Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Vietnam Veterans Day

Today, as you may already know, is Vietnam Veterans Day. 

It is an honor to salute all those patriots who served during the Vietnam war. Whether you were stationed in country or not, you are a patriot who deserves to be thanked and remembered. All soldiers serving during the war were part of the Vietnam war no matter their station or MOS. We all had a job to do and we proudly did it. 

God Bless America

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

10 Years Have Passed Since Jeff Shelton and Sean Clark Were Murdered

In case you missed it, WBTV's Molly Grantham honors Officers Shelton and Clark with this special to the local paper:

It’s easy to say – and show – how Charlotte stood strong 10 years ago. 

Two Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police officers were ambushed by an insane man at Timber Ridge Apartments. Officers Jeff Shelton, 34, and Sean Clark, 35, never had time to get their guns out of their holsters. 

Both officers died quickly. The killer never spoke a word afterward, including to his attorneys. No motive, they surmised. Just death, for death’s sake, leaving behind two shattered families, a broken police department and a city stunned to a stop.

Shelton and Clark were shot late on March 31, 2007. Days later Charlotte started to stir again with the singular mission of honoring them. There were two funerals. Two days. Both ceremonies held at a mega-church in south Charlotte with room for the thousands who wanted to attend; each burial held afterward, miles away.

As the procession of cars left the church for the grave sites – this happened both afternoons – crowds lined the long route as it moved sadly across the county. Flags were waved. Children saluted. Street corners were filled with people from all walks of life, from Charlotte neighborhoods north, east, west and south. People were eager to wrap their arms around two fractured families and a hurting police department to let them know they were not alone.

TV stations broadcast these images live, but the most important eyes watching belonged to those in the procession, looking out the car windows.

“We have a lot of memories,” Bob Clark, Sean’s dad told me this week, “Feeling support from people is still one of the strongest.”

Would Charlotte respond with such unified strength if, God forbid, this happened again now? I want to think it would. But with riots against the police department this past September still fresh in the mind, it’s a question worth asking.

Another question as we look where we are 10 years later, is posed on behalf of 28-year-old Stephen McMickens, who still lives at Timber Ridge. Ten years ago, he was a teenager staying with his mom in this high-crime area that, generally speaking, didn’t like police. He was the only person who ran toward the white officers to try and help. 

Stephen and I also spoke this week. He is the one who brought up race.

“I never saw their color,” he said. “My thing is, we all know what it’s like to lose somebody. No matter if the person has on a badge or not, when they take it off they’re still a human being.”

Stephen says he only saw two men in need and was – his words – “drawn to them.” 

Would that happen in our current environment? And if Stephen ran to save police today, would you hear the story as a black 18-year-old running to help white men? Or would you hear it as a more simple, life-lesson headline as reported then, about a kid running to help wounded officers? 

“Those officers made a difference,” Stephen said. “They helped a lot of people. I feel like we shouldn’t let their memories go out like that. Officers Clark and Shelton need to be celebrated.”

Stephen’s right. This week, 10 long years later, we should celebrate and remember Sean Clark and Jeff Shelton. But we should also honor them – by living the way we showed we could in the newness of their loss.

Grantham is a news anchor for WBTV News. WBTV will air a a 30-minute program on officers Shelton and Clark on Thursday at 7:30 p.m.


Read more here: http://www.charlotteobserver.com/opinion/op-ed/article141105918.html#storylink=cpy

Sunday, March 26, 2017

Driver's Ed Teacher Fired For Bullying Student Into Standing For The Pledge Of Allegiance

If you ever wondered why the Chicago is a hot mess sandwich here's a in your face story that the Chicago Tribune posted and tagged as a story about "Bulling".

But this news account is far more telling. It gives a very personal look at how stupidity has come to rule public schools. 

A year from now when this student is shot by officers responding to a to a call for service we can look back a point out that he didn't have a grain of respect for authority. Perhaps at the grave side service his mother will here that words "Thanks  Mom". 

A second teacher has been disciplined at Eisenhower High School over a student's refusal to stand for the Pledge of Allegiance.

Vince Ziebarth, who has worked in District 218 since 2009, and was a full-time driver's education teacher at the Blue Island school since January 2014, said he was terminated March 16 after being told he made "inappropriate comments" to sophomore Shemar Cooper.

At the beginning of the school year, Cooper and his mother, Kelley Porter Turner said the first teacher tried to coerce him to stand by grabbing him by his arm.

Porter Turner now says that two weeks ago, Ziebarth told her son, "If you want to drive with me, you have to stand for the Pledge of Allegiance."

"I brushed it off and let it go," she said, until Cooper came home from school and said the teacher "wouldn't let it go."

Ziebarth said, "I told him he can make a choice to sit, but as long as you choose to sit, you will not sit in my (drivers ed) vehicle. I did not tell him what to do."

Cooper's other friends drive with the teacher. When a group went out for behind-the-wheel training, Cooper asked if he also could go, his mother said.

The teacher reportedly told her son, "'You know what you have to do if you want to come with me,'" Porter Turner said.

"If my son didn't say anything to me, (the teacher) would have continued — and that's bullying," she said.

"He violated my son's First Amendment rights," she said.

She said she emailed an Eisenhower administrator and asked her to "take care of it."

"She called me two days later and said he was going to be terminated," said Porter Turner, who then contacted the news media.

School officials did "not set an example the first time," she said, saying the first teacher got suspended for trying to force her son out of his chair to stand for the Pledge.

"That first teacher should have been fired. That would send a message that you can't get away with bullying my son," Porter Turner said.

Cooper is a "good kid" who gets "good grades," she said.

"I tell him to stand up for what he believes in," said Porter Turner.

School officials have declined to comment on personnel issues.

Ziebarth told a different story.

He said he had one behind-the-wheel lesson with Cooper in February.

"I didn't want to say anything to him then, with other students in the car," he said.

But when Cooper later asked when they were going out driving again, that is when Ziebarth said he had a private conversation with Cooper about what it means to stand for the Pledge and told the student how he felt.

"I told him I stand to honor the sacrifice and bravery of those who made the ultimate sacrifice for our country. It doesn't mean America is perfect, or that we agree with everything going on," said Ziebarth, whose grandfather was a Marine in World War II, and whose uncle served in Vietnam.

"We had an understanding. He was making a choice, and I was making a choice. His name never appeared on my sign-up sheet again, so I thought it was over," Ziebarth said.

"I thought it was best for everyone. I didn't want my feelings to seep into my instruction unintentionally," he said.

There are seven other drivers ed teachers, and students sign up and choose the teacher they want to ride with because they want students to be comfortable behind the wheel, he said.

After that conversation, Ziebarth said Cooper often "joked" about it with him, smiling and saying, 'Hey, Mr. Z am I going to ride with you today?'

"I would say, 'you know the answer,'" the teacher said. "Shemar was absolutely pushing the issue."

Ziebarth said he had not spoken to Cooper for the past two weeks and added he was surprised to be called to the principal's office March 15.

The next day he said he was told his services were no longer required in the district, without being given a specific reason.

Ziebarth was not under contract and was not a tenured teacher.

"I was given no options. Had the principal told me I had to allow Shemar in my car, I would have," he said.

"The punishment does not fit the crime," he said, noting that the first teacher got a one-day suspension.

An online petition drive to "Get Mr. Z back at Ike" was started by students at change.org, and had over 600 signatures, as of Wednesday morning.

Similar to what occurred after the first incident, Porter Turner's son is being harassed by classmates, who blame him for getting a favorite teacher terminated, she said.

Last September, Porter Turner said she was going to take her son out of Eisenhower because he was being harassed by fellow students and enroll him in an online charter school.

That option did not pan out because the student had to be a Chicago resident or pay tuition, she said. Cooper lives in Merrionette Park.

"I hope my son can get through the next two years and not get harassed," his mother said.


Sunday, February 26, 2017

CIAA Madness Shots Fired Officers Injured

This is a work in progress and is unedited (Cedar has a real job)
Apparently there is a wide ranging quid pro quo with regards to the CIAA
Beyond free tickets for elected officials, look the other way directives from certain CMPD brass and free permits for venue operators. There's a reason the CIAA is the only collegiate tournament still standing post HB2.
Say what you like about the CIAA but it brings in millions of dollars to Charlotte's economy never mind that every year drugs, and gun violence come along for the entire week in support of basketball and honoring thug life. 

Almost comical the local media call it "gun play"
From the local paper:
The city’s role as host of the CIAA tournament took a bruising this weekend, when two violent incidents occurred within six hours and just a couple blocks apart from each other.
In the first, as many as 100 shots were reportedly fired early Saturday evening in uptown along the 600 block of North Caldwell Street.
It happened about 6:30 p.m. near the intersection of North Caldwell Street and 8th Street, which is a part of town filled with residential buildings, including the First Ward Apartments. The timing was just a half hour before the men’s championship game of the CIAA was to start at the nearby Spectrum Center.

Read more here: http://www.charlotteobserver.com/news/local/article135077249.html#storylink=cpy
Multiple apartment units and vehicles were struck by bullets, officials said in a statement released Sunday morning, but there have been no reports of injuries.
Investigators were canvassing the area Sunday for witnesses. “Several dozen” shell casings have been found at the scene, police said. 
It’s believed the shooting took place in the roadway and did not occur in a nearby apartment complex or any tented events. Some social media posts were saying a “street party” was going on in the area at the time.


The Oasis Tent nearby has been the scene of past stabbings, nearby shootings and dozens of violent altercations. Yet CMPD Officers are apparently under orders to "look the other way" when it comes to patrons of the Oasis Tent. Seems the venue has a connection to CMPD that the main stream media doesn't want to go to the trouble to connect the dots. 

Cedar's Take: Its the over look the small stuff police policy that leads to more serious crimes. When its ok to smoke weed and openly sell drugs in small quantities, being drunk and disorderly, public urination all over looked.
Regarding Saturday evening’s shootout, several national lifestyle websites – including The SourceXXLComplex and BET – reported that one of the targets was a rapper who goes by the stage name Young Dolph. Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police declined to say whether he was in fact involved.
Dolph reportedly performed at an unofficial CIAA-related party at Cameo Charlotte nightclub later that night. Attempts to reach his booking agent were unsuccessful.
In a separate incident, a Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police officer and an N.C. Alcohol Law Enforcement officer were hospitalized with minor injuries just after midnight Sunday morning, after being struck by a suspect fleeing the scene of an investigation on North Caldwell and Sixth streets in uptown, CMPD officials said.
Det. Matt Lewis, a Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department officer and Shelby resident, was hit by a car during an investigation on Sunday in an uptown Charlotte parking lot.
Charlottte-Mecklenburg police are investigating the incident in which Lewis and and an Alcohol Law Enforcement officer were hit. Both officers were taken to Carolinas Medical Center in Charlotte with minor injuries. No one else was hurt during the incident.
As of Sunday, Lewis was back home in Shelby, recovering and resting, said his wife, Sally Hamrick Lewis. 
"He called me from the back of the medic truck because he thought it would be better if it was him instead of someone else (to call me)," she said. "His partner and some others kept me updated while my dad drove me up to the hospital. I was just thankful to be able to bring him home." 
Detectives arrested Jerel Manvil Rhoades in the case. He's charged with two counts of assault on a law enforcement officer causing serious injury, two counts of felony hit-and-run, carrying a concealed weapon, DWI, reckless driving and hit-and-run.
The officers were conducting an investigation around 12:07 a.m. at Caldwell and Sixth streets related to contraband found inside a vehicle in the parking lot, according to authorities.
Investigators said Rhoades entered a vehicle and drove away during the investigation, hitting Lewis and an ALE officer in the process. At least one ALE officer fired a shot and Rhoades fled the scene, police said. No shots were fired by CMPD officers.
Officers set up a perimeter and took Rhoades into custody a short distance away at Brevard and Seventh streets.

Jerel Manvil Rhoades

Police have charged Jerel Manvil Rhoades, 37, with two counts of assault on a law enforcement officer causing serious injury, two counts of felony hit and run, carrying a concealed weapon, driving while impaired, reckless driving and hit and run.
Neither incident was related to any official CIAA-sanctioned event going on in uptown Charlotte, police said.
It's that final statement that is just stupid. 
Here's a hint that



Read more here: http://www.charlotteobserver.com/news/local/article135077249.html#storylink=cpy

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

How Not To Build Your Business

The age of technology has brought a flood of marketing tools, email, twitter, social media, spam and the obnoxious email blast marketing.

CP's in box is overloaded with junk everyday.

But look at the effort Garage Door Doctor in Charlotte went to put this email piece together.


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So with that much effort I felt inclined to reply as follows:

Thanks for the email and the offer, but a year ago one of your guys came out to fix one of our three garage doors.

I was out of town for a few days and as luck would have it, the garage door with my wife's car behind it rolled up just fine but when she tried to close it, the door went down about half way then made a loud bang and crashed to the floor.

So my wife called your company.

When your guy came to the house, my wife showed him the door, and explained how it was making a funny sound and how it crashed to the floor.

Your guy looked at it sprayed some WD-40 ran the door up and down a couple of times, declared the problem fixed and handed her a bill for $150 give or take.

I realize there are "drop costs" and your time isn't free but just think how loyal of a customer we would have been had your guy said "no charge" for his 2.5 minutes of labor. 

We have lived in our home for 20 years, the garage doors are original and I expect some time in the next 2-3 years we will need to replace them.

Odds that we will call you when we replace them are about 1 in 10, not bad but not what I'd call a loyal customer.

Just saying....

You see the trouble with most businesses is they are so focused on marketing to the next customer that they forget how to treat the ones they already have.

Friday, February 17, 2017

How North Carolina's Justice System Failed Walter "Wes" Scott

KThe system failed Walter "Wes" Scott  and in doing so failed all of us.


Walter "Wes" Scott"
You should read Mark Washburn's commentary on Wes Scott which is here.

This memory of "The Paper Man" is well worth a read as well.

Roger Best was a violent habitual felon who should never had been on the streets of Charlotte. Here's why.




From the local paper 

The suspect is charged with murder, attempted armed robbery and possession of a firearm by a felon. Police said he was shot during the encounter with Scott and is being treated for gunshot wounds at Carolinas Medical Center. 
Once released, officials said Best will be transferred to the custody of the Mecklenburg County Sheriff’s Department.
The scenario of how shots were exchanged between the two men has not been released by police. Investigators say Best was wounded in the exchange and was seeking help that morning when he flagged down officers on West Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard near South Tryon Street.
Scott was a South Carolina State Constable who carried a gun as he delivered newspapers to hotels, shops and stores in the uptown area. He had delivered newspapers in the city for more than 30 years and worked as a contractor for a company that delivered The Charlotte Observer.
Mecklenburg County Jail records show Best has been jailed five previous times in the city for crimes including possession of a stolen vehicle, felony larceny, felony larceny of a motor vehicle, breaking into a motor vehicle, and removing an electronic monitoring device. His most recent arrest was Jan. 30 for misdemeanor larceny.

Read more here: http://www.charlotteobserver.com/news/local/article133055179.html#storylink=cpy

The local paper fails go into much detail when it comes to how Roger Best came to the point in his life where he decided to try armed robbery of a newspaper carrier in the dark early morning hours in Uptown Charlotte.

By all accounts Best was a thug since the day he was born.

His first arrest as on adult came on April 3, 2011, at age 17. The charge Felony Breaking and Entering.

On August 18, 2011 the judge bought into the idea that Best is a good boy and just needs a second chance. His sentence of 5 years is suspended in lieu of probation.

But by February 29, 2012 his probation is revoked and he is ordered to serve 10 months in prison.

Best is released from prison after only serving only 5 months of the 8 to 10 month sentence on July 26, 2012.

A month later on August 31, 2012 Best is arrested again, and there's little surprise the charge is again breaking and entering.

While awaiting trial and out of pre trail release he was arrested again on September 12, 2012.

At this point Best is denied bail and is remanded to custody until his March 7, 2013 court hearing. Best later enters a guilty plea and is convicted on both charges though consolidation for sentencing, along with the additional charge of HABITUAL BREAKING AND ENTERING. Best is given a sentence of one to four years. He begins serving his sentence on March 9, 2013.

Roger Best remained in prison from March 2013 until January 22, 2015 when he is released from prison. As a condition of parole among obtaining a job, remaining drug free and reporting to his Parole Officer as requests he must wear an ankle monitor. He had served only 23 months of a possible 60 month sentence.

On January 24, 2015, Best hits the streets only to resume his crime spree until he is arrested on March 2, 2015.


Roger T. Best March 2, 2015

The charge, Parole Violation, he spends the next week in jail and is released on March 9, 2015.

              

Upon release Best again cuts off his ankle monitor and continues his life of crime. After four months violating the conditions of his parole he is picked up and charged with removing his ankle bracelet on July 16, 2015.


Roger T. Best July 16, 2015
Its not hard to imagine that without the monitoring device Best spends his freedom robbing people and breaking into homes and automobiles at random.

He spends 72 hours in jail and is again released to resume his wave of violence.

On July 24, 2015 Best is picked up again.



Roger T. Best July 24, 2015
Again the charge is violation of his terms of parole. But it was just a formality, so back out the doors he goes. Back on parole

On December 3, 2015 he's arrested while driving a stolen car.


Roger T. Best December 3, 2015
He remains in jail for a week and on On December 11, 2015 new charges are added. This time there's another effort to make the charges stick.

Roger T. Best December 11, 2015
Best is charged with; felony larceny, larceny of a motor vehicle, possession of a stolen motor vehicle, breaking and entering of a motor vehicle and misdemeanor larceny.

The charges are eventually dropped but he is returned to prison to serve out the remainder of his March 7, 2013 sentence.

Roger Best is again paroled from state prison on December 2, 2016. 




                    


On December 2, 2016 within hours of his release, Best is arrested, again charged with removing his monitoring device.


Roger T. Best December 2, 2016

Best is released once again on December 5, 2016.

On January 12, 2017 Roger Best is arrested again

Roger T. Best January 12, 2017
The charge is misdemeanor larceny. He remains behind bars until January 30, 2017.

Best is out awaiting a March 3, 2017 court date on the January 12, 2017 misdemeanor larceny charge. When he shoots and kills Walter "Wes" Scott. 

                   

Cedar's Take:

As taxpayers we pay vast amounts of money so that we, our children, our parents, our friends, employees, neighbors, and family members are protected from thugs like Roger Best.

It is absurd that career thugs like Roger Best are given repeated free passes when it is so crystal clear there is no chance of reform. 

In Mr. Best's case it was obvious that he had no intent to conform to society's norm or obey the law. His path through life for whatever reason was a continuing escalation of crime and violence.

We have a criminal justice system that is said to be broken according to former president of the United States because it unfairly treats African Americans. I say it is broken because it allows pond scum like Roger Best to live outside the walls of confinement despite his refusal to conform to basic human standards, that it is indeed broken, but not in its mistreatment of African Americans but in its refusal to accept that some criminals are beyond redemption.

That sadly the only answer for those like Roger Best is lethal injection.




Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Brandon Kelly Walters - Idiots Among Us Part 2

CP Update. Dozens of people are arrested everyday in Mecklenburg county most are African American and their crimes range from armed robbery to just being drunk on a Saturday night. They come and go their faces a sea of trouble and despair.

White guys dot the 24 hour cycle white women are even fewer.

But when a white guy gets arrested again and again its not hard to notice. This idiot has been arrested 3 times in 2 weeks, and at least 8 times in the past year.

But it doesn't end, because this idiot has 35 charges pending in Mecklenburg and Union Counties and 14 upcoming court appearances.






Brandon Kelly Walters apparently has an issue with his ex and despite being arrested again and again, felt the need to leave his Indian Trail home and drive up to Huntersville to try and reconcile with his ex, things apparently didn't go so well.




Based on the mug shot I'd say he fell getting into the police car, twice.

When it comes to assault on a female my Southern upbringing comes into play. If the girl's father happened to shoot this piece of human waste I'd acquit on the grounds of necessary violence under the "he needed killing statute".

Below is Walters Union County and Mecklenburg Country arrest record, an escalating run of insanity. As of this morning Walters remained in the Mecklenburg County Jail.

JULY 26, 2015
SPEEDING +35 OVR LIMIT
FOLLWOING TOO CLOSELY

FEBRUARY 23, 2016
SPEEDING
RECKLESS DRIVING TO ENDANGER
POSSESS MARIJUANA UP TO 1/2 OZ

APRIL 21, 2016 (Union County)
ASSAULT BY STRANGULATION
ASSAULT ON A FEMALE

MAY 8, 2016
COMMUNICATING THREATS
FELONY POSSESSION SCH II CS
ASSAULT ON A FEMALE

OCTOBER 11, 2016 (Union County)

ASSAULT ON A FEMALE

OCTOBER 28, 2016

POSSESS MARIJUANA UP TO 1/2 OZ
SIMPLE POSSESS SCH IV CS (M)
SIMPLE POSSESS SCH II CS (M)
POSSESS DRUG PARAPHERNALIA

DECEMBER 8, 2016 (Union County)

ASSAULT ON A FEMALE
FALSE IMPRISONMENT
INJURY TO REAL PROPERTY

JANUARY 28, 2017
ASSAULT BY STRANGULATION
ASSAULT ON A FEMALE
DRIVE AFTER CONSUMING < 21
OPEN CONT AFTER CONS ALC 1ST
BREAKING AND OR ENTERING (F)
DV PROTECTIVE ORDER VIOL (M)
BREAK/ENTER TERRORIZE/INJURE
HABITUAL MISDEMEANOR ASSAULT

FEBRUARY 3, 2017
DV PROTECTIVE ORDER VIOL (M)


FEBRUARY 8, 2017
INJURY TO REAL PROPERTY
SECOND DEGREE KIDNAPPING
HABITUAL MISDEMEANOR ASSAULT                           

Cedar's Take: Boxcar his sorry ass. Guilty on all charges and all active sentences to run consecutively. He'll be a fixture at the MCJ for the next ten years, and then her can move on to Union County for another 4 years.

Kate Upton 3x Better

Kate Upton is again on the SI Cover this time with 3 different covers.








Saturday, February 11, 2017

Leslie Ray "Popeye" Charping Obituary His Family Gets The Last Laugh OrDo They?

A Houston man died and his family posted a less that kind obituary.

Leslie Ray "Popeye" Charping was born in Galveston on November 20, 1942 and passed away January 30, 2017, which was 29 years longer than expected and much longer than he deserved. Leslie battled with cancer in his latter years and lost his battle, ultimately due to being the horses ass he was known for. He leaves behind 2 relieved children; a son Leslie Roy Charping and daughter, Shiela Smith along with six grandchildren and countless other victims including an ex wife, relatives, friends, neighbors, doctors, nurses and random strangers.

At a young age, Leslie quickly became a model example of bad parenting combined with mental illness and a complete commitment to drinking, drugs, womanizing and being generally offensive. Leslie enlisted to serve in the Navy, but not so much in a brave & patriotic way but more as part of a plea deal to escape sentencing on criminal charges. While enlisted, Leslie was the Navy boxing champion and went on to sufficiently embarrass his family and country by spending the remainder of his service in the Balboa Mental Health Hospital receiving much needed mental healthcare services.

Leslie was surprisingly intelligent, however he lacked ambition and motivation to do anything more than being reckless, wasteful, squandering the family savings and fantasizing about get rich quick schemes. Leslie's hobbies included being abusive to his family, expediting trips to heaven for the beloved family pets and fishing, which he was less skilled with than the previously mentioned. Leslie's life served no other obvious purpose, he did not contribute to society or serve his community and he possessed no redeeming qualities besides quick whited sarcasm which was amusing during his sober days.

With Leslie's passing he will be missed only for what he never did; being a loving husband, father and good friend. No services will be held, there will be no prayers for eternal peace and no apologies to the family he tortured. Leslie's remains will be cremated and kept in the barn until "Ray", the family donkey's wood shavings run out. Leslie's passing proves that evil does in fact die and hopefully marks a time of healing and safety for all.


Humorous maybe, but clearly mean spirited since the man apparently suffered from mental illness and alcoholism. But there is a deeper issue going on here, this is a 21 Century family completely void of God. There is a huge lack of compassion, forgiveness or even the slightest hint that they believed in the power of God to heal and grant eternal life.

Maybe they are right, when you're dead your dead, and no amount of trying to live your life in a Christ like manner centered around forgiveness is going to change that.

But I suspect now that Popeye is gone they will be just as miserable as they were a year ago. Same life just someone else to blame their misfortune on.

ICE and CMPD Putting the Panic Back In Hispanic

Charlotte social media exploded with rumors of a massive undocumented illegal immigrant round up this week. This on top of the shooting of a Mexican immigrant by a CMPD undercover gang taskforce team member two weeks ago, that has sanctuary city supporters holding hands singing old John Lennon songs while acting like emotional nut birds. 



Before CP jumps into this mess you should know that my first wife had a Hispanic last name, Lopez, my brother's wife is from Honduras, my cousin is married to a Russian immigrant, I have employed at one time or another Mexican labors, and currently have two girls as crew members one a Muslim from Uzbekistan and the other a Christian from Kazakhstan. (Who by the way hates Sasha Barron Cohen's - Borat. As Vera likes to say with a very thick Russian accent "My country is not like that". )

From the local paper reporting on rumors of a round up:


Among those reports is a widely circulated Facebook post that says 57 people have been picked up and are being held at a York County, S.C., facility for deportation.

Bryan Cox, a spokesman for ICE’s southern region, noted the York County holding site is the only ICE facility for North Carolina, and that people held there have been arrested across the entire state, not just in Charlotte. It also holds undocumented immigrants arrested in South Carolina towns such as Rock Hill and Fort Mill.
Cleary this hysteria is fallout from Donald Trump's "Muslim Ban" and executive orders to build the wall and enforce current immigration laws.

CP's roots are deep southern with a family tree that runs back to Colonial North and South Carolina on both sides of the family.

From my position of "white privilege" there is no doubt that Charlotte has become a "bug light" for illegal immigrants often for the right reasons, cheap housing and plenty of skilled and unskilled jobs. But it has also become a Mecca for drug dealers, human sex trafficking, crime and violence.

Charlotte's elected potted plants on city council have been slow to re-act and adapt to this demographic shift. East Charlotte has become increasingly poor and Mexican. While South Boulevard has a pocket of Latin Americans, it is interesting that these two groups detest each other.





Again from the local paper:

Cox suggested the social media post of “raids” and “police roadblocks” have surfaced because “everyone's attention is focused on this issue recently.” “ICE does not conduct sweeps or raids that target aliens indiscriminately,” he said. “Our officers are out conducting enforcement on a daily basis, so suggestions that this is something new are not accurate. … ICE conducts targeted immigration enforcement in compliance with federal law and agency policy. “

A spokesman for the York County Sheriff’s Office declined Thursday to say how many ICE detainees there are from Charlotte and referred all questions to ICE. Cox said a “snapshot” of Charlotte arrests from the past week was not immediately available, but would be coming in days. Social media reports began surfacing over the weekend of checkpoints at six intersections in the city, which Cox has also denied.

On Thursday Twitter was banging away that ICE had conducted a “raid” at Berryhill School to make immigration arrests.

With in hours Berryhill Principal Cara Heath sent a message to families saying: “You may have heard rumors of immigration officers at our school today. I want to assure you that no such activity has occurred at our school.”

But Charlotte City Council member Vi Lyles who recently began her campaign for mayor saw things otherwise tweeting:

"Some in Washington have forgotten our ideals... "Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free". "

At the same time ICE was saying via the local paper: As for reports that as many as 57 people were being held in York County, Cox said anyone held there has “been identified as being unlawfully present in the United States and meet the enforcement priorities of this agency, which focus on criminal offenders and other individuals who pose a threat to national security, public safety and border security.”

Lyles continued to tweet even while Charlotte Law Enforcement was trying to erase fears, about the arrests:

"If you know someone in Charlotte who feels targeted please contact me directly. "

Again from the local paper:

Some social media posts claimed to have proof Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police are also part of ongoing ICE operations. However, that would be contrary to a department practice that defers to the Mecklenburg County Sheriff’s Department to handle immigration-related arrests. 

In a statement, the sheriff’s office said: “In reference to the inaccurate social media reports, the Mecklenburg County Sheriff’s Office does not and has not engaged in any type of immigration enforcement outside of our facility.” In a recent interview, Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Chief Kerry Putney noted city police are not federal agents and “aren’t going to act like it.” 

As one of the community’s Spanish-language newspapers, Que Pasa Mi Gente, worked to report the names and circumstances surrounding the arrests, some readers doubted the truth of ICE’s claim that only criminals were being rounded up. “They come looking for one person and they take everyone who is in that place,” wrote one commenter on Facebook in response to a Que Pasa Mi Gente article.

Immigration attorneys and advocates took to radio shows and Facebook to calm the community. Charlotte immigration attorney Stefan LaTorre advised listeners Wednesday morning on the La Raza (106.1 FM) radio show “Los Hijos de la Mañana” to remain calm but to always carry identification, and to not drive without a license or drive drunk. 

“It’s never a good time to commit a crime, but it’s definitely not a good time now,” LaTorre said in Spanish. Immigrants without criminal records aren’t likely to be deported, LaTorre said. And he advised people that they don’t need to let police into their homes without a warrant, but that hiding people the police are searching for isn’t OK. 





As for photos on Facebook that claim to show a CMPD officer participating in an immigration arrest, the department says the photo is actually of an officer “backing up a DMV officer on a routine traffic stop.” Unsubstantiated rumors of ICE raids and checkpoints have also spread in other parts of the country, including California, Florida and Texas.

Current Charlotte Mayor Jennifer Roberts told WFAE on Friday that she supports a "Don't Ask - Don't Tell" policy for CMPD. She made it clear that while not the official policy from the Mayor's Office she feels that Hispanic immigrants in Charlotte will be less fearful of police if they know they are not being questioned about their immigration status.

This general theme of we are not the Feds is echoed by CMPD's Chief Kerr Putney.

Cedar's Take: That is just nuts. If you are here unlawfully anyone with a badge is cause for fear. CMPD, Charlotte Fire, EMS, Animal Control. As I see it about one in every three Hispanic people you run into are here illegally. Many are here living with family that are here legally. Which make enforcement nearly impossible.  

Sound like a lot of fake news just spread the hysteria and get the Hollywood types fired up for the Grammys.

However reports like this really do look like real news:
 
Immigration officials confirmed that agents this week raided homes and workplaces in Atlanta, Chicago, New York, the Los Angeles area, North Carolina and South Carolina, netting hundreds of people. But Gillian Christensen, a spokeswoman for the Department of Homeland Security, which oversees Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), said they were part of “routine” immigration enforcement actions. ICE dislikes the term “raids,” and prefers to say authorities are conducting “targeted enforcement actions.”
Christensen said the raids, which began Monday and ended Friday at noon, found undocumented immigrants from a dozen Latin American countries. “We’re talking about people who are threats to public safety or a threat to the integrity of the immigration system,” she said, noting that the majority of those detained were serious criminals, including some who had been convicted of murder and domestic violence.
Immigration activists said the crackdown went beyond the six states DHS identified, and said they had also documented ICE raids of unusual intensity during the past two days in Florida, Kansas, Texas and Northern Virginia.
That undocumented immigrants with no criminal records were arrested and could potentially be deported sent a shock through immigrant communities nationwide amid concerns that the U.S. government could start going after law-abiding people.

Required Musical Interlude:

“This is clearly the first wave of attacks under the Trump administration, and we know this isn’t going to be the only one,” Cristina Jimenez, executive director of United We Dream, an immigrant youth organization, said Friday during a conference call with immigration advocates.
ICE agents in the Los Angeles area Thursday swept a number of individuals into custody over the course of an hour, seizing them from their homes and on their way to work in daytime operations, activists said.
David Marin, ICE’s field director in the Los Angeles area, said in a conference call with reporters Friday that 75 percent of the approximately 160 people detained in the operation this week had felony convictions; the rest had misdemeanors or were in the U.S. illegally. Officials said Friday night that 37 of those detained in Los Angeles have been deported to Mexico.
“Dangerous criminals who should be deported are being released into our communities,” Marin said.

Its hard to say if the recent arrests are a result of the Trump Administration hard liners or if it really just business as usual. But while CMPD, Mecklenburg County Sheriff, CMS and ICE are trying to calm fears, Vi Lyles has been fanning the flames of fear and panic.

Here's a sampling of Vi Lyles wacky tweets and facebook posts over the last 48 hours.



Maybe she's just pandering to the nut bird, bleeding heart and Hispanic vote?
But one thing is for sure she's put the PANIC IN HISPANIC around Charlotte's east side better than I ever could riding around in an unmarked crown vic with US Government plates while wearing an ICE windbreaker.  
CP's Parting Shot:


Cedar Update: Well early Sunday Morning the Trumpster tweets:

"The crackdown on illegal criminals is merely the keeping of my campaign promise. Gang members, drug dealers & others are being removed!"

So there you have it Trump claims that there is indeed a crackdown and that he's behind it. But sounds like fake news to me. How can you tell? How can anyone tell?