PUTNEY INDUCTED TO THE WALL OF SHAME

THE FACES OF HATE, RACISM, AND INTOLERANCE IN SOUTH FLORIDA

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MICHAEL PUTNEY: Angry Racist Bigot

Michael Putney is a New York-born television reporter and media hack operating in South Florida, who routinely disrespects, misinforms, and insults the public with his angry, biased, racists, intolerant, ignorant ranting and raving.

Putney has an appalling penchant for viciously attacking people-friendly, fair-minded academic, civic, political and religious leaders to impose on his audience his corrupt, racist, aberrosexualist ideology. There is no room in South Florida for arrogant, disrespectful, close-minded, closet Ku Klux Klanners like Putney.

ALL human beings, Michael, deserve respect, not just those that happen to agree with your hate-filled, racist, and vile aberrosexualist ideology. Putney’s hate, racism, and disrespect have earned him a rightful place in The Wall of Shame.

AN UNETHICAL MEDIA HACK

Please contact Putney’s Bosses at WPLG Channel 10 and ask they put an end to his anger, bias, and hate or do our community a favor and simply fire him.

Bert Medina
Vice President and General Manager
WPLG–TV
3401 West Hallandale Beach Boulevard
Pembroke Park, FL 33023
954-364-2500

Don’t forget: respect and tolerance are a two way street!



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POLITICAL CORRUPTION BREEDS DISRESPECT FOR HUMAN LIFE

RADICAL CHANGE NEEDED TO END MILITARIZED MODEL OF POLICING OUR STREETS

by Sheldon Richman

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The cops who ganged up on Eric Garner, got him into a chokehold, and mashed his face into the sidewalk didn’t intend to kill him. They intended only to show him who’s boss on the streets of Staten Island — and show him in a way he would never forget.

As a Facebook friend of mine put it, instead they showed him in a way he will never remember.

This pretty much explains the cops’ reckless disregard for Garner’s life that day, and it is what makes the grand-jury sham especially appalling.

This was about power. Yes, to an extent the fatal confrontation was about race — although it’s no great feat to imagine something similar happening to a low-income white guy. It was also about class. An obviously affluent and likely well-connected person probably need not fear being accosted on the street by the police.

Let’s remember what the police say Garner was doing: selling cigarettes that had not been subjected to the high taxes imposed in New York City and State: $5.95 in all. (The feds add another buck.) Thus, a pack costs at least $14. As a result, entrepreneurial cigarette smuggling from low-tax states is big business. Whenever the tax goes up, so does the smuggling.

In fact, smuggling used to be an honorable American profession. In colonial times and into the early national period, the entrepreneurial smuggler who served consumers by defying the customs agents was celebrated. It was the government agent who risked being tarred and feathered, then rode out of town on a rail. Had Eric Garner been set upon by Red Coats on colonial New England streets, many people might have come to his defense. Today the best we can hope for is that someone will video the confrontation with a cell phone.

The fact is that Eric Garner was a threat to no one. He was just a guy trying to make a few bucks by selling loose cigarettes — loosies — to low-income smokers harmed by the state’s and city’s tax collectors.

Well, let’s amend that. Garner, like other practitioners of his trade, was indeed a threat — to the politicians who need that revenue to play their destructive games and to assure they remain in power. Come to think of it, in the eyes of those politicians, threatening the steady flow of taxpayer money is about as serious a crime as anyone can commit. Without that money they would be nothing.

That’s why New York City officials, including Mayor Bill de Blasio, one of those phony men-of-the-people, have ordered the police to crack down on sellers of loosies.

The city’s accomplices in this highway robbery of smokers are the licensed retailers. The police provide the protection racket that shields the retailers’ cigarette business from free competition.

To great fanfare de Blasio announced a program to prevent a recurrence of the confrontation that killed Eric Garner. The police will get new training, blah, blah, blah.

Sorry, Mr. Mayor, but that won’t do it. Some truly radical things need to be done — such as eliminating the top-down, militarist model of policing, and moving to a decentralized system of community governance. But something significant can be done in the meantime: halt police confrontations with nonviolent persons suspected of committing victimless so-called crimes. These are acts that in themselves violate no one’s rights, such as selling or possessing drugs and guns, taking bets, and participating in other prohibited but peaceful, consensual activities.

This won’t guarantee there will be no more Eric Garners, because police have long harassed, beaten, and killed people using low-tech weapons and without the cover of victimless-crime laws. But it would help. If fewer people are harassed on the street, fewer people will become fed up and resist — if we must stretch the word resist to describe what Eric Garner did that fateful day.

Low-income minority neighborhoods experience what the rest of us can usually grasp only abstractly: the police force is an occupying army. Its ostensible purpose is to protect innocent life and property, but what it does day to day is monitor everyone with a suspicion that the sovereign’s decrees are not being respected.

This has got to change.

Sheldon Richman is vice president and editor at The Future of Freedom Foundation in Fairfax, Va. (www.fff.org).


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