New NYPD commissioner introduced with mural of convicted cop-killer, black revolutionaries behind her

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NEW YORK CITY- As a retired police officer, one might think the incoming mayor of New York City, Eric Adams would be a little bit cognizant of optics.

That of course depends on who Adams is trying to impress or reach out to. Clearly it isn’t the police officers with whom he formerly worked, nor mainstream New Yorkers.

That much was evident on Wednesday as Adams’ choice for the NYPD’s new police commissioner, Keechant Sewell, was announced, with the ceremony taking place in front of a mural containing black revolutionaries and a convicted cop killer, Fox New reports. Seriously.

Sewell, now former Nassau County Chief of Detectives was introduced with a mural of Malcolm X, Nat Turner, Angela Davis, and cop-killer Assata Shakur in the background. The news conference took place at a public housing development in Queens which Sewell’s family once called home.

Shakur, who in her pre-Muslim days was known as JoAnne Chesimard, was a member of the Black Liberation Army and was convicted of first-degree murder in the shooting death of New Jersey State Trooper Werner Foerster during a shootout on the New Jersey Turnpike in 1973.

She remains on the FBI’s Ten Most Wanted list and has been hiding out in Cuba since 1984 after she escaped from prison in 1979. This will no doubt help instill confidence in the over 30,000 members of the NYPD she now has command over. Pretty tone deaf.

Angela Davis meanwhile isn’t exactly a girl scout herself. Known as a so-called “civil rights activist,” Davis was a member of the Communist Party USA and the Black Panther Party.

In 1970, she was involved in the kidnapping of a judge and juror during a trial involving three inmates. Davis was implicated in having secured the weapons used in the case.

When police responded to the court, the inmates and judge all died in a hail of bullets. Davis was added to the FBI Ten Most Wanted List and was captured in 1972.

Davis was locked up in prison for 16 months until she was finally acquitted of all charges.

Davis is the poster child of far-left revolutionaries and has been tied to a number of activist movements, including black liberation, anti-capitalism, and feminism. She is a frequent speaker still on far-left college and university campuses.

Malcolm X was the criminal version of Dr. Martin Luther King, known as a civil rights leader who gained prominence as the voice of the Nation of Islam, telling blacks they needed to gain their civil rights “by any means necessary,” including through violence.

That violence would claim his life in February 1965 in New York City when he was gunned down in front of his wife and family, according to CNN. Last month, two men who were convicted in his death were exonerated in his death, including one man who had since died, having served over 55 years in prison.

Finally, Nat Turner led a slave rebellion in 1831 in Southampton County, Virginia, which resulted in the deaths of more than 50 white people, according to History.com. Approximately 120 slaves died in the aftermath of the rebellion.

Conversely Harriet Tubman used peaceful means to free slaves via her “Underground Railroad.”

Former NYPD Commissioner Bernie Kerik was apoplectic over the mural, posting his outrage on Twitter:

“SHOCKING AND REPULSIVE. The black radical Marxists in this mural belonged to groups that were responsible for a number of #NYC Police assassinations in the 70s and 80s. Assata Shakur, the inspiration for #BLM and a convicted cop killer, lives in exile in Cuba.”

Chuck Ross tweeted:

“NEW @ FreeBeacon

Eric Adams names NYPD commissioner at event held in front of cop killer mural in Queens.”

Then this:

Journalist Chris Rufo tweeted:

“Assata Shakur was the leader of the Black Liberation Army, a racial terror group that ambushed and murdered NYPD officers in the 1970s. Shakur was later convicted of killing a New Jersey State Trooper.”

Finally from someone named Alberto Miguel Fernandez:

“You have to work really hard to intentionally do this in front of a mural featuring mostly leftist/racist revolutionaries and depicting not one, but TWO cop-killers. Does not bode well for the NYPD or law and order in the city.”

Sewell is replacing outgoing NYPD Commissioner Dermot Shea, who is retiring from the department after 30 years, the past two as commissioner.

Shea presided over some rough times for the department, with COVID-19 and riots in the aftermath of the George Floyd death. More recently, a number of NYPD officers have been forced off the job due to lame duck Mayor Bill de Blasio’s vaccine mandates.

Adams, in touting Sewell said:

“She’s the woman for the job. She carried with her throughout her career a sledgehammer and she crushed every glass ceiling that was put in her way. Today, she has crashed and destroyed the final one we need in New York City.”

Hopefully, Sewell’s appointment was not merely for the purposes of checking off a box on the diversity card. Meanwhile, Fox News reached out to Adams’ office about the controversial mural, however no response was received.

The mural, however, was an awfully bad look for an outsider coming in to take command of the country’s largest police department.

Two men arrested and charged with the attempted murder of a Chicago cop after shooting him during a traffic stop

Earlier this year, Law Enforcement Today reported on radical DOJ Civil Rights Division head Kristen Clarke and her embrace of radicals. For more on that, we invite you to:

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WASHINGTON, D.C.- Recent reports reveal that President Joe Biden’s nominee to lead the Department of Justice’s (DOJ) Civil Rights Division organized a conference that was used as a tool by radical anti-government activists to champion cop-killers and free violent criminals.

Biden’s nominee, Kristen Clarke, a civil rights attorney, has now ran into more than one hiccup on the road to Senate confirmation as an apparent history of radical and racist commentary and activism on her end have come to light. 

A closer examination of Clarke’s history and ideology has proved to be problematic and according to a report from The Washington Free Beacon, Clarke also participated in a conference that defended men imprisoned for murdering police officers. 

Records appear to contradict Clarke’s sworn statement that she was not involved with a conference in which convicted cop killers were hailed as political prisoners.

Clarke told the Senate Judiciary Committee that she merely provided “logistical support” for a 1999 Columbia University conference, “Black America vs. The Prison Industrial Complex.” However, it appears an itinerary from the conference shows Clarke moderated a panel on alleged human right violations in the prison system.

In a written response to a question from Sen. Tom Cotton (R-Ark.) she stated that she “did not have a speaking or other substantive role at the conference.” She doubled down on that statement during her April 14th confirmation hearing.

According to a previously unseen university transcript by the American Accountability Foundation, which was obtained by Fox News, Clarke was in fact a critical leader and organizer of the conference. 

The transcript points to Clarke as the event organizer multiple times as many speakers thanked her and other organizers for bringing the conference together. Conference speaker and author Ashe Bandele, said:

“Let me being by acknowledging the work of Manny Marable and Kristen Clarke who drew us all together.”

Another fellow speaker, Anne Elliott, stated later in the conference that she was invited by Clarke. Elliott said:

“When Kristen asked me to speak, she asked me to speak first and then she asked me to moderate. So, I said I’ll moderate if you give me 10 minutes to say something about Project Greenhope and about women in prison. So, I’m going to do that and then i’m going to introduce my colleagues here for you to hear.”

The conference reportedly organized anti-government activists in their shared support of freeing death row inmates, whom they referred to as “political prisoners.”

The list included people convicted for a wide array of crimes, including convicted cop-killers Mumia Abu-Jamal, Mutulu Shakur, Sundiata Acoli, Assata Shakur, and Tom Manning. 

Assata Shakur was convicted for murdering a New Jersey state trooper. Shakur escaped from prison and remains on the FBI’s Most Wanted List.

The conference also included a panel titled, “In Defense of Mumia” in regards to Abu-Jamal, who was convicted of murdering Philadelphia Police Officer Daniel Faulkner by shooting him in the face during a routine traffic stop involving Abu-Jamal’s younger brother.

After the conference concluded, attendees reportedly traveled to Philadelphia to attend a rally the next day calling for Abu-Jamal’s release from prison. Clarke’s fellow organizer, Marable, claimed in his closing remarks at the conference, that the organizers were marching because Abu-Jamal “never received a fair trial and was tried by a racist judge.”

During Clarke’s Senate confirmation hearing on April 14th, Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX), grilled Clarke over her controversial past. He said:

“Your advocacy and frankly, extreme position on defunding the police is paired with a history of not only excusing, but celebrating, murderers who have murdered police officers.”

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Huh? Biden’s DHS releases statement vowing to protect border communities – from the border wall

May 1st, 2021

WASHINGTON, D.C.– According to a press release from Friday, April 30th, Department of Homeland Security (DHS) officials announced that the agency is taking its “initial steps to protect border communities from physical dangers” that they claim are from the actual construction of the border wall. 

Specifically, DHS officials stated that the Biden administration would be repairing the Rio Grande Valley’s flood barrier system in southern Texas, which the claim the construction of the border wall “blew large holes into,” thus threatening nearby communities. 

The agency added that they will “begin necessary backfill projects” in San Diego, California, after alleging that the border wall construction has resulted in the “improper compaction of soil and construction materials” causing “dangerous erosion” along the border.

DHS officials noted that neither project would include expanding the border barrier, which Biden halter the construction of immediately upon taking office.

Reportedly, legal experts have testified to Congress that Biden “100 percent” violated federal law by halting the border wall construction after lawmakers allocated the federal funds specifically for the infrastructure project. 

Biden froze border wall funds on his first day in office. Congress enacted the Impoundment Control Act of 1974 (ICA) to prevent the president and other government officials from unilaterally substituting their own funding decisions from those of Congress.

Before the ICA, presidents routinely declined to spend all of an appropriated sum if they could complete Congress’s goal for less than the full amount. The ICA makes it illegal to do so unless Congress passes a new law, called a rescission, taking back the remaining funds.

The DHS release stated:

“DHS will soon complete a plan that identifies additional measures to address the damage resulting from the prior Administration’s border wall construction.”

While Biden’s DHA is seemingly promising to protect American communities along the border from a border wall, local officials have repeatedly asked for federal help and rebuked the administration’s lack of controls on illegal immigration that are inundating their towns and neighborhoods.

In the beginning of April, more than 50 sheriffs from border states, along with about 225 sheriffs from non-border states, sent a letter to Biden pleading with him to resume border wall construction to safeguard their communities from illegal immigration. The letter stated, in part:

“In the interests of ending the undermining of our laws and the increased risks to the safety and security of the people of the United States of America, we respectfully request that you immediately reverse course on your pro-illegal immigration policies, resume the border wall construction, and embrace the common-sense, public-safety-supporting border policies of the previous administration.”

Recently, Refugio County, Texas Sheriff Pinky Gonzales said that his community is “overwhelmed” with illegal immigrants being smuggled through the region. He said:

“This is serious stuff. They have no regard for property or human lives, I mean at all.”

Jackson County, Texas Sheriff Andy Louderback said that the Biden administration’s lack of border controls has caused a massive illegal immigration crisis that his town is now bearing the brunt of. He said:

“What we’re witnessing here, over and over and over again, destructive policies that are detrimental to Texans and Americans in our nation.”

In Arizona, Cochise County Sheriff Mark Dannels said that the fact that the border wall is not completed in his community is driving up illegal immigration. He said:

“One area where the fence is not complete, we get five or six groups a day coming across there.”

He added:

“When President Biden rescinded the emergency order on the southwest border, it stopped resources and stopped construction on our border. It’s opened up the border, this administration owns this decision.”

At the end of April, in Kinney County, Texas, officials signed an emergency disaster declaration because of the sky rocketing illegal immigration their community was facing. In their declaration, county officials pleaded with state and federal agencies to activate the National Guard to help them.

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Hundreds of sheriffs call on Biden to complete border wall, stop ‘gangs, guns, dangerous drugs’ from entering America

April 11th, 2021

WASHINGTON, DC – The Biden administration came under fire from the nation’s sheriffs on Wednesday for failing to control the ongoing border crisis. Hundreds of sheriffs from dozens of states sent a letter to the President pushing him to change course.

The letter, signed by 275 sheriffs from 39 states warned the President of dangerous repercussions if he continued to allow illegal immigrants to flow into the country. The letter, released by the Federation for American Immigration Reform, read:

“America’s Sheriffs are deeply troubled about the dangerous impacts your administration’s border policies are having on our citizens, legal residents, and communities. You must act now before our nation’s public safety resources are overwhelmed with the criminal side effects of unchecked illegal immigration, including transnational gangs, guns, dangerous drugs, and human trafficking.”

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The United States Customs and Border Protection (CBP) reported record numbers of illegal immigrants taken into custody at the US-Mexico border. A CBP report released last week showed that 172,331 people were taken into custody trying to enter the country illegally over the southern border in March.

Texas Governor Greg Abbott held a press conference last week to address the overcrowding in detention facilities and accusations that child abuse and neglect of children was happening inside those facilities. The Governor said the Biden administration’s failed immigration policy was causing the problems:

“Earlier today, The Texas Health and Human Services Commission and the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services separately received tips that allege child abuse and neglect at the federal government’s Child and Migrant facility at the Freeman Coliseum in San Antonio behind me.

“These problems are a by-product of President Biden’s open border policies and the lack of planning for the fallout from those disastrous policies.”

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In the letter, the sheriffs address the crime associated with the flow of illegals entering the country:

“As this situation continues to evolve, more families will be exposed to the violence associated with drug trafficking and transnational gangs. More parents will suffer the loss of their children, not because they were irresponsible, but because of exposure to criminal illegal alien violence caused by the reckless and irresponsible policies of your administration.

“In a myriad of ways, you and your administration are encouraging and sanctioning lawlessness and the victimization of the people of the United States of America, all in the name of mass illegal immigration.”

The sheriffs did not mince words when appointing blame for the crisis. President Biden’s promises of immigration leniency and reduced immigration enforcement orders are to blame, according to the letter:

“In the interests of ending the undermining of our laws and the increased risks to the safety and security of the people of the United States of America, we respectfully request that you immediately reverse course on your pro-illegal immigration policies, resume the border wall construction, and embrace the common-sense, public-safety-supporting border policies of the previous administration.”

The Biden administration may be listening to some of the criticism coming from law enforcement and members of the right, as some of his policies are taking a step back. For example, the administration is considering a restart of border wall construction on a limited basis.

In a conversation with Immigration and Customs Enforcement last week, Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas said the administration was considering finishing “gaps in the wall.”  According to notes from the ICE session, Mayorkas said:

“It’s not a single answer to a single question. There are different projects that the chief of the Border Patrol has presented and the acting commissioner of CBP presented to me. The president has communicated quite clearly his decision that the emergency that triggered the devotion of DOD funds to the construction of the border wall is ended.

“But that leaves room to make decisions as the administration, as part of the administration, in particular areas of the wall that need renovation, particular projects that need to be finished.”

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Report: Fentanyl being smuggled into the US in record amounts by the cartels thanks to border disaster

March 26, 2021

 

 DALLAS, TX – While the Biden administration tried to figure out how to open the southern border amid an immigration crisis, drug cartels are taking advantage of the chaos to bring in massive amounts of drugs, including the deadly drug Fentanyl.

According to the U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP), drug seizures have increased 50 percent in February from January 2021. Although Cocaine interceptions decreased 13 percent, seizures of methamphetamine increased 40 percent, seizures of heroin went up 48 percent, and seizures of fentanyl decreased by 17 percent.

Despite the slight drop in Fentanyl seizures in February, CBP has reported “drastic increases” in Fentanyl seizures this year – more than 360 percent higher than the same time period in 2020. CBP said:

“For all Fiscal Year 2020, CBP intercepted more than 4,700 pounds. Just five months into this year, CBP has seized nearly 5,000 pounds.”

CBP is not the only agency struggling with the influx of Fentanyl into the country during the crisis. Eduardo Chavez, the head of the Drug Enforcement Administration in Dallas, Texas, said that the DEA confiscated 8.1 million doses of fentanyl in 2020:

“The lethal dose is only two milligrams, that’s just a few grains of salt.

“So, that’s essentially a lethal dosage unit for every citizen living in the D-FW metroplex, and to me, that is very scary.”

Chavez said the drug is manufactured in China, and that Mexican drug cartels smuggle the drug into the country through the southern border.

Law enforcement has been inundated with immigrants at the border, and the situation has grown worse since President Biden called for enforcement leniency for illegal aliens entering the country. The situation at the border has resulted in the President having to call on immigrants not to come.

Last month, the United States detained nearly 100,00 immigrants trying to cross the border illegally, more than triple the amount in February 2020. Drug traffickers are taking advantage of the border crisis to increase the supply of drugs entering the United States.

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The Wright family of Dallas, Texas, knows firsthand the cost of the administration’s failure to control the border. Rachel Wright told the tragic story of how she found her 16-year-old son Luke Wright unresponsive in his bedroom:

“I just started screaming to my husband Brad. He’s dead. he’s dead.”

The parents called 911 and performed CPR, but the boy died. The medical examiner determined that the boy, described by his mother as “super, super funny” and that “everybody loved,” had died after taking what he thought was a Percocet pill. The pill was actually a counterfeit pill laced with fentanyl. The pill cost only $5. His mother said:

“So, you have this product now that’s super cheap, and super addictive, and super potent, and drug dealers are crazy for it.”

Recently, two other Texas teens died from taking the pills in Johnson County.

Chavez said counterfeit pills laced with fentanyl look just like the drugs they are copying:

“They will look alike; the stamps will look perfect, and you won’t be able to tell until a laboratory analysis.”

Rachel Wright is now raising awareness about the drug through her non-profit called “Lives for Luke.” Her non-profit is giving away Narcan, an opioid blocker used to help people overdosing on fentanyl or other opioids.

She said her purpose now is to help save others and honor her son. The group’s Facebook page says:

“This is a group we are putting together to share Luke’s story and hopefully help teens say no to drugs, inform teens about the dangers of counterfeit drugs being laced with fentanyl, and through the message of the love of Jesus, save teen lives.”

 

 

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