Youtubers Are Going Crazy Over New Youtube Rules Coming Out In 2020 Thanks To A Hefty FTC Fine Against Google/Youtube

Apparently, there was some sort of law on the books, COPPA, that was being ignored by Google, the owner of Youtube.

Google to pay $170 million for violating kids’ privacy on YouTube

Google will pay a record $170 million fine to settle a lawsuit filed by federal and state authorities that charged the internet giant with violating children’s privacy on YouTube, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) said Wednesday.

The settlement requires Google and YouTube to pay $136 million to the FTC and $34 million to New York state for violating the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act, or COPPA, by collecting personal information from children without their parents’ consent.

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The FTC and the New York attorney general alleged in a complaint that YouTube gathered children’s personal information by using “cookies,” or personal identifiers, that track users online. According to the suit, YouTube earned millions of dollars by using the information to deliver targeted ads to kids.

Also, it has been stated that the FTC will also fine individual Youtubers for each and every single video that they post that is in violation of COPPA, over $42,000. Ouch!

Hundreds of thousands if not millions of people have taken to Youtube to earn a living. If anyone can remember, I posted a blog about multiple Youtubers making videos of themselves eating copious amounts of food for a living and they also encouraged their children to participate. I wonder what is going to happen to those content creators. But I do know one thing, there are many Youtubers whose panties are in a bunch thanks to the fact that Google completely ignored COPPA for years and now that the FTC has caught up with them thanks in part to child advocacy groups, the fur is about to fly starting in January 2020 as the new rules will apply.

People, seriously! Did you honestly think that the gravy train was going to never come to a halt? People had been asking me to start a Youtube channel and speak about the issues on a Youtube channel that I have blogged about. Well, I knew better and that is why I never even thought to start a Youtube channel because I don’t live in the moment. I’m a space woman. I see waaaaaay down the goddamn road and I saw this shit coming. Hell! If people weren’t so dumbed down and stupid, it was right there in front of us all, but because most of us have our heads down, staring at a smartphone and most likely watching a Youtube video, they couldn’t see the forest or the trees.

How could ANY of you think that this technology that we have been encouraged to embrace would be for our benefit? Would better our lives? People have been encouraged not to greater heights of achievements in helping humanity, but have been encouraged to act like jackasses, fools, gluttons, game idiots and assholes. And if anyone says that thanks to Youtube, videos surfaced showcasing outright murders of American descendants of slaves has helped American descendants of slaves, then how so? Because even with video evidence of Eric Garner getting the life choked out of him, what was the outcome of that? Nothing. What happened with evidence of Mike Brown lying in the streets like a dog for hours with not even a sheet to cover him after having been shot dead by a KKKop? Nothing. What happened after video evidence of multiple whites calling the KKKops on American descendants of slaves for barbecuing, selling bottled water, swimming in a pool, doing their job of checking homes for fire code violations, sitting inside a Starbucks and the list is endless? Video evidence of this shit does not matter. It never will. Whites know what the hell they do to us and them seeing video proof of other whites doing the same thing, does not a damn thing. It has changed NOTHING. So who the fuck needs Youtube? Yes, people were making their little coins on Youtube, but as we ALL know, nothing stays the same. The only thing constant is change, so have a backup plan for the backup plan or we’re screwed. And though many of us are trying to ignore the fact, the vast majority of us are indeed, screwed.

I have not been blogging because, once again, I have gone all across America trying to find some other place to live and I am right back, once again, at square one. The shit I’ve seen would curl your toes. I even spent a night in a homeless shelter to see if my suspicions about those shelters was still on point and, yes indeed, they are.

I was in Minnesota and spent a night at The Salvation Army Harbor Light Center
1010 Currie Ave N
Minneapolis, MN 55403
(612) 767-3100

This is what I was supposed to read and I pretended to not understand and so I was given this paper by Salvation Army staff.

This is the back of that.

All ‘guests’ must sign this form.

And if you go to the link, it sounds like the homeless hit pay dirt. Not so fast. The website states that there is a hot meal served. Nope. There was no hot meal served. The site states that this is a place to “begin the healing process.” Nope! When I saw the prison like cot that was supposed to be my bed for the night, I balked. I’m like, “Where is the disinfectant?” None was available. The ‘mattress’ was not even an inch thick. It was clearly older than the ‘Dead Sea Scrolls’ and underneath it was steel. I gingerly sat down on the thing and my legs started screaming because the steel edges of that thing was biting into my legs. I had to get up and sit in my walker. I sat like that for hours until I was so tired, I decided to try and lie down on that ‘thing’. When I tell you that my body hurt everywhere from being on something so hard, it should have been illegal, I am SO fucking not kidding. By the time, I struggled to get up, the cops were coming in the room, bringing in a homeless woman who had been riding the light rail. And in the room, there was four bunk ‘beds’ and so eight people to a room. I saw young and old, Black and white and one Hispanic. I smelled odors that I’d never smelled before. I cannot post pictures because I don’t want the nice ladies who were in my room to be ogled over, but I am telling you if you don’t believe me, I dare you to go, undercover, into one of those so-called ‘christian’ otherwise known as faith-based homeless shelters and tell me that what you found was so very different and better than what I found. The next morning, my cousin came to get me and he burst out laughing because he said that never had he seen bags like those underneath my eyes. He said the bags underneath my eyes were touching my toes. I told him that the women in the shelter told me that clearly I was not cut out for living like that and wondered what I was going to do. I then came clean to them and told them that I had a home, but I couldn’t stand where I was living and was trying to see if I could tough things out and live rough if I had to. They told me to get on the fastest thing smoking back to where I came from and that is exactly what I did. I traded my apartment for a hotel room and then traded my hotel room for a homeless shelter and I am telling you that I now have much more of an appreciation for those who can live rough because I’m telling you, it ain’t easy. It ain’t easy at all.

One Black lady told me that she had been in that homeless shelter for a year. I was stunned, STUNNED, I say because I could not make it to night two. She told me that she thought that she was finally going to get an apartment because a social worker had taken her to view an apartment the day before. I told her how happy I was for her and that I sincerely hope that she gets out of there. The next morning, on the loudspeaker, we were told to start packing up to leave at 8:55a.m. I saw multiple women with walkers slowing heading down the hall towards the elevator. Also, one had a leg that was obviously mutilated and it was curved outward and she was struggling to walk. I could not believe that they were putting her out of the shelter for the day to walk around like that. But the other ladies in the same room as myself had told me that it matters not what condition you are in, you are put out. And that the only way that you can stay is to get a slot on the fourth floor. We were on the 3rd floor.

The fourth floor is for those who have an income and who don’t have a problem when the Salvation Army takes 30% of their income and in exchange for really, no better conditions. The women just get to come and go as they please until curfew which I believe is at 8:00pm. They get three meals a day, but they are still sleeping eight to a room on a cot with the same type of ‘mattress’ that I had and they must also use communal bathrooms. There was one bathroom for one entire hallway and I lost count of the rooms along that hallway. There were two showers inside the bathroom with just a filthy curtain over the opening of each. One woman was washing her clothing in one of the sinks even though there were two washers and two dryers in a different area. She had no money to spend on the washers and dryers. The next time you want to put some money into those red kettles outside of Walmart and grocery stores and department stores, re-read this blog because that money is not going into helping the homeless. But don’t take my word for it. Go to one of those Salvation Army homeless shelters in a town near you, that’ll make a believer out of you!

Those places are foul as hell and are worse than prisons. And it’s not just drug addicts and drunks who are homeless. I spoke with a woman who had retired from the Minnesota school system, had a pension and was receiving Social Security and she was still homeless because senior communities claim that she was making $400 over what she could to get housed. Of course she was an American descendant of slaves and so that explains the TRUE and REAL reason why she was sitting all up in a homeless shelter. Whites will make up any excuse to keep American descendants of slaves out on the streets. That poor woman was actually saving up money so that she could afford a hotel room for a week over the holidays so that she could finally have a bathroom to herself and a decent bed. When I left that homeless shelter, I felt two inches tall because I had not been thankful for the fact that though I hate where I live, I had a home to go to and a bed that was not like that in the homeless shelter which was worse than what you’d find inside a prison hell.

And so while those who have been playing games and eating like there was no tomorrow on Youtube for a living and who are now screeching and wailing that the shit’s about to come to an abrupt end, there are people who have already bottomed out and so if you are about to bottom out when Youtube and the FTC demonitizes your channels and close you down, it will be your own fault because you refused to look up to see where you were headed, into homelessness and foul ass so-called ‘faith based’ homeless shelters. The future is now. The future is dark. And we are all fucked!

I don’t think this guy would make it in a homeless shelter. He looks too soft by far. But there he is bemoaning the fact that Youtube is on its way out and Youtube is his source of income.

And here are more who are going to be impacted.

I’d love to know what these ‘professional mukbangers’ are going to do when Youtube becomes defunct.

There are bunches of them.

Youtubers, you have until January 2020 to figure it out! That’s not that far away. Enjoy the holidays!

America Has An Immigration Problem And That Means That African Tree Climbers And Mexican Taco Crunchers Need To Go! Period.

And no, I am not about to be politically correct.

When I lived in Minnesota, there were so many American descendants of slaves who were poor and homeless and they had no homes because guess who the whites housed first? Those pus head Somalis, that’s who. They flew those Somalis over here and somehow, magically, Somalis now own two malls, health care facilities that cater exclusively to them, they own butcher shops that sell that ‘halal’ meat that they claim is blessed or some such goddamn nonsense, they own restaurants that cater to them and only to them because they treat American descendants of slaves like shit and they were even refusing to pick up blind people at the airport because Somalis believe that dogs are demons and since you can’t find a a white man driving a cab because ALL the cab drivers are African, the poor blind people were left at the airport. As if that wasn’t bad enough, Target Corporation hired them by the ton to work in their downtown Minneapolis location and those pus head Somalis refused to ring up bacon because they said that “handling pork products goes against their religion.” So what the hell are they over here for if everything over here goes against their fucking religion and we fucking have to bend over backwards to accommodate them? And why are whites screeching and wailing about immigration when it is whites who are responsible for flying those tree climbing pus head, bush bunny motherfuckers over here in the first goddamn place? Those Somalis would not be here if some whites had not gone over to Somalia and dragged their damn asses over here. The whites gave them vehicles, gave them top notch homes, are feeding them, are giving them free medical care AND they don’t have to pay taxes. Nice setup if you can get it. ALL ON OUR TAX DOLLARS! And what did the Somalis do in return? Tried to join ISIS and yet I’ve got to be damn near strip searched and/or radiated BEFORE I can board a plane because, American citizen that I am, I am treated as though I am a terrorist when America is happily flying terrorists over here. That shit does not make any goddamn sense! Those ungrateful ingrates come over here and are given free every damn thing and then turn right around and become terrorists just attempting to send a bomb up our ass in gratitude. That’ll show us!

And so Black folks, how many of you have got a setup so good? Not a one of us. But go to Minnesota and see how wonderful the life of a Somali mother fucker is and while you’re at it, shop at Cub Foods and look up at the grocery aisle signs and you will see that on one side, the sign is in English and on the other side, the sign is in Spanish. Do you seriously think that you can go to Honduras or Guatemala and find that shit? Yeah! Take your ass to Bacalar or Izamel or Taxco or Puebla or Malinalo and try and find some signs in English. Good luck with that shit! Only in goddamn America!

On Lake Street in Minneapolis, the only reason the Kmart is still open is because it is almost exclusively patronized by the Mexicans and most of them are illegal and the Star Tribune owners got pissed off over the fact that cops were finding illegals all over that Kmart and was calling ICE on their asses. The cops who were trying to do their job of getting rid of illegals were told to “stand down” by the City of Minneapolis. In fact, one of those re-fried beans eating, Guacamole selling Mexican asswipes came up to me in the Kmart trying to hand me a voucher that he had received to get him a new pair of pointed toed boots. I had to cuss his damn ass out because my name was not Fernando Rodriguez and I wasn’t looking to buy a voucher off of some goddamn Mexican piece of filthy shit! And the whites are hiring those illegals up there, left and right and they know they’re illegals. And so if Trump was serious about deporting those illegal motherfuckers, he would have had ICE descend on Minnesota. They’re all up in Chipotle. There is even a section of Minneapolis known as “Little Mexico” because there are nothing but Mexican shops set up, complete with hair salons, Mexican restaurants and check cashing stores that cater to those Mexicans sending cash back to Mexico.

In Minnesota, if your ass crawled over here from Vietnam or Russia or Bangladesh or Timbuktu, you will be provided with free interpreters. You will be given free health care, free housing, free food, free cars, free clothing, free furniture and hell, every damn thing is free for your immigrant ass! Those of us who have paid taxes in this fucking shithole??!!! Not so goddamn fast! You see, we got nothing coming to us because we have got to pay for ALL the free shit that you’re ENTITLED to. So to everyone who is all up in some poor schmuck’s grill about Social Security and Medicare being ‘entitlement programs’, shut the fuck up! Those of us who were fucking born in this country have been and are paying our dues and you’re goddamn right, we should get Social Security and Medicare because we’ve fucking paid into those programs. Start screeching and yelling about ENTITLEMENT PROGRAMS that are for the express purpose of aiding those who have dragged their asses over here and are getting ENTITLEMENTS without ever having paid a dime in taxes, that’s what you fucking concentrate on!

When I moved to Minnesota and went to The Department of Public Safety to get a Minnesota Driver’s License, I had to produce a valid driver’s license from another state, my birth certificate, my social security card and to prove why my name did not match the name on my birth certificate, I included a copy of my divorce decree. And while I was standing there waiting for the customer service rep to look over my credentials, I could not help but overhear what was going on beside me. There were two women standing at the next station and one was saying to customer service that she was acting as interpreter for the woman who was from Vietnam and who did not speak English. The customer service rep stated that her papers appeared in order and so take her to the exam area where she will then be allowed to take the written test to drive in Vietnamese. Then, my attention is drawn back to the service rep that is helping me and I’m hearing, “We cannot accept a copy of your divorce decree. We need a certified copy of your marriage certificate to prove your name change.” I am stunned, STUNNED, I say. I then explain that my divorce decree has my married name on it which also has the same name as my driver’s license from another state and my Social Security card also has the same name on it. “That is insufficient, “ the rep told me. “We need a certified copy of your marriage certificate. Then you can come back and present that document along with what you have here and then you may take the written exam.”

Seriously???!!! This foreigner walks in and immediately gets to take the written driving exam in Vietnamese while I’ve got to contact the state I got married in and that issued my marriage certificate, pay to have it certified and mailed to me and then and only then, can I go back in an attempt to get my driver’s license in another state of the country that I was born in??!! For the love of !!!! I already had a valid driver’s license and yet someone can come over here from Vietnam, Russia, Belarus, Sweden, Germany, Greece, Poland, Turkey and even Albania and take a test to drive on our roads in their language while those of us who were born here and speak the King’s English, albeit with a southern accent, are sent through hoops, left and right. How many goddamn road signs do you see that are in Russian, Vietnamese, Laotian, Korean, Arabic, Armenian, Cambodian, Chinese, Czech, Hebrew, Hungarian, Italian, Hindi, Japanese, Korean, Polish and the goddamn list is endless. But there I stood, speaking perfect English with a certified birth certificate, a Social Security card, a valid driver’s license from another state and a divorce decree and I had to leave without taking the exam in ENGLISH!

When I went back after having received the certified copy of my marriage certificate, I was standing next to a man from Somalia and he was asking the agent if he could take the written exam again. The agent responded, “You have taken the test 5 times and failed it. You cannot retake it again today. Study more and come back tomorrow.” Again, I was stunned because he was handing him a book with some crazy looking language on it and of course it turned out to be Somali because you see Minnesota gives the written portion of the driving test in English, Hmong, Russian, Somali, Spanish and Vietnamese. Yeah! Our tax dollars at work while the true citizens of this country always get the shaft especially if you happen to be a descendant of slaves.

Oh, and it gets worse, not only do I take the 32 question exam, I get every question right and the Somali dude is still standing there arguing with the agent while I have to stand and wait until he finishes cussing him out in English and in Somali.

So don’t anyone tell me that foreigners have it hard here because I will call you, “A fucking liar!” They have it better than American descendants of slaves and that is for damn sure. And while you’re at it, take a look at the list of states and what languages they give the written driving exam in, you’ll fucking be shocked or maybe, you won’t. Here’s a sneak preview.

MASSACHUSETTS: (25) Albanian, Arabic, Armenian, Cambodian, Chinese, Czech, English, Farsi, Finnish, French, German, Greek, Hebrew, Hungarian, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Laotian, Polish, Portuguese, Rumanian, Russian, Spanish, Turkish, Vietnamese.

MICHIGAN: (13) Albanian, Arabic, Chinese, English, Greek, Hindi, Japanese, Korean, Polish, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, Vietnamese.

KENTUCKY: 23) Albanian, Arabic, Bosnian, Cambodian, Chinese, Croatian, English, Farsi, French, German, Hindi, Japanese, Korean, Laotian, Persian, Polish, Romanian, Russian, Somali, Spanish, Thai, Turkish, Vietnamese.

And so don’t even think that Donald Trump is really trying to do a damn thing about the immigration issue. He has not sent any of those foreigners back from where they came and the whites are screeching and hollering in St. Cloud, Minnesota because the Somalis are overtaking that city. Since the Somalis have taken over ALL the affordable housing units in Minneapolis, the whites have spread them far and wide and into St. Cloud, but those racist whites in St. Cloud are having none of it. And City Pages did an article about what the poor, poor Somalis are having to go through in white ass St. Cloud, MN. Here’s an idea, if they are having that bad of a time, the same plane that brought their asses over here, can return them back to Somaliland, quick, fast and in a goddamn hurry. Those tree climbers can take their shoes off and climb right back up in those trees and live happily ever after. And everybody’s happy. But no! Pawn those pus head motherfuckers off on everybody else and then scream “Racism!” when people take offense to that shit. Well, I’m screaming “Preferential Treatment” since American descendants of slaves can only dream of the life that’s GIVEN to those pus head Somalis, Taco Crunching Mexicans and even the goddamn Russians and Vietnamese, Japanese, Chinese, Polish, Romanian, Cambodian, Portuguese, Italians, Turks and any damn body else that wants to crawl and slither over here and then live off my tax dollars while I’m sitting somewhere, cross-eyed, homeless and with hookworm dripping out my ass as is the case with many American descendants of slaves on Skid Row in California. They are fucking refugees in their own goddamn country. Where is the help for them? Where are the programs to get them off Skid Row and into some free housing; complete with health care, food, clothing and some more shit??!!! Where??!!! All up in Somaliland over here in Minnesota. All up in Little Mexico over here in Baltimore and in Minnesota and all over California and every damn city in every damn state in America, that’s fucking where! We would have money for the needs of TRUE American citizens if not for the fact that we take care of freeloading foreigners first and then there’s nothing left for those who at one point in time, did indeed, pay taxes in this fucking shithole! Where are our fucking priorities??!!! With goddamn foreigners, that’s where! I am sick and tired of this damn shit! Trump needs to put up or shut up!

What The Hell Is Going On??!!!

I subscribe to Minneapolis news and so I could not help but notice that the news out of Minneapolis is quite bizarre!

First up, we have this!

Lunds & Byerlys To Close All Pharmacies Next Week

MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) – All 14 Lunds & Byerlys pharmacy locations will permanently close July 17 due to “significant losses,” the company said Friday in a statement.

“Unfortunately, it has become increasingly difficult for retail pharmacies given a number of economic challenges within the industry,” the statement reads. “As a result, we have continued to incur significant losses in our pharmacy operations, and it is no longer feasible to continue offering this service.”

A pharmacy is finding “it has become increasingly difficult” to continue to operate due to “significant losses?” How is that even possible when everyone on this planet is sick as shit??!!! That doesn’t even make any sense. Every time I have to take people to a pharmacy, the lines are so backed up, it is unreal and so I just don’t get this.

Nor do I get this!

Famous Dave’s in Uptown closes

Famous Dave’s in Minneapolis’ Uptown has closed. Officials of the award-winning local barbecue restaurant say the plan is to open elsewhere and hinted at changes in the format with the next iteration.

For those of you who don’t know what Famous Dave’s is, it is a barbecue joint that also served as a wonderful nightspot for live entertainment. It was located in the so-called, “hippest area of town,” and now it has closed. Famous Dave’s was an icon in Uptown. Many a night, I found myself gyrating or as some would call it, “stomping roaches” on the dance floor. Even though I am Black, apparently, thanks to slavery, I’ve too much ‘white’ in me and therefore, since ‘whites can’t dance’, then neither can I. However, I digress. What the hell is going on??!! That place was always jumping at night and on Sundays, they had champagne brunches and of course, my brunch consisted of only ‘liquids’, the champagne kind. I have got to make a trip to Minneapolis in the coming months thanks to a lawsuit and I was really looking forward to heading over to Famous Dave’s for the nightly entertainment. Well, that’s out. Another favorite nightspot of mine just recently shut down; Market Barbecue. I used to love going there for karaoke, but I can’t do that anymore since Dominium Property Management Company is said to be building affordable housing units and needed that space. The problem with that is that Dominuium is known for being among the worst when it comes to apartment management.

And we come to this!

Minnesota-Based Regional Trucking Company Abruptly Closes

MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — A regional trucking company based in Minnesota has abruptly ceased operations.

On the company’s website, LME trucking of Roseville notified shippers that “but effective July 12, 2019 LME Inc. will no longer be making pickups or deliveries of freight due to unforeseen circumstances and have ceased operations.”

According to several reports, the abrupt closure left hundreds of employees without a job.

LME’s website says the company operates across Midwest, with over 30 terminals throughout the region with over 600 men and women making up the LME team.

Over 600 people have abruptly lost their jobs in an area where rents are skyrocketing and where affordable housing is all but unheard of. As of today, those 600 workers have joined the ranks of the unemployed and must apply for unemployment benefits and hopefully find another job before those benefits run out. Meanwhile, Trump continues to tout his lies that there is almost full employment in Amerikkka and that everyone who is seeking a job can find a job. We have three businesses that have just shuttered their doors and left employees holding the bag. But at least Famous Dave’s is saying that all affected employees at its closed Uptown restaurant can take jobs at any of its other locations. Depending on where the employees live relative to where those locations are may hamper their ability to take a job at another location when considering gas and how long it is going to take them to get there. Most employees tend to want to work near where they live. And I must say, the other Famous Dave’s locations are quite a ways from the closed Uptown location.

And the bad news continues.

172 sickened in Big Island 4th of July outbreak, cause unclear

MINNEAPOLIS (FOX 9) – State and county health officials say more than 170 people fell ill due to an outbreak at Big Island on Lake Minnetonka on the Fourth of July.

Investigators interviewed more than 200 people and learned more than 172 people experienced symptoms such as vomiting and diarrhea.

Health officials are urging people to practice good hygiene habits while visiting the lake, such as not using the lake as a bathroom, washing hands and showering before and after entering the lake.

It was later confirmed that e coli was the cause meaning “White folks, you’re nasty!” Lake Minnetonka is the rich white folks playground and they have often been in the news for operating boats while intoxicated out of their minds. If Black folks carried on like that, we’d have been locked up so fast, our heads would be spinning. But drinking and operating a car, truck or boat is fine so long as your skin is pallid. Not to be outdone, at least three Minneapolis beaches have been closed due to e coli contamination.

And even more bad news, but this is out of Oakland, CA!

Oakland real estate developer’s controversial cash stunt to clear homeless camp backfires

Developer and Trump supporter, Gene Gorelik, of the Oakland Redevelopment Group, stood on a boom lift holding a bullhorn announcing, “Free money! Free money!” and dropping dollar bills over a homeless encampment in Oakland, California, Friday morning. Wearing an elf costume, Gorelik offered residents $1,000 each to move, according to the San Francisco Chronicle.

Residents of the encampment are shown on video posted to social media, shouted, “Fuck you, Gene,” in response.

By the end of Gorelick’s “offer,” no one had accepted any of the cash he had offered those at the homeless encampment.

The city of Oakland sued Gorelik in 2017 after he demolished his tenant’s apartment while the man was still inhabiting the residence.

Ultimately, Gorelik’s attempt to remove residents of the camp failed, and he was escorted away by at least two officers from the Oakland Police Department after a protester blocked his rented truck from leaving the encampment, according to the Chronicle’s Jessica Christian.

One woman in the video who has been declared the mayor of this particular homeless camp had something to say and it is so very true.

“Even if you move everybody from here, it’s another location they’ll be at and then you have to move them again and again and again. It’s not a solution.”

No, it is not a solution. It is not even addressing the root causes of why there are so many homeless camps. But one of the reasons why there is such a huge problem of homelessness is thanks in part to Developer and Trump supporter, Gene Gorelik and those like him who cannot see past the immense wealth that they continue to hoard at the expense of this planet and all who call it, dare I say, “home?” We are in deep shit thanks to those like Gene Gorelik who refuse to do anything to try and address climate change since he is hell bent on throwing up even more steel monstrosities that only add to our climate change woes. And how is standing on a platform, dressed in an ‘elf’ suit and throwing around dollar bills going to make people go away who really have nothing left to lose and who have found their own sense of community out of necessity? What Gene Gorelik did was an absolute insult; a slap in the face of those homeless people. These capitalist pigs just don’t get it! Gene Gorelik thought that everyone at that homeless camp was going to accept his ill-gotten gains and then move the hell along. To where? Now if Gene Gorelik had said, “I’ve just now opened affordable housing units for you all,” that would have been cause to celebrate. But doing the ‘right’ thing is not something that is even on Gene Gorelik’s loathsome mind. His ‘kind’ is never going to get it. He is going to die still thinking that ‘his’ way was the BEST way and that nothing he did was detrimental to a soul because he doesn’t have one.

And so no, this is not just a ‘bad news’ blog, this is a reality blog because the reality is that those who have set all of this in motion and who it seems, are about to try and bail because they see what’s coming, are not going to get hit with an epiphany and all of a sudden start doing the ‘right’ thing. Hell! Even as Gorelik’s buddy Trump sits his debased ass inside the White House that just had the basement flood, he is still denying climate change. We are at the mercy of psychopaths and since we are, we are ALL headed for disaster, not just those who have already found themselves at rock bottom in a homeless camp in Oakland, CA. I hear tell that there are two different scenarios playing out in New Orleans right now thanks in part to Tropical Storm Barry; those who are fleeing for their very lives and those who are celebrating like it’s 1999. Which scenario fits you?

In conclusion folks, the only thing I do know is that there has been a distinct turn of events that does not bode well for the majority of us. The ‘good times’ are gone and they are not coming back. Whether you want to believe that you will make it through whatever is to come, that’s up to you, but believe me, what we are seeing is unprecedented. People are killing their children like nothing I’ve ever seen; people who have been labeled, “mentally ill” for want of any other explanation. People have become more enraged than I have ever seen what with a woman who just killed her husband in a road rage incident. I just read reports that two more stores are shuttering their doors for good and this is in addition to the ones that I have included in this post. Where I live, stores are shuttering their doors, left and right. The one mall we have, if it can be called that, has only two anchor stores, J.C. Penny and Belk. The ‘food court’ has four food stalls and even McDonald’s closed. When I was in Baltimore, MD in May, I went to the so-called “World Famous Lexington Market” and several stalls had closed and when I went back in June, even more stalls had closed. There are now more closed stalls than there are open ones. Everywhere seems to be turning into a ‘ghosttown’. People everywhere are depressed, on drugs or are drinking themselves to death. And yet Wall Street’s fake ass shenanigans continue. Capitalist pigs like Trump’s friend and supporter, Gene Gorelik continue to throw up huge steel monstrosities. Homeless camps continue to gain membership, Mother Nature continues to wreak havoc and no one really has a clue. Yes indeed, what the hell is going on??!!!

“Attorney Michael F. Cockson, Would You be Content To Receive A Settlement Check In The Amount Of $724.15? Hell No, You Wouldn’t Hence Why You Are Suing Your Own Damn Clients Because You Want More Than The $6 Million Dollars Awarded To You In Attorney’s Fees!!!”

 

For a few days now, I have been receiving comments, purportedly from class members of a class action lawsuit that resulted in tenants renting slum properties from two slumlords in Minneapolis, MN who were not licensed to rent their slum properties. Steve Frenz and Spiros Zorbalas teemed up to run a scam on the City of Minneapolis, MN when the City of Minneapolis, MN ran ‘The Slumlord of Minneapolis’, Spiros Zorbalas, out of Minneapolis by stripping him of his rental licenses on ALL rental properties in Minneapolis, MN.

Then along comes Steve Frenz who told the City of Minneapolis, MN that he had purchased ALL of the properties that had been previously owned by Spiros Zorbalas. The City of Minneapolis, MN then approved rental licenses for the properties that had been owned by Spiros Zorbalas. However, the fact of the matter is that Spiros Zorbalas still owned the rental properties that Steve Frenz claimed he now owned, thus making his rental licenses, null and void. Meanwhile, thousands of mostly low income minority tenants were paying rent to live in vermin and rodent infested buildings that were substandard to say the least in that many had no heat, no hot water, crumbling stairs, unsecured mailboxes, bedbugs and the list is endless.

The City of Minneapolis, MN ‘claimed’ to have no knowledge of the fraud being perpetrated by Spiros Zorbalas and Steve Frenz. Enter Attorney Michael F. Cockson, who was initially contacted by Inquilinxs Unidos, a renters’ union out of Minneapolis, MN that helps immigrants with housing and other issues they face. Attorney Michael F. Cockson, a partner at the law firm, FAEGRE BAKER DANIELS LLP 2200 Wells Fargo Center, 90 South Seventh Street, Minneapolis, MN 55402 agreed to take the case on behalf of Inquilinxs Unidos. However, after learning of the scope of tenants who were adversely impacted by unclean and unsafe building conditions, Judge Mary Vasaly upgraded the case to class action status and said that all former and current renters were to receive ALL rent payments that they had made to Steve Frenz, The Apartment Shop LLC and various other holding companies that Frenz had started up to hide the fact that Spiros Zorbalas still owned the properties that he was acting as front man for.

The case was eventually settled for $18.5 million which was relegated to the coffers of the Settlement Administrators, BrownGreerPLC, located in Richmond, VA, which was to get in excess of $300,000 to send mailings to class members and to mail out checks to class members. Commonbond and another company was named as recipients of checks that should have been relegated to class members and only to class members. See here for details.

However, Attorney Michael F. Cockson was not happy with 25% of the settlement funds awarded to him by Judge Mary Vasaly and so sued his own clients in the Court of Appeals for 32% of the class action settlement funds. Now originally, he would have received over $6 million dollars from a case that he took because he wanted to “Give a voice to those who could not speak for themselves” and to “compensate them for their living conditions” and yet as of today, the appeal for more in Attorney’s Fees for Michael F. Cockson’s greedy ass is still in ‘briefing’ status with the Court of Appeals.

After I blogged about this on June 14, 2019, four days later, the Settlement Administrators called and told my cousin that the settlement checks had been mailed out on June 17, 2019. Below is a copy of the settlement check that my cousin received as his share of the $18.5 million dollar class action lawsuit.

 

So, even though my cousin paid thousands upon thousands in rent to rent an apartment that had multiple safety issues and code violations and was not even licensed to be rented, he received $724.15 while Attorney Michael F. Cockson, a partner at the law firm, FAEGRE BAKER DANIELS LLP 2200 Wells Fargo Center, 90 South Seventh Street, Minneapolis, MN 55402 is suing my cousin and all other members of this class action lawsuit that he initiated on behalf of his clients for more in Attorney’s Fees than what Judge Vasaly approved for his greedy ass. Michael F. Cockson wants more than the over $6 million that has already been taken from his poor, misused and abused clients who had been shitted on by the likes of Spiros Zorbalas and Steve Frenz. This greedy bastard, Attorney Michael F. Cockson would sue a roach if it crawled across his shoe and demand even more in Attorney’s Fees if he knew he could get away with it and since it is quite obvious that in his opinion, his clients in this case are the equivalent of roaches, that is what he is doing.

People who were already shitted on by slumlords while living in slums are now to be shitted on by the attorney who agreed to take this case in an attempt to obtain compensation for those who had been wronged and instead of attempting to right those wrongs, Attorney Michael F. Cockson has joined with Steve Frenz and Spiros Zorbalas in doing more wrong to those who are likened to roaches.

Attorney Michael F. Cockson is a PARTNER in the law firm, FAEGRE BAKER DANIELS LLP 2200 Wells Fargo Center, 90 South Seventh Street, Minneapolis, MN 55402 and so we know that he is not leaving his opulent downtown Minneapolis law office and heading to a slum. The man is extremely wealthy and yet he is committing a grave injustice against people who still have no voice since they don’t have a voice they can use to push back against what their own sheisty attorney is doing to them. How this sheisty bastard sleeps at night is a complete and utter mystery to me, but then again, he is white and so that right there explains it. They don’t give a shit for making things right. They don’t give a shit for leveling the playing field for those who are poor and whose rights are trampled on, daily. Those like Michael F. Cockson will take a case, not because they want to attempt to make people whole who have been misused and abused, they take those cases because they can attempt to make themselves look good by pretending concern for the poor and downtrodden while at the same time, leaving them peanuts while they walk away with millions and then are still dissatisfied by the millions they are initially awarded. Those greedy bastards then turn around and sue their own clients for more of their settlement monies for why else is my cousin’s settlement check a mere $724.15 and Attorney Michael F. Cockson’s initial take is over $6 million? How is that justice by ANY stretch of the imagination?

And so for those of you who had questions and concerns, I have cleared up as much of this mess as I can. For further clarity on this class action lawsuit, I suggest that you contact those who are responsible for why you have so many questions and concerns and so once again, I will post their contact information below.

mail address: Michael.Cockson@FaegreBD.com
Telephone number: 612-766-8425
Address: FAEGRE BAKER DANIELS LLP 2200 Wells Fargo Center, 90 South Seventh Street, Minneapolis, MN 55402

BrownGreer PLC – Settlement Administrators
250 Rocketts Way
Richmond, VA 23231
804.521.7200
information@browngreer.com

CommonBond Communities

651-291-1750 | 1080 Montreal Avenue, St. Paul, MN 55116
InquilinXs UnidXs por Justicia
3715 Chicago Avenue
Minneapolis, MN 55407
(612) 605-1888

 

 

Minneapolis, MN ‘Pro Bono’ Attorney, Michael Cockson, Is Holding Up Class Action Settlement Payments By Appealing His ‘Attorney’s Fees’

 

This post is to inform anyone who is a member of the class action lawsuit involving Steve Frenz and Spiros Zorbalas that the reason why your settlement checks have not arrived, and they were due to be mailed out at the end of April and received by you no later than the first week of May, is because ‘pro bono’ Attorney, Michael Frederick Cockson, a partner at the law firm, FAEGRE BAKER DANIELS LLP located at 90 South Seventh in the Wells Fargo Building in downtown Minneapolis is appealing Judge Mary Vasaly’s ruling that he receive 25% of the class action settlement funds in Attorney’s Fees but since he is greedy as hell, he is appealing the Judge’s decision because he wants 32% in Attorney’s Fees out of the class action settlement; a settlement that is supposed to compensate, in some small way, poor folks who rented from slumlords who were not licensed to rent their slum properties in the city of Minneapolis, MN.

Attorney Michael Cockson heralds himself as the champion of the poor and downtrodden and the voiceless; a true defender of those who cannot fight for themselves. And yet, he is holding his own client’s money hostage due to his immense greed and yet here is the court record of the appeal that Attorney Michael F. Cockson has filed.

A19-0578 is the case number. Go to this page, “Minnesota Judicial Branch” and click “Access Case Records” and then click “Access Court of Appeals or Supreme Court Case Records” and then click “Search Appellate Court Records” and then click “Accept” and then click “I am not a robot” and then type in the case number which is “A19-0578” and then under “Jurisdiction” click “Court of Appeals” and it will bring up the information about who is filing the appeal and the status of the appeal.

My cousin is a class member and he has been waiting on his settlement check to come through for quite some time now and thanks to my diligence in getting to the bottom of why he has not received his settlement check, we now know who is responsible for the checks not being mailed; Attorney Michael F. Cockson’s greedy ass!

Contact Attorney Michael F. Cockson and ask him to explain to you just why his white ass is too greedy for words since he took the case because he “wanted to fight for those who could not fight for themselves.” And now, those who could not fight for themselves are being left to hang out to dry thanks to Michael F. Cockson’s greed. And so blow his damn email inbox up with your questions, complaints and demand for answers. Telephone him and demand some answers since you are to wait until his appeal is heard before the Star Tribune is going to report on this situation and meanwhile, Michael F. Cockson’s rich, greedy ass sits back in the comfort of his opulent downtown Minneapolis office and refuses to tell his own clients that he is the reason their checks have not been mailed to them.

Michael Cockson’s contact information is:

email address: Michael.Cockson@FaegreBD.com
Telephone number: 612-766-8425
Address: FAEGRE BAKER DANIELS LLP 2200 Wells Fargo Center, 90 South Seventh Street, Minneapolis, MN 55402

Also contact Randy Furst at the Star Tribune since I spoke with him and he did nothing but sing Michael F. Cockson’s praises until I begged him to shut the hell up and so here is his email address:

Randy.Furst@startribune.com

Ask him why he refused to report on the fact that Michael F, Cockson has filed an appeal over Attorney’s Fees which is holding up the dispersal of his own client’s class action settlement checks. I asked him to do a story on this because people need to be made aware of just why their checks have not been issued and the response I received from Randy Furst is, well…read it for yourself.

“I discussed this with an editor including your concerns. A decision was made to report on the payouts when the issue is resolved.” – Randy Furst

Like I have stated in many of my blog posts, no corporation is going to do a damn thing about the shenanigans of another corporation. They are all in bed together. Why wait until the payout issue has been resolved? Because then the Attorney Michael F. Cockson can smile and say, “Look at what great things I’ve done for these people who were shitted on by Steve Frenz and Spiros Zorbalas. They were whites who took advantage of low income people and I stepped in and now these people are receiving checks thanks to me. Ain’t I just the bees knees?! Indeed, I am!”

What’s not going to be said is the fact that Attorney Michael F. Cockson is also shitting on his own clients just as Steve Frenz and Spiros Zorbalas shitted on their tenants. What’s the difference? There is none. White is white and they are all parasites. Not one is different from the next.

I also contacted a news station and got the same shit.

KSTP-TV
Abc-Affiliated Television Station
KSTP-TV, virtual channel 5, is an ABC-affiliated television station licensed to Saint Paul, Minnesota, United States and serving the Twin Cities television market. It is the flagship television property of Saint Paul-based Hubbard Broadcasting.

I spoke with Ana Lastra at channel KSTP-TV and that station also refused to do a story on the fact that Michael F. Cockson was appealing Judge Mary Vasaly’s decision to grant him 25% in Attorney’s Fees. And so again, we have that ‘corporations stick by other corporations and fuck the people’ shit! If you ever thought that any corporation would treat people fairly and actually DO the right thing, think again. Michael F. Cockson, who is already quite wealthy, is holding up settlement checks of people who live in abject poverty because he is just greedy as hell. The StarTribune refuses to report on the fact of his greed and likewise, channel KSTP-TV refused.

Ana Lastra’ response to my attempts at getting KSTP to do a story was this:

Thank you for forwarding those emails. Like I mentioned over the phone, I’m not sure what I can do, but I’ll start digging into everything to see what I can find.

I’ll give you a call back once I have a better grasp of everything. My direct line is below in case you need it.

Thanks again,

Ana Lastra at  alastra@kstp.com

651-642-4427

 

So, as you can see, I don’t give up easily and these are only a few people whom I have contacted because I first had to contact Judge Mary Vasaly to find out who was appealing this since my cousin was not receiving that information from his own attorney. What kind of shit is that? I may not get the viewership or the readership of the Star Tribune or KSTP-TV news channel, but I get views and I will take what I can get. And so once again, I am calling for ALL class action members to contact each and every entity that I have mentioned and find out why there is such a conspiracy on why no one will report on the fact that Attorney Michael F. Cockson, YOUR attorney for this class action lawsuit, is filing an appeal because of his greed and why no entity will report on that fact.

Again, Attorney Michael F. Cockson’s contact info is:

email address: Michael.Cockson@FaegreBD.com
Telephone number: 612-766-8425
Address: FAEGRE BAKER DANIELS LLP 2200 Wells Fargo Center, 90 South Seventh Street, Minneapolis, MN 55402

And read this shit and weep!

A Corporate Lawyer in Minneapolis fights for low-income tenants

Michael Cockson, a corporate attorney with Faegre Baker Daniels has devoted thousands of pro bono hours to the cause of aiding tenants.

The fight to find livable homes for low-income tenants has an unlikely champion — a corporate defense attorney who has turned Hennepin County housing court into a launchpad for exposing grim apartment conditions and landlord fraud.

A simple 2016 legal fight by Michael Cockson to get heat restored during a cold snap in a south Minneapolis apartment turned into a courtroom drama that continues to unfold, with a juggernaut of legal rulings on behalf of tenants.

“I think he’s done more in the last two years than anyone has done in the last 10 years,” said attorney Larry McDonough of Dorsey & Whitney, who drafted Minnesota’s housing law three decades ago. “He’s just elevated the issues of housing habitability and the practices of slumlords into the public consciousness in a way that nobody else has done.”

– By Randy Furst Star Tribune

Yeah, Michael F. Cockson is fighting alright. He is fighting his own clients by trying to further reduce their class action settlement payments(and also by holding the checks up) by taking more in Attorney’s Fees. Well, in this case, it would seem that ‘pro bono’ is not to be the case since he is appealing his Attorney’s Fees. Go figure! And did you check out who the story is by, Randy Furst, and so it is no wonder he does not want to report on the fact that for this particular case, Attorney Michael F. Cockson, not only did not take this case, ‘pro bono’, but is actually appealing for more in Attorney’s Fees than Judge Mary Vasaly approved, even though Judge Mary Vasaly stated that what she approved was a fair amount for this case. Michael F. Cockson wants another judge to overrule what Judge Mary Vasaly approved and grant him what he is seeking which happens to be 32% of the class action settlement in Attorney’s Fees.

People, know what the hell is going on and make your voice heard. Contact this Attorney ,Michael F. Cockson, and ask him to explain himself. Ask Star Tribune reporter, Randy Furst why he is refusing to report on this and ask those at KSTP why they are refusing to report on this. It is extremely newsworthy seeing as how 5,400 tenants are involved in what has been heralded as the biggest lawsuit of its kind in the history of this fucked up cesspool called, Amerikkkka.

“Welcome To OUR World!”

 

I cannot wait to see how this is going to play out and so far, hardly a word from the police. But of course, they are wondering just how they are going to play out the usual, “I feared for my life!” scenario. I mean, the latest ‘victim’ of an unlawful police killing of an unarmed citizen just happens to be ‘white’ and even though she was from the ‘land-down-under’, she don’t look at all Aborigine to me.

Australians, bride-to-be’s dad rocked by Minneapolis police shooting

Australians expressed dismay and a father pleaded for “the light of justice” Tuesday as investigators in Minneapolis tried to determine why a city police officer fatally shot an Australian woman who had called 911 to report a possible sexual assault.

Justine Damond, 40, was a meditation instructor who moved to the U.S. in 2015 to be with fiance Don Damond. She was shot just before midnight Saturday in an alley outside her home, unarmed and in her pajamas.

“We thought yesterday was our worst nightmare, but we awoke to the ugly truth and it hurt even more,” her father, John Ruszczyk said Tuesday local time in Sydney.

And add insult to injury and it looks like the ‘victim’ is the one who called the police in the first place and was actually speaking with them when she was shot dead and of course, there is no body cam footage, nor is there dash cam footage even though citizens fought hard for body cams and have been and are paying for them to be used, but for some strange reason, many are found to be turned off at the most inauspicious of times.

But wait! The plot thickens!

Minneapolis cop who shot Australian woman during call was named in recent lawsuit, faced two open complaints

The Minneapolis cop who fatally shot an Australian woman during a police call was celebrated as one of the department’s few Somali-American officers, but had two open complaints and named in a recent lawsuit.

Mohamed Noor fired at Justine Damond on Saturday night while she was speaking to the officer’s partner.

Say it ain’t so! ‘Miss Pure White As Snow Australia’ was gunned down in ‘cold’ blood by a refugee from Somalia; a decorated Somali-American police officer, who has by the way, been praised most enthusiastically by Minneapolis Mayor, Betsy Hodges.

“I want to take a moment to recognize Officer Mohamed Noor, the newest Somali officer in the Minneapolis Police Department,” Mayor Betsy Hodges wrote in a Facebook post last year. “Officer Noor has been assigned to the 5th Precinct, where his arrival has been highly celebrated, particularly by the Somali community in and around Karmel Mall.”

And the article goes on to state that Noor’s partner in the patrol car was absolutely STUNNED when Noor opened fire on ‘Miss Pure White As Snow Australia’; just completely, devastatingly STUNNED, he was, to be sure!

What police officer was stunned when Eric Garner was choked to death by another officer on video on a New York Street for selling loose, untaxed cigarettes? What police officer was stunned by his partner shooting and killing twelve-year old Tamir Rice only seconds after pulling up on that child while he was playing with a toy gun in a park? What officer was stunned when a fellow police officer shot and killed John Crawford in a Wal-Mart store for holding a toy gun? What police officer was reportedly stunned when witnessing the murder of 23-year old unarmed Amadou Diallo, an immigrant from New Guinea who was shot 41 times by four New York cops? But now, it is time for a fellow officer to be absolutely, appallingly STUNNED over the shooting and killing of an unarmed ‘white’ woman from Australia by his partner, a fellow cop. Cops are shooting citizens every single day and are killing them for no good reason and not one time have I heard that even one cop was STUNNED by the actions of another. All we hear is how the cops are always in the right because they “FEARED FOR THEIR LIVES!” To hell with our lives, they fear for theirs. So why the fuck did they sign up to be police officers in the first damn place if they were just going to be namby-pamby piss their pants mommas boys and girls every single damn time they shot somebody to death who happened either to be unarmed or to be legally armed as was the case with Philando Castile? If you lousy ass shit your pants wimps are so goddamn fearful for your lives, then don’t sign the fuck up to be cops! That’ll stop that shit right there! You can’t have it both ways; grab a gun, shoot some unarmed or lawfully armed, law abiding citizen and then claim “you feared for your life” to get yourself off the hook every single time you kill someone who is unarmed and who posed no goddamn threat to you whatsoever! Thus far, you have gotten clean away with this scenario because it’s been mostly Black people that you’ve dished this shit out to, but let’s see you slither your way out of this one. The ‘whites’ ain’t gonna take kindly to you filling their asses with lead. They don’t give a damn about what you do to Black folks, but goddamn it, enough is enough when you start that shit up with ‘Miss Goldilocks’ and her ilk! Let’s see how far that “I feared for my life!” bullshit gets you THIS time! I can’t wait for it!

But the fat is in the fire now because it ain’t some no-account Black thug with a criminal record that’s got himself shot dead by cops. The shit is going to hit the fan now because it ain’t just some no-account twelve-year old Black boy that’s got himself murdered by wimp-assed cops. The world has got to stop turning because now, ‘Miss Pure White As Snow Australia’, who was soon to be married and who had only three years ago arrived on these shores and who was just a saint and all that comes with it, has been shot dead by those murderers in blue and brown. What’s the story gonna be, eh? What lies will come out? And how much will the other loathsome cops stick up for this Somali-born cop that shot ‘Miss Goldilocks’? We’ll soon see how thick that ‘blue wall’ is, won’t we? We’ll soon see at what lengths the Minneapolis police department will go to protect ‘one of their own’. I can’t wait for the unfolding of this event.

Hey! White folks! You taking note of this? How do you feel now? She looks like you! And they shot her in stone ‘cold blood’. Are you going to wait to see if she had a ‘rap sheet’? Are you going to say, “Oh well, another thug shot dead,” if it turns out that she was ticketed for jay-walking and/or littering continuously? This shit is just too horrific for words, now ain’t it? What the hell? They can’t shoot you, now can they? Uh, yes, cop  Mohamed Noor did! So, all I can say to that is “WELCOME TO OUR WORLD!” Ain’t it great to be in America where we are protected from the common criminals by those great folks in blue and brown uniforms? Salute our heroes in blue and brown today, why doncha! Thank them for filling your ass with lead! Thank them for getting out of any wrong doing on their part by simply saying, “I feared for MY life!” Never mind Tamir Rice’s life! Never mind Eric Garner’s life! Never mind Freddie Gray’s life! Never mind Aiyana Mo’Nay Stanley-Jones ‘ life! Never mind John Crawford’s life! What are you going to do now that it’s YOUR life they’re snuffing out?

Yessiree! “WELCOME TO OUR WORLD!”

Another Young Black Male Dead, Another Protest Rally to Attend

What: We Are Terrance Franklin Solidarity Rally/March When: Saturday, August 17th at 1:00p.m. Where: Downtown Minneapolis Hennepin County Government Center Why: Another ridiculous excuse for the killing of another young Black male by the police
What: We Are Terrance Franklin Solidarity Rally/March
When: Saturday, August 17th at 1:00p.m.
Where: Downtown Minneapolis Hennepin County Government Center
Why: Another ridiculous excuse for the killing of another young Black male by the police

On May 10th, Terrance Franklin was shot to death by Minneapolis police after allegedly fleeing from a traffic stop and breaking into a house to get away from the police. Somehow, in the ensuing melee, the police claim that Terrance Franklin grabbed an officer’s gun, fired two shots hitting two officers in the leg and all the while, a police dog was restraining him and even though he was surrounded by police, at the same time, Mr. Franklin was also being shot in the back of his head five times and twice in the back.

That just makes too much sense for me to even believe.

According to the family of the victim, the police did not let them view their son’s body, nor did they give them any answers as to what really occurred. The information that Terrance Franklin was shot five times in the head and twice in the back was leaked and no one from the police department claimed responsibility for the leaked information. Meanwhile, the attorney hired by the family to seek answers, was given a video recording of the events captured after the shooting in which it has been stated that racial slurs can be heard being uttered by the police officers surrounding the scene.

Again, we have another cover-up of excessive force by ‘the force’ against yet another young Black man. This is prevalent all across America. If you take a look at the law suits that have been settled, you will find the majority are the result of police brutality against young Black men. Below is one among thousands.

Fired Minneapolis cop, now with St. Paul, accused of excessive force again

A former Minneapolis police officer, the subject of a lawsuit in the 1990s that the city settled for $500,000, is now a St. Paul police sergeant and again accused of excessive force.

A 32-year-old man alleges in a federal lawsuit that he was left with a broken jaw and fractured vertebrae after an encounter with St. Paul officers Paul Cottingham and Craig Rhode.
source:http://www.twincities.com/ci_22784342/st-paul-police-sergeant-accused-excessive-force-fired

Here’s another one.

City to pay out $3 million for death in police misconduct lawsuit|MPLS.|StarTribune.com http://www.startribune.com/local/blogs/208860951.html

The Minneapolis City Council approved a $3.075 million settlement on Friday to resolve a federal lawsuit filed by the family of David Smith, a 28-year old Minneapolis man who was killed during a struggle with two police officers at a downtown Minneapolis YMCA in 2010.

The death of Smith raised questions about putting a suspect on his stomach, and holding him down by putting knees on his back, known as prone restraint. The Hennepin County Medical Examiner ruled the death a homicide.

We, the citizens of these cities, are paying the price of racism and police brutality that is rampant in police departments all across America because it is our tax dollars that are paying for the settlement of these cases. And yes, I do realize that it is not just young Black men who are victims of police brutality(see:https://shelbycourtland.wordpress.com/2013/02/23/americas-corrupt-and-brutal-police-force.com…) however, Black males are a ‘minority’ in America but they make up the ‘majority’ of victims of police brutality and murder by police and a majority in incarceration rates.

Finally, let me ask this question AGAIN!!!!! Why the hell are we here(in America)? So then I ask, just what the hell is YOUR problem with us????!!! How simple can I make this? Those of us who are descendants of African slaves did not come to America, willingly. We are here through NO fault of our own. Our historical past with this country is not OUR fault and I for one am sick and damn tired of people of my complexion getting the shit knocked out of us for having the audacity to be descended from people who were DRAGGED over here to become slaves!! So because of your racism and your vicious hate, another young Black man is dead and I am attending yet another protest rally. Goddamn it to hell!! Even if this young man was guilty of a traffic stop violation and he chose to run, getting shot by the police five times in the back of the head and twice in the back is not justified. It is extreme deadly force, to say the least. And again, there are no answers(no believable answers), there are only questions, remaining unanswered.

Taken from: “Oh Child of Mine”

Oh child of mine, what have they done?
My baby was killed, you murdered my son.

With a broken heart, I search for answers.
There are none, just lots of questions.

There is so much wrong every where and I cannot be every where at once to speak out, but I will be speaking out tomorrow in downtown Minneapolis. And here we go again!