Just so folks are aware - Karla is not just a student at RB Stall, but also a teen activist in her own right working to fight the Disturbing Schools statute and eliminate school-based arrests in CCSD schools. Check out a video she recently created with another Girls Rock Charleston Teen Leader describing the work they're doing: http://girlsrockcharleston.org/rock-blog/.
13 LEO Murdered so far this year.
The investigation of the Ferguson PD by the Justice Department's Civil Rights Division did not look into the circumstances of the Michael Brown shooting. Its focus was whether there was a pattern of abusive/illegal behavior by the police toward those they were supposed to be serving. That is the crux of this CP article.
The FPD was being used by the City Government as a means of generating revenue through aggressive enforcement.
There was a separate investigation by the Civil Rights Division into the Brown shooting. Its conclusion was that the evidence did not support indictment of Officer Wilson. This investigation did cast doubt on "hands up, don't shoot".
aldoraine, what did it say specifically about the michael brown incident as mentioned as support for this article?
@truthrus: Did you see the Justice Department's report on the Ferguson PD? In its very first paragraph it states: "This investigation has revealed a pattern or practice of unlawful conduct within the Ferguson Police Department that violates the First, Fourth, and Fourteenth Amendments to the United States Constitution, and federal statutory law."
According to the Obama Justice Department, what happened in Ferguson, MO.? I think they said that hands up don't shoot was a complete lie. A lie is still a lie even if everyone believes it, and the truth is still the truth even if no one believes it. Perhaps it is time for the blue line to have the blue flu.
Since the 1940's and earlier this area has been what it is.Some were there then Yet, some still moved there knowing that it is what it is. Kind of like moving near a shipping terminal or highway then complaining about the noise.
It just seems odd to me that the african american communities that have been there for decades get to take on big business/politics etc. I thought development in chas would be a factor in everyone's neighborhood not just low income. Im trying not to call racism but it does indeed seem to be aproblem in poorer african American areas. At first they say the development is to improve things for everyone & then it just turns into more industrial sites...smh...
I lived in Chicora Cherokee at one time. Majority of the people can't afford to move especially the older ones. Where would they move? Wayout in the country? There isn't anyplace nearby they could move to that they could afford to live with fixed incomes, lack of transportation. The saddest thing is they don't even know about most of this, breathing in the air and waiting to die. Being in proverty means you are always on a fixed income and no it's not welfare either it's usually a job which pays minimum wage and if you're lucky maybe something that pays close to $10 an hour. This means for young people especially with children you still can't move away. But who cares right? You can stand on you're soap box and judge all you want and think you know it all; as long as it's not you right? Most know nothing of which they speak of. Try going around and talking to the actual people who live there and then you can broaden your opinion, other that it's irrelevant.
Neil, do you think you've got one or seven more lines of drivel in you? You know, since we're counting and all?
@weavingdreams, I wouldn't want this crap in my backyard. There is lowered property values and making the place unlivable. Then there is the problem with the place full of toxic pollutants.
African American and low income communities? So you're saying that the communities where wealthy African Americans live are intentionally polluted somehow in order to pick them out? If I live in a nice part of town and have an African American living next door does this put me at risk, or are they able to target just his house and leave mine unaffected?
Or is the truth more that low income communities tend to be in the worst, least desireable parts of town and often low income blacks tend to live there and you're doing a bit of race baiting?
World Ends! Poor and minorities hit hardest!!! Video at 11
There are lots of communities that were "there first." Unfortunately sometimes stuff gets built and developed nearby (like manufacturing plants and highways and trash dumps) and makes a community less desirable.
I would not want to have any of the junk around me that they are living with at all. If it had happened in or near a neighborhood I lived in I would try and get some kind of settlement and move the hell away.
The way it started getting to the point it is now was not great in anyway but it has happened and it is what it is. The likelihood of it getting cleaned up to where it is going to be a good, clean safe place to live is slim and none. So instead of trying to clean up what will probably never get cleaned up, get paid and move.
This community was there first, nofaith.
Let me ask you this: would YOU want this crap in YOUR backyard?
So based on the reaction to my earlier post I guess people think the best thing to do is pump money into an area that has and likely will continue to be a mess in terms the surrounding environment. Giving these folks enough money to move out of that area to somewhere safe and with a better quality of life is not an option. Good old liberal thinking, through money at a problem forever instead of throw money at a problem and fix it.
Rosemont has always been there .I would comment to Skip Mikell (green space) &Omar Muhammand (pres.of Lowcountry alliance for model communities) that you guys are a day late and a dollar short of making yourself heard. My association
with your point is an old saying that goes(stink on TIHS).You guys are ready to jump on anything get yours names published in the paper. Where were you so-called leaders 40 years ago???So,
don't jump on the proverbial bandwagon now just to get your name printed.
Those neighborhoods were there because "IT WAS A CHEAP PLACE TO LIVE"(little Detroit) for those who had no education & a houseful of "YOUNGIN'S" to support. Remember ,those were the beginning days of subsidies such as "foodstamps","wic"& a multitude of other "government" programs paid for by the taxpayer(me)". And these programs are still in effect today because nothing has changed except the "LOTTERY" which a lot of those on the "freebie"programs use before they pay their bills. The reality check should be the order of the day, if you know what we mean.If this currant administration would cancel just one Hawaii trip on "Air Force One" at a cost of several million dollars, that would upgrade some of these neighborhoods or better still"Shovel them Down".
Why not move to somewhere else? There are grounds for lawsuits and settlements, take the cash and build a community in an area that is not in the middle of an industrial zone.
This article is truly disturbing. It's unconscionable that the powers that be would allow the systematic disregard for this community's safety. However, it's encouraging to know that the LAMC is working to make sure environmental justice is served. Keep up the good work!
Thank you for your hard work Virginia Bush. I am amazed at the anger found in these comments. Why are some people coming to live in Charleston if they want to turn it into Tuscon, Charlotte, Orlando, or Las Vegas?
To be clear, there is room for a little more density and if market conditions dictate, a new "urban core" can be established but not on the lower peninsula. The old industrial areas near Magnolia Cemetary could be a possible site.
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