Transparency from Federal (DOJ) & State (St. Louis County Police): Ferguson
August 23, 3014
St. Louis County Police Chief Jon Belmar apologized on CNN for the “bizarre” and unacceptable actions of Officer Dan Page a 35-year police force veteran who had also served in the U.S. military, was seen in the video addressing a St. Louis chapter of the Oath Keepers, a conservative group of former servicemen.
Speaker Dan Page addressing the Oath Keepers
“I’m also a killer,” Page said in the video. “I’ve killed a lot, and if I need to I’ll kill a whole bunch more. If you don’t want to get killed, don’t show up in front of me.”
Page also mentioned a trip to Africa to “find President Obama’s birth certificate,” and topped off his taped talk with disparaging remarks about Muslims, women and expressed the view that the United States was on the verge of collapse.
One of the main purposes of this page is to flush out people like Dan Page and work towards removing them from positions of power in society. Admittedly, I often have tunnel vision and was wrong to protest the amount of coverage Ferguson received. Especially since I’m well aware and have often fought for media exposure on topics very similar to this. The problem is that we (the normal, sane, non-racist, non-sociopaths) unfairly apply how we would react in a situation unable to detach from the idea that not all others think from a place of justice. Just because we wouldn’t judge someone by the color of their skin doesn’t mean others wouldn’t. I’m disappointed in myself as someone who has experienced discrimination (sexual and retaliation) not to have recognized the signs of frustration from a community experiencing discrimination (race and retaliation).
I like numbers, facts and real statistics (raw data without spin). EEOC violations are a good gauge of not only the problems within the workplace but should be expanded beyond and out into society. A point I will say I missed until now. Retaliation, Race and Sex discrimination top the list; and, we shouldn’t be overlooked that religious discrimination very much plays a part in both the workplace and society.
What I’ve tried to point on repeatedly with The Sociopathic Business Model™ ,and admittedly missed in the Ferguson situation, is that once an EEOC violation is known then we look for inconsistent and contradictory language to action to trigger a case study against the characteristics of the model.
Dan Page could not have kept that kind of hatred masked for 35 years. Which likely indicates that there are more like him on the police force and neighboring forces; and, those that objected to his behavior feared threats or retaliation for coming forward.
St. Louis County Police Chief Jon Belmar stated that Page’s career was unremarkable indicating he was not disciplined for any wrong doing and that there was nothing extraordinary about his career either. Dan Page is a minion or “middle manager” likely carrying out the orders of someone much higher in the police system.
It’s nice that Chief Belmar asked for more videos of Page to essentially see if others in the force attend these hate meetings; but, there’s a part of me that suspects it might be bigger. If fact based evidence over time has taught anything it will turn up many more in the police forces are involved and many higher in ranking are involved in racism against the community and retaliation against any who try and stand against them.
This is where it gets tricky and why the media does need to stay on top of this story; because, if given the opportunity two corrupt (federal and state) entities will negotiate on behalf of the people behind closed doors trying to censor the truth. As we continue to work towards solutions that include accountability and transparency a group called Fatal Encounters, a project that was created to provide a comprehensive national database of people who were killed through interactions with police, is on the right track. Fatal Encounters started with a simple question: How often are people killed though interactions with police? Thank you to a reader for sending this information along (it was timely) and I will do more research on Fatal Encounters.