Former LAPD Officer Alex Salazar & Cops Nationwide Denounce Police Brutality, Racism & Corruption

This column appears in the September 10 – 17 edition of the Hartford News…

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Commentary on urban issues from a grassroots perspective. Next show: Tuesday, September 15 at 9:00 PM. Part 2 of our conversation with former LAPD officer Alex Salazar, who was on the force from 1989 – 1998. Topics will include the reign of Chief Daryl Gates, who used militarism to raise police oppression of low income communities of color to a new level, the Rodney King police brutality case and the subsequent uprising in Los Angeles following the acquittal of the officers charged in the beating, the Rampart corruption scandal, and Alex’s stint as a bodyguard for Interscope Records, an investor in Death Row Records, owned by Marion “Suge” Knight and home of Tupac Shakur. Sunday, September 13 will mark the 19th anniversary of Tupac’s murder. We will also examine the killing of rapper Christopher Wallace aka Notorious B.I.G. Former LAPD detective Russell Poole found evidence that linked LAPD officers to the crime. Tune in! Check out this interview with Alex by the Latino Rebels. Cops nationwide are speaking out against police brutality, racism and corruption. See our Resources section for more info on these REAL heroes.

Crime and Race: Fact vs. Fiction

Whites who bring up intraracial crimes among Blacks in response to protests against police violence aren’t doing so out of concern for Black people. They’re implying that Blacks are inherently violent and need to be contained by law enforcement. This bigotry is supported by ignorant Blacks like YouTube disgrace Peggy Hubbard. The fact is that statistically, whites commit the most violent crimes and the most crimes overall in the United States. Urban gun violence is fueled by poverty and a lack of economic opportunity. Blacks consequently turn to the underground economy (e.g. drug trade) to get paid, where violence is an occupational hazard.

False Choice: The Bipartisan Attack on the Working Class, the Poor and Communities of Color

Trebol Press has published my first nonfiction book on politics. The Democrats and Republicans spar publicly, but the reality is that these two parties have more in common than they have differences. This duopoly is run on corporatist economic policies that benefit the ruling class, at the expense of the workers and the poor. Global hegemony is at the core of the foreign policies of the Dems and the GOP. False Choice is a diary of national and global issues, set against the backdrop of the Connecticut gubernatorial election between Gov. Dannel Malloy and Republican challenger Tom Foley that was rated as the most negative in the country in 2014. The book also features commentary on politics at Hartford City Hall, including analysis of the highly controversial baseball stadium deal orchestrated by Mayor Pedro Segarra and City Council President Shawn Wooden. Segarra and Democratic Party challenger Luke Bronin will square off in a primary September 16. Visit the Trebol Press website for ordering info.


Cop Lied About Cruiser Getting Shot At – He Wrecked, Shot Car Himself

Check out the Copblock website:

September 3, 2015 by Asa Jay —

A Millis, Massachusetts police officer has been proved a liar after investigators say he “fabricated” a story about his cruiser being fired upon and catching on fire to hide the fact that he wrecked.

Wednesday, news broke that a man driving a maroon pickup truck fired at 24-year-old officer Bryan Johnson on Forest Road who claimed he returned two or three shots before his cruiser caught on fire.

“My cruiser’s been shot at. I’m at Forest Road. It’s going to be a dark maroon pickup,” the officer radioed to dispatch before later maintaining that in an attempt to avoid the gunfire, he slammed into a tree and the cruiser ignited.

Police responded by ordering residents to stay in their homes, and local schools were placed on lock-down while a search was launched for the “suspect” that included a SWAT team, K-9 officers, and a Massachusetts State Police helicopter – but no suspect was found.

Now, after a preliminary investigation, police say they have concluded that the officer made up the shooting story and fired shots at the cruiser himself to make it appear that he had been shot at.

“We have determined that the officer’s story was fabricated. Specifically, that he fired shots at his own cruiser as a plan to concoct a story that he was fired upon,” Millis Police Sgt. William Dwyer said Thursday. “The evidence indicates the shots were not fired by a suspect, and there is no gunman at large in or around the town.”

Police have not commented on the motives of the officer – who they say will now be terminated – but one reason the officer may have concocted the story was because, as a part-time employee that had not received full training yet, he feared his recklessness would have destroyed his chances of becoming a full-time officer.

The Norfolk County District Attorney’s Office is reportedly deciding whether or not to file charges against the officer and say his name will be released after a full investigation into the incident is complete.

Obviously this is an absurdity and would never be a consideration if the deceit had been perpetrated by a private citizen but Sgt. Dwyer said he is “very upset” with the situation “and don’t know how to feel right now.”


ABC News reported last Friday that Johnson will be criminally charged. “Bryan Johnson will be charged with misleading a criminal investigation, communicating false information to emergency services, malicious destruction of property and unlawful discharge of a firearm, Millis police Sgt. William Dwyer said.”


Big shout out to cops like Alex Salazar who exposed police brutality, racism and corruption:

Renegade PoPo law enforcement news magazine:

Law Enforcement Against Prohibition website. LEAP police officers are calling for an end to the racist so-called War on Drugs:

Malcolm X Grassroots Movement report on extrajudicial killings of Black people:

Free Thought Project report on the rate of police killings in the United States compared to other countries:

Free Thought Project report on the United Nations Human Rights Council condemnation of United States law enforcement for racial profiling and extrajudicial killings of Black people:

Black man pulled over in Ohio for “eye contact”:

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