United States policeman son’s racist church burnings


This 11 April 2019 video from the USA says about itself:

Church Arson Suspect Arrested, You Won’t Believe Who His Dad Is

Police arrested the 21-year-old son of a sheriff’s deputy in connection to fires at three historically black churches in one Louisiana Parish in just 10 days. The fires were devastating to the St. Landry Parish community.

Investigators arrested suspect Holden Matthews Wednesday evening. He was charged Thursday morning with three counts of simple arson of a religious building. The maximum penalty for each counts is 15 years in prison. …

Records show Matthews lives in Saint Landry Parish, where the churches burned just a few miles apart.”

Sheriff’s deputy’s son took an interest in black metal and pagan social media pages, which had connections to neo-Nazism and white supremacy: here.

By Aaron Murch in the USA:

Arrest made in connection with church burnings in Louisiana

12 April 2019

Three historically black churches in St. Landry Parish, in south-central Louisiana, have been set on fire in a span of ten days. On Wednesday, April 10, Holden Matthews, the 21-year-old son of a St. Landry sheriff’s deputy, was arrested as the suspected arsonist behind the fires.

The string of arsons began on March 26 in the town of Port Barre, where the St. Mary Baptist Church burned down under suspicious circumstances. One week later, in nearby Opelousas, two more churches caught fire, the Greater Union Baptist Church on April 2 and the Mount Pleasant Baptist Church two days later.

The churches were empty at the time of the fires and no injuries have been reported, but given the region’s dark history of racist attacks by whites against black churches local parishioners were concerned about a possible racial motivation behind the burnings.

The Democratic governor of Louisiana, John Bel Edwards, gave a press conference laying out the tone of the investigation: “I don’t know what this young man’s motive was, I don’t know what was in his heart, but I can say it cannot be justified or rationalized,” Edwards said, “It has been especially painful because it reminds us of a very dark past of intimidation and fear.”

According to the latest Census data, St. Landry Parish, west of Baton Rouge, is home to over 83,000 people. Located in the heart of Louisiana’s Cajun and Creole community St. Landry’s population is about 56 percent white and 42 percent black. Holden Matthews is white.

Given that the churches targeted were historically black—St. Mary’s in particular has been around for 126 years as an African American Baptist Church—the Southern Poverty Law Center is classifying these burnings as a hate crime. The sheriff’s department has not explicitly declared the burnings a hate crime and prosecutors have not yet brought hate crime charges, which carry with them harsher sentences.

According to authorities, Matthews’ truck was caught on camera leaving one of the churches and a specifically branded gas can used in the burnings was found in his possession.

While it is unclear if racial hatred was a major motivating factor, Matthews, a musician in a local metal band, has made comments on Facebook praising black metal artists known for burning churches in Norway in the early 90s. According to his profile Matthews is a fan of “black metal”, a subgenre of hard rock, which in some areas has attracted advocates of white nationalism and neo-Nazi ideologies.

Matthews’ father Roy Matthews is a deputy at the local sheriff’s department but was not involved in the investigation. He claimed he was unaware of his son’s activities and did not know of any racist bias his son may have had.

The New Orleans division of the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms led the investigation into the attacks, claiming to advocate a “zero tolerance” approach to the case. “These were evil acts,” Governor Edwards said at the news conference.

The NAACP called the burnings “domestic terrorism” …

Whatever his motives in the church burnings, and their connection to far-right, neo-Nazi ideology, Matthews’ actions are a warning sign of a greater social crisis in a region which is impoverished and has had public education virtually gutted in recent decades under both Republican and Democratic leadership.

The Lafayette area has itself seen a steady decline in good paying manufacturing and oil jobs over the years. In St. Landry Parish the most common job available is custodian, at extremely low pay.

Holden Matthews‘ arrested for allegedly burning down three historic Black churches in Louisiana came on Wednesday. But the suspected white supremacist was still getting sympathy in mainstream media coverage. The Associated Press made sure to report early on in its story Friday that Matthews’ friend said the man accused of racist arson was actually “a really sweet guy”: here.

‘Hate’ May Have Driven Suspect Holden Matthews To Burn Black Churches: here.

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After Trump, nazi David Duke Republican party candidate?


This video from the USA says about itself:

Party of Trump: David Duke, KKK and White Supremacy

22 July 2016

Former KKK leader David Duke is so “overjoyed” by Donald Trump‘s RNC speech, he‘s running for [the Republican party candidacy for the United States] Senate [in Louisiana].

Scary.

THE KKK FLYERS SHOWING UP ACROSS AMERICA They usually come with candy. [WaPo]

Iraq war comes home to the USA as murders of Louisiana policemen


This 3 August 2013 video from the USA says about itself:

Caught on Tape: NFL Cheerleader Allegedly Drunk and Abusive

Iraq war vet turned cheerleader, Megan Welter, is at the center of a domestic violence case.

Another video from the USA used to say about itself:

NFL Cheerleader Arrested for Domestic Violence

5 August 2013

Scottsdale, Ariz. — Megan Welter, 29, an Iraq War veteran turned NFL cheerleader was arrested for aggravated assault, destroying property and disorderly conduct after she allegedly attacked her boyfriend, who captured the incident on his cell phone. Welter, 29, of Scottsdale, Ariz., is seen on the cell phone video obtained by media sources angrily questioning her boyfriend about text messages between him and a female friend. “Who is she!” Welter is heard screaming in the footage as her boyfriend, who has not been identified, tries to calm her down.

After many other cases of veterans of British wars, or United States wars returning with PTSD or other mental illnesses, and then sometimes reacting to those illnesses with domestic violence or other violence, now this.

From the Daily Beast in the USA today:

Gavin Long ID’d as Alleged Baton Rouge Cop-Killer; Deployed to Iraq

CBS News and NBC News report Gavin Long, 29, of Kansas City, Missouri has been identified by law enforcement as the man who killed three officers and wounded three others in Baton Rouge, Louisiana on Sunday. CBS News notes today was Long’s birthday. Authorities say Long is the only suspected gunman. …

President Obama said the killer’s motive is unknown.

Military records obtained by The Daily Beast show that Long served in the United States Marine Corps from 2005 to 2010 as a data network specialist. He deployed to Japan and spent seven months in Iraq. He attened the Marine Corps’ school of infantry at Camp Pendleton, California. Which means he was trained in small-arms combat—particularly, how to shoot.

Missouri court records show that he got divorced after he left the military.

By Patrick Martin in the USA:

Ex-Marine guns down three police in Baton Rouge, Louisiana

18 July 2016

For the second time in 10 days, a gunman has opened fire on police in an American city, causing mass casualties. Sunday’s attack took place in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, with three police officers shot to death and three wounded, one severely.

The gunman, 29-year-old Gavin Long from Kansas City, Missouri was an African-American ex-Marine. He was shot to death at the scene of the attack. …

Two of the murdered policemen were Baton Rouge city officers, while the third was a sheriff’s deputy from East Baton Rouge Parish (county). As of this writing, only one of the three officers had been identified: 32-year-old Montrell Jackson, himself an African-American, a 10-year veteran of the Baton Rouge police and the new father of a two-month-old boy. …

Very little information has yet been released by police about the circumstances of the shooting, which followed a 911 call at 8:45 a.m. reporting a gunman outside the convenience store. It is not clear who placed that call, whether it was part of a deliberate ambush, or what happened when the first police officers arrived and encountered Long. …

As in the case of the July 7 killing of five police officers in Dallas, Texas, the Baton Rouge gunman was a former soldier and veteran of US wars in the Middle East. Long, who turned 29 on the day of the shootings, was in the Marines from 2005 to 2010 and served a tour of duty in Iraq. He reportedly engaged in counterterrorist operations, for which he was awarded a medal and rose to the rank of sergeant.

There were numerous conflicting and largely unverified reports about Long’s political views and motivation. NBC News reported that he had ties to an ultra-right group known as the Sovereign Citizens, who reject most government authority. The Wall Street Journal reported a connection to an otherwise unheard-of “New Freedom Group,” which it described as “anti-government.” …

Whatever the specific motivation of the attack, political or otherwise, the murderous assault on individual policemen is completely reactionary. It does not “avenge” the killing of Alton Sterling. Such acts politically disorient the working class and youth, and serve to strengthen the forces of police violence and repression directed against working people of all races.

This is demonstrated by the political reaction that followed, as Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards, President Obama and the two main candidates to succeed him, Republican Donald Trump and Democrat Hillary Clinton, all issued statements calling for even more resources to strengthen the police. …

Trump sought to connect the killing to Islamic terrorism, although the killer was a Marine veteran of the US military intervention in Iraq. “We are trying to fight ISIS, and now our own people are killing our police,” he said. “Our country is divided and out of control. The world is watching.” He added, “We demand law and order.” …

The immediate political impact of the Baton Rouge shootings will be to intensify the police-state atmosphere surrounding the Republican National Convention in Cleveland, Ohio, which opens Monday morning. There were widespread reports of stepped-up police patrols, new restrictions on anti-Trump demonstrators, and increased FBI visits to the homes of protest organizers.

US riot police storms Black Lives Matter supporter’s home


This video from the USA says about itself:

11 July 2016

Black Lives Matter protests have erupted across the country in the wake of multiple police killings of black people recorded on video in rapid succession. Riot police recently pushed a protest back onto the property of one of the members. Cenk Uygur, host of The Young Turks, breaks it down. Tell us what you think in the comment section below.

“Hundreds of protesters and several journalists were arrested over the weekend during nationwide demonstrations against police violence in the wake of the shooting deaths of Alton Sterling and Philando Castile—two black men who were killed by the police last week, and whose last moments were caught on video. The videos, which quickly went viral, have sparked national outcry over police brutality and racism in the justice system.

Leading Black Lives Matter activist DeRay Mckesson was among those arrested on Saturday in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, where Sterling, a husband and father of five, was shot and killed outside a convenience store while selling CDs. Mckesson was released the following day and is being charged with simple obstruction of a highway of commerce. Since his release, he has criticized Baton Rouge police for provoking protesters and doing “everything in their power” to shift conversations away from police accountability.”

Read more here.

According to CNN, at least 309 individuals have been arrested in New York City, New York; Chicago, Illinois; St. Paul, Minnesota; and Baton Rouge, Louisiana for participating in protests against the police killings of Philando Castile and Alton Sterling: here.

This video from the USA says about itself:

Rudy Giuliani: The Real Danger Is Black Kids!

11 July 2016

Rudy Giuliani is on one of his “black people suck” media tours. This time he’s explaining how black kids are the real problem in America. Cenk Uygur, host of The Young Turks, breaks it down. Tell us what you think in the comment section below.

“Rudy Giuliani sparked national outrage with comments he made about the Black Lives Matter movement Sunday…

“When you say black lives matter, that’s inherently racist,” said Giuliani, who made tough policing a hallmark of his time as mayor. “Black lives matter. White lives matter. Asian lives matter. Hispanic lives matter. That’s anti-American and it’s racist.”…

However, he did so by blaming “black kids” for their own deaths, which has been criticized as extremely insensitive.

Read more here.

This video from the USA says about itself:

CNN Cop: Black People More Prone To Criminality

11 July 2016

A CNN panel recently got a little heated when former NYPD detective Harry Houck said black people are more prone to criminality. Cenk Uygur, host of The Young Turks, breaks it down.

“Former NYPD detective Harry Houck on Monday argued that the black Americans were “prone to criminality,” and that activists should stop claiming that blacks were being “picked on” by law enforcement.

During a panel discussion on CNN’s New Day about police killing two black men, Philando Castile and Alton Sterling, Houck argued that “racial demagogues” were wrong to complain about “disparities of blacks and whites in jails.”

Houck presented a sheet of paper which he said had statistics proving that black people were far more likely to commit violent crimes than whites.

“That’s why there are more blacks in jail than there are whites,” he insisted. “They turn it around — the racial demagogues out there — turn it around that the blacks are being picked on.”

CNN commentator Mark Lamont Hill pointed out that an investigation in Ferguson, Missouri found that there was “considerable evidence of racism” in the police department.”

Read more here.

Black Live Matters photo from Louisiana, USA


Photo by Jonathan Bachman/Reuters. A woman’s peaceful act of resistance during a protest in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, has become the symbol of a powerful moment in the Black Lives Matter movement

By Nick Visser, Reporter, The Huffington Post in the USA:

This Black Lives Matter Photo Should Be Seen Around The World

A woman’s peaceful act of resistance is reminiscent of Tiananmen Square’s “Tank Man.”

07/10/2016 08:26 pm ET | Updated 5 hours ago

While there are similarities with the well-known video from 1989 in Beijing, China there is a difference as well. During that bloody crackdown on anti-Chinese government protesters, the tanks stopped in order not to hurt the demonstrator. While the Louisina woman’s peaceful protest did not stop the police from arresting her.

A photo of an unnamed protester at a Black Lives Matter demonstration in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, has become a powerful image of the ongoing struggle between law enforcement and black Americans.

More than 100 people were arrested during a protest outside the city’s police headquarters on Saturday following the death of Alton Sterling, who was shot and killed by police outside a convenience store last week. At least three journalists were arrested, as was prominent Black Lives Matter activist DeRay McKesson.

The woman in the image above, which was taken by Reuters photographer Jonathan Bachman, was among those arrested for refusing to leave an area highway. Emblematic of Tiananmen Square’s infamous and unknown “Tank Man,” neither Reuters or the Associated Press were able to identify the woman, who was later detained.

Bachman told The Atlantic police in riot gear were moving protesters off the Airline Highway to the side of the road when he saw the woman calmly plant her feet and refuse to leave. He said, for the most part, the demonstrations in the city have been peaceful and the woman’s actions reflected that:

It happened quickly, but I could tell that she wasn’t going to move, and it seemed like she was making her stand. To me it seemed like: You’re going to have to come and get me. And I just thought it seemed like this was a good place to get in position and make an image, just because she was there in her dress and you have two police officers in full riot gear.

The woman was released from police custody late Sunday evening, according to New York Daily News reporter Shaun King.

Protesters gathered in a number of cities around the U.S. this weekend following the shooting deaths of Sterling in Baton Rouge and Philando Castile, during a traffic stop in Minneapolis. Hundreds were arrested as protesters in the Twin Cities shut down I-94, a major highway … . Police responded with tear gas and rubber bullets.

Update: the woman on the photo is nurse Ieshia Evans, demonstrating for the first time ever in her life.

See also here.

HUNDREDS ARRESTED IN PROTESTS ACROSS THE COUNTRY “Protests against the shootings of two black men by police officers shut down main arteries in a number of U.S. cities on Saturday, leading to numerous arrests, scuffles and injuries in confrontations between police and demonstrators.”

Large demonstrations continued across the United States over the weekend sparked by recent police murders in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, Falcon Heights, Minnesota, and New York City. The new wave of protests followed the release of video footage showing police shooting and killing unarmed black men on Tuesday and Wednesday: here.

Alton Sterling killed in Louisiana, USA, update


This 6 July 2016 video from the USA is called Baton Rouge Police Execution Of Alton Sterling.

This 6 July 2016 video from the USA says about itself:

6 July 2016

Alton Sterling’s family was responding to his death during a press conference, when his eldest son broke down crying. He is 15 years old. Cenk Uygur and John Iadarola, hosts of The Young Turks, break it down. Tell us what you think in the comment section below.

“The 15-year-old son of Alton Sterling, a black man who was shot and killed by white police officers in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, wept uncontrollably and cried “Daddy!” this morning as his mother spoke to reporters about the deadly confrontation, which was captured on video.

“He [her son Cameron Sterling] had to watch this, as this was put all over the outlets,” Quinyetta McMillan said. “As a mother, I have now been forced to raise a son who is going to remember what happened to his father.”

Alton Sterling, 37, was killed early Tuesday in a shooting that was captured on cellphone video. In the video, two officers appear to struggle with Sterling and slam him to the ground.

A man who posted online the video of police in Louisiana shooting dead a black man pinned to the floor, says he has lost his job as a result of his actions. Christopher LeDay uploaded the footage of video of the fatal shooting of Alton Sterling by officers in Baton Rouge onto his Facebook page on July 5: here.

Police kill Alton Sterling, comment from the USA


This video from the USA says about itself:

What You Need To Know About The Shooting Of Alton Sterling

6 July 2016

Thom shares the points of an article about the facts surrounding the Alton Sterling shooting.

Janelle Monae: ‘Although I Am A Black Young Woman, I Am #AltonSterling’: here.