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What we are are about to share with you is real. You cannot making this stuff up. You just can’t. You have to have a sick and twisted mind to conceive of this kind thing. Insert Colin Kaepernick.
The chronicles of Kaepernick are well documented, both here at Law Enforcement Today and in many other publications.
And somehow, he keeps giving us new stuff to write about.
Kaepernick issued the following tweet on the 54th anniversary of the Black Panther Party. Take time to read it and let it sink in.
10/15/1966, the Black Panther Party was born.
In our @yourrightscamp, we focus on 10 rights, paying homage to the BPP. The 1st right is the right to be FREE.
— Colin Kaepernick (@Kaepernick7) October 15, 2020
For anyone unfamiliar with either the Black Panther Party or Kaepernick’s Know Your Rights Camp, keep reading.
Let’s start with the Black Panther Party. Here is an overview of what they have accomplished throughout their storied past.
This has been a group of radical militants since their inception. And their hatred for law-enforcement is well documented. At least 35 police officers have been shot and killed by individuals known to be affiliated with the BPP.
The Chicago Tribune has called the Black Panthers a group known for revolutionary politics and for killing cops. Here are the officers killed by Black Panthers. There are 35, nine of which were people of color:
-Officer John Frey, Oakland Police Department, October 28, 1967
-Officers Thomas Johnson and Charles Thomasson, Nashville Police Department, January 16, 1968
-Officer Nelson Sasscer, Santa Ana Police Department, June 5, 1969
-Patrolmen John Gilhooly and Frank Rappaport, Chicago Police Department, November 13, 1969
-Sergeant Brian McDonnell, San Francisco Police Department, February 18, 1970
-Officer Donald Sager, Baltimore Police Department, April 24, 1970
-Officer James Sackett, St. Paul Police Department, May 22, 1970
-Patrolman William Miscannon, Toledo Police Department, September 18, 1970
-Officer Harold Hamilton, San Francisco Police Department, October 9, 1970
-Officer Glen Smith, Detroit Police Department, October 24, 1970
-Patrolmen Joseph Piagentini and Waverly Jones, NYPD, May 21, 1971
-Sergeant John Young, San Francisco Police Department, August 29, 1971
-Patrolman Frank Buczek, Plainfield Police Department, September 18, 1971
-Officer James Greene, Atlanta Police Department, November 3, 1971
-Lieutenant Ted Elmore, Catawba County Sheriff’s Office, November 11, 1971
-Officers Rocco Laurie and Gregory Foster, NYPD, January 27, 1972
-Sergeant Brent Miller, Louisiana Department of Corrections, April 17, 1972
-Cadet Alfred Harrell, Sergeant Edwin Hosli, Deputy Superintendent Louis Sirgo and Patrolmen Philip Coleman and Paul Persigo, New Orleans Police Department, March 5, 1973
-Trooper Werner Foerster, New Jersey State Police, May 2, 1973
NOTE: One of the people who was convicted in the death of Trooper Foerster is Joanna Chesimard, aka Assata Shakur. She escaped from prison and was granted asylum in Cuba.
Alicia Garza, one of the founders of Black Lives Matter, openly speaks of the admiration she has for Shakur and her teachings that have had an influence on her and the BLM movement.
-Officer Sidney Thompson, New York City Transit Police, June 5, 1973
-Park Ranger Kenneth Patrick, National Park Service, August 5, 1973
-Officer John Scarengella, NYPD, May 1, 1981
-Sergeant Edward O’Grady and Officer Waverly Brown, Nyack Police Department, October 21, 1981
-Officer Daniel Faulkner, Philadelphia Police Department, December 9, 1981
-Trooper Carlos Negron, Hew Jersey State Police, May 7, 1984
-Deputy Rick Kinchen, Fulton County Sheriff’s Office, March 17, 2000
And while we are honoring those killed by Black Panthers, I think it only fair that we mention two other incidents, perpetrated by Micah Johnson and Gavin Long, who both espoused the same types of ideologies as Black Panthers.
Johnson attempted to join the New Black Panther Nation, while Long was a member the Washitaw Nation, which is a ‘Moorish’ group of sovereign citizens.
Johnson killed 5 Dallas area officers in July of 2016, while wounding 9 more.
Those killed were:
– Sergeant Michael Smith, Dallas Police Department
– Senior Corporal Lorne Ahrens, Dallas Police Department
– Officers Michael Krol and Patricio Zamarripa, Dallas Police Department
– Officer Brent Thompson, Dallas Area Rapid Transit Police
Long opened fire on officers in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. He killed three and wounded three more. Those fallen officers were:
– Deputy Brad Garafola, East Baton Rouge Sheriff’s Office
– Corporal Montrell Jackson, Baton Rouge Police Department
– Officer Matthew Gerald, Baton Rouge Police Department
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See, this is the group that Kaepernick looks up to and patterns his youth camps after. Per their website, their mission “is to advance the liberation and well-being of Black and Brown communities through education, self-empowerment, mass-mobilization and the creation of new systems that elevate the next generation of change leaders.”
Just a quick reminder, liberation is defined as “the act of setting someone free from imprisonment, slavery, or oppression.”
The first part of that definition is found in Kaepernick’s desire to abolish the prison system in this country.
He has released a series of essays called Abolition for the People, which is a collaborative effort between Kaepernick Publishing and LEVEL. Per these article in his tweet about the Black Panther Party, that is:
“a partnership between Kaepernick Publishing and LEVEL, a Medium publication for and about the lives of Black and Brown men.
The series, which comprises 30 essays and conversations over four weeks, points to the crucial conclusion that policing and prisons are not solutions for the issues and people the state deems social problems — and calls for a future that puts justice and the needs of the community first.”
This particular writing is based on the incarceration of Russell “Maroon” Shoatz.
He is in prison, serving consecutive life sentences for his role in a 1970 attack on a Philadelphia police station that left one officer dead.
Here is a little background on the individual that Kaepernick has chosen to highlight as an example of why prisons should be abolished.
Seven years after he was convicted of the murder of the officer, Shoatz escaped from a maximum security prison. He stole a gun from a prison guard, Dale Rhone. He later abducting him and his 5-year-old son. The guard and his son were found physically unharmed, tied to a tree. He remained on the run for 27 days. On October 11th, Shoatz took 27-year-old Calvin Reddings hostage, forcing him to drive him to a new location.
Shoatz was eventually located by State Trooper Lawrence Szabo, who took him into custody. Shoatz was returned to prison. He attempted another escape from a different facility after another inmate got his hand on a machine gun and revolver. His attempt to escape again was unsuccessful.
Now, on to the article, written by Shoatz’s son Russell, Jr.
Their “story” is introduced by the younger Ruseell:
“Russell ‘Maroon’ Shoatz is an activist, writer, founding member of the Black Unity Council, former member of the Black Panther Party, and soldier in the Black Liberation Army.
Incarcerated since 1972 and now 77 years old, Maroon is serving multiple life sentences in Pennsylvania as a U.S.-held political prisoner of war.
After escaping prison twice, in 1977 and 1980, he earned the name Maroon from fellow incarcerated men, a nod to Africans who fled chattel slavery and created autonomous communities throughout the Americas. His son, Russell Shoatz III, is a longtime activist, educator, and live event producer.
For the past three decades, he’s worked tirelessly for his father’s freedom and that of all U.S.-held political prisoners.”
At no point does Shoatz claim to be innocent of the crimes he was convicted of. In fact, he details why he could not share all the details of his past because it would incriminate himself and others.
“Maroon said, Like most people, Russell wanted to know the in-depth specifics of how I ended up with a sentence of life without parole and all of the gritty details surrounding my involvement with the Black Unity Council and, later, the Black Liberation Army. I explained to him, as I’ve been explaining to people until now, that those details, if exposed, could incriminate me and others.”
The younger Shoatz closed his article with this.
“It is 2020. My father was born in 1943. He’s 77 years old. He is a grandfather. He is an elder suffering from stage 4 colorectal cancer. He is a threat to no one.
He is a prisoner of a war waged against Black people by the U.S. government. The only threat that he serves is to anyone who believes that Black people are unworthy of defending themselves against state-sanctioned acts of terror.
He is a human being who has been dehumanized, confined in a cage, alone, and tortured. My father deserves to be free. All political prisoners deserve to be free.
Free. Them. All.”
In the depraved mind of Colin Kaepernick, a convicted cop killer, who escaped prison, took a guard and his 5-year-old son hostage at gunpoint, and believes he holds information that would incriminate himself among many others, is considered a political prisoner.
That is who we are dealing with here.
When he kneels. When he wears socks with pigs in police uniforms. When he says that he is fighting against systemic racism in policing.
This is what he is actually advocating. He wants the release of convicted cop killers. He wants people to stand up and violently fight law enforcement.
When other athletes like Lebron James take there stand in supporting Kaepernick and what he is saying, they are endorsing the calls to violence against police.
There is no other way to look at it.
Do not think for one second that what he is actually standing for is simple social justice. He wants the death and destruction of police across this country. Plain and simple.
He wants to see every man of color in prison released. After all, considers them prisoners of war, not criminals.
As the article he published stated.
“Free. Them. All.”
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