Veteran: The media’s (lack of) coverage of the black mass shooter in NYC shows where the REAL “systematic racism” is


NEW YORK CITY – On April 12, 2022, terror was brought once again to the people of NYC, this time by way of a madman unloading over 33 bullets into straphangers on the subway’s N train near Sunset Park station, hitting ten of them.

With details of the gunman wearing a gas mask and using smoke devices while hitting this soft target of our nation’s critical infrastructure where 3.3 million travel each day, speculation quickly pointed to terrorism.

Surely the perpetrator’s violent actions created terror amongst those living in the city and those using public transportation in other cities, but was there any reason to believe his actions were anything more than a violent criminal or emotionally disturbed person, both of which are now commonplace in New York’s subways?

Given the combination of New York State’s disastrous bail reform law and former Mayor DeBlasio’s emptying of jails from 11,000 in 2014 to below 4,000 inmates in 2020, it was always a strong likelihood the shooter had a violent criminal record.

Then again, as evidenced by weekly stories of mentally ill homeless people violently attacking NYC pedestrians on the streets and pushing them onto the tracks, in spite of the $1.2 billion thrown at Mayor DeBlasio’s wife’s pet mental health program Thrive NYC, that was equally probable.

Something violent criminals and the mentally ill have in common is they are ripe for radicalization.

America’s soldiers saw that firsthand with the violent criminals who used their murderous tendencies to fight for ISIS as well as by mentally challenged individuals tricked into wearing suicide vests for the Taliban.

Why would the sociopaths and emotionally disturbed here in America be any less susceptible?

Back in 2015 the Huffington Post claimed racism was a national security threat because its prevalence was driving our black citizens into the hands of terrorist groups, citing the Somali Americans who had joined ISIS.

The Post was wrong about America being racist, but they were right about racism being used to radicalize Americans.

Considering the constant barrage from the mainstream media and provocative politicians claiming America is racist and blacks are oppressed, the most shocking thing about the subway shooting by a black man angry about white people is such incidents don’t occur more frequently.

Think back for the past decade, what names stick in your head that you remember as being murdered because of race?

How many of them are black, and how many of their killers are white?

In 2013 there was Trayvon Martin, whose killer though a liberal Obama supporting Latino fluent in Spanish, was described as a white Hispanic to make it about race instead of standing his ground.

Then in 2014 there was Michael Brown, claims of whom being a victim that said, ‘Hand’s Up, Don’t Shoot’ ended up being one of the biggest lies of the year. But not before the damage was done and PO Darren Wilson was caste as a racist white cop who killed an innocent young black man.

From there the list continues with names like Philando Castile and Alton Sterling in 2016, and Breonna Taylor and George Floyd in 2020, while whites like Daniel Shaver, Dylan Noble, Rhogena Nicholas, and Tony Timpa remain unknown.

A study of the USA Today newspaper from 2015-2018 revealed of the 3,668 fatal police shootings during those four years, they ran 82 front page stories naming 57 separate black ‘victims’ a total of 132 times, while mentioning one white ‘victim’ once within a story about two of those 57 blacks.

That there were 1,880 whites killed by police during those four years compared to 948 blacks shows just how racially biased that coverage was.

The same disparity holds true even when the police aren’t involved, such as in the intense and inflammatory national coverage of the Ahmaud Arbery shooting.

An internet search of the February 2020 incident returns as its first result, a Wikipedia description of “a 25-year-old Black man murdered during a racially-motivated hate crime while jogging in Satilla Shores.” Other results include a piece titled, “Ahmaud Arbery defied a white man.

That’s why he was killed”, and the following Washington Post Opinion piece, “Justice for Ahmaud Arbery demanded putting racism itself on trial.” Juxtapose the coverage of that incident with the November 2021 murder of six white people walking in the Waukesha Christmas Parade by Darrell Brooks, Jr. a black man.

Wikipedia mentions neither race nor motive with its description as “the driver of a sport utility vehicle (SUV) killed six people and injured sixty-two others.” The first Washington Post piece that comes back is, “Darrell Brooks, suspect in Wisconsin parade deaths, says he feels ‘Demonized’.

One of the first pieces put out by was titled, “What we know about the deadly Waukesha parade crash that killed at least 5”. Aside from leaving out race, these two articles make the suspect appear to be the victim and describe it as a crash instead of an intentional murder.

Then there’s the politicians who quickly jump on social media when the story involves a black person being killed or say outlandish things into the microphone when pandering to black audiences.

It was just a few years ago during the Democrat Presidential nomination process that then VP Biden told a forum of students at a historically black university that the police don’t pull over white women and Senator Bernie Sanders told one of those black students to be respectful to police “so that you don’t get shot in the back of the head.”

Senators Kamala Harris and Elizabeth Warren were equally incendiary in their race baiting as they both put out 5-year anniversary tweets linking Michael Browns death to racism and describing it as a murder even though the Obama Justice Department had long ago ruled PO Wilson used justifiable deadly force.

Those are just several of hundreds of examples which portray blacks are being victimized and whites as being racist murderers.

Fast forward to the present, and after years of racially divisive headlines and America’s leaders telling blacks they are being systematically exterminated by white supremacists, NYC finds itself the target of a mass shooting.

Is it really surprising that the suspect, Frank James has a long history of crime, self-described mental illness, and racist YouTube videos railing against white people while calling for violence? In his racist rants, James said, “It’s just a matter of time before these white motherfu–ers decide, ‘Hey listen. Enough is enough. These ni–ers got to go.’”

James self-described and prophetic solution was to get a gun and “just started shooting motherf—ers.” From such statements, it is clear James committed violence on that subway train in response to the prevalent social justice narrative that as a black man in America he is under attack.

That is the definition of domestic terrorism, it is being incited by our own press and politicians and given the constant social justice activism propagandized in America – we should be prepared for more of it.

Mike Simonelli, is a retired US Army LTC, veteran of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, hold a Master’s Degree in National Security Studies and is the author of Justified Deadly Force and the Myth of Systemic Racism.

Former Police Chief: Oh, all cops are racist killers? The real numbers prove you very wrong.

June 3, 2020

This editorial was written by a former Chief of Police and incorporates extensive data from statistics across the country.

WASHINGTON D.C. – Since last week, all we have seen and heard in the mainstream media is about the “systemic” racism in police departments, and how police officers kill African Americans at a higher rate than whites. A recent report citing data from the Washington Post disputes that notion.

Clearly, what happened in Minneapolis last week to George Floyd was an outrage.

Any right-thinking American and an overwhelming majority of police officers condemn what was done to that man. He did not deserve it.

Police officers are better than that and we should demand that they are.

Now, we have politicians on both sides of the aisle, strictly from the standpoint of trying to score cheap political points, saying that there is some kind of inherent bias against African Americans by the police.

So, Daniel Horowitz took the Washington Post’s searchable database on police shootings and did some digging. It did not take long.

Let’s look at one glaring statistic first, outside of police shootings. According to the Chicago Sun-Times, in 2019 in the city of Chicago…one city…315 African American males between the ages of 15 and 40 were victims of homicide. Let’s just get that out of the way.

Meanwhile the Washington Post database showed that in 2019, nine unarmed African Americans were shot dead by police, while 19 unarmed whites were similarly killed.

So, one does not need to be a math major to see that over twice as many unarmed whites were killed in 2019 than African Americans. If you watch the news, however you get an entirely different story.

Now, George Floyd was not shot by police. Still as Horowitz points out, if there existed a trend where police officers were hunting down African Americans for the purposes of killing them, it is not reflected in the 2019 shooting tally.

Horowitz cited a poster on Twitter who actually analyzed the nine shootings of black males in 2019, and in each case, the suspect was in the process of using potential deadly physical force against either an officer or a civilian.

There are scores of cases on record where an unarmed individual was able to overpower an officer, gain control of their duty weapon and then kill them.

The nine cases are as follows:

In the first case, a Knoxville officer shot and killed Channara Pheap after Pheap “choked him, grabbed his Taser and used it on him during a struggle at a local apartment complex. The officer, Dylan Williams, had his story corroborated by five witnesses.

The second incident involved a shooting in Los Angeles, where a Deputy from the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department shot Ryan Twyman, who was under investigation for illegal gun charges (he was not armed at the time).

Twyman attempted to back his car up into the deputy. In the interest of transparency, there is some question as to how much danger the deputy was in.

The next incident occurred in Fort Worth, Texas, where a woman was shot through the window of her home after she pointed a gun at an officer through that same window.

It is not known why this was classified as a shooting of an unarmed person. Her 8-year-old confirmed she pointed the gun at the officer.

In the fourth incident cited, Deputy Glen Sims shot Christopher Whitfield. According to Sims, he shot Whitfield “accidentally” during a scuffle.

Whitfield had broken into a convenience store. Sims claimed that Whitfield had struck his gun during the struggle, causing it to go off. Full disclosure, Sims had previously been fired for a domestic incident, however he regained his job.

He had a couple of other arrests on his record as well, so it is unclear how he was able to still serve as an officer. This one is questionable.

The fifth incident involved in incident in Edmond, Oklahoma, where Isaiah Lewis was shot to death. He was running naked and charged at an officer, beating him unconscious. A second officer shot and killed him.

The next case involved a career criminal who was shot and killed near Boerne, Texas by a Texas Department of Public Safety trooper on I-10. That followed a physical altercation between the trooper and the suspect, Marcus McVae.

The seventh shooting was in Blythevile, Arkansas, where officers were dispatched to a store where an employee was attacked.

The suspect, Marzues Scott was tracked down to a hotel parking lot. A female officer became involved in a physical altercation, where Scott knocked her to the ground, striking her several times in the head.

She fired her service weapon, striking Scott, who continued being aggressive toward her while she lay on the ground. She fired another shot, killing him. The prosecutor ruled the shooting justified.

Incident number eight occurred in Baltimore where Kevin Bruce Mason was killed after a standoff with officers. He had a previous history of shooting at police in a similar standoff.

He was warned not to approach and refused to comply with orders. Officers fired several shots. He was found later in the house and had succumbed to his injuries. It does not appear any officers were ever reprimanded in this incident.

Number nine involved Officer Jovanny Crespo of the Newark (NJ) police department, where he shot and killed Gregory Griffin after a pursuit.

An officer involved said that one of the two men in the car pointed a gun at him several times during the chase. In a previous traffic stop, which he also fled, the officer said he saw a gun in the car.

A second man in the car, Andrew Dixon was also shot in the face during the same incident. Dixon was later charged with possessing a gun loaded with hollow point bullets.

Somehow a grand jury indicted Crespo for aggravated manslaughter. That particular case appears to still be pending.

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The poster from Twitter who examined the nine cases did offer a couple of caveats. The database did not include all police related deaths, only shootings. Also, he wanted to make it clear that police are not always justified in shooting people who are armed.

So, what does this all mean? Let’s say that maybe out of the nine cases three or four are questionable. That still means that at least where  it concerns deadly force situations, this is not exactly open season on African Americans by the police.

Horowitz notes that according to the Department of Justice Bureau of Justice Statistics, police have contacts with approximately 53 million people each year, often having multiple encounters with the same people.

Last year, researchers from both the University of Michigan and the University of Maryland said:

“We did not find evidence for anti-Black or anti-Hispanic disparity in police use of force across all shootings, and if anything, found anti-White disparities when controlling for race-specific crime.”

The said that based on the study conducted of 917 officer-involved fatal shootings published in August 2019, it was found that “officers are less likely to fatally shoot Black civilians for fear of public and legal reprisals” and therefore “all else equal, this would increase the likelihood that a person fatally shot was White vs. Black.”

They concluded that “per capita racial disparity in fatal shootings is explained by non-White people’s greater exposure to police through crime.”

Clearly, police are “gun-shy” (no pun intended) when it comes to using force against African Americans by and large.

Monday night, five police officers were shot, and one is in critical condition, while a police officer was run down by a car in New York City and a group of officers was mowed down in Buffalo, New York.

Last year, 49 police officers were killed, with 30 percent of the suspects being African American, according to the FBI’s Uniform Crime Report.

Thus far in 2020, the number of police officers killed year to year is more than last year, which is stunning considering that the country has been virtually shut down for nearly three months up until we got the “riot exception” to the lockdowns.

Is race an issue the cause of these police killings? No. It is a personal responsibility issue.

While people are protesting the death of Mr. Floyd (and peaceful protests are deserved), where are the protests for the 82 people shot this past weekend, 22 fatally? Oh, and that was only in Chicago.

Statistically, African Americans are killed by homicide at a rate of eight times that of whites.

Yet what have we seen since the pandemic took hold? Progressive officials have released tens of thousands of known criminals back onto the streets, some of them violent felons.

In New York, the NYPD’s crime data for 2018 showed that of the 209 homicide suspects that year where the race was known, 149, or 71 percent were either black or “black Hispanic.” Forty, or 19 percent were “white  Hispanic,” while just 14 (6.6 percent) were white. So, 93.4 of homicides in New York where the race was known were committed by “minorities.”

Now for victims. Out of 289 homicide victims in 2018, where the race was documented, only 26 or 9 percent were white. Blacks or “black Hispanics” comprised 196, or 68 percent of victims while 54, or 19 percent were “white Hispanic.”

In a tale of two cities, over the years, at least up until Bill de Blasio became mayor, New York had taken a more aggressive law enforcement tone.

The city used to have something on the order of 2,000 murders annually. Aggressive crime-fighting approaches by Mayor Rudy Giuliani and continued by Michael Bloomberg drove those numbers way down, which saved countless African American lives.

Contrast that with Baltimore. That city in 2015 took a “hands-off” approach to policing that has kicked off several years of record murders, which have victimized primarily African Americans.

The fact of the matter is that while the death of George Floyd was a senseless, appalling act, the fact remains that by and large police officers across the nation should not be punished for the sins of one officer.

Clearly something needs to be done to weed out the bad actors among the ranks of our law enforcement officers.

But when you look at where people are complaining about their voices not being heard, about systemic injustices in the criminal justice system in their communities, there is a common thread. Look at who has been running these cities for decades. If nothing is changing, you need to look at the people in charge.

What was the definition of insanity again? Doing the same thing over and over yet expecting different results. Nothing will change until the mindset of the people who run these cities changes. Instead of treating people as victims constantly, give them the tools that they need to succeed. That will make a huge difference. Hopefully, it isn’t too late.

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