Political Roundup: Penn Act Advisory Board Ignores EHPD Racial Profiling Case/ DCF Plantation Report

Trayvon Martin Act Update: The Department of Justice recently announced that they will not file civil rights violation charges against former Hartford Police detective Robert Lawlor. Lawlor fatally shot Jashon Bryant and wounded Brandon Henry in 2005. Jashon and Brandon were unarmed. Lawlor was acquitted of manslaughter by an all-white jury in 2009 despite evidence which clearly pointed to his guilt. You can read the 2006 grand jury report charging Lawlor here.  http://www.ct.gov/Csao/cwp/view.asp?q=314666  We have reviewed the video of the last two Connecticut Racial Profiling Prohibition Project meetings. The advisory board’s focus continues to be on their esoteric data collection process, instead of enforcement measures which provide protection to all motorists; these people should seriously consider hiring a translator to help Connecticut Network viewers follow along during their interminable meetings. I submit that the opaque nature of their discussions is intentional. The convictions of East Haven police officers David Cari, Dennis Spaulding on federal racial profiling charges (officers Jason Zullo and John Miller pleaded guilty to lesser charges) is a topic that this body obviously will continue to avoid. The findings of the Department of Justice investigation of the EHPD also remain ignored. The DOJ described a “culture of corruption” at the EHPD, where department brass encouraged and attempted to cover up the criminal conduct of Spaulding, Cari, Miller and Zullo. Here is the link to the DOJ indictment. http://www.justice.gov/usao/ct/Press2012/20120124.html
These advisory board meetings repeatedly reinforce the Community Party’s position that the advisory board’s true purpose is to protect the police., who wield considerable political influence at the State Capitol. Former state trooper Andrew Crumbie told CP that the most blatant form of racial profiling is when a motorist is stopped and does NOT receive a ticket or written warning. Under the current law individuals who fall into this category remain unprotected, as they will have no evidence of the stop or information on the officer who stopped them, nor will they receive any instructions on steps they can take if they believe that they have been racially profiled. CP member Mary Sanders, who wrote the language for our Trayvon Act, and data analyst Adam Osmond spoke at an October racial profiling town hall that was hosted by the Commission on Human Rights and Opportunities. Mary appears at about the 1 hour, 44 minute mark of the Connecticut Network video, followed by Adam. http://www.ctn.state.ct.us/ctnplayer.asp?odID=9511 Stay tuned for updates on the Trayvon Act, coming in 2014. https://www.facebook.com/notes/stop-racial-profiling-obey-the-law/support-the-trayvon-martin-act/535126163203901
 
This week we’ll share posts from Cornell Lewis’ DCF Plantation blog on appalling examples of the disciplinary double standard involving white Department of Children and Families employees. Representative Matt Ritter will host a workplace bullying town hall on Monday, January 27, 5:30 pm to 7:00 pm at the Albany Branch library, 1250 Albany Avenue in Hartford. If you’re being bullied at work by co-workers and/or your employer, this is an opportunity to tell your story and be a part of a discussion about solutions. Check out the Albany Branch website for directions. http://www.hplct.org/locations-hours/Albany

 
We’ll provide more info in the coming weeks on the Safe Work Environment Act, which we’ll introduce during the 2014 legislative session (starts February 5th). Check out CP’s Stop Racial Profiling – Obey the Law! Facebook page. http://www.facebook.com/PennAct   Follow CP on Twitter for state, national and global headlines.  https://twitter.com/CommunityParty1 Listen to WQTQ 89.9 FM for CP’s public service announcements on our racial justice initiatives. https://www.facebook.com/wqtqfm Contact us at 860-206-8879 or info.community.party@gmail.com
 
                                                                                                                
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                                  INCIDENT ON UNIT 6B INVOLVING  WHITE EMPLOYEES IS NOT BEING INVESTIGATED

 
The New Year 2014 arrived with people all over the world  celebrating it as sacred. However in the year 2013 certain things continued to  happen at Connecticut Juvenile Training School that defies reason. On December  27, 2013 the Unit 6B had an incident involving two residents fighting. At CJTS  residents fighting is a normal happening, but YSOs are suppose to monitor  activities to prevent such things. Well, the story is told by sources within  CJTS that between 9:20pm – 9:30pm two residents fought in a bathroom and were not  detected by staff. When the altercation become known it seemed strange there was  no uproar from management about this incident. Juxtapose this incident with  another involving  three YSOs on October 6, 2012. These three YSOs were placed  on paid administrative leave in November, after two residents fought in a Multi  -Purpose Room … Unit 4D. Two YSOs in this case were fired and one brought back  to work.
I bring this 2012 incident up because DCF/CJTS spared no  expense to trumpet their investigation of the 4D incident. However in the  incident on 6B a male and female YSO are still working; no lengthy investigation  or placing them on paid administrative leave took place. I wonder why? Well,  both YSOs involved in the 6B fracas are white, this might be one reason no  disciplinary actions took place.The two YSOs from that 4D incident are black and  Puerto Rican. Oh, by the way, the YSO that came back to work from that 4D  incident is white. It has been widely documented that DCF/CJTS disciplines  blacks, Latinos and other people of color with more severity than others. Graphs  and charts posted on this blog are incontrovertible proof of the bias against  employees of color [ data gained through Freedom of Information from DCF ] over  several years. You can view the  chart here. https://twitter.com/CommunityParty1  These two 6B YSOs are guilty of the same infraction DCF/CJTS  vilified those YSOs from 4D about. Yet the punishment for two 6B white YSOs  seems more lenient. One black 4D YSO in particular proved to be a thorn in the  side of white management at CJTS; going on hunger strikes, holding a rally  outside DCF/CJTS, holding a public hearing at the Legislative Office Building  about racism in state agencies. And it is reasonable to suspect DCF management  used the 4D incident to rid themselves of a black man who dared speak up against  injustice.
I do not want to digress from the main point though, another  incident happened [ 6B ] where residents were not supervised. CJTS management  did not use heavy handed discipline on white YSOs like they have a history of  doing to employees of color. We must look for logical reasons as to why  management failed to investigate with vigor two newly hired YSOs. This brings to  mind another salient point, two YSOs hired within 60-90 days working on Unit 6B  without another veteran staff available…If such a thing did happen, is not  management held responsible for Neglect of Duty? Hell, those YSOs from 4D were  charged with Neglect of Duty. Yet management at CJTS are not called to task for  their Neglect of Duty; nor are leaders at CJTS placing 6B YSOs on a hot seat,  for failure to do their job the night of Dec. 27, 2013.
Seems as if 2014  will be a carbon copy of 2013 with a white management at CJTS still using a  disciplinary boot to kick YSOs of color in their arse.
 
 

CT TRUTH FORCE SEEKS ANSWERS  ABOUT ATTENDANCE SHEETS

 
The  following letter was e-mailed to state officials  shortly after DCF Plantation posted a story ( 12-9-13 ) about possible  irregularities in attendance sheets at Connecticut Juvenile Training School by a  Unit Leader in administration.
 
William Rosenbeck, Superintendent
Connecticut Juvenile Training School
 
To Mr. Rosenbeck:
 
As the CT Truth Force we would like to bring some issues  regarding Connecticut Juvenile Training School (CJTS) to your attention. As  mentioned in previous communications, we are concerned with racial inequities at  the Department of Children and Families (DCF), particularly for employees of  CJTS. We have seen evidence of a recurring practice of discrimination against  employees of color, particularly Black male employees. We have been closely  following the case of Minister Cornell Lewis who was unjustly dismissed from his  job at CJTS as a result of his activism on behalf of himself and fellow  employees.
 
Now, another matter has come to our attention. Through the  Freedom of Information Act, the attendance records of a Ms. Jane Markovitz were  obtained by the blog “DCF Plantation.” We believe these records bring up some  questions regarding the management of CJTS. After examining the attendance  information, we believe that Ms. Markovitz was allowed leniency in her use of time off, leniency that has not been afforded to other employees. We would like  to know if indeed Ms. Markovitz received special allowances, and if so, why? If  you deny that she was allowed extra time off, could you please explain the  inconsistencies in the record?
With the economy of this state being as fragile as it is  right now, we believe that these records should be carefully audited with a  discerning eye for any inconsistencies. If the management of CJTS wishes to  prove that their work policies are equitable, we do need an explanation for the  seemingly liberal use of time off by Ms. Markovitz. Thank you.
 
Signed,
Joanna Iovino
CT Truth Force
 
 
CC:  Joette Katz, DCF Commissioner
       Kevin Lembo, Connecticut State Comptroller
 
                                                                                                            
                                                                                                             
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Resources
 
Connecticut Network archive; includes videos of the November and December Connecticut Racial Profiling Prohibition Project meetings:
 
 
Freedom of Information Act website:
 
 
Workplace Violence News, featuring resources for preventing workplace violence and bullying:
 
 
Twitter page for John McPhilbin, a workplace bullying activist in Australia:
 
 
 
David Samuels
Founder
Community Party
 
 
 
 
 

Sunday, June 1, 2014

 
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