talk Policing in 2015 on GTTP (Jan. 9, 2015)

In Video on January 19, 2015 at 1:53 pm
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Pittsburgh chapter president of NOBLE Prof. Gregory Rogers (l), Pittsburgh Police Chief Cameron McLay, and Dr. Waverly Duck of the University of Pittsburgh (Center on Race and Social Problems) join McAllister on the Get to the Point Panel for the Jan. 9 edition of “NightTalk: Get To The Point”.

PITTSBURGH (January 9, 2015): Pittsburgh Police Chief Cameron McLay joins host Lenny McAllister on the “Get To The Point Panel” for this episode of “NightTalk: Get to the Point” along with local NOBLE Chapter president Greg Rogers and Dr. Waverly Duck of the University of Pittsburgh’s Center on Race and Social Problems.

 

The GTTP Panel discusses the controversy with McLay’s #EndWhiteSilence sign and tweet, his “Open Letter to the Community” and the issues surrounding the NYPD and the Pittsburgh Police, and his views on Stop and Frisk in the City of Pittsburgh and police forces nationally.

Catch parts of the discussion with McLay, Rogers, Duck, and McAllister by clicking the picture above or clicking HERE and HERE.

 

McAllister’s Starting Point from the Jan 9 episode can be found HERE

 

 

 

 

Starting Point (December 5, 2014): “NightTalk: Get to the Point”

In Speeches, Video on December 7, 2014 at 1:18 pm
“Are we willing to make this moment about police treatment in urban areas or understand that these tragedies are a symptom of the dual expectations found in the employment, economics, education, healthcare, and criminal justice systems of America?”

“Are we willing to make this moment about police treatment in urban areas or understand that these tragedies are a symptom of the dual expectations found in the employment, economics, education, healthcare, and criminal justice systems of America?”

PITTSBURGH (December 5, 2014) – (Pittsburgh Cable News Channel)

Generally, people are willing to champion popular civil rights rhetoric from the past yet few are willing to mustard true civil rights courage for today. Perhaps that trend is changing now – before more people are harassed, assaulted, and harmed by a system that calls us all equal on paper, but only on paper. The mighty pen can call us equal – but only a mighty people and a just people can make it so.”

Catch Lenny’s “Starting Point” as he gives his thoughts before talking with the Get To The Point Panel (joined by Dr. Jason Johnson, Jasiri X, and The Rev. Ricky Burgess) concerning the concerns and protests that continue to rise throughout the nation. Watch “NightTalk: Get to the Point” on the Pittsburgh Cable News Channel Fridays at 8pm, Sundays at 10pm, and Mondays at 5pm.

 

Watch Lenny’s latest Starting Point by clicking the picture above or by clicking HERE

Ferguson and the Reflection of the Legacy of Our Original Sin – and Obstacle (August 22 2014)

In Video on September 1, 2014 at 3:11 pm
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“Until we come to grips with the current racial disparities in perception, interaction, employment, and societal matters, we’ll meet on the streets once again in the near future…for another rounds of protests over the same resolvable issues.”

PITTSBURGH (August 22, 2014) – (Pittsburgh Cable News Channel)

“One year after the controversial not-guilty verdict freeing George Zimmerman after the shooting death of unarmed teenager Trayvon Martin…Ferugson, Missouri exploded after the death of unarmed teenager Michael Brown…Many Americans hit the streets to protest the latest controversial death, just as they did last summer. Sadly, the protests this time echo the concerns not just for one life, but for a startling trend.

“In New York City, Eric Garnder was asphyxiated…in California, a highway patrol man was caught punching a disoriented, older black woman in the face during a pedestrian encounter…there is also the questionable shooting death of Ezell Ford at the hands of the LAPD.

“In Colorado in 2012, a killer with semi-automatic weapons makes it out of a movie theater – alive – after shooting dozens in cold-blood. In Ohio this year, a man dies in the toy section of Wal-mart with a toy gun in his hand – shot in cold blood by an officer that has a questionable past concerning justifiable homicide while on the police force. Cliven Bundy could stand off against the united states government with armed neighbors at his side. Marissa Alexander – a survivor of domestic violence – is in jail right now for arming herself against a man that previously beat her to the point of hospitalization.

“What’s the state of race relations in America, especially when police shootings of Blacks seems to be going in the wrong direction despite crime statistics generally heading in the right direction? Perhaps the questions we should be asking include: how come innocent until proven guilty applies to some citizens, while guilty until proven innocent – repeatedly – is the norm for other citizens? When some loudly proclaim citizens rights against the government, are they also actively defending the civil rights of black youth…when encountering the police? And why do we think that we can devalue each other as American citizens – and then expect Vladmir Putin, kim Jong-un, and ISIS to respect us as the military and moral leader of the world?”

Catch Lenny’s “Starting Point” concerning America’s reflections and reactions to Ferguson and other incidents of racial tension on the Pittsburgh Cable News Channel by clicking the picture above or by clicking HERE

Trayvon, A Pair of Jordans, and Darrin Equals House Money

In Articles on September 1, 2014 at 1:20 pm
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Honor roll student Darrin Manning recovers from injuries sustained during “stop-and-frisk” incident with police in Philadelphia

NEW YORK CITY/ PITTSBURGH  – (Courtesy Global Grind)

 

With the ongoing advancement of the New Jim Crow, double unemployment rates, and struggling communities, this potential four-of-a-kind may force us to bet on Black America with house money for social change

 

“Yes: Michael Dunn is going to jail, likely for the rest of his life.

“Despite that, he received the same fate that George Zimmerman did: the benefit of the doubt when facing the charge of confronting, shooting, and killing an unarmed Black male teen with nothing more than inconsistencies in recounts of the incidents, questionable occurrences of abuse in their backgrounds, and their “word”.

“Standing in the combined shadows of these results from 2013 and 2014 and previewing the beginning of two more high-profile cases – this time in my native Pennsylvania – it would not be a surprise if a pall appeared over the mood of good cheer and positive outlook that just carried us through the holiday season, into New Year’s Day, and kicked off Black History Month.

 

“If we are headed in the wrong direction, perhaps we need to look back to the past to secure America’s future as a beacon of equality and justice for all. The Dunn mistrial only enforces the notion that we have a divided nation when it comes to justice and perceptions of race. The latest jobs numbers indicate that we have not closed the gap of inequality when it comes to education, employment, and long-term economic opportunity. The upcoming cases in Pittsburgh and Philadelphia – along with recent “stop-and-frisk” problems in New York City and other woes nationally concerning Black men – perhaps foreshadow a time where Black America has taken its last punch in the 21st century without hitting back – in the courtrooms, in the wallets, and in the consciousness of modern-day America.

 

“Are you ready? You should be – after Trayvon Martin and Zimmerman… after Jordan Davis and Dunn…after Jonny Gammage and Jordan Miles…after watching this disturbing trend continue. We are simply betting on the stability and posterity of our homes with house money at a time when Black America continues to lose wealth, political power, and community safety – so what exactly do we have to lose?”

 

Read this article in its entirety on Global Grind.com

 

http://globalgrind.com/2014/02/18/trayvon-a-pair-of-jordans-darrin-equals-house-money-blog/

“The Pursuit of Happiness in the Shadow of Stand Your Ground and 21st Century Second Amendment Rights”

In Articles on February 16, 2014 at 7:23 pm
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During the Zimmerman trial, the talk on one side of the issue was all about the 2nd Amendment, self-defense, and guarantees to one’s liberty and the “pursuit of happiness” highlighted in the founding documents of the United States of America…What about the “pursuit of happiness” for these victims, particularly victims that happen to be Black, young, male, and wrongfully stereotyped?

NEW YORK CITY/ PITTSBURGH (February 14, 2014) – (Courtesy Global Grind)

The God-given right to pursue happiness as extolled in the Declaration of Independence and protected in codification via the United States Constitution in its present form should not and must not be shifted around in a shell-game manner only to be enjoyed by pre-selected winners and losers in America…the adherent support of constitutional rights and personal liberties for some Americans never seems to reverberate in tone or deed to the communities of citizens in most need of basic civil rights protections. Lost in the newly-vamped definitions of social justice and racial perspective is the notion of innocent until proven guilty while Black…When White men can assault and kill Black young men with the benefit of the doubt while Black men are presumed dangerous and guilty upon first contact, there is no longer a pursuit of true happiness, balance, or civic justice nationally. The foundation of equality and constitutional ethics becomes nothing but a slab of faulty lies and poetic hubris.”

 

Read “The Pursuit of Happiness in the Shadow of Stand Your Ground and 21st Century Second Amendment Rights” from Lenny McAllister on Global Grind by clicking HERE or clicking the picture above.

LISTEN: Get Right with Lenny McAllister (February 12, 2014)

In Audio on February 16, 2014 at 5:47 pm
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CLICK PICTURE FOR PODCAST: Are we facing yet another Zimmerman verdict and another round of societal excuses and woes like we did in 2012-2013?

WWW.LENNYMCALLISTER.COM (February 12, 2014) – PODCAST TOPIC:The Michael Dunn and another explosive moment for race relations in America.

Former WVON radio host, former congressional candidate, and nationally-respected political activist Lenny McAllister hosts today’s podcast of “Get Right with Lenny McAllister”.

 

Catch this version of Get Right with Lenny McAllisterby clicking the hyperlink or the picture above. 

 

LISTEN: Get Right with Lenny McAllister (November 7, 2013)

In Audio on November 10, 2013 at 1:01 pm
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The ease of increased racism into the national fabric despite the tenure of an African-American president? Are racial incidents increasing over recent years?

WWW.LENNYMCALLISTER.COM (November 7, 2013) – PODCAST TOPIC: The Obama milestone that was passed when the glass ceiling was broken on November 4, 2008 in regards to race – and the danger we are in as a nation today if we are not mindful of the current direction

 

Former WVON radio host, former congressional candidate, and nationally-respected political activist Lenny McAllister hosts today’s podcast of “Get Right with Lenny McAllister”.

 

Catch this version of “Get Right with Lenny McAllister” by clicking the hyperlink or the picture above. Also catch “The McAllister Minute” on the American Urban Radio Network, where “The McAllister Minute” commentary is aired on over 400 stations throughout the AURN network.