Trump Promotes Police Brutality / Racism at CT Valley Hospital / Colin Kaepernick

by David Samuels

This column appears in the August 3 – 10 edition of the Hartford News.

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PROGRAM ALERT

The Community Party Radio on So-Metro Radio interview with Middletown Mayor and Connecticut gubernatorial candidate Dan Drew will air Tuesday, August 15 at 8:00 PM Eastern Time, 7:00 PM Central 5:00 PM Pacific. Topics will include police accountability, the state budget crisis, single payer health care, workplace bullying and urban policy issues that are ignored by the corporate media.

 

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Political Roundup

 

Senate Approves Concessions Deal

Next week’s column will feature analysis of the Senate approval of the concessions deal between Gov. Dan Malloy and state employee unions.

 

Victory for Nury Chavarria

It was so funny watching bigots in the Connecticut Mirror comment section cry about Nury Chavarria’s victory, as she fights against deportation.  Nury was granted an emergency stay last week. Yeah, while you were trolling on Facebook, people were mobilizing in the streets to stop this injustice. Now you can cry on your laptops…

 

Corporate Tax Subsidies

The Community Party has contacted the Office of Legislative Research, for information on corporate subsidies and job creation. A Connecticut Voices for Children report found that corporate welfare in this state has basically been unregulated. Stay tuned. https://hendu39.wordpress.com/2017/06/09/connecticut-budget-crisis-state-employees-get-blamed-corporations-get-paid/

 

Structural Racism & Workplace Bullying at Connecticut Valley Hospital

Black and Latinx employees, speaking on the condition of anonymity due to fear of retaliation, continue to complain about verbal abuse and disparate treatment. A Latinx worker said he was yelled at by a white supervisor, another was questioned about her attire, while a white employee who wears the same type of clothing regularly has not been approached once. A Black staff member was terminated for personal use of a work computer; a Freedom of Information request filed by myself and retired state employee John Hollis revealed that CVH managers routinely use their work computers for personal activities. Our FOI request also uncovered a staggering racial disparity in disciplinary rates. Black employees are fired at a rate of 71%, compared to just 22% for whites.

 

 

The data supports a common complaint by Black and Latinx workers, which is that they are punished for petty reasons, while white employees are protected. Meanwhile the Department of Administrative Services collaborates with the Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services to kill workers rights legislation, including the Community Party’s Safe Work Environment Act, according to a source at the State Capitol. Our FOI request uncovered an email exchange between retired DMHAS Legislative Program Manager Doreen DelBianco and DAS official Terrence Tulloch-Reid, who boasted about killing a workplace violence bill that John and I supported (start reading from the bottom).
—–Original Message—–
From: Tulloch-Reid, Terrence
Sent: Monday, March 12, 2012 3:42 PM
To: DelBianco, Doreen
Subject: RE: Just FYI
Troublemakers!
—–Original Message—–
From: DelBianco, Doreen
Sent: Monday, March 12, 2012 3:29 PM
To: Tulloch-Reid, Terrence
Subject: RE: Just FYI
He is buddies with Mr. Hollis. They both work in medical records at CVH D
Doreen DelBianco
Legislative Program Manager DMHAS
—–Original Message—–
From: Tulloch-Reid, Terrence
Sent: Monday, March 12, 2012 2:43 PM
To: DelBianco, Doreen
Subject: Re: Just FYI
Going through SB 154 testimony–another DMHAS employee—-David Samuels………
—– Original Message —–
From: DelBianco, Doreen
Sent: Friday, March 09, 2012 06:04 PM
To: Tulloch-Reid, Terrence
Subject: Re: Just FYI
Thank you
—– Original Message —–
From: Tulloch-Reid, Terrence
Sent: Friday, March 09, 2012 04:35 PM
To: DelBianco, Doreen
Subject: RE: Just FYI
Hollis testimony
http://www.cga.ct.gov/2012/LABdata/Tmy/2012SB-00154-R000308-John%20Hollis-TMY.PDF
Have a good weekend hot stuff!
—–Original Message—–
From: DelBianco, Doreen
Sent: Thursday, March 08, 2012 4:12 PM
To: Tulloch-Reid, Terrence
Subject: RE: Just FYI
I just looked at the bill. It is a bad one D
Doreen DelBianco
Legislative Program Manager DMHAS
—–Original Message—–
From: Tulloch-Reid, Terrence
Sent: Thursday, March 08, 2012 4:11 PM
To: DelBianco, Doreen
Subject: Re: Just FYI
Killin em quietly.
—– Original Message —–
From: DelBianco, Doreen
Sent: Thursday, March 08, 2012 04:09 PM
To: Tulloch-Reid, Terrence
Subject: RE: Just FYI
Big Bad DAS, killing those Labor bills
Doreen DelBianco
Legislative Program Manager DMHAS
—–Original Message—–
From: Tulloch-Reid, Terrence
Sent: Thursday, March 08, 2012 4:09 PM
To: DelBianco, Doreen
Subject: Re: Just FYI
Always–was there because we hate the bill—–heard DMHAS and reported to you…….
—– Original Message —–
From: DelBianco, Doreen
Sent: Thursday, March 08, 2012 04:08 PM
To: Tulloch-Reid, Terrence
Subject: RE: Just FYI
Really? AFSCME? I will have to look at the testimony. Our AFSCME members are in the clerical bargaining unit. Im surprised. I would have thought SEIU 1199 Thank you very much for the heads up D
Doreen DelBianco
—–Original Message—–
From: Tulloch-Reid, Terrence
Sent: Thursday, March 08, 2012 4:04 PM
To: DelBianco, Doreen
Subject: Re: Just FYI
John Hollis, DMHAS—AFSCME Local 318
—– Original Message —–
From: DelBianco, Doreen
Sent: Thursday, March 08, 2012 03:57 PM
To: Tulloch-Reid, Terrence
Subject: RE: Just FYI
Is he speaking for DMHAS? Yes please on the name.
Doreen DelBianco
Legislative Program Manager DMHAS
—–Original Message—–
From: Tulloch-Reid, Terrence
Sent: Thursday, March 08, 2012 3:49 PM
To: DelBianco, Doreen
Subject: Just FYI
A DMHAS employee is at Labor speaking in support of Workplace Violence bill SB 154—
I’ll tell you his name if you care—disregard if you don’t.

This email is especially disturbing considering the history of workplace violence at state agencies, specifically the 1998 Connecticut Lottery mass shooting.  Employee Matthew Beck fatally shot four supervisors, before turning the gun on himself. http://articles.latimes.com/1998/mar/07/news/mn-26407

The root problem in getting workers rights legislation introduced, much less passed in its strongest form, is layered. Employers have tremendous political clout; there is an incestuous relationship between DAS / DMHAS and legislators. State employee unions are indifferent regarding the workplace bullying issue. This is apparently a national problem as workplace bullying legislation has been stopped in most states, with California being an exception.  https://www.californialaborlawattorney.com/new-workplace-bullying-laws   DAS / DMHAS frame the bullying issue as a peer-to-peer problem among employees, which they can police themselves. The reality, as the email shows, is that DAS / DMHAS are the biggest violators, and will stop at nothing to crush any attempt to hold them accountable on a policy level. Stay tuned for updates on workplace bullying and the Safe Work Environment Act.

 

Trump Promotes Police Brutality

By Ryan J. Reilly

Huffington Post

WASHINGTON ― President Donald Trump received applause on Friday when he endorsed police brutality while delivering a speech to law enforcement officers on Long Island, New York.
The president suggested that officers should hit suspects’ heads on the doors of their police cars.
“When you see these towns and when you see these thugs being thrown into the back of a paddy wagon, you just see them thrown in, rough, and I said, ‘Please don’t be too nice,’” Trump said.
“Like when you guys put somebody in the car and you’re protecting their head, you know, the way you put their hand over, like, don’t hit their head and they’ve just killed somebody, don’t hit their head, I said, ‘You can take the hand away, OK?’” he added.
His remarks received significant applause. Trump also made the dubious claim that laws were “horrendously stacked” against police officers and said he wants to change those laws. “For years and years, [laws have] been made to protect the criminal,” Trump said. “Totally protect the criminal, not the officers. You do something wrong, you’re in more jeopardy than they are. These laws are stacked against you. We’re changing those laws.”

 

Amy Goodman of Democracy Now! reported: “The Gainesville, Florida, Police Department tweeted, ‘The @POTUS made remarks today that endorsed and condoned police brutality. GPD rejects these remarks and continues to serve with respect.’ The Suffolk County Police Department tweeted, ‘As a department, we do not and will not tolerate roughing up of prisoners.’ The International Association of Chiefs of Police and the Police Foundation have also criticized Trump’s remarks, as did police chiefs in Boston, New Orleans, Houston, Los Angeles and New York.
Some critics, however, didn’t buy the gesture of concern. Samuel Sinyangwe from the Use of Force Project tweeted, ‘Statements from police chiefs saying they don’t tolerate police violence ring hollow when their policies condone it.’ ”

 

Meanwhile in Baltimore, Tawanda Jones, the sister of Tyrone West, who died after being  brutally beaten for an hour by Baltimore police officers, refused a $1 million settlement from the city. Tawanda would not accept the money because the settlement includes a so-called no disparage clause, which prevents victims’ families and loved ones from criticizing the police. Tawanda explained her decision to the media, including The Real News Network, during a weekly protest (West Wednesday) that she organized for her brother.

 

“I want to be clear, and I want to set the record straight moving forward, so everybody can know. Let’s be crystal clear that Tawanda Jones did not settle for anything. This is public record that I actually took my name off as personal representative, as hard as that was, to detach my name from my brother. That was a hard moment, and from his kids, but it was something that I had to do, because at the end of the day we all know how the City of Baltimore works.

 

They will not craft my language. They will not craft the way I talk or tell me certain things I can and can not say, and I did not want to jeopardize his children’s settlement. So that’s why I detached myself away from it. I will never, ever settle for anything. I’m not going to settle. Let’s be clear. I’m on the right side of justice.”

 

 

Eze Jackson of TRNN reported on the settlement.  “The settlement comes amid a backdrop of tension in Baltimore over policing and the violence it engenders that has rocked the city since the death of Freddie Gray in police custody. In March, seven officers were charged with planting evidence, racketeering, and abusing overtime. A body camera video that surfaced in July shows another group of officers planting evidence in an alley in order to charge an individual with drug distribution.”

 

Colin Kaepernick

 

Last week Baltimore Ravens coach John Harbaugh said that the team signing former Clemson QB David Olson (no NFL experience) doesn’t mean that the Ravens won’t sign Colin Kaepernick, who has been blackballed by the NFL following his national anthem protest against police brutality and structural racism. Harbaugh said that a decision on Kaepernick depends on how long starting QB Joe Flacco will be out with a back injury.

 

Harbaugh basically described Olson as a QB they need to throw to their receivers during practice.  If Flacco returns in a week, it’s unlikely that Kaepernick will be signed. If Flacco is out for an extended period (some estimates are three to six weeks), Harbaugh said the Ravens would be more interested in signing Kaepernick to compete against their other two QB’s, neither of whom are viewed as players the Ravens would want starting for them long term.

 

This is what some columnists predicted months ago, that a team would sign Kaepernick if they have a major injury at the QB position during training camp. Then the team can justify the signing to angry fans. Football analysts are saying that Kaepernick is better than the two QB’s who are backing up Flacco, so this really doesn’t compute. Under ordinary circumstances, a team would jump at the chance to sign a player with Kaepernick’s experience as insurance, in case their starter suffers a major injury.

 

Resources
34 cases dismissed after video appears to show officer planting drugs:

http://www.msn.com/en-us/news/us/34-cases-dismissed-after-video-appears-to-show-officer-planting-drugs/ar-AAp1V49?li=BBmkt5R&ocid=spartanntp

 

Community Party Safe Work Environment Act

https://hendu39.wordpress.com/2015/01/16/real-protection-against-workplace-bullying-safe-work-environment-act/

 

The Real News Network

http://therealnews.com/t2/

 

Follow CP on Twitter for state, national and world news headlines. https://twitter.com/CommunityParty1 Check out my Facebook page for daily news commentary. https://www.facebook.com/david.samuels.948 Listen to So-Metro Radio the first, third and fifth Tuesday of each month at 8:00 PM for commentary on urban issues http://www.sometroradio.com/  Check out our No Sellout blog (https://hendu39.wordpress.com/). Contact us at samuelssloflo@aol.com.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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