Trayvon Martin death by Political Correctness?

by Datechguy | July 16th, 2013

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Trayvon Martin death by Political Correctness?

Har­vey: You HIT me!

Capt: Disko: “Now you just sit there and think about it.”

Cap­tains Coura­geous 1937

Lt Dave Spradling: Kaf­fee, I have peo­ple to answer to just like you do. I’m going to charge him.

Lt Daniel Kaf­fee: With pos­ses­sion of a condiment?

Lieu­tenant Dave Spradling: Kaf­fee…

Lt Daniel Kaf­fee: Dave, I tried to help you out of this but if you ask for jail time I’m going to file a motion to dismiss..

Lt Dave Spradling: You won’t get it!

Lt Daniel Kaf­fee: I will get it. And if the MTD is denied I’ll file a motion in lim­ine seek­ing to obtain an evi­den­tiary rul­ing in advance and after that I’m going to file against pre­trial con­fine­ment and you’re going to spend the next three months going blind on paper­work because a Sig­nal­man Sec­ond Class bought and smoked a dime bag of oregano.

A Few Good Men 1992

At my first job in the Raytheon Sci­en­tific Com­puter Cen­ter I met a bril­liant pro­gram­mer in his late fifties. When peo­ple needed things yes­ter­day they’d often turn to him for fixes. Rather than wait­ing weeks months or years for a fix or appli­ca­tion Bob would invari­ably pro­gram a solu­tion in hours or days and with­out the nor­mal costs of pro­cure­ment procedures.

This was great for Raytheon and National Defense but unfor­tu­nate for the RSCC since our billing was based on peo­ple uti­liz­ing our libraries using the nor­mal pro­cure­ment pro­ce­dures. Thus there was a lot of push to get him “under control”.

Now if your pur­pose is to improve your department’s stats, the whole“getting Bob under con­trol” meme makes sense. If you’re goal is how­ever to make sure the peo­ple pro­gram­ming our mis­siles dur­ing the height of the cold war had what they needed as soon as pos­si­ble, not so much.

I sub­mit if you are a defense con­trac­tor and your focus is the for­mer and not the lat­ter, you’re doing it wrong.

Which brings us to some facts that have got­ten very lit­tle atten­tion con­cern­ing the Trayvon Mar­tin case and the rea­son he was sus­pended from school and found him­self meet­ing George Zim­mer­man. It seems some stolen Jew­elry was found in his pos­ses­sion along with a bur­glary tool at school dur­ing the search that resulted in his sus­pen­sion. One might think that when such a thing hap­pens, par­tic­u­larly on school prop­erty, the police would have taken notice wouldn’t they?

SRO Dunn never filed a crim­i­nal report, nor opened a crim­i­nal inves­ti­ga­tion, sur­round­ing the stolen jew­elry. Instead, and as a result of pres­sure from M-​DSPD Chief Hur­ley to avoid crim­i­nal reports for black male stu­dents, Dunn wrote up the jew­elry as “found items”, and trans­ferred them, along with the bur­glary tool, to the Miami-​Dade Police prop­erty room where they sat on a shelf unas­signed to any­one for investigation.

A sep­a­rate report of “crim­i­nal Mis­chief” (T-​08809) was filed for the addi­tional issue of writ­ing “WTF” on a school locker. [It was the search for the marker used to write the graf­fiti that led to the back­pack search].

The school dis­ci­pline, “sus­pen­sion”, was attached to the graf­fiti and not the stolen jewelry.

Huh? Why on earth would B & E and or pos­ses­sion of stolen goods not be treated as a crime to be looked at? What pos­si­ble advan­tage is there to instead write-​up a report of “crim­i­nal Mis­chief” instead of call­ing things what they are? Well if your goal is to improve your sta­tis­tics you can cre­ate the appear­ance of a reduc­tion in crime within the school sys­tem. In fact you might even be able to get a com­men­da­tion from the Florida Depart­ment of Juve­nile Jus­tice and be able to issue a very happy press release:

(MIAMI)-Miami-Dade Schools Police (M-​DSPD) was recently com­mended by the Florida Depart­ment of Juve­nile Jus­tice (DJJ) for dra­mat­i­cally decreas­ing school-​related delin­quency in Miami-​Dade County pub­lic schools.

M-​DSPD has the dis­tinc­tion of decreas­ing school-​related juve­nile delin­quency by an impres­sive 60 per­cent for the last six months of 2011, which was the largest decline in any school dis­trict in the state. The police force is being her­alded for adopt­ing effec­tive alter­na­tives to arrest such as civil cita­tions. The M-​DSPD has also seen a 35 per­cent decrease in the amount of refer­rals to the DJJ.

To most peo­ple who assume the job of police as polic­ing and pro­tect­ing, that might not make sense, but to a depart­ment who sees its job as improv­ing sta­tis­tics, it makes per­fect sense.

Imag­ine for a sec­ond if the depart­ment decided to go the whole polic­ing and pro­tect­ing route with a goal to reduce crime and teach.….adven­tur­ous teens to avoid wrong choices?

Imag­ine if the depart­ment in ques­tion was run by some­one like Sher­iff Earl Lee the scourge of Stacy McCain’s crowd dur­ing his self con­fessed dope­head days? Imag­ine if the police were less wor­ried about appear­ances then in teach­ing the young that bad deci­sions have bad consequences?

Then Imag­ine if in this case was treated as a crime and Trayvon Mar­tin had been charged for bur­glary or at least pos­ses­sion of stolen goods?

Well for the city it would have meant the expense of going through all the court pro­ce­dures that such an event entails. You might have had a coun­selor or court offi­cer assigned to the case and/​or fam­ily. It would have been yet another young black man in trou­ble and could have been used as an exam­ple as how the school dis­trict was “fail­ing stu­dents of color”. Since Trayvon was get­ting close to 18 and the courts are noto­ri­ously slow likely all of this would have sim­ply led to some kind of plea or pro­ba­tion deal till age 18.

And for Trayvon Mar­tin & his par­ents it would have been a pain in the neck. Pub­lic embar­rass­ment for his par­ents far above a mere sus­pen­sion. Time involved, appear­ances to make. It would have meant they would need to give their son scrutiny at a stage in his life when it would not be easy. And if he put a foot wrong on pro­ba­tion it would be juve­nile hall and prob­lems and annoy­ances that come with it

I’m sure the city fig­ured it was just eas­ier to just let things go and I’m sure assum­ing his par­ents knew about it, they would have agreed. A lot less trou­ble all around.

What could pos­si­bly go wrong?

If they did this, and Trayvon Mar­tin still found him­self on that fate­ful night watched by George Zim­mer­man I’m won­der­ing how dif­fer­ent might things have been. If he had, say, some kind of pro­ba­tion over his head might Trayvon Mar­tin have thought: “I don’t like that ass fol­low­ing me but I don’t want to risk any trou­ble right now.” and instead of turn­ing back to con­front George Zim­mer­man used the more than ample time he had to just go home?

We don’t know any of this but we do know this. If you have a school and police depart­ment gam­ing the sys­tem to improve the stats they are sell­ing out the com­mu­nity who they work for, the schools and the kids, both those who got into trou­ble and those who don’t all for the sake of brag­ging rights.

How many more kids see­ing the sys­tem being gained in this way by the author­i­ties for their own gain will look at that, and decide they can do the same? How many will end up some­day in trou­ble, in jail or dead because of it?

All for the sake of a let­ter and a press release but it gets worse:

Mean­while — more facts nobody is sup­posed to men­tion — Pres­i­dent Obama last August signed an exec­u­tive order that would, in effect, “man­date racial dis­ci­pline quo­tas,” so that the meth­ods employed by Chief Hur­ley are now likely to become nation­wide policy.

What could pos­si­bly go wrong?

Wrong? There is noth­ing wrong here. It’s all about your goals. For the polit­i­cal left, you got a boost in the black vote in 2012 and you now have the griev­ance indus­try run­ning full tilt with another polit­i­cal sea­son loom­ing and all the Obama scan­dals off the radar.

After all what’s the life of a sin­gle black man, the safety or indi­vid­u­als, the polic­ing of schools or doing your job com­pared to the greater good of appear­ing polit­i­cally cor­rect, get­ting the right stats, financ­ing the griev­ance indus­try or elect­ing Democrats?

Despi­ca­ble, dis­hon­or­able and disgusting.

Update: Stacy McCain ends it again:

The Pol­i­tics of Indig­na­tion prac­ticed by Democ­rats requires quite a great deal of nar­ra­tive man­age­ment, and relies on the cow­ardly unwill­ing­ness of Amer­i­cans to speak the blunt truth. We are offered an iconic mar­tyr — St. Trayvon of the Blessed Hoodie — by the High Priests of the Tem­ple Cult and if we fail to mimic their super­sti­tious rit­ual, if we do not rev­er­ently gen­u­flect before this sacred sym­bol of innocence …

How dare you?”

How dare they, because for Marx­ists the ends always jus­ti­fies the means.

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Well Mon­day I made the mis­take of lead­ing with a post on the Pope in Van­ity Fair (that accounted for only 3% of my traf­fic) rather than in a post on the Trayvon Mar­tin case (which accounted for over 57% of my traffic)

That meant that only 3% of my vis­i­tors saw my tip jar pitch and since as a rule far less than 1% of vis­its result in a hit of datip­jar few peo­ple saw yesterday’s pitch.

But today I’m lead­ing with Trayvon/​Zimmerman so I’m hopf­ing for bet­ter luck and as Sun­day was a good day for DaJip­Jar it will take only 10 Tip Jar hit­ters kick­ing in $21 each to fur­lough DaTip­Jar till Sun­day Next.

If you enjoyed last week’s near total vaca­tion from DaPitch con­sider hit­ting DaTip­Jar today, if 9 oth­ers join you at $21 each the entire read­er­ship can enjoy 4 full days of pitch­less blogging.

and even if you do it alone it will bring me another step closer to a full pay­check this week.

.

Harvey: You HIT me!

Capt: Disko: “Now you just sit there and think about it.”

Captains Courageous 1937

Lt Dave Spradling: Kaffee, I have people to answer to just like you do. I’m going to charge him.

Lt Daniel Kaffee: With possession of a condiment?

Lieutenant Dave Spradling: Kaffee…

Lt Daniel Kaffee: Dave, I tried to help you out of this but if you ask for jail time I’m going to file a motion to dismiss..

Lt Dave Spradling: You won’t get it!

Lt Daniel Kaffee: I will get it. And if the MTD is denied I’ll file a motion in limine seeking to obtain an evidentiary ruling in advance and after that I’m going to file against pretrial confinement and you’re going to spend the next three months going blind on paperwork because a Signalman Second Class bought and smoked a dime bag of oregano.

A Few Good Men 1992

At my first job in the Raytheon Scientific Computer Center I met a brilliant programmer in his late fifties. When people needed things yesterday they’d often turn to him for fixes.   Rather than waiting weeks months or years for a fix or application Bob would invariably program a solution in hours or days and without the normal costs of procurement procedures.

This was great for Raytheon and National Defense but unfortunate for the RSCC since our billing was based on people utilizing our libraries using the normal procurement procedures. Thus there was a lot of push to get him “under control”.

Now if your purpose is to improve your department’s stats, the whole”getting Bob under control” meme makes sense.  If you’re goal is however to make sure the people programming our missiles during the height of the cold war had what they needed as soon as possible, not so much.

I submit if you are a defense contractor and your focus is the former and not the latter, you’re doing it wrong.

Which brings us to some facts that have gotten very little attention concerning the Trayvon Martin case and the reason he was suspended from school and found himself meeting George Zimmerman.  It seems some stolen Jewelry was found in his possession along with a burglary tool at school during the search that resulted in his suspension.  One might think that when such a thing happens, particularly on school property, the police would have taken notice wouldn’t they?

SRO Dunn never filed a criminal report, nor opened a criminal investigation, surrounding the stolen jewelry. Instead, and as a result of pressure from M-DSPD Chief Hurley to avoid criminal reports for black male students, Dunn wrote up the jewelry as “found items”, and transferred them, along with the burglary tool, to the Miami-Dade Police property room where they sat on a shelf unassigned to anyone for investigation.

A separate report of “criminal Mischief” (T-08809) was filed for the additional issue of writing “WTF” on a school locker. [It was the search for the marker used to write the graffiti that led to the backpack search].

The school discipline, “suspension”, was attached to the graffiti and not the stolen jewelry.

Huh? Why on earth would B & E and or possession of stolen goods not be treated as a crime to be looked at? What possible advantage is there to instead write-up a report of “criminal Mischief” instead of calling things what they are? Well if your goal is to improve your statistics you can create the appearance of a reduction in crime within the school system.  In fact you might even be able to get a commendation from the Florida Department of Juvenile Justice and be able to issue a very happy press release:

(MIAMI)-Miami-Dade Schools Police (M-DSPD) was recently commended by the Florida Department of Juvenile Justice (DJJ) for dramatically decreasing school-related delinquency in Miami-Dade County public schools.

M-DSPD has the distinction of decreasing school-related juvenile delinquency by an impressive 60 percent for the last six months of 2011, which was the largest decline in any school district in the state. The police force is being heralded for adopting effective alternatives to arrest such as civil citations. The M-DSPD has also seen a 35 percent decrease in the amount of referrals to the DJJ.

To most people who assume the job of police as policing and protecting, that might not make sense, but to a department who sees its job as improving statistics, it makes perfect sense.

Imagine for a second if the department decided to go the whole policing and protecting route with a goal to reduce crime and teach…..adventurous teens to avoid wrong choices?

Imagine if the department in question was run by someone like Sheriff Earl Lee the scourge of Stacy McCain’s crowd during his self confessed dopehead days? Imagine if the police were less worried about appearances then in teaching the young that bad decisions have bad consequences?

Then Imagine if in this case was treated as a crime and Trayvon Martin had been charged for burglary or at least possession of stolen goods?

Well for the city it would have meant the expense of going through all the court procedures that such an event entails.  You might have had a counselor or court officer assigned to the case and/or family.  It would have been yet another young black man in trouble and could have been used as an example as how the school district was “failing students of color”.  Since Trayvon was getting close to 18 and the courts are notoriously slow likely all of this would have simply led to some kind of plea or probation deal till age 18.

And for Trayvon Martin & his parents it would have been a pain in the neck.  Public embarrassment for his parents far above a mere suspension.  Time involved, appearances to make.  It would have meant they would need to give their son scrutiny at a stage in his life when it would not be easy.  And if he put a foot wrong on probation it would be juvenile hall and problems and annoyances that come with it

I’m sure the city figured it was just easier to just let things go and I’m sure assuming his parents knew about it, they would have agreed.  A lot less trouble all around.

What could possibly go wrong?

If they did this, and Trayvon Martin still found himself on that fateful night watched by George Zimmerman I’m wondering how different might things have been.  If he had,  say, some kind of probation over his head might Trayvon Martin have   thought: “I don’t like that ass following me but I don’t want to risk any trouble right now.” and instead of turning back to confront George Zimmerman used the more than ample time he had to just go home?

We don’t know any of this but we do know this. If you have a school and police department gaming the system to improve the stats they are selling out the community who they work for, the schools and the kids, both those who got into trouble and those who don’t all for the sake of bragging rights.

How many more kids seeing the system being gained in this way by the authorities for their own gain will look at that, and decide they can do the same? How many will end up someday in trouble, in jail or dead because of it?

All for the sake of a letter and a press release but it gets worse:

Meanwhile — more facts nobody is supposed to mention — President Obama last August signed an executive order that would, in effect, “mandate racial discipline quotas,” so that the methods employed by Chief Hurley are now likely to become nationwide policy.

What could possibly go wrong?

Wrong?  There is nothing wrong here.  It’s all about your goals.  For the political left, you got a boost in the black vote in 2012 and you now have the grievance industry running full tilt with another political season looming and all the Obama scandals off the radar.

After all what’s the life of a single black man, the safety or individuals, the policing of schools  or doing your job compared to the greater good of appearing politically correct, getting the right stats, financing the grievance industry or electing Democrats?

Despicable, dishonorable and disgusting.

Update: Stacy McCain ends it again:

The Politics of Indignation practiced by Democrats requires quite a great deal of narrative management, and relies on the cowardly unwillingness of Americans to speak the blunt truth. We are offered an iconic martyr — St. Trayvon of the Blessed Hoodie — by the High Priests of the Temple Cult and if we fail to mimic their superstitious ritual, if we do not reverently genuflect before this sacred symbol of innocence . . .

“How dare you?”

How dare they, because for Marxists the ends always justifies the means.

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Olimometer 2.52

Well Monday I made the mistake of leading with a post on the Pope in Vanity Fair (that accounted for only 3% of my traffic) rather than in a post on the Trayvon Martin case (which accounted for over 57% of my traffic)

That meant that only 3% of my visitors saw my tip jar pitch and since as a rule far less than 1% of visits result in a hit of datipjar few people saw yesterday’s pitch.

But today I’m leading with Trayvon/Zimmerman so I’m hopfing for better luck and as Sunday was a good day for DaJipJar it will take only 10 Tip Jar hitters kicking in $21 each to furlough DaTipJar till Sunday Next.

If you enjoyed last week’s near total vacation from DaPitch consider hitting DaTipJar today, if 9 others join you at $21 each the entire readership can enjoy 4 full days of pitchless blogging.

and even if you do it alone it will bring me another step closer to a full paycheck this week.

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