03 July 2015

Man Shot And Killed At West Baltimore Construction Site


By A.F. James MacArthur 
Agitator In Chief 
On Twitter: @BaltoSpectator 
MACARTHUR INDEPENDENT NEWS SERVICE

BALTIMORE - (MINS) Baltimore Police responded to a call for a shooting Thursday afternoon, in the vicinity of the 2200 block of N. Fulton Ave. Responding officers found Nate "Man" Wheeler Jr., 31, shot multiple times. His birthday was the day before.

Witnesses tell The Baltimore Spectator, Wheeler had been working on a construction project in an area considered an extension of Druid Hill Park. While operating a Bobcat, a gunman approached and opened fire from extremely close range.

An area resident ran to the scene and observed Wheeler barely breathing and clinging to life. By the time authorities arrived, Wheeler was pronounced dead on the scene.

Another witness stated he saw Baltimore Police pursuing two individuals immediately after the shooting.

While police were on scene investigating, and with Wheeler's body still present, emotional family members began to arrive. One woman could be heard crying out loud, "why did they have to do this to my brother? He didn't deserve this."

Another lady, overcome with grief and emotion had to be treated and transported by a Baltimore Fire Dept. medic unit, after what appeared to be a panic or anxiety attack.

Before the scene was cleared, the crowd of onlookers -- with many seeming to be friends and family -- grew to nearly 100 people.

Friends who wished to remain anonymous describe Wheeler as a devoted father, and loving uncle, a source of strength and support for his entire extended family.

Wheeler grew up in East Baltimore and is said to have worked for Allied Construction for over 10 years, where he's said to have been a highly valued and committed employee.

A motive for the shooting has not been stated.

Medics were called to the scene to assist 
with the traumatic impact of the violence on a loved one needing assistance.
Baltimore Police reported detaining two individuals, deemed "persons of interest," a short time after the shooting, but have not released their identity or clarified whether they've been charged.

The case is considered an active investigation. Homicide detectives ask anyone with information to call 410-396-2100.


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"As long as I continue to breathe, as long as there's injustice in this world, I will use the voice that God has given me to speak against it."

-- James MacArthur

Occasional media critic, researcher, independent investigator, and entrepreneur, A.F. James MacArthur is Baltimore's most well known independent journalist contributor. A member of the underground news network for over 20 years. During this time, he's been a frequent subject of attack by government under the guise of law enforcement. Although closely watched and followed, he's often boycotted from being given any credit for his work by mainstream media. 

10 May 2015

For Baltimore, Now The Hard Work Begins


By A.F. James MacArthur 
Agitator In Chief 
On Twitter: @BaltoSpectator 
MACARTHUR INDEPENDENT NEWS SERVICE

To the world, Baltimore Police brutality is about Freddie Gray. To black people in Baltimore, it's reality everyday.

There will be no #OneBaltimore without once and for all,  we all be honest about the destructive, oppressive force that police terror has been in the community. The time to minimize and deflect is over.

Slogans are hashtags are nice, but we need much more than that right now.

As a Baltimore resident, it's certain Douglass knew the deal.
Misplaced priorities, criminally negligent neglect, and even straight up prosecutable fraud are all part of why so much of black Baltimore -- just 45 minutes north of the nations capital --  finds itself in 2015, existing at a standard of living on par with third world countries. For them, there is no American dream, only nightmare.

Things had been really bad for a while. Long before Gray was killed by Baltimore Police, a culture of corruption had permeated this department and had come to resemble more of the norm, a standard operating procedure of oppression, than an exceptional or occasional occurrence.

The truth is, through the years, case after case of inexcusable brutality executed by Baltimore Police had been brought to light. None of this was seen as a need for reform. If it did, it would have happened by now. The response has typically been; do what's needed to quiet it down, change the subject, and make it go away.

Some folks were paid out in settlements, others had their cases dismissed through technicality, but what was lacking in all was true justice. The offending officers mostly remained on the job, many getting promotions, only to continue their reign of terror and worse, train and instruct a new generation of officers to carry out the same.

According to the New York Times:

"The Baltimore riots threw a spotlight on the poverty and isolation of the African-American community where the unrest began last month. The problems were underscored on Friday when the Justice Department, in response to Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake’s request, started an investigation of the Police Department, which has an egregious history of brutality and misconduct.

Other cities are plagued by the same difficulties, but they have proved especially intractable in Baltimore. A new study from Harvard offers evidence that Baltimore is perhaps the worst large city in the country when measured by a child’s chances of escaping poverty.

The city’s racially segregated, deeply poor neighborhoods cast an especially long shadow over the lives of low-income boys. For example, those who grew up in recent decades in Baltimore earn 28 percent less at age 26 than otherwise similar kids who grew up in an average county in the United States.

As shocking as they are, these facts make perfect sense in the context of the century-long assault that Baltimore’s blacks have endured at the hands of local, state and federal policy makers, all of whom worked to quarantine black residents in ghettos, making it difficult even for people of means to move into integrated areas that offered better jobs, schools and lives for their children. This happened in cities all over the country, but the segregationist impulse in Maryland generally was particularly virulent and well-documented in Baltimore, which is now 63 percent black."

Talk Is Cheap

To anyone closely observing, we've seen a mayor and a police commissioner do very little besides talk, when it comes to bringing about real change and desperately needed reform. They both need to go.

Where are the proactive efforts to rout out the cancer before it spreads to the whole body? The deep dysfunction and corruption is real.

Leadership that had everything to do with getting us in this mess in the first place, cannot be entrusted to get us out of it. They wouldn't know how even if they tried.

Talk of #OneBaltimore is sickening when the more crucial part of the conversation, identifying the elements that fractured it in the first place, are left out. It's like a patient telling the doctor he has a bad headache, and the doctor simply saying; here, take this pill, it'll  ease your pain. But what is the source of that pain to begin with?

Meanwhile a malignant tumor lay just inside his skull, and with each passing moment its tendrils dig in deeper, and due to lack of proper treatment, eventually totally takes over, resulting in death.. The pill may dull the pain, but the root of it remains.

No physician can find a cure, or bring a remedy, without first identifying the disease. But right now from leadership, we see a rush to jump on a popular bandwagon of "unity" and "healing" while the true diagnosis and extent of the grave illness remains unspoken of. This in itself a dishonest deflection. On the surface it bears the appearance of care and compassion. But in reality, it's the easy way out. All symbolism, no substance.



Mayor Stephanie Rawlings Blake has been an elected official in the the City of Baltimore for over 20 years now. Yet you would be hard pressed to find her on the record acknowledging the true depth or severity of the brutality and misconduct in Baltimore Police except for in recent times. Her denial and notorious dismissiveness is criminal in itself. It has aided and abetted the tyranny practiced by this department. Her unwillingness to strongly denounce it, even now, is a form of tacit approval and consent.


At least Police Commissioner Anthony Batts has on more than one occasion been willing to admit that the police department is part of the problem. This is crucial. The mythical mantra of a "few bad apples" is not what we need to hear, when all around it's clear, the problems here are deeply systemic, representing a culture and an environment that's long been giving a pass for lawlessness under the color of law.

We have not heard this mayor come right out, and like Commissioner Batts; say straight up; we (city government and police) have been PART OF the problem.

Even in her reluctant call for a federal Department of Justice investigation, and other public posturing, the mayor has yet to strongly condemn the departments history of brutality and criminality as a whole.

There's a subtle subterfuge taking place.

Despite having paid out millions upon millions over the years for settlements due to the pleathora of lawsuits, the mayor and some of her co-conspiritors of disinformation would prefer you to believe the issues are isolated. They are not.

All the investigations in the world won't change a thing, without first having a fully contrite admission and acknowledgement from city government and its leaders; we've been wrong, we've damaged the community substantially, and now we seek your forgiveness and assistance as we work to move forward in creating a brighter future, and a better Baltimore.
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"As long as I continue to breathe, as long as there's injustice in this world, I will use the voice that God has given me to speak against it."

-- James MacArthur

Occasional media critic, researcher, independent investigator, and entrepreneur, A.F. James MacArthur is Baltimore's most well known independent journalist contributor. A member of the underground news network for over 20 years. During this time, he's been a frequent subject of attack by government under the guise of law enforcement. Although closely watched and followed, he's often boycotted from being given any credit for his work by mainstream media. 

30 March 2015

Baltimore Corruption Sometimes Defies Words #Editorial



 "The corruption of the best things gives rise to the worst." 
-- David Hume

By A.F. James MacArthur 
Agitator In Chief 
On Twitter: @BaltoSpectator 
MACARTHUR INDEPENDENT NEWS SERVICE

Few statements besides the quote above so readily sums up all that's wrong with Baltimore. With each week's new stories about wanton waste, fraud and outright criminal corruption in city government, any reasonable person can become exhausted by it all, wondering when will it end.

Recently we've been hearing rumblings about how the much vaunted CitiStat program has basically fallen apart, and ceased to accurately serve it's intended function. In a word, it's become a failure.

Could this be because the mayor's CitiStat Director, Mark Grimes, who earns $124,000-a-year also has a million dollar contract with the state to do something else entirely?

Got Focus?

Grimes is guaranteed his city salary, whether he performs or not, but he actually has to document his work hours with the state.

The Baltimore Sun recently shared with us the following:

"A Baltimore Sun investigation has found that Grimes' private practice that he runs with his wife has charged the state thousands of hours on hundreds of cases since it landed a contract with the Maryland Department of Human Resources in August 2013 — five months before he started the $124,000-a-year CitiStat job.
Grimes' dual roles raise questions about how he has been able to juggle a private practice while working for taxpayers, especially as the CitiStat program has come under fire for failing to hold regular meetings and produce reports, even as its budget has doubled to $1 million under the mayor [Stephanie Rawlings-Blake].
No other Cabinet member lists other employment or a business that is still operating on their disclosure forms.
"It is understood that agency heads are presumed to be dedicating their total work time to the agency," said City Councilwoman Mary Pat Clarke, who is convening a hearing to examine CitiStat's operations and Grimes' outside work. "It requires that kind of commitment."

This place has serious problems. The worse part is no one ever seems to be held accountable. No matter how many millions are lost without any accounting, there are never any criminal charges. In the private sector these types of inexcusable actions would most certainly amount to charges of misappropriation, embezzlement or theft. At the very minimum an immediate dismissal. But not in Baltimore. Not at city government. Is this part of the "charm" in Charm City we hear so much about?

I love this city and the people of this city, but talk is cheap. I'd rather my actions speak for me beyond mere words

Words must be followed with work if there is to be any improvement.

For a man who works with words I realize that's a bit of a paradoxical statement. But my words are my way of inspiring action.

While accurately providing a diagnosis is my job, it will be up to others to cut the cancer out before the patient [Baltimore city] reaches a state of incurable, chronic systemic failure and collapse.

As a leading voice within Baltimore alternative media, realize the relative importance of the role played by independent voices like my own, but also know when action is necessary.

It's important to be clear, that it's action from others that's going to bring much needed change. A collective effort. For I'm but just one man with limited ability. But the words I write can reach many, creating a "buzz" or spark, of the kind that's necessary to set things on fire!

When I'm gone, long after I'm gone; it is my hope that my work may have helped motivate others to contribute to the cause.

The cause of creating a better Baltimore. Because let's be honest, like that embarrassing relative we all have but hate to admit, there's much room for improvement, even if we'd rather not talk about it openly.



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FULL DISCLOSURE: James MacArthur does NOT own this helicopter.
"As long as I continue to breathe, as long as there's injustice in this world, I will use the voice that God has given me to speak against it."

-- James MacArthur

Occasional media critic, researcher, independent investigator, and entrepreneur, A.F. James MacArthur is Baltimore's most well known independent journalist contributor. A member of the underground news network for over 20 years. During this time, he's been a frequent subject of attack by government under the guise of law enforcement. Although closely watched and followed, he's often boycotted from being given any credit for his work by mainstream media. 



Banning Bikes Hasn't Worked In Baltimore -- We Need To Rethink This #Opinion #SpectatorSpeaks





It's time we take a different approach to "illegal" dirt bikes in Baltimore.

Baltimore dirt bike riders young and old deserve to have a safe, legal area to engage in recreational activity. Riding is a past time and shouldn't be a crime.

The time to open the opportunity for legal dirt bike riding in Baltimore has come.

Your input, ideas, advice and even constructive criticism is greatly desired.

A special Facebook group "Baltimore Motorcycle Off Road Enthusiasts" (B.M.O.R.E) has been formed for the purpose of discussing creating a legal space to ride dirt bikes in the city. Please join us.

Let's do this!

Our city deserves better.

Unsafe street riding can be dramatically curtailed if viable alternatives were provided. Baltimore Police stand watch over two "illegal" dirt bikes that appear to have been involved in a collision.  James MacArthur/MacArthur Media Group



27 March 2015

State Of The City With Daren Muhammad #SpectatorRadio




In a free wheeling, wide ranging program of high octane radio, James MacArthur sits down with Daren Muhammad on his show "State of The City."

A classic broadcast for sure.


Originally aired 26 March 2015

No More Dirty Harry's -- #SpectatorRadio




No talk about fighting crime and increasing public safety can be seen as legitimate without acknowledging crimes committed by police. After all, #AllCrimeMatters doesn't it?

24 March 2015

MONDAY NIGHT MURDER -- 3 Shot, 2 Incidents, 2 Dead, 1 Mile Apart #MobTownChronicles


As Weather Warms, Baltimore Sees Heat On The Street
UPDATE: After this story was published, a second victim died. Police also released identities of both of the deceased.


Filed By A.F. James MacArthur 
Agitator In Chief 
On Twitter: @BaltoSpectator 
MACARTHUR INDEPENDENT NEWS SERVICE

BALTIMORE - (MINS) In less than one hour Monday night, three people were shot, in two separate incidents. They happened less than a mile apart from each other. 

Police have not indicated any connection.

One of the victims has died, and another is suffering grave injuries so serious, due to their severity homicide detective were called to the scene. By the time this is published, he may very well be dead.

"Monday night's shooting in front the Red Fox Liquor store appears to be the sixth person shot on that block in two years. Four have died!"

Incident 1

At 9:16 p.m. Baltimore Police responded to the corner of Pennsylvania and N. Fulton avenues. Officers found a 33 year-old man suffering from at least one gunshot wound directly in front of the Red Fox Liquor store.

Unconfirmed reports state the man was shot in the face.

After being transported to an area hospital, the man was pronounced dead a short time after arrival.

The incident happened at busy, high traffic intersection.

A series of crime scene markers could be seen trailing down the sidewalk and onto the street.

Despite the victim possibly being hit only once, it is unclear whether the shooter may have fired more rounds but missed.


A Very Violent Block

Monday night's shooting in front the Red Fox Liquor store appears to be the sixth person shot on that block in two years. Four have died!

In February a man was shot on the 2200 block of N. Fulton Ave.

August 2013 also saw a man shot next to the elementary school on the exact same block.

Along with those incidents, a shooting resulting in a triple murder happened there -- nearly to the date -- two years ago.

Police spokesman Det. Jeremy Silbert stated the investigation was active and ongoing and at the time of this writing there were no known suspects or motives.


Incident 2

An ambulance can be seen in the background where officers gathered at the scene of Monday night's second shooting incident. The victim was found next to the white van pictured, upper left. /Colin Campbell, Baltimore Sun


In the report below, recorded live on scene, while still at the first incident, the chaos surrounding the dispatch of the second shooting of the night can be clearly heard.


While The Baltimore Spectator was still on scene at the homicide located at Pennsylvania and N. Fulton avenues, police could be seen running to their cars then speeding off, lights and sirens as a call for another shooting could be heard coming over their two way radios.
Police were dispatched to the vicinity of N. Monroe St. and W, Lafayette Ave. -- only a mile away -- in Sandtown-Winchester at 10:09 p.m for reports of a shooting.  

Upon arrival officers found a man suffering from multiple gunshot wounds throughout his body, laying on the sidewalk. He was listed in critical conditions, but homicide detectives were requested due to the severity of his injuries.

A witness describes seeing the victim [name withheld pending confirmation] girlfriend desperately trying to render first aid to the man shot by placing pressure on the bleeding wounds.

James MacArthur reporting live on scene at the double shooting at N. Monroe and W. Lafayette streets.


Shortly afterward, about a block away on Harlem Ave., officers found a 19 year old man who had been shot in the shoulder. He was stated to have non-life-threatening injuries, and was in stable condition, according to police.

Like the earlier incident, police have given no known motives, nor named any suspects in the shootings, nor have the victims been identified.

In 2014 Baltimore Police solved less than half of the homicides committed in the city.

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FULL DISCLOSURE: James MacArthur does NOT own this helicopter.
"As long as I continue to breathe, as long as there's injustice in this world, I will use the voice that God has given me to speak against it."


-- James MacArthur

Occasional media critic, researcher, independent investigator, and entrepreneur, A.F. James MacArthur is Baltimore's most well known independent journalist contributor. A member of the underground news network for over 20 years. During this time, he's been a frequent subject of attack by government under the guise of law enforcement. Although closely watched and followed, he's often boycotted from being given any credit for his work by mainstream media. 

22 March 2015

College Baseball Player Kicked Off Team For Offensive Tweet About Teen Phenom Mo'ne Davis -- #SocialMediaStupidity


Latest Example Of Consequences For Irresponsible Expression Of Free Speech On Social Media

Filed By A.F. James MacArthur 
Agitator In Chief 
On Twitter: @BaltoSpectator 
MACARTHUR INDEPENDENT NEWS SERVICE

A fool vents all his feelings,
But a wise man holds them back.

-- Proverbs 29:11 NKJV


Accomplished, yet humble, Davis has set an example for all.
Bloomsburg University first baseman Joey Casselberry is learning like so many other people, you just can't say whatever you want on social media and think there won't be a price to pay.

After disrespectfully referring to Mo'ne Davis as a "slut" in a tweet, the college player who's Twitter handle was @BigCass24, was promptly dismissed from his school's baseball team.

Young Mo'ne Davis, a world recognized baseball phenom -- who's even gotten the attention of Major League Baseball -- was just 13-years-old last year when she became the first girl to earn a win and throw a shutout in Little League World Series history.

Davis was even awarded as AP's "Female Athlete Of The Year."


Before deactivating his Twitter account, Casselberry apologized, tweeting: "An example that one stupid tweet can ruin someone's life and I couldn't be more sorry about my actions last night. I please ask you to."

"Forgive me and truly understand that I am in no way shape or form a sexist and I am a huge fan of Mo'ne. She was quite an inspiration."

Joey Casselberry should stick to playing baseball.
 
CLEM MURRAY /Philly.com Staff Photographer
A Bloomsburg University Facebook post, indicates Casselberry as a sophomore first baseman during the 2014 season. He was the team's second-leading hitter in the 2015 season, hitting .389 with two home runs over six games.

Sports Illustrated reported Casselberry played in a game for Bloomsburg as recently as Mar. 17. Casselberry's name, however, did not appear on the Huskies 2015 or 2014 baseball rosters as of Saturday evening.

In response to the vulgar tweets, the university's athletic department issued a statement via Twitter:








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 "As long as I continue to breathe, as long as there's injustice in this world, I will use the voice that God has given me to speak against it."

-- James MacArthur

Occasional media critic, researcher, independent investigator, and entrepreneur, A.F. James MacArthur is Baltimore's most well known independent journalist contributor. A member of the underground news network for over 20 years. During this time, he's been a frequent subject of attack by government under the guise of law enforcement. Although closely watched and followed, he's often boycotted from being given any credit for his work by mainstream media. 

18 March 2015

In Defense Of Opinion Based Journalism #SpectatorRadio



Opinion based journalism is often derided by more "traditional" based mainstream journalists? But does it play a critical role in new media in a changing world?

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MESSAGE TO ALL LAW ENFORCEMENT/INTELLIGENCE AGENCIES

To all those who willfully, deliberately and routinely violate the civil rights of law abiding American Citizens; Yes, you're powerful. Sure, you're everywhere. But this is still America, and the Constitution of the United States Of America still reigns supreme as the law of the land. The Baltimore Spectator will vigorously and aggressively defend against any and all attempts at spying and suppression. Let it be known to all that we are already aware of the regular monitoring and shadowing attempts. There is nothing to hide, but cross the line and there will be hell to pay.

In the end, efforts to impinge upon the freedoms of the people will ultimately fail. Some of us may get taken out in the ongoing battle for true and lasting freedom, but as I've said many times before, and will say till the day I die or get taken out by you goons, THERE ARE MORE OF US, THAN THERE ARE OF YOU.


A.F. James MacArthur -- American patriot & lover of liberty.

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