About Marshall Frank

Thirty-year veteran of law enforcement with Miami-Dade Police Department, sixteen years in Homicide, retired a captain. Author of seven fiction novels and seven books of non-fiction. Op-Ed writer for Florida Today and TC Palm newspaper. Former symphony violinist. Married, father and grandfather. President, Creative Arts Foundation of Brevard, Inc.
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REPARATIONS WOULD SET RACE RELATIONS BACK – Op-Ed – M. Frank

(Published as Op-Ed in Florida Today,  July 8, 2019.)

Several Democratic candidates for president are supporting studies to award reparation dollars to descendants of slaves. Sens. Kamala Harris and Cory Booker are among them. Various news reports have suggested the taxpayers’ tab might run anywhere from $10 billion to $100 billion. In the journal Social Science Quarterly, University of Connecticut researcher Thomas Craemer estimated that it would cost between $5.9 trillion and $14.2 trillion.

No one would argue that the era of slavery in America that ended 154 years ago was a horrific travesty. The very thought of what human beings endured at the hands of other human beings is beyond sickening. That was then, this is now. Doling out free taxpayer money to millions of people in 2019 because they happen to be distantly related to ancestors prior to 1865 sets the stage for renewed breakdowns in race relations across America.

This is like Harris or Booker saying, “You owe me millions in tax dollars because I was born black.”

The thought of how that would be divvied up, if passed, is mind-boggling. There are many blacks who had no distant slave relatives. A lot of whites, Hispanics

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WATCH FOR CANDICE OWENS

Remember that name. You’ll be hearing a lot more about this incredible young woman. 

Candice Owens, aged 30, is a highly articulate self-styled conservative/independent thinker who captures any audience she speaks before, regardless of political positions. I’ve rarely heard such a charismatic orator, infused with intellect, common sense and humanistic ideals. And, she is fearless. There’s no political correctness…a rarity. There are many youtube examples of her intellect, I’ve selected a few below, for examples. Anyone who goes up against her is in for a major challenge.

She identifies as a conservative, but that’s only been the last few years.

Many of you will already have seen her. This is for those who have not. 

 

Candice speaking to congress.

Candace Owens – Rep. Buck – 9 April 2019 – YouTube

 

Watch this comeback to a demeaning congressman, Ted Lieu.

Rep. Ted Lieu plays recording of Candace Owens statement on Adolf Hitler (C-SPAN) – YouTube

 

Another speech to congress.

Watch – Discover

 

Visiting a holding facility in Broward County
Candace Owens Visits An Immigration Center in Broward County, Florida – YouTube

 

Speech to Liberty U.

Candace Owens – Liberty University Convocation – YouTube

 

If you

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THE UPSIDE TO MURDER – POLICE NOVEL (By Marshall Frank)

 I recently checked the status of my crime novel, The Upside to Murder, happy to see that many readers have enjoyed the story. Better yet, since it has now been made available in audio version in 2018, I stopped to see some of the reader’s comments, which were – for the most part – glowing.  And, no, these reviewers are not my friends and relatives, the people come from the four corners of the nation.

Since it’s been a while, and considering the audio, I thought I’d create a new promo for mystery lovers who never heard of the book and might be interested. I should also point out, that in 2016, a Hollywood producer sought me out to sign a rights contract for a two-year option to make a film. Enough  money was never raised, thus – no movie. But it did my ego a lot of good.

Paperback print copies are at amazon.com, or signed copies (discounted) are available by e-mailing me at MLF283@aol.com

Story Line:  After 16 year-old Cassandra is gang-raped, shot and left for dead, African-American Doctor Orville T. Madison, embarks on a stealth campaign to protect his daughter from reliving the terrifying ordeal through

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TRUMP’S CRIMINAL JUSTICE REFORM SHOWS RESULTS (OpEd)

This OpEd by yours truly appears in the June 24, 2019 issue of Florida Today.

 

Most people are not aware of the First Step Act, signed into law by President Trump in December of 2018. It is a major achievement in improving the criminal justice system, long overdue.

This law seeks to incentivize prison inmates to participate in training programs targeted at increasing opportunities once released. Participation can earn as many as 47 days per year knocked off their sentences. Inmates also earn lighter sentences while ensuring, after release, they will become a productive member of society.

We all want to see criminals pay their debts for committing crimes, particularly violent felonies. No argument there. But imposing extreme sentences on people who will spend 20 to 50 years behind bars does nothing to rehabilitate. Rather, it further reduces opportunities for ex-inmates to become productive citizens.

Some want to see criminals enter prison for decades. But we forget that most of those inmates will be coming out one day, with nothing but the clothes on their backs. Not everyone has family members or friends. Not all have support systems. Many are released without any source of income.

Ricky L. was

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A FRANK MOVIE REVIEW: (SHAFT (2019) – 3 (M. Frank)

Shaft  (2019)  –  3 out of 10.

 

In a word:  Ridiculous

 

First of all, if you don’t like violence and filthy language, don’t see this movie. There is plenty of both, to a point of gross excess, including lines spoken by little kids. I would estimate the “F” and MF” words are in play at least 200 times in the film or more…which is a distraction from whatever the plot was intended to be. With little exception, the screenwriting is pathetic. They should read a dictionary and see if there are other adjective words in English besides “F”.

     Yes, we are accustomed to lots of violence in movies, particularly those produced and directed by Hollywoodites who espouse anti-gun sentiments in their off-screen lives. In this film, there must be at least seven to ten wild shooting exchanges with no less than a barrage of a thousand rounds fired, or more, involving multiple actors using repeating rifles. Ironically, the good guys always got away unscathed, including Jackson, while the bad guys are all killed. Amazing what lousy shots they are.

     Shaft (2019) is the fifth in a series since 1971. Here, based in Harlem which he knows well, Samuel L. Jackson

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HARD TO JUDGE: PARKLAND SCHOOL OFFICER

 

Op-Ed Published June 13, 2019, in Florida Today

 

Shoulda, coulda, woulda.

That’s one way to sum up an analysis of Broward School Resource Officer Scot Peterson’s behavior, or lack thereof, as to why he did not take appropriate action when a crazed shooter went on a shooting rampage at Parkland’s Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School on Feb. 14, 2018, killing 17 kids and adults, and wounding 17 more. After all, taking action was his job.

Peterson, age 56, with a 30-year law enforcement career behind him, has now been charged with 11 counts of criminal misconduct including culpable negligence, perjury and felony child neglect. Upon being arrested and fired from the job, the judge set a modest bond at $39,500. If convicted on all counts, Peterson could conceivably be sentenced to 97 years in prison.

What did he do? Nothing.

That’s the problem. Rather than take action, even if it meant risking his life, he took no action other than communicating on radio. This is a case of someone being charged with a crime for what he didn’t do, not what he did do. Several news reports relate how Peterson walked outside of the building, as multiple gunshots

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A FRANK MOVIE REVIEW: “ROCKET MAN” – 7

A FRANK MOVIE REVIEW: “ROCKET MAN” – 7.0

     In a word:  Eccentric

 

     This is a great movie for fans of Elton John, the British rock and roller who has sold over 300 million records in his lifetime.

     The movie focuses on the early life of the rocker in England, his conflicts within the family with whom he has limited attachment and later, his natural immersion into the world of rock music mostly through natural talents which he developed on his own.

     The high points of the movie are witnessing the emergence of an entertainment genius, wildly eccentric in flair and dress, and seemingly addicted to the roars of the adoring crowds. Meanwhile, John struggles with coming out of the closet, finally admitting he is a gay man. This doesn’t go well with his mother and father. Finally, wealth and success draws the artist into the abyss of addiction to most every substance imaginable, for which he eventually seeks out long range therapy and treatment.

     At the end of the movie, we learn that John has evolved into a sober person for 28 years, and proudly married to another man, on the heels of new British laws that allow for

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