This is the story of race, law, constitutional rights and incompetence. Have any of you heard of Regina Kelly? The crimes against Ms. Kelly took place in Hearne, TX, but they could have occurred in any city in any state against any of us. If what you have seen out of your own government over the poast 10, or 20 years isn’t enough to convince you that it could happen to you, then you haven’t been paying attention.
In 2000 Ms. Kelly was a young mother of four, who was swept up in an illegal police raid. She was told to either plead guilty and get ten years probation or face possibly being found guilty and face 99 years in prison.
But as can be heard in any of our Halls of Justice across this fine land every single day, “But I didn’t do it.” And the defense counsel can be heard everyday saying, “It doesn’t matter. You choice is to plead guilty to a lesser charge or risk trial and get who knows how much time.”
Like most city, county and state governments in Hearne, TX there was a drug enforcement task force. Although drugs were available in all the neighborhoods of Hearne, TX the authorities made a conscious decision to only concentrate their efforts on the housing projects and poor, black people.
The ACLU complaint alleged that the the City of Hearne and Limestone and Robertson Counties engaged in racially motivated and targeted drug sweeps. “Each sweep results in the detention of virtually every member of an entire, neighborhood, as well as the warrantless searches of many residents’ property and person.” Also, “the African American community is held in a state of lockdown, with officers of the Task Force, City and Counties as well as officers employed by neighboring counties and cities, searching and detaining innocent residents, often in handcuffs, for lengthy periods of time without warrant or cause.”
So because it’s such a compelling story a movie was made about the events, American Violet.
Who among us can’t relate to the fear of getting railroaded by The Man?
The other interesting thing is that when the movie studio was trying to promote the movie and placed posters in stores around Hearne what do you suppose happened…
The premiere was well attended, though getting the word out was not easy. Father Robert Herald, who hosted the event, said someone dressed in a SWAT uniform advised local merchants to take down the movie’s advertisements. “They were told it might go better if their poster was removed,” Herald said.
I am SHOCKED, shocked that The Authorities would use our tax dollars and send around guys in uniform to suppress free speech. NOT!!
Is the scourge of drugs so bad as to warrant the destruction of civil rights? Are you willing to trade your civil rights in return for the false promise of the elimination of illegal drugs?
The War on Drugs and the War on Terrorism are nothing but great schemes put in place by the PTB to desensitize Americans to government abuse. Now we are accepting of road blocks, having to take our shoes off to fly and warrantless wiretaps.
GET OUTSIDE EVERYDAY!
This shot is taken from the top of one of the little humps that I sometimes walk. It may be tough to see, but that mountain in the distance is Mount Wachusett. You can ski there in teh winter if you don’t mind ponying up 50 bucks. It’s a ways away.
Went to a friend’s friend’s farm to get a load of manure. I love manure.
Don’t get the flu.