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ANOTHER RACIALLY CHARGED COP SHOOTING …BUT

 

There’s been another interracial police shooting death of an unarmed victim in America.

     Big news?  Not this one, apparently.

     This time, it was a black officer in a Minneapolis police car who shot down an unarmed 40-year-old white female who (get this) was the complainant on a suspicious person call in the neighborhood.  That’s right.  One would think that would justify a riot. Read on:

     On the night of July 15, the blonde yoga instructor, Justine Diamond, had called 911 fearing that a man had accosted someone in the alley behind her house. As the police car arrived, with two cops inside, she approached the driver’s side, still in her pajamas, to explain what she had seen. Suddenly, two minutes later, the officer sitting in the passenger side – for no apparent reason – pulled out his service revolver, reached across to his left, and fired through the driver’s window, killing the young woman.

     That was six days ago. The police department has not released any information, other than one statement the officer made saying he felt “spooked” and another that he thought he heard “noise.” Other officers were obviously not spooked, but what does that matter.

     Oh yes,

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REMEMBERING OFFICER MIOSOLIS FAMILIA, NYPD

This is Miosolis Familia, age 48, mother of three kids, a 12 year veteran of the New York City Police Department, formerly a nurse, and before that, a worker with the Red Cross. On Wednesday, July 5, 2017, Officer Familia would not be coming home from work. As she sat in her parked police car on a Bronx side street doing paperwork, a deranged man approached the driver’s side. A bullet was suddenly fired through the window and into her brain. Her marvelous loving life was snuffed out by a maniac imbued with hatred because someone, anyone, wore a police uniform.

     The first thing that came to my mind was the haunting chant over two years ago, when a hundred cop haters recited a chorus, over and over …”What do we want? Dead Cops…What do we want, dead cops!”

     Well, they bagged another one this week. 

     Hers was a black life that mattered. The shooter was equally as black. Sorry, no racism this time, no matter how hard you try.

    This is the ultimate in bastardizing the First Amendment right to free speech. Not only do the chanters infuriate me, their supporters and sympathizers infuriate me more, because these “deplorables”

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LET’S REVAMP HOW WE PICK JURIES

(This Op-Ed by yours truly, appears in the June 30th, 2017 issue of Florida Today)

More than 2 centuries later, let’s revamp how we pick jurors

       “There is nothing in the U.S. Constitution that mandates trial by jury “of our peers.”

 

The hung jury in the rape trial of Bill Cosby raises questions, once more, about the composition of juries in the American trial system. Perhaps it’s time for America to innovate and make criminal trials more efficient, fair and precise for the 21st century.

The answer? Professional jurors, certified, trained and/or experienced in basic law and court procedure, selected for trials in a random process of picking jurors’ names from a hat. No more than six to a trial. That would expedite the process and do away with long, arduous and costly juror selection processes in thousands of jurisdiction in the nation and save citizens the anguish of losing time from jobs, kids and other responsibilities. It would also eliminate the emotional factor which comes into play with average citizens.

There is nothing in the U.S. Constitution that mandates trial by jury “of our peers.”

During my years with Miami-Dade Police, I witnessed numerous cases where emotion

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TEN VALID REASONS TO ABOLISH DEATH PENALTY

(The following Op-Ed appears in the June 23, 2017 edition of Florida Today.)

 

     “It’s time to put death penalty to rest in U.S.”

By Marshall Frank, Community columnist  

     One innocent executed is one too many — and that’s just one reason to abolish capital punishment. 

Now that the Florida Supreme Court has ruled that juries must vote unanimously for the death penalty in order to validate a sentence, we can anticipate many new appeals and/or commutations of sentences for over 200 death row inmates to whom this will apply. Such appeals, or new trials, would be an extreme cost to the taxpayer.

Thus, we re-examine the death penalty once more. As a 30-year career cop and former Miami-Dade homicide detective, I’ve seen the worst of criminal behavior. I’m no bleeding heart.

I propose 10 valid reasons why capital punishment should be abolished, not only in Florida, but throughout the entire nation.

Too many risks of executing the innocent: In Brevard County, we’ve been witness to at least three life terms in which human beings have wrongfully served 27 years, 22 years and four years as innocent men. Had they been given a death sentence, two would probably be dead

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DEAR ATTY GENERAL BONDI: ABOUT GARY BENNETT

(This Op-Ed, by yours truly, appears today in Florida Today newspaper.)

 

Dear Attorney General Pam Bondi:

Gary Bennett is entering his 34th year of a life prison sentence for a crime he did not commit. As diligent as our justice system must be to seek justice against criminals and keep our communities safe, we must be equally as diligent ensuring we do not mistakenly rob an innocent person of his/her right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.

But Florida hasn’t done that, particularly prosecutors of the early 1980s in Brevard County

I’m sure you know about the Gary Bennett case. It has been exposed in newspapers for decades, most especially in recent years by FLORIDA TODAY as deftly investigated and recorded by reporter John Torres.

I’ve reviewed the so-called “evidence” in this case and have reached the same conclusion as Torres and others: A horrible crime has been committed and Gary Bennett is the victim.

My view comes with a degree of credibility. I spent the majority of my 30 years with Miami-Dade police as a homicide investigator and later, captain. I investigated, supervised or oversaw over 1,000 murders. Never did I — or did the Dade

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LEGALIZE POT? THINK ON IT LONG AND HARD.

LEGALIZE POT? THINK ON IT LONG AND HARD

By Marshall Frank 

     (This editorial appears in the April 28 issue of Florida Today)

Legalize marijuana?  Well, there are plenty of pros and cons to go around.

As for me, my 30-year police career in Miami-Dade and my personal trials and tribulations have taught me that marijuana may have some positive points, but that doesn’t mitigate the harmful aspects. One of them is the gateway dilemma for graduating into drug abuse, especially among the youth.

Let’s start with the story of Bowen. This boy had the misfortune of being born into a family where his young parents would divorce and the mother retained custody of the child. I say “misfortune” because the mother was a flower child who thought the dangers of pot were overblown. She smoked pot regularly among friends and little Bowen. She even offered a joint to the 12-year-old child, telling him, “Here, you don’t have to do this behind my back.”

With tacit approval, Bowen not only became a regular user, he used to steal some of his mom’s weed and sell it at school. By the time he reached ages 16 to 17, he had graduated

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AFTERTHOUGHTS

In my 2015 book release, The Way Things Oughta Be, I offer numerous chapters with analyses and suggestions for improving the world, whether it be politics, science, education, criminal justice, family issues, love and romance and so much more. At the very end of the book, I present a chapter titled, “Afterthoughts” which is a list of one-liners, without essay or analysis.

     I thought some folks might be interested…so I extracted this chapter and created a short blog.  (With the author’s permission, of course) See what you think.

                                                            AFTERTHOUGHTS

Sometimes, a simple answer can identify a question.  According to your author, here are a few one-line reflections on – The Way Things Oughta Be:

  • Smart people should think twice about the long-range consequences before blanketing their bodies with tattoo ink.
  • Parents who sit with their kids at restaurant tables engrossed with tablets and smart phones tell me they’ve lost the ability to communicate.
  • I’m a fan of space travel, but I also wonder if the enormous costs outweigh the benefits, and those billions of dollars could not be better funneled to more pressing needs.
  • Abolish car alarms. They are useless costs added to the price of an auto.
  • Schools,
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